Thursday, July 25, 2019

Red Sox History Notebook: Teddy Goes to Cooperstown

We start of today's Red Sox History Notebook with 1966. On this day in 1966, Ted Williams is inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his induction speech the "Spendid Splinter" makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.

Here is a link to part of that memorable speech.

Here is the rest of our rundown of important Red Sox events that happened on this day in Red Sox history:

1916: Tris Speaker has three hits against lefty Babe Ruth to finally drive him from the mound in the 8th inning. Reliever Rube Foster wild pitches home a run and Braggo Roth's second double gives Cleveland a 5 - 3 lead. The Tribe wins it, 5 - 4, with Ruth the loser. Ruth is 2 for 4 with a two-run single

1936: The Red Sox tally 20 hits to crush the Tigers, 18 - 3, scoring all their runs in two big innings. The Sox score six in the 2nd to drive Tommy Bridges from the mound, then tally 12 more in the 5th; it is the second time this month that the Red Sox have scored more than 10 runs in an inning. Doc Cramer has four Boston hits, while three others have three hits. Lefty Grove gives up nine hits in the easy win.

1941: Forty-one-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians, 10 - 6, before a Fenway Park Ladies Day crowd of 16,000. Though he will make six more starts, this will be Grove's last career win.

1948: In the tight four-team American League race, Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a sweep over the White Sox, 5 - 3 and 7 - 3. Joe D is 3 for 3 in the first game to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and two doubles in the nitecap. His three RBIs in game two gives him an AL-high 86. In Boston, the other DiMaggio, Dom, makes two spectacular catches against the Indians as well as homering off Satchel Paige. The Red Sox beat Cleveland, 3 - 0, for their 15th win in 16 games. Joe Dobson tops Steve Gromek to leave the Sox percentage points ahead of the 2nd-place A's. Cleveland and New York are each 1 1/2 games back. With the Braves in 1st place, it is the first time since 1916 that both Boston teams are at the top spot.

1969: Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox suffers a wrenched back while hitting a home run against the Seattle Pilots. The injury forces him to walk slowly around the bases before being replaced. The Red Sox win, 7 - 6.

2018: The Rays continue a selling movement begun in earnest during spring training by sending SP Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox in return for P Jalen Beeks and RP Matt Andriese to the Diamondbacks for C Michael Perez and P Brian Shaffer.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Red Sox History Notebook: The Birth of the Impossible Dream

We start off our Red Sox History Notebook with the Birth of the Impossible Dream. On this day in 1967 the Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, to run Boston's win streak to 10 games, all on the road. The Sox are now a half-game behind 1st-place Chicago. At Logan Airport, 10,000 fans are on hand to greet the Sox when they return.

July 23rd was a busy day in Red Sox history. Here is everything that happened on this day in Red Sox history


After missing 15 games with a torn rib cartilage, Ted Williams is 2 for 4 to help the Red Sox down the White Sox, 13 - 1. Bobby Doerr collects his 18th homer and adds a double and single to back Mickey Harris. Boston has now won nine straight to pull within a game and a half of the first-place Indians.


Ted Williams, is at it again although today, as noted by Bob Holbrook of the Boston Globe, Teddy Baseball branches out, irrigating an unsuspecting gathering of Kansas City supporters. After hitting a 4th-inning grounder to first, writes Holbrook, "Williams jogged part way to first, saw the play was routine and then made an abrupt turn and started back to the dugout. For his lack of fire on this play the Kansas City fans set up a crescendo of boos. Ted bristled and made his dying swan leap, spitting at the fans as he pirouetted through the air. That's all the fans needed. They set up a thunderous round of boos, the spontaneity of which amazed the observers in this sector."


In an effort to distract Ted Williams during his at-bats in the 6th and 8th innings, Indians CF Jimmy Piersall goes into a war dance. Piersall gets tossed for his efforts and manager Joe Gordon is also ejected for arguing Jimmy's case. It is Piersall's 6th ejection of the season. Gordon had previously announced that any more ejections would cost Piersall $500 each, but he thinks today's thumbing is unwarranted and waives the fine. American League president Joe Cronin is less forgiving and fines Piersall $100. The Indians win, 4 - 2, behind Jim Perry's pitching and the first major league home run of Mike de la Hoz.


The Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last season's World Series loss to the Mets, and promote slugger Sam Horn from Pawtucket.


Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers notches his 308th career win in a 5 - 4 victory over the Red Sox


 Behind Pedro Martinez, the Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 1 - 0. Martinez goes the distance, striking out 15 and not walking a batter


 The Red Sox extend Seattle's losing streak to 14 games, tied for the longest in team history, with a 3 - 1 win at Fenway Park which is also 1000th win for Sox manager Terry Francona. Josh Beckett is the winner.


 The Red Sox continue their scorching pace as a 5 - 3 win over the Orioles, behind the pitching of Rick Porcello, puts them at 40 games above .500 for the first time since 1949. Ironically, that team had finished the year one game behind the Yankees.

Monday, July 22, 2019

This Day in Red Sox History: The Speed of Ted Williams?

On this day in 1960 at Fenway Park, the Red Sox down the Indians, 6 - 4. Vic Wertz hits a three-run homer and drives in four runs. Ted Williams also homers and, in the 7th inning, steals second base.

Williams sets a major-league record as the only player to steal bases in four consecutive decades: he'll be matched by Rickey Henderson in 2000 and Tim Raines the following year.

Red Sox Notebook: Meet the Most Dominant Duo in Baseball

The Red Sox have had their share of dynamic duos. There was the duo of Ted Williams of Jimmie Foxx and of course Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. Meet the latest Red Sox dominant duo, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers.

 Bogy and Raffy have combined for more hits (240), RBI (150), and doubles (59) than any other pair of teammates in MLB. Their 103 XBH rank 2nd behind only MIL’s Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas (107). Bogaerts & Devers have combined to hit .319 with a .957 OPS.

Monday, July 15, 2019

This Day in Red Sox History: Morgan Magic Begins

Morgan Magic began on this day in 1988. John McNamara would be fired at the All Star Break with the Red Sox at 43-42 and 9.5 games out of first place.

Joe Morgan would be named as his replacement and would make his debut on July 15th as the Red Sox would play a doubleheader to start the second half of the season. The Sox would win both games.

Roger Clemens would strike out 16 Royals in the first game of the doubleheader out dueling Bret Saberhagen. The Red Sox would not lose another game until July 26th. Their 12 game winning streak would pull them to 1.5 games of first place. The Sox would go on to win the division by one game before losing to the Oakland Athletics in the 1988 ALCS

Here are the boxscores from both of those games on July 15th:

Game 1

Game 2

The Streak

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Red Sox Notebook: Projecting a Big Second Half for the Red Sox

It was a frustrating first half of the season for the Red Sox but all signs point to a much better second half. The Red Sox are 49-41 but based on run differential should be 50-40. The Yankees are 57-31 but their run differential suggests they should be 54-34. These things have a way of working themselves out.

Another good sign is both the Indians and Rangers have a record that is better than their production. These are two of the teams in the mix for a wild card spot. 

The Rays appear for real though. They should actually be two games better than their actual record.

The Red Sox are also trending up as get ready for the second half. The Red Sox are a season-high 8 games above .500 and have won each of their last 4 games. 

They lead the majors in AVG (.272) and OBP (.345). During their current 15-7 stretch, they lead MLB in runs per game (7.0).

Their +100 run differential since Apr. 19 ranks 2nd in MLB.

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This Date in Red Sox History: Papi Power

As David Ortiz continues to struggle with his health following being shot last month, we look back on a much happier times for the slugger.

Nine years ago today David Ortiz won the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby with a dazzling performance, lining ball after ball into the right field stands at Angel Stadium, for a total of 32 long balls - 11 of them in the final round, where he defeats fellow Dominican Hanley Ramirez. He dedicates his performance to his friend, pitcher Jose Lima, who passed away suddenly a few weeks earlier.

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