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Today in Red Sox History
September 24th

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1916 At Cleveland's League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder's historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
1919 With a blast that clears the Polo Grounds roof, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino's round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL's Chicago White Stockings.
1928 A Monday afternoon crowd of only 404 watches the Tigers blank the last-place Red Sox, 8-0. The meager amount of fans at Navin Field is the lowest American League attendance ever recorded in Detroit.
1933 In his last big-league at-bat, Joe Sewell ends his 14-year career, singling in the decisive run as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The infielder ends his 14-year career, spent mainly with the Indians, striking out only 114 times of 8,332 total plate appearances (1.4%).

(Ed. Note: The 34-year-old would need an additional 7,967 plate appearances to equal Mark Reynolds' 2009 single-season record of 223 strikeouts. -LP)

1940 At Shibe Park, Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A's pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round-trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark.
1948 The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit's defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.
1950 With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.
1957 1957 In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams' streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at-bat, the 'Splendid Splinter' homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston's 2-1 victory over Washington.
1978 Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. With his ninth complete scoreless game, ' Gator equals Babe Ruth's mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.
1998 Tom Gordon sets a major league record for the most consecutive saves when he collects his 42nd in the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Orioles. 'Flash' pitches a perfect ninth inning, striking out the three batters he faces.
2004 After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez tells the media, "they beat me. They're that good right now. They're that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting "Who's your daddy?" every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.
2006 David Ortiz ties Babe Ruth's American League record with his 32nd round-tripper on the road. 'Big Papi's 53rd homer of the season comes in the Red Sox' 13-4 losing effort to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
2009 When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona moves ahead of Mike Higgins with his 561st win piloting Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Joe Cronin, the club's all-time leader, accumulated 1,071 wins during his 13-year tenure with the team from 1935 to 1947.
2018 En route to winning 108 games this season, the Red Sox break a franchise record with their 106th victory, beating the Orioles, who becomes the sixth team in American League history to lose 111 games. Boston’s 6-2 triumph at home surpasses the 1912 team’s total of 105 wins recorded in their first season at Fenway Park.

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