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Washington Senators I at Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA
August 7, 1958


Introduction

A small "crowd" of only 5,850 fans were in attendance to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Washington Senators in a Thursday day game on August 7, 1958. The American League pennant race had essentially already been the decided but the Red Sox were in a tight battle with the Chicago White Sox for second place, with Boston entering play 0.5-game ahead of the Pale Hose. The Senators, meanwhile, were living up to the famous quip: First in War, First in Peace, and Last in the American League.

The starting pitchers for this day's matchup were Frank Sullivan, who entered play with a record of 8-5, for Boston, against, Hal Griggs (3-8) for Washington.

First Inning
Sullivan started strong, striking out Senators' leadoff hitter Eddie Yost as part of a 1-2-3 top of the first inning.

After Red Sox leadoff hitter Don Buddin fouled out, the Red Sox went to work giving Sullivan a lead to work with: two walks, a wild pitch, an RBI double by Frank Malzone, an RBI fielder's choice by Jackie Jensen (where everybody was safe), and a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Piersall gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead at the end of one inning.

Second Inning
A solo home run by Jim Lemon was the first hit by a Senator and cut the Red Sox lead to 3-1. But the Red Sox matched their first-inning run total in the bottom of the second inning.

Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out and led to a Washington pitching change. Ted Williams greeted new pitcher Tex Clevinger with a two-run single and Malzone followed up with his second hit and second RBI of the game.

Third - Fourth Innings
The third inning was uneventful for both teams.

The Senators made some noise, though, in the top of the fourth inning. The first two batters of the inning walked and Roy Sievers put the ball over the Green Monster, cutting the Red Sox lead to 6-4. A two-out single by Norm Zauchin was wasted, but the Senators still had some hope if their pitching could hold the Red Sox at six runs.

The Senators pitching could not hold the Red Sox at six runs, as Don Buddin led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run of his own to extend the Red Sox lead to 7-4.

Fifth - Eighth Innings
From there, things settled down to a relative pitching duel. From the fifth through eighth innings, the only batter on either team to get past first base was Ted Williams, whose solo home run with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning pushed the Red Sox lead to 8-4.

Ninth Inning
And so, the Senators came into the ninth inning trailing by four runs. Red Sox starter Frank Sullivan was still on the mound - the 1950s were still the era where complete games were expected, if not necessarily the norm (the 1958 Red Sox had 44 complete games; Sullivan tied for the team lead with 10) - with the 5-6-7 hitters due for the Senators.

Clint Courtney lined out to first base for the first out. Jim Lemon grounded out to the shortstop. And, in a flash, the Senators were down to their final out.

Norm Zauchin hit a ground ball to third baseman Frank Malzone, who won the first two Gold Gloves awarded to third basemen in 1957 and 1958, but Malzone bobbled the ball and the Senators still had hope.

Neil Chrisley followed up with a single to left field and all of a sudden, the Senators had the tying run in the on-deck circle.

Faye Throneberry (Marvelous Marv's brother) was called on to pinch hit for the third Senators' pitcher, Vito Valentinetti. Throneberry entered the game batting .189/.232/.321. Alas, those numbers would not improve on this day. The best Throneberry could do was hit a ground ball to Red Sox second baseman Ted Lepcio, who fielded it cleanly and threw to first base for the 27th and final out of the game. Red Sox win, 8-4.

Game Summary

With their win, the Red Sox gained a half-game on the idle White Sox in their battle for second place. It would not last as the Red Sox finished the 1958 season in third place, three games behind the White Sox (and 13 games behind the New York Yankees).

The star of the Red Sox' August 7th win was Ted Williams - who was the star of a lot of Red Sox wins during his 19-year career. The 1958 season would turn out to be arguably the last truly great season of Williams' career. He led the league in batting average (.328) and on-base percentage (.458), the last time he would lead the league in anything. Jackie Jensen's first-inning RBI in this game was one of 122 runs he would end up driving home in 1958, the most in the American League - his second of three times leading the AL in RBIs - enough for Jensen to be elected American League MVP.

Finally, one final note about the 1958 Boston Red Sox. By 1958, the Red Sox were the last major-league team who had not yet integrated. That would come the next season, when Pumpsie Green would finally break the color barrier for the Red Sox.

