Baseball in 1906
|January 5||John McGraw and jockey Tod Sloan open a billiard parlor at 34th Street and Broadway‚ which soon becomes a popular and profitable hangout for New York’s sporting life.|
|January 12||The owners of the Boston Beaneaters reject a $250‚000 offer for the team‚ which is destined to finish last again.|
|January 20||The Giants sign Christy Mathewson‘s far less talented 19-year-old brother Henry.. In two major league seasons, Henry will appear in three games going 0-1 with a 4.91 e.r.a at time when the average NL e.r.a. was 2.61.|
|January 25||The Reds trade SS Al Bridwell to Boston (NL) for OF Jim Delahanty.|
|February 8||Several Giant players assault passengers aboard a train from New York City to Troy where the players are to receive an award. Ring leader Mike Donlin is charged with assaulting a conductor and pulling a pistol on a porter. The New York Times reports that the players were drunk and started throwing baseballs.|
|March 6||Rookie owner Charles W. Murphy puts the last pieces of a Cubs dynasty in place‚ trading rookie infielder Hans Lobert and lefthander Jake Weimer to the Cincinnati Reds for 3B Harry Steinfeldt. Not a heavy hitter‚ Steinfeldt completes the Tinker-Evers-Chance infield.|
|March 18||In New Orleans‚ a crowd of 3‚000 watch the Chicago White Sox drub New Orleans‚ 9-1. The Sox will sweep the rain-interrupted 3-game series with New Orleans‚ the first ML team to sweep the Southern League champs in 3 years.|
|April 1||After a week of rain‚ the White Sox finally play an exhibition game in Memphis‚ beating the minor league team‚ 3-2. Meanwhile‚ the Sox “B” team loses to Kansas City‚ 2-0.|
|April 10||Promising Reds’ rookie John Siegle breaks a small bone directly above his left ankle while sliding into second base in a spring training game. He won’t appear in a game until June 23 (a fruitless pinch-hitting effort‚ in which he supposedly stepped up to the plate with the aid of a cane)‚ or return to the lineup until July 10. After limping to a .118 average in 22 games‚ Siegle will disappear from the majors for good. (as noted by Bill Deane).|
|April 12||Boston (NL) OF Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to hit a homer in his first ML at bat when he connects in the 2nd inning against the Brooklyn Superbas’ Harry McIntire. Boston hurler Irv Young allows only one hit-a double by Lumley-and wins‚ 2-0.|
With Mathewson sidelined with diphtheria‚ Red Ames pitches the Opener for the Giants‚ a 3-2 win over the Phils at Baker Bowl.
|April 14||Little-used Jack Doscher makes his only start of the year for Brooklyn‚ but loses to Boston‚ 1-0. Doscher is the first lefty to start a game for Brooklyn in 4 years. Used mostly for batting practice‚ Doscher will shortly jump the team in a salary squabble. The win goes to Vive Lindaman‚ making his first major league start. Vive better get used to the lack of support; he’ll lose 23 games this year‚ eight by shutouts. No rookie will have it worse.|
At Hilltop Park‚ former player John Montgomery Ward throws out the first ball before the start of the Highlanders-Boston Americans opener. Veterans Jack Chesbro and Cy Young struggle to a 1-1 standoff through eleven innings before New York pushes across an unearned run in the 12th.
|April 15||Brooklyn plays a Sunday game against Boston‚ charging no admission. Fans are asked to drop contributions in a box at the gate. Deputy police commissioner Arthur O’Keefe‚ in referring to last year’s ploy of selling programs as a way around admission charges‚ states: “If the Sunday games at Washington Park are to be free games‚ in the literal sense of the word‚ Mr. Ebbets may be right in assuming that they will not constitute a violation of the law. If‚ on the other hand‚ an admission fee is exacted in any manner we will consider the law violated‚ and act accordingly.” Boston tops Brooklyn‚ 5-3‚ with no arrests reported.|
Chicago’s Ed Reulbach beats the Reds‚ 8-5 to start a streak of 16 straight wins over Cincinnati. The streak will conclude August 18‚ 1909.
|April 16||In Cincinnati‚ the Cubs lose 3-2 as Johnny Evers and Frank Chance get ejected. Following the game‚ Joe Tinker gets into a fight with a fan to complete the circuit.|
Phillies pitcher John Lush records a double-double‚ walking 10 batters and striking out 11 in beating the Giants‚ 4-2.
|April 17||At Detroit‚ the Tigers drop their home Opener‚ 5-3‚ to the White Sox and Frank Owen. A crowd of 13‚875 is on hand at Bennett Field‚ which holds just 7‚000. Crowds pack along the foul line.|
|April 18||Eleven days after the start of the PCL season‚ a great 70-second earthquake in San Francisco and the fire which follows destroys Recreation Park‚ home of the San Francisco Seals as well as the offices of the PCL. The Seals (9-2) are leading the league. Oakland C Pat Donohue reportedly breaks both his legs when he jumps from a hotel window during the quake (Spalding’s PCL Date Book)‚ but he will recover to debut with the Boston Red Sox in May.|
LA Angels (PCL) owner James Morley‚ who had made several unsuccessful attempts to wreck the league‚ disbands his team without the consent of the league. His lease at Chute Park is up on May 15‚ and the owners had refused to extend it; he will and up selling the team to local businessmen a day before the expiration. With telegraph service down‚ PCL president Bert cannot immediately inform the Angels’ players that Morley acted without the consent of the league‚ and several players leave for the East. Fresno and LA will resume play on April 26 and will play each other in one of two cities for the next three weeks.
|April 19||The Tigers win their 2nd in a row over the White Sox‚ 3-1‚ as Sam Crawford homers over the RF fence.|
White Sox pitcher Doc White request permission to leave the team until May 15 in order to coach the baseball team at his alma mater‚ Georgetown. Comiskey reluctantly gives him till May 1st (as noted by Irv Stein).
|April 20||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants win their home opener‚ 8-2 over the Brooklyn Superbas. Red Ames is the winner for the defending world champions.|
The White Sox win their home Opener‚ 6-1 over the Tigers. Again‚ Nick Altrock is the winning pitcher.
|April 22||A new rule puts the umpire in sole charge of all game balls. The home team manager previously had some say as to when a new ball was introduced.|
|April 24||Boston makes 20 hits in trouncing the Washington Nationals‚ 19-2.|
|April 26||Immediately following the Giants 4-3 win over Philadelphia‚ John McGraw slugs a fan who had made a derogatory remark about the Giants. Then the manager proceeds on to the clubhouse. When a policeman arrives he refuses to arrest McGraw on the grounds that he had not witnessed the altercation.|
At Brooklyn‚ the Boston Nationals Johnny Bates hits for the cycle‚ but his teammates go flat and lose 3-1.
|April 28||It’s the only time two managers steal home on the same day. Cubs pilot Frank Chance steals in the 9th to give Chicago a 1-0 win over the Reds‚ and Fred Clarke matches it in the Pirates’ 10-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.|
In a South Texas League game‚ Houston P Peaches Nelson pitches a 1-0 no-hitter over Galveston. Opposing pitcher Ivy Tevis gives up just one hit.
|April 29||The New York ban on Sunday baseball is temporarily lifted and the Highlanders and Philadelphia A’s play a benefit game for the victims of the San Francisco earthquake‚ raising $5‚600. The 2 teams also work out a deal: the Highlanders get speedster Danny Hoffman in exchange for the rights to OF Dave Fultz‚ who did not play last year. The 31-year-old Fultz quit to practice law and will stay quit.|
Harry Lumley hits the first pitch for a leadoff homer and the game’s only score as Brooklyn beats the Phillies‚ 1-0. Bill Duggleby serves up the homer and takes the loss.
