April 5, 1952

Ted Williams, having passed his Marine physical, was poised to return to the fighter pilot duties at which he excelled during World War II. Ultimately, he played in just 37 games.

Writers covering the Red Sox interpreted the release of shortstop Al Richter as a sign that manager Lou Boudreau must have considered the season a lost cause.

It's tough to figure out the scribes' collective wisdom. By the end of his career, Richter had appeared in a total of six big-league games.

Boudreau went with Jimmy Piersall as his Opening Day shortstop.

Piersall's big-league career requires a little more than a paragraph to summarize.

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