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April 22, 1943

The front page was dominated by World War II news, as one would expect. But tucked down in the corner of the Boston Globe’s Page 1 was the first three paragraphs from the Red Sox season opener at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

Tex Hughson posted the first 1-0 win he could remember pitching in, spoiling the day for Connie Mack’s Athletics and the reported crowd of 4,553.

The Boston lineup included just two immediately recognizable names: Second baseman Bobby Doerr batted third and Hughson, batting ninth. The rest were working as war temps.

Second baseman Pete Fox doubled in the fourth, the only extra-base hit of the game, was sacrificed to second and scored on Johnny Lazor’s fielder’s choice grounder to short.

Lazor logged four seasons with the Red Sox, mostly as a backup outfielder.

Fox played portions of eight seasons with the Tigers until the Red Sox acquired him in December, 1940. He logged most of his Boston appearances when Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio went into the service after the 1942 season. In 1944 he was an American League All Star selection.

His final big-league game came Sept. 23, 1945.

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