THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN STEPHENS GETS
TRAPPED BY
RIZZUTO & HENRICH

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox push the Yankees back a game

September 25, 1948 ... Jack Kramer kept the Red Sox in a tie with the Cleveland Indians, for first place in the American League, as he pitched a seven hitter and beat the Yankees, 7 to 2, at Yankee Stadium. The loss knocked the Yankees out of the triple tie, dropping them and a full game behind the Sox in the Indians, who defeated Detroit.

In winning his 17th game of the year, Kramer beat the Yankees for the fourth time and has yet to lose a game to them. He kept the seven hits well spaced, and shutout the Yanks in seven of the nine innings. He lost a shutout in the sixth when a double was followed by a routine grounder that bounced over the head of firstbaseman Billy Goodman. The other Yankee run resulted after a single and a two base error by Dom DiMaggio, who attempted to double up a runner off first base, following a great catch of a low line drive.

The Sox got seven hits off three Yankee hurlers, but they were mixed with walks and errors. Wally Moses played right-field for Stan Spence and hit his second home run of the season into the right-field stands in the sixth inning. For a change, the Red Sox were never behind in this game. Allie Reynolds was tagged for the loss after working five innings and allowing five hits. Bob Porterfield followed him and gave Moses his home run. Dick Starr finished the game and balked in the last run.

Reynolds was given ragged support in the first and immediately found himself staring at a two run deficit when Bobby Brown and Tommy Henrich turned in errors. Johnny Pesky started it for the Sox and then Williams reached when Henrich fielded his slow ground ball and hit Pesky in the back as he was running to second. Pesky scored when thirdbaseman Bobby Brown gave Vern Stephens a free pass through his legs into left field. Williams was on third and Bobby Doerr grounded to Snuffy Stirnweiss at second. Instead of going over to second, where he would've been forced out, Stephens delayed and made Stirnweiss throw to first to get Doerr. Before the Yankees were able to run Stephens down, Williams crossed the plate safely to put the Sox up 2 to 0.

Pesky started the scoring again in the third as he singled off the glove of shortstop Phil Rizzuto. Williams crossed up the shift and banged a double in to left-field that scored Pesky, putting the Sox up now 3 to 0.

The two runs in the fourth inning came when Moses singled and Goodman punched a double between Charlie Keller and Joe DiMaggio that scored Moses. Kramer then connected for a clean single to left that scored Goodman with the fifth Red Sox run.

Bob Porterfield came into pitch and his first pitch to Moses was drilled into the lower right field stands for the Red Sox sixth run. Starr was pitching in the eighth, down 6 to 1, when he walked Moses, Goodman and Tebbetts to load up the bases. Then he let the ball slip from his hands while taking his windup. He caught the ball before it hit the ground and the umpires ruled it a balk and scored Moses with the final Red Sox run.

Doerr, who continues to play good baseball, in spite of his pulled side muscle, snared two important line drives and raced well into right field to take a pop up off the bat of Joe DiMaggio.

In Detroit, Gene Bearden picked up his 17th victory in beating the Tigers, 9 to 3. Eddie Robinson and Ken Keltner led the assault on Virgil Trucks and four relievers. Each drove in a pair of runs and Robinson had three singles, with Keltner knocking out two.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

1

2

0

1

0

1

0

 

7

7

1

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

2

7

2

W-Jack Kramer (17-5)
L-Allie Reynolds (16-7)
Attendance 65,607

2B-Williams (Bost), Goodman (Bost), Henrich (NY)
HR-Moses (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 1 .285  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 2 1 .282  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 1 .369  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .269  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .284  

 

Wally Moses rf 3 3 2 .271  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 3 1 1 .317  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 0 .278  

 

Jack Kramer p 4 0 1 .157  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 7 1 4 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 92 56 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 92 56 -

 

 

New York Yankees 91 57 1

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 66 9 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 74 73 17 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 57 89 34

 

 

Washington Senators 53 95 39

 

 

Chicago White Sox 48 98 43