“Send the news to mother.”
That was the first thought that flashed across the brain of Hubert Leonard, just before 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The fast-traveling St. Louis pretenders bad been stopped with a shutout, while Boston scored four runs, and “Dutch” had earned a nitch in the hall of baseball fame by pitching a no-hit, no-run game.
Not a St. Louis man saw first base until, with two out in the eighth, Severeid was passed. Hartley was passed in the ninth, making two men that reached the initial sack on free tickets. Not one of the visiting players ever got to second base.
The pitching of Leonard was a poem as regards perfection of performance. He was in trouble only twice during the game, in the first and sixth innings, when great catches by Hooper and Lewis saved him. The catch by Hooper was off Sisler in the first inning. The ball was hit with terrific force and went like a shot to right center. Walker and Hooper went after it like grayhounds and by a magnificent spurt Hooper took the ball, that passed over his head, only a few feet from the fence.
In the seventh inning, Austin drive a low liner close to the foul line that Lewis picked off his shoestring while dashing toward the fence.
Beside these remarkable catches, Scott, Gainer, McNally and, in fact, the whole team put up an airtight game in the field, playing with a dash that was exhilarating.
The exceedingly nicely tempered work of Leonard, coached by Manager Bill, was thoroughly appreciated by the 8,000 persons present and the fine stickwork of Walker, Gardner, Hooper, Leonard and Carrigan showed what the Champions can really do when working along their proper lines.
The runs were made by Walker and Gardner, with Leonard and Carrigan contributing timely singles.
Carrigan puts one over on Jones
In the practice workout George Foster took part, as did also Leonard. This caused Manager Jones to believe that Foster would be the man that his team would have to face and therefore sent one of his right-hand pitchers to the box.
This was where Manager Bill put one over on Mr. Jones, for Leonard had been primed for the game and felt that he could land the money if Carrigan did the backstop work. It was plain that Leonard is twice as effective with Carrigan behind the bat than he is with any other catcher.
Under Manager Bill’s direction, Leonard took things easy and was much more effective than when he tried to put too much on the ball. His work yesterday will brace him up immensely for the hard battle ahead. “Dutch” has the nerve and the skill and will be a hard man to beat from this out.
Boston’s victory yesterday showed that the boys never quit and will fight every inch for the flag until the sun goes down on the last game in October.
Neither team made the semblance of an error, the work of Lavan of St. Louis at short being of the highest class. He certainly ranks with the best in the business. Scott, too, did some first-class work.
The fans will be out today to encourage the boys and wish them well for their start on the road, where they play 24 games – perhaps the toughest trip that a ball team ever took under the circumstances. To win out it will take great skill, abundance of nerve and absolute attention to their physical conditions. The boys will certainly make a great fight.