In 1914, a minor-league named the Midwestern Federal League, announced that it would become a third major league to compete with the National League and the American League, much as the American League had done 13 years earlier. The Feds began to raid major league teams, driving up salaries dramatically. American League President Ban Johnson felt that Red Sox owner James McAleer did not have enough money to compete with the Federal League. Accompanied with the fact that Red Sox attendance was down in 1913, Johnson wanted to look to replace McAleer.
Without McAleer's knowledge, Johnson chose Joseph Lannin to replace him as president of the Red Sox. Lannin was a real estate owner, a competitive athlete, and had a minority interest in the Boston Braves. He was very knowledgeable about the game, wanted to own a major league club outright and therefore was investigating the purchase of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two met and Johnson then organized the overthrow of McAleer. Lannin divested himself of any connection with the Braves, and with the help of Johnson, paid $200,000 for the controlling shares of the Red Sox.
After the deal was completed, the Red Sox ownership had now changed hands for the fifth time in 13 seasons. The first thing Lannin did was turn complete full control of baseball operations to Bill Carrigan. Carrigan reviewed all the player contracts and even chose new team uniforms. So when spring training opened in 1914, Carrigan was ready and in charge.
Carrigan reduced the exhibition game schedule to only 12 games and conducted one long daily workout from 10 AM to 3 PM, as opposed to the two-a-days that had been scheduled in previous years. He eliminated the mountain hikes and required the players to run or walk the 2 miles from the hotel to the ball field at Hot Springs, Arkansas.
On March 6, 1914 Lannin decided to meet Tris Speaker in New York, and re-sign him before the Federal League had a chance to talk with him. The stakes were enormous and he knew Speaker would command baseball's most lucrative salary. Losing Speaker would cost the team both on the field and in the gate receipts. Along with former Red Sox owner, and now vice-president and minority owner, John I. Taylor, the man who signed Speaker to his first contract, the two met him as he came off the Lusitania, returning from a vacation. Speaker immediately figured out what was going on, and told the pair that he intended to listen to the representatives of the Federal League before signing any contract.
At the Knickerbocker Hotel, the Federal League representatives placed a $15,000 cash signing bonus on the table and offered him a three year contract for another $15,000 per year. Speaker mulled over the offer and decided that he wanted to stay in Boston and not take a chance on jumping to the unknown. He met Lannin and Taylor for dinner and signed a two-year, $36,000 contract, becoming the highest paid player in baseball.
The Federal League executives were devastated. The big name players would not jump to their league. They had approached Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson without a positive result, and now they couldn't get Speaker. But still they caused the salaries of the two major leagues to go up dramatically across the board. Lannin could afford it and Ban Johnson was happy with the change in Boston.
Interest in the 1914 baseball season was very high in Boston and when tickets first went on sale, there was a rush to buy them up. The big question at spring training was whether Joe Wood could return to his form and had recovered from his injuries of the year before. After the disappointment of 1913, Carrigan brought more players into camp than had ever been done before.
Wood was confident about a healthy return to the majors, but days before he was scheduled to depart for spring training, he was struck by appendicitis, which sidelined him another two months.
With the illness Wood, the Red Sox expected Ray Collins to step up and become the ace of their pitching staff and that is exactly what he did. His six shutouts ranked fourth in the American League, and he was one of only three A.L. pitchers to reach the 20-win plateau.
Dutch Leonard proved to be the best pitcher on the staff this year and he put up a 19-5 record with a 0.96 ERA, the best of any pitcher in the history of 20th and 21st century baseball.
George "Rube" Foster got off to a strong start. A nearly month-long homestand in May resulted in a pretty astonishing run. It was the sort of month which could make a player’s reputation. Foster’s record was 14-8, with five shutouts. He would have pitched more, but again wrenched his knee while fielding a ball in June, missing nearly a month before his next start. His 1.70 ERA was second on the team only to Leonard's.
Less than five months after leaving St. Mary’s, Babe Ruth made his debut at Fenway Park. He pitched seven innings against Cleveland and received credit for a 4-3 win on July 11th. After being hit hard by Detroit in his second outing, Babe rode the bench until he was demoted to the minor leagues in mid-August, where he helped the Providence Grays capture the International League pennant, but returned to Boston for the final week of the season.
Bill Carrigan realized that Ruth was a good prospect. He looked like a promising pitcher, but would make bad pitching decisions. His raw talent was not enough against major league hitters. He served up fat pitches to good hitters or made bad pitches in key situations, as well as making bad plays in the field. Carrigan watched Ruth carefully as the summer progressed.
The Babe wasted little time in adapting to Boston. He soon discovered the red light district near Fenway Park and made friends with gamblers and members of the "Royal Rooters". These people took advantage of him, to the point where he was broke all the time. The Red Sox management eventually put him on allowance, and made Carrigan his roommate.
Harry Hooper later described as was a 19-year-old kid, poorly educated, ill-mannered and crude, but was a good pitcher with a lot of potential, who had never been anywhere and knew nothing about life. In the years to come, as Hooper saw him grow into a man, the idol of American kids and something pretty close to a god, who transformed baseball forever, Hooper could only shake his head in amazement.
Babe was a brash young 19 year old prospect and rubbed veteran players the wrong way. He was full of self-confidence and refused to be treated like a rookie. He demanded to take batting practice, something unheard of by a pitcher, never mind a rookie pitcher.
A practicing Catholic, on an already segregated team, Babe soon came into conflict with Joe Wood and Tris Speaker, the outspoken Protestants. Whether it was because he was Catholic or just a loud mouth, he had ongoing run-ins with the two star players, not to mention other teammates in general.
Everett Scott arrived with a great advance buildup. Even the great Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics was impressed by his fielding prowess after an early season game against the Red Sox. Scott anchored the infield and was a steady performer, who ultimately would be considered one of the best shortstops in Red Sox history. He set the consecutive games played record that stood up until Lou Gehrig broke it. His rookie year produced a .239 batting average, which was good for a shortstop during this era, and his fielding was very good.
