Shades of the one and only Babe Ruth were at long last brought back to Fenway Park yesterday in the person of Ted “Slugger” Williams, 20-year-old rookie outfielder of the Red Sox.
Making his first appearance before a local Sunday crowd in his fourth major league contest, this gangling lad from the Pacific Coast went to town as he belabored all sorts of Philadelphia Athletics’ pitching for four straight hits ranging all the way from his first big league home run through a towering two-bagger to a pair of wickedly-hit singles.
Yet all Ted’s phenomenal efforts, which were topped off by a sensations running catch, went for naught as far as producing a Red Sox victory was concerned, when a steady succession of ineffective Hose hurling enabled the revamped A’s to carry off the series finale, 12-8, after nearly three hours of pulling and hauling.
Satisfaction in defeat
If ever it can be said that New England baseball fandom, 12,000 of whom were on hand despite rain and cold, is satisfied in defeat, yesterday was the time.
No better proof could be offered than the fact that every man’s son among the spectators sat through the inclement conditions when the game was obviously lost to await titanic Ted’s final appearance at the plate in the ninth inning. Although he finally was stopped this time by the last of the A’s pitchers, LeRoy (“Tarzan”) Parmalee, Ted gave them their money’s worth. He nearly drove Left Fielder Bob Johnson through the left field scoreboard before Johnson finally speared a line drive that was prevented from landing up against the barrier only by the unfavorable East Wind.
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