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By Harvey Frommer
(Excerpt from REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF THE RED SOX)
IKE DELOCK: He didnt like the press and there a lot were a lot them he wanted to ban them from the clubhouse. The players said, You cant do that. So he eased up. But whatever he wanted he damn well got.
At the urging of Williams, Red Sox players agreed to a one hour interview lag after games before reporters could enter the locker room. The Sox icon would stand outside the door wearing just a towel, counting off the seconds. Okay, he'd snap. Now all you bastards can come in.
MEL PARNELL: Ted was called out on strikes and came back to the dugout and complained that home plate was out of line. General manager Joe Cronin argued about it but agreed to have home plate checked. At nine the next morning the ground crew was out there. They checked. It was out of line. Ted had the greatest eyes. He was a man with strong opinions about everything, and his own way of doing things.
Splinter ordered postal scales for the
The eighth day of June, 1950 was a perfect day at Fenway for those who loved offense, hot weather and the home team. Scoring 29 runs in 90 degree heat before just 5,105 fans, the BoSox romped. Bobby Doerr smashed three homers while collecting 8 RBIs. Walt Dropo homered twice, driving in 7 runs. Ted Williams launched two homers and had 5 RBIs. A half dozen Major League offensive records were set that day by the slugging BoSox.
On the first day of July, Whitey Ford made his major league debut at Fenway.
WHITEY FORD: I was 21 years old. I wasnt what I would be. I lasted 4 2/3 innings giving up seven hits, six walks, and five earned runs.
August 17th Fenway Park became the site of the
Leagues first Ladies Night Game. More than 7000
saw the home team
down the A's 10-6. It was the 19th straight loss for
PIERSALL: My first day in the
big leagues was September 7, 1950. I was 20 years old. And we were playing
JOHNNY PESKY: A big left handed pitcher was going against us. Piersall was going up for his first at bat. Goddamn this guys awful wild, God damn it, Im afraid, Jimmy said.
If youre afraid, I told him, you better get a lunch pail and go home.
JIMMY PIERSALL: I walked up. My hands were sweating. I swung at the first pitch and the bat lands beyond the third base dugout. And Im standing there without a bat. The on deck circle guy gives me another bat. The count goes to 3-2, and I hit a ball between second and third for a hit.
With Pesky, with Williams, with DiMaggio, with Parnell and now with Piersall, the 1950 Red Sox were a formidable foe at home where they posted a won and lost record of 55-22; on the road they barely played .500 ball.
On April 15, 1951, exactly four years to the day that Jackie Robinson broke baseballs color line, almost exactly six years to the day that he and Marvin Williams and Sam Jethroe were passed over by the Red Sox in the tryout at Fenway in 1945, the Jet Jethroe returned as a member of the Boston Braves in the pre-season City Series game Boston Braves versus Boston Red Sox. The speedy Jethroe showed the Sox what they had missed in not signing him. Going 4 for 5, homering, driving in two runs, Jethroe dominated. But the Braves lost the game 6-3.
month later the
Sox celebrated the 50th anniversary of their
July 8th, Red Sox fans rejoiced as a Yankee pitcher failed to
complete a game for the 20th straight time at
Just before the 1952
baseball season got going, the last City Series game between the Boston Red
Sox and the Boston Braves was played at
CONLEY: That April 13th was the first time I saw
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