The main pitchers were Parnell (5 times), Nixon (4), and McDermott (4). Brodowski, Brickner, Hudson, Henry, and Brown each did it once.1952 Pitcher BOP April 15 Mel Parnell 7th May 10 Mickey McDermott 8th May 11 Mel Parnell 8th July 27 (G2) Willard Nixon 6th July 30 Dick Brodowski 6th July 31 Ralph Brickner 6th August 7 (G2) Willard Nixon 6th August 9 Mel Parnell 6th August 11 Sid Hudson 6th 1953 Pitcher BOP May 30 (G1) Mickey McDermott 6th May 30 (G2) Willard Nixon 6th August 22 Mickey McDermott 6th August 23 Mel Parnell 6th August 28 Bill Henry 6th August 29 Mel Parnell 6th August 30 (G1) Hal Brown 7th August 31 Mickey McDermott 6th September 1 Willard Nixon 6th
Those 18 games are the only times in Red Sox history - since Babe Ruth batted in the cleanup spot in 1919 - that a Boston pitcher has hit any place other than ninth. ...
During spring training in 1952, Austen Lake of the Boston Evening American wrote that Boudreau "has a high brain polish and the ability to improvise". Lake said that Boudreau's "elastic mind" allows him to "mak[e] the best use of the materials at hand" rather than resorting to "the mouldy orthodoxies" of the game.
The Sporting News agreed, noting that "Boston's young, resourceful manager is no slavish follower of the so-called 'book'. He does his own thinking. He doesn't let Abner Doubleday do it for him."