Vern Stephen's wins it with a 12th inning walk-off grand slam

VERN STEPHENS

ON THIS DATE (August 13, 1949) ... Vern Stephens clouted his 30th home run of the year, a grand slam in the bottom of the 12th, giving the Red Sox a walkoff 5 to 1 thriller over the Washington Senators at Fenway Park.

It carried Ellis Kinder to his 14th victory the year and kept the Red Sox 4 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees. Kinder had pitched 11 scoreless innings, escaping one jam after another. He had allowed Washington a run in the first inning on four consecutive singles. It was Kinder's fourth consecutive victory, and his 10th of his last 11 decisions.

Mickey Harris, who went to Washington in the Walt Masterson deal, was chased in the sixth inning when the Red Sox tied the game. A single to Ted Williams and a walk to Bobby Doerr, preceded a line drive base hit to right-field by Al Zarilla, that scored Williams.

Joe Haynes came in in the seventh inning and kept the Red Sox from scoring until the 12th, when Haynes walked Kinder at the start of the inning. Kinder was sacrificed over by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky rolled a softy down to Sam Dente, the shortstop. In his anxiety to get Kinder at second, he fumbled the ball and Pesky was safe. Everybody in the ballpark knew that Washington manager, Joe Kuhel, would intentionally walk Ted Williams and he did.

Rain had held up the game for 35 minutes at the start and a raw drizzle was still descending when Vern Stephens came to bat. Haynes first pitch was down the middle and Stephens hit a well stroked drive that soared into the net in left field.

Stephens blast put him one ahead of Williams in the American League home run derby and ten ahead of him in the RBI contest, with 125. Williams, who scored ahead of Stephens, waited at the plate and gave him a pat on the butt while the fans roared.

The Red Sox have won 16 out of 20 games at home. During the stretch they picked up three full games on the Yankees. The victory kept he Red Sox in second place, a full game ahead of the Cleveland Indians. The Senators have now lost 26 of their last 30 games.

 

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 W-Ellis Kinder (14-5)
L-Joe Haynes (2-8)
Attendance - 8847

 HR-Stephens (Bost)