In 1969, to offset 1968's "Year of the Pitcher", major league baseball initiated some drastic changes. The pitcher's mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches and the upper and lower dimensions of the strike zone changed from between the shoulders and the needs, to between the armpits and the top of the knees.
Baseball expanded into the cities Seattle, Kansas City, Montréal and San Diego, and each league was now split into an Eastern and Western division. Winners of each division would play a best of five League Championship Series, to decide the pennant, prior to play in the World Series. And so each team's chances of reaching the World Series doubled.
The American League East Boston Red Sox started the 1969 season optimistically. Everyone appeared healthy, including Tony Conigliaro, whose vision had returned to near normal. His 21-year-old brother Billy, joined him on the roster.
Carl Yastrzemski was still the cornerstone, and the 29-year-old Yaz anchored left-field, getting 40 home runs, with 111 RBIs. Reggie Smith, the 24-year-old centerfielder, with a package of power and speed, finished with an on-base percentage of .368 along with a slugging percentage of .527.
Tony Conigliaro, although his numbers weren't spectacular, a .321 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage played to a respectable level and was an amazing testament to courage and persistence.
Shortstop Rico Petrocelli added to the production with a breakout year. He hit a career-high 40 home runs, finished with a .403 on-base percentage, had 97 RBIs and scored 92 runs. He finished seventh in the MVP voting.
Petrocelli's infield partner, Mike Andrews, continued to be a solid presence with a .390 on-base percentage and some surprising pop with 15 home runs. George Scott had a comeback year and continued to grow into an offense of threat, hitting 16 home runs at third-base.
In Baltimore on opening day, April 8th, Tony C. started the game in right field and provided one of the most stirring moments in Red Sox history. In the 10th inning, he launched a home run off Dave Leonhard and floated around the bases with a walkoff game-winner.
After the Red Sox beat the Indians in Cleveland in a 16 inning affair on April 11th, the next day the Sox won again 5-3. Young Bill Landis took his third straight win, having been the winning pitcher in all three Sox victories. Ken Harrelson did most of the damage with a double and a three run homer. Behind home runs from the bats of Rico Petrocelli and Reggie Smith, the Sox swept the Indians in the third game on April 13th.
When the Sox opened at Fenway Park, on April 14th, against Baltimore, the fans gave Tony Conigliaro a two-minute ovation when he came to bat, as an airplane soared overhead trailing a large banner that read simply "Welcome Back". Tony C's infield hit in the fourth inning knocked in the winning run of a 5-1, Sox victory. But the Sox would lose three games of their four game series with the Orioles.
Against the Indians at Fenway on April 18th, the Sox hit five homers off Luis Tiant in a 10 to 7 win. Two homers were hit by Ken Harrelson, and one each by Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski, and Tony Conigliaro. It was Tony's first Fenway homer since July 27, 1967.
Conigliaro's apparent return made Harrelson expendable. He was traded, along with pitchers Dick Ellsworth and Juan Pizarro, to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Sonny Siebert and Vicente Romo, and catcher Joe Azcue on April 19th.
On April 20th, against the Indians, Ray Jarvis pitched two-hit ball for 8 2/3 innings, giving up just one run. Amidst chants of "We Want the Hawk", Gerry Moses hit his first big league grand slam home run and the Sox won, 9 to 4.
Harrelson balked at the trade and said he would rather quit baseball than report to Cleveland. He had too much going on in Boston, including a television production company, a record publishing firm, a book deal, a sub shop, and part interest in a nightclub called Ken Harrelson's 1800 House. In the end, money talked and Harrelson agreed to go to Cleveland when the Indians doubled his salary.
Against the Yankees on April 22nd, the Sox knocked out four homers off Stan Bahnsen and grabbed an 8 to 3 victory. A three run shot by Conigliaro and solo homers by Mike Andrews, Rico Petrocelli and Carl Yastrzemski were the tally.
Jim Lonborg, who hadn't pitched since opening day, took the mound in Detroit on April 25th. He went 7 1/3 innings and threw 109 pitches in a 5 to 4 Sox win. The next night, Ray Culp picked up his fourth win, defeating the Tigers, 7 to 4. Since last June, Culp had won 16 of his 18 starts with a 2.47 ERA. Carl Yastrzemski socked out two homers, one a grand slam, his first in five years.
On April 29th, 21 year old rookie, Mike Nagy, defeated Mel Stottlemyre, 2 to 1, in Yankee Stadium.
