Fenway Park’s top five hitting performances

Fans stuck around to salute Nomar Garciaparra after he hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in a win over the Mariners on May 10, 1999.
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Fans stuck around to salute Nomar Garciaparra after he hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in a win over the Mariners on May 10, 1999.

A look at the most dominating hitting performances in Fenway Park’s first 100 years:

Ted Williams, Red Sox, July 9, 1946

The first All-Star Game at Fenway turned out to be a showcase for the park’s resident superstar. The contest took a war-related hiatus the previous year, but now both leagues were back to full power. Williams was one of the returning heroes and helped the American League (a 12-0 victor) to an early lead by walking ahead of a first-inning home run. Williams went yard himself in the fourth, a leadoff shot against Kirby Higbe. He added an RBI single in the fifth and a single in the seventh. For his finale, Williams clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth, on Rip Sewell’s famed “eephus” pitch — considered impossible to hit out of the park. Williams’s two homers, four hits, four runs, and five RBIs all remain part of the All-Star Game record book.

From July 10, 1946: Williams paces AL to 12-0 All-Star win at Fenway

Norm Zauchin, Red Sox, May 27, 1955


The big first baseman did little in the majors after his impact rookie season, and he would be remembered for one game in particular. Boston’s 16-0 pounding of the Senators was set in motion early, with Zauchin blasting a two-out, two-run home run off Bob Porterfield in the first. Zauchin got up again in the second, and greeted reliever Dean Stone with a two-out grand slam for a 9-0 advantage. Ted Abernathy worked the fourth for Washington and gave up Zauchin’s RBI double. And in the fifth, Zauchin took Abernathy deep, again with two outs, for a three-run shot, giving him 10 RBIs. Zauchin finished 4 for 5 with four runs and 14 total bases, tied for second most in Fenway history.

Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox, May 14, 1965

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The Sox didn’t have much going for them in their last 100-loss season, with a notable exception of their All-Star left fielder. On this day (not surprisingly, a 12-8 setback to the Tigers), Yastrzemski had one of the four five-hit games of his 23-year career and hit for his only cycle. He took young Detroit ace Denny McLain deep twice, a two-run shot in the first inning and a three-run poke in the second. Though the Sox couldn’t hold their 5-0 lead, Yaz kept up his proficiency, drawing a walk in the fourth, lining a triple to center field in the sixth, adding a single in the eighth, and then completing his cycle with a double to left in the 10th. It all added up to 14 total bases, Yastrzemski’s personal best.

Reggie Jackson, Athletics, June 14, 1969

Long before he became “Mr. October,” Jackson was just entering his prime as one of the game’s preeminent sluggers. A month before his first All-Star appearance, the 23-year-old Jackson put on a show at the Fens while the Athletics bludgeoned the Sox, 21-7. The first of his five hits was a ground-rule RBI double in the first inning. Boston starter Ray Jarvis wasn’t as fortunate in the third, when Jackson mashed a two-run home run. After drawing a walk in the fourth, Jackson flashed his power again with a three-run bomb off Lee Stange. A two-run single in the seventh and a bases-clearing single in the eighth gave Jackson 10 RBIs; he was the eighth player in big league history with at least that many in a game.

Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox, May 10, 1999

How does a player raise his slugging percentage more than 100 points in one day? By doing what Garciaparra did in a 12-4 thrashing of the Mariners. The Sox shelled starter Brett Hinchliffe, who surrendered home runs to Garciaparra in the first (an opposite-field grand slam) and third innings (a two-run shot down the right-field line). Held to a pop out and a walk by Ken Cloude in his next two plate appearances, Garciaparra stepped in against Eric Weaver in the eighth with the bases loaded again. This time the All-Star shortstop lined the ball down the left-field line and over the Green Monster, giving him 10 RBIs and making him one of just 13 players in major league history to hit two grand slams in one game.