On September 13, 1946, Ted Williams stroked an inside-the-park home run in the first inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland player-manager Lou Boudreau executed a shift against the left-handed-hitting Williams, LF Fat Pat Seerey pulls in behind the SS position which left a large expanse of left field open—and Williams jumped on a pitch from Cleveland right-hander Red Embree and drilled it into left field for the only inside-the-park homer of his career. It not only gave the Red Sox the win, it clinched the American League pennant when the New York Yankees defeated the second-place Detroit Tigers a short time later. The Boston margin at the season’s end will be 12 games. Boston’s first American League pennant since 1918.
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