NIGHT BASEBALL &
JACKIE ROBINSON ...
Johnny Pesky passes the 200-hit mark
for the third time
September 20, 1947 ... Denny Galehouse kept the Red Sox in the thick of the fight for second place as the Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Senators at Fenway Park.
After Early Wynn had whipped the Red Sox, 6 to 2, Galehouse squelched the Nats 7 to 2. Wynn held the Sox to eight hits for his 17th triumph.
Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams continued their spectacular batting climbs. Pesky picked up a pair of hits in each contest, while the Kid batted .500 with three straight hits in the second game, after being shutout in the opener.
Galehouse chalked up his 10th win since coming to the Red Sox. He has won four from the Senators. He kept nine hits well spaced, except in the third inning, when four safeties gave Washington two runs.
A double by Pesky and Ted's first triple gave the Sox a one-run jump in the first inning of the nitecap. Washington grabbed a 2 to 1 lead in the third, but it didn't last long. In Boston's third, a walk to Pesky and Dom DiMaggio's double tied it up. An intentional pass to Ted and Sam Mele's single, sent the
Sox out front for keeps.
Pesky made history as he knocked out two hits in each game, eclipsing the 200 hit mark for the season. He also made a new 1947 record for consecutive game batting with 26 games. Pesky's consecutive game hit streak breaks the Red Sox record which was George Metkovich's record of 24, established in 1945.
This is Pesky's third major league season and he has broken the 200 hit barrier each time. He became the third player in baseball history to reach the 200 hit mark in his first three seasons. The others were Wee Willie Keeler and Chuck Klein. Ty Cobb holds the major league record of having nine 200 hit