Yaz knocked in all the runs with two homers in a game at Fenway on May 2nd. Sonny Siebert picked up his first win in a Red Sox uniform, beating the Tigers, 3 to 2. The next day, Tony C. beat out a dinky bunt in the eighth inning to score a runner from third base and break a 5-5 tie. Another run came clattering across a moment later on Reggie Smith's double and the Sox beat the Tigers once again by a 7 to 5 score. On May 4th, Rico Petrocelli hit a two run homer in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 4 to 2 walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers, and a three-game sweep from the World Champions.
In their first meeting with the Seattle Pilots at Sicks Stadium in Seattle, on May 6th, the Red Sox found the Pilots perfect hosts, handing a 12-2 thrashing to the expansion team. Yaz had two singles, knocking in three runs, and George Thomas had two hits and three RBIs. The win gave Ray Culp his fifth win. George Thomas' double in the seventh inning, the next night, broke a 4-4 deadlock, sending home the winning run, and a 5 to 4 win over the Pilots.
In Anaheim, Tony Conigliaro's bases loaded triple in the 10th inning, powered the Sox to a 6 to 3 win on May 10th. It was in the same spot that Mike Andrews hit a dame-winning triple, the night before, in a 7-2 Sox win. In the series finale, Rico Petrocelli pounded a pair of two-run homers to give the Angels a 7 to 3 headache and a Sox sweep. Yaz hit .500 in the series, going 6 for 12. It was the Sox 8th straight win. The Sox bullpen in the last 23 2/3 innings had just given up one run and 12 hits.
On May 14th Ray Culp won his sixth game, 2 to 1 over the A's in Oakland, throwing 11 strikeouts. Conigliaro drove in both Sox runs with a pair of singles. The Sox were 20-11, right on the heels of the red-hot Baltimore Orioles, were only one game behind, as they returned home.
In a doubleheader on May 21st, the Sox took two games from the California Angels. In the first game, Jim Lonborg beat the Angels, 5 to 2. He left the game leading 3-1, and needed an outstanding relief job from Sparky Lyle. Rico Petrocelli knocked in two runs with his 13th homer, and both Mike Andrews and Joe Azcue had three hits each, including clutch blows to put the game away. In the second game Sonny Siebert came away with an 8 to 3 win, with relief help from Vicente Romo. Reggie Smith knocked in three runs, while Tony Conigliaro and Dalton Jones knocked in two runs apiece.
In the next game, Reggie Smith singled home Syd O'Brien, with the winning run, in the bottom of the ninth inning against Hoyt Wilhelm, to give the Sox a 4 to 3 win, earning rookie, Ray Jarvis his second win.
Rico Petrocelli broke Vern Stephens' record for of 46 consecutive games without an error on May 28th in Kansas City. Rico also hit his 14th homer giving Ray Culp his eighth win beating the Royals, 4 to 3. Since last July, Culp was 20-4 with 14 complete games.
The next game saw Tony Conigliaro smash a home run and Reggie Smith knock out two homers, with four hits. in an 8 to 6 win over the Royals. Reggie had eight hits for 18 bases and seven RBIs in the three game series. Meanwhile, Carl Yastrzemski had three outfield assists.
On June 3rd, Jim Lonborg (5-0) pitched his first complete game of the season, defeating the White Sox, 8 to 2, throwing 142 pitches. Carl Yastrzemski (3 for 4) knocked out his 13th homer, while Rico Petrocelli took the league home run lead when he hit his 17th of the year. The Sox bats slammed a season high 17 hits in the game.
On June 6th, it was raining heavily, and in the 10th inning the fans started to head for the exits because it looked like the Red Sox had lost to the Kansas City Royals, 2 to 1. And then, all of a sudden the fans stopped in their tracks as George Scott, with two outs, sent a wicked liner toward the bleachers in center field. The ball struck halfway up the wall behind the seats and the fans turned around and went back to their seats, cheering. An inning later, Dalton Jones slammed his second home run of the year, with Dick Schofield on base, and the Red Sox were winners, 4 to 2.
Mike Nagy pitched the first shutout of the year at Fenway, the next game, beating the Royals, 4 to 0. George Scott's hot bat produced another home run. Jim Lonborg (6-0) followed that game up with another complete game, 8-2 victory. Rico Petrocelli continued the homer barrage with two dingers.
In Minnesota, on June 9th, Rico became the first player in the majors to reach 20 homers, while Vicente Romo pitched out of two late inning jams to preserve a 5 to 3 victory over the Twins. Two nights later, Joe Lahoud smashed three homers, while Dick Schofield knocked out three doubles and three singles apiece, from the bats of George Scott and Reggie Smith, as the Sox pounded the Twins, 13 to 5. The Sox were in second place, only three games behind the Orioles.
