THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox grab two from the Yankees
April 18, 1918
No Game Scheduled
April 19, 1918 ...
The New York Yankees and their new manager, Miller Huggins, lost two games to the Red Sox in a Patriots Day doubleheader at Fenway Park. Joe Bush made his Red Sox debut in the first game and beat Allen Russell in a 2 to 1 duel. The afternoon
game was all Red Sox in a 9 to 5 win. The Sox played a great offensive game in both sessions, playing errorless ball. A sensational catch by Amos Strunk saved it for Joe Bush in the morning and it was lucky for Babe Ruth that the Yankees defense sprung a leak in the
afternoon, as the Yankees hit him hard with 13 safeties.
While Babe's pitching was far from unhittable, he still stings them with his bat. He hit for distance and altitude. He hit one so high that when it came down Del Pratt dropped it. Later, the Babe crashed one that appeared that it was going to sail
over the right field bleacher fence but Frank Gilhooley reached over the barrier and grabbed it.
In the morning game the Sox got their first run in the second inning when Stuffy McInnis and George Whiteman both singled. But Roger Peckinpaugh threw the ball wild and Stuffy went to third base. Everett Scott's grounder to Frank Baker allowed him to
score. In the third, Harry Hooper reached on Wally Pipp's fumble, scooted to third on Dave Shean's single, and scored on Otis Strunk's sacrifice fly. The Yankees got their only run in the fifth inning to make it 2 to 1 and that was where it stayed.
In the fifth inning of the afternoon game, with the score tied 1 to 1, Sam Agnew doubled to right, Pratt dropped the Babe's sky ball and Hooper slipped a bunt down the third base line. Shean hit a soft one to Pratt that he fumbled, letting Agnew score, and
the Pratt threw it over Peckinpaugh's head to let Ruth in. When the dust settled, the Sox enjoyed a 6 to 1 lead and romped home to an eventual 9 to 5 victory.