In the first game in the Bay area since the earthquake‚ the Seals beat the Oakland Oaks‚ 7-3‚ in a benefit exhibition for the earthquake relief fund. The game is at the Oaks’ Idora Park. The two teams head north and‚ by May 2‚ all PCL teams will be in action.
|April 30||Boston C Jack O’Neill‚ the eldest of the 4 ML O’Neill brothers‚ suffers through a long day as the Giants rack up 10 stolen bases in beating the Beaneaters‚ 8-2.|
|May 1||John Lush‚ 20‚ posts a 1-0 no-hitter over Brooklyn for the Phils‚ striking out 11. Mal Eason takers the loss. The Philadelphia Inquirer states‚ “The trolley dodgers were triumphantly baffled by Lush’s drop curve.” Ward‚ who had cleared waivers by all 15 teams‚ had 4 hits for the Phils‚ and has 7 in his last 2 games.|
The Boston Americans drop an 8-0 decision to the Highlanders‚ the first of franchise record 19 losses in a row. OF Jesse Burkett is released by the Americans to manage the Worcester team‚ which he owns. Burkett will be voted in to the Hall of Fame in 1946 by the Vet’s committee.
|May 2||Behind Carl Lundgren‚ the Chicago Colts clip the St. Louis Cardinals‚ 5-1. It is Lundgren’s 10th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to May 25‚ 1904.|
|May 5||Christy Mathewson makes his first mound appearance of the year for the Giants. The New York ace is still weak from a case of diphtheria contracted before the season. Matty pitches 7 innings against Boston and allows 7 hits before being relieved by Joe McGinnity‚ who allows 3 runs in the 9th to turn a 4-3 margin into a 6-4 defeat. The Giants (15-5) stay in first place in the NL.|
|May 6||At Pittsburgh‚ the Cubs top the Pirates‚ 5-1‚ for their 9th straight win. During the game the Pittsburgh ground crew uses a tarp to cover the entire infield‚ the first time a ML team has done this. Fred Clarke‚ the Pirates manager‚ will file for a patent on June 7 for a “diamond cover‚” and the patent will be approved on February 2‚ 1911. Previously‚ some clubowners protected only the pitcher’s slab or the home plate‚ while others covered the bases as well. “One clubowner‚ GeorgeTebeau of Louisville‚ is said to have a circus tent with which he covers the whole infield when it rains.” (Chicago Tribune‚ September 30‚ 1906)|
|May 7||During the New York Americans 7-2 win over visiting Washington‚ umpire Tim Hurst strikes New York manager Clark Grif?th in the mouth after Griffith accidently steps on his shoe during a 10-minute argument following a close play in the 5th inning. Griffith is tossed today but Hurst will be suspended for 5 days.|
The Cubs win their 10th straight topping the Pirates‚ 3-2‚ and move into first place in the NL as the Giants drop to 2nd.
The Giants get shut out at Washington Park by Brooklyn’s Jim Pastorious‚ 6-0. Harry Lumley crack a long drive near the CF fence for a triple and “Hoboken” Tim Jordan follows with his first ML homer‚ off Hooks Wiltse. Jordan will lead the NL in homers this year with Lumley second. John McGraw‚ sore from a car accident yesterday that occurred while returning from an exhibition game in Newburgh‚ watches the game from a box seat.
Detroit Tigers P Bill Donovan steals second‚ third‚ and-on the front end of a double steal-takes home‚ all in the 5th inning of an 8-3 victory over Cleveland. He also slugs a triple. Donovan swiped home against Cleveland last year as well. He is one of just 2 pitchers (Red Faber‚ 1915) who will swipe 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in a game.
Boston (NL) acquires P Gus Dorner from the Reds for P Chick Fraser.
|May 8||Shorthanded because of injuries‚ Connie Mack puts pitcher Chief Bender in LF in the 6th inning in a game against the Boston Americans. Bender‚ who banged his first homer on May 5‚ responds with 2 roundtrippers‚ both inside the park‚ off Jess Tannehill‚ in the A’s 11-4 win. Bender will hit just 3 more homers in his 16-year career.|
A PCL game in Los Angeles is postponed when the Fresno team can’t make today’s game because of a tunnel collapse delayed their train. In six days‚ LA owner James Morley will forfeit his franchise to the league‚ paving the way for the team to be taken over by a group of businessmen.
|May 10||At Cleveland‚ the Americans drub the White Sox‚ 15-1‚ scoring 8 runs off starter Ed Walsh.|
|May 11||Tom Jones‚ St. Louis Browns 1B‚ has 22 putouts-an AL record that will be tied by the Highlanders’ Hal Chase on September 21‚ and not again until July 20‚ 1987‚ by Don Mattingly. His Browns beat Boston‚ 8-3.|
|May 13||The Reds sell pitcher Gus Dorner (1-1) to the Boston Beaneaters‚ where he will go 8-25 to join three other 20-gamne losers‚ tying last year’s ML record by Boston.|
|May 14||Mathewson wins his first game of the season‚ scattering 9 hits and walking an uncharacteristic 7 batters‚ but still beats the Reds‚ 6-3. The game is 1-1 after 8 innings‚ but the Giants jump on Orval Overall for 5 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in the 9th to put the game away.|
|May 15||Hooks Wiltse of the Giants becomes the 2nd pitcher of the modern era to fan 4 batters in a single inning [he is credited as the first; however‚ Doc White fanned 4 batters on July 21‚ 1902.] fanning the side after the first Cincinnati batter‚ Jim Delahanty‚ in the 5th inning reaches base on Roger Bresnahan‘s 3rd-strike error. Wiltse also fanned the side in the 4th inning to total 7 batters punched out in just two innings‚ the first and only time this happens in ML history. Hooks K’s 12 Reds overall enroute to a victory‚ 4-1. However‚ the Giants suffer a major loss when Turkey Mike Donlin‚ after getting 3 hits‚ breaks his leg sliding into 2B.|
|May 16||The visiting Giants‚ clad in their new all-black uniforms‚ are sliced up by the Pirates‚ 11-0. The Bucs tally 15 hits to back sinkerballer Vic Willis‚ obtained from Boston last December. Willis will toss shutouts in his next two outings.|
Boston’s Gus Dorner (2-1)‚ sold 3 days ago by the Reds‚ beats his old team‚ 6-5.
|May 17||Detroit’s Ty Cobb‘s bunt single spoils Rube Waddell‘s no-hit bid. The Philadelphia A’s win 5-0.|
Pittsburgh’s Sam Leever faces just 27 Giants batters‚ allowing 3 singles‚ to top New York‚ 3-0.
|May 18||Christy Mathewson‚ weakened from a bout of diphtheria‚ is pounded for 14 hits by the Pirates and loses‚ 7-6. Honus Wagner paces the attack with 2 singles and a triple and also picks off Bill Dahlen off 2B in the 9th inning with the hidden ball trick. Dahlen‚ intently watching Lefty Leifeld on the mound‚ misses Wagner who gently touches him with the ball. McGraw is so furious with Dahlen that he slaps him with a $100 fine‚ later rescinded (according to Bill Deane). The Pirates have now won 3 in a row from New York.|
At Washington‚ the 6th place White Sox sock the Nationals‚ 10-0. Fielder Jones has a 3-run homer‚ just the 2nd Chicago 4-bagger this year. The Sox will total 7 on the season. The game is interrupted in the 6th when the Nats Tom Hughes goes into the stands after a fan who had been “kidding him.”
|May 19||After managing the first 3 games from the bench‚ Fred Clarke leaves town to attend to his injured right shoulder‚ Honus Wagner skippers the Pirates to a 5-1 to over the Giants. The Bucs are now 5 1/2 games in back of Chicago.|
The Boston Beaneaters begin a record four straight shutout losses‚ losing today to the Reds‚ 15-0. It’s 8-0 on 21st; 1-0 on 22nd; 5-0 on 23rd. The team’s losing streak will end at a NL-record 19 games‚ a mark that will be tied by the 1914 Reds and broken by the Phils. Reds catcher Oscar Stanage has a debut one at-bat but will be sold to Newark. Oscar will anchor the Tiger backstop position for a decade starting in 1909.
|May 20||Arriving in Chicago in first place by percentage points‚ the Giants lose the opener of the series‚ 10-4‚ to drop to 2nd place.|
|May 21||An 11-game win streak by Philadelphia is stopped by Cleveland 2-1 in 13 innings. The Athletics‚ Cleveland Naps‚ and New York Highlanders juggle the top spot in AL standings.|
The White Sox win their 5th in a row‚ 7-6‚ over the Highlanders. The win goes to Doc White‚ his first since returning from coaching the Georgetown College team.
