When Jean Yawkey passed away in early 1992, the Red Sox were left without a Yawkey figurehead for the first time in nearly seven decades. During the summer, the third annual Baseball Beanpot was played at Fenway Park and after the Red Sox lost 89 games during their season, they saw Wade Boggs depart at year's end.
Record: 73-89, 7th in American League East
Manager: Clell L. Hobson
1992 started ominously for the Red Sox when Carlos Quintana suffered a broken arm and right toe in a February car crash in Venezuela. The first baseman had been driving his brothers to the hospital after they were shot at a Carnival party. Quintana missed the entire season.
That same month Jean R. Yawkey passed away at the age of 83 and ownership was placed in the hands of the Yawkey Trust managed by John R. Harrington.
Free agent addition Frank Viola went 13-12 in his first year with the Red Sox. Roger Clemens was the only other Boston pitcher to win more games than he lost in 1992 (18-11) and his 2.41 ERA led the league for the third straight year.
Hitting proved to be an issue throughout the season for the Red Sox, as no batter posted an average above .276. Tom Brunansky and rookie Mo Vaughn, Quintana's replacement at first, generated most of the power but the club hit a mere 84 home runs, the team's lowest total since the World War II years.
The Red Sox alternated between fourth and fifth place most of the season but sank further in late August and September to finish dead last at 73-89.
With ideas about the "Curse of the Bambino" persisting, comedian "Father Guido Sarducci" held an exorcism at Fenway Park on September 24 and sprinkled holy water on the outside of the ballpark. Though he wasn't allowed into the park, the comedian declared that the 1993 Red Sox would win the World Series.
On a less comical note, Wade Boggs left Boston in December after 11 seasons in a Red Sox uniform, signing as a free agent with the New York Yankees.
In 1992, the Red Sox built portable enclosures for the bullpen benches and completely renovated both the home and away dugouts. The team also installed a metal-framed canvas awning above the roof box seats in 1992.
Boston College won the 1992 Baseball Beanpot at Fenway Park with victories over Harvard and Northeastern.
|1992 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|April 21||Northeastern 6, Boston University 4 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 21||Boston College 5, Harvard 4 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 22||Harvard 14, Boston University 2 (Beanpot Consolation)*|
|April 22||Boston College 3, Northeastern 1 (Beanpot Championship)*|
*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.