Thursday, March 5, 2015
no. 386 - red sox
Who is the man: The Red Sox were treading water in the early 1970s. After changing managers to Eddie Kasko for the 1970 season, Boston finished 87-75 and in third place, the exact same record and same position as in 1969. In 1971, the Red Sox would win two fewer and lose two more games and finish -- you guessed it -- in third place.
Can ya dig it: I believe that is a team photo in Fenway Park, possibly in front of the right field bleachers. But I could be so far off that it's actually in a different ballpark. Ballparks, even ones that have been around since 1912, change so much.
Right on: Am I looking at Tom Yawkey in this photo? I have no idea. This is a very hazy picture and, by far, the worst team photo in the set so far.
You see that cat Kasko is a bad mother: I couldn't tell you where Eddie Kasko is in this photo. Maybe the fifth guy from the left in the first row? This picture is like a holdover from those 1960s team cards.
Shut your mouth: No chance of identifying anyone in this picture.
No one understands him but his woman: Kasko was the bridge between two managers who brought the Red Sox to the World Series -- Dick Williams in 1967 and Darrell Johnson in 1975. But the best Kasko did for Boston was second place.
(A word about the back): Those pitching leaders are insane. The complete games, innings, wins, losses, shutouts, hits allowed, and ERA records are all still intact.