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Nov. 15, 1968

Nov. 15, 1968 Another reminder of how distant the Patriots' past really is. A gentleman by the name of Sam Morris Jr. of San Antonio was in the line reserved for anyone seeking to buy the Boston American Football League franchise. Owner or a radio station in San Antonio, Morris said he was looking to buy the Patriots, plus a team in the Texas Professional Football league, and the Washington Senators. He also offered USC running back O.J. Simpson a $1 million contract. It isn’t clear what he expected from Simpson since he was still at USC and would have ...

Sept. 26, 1958

Sept. 26, 1958 While only one modest goal remained for the ballclub - finishing in third place - the only race remaining in the American League featured Ted Williams and Pete Runnels squaring off for the batting title. Runnels began a season-ending four-game weekend series at Washington batting .324, with Williams at .316. Red Sox manager Pinky Higgins made it known that he planned on Runnels playing in all four games with Williams sitting out one of the games in a Saturday twi-nighter. Runnels was the sentimental favorite, having yet to take home a silver bat. WIlliams ...

September 27, 2023|Categories: History, MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Aug. 31, 1968

Boston’s biggest series of the season began with a clank Monday afternoon Before teeing off on the Red Sox, we will concede that the pandemic has not been particularly kind to them. They have had to stock their lineup with names of no-repute, with some of them quickly establishing reputations of futility. It should be noted, however, that the pandemic has been unkind to other teams in all sports, not to mention the millions of people who do not play games for a living. Now, let’s rear back and let loose: The last two days against the ...

September 1, 2023|Categories: Fenway Park, History, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 ...

Aug. 13, 1948

Aug. 13, 1948 The New York Yankees postponed their scheduled game against the Red Sox because of rainy conditions in the Bronx. Surely the fact that the Yanks were trying to snap out of a cold stretch had nothing to do with the decision to call the game. Nor could it have been because the Red Sox won the first two games of the three-game set at Yankee Stadium. It must have particularly annoyed the Red Sox when the sun burned off the clouds by mid-afternoon, just as they were climbing aboard their train to Washington, where ...

July 3, 1958

July 3, 1958 Washington Senators center fielder Faye Throneberry slammed into the fence fronting the Red Sox bullpen and robbed Lou Berberet of a walk-off three-run homer, nailing down the Nats’ 5-3 win at Fenway Park. It was not the lead story of the day. Garnering much greater attention, the Red Sox announced that starting in 1959 they would make Scotsdale, Ariz. their spring training home, abandoning Sarasota, Fla., for the better part of a quarter-century. They trained in Sarasota from 1933-1942, when World War II travel restrictions kept them closer to home. They returned to Sarasota ...

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