|1916 World Series|
|Venue||Braves Field (Boston)|
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
|Umpires||Tommy Connolly (AL), Hank O'Day (NL)|
Bill Dinneen (AL), Ernie Quigley (NL)
|Hall of Famers||Umpire: |
Herb Pennock (DNP)
Wilbert Robinson (mgr.)
‡ elected as a manager
In the 1916 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins four games to one. It was the first World Series meeting between the teams.
Casey Stengel shone on offense for the Robins in the 1916 Series, but the Red Sox pitching corps ultimately proved too much for the denizens of Flatbush. The Sox's Babe Ruth pitched 13 shutout innings in Game 2, starting a consecutive scoreless innings streak that would reach 29 in 1918. As with the 1915 Series, the Red Sox played their home games at the larger Braves Field, and it paid off as they drew a then-record 43,620 people for the final game.
Brooklyn fielded some strong teams under their manager and namesake Wilbert Robinson in the late 1910s. The Robins, also interchangeably called the Dodgers, would win the pennant again in 1920, but the American League teams were generally stronger during that interval. It would be 39 years before the Dodgers would win their first World Series title in 1955.
The two franchises met again in the postseason for the first time in 102 years in the 2018 World Series, 60 years after the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles. The record for most innings played in a World Series game, set by Game 2 in 1916, at 14, was broken by Game 3 in 2018, at 18. Just like their first matchup in the World Series, the Red Sox would eventually go on to defeat the Dodgers in five games to win their fourth World Series championship.
AL Boston Red Sox (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Robins (1)
|1||October 7||Brooklyn Robins – 5, Boston Red Sox – 6||Braves Field||2:16||36,117|
|2||October 9||Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 2 (14 innings)||Braves Field||2:32||41,373|
|3||October 10||Boston Red Sox – 3, Brooklyn Robins – 4||Ebbets Field||2:01||21,087|
|4||October 11||Boston Red Sox – 6, Brooklyn Robins – 2||Ebbets Field||2:30||21,662|
|5||October 12||Brooklyn Robins – 1, Boston Red Sox – 4||Braves Field||1:43||42,620|
|WP: Ernie Shore (1–0) LP: Rube Marquard (0–1) Sv: Carl Mays (1)|
Until the ninth, Boston starter Ernie Shore was in control. Holding a comfortable 6–1 lead, a walk, hit batter, error and bases-loaded walk to Fred Merkle finally forced the Red Sox to call on Carl Mays from the bullpen to preserve a 6–5 win.
|WP: Babe Ruth (1–0) LP: Sherry Smith (0–1)|
BKN: Hy Myers (1)
The Robins scored in the top of the first on an inside-the-park home run by Hy Myers, and the Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the third, Ruth himself knocking in the run with a ground ball. The game remained 1–1 until the bottom of the 14th, when the Red Sox won it on a pinch-hit single by Del Gainer. The 14-inning game set a World Series record for longest game by innings. That mark was equaled in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, and then again in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, before being broken in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers.
|WP: Jack Coombs (1–0) LP: Carl Mays (0–1) Sv: Jeff Pfeffer (1)|
BOS: Larry Gardner (1)
A seventh-inning home run by Larry Gardner chased Brooklyn starter Jack Coombs and brought Boston to within one run. Jeff Pfeffer came through with 2+2⁄3 innings of hitless relief to save the victory for Coombs.
|WP: Dutch Leonard (1–0) LP: Rube Marquard (0–2)|
BOS: Larry Gardner (2)
Brooklyn's first three batters reached safely off Dutch Leonard in a two-run first inning, but that's all the Dodgers would get. Larry Gardner's second home run in two days was an inside-the-park one to left-center that scored two teammates ahead of him, giving Leonard all he would need for the win.
|WP: Ernie Shore (2–0) LP: Jeff Pfeffer (0–1)|
The final game was over in a snappy 1 hour, 43 minutes. Ernie Shore threw a three-hitter. Boston scratched out a run on a walk, sacrifice bunt, ground-out and passed ball. The Red Sox added more in the third, thanks to an error and a Chick Shorten RBI single, and the fifth when Harry Hooper singled and scored on a Hal Janvrin double. Casey Stengel led off the Dodger ninth with a hit, but Shore allowed no more. For the second straight series, Red Sox pitching dominated, this time holding the Robins to a team .200 batting average, contributing to an easy 5-game victory.
1916 World Series (4–1): Boston Red Sox (A.L.) over Brooklyn Robins (N.L.)
|Boston Red Sox||0||4||4||1||3||2||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||21||39||6|
|Total attendance: 169,859 Average attendance: 33,972|
Winning player's share: $3,910 Losing player's share: $2,835