The Red Sox Century authors, well known for the depth and breadth of their knowledge of the team, round up the most memorable moments in Red Sox history, for better or worse, plus all kinds of interesting, little-known Red Sox facts, figures, and oddities.
1) Cy Young's perfect game, May 5, 1904. Young twirls the first perfect game in modern major league history vs. the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, beating Rube Waddell 3-0.
2) Jim Lonborg's one-hitter in the 1967 World Series. In game two of the series, Lonborg retires the first nineteen hitters before walking Curt Flood with one out in the eighth. Four outs from immortality, Julian Javier lines a high slider to left-center for a double and the only Cardinal hit of the game. Lonborg wins 5-0 to knot the series at one game apiece.
3) Clemens strikes out twenty. Clemens comes to national attention on April 29, 1986, by striking out twenty Seattle Mariners to set a new record.
4) Wood beats Johnson. On September 6, 1912, Smoky Joe Wood beats Walter Johnson 1-0 in the most highly anticipated pitching matchup in Boston Red Sox history, running his winning streak to fourteen.
5) Pedro Martinez strikes out seventeen Yankees. On September 19, 1999, in New York, Martinez dominates the best team in baseball, giving up only a single hit, a home run to Chili Davis, and striking out seventeen.
6) Curt Shilling propels the Red Sox to their first World Series title in eighty-six Years. In game two of the 2004 World Series, Curt Shilling, in a courageous performance underwent emergency surgery on his ankle and aced the Cardinals, bloody sock and all.
1) Jimmie Foxx, 1938. Fifty home runs, 175 RBIs, 139 runs, .349 batting average, .704 slugging percentage, league leader in batting average, RBIs, and slugging.
2) Ted Williams, 1941. Triple-crown winner, career highs in batting average (.406) and slugging (.735) , with 37 home runs, 135 runs, 120 RBIs.
3) Tris Speaker, 1912. .383 average, .567 slugging, 136 runs, 98 RBIs, 52 stolen bases, 53 doubles.
4) Carl Yastrzemski, 1967. .326 average, .622 slugging, 44 home runs, 112 runs, and 121 RBIs all led league.
5) Jim Rice, 1978. Led league in hits (213), triples (15), home runs (46), and RBIs (139) while hitting .315 and collecting 406 total bases.
1) Jimmy Fund sign, center field
2) Citgo sign, far above left field wall
3) Gem Blades, left field wall, above scoreboard
4) Calvert Gin, left field wall at the line
5) City Services, far above left field wall
1) Carlton Fisk, game six, 1975 World Series
2) Ted Williams, All-Star Game, 1946
3) Bernie Carbo, game six, 1975 World Series
4) Boston's Hugh Bradley hits first home run over left field wall, April 26, 1912
5) Tony C. homers in tenth inning on June 16, 1967, to beat Chicago 2-1. "Impossible Dream" is used to describe team the following day in the Globe.
1) Bucky Dent in the 1978 playoff
2) Lou Boudreau in the 1948 playoffs
3) Tony Perez hits Lee's eephus pitch in game seven of 1975 World Series
4) Yankee Johnny Lindell's game-winning home run off Joe Dobson in the eighth inning of the next to the last game of the 1949 season
5) Jimmy Sebring hits first-ever World Series home run in game one of 1903 World Series
6) Aaron Boone in the 2003 playoffs
1) Luis Tiant
Numbers are comparable to others.
2) Johnny Pesky
For overall contribution to the game in nearly every possible capacity, as a player, coach, manager, general manager, broadcaster, and, most important, nice guy.
3) Chick Stahl
1907 suicide cut short Hall-of-Fame-caliber career
4) Tony Conigliaro
What might have been.
5) Jim Rice
Numbers put him on the cusp.