BOSTON RED SOX
THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 3
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Red Sox
pound the Browns behind Joe Dobson
September 17, 1948 ... Before
a handful of fans at Sportsman's Park, Joe Dobson pitched the Red Sox
back into the win column and kept them one game in front of the
American League race, winning 9 to 3. It was his fifth decision over
the St. Louis Browns this season. He had the benefit of three, three
run innings, although the Sox made only seven hits against four St.
The Sox were able to hit in the clutch, as seven of
the run scorers had received free passes from the St. Louis pitchers. All
afternoon the Sox defense was airtight and they were able to pull off five
doubleplays. Bobby Doerr took part in four of the five twin killings and in all
had ten chances. He ran his string of consecutive errorless chances to 396.
In the fourth inning, Sam Mele twisted his ankle and right knee, trying to
steal third base. He was taken to the dressing room on a stretcher and later
sent to hospital for x-rays. He was pronounced to have a bad strain and was back
in the hotel lobby tonight. Before the injury, he had driven in three runs with
a double and had led off with a single in the inning in which he was hurt.
The Sox gave Dobson a three run lead right off the bat. St. Louis starter,
Bill Kennedy had given both Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams free passes and filled
the bases by hitting Vern Stephens. Mele drove in all three runners with a
In the second inning, St. Louis got a run back on Les Moss' 13th homer into
the left-field stands. Two walks by Dobson, in the fourth inning, gave the
Browns two more runs to tie the game.
But the game was only tied momentarily as the Sox collected three more runs
off Kennedy in the fifth. A free ticket to Pesky and a double by Williams, a
wild pitch and Wally Moses' line drive to left, made it 6 to 3. In the ninth,
Browns pitcher Karl Drews made two wild pitches and passed three batters to fill
the bases, allowing Doerr to single in two more runs. Billy Goodman brought in
the last run off Al Widmar.
In Detroit, the Yankees jammed across six runs, before a man was out, in the
first inning, to shellack the Tigers, 13 to 5, leaving them one game behind the
Sox. Jim Hegan batted in three runs with his 13th homer and Bob Feller struck
out 11, to handle the Washington Senators their 17th straight defeat, 4 to 1, in
Cleveland. The Indians stayed a game and a half behind the Yankees, in third