The Sox create mayhem at Fenway Park, 21-2
THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 4
June 24, 1949 ... The Red Sox racked up 21 runs and knocked out 25 hits, scoring in every inning, as Ellis Kinder limited the St. Louis Browns to two runs and five hits, before 6722 fans at Fenway Park.
Ted Williams knocked in seven runs with a pair of home runs and a single. One of the home runs was an absolute bomb into the dead centerfield seats, about 15 rows up. Ted now has 19 home runs and 77 RBIs. Billy Goodman had five straight hits, Dom DiMaggio had four, and Johnny Pesky and Vern Stephens each had three. Every member of the Red Sox team at least had one.
The Browns started off the scoring and the Red Sox again fell behind in the first inning, when Whitey Platt lined a home run over the left-field wall to put them up 1 to 0. But in the bottom of the first inning Joe Ostrowski, the Browns starter, gave up a single to DiMaggio and a double to Pesky, before Ted Williams hit his smash into the centerfield bleachers.
The Browns, down 3 to 1, got one back when Kinder gave a home run ball up to Andy Anderson in the top of the third inning. After that it was all Red Sox.
In the third Goodman singled, Al Zarilla singled and Birdie Tebbetts singled to score Goodman. Kinder lined one to left that scored Zarilla, 5 to 2.
In the fourth, Pesky singled and Williams was walked. Al Papai took over the pitching duties for the Browns and gave up a single to Vern Stephens that scored Pesky, walked Bobby Doerr, gave up a single to Goodman that scored Williams and Stephens, before getting Zarilla to ground out and score Doerr. DiMaggio doubled off the wall in left to score Goodman in the five-run inning, making it 10 to 2.
With Ray Shore now on the mound for St. Louis, the Red Sox got busy again in the fifth. Shore gave up a single to Stephens and walked Doerr. Goodman singled to left to score Stephens and then Zarilla was walked to load the bases. Doerr scored on a sacrifice fly by Tebbetts. Shore walked Kinder to again load the bases and Goodman scored on DiMaggio's ground ball force out. Pesky worked a walk, to load the bases once again and Shore walked Williams to score Zarilla with the fourth run of that inning, 14 to 2.
In the sixth, with one out Goodman doubled to right-center and scored on Zarilla's single up the middle. Tebbetts singled and after Kinder struck out, DiMaggio lined one into left that scored Zarilla for two runs in the inning, 16 to 2.
In the seventh, Ted connected for his second home run of the game into the bullpen, for the 17th run. Then in the eighth Kinder and DiMaggio singled and Shore, who was left in to take the workload, gave up a walk to Pesky the load the bases once again. Williams lined a single to right that scored Kinder and DiMaggio and then stole second base while pesky stole home on the double steal, as Stephens struck out. Doerr scored Williams with a single off the wall for the 21st run of the game.