1916 World Series

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1916 World Series
Boston Red Sox in 1916.jpg
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
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Paul Joseph Lannin and Dorothy A. Lannin, Ban Johnson, Joseph John Lannin and Hannah Furlong, his wife, at the 1916 World Series
Robins manager Wilbert Robinson with Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan
A scorebook from the 1916 World Series, depicting Red Sox owner Joseph Lannin, Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan, Dodgers owner Charles Ebbets, and Manager Wilbert Robinson

In the 1916 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins four games to one. It was the first World Series meeting between the teams.

Casey Stengel shone on offense for the Robins in the 1916 Series, but the Red Sox pitching corps 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 two franchises met again in the postseason for the first time in 102 years in the 2018 World Series, 60 years after the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles. The record for most innings played in a World Series game, set by Game 2 in 1916, at 14, was broken by Game 3 in 2018, at 18.[1] Just like their first matchup in the World Series, the Red Sox would eventually go on to defeat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.

Summary[edit]

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

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 7 Brooklyn Robins – 5, Boston Red Sox – 6 Braves Field 2:16 36,117[2] 
2 October 9 Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 2 (14 innings) Braves Field 2:32 47,373[3] 
3 October 10 Boston Red Sox – 3, Brooklyn Robins – 4 Ebbets Field 2:01 21,087[4] 
4 October 11 Boston Red Sox – 6, Brooklyn Robins – 2 Ebbets Field 2:30 21,662[5] 
5 October 12 Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 4 Braves Field 1:43 43,620[6]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Saturday, October 7, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 10 4
Boston 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 X 6 8 1
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-loaded 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[edit]

Monday, October 9, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Brooklyn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 1
WP: Babe Ruth (1–0)   LP: Sherry Smith (0–1)
Home runs:
BKN: 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 was equaled in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, and then again in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, before being broken in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series between the Red Sox and the Dodgers.

Game 3[edit]

Tuesday, October 10, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 7 1
Brooklyn 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 X 4 10 0
WP: Jack Coombs (1–0)   LP: Carl Mays (0–1)   Sv: Jeff Pfeffer (1)
Home runs:
BOS: Larry Gardner (1)
BKN: None

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

Game 4[edit]

Wednesday, October 11, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 10 1
Brooklyn 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4
WP: Dutch Leonard (1–0)   LP: Rube Marquard (0–2)
Home runs:
BOS: Larry Gardner (2)
BKN: 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[edit]

Thursday, October 12, 1916 2:00 pm (ET) at Braves Field in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
Boston 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 X 4 7 2
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[edit]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 4 4 1 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 21 39 6
Brooklyn Robins 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 13 34 13
Total attendance: 169,859   Average attendance: 33,972
Winning player's share: $3,910   Losing player's share: $2,835[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Simon, Andrew; Randhawa, Manny (October 27, 2018). "18 amazing facts from marathon Game 3 of WS". MLB.com. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "1916 World Series Game 1 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1916 World Series Game 2 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1916 World Series Game 3 – Boston Red Sox vs. Brooklyn Robins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1916 World Series Game 4 – Boston Red Sox vs. Brooklyn Robins". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1916 World Series Game 5 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

References[edit]

  • 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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