HARRY HOOPER

"CURSED" - BABE RUTH IS SOLD ...
The Red Sox chip away and Harry Hooper ends it
with a walk-off game winner over Washington

July 2, 1920 ... With the score 9 to 2 against them, when they went to bat in the sixth inning, the Red Sox chances of beating Washington did not appear to be worth 10 cents on the dollar. They hung on, however, and fought when it hardly seemed worthwhile, and in the 10th inning Harry Hooper drove in the run which gave them a hard-fought victory today at Fenway Park.

Once again the uncertainty of baseball was demonstrated, and the old song about the game not being over until it was over, was proven once again. Washington got 18 hits for a total of 23 bases, 15 of these hits including a home run over the left-field fence by Braggo Roth, were made in the first six innings, while Sam Jones was on the mound. During this time Washington's Eric Erickson had allowed just two hits and one of the two runs was due to an error.

Suddenly everything turned bad for Erickson. He got bumped for four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh before he was called out. Manager Clark Griffith trotted in four other pitchers after that, but the Red Sox took them all for a run in each inning, until they put over the deciding run in the 10th. The Sox staged an uphill fight and are entitled to the all around credit that goes to a game fought to the bitter end.

Sam Jones, who pitched in New York on Tuesday, was called on a little too soon and the Nats, who are hitting hard, began right off the bat. Joe Judge opened the first inning with a line drive, which Jones batted down, but could not field in time to get him at first. Judge stole second as Clyde Milan struck out and scored on a single by Sam Rice to right. Roth then walked and Bucky Harris singled, putting Rice on third, but an attempted double steal failed to get Rice home.

The Red Sox came back in the second inning when Harry Hooper walked and Wally Schang was passed. Stuffy McInnis then dropped a bloop hit to right, which Roth bobbled and then kicked into the Boston dugout, allowing both Hooper and Schang to score, giving the Red Sox a 2 to 1 lead.

Washington came back hard in the third inning. A single by Judge, a single by Rice, and Roth's home run over the left-field fence put the Nats ahead 4 to 2. They added another run in the fourth on a double by Red Shannon and a sacrifice fly by Judge.

Now up 5 to 2, Washington laid on the lumber in the sixth inning. They scored four runs after two were out. Shannon singled to right, Erickson lined out a double down the right-field line and then singles in succession by Judge, Milan and Rice, with a wild throw to first by Sam Jones, made it a 9 to 2 laugher.

But the Red Sox weren't the ones laughing. They countered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mike McNally opened with a single, but was forced at second by Menosky. Wally Schang lashed out a double to right-center to score one run, then Stuffy McInnis beat out an infield hit and Schang was chased over the plate by Kid Foster's triple to left-center. Howie Shanks took a ground ball by Everett Scott and had a chance to get Foster at the plate, but decided to throw Scotty out at first. It was a gift run because Walters doubled to left to make the game 9 to 6.

The Sox were not out of the woods, but they got busy and chopped the lead away to nothing over the next three innings. In the seventh, McNally drew a pass and went to second on Menosky's out at first, scoring on Schang's single to center. In the eighth, Foster drew a pass, Scott singled and the bases were full when Walters was hit by a pitch. Vitt came in to bat for Eibel and he brought Foster home with a fly ball to right-center.

Now the score was just 9 to 8 as the Red Sox came up on the bottom of the ninth-inning. Schang was patient and drew a base on balls. He was sacrificed over to second by McInnis and scored on a base hit by Foster to tie up the game.

Benn Karr got Washington in the top of the 10th inning and in the bottom half, after one was out, Vitt doubled to center and Hooper brought him across with the winning run on a walkoff base hit. Two sensational one-handed catches were made a critical stages, by Mike Menosky and by Sam Rice, that both saved runs. Special credit is due to Hack Eibel who relieved Jones and pitched for two innings, turning it over to Karr, who worked the last two.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

1

0

3

1

0

4

0

0

0

0

 

9

18

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

4

1

1

1

1

 

10

12

1

 

 

W-Benn Karr (2-1)
Jim Shaw (2-6)
Attendance - 3500
2B-Shannon (Wash), Erickson (Wash), Hooper (Bost),
Schang (Bost), Walters (Bost), Vitt (Bost)
3B-Foster (Bost)
HR-Roth (Wash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper rf 4 1 1 .300  

 

Mike McNally 2b 3 1 1 .277  

 

Benn Karr p 1 0 0 .280  

 

Mike Menosky lf 5 1 0 .266  

 

Wally Schang cf 3 3 2 .287  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 4 1 2 .306  

 

Kid Foster 3b 4 2 2 .281  

 

Everett Scott ss 5 0 1 .239  

 

Roxy Walters c 4 0 1 .205  

 

Sam Jones p 2 0 1 .167  

 

Hack Eibel p 1 0 0 .189  

 

Ossie Vitt 2b 1 1 1 .237  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Sam Jones 6 15 8 1 4  
  Hack Eibel 2 1 0 1 1  
  Benn Karr 2 2 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1920 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 46 23 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 44 22 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 39 28 6

 

 

Washington Nationals 33 29 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 31 32 12

 

 

St. Louis Browns 33 35 12 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 21 44 23

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 17 51 28 1/2