THE TED WILLIAMS ERA COMES
TO A DRAMATIC END ...
Vic Wertz and Rip Repulski
blast grandslam HRs

May 10, 1960 ... In his first at bat as a member of the Red Sox, Rip Repulski pinch-hit a grandslam home run that gave his new team a 9 to 7 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Repulski came up in the last of the eight inning with the score tied, the bases loaded and one man out, He hit the second pitch from Don Ferrarese high into the net over the scoreboard and put the Sox ahead 9 to 5. Repulski's homer climaxed a dramatic inning after the Red Sox blew a 5-0 lead.

Vic Wertz's grandslam in the first inning catapulted the Sox off to a great start of the game. Don Buddin, Pete Runnels and Frank Malzone all got base hits in the first inning and Wertz followed with a long home run deep into the right field grandstand.

In the third inning two singles by Wertz and Gene Stephens and Lu Clinton's sacrifice fly brought in the Red Sox fifth run.

Then in the fourth inning, Chicago got to starting pitcher Jerry Casale. Roy Sievers homered, Sherm Lollar was hit by a pitch, and Al Smith went deep with another homer, making the score 5-3. After Joe Hicks slammed a pinch-hit double, Sullivan came in for Casale and struck out Luis Aparicio. Frank Baumann took the mound for Chicago and held the Red Sox hitless until the eighth.

In the meantime, the White Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth and another run in the sixth on a single, a walk, a ground out and a base hit by Nellie Fox to tie the game.

Then in the eight inning, with the score tied at 5 to 5, Bobby Thomson opened with a single to left. After Gene Stephens flew out, Lu Clinton smashed a line drive off the wall with one out for two bases, moving Thomson to third. Ted Williams came into pinch hit and, as expected, drew an intentional pass. Gary Geiger was sent out to pinch hit for the  Sullivan, but the White Sox brought in Ferrarese, a lefty, to pitch to Geiger. So Bill Jurges decided to have the right-handed hitter, Repulski, hit instead. Repulski hit the second pitch on a line, clearing the wall by six feet.

But Chicago rallied in the ninth inning. Down 9 to 5, they scored two runs on Minnie Minoso's single and Lollar's two-run homer off Mike Fornieles with one down. Fornieles then walked Earl Torgeson and Smith followed with a double off the wall. Tom Sturdivant was called upon to shut things down and he did so by getting a pop up and the striking out Ted Kluszewski to end the game.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

0

2

 

 

7

11

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

4

x

 

 

9

10

1

 

 

W-Frank Sullivan (1-1)
S-Tom Sturdivant (1)
L-Frank Baumann (1-2)
Attendance: 16,509

 2B-Clinton (Bost), Hicks (Chi), Sievers (Chi), Smith (Chi)

 HR-Wertz (Bost), Repulski (Bost), Sievers (Chi),
 Smith (Chi), Lollar (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Don Buddin ss 3 1 1 .302  

 

Pete Runnels 1b 3 1 2 .411  

 

Frank Malzone 3b 4 1 1 .254  

 

Vic Wertz 1b 4 2 2 .333  

 

Mike Fornieles p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Tom Sturdivant p 0 0 0 .250  

 

Bobby Thomson cf 4 1 1 .286  

 

Gene Stephens lf 4 0 1 .225  

 

Lou Clinton rf 3 1 1 .300  

 

Haywood Sullivan c 1 0 0 .143  

 

Ted Williams ph 0 0 0 .200  

 

Bill Monbouquette pr 0 1 0 .000  

 

Don Gile c 0 0 0 .200  

 

Jerry Casale p 2 0 0 .233  

 

Frank Sullivan p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Gary Geiger ph 0 0 0 .212  

 

Rip Repulski ph 1 1 1 .233  

 

Pumpsie Green 2b 0 0 0 .313  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Jerry Casale 3.2 4 3 2 1  

 

Frank Sullivan 4.1 4 1 3 4  

 

Mike Fornieles 0.1 3 2 1 0  

 

Tom Sturdivant 0.2 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1960 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Chicago White Sox 12 7 -

 

 

New York Yankees 10 7 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 9 7 1 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 10 8 1 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 10 10 2 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 8 11 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers 6 10 4 1/2

 

 

Kansas City Athletics 7 12 5