The outfield was still the best in baseball, with Duffy Lewis, Harry Hooper and Tris Speaker. After resisting the advances of the Federal League, Speaker batted .338 and tied his career high of 12 double play assists. He led the league with 193 hits and 46 doubles. Lewis managed to hit just .278 and Hooper batted .258 with 85 runs scored.
The Red Sox started the season slowly, losing to Walter Johnson on opening day. Then Carrigan's young pitching staff began to come around. In the second game on April 15th, George Foster allowed just four hits and struck out eight. The Sox won the game, 2-1, scoring one run in the second inning to tie the score, and another run in the sixth that won the game.
On April 18th, Hugh Bedient shut-out the World Champion Athletics at Fenway Park, 1-0. He allowed them only three singles and walked two and was never in trouble. Duffy Lewis' double off the left field bank scored Clyde Engle with the only run of the game.
The Sox only won those two games on their opening homestand and headed down to Washington where they won their first two meetings. Rookie pitcher Rankin Johnson had an impressive major league debut by beating Walter Johnson, 5 to 0, on April 23rd. With both teams not on the scoreboard for six innings, the Sox scored the only run they would need in the seventh, on a base hit by Tris Speaker and a double by Steve Yerkes.
The next day the Sox won again on a bases loaded double by Duffy Lewis in the third inning, 5 to 3. But then they lost four straight games before chalking up their next win.
Although sophomore Dutch Leonard lost twice in April, both defeats were by the score of 1 to 0. His first win came in Philly on May 4th, 9-1. The only run he allowed came in the ninth inning with two outs. He had eight strikeouts, most of which happened with men on base. Larry Gardner had three hits that were good for 5 RBIs.
The Sox only won three games on the trip and returned to Boston in seventh place, six games behind.
Red Sox fans quickly warmed up to the 1914 edition of their team. George Foster shut out the Yankees, 2-0, in the first game of the homestand on May 7th. The Sox first run came in the seventh inning. Steve Yerkes doubled off the wall and scored on Hal Janvrin's base hit. The second run crossed the plate an inning later. Hooper tripled to the fence in right center and was brought home by Speaker's double. The only threat to Foster happened in the eighth inning when he let runners get to first and third, but struck out the final batter to get out of the jam.
The next game on May 8th, saw Leonard pitch in a tight contest against the Yankees. Dutch had allowed New York only two hits, both of whom were thrown out by Carrigan while trying for second base and not one Yankee baserunner reached second. Although the Yankees threatened in the ninth, there were 11 strikeouts for Dutch in the game. He fanned at least one man in each inning, showing how strong he was with his control. He disposed of five men on strikes in the last three innings.
Foster threw another shutout in his next start against the Browns on May 12th. He allowed three scattered hits in the 7-0 win. His first St. Louis baserunners got on base in the fifth inning with back-to-back singles.
Then it was Leonard who blanked the Browns again in the next game. It wasn't easy for Dutch because he was wild and had to pitch out of numerous jams. Carrigan saved him many headaches with his job behind the plate and at bat, knocking out two hits. The Sox won 1-0, and the run came on Larry Gardner's triple and a ground ball out by Clyde Engle.
Leonard had pitched two two consecutive shutouts and had given up only three runs in three complete games.
On May 16th, Ray Collins threw the next shutout game. He beat the Tigers, 3-0, but had himself in trouble time after time, managing to pitch his way out of jams.
In the middle of May, Joe Wood made his first appearance of the year in relief of Hugh Bedient, in a 9 to 3 loss. The crowd started cheering from the bleachers and the cheers moved all the way to the grandstand when Wood took the mound. He didn't disappoint and rewarded the fans by striking out the first hitter he faced and pitched a scoreless inning.
On May 22nd, the Sox beat the White Sox, by a score of 1 to 0. It was a pitcher's battle between Eddie Cicotte and George "Rube" Foster. Foster pitched his fourth shutout without allowing a run, and with 37 scoreless innings in succession.
Leonard won the next day, but had his shutout streak broken, beating the White Sox 6 to 2. Chicago scored one on a double steal in the fourth inning and on three consecutive singles in the eighth.
Joe Wood earned his first win on May 27th, beating the Cleveland Naps, 5 to 4. Cleveland scored two runs in the first two innings, passing three men in the first inning alone. After the second inning, he retired 16 straight batters. Speaker knocked out three hits to help him win his first game of the season.
On May 29th, in a doubleheader at Fenway Park with Washington, it was a battle of the two Johnsons again in the first game. Walter Johnson managed to pull out with a 1-0 victory over Rankin.
The second game was quite different, as first one team took the lead and the other battled back. The Red Sox came all the way home for the winning finish in the 10th inning, by a score of 6 to 5. In the top of the 10th, Washington scored a run and then in the bottom of the inning both Bill Carrigan and pinch hitter Clyde Engle drew walks. Then with two outs, Everett Scott smashed a single to left that scored Olaf Henriksen, running for Carrigan, and the score was tied. Duffy Lewis next hit a slow ground ball to shortstop, George McBride, who threw quickly to first base. But Chick Gandil pulled his foot off the bag, and it allowed Engle to come in with the winning run.
In another battle between Walter Johnson and Rankin Johnson on June 1st, meeting for the third time this season, Rankin won, making it two out of three against his illustrious namesake. The score was 1 to 0, and it indeed was a fight from start to finish. Only five hits were made off each man. An error, which was mixed in with the two hits made by the Red Sox in the fifth inning, was a factor in the scoring of the only run made in the game. Hick Cady singled past first base. Rankin attempted to bunt, but Walter fielded the ball cleanly and tried to force Cady at second base. Unfortunately for Walter, he hit Cady in the back with his throw. Harry Hooper then singled Cady in with the winning run.
By the beginning of June, the Philadelphia Athletics started to run away with the American League. The Sox pitching was impressive, however. Foster (5-3) had pitched four consecutive shutouts while Leonard (5-3) and Ray Collins were pitching great games also. But the Sox were playing no better than .500 baseball and they quickly fell into the middle of the pack, behind by 6 1/2 games after a their 14-13 homestand.
