The End of the 1919 World Series

In the Chicago Tribune’s reporting on the White Sox series-ending game 8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, there are clear hints that the game was thrown. James Crusinberry’s front-page article began with a quote from Sox manager Kid Gleason: “The Reds beat the greatest ball team that ever went into a world’s series. But it wasn’t the real White Sox. They played baseball for me only a couple or three of the eight days.”

Gleason went on to say: “I thought the championship was as good as in after we won that third victory down in Cincinnati. I thought Lefty Williams was a cinch. But he didn’t have his stuff. Anyway they started hitting him in the first inning and I yanked him in a hurry. He wasn’t right. I had to do something, so I got him out of there and sent in James. James was too wild, but anyway they had a commanding lead because of what happened while Williams was in there.

“When the series began I thought it would be the easiest thing in the world for my fellows to win five games. They gave us a terrible jolt in the first game and came back with another kick in the second. Then was when I began to think and think hard. It didn’t seem possible that my gang was getting the small end of the bottle.

“But the Reds had it on us at the start, even if we couldn’t explain why, and getting away to a big lead as they did it wasn’t hard for them to breeze through. Just the same I thought they were licked sure when we beat them twice in Cincinnati.

“I was terribly disappointed. I can tell you those Reds haven’t any business beating a team like the White Sox. We played the worst baseball, in all but a couple of games, that we have played all year. I don’t know yet what was the matter. Something was wrong. I didn’t like the betting odds. I wish no one had ever bet a dollar on the team.”

Reds’ manager Pat Moran: “The White Sox didn’t give us the battle I expected.”

On the other hand, Crusinberry weirdly dismissed the rumors of a thrown series by opining: “There was more discussion about the playing of the White Sox than about the peace treaty after the last game. Stories were out that the Sox had not put forth their best effort. Stories were out that the big gamblers had got to them. But all of them sounded like alibi stuff even if true and Manager Gleason had no excuse to offer for the defeat except that the Reds had played better ball.”

The final column from the Tribune’s Ring Lardner, who was highly suspicious of a fixed series, featured a quote “from a letter received just before the game by a Chi baseball writer”: “I have been a follower of athletics for yrs. and have taken part in athletics in my younger days. I have been greatly amused during the present series in reading the ifs, ands and buts explaining Chicago’s defeat from day to day. It looks like a case of sour grapes to me. In fact it borders on rowdyism. I suppose if you lose another game or two you will mob the Cincinnati team.”

The Tribune’s front page:

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A table of what was officially at stake on the eight series games:

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And some pictures from earlier in the series, of Eddie Cicotte, John Collins, and Happy Felsch:

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And of Buck Weaver, Ray Schalk, and Chick Gandil:

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The 1917 World Series

As a sign of how pervasive and accepted betting on major league baseball was in the late 1910s, here’s a picture from the Chicago Tribune in the aftermath of the White Sox beating the N.Y. Giants in game 6 on Monday, October 15 to win the 1917 World Series:

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The caption reads: “Pat Piper, announcer at the Cubs park, as a loyal National leaguer, upheld the Giants’ chances to beat the Sox. His friend, Percy Curtis, of a score card concern, could see nothing but the Sox.” Curtis won $100 on the bet and also won “a ride around the loop in a wheelbarrow” powered by Piper.

Sidebars to the main story on the clinching game 6 in the Polo Grounds said:
“Betting Heaviest of Series”:
“The wagering probably was the heaviest of any day of the series, with practically every Sox fan in the city attempting to get down a large or small wager. . . . George Cohan is credited with winning over $20,000 on the result. He put up $2,600 Saturday and had $2,500 on the Sox for yesterday’s game, when he went east Saturday night. The rest hung on the result of the series.”

And:
“Newsboy Cleans Up $2,000”:
“Willie Pope, the newsboy who handles Tribunes at the corner of Clark and La Salle streets, nicked a visiting New Yorker for $2,000, getting the wager last week when, to the visitor’s great surprise at such affluence, he dug up the roll in defiance of remarks disparaging to the Sox.”

