THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Bob Feller pitches the Indians
into a first place tie

September 22, 1948 ... The real Bob Feller, the fireballing, crafty, pitching star, threw the Cleveland Indians into a deadlock for first place in the American League, turning in a three-hit masterpiece and stopping the Red Sox, 5 to 2. A huge crowd of 76,772 frenzied fans howled constantly, as Feller put the hard fighting Indians into a tie for first place. A large portion of the proceeds from the game was going to Don Black, the critically ill Cleveland pitcher, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

It was Feller who turned the tide. He was very fast and snapping curveballs and getting all the runs he needed from his teammates in the first inning. They scored three runs as Ken Keltner hit his twenty-eighth home run of the year off starter Joe Dobson. Dobson was driven out of the game in the seventh inning, after all the runs was scored, as he allowed ten of the twelve Cleveland hits. They caught him for two more runs in the seventh to sew up the game. It was their seventh straight win and Feller has one five in a row.

Feller retired the first twelve men in order and struck out five. The Sox managed to get one run in the sixth inning and another in the ninth, but they were never in the ballgame. As Feller pitched a long in his merry way, the Red Sox were forced to use three pitchers, Dobson, Dave Ferriss and Earl Johnson.

Cleveland opened the game with a bang and Dobson started the trouble himself. He walked Thurman Tucker and after Lou Boudreau fanned, Tucker stole second. Then Joe Gordon banged the first pitch he saw, on a line drive into left-field that scored him. Ken Keltner next drilled his line drive home run into left field stands, driving the huge throng crazy, and putting the Indians up, 3 to 0.

Birdie Tebbetts ruined the no-hitter when he opened the sixth with a double, that hit the chalk line down third-base. Dobson spoiled a shutout when he singled in the left and scored Tebbetts.

The seventh inning started with Boudreau singling and advancing to second on a sacrifice. Keltner beat out an infield hit to left of second base, to put men on first and third with one out. Doby added to Dobson's woes, when he to beat out an infield hit to Bobby Doerr. The dribbler scored Boudreau with the Indians fourth run. Judnich singled sharply into right and that scored Keltner. Ferriss now came on to put out the fire, but the Sox were down 5 to 1.

Earl Johnson pitched the eighth-inning for the Sox and got out, without being scored on, after giving up two hits. The Red Sox scored their last run in the ninth on Boudreau's error that allowed Dom DiMaggio to reach with two outs. Vern Stephens scored him with a single into right field and then Dale Mitchell got Doerr's fly ball near the left-field fence and the game was over.

The Red Sox took the 12:30 AM train out of here for Manhattan, where they will play the Yankees for the three games. The Indians and the Red Sox have split even for the season, with each team winning eleven games.

Cleveland is going pennant mad, with visions of seeing their first flag since 1920. The Red Sox still have five games left with the third-place Yankees while the Indians are finishing the schedule against second division teams in the West.

In Chicago the Yankees, behind lefty Tommy Byrne, whipped the last-place White Sox, 7-2, to trail by one half game. Byrne had a three-hit shutout going into the ninth, when the White Sox nicked him for three hits and their two runs.

 

at Municipal Stadium (Cleveland) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

 

2

3

1

CLEVELAND INDIANS

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

x

 

5

12

1

W-Bob Feller (17-14)
L-Joe Dobson (16-9)
Attendance 76,772

2B-Tebbetts (Bost), Hegan (2)(Clev), Mitchell (Clev)
HR-Keltner (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 0 .285  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .281  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 0 0 .368  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .273  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 0 .289  

 

Stan Spence rf 2 0 0 .225  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 0 0 .315  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 1 1 .280  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 1 .207  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .229  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .266  

 

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

 

Joe Dobson 6.1 10 5 5 4  

 

Dave Ferriss 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

Earl Johnson 1 2 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 91 55 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 91 55 -

 

 

New York Yankees 90 55 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 65 9

 

 

Detroit Tigers 72 72 18

 

 

St. Louis Browns 56 87 33 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 52 95 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 46 97 43 1/2