Waite Hoyt Retiring 27 Batters in a Row

Here’s some information on Waite Hoyt pitching for the Boston Red Sox on September 24, 1919, and maintaining perfection from the fourth inning to the 13th inning, or 27 batters in a row. That’s what the New York Times said the next day, anyway: other sources have said it’s more like 34 in a row. Anyway, the Times gave relatively little notice to the feat. It said: “Waite Hoyt, the Brooklyn schoolboy, pitched for the Red Sox in the second [game of a doubleheader] and Bob Shawkey officiated for the Yanks. Hoyt gave a remarkable performance of his pitching skill, and from the fourth inning to the thirteenth he did not allow a hit and not a Yankee runner reached first base. In these nine innings the youngster was at the top of his form and pitched with the coolness and skill of a veteran.”

But, Hoyt lost, 2-1 because of a Wally Pipp triple in the 13th: Pipp then scored on a sac fly hit to Babe Ruth in left. Ruth was the big star of the day: his homer in ninth tied the game at 1. His 28th homer went “high over the right field grand stand into Manhattan Field, which adjoins the Brush Stadium. This smashes the thirty-five-year-old record made by Ed Williamson with Chicago.”
The Times called it “the longest drive ever made at the Polo Grounds”: it “cleared the stand by many yards and went over into the weeds in the next lot.”

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