Finally, under the headline “Bets on New York Curb Total Under $100,000”:
“The sum paid off to successful bettors today was less than $100,000, whereas last year it was something like $250,000. Bill Darnell, put and call broker, was reported as having made the biggest clearing, said to be around $25,000, which he put on the White Sox to win the series.”

And even before the game story started, right beneath the headline, the Tribune featured the money elements of the Series:

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The point is that obviously the Black Sox in 1919 didn’t happen in a vacuum: by 1917 a whole baseball betting culture was thriving, and the Sox players two years later tried to capitalize on it.

As for the game itself, here’s a picture of Chick Gandil, who drove in two in the fourth inning with a key single, “which meant the World’s title and Winner’s Share of Melon”:

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A wider shot with the headline:

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The game account by I.E. Sanborn started off by lauding pitcher Red Faber, who won his third game of the Series, Gandil, and Eddie Collins. Collins escaped the Giants’ third baseman Heinie Zimmerman in a rundown in the fourth to run home for the Sox’ first run: “Heine Zim run a footrace with Eddie Collins from third base to the home plate. Eddie had four feet of a start and he finished just four feet ahead of the Bronx boy. That was the first run for Chicago, and Heine Zim had actually chased it right over the plate.”

Then Gandil hit his two-run single, and Faber took over from there: a 4-2 win. Check out the box score and play-by-play. And the Series summary.

Afterward, Charles A. Comiskey said: “The White Sox once more are champions of the world and I feel as if nothing in baseball matters from now on.”

And the Tribune’s James Crusinberry wrote: “Even the electric signs along the gay white way seem dim tonight! New York has had a blow that made it sick. A bombardment from German flyers couldn’t have done much more damage. New York was so sick it didn’t even fight.”
“It is calm tonight from Harlem to Bowling Green, and if one stands at Forty-second street and Broadway, one might think one was in Evanston, for all New York is sick. The only live persons in town are the few from Chicago who are marching on the sidewalks and pushing all the citizens into the new subway excavation.”

And, in his “In the Wake of the News” feature, Ring Lardner attempted his own (satirical) game summary from Chicago. The bottom of the ninth: “McGraw substituted Sallee as pinch hitter for Burns. He doubled. Herzog re-doubled and was set four tricks. The Kaiser batted for Kauff and hit into a quadruple play, Serbia to France to England to Wilson. No runs.
“The seventh game of the series will be played tomorrow at Petrograd, and the admission will be free, as it should have been all the time.”

The Cubs’ First Game at Weeghman Park/Wrigley Field

Here’s some of the Chicago Tribune’s description of the Cubs’ first game at Weeghman Park/Wrigley Field on April 20, 1916: “It was another epochal day in the history of baseball and quite convincing that the Cubs have found a welcome to the north side. There was a newness and a curiosity to things. It was the first time many of the players and doubtless many of the fans had ever seen the north side ball park. New seats for the occasion had been build on the field behind the diamond and a double row of benches circled the outfield. A half hour before the game started the crowd spilled out of the fright side of the stand upon he field. A hit into the crowd was good for two bases. The players took great delight in driving the ball into that circle of fans, nine of them turning the trick. Besides, Big John Beall, who once wore a White Sox suit, drove one over the right wall and clear across Sheffield avenue on to the front porch of a flat building.

Because of the many side features, the teams were delayed in starting the contest. The big auto parade which formed downtown carried hosts of the box seat patrons to the field, for the parade was about a mile long, every car bearing banners. At the grounds [Cook County] Judge Thomas F. Scully had to make a speech that no one could hear. There were at least a half dozen bands there, and they even played while the judge was talking.

The Cincinnati rooters, number about 200, took part in the parade and occupied field seats in front of the Reds’ dugout. There were bundles of roses to be presented to favored ball players and an immense floral horseshoe for Manager Tinker and another for Heine Zim [Heine Zimmerman, the Cubs’ third baseman]. There were bombs exploded in the corner of centre field while the American flag was being raised. There was a live donkey brought into view by a host of Twenty-fifth ward Democrats, and there was a live and active black cub bear led to the home plate to do tricks in front of the movie camera.”

