Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 1914 Baltimore vs. Providence (First Game of Double Header) – Game 30

Baltimore 4 Providence 3 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 1 for 4 at bat doubled scored

               In the first game of a Fourth of July double header, Babe Ruth pitched a 4-3 complete game victory.  He gave up 6 hits, struck out 7, walked 1, hit one batsman, and threw one wild pitch.  After giving up two runs in the first inning, he settled down while the Orioles took a 4-2 lead scoring one run each in 4 separate innings.  Babe gave up a run in the seventh, but retired the Grays in the last two innings to preserve the victory, giving him a 12-6 record and the Orioles a 47-22 record for the year.  He also hit a double in the game.  It was the Orioles fifth win in a row.  After the game, Babe asked Dunn for the rest of the day off – but not to rest.  Instead he went back to his alma mater, St. Mary’s Industrial School, to pitch in an afternoon game there.  This would turn out to be Babe’s last pitching start as an Oriole.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 1914 Baltimore vs. Buffalo (Double Header) – Game 28 & 29

Baltimore 4 Buffalo 3 – Babe Ruth Pinch Hitter – 0 for 1 at bat

            With the Orioles down 3-1 in the eighth inning of the first game of a double header against Buffalo, Ruth pinch hit for pitcher Danforth but made an out.   However, the Orioles scored 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth for a walk off victory.  

Baltimore 10 Buffalo 5 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 1 for 4 at bat

               Babe was the starting pitcher in the second game of the double header.  Although he had a rough first inning giving up three runs, he shut out the Bison in the next seven innings.  In the meantime, the Orioles closed the gap by scoring one run in both the first and second innings.  In the fifth, they jumped to the lead with five runs and scored three more insurance runs, bringing a 10-3 lead into the ninth inning.  Babe gave up two more runs in the ninth, but finished the game with a 10-5 victory.  He was also one for three at bat and stole a base.  The win gave him an 11-6 record with the Orioles achieving a 44-22 record for the season.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 1914 Baltimore vs. Toronto – Game 27

Baltimore 13 Toronto 8 – Babe Ruth Relief Pitcher – 5 Innings – No Decision – 0 for 1 at bat Scored
              Starting Orioles pitcher Danforth, couldn’t get anyone out in the first inning giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Relieved by Davidson, the Maple Leafs added a seventh run before the Orioles had their turn at the plate.  But the Orioles came back with three runs in the first, three runs in the second and three runs in the third to take a 9-7 lead.  With two men on and no out in the fifth inning, Babe Ruth relieved Davidson.  Babe gave up one run, making the score 9-8, but held the lead after that.  The Orioles scored four more in the fifth to close out the scoring with a 13-8 victory.  Babe Ruth faced 14 batters, gave up 1 run on 3 hits with 4 strike outs and 3 walks.  Since he came in while the Orioles were leading, he should not be credited with a victory.  The win gave the Orioles a season record of 42-21.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 1914 Baltimore vs. Toronto – Game 26

Baltimore 3 Toronto 0 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 0 for 3 at bat

                Babe came back from his worst outing of the season to throw a 3-0 complete game shut out against the Maple Leafs.  He only gave up 5 hits, struck out a season high 8 batters, walked two and hit one batter.  The Orioles scattered three runs on nine hits for the victory.  Babe’s record improved to 10-6, with the Orioles season record 40-20.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 1914 (First Game of Double Header) Baltimore vs. Rochester – Game 25

Baltimore 0 Rochester 6 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Relieved in 2nd Inning – Losing Pitcher

                After a scoreless first inning, Babe was rocked in the second inning giving up 5 runs to the Hustlers on the way to a 6-0 Orioles loss.  He was relieved after 1 1/3 innings after giving up 7 hits with one strike out and one walk.  The loss gave him a 9-6 record for the year.  This was the third straight loss for the Orioles at the hands of Rochester coming after the Orioles 13 straight victories.  Their season record fell to 36-18. 

                For unknown reasons, Babe is called Frank Ruth in the Baltimore Sun article.  

                After this poor start, Ruth did not make an appearance in another game until June 23rd.  He did not play in five games between these two starts.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 1914 Baltimore vs. Newark – Game 24

Baltimore 3 Newark 2 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 0 for 2 at bat

               Babe pitched his third straight complete game victory with a 3-2 win over the Newark Indians.  He only gave up 6 hits, struck out 5, walked 4 and hit one batsman.  He had a shut out going into the seventh inning and a 3-0 lead, but gave up a run in both the seventh and eighth innings before slamming the door in the ninth for the win.  The win improved his record to 9-5, and the Orioles season record to 35-15, the twelfth straight victory for the Orioles.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 1914 Baltimore vs. Jersey City – Game 23

Baltimore 4 Jersey City 2 – Babe Ruth Starting Pitcher – Complete Game Victory – 0 for 4 at bat

            Babe Ruth kept the Orioles nine game winning streak alive with a 4-2 complete game victory against Jersey City.  He gave up two runs on eight hits.  He also struck out 4, walked 4 and threw a wild pitch.   The win improved his record to 8-5, and the Orioles season record of 32-15.

     Note:  The quality of the copy of the Baltimore Sun is extremely poor for some dates in June 1914.  The statement above reads:  Verbout outpitched Babe Ruth, although the latter held his opponents at bay after the second round ... Babe Ruth was [unknown word] up pretty lively in the first two sessions.  Four hits, one a triple, netted the visitors two runs.  Babe settled down at this stage and held the Skeeters to four hits during the remaining seven innings.