“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

HILLTOP PARK

FENWAY'S FIRST TEAM
A 5th inning rally lets
Red Sox clean sweep New York

April 13, 1912 ...  Making the most out of the bats in timely places, the Red Sox took another game from the Highlanders in New York, by a score of 8 to 4, giving them a sweep of the series. A strong wind, mingled with some raindrops, kept the players on their toes. After the first inning, in which starter Casey Hagerman was compelled to retire to the dugout, the Sox had it all their own way.

The New York fans saw the Highlanders drop three straight and the Speed Boys played each game with a lot of enthusiasm and pepper. Effective batting, covering acres a ground in the field, and good baserunning, using speed and good judgment, the Red Sox outclassed the New Yorkers. This also applied to their pitching. Joe Wood, Buck O'Brien and today Charley Hall clearly out pitched their counterparts from New York. The local New York fans admire the Philadelphia Athletics largely because they beat the Giants in the World Series last fall, but they all seem to think that this Red Sox team will give Connie Mack's squad a run for the money.

As in the previous two games the Red Sox got away quickly with a lead. Harry Hooper walked and moved up on a sacrifice by Steve Yerkes. Tris Speaker then singled, but Hooper was held at third. Hal Chase gathered in Jake Stahl's pop up, but Larry Gardner came to the rescue with a single out to Cozy Dolan scoring Hooper. When Dolan threw the ball away on the return, the runners moved up. Hippo Vaughn, who was the starter for New York, then started giving up free passes. One was given a Duffy Lewis and another to Heinie Wagner that forced Speaker over the plate with the second run.

But the Highlanders came right back and jumped on Hagerman in the very first inning. The young pitcher got the hook after two runs had scored, and Manager Stahl brought in Charley Hall. Hall came in cold and Earle Gardner touched him for a quick single that scored Hal Chase. On the play Hartzell also tried to score, but was nailed at the plate on a great throw by Duffy Lewis. On the throw Gardner went down the second and he scored when Gabby Street smashed a single to left. Vaughn struck out to end the rally, but the Highlanders had grabbed the lead 4 to 2. After that inning Hall was very effective and only allowed one more hit, that one to Dolan in the sixth inning.

Vaughn got the speed boys in order for the next three innings, but in the fifth they put the game away. Charley Hall helped his own game by beating out a bunt, Hooper took a walk and the bases were filled when Dolan fumbled a bunt by Yerkes. Tris Speaker grounded down to third forcing Yerkes, but on the play Hall scored, to make it 4 to 3. Stahl then came across with a base hit to score Hooper with the tying run, and went to second on the throw in to the plate. Larry Gardner was up next and lined a single to center that scored both Speaker and Stahl. Duffy Lewis grounded out but Vaughn then walked Heinie Wagner. Les Nunamaker grabbed a pitch from Vaughn and sent it far over Bert Daniels head and by the time it got back to the diamond, both Gardner and Wagner had crossed the plate on the fine triple. Charley Hall then ended the rally by striking out, but the Speed Boys led, 7 to 4.

Tris Speaker got two more singles in the game and Nunamaker got another one himself to put across another run in the eighth and give the Red Sox the win and the final game of the series.

 

at Hilltop Park (New York) …

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

6

0

0

1

0

 

8

8

2

NY HIGHLANDERS

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

X

 

4

5

3

 

W-Charley Hall (1-0)
L-Hippo Vaughn
Attendance - 2000

3B-Nunamaker (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

3

2

0

.091

 

 

Steve Yerkes

2b

3

0

0

.077

 

 

Tris Speaker

cf

5

2

2

.231

 

 

Jake Stahl

1b

5

1

1

.545

 

 

Larry Gardner

3b

5

1

1

.183

 

 

Duffy Lewis

lf

4

0

0

.300

 

 

Heinie Wagner

ss

3

1

0

.200

 

 

Bill Carrigan

c

1

0

0

.000

 

 

Les Nunamaker

c

3

0

2

.500

 

 

Casey Hagerman

p

0

0

0

.000

 

 

Charley Hall

p

4

1

1

.250

 

               

 

 

IP H ER BB SO

 

 

Casey Hagerman

0.1

2

2

3

1

 

 

Charley Hall

8.2

3

2

1

7

 

 

 

1912 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

-

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 

2

0

1/2

 

 

Cleveland Naps

2

1

1

 

 

Chicago White Sox

2

1

1

 

 

Detroit Tigers

1

2

2

 

 

St Louis Browns 

1

2

2

 

 

New York Highlanders 

0

3

2 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

0

2

3