The Red Sox sweep Chicago
July 11, 1916 ...
The Red Sox evened things with the White Sox at Fenway Park, taking both game of a doubleheader, by the scores of 5 to 3 and 3 to 1. Rube Foster pitching the opener and Babe Ruth in the closing, held Chicago safe after the champions took an early lead in
both games, by the liberal and effective use of their bats. Chicago used five pitchers in the first game, among others Ed Walsh. Mellie Wolfgang pitched the second game and did a good job, but couldn't stop the Red Sox.
Both teams were scheming for an advantage in the first game. Ruth was sent out to pitch the first game and was taken out in favor of Rube Foster, after Babe faced the first batter in the first game. This was to have the White Sox set their lineup
for a left-handed pitcher. Foster was wild but managed to pitch well when the situation dictated. The game was not started on time because of a wet field, and the second game ended after 6PM.
In the first game the Red Sox jumped out to a quick lead, but the White Sox came back to tie the game in the third inning. But the Red Sox scored four runs in their bottom half of that inning and never looked back. With one down, singles by Foster,
Barry, Lewis, Hobby and Walker started the scoring. Eddie Cicotte was sent in to pitch and walked in the last two more runs.
In the second game, both teams traded runs in the third inning, but the Red Sox scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Behind Babe Ruth the champs fielded well and held that lead.