As a rookie in 1941, the rugged Newsome led the Red Sox in wins and innings pitched,
going 19-10 despite a 4.13 ERA. He was supported by an all-star offense
.283 (17 points above the league average) and included Ted Williams's .406 bat. Newsome
won only eight games in each of his two subsequent ML seasons.
»May 30, 1943:
The Red Sox are also having trouble hitting the major league's balata ball, as Jim Tabor hits the first Sox homer at Fenway Park in a DH sweep of the Tigers. The Bosox win 3–0 behind Dick Newsome, and 5–1 behind Lou Lucier. In 33 games, the only other Boston homers are Leon Culberson's dinger in Detroit on May 23, and Bobby Doerr's inside the park liner at Washington on May 15th.