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1916 World Series - Boston Red Sox vs Brooklyn Robins

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Boston Red Sox 4
Brooklyn Robins 1

October 7 - October 12, 1916

The Brooklyn Robins (a.k.a. Dodgers) appeared in the 1916 World Series, their first ever. They featured lefty Jeff Pfeffer, a twenty-five game ace and Series veterans Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs.

The Red Sox appeared in their second consecutive Series. They again played in Braves Field to accommodate increasing Series crowds.

Marquard faced Ernie Shore in Game 1. Boston led 2-1 through six innings. Boston knocked Marquard from the game with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Brooklyn scored four in the ninth, but Shore held on for the 6-5 win.

Sherry Smith and Babe Ruth dueled in Game 2. Through thirteen innings, both surrendered six hits and one run apiece. In the fourteenth, Boston's Dick Hoblitzell walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly. Hoblitzell was replaced by pinch-runner Mike McNally, who was driven home for a 2-1 victory.

Coombs started Game 3, the first Series game played at Brooklyn's new Ebbets Field. He and Pfeffer combined for a 4-3 win.

Boston won 6-2 the next day with an eight-hitter by Dutch Leonard and Larry Gardner's three run homer.

Shore returned in Game 5 and clinched the 1916 World Series for Boston with a 4-1 triumph.

The Red Sox became back-to-back champions without playing on their own field. Ruth's thirteen shutout innings in Game 2 started a scoreless innings streak that reached 29 in 1918.

Brooklyn outfielder Casey Stengel, who hit a Series leading .364, later became one of baseball's most successful all-time playoff managers. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, it would be with the Yankees and four of his wins would be against the Dodgers.

Around the World

  • October 7 - Georgia Tech beat Cumberland University 222-0 in college football's most lopsided game.
  • October 10 - 12 - Eighth Battle of the Isonzo fought between Italy and Austria-Hungary.
  • October 12:
    1. Hipólito Yrigoyen elected Argentina's President.
    2. Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994) was born.

1916 in Baseball:

  • February 7 - The FederLeague's antitrust suit was dismissed in U.S. District Court.
  • June 16 - Braves' Tom L. Hughes beat Pittsburgh with a 2-0 no-hitter.
  • June 21 - Red Sox’s Rube Foster pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against New York.
  • August 26 - Athletics' Bullet Joe Bush threw a 5-0 no-hitter against the Indians.
  • August 30 - Red Sox's Dutch Leonard pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against St. Louis.
  • September 17 - Browns pitcher George Sisler out-dueled Washington's Walter Johnson 1-0, the last victory for Sisler, who entered the Hall of Fame as a first baseman in 1939.
  • November 29 - In Kansas City, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander faced each other for the first time. Johnson's team won the exhibition 3-2.
  • December 2 - Under pressure from the Players League, the NationCommission ordered that injured players receive full pay for the duration of their contracts.

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