Yaz hits one of the longest homers ever hit at Fenway Park

 

ON THIS DATE (April 27, 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 inning.

 

 

 

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W-Ray Culp (3-4)
L-Dennis Higgins (0-3)
Attendance - 19,485

 2B-Smith (Bost), Yastrzemski (Bost)

 HR-Conigliaro (Bost), Yastrzemski (Bost), Petrocelli (Bost)