Red Sox Hat

Feb. 4, 1968

There were snippets of Red Sox news as the defending American League champions prepared to open spring training at Winter Haven, Fla.

Gerry Moses looked forward to the season as he fully believed that he would be the Red Sox starting catcher on Opening Day. Alas, Moses spent the bulk of the season catching for Triple A Louisville. For Boston, he appeared in six games as a September call-up.

Another man with high hopes but not even a light touch with reality was Billy Rohr, the kid who opened his career by allowing the Yankees zero hits until Elston Howard singled with two outs in the ninth. (Think one play earlier, when Carl Yastrzemski robbed Tom Tresh with, according to Ken Coleman, one of the greatest catches he’d ever seen.)

Rohr worked hard over the winter, adding some bulk to his frame. It didn’t help much. The Red Sox sold him to the Indians in April, the Indians shipped him to the Tigers, and his big-league career was over after 27 appearances.

The Red Sox and WHDH TV Ch.5 announced the broadcast schedule for 1968, consisting of 56 games, same as in 1967. Most of them were on weekends. The broadcast team remained Coleman, Ned Martin and Mel Parnell.

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