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June 11, 1954

While the 2024 Red Sox, somewhat battered and egos bruised, have trouble scoring runs, their 1954 ancestors endured an afternoon from deep in the netherworld.

In a Thursday doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox managed one run on 12 hits in being swept by the Baltimore Orioles, 9-1 and 5-0.

Ted Williams was sidelined with a cold. That was the extent of convenient alibis available for the punchless Red Sox.

These were not the Orioles riding a tradition of winning, with one of the best pitching staffs in the game. They were the Orioles who were still trying to shake off the stench lingering from their decades of incompetence as the St. Louis Browns.

In fact, the sixth-place, 19-28 Red Sox were barely ahead of the seventh-place, 20-32 O’s.

Boston’s run came in the ninth inning of Game 1. Milt Boling doubled to left, took third on a basehit from Karl Olson and scored when Don Lenhardt bounced into a force play.

Not exactly highlight reel material.

Arlington, Mass., native and former Boston hurler Joe Coleman picked up the win.

Game 2 was worse. Orioles hurler Duane Pillette blanked Boston on five hits.

It’s a good bet that most of the 6,875 there for at least some of the inaction were gone by the time the drudgery was over.