1989 BOSTON RED SOX ...
IN A WEAK A.L. EAST, THE SOX CAN'T CONTEND ...
 

Leon Culberson   Joe Foy   Lefty Gomez   Carl Furillo
Died: Sept 17th   Died: Oct 12th   Died: Feb 17th   Died: Jan 21st
Rob Gronkowski   Sandy Leon   Robbie Ross Jr   Anthony Rizzo
Born: May 14th   Born: Mar 13th   Born: June 24th   Born: Aug 8th

 

The Boston Red Sox spent six years on pendulum of good seasons in even-numbered years with a pennant in 1986 and AL East titles in 1988 & 1990. Then they had disappointing seasons the following year. The 1989 Boston Red Sox did their part to keep that pattern in place, as they struggled to an 83-79 record, with only a weak division, dubbed the A.L. "Least", keeping them in contention much of the year.

The Sox' pitching was in trouble, as lefty Bruce Hurst, a devout Mormon, had been turned off by the drinking and arguing during the previous season and bolted via free agency for San Diego. The Sox still had Roger Clemens at the top of the rotation, but who had irked fans, when he complained in a television interview in the off season, that he had to carry his own luggage. Veteran righty Mike Boddicker was a decent #2 and John Dopson, acquired from the Expos when Hurst left, turned in a respectable year, winning 12 games. But the depth was lacking. The fourth and fifth spots in the rotation were complete messes, and the bullpen lacked a reliable bridge to get to closer Lee Smith.

The everyday lineup benefited from an offseason trade that sent first baseman Todd Benzinger to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Nick Esasky who had a big season in 1989. A power righthanded bat, tailor-made for Fenway Park, Esasky hit 30 home runs, had 108 RBIs and was steadily on base.

Four other players had strong years. Wade Boggs continued to churn out hits, Mike Greenwell was solid, if unspectacular in left and Ellis Burks, the talented centerfielder could do it all. Dwight Evans, now 37-years-old, was still getting it done in right, with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs.

The problems were mixed in though and they came from name players. Marty Barrett’s production was woeful at second base. Rich Gedman (.212 BA) played just 93 games at catcher and Jim Rice didn’t age as well as Evans. The future Hall of Famer ended up in a DH role, playing only 56 games and hitting just three home runs. The offense needed to score a lot to cover for its problematic pitching, and this many holes weren’t going to cut it.

The Margo Adams controversy came to the top again, as she revealed in a magazine interview, some not too flattering remarks Wade Boggs had confided to her about his teammates.  By the time spring training started, the team was divided and defensive. On Opening Day, Boggs was jeered with chants of “Maaargo, Maaargo” from the fans.

The Sox started the season slowly as manager Joe Morgan began to criticize his players to the media. Very quickly the team was in trouble as a blood clot was found in Oil Can Boyd’s shoulder, Jim Rice hurt his elbow, and Wes Gardner was arrested for domestic abuse.

The Red Sox went 1-4 before returning home, if not conquering heroes, but at least with a victory. The team's difficult first week ended with an 8-6 win over the Royals in Kansas City, that held up through a ninth-inning rally.

The Red Sox beat the Indians, 5-2, in the home opener on April 12th. They stranded 12 runners with at least one in each inning and eight over the last four. They blew repeated opportunities to blow open the game, but still won as Nick Esasky hit his first Fenway Park homer, a net job that barely cleared the wall. The game was then left to righthander, Mike Smithson, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Mike Boddicker. Smithson struck out Brook Jacoby looking, just before a snowstorm hit the park.

Roger Clemens got his 1,000th career strikeout at a critical moment on April 13th. The bases were loaded with none out in the second inning of a scoreless game, and he got Jacoby looking with a pitch that perhaps only he can throw. He also got his first victory, a 9-1 win over the Indians, that seemed ridiculously easy, considering the Sox left 13 runners on base in the first six innings and Clemens, although he gave up three hits and an unearned run and struck out eight in seven innings, was without his overwhelming stuff.

A two-run homer by Mike Greenwell sparked a five-run eighth inning and led to a 6-4 decision over Baltimore on April 17th. The Sox climbed to .500 and into first place in the AL East in Cleveland on April 19th. They did it in with Roger Clemens fastballs and a seven-run lead, leading to an 8-4 victory. Nick Esasky went 4 for 4 with two singles, a double and his second home run.

