TOM YAWKEY BUYS THE RED
Roy Johnson brings home Rabbit Warstler
with a walk-off single in the 11th inning
July 12, 1933
... With two outs in the 11th inning, a sizzling
single off the bat of Roy Johnson brought Rabbit Warstler, sprinting
home from second base, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 walk-off victory. It
brought an end to a remarkable pitching battle between Lloyd Brown
and the Detroit Tiger's ace, Vic Sorrell.
For nine innings the two pitchers fought each other to a standstill.
The Sox had hits in the third inning by Rick Ferrell and Bob Seeds,
but they were left stranded on base.
Then in the 10th inning, the Red Sox had the winning run on second
with one out, when Roy Johnson was passed. Ferrell bunted him to
second and Seeds was intentionally passed. But that was it, Fred
Muller made the third out.
In the 11th, the Tigers had the bases full with one out. Charley
Gehringer, the first batter up, singled to right. John Stone bounced
one back to Brown, who tried to force Gehringer at second but was
just a trifle to late. Gee Walker sacrificed and Hank Greenberg was
passed, filling the bases. Billy Rogell hit another one back at Brown
and Gehringer was easily forced at the plate, for the third out.
Then came the Sox half of the 11th inning. Warstler was the first
batter and Sorrell walked him. Bucky Walters sacrificed him to
second, and Sorrell intentionally passed Dusty Cooke. Smead Jolley
lofted a harmless fly to center and that brought Johnson to the
plate, with two outs. He shot a single to center, and with two outs,
Warstler was going on the pitch. He sprinted around third and beat
the throw, 1 to 0.