June 18, 1979

June 18, 1979 Leaving Chicago mystified by a left-hander named Ken Kravec, the Red Sox looked forward to a seven-game homestand that would begin with the Detroit Tigers. Spending part of seven seasons in the big leagues, Kravec’s career was perfectly mediocre. He went on to a 43-56 career record with an ERA of 4.47. But he shut down one of the most powerful lineups in baseball for a 6-1 win So it was on to Fenway and the Tigers. In terms of karma, it would be Sparky Anderson’s first regular-season game at Fenway Park. One might recall the last ...

June 17, 2024|Categories: Bill Lee, Fenway Park, History, Red Sox, Sparky Anderson|0 Comments

Red Sox rally

Fisk sparks win over the Angels  Carlton Fisk had been on the disabled from early in spring training through a good chunk of the season. But when he returned to active duty, his bat showed the kind of pop last seen from him in 1972. So it was hardly surprising when he played a key role in the Red Sox’ 7-4 win in Anaheim, which required a six-run ninth inning rally to sink the struggling Angels. Heading into the ninth, the only Red Sox run to that point was a solo homer from Fisk in the third inning.  Fisk’s two-run ...

June 17, 2024|Categories: Carl Yastrzemski, History, MLB, Red Sox|0 Comments

June 14, 1964

  June 14, 1964 Tony Conigliaro had a way of stealing the spotlight, particularly in the early years of his tragically shortened career. As Earl Wilson won his fifth straight decision, stopping the Baltimore Orioles on five hits in a 6-2 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park. Wilson struck out 10 and walked one in his second straight complete game. Conigliaro’s exit came as he tried to run out an infield hit. Shortstop Luis Aparicio snared Conigliaro’s ground ball in the hole and made a quick throw to Orioles first baseman Norm Siebern. Sliding into the bag, Conigliaro thought he ...

June 14, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Tony Conigliaro, Uncategorized|0 Comments

June 12, 1959

June 12, 1959 Plopped in the final resting place in the American League standings - behind the long-term lessee for eighth-place, the Washington Senators - the Red Sox decided to make a trade - with the Washington Senators. Billy Consolo and Murray Wall went to Washington, with Dick Hyde and Herb Plews headed to Boston. Don’t bother looking up the Hall of Fame bona fides on any of the four. Two years earlier Joe Cronin, then general manager of the Red Sox, reportedly told at least one Boston scribe that Consolo was a better baseball player than Al Kaline. Cronin ...

June 13, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox|0 Comments

June 11, 1954

June 11, 1954 While the 2024 Red Sox, somewhat battered and egos bruised, have trouble scoring runs, their 1954 ancestors endured an afternoon from deep in the netherworld. In a Thursday doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox managed one run on 12 hits in being swept by the Baltimore Orioles, 9-1 and 5-0. Ted Williams was sidelined with a cold. That was the extent of convenient alibis available for the punchless Red Sox. These were not the Orioles riding a tradition of winning, with one of the best pitching staffs in the game. They were the Orioles who were ...

June 12, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Ted Williams|0 Comments

June 9, 1949

June 9, 1949 Ah, there really was a time when baseball was the National Pastime. Anyone arguing the point could get a swat on the noggin with a rolled-up newspaper. This Thursday morning edition of the Boston Globe featured three baseball stories: A 15-inning, 8-7 win for the Boston Braves over the Cincinnati Reds. A Red Sox loss to the St. Louis Browns. An NBA player working out at Braves Field who says he yearns for a big-league career because there is so much more money in baseball. Starting from the bottom: The NBA was in its infancy, so Ralph ...

June 9, 2024|Categories: History, MLB, NBA, Red Sox|0 Comments
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