The Red Sox beat the second place Tigers
in a 12 inning, walk-off, late season showdown

DUTCH LEONARD,
HOOKS DAUSS &
HARRY HOOPER

ON THIS DATE (September 18, 1915) ... Fenway Park was the scene of one of the most exciting games ever played in this city, before 37,528 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a ball game.  The chorus of cheers could be heard across the Charles River when Duffy Lewis crossed the plate in the 12th inning with the only run scored in the game, giving the Sox one more game in their lead over the Tigers in the American League.  For 11 innings both teams worked hard and fought for every inch of advantage to get a man around the bases.  One mistake would cost the game and everyone knew it.  It happened in the 12th inning when Harry Coveleski let up just a little and was taken advantage of by the Red Sox, who skillfully worked in the winning run.

The game itself was obviously a pitcher's battle.  Hughie Jennings saved Coveleski for this game and his pitcher threw a masterpiece and it was not his fault that his teammates could not take advantage of the Red Sox pitcher.  Ernie Shore also pitched a remarkable game, especially when he needed to pull himself out of a hole.  Remarkable catches by Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper helped Shore in his work.  With a man on in the ninth inning, Ty Cobb drove the ball to left  center where Speaker made a catch going at full speed right in front of the crowd.  Hooper then grabbed a drive off Sam Crawford's bat in deep right field in the middle of the crowd

 

TY COBB SLIDES BACK TO FIRST

 

WATCHING OUTSIDE ABOVE
LANSDOWNE ST

The cheers of the crowd increased when Duffy Lewis opened up the bottom of the 12th inning with a sharp single to center.  Larry Gardner was ordered to lay down a bunt and did it so well that he beat the throw to first base for a hit.  Barry successfully laid down another sacrifice bunt moving Lewis and Gardner up a base as he was thrown out at first.  Hick Cady was then intentionally walked top load the bases.  Bill Carrigan brought himself in to pinch hit for the weak hitting Ernie Shore.  He was in for two strikes and two balls before he sent a fast grounder to the left of second base that Donie Bush grabbed and tossed to second in a perfect doubleplay set up.  But Ralph Young knowing he had to complete the doubleplay or lose the game, dropped the ball allowing Lewis to score the winning run.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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DETROIT TIGERS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-Ernie Shore (17-8)
L-Harry Coveleski (21-12)
Attendance -
37,528

2B-Cobb (Det), Barry (Bost)