1913 BOSTON RED SOX ...
The World Champion 1913 Red Sox was a team still divided against itself. They were the champions, yet throughout the long cold winter, the press criticized the owner James McAleer unmercifully because of the way the 1912 World Series was handled. In such a negative climate, only a few players were able to cash in on their fleeting notoriety. Buck O'Brien, Hugh Bradley and Marty McHale hit the vaudeville circuit and toured the far reached of New England, where the sight of a bona fide major leaguer was a novelty.
The 1913 Red Sox begin spring training with the same players and the same internal rift that they had in 1912. Joe Wood and Tris Speaker were strong Protestants in a mostly Irish-Catholic city. The hostility between them and the Catholics on the team was still there. Speaker, who later admitted being a member of the Klu Klux Klan, had a long running personal feud with catcher Bill Carrigan. It was a feud that was so heated, it later evolved into a fist fight. Speaker also had run-ins with other Catholic team members and didn't speak to fellow outfielders Duffy Lewis and Harry Hooper.
In the spring of 1913 Joe Wood stood atop the Majors. But, once again, he was vexed by injury. Ray Collins had his best season yet in 1913, finishing at 19-8, his .714 winning percentage the second-highest in the A.L.
Hugh Bedient began the season with high hopes. But he went 15-14 and finished with a 2.78 ERA, his career best in the major leagues, in 259 innings. He also had five saves, which ranked third in the American League.
Buck O’Brien was a ballplayer in his prime, but once again stumbled out of the gate. But unlike years past, he seemed unable to find his rhythm and control. In all fairness, he was not helped by his slumping teammates, and open warfare between O’Brien and other members of the team (including owner McAleer) soon exploded. He struggled to a 4-9 record through June, and in July, he was sold to the Chicago White Sox.
Charley Hall appeared in 35 games. He was used as a relief pitcher 31 times and as a starting pitcher only four times. He ended the year with a 5-4 record in 105 innings with a 3.43 ERA. Hall failed to win any of his four starts and walked nearly as many hitters (46) as he struck out (48).
Rookie Left-hander Dutch Leonard was brought up in 1913, posting a 14-17 record but a very good ERA of 2.39. Another rookie, George Foster (4-9) appeared in 19 games, starting eight of them, with four complete games, one of them a shutout. An injury to Foster’s knee curtailed his season when he wrenched it badly in August and finally left for his home.
In 1913 Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper accounted for an astonishing 84 assists, including 29 by Lewis. Lewis hit .298 with 90 RBIs, Speaker hit .365 with 81 RBIs and Hooper hit .288 with 40 RBIs.
Jake Stahl suffered a serious foot injury requiring the removal of part of a bone in his right foot. Although he continued to manage the team, until he was fired in mid-season, he could not play first base.
Spring training itself was uneventful, except for the fact that on March 8th, Joe Wood, playing third base at practice, sprained an ankle. That ankle sprain affected the way Wood pitched for months to come. But it was felt that two great rookie pitchers gave the staff a measure of protection. Leonard had gone 29-9 with the Denver club in 1912, and joining him was Foster, who dazzled the Texas League with a 24-7 record.
The Red Sox began the season with one of the biggest payrolls in baseball and opening day provided a look into what the season was going to become. Joe Wood received the honor of pitching the first game of the season on April 10th, and struck out six in the first four innings. He then faltered, giving up five runs in seven innings in a 10-9 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics, at a chilly Fenway Park.
After losing the first two games of the season, the Sox welcomed the New York Yankees to Fenway. On April 14th, Duffy Lewis smashed a ball to right-center, good for two bases, scoring Joe Wood from third and Tris Speaker from first with the only runs that the "Speed Boys" were able to turn in, winning the game 2 to 1.
In the next game, the Sox jumped out to a two run lead, the Highlanders came back to win the game, 3 to 2. The Sox had their chances but couldn't get the runners across when they had their chances.
The Sox took to the road and split the trip, playing .500 ball in Philadelphia, Washington and New York. Against the A's, the Sox blew a 5 to 2 lead in the first game on April 17th, losing 6-5.
In the second game, on April 18th, the Sox came back and won an uphill battle from Philly. George Foster got the ball and gave up two quick runs before having to be rescued by Hugh Bedient in the first inning. Down 3-0 the Sox scored in the fourth only to see the A's score two more in their half of the inning. Now behind 5-2, The Sox got two back in the seventh on singles by Bedient, Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis. Larry Gardner brought in two runs with a double and Olaf Henriksen lined a base hit to left scoring Lewis.
Then came the ninth inning with the Sox trailing by one run. With one out Duffy Lewis legged out a double to center. Lewis sent Speaker home with the tying run on his base hit, before Gardner doubled him home with the go-ahead score, diving them a 6-5 lead. But it wasn't over because Clyde Engle lined a base hit over second and Gardner scored. Les Nunamaker put the Sox up by three with a double to right that scored Engle.
Up 8 to 5, Dutch Leonard tried to give the lead back in the bottom of the ninth. After giving up a base hit, he got the next two men out. But he passed two men and had to be bailed out by Joe Wood. Wood got Stuffy McInnis on a called third strike and secured the win.
The Sox lost the next two games, winning only one of the four games in Philadelphia. The A's jumped all over Buck O’Brien for four runs in the first inning and then Charley Hall for the rest, in the third game and outlasted the Sox 7 to 5.
The Sox next managed to split a four game series with the Nationals in Washington. On April 22nd, Dutch Leonard got the start. Except for his own error and following it up with a wild throw, Leonard would have pitched a shutout. The Sox won 8 to 3. The Sox scored two runs in the first and two more in the second inning and blew the game open with a four run sixth inning. Steve Yerkes brought home three runs with a bases loaded hit in the sixth and Harry Hooper got three hits and scored two runs.
