ON THIS DATE (June 13, 1947) ...
The Red Sox inaugurated night baseball at Fenway Park
tonight in a fashion pleasing to Bostonians when they tipped over the White Sox, 5-3, before a bear capacity gathering of 34,510. Had Abner Doubleday witnesses certain portions of the performance
he might not have recognized the game he started.
The Red Sox, picked up a half game on the leading Detroit Tigers, had a big fifth inning when they came up with five runs on a combination of walks, errors and infield hits. It was the Red Sox’ fourth straight win.
Ted Williams came to bat with the bases loaded in
the big fifth and ran out a vital infield single to the first baseman playing back of the grass that drove in two runs and tied the game.
As early as 6 o’clock crowds formed long lines to be sure and see this No. 1 arc tilt. … You couldn’t get breathing space in the park. … The brilliance of the new lights startled the capacity throng. … Pertinent data of the lighting system says they
make Fenway one of the two best lighted ball parks in the world. It is equaled only by the Yankee Stadium.