GAMBLING WITH HARRY FRAZEE ...
Duffy Lewis knocks in the winning runs in both games

July 5, 1917 ... Having contracted the winning habit, the Red Sox absolutely refused to shake it today, although the A's gave them a great run for the money. Both ends of the twin bill were taken by the Red Sox, with the opener being an uphill affair which was won by Carl Mays who hit a triple. A ripping singled to center by Duffy Lewis gave the Sox the verdict in the nightcap. The scores were 4 to 3 and 4 to 2. Both teams engineered the squeeze play successfully, the Red Sox tying the score in the first game when Pinch Thomas worked it and the Athletics doing the same thing in the afternoon when Billy Johnson put it across. The White Sox were being trimmed by the Detroit Tigers while the Champions were taking Philadelphia over the hurdles, so only one half game now separates Chicago and Boston in the American League standings.

Joe Bush performed for the Phillies in the opening game and when the boys behind him assembled three runs in the second inning, giving him a two run lead, it looked like a sure bet that he was coming through and would be fine. Nobody was figuring that Carl Mays was going to develop pinch-hitting qualities that translated into scoring runs.

Dick Hoblitzell drove Harry Hooper home in the first inning of the first game to give the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. Philly scored three runs in the second inning and that was a tough one for Mays, but the Red Sox came back with another run in the bottom of the fifth. Bush had pitched a great game up until this point, when the Sox operated on him successfully. Everett Scott led off with a single to center and stole second on the first ball pitched. He scored when Mays busted a sharp single to left. Hooper forced Mays and then swiped second himself, but was stranded when Bush fanned Jack Barry.

Mays was in control now and Philadelphia did not score another run. Mays and the Red Sox put it away him in the bottom of the seventh inning. The squeeze by Thomas and the great triple by Mays decided the game. Bush opened by passing Tilly Walker, who went to second on Scotty's sacrifice, then made it to third on a wild pitch and came home on Thomas' squeeze. Mays triple into the right-field corner and Lewis' base hit won the game, 4-3.

In the second game, Ernie Shore was opposed by Harry Seibold, the young man who had them all standing on their heads in the Blue Ridge League last year. Shore contributed a two base hit to deep left-center, which sent Sam Agnew across, scoring all the way from first base. Ernie has now hit the ball safely more times thus far this year than he did all of last year.

The Red Sox started out in the second game with two runs in the second inning only to have the score tied up in the fourth by the Athletics. It was the lucky seventh that put the Sox out in front to stay. After Hooper walked he was caught off first on Wally Schang's throw. Harry had figured that Barry would bond but the ball was wide and he could not reach it, making Harry an easy victim.

Seibold's next pitch hit Barry and he followed by walking Larry Gardner. A wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third. Duffy Lewis strolled to the plate and again knocked in the winning runs as he ripped a single to center that scored both runners and ultimately gave the Red Sox 4 to 2 victory.

Connie Mack introduced a new big leaguer by the name of Joe Dugan, a graduate of Holy Cross, who covered second and acted like a smart ballplayer.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

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GAME #1

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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8

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W-Carl Mays (9-3)
L-Joe Bush (6-9)
Attendance - 6364

2B-Schang (Phil)
3B-Johnson (Phil), Mays (Bost)

 

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GAME #2

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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4

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W-Ernie Shore (8-5)
L-Socks Seibold (2-6)

2B-Dugan (Phil), Hooper (Bost), Shore (Bost)
3B-Schang (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

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Harry Hooper rf 3 1 0 .245  

 

Jack Barry 2b 4 0 1 .189  

 

Dick Hoblitzell 1b 3 0 1 .257  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 4 0 0 .274  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 3 0 1 .277  

 

Tillie Walker cf 3 1 0 .263  

 

Everett Scott ss 2 1 1 .247  

 

Pinch Thomas c 3 1 2 .239  

 

Carl Mays p 3 0 2 .213  
               
    IP H R BB SO  
  Carl Mays 9 6 1 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

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AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper rf 3 0 1 .246  

 

Jack Barry 2b 1 1 0 .188  

 

Dick Hoblitzell 1b 4 0 2 .262  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 3 1 1 .275  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 4 0 1 .277  

 

Tillie Walker cf 4 0 0 .257  

 

Everett Scott ss 4 0 0 .243  

 

Sam Agnew c 3 1 1 .250  

 

Ernie Shore p 4 1 1 .191  
               
    IP H R BB SO  
  Ernie Shore 9 7 2 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1917 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Chicago White Sox 47 25 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

46 25 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 36 32 9

 

 

Cleveland Indians 38 37 10 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 35 35 11

 

 

Washington Nationals 29 40 16 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 28 45 19 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 24 44 21