ON THIS DATE (September 11, 1915)
It will be a long time before Boston fans see a game like the one played at Fenway Park. It was by all odds, the most sensational contest staged here in many years. Scrapping every inch of the way, the Red Sox overcame a discouraging lead
with a grand ninth inning rally scoring three runs to tie the game. Then in the 11th inning Dick Hoblitzell smashed a single down the right field line to bring in the winning run. The game was extremely well played with neither team making an error. Every man that came to the
plate tried to work the pitcher into a hole and gain the advantage of a free pass.
Rube Foster failed to show his best form in the early going. Chicago hit his curves, swatting out seven hits, including a double and two triples, good for three runs in the first three innings, while Lefty Russell kept the Red Sox batters in check. In the
fourth inning the Speed Boys started to chip away. Tris Speaker smashed a double and scored on Duffy Lewis' base hit. Carl Mays, who replaced Leonard, made it to the seventh inning until he was scored on to make it 4 to 1.
The Red Sox kept falling before Russell until the ninth inning when he finally weakened. Speaker opened up the inning with a double to left. Gardner doubled to the same place, scoring Speaker, bringing the fans to their feet. Barry then drove a
single to left to score Gardner and cutting the deficit to one run with nobody out. Barry moved to second on Bill Carrigan's out and up came Olaf Henriksen to pinch hit. Olaf came through with his biggest hit of the year and smashed a line single to center to bring in Barry with
the tying run. The scene that followed was pure joy and bedlam that shook the grandstand.
Dutch Leonard came in to pitch the 10th inning and showed perfect control, striking out four of the six men he faced in the next two innings. The Red Sox had a chance to win in the 10th when Scott and Hooper drew passes with one out, but died there on fly
balls to center. But in the 11th inning, Jack Barry started it off with a smash to center, with one out, bringing the crowd to their feet once again. Jim Scott was then brought in to pitch for Chicago and Carrigan worked him for a free pass. Leonard came up next and took
every pitch, working Scott for another walk to load the bases. Scott, who now couldn't be counted on to throw a strike, was taken out and replaced with Millie Wolfgang. Fearing a squeeze play, the White Sox infielders moved in. The first pitch Hobby lined to right, the ball
landing a foot in fair territory, as Barry came jumping across the plate with the walk-off game winning run.
Barry carried the honors in all around great play. He made eight assists in the field and scored two of Boston's five runs, including the tying and winning ones. The White Sox haven't given up hope of winning it all, but this game made the climb even
harder as they fell further behind.