After losing the next game, the Sox beat the Nats again on April 24th. They scored four runs in the ninth inning and took the game away from Washington, 6 to 3. Hugh Bedient held a 2-0 lead but let it slip away. He gave up two runs in the sixth inning and then one more run in the eighth inning after two outs. But in the ninth, down 3 to 2, a walk and an infield hit put two men on for the Sox. Steve Yerkes tried to sacrifice them over, but the pitcher, Buddy Groom, went after Olaf Henriksen at third and was too late. Speaker's long fly ball to center brought Henriksen home and sent Hooper to third. Then Duffy Lewis' slow ground allowed Hooper to score and Larry Gardner's single to center scored Yerkes, who next jogged home on a long triple to left by Clyde Engle. Charley Hall pitched the ninth inning and saw the game end on a great over-the-shoulder catch of a blooper by Heinie Wagner.
Up 4 to 1 in the eighth inning, the Sox lost to Washington in the final game of the series on April 25th. The Nats scored four runs in that eighth inning and walked away with a 5 to 4 victory.
Off to New York went the Sox and they took both games in a rain-shortened series at the Polo Grounds. In the first game, on April 26th, both teams committed blunders, but the Sox won out because of their good hitting. The Sox came right back in the eighth to grab the lead for good. Speaker doubled off the left field fence and was brought in on Lewis' base hit with the tying run. A free pass and a base hit by Heinie Wagner put the Sox up by two. Neal Ball scored the Sox final run in the ninth inning on Duffy Lewis' third hit of the game. Hugh Bedient came in to pitch the ninth, giving up a hit, but preserving the win, 8 to 5.
Then after two rain outs, the teams played the second game on April 30th. The Sox scored two quick runs to start the game and kept pouring it on the Yankees. Hugh Bedient gave up ten scattered hits and only one run winning 8 to 1.
The Sox finished April with six wins in fourteen games and going .500 on the road trip. They were four games behind, in sixth place. One of the bright spots was Bedient, who won three of the four games he pitched.
The Sox returned to Fenway and lost three of the four games played with Washington. Buck O'Brien had better luck against them than he did in the first game on May 1st. Although he found himself in the hole constantly, he pitched his way out of it time after time. The Sox had a 3-0 lead after the first two innings, ultimately winning 8 to 2. They had 12 hits and seven of them were made by Hooper, Speaker, Lewis and Neal Ball.
Hugh Bedient pitched another great game on May 3rd, but had no run support and lost his second game of the season, 2 to 1.
The finale went into extra innings on May 5th. Walter Johnson pitched the last five innings, holding the Sox in check. O'Brien pitched good again, but errors cost him the win in the 12th. Olaf Henriksen knocked out four hits, with two of them off Johnson, but the Sox lost 5 to 3.
The Red Sox next went to Cleveland and again lost three of the four games. In the second game, on May 8th, Bedient had a great outing once again, but lost 3-2. A fumble by Neal Ball cost him and allowed the Naps to score the runs they needed for the win.
After losing five straight and the first two in Cleveland, the Sox got back on the winning track on May 9th. Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, the "Speed Boys" tied the game and two innings later got the two runs they needed, to put the game away. O'Brien allowed only seven scattered hits, and if Duffy Lewis hadn't lost a fly ball in the sun, he would have had a shutout.
Next was a trip to Detroit, where the Sox split four games. They picked up another win on May 11th after losing the day before. A great rally in the ninth for three runs, saw the Sox tie up the game. In the 10th inning, the Sox went up 5 to 4, as Neal Ball slid home with the deciding run, when Harry Hooper hit a high chopper to Oscar Vitt and Ball beat his throw to the plate. Sam Crawford slammed a ball into center in the bottom half of the inning, but Tris Speaker made a leaping catch to grab the would-be game winner.
In St. Louis the Sox won the first two games of the four game set. On May 15th, Joe Wood was on the mound and the bats of his teammates stung the Browns pitching for fifteen runs. Heinie Wagner had a double, Harry Hooper had a triple, and both Speaker and Steve Yerkes knocked out home runs. Wood hadn't pitched in a month and he was rusty, issuing seven free passes. The final score was 15 to 4.
The next game was a lot closer but the Sox prevailed, 3-2 on Hooper's home run. They were down 2-0 in the fifth inning, when Wagner singled to center and Bill Carrigan lined a single to right on the hit-and-run. Then Hooper hit a line drive into the right field bleachers for the eventual game winner. Ray Collins kept the Browns in check for the rest of the game for his second win in a row.
The Sox lost the next two games, with O'Brien getting knocked around in the third game and Speaker making a costly error, allowing a ground ball to go through his legs. In the fourth game, the Sox were almost shutout until Hal Janvrin's ninth inning homer gave them a run. But the Browns pushed Bedient and Charley Hall around and easily won the game, 9 to 1.
Joe Wood looked more like himself on May 19th against the White Sox. Chicago scored one unearned run on a ball that got by Les Nunamaker. Wood struck out five batters in the last three innings and the "Speed Boys" coasted to a 10-1 victory.
Two days later after a rain-out, the Red Sox had a lead of 10-3 going into the ninth inning. But Ray Collins and Bedient tried to give it all back. Wood had to come in to stop the White Sox rally and saved the Red Sox a close 10-9 win.
The Sox headed back east to meet the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. The first game went ten innings and ended in a 3-3 tie in a drizzling rain. After a wild first inning, Wood was sensational the rest of the way however.
The second game, played two days later on May 26th, went to the Red Sox, 3 to 1. The one run the Yankees scored off Bedient was unearned on a miscue by Speaker. The Sox scored two runs in the third on singles by Steve Yerkes, Speaker and Olaf Henriksen, along with a sac fly by Hal Janvrin. Their third run came in the ninth when Clyde Engle hit a line drive off the left field fence for a triple with Henriksen on base.
Then the Sox sat around for two days while it rained, and then headed down to Washington. There, they lost three of the four games played. Three errors by Speaker cost the Sox in the first game, losing 5-2. The next day, the two teams split a doubleheader. The first game went to the Nats who tagged Joe Wood for seven hits and won, 4-3. Hooper and Wagner highlighted the Sox hitting, with each hitting a home run.
