The Bill Chuck Files overflow each day with stats, factoids, and observations that are sometimes relevant, sometimes irrelevant, and sometimes simply intriguing. At the start of each Sox series, I will share some of these in my "Nine to Know,” and I hope you will do the same.
It’s beginning to feel like Mudville in Red Sox Nation – there is no joy.
So much for the momentum gained in New York.
The Red Sox have been swept at home four times this season. The last time the Cubs swept a series in Fenway Park was in 1915, when they took four from the Boston Braves.
The Sox never led against the Cubs (the CUBS!) and the 16 runs the Sox allowed in the finale were the most runs the Red Sox have ever allowed in interleague play, the most in any game since 2012, and the most at home since 2012. I have a feeling that “2012” is going to be coming up in many conversations over the coming days.
For this Fourth of July weekend, I’m not going to punish you with current stats. It just doesn’t feel patriotic.
Here are some July 4th Sox highlights, which for the most part will bring Red Sox Nation some smiles.
Baltimore Orioles (46-39, 23-18 on the road) @ Boston Red Sox (38-47, 20-22 at home)
Nine to Know: Fourth of July in Red Sox history
1. July 4, 1913 - Red Sox pitcher Smoky Joe Wood smacked two doubles in the 4th inning against the Philadelphia A's, setting a record for pitchers.
2. July 4, 1939 – The Sox were in Philly to face the A’s in a doubleheader. In the first game, third baseman Jim Tabor went 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, hitting his fourth homer of the season. The Sox won 17-7. And in the Sox 18-12 victory in the second game, Tabor had a huge game going 3-4 and a walk, with five runs scored and nine RBIs, due to three more homers (including two grand slams).
3. July 4, 1948: In the 7th inning against the Philadelphia A’s (yes, again), the Red Sox scored 14 runs, breaking a 5-5 tie. Ted Williams walked twice and made the final out of the inning against three different pitchers.
5. July 4, 1977: The Red Sox had 11 hits: three singles and eight homers. Beating the Blue Jays, 9-6, George Scott and Fred Lynn each hit a pair of homers; Butch Hobson, Bernie Carbo, Jim Rice, and Carl Yastrzemski each hit one.
6. July 4, 1983: The celebrations on the 4th weren’t always in the Sox favor. At Yankee Stadium, Jim Rice walked twice, and Reid Nichols and Jeff Newman, one time each. That was all the offense the team could muster as Dave Righetti no-hit the Red Sox, the first no-no for New York since Don Larsen tossed his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
7. July 4, 2003: Twenty years after the Righetti no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, the Sox created their own fireworks, topping the Yankees 10-3 as a result of seven Sox long balls. Pitching for NY, David Wells gave up homers twice to Jason Varitek, and once to Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Bill Mueller. Ortiz and Mueller also homered again off of relievers.
8. The only player who wore a Red Sox uniform whose birthday was July 4 was reliever Brendan Donnelly who briefly pitched for the Sox in 2007. He did not last with the team long enough to celebrate his birthday.
9. At the start of play on July 4, 2012, the Sox were 42-39. At the start of play last July 4, Boston was 52-34. This year, 38-47. Don't let that spoil your holiday weekend.
See you Monday, as the White Sox come to Boston.