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Steve Yerkes from the Chronology
Sep 16, 1916 - At Baker Bowl Pete Alexander is coasting with a 2 hit 6-0 lead in the 8th over the Cubs when weak-hitting Steve Yerkes lines a single followed by manager Joe Tinker's only hit of the year. On a DP grounder 1B Fred Luderus pulls his foot off the bag and Chicago goes on to score 3 runs. Second-place Philadelphia wins 6-3 to pull with 1 1/2 games of Brooklyn.
Oct 4, 1913 - Washington manager Clark Griffith uses an unheard-of 8 pitchers in an end-of-season farce game with Boston including 5 in the 9th inning. At age 43 he pitches one inning himself and coach John Ryan also 43 catches. Griffith also plays RF where he plays one off his head and misplays Hal Janvrin's liner into an inside-the-park homer. On the other end of the scale 17-year-old Merito Acosta plays outfield alongside Walter Johnson in CF. Johnson then comes in the 8th inning to lob pitches to 2 hitters. Both batters Clyde Engel and Steve Yerkes lace hits to send Johnson back to CF and then in relief Nat's catcher Eddie Ainsmith in his only ML pitching appearance gives up two triples to allow the base runners to score. The Sox score in the 9th on Hal Janvrin's 2nd inside-the-park homer of the game. Joe Gideon in his only pitching appearance retires the last two batters as Washington wins 10-9 beating Fred Anderson who goes the distance. The 2 runs "allowed" by Johnson will have historical repercussions: his ERA goes from 1.09 to 1.14 and Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA in 1968 will put Johnson's ERA in 2nd place on the all-time list. The 8 pitchers sets a ML record that won't be matched until the Dodgers September 25 1946.
Aug 28, 1913 - Walter Johnson's 14-game winning streak is ended although it takes Boston 11 innings to beat him 1-0. Boston manages a 2nd inning single by Steve Yerkes and doesn't have another baserunner until Yerkes singles again in the 11th. and reaches 3rd on the ball goes through the legs of CF Clyde Milan. A fielder's choice and single wins it. Johnson strikes out 10 five in a row and walks none. The winner is Ray Collins who beat Johnson 1-0 on June 6 and lost to him by that score on July 3.
Oct 16, 1912 - 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 $4024.68 each; the Giants' share is $2566.47 each.