IN THE NEWS: Walter Johnson goes 10 innings against the A's, who beat the Big Train, 9–7.
In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nitecap, 1–0, for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood's 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston takes the opening squeeker, 2–1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With three wins last year, and five wins in their first five road games with New York in 1913, Boston ties the major-league record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
At Boston, Christy Mathewson wins both games for the Giants in a 5–2, 6–1 sweep of the Braves. In the opener, Matty relieves Marquard in the 9th with score 2–2 and tosses three shutout innings. Larry Doyle ends it with a 3-run homer in the 12th. Matty coasts to his 19th win in the nitecap after the Giants chase Ed Doheny with five runs in the 3rd.
IN THE NEWS: Jeff Tesreau pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Phils, the first modern rookie to perform the feat. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. New York wins the nitecap as well, 9–8.
In one of the more dramatic matchups in history, Walter Johnson, who had won 16 straight games before losing two games, takes the mound in a doubleheader nightcap against Joe Wood, who is seeking his 14th straight win. Wood strikes out nine and beats the visiting Senators 1–0 for his 30th win. Boston's lone run comes in the 6th on back to back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis. Speaker's double would normally be an easy fly out, but the ball drops into the overflow crowd cordoned off by ropes.
Former major leaguer Dave Fultz announces the formation of the Player's Fraternity, to improve the lot of players. Within two months the group will claim membership of 300 members.
In his first major league start, Pittsburgh's Wilbur Cooper stops the Cardinals, 8–0.
IN THE NEWS: Arthur "Bugs" Raymond, 30, is found dead at the Hotel Valey in Chicago of a brain hemorrhage, two days after his skull was fractured in a barroom fight. Raymond last pitched for the Giants in 1911, compiling a 6–4 before his drinking forced John McGraw to let him go.
With Brad Kocher behind the plate, Eddie Collins steals six bases in the Athletics' 9–7 defeat of Detroit, a post-1900 record that is still unmatched. Remarkably, on the 22nd, he will repeat with six against the Browns. With 63 for the season, he will run 2nd to Clyde "Deerfoot" Milan's 88.
IN THE NEWS: Boston's Smoky Joe Wood wins his 15th straight, with 9th inning relief help from Sea Lion Hall, beating the White Sox, 5–4. He scatters 12 hits and strikes out 5. There is some question about which pitcher should receive credit for the win, but American League president Ban Johnson will rule in favor of Wood.
Philadelphia A's rookie Stan Coveleski makes his first appearance in the majors and shuts out Detroit, 3–0.
IN THE NEWS: In St. Louis, Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after seven innings, losing 3–0 to the Highlanders. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up two more runs in the 8th, but the Browns score four in the bottom of the inning to cut the losing margin to 5–4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner, who pitched poorly.
In a tumultuous game featuring an attack on an umpire and three ejections, Eddie Collins swipes six bases to pace the A's to a 9–7 win over the Tigers. In the 3rd inning, Ty Cobb foils an intentional walk when he steps across the plate to slap a single. To the dismay of the home crowd, Ump Tommy Connolly calls a foul strike, and manager Hugh Jennings gets tossed for protesting. Collins swipes his 6th base in the 8th inning and, on the front end of a double steal, crosses the plate, but Frank Baker is thrown out at 2B. Baker will reprise his record on the 22nd.
IN THE NEWS: Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader with league-leading Boston, taking just 11 total innings to win. The first game is called after five innings with the Naps ahead, 9–3. The rain stops and the umps decide to start second game. After six innings, with Cleveland leading 6–0, the nitecap is called on account of darkness.
The leading Giants split with the Cardinals, losing the opener when the Birds blast reliever Doc Crandall in the 9th to win, 4–2. Jeff Tesreau wins his 6th straight in the nitecap.
IN THE NEWS: In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston's Joe Wood wins his 16th straight game as he bests the Browns 2–1 in a game called after eight innings because of darkness. Wood scores the winning run in the 8th, scoring from 3B on a wild pitch by Earl Hamilton. Earlier in the year, Walter Johnson posted a streak of 16 straight wins.
IN THE NEWS: Despite being rained out in Cleveland, the Red Sox (97–41) clinch the pennant when the A's lose the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago. Red Sox president Jimmy McAleer informs the Yankees that Boston will not play a rained out game with them.
IN THE NEWS: In New York, the Reds end Jeff Tesreau's win streak at 7, beating him, 2–1. The 2nd game ends in a 2–2 tie.
At Cleveland, the Red Sox lose an unusual doubleheader to the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland takes the lidlifter, 9–3, when the game is called on account of rain after five innings. The rain stops and the second game begins, only to be called after six innings because of darkness. The Naps win, 6–0.
IN THE NEWS: Joe Wood's bid for a 17th straight victory falls short as Detroit beats Boston 6–4 on two unearned runs. Wood gives up seven hits and, in the 3rd, walks four in a row. Detroit starter Bill Covington is thrown out of the game in the 5th inning with the Tigers ahead 3–1, receives credit for the victory. Joe Lake mops up the last five innings for Detroit.
IN THE NEWS: Eleven days after stealing six bases in a game, Eddie Collins does it again. Included in his six swipes are 3B and home, as the A's beat the Browns 8–2, in the first of two games. Collins has no steals in game 2. Collins will end the year with 63 steals, a distant second to Clyde Milan's 88. Browns' C Jim Stephens shared the backstop a year ago (September 28, 1911) when 15 stolen bases were racked up.
IN THE NEWS: In Boston, 100,000 fans are on hand to greet the Red Sox after their western road trip. All business stops as the players ride from South station to the Common where Mayor Fitzgerald welcomes them. The players are given the keys to the city. Extra seating is added to Fenway Park, increasing the seating capacity to 32,000 for the World Series.
IN THE NEWS: The Giants clinch the National League flag with a sweep of the Braves, winning 8–3 and 4–0. Christy Mathewson coasts to his 23rd win in the opener and Al Demaree, recently called up from Mobile where he was 25–10, shuts out the Braves on seven hits in the nitecap. Demaree strikes out nine in his first major-league start.
Trailing 9–0 going into the 9th inning at Chicago, the Reds stage a terrific comeback against Jimmy Lavender. Lavender gives up five runs and is lifted with the bases loaded. Reliever Fred Toney then walks three straight before Larry Cheney is brought in. The Reds then take an unlikely 10–9 lead as Cheney walks two straight. Reds pitcher Ralph Works catches the fever walking one Cub and hitting another. Reliever Rube Benton quickly relieves and follows suit, walking three batters in a row to give the Cubs the 11–10 decision.
IN THE NEWS: Eddie Plank goes 19 innings for the A's against Bob Groom and Walter Johnson of the Nationals, and takes a 5–4 loss when Eddie Collins' wild throw lets the winning run score. Johnson relieves Bob Groom at the end of the 9th, and pitches 10 innings of scoreless relief.
IN THE NEWS: Having recovered from an operation, Frank Chance is released by the Cubs. He will manage the newly named New York Yankees for two years.
Cubs manager Frank Chance is fired, though his team is heading for a 91–59 record, good for 3rd place.
Boston nips the Giants, 2-1 in the first of a twinbill. The 2nd game ends in a 6-6, 7th inning tie. Cuban C Mike Gonzalez makes his debut for Boston in the nitecap, going 0-2 and having 4 runners steal bases against him.