From the Bill Chuck Files
Now the real New Year’s countdown begins …
There are 94 days until Sunday, April 4 at 8 p.m. when the Red Sox face the Yankees at Fenway Park to start the 2010 baseball season.
This will be the 1,000th meeting of these two teams since 1950:
Red Sox versus Yankees
- Date: 1950-2009
- Games: 999
- Sox Wins: 468
- Yanks Wins: 530
- Pct.: .469
- RF: 4,502
- RA: 4,739
- Home: 261-239
- Away: 207-291
The one tie game occurred on Saturday, July 5, 1958 when the game between the host Yankees and the Red Sox was stopped by a midnight curfew that prevented games from being played into the Sabbath. Despite the fact that the Sox had scored twice in the 11th the game reverted to the 10th making the official score 3-3. It was the first time the 11:59 PM curfew had been invoked at the Stadium.
The game was sent into extra-innings as a result of a 9th inning Mickey Mantle homer. The Red Sox had the bases loaded with no one out in the 11th and at 11:47 Bob Sheppard announced that the game would be stopped at 11:59 unless the full inning was completed. The Yanks slowly changed pitchers and then made little effort to stop a ground ball to center and the game came to a halt.
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