1968 BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CARDIAC KIDS COME BACK TO REALITY ...

 

Ralph Glaze   Martin Luther King   Robert F Kennedy   Clyde Shoun
Died: Oct 31st   Died: April 4th   Died: June 6th   Died: Mar 20th
Ellis Kinder   Hub Perdue   Bill Regan   Vern Stephens
Died: Oct 1am6th   Died: Oct 31st   Died: June 11th   Died: Nov 4th
Sam Crawford   Heinie Groh   Pat Simmons   Edgar Westfall
Died: June 15th   Died: Aug 22nd   Died: July 3rd   Died: March 21st
Ollie Marquardt   Jack Killilay   Paul Howard   Hal Bevan
Died: Feb 7th   Died: Oct 21st   Died: Aug 29th   Died: Oct 5th
John Kroner   Benn Karr   Al Benton   Johnnie Heving
Died: Aug 26th   Died: Dec 8th   Died: April 14th   Died: Dec 24th
Don Orsillo   Curt Leskanic   Barry Sanders   Mike Lansing
Born: Dec 16th   Born: Apr 2nd   Born: July 16th   Born: Apr 3rd
Todd Jones   Ramon Martinez   Hideo Nomo   Jose Offerman
Born: Apr 24th   Born: Mar 22nd   Born: Aug 31st   Born: Nov 8th
John Olerud   Jeff Bagwell   Mike Mussina   Bernie Williams
Born: Aug 5th   Born: May 27th   Born: Dec 8th   Born: Sept 13th
Frank Thomas   Sammy Sosa   Gary Sheffield   Mike Piazza
Born: May 27th   Born: Nov 12th   Born: Nov 18th   Born: Sept 4th
    Gary Payton   Ted Washington    
    Born: July 23rd   Born: April 13th    
             
             

Over the Christmas holiday in 1967, Jim Lonborg spent his vacation on the ski slopes at Lake Tahoe. On Christmas Eve, during his last run of the day, he caught an edge and tore the ligaments in his left knee. He underestimated the injury, feeling he was indestructible as a 26-year-old would. When he underwent the surgery, early reports indicated he would return to the pitcher's mound on opening day. But in 1968, the surgery was much more invasive than it is today and rehabilitation was just a word in the medical dictionary. As spring training approached, Lonborg could hardly walk. His injury would hamper him, not only in 1968, but for seasons to come. The injuries to Tony Conigliaro and Lonborg however, showed fans why the Red Sox hadn't won a world championship in 50 years.

JIM LONBORG

Carl Yastrzemski took advantage of his new notoriety and touted all sorts of things, including "Big Yaz Bread". Yastrzemski in spite of winning the Triple Crown in 1967, didn't work out with his trainer, Gene Berde, in the off-season.

All sorts of doors were open to Red Sox players that didn't exist before. Sox players could be seen everywhere during that off-season, signing autographs at car dealerships, speaking at banquets, and happy to do everything that was asked of them.

Ken Harrelson was spending $6000 a year on clothes and flying to California just to get a haircut. He parlayed his Southern charm and eccentric personality into a local one hour variety show on WHDH TV entitled, "The Hawk".  Baseball itself seemed a little less important at the end of 1967.

The Red Sox planned to build their pitching staff around Lonborg and general manager Dick O'Connell had already worked out several trades to do just that. He acquired veteran Ray Culp from the Cubs and left-hander Dick Ellsworth from the Phillies, both of whom were proven winners. Along with Jos Santiago, Gary Bell, John Wyatt and Sparky Lyle, the Red Sox thought another pennant was almost certain. The defending American League champions were now expected to win and media coverage increased exponentially.

Dick Williams wanted a new contract and agreed with O'Connell to a three-year deal. But owner Tom Yawkey only wanted to give him a two-year deal. Eventually Williams got the deal he wanted, but wondered how much Yawkey was committed to him, or did he have one of his cronies lined up to take his place.

TONY CONIGLIARO

The beginning of spring training was dominated by Conigliaro's attempted comeback. At first things looked good. Two mammoth home runs on the first day of spring training dwarfed the news of the championship-bound Celtics and Bruins. But hitting home runs off a batting practice pitcher was one thing, and in a game was another. Conigliaro's eyesight fluctuated and then deteriorated. He soon started missing even batting practice pitches by a foot or more. Before long he was thinking about coming back as a pitcher.

In 1968 pitching was critical and dominated the game like no other time since the dead ball era. That made the loss of Lonborg even more serious. Unfortunately, in this pitching rich year, that was in short supply. The ERA numbers looked good individually from our perspective today. Ray Culp was at 2.91, Gary Bell posted a 3.12, Dick Ellsworth came in at 3.03. These three were the steady horses of the rotation. But collectively, the Red Sox staff was eighth-best in the American League. By the standard of the times, they werent up to snuff.

The Sox started slowly and at midseason were stuck at the .500 mark. No one was hitting, but then again nobody else in baseball was hitting either. The American League batted .230 in 1968. And during a season which the American League ERA was 2.98, the Red Sox ERA of 3.33 wasn't good enough.

Sparky Lyle, a tobacco-chewing 23-year-old that would one day be the focal point of the second-worst trade the Red Sox ever made with the New York Yankees, finished with a 2.74 ERA. Lyle should have gotten more work, but mediocre Lee Stange and Gary Waslewski handled most of the important bullpen innings.

Lonborg returned to the team in the middle of the year, but as he did, Jos Santiago (9-4) hurt his arm and never won another game in the major leagues. Lonborg thought he was fine, but his weakened leg caused him to make some changes in his delivery. He lost a little off his fastball and started to experience a series of nagging arm injuries. He finished the year with a 6-10 record and an ERA of 4.29.

The Red Sox opened the season and slapped the Detroit Tigers by a 7 to 3 score to a fine opening day crowd in Tiger Stadium on April 10th. Dick Ellsworth went nine tough innings to gain the victory. Most of the hitting was provided by old standbys Carl Yastrzemski and Rico Petrocelli. Yaz smacked two home runs, one an inside the park job, and Rico Petrocelli knocked out two hits that brought in three runs.

Yastrzemski blasted a two run homer that carried the Red Sox to a 3 to 1 victory over the Indians in Cleveland on April 12th. A small crowd watched Gary Waslewski beat Steve Hargan in a game that featured the home run ball. The Sox had only five hits but two of them were home runs by Yaz and Petrocelli.

