1919 BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE BABE RUNS WILD ON AND OFF THE FIELD ...

 

Earl Johnson   Johnny Pesky   Bill Voiselle   Jackie Robinson
Born: April 2nd   Born: Feb 27th   Born: Sept 8th   Born: Jan 31st
Ralph Houk   Monte Irvin   Vic Raschi   Pete Reiser
Born: Aug 9th   Born: Feb 25th   Born: March 28th   Born: March 17th

 

Winning the 1918 World Series, served to make President Harry Frazee think he was a very important player in major league baseball. Other team owners viewed him as an interloper in their exclusive club, while Frazee saw himself as being qualified to lead baseball into a new era. Nobody became more offended by him then American League President, Ban Johnson. Johnson had never wanted Frazee in the league, and that never became more true than after Frazee and the Red Sox won the championship in 1918.

HARRY FRAZEE

Frazee reveled in the growing controversy, considering any notoriety to be good publicity. He made the comment that he was thinking about selling the Red Sox for $1 million and even announced he was considering a move to Braves Field. He felt that Fenway Park real estate was just becoming too valuable to be used for a ballpark. Nothing came from either plan, but again the publicity he considered to be a plus.

He then joined forces with New York Giants owner, Harry Hempstead to lead the charge to replace Ban Johnson as head of the National Baseball Commission, a three-man panel that Johnson led, and replace him with former president William Howard Taft to be the Commissioner. Johnson hated the National League and the New York Giants in particular, and the coup served to infuriate him even more.

Frazee knew taking on Johnson was risky and, as he left for the 1919 league meeting in Chicago, he told reporters that he would rather lose the Red Sox then the buried by Ban Johnson. On the surface, the league meeting was uneventful, as Johnson trimmed the 1919 schedule to 140 games and cut rosters to save money. Frazee disagreed, but went along. He also wanted to pay the players during spring training, a plan that the tight-fisted Johnson was totally against, and it failed to pass.

Behind the scenes, Frazee had gained support from some of the other owners in the American League. Charles Comiskey, of the White Sox, and Colonel Jacob Ruppert, of the Yankees, were close friends of Frazee and moved in the same circles. They were all annoyed when they learned that Johnson had recently propped up the Cleveland franchise with $58,000 of his own money. For that alone they wanted Johnson removed.

Johnson told reporters after the meeting, that Frazee was allowing gambling at Fenway Park which was against the league constitution, and on that alone, he could revoke his membership in the American League. Johnson had given lip service to the gambling problem for years, but had never taken any action. The problem was no worse in Boston that it was anywhere else, and the comment served no purpose, except to take a shot at Frazee. Johnson, in his actions, hoped Frazee would get upset enough and sell the Red Sox, because he knew that the courts would never force Frazee to sell his business. Johnson wanted Frazee out and Frazee was determined to stay.

BAN JOHNSON

The first few months of the standoff passed quietly, as plans for the 1919 season occupied both men. In December 1918, Frazee struck a deal with Jacob Ruppert to sell some of his surplus, including Duffy Lewis, Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard to the Yankees for some minor talent and $50,000. The Yankees had money and no players of any worth, while Frazee had players to spare, and so the deal was consummated. The deal gave Frazee ready cash in case he should fall into a protracted legal battle with Johnson, and perhaps, most significantly, assured the allegiance of the Yankee owners to his cause.

The move didn't hurt the Red Sox for only Dutch Leonard had contributed in 1918. The acquisition of Joe Bush and Amos Strunk, along with the emergence of Babe Ruth as an outfielder, made Duffy Lewis and Ernie Shore expendable. Before spring training started, Fred Thomas and Sam Agnew were also sold for cash.

Still the 1919 Red Sox looked strong. They still had there four top starters from 1918, in Babe Ruth, Carl Mays, Sam Jones and Joe Bush. In Amos Strunk, Harry Hooper, Wally Schang, Stuffy McInnis and Everett Scott, they still had formidable position players. Frazee then traded for Ossie Vitt from the Tigers to fill a hole at third-base. The club was so well-stocked that the hero of the 1918 World Series, George Whiteman, was just released. Although Whiteman played professional baseball for another decade, he never made another appearance in a major-league uniform.

