NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
Birdie Tebbetts with a 10th inning walk-off
July 22, 1947 ... Birdie Tebbetts slapped a 10th inning double into the left-field corner Fenway Park to beat the White Sox 3 to 2, starting a short home stand. Dom DiMaggio, who had driven
into Red Sox runs in the first inning, poked a single into left against Eddie Lopat and scored the winning run on Tebbetts' poke, as leftfielder Dave Philley slipped on the wet turf, allowing DiMaggio to walk in.
The victory was the Red Sox 11th against Chicago who had only twice all season, beaten Boston. Joe Dobson pitched a complete-game, winning his 11th decision of the year. He yielded 11 hits, allowing most of them in the seventh and eighth innings in which the White Sox scored the two runs
that tied the game.
The Red Sox had opened the game by scoring two runs off Lopat. With one out, Johnny Pesky made the first of his four hits which ran his season average up to .309 Ted Williams followed by doubling to left field and DiMaggio promptly blasted a single to score both Pesky and Williams, giving
the Red Sox a 2 to 0 advantage.
After the White Sox tied the game, it took a great play by Bobby Doerr off Floyd Baker to avert possible trouble, and in the 10th his grab off Philley's shot back of second base, was important with Thurman Tucker on base.
Sam Dente recently was brought up from the minors to play third base, and he gave a good impression to the Fenway fans. At the plate he connected for a clean base hit to centerfield after three of these drives were handled by the Chicago infield.