Friday, August 15, 2008

This Day In Red Sox History

Southstandah (a Sox fan from Arvada, Colorado) has joined Fenway West and will be contributing "This Day in Red Sox History" and game previews. Here is his post for today's Red Sox history.

August 15
1916: In a pitching duel at Fenway Park, “Babe” Ruth beats Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators, 1-0, in 13 innings.
1922: In a 19-11 loss to the Sox of Chicago, the two team hit a combined 35 singles (21 Chi 14 Bos) setting a Major League record.
1941: After a 40 minute rain delay in the eight inning, with Washington leading the game 6-3 the grounds crew fails to cover the field with a tarp, in case play would resume. Because of the inaction taken by the grounds crew, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin protests the game, and is awarded forfeiture from the Senators.
1942: The Red Sox win both games of a double header, by only one run. In the first game of today’s action, Ted Williams has a 2-run home run, in route to a 2-1 victory. This will be Tex Hughson’s 9th straight win.
1950: Taking both games of a double header against the A’s (8-3, 9 – 4) the Red Sox begun a 27 of 30 run which will put them back in to the pennant race. However Walt Dropo is hospitalized after being “dotted” by Philly pitcher Hank Wyse. Dropo will go on to be Rookie of the Year for 1950.
1951: Gene Conley shuts out the Indians 8-0. In the game Conley help his own cause with a homer. While Jackie Jensen and Carroll Hardy have back to back homers in the fifth, but the story of the game is Gene Conley for the second straight game he is 5-5, and two of those hits are home runs.
1977: When Jim Rice hit his 3rd inning double he became the first player since Ted Williams in 1939 to hit 20 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in the same season. In that time span only “Joltin” Joe (1948 & 1950) , “The Mick” (1955) and Charlie Keller (1946) of the Yankees reach those levels.
1982: In an 8-0 win over the visiting Orioles, the Red Sox tie an American League record by being intentional walked three times in the 8th innings.




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