NICK ESASKY

The team launched a 13-hit attack that added up to a 11-0 win on April 25th. It also gave Clemens a 3-0 record as he went the distance for the first time this season.  He fanned 11 and gave up three hits and three walks. It was his 19th career shutout, tying him for sixth on the Red Sox' all-time list. It also marked the 34th time Roger had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Leading the hit parade was Ellis Burks, who went 3 for 4, including a two-run. Jim Rice went 2 for 4, belted a stand-up triple in the seventh inning and in the fourth slammed a 1-1 pitch over the left-field screen and deep into Mass. Pike territory. Rich Gedman also homered down the right-field line, his second of the season.

On April 26th, the Sons of Joe Morgan beat the White Sox, 5-4, in overtime, winning on Dwight Evans' 10th-inning, bases-loaded, one-out single. They finished April as Clemens lost a 2-1 duel with Nolan Ryan in Texas. 

A week later, Ellis Burks hit a savage three-run homer that sounded like a gunshot in the Metrodome and gave the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the Twins on May 2nd. The next day the Red Sox crept silently into first place.

On May 5th, at Fenway, the Ryan and Clemens rematch was a classic for six innings. Then it happened, as Ryan pitched inside to Ellis Burks. Burks stepped out, pointed to the pitcher, yelled and started toward the mound. Benches emptied and bullpens emptied. In Texas, Ryan had hit Burks in the shoulder blade and helmet, forcing the center fielder to leave in the first inning of the 2-1 win over Clemens, but this time he threw a 2-2 fastball that buzzed past Burks' face. When play resumed, Burks got the ultimate revenge in the form of an RBI single, knocking Ryan out of the game and the Sox were on their way to a 7-6 victory.

In his next start, Clemens gave up a leadoff first-inning single to Harold Reynolds and no other hits until there were two outs in the eighth in a 2-0 victory over Seattle on May 12th at the Kingdome. From start to finish, he towered over everything. It was one of those nights when he seemingly could do anything he wanted. In the second, he struck out Jeffrey Leonard on a high, devastating fastball. He struck out Ken Griffey Jr. in the fifth on a forkball that bounced on the plate and rolled past Gedman for a wild pitch. In the seventh, he struck out Alvin Davis, the American League's No. 4 hitter, on three pitches, the last a searing fastball.

DWIGHT EVANS

On May 19th, the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-4, when Evans hit a grand slam off Dennis Eckersley in the 10th inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Including the playoffs last season, the Sox had lost 10 consecutive games there.

At Fenway, backed by Rob Murphy's sparkling 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, the Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit and hung a 6-5 defeat on the Seattle Mariners with Dwight Evans' run-scoring single in the ninth on May 23rd. The Sox prevailed again the next night, hanging on for another 6-5 decision over Seattle. The locals went ahead this time, 4-0, and had to hold on after the Mariners cut that lead to 4-3 and later sliced a 6-3 deficit.

In the final game of the series, the Sox slaughtered Seattle, 10-0. The Mariners handed the Red Sox five unearned runs in the second and succumbed to the masterful eight-hit hurling of Mike Smithson, his first shutout in a Red Sox uniform.

In the process, they were not embarrassed to be sitting on top of baseball's junkyard division. They were one game over .500 and skipped into first for the fourth time this month. They had won three straight, the longest winning streak since they won seven in a row in the final days of "Morgan's Magic" last summer.

On May 29th, Marty Barrett poked a Bob Welch 2-2 fastball into right field with one out in the 10th inning and delivered pinch runner, Randy Kutcher from second base for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland A's. Two nights later, on May 31st, Rick Cerone saved Jody Reed from his own particular hell and turned Lee Smith from loser to victor in the process of beating the Athletics, 4-3, in 10 innings. Smith gave up a home run that cleared the visitors' bullpen in the top of the 10th. But the Sox came back with two in the bottom of the inning, as pinch hitter Rick Cerone drove in the game-winner with two out.

The Sox were 24-24 on Memorial Day, but the AL East was so putrid that the Red Sox were actually in and out of first place during the last two weeks of the month with a .500 record. That’s a bad division under any circumstances, but even worse when you consider that prior to the realignment of 1994, there were only two divisions per league and each one had seven teams. Yet none of the AL East teams could win more than they lost almost two months into the year.