Before a packed house in Chicago‚ the Giants Hooks Wiltse‚ with relief help from Mathewson‚ stops the leading Cubs‚ 6-4. Mathewson allows one run in his 4 innings. The Giants will win tomorrow as well.
|May 23||With an off day‚ Chicago city officials close the gates at West Side Grounds in the middle of the series with the Giants. The reason is that city ordinances state that no fans are allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.|
In Oakland‚ the San Francisco Seals play the first PCL game in the Bay Area since the earthquake‚ beating the Fresno Raisin Pickers‚ 4-3. Their new park will be ready for the Seals by the start of next season.
|May 24||The Cubs overcome a 5-2 Giants lead to tie the game at 5-5‚ but a Johnny Evers error in the 8th gives New York a 6-5 win. Mathewson‚ who pitches just 2 and 1/3 innings is credited with the win‚ since he left the game with the Giants ahead. Wiltse pitches the last 7 1/3 innings. By taking three out of four in Chicago‚ the Giants increase their hold on first place.|
|May 25||Jesse Tannehill snaps the Boston Americans’ 20-game losing streak-19 at home-with a 3-0 win over the White Sox. Jesse’s batterymate Bob Peterson drives in all the runs in a game that takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Both of these loss streaks by Boston are AL records. Both Boston teams will ?nish last‚ while both Chicago teams ?nish first. It’s the first time 2 cities have had 2 winners and 2 cellar-dwellers‚ and it won’t happen again until 1921‚ when New York has the winners‚ and Philadelphia the last-placers.|
|May 26||At St. Louis‚ George Browne drives in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to give the Giants a 5-4 lead over the Cards. McGinnity pitches a scoreless 9th to preserve the win for Christy Mathewson.|
|May 27||Five fans are killed and 25 injured by a bolt of lightning that strikes a crowd watching a game near Mobile‚ Alabama.|
|May 30||Chicago Cubs pitcher Jack Pfiester fans 17 Cardinals‚ but loses‚ 4-2‚ in 15 innings at St. Louis. Chicago also loses the nitecap‚ 6-1‚ to Carl Druhot.|
At Washington Park‚ the Superbas split with the Giants‚ winning the first game 2-0 behind the 4 hit pitching of Harry McIntire. Dummy Taylor takes the loss. Mathewson gets a win for New York in the nitecap‚ beating Bill Scanlan‚ 5-2.
|June 1||Women appear at the Polo Grounds ticket windows for the first time. Coincidentally‚ new ticket-selling machines are also introduced. Ticket holders today watch the Giants beat the Phillies‚ 6-0.|
|June 2||Only 3 games separate the Cubs from the 4th-place Phillies‚ and Cubs owner Murphy again goes to Cincinnati for help. This time he comes back with Orval Overall‚ a 6 foot 2 inch‚ 225-pound righthander who is 4-5 for the Reds. The price: pitcher Bob Wicker‚ winner of 50 games the past 3 seasons‚ and $2‚000. Orval will go 12-3 overall for the Cubs and will help pitch them into 4 World Series in 5 years‚ while Wicker will wind up his career this year.|
|June 3||At Washington Park‚ the Superbas successfully challenge the Sunday Blue Laws by playing under a new voluntary payment plan. Instead of dropping money in a box‚ fans hand it to an attendant who seats them in the proper section. Brooklyn then defeats the Beaneaters‚ 3-1.|
|June 4||Unable to shake the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring‚ a frustrated Christy Mathewson throws a rare tantrum after giving up 4 runs to the Phils on 2 hits and 6 walks in the first inning‚ and umpire Bill Klem in turn throws him out of the game. Hooks Wiltse relieves and picks up a victory as New York rallies to win‚ 9-6.|
Bill Coughlin is the 2nd Tiger within a month to steal 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in a game; he does this in the 7th inning against Washington during a 13-4 romp. Pitcher Bill Donovan did it on May 7th. Washington ties the game at 4 apiece‚ but the Tigers score 9 in the last 2 innings to win. O’Leary has a homer for Detroit.
|June 5||With a 1 1/2 game lead‚ the Cubs Three Fingered Brown stops the Giants on 3 hits and no runs while his mound rival Joe McGinnity allows 6 runs.|
Doc White pitches a one hitter‚ as the White Sox beat the Athletics‚ 3-1. Rube Waddell takes the loss and also suffers a broken thumb on his non-pitching hand. After 5 straight 20-win seasons‚ the injury will slow Rube down to a 15-17 year.
|June 6||Jack Harper‚ making his first pitching appearance for the Cubs after being traded by the Reds for Chick Fraser‚ retires all three Giant batters he faces‚ but is hit on his pitching hand by a line drive off the bat of the 3rd hitter‚ Dan McGann. Harper is lifted for pinch hitter Johnny Kling in the 2nd inning and never pitches again. Harper also pitched for the losingest team‚ the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. The Cubs‚ on their way to a record 116 wins‚ top the host Giants 11-3 scoring 7 in the 8th‚ with Schulte collecting 5 hits. Orval Overall is the winner.|
The White Sox buy the contract of Patsy Dougherty from the Highlanders. Dougherty has been playing independent ball but will sign with the Sox.
|June 7||The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity en route to a 19-0 cakewalk in New York. Matty gives up 6 walks‚ retiring one batter and Iron Joe leaves after the 2nd inning. Jack Pfiester allows just three hits as he coasts to the win‚ the worst beating in Giants history.|
In Washington‚ Rear Admiral Evans announces that as a result of the actions by Provincetown‚ Mass. Selectmen‚ who have banned Sunday baseball‚ he is moving the battleships Maine and Missouri and the cruiser Yankton of the Atlantic fleet to Rockport Maine for the summer. The selectmen had initially endorsed Sunday baseball and then relented because of pressure from preachers who denounced the practice. A total of 10‚000 crew members are involved.
|June 8||The Giants redeem themselves with a 7-3 victory over the Cubs‚ their first win in 4 games with Chicago. Brown‚ on short rest‚ gives up 7 hits and walks 3. The Cubs now lead by 3 1/2 games.|
|June 9||A NL record 19-game losing streak ends for the Boston Beaneaters (NL) with a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.|
Under threatening skies‚ the host Phillies take the field in the 8th inning holding a 1-0 lead over the Pirates. As the Pirates rally the Phils stop trying for outs‚ hoping that umpire Bill Klem will call the game and declare them 1-0 winners. But after 7 runs cross the plate‚ Klem declares a forfeit and the fans erupt. In two weeks the NL will instruct all clubs to provide dressing areas for visiting teams‚ so they do not have to change in their hotel.
|June 10||The White Sox manage just one hit off Al Orth but still beat the visiting Highlanders‚ 1-0‚ on an unearned run. In the 3rd inning‚ 2 errors and a HBP score the run. Jones has the lone hit‚ a 6th inning single.|
In Memphis on a scouting trip‚ Connie Mack says that Christy Mathewson‘s ineffectiveness can be traced back to a ligament sprain in his last game pitching against the A’s. In the latter part of the game‚ Matty grasped his arm after unleashing a fastball. Mack said players on the coaching lines heard the snap of something resembling the crack of a toy pistol. Mack’s offer of $1700 to Memphis for SS Nicholls was refused.
|June 11||At Boston‚ the Boston Nationals Dave Brain makes a ML record 5 errors at 3B‚ and his teammates makes another 6 to help the St. Louis Cardinals post an 8-1 win. The 11 errors ties the NL record set by the Cardinals on April 19‚ 1902.|
The Cubs beat Brooklyn‚ 8-3‚ as Shulte hits a homer over the RF fence. Chicago will split the next 2 in Brooklyn.
|June 14||The Brooklyn Superbas record 27 putouts and 27 assists in beating the Pirates‚ 6-1. This will stand as the record until Pittsburgh totals 28 on June 7‚ 1911.|
The White Sox win their 3rd straight from Washington‚ 2-0‚ as Ed Walsh‚ pitching on 2 days rest‚ allows 5 hits. The Sox will lose to the Nats‚ tomorrow‚ ending their 7-game win streak. Sox prexy Comiskey hires H.B. Conibear‚ the trainer for the University of Chicago teams‚ to help with the Sox players.
|June 15||The Cubs beat the host Phillies‚ 1-0. In writing up the game tomorrow the Tribune will call the team the Cubs (as noted by Irv Stein) a first for the paper. The paper had been referring to the team as the Spuds‚ a name pinned on them in 1898 because of the number of young players: the ball park was called the “potato patch.” (other nicknames for the Cubs were Colts‚ Orphans‚ and Recruits).|
|June 17||In another test of Sunday baseball in Brooklyn‚ Superbas prexy Charles Ebbets comes up with a twist–patrons will pay after the game is played‚ placing contributions in convenient boxes. ‘Nice try’ say the police who arrest Ebbets‚ manager Ned Hanlon‚ the visiting Reds’ manager Joe Kelley‚ and starting P Mal Eason. The case is dismissed as no admission was charged. In addition to the visit to the police precinct‚ the Reds whip Brooklyn‚ 3-0.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Mathewson appears in old form‚ yielding 8 hits in beating the Cardinals‚ 2-1. Jack Taylor takes the loss when 2B Pug Bennett bobbles Roger Bresnahan‘s grounder in the 8th and a run scores.
