June 30, 1967

Here is a conundrum to test a ballplayer’s resolve:

Take a promotion to the big leagues or follow through on your marriage vows?

An infielder for the Winston-Salem Red Sox, Ken Poulsen, was scheduled to be married June 30, 1967. But when Boston utility man Dalton Jones was called away for Army training duty, Poulsen was summoned to the big league, then in Kansas City for a weekend series with the Athletics.

Ah, but the bride-to-be, Vicki Swaton, made it easy for Poulsen.

“We can always get married, but how often does a guy get sent up to the big leagues,” she told a reporter for the Boston Globe.

As it turned out, the answer to that rhetorical question is once.

Poulsen spent five games with the Red Sox. He had a single in five at bats.

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