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Ellis Kinder from the Chronology
May 14, 1957 - With the May 15 deadline to cut rosters to 25 players a number of veterans are handed their walking papers. Among them are: pitchers Ellis Kinder and Jim McDonald OF Bob Kennedy (White Sox) 1B Preston Ward (Indians) 1B Eddie Robinson (Tigers).
Dec 5, 1955 - The Cardinals buy 41-year-old Ellis Kinder from the Bosox. He will team up with the like-aged Walker Cooper to form just the second 40+ battery. Curt Davis and Clyde Sukeforth‚ in 1945‚ are the other duo.
Sep 16, 1955 - The Yankees trailing the Indians by a half-game with 11 games to play open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3-0 lead but are behind 4-3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a HR off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it and with 2 outs Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning HR to win it 5-4. When Detroit beats Cleveland 3-0 the Yanks move in first to stay. Slugger Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.
Sep 17, 1953 - Ellis Kinder of the Red Sox sets the AL record for most appearances with 67 breaking Ed Walsh's 1908 record. The Red Sox win 2-1 on Ted Williams HR his 13th since returning on August 6.
Jul 10, 1953 - The Red Sox beat the A's 3-2 in the 12th when Mariano Fricano walks Jim Piersall with the sacks full. Piersall's homer in the 9th ties the game. Ellis Kinder is the winner.
Jun 27, 1953 - The White Sox beat the Red Sox pinning the loss on reliever Ellis Kinder. It is Kinder's 3rd loss in three games; he lost to Cleveland on the 25th and 26th. In his 3 appearances "Ol Folks" pitches just 4 2/3 innings.
Jun 18, 1953 - Red Sox rookie OF Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get 3 hits in the same inning as Boston tallies 17 runs in the 7th inning in a 23-3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the 7th getting 14 hits and 6 walks 20 runners in succession before 3B George Kell flies out to end it. Steve Gromek making his first appearance for Detroit Dick Weik and Earl Harrist are the offending Tiger pitchers but the loss goes to Ned Garver who exits before the 7th. Ellis Kinder picks up the win and contributes two singles and 2 RBI in the big inning the second time that Kinder has accomplished this: he was hitless last year. Dick Gernert and Walt Dropo hit the only homers for Boston but the Red Sox set a slew of records including the following:
May 18, 1953 - The Tigers and Red Sox split a pair with Detroit winning the opener 5-2 behind Ned Garner. Walt Dropo has a single double and triple against his old teammates. His first inning single off the Green monster drives in his AL-leading 26th run. The Sox win the nitecap 8-5 behind Mel Parnell (5-0) and Ellis Kinder.
May 12, 1953 - In Boston P Ellis Kinder walks 2 White Sox batters in the 10th inning and they come around to score. The Red Sox lose 9-7 Kinder's first loss to Chicago after 18 straight victories stretching back to June 24 1948. His 18 straight wins over one club is a Red Sox record.
May 24, 1952 - Jimmy Piersall and New York's Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo along with starter Ellis Kinder to break the fight up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks 5-2.
Sep 7, 1951 - The A's split a pair with the Red Sox losing 8-5 to Bill Wight before winning 11-4. Billy Hitchcock has 2 triples and double in game 2 good for 5 RBIs. Bosox reliever Ellis Kinder makes his 54th appearance in the opener breaking Wilcy Moore's club record set in 1931. Boston slips in the AL race to 4 games back.
Jul 12, 1951 - The Red Sox and White Sox draw a record crowd of 52,592 for a twi-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park. Boston wins the opener, 3–2. In the 2nd game, Saul Rogovin of the White Sox goes the route in a 17-inning contest, overcoming a two-run HR by Doerr, only to lose 5–4, on Clyde Vollmer's sac fly. Ellis Kinder of Boston pitches 10 scoreless innings in relief for the win. The wins move the Red Sox into first place.
Jul 7, 1951 - At Fenway the Yankees lose to the Red Sox 10-4 with the Sox being led by Clyde Vollmer's grand slam in the first inning. Vollmer inserted as a starter on July 4 had a 2-run triple in yesterday's 6-2 win over the Yankees. Mantle a late inning defensive replacement hits a 9th inning HR off Ellis Kinder the complete game winner.
