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Sox Century: Aug. 11, 1917

The White Sox get one-hit for second time in series

Griffith Stadium in Washington
National Photo Company Collection / Library of Congress

The doctors had good news and bad news for Buck Weaver, according to the Chicago Tribune:

Weaver, the disabled third baseman, left for Chicago this noon. The broken bone in his finger was set perfectly, according to the X-ray photo, but it will be three weeks before he can remove the splints and at least two weeks more before he can play again.

The White Sox lacked offense in his immediate absence, only mustering one hit against Washington’s Jim Shaw. It was almost good enough to win, because the White Sox scored two runs thanks to Shaw’s wildness and took the lead in the seventh. Alas, Eddie Cicotte, who was pitching on two days’ rest, lost control in the eighth, and this time Dave Danforth couldn’t strand the runner.

As a result, the Sox suffered their second one-hit loss of the series, and this one by a 3-2 score. They dropped three out of four games at Griffith Stadium, and watched their lead get sliced to one game as Boston split a doubleheader with Detroit.

The Senators led 1-0 heading into the seventh, as the Sox couldn’t even get a baserunner through five. Ray Schalk broke up Shaw’s perfect game with a one-out walk in the sixth, but the other bids didn’t fall until the seventh. With one out, Shaw walked Eddie Collins, who stole second. Joe Jackson flied out, but Happy Felsch shot a grounder through third baseman Eddie Foster for the only White Sox hit of the day, scoring Collins and tying the game.

Shaw then walked Chick Gandil and Swede Risberg to load the bases, and when he started pinch-hitting Eddie Murphy with a ball, Shaw was replaced by Doc Ayers ... who walked Murphy to force the run home, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead.

Cicotte, who battled his own wildness throughout the day, but couldn’t close out the eighth. After retiring a pair of pinch-hitters to start the eighth, he issued a pair of walks, and one came around to score on Clyde Milan’s single, tying the game. In came Danforth to face Sam Rice, but Rice singled just the same to give the Senators another lead, and one they held.

Record: 67-42 | Box score