Baseball in 1912
|January 2||Brooklyn Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces he has purchased grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30‚000. During the year he will ease his pinched financial condition by selling half the team to Ed and Steve McKeever.|
|January 15||Former Brooklyn P Elmer Stricklett‚ said to be the inventor of the spitball‚ is reinstated by the National Commission after playing outside organized baseball for 3 years. But he does not make it back to the major leagues.|
|January 23||The Japanese Army announces it will send a baseball team to the Philippines to play American soldiers; a U.S. team may go to Japan.|
|February 1||Jimmy Doyle‚ 30‚ dies after an appendicitis operation. He had only one full season as third base with the Cubs‚ in which he hit .282 with 62 RBI. Zimmerman will take over the starting job.|
|February 12||The Braves send vet Mike Donlin to the Pirates for OF Vin Campbell. After one season with the Bucs‚ Donlin will be waived to the Phils but will refuse to report and will elect to retire.|
|March 4||In Brooklyn‚ 500 fans are on hand as Charles Ebbets turns over the first spadeful of dirt to start the construction of a park for the “Trolley Dodgers.” It is expected to be ready for the second half of the season.|
|March 13||In New Orleans‚ the Pelicans beat the young Cubs (“Cubets”} 1-0‚ while the Sox I team ties in Houston‚ 3-3. Ed Walsh gives up 4 hits in the 9th.|
The Washington Nationals lose to the University of Virginia‚ 5-3 in Charlottesville. Virginia’s lefty ace Eppa Rixey throws six relief innings of shutout ball against the Nats.
|March 16||At a meeting of franchise owners of the United States Baseball League in New York‚ the league settles on franchises in New York‚ Pittsburgh‚ Cincinnati‚ Cleveland‚ Washington‚ Brooklyn‚ Richmond and Reading‚ PA. The Washington team announces that their name will be the Senators and they expect their manager to be George Browne. The New York franchise will switch to Chicago in a week because no field can be found in New York.|
In Hot Springs‚ AK the Phillies make 20 hits in beating the Red Sox‚ 12-2. Holdout Tris Speaker is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
|March 20||The Cubs jump off the train long enough to lose to the Montgomery‚ AL Billikens‚ 4-1. Chicago manages just 4 hits.|
|March 26||The Washington Nationals finish their spring training in Charlottesville with a 3-1 win over the UVA team.|
|April 9||In the first game ever played at Fenway Park‚ the Red Sox defeat Harvard University in an exhibition game played in a snow storm.|
|April 11||On Opening Day in Brooklyn‚ fans storm Washington Park hours before the 4:00 P.M. starting time‚ causing a near riot. An estimated 30‚000 people crowd into the outfield and along foul lines. The Giants hit a record 13 ground-rule doubles and are leading 18-3 in the 6th when the game is called due to darkness.|
In Cincinnati‚ the Reds open Redland Field‚ the first sell-and-concrete stadium‚ with a 10-6 win over the Cubs.
The Champion Athletics open at home‚ lacing seven hits and beating Walter Johnson and the Senators‚ 4-2. Jack Coombs takes the victory.
Playing the Red Sox in the opener at New York’s Hilltop Park‚ the Yankees wear pinstripes for the first time. Boston scores a run in the 1st against Ray Caldwell‚ and the Yankees respond with two runs in the bottom against Joe Wood. That is all the scoring until the ninth inning‚ when the Sox score four runs‚ including two on a Smoky Joe single. Boston wins‚ 5-3‚ on Smoky Joe Wood’s seven hitter.
|April 12||The Tinker-Evers-Chance double play combination (with Ed Lennox at 3B) plays its final ML game together‚ a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati. Vic Saier will replace Chance at 1B.|
At Philadelphia‚ veteran Cy Morgan pitches a superb one-hitter beating the Senators‚ 3-1. The only hit is an ifield single by Moeller. Morgan strikes out 11‚ including fanning the side in the 5th and the 8th.
The NL has a small box installed in the ground near home plate in each park to supply umpires with baseballs‚ eliminating the possibility of home team ballboys influencing which balls are used for each team’s turn at bat.
At Hilltop Park‚ the Red Sox send Buck O’Brien‚ 5-1 last year after leading the Western League in strikeouts‚ against the Yankees Russ Ford and the Sox prevail‚ 5-2 Buck allows 6 hits as he heads towards 20 victories.
|April 14||At Chicago‚ the Cards trip the Cubs‚ 5-4. In the 8th‚ Cards SS Pee Wee Hauser pulss a hidden ball trick on the Cubs Jimmy Sheckard.|
|April 15||At Boston‚ Herb Perdue stifles the Giants on 7 hits to shutout New York‚ 3-0. Mathewson takes the loss.|
In New York‚ Walter Johnson wins a duel against the Yankees Jack Quinn‚ 1-0.
|April 16||The host Cardinals trounce the Cubs‚ 20-5‚ as 9 Redbirds score 2 or more runs. Rube Ellis has a grand slam for the Birds. The scoring record will be tied in 1922.|
The Pirates top the Reds‚ 8-2‚ and pull off 5-3-7 double play along the way. Left fielder Max Carey makes the putout at 2B.
The Tigers pull a triple steal against the White Sox as they win‚ 10-1.
|April 18||The opener at the new Fenway Park is rained out.|
|April 19||Behind the pitching of Walter Johnson‚ Washington wins its home opener 6-0 over the World Champion Athletics. Only 10‚000 fans show up as shocking news of the Titanic sinking keeps people away. President Taft skips the game and Veep Sherman does the tossing of the first ball.|
Playing their home opener against Brooklyn‚ the Giants win‚ 6-2. Mathewson is the victor‚ despite giving up 13 hits.
|April 20||The Boston Red Sox open in the new Fenway Park with a 7-6‚ 11-inning win over the New York Yankees before 27‚000. Spitballer Bucky O’Brien and Sea Lion Hall top Jumbo Jim Vaughn‚ handing the Yankees their 6th straight loss.|
After hitting the game-winning HR in the 11th inning to beat the Reds‚ 5-4‚ Cubs OF Jimmy Sheckard forgets and heads for the clubhouse after touching 2B. Teammates yell to him to complete the circuit‚ which he does. The manager of the Reds is Hank O’Day‚ who was the umpire that day in 1908 when Fred Merkle failed to touch 2B.
Detroit opens remodeled Navin Park and beats Cleveland 6-5 in 11 innings before 24‚384. George Mullin wins his own game with a RBI single. Detroit opens with two double steals in the 1st inning‚ including Cobb’s swipe of home when Crawford takes 2B. Cobb has two singles and two steals today.
In New York‚ Jeff Tesreau takes over for Marquard in the 9th inning‚ with the Giants leading 2-1. An error lets in 2 Brooklyn runners‚ but New York scores 2 in the bottom of the 9th for a 4-3 win. Since Marquard faced 3 batters in the 9th‚ the victory is awarded to Tesreau.
In St. Louis‚ the Browns George Baumgardner and White Sox hurler James Scott battle to a 15-inning scoreless tie.
|April 21||Reds SS Jimmy Esmond‚ a .195 hitter‚ hits the first HR at Redland (later‚ Crosley) Field‚ off Bill Steele. The inside-the-park blow is his only roundtripper of the year. Nobody will hit one out of the Cincinnati park until Pat Duncan does it on June 2‚ 1921. Esmond’s 3-run homer leads the Reds to a 7-1 over the Cardinals.|
|April 22||The Giants schedule an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds on as a Sunday benefit for the relief fund set up for the Titanic. Instead of selling tickets for the game‚ the Giants required fans to purchase a program which‚ cost the same amount as the price of a ticket. More than 14‚000 fans come raising nearly $9‚500 for the relief fund through their program purchases. The Giants beat the Yankees‚ 11-2.|
|April 25||At Baker Bowl‚ Christy Mathewson subdues the Phillies on 7 hits to beat Tom Seaton‚ 3-1. Two of the Phils’ safeties are by 17-year-old infielder Gene Steinbrenner‚ the only hits of his brief ML career.|
|April 26||Boston 1B Hugh Bradley is the first player to hit a ball over LF wall of Boston’s new park. His 3-run shot-his only homer this year and half his career total-helps the Red Sox beat Philadelphia‚ 7-6.|
|April 27||The Pirates jump on the visiting Reds to win‚ 23-4‚ doing all their scoring without a home run. Pittsburgh saddles up Reds reliever Hansey Horsey for 14 hits and 12 runs in 4 innings. It is Horsey’s only ML appearance.|
|May 1||Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning and the Tigers go on to beat the White Sox‚ 6-5.|
George Sisler‚ a freshman pitching for the University of Michigan‚ strikes out 20 in 7 innings.
|May 3||Leading 18-5 after 8 innings‚ A’s pitchers give up a since-tied record 9th-inning outburst of 10 runs to New York before Eddie Plank stops them at 18-15.|
Despite a 9th inning triple steal‚ the Giants lose to the Phils‚ 8-6‚ in 10 innings‚ called by the New York Times. “the triple steal business is about as scarce in the National Pastime as whip sockets on an automobile.” New York overcomes a 5-0 deficit to tie on the triple theft; Merkle’s 4th hit‚ a Texas leaguer by Herzog and a walk to Meyers sets up the thievery. Reliever Christy Mathewson is drilled for 3 doubles and the loss‚ while Pete Alexander gets the win. Bill Klem sets a season high mark when he tosses 4 players‚ including McGraw‚ out of the game.
