THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DOM DiMAGGIO

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox bomb the Tigers behind Mel Parnell

September 21, 1948 ... It took the bombing bats of the Red Sox only one inning to smother the Detroit Tigers, 10 to 2 and boost their lead over their American League rivals by an additional one half game. The idle Cleveland Indians sit one game behind the Sox and Yankees are one half game behind Cleveland.

The classy southpaw, Mel Parnell, didn't have to work very hard to gain his fourteenth win. He gave up eleven hits, but was able to coast after the third inning when the Sox slammed three pitchers and gathered in six runs. Parnell enabled the Sox to split the four-game series with the troublesome Tigers, since dropping the doubleheader on Sunday.

The Sox advantage was fashioned by some timely hitting on the part of Vern Stephens, who came out of his slump, along with Stan Spence and Parnell himself. Each player knocked in a pair of runs and Stephens boosted his RBI total in the American League to 130, but still is behind Joe DiMaggio who knocked in 148. Lew Stringer got his first American League hit and it was a home run into the right-field stands.

The support Parnell got from centerfielder Dom DiMaggio was sensational. The little professor made two sparkling defensive plays, one of them in the eighth-inning with two men on base. Bob Swift rattled one to the left-field fence and Dominic climbed the wire screening to backhand it for an out.

The Tigers used four pitchers. Ted Gray started and lasted until the third inning. With this inning coming on top of the two run first inning, the ballgame was settled. DiMaggio opened in the first inning by hitting a triple to left-field. After Johnny Pesky walked, Ted Williams brought him in with his long fly ball out to center. Pesky then scored on Spence's single to center, putting the Sox up 2 to 0.

Then in the third Pesky started it all with a base hit, Williams walked and Stephens knocked in both in with a double to left. Art Houtteman, who came in relief of Gray, walked Billy Goodman and Tebbetts scored Stephens from third, when he reached on a fielder's choice. Parnell came up and hit a line drive to center that scored Goodman and Tebbetts. He went to second on DiMaggio's infield hit and Pesky singled for the second time in the inning, to score Parnell with a sixth run of the inning.

Stubby Overmire, who had come into pitch during the uprising, did pretty good work for the remainder the game, holding the Sox to only two runs. Stephens tripled in the eighth and scored on a fly ball hit by Spence. Then in the ninth Stringer deposited a fastball into the right-field bleachers some 325 feet away.

Bobby Doerr has been ordered not to do anything for the rest of the season, not even throw a baseball. Sam Mele, who is nursing a bruised foot, is coming along nicely, but he too was sidelined indefinitely.

 

at Briggs Stadium (Detroit) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

 

10

12

2

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

11

2

W-Mel Parnell (14-7)
L-Ted Gray (5-2)
Attendance 4811

2B-Stephens (Bost), Goodman (Bost)
3B-DiMaggio (Bost), Stephens (Bost)
HR-Stringer (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 3 .287  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 2 .283  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 1 0 .371  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 2 2 .273  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 0 1 .226  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .317  

 

Lou Stringer 2b 5 1 1 .111  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 1 0 .280  

 

Mel Parnell p 4 1 1 .160  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 9 11 1 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 91 54 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 90 55 1

 

 

New York Yankees 89 55 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 64 9

 

 

Detroit Tigers 71 72 19

 

 

St. Louis Browns 56 86 33 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 51 95 40 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 96 43 1/2