But in the next series in Oakland, the Athletics batters pounded Sox pitchers for 38 runs in three lost games. The Sox temporarily stopped their losing streak in Cleveland. Ken Harrelson had a home run and a double sending the Indians into a 5 to 4 lead. But Reggie Smith's three run homer trumped him in an 8 to 5 come back victory on June 16th.
A June doubleheader against the Yankees at Fenway Park epitomized the up and down nature of the season. On June 21st, against the Yankees at Fenway, George Thomas' bloop single in the 11th inning, finished off a 6-5 four run explosion. Down 5-2, and with Dalton Jones, George Scott and Tom Satriano on base, Joe Lahoud brought in two runs with a double. Thomas' looper scored both Satriano and Lahoud with the walk-off winning runs. In the second game of this doubleheader, the Sox were one strike away from a sweep but New York's Roy White hit a go-ahead, three run triple, leading the Yanks to victory.
Against the Indians on June 24th, Lee Stange recorded his third win of the season, setting down Cleveland 6 to 1. Syd O'Brien and Carl Yastrzemski each had three hits. But the Sox had lost the first game, 6-3.
In the first game of another doubleheader the next day, with the Indians, Sonny Siebert, after giving up a run in the first inning. retired 10 men in a row. He walked a man in the fourth and then retired 12 straight. He fanned eight in his first complete game of the season. To help his cause he doubled and homered in his 3 to 1 win. But the Sox lost the second game, 7 to 3.
In the final game of the Indians' series, the Sox beat the Tribe, 4 to 3 in 10 innings on June 26th. Ken Harrelson, who went only 1 for 18 in the in the five games, contributed to the Sox win. In the 5th inning, with the Indians up 3-0 and the bases loaded, Dalton Jones lifted a fly ball to right. The "Hawk" thought the ball was gone and just turned to watch it. But he was wrong and the ball bounced off the bullpen wall, while Jones scampered to third and the game was tied. In the 10th inning with Dick Schofield on second base, Reggie Smith's single drove him in and the Sox had a 4 to 3 walk-off win.
The Sox finished June playing games marred by their own mistakes, losing 3 of the 4 games they played against Ted Williams' Washington Senators. In Detroit, the Sox pitchers gave up 23 runs and lost another three games to start off July. They still were in second place, but now 11 1/2 games behind Baltimore.
After losing seven straight games, the Sox finally won a game, the second game of a doubleheader with Washington, at Fenway, on July 4th. The score was 7 to 4. Carl Yastrzemski slammed his 23rd homer and Reggie Smith hit his 16th.
The Sox split another doubleheader with the Nats the next day. After losing the first game, 6 to 2, the Sox coasted to an 11 to 4 victory in the second game.
The Tigers followed to Fenway and were handcuffed by Ray Culp, 7-2 on July 7th. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five. George Scott had two triples and a single to pace the Sox. The next night, rookie Mike Nagy beat the Tigers, 4 to 1. He helped himself with a bases loaded single.
The Red Sox would play Baltimore eight times in the final week and a half before the All-Star break. In Baltimore, in the first game of their series, on July 10th, the score was tied 4-4 in the bottom ninth, but Vicente Romo surrendered a walk, a stolen base and an opposite field single by Frank Robinson that ended the game.
In Friday's doubleheader, on July 11th, the opener was tied 3 to 3 in the seventh inning, when Yaz homered to get the lead and Reggie Smith drilled a three run shot in the eighth, to put the game away, 7 to 4. Mike Andrews was the hero of the nightcap, going 5 for 5 and the Sox coasted to a 12 to 3 rout.
On Saturday against Mike Cuellar, Tony Conigliaro got three hits, but Cuellar shutout the rest of the team, 4 to 0. In the virtual must win game on Sunday, Jim Lonborg couldn't get out of the second inning and the Red Sox had lost three of five in a series they needed to win. They were 13 1/2 games behind.
In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on July 15th, Reggie Smith (.354 BA) went 5 for 5 with three singles and two doubles, helping the Sox beat the Yankees, 7 to 6. On the 16th, the next game, Carl Yastrzemski ended an 0-16 drought with four straight hits, including his 28th home run into the third deck in a 6 to 2 win. Both Yaz and Reggie Smith were named to the American League All Star team along with Rico Petrocelli and Ray Culp.
A three-game set with the Orioles at Fenway, to close the first half, went better, as Mike Andrews hit a first inning home run that led to a 6-1 win on July 18th. The next day, July 19th, Yaz hit a game-tying home run in the sixth to make the score 3 to 3 and then Dalton Jones hit a two-out, two-run double, in the seventh, that stood up to win the game 5 to 3.
