ON THIS DATE (September
25, 1912) ... The Red Sox made it an even 100. Joe Wood made the skeptics, who thought he might spiral downward after his record setting pace, quiet
down. Joe was cheerful as a lark and smoked the ball over the plate wonderfully, striking out ten batters, walking one, and only giving up two singles.
One of the great plays of the season happened on the last play of the
game. With Bob Williams on third and Dutch Sterrett on first
for New York, Hal Chase hit a high fly to right field which Harry
Hooper lost in the sun. He made a couple of quick strides
toward the infield, rubbernecking to try and pick up the ball in the
sun. He finally saw it, and realizing it was going deep, broke
toward center field at a full gallop. He made the catch at full
reach, whirled and doubled up Sterrett at first, with a pin-point
throw to Jake Stahl, to end the game.
Boston sewed up the game in the first inning. Speaker walked,
Lewis singled, and Engle reached on an error, allowing Speaker to
score. Lewis and Engel then worked a double steal to perfection
and Jake Stahl brought them in with a double into the new seats on
the left field bank. Wagner then doubled to left bringing in
Stahl with the fourth run.
The Sox put up two more runs later in the game, thus sewing up Joe Wood’s 33rd win, tying Cy Young for the Red Sox record for wins in a season (Note: Joe Wood will win his 34th game at Philadelphia,
setting the Red Sox record for single season wins. It is Wood's 18th win at Fenway Park, also a record that stands to this day)