THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MICKEY HARRIS

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mickey Harris comes through with a clutch outing

September 20, 1948 ... The Sox are taking their pitching wherever it comes from and they called on Mickey Harris today, who came up with a four hitter to beat the Tigers 7 to 2 at Briggs Stadium. The Red Sox had to win this game, as the Cleveland Indians stayed a half game off the base by beating the Philadelphia Athletics 6 to 3, and the Yankees beating the St. Louis Browns 8 to 7.

Harris has been anything but consistent this year. Today's win was only his seventh and was his sixth complete game. He walked nine and was in trouble constantly, yet he was able to succeed. In spite of the base on balls, he should have had a shutout. Errors by newcomer Lew Stringer and Johnny Pesky robbed him in the first inning to give the Tigers a lead.

The Tigers however were not playing the kind ball they gave them the doubleheader triumph over the Sox yesterday. Errors helped the Sox to two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth. Vern Stephens' twenty-eighth home run accounted for the seventh run in the ninth.

The Sox jumped out to an early lead on singles by Dom DiMaggio and Pesky, and a sacrifice fly by Ted Williams in the first inning.

With one out the Tigers half, after an infield hit, Vic Wertz hit a likely doubleplay ball down to Stringer, who threw wildly past second base with the ball going into foul territory. Neil Berry who was on first, was able to come all the way around and score the Tigers first run. When Pesky retrieved the throw, he threw it by Birdie Tebbetts, allowing Wertz to get the third. Harris got into the act and threw a wild pitch that brought him home to give the Tigers a 2 to 1 lead.

The lead was short-lived as Boston went ahead in the third inning. DiMaggio singled and Pesky walked before catcher, Bob Swift, let the ball get by him to advance the runners. Then Stephens hit a ball down to Johnny Lipon that he booted away, allowing DiMaggio to score and Pesky tp get to third. Stan Spence came up and clipped a double to right that scored Pesky, putting the Sox back in the lead 3 to 2.

Sox added three more runs the next inning and put the game away. Tebbetts singled and DiMaggio hit a double down the third-base line. Pesky got both runners in and then went to second base when Vic Wertz let the ball get by him. He scored on Williams' double to left. The Sox added the final run in the ninth-inning on Vern Stephens' home run.

In Cleveland, the Indians defeated the A's for their six straight and thirteenth in their last fifteen. The Tribe infielders gave their pitchers excellent support, turning in five doubleplays. Joe Gordon drove in three of the Cleveland runs with a single, a double and a homer. In St. Louis, Joe DiMaggio knocked out his 39th home run of the season, and knocked in what proved to be the winning run, when he singled with the bases loaded in the eighth. His three RBIs boosted his season total to 148.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

 

7

12

2

DETROIT TIGERS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

4

2

W-Mickey Harris (7-10)
L-Fred Hutchinson (12-10)
Attendance 6890

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Spence (Bost), DiMaggio (Bost),
Williams (Bost), Goodman (Bost)
HR-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 3 4 .284  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .281  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 0 1 .374  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 1 1 .272  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .226  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .315  

 

Lou Stringer 2b 4 0 0 .000  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .284  

 

Mickey Harris p 3 0 0 .069  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mickey Harris 9 4 0 9 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 90 54 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 90 55 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 89 55 1

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 64 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 71 71 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 56 86 33

 

 

Washington Senators 51 95 40

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 96 43