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Perfect Relief for the Babe
Mal Mallette
July 02, 1962
Ernie Shore, a tall, lanky pitcher from North Carolina, made himself comfortable in the corner of the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park in Boston. It promised to be a long, lazy afternoon for Shore—that afternoon of June 23, 1917. The Red Sox were playing the Washington Senators in a doubleheader, and Shore, who had pitched against the Yankees two days before, expected to watch both games from his cozy spot on the bench. The Red Sox pitchers were Babe Ruth and Dutch Leonard, and against Washington, then as now, it seemed certain they would be sufficient.
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July 02, 1962

Perfect Relief For The Babe

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Shore himself, now the sheriff of Forsyth County in North Carolina, is happy to let the argument continue, for it has brought him more publicity than, say, Addie Joss or Charley Robertson, both of whom pitched routine, uncontroversial perfect games which few remember anymore.

"Practically everyone has heard of me," says Shore today. "If I have to pick up a prisoner in some remote spot, I generally get special treatment I wouldn't get otherwise. People are always asking me about that game. I can't say I really mind."

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