On the road the Sox had better luck, winning four straight in Cleveland. On June 6th, it took 14 innings for the Sox to win the game. Everett Scott had three hits in six times up. He doubled to open the 14th and went to third on Speaker's sacrifice. Lewis was passed intentionally to set up the doubleplay, but the Naps shortstop, Bruce Hartford, bobbled Hal Janvrin's grounder and it prevented the twin killing, allowing Scott to score the game winning run. 4 to 3.
The great pitching by George Foster and two runs in the first inning, was enough for the Sox to win the next day, 2-1. He struck out nine and walked only one batter.
In the third game, the Sox came out on top in an 11-8 slugfest. Duffy Lewis doubled with the bases loaded in the third inning and with the bases full again in the fifth inning, Larry Gardner also scored everyone with a double off the right field fence.
For five innings the fourth game was even at one run apiece, but the Sox scored seven runs in the sixth inning and came up with the series sweep, winning 9-6 on June 9th.
The Sox team batting average was up to .290 up from .278 after the four game sweep. The knocked out 31 hits in 119 at bats (.261 BA).
The Sox sailed up to Detroit and split their series with the Tigers. They won the opening game, 8 to 2, on June 10th behind Ray Collins. Everett Scott (.421 BA) was again the hitting star, with a single, a double, a sac fly and a home run.
But then Red Sox bats went silent in the next two games, losing 2-1 and 1-0. Foster and Rankin Johnson did great work on the mound, but Tigers' pitchers did a better job in silencing the Sox bats. The only run Johnson allowed the Tigers was unearned.
In the final game, the Sox were able to cash in on the wildness of the Tigers' pitchers and won 8 to 6, on June 13th. Bedient was knocked around for the second straight start and had to be bailed out by Collins.
In St. Louis the Sox won 3 of 4. The first game was a 10-1 laugher with Dutch Leonard at the top of his game. Coming off a sore shoulder, he worked hard in this game with nine strikeouts, but was not as sharp as he had been in previous games. The Sox jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and kept adding to it. Scott went 3 for 5 and made some slick plays in the field.
Joe Wood and George Foster each pitched a shutout in the next two games, each winning 2-0. Wood pitched his strongest game in quite a while and Foster continued to roll along throwing his fifth shutout of the season. Duffy Lewis had the loudest stick for the Sox, with four hits in four times up.
In Chicago the Red Sox took the opening game on June 18th, 8-0. Leonard was hit hard, but came thru when the White Sox threatened each time and Hooper kept them in the game with timely hits. Unfortunately the White Sox took the next four games. In the last game, Hugh Bedient was hit hard again. The Sox had a 4-1 lead and lost 5 to 4.
The Sox did better against the Yankees in New York. Dutch Leonard (0.73 ERA) won both his starts, 3-0 and 2-1. The Sox split a doubleheader with the first place Athletics, with Leonard winning the first game of a doubleheader on June 29th, 7 to 1 in Philadelphia. He was pitching so well now that he was practically invincible. For the month on June he won all six starts, giving up a total of four runs and striking out 29 batters in 48 innings pitched.
On July 2nd, the Sox swept a doubleheader from the A's. Leonard wasn't as sharp in the first game needing help from Bedient and Collins, but they won, 7 to 6. Tris Speaker slugged a long homer over the right field fence in the ninth inning to give the Sox the win. Rookie Fritz Coumbe held down the Athletics, winning 7 to 1 in the second game.
The Sox headed down to Washington. only three games behind the Athletics, but there they only won two of the five games. In the first game Rankin Johnson faced Walter Johnson once again and this time was on the losing end. Joe Wood held the Nats down in the second game, winning 3-1. Ray Collins threw a 1-0 gem in the first game of the July 4th doubleheader, but Bedient (4-8) lost once again in the second game. Collins allowed just two hits and the only run scored, was on a double by Speaker who then scored on a booted ground ball by the Nationals secondbaseman, Ray Morgan.
The Red Sox won 19 games and lost 13 on their long trip and returned to Boston without making up any ground on the Athletics. They were in 6th place, 5 1/2 games behind, the same as when they left a month ago.
The Federal League was making it difficult for cities like St. Louis, Chicago and Brooklyn, that had to field multiple teams. In Baltimore, the Federal League Baltimore Terrapins made life difficult for the International League team, the Baltimore Orioles. Orioles owner, Jack Dunn was bleeding money, even though his team was in first place. He had tried unsuccessfully to move his franchise out of Baltimore, and then was faced with the reality of having to sell his prized players, in order to keep from going out of business. Over a three-day period he sold off the guts of his ball club.
Joseph Lannin and Bill Carrigan, thinking that they were not competing with the Athletics, decided to build for 1915. Lannin traveled to Baltimore to meet with Dunn and he returned with three players. He purchased pitchers Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore and catcher Ben Egan for $22,500 on July 9th.
At home the Sox hosted the White Sox and lost 3 of 4. Rankin Johnson won the only game by a 5-1 score. He pitched five solid innings and was helped by Bedient, who also pitched well.
Babe Ruth arrived in Boston on Saturday, July 11th. That morning he would meet his future bride, Helen Woodward, who served him bacon and eggs in a coffee shop, and that afternoon, less than five months after leaving St. Mary’s, he pitched his first major league game for the Red Sox against the last-place Cleveland Naps. The Babe won his debut by a score of 4 to 3. He held Cleveland to five hits in six innings, with one strikeout, but was then hit hard and left the game in the seventh inning. In comparison to Dutch Leonard, who took over for him and pitched the last two innings, getting everyone out in order and striking out four, Babe looked like nothing more than a kid with undisciplined talent.
On July 13th, Ray Collins held Cleveland runless and almost hitless, with a 2 to 0 win. Collins never pitched better and from start to finish. The further he went the better he seemed to be getting stronger. Only two hits were made off him, and only four of the Cleveland batters were able to reach first base.
The rookie Ernie Shore, looked like a seasoned veteran and started off by winning his first game on July 14th, 2 to 1. The Sox did not hit for him, leaving 12 men on base in seven innings. But Shore allowed the Naps only two hits, while his teammates scratched out two runs for the win.
