Fornieles had a spotty career as a starter/reliever, with a lifetime 18-31 record
as a starter. But when the Cuban was used exclusively in relief by the Red Sox, he
achieved success. In 1960 he went 10-5 and led the league with 14 saves (not then
an official statistic) and an AL-record 70 appearances, and in 1961 he had a career-high
15 saves and made the All-Star team.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 18, 1955:
At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle's 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox, 11–6. In the play before Mantle's blast, a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd, leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for two weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.
»May 15, 1957:
At Baltimore, the Indians rap Mike Fornieles for five hits and three runs in the 16th to defeat the Orioles, 11–8. The Tribe had scored three in the 8th after an error by Billy Gardner and three more in the 14th after an error by Wayne Causey. Gardner steals home in the 14th for one Bird run and the 3rd run scores on Russ Nixon's wild throw.
»August 17, 1961:
The Indians edge the Red Sox in the 14th inning, 4–3, when Mike Fornieles walks in the winning run in the 14th inning. Cleveland ties the game in the 9th on John Romano's 2-run homer into the upper deck.