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Random Game Callback, June 18, 1960
2006-06-18 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

A pair of pitchers who had nondescript careers, Dick Stigman and Ted Bowsfield, combined on a one hitter for Cleveland as they defeated the Red Sox, 2-1 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium before 5,268 spectators.

Stigman was a rookie lefthander that Cleveland manager Joe Gordon was trying out. Boston manager Pinky Higgins (who preferred Mike at this point in his life) started righthander Ike Delock. Higgins had recently taken over for Billy Jurges, who had been let go on June 7. Del Baker filled in until Higgins took over on June 14. Cleveland entered the day in third place, 2 1/2 games behind the first place Orioles and the Red Sox were in last at 19-34.

The night before Ted Williams had become the fourth player to reach the 500 home run mark with a blast off of Wynn Hawkins. The 41-year old Williams was being given the day off by Higgins.

Almost all of Boston's offense came in the first. Center fielder Wilile Tasby led off with a walk. Second baseman Pete Runnels reached on an error by third baseman Harvey Kuenn. Third baseman Frank Malzone hit into a force play to eliminate Runnels. First baseman Ray Boone walked to load the bases and left fielder Rip Repulski, starting in place of Wiliams, hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Tasby with the only run of the game for Boston.

Boston got its only hit in the second when catcher Ray Sadowski singled. The Red Sox would draw seven walks.

Delock wasn't pitching too poorly either. Cleveland didn't score until the fifth. Kuenn had a one-out double and scored on another double by second baseman Ken Aspromonte.

The Red Sox loaded the bases in the seventh, but couldn't score. With one out, Sadowski walked and when Delock tried to bunt him over Cleveland catcher John Romano threw too late to second for the force. Tasby drew a walk to load the bases. Runnels hit a squibber in front of the plate that Romano was able to grab and step on home for the force and the second out. Malzone grounded out to first to end the threat.

Stigman left for a pinch hitter in the seventh and Bowsfield, who had been traded from Boston to Cleveland on June 13 took over and pitched a perfect eighth inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Romano led off with a single and Hank Foiles pinch ran. Center fielder Jimmy Piersall walked. Higgins decided to relieve Delock with Mike Fornieles. First baseman Vic Power sacrificed the runners over. Left fielder Tito Francona was intentionally walked to load the bases. Gordon sent up Bob Hale to pinch hit for shortstop Woody Held and he hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Foiles to put Cleveland ahead 2-1.

In the ninth, Bowsfield walked pinch-hitter Bobby Thomson, but then set down the Red Sox in order, including a strikeout of Williams, to pick up the win.

Gordon would manage Cleveland until August 3 when the Cleveland and Detroit front offices decided to swap managers. Jimmy Dykes came over to Cleveland. The trade of managers wasn't a resounding success. Cleveland finished the season in fourth place with a 76-78 record and Detroit finished sixth at 71-83. Boston was able to move up from last to seventh at 65-89. Gordon would be let go by Detroit at the end of the year, but would manage again for half a season for the Kansas City A's in 1961. Gordon also managed the Kansas City Royals in their inaugural 1969 season. The Yankees won the AL pennant with a 97-57 record.

Stigman pitched seven season in the majors, amassing a 46-54 record. He would also pitch for Minnesota and Boston in his career. Bowsfield pitched seven seasons. He would be taken for the Angels in the 1961 expansion draft and finish his major league career with Kansas City in 1964. He had a 37-39 career record.

Williams, in his final season, batted .316 in 113 games. Runnels led the AL in batting average in 1960 at .320.

Kuenn played his only season in Cleveland in 1960 and batted .308. He was acquired in a controversial (and somewhat misguided) trade in the offseason from Detroit in exchange for Cleveland slugger Rocky Colavito. Cleveland sent Kuenn on to San Francisco after the season was over. Colavito had hit 42 home runs in 1959 and the team hit 167. Without Colavito in 1960, the Indians hit just 127. Held was the team leader with 21.

Sources: Washington Post,, Retrosheet

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