Ernie Shore

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Ernest Grady Shore

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ernie Shore completing a pitch, Detroit News Collection, 1917

On June 23, 1917, Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox pitched the most notable game of his career against the Washington Senators. Babe Ruth started the game for Boston but walked the leadoff batter, Ray Morgan. After an altercation with the home plate umpire, Ruth was ejected, and Shore came in to the game to relieve him. Morgan was caught stealing, and Shore retired the next 26 men he faced. At the time, he was credited with a perfect game, but since then, the criteria have been revised, and Shore's name has been removed from the record books (although he still gets credit for a combined no-hitter).

Shore is remembered mainly for that one game, but he was an important pitcher for several years with the Boston Red Sox of the 1910s. He won in double figures from 1914 to 1917, with his best year being 1915 when he went 19-8 with an ERA of 1.64.

Boston won the World Series in both 1915 and 1916, with Shore winning one game in 1915 and two in 1916. In the 1916 World Series, Shore pitched the key first and last games, pitching 17 2/3 innings with an ERA of 1.53.

Shore had come up with the New York Giants in 1912, but then was with the top minor league team the Baltimore Orioles of the International League with Babe Ruth, was with him in Boston, and then closed out his career with Ruth with the New York Yankees.

Shore had a better ERA than Ruth in 1914 and 1915, but not in 1916 or 1917. He was in the military in 1918.

The home of the Winston-Salem Warthogs is called Ernie Shore Field. After baseball, he was the sheriff of Forsyth County, North Carolina for 34 years. Singer Kenny Shore, a relative of Ernie, has recorded The Ballad of Ernie Shore.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1915 & 1916)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1915-1917)
  • Won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox (1915 & 1916)

Related Sites[edit]

Boston Globe account of Shore's pseudo-perfect game