But the Sox quickly gave it all back. They lost six of eight, including being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. The surprising Baltimore Orioles, who just one year earlier set a new standard of incompetence with 18 straight losses to open the year, started to play well and the Red Sox fell into a 5 1/2 game hole.

On May 16th, Roger Clemens (8-4) gave up two hits, walked one and struck out a season-high 12, in a 2-0 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The next night, on the verge of dropping into sixth place and falling 6 games behind the first-place Orioles, the Red Sox got a strong effort from starter Mike Smithson and took a 6-1 victory over the White Sox on the strength of Dwight Evans' grand slam and Nick Esasky's two-run homer.

Even after falling to 8 games back, the Sox weren't in bad shape. No one expected the Orioles or the second-place Cleveland Indians, who hadn’t produced a real contender in decades, to keep up the pace.

On June 24th, the Sox won two, once by day, 6-2, and again by night, 11-2, over the Minnesota Twins. Evans' three RBIs sparked the Game 1 win, as the Sox completed their first doubleheader sweep of the year with some clutch hitting from the fourth inning through the seventh. They rallied from a 1-0 deficit and pummeled Twins pitching for all 11 runs on nine hits across the four innings in Game 2.

Mike Greenwell's inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie against the Yankees on July 7th, and Rob Murphy's three innings of near-perfect relief delivered a 6-4 victory.

Amidst trade rumors swirling about him, Wade Boggs started for the American League All Star team, with his fifth All Star appearance in Anaheim.

The Red Sox finally made back to .500, five games behind, on the first game after the All-Star break, with Clemens outdueling Minnesota Twins’ ace Frank Viola in the Metrodome, 3-1, allowing only two hits. It was a battle between the two pitchers generally considered the American League’s best at the time, though this year’s Cy Young Award would go to the Kansas City Royals’ Bret Saberhagen.

On July 23rd, Carl Yastrzemski shared the Cooperstown Hall of Fame stage with the magnificent Johnny Bench and a glittering supporting cast of Red Schoendienst and Al Barlick, but at the end, Yaz knew he was the one they were waiting for.

As soon as Bart Giamatti turned to his right, and in a deep bass voice asked, "Carl, would you come forward," the thunder of applause ripped across the rolling green lawn that held a record crowd of more than 20,000. In moments, they were on their feet, shouting his name, and it echoed around the buildings that house the legends of the game. Yaz soaked in the applause.

The partisan Yastrzemski crowd loved it. As he triumphed on stage, they rolled with him. This was Yaz as they had never seen him before. Not when he stood at first base following his 3,000th hit to share the moment with the Fenway Park crowd, and not even on his emotional Fenway farewell.

The Cincinnati Reds were grounded in Montreal after mechanics discovered hydraulic fluid leaking from the team's plane onto the tarmac, and couldn’t reach Cooperstown to play in the Hall-of-Fame game against the Sox the next day.

The fans were treated to an enjoyable afternoon nonetheless. Nick Esasky and Jim Rice were co-winners of the hitting contest with six homers, and the Red Sox and a team called the "Yastrzemskis" played to a seven-inning, 4-4 tie on the grounds where Abner Doubleday supposedly marked out the first field with a walking stick.

Rice, Esasky, Wade Boggs and Elmira catcher Eric Wedge homered. Wedge's home run was the longest, a 400-foot shot into some trees beyond the left-center-field fence off one of his teammates, righthander Al Sanders. The team called out all the troops to compensate for the Reds' absence, including first base coach and former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry. Bumbry, 42, was still in tremendous condition, and went 1 for 3 with a stolen base off Rich Gedman, whose errant throw to second allowed Bumbry to advance to third. Other highlights included Rice striking out against Elmira righthander Paul Quantrill, a woman running on the field to kiss Mike Greenwell, a boy running on the field to get Greenwell's autograph and Rick Cerone, playing right field, making an astonishing running catch on Kevin Romine's line drive even though he banged his head on the top of the brick dugout before the game.