The Sox returned home after splitting both of the two game series, to face the Tigers at Fenway.  After getting rained out on Opening Day, the Sox lost to the Tigers, 9-2.  The first win at Fenway came against the White Sox on April 17th. Dick Ellsworth pitched a five hit, 2 to 0 shutout. He had been given spot assignments against strong right-handed hitting teams and now had beaten the Tigers and White Sox, going the distance in each game. Yastrzemski hit another home run, his fourth, off in the first inning.

The next day, Jos Santiago went out and pitched a 3 to 0 shutout against the White Sox, who had now lost six straight games. He pitched five innings without giving up a hit and Mike Andrews had to make a fine diving catch in the second inning to help. Wayne Causey ended his no-hit bid in the sixth inning, lining a single on the first pitch over Petrocelli's head.

On Patriots' Day, April 19th, Gary Waslewski went nine innings for the first time in his big league career, and defeated the Indians by score 9 to 2. Yaz drove in the tying and winning runs on wicked doubles. The first was to right-field in the third, driving in Joe Foy, and second in the fifth inning was to deep center scoring Mike Andrews who had also doubled.

The next day, Jerry Stephenson, who was been nervous in his first start, beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2. He gave up five hits including a home run and seven walks. Reggie Smith, whose one huge swing in the fourth inning off Luis Tiant, won the ballgame. Mike Andrews had singled and Joe Foy had walked. After Yaz flew to center, Reggie turned on a fastball that landed in the Cleveland bullpen for three runs.

MIKE ANDREWS

After four days the Red Sox traveled to Baltimore, and on April 26th looked awful for the first three innings. But the rustiness wore off and suddenly all the pieces started to fit together, as Lee Stange pitched six shutout innings that gave the Red Sox a 6 to 3 victory over the Orioles. Mike Andrews came up with three hits and his biggest was a home run into the left-field seats in the seventh inning that broke a 3-3 tie.

On April 27th, Tom Phoebus, after an hour and 23 minute rain delay, in Baltimore, no-hit the Red Sox by a 6 to 0 score. With a good fastball, excellent slider and a big dipping curveball, he handled the Red Sox easily. Sox batters were handcuffed by fastballs thrown under their arms and while they were looking for quick stuff inside, Phoebus broke his slider and curveball over the outside corners.

The next day, the Sox split a doubleheader, winning the first game 3 to 0 and losing the nightcap 6 to 1. Jos Santiago shutout Baltimore in the first game and now had two straight shutouts and 22 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He had been beaten in the regular season since last May. Only two men got to second base off Jos.

At Fenway Park on May 2nd, Santiago rolled along picking off the California Angels, 4 to 1 for his third win of the year. He had pitched 27 scoreless innings until the Angels got a run off him in the fifth inning. He now had been beaten since July of last year. Ken Harrelson brought in two runs with a hard single to score Reggie Smith in the third inning. He then hit a home run against the wind into the left-field net.

The Sox then lost the next three games to the Oakland A's and slipped into 8th place, 6 games out.

In Washington on May 7th, Natick's Joe Coleman balked home the winning run, in a 3 to 2 Red Sox victory. Jos Santiago was not complaining because, although he needed relief help from Lee Stange, he collected his fourth victory of the season. Given a 3 to 0 lead in the first three innings, Santiago rolled into the seventh inning with a shutout. However he started to tire and was finally bailed out by Stange. Sox batters only could get six hits but they made them count. Joe Foy and Yastrzemski had two hits apiece. Foy knocked in one run and scored another.

In the next game, in Washington, after warming the bench for seven innings, Jerry Adair was sent up to pinch-hit and came through with a clutch single to right-field that sent the Sox sailing by the Senators, 3 to 1. Dick Ellsworth picked up his third win, but needed help from Gary Bell, who got the last five outs after coming in from the bullpen. Again the Sox only could get six hits, but like the previous game, they made them count. The Sox aided by a break in the seventh, set the stage for Adair. Elston Howard walked and Ellsworth dropped down a sacrifice that stayed fair down the first base line. With Joe Foy up next, the Senators brought in left-hander Darold Knowles. Dick Williams countered by bringing up Jerry Adair who brought in the winning run.

It took the Yankees to halt Jos Santiago's winning streak. On May 11th, Santiago faced Mel Stottlemyre in the Bronx. Both pitchers were pitching their best only Santiago made a mistake of trying to sneak a fastball by Roy White in the seventh inning. White ripped the ball for a home run into the Yankee bullpen and that was all Stottlemyre needed, as he beat the Sox 1 to 0.

Finally the Red Sox started to hit and in the final day in Yankee Stadium, on May 12th, they swept the Yankees. Coupling a 28-hit barrage with complete game performances by Dick Ellsworth and Gary Bell the Sox won by 8 to 1 and 4 to 2 scores. Carl Yastrzemski and Joe Foy led the Sox with five hits each in the two games. The double win snapped a three-game losing streak.

On May 14th, 19,439 fans sat at Fenway Park and watched the Washington Senators hit tape measure home runs for five innings. Frank Howard hit two, one over the left-field wall, and another into the centerfield seats. Ron Hansen hit one into deep left center, and all the while, the Red Sox were only allowed three singles by Phil Ortega. Ken Harrelson entered the home run contest in the sixth when he lofted a long fly ball into the left centerfield net after Yaz had doubled, the second of his three hits. Then came one of those 1967 miracle finishes and the Red Sox won the game, 5 to 4, in the 10th inning, with the winning run being scored on a throwing error by Nats' catcher Paul Casanova, with the bases loaded.

Jos Santiago beat the the Washington Senators, 6 to 4, on what he called his junk, on May 15th. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Red Sox and Santiago's fifth win against just one loss. The Sox continued to hit, grinding out in 11 hit attack and charging back to win after falling behind by three runs in the top of the first. Joe Foy and George Scott had two hits apiece and Mike Andrews drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

The next night, May 16th, the New York Yankees came to Fenway and after sprinting far ahead in the early stages of the game, holding what seemed to be an insurmountable five-run lead, they allowed the Red Sox back into the game. Trailing 10 to 5 and three in the eighth-inning, the Red Sox charged from behind with a six run rally that had the fans delirious.

The next night the Red Sox bounced from behind again, winning 6 to 4. This night they had to do it twice and not once. Old friend Bill Monbouquette was the victim. George Scott who had been able to by a hit, had three and the last one in the eighth-inning, drove in Reggie Smith from third base to break up a 4 to 4 game. After Smith walked, Ken Harrelson singled through second base on a hit-and-run. Two curveballs got past Scott, but he was able to spank a single through the middle, to score Smith. Rico Petrocelli then singled home Harrelson for the sixth run.