|June 19||At Cleveland‚ the Naps take a pair from New York‚ 5-0 and 3-2‚ and switch places in the standings as a result. New York drops to 3rd. The wins are costly though as Bill Bradley has his arm fractured when hit by a Bill Hogg pitch in game 2. He will miss nearly half the season. Hogg reportedly says‚ “That big Frenchman (Lajoie) is next on my list.” Taking over at third for Bradley is Jap Barbeau‚ at 5’5″ the smallest man in the league.|
NL directors pass a resolution urging all clubs to provide dressing rooms for visiting teams because the spiked shoes were causing damage and upsetting hotel managers.. Even those teams that do comply‚ however‚ offer such primitive facilities that most teams on the road continue to dress at their hotels. Another resolution moves the batting practice from in front of the grand stand to the diamond. A third resolution is passed donating $500 to the Pacific Coast League‚ suffering from the damage caused by the San Francisco earthquake.
|June 20||At Exposition Park‚ Honus Wagner clubs one of the longest hits in park history‚ but only makes it to 3B. Rounding first he is clipped by 1B Kid Gleason‚ and Wagner limps his way to a triple. A courtesy pinch runner‚ Harry Smith‚ scores for the Pirates on a fly. The Giants generously allow Wagner to return to SS in the game‚ a 15-2 win for Pittsburgh‚ but the injury will force him to miss 3 games.|
|June 21||At the Polo Grounds‚ umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning‚ but his fellow ump Hank O’Day goes one better‚ banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4-2‚ Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last 4 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs‚ Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins‚ 5-4.|
|June 23||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants whip the Phils 5-0 in a match that takes 1 hour: 20 minutes. Mathewson allows 6 hits in outpitching Lew Richie.|
The Browns Harry Howell allows 11 hits in shutting out Cleveland‚ 9-0.
|June 24||Detroit’s Germany Schaeffer drives in a run in the 9th with a pinch hit to beat the White Sox‚ 3-2. The loss drops the White Sox back into 5th place.|
|June 25||In Chicago‚ Ed Reulbach beats the Cardinals‚ 2-1‚ allowing one hit.|
|June 26||At South End Grounds‚ the Giants roast the Beaneaters‚ 6-4‚ as Mathewson wins his 8th game. The game is interrupted when fans charge onto the field after 2 spectators are arrested for gambling. The players “watch the exertions of the police who had to beat off many would be rescuers. . . (Chicago Tribune).|
The Cubs Orval Overall allows 3 hits and K’s 11 in beating the Cardinals‚ 1-0.
In an Iowa State league game at Waterloo‚ Herbert Whitney‚ catcher for the Burlington (Iowa) Pathfinders‚ is beaned by a pitch from Fred Evans and his skull is fractured. He dies from the injury (as noted by Tim Rask).
|June 27||The Giants take another from Boston‚ winning 4-2 and moving in 2nd place in the NL‚ just 2 games behind the front-running Cubs.|
|June 30||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Beaneaters score 4 runs in 7 innings off Mathewson to beat the Giants 4-3.|
|July 1||Righthander Jack Taylor‚ 8-9 with the St. Louis Cardinals‚ returns to the Cubs in exchange for 2nd-string C Pete Noonan‚ rookie P Fred Beebe‚ and cash. New Chicago owner Murphy is not as apoplectic on the subject of Taylor as his predecessor Hart‚ and the acquisition denies the Giants of Taylor’s services. Taylor will help the Cubs by going 12-3 the rest of the year. The New York Telegram will accuse Reds owner Herrmann of syndicate baseball‚ saying he put Murphy in as owner of the Cubs and is backing the St. Louis Cards. Hence‚ the swap of Taylor from the Cards‚ Steinfeldt from the Reds‚ and Sheckard from Brooklyn-all in an effort to deny the Giants the pennant. The Cubs win today‚ 1-0‚ over Bob Wicker and the Reds. Ed Reulbach is the winner.|
|July 2||In a battle of the tailenders‚ Boston beats Washington‚ 4-3‚ behind Cy Young in game 1‚ and Washington then whips them‚ 17-3 in game 2 in a game called after 7 innings so the Americans can catch a train. Dave Altizer scores 5 runs for the Senators in game 2 and Jones has a triple and double.|
In a pair of 1-0 games‚ the Reds Chick Fraser beats the Cubs‚ while Boston beats the Phillies on rookie Johnny Bates‘s homerun in the 9th off Togie Pittinger.
At Philadelphia‚ the Highlanders and Athletics split a pair. The A’s take the opener‚ 5-4‚ with a bases loaded walk in the 9th. In game 2‚ the New Yorkers are leading 5-1 in the 9th with 2 outs in the bottom of the frame when a forfeit in declared when fans surge onto the field.
The Reds president Hermann‚ furious at the charge of Barney Dreyfuss of the Pirates‚ declares that the Pirates can have Ed Phelps for nothing. Dreyfuss had charged that Phelps was awarded to the Reds because of Hermann’s $6000 wager against the Pirates as a pennant winner. Phelps is now the property of the Boston Americans‚ but Hermann will pay the $1500 to get his release.
|July 3||At Cleveland‚ the Naps top the Tigers‚ 5-0‚ in game called after 6 innings on account of rain. To underscore the soggy conditions‚ Detroit outfielder Germany Schaefer plays the last few innings wearing a raincoat over his uniform.|
|July 4||At Pittsburgh‚ the visiting Cubs and Pirates deal aces today with Chicago coming out on top in both games by 1-0 scores. In a classic match‚ Three Fingered Brown beats Lefty Leifield‚ 1-0 in the lid lifter with both pitchers firing one-hitters. It is just the 2nd double one-hitter in history‚ the first occurring on August 20‚ 1886. Leifield collects the only Buc shot off Brown while holding Chicago hitless until Jimmy Slagle‘s safety in the 9th inning. Slagle scores on a sacrifice‚ error‚ and ground out. Brown will toss 9 shutouts this year. In the 2nd game‚ Carl Lundgren tosses another 1-0 shutout for Chicago‚ beating Vic Willis. When Brown and Leifield face off on September 6‚ Brown will again allow just one hit.|
After the White Sox beat the Browns yesterday‚ 5-3 and 8-0‚ St. Louis retaliates by winning‚ 8-0‚ before losing 5-3. The Sox attendance is 10‚000. Major league attendance for today’s holiday games has the AL with 75‚000 and the NL at 68‚000.
|July 5||Jack Coombs‚ the A’s rookie righthander from Colby College‚ makes his ML and pro debut‚ blanking Washington 3-0 for the Athletics. He allows 7 hits and strikes out 6.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Boston’s Jeff Pfeffer and Christy Mathewson match zeros for 8 innings before the Giants finally score in the 9th on a single by Sammy Strang. Matty allows 6 hits in the 1-0 win.
In Boston‚ the Red Sox make 9 errors to help the Highlanders win‚ 8-3.
|July 6||After winning yesterday‚ the Cubs (51-22) lose the 4th game of the series with Pittsburgh‚ 3-2‚ in 10 innings. Jack Taylor pitches his first game for Chicago.|
The White Sox sign OF Patsy Dougherty. The former Highlander had been playing with Lancaster (Tri State) after a salary dispute with New York. Dougherty will be immediately suspended by the AL for jumping his contract‚ then pay a $175 fine. He’ll hit .233 for the Sox in 75 games.
