FENWAY'S FIRST TEAM
WORLD SERIES, GAME #5
Hugh Bedient pitches the game of his life
holding NY to three hits
October 12, 1912
The day began in a heavy drifting mist and an east wind. Not until 10:30 was the decision to play the game made. The crowd filtered into Fenway Park very slowly but by 2PM the
park was filled. The “outside grandstands” on neighboring roofs and on construction scaffolding were filled with fans. The Red Sox took practice with an air of confidence that was a far cry from the nervousness they displayed earlier in the week. Being Columbus Day, and a day off from work,
the crowd was in a jubilant mood. They cheered and laughed like a college crowd, breaking into choruses of Sweet Adeline. At 1:55, the Royal Rooters, led by Mayor Fitzgerald marched to their seats on Duffy’s bank in left field. The crowd was not disappointed when the game started. Christy
Mathewson struck out only two men and allowed five hits, all of which came in the first three innings.
Harry Hooper and
Tris Speaker singled in the first and were stranded on base when Matty struck out Larry Gardner. Heinie Wagner singled in the second inning and got nowhere. The cloudburst in the third inning won the game for
the Red Sox, Harry Hooper started by ripping a triple down the third base line. Steve Yerkes followed his cue and hit one between Josh Devore and Fred Snodgrass for another triple, scoring Hooper. Hooper scored on Tris Speaker’s easy tap to Larry Doyle which he fumbled. That was it for the
Red Sox getting on base. When the last Sox player was out in the eighth inning, Matty had the distinction of completing 19 consecutive innings in the World Series without issuing a walk.
Hugh Bedient deserved every bit of the glory and credit he earned. He was wild in the previous games and McGraw gave orders to wait him out today. The Giants did just that and made him work hard, but when the
command was issued to hit everything that looked good, the Giants woke up to the painful realization that they couldn’t hit Bedient. For the first few innings, Bedient was in the hole all the time but only Devore and Murray coaxed passes out of him. But Bedient kept pegging away at his task
and never faltered. In five innings he retired the side in order, and his hits were all well scattered. He was in trouble only twice and got out of it once and the other time was victimized by a scratch bloop hit. To show such poise in the World Series was remarkable for the rookie.
The Red Sox share for winning the World Series is $88,543 ($4024/player) … Giant’s share for the World Series 1s $59,028 ($2566/player).
It was revealed that automobiles occupied by the Royal Rooters and the Red Sox were stoned by street urchins, as they were en route to the train station. Buck O’Brien was hit in the face by a large stone. Observers said that the New
York police did nothing to stop the rowdy behavior of the youth.