In a U.S. League game at the Bronx Oval‚ the Reading team beats the Bronxites 13-8 as just 250 fans look on.
|May 4||In New York the Giants rack up 9 stolen bases on catcher George Graham in a 4-3 win over the Phils. Mathewson is the winner over Cliff Curtis. Matty allows 5 hits‚ but his two base on balls score in the 8th when he serves up a homer to Tom Downey. Phils 3B Hans Lobert‚ one of the fastest men in the game‚ chases a foul ball into the stands and breaks his kneecap.|
Down by 10 runs‚ the Cubs rally pull within one run of the Pirates when they score 6 runs in the 7th. Hank Robinson comes in notch a strikeout to end the threat and pitches hitless ball for the final two frames as the Pirates win‚ 12-11. Bobby Byrnes wins a suit of clothes b y hitting the Bucs’ first home run of the year at home‚ an inside-the-park line drive past Hofman.
|May 5||Dick Hoblitzel is 5-for-5 to pace the Reds to a 11-9 win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. His hitting is needed as the Cards answer with a single‚ double and triple from Ed Konetchy and a triple and two HRs from Rube Ellis.|
|May 8||The White Sox beat Washington 7-6‚ snapping Walter Johnson‘s five-game win streak. Johnson gives up two 2-run home runs‚ one to Harry Lord in the 1st and another to Ping Bodie in the 5th. A Johnson fastball breaks the arm of 3B Lee Tannehill‚ an injury that will hamper the infielder’s throwing ability‚ and ends the career of the 10-year veteran. Sox starter Joe Benz leaves with an injury after pitching 1 1/3 inning‚; Ed Walsh pitches the next 5 2/3 innings‚ allowing 3 runs‚ and Frank Lange allows the same in his 2 innings.|
The Giants score 9 runs by the 3rd inning and young Jeff Tesreau holds on for an 11-8 win over the Cardinals. Mathewson relieves in the 9th for New York. In the 7th inning‚ with a man on third‚ Tesreau grounds to SS Wally Smith‚ whose throw to 1B hits ump Brick Owens in the head knocking him out (as noted by Retrosheet). Owen’s wife‚ who is watching from the grandstands‚ faints. The runner is sent back to 3B and Tesreau hits again. Owens is back at work tomorrow.
First baseman Heinie Zimmerman has a homer‚ triple and double to lead Chicago to a 9-8 win over the Braves in Boston.
The Pittsburgh Filipinos‚ of the newly formed United States League‚ opens the season at vacant Exposition Park. The team is named after its veteran Deacon Phillippe‚ former Pirates star. The USL has promised not to sign current major leaguers‚ but will not last through June.
|May 9||The Giants top the host Cardinals‚ 8-3‚ with Mathewson easily winning over Gene Woodburn.|
Roy Akin of Houston‚ who hit the ball that led to Walter Carlisle’s remarkable unassisted triple play at Los Angeles the year before‚ turns the tables. Playing 3B against Waco (Texas League)‚ he catches a hit-and-run bunt‚ steps on 3B‚ and then tags the runner coming down from 2B.
|May 10||At Washington‚ the White Sox finish a sweep of their series with the Nationals with a 5-2 victory. Morrie Rath lines his first ML homer‚ good for 2 runs in the 5th‚ off Bob Groom. Rath will total just 19 RBI this year in 157 games‚ to set a ML record for fewest RBI. Groom is spared serving up a HR to Collins when the new screen in right field prevents then roundtripper. Collns gets a douvble. Cashion homers for Washington.|
|May 11||In an 8-1 win at Boston‚ Browns 1B George Stovall nabs Les Nunamaker in the 5th inning with a hidden ball trick.|
|May 13||Hippo Vaughn and the Yankees stop the host Tigers‚ 15-4. The Tigers score in the first inning when Ty Cobb swipes home.|
A Western Union telegraph operator named Lou Proctor inserts his name as a pinch hitter into the Browns-Red Sox box score (a walk in his at bat). TSN will publish the box score and‚ years later‚ Proctor’s name will appear in the first edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia.
|May 14||The first-place White Sox batter the A’s Jack Coombs out of the box in the 5th inning en route to a 7-0 victory behind Joe Benz. Fresh from high school‚ Herb Pennock debuts allowing the Sox one run in 4 innings of relief.|
|May 15||Ty Cobb charges into the stands in New York and attacks a crippled heckler named Claude Lueker. Other fans and Tigers mix it up before order is restored‚ and Ban Johnson suspends Cobb indefinitely for the incident. The Tigers win the contest‚ 8-4.|
|May 17||Boston’s Fenway Park‚ built at a cost of $350‚000‚ is formally dedicated‚ but the White Sox take a 5-2 win before an overflow crowd.|
Chicago 3B Heinie Zimmerman goes 0-for-5 with three strikeouts to end his batting streak at 23 games. The Phillies win‚ 7-5.
|May 18||The Tiger players protest Cobb’s suspension and vote to strike. Faced with a $5‚000 fine for failing to field a team‚ club owner Frank Navin orders manager Hughey Jennings to sign up some local amateurs. Aloysius Travers‚ Bill Leinhauser‚ Dan McGarvey‚ Billy Maharg (whose real name was Graham‚ “Maharg” reversed)‚ Jim McGarr‚ Pat Meany‚ Jack Coffey‚ Hap Ward‚ and Ed Irvin put on Tiger uniforms. Two Detroit coaches‚ Joe Sugden‚ 41‚ and Jim McGuire‚ 48‚ complete the lineup‚ and score the only two runs for Detroit. The Athletics set a club scoring record in winning‚ 24-2‚ as Travers goes all the way‚ giving up 26 hits and 24 runs in 8 innings. The A’s also set an AL-home record of most runs without a homer. The only recruit to hit for Detroit is Irvin‚ who enters in the 3rd inning and laces 2 triples in 3 at bats. Irvin had been offered a contract by the Phillies before the season‚ but did not want to be farmed out and refused. He closes his ML career with a 2.000 slugging average (only 3 other players will debut with 2 triples)-Weatherly‚ McCovey‚ and Sipin). Irvin will be killed in a barroom brawl in his native Philadelphia in 1916. Only one ever plays another ML game: Maharg will bat once for the Phils at the end of 1916. He will also be involved as a conspirator in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. A’s starter Jack Coombs leaves after 3 innings with a 6-0 lead‚ good enough for a win under the rules at the time. Boardwalk Brown and Herb Pennock divide the rest of the pitching for the A’s. Starter Al Travers‚ having pitched his only ML game‚ returns to his studies at St. Joseph’s College and later becomes a Catholic priest.|
The $400‚000 Redland Field is dedicated in Cincinnati. A number of dignitaries‚ including Pennsylvania governor John Tener‚ AL Prexy Ban Johnson‚ and White Sox owner Charles Comiskey are on hand. Designed by Harry Hake at a cost of $225‚000‚ the field replaces the aging Palace of the Fans on the same site‚ and looks very much like the Crosley Field that will eventually replace it. The Reds then delight the 20‚000 fans by beating Christy Mathewson and the Giants‚ 4-3.
|May 19||President Ban Johnson meets with the Tigers and tells them they will play in Washington the next day or never again. Urged by Cobb‚ they go back to work. Cobb is fined $50‚ and his suspension will be lifted May 26th. Players who had signed the strike telegram sent to Johnson are fined $100 each. A new players’ organization will be formed as a result of the incident.|
|May 21||Bill Malarkey of Oakland (PCL) allows no hits for 9 innings before being touched for a single in the 10th against San Francisco. The game ends in a scoreless tie because of a time limit.|
|May 22||The Giants complete a western trip in first place‚ beating the Reds today‚ 6-1. Mathewson is in total control‚ giving up 3 hits in the 1st three innings‚ and then retiring the next 18 batters. The Giants will win 9 straight‚ before losing to St. Louis 5-1 on May 31st‚ and will open a 14-game lead.|
In an attempt to shake up the team‚ the Pirates send veteran Tommy Leach and pitcher Lefty Leifield to Chicago for 29-year-old Solly Hofman and pitcher King Cole. Cole‚ 40-13 in 2+ years of pitching‚ will be a no show‚ eventually pitching in just 17 games for Pittsburgh before ending his career with the Highlanders. The trade breaks up one of the great trios of Honus Wagner‚ Fred Clarke‚ and Leach. The 3 first played together in 1899 at Louisville and in their 13 years together won 4 league championships and one WS.