Manager Ed Barrow looked forward to having Babe Ruth returned to the pitching rotation, pinch-hitting and taking an occasional turn in the outfield. The Babe had other ideas. After doing double duty, he felt he was underpaid. In spite of the fact that he had already signed a contract for the 1919 season in the amount of $7000, he threatened to hold out, telling Frazee he wanted a one-year contract for $15,000 or a three-year contract for $30,000. He also stated that he did not want to pitch anymore. Frazee simply told him to get out of his office.

Every other player also wanted more money and Frazee played hardball with them all. Harry Hooper said he was making more from ranching that he was from playing baseball and threatened to retire. Ruth also threatened to retire and become a boxer or an actor. Frazee stated to the newspapers that if Ruth did not want to play, he would be traded. Spring training began in mid-March and the season was scheduled to start on April 23rd. The delay gave all parties a chance to work out their differences.

The New York Giants agreed to also train in Tampa, Florida with the Red Sox, to take advantage of the Babe's drawing power in exhibition games, but threatened not to share the facilities if Ruth was not signed. Both men got nervous, and Frazee and Ruth agreed to a three-year $30,000 deal. Ruth pitched a few innings in a scrimmage during spring training, but when the exhibition season started on April 4th, he played left-field and continued his prodigious hitting. He smacked one of his longest home runs, estimated between 500 and 600 feet, which is still marked today with a plaque at the University of Tampa.

ED BARROW

As the team barnstormed north, crowds of people turned out to see Babe Ruth hit. Boston's pitching continued to impress manager Barrow and he saw no reason to send the Babe to the mound. Yet Barrow was not convinced that Ruth's hitting was genuine, thinking that if he played every day, he would hit into a hundred doubleplays, as during the spring he had done most of his damage again second line pitchers.

But as opening day approached, Harry Hooper and Everett Scott lobbied Barrow to keep Babe Ruth in the outfield. He reluctantly agreed, but cautioned that if the Babe slumped, he would have to pitch. Barrow hadn't forgotten that most of Ruth's hitting in 1918 came in streaks and that he struggled against lefties. He also felt that Fenway Park's spacious right-field, robbed him of much of his home run power. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1918 because of the strength of Ruth's arm and not his work at the plate. Nobody expected him to hit home runs as frequently and as far as he would do in the future.

Ruth's work on the field was not only Barrow's only worry. His off field behavior had an effect on team chemistry and it was a greater concern. He proved undependable in 1918 and jumped the club twice, and then injured his thumb during the World Series. Relying on him became increasingly risky. Still when the Red Sox opened the season, they were the favorites to win the pennant.

The Red Sox won the first game with the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds on April 23rd with Ruth hitting a home run over the head of Duffy Lewis, and Carl Mays pitching a 10 to 0 shutout. The Red Sox won their second game with 8 to 0 shutout and Ruth blasting a triple. His hot hitting continued the next day as he doubled and tripled off Walter Johnson in Washington, while Carl Mays won his second game by a score of 6 to 5.

Babe Ruth's ceaseless adventures concerned Barrow so much that he sat in the hotel lobby one night and waited for him until 4 AM before he gave up. He then paid a hotel porter the next evening, to play detective and report when Ruth came it. The porter knocked on Barrow's door at 6 AM. Barrow and Ruth confronted one another after that, and had to be separated. Ruth was suspended for a game and the Red Sox won anyway by a score of 6 to 1. The celebrated incident cooled later that day and the two reached an understanding and an arrangement.

Ruth was reinstated just in time for the Red Sox home opener on May 1st. Although the Babe doubled in his first at bat, he played poorly in the outfield and the Red Sox lost by a 7 to 3 score. The next day he also went hitless and the Red Sox lost again. Ruth was only batting .200  Barrow and Frazee then announced that Ruth would return to the pitching rotation and only play in the outfield occasionally.