|July 7||The Cubs take the 5th game in the series at Pittsburgh‚ 5-0‚ scoring all their runs in the 9th. Three Fingered Brown is the winner‚ allowing 4 hits. They will lose the last game of the series‚ on Monday in Chicago‚ 3-1.|
|July 9||At League Park‚ the Giants trim the Reds‚ 5-3.|
|July 10||The Reds reach Mathewson for 5 runs before Red Ames relieves in the 5th. Bob Wicker‚ the ex-Cub‚ holds New York in check for a 5-3 Cincy win.|
|July 12||The Reds sell star Cy Seymour to the New York Giants for $12‚000. Seymour was hitting just .257. Reds manager Ned Hanlon claims the move will strengthen the team‚ a notion scoffed at in Pittsburgh. The Sporting News surmises‚ “Will the lads in Cincinnati stand for the sale of Seymour? Wonder if the Pittsburg fans would stand for the sale of Wagner to the Chicago club? Do you think so‚ gentle reader?”|
|July 14||At Robison Field‚ the Giants clip the Cardinals 5-1 and 4-0 with the help of two additions to the lineup. Cy Seymour‚ last year’s near triple-crown winner‚ is a new addition from the Reds for $12‚000. Seymour was with the Giants from 1896 to 1900 as a pitcher and outfielder‚ and in 1905 led the NL in batting‚ RBIs‚ slugging percentage‚ and 2nd in homers (8). Cy has 4 hits for the Giants today. The other addition is Spike Shannon‚ who moves over from the Cardinal dugout in exchange for Sam Mertes and Doc Marshall. Spike has 3 hits and 2 runs in the opener. Mathewson wins the nitecap‚ shutting out the Birds on 6 hits.|
|July 16||At New York‚ the White Sox score 3 in the 10th to beat the Highlanders‚ 7-4. Yesterday‚ they won with 2 runs in the 9th.|
|July 17||The Cubs beat back the Giants‚ 6-2‚ as Three Fingered Brown tops Christy Mathewson. Joe Tinker‘s 2-run homer in the 6th is the big blow for Chicago. The loss drops the Giants to 6 games behind the Cubs.|
|July 18||Ty Cobb‚ suffering stomach cramps‚ leaves the Tigers and returns to Detroit. He will undergo an operation for ulcers‚ and be out of the lineup until September.|
Washington pitcher Fred “Cy” Falkenberg bangs the century’s first grand slam by a ML pitcher‚ connecting in the 6th inning off White Sox ace Frank Owen. The lanky Falkenberg’s Texas League drive in the 6th hits a stone and bounces and rolls under the stands. Washington wins‚ 6-3‚ over the 4th-place Sox.
|July 19||The Giants‚ behind Iron Joe McGinnity‚ beat Chicago’s Ed Reulbach‚ 5-2. Reulbach (7-4) will win his next 12 games to finish the season at 19-4 with an ERA of 1.65.|
|July 20||Brooklyn righthander Mal Eason‚ the victim of John Lush’s no-hitter in May‚ no-hits the Cardinals 2-0 at St. Louis. Eason walks 3 and strikes out 5. This will be Eason’s last season as an active player: he will become an NL umpire.|
Against Christy Mathewson‚ the Cubs overcome a 3-2 deficit with 4 runs in the 8th inning to win‚ 6-3. Harry Steinfeldt’s 2-run triple puts the Cubs ahead to stay.
|July 23||The White Sox and A’s exchange shutouts‚ with Chicago taking game 1‚ 4-0‚ and the A’s winning the nitecap‚ 3-0. After losing 2 to Philadelphia on the 25th‚ the Sox trail the 3rd place Athletics by 9 games.|
|July 25||In Pittsburgh‚ Mathewson salvages the final game in the 4-game series by shutting out the Pirates‚ 3-0. Matty allows 8 hits in beating Deacon Phillippe.|
|July 27||At St. Louis‚ Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Dinneen allows only an O’Brien single in beating the Browns‚ 1-0.|
|July 28||At Galveston‚ the Sand Crabs win the opener from Austin‚ 4-1 (South Texas League). In the 2nd game‚ Galveston‚ down 2-0 in the 8th‚ forfeits the game when management has umpire Wright arrested for using foul language. “The language said to have been used was such as to offend even the blase old rounder‚ to say nothing of the many ladies in the audience. The action of the management in having Wright arrested‚ even at the expense of the forfeiture of the game‚ was commended by all present when the reason of it all became known.” (Galveston Chronicle)|
|July 30||A State Supreme Court judge rules that‚ despite “voluntary contributions” instead of paid admissions‚ Brooklyn is conducting a business enterprise and thus violating the law prohibiting Sunday baseball in New York. Sunday baseball in Brooklyn will not be legal until 1919.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants jump on Cincy’s Bob Wicker‚ lighting him up for 17 hits to win 9-1. Christy Mathewson and Cy Seymour each have 3 hits‚ with Matty exiting the game after 6 innings. The umps call the game after 8 innings on account of darkness.
|August 1||Brooklyn’s Harry McIntire tosses a no-hitter through 10 innings before Claude Richey singles in the 11th. McIntire allows no more hits through 12 innings‚ but he is matched by Pirates P Lefty Leifield‚ who scatters 9 hits through 12 innings. McIntire‚ who faced 31 batters through the first ten innings‚ finally weakens in the 13th and allows 3 hits and a run to lose‚ 1-0.|
The lowly Phillies stop the Cubs‚ 3-1. Chicago will lose just 7 more games all year.
|August 2||While the Athletics‚ crippled by injuries‚ falter‚ Doc White launches the White Sox on a 19-game winning streak (longest in AL history) with a 3-0 win over Boston. The streak‚ interrupted only by a 0-0 tie with New York‚ catapults Chicago from 4th place to first in 10 days. Doc White wins 6 of the 19; Ed Walsh‚ 7. Boston‚ too‚ starts a more dubious streak of four straight shutout losses. They lose tomorrow‚ 4-0‚ 1-0 on the 4th‚ and 4-0 on the 6th. This ties the mark set earlier in the year by the Boston Nationals‚ and no team will top them.|
The Cubs shut out the Phillies twice‚ beating them 1-0 and 7-0. Reulbach and Brown are the winners.
|August 3||Tom Hughes of the Washington Nationals and Tom Glade of the St. Louis Browns enter the 10th inning with a scoreless tie. Hughes decides he will have to do it on his own and goes long for a 1-0 victory. He is the first pitcher to win a 1-0 extra-inning game with his own HR. Red Ruffing will do it in 1932.|
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Scott gives up only 2 hits to the Athletics‚ but loses‚ 2-1.
|August 4||The Giants slow the Chicago express‚ stopping the Cubs 7-4 behind Mathewson and Hooks Wiltse. New York is just 4 1/2 games behind Chicago‚ but the Cubs will go 50-8 from August 1st to outdistance the pack.|
|August 5||The Cubs play a Sunday exhibition in Troy‚ NY before 5‚000‚ beating a local team‚ 6-0.|
|August 6||In New York‚ Art Devlin and John McGraw are tossed for abusing umpire James Johnstone during a 3-1 loss to Chicago. The two will be suspended. Three Fingered Brown is the winner over Joe McGinnity‚ who is making his first appearance after being suspended for 10 days and fined $100 for an altercation with Peitz in Pittsburgh.|
Despite two homeruns by Branch Rickey‚ both off reliever Walter Clarkson and one inside-the-park‚ the Browns fall to the visiting Highlanders‚ 8-6‚ when New York rallies for 3 in the 9th. It is the first two-homer game by a Browns’ player. Rickey hit the first of his three career homers four days ago.
|August 7||On McGraw’s orders‚ umpire Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds‚ and the ump‚ standing outside the Polo Grounds‚ forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sam Strang‚ but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along‚ pointing out the game has already been forfeited. Strang then forfeits the game to the Giants and Emslie‚ the appointed ump from the Cubs‚ then forfeits the game to the Cubs.|
|August 8||NL President Harry Pulliam upholds the forfeit to the Cubs of yesterday’s Giants game stating: I uphold the action of the umpires absolutely‚ and if I am not sustained by the NL Board of Directors I will not only resign my position as President of the NL‚ but I will quit professional baseball forever.” Giants owner John Brush then allows Johnstone to officiate‚ and the Cubs win 3-2 behind Three Fingered Brown and Ed Reulbach. At the month’s end‚ the Cubs will have a 15-game lead.|
The White Sox edge the A’s‚ beating Eddie Plank‚ 1-0‚ in 10 innings. Dougherty’s hit in the 10th‚ just the 2nd allowed by Plank‚ drives in Davis with the run. Roy Patterson is the winner.
|August 9||The Cubs’ Jack Taylor beats Brooklyn 5-3 and posts his 187th consecutive straight complete game‚ a major league record. The streak will end in 4 days when he again pitches against Brooklyn.|
The Giants stop the Pirates‚ 6-0‚ with Mathewson and George Ferguson combining for the shutout. Lefty Leifield takes the loss.
