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Walter Holke

Walter Holke

The Boston Braves played the Philadelphia Phillies on May 30, 1919. It was a great game for the Braves as they shut out the Phillies 6-0. It wasn’t necessarily a slug fest with 12 hits against the Phillies 4. The runs were evenly scattered with 2 each in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings.

The star of the game was first baseman Walter Holke, 26 that year. He had been traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Boston Braves for Jimmy Smith and cash. He went 2 for 4 scoring 1 run and getting 2 RBI’s against the Phillies that day. He also had 11 putouts at first base. Always a great fielder.

Holke holds the record for the most putouts by an infielder in a game, with 46 during a 26-inning game between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 1, 1920.

Rabbit Maranville played short stop and went 1-3.  He had a sacrifice hit, 1 putout and 2 assists.

Jim Thorpe would not have a great day in that he would only get one at bat. He did get a hit in his only at bat. Red Smith would replace him in left field. Perhaps he was pulled because of an error he made.

Dick “Baldy” Rudolph was the winning pitcher. He was 31 that year. He pitched a complete game. With this win, his record came to 2-6. He struck out 4 while facing 31 batters and had a 1.77 ERA for the game. Over the three-year period 1914-16, Rudolph was one of baseball’s best and most durable pitchers, hurling over 300 innings each season. Dick developed arm trouble in 1918, when he pitched just 154 innings. Though he bounced back with one more workhorse season in 1919 with a 13-18 record. He pitched in only 25 games over the next eight years, when he was more of a coach than a pitcher.