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The 1910 Red Sox pitching staff was a multi-ethnic one, perhaps years ahead of their time, with two Mexican Americans (Frank Arellanes and Charley Hall) on their roster, and one Native American (Louis LeRoy). The Boston Globe reported, “LeRoy asked Donovan if his color would prevent him getting a trial in Boston, and was assured that Boston was looking for speed boys willing to hustle.” (The Boston Globe, January 9, 1910) Red Sox President John I. Taylor offered a number of suggestions regarding player health in January. He asked them to quit smoking cigarettes and said if they would, “I will agree to furnish the cigars for the team from April 14 to October 4.” Taylor also asked an end to all-night poker sessions: “too much of the midnight oil hurts the eyesight.” And even wanted them to give up alcohol: “Too much of even the light drinks will make a player logy and heavy and unfit to play ball.” The season started with Eddie Cicotte pitching against New York’s Hippo Vaughn before the largest crowd to see any American League ballgame, in a game that ran for 14 innings, and ended on account of darkness tied 4-4. It was the first of five ties the Red Sox played in 1910. The two teams split each of the next two games. Whether he’d been caught smoking cigarettes, playing poker all night, or drinking (or all three) is unknown, but team captain Harry Lord was on the trading block, said Taylor, in an announcement made in early August. Charley Hall, born Carlos but going by the nickname of “Sea Lion”, threw a one-hitter against Cleveland on August 27. The only hit came on relief pitcher Elmer Koestner’s high popup right in front of home plate. Red Sox shortstop Wagner shouted, “Take it, Bill” - but both third baseman Bill Purtell and catcher Bill Carrigan deferred to the other and the ball landed and bounced foul – which would have made it a foul ball, but for the fact that it had nicked Purtell’s foot on the way, making it a fair ball. Hall won the one-hitter, 7-1. Three days later, it was Ray Collins’ turn to throw a one-hitter, against the visiting White Sox. The 4-0 shutout lasted 97 minutes, the only man to reach base doing so on a clean third-inning single. This team had some hitters. Boston hit 43 homers as a team, 15 more than runner-up Detroit. First baseman Jake Stahl’s 10 led the league and his 77 RBIs were nine more than second-ranking Duffy Lewis, who hit eight homers. On November 4, the popular Stahl stunned Sox fans by announcing he wouldn’t come back to baseball and would take a position in Chicago as a bank executive. The outstanding fielding of Duffy Lewis in left, Tris Speaker in center, and Harry Hooper is right had perhaps never been surpassed. In 289 fielding chances during 1910, Hooper threw out an even 30 opponents, for an assists percentage of more than 10%, reported the Washington Exchange. Six Sox starters won 10 or more games, and three of them had ERA’s under 2.00: Ray Collins (13-11), Smoky Joe Wood (despite a losing 12-13 record), and Charley Hall (12-9). Leading the team in wins was the 15-11 Eddie Cicotte (2.74). Boston still finished 81-72, in fourth place but 22 ½ games behind the Athletics.

By Bill Nowlin
 

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Bill Carrigan, Billy Purtell, Charley Hall, Duffy Lewis, Eddie Cicotte, Frank Arellanes, Harry Hooper, Harry Lord, Heinie Wagner, Hippo Vaughn, Jake Stahl, Joe Wood, John I. Taylor, Louis Leroy, Patsy Donovan, Ray Collins, Tris Speaker

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