Fenway Park

Sept. 13, 1967

Like most of his pitching brethren, Jim Lonborg was never a particularly good hitter. In 1967 he finished with a .141 average, on 14 hits – 12 singles, a double and a triple.

The triple was his most memorable, not to mention valuable.

Lonborg smacked a line drive to right-center, bringing in pinch runner Jose Tartabull, to break a 1-1 tie with the Kansas City A’s in the bottom of the eighth. Mike Andrews’ sacrifice fly brought in an insurance run that Lonborg didn’t need.

Everyone in the park expected Lonborg to drop down a bunt – including Lonborg. But as a fat Catfish Hunter fastball came in, Lonborg drew his bat back and hammered it.

The win, Lonborg’s 20th, pulled the Red Sox into a first-place tie with the Twins, who fell to the Washington Senators.

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