Friday, March 28, 2008

April 23rd, 1908: Boston (AL) at Washington

I just got done revising my Japanese History research paper, and decided to reward myself with another 1908 Co-op game. By the way, for fans of 1908, I recommend you sit back and read this account of a 1908 APBA replay. JIMSCE sure wrote up a nice, readable replay, even though it is almost 2000 posts.

April 23rd, 1908

WASHINGTON – Fred Burchell is synonymous with clutch pitching. With the bases loaded and the game on the line, Burchell induced Nationals leadoff hitter Milan to swing at a bouncing pitch, striking him out to end the game.

Burchell had no one to blame but himself for his predicament. With a two run lead in the bottom of the 9th and one out, Fred proceeded to hit Warner with a pitch. After moving to second on McBride’s ground ball, Fred then proceeded to hit Shipke and give up a single to pinch hitter Altizer. What looked like a disaster was barely averted, thanks to Milan’s impatient batting.

Bonehead play by Delahanty almost destroyed Washington’s chances. First, a crucial error in the top of the 6th inning allowed Boston to score their first run of the contest, destroying Burns’ whitewashing. Then, after reaching first on a single with one out, Jim foolishly tried to run before pitcher Burchell threw a pitch. Delahanty was thrown out in a rundown. On the very next play, yesterday’s hero Clymer hit a monstrous triple. Oh Jim, why couldn’t you wait? Were it not for Jerry Freeman’s seeing-eye single, Otis’ efforts would have been for naught.

Clymer later made his bid for the title of defensive hero, with a sliding nab of Burchell’s slicing line drive in the top of the 7th. Unfortunately, it was not enough to stop the scoring barrage of the visiting Beantowners, who came up with 3 in their half. In the end, it was Heinie Wagner’s incredible nab of pinch hitter Ollie Pickering’s line drive that earned play of the day honors.

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