KEN HARRELSON & YAZ
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
Ken Harrelson slugs the White Sox
September 1, 1967 ... Ken
Harrelson took charge and drilled a home run, a triple and a double,
while José Santiago was pitching the Red Sox to a 10 to 2 victory
over the Chicago White Sox. Gary Peters, who had an ERA of 2.23
before the game, left after two innings with an ERA of 2.51 after he
gave up seven runs.
Harrelson found the thump in his bat during the
first inning. Mike Andrews started with a single off the pitcher's glove and was
safe at first, when Peters tried to throw the ball from an awkward position.
Jerry Adair then singled to right and both runners stole a bases when Carl
Yastrzemski struck out. George Scott hit a ground ball to Ron Hansen, the
shortstop, who threw wide to the plate, allowing Andrews to score while Adair
stayed on second. Adair finally went to third on Reggie Smith's fly to deep
center and then Harrelson knocked him in with his triple. The "Hawk" scored when
Petrocelli lined a single to center and the Sox were up 4 to 0.
In the second inning, manager Eddie Stanky left Peters in and Andrews singled
again, Adair doubled and Andrews scored on Yaz's bloop single to center. Adair
was forced to third on a fielder's choice by George Scott, who moved to second,
along with Yaz to third, on a wild pitch to Reggie Smith. Smith eventually
singled to left to score both runners.
Harrelson slammed his home run in the fifth inning off Wilbur Wood into the
left-field screen. It was the first home run hit off Wood in 41 innings this
In the seventh after George Scott and drawn a walk, José Tartabull came in to
pinch-run and went to second when firstbaseman Cotton Nash missed a pickoff
attempt by Steve Jones. Harrelson scored Tartabull when he slammed a double to
left, giving the Sox their 10th run of the game.
In the meanwhile, Santiago was pitching a shutout. He had gone 21 innings
against the White Sox without allowing a run.
But in the eighth, Ron Hansen got a single off Joe Foy's glove and scored on
a double off the wall by Ed Herrmann, who scored on Don Buford's single. José
got Walt Williams to ground into a doubleplay and end any scoring. He gave up a
single and a walk in the ninth, but escaped any trouble and left to a cheering