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By John B Holway
Due to an accident of birth, over which I had no control - I'm an old Geezer - this will be my fourth Boston-St Louis Series.
I also saw games 2 and 6, when lefty Harry Brecheen beat us.
They gave the Cards a day off - on Sunday! - because they had not sold tickets yet for the final game! That also gave Brecheen a fatal day of rest.
Game 7. Ted s elbow felt better, and he predicted he would blast one. As I listened by radio, he actually blasted two 400-foot bombs to centerfield, buttywr caught.
In the seventh we were losing by two runs but rallied for two hits and Brecheen was rushed in. Dom DiMaggio whacked a double to tie it - it just missed being a home run. Instead of trotting home, Dom raced for second and limped in with a charlie horse. Baseball s best center fielder was out of the game.
Sox skipper Joe Cronin lost the game with his next move. He waved
his right arm to the bullpen. Not to call in Tex Hughson, his best pitcher
with 20 wins and several days rest. Instead a 38 year-old journeyman
right-hander, Bob Klinger, trotted in to pitch to lefty Enos Slaughter, the
RBI champ. Enos singled. After two outs lefty Harry Walker was up. Dom hobbled
to the top of the dugout stops and hollered to Leon Culbertson to shade toward
No. Pesky didn't hold the ball. Look at the film. For 35 years Johnny and I had a standing offer: If you see watch the film and still honestly say you saw him hold the ball, we'll buy you a steak dinner for two. We have never had to buy a dinner.
But that was not the final play of the game. The Sox still had three
outs left. Bobby Doerr, the tying run, slapped a single.
Enos and Harry were the heroes. But years later Slaughter said, I never would have tried it with Dom out there. And Brecheen told me the obvious: The day off had been a big factor in changing his blown save to a victory.