Monday, October 22, 2018

A Look Back: The 1916 World Series When The Brooklyn Robins Took On The Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series starting Tuesday night.

This is the first time these franchises will meet on baseball's grandest stage since the 1916 World Series, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins four games to one.

1916 Boston Red Sox.

Some fun facts are how the Brooklyn franchise was not known as the "Dodgers" yet and just as they did with the 1915 Series, the Red Sox played their home games at the larger Braves Field. The decision proved correct as they drew a then-record 43,620 people for the final game.

When the Series opens at Fenway, it will be the first time the Dodgers have played one in the historic park, which opened in 1912.

Casey Stengel was the leader of the Robins offense in the 1916 Series, as he had four hits and scored a pair of runs, but the Red Sox pitching core, led by Babe Ruth, ultimately proved too much for Brooklyn.

The Red Sox won the first game of the Series in Boston, 6-5, on Saturday, October 7, as Ernie Shore earned the victory.
Brooklyn couldn't do much against Shore for most of the game, as they were only able to get a run across in the fourth on a Zack Wheat RBI triple.
With Boston up 6-1 heading into the ninth, the Robins rallied for four runs off Shore, and Carl Mays came in to close it out. After giving up an RBI single to Hi Myers that made it 6-5 Boston, Mays got Jake Daubert (who opened the ninth with a walk) to ground out to shortstop to end it.

In Game 2, on Monday, October 9, the Robins got on the board quickly against Boston starter Babe Ruth when Hi Myers hit an inside-the-park home run.
The Red Sox tied it in the third when Everett Scott tripled and scored on a groundout by Ruth.
That was all each team would muster against Ruth or Brooklyn pitcher Sherry Smith until the 14th when Del Gainer got an RBI single to win it for the Red Sox.

Babe Ruth.
Ruth earned the victory as he went all 14 innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.
Ruth's thirteen shutout innings started a consecutive scoreless innings streak that would reach 29 in 1918.
Smith rook the loss, as he went 13 1/3 innings, and allowed two runs on seven hits and six walks, with two strikeouts.

The series shifted to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Tuesday, October 10, in front of 21,087 at Ebbets Field, and the Robins earned a 4-3 win.
The Robins got on the board first when George Cutshaw got an RBI single in the third, and made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jack Coombs got an RBI single of his own.
In the fifth, Boston starter Carl Mays walked Zack Wheat and Mike Mowrey, and with two outs, Ivy Olson hit a triple to left field to score them both and make it 4-0.
Boston came back with two in the sixth, and then one in the seventh on a solo home run from Larry Gardner that cut Brooklyn's lead to 4-3.
Brooklyn held on as Jack Pfeffer pitched a perfect 2-2/3 innings, with three strikeouts in relief to close it out.
Jack Coombs got the win, as he went 6-1/3 innings, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, with a strikeout.

Game 4 was at Ebbets Field on Wednesday, October 11, with attendance of 21,662.
The Red Sox won it 6-2, as Dutch Leonard threw a complete game, as he gave up two runs, both in the first inning (one earned), on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
After the Robins got those two in the first, the Red Sox came right back in the second when Larry Gardner hit a three-run inside-the-park home run to give them the lead.
Bill Carrigan got an RBI single in the fourth, and Dick Hoblitzell had an RBI double in the fifth and and RBI single in the seventh to give Boston a 6-2 lead, and that would be the final.

Game 5 was back in Boston, with 43,620 fans packed into Braves Field.

The right field grandstand at Braves Field.

The Red Sox clinched the championship with a 4-1 win, led by Ernie Shore, who threw a complete game.
Shore allowed just one run on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts.
Brooklyn got on the board in the second inning when George Cutshaw came home on a passed ball.
Boston tied it in the bottom of the second when Larry Gardner got a sacrifice fly, and they took the lead in the third when Hick Cady singled and scored on an error, and Chick Shorten followed with an RBI single that made it 3-1.
Hal Janvrin doubled in the fifth to make it 4-1 Boston, and that would be the final.

Robins Manager Wilbert Robinson and Red Sox Manager Bill Carrigan.

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