Claude Hendrix, the winner of the first game ever at Weeghman/Wrigley, started this game too for the Cubs and Joe Tinker, but when the game went 11 innings it was reliever Gene Packard who got the win, and Heine Schulz got the loss for the Reds. A double by Cy Williams and run-scoring single by Vic Saier won the game for Chicago. As the Tribune noted, Johnny Beall of the Reds had the first N.L. homer at Wrigley. And the first pitch, by Hendrix, was hit by Wade “Red” Killifer into left for a single. Killifer [as the newspaper spelled it; it’s actually Killefer] scored the first run on a Texas leaguer by Beall.

The game notes included this: “Several hundred snipers saw the game from the roofs and windows of flat buildings across the street from the ball park.” “Besides drawing a large bundle of American beauties, Manager [Buck] Herzog was presented with a walking stick and an umbrella.” “In the seventh inning [Bill] Fischer ran over a small boy while catching a foul fly on the edge of the crowd, but neither the boy nor the player was hurt in the clash.”

Here’s a Tribune cartoon making fun of the Reds:

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More cartoon images of the Cubs’ first Wrigley game:
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The top of the box score:

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The bottom of the box score (notice all the doubles and other hits):

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Opening Up Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in 1914

The Chicago Federals were the home team on April 23, 1914, when Weeghman Park hosted its first game. Where were the Cubs? At West Side Park, playing the Cincinnati Reds–they didn’t move over to Weeghman until mid-1916. And Weeghman didn’t become known as Wrigley until 1926. It was called Cubs Park from 1920 through 1925. Anyway, on April 23, the Federals (a Federal League team, of course, who were later named the Whales), were playing against the Kansas City Packers. The Feds had opened the season by losing five of their first seven games.

Here’s some of how the Chicago Tribune described opening day:

“Chicago took the Federal League to its bosom yesterday and claimed it as a mother would claim a long lost child. With more more frills and enthusiasm than had prevailed at a baseball opening here Joe Tinker and his Chifeds made their debut before a throng of fans that filled the new north side park to capacity, and the Chicago Feds trounced George Stovall’s Kansas City team, 9 to 1. All Chicago cheered and the north side was maddened with delight.

“It may not have been the largest crowd that ever saw an opening game in Chicago, but conservative estimators placed the attendance at about 21,000. The new park is said to have a seating capacity of 18,000. . . . every seat in the place was taken, a great many were standing up in the back of the grandstand, and more than 2,000 were on the field in the circus seats placed there for the occasion.

“The windows and roofs of flat buildings across the way from the park were crowded with spectators. The surface and elevated trains leading to the north side were overhanging with people in the early afternoon and three or four separate and distinct automobile parades unloaded several thousand gaily decked rooters at the gates. Owners Weeghman and Walker of the north side club and President Gilmore of the new league were so overjoyed with the spectacle that they almost wept, and there is little doubt that it was an epochal day in the history of the national game.

“The weather was far from suited to the occasion, too. A chilling wind was coming off the lake and one needed winter furs to be comfortable. . . . Although it was the first game for the new Chicago club, the progress was executed with admirable precision and dispatch, largely due to the efforts of the experienced business manager, Charles G. Williams, who served more than twenty-five years with the local National League club.

“The North Side Boosters’ club, numbering more than a thousand, held a parade. The Bravo el Toro club, numbering about 100, came leading a fatted steer from the stockyards, and the members intended to put on a burlesque bullfight on the field. The fatted steer refused to get mad and the bullfight was a fizzle. There were the Charley Williams Boosters, who came out in hordes. Before the game a squad of women from the Ladies of the G.A.R [that is, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, from the Civil War] marched upon the field bearing large American flag. Led by a band and followed by the members of both ball clubs, the women carried the national color to the flag pole in far center field. Rockets and bombs [a 21-gun salute, that is] were fired as they approached it. . . .

“With the flag pole ceremonies over, the band led the paraders to the home plate, where there were several cart loads of flowers in the form of horseshoes and bundles of American beauties. Most of them were for Manager Tinker.

