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.

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