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May 29, 1969

While the Red Sox, circa 2024, have struggled to put a bona fide shortstop on the field every day, their 1969 ancestors had a shortstop who didn’t make an error for weeks at a time.

Rico Petrocelli played his 46th consecutive errorless game, helping Ray Culp to his eighth win of the season, a 4-3 decision over the Kansas City Royals.

His steady play in the field was overshadowed by his best big-league at the plate. His 40 homers established an American League record (since broken), with 97 RBIs and a .291 average. The Wall was truly Petrocelli’s friend; he had 32 doubles for the season.

As for his defensive versatility, Petrocelli became the Red Sox’ regular third baseman in 1971 and had the highest fielding percentage at third in the American League.

His post-playing career including stints as a radio analyst and talk-show host, and served as a minor league manager in the Red Sox’ and White Sox’ organizations.

He remains one of the most popular Red Sox figures in New England.