Sept. 13, 1988

As his performance peaked in nine seasons with the Red Sox, Bruce Hurst found himself setting up shop in Roger Clemens’ shadow. Of course, most pitchers spent lots of time in Clemens’ shadow.

He went into 1988 a .500 pitcher. But unlike the typical .500 pitcher, Hurst approached his 30th birthday possessing potential still untapped. And he was left-handed.

It is up for debate as to whether such patience would be shown had he been a righty.

(Parents take notice: When your babies are born, put a tiny ball in their left hand and earnestly work on a throwing motion.)

But, we digress.

Hurst went 18-6 in 1988, providing a great impetus to the Morgan Magic machine that roared from behind to win the American League East.

His 17th win came before 32,619 at Fenway Park, a 6-1 gem over the last-place Baltimore Orioles. 

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