“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

SAM JONES

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Browns throw the game away in the 9th

August 23, 1918 ...  Sam Jones managed to squeeze through a 6 to 5 win over the Browns. There were two out in the ninth when Hank Severeid threw a high one to Fritz Maisel at third, trying to break up a double steal by Babe Ruth and Amos Strunk, allowing Strunk to skip in with the winning run.

Yesterday Jones was not up to his usual good form, letting a three run lead slip away from him in the fifth inning. He played great in the field and did well at the plate, but he was often in trouble on the mound. But the fact that Jones is an ace cannot be questioned.

The Babe's spectacular one-handed catch off George Sisler in the first inning was the fielding classic of the game. Rasty Wright started for St. Louis, but the plug was pulled on him in the fourth with Byron Houck being ushered in.

Dave Shean's single, Strunk's infield out, and a line drive by Babe, which hit the fence in left, gave the Sox their first run in the first inning. The Browns scored in the top of the third inning, but in the bottom of that inning, singles by Harry Hooper, and Shean, along with Strunk's sacrifice fly, gave the Sox another run.

In the fourth inning with two out, Jack Coffey singled and stole second. Sam Agnew walked and hits by Sam Jones and Harry Hooper scored both of them for a 4 to 1 Red Sox lead. After two were out in the fifth inning, hits by Severeid and a pass to Maisel, followed by hits from Sisler and Ray Demmitt brought three runs across the plate and giving the Browns a tie game.  In the sixth inning, the Sox stole a run back but in the eighth, George Sisler hit and stole second, then was brought in by Demmitt's single and tied the game up once again.

In the ninth inning with one out, Dave Shean single and was forced at second by Otis Strunk. He stole second base and Ruth was passed purposely. They worked the double steal and Severeid's high throw allowed in the winning run.

In Washington. The Indians beat the nationals 6-2 to keep pace, but time is running out on Cleveland.

It was learned officially today that Secretary Baker will recommend to General Crowder that a delay in the enforcement of the "Work or Fight" regulations, so far as they affect baseball players, who all will participate in the World Series be in effect up until September 15th, so that these games may be played.  It is expected that the World Series will start on September 4th. Ban Johnson announced that the National Baseball Commission will release their plans for the specifics of the World Series tomorrow.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

1

0

   

5

8

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

   

6

13

3

 

 

W-Sam Jones (14-5)
L-Byron Houck (2-3)
Attendance - 2702
2B-Severeid (StL), McInnis (Bost), Jones (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

5 1 3 .290  

 

Dave Shean

2b

4 1 3 .266  

 

Amos Strunk

cf

4 1 0 .253  

 

Babe Ruth

lf

4 0 1 .300  

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

4 0 1 .279  

 

Everett Scott

ss

3 0 1 .229  

 

Jack Coffey

3b

3 1 1 .185  

 

George Cochran

3b

1 0 0 .125  

 

Sam Agnew

c

3 1 1 .157  

 

Sam Jones

p

4 1 2 .180  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
 

Sam Jones

9 8 4 3 2.39  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

69

47

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

67 51 3

 

 

Washington Nationals

64 54 6

 

 

New York Yankees

55 56 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox

56 59 12 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

54 60 14

 

 

Detroit Tigers

49 65 19

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

47 69 22

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 8