THE BEST OFFENSIVE SEASON IN SOX HISTORY
The Sox rout
the Browns, 20-4, with 23 hits
June 7, 1950 ... The
Red Sox scattered 23 hits over and out of Fenway Park and ran out 20
runs, beating the St. Louis Browns, 20-4.
Among the hits, good for a total of 42 bases, were five home runs.
Vern Stephens and Clyde Vollmer, who was playing in place of the
injured Dom DiMaggio, each walloped a pair of four baggers and the
fifth driven out by Walt Dropo.
Roy Sievers and Lee Thomas each hit home runs for the Browns, who
have now lost all five games played against the Sox.
Vollmer, whose homers were his third and fourth, drove in five runs
as did Stephens. Each hit theirs with the bases empty and then each
with two on base. Every Sox batter, except Joe Dobson, had a base
hit. Johnny Pesky had four in six at bats and Stephens was four for
five. Ted Williams, Al Zarilla, Bobby Doerr and Vollmer each
contributed three hits. The Sox sent ten men to the plate in two
The Browns scored first with a triple and Sievers' homer in the first
inning. Vollmer opened up the game for the Sox with a homer off Harry
Dorish in their half of the first. With two outs, Stephens singled
and was driven in by Dropo's double to right center. Zarilla's base
hit scored Dropo and put the Sox ahead, 3-2.
In the third, the Browns tied the game and then the Sox hitters
unloaded. Pesky and Williams singled and were brought in on Stephens'
homer. Zarilla lined a single to right and Dorish walked Bobby Doerr.
Birdie Tebbetts lined a single to left that scored Zarilla, ending
Dorish's day. Tommy Fine took the mound and gave up another homer to
Vollmer. Pesky singled but was picked of first to end the inning, but
the Sox had scored seven runs.
In the fourth inning, Vern Stephens banged out his second homer of
the game. Fine walked Zarilla and Doerr brought him home with a
double off the wall.
Then in the sixth, the Sox batted around again. With Lou Kretlow
pitching, Dropo started with a home run. Doerr singled and
Tebbetts drew a walk. Vollmer's base hit scored Doerr and Pesky's
infield hit loaded the bases. Williams lined a singled to right,
scoring Vollmer and Tebbetts. Stephens brought in Pesky with a single
to left to boost the score to 17-3. A walk to Zarilla, a double by
Doerr and an infield out, in the seventh inning, accounted for the
In the eighth, the Sox added their two final runs. Pesky singled and
was brought in on a double by Williams. a passed ball allowed Ted to
scamper over to third and a grounder to short scored him with the