Today in OTM History
2011: Wakefield and Aceves are combined in Voltron Starter; For the deck of the Aceves, what a deal.
2014: Red Sox 5, Tigers 3: David Ortiz turns loss into win; We’re back in 2012 in the distant past of 2004. It’s hard to believe that the 2004 World Series that broke the curse is approaching its 20th birthday and that the Red Sox’s fortunes have basically reversed.
2017: Dustin Pedroia activated from the 10-day disabled list; Dustin Pedroia is back! There are not many things better than the Laser Show when returning from injury.
Today in Red Sox history
In the eighth inning of the Senators’ 8-1 win over the Red Sox, Boston pitcher Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher in Major League history to post six doubles in one frame. The future Hall of Famer, suffering from a sore arm, gives up five consecutive doubles during Washington’s barrage.
Phew. That’s a tough record to keep.
Ted Williams hits the farthest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, a shot that is estimated to have traveled 502 feet before hitting the straw hat of a fan sitting in seat 21 in row 37 of section 42 in right field. The Red Sox paint the seat red to commemorate the location of Ruthian’s blast from the Splendid Splinter, although the area consisted of bleachers, not individual seats at the time of the home run.
The one in a million shot. It was real? Who can say. Is Ted Williams a legend anyway? your bet
En route to striking out 11 Red Sox batters, Ryne Duren breaks an American League record when he records seven straight strikeouts in the Angels’ 5-1 win over Boston. In the second game of a twilight-night doubleheader at Fenway Park, the bespectacled right-hander throws a fireball at Frank Malzone to end the first inning, then proceeds to strike out to the side in the second and third frames. , sending Pete Runnels, Jim Pagliaroni, Don Buddin, Mike Fornieles, Chuck Schilling and Gary Geiger back to the bench with their bats.
Tough day for Red Sox records. Maybe they’ll do something amazing today to put history on the right track.
Today on the birthday of the Red Sox
It’s birthday season for the one and only, currently in IL, Joe Kelly! Summon Fight Club! And as an added curiosity, Kelly was born in Anaheim. Kelly shares the day with (very) former Red Sox pitcher Mike Ryba. From 1941 to 1946, Ryba made 27 starts of his 183 appearances for Boston and compiled a 3.41 ERA. His full name was Domenic Joseph Ryba but he went by the name Mike and, for a time, he lived and worked in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Many thanks to Baseball-Reference, hobbynational.com Y Today in baseball history for help here, and thanks to battery power for the inspiration for these posts.