April 16, 1963

With his Red Sox having managed just two wins in their first five games, all on the road, rookie manager Johnny Pesky had more on his mind than simply trotting up to the home plate-end of the first baseline during the ceremonies preceding his home debut.

For one thing, Pesky said he was mulling over tweaking his lineup for the Fenway Park opener. The Red Sox scored just 14 runs in their first five games. And with a pitching staff that might find more success in wide-open spaces, he realized that they may well need a little more production at the lyric little bandbox.

Boston bested aging Orioles starter Robin Roberts in a 6-1 win before a surprisingly robust crowd of 26,161. New first baseman Dick Stuart smacked a 2-run homer off Roberts, but the veteran hurler didn’t get much support from his mates, at the plate or in the field.

Four of the Red Sox runs were unearned. Boston starter Bill Monbouquette went the distance, limiting the Orioles to one run on five hits, striking out eight and walking none.

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