Ernie's Shore throws a perfect game
after Babe Ruth gets ejected

BABE RUTH & ERNIE SHORE

ON THIS DATE (June 23, 1917) ... Modest Ernie Shore took a place in the Hall of Fame as a no-hit, no-run, no-man-reached-first base pitcher in the curtain-raider of the twin bill with the Griffmen at Fenway Park yesterday.

It was the best pitching seen in this city since 1904 when Cy Young put over a similar feat, the only difference being that Uncle Cyrus pitched to every batter, while the Carolina professor did not get into the exercises until after Babe Ruth, who had walked Morgan, the first batter, had been removed for striking Umpire Brick Owens. The final score was 4 to 0.

Babe with his temper beyond control went to the dugout under a cloud.  Babe pitched four balls to Morgan and accused Owens of missing two of them. “Get in there and pitch,” ordered Owens.  “Open your eyes and keep them open,” chirped Babe.  “Get in and pitch or I will run you out of there,” was the comeback of the arbiter.  “You run me out and I will come in and bust you on the nose,” Ruth threatened.  “Get out of there right now,” said Brick.

Then in rushed Ruth. Pinch Thomas tried to prevent him from reaching Owens, who had not removed his mask, but Babe started swinging both hands. The left missed the arbiter, but the right struck him behind the left ear.  Manager Barry and several policemen had to drag Ruth off the field. All season Babe has been fussing a lot. Nothing has seemed to satisfy him.

With a brief warm-up Prof Shore stepped to the hill and, after Sam Agnew had taken care of Morgan when the endeavor to annex second, Ernie just breezed along calmly. He fielded his position well and was ready for any of those cantankerous bunts that the opponents might try to lay down. .

The Carolinian is indebted to Scotty and Duffy Lewis for making his record. Shore robbed Jamieson of a hit in the first when a hard hit ball was deflected by Shore, Scotty being obliged to travel fast. However, he made a one hand pick-up and tossed out the runner. In the seventh “Duff” went back to his own little cliff for a bang from Morgan and in the final frame came in like lightning and speared one that Henry had planted in short left.  Shore fanned only two and it did not seem as if he was working hard. He made a number of nifty plays himself. Barry closed the game with a grand play on a swinging bunt by pinch hitter Menoskey.

 

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W-Ernie Shore (7-4)
L-Doc Ayers (1-6)
Attendance - 15,000

2B-Walker (Bost), Agnew (Bost)