Dustin Pedroia is all jazzed up about his birthday. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Games of Note: Jimmie Foxx goes deep in his fifth-straight game on this day in 1940, setting a Red Sox record. He would finish the 1940 campaign with 36 homers, the fifth-highest total of his career, in part due to this seven homers in seven games stretch.
The first "Ladies Night Game" in the American League takes place at Fenway Park in 1950. More than 7,000 of these ladies watched Bobby Doerr hit a grand slam in the first inning against A's left-hander Joe Murray, who was making his major-league debut. Welcome to the majors! This is also the 19th-straight loss for the A's at Fenway Park, as they drop the contest 10-6.
In 1983, at County Stadium, Tom Candiotti makes his first major-league start, against Boston. He's not a knuckler yet, but he's still effective, as Candiotti throws a complete game while allowing just one run on seven hits and no walks.
Transactions: The 1986 season has but weeks to go at this point, but that doesn't stop the Red Sox from attempting to improve a roster that would eventually find itself in the World Series. They send Rey Quinones, Mike Brown, and Mike Trujillo to the Mariners in exchange for Dave Henderson, Spike Owen, and John Christensen. Henderson would post just a 540 OPS down the stretch, but had the game-winning two-strike, two-out homer against the Angels to keep the series alive. Henderson would then hit .400 with two homers in a losing effort to the Mets in the World Series.
Spike Owen didn't hit, because he was Spike Owen. According to Baseball Reference, he was essentially a replacement level player during his two-plus seasons with the Red Sox. Rey Quinones, who at the the time was considered a promising shortstop, lasted just four years in the majors, none of them very good.
Birthdays: It's Dustin Pedroia's 29th birthday today. Former Red Sox Butch Hobson turns 61. Hobson hit .252/.296/.439 for Boston, a line that amazingly was only seven percent worse than average at the time.