Baseballs

May 30, 1974

Gazing back through five decades, seeing the Red Sox in caps that were used for about a half hour: The front panel was red, with the standard blue “B,” the other three panels were blue.

Someone quickly came to their senses and the red cap with the blue insignia and the blue bill.

Then there was the night when DIego Segui balked in the deciding run.

The Red Sox and Twins slogged through 12 innings, tied 4-4, on a soggy field at Fenway Park.

Minnesota tied it in the eighth inning when Bernie Carbo slipped in the slick left field Kentucky bluegrass and an out became an RBI double.

As for the balk, it came in the 13th inning. WIth runners on first and third and one out, Twins infielder Jerry Terrell, who’d pinch-ran for Tony Olivia earlier, thought of a trick he dreamed up while in high school.

As Segui checked on the runner at third, Terrell bent over – still in the batters box – and grabbed some dirt. When returning his attention to home plate, Segui saw Terrell rubbing the dirt in his hands, started his delivery, then stepped off the rubber.

Oops.

The handful of fans who remained from an announced crowd of 9,429 may have wondered what was going on.

Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson said it was a trick that would only work once.