On September 27, 1917 — At Fenway Park 17,000 fans came to honor Tim Murnane’s for a Death Benefit Game. 

The boston Red Sox play The game against an American League all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2 – 0 shutout. Duffy Lewis drove in the only 2 runs off Walter Johnson in the 8th.


More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century.

Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox.

(Image) The AL All-Stars were, sitting atop railing: L-F: Hughie Jennings, Walter Johnson, Stuffy McInnis, Steve O’Neill, Joe Jackson, Ray Chapman, Ty Cobb, Buck Weaver, Willie O’Connor (Mascot).

Kneeling: L-R: Howard Ehmke, Rabbit Maranville, Connie Mack (Mgr., standing in civilian suit), Wally Schang, Tris Speaker, Urban Shocker, Tom Faftery (in civilian suit).

Will Rogers performed his ‘rope work and other range stunts, female members of the Ziegfeld Follies sold score cards. Babe Ruth won a fungo-hitting contest at 402 feet (Walter Johnsonwas 3rd at 360 feet), and Joe Jackson took the throwing prize with a toss of 396 feet, defeating Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Babe Ruth. Duffy Lewis of the Red Sox and Clarence (Tillie) Walker of the Phil. Athletics tied for second with tosses of 384’6″.

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