Leonard (12-3) pitched another great game, in the last meeting with the Naps, on July 15th, winning 4-0. He gave up seven hits and struck out nine.
Babe Ruth's second start came against the Tigers on July 16th. He pitched three innings, giving up two runs and three hits. In the fourth inning he walked the first batter he faced and the second batter, Sam Crawford, hit a line drive over centerfielder, Wally Rehg's head for a double. Then Bobby Veach hit a line drive into right center and legged out a triple. That was the day for Babe. Rankin Johnson came in and put out the fire, but the Tigers won the game, 5 to 2.
Joe Lannin purchased another player on July 16th. Dick Hoblitzell, a firstbaseman, was picked up from the Cincinnati Reds. Although not playing well this year, he had been one of the top hitters in the National League with a .291 batting average over five years since 1909.
It took 16 innings for the Sox to beat the Tigers, 3-2, on July 20th. Fritz Coumbe shut out Detroit for eight innings, then two errors nullified his work and the Tigers scored two runs to tie the game. Dutch Leonard came in and pitched eight no-hit innings. With Leonard and Harry Hooper on base in the 16th, Tris Speaker delivered the walk-off blow with a base hit to center field. Speaker had three singles and a double in seven time up, with two stolen bases. He also threw Donie Bush out at the plate to save a run.
Two games were won against the Browns at Fenway on July 22nd, in a doubleheader. The Sox had 22 hits in 66 times at bat, for the two games. Ernie Shore won his second start in the afternoon game, 6 to 2. Hooper, Hal Janvrin and Speaker each had four hits and Speaker knocked out three doubles.
At the end of the homestand, the Sox were still within striking distance of the A's, behind by 6 1/2 games, and they had moved into second place.
Things started in Cleveland on July 25th with an 8-6 victory in 11 innings. They were behind 6-3 in the ninth inning, when Hooper started a rally by drawing a pass with one out. Everett Scott lined his fourth hit of the day and Speaker loaded the bases on another pass. Lewis' slammed a line drive into the left field corner, clearing the bases and tying the score, sending the game into overtime. Then in the 11th inning, Scott reached first on an infield hit and Speaker reached when he beat out a sacrifice bunt. The infield moved in and Lewis spanked a single thru them into right field, scoring Scott and sending Speaker to third. Gardner's single then scored Speaker with another run. Three of the St. Louis runs were the result of a muff by Speaker. Duffy Lewis had five hits driving with 4 RBIs and Larry Gardner, with three hits, had 3 RBIs.
The Sox and Naps were locked in a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning of the second game when the Sox scored three more and won 4 to 1. The beneficiary of the win was Ernie Shore, who chalked up his third win since joining the Red Sox.
The third game was another shutout for Dutch Leonard (0.96 ERA), 3 to 0, for his fourteenth win on July 27th. Thirteen of the 27 outs were put away by Hooper, Speaker and Lewis. Speaker had three hits, and brought in two of the three runs.
On July 28th, the Sox and Naps engineered a trade that brought veteran pitcher Vean Gregg to Boston. Gregg was 9-3, with a 3.07 ERA. The Naps got Fritz Coumbe, Ben Egan and Rankin Johnson.
The Red Sox won again in Chicago on July 29th. They fought back to tie the score again in the ninth inning, 4-4. Then in the 10th inning, four runs were scored and they won 8 to 4. In the ninth inning Hooper hit a line drive down the first base line for a double and Speaker scored him with a base hit to tie the score. Hal Janvrin opened the 10th with a hit and stole second. Pinch Thomas was passed to set up the force and Dick Hoblitzell moved them up with a ground out. Carrigan then singled Janvrin home thru a drawn-in infield. Hooper's triple off the right field fence scored Thomas and Carrigan and scored himself when the ball was muffed in the outfield, for the fourth run. Dutch Leonard came in to pitch and earned his second save of the season on three grounders.
Shore threw a 4-0 shutout the next game. Gardner and Janvrin each drove in two runs apiece. Shore complete his first month in the big leagues with four wins and a 1.26 ERA. Combine that with the four wins posted by Dutch Leonard and his 1.44 ERA in July, showed how powerful Sox pitching was. Had George Foster not wrenched his knee at the end of June, the staff would have been even more powerful.
The next three games were in St. Louis and the Sox lost the first three, only scoring a total of two runs. Leonard proved the be the stopper, shutting out the Browns 6-0 on August 5th, striking out eight batters.
In Detroit, the Sox took 2 of 3. On August 8th, Joe Wood picked up a win, using his head to pitch. He knew he no longer had an effective fastball and relied on his finesse to keep the Tigers off balance. He also went 2-for-3, with a double and an RBI. Leonard came in and pitched the last two innings and earned his third save.
Shore started the next game and was wild, giving up four runs. Foster took his place and pitched equally ineffective, giving up another two runs, in the 8-6 Sox win. The win was made possible by the five runs his teammates scored in the 7th inning. Down 6-3, Wally Rehg singled to left and stole second. Hooper lined a single to center that rolled thru Ty Cobb's legs allowing Rehg and Hooper to come all the was around and score. Scott worked a pass as did Speaker, followed by Lewis, getting hit by a pitch by Harry Covaleski. Gardner's grounder forced Lewis at second, scoring Scott. With Janvrin up, Red McKee, the Tiger's catcher, then tried to pick off Speaker at third and threw the ball into left field. So Speaker scored and Gardner scored on Janvrin's single. Leonard pitched the last three innings and was again unhittable, picking up the win.
The road trip was a success with 10 wins of the 15 games played. Speaker had hit .407 on the trip and Everett Scott made one or more hits in the last nine games. But the Athletics were wining also and the Sox found that they had lost ground and came back, now 9 1/2 games behind them.
The Yankees next beat Dutch Leonard by a close 1-0 score, as the Sox batters failed to get a man around when it mattered. Two days later, on August 15th, the Sox took a 1-0 win back from the Yanks. Vean Gregg was on the mound for the Sox and though inconsistent, he threw a shutout for eight innings. In the eighth the Sox broke up a scoreless tie. Hick Cady doubled off the left field bank. Olaf Henriksen batted for Gregg and grounded out. Hooper lined a base hit which scored the first and only run of the game.
