1916 World Series

Boston Red Sox (4) vs Brooklyn Robins (1)

Another World Series newcomer, the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers) had paved their way to the 1916 Fall Classic with solid hitting by Zack Wheat and standout pitching from the arm of Jeff Pfeffer, a twenty-five game winner. They also boasted two World Series veteran acquisitions in Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs who had made several postseason appearances with the Giants and A's.

The deck appeared stacked in their favor, but the returning World Champion Red Sox would have something to say about that. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson felt that starting two lefthanders would give his team an upper hand, so he nominated veteran Marquard and another standout, Sherry Smith for Games 1 and 2 in Boston. Once again, the Red Sox turned to the cross-town Braves Field in favor of Fenway Park to handle to ever-increasing World Series crowds.

The Robins' Marquard went up against the 1915 opener's loser, Ernie Shore in what first appeared to be a standoff. The Red Sox were up 2-1 through six innings with neither pitcher flinching. That was until both clubs started a scoring frenzy. First, the Red Sox knocked Marquard for three runs in the seventh (forcing the veteran to be pulled in favor of Pfeffer) and one more in the eighth. Brooklyn answered back with four runs of their own in the ninth, sending Shore to the showers, but Boston brought in Carl Mays, who cinched the rally and held on for the 6-5 win.

Sherry Smith and another young lefty nicknamed "The Babe" went at it for Game 2 in what has been dubbed as both a "double masterpiece" and a 'hitters nightmare". Through thirteen innings, both had allowed only six hits and one run each. In the bottom of the fourteenth, Dick Hoblitzell set the stage for a dramatic finish by drawing his fourth walk of the game. Duffy Lewis followed suite by sacrificing Hoblitzell into scoring position at second. With all his pieces in place, Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan prepared to checkmate his opponent by sending in Mike McNally as a pinch-runner and Del Gainor as a pinch-hitter. Gainor stepped up and delivered, driving in Hoblitzell and sealing Boston's 2-1 victory.

Robinson turned to another Series veteran for Game 3, but this time he chose a right-hander in Jack Coombs. In the first World Series game ever to be played at the newly constructed Ebbets Field, he combined with relief from Jeff Pfeffer, to pitch a 4-3 triumph that put his team back into play. Boston came back the very next day with a counter attack from Dutch Leonard who threw an eight hitter in a 6-2 reply. Larry Gardner backed him up by adding his second home run in two days with a three run blast.

Series veteran Ernie Shore returned in Game 5 for the Red Sox and shut the door on the Robins with a 4-1, Series deciding victory.

The Beantown Bombers had joined the ranks of baseball's elite as back-to-back World Champions without ever playing a single postseason game in their own house. One of Brooklyn's few standouts, an outfielder named Casey Stengel (who batted a Series leading .364) would go on to become one of the most successful postseason managers in the history of baseball. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, it would be with the New York Yankees and four of his wins would be over the Dodgers.

"One thing Brooklyn fans did have to cheer about was the play of a 27-year-old outfielder, a man who later would cause the borough considerable grief in his role as an opposing World Series manager. The player's name? Casey Stengel." - The Sporting News (2002)
1916 World Series
1916 World Series Program
1916 Official World Series Program
1915 | Boston Red Sox (4) vs Brooklyn Robins (1) | 1917
1916 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
Dorothy A. Lannin (Daughter, Joseph J. Lannin, Red Sox Owner)
Attendance
36,117
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
41,373
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
21,087
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
21,662
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
42,620
1916 World Series Fast Facts

1916 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1916 World Series Game 1 Capsule
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
Brooklyn Pitcher(s) Boston Pitcher(s)

Rube Marquard (L)
Jeff Pfeffer (8 th )

Ernie Shore (W)
Carl Mays (S, 9 th )

Brooklyn Home Runs Boston Home Runs
None None

1916 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1916 World Series Game 2 Capsule
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
Brooklyn Pitcher(s) Boston Pitcher(s)
Sherry Smith (L) Babe Ruth (W)
Brooklyn Home Runs Boston Home Runs
Hy Myers (1 st ) None