When meaningful baseball commenced, the Red Sox again lost ground as quickly as they gained it. They ended up splitting four in the Twin Cities, lost a series in Texas, another at home to the Chicago White Sox and a dug a hole as deep as nine games. They worked and chipped it down to four games and were in second place, when the first place Orioles came to Fenway for a four game showdown.

Mike Greenwell, hitting .307 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs, twisted his ankle attempting to scurry back to second base against the Cleveland Indians. While sliding, he caught his leg under his body and badly twisted the ankle, and ended up on the DL.

BOB STANLEY

The Sox came out attacking in Monday’s opener on July 31st, scoring six times in the second inning and winning 9-6. They hit six doubles in the game. The Orioles committed four errors and gave up four unearned runs, three in the six-run second. Evans hit his 13th homer and made a rally-starting catch in right field. The story of this game, however, began and ended with The "Steamer", Bob Stanley. For the first time in exactly two weeks, he won, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing just three hits and a run in relief. He was booed just for warming up, but by the sixth, when he ended the inning by striking out Keith Moreland, he received a standing ovation from the fans behind the dugout.

Tuesday, August 1st, was a doubleheader, and the Red Sox took the opener when Burks broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with an RBI double. Then the Sox took the nightcap as Esasky ripped a three-run shot in the fourth and otherwise inconsistent Wes Gardner had a strong outing on the mound in a 6-2 win. They moved to only one game behind the Orioles for the AL East lead.

In the series finale, the Sox took a 6-0 lead and the Fenway Faithful could smell a first-place tie. But Eric Hetzel, back on the mound after his short stint on Monday was again hit around and this time Stanley’s relief efforts suffered the same fate in a 9-8 loss. The series was clearly a success and the margin in the AL East only two games. But the Red Sox had given away an opportunity for more.

On August 8th, the Sox retired Carl Yastrzemski's #8. Yaz joined Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), and Ted Williams (#9), as the only players to have their numbers retired by the Red Sox.

Then, after splitting four games with the Indians to end the home stand, the Sox moved on to Kansas City in 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind. They lost two of three and went to Baltimore.

On August 11th, Roger Clemens and the Red Sox took the opener, 6-4, to crawl within 1 1/2 games of the staggering first-place Orioles. But once again, the Orioles stopped the Sox momentum. Pete Harnisch pitched a three-hitter in the nightcap, beating the Sox, 4-1, and stuffed the Sox back under the .500 mark.

In the next game, the Sox had 20 hits, but they stranded 17 baserunners in the first 12. In the lucky 13th inning, Gedman struck the winning blow with a ground-rule double to center that scored Kevin Romine. Geddy's hit broke an 8-8 tie and the Sox hung on for a 10-8 victory.

The four-game series with the Orioles resulted in split between the pretender contenders. And so, the whole division continued to muddle along. But now Toronto was starting to come on strong.

When the Blue Jays arrived in Fenway on August 14th, for a three-game series, both teams were 2 1/2 games out. The series proved to be the eventual death knell of the season.

The Sox scored twice early on in the Monday opener, on August 14th, but got only two singles over the last six innings in a 4-2 loss. In the second game, Toronto ace, Dave Stieb, kept the bats under control in a 7-2 rout. Clemens got the ball in Wednesday’s finale, and handed over a 3-2 lead to the bullpen. But Rob Murphy came on and blew the save, losing the game 7-3. The Sox were now in 4th place, 4 1/2 game behind the Orioles and 3 games behind the Blue Jays, who were in second place.

The Sox briefly nudged within four games of the lead at the end of August, by going 10-1, but a West Coast trip in early September produced a 1-8 record and ended their pennant hopes. A 13-3 run, including taking a series in Toronto that briefly quelled the Jays’ pennant push, helped the Red Sox finish with a winning record.

On September 25th, Wade Boggs got hits in each of his first three at-bats, becoming the only player with 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons. He was on base in the first when Dwight Evans slashed a homer over the left-field screen, making him the only player with 20 or more homers in each of the last nine seasons.

The same day, without any fanfare or appreciation, Bob Stanley announced his retirement and the team announced that Jim Rice, who was injured and had not played in almost two months, would not be invited back for the next season.

Perhaps the season could have been worse, given the general lack of depth. But sandwiched in between a string of AL East titles, 1989 has the look of one big lost opportunity for the Red Sox.

