Great defense saves the Red Sox
July 17, 1916 ...
By playing a remarkable fielding game, the Red Sox managed to beat the Browns by a score of 3 to 2. The game was in doubt down to the very last batter, as Del Pratt was on second base when Doc Lavan closed the game with a long fly to Duffy Lewis.
It was 3:30 before the game got underway, and the Red Sox jumped away with a lead of three runs in the first inning with the veteran Eddie Plank on the firing line. The runs were the result of a single by Harry Hooper, a double by Duffy Lewis, a wild throw by
the catcher and a fumble by the pitcher. These runs were enough to win any ordinary game with Dutch Leonard on the mound. An while he pitched a good game, he was far from invincible and must take his hat off to great plays by Hooper, Everett Scott and Dick Hoblitzell for bringing
him home a winner.
Hooper went across the field like a greyhound and pulled down a liner from George Sisler that was marked for three bases. Scott made two wonderful one-handed stops and got his man at first, and Hobby, in the ninth inning, on a wide throw from Larry Gardner,
made a remarkable long reach and catch while keeping his tow on the bag.