Babe Ruth's first major league game

BALTIMORE ACQUISITIONS
BABE RUTH, BEN EGAN & ERNIE SHORE

ON THIS DATE (July 11, 1914) ... The Red Sox introduced Babe Ruth, one of the three Baltimore recruits, today to the crowd at Fenway Park. With the assistance of Dutch Leonard, the young man led the home club over the wire by a score of 4 to 3. It was a fine crowd and they enjoyed the short, snappy contest immensely. Only 1 hour and 13 minutes was taken up in playing the game.

All eyes were turned to Ruth, the giant left-hander, who proved to be a naturally gifted player and went through the game like a seasoned veteran. He has an effortless delivery, fine control and a fastball that moves in toward the batters.

The Babe held Cleveland to five hits in six innings with one strikeout, but was hit hard in the seventh, when the Naps tied the score by scoring two earned runs on singles by Jay Kirke and Ray Chapman, a sacrifice and a single by Steve O'Neill. That was the curtain for the young man from Baltimore and after having Duffy Lewis pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning, in came Dutch Leonard. Dutch pitched the last two innings, getting six men out in order, four of them on strikeouts.

Babe Ruth received a great ovation when he went up for his first at bat, and it looks like he could also shape up as a good man with the stick.

 

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W-Babe Ruth
L-Willie Mitchell
Attendance - 11,087

3B-Gardner (Bost)