Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Indians edge the Rangers, 6-5. Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, subbing for slugger Travis Hafner, hits a grand slam on the 1st pitch he sees in the ML. By doing so, he becomes the 3rd player in history to hit a grand slam in his 1st AB. The others are Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Bill Duggleby (1898). Kouzmanoff is the first to do it on the first pitch he sees.
The Mariners shrug off a first inning triple play and end a 12-game road losing streak, beating the Devil Rays, 4–3. Cha Seung Baek (2-0) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings. The M’s score a run and have runners on 1st and 3B with no outs. When Raul Ibanez strikes out, Adrian Beltre takes off for 2B and is easily tagged out. When the runner breaks from 3B the return throw to C Dioner Navarro nabs Jose Lopez trying to score. It is the first 2-6-2 triple play in history.
The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee enroute to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He joins 19th century star Dan Brouthers who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres Marlins Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today with 100 RBIs is Victor Martinez who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay who is making his first appearance since 2003.
The Dodgers down the Astros 4-1 as Eric Gagne sets a ML record with his 55th consecutive save. The old mark was held by Tom Gordon of the Red Sox.. Gagne is 44-0 this year in saves another ML mark.
The A's defeat the Royals 7-6 for their 19th straight victory to match the longest winning streak in AL history. The 1906 White Sox and the 1947 Yankees both reached 19.
The Dodgers pummel the Diamondbacks 19-1 with only a 9th inning score preventing them from tying the team mark for most lopsided shutout ever. The 24 hits ties the mark for the team in Los Angeles.. They score 8 of their runs in the 7th inning with Beltre and Kinkade homering in the frame. The last hit for LA is the first ML homer by Dave Ross and it comes off Mark Grace who pitches the 9th inning.
The Cubs beat the Brewers 17-4 to salvage a split in their doubleheader after Milwaukee takes the opener by a score of 4-2 on solo homers by Ron Belliard (2) Eric Young and Jose Hernandez. Glendon Rusch wins his 8th straight over the Cubs. Chicago P Kerry Wood ties a ML record in the second game by fanning four Brewers in the 4th inning. Wood also homers off Andrew Lorraine one of 5 gophers he serves up. Another is Sammy Sosa's 494th homer moving him ahead of Lou Gehrig on the all-time list.
Four pitchers post their first win of the year:
Braden Looper (1-5) in his 66th relief appearance of the year extends the Mets home losing streak to 15 in the 12-inning first game of a doubleheader. Florida wins 3-2. Preston Wilson ties the game in the 9th with a HR and Juan Encarnacion wins it with an RBI double. The Mets take the nightcap 11-5 overcoming back-to-back home runs in the 2nd by Derrek Lee and Mike Lowell. Mike Piazza drills a pinch 3-run HR. The win snaps the Mets home loss streak at 15 games a NL record set the 1911 Braves. They last won at home on July 31.
Jon Rauch (1-1) the tallest pitcher in major league history lowers his career ERA from 9.82 to 9.72 with 2 ER in 2 IP in his first appearance since May 2. The White Sox win 5-4 as Jose Valentin hits a pair of homers the 2nd snapping a tie.
Pittsburgh's Salomon Torres (1-0) pitching in the majors for the first time since July 20 1997 starts and goes 8.1 scoreless innings against the Braves. He also collects his first hit since 1994. as the Pirates win 3-0. Torres 30 retired as an active player in 1997 and served as Montreal's pitching coach in the Dominican Summer League before signing with Pittsburgh in January. Fortunately for the Braves only 18931 fans the smallest crowd in Turner Field history see the game.
The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 1-0 as P Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. PH Carl Everett's two-out two-strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina's gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson's double. Opposing hurler David Cone who takes the loss is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 inning of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves pitching coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month when Joe Kerrigan became manager said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team's training facility in Fort Myers Fla. ''I'm not going'' Cumberland said. ''That's official that's for damn sure. That's OK. We've had a lot of good people leave this organization and now it's going to be me because I'm not going to be reassigned.''
The White Sox outslug the Blue Jays to win 19-10 on 17 hits. Karim Garcia has a pair of homers for the Jays while Paul Konerko has a HR and 5 RBIs for the Sox. Chris Singleton has 4 hits including a homer and Jose Conseco connects as well.
Ryan Klesko hits a game ending HR in the 13th inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the D'Backs. The loser is Byung-Hyun Kim. It is the 2nd time that Kim has ended a 1-0 game with a homer to the only batter he faces.
