HERB PENNOCK

"CURSED" - BABE RUTH IS SOLD ...
The Red Sox
take two from Detroit after
a ninth inning thriller in game one

July 14, 1920 ... The Red Sox won both games of the doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers, the first one 6 to 5 and in the second 4 to 0. The ninth inning of the opening game was full of all kinds of thrills. The Red Sox apparently had the game sewed up, 3 to 1 at the end of the eighth-inning, but before the visitors were retired in the ninth, it was 5 to 3 against them.

Acting manager Harry Hooper was out on the coaching lines and the crowd of 8000 showed him that they were glad to see him back in uniform. Tim Hendryx was back in center field for the first game. Kid Foster was given a rest in the second game, with Ossie Vitt covering third and putting up a spectacular game in the field.

Joe Bush and Doc Ayers were pitted up against each other in the first game and Joe Bush pitched as good as he ever has. Only two hits were made off him in the first eight innings, but three were made off Ayers in the first six.

The Tigers were the first to score and the Red Sox worked it into a tie in the third. The deadlock went to the seventh inning, when Wally Schang led off with a double and Stuffy McInnis beat out a bunt. Foster was hit by a pitch ball and after Everett Scott flied out to right, Tim Hendryx banged one off Ayers' leg allowing Schang to score. McInnis took third and then scored on Joe Bush's sacrifice fly.

The Tigers had been sent down practically in order after the first inning, up until the ninth and were two runs down when they came to bat, down 3 to 1. Ralph Young, the first batter up, was hit by a pitch and Donie Bush grounded out to Foster. But McNally, in his haste to make a doubleplay, dropped the ball and both runners were safe. Ty Cobb was ordered to bunt and did so, pulling the ball down the first base line. Joe Bush came over and covered the bag, taking the throw from McInnis on a close play. The umpire ruled that Cobb was safe. Bush put up an argument and bumped against the umpire, immediately getting thrown out of the game. So Herb Pennock came into pitch with the bases full and nobody out.

Bobby Veach came to bat and hit one right back at him which he deflected over the McNally, who made the play at first as Young scored. Cobb, in sliding into second base, wrenched his ankle and was carried off the field. Bob Jones came in to run for him and Ira Flagstead was passed purposely. Ellison came up next and singled through the box, scoring both Bush and Jones. Babe Pinelli hit a fly ball on which Ellison was able to tag up and take third, scoring a moment later on a double steal, to make the score now 5 to 3 in favor of Detroit.

So matters looked kind of bleak when the Red Sox went in for their last at bat and had to face the pitching of Howard Ehmke, one a Hughie Jennings' best pitchers, who was brought in to make sure that the Tigers held the lead. Stuffy McInnis, Kid Foster and Everett Scott, the first three men up, hit safely. One run was forced over the plate when Tim Hendryx walked and the tying and winning runs came in when Donie Bush threw wild to first base, in trying to complete a doubleplay on a ground ball by Benn Karr, who was pinch hitting Pennock. The final score was 6 to 5 in a thrilling comeback by the Sox.

Pennock then followed on in the second game and was brilliant, as the Tigers had to send up a patched up team. Donie Bush suffered a strained leg in the first game and retired early in the second one. Ralph Young was moved over to shortstop and Babe Ellison, being spiked by Mike McNally on a slide into second base, had to be taken out of the game. Jones was then sent in to play shortstop and Young returned to his regular position at second base. Sammy Hale played centerfield in place of Cobb. Neither Cobb, Bush nor Ellison were severely hurt and it was said that all might be back in the game tomorrow, although that seems rather doubtful.

The Tigers could do nothing against the Red Sox southpaw, making only four hits and failing to score at all. Oscar Stanage, who cracked out a double, was the only one to see second base.

The Red Sox got a run in the second inning on a double by Schang, a sacrifice by McInnis and a wild throw by Stanage, when he had Schang trapped between third and home, on McNally's high bouncer down to Pinelli at third-base.

Doubles by Scott and Roxy Walters in succession, a sacrifice by Pennock, and a wild pitch, gave the Red Sox two more runs in the fifth. Another came across in the eighth, on a double by Mike Menosky, a single by McNally and a double by Scott to give the Red Sox a 4 to 0 win. Everett Scott has now played in 601 consecutive game for the Red Sox.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

   

5

4

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

3

   

6

9

3

 

 

W-Herb Pennock (9-8)
L-Howard Ehmke (4-12)
Attendance - 8000

2B-Schang (Bost)

 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

4

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

1

x

   

4

11

1

 

 

W-Herb Pennock (10-8)
L-Red Oldham (5-8)

2B-Stanage (Det), Schang (Bost), McInnis (Bost),
Scott (2)(Bost), Walters (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Gene Bailey rf 4 0 1 .243  

 

Mike McNally 2b 3 0 0 .251  

 

Mike Menosky lf 2 0 0 .288  

 

Wally Schang c 4 1 1 .293  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 4 2 3 .315  

 

Kid Foster 3b 2 1 1 .289  

 

Everett Scott ss 4 1 1 .257  

 

Tim Hendryx cf 3 0 1 .343  

 

Joe Bush p 2 1 1 .176  
  Herb Pennock p 0 0 0 .270  
  Benn Karr ph 1 0 0 .241  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Bush 8 3 1 4 6  
  Herb Pennock 1 1 1 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Gene Bailey rf 4 0 0 .231  

 

Ossie Vitt 3b 2 0 0 .226  

 

Mike Menosky lf 3 0 1 .289  

 

Wally Schang c 3 1 1 .293  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 3 1 1 .315  

 

Mike McNally 2b 4 0 2 .3255  

 

Everett Scott ss 4 1 3 .264  

 

Roxy Walters c 4 1 1 .193  

 

Herb Pennock p 2 0 2 .308  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Herb Pennock 9 4 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1920 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 53 26 -

 

 

New York Yankees 53 29 1 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 48 30 4 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 38 36 12 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 39 40 14

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 37 39 14 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 24 52 27 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 21 61 33 1/2