The Red Sox battle back time
after time and
finally win with a ninth inning walk-off hit
April 29, 1936 ... The
Red Sox won a nerve shattering contest with the Chicago White Sox, 8
to 7, in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was only after the home
team tossed away the lead four times and four times battled their way
back, that Boston finally settled the contest.
The Red Sox were first to put a run on the board in the first inning.
After Doc Cramer drew a pass from White Sox starter Vern Kennedy,
Heinie Manush slashed a triple into the right field corner. But Wes
Ferrell gave that run back in the second inning.
Out ahead again the Red Sox went in the third inning. Wes singled to
center and Dusty Cooke singled to left. Both runners moved up a base
when left fielder Rip Radcliff threw the ball past everyone. Heinie
Manush's bloop single to right scored Wes and the Red Sox were ahead,
2 to 1.
But Wes gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on four
singles and a double. Kennedy couldn't keep Chicago's lead however.
He loaded the bases and walked Manush to bring in one run. Singles by
Billy Werber and Rick Ferrell followed and Boston was ahead 6 to 3.
In the seventh after Wes gave up two hits to start the inning, Fritz
Ostermueller was given the ball. He walked the bases load and gave up
a sac fly to score one run. A bad feed by Ernie McNair to Oscar
Melillo, attempting to start a doubleplay allowed another run to
score when the ball landed in right field. Mule Haas' lined a single
to right to tie the game and Zeke Onura's wall-ball single put the
White Sox up, 7 to 6.
The Red Sox tied the game once again in the seventh inning. Billy
Werber walked, was bunted over to second and scored on McNair's base
hit between third and short. Rookie pitcher Jim Henry, meanwhile,
kept any threats from emerging from the White Sox.
In the bottom of the ninth, White Sox pitcher, Red Evans, gave up a
double to left-center by Doc Cramer. Doc moved on to third on
Manush's fly ball to center. Evans intentionally walked the next two
batters to load the bases and set up a possible doubleplay. Whit
Wyatt was given the job to get Rick Ferrell. But Rick put a hole in
that plan, with a line drive single to left, that scored Cramer with
the winning run, 8 to 7.
Jimmie Foxx came close to breaking a major league record by striking
out the first four times he came up, three of them with potential
runs on third base and less than two outs.