|May 23||The Reds defeat the visiting Pirates‚ 12-1 stealing 7 bases against the Bucs. Bescher has 3 and Rube Benton‚ the winning pitcher‚ adds a steal of home.|
|May 24||New York’s Rube Marquard beats Brooklyn‚ 6-3‚ for his 9th straight victory.|
|May 25||New York SS Jack Martin gets plunked twice by Walter Johnson‚ who hits three batters in the game. The second time Martin is hit the fast ball shatters his jaw. He will be out of action for five weeks. Johnson‚ who consciously avoids throwing at batters will‚ nevertheless‚ hit 205 batters in his career.|
|May 27||In the 5th inning of a Giants’ 6-2 win over Brooklyn‚ New York pitcher Red Ames swipes home on the front end of a double steal.|
|May 28||Brooklyn belts 10 hits off Christy Mathewson to knock him out in the 7th inning and take a 4-2 lead. But New York rallies behind reliever Doc Crandall to win‚ 5-4.|
|May 29||At Fenway Park‚ the second-place Red Sox take two from Washington 21-8 and 12-11 in 8 innings. Joe Wood wins the opener‚ allowing 11 hits‚ while Boston collects 18 hits and 15 walks. The two squads combine for 59 hits for 77 total bases.|
Detroit whips the Browns‚ 7-5‚ in 14 innings with the help of a last-inning error and wild pitch. Cobb has 3 hits including a triple and has now hit in 23 straight games against the Browns (as noted by Trent McCotter). Cobb will match this streak versus one club in 1917-1918‚ but never top it.
|May 30||The Washington Nationals buy 1B Chick Gandil for $12‚000 and two players from Montreal of the International League. He is immediately inserted in the lineup and Washington begins a 17-game winning streak-16 on the road-that will be stopped on June 19th.|
Three doubleheader sweeps-Chicago Green Sox over Richmond‚ Virginia Rebels; Cincinnati over Reading‚ Pennsylvania‚ and Pittsburgh Filipinos over Cleveland-end a short‚ futile season of the would-be ML competitor‚ the United States League. Poorly organized and financed‚ the season began May 1st and collapsed largely through the failure of New York franchise to attract fans. The Filipinos‚ so named because old Pittsburgh favorite Deacon Phillippe was manager‚ had the best record: 16-8. Players and fields were barely above semipro level‚ but promoters will be heard from again with the advent of the Federal League.
At Philadelphia‚ the morning game draws 18‚000‚ while 38‚000 crowd the afternoon contest. The Giants win both‚ 7-1 and 6-1‚ over the Phils. Marquard wins the nitecap to run his streak to 10 wins.
The Yankees host the Athletics at the Polo Grounds and lose‚ 7-1.
|May 31||The Cards top the Giants‚ 5-1‚ stopping the Giants win streak at 14 straight. But the Giants fast start of 43-11 is the best this century. (tied by Yankees of 1939).|
|June 1||The Giants get back on the winning track by hammering Bill Steele and a reliever for 16 hits to win‚ 13-4. Mathewson picks up the win‚ allowing 13 hits along the way.|
|June 3||New York’s Rube Marquard wins his 11th in a row‚ clipping the Cardinals‚ 8-3. Batterymate Chief Meyers helps with a grand slam.|
|June 4||The Phillies whip their cross-state rivals‚ the Pirates‚ 17-4‚ as John Titus scores 5 runs‚ Sherry Magee has 4 hits and a walk‚ Mickey Doolan drives in 5 runs and Otto Knabe drives in 4.|
Behind the pitching of “chunky” (Chicago Tribune) Frank Lange‚ the first-place White Sox top the A’s‚ 2-0. Veteran A’s outfielder Danny Murphy shatters his kneecap on an attempted steal. He will be out the rest of the year and the injury will effectively end his career.
On Napoleon Lajoie Day in Cleveland‚ the player-manager receives a horseshoe of flowers filled with 1‚000 silver dollars‚ a gift from the fans. His teammates chip in with $125 in gold. Nap then chips in with 2 hits and a sac fly in the 5-1 win over Boston. Vean Gregg allows 9 hits but strikes out 11.
|June 5||The Giants take on the visiting Reds and whip them 22-10‚ scoring 13 runs in the first 3 innings. Larry Doyle has 5 hits‚ including a double and triple‚ and scores 4 runs.|
|June 6||In Chicago‚ Walter Johnson takes over for Musser in the 6th inning with Washington ahead‚ 2-1‚ and holds Chicago scoreless the rest of the way. Washington tallies another 7 runs for the 9-1 win‚ awarded to Johnson under the practices at the time.|
|June 7||Mathewson allows 11 hits and 6 runs‚ but still defeats the Reds‚ 7-6. George Suggs takes the loss for Cincy‚ which now trails New York by 9 1/2 games.|
|June 9||In St. Louis‚ Red Sox rookie Hugh Bedient coasts to a 9-2 win over the Browns. Tris Speaker‚ the AL’s leading hitter‚ is 4-for-5 off Roy Mitchell‚ hitting for the cycle to pace the Boston attack.|
|June 10||The Red Sox beat the Browns‚ 3-2 and take the AL lead for good‚ finishing 14 games ahead of Washington.|
In the opener with the Giants‚ the Cubs top the league leaders‚ 9-8‚ despite New York’s Chief Meyers hitting for the cycle. The Chief is the first ML catcher to cycle. Heinie Zimmerman answers with two homers for Chicago.
|June 11||New York’s Red Ames is the victory over the Cubs‚ 8-3. Mathewson relieves Ames with a 4-3 lead‚ and K’s 3 of the 6 batters he faces. Heinie Zimmerman argues a strike call and gets an ejection and 3-day suspension.|
|June 12||In New York‚ with the Cubs ahead 2-1 Rube Marquard is lifted in the bottom of the 8th for a pinch hitter‚ and the Giants score twice to take the lead. Doc Crandall finishes up and the Giants win 3-2‚ with the win awarded to Marquard. For Rube‚ it is his 13th straight victory.|
|June 13||New York’s Christy Mathewson wins‚ 3-2 over the Cubs for his 300th career victory. The Cubs threaten in the 9th when Tommy Leach leads off with a fly ball that Beals Becker loses in the sun for a triple‚ but Matty retires the next 3 batters for the win. The Giants take three of four from Chicago and have now won a ML record 14 straight series (one series was just one game).|
|June 14||“Deerfoot” Clyde Milan steals 5 bases‚ including home‚ in 3 innings as the Nationals beat Cleveland‚ 13-8‚ for their 14th straight win‚ all on the road.|
|June 16||Smoky Joe Wood beats the host White Sox‚ 6-4‚ allowing 5 hits. The Red Sox ace is now 13-3.|
|June 18||The Senators‚ in 2nd place two games behind the Red Sox‚ return home to face the A’s‚ as President Taft throws out a belated Opening Day ball. Washington wins 5-4‚ for the Nationals’ 17th straight win. Their 16 road wins is a league record until 1984. The A’s will stop the win streak on the 19th and 20th by sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Frank Baker will go 9-for-15 and drive in the winning runs in three of the victories.|
The Pirates use 5 Giants errors and 7 hits off Mathewson for a 7-2 win over New York.
Mascot‚ 8‚ ejected and fired. In a Class C Canadian League the eight-year-old “mascot” of the Ottawa Senators is ejected for throwing a glove at a Hamilton player chasing a foul pop near the Ottawa dugout. Ottawa manager Louie Cook gets upset about the incident‚ not so much his mascot’s intentions‚ but his judgment. The Hamilton player had no chance of catching the ball‚ but the mascot caused the Ottawa batter to be called out on interference‚ and the Senators lose‚ 4-3. After the game‚ Cook announces he has “released” the mascot. (as noted by David McDonald)
|June 20||With no hint that a record is about to be set‚ the Giants coast to a 14-2 lead through 8 innings at Boston‚ then score 7 more in the 9th for a 21-2 lead. The Braves rally for 10 in the last of the 9th‚ but lose 21-12. The 17 runs are the NL post-1900 record scored by 2 teams in the 9th. Another 20th century mark set is the 11 stolen bases by the Giants-four by Josh Devore‚ including two in the 9th-and 14 swipes by both clubs. Thirteen Giants score runs‚ tying the ML record. The Giants Ernie Shore makes his ML debut in this game and surrenders 8 hits‚ a walk‚ and 10 runs (3 earned) in one inning‚ the 9th‚ of relief work‚ but is credited with a save for Hooks Wiltse. It is his only appearance in the NL. Buster Brown takes the loss.|
In a doubleheader split at Cincinnati‚ Pittsburgh’s Owen Wilson hits two triples in the opener‚ including one in the 10th with a man on to win‚ 6-4. He then hits another in the nitecap‚ a 5-3 loss. It’s his 5th straight game with a three-bagger. Wilson will hit an incredible 36 triples this season‚ a major league record.
