Stone, Christian; Hersch, Hank
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p8
Ernie Shore's only mistake on the afternoon of June 23, 1917, was that he didn't start what he finished. The man who did that day at Fenway Park was none other than Babe Ruth, the star pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, who were then the three-time defending World Series champs. Ruth had started the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators and thrown four pitches--all balls--to the leadoff batter, Ray Morgan. When umpire Brick Owens dispatched Morgan to first base, the Bambino went bananas. An enraged Ruth was not one to make the distinction between an ump and some wise-talking yahoo at a Back Bay bar. Boston manager Jack Barry asked him just to keep the game close while he got another pitcher up in the bullpen.On Shore's first pitch Morgan took off for second and was caught stealing. Shore proceeded to retire the next 26 batters. Shore's feat was long deemed a perfect game, but because he pitched in relief, there were repeated attempts to discount his gem. Last year Commissioner Fay Vincent's committee for statistical accuracy cast 50 no-hitters out of the record book for assorted reasons. Shore's was among them.


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