Baseballs

Feb. 19, 1963

Red Sox equipment manager Don Fitzpatrick had no tangible clue as to how the club’s newest hitters will fare, but he did have an intangible hunch that the club needed more bats and baseballs than usual at the eve of spring training’s opening.

So the Red Sox were shipping an extra-large load of bats and balls to their spring headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“We came closer to filling up one of those big transcontinental vans (than usual),” he told the Boston Globe.

“With the new players we’ve added we figure there will be more bats broken and more balls lost.”

The logic was rooted in the possibility that pitchers will jam hitters more during the spring, breaking more bats than usual. As for lost baseballs, he cited that the desert air will lead to longer fly balls.

There were also two old home and two more road uniform jerseys bearing the No. 9

Ted Williams had signed on as a part-time hitting instructor.

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