The move paid off as the Babe, in spite of only pitching once in spring training, beat the Yankees 3 to 2 on May 3rd, and helped his own cause by doubling in a run. But the Babe was back in left field a few days later and didn't pitch another game for two weeks. Then he won the next four games he pitched, but gave up 15 runs. He lost his next two starts, but on June 20th, beat the St. Louis Browns, 3 to 1 and knocked in the winning run with a triple. In that game, he gave up eight hits and walked eight batters.  He lost a game at the end of June, giving up eight runs and didn't pitch again for three weeks. 

BABE RUTH

No single player was more responsible than Babe Ruth. His defense was poor and he wasn't pitching all that well. In July he lost two more starts and gave up ten runs. Ruth's fall from being one of baseball's best pitchers, was as dramatic as his rise to being one of baseball's best hitters the year before.  His resistance to being put in the regular rotation forced the Red Sox to use pitchers who were clearly inferior.

Ruth was also causing trouble in the clubhouse, lobbying to have Jack Barry resume being the manager. Harry Hooper also wanted the job and accustomed to being the club's offensive star, and so was becoming increasingly jealous of the attention being paid to the Babe.

Frazee and Barrow tried to get some help before the season slipped away, by purchasing Bill Lamar from the Yankees, and over the remainder of the year, he hit nearly .300  In late June, Barry and Amos Strunk were traded to the Philadelphia Athletics for 26-year-old Braggo Roth and 22-year-old secondbaseman Red Shannon. Moving Barry helped quiet the dissension, but he refused to report and retired. When the trade was made, Roth was batting .323 for the last place A's and out-slugging Ruth.

The Babe finally emerged from his slump, raising his average to .319 at the end of June, while cracking out home runs at a record pace. But it made no difference in the win-loss column for the Red Sox, as Roth got hurt and the Red Sox fell further behind and finishing the month with a 11-16 record, in sixth place, well below .500, and twelve games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox.

Babe Ruth became the whole story. He was the only reason fans are coming out the Fenway Park and he knew it. He demanded to play the outfield exclusively and Barrow caved in, as Frazee decided it was time to give the people what they wanted. He only cared about putting people in the ballpark, because the pennant was already lost.

On July 5th, against Philadelphia, Ruth cracked two home runs in a single-game for the first time in his career, including the first one he ever hit over the left-field wall. It served notice that for the remainder of the month, he would hit home runs as no man before him had ever done. But his hitting streak didn't stop the team's slide.

Pitcher Carl Mays was the only Boston player performing to his usual standard. But from May 13th through June 16th, he gave up only twelve runs in five starts, yet lost all five games because of the Red Sox atrocious defense and failure to score a single run. The temperamental pitcher became irate and in Philadelphia threw a ball at a heckler in the stands. For that Ban Johnson fined him $100, but Mays refused to pay.

A 3 to 0 loss to St. Louis on July 9th, dropped his record to 5-11, in spite of the fact he had the fourth lowest ERA in the league. The final straw came on July 13th in Chicago, as Mays lost his composure when one of his infielders failed to make an easy play. Then in the second inning, as Eddie Collins tried to steal, catcher Wally Schang's throw hit Mays in the head. In the bottom of the inning, Mays got a base hit, but was stranded at first base. Instead of returning to the mound, he went to the clubhouse, got dressed and took a cab back to the hotel. He packed up his belongings and was on a train, before the game was over, heading back to Boston. He told reporters that he would never pitch again for the Red Sox, a team he believed should be fighting for the league lead but wasn't, because of the way management was handling things. The special treatment given to Babe Ruth was most likely what he was referring to.

CARL MAYS

Frazee was deluged with trade offers after this. After teams in the league put in bids for the star pitcher, including an offer of $50,000 from the White Sox. Ban Johnson was very upset about Mays' actions and told the bidders there would be no deals until the Red Sox had dealt with the problem. In Johnson's mind that meant a healthy fine and suspension. Frazee didn't agree and felt that a fine and suspension would only postpone the inevitable trade, so he sat back and waited for the price of his player to rise.

On July 29th, just before the trading deadline, Frazee sold Mays to the Yankees for $40,000, pitcher Allan Russell, and prospect Bob McGraw. He explained that he took their offer because they were the only team that offered money as well as players. Mays went 9-3 over the rest of the year for the Yankees, while Russell was 9-4 for the Red Sox. Frazee did not pocket the money either. He bought the contract of Joe Wilhoit, who was batting .422 for the Wichita club of the Western League.

