TOM OLIVER

HITTING THE BOTTOM -
THE WORST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

Tom Oliver thrills the fans with a walk-off hit

August 22, 1932 ... Dale Alexander and Tom Oliver furnished the thrills in a game the Red Sox won, by a score of 6 to 5 in a hair-raising finish. It was Alexander who walloped a home run with one on, in the fifth inning, which was followed by a double by Smead Jolley, and a single by Rabbit Warstler, the put the Red Sox into a 4-4 tie.

The tie was dissolved in the eighth inning by a freak home run by pinch hitter, Gee Walker of the Tigers. The ball was hit high and came down on the board on top of the fence to the left the scoreboard in the left field. It bounced high in the air and came down and hit the board again, while Jolley was waiting for it, and landed over the fence for a homer.

With the score now 5 to 4, the Sox came to bat in the ninth inning. Urbane Pickering had come in to replace Marty McManus, who was thrown out of the game for protesting a call by the umpire. He led off with his third hit of the game. George Stumpf bunted him to second, and Alexander was intentionally walked. Jolley grounded out, moving both runners up and there were two outs. Tom Oliver then lined a hit to left and Pickering sprinted in with the game winner, 6-5.

Except in the first inning, when the first three hitters to face him, nicked him for a single, a double and a triple, Ivy Andrews settled down to pitch a fine game. He made way for a pinch hitter in the eighth and Bob Kline finished up, getting credit for the win.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

DETROIT TIGERS

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

   

5

8

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

   

6

14

1

 

 

W-Bob Kline (7-9)
L-Elon Hogsett (9-7)
Attendance - 2000

2B-Pickering (Bost), Jolley (Bost),
Oliver (Bost), Gehringer (Det)
3B-Connolly (Bost), Stone (Det)
HR-Alexander (Bost), Walker (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Marv Olson 2b 5 0 0 .256

 

 

Marty McManus 3b 1 0 0 .236

 

 

Urbane Pickering 3b 4 1 3 .268

 

 

George Stumpf rf 4 1 2 .185

 

 

Dale Alexander 1b 4 2 3 .350

 

 

Smead Jolley lf 4 1 1 .328

 

 

Tom Oliver cf 5 0 1 .273

 

 

Rabbit Warstler ss 4 0 1 .210

 

 

Ed Connolly c 3 1 2 .229

 

 

Ivy Andrews p 2 0 0 .159

 

 

Roy Johnson ph 1 0 1 .299

 

 

Johnny Watwood pr 0 0 0 .260

 

 

Bob Kline p 0 0 0 .119

 

               

 

 

IP H ER BB SO

 

 

Ivy Andrews 8 8 5 1 1

 

 

Bob Kline 1 0 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

82

37

-

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

74

48

9 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

70

51

13

 

 

Washington Nationals

67

53

15 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

61

57

20 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

54

64

27 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox   

37

79

43 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

32

88

50 1/2