THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY BROWN

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Yankees win for a triple tie at the top

September 24, 1948 ... A triple tie for first place in the American League became a reality today, when the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 9 to 6, in Yankee Stadium and when the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians, 4 to 3, in Detroit. The tightest pennant race in history finds all three teams having won 91 games and lost 56 games.

The Yankees received outstanding assistance from Billy Johnson, who cracked out a three run pinch-hit homer and Bobby Brown, who had two triples and a double. Relief pitcher Joe Page, who came in for starter Vic Raschi, picked up his seventh win. After coming from behind again, the Red Sox pitching again faltered and four pitchers were finally used, with Earl Johnson getting tagged for the loss.

Brown knocked in two runs and scored three others, before the Red Sox pitching could get him out. However the biggest single blow was struck by Johnson in the fifth inning. Manager Bucky Harris sent him in to face Earl Johnson as a pinch-hitter for Yogi Berra. On base at the time were Brown and Joe DiMaggio, with the score standing 5 to 3 in favor of the Red Sox. Johnson hit the first pitch he saw into the lower left field stands to give the Yankees a 7 to 5 lead. Then Page kept the Red Sox to one run over the last five innings. He was clutch in the pinches and the seven hits the Sox got off him provided only one run in the ninth.

The top performer for the Red Sox was Ted Williams who was heckled all day, but today with the bases full, doubled in two runs and walked to force in another. He accounted for half the Sox run total. Dom DiMaggio, Vern Stephens and Birdie Tebbetts brought home the other runs. But they couldn't help the Red Sox cause because starter Ellis Kinder was banged for three runs, Earl Johnson for four runs and Dave Ferriss for the other two.

The Yankees got two runs in their half of the first on a triple by Brown that scored Tommy Henrich and a fly ball by Joe DiMaggio that brought in Brown. The Sox took the lead in the top of the third on a walk to Tebbets, a single to center by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ted doubled to right to score two of them and Pesky scored on a ground ball by Vern Stephens.

The Yankees came back to tie it in the third when Brown got his second triple and Joe D. scored him with a blistering single to left. Then the Red Sox took the lead again. Vic Raschi started by walking both Stan Spence and Billy Goodman. Dom singled to score Spence and Page came in to relieve Raschi. Pesky beat out an infield hit to load the bases and Page walked Ted to force in a run, making it 5 to 3 in favor of the Sox.

But the Sox pitching couldn't hold that lead either. Trailing by two, Tommy Henrich walked and Brown doubled him home. Manager Joe McCarthy decided to walk Joe D. intentionally and pitch to Johnson. That strategy backfired when he unloaded his tremendous home run, putting the Yankees up 7 to 5. Then in the seventh the Yankees put it away when Joe D. drew a walk, and Hank Bauer tripled to score him. Johnny Lindell then hit a dribbler down to Pesky that he couldn't handle, to score the last Yankee run. Tex Hughson finish the game for the Red Sox and set down the tail end of the Yankee batting order, one-two-three.

Joe DiMaggio probably shouldn't have played except for what was at stake. He was suffering from a bad leg and could hardly hobble around. It was an effort for him to get under fly balls that were hit right at him. Pitchers Willard Nixon and Mauriece McDermott joined the Sox from the Scranton club of the Eastern league today.

The Detroit Tigers and Freddie Hutchinson beat the Indians to create the three-way tie. He experienced two rough innings but managed to pull out of each one unscathed, in winning his third triumph of the year over Cleveland. Vic Wertz came up with two on and one out in the seventh and cracked a line drive over third-base, that broke a 2 to 2 deadlock.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

6

11

0

NEW YORK YANKEES

2

0

1

0

4

0

2

0

x

 

9

10

0

W-Joe Page (7-8)
L-Earl Johnson (9-4)
Attendance 33,609

2B-Williams (Bost), Goodman (Bost), Brown (NY)
3B-Brown (2)(NY), Bauer (NY)
HR-Johnson (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .286  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 1 2 .282  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 2 .370  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 0 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .286  

 

Stan Spence rf 4 1 2 .228  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 2 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 2 1 .280  

 

Ellis Kinder p 1 0 0 .107  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .264  

 

Earl Johnson p 1 0 0 .100  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .229  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .301  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Lou Stringer ph 1 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 3 5 3 0 1  

 

Earl Johnson 1.1 3 4 2 2  

 

Dave Ferriss 2.2 2 2 1 0  

 

Tex Hughson 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 91 56 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 91 56 -

 

 

New York Yankees 91 56 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 66 9

 

 

Detroit Tigers 74 72 16 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 56 89 34

 

 

Washington Senators 53 95 38 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 48 97 42