ON THIS DATE (June 18, 1953) ...
The Red Sox staged a record-wrecking, 23-3 trouncing of the Tigers at Fenway Park
this afternoon during which they compiled a 17-run seventh inning silencer. Sixteen all-time or modern major league baseball records were either toppled or
tied in the process of humiliating the Tigers. (This must be a record for breaking or tying records.)
Individually, Gene Stephens, Sammy White and Tom Umphlett featured the record manufacturing. Stephens became the first modern big leaguer to make three hits in the same inning. White scored three runs in the same inning to be the first major leaguer to
score that many in an inning since 1900. Stephens, White and Umphlett each reached base safely three times in the historic seventh for another modern mark.
Only the Chicago Nationals of 1883 ever surpassed the offensive records made by the Boston club. They scored 18 runs in the seventh inning of their Sept. 6th game in ’83 and by a coincidence it was also against a Detroit team. The Sox of yesterday
equaled or broke many of the ’83 Chicago marks.
This was a close and hotly contested game for six innings. The Red Sox took a three-run lead off Ned Garver in the second inning. Walt Dropo’s fifth homer with one aboard in the fourth put Detroit back in business. The Tigers tied it at 3-3 at the top
of the sixth on a walk to Ray Boone, a surprise sacrifice bunt by clean-up hitter Bob Nieman and a Jim Delsing bunt.
In the seventh, White singled, Stephens singled, Umphlett singled, Kell doubled, Goodman walked, Piersall singled, Gernert homered, Kinder singled, White walked, Stephens doubled, Umphlett walked, Goodman singled, Zarilla walked, Gernert walked, Kinder
singled, White singled, Stephens singled, Umphlett singled and Lipon walked