» April 26, 1900:
The Pirates score seven runs in the 9th inning, but still lose their home opener, 12-11, to the Reds. Cincy scores eight runs off starter Rube Waddell in five innings, and four more off reliever Jack Chesbro. Attendance today is 11,000.
» July 3, 1900: At Pittsburgh, Jack Chesbro beats the Beaneaters, 21; the Boston battery is Ted Lewis and Boileryard Clarke.
» June 20, 1901: Pittsburghs Honus Wagner becomes the first 20th-century player to steal home twice in a single game, as Jack Chesbro blanks the Giants, 7-0.
» July 23, 1901:
Jack Chesbro stops the visiting Reds, 9-2, and Fred Clarke backs him up by hitting for the cycle.
» July 12, 1902: Overcoming poor Buc baserunning, Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a 5-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson, 40. As noted by Clifford Blau, the Buccos lose five straight runners via baserunning errors. With two outs in the third, Ginger Beaumont is on 2B, with first base empty, and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th, Hans Wagner leads off with a triple, but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield's grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal 2B. Claude Ritchey draws a walk, but is picked off first. Jimmy Burke leads off the fifth with a double, but tries to stretch it into a triple, and is tagged out by Matty, covering the bag.
» April 22, 1903: At Washington, before 11,950, the New York Highlanders play their first game, losing 31. Washington elects to bat first, but the New Yorkers score in the bottom of the opening inning to take a 10 lead. Each starter gives up six hits with Jack Chesbro, the National League's top winner last year (28-6) taking the loss. Al Orth, in his second season with Washington, is the winner.
» April 30, 1903: The new American League park opens in New York with an estimated crowd of 16,000 watching the home team beat Washington 62. Jack Chesbro, who lost to the Nats on Opening Day, is today's winner.
» July 29, 1903:
Cy Young goes all the way as Boston loses to the Highlanders, 15-14. The New Yorkers had been shut out in their two previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle, but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes eight errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th for Harry Howell, while Willie Keeler has four hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts two hours: 10 minutes.
» April 14, 1904:
At chilly Hilltop Park, each spectator is given a small American flag as he enters the park for the Highlanders-Boston game. Ex-Judge Olcott tosses out the first ball and then Jack Chesbro pitches and bats New York to an 8-2 victory. He scatters six hits and scores two runs on two hits, including a homer. Both Boston runs come on inside the park homers, by Buck Freeman in the 7th, and in the 9th by Freddie Parent. New York scores five in the first inning off Cy Young to put the game away.
» June 25, 1904: In Boston, the Highlanders Jack Chesbro wins his 12th straight, besting Cy Young, 5-3. Patsy Dougherty has three hits against his former teammates.
» July 4, 1904: Jack Chesbro, the New York Highlanders spitballer, wins his 14th in a row, an American League record until Walter Johnson wins 16 straight in 1912. The A's lose both today, as the Highlanders sweep the three games series.
» July 7, 1904: Jack Chesbro's winning streak of 14 games comes to an end as Boston beats the Highlanders, 41. Chesbro will win 41 games this year, to set a ML record. Newly acquired Kip Selbach drives in three runs for New York.
» July 9, 1904:
Boston wins their 3rd in a row over New York, beating Jack Chesbro again, 21.
» July 16, 1904: At New York, Highlanders P Jack Chesbro swipes home in the bottom of the 10th to win his own game, 98.
» August 10, 1904: Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 complete games in a row. For the year he will win 41 games, pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh's 464 in 1908.
» September 14, 1904: The Pilgrims with a half-game lead over New York send Bill Dineen to the mound. Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off Jack Chesbro and Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that C Lou Criger fires into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. Boston's only tally comes in the 9th on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. New York wins 31. The nitecap is called after five innings and a 1-1 score.
» September 17, 1904: More than 23,000, reputedly the largest crowd in Boston history, show up for the showdown twinbill with the New York Highlanders. New York scores three runs in each of the first two innings against Bill Dineen. Jack Chesbro (35-8) holds on for a 6-4 win, his 7th win in a row. New York briefly takes over 1st place. But Cy Young tops New York, 4-2, in the nitecap, beating Ned Garvin, recently acquired from Brooklyn. The two teams complete their three doubleheaders at 2-2-2.
