“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

JOE GEDEON

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.

 

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

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

1

5

0

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

   

3

4

1

 

 

W-Babe Ruth (12-7)
L-Lefty Leifield (2-6)
Attendance - 7019
2B-Hendryx (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

3 0 1 .290  

 

Dave Shean

2b

3 0 0 .264  

 

Amos Strunk

cf

3 0 0 .251  

 

Hack Miller

lf

3 1 1 .333  

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

2 1 0 .277  

 

Everett Scott

ss

2 0 0 .228  

 

Babe Ruth

p

2 1 0 .298  

 

Sam Agnew

c

0 0 0 .157  

 

Jean Dubuc

ph

1 0 0 .333  

 

Wally Schang

c

2 0 1 .239  

 

Jack Coffey

3b

2 0 1 .191  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
 

Babe Ruth

9 5 0 4 2.28  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

70

47

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

67 52 4

 

 

Washington Nationals

65 54 6

 

 

New York Yankees

56 57 12

 

 

Chicago White Sox

57 60 13

 

 

St. Louis Browns

54 61 15

 

 

Detroit Tigers

50 66 19 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

48 70 22 1/2

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 6