"THERE GOES THE GREATEST HITTER
WHO EVER LIVED" ... Ted Williams
The Sox bang out four homers
in one inning to tie an AL record
May 22, 1957
... The Red Sox scalped the Cleveland Indians by an
11-0 score and tied a record by slugging four homers in one inning,
including the 10th by Ted Williams. While that was going on, Tom
Brewer limited the tribe to four hits.
Gene Mauch, Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone all connected
for homers in the sixth inning off Cal McLish, to tie a record set by
the 1940 Red Sox. Williams was a part of that record also on
September 24th. He, Jimmy Foxx, Joe Cronin and Jim Tabor all knocked
the ball out of Shibe Park in Philly. The major league record however
is five in one inning, done by the 1939 Giants and the 1949 Phillies.
Mauch started the bombardment with his first homer of the year into
the left field screen, a few feet to the right of the foul pole.
Williams connected next with a towering drive that landed 420 feet
into the right-centerfield bleachers, behind the visitor's bullpen.
After Jackie Jensen drew a walk, Gernert bombed his fourth homer over
the left field screen across Lansdowne Street and then Malzone
homered halfway up into the netting.
The Sox scored their first run in the opening inning. Gernert doubled
to left after walks to Mauch and Williams by Bud Daley. In the fourth
Sammy White's grounder went through George Strickland's legs into
right field for an error. Chico Carrasquel, the Cleveland shortstop,
then dropped Brewer's liner intentionally to double up White, but
gave a bad feed to Strickland so they couldn't get the doubleplay.
Carrasquel then failed to get Billy Consolo's grounder out of his
glove, giving him a hit, before Mauch doubled to center, scoring two
The last three Sox runs came across in the seventh inning against
Stan Pitula, on two hits, an intentional pass to Ted and an error by
In the eighth inning, Jensen robbed Gene Woodling of a home run when
he reached into the rightfield seats and brought back Woodling's
smash in the webbing of his glove.
The shutout was Brewer's fourth consecutive complete game and his
sixth win. Of the four hits he allowed, only two were solid line
Ted had a check swing single to right, walked twice and was hit by a
pitch in his other plate appearances. It hiked his batting average up