THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY DOERR

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bobby Doerr sets a major league record

September 18, 1948 ... Bobby Doerr made history with his glove, but he also found time to use his bat enough to lead the Red Sox to an 11 to 6 win over the Browns. Coupled with the Yankees loss to Detroit, the Red Sox margin grew to two games.

Doerr set a major league record by playing in his seventy-second straight game without an error. He handled eight chances, to go 404 times without a miscue. He also paced a 17 hit Red Sox attack with three base hits. He hit a three run home run and drove in another run with a single. He also knocked out a double. Doerr's home run was his twenty-fifth, driving in his 101st run.

The Red Sox blasted Ned Garver from the mound midway through the game and continued by hitting his two replacements. The Browns had driven Denny Galehouse to the showers with a four-run, four hit attack in the fourth inning. After Galehouse had retired, Earl Johnson relieved him effectively, yielding only three hits, one of which was a home run to Gerry Priddy, which accounted for the Browns last two runs in the seventh inning.

The Sox went into the fifth inning, two runs down. Successive doubles by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky cut the lead down to one run, then Doerr put the Sox ahead, 5 to 4, with his home run, carrying the right field grandstand roof. Garver went to the showers following the drive, but the Sox showed his reliever, Frank Biscan no mercy. Wally Moses singled to right and Biscan walked Billy Goodman. Birdie Tebbetts singled into center to score Moses and put the Sox up 6 to 4.

In the sixth inning, the Sox added four more runs. With two outs, Ted Williams singled and Vern Stephens walked. Doerr lined a single to left that scored Williams and moved Stephens down to second. Then Moses slammed a double that scored Stephens, while Doerr held up at third. Blackie Schwamb now came in and gave up a single to Billy Goodman, that scored the last two runs for the Sox. Every Red Sox hitter, except the slumping Vern Stephens, played a part in the ninth hit, nine run assault, midway through the game.

Sam Mele's leg injury, that he suffered yesterday, left him lame today, but he was around and about the hotel, accompanying the Sox the ballpark. It will be a few more days before he will be in uniform according to the trainer.

The Yankees were beaten 4 to 3 as Hal Newhowser won his eighteenth game for the Tigers, 4 to 3. Newhowser brought in the winning run on a squeeze play bunt, that scored George Vico.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

1

5

4

0

0

0

 

11

17

0

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

4

0

0

2

0

0

 

6

10

1

W-Earl Johnson (9-2)
L-Ned Garver (7-9)
Attendance 3700

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Doerr (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost),
Pesky (Bost), Moses (Bost)
HR-Doerr (Bost), Priddy (2)(StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 6 1 3 .278  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 6 1 1 .283  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .380  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 0 .272  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 3 3 .292  

 

Wally Moses rf 5 2 3 .269  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 2 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .280  

 

Denny Galehouse p 2 0 0 .167  

 

Earl Johnson p 3 0 1 .103  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Denny Galehouse 3.2 6 4 3 0  

 

Earl Johnson 5.1 4 2 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 89 52 -

 

 

New York Yankees 87 54 2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 87 55 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 61 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 69 70 19

 

 

St. Louis Browns 55 84 33

 

 

Washington Senators 49 95 41 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 94 42 1/2