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Tony Conigliaro hits the game winning homer
on the first pitch thrown to him at Fenway Park

 


OM THIS DATE (April 17, 1964) ... 
Everybody who was anybody was there. The Mayor, the Governor and the Senator, the U.S. Attorney General, Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey, Stan Musial, Frankie Fontaine, Carol Channing and 20,213 fans were all there to see Tony C.

In the first inning, both pitchers retired their opponents in order. And in the second inning, Sox starter, Jack Lamabe was in trouble. Dave Nicholson led off with a line drive single, then scurried to second as another rookie, Dalton Jones, fumbled Ron Hansen's grounder for an error. Lamabe then walked Al Weis to load the bases. After getting two strikes on Jerry McNertney, Lamabe hit him with a pitch and pushed home a run.

Joel Horlen was next and hit a line drive to Lou Clinton in right. There was only one out and it looked like a sure run-scoring sacrifice fly. But Clinton let loose with a bullet to catcher Russ Nixon and Hansen was a dead duck.

Frank Malzone tied the game at 1-1 in his first at bat, in Sox half of the second inning, with a homer into the net. Horlen got Dick Stuart to ground out and struck out Clinton. Then "our boy" stepped to the plate for the first time. Horlen delivered the first pitch and it hung over the plate. Tony C. swung, there was a boom, and the ball became a speck in the sky as it sailed over the monster onto Lansdowne Street. The tie was broken and the Sox were up 2-1.

In the third inning, Lamabe led off with a double inside the right field line. Another rookie, Dalton Jones, was up to bat for his first time also. He lined the ball to right field, right at Floyd Robinson. But suddenly Robinson ducked and had lost the ball in the sun. Lamabe scored while Jones sprinted into third base for a triple. Eddie Bressoud's single to center scored Jones and the Sox were up 4-to 1.

Frank Kreutzer took over for Horlen when he went out for a pinch hitter and faced six men, striking out four. Meanwhile Lamabe got stronger as the game progressed, retiring the last seven White Sox batters in order. He gave up five hits, walked four and threw 140 pitches for the win.

 

BOBBY KENNEDY THROWS OUT THE FIRST PITCH

 



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W-Jack Lamabe (1-0)
L-Joel Horlen (0-1)
Attendance 20,213

 2B-Lamabe (Bost)

 3B-Jones (Bost)

 HR-Malzone (Bost), Conigliaro (Bost)