In the first game of a DH New Haven pitcher Jimmy Journall makes his 1st Eastern League start a memorable one tossing a no hitter to beat Bowie. Journall co-pitcher of the year in the Carolina League finishes the year with a 12-game win streak.
In a 11-7 loss to Columbus Toledo gives up 3 runs on a unusual 4-base error (as noted by John Lewis). With runners on 1st & 2nd catcher Dave Lindstrom pounces on a sacrifice bunt starts to throw to third then stops and rushes a too-high throw to first. The ball goes through the Toledo bullpen area to the fence about 60 feet from the fair pole allowing Kary Bridges to easily circle the bases.
Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs against the Marlins for the 2nd consecutive day to set a new major league mark for homers in a season by a righthanded batter with 59. The Cardinals defeat the Marlins by a score of 14-4.
Mike Greenwell of the Red Sox who has spent much of the year on the DL drives in all 9 runs in Boston's 10-inning 9-8 win over the Mariners. No other player has ever driven in 9 or more runs for his team's total score.
In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May Yankees' P David Cone hurls 7 hitless innings in New York's 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up 1 hit in 2 innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone's remarkable return sends Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.
According to acting commissioner Bud Selig September 9 is the tentative deadline for canceling the rest of the season is no agreement is reached between the owners and players.
Three months after an operation that replaced a vein in his arm with one from his leg White Sox pitcher Roberto Hernandez holds the Royals hitless for 6 innings before Bill Pecota leads off the 7th with a double the only hit Hernandez allows in Chicago's 5-1 win over KC. In the same game Bo Jackson makes his miraculous return to the majors following a career-threatening football injury. He hits a sacrifice fly to drive in a run against his former team. Bo will end the year hitting .225 in 23 games with 3 homers and 14 RBIs.
In the year of no-hitters Dave Stieb pitches the 9th and final one of the season blanking Cleveland 3-0. It is the first no-hitter in Blue Jays' history and the first for Stieb after three close-calls which were ended by 9th-inning hits. Steib had previously thrown 5 one-hitters. He K's 9 in beating Bud Black.
The parent Phillies don't find Bresnahan's potato gag yesterday funny either and release him. Bresnahan hitting .149 explains "We were 27 games out what the hell?" Tomorrow night their last game of the season the Williamsport Bills will admit any fan for a $1 and a potato. On each potato Bresnahan autographs "this spuds for you."
Tom Candiotti pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season but also walks 7 batters and makes an error as the Indians lose to Detroit 2-1. Matt Nokes' single with 2 out in the 8th is the Tigers' only hit. Feller in 1954 is the last Tribe hurler to lose a one-hitter.
For the second time this season Houston's Kevin Bass drills homers from each side of the plate. He totals 3 homers for the 2nd time in a month as the Astros drub the Cubs 10-1.
In a game at Wrigley Field suspended in the 15th inning and completed Sept 3, Greg Maddux makes his ML debut, one of his four relief appearances. Tied 3-3, after 8, Houston scored once in the top of the ninth, and then Chicago answered with their own run, pushing the two into extra innings. After seven shutout innings from each bullpen, the two sides traded 3 run salvos in the 17th to push the game into the 18th. Entering the game as a pinch runner, Maddux appeared on the mound in the top of the 18th, surrendering a one-out home run to Billy Hatcher that proved to be the game winner, 9-8.
Mike Flanagan of the Orioles wins his 13th straight over the Twins but it is not easy. Ken Singleton's solo HR in the 9th breaks up a pitching duel with Frank Viola and gives the Orioles a 1-0 win. The streak goes back to August 5 1978.
Ken Henderson's 3-run pinch homer in the 12th paces the Reds to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
Johnny LeMaster homers in his first ML at bat for the Giants during a 7-3 win over Dodgers. In 12 years and 3191 at bats LeMaster will hit only 22 home runs but this first hit is a ML record-an inside the park homer. Brian Downing two years ago was the first player to hit his first homer inside the park.
Boston pitchers Luis Tiant and Bill Lee each allow just one run in a Labor Day doubleheader yet both lose games to Baltimore. Ross Grimsley and Mike Cuellar toss twin 1-0 shutouts.
A controversial call against the Reds helps the Astros win 4-3. Johnny Bench's single in the 7th scores one run and the 2nd base runner Joe Morgan is called out negating the tying run though replays seem to show him safe. The Cincinnati City Council will pass a resolution stating their shock and dismay at the "atrocious call."
