Ernie Shore

Ernie Shore

Original Name Ernest
East Bend, Yadkin County, North Carolina, USA
Death 24 Sep 1980 (aged 89)
Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 13588999 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He is best known for his performance on June 23, 1917, that for some time was listed by many as a perfect game. Starting pitcher Babe Ruth was ejected in the first inning by umpire Brick Owens after he argued a called ball four to Washington Senators leadoff batter Ray Morgan. Without even warming up, Shore came in to pitch. Morgan was retired trying to steal second base, and Shore retired the next 26 batters for a 4-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Boston. Most record books now list it under the catgory of No-Hit Games of Nine or More Innings. The right-hander also starred in the 1915 and 1916 World Series. He started Game 1 of the 1915 Fall Classic, but lost to Philadelphia's Grover Cleveland Alexander 3-1 as the Phillies scored twice in the eighth to snap a tie. Shore won 2-1 in Game 4, spacing seven hits. Ruth appeared only once as a pinch hitter as Boston took the title four games to one. In the 1916 Series against Brooklyn, Shore earned a 6-5 victory in Game 1. The Dodgers made it close with four runs in the ninth, but Carl Mays got the last out to snuff out the rally. Shore closed out the Series in Game 5 with a three-hitter in a 4-1 win. He broke into the big leagues in 1912, appearing in one game with the New York Giants. He was with Boston from 1914-17, going 10-4, 19-8, 16-10 and 13-10. He was traded with outfielder Duffy Lewis and pitcher Hubert "Dutch" Leonard on Dec. 18, 1918 for outfielder Frank Gilhooley, pitchers Ray Caldwell and Slim Lowe, catcher Roxy Walters and $15,000. His seven-year totals were 65-42 with a 2.45 earned run average. After retiring from baseball in 1920 he returned to his home town of Winston-Salem and sold automobiles, then insurance. He was persuaded to run for Forsyth County sheriff in 1936, won the election, and held the office for 34 years. The Wake Forest University baseball field, which was opened in 1956 and was also used by several of Winston-Salem's minor-league teams, was named for him until 2009.

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