EDDIE "KID" FOSTER

"CURSED" - BABE RUTH IS SOLD ...
The Red Sox can't hold on to the first game,
but come back to win the second one
with a 10th inning walk-off

July 19, 1920 ... The doubleheader between the Red Sox in the Indians was full of thrills, as well as some rather ragged work in the field by the Sox. However the honors were evenly divided, as Cleveland took the first game 10 to 6 and the Red Sox took the second one 5 to 4 in a 10 inning battle at Fenway Park.

Joe Bush was hit hard, but because of poor fielding support, came pretty near making the curtain raiser a runaway for Cleveland. Mike Menosky changed the complexion of things when he came to bat in the seventh inning, with the bases loaded. He cleared them up with a double, scoring the three runs necessary to tie up the score at 6 to 6. Manager Tris Speaker then rushed in Jim Bagby to relieve Stan Coveleski. Bagby quickly checked a rally and held the Sox helpless there after, while the Indians came back in the ninth with enough runs to make then the easy winners.

Bagby followed up in the second game, and had things pretty much his own way until the ninth-inning, when the Red Sox put over the tying run. Then with two out in the 10th, the Red Sox put over the winning run against the pitching of George Uhle. Kid Foster delivered the knockout blow that scored Wally Schang from second base, with what would have been a double to the terrace, if he had run out the hit.

It was Bush against Coveleski in the first game and while Bush appear to have plenty of speed, the Indians hit him hard and often. With one down in the first inning, Ray Chapman singled to center and went to third on Tris Speaker's single to right. Elmer Smith was passed to fill the bases and Larry Gardner grounded out to McInnis who forced Chapman at the plate. Bill Wambsganss was passed, thereby forcing Speaker over with the first run.

The Red Sox got two runs in their half of the inning when Foster was hit by a pitch and went to second on Menosky's ground out. Foster went to third on Wally Schang's single and home when Schang tried to steal second and catcher Steve O'Neill threw the ball into centerfield. Schang then scored when Stuffy McInnis lined a single to left field, giving the Red Sox a 2 to 1 lead.

The Indians got another run in the fourth to tie up the game and then scored three in the fifth inning. O'Neill led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Coveleski, who was safe as McInnis waited for the ball to roll foul. Charlie Jamieson laid down a bunt that both Schang and Bush failed to get cleanly. Bush finally picked up the ball and threw wild to first, letting both O'Neill and Coveleski score. On the play Jamieson tried to make it to third base, but was thrown out by Harry Hooper who retrieved the wild throw. Chapman drew a pass and scored on Speaker's triple, to put the Indians in front now by a score of 5 to 2.

The Indians and the Red Sox each traded runs in the sixth inning and the Sox came to bat in their half of the seventh, trailing 6 to 3. Gene Bailey and Joe Bush led off with singles. Both advanced on Hooper's out at first and Foster was passed to fill the bases. Menosky came up and lined a double to left-center, clearing the bases, and tying up the game 6 to 6. Coveleski was removed in favor of Bagby and the rally was checked.

However the top of the ninth, the Indians ran wild and put the game away by scoring four runs. Doc Johnston was walked to start and went to third on O'Neill's double. Singles by Jamieson and Chapman, an error by Harry Hooper and an out at first base were good for the four runs. Bagby held the Sox in the bottom of the ninth and earned a 10 to 6 victory.

Bagby came right back to start the second game and was stacked up against Herb Pennock. The Sox jumped out to a quick lead on a double by Menosky and a single by Hooper.

They held the lead until the third inning when the Indians scored three runs. Chapman led off with a double and was safe and third when Pennock attempted to catch him moving over on Speaker's sacrifice. He scored on Gardner singled to right and Speaker scored, with Gardner taking second, when Foster allowed Hooper's throw to third to get away from him. Gardner scored on Johnson's triple to left and the Indians were out front by a score of 3 to 1.

In the fifth inning the Red Sox made it 3 to 2 when Menosky singled, Hooper was passed and McInnis drove in Menosky. Then the Indians came back in the seventh with their own run to make it 4 to 2.

In the eighth-inning McNally got his third hit of the game and was worked around on singles by Roxy Walters and Pennock, to make it 4 to 3. In the ninth Menosky led off with a single and Hooper followed with another one. Speaker brought in Uhle to pitch and Menosky scored the tying run when McNally hit into an unsuccessful doubleplay.

The game went into extra innings with the score tied at 4 to 4, and the Red Sox won it in their half of the 10th. With two outs Schang was hit by a pitch and stole second. Foster brought him in when he hit the ball through the box into centerfield for the walkoff 5 to 4 victory.

There were plenty in hits as the Indians got 29 of them and the Red Sox had 21 in the two games. Menosky got three singles and a double in five times up during the second game.

 

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

 
     

CLEVELAND INDIANS

1

0

0

1

3

1

0

0

4

   

10

18

1

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

   

6

11

5

 

 

W-Jim Bagby (18-5)
L-Joe Bush (9-8)
Attendance - 6300

2B-Wambsganss (Clev), O'Neill (Clev),
Coveleski (Clev), Menosky (Bost)
3B-Speaker (Clev)

 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

4

12

0

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

1

 

5

15

2

 

 

W-Herb Pennock (11-8)
L-George Uhle (3-5)

2B-Chapman (Clev), Johnston (Clev),
Menosky (Bost), McInnis (Bost)
3B-Johnston (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper rf 5 0 1 .296  

 

Kid Foster 3b 3 2 0 .284  

 

Mike Menosky lf 5 0 2 .292  

 

Wally Schang c 4 2 2 .311  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 4 0 1 .311  

 

Mike McNally 2b 4 0 1 .252  

 

Everett Scott ss 4 0 0 .262  

 

Gene Bailey cf 4 1 3 .253  

 

Joe Bush p 4 1 1 .182  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Bush 9 18 7 6 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Gene Bailey cf 4 0 0 .231  

 

Wally Schang cf 3 1 1 .293  

 

Kid Foster 3b 2 0 0 .226  

 

Mike Menosky lf 3 0 1 .289  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 3 1 1 .315  

 

Mike McNally 2b 4 0 2 .3255  

 

Benn Karr ph 4 1 3 .264  

 

Sam Jones pr 4 1 1 .193  

 

Ossie Vitt 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 10 12 3 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1920 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 57 28 -

 

 

New York Yankees 57 31 1 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 51 33 5 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 39 40 15

 

 

St. Louis Browns 41 43 15 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 38 43 17

 

 

Detroit Tigers 27 53 27 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 24 63 34