Duffy Lewis

Lewis was the left fielder in the famous Red Sox outfield that included Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper. He became so adept at fielding along the steep incline in front of Fenway Park’s left-field fence that it became known as “Duffy’s Cliff.” Despite being one of the few players apparently liked by Ty Cobb, Lewis’s fondest memories included throwing out Cobb as he attempted to stretch hits. At bat, he was a reliable line-drive hitter and good RBI man, with a personal high of 109 in 1912. In 1914 he became the first ML player to pinch hit for Babe Ruth, then a Red Sox rookie pitcher. The next season, he saw Ruth’s first homer; in 1935, as traveling secretary for the Braves, a post he held for 30 years, he saw Ruth’s last.