red sox history

February 19, 1953

After being hit by enemy fire during a combat mission, Ted Williams safely crash lands his Panther jet at the Suwon’s K-13 Airbase in Korea, skidding along the air strip for nearly a mile before coming to a stop. The plane is a total wreck, but the Marine reservist, who quickly evacuates the burning aircraft, suffers only minor injuries

It’s Babe Ruth Day!

World War I Draft Registration Card for George Herman Ruth 
Series: Draft Registration Cards, 1917 - 1918Record Group 163: Records of the Selective Service System (World War I), 1917 - 1939

Shown here is baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s World War I draft registration card, from when he was playing with the Boston Red Sox, ca. 1917.

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September 1, 1980

On the final day of the season, PawSox infielder Wade Boggs loses the International League batting title when he grounds out to first base in his final at-bat of the season. The plate appearance is necessitated when the Mud Hens, who are ahead 6-0, issue a two-out intentional walk in the ninth inning to light-hitting Ray Boyer, who makes every attempt to be put out to end the game, but is allowed to stroll around the bases and score on a deliberate error by the Toledo pitcher, forcing Boggs to make one last unnecessary plate appearance that will put him .007 of a percentage point behind Dave Engle, who plays in the outfield for the Toledo.

May 20, 1976

A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston’s Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the ‘Spaceman’ suffers a separation of his left shoulder, greatly affecting the remainder of his pitching career.

December 28, 1957

In a swap of first basemen, the Reds deal fan-favorite Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy, who will retire at the end of the season after hitting just .218 for Cincinnati. Big Klu’ will play a season-and-a-half for his new team, before being traded to the White Sox during the 1959 pennant stretch, where he will play a pivotal role for the AL champs.

November 22, 1957

In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of Williams leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.