HOWARD EHMKE

Howard Ehmke outduels Lefty Grove
on the mound and at the plate

May 31, 1926 ... Eighteen long innings were battled through at Fenway Park, before the day was marked with an even split. The Red Sox handed the A's best pitcher, Lefty Grove, a 2-0 defeat in the opening game. The Macks then turned around and gave the Sox an 8-2 beating in the nitecap.

The story of the first game was Howard Ehmke. While the tally sheet read 0-0, he rang out a game-winning hit to bring home the deciding run.

For seven long rounds, his mates were helpless against the offerings of Grove. In the interim, Ehmke was also sending A's batters back to the dugout in disappointment.

Then in the eighth, Fred Haney waited for a free pass and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ehmke came to the plate and the applause changed to pandemonium, when he slammed one of Lefty's pitches into left field. Haney scored and Ehmke stopped at second base. He continued over to third when Ira Flagstead sent a long fly ball to Al Simmons in center, and cantered home when Topper Rigney smacked one safely to right field.

The Athletics tried to get back in the game in the ninth and their chances looked mighty good when Ehmke walked Joe Hauser, Walt French and Frank Welch to load the bases. But Bill Wambsgnass, pinch hitting for Grove, slapped a grounder to Rigney, who threw him out by a stride and ended the game.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

PHILADELPHIA A's

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

6

0

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

x

   

2

6

0

 

 

W-Howard Ehmke (3-7)
L-Lefty Grove (6-5)

2B-Ehmke (Bost)

 
 

P

C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

PHILADELPHIA A's

1

0

1

0

0

2

2

2

0

   

8

14

0

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

   

2

9

0

 

 

W-Sam Gray (4-3)
L-Paul Zahniser (0-3)
Attendance - 18,800

2B-Bischoff (Bost), Simmons (Phil)
3B-French (Phil), Cochrane (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ira Flagstead cf 3 0 1 .312  

 

Topper Rigney ss 4 0 1 .274  

 

Phil Todt 1b 4 0 0 .312  

 

Roy Carlyle lf 3 0 2 .307  

 

Sy Rosenthal rf 3 0 0 .242  

 

Mike Herrera 2b 3 0 0 .301  

 

Fred Haney 3b 2 1 1 .193  

 

John Bischoff c 2 0 0 .238  

 

Howard Ehmke p 3 1 1 .115  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Howard Ehmke 9 6 0 5 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ira Flagstead cf 4 0 1 .311  

 

Topper Rigney ss 3 1 0 .268  

 

Phil Todt 1b 4 0 1 .311  

 

Roy Carlyle rf 4 1 0 .298  

 

Sy Rosenthal lf 3 0 1 .245  

 

Mike Herrera 2b 4 0 1 .300  

 

Fred Haney 3b 4 0 2 .201  

 

John Bischoff c 4 0 2 .261  

 

Paul Zahniser p 2 0 0 .167  

 

Jack Rothrock ph 1 0 1 .364  

 

Jack Russell p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Paul Zahniser 8 13 8 3 0  
  Jack Russell 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1926 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 31 12 -

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 27 20 6

 

 

Washington Nationals 24 20 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox 24 22 8 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 23 21 8 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 22 22 9 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 14 30 17 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 12 30 18 1/2