Freddy Parent, who hit the first grand slam in Americans (Red Sox) history, dies at the age of 96. The former shortstop had been the last surviving participant from the first-ever World Series, played in 1903 between Boston and Pittsburgh.
Jackie Jensen announces his retirement due to a fear of flying, a condition that Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey tried to help his outfielder to overcome by arranging therapy. The 1958 MVP will change his mind, returning to the team in 1961, but will stay retired after the season, having what he considered a sub-par year in which he batted .263 and drove in 66 runs.
As the second part of the December 10 deal for Jimmie Foxx, Boston gets Doc Cramer and Eric McNair from the A’s for Hank Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75,000. Boston will get the better end of the deal. Foxx is an All-Star in six of seven seasons, he belts 222 homers, and bats .300 five times for the Sox.
The Red Sox sign free-agent pitcher Jamie Moyer. The 33-year-old will compile a 7-1 record for Boston before being traded to the Mariners in July for outfielder Darren Bragg. Moyer will enjoy a pair of 20-win seasons in Seattle en route to winning over 100 games during his 11-year tenure there.
Breaking New York’s four-year stranglehold on the award, Jackie Jensen of the Red Sox is selected as the American League MVP. The outcome is unexpected as the fleet outfielder played on a non-contender, unlike runner-up Bob Turley, who pitched for the World Champion Yankees.
Joining Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles – 1983) and Ryan Howard (Phillies – 2006), Dustin Pedroia becomes the third player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player award a season after being selected as the Rookie of the Year. The scrappy Gold Glove second baseman received 16 of the 28 first-place votes to easily outdistance heavy-hitting Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (.300, 23, 129).
The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz come to terms on a two-year, $26 million deal, that will most likely keep him in Boston for the remainder of his career. Although limited to only 90 games last season due to an injured Achilles heel, ‘Big Papi’ has averaged 34 home runs and 109 RBIs each season during his ten-year tenure with the team.
Under the moon’s reddish tint caused by a lunar eclipse, the Red Sox exorcised 86 years of agonizing losses by winning their first World Series since 1918. In one of the most dominating Series performances, Boston, who never trailed during the four games, blanks the Cardinals, 3-0, to complete the sweep.