THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TED WILLIAMS ON DECK

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
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SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
The Sox win on Ted's HR, the Yankees are out

October 2, 1948 ... The Red Sox retained a slim hope of opposing the Braves and the all Boston World Series, by eliminating the Yankees at Fenway Park with a 5 to 1 triumph. All that was required for Jack Kramer to eliminate New York, was one swing of Ted Williams bat. The kid connected first 25th home run in the first inning, with Johnny Pesky on base, to win the game. Williams' home run was one of the most important he has ever hit. The 2 to 0 lead on his 400 foot smash allowed Kramer to coast home.

The victory left the Sox one game behind the Cleveland Indians, who trounced the Detroit Tigers 8 to 0. So if Cleveland beats Detroit tomorrow, it gives them the American League pennant or if the Red Sox lose to the Yankees. A Cleveland defeat and a Red Sox win will leave both teams deadlocked for first place, with a playoff game set for Monday.

Kramer won his 18th game and preserved his perfect mark against the Yankees this season. He ended Tommy Byrne's six-game winning streak, collecting his fifth victory over New York this season. Each team collected five hits, but Kramer was in command of the situation because of his superb control. He walked only two men, while 11 passes were issued by four Yankee pitchers. Joe DiMaggio deprived him of a shutout the seventh inning when he doubled and scored on an infield hit and a fly ball. Kramer threw only 110 pitches. His eighteen wins is the tops for him in his major league career. He won 17 in 1944 for the pennant winning Browns.

Byrne threw four straight balls to Pesky in the first inning and then Ted teed off on the one and one pitch. Byrne walked Pesky again in the third, Williams doubled and an intentional walk to Bobby Doerr filled the bases. Stan Spence came up and, with the count to two, Byrne threw him a change that Stan rifled into right field for a single. The ball was hit so hard that only Pesky was able to score and Ted held up at third. But Ted scored when Billy Goodman lined a slicing fly out to Hank Bauer in left field.

The fifth run was picked up in the third against Joe Page. An infield hit by Dom DiMaggio, a double by Pesky and a long fly by Vern Stephens, made it 5 to 0 for the Red Sox.

Ted's home run was only his second in the past six weeks. He has been suffering from a heavy cold in his chest and been taking penicillin. He was weak and weary after the game, but had a perfect day with two hits and three walks. He increase his batting average to .369 to clinch the American League batting title. The double was his 42nd of the year, one of the best in that department of the American League.

Gene Bearden shutout the Tigers 8 to 0 in Cleveland before a Ladies Day crowd of 56,238. Larry Doby opened the fourth inning with a terrific line drive double to right, that eventually was followed with five Indians crossing the plate. Doby had four hits for the day

 

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NEW YORK YANKEES

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0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

1

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

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0

2

1

0

0

0

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5

5

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 W-Jack Kramer (18-5)
L-Tommy Byrne (NY)
Attendance - 32,118

 2B-J.DiMaggio (NY), Williams (Bost), Pesky (Bost)

 HR-Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 1 .284  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 3 2 1 .282  

 

Ted Williams lf 2 2 2 .369  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .268  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 1 0 0 .284  

 

Stan Spence rf 3 0 1 .237  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 0 0 .308  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 0 .281  

 

Jack Kramer p 3 0 0 .151  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jack Kramer 9 5 1 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 96 57 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 95 58 1

 

 

New York Yankees 94 59 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 84 69 12

 

 

Detroit Tigers 77 76 19

 

 

St. Louis Browns 59 93 36 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 55 97 40 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 50 101 45