1948 Boston Red Sox official baseball program (playoff year)

Nice cover of two red socks, with photo of Fenway Park inside the socks.
Official Program and Score Card - Ten Cents
Fenway Park


Scorecard for Boston VS St. Louis Browns (unscored)

Undated, but St. Louis played at Boston on : May 8 - May 25,26 - June 2,3,4(2) - June 25, 27(2) - July 18(2),19,20 - Aug 3,4,5 - Aug 29(2) - Sep 16,17,18

Tickets range from $0.60 (bleachers) to $2.40 (Box seats)

Full of ads: Camels, Schenley Reserve, Briggs Pipe Mixture, Muriel Cigars, Great Western New York Champagne, RCA Victor, Coca-Cola, Douglas Shoes, Schrafft's candy bars, Three Feathers Reserve, Jayson Pajamas, Chesterfield cigarettes, GlenGarry Whisky, Longines, J.A.Cigars, Old Gold cigarettes, GEM Blades, Lucky Strike, Seagram's 7 Crown, Ruppert Beer, Gulden's Mustard, Bieringer-Hanauer Cigars, Canada Dry, Hood's Ice Cream, Esquire Shoe Polish, Beech nut gum, Chase and Sanborn coffee, Hanley's Ale and Lager, White Rock Mineral Water, Ballantine Ale, Calvert Distillers.

Famous names on roster: Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, Ellis Kinder,etc..

Corner bends, creases, small tears, some pages have small bits of paper missing along edges, scorecard pages is worn + some ink runs.  Yellowed paper throughout, as is common with this type of newsprint.

16 pages.

9 ¾" X 6 ¾"


Regular season

In 1948, Kramer led the American League in winning percentage. The manager of the team was former New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, who replaced the outgoing Joe Cronin. Cronin had led the Red Sox to an 83–71 record in 1947, finishing in third place.

Throughout 1948, the Sox, New York Yankees, and the Cleveland Indians slugged it out for the pennant. At the end of the regular season, Boston and Cleveland were tied for first place. Each team had a record of 96 wins and 58 losses, two games ahead of the Yankees.

American League Playoff

At the end of the season, the Red Sox and the Indians were tied for first place. This led to the American League's first-ever one-game playoff. The game was played at Fenway Park on October 4, 1948. The start time was 1:15 pm EST.

McCarthy picked former St. Louis Browns pitcher Denny Galehouse, who had an 8–7 pitching record, to be his starter. The Indians won the game by the score of 8–3. Indians third baseman Ken Keltner contributed to the victory with his single, double, and 3-run homer over the Green Monster in the 4th inning. Later, McCarthy said he had no rested arms and that there was no else who could pitch. Mel Parnell and Ellis Kinder claimed that they were both ready to pitch.


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