The Red Sox defeated the Yankees for the fifth straight time on May 18th. Ray Culp shut out New York, fanning 10 batters. Tom Tresh messed up three balls hit to him in the fourth inning and the Sox scored all their runs on his errors. The win moved the Sox up to within 2 1/2 games for the American League lead.

A brilliant four hit, nice strikeout performance by right-hander Gary Bell and the hot bats of Joe Foy and Carl Yastrzemski gave the Red Sox a 4 to 0 victory over the California Angels on May 22nd. Yaz had three hits, including a hard one hopper off secondbaseman Bobby Knoops' left arm that produced two runs in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Foy smashed a home run over the centerfield fence with Rico Petrocelli on board.

In Minnesota on May 24th, Yastrzemski homered and Jos Tartabull got on base four times, scoring three runs, as the Red Sox upended the Twins by a score of 9 to 7. Yaz had two other hits in the game to up his average to .313. The next night, Jos Santiago lost his second game of the season by a 1 to 0 score. Jos and Jim Kaat pitched wonderful games, with the one scoring as Rod Carew evaded a tag by Joe Foy, to score the only run of the game. Kaat was throwing a lot of slow curves and his fastball had a lot a hop. Jos threw hard all the time and pitched very well but now had two, 1 to 0 losses between five victories.

After losing the next two games in Minnesota, the Red Sox traveled to Oakland and beat the A's, 3 to 2 on May 27th. The Sox hit two home runs off Blue Moon Odom while Gary Bell was pitching his second complete game in a row. With Carl Yastrzemski and Ken Harrelson hitting home runs, the winning run was scored on a walk, a passed ball, a bunt and a sacrifice fly that brought in Joe Foy. Bell struck out eight batters, three of which were the last four he faced.

The Sox (21-23) lost the next three in Oakland and headed back to Fenway having won only three of the ten games on the road trip. They sat in fifth place, 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers.

The Sox closed out May with Gary Bell throwing a five hit shutout at the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway. He was backed up by home runs from Ken Harrelson and Carl Yastrzemski, as he handcuffed the Orioles, 3 to 0 on a foggy evening. With Joe Foy and George Scott making some fine fielding plays behind him, Bell was in command all the way.

The next night, June 1st, Ray Culp showed his best fastball of the year, putting the Orioles bats to sleep and tossing a three hitter, while breezing to a 5 to 1 victory. Offensively, the Red Sox couldn't do anything wrong. Harrelson continued to soar, driving in four of the runs with a home run and a single. The other runs came off the bat of Rico Petrocelli, who pounded his sixth home run of the year. Yaz banged out four hits to raise his average to .345 just eight points behind the league-leading Frank Howard.

On June 3rd, against the Detroit Tigers, Jim Lonborg came out of the Red Sox bullpen in relief and got a star's welcome. Although still not the pitcher of the year ago, he got tough Willie Horton ground out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Ken Harrelson, streaking with the bat, doubled home a run to tie the score at 1 to 1. The Sox poured across three more runs later in the inning and held on to win 4 to 3. If Lonborg was the man the fans wanted to see, they got their wish when Jos Santiago, after being staked to a 4 to 1 lead in the fifth inning, had to leave in the seventh.

The next day, the Sox in Tigers played a twi-night doubleheader. The Sox won the first half behind Gary Bell, but the Tigers took the second game behind Pat Dobson. The score of both games was 2 to 0 and in the 18 innings played, there were only two extra-base hits. George Scott's bases-loaded double in the sixth inning gave Bell the runs he needed to get the win. And a bases empty home run by thirdbaseman Don Wert, in the second game, was all the Tigers needed. It was Bell's fifth win against just one loss. He came within one out of pitching a complete game, but needed help from Sparky Lyle to get the last man. Gary Waslewski dueled Dobson in the second game and took the loss. The Sox (25-27) lost the next two games to the American League leaders, falling 8 games behind them.

The White Sox came into Fenway Park on June 7th, and Carl Yastrzemski ripped his 10th home run of the year, into the Red Sox bullpen, to beat Chicago, 3 to 2. Jos Santiago improved his record to 7-3 but was threatened in the top of the fifth inning, when with a man on third base, the White Sox attempted an unsuccessful suicide squeeze.

After four consecutive rained out games, the Red Sox finally were able to play the California Angels on June 13th in a shortened doubleheader. They only played 1 1/2 games because the second game was stopped in the sixth inning, as the Angels had a make a 5:55 PM flight back to Los Angeles. The Angels won the first game, 4 to 2, and the second game was tied, 1 to 1, when play was halted. It was completed when the Angels returned in August, with the Red Sox eventually winning 5 to 1.

In Cleveland on June 14th, there were three loud explosions off the bat of Ken Harrelson. In the fifth and sixth inning, Harrelson slammed Luis Tiant for his 11th and 12th home runs. And when knuckleballer Eddie Fisher faced him in the eighth, he slammed another one out of the park. The Red Sox won the game 7 to 2 and Harrelson knocked in all the runs. Only one other Red Sox player had ever hit three consecutive home runs and that was Bobby Doerr, who did it in Fenway Park in 1950, against the St. Louis Browns. Ted Williams had four consecutive home runs one afternoon, but two were in his last two at-bats in the opening game and the next two came in the first two times at bat in the second game.

In the next game, the Red Sox also had an easy time, winning 9 to 3 against the Indians. Harrelson got two singles, but the long ball was supplied this time by Rico Petrocelli and Carl Yastrzemski. In the four games played here in Cleveland, the Red Sox had hit eight home runs.

The Red Sox completed a sweep of the Indians on June 16th, with Jim Lonborg getting his first start of the season. He pitched well for five innings and was throwing naturally for the first time on the mound this year. Ken Harrelson and Rico Petrocelli kept up the hitting barrage with two home runs in the 5 to 3 victory, with the Sox winning 12 of their last 14 games against the Indians.

Ken Harrelson again supplied the power as the Red Sox let Joe Sparma off the hook in the first inning, and then chipped in with five errors to mess things up. As a result, the Tigers led 4-2 at Tiger Stadium on June 19th. The "Hawk" came to the plate in the seventh inning with two men on and hit a three and two pitch off Sparma into the centerfield seats and the Red Sox went on to win, 8-5.

But the Sox lost two of the three games played with the league leaders and fell 10 games behind them in the standings. They moved off to Chicago face the White Sox and on June 21st, Harrelson slammed out six hits in nine times at bat during a doubleheader. But his hitting couldn't save the Red Sox from a 10 to 4 defeat in the second game, although they won the first game 6 to 3. Harrelson's six hits, five singles and a double, boosted his batting average to .311. He was hitting .292 before the game started.

