Fenway Park

May 4, 1969

In historical terms, the biggest story of the day originated on Causeway St. Don Nelson scored 25 points, alleviating the foul trouble that haunted Sam Jones and a cold start to the proceedings for John Havlieck, leading the Celtics to 99-90 triumph over the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Nelson scored an important point or two in Game 6 at the Forum one night later, sending Bill Russell into retirement with the Celtics’ 11th championship in 13 years.

Meanwhile, on Jersey St., the Red Sox beat the defending World Series champion Detroit Tigers, 7-5. A decisive eighth-inning rally was sparked by a two-out squeeze play. 

In itself, that’s unique.

That the bunter was Tony Conigliaro made it worthy of Monday morning conversation.

As the story goes, Conigliaro asked a Red Sox bat boy to alert the runner on third, pitcher Fred Wenz, that he’d be laying down a bunt.

And he did, tapping a bunt down to the first-base side of the mound. Tigers pitcher Fred Lasher was so stunned he retrieved the ball but didn’t make a throw.

That tied the game, 5-5, keeping the three-run inning alive.

It’s safe to assume that it was the only one of Conigliaro’s 566 RBIs achieved via a bunt.