A Chronological History of Amazing Boston Red Sox Losses, Remarkable Collapses and Other Record Breaking Feats1901-1909 | 1910- | 1920- | 1930- | 1940- | 1950- | 1960- | 1970- | 1980- | 1990- | 2000-
1901 79-57, 2nd place in the American League, 4 games back of the Chicago White Sox
April 26, 1901: The Boston Americans (who adopted the name Red Sox in 1908) played their first game ever, in Baltimore. They lost 10-6 to the Orioles. Joe McGinnity struck out nine, and Mike Donlin had two triples for Baltimore. Win Kellum took the loss for the Sox. The Orioles moved to New York in 1903 and later became known as the Yankees.
In Boston's first seven games, they allowed 71 runs to be scored.
May 15, 1901: The Washington Senators beat Boston, 4-0, in the first shutout in American League history.
May 30, 1901: Boston played their first doubleheader ever, losing both games to Chicago (8-3 and 5-3).
June 26, 1901: The Americans arrived in Philadelphia for their game. But, they were scheduled to play the Orioles -- in Baltimore. The game was called after a 90-minute wait for Boston to show up.
July 10, 1901: Athletics 1B Harry Davis hit for the cycle against Boston during a 13-6 Philadelphia victory.
July 30, 1901: American League President Ban Johnson announced that New York will most likely have an AL franchise, which may be moved from either Baltimore or Cleveland.
August 24, 1901: Dozens of Boston fans attacked umpire Joe Cantillion after a 4-2 loss to Cleveland. Boston started the day a half-game back of the White Sox. The loss to Cleveland was the start of their first late-season slide out of contention.
September 3, 1901: Cleveland's Earl Moore shutout Boston 1-0 in the first half of a doubleheader. Bill Cristall made his major league debut in the second game, tossing a five-hit, 4-0, shutout. It was the only win of his career.
September 9, 1901: The White Sox took both ends of a doubleheader against Boston, completing a four-game sweep in Chicago. On August 24, the White Sox had held a fragile half-game margin over the second place Americans. Between August 24 and September 9, Boston went 5-12-1, dropping to seven games out. They would not recover from that stretch, and finished four back in standings.
In their 137 games, Boston committed 373 errors (including 61 by 2B Hobe Ferris); their team fielding percentage was .942.
1902 77-67, 3rd place in the American League, 6-1/2 games back of the Philadelphia Athletics
January 26, 1902: Chick Stahl's former girlfriend, Lulu Ortman, was arrested in Indiana after attempting to shoot the Boston centerfielder.
May 2, 1902: The Baltimore Orioles scored six runs off of Boston's Cy Young in the first. The scored eight more off of reliever George Prentiss and won the game 14-6.
July 8, 1902: In the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston pitcher Merle "Doc" Adkins faced sixteen batters, allowing twelve runs on twelve hits. Five A's players had two hits in the inning. Philadelphia 2B Danny Murphy made his debut in this game (arriving late in the second inning). He went six-for-six, including a grand slam. Harry Davis also hit a four-run homer. Philadelphia defeated Boston 22-9, and had 27 hits. The Athletics won again on the following day when Monte Cross hit a two-run homer in the seventeenth inning.
August 25, 1902: The American League announced that the Baltimore franchise will be moving to New York for the 1903 season.
September 15, 1902: Boston trailed the Philadelphia A's by three games as the two teams met for a doubleheader. Boston lost the first game 6-4, and the second 9-2. The two losses effectively eliminated them from the pennant race.
Bill Dinneen lost (a league leading) 21 games.
1903 91-47, World Series Champions
May 15, 1903: Detroit had five triples and two homers during an 8-6 victory over Boston.
June 30, 1903: The Chicago White Sox had three walks, a triple, and six singles in the first inning off of Boston pitcher Nick Altrock. Altrock went the distance, losing 10-3.
October 3, 1903: Before the start of game three of the 1903 World Series, Boston fans crashed the game by hopping over the fence and taking over the outfield. A melee ensued, with Boston police, the gatecrashers, and ticket holders all taking part. Police eventually used player's bats to help control the crowd but were never able to clear the field. The game was played, with an added rule that balls hit into the crowd were doubles.
1904 95-59, American League Champions (no World Series was played)
John I. Taylor (the son of Globe publisher Charles Taylor) bought the team.
