» April 12, 1909:
Philadelphia's Shibe Park is dedicated as a record crowd of 31,160 sees 18-year-old John "Stuffy" McInnis make his ML debut at SS. Eddie Plank pitches the A's to an 8-1 win over Boston, allowing six hits. A's catcher Mike "Doc" Powers injures himself going after a foul pop, and after the game complains of intestinal pains (other versions have the pain due to a sandwich or twisting himself in an unusual fashion). The 38-year-old will be operated on tomorrow, but will not survive the month, the first ML death this century caused by an on-field injury.
» April 29, 1911:
In the Highlanders 106 loss to the A's, New York pitchers Hippo Vaughn and Jack Quinn throw just seven pitches to the A's Stuffy McInnis, who has five singles. Stuffy hits a first pitch three times and the 2nd pitch twice.
» June 27, 1911: In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A's Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter's box to lead off and hits Ed Karger's warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park home run while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan's protests to ump Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of Ban Johnson's new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. The A's win, 73. Ban Johnson's time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.
» October 14, 1911: The Athletics go into the World Series minus their star rookie 1B Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Mackmen, and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it 21. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game38,281is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77,379.
» August 14, 1912:
In game one against Vean Gregg, Stuffy McInnis has two inside-the-park home runs to pace the A's to an 83 win over Cleveland. Philadelphia takes the nitecap, 20.
» January 10, 1918: Connie Mack alarms Philadelphia by dealing Stuffy McInnis, the last player in his $100,000 infield, to Boston for players to be announced. The furor dies down when Mack announces he has received 3B Larry Gardner, OF Clarence "Tilly" Walker, and C Hick Cady.
» March 8, 1918: The Yankees buy 1B George Burns, 37, from Detroit, then swap him to the A's for another veteran Ping Bodie, 30. Burns will replace Stuffy McInnis, the last of the "$100,000 infield," who went to the Red Sox in January.
» June 23, 1919:
Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes his first error of the year after handling 526 chances.
» May 30, 1921:
Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, the only one he will make all year. The next day he begins an errorless streak of 163 games and 1,625 chances.
» October 2, 1921: The Yankees close the season by beating the Red Sox 76. Ruth hits No. 59, off Curt Fullerton; for the team it is No. 134. Stuffy McInnis completes his 119th consecutive errorless game at 1B (1300 chances), and Boston SS Everett Scott plays his 832nd consecutive game, a team record that will not be approached this century. The previous Red Sox mark was held by Buck Freeman (535) and Frank Malzone will accumulate the next highest with 475 games.
» June 3, 1922: Indians 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, his first in 163 games.
» April 13, 1925:
Stuffy McInnis is released by the Braves. He'll
sign with the Pirates, bat .368 in 59 games, and get
into his 5th WS.
» October 20, 1926: John "Stuffy" McInnis is named manager of the Phils succeeding Art Fletcher. Fletcher will sign on with the Yankees as coach.
» October 3, 1948:
Joe Sewell so dominated the low-strikeout records
that part of the heroics of Lou Boudreau in this season
is often missed. Boudreau finishes the year with
only 9 strikeouts, the best record by a RH batter
in the AL since Stuffy McInnis fanned just 5 times
in 142 games in 1922.