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Red Sox Top White Sox as Stuart Slams 33rd Homer

Aug. 23, 1963 - Cocky Dick Stuart can always say he topped Ted Williams. When the Pirates traded Stuart to the Red Sox last winter, he was asked whether he felt he would hit more homers than Williams had at Fenway Park. Stuart promptly inquired: “How many did he hit his first year up?” Informed that Williams had belted 31 homers his first season with the Red Sox, Stuart said, “I ought to hit more than that.” And he has. Stuart, the American League home run leader, smashed his 33rd of the year yesterday to help the Red Sox wallop the White Sox, 11-2, at Fenway Park. However, it should be noted that Williams was a left-handed batter, and Dick is a righty in a park that favors right-handed hitters. It should also be noted that Williams, in his rookie year, struck out 64 times, while the veteran Stuart, with over a month remaining in the season, has already struck out 115 times. Stuart was not the only Boston hero in yesterday’s contest. Ed Bressoud knocked in six runs, four with the first grand slam of his career. And Boston hurler Dave Morehead was getting the ball over the plate and walked only one, as he went the distance and held the Chisox to seven hits. Symbolic of White Sox struggles was catcher J.C. Martin. Pinch hitting in the second inning, he unintentionally let his bat fly into the grandstand box. It bounced off the far shoulder of a woman in a pink hat, then bounced around some more. Martin then struck out. To add insult to injury, as he began the long walk back to the dugout, Boston catcher Russ Nixon’s return throw to Morehead clipped Martin in the head, dehelmeting him.


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