From the archives | June 13

Red Sox win in first Fenway night game

The lights turned on for the first time at a night game at Fenway Park.
The lights turned on for the first time at a night game at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox inaugurated night baseball at Fenway Park last night in a fashion pleasing to Bostonians when they tipped over the White Sox, 5-3, before a bear capacity gathering of 34,510.

Had Abner Doubleday witnesses certain portions of the performance he might not have recognized the game he started. The Red Sox, picked up a half game on the leading Detroit Tigers, had a big fifth inning when they came up with five runs on a combination of walks, errors and infield hits. It was the Red Sox’ fourth straight win.

The home forces made only eight hits off a parade of Chisox pitchers, while the Pale Hose were blasting 13 off Dave Ferriss and Bob Klinger, 11 of them off Ferriss. Dave was credited with his fifth victory of the year.


The game was punctuated with heated discussions, three errors for Chicago and no extra base hits for the Red Sox. Jack Wallasea, Chicago left fielder, protested a decision in the fifth inning and received an early trip to the showers.

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The Sox’ rally overcame a previous two-run lead held by the visitors and one in the fifth. Chicago added one in the third and one in the fifth. Chicago added one in the sixth but was halted thereafter.

Ted Williams came to bat with the bases loaded in the big fifth and ran out a vital infield single to the first baseman playing back of the grass that drove in two runs and tied the game.

Papish losing pitcher

Frank Papish, starter for the Chicago team, was charged with the loss. He had not allowed a run in 31 2-3 innings previous to the Boston fifth.

The White Sox fashioned a run in the third inning when Floyd Baker opened with a single past Don Gutteridge. Dave Philley plopped a blooper into left field that couldn’t be handled and Luke Appling topped one into center field that died of exhaustion.


This loaded the bases. Jack Wallasea flied deep to Sam Mele and Baker tallied. Ferriss pitched himself out of a tough predicament when he made Bob Kennedy fly out to short center and struck out Murrell Jones.

Chicago manufactured its second run in the fifth. Baker doubled to left inside the left field line. Philley, with his third hit of the game, sent him to third. Baker tallied on Luke Appling’s fly to Mele. Ferriss got Wallasea and Kennedy to end what could have been further scoring.

The big flare-up occurred in the fifth when Chicago suddenly began to look like a band of water bugs buzzing around a pond. Ferriss started all the trouble when Papish gave him his second walk of the game. The Chicago pitcher became as wild as one o the old James boys and walked Gutteridge on four straight pitches.

Pesky beat out an infield hit to lead the bases. Lee Culberson fanned, bringing up Williams with the bases loaded. The count was two and two when The Kid hit to Murrell Jones, the first baseman playing way back on the grass. He ran hard and beat the pitcher, Papish, covering the bag, scoring Ferriss and Gutteridge and tying up the game.

Veteran righthander Earl Caldwell came in to pitch for Chicago and Sam Mele cracked a single to center, scoring Pesky.


All was not finished yet. Bobby Doerr hit a routine grounder to Appling. His throw to Jones was high and Doerr landed there safely while Williams and Mele were tallying from third and second.

Wallasea, who saw the play at first from the shadows of left field, came in to first base umpire Bill Grieve with a full vocabulary of invectives. Grieve sent him to an early shower. Tebbetts, who started the inning, ended it.

The White Sox pecked away with their run in the sixth. Singles by Kolloway and Dickey and a fielder’s choice on pinch-hitter Taft Wright brought it across. Ferriss was relieved by Bob Klinger to pitch to Wright, and it marked the third time here this season that Ferriss has failed to finish a game.

As early as 6 o’clock crowds formed long lines to be sure and see this No. 1 arc tilt. … You couldn’t get breathing space in the park. … The brilliance of the new lights startled the capacity throng. … Pertinent data of the lighting system says they make Fenway one of the two best lighted ball parks in the world. It is equalled only by the Yankee Stadium.