WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
Red Sox hitters fail to come through
in the first game, but do in the second game
September 8, 1915
Had the Red Sox delivered the punch in the first game of a Fenway Park doubleheader, they would have swept both games. As it was they were trailing the Athletics, 1-0 at the end of the game, and to make matters worse, the bases were loaded when
Babe Ruth struck out, swinging at three very bad pitches in a futile attempt to drive the ball out of the park. Had he shown some self control he would have walked allowing in the tying run to score.
The Red Sox won the second game in a breeze, winning 13 to 2, primarily through the liberal serves of Cap Crowell. He walked 12 men, hit another, and was hit for 11 safeties. And to add to it, several Sox batters almost got beaned. Connie Mack
decided to leave him in and take his battering. Dutch Leonard and Vean Gregg pitched for the Red Sox. Leonard pitched a good game in the first one, only had one bad inning, and would have won if his teammates had given him some help. Tom Sheehan was on the mound for Philly
and pitched very well, allowing seven hits but tossing a shutout. Vean Gregg took it easy in the second game, being given a huge lead early in the contest. Larry Gardner was the best hitter for the Red Sox, getting four hits in the first game and one in the second.