Baseballs

July 23, 1953

In the bottomless stash holding baseball treasures of yore, there rests the pitchers duel.

Starting pitchers locked horns, swatting down one another’s batting orders with bloodless efficiency. More often than not in the days before the designated hitter, relievers were required because scoring opportunities were scarce and pinch hitters sent starters to the showers.

The duel recalled here featured the Red Sox’ Mel Parnell and the White Sox’ Virgil Trucks at Comiskey Park. 

The White Sox scored the game’s only run. Chico Carresquel led off the fifth legging out a triple to the left-center field gap. Nellie Fox’s fly ball to center brought him home.

Parnell, whose record dropped to 14-6, worked seven innings, allowing three hits. The Red Sox had four singles off Trucks, who went the distance, lifting his record to 12-4.

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