THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MEL PARNELL

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Mel Parnell & Earl Johnson keep the Sox in the race

September 30, 1948 ... The Red Sox can still when the pennant in the American League and today they beat the Senators 7 to 3 in that goal. Only 5000 fans appeared at Fenway Park to say goodbye to Washington. It would take three straight Detroit wins over Cleveland and a sweep of the two game Yankee series by the Red Sox, for them to take the pennant. With the Indians not playing today, the Red Sox and Yankees picked up one half game in their pursuit. The Yankees beat the Athletics, 9 to 7, and now both teams stand 1 1/2 games behind the Indians.

For a while during this game, it looked like today would be one of those wasted golden opportunity sessions. Doubleplays broke up promising opening innings for both teams. With two gone in the second inning Birdie Tebbetts bounced a single off the left-field fence and Red Sox pitcher, Mel Parnell blooped a single into left, to get things going. Singles by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky drove two runs home and a walk to Ted Williams filled the bases. But Vern Stephens struck out the halt their drive.

In the fifth inning, still up 2 to 0, the Red Sox put it away and scored five runs, something which they have not been doing too much in the past month. Bobby Doerr started by grounding out and then Stan Spence hit a towering drive into the right field grandstand. Billy Goodman and Tebbetts followed him with singles and DiMaggio doubled the two across. Pesky singled Dominic home and Williams singled Johnny over to third. Starter Walt Masterson was then taken out of the game in favor of Sid Hudson. Hudson then fed four straight balls to Mickey Vernon and Bobby Doerr brought Williams home with the final run.

Mel Parnell hadn't been accustomed to get that many runs, and when the Senators came up in their half of the sixth he walked the first batter. Then Ed Stewart whistled a line drive into the right field grandstand, to make it 7 to 2. Parnell retired the next three men in order but got shaky again in the seventh when he let up another run. Manager McCarthy decided to bring in Earl Johnson from the bullpen and he responded by allowing one hit and no runs over the final 2 1/3 innings to keep the Red Sox pennant hopes alive.

 

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

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

 

 

3

8

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

0

0

5

0

0

0

x

 

 

7

15

0

 

 

 W-Mel Parnell (15-8)
S-Earl Johnson (4)
L-Early Wynn (8-19)
Attendance - 4998

 2B-DiMaggio (Bost)

 HR-Stewart (Wash), Spence (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 3 .285  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 5 1 3 .282  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 0 2 .367  

 

Vern Stephens ss 4 0 1 .271  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .284  

 

Stan Spence rf 5 1 2 .236  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 1 .311  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 5 2 2 .284  

 

Mel Parnell p 4 1 1 .163  

 

Earl Johnson p 0 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mel Parnell 6.2 7 3 4 3  

 

Earl Johnson 2.1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 95 56 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 94 58 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 94 58 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 84 68 11 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 76 75 19

 

 

St. Louis Browns 58 92 36 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 54 97 41

 

 

Chicago White Sox 49 100 45