WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
Dutch Leonard and Harry Hooper
lead the Sox past the Yankees
May 7, 1915
The Red Sox got their first win of the year against the Yankees by a
score of 5 to 3 at the Polo Grounds. Dutch Leonard was practically
unhittable, and had excellent control, great speed and was clutch
when he needed to be. Ray Caldwell started for New York and was
hammered at times even though the game was evenly contested. The Sox
were better in the field and flawless, while the Yankees bobbled
balls that cost them two runs.
The Yankees were first to score in
the second inning. Roger Peckinpaugh and Luke Boone both singled to start. After
Les Nunamaker drew a walk, Caldwell came through with a base hit to left, to
score Peckinpaugh and Boone.
Then in the fourth inning the Red Sox got one run back on a base hit by Tris
Speaker, who was sacrificed over by Duffy Lewis and scored when Fritz Maisel
fumbled Everett Scott's ground ball. In the fifth they tied the score when Boone
fumbled a ground ball from Heinie Wagner with a runner on base. Speaker, with
his second single of the game, knocked in Leonard with the tying run.
In the meantime, Leonard had held the Yankees down sufficiently, with only
three men up reaching first between the second and ninth-innings. The Sox took
the lead for good, in the seventh inning, when Dutch slammed a triple to
right-center, and scored on Hooper's single up the middle They led by a score of
3 to 2 when they went to bat in the ninth-inning, and proceeded to add on two
more runs for good measure, as the result of a home run, hit into the right
field grandstand, by Harry Hooper with Pinch Thomas on base.
Roger Peckinpaugh cut the lead to one run in the bottom of the ninth, when he
also lined a ball into the left-field bleachers, but no one was on base at the
time. Dutch got the final two outs and the Sox were finally winners.