GEORGE STUMPF

HITTING THE BOTTOM -
THE WORST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

George Stumpf slides home with the winning run

August 18, 1932 ... A swirl of dust and a savage slide in the 15th inning, spelled a 7 to 6 victory for the Red Sox over the St. Louis Browns at Fenway. It was utility outfielder, George Stumpf, who created the excitement, as he slid home with the winning run on Hal Rhyne's fly to Fred Schulte, the Browns leftfielder.

But before that, the Sox and the Browns staged one of the greatest battles seen at the old ball yard. The Browns scored right off the bat. In the first inning after two singles, an error by Marv Olson, allowed a run to score. Olson got that run back in the third, inning when he singled home Bennie Tate from second.

The Sox went out front in the fifth inning. Tom Oliver singled to start and Rabbit Warstler attempted to move him up with a sac bunt. But Rick Ferrell's throw to second sailed into centerfield and Oliver sprinted around third and scored the Sox second run.

Bob Kline held the lead until the ninth inning. With two outs, Jack Burns doubled to left, knocking out Kline in favor of Bob Weiland. Bruce Campbell greeted him with a single to center, to tie the game again.

Jim Levey was the first batter to face Weiland in the 11th inning for St. Louis and he hoisted a fly ball over the left field wall, to give the Browns a 3-2 lead. Very quickly in the bottom of the inning, Marty McManus, who managed, coached, played third base and did everything except sell some peanuts in the stands, flew a ball over the left field fence also, to tie the game again, at three each.

Move to the top of the 14th inning, and the Browns jumped way out in front by scoring three runs. Jack Burns got an infield hit and stole second. Johnny Welch was now given the ball and he got Schulte to pop up. But Ferrell followed with a run-scoring single and Ski Melillo brought him home with a double to left-center. Warstler threw the ball into the grandstand on the play and Melillo walked in with the third run, 6-3.

The home boys, aided and abetted by Levey, who made a pair of glaring errors, came back again with three runs of their own and again the score was tied at six to six. Oliver and Johnny Watwood cracked out singles. Bennie Tate's grounder to second erased Watwood but Oliver scored. Welch singled behind second and Levey threw the ball past Burns at first. Tate ended up on third base and he and Welch scored the tying runs when Levey again threw away on an easy grounder by Marv Olson.

To atone for his sins, Levey opened the 15th with a triple to center that bounced off Tom Oliver's hip. Bump Hadley popped up and Deb Garms smacked one to Dale Alexander at first, who threw to Tate at home, catching Levey in a run-down. Welch walked Burns but got Campbell to pop up for the third out and ending the trouble.

With one out in the 15th, George Stumpf lined a conspicuous triple to left-center. Dale Alexander and Tom Oliver were both passed intentionally to load the bases, in fond hope that a doubleplay could be turned, but Rhyne lofted a fly ball out to left and Stumpf raced for the plate.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

 

R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

3

0

 

6

19

6

 
     

RED SOX

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

1

 

7

12

2

 

 

W-Johnny Welch (3-3)
L-Bump Hadley (11-13)

2B-Tate (Bost), Campbell (StL), Burns (StL),
Scharein (StL), Mello (StL)
3B-Stumpf (Bost), Levey (StL)
HR-McManus (Bost), Levey (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Marv Olson 2b 5 0 1 .265

 

 

Marty McManus 3b 6 1 2 .228

 

 

Roy Johnson rf 6 0 1 .299

 

 

Smead Jolley lf 4 0 0 .329

 

 

George Stumpf pr/lf 3 1 1 .171

 

 

Dale Alexander 1b 5 0 0 .343

 

 

Tom Oliver cf 5 2 2 .276

 

 

Rabbit Warstler ss 5 0 0 .212

 

 

Johnny Watwood ph 1 0 1 .261

 

 

Hal Rhyne ss 1 0 0 .227

 

 

Bennie Tate c 5 2 2 .237

 

 

Bob Kline p 3 0 0 .119

 

 

Bob Weiland p 2 0 1 .160

 

 

Johnny Welch 9 1 1 1 .400

 

               

 

 

IP H ER BB SO

 

 

Bob Kline 8.2 10 1 2 2

 

 

Johnny Welch 4.2 6 2 1 1

 

 

Bob Weiland

1.2 3 1 1 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

79

35

-

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

70

47

10 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

68

47

11 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

63

51

16

 

 

Detroit Tigers

58

54

20

 

 

St. Louis Browns

53

62

26 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox   

36

75

41 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

30

86

50