Fenway Park Field

March 6, 1949

One of the leading spring training phenoms in 1949 was Red Sox first baseman Walt Dropo. He provided a first impression sufficiently strong to earn a spot in the big-league roster.

As sometimes happens, he would have been better off continuing his development off the big stage.

And then there is The Wall. More than a few prospects have sabotaged their chances for big-league success by looking out at left field at Fenway Park and falling in love. Indeed, veteran baseball writer Mel Webb of the Boston Globe made the case that Dropo could well suffer that fate.

Webb quoted an anonymous ballplayer contending that “I’d like to have a $10 bill for every extra-base hit Walter Dropo loses – in the next 10 years – on account of that left-field fence in Boston.”

In other words, for every pop fly that clears The Wall there are countless line drives that leave a befuddled batter at first base.

Dropo’s initial bid for success with the Red Sox lasted 11 games. He had six hits in 41 at bats.