At the game the other day I had the same thought about a bunch of the players who showed up. I decided to look through the attendee list to see what other stories were out there like Harley Hisner. I couldn't find any article that talked about the accomplishments of some of the more obscure names.
In Boggs' photos, number 732, there is an elderly player using walker and being escorted. I had never heard of him so I looked him up. His name is Harley Hisner and he's 85 years old.
At age 24 he started the last game of the 1951 season against the Yankees. It was his only appearance in Major League Baseball, ever. He faced a Yankee lineup with 5 Hall of Famers.
He allowed 3 runs and 7 hits over 6 full, striking out 3 (including Mantle twice), walked 4 and took the L. He had a hit in two trips so he left the game with a lifetime batting average of .500.
I think we can be assured they in fact invited everyone who ever appeared in a Red Sox uniform.
I looked through the players listed as having one year with the Sox and that was their only MLB experience. The two exceptions to that were Manzanillo and Spring who were included simply because they had one inning of Sox experience yet they came back Friday – that’s worthy of a mention.
Kim Andrew, 1975 2B age 21. April 16th at Yankee Stadium, defensive replacement in the 9th inning. No PA, no chances in the field Sox win 4-2. April 21st at Fenway with the Sox down 11-0 defensive replacement in the 7th inning. Two ABs – groundout to 2nd and a single. These were his only two ML appearances.
Brian Denman, 1982 SP age 26. Record of 3-4, 4.78 ERA (91 ERA+) and 1.306 WHIP in 9 starts in August-September. Ended his 9 game ML career by throwing a CG shutout against the Yankees winning 5-0.
Joel Finch 1979 SP/RP age 22. 15 games, 7 starts with an 0-3 record, 4.87 ERA (93 ERA+) and 1.57 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings.
Paul Hinrichs 1951 SP/RP age 25. Started his only game May 16th going 1 1/3 giving up 3 ER on 3 hits and a walk. Had three relief appearances going 2 1/3 innings giving up 5 ER on 4 hits and 3 walks.
John Lickert 1981 C age 21. Made his only major league appearance on 9/19/1981 as a defensive replacement for Gary Allenson who had been pinch hit for by Joe Rudi. Lickert never recorded a plate appearance.
James Lofton 2001 SS age 27. Played in 8 games with 28 Abs at the tail end of 2001 batting .192 with a double and an RBI.
Steve Lomasney 1999 2B age 21. The Peabody native got into his only ML game when he replaced Varitek in the last game of the ’99 regular season going 0-2 with 2 Ks.
Billy MacLeod 1962 RP age 20. The Gloucester native pitched 1 2/3 innings in September of 1962 facing 10 batters and giving up 1 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk.
Keith MacWhorter 1980 SP/RP age 24. 14 games with two starts. Had his ML debut in the first inning on 5/10/80 relieving Eck who had given up 5 ER in 2/3 of an inning. Overall he had 42 1/3 innings with an 0-3 record, 5.53 ERA (77 ERA+) and 1.512 WHIP.
Jerry Mallett 1959 CF age 23. Played four games in September of 1959. Batted (and slugged) .267 going 4 for 15 with a walk, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Josias Manzanillo 1991 RP age 23. Although he had an 11 yr career and pitched over 300 innings, he only pitched one inning for the Sox against the Brewers on 10/5/91. In that one inning he gave up 2 ER on 3 walks and 2 hits with 1 K.
Anastacio Martinez 2004 RP age 25. He got a ring and made 11 appearances in the late May-Early July timeframe going 10 2/3 with an 8.44 ERA giving up 10 ER on 14 hits, 2 HR and 5 Ks.
Dick Mills 1970 RP age 25. Born in Boston he made two appearances in September of 1970 going 3 2/3 giving up 1 ER on 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks.
Merlin Nippert 1962 RP age 23. Made 4 appearances throwing 6 innings allowing 3 runs with 4 walks and 3 Ks.
Ed Phillips 1970 RP age 25. 18 appearances with 23 2/3 innings scattered throughout the year. 5.32 ERA (76 ERA+)with 29 hits, 10 walks and 23 Ks.
Jeff Plympton 1991 RP age 25. Another MA guy (Framingham). Made 4 appearances and gave up no runs in his 5 1/3 innings even though he gave up 5 hits and 4 walks.
Dave Schmidt 1981 C age 24. 15 games with 49 plate appearances. Batted .238 with 2 homers, 3 RBIs and 17 Ks.
Phil Seibel 2004 RP age 25. Like Anastacio, Seibel got a ring for minimal work. In this case, it was two relief appearances totaling 3 2/3 innings in April. Gave up no hits, no runs walked 5 and struck out 1.
Billy Spanswick 1964 SP/RP age 25. From Springfield, MA. Started 7 games out of his 29 appearances covering 65 1/3 innings. Had a 6.89 ERA (56 ERA+) and sported a 1.821 WHIP.
Jack Spring 1957 RP age 24. Pitched 8 years in MLB but only one inning for the Sox, striking out 2.
LaSchelle Tarver 1986 OF age 27. Played in 13 games with 26 plate appearances. Batted and slugged .120 with 1 RBI and 4 Ks.
Dana Williams 1989 OF age 26. 8 games, 6 plate appearances. Had a HBP and 1 hit (2B) along with 1 K.