Larry Gardner's walk-off hit wins the game
for Babe Ruth over Walter Johnson

BABE RUTH

ON THIS DATE (August 15, 1916) ... By all odds the most interesting baseball game played at Fenway Park this year was provided this afternoon, the champion Red Sox nosing out the Senators, 1 to 0, in 13 innings.

Walter Johnson was on the mound for the visitors and was never in better form or showed more stuff.  He was frequently cheered by the crowd, who figured that he was showing invincible form and, seemingly, overlooked the fact that “Babe” Ruth was going strong, clearing out-pointing Johnson at the finish. The winning run was driven in by Larry Gardner in the 13th, an inning that gave the crowd plenty of thrills and a finish that sent the fans home delighted.

 

LARRY GARDNER

Jack Barry led off for the Red Sox with an infield single. Duffy Lewis swung hard and missed, Then he tried to bunt and missed, finally striking out on a curve two feet wide of the plate. Dick Hoblitzell flied out to center and then Tilly Walker put new life into the game by smashing a sharp single to center, sending Barry around to third.  It was up to Larry Gardner and the crowd gave the Vermonter a rousing cheer as he walked to the plate. Larry has already contributed a single and a true triple, and to crown his day’s work he met the first ball sent up on the center, driving it out between right and center for a safe hit and the game, one of the finest played here this season.

Babe Ruth pitched every bit as good as Johnson did and finished stronger, for the one run made by Boston was earned on three safe drives by Barry, Walker and Gardner.  It was an air-tight game won solely on its merits.  The Washington players said after the game, that it was the best pitched game that Walter Johnson has pitched since they left home a month ago.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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WASH NATIONALS

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8

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BOSTON RED SOX

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7

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W-Babe Ruth (16-9)
L-Walter Johnson (19-16)
Attendance - 37,746

2B-Ainsmith (Wash), Barry (Bost)
3B-Gardner (Bost)