When Ban Johnson heard about the trade, he blew his top, believing that the two clubs had conspired to challenge his authority. He called the deal off and told Frazee to return the money, and suspended Mays indefinitely. Frazee ignored him and told reporters that Johnson was a joke, thus flaring up the simmering conflict between the two. The eventual fallout would claim several victims. Johnson eventually would be toppled from his position and Frazee ruined his reputation in Boston when he traded away Babe Ruth, seemingly to spite Johnson. The once proud Red Sox became nothing more than their battleground.

Johnson ordered the Yankees not the pitch Mays. The Yankees appealed the decision and Johnson would hear nothing of it. Colonel Ruppert eventually took Johnson to court and secured an injunction that restrained him from interfering. Mays entered New York's rotation while all the parties involved, turned the matter over to their lawyers.

All this time, Babe Ruth continued his assault on the record books in spite of being forced to pitch occasionally, to make up for the loss of Mays. At the beginning of August the Red Sox were 39-48. The Babe, however, was batting .321 and among the league leaders. He had knocked out 16 home runs, tying an American League record held by Socks Seybold. The existing major league record of 24, set by Gavvy Cravath in 1915, was in reach.

Fans rushed to the park to follow the Babe's home run chase. Although he slipped in early August, when the Red Sox played at home, as soon as the team went on the road he took advantage of the smaller ballparks to go on another tear. He had seven home runs in twelve days and in previous seasons, seven home runs would have been enough to lead the league for the whole season.

THE BABE

Frazee milked Babe Ruth's popularity for all it was worth. On September 1st, Labor Day, the Sox announce that Ruth would pitch the first game of a doubleheader against Washington and 30,000 fans showed up at Fenway Park. Ruth knew how to work a crowd and in the first game he threw what would be the last game of his major league career, winning by a score of 2 to 1. He also tripled to drive in one run and scored the other. In game two he hit his 24th home run which tied the record set by Cravath.

Meanwhile the Yankees and Ban Johnson made their cases, over the Carl Mays issue in court. The judge found in favor of the Yankees and the case was passed on to the New York Supreme Court for final disposition. The suit caused a split for the entire league.

On September 19th, the Chicago White Sox arrived in Boston on the verge of clinching the American League pennant. The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader on the following day, September 20th, which Frazee promoted as "Babe Ruth Day" to ensure another good crowd.

On his day, the Babe received cash and gifts from the Knights of Columbus worth several thousand dollars. He later complained that all Frazee gave him was a celebration and a cigar. However Frazee had given Ruth a bonus of $5000 for his inability to earn several pitching related contract incentives. Ruth pitched in the first game and did poorly, finishing the game in left field. The Red Sox won both games of the doubleheader as Ruth hit home run #27, a walk-off, to win the first game in the bottom of the ninth inning.   Then in the second game, he doubled and scored the winning run.

Yet the most notable event would be taking place at the Buckminster Hotel in Kenmore Square and not at Fenway Park. It was there that notorious Boston gambler and Royal Rooter, Sport Sullivan, met with Chick Gandil of the White Sox and the seeds for the Black Sox scandal, which would follow, were sown.

The Red Sox finished the season on the road and Ruth hit two more home runs, including number #29 in Washington. But then he angered both his teammates and Manager Barrow by skipping the last game to play a lucrative exhibition game in Baltimore. He had not asked permission, he simply left. The Red Sox lost again 8 to 7 and finished in sixth place, 20 1/2 games behind the White Sox.

Ruth ended the season as the most popular and most talked about player in baseball, batting .322 to go with his league-leading 114 RBIs and 103 runs scored. Yet even as league attendance more than doubled in 1919 after the war, the crowd in Boston, even with Ruth, lagged behind. Attendance at Fenway Park fell from third to fifth in the league. The Sox attendance was just over 417,000 fans, only 170,000 more than the championship year in 1918, and far fewer than their championship years of 1912, 1915 and 1916. In spite of his home run record, Ruth wasn't worth as much at the gate as was a winning team.