Ray Collins faced Walter Johnson in the second game and was invincible. He didn't allow any of Washington's runners to get past second base. He pitched six perfect innings and pocketed a 1-0 victory. Hooper gave the Sox the only run they needed, by slamming a pitch over the right field fence.
The final game went to Washington, 5 to 4 in 11 innings. The Sox then headed back up to New York to play two of the games that were rained out. They won both contests in a June 2nd doubleheader. In two close games the Sox won, 4 to 3 and 8 to 6. Dutch Leonard pitched the opener and took a 4 to 1 lead into the ninth, before giving back two more runs and winning by one. The Sox had an 8-1 lead going into the eighth inning of the second game, but the Yankees scored two and three in the ninth to make it interesting.
The Sox concluded their road trip winning 11 and losing 11. They started the trip in 6th place, 8 games behind the Athletics and moved up to fifth place, but now 12 games behind Philly.
With the Chicago White Sox for opponents at Fenway Park, the "Speed Boys" entertained the fans with some great baseball on June 3rd. The day was perfect for a ball game and a little ceremony out deep center field. Preceded by the band and accompanied by Mayor Fitzgerald, the two teams marched from home plate to the flagpole in center field. There the 1912 American League Championship Pennant was attached to the halyards and hauled to the peak by manager Jake Stahl and the mayor.
In the game that day, after running seven innings neck and neck, the Red Sox scored one in the eighth on a single by Tris Speaker, a sacrifice by Duffy Lewis, and Heinie Wagner's ringing single that brought in Speaker, to win the game, 3 to 2.
On June 6th, it required 12 innings before the Red Sox broke a tie score. Lewis drove the ball against the left field fence and sent Speaker home with the winning run, to make the score 4 to 3. They split the series with the White Sox and next hosted the Cleveland Naps.
On June 9th, Larry Gardner's fielding was superb, while his work at the plate played an important part in two of the four runs scored by the "Speed Boys". Hooper, Steve Yerkes, Heinie Wagner, Clyde Engle and Gardner did all the hitting for the Red Sox. It was really the Red Sox all the way, as Hugh Bedient blanked Cleveland for seven straight innings, during which time none of them reached third base in the 4 to 1 win.
The Sox beat the Naps in a one-sided 7 to 3 game the next day. An opening triple in the first inning by Cleveland was wasted before the Sox scored five runs in their half of the first. Hooper singled and was forced by Steve Yerkes. Speaker singled to left but the ball got by Jack Grainey. Yerkes scored and Speaker sprinted to third. Duffy Lewis brought him home with a base hit and stole second. Gardner drew a walk and Wagner scored both runners with a double. Bill Carrigan's single to right scored Wagner with the fifth run.
The Sox took two of three from Cleveland and swept the St. Louis Browns in four games. On June 12th, the Sox won a dramatic game, 3 to 2. The Browns took the lead in the fourth inning and the Sox again came back in the sixth to tie up the game. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Steve Yerkes hit a fast ball singing against the left bank for two bases. With two outs it was up to Larry Gardner. He made good with us clean single to left, scoring Yerkes with what would be the winning run.
The next game the Sox won again, 8 to 1, with Ray Collins picking up his 6th win. In the finale on June 16th, the Sox swept by a score of 3 to 2 over the Browns, but it took 12 innings before the decision was reached. In the 12th, Clyde Engle was passed to start it off. Heinie Wagner bunted and the ball was thrown by first into the outfield, while Engle scampering around to third. Joe Wood was next and hit a pitch that went shooting to right-centerfield. The ball rolled to the fence and Engle scored the winning run.
The Tigers next came in and lost three of their four games. On June 17th the teams split a doubleheader. In the first game the Sox won handily, 7 to 4, but lost the second game with a close 4 to 3 score.
The next day, June 18th, the Sox had a two run lead when the the fourth inning started but were losing by two when the Tigers completed their turn at bat, 6-4. But the Sox came back to win it. In the fifth, Tris Speaker drew a pass and scored on Larry Gardner's triple to center, cutting the Tigers' lead to one. Speaker then made a sensational diving catch in the sixth to save the game, allowing the Sox to win the game in the bottom half of the inning when they scored two runs, 7 to 6.
On June 19th, the Sox and Tigers had a slugging match but the Sox outlasted them. The Sox had a 4-1 lead after four innings and the Tigers clawed their way back to within one run in the ninth inning. The inning started with Buck O'Brien on the mound, with a two run lead. O'Brien walked the first batter and Jean Dubuc lined a double down the right field line, scoring the runner. Hugh Bedient was brought in and got Sam Crawford to pop up. Ty Cobb was the next batter and there was a conference about passing him and setting up the force play. It was decided to let Cobb hit and he bounce back to Bedient who lobbed the ball to first and ended the threat and the game, with the Sox winning 5-4.
The Sox completed a successful 11 and 4 homestand, moving up to 4th place, but 13 games behind the Athletics.
In Philadelphia, the Sox beat the A's on June 20th, 6 to 1. Except for two errors, Joe Wood would have had himself a shutout. The next day the Sox won 5 to 4 behind Charley Hall in relief. With the score tied at 4-4 in the ninth, Harry Hooper singled and Steve Yerkes reached on a fly ball lost in the sun. Speaker drove in Hooper with the winning run.
June ended and July started with a terrible homestand where the Sox only won 5 of the 14 games played, falling to 17 1/2 games out of first. The fans quickly lost interest.
After losing the first game to the Yankees, they then swept a doubleheader on June 27th. Dutch Leonard started the first game and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and the Sox easily won, 10 to 3. In the second game the first hit off Hugh Bedient also came in the fifth inning and the Sox won this one also. The score was tied at two apiece after six innings, but the Sox came up with a big four run eighth inning. Steve Yerkes reached on a fumbled grounder and Speaker singled. Lewis sacrificed them over and Gardner drew a pass to fill the bases. The Yankee infield moved in and Clyde Engle bounced one over their heads to score one run. Neal Ball next lined a single into right center, scoring Speaker and Gardner and putting Engle on third. They worked the double steal and Ball drew the throw while Engle sprinted home. The Yanks scored two in the ninth but the Son won the game, 6 to 4.
