Red Sox Pennants

Oct. 15, 1952

Ah, the Red Sox were looking to improve on a pitching staff ranked No. 5 in the eight-team American League.

There is little evidence that the Red Sox have ever not been in the market to upgrade their pitching staff. Well, perhaps they were satisfied with the staff when Babe Ruth was the ace lefty.

The improvements on this day were purchased from the St. Louis Browns, baseball’s poor house. They were a year away from moving to Baltimore. The Red Sox’ bounty included:

Stan McWilliams, who never made it above Class AA.

Tom Herrin, who made 14 appearances for Boston in 1954 and had a 1-2 record and 7.34 ERA. (Those were his only big-league appearances).

George Uhaze, who didn’t get higher than Class AAA

And Ken Holcombe, the only one with big-league experiences. He made six appearances for the 1953 Red Sox working six innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs.

That finished his big-league career. He compiled a record of 18-32 with a 3.98 ERA.

Holcombe also inspired a great miscue in the Boston Globe story on the deal: “The veteran is 14-year-old Ken Holcombe …”

The Red Sox’ pitching did improve in 1953; they had a team ERA of 3.58, third in the league, with a record of 84-69.

They still finished in fourth place, 16 games back of the Yankees.

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