THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Four hits by Joe Bush help beat the Browns
July 31, 1918 ...
The Red Sox made it three straight over the Browns by taking today's game at Sportsman's Park. The contest was interesting until the final inning, when the Red Sox chased over four runs and won the game 8 to 4. Bert Gallia pitched for St. Louis, and Joe Bush for the Red Sox. Both went the route,
although each was hit hard. In addition, Gallia was wild, giving six base on balls and hitting two batters.
George Sisler had a big day, getting a single, a triple, and a home run. He drove in two of the Browns runs and crossed the plate for the other two. Coming to bat in the eighth inning, with Fritz Maisel on first, and the Browns behind 4 to 2, Sisler lifted the ball into
the right field bleachers. The wallop put the Browns temporarily into a tie with the Red Sox, 4-4.
But Gallia then started a disastrous ninth inning. Stuffy McInnis hit one to left-center and it took funny bounce over Jack Tobin's head, rolling to the fence, for a lucky triple. Everett Scott sent a long fly to Tobin, and McInnis was able to trot across the plate with
the go-ahead run. Gallia then hit George Cochran with a pitch for the second time in the game. Jimmy Austin fumbled Wally Mayer's grounder and Cochran made it to third. Joe Bush doubled to left, scoring Cochran and Mayer, stopping at third. Harry Hooper hit a slow bounder between the
pitchers mound and third-base. Gallia bounced off the mound and grabbed the ball throwing low to Sisler, allowing Mayer and Joe Bush to both score the third and fourth runs of the inning.
The Sox scored three runs in the third on McInnis' single to right, Austin's error, Gallia hitting Cochran with a pitch, and then walking in a run. Joe Bush hit one up the middle to score two more runs, but Mayer was cut down, trying for third. In the eighth inning, the
Red Sox scored their fourth run.
The pitching of Bush was a little weak, but he certainly made up for it with the bat. He faced Gallia five times during the contest, and wrapped out four clean hits, two of them doubles, and walked on the other occasion. He scored two runs and drove in three. George
Cochran was also a busy boy with the bat. He got on four out of five times. Stuffy McInnis enjoyed a profitable afternoon, getting three hits and a sacrifice in five times up.
President Ban Johnson called for a special meeting of American League owners to take place in Cleveland on Saturday, to decide on the proposed early closing of the season and staging of the World Series prior to September 1 in compliance with Sec. Baker's "Work or
Fight" order. The National League club owners are scheduled to meet in New York on Saturday.
President Frazee, who was in New York, said that he is opposed to Johnson's proposition as is. He also said he is opposed to rearranging the schedule so that the western clubs will play against each other and the eastern clubs do the same, after the present series in
the East and West. He claims it is in an injustice to the interests of the Red Sox because they would have to face tougher opponents than those that they are scheduled to meet. Frazee wants to play the schedule as is, closing the regular season a little later, on August 24, starting the
World Series August 26, and if necessary, completing Series play with a doubleheader on September 2, which is the Labor Day holiday.