Montreal's Hal Breeden gets 2 triples and 2 HRs in a 12-0 win over Philadelphia.
The Tigers fire Billy Martin due to continuous differences with the front office.
Milt Pappas of the Cubs hurls a no-hit game in beating the Padres 8–0. Pappas has a perfect game until PH Larry Stahl walks with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Pappas and C Randy Hundley both said of the pitches to Stahl, “They were so close I don’t know how Stahl could take them, but they were balls.” Pappas later commented on the plate umpire Bruce Froemming, "He had a chance to become famous as the umpire in the twelfth perfect game in baseball history, but he blew it" [Froemming will later call Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991]. Pappas retires former Cub Garry Jestadt to finish the game.
Cesar Cedeno's 200-foot ?y ball falls for a grand slam following a collision of Dodgers 2B and RF. The Astros win 9-3.
Detroit's Gene Lamont homers in his first ML at bat but the Red Sox this time hold the lead and beat the Tigers 10-1 in the nitecap. Cal Koonce is the CG winner adding 2 RBIs with his 2nd hit of the year. The Tigers win the opener 6-4 scoring 2 unearned runs in the 8th.
In the first six innings Rangers starter Sam McDowell walks 6 Nats batters 5 intentionally. Three of the intentional passes go to Frank Howard in his first 3 at bats twice when he leads off the inning. McDowell moves to 1B in the 6th inning with 2 on and no outs and Dean Chance comes in allowing both runners to score. McDowell comes back to the mound to finish losing 4-1 to Dick Bosman.
That old black magic works for Gary Nolan as he outpitches Juan Marichal to beat the Giants 2-0. Before the game Reds teammate Angel Bravo gives Nolan a rubber ball to carry during the game assuring him that he'll pitch a low-hit game as a result. Nolan allows 3 hits.
With Julian Javier hitting a homer in the 10th the Cardinals defeat the Reds 1-0. Bob Gibson picks up his 12th shutout and 20th win. Gary Nolan pitches the first 9 innings for the Reds with Abernathy taking the loss in relief.
Washington's Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees when Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York wins 2-1. Stottlemyre is the winner allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year 8 of them home runs.
The Pirates take over 1st place by topping the Cubs 7-5 on a Roberto Clemente HR his 2000th career hit. Clemente's HR gives him 101 RBIs for the year the 1st time he's topped 100. Bob Veale is the winner over Fergie Jenkins.
Phillies ace Jim Bunning continues his whammy over the Mets by shutting them out 6-0. It's Bunning's 8th complete game in as many starts against them and his 5th shutout. The Mets have scored a total of 4 runs off Bunning.
The Cubs beat St. Louis 5-3 at Wrigley Field as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run a three-run shot off Curt Simmons in the 3rd. Simmons teed up the 400th HR of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 HRs and 106 RBI. Ron Santo and Billy Williams will also knock in over 100 runs the only team with 3 such sluggers but the Cubs will finish 8th.
Boston's Bill Monbouquette pitches a one-hitter but loses 2-1 to Minnesota. Versalles spoils a no-hitter for the 2nd time in one week with a 6th-inning HR.
With the Senators ahead 5-3 on 4th-inning homers by Don Zimmer and Ed Brinkman Nats starter Ed Hobaugh hits his only career home run in the same frame off Cleveland's Jerry Walker. The Tribe knocks out Hobaugh but the Senators hold on to win 8-7. Hobaugh's homer comes on his last official at bat: in his one additional plate appearance he draws a walk. Hobaugh joins Buster Narum this year as the first pitchers to have more homers than wins in a year. It'll be matched this century by Dave Eiland in 1992.
In game 2 of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds Pete Rose hits the first pitch of the game from Jay Hook for a leadoff homer. It's the only score as the Reds win 1-0. It is the first time in 29 years that a leadoff homer is the only score in a game. Jim Maloney strikes out 13 Mets in the win. The Mets win the opener 5-3.
Stan Musial's 3516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb but the Mets beat the Cards 4-3. Although The Man will continue on to 3630 hits he cannot overtake Cobb and in time Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.
Against Detroit's Frank Lary Maris doubles and takes 3B on a misplay. Mantle hurting from a pulled muscle in his forearm lays down a perfect drag bunt to score Roger. Maris then blasts homers his next two trips to the plate and Elston Howard adds a three-run homer for a 7-2 win.