The next day they split a doubleheader, with the Sox taking the first game, 9 to 7 and losing the second game, 7 to 6. Each team grabbed a big lead and held on to win.
The next series was with Washington at Fenway and the Sox lost all four games, before beating the Athletics in the first game of a doubleheader on July 4th. The Sox scored a run in the first inning and then three in the third inning, on five walks and a hit by Joe Wood. The A's tied the score in the fourth, but the Sox then clinched the game with 12 men coming to the plate and scoring seven runs in the fourth inning. They won 13-6 and then lost the second game.
Off the field the Sox made more news when Buck O'Brien was sold to the White Sox. O'Brien, who had reported to spring training out of shape and overweight, after being on the vaudeville circuit, had won only four games.
They won the second game of a doubleheader with the Athletics on July 7th to close a 5-9 homestand. Joe Wood did the pitching in the 8 to 3 victory and had two hits. Hooper had three hits and Speaker had two. The Sox scored two in the first inning, two in the second inning, three in the third and coasted home.
The Sox (36-36) traveled Into St. Louis for three games to kick off a long road trip. On July 9th, Ray Collins shut out the Browns 9 to 0. He allowed only on runner to get as far as third base. He also slammed a long homer over the right field fence.
The Sox beat the Browns again the next day, 6 to 2 scoring their runs on 11 hits, four of which were doubles. George Foster had a no-hitter going for himself until the ninth inning. With one out, Gus Williams hit a line drive to the center field fence for a triple. He scored on a fumbled grounder.
Next, the Sox traveled up to Chicago and lost four of the five games they played. The only game they won was a 9-0 shutout by Joe Wood in the second game of a doubleheader on July 12th.
Manager Jake Stahl had suffered a serious foot injury requiring the removal of part of a bone in his right foot. Although he continued to manage the team, he could not play first base. The Sox were 17 1/2 games behind Philadelphia and management needed a scapegoat. In a tense atmosphere of newspaper reports claiming internal dissension within the team, Red Sox president James McAleer publicly demanded that Stahl return to playing first base. Upset that he shirking his first-base playing duties, Stahl met with Sox president James McAleer in Chicago on July 15th. McAleer, in the heat of the moment fired Stahl saying he had lost control of the team.
McAleer replaced him with catcher Bill Carrigan, a move that was popular with the largely Irish–American Boston press, although not with Wood and Speaker. Carrigan, nicknamed "Rough" was a no-nonsense tough ball player who never backed down from anyone. In later years, he would prove to be one of the great managers in Red Sox history.
Under Carrigan, the Sox beat the Tigers in Detroit, 7 to 4. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Tigers almost caught the by scoring two runs in the seventh inning. But the Sox goy busy in the eighth inning Harry Hooper opened with a double and scored on Tris Speaker's base hit. Speaker then took off for second and easily came all the way around on Duffy Lewis' base hit. Steve Yerkes was hit by a pitch and Heinie Wagner lined a base hit that scored Lewis. Carrigan scored Yerkes with another hit and the Sox were now up with seven runs to their credit.
Two days later things became more difficult for the Red Sox. in the game on July 18th. Wood was very wild and passed three batters in the fourth inning. Sam Crawford was on third and Bobby Veach hit on back to Wood, who tried to chase down Crawford back to third and slipped, falling down and breaking his thumb. The Sox lost 5 to 1 and lost Wood for the rest of the season.
Although he didn't know it at the time, Joe Wood's blazing fastball would be gone for good and he now had to learn how to pitch by changing speeds and using his fastball to set up his curves and sliders.
The Sox and Tigers split a doubleheader on July 19th and the team lost three of their next four games in Cleveland. In the game they did win, Tris Speaker helped Ray Collins grab a 2-1 victory. Speaker was a vacuum cleaner in centerfield, saving the game at least five times., but he knocked in the first run and broke up a 1-1 tie in the ninth with a single that scored Collins with the winning run.
There were a couple of bright spots in late July at Fenway when the team returned home. The Sox swept the Chicago White Sox four games. On July 26th, the White Sox surrendered to the tune of 4 to 1. The game was a thriller and brilliant plays marked every inning of the game. Harry Hooper, Duffy Lewis and Clyde Engel were cheered several times, but perhaps the loudest was for Ray Collins. Collins (12-5) pitched a remarkable game, and but for a careless throw to third in the ninth, he would have had a clean shutout.
They then swept a doubleheader on July 29th. George Foster was brilliant and shutout the White Sox, 2-0 in the first game. He only gave up four hits, two of which were the infield scratch variety. Larry Gardner went 5-for-5 in the two games and all were clean line drives. Dutch Leonard went smoothly in the seventh inning of the second game, until he threw a ball past first into right field. The Sox won this one, 5 to 3.
But then the Sox lost five straight to Cleveland and fell into seventh place, 21 1/2 games out.
They did, however beat the St. Louis Browns in three of their four games. Dutch Leonard pitched a 3-0 shutout on August 5th. He gave up only two hits and was perfect for the first six innings with eight strikeouts. He walked only one batter and only one baserunner made it as far as second base.
The next game was also a pitching gem, this one from Hugh Bedient. Bedient got into trouble a couple of times but pitched out of it. Up only 2-1 in the eighth inning, Speaker smashed a double off the wall in left and scored on a base hit by Duffy Lewis. Lewis moved up on a ground out and was brought home on Steve Yerkes' base hit. Bedient took care of the Browns in the ninth, striking out the last man to end the game.
In the last game on August 7th, the Sox beat the Browns with a walk-off win. Down 8 to 7, the Sox tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on Hooper's double and a single by Lewis, then won the game in the bottom of the ninth, when Clyde Engel drew a pass, stole second base, and scored on Speaker's long drive into the right-field corner for a 9 to 8 walk-off victory.
They only took one game from the Tigers and finished the homestand, going 8-8 and in 5th place., before going on the road to St. Louis, where they won the next three games.
On August 14th, Bedient and Mack Allison of the Browns hooked up in a scoreless pitcher's duel that took them into the 11th inning. A fielding error opened up the flood gates for the "Speed Boys" and before the inning was over the Sox had scored four runs and a 4-0 victory.
