Ted Williams says goodbye, with a game winning homer
before he again goes off to serve with the Marines

ON THIS DATE (April 30, 1952) ... Ted Williams bid farewell to the Red Sox for the second time in ten years, with a game-winning two run homer, that gave the Red Sox a 5 to 3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Ted's 324th career home run strengthened the Sox hold on first place, as he was leaving to rejoin the Marines for a 17 month tour of duty as a pilot.

Making his first start since the opening game in Washington, during which he pulled a leg muscle, Williams slammed a homer into the right field bleachers off Dizzy Trout with Dom DiMaggio on base in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. The entire Red Sox dugout came out onto the field to congratulate him.

The Red Sox had pulled away and taken a 3-1 lead at the expense of Virgil Trucks in the fifth inning. Rookie Ted Lepcio launched the rally by slamming a double off the left field wall and Sammy White advanced him to third with a crisp single to center,

Then Mel Parnell chopped a ball on the plate that took a bounce off the glove of catcher Matt Batts. Batts got the ball but threw it into right field allowing Lepcio and White to score, as Parnell raced over to third base.

A DiMaggio single brought in Parnell with the third Boston run and the stylish southpaw seemed to have it clinched. He had given a run to the Tigers in the fifth inning when Johnny Lipon singled and George Kell doubled. In the seventh, after Kell drew a base on balls and was forced at second, Vic Wertz homered to deadlock the game. Then with two outs, Don Kolloway and Batts connected for hits and that ended the day for Parnell. Ike Delock came in and he retired the last seven Tiger batters, striking out three, gaining credit for his second win of the year.

Williams was showered with gifts during a pre-game ceremony. One of them was a Cadillac sedan from his friends. Mayor Hynes gave him a silver bowl on behalf of the city of Boston and his Sox teammates chipped in with a movie projector. George Akerson, assistant publisher of the Boston Herald-Traveler gave him a memory book with almost hal a million signatures of his fans. Ted broke down giving his speech, and gestured warmly to the fans in the stands.

 

 

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W-Ike Delock (2-0)
L-Dizzy Trout (0-3)
Attendance: 24,764

 2B-Lepcio (Bost), Wertz (Det), Kell (Det)

 HR-Williams (Bost), Wertz (Det)