BOBBY DOERR

THE BEST OFFENSIVE SEASON IN SOX HISTORY ...  
Bobby Doerr hits a 10th inning walk-off HR

August 18, 1950 ... Bobby Doerr's line drive that just made it over the left field wall in the 10th inning, gave the Red Sox a 7 to 6 triumph over the Washington Senators before 21,546 screaming fans.

Doerr's game winner came on a 1-1 pitch from Elmer Singleton. It cleared the wall not more than a foot from going foul. Singleton had pitched six scoreless innings before Doerr sent the fans home cheering.

Just one guy separated Joe Dobson from a soft win. It was Sherry Robertson, who smashed two home runs and a triple that sent the game into extra innings.

The Sox had smashed Washington starter, Al Sima, into submission in the third inning to present Dobson with a five-run lead. In the first they scored a run on consecutive singles by DiMaggio and Pesky and an infield out. Washington then tied the game up in the second inning on Robertson's triple and Michaels' double. A combination of five singles, a pass and an error gave the Sox a 6-1 lead in the third inning.

Dobson sailed along until the sixth inning which Gil Coan opened by beating out a bunt. Irv Noren singled to center and Robertson homered into the Sox bullpen for three runs. Then with one down in the eighth inning, Doerr booted a ground ball hit by Noren. Robertson slammed another ball into the bullpen and the game was tied.

The game came close to being a disastrous defeat. Singleton dug himself out of a seemingly impossible jam in the ninth inning when the Sox loaded the bases with nobody out, but failed to score.

Dobson opened the ninth with a single to right. Dom DiMaggio laid down a bunt which Noren fielded nicely, but failed to get Dom at first. The throw went onto right field as Dobson raced over to third and DiMaggio to second. Maury McDermott went in to run for Dobson before the Senators gave Johnny Pesky an intentional pass to load the bases. That brought up Billy Goodman. He had reached on three straight base hits, but drilled this one down to Cass Michaels at second, who threw to the plate to force McDermott. Vern Stephens next hit a short fly to center for the second out. DiMaggio broke for home but Coan fired a strike to home to end the threat.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON SENATORS

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

0

 

6

8

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

7

13

2

 

 

W-Dick Littlefield (2-2)
L-Elmer Singleton (1-2)
Attendance - 21,546

 2B-Batts (Bost), Stewart (2)(Wash)

 3B-Robertson (Wash)

 HR-Doerr (Bost), Robertson (2)(Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 2 2 .327  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 6 1 2 .318  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 5 1 3 .354  

 

Vern Stephens ss 5 0 0 .298  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 2 1 .298  

 

Clyde Vollmer lf 4 1 1 .298  

 

Al Zarilla rf 2 0 1 .343  

 

Matt Batts c 4 0 2 .273  

 

Joe Dobson p 4 0 1 .164  

 

Mickey McDermott pr 0 0 0 .342  

 

Dick Littlefield p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Dobson 9 8 6 0 4  

 

Dick Littlefield 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1950 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Detroit Tigers 70 38 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 70 44 3

 

 

New York Yankees 68 44 4

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 68 48 6

 

 

Washington Senators 50 60 21

 

 

Chicago White Sox 44 70 29

 

 

St. Louis Browns 38 70 32

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 40 74 33