Jos Santiago has faced the White Sox three times and pitched three complete games. Three times he has won and on June 22nd, he defeated Gary Peters, 7 to 2. Ken Harrelson had two more RBIs, giving him 50 for the year.

In another doubleheader on June 23rd, Gary Bell pitched one of his most effortless games, throwing only 89 pitches to defeat the White Sox 6 to 2. And then there was the story of Jim Lonborg, who tossed only five pitches in the second game and became the losing pitcher in a 10 to 1 drubbing. Lonborg was making another start and threw five pitches which were all bad. The fourth one hit Luis Aparicio and the next pitch to Wayne Causey was his last one. He walked off the field and was taken back to Boston for x-rays.

On June 27th, Carl Yastrzemski and Jos Santiago were named to the American League All-Star team. Santiago then went out and beat the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, 9 to 3. The Indians helped him by committing four errors and with a big lead he pitched just long enough to get the win, his ninth.

But June ended with the Indians taking three games of the four game series and pushing the Sox (35-38) 12 games behind in the American League.

July started with Ken Harrelson being added to the AL All Star team and Dick Ellsworth blanking the Oakland A's, 3-0. The next night, Harrelson socked it to the Athletics with a game winning double in the 8th inning of a thrilling 4 to 3 Sox win.

On July 3rd, Mike Andrews, with a long single off the left-field fence, drove Joe Foy across the plate 11th inning to beat the Athletics, 4 to 3 in a wild contest at Fenway. Foy had tied the game at 3 to 3 in the eighth-inning with a run-scoring single. Then in the 11th, he led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Elston Howard. Andrews, with the count 2-2, lined the next pitch from Ken Sanders off-the-wall, above lineup board, and Foy walked home easily for the walkoff win.

Finally, on July 4th, Juan Pizarro came in from the bullpen to replace Jose Santiago, who was suffering from tendonitis in his left elbow, to lead a sweep of the A's, 7 to 2. Santiago was then scratched from the All Star game and replaced by Gary Bell.

On July 5th, there were two men on, Mike Andrews having walked, and Carl Yastrzemski having doubled down the line, with Jim Perry of the Minnesota Twins on the mound. The count was 3-1, and the batter was Ken Harrelson. The Hawk deposited the ball into the left-field net and the Sox went on to win, 4 to 2. It was the fifth straight victory for the Sox and the 17th home run of the year for Harrelson.

The next night, in the seventh inning, with the Sox down 2 to 0, Reggie Smith slammed his 24th double of the year into left-field to start the inning. In succession came a single by Rico Petrocelli, into right-field that sent Smith over to third. A single to right by Joe Foy scored Reggie and sent Rico the third. Russ Gibson sent a fly ball to Tony Oliva in right field, and Foy tagged up, moving over to third, on Oliva's throw to the plate trying to get Rico. With Gary Bell at the plate, Foy broke for third and Bell drove the ball past thirdbaseman Cesar Tovar into left field, bringing in the third Red Sox run. Mike Andrews then singled to left and Dalton Jones grounded to shortstop Frank Quilici. On the attempted double play, Rod Carew's throw went into the dugout and Bell scored the fourth run of the inning, giving the Sox an eventual 4 to 2 win.

The Sox went into the All-Star break by sweeping the Twins in a doubleheader on July 7th, 4 to 3 and 6 to 3, for eight straight wins. Carl Yastrzemski slammed two home runs, his first since the middle of June.

The National League beat the American League, 1 to 0 in Houston. Yaz went 0 for 4 and Ken Harrelson flew out as a pinch hitter.

On July 12th, it was Joe Foy who sparked the Red Sox to a 3 to 2 victory in Anaheim over the Angels. He scooped up two topped rollers and threw out the batters, stole a base, sliced a single to right to keep a rally alive and helped Gary Bell earn his eighth victory of the year.

On July 14th, in Oakland, Blue Moon Odom took a 3 to 1 lead into the eighth-inning. But then he gave up consecutive singles to Jos Tartabull, Mike Andrews and Dalton Jones. Then, with Paul Lindblad in the game, Carl Yastrzemski lined a ball off his knee that went all the way into left field for a double, allowing the tying run to score. Then it was Ken Harrelson, who lined a ball to left-center, off his old teammates, to score another run with Yaz going to third. After Reggie Smith was walked intentionally, Rico Petrocelli drove Yaz in with a sacrifice fly to deep right. The final score was 5 to 3 in favor of the Sox.

In the next game, in Oakland, Jim Lonborg tried again and failed. He was brought into the game and couldn't get a man out, getting charged with the loss, his third as the Red Sox fell to the A's 12 to 5. He walked two of the three men he faced and the other reached on a bunt and before the inning was over, the Sox, who were winning 3 to 0, with losing 5 to 3.

Old friend, Russ Nixon, cleared the bases in a pinchhitting role, in the ninth-inning, to give the Red Sox a 6 to 5 victory over the Twins in Minnesota. The two teams had gone into the ninth tied at 3 to 3, on home runs by George Scott and Rico Petrocelli. With Elston Howard back in Boston, because of an arthritic elbow, the Sox brought up Russ Nixon to take his place. With the bases loaded and facing Ron Perranoski, Nixon drove the ball to center past Cesar Tovar. By the time Tovar picked it up, all three men scored in the Sox had a 6 to 3 lead.

On July 20th, Dick Ellsworth threw a five hitter at the Washington Senators, winning 7 to 2. It was the first complete game for a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway in 25 games. Ken Harrelson knocked in four runs with a three run homer and a single, for 71 RBIs, the most in the majors.

In a doubleheader the next day, the best the Red Sox could do was split with the Senators. But Reggie Smith refused to flinch. He hit two home runs in the first game to drive in three runs, and in the second game he doubled in the eighth-inning when the Red Sox scored three runs.

On July 22nd, Jim Lonborg won his first game of the season, a 7 to 6 victory in Yankee Stadium.  He gave up one hit and a run in six innings.  A year ago at this time, he was 13-3.

In Washington, on July 26th, Reggie Smith literally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a sensational game saving catch for the final out in a Red Sox, 2 to 1 victory, at DC Stadium. The Senators' Hank Allen slammed a Dick Ellsworth pitch on a line toward the fence in left-center in the ninth-inning with two outs. Smith raced to the fence at the 381 foot marker and braced his bare hand on the top of the barrier. He vaulted with that hand as the ball approached, timing it perfectly, with his left arm extending over the fence, glove outstretched at the peak of his leap. The ball landed in his glove and Smith came down, stumbled for an instant, then leapt into the air, with his glove over his head and the ball in it.