In the Sunday finale, on July 20th, the Sox were leading 3 to 2 when backup infielders Syd O'Brien ripped a two run triple. Lonborg came in and hit a sacrifice fly. That run was important because Lonborg almost gave it all back in the ninth, being charged with three runs. Sparky Lyle came out of the bullpen and got Brooks Robinson to close out a 6 to 5 Red Sox win.
The Red Sox had won five of the eight games with Baltimore, but because the margin was 12 1/2, it was too little too late.
In the All Star Game at RFK Stadium in Washington, the National League beat the American League, 9 to 3. Carl Yastrzemski's spectacular catch took a home run away from Johnny Bench.
In Seattle on July 25th, Russ Gibson's pinch-hit, three run homer brought the Sox from behind with a 7 to 6 win over the Pilots. Two days later, Joe Lahoud's two run homer in the 20th inning was a winner for the Sox against the Pilots, 5 to 3.
Ray Culp picked up his 15th win in Anaheim against the Angels, 9 to 1 on July 31st. Joe Laoud, Rico Petrocelli and Mike Andrews all homered in his support. But they lost 2 of 3 in Anaheim and 3 of 4 in Oakland, and fell to 16 games behind.
They then returned home and lost 2 of 3 to the Pilots and 2 of 3 to the Angels. Losing 2 of 3 in Chicago put them 20 games out.
The Sox did not win another series until the middle of August. In Kansas City, George Scott hit his 12th home run and drove in four runs in the first game of a doubleheader which the Sox won, 10-1 on August 16th. Two days later Vicente Romo shutout the Royals, 1 to 0, giving the Sox 2 out of the 3 games they played. It was the first time they won a series since before the All Star break, but the deficit was 21 games and the Orioles were off and running to a 109 win season.
On August 18th against the Twins, two years to the day after he was beaned, Tony Conigliaro hit a three-run home run in the last of the eighth inning to tie the game, 6-6. George Scott lined a drive off the centerfield wall with Reggie Smith on second base, that won the game for the Red Sox, 7 to 6.
Two days later, on August 20th, with Mike Andrews on second and Dalton Jones on first, and the score tied at 6 to 6, with two outs in the ninth inning, Minnesota's Dean Chance faced Tony Conigliaro. Tony smashed a liner to left center, bringing home Andrews with the winning run.
On August 23rd, Ray Culp won a career high 17th game, a 2-0 shutout of the White Sox.
On August 26th, Carl Yastrzemski had three hits, including his 33rd home run as the Sox beat the Royals, 4 to 1. The next night, with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Syd O'Brien hit a walk-off bases loaded single, giving Vicente Romo his first complete game victory, a 4-3 decision over the Royals. And in the final game, it was Tony Conigliaro's big bat once again. His three run eighth inning homer meant the difference in a 9 to 8 Sox win and a series sweep of Kansas City. It was the first time the Red Sox had swept a series since they swept the Orioles, just before the All Star break. But they were a distant 19 games behind, in third place.
Rookie Mike Nagy (11-2) pitched his seventh complete game, beating the A's, 5-1, for his sixth straight win, in the second game of a doubleheader on September 3rd.
Rico Petrocelli's bat helped the Sox win on September 5th. He drove in four runs with a three run homer, his 35th, in the fifth inning and a bases loaded walk in the ninth, as the Red Sox came back, down 7-0, to beat the Senators, 9-8. The Sox won the game without getting a hit in the ninth inning. In the next game, Yaz slugged his 35th homer and had a double and a single, moving his RBIs to 100, beating Washington 9 to 5. Syd O'Brien also tripled, homered and singled.
Rico slammed his 36th homer in Cleveland on September 8th, to tie Yaz in their battle for the team's home run lead. On September 13th, he hit his 38th against the Yankees and his 39th on September 16th in Cleveland.
On September 20th, Bill Lee won his first major league game, beating the Tigers in Detroit, 6 to 3. Lee pitched 6 2/3 innings. He came in in the 3rd inning and pitched well until the 9th inning, when he needed some help after walking the first two batters.
It was all Carl Yastrzemski on September 23rd. During an 8 to 3 win over the Yankees, Yaz slugged two homers, his 38th and 39th, including his 200th career HR, an RBI single and several diving stops at first base. In the next game, Mike Andrews' double off the left field wall in the 14th inning, scored George Scott, for a 1 to 0 walk-off win. In the final game, Scott's 15th homer of the year led to Sox in a series sweep of New York, 4 to 3.