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF  OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/23/1919 1-0 1st -  at New York Yankees W 10-0 Carl Mays 1-0
04/24/1919 1-0 1st -  at New York Yankees pp  
04/25/1919 1-0 1st -  at New York Yankees pp  
04/26/1919 1-0 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
04/27/1919 2-0 2nd -1/2  at Washington Nationals W 8-0 Sam Jones 1-0
04/28/1919 3-0 1st -  at Washington Nationals W 6-5 Carl Mays 2-0
04/29/1919 3-1 2nd -1  at Washington Nationals L 4-2 Herb Pennock 0-1
04/30/1919 4-1 2nd -1  at Washington Nationals W 6-1 Ray Caldwell 1-0
05/01/1919 4-2 3rd -2  New York Yankees L 7-3 Carl Mays 2-1
05/02/1919 4-3 3rd -1 1/2  New York Yankees L 3-1 Sam Jones 1-1
05/03/1919 5-3 2nd -1  New York Yankees W 3-2 Babe Ruth 1-0
05/04/1919 5-3 2nd -1 1/2  
05/05/1919 5-4 5th -2  New York Yankees L 5-1 George Dumont 0-1
05/06/1919 6-4 2nd -2  Washington Nationals W 2-0 Ray Caldwell 2-0
05/07/1919 6-4 2nd -2 1/2  Washington Nationals pp  
05/08/1919 7-4 2nd -2 1/2  Washington Nationals W 3-0 Sam Jones 2-1
05/09/1919 7-4 2nd -2 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics pp  
05/10/1919 7-4 2nd -2  Philadelphia Athletics pp  
05/11/1919 7-4 2nd -2  at New Haven Colonials pp  
05/12/1919 7-4 2nd -3  Philadelphia Athletics pp  
05/13/1919 7-4 2nd -2 1/2  
05/14/1919 7-5 4th -3 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 1-0 Carl Mays 2-2
05/15/1919 8-5 4th -2 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-5 Babe Ruth 2-0
05/16/1919 8-6 4th -3 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 7-4 Ray Caldwell 2-1
05/17/1919 8-7 4th -3 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 2-1 Sam Jones 2-2
05/18/1919 8-8 4th -4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns L 4-3 Carl Mays 2-3
05/19/1919 8-8 4th -4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns pp  
05/20/1919 9-8 4th -4 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 6-4 Babe Ruth 3-0
05/21/1919 9-9 4th -5  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 George Dumont 0-2
05/22/1919 9-10 4th -6

 at Detroit Tigers

L 6-3 Sam Jones 2-3
05/23/1919 9-10 5th -6 1/2  at Detroit Tigers pp  
05/24/1919 9-11 5th -6 1/2

 at Detroit Tigers

L 5-3 Carl Mays 2-4
05/25/1919 9-12 5th -7 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 3-2 Carl Mays 2-5
05/26/1919 9-13 5th -8 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 12-7 Bill James 1-1
05/27/1919 9-14 6th -9 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 6-4 Sam Jones 2-4
05/28/1919 9-14 6th -9 1/2  at Amer Chain (York, PA) W 10-3  
05/29/1919 10-14 5th -9  at Philadelphia Athletics W 7-1 Carl Mays 3-5
05/30/1919 11-14 6th -9  at Philadelphia Athletics W 10-6 Babe Ruth 4-0
11-15 6th -10 L 4-3 George Dumont 0-3
05/31/1919 12-15 5th -10  at Philadelphia Athletics W 6-4 Bill James 2-1
06/01/1919 12-15 6th -9 1/2  
06/02/1919 12-16 6th -9

