ON THIS DATE (May 16, 1970) ...
The Red Sox were floundering and needed something big. Carl
Yastrzemski answered the call with perhaps one of the longest home
runs ever hit out of Fenway Park.
His three run homer in the
eighth-inning, snapped a five-game losing streak and carried the Sox to a 6 to 2
victory over the Cleveland Indians. With the score tied at 2 to 2, Yaz hit a
rising line drive through a crosswind, over the back wall of the centerfield
bleachers, with two men on base. Only four other players had cleared the wall to
the right of the flagpole in center. The others were Jimmie Foxx, Hank
Greenberg, Mickey Mantle and Bill Skowron.
Yastrzemski was not the only hero in the Red Sox win. Ray Culp went the route
and could have easily had a shutout. All of the Red Sox runs came from the long
ball, as Tony Conigliaro and Rico Petrocelli also slammed home runs.
Conigliaro, is on a torrid home run streak with six in his last seven games.
He tied the game with a two run blast off Indians starter, Dean Chance, in the
sixth inning. Petrocelli hit a bases empty shot that capped the four run eighth