In Tom Yawkey's 25th year as owner of the club, the 1958 Red Sox had with the best home record in the American League but they couldn't win away from Fenway and finished just four games above .500. On June 23, television personality Ed Sullivan came to the park to host the annual Mayor's Charity Field Day, which included a baseball game featuring the novelty George Chain Gang team who had played regularly at the event during the 1950s.

The Red Sox

Record: 79-75, 3rd in American League
Manager: Michael F. Higgins
Attendance: 1,077,047

In 1958, the Red Sox had the American League's best home record at 49-28. However, the team's 30-47 road record left them just four games above .500.

One of the season's highlights came on May 18, when the Boston Sports Lodge (a unit of the B'nai B'rith Jewish service organization) presented the 25 outstanding Red Sox players of Tom Yawkey's first 25 years of ownership. As part of the festivities, the selected players took batting practice and fielded in front of the crowd before the regularly-scheduled Red Sox game against the Orioles.

Ike Delock had the best year among Red Sox pitchers with a 14-8 record and 3.38 ERA. Jackie Jensen won the American League Most Valuable Player Award with 35 homers and 122 RBIs.

Ted Williams, who turned 40 on August 30, 1958, won his sixth and final batting title in 1958, fending off a down-to-the-wire challenge from teammate Pete Runnels, a second baseman acquired from the Senators in January.

On September 22, with the Red Sox trailing 2-0, Williams was called out on a third strike and became so angry (at himself - never once in his career did he tangle with an umpire) that he flung his bat carelessly and it sailed into the stands - to his horror striking a woman. Williams was fortunate that the woman was a very-forgiving Gladys Heffernan, Joe Cronin's housekeeper.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

Another year, another Mayor's Charity Field Day and the Georgia Chain Gang team was back at Fenway Park. In August, the Record All-Stars downed the American All-Stars, 5-1, in the William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament game.

1958 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
June 23Mayor's Charity Field Day: Georgia Chain Gang vs. Unknown Opponent*
August 16William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Record All-Stars 5, American All-Stars 1

*For many years, the City of Boston regularly held a summertime Mayor's Charity Field Day. Many of these field days took place at Fenway Park, with a variety of sports, games, activities and other amusements for the crowds. In certain years, the Mayor's Charity Field Day even included an abbreviated baseball game at Fenway Park that was usually played between local teams.

More Than a Ballpark™

On June 23, the 1958 Mayor's Charity Field Day at Fenway Park was hosted by television personality Ed Sullivan, who served as the master of ceremonies.

1958 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
June 23Mayor's Charity Field Day*

* For many years, the City of Boston regularly held a summertime Mayor's Charity Field Day. Many of these field days took place at Fenway Park, with a variety of sports, games, activities and other amusements for the crowds. In certain years, the Mayor's Charity Field Day even included an abbreviated baseball game at Fenway Park that was usually played between local teams.

The Red Sox during the National Anthem in 1951 (Credit: Leslie Jones Collection/Boston Public Library)