Fenway Park, Boston, MA, May 20, 1961 – A Neil Leifer photo captures action between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park, Boston, MA, May 20, 1961 – A Neil Leifer photo captures action between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox

 

A wonderful action shot taken by famed photographer Neil Leifer during a Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox game. On the mound is the not-too-handsome Don Mossi of the Tigers as is facing the Red Sox second baseman Chuck Schilling.

Mossi would get the best of this match-up striking out Schilling to end the third inning. In fact Mossi was getting the better of the entire Boston lineup as he would be tossing a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but that’s where the southpaws good fortunes would come to and end as the Red Sox, thanks to a key error by Tigers third baseman Steve Boros, would spark a three-run rally to give the home team a 3-0 lead, the big hit coming from the bat of Carroll Hardy who hit a double scoring starting pitcher Billy Muffett.

Tigers southpaw Don Mossi

The Tigers would rally in the eighth inning for three runs of their own, all coming on a three-run homer by Jake Brown off Muffett to knot the game at 3-3. But in the bottom of the tenth inning Boston would get the “W” as Jackie Jensen would single home pinch-runner Tom Brewer sending the 10,085 Fenway faithful home with glee.

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