“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

NATIONALS PARK

FENWAY'S FIRST TEAM

September 29, 1912 ... No game scheduled ... The day was a dull one for the Boston Red Sox. Several automobile trips were planned, but showers forced some players to remain close to the hotel. President McAleer today spent an hour with manager Jake Stahl discussing the World Series. Manager Stahl thinks it is a even break as between the two clubs and says that luck is bound to be a factor in the games.

Several of the Royal Rooters have tried to interest President acAleer to let them have a section of the grandstand for the opening game, as they want to take the band along. McAleer will do what he can for the Rooters, as he and Stahl appreciate the fine work the fans have done.

Joe Wood is in great shape and may pitch any day for five or six innings to keep his control. Bill Carrigan's finger is not injured very badly and he will be out like practice tomorrow. The players are anxious for fine weather as they need the work.

JOE WOOD

Wood may have missed out in his try for a new American League record for number of games won, but he seems fairly sure to give the Red Sox a new mark in pitching percentage. This he will accomplish if he does not pitch another game this week, for his percentage is now .868 whereas the best previous showing made by any pitcher in the league is that of Bill Donovan in 1907, when the Detroit Tiger attained the mark pf .862 But Joe may pitch again this week and if he does and wins, his percentage will be .872

The Red Sox begin this week with only two objects in view, first to keep in shape and on edge for the World Series and second to beat or at least tie the American League record for number of games won. Going through the remaining five days of play without injury and find themselves on Saturday night as full of fight and confidence as they have been all season, will probably appease them if they had not gained a new league record. It seems altogether likely that they will at least equal the games won record and to do this they need when only one game out of the five.

Doing his part toward bringing the championship the Boston appears to have been glory enough for Tris Speaker and unless the Texan murders the ball in the five games left, he will finish no better than third in the American League batting race. That is, unless Joe Jackson goes into a slump. Jackson crowded out Speaker for second place last week and is batting .392 compared to speaker's .381 Ty Cobb leads the league batting .410

 

 

1912 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON RED SOX 

101

46

-

 

 

Washington Nationals 

89

58

12

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 

87

60

14

 

 

Chicago White Sox

74

76

28 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Naps

72

77

30

 

 

Detroit Tigers

69

80

33

 

 

St Louis Browns 

52

98

50 1/2

 

 

New York Highlanders 

49

98

52

 

 

 

(*) Clinched American League Pennant