Friday, June 23, 2017

today in 1917

a rather unusual - um - no hitter.  Babe Ruth (with the Red Sox and a pitcher at the time) started the first game of a double header against the Washington Senators.  he walked Ray Morgan.  he then proceeded to get into a heated exchange with home plate umpire Brick Owens (both apparantly with short tempers), with Owens ejecting Ruth.  Ruth then proceeded to punch Owens.  Boston's catcher Pinch Thomas was also ejected.  in come Ernie Shore to take over, with Sam Agnew taking over the catching duties.  Morgan was thrown out trying to steal second.  Shore then proceeded to get the next 26 batters in a row as the Red Sox won 4-0.  it is officially scored as a no-hitter shared by two batters, but for many years it was listed as a perfect game.  Shore had also struck out two.

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