Montgomery labored nine years in the minors before a .324 batting average and 14
home runs at Louisville earned him a ML spot with the Red Sox. As Boston's backup
catcher for 10 years, he averaged fewer than 40 games a season.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 9, 1971:
Despite belting six home runs -- 3 by Bill Freehan, two by Willie Horton, one by Aurelio Rodriguez -- at Fenway Park, the Tigers lose to the Red Sox, 12–11. The Sox have only one homer, a grand slam by Bob Montgomery. Rico Petrocelli's pinch single with two outs in the 9th drives home the winner.
»April 14, 1974:
In the 8th inning of Detroit's 1–0 win over the Red Sox, Willie Horton mortally wounds a pigeon with a foul fly directly over home plate in Fenway Park. The pigeon lands at the feet of C Bob Montgomery. On the next pitch Horton grounds a single to LF. Joe Coleman is the shutout victor.
»September 9, 1979: The first place Orioles romp to their 7th win in a row, larruping the Red Sox, 16–4. Rick Dempsey hits a grand slam for the Birds in their 6-run 6th, and Al Bumbry adds a home run in the same frame. Jim Rice homers for the Bosox. Sox C Bob Montgomery is 1-for-2 in his last ML game. He is the last ML batter to wear a hard liner in his cap instead of a batting helmet.