 

 

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/03/1989 0-1 6th -1  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-4 Bob Stanley 0-1
04/04/1989 0-1 5th -1  
04/05/1989 0-1 6th -1  at Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/06/1989 0-2 6th -2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-4 Mike Smithson 0-1
04/07/1989 0-3 7th -2  at Kansas City Royals L 9-8 Lee Smith 0-1
04/08/1989 0-4 7th -3  at Kansas City Royals L 2-1 Rob Murphy 0-1
04/09/1989 1-4 6th -3  at Kansas City Royals W 8-6 John Dopson 1-0
04/10/1989 2-4 5th -2  Cleveland Indians W 5-2 Mike Boddicker 1-0
04/11/1989 2-4 5th -2  
04/12/1989 2-5 5th -3  Cleveland Indians L 10-6 Oil Can Boyd 0-1
04/13/1989 3-5 4th -2  Cleveland Indians W 9-1 Roger Clemens 1-0
04/14/1989 4-5 3rd -1  Baltimore Orioles W 7-4 John Dopson 2-0
04/15/1989 4-6 5th -1  Baltimore Orioles L 12-4 Mike Boddicker 1-1
04/16/1989 4-6 5th -1  Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/17/1989 5-6 2nd -1  Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Lee Smith 1-1
04/18/1989 5-6 3rd -1/2  at Cleveland Indians pp  
04/19/1989 6-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 8-4 Roger Clemens 2-0
04/20/1989 7-6 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 5-2 Oil Can Boyd 1-1
04/21/1989 7-7 1st -  Kansas City Royals L 7-4 John Dopson 2-1
04/22/1989 7-8 2nd -1/2  Kansas City Royals L 7-3 Mike Boddicker 1-2
04/23/1989 7-9 2nd -1 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 10-0 Wes Gardner 0-1
04/24/1989 7-9 3rd -1  
04/25/1989 8-9 3rd -1  Chicago White Sox W 11-0 Roger Clemens 3-0
04/26/1989 9-9 3rd -1  Chicago White Sox W 5-4 Bob Stanley 1-1
04/27/1989 9-10 3rd -1  Chicago White Sox L 3-1 Mike Smithson 0-2
04/28/1989 9-11 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers L 7-6 Rob Murphy 0-2
04/29/1989 10-11 1st -  at Texas Rangers W 8-5 Wes Gardner 1-1
04/30/1989 10-12 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers L 2-1 Roger Clemens 3-1
05/01/1989 11-12 3rd -1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 13-6 Oil Can Boyd 2-1
05/02/1989 12-12 2nd -1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 4-2 John Dopson 3-1
05/03/1989 13-12 1st +1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 8-4 Mike Boddicker 2-2
05/04/1989 13-13 1st -  at Chicago White Sox L 5-4 Wes Gardner 1-2
05/05/1989 14-13 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers W 7-6 Roger Clemens 4-1
05/06/1989 15-13 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers W 7-0 Mike Smithson 1-2
05/07/1989 16-13 1st +1  Texas Rangers W 9-5 John Dopson 4-1
05/08/1989 16-14 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins L 4-2 Mike Boddicker 2-3
05/09/1989 16-15 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins L 6-2 Wes Gardner 1-3
05/10/1989 16-15 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins pp  
05/11/1989 16-15 1st +1/2  
05/12/1989 17-15 1st +1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 2-0 Roger Clemens 5-1
05/13/1989 17-16 1st +1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 14-6 John Dopson 4-2
05/14/1989 17-17 1st -  at Seattle Mariners L 4-3 Mike Boddicker 2-4
05/15/1989 17-17 1st +1/2  
05/16/1989 17-18 1st -  at California Angels L 7-2 Mike Smithson 1-3
05/17/1989 17-19 2nd -1/2  at California Angels L 5-0 Roger Clemens 5-2
05/18/1989 18-19 1st +1/2  at California Angels W 5-2 John Dopson 5-2
05/19/1989 19-19 1st +1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 7-4 Bob Stanley 2-1
05/20/1989 19-20 1st +1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 6-3 Wes Gardner 1-3
05/21/1989 19-21 2nd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 5-4 Roger Clemens 5-3