 at Washington Nationals

L 4-0 Carl Mays 3-6
06/03/1919 13-16 6th -8

 at Washington Nationals

W 4-3 Ray Caldwell 3-1
06/04/1919 14-16 6th -7 1/2

 at Washington Nationals

W 8-3 Bill James 3-1
06/05/1919 15-16 5th -7 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Babe Ruth 5-0
06/06/1919 16-16 4th -7  Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Herb Pennock 1-1
06/07/1919 16-17 5th -7  Detroit Tigers L 10-5 Ray Caldwell 3-2
06/08/1919 16-17 6th -6 1/2  
06/09/1919 16-17 6th -6 1/2  Detroit Tigers pp  
06/10/1919 16-18 6th -7 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 5-3 Babe Ruth 5-1
06/11/1919 16-19 6th -8 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 3-0 Carl Mays 3-7
06/12/1919 17-19 5th -7 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 4-0 Herb Pennock 2-1
06/13/1919 18-19 5th -6 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Sam Jones 3-4
06/14/1919 18-20 5th -7 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 3-2 Babe Ruth 5-2
06/15/1919 18-20 6th -7 1/2  
06/16/1919 18-21 6th -8 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 1-0 Carl Mays 3-8
06/17/1919 18-22 6th -9 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Sam Jones 3-5
18-23 6th -10 L 3-2 Herb Pennock 2-2
06/18/1919 18-24 6th -10  St. Louis Browns L 3-2 Bill James 3-2
06/19/1919 19-24 6th -10  St. Louis Browns W 2-1 Carl Mays 4-8
06/20/1919 20-24 6th -10  St. Louis Browns W 3-1 Babe Ruth 6-2
06/21/1919 20-24 6th -9 1/2  St. Louis Browns T 3-3  
06/22/1919 20-25 6th -9 1/2

 at New York Yankees

L 6-2 Sam Jones 3-6
06/23/1919 20-26 6th -10  Washington Nationals L 12-3 Ray Caldwell 3-3
06/24/1919 21-26 6th -10  Washington Nationals W 5-2 Ray Caldwell 4-3
06/25/1919 21-27 6th -10  Washington Nationals L 8-3 Babe Ruth 6-3
22-27 6th -10 1/2 W 1-0 Sam Jones 4-6
06/26/1919 22-28 6th -11  Washington Nationals L 3-1 Herb Pennock 2-3
06/27/1919 22-28 6th -10 1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
06/28/1919 23-28 6th -10 1/2  at New York Yankees W 2-0 Carl Mays 5-8
23-29 6th -11 L 4-1 Carl Mays 5-9
06/29/1919 24-29 6th -10

 at New York Yankees

W 5-3 Sam Jones 5-6
06/30/1919 24-30 6th -11

 at New York Yankees

L 7-4 Bill James 3-3
24-31 6th -12 L 4-2 Herb Pennock 2-4
07/01/1919 24-32 6th -13

 at Philadelphia Athletics

L 7-4 George Dumont 0-4
07/02/1919 25-32 6th -12

 at Philadelphia Athletics

W 4-2 Ray Caldwell 5-3
07/03/1919 26-32 6th -11

 at Philadelphia Athletics

W 8-2 Sam Jones 6-6
07/04/1919 27-32 6th -11  Philadelphia Athletics W 9-2 Herb Pennock 3-4
28-32 6th -11 W 9-6 Ray Caldwell 6-3
07/05/1919 28-33 6th -11  Philadelphia Athletics L 5-3 Ray Caldwell 6-4
28-34 6th -12 L 8-6 Sam Jones 6-7
07/06/1919 28-34 6th -11 1/2  
07/07/1919 29-34 6th -11 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 2-0 Sam Jones 7-7
30-34 6th -11 W 5-4 Herb Pennock 4-4
07/08/1919 30-34 6th -11  
07/09/1919 30-35 6th -11 1/2

 at St. Louis Browns

L 3-0 Carl Mays 5-10
07/10/1919 30-36 6th -12 1/2

 at St. Louis Browns

L 5-1 Sam Jones 7-8
30-37 6th -13 L 4-3 Bill James 3-4
07/11/1919 30-37 6th -13 1/2  at St. Louis Browns pp  
07/12/1919 31-37 6th -12 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

W 12-4 Herb Pennock 5-4
07/13/1919 31-38 6th -13 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

L 14-9 Carl Mays 5-11
07/14/1919 31-39 6th -14 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

L 9-3 Sam Jones 7-9
07/15/1919 31-40 6th -15 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

