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 Sox hang in and beat Washington

September 29, 1948 ... In a game played to see who could leave more men on base, the Red Sox beat the Senators, 5 to 1. But they lost in the left on base department 13 to 10. With Cleveland continuing on a pass to play the Braves and the World Series, by knocking off the White Sox, the Red Sox remain two games behind. They are still deadlocked for second place with the Yankees, who defeated the Athletics, 4 to 2. Each contender now has three games left. Cleveland's number to clinch is two games.

Ellis Kinder was in a lot of trouble, but the rugged veteran right-hander was able to get out of one jam after another. He didn't allow a Washington player to reach base in the ninth, which was the only 1-2-3 inning he pitched.

A fluke hit off Billy Goodman's glove in the third inning, enabled the Senators to tie up the game with the Red Sox at a run apiece. A pair of booted balls by Washington helped the Red Sox to a three run third inning, and too good belts gave the Sox a one run lead in the opening inning.

First it was a double off the left-field fence by Dom DiMaggio. The other was a triple to left-center by Vern Stephens that scored him. Johnny Pesky opened the big third inning with a single and was followed by Ted Williams, who hit one to right with Pesky scampering around second toward third. Sherry Robertson's throw into second was wide and enabled Johnny to score and Ted to move over to second. Stephens then hit a roller down the Mark Christman at short, who threw it high to first, as Ted moved over to third. Bobby Doerr sacrificed Stephens over to second and Stan Spence lined one off Al Kozar's leg, at second base, that scored Williams and put Stephens on third. He scored on a long sacrifice fly to center by Billy Goodman, putting the Sox up 4 to 1.

Kinder did well to hold on to the one run lead. The bases were full of Senators, but they couldn't find another teammate to knock them in. To give Ellis a little bit of comfort, the Sox scored one more run in the seventh off Forrest Thompson. It came on consecutive singles by Doerr, Spence and Goodman.

The Sox win gave them an 8 to 2 edge for the season over Washington. Before the game, the Red Sox had a surprise meeting to discuss the allotment of World Series tickets at Braves Field.

Frank Papish was hustling the Indians right out of the game they needed through the first five innings for the White Sox. But then in the sixth, he walked Lou Boudreau and Joe Gordon stepped into the second pitch he saw and slammed it into the left-field stands to tie the score. Ken Keltner, the next batter, lifted one into the front row seats in left field to put the Indians out in front 3 to 2. The Indians got two more runs and went on to beat Chicago for their fourth win in a row and maintain their two-game lead.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

11

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

5

12

0

 

 

 W-Ellis Kinder (10-7)
L-Walt Masterson (8-15)
Attendance - 7247

 2B-Yost (Wash), Stewart (Wash), DiMaggio (Bost)

 3B-Stephens (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 1 .282  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 2 .279  

 

Ted Williams lf 5 1 1 .364  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 1 1 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 2 1 1 .287  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 3 .234  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 1 .312  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 2 .283  

 

Ellis Kinder p 4 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Ellis Kinder 9 11 1 4 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 95 56 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 93 58 2

 

 

New York Yankees 93 58 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 84 67 11

 

 

Detroit Tigers 75 75 19 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 58 91 36

 

 

Washington Senators 54 96 40 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 49 100 45