Details of the game are shown below. First, I show Player won-lost records for all of the players who participated in the game. Baseball Player won-lost records are constructed so that the players on the winning team earn two pWins and one pLoss in the game while the players on the losing team earn one pWin and two pLosses. I also show expected wins and losses, eWins and eLosses, which are context-neutral. Full play by play details of the game are shown below the won-lost tables. My Player won-lost records are described in more detail in this article and throughout my website.

Retrosheet Box Score and Play-by-Play


Runs by Inning

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
Washington Senators I0103000004
Boston Red Sox33010100x8


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Washington Senators I
Roy Sievers0.330.12
0.21
0.230.110.12
Jim Lemon0.120.10
0.02
0.190.100.10
Neil Chrisley0.010.00
0.01
0.050.010.04
Vito Valentinetti0.010.00
0.01
0.100.020.08
Faye Throneberry0.000.02
-0.02
0.000.02-0.02
Julio Becquer0.000.02
-0.02
0.000.02-0.02
Norm Zauchin0.020.05
-0.03
0.090.070.02
Clint Courtney0.020.09
-0.07
0.040.08-0.04
Ossie Alvarez0.020.11
-0.09
0.050.09-0.04
Herb Plews0.120.21
-0.09
0.140.15-0.01
Eddie Yost0.040.16
-0.12
0.060.11-0.06
Albie Pearson0.080.28
-0.19
0.110.17-0.06
Tex Clevenger0.160.42
-0.26
0.280.48-0.20
Hal Griggs0.070.42
-0.35
0.070.20-0.13
Team Totals12
-1
1.411.64-0.23
   
   
Boston Red Sox
Ted Williams0.350.03
0.33
0.260.060.21
Don Buddin0.310.10
0.21
0.310.140.18
Frank Malzone0.260.05
0.21
0.180.110.07
Pete Runnels0.250.09
0.16
0.170.100.07
Jackie Jensen0.110.06
0.05
0.050.09-0.04
Ted Lepcio0.090.05
0.04
0.090.090.00
Frank Sullivan0.550.52
0.03
0.530.62-0.09
Jim Piersall0.070.06
0.00
0.030.10-0.07
Gene Stephens0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.01-0.01
Sammy White0.000.03
-0.03
0.000.10-0.09
Team Totals21
1
1.641.410.23


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Detail

Player Won-Lost Records: Batting
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Washington Senators I
Roy Sievers0.180.09
0.10
0.150.090.05
Jim Lemon0.100.07
0.03
0.150.070.08
Tex Clevenger0.040.02
0.03
0.040.030.01
Neil Chrisley0.010.00
0.01
0.050.010.04
Herb Plews0.110.12
-0.01
0.120.090.03
Faye Throneberry0.000.02
-0.02
0.000.02-0.02
Norm Zauchin0.020.04
-0.02
0.080.060.03
Julio Becquer0.000.02
-0.02
0.000.02-0.02
Ossie Alvarez0.020.06
-0.04
0.030.05-0.01
Clint Courtney0.020.07
-0.06
0.030.07-0.04
Albie Pearson0.020.11
-0.09
0.030.09-0.06
Eddie Yost0.020.14
-0.12
0.020.10-0.08
Team Totals0.540.76
-0.22
0.690.70-0.01
   
   
Boston Red Sox
Ted Williams0.350.01
0.34
0.260.030.24
Frank Malzone0.250.04
0.20
0.170.060.11
Don Buddin0.190.03
0.16
0.220.050.17
Pete Runnels0.170.09
0.09
0.120.090.03
Jackie Jensen0.110.06
0.05
0.040.08-0.03
Frank Sullivan0.030.01
0.01
0.040.07-0.03
Jim Piersall0.050.05
-0.00
0.010.09-0.07
Ted Lepcio0.010.02
-0.01
0.030.07-0.03
Sammy White0.000.03
-0.03
0.000.10-0.10
Team Totals1.150.34
0.82
0.890.620.27


