Had that jam at the Fens yesterday, which the Red Sox copped, 3 to 2, from the Cubs, terminated differently, G. Babe Ruth would have eliminated yellow from his list of favorite colors and would have been off it for life.
An iodine-painted finger on his pitching wing, which was bruised during some sugarhouse fun with W. W. Kinney, bothered him constantly causing the ball to shine and sail. He was ever on the brink of danger and in the ninth it looked as if he was going to put the combat right into hock.
Babe had two men on and no one out when Barrow switched him to the left pasture and put Bullet Joe Bush on the mount. The way that “Stuffy” McInnis, Scott and Shean prevented scoring was a picture that Mike Angelo would have been crazy to paint.
All the world should know, Babe said, that it was not the finger that was troubling him, but the stuff that was on it, and the stuff that was on it was putting too much stuff on the ball, thus causing him to deadhead six of the Cubs to first, besides being the reason for a wild pitch and a careless shot to second. They may have to change the color of iodine right away if they want Babe to string along with it.
Schang scores winning run
It was another good ball game. It had all the thrills that were supplied in the battles waged in Chicago, but differed inasmuch as the run that gave the Sox the victory was the result of an error, “Shuffling Phil” Douglass making a wild chuck to Merkle in the eighth after fielding a bunt from Hooper, permitting Schang, who as on second, to tally.
George Tyler, who made the Red Sox come and see him in Chicago, pitched the first seven innings for the Cubs, holding the Sox to three hits; but one of these was a triple to center by Babe in the fourth inning, with the count three and two. Babe hit one which Lefty blazed through the groove, and as the Derryman had previously franked a couple of students to first it can be easily seen how much the smash helped or hurt, whatever the viewpoint may be. Around here we should say it helped. Up in Derry they may look at it differently.
Besides, it had been rather extensively advertised that George would take Babe just like Grant took Richmond. The wallop went down against the bleachers in center field.
Outside of that fourth inning, which has proved a Jonah frame for the Cubs hurlers, Tyler was all to the merry and while the post mortem sharks and second guessers were giving the combat an intensive review, more than once somebody asked if anybody knew why “Mitch” rigged the derrick on George.
There were several changes that Mitchell made and several things that he went though with which positively failed to go big with folks that analyze the combat. Fred had absolutely the best of intentions, and if the plans had worked out in the manner he hoped, everybody would have been around trying to play in the backyard.
The Right Eye’s judgment in removing Tyler was considered faulty, as he had pitched well outside of the fourth inning and had worked Ruth for two passes.
Scott accepts 11 changes
Yanking Pick, who had hit safely twice and who has been a lucky bird in this series so far as getting on is concerned, was another thing Mitchell was panned for, and there were others, but he only has one guess. He rushed so many students into the fuss, using 16 yesterday, that varsity letters must now be awarded to 17 young men after the affair is over, Jim Vaughn being the other athlete who has horned into the goings on.
The Cubs did not look like a whale of a team. Flack was twice trapped while giving the brown study stuff a play around the sacks, Agnew sniping him off first in the opening stanza, while Ruth picked him off the keystone post in the third. The National League champions had many splendid scoring opportunities confronting them, but flopped on all except one.
Scott, McInnis and Shean played sensationally for the Fens gang. The Bluffton Deacon only accepted 11 chances and was mixed up in three whopping double plays. He was in on some play in every inning except the sixth. Possibly had he known that time would have been hanging heavy on his hands in that stanza he would have brought his knitting out with him. If he had, there would have been no stitches dropped.
In the fourth Scotty went over behind second and made a stop that cheated Paskert out of a hit; in the fifth he was the pivot in the twin killing of Pick and Killifer and he was in two other double plays, one of these coming in the ninth, just after the Cubs had got gay with Babe. This last double killing closed the combat, the play going through Shean to Stuffy, as did a play in the seventh.
Shean’s plays help a lot
Shean’s plays in the sixth helped Babe materially. Tyler had walked, and when Flack whacked to Babe, the latter tossed bad to second, the ball getting by Scott, but Dave stopped it and in order to get the runner, had to dive into the sack. He just made it and in putting it through stood a big chance of being injured. When something is at stake, however, a little thing like getting mussed up somewhat does not jay Dave.
While McInnis traveled like a head-liner throughout the game, his masterpiece was put on in the ninth with Cubs on second and first and no one out. Figuring that Wortman was going to lay down a bunt Stuffy played well in and was in on top of the play when Wortman finally did make it, picking the apple up and shooting it across to the hot corner for a force play. It was one of the best plays made in a World’s Series and “Stuffy” put an artistic finish on it that was immense.
Babe surely should feel thankful for the support he was accorded. Seven hits and six passes put a lot of men on bases, but never did the men behind the Oriole boy falter. In every inning except the fourth Babe had somebody on the sacks, but he was mixed up in some good plays himself.
The crowd did not come up to expectations. While there was no material evidence of the presence of “Tessie,” she must have been there in spirit. It is the first time that any Boston club has been in a series that “tessie” has not been heard from good and proper.