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|1907 University of Vermont - Holy Cross Baseball Scorecard
Tuesday, May 7th, 1907.
There are three players listed that had distinguished Major League careers:
Jack Barry of Holy Cross (Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox), Ray Collins of UVM (Red Sox), and Larry Gardner of UVM (Red Sox).
(In addition, freshman Kip Dowd pitched for Holy Cross that day. Dowd pitched well, but lost to Collins, as UVM won 1 to 0.
Dowd would go on to pitch just one game in the Majors for the 1910 Pittsburgh Pirates.)
The 1907 UVM-HC game was the biggest game of the year. Ray Collins beat Holy Cross 1-0 and drove in the game’s only run with a triple. Students
celebrated the victory in traditional fashion with a huge celebration by going downtown and staging a mini-riot.
In 1908 Athletics manager Connie Mack signed Jack Barry off the campus of the College of the Holy Cross to play shortstop on what would become his
famous $100,000 infield. The unit was one of the most famous groups of teammates in baseball history.
Barry was critical to the Athletics winning the American League pennant in 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914, and the World Series in 1910, 1911, and 1913.
Barry played on the World Series winning Red Sox in 1915 and 1916.
In 1917 he became the player-manager for the Red Sox (Babe Ruth won 24 games for the Red Sox in 1917).
In a seven-season career with the Red Sox, Ray Collins posted an 84–62 record with 511 strikeouts and a 2.51 ERA in 1336 innings, including 19 shutouts and
90 complete games. Collins won 19 games in 1913, and in 1914 he became the ace of the Boston pitching staff with a 20 win season.
Collins was an integral part of the 1912 World Series winning Red Sox (the same year Fenway Park opened). Collins started Game Two of the 1912 World
Series against Christy Mathewson and the New York Giants.
Long considered the greatest baseball player to come out of Vermont, in his 17-season career, Larry Gardner was the regular third baseman on four World
Series championship teams, the Boston Red Sox of 1912, 1915, and 1916 and the Cleveland Indians of 1920.
The 1912 season was a breakthrough year for both the Red Sox and Larry Gardner. Boston ran away with the American League, besting second-place
Washington by 14 games, and Gardner hit .315 with a team-leading 18 triples. Gardner will forever be remembered for one of the most dramatic games in
baseball history. In the famous 10th inning of the final game of 1912 World Series, the same inning that included Fred Snodgrass (infamous muff) and Chief
Meyers making critical fielding mistakes and giving the Red Sox two extra outs to work with, it was Gardner who drove in Steve Yerkes with the winning run
of the series against Mathewson.
In 1915 Barry, Collins and Gardner played together on the same Red Sox team (with a young Babe Ruth), winning the World Series.
|In 1915 Barry, Collins and Gardner played together on the same Red Sox team (with a young Babe Ruth), winning the World Series.
|Researching further both Gardner and Collins, I found this incredible picture blog of Ray Collins, compiled by his relatives:
This particular game noted in this scorecard was a highlight of Ray's Vermont career, as he beat Holy Cross 1-0 and drove in the game’s only run with a triple.
A chapter(9 pages) from the book “Opening Fenway Park with Style: The 1912 Champion Red Sox”, is dedicated to Collins, and this game in particular is described.
|Collins and Gardner, Red Sox Spring Training