“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

CHICK SHORTEN

BACK-TO-BACK WORLD SERIES CHAMPS
The Sox take down Walter Johnson
during their last at bat


August 12, 1916 ... The Champion Red Sox celebrated their return to Fenway Park by fighting stubbornly against Clark Griffith's Senators, who worked hard to lower the colors of the American League leaders.  Sixteen thousand fans sat on the edge of their seats and went wild with delight when the Sox pulled out a victory in the ninth inning by a score of 2 to 1.

With the score 1 to 0 in favor of Washington, the Nats sent in Walter Johnson in the eight inning and the Sox countered by scoring two runs off him to give them an important victory.  Bill Carrigan used all his cards by playing 17 men and changing his infield at shortstop and first base.  It was Carrigan who gave the Sox a victory by using Chick Shorten to pinch hit and the youngster responded by dropping in a Texas Leaguer to center, driving in the winning run.

The one run made by Washington came in the fourth inning.  Boston got the first man on base in seven innings but doubleplays killed their chances.  In the ninth, with Johnson pitching in relief, the count went to three and two on Dick Hoblitzell, when Hobby laced a beautiful single to center.  Tilly Walker then laid down a bunt, and Johnson muffed the towss from Rip Williams.  Larry Gardener laid down another bunt, and Johnson threw the ball by  Eddie Foster at third, letting Hobby score the tying run and moving the runners to second and third.  Pinch Thomas was sent up to bat and passed intentionally to load the bases.  Carrigan sent up young Chick Shorten and with two strikes on him, he sent a short fly to center that land just out of Clyde Milan's reach, allowing Walker to score the winning run.

Smiles were all around Fenway Park.  President Lannin remarked that he not seen finer ball played all year and Bill Carrigan assured everyone that the team was in great condition and should be in fine shape to hold their own for the stretch run.

 
 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

   

1

5

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

   

2

9

0

 

 

W-Dutch Leonard (12-9)
L-Walter Johnson (19-15)
Attendance - 16,557
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

2 0 0 .255  

 

Jack Barry

2b

1 0 0 .197  

 

Duffy Lewis

lf

4 0 1 .253  

 

Del Gainor

1b

2 0 0 .292  

 

Dick Hoblitzell

1b

1 1 1 .289  

 

Tilly Walker

cf

4 1 1 .267  

 

Larry Gardner

3b

4 0 2 .291  

 

Everett Scott

ss

3 0 2 .230  

 

Mike McNally

pr

0 0 0 .181  

 

Hal Janvrin

ss

1 0 0 .236  

 

Hick Cady

c

3 0 2 .213  

 

Rube Foster

pr

0 0 0 .160  

 

Bill Carrigan

c

0 0 0 .235  

 

Chick Shorten

ph

1 0 0 .204  

 

Babe Ruth

p

2 0 0 .295  

 

Dutch Leonard

p

0 0 0 .196  

 

Pinch Thomas

ph

0 0 0 .264  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Babe Ruth

7

3 1 4 4

 

 

Dutch Leonard

2

2 0 1 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

62

44

-

 

 

Chicago White Sox

62

48

2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

60

48

3

 

 

St. Louis Browns

60

51

4 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

59

52

5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

55

52

7 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

51

55

11

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

22

81

38 1/2