Friday, May 15, 2020

Red Sox History Notebook: Ted Williams Joins the 300 Club




May 15th in Red Sox history was a busy day. Before we get to all the details make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter

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Here is your day in Red Sox History for May 15th:


1901 - The first shutout in American League history (during its time as a major league) is recorded as Watty Lee of the Washington Senators blanks the Boston Americans, 4 - 0. 

1951 - At Fenway Park, the Red Sox celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first American League game in Boston. On hand are 29 old-timers who played, managed, or umpired in the AL in that first year including Connie Mack, Dummy Hoy, Cy Young, Hugh Duffy, Clark Griffith, Tom Connolly, Billy Sullivan, Wid Conroy, Bill Bradley and Ollie Pickering. Eight of the 29 participated in the first AL game, played in Chicago on April 24, 1901. The game that follows the ceremony features dramatic home runs as Ted Williams hits the 300th homer of his career in the 4th inning against Chicago's Howie Judson. With Williams up in the 8th inning, White Sox manager Paul Richards moves reliever Harry Dorish to 3B and brings in Billy Pierce to pitch to Ted. Williams pops up against the lefty, and Dorish then returns to the mound. Boston ties the game against Dorish at 7 - 7, but little Nellie Fox, playing in his 6th season, cracks his first major league homer in the 11th to give Dorish a 9 - 7 victory. Ray Scarborough is the loser. The Sox will win their next 13 games. 

1991 - The Red Sox defeat the White Sox by a 9 - 6 score in a night game at Fenway Park which takes 4 hours and 11 minutes to complete for a new American League record. The contest is nine minutes longer than the previous longest 9-inning night game. 

2003 - The Red Sox play before a sellout crowd at Fenway Park. They will continue to do so for almost a decade, breaking the record for consecutive sellouts (held by the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field) on September 8, 2008. The streak will not end until April of 2013. 

2011 - The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 7 - 5, at New Yankee Stadium, to complete a three-game sweep and bring their record to .500 for the first time after starting the year 0-6. Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homer for the Sox. The Yankees have now lost 9 of their last 12 as the standings in the AL East are completely bunched up, with all five teams within 3 1/2 games of each other. 2012:

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