Player Won-Lost Records: Baserunning
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Washington Senators I
Albie Pearson0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Ossie Alvarez0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Norm Zauchin0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Clint Courtney0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.000.00
Neil Chrisley0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Herb Plews0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Tex Clevenger0.010.01
-0.00
0.000.000.00
Eddie Yost0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Team Totals0.010.01
-0.00
0.010.010.00
   
   
Boston Red Sox
Pete Runnels0.050.00
0.05
0.020.000.02
Don Buddin0.010.00
0.01
0.010.000.01
Jackie Jensen0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Frank Malzone0.000.01
-0.00
0.000.01-0.01
Ted Williams0.000.02
-0.01
0.000.02-0.02
Ted Lepcio0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.01-0.01
Frank Sullivan0.000.07
-0.07
0.000.03-0.03
Team Totals0.070.11
-0.03
0.050.10-0.04


Player Won-Lost Records: Pitching
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Washington Senators I
Vito Valentinetti0.010.00
0.01
0.100.020.08
Tex Clevenger0.110.40
-0.28
0.240.45-0.21
Hal Griggs0.070.42
-0.35
0.070.20-0.13
Team Totals0.190.81
-0.63
0.460.77-0.31
   
   
Boston Red Sox
Frank Sullivan0.520.44
0.09
0.490.51-0.02
Team Totals0.520.44
0.09
0.490.51-0.02


Player Won-Lost Records: Fielding
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Washington Senators I
Roy Sievers0.150.04
0.11
0.090.020.07
Eddie Yost0.010.01
0.00
0.040.010.03
Clint Courtney0.010.02
-0.01
0.010.010.00
Norm Zauchin0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.01-0.01
Jim Lemon0.020.03
-0.01
0.050.030.02
Ossie Alvarez0.000.05
-0.05
0.020.04-0.02
Herb Plews0.010.09
-0.08
0.020.06-0.03
Albie Pearson0.060.16
-0.11
0.080.08-0.00
Team Totals0.260.41
-0.15
0.300.250.05
   
   
Boston Red Sox
Ted Lepcio0.080.01
0.07
0.060.020.05
Don Buddin0.110.07
0.04
0.090.080.01
Pete Runnels0.020.00
0.02
0.030.000.02
Jim Piersall0.020.01
0.01
0.020.020.00
Frank Malzone0.010.01
0.00
0.010.04-0.03
Sammy White0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Gene Stephens0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.01-0.01
Jackie Jensen0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.01-0.00
Ted Williams0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals0.250.12
0.13
0.220.190.03




Play-by-Play Summary

Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 1st Inning
Kyoste101sullf101010.00000.03100.00000.0214
2/FLpeara102sullf101120.00000.02450.00000.0202
4plewh101sullf101230.00000.01600.00000.0214
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 1st Inning
5/FLbuddd101grigh101010.00000.02170.00000.0204
Wrunnp101grigh101110.03790.00000.03060.0000
W.1-2willt103grigh101runnp101110.07970.00040.03130.0003
WP.2-3malzf101grigh101willt103runnp101110.03420.00000.01630.0005
D8.3-H;1-3malzf101grigh101willt103runnp101110.18260.01710.06690.0222
FC4.3-H;2-3jensj101grigh101malzf101willt103110.10810.02610.04510.0193
8/SF.3-Hpierj102grigh101jensj101malzf101120.04910.01330.01310.0165
K/Clepct101grigh101jensj101230.00010.01220.00000.0216
Total Runs Scored:3
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 2nd Inning
Ksievr101sullf101010.00000.02830.00000.0214
3/Gcourc101sullf101120.00000.02310.00000.0234
HRlemoj101sullf101220.09840.00000.14570.0000
Kzaucn101sullf101230.00000.01520.00000.0214
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Bottom of 2nd Inning
53whits103grigh101010.00000.01640.00000.0230
S9sullf101grigh101110.02760.00470.04060.0071
W.1-2buddd101grigh101sullf101110.05480.00030.03110.0003
S7.2-3;1-2runnp101grigh101buddd101sullf101110.11300.14230.05150.0655
S8.3-H;2-H;1-3willt103clevt101runnp101buddd101sullf101110.16910.00510.06460.0039
S9.3-H;1-2malzf101clevt101willt103runnp101110.05240.00970.05020.0149
9.2-3jensj101clevt101malzf101willt103120.00060.01400.00070.0268
8pierj102clevt101malzf101willt103230.00010.01360.00040.0236
Total Runs Scored:3
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 3rd Inning
53alvao101sullf101010.00000.01890.00000.0230
43clevt101sullf101120.00000.01380.00000.0232
Kyoste101sullf101230.00000.00730.00000.0214
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 3rd Inning
S6lepct101clevt101000.01170.00010.03240.0015
CS2(24)whits103clevt101lepct101010.00000.01430.00000.0121
53whits103clevt101120.00000.00390.00000.0230
53sullf101clevt101230.00000.00270.00000.0230
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 4th Inning
Wpeara102sullf101000.02460.00000.03060.0000
W.1-2plewh101sullf101peara102000.04840.00030.03110.0003
HR/7.2-H;1-Hsievr101sullf101plewh101peara102000.18370.00060.14650.0005
3/Gcourc101sullf101010.00000.03810.00000.0234
Klemoj101sullf101120.00000.02890.00000.0214
S8zaucn101sullf101220.01660.00170.03650.0034
8alvao101sullf101zaucn101230.00020.04030.00050.0230
Total Runs Scored:3
 
