“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Red Sox and Indians
split the doubleheader

July 8, 1918 ... It's starting to seem now that Babe Ruth is the man of the hour almost every day. His mighty smash into the right field bleachers, in the 10th inning, drove Amos Strunk home with the winning and only run in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader.

The Indians won a 4-3 decision in the second game on a wild pitch, scoring Wambsganss, who had tripled with two outs in the final inning. That second game was lost by the Red Sox but all everybody and his friend was discussing, was the mighty wallop that the big Babe lashed in the first game.

Under any other conditions, it would've been his 12th homer of the season but all Ruth was able to get, was a triple on the blow which landed more than two thirds of the way up the bleachers, because Strunk was on first base at the time.  Babe seemed perfectly satisfied inasmuch as the crack won the ballgame. Babe hit two safeties in their first game, but when hitless in the second game.

Sam Jones performed on the hill for the Sox in the first game, holding Cleveland to four scattered hits, and turning in a very classy exhibition. Sam not only baffled the visitors, but fielded his position superbly, covering first like an artist, knocking down liners, and making himself generally useful, and getting a fine base hit the boat.

The first game should never have gone into extra innings. When Jones singled to left in the fourth, Everett Scott apparently beat a nice throw by Joe Wood to the plate, but umpire Billy Evans ruled to the contrary. The decision raise quite a fuss, but that ruling paled comparison to the call Umpire George Hildebrand made against the Indians at the plate, in the sixth inning of the second game. Before that disturbance had ceased, Indians manager Lee Fohl won an invitation to the showers.

It was a great afternoon and there were over 8000 fans out to see the game. Many brilliant plays were put over by both clubs, playing errorless snappy ball in the curtain raiser, while the second skirmish was marred to a certain extent by slips.

In the first game. There were two out in the fourth inning before any of the visitors reach first base.  Jones passed Speaker in that frame, and Wamby, first man up in the fifth, got the first hit off Sam.  He was the only man to get beyond first during the entire game.

The Sox had three chances to score before Babe put the big blow into the right field bleachers.

In the second game. The Indians presented the Sox with a pair of runs in the second inning. Wally Schang, the first batter, walked and the throw from catcher Pinch Thomas hit Schang, as he was stealing second, bounding into right field, allowing him to take third. After Stuffy McInnis walked, Everett Scott and Schang executed a perfect squeeze play for a run. Pitcher Guy Morton messed up the bunt and allowed Scotty to reach first safely. Thomas next retrieved Jack Stansbury's bouncer in front of the plate, and made a force play on Stuffy McInnis at third. After Mays forced Stansbury at second, Hooper singled to right sending Scotty home. The score was Red Sox 2, Indians 0.

Schang handed Cleveland a run in the fourth. Speaker strolled to first and with one out and Schang threw the ball into right field, trying to pick him off first base. Spoke rushed around to third and scored on Roth's fly out to Harry Hooper, making the score 2 to 1.

In the sixth inning Cleveland showed Carl Mays no mercy. Guy Morton smashed a triple to deep center for the starter, but was doubled up after Harry Hooper's fine catch off Jack Grainy through his carelessness in not touching the plate. Then came four ringing singles in quick succession by Chapman, Speaker, Roth, and Wamby. Harry Hooper nailed Roth at the plate after Wamby's single to end the inning. The Indians now held a 3 to 2 lead.

The Sox tied the score in the bottom of the inning with McInnis, driving a hot one at Joe Evans and taking second when he made a bad throw to first. Scotty sacrificed Stuffy to third and Stansbury lifted a fly ball to Grainy, who threw home after the catch, but Thomas let the ball get by him.

There were two out in the ninth, when Harry Hooper lost Wamby's fly ball in the sun and let the ball drop, giving the second baseman three bases. He scored what would be the winning run, on a wild pitch by Mays.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

0

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

8

0

 

 

W-Sam Jones (7-3)
L-Stan Coveleski (11-10)
Attendance -
8309

3B-Ruth (Bost), Scott (Bost)

 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

1

   

4

7

4

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

   

3

3

1

 

 

W-Guy Morton (10-5)
L-Carl Mays (13-7)

2B-Mays (Bost)
3B-Wambsganss (Clev), Morton (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

5 0 1 .311

 

 

Dave Shean

2b

4 0 1 .278

 

 

Amos Strunk

cf

4 1 1 .251

 

 

Babe Ruth

lf

4 0 2 .306

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

3 0 0 .263

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

3 0 2 .251

 

 

Walter Barbare

3b

2 0 0 .231

 

 

Wally Schang

ph

1 0 0 .250

 

 

Jack Stansbury

3b

0 0 0 .125

 

 

Sam Agnew

c

3 0 0 .133

 

 

Sam Jones

p

2 0 1 .143

 

               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Sam Jones 10 4 0 2 2.52  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

4 0 1 .310

 

 

Dave Shean

2b

3 0 0 .275

 

 

Amos Strunk

cf

3 0 0 .248

 

 

Babe Ruth

lf

4 0 0 .299

 

 

Wally Schang

c

3 1 0 .245

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

3 1 1 .264

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

2 1 0 .249

 

 

Jack Stansbury

3b

2 0 0 .111

 

 

Frank Truesdale

ph

1 0 0 .450

 

 

Carl Mays

p

4 0 1 .254

 

               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Carl Mays 9 7 3 4 2.07  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

43

32

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

44 34 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

40 31 1

 

 

Washington Nationals

40 36 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

35 37 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

36 38 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

29 42 12

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

27 44 14