“The game itself was too one sided to be intense, but the fact that the home team was on the long end of the score made everybody happy. However, before the game had gone into the third inning organized ball stepped in with the hand of the law and yanked one of the “outlaws” from the ranks. Chief Johnson, who started as pitcher for Kansas City, was served with legal papers at the close of the second inning, enjoining him temporarily from playing ball with the Federal league. Manager Stovall of the visitors rushed another hurler to the slab and the game went on just as if nothing had happened.”

Claude Hendrix, a spitballer, got the win with a five-hitter, though he allowed a solo homer by Ted Easterly in the eighth. Dutch or “Little Aleck” Zwilling hit the first double (he may have had the first hit too), and scored the first run. Here’s the Tribune’s box score:

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A picture of the G.A.R. ladies carrying the flag to center field, and a shot of Artie “Home-Run” Wilson, who hit Wrigley’s first two homers in this game:

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A play at the plate in the third:

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And Chifeds manager Joe Tinker, better known as the start of the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance Cubs double-play trio:

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A sidebar in the Tribune added:

“The significant part of the affair to the new owners was the large number of women present. It was not a long jump from De Paul field, where the lowly Feds played last year, to their modern home at Addison avenue, but a glance at the wonderful setting for yesterday’s combat brought the thought that some one must have rubbed Aladdin’s lamp to effect such a magical transformation. The brand new grandstand, packed to the limit with fans wearing Chifeds caps of all shades and colors, looked like a huge floral horseshoe. . . . The stand was a blaze of color. Thousands of spectators donned the little caps distributed by the local management, while others waved Chifed pennants. Forming a centerpiece to this decoration were nearly 3,000 members of the Bravo el Toro club, whose gold and red sashes blended well with the mass of coloring on each side of the field.”

Opening Up Comiskey Park in 1910

The Chicago Tribune of Saturday, July 2, 1910 said that “Charles A. Comiskey’s big housewarming party went off without a hitch yesterday, unless the subsidiary fact that the St. Louis Browns were ungracious enough to beat our boys, 2 to 0, in the first game at their splendid new home was construed into disappointment by some of the throng which gathered from all parts of the baseball world to do honor to the occasion.

Success crowned the tremendous efforts which have been put forth in the last few weeks to get the mammoth plant ready for its christening and it passed through its baptisms as if to the manor born, while tens of thousands of the Old Roman’s friends cheered at every possible opportunity to show their appreciation of the gift he had prepared to them.

Twenty-four thousand and nine hundred fans paid their way to the party, according to the official announcement . . . the great stands smilingly held out their bunting clad arms and gathered them all into their capacious laps without crowding anywhere.

Unfinished as the plant was in spots, its decorations of bright tri-colored bunting and potted plants and ferns distracted attention from everything except the giant proportions of the structures themselves. In fact the size of the new palace was what most forcibly struck all visitors who were making their first call. As each emerged from the sloping inclines which led to the rear of the main stand he or she stopped for a moment in silent awe, gazing at the broad, sweeping lines of the stands and at the seemingly endless rows of seats.”

The Tribune noted that “George Stone made the first safe hit in the new park,” apparently in the first inning, since he was the Browns’ leadoff hitter and went 3 for 4. In fact, the Tribune says, “Stone began the battle by poling a long double to left, which [Patsy] Dougherty nearly captured.” Stone had the first RBI too, with a single to drive in Frank Truesdale from third in the third. Dougherty did get Comiskey’s first triple, in the bottom of the seventh, and Stone had its second, in the top of the ninth. “The first ball pitched by [Ed] Walsh was a ball.” “[Shano] Collins drew the first pass and stole the first base.” “The new electric score board worked finely for a first experience and the fans appreciated to the full being informed by number of every change in the lineup as quickly as determined.” And, “Up to the seventh only two [White Sox] hits were made off [Barney] Pelty and Lena Bearcat Blackburne made all of those without getting to second.”

