The greatest website ever created is Baseball Reference. I can spend hours on that site just looking around. One of my favorite features is their collection of historic box scores. When I was growing up we didn't have cable. I had to find out scores of Red Sox games on the local news or the following morning from my father. We would get an afternoon newspaper and I would always get to it first and dive into the sports section and the box scores from the night before. Those were great days.
I started thinking about all the games I have been to in my first three decades on this earth. So many great memories and even greater was the ability to access their box scores years later. This is the first installment of the Box Score Stories series. I figured it was only fitting that I chose Father's Day to launch this new series since so many of my great childhood memories involve my father and baseball.
Weekend in New York
The very first installment will break the very first rule. This series is supposed to be stories and box scores from games I attended. I am making an exception this one time. Two of my heroes have always been and always will be my father and my late grandfather. My father grew up a die hard Willie Mays fan and I wrote about Willie and my father a few weeks ago here.
My grandfather was a fan of Ted Williams. This is perfectly logical since my grandfather and Ted were the same age, both WWII veterans and both had similar personalities. They were members of the "greatest generation" and told you what was on their mind and didn't care if you liked it or not.
I never saw Ted Williams play. I have read three books about him, watched documentaries and have stared at his page on baseballreference.com in amazement. If I had access to a time machine I would use it to go back and watch him hit from the box seats at Fenway Park.
My father saw Ted Williams play once. It was in Yankee Stadium and my grandfather took him. Ted hit a grand slam. My father would always tell me the story and explain how it was a pop fly homer. One of those cheap Yankee Stadium homers to right field. It is scary to think if Ted would have played his whole career there.
The next day my grandfather and father went to Ebbets Field to watch a Dodger/Phillies game. I decided to look up this weekend and make it the first installment of Box Score Stories. It was 1957, late September. I wish I was there.
Saturday, September 21, 1957 Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 22,617, Time of Game: 3:13
WP: Willard Nixon (12-12)
LP: Bob Turley (12-6)
S: Ike Delock (11)