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Billy Herman was the manager who replaced Johnny Pesky. The high point of the season came about two weeks before the end of spring training: in a game against Cleveland in Nogales, Mexico, the Red Sox hit 10 home runs. By the end of the year, things reached a low point: the team ended up in ninth place and they were 40 games behind Minnesota.

Tony Conigliaro had become a pop recording artist, and had seen his first single released before the season began. But it was President Lyndon B. Johnson who got more attention on Opening Day in Washington, throwing out the first ball. Bill Monbouquette hurled a complete game victory, 7-2.Tony C hit cleanup, and going 3-for-4 with a home run. Boston took the home opener, too, helped by Malzone’s four RBIs and a home run by Carl Yastrzemski.

Tony C’s slugging was probably the main draw in 1965, as he made his way to a league-leading 32-home run season. Three of the 32 were hit in one day, one of them a grand slam, in a July 27 doubleheader at Fenway Park. The very next day, Tony was hit by another pitch, hit on the wrist, and missed the next three weeks. Conig hit .269 and drove in a second-best 82 runs. Felix “The Cat” Mantilla drove in 92. Yaz hit for a .312 average; he was the only position player to top .300.

This was a team which put together an even .400 slugging percentage, enough to lead the league, and they ranked third in runs scored. They left a lot of men on base: 1,183 (a new record at the time).

There were some glimmerings of hope among the pitchers, though you might not think so from their won/loss records: Jim Lonborg was 9-17 and Dave Morehead was 10-18.

The starter with the most wins was Earl Wilson with 13 victories, but when a team loses 100 games there aren’t that many victories to go around. Monbo matched Morehead’s 10-18. Radatz was 9-11 with, for him, a high 3.91 ERA. The only pitcher with a winning record was Bob Duliba (4-2).

There was one game that still stands out in Red Sox history: the September 16 no-hitter by Dave Morehead. There was hardly anyone there to see it: just 1,247 fans. But he beat Luis Tiant of the Indians, 2-0, the only Cleveland baserunner of the day coming on a walk to Rocky Colavito leading off the second. Morehead picked up an assist on the final play, a bouncer back to the mound which he then threw to Lee Thomas at first base.

The Red Sox lost 100 games.

By Bill Nowlin
 

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Bill Monbouquette, Billy Herman, Bob Duliba, Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Morehead, Earl Wilson, Felix Mantilla, Frank Malzone, Jim Lonborg, Johnny Pesky, Luis Tiant, Tony Conigliaro

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