Even to an exact reversal to the previous game’s 12-5 score, Red Sox bounded back to exact full reparations from the supposedly big, bad Yankees yesterday in a manner that warmed the souls of 32,867 onlookers, who demonstrated that they were no fair-weather fans by breaking Boston’s 24-hour-old record for attendance at a week-day game.
To make the revenge all the more sweet, it was a couple of Greater Boston residents who led the reprisal of 13 hits that were good for 22 bases against four Yankee servers.
Roxbury-born and Dorchester-residing Eddie Pelligrini, who only Monday hit a homer in his first major league time at bat, came within an alert stop by Stuffy Stirnweiss of hitting for the cycle in his fourth day of big-time business. Pelly connected for a monumental triple, a fence-flagging double and the season’s most impressive home run in his first three times at bat. He whiffed the next time and bounded into a double play his last trip, but only Stirnweiss’ gloved grab of a tricky hopper kept Pelly from entering the record books again in his young career on this effort.
Also Pulls Defensive Gem
All this clarion clouting enabled Pelly to score a pair of runs and get credit for two more RBIs. The Park League product also chipped in with one of the affair’s defensive thrillers with a backhanded clutch of a Joe Gordon liner.
Meanwhile, Pesky, the adopted Lynn son, removed all doubts about the after-effects of a Monday beaning; and at the same time continued his early foot towards keeping intact his record of leading every league in which he has played in total hits by belting two two-baggers and two singles as he, too, scored two runs and batted across another pair.
Moreover, it was the one-time Portland, Oregon, clubhouse boy who in the very first inning made the Yankees look as silly as the Sox did in Wednesday’s notorious run-down play.
The Yanks had tagged the starting and finished Joe Dobson for a 2-0 lead in their half and the doubting Thomases got busy with the ‘‘here it is again’’ chant. But in Sox half, Lee Culberson who played vice the sore-legged Dom DiMaggio, worked Emerson Rosar for a walk and scored all the way from first when Pesky doubled into left-field coffin corner.
Next, Ted Williams, another comeback Kid, drew the first of his three walks. Johnny and Ted each moved up on a passed ball by Aaron Robinson, hero of the previous day’s run-down roulette, before Bobby Doerr sent a liner to King Kong Keller.
Pesky started up the line with a crack of the bat, but hastily back-pedaled. He completely tricked Keller into thinking he was not going to try and score. King Kong was still fondling the ball when Pesky suddenly streaked for the plate, which he reached standing up before the startled Keller’s belated peg.
The Sox were home from there. York singled to score Ted; and put the Cronins in the lead they never were to relinquish. Pesky tripled over Joe DiMaggio’s head, and Rosar was replaced by Bill Zuber.
The aroused Sox kept pouring it on so early and often that Joe McCarthy finally conceded by letting Zuber bat in the fourth, by which time the score was 9-2, although the Yanks had runners on second and third with only one out.
The second, which saw the Sox score thrice more, brought about Williams’ complete repayment for any who though they had a beef over Ted’s performance the day before. There were two out in this round when Pesky singled and Ted walked again. Bobby Doerr promptly caromed a two-bagger off the left-centerfield wall that saw Joe DiMag fall down and Keller finally retrieved.
Williams scored all the way from first in this instance, only by making as spectacular a fadeaway slide as you will see all season, in beating Robinson’s tag after Rizzuto’s perfect relay.
York’s single, following a wild pitch, scored Doerr in the second, and Pelly’s double, Culby’s single and steal, and Pesky’s second two-bagger added two more in third. Pelly’s homer over the whole works in left field on Zuber’s first pitch in the fifth and Gordon’s round-tripper into the center field seats in the eighth were the only other events that aroused the capacity crowd from its enjoyment of the pennant dreams the rest of the way.