From the Traverse City Record-Eagle: There is one thing that owners of automobiles, attending the games will have to be careful of, and that is running across the outfield while games are in progress. It not only cuts up the field, but should a ball be hit into the outfield when a car is going across the field ten or fifteen miles per hour, there is a great danger of players running into it. There is a good half mile track around the field, that is just right for those who wish to get on the east side of the grounds.
|June 21||Cleveland overcomes a swipe of home in the first inning by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers‚ 6-2. Blanding is the winner.|
|June 22||Ty Cobb gets pinch hit for. With two outs in the 9th‚ and the Tigers down 11-3‚ Cobb is nowhere to be found‚ and George Mullin substitutes and flies out to end the game. It turns out Cobb is in the clubhouse showering.|
They might be the Braves this year‚ but they’re still the doormats of the NL. The Giants fatten their averages today‚ beating Boston‚ 17-5 and 14-12. New York puts the opener away for Mathewson with 10 runs in the 7th inning‚ with Walt Dickson taking the loss.
The Red Sox beat the Yanks‚ 10-3‚ to complete a five-game sweep. Boston scores 55 runs in the sweeping.
Chicago drubs the Cardinals‚ 10-2‚ behind Heinie Zimmerman’s 5 RBIs. The Great Zim has a single‚ two doubles and a triple.
|June 23||The Reds whip the Pirates‚ 12-1‚ behind Rube Benton’s complete game. Pitcher Benton also helps by stealing home.|
An article in today’s Los Angeles Times reports that “perhaps the most noticeable feature of baseball tactics in the East this year is the tendency to hit at the first ball pitched.” The article notes that seven of the first 10 hitters in the WS last year swung at the first pitch.
|June 25||The Cardinals walk the plank against the Pirates‚ losing 10-4 and 19-3 to Pittsburgh. The Pirates are helped on offense with grand slams from Max Carey and Owen Wilson.|
It’s a color war as the Cubs split a pair with the Reds‚ winning easily‚ 11-0‚ then dropping a 3-1 decision in the nitecap. Mordecai Brown applies the whitewash in the opener‚ beating Bob Keefe‚ and Jimmy Lavender takes the nitecap‚ decisioning Bert Humphries. Pitching for the Reds in the opener‚ Bill Cramer makes a ML record 4 errors in just 2 1/3 innings‚ in his major league debut and exit. Three are on wild throws to bases and one is a wild pitch for an error.
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.
|June 26||Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood outguns the Nationals ace Walter Johnson to win‚ 3-0. Wood allows 3 hits to Big Train’s 4. Johnson fans 10 batters in the loss.|
The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2-8)‚ winner of last year’s opener‚ to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August‚ Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).
|June 28||The New York Giants sweep another two from the Braves‚ winning 10-3 and 12-3, to run their winning streak to 11 games. Christy Mathewson wins the opener‚ adding a steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 4th inning when Braves catcher Bill Rariden’s throw goes into CF. It is one of 13 bases manager John McGraw‘s Giants swipe on the afternoon against Rariden, who caught the first game, and teammate Johnny Kling, who squatted behind the plate for game two. This is the 2nd time in a month that a Giants pitcher has stolen home: Red Ames did it May 22 against Brooklyn. The Giants will steal home 17 times this year to tie the NL mark set by Chicago last season. However, Kling does tie a mark in the 5th inning of the second game by throwing out 3 Giant baserunners (Beals Becker, Dave Robertson and Art Fletcher) trying to steal.|
In Chicago‚ Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender hurls a one-hitter in beating Pittsburgh‚ 4-0. Wilson has the only safety‚ a single‚ whiel Lavender goes 3-for-3.
|June 29||Rube Marquard’s NL-record consecutive game winning streak (20th C) goes to an amazing 18-0 as he tops Boston‚ 8-6‚ for New York’s 12th straight win over the hapless Braves.|
At Fenway‚ the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees‚ winning 13-6 and 6-0. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap‚ his 2nd shutout in a row‚ allowing just one hit‚ in winning 6-0 in 7 innings. Sterrett’s single is the lone hit. In the nitecap‚ Hick Cady makes two hits in one at bat. His single scores Jake Stahl from 3B‚ but umpire Frank O’ Loughlin rules that Stahl was balked home. In Cady’s 2nd chance‚ he doubles. Yankee infielder Birdie Cree has his wrist broken when he is hit by a pitch from Buck O’Brien. He will be out the season.
|June 30||In game 2 of a DH at St Louis‚ Joe Jackson ties the ML record with 3 triples to pace Cleveland to a 15-1 pasting of the Browns. The Browns take the opener‚ 6-4.|
|July 1||At Pittsburgh‚ Chicago’s Wildfire Schulte breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Marty O’Toole and Jimmy Lavender by legging out an inside-the-park homer in the 12th inning. Lavender and the Cubs win‚ 1-0.|
|July 2||At New York‚ Boston’s Larry Gardner legs out two inside-the-park homers but the Red Sox still lose‚ 9-7‚ to New York.|
|July 3||The Giants Rube Marquard nips Nap Rucker 2-1 to capture his 19th straight game this season. With two end-of-year wins in 1911‚ he has 21 in a row in regular season play. Both marks are records. On the 8th‚ the Cubs will beat him‚ but he will ultimately compile a league-leading 26 victories against 11 defeats. Today’s game is the Giants’ 16th consecutive win. Brooklyn will end the streak tomorrow|
After a first game 3-2 victory‚ Walter Johnson picks up a win in game 2 and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Washington coasts to a 10-2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins before he is beaten. The Senators are in the middle of a six-game sweep of the Yankees‚ including another pair tomorrow.
|July 4||Three weeks after the Tigers ask waivers on George Mullin‚ he pitches himself a 32nd birthday present at Detroit‚ a 7-0 no-hitter over the Browns. Mullin helps his victory with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. In the morning game‚ a 9-3 Detroit win‚ Ty Cobb steals 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in the 5th inning against the battery of Baumgartner and Krichell‚ the 4th time he has accomplished this feat: he did it last July. Cobb has stolen home 5 times this season; this is his first swipe of home in his last 8 successes that didn’t occur in the 1st inning.|
Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood loses‚ 4-3‚ at the hands of the Athletics Eddie Plank. Wood will win his next start on July 8th‚ the first of 16 in a row and will finish the year at 34-5. The A’s win game 2 of the doubleheader‚ 6-5.
Brooklyn ends the Giants win streak of 16 games by sweeping a doubleheader‚ 10-3 and 5-2. The Superbas take the a.m. game‚ cuffing Mathewson for 5 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the loser in the afternoon contest‚ but the Giants are still in the lead by 14 1/2 games.
|July 5||Mathewson‚ hammered yesterday‚ is in control today‚ whipping Brooklyn‚ 5-1. Cy Barger takes the loss.|
Burlington (Central Association) pitcher Ed Hawk is fatally injured when he falls out of a third story hotel window. He was attempting to adjust a window shade (Ottawa Journal‚ July 8). According to the newspaper‚ the Tigers offered $2‚000 for the pitcher.
|July 6||In Brooklyn‚ the cornerstone is put in place and construction on Ebbets Field begins.|
At St. Louis, the Cubs lose to the Cards, 12–7, as Miller Huggins scores 5 runs. Heinie Zimmerman gets tossed out of the game for arguing with umpire Rigler. He then has an obscene tantrum in front of the fans, enough to “have grown men blush.” It will cost him a $100 fine by the league.
|July 7||To fend off possible future challenges to the legality of the standard contract and its reserve clause‚ new wording provides for compensation to the player for the right to renew. A player’s salary is specified as 75 percent for his services and 25 percent for the privilege of reserving them for the following season.|
|July 8||In Chicago‚ the Cubs beat the Giants and ace Rube Marquard‚ 7-2‚ stopping Rube’s remarkable streak. Rube’s record is now 19-1. Rube is lifted at the end of 6 inning siwht the score‚ 6-2. He gives up 8 hits and walks 7. The 19 straight wins is the NL record for the 20th C and ties Tim Keefe‘s mark of 19 in a row set in 1888.|
In Pittsburgh‚ the Phillies top the Pirates‚ 5-1‚ ending Howie Camnitz‘s win streak of 7. Alexander is the victor.
|July 9||Christy Mathewson tops Three Finger Brown‚ 5-2‚ despite allowing 11 hits and not K’ing one Chicago batter.|
|July 10||Cy Young comes out of retirement for the day to play first base for the Canton (Central League) club on boosters day. He goes hitless and handles 6 chances in the 4-3 win over Youngstown. Young pitched his first game in Organized Ball for Canton on April 30‚ 1890.|
|July 12||The Phillies beat the Reds‚ 6-4‚ behind Pete Alexander. He’ll beat them again‚ 5-0‚ on the 15th.|
In Boston‚ the Red Sox edge the Tigers 1-0 in 11 innings. Smoky Joe Wood goes all the way in the win allowing 5 hits and striking out 10.
At Detroit‚ the Tigers roll over the Athletics and Harry Krause‚ 9-0. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning to start the Tigers off.