On August 17th, Babe Ruth was finally sent down to the Providence Greys for the remainder of the season. There, he helped them capture the International League pennant.
On August 19th the Chicago White Sox were swept in a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The first game went to Leonard by a 3 to 1 score. It was his 17th win and his ERA was still a miniscule 0.90 for the season. And in his last eight games over 49 innings of work, he had given up just three runs (0.55 ERA) and struck out 37 batters.
The second game was a 4-1 victory for Joe Wood. Although he was not as effective as he would have liked, he came through in the clutch with men on base.
Ernie Shore (5-1) mastered the White Sox with a one-hitter in the third game of the series, 5 to 1. The solitary hit made off him was a short fly that Harry Hooper got one hand on, but couldn't hold on to.
Leonard took the ball and beat Cleveland, 7 to 3, on August 24th and gave up a whopping two runs (for him) in his six innings of work.
The Sox had won six games in a row and 24 of their last 40 games, but the Athletics had won 35 of their last 40 games. As a result, the Athletics upped their lead to 12 1/2 games with 41 games left.
On the last day of the month, Leonard won his 19th game, against the St. Louis Browns, 4 to 1.
The Browns next lost a doubleheader to the Sox on September 1st. In the first game, the Sox were losing by three runs in the eighth inning, scored four runs and won 7 to 6. A single by Scott, a triple by Speaker, a double by Lewis, a single by Janvrin that tied the score, and a triple by Carrigan took the lead. The Sox took the second game 4 to 2 when the Browns literally threw it away in the fourth inning. Shore was on the mound for the Sox and that was all he needed to keep the win.
The Sox highlight of the year came in their biggest series of the season, which started on September 3rd. With the Athletics in town for four games, the Sox came thru in spectacular fashion. The first two games were played in a doubleheader. George "Rube" Foster came out and won the first game, 3-1, giving up just four hits and out-pitching Eddie Plank. Hooper, Duffy Lewis and Larry Gardner each had two hits.
Joe Wood had the second game well in hand after his teammates scored three runs in the first inning. The Sox won this one, 6 to 3. Speaker and Janvrin had two hits each and Lewis had three, giving him five hits in six times up for the two games.
The third game was a 4-2 win for the Red Sox the next day. Gardner hit three screaming liners that were good for three hits, including a triple and 2 RBIs. Scott was the hero however, snagging a line drive from Rube Oldring, that would have tied the score in the eighth inning.
The Sox finally put up one of their best games of the season in the finale on September 5th. Ernie Shore was two much for Philly in the game and kept the A's quiet, winning 4 to 1. The one run scored by Philly was unearned on a wild throw by catcher Pinch Thomas, trying to cut down a steal of second base. Shore gave up just four scattered hits.
Even though they were seemingly out of it, the Sox didn't quit and had swept the four game series. They also had taken eight of their last nine games played against the A's, but found that they were still 8 1/2 games behind them.
So the Sox headed then off to New York to play the Yankees and took 2 of 3. The first win came in the morning game of a doubleheader on September 7th. George Foster baffled the Yankees, allowing four scattered hits and one unearned run in an easy 5-1 win. Tris Speaker provided the power, slugging one into the right field bleachers. But Joe Wood was not as fortunate in the nitecap, as the Sox could only muster two hits in an 8-1 loss. He gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings and got thrown out of the game for arguing an umpire's decision.
The Sox battled the Yankees in the third game and won 6 to 5. Tied at five each, Dick Hoblitzell produced his fourth single of the game in the eighth inning. He was bunted to second and then after two outs, Carrigan was walked so the Yankees could pitch to Ernie Shore, who had been pitching a good game. But Shore crossed them up by blooping a single over the shortstop to load the bases. Hooper, who already had two hits, was next and he waited until four balls were thrown, and happily walked to first while "Hobby" trotted home with what would be the winning run.
Then it was down the road for another match with the A's. On September 9th, Ray Collins went up against Eddie Plank in the first game and it took 11 innings, but the he and the Sox won out, 2 to 0, for their eight consecutive win over Philly. Collins allowed five singles, scattered in the first four innings. After coming close on numerous tries, the Sox grabbed the the lead in the 11th. With the game still scoreless, Eddie Murphy dropped Hooper's fly ball in right field. Scott sacrificed him to second and he moved to third on Speaker's infield hit. Lewis was intentionally passed to load the bases and set up the force play. But Plank could not find the plate, walking Hoblitzell and breaking the tie, with Hooper walking across the plate. Then after a ground out, Plank walked Larry Gardner and Lewis walked in with another run.
But then the A's got to Foster in the second game, the next day, winning 8 to 1. And in the third game, down 5-1, the Sox battled to an 8-8 tie, called because of darkness after eight innings. So they gained nothing on Philadelphia and left town, still eight games behind them.
In Washington Collins pitched another shutout, 3-0, allowing four hits. Hoblitzell was 2 for 3, with two triples. The next day two wild throws in the ninth inning gave the Sox and Joe Wood a 2-1 victory. It was "Hobby" again who was involved with the win. In the ninth inning, with the score 1-1, he drew a lead-off walk, stole second, went to third on a wild throw into centerfield, trying to pick him off. He made it home when Kid Foster's throw trying to get him at third, went into the Red Sox bench.
The Sox next took two-of-three in Cleveland. George Foster rebounded by pitching a superb game, and the Red Sox did some hitting, winning 8-1 on September 17th. The next day the Red Sox won 4 to 3 in 10 innings.
In Detroit they took four wins of the five games played, and battled to a tie in the other game. The Sox took both ends of a doubleheader on September 20th, winning 10-3 and 7-2. The Sox batters pummeled Tiger pitching in the first game. Hoblitzell was 4 for 5 with 2 RBIS and Gardner was 3 for 3, with a double and 2 RBIs. The Tigers gave the Sox the second game with bad pitching and bad support in the field.
