Aug. 3, 1968

One year earlier Jim Lonborg strode the American League virtually unfettered. If there was a pitcher out there (not named Bob Gibson) who could lay claim to the throne, his credentials would never have passed inspection.

As for 1968, it was inarguably the nadir of Lonborg’s baseball career.

The knee he injured in a winter ski accident ruined any chance Lonborg had for an encore performance. That much was affirmed upon realizing that his 6-1 win over the Angels in the nightcap of a twinight doubleheader was Lonborg’s first triumph of the season at Fenway Park.

Juan Pizzaro lost the first game, 3-2.

Lonborg, the stopper – however briefly.

He flew into town from Fort Meade in Maryland, having served two weeks duty in the Army reserves. Lonborg lasted seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits, walking two and striking out four.

Those numbers were wholly unable to rekindle the magic of 1967, but Lonborg had a win at Fenway.

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