In the Yankees 4-1 win over the Browns‚ New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhops’s 2nd steal of home in 3 years.
|July 13||Mathewson scatters 13 hits but beats the Cards‚ 7-2‚ in St. Louis. Joe Willis is the loser.|
|July 15||A U.S. team defeats the Swedish Vesteras Club 13-3 in a one-game Olympic exhibition in Stockholm‚ Sweden.|
|July 17||In Pittsburgh‚ the Giants beat the Pirates’ Howie Camnitz‚ 10-2. Mathewson allows 7 hits in the win.|
|July 18||Gavvy Cravath swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Phils a 9-8 win over the Cubs. Reliever Tom Seaton is the winner over Jimmy Lavender. Seaton also pitches the 2nd game but loses‚ 4-2‚ to Ed Reulbach.|
|July 19||Ty Cobb strokes 7 hits in a doubleheader split to give him a ML record of 14 in 2 consecutive twin bills against the Athletics. Detroit wins 8-6 before falling‚ 14-6. Bill White will tie Cobb in 1961. Cobb also pummeled them for 7 hits on the 17th on his way to collecting an incredible 68 hits for the month‚ a record.|
|July 20||Ray Caldwell of the Highlanders‚ inserted as a pinch runner in the 9th‚ steals home for the tying run in an eventual 4-3 win over Cleveland. Maloney‚ another pinch runner in the 9th steals 2B and scores the winner. Caldwell then pitches a 4-0 victory in the second game.|
In Chicago‚ the Phils pound the Cubs‚ 14-2. Sherry Magee leads the way with two steals of home tying a ML record and one of three this season.
Jeff Tesreau‚ with relief help from Mathewson in the 9th‚ beats the Pirates‚ 2-1. Four singles in the 9th inning off Hank Robinson provide the Giants with the margin.
|July 22||Mathewson is masterful in subduing the Reds‚ 4-1. Matty allows 8 hits in outpitching George Suggs.|
Walter Johnson beats Detroit‚ 5-3‚ and strikes out the first 5 batters (Jones‚ Bush‚ Cobb‚ Crawford‚ Deal) in the game. He then gives up a double to George Moriarty‚ before striking out Baldy Louden.
The Red Sox sell pitcher Eddie Ciccotte to the White Sox.
|July 23||In Boston‚ Smoky Joe Wood (20-4) pitches Boston to a 6-3 win over Cleveland. He allows 9 hits while striking out 7.|
Iron Man McGinnity is still pitching doubleheaders‚ winning a pair of games for Newark against Rochester (International League) at age 41.
|July 25||Fleet OF Max Carey goes hitless‚ but steals 4 bases and scores 5 runs in the Pirates 12-3 win over host Brooklyn. Carey will lead the NL in thefts 10 times‚ and retire with 738. Owen Wilson has a triple for Pittsburgh‚ off Eddie Stack‚ one of 36 he’ll hit this year for unthreatened ML record.|
The White Sox overcome Bert Daniels hitting for the cycle to beat the Yankees in New York‚ 6-4.
|July 26||In an accommodation to the Wall Street crowd‚ the Giants open their home stand with a 3:45 game against the Cubs. But the Cubs score 3 in the 8th off Mathewson to win‚ 4-2.|
|July 29||For the first time‚ a NL team loses a game because of the rule that holds runners in place when a batted ball hits an umpire. A double by the Giants’ Buck Herzog drives in 2 runs‚ but the ball hits umpire Garner Bush‚ and the runs do not count. New York loses‚ 4-3‚ to the Cubs.|
|July 30||Led by Red Murray‘s homer‚ the Giants pound Chicago rookie Jimmy Lavender for 5 runs in the first 2 innings on their way to a 10-4 win. Each team makes 4 errors‚ but Mathewson scatters 9 hits to win. The Giants lead the NL by 10 games.|
|July 31||A day after the Braves went 14 innings to beat St. Louis‚ they go 19 innings with the Pirates. Lefty Otto Hess going all the way for Boston. The Pirates score 3 in the 19th‚ and the Braves come back with 2‚ losing 7-6. Honus Wagner‚ who earlier stole home‚ drives in the final run for Pittsburgh. Wagner‚ at 38‚ is the oldest player in the NL.|
|August 1||Rube Marquard is fined $25 by the National Commission for pitching an inning in a semipro game in Port Chester‚ NY‚ on a day off.|
Heinie Zimmerman has two hits in the Cubs 9-3 win over Brooklyn to raise his average over .400. Bill Sweeney will briefly pass Zim in mid-August before the Cubs star regains the batting lead for good.
The Giants take a pair from the Reds‚ winning 5-4 and 7-5. New York has a 13-game winning streak over Cincinnati.
Phillies manager Roger Bresnahan helps in a 4-3 win over visiting St. Louis. With the bases loaded in the 5th‚ Bresnahan suddenly jumps off the bench‚ yells‚ and starts running towards home. Slim Sallee stops in the middle of his windup to Sherry Magee‚ and the ump calls a balk. Paskert then hits a sac fly to drive in the go ahead run.
Washington wins a contentious game over the Tigers‚ 6-3. In the 6th inning‚ Cobb on 1B‚ takes off with 2 strikes on Crawford‚ who misses a Groom spitter‚ which eludes the catcher. Crawford is automatically out but catcher Williams throws to Gandil at 1B anyway. With that Cobb goes to 3B. When Groom takes a big windup‚ Cobb steals home‚ initially being called out by umpire Connolly‚ who did not see Williams drop the ball. The Tigers leave the field in protest and return after Connolly confers and makes the correct call. The Washington Post critcizes Connolly for getting it wrong and creating confusion by conferring.
|August 3||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants score runs on two solo homers by Fred Merkle and one by Beals Becker‚ off Art Fromme‚ to beat the Reds‚ 3-2. In a typical game‚ Mathewson scatters 10 hits and walks none for the win. Armando Marsans is 4-for-4 for the Reds. With the 4-0 win yesterday and today’s win‚ the Giants have won 15 straight.|
|August 5||At Comiskey Park‚ Walter Johnson relieves Carl Cushion with 2 outs in the 8th and stops the White Sox. Johnson throws another 2 innings of hitless ball and drives in the winning run to give Washington an 8-7 win. Johnson has now won 9 out of 10 decisions with the White Sox this season.|
At St. Louis‚ Cards pitcher Ed Konetchky hits 2 inside-the-park homers in an 8-4 win over Brooklyn.
Pittsburgh doubles the Giants‚ 8-4‚ th snap the Giants’ 15-game winning streak. The Cubs win a pair from the Phillies‚ 5-2 and 5-4‚ to stay 8 1/2 games behind first place New York.
|August 6||Inspired in part by the Cobb suspension and the Tigers’ brief strike in May‚ the formation of a Players’ Fraternity is announced‚ headed by attorney and former player Dave Fultz. Leading players include Cobb‚ Mathewson‚ Mickey Doolan‚ and Jake Daubert. The goals are to oppose contract violations‚ rowdyism‚ and anything that may “impair a player’s ability.” At one point‚ a strike will be called for a Brooklyn attempt to send an obscure player‚ Harry Kraft‚ down to Newark‚ but many teams balk at the strike call‚ and it is rescinded.|
At Cleveland‚ Joe Wood gives up 13 hits in an 11-inning 5-4 win for Boston. He strikes out 5 in running his record to 23-4.
|August 7||in a 7-2 loss to the Athletics‚ Browns manager-1B George Stovall makes 7 assists‚ topping Bill Brown’s ML record of 6 in a game for Louisville in 1893.|
At Pittsburgh‚ the Pirates win their 3rd straight against the leading Giants‚ belting Christy Mathewson for 15 hits and 6 runs in 8 innings. Spitballer Marty O’Toole allows 7 hits to win‚ 7-2.
|August 10||Led by Grover Cleveland Alexander‚ the Phils whip the Reds‚ 10-2. Pete wins the game on the mound and also adds a home run.|
In a game at Boston‚ Chicago star Johnny Evers pushes umpire Finneran after the latter challenges Evers‚ Zimmerman‚ and Chance to fight him under the stands after the game. Evers will be suspended for five days‚ and though the Cubs win three games‚ there will be a howl that president Lynch is favoring the Giants. Downs will fill in at 2B for Chicago. Chicago scores 3 in the 8th to win‚ 11-10.
|August 11||In an 8-3 win over the Yankees‚ Cleveland’s Joe Jackson becomes the 2nd AL player to steal home twice in a game. He steals home in the first inning‚ and then in the 7th‚ he steals 2B‚ 3B‚ and home.|
|August 12||The Cards paste Red Ames for 6 runs in 3 innings‚ then add two more against reliever Christy Mathewson to win‚ 8-6. Matty takes the loss; his record is now 17-8.|
Cubs owner Charles Murphy hints that the Cards and other clubs go easy against McGraw’s Giants. Later Phils’ owner Horace Fogel‚ a former Giants manager whose ownership of the Phils is seen as a front for Murphy and financial backer Charles Raft of Cincinnati‚ echoes the accusation and charges NL umpires with favoring the Giants. It will lead to Fogel’s being expelled from the NL.
|August 14||The Pirates score an unearned run in the 10th to beat Alexander and the Phils‚ 2-1. It is Pete’s first loss to Pittsburgh.|
Tris Speaker runs his hit streak to 20 straight games‚ lining a hit in game 1 of today’s twinbill with the Browns. This is Speaker’s 3rd long streak of the season; earlier he had streaks of 20 games and 30 games‚ the only player in history to do so. In the nitecap‚ Smoky Joe Wood wins his 25th‚ beating the Browns‚ 8-0. He allows 4 hits and strikes out 9.
