From the archives | June 21

George Foster throws first no-hitter at Fenway Park

Slip the glad hand to George Foster. He “came back” with a whoop yesterday, breaking into that select no-hit-no-run set, blanking Bill Donovan’s boys 2 to 0. The Broadway tribe had about as much chance of getting a base knock off the Oklahoma farmer as they have of changing the situation in Mexico.

While George had a heap of stuff, an airtight defense was of inestimable value to him in attaining the honor that is the ambition of every pitcher. George has come close to pitching a no-hit game before, but yesterday he blazed through those nine frames with all the confidence in the world. He seemed to feel that he had a no-hit game up his sleeve and that it had to come out.

Not one of the Yankees saw first base until the sixth when, after one was out, Nunamaker walked. In the seventh Foster passed High and in the eight Magee, but in the base-hit line there was absolutely nothing doing. Nunamaker was the only Yankee to reach second, Shawkey’s sacrifice advancing him.


It was not until the game was about two-thirds over that all the fans realized that George was holding the Yankees hitless, and after this interest increased. There were cheers every inning as he walked in, but there were moments when the fans sat silent, fearing that some Manhattan slugger would puncture Foster’s hopes.

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The fans were uneasy in the ninth when Caldwell batted for Shawkey, but Foster got to him quickly, striking him out before there was any disagreeable happening.

Foster gets great support

The sun was shining brightly when the festivities began, but only a few innings were played before Old Sol disappeared and this made it perfect for George. He burned them over, and at that did not appear to be exerting himself to any great extent. Only five balls were hit on the ground, 11 whacks going to the outfield and they were taken care of in slick shape by the outer defence.

Carrigan, with an injured finger on his throwing hand, caught along 100 percent lines and talked to George throughout the battle.

Foster was pitching for a no-hit game and the men behind him worked [hard]. Walker, Hooper and Scott made some great catches, Scotty rushing out near the foul line in left in the fifth to get a rap from Pipp, and Hobby made two pretty plays at the initial station.


Farmer George himself was conspicuous in the fielding line. He went over near the third base line in the fifth and got a whack from Baker and shot the ball high to first, Hobby making a one-hand catch. The second last put-out of the game was a play worth seeing. Gilhooley slammed the pill down the first base line, Hobby Stopping it way behind first and Foster taking the ball for the put out while he was galloping to first.

Carrigan readjusted his lineup, switching Janvrin to second and placing Scott at short, McNally taking to the bench. The new lineup worked well. It was Carrigan’s first appearance behind the bat since May 29, when the finger of his throwing hand was broken in New York.

George surely had material enough for the nightly letter that he sends to Oklahoma when he got back to his suite last evening. This good news from father will be better than all the medicine that the Bokoshe doctors can prescribe for the sick kiddies of the farmer boy.

Hooper, Janvrin and Lewis hit

There were other heroes in the affair besides George. Lewis drove in both tallies made by the Red Sox, and there was some sweet hitting by Hooper and Janvrin.

The Sox banged out eight hits off Shawkey, and but for sensational work by Magee, High and Gilhooley, Bob would have been in a lot of trouble. All these catches were remarkable, Magee making his with his gloved hand on the run off Hobby, taking a liner that was going for a double.


Gilhooley raced yards to get a smash from Lewis, and made a throw to the plate to get Janny which was good, though late. High went to left center for a drive from Gardner.

Hooper laced one to left for a single in the first inning, went to second on Janny’s sacrifice and scored on a single by Lewis. Duff was forced by Hobby and Baker got Walker at first.

The Sox looked as if they would produce another run in the third when Hooper doubled to center. Nunamaker, after several tries, picked Harry off the bag and right after this Lewis delivered the single which would have scored him.

The second Sox run came in the sixth when, with one out, Janvrin tripled to right center. A sacrifice fly by Lewis brought Janny home. In the ninth, with two out, Hooper and Janvrin singled, but Magee took care of a smash from Lewis.