Baseball and Glove

June 28, 1963

Cleveland Indians right fielder Al Luplow, running at full speed, made a leaping catch and tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, robbing Boston’s Dick Williams of a three-run homer. It came in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Red Sox trailing 6-3.

The immediate reaction of the Boston bullpen corps was to offer applause.

The immediate reaction of Boston manager Johnny Pesky was to protest the game.

Actually, Pesky first argued vigorously with second base umpire Joe Paparella, who ruled that Luplow reached over the fence but had possession of the ball before landing in the bullpen. Pesky’s point: How does Paparella know if Luplow actually held onto the ball upon landing out of sight?

A Red Sox reliever, wisely choosing anonymity, told Boston Globe reporter Clif Keane that Luplow had the ball in his mitt and, before landing, “tucked the ball close to his body like a football player. He tumbled on his shoulder and head like a football player. … It was a wonderful catch.”

For Pesky, it capped off a day that began with his finding out that ace reliever Dick Radatz would be out for at least a few games with a sore elbow.

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