“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

ED BARROW

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Babe Ruth returns and the Sox break even

July 4, 1918 ...  Babe Ruth arrived in Philadelphia at 2 AM, in tow by Heinie Wagner, who had been sent to Baltimore to bring them here to rejoin the Red Sox. Both players went right to bed and both were at the ballpark for the morning game. Neither was put in the lineup of the early game. Wagner was given a chance to rest from his long and strenuous train right.

Babe Ruth put on his working togs, but when the batting order was announced, his name was not included on the list. Manager Ed Barrow, it is reported, refused to speak to Ruth, who didn't seem highly pleased at not being received with open arms. At lunchtime, he took off his uniform and declared that he was through for good. Ruth's friends however, got hold of him and talked him back to reason.  Babe showed up for the afternoon contest and played in center field. Out of five times at bat, he made one hit, reached on a pass, popped up, and struck out twice, much to the joy of the fans, who took delight in writing him.

So far as known, Ruth is resigned to his fate with the Red Sox and manager Ed Barrow. It is not believed that he had any serious intentions of jumping the team. His fellow players strongly resent his actions. They think he should remain loyal to the Sox to the end, and do his part in their effort to win the pennant.

At the ballpark, after winning the morning game 11-2, the Red Sox lost to the Athletics in an 11 inning game this afternoon, 2-1. It was a big day for baseball. The morning game consumed only nine innings, but it required two hours and 42 minutes to play. The afternoon crowd began to assemble before the morning crowd left the park for lunch.

The two games were as unlike as could be. The morning contest was a slap bang affair, in which pitchers were used freely on both sides. The afternoon game was a joyous one, just the kind to enthuse the crowd and to show baseball at its best. Carl Mays was on the mound for the Red Sox and he was opposed by Everett Scott Perry.

It was a great battle from beginning to end. The first five innings. It's were scarce. The Sox made two singles off Perry and the A's could only make for off  Mays.

The Athletics were fortunate in making a pair of singles in the third when they scored.  With one down, Merlin Kopp hit to left and Merito Acosta walked. George Burns beat out a bunt to Mays and the bases were loaded for Larry Gardner who hit a slow roller to Everett Scott.  Scotty's only chance was in throwing him out at first. He got Gardner, but Kopp scored to make it one to nothing.

In the eighth, the Red Sox tied it up when Harry Hooper's roller was fumbled by Red Shannon. Frank Truesdale sacrificed Harry Hooper to second and he took third on the Babe's hit the left, scoring on Wally Schang's bounder over second.

The teams and continued on through the ninth and 10th without scoring. In the bottom of the 11th inning the break favored Connie Mack's team. Red Shannon walked and Joe Dugan laid down a nice sacrifice. Stuffy McInnis tried to make the play at second, but failed to head off Shannon and both men were on base. Tilly Walker pinch-hit and when Frank Truesdale fumbled an easy roller, the bases were filled.  Kopp's long sacrifice fly scored the necessary winning run in the final play of the game, Philly taking the night cap 2-1.

In the morning game, Philadelphia out batted the Red Sox, but were unable to hit with men on base, leaving 13 runners stranded.

The Red Sox made their 12 hits count, bunching their drives in the third, sixth, and eighth innings, and driving the Athletics pitchers from the mound. Philadelphia made a three-run rally in the eighth inning, and in the ninth. Tilly Walker batted for Vaughn Gregg and hit a home run, but the batters who followed him failed. The final score was 11 to 9 in favor of the Red Sox.

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard, gave a wonderful exhibition of hurling today when he shaded Jeff Tesreau, former Giants pitcher in a great duel. Fore River Shipyard winning from the Bethlehem Ship Yard 2-0.  Leonard held Bethlehem to three widely scattered hits and fanned 18 batters, with every home player striking out at least once and many of them twice. Bethlehem never had a chance to score, with only four men reaching first, three on hits and one on a pass.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

3

0

4

0

0

4

0

 

11

12

5

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

0

0

0

1

3

1

0

3

1

 

9

15

0

W-Sam Jones (6-3)
S-Joe Bush (2)
L-Mule Watson (0-1)
Attendance – 7000

2B-Truesdale (Bost), Agnew (Bost),
Acosta (Phil), Kopp (Phil)
HR-Walker (Phil)

 

Game #2

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

7

3

PHILA ATHLETICS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

2

9

3

W-Scott Perry (7-14)
L-Carl Mays (13-6)
Attendance – 12,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

2

2

0

.319

 

 

Frank Truesdale

2b

5

2

4

.500

 

 

Jack Stansbury

cf

5

1

2

.154

 

 

Walter Barbare

3b

4

0

0

.000

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

5

1

2

.268

 

 

George Whiteman

lf

4

1

2

.247

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

3

1

0

.246

 

 

Sam Agnew

c

4

1

1

.140

 

 

Sam Jones

p

2

1

0

.115

 

 

Vince Molyneaux

p

0

0

0

.000

 

 

Joe Bush

p

1

1

1

.250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP

H

ER

SO

ERA

 

 

Sam Jones

5.1

9

0

3

2.82

 

 

Vince Molyneaux

1.1

0

2

0

3.52

 

 

Joe Bush

2.1

6

0

1

1.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

5

1

0

.313

 

 

Frank Truesdale

2b

4

0

3

.571

 

 

Babe Ruth

cf

4

0

1

.305

 

 

Wally Schang

c

5

0

2

.257

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

5

0

0

.263

 

 

Geo Whiteman

lf

5

0

0

.239

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

4

0

1

.246

 

 

Jack Stansbury

3b

3

0

0

.125

 

 

Amos Strunk

ph

1

0

0

.256

 

 

Walter Barbare

3b

0

0

0

.000

 

 

Carl Mays

p

4

0

0

.254

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP

H

ER

SO

ERA

 

 

Carl Mays

10.2

9

2

5

2.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians

43

32

-

 

 

New York Yankees

38

29

1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

40

31

1

 

 

Washington Nationals

39

34

3

 

 

Chicago White Sox

34

35

6

 

 

St. Louis Browns

34

38

7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

28

40

11 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

25

42

14