The Sox hitters continued their onslaught of Tigers pitching the next day, with Gardner banging out a home run and Hal Janvrin was 4 for 5. The game was called due to darkness after 11 innings and with the score tied at eight apiece.
Another doubleheader was played by the Tigers and Red Sox on September 22nd and again the Sox swept both games, 5-3 and 5-0. Ray Collins (19-12) pitched two complete games and was the recipient of both wins. It was the first time a pitcher had done so, since 1908.
With the four wins, the Sox cut into the Philadelphia lead and were behind by only 5 1/2 games with 14 games left.
But then the roof caved in for the Sox and their hopes of catching the Athletics died, when they lost the next three games and fell back to 7 1/2 games behind when they returned home.
In an historic post script, on October 2nd, in a game against the Yankees, Babe Ruth, who was back up with the Sox, not only pitched an excellent game, but got his first major league hit, a stinging double to right.
The Red Sox ended up finishing the season with a record of 91-62, some 8 1/2 games behind Philadelphia.
But their young pitching staff was being constructed as the foundation that would become one of the best in the history of baseball. At season's end, Ray Collins had won 20 games, George Foster won 14, Ernie Shore won 10, and Joe Wood won 10. Dutch Leonard ended up winning 19 games, with a .096 ERA, the lowest ever recorded by a starting pitcher in baseball history.
But in the city of Boston, the
story was the "Miracle" Braves,
who overshadowed the Red Sox by winning 52 of
their last 66 games. From July to September,
they came from last-place
to first place, overtook
the New York Giants and became the champions of
baseball, beating the
Athletics in the World
Series. The Braves were the darlings of Boston in 1914, and
Bill Carrigan returned to Maine after the season, determined to not let the Red Sox become
the also-rans in 1915.
However 1914 would be most remembered for larger more important things that were evolving overseas. In late July, while the fans in Boston cheered for their Red Sox and their Braves, Europe exploded into war. And while the United States stood separated from the conflict by the Atlantic Ocean, the fears of Americans, that they could stay isolated from the battlefield, disappeared in the upcoming years. Baseball would only become a way for Americans to not think about what was happening overseas until the world events drew them in, in 1918.
|04/14/1914||0-1||5th||-1||Washington Nationals||L||3-0||Ray Collins||0-1|
|04/16/1914||1-1||4th||-1 1/2||Washington Nationals||pp|
|04/15/1914||1-1||4th||-1||Washington Nationals||W||2-1||George Foster||1-0|
|04/17/1914||1-2||5th||-2 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||1-0||Dutch Leonard||0-1|
|04/18/1914||2-2||4th||-2 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||1-0||Hugh Bedient||1-0|
|04/20/1914||2-3||7th||-3 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||L||8-2||Hugh Bedient||1-1|
|2-4||7th||-3||Philadelphia Athletics||L||6-0||George Foster||1-1|
|04/21/1914||2-4||7th||-3 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||T||1-1|
|04/23/1914||3-4||5th||-3||at Washington Nationals||W||5-0||Rankin Johnson||1-0|
|04/24/1914||4-4||4th||-2 1/2||at Washington Nationals||W||5-3||Ray Collins||1-1|
|04/25/1914||4-4||4th||-2||at Washington Nationals||pp|
|04/27/1914||4-5||6th||-2||at Washington Nationals||L||6-1||George Foster||1-2|
|04/28/1914||4-5||7th||-2 1/2||at New York Yankees||pp|
|04/29/1914||4-6||7th||-3 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||1-0||Dutch Leonard||0-2|
|04/30/1914||4-6||7th||-4||at New York Yankees||pp|
|05/01/1914||4-7||7th||-5||at New York Yankees||L||6-0||Hugh Bedient||1-2|
|05/02/1914||4-8||7th||-5||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||5-2||Rankin Johnson||1-1|
|05/04/1914||5-8||7th||-6||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||9-1||Dutch Leonard||1-2|
|05/05/1914||5-8||7th||-6||at Philadelphia Athletics||pp|
|05/06/1914||5-9||7th||-6||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||7-3||Ray Collins||1-2|
|05/07/1914||6-9||7th||-5 1/2||New York Yankees||W||2-0||George Foster||2-2|
|05/08/1914||7-9||6th||-5 1/2||New York Yankees||W||3-0||Dutch Leonard||2-2|
|05/09/1914||7-10||6th||-6 1/2||New York Yankees||L||3-2||Ray Collins||1-3|
|05/11/1914||7-11||7th||-6 1/2||New York Yankees||L||6-2||Frtiz Coumbe||0-1|
|05/12/1914||8-11||6th||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||7-0||George Foster||3-2|
|05/13/1914||8-11||6th||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||pp|
|05/14/1914||9-11||6th||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||1-0||Dutch Leonard||3-2|
|05/15/1914||9-12||6th||-7 1/2||St. Louis Browns||L||9-3||Hugh Bedient||1-3|
|05/16/1914||10-12||6th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||3-0||Ray Collins||2-3|
|05/18/1914||11-12||5th||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||2-0||George Foster||4-2|
|05/19/1914||12-12||5th||-4 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||6-4||Hugh Bedient||2-3|
|05/20/1914||12-13||5th||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||3-0||Ray Collins||2-4|
|05/21/1914||12-14||6th||-6 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||5-2||Rankin Johnson||1-2|
|05/22/1914||13-14||5th||-5 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||1-0||George Foster||5-2|
|05/23/1914||14-14||4th||-4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||6-2||Dutch Leonard||4-2|
|05/25/1914||14-15||4th||-4 1/2||Cleveland Naps||L||3-0||Ray Collins||2-5|
