and Babe Ruth lead a sweep of the Tigers
September 21, 1916 ...
Showing the Tigers no mercy, the Red Sox lead by Tillie Walker, who collected a triple and a home run, garnered 13 hits and destroyed Detroit by a 10-2 score. The Tigers never had a chance because the Sox tore right into them. In the first inning
the Sox scored two runs and never looked back. Harry Hooper slapped the first pitch over first base for a hit and romped to third when the ball got by Sam Crawford in right. It was then that Walker knocked the ball over the center field fence to make it 2 to 0.
Babe Ruth was on the mound and although wild at times, he was reached only for seven hits, four of which were hit in the fourth inning when he was touched for two runs. The Tigers lack of any chance was well exemplified in the seventh inning when Babe
fanned Ty Cobb and Bobby Veach on six pitches. Tiger pitcher Harry Coveleski had nothing and threw more than half a dozen bean balls at Sox batters. Del Gainor, Duffy Lewis and Larry Gardner were his primary targets.
Tillie Walker drove in four runs, whaling out the homer and a triple, while making two sensational catches. One was a wonderful running one-handed catch off Donie Bush. A great crowd was on hand and when the dust settled, it was the Red Sox who
emerged as the best team in the American League.