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Aug. 14, 1953

Washington pitcher Bob Porterfield prepared to bring his 29-inning scoreless streak to Fenway Park. It was a nice run of success, though not historic. A Senators pitching alum, Walter Johnson, iced opposition lineups for 56 straight innings.

Boston already provided nine innings for Porterfield’s run, losing 2-0 at Griffith Stadium.

The odds of Porterfield stringing together three more shutouts were long, particularly with his next nine scoreless innings having to come at Fenway.

In recent years, the keepers of analytics have quibbled with Fenway’s reputation as a hitters ballpark. With the build-up of structures atop its roof and the taller buildings in the streets around the old yard, the theory is that wind currents have wreaked havoc on Fenway’s wind currents.

The wind currents, however, have not pushed The Wall back onto Lansdowne St. or enlarged the slivers of foul territory.

At any rate, Porterfield won his next start at Fenway, 4-2, but his scoreless innings saga ended quickly. George Kell’s one-out RBI single finished off that side drama.

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