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Leon Culberson homers to take the game
into extra innings and Bobby Doerr homers to win it

LEON CULBERSON

ON THIS DATE (June 14, 1942) ... Three times in one game against the league-leading St. Louis Browns, the Red Sox were face-to-face with defeat, yet they came away with a 7 to 6 win in the 13th inning on a home run by Bobby Doerr. Unfortunately they were crushed 6 to 1 in the nightcap, cut the five innings by the Massachusetts Sunday Blue Laws.

The first game was a storybook classic. First the Red Sox went behind 5 to 1 in the third inning when Mike Ryba was left on the mound to long.

The Sox probably would've one in regulation had Ryba not been suffering in the 101 heat and had been removed two batters earlier. In the first inning he gave up three hits, including a two run homer by Stephens. In the second inning he gave up just one hit, but in the third with one out George McQuinn homered into the right-field grandstand. Then Stephens doubled and he walked Gene Moore. At that point he was wasted, but there was no help coming. So he pitched to Al Zarilla and walked him to load the bases. Still there was no help so he pitched to Mark Christman, who lined a single that drove in two runs, putting the Sox behind 5 to 1.

Relief came too late. Clem Hausmann started the fourth inning and threw four no-hit innings.

The Sox thumped away at Bob Moncrief, getting a run in the third on Leon Culberson's double and Pete Fox's double. They scored two runs in the fourth, on a single by Jim Tabor, a triple by Hal Wagner and a sac fly off the bat of Skeeter Newsome. In the fifth, George Metkovich led off with a triple and came in with the tying run on Bob Johnson's fly to left.

But in the eighth-inning, a home run off Hausmann by Stephens, his second of the game, put St. Louis ahead 6 to 5.

Then when the Red Sox came within one out of defeat in the ninth-inning, Culberson hammered a three run homer over the left-field wall and sent the game into extra innings.

In the 10th inning, the newly purchased pitcher, Rex Cecil, who had arrived only a few minutes before the game, went to the mound. It was the first time he had ever been in the major league ballpark, and in almost no time, he was in a lot of trouble.

He loaded the bases and with two outs, he had the count at three and two on Don Gutteridge. Gutteridge took the next pitch and umpire Ernie Stewart called it a strike. Cecil was out of the inning and became a hero. He blanked the Browns through the 13th inning.

George Caster came into pitch for St. Louis in the seventh inning and had given the Red Sox only two hits. But in the 13th, Bobby Doerr got him for a home run over the fence in left-center for a walkoff 7 to 6 victory.

 

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Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

 

R

H

E

 
 

STL BROWNS

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

6

14

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

7

14

0

 

 

W-Rex Cecil (1-0)
L-George Caster (5-4)
Attendance - 31,844

 2B-Culberson (Bost), Fox (Bost), Stephens (StL),
 Caster (StL)

 3B-Wagner (Bost)

 HR-Culberson (Bost), Doerr (Bost), Stephens (2)(StL)

 

 

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Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

1

5

0          

 

6

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

         

 

1

5

0

 

 

W-Nels Potter (11-5)
L-George Woods (2-7)

 2B-S.Newsome (Bost)