October 11, 1915: Boyertown Baseball Team Defeats Champs


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA

October 11, 1915: Boyertown’s crack baseball team has humiliated the world champion Philadelphia Athletics major league team, defeating them by a stunning 10-9 score, in an exhibition game played before 1500 partisan fans in the Boyertown park at Sixth and Franklin Streets.

The A’s touted hurler, the great Shawkey began the game for the visitors, but he was hit so hard that a young recruit named Anchor relieved him. Anchor didn’t fare any better; he was “wild as a March hare,” walking 10 batsmen and yielding a total of 11 safe wallops.

“Yockey” Holmes started on the mound for Boyertown and got along nicely until the sixth inning, when Amos Strunk walloped a three bagger with three men on base, and sounded the death knell for Holmes, who was yanked by Manager Henry Grim.

Boyertown scored its winning three runs in the lucky seventh inning, and prevented the Mackmen (Connie Mack, their helmsman) from tying the game in the ninth when Clint Bach caught a fly ball and threw to third to catch the runner for the final out.

Landlord Bill Schearer at the Mansion House had prepared a fine chicken and waffle dinner for both teams after the game, but the Athletics claimed a prior engagement and left town immediately after their embarrassing loss to a bunch of amateurs.

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