The Braves come home and win the Jimmy Fund Game

EDDIE MATHEWS

ON THIS DATE (July 22, 1957) ... After 77 years in Boston, the Milwaukee Braves returned to face the Red Sox in a charity game to benefit the Jimmy Fund. The Braves were hobbled with injuries to the point they used two catchers to play in the outfield. But they put on one of the most devastating exhibitions of power, seen this season, beating the Red Sox 13-4.

The game turned in a rout in the second inning when the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate, sending over seven runs. Del Crandall greeted Dave Sisler with his first of two homers. After giving up three consecutive free passes, Sisler was nailed for a two-run single by Red Schoendinst.

Dick Stone replaced Sisler and Eddie Mathews slugged a 430 foot homer, that sailed 20 rows up into the bleachers, finishing the seven-run inning.

Three more Milwaukee runs came across in the fourth inning. Mathews singled, Wes Covington walked and Stone gave up Crandall's second homer of the game into the Sox bullpen.

Del Rice homered in the seventh inning for Milwaukee and Mathews' blasted his second homer off Rudy Minarcin in the eighth inning. It landed eight rows over the bullpen. The Braves scored their last run in the ninth inning. Crandall singled, went to third on Rice's double and scored on a force out.

Lew Burdette gave the Sox two runs in the third inning on Jimmy Piersall's double off the wall. In the fifth the Sox put up their second pair of runs on singles by Gene Stephens and Frank Malzone.

Hank Aaron pinch-hit in the eighth inning. The crowd gave the National League's home run leader a rousing greeting, but Hank hit the first pitch he saw down to Malzone for an easy out.

Most of the Braves played, including Warren Spahn, who ran in from the bullpen to take over for Gene Conley, after he had blanked the Sox in the first inning. Ted Williams went to bat just once and was struck out by Conley.

There was a pre-game home run hitting contest won by Wes Covington with two homers. Dick Gernert hit one for the Sox. Ted Williams, Jackie Jensen, Mathews and Crandall also tried, but failed to hit one out.

 

 

 

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W-Dave Jolly
L-Dave Sisler
Attendance: 26,953

 2B-Lepcio (Bost), Piersall (Bost)

 HR-Crandall (2)(Milw), Mathews (2)(Milw), Rice (Milw)