In game 1 against Vean Gregg‚ Stuffy McGinnis has 2 inside-the-park home runs to pace the A’s to an 8-3 win over Cleveland. Philadelphia takes the nitecap‚ 2-0.
|August 15||Little-known Guy Zinn‚ Yankees outfielder‚ steals home twice in a 5-4 win at Detroit; this will add to last-place New York’s ML record of 18 steals of home for the year. The Giants will set the NL record this season with 17 swipes of home. The Yankees will win tomorrow‚ 9-8‚ when Zinn hits a 9th inning double.|
|August 16||Walter Johnson and Joe Wood are in pursuit of Rube Marquard‘s 19-game win streak. Johnson picks on the White Sox for his 14th straight‚ a 2-hitter‚ tying Jack Chesbro‘s 1904 mark. Only 3 balls are hit out of the infield. The Washingtonians win‚ 2-0‚ beating “our meatball expert” (Chicago Record-Herald) Joe Benz with 8 hits. A week later Joe Wood will win number 13 in a row.|
In Chicago‚ the Giants score twice in the opening frame off Jim Lavender to knock out the would-be Giant killer and go on to win‚ 7-4. Merkle and Doyle pull off a double steal in the inning‚ with Doyle on the front end. Jeff Tesreau puzzles the locals and the Cubs drop six games behind the Giants.
Behind Hamilton’s seven hitter‚ the lowly Browns beat the front running Red Sox‚ 3-2. Hamilton gives up six hits to beat O’Brien. Boston is 8 1/2 ahead of the A’s.
|August 17||Chicago’s Jimmy Archer singles home Vic Saier in the 11th to give the Cubs a 6-5 win over Christy Mathewson. The Giants lead has now slipped to 5 games.|
|August 18||In New York‚ the Tigers beat the Yankees‚ 9-4. Cobb steals home in the 1st inning‚ the 3rd time this season he’s swiped home and all in the first inning.|
|August 20||In Washington‚ Walter Johnson wins his AL record 15th straight‚ downing Cleveland 4-2. Big Train is topped in the nitecap when Washington hurler Jay Cashion tosses a 6-inning no-hitter‚ winning 2-0. The only base runners reach on 2 errors by SS George McBride. Johnson’s effort takes 1 hour: 55 minutes‚ while Cashion’s 6 innings finish in just 65 minutes: the game is called to allow Cleveland to catch a train to Boston. Cashion will win only 11 other games in his ML career.|
|August 21||Thomas C. Noyes‚ president and part owner of the Senators‚ dies‚ opening the way for Clark Griffith to eventually become club owner.|
|August 22||Before a sellout crowd of 27‚000 at Forbes Field‚ the Pirates sweep two from the Giants‚ winning 3-2 and 8-6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Mathewson in the opener‚ and Rube Marquard taking the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3-for-4 in the first game‚ and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus’ 7 hits total 14 bases‚ he scores 5 runs‚ drives in 4 and swipes 2 bases. Wagner will hit 7 homers this season‚ with 3 coming off Rube.|
|August 23||The Tigers fall to Washington and Walter Johnson‚ 8-1‚ Big Train’s 16th win in a row. He is now 29-7.|
|August 24||Fred Merkle’s 3-run homer off Babe Adams in the 7th to give the Giants a 3-2 lead over Pittsburgh‚ and Mathewson pitches the last 3 innings to preserve Hooks Wiltse win over the Bucs. The Giants won a pair yesterday from the Bucs by one-run scores.|
|August 26||Walter Johnson’s 16-game winning streak ends under AL rules of the time. In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Browns‚ he relieves Tom Hughes with one out and 2 on in the 7th inning of a 2-2 game. The 2 runners score on Pete Compton single up the middle and the Nationals lose‚ 4-3. The two runs are charged to Johnson‚ not Hughes‚ giving him the defeat. Under the NL’s rules‚ Johnson would not be charged with the loss. After the season‚ AL president Ban Johnson will change the rules to conform with the senior circuit‚ but he will deny he does it because of this game.|
At Boston‚ Owen Wilson has his 2nd three-triple doubleheader this year. The fleet Buc triples off Otto Hess in the game 1 win‚ 5-4. In the nitecap‚ an 8-4 loss‚ he triples in the 6th and 8th innings off Ed Donnelly.
|August 27||It takes a one-hitter by Art Fromme‚ but the Reds finally beat New York‚ and Mathewson 2-0. Art Fletcher‘s single is the only safety. The Giants’ lead shrinks to 3 1?2 games over the Cubs.|
Owen Wilson triples for his 3rd game in a row‚ a 4th inning drive off Walter Dickson good for 3 runs. Pittsburgh beats Boston‚ 9-4.
At Boston‚ Chicago White Sox infielders Rath and Weaver get thrown out of the game‚ and coach Kid Gleason takes over at 2B. The 45-year-old last appeared in a game 4 years ago‚ but he makes no errors and goes 1-for-2 at the plate. With his appearance‚ Gleason has now played in four decades. The two Sox knot at 8 runs apiece.
In response to demands for an alternative way to rate pitchers besides wins and losses‚ the NL will officially keep ERA’s for the first time; the Giants Jeff Tesreau will lead the league at 1.96. Despite an increase in .300 hitters from 22 to 32 this year‚ there will be 19 pitchers with ERA’s under 3.00. The AL will not make ERA part of their official statistics until 1913.
|August 28||The Red Sox have only 50 at bats-a ML record for fewest at bats in a DH-in a doubleheader with Chicago‚ but they make them count. Boston wins‚ 5-3 and 3-0.|
|August 30||Lefty Earl Hamilton‚ 22‚ pitches his only shutout of the year‚ a no-hitter in the Browns’ 5-1 win over Detroit. Ty Cobb scores on an error after a walk.|
|August 31||The Red Sox run their record to 87-37 with a 2-1 win over the A’s. Following the game‚ Connie Mack says he never realized how strong the Sox were‚ and concedes the pennant to them. There are 30 games left for Boston.|
|September 2||Washington’s Walter Johnson goes 10 innings against the A’s‚ who beat the Big Train‚ 9-7.|
In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds‚ Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nitecap‚ 1-0‚ for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston takes the opening squeaker‚ 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year‚ and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913‚ Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
At Boston‚ Mathewson wins both games for the Giants in a 5-2‚ 6-1 sweep of the Braves. In the opener‚ Matty relieves Marquard in the 9th with score 2-2 and tosses 3 shutout innings. Larry Doyle ends it with a 3-run homer in the 12th. Matty coasts to his 19th win in the nitecap after the Giants chase Ed Doheny with 5 runs in the 3rd.
Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin cracks a 9th inning homer off Alexander to tie and the Superbas tip the Phils‚ 2-1 in 11 innings. In the nitecap‚ Eppa Rixey outpitches Nap Rucker to give the Quakers a 2-1 win in 12 innings. Rucker will lose 20 (18-21) this year after winning 20 (22-18) last season.
|September 6||Jeff Tesreau pitches a 3-0 no-hitter over the Phils‚ the first modern rookie to perform the feat. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. New York wins the nitecap as well‚ 9-8.|
In one of the more dramatic matchups in history‚ Walter Johnson‚ who had won 16 straight games before losing 2 games‚ takes the mound in a doubleheader nightcap against Joe Wood‚ who is seeking his 14th straight win. Wood strikes out 9 and beats the visiting Senators 1-0 for his 30th win. Boston’s lone run comes in the 6th on back to back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis. Speaker’s double would normally be an easy fly out‚ but the ball drops into the overflow crowd cordoned off by ropes.
Former major leaguer Dave Fultz announces the formation of the Player’s Fraternity‚ to improve the lot of players. Within two months the group will claim membership of 300 members.
