Games of Note: It's Babe Ruth Day at Fenway Park in 1919, and the Babe goes deep for the 27th time off of Chicago's Lefty Williams. That homer ties the single-season mark set by Ned Williamson, in what would be Ruth's final game at Fenway in 1919. It's also, as you students of history might have guessed, Ruth's final game as a Red Sox at Fenway.
It's 1960, and Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Ted Williams, who has fouled a ball off of his ankle. This isn't much of anything at first, but Hardy later is a pinch-hitter for another future Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, making him the lone player to pinch-hit for both Williams and Yaz. Highlander rules do not apply -- this does not make Hardy a Hall of Famer by proxy.
Jumping ahead to 1988, we get to Wade Boggs, who has just logged his 200th hit of the season with the Sox. This makes him the first major-league hitter in the history of the game with 200 hits in six-consecutive seasons. This base knock also puts him in company with Lou Gehrig as a player with 200 hits and 100 walks in three-straight years, too. Boggs would end up with at least 200 hits in seven-straight years before getting "just" 187 in 1989. Ichiro Suzuki would break Boggs' record -- shatter it, really -- by posting 10-straight 200-plus hit campaigns, from his rookie season in 2001 through 2010. Ichiro amassed 2,244 hits in that stretch, besting Boggs' 1,980 in his first full 10 seasons.
Transactions: The White Sox send Jesus Pena to the Red Sox for minor-league pitcher Mike Rupp on this date in 2000. Pena logs just three innings with the Red Sox -- the last three the then 25-year-old would throw in the majors. He strikes out one and walks three, and then spends the next season in Boston's minor-league system before he is granted free agency that off-season.
Birthdays: Former Red Sox -- albeit briefly -- Angel Sanchez turns 29 today. Boston called him up in 2010 after signing him as a minor-league free agent in 2009, but he ended up in Houston in exchange for backup catcher Kevin Cash before year's end. Because the Astros were awful in 2011, and bereft of talent, Sanchez played in 110 games, posting a 65 OPS+ while playing shortstop, a position he wasn't ideal for, even if it's the one he spent his time in the minors at.
It's also Jason Bay's 34th today. Bay came to the Red Sox in the three-team Manny Ramirez deal of 2008, and hit .274/.380/.534 over the year-plus remaining on his contract. He signed with the Mets as a free agent before 2010, putting him in New York for four years at $66 million with an option for 2014. As much as you might have disliked Mike Cameron in place of Bay -- and many, many Red Sox fans did -- at least Cameron's deal mercifully ended swiftly, and for much less of a cost. Bay has hit .233/.317/.367 as a Met, and that's a figure that's trended downward each year he's been there:
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