L 3-1 Bill James 3-5
07/16/1919 31-41 6th -15 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 3-1 Herb Pennock 5-5
07/17/1919 31-42 7th -15 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 4-0 Babe Ruth 6-4
07/18/1919 32-42 6th -15 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

W 8-7 Ray Caldwell 7-4
07/19/1919 32-43 6th -16 1/2

 at Cleveland Indians

L 7-4 Sam Jones 7-10
07/20/1919 33-43 6th -16 1/2

 at Detroit Tigers

W 8-0 Herb Pennock 6-5
07/21/1919 33-44 6th -18

 at Detroit Tigers

L 6-2 Babe Ruth 6-5
07/22/1919 33-45 6th -18

 at Detroit Tigers

L 2-1 Paul Musser 0-1
07/23/1919 34-45 6th -17 1/2

 at Detroit Tigers

W 8-1 Sam Jones 8-10
07/24/1919 35-45 6th -17 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Herb Pennock 7-5
07/25/1919 36-45 6th -17 1/2  New York Yankees W 8-6 Babe Ruth 7-5
07/26/1919 36-46 6th -17 1/2  New York Yankees L 8-5 Sam Jones 8-11
07/27/1919 36-46 6th -17  
07/28/1919 37-46 6th -16 1/2  New York Yankees W 5-1 Herb Pennock 8-5
07/29/1919 37-47 6th -16 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 10-8 Paul Musser 0-2
07/30/1919 37-48 6th -17 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Sam Jones 8-12
38-48 6th -16 1/2 W 3-2 Bill James 4-5
07/31/1919 39-48 6th -16 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Waite Hoyt 1-0
08/01/1919 39-48 6th -16 1/2

 Chicago White Sox

pp  
08/02/1919 40-48 6th -15 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-3 Allen Russell 6-5
40-49 6th -16 1/2 L 10-1 Herb Pennock 8-6
08/03/1919 40-49 6th -16 1/2  
08/04/1919 41-49 6th -15 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 2-1 Sam Jones 9-12
08/05/1919 42-49 6th -15  Cleveland Indians W 7-5 Waite Hoyt 2-0
08/06/1919 42-49 6th -15

 Cleveland Indians

pp  
08/07/1919 43-49 6th -14 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 8-7 Herb Pennock 9-6
08/08/1919 43-50 6th -15  Cleveland Indians L 5-4 Bob McGraw 1-1
08/09/1919 43-51 6th -14  St. Louis Browns L 5-3 Allen Russell 6-6
44-51 6th -14 1/2 W 4-3 Waite Hoyt 3-0
08/10/1919 44-51 6th -15  
08/11/1919 45-51 6th -15  St. Louis Browns W 1-0 Herb Pennock 10-6
08/12/1919 45-52 6th -15 1/2  St. Louis Browns L 10-3 Sam Jones 9-13
08/13/1919 45-52 6th -15 1/2  
08/14/1919 46-52 6th -14 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

W 15-6 Allen Russell 7-6
08/15/1919 46-53 6th -15 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

L 6-5 Sam Jones 9-14
08/16/1919 46-54 6th -16 1/2

 at Chicago White Sox

L 7-6 Sam Jones 9-15
08/17/1919 47-54 6th -16 1/2  at St. Louis Browns W 2-1 Babe Ruth 8-5
48-54 6th -16 W 6-1 Herb Pennock 11-6
08/18/1919 48-55 6th -17  at St. Louis Browns L 4-3 Allen Russell 7-7
08/19/1919 48-56 6th -18  at St. Louis Browns L 5-0 Waite Hoyt 3-1
08/20/1919 48-57 6th -19  at Cleveland Indians L 5-2 Sam Jones 9-16
08/21/1919 49-57 6th -19  at Cleveland Indians W 4-3 Allen Russell 8-7
08/22/1919 49-58 6th -20  at Cleveland Indians L 10-7 Herb Pennock 11-7
08/23/1919 49-59 6th -21

