1916 Brooklyn Robins(Yes, they are checkered uniforms. I wrote about them here.)
The 1916 Brooklyn Robins were led by Mgr. Wilbert Robinson. Their 94–60 record put them 2.5 up on the defending NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies. This was their 1st NL Pennant winner since 1900, and, obviously their 1st World Series appearance.
The Robins moved into 1st place in early May, and stayed in 1st for most of the season. A September slump put them behind the Phillies for just 1 day, but a doubleheader sweep of the Braves put them back on top for good.
The Robins led the NL in hitting with a .261 average, and a 2.12 team ERA. They hit just 25 home runs, good for 5th in the NL. Outfielder Zack Wheat hit .312, and led the team in home runs(9), runs(76), doubles(32), and triples(13). 1st baseman Jake Daybert hit .316, 2nd in the league, and a 25 year old Casey Stengel hit .279 with 8 home runs. Jeff Pfeffer won 25 games to go along with a stingy 1.92 ERA. Larry Cheny won 18, and Rube Marquard won just 13 despite a 1.58 ERA.
1916 Boston Red Sox
Bill Carrigan managed the Boston Red Sox to their 2nd straight AL pennant and their 4th World Series(This will be their 5th World Series Revisited) The Red Sox struggled early, floundering in 4th and 5th place through May and June. A 7 game winning streak in September secured 1st place, as they finished 2 games upon the White Sox.
They hit just .248 as a team with just 14 home runs. They made up for their hitting deficiencies with a 2.48 ERA, good for 2nd in the league behind the White Sox. 3rd baseman Larry Gardner finished 5th in the AL in hitting with a .308 average. Ofers Duffy Lewis and Harry Hooper hit just .268 and .271 respectively. Number 4 outfielder Tillie Walker, 1st baseman Del Gainer, and pitcher Babe Ruth all paced the Red Sox with 3 home runs.
21 year old Babe Ruth became a star, going 23-12 with a 1.75 ERA, 1st in the league. His 9 shutouts led the AL as well. Ruth did not give up a home run in 323 innings pitched. Dutch Leonard and Carl Mays each had 18 wins for the Sox.
The Red Sox beat the Robins in 5 games in the 1916 World Series. In Game #2 Babe Ruth allowed a 1st inning inside the park home run to Hy Myers and then pitched 13 shutout innings. The Red Sox won it in the 14th on a pinch hit single by Del Gainer, a flyball that may have been lost in the looming darkness of Braves Field. This is the longest game in World Series history, and still only took 2:32 to complete. Ruth’s 14 inning complete game victory is a World Series record that will never be matched. Ernie Shore finished off the Robins in Game 5 with a CG 3 hitter.
Up next in the World Series Revisited we see if the Robins can pull off the upset, and beat Babe Ruth and the Red Sox.