In the next game the Sox started rookie E.V. Moseley, who pitched a great game until he tired in the fourth inning, allowing the Browns to score their only run of the game on three straight walks. He pitched two more innings before being replaced by Charley Hall. The Sox scored a run in the second on Gardner's base hit and a double to the left field fence by Steve Yerkes. The Sox broke the tie and put the winning run over in the eighth and won the game by a 2 to 1 score.
The next day, Dutch Leonard shutout the Browns again, 4-0 on eight scattered hits. Sox pitchers had given up just one run in 29 innings.
But it ended there because the Sox lost the final game of the series and then lost three straight in Chicago. Two of the games with the White Sox were by 1-0 scores. The Sox bats had gone silent, scoring only two runs in those four lost games.
They then flipped the switch in Cleveland, winning three straight by one run. The first win was a 3-2 victory by Dutch Leonard on August 21st. Heinie Wagner's hit in the third inning scored all the Sox runs. Lewis had doubled and Gardner's base hit moved him over to third. Gardner stole second and Yerkes walked to load the bases. With everyone moving on a 3-2 count and two outs, Wagner's line drive single scored all the runners. The Sox scored another run in the eighth, but a thunderstorm stopped the game and in never got restarted.
Hugh Bedient won a fine 2-1 game the next day. The Sox took a 2-0 lead and held it until the ninth inning. The Naps managed to score a run with one man out. Then with men on first and third, Harry Hooper made a shoestring catch and tried to double-up Nap Lajoie who was on first. The throw was wide, but Engle was able to intercept the throw and get Joe Jackson trying to get back to third base, for a game ending doubleplay.
The final game of the series was won by a 4-3 score on August 23rd. The Sox started the game by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on five straight hits by Hooper, Engle, Speaker, Lewis and Gardner. The Naps then scored two in the second inning before Ray Collins got the final two outs, with the bases full, by striking out one batter and getting the final out on a pop up. A base hit by Lewis and a double by Yerkes accounted for the fourth Sox run. Three times the Sox infield stopped Cleveland rallies with doubleplays.
Next in Detroit, they took 2 of 3. The first win, on August 24th, was a 3-0 shutout by rookie pitcher Earl Moseley. Two days later Moseley picked up another win in a 7-6 game. The game was tied at six apiece going into the eighth inning. Hick Cady doubled with one out and scored on Harry Hooper's double. The Sox closed their trip out west, winning eight of the thirteen games.
They returned back in Boston and won a close game against Washington, 1-0 on August 28th. The Red Sox survived against Walter Johnson by a score of 1 to 0 in 11 innings. Only one safe hit was made by the Sox in 10 innings and Johnson passed only one batter. But the Red Sox battled all the way behind the marvelous pitching of Ray Collins.
With one down in the last of the 11th inning, Steve Yerkes, who had made Boston's only hit back in the second inning, cracked a sharp singled to center field. Clyde Milan got in front of a ball as it went skipping through his legs to the centerfield fence. Heinie Wagner next hit a grounder that shortstop, George McBride, gathered up on the run and rifled to the plate. Yerkes, realizing he had no chance, stopped and ran back toward third where he was tagged out, allowing Wagner to get over to second base. Now it was up to Bill Carrigan who hit a liner to center, hitting the ground just in front of Milan. Wagner was on the move with the hit because there were two outs, made it home easily with the walk-off winning run.
After losing two games to Washington to end the month of August, the Sox took three of four from the Yankees to start the month of September.
On September 1st, New York lost both games of a doubleheader, 6 to 0 and 4 to 3. The second game went 11 innings with the score tied at 3 to 3, and was won when Hooper opened up with a single and Clyde Engel put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to send him to second base. Lewis drove one against the left field fence for another walk-off win, scoring Hooper.
In Philadelphia, against the first place Athletics, the Sox took three of the four games and cut the A's lead over them to 19 games behind. They swept the doubleheader on September 4th. In the first game they knocked out Eddie Plank in the third inning, winning 8-6. In the second game, Earl Moseley was knocked out in the second inning, giving up two runs and Hugh Bedient pitched perfect ball the rest of the way, without letting anybody reach first. The Sox tied it up in their half of the second and went on to win, 5 to 2.
In the third game, the next day, the Sox took the game, 6-3, beating Eddie Plank again. Down 3-1, the Sox cut the A's lead to one run in the 6th inning and then scored three runs in the seventh.
Back at Fenway, they took two of three from the Tigers. On September 9th, the Sox were forced to go 11 innings, before winning by a score of 3 to 2. The Sox scored the winning run on sharp singles by Larry Gardner, Steve Yerkes and Wally Rehg for the walk-off win.
Then the Sox swept the Browns, three straight. The first game on September 13th, was very interesting. The Red Sox were holding the lead by a slim score of 3 to 2. Earl Moseley held the Browns to just five hits scattered through as many innings. Whatever trouble he had came on free passes, as the two St. Louis runs scored, were because of base on balls. Moseley sent the Browns down in the seventh and eighth. Tris Speaker had three singles and a double in four times up.
In the third game on September 16th, The "Speed Boys" landed a win by a score of 5 to 4. Going into the ninth-inning the score was tied at 4 to 4. After the Browns went out in the top of the inning, Harry Hooper walked, then on a hit and run, Hooper started for second and pulled the shortstop over, killing his chance of stopping Clyde Engle's base hit to the vacated hole. Now there was a man at first and second with Speaker coming up to the plate. Speaker sent one to left-center, scoring Hooper with the winning run. It was the Sox 18th victory out of their last 24 games played.
They finished their final homestand by taking three of four from the Athletics. After losing the first game, they won three straight.
Moseley won the second game, 5 to 4, giving up only three hits. Hal Janvrin drove in three of the five runs with a single and a triple. The third game was a 10-4 Sox slugfest. Against four different Athletics pitchers, Clyde Engle had two hits, Hooper had a triple and two singles, Steve Yerkes had three base hits, and Hick Cady went 2 for 2.
