View Full Version : Paul LaPalme R.I.P.

Lip Man 1
02-15-2010, 09:20 PM
Sox relief pitcher for two years in the late 1950's...had very solid numbers and was involved in one of the most bizarre games in franchise history:

May 18, 1957 - More bizarre circumstances surrounding a game in Baltimore (you shouldn’t be surprised.) On this night the Sox had to catch a train to Boston and the Orioles agreed to end the game at 10:20 regardless of the outcome. The Sox trailed 3 - 0 going into the 7th inning when they scored four runs. That half inning was strange in itself because the Sox used five pinch hitters and two pinch runners in it! The Sox were still leading 4 - 3 in the 9th inning. Paul La Palme was brought in to protect the lead. With thirty seconds remaining until curfew he elected to pitch to former Sox outfielder Dick Williams. League rules did not allow for a suspended game under these circumstances so the Sox could have legally stalled the final seconds away. Unfortunately they didn’t. La Palme threw...Williams swung...home run. Tie game... make that a suspended tie game! (This had to be replayed from the start later in the season.)


02-15-2010, 09:29 PM
I remember Brickhouse telling this story during TV broadcasts quite a few times. He said he Al Lopez was livid.

02-16-2010, 05:36 AM
Rememeber him well, a lefty, sort of reminded me of Billy Pierce.
Also remember that game.
Sox had some bizarre games at old Memorial Stadium among them Pierce's 16 inning stint in an 18 inning 1-1 tie and Big Klu's homer that was called back in the 1960 pennant race.

02-16-2010, 02:19 PM
As a teenager at the time I always thought, " Man, what a cool name, Paul LaPalme".

Medford Bobby
02-16-2010, 03:16 PM
http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/6290/02046316/1957%20Topps%20Paul%20LaPalme%20PSA%208.jpgNice Comiskey photo.