|05/26/1914||14-16||5th||-5||Cleveland Naps||L||3-2||Hugh Bedient||2-4|
|05/27/1914||15-16||4th||-5||Cleveland Naps||W||5-4||Joe Wood||1-0|
|05/28/1914||15-17||5th||-5||Cleveland Naps||L||5-2||Hugh Bedient||2-5|
|05/29/1914||15-18||4th||-5||Washington Nationals||L||1-0||Rankin Johnson||1-3|
|05/30/1914||16-19||4th||-5||Washington Nationals||L||6-4||Dutch Leonard||4-3|
|06/01/1914||18-19||5th||-4 1/2||Washington Nationals||W||1-0||Rankin Johnson||2-3|
|06/02/1914||19-19||5th||-3 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||3-2||Dutch Leonard||5-3|
|19-20||5th||-4 1/2||L||4-2||George Foster||5-3|
|06/03/1914||19-21||5th||-5 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||L||10-1||Ray Collins||3-6|
|19-22||5th||-6 1/2||L||7-5||Hugh Bedient||3-6|
|06/04/1914||19-22||5th||-6 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||pp|
|06/05/1914||19-22||5th||-6 1/2||Rochester Hustlers||T||4-4|
|06/06/1914||20-22||5th||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||4-3||Ray Collins||4-6|
|06/07/1914||21-22||5th||-5 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||2-1||George Foster||6-3|
|06/08/1914||22-22||5th||-4 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||11-8||Hugh Bedient||4-6|
|06/09/1914||23-22||5th||-4 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||9-6||Guy Cooper||1-0|
|06/10/1914||24-22||5th||-4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||8-2||Ray Collins||5-6|
|06/11/1914||24-23||5th||-4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||2-1||George Foster||6-4|
|06/12/1914||24-24||5th||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||1-0||Rankin Johnson||2-4|
|06/13/1914||25-24||5th||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||8-6||Ray Collins||6-6|
|06/14/1914||26-24||5th||-5 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||10-1||Dutch Leonard||6-3|
|06/15/1914||27-24||5th||-5 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||2-0||Joe Wood||2-0|
|06/16/1914||28-24||4th||-5 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||2-0||George Foster||7-4|
|06/17/1914||28-25||5th||-5 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||4-0||Rankin Johnson||2-5|
|06/18/1914||29-25||4th||-4 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||8-0||Dutch Leonard||7-3|
|06/19/1914||29-26||4th||-4 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||Ray Collins||6-7|
|06/20/1914||29-27||4th||-5 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-2||Joe Wood||2-1|
|06/21/1914||29-28||5th||-5 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-3||George Foster||7-5|
|06/22/1914||29-29||5th||-6 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-4||Rankin Johnson||2-6|
|06/24/1914||30-29||5th||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||3-0||Dutch Leonard||8-3|
|20-30||5th||-5 1/2||L||3-2||Hugh Bedient||4-7|
|06/25/1914||30-31||5th||-6||at New York Yankees||L||3-2||Ray Collins||6-8|
|31-31||5th||-5 1/2||W||4-3||Joe Wood||3-1|
|06/26/1914||32-31||5th||-6||at New York Yankees||W||2-1||Dutch Leonard||9-3|
|06/27/1914||33-31||5th||-6||at New York Yankees||W||5-3||Joe Wood||4-1|
|06/28/1914||33-31||5th||-6||at Long Branch (Cuba)||W||2-0|
|06/29/1914||34-31||5th||-5||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||7-1||Dutch Leonard||10-3|
|06/30/1914||35-32||5th||-5||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||5-3||Ray Collins||7-8|
|07/01/1914||35-32||5th||-5||at Philadelphia Athletics||pp|
|07/02/1914||36-32||3rd||-4||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||7-6||Dutch Leonard||11-3|
|07/03/1914||37-33||3rd||-4||at Washington Nationals||L||12-0||Rankin Johnson||2-8|
|07/04/1914||39-34||3rd||-3||at Washington Nationals||W||1-0||Ray Collins||8-8|
|07/06/1914||39-35||5th||-5||at Washington Nationals||L||1-0||Rankin Johnson||2-9|
|07/07/1914||39-35||5th||-5||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|07/08/1914||39-36||6th||-6||Chicago White Sox||L||4-2||Hugh Bedient||4-9|
|39-37||6th||-6 1/2||L||5-4||Fritz Coumbe||1-2|
|07/09/1914||39-38||6th||-6||Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||Ray Collins||8-9|
|07/10/1914||40-38||6th||-5 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||5-1||Rankin Johnson||3-9|
|07/11/1914||41-38||6th||-5||Cleveland Naps||W||4-3||Babe Ruth||1-0|
|07/13/1914||42-38||5th||-4 1/2||Cleveland Naps||W||2-0||Ray Collins||9-9|
|07/14/1914||43-38||5th||-4||Cleveland Naps||W||2-1||Ernie Shore||1-0|
|07/15/1914||44-38||4th||-3 1/2||Cleveland Naps||W||4-0||Dutch Leonard||12-3|
|07/16/1914||44-39||4th||-4 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||5-2||Babe Ruth||1-1|
|07/17/1914||45-39||3rd||-4||Detroit Tigers||W||8-2||Ray Collins||10-9|
|07/18/1914||45-40||4th||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||4-2||Hugh Bedient||4-10|
|07/20/1914||46-40||3rd||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||3-2||Dutch Leonard||13-3|
|07/21/1914||46-40||3rd||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||T||1-1|
|07/22/1914||47-40||2nd||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||5-3||Hugh Bedient||5-10|
|07/23/1914||48-40||2nd||-6 1/2||St. Louis Browns||pp|
|07/25/1914||49-40||2nd||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||8-6||Ray Collins||11-9|
|07/26/1914||50-40||2nd||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||4-1||Ernie Shore||3-0|
|07/27/1914||51-40||2nd||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||W||3-0||Dutch Leonard||14-3|
|07/28/1914||51-41||2nd||-6 1/2||at Cleveland Naps||L||4-3||Ray Collins||11-10|