The final game at Fenway on September 27th, went to the Sox, 5 to 3. Ray Collins only gave up four hits in the first six innings. The Sox scored two in the fourth inning and another in the fifth inning to take the lead they would not relinquish.
They finished the season going to New York and finally to Washington. In New York each team swept a doubleheader on consecutive days. On September 30th, Dutch Leonard baffled Yankee hitters at every stage, giving up two runs and winning 3-2. Moseley (8-4) shut out the Yanks in the second game, 3 to 0, allowing only two hits.
Leonard shutout the Nats, 2-0, in Washington on October 3rd. He allowed only two singles and walked three. The first and only run the Sox needed for the win came in the second inning. Larry Gardner singled, moved to second on am unsuccessful doubleplay attempt, to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield hit. A walk given to Hooper, his steal of second base and a hit by Duffy Lewis provided the Sox with their second run.
The Sox finished the season in 4th place, 15 1/2 games behind, with a disappointing 79-71 record. Of the regulars, only Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis and Harry Hooper played to their usual Hall of Fame ability. As in 1912, they formed the best defensive outfield in the major leagues. Tris Speaker hit .365, stole 40 bases and threw out an astonishing 30 baserunners. Lewis threw out 29 and Harry Hooper gunned down 25 more, giving all three a record for assists by an outfield for a season with 84.
But the pitching was not the same as the year before. Besides the loss of Wood, twenty game winner and outstanding rookie pitcher of 1912, Hugh Bedient, slipped to 15-14. Dutch Leonard despite leading the team in the ERA, struggled with his control and finished 14-16. Only veteran Ray Collins approached his 1912 performance level with a 19-8 record. The Red Sox just didn't have enough good pitching to make up for the loss of Wood.
At the end of the season, owner James McAleer packed up and went on a cruise with Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey and New York Giants manager John McGraw to promote baseball in other countries around the world. While gone, American League President Ban Johnson, who was a close friend to ex-manager Jake Stahl, began to plot McAleer's removal as owner of the Red Sox.
|04/10/1913||0-1||6th||-1||Philadelphia Athletics||L||10-9||Joe Wood||0-1|
|04/12/1913||0-2||7th||-2||Philadelphia Athletics||L||5-4||Dutch Leonard||0-1|
|04/14/1913||1-2||5th||-1 1/2||New York Yankees||W||2-1||Joe Wood||1-1|
|04/15/1913||1-3||7th||-2||New York Yankees||L||3-2||Charley Hall||0-1|
|04/16/1913||1-3||6th||-2||New York Yankees||pp|
|04/17/1913||1-4||8th||-3||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||6-5||Buck O'Brien||0-1|
|04/18/1913||2-4||6th||-2 1/2||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||8-5||Dutch Leonard||1-1|
|04/19/1913||2-5||7th||-3 1/2||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||7-5||Buck O'Brien||0-2|
|04/21/1913||2-6||7th||-4 1/2||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||6-4||Hugh Bedient||0-1|
|04/22/1913||3-6||7th||-4||at Washington Nationals||W||8-3||Dutch Leonard||2-1|
|04/23/1913||3-7||7th||-4 1/2||at Washington Nationals||L||6-0||Ray Collins||0-1|
|04/24/1913||4-7||6th||-4||at Washington Nationals||W||6-3||Hugh Bedient||1-1|
|04/25/1913||4-8||6th||-5||at Washington Nationals||L||5-4||Buck O'Brien||0-3|
|04/26/1913||5-8||5th||-5||at New York Yankees||W||8-5||Hugh Bedient||2-1|
|04/28/1913||5-8||6th||-5||at New York Yankees||pp|
|04/29/1913||5-8||6th||-5||at New York Yankees||pp|
|04/30/1913||6-8||6th||-4||at New York Yankees||W||8-1||Hugh Bedient||3-1|
|05/01/1913||7-8||5th||-4||Washington Nationals||W||8-2||Buck O'Brien||1-3|
|05/02/1913||7-9||5th||-5||Washington Nationals||L||5-4||Dutch Leonard||2-2|
|05/03/1913||7-10||5th||-6||Washington Nationals||L||2-1||Hugh Bedient||3-2|
|05/07/1913||7-12||6th||-8||at Cleveland Naps||L||4-1||Dutch Leonard||2-3|
|05/08/1913||7-13||6th||-9||at Cleveland Naps||L||3-2||Hugh Bedient||3-3|
|05/09/1913||8-13||6th||-8||at Cleveland Naps||W||3-1||Buck O'Brien||2-4|
|05/10/1913||8-14||6th||-9||at Cleveland Naps||L||9-2||Charley Hall||0-2|
|05/11/1913||9-14||6th||-8||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Ray Collins||1-1|
|05/12/1913||9-15||6th||-9||at Detroit Tigers||L||8-7||Joe Wood||1-2|
|05/13/1913||10-15||6th||-8 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-1||Buck O'Brien||3-4|
|05/14/1913||10-16||6th||-9||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-1||Hugh Bedient||3-4|
|05/15/1913||11-16||5th||-8||at St. Louis Browns||W||15-4||Joe Wood||2-2|
|05/16/1913||12-16||5th||-8||at St. Louis Browns||W||3-2||Ray Collins||2-1|
|05/17/1913||12-17||5th||-8||at St. Louis Browns||L||4-2||Buck O'Brien||3-5|
|05/18/1913||12-18||6th||-9||at St. Louis Browns||L||9-1||Hugh Bedient||3-5|
|05/19/1913||13-18||5th||-8||at Chicago White Sox||W||10-1||Joe Wood||3-2|
|05/20/1913||13-18||5th||-7 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|05/21/1913||14-18||5th||-7||at Chicago White Sox||W||10-9||Ray Collins||3-1|