In the first game of a doubleheader Ted Williams homers off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee's father Thornton 20 years earlier. Boston sweeps winning the first 4-1 and the 2nd game 3-2.
Jackie Brandt crashes a homer in the 9th inning against the Cubs to give the first place Giants a 4-3 win. The Cubs score 2 in the 9th off Mike McCormick to tie. The Giants had lost 5 of 6 before today.
The Dodgers spot the Cardinals a 4-run lead before roaring back for a 9-6 win. Chuck Churn the last of 4 pitchers is the winner as the Dodgers remain 1 1/2 games in back of the Giants. Ken Boyer's single off Churn extends his hitting streak to 21 games.
The White Sox jar the Tigers twice 7-2 and 11-4 to extend their AL lead to 5 1/2 games. Dick Donovan tosses a 4-hitter in the opener and Sherm Lollar provides a pair of 2-run doubles. The Sox tuck away the nitecap with an 11-run 5th inning. Foytack gives up a lead off homer in the 5th to Al Smith retires the next 2 batters and then Aparicio lines the first of 8 singles in the frame. The Sox tally an AL- record 10 runs after there are 2 outs and the bases empty. Reliever Joe Stanka just up from the minors is the beneficiary.
The Reds dim the Bucs' pennant hopes with a 6-3 and 2-1 sweep. Willie Jones 3-run homer in the opener off Elroy Face gives the win to rookie Jim O'Toole. Face gives up the homer but the loss goes to Vern Law who put 2 runners on. The loss goes to Vern Law who put 2 on before leaving. Pinson and Robinson also homer. Johnny Temple's 2-out triple and Vada Pinson's 44th double in the 8th win the nitecap for Don Newcombe.
At Yankee Stadium New York snaps a scoreless tie with Boston when Berra and Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year of Sisler. New York wins 6-1. Mantle with 38 homers leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together and homer in the same game 50 times before they are through.
Minneapolis approves a $9 million bond issue to expand Metropolitan Stadium to 41000 seats. City alderman Byron Nelson predicts it is a "dead cinch" that Washington will move there.
The Braves sweep the Cubs 23-10 and 4-0 collecting a franchise record 26 hits in the opening win. The 23 runs is also a franchise mark as is the 33 runs for 2 clubs. Milwaukee takes the 2nd game 4-0 behind Bob Trowbridge's 3-hitter. The Braves' Bob Hazle who started the game at .500 (35-for-70) is 4-for-7 in the first game and teammate Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the ML record. The Braves score 13 in the 1st 3 frames but starter Burdette gets knocked out and the win goes to Johnson. Rush appears in game 2 after losing the opener with a 1/3 inning of work.
Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin's return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington's only hit. The Yanks win 4-2 as Mantle hits his 36th HR a 3-run shot off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stays a half game behind the White Sox winners over the 3rd-place Indians. Billy Martin will hit .300 in September and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.
Ernie Banks belts his 40th homer to set a new ML record for shortstops. The previous record of 39 was held by Vern Stephens. Teammates Randy Jackson and Walker Cooper also homer to help Paul Minner win 12-2 over the Cards. Wally Moon homers for St. Louis and Tom Poholsky is the losing pitcher.
Mickey Vernon of the Senators gets his 2000th hit. He also hits his 19th HR (he will add one more before the end of the season) for a team record for left-handers. Teammate Roy Sievers also sets a team record by hitting his 23rd HR. He will hit one more before the end of the season.
Before 39494 at New York the Yankees snap Bob Lemon's 11-game win streak to beat the Indians 3-2 in the rubber game of the series and move to 31?2 games from first place. Mantle's gigantic blast into the RF upper deck in the 1st starts the Yankee scoring. Whitey Ford picks up his 16th win.
The Cardinals overcome a 3-run inside-the-park homer by SS Ted Kazanski to beat the Phillies 10-7. Rip Repulski hits his 20th HR breaking the team's rookie record set by John Mize in 1936. The Cards hammer 10 hits off Robin Roberts to hand him his 12th loss.
In the 2nd game of a doubleheader Washington's Mike Fornieles makes his ML debut and pitches a one-hit 5-0 shutout against the A's. Joe Astroth's 2nd inning single is the only hit off the young Cuban just brought up from Havana (Florida International L. class B). Washington takes the opener 3-2 in 10 innings.
