Carlos Luis “Charley” Hall…..The Sea Lion.

We have met the four main cogs of the Red Sox rotation of 1912, “Smokey” Joe Wood, Hugh Bedient, “Buck” O’Brien and Ray Collins. There was a fifth man in the mix and his name was Charley Hall.

Now before we get into that, we need to understand a couple of things about pitching. Today pitching is done with a five man starting rotation which means that a starting pitcher will pitch every sixth game. There are 7th inning specialists, 8th inning specialists and then of course the closer. That 9th inning shutdown guy who comes into the game in the ninth inning when his team is ahead by one, two or three runs.  

In 1912 there was a four man starting rotation so they pitched every fifth game. The job of the starter was to pitch a complete game and every starter would, at various times throughout the season, appear in relief.

Carlos Luis “Charley” Hall, earned the nickname “Sea Lion” because he was said to have a voice like a walrus. He pitched in the major leagues in nine different seasons. Five of them were with the Red Sox and his best one was Fenway Park’s inaugural season of 1912. Filling the slot in the rotation left by the injured Ray Collins, it was “Charley” who was the winning pitcher in the first game ever played at Fenway Park. Relieving “Buck” O’Brien in the eighth, he was the beneficiary of the Red Sox 11 inning win. He went 15-8 on the year and pitched twice in the 1912 World Series.

 Pitching 8 innings of relief in an 11-4 World Series loss, Hall gained a sliver of immortality as he is the only relief pitcher in World Series history to get three hits in a game, going 3 for 3.

His last game in the bigs was in 1918 with the Tigers but he pitched in the minor leagues through the 1925 season. He totaled 18 seasons of minor league ball winning 285 games. Among them were five no-hitters, one which he lost in 12 innings.

Following his baseball career he went home to Ventura California where he became a police officer. He passed away in 1943 at the at the age of 59, his place in Fenway Park history secure as a member of Fenway Parks first ever World Champions, the 1912 Boston Red Sox.

 Charley Hall, arms folded over the A in Arlington, with the Red Sox in Hot Springs Arkansas in the spring of 1912.

And so it was at this time in Fenway Park history, 1912 and 13, Charley’s time.

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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