 at Detroit Tigers

L 8-4 Waite Hoyt 3-2
08/24/1919 50-59 6th -21

 at Detroit Tigers

W 8-7 Herb Pennock 12-7
08/25/1919 51-59 6th -20

 at Detroit Tigers

W 5-4 Allen Russell 9-7
08/26/1919 51-59 6th -20 1/2  
08/27/1919 51-60 6th -21 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics L 6-4 Waite Hoyt 3-3
08/28/1919 51-61 6th -22  Philadelphia Athletics L 8-3 Sam Jones 9-17
52-61 6th -21 1/2 W 2-0 Herb Pennock 13-7
08/29/1919 53-61 6th -21 1/2  Philadelphia Athletics W 7-1 Allen Russell 10-7
08/30/1919 53-61 6th -21

 Washington Nationals

pp  
08/31/1919 53-62 6th -21

 Washington Nationals

L 6-2 Sam Jones 9-18
09/01/1919 54-62 6th -21

 Washington Nationals

W 2-1 Babe Ruth 9-5
55-62 6th -21 W 4-1 Allen Russell 11-7
09/02/1919 55-62 6th -20 1/2  New York Yankees pp  
09/03/1919 55-62 6th -20 1/2  New York Yankees pp  
09/04/1919 55-62 6th -20 1/2  
09/05/1919 56-62 6th -20 1/2

 at Philadelphia Athletics

W 15-7 Sam Jones 10-18
09/06/1919 57-62 6th -19 1/2

 at Philadelphia Athletics

W 11-3 Herb Pennock 14-7
58-62 6th -19 W 5-3 Allen Russell 12-7
09/07/1919 58-62 6th -19 1/2  
09/08/1919 59-62 6th -19  at New York Yankees W 3-1 Sam Jones 11-18
60-62 6th -18 1/2 W 3-0 Waite Hoyt 4-3
09/09/1919 60-62 6th -19  St. Louis Browns pp  
09/10/1919 60-62 6th -19  St. Louis Browns pp  
09/11/1919 61-62 6th -18  St. Louis Browns W 4-0 Herb Pennock 15-7
62-62 6th -18 W 6-0 Allen Russell 13-7
09/12/1919 62-63 6th -19  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Sam Jones 11-19
09/13/1919 62-64 6th -20  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Waite Hoyt 4-4
09/14/1919 62-64 6th -20  at New Haven Colonials W 6-2  
09/15/1919 62-64 6th -20 1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
09/16/1919 62-64 6th -20 1/2  Detroit Tigers pp  
09/17/1919 62-65 6th -21 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 7-6 Herb Pennock 15-8
63-65 6th -21 1/2 W 3-1 Allen Russell 14-7
09/18/1919 63-66 6th -21 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 8-2 Sam Jones 11-20
09/19/1919 63-67 6th -22 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Waite Hoyt 4-5
09/20/1919 64-67 5th -21 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Allen Russell 15-7
65-67 5th -20 1/2 W 5-4 Herb Pennock 16-8
09/21/1919 65-67 5th -20 1/2  at New Departure Mfg W 9-0  
09/22/1919 65-67 5th -20 1/2  
09/23/1919 65-67 5th -20 1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
09/24/1919 66-67 5th -20 1/2  at New York Yankees W 4-0 Sam Jones 12-20
66-68 5th -21 L 2-1 Waite Hoyt 4-6
09/25/1919 66-68 5th -20 1/2  at Klein Chocolate Co L 4-0  
09/26/1919 66-68 5th -20  at Klein Chocolate Co W 3-1  
09/27/1919 66-69 5th -20  at Washington Nationals L 7-5 Allen Russell 15-8
66-70 5th -20 1/2 L 4-1 Allen Russell 15-9
09/28/1919 66-71 5th -20 1/2

 at Washington Nationals

L 8-7 Bob McGraw 1-2
 
1919 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1919 STANDINGS

 

 

Chicago White Sox 88 52 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 84 55 3 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 80 59 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 80 60 8

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 66 71 20 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 67 72 20 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 56 84 32

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 36 104 52

 

 

 

THE 1919 WORLD SERIES FOOTAGE

 

THE 1919 BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD

 

THE YEAR WAS 1919

 


 

 
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