Babe Ruth’s ejection, Ernie Shore’s perfection

On this day in 1917: Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth, not yet a famous outfielder, walks the Washington Senators’ lead-off batter and is ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire.

Ernie Shore, an East Bend native and Guilford College graduate, comes on in relief, the base runner is thrown out attempting to steal and Shore retires the next 26 batters in order. After considerable debate, baseball officials credit Shore, who later in life will become sheriff of Forsyth County, with a rare perfect game.

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