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.

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