Aug 6, 1950 - Boston P Ellis Kinder hits a grand slam off White Sox ace Billy Pierce and totals 6 RBIs in the game. Kinder's HR comes after an intentional pass to Birdie Tebbetts. For "Old Folks" it is his first and only career homer. The Red Sox roll 9-2. Kinder also stops rookie Chico Carrasquel's consecutive game batting steak of 24 games. Joe Dobson gives up 7 hits in the nitecap and wins 4-3 to give the Bosox a sweep.
Oct 2, 1949 - The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox enter the final day of the season tied for first place. Nearly 70000 pack Yankee Stadium to see the finale. Rizzuto triples and score in the 1st inning and Vic Raschi nurses the 1-0 lead into the 8th against Ellis Kinder before the Yankees score 4 against a tired Mel Parnell and an unlucky Tex Hughson. A Sox rally falls short and the Yankees win the game and the pennant 5-3. Ted Williams is hitless in 2 official trips (and 1-for-12 in his last 4 games) while George Kell of the Tigers goes 2-for-3. Kell's final mark is .3429 while Williams' is .3427. Ted leads the AL in homers (43) and ties for the lead with teammate Vern Stephens in RBIs with 159. He also reaches base 358 times (194 hits 162 walks and 2 hit by pitches) the 2nd highest total in ML history. Only Ruth in 1923 reached more times.
Sep 30, 1949 - Boston benefits from 14 walks and outlasts Washington 11-9 to move into New York for the showdown for the AL pennant. The Nats outhit the Sox an astounding 18-5 in the game but leave 11 stranded. The Nats score 2 in the 9th against Ellis Kinder who relieved in the 8th and struck out the side but Sam Mele grounds into a game-ending DP.
Sep 24, 1949 - At Boston Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway Park) pitches a 6-hitter and Williams lines his 42nd HR to beat the Yankees 2-0 and pull the Red Sox within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4-0 against New York.
Sep 21, 1949 - The Red Sox overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Indians 9-6. Williams hits his 41st homer off Steve Gromek as starter Ellis Kinder (22-5) pitches the last 3 innings in relief for his 12th straight victory. The Sox have two games off before the decisive game on Saturday with New York.
Sep 18, 1949 - The Red Sox remain 2 1/2 behind the Yankees with 11-5 route of the visiting White Sox. Ellis Kinder wins his 21st and 11th straight as he is backed by two homers (his 39th and 40th) and six RBIs from Ted Williams. Ted now has 153 RBIs. Vern Stephens clouts his 40th as well giving him 150 RBIs for the year.
Sep 14, 1949 - Ellis Kinder wins his 20th game for the Red Sox shutting out the Tigers 1-0 at Fenway for his 10th straight victory. Kinder joins teammate Mel Parnell the last time this century that the Sox will have a pair of 20-game winners in a year.
Sep 9, 1949 - At Yankee Stadium Ellis Kinder wins his 19th victory and his 9th straight as Boston wins 7-1. The Yanks manage just 4 hits while Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr pound homers off Ed Lopat. Pesky has hit two homers this season both at Yankee Stadium. Hugh Casey makes his AL debut allowing two unearned runs in two innings. The loss cuts the Yanks lead to 1 1/2 games over the Red Sox.
Aug 26, 1949 - The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Chisox winning 11-4 and 10-7 and now trail the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. Mel Parnell takes the opener becoming the majors first 20-game winner this year. Ted Williams blasts his 31st and 32nd homers in the opener and is now just one behind teammate Vern Stephens. Bobby Doerr has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. In the second game Chicago's Bob Kuzava opens by allowing a run on a walk and 2 singles then ties an AL mark last accomplished by Feller in 1938 by striking out six straight batters (Stephens Doerr Zarilla Goodman Matt Batts Kinder). Later he is hit by an Al Zarilla line drive and taken to a hospital with bruised ribs but not before losing to Ellis Kinder (16-5). The Bosox pound out 16 hits including 3 more by Williams (.356) and 4 by Johnny Pesky.
Aug 3, 1949 - Red Sox P Ellis Kinder is unkind to Browns' batters fanning 14 of them enroute to a 9-3 win. It is the most K's by a Sox pitcher since Joe Wood's 15 in 1911.
Jun 29, 1949 - At Fenway The Yankees spot the Red Sox a 7 run lead before roaring back against Ellis Kinder. Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Kinder and clouts a 2nd HR in the 8th off Earl Johnson breaking a 7-7 tie. New York wins 9-7 with Joe Page victorious in relief.
