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.