Don Mueller hits 2 more HRs giving him 5 in 2 days to tie an ML mark. His 2nd homer again off Phil Haugstad comes a minute after he learns he is a new father. Bobby Thomson adds his 25th homer and Jim Hearn beats the Dodgers 11-2. After Mueller's 2nd homer Haugstad decks Thomson and hits Mays with a pitch evoking a warning from Al Barlick. Barlick had earlier thumbed Branca and Dick Williams in the 5th inning Newcombe in the 6th when he objected to a call and Jackie Robinson and rookie Clem Labine. Dressen then clears his bench to avoid any more thumbings. The Giants move to 5 games behind Brooklyn. The Dodgers are suspicious of the losses at the Polo Grounds and later there are revelations about signs being flashed to Giant batters from the CF scoreboard. Did it happen? Sal Yvars later said "yes" while Mueller remarked "as for my home runs and the sign stealing this has been much talked about and I would prefer not to comment." On the Dodgers side Buzzie Bavasi denied it occurred but Clyde Walker concluded "it did happen."
Ken Raffensberger fires a one-hitter at the Cubs to win 7-0 and gain a split for the Reds. The only hit is a 3rd-inning scratch single by Eddie Miksis that arguably would have rolled foul. Bob Rush shuts out the Reds in the nitecap to top Howie Fox 3-0.
Tony Ponce of the Phoenix Senators (Southwest International League) hurls his 38th consecutive complete game in beating Yuma 4-2 for his 25th win of the season.
At Philadelphia Mel Parnell registers his 9th straight win over the A's as the Red Sox win 9-3.
Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Pirates $2000 for violating the NL bonus rule. Pittsburgh signed M. L. Lynch as a scout while offering his son Danny a $6000-a-year contract. Chandler interprets this as an attempt to influence the young second baseman's decision. Danny Lynch is declared a free agent and signs with the Cubs.
Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss win his 12th straight game in the opener and his 24th of the year as Boston sweeps two from the Yankees 5-2 and 3-1. It is the Bosox 10th straight win over New York this year and their 14th twinbill sweep. Boston split 13 doubleheaders on the year and lost none. Dom DiMaggio and Nick Etten have HRs today. Ferriss who earlier in the season had a 10-game win streak joins Walter Johnson (10 and 14 in 1913) as the only pitchers with 2 winning streaks of 10 or more games in one season.
It's a first as manager Mel Ott lifts himself for a pinch hitter in the 7th at Boston. Righty Sid Gordon goes into pinch hit against lefty reliever Ernie White and grounds out. Ott manages the Giants to an 8-3 win.
The Cardinals win a pair from the Reds 6-4 and 8-7 as Al Brazle wins both in relief. He toils 5 2/3 innings in the opener and another 3 in the nitecap. It is the 2nd time in a month that a reliever has won a pair. Enos Slaughter leads the attack with a 2-run homer in game 1 and 2 HRs a double and single in game 2. St. Louis now leads the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games.
The Pirates nip the Cardinals' Ted Wilks 5-4 to give him his first loss after 11 straight victories. He is now 14-2.
The Tigers take a pair from St. Louis, winning 5-4 and 8-5. Dizzy Trout racks up his 16th win in game 1 and Hal Newhouser snaps a personal 9-game losing streak by winning game 2, though he needs relief help in the 9th. With an RBI in each game, Rudy York is the first Aler to reach 100.
The Tigers take a pair from St. Louis, winning 5-4 and 8-5. Dizzy Trout racks up his 16th win in game 1 and Hal Newhouser snaps a personal 9-game losing streak by winning game 2, though he needs relief help in the 9th. After driving in a run in each game, Rudy York is the first American Leaguer to reach 100 RBI this seacon
With the decision to play all their September games at Municipal Stadium the Indians promptly drop a Labor Day doubleheader to the 7th place St. Louis Browns. The Tribe loses 2-1 and 3-0 and now lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games. Vern Kennedy wins the opener collecting 3 hits.
Recent call-up Danny Litwhiler drives in 8 runs on 6 hits to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Giants at Shibe Park. Kirby Higbe wins the opener 11-2 and Litwhiler has a grand slam. The Phils win the nitecap 6-5 on Bobby Bragan's 10th inning HR.
Nine players hit homers as the Giants beat the Dodgers 10-6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds falling one short of the record for two teams in one game set in 1923. Brooklyn wins the 2nd game 7-2.
For the second time this season the first 2 batters in a game-the White Sox Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich-hit HRs victimizing Boston's Johnny Marcum at Fenway. This is the 1st time 2 AL batters have opened with HRs. Chicago takes a pair from Boston winning 4-2 and 10-8.
