THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
Bill Butland wins with his arm and his bat
June 10, 1946 ... Along with Rudy York, who accounted for three runs with his seventh home run of the year, Bill Butland who
was making his first start for the Red Sox, shared individual honors in the 11th straight
win during the latest successive streak.
Lack of steady work since 1942, when he entered the service, left Butland
tired and he could not complete the game. He was removed in the seventh inning when the Indians scored their only two runs off him as he was tiring. He yielded just six hits, and struck out seven. With his bat, he
singled in the last two Red Sox runs with two outs in the sixth inning.
To give Lou Boudreau and his boys there due, they put up a stiffer fight then the Tigers did over the weekend. Starter Steve Gromek battled Butland on scoreless terms until the fourth inning. Ted Williams drew his 59th walked to start and Bobby Doerr, who had gone hitless in nine straight
trips laced a two bagger against the wall, with Ted stopping at third base. With one ball counted against him, Rudy York followed by hitting a stanchion high up on the left-center field screen for a three run homer. After four innings the Sox led 3-0.
Successive singles by Doerr, York, and Don DiMaggio, with none out added another run and sent Gromek to the shower. York and DiMaggio moved up on Hal Wagner's slow roller to Boudreau. Butland then laced a single to center to bring in two more runs. After the sixth inning the Sox held a
6-0 lead. In the seventh inning the Indians got back one run and highlighted by Les Fleming's eighth inning homer, the Indians knock the final score down to 6 to 3.
Tex Hughson tested his ailing hand and reported it much better.