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Twins Club Red Sox Out of First

May 21, 1963 - The Minnesota Twins were making booming noises with their bats at Fenway Park last night — smashing three home runs in the first five innings — and with classy Camilo Pascual on the mound, it looked like a very routine evening. After the sixth, the Red Sox trailed, 6-2. Big Earl Wilson had been hammered from the box, and Camilo had fanned 10. But in the seventh, the Sox chased the fine pitcher — and fought back quite stoutly, only to lose, 6-5, with 5,019 braving a threatening forecast. The defeat tumbled the Sox from first to fourth. Baltimore, in beating Detroit, 6-0, went into a first-place tie with the White Sox, who stopped Washington, 5-4. The Yankees, idle yesterday, are in third. The Red Sox were smarter than the Twins, too, with Chuck Schilling making a play in the top of the second inning which had Minnesota manager Sam Mele squawking for 10 minutes. Minnesota leadoff batter Vic Power reached on Eddie Bressoud’s poor throw, and Harmon Killebrew popped a ball between second and first base. Schilling let the ball hit his glove and drop to the ground. HIs intention was to force the Twins to keep the slower Killebrew on base. But he thought quickly enough to lure Power into running, and Vic was tagged out, Schilling to Bressoud to Frank Malzone, who nabbed Power after he left second, thinking he’d been forced. “We wanted to get a fast man [Power] off the bases for a slow man [Killebrew], that’s why I yelled to Chuck to drop the ball,” Bressoud explained after the game. “The ball had to touch his glove, that’s why the umpire had to wait before calling the batter out.” “That’s right,” added Schilling. “If I had trapped the ball, we would only have had a force out. To tell the truth, for an instant I didn’t know how to drop it. I didn’t know whether to leave my glove loose or what. As it was, the ball hit the heel of the glove and rolled away.”


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