|05/22/1913||14-19||5th||-8||at Chicago White Sox||L||2-1||Buck O'Brien||3-6|
|05/23/1913||14-19||5th||-8||at Buffalo Bisons||W||5-4|
|05/24/1913||14-19||5th||-8||at New York Yankees||T||3-3|
|05/26/1913||15-19||5th||-8||at New York Yankees||W||3-1||Hugh Bedient||4-5|
|05/27/1913||15-19||5th||-9||at New York Yankees||pp|
|05/28/1913||15-19||5th||-9||at New York Yankees||pp|
|05/29/1913||15-20||5th||-10||at Washington Nationals||L||5-2||Buck O'Brien||3-7|
|05/30/1913||15-21||5th||-11||at Washington Nationals||L||4-3||Joe Wood||3-3|
|05/31/1913||16-22||5th||-12||at Washington Nationals||L||5-4||Buck O'Brien||3-8|
|06/02/1913||17-22||5th||-12||at New York Yankees||W||4-3||Dutch Leonard||3-3|
|06/03/1913||19-22||5th||-12||Chicago White Sox||W||3-2||Joe Wood||5-3|
|06/04/1913||19-23||5th||-13||Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Buck O'Brien||3-9|
|06/05/1913||19-24||5th||-14||Chicago White Sox||L||5-0||Dutch Leonard||3-4|
|06/06/1913||20-24||5th||-14||Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Joe Wood||6-3|
|06/07/1913||20-24||5th||-14 1/2||Cleveland Naps||pp|
|06/09/1913||21-24||5th||-14 1/2||Cleveland Naps||W||4-1||Hugh Bedient||5-5|
|06/10/1913||22-24||5th||-14 1/2||Cleveland Naps||W||7-3||Ray Collins||5-1|
|06/11/1913||22-25||5th||-14 1/2||Cleveland Naps||L||9-5||Dutch Leonard||3-5|
|06/12/1913||23-25||5th||-14 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||3-2||Hugh Bedient||6-5|
|06/13/1913||24-25||5th||-14 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||7-6||Charley Hall||1-2|
|06/14/1913||25-25||5th||-13 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||8-1||Ray Collins||6-1|
|06/16/1913||26-25||5th||-13 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||3-2||Joe Wood||7-3|
|06/17/1913||27-25||5th||-13 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||7-4||Earl Moseley||1-0|
|27-26||5th||-14||Detroit Tigers||L||4-3||Hugh Bedient||6-6|
|06/18/1913||28-26||5th||-13||Detroit Tigers||W||7-6||Ray Collins||7-1|
|06/19/1913||29-26||4th||-13||Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Buck O'Brien||4-9|
|06/20/1913||30-26||3rd||-12||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||6-1||Joe Wood||8-3|
|06/21/1913||31-26||3rd||-11||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||5-4||Charley Hall||2-2|
|06/23/1913||31-27||4th||-12||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||13-4||Ray Collins||7-2|
|06/24/1913||31-27||4th||-12||at Philadelphia Athletics||pp|
|06/25/1913||31-28||5th||-13||New York Yankees||L||5-2||Joe Wood||8-4|
|06/26/1913||31-28||5th||-14||New York Yankees||pp|
|06/27/1913||32-28||4th||-13||New York Yankees||W||10-3||Dutch Leonard||4-5|
|06/28/1913||34-28||3rd||-12||New York Yankees||W||9-6||Ray Collins||8-2|
|34-29||3rd||-12 1/2||L||7-6||Charley Hall||2-3|
|06/30/1913||34-30||5th||-13 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||3-1||Joe Wood||8-5|
|07/01/1913||34-31||5th||-14 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||7-4||Dutch Leonard||4-6|
|07/02/1913||34-32||5th||-15 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||5-0||Earl Moseley||1-1|
|07/03/1913||34-33||5th||-16 1/2||Washington Nationals||L||1-0||Ray Collins||8-3|
|07/04/1913||35-33||5th||-15 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||W||13-6||Joe Wood||9-5|
|35-34||5th||-16 1/2||L||5-3||George Foster||0-1|
|07/05/1913||35-35||5th||-17 1/2||Philadelphia Athletics||L||7-6||Dutch Leonard||4-7|
|36-36||5th||-17 1/2||W||8-3||Joe Wood||10-5|
|07/09/1913||37-36||5th||-17 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||9-0||Ray Collins||9-4|
|07/10/1913||38-36||5th||-16 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||W||6-2||George Foster||1-1|
|07/11/1913||38-37||5th||-17 1/2||at St. Louis Browns||L||5-1||Hugh Bedient||7-7|
|07/12/1913||38-38||5th||-18 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||7-2||Charley Hall||2-4|
|07/13/1913||39-39||5th||-17 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||Ray Collins||9-5|
|07/14/1913||39-40||5th||-17 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-0||George Foster||1-2|
|07/15/1913||39-41||5th||-18 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||2-1||Dutch Leonard||4-8|
|07/16/1913||40-41||5th||-18||at Detroit Tigers||W||7-4||Ray Collins||10-5|
|07/17/1913||40-41||5th||-18 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||pp|
|07/18/1913||40-42||5th||-18 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-1||Earl Moseley||1-2|
|07/19/1913||40-43||5th||-18 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||3-1||Dutch Leonard||4-9|
|41-43||5th||-18 1/2||W||6-2||George Foster||2-2|
|07/20/1913||42-43||5th||-18 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||2-1||Ray Collins||11-5|
|07/21/1913||42-44||5th||-19 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||6-1||Earl Moseley||1-3|
|07/22/1913||42-45||5th||-19 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||8-5||Dutch Leonard||4-10|
|07/23/1913||42-46||5th||-20 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-3||Dutch Leonard||4-11|
