The Yankees trade first baseman-outfielder Danny Cater to the Red Sox for relief pitcher Sparky Lyle. In seven years with the Yanks, Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, win the 1977 AL Cy Young award, and help the team to three World Series appearances.
Fred Lynn is born in Chicago. He was the first player to win MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award and Most Valuable Player Award in the same year, which he accomplished in 1975 with the Red Sox. In his career he also played for the Angels, Orioles, Tigers and Padres.
Faced with the probability of losing star OF Fred Lynn to free agency because of a front-office blunder, the Red Sox trade Lynn and P Steve Renko to the Angels for 3 players. The MLBPA contends that Lynn and C Carlton Fisk are free agents because the Red Sox failed to mail their new contracts by the deadline. Lynn signs a four-year…
As the second part of the Dec. 10 deal for Jimmie Foxx, the Boston Red Sox get Doc Cramer and Eric McNair from the A’s for Hank Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75K. Boston wins the deal as Foxx is an All-Star 6 times in 7 seasons, hitting 222 HRs, and batting.300 five times.
Boston’s Carlton Fisk is the first-ever unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year. The catcher hit 22 home runs and led the American League East with a .293 average. His Hall of Fame career would span 24 years.
1997 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is the 6th player to be unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year. Garciaparra led the league in hits (209), triples (11), and multi-hit games (68), while also setting the American League rookie record with a 30-game hitting streak.
1979 Red Sox great and Hall of Fame slugger, Carl Yastrzemski, hit his 400th career home run in Boston’s 7–3 win over the Oakland Athletics. He hit it off Mike Morgan in the seventh inning at Fenway Park.
Red Sox rookie Gene Stephens becomes the first A.L. player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston scores 17 in the 7th inning of a 23-3 romp over the Tigers. The Sox send 23 to bat in the seventh, getting 14 hits and six walks—20 runners—before third baseman George Kell flies out to end it.