TIGERS ENDURE LAST-PLACE RED SOX IN EXTRA FRAMES, RE-TASTE VICTORY
By Calvin J. Butterworth
July 16, 1924
BOSTON—Perhaps a whiff of salty air and heaping bowl of cod chowder is all Detroit needed. After two straight days of Philadelphia phailures, the cellar-dwelling Bostons were all but eager to hand us a contest they easily could have nabbed.
Rip Collins was seeking his 14th win again, and early on it seemed a winnable goal. Off the luckless Alex Ferguson and his 3-11mark, Heinie Manush sliced a triple high up on Duffy's Cliff to lead the 2nd inning, Bassler singled, and the Tigers were in front. Rigney and Blue singled to start the 3rd, Cobb cracked a scorching double to right-center, and although Denny Williams' throw smote Blue at the plate, Rigney scored for a 2-0 lead. Heilman then singled, plating Tyrus, and 3-0 was the call.
But the Ripper has been less than sharp here at the Fens. A Wambsganss single began the Boston 5th, and after Ferguson bunted him up, Williams tripled. Clark made out, but a slow roller to third by Harris was butchered by Del Pratt and it was suddenly 3-2. Meanwhile Ferguson remembered how to pitch, and gave the Bengals nothing but two weak singles for the next seven innings, Wambsganss drew a free pass with the sacks filled in the 8th, tiring Collins and knotting the score 3-3.
The last of the 9th was a nightmare you suddenly awake from. With Harris on first and two outs, Ike Boone knocked a long double that just wasnt far enough to bring home the winning runner. But Collins was unhinged, and lefty Bert Cole rode in to face lefty Veach. He skies out to Manush by the foul line, and into extra play we trudged.
Yet not for long. Cobb collected his fourth straight hit, a single, to lead the 11th. Catcher Picinich knew he was stealing and stood up for a wide pitch but Cobb still slid under his throw. Heilman then did what he does the best, drive in key tallies, with a crisp single over the leaping Chappie Geygan at short and a 4-3 lead! After a Pratt single, Buster Ross relieved and extinguished things.
Then it was Hooks Dauss' turn to more or less shine. Clark and Harris nicked for singles with two out, but Boone grounded to Burke and the state of Michigan resumed breathing.
DET 012 000 000 01- 4 11 1
BOS 000 020 010 00 - 3 7 0
Other American League game today:
WHITE SOX 8-11-0, at ATHLETICS 1-8-0
Odd, but the Chicagos have no problems at all with Shibe Park, smacking Heimach around like a rag doll and earning Thurston an easy 11th win. Sloppy even shocks the crowd with a long homer to cap three runs of scoring in the 7th. The Sox leapfrog over the idle Yanks and seem to have regained their drubbing mastery.
|AMERICAN LEAGUE through Wednesday, July 16|
|Chicago White Sox||47||41||.534||11.5|
|New York Yankees||46||41||.529||12|
|St. Louis Browns||42||47||.472||17|
|Boston Red Sox||36||52||.409||22.5|