» July 6, 1908: In Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson stops the Reds, 2–1, beating Andy Coakley for a Giants win. He'll beat them again by the same score on the 9th. The 3rd place Giants are now one 1/2 games behind the first-place Pirates. John McGraw misses the game to scout 19-year-old prospect Rube Marquard, pitching in Columbus.
» September 25, 1908:
At the Polo Grounds, Rube Marquard makes his ML debut and the Reds rough up the Giants $18,000 rookie for seven hits and five runs in five innings.
» June 23, 1909: At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Rube Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4-4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston, the Giants score a run for the 5-4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11-1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4-1 lead, and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way. The official scorer awards the game to Christy.
» October 2, 1909: Eddie Grant of the Phils is 7-for-7 against the Giants' Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson, as the Phils sweep two. Marquard is clobbered in the opener, allowing 16 hits and nine runs, and George McQuillan outpitches Mathewson in the nitecap for a 2-1 victory. Mathewson ends the season with an ERA of 1.14 and a career-high winning percentage of .806.
» June 3, 1911: In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank "Wildfire" Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard to beat the Giants, 8–4. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks' five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte's only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.
» July 4, 1911:
The Phillies mug the Giants, 7–5, literally knocking New York P Doc Crandall out of the box, when he is hit with a line drive by Red Dooin. Doc gets relief from Rube Marquard, but Pete Alexander picks up the win. Fred Luderus strokes two homers for the Quakers.
» July 8, 1911: New York's Rube Marquard hits his only career home run, off Chicago's Harry McIntire, to help himself to a 5–2 win at the newly refurbished Polo Grounds.
» July 12, 1911:
At Pittsburgh, the Giants win 4–3 behind Rube Marquard's pitching. Rube strikes out the side in the 2nd and 3rd innings, setting down Dots Miller, Newt Hunter, and Owen Wilson, then blowing by pitcher Elmer Steele, Bobby Byrne and Tommy Leach in the 3rd frame.
» July 29, 1911:
Rube Marquard (12–4) shuts out the Cards on four hits before 23,000 in St. Louis. The Giants pitcher will beat the Redbird again on the 31st, allowing five hits.
» August 14, 1911: Rube Marquard bests young Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 12 innings. Rube strikes out 13 Quakers to give New York the victory.
» August 24, 1911:
The Giants split with Pittsburgh, but move into a tie for 1st place. Christy Mathewson loses the opener, 3–1, giving up six hits and two earned runs in eight innings. Rube Marquard salvages the nitecap with a 2-hitter, striking out 11.
» September 1, 1911: In game 1 of a Giants' doubleheader, Christy Mathewson gives up 10 hits but beats the Phils 3–2. In game 2, Rube Marquard one-hits the Phils 2–0, walks none, and fans 10. The Phils "Smoke" Stack and Marquard match zeros for seven innings, but a walk, single and two errors bring home two Giant runs.
» September 4, 1911: Against the Braves, Giants Rube Marquard strikes out 14 batters in the 1st seven innings, but runs out of gas in the 8th and loses, 8–7.
» October 1, 1911: The Giants complete a western trip that ices the pennant by beating the Cubs, 5–0, behind Rube Marquard. Chicago's Jimmy Sheckard sets a NL record by drawing his 147th walk, a mark not broken until Dodger Eddie Stanky's 148 in 1945.
» October 16, 1911: The World Series resumes today, Monday, and the pitchers continue to dominate. Rube Marquard and Eddie Plank are in command of a 1–1 game when Philadelphia's Eddie Collins doubles in the last of the 6th and Frank Baker hits one over the RF fence for a 3–1 victory.
» October 17, 1911: After criticizing his teammate Rube Marquard's pitching to Frank Baker in his newspaper column, Christy Mathewson takes the mound for game three against 29-game winner Jack Coombs. Matty takes a 1–0 lead into the 9th. With one out, Baker lines another drive over the RF fence to tie it. With that blow, he becomes "Home Run" Baker to future generations. Errors by 3B Buck Herzog and SS Art Fletcher give the A's two unearned runs in the top of the 11th. New York scores once, but the A's win 3–2 behind Coombs's 3-hitter.
