BABE RUTH

"CURSED" - BABE RUTH IS SOLD ...
On "Babe Ruth Day", the Babe hits his record
45th and 46th home runs,
but the Red Sox gain a doubleheader split
with a walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth

September 4, 1920 ... More than 33,000 fans paid to see the doubleheader on "Babe Ruth Day " at Fenway Park today. Fully 10,000 more were turned away. It was the largest crowd ever turned out to see an American League game in Boston. The crowd at the 6 to 6 tie game in the World Series between the Red Sox in the Giants in 1912 numbered 30,148. Today's crowd numbered 33,027. There have been larger crowds at Fenway Park. On Labor Day in 1914 the Braves and the Giants, who were fighting for the National League championship, at morning and afternoon games, played to a total of more than 74,000 people.

33,000 is quite a crowd, however, and everyone saw, who many of them went especially to see, Babe Ruth. The Babe bumped out his 45th and 46th home runs, one in each game. The fans also saw two great battles on the baseball diamond, in which the honors were even, the Yankees winning the first game 5 to 3, and the Red Sox taking the second one 6 to 5.

The second game had one of the most thrilling finishes that many have ever seen, or may ever see again. It was a game where apparently hopeless defeat was turned into glorious victory in the twinkling of an eye, when a base hit by Harry Hooper, with two out in the ninth-inning, put over the tying run, which was followed like a flash with the deciding run on an error which occurred on the next at bat. They hit by Hooper, the Boston Captain, took what seemed to be a sure win for Carl Mays into a defeat, and giving all of Mays' former teammates considerable satisfaction.

The big crowd was well handled by the Boston Police Department as the gates were opened at noon, but long before that time the fans had began to gather, and they kept coming in a constant stream. The entrances to the grandstand were closed to all except those who held reserved seat tickets, shortly after 1 PM, as the stands were already full. Then the pavilion and bleacher seats began to fill rapidly until they could hold no more. Finally the overflow was allowed to pass on to the field and the fans arranged themselves behind the ropes. There must have been a full 10,000 in the semicircle starting near the right-field foul pole and extending around the flagpole, and Duffy Lewis' Cliff to the back of third base.

During the intermission between the first and second games, a delegation from the Pere Marquette Council Knights of Columbus, of which Babe Ruth as a member, presented him with a pair of diamond cufflinks, and gave Mike McNally, Joe Bush and Mike Menosky of the Red Sox, along with Wally Pipp of the Yankees who are also knights, a box of cigars each.

The Babe got his first home run in the third inning of the first game against Sam Jones. The ball landed halfway up the bleacher seats in right field as the crowd went wild. The Babe and connected with one of Joe Bush's curves in the sixth inning of the second game, and the ball went practically to the same spot.

It was known that Carl Mays was going to pitch in one of the games, and it was feared that there might be some hostility demonstrated against him. There was plenty of booing, but it was generally drowned out by applause. All in all, the big crowd was good-natured and well-behaved, as Red Sox crowds invariably are.

In the first game, the Red Sox were trailing from start to finish, although they were once or twice in a position to tie it up, but unfortunately the timely hit did not come. The Yankees started in the first inning when Peckinpaugh knocked the ball into the fans out in left-center field for a ground rule double. He went to third on Wally Pipp's out at first and scored on the Babe's ground ball to McInnis. The ball hit McInnis on the ankle, causing him to throw the ball wildly to first, as the Babe took second. McNally came in to replace McInnis and Pratt brought the Babe home with a single to right, giving the Yankees a 2 to 0 lead.

Then the Babe connected for his first home run in the third inning and got the crowd going, as he accounted for the Yankees third run. The Sox finally scored a run in the bottom of the fourth when Mike Menosky singled to right and went to second when the Babe, in attempting to catch him off first base, threw the ball away. He kept going and landed at third, as Yankee catcher, Truck Hannah also threw the ball away. Tim Hendryx then hit a fly ball to deep center where Bodie lost it in the sun and it felt safe for a double, to score Menosky.

But the Yankees came back with two more runs in the fifth on singles by Pipp and Ruth, a sacrifice by Pratt, a single by Bob Meusel and a double by Bodie. The Red Sox countered with two more runs in the sixth, but that was it for the day of scoring and the Yankees found themselves, 5 to 3 victors. Yankee manager Miller Huggins, had sent in Bob Shawkey to hold the lead for the Yankees, and he did so over the last two innings, earning a save.

In the second game the Sox got away to a flying start and held, what looked like, a commanding lead until the Babe started trouble in the sixth. The Sox scored two runs in the first off Carl Mays, as Hooper, the first man to face him, doubled and went to third on Ossie Vitt's sacrifice. He made it home on Menosky's single, as Mike took second on the throw and scored on Schang's base hit, giving the Red Sox a 2 to 0 lead.

The Red Sox added another run in the fourth inning, when Pratt fumbled Schang's grounder, and he took second on a sacrifice by McInnis. He then scored on a single to right by Bush and that was it for the Red Sox until the ninth-inning.