1916 World Series
Game 3
Line Score / Box Score
1916 World Series Game 3 Capsule
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
Boston Pitcher(s) Brooklyn Pitcher(s)

Carl Mays (L)
Rube Foster (6
th )

Jack Coombs (W)
Jeff Pfeffer (S, 7 th )
Boston Home Runs Brooklyn Home Runs

Larry Gardner (7 th )

None

1916 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1916 World Series Game 4 Capsule
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
Boston Pitcher(s) Brooklyn Pitcher(s)
Dutch Leonard (W)
-
-

Rube Marquard (L)
Larry Cheney (5
th )
Nap Rucker (8
th )

Boston Home Runs Brooklyn Home Runs

Larry Gardner (2 nd )

None

1916 World Series
Game 5
Line Score / Box Score
1916 World Series Game 5 Capsule
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
Brooklyn Pitcher(s) Boston Pitcher(s)

Jeff Pfeffer (L)
Wheezer Dell (8
th )

Ernie Shore (W)
-

Brooklyn Home Runs Boston Home Runs
None None

1916 World Series
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox 1916 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
c
c
p
ph
3b
ph
1b
of
2b
p
of
p
pr
p
ss
p
of
c
of
of
2
1
1
1
5
1
5
5
5
1
5
2
1
1
5
2
2
3
3
1
4
3
1
1
17
0
17
21
23
3
17
1
0
5
16
7
7
7
11
3
1
2
0
1
3
0
4
7
5
0
6
0
0
0
2
0
4
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
1
3
6
2
0
3
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
6
0
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
1
0
.250
.667
.000
1.000
.176
.000
.235
.333
.217
.000
.353
.000
.000
.000
.125
.000
.571
.143
.273
.000
3
0
0
0
0
1
6
3
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
1
6
3
1
1
0
2
1
2
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
164
39
7
6
2
21
18
.238
18
25
1
1916 World Series
Brooklyn Robins
Brooklyn Robins 1916 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
p
p
2b
1b
p
ph
of-2
p
1b-1
c
c
3b
of
ss
ph
p-3
p
p
of-3
of
1
1
5
4
1
1
3
2
3
3
2
5
5
5
1
4
1
1
4
5
0
3
19
17
0
1
10
3
4
10
8
17
22
16
1
4
0
5
11
19
0
1
2
3
0
0
3
0
1
2
1
3
4
4
0
1
0
1
4
4
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
.000
.333
.105
.176
.000
.000
.300
.000
.250
.200
.125
.176
.182
.250
.000
.250
.000
.200
.364
.211
0
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
3
2
1
2
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Totals
170
34
2
5
1
13
11
.200
14
19
1

1916 World Series
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox 1916 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
2
1
2
0
1
1
1
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3.0
9.0
5.1
14.0
17.2
0.00
1.00
5.06
0.64
1.53
3
5
8
6
12
1
3
2
4
9
0
1
4
1
3
0
4
3
3
4
Totals
4
1
7
5
3
1
0
49.0
1.47
34
19
9
14
1916 World Series
Brooklyn Robins
Brooklyn Robins 1916 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
1
1
1
2
3
1
1
0
1
0
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3.0
6.1
1.0
11.0
10.2
2.0
13.1
3.00
4.26
0.00
5.73
1.69
0.00
1.35
4
7
1
12
7
1
7
5
1
0
9
5
3
2
1
3
0
7
2
0
2
1
1
0
6
4
0
6
Totals
1
4
10
5
1
1
0
47.1
2.85
39
25
15
18


During Game 2 , future outfielder Babe Ruth gave up an inside the park home run to Hy Myers during the first inning of play. During the third inning he helped his own cause when he drove in a game-tieing run then pitched a complete game (14 inning) victory—striking out four (4), walking three (3), and scattering six (6) hits yet allowing only one (1) earned run.
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