» October 26, 1911: Chief Bender cruises to his second victory, a 4-hit 13–2 breeze. The A's cap the win with a 7-run 7th, battering three tired Giant hurlers, Red Ames, Hooks Wiltse, and Rube Marquard. Overall, the Giants manage just 13 runs and a .175 BA off Chief Bender, Jack Coombs, and Eddie Plank. Because of the NL's extended playing season, this is the latest ending ever for a World Series, until the "Earthquake Series" of 1989.
» April 20, 1912:
In New York, Jeff Tesreau takes over for Rube Marquard in the 9th inning, with the Giants leading 2–1. An error lets in two Brooklyn runners, but New York scores two in the bottom of the 9th for a 4–3 win. Since Marquard faced three batters in the 9th, the victory is awarded to Tesreau.
» May 24, 1912: New York's Rube Marquard beats Brooklyn, 6–3, for his 9th straight victory.
» May 30, 1912:
At New York, the morning game draws 18,000, while 38,000 crowd the afternoon contest. The Giants win both, 7–1 and 6–1, over the Phils. Rube Marquard wins the nitecap to run his streak to 10 wins.
» June 3, 1912: New York's Rube Marquard wins his 11th in a row, clipping the Cardinals, 8–3.
» June 12, 1912: In New York, with the Cubs ahead 2–1 Rube Marquard is lifted in the bottom of the 8th for a pinch hitter, and the Giants score twice to take the lead. Doc Crandall finishes up and the Giants win 3–2, with the win awarded to Marquard. For Rube, it is his 13th straight victory.
» June 25, 1912:
New York's Rube Marquard runs his win streak to 17 games by edging the Phillies, 2–1.
» June 29, 1912: Rube Marquard's record goes to an amazing 18–0 as he tops Boston for New York's 12th straight win over the hapless Braves.
» July 3, 1912: The Giants' Rube Marquard nips Nap Rucker 2–1 to capture his 19th straight game this season. With two end-of-year wins in 1911, he has 21 in a row in regular season play. Both marks are records. On the 8th, the Cubs will beat him, but he will ultimately compile a league-leading 26 victories against 11 defeats. Today's game is the Giants' 16th consecutive win. Brooklyn will end the streak tomorrow
» July 8, 1912: In Chicago, the Cubs beat the Giants and ace Rube Marquard, 7–2, stopping Rube's remarkable streak. Rube's record is now 19–1.
» August 1, 1912: Rube Marquard is fined $25 by the National Commission for pitching an inning in a semipro game in Port Chester, NY, on a day off.
» 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, 2–0, beating "our meatball expert" (Chicago Record-Herald) Joe Benz with eight hits. A week later Joe Wood will win number 13 in a row.
» August 22, 1912: Before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at Forbes Field, the Pirates sweep two from the Giants, winning 3–2 and 8–6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Christy Mathewson in the opener, and Rube Marquard taking the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3-for-4 in the first game, and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus' seven hits total 14 bases, he scores five runs, drives in four and swipes two bases. Wagner will hit seven homers this season, with three coming off Rube.
» October 10, 1912: In game 3, New York evens the Series behind Rube Marquard, who blanks the Red Sox until the 9th. A spectacular catch in deep LF by Josh Devore with two men on saves a 2–1 victory.
» October 14, 1912: The Giants come out swinging against Bucky O'Brien: four singles, two doubles, three stolen bases, and a balk produce five runs. New York's Rube Marquard gives up two in the 2nd, and that's all the scoring for the day.
» July 1, 1913: Rube Marquard coasts to a 10–0 Giant whipping of the Phillies. Grover Cleveland Alexander takes his 2nd straight loss.
» July 29, 1913: Rube Marquard wins his 9th in a row for the Giants, beating the Cards, 2–1.
» September 14, 1913: In front of the largest crowd of the season (22,000), Cubs hurler Larry Cheney hurls a 14-hit shutout against the visiting Giants, defeating them 7–0 while setting a major-league record for most hits allowed in a 9-inning whitewashing. Milt Gaston of Washington will duplicate the feat on July 10, 1928. Cheney wins his 20th over Rube Marquard, also seeking his 20th.
» September 30, 1913:
The Phillies are 2–1 for the day, finishing the game of August 30th with the Giants, and splitting two more. The Phils win, 8–6, with the loss going to Christy Mathewson, in the disputed game. Mathewson and Rube Marquard then combine to beat the Phils, 8–3 before the Quakers return the favor, 4–3.
