The Braves win the 2nd Jimmy Fund Game

JIM BRITT

ON THIS DATE (July 20, 1959) ... There were many old Boston Braves fans on hand to see the 2nd Jimmy Fund benefit game between the Sox and the Milwaukee Braves at Fenway Park. Former Braves and Red Sox radio announcer, Jim Britt, one of the originators of the Jimmy Fund, took some bows for the progress the charity had made.

In section 14, the loudest fans sat rooting still for their Braves. Number #1, rooter, Lolly Hopkins, was back to chat with Warren Spahn, Johnny Logan, Del Crandall, Lew Burdette and Eddie Mathews.

There were over 24 gals in the group that Lolly used to lead at Braves Field and they distributed their trademark lollipops to the girls and Tootsie Rolls to the players back then. Not only were the lollipops their symbol, but they all tried to out-do each other coming up with different dresses to symbolize their Braves. Anything from a teepee to a tomahawk was acceptable as a symbol.

American League president, Joe Cronin visited to chat with manager Fred Haney in the visitor's clubhouse before the game. Tommy Ferguson, the Braves visitors clubhouse manager came back along with the popular Donald Davidson, the Braves press secretary.

The game however had to be called after five innings because of rain. The big smash was Del Crandall's three-run homer, which broke a scoreless game in the fourth inning.

Two Sox errors helped the Braves push their lead up to 7-0, in the fifth inning. Two runners were on base with two outs when Gene Stephens dropped a pop fly for a two base error, allowing one run to score. Then Hank Aaron hit a chopper to Frank Malzone, that he threw into the Sox dugout, allowing two more runs to cross. Joe Adcock's double off the wall scored Aaron with the final run.

As the rain started to fall, Pete Runnels laced a bases-loaded single that produced two Sox runs in the fifth inning. Dick Gernert knocked in another run when Andy Pafko misjudged his fly ball into a double. Billy Bruton's leaping catch against the centerfield flag pole on Malzone's liner, ended the rally and the game.

Warren Spahn started the game and pitched one inning. Bob Buhl pitched the second and Joey Jay pitched the remainder of the game for Milwaukee. Jack Harshman pitched all five innings for the Sox.

 

LOLLY HOPKINS AND FRIENDS

 

 

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W-Joey Jay
L-Jack Harshman
Attendance: 26,953

 2B-Adcock (Milw), Gernert (Bost)

 HR-Crandall (Milw)