|07/29/1914||52-41||2nd||-6 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||8-4||Hugh Bedient||6-10|
|07/30/1914||53-41||2nd||-6 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-0||Ernie Shore||4-0|
|07/31/1914||54-41||2nd||-6 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||5-1||Dutch Leonard||15-3|
|08/01/1914||55-41||2nd||-6 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-2||Ray Collins||12-10|
|08/02/1914||55-42||2nd||-7 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||1-0||George Foster||7-6|
|08/03/1914||55-43||2nd||-7 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||6-1||Vean Gregg||0-1|
|08/04/1914||55-44||3rd||-8 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||2-1||Ernie Shore||4-1|
|08/05/1914||56-45||2nd||-8 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||6-0||Dutch Leonard||16-3|
|08/07/1914||56-45||2nd||-9 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||3-1||Vean Gregg||0-2|
|08/08/1914||57-45||2nd||-9 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Joe Wood||6-1|
|08/09/1914||58-45||2nd||-9 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||8-6||George Foster||8-6|
|08/10/1914||58-45||2nd||-10||at Detroit Tigers||pp|
|08/12/1914||58-45||2nd||-10||at Lawrence Barristers||W||6-4|
|08/13/1914||58-46||2nd||-11||New York Yankees||L||1-0||Dutch Leonard||16-4|
|08/14/1914||58-47||2nd||-11||New York Yankees||L||7-6||Ray Collins||12-11|
|08/15/1914||59-47||2nd||-11||New York Yankees||W||1-0||Vean Gregg||1-2|
|08/17/1914||59-47||2nd||-11||at Manchester Textiles||W||4-2|
|08/18/1914||59-47||2nd||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|08/19/1914||60-47||2nd||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||3-1||Dutch Leonard||17-4|
|08/20/1914||62-47||2nd||-11||Chicago White Sox||W||3-2||Ernie Shore||5-1|
|08/21/1914||62-47||2nd||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|08/22/1914||63-47||2nd||-10 1/2||Cleveland Naps||W||4-2||George Foster||9-6|
|08/24/1914||64-47||2nd||-11||Cleveland Naps||W||7-3||Dutch Leonard||18-4|
|08/25/1914||64-48||2nd||-12 1/2||Cleveland Naps||L||3-1||Ernie Shore||5-2|
|08/26/1914||65-48||2nd||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Vean Gregg||2-2|
|08/27/1914||66-48||2nd||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||9-2||Ray Collins||13-11|
|08/28/1914||66-49||2nd||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||3-0||Dutch Leonard||18-5|
|08/29/1914||66-49||2nd||-13||St. Louis Browns||pp|
|08/31/1914||67-49||2nd||-12||St. Louis Browns||W||4-1||Dutch Leonard||19-5|
|09/01/1914||68-49||2nd||-12||St. Louis Browns||W||7-6||Ray Collins||14-11|
|69-49||2nd||-12 1/2||W||4-2||Ernie Shore||6-2|
|09/02/1914||69-50||2nd||-11 1/2||St. Louis Browns||L||9-6||Vean Gregg||2-3|
|70-50||2nd||-12 1/2||W||7-3||Hugh Bedient||7-10|
|09/03/1914||71-50||2nd||-11 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||3-1||George Foster||10-6|
|72-50||2nd||-10 1/2||W||6-3||Joe Wood||8-1|
|09/04/1914||73-50||2nd||-9 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||4-2||Ray Collins||15-11|
|09/05/1914||74-50||2nd||-8 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||4-1||Ernie Shore||7-2|
|09/07/1914||75-50||2nd||-7 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||5-1||George Foster||11-6|
|09/08/1914||76-51||2nd||-8||at New York Yankees||W||6-5||Ernie Shore||8-2|
|09/09/1914||77-51||2nd||-7||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||2-0||Ray Collins||16-11|
|09/10/1914||77-52||2nd||-8||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||8-1||George Foster||11-7|
|09/11/1914||77-52||2nd||-8||at Philadelphia Athletics||T||8-8|
|09/12/1914||77-52||2nd||-7 1/2||at Washington Nationals||pp|
|09/14/1914||77-53||2nd||-7||at Washington Nationals||L||8-1||Ernie Shore||8-3|
|09/15/1914||79-53||2nd||-8||at Washington Nationals||W||2-1||Joe Wood||9-2|
|09/17/1914||80-53||2nd||-8||at Cleveland Naps||W||8-1||George Foster||12-7|
|09/18/1914||80-54||2nd||-7||at Cleveland Naps||W||4-3||Ernie Shore||9-3|
|09/19/1914||81-54||2nd||-7||at Cleveland Naps||L||5-1||Ray Collins||17-12|
|09/20/1914||82-54||2nd||-7||at Detroit Tigers||W||10-3||Vean Gregg||3-3|
|83-54||2nd||-6 1/2||W||7-2||Joe Wood||10-2|
|09/21/1914||83-54||2nd||-6||at Detroit Tigers||T||8-8|
|09/22/1914||84-54||2nd||-6||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-3||Ray Collins||18-12|
|85-54||2nd||-5 1/2||W||5-0||Ray Collins||19-12|
|09/24/1914||86-54||2nd||-5 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||5-1||George Foster||13-7|
|09/25/1914||86-55||2nd||-6 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||10-1||Ernie Shore||9-4|
|09/26/1914||86-56||2nd||-7 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||4-1||Vean Gregg||3-4|
|09/27/1914||87-57||2nd||-8||at Chicago White Sox||W||8-6||Ray Collins||20-12|
|87-58||2nd||-8 1/2||L||4-3||Hugh Bedient||7-11|
|09/28/1914||88-58||2nd||-7 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||5-2||Ernie Shore||10-4|
|10/01/1914||88-59||2nd||-8 1/2||New York Yankees||L||5-3||George Foster||13-8|
|89-59||2nd||-8 1/2||W||4-2||Hugh Bedient||8-11|
|10/02/1914||90-59||2nd||-7 1/2||New York Yankees||W||11-5||Babe Ruth||2-1|
|10/03/1914||90-60||2nd||-7 1/2||New York Yankees||L||3-2||Ernie Shore||10-5|
|10/05/1914||90-61||2nd||-8 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||9-3||Ray Collins||20-13|
|10/06/1914||91-61||2nd||-7 1/2||Washington Nationals||W||8-4||George Foster||14-8|
|10/07/1914||91-62||2nd||-8 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||11-4||Hugh Bedient||8-12|
|1914 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|
THE FIRST WORLD WAR (1914)