June 18, 1904: Taylor traded OF Patsy Dougherty (who led the league in runs, at-bats, and hits in 1903) to The New York Highlanders for Bob Unglaub. Returning with the Highlanders two weeks later, Dougherty hit a home run as New York took two out of three games from his former team. He led the league in runs scored for the second consecutive year in 1904. He was traded to the White Sox in 1906, and led the league in stolen bases in 1908. Unglaub played primarily as a reserve infielder, appearing in a total of 263 games for Boston over four years. He managed the 1907 team, for 29 games, to a record of 9-20. Unglaub was traded to the Senators in 1908.
1905 78-74, 4th place in the American League, 16 games back of the Philadelphia Athletics
January 16, 1905: John Taylor made another trade, acquiring Jesse Burkett from the St. Louis Browns for Boston's top prospect, George Stone. Burkett retired after playing outfield for Boston for one year, batting .257. In 1905, Stone led the AL in hits and total bases. In 1906 he was the batting champ, leading the league in average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was one of the best hitters in the game throughout the remainder of the decade.
In 1905, the team got off to a 0-6 start.
May 12, 1905: Tigers 3B Bill Coughlin pulled off the hidden ball trick on Boston's Hobe Ferris in the second inning of the game which Detroit won, 8-1.
July 4, 1905: After Philadelphia won the morning game of a doubleheader (5-2) against Boston, the A's Rube Waddell pitched a 20-inning game in the afternoon, beating Cy Young, 4-2, and striking out eleven.
August 25-27, 1905: Boston lost three consecutive doubleheaders in Chicago; a pair of 3-2 losses on August 25, 2-1 and 4-3 losses on August 26, and 7-2 and 6-3 losses on August 27. They did not play the White Sox again until September 25 and 26, when Boston dropped another pair of doubleheaders, losing 7-4, 10-5, 3-1 and 2-0.
September 27, 1905: The White Sox scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 15-1 victory while visiting Boston; the game was called after six innings, Boston committed five errors.
At the end of the season, Jesse "Powder" Tannehill was the only starter with a winning record. Norwood "Gibby" Gibson allowed eight home runs (the most in the league). Boston's team batting average was .234.
1906 49-105, last place in the American League, 45-1/2 games back of the Chicago White Sox
May 1-24, 1906: Starting with an 8-0 loss to New York, Boston had a twenty game losing streak (the second longest ever in the history of the American League). Nineteen of the twenty loses were at home. On May 24, the team's record was 6-27.
May 8, 1906: Athletics Hall-Of-Fame pitcher Chief Bender started the game, and moved to left field after the sixth inning. He had two inside the park home runs during the 11-4 victory over Boston. He hit a total of only four other homers over his 16-season career.
July 5, 1906: In an 8-3 loss to New York, Boston committed nine errors.
July 6, 1906: In a doubleheader, Boston was shutout in both games 4-0 and 8-0 by New York; Jack Chesbro won the first game, and Doc Newton won the second. The following day, Chicago also shut them out (12-0). After that blanking, manager Jimmy Collins disappeared for a week and was suspended. He again left without notice in August. OF Chick Stahl took over as interim manager during his departures.
June 16-July 17, 1906: Boston played 29 games over this 31-day stretch, winning four and losing 25. During these 29 games, they were outscored by a total of over 100 runs.
August 2-6, 1906: Boston was shutout in four consecutive games (three against Chicago and one against Cleveland), breaking their own record that they set a month earlier. No team in AL history has had more consecutive shutout losses.
September 1, 1906: Joe Harris was pitching against Philadelphia. In the third inning, Harris misplayed a ball hit back to the mound, falling down. The Athletics' Jack Coombs was safe at first. He scored when Harris was slow to cover first later in the inning. Boston tied it in the sixth, and the game continued (with both starting pitchers still on the mound) into the 24th inning -- tied at 1-1. Harris gave up a single to OF Topsy Hartsel, who stole second. Ossee Schreckengost singled Hartsel home. Ralph "Socks" Seybold and Danny Murphy hit a pair of RBI triples. Boston lost the 24-inning game, 4-1. Coombs struck out eighteen.
September 4, 1906: For the second time in the 1906 season, Boston was shutout in both games of a doubleheader against New York. Walter Clarkson won the first game 7-0, and Al Orth won the second 1-0.
October 14, 1906: The Chicago White Sox beat the Cubs to win the 1906 World Series. White Sox OF Bill O'Neill had one plate appearance, becoming the first player to fail to win a World Series with Boston only to move on to another team to earn a Championship Ring. 44 other players since have joined those ranks.
