In 1898 Charles Comiskey's St. Paul Saints, the best team in the Western League,
lost an exhibition game in Duluth to the local nine. The Duluth Dukes prevailed that
day behind the pitching of Roy Patterson, who was rewarded with a Saints contract
the following year. In 1900, when the Saints moved to Chicago to become the White
Sox, the Boy Wonder from St. Croix Falls, WI, was the team's best pitcher. When the
American League declared itself a major league in 1901, Patterson was on the mound
April 24 in the league's first game. Since the day's other games were rained out,
the AL's first winning pitcher, downing the Cleveland Blues 8-2.
He was 20-16 that season, 19-14 the next. After his ML career ended in 1907, Patterson
spent a decade with the Minneapolis Millers (American Association).
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 19, 1900: Milwaukee's Rube Waddell and Chicago White Sox hurler Roy Patterson go 17 innings before Rube wins, 21 in the first game of a twinbill. Three days earlier, the two squared off for 12 innings with Waddell winning, 32. When Connie Mack offers Rube a few days off to go fishing if he'll pitch the nitecap, Rube allows just one hit and wins in five innings, 10.
»April 24, 1901: Three rain postponements give Chicago the honor of hosting the first game of the new AL. Roy Pattersons 8-2 win over the Cleveland Blues is the first of his 20; with manager Clark Griffiths 24, the White Stockings will win the ALs first pennant.
»May 5, 1901: At Milwaukee, the White Sox jump to a 4-1 lead over the Brewers before the hosts roar back against Roy Patterson, scoring eight runs in the 4th on their way to a 21-7 win. The Sox make just three hits. Patterson, meanwhile faces 57 batters, 53 official at bats-both major league records-and is pasted for 25 hits. Patterson, the pitcher who won the first AL game to weeks ago, will give up 345 hits this season, a distant 2nd to Baltimore's Joe McGinnity.
»August 23, 1906: White Sox pitcher Roy Patterson beats Washington, 4-1, giving Chicago its 19th straight win. The streak will be tied by the 1947 Yankees, but never topped in the AL. Chicago now leads by five 1/2 games.