September 22, 1920 an estimated crowd of 15,000 fans went to Washington Park in Indianapolis to watch an exhibition game between the Indianapolis Indians and the New York Yankees. The grandstand was packed, as were the temporary bleachers near right and center fields. Most people wouldn’t have given the Indians a chance at beating the Yankees because on that Yankee team was the famous slugger, Babe Ruth. In the pregame warm-ups Ruth hit three pitches over the right field fence, and another against a wall. In the game the mighty slugger was held to a double and two singles in his five visits to the plate. Still, at the end of the seventh inning the score was 6-1 Yankees. Suddenly, the Indians came to life. In the eighth inning they scored three runs, making it 6-4. Yankee pitcher Rip Collins took the mound in the ninth inning and quickly got two outs. The crowd began wandering out of the stadium when their attention was suddenly drawn back to the game. Collins walked the next batter, Tex Covington. The right fielder, Rehg, hit a long ball to center that enabled Covington to make it to third base. The next batter, Zwilling, hit another long ball and Covington made it home while Rehg advanced to third. Zwilling then stole second base. The Tribe’s catcher, Henline, then hit a ground ball out of reach of the Yankees’ short stop. The ball was snagged by the center fielder, but the throw to the plate was late and Zwilling scored. The final score was Indians 7 Yankees 6.
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Bretzman, Charles F.
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Ruth, George Herman, 1895-1948
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