THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Joe Bush hits and pitches the Sox to a win
July 27, 1918 ...
Realizing that the pennant and World Series were now close at hand, Boston's hustling Red Sox got down to business and beat White Sox with a seventh inning rally, by a score of 6 to 4 at Comiskey Park. The credit for the victory lies in the prowess of Joe Bush, who not only hurled a steady game after
a bad first inning, but produced the staggering blow with his bat in the seventh inning. When the time came, the White Sox were leading by one run and Wally Schang was shoved into the service as a pinch-hitter for Sam, Agnew, with orders to start something.
He delivered a safe rope for one base, whereupon Bush slammed a double to left-center. Shano Collins made a frantic try for the drive, but he could not hold it. That put Schang on third and Joe Bush on second and Chicago's lead of one run wasn't worth anything.
Immediately Harry Hooper put the Sox ahead when he lined a single to right, sending his two teammates home, after which the White Sox just crumbled.
Frank Shellenbach was on the mound, working desperately, but that seventh inning assault drove him to the showers and that brought in Dave Danforth. It was too late however, and the Boston gang hammered in some more for good measure.
Plenty of base hits were gathered off Joe Bush and his fastball, but in the pinches he was fine, and as soon as his mates got ahead, he simply discouraged any further efforts on the part of Chicago.
Each team scored in the first inning. Shellenbach began by walking Harry Hooper and Frank Truesdale, after which Amos Strunk beat out a bunt and Ruth knocked in two runners with a single. In their half of the inning, the White Sox tied it on singles by Eddie Murphy,
John Collins, and Buck Weaver, followed by Chick Gandil's double, a couple of stolen bases, a wild throw, and a wild pitch. The White Sox grabbed the lead in the fifth inning, but it was surrendered to the Red Sox in the seventh. The Red Sox got one more run in the eighth inning to make the
final score 6 to 4.