GAMBLING WITH HARRY FRAZEE ...
Babe Ruth beats the White Sox
to cut their lead to one game

July 30, 1917 ... Long before sundown, most of the Fenway faithful went home feeling rather chipper, because what they did to Lefty Williams enabled them to narrow the margin between themselves and the league leaders to just one game. It was some ballgame with one thrill after another. With Babe Ruth on the mound, the White Sox could only get four hits and take advantage of one bad inning, where they scored their only run.

Only three baserunners got as far as second and Joe Jackson was the only visiting player to pass it with a triple in the second inning. After the second inning the Babe was invincible. Buck Weaver became the only base runner to reach second after that inning, getting on via an error in the ninth through no fault of Babe's.

Some wonderful plays were put across, but the gem of the day was the catch bag Jackson made off Del Gainor on "Duffy's Cliff" in the eighth inning. Joe went to the top of the bank and with his back to the crowd and close to the fence, pulled down a drive that started out marked with three bases. Jack Barry was around third by the time the catch was made and fell an easy victim to a doubleplay. Duffy Lewis made to splendid catch up on the bank himself.

Dave Danforth took up the pitching burden after Williams was knocked out of the game in the second inning. He too turned in a great performance, showing a lot of stuff, and not allowing any of the Red Sox to get beyond first base.

Manager Jack Barry grabbed much of the spotlight. It has been a long time since we have seen such a fancy performance around second base. He not only shined on defense, but got two base hits and drove in one run with a long sacrifice fly.

All of the scoring was done in the first two innings and from that point on it was nothing but a pitching duel between the Babe and Danforth, with the men behind them grabbing everything in sight.

The Red Sox opened the scoring in the first inning when Williams walked Jimmy Walsh, who was sacrificed to second by Jack Barry. He scored the first run when Del Gainer knocked the ball against the fence in left-center for a double. The second run was scored when Williams fielded Harry Hooper's infield hit and threw the ball past first base into right field letting Del come home.

The White Sox got one run back in the second inning when Joe Jackson opened the frame with a triple between Walsh and Harry Hooper. He came home when Duffy Lewis ran up the cliff to make a one-handed catch off Felsch.

With the score 2 to 1 in the bottom half of the second inning the Red Sox got their third and last run. Agnew crashed a single to center and made it to second on Ruth's sacrifice. The ball rolled along the baseline and he had to run outside it and was ruled out for taking too wide a detour. Agnew was asleep on the base when Jimmy Walsh singled to right, as the ball bounding away from Shano Collins and the best Sam could do was make third-base. Shano threw home allowing Walsh to take second. Harry Hooper's long fly to Felsch brought in Agnew to make the score 3 to 1.

Chicago at a glimmer of hope in the final inning when Ruth passed Buck Weaver to start it off. Then he threw the ball by Del Gainor in trying to pick off Weaver, and allowing him to get the second base. Buck couldn't go any further as Eddie Collins, Jackson and Felsch failed to deliver.

Ruth got his hit in the eighth-inning on a smash past Chick Gandil that was too hot for him to catch.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

1

4

3

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

   

3

7

2

 

 

W-Babe Ruth (17-6)
L-Lefty Williams (11-7)
Attendance - 11,151
2B-Gainor (Bost)
3B-Jackson (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jimmy Walsh cf 3 1 1 .296  

 

Jack Barry 2b 2 0 2 .188  

 

Del Gainor 1b 4 1 1 .271  

 

Larry Gardner 3b 3 0 0 .280  

 

Harry Hooper rf 3 0 1 .256  

 

Duffy Lewis lf 3 0 1 .277  

 

Everett Scott ss 3 0 0 .229  

 

Sam Agnew c 3 1 1 .232  

 

Babe Ruth p 2 0 0 .360  
               
    IP H R BB SO  
  Babe Ruth 9 4 1 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1917 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Chicago White Sox 61 36 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

58 35 1

 

 

Detroit Tigers 51 45 9 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 52 47 10

 

 

New York Yankees 48 45 11

 

 

Washington Nationals 40 55 20

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 34 56 23 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 36 61 25