05/22/1989 19-21 2nd -1  
05/23/1989 20-21 1st -  Seattle Mariners W 6-5 Lee Smith 2-1
05/24/1989 21-21 1st -  Seattle Mariners W 6-5 Mike Boddicker 3-4
05/25/1989 22-21 1st +1/2  Seattle Mariners W 10-0 Mike Smithson 2-3
05/26/1989 22-22 2nd -1/2  California Angels L 6-0 Roger Clemens 5-4
05/27/1989 22-22 2nd -1  California Angels pp  
05/28/1989 22-23 2nd -1  California Angels L 3-0 John Dopson 5-3
05/29/1989 23-23 2nd -1  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Lee Smith 3-1
05/30/1989 23-24 2nd -2  Oakland Athletics L 4-2 Mike Smithson 2-4
05/31/1989 24-24 2nd -2  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Lee Smith 4-1
06/01/1989 24-24 2nd -2 1/2  
06/02/1989 24-25 3rd -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-2 John Dopson 5-4
06/03/1989 24-26 3rd -4 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 10-2 Mike Boddicker 3-5
06/04/1989 24-27 3rd -5 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 13-11 Dennis Lamp 0-1
06/05/1989 25-27 3rd -5 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 5-2 Roger Clemens 6-4
06/06/1989 25-28 3rd -5 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 5-1 Joe Price 1-2
06/07/1989 26-28 3rd -5  at Detroit Tigers W 6-1 John Dopson 6-4
06/08/1989 26-29 3rd -5  at New York Yankees L 8-7 Bob Stanley 2-2
06/09/1989 26-29 3rd -5 1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
06/10/1989 27-29 3rd -4 1/2  at New York Yankees W 14-8 Roger Clemens 7-4
06/11/1989 27-30 5th -4 1/2  at New York Yankees L 4-2 Joe Price 1-3
27-31 5th -5 L 8-7 Rob Murphy 0-3
06/12/1989 27-31 5th -5  
06/13/1989 28-31 3rd -5  Detroit Tigers W 8-7 Wes Gardner 2-4
06/14/1989 28-32 4th -5  Detroit Tigers L 7-3 Mike Boddicker 3-6
06/15/1989 28-32 4th -5 1/2  Detroit Tigers pp  
06/16/1989 29-32 3rd -5  at Chicago White Sox W 2-0 Roger Clemens 8-4
06/17/1989 30-32 3rd -5  at Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Mike Smithson 3-4
06/18/1989 31-32 2nd -5  at Chicago White Sox W 7-4 Joe Price 2-3
06/19/1989 31-33 4th -6  at Chicago White Sox L 8-2 John Dopson 6-5
06/20/1989 32-33 2nd -6  Texas Rangers W 6-3 Mike Boddicker 4-6
06/21/1989 32-34 2nd -7  Texas Rangers L 10-3 Roger Clemens 8-5
06/22/1989 32-35 4th -8  Texas Rangers L 9-1 Mike Smithson 3-5
06/23/1989 32-36 4th -8  Minnesota Twins L 10-0 Joe Price 2-4
06/24/1989 33-36 3rd -7  Minnesota Twins W 6-2 John Dopson 7-5
34-36 3rd -6 1/2 W 11-2 Mike Smithson 4-5
06/25/1989 34-37 4th -6 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 7-0 Mike Boddicker 4-7
06/26/1989 34-37 4th -6 1/2  
06/27/1989 34-38 4th -7 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-4 Roger Clemens 8-6
06/28/1989 34-39 6th -8 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 12-5 Mike Smithson 4-6
06/29/1989 35-39 4th -7 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1 John Dopson 8-5
06/30/1989 36-39 3rd -6 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 3-1 Mike Boddicker 5-7
07/01/1989 37-39 3rd -6 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 3-1 Eric Hetzel 1-0
07/02/1989 38-39 2nd -5 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 4-1 Rob Murphy 1-3
07/03/1989 38-40 2nd -6 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 3-2 Mike Smithson 4-7
07/04/1989 38-41 3rd -7 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 4-3 Joe Price 2-5
07/05/1989 38-41 4th -8  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
07/06/1989 39-41 3rd -7  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-4 Mike Boddicker 6-7
07/07/1989 40-41 3rd -6  New York Yankees W 6-4 Roger Clemens 9-6
07/08/1989 40-42 3rd -7  New York Yankees L 7-5 Mike Smithson 4-8
