“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

JOE WOOD

FENWAY'S FIRST TEAM
The Browns are beaten for the ninth time

July 8, 1912 ... Joe Wood hypnotized St Louis batters today as the Red Sox made in nine straight over the Browns. With Wood doing the pitching at Fenway Park, the boys from the banks of the Mississippi River were put in a trance after one inning in an effort to make some noise. Wood is noted for his great speed and yesterday being extremely warm, he decided to feed the St. Louis Browns a mixture of slow drops and many curves, now and then dancing in a fast one into Hick Cady's big catchers club. Every time one of his fastballs hit the glove the retort would go echoing around the field.

The visitors got one man around to second in the first inning. Larry Gardner failed to negotiate a hot shot from the bat of Bert Shotton, then Heinie Jantzen singled and Wagner got the third man, but Del Pratt knocked out another base hit and a run was over the plate, giving St. Louis a quick 1 to 0 lead.

The Red Sox practically clinched the game right in the bottom of the first inning on bungles by the visitors and hits by the Speed Boys. Harry Hooper singled, and a fumble gave Steve Yerkes a life. The next two men went down and then came safe drives from Gardner, Stahl and Wagner, bringing three runners across the plate.

Jantzen opened the fourth with a single but then fell easy prey to Joe Wood and Heinie Wagner, as Wagner got the first man and Wood struck out the next two. No more runs were scored until the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Red Sox got a run on Frank Laporte's wild throw and sacrifice hits by Wagner and Cady. In the eighth they added one more with Lewis leading off with a nice double and scored on a poor throw by the St. Louis catcher who was trying to get him when he stole third.

St. Louis could do nothing with Joe Wood and the game ended quietly with a 5 to 1 Red Sox win. It seemed like the Boston players were out for good practice session and they were indeed given a good warm cheer when they went out on the field before the game.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
  0  

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

1

7

5

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

x

   

5

11

1

 

 

W-Joe Wood (17-4)
L-Mack Allison
 
Attendance – 4000

2B-Lewis (Bost), Cady (Bost), Kutina (StL), Laporte (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

4

1

1

.237

 

 

Steve Yerkes

2b

4

1

0

.258

 

 

Tris Speaker

cf

4

0

1

.388

 

 

Duffy Lewis

lf

4

1

1

.278

 

 

Larry Gardner

3b

4

1

3

.313

 

 

Jake Stahl

1b

4

1

1

.287

 

 

Heinie Wagner

ss

3

0

1

.297

 

 

Hick Cady

c

4

0

0

.289

 

 

Joe Wood

p

3

0

1

.221

 

               

 

 

IP H ER BB SO

 

 

Joe Wood

9

7

1

2

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 

52

24

-

 

 

Washington Nationals

45

31

7

 

 

Chicago White Sox

42

31

8 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 

41

32

9 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Naps

39

36

12 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 

37

39

15

 

 

New York Highlanders 

19

50

29 1/2

 

 

St Louis Browns

20

52

30