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Newspaper accounts of Tris Speaker

 

APRIL 20, 1912 (portion of article from the Boston Hearld - Mark Cofman)

Fittingly, the Red Sox hosted the Yankees in the first major-league game played at newly built Fenway Park. Originally scheduled for April 18, the home opener was postponed because of rain, as was a Patriots Day doubleheader between the teams scheduled the following day.

The Sox and Yankees, still known as the Highlanders at this stage of their modest 10-year history in New York, finally got on the field in front of 27,000 fans. Boston Mayor John F. Honey Fitz Fitzgerald threw out the ceremonial first ball before the Sox and Yankees played a game worthy of their soon-to-be blood rivalry. Rallying from a 5-1 deficit, the Sox got starting pitcher and Brockton native Buck O’Brien off the hook and sent the game into extra innings.

Center fielder Tris Speaker drove home Steve Yerkes with an game-winning single to lift the Sox to a 7-6 win in 11 innings.

One significant note about Fenway’s 1912 unveiling is the still widely held belief that it occurred on the same day as the sinking of the Titanic, thus removing accounts of the affair from prime headline status on front pages of the Boston newspapers. The Titanic tragedy occurred five days earlier, though the nation was still in mourning, resulting in a more subdued atmosphere around major-league parks and somewhat toned-down newspaper coverage.


April 1914 - Nashville, Tennessee

The Nashville Tennessean reported on the game:

With Tris Speaker in the leading role, the Boston Americans hit a couple of Nashville's supposedly classy pitchers hard in the opening game of the series, winning by a score of 8 to 2. The contest was staged on Dudley Field as a result of damp conditions of the league park, and several hundred people turned out to see the ex-world's champs, and, incidentally, to watch the famous Mr. Speaker of $18,000 a-year fame, bruise the sphere.

The center fielder was in a most accommodating frame of mind, which was noted when he approached the plate in the first inning with Clyde Engle roosting on first base as a result of a safe hit. Tris took a healthy swing at one of Bernie Boland's shoots, and it rose gently over the bunch of trees behind the right field seats. This homer was the longest hit ever made on Dudley Field and alone was worth the price of admission, according to the bugs.


April 29, 1918 - Center fielder Tris Speaker executed the fourth unassisted double play of his career in the Cleveland Indians' 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.


Great Catch By Tris Speaker Saves Game

Cleveland, April 28.--Manager Speaker, catch of Jackson's drive with two on in the seventh inning, the greatest catch over seen on the Cleveland grounds, and admitted by Speaker to ... the greatest to ... career, allowed Cleveland to make it two straight from Chicago today, 6 to 4. The defeat ... Chicago into third place. - April 29, 1920 - The Hartford Courant


Tris Speaker Stars

May 23, 1921 - Tris Speaker's two doubles and Coveleskie pitching were the biggest factors in Cleveland's 5-to-0 victory over Boston in the opening game of the series today. - The Atlanta Constitution

 

 

 

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