1916 World Series Boston Red Sox 4 Brooklyn Robins 1
In close pennant races, the Red Sox repeated as league champions and Brooklyn won its first pennant since 1900.
Game 1 Pitcher Rube Marquard of Brooklyn dueled with Boston’s Ernie Shore for 6 1/3 innings in a close game. Then in the last of the 7th Boston scored three runs on some sloppy Brooklyn fielding, and a couple of sacrifice hits, adding another off reliever Jeff Pfeffer in the eighth for a 6-1 lead. The Robins fought back in the ninth, knocking out Ernie Shore and drawing within one run of a tie before reliever Carl Mays retired the final man with the bases loaded.
Game 2 Boston starting pitcher Babe Ruth gave up a first-inning inside-the-park homer to Hy Myers, but in the third the Babe drove in Everett Scott (who had tripled) to tie the game at 1-1. Then for the next 10 innings Ruth and Robin pitcher Sherry Smith shut off all scoring. Ruth continued to blank Brooklyn in the fourteenth, and in the last of the inning a walk, sacrifice, and single over the head of the third baseman gave Boston and Ruth the victory.
Game 3 Brooklyn veteran pitcher Jack Coombs took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning of Game 3 before weakening. But after giving up 3 Boston runs on Larry Gardner’s one-out homer in the seventh, he was relieved by Jeff Pfeffer, who set the Sox down in order the rest of the way. In saving what proved to be Jack Coombs’s last World Series appearance (as well as the Robins’ only Series win), Jeff Pfeffer preserved Coombs’s perfect Series won-lost record at 5-0.
Game 4 Third baseman Larry Gardner’s second homer of the Series—inside the park for three runs in the second inning—overcame the Robins’ two runs in the first. The Red Sox added a couple of runs here and there to increase their lead, as Boston starter Dutch Leonard shut Brooklyn out through the final eight innings for a comfortable 6-2 win.
Game 5 Ernie Shore held the Robins to three singles and one unearned run as the Red Sox took advantage of a bad-hop triple in the second and two third-inning errors by the Brooklyn Robins shortstop Ivy Olson to take the lead and go on to capture their 4th World Baseball Championship.
Photo Negatives from Chicago Daily News courtsey of Chicago Historical Society
Baseball player, Brooklyn Robins 1916, pitcher Rube Marquard throwing ball on field at Weeghman Park, which later in 1926 was renamed Wrigley Field
Baseball player, Red Sox Shortstop 1916, Everett Scott throwing ball on field at Comiskey Park vs White Sox
Baseball player, Babe Ruth, Boston Red Sox pitcher 1918 Photo, holding a baseball bat at Comiskey Park in Chicago
Baseball player, Red Sox third baseman 1917, Larry Gardner follwing through after swinging bat in foul zone at Comiskey Park in Chicago