The Yankees down 3 to 0 in the sixth inning, brought the crowd to their feet when the Babe connected for his second home run of the day and 46th of the season, which seemed to upset Bush, because he passed Pratt, who took third on Meusel's single. Pratt scored on Bodie's double into the crowd, and Meusel then scored on Aaron Ward's out at first, to tie up the game. It was then that the umpire announced that they would call the game at 6:20 to allow the Red Sox to get an early train for a series in Washington.

From the sixth inning until the ninth the score was tied at 3 to 3, and then New York put over two runs and apparently had its sewed up. It all happened after two were out and the crowd had just about reconciled itself to seeing the Yankees win twice, when the Red Sox came to bat in their half of the ninth, needing two runs to tie and three to win.

Many fans had begun to move out when Wally Schang, the first man up, cracked out a double into the crowd in right-center. Then the fans stopped, but began to move back into the park when McInnis hit one down to Peckinpaugh and was thrown out at first, as Schang moved over to third. Everett Scott put everyone back in their seats when he doubled into the crowd in right and scored Schang. Mike McNally was then sent in to run for Scotty and Benn Karr sent up to bat in place of Cliff Brady.

It looked like it was all over when Karr grounder down to Peckinpaugh and McNally was tagged for an out, but it wasn't. Gene Bailey was put in to run for Karr and Joe Bush hit a grounder, which took a bad hop to secondbaseman Del Pratt, hitting him in the shoulder, letting Bailey get to second with the tying run and Bush on first with the winning run. Now it was up to Hooper, who came to the plate next. He rose to the occasion and lined a single to center and Bailey rounded third and took off for home. Ping Bodie rifled his throw to Muddy Reul, as Bailey slid in safe, just ahead of the baseball. Ruel blocked the plate, but in the confusion, he allowed the ball to roll away from him, and it made its way all the way over to the grandstand wall. Bush never faltered at third, but kept coming around and was over the plate with the winning run, before Reul could retrieve the ball, giving the Red Sox a thrilling walk-off, 6 to 5 win.

When the Babe knocked out his 46 home run of the year, he broke although records for home runs in a single season. Last year he broke a major league record by knocking out 29. This however was not a world record, as Perry Werden, who played with Minneapolis, then in the Western League, had 45 round trippers in 1895. Most of those home runs were made in the Minneapolis ballpark, which had very close right and left field fences. Werden seldom hit a home run over the fence at other fields. Then in 1901, a man name Roth with the Evansville, Central League club knocked out 36 homers.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

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GAME #1

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NEW YORK YANKEES

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0

2

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0

0

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5

11

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BOSTON RED SOX

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0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

   

3

9

1

 

 

W-Rip Collins (12-8)
S-Bob Shawkey (2)
L-Sam Jones (11-14)
Attendance - 33,027

2B-Pratt (NY), Bodie (NY), Hooper (Bost),
Hendryx (2)(Bost), Schang (Bost)
HR-Ruth (NY)

 

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GAME #2

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NEW YORK YANKEES

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0

0

0

3

0

0

2

   

5

9

3

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

   

6

9

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W-Joe Bush (14-13)
L-Carl Mays (22-10)

2B-Pipp(2)(NY), Bodie (NY), Mays (NY),
Hooper (Bost), Schang (Bost), Scott(2)(Bost)
HR-Ruth (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

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AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper rf 4 0 1 .296  

 

Ossie Vitt 3b 5 0 0 .221  

 

Mike Menosky lf 3 1 1 .293  

 

Tim Hendryx cf 4 1 3 .360  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 0 0 0 .297  

 

Mike McNally 1b 4 1 1 .259  

 

Wally Schang c 4 0 2 .307  

 

Everett Scott ss 4 0 0 .262  

 

Cliff Brady 2b 2 0 0 .227  

 

Benn Karr ph 1 0 1 .259  

 

Harry Harper p 0 0 0 .095  

 

Ed Chaplin ph 0 0 0 .000  

 

Gene Bailey pr 0 0 0 .208  

 

Elmer Myers p 0 0 0 .267  

 

Sam Jones p 2 0 0 .188  

 

Kid Foster 3b 2 0 0 .258  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Sam Jones 6 10 4 1 6  
  Harry Harper 2 0 0 2 3  
  Elmer Myers 1 1 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper rf 4 1 2 .298  

 

Ossie Vitt 3b 1 0 0 .220  

 

Mike Menosky lf 4 1 1 .292  

 

Tim Hendryx cf 4 0 0 .355  

 

Stuffy McInnis 1b 4 2 2 .309  

 

Wally Schang c 3 0 0 .295  

 

Everett Scott ss 3 0 2 .265  

 

Mike McNally pr 0 0 0 .259  

 

Cliff Brady 2b 3 0 0 .220  

 

Benn Karr ph 1 0 0 .254  

 

Gene Bailey pr 0 1 0 .208  

 

Joe Bush p 4 1 2 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Bush 9 9 5 6 9  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1920 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cleveland Indians 78 49 -

 

 

New York Yankees 80 52 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 78 51 1

 

 

St. Louis Browns 64 60 12 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 62 66 16 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals 53 68 22

 

 

Detroit Tigers 49 77 28 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 43 84 35