The two Chicago Tribune sports section pages covering the baseball action of July 1, 1910 were headlined by this script: “The Unwished For Happens Quite as Frequently as the Unexpected It Isn’t Bad Philosophy, Therefore, to Be Prepared for Bad News”

It was not a good omen for the White Sox, but an uncanny prediction: you probably already know about the Black Sox and the fact of Comiskey hosting one World Series winner in its 80-year life span.

Some pictures of the festivities: Charles A. Comiskey and other dignitaries receiving a silken White Sox banner:

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A close play at the plate: Bobby Wallace of the Browns, tagged out in the fourth inning by White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan:

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And the Tribune’s somewhat fuzzy game box score:

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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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Billy Martin and Tony La Russa

Last year, at the 20th anniversary of Billy Martin’s death, I wrote an article that focused on Mike Pagliarulo’s memories of his one-time manager. Pags said:

“Billy was very honest. I remember one day, a game against the Angels. It was 1985, my first full season. In the eighth inning I fielded a bunt, threw the ball to second, and the throw pulled the man off base. When I got back to the dugout, Billy was waiting on the top step, screaming at me, ‘What the hell were you thinking out there? That wasn’t the right play.’ I didn’t back down; I told him, ‘It was the right play; I just didn’t make the throw.’

“A little while later Clete Boyer, our third base coach, says Billy wants to see me in his office. I’m thinking I’m going to get sent down, but Billy said, ‘Hey look, maybe you were right about that play.’ He didn’t say ‘You’re right,’ but he said maybe I was right. He was willing to admit he was wrong. Of course he added, ‘You dago son of a bitch, I’m only saying this because you’re Italian.'”

In 1991, Bruce Jenkins of the S.F. Chronicle said:

Let it be known, right now, that the spirit of Billy Martin still lives in the A’s clubhouse. Tony La Russa might be the most volatile, hot-tempered manager ever to wear a uniform, and that includes Billy himself.
Understand that this is not an indictment of La Russa. Martin did most of his damage off the field, with a few drinks in him, and if you ever saw the mean-spirited Billy in a bar, you knew nobody was safe.

The A’s had a rough, brawling game with the White Sox, in which La Russa felt Bobby Thigpen had thrown at Terry Steinbach’s head. Jenkins said of the postgame scene:

But then, after the A’s scored two runs and Dennis Eckersley closed out the bottom of the ninth, came La Russa’s vicious confrontation with Bob Glass, a 64-year-old reporter for Chicago’s bureau of the Associated Press. This was a question of two men being completely out of line, and Glass was lucky to get out of the A’s clubhouse without being attacked by somebody. Nobody really wanted to approach La Russa afterward. Nobody who knew him, that’s for sure. As a reporter, you were walking into La Russa’s house at a time when he had nearly lost a member of his family. As the door opened to his office, he was shaving; he had his back turned.

“How is he?” somebody asked, quietly.

“I don’t know,” La Russa said. He was steaming, right at the boiling point. It wasn’t going to take much to set him off.

Then Glass spoke up. “That had to be a very scary moment,” he said.

“I don’t want to talk about that bulls–t!” La Russa screamed.

“OK, but don’t yell at me,” Glass said.

“I’ll yell if I f—ing want to!” La Russa yelled back.

There’s no need to recount the whole exchange. La Russa was ready to go off on somebody, and Glass happened to be the one. He made a perfectly innocent remark, but in that situation, no question would have been good enough.

But then Glass made a big mistake, pressing the issue. La Russa was storming out of the office, trying to avoid the confrontation and cool off somewhere else, when Glass shouted, “Be a man!”

Oh, my goodness, was that the wrong thing to say to La Russa. As the shouting match escalated, Glass also said, “Try to act like a human being.” Now La Russa had to be restrained from punching Glass, who really had it coming. Finally an angry mob of A’s, led by Stewart and Rickey Henderson, physically removed Glass from the clubhouse.

“See, I know Tony from way back, when he managed here,” Glass said afterward. “He’s a psycho. There was one game with the Twins in the mid-’80s when Tim Laudner beat him with a three-run homer off Rich Dotson. Later, he asked me what the Twins were saying in their clubhouse. I told him they were talking about (the Sox’s) Greg Luzinski, and the cheap hits he got. Tony started screaming and yelling, throwing things around the room. Right then and there, I knew what kind of personality he was. The man is a psycho.”

