Baseball Glove

April 15, 1958

It’s always been a big deal to open the season in Washington, D.C. You’re playing in front of the President of the United States, at least for a little while, until affairs of state or chilly winds drove him back to the White House. And before schedule makers had to consider the wants and needs of 30 teams and CBA off-day requirements, it was guaranteed to be the only game on the slate.

So with President Eisenhower tossing out the first ball, and Jackie Jensen smacking a two-run homer, the Red Sox … lost, 5-2 before 26,675 at Griffith Stadium.

Jensen hit into a bases-loaded double play to end a first-inning threat and his home run accounted for Boston’s only offensive output of the afternoon against Pedro Ramos. Ted Williams was out having suffered a case of food poisoning from shrimp he ate on the team train to Washington.

And to show that mapping out schedules for two eight-team leagues didn’t quell the eccentricities of the cartographers, consider this: After the opener, the Red Sox took a train back to Boston to open their Fenway Park schedule with three games against the Yankees, then turned around and returned to Washington for two games.

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