Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 7th In Red Sox Vs. Orioles History

Woohoo, a team with more than a century's worth of history against us! The Red Sox have played the Orioles' franchise 2,087 times. (After this four-game series, we will have played them and the Yanks the exact same number of times.) We've won 1,143 and lost 930, with a 615-414 home record. We haven't trailed in the all-time series since the then-Milwaukee Brewers led 2 games to 1 in 1901.

We should soon score our 10,000th run against them, but not this series (unless we score 79 runs in four days). Only twice has a team scored 10,000 against another, the Yanks against us and against the Orioles. There is a chance the O's score their 9,000th run against us in this series, should they come up with 19 runs.

On July 7th, we've met them nine times. Five of those were against the St. Louis Browns, which is who the Orioles were from 1902 to 1953. We were 2-3 in those games, and are 4-5 overall. The last time we played them at home on July 7th was 1957, an 8-4 loss. The full list:

1903 STL: 3-2 L The '03 Browns were streaky. Coming into this game, they'd lost 11 in a row, after winning 5 in a row, after losing 7 in a row, after winning 8 in a row. But they broke their most recent streak by beating Boston in the ninth. Down 2-1 with two outs, they rallied for two runs. The soon-to-be Red Sox loaded the bases in the bottom half, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate on a sac fly attempt to end the game. 4,320 people were in attendance at the old Huntington Avenue Grounds. Boston remained in first place, and would stay there for the rest of the season, eventually winning the first World Series.

1911 @STL: 6-1 W One hundred years ago today, Boston's Smoky Joe Wood pitched a masterpiece. He took a no-hitter to the ninth, and struck out 15 Browns in a 6-1 win in St. Louis. The Boston Daily Globe called it "one of the greatest pitching exhibitions that has been staged in this city in many long years."

1922 STL: 1-0 L
1922 STL: 5-4 W
On the first of three straight doubleheaders at Fenway Park, Boston lost a pitchers' duel in game one and took the second game in 13 innings after tying it in the bottom of the ninth. Slugger George Burns ended it with a home run over the left field wall.

1932 STL: 8-2 L Red Sox players include guys named Rabbit, Urbane, Smead, and Ivy. They lose to a guy named Bump.

1956 BAL: 4-3 W A Saturday in July at Fenway, and only 10 thousand fans show up to see the Orioles and Red Sox. Tito Francona went 3 for 4 for the Birds, but it wasn't enough, as the Sox won 4-3.

1957 BAL: 8-4 L For the second straight July 7th, Tom Brewer started for the Sox against Baltimore at Fenway, this time losing 8-4. The attendance was only a little better than the previous year, again with both teams out of the race.

1996 @BAL: 7-5 W With two on and two outs in the top of the ninth and Boston trailing 5-4, Mo Vaughn his a three-run homer that would give the Sox a 7-5 win on a Sunday night at Camden Yards.

2005 @BAL: 3-1 L Baltimore wins a 6-inning, rain-shortened game--Adam Stern's major league debut!

O's @ Sox tonight. Boston tries to go 2-0 in games played on 7/7/11 against the Baltimore Orioles' franchise.


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