An almost Perfect Game

I’ve written enough about Baby Ruth, Babe Ruth, and babies. I promise this is it.

There are so many interesting and wacky stories about baseball and many involve the Bambino, Babe Ruth. One of my favorite also involves a guy whose name is on the stadium that was the home of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Here is his namesake-field.
Ernie_Shore_Field_SignErnie Shore has the distinction of pitching a “perfect game” in 1917. Ernie died in 1980 with that “perfect game” in the record books. Eleven years later, the Major League Baseball committee on statistical accuracy said….No, no.

And of course, this wacky story involves Babe Ruth. The Babe when he was with the Boston Red Sox.


Babe Ruth pitching with Boston Red Sox, Comins...

Babe Ruth pitching with Boston Red Sox, Cominsky Park, 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1917, Babe was hardly used as a hitter.  He only batted when he pitched and in 1917 he batted .325 and hit two home runs.

In the “perfect game” we are writing about, Babe Ruth was the starting pitcher. The umpire behind the plate wasn’t the Babe’s favorite umpire, for sure.

Babe Ruth threw four pitches and the umpire called them all balls. The first batter walked. Babe was fired up. He came running off the mound arguing with the umpire and then the Babe actually punched the umpire up-side the head. Babe gets thrown out of the game.

Ernie Shore only had a few pitches to warm up, and as he started to deliver from the stretch, the runner broke for second trying to steal. He was thrown out.

Ernie Shore retired the next 26 batters in a row to win the “perfect” game.

That game is now listed as a shared no-hitter, unfortunately, but rightly so.

Ernie and the Babe were both sold to the New York Yankees. As far as Babe Ruth, you know the rest of the story.



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