July 12, 1963

Home runs and great pitching.

If only the Red Sox were able to conjure up that timeless formula for baseball success at will, the summer of 1963 would have been much livelier around Boston’s lyric little bandox.

Instead they had to claim waxhatever success they could stumble upon.

Home runs by Bob Tillman, a fairly forgettable catcher, and Eddie Bressoud, a fairly forgettable shortstop, provided Bill Monbouquette, a decent pitcher who often deserved better results, with the pop he could ride to a 3-0 win over the Twins in Minnesota.

Monbouquette scattered three hits across nine efficient innings, bringing his record to 12-6. Just one Twin reached second base.

The Red Sox rose to within one game of .500. They proceeded to stumble across the finish line at 76-85, seventh in the American League.

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