» April 17, 1951: Rain cancels yesterday's presidential opener in Washington, washing out the debut of rookie Tom Morgan. Morgan would have been the first Yankee rookie ever to start an opener. Clad in an army uniform, Whitey Ford tosses out the first pitch today at Yankee Stadium, and Vic Raschi scatters six singles to shut out the Red Sox, 5–0. Bill Wight gives up all the Yankee runs, including a two-run homer to Jackie Jensen in the 3rd inning. Mickey Mantle, making his debut before 44,860, has one hit and scores a run. Also debuting is public address announcer Bob Sheppard.
» May 3, 1951: In St. Louis, Gil McDougald hits a grand slam and a triple in the 9th, as the Yanks score 11 runs in the inning to rout St. Louis, 17–3. McDougald, destined to be Rookie of the Year, racks up six RBIs in the frame. Jackie Jensen follows McDougald's triple with one of his own, then homers after Gil's grand slam. Allie Reynolds is the winner.
» July 8, 1951: The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in second inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the first, Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he had already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees, 6–3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run homer.
» May 3, 1952:
The New York Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen, along with OF Archie Wilson, P Spec Shea, and SS Jerry Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding OF Irv Noren and infielder Tom Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it, while Jensen, the former heir to Joe DiMaggio's spot, will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an All-Star.
» December 1, 1953: The Red Sox trade for hard-hitting Jackie Jensen, sending Maury McDermott and Tom Umphlett to Washington. Jensen will average 25 home runs a year for his seven seasons in Fenway, lead the American League in RBIs three times, and win the MVP in 1958. A fear of flying will end his career early.
» May 28, 1954:
At Boston, Joe Collins 9th inning walk—the 20th of the game—turns into the winning run in the 9th as New York beats the Red Sox, 10–9. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Jackie Jensen.
» May 21, 1955:
In a game marked by a fight between Maury McDermott and Jackie Jensen, the Senators top the Red Sox, 1–0, in 12 innings. In the 12th, Jensen is trapped off 1B but his way back to the bag is obstructed by first baseman Mickey Vernon: it is called by 2B ump Ed Runge but he makes no gestures and Jensen continues back to 1B. McDermott, waiting to put the tag on, is knocked over by Jensen, and Hank Soar at 1B calls the runner out. Soar is overruled and then the fight starts between Jensen and the pitcher and both are tossed. Pedro Ramos, who succeeds McDermott, draws a walk and scores the winning run.
» August 2, 1956:
Boston's Jackie Jensen knocks in nine RBIs as the Red Sox bag the Tigers 18-3.
» August 7, 1956:
The Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans, as the Red Sox edge the Yanks in 11 innings on Williams's bases-loaded walk. It is Williams's third spitting incident in three weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36,350, a record for night games at Fenway Park, started booing the Splendid Splinter for muffing Mickey Mantle's windblown fly in the 11th. Before the game, RF Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. The previous year Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands.
» November 26, 1958: The American League MVP is Boston slugger Jackie Jensen, winning over New York's Bob Turley and Cleveland's Rocky Colavito.
» January 26, 1960: Boston OF Jackie Jensen, 32, announces his retirement from baseball. Jensen will later say, "Looking back, it was foolish to quit. But I thought it would answer my problems [one of which was his great fear of flying]." Jensen will return to play in 1961 before retiring again for good.
» February 7, 1961: Jackie Jensen, out of baseball in 1960, signs a $40,000 deal to come back with the Red Sox.
» April 30, 1961: Frustrated by a poor start, Jackie Jensen jumps the Red Sox for eight days.
» July 24, 1961:
Boston OF Jackie Jensen's fear of flying gets the best of him and he refuses to fly to Los Angeles. The Sox say they will not pay him for games he misses because of the flying fear.
» August 15, 1961:
Frank Malzone is 5-for-5 with a pair of homers in the Red Sox, 8–0 shellacking of the Indians. Gene Conley throws the shutout and hits a homer. Jackie Jensen and Carroll Hardy hit back-to-back home runs in the 5th.
» August 24, 1961:
The Red Sox announce that they will not pay Jackie Jensen for any games he misses due to his fear of flying.
» January 22, 1962: Jackie Jensen again announces his retirement from baseball. This time he means it.
» August 30, 1984: In a 9–3 win over the Twins, Red Sox slugger Jim Rice grounds into his 33rd double play of the season to break the major-league record set by Jackie Jensen in 1954. By season's end, Rice will extend his new record to 36.