Fenway Park

May 27, 1964

Every so often there is a tale to remind us that the pre-DH days offered unique opportunities for pitchers to help their own cause.

Earl Wilson walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and eventually scored the winning run on Eddie Bressoud’s line drive off The Wall, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Washington Senators.

The Red Sox’ right-hander was one of the best hitting pitchers in the big leagues. In his first nine at bats of the season he had four hits including a home run, three RBIs and six runs scored.

Wilson allowed eight hits, four from Washington’s Jim King, who hit for the cycle.

The evening also included a pinch-hitting appearance for future Red Sox manager Don Zimmer, who went down on a foul pop-up caught by catcher Bob Tillman.

It was Boston’s eighth straight win on a 14-game homestand, putting them at 20-18 on the season. Such hot stretches were rare for the 1964 Red Sox. By season’s end they were 72-90, in eighth place, and manager Johnny Pesky had been fired.