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Pinky Higgins from the Chronology
Jun 10, 1960 - The Red Sox fire manager Billy Jurges who left the team on June 8 reportedly because of illness. Del Baker will be the interim manager. Tomorrow the Sox will hire Pinky Higgins as the regular manager. It'll be Pinky's second tour of duty as Sox skipper.
Jun 14, 1959 - Boston manager Pinky Higgins benches Ted Williams in a scheduled double header with Kansas City. The Splinter hitting just .175 has been slowed by injuries. Williams will pinch hit in the next 2 games. The Sox win 6-1 with cold and rain postponing game 2.
May 18, 1946 - In a great trade for Detroit the Tigers acquire 3B George Kell from the A's for popular hometown outfielder Barney McCosky. McCosky back from the war is hitting just .198. The Tigers then sell veteran 3B Pinky Higgins to the Red Sox.
May 6, 1946 - The Red Sox sweep two games from the Browns in a postponed twinbill with Boo Ferriss winning the opener 7-5 behind Ted Williams 3 RBIs. In the 8th inning of the opener with George Metkovich on first Johnny Pesky grounds out on a hit-and-run. He had hit safely 11 times up one shy of Pinky Higgins ML record hitting streak. Manager Cronin said Pesky had called the play on his own and he would have had him hitting away. In the nitecap Williams scores the winning run in the 9th on Dom DiMaggio's RBI single and the Sox Joe Dobson comes away with a 5-4 win. Dom will drive in a record-tying 84 runs hitting in the leadoff spot (87 altogether). The Sox have now won 11 in a row and are 3 games in front of the Yankees.
Jul 31, 1940 - Detroit 57-38) remains in a tie for first place with Cleveland by beating the Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings. The Tigers thought they had the game won when Pinky Higgins hit a bases-loaded triple in the 8th to make it 5-4. In the 11th two walks by Lefty Gomez and a Hank Greenberg single ends it.
May 20, 1940 - Pinky Higgins clouts three successive homers and drives in seven runs to lead Detroit to a 10-7 victory over the leading Red Sox. Pinky's first two clouts come off Lefty Grove and the last off Jack Wilson who is charged with the loss. Jimmy Foxx hits his 10th homer of the year a 5th inning grand slam and Lefty Grove homers in the 2nd.
Feb 15, 1940 - The Tiger roster lists Hank Greenberg as an OF. The willingness of the team's leading power hitter to switch at a contract boost from 1B allows manager Del Baker to find a position for Rudy York. Also on the list are Dick Bartell picked up from the Cubs for Billy Rogell and Pinky Higgins who had been shopped around. The four along with Barney McCosky and Charlie Gehringer produce the stuff that will move the Tigers from fifth to first although its .588 mark will be as low as that of any pennant-winner yet.
Dec 15, 1938 - The Red Sox send Pinky Higgins and P Archie McKain to the Tigers for pitchers Elden Auker and Jake Wade‚ and OF Ed Morgan. The Sox also ship OF Ben Chapman to the Indians in exchange for P Denny Galehouse and SS Tom Irwin.
Aug 23, 1938 - At Fenway the Red Sox roll over the Indians 13-3 in the first of 2. Pinky Higgins leads the 21-hit attack with 5 hits to back Ostermueller's pitching. In game 2 Jimmie Foxx has 6 RBIs and connects for a 9th inning grand slam off Hudlin to lead Boston to a 14-12 win. Foxx will homer 9 times against the Tribe this year an AL record for homers against one club.
Jun 21, 1938 - Red Sox 3B Pinky Higgins extends his consecutive-hit string to 12 with 8 hits in a doubleheader split with Detroit. He is 4-for-4 in each game a Boston win in the opener 8-3. Detroit wins the nitecap 5-4. with Rudy York catching both games. Tomorrow Pinky will strike out against Vern Kennedy in his first at bat ending the streak.
Jul 16, 1935 - The A's trip the Tigers again 8-2 at Shibe Park behind three doubles and five RBIs from Pinky Higgins. Jimmy Foxx clouts his 17th homer to back George Blaeholder's pitching. With the Yankees topping Chicago Detroit falls to 2 1/2 games behind New York.
Sep 1, 1934 - Jimmie Foxx cracks a two-run homer in the 9th his 39th off reliever Lefty Grove to give the A's an 8-7 win over the Red Sox. Foxx filling it at 3B for the injured Pinky Higgins has three hits and 4 RBIs.
Aug 6, 1933 - A's 3B Pinky Higgins hits for the cycle in a 12-8 win over the Senators.
Jul 10, 1920 - Tris Speaker doubles his first time up then is stopped after banging out 11 straight hits to top the AL record 10 straight set by Lajoie in 1901. It's the record until Pinky Higgins of the Red Sox racks up 12 in a row in 1938. Speaker has five hits for the day and is now hitting over .400. The Indians split today's Sunday doubleheader winning the opener 7-2 with Stan Coveleski beating Bill Snyder. Washington takes the nitecap 2-1 behind Jim Shaw.