THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Sox win on Joe Gedeon's mistake
August 24, 1918 ...
It is seldom that the Red Sox do well against left-handed pitching. The veteran, Lefty Leifield, held them to just four hits, two of which were infield hits yet the Sox won the ballgame 3 to 1. The pair of honest and true smashes that they registered, one of which was a triple by Harry Hooper, had no
bearing on the game.
Babe Ruth pitched and it is fair to say he did not pitch well, but when he stole home in the second inning, it appeared that he suffered a wrenched knee. However, the Babe finished the game and held the Browns to five hits, only two of them getting beyond the infield.
Most of the action happened in the second inning. For the Browns, Tim Hendryx singled and advanced on Joe Gideon sacrifice, taking third when the Babe threw the ball into center in trying to pick him off at second base. Harry Hooper's great catch off Jimmy Austin held
Hendryx at third, but he scored when Les Nunamaker beat out an infield hit.
In Boston's half of the inning, Hack Miller planted a Texas leaguer in right, which fell between a battalion of Browns players. When Stuffy McInnis bunted, Miller had such a lead that Liefield's throw to second was too late. Everett Scott's sacrifice pushed both
baserunners along and Babe was passed intentionally. Jack Coffey hit a ball in the air over Joe Gideon's head. Gedeon moved to the left and back to the right and it was obvious he was apparently uneasy, as everybody was running. He must have taken a nose dive because he missed the ball
completely. Miller and McInnis scored and Ruth, who had gone to third, was stealing home as Gedeon and the others were trying to figure out what to do. The final score was the Red Sox 3, St. Louis 1.
The Indians lost to Washington 4-0 and fell four games behind the Red Sox, with only nine games left to play for the Sox and eight for the Indians.