A BRAND NEW FENWAY PARK OPENS
Moose Solters' walk-off homer starts the Sox
on a sweep of
Patriot's Day Doubleheader
April 19, 1934 ... The
Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals at Tom
Yawkey's diamond-studded new ball yard. The Sox batters pounded the
living daylights out of the visitors, banging out 23 hits for 41
bases. The Sox beat the Nats 5 to 4 in the morning and 7 to 3 in the
It was a ninth inning walk-off homer by Moose Solters that put the
first game on ice. The second game was a slugfest against three
Solters came to bat with the game tied at 4-4 and proceeded to
plaster the ball down the left field line, over the wall and into the
window of the Lansdowne street auto shop for the game winner.
Washington got on the board first when the game started, but the Sox
tied things up in their half of the first. Bill Cissell's double was
followed by an RBI single by Ed Morgan. The Sox got an unearned run
in the fourth with two men on, when Joe Cronin dropped a pop fly.
In the fifth the Nationals worked over a run to tie the game once
again. Billy Werber doubled to open the Sox half of the 6th inning.
He stole third base and Roy Johnson drew a free pass. Carl Reynolds'
double to left-center brought them both home and the Sox were up by
Dave Harris doubled for the Nats, scoring two runners, tying the game
again in the seventh inning. Then came the ninth inning and Moose
Solters led the inning off.
There were also plenty of highlights in the afternoon game. A triple
by Heinie Maush and a blow by Joe Cronin were the big smashes that
gave Washington a 3-0 lead. Werber's triple followed by singles from
Bucky Walters and Cissell, left the Sox one run behind in the third
Carl Reynolds' triple and a double by Rick Ferrell tied the game in
the fourth inning. Cissell's lengthy homer followed by the a
Werber double, a pass to Johnson, a clean-up three bagger by
Reynolds, and a single by Moose, put the game on ice in the fifth
inning. Johnny Welch closed the door on the Nationals for the
following four innings and the Sox finished with a 7 to 3 victory.
5500 fans paid to see the morning game and after it ended, more fans
began to flock into their seats for the afternoon clash.
Billy Werber collected three doubles, a single and a triple during
the two games. Carl Reynolds doubled in the first game with a pair of
singles and another pair of triples in the afternoon. Bill Cissell
got a double early and a homer later, while Solters settled for a
single after his game-busting wallop in the morning.