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Snake Wiltse from the Chronology
Sep 5, 1927 - In the first of two at Fenway the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the Red Sox emerge the winners 12-11. Buddy Myers' double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York scores a pair in the top of the 9thg to tie and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing a future Yankee goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse is the winner over Waite Hoyt. New York wins the abbreviated nitecap 5-0 with Wiltse taking the loss.
Jul 19, 1902 - Snake Wiltse sold by the A's to Baltimore leaves Philadelphia today to join his new team. Snake's younger brother Hooks will join the Giants in 2 years.
Aug 10, 1901 - In the 2nd game of a DH‚ Washington National's P Dale Gear gives up an AL record 41 total bases in losing 13-0 to the Athletics. The 23 hits include 4 doubles‚ 4 triples‚ and 2 HRs. Gear also establishes an AL Mark by alloweing 10 extra base hits; Luis Tiant will tie the record in 1969. Philadelphia A's pitcher Snake Wiltse‚ brother of Hooks‚ has 2 doubles and 2 triples‚ an AL record‚ and "could've had another base if he had run hard." (Washington Post) He is just one of 3 hurlers in history to collect 4 extra-base hits in a game‚ and his 10 total bases is a ML record for a pitcher. For Snake‚ acquired last month from the Pirates‚ it is the 2nd shutout over Washington in a week. Snake's batterymate‚ Doc Powers‚ also has 4 hits including a triple and homer. In the opener‚ a 9-4 Washington win‚ Nats' pitcher Win Mercer becomes the first AL hurler to steal home. Hall of Fame second baseman Napoleon Lajoie has a pair of homers for the A's in game 1‚ his second game in a row with 2 homers‚ but then gets tossed in the 7th for arguing a call. He hit 2 homers in yesterday's game 2 victory. Lajoie will lead the AL in homers with 14‚ drive in 125 runs‚ and hit .422 to win the Triple Crown.