In a New England League game‚ Lynn (MA) outfielder Tom Burke has his skull fractured when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Fall River’s Joseph Yeager. In two days‚ Burke dies from the beaning.
|August 10||In Chicago‚ the Sox edge the Highlanders‚ 2-1‚ managing just 4 hits off Jack Chesbro. Ed Walsh is the winner.|
|August 11||Before 15‚000‚ the White Sox whip the Highlanders‚ 8-1. New York 3B George Moriarty gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before police break it up.|
|August 12||A Sunday crowd estimated at 30‚000 are on hand in Chicago to watch the red-hot White Sox beat the Highlanders‚ 3-0. The gates are closed an hour before game time‚ locking many fans outside. The Sox win puts them in first place‚ with the Athletics a half game behind‚ and the Highlanders now a game back. Tomorrow‚ the 2 teams will battle to a scoreless tie.|
|August 13||The Cubs’ Jack “Brakeman” Taylor is knocked out by Brooklyn in the 3rd inning‚ breaking a string of 187 complete games and 15 relief appearances in which he finished each game. The ML record run began June 20th‚ 1901. In 10 years he will fail to ?nish only 8 of 286 starts. With relief help from Orval Overall‚ Chicago wins‚ 11-3.|
The host Giants sweep the Pirates‚ winning 6-1 and 2-1. Hooks Wiltse is the winner in the opener‚ while Mathewson matches him in the nitecap. Spike Shannon‘s 9th inning single off Lefty Leifield brings home the game-winner in the 2nd game.
|August 18||After winning 14 out of 16 on the road‚ the Cubs turn back the visiting Giants‚ 6-2 behind Three Fingered Brown. Mathewson has an off day for New York‚ allowing 12 hits‚ three by his nemesis Joe Tinker. The Cubs have now won 11 straight.|
Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the 2nd time this season‚ both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox‚ but Willie’s Highlanders steamroll over Chicago‚ 10-0. The Sox score 9 in the 9th to break it open.
|August 20||White Sox OF Patsy Dougherty leads the offense with a homer to CF as Chicago beats New York‚ 4-1.|
|August 22||The Pirates edge the Giants and Mathewson‚ 2-1‚ plating both runs on walks.|
The Sox win a pair from the Highlanders‚ 6-1 and 11-6 to stretch their winning streak to 18 games.
|August 23||White Sox pitcher Roy Patterson beats Washington‚ 4-1‚ giving Chicago its 19th straight win‚ an AL record. The streak will be tied by the 1947 Yankees. Chicago now leads by 5 1/2 games.|
|August 24||The Reds’ Jake Weimer pitches a 7-inning no-hitter against Brooklyn‚ winning 1-0‚ when a run scores with 2 outs in the 7th. Brooklyn takes the first game‚ 6-4‚ behind Jim Pastorius.|
The Cubs sweep a pair from the Phillies‚ winning 5-0 and 7-3. In the first game‚ they win despite making only 2 hits. They score 3 in the 6th on no hits. Ed Reulbach allows 4 hits.
With a rainout today‚ White Sox manager Fielder Jones‚ is quoted in the Tribune‚ “Bet on the Sox to win the world’s championship against the Spuds.” (as noted by Irv Stein).
|August 25||The Giants‚ trailing the Reds 3-2 after 6 innings‚ jump on Bob Wicker for 6 runs in the 7th and win going away‚ 8-3. One of the 6 hits in the 6th is a double by Christy Mathewson‚ the winning pitcher.|
Washington sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox‚ 5-4 and 4-3‚ to end Chicago’s win streak at 19 games. In the opener‚ Ed Walsh‚ who relieves in the 7th‚ blows a 4-2 lead in the 9th by giving up 5 straight hits and 3 runs. Charles Smith is the winner. The Sox jumped from 4th to first on the streak.
New York’s Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits‚ but is out dueled by Ed Stein‚ who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
|August 27||The Cubs win their 9th in a row‚ beating the Phils‚ 5-2‚ and taking a 12 1/2 game lead.|
In a 6-inning game ended by rain‚ Ed Walsh strikes out 9 and allows one hit to beat the A’s‚ 1-0.
|August 29||After Boston Americans manager Jimmy Collins takes a vacation without permission‚ he is suspended. Chick Stahl is named acting manager. Boston beats Cleveland today‚ 6-2.|
The A’s Jim Dygert and Rube Waddell combine for a 5-inning no hitter against the White Sox. The A’s barely win‚ 4-3‚ when rain washes out 3 Sox runs in the top of the 6th.
|August 30||Righthander Slow Joe Doyle of the Highlanders sets a ML record as the first 20th century player to start out with 2 shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals‚ 5-0. These are his only 2 wins this year as he goes 2-1. Of his 23 lifetime victories‚ 7 will be shutouts. He is nicknamed “Slow” because of his time-consuming pace on the mound. Behind the hitting of Hal Chase‚ who has a ML record tying 3 triples + a double‚ the Highlanders take the nitecap as well‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings to begin a sweep of 5 doubleheaders in 6 days. They’ll outscore their opponents 76-31.|
At Baker Bowl‚ the Phils and Giants swap shutouts. The Quakers win the opener‚ 2-0‚ when Tom Sparks allows just 3 hits to outpitch Christy Mathewson. Iron Joe McGinnity then blanks the hosts‚ 1-0‚ to hand Bill Duggleby the loss.
|August 31||Beset by injuries‚ the Tigers call 46-year-old Sam Thompson out of retirement; he plays RF and bats cleanup driving in 2 runs in a 5-1 win over the Browns. Thompson‚ who last played in the majors in 1898‚ appears in 8 games and bats .226. When the regular umpires fail to appear‚ players Wild Bill Donovan and Barney Pelty do the umping. Donovan umped once before‚ in 1902.|
In the great tradition of his late brother Ed‚ Frank Delahanty of New York hits two HRs‚ a triple‚ and single‚ and knocks in 7 runs in a 20-5 rout of Washington. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York takes the opener as well‚ 7-5‚ behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.
|September 1||The AL’s longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16‚000. Rookies Jack Coombs and 24-year-old Joe Harris go the route in a 24-inning struggle‚ ending with a 4-1 Athletics victory after 4 hours and 47 minutes. It sets the ML record‚ later broken‚ and is still the AL mark for two pitchers. Two singles and then Socks Seybold and Danny Murphy hit triples with two outs to end the contest. Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs faces 89 batters‚ striking out ML record 18 (broken in 1962) and giving up 14 hits‚ while the Americans’ Harris fans 14 and yields 16 hits. Harris drops his record to 2-21‚ and will start next year at 0-6 before exiting the majors for Providence‚ holding the distinctions of the worst winning percentage (.091 for a 3-30 record) and the fewest wins for any pitcher with 300 innings pitched. The 24 innings pitched will only be exceeded this century by the 26-inning battle on May 1‚ 1920 between Oeschger and Cadore. There won’t be a longer game in the AL until May 9‚ 1984.|
Like a rented mule. The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from Washington‚ sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ 5-4 and 5-3‚ for an AL record. Three days later‚ they will move into first place‚ sweeping Boston 7-0 and 1-0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep‚ a ML record.
With the regular umpires sick from food poisoning‚ Cub P Carl Lundgren and Cardinal C Pete Noonan are picked to umpire at the West Side Grounds. The Cubs‚ behind Mordecai Brown‘s 5-hitter‚ win 8-1 for their 14th win in a row. The streak will end tomorrow‚ 5-2‚ with Lundgren again umpiring.
Tom Fisher‚ former NL pitcher‚ pitches a perfect game for Shreveport in a win over Montgomery. He strikes out 14.
|September 2||In Chicago‚ the Sox edge Cleveland‚ 2-1‚ but lose C Sullivan when he is hit on the thumb with a foul tip. The Sox will journey to Cleveland‚ losing a twinbill there tomorrow.|
Ty Cobb is back in the Detroit lineup for the first time in 6 weeks. He has a single and steal‚ but he misplays a Charley Hemphill flyball into a home run‚ and the Tigers lose 1-0 to the Browns Barney Pelty. Rain stops the game after 7 innings.
|September 3||The Philadelphia Giants win the Negro Championship Cup on Labor Day in Philadelphia before 10‚000 fans‚ black baseball’s largest crowd ever. Rube Foster pitches them to a 3-2 victory over the Cuban X-Giants‚ who have John Henry Lloyd in the lineup.|
Kid Elberfeld‚ the hot-headed Tabasco Kid‚ assaults umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in the first game of New York’s 4-3 win over the Athletics. In the 2nd game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with SS Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the umpire forfeits the game to New York. For New York‚ it is a ML record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his brawl with Silk.
