Re: Who Are Red Sox
posted at 9/7/2013 1:23 PM EDT
In response to dustcover's comment:
Hey BOSOX, love your picks. I remember well each one.
AL ZARILLA CARROL HARDY GENE STEPHENS BILLY RHOR
Vollmer - 'Dutch the Clutch' was superb in the early 50's with the Sox. And perhaps of interest to the young guys here on the forum, like Daniel Nava, Clyde in his first Major League at-bat in 1942 playing for the Cincinnati Reds hit the first pitch he saw out of the park.
As for Zarilla, my grandfather had me memorize the Sox starting lineup before I knew the Lord's Prayer, and Al 'Zeke' Zarilla was the one name that I had the most difficulty remembering.
Carroll Hardy, although I'm not absolutely sure of this, but I do recall that he played briefly in the NFL before turning to baseball. But I do remember him once pinch hitting for Ted Williams.
Gene Stephens, 'Ted Williams 'caddy', in that he was very fast and often sent in as a late-in-the-game defensive replacement in left field after Teddy had his last at bat. I think he also filled in for Williams as left fielder when Williams went off to war.
Billy Rohr, was the toast of the town in 1967 when as a 21-year-old rookie, he made his first start at the New York Yankees's home opener. He faced future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, and was one strike away from a no-hitter when Elston Howard who later that season was traded to the Sox, hit a soft single into right-center field. Rohr then retired the next batter for a 3–0 shutout. In his next start, he beat the Yankees again, 6–1, and folks in Boston started referring to him as 'Yankee killer'. However, he only won one more game in the majors after that.
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
Good stuff; in the Rohr game vs NYY, Triple Crown Yaz made one of the greatest catches ever off Tom Tresh in Death Valley.