“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

BABE RUTH

BACK-TO-BACK WORLD SERIES CHAMPS
Larry Gardner's walk-off wins for
Babe Ruth over Walter Johnson

August 15, 1916 ... By all odds the most interesting baseball game played at Fenway Park this year was provided today, as the champion Red Sox nosing out the Senators, 1 to 0, in 13 innings.

Walter Johnson was on the mound for the visitors and was never in better form or showed more stuff.  He was frequently cheered by the crowd, who figured that he was showing invincible form and, seemingly, overlooked the fact that “Babe” Ruth was going strong, clearing out-pointing Johnson at the finish. The winning run was driven in by Larry Gardner in the 13th, an inning that gave the crowd plenty of thrills and a finish that sent the fans home delighted.

In the last session, with one out, Morgan reached first safely on Janvrin’s wild throw to first. Morgan was given second on a supposed balk by Ruth. The Boston players made a vigorous protest, for Ruth was not on the rubber at the time but Nallon was obdurate.  A hit would have meant a lot of damage at this stage. Milan smashed a liner that Hobby froze to and cut to Janvrin at second for an important double play, and the danger was passed. 

Jack Barry led off for the Red Sox with an infield single. Duffy Lewis swung hard and missed, Then he tried to bunt and missed, finally striking out on a curve two feet wide of the plate. Hobby flied out to center and then Walker put new life into the game by smashing a sharp single to center, sending Barry around to third.  It was up to Larry Gardner and the crowd gave the Vermonter a rousing cheer as he walked to the plate. Larry has already contributed a single and a true triple, and to crown his day’s work he met the first ball sent up on the center, driving it out between right and center for a safe hit and the game, one of the finest played here this season.

Babe Ruth pitched every bit as good as Johnson did and finished stronger, for the one run made by Boston was earned on three safe drives by Barry, Walker and Gardner.  Barry's double in the first inning was the extent of hitting off Johnson for six innings.  In the meantime the Senators were in a position to score in the second when Rice and Williams hit safely with only one out.  Flies to Walker and a great catch by Harry Hooper ended the threat.

It was an air-tight game won solely on its merits.  The Washington players said after the game, that it was the best pitched game that Walter Johnson has pitched since they left home a month ago.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

 
     

WASHINGTON NATS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

8

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

7

2

 

 

W-Babe Ruth (16-9)
L-Walter Johnson (19-16)
Attendance - 37,746
2B-Ainsmith (Wash), Barry (Bost)
3B-Gardner (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

4 0 0 .259  

 

Jack Barry

2b

6 1 2 .200  

 

Duffy Lewis

lf

5 0 1 .256  

 

Dick Hoblitzell

1b

4 0 0 .281  

 

Tilly Walker

cf

6 0 1 .262  

 

Larry Gardner

3b

6 0 3 .302  

 

Everett Scott

ss

2 0 0 .227  

 

Chick Shorten

ph

1 0 0 .224  

 

Hal Janvrin

ss

0 0 0 .234  

 

Pinch Thomas

c

4 0 0 .255  

 

Babe Ruth

p

4 0 0 .283  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Babe Ruth

13

8 0 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

63

45

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

62

48

2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

62

49

2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

60

52

5

 

 

Detroit Tigers

60

53

5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

57

52

6 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

52

56

11

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

22

83

39 1/2