SMEAD JOLLEY

HITTING THE BOTTOM -
THE WORST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

A 29-hit battle finishes with the Red Sox on top

August 27, 1932 ... Tom Oliver drove in four runs as the Red Sox battled the White Sox and came up on the winning end of a 13-10 score. It was a battle that raged back and forth, in an exciting slugfest for the American League cellar.

Ivy Andrews was on the hill for the Red Sox to start the game, but he couldn't get out of the first inning, giving up a free pass, a balk, a single and two doubles. Johnny Welch took over with two outs, but gave up run scoring double to old friend Charlie Berry. The White Sox scored five runs in the inning and the Red Sox were immediately in a deep hole.

Sam Jones started for Chicago and didn't do much better. Singles by Marv Olson, Dale Alexander and Tom Oliver, sandwiched around a pair of walks, netted Boston four runs and put them back in the game, 5-4.

The White Sox put across another two runs in the second inning, helped by an error on a grounder to Rabbit Warstler. Paul Gregory who was on the mound for Chicago, walked two batters in the Red Sox half of the second. One of them scored when George Stumpf singled to center, 7-5.

Bennie Tate scored Tom Oliver with a sacrifice fly in the Boston third, giving the Red Sox another run. But the White Sox immediately got that run back in the fourth on a single and a triple of the bat of Carey Selph.

In the Red Sox half of the sixth, now down 8 to 6, Dale Alexander doubled to center. Smead Jolley brought him in with a double off the wall in left. Oliver lined a single to right and Smead came home with the tying run. Red Faber came in for Chicago, to pitch to Rabbit Warstler, but Rabbit reached first when shortstop, Luke Appling, threw his ground ball away. Oliver stopped at third and the Rabbit hustled to second. Tate's fly ball brought Oliver home and Marv Olson's base hit brought Rabbit home. The Red Sox had come back with four runs and were now up, 10 to 8.

Welch couldn't keep the White Sox quiet however and let them score a run in the sixth, putting them behind by only a run. After allowing lead off back-to-back singles in the eighth, Welch was taken out. Bob Kline got the job, inheriting runners on first and third. His wild pitch scored the runner on third and the game was tied, 10-10.

Red Faber got the first man out in the Boston half of the eighth, before giving up a single and a walk to Alexander. Jolley lined a run scoring single to right and the Red Sox were ahead by one. With Smead on first and Alexander on third, Tom Oliver tried a suicide squeeze bunt. It was successful, scoring Alexander and moving Smead to second. Rabbit Warstler's base hit followed that and scored Smead, now putting Boston up by three, 13 to 10.

Bob Kline got a 1-2-3 ninth inning and got credit for the hard-fought win.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

5

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

   

10

13

2

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

4

1

1

0

4

0

0

3

x

   

13

16

4

 

 

W-Bob Kline (9-10)
L-Red Faber (2-11)
Attendance - 3500

2B-Alexander (Bost), Jolley (Bost), Selph (Chi),
Kress (Chi), Berry (Chi), Sullican (Chi)
3B-Selph (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Marv Olson 2b 4 2 2 .265

 

 

Marty McManus 3b 3 1 1 .237

 

 

George Stumpf rf 5 1 2 .218

 

 

Dale Alexander 1b 4 3 2 .359

 

 

Smead Jolley lf 4 3 3 .329

 

 

Tom Oliver cf 3 2 2 .282

 

 

Rabbit Warstler ss 5 1 3 .210

 

 

Bennie Tate c 5 0 1 .228

 

 

Ivy Andrews p 0 0 0 .159

 

 

Johnny Welch p 3 0 0 .286

 

 

Bob Kline p 0 0 0 .133

 

               

 

 

IP H ER BB SO

 

 

Ivy Andrews 0.2 3 1 1 0

 

 

Johnny Welch 6.1 10 4 4 5

 

 

Bob Kline 2 0 0 0 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

87

37

-

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

78

49

10 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

71

53

16

 

 

Cleveland Indians

70

56

18

 

 

Detroit Tigers

62

60

24

 

 

St. Louis Browns

55

68

31 1/2

 

 

Chicago White Sox   

38

83

47 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

35

90

52 1/2