THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox halt the losing skid by beating the Browns
May 10, 1918 ...
It was a somewhat revised edition of the Red Sox that shattered the club's losing streak with a 4 to 1 victory being result of the first engagement of the season with the St. Louis Browns. Babe Ruth, whose wonderful exhibition of hitting and all round skill, was the redeeming feature of the
otherwise disastrous road trip, was in left field.
Time will tell whether or not to play Ruth in the outfield is a good move. He has a very valuable pitching arm that should be considered. He's a gigantic asset that might not favored if sometime pressed to make a throw from the outer works. Babe had no
chances and did not hit safely. Joe Gedeon made a play on a ball he hit in the second, that robbed him of a probable single.
Carl Mays pitched for the Sox and deserved the shutout, a close decision by umpire Moriarty in the first inning at first, giving Jimmy Austin a base hit and later developing a run. Mays held St. Louis to five hits and turned in his usual high class fielding job.
The Sox scored twice in the third. Mays batted one out to Austin that he succeeded in knocking down. Harry Hooper sacrificed and Dave Shean doubled him home. Otis Strunk's scorcher skipped away from George Sisler scoring Shean. Passes to Hooper,
Strunk, and Ruth with a sacrifice by Shean, a single by McInnis, which the wind carried away from Earl Smith, gave the Sox one in the fifth. In the sixth, Schang, the first hitter, whacked the first ball Urban Shocker served into right field for a double and tallied on a wild pitch.
Infielder Frank Truesdale reported to the Sox and got out for practice.