At Fenway Park, Commissioner Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his American League MVP Award, and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31,822 fans, Boston rips New York Yankees starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run fourth inning to drive him from the game and take a 9 - 0 lead. But the Yankees score four runs in the sixth off Mel Parnell and then, down 10 - 4, New York unloads for nine runs in the eighth. Billy Martin becomes the first player in major league history to get two base hits in one inning in his first game. He doubles against Parnell in his first at-bat in the eighth inning, and singles off Al Papai.
Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich's second triple of the game before giving way to four more Boston pitchers. Boo Ferriss, pitching in his last game, allows the last two runs in the ninth inning as the Yankees chalk up a 15 - 10 victory, the biggest blown lead the Red Sox have ever had at Fenway Park; on June 4, 1989, they'll blow a 10-run lead at home). Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra,Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr each have three hits. Don Johnson is the winning pitcher, his last victory for New York, with Joe Page pitching a perfect eighth and ninth innings in relief.
- AL MVP 1949, Allie Reynolds, Billy Martin, Bobby Doerr, Boo Ferriss, Boston Red Sox, Don Johnson, Happy Chandler, Joe DiMaggio, Mel Parnell, New York Yankees, Ted Williams, Tommy Henrich, Vern Stephens, Walt Masterson, Yogi Berra