Pivotal World Series Plays
Carrigan Makes the Right Moves for the Sox
1916 World Series Game 2: Brooklyn Robins @ Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox were appearing in their fourth World Series while the Robins were new­comers to the Fall Classic. The Red Sox played the first two games at Braves Field rather than Fenway Park to accommodate 10,000 additional spectators. Boston won the opener 6-5, surviving a four-run 9th by the Robins.

Braves Field During 1916 World Series

Managers Wilbert Robinson and Bill Carrigan
Boston manager Bill Carrigan started his ace Babe Ruth, whose 23 wins led the club and whose 1.75 ERA was tops in the American League. Brooklyn skipper Wilbert Robin­son surprised reporters by starting his southpaw, Sherry Smith, instead of veteran Jack Coombs. The 47,373 who overflowed the one-year-old stadium on a cool, overcast Monday afternoon saw a game that the Boston Globe labeled "thrill-packed."

L-R: Babe Ruth, Sherry Smith and Otto Miller, Harry Hooper
Brooklyn got a run in the 1st when CF Hy Myers hit a liner to right-center field. RF Harry Hooper made a dive for the bounding ball but failed to touch it. CF Tilly Walker charged across the field, but as he prepared to field the ball after it bounced off the fence, he stumbled. When he finally retrieved the ball, he fired it to 2B Hal Janvrin. Meanwhile, Myers raced around the bases and just beat the relay throw to the plate for an inside-the-park home run.

Hy Myers hits an inside-the-park home run in the 1st inning.
The Red Sox tied the game in the 3rd. After SS Everett Scott tripled, Ruth, batting 9th, drove him in with a grounder to 2B George Cutshaw, who fumbled it and had to settle for the out at 1st as Babe crossed the plate.
Boston tied the game in the 3rd. After SS Everett Scott tripled, Ruth, batting 9th, drove him in with a grounder to 2B George Cutshaw, who fumbled it and had to settle for the out at 1st as Babe crossed the plate.

L-R: Tilly Walker, Hal Janvrin, Everett Scott
Both pitchers were on their game. The Red Sox mounted a threat in the 5th when C Pinch Thomas tripled with two out. But Smith fanned Ruth to end the inning. The Robins made Sox fans nervous in the 8th. 3B Mike Mowrey led off with a single and was sacri­ficed to 2nd. C Otto Miller singled to center, but Mowrey stopped at 3rd. Smith rapped a grounder to SS Scott who fired home to get Mowrey. Another grounder ended the inning.

L-R: Pinch Thomas, Dick Hoblitzell, Duffy Lewis, Larry Gardner
The home crowd came alive in the bottom of the 9th when Janvrin led off with a double. Then he took off for 3rd when PH Jimmy Walsh bounced to the mound. Smith threw to 3rd to cut off the lead runner only to have Mowrey drop the ball. With runners on 1st and 3rd with no out, Red Sox fans had every reason to believe victory would soon be theirs. 1B Dick Hoblitzell hit a liner to center that Myers grabbed on the fly and turned into a double play by firing home to nip Janvrin. Robinson ordered an intentional pass to LF Duffy Lewis, and the move paid off as 3B Larry Gardner fouled out to send the game into extra innings.
The incredible pitching continued into the 13th inning. With two down and a man on second - only the second Brooklyn runner after the 8th inning, Smith batted for himself in that age when starting pitchers were expected to "finish what they started." He sent a weak fly to short left center that looked like it would score the go-ahead run. But Lewis tore in from left field and reached down and caught the ball at his shoe tops.
Boston finally got a break in the 14th. With the Red Sox "making quite a stir in the dug­out," Smith committed the pitcher's cardinal sin by walking lead off man Hoblitzell - the first-sacker's fourth base on balls of the game. The crowd, thinking this would be the last inning because of darkness, started rooting hard. Carrigan gave the bunt sign to Lewis, who sacrificed the runner to 2nd on the first pitch. Then the Boston skipper made two more moves that paid off. He sent speedy Mike McNally to run for "Hobby" and chose Del Gainer, a righthanded batter, to pinch hit for lefty Gardner. Gainer pulled Smith's third pitch on a line over the head of 3B Mowry. LF Zack Wheat raced in for the ball but, reali­zing he couldn't catch it on the fly, slowed down to take it on the short hop. McNally rounded 3rd and scurried home with the winning run and give the Sox a 2-0 advantage in games.

L-R: Mike McNally, Del Gainer, Zack Wheat
The crowd went wild as the Red Sox raced from their dugout to engulf McNally and Gainer. Ruth put Carrigan in a bear hug and roared, "I told you I could take care of those National League sons of bitches!"
The Red Sox won the Series in five games.