1969 BOSTON RED SOX ...

 

Mike Higgins   Billy Southworth   Jim Tobin   Dwght Eisenhower
Died: March 21st   Died: Nov 15th   Died: May 19th   Died: May 19th
Bill Carrigan   Eddie Cicotte   Glenn Elliott   Walter Hagen
Died: July 8th   Died: May 5th   Died: July 27th   Died: Oct 6th
Marne Intrieri   Rocky Marciano   Mary Jo Kopechne   Judy Garland
Died: Feb 5th   Died: Aug 31st   Died: July 18th   Died: June 22nd
Darren Bragg   Frank Castillo   Brett Favre   Ken Griffey Jr
Born: Sept 7th   Born: Apr 1st   Born: Oct 0th   Born: Nov 21st
Scott Hatteberg   Dave McCarty   Troy O'Leary   Mariano Rivera
Born: Dec 14th   Born: Nov 23rd   Born: Aug 4th   Born: Nov 29th
Brad Ausmus   Junior Seau   Ben Coates   Sam Gash
Born: April 14th   Born: Jan 19th   Born: Aug 16th   Born: Mar 7th
Rick Fox   Ted Donato   Jennifer Lopez   Phil Plantier
Born: July 24th   Born: April 28th   Born: July 24th   Born: Jan 27th
             
             

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.

TONY CONIGLIARO

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.

RAY CULP

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.

The Seattle Pilots visited Fenway on May 17th and were defeated by rookie pitcher, Mike Nagy, 6-1.  Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Andrews and Dalton Jones made his job easier with home runs.

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.

On May 25th, the Sox were in Chicago. Jim Lonborg threw 106 pitches en route to a 1-0 shutout of the White Sox. George Scott's home run provided the difference.

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.

The Sox started June with Ray Culp winning his ninth game, 5 to 2 over the Twins at Fenway. The Sox bats stayed hot with Tony C. rapping out four hits, two doubles, a single and his 10th homer.

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.

In his fourth try, on June 19th, Ray Culp finally collected his 10th win, shutting out the Indians, 3-0, with a two hit performance. Carl Yastrzemski's 19th homer was the big blow for the Sox.

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 PETROCELLI

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.

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/08/1969 1-0 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles W 5-4 Bill Landis 1-0
04/09/1969 1-0 1st -  
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
04/19/1969 6-4 3rd -1  Cleveland Indians pp  
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
04/24/1969 8-6 2nd -3  Washington Senators pp  
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
05/05/1969 14-10 3rd -4  
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
05/08/1969 16-10 2nd -2  
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
05/12/1969 19-10 2nd -1  
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
05/15/1969 20-11 2nd -1 1/2  
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
05/19/1969 21-13 2nd -3 1/2  
05/20/1969 21-13 2nd -3  California Angels pp  
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
05/26/1969 26-14 2nd -3 1/2  
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
06/05/1969 31-18 2nd -4 1/2  
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
06/12/1969 36-19 2nd -3  
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
40-27 2nd -10 W 6-1 Lee Stange 3-4
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
43-31 2nd -11 L 11-4 Sonny Siebert 6-7
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
44-35 2nd -11 W 7-4 Mike Nagy 4-1
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
07/14/1969 49-41 2nd -13 1/2  
07/15/1969 50-41 2nd -14 1/2  at New York Yankees W 7-6 Ray Culp 13-6
50-42 2nd -14 L 4-1 Sonny Siebert 7-8
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
07/22/1969
07/23/1969
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
07/28/1969 56-44 2nd -13  
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
08/04/1969 58-49 3rd -15  
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
08/14/1969 61-55 3rd -20  
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
62-56 3rd -21 L 8-7 Jim Lonborg 7-6
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
08/21/1969 65-57 3rd -21  
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
08/25/1969 66-59 3rd -20  
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
09/02/1969 71-61 3rd -19  Oakland Athletics pp  
09/03/1969 71-62 3rd -20  Oakland Athletics L 7-4 Sonny Siebert 9-11
72-62 3rd -19 W 5-1 Mike Nagy 11-2
09/04/1969 72-62 3rd -19 1/2  
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
77-66 3rd -22 W 4-3 Ken Brett 1-1
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
09/17/1969 78-69 3rd -24  Baltimore Orioles pp  
09/18/1969 78-70 3rd -23  Baltimore Orioles L 6-4 Gary Wagner 1-5
79-70 3rd -24 W 5-0 Vicente Romo 7-10
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
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1969 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

109 53 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers

90 72 19

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

87 75 22

 

 

Washington Senators

86 76 23

 

 

New York Yankees

80 81 28 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

62 99 46 1/2

 

 

 
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