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Jimmie Foxx's ninth inning walk-off homer finishes a wild ride

JIMMIE FOXX

ON THIS DATE (September 2, 1940) ... The Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox, losing the first game 6 to 0, but winning the second in a dog-fight, by a score of 10 to 8. The Red Sox could not hit Ted Lyons in the first game and the White Sox got enough runs in the first inning to cinch the game.

The nightcap was something else again. It was an up-and-down battle all the way, and was anyone's until the ninth-inning, when with the score tied at eight to eight, Jimmie Foxx came through with his 13th home run of the season, with one on, which dissolved the tie for a Red Sox walkoff win.

Each side had used four pitchers and Jim Bagby, who pitched to only one batter, was the winner. Bagby came in to relieve Emerson Dickman with the score tied at 8 to 8, the bases full, and two outs in the ninth-inning. He struck out Moose Solters to end the threat. Ed Smith came in for the White Sox in the ninth-inning and was nicked for a single by Ted Williams and Foxx's homer losing the game for the White Sox.

Bill Kennedy started the adventure off against Denny Galehouse with a double and was sacrificed to second in the first inning. He scored on a double to left by Mike Kreevich to give the White Sox a quick lead.

The Red Sox developed three runs in their half of the first inning, on a base on balls to Doc Cramer, who scored on a double by Ted Williams. Ted next scored on a single by Jimmy Foxx. Joe Cronin followed with another single and Foxx scored on a double to left by Bobby Doerr. Jim Tabor walked to fill the bases but Gene Desautels hit into a doubleplay to end the inning, 3-1.

The White Sox got another run in the third inning on a single and a triple by Mike Kreevich. In the top of the fourth they added two runs to take a 4 to 3 lead. That sent Denny Galehouse to the showers.

In the Red Sox half of the fifth inning Lou Finney blasted a home run into the right-field bleachers that tied up the game. Then in the top of the sixth inning, Eric McNair's two run home run off Jack Wilson gave the White Sox the lead back, by a 6 to 4 score.

Moving to the bottom of the seventh-inning, Finney came through again with a double after Dom DiMaggio had drawn a walk. Dom scored and the White Sox lead was cut to one run, 6 to 5.

The White Sox got that run back in the eighth, on two singles and a sacrifice fly by Bob Kennedy. In the bottom half of the eighth, now losing 7 to 5, Bobby Doerr slugged a home run over the left-field wall. Joe Cronin was on base, having drawn a walk and the score was tied again at 7 to 7. Johnny Peacock came in to pinch-hit for Desautels later in the inning and singled to right. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Finney's line drive single to center, giving the Red Sox the lead again, 8 to 7.

In the top of the ninth, with Emerson Dickman pitching for the Red Sox, Taffy Wright and Luke Appling both singled. Larry Rosenthal bounded a single through up the middle and it was good enough to score Wright from third base with the tying run, 8 to 8.

Finally, in the Sox half of the ninth-inning, Ted Williams led off with a single to center. Jimmie Foxx followed with a fly ball that hit the centerfield flagpole and glanced at an angle over the left-field wall, for a walkoff 10 to 8 victory.

Lou Finney was the hitting star of the day however with a home run a double and a single.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

 

 

6

13

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

2

 

 

W-Ted Lyons (4-2)
L-Bill Butland (1-1)
Attendance - 33,500

 2B-Williams (Bost), Kennedy (Chi),
 Appling (2)(Chi), Rosenthal (Chi)

 3B-Kreevich (Chi)

 HR-McNair (Chi)

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1

0

1

2

0

2

0

1

1

 

 

8

17

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

3

2

 

 

10

12

0

 

 

W-Jim Bagby (3-2)
L-Eddie Smith (2-6)

 2B-Williams (2)(Bost), Doerr (Bost), Finney (Bost),
 Kennedy (Chi), Kreevich (Chi), Wright (Chi)

 3B-Kreevich (Chi)

 HR-Finney (Bost), Doerr (Bost), Foxx (Bost), McNair (Chi)