Bad throws loom large as
the Red Sox lose two to the Yankees
May 26, 1916 ...
The Yankees vanquished the Red Sox on both ends of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the scores being 2 to 1 and 6 to 5 in 10 innings. The first contest was a good one, close and very exciting, which went down to the last inning. The Red Sox let
a 1-0 lead slip away when Pinch Thomas threw the ball past Hal Janvrin into right field, enabling Paddy Baumann, who was stealing second, to end up on third base. The Yankees went on to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Wally Pipp knocked in Joe Gedeon. The Sox
were not hitting against Ray Fisher with any effect and, until the last inning, the Yanks had little effect against Dutch Leonard.
But the second game, which the Red Sox had safely in the bank, at the end of the seventh inning was permitted to slip away from their grasp in extra innings because of errors. Dutch Leonard may have pitched a skillful game in the opener, but in the
second game, not only Vean Gregg, but Carl Mays and Sam Jones did not distinguish themselves. Bob Shawkey pitched effectively for the Yankees while on the mound and also made the hit in the 10th for the walk-off win. The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Sox came back
with three runs in the fourth inning on a pass to Hoblitzell, Tilly Walker's smash to deep center for three bases, followed by singles from Larry Gardner and Sam Agnew. A sac fly by Olaf Henriksen brought in Gardner to take the lead. The Sox then added two more in the seventh
inning to up their advantage 5-2. Then in the eighth the Yankees piled on Carl Mays for three runs to tie it up. Wally Pipp singled, Luke Boone doubled, and High, Walters and Caldwell got base hits. Things were quiet until the 10th inning when Roxy Walters reached on an
infield hit with Barry overthrowing first base, allowing him to reach second, preceding Shawkey's walk-off. Nearly every man on both teams came out of the trenches at one time or another during the five hour struggle, and there was turmoil and confusion from beginning to end.