There were problems in the clubhouse. Players started the tune out Dick Williams and his constant harping. On August 1st, against Oakland, when Yaz failed to leave home plate on a two-out tapper back to the pitcher, Williams pulled him out of the game and yelled at him in front of his teammates and fined him $500. The tense relationship between the two meant that Williams' days in Boston were numbered. There was no way Tom Yawkey would side with anybody but Carl Yastrzemski. On September 23rd, Yawkey instructed general manager Dick O'Connell to fire Williams. O'Connell disagreed with the move and told the media such. And so, the Sox played out the season under caretaker manager Eddie Popowski. It didn't matter that the Red Sox had won under Dick Williams after losing for a generation. To Tom Yawkey, being friends with the players was more important than winning.
On September 29th, Rico hit slugged home run #40, tops among any shortstop in American League history, beating Vern Stephens' mark of 39 homers in 1949. And in the Sox final game, on October 1st, Yaz tied Rico and hit his 40th homer.
In spite of the fact that the Sox led the league with 197 home runs, the ineffectiveness of Jim Lonborg and the other pitchers, led the club to an 87-75 third-place finish.
Ray Culp was reliable, winning 17 games and consistently taking his turn on the mound. But he wasn't cut out to be the ace and without Lonborg it showed. Sonny Siebert didn't contribute anything more from the departed Dick Ellsworth. Vicente Romo finished with a 3.18 ERA. What it boiled down to, was Red Sox traded away one of their most productive bats in Ken Harrelson, for an above average reliever, but no discernible difference in the starting pitchers.
|04/08/1969||1-0||1st||-||at Baltimore Orioles||W||5-4||Bill Landis||1-0|
|04/10/1969||1-1||3rd||-1||at Baltimore Orioles||L||2-1||Juan Pizarro||0-1|
|04/11/1969||2-1||2nd||-1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||2-1||Bill Landis||2-0|
|04/12/1969||3-1||1st||+1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-3||Bill Landis||3-0|
|04/13/1969||4-1||1st||+1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||3-1||Lee Stange||1-0|
|04/14/1969||5-1||1st||+1 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-3||Ray Culp||1-0|
|04/15/1969||5-2||1st||+1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||10-5||Bill Landis||3-1|
|04/16/1969||5-3||2nd||-1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||11-8||Ken Brett||0-1|
|04/17/1969||5-4||3rd||-1 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||9-5||Lee Stange||1-1|
|04/18/1969||6-4||2nd||-1 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||10-7||Ray Culp||2-0|
|04/20/1969||7-4||2nd||-1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||9-4||Ray Jarvis||1-0|
|04/21/1969||7-5||3rd||-1 1/2||New York Yankees||L||6-4||Lee Stange||1-2|
|04/22/1969||8-5||3rd||-1 1/2||New York Yankees||W||8-3||Ray Culp||3-0|
|04/23/1969||8-6||3rd||-2 1/2||Washington Senators||L||9-3||Sonny Siebert||0-2|
|04/25/1969||9-6||2nd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Jim Lonborg||1-0|
|04/26/1969||10-6||2nd||-1||at Detroit Tigers||W||7-4||Ray Culp||4-0|
|04/27/1969||10-7||2nd||-2 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||7-3||Sonny Siebert||0-3|
|04/28/1969||10-8||3rd||-3||at New York Yankees||L||1-0||Ray Jarvis||1-1|
|04/29/1969||11-8||2nd||-2 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||2-1||Mike Nagy||1-0|
|04/30/1969||11-9||2nd||-3 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||1-0||Lee Stange||1-3|
|05/01/1969||11-10||3rd||-3 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||7-6||Ray Culp||4-1|
|05/02/1969||12-10||3rd||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||3-2||Sonny Siebert||1-3|