The White Sox drop out of first place by losing a pair to the host Cleveland Naps‚ 10-3 and 4-3. The victor in the morning game is Otto Hess who gains his first win over Chicago after 11 starts in four years. The Sox lose Lee Tannehill in game two when he is hurt in a collision at 3B on an attempted double steal. He is sent back to Chicago and feared lost for the season. The p.m. game draws 13‚000.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants flatten the Beaneaters twice‚ 4-0 and 3-2. Mathewson wins his 17th in the opener‚ beating a wild Jeff Pfeffer. Cy Seymour completes the scoring with a solo homer in the 8th inning. Hooks Wiltse‚ in relief of Red Ames‚ wins the nitecap.
At Detroit‚ St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers‚ winning 5-2 and 5-0. In game 2‚ Detroit 3B Bill Coughlin pulls off a hidden ball trick nabbing George Stone in the first inning.
|September 4||The Highlanders win their 5th doubleheader in a row-a record-as they tally a double shutout of Boston‚ 7-0 and 1-0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and will stretch to 15 victories‚ propelling New York to a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL.|
|September 6||At Washington Park‚ Christy Mathewson strikes out 14 Brooklyn batters to win 6-2. The Giants score 4 runs in the first on two errors and two walks by Harry McIntire.|
At Chicago‚ Mordecai Brown‚ who threw a one-hitter at Pittsburgh on July 4th‚ does it again in beating Lefty Leifield‚ 2-0. The only hit is Tommy Sheehan’s 5th inning safety. The Tribune reports that Cubs prexy Murphy has sold a tenth interest in the team to manager Chance in appreciation for Chance breaking a late inning tie in a game against the Reds. Chance stole second and then stole home all the way from second base.
|September 7||The Cubs continue to roll‚ beating Pittsburgh‚ 9-1. Ed Reulbach allows one hit in the win.|
|September 8||Brooklyn blanks the Giants in two games‚ winning 6-0 and 1-0 at Washington Park. All the NL games result in a shutout today.|
Boston Nationals Irv Young acts like Cy‚ allowing just Sherry Magee‘s safety in a 4-0‚ one-hitter against the Phillies. Magee will do it 3 more times before he’s finished.
|September 10||At Chicago‚ the Tigers down the White Sox‚ 2-1. A potential Sox rally is stopped in the 9th when leadoff batter George Davis seemingly bunts safely but is called out by ump Billy Evans. Evans’ call is greeted with a shower of bottles.|
|September 11||In Boston‚ New York’s Christy Mathewson (19-9) shuts out the Beaneaters‚ 3-0‚ striking out 9. Today’s game is the last one in which John McGraw‚ playing 3B‚ appears in the lineup.|
At New York‚ the Boston Americans take it on the chin‚ losing 11-3. Frank LaPorte hits an inside-the-park home run off Boston starter Ed Barry in the 6th and when the inning ends Boston second baseman Hobe Ferris punches teammate right fielder Jack Hayden. After they are separated‚ Hayden goes to the bench and Ferriss runs after him and kicks him. Umpire hank O’Loughlin ejects both of them‚ but Ferris refuses to go. Two policemen escort him to the clubhouse and he is arrested for assault (as noted by Clem Conly).
|September 12||The White Sox drub the Browns‚ 13-5‚ to move to a game behind the Highlanders in the AL. Chicago scores 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Tomorrow’s match ends at 0-0 in 10 innings.|
In the Washington-Philadelphia game‚ A’s P Mike Cunningham is injured in a collision at 1B in the 4th inning. The injury is to his left‚ or non-pitching shoulder‚ and a courtesy runner comes in for him. Cunningham returns to finish the game‚ a 5-1 A’s victory.
|September 13||At St. Louis‚ Chicago tops the Cardinals 6-2 as Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown wins his 11th straight.|
|September 14||The Superbas sweep the Giants for the 2nd time in a week. Red Ames loses the opener for New York‚ 5-3‚ and Harry McIntire outpitches Mathewson for a 1-0 win in the nitecap.|
|September 15||The White Sox win their 4th straight from the Browns‚ 6-4‚ to move back into first place. New York splits with Washington.|
|September 16||Against the Pirate‚ the Cubs win their final home game‚ 5-1‚ ending the match with a muff. A 2-out grounder to Joe Tinker looks like the final out as he throws to Chance and the crowd surges to the field. But Chance drops the ball‚ grabs it late for the out‚ but sprints for the clubhouse with his team and fans following. Ump Conway through up his hands and calls the game over.|
|September 17||Playing as “Sullivan‚” Columbia University junior Eddie Collins makes his debut at SS with the Athletics. He gets one hit off Ed Walsh and strikes out twice‚ as the White Sox win‚ 5-4. Collins will play 25 years in the ML‚ bat .333‚ and become a member of the Hall of Fame. Walsh strikes out 12 in the win‚ while loser Rube Waddell whiffs 11 in 11 innings.|
The Giants roll over the Phillies’ rookie Walter Moser‚ 13-2 to make Mathewson’s 20th victory an easy one. Matty leaves after 7 innings with a 10-2 lead. Mike Donlin makes his first appearance for the Giants since breaking his leg in May‚ striking out in his only at-bat.
In a 7-2 loss to Boston at Detroit‚ pitcher George Mullin pinch hits for Ty Cobb‚ and triples. This is the 3rd time that Cobb has been pinch hit for (4-24‚ 5-30) this season‚ and each time the batter has hit safely.
|September 18||In Boston‚ William Soden says‚ “The Boston National League club is still on the market. We have made no changes at all in our stand on the sale of the club. Our price is $75‚000 cash. We would have made a deal with president Pulliam of the Natioanl League had we cared to make it.”|
|September 19||At Boston‚ Chicago clinches the NL pennant by topping the Beaneaters‚ 3-1‚ leaving the Giants 16 games back. Ed Reulbach is the winner. Reulbach will end the year with a 12-game winning streak.|
|September 20||The 2nd-place Giants split two in Pittsburgh‚ winning the opener 10-4 behind Joe McGinnity. In the 5-inning nitecap‚ called on account of darkness‚ the Pirates reach Mathewson for 7 hits to win‚ 3-2.|
|September 21||At Chicago‚ the White Sox lose a pair to New York before 20‚000‚ their largest Friday afternoon crowd. Forty policemen are on hand to control the crowds. Hal Chase has 22 putouts at 1B in the first game‚ a 6-3 win‚ tying the ML record. New York takes game 2‚ 4-1‚ to move back into first place.|
|September 22||With an ailing battery of Doc White and Sullivan‚ returning after a 3-week layoff due to an injured thumb‚ the White Sox thrash the Highlanders‚ 7-1‚ and move back into a tie for first place. Fielder Jones has 3 hits‚ including a fence-clearing HR.|
|September 24||In the 2nd game of a DH‚ Cardinals hurler Stoney McGlynn tosses a 7-inning no-hitter against Brooklyn. The game ends in a 1-1 tie.|
The Cubs pound the Giants twice to complete a 3 game sweep in New York. Chicago wins the opener 6-2‚ then jump on Mathewson for 16 hits and 10 runs to win‚ 10-5 in 8 innings. Jimmy Sheckard has 4 hits off Matty.
Ed Walsh allows a first-inning run‚ and that is all the Highlanders Bill Hogg needs as he buffaloes the White Sox‚ 1-0‚ on 2 hits. A rain of bottles interrupts the game in the 8th as ump Silk O’Laughlin is the target of the fans’ wrath.
|September 25||The Cubs Jack Pfiester allows just one hit-a 2-out 8th inning single by Bergen-in beating host Brooklyn‚ 1-0‚ in 10 innings. Elmer Stricklett‚ “the expert of the salvitory slings” (Chicago Tribune)‚ matches scoreless innings until Schulte’s hits a 2-out double in the 10th and scores on Hofman’s single.|
|September 26||Rookie OF John Cameron of Boston‚ after one relief appearance‚ gets a starting assignment against the Cardinals. Leadoff batter Tom O’Hara beats out an infield single. Al Burch‘s line drive hits Cameron in the head‚ and caroms back on a ?y to C Jack O’Neill‚ who throws to Fred Tenney at 1B‚ doubling off O’Hara. Cameron retires with one assist and a headache as Boston loses‚ 6-3. Cameron will play one more ML game‚ the finale on October 5.|
In the 2nd shortened no-hitter in 3 days‚ Lefty Leifield of Pittsburgh hurls a 6-inning no-hitter against Philadelphia‚ winning 8-0. Pittsburgh wins by a shutout‚ 5-0‚ in the first game as well.
The Athletics finally score after being shut out for a ML record 48 consecutive innings‚ dating back to September 22nd. Harry Davis breaks the long drought with a 2-run double against Cleveland in the 6th‚ but the A’s still lose 5-3. The 1968 Cubs will tie this record.