Two days later, on July 28th, Ken Harrelson busted out of a 0 for 10 slump with three straight hits, finished off by a two run homer in the ninth-inning, that gave the Red Sox a 10 to 8 victory over the Senators in Washington. The home run was his 23rd of the season and the seventh time he has driven in the deciding run in a Red Sox victory, boosting his major league leading RBI total to 74.

Back in Fenway, on July 29th, Mike Andrews lofted a fly ball to right-center in the 10th inning, with Jos Tartabull on second base. The ball drifted away from Fred Valentine of the Orioles and Tartabull was able to score and give the Red Sox a 3 to 2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Carl Yastrzemski it three line drives to left of the flagpole for doubles, and helped the Sox to an 8 to 3 sweep of the doubleheader.

The Sox (54-48) finished July in 4th place, 10 games behind.

On August 2nd, after Juan Pizarro was beaten by the California Angels, 3 to 2, in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway, Jim Lonborg looked like his old self and dominated California 6 to 1 in the second game. He lasted seven innings before he tired.

The next day, the Red Sox swept the Angels in another doubleheader. In the first game the score was 8 to 3 as Ken Harrelson and Joe Foy each hit two-run home runs. Dick Ellsworth allowed 13 hits but he didn't walk anybody. In the second game Dalton Jones' pinch-hit single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a 5 to 3 victory. Tied 3 to 3, Joe Foy led off the inning by beating out a bunt, and George Scott tried to sacrifice him along, but both runners were safe on Don Mincher's low throw to second. Foy was forced at third on Russ Gibson's attempted sacrifice before Jones' decisive single scored Scott. Jos Tartabull's sacrifice fly added the insurance run.

In Chicago on August 5th, there were fireworks at Comiskey Park as the Red Sox eked out a 2 to 1 victory over the White Sox in 10 innings. It must've sounded like a firing squad to Tommy John who hadn't won a game in a month. He allowed only four hits through nine innings, one of them was Ken Harrelson's 28th home run. George Scott, leading off in the 10th inning, walked on a three and two pitch. That was it for John and in came Bob Locker who got Jerry Adair on a sacrifice, that moved Scott over to second. Russ Gibson followed with a bloop single to center that brought in Scott with the winning run.

The next night, Jim Lonborg pitched another strong game as he whipped the White Sox, 8 to 2. He allowed eight hits and did not walk a man. Sparky Lyle pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, striking out three. Carl Yastrzemski provided the offense with three RBI, one of them on his 14th home run.

Ken Harrelson slammed his 29th home run of the year and put the Red Sox up 2 to 0 in the first inning the next night, leading the Red Sox to a 3 to 2 win.

In the final game of the series with the White Sox, Ray Culp gave the Red Sox (61-51) a sweep with a 1 to 0 victory. He allowed four scattered hits and drove in the game's only run. It was a Red Sox eighth victory in their last nine games, as they finished the evening in third-place in the American League, but 10 games behind the Tigers.

In Detroit the next night, August 9th, Joe Foy's grand slam home run in the eighth-inning, gave the Sox a 5 to 3 win over the league-leaders. But the Sox lost the next three games and slipped further behind, 12 games out.

Down 1 to 0 on August 12th against the White Sox at Fenway, the Red Sox put together three singles, all with two out in the eighth-inning, to win the game, 2 to 1. Rico Petrocelli, Russ Gibson and Russ Nixon all got on base and Ray Culp brought in two of the runners with a base hit to give himself the win.

The next night, in the eighth-inning again, with the score tied 3 to 3, Ken Harrelson hit a fly ball down the right-field line. White Sox rightfielder, Woody Held, took off after the ball, fell down and lost his cap. By the time he got himself together and found the ball Harrelson was on his way to third base. Rico Petrocelli who had homered in his first time at bat, lined to leftfielder Tommy Davis. Harrelson tagged up and came home to give the Red Sox a 4 to 3 win.

In a doubleheader with the White Sox on the 14th, Ken Harrelson did it all and gave the Sox a 7 to 5 win in the second game. He homered, tripled, doubled, reached on an error and stole a base. He ran his home run total to 31 and RBI total to 98, highest in the major leagues. The White Sox, behind Tommy John, won the first game 5 to 3. In the final game of the series, Gary Bell blanked the White Sox, 3-0.

After losing the first two games to the Tigers at Fenway, the Red Sox twisted their tail a little in the final game on August 18th. A suicide squeeze bunt by Juan Pizarro, broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning and the Red Sox wound up beating the league leaders 4 to 1.

In Cleveland, Dave Morehead got his first win of the season by beating Luis Tiant, 3 to 0. It was the third time this season that Tiant had lost to the Red Sox. But the Sox lost the next three games and fell 14 games behind Detroit.

On August 26th, Jim Lonborg dumped the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, at Fenway and pitched a complete-game for the first time this year. He did it spectacularly, also, allowing just three hits. He struck out nine, his high for the season, and didn't walk a batter. Carl Yastrzemski knocked in two runs in the first inning, and in the eighth Mike Andrews score the final run on an error. Ray Culp took the pitching honors the next night, breezing to a 7 to 1 victory over the Indians for his 10th win of the season.

Dick Ellsworth beat the Oakland Athletics, 11 the 2 on August 29th. He gave up six hits and two runs in the eight innings he worked, for his 12th win of the year. Joe Foy hit two home runs, the second time he had done that in the big leagues. Reggie Smith hit his first grand slam home run, in the Red Sox six run fourth inning. Carl Yastrzemski upped his batting average to .290 with two hits in three times at bat.

Jim Lonborg won his second game in a row, to close out August on the 31st. He went five innings and had 15 balls hit off him, but went into the locker room a 6 to 1 winner over the Washington Senators. It happened on the strength of Joe Foy's grand slam home run. It was his fifth home run in three years. The other run came off the bat of Russ Gibson, his second homer of the year, into the left-field net.

In Minnesota, on September 4th, Carl Yastrzemski went back into the batting lead of the American League with four hits, three of them drives up the middle and the fourth a long home run in the ninth-inning. It was Yaz's 18th home run and he is batting .291, two points higher than Tony Oliva. It helped Gary Bell win the game 10 to 2.

In Oakland, on September 9th, home runs by Ken Harrelson and Reggie Smith gave Lee Stange and the Sox a 6 to 4 win.  Carl Yastrzemski (.291 BA) had two singles to keep the batting  lead in the American League. Harrelson hit his 35th homer and 2 RBIs back at Fenway, against the Twins on September 13th. It helped Ray Culp beat Minnesota, 3-0.

RAY CULP

On September 17th, the Tigers clinched the AL pennant and Ray Culp won his 14th game for the Sox, 2-0, shutting out Baltimore.  He struck out twelve batters. The next night Dick Ellsworth shut out Baltimore, 4 to 0.