|05/03/1969||13-10||3rd||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||7-5||Fred Wenz||1-0|
|05/04/1969||14-10||3rd||-4||Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Sparky Lyle||1-0|
|05/06/1969||15-10||2nd||-3||at Seattle Pilots||W||12-2||Ray Culp||5-1|
|05/07/1969||16-10||2nd||-2||at Seattle Pilots||W||5-4||Sonny Siebert||2-3|
|05/09/1969||17-10||2nd||-1||at California Angels||W||7-2||Sparky Lyle||2-0|
|05/10/1969||18-10||2nd||-1||at California Angels||W||6-3||Sparky Lyle||3-0|
|05/11/1969||19-10||2nd||-1||at California Angels||W||7-3||Sonny Siebert||3-3|
|05/13/1969||19-11||2nd||-1||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-4||Vicente Romo||1-2|
|05/14/1969||20-11||2nd||-1||at Oakland Athletics||W||2-1||Ray Culp||6-1|
|05/16/1969||20-12||2nd||-2 1/2||Seattle Pilots||L||10-9||Vicente Romo||1-3|
|05/17/1969||21-12||2nd||-2 1/2||Seattle Pilots||W||6-1||Mike Nagy||2-0|
|05/18/1969||21-13||2nd||-3 1/2||Seattle Pilots||L||9-6||Ray Culp||6-2|
|05/21/1969||22-13||2nd||-3||California Angels||W||5-2||Jim Lonborg||2-0|
|23-13||2nd||-2 1/2||W||8-3||Sonny Siebert||4-3|
|05/22/1969||24-13||2nd||-2 1/2||California Angels||W||4-3||Ray Jarvis||2-1|
|05/23/1969||25-13||2nd||-2 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-2||Ray Culp||7-2|
|05/24/1969||25-14||2nd||-3 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||9-3||Lee Stange||1-4|
|05/25/1969||26-14||2nd||-3 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||1-0||Jim Lonborg||3-0|
|05/27/1969||26-15||2nd||-3 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||5-4||Sonny Siebert||4-4|
|05/28/1969||27-15||2nd||-3 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||4-3||Ray Culp||8-2|
|05/29/1969||28-15||2nd||-3||at Kansas City Royals||W||8-6||Sparky Lyle||4-0|
|05/30/1969||29-15||2nd||-3||Minnesota Twins||W||3-2||Jim Lonborg||4-0|
|05/31/1969||29-16||2nd||-3||Minnesota Twins||L||10-4||Sonny Siebert||4-5|
|06/01/1969||30-16||2nd||-3||Minnesota Twins||W||5-2||Ray Culp||9-2|
|06/02/1969||30-17||2nd||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||6-4||Vicente Romo||1-4|
|06/03/1969||31-17||2nd||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||8-2||Jim Lonborg||5-0|
|06/04/1969||31-18||2nd||-4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||7-2||Sonny Siebert||4-6|
|06/06/1969||32-18||2nd||-4 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||4-2||Sparky Lyle||5-0|
|06/07/1969||33-18||2nd||-4 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||4-0||Mike Nagy||3-0|
|06/08/1969||34-18||2nd||-3 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||8-2||Jim Lonborg||6-0|
|06/09/1969||35-18||2nd||-3||at Minnesota Twins||W||5-3||Ray Jarvis||3-1|
|06/10/1969||35-19||2nd||-4||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-2||Ray Culp||9-3|
|06/11/1969||36-19||2nd||-3||at Minnesota Twins||W||13-5||Sonny Siebert||5-6|
|06/13/1969||36-20||2nd||-4||at Oakland Athletics||L||4-1||Jim Lonborg||6-1|
|06/14/1969||36-21||2nd||-5||at Oakland Athletics||L||21-7||Ray Jarvis||3-2|
|06/15/1969||36-22||2nd||-6 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||13-5||Ray Culp||9-4|
|06/16/1969||37-22||2nd||-6||at Cleveland Indians||W||8-5||Lee Stange||2-4|
|06/17/1969||37-23||2nd||-7||at Cleveland Indians||L||4-2||Jim Lonborg||6-2|
|06/18/1969||37-24||2nd||-8||at Cleveland Indians||L||2-1||Ray Jarvis||3-3|
|06/19/1969||38-24||2nd||-8||at Cleveland Indians||W||3-0||Ray Culp||10-4|
|06/20/1969||38-24||2nd||-8||New York Yankees||pp|
|06/21/1969||39-24||2nd||-8||New York Yankees||W||6-5||Vicente Romo||2-4|
|39-25||2nd||-8 1/2||L||6-3||Sparky Lyle||5-1|
|06/22/1969||39-26||2nd||-9||New York Yankees||L||5-3||Garry Roggenburk||0-1|
|06/23/1969||39-26||2nd||-9 1/2||Cleveland Indians||pp|
|06/24/1969||39-27||2nd||-10 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||6-3||Ray Culp||10-5|
