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Williamsport Red Sox
- Location: Williamsport, PA
- League: New York-Penn League 1971-1972
- Affiliation: Boston Red Sox 1971-1972
- Ballpark: Bowman Field
- Notable Alumni: Jim Rice
In 1971 the New York-Penn League team from Williamsport, PA changed affiliations and names, going from the Williamsport Astros to the Williamsport Red Sox. Managed by Dick Berardino, the Red Sox went 30-39-1 their first season, finishing 6th in the 8-team NY-Penn. Steve Foran (10-4, 2.38) was the only All-Star, striking out a league-high 138 in 117 innings and also leading in wins and finishing 5th in ERA. 1B Jack Baker (.249/~.358/.502) was second in the league with 12 homers. The most prominent player to emerge from the team, though, was clearly OF Jim Rice, who was far from a star that year with a .256/~.308/.409 line.
The Red Sox continued under Berardino in 1972 but finished last at 22-47. They drew 19,038 fans, 5th in the league, and were outscored 411-278. The team managed no All-Stars though they again had the #2 home run hitter - this time it was 1B-OF Chester Lucas (.285/~.366/.500), who hit 12 long balls. The best career would belong to Don Aase, who led the league in losses with a miserable 0-10, 5.81 season. The team did not play another season.
Sources: 1972 and 1973 Baseball Guides