THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox are shut out ... Babe Ruth leaves
the team and goes home
July 3, 1918 ...
Babe Ruth was not with the team today. He apparently was late reporting to the clubhouse yesterday in Washington, and reprimanded by manager Ed Barrow. Eyewitnesses say the Babe stormed out of the clubhouse and he later informed the media that he was quitting the team to play semipro ball in Chester,
Pennsylvania. President Harry Frazee declared that he would not stand for Ruth playing elsewhere, because he is under contract. Heinie Wagner left for Baltimore and expects to bring him back in the morning.
Not much happened for the Red Sox at Shibe Park today. They amassed four rather widely scattered blows off pitcher Vaughn Gregg and failed to get a man around the bases. On the other hand, the Athletics bunched their hits off King Bader, and when they didn't errors helped them to score runs. The final
score was six to nothing in favor of Connie Mack's troops.
Harry Hooper got a hit in the first inning and it was nothing doing again for Boston until the eighth, when Stuffy Stuffy McInnis and George Whiteman both hit safely. The Sox got their last hit in the ninth inning. With Harry Hooper out, Heinie Wagner singled
Wally Schang and and Jack Stansbury fouled out to end the game.
The Macks did not do much towards scoring until the Sox infield began throwing things their way. Heinie Wagner pegged a wild throw to first. Then Wally Schang booted one that did not hurt to any extent, but later made a wild throw and played a fielder's choice
badly, permitting Philadelphia to score two runs without making a hit. It was all over quickly in the fifth inning. With one out and one on, Tilly Walker founded the ball into the bleachers in the left-field foul line.
When Connie Mack brought in pinch hitters during the eighth inning, manager Ed Barrow made his own substitutions. Vince Molyneaux was brought in the pitch and Wally Mayer was brought in to catch. Cy Perkins doubled to right and after Shannon had walked, Joe
Dugan brought the runner home with a line drive to left. Vaughn Gregg flied out and that was the scoring for the day Philly, winning six to nothing.