The World Champions made a successful start in their 1916 campaign yesterday in beating the Athletics, 2 to 1, in the opening game at Fenway Park.
The fans who took chances on the weather saw a splendid fight between last year’s leaders and the 1915 champions who dropped to last place a year ago and while the Red Sox’ margin of victory was small, it was quite enough.
The early morning rain and the leaden skies that followed almost until the time for the calling of the game, kept thousands of fans away from the opening, but the Royal Rooters were there in force, and the faithful were well paid. Boston had a fighting team on its hands and had to work to win, but things broke well for Carrigan’s champions and the season’s start was very satisfactory to them.
Pres Lannin decided that the game would be played if possible, even if it meant that only a small crowd should see the opening festivities. It was most pleasing to the Boston owner that even 6,000 came out on such an inauspicious afternoon for ball playing.
However, the Governor and the Mayor, as well as hundreds of invited guests, were on hand to give the sendoff to the Red Sox; the flag raising processional was held and the champions came through as victors in their first official clash of the campaign.
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