THE BEST OFFENSIVE SEASON IN SOX HISTORY
The Sox beat the Senators in the 9th inning
August 19, 1950 ... The
Sox pulled out another game out of the fire to beat the Senators, 5
to 4, with a two-run ninth inning rally at Fenway. Buddy Rosar came
off the bench and blasted a single off the left field fence with two
out in the ninth inning and the bases loaded, scoring Vern Stephens.
It was a well merited victory for Mel Parnell, who blew a lead in the
late innings, but then hung in to pitch himself out of jams.
Sam Mele had batted Washington to a 4-3 lead with a double down the
left field line to allow Cass Michaels to sprint home from first in
the eighth inning.
The Sox came up in the ninth inning after having been shut out for
five consecutive innings by Connie Marrero. Johnny Pesky lit the fuse
by lining a single to center. Billy Goodman moved him to second with
a sacrifice bunt, before Stephens scored him with a line drive double
over left fielder Johnny Ostrowski's leap.
With the game tied and a light drizzle turning into rain, Bobby Doerr
drew an intentional walk. Walt Dropo came off the bench to bat for
Clyde Vollmer, but struck out. Al Zarilla then drew a walk on four
straight balls to load the bases. Rosar came up and took two straight
balls from Marrero, before fouling off the next two pitches. But the
next pitch was in his wheel-house and he rocketed it to left. There
was no question it would be the winning hit when it slammed off the
wall in left. Stephens scored easily and the game was over.