Boston was shutout 28 times (eight times by the White Sox). They went 1-10 against the St. Louis Browns while playing at home. Joe Harris lost fourteen consecutive games and finished the season 2-21. 3B Red Morgan and SS Freddy Parent combined for 97 errors, leading the team to a total of 303 (the most in the AL). Boston's 1906 fielding percentage was .949.
1907 59-90, 7th place in the American League, 32-1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers
After Collins' absenteeism in 1906, Chick Stahl was named the full-time manager. On March 28, Stahl committed suicide. Club owner John Taylor named himself manager. AL President Ban Johnson forced Taylor to rethink the decision. Cy Young reluctantly managed the team until a permanent replacement could be found. George Huff, who had never played on or managed a major league team, was brought in. His tenure lasted eight games (of which they lost six). Firstbaseman Bob Unglaub was named manager. Ban Johnson stepped in again after Unglaub's team went 9-20. In June, James "Deacon" McGuire (who had managed the 1898 Washington Senators) took the helm as Boston's fifth manager of the season.
May 18, 1907: Boston met the Chicago White Sox for the first time of the year, and was shutout, 4-0. Chicago had not lost a game to Boston since August 1, 1906 -- a span of ten games.
May 29, 1907: In the first half of a doubleheader, Athletics' pitcher Jack Coombs shutout Boston 4-0. In the second game, Philadelphia won 4-3 as Rube Waddell struck out fifteen in twelve innings. It represented the third time in Waddell's career that he struck out fifteen or more Boston batters in a game.
August 19, 1907: Tigers 3B Charley O’Leary pulled off the hidden ball trick on Boston's John Knight in the 12th inning of the game which Detroit won, 4-3.
October 2, 1907: Boston lost 4-2 to St. Louis; they had not won a game since September 11, a span of sixteen games.
Boston was the worst offensive team in the American League for the second consecutive year. The team scored 464 runs, with a batting average of .234 and on-base percentage of .276. They did not have a winning record against any opponent. Joe Harris retired to the minors, with a career record of 3-30. He still holds the records for worst winning percentage, and fewest wins, for any pitcher in history with at least 300 innings pitched.
1908 75-79, 5th place in the American League, 15-1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers
May 13, 1908: Tigers 3B Bill Coughlin pulled off the hidden ball trick on Boston's Amby McConnell in the second inning of the game which Detroit won, 10-3.
June 7, 1908: For the second game in a row, the Tigers made a triple play against the Red Sox.
August 28, 1908: The team was nine games under .500 when Fred Lake replaced Deacon McGuire as manager.
September 18, 1908: Bob Rhoads pitched a no-hitter for Cleveland, winning 2-1 against Boston.
September 29, 1908: Chicago's Ed Walsh pitched both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. He pitched a ten-strikeout, three-hitter in the first game, winning 5-1. He pitched a four-hitter in the second game, winning 2-0. It was the second time in his career that he won both ends of a doubleheader over the Red Sox.
Boston pitcher Cy Morgan allowed seven home runs, the most in the American League.
1909 88-63, 3rd place in the American League, 9-1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers
February 18, 1909: Cy Young had won 21 games (with an ERA of 1.26) for the Red Sox in 1908. Boston traded their legendary pitcher to Cleveland for cash and pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan. Young won nineteen games for Cleveland in 1909. The duo that the Red Sox received in return won a combined eleven. Chech retired after the 1909 season. Ryan pitched in only three more games in the majors (for the 1911 Brooklyn Dodgers).
April 12, 1909: The Red Sox lost 8-1 to Philadelphia in the first game ever played at Shibe Park.
May 17, 1909: Detroit police escorted Red Sox C Bill Carrigan from the park after he got into a fight with George Moriarty during a 5-3 Detroit victory. The league later suspended Carrigan for the incident.
May 30, 1909: July 19, 1909: In the top of the second, Boston's Amby McConnell hit a liner to Cleveland SS Neal Ball. Ball touched second base (getting Heinie Wagner out). He then tagged out Jack Stahl, coming in from first. It was the first unassisted triple play in modern baseball history. Ball hit an inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the inning, and added a double later in the game. The Indians won 6-1 behind the pitching of Cy Young.
July 22, 1909: In the seventh inning, against Red Sox pitcher Harry Wolter, Tigers OF Ty Cobb stole second, third, and home. Detroit shutout Boston 6-0.
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