Danforth was called Dauntless Dave because he pitched with a constantly pain-racked
left arm. He used his large, strong hands to loosen the covers on baseballs, adding
to the break on his curveball. In 1917 he recorded AL highs of 50 appearances, six
relief wins, and nine saves for Chicago. He left the majors just in time to avoid
involvement with the 1919 Black Sox, returning in 1922 for several strong seasons
with the Browns.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 9, 1917:
In Chicago, with the score tied 3–3 in the 10th inning between the Sox and the Indians, umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game to Chicago, 9–0, because of the 'dilatory tactics' of the Tribe. Chicago now leads the AL by seven games. The Cleveland players protest Owens ruling in the 10th when, with two on a no outs, he calls Jack Graney out on a close play. The ensuing argument delays the game ten minutes with several Indians rolling on the ground and tossing their mitts. When Chicago's first hitter, pitcher Dave Danforth, strikes out to open the bottom of the inning, Indian catcher Steve O'Neill fires the ball into CF, whereupon Owens calls the forfeit.
»June 13, 1922: In the final game of the 4-game series in St. Louis, the Browns earn a split by pasting the Yankees, 13–4, behind Dave Danforth. George Sisler's base-loaded triple in the 5-run sixth is the big blow.
»July 27, 1922: Vangilder gives up a home run to Pipp in the 4th but leads, 2–1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns starter and Kolp for four runs before the Browns tie with three in the 9th. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofman on a pitch "that sailed a foot." When Brick Owens exams the ball, he rules it was doctored, earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Wayne Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning home run to Wally Schang. Yanks win, 6–5.
»May 6, 1925: Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in two days, tying Cap Anson's 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him nine straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His six RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11–4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML home run, off Sam Jones.