THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox beat the Tigers in a slugfest
May 17, 1918 ...
It was a wild affair from the outset, and the outfielders did so much sprinting that they came dangerously close to developing flat fee.
A Red Sox volley in the first brought in early exit for Joe Finneran, who came to the Tigers from St. Paul via Lowell. Five runs were secured off Finneran in the opening inning and two more were made in the third off Caroll Jones.
Almost anybody would imagine that seven runs was enough to win with, but this was not the case. Dutch Leonard was pitching for the Sox and after pulling a regular Houdini act in the opening inning with three of the Tigers were on the base paths, he held the visitors until the sixth when they started
a young revolution, smashing in five runs and making the score 7 to 6.
Dutch was all to the bad again in the eighth. The Tigers landed on him for 10 blows and he passed seven. It was a fine thing for Dutch that the Red Sox were hitting, otherwise the four leaf clovers and a cluster of horseshoes, that he wore, not to mention the rabbits foot, would have availed him
Dutch did help him win his own game. He got three fine singles and drove in three runs. Wally Schang also stung the ball hard. Every Boston player except Ruth hit safely, the big fellow driving one close down to the fence in center which Ty Cobb camped under. Cobb banged out two
hits, was nailed off first after hitting safely ... a relayed throw in from Ruth getting him after he muffed the fly.