In his first major league start‚ Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper stops the Cardinals‚ 8-0.
|September 7||Arthur “Bugs” Raymond‚ 30‚ is found dead at the Hotel Valey in Chicago of a brain hemorrhage‚ 2 days after his skull was fractured in a barroom fight. Raymond last pitched for the Giants in 1911‚ compiling a 6-4 before his drinking forced John McGraw to let him go.|
With Brad Kocher behind the plate‚ Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in the Athletics’ 9-7 defeat of Detroit‚ a post-1900 record that is still unmatched. Remarkably‚ on the 22nd‚ he will repeat with 6 against the Browns. With 63 for the season‚ he will run 2nd to Clyde “Deerfoot” Milan’s 88.
|September 9||At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn‚ 2-1 and 7-2. Jumbo Jeff Tesreau takes the opener and Mathewson the nitecap.|
|September 10||Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood wins his 15th straight‚ with 9th inning relief help from Sea Lion Hall‚ beating the White Sox‚ 5-4. He scatters 12 hits and strikes out 5. There is some question about which pitcher should receive credit for the win‚ but AL president Ban Johnson will rule in favor of Wood.|
Philadelphia A’s rookie Stan Coveleski makes his first appearance in the majors and shuts out Detroit‚ 3-0.
|September 11||In St. Louis. Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after 7 innings‚ losing 3-0 to the Highlanders. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up 2 more runs in the 8th‚ but the Browns score 4 in the bottom of the inning to cut the losing margin to 5-4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner‚ who pitched poorly.|
In a tumultuous game featuring an attack on an umpire and three ejections‚ Eddie Collins swipes six bases to pace the A’s to a 9-7 win over the Tigers. The Bengal battery is Brad Kocher and P Joe Lake. In the 3rd inning‚ Cobb foils an intentional walk when he steps across the plate to slap a single. To the dismay of the home crowd‚ Ump Tommy Connolly calls a foul strike‚ and manager Hughey Jennings gets tossed for protesting. Collins swipes 3 bases in the 7th inning and‚ on the front end of a double steal‚ crosses the plate‚ but Frank Baker is thrown out at 2B. Baker will reprise his record on the 22nd.
|September 12||Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader with league-leading Boston‚ taking just 11 total innings to win. The first game is called after five innings with the Naps ahead‚ 9-3. The rain stops and the umps decide to start second game. After six innings‚ with Cleveland leading 6-0‚ the nitecap is called on account of darkness.|
The leading Giants split with the Cardinals‚ losing the opener when the Birds blast reliever Doc Crandall in the 9th to win‚ 4-2. Jeff Tesreau wins his 6th straight in the nitecap.
|September 14||Former ML player and current president of the Connecticut League “Orator Jim” O’Rourke catches a complete game for New Haven (Connecticut League) at age 60.|
|September 15||In the 2nd game of a doubleheader‚ Boston’s Joe Wood wins his 16th straight game as he bests the Browns 2-1 in a game called after 8 innings because of darkness. Wood scores the winning run in the 8th‚ scoring from 3B on a wild pitch by Earl Hamilton. Earlier in the year‚ Walter Johnson posted a streak of 16 straight wins.|
|September 16||The Pirates’ 2-1 win over Brooklyn is their 12th in a row; they will overtake the Cubs and finish 2nd.|
The Cubs riddle Mathewson for 10 hits to beat the Giants‚ 4-3. Jimmy Archer’s solo homer is the game winner.
The Reds shut out the Phillies in a twinbill‚ winning 6-0 and 1-0. Art Fromme allows 4 hits in the lid lifter‚ while Rube Benton outduels Grover Cleveland Alexander‚ 1-0‚ in the nitecap. Benton allows 5 hits.
|September 17||CF Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn and has 4 singles-3 straight off Claude Hendrix– a walk‚ 2 SB‚ and 2 RBI in the 7-3 win over Pittsburgh.|
|September 18||Despite being rained out in Cleveland‚ the Red Sox (97-41) clinch the pennant when the A’s lose the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago. Red Sox president McAleer informs the Yankees that Boston will not play a rained out game with them.|
|September 19||In New York‚ the Reds end Jeff Tesreau‘s win streak at 7‚ beating him‚ 2-1. The 2nd game ends in a 2-2 tie.|
At Cleveland‚ the Red Sox lose an unusual doubleheader to the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland takes the lidlifter‚ 9-3‚ when the game is called on account of rain after 5 innings. The rain stops and the second game begins‚ only to be called after 6 innings because of darkness. The Naps win‚ 6-0.
|September 20||Joe Wood’s bid for a 17th straight victory falls short as Detroit beats Boston 6-4 on 2 unearned runs. Wood gives up 7 hits and‚ in the 3rd‚ walks 4 in a row. Detroit starter Bill Covington is thrown out of the game in the 5th inning with the Tigers ahead‚ 3-1‚ receives credit for the victory. Joe Lake mops up the last 5 innings for Detroit.|
|September 21||In an 11-4 loss at Detroit‚ Boston 3B Larry Gardner breaks his finger and will be out the rest of the season. He is expected to play in the WS.|
|September 22||Eleven days after stealing 6 bases in a game‚ Eddie Collins does it again. Included in his 6 swipes are 3B and home‚ as the A’s beat the Browns 8-2‚ in the first of two games. Collins has no steals in game 2. Collins will end the year with 63 steals‚ a distant second to Clyde Milan‘s 88. Browns’ C Jim Stephens shared the backstop a year ago (9/28/11) when 15 stolen bases were racked up. The browns used 3 pitchers today-Mack Allison‚ Walter Brown‚ and Roy Mitchell.|
Association Park‚ home of the Kansas City AA baseball team‚ is destroyed by fire.
|September 23||In Boston‚ 100‚000 fans are on hand to greet the Red Sox after their western road trip. All business stops as the players ride from South station to the Common where Mayor Fitzgerald welcomes them. The players are given the keys to the city. Extra seating is added to Fenway Park‚ increasing the seating capacity to 32‚000 for the WS.|
|September 25||In Boston‚ Smoky Joe Wood fires a 2-hitter at New York‚ winning 6-0. The Boston ace strikes out 10 in winning his 33rd game.|
|September 26||The Giants clinch the NL flag with a sweep of the Braves‚ winning 8-3 and 4-0. Mathewson coasts to his 23rd win in the opener and Art Demeree‚ recently called up from Mobile where he was 25-10‚ shuts out the Braves on 7 hits in the nitecap. Al Demaree strikes out 9 in his first major-league start.|
Trailing 9-0 going into the 9th inning at Chicago‚ the Reds stage a terrific comeback against Jimmy Lavender. Lavender gives up 5 runs and is lifted with the bases loaded. Reliever Fred Toney then walks three straight before Larry Chaney is brought in. The Reds then take an unlikely 10-9 lead as Chaney walks 2 straight. Reds pitcher Ralph Works catches the fever walking one Cub and hitting another. Reliever Rube Benton quickly relieves and follows suit‚ walking 3 batters in a row to give the Cubs the 11-10 decision. The 10 runs in the 9th when trailing won’t be matched until the 1962 White Sox do it against Cleveland on August 11.
|September 27||Eddie Plank goes 19 innings for the A’s against Bob Groom and Walter Johnson of the Nationals‚ and takes a 5-4 loss when Eddie Collins‘ wild throw lets the winning run score. Johnson relieves Bob Groom at the end of the 9th‚ and pitches 10 innings of scoreless relief.|
|September 28||Having recovered from an operation for brain clots‚ Frank Chance is released by the Cubs. He will manage the newly named New York Yankees for 2 years.|
Boston nips the Giants‚ 2-1 in the first of a twinbill. The 2nd game ends in a 6-6‚ 7-inning tie. Cuban C Mike Gonzalez makes his debut for Boston in the nitecap‚ going 0-for-2 and having 4 runners steal bases against him.
The Athletics sweep the lowly New York Highlanders‚ winning 5-4 and 4-2. The loss in game 2 goes to Russ Ford‚ who loses his 20th game of the year. It’s been done before‚ but not until Sam Jones in 1925 and Mel Stottlemyre in 1966 will any other Yankee pitchers drop 20.
Cubs manager Frank Chance is fired‚ though his team is heading for a 91-59 record‚ good for 3rd place.
|September 30||The Giants foil Pete Alexander’s bid for a 20th victory‚ beating the Phils‚ 4-2. King Bader‚ making his first start‚ is the winner. After winning 28 last year‚ Alex will be just 19-17 this season.|
|October 2||In the fight for 2nd place‚ Chicago tops the Pirates‚ 6-5‚ despite Cubs C Dick Cotter batting out of turn. Cotter knocks in the tying run in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th‚ the latter while hitting out of turn. Pirates manager Fred Clarke doesn’t realize it until the game is over‚ but then protests. The teams agree that an infraction occurred and reschedule the game on their own; their actions are later upheld by NL President Lynch.|
|October 3||In Philadelphia‚ the Red Sox roll over the A’s‚ 17-5‚ as Joe Wood coasts to his 34th win of the year. Smoky Joe strikes out 6 and scatters 8 hits. Duffy Lewis has a grand slam for the winners.|
In New York‚ the Senators clinch 2nd place‚ a game ahead of the A’s‚ by edging the Highlanders‚ 4-3. Walter Johnson‘s notches his 33rd win (or 32nd by some counts).
