Pumpsie Green becomes the first
black player to play for the Red Sox


ON THIS DATE (August 4, 1959) ... Pumpsie Green made his Fenway Park debut before 21,000 tonight with a leadoff three-bagger off the left field fence. He scored Boston’s first run, played a flawless game at second and paced the Red Sox, behind the pitching of Tom Brewer, to a 4-1 victory.  This game, the first of a night doubleheader, carried the Red Sox to their sixth triumph in their last nine games.

Boston fans are accustomed to seeing singles and doubles off the left field wall, but it took Pumpsie to give them a triple. And in a twinkling, scored on Pete Runnels’ grounder.  To the right side of the infield, Pumpsie was over the plate with the first run against pitcher John Tsitouris.

In the seventh, Don Buddin led with a single to left. Tom Brewer beat out a beautiful push bunt, the ball going through Tsitouris, Boone and Terwilliger unfielded for a single – and Pumpsie sacrificed the pair along.