The White Sox and Indians were scheduled to play a doubleheader fifa 15 xbox coins on September 29, but once again they were rained out. Fortunately for Chicago, which needed to play every remaining game, Ban Johnson announced he would allow western teams until Wednesday, October 4, to ﬁnish their sched- ules. Even with the rainout, the Pale Hose were pushed to three back, as Babe Ruth mowed down New York in a 3–0 shutout. It was the Babe’s 23rd win and ninth shutout, the latter an A.L. record for lefties that would stand until Ron Guidry tied it in 1978. In 324 innings pitched, Ruth hadn’t allowed a home run and had compiled an ERA of 1.75 that would be the standard in the American League. The Red Sox win also ofﬁcially eliminated Detroit, which posted a meaningless 4–1 victory over St. Louis. Just two more wins in four games and Boston would clinch the pennant regardless of what Chicago did.
The White Sox did keep the pressure on the next day by sweeping a dou-bleheader in Cleveland. Reb Russell (18–10) cruised to a 7–2 victory in the ﬁrst game, which saw a triple steal. Hap Felsch made four great catches in the second contest and hit a game-winning grand slam in the 12th inning for a 7–3 win. The Red Sox, meanwhile, reduced the magic number to one in front of 14,000 at Fenway Park . Dutch Leonard (20–14) was magniﬁcent, not allowing a run through 10 innings, and pinch-runner Mike McNally scored the winner in daring fashion in the bottom half on a sacriﬁce ﬂy to short right.
The Red Sox were off the next day before hosting Philadelphia for three games to ﬁnish the season. Boston could clinch that day, however, if Chicago lost one game in its doubleheader with Cleveland. Pants Rowland sent Red Faber (16–9) to the hill in the ﬁrst game, which remained scoreless into the ﬁfth inning. Then, a hit batsman, an error and a hit loaded the bases, before Bill Wambsganss scored on pitcher Fred Coumbe’s sacriﬁce ﬂy. Since Coumbe was in the process of hurling a complete-game, two-hit shutout, one run was all that was needed to end the 1916 American League pennant race. The dra- matic season had ﬁnally come to a conclusion, with Boston once again on top of the mountain.
The Red Sox could take justiﬁable pride in their accomplishment, since as Paul Shannon wrote, “never in the history of baseball has a team facing such discouragements from the start and handicapped at various stages in the race by serious injury come through such a terriﬁc ﬁght with such glowing colors. Well do the Sox deserve their title as champions. All Boston look s to Carrigan and his men to bring home another world’s championship now.” Most writers heralded Boston’s toughness and gameness, but Chicago’s I.E. Sanborn went a step further, claiming that with seven of eight teams alive so late in the season, it was the “most sensational” pennant race in A.L. history.