1916 World Series
|1916 World Series|
The Red Sox' World Series winning roster
|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.
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.
|1||October 7||Brooklyn Robins – 5, Boston Red Sox – 6||Braves Field||2:16||36,117|
|2||October 9||Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 2 (14 innings)||Braves Field||2:32||47,373|
|3||October 10||Boston Red Sox – 3, Brooklyn Robins – 4||Ebbets Field||2:01||21,087|
|4||October 11||Boston Red Sox – 6, Brooklyn Robins – 2||Ebbets Field||2:30||21,662|
|5||October 12||Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 4||Braves Field||1:43||43,620|
|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.
|WP: Babe Ruth (1–0) LP: Sherry Smith (0–1)|
BRO: Hy Myers (1)
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.
|WP: Jack Coombs (1–0) LP: Carl Mays (0–1) Sv: Jeff Pfeffer (1)|
BOS: Larry Gardner (1)
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.
|WP: Dutch Leonard (1–0) LP: Rube Marquard (0–2)|
BOS: Larry Gardner (2)
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.
|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
|Boston Red Sox||0||4||4||1||3||2||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||21||39||6|
|Total attendance: 169,859 Average attendance: 33,972|
Winning player's share: $3,910 Losing player's share: $2,835
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- "1916 World Series Game 5 – Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
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