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June 21, 1958

Upon arriving at Fenway Park for the first time this season, Tom Yawkey felt compelled to respond to murmurs that he had lost interest in baseball, particularly in his ballclub.

In a Boston Globe interview, Yawkey explained his absence was the result of other business affairs requiring his attention. He said he calls the ballpark daily, and on occasion has asked someone to place a radio near the telephone so he could listen to the game.

“I’m glad you don’t have to pay my phone bills,” Yawkey said to his interviewer, perhaps realizing what a dent that would put in a typical scribe’s finances.

“I’ve been in touch with the ballpark about every day. And there isn’t anything which has happened that I don’t know about.”

The Red Sox were 31-31 upon Yawkey’s arrival, nine games behind the first-place Yankees.

The American League standings then bore some resemblance to the AL East standings today. First-place New York was 38-20 followed by Boston, Detroit and Kansas City (both 29-30), Chicago (28-31), Cleveland (29-33), Baltimore (27-31) and Washington (27-32).

You don’t often see that sort of mass mediocrity weighing down the standings.

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