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Fenway Park was relatively quiet in 1957 and the Red Sox finished in a distant third place. The highlight of the year was the performance of Ted Williams, who hit .388 despite being nearly 40 years old.

The Red Sox

Record: 82-72, 3rd in American League
Manager: Michael F. Higgins
Attendance: 1,181,087

In 1957, 39-year old Ted Williams hit .388 and won his fifth batting title. Between September 17 and September 23, Williams set a MLB record that still stands when he reached base in 16 consecutive plate appearances, the final 13 against the Yankees. On the September 22, New York was so wary of the left fielder that they walked him three times and on the only strike he saw, Williams hit a grand slam. Despite hitting .454 in the second half of the season, and perhaps due of the grudges of a few petty voters, Williams finished second in the MVP voting to Mickey Mantle.

Third baseman Frank Malzone also lost out on a well-deserved award when the standards for the Rookie of the Year Award and the maximum number of at-bats a rookie could accumulate in prior seasons were adjusted in September 1957. However, Malzone was rewarded for his defense when he won the Gold Glove at third base (the first time this award was given out).

Right-hander Frank Sullivan had another good year with a 2.73 ERA and 14-11 record. The 1957 Red Sox climbed within 5 1/2 games of first place in late May but were never closer. Off the field, the press box remained an all-male preserve after Boston baseball writers voted to exclude women from the Fenway Park media area in May, keeping out Cleveland writer Doris O'Donnell.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

Fall River native and future member of the 1967 Red Sox Russ Gibson starred as one of the Most Valuable Players in the 1957 William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament game at Fenway Park.

1957 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
August 3William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: American All-Stars 7, Record All-Stars 3

The Red Sox during the National Anthem in 1951 (Credit: Leslie Jones Collection/Boston Public Library)