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Socks Seybold from the Chronology
Jul 13, 1930 - With a little help from the Massachusetts Sunday baseball law the Braves sweep a pair from the Cubs. Socks Seybold scatters 7 hits in the opener to beat Sheriff Blake 2-1. In the nitecap the Braves are ahead 3-0 at the end of eight innings with the clock at 5:34. The Cubs then score 4 in the 9th to take the lead 4-3. The Braves have runners on 2B and 3B with one out in the bottom of the 9th when the police inform the umpire that the game must stop because it is 6:00. The score reverts to 3-0 and Bob Smith has a win. Guy Bush is the loser.
Aug 15, 1907 - Chief Bender wins his 11th straight for the Athletics 4-2 over Cleveland to tighten the pennant race with the Tigers. The Chief is helped by right fielder Socks Seybold who pulls off an unassisted double play. He'll pull off another on September 10th against Boston to set a since-tied AL record for UDPs by an outfielder in a season.
Aug 7, 1907 - The A's Socks Seybold socks a homer off Ed Killian to help beat the Tigers 4-2. Killian had not given up a homer since September 19 1903-1001 innings. He lost that game as well and will tee up just 9 homers in his short career.
Sep 1, 1906 - The AL's longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16000. 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.
Sep 19, 1903 - Cleveland's Ed Killian loses to the Red Sox when he gives up a homerun to Fred Parent. Killian will pitch 1001 innings before serving up another roundtripper to Socks Seybold on August 7 1907.
Sep 29, 1902 - The AL season ends with the Athletics five games in front of St. Louis Browns. Philadelphia's Socks Seybold hits 16 HRs for the highest total to lead the AL until Babe Ruth's 29 in 1919.
Jun 24, 1901 - At Philadelphia the A's and White Sox battle for 14 innings before Chicago pushes across 3 runs to finally win 7-5. Callahan and Fraser are the starters and finishers for the two teams. Socks Seybold has a triple and HR for the A's.
Aug 20, 1899 - Socks Seybold powerful slugger from the Atlantic League makes his debut with Cincinnati. He makes 3 errors in the outfield in a 10-1 loss to St. Louis.