Box Score Bank: Bobby V comes to Fenway

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Box Score Bank: Bobby V comes to Fenway

Starting tonight, the Rangers are in town for a quick two-game series at Fenway.

But not so quick that we can't squeeze in a little Box Score Bank.

So, if you don't mind, let's go back to May 31, 1985

Ronald Regan had just started his second term as President. Witness (starring the legendary Harrison Ford) was tops at the box office, closely edging out Police Academy 2 (starring the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait). Everything She Wants by Wham! was the No. 1 song in America. Josh Beckett had just turned five.

Daniel Bard was an eight month old fetus, swimming around the bullpen of his mother's belly and ready for his conversion into m to convert into his new role as

And over on Yawkey Way, 35-year-old Bobby Valentine was managing his first career game at Fenway Park.

Final score: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

Valentine had been hired on May 16 32 games into the season and didn't have much success in his first year. But that wasn't the case on May 31, as Texas brought home a 3-1.

Here are some quick bullets on this box score.

Mike Mason went 7.1 innings for Texas, and future Oakland ace Dave Stewart came in for the save. The Rangers took the lead on an eighth inning home run by the one and only Buddy Bell. Oddibe McDowell went 0-4.

For the Sox, Al "Nips" Nipper went eight strong innings, but obviously got no help from the bats most notably the top five spots in the order (Boggs, Evans, Buckner, Rice and Armas) who went a combined 0-19.

The loss dropped Boston to 21-25, but triggered an unbelievable run that saw them win 14 of their next 15 games and draw within 2.5 games of the first place Blue Jays. But it didn't last. They followed the 14-1 stretch by losing 14 of their next 20. Boston finished at 81-81, 18.5 games behind Toronto.

The Rangers finished 53-76 in 1985, but turned things around that next season with an 87-75 record. Valentine finished second in the 1986 AL Manager of the Year voting. John McNamara finished first.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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