The Red Sox received a new weight room for their clubhouse in 1991 and were in the hunt for most of the 1991 season. However, after climbing to within half a game of first place on September 21, the team lost 11 of their final 14 contests and finished seven games back. The disappointing ending cost Joe Morgan his job as manager and ushered in a dispiriting stretch for the Red Sox in the early 1990s.

The Red Sox

Record: 84-78, Tied for 2nd in American League East
Manager: Joseph M. Morgan
Attendance: 2,562,435

Looking to buttress the team's offense, the Red Sox signed 35-year-old Jack Clark prior to the 1991 season. Clark bounced back from an off-year in 1990 to lead the Red Sox in home runs (28) and RBIs (87) in 1991. Even with Clark's arrival Boston's offense slugged just 126 home runs.

A frightening moment struck the team on July 30 when reliever Jeff Gray, who was enjoying an excellent year with a 2.34 ERA in 61? innings, suffered a stroke in the Red Sox home clubhouse. Gray never played baseball again. That very evening, Carlos Quintana helped break a streak of nine consecutive home losses by hitting a grand slam and a two-run double in the third inning off Texas' Oil Can Boyd. Quintana's six RBIs in one inning tied the major-league record.

Roger Clemens won his third Cy Young Award in 1991, winning 18 games and leading the league in ERA (2.62) and strikeouts (241).

The Red Sox climbed to within half a game of first place on September 21 but then won only three of their final 14 contests to conclude the year seven games out of first.

Two days after the regular season ended, Joe Morgan was fired and replaced by former Red Sox third baseman Butch Hobson.

Renovations

For the 1991 season, the Red Sox clubhouse received a new weight room and multi-purpose room. The club also renovated the ramps providing handicapped access in Sections 6, 32 and 42.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

The 1991 Baseball Beanpot took place at Fenway Park in early May. Harvard would avenge its loss to Boston College the previous year in the 1990 Beanpot, defeating the Eagles in an extra-inning championship game. Nine days later, Fenway Park hosted another Old-Timers game that featured baseball legends Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

1991 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
May 1Harvard 15, Northeastern 1 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*
May 1Boston College 5, Boston University 1 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*
May 2Northeastern 11, Boston University 1 (Beanpot Consolation)*
May 2Harvard 12, Boston College 9 (10 innings) (Beanpot Championship)*
May 11Old-Timers Game

*Starting in 1990, Fenway Park has hosted the annual Baseball Beanpot, baseball's version of the longstanding Boston hockey tradition. Originally, the competition featured the same schools that battle for Hockey Beanpot: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. However, when BU dropped their baseball program after the 1995 season, the University of Massachusetts took their place. The Baseball Beanpot has been held at Fenway Park every year since its inception except for in 2004 and 2010, when the tournament was played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.

Fenway Park in 1991 (Credit: Boston Red Sox)