ON THIS DATE (July 28, 1951) ... Clutch hitting Clyde Vollmer clouted a walk-off grand slam home run in a rousing 16 inning windup to give the Red Sox and 8-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. Vollmer's shot gave starter Mickey McDermott as deserving a decision as any pitcher has
ever earned. Vollmer gave McDermott his sixth victory by taking Bob Feller, in for relief, over the left field wall into the net.
Vollmer's swat was his 13th of the month, twelve of which have won ball games. A week ago Mickey McDermott pitched 17 innings in a 19 inning game leaving with a 2-2 tie. Twice in this game he had fallen behind in extra frames, only to
see Vollmer tie up the game and eventually win it for him. McDermott struck out 15 batters to pad his league leading 112 Ks.
In the 16th the Indians went
ahead, as Ray Boone opened with a double and scored on Larry Doby's
bloop single. In the bottom of the 16th, Feller erased Dom
DiMaggio but then walked Johnny Pesky. Ted Williams then dumped
a double into left scoring Pesky. Feller passed Vern Stephens
and Billy Goodman, filling the bases and setting the stage for
The tie was shattered for the
first time in the 15th, when Bob Kennedy doubled off the wall and was
brought home by Lou Brissie to give Cleveland the 3-2 lead.
Feller was brought in to protect the lead and gave up a double to
Billy Goodman. Vollmer then tied up the game with a single over
second base. Clyde Vollmer has now hit three major league grand
slams, all of which have been in the clutch.