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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

May 25, 1959

May 25, 1959 Not a good Sunday afternoon for the Red Sox … not at all. They lost to the Washington Senators, 8-3. One of the main Senators with a hand in the drubbing was Faye Throneberry, a former outfielder for the Red Sox. Throneberry was 3-for-5, including triple to the center-field triangle. (He was quoted in the Boston Globe declaring “I drug one.” It wasn’t difficult to translate what   Throneberry meant. Today, if a ballpayer made such a boast, MLB would have a full-blown investigation.) The Sunday matinee drew a paltry paid attendance of 8,484. It ended a ...

May 25, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, Red Sox, Ted Williams|0 Comments

May 11, 1959

May 11, 1959 Life was pretty good for the Red Sox. They came off a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles - in Baltimore, no less - lifting them to 12-12 on the season. At this stage of Red Sox history, standing at .500 was just cause for a rating of pretty good. And one day later, Ted Williams would make his 1959 debut at Fenway Park. As the Boston Globe’s Harold Kaese noted, it would be the Red Sox’ third Opening Day of the year: The season opener, the home opener, and the Ted Williams opener. The game drew 22,012, ...

May 11, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, History, MLB, Red Sox, Ted Williams|0 Comments

History eludes so many ballplayers

Casas vs. Williams ... no contest Triston Casas believes that Ted WIlliams could not possibly have hit a baseball 502 feet, a feat that resulted in the red seat amidst the sea of green bleacher seats. He vows to take dead aim at the green seat, but believes that the legend of Williams’ bomb feels like a splinter from the tree on which mythology grows. How could Teddy Ballgame possibly have sent one out with the right launch angle, or exit velo, or any of the other analytical necessities to drive a ball 502 feet? How could a guy who ...

April 15, 2024|Categories: Fenway Park, Red Sox, Ted Williams, Triston Casas|0 Comments

March 28, 1954

March 28, 1954 As spring training meandered along (back when the season began at least a week into April), the Boston Globe decided to get a sampling of opinion as to the Red Sox’ chances of winning the American League pennant. The consensus was that their chances were fair, but only if Ted Williams was healthy and in their lineup. It was a matter of concern because on the first day of spring training, Williams suffered a broken collarbone. Red Sox manager Lou Boudreau put it bluntly: “This team can’t win without Williams.” Well, Williams recovered quickly and was back ...

March 29, 2024|Categories: History, MLB, Red Sox, Ted Williams|0 Comments
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