The other Sock was Merl Combs, who did it September 12, 1947. Combs also debuted as a third baseman, though he spent more games at shortstop over his brief five-year career.
My first professional hit in Lowell I remember [former Spinners manager Luis] Alicea asked me if I wanted to keep the ball. I said, "No. I only want to keep my first major league hit." ... Right before [my first AB], Mike Lowell came up to me and told me the guy likes to throw sliders and cutters in. He threw me a fastball away and everything else was a slider in. I was able to put a barrel on it and get it through the hole.As per tradition, Lowrie was presented with a fake "first hit" ball with "Nice 3,000,000 chopper" and "2 RBI, but K'd in his first at-bat" and "Jeb Lowry" written on it.
I thought it was a joke, but they played up. Beckett sold it pretty good.Jason Varitek's last pinch-hit homer came on June 12, 2003 against St. Louis. That was a wild game! ... It was also the first Red Sox pinch-hit home run since Doug Mirabelli went deep on October 2, 2005.
Other Red Sox born on April 16 include: Jim Lonborg, Bob Montgomery, and Dutch Leonard.