|06/25/1969||41-27||2nd||-9||Cleveland Indians||W||3-1||Sonny Siebert||6-6|
|41-28||2nd||-9 1/2||L||7-3||Mike Nagy||3-1|
|06/26/1969||42-28||2nd||-9||Cleveland Indians||W||4-3||Vicente Romo||3-4|
|06/27/1969||43-28||2nd||-9||at Washington Senators||W||4-2||Bill Landis||4-1|
|06/28/1969||43-29||2nd||-10||at Washington Senators||L||4-3||Vicente Romo||3-5|
|06/29/1969||43-30||2nd||-11||at Washington Senators||L||5-4||Bill Landis||4-2|
|07/01/1969||43-32||2nd||-11||at Detroit Tigers||L||12-4||Ray Jarvis||3-4|
|07/02/1969||43-33||2nd||-11||at Detroit Tigers||L||7-0||Bill Landis||4-3|
|07/03/1969||43-34||2nd||-11 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-3||Ray Culp||10-6|
|07/04/1969||43-35||2nd||-11||Washington Senators||L||5-1||Lee Stange||3-5|
|07/05/1969||44-36||2nd||-11||Washington Senators||L||6-2||Ray Jarvis||3-5|
|45-36||2nd||-11 1/2||W||11-4||Sonny Siebert||7-7|
|07/06/1969||45-37||2nd||-11 1/2||Washington Senators||L||5-0||Bill Landis||4-4|
|07/07/1969||46-37||2nd||-11||Detroit Tigers||W||7-2||Ray Culp||11-6|
|07/08/1969||47-37||2nd||-11 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||4-1||Mike Nagy||5-1|
|07/09/1969||47-38||3rd||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||6-5||Lee Stange||3-6|
|07/10/1969||47-39||3rd||-13 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||5-4||Vicente Romo||3-6|
|07/11/1969||48-39||2nd||-12 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||7-4||Ray Culp||12-6|
|49-39||2nd||-11 1/2||W||12-3||Ray Jarvis||4-5|
|07/12/1969||49-40||2nd||-12 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||4-0||Mike Nagy||5-2|
|07/13/1969||49-41||2nd||-13 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||6-3||Jim Lonborg||6-3|
|07/15/1969||50-41||2nd||-14 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||7-6||Ray Culp||13-6|
|07/16/1969||51-42||2nd||-13 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||6-2||Mike Nagy||6-2|
|07/17/1969||51-42||2nd||-14||at New York Yankees||pp|
|07/18/1969||52-42||2nd||-13||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-1||Ray Jarvis||5-5|
|07/19/1969||53-42||2nd||-12||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-3||Sonny Siebert||8-8|
|07/20/1969||54-42||2nd||-11||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-5||Ray Culp||14-6|
|07/21/1969||All Star Game Break|
|07/24/1969||54-43||3rd||-12||at Seattle Pilots||L||8-6||Ray Jarvis||5-6|
|07/25/1969||55-43||3rd||-12||at Seattle Pilots||W||7-6||Bill Landis||5-4|
|07/26/1969||55-44||3rd||-13||at Seattle Pilots||L||8-5||Ron Kline||1-6|
|07/27/1969||56-44||3rd||-13||at Seattle Pilots||W||5-3||Jim Lonborg||7-3|
|07/29/1969||56-45||2nd||-14||at California Angels||L||4-3||Vicente Romo||3-7|
|07/30/1969||56-46||2nd||-15||at California Angels||L||4-1||Sonny Siebert||8-9|
|07/31/1969||57-46||2nd||-15||at California Angels||W||9-1||Ray Culp||15-6|
|08/01/1969||57-47||3rd||-15||at Oakland Athletics||L||4-3||Jim Lonborg||7-4|
|08/02/1969||57-48||3rd||-16||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-4||Bill Lee||0-1|
|08/03/1969||57-49||3rd||-16||at Oakland Athletics||L||10-7||Bill Landis||5-5|
|58-49||3rd||-15 1/2||W||3-2||Sonny Siebert||9-9|
|08/05/1969||58-50||3rd||-16||Seattle Pilots||L||9-2||Ray Culp||15-7|
|08/06/1969||58-51||3rd||-17||Seattle Pilots||L||6-5||Vicente Romo||3-8|
|08/07/1969||59-51||3rd||-17||Seattle Pilots||W||5-4||Lee Stange||4-7|
|08/08/1969||59-52||3rd||-18||California Angels||L||7-6||Lee Stange||4-8|
|08/09/1969||60-52||3rd||-18||California Angels||W||9-4||Ray Culp||16-7|
|08/10/1969||60-53||3rd||-19||California Angels||L||9-1||Jim Lonborg||7-5|
|08/11/1969||61-53||3rd||-18||at Chicago White Sox||W||5-2||Mike Nagy||7-2|
|08/12/1969||61-54||3rd||-19||at Chicago White Sox||L||10-5||Sonny Siebert||9-10|
|08/13/1969||61-55||3rd||-20||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-3||Ray Culp||16-8|