The White Sox beat visiting Boston‚ 2-0‚ the sweep the 3-game series. The Highlanders lose by the same score to Detroit‚ which sweeps its 3 game series‚ effectively dampening the Highlanders pennant hopes. They now trail by 2 games.
|September 28||At New York‚ the Giants pepper Fred Beebe while Christy Mathewson coasts to an 8-1 lead. With the game in hand‚ Christy leaves after 8 innings‚ and his brother Henry Mathewson makes his ML debut. Henry allows an unearned run in the 9th and the Giants win‚ 8-2.|
After losing and tying yesterday in Cleveland‚ the Highlands split today‚ winning 2-0 and losing 2-1. Cleveland is just a game behind the Highlanders.
Eli Cates of Oakland (PCL) pitches his second no-hitter of the month, beating Los Angeles. Cates stopped Fresno without any hits on September 2. He will will pitch a 3rd no-hitter next June 25 against Portland to set a PCL record with three.
|September 30||Boston American pitcher Floyd Kroh shuts out the Browns‚ 2-0‚ in his first ML start.|
|October 1||Hugh Jennings resigns as Baltimore manager to take over at Detroit for 1907. Infusing the Tigers with aggressive Baltimore spirit‚ he will win pennants the next 3 years‚ and stay at the helm for 14.|
The Series-bound Colts sweep two from the Phillies‚ winning the first game 4-0 behind Carl Lundgren‘s 2-hitter. They then take the nitecap‚ 4-3 in a six inning contest called because of darkness‚ as Ed Reulbach wins his 12th straight. This tops Mordecai Brown‘s 11-game winning streak snapped earlier this month. Reulbach will win 14 in a row in 1909‚ a 20th century Cubs record. Lundren finishes the year with a 2.21 ERA‚ the only one of 6 pitchers on the staff over 2.00. It is led by Brown’s 1.04‚
The Cardinals get whitewashed twice today‚ losing 3-0 and 2-0 to the Giants. Red Ames wins the opener and George Ferguson takes the nitecap victory.
Nick Altrock pitches the White Sox to a 1-0‚ 13-inning win over the Browns. Altrock has 6 assists to help him win his 20th of the season. Tannehill’s RBI single scores Patsy Dougherty with the lone run. Frank Owen will toss another shutout tomorrow for the Sox.
|October 2||In St. Louis‚ the White Sox shut out the Browns‚ 6-0‚ behind Frank Owen‘s 7th shutout of the year. It is the 32nd shutout for the White Sox‚ a ML record that will not be topped. The Cubs will tie it in 1907 and again in ’09.|
|October 3||The smallest crowd in Polo Grounds history-300-watches the Phils beat the Giants 3-1. The Giants will attract about 400‚000 over the season and be outdrawn by the Highlanders by about 20‚000.|
The White Sox clinch the AL pennant during a rainout at St. Louis. Chicago achieves the lowest team BA ever for a pennant winner with .228. Hence‚ the “Hitless Wonders.”
The Athletics beat New York‚ 3-0‚ to end the pennant chase. While being given an iƒntentional walk in the 3rd inning‚ Harry Davis clouts a 3-run homer for all the scoring.
A syndicate headed by Art Soden sells the last place Boston Beaneaters (NL) to George and John Dovey for $75‚000. The Dovey brothers will change the name of the team to the Doves‚ but retain manager Fred Tenney‚ who helped with the sale.
|October 4||The Cubs score their record 116th win of the year‚ beating the Pirates 4-0 in Pittsburgh. The winner is Jack Pfiester‚ who notches his 20th victory. The win gives Chicago a 60-15 road record‚ an .800 percentage mark that has never been equaled.|
Boston (NL) hurlers Vive Lindaman and Irv Young lose 3-2 and 2-1 to Brooklyn. The Beaneaters ?nish last with 102 losses. Four hardworking hurlers bear the brunt: Young and Gus Dorner each lose 25 games; Lindaman‚ 23; and Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer‚ 22.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants light up Tully Sparks for 6 runs in the first inning‚ and Mathewson coasts to a 7-6 win over the Phils. Matty ends the season at 22-12.
|October 5||The Giants give Christy Mathewson‘s brother Henry a starting chance against Boston and he promptly puts his name in the record books. Henry establishes a modern NL record by walking 14. He also hits one batter‚ allows just 5 hits‚ but completes the 7-1 loss. He’ll pitch another inning next year‚ but this is his only ML decision. Big Jeff Pfeffer is the winner‚ but he still finishes 13-22. He combines with Young‚ Lindeman‚ and Dorner as four 20-game losers‚ matching the ML record set last year by Boston. Irv Young is the only repeater from last year’s staff.|
|October 6||Chick Stahl‚ Boston Americans player-manager‚ closes out the season and his career last at-bat with an 8th-inning two-run homer off New York’s Tom Hughes. But Long Tom emerges with a 5-4 win.|
Finishing with a 3-3 tie against the Cardinals‚ Chicago is the first team to ?nish with fewer than 200 errors; their pitching staff has a combined 1.76 ERA.
|October 7||The White Sox end the season with a 6-1 loss to Detroit‚ the only team not to lose a season series with the Sox. Each team won 11 games from the other.|
Cleveland finishes the year with a 7-3 win over the Browns‚ good for a 3rd place finish. Nonetheless‚ Cleveland leads the AL in hitting‚ fielding‚ total bases‚ has three 20-game winners‚ five .300 hitters‚ and the AL’s top run scorer and base stealer.
|October 9||Snow flies at the West Side Grounds as the first one-city World Series opens with the Cubs heavy favorites over the AL’s “Hitless Wonders.” Neither ballpark can accommodate the crowds‚ so the Chicago Tribune recreates the games on mechanical boards displayed at theaters. White Sox starter Nick Altrock and Cubs starter Three Fingered Brown give up 4 hits each‚ but Cubs errors produce 2 unearned runs for a 2-1 White Sox victory.|
|October 10||The Cubs jump on Doc White early‚ and run (5 SBs) to a 7-1 victory. The highlight of the game is Ed Reulbach‘s no-hit bid broken by Jiggs Donahue‘s single in the 7th. The next WS one-hitter will come in 1945‚ by another Cub-Claude Passeau.|
|October 11||Pitching continues to dominate as Ed Walsh stops the Cubs on 2 hits. The Sox manage just 4 off Jack Pfiester‚ but one is a triple by George Rohe‚ with 3 on in the 6th‚ for a 3-0 win. Walsh fans 12‚ the record until 1929.|
|October 12||It’s Brown’s turn to throw a 2-hit shutout‚ besting Altrock 1-0 and evening the Series. Frank Chance reaches base in the 7th on a Texas Leaguer that drops in front of the late-breaking Hahn‚ and two (!) sacrifice bunts get him to 3B. Johnny Evers then lines a single for the only run.|
|October 13||Mound magic disappears as both Walsh and Reulbach are knocked out. Paced by a WS record 4 doubles by Frank Isbell‚ the White Sox win the slugfest 8-6.|
|October 14||The Sox jump on Three Fingered Brown for 7 runs in the first 2 innings‚ and coast behind Doc White to a 7-1 Series-ending victory. The Cubs’ losers’ share is $439.50‚ the lowest ever. The Sox players take home $1874 each.|
|November 1||P John McCloskey‚ 3-2 with the Phils‚ has better luck off the field. An investment in the Cripple Creek‚ CO‚ mine pays off with a rich gold strike.|
|December 11||Harry Pulliam is reelected president of the NL at a salary of $10‚000.|
In a good trade for Boston (NL)‚ they acquire lefty Patsy Flaherty‚ 2B Claude Ritchey‚ and OF Ginger Beaumont from the Pirates for good-fielding 2B Ed Abbaticchio. Abbaticchio will lead the NL in fielding in 1908‚ but Ritchey will lead in ’07‚ and the other pair will be mainstays.
|December 12||The AL gives Ban Johnson a raise to $15‚000 for the remaining 4 years of his contract.|
|December 13||The Athletics sell P Andy Coakley to Cincinnati. A 20-game winner in 1905‚ he had slipped to 7-8. He will be an effective but hard-luck pitcher for the next 2 years before starting a 37-year career as baseball coach at Columbia University.|
|December 26||NL umpire Hank O’Day suggests that the batter’s box be outlined with white rubber strips rather than chalk‚ making it impossible for hitters to obliterate the lines with their spikes.|