GARDNER SCORES THE FIRST SOX RUN
WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN
1915 WORLD SERIES, GAME #4
The Red Sox are World Champions
October 13, 1915
For the third time, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series, taking four straight games after losing the opener. The Sox pulled out the game today giving a fine exhibition of nerves and staying power, when it looked
like they would surely lose.
The game today was totally different than all the previous games, for today there was a slugfest. Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis were the stars who came through and won it at the moment they were needed. And for the first
time in the series a Philly pitcher, Erskine Mayer, was knocked out of the game and the man, who replaced him, Eppa Rixey, looked good until he faced Hooper and Lewis.
The Philly rooters were a happy lot as their team forged ahead in the first inning. When the seventh inning passed and the Phillies were leading 4 to 2, and Rixey pitching airtight ball, it looked bleak for the Red Sox.
Then came a rally in the eighth when Del Gainor beat out a grounder to first and Duffy Lewis drove the ball into the center field bleachers for a home run to tie up the game and make the Philly fans sink into their seats with the feeling of dread surrounding them. Came the ninth inning,
and in this inning the Red Sox had already won two games. Harry Hooper came up first and went down two strikes, then ducked away from two high curves. The next pitch Harry sent flying to center field over the fence for his second home run of the game, this one near where Lewis had
hit his the inning before.
The members of Moran's Philles had one more inning and it was the bottom of the order that had to face the tough Dutch Leonard. His first ball to Bert Niehoff hit the handle of his bat and was fouled off for a strike. The
next pitch was a wide curve that Niehoff went after for the second strike. Leonard struck him out swinging, on a ball that was low and out of the end zone. Ed Burns came up and swung at a pitch that he couldn't reach and sent a weak bounder down to Del Gainor, who tagged him out.
Carrigan came out and warned Foster to keep the ball low and not let the next batter lift one toward the short fences. Foster threw one low and fast that pinch hitter Bill Killefer hit along the ground like a scared rabbit, right at Everett Scott, who scooped it up on the dead run and
fired it to Gainor for the closing out. The Series was over.
The 1915 edition of the Boston Red Sox will always be noted for stepping up their game and playing their best ball when the stakes were the highest against their strongest opponents. The first one to congratulate the Boston
players was Grover Cleveland Alexander and the second was manger Pat Moran. Governor Walsh telegramed President Joe Lannin after the game to tell him how proud he was. Duffy Lewis was awarded a diamond stick pin for being the Most Valuable Player of the World Series. Lewis
laughingly said he'd be glad if he never sees another baseball until next spring and intends to go home to California and just relax. About $68,000 will have to be refunded by the Red Sox to those who bought tickets for the sixth game that will now obviously not be played at Braves