07/09/1989 41-42 3rd -6  New York Yankees W 10-5 Lee Smith 5-1
07/10/1989 All Star Game Break
07/11/1989
07/12/1989
07/13/1989 42-42 3rd -5  at Minnesota Twins W 3-1 Roger Clemens 10-6
07/14/1989 43-42 2nd -5  at Minnesota Twins W 5-0 Mike Boddicker 7-7
07/15/1989 43-43 2nd -6  at Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Mike Smithson 4-9
07/16/1989 43-44 3rd -7  at Minnesota Twins L 4-3 Rob Murphy 1-4
07/17/1989 43-45 4th -8  at Texas Rangers L 12-6 Wes Gardner 2-5
07/18/1989 43-46 4th -9  at Texas Rangers L 8-1 Roger Clemens 10-7
07/19/1989 44-46 3rd -8  at Texas Rangers W 4-0 Mike Boddicker 8-7
07/20/1989 44-46 2nd -7 1/2  
07/21/1989 44-47 3rd -7 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 1-0 Eric Heitzel 1-1
07/22/1989 44-48 4th -7 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 10-6 Rob Murphy 1-5
07/23/1989 45-48 4th -6 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 8-2 Roger Clemens 11-7
07/24/1989 45-48 4th -6 1/2  The Hall of Fame Game T 4-4  
07/25/1989 46-48 3rd -5 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 10-0 Mike Boddicker 9-7
07/26/1989 46-49 4th -5 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 7-4 Joe Price 2-6
07/27/1989 47-49 4th -4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 7-2 John Dopson 9-5
07/28/1989 47-50 4th -5 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 3-2 Roger Clemens 11-8
47-51 4th -6 L 2-1 Wes Gardner 2-6
07/29/1989 48-51 4th -5  at Cleveland Indians W 5-0 Mike Smithson 5-9
07/30/1989 49-51 3rd -4  at Cleveland Indians W 5-2 Dennis Lamp 6-10
07/31/1989 50-51 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles W 9-6 Bob Stanley 3-2
08/01/1989 51-51 2nd -2  Baltimore Orioles W 5-3 Rob Murphy 2-5
52-51 2nd -1 W 6-2 Wes Gardner 3-6
08/02/1989 52-52 2nd -2  Baltimore Orioles L 9-8 Eric Hetzel 1-2
08/03/1989 52-53 2nd -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-2 Tom Bolton 0-1
08/04/1989 52-54 4th -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Mike Boddicker 9-8
08/05/1989 53-54 2nd -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 10-2 Mike Smithson 6-9
08/06/1989 54-54 2nd -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-4 Rob Murphy 3-5
08/07/1989 54-55 3rd -2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 6-4 Greg Harris 2-3
08/08/1989 54-56 3rd -3 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 8-1 Tom Bolton 0-2
08/09/1989 55-56 3rd -2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 6-2 Mike Boddicker 10-8
08/10/1989 55-56 3rd -2 1/2  
08/11/1989 56-56 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Roger Clemens 12-8
56-57 2nd -2 1/2 L 4-1 Mike Smithson 6-10
08/12/1989 57-57 2nd -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 10-8 Bob Stanley 4-2
08/13/1989 57-58 2nd -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-1 Tom Bolton 0-3
08/14/1989 57-59 4th -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 4-2 Mike Boddicker 10-9
08/15/1989 57-60 4th -4 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-2 Mike Smithson 6-11
08/16/1989 57-61 4th -4 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-3 Rob Murphy 3-6
08/17/1989 57-62 4th -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 8-4 Wes Gardner 3-7
08/18/1989 57-63 4th -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-2 Tom Bolton 0-4
08/19/1989 58-63 4th -4 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 3-1 Greg Harris 3-3
08/20/1989 58-64 4th -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 6-3 Mike Smithson 6-12
08/21/1989 58-65 4th -6 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-4 Roger Clemens 12-9
