TDISH: A Punch-y No-Hitter

Ninety-nine years ago today, in 1917, Ernie Shore came into a Boston Red Sox baseball game against the Washington Senators as a relief pitcher after just 1/3 of an inning.  The starting pitcher, the famous Babe Ruth, had only thrown to one hitter and got him out, but the fiery Ruth felt that the umpire had missed a few strikes and made no secret of it.  The ump, Brick Owens, threatened to eject the star pitcher at which point Ruth charged at Owens and punched him behind the ear.  Needless to say, Ruth was ejected – and eventually fined and suspended for the fracas.  But the story does not end there, another Sox pitcher, Ernie Shore came in and retired the next 26 Senator batters in order completing what, at the time was called a perfect game.  However, a perfect game is defined as having only one pitcher, so Ruth and Shore are credited with throwing a joint no-hitter.

Featured Image. “Ernie Shore (left).” By Bain News Service – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ggbain.20072. Public Domain.
Clair, Michael. “Ernie Shore once threw a quasi-perfect game.” CutFour. 23 June 2015.

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