In New York, Jim Lonborg pitched his third complete game and got his sixth win on September 20th, 4 to 3. Carl Yastrzemski had three hits, including his 21st home run of the year and his average moved up to .306. Ray Culp had a no-hitter for seven innings and won, 2 to 0 the next night. George Thomas' homer into the right field seats was all the run support that Culp needed. Dick Ellsworth completed the sweep of the Yankees, winning his 15th game, 5 to 1. 

In Washington, on September 25th, Culp won his seventh straight game for his 16th win with a 1-0 shutout of the Senators, striking out 11 batters.  He had pitched 30 straight scoreless innings.

Back at Fenway on September 27th, Dick Ellsworth beat the Yankees for his 16th win also, 12-2. Carl Yastrzemski homered and doubled to boost his batting average to .304.  Mike Andrews homered and drove in three runs. Ellsworth and Culp had won 23 games and lost only three since the 1st of July.

Although the club finished with a record of 86-76, and only six games off their 1967 pace, Detroit won 103 games and the Sox finished in fourth place, 17 games behind.

Ken Harrelson was virtually the only Red Sox player to have a better year in 1968 than he did in 1967. He hit 35 home runs with 109 RBIs and a .275 batting average. He was a good replacement for Tony Conigliaro at the plate, but paled by comparison in the field. The Hawk also led the league in interviews, Nehru jackets and dune buggies.

Carl Yastrzemski felt he had to live up to his 1967 season and pressed hard to do so, falling short.  He won the batting title again with the lowest league batting average in history at .301. From his low of.268 in the middle of August, he batted .372 over the last six weeks of the season.

Mike Andrews and Reggie Smith enjoyed superb sophomore seasons. Smith led the league in doubles with thirty seven and Andrews was third in team batting average at .271. Dalton Jones did fairly well at first base as did Joe Foy at third. The shortstop position was hurt when Rico Petrocelli hurt his elbow.

On the other side of the coin, George Scott epitomized the fall of the rest his teammates. His average tumbled to .171, with only three home runs, as he unsuccessfully tried to pull every pitch over the Green Monster.

Whenever a team goes from winning the World Series to failing to do so, it always seems like a disappointment, but theres one development that no one noticed at the time. That development was the fact that the Red Sox had clearly established that the turnaround of 1967 was not a one-year wonder.

