“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

HANK SEVEREID

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox shutout the Browns twice

July 17, 1918 ...  Everybody got a run for their money at Fenway Park yesterday. Both sessions of the twin bill were won by the Red Sox, the first game by a 7 to 0 score, and the second by a 4 to 0 score, with rain causing the second scrimmage to be called while the Browns were taking their turn at bat in the sixth inning.

The Browns were behind 2-0 and only 2 1/2 innings had been played, when the rain clouds moved in. The Browns then started to slow the game down, so that would not be a legal game when the rain started. This aroused the ire of of umpire Tommy Connolly, Babe Ruth and the other Sox players. The Babe had slammed out a couple of two baggers, and should the game be called inside of five innings, that pair of two base knocks would be consigned to the rubbish heap instead of the averages.

While the stalling act was on, the Browns were in no hurry to come to bat in the fourth. A dust storm blew in and the sky became very dark. A recess of 10 minutes was taken and when it brightened up, play started again. The Browns did everything to delay the game. They took their time stepping to the plate, threw the ball around carelessly, and made little or no attempt to get the Sox base runners, who by the way, never stopped running once they hit the ball. They were trying to get out.

It was observed that catcher Hank Severeid put the ball on Stuffy McInnis very hard at the plate, when retiring him in the third inning. He tried the same thing on Wally Schang, the next inning, and touched off the fireworks. Schang was bowled over by Severeid, and after he got up he rushed at the catcher, grabbed him by the neck, and started to shake him. Severeid got rough in return, and after the players and umpires intervened, both boys were thrown out of the game. In between games the two players shook hands and had a good laugh over the incident.

Joe Bush pitched in the opening game and was opposed by Rasty Wright, a slender right-hander recruited from Ohio State University. The Sox pounded Wright hard and allowed Joe Bush to take it easy after the Sox got well out in front.

Stuffy McInnis was back at his old post and made some fine plays, as did Dave Shean and Everett Scott.

Bush got three hits and drove in three of the Red Sox runs. Babe Ruth played in left field during the first game, going out after he batted in the eighth inning, so that he might rest up a bit before pitching the second game. Babe's pair of doubles were beauties, the first one going to right and the second one to left field. He whacked out a single in the first game, and once was passed purposely by Wright at a crucial stage of the game. He also played brilliantly in left field.

Joe Bush had the bases packed in the second inning of the first game, but fanned Wright for the third out. In that same frame the Sox scored three times. With two gone, Everett Scott was safe after George Sisler dropped the toss from Jimmy Austin. Scotty stole second, taking third on that a Nunamaker's poor throw and a lack of hustle by Earl Smith in center field. He scored on Walter Barbare's double. Wally Mayer walked and Joe Bush tripled to right, scoring Barbare and Mayer. In the fourth inning both Mayer and Joe Bush singled. Mayer was forced out by Harry Hooper at second and Bush later moved to third, with a double by Dave Shean scoring him.

After two were out in the sixth inning, Barbare singled, Mayer doubled, and Joe Bush singled to produce two runs. Shean tripled in the eighth and scored on Nunamaker's passed ball, to give the Red Sox their seventh and final run of the game.

In the second game, Browns pitcher Tom Rogers was an easy mark from the beginning. Harry Hooper walked in the first inning and took second when Shean sacrificed, scoring when Amos Strunk pasted a triple to deep center field. Ruth's double to right scored Strunk to make it 2-0.

It was while the Red Sox were putting across two more runs in the third that the skies began to darken up. With one out, Dave Shean got an infield hit, Sisler, making a great stop of Fritz Maisel's high throw. After Strunk flew out to Earl Smith, the Babe poked a long double to left, scoring Shean. Stuffy McInnis singled to bring in the Babe with the second run. McInnis started to steal, as Austin dropped the toss from Severeid at second base. Stuffy kept right on running, with no attempt being made to get him at third base, and while the ball was thrown to the plate carelessly, Severeid got it and pounded Stuffy on the back with it. Severeid, was peeved because the play was made. They were trying to stall knowing the rain was coming.

Then the intermission came and after that more stalling, the Sox were doing their best to get out, and the crowd was with them chastising the Browns for the delay. The game finally went on until the sixth, when the Brownies scored one on Sisler's double and Jim Tobin's single, but none of that stuff counted because the rains finally came.

Babe Ruth pulled a joke on the team this morning. He hiked along Huntington Avenue carrying a small suitcase. He passed the hotel where Carl Mays and several of the other Red Sox live. "Where you going Babe?" shouted Mays. "Baltimore" said the Babe, who hurried on, without turning his head, or uttering another word. Babe did show up at the ballpark for the game.

 

AUGUST HERRMANN

August Herrmann, chairman of the National Baseball Commission today filed his answer, in Common Pleas Court, to the suit by the Philadelphia Athletics against the members of the Commission and the Boston Braves, to restrain them from interfering with the services of pitcher Scott Perry. When the Athletics played here in July, manager Connie Mack had obtained an injunction restraining the commission and the Braves from interfering with Perry. In his answer today, Mr. Herrmann said the Commission was created under an agreement, for the purpose of settling baseball disputes and other controversies. He contended that the majority of the commission members awarded title of Perry to the Boston Braves. He stated that all rulings of the Commission, in such matters, have been considered final and made no further answer.

Charles "Curly" Brown, pitcher for the Los Angeles Stars of the Pacific Coast League, has been signed by the Red Sox.

 

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

 
     

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

7

3

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

0

1

2

0

1

0

x

   

7

12

0

 

 

W-Joe Bush (11-9)
L-Rasty Wright (3-2)
Attendance - 8289

2B-Gedeon (StL), Smith (StL), Mayer (Bost),
Barbare (Bost), Strunk (Bost), Shean (Bost)
3B-Bush (Bost), Shean (Bost)

 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

           

0

4

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

2

0

0

           

4

8

0

 

 

W-Babe Ruth (6-5)
L-Tom Rogers (5-6)

2B-Ruth (2)(Bost)
3B-Strunk (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

5 0 1 .292

 

 

Dave Shean

2b

4 1 2 .270

 

 

Amos Strunk

cf

4 0 1 .250

 

 

Babe Ruth

lf

4 0 1 .325

 

 

George Whiteman

lf

0 0 0 .255

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

3 0 0 .261

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

4 1 0 .234

 

 

Walter Barbare

3b

4 2 2 .217

 

 

Wally Mayer

c

3 2 2 .429

 

 

Joe Bush

p

4 1 3 .268

 

               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Joe Bush 9 7 0 4 1.91  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

2 1 0 .290

 

 

Dave Shean

2b

2 1 1 .271

 

 

Amos Strunk

cf

2 1 1 .252

 

 

Babe Ruth

p

2 1 2 .332

 

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

2 0 1 .263

 

 

Everett Scott

ss

2 0 1 .244

 

 

George Whiteman

lf

1 0 1 .259

 

 

Wally Schang

c

2 0 1 .242

 

 

Wally Mayer

c

0 0 0 .429

 

 

Walter Barbare

3b

2 0 0 .200

 

               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
  Babe Ruth 5 4 0 2 2.65  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

51

33

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

47 40 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

43 38 6 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

43 40 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

38 42 11

 

 

St. Louis Browns

38 44 12

 

 

Detroit Tigers

35 45 14

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

33 46 15 1/2