NIGHT BASEBALL & JACKIE ROBINSON ...
The first night game at Fenway Park

June 13, 1947 ... 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.

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.  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.

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 equaled only by the Yankee Stadium.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

 

 

3

13

3

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

x

 

 

5

8

0

 

W-Boo Ferriss (5-5);
L-Frank Papish (2-3)
Attendance – 34,510

 2B-Kennedy (Chi), Baker (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Don Gutteridge 3b 4 1 0 .161  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 4 1 1 .251  

 

Leon Culberson rf 5 0 2 .304  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 .297  

 

Sam Mele cf 4 1 2 .328  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 0 0 .252  

 

Rudy York 1b 3 0 0 .212  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 0 1 .143  

 

Dave Ferriss p 0 1 0 .257  

 

Bob Klinger p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dave Ferriss 5.1 11 3 1 4  
  Bob Klinger 3.2 2 0 2 0  

  

 

 1947 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

Detroit Tigers 27 20 -

 

 

New York Yankees 27 23 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

25 22 2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 25 25 3 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 20 21 4

 

 

Chicago White Sox 25 28 5

 

 

St. Louis Browns 21 26 6

 

 

Washington Senators 20 25 6