» October 7, 1904: Jack Chesbro pitches the Highlanders to a 3-2 win over Boston for his 41st victory. His 41-12 record will top the AL in wins and percentage; in 1902 with Pittsburgh, his 28-6 topped that league, making him the only pitcher to lead both leagues in winning percentage. The win gives New York a half-game lead over Boston.
» October 10, 1904: On the final day of the season, a doubleheader split will give the leading Boston Pilgrims the AL pennant over the Highlanders. 30,000 are on hand in New York for the contests. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th and a man on 3B, Jack Chesbro has a spitball get away from him for a wild pitch, and Lou Criger scores Boston's winning run. Bill Dinneen then stops New York in the 9th, hurling his 37th consecutive complete game of the season for an AL mark. New York wins the 2nd game, as George Winter goes the route in a 1-0 loss to the Highlanders, but Boston triumphs by one 1/2 games. The Pilgrim pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record-Both leagues set marks for total complete games: AL 1,098, NL 1,089.
» April 14, 1905:
At Washington's American League Park, Jimmy Williams' two-run homer, an inside the park shot in the first inning, helps New York to a 3-0 lead against lefty Case Patten. An unearned run in the 5th pins the 4-2 loss on Patten, winner of 14 of Washington's 38 victories last season. Jack Chesbro wins his second straight opener.
» August 30, 1905: Ty Cobb makes his ML debut, doubling off Jack Chesbro, as Detroit defeats New York, 53. The 2-bagger is the first of his 4,191 hits, a record topped by Pete Rose with 4,256 in 1986.
» April 14, 1906:
At Hilltop Park, former player John Montgomery Ward throws out the first ball before the start of the Highlanders-Pilgrims 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.
» July 25, 1908: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 32 in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York's new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase's only pitching appearance as the Tigers win 53.
» August 13, 1908: Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20,000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, Willie Keeler, Harry Davis, and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler, including a great loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments.
» August 19, 1908: The Highlanders Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits, but shuts out Detroit, 7-0.
» September 4, 1908:
In New York, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro, 3-0, allowing six hits in the Washington win.
» September 7, 1908: On Labor Day, Manager Joe Cantillon starts the Big Train in place of one pitcher who is sick, and another who returned to Washington to be with his sick wife. Only three Senators' pitchers made the trip to NY. Walter Johnson shuts out the New York Highlanders for the 3rd time in four days, 4-0, topping Jack Chesbro and allowing just two hits and no walks. In the three games, Walter allows 12 hits, walks one, and strikes out 12. Johnson will pitch 130 shutouts during his career, 23 more than runner-up Grover Alexander. This is one of a record (topped in 1972) seven shutouts tossed today, out of 16 games.
» September 23, 1908:
Cleveland wins its 10th straight game, defeating the Yankees and Jack Chesbro, 9-3. The Naps score five runs in the 7th, while Rhoades pitches strong ball until the 9th, when he allows two runs. Nap Lajoie has no official at bats, getting hit by pitched balls three times, tying a AL record, and walking his other time up.
» September 11, 1909: The Athletics and Red Sox split a doubleheader, each team winning, 1-0. The Red Sox also pick up pitcher Jack Chesbro (0-4) on waivers from the Highlanders. The future Hall of Famer will pitch and lose one game for Boston before calling it quits.
» August 16, 1912: 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. The Washingtonians win, 20, beating "our meatball expert" (Chicago Record-Herald) Joe Benz with eight hits. A week later Joe Wood will win number 13 in a row.
» April 24, 1946:
Eleven former players--Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers,
Frank Chance, Jess Burkett, Tom McCarthy, Rube Waddell,
Eddie Plank, Ed Walsh, Jack Chesbro, Clark Griffith,
and Joe McGinnity--are named to the Hall of Fame.
» April 7, 1970:
At Yankee Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre makes his 4th straight Opening Day start, joining Lefty Gomez and Jack Chesbro as the only Yankee hurlers to do so. The Red Sox counter with newly acquired Gary Peters, who allowed no earned runs in 32 spring training innings. Boston jumps out to a 40 lead in five innings, but the Yanks score three in the 6th to chase Peters. But that's all the scoring as Boston wins, 43.