THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox can't hold the lead in either game
of a doubleheader in Detroit

September 19, 1948 ... The Red Sox threw the American League pennant race into a mad scramble, even wilder then it is been thus far, by dropping two games to the Detroit Tigers by scores of 4 to 3 and 8 to 6. Dick Wakefield hit a couple of home runs that left the Red Sox only one half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and one full game ahead of the Yankees.

If this turns out to be the day the Sox blew the American League pennant, it will be remembered because they got off to a flying start in each game and couldn't hold the lead. Dick Wakefield came in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the first game and belted a two-run home run to put the Tigers in the lead. Ted Williams tied it up the next inning with a two-out home run to send the game into overtime. But then in the twelfth inning, with two men on base, pitcher Stubby Overmire came up with his first hit of the season, which turned out to be a walkoff game winner.

Manager Joe McCarthy called on Ellis Kinder to start the first game and his teammates gave him a two run lead after four innings. The Sox jumped on Virgil Trucks for a run in the third inning, when Dom DiMaggio hit a double, Johnny Pesky singled, and Vern Stephens scored DiMaggio with a sacrifice fly. Billy Goodman, Birdie Tebbetts and DiMaggio hit singles that resulted in another run in the fourth.

The Tigers got one run back in the fifth off Kinder and then in the eighth tied up the game. A pass given to Freddie Hutchinson preceded Wakefield's drive into the right-field upper deck that put the Tigers ahead 3 to 2. Dizzy Trout came in to pitch for Trucks the next inning and couldn't hold the lead, when he served Ted a pitch that he belted 425 feet into the lower deck in right-center field for his twenty-fourth home run of the year, and sending the game into extra innings. The Sox blew a golden chance in the tenth inning when Wally Moses opened with a triple, but no one could bring him in.

The winning run came off the usually reliable Earl Johnson. Paul Campbell, who replaced George Vico in the first inning, started the 12th with a single off Billy Goodman's glove. Johnson then rubbed out Bob Swift and fanned Eddie Mayo. Then it was Johnny Lippon who gave the Tigers a new life, when he blooped a single in the centerfield. So with men at first and second and two outs Overmire, who came in to snuff out the Sox rally in a twelfth, had to hit for himself because manager Steve O'Neill had run out of pinch-hitters. Overmire hadn't gotten a hit all season. Johnson got the count to two and two count on him when Stubby lunged for an outside pitch that he lined into right field for a base hit. Campbell was on the move and was flagged around by third-base coach Billy Sweeney. Wally Moses took the ball on the first bounce and fired at the plate. But out of nowhere appeared Johnson, about 10 feet in front of Birdie Tebbetts, who screamed at him to let it go, but Johnson didn't hear him and caught the throw as Campbell scored the winning run. There was no reason in the world for him to stop the throw because once he had it, he could do anything with it except throw it into the stands in disgust.

Jack Kramer got a three run lead in the opening inning to protect, unsuccessfully, in the second game. DiMaggio opened with a single off Art Houtteman and then stole second base. He went to third when catcher Joe Ginsberg's throw went into centerfield. Pesky scored him on a ground ball out and then Williams was walked. Stephens singled Ted over to second base and he scored on Bobby Doerr's base hit. Stephens moved over to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Stan Spence.

The Tigers got one run back in the second on singles by Jimmy Outlaw, Joe Ginsberg and Lipon. They then shelled Kramer off the mound in the fourth. Four hits and a wild throw by Pesky sent Jack to the showers in favor of Dave Ferriss. Ted tried to help out by making a leaping catch that robbed Lipon of a home run but Kramer couldn't stand the prosperity. Ferriss gave up a hit to Pat Mullin and the Tigers counted five runs for the inning, going out in front 6 to 3.

Kramer got off the hook in the fifth when the Sox tied it up. Stephen singled and Doerr walked before Spence rifled his eleventh homer into the right-field stands.

Wakefield came up in the seventh inning with the score knotted at 6 to 6. He took a Dave Ferriss pitch out of the park to put the Tigers ahead. Then Ferriss hit two batters and walked another before Lou Kretlow slammed a single to center to score Outlaw with an insurance run.

To make things worse Bobby Doerr aggravated the thigh injury that kept them out for three weeks. It happened when he made his first error in seventy-five games and it is believed he will be out for the rest of the season. His replacement, Billy Hitchcock also has a sore leg and it's not sure how long he will be out. Billy Goodman can also play second base, but if he moves over there, the weak hitting Jake Jones would have to play first. Therefore the Red Sox purchased Lou Stringer from the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast league. Stringer had been managing the team after Jimmy Dykes retired. He should join the Sox here tomorrow.

In St. Louis the Yankees split a doubleheader with the Browns. After dropping the opener 8 to 6, the Yankees took the night cap 9 to 6 with Joe DiMaggio setting the pace, driving in four runs with two home runs.

The surging Cleveland Indians moved in the second place with 5 to 3 and 2 to 0 victories over the Athletics. A pair of home runs by manager Lou Boudreau clinched the night cap for the Indians after Larry Doby slammed a two run ninth inning homer in the opener.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

3

9

0

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

 

4

7

1

W-Stubby Overmire (3-4)
L-Earl Johnson (9-3)
Attendance

2B-DiMaggio (Bost)
3B-Moses (Bost)
HR-Williams (Bost), Wakefield (Det)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

 

 

6

8

3

DETROIT TIGERS

0

1

0

5

0

0

2

x

 

 

8

11

1

W-Lou Kretlow (2-0)
L-Dave Ferriss (7-3)
Attendance 3700

2B-Wertz (Det)
HR-Spence (Bost), Wakefield (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .279  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 0 1 .282  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .378  

 

Vern Stephens ss 6 0 1 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 6 0 0 .288  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 1 .269  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 2 .282  

 

Ellis Kinder p 3 0 0 .109  

 

Joe Dobson p 0 0 0 .200  

 

Matt Batts ph 1 0 0 .316  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .235  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .303  

 

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

 

Ellis Kinder 8 3 3 5 1  

 

Joe Dobson 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Dave Ferriss 2 1 0 1 0  
  Earl Johnson 0.2 3 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 2 1 1 .280  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .280  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 0 .376  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 2 2 .273  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 1 2 .291  

 

Neill Sheridan pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Jake Jones 1b 0 0 0 .200  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 1 1 .225  

 

Billy Goodman 1b/2b 4 0 1 .316  

 

Matt Batts c 1 0 0 .314  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .267  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 1 0 0 .281  

 

Jack Kramer p 2 0 1 .152  

 

Dave Ferriss p 1 0 0 .229  

 

Tom Wright ph 1 0 0 .500  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 3.2 9 5 1 2  
  Dave Ferriss 3.1 2 2 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 89 54 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 89 55 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 88 55 1

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 63 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 71 70 17

 

 

St. Louis Browns 56 85 32

 

 

Washington Senators 51 95 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 96 42 1/2