BABE RUTH

THE BABE ARRIVES ...
The Red Sox blast the Yanks behind Babe Ruth,
who knocks out his career first base hit

October 2, 1914 ... In a free hitting game at Fenway Park today, the Red Sox put it all over the New York Yankees, winning by 11 to 5. Babe Ruth, the left-handed pitcher back from the Providence Greys farm club, pitched an excellent game until the Speed Boys had a safe lead, while Boardwalk Brown was hit hard from the start until he gave away two King Cole in the sixth inning for the Yankees.

The home team hit safely in seven of the eight innings and drew five free passes. The hitting of Dick Hoblitzell was the best and most timely seen here this year. In the first inning he drove home a run with a single. In the fourth inning he drove home another with a double, and he said two men across the plate in the sixth with another double. He made four hits in four times up, and all were sharp line drives.

The fielding of both teams was ragged, but with a six run lead in the fourth inning, the Red Sox were not much worried about the final result. Del Gainor took over at first base, and Wally Rehg to left field after the sixth inning. Gainor played a great game at first base and Rehg made a sensational play in the left-field. It was in the third inning, with the bases full and nobody out, when Roger Peckinpaugh drove a liner to the left-field bank. Rehg turned and shot for the bank, and stretching his glove over his head, with his back turned toward the field, he grabbed the ball after taking one step going up the hill.

In the first inning the Red Sox scored two runs on a double by Olaf Henriksen, a triple by Tris Speaker and a single by Hobby. In the fourth inning the Red Sox added four more runs on a single by Hick Cady, a free pass to Henriksen, a double by Hal Janvrin, a triple to center field by Duffy Lewis and a two base liner by Hobby.

The Yankees broke the ice with two runs in the sixth inning, but the Red Sox came right back with three in the bottom half. Henriksen and Janvrin drew walks, and Speaker's long fly ball was dropped by Roy Hartzell, after a long run in left field. Duffy Lewis flied out, allowing Hendrickson to score. Then came Hobby with another one of his timely hits, another double which scored two more men. After six innings the score was 9-2 in favor of the Sox.

The Red Sox scored another run in the seventh when Babe Ruth launched his first major league hit, a stinging doubled to right. A sacrifice bunt by Henriksen and a fly ball by Janvrin scored the Babe. The Yankees countered with a run in the top of the eighth, but the Red Sox nullified that with another run in the bottom half.

In the Yankee half of the ninth-inning, Frank Truesdale popped out to Del Gainor who made a great one-handed catch close to the grandstand. Fritz Maisel smashed the ball to centerfield and had very little trouble in going around the bases, while the Boston outfielders took their time getting the ball. Hartzell flied out and Doc Cook drew a pass. Then Doc stole both second and third, as no effort was made they head him off by the Sox. Birdie Cree scored him with the fifth and last run for the Yankees, with a nice double to the left-field bank.

Babe Ruth pitched a strong game for the first five innings until the Yankees figured him out to sixth.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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NEW YORK YANKEES

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-Babe Ruth
L-Boardwalk Brown
Attendance - 1500

2B-Janvrin (Bost), Hoblitzell (2)(Bost),
Ruth (Bost), Henriksen (Bost), Cree (NY)
3B-Speaker (Bost), Lewis (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Olaf Henriksen rf 5 3 2 3  

 

Hal Janvrin ss 3 2 1 2  

 

Tris Speaker cf 5 2 1 3  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 3 1 1 3  

 

Wally Rehg lf 1 0 0 0  

 

Dick Hoblitzell 1b 4 0 4 0  

 

Del Gainor 1b 0 1 0 0  

 

Bill Swanson 2b 4 0 1 1  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 5 0 2 2  

 

Hick Cady c 5 1 1 1  

 

Babe Ruth p 5 1 1 2  
               
    IP H R SO BB  
  Babe Ruth 9 6 5 1 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 97 51 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

90 59 7 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 78 72 20

 

 

Detroit Tigers 78 73 20 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 69 81 29

 

 

Chicago White Sox 69 82 29 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 68 82 30

 

 

Cleveland Naps 51 100 47 1/2