» October 7, 1913: Rube Marquard gets the call for the Giants against Philadelphia's Chief Bender in game one of the World Series. Bender yields 11 hits, but Frank Baker's home run and three RBI pace a 6–4 win over the New Yorkers.
» April 14, 1914:
At Philadelphia, the Giants open the season with the Phillies, losing 10–1 to Pete Alexander. Rube Marquard takes the loss. The Phils are led by Sherry Magee's two homers.
» July 17, 1914: At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard and Babe Adams each go a marathon 21 innings before Larry Doyle's 2-run home run gives the Giants a 3–1 win over the Pirates. Adams yields no walks and 12 hits, the longest non-walk game in ML history. Marquard walks two (one intentional) and yields 15 hits. In the 6th, Honus Wagner goes from first to 3B on a hit by Jim Viox. When New York CF Bob Bescher throws to 3B Milt Stock, the ball bounces out of his hands and disappears. Wagner scores before it's discovered that the ball bounced up under his arm and stayed there as he ran home. Wagner is called out for interference, and the Bucs protest. Manager Clarke is then ejected by umpire Bill "Lord" Byron. In a fitting ending to this unusual game, Giants OF Red Murray is knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning after catching a fly ball for the final out. Murray is uninjured. Marquard's win is his last in 1914. He will lose 10 straight on his way to a 12–22 record.
» August 13, 1914: In the start of a crucial series in New York, the Braves pound Rube Marquard for 11 hits to win, 5–3. Rabbit Maranville contributes a triple and Les Mann adds a homer and 2-run single. Lefty Tyler notches another victory.
» August 29, 1914: In Chicago, the Giants split with the Cubs, Rube Marquard losing the opener, 1–0, and Christy Mathewson topping Bert Humphries in the 2nd game, 7–5. The Giants waive Hooks Wiltse, ending his 11 years with the Giants. Hooks will pitch for the Brookfeds next season.
» September 12, 1914:
In Philadelphia, Grover Cleveland Alexander is awarded an automobile before the game as the Phillies' most popular player, then drives over the Giants Rube Marquard for a 1–0 win.
» September 23, 1914:
Rube Marquard loses his 12th in a row, as the Cards sink the Giants twice, but the Cards fall short of overtaking New York in 2nd place by two 1/2 games.
» April 15, 1915: Rube Marquard, who lost 22 games for the Giants in 1914, pitches a 2–0 no-hitter over Brooklyn in the Giants' 2nd game of the season. The loser is Nap Rucker, who pitched a no-hitter in 1908. Rube faces just 30 batters, walking Casey Stengel and Zack Wheat, while George Cutshaw reaches on an error.
» June 22, 1915: Pete Alexander allows two hits in the 1st inning and none in the next eight innings, but the matchup with the Giants Rube Marquard ends in a 1–1 tie.
» August 25, 1915: The Giants release Rube Marquard to Toronto (IL) but the veteran pitcher refuses to go to the minors. He works out his own deal and is signed by Wilbert Robinson and the Dodgers. Rube will post a 13–6 record next season for Uncle Robby.
» September 14, 1915: The Cardinals, battling for 4th place in the NL, lose 6–2 to Brooklyn's Jack Coombs. Rogers Hornsby is in the starting lineup for the first time, but goes hitless. Tomorrow he will get his first ML hit, a single off Rube Marquard.
» September 22, 1916: Brooklyn's Jimmy Johnston swipes 2B, 3B, and home as Rube Marquard 6-hits the Cardinals for a 11–1 win. Brooklyn's Hack Miller makes his first appearance, going hitless in one at bat as a late inning replacement.
» September 30, 1916:
Behind Eppa Rixey, the Phils take the morning game with Brooklyn, and now lead the NL by a half game. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 6–1 behind Rube Marquard and they hammer Grover Cleveland Alexander for 11 hits including a homer by Casey Stengel. The Phils also lose SS Dave Bancroft when he breaks his ankle running to 1B. Bancroft had injured the leg earlier in the game while fielding a ball.
» October 7, 1916: Despite a 4-run Brooklyn rally in the 9th, the Red Sox defeat Rube Marquard 6–5 to win Game One of the World Series at Braves Field. Ernie Shore gets the win, Carl Mays a save. The Sox turn four double plays, including a spectacular 9-2 where Harry Hooper makes the catch from a sitting position and quickly gets up to throw out Zack Wheat at the plate.
