The Red Sox quickly put Mack's men away
April 20, 1916
The World Champions assisted the Athletics in opening their stadium for the 1916 season by unkindly jumping out to a four run lead in the first inning and overthrew them 7 to 1. Mack's veterans Rube Oldring and Joe Bush were the victims. Bush had very little on the mound and
Oldring, to make matters worse, misjudged Chick Shorten's fly ball letting in two runs. From that time to the end, Philly was never in the game and got their lone run in the fifth inning, when Babe Ruth passed a man and gave up two singles. That was the only inning that Philly got
more than one hit off Babe.
The afternoon started with the Red Sox, in their bright red sweaters and the Athletics, in their dark blue ones, marched out to center field. With a brass band playing, manager Bill Carrigan and Harry Davis raised the flag to the top of the pole. Mayor
Smith tossed out the first ball and the game then started. It was a sad start for the once powerful Athletics. Harry Hooper ripped a single to left and took second when Oldring fumbled the ball. Everett Scott beat out an infield hit, and Hooper then scored on Dick
Hoblitzell's sacrifice fly. Bush walked Olaf Henriksen and Shorten rifled a ball to left that Oldring misjudged, scoring Henriksen and Scott and letting Shorten get to third. Gardner hit through short scoring Shorten and went to third on a wild pitch. Jack Barry and Pinch
Thomas made the final outs to end the ugly inning. Harry Weaver pitched the second inning and did a good job until the sixth and seventh when he gave up three runs. Harry Hooper was the Sox hitting star with three hits.