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/09/1968 0-0 1st -  at Detroit Tigers pp  
04/10/1968 1-0 1st -  at Detroit Tigers W 7-3 Dick Ellsworth 1-0
04/11/1968 1-1 4th -1  at Detroit Tigers L 4-3 John Wyatt 0-1
04/12/1968 1-1 4th -1  
04/13/1968 2-1 3rd -1  at Cleveland Indians W 3-1 Gary Waslewski 1-0
04/14/1968 2-2 4th -2  at Cleveland Indians L 7-4 Jerry Stephenson 0-1
04/15/1968 2-2 4th -2 1/2  Detroit Tigers pp  
04/16/1968 2-3 6th -3  Detroit Tigers L 9-2 Ray Culp 0-1
04/17/1968 3-3 4th -3  Chicago White Sox W 2-0 Dick Ellsworth 2-0
04/18/1968 4-3 2nd -3  Chicago White Sox W 3-0 Jose Santiago 1-0
04/19/1968 5-3 3rd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 9-2 Gary Waslewski 2-0
04/20/1968 6-3 3rd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Jerry Stephenson 1-1
04/21/1968 6-4 3rd -3  Cleveland Indians L 7-0 Ray Culp 0-2
04/22/1968 6-4 3rd -3  
04/23/1968 6-4 3rd -3  at Chicago White Sox pp  
04/24/1968 6-4 4th -2 1/2  
04/25/1968 6-4 4th -2 1/2  
04/26/1968 7-4 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-3 Lee Stange 1-0
04/27/1968 7-5 5th -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-0 Gary Waslewski 2-1
04/28/1968 8-5 5th -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 3-0 Jose Santiago 2-0
8-6 5th -2 1/2 L 6-1 Jerry Stephenson 1-2
04/29/1968 8-7 5th -3 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 11-2 Gary Bell 0-1
04/30/1968 8-8 5th -3 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 7-6 Dick Ellsworth 2-1
05/01/1968 8-9 5th -4 1/2  California Angels L 5-3 John Wyatt 0-2
05/02/1968 9-9 5th -3 1/2  California Angels W 4-1 Jose Santiago 3-0
05/03/1968 9-10 5th -4  Oakland Athletics L 7-2 Jerry Stephenson 1-3
05/04/1968 9-11 7th -5  Oakland Athletics L 4-2 Dick Ellsworth 2-2
05/05/1968 9-12 8th -6  Oakland Athletics L 3-2 Gary Waslewski 2-2
05/06/1968 9-12 6 -6 1/2  
05/07/1968 10-12 7th -5 1/2  at Washington Senators W 3-2 Jose Santiago 4-0
05/08/1968 11-12 6th -4 1/2  at Washington Senators W 3-1 Dick Ellsworth 3-2
05/09/1968 11-13 7th -5  at Washington Senators L 3-1 Jerry Stephenson 1-4
05/10/1968 11-14 7th -5 1/2  at New York Yankees L 2-1 Gary Waslewski 2-3
05/11/1968 11-15 7th -6 1/2  at New York Yankees L 1-0 Jose Santiago 4-1
05/12/1968 12-15 6th -5 1/2  at New York Yankees W 8-1 Dick Ellsworth 4-2
13-15 6th -5 W 4-2 Gary Bell 1-1
05/13/1968 13-15 6th -5  
05/14/1968 14-15 6th -5  Washington Senators W 5-4 Sparky Lyle 1-0
05/15/1968 15-15 5th -4  Washington Senators W 6-4 Jose Santiago 5-1
05/16/1968 16-15 5th -3 1/2  New York Yankees W 11-10 John Wyatt 1-2
05/17/1968 17-15 4th -3 1/2  New York Yankees W 6-4 Sparky Lyle 2-0
05/18/1968 18-15 4th -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-0 Ray Culp 1-2
05/19/1968 18-16 3rd -4  New York Yankees L 11-3 Gary Waslewski 2-4
05/20/1968 18-17 4th -5  at California Angels L 5-4 Gary Waslewski 2-5
05/21/1968 18-18 5th -5  at California Angels L 5-1 Dick Ellsworth 4-3
05/22/1968 19-18 5th -4  at California Angels W 4-0 Gary Bell 2-1
05/23/1968 19-18 5th -4  
05/24/1968 20-18 4th -3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 9-7 Lee Stange 2-0
05/25/1968 20-19 5th -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 1-0 Jose Santiago 5-2
05/26/1968 20-20 5th -4 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Sparky Lyle 2-1
05/27/1968 21-20 5th -3 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Gary Bell 3-1
05/28/1968 21-21 5th -4 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 3-1 Gary Waslewski 2-6
05/29/1968 21-22 5th -5 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 7-4 Jose Santiago 5-3
05/30/1968 21-23 5th -6 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 6-2 Dick Ellsworth 4-4
05/31/1968 22-23 5th -6 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 3-0 Gary Bell 4-1
06/01/1968 23-23 5th -6 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 5-1 Ray Culp 2-2
06/02/1968 23-24 5th -7  Baltimore Orioles L 4-3 Lee Stange 2-1
06/03/1968 24-24 5th -6  Detroit Tigers W 4-3 Jose Santiago 6-3
06/04/1968 25-24 5th -5  Detroit Tigers W 2-0 Gary Bell 5-1
25-25 5th -6 L 2-0 Gary Waslewski 2-7
06/05/1968 25-26 5th -7  Detroit Tigers L 5-4 Bill Landis 0-1
06/06/1968 25-27 5th -8  Detroit Tigers L 5-3 Lee Stange 2-2
06/07/1968 26-27 5th -8  Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Jose Santiago 7-3
06/08/1968 26-28 5th -9  Chicago White Sox L 4-0 Gary Bell 5-2
06/09/1968 26-28 5th -8 1/2  Chicago White Sox pp  
06/10/1968 26-28 5th -8 1/2  California Angels pp  
06/11/1968 26-28 5th -9 1/2  California Angels pp  
06/12/1968 26-28 5th -10  California Angels pp  
06/13/1968 26-29 5th -11  California Angels L 4-2 Jim Lonborg 0-1
27-29 5th -10 1/2 W 5-1 Lee Stange 3-2
06/14/1968 28-29 4th -10 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-2 Dick Ellsworth 5-4
06/15/1968 29-29 4th -9 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 9-3 Ray Culp 3-2
06/16/1968 30-29 4th -9  at Cleveland Indians W 5-3 Bill Landis 1-1
06/17/1968 30-29 4th -9  
06/18/1968 30-30 5th -10  at Detroit Tigers L 2-1 Jose Santiago 7-4
06/19/1968 31-30 5th -9  at Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Bill Landis 2-1
06/20/1968 31-31 5th -10  at Detroit Tigers L 5-1 Dick Ellsworth 5-5
06/21/1968 32-31 5th -9  at Chicago White Sox W 6-3 Ray Culp 4-2
32-32 5th -9 1/2 L 10-4 Jerry Stephenson 1-5
06/22/1968 33-32 4th -8 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 7-2 Jose Santiago 8-4
06/23/1968 34-32 5th -7 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Gary Bell 6-2
34-33 5th -8 1/2 L 10-1 Jim Lonborg 0-2
06/24/1968 34-33 5th -9  
06/25/1968 34-34 6th -10  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-0 Ray Culp 4-3
06/26/1968 34-35 6th -10 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-2 Bill Landis 2-2
06/27/1968 35-35 6th -10  Cleveland Indians W 9-3 Jose Santiago 9-4
06/28/1968 35-35 6th -10  Cleveland Indians pp  
06/29/1968 35-36 6th -11  Cleveland Indians L 8-1 Gary Bell 6-3
35-37 6th -12 L 4-1 Ray Culp 4-4
06/30/1968 35-38 7th -12  Cleveland Indians L 7-5 Jerry Stephenson 1-6
07/01/1968 36-38 6th -12  Oakland Athletics W 3-0 Dick Ellsworth 6-5
07/02/1968 37-38 6th -12  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Sparky Lyle 3-1
07/03/1968 38-38 5th -12  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Sparky Lyle 4-1
07/04/1968 39-38 4th -12  Oakland Athletics W 7-2 Juan Pizarro 2-1
07/05/1968 40-38 4th -12  Minnesota Twins W 4-2 Dick Ellsworth 7-5
07/06/1968 41-38 4th -11  Minnesota Twins W 4-2 Gary Bell 7-3
07/07/1968 42-38 4th -11  Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Ray Culp 5-4
