THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Yankees knock the Sox out of first place

September 26, 1948 ... Tommy Byrne, who has only been used recently as a relief pitcher for the Yankees, shattered most of the Red Sox pennant plans as New York beat the Red Sox 6 to 2 at Yankee Stadium. With Cleveland beating Detroit, the Red Sox lost possession of first place. The loss deadlocked them in a second place tie with New York.

Byrne allowed the Sox five hits, walked four and hit two batters, but the 69,755 fans in the stands gave him a thunderous ovation when he walked off the field. He struck out seven Red Sox batters. Plenty of the cheers were reserved however for Tommy Henrich, the Yankees firstbaseman, who supplied the major portion of the Yanks' thunder. He banged out a home run and two singles, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Henrich picked up three hits and by virtue of three RBIs, drove his seasonal total to 100.

While Byrne was chalking up his six straight win, the Yankees were clubbing Mel Parnell, Denny Galehouse and Dave Ferriss for 12 hits. They scored two in the first inning on Henrich's 25th home run, two more in the third and single runs in the fifth and sixth. Parnell went three innings, allowing four hits and as many runs. Galehouse went three innings and gave up two runs and seven hits.

The Red Sox couldn't do much when it counted. They left the bases loaded in the fourth, and all told, nine men on base. Vern Stephens was the only Red Sox player who got two hits. Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Birdie Tebbetts also got base hits, but Wally Moses struck out four times.

Henrich started the fireworks when he took the first pitch by Parnell and slammed it into the right-field stands to account for two runs, with Phil Rizzuto on base. Parnell continued to have trouble with his control and the Yankees capitalized on it. In the third inning Rizzuto walked and this time went to third when Henrich singled to right. Johnny Lindell singled to left to score Rizzuto and Henrich moved down to second. Then Joe DiMaggio singled off the handle of his bat, dropping the ball into left-field and scoring Henrich. The Sox decided to intentionally passed Hank Bauer and worked out as Billy Johnson promptly hit into a doubleplay, but the Yankees were up 4 to 0.

The Sox got one run back in the third inning but lost a golden opportunity to add to it. Byrne was wild and after giving up a single to Williams, he walked Stephens and hit Bobby Doerr with a pitch on the leg. Moses and Goodman went out and it looked as if there would be no more scoring until Byrne walked Tebbetts to force in a run. But the Yankees greeted Galehouse to get the marker back in the fourth. Byrne beat out a scratch hit, Rizzuto punched one into left and Henrich singled, to right to make it, 5 to 1.

Galehouse was hit for another run in the fifth after two were out. The Sox got their second run in the eighth as Stephen singled and Doerr doubled to deep right center, bringing him home.

It was Vic Raschi Day at the Stadium and residents from the Springfield Mass area were on hand to present him with a new Buick convertible and many other gifts, including $1900, stuffed into a wallet. The mayor of Springfield made the presentation and almost brought the house down when he said he was sorry back Vic was not a pitcher for the Red Sox. Movie star Clark Gable was at the game, sitting in the box of one of the Yankee owners, Dan Topping.

Bob Feller blazed his way past the Detroit Tigers at Briggs Stadium by a score of 4 to 1. It was Feller sixth straight win and his 18th of the season. He allowed only five hits, the third straight game in which he has allowed five or fewer safeties. Both Cleveland and Boston only have five games left to play.

 

at Yankee Stadium (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

2

5

0

NEW YORK YANKEES

2

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

x

 

6

12

0

W-Tommy Byrne (8-4)
L-Mel Parnell (14-8)
Attendance 69,725

2B-Doerr (Bost), Tebbetts (Bost)
HR-Henrich (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 0 0 .283  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 .280  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 1 .368  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 1 2 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .284  

 

Wally Moses rf 4 0 0 .265  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 2 0 0 .315  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 3 0 1 .279  

 

Mel Parnell p 1 0 0 .158  

 

Billy Hitchcock ph 1 0 0 .298  

 

Denny Galehouse p 0 0 0 .167  

 

Lou Stringer ph 1 0 0 .091  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 0 0 .229  

 

Neill Sheridan ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 3 4 4 3 2  

 

Denny Galehouse 3 7 2 0 3  

 

Dave Ferriss 2 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 93 56 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 92 57 1

 

 

New York Yankees 92 57 1

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 83 66 10

 

 

Detroit Tigers 74 74 18 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 57 90 35

 

 

Washington Senators 53 95 39 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 49 98 43