THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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.