43-38 4th -11 W 6-3 Gary Waslewski 3-7
07/08/1968  All Star Game Break
07/09/1968
07/10/1968
07/11/1968 43-39 4th -11  at California Angels L 3-2 Lee Stange 3-3
07/12/1968 44-39 4th -11  at California Angels W 3-2 Gary Bell 8-3
07/13/1968 45-39 4th -10  at California Angels W 7-6 Ray Culp 6-4
07/14/1968 46-39 4th -9  at Oakland Athletics W 5-3 Juan Pizarro 3-1
07/15/1968 46-40 4th -9  at Oakland Athletics L 12-5 Jim Lonborg 0-3
07/16/1968 46-41 4th -10  at Minnesota Twins L 12-3 Gary Bell 8-4
07/17/1968 47-41 4th -9  at Minnesota Twins W 6-5 Sparky Lyle 5-1
07/18/1968 47-42 4th -10  at Minnesota Twins L 7-2 Gary Bell 8-5
07/19/1968 47-43 4th -11  Washington Senators L 7-3 Juan Pizarro 3-2
07/20/1968 48-43 4th -10  Washington Senators W 7-2 Dick Ellsworth 8-5
07/21/1968 49-43 4th -9  Washington Senators W 4-3 Gary Waslewski 4-7
49-44 4th -9 L 4-3 Gary Bell 8-6
07/22/1968 50-44 4th -8 1/2  at New York Yankees W 7-6 Jim Lonborg 1-3
07/23/1968 50-45 4th -9 1/2  at New York Yankees L 4-1 Juan Pizarro 3-3
07/24/1968 50-45 4th -9 1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
07/25/1968 50-45 4th -9 1/2  
07/26/1968 51-45 4th -9 1/2  at Washington Senators W 2-1 Dick Ellsworth 9-5
07/27/1968 51-46 4th -10 1/2  at Washington Senators L 5-4 Gary Bell 8-7
07/28/1968 52-46 4th -9 1/2  at Washington Senators W 10-8 Gary Bell 9-7
07/29/1968 53-46 4th -8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Ray Culp 7-4
54-46 4th -8 W 8-3 Juan Pizarro 4-3
07/30/1968 54-47 4th -9  Baltimore Orioles L 8-3 Dick Ellsworth 9-6
07/31/1968 54-48 4th -10  New York Yankees L 7-3 Gary Bell 9-8
08/01/1968 54-49 4th -10  New York Yankees L 1-0 Dave Morehead 0-1
08/02/1968 54-50 4th -9  California Angels L 3-2 Juan Pizarro 4-4
55-50 4th -10 1/2 W 6-1 Jim Lonborg 2-3
08/03/1968 56-50 4th -9 1/2  California Angels W 8-3 Dick Ellsworth 10-6
57-50 4th -9 W 5-3 Sparky Lyle 6-1
08/04/1968 57-51 4th -10  California Angels L 12-6 Juan Pizarro 4-5
08/05/1968 58-51 4th -9 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 2-1 Bill Landis 3-2
08/06/1968 59-51 3rd -10  at Chicago White Sox W 8-2 Jim Lonborg 3-3
08/07/1968 60-51 3rd -10  at Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Dick Ellsworth 11-6
08/08/1968 61-51 3rd -10  at Chicago White Sox W 1-0 Ray Culp 8-4
08/09/1968 62-51 3rd -9  at Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Lee Stange 4-3
08/10/1968 62-52 3rd -10  at Detroit Tigers L 4-3 Bill Landis 3-3
08/11/1968 62-53 3rd -11  at Detroit Tigers L 5-4 Lee Stange 4-4
62-54 3rd -12 L 6-5 Jerry Stephenson 1-7
08/12/1968 63-54 3rd -12  Chicago White Sox W 2-1 Ray Culp 9-4
08/13/1968 64-54 3rd -11  Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Juan Pizarro 5-5
08/14/1968 64-55 3rd -12  Chicago White Sox L 5-3 Dave Morehead 0-2
65-55 3rd -11 1/2 W 7-5 Jerry Stephenson 2-7
08/15/1968 66-55 3rd -11  Chicago White Sox W 3-0 Gary Bell 10-8
08/16/1968 66-56 3rd -12  Detroit Tigers L 4-0 Jim Lonborg 3-4
08/17/1968 66-57 3rd -13  Detroit Tigers L 10-9 Lee Stange 4-4
08/18/1968 67-57 3rd -12  Detroit Tigers W 4-1 Juan Pizarro 6-5
08/19/1968 68-57 3rd -11 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-0 Dave Morehead 1-2
08/20/1968 68-58 3rd -12  at Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Gary Bell 10-9
08/21/1968 68-59 3rd -13  at Cleveland Indians L 8-2 Jim Lonborg 3-5
08/22/1968 68-60 3rd -14  at Cleveland Indians L 3-1 Ray Culp 9-5
08/23/1968 69-60 3rd -13  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Juan Pizarro 7-5
08/24/1968 69-61 4th -13  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-3 Dave Morehead 1-3
08/25/1968 69-62 4th -12 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 Jerry Stephenson 2-8
08/26/1968 70-62 3rd -12 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-0 Jim Lonborg 4-5
08/27/1968 71-62 3rd -11 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 7-1 Ray Culp 10-5
08/28/1968 71-63 3rd -12 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 5-3 Juan Pizarro 7-6
08/29/1968 72-63 3rd -12 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 11-2 Dick Ellsworth 12-6
08/30/1968 72-64 3rd -13 1/2  Washington Senators L 5-1 Gary Bell 10-10
08/31/1968 73-64 3rd -12 1/2  Washington Senators W 6-4 Jim Lonborg 5-5
09/01/1968 74-64 3rd -12 1/2  Washington Senators W 7-4 Ray Culp 11-5
09/02/1968 74-65 3rd -13  at Minnesota Twins L 5-1 Juan Pizarro 7-7
09/03/1968 75-65 3rd -13  at Minnesota Twins W 4-1 Dick Ellsworth 13-6
09/04/1968 76-65 3rd -13  at Minnesota Twins W 10-2 Gary Bell 11-10
09/05/1968 76-65 3rd -13  
09/06/1968 76-66 3rd -14  at California Angels L 4-0 Jim Lonborg 5-6
09/07/1968 77-66 3rd -13  at California Angels W 2-1 Ray Culp 12-5
09/08/1968 77-67 3rd -13  at California Angels L 3-2 Juan Pizarro 7-8
09/09/1968 78-67 3rd -13  at Oakland Athletics W 6-4 Lee Stange 5-5
09/10/1968 78-68 3rd -14  at Oakland Athletics L 5-3 Gary Bell 11-11
09/11/1968 78-69 3rd -15  at Oakland Athletics L 3-2 Jim Lonborg 5-7
09/12/1968 78-69 3rd -15  
09/13/1968 79-69 3rd -15  Minnesota Twins W 3-0 Ray Culp 13-5
09/14/1968 79-70 3rd -16  Minnesota Twins L 7-3 Dick Ellsworth 13-7
09/15/1968 79-71 5th -17  Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Dave Morehead 1-4
09/16/1968 79-72 5th -18  Baltimore Orioles L 8-1 Jim Lonborg 5-8
09/17/1968 80-72 3rd -18  Baltimore Orioles W 2-0 Ray Culp 14-5
09/18/1968 81-72 3rd -17 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 4-0 Dick Ellsworth 14-7
09/19/1968 81-72 3rd -18  
09/20/1968 82-72 3rd -18  at New York Yankees W 4-3 Jim Lonborg 6-8
09/21/1968 83-72 3rd -18  at New York Yankees W 2-0 Ray Culp 15-5
09/22/1968 84-72 3rd -17  at New York Yankees W 5-1 Dick Ellsworth 15-7
09/23/1968 84-73 3rd -17  at Washington Senators L 6-5 Juan Pizarro 7-9
09/24/1968 84-74 3rd -18  at Washington Senators L 10-2 Jim Lonborg 5-9
09/25/1968 85-74 3rd -18  at Washington Senators W 1-0 Ray Culp 16-5
09/26/1968 85-74 3rd -18  
09/27/1968 86-74 3rd -17  New York Yankees W 11-2 Dick Ellsworth 16-7
09/28/1968 86-75 3rd -17  New York Yankees L 4-3 Jim Lonborg 5-10
09/29/1968 86-76 4th -17  New York Yankees L 4-3 Ray Culp 16-6
 
1968 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1968 A.L. STANDINGS

 

 

Detroit Tigers

103 59 -

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

91 71 12

 

 

Cleveland Indians

86 75 16 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

86 76 17

 

 

New York Yankees

83 79 20

 

 

Oakland Athletics

82 80 21

 

 

Minnesota Twins

79 83 24

 

 

California Angels

67 95 36

 

 

Chicago White Sox

67 95 36

 

 

Washington Senators

65 96 37 1/2

 

 

 
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