Friday, April 20, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 4/20/1912

The Red Sox play their first regular-season game at Fenway Park and win, 7-6, in 11 innings over the New York Highlanders. The crowd is 27,000. Buck O'Brien is the starting pitcher for Boston and puts the club in a 5-1 hole in the third inning. The home team rallies with three runs in the fourth and ties the contest, 5-5, in the sixth. Both teams score in the eighth. In the 11th, Red Sox 2B Steve Yerkes reaches second on an error by 3B Cozy Dolan and scores on a single by CF Tris Speaker. Yerkes has five hits, two of them doubles, in seven at-bats, but also commits three errors. The winning pitcher is Charley "Sea Lion" Hall, his nickname derives from his deep, booming voice. The loser is James "Hippo" Vaughn, so named because at 6'4" and 215 lbs. he's one of the largest players of the era.

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