1916 World Series

1916 World Series
The Red Sox' World Series winning roster
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Boston Red Sox (4) Bill Carrigan 91–63, .591, GA: 2
Brooklyn Robins (1) Wilbert Robinson 94–60, .610, GA: 2 12
Dates October 7–12
Umpires Tommy Connolly (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Bill Dinneen (AL), Ernie Quigley (NL)
Hall of Famers Umpire: Tommy Connolly, Hank O'Day.
Red Sox: Harry Hooper, Herb Pennock (dnp), Babe Ruth.
Robins: Wilbert Robinson (mgr.), Rube Marquard, Casey Stengel‡, Zack Wheat.
‡ elected as a manager.
Broadcast
World Series

In the 1916 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (a.k.a. Dodgers) four games to one.

In the photo to the right, Babe Ruth is fourth from the left, front row.

Casey Stengel shone on offense for the Robins in the 1916 Series but the Red Sox pitching core ultimately proved too much for the denizens of Flatbush. The Sox's Babe Ruth pitched thirteen shutout innings in Game 2, starting a consecutive scoreless innings streak that would reach 29 in 1918. As with the 1915 Series, the Red Sox played their home games at the larger Braves Field, and it paid off as they drew a then-record 43,620 people for the final game.

Brooklyn fielded some strong teams under their manager and namesake Wilbert Robinson in the late 1910s. The Robins, also interchangeably called the Dodgers, would win the pennant again in 1920, but the American League teams were generally stronger during that interval. It would be 39 years before the Dodgers would win their first World Series title in 1955. The Series had the longest game in terms of innings (14) in World Series history until Game 3 of the 2005 World Series.

Summary

AL Boston Red Sox (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Robins (1)

GameDateScoreLocationTimeAttendance 
1October 7Brooklyn Robins – 5, Boston Red Sox – 6Braves Field2:1636,117[1] 
2October 9Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 2 (14 innings)Braves Field2:3247,373[2] 
3October 10Boston Red Sox – 3, Brooklyn Robins – 4Ebbets Field2:0121,087[3] 
4October 11Boston Red Sox – 6, Brooklyn Robins – 2Ebbets Field2:3021,662[4] 
5October 12Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 4Braves Field1:4343,620[5]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 7, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team123456789RHE
Brooklyn0001000045104
Boston00101031X681
WP: Ernie Shore (1–0)   LP: Rube Marquard (0–1)   Sv: Carl Mays (1)

Until the ninth, Boston starter Ernie Shore was in control. Holding a comfortable 6-1 lead, a walk, hit batter, error and bases-full walk to Fred Merkle finally forced the Red Sox to call on Carl Mays from the bullpen to preserve a 6-5 win.

Game 2

Monday, October 9, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team1234567891011121314RHE
Brooklyn10000000000000162
Boston00100000000001271
WP: Babe Ruth (1–0)   LP: Sherry Smith (0–1)
Home runs:
BRO: Hy Myers (1)
BOS: None

The Robins scored in the top of the first on an inside-the-park home run by Hy Myers, and the Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the third, Ruth himself knocking in the run with a ground ball. The game remained 1–1 until the bottom of the 14th, when the Red Sox won it on a pinch-hit single by Del Gainer. The 14-inning game set a World Series record for longest game by innings. That mark still stands, although it was equaled 99 years later by the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets in Game #1 of the 2015 World Series.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 10, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team123456789RHE
Boston000002100371
Brooklyn00112000X4100
WP: Jack Coombs (1–0)   LP: Carl Mays (0–1)   Sv: Jeff Pfeffer (1)
Home runs:
BOS: Larry Gardner (1)
BRO: None

A seventh-inning home run by Larry Gardner chased Brooklyn starter Jack Coombs and brought Boston to within 3-2. Jeff Pfeffer came through with 2.2 innings of hitless relief to save the victory for Coombs.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 11, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team123456789RHE
Boston0301101006101
Brooklyn200000000254
WP: Dutch Leonard (1–0)   LP: Rube Marquard (0–2)
Home runs:
BOS: Larry Gardner (2)
BRO: None

Brooklyn's first three batters reached safely off Dutch Leonard in a two-run first inning, but that's all the Dodgers would get off him. Larry Gardner's second home run in two days was an inside-the-park one to left-center that scored two teammates ahead of him, giving Leonard all he'd need.

Game 5

Thursday, October 12, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team123456789RHE
Brooklyn010000000133
Boston01201000X472
WP: Ernie Shore (2–0)   LP: Jeff Pfeffer (0–1)

The final game was over in a snappy 1 hour, 43 minutes. Ernie Shore threw a three-hitter. Boston scratched out a run on a walk, sacrifice bunt, groundout and passed ball. The Red Sox added more in the third, thanks to an error and a Chick Shorten RBI single, and the fifth when Harry Hooper singled and scored on a Hal Janvrin double. Casey Stengel led off the Dodger ninth with a hit, but Shore allowed no more. For the second series in a row, Red Sox pitching dominated, this time holding the Robins to a team .200 batting average, contributing to an easy 5-game victory.

Composite line score

1916 World Series (4–1): Boston Red Sox (A.L.) over Brooklyn Robins (N.L.)

Team1234567891011121314RHE
Boston Red Sox0441325100000121396
Brooklyn Robins31122000400000133413
Total attendance: 169,859   Average attendance: 33,972
Winning player's share: $3,910   Losing player's share: $2,835[6]

Notes

  1. "1916 World Series Game 1 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. "1916 World Series Game 2 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. "1916 World Series Game 3 – Boston Red Sox vs. Brooklyn Robins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. "1916 World Series Game 4 – Boston Red Sox vs. Brooklyn Robins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. "1916 World Series Game 5 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 61–65. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2124. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 
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