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Boston RED SOX
April 11, 1960
The Red Sox finished in the second division last season for the first time since 1952. Now Jensen is gone and Williams is going, going. It may be a while before the Sox climb back up
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April 11, 1960

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox finished in the second division last season for the first time since 1952. Now Jensen is gone and Williams is going, going. It may be a while before the Sox climb back up

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BASIC ROSTER

NO.

NAME

POSITION

1959
RECORD

2

MARTY KEOUGH

OF

.243

3

PETE RUNNELS

2B-1B

.314

5

RON JACKSON

1B

Minors

6

VIC WERTZ

1B

.275

8

ED SADOWSKI

C

Minors

9

TED WILLIAMS

LF

.254

10

GENE STEPHENS

CF

.278

11

FRANK MALZONE

3B

.280

12

PUMPSIE GREEN

2B

.233

24

DON BUDDIN

SS

.241

25

BOBBY THOMSON

OF

.259

30

HAYWOOD SULLIVAN

C

Minors

37

GARY GEIGER

OF

.245

14

IKE DELOCK

P

11-6

15

TOM STURDIVANT

P

2-8

18

FRANK SULLIVAN

P

9-11

19

JERRY CASALE

P

13-8

23

TOM BREWER

P

10-12

27

BILL MONBOUQUETTE

P

7-7

40

TOM BORLAND

P

Minors

There was one glorious moment this spring. The Boston Red Sox were playing the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. It was an hour or so before game time and Ted Williams was taking batting practice. Williams hit the first pitch high in the air, over the right-field fence. The Cubs, sitting in their dugout, watched in silence. The second pitch was hit the same way, just as far. So was the third. Williams hit the fourth pitch on a line past first, then lifted the fifth and last over the fence again.

"I'll be darned," said one of the Cubs, "if that guy doesn't play this park like a pitch-and-putt."

?TED AND JENSEN

Ted Williams may be 41 and his neck may hurt, but he is still the most impressive thing about the Red Sox. When he hits a ball right, even now, it is better than Gene Stephens or Marty Keough or Gary Geiger will ever hit one. Admittedly, his value to the team is questionable. He cannot run and he cannot throw, so he must hit at least .320 to compensate. But even if he does not hit .320—and let somebody else bet that he won't—it is worthwhile having him around, if only to please the memory.

Jackie Jensen, of course, will not be around. Only 32 and in full bloom, Jensen won more publicity retiring from baseball than he ever did while playing it. When the Red Sox arrived in Las Vegas for an exhibition game this spring, Jensen was there in his civvies to greet them. He said he did not think he would miss playing baseball, but baseball, especially the Red Sox, will miss Jackie Jensen. He was an able right fielder and a powerful hitter. He drove in over 100 runs a season in five of his six years with Boston and the Red Sox will not find it easy without him.

? NIXON AND WHITE

Much as the absence of Jensen will hurt the Red Sox, the abrupt retirement of Catcher Sammy White will hurt even more. White was traded to Cleveland (and surely you must have read all the details) for the Cleveland catcher, Russ Nixon. Whereupon White, for business reasons, decided to give up the game. After a well-publicized cat fight between General Managers Bucky Harris and Frank Lane over who should keep Nixon, Commissioner Ford Frick ruled in favor of Lane. So Cleveland got Nixon and Boston was left with four catchers who between them have caught a total of 12 major league games. There was, of course, the possibility that the Red Sox would trade for a catcher with experience. If not they will probably open the season with Haywood Sullivan, a former football star in the Southeastern Conference, who a few years ago looked like a sure thing to make the Red Sox. Back trouble put him out of action during 1958, but now he seems hardy again. He has been pulling the ball well to left field, just the spot in Fenway Park. Defensively, he is not the handler of pitchers White was, but the Red Sox, surely in a storm, consider him the most convenient port.

The Red Sox catchers are huge. Sullivan is 6 feet 4, Don Gile is 6 feet 6, Jim Pagliaroni is 6 feet 3 and Ed Sadowski, the shrimp, is 5 feet 11. But you can bet the Red Sox would give them all, and a lot more, for someone named Berra.

?NOTHING AND NOTHING

The Red Sox have a pitching staff which is deep in mediocrity. There was a time when it looked as though Tom Brewer and Frank Sullivan, two strong-armed right-handers, would be as good as any pair of pitchers in the league. But in recent years they have won less and lost more until last year they both sank below the .500 level for the first time. Still, they are the best the team has. Ike Delock, when his temper is under control, is good, and Jerry Casale was 13-8 in his rookie year. Al Worthington and Tom Sturdivant are with the Red Sox now. In 1957 Sturdivant was the Yankees' biggest winner, but then he hurt his ankle during practice and never regained his form. The Red Sox got Dave Hillman from the Chicago Cubs this winter, but Hillman managed to crack himself up in an Arizona auto wreck during spring training, and no one is sure how effective he will be when he gets back into playing condition.

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