A little luck helps the Sox in the 11th
May 11, 1916 ...
The Red Sox got some lucky breaks and ended up beating the Indians, in extra innings, by a score of 6 to 5. The stage was set in the 10th inning with Dick Hoblitzell at third base and Jack Barry at the plate. Down two strikes Barry lifted a foul
pop to the third base side of home plate. With two outs, Hobby came running down the line as the wind started pushing the ball toward fair territory. Catcher Steve O'Neill, who was running after the ball, had to start leaning backward toward the foul line. The ball fell safely just
inside the line out of his reach with thirdbaseman Terry Turner close by as Hobby scored the winning run.
Sometimes the breaks just even out. Had it not been for wind aided singles that brought in two Indian runs in the early innings, the victory would have been easier. The tribe got runs in the first and third innings when infield flies were lost with men
on third base. And in the sixth inning when the Sox were leading 4 to 2, Cleveland negotiated three runs against Ernie Shore. Carl Mays was brought in and finally pitched the Sox out of trouble. In the seventh the Sox tied the score on a hit by Hobby that Speaker fumbled,
followed by Tilly Walker's RBI single to left, tying up the game at five each. The game was eventually won on a lucky break, but it was those same breaks that allowed the Indians to be in the game anyway.