ernie shore no hitterErnie Shore No Hitter or Perfect Game?

on June 23, 1917, the Washington Senators in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Babe Ruth started the game, walking the first batter, Ray Morgan. As newspaper accounts of the time relate, the short-fused Ruth then engaged in a heated argument with apparently equally short-fused home plate umpire Brick Owens. Owens tossed Ruth out of the game, and the even more enraged Ruth then slugged the umpire a glancing blow before being taken off the field; the catcher Pinch Thomas was also ejected.  Ernie Shore was recruited to pitch, and came in with very few warm-up pitches. With a new pitcher and catcher, runner Morgan tried to steal but was thrown out. Shore then proceeded to retire the remaining 26 Senators without allowing a baserunner, earning a 4–0 Red Sox win. For many years the game was listed in record books as a “perfect game,” but officially it is scored as a no-hitter, shared (albeit unequally) by two pitchers. Following the game, Ruth paid a $100 fine, was suspended for ten games, and issued a public apology for his behavior. He entered with the Babe and he left with the Babe. Shore, along with Babe Ruth and many other stars was sold to the New York Yankees by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, where he closed out his career.

Game Ticket 

Boston Red Sox 4, Washington Senators 0

Game Played: Saturday, June 23, 1917 at Fenway Park
Time of Game: 1:40
Attendance: N/A

Line Score
WAS A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 0 3
BOS A 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 x – 4 9 0


Umpires: HP – Brick Owens, 1B – Barry McCormick, 3B – Bill Dinneen

Ejections: Babe Ruth by Brick Owens [Balls and strikes]; Pinch Thomas
by Brick Owens [Balls and strikes]

Box Score

Starting Lineups
1 Ray Morgan 2B
2 Eddie Foster 3B
3 Clyde Milan CF
4 Sam Rice RF
5 Patsy Gharrity 1B
6 Charlie Jamieson LF
7 Howie Shanks SS
8 John Henry C
9 Doc Ayers P

Red Sox
1 Harry Hooper RF
2 Jack Barry 2B
3 Dick Hoblitzell 1B
4 Larry Gardner 3B
5 Duffy Lewis LF
6 Tillie Walker CF
7 Everett Scott SS
8 Pinch Thomas C
9 Babe Ruth P

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