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May 13, 2012

Fenway Memories: The Sox won big and Joltin' Joe was hitless

By Bernie Valcourt

By Bernie Valcourt

Whenever I see the TV shot from between home and first base, looking toward left field, it brings me back to Sept. 6, 1950.

It was the first game for me at Fenway Park. I was 12 and went with my uncle and grandfather, Ashley Wilson, who owned Jenney Station and the boathouse on the Spicket River in Methuen.

It was a night game and that first view of the Fenway Park grass, as you walk up the ramp is, as they say, truly unforgettable.

The Red Sox were playing the Yankees that night. Mel Parnell, who just recently passed away, the best southpaw in Sox history, was going against the Yankees' Ed Lopat. Whitey Ford ended up coming in to relieve Lopat and gave up five runs in just two innings.

It was a very exciting game, at least from my perspective. Red Sox shortstop Vern Stephens had a home run, a triple and two singles. Johnny Pesky, Billy Goodman, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Birdie Tebbetts all had at least two hits.

The Red Sox won, 11-2, but the bummer was that this was the year that Ted Williams broke his elbow in the All-Star Game and he didn't play in this game.

One of the best parts of the game was that Joe DiMaggio went 0 for 4 and experienced the roar of the Fenway crowd each at bat. It was a good year at Fenway as Goodman was the American League batting champ and Walt Dropo was Rookie of the Year. Stephens and Dropo tied for the RBI leadership with 140 each, but we finished in third place.

Bernie Valcourt, 73, formerly of Methuen now live in Haverhill. The last game he attended was in 1998 when he took his grandson, Chris, to see the Red Sox and Mo Vaughn.

Editor's note: Throughout the season, we will be bringing you some of our readers' Favorite Fenway Memories. If you have one, go to eagletribune.com/fenwaymemories and send it to us in 200 words or less.