Ahhhh... July 4th... the official kickoff to the summer—at least in the northeast! And with the arrival of the holiday, Mother Nature has decided to bless (or curse, depending on what you like) us with some hot, sunny weather for the four day weekend. Just a tad too hot for my liking and mowing the lawn and moving some rocks was not the best thing to do this morning.
In honor of Independence Day, I thought I'd give you a little bit of "what happened on this day" throughout Red Sox history. (All facts pulled from www.nationalpastime.com.)
1905: With the A's scoring two runs in the 20th inning, Rube Waddell beats Cy Young and the Red Sox, 4-2 with each hurler pitching a complete game.
1939: In a slugfest at Shibe Park, Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor hits two grand slams in the same game as well as a third home run in Boston's 18-12 victory over the A's. It's only the second time the feat has been accomplished, both coming in a game against the Philadelphia A's.
1970: Brothers Billy and Tony Conigliaro both hit home runs in the Red Sox's 5-1 victory over the Tribe at Fenway Park. The Boston outfielders become the eighth different set of siblings to have homered in the same game, a feat which has occurred only 13 times in major league history.
2003: In a 10-3 victory over New York, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball hitting a record seven home runs off the Yankees. Prior to those fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up six homers in a game four times including twice to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).
2013: After finishing last in the AL East in 2012, the Red Sox can enjoy being tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the most wins in all of baseball. (I had to add this one!)Wishing you all a Safe and Happy July 4th!!