Jun 24, 1949 - Boston bangs out 25 hits against the Browns and rolls to a 21-2 pasting. Ellis Kinder is the winner. Ted Williams drives in 7 runs on 3 hits including a pair of homers. Ted scores 4 times and adds a stolen base his only one of the year. Goodman has 5 hits and also scores 4.
Oct 4, 1948 - In a one-game playoff for the AL pennant at Fenway Park the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 behind rookie knuckleballer Gene Bearden who wins his 20th game. Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy ignores the well-rested rotation pitchers Ellis Kinder and Mel Parnell to go with journeyman Denny Galehouse (8-7). With the score 1-1 in the 4th Ken Keltner hits a 3-run HR over the LF fence. Player-manager Lou Boudreau gets 4 hits including a pair of homers and finishes the year with just 9 strikeouts the lowest number since 1922.
Sep 29, 1948 - Ellis Kinder gives the Red Sox a 51 win over the Senators. The Fenway fans also react to the news from Brooklyn that Braves star Jeff Heath had broken his ankle at home plate. The Red Sox players are less sympathetic since Heath in a radio interview said he hoped the Indians not the Red Sox won the AL pennant because their larger stadium would mean a bigger pay check.
Sep 24, 1948 - The Red Sox knock out Vic Raschi in the 4th inning and Ted Williams drives in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. But the Yankees whip the Red Sox 9-6 scoring two gift runs when Ellis Kinder forgets to cover first base. Meanwhile Cleveland snaps its seven game win streak when Detroit beats them 4-3 behind Freddie Hutchinson's 7-hitter. New York Boston and Cleveland are now tied for 1st place in the AL with identical 91-56 records.
Aug 4, 1948 - In St. Louis the Browns spot the Red Sox 6 runs in the first inning then come back with 7 of their own in the bottom of the inning. St. Louis scores 2 in the 9th off reliever Ellis Kinder to win 9-8.
Aug 1, 1948 - At Cleveland the Tribe sweep a pair from the Red Sox 12-2 and 6-1 to move into 2nd place in the AL. Bob Lemon coasts to his 14th win in the opener beating Ellis Kinder. Larry Doby drives in 4 runs. Cleveland RF Edwards dislocates his shoulder crashing into the fence making a spectacular catch of Spence's HR bid. Sam Zoldak wins the nitecap. The Sox drop from 1st to 4th place with the double loss: Cleveland New York and Boston are each a game back of the A's.
Jul 22, 1948 - Denny Galehouse returns to the Red Sox lineup and stops Chicago 3-0. Vern Stephens clouts a 2-run homer. In the 2nd game a 5-3 win Stephens adds a homer to take over the AL RBI lead with 83. The winner is Ellis Kinder the first of 18-straight wins over Chicago (through June 1 1952).
Jul 4, 1948 - Ted Williams faces 3 pitchers in the 7th inning a first in AL history as Boston snaps a 5-5 tie by scoring 14 runs on 14 RBIs to beat the visiting Philadelphia Athletics 20-8. A's pitcher Charlie Harris retires one batter in 14 and cough up 12 runs before Bill McCahan takes over. Williams who makes the final out in the inning and Bobby Doerr tie records by drawing two walks apiece. Pitcher Ellis Kinder has two hits off Harris and McCahan. The 14 runs in one inning is a record but 5 years later they will do even better with 17 in one inning.
May 5, 1948 - Against the Tigers Red Sox P Mel Parnell has 2 balks called on successive pitches. He scatters 10 hits and gets no decision as reliever Ellis Kinder is the 4-3 winner. SS Vern Stephens participates in 5 DPs with Boston getting another going Williams to Tebbetts.
Nov 18, 1947 - In their 2nd deal in two days with the Browns‚ the Red Sox trade Sam Dente‚ Clem Dreisewerd‚ Bill Sommers and $65‚000 for P Ellis Kinder and INF Billy Hitchcock. Kinder will win 23 games in 1949.
Aug 29, 1947 - In St. Louis Freddie Hutchinson does it all for Detroit whipping the Browns 5-4. After tripling against Ellis Kinder in the 3rd Hutch takes advantage of the pitcher's big windup to swipe home. He is the first pitcher to triple and steal home. He also adds a single.
May 17, 1947 - A seagull flies over Fenway Park and pelts St. Louis Browns P Ellis Kinder with a 3-pound smelt missing him by a gill. The unflappable Kinder holds on to top the Red Sox 4-2 giving up 6 hits including Eddie Pellagrini's 3rd homer of the year. Mel Parnell gives up 3 runs in 4 innings for the loss.