September 24, 1960 at Fenway Park: Ted Williams and Archbishop Cushing on Jimmy Fund Day (Credit: Boston Red Sox)
In his last season, Ted Williams went out in style and hit a home run in his last-bat on September 28 at Fenway Park. In early August, the ballpark hosted a group of Jehovah's Witnesses who convened for a four-day assembly.
On July 31, 1961, Fenway Park hosted its second Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Absent from the AL roster was Ted Williams, who had retired the after the previous season. Williams was gone but an able replacement named Carl Yastrzemski took his place in front of the Green Monster in 1961.
On May 19 before the Red Sox game at Fenway Park, the club celebrated Armed Forces Day and 100 New Englanders were inducted into the US Air Force. The Red Sox finished with a losing record again, though two Boston pitchers threw no hitters in 1962, including Earl Wilson's gem at Fenway Park in June, the first by an African-American pitcher in the American League. Fans at the park were able to see the lineup that Wilson faced on the new electronic lineup board that was installed on the left-field wall before the season.
In 1963, the Boston Patriots began playing their home football games at Fenway Park, which also featured the annual Mayor's Charity Field Day that year along with another Harlem Globetrotters game. On the diamond, several young Red Sox players gained valuable experience in 1963 but the team finished with 76 wins for the third season in a row.
Tony Conigliaro had a terrific debut season in 1964 but the Red Sox lost 90 games. Fenway Park's other regular, the Boston Patriots, fared better but lost to the Buffalo Bills in their final home game, which decided the AFL East title. In late September, Fenway Park also hosted presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who addressed a throng of supporters.
Boston teams at Fenway Park did not fare too well in 1965. The Red Sox lost 100 games, their highest total in three decades, while the Boston Patriots won only once at the ballpark.
The Boston Patriots rebounded in 1966 but were bested by the Buffalo Bills at the wire, just as they had been two years earlier. The Red Sox improved their record by 10 games but still finished with 18 games below .500. Fenway Park also hosted college and minor league baseball in 1966 as well as the Junior Goodwill Dinner, which was started by Joe Cronin in 1952.
For an entire generation of New England baseball fans, 1967 will always be remembered as the season when a plucky Red Sox team defied the odds and reinvigorated Fenway Park. On the final day of the regular season, the team clinched the American League pennant in climactic fashion at the ballpark.
Recapturing the magic of the previous season proved too difficult a task for the 1968 Red Sox, who won 86 games but dropped to fourth place. Off the diamond, Fenway Park had its busiest year in quite some time. Presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy addressed the ballpark crowd in July, the legendary Pelé appeared in one of several Fenway Park soccer games and the Boston Patriots played their final football season at the park.
Tony Conigliaro made an inspiring comeback in 1969 after missing nearly two years with facial injuries. However, the Red Sox finished in third place team and Dick Williams lost his job as manager. In July, Bruno Sammartino and Killer Kowalski headlined a wrestling carnival at the park, the first major wrestling event at Fenway Park since the 1930s.