Babe Ruth beats Walter Johnson, but
the Sox lose the second game in extra innings
September 9, 1916 ...
Babe Ruth opened up the first game of a doubleheader by vanquishing Walter Johnson 2 to 1. It being the fourth time this year the Babe has beaten him. The best the World Champions could do however, is manage a split, as the Nats pulled out the
second game in an extra inning after two men were out. In the tenth inning Bill Carrigan pulled Carl Mays and Dutch Leonard was sent in to face Elmer Smith. Smith, a right field hitter generally, crossed up the Sox defense and hit one down the left field line to bring home
Clyde Milan with the game winning run.
In the first game the Sox landed on Walter for eight hits, three of which were doubles. As a matter of fact, they hit the ball hard all afternoon, banging out a total of 19 hits. The Sox scored their first run on Pinch Thomas' double and Hal
Janvrin's double. The Babe just blazed his way through the hitters after he gave up a run in the first inning. He went from that inning to the seventh without allowing a hit.
In the second game Carl Mays got along well until the fifth inning, holding the
Senators to just one hit. By the ninth inning Mays was out of gas and a single and double were hit before anyone was out. An infield hit brought in the tying run to
take the game into extra innings.