ON THIS DATE (June 11, 1952) ... Sammy White smashed a ninth-inning, grand slam home run, to highlight a six run rally which carried the Red Sox to a thrilling 11 to 9 victory over Satchel Paige and the St.
Louis Browns at Fenway Park. His first big-league jackpot shot, made it one of the noisiest ninth innings ever played here.
Called upon to stop a Red Sox assault, it looked as though the ageless Paige was going to bail out the Browns again. He stopped the Sox in the seventh inning to extend his record of scoreless relief innings to 25 1/3. He made it 26 1/3 in the eighth, and with a four run lead seem to have the
situation well in hand.
Jimmy Piersall started the ninth-inning by pushing a perfect bunt down first base way. He beat it out easily as Paige couldn't get over to the bag in time. When he finally reached the bag, there was Piersall, his chin sticking out as if to tell the old man that this was a young man's game.
Paige was unfortunate with a ball that Hoot Evers drilled toward third baseman Freddie Marsh. The ball took a screwy bounce and struck him on the chest, allowing both runners to be safe. Now Piersall really got into the act. He began to jump and whistle and imitate the long and lose lazy
Paige windup from second base. The crowd roared, but Paige got annoyed, especially as George Kell began to foul off several 3-2 pitches to keep Piersall hopping and howling. Eventually Kell drew a walk and filled the bases.
Now Paige was in a pickle. Piersall continued to clown and torment him, as he took a slim lead off third-base. Vern Stephens popped out to Dick Kryhoski and the customers were just about ready to concede. Paige then walked Billy Goodman on five pitches and Piersall was forced in, to make the
score 9 to 6 in favor of St. Louis.
Ted Lepcio smacked a single between third and short to score Evers with the seventh Boston run. The bases were still packed when Sammy White came up to the plate. He connected and hit a long, high drive, which kept curving toward the foul pole. But it sailed past the pole a few inches fair
for a home run and a dramatic 11 to 9 come from behind victory for the Red Sox.