Under new manager John McNamara, the 1985 Red Sox ended the season with a mediocre 81-81 record. During the summer, the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Stars returned to Fenway Park Fenway Park and defeated the all-star team from the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Record: 81-81, 5th in American League East
Manager: John F. McNamara
Ralph Houk retired after the 1984 season and the Red Sox turned to another veteran manager, John McNamara.
In McNamara's first game at the helm, Oil Can Boyd beat New York's 46-year-old Phil Niekro at Fenway Park, 9-2. With a 15-13 record in 1985, Can was the only Boston pitcher to reach double digits in the win column and have a winning record. The young pitching staff had growing pains as a whole and Roger Clemens' shoulder surgery limited him to 15 games.
Wade Boggs looked like a magician with the bat again and ended the year with a team-record 240 hits, thanks in part to a 28-game hitting streak in July. Boggs also won his second batting title with a .368 average.
Though the team finished with an unspectacular 81-81 record, the year contained some memorable moments. On July 21, Marty Barrett pulled off the hidden ball trick at Fenway Park just two weeks after doing the same on the road.
On August 6, Red Sox catcher Marc Sullivan went on strike along with other players throughout baseball. The strike lasted only two days but Marc became the first baseball player to go on strike against his father, Red Sox co-owner Haywood Sullivan.
Catcher Rich Gedman hit for the cycle on September 18, with a single on an infield hit and an improbable triple down the left-field line. Gedman's feat was the fourth cycle by a Red Sox player in six seasons.
The Cape Cod League All-Stars defeated their Atlantic College League counterparts in a high-scoring affair at Fenway Park on July 15, 1985.
|1985 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|July 15||Cape Cod Baseball League 12, Atlantic College Baseball League 9*|
* From 1975 to 1987, on a biennial basis, Fenway Park hosted an all-star game between the Cape Code Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate League. The all-star game alternated between Fenway Park and sites closer to the ACL's teams, such as Yankee Stadium and Veterans Stadium. In 1988, the Cape Cod Baseball League returned to an intra-league format for their annual all-star game and in 2009, Cape Code League All-Stars returned to Fenway Park for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which was played again in 2010.