ELMER "HAP" MYERS
The A's thump Herb Pennock for their 1st victory
April 21, 1916
The Athletics won their first game of the season on the arm of rookie pitcher Elmer "Hap" Myers, recently of their Raleigh club in the North Carolina League. Myers was so effective that the Red Sox could only manage four scattered hits, and had not Myers thrown a wild pitch,
allowing Dick Hoblitzell to get into scoring position in the ninth inning, the Red Sox would not have accumulated a single run. Myers also won the game with his bat. With the bases loaded in the second inning, he slammed the ball past Larry Gardner that scored Philly's first run.
In the seventh he also hit the ball to the left centerfield bleachers for a double. Myers disposed of the Red Sox in order until two were out in the fifth inning, when Larry Gardner captured the first hit, a single to left. Not another hit was made off the youngster until two were
out in the eighth inning.
The Sox pitchers who suffered the indignities were, Mack's former compatriot, Herb Pennock and newcomer Sam Jones. His old pals thumped Pennock for nine hits in five innings for two runs, and hit Jones for three hits in the last three innings. In the
first four innings the Red Sox got only one man on base, and he died trying to steal second. The Sox averted the shutout in the last inning when Hobby socked a single to center and moved to second on a ground out. Myers helped him to third on a wild pitch and he scored on Shorten's