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Sox Century: July 25, 1917

White Sox open lengthy road trip with yet another doubleheader sweep

Somewhere behind the Yankees conducting military drills is a sign that Happy Felsch almost hit to win a suit.
Bain News Service / Library of Congress

A 23-game, five-city road trip started opened in New York, and in the White Sox’ favor.

They played a doubleheader.

The Sox had swept the previous four doubleheaders, and they made it five in a row today with a pair of victories over the Yankees. Eddie Cicotte received late support in a 4-1 victory to start, and Red Faber received all the runs he needed before he even took the mound in a 5-1 victory to close. In both games, the single run allowed was unearned, although both pitchers received standout defense elsewhere to make up for it.

Take the first game, for instance. Cicotte fell behind 1-0 because Ray Schalk threw the ball into center field on a stolen-base attempt by Wally Pipp. Pipp advanced to third, then scored on a squeeze play. However, when Cicotte found himself in his only bona fide jam of the day, Chick Gandil bailed him out. With runners on second and third and one out in the eighth inning, the first baseman made a leaping snare of a Home Run Baker line drive and fired to second for the back-breaking double play.

There’s a chance Cicotte could have won even if Baker’s liner went through, as the Sox led 4-1 at the time. The Sox finally solved George Mogridge in the seventh inning, starting with an Eddie Collins single. Irving Vaughan of the Chicago Examiner said “the crowd of 12,000 emitted a groan, fully realizing the wrecking crew was going to work.” Whether that’s a revisionist flair is unknown, but the middle of the order did go to work. Joe Jackson beat out a bunt single, and after Happy Felsch bunted into a fielder’s choice, Gandil picked him up with an RBI single, and Swede Risberg added a double for a 2-1 lead. In the eighth, Collins dropped a single on a hit-and-run that scored Buck Weaver all the way from first, and Happy Felsch doubled Collins home.

Just like that, the White Sox led 4-1, and won by that score.

When the second game came around, the White Sox found four runs even quicker. Ray Fisher’s day ended as soon as it began. He gave up one-out singles to Weaver, Collins and Jackson for a quick run, and Happy Felsch’s sac fly made it 2-0. The Chicago Tribune said Hugh High deprived Felsch of more than extra bases:

Felsch was robbed of an automobile by High in the first of the second game. A sign in deep left center calls for a free car if any batsman hits it on the fly. Felsch smashed out a long drive that was going against the sign when High pinched it, reaching his limit to get it.

After Gandil and Risberg restarted the rally with singles, Fisher’s day was over. Ray Schalk added insult to injury to singling home one of the inherited runners, giving Fisher twice as many runs on his tab (four) as outs (two).

That gave Faber plenty of room to settle in, and he took a little advantage of the cushion. He went the distance, but he pitched around plenty of baserunners -- seven hits, five walks — in doing so. The defense helped him out, according to the Tribune:

Faber had to help oftener and got it. Joe Jackson cut down a runner at the plate in the second inning before Faber got control of his terrific assortment of goods. Later on Weaver started a double play with the bases full, and still later Eddie Collins performed a high jumping act that was a marvel, timing himself just right to nail with one hand a tall drive from the bat of [Tim] Hendryx that would have been good for at least two tallies.

Risberg also went all-out for a foul ball, crashing into a concrete stand that knocked him for a loop. He stayed in the game.

The White Sox’ line shows a couple of errors, but both were by Faber, with an errant throw leading to the Yankees’ only run.

Record: 60-32 | Game 1 box | Game 2 box