|07/25/1913||43-46||5th||-20 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||7-5||Hugh Bedient||8-7|
|07/26/1913||44-46||5th||-19 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||4-1||Ray Collins||12-5|
|07/28/1913||44-46||5th||-19 1/2||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|07/29/1913||45-46||5th||-19 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||2-0||George Foster||3-2|
|07/30/1913||46-46||5th||-19 1/2||Cleveland Naps||pp|
|07/31/1913||46-47||5th||-19 1/2||Cleveland Naps||L||5-2||Hugh Bedient||8-8|
|08/01/1913||46-49||5th||-20||Cleveland Naps||L||6-2||Dutch Leonard||5-12|
|08/02/1913||46-50||5th||-21||Cleveland Naps||L||5-4||Hugh Bedient||8-9|
|46-51||7th||-21 1/2||L||7-0||George Foster||3-3|
|08/04/1913||46-51||5th||-22||St. Louis Browns||pp|
|08/05/1913||47-51||5th||-21||St. Louis Browns||W||3-0||Dutch Leonard||6-12|
|47-52||5th||-21 1/2||L||4-2||Ray Collins||12-6|
|08/06/1913||48-52||5th||-21 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||4-1||Hugh Bedient||9-9|
|08/07/1913||49-52||5th||-21 1/2||St. Louis Browns||W||9-8||Dutch Leonard||7-12|
|08/08/1913||50-52||5th||-20 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Earl Moseley||2-4|
|08/09/1913||50-53||5th||-20 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||6-3||Ray Collins||12-7|
|08/14/1913||51-54||5th||-20||at St. Louis Browns||W||4-0||Hugh Bedient||10-9|
|08/15/1913||52-54||5th||-20||at St. Louis Browns||W||2-1||Charley Hall||3-4|
|08/16/1913||53-54||5th||-19||at St. Louis Browns||W||4-0||Dutch Leonard||8-13|
|08/17/1913||53-55||5th||-19||at St. Louis Browns||L||3-1||Fred Anderson||0-1|
|08/18/1913||53-56||5th||-19||at Chicago White Sox||L||1-0||Hugh Bedient||10-10|
|08/19/1913||53-57||5th||-20||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-1||Ray Collins||12-8|
|08/20/1913||53-58||5th||-21||at Chicago White Sox||L||1-0||Fred Anderson||0-2|
|08/21/1913||54-58||5th||-21||at Cleveland Naps||W||3-2||Dutch Leonard||9-13|
|08/22/1913||55-58||5th||-21||at Cleveland Naps||W||2-1||Hugh Bedient||11-10|
|08/23/1913||56-58||5th||-20||at Cleveland Naps||W||4-3||Ray Collins||13-8|
|08/24/1913||57-58||5th||-20||at Detroit Tigers||W||3-0||Earl Moseley||3-4|
|08/25/1913||57-59||5th||-21||at Detroit Tigers||L||6-5||Dutch Leonard||9-14|
|08/26/1913||58-59||5th||-21||at Detroit Tigers||W||7-6||Earl Moseley||4-4|
|08/27/1913||58-59||5th||-21||at Syracuse Stars||L||8-1|
|08/28/1913||59-59||5th||-21||Washington Nationals||W||1-0||Ray Collins||14-8|
|08/30/1913||59-60||5th||-21||Washington Nationals||L||4-1||Hugh Bedient||11-11|
|09/01/1913||60-61||5th||-21||New York Yankees||W||6-0||Earl Moseley||5-4|
|09/02/1913||62-61||5th||-20||New York Yankees||W||4-2||Hugh Bedient||12-11|
|09/03/1913||62-62||5th||-21||New York Yankees||L||11-4||Fred Anderson||0-3|
|09/04/1913||63-62||5th||-20||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||8-6||Charley Hall||4-4|
|09/05/1913||65-62||5th||-18||at Philadelphia Athletics||W||6-3||Ray Collins||15-8|
|09/06/1913||65-63||5th||-19||at Philadelphia Athletics||L||9-2||Fred Anderson||0-4|
|09/08/1913||65-63||5th||-19||at Manchester Mfg Stars||W||3-1|
|09/09/1913||66-63||4th||-18||Detroit Tigers||W||3-2||Charley Hall||5-4|
|09/10/1913||67-63||4th||-17||Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Ray Collins||16-8|
|09/11/1913||67-64||4th||-18||Detroit Tigers||L||15-2||Hugh Bedient||13-12|
|09/12/1913||68-64||4th||-18||Detroit Tigers||W||18-5||Dutch Leonard||11-15|
|09/13/1913||69-64||4th||-17||St. Louis Browns||W||3-2||Earl Moseley||6-4|
|09/15/1913||70-64||4th||-17||St. Louis Browns||W||6-3||Ray Collins||17-8|
|09/16/1913||71-64||4th||-17||St. Louis Browns||W||5-4||Hugh Bedient||14-12|
|09/17/1913||71-65||4th||-18||Cleveland Naps||L||2-0||Dutch Leonard||11-16|
|09/18/1913||72-65||4th||-17||Cleveland Naps||W||5-4||Hugh Bedient||15-12|
|09/19/1913||72-65||4th||-17 1/2||Cleveland Naps||pp|
|09/20/1913||72-65||4th||-18||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|09/22/1913||72-65||4th||-18 1/2||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|09/23/1913||73-65||4th||-18 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||3-2||Ray Collins||18-8|
|09/24/1913||73-67||4th||-20||Philadelphia Athletics||L||10-9||Dutch Leonard||11-17|
|09/25/1913||74-67||4th||-19||Philadelphia Athletics||W||5-4||Earl Moseley||7-4|
|09/26/1913||75-67||4th||-18||Philadelphia Athletics||W||10-4||Dutch Leonard||12-17|
|09/27/1913||76-67||4th||-17||Philadelphia Athletics||W||5-3||Ray Collins||19-8|
|09/29/1913||76-68||4th||-17 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||3-1||Hugh Bedient||15-14|
|76-69||4th||-17 1/2||L||5-1||Fred Anderson||0-5|
|09/30/1913||77-69||4th||-16 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||3-2||Dutch Leonard||13-17|
|10/01/1913||78-69||4th||-16||at New York Yankees||pp|
|10/02/1913||78-69||4th||-16||at New York Yankees||pp|
|10/03/1913||79-69||4th||-15||at Washington Nationals||W||2-0||Dutch Leonard||14-17|
|79-70||4th||-15 1/2||L||11-3||Earl Moseley||8-5|
|10/04/1913||79-71||4th||-15 1/2||at Washington Nationals||L||10-9||Fred Anderson||0-6|
|1913 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|