» October 11, 1916: Rube Marquard, Larry Cheney, and Nap Rucker yield 10 hits as the Red Sox win Game Four easily 6–2. The Brooklyn Robins score twice in the first, but Larry Gardner's 2nd home run, an inside-the-park blast, scores three in the 2nd and puts Boston ahead to stay. Dutch Leonard holds his foes to five hits.
» August 14, 1917: The Giants and the Brooklyn Robins split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds,. New York's Ferdie Schupp takes the opener, 5–4, and ex-Giant Rube Marquard wins the 2nd game for Brooklyn, 3–1. A highlight of the nitecap is a fight between Brooklyn Casey Stengel and Giant SS Art Fletcher.
» August 25, 1917: Behind Jeff Pfeffer and Rube Marquard, the Dodgers apply a doubleheader whitewash to the Cardinals, winning 12–0 and 4–0. Brooklyn's Hy Myers is thrown out three times trying to steal in one game by the Cards, the 2nd player this year to be thrown out three times in a game. Not till Rodney Scott, in 1979, will another NL runner be caught stealing three times.
» September 3, 1917: Trying to keep the Phils in the race, Grover Alexander does double duty, beating Brooklyn 6–0 and 9–3 in a Labor Day twinbill. Rube Marquard and Allan Russell try and stop Pete in the opener, while Jack Coombs and George Smith pitch in the nitecap. Milt Stock lines a homer in the opener when Zack Wheat, hampered by a sore ankle, can't reach his drive. Dode Paskert's bases loaded triple in the 2nd game is the big blow. Alex will win 30 for the 3rd straight year, with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.
» June 9, 1919:
Rube Marquard breaks a leg running the bases, limiting him to a 3-3 record for the Dodgers.
» September 5, 1920: Before the start of the World Series, Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets gives his approval for the addition of rookie Joe Sewell to the Indians' roster. Sewell joined the team after September 1st and was not eligible for the series. The tradition of low-scoring World Series games continues when the Indians manage to collect only five hits off Brooklyn's Rube Marquard (10-7) and two relievers. Stan Coveleski's (24-14) 5-hitter gives the Indians a 3–1 opening win.
» September 9, 1920: Several hours before the start of game 4, Brooklyn's Rube Marquard, a Cleveland native, is arrested when he tries to sell a World Series ticket to an undercover cop for $350. He will be found guilty and fined a dollar and court costs ($3.80). For their first World Series game on the lakefront, 25,734 Indians fans watch their home team score two in the first and two in the 3rd off Leon Cadore (15-14) and Al Mamaux. Cleveland wins game 4, 5–1.
» September 26, 1920:
Rube Marquard pitches his final victory as a Dodger, a 4–2 win over his former team, the Giants, and allows just five hits. The Giants will lose tomorrow to Boston and the Dodgers will clinch the pennant.
» October 5, 1920:
The tradition of low-scoring WS games continues
when the Indians manage to collect only 5 hits off
Brooklyn's Rube Marquard (10-7) and 2 relievers. Stan
Coveleski's (24-14) 5-hitter gives the Indians a 3-1
» December 15, 1920:
Brooklyn sends Rube Marquard to the Reds for Dutch Ruether. Marquard was in the Ebbets doghouse after being arrested in a Cleveland hotel lobby for scalping World Series tickets.
» February 18, 1922:
The Reds trade P Rube Marquard (17–14) and SS Larry Kopf to Boston for P Jack Scott (15–13).
» August 5, 1922: Pittsburgh roughs up Boston starter Rube Marquard and beats the last place Braves 9–3.
» May 9, 1937:
At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row, subduing the Cubs, 4–1. The game is scoreless for six innings. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard, who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.
» July 27, 1968: In Baltimore, Denny McLain (20–3) shuts out the Orioles 9–0 for his 20th win of the season for the first-place Tigers. McLain is only the 3rd pitcher in history to win his 20th this early: Rube Marquard on July 19, 1912 and Lefty Grove on July 25, 1931 were the others.
» January 31, 1971: The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement: former players Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey, Dave Bancroft, and executive George Weiss.