The Chalmers Auto Commission announce that Tris Speaker (59 points) and Larry Doyle (48 points) each win an automobile as the ‘most value’ players in their respective leagues.
|October 4||After playing an exhibition game in Ray Chapman‘s hometown of Herrin‚ Illinois‚ the Cleveland Naps board a train for the season finale in St. Louis. The train is in an accident in Southwick‚ MO and‚ while no players are injured‚ the engineer is killed.|
|October 5||The Red Sox defeat the A’s 3-0 for their 105th win of the season‚ an AL record until the 1927 Yankees reach 110. Buck O’Brien (20-13) is the victor.|
In their last game at Washington Park‚ the Superbas lose to the Giants‚ 1-0. Pat Ragan takes the loss before 10‚000 fans. Brooklyn will open next season at Ebbets Field.
The Yankees also play their last game at their field‚ Hilltop Park‚ beating the Senators‚ 8-6‚ on the strength of Hal Chase‘s 3-run HR in the 8th and another homer by Jack Lelivelt. The win is the first in 10 games for last-place New York (50-102). Next year the team will play at the Polo Grounds. Homer Thompson‚ in his only game in the majors‚ is behind the plate for New York‚ though he does not make a plate appearance; the last of 4 hurlers is his brother Tommy‚ making them the first brother battery in AL history. Coach Nick Altrock‚ in his first appearance in 3 years‚ is the losing pitcher.
Cubs manager Frank Chance sells his 10% share in the Cubs to the Harry Ackerland of Pittsburgh. The 100 shares ar worth $40‚000.
|October 6||In Cincinnati‚ Pirates OF Owen “Chief” Wilson hits a 9th inning 3-run triple off the Reds Frank Gregory‚ but trying to stretch it into a HR‚ he is nipped at the plate. The Pirates roll‚ 16-6. Wilson’s 36 triples is a still-standing record not topped in the majors or minors.|
Cubs 3B Heinie Zimmerman‚ 0-for-3 in a 4-3 win over St. Louis‚ has just 2 hits in the last week. But he holds on to seemingly win the Triple Crown‚ leading by one in HRs and RBI. Years later‚ a recount of the totals will drop Zim from 103 RBIs to 99‚ and cost him the triple crown.
At the Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport Connecticut‚ Walter Johnson and Nap Rucker fire fast balls through a tunnel of fine wires in an attempt to clock their fastballs. In street clothes‚ both throw three pitches. The rudimentary test clocks Johnson at 122 feet per second (82 mph) and Rucker at 113 feet per second (77 mph) both on their 3rd throw.
|October 8||The WS opens. Giants manager John McGraw goes with rookie Jeff Tesreau‚ his most effective late-season pitcher‚ against the Red Sox. Smoky Joe Wood fans 11 and wins 4-3 before 35‚730 at New York.|
|October 9||Three errors by Giants SS Art Fletcher help put Christy Mathewson behind 4-2 until the team rallies for 3 in the 8th when Duffy Lewis muffs a ?y ball by Fred Snodgrass. Boston ties it in the last of the 8th. The Giants push across a run in the 10th off reliever “Sea Lion” Hall‚ but Tris Speaker blasts a triple to deep center. Apparently out at home trying to stretch it into a HR‚ he is safe when C Art Wilson‚ who has just entered the game‚ drops the throw for New York’s 5th error. Darkness ends the game at 6-6 after 11 innings.|
In the opener of the Windy City Series‚ Jimmy Lavender and Ed Walsh allow no runs as the Cubs and Sox play to a 0-0 tie. After another tie‚ the Cubs will win the next 3 decisions of the best-of-7 series.
|October 10||In game 3‚ New York evens the Series behind Rube Marquard‚ who blanks the Red Sox until the 9th. A spectacular catch in deep LF by Josh Devore with 2 men on saves a 2-1 victory.|
|October 11||Joe Wood faces Tesreau again in New York. Despite giving up 9 hits‚ Wood walks none and works out of several jams for a 3-1 win.|
The A’s beat the Phillies 5-2 to win their City Series‚ 4 games to one.
|October 12||In Boston for game 5‚ the Red Sox scratch only 2 runs off Mathewson on 5 hits‚ but 18-game winner Hugh Bedient holds the Giants to 3 hits. The 2-1 win gives Boston a 3-1 Series edge.|
|October 14||The Giants come out swinging against Buck O’Brien: 4 singles‚ 2 doubles‚ 3 stolen bases‚ and a balk produce 5 runs. New York’s Marquard gives up 2 in the 2nd‚ and that’s all the scoring for the day. It’s Buck’s 2nd WS loss.|
|October 15||In game 7 on a cold day in Boston‚ the Giants catch up with Joe Wood’s smoke‚ teeing off for 6 runs on 7 hits before the 32‚694 fans have settled down. Jeff Tesreau wobbles to an 11-4 win and the Series is tied at 3 all. The only Boston bright spot is Tris Speaker‘s unassisted double play in the 9th‚ the only one by an outfielder in WS play. Before the game‚ Red Sox management release the Royal Rooters’ block of tickets to the general public‚ and when the Rooters march on to the field shortly before game time‚ they find “their” seats taken. The Rooters refuse to leave the field and the club resorts to using mounted policemen to herd them behind the left-field bleacher rail or out of the park. When the Red Sox win the coin flip after today’s game to determine the site for the deciding match‚ the upset Royal Rooter boycott the finale‚ lowering the attendance.|
The Browns take game 1 of the St. Louis City series‚ 3-1 from the Cards. The Cardinals will win the series‚ 4 games to 3.
|October 16||In the Series finale‚ Mathewson squares off against Hugh Bedient in quest of his first win of the Series. He takes a 1-0 lead into the 7th‚ but with one out‚ Boston manager Jake Stahl hits a pop-up to short LF. The ball drops among Art Fletcher‚ Josh Devore‚ and Fred Snodgrass. Heinie Wagner walks‚ and with 2 outs‚ pinch hitter Olaf Henriksen doubles home the tying run. Smoky Joe Wood relieves Bedient‚ and the 2 aces match zeroes until “Red” Murray doubles and Merkle singles in the 10th to give New York a 2-1 lead. In the last of the 10th‚ pinch hitter Clyde Engle lifts a can of corn to CF Snodgrass‚ who drops the ball. Snodgrass then makes a great catch of a long drive by Harry Hooper. Steve Yerkes walks‚ bringing up Tris Speaker‚ who pops a high foul along the 1B line. C Chief Meyers chases it‚ but it drops a few feet from 1B Merkle‚ who could have taken it easily. Reprieved‚ Speaker then singles in the tying run and sends Yerkes to 3B. After Duffy Lewis is walked intentionally‚ 3B Larry Gardner hits a long sac ?y to a retreating Devore that scores Yerkes with the winning run. This World Series was the most butterfingered in history‚ with thirty-one errors recorded‚ seventeen for The Giants. As noted by Bob Timmermann‚ in the game writeup in the New York Times‚ the paper refers to the World Series as starting in 1884‚ not 1903. The Red Sox earn $4‚024.68 each; the Giants’ share is $2‚566.47 each.|
|October 17||Phils owner Horace Fogel will be tried by the NL directors for his charges against Cardinals manager Roger Bresnahan and the NL umps‚ specifically William Brennan‚ giving aid to the Giants. Fogel made statements at the Philadelphia ball park in front of reporters that Bresnahan used subs to give the Giants an advantage. In November he is found guilty on 5 counts and barred from the NL forever. Bresnahan will be released by St. Louis next week with 4 years remaining on his contract.|
|October 18||In the rubber match of the 7-game Windy City series‚ the White Sox score 3 runs in the 1st two innings and all their runs in the 1st 5 innings to win‚ 16-0. The game was so bad that Cubs manager Chance left after 5 innings. The Sox tied the first 2 games‚ then lost the next three games of the series. Ed Walsh shuts out the Cubs‚ allowing no hits after the 5th and pitching 42 innings against the Cubs in 10 days. Sox catcher Ray Schalk later tells Lloyd Lewis this was the greatest game he ever caught.|
|October 24||The Cubs name Johnny Evers to manage the team in 1913. Between 1912 and 1916‚ each member of the Tinker-Evers-Chance infield will manage the team.|
|November 4||Miller Huggins is named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals‚ beginning his 17-year career as a skipper.|
|November 9||Frank Chance is sold to the Cincinnati Reds by the Cubs; when all NL clubs waive claims to him in December‚ the Reds free him to manage the Yankees.|
|November 16||The Reds buy INF Red Corriden from Detroit.|
|November 26||John T. Brush dies while en route to California by train for his health. His son-in-law‚ Harry Hempstead‚ will succeed him as president of the Giants.|
|December 1||Braves owner James A. Gaffney purchases the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue with a plan to construct a ball park there. Ground breaking will commence on March 20‚ 1915.|
|December 11||The Reds trade outfielders Mike Mitchell and Pete Knisely‚ infielders Red Corriden and Art Phelan‚ and P Bert Humphries to the Cubs for C Harry Chapman‚ P Grover Lowdermilk‚ and SS Joe Tinker‚ who will manage the Reds for one year.|