1965: A Slugfest at Fenway

Tuesday May 25, 1965

Balls were flying out of Fenway park even more so than usual when the Twins visited in late May of 1965.

The scoring began in the top of the first inning, when the Twins put two on the board. The real fireworks, however, didn’t appear until the fourth inning.

With a man at second an no outs, Bob Allison hit a home run to give the Twins a 4-0 lead. Later in the inning Jerry Kindall hit a solo shot.

In the top of the fifth, Earl Battey hit a three-run home run, and Zoilo Versalles hit a two-run shot. The Twins were ahead 11-1.

In the bottom of the same frame, the Red Sox joined the party with home runs from Eddie Bressoud and 18-year-old  Jerry Moses, both solo shots off of Mudcat Grant. The Sox added another in the sixth when Lee Thomas hit a solo home run.

With the Twins ahead 12-4 in the seventh, Tony Oliva hit a two-run shot to bring the Twins’ total to five home runs on the day.

When Gary Geiger pinch hit with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, he became the ninth different player to hit a home run in the game, tying a league record.

The Twins went on to win the game 17-5. Their five home runs accounted for 10 runs. The Sox, on the other hand, only got four runs from their four home runs.

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