|08/15/1969||61-55||3rd||-20 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||pp|
|08/16/1969||62-55||3rd||-20 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||10-1||Mike Nagy||8-2|
|08/17/1969||63-56||3rd||-21||at Kansas City Royals||W||1-0||Vicente Romo||4-8|
|08/18/1969||64-56||3rd||-21||Minnesota Twins||W||7-6||Sparky Lyle||6-1|
|08/19/1969||64-57||3rd||-22||Minnesota Twins||L||8-6||Sparky Lyle||6-2|
|08/20/1969||65-57||3rd||-21||Minnesota Twins||W||7-6||Sparky Lyle||7-2|
|08/22/1969||65-58||3rd||-21 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Vicente Romo||4-9|
|08/23/1969||66-58||3rd||-20 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||2-0||Ray Culp||17-8|
|08/24/1969||66-59||3rd||-20||Chicago White Sox||L||3-1||Jim Lonborg||7-7|
|08/26/1969||67-59||3rd||-19||Kansas City Royals||W||4-1||Mike Nagy||9-2|
|08/27/1969||68-59||3rd||-19||Kansas City Royals||W||4-3||Vicente Romo||5-9|
|08/28/1969||69-59||3rd||-19||Kansas City Royals||W||9-8||Sparky Lyle||8-2|
|08/29/1969||69-60||3rd||-18 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||10-4||Jim Lonborg||7-8|
|08/30/1969||70-60||3rd||-18 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||7-5||Mike Nagy||10-2|
|08/31/1969||70-61||3rd||-19 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-2||Vicente Romo||5-10|
|09/01/1969||71-61||3rd||-19 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||6-2||Lee Stange||5-8|
|09/03/1969||71-62||3rd||-20||Oakland Athletics||L||7-4||Sonny Siebert||9-11|
|09/05/1969||73-62||3rd||-19 1/2||Washington Senators||W||9-8||Sonny Siebert||10-11|
|09/06/1969||74-62||3rd||-18 1/2||Washington Senators||W||9-5||Lee Stange||6-8|
|09/07/1969||74-63||3rd||-19 1/2||Washington Senators||L||3-2||Jim Lonborg||7-9|
|09/08/1969||75-63||3rd||-19||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-4||Sonny Siebert||11-11|
|09/09/1969||76-63||3rd||-19 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||3-1||Vicente Romo||6-10|
|09/10/1969||76-64||3rd||-20 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||8-7||Gary Wagner||0-4|
|09/11/1969||76-65||3rd||-21 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||4-2||Lee Stange||6-9|
|09/12/1969||76-66||3rd||-21 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||5-3||Jim Lonborg||7-10|
|09/13/1969||78-66||3rd||-22||at New York Yankees||W||5-2||Gary Wagner||1-4|
|09/14/1969||78-67||3rd||-23||at New York Yankees||L||3-2||Sparky Lyle||8-3|
|09/15/1969||78-68||3rd||-23||Cleveland Indians||L||4-1||Lee Stange||6-10|
|09/16/1969||78-69||3rd||-24||Cleveland Indians||L||5-2||Jim Lonborg||7-11|
|09/18/1969||78-70||3rd||-23||Baltimore Orioles||L||6-4||Gary Wagner||1-5|
|09/19/1969||80-70||3rd||-24||at Detroit Tigers||W||3-1||Ken Brett||2-1|
|09/20/1969||81-70||3rd||-24||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-3||Bill Lee||1-1|
|09/21/1969||81-71||3rd||-24 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||9-0||Gary Wagner||1-6|
|09/22/1969||82-71||3rd||-24||New York Yankees||W||4-3||Mike Garman||1-0|
|09/23/1969||83-71||3rd||-23||New York Yankees||W||8-3||Vicente Romo||8-10|
|09/24/1969||84-71||3rd||-23||New York Yankees||W||1-0||Sonny Siebert||12-11|
|09/25/1969||85-71||3rd||-23||New York Yankees||W||4-3||Mike Nagy||12-2|
|09/26/1969||86-71||2nd||-22||Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Sonny Siebert||13-11|
|09/27/1969||86-72||3rd||-22||Detroit Tigers||L||2-1||Bill Lee||1-2|
|09/28/1969||86-73||3rd||-22||Detroit Tigers||L||10-3||Ken Brett||2-2|
|09/29/1969||87-73||3rd||-21||at Washington Senators||W||8-5||Sonny Siebert||14-11|
|09/30/1969||87-74||3rd||-21||at Washington Senators||L||7-2||Bill Lee||1-3|
|10/01/1969||87-75||3rd||-22||at Washington Senators||L||3-2||Ken Brett||2-2|
|1969 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|