Aug. 14, 1953

Aug. 14, 1953 Washington pitcher Bob Porterfield prepared to bring his 29-inning scoreless streak to Fenway Park. It was a nice run of success, though not historic. A Senators pitching alum, Walter Johnson, iced opposition lineups for 56 straight innings. Boston already provided nine innings for Porterfield’s run, losing 2-0 at Griffith Stadium. The odds of Porterfield stringing together three more shutouts were long, particularly with his next nine scoreless innings having to come at Fenway. In recent years, the keepers of analytics have quibbled with Fenway’s reputation as a hitters ballpark. With the build-up of structures ...

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