“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

HACK MILLER

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
The Tigers whip the Red Sox

August 26, 1918 ...  Today at Fenway Park the Red Sox could not do much spitballer George Cunningham, while Detroit plastered Carl Mays. Final count 6 to 3 in favor of Detroit. Had Carl Mays won yesterday, it would have been his 20th victory. Incidentally, it was the first game the Tigers have won at Fenway Park this season.

Neither Ty Cobb, nor Babe Ruth were in the game at the start. The Babe went home to Baltimore because of his father's death and Cobb was late, owing to an engagement. Cobb came into the game in the third inning and the fans present, demonstrated that he was as welcome as anyone, when they saw him get on the field. A Red Sox – Tiger combat is not the same without Cobb and Ruth.

Harry Hooper walked to start the game. After Hooper walked, Dave Shean hit an easy ground ball that should have been a doubleplay but Donie Bush muffed the pivot throw from second baseman Art Griggs. Hack Miller drove them both in with a double.

A double by Griggs and Harry Harper's single gave the Tigers a run in the second, and in the fourth, singles by Bobby Veach and Griggs, along with Harper's triple and an error by Mays, furnished three runs for the Tigers.

The Sox got a run in the bottom of the fifth and the Tigers added two more in the eighth for the final 6 to 3 score.

Harry Frazee consented to play the World Series with the first three games being in Chicago.  He learned from American League president, Ban Johnson, that there indeed had been a coin toss and the Cubs won it.  He further added an explanation as to why the first three games will be in Chicago.  Because of the war, the government is trying to curtail transportation and conserve fuel, therefore, one trip is all that as Americans, the National Commission thought would be appropriate.

Following custom, the Royal Rooters are planning their trip to Chicago with Johnny Keenan in charge of organizing the festivities.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

0

1

0

3

0

0

0

2

0

   

6

11

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

   

3

5

2

 

 

W-George Cunningham (6-5)
L-Carl Mays (19-13)
Attendance - 3668
2B-Griggs (Det), Miller (2)(Bost), Strunk (Bost)
3B-Harper (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

2 2 1 .291  

 

Dave Shean

2b

3 1 1 .265  

 

Amos Strunk

cf

3 0 2 .254  

 

Hack Miller

lf

3 0 1 .333  

 

George Cochran

ph

1 0 0 .122  

 

George Whiteman

lf

0 0 0 .248  

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

3 0 0 .275  

 

Everett Scott

ss

4 0 0 .225  

 

Jack Coffey

3b

3 0 0 .186  

 

Wally Schang

c

4 0 0 .234  

 

Carl Mays

p

4 0 0 .255  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
 

Carl Mays

9 11 5 4 2.32  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

70

48

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

68 53 3 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

68 54 4

 

 

New York Yankees

56 58 12

 

 

Chicago White Sox

57 63 14

 

 

St. Louis Browns

55 61 14

 

 

Detroit Tigers

51 66 18 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

49 71 22

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 5