August 5, 1962

As happens when a ballclub is struggling, on the field and at the gate, rumors had taken flight as to what Tom Yawkey might do to resuscitate his dreary ballclub.

After splitting a doubleheader with the Senators on this day, the Red Sox stood at 49-59, in seventh place in the American League. Washington left Fenway at 42-65, in last place. Not coincidentally, the Red Sox were seventh in attendance at season’s end, drawing 733,080, an average of about 9.500 per date.

The crowd for this Sunday doubleheader was 13,321.

As for Yawkey’s next move, the prevailing theory was that he would resume having a full-time general manager. Pinky Higgins was the field manager and, essentially, the de facto GM. One report suggested that Higgins would be kicked upstairs full-time at season’s end.

The Boston Globe reported that Senators GM Eddie Doherty, a former baseball scribe for the Providence Journal, would be offered the job.

That fall, Higgins did become GM and Johnny Pesky was chosen as manager.

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