IN THE NEWS: In the Braves' 76 win over the second-place Giants, umpire Bill Klem provides most of the fireworks. He tires of the name-calling in the 6th inning and clears the entire Giants bench -- 24 players, including many rookies, who march in step to the clubhouse.
Phils slugger Gavvy Cravath belts his ML-record 19th homer, off Brooklyn's Pat Ragan. All of Gavvy's homers this year have come at Baker Bowl, a ML-record for the 20th century, topped only by Chicago's Fred Pfeffer in 1884 (26). Cravath also leads NL outfielders with 34 assists in right field.
IN THE NEWS: At Boston, Red Sox starter Ernie Shore gives up an unearned Yankee run in the 1st, and the score is 10 when he departs after seven innings. Both team score two in the 9th inning, New York's runs coming against reliever Guy Cooper. The scorer nails Cooper with the loss for pitching poorly.
In game two of a twinbill with the Braves, Dodger P Pat Ragan relieves in the 8th inning and strikes out the side on nine pitches, doffing his hat to the home crowd after each K. He's the first National Leaguer to do it. The celebration is a bit premature as the Braves score five runs off Ragan in the 9th to win, 95. Boston wins the opener, 152.
IN THE NEWS: The Brooklyn Robins (AKA the Dodgers) split with Boston and finish 5th, their highest level since 1907. The Braves lose regular 3B Red Smith, who breaks his right leg sliding into 1B.
In the Federal League, the Chicago Whales lose to Kansas City while the Indianapolis Hoosiers beat St. Louis, giving Indianapolis a one 1/2 game pennant margin. Five .300 hitters, led by Benny Kauff's .370, pace the winners. For the Whales, Claude Hendrix is the FL's top pitcher at 2911.
IN THE NEWS: The Senators and the Red Sox wind up the season in a meaningless game in Boston. Washington manager Clark Griffith, 45, makes his final mound appearance, while Boston's star outfielder Tris Speaker does the only pitching of his career, giving up a run in an inning. Babe Ruth, in relief of starter Hugh Bedient, pitches three innings for Boston.
IN THE NEWS: The Boston Braves go into the World Series as underdogs, despite their strong finish. Only one regular, LF Joe Connolly, hit .300. Their strengths are pitchers Dick Rudolph, George "Lefty" Tyler, and "Seattle Bill" James, 2B Johnny Evers, who wins Chalmers' final MVP automobile, and SS Rabbit Maranville, their cleanup hitter. The Philadelphia A's Eddie Collins, with a .344 BA, wins the Chalmers AL award with 63 of 64 possible points. The A's have seven pitchers with 10 or more wins, led by Chief Bender's 173. Bender's World Series magic is quickly dispelled as the Braves knock him out in the 6th. Rudolph coasts to a 5-hit 71 victory. Hank Gowdy has a single, double, and triple. He will hit a World Series record .545, and Evers, .438. Only Babe Ruth will top Gowdy with .625 in 1928. Bender makes his last World Series appearance, finishing with a record 59 strikeouts.
IN THE NEWS: Joe Bush, 1710 for the A's, faces Lefty Tyler in game 3. Tied 22 in the 10th, Home Run Baker drives in his only two runs of the Series, but a home run by Hank Gowdy starts a game-tying rally. After Bill James comes on and sets the A's down for two innings, Gowdy doubles. Bush gives up a walk, then throws a sacrifice bunt past Baker at 3B allowing pinch runner Les Mann to score the winning run.
IN THE NEWS: NL and AL all-star teams, featuring stars such as Grover Alexander, Jeff Tesreau, Joe Bush, and Bill James, start an exhibition tour today in Milwaukee with the Braves' Bill James losing to Bullet Joe Bush, 62. The tour will take them to Hawaii after wandering throughout the West, with the NL winning 29 of the 50 games played. Playing tomorrow in Mandan, ND, the NL will win, 21, in 12 innings.
IN THE NEWS: Veteran C Pat Moran is named manager of the 6th-place Phils, replacing Red Dooin. Dooin will not be asked to stay on as the backup catcher; instead the Phils trade him to his home-town Reds for infielder Bert Niehoff.