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Red Sox At Washington Senators (Opening Day) 1965 Notes

April 18, 2020

It is baseball’s opening day in 1965. There are 6 games in places, other than Washington D.C. and Cincinnati, the traditional opening day game sites for the American and National Leagues respectively. One is a night tilt at Houston’s Astrodome, which was baseball’s first indoor game.

My focus is on the Boston Red Sox at Washington Senators game, that Monday April 12th. Specifically, let me cite and comment on the three Red Sox radio broadcasters that day.

Lead announcer Curt Gowdy is starting his 15th and final season, calling Red Sox action. He will be baseball’s lead television voice for the next 10 seasons.

A big favorite of mine, Ned Martin, as was the case with developing Red Sox star, Carl Yastrzemski, is beginning his 5th season on the Bo Sox network.

It is one time Boston pitching star, Mel Parnell’s first broadcast.  Gowdy, who broadcast the game and Martin, who recalled listening to it while living in the Washington D.C.  area, and of course Parnell, reminisced, regarding Mel’s opening day shutout win at Washington, vs the Senators in 1952.

Stay “tuned” here for notes and nice “nuggets,” from that opening game, now over 55 years ago.


The great Curt Gowdy, pictured above.

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