Bottom of 4th Inning
HR/7buddd101clevt101000.13530.00000.14570.0000
S8runnp101clevt101000.02610.00200.03650.0034
W.1-2willt103clevt101runnp101000.04250.00030.03090.0003
8/Lmalzf101clevt101willt103runnp101010.01610.03180.01720.0441
K/Cjensj101clevt101willt103runnp101120.00000.01790.00000.0218
7pierj102clevt101willt103runnp101230.00020.02460.00070.0253
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 5th Inning
S8clevt101sullf101000.04340.00440.03650.0034
46(1)/FOyoste101sullf101clevt101010.02830.09300.02470.0437
46(1)3/GDPpeara102sullf101yoste101130.00100.07330.00110.0537
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 5th Inning
Klepct101clevt101010.00000.00890.00000.0214
9whits103clevt101120.00000.00870.00000.0247
Ksullf101clevt101230.00000.00480.00000.0214
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 6th Inning
S6/P.BX2(64)plewh101sullf101010.04920.10040.05050.0657
2/FLsievr101sullf101120.00000.02410.00000.0202
Wcourc101sullf101220.01520.00000.03060.0000
8/8Dlemoj101sullf101courc101230.00020.03300.00050.0230
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 6th Inning
8buddd101clevt101010.00000.00780.00000.0227
7runnp101clevt101120.00000.00700.00000.0248
HR/9willt103clevt101220.08210.00000.14570.0000
S8malzf101clevt101220.00380.00030.03650.0034
5jensj101clevt101malzf101230.00000.00440.00020.0207
Total Runs Scored:1
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 7th Inning
4zaucn101sullf101010.00000.02050.00000.0214
S6alvao101sullf101110.01650.00010.03240.0015
Kbecqj101sullf101alvao101120.00070.02470.00060.0215
6yoste101sullf101alvao101230.00020.01740.00030.0214
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 7th Inning
63pierj102valev101010.00000.00270.00000.0228
Klepct101valev101120.00000.00210.00000.0214
9whits103valev101230.00000.00160.00000.0247
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 8th Inning
Kpeara102sullf101010.00000.01670.00000.0214
S9plewh101sullf101110.01370.00210.04060.0071
64(1)3/GDPsievr101sullf101plewh101130.00060.03440.00070.0534
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 8th Inning
63sullf101valev101010.00000.00120.00000.0228
S9buddd101valev101110.00200.00040.04060.0071
7runnp101valev101buddd101120.00010.00160.00030.0262
41willt103valev101buddd101230.00000.00140.00030.0234
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 9th Inning
3/Lcourc101sullf101010.00000.01200.00000.0259
63lemoj101sullf101120.00000.00700.00000.0228
E5/Gzaucn101sullf101220.00330.00070.04630.0103
S7.1-2chrin101sullf101zaucn101220.00850.00090.05060.0056
43throf101sullf101chrin101zaucn101230.00010.01800.00060.0237
Total Runs Scored:0
 

Traditional Box Score and Play-by-Play

Article last updated: March 23, 2020



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