Red Sox Fans

July 11, 1958

Jackie Jensen lined a fourth inning grand slam into the net to send the Red Sox on their way to an 11-2 win at Fenway Park before 45,471.

Oops … make that 25,471. There were times when ballclubs were allowed to herd fans onto the field, essentially along the warning track. Had they let 20,000 folks loose on the field they’d have taken up all space outside the infield.

It was a typo, of course. Anyone who’s written for a living has made one or two along the way.

Back to the story … Jensen was on a tear. The home run was his eighth in 16 games, giving him 25 for the season.

It was a pace that could have threatened Jimmie Foxx’s Red Sox single-season record of 50. Foxx’s record was safe for several decades, when David Ortiz hit 54.

Jensen cooled down as July turned to August and August slid toward autumn. He finished the season with 35.

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