July 31, 1948

Green Line Series Fever Grips Hub!

That is way too clunky for headline purposes, let alone as a battle cry.

It is the summer of 1948 in Boston, with representatives in both big leagues, and both clubs looking absolutely capable of making it an all-Hub World Series.

The Red Sox swept the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, winning the first game of a day-nighter 10-9, then watching Joe Dobson stop Chicago for a 3-1 decision. The Red Sox edged to within 3½ games of the first-place Cleveland Indians, two games behind the over-achieving, second-place Philadelphia Athletics.

Warren Spahn toyed with the Reds in Cincinnati, helping the Braves maintain a 6½ game lead in the National League.

As it turned out, the Braves were the NL champions, their last Boston pennant, and fell to Cleveland in a six-game World Series.

Cleveland eliminated the chance of the only all-Hub World Series by beating the Red Sox at Fenway in a one-game playoff.

That’s the game for which Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy allegedly found the name of his starting pitcher, Denny Galehouse, at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon.

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