08/22/1989 59-65 4th -6 1/2  at New York Yankees W 4-3 Rob Murphy 4-6
08/23/1989 60-65 4th -6 1/2  at New York Yankees W 4-1 Mike Boddicker 11-9
08/24/1989 60-65 4th -6 1/2  
08/25/1989 61-65 4th -6 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 4-2 Mike Smithson 7-12
62-65 4th -6 W 11-3 Dennis Lamp 2-1
08/26/1989 63-65 4th -6  Detroit Tigers W 5-2 Roger Clemens 13-9
08/27/1989 64-65 3rd -6  Detroit Tigers W 7-1 Joe Price 3-6
08/28/1989 65-65 3rd -5 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-3 Mike Boddicker 12-9
08/29/1989 66-65 3rd -4 1/2  California Angels W 8-4 Dennis Lamp 3-1
67-65 3rd -4 W 13-5 Bob Stanley 5-2
08/30/1989 67-66 3rd -5  California Angels L 4-0 John Dopson 9-6
08/31/1989 68-66 3rd -4  California Angels W 5-2 Roger Clemens 14-9
09/01/1989 68-67 3rd -5  Seattle Mariners L 7-2 Mike Smithson 7-13
09/02/1989 69-67 3rd -5  Seattle Mariners W 6-5 Dennis Lamp 4-1
09/03/1989 69-68 3rd -5  Seattle Mariners L 3-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-2
09/04/1989 70-68 3rd -5  at Oakland Athletics W 8-5 John Dopson 10-6
09/05/1989 70-69 3rd -6  at Oakland Athletics L 13-1 Roger Clemens 14-10
09/06/1989 70-70 3rd -7  at Oakland Athletics L 7-5 Mike Smithson 7-14
09/07/1989 70-70 3rd -7 1/2  
09/08/1989 70-71 3rd -7 1/2  at California Angels L 2-1 Mike Boddicker 12-10
09/09/1989 70-72 4th -8 1/2  at California Angels L 8-5 Rob Murphy 4-7
09/10/1989 70-73 4th -9 1/2  at California Angels L 2-1 Dennis Lamp 4-2
09/11/1989 70-74 4th -10  at Seattle Mariners L 2-1 John Dopson 10-7
09/12/1989 70-75 4th -10  at Seattle Mariners L 5-3 Eric Hetzel 1-3
09/13/1989 70-76 4th -10  at Seattle Mariners L 7-4 Mike Boddicker 12-11
09/14/1989 70-76 4th -10 1/2  
09/15/1989 71-76 4th -9 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-2 Roger Clemens 15-10
09/16/1989 72-76 4th -9 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 5-2 John Dopson 11-7
09/17/1989 73-76 4th -9 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-6 Greg Harris 4-3
09/18/1989 74-76 4th -8 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-3 Mike Boddicker 13-11
09/19/1989 74-77 4th -9 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 6-5 Greg Harris 4-4
09/20/1989 75-77 4th -8 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 10-3 Roger Clemens 16-10
09/21/1989 75-77 4th -8 1/2  
09/22/1989 76-77 4th -8 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 9-7 Rob Murphy 5-7
09/23/1989 77-77 4th -7 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 6-1 Mike Boddicker 14-11
09/24/1989 78-77 4th -6 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 4-2 Oil Can Boyd 3-2
09/25/1989 79-77 3rd -6 1/2  New York Yankees W 7-4 Roger Clemens 17-10
09/26/1989 80-77 3rd -5 1/2  New York Yankees W 9-5 Eric Hetzel 2-3
09/27/1989 80-78 3rd -6 1/2  New York Yankees L 3-0 John Dopson 11-8
09/28/1989 81-78 3rd -6  Milwaukee Brewers W 12-6 Mike Boddicker 15-11
09/29/1989 82-78 3rd -6  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-4 Lee Smith 6-1
09/30/1989 82-79 3rd -7  Milwaukee Brewers L 3-1 Roger Clemens 7-11
10/01/1989 83-79 3rd -6  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-1 John Dopson 12-8
 
1989 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1989 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

89 73 -

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

87 75 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

83

79

6

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

81 81 8

 

 

New York Yankees

74 87 14 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

73 89 16

 

 

Detroit Tigers

59 103 30

 

 

 
1988 RED SOX 1990 RED SOX
 
 

CARL YASTRZEMSKI'S HOF INDUCTION SPEECH