TED COMES BACK FROM KOREA
WITHOUT LOSING A STEP ...
Jimmy Piersall scores Ted Lepcio
with a walk-off single

May 14, 1953 ... Jimmy Piersall's 11th inning two-out single drove home Ted Lepcio with the run that gave the Red Sox a 5-4 triumph over the Indians in a game full of fantastic situations.

Bob Feller and Hal Brown were the starters but neither finished. Brown was rocked for three homers and all four Cleveland runs. Feller gave up two runs in the first six innings and was yanked at the start of the seventh.

Cleveland was the first to score, as Al Rosen knocked out his fifth homer over the screen in left field. Another homer by Joe Tipton, gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the third inning.

A couple of balks helped make possible the Sox third straight win over Cleveland. The Indians actually balked themselves out of the game. The Sox tied it up on a balk by Feller in the third. Gene Stephens opened with a single and was awarded second on the balk. He galloped over to third when George Kell grounded out to Bobby Avila and sprinted home on Dick Gernert's sacrifice fly.

The Indians re-took the lead in the fourth with two outs. Harry Simpson singled and Jim Lemon homered to put them up 4-2, but they were shutout by the Sox after that. Willard Nixon took over for Brown in the fifth inning and pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Kinder came in and shut the door in the 11th inning, to get the win.

When Bolling opened the seventh with a base hit, Dave Hoskins relieved Feller. He set down the next three batters but ran into trouble in the eighth inning. Kell opened with a base hit and Floyd Baker came in to run for him. The Sox got a break when Gernert's grounder was deflected by Hoskins into a base hit. Sammy White's attempted sacrifice bunt was turned into a force play at second base, with Baker moving to third. Lepcio walked to load the bases. A balk by Hoskins allowed Baker to walk home, with White moving over to third base and Lepcio to second. Mike Garcia was brought into the game and Tom Umphlett's base hit brought home White with the tying run.

Lepcio opened the Sox 11th inning with a hot roller up the middle for a base hit, giving him the distinction of reaching base every time he came to bat. He had homered, singled and walked twice before getting this hit. Umphlett followed by sacrificing him up to second. After an intentional pass was handed to Milt Bolling, Al Zarilla, batting for Kinder, popped up. This brought up Piersall, who had gone hitless in five times at bat. He slammed a ground ball between thirdbaseman Rosen and shortstop Ray Boone into left field, as Lepcio rounded third with the winning run.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

 

5

12

0

 

 

W-Ellis Kinder (1-1)
L-Mike Garcia (2-3)
Attendance: 4428

 2B-Kell (Bost), Umphlett (Bost)

 HR-Lepcio (Bost), Rosen (Clev), Tipton (Clev), Lemon (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jimmy Piersall rf 6 0 1 .250  

 

Gene Stephens lf 5 1 1 .176  

 

George Kell 3b 4 0 2 .398  

 

Floyd Baker pr/3b 1 1 0 .000  

 

Dick Gernert 1b 5 0 2 .278  

 

Sammy White c 5 1 0 .263  

 

Ted Lepcio 2b 3 2 3 .368  

 

Tom Umphlett cf 4 0 2 .275  

 

Milt Bolling ss 4 0 1 .273  

 

Hal Brown p 2 0 0 .091  

 

Willard Nixon p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Ellis Kinder p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Al Zarilla ph 1 0 0 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Hal Brown 4.1 4 4 2 5  

 

Willard Nixon 5.2 4 0 2 2  

 

Ellis Kinder 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1953 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 17 8 -

 

 

Chicago White Sox 17 11 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 13 10 3

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 13 11 3 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 13 13 4 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 12 14 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 11 14 6

 

 

Detroit Tigers 6 21 12