DUFFY LEWIS

GAMBLING WITH HARRY FRAZEE ...
The Sox sweep St. Louis and are only
two games behind Chicago

July 28, 1917 ... In two hard-fought games, the St. Louis Browns succumbed to the Red Sox, the first one going 12 innings, and both by scores of 3 to 2. The wins put the Sox only two games behind the league leaders from Chicago, who were beaten twice by the Yankees.

The visitors outhit the Red Sox in the first game but they put their punches in the wrong place. Carl Mays was given wonderful support, with Duffy Lewis saving the game for him in the last inning when, with two out, Duffy's great throw to Sam Agnew got Jimmy Austin at the plate as he was trying to score from second base.

In the third inning of the opening game, Duffy made a shoestring catch off Tod Sloan, as well as being able to put his bat on the ball all day long. He knocked out five hits, three of them being doubles, each of which banged off the wall in left field. One hit a sign on the wall, allowing Duffy to get a new pair of shoes.

Both pitchers showed great work and Mays should have walked away within regulation, but the eagerness of some of his teammates to put through a doubleplay in the eighth-inning, caused them to overrun a man on third who made a delayed start, and scored the run that tied the game.

Ernie Shore and the veteran Bob Groom were on the mound for the afternoon game. Shore furnished one of his finest performances. Up until the ninth inning, only two hits were made off him, but his lack of attention in that frame almost proved fatal, as the Browns scored two runs, and except for a great throw by Jimmy Walsh, getting pinch runner Ernie Johnson at the plate, St. Louis would have tied the game.

Walsh was one of the real headliners yesterday. He drove the first run in during the first game and scored another, got four hits and gave a wonderful exhibition of running down balls in the outfield during game number two.

Shore pitched just 72 balls, coming within four of breaking the record held by Christy Mathewson who pitched just 68 balls in a nine inning game. Ernie pitched just 19 balls in the first four innings. He also gained the distinction of probably being the first player to be hit by a batted ball twice in the same game.

In the first game the Browns jumped out to a quick one run lead in the first inning. Eddie Plank had the Red Sox hitless until the fifth inning. The Sox scored two runs in their half of the fifth. Jimmy Austin, following a great stop off the bat of Sam Agnew, wasted it with a poor throw to first. A sacrifice by Mays and a triple by Jimmy Walsh scored Agnew. Del Gainor's sacrifice fly to Shotton scored Walsh.

St. Louis tied the score in the eighth inning and the game moved into extra frames. After Duffy nailed Austin at the plate in the top of the 12th inning the Red Sox came to bat with Sam Agnew leading off with a single. He was sacrificed to second by Mays and then replaced on the base paths by speedster Mike McNally. McNally took third on infield out by Walsh and scored on a long hit by Hal Janvrin that the outfielders couldn't get to, for a Red Sox 3 to 2 win.

In the afternoon game only one of the Brownies was able to reach second base in the first eight innings off Ernie Shore. The Red Sox scored two runs in the fourth inning when with one out Dick Hoblitzell walked and went to second on Larry Gardners single. Then Harry Hooper cracked one which looked good for a triple until George Sisler knock it down. Hobby went to third but Gardner overran second base and was trapped before he could get back. That allowed Harry Hooper to steal second, and catcher Hank Severeid threw the ball into the centerfield allowing Hobby to score and Harry to get the third base. Duffy brought him in with a fine double to make it 2 to 0.

In the seventh inning Lewis doubled and took third on Scotty's sacrifice. He scored when Agnew crack a high Hopper to Doc Lavan at deep short.

St. Louis put on a flurry in the ninth when Jimmy Austin opened with a single and took third on George Sisler's double. Scotty let Del Pratt's roller get through him, allowing Austin to score. Tod Sloan's fly ball out to Walsh drove in Sisler, to make the score 3 to 2. Johnson pinch ran for Pratt and was thrown out by Walsh at the plate, on Bill Johnson's single to end the game.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

 

R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

2

13

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

9

0

 

 

W-Carl Mays (12-5)
L-Eddie Plank (5-4)
Attendance - 15,277

2B-Austin (StL), Lewis (Bost)
3B-Sisler (StL), Walsh (Bost)

 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

   

2

5

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

x

   

3

8

4

 

 

W-Ernie Shore (9-7)
L-Bob Groom (6-11)

2B-Sisler (StL), Gardner (Bost), Lewis (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jimmy Walsh cf 3 1 2 .284  

 

Hal Janvrin 2b 3 0 0 .208  

 

Del Gainor 1b 4 0 0 .272  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 5 0 0 .280  

 

Harry Hooper rf 5 0 1 .254  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 5 0 3 .272  

 

Everett Scott ss 5 0 1 .232  

 

Sam Agnew c 5 1 2 .233  

 

Mike McNally pr 0 1 0 .250  

 

Carl Mays p 3 0 0 .188  
               
    IP H R BB SO  
  Carl Mays 12 13 2 5 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jimmy Walsh cf 4 0 2 .295  

 

Hal Janvrin 2b 3 0 0 .202  

 

Dick Hoblitzell 1b 1 1 0 .245  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 4 0 2 .282  

 

Harry Hooper rf 2 1 1 .255  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 2 1 2 .276  

 

Everett Scott ss 2 0 0 .231  

 

Sam Agnew c 2 0 0 .230  

 

Ernie Shore pr 3 0 1 .185  
               
    IP H R BB SO  
  Ernie Shore 9 5 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1917 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Chicago White Sox 61 35 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

57 35 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 50 45 10 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 51 46 10 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 47 45 12

 

 

Washington Nationals 39 54 20 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 34 55 23 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 36 60 25