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The Babe Ruth Legend in 1915

Here’s excerpts from an article in the New York Times of June 3, 1915, describing the previous day’s Red Sox-Yankees game:

His name is Babe Ruth. He is built like a bale of cotton and pitches left-handed for the Boston Red Sox. All left-handers are peculiar, and Babe is no exception, because he can also bat. Between his pitching and batting at the Polo Grounds yesterday the Yankees were as comfortable as a lamplighter at a gunpowder factory. When Babe Ruth finished the Yanks were clinging for dear life to the slim end of a 7-to-1 score.

Ruth’s pitching was so speedy and elusive that the Yankees got five scattered hits, and his batting amounted to a home-run smash into the right field grand stand.

What the Yanks evidently need are some peculiar left-handed pitchers. . . .

There were two out in the second inning when Thomas was hit by a lurid pitch of Warhop’s. Ruth was then at the bat. The big pitcher’s architectural make-up is of such a nature that it doesn’t lend itself to speed. He rather rolls along. No one knows this better than Ruth and that is why, when he hits the ball, he makes home runs. . . . His clout was the longest of the season and it propelled Thomas home ahead of him. . . .

In the sixth, Gardner and Thomas singled, but Gardner was thrown out trying to reach third. Ruth had Warhop scared and got a pass.

Despite all this talk about Ruth’s power, he still batted ninth for Boston, and pitched the full nine innings for his 7-1 win. The interesting thing about this game summary is that it shows how much Ruth was known as a slugger even early in the 1915 season. It makes you wonder why the Red Sox waited so long to start having him hit more, and what he was doing at the end of the lineup. It also shows that the New York media was already aware of what Ruth could do for the Yankees.

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Babe Ruth in 1914

The New York Times of April 14, 1914 reported on the New York Giants finishing up their exhibition series with the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore on April 13 with a 3-2 win. With 25,000 attending the start of the season for Baltimore’s Federal League team, only 1,000 saw the exhibition. The Giants were ending their spring training; their season would start in Philadelphia on the 14th. The Times noted that “‘Babe’ Ruth, a youngster, opposed the Giants, who made nine hits off him. Four double plays, all started by Claude Derrick (the shortstop), who handled twelve out of the thirteen chances, kept the Giants from scoring more runs.”

Ruth went 0-4 at the plate, batting ninth. He allowed two walks, struck out seven, and hit two batters. He pitched a complete game that took two hours to play. It was his first professional season; he had turned 19 in early February. His official debut with the Orioles came on April 22, 1914. This game against the Giants was about his third ever against major-league competition: read this article for details on the earlier games. By the way, you can read about rumors of Boston trading Ruth to the Yankees in early 1915 here.

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Rumors of the Red Sox Trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1915

I happened across an item in the New York Times of February 3, 1915, about a trade rumor in basically the winter meetings after the 1914 season: “As usual, the air was full of rumors of trades. The one rumor which seemed to carry the most weight was that the new owners of the Yankees had come to an agreement with Owner Joseph J. Lannin of the Boston Red Sox for a trade which would involve the transfer of one of the Boston left-handed pitchers to the Yankees.

Owner Lannin has sent for Manager Bill Carrigan, who will be here today to complete the deal. It is stated that the Yankees will probably get Vean Gregg, the former Cleveland southpaw, or Babe Ruth, the young pitcher who was a sensation with the Baltimore Club early last season. It is expected that the Yankees will give some players besides cash for the pitcher.”

Neither trade was made: Gregg went 4-2 for the Red Sox in 1915 and Babe Ruth went 18-8 (Ruth also hit .315 with a .576 slugging percentage, and Gregg hit .350 with no extra base hits). The Yankees did buy Wally Pipp and Hugh High from the Tigers, but the pitcher they wound up getting was George Mogridge. (Read about the Babe pitching against the Giants in a 1914 spring exhibition game here.)

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