George Tkach a player for Superior (Northern League) dies from injuries sustained when he was hit by a pitch in a game on August 27.
The first-place Cards open a 30-game home stand by sweeping a Labor Day doubleheader from the Pirates. Paul Dean wins his 16th game 4-3 in the opener then Dizzy cops his 23rd in the nitecap 4-1. The Cards are two games up on the rained-out Giants.
With the Cubs splitting two with the 7th-place Reds at Wrigley Chicago is just 2 1/2 in back of the Cards. Chicago wins 3-1 in the opener as Lon Warneke tops Tony Freitas then lose 4-2 to Gene Schott. Bill Lee takes the loss.
Veteran P Dick Coffman (5-11) and Browns manager Hornsby get into a shoving match shortly after their train leaves St. Louis for a road trip. Coffman is cut from the team and put off the train at Edwardsville IL and will not play again this year.
Boston pitcher Jack Wilson ends a slugfest with the Senators by hitting an 11th inning game ending home run off Phil Hensiek to give the host Red Sox a 9-8 victory in the first of 2. Joe Cronin helps the run total with a grand slam. The Senators come back in the nitecap to also win by a run 3-2. Wilson will hit his 2nd ML homer in 5 years.
In St. Louis the Cubs win streak reaches 13 as Cuyler's 5th homer in 6 games leads the way to an 8-5 victory. Mark Koenig adds a round tripper for Chicago.
After winning game 1 7-3 the A's shut out the Red Sox 15-0 behind Lew Krausse Sr. A's SS Eric Mcnair has 3 homers today and Simmons a pair of 3-run homers. Five days from now Krausse will injure his arm in an exhibition game against the Stroudsburg Poconos and though only 20 years old his big league career is over. As historian Lyle Spatz notes in 1961 Lew Krausse Jr. pitches a shutout for the KC A's in his major league debut giving the Krausses (father and son) back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.
The Cubs beat the Cards twice 11-7 and 12-10 before 81000 fans at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 38000 fans sees the morning game and 43000 watch the afternoon game. Rogers Hornsby has 2 HRs and Hack Wilson has one. The Cubs now lead the NL by 12 1/2 games and will clinch in two weeks.
Thanks to "the greediness of a careless fan (NY World)" the Giants lose a home run when a fan interferes with a fly ball headed for the RF bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Instead of a two-run homer by Edd Roush the Giants come up empty. Carl Hubbell goes all the way only to lose to the Phils 4-3 in 12 innings.
At Boston the Senators and Red Sox split a pair with the Nats taking the opener 10-7 behind Joe Judge and Joe Cronin. Boston takes the nitecap 7-2 behind Milt Gaston's pitching and Bigelow's 4 hits. Judge has a 3-run homer in game 1 and Cronin has 5 hits including the cycle and 4 long hits collecting a single 2 doubles triple and homer.
The Senators top the Yankees 2-0 as Fred Marberry does it all shutting down the Yanks and driving in both Nat runs. Bob Meusel's hit streak is stopped at 6 straight The New York lead is now 1 1/2 games over the A's winners of an exhibition game in Lycoming PA.
For the 2nd time this year Ruth and Gehrig blast back-to back homers in the 1st inning off the A's Rube Walberg as the Yanks roll 12-2. The duo has connected in the same inning 5 times this year. Gehrig adds another in the 2nd off Rube for his 43rd of the year to leave him one behind Ruth. Trade rumors fill the NY papers. Speculation has Gehrig going to Detroit or Bob Meusel heading for Chicago in exchange for Willie Kamm and Bibb Falk. None of the players change addresses.
After losing game 1 by a 6-3 score to the Phils the Giants unload in a nitecap 24-9 shelling. The hits keep coming-30 to be exact in a record 58 at-bats-at Baker Bowl. Four New Yorkers-Southworth Frisch Irish Meusel and Lindstrom-each collect 4 hits apiece while a ML record-tying ten batters each collect 2 hits each. Doc Farrell (2-for-3) who takes over for Travis Jackson at short in the 6th is the 10th. Ex-Phil Meusel drives home 9 runs while Rookie Fred Fitzsimmons allows 14 hits including homers by Cy Williams Johnny Mokan and Hal Carlson in the 8th frame. Phils starter Art Decatur is the loser.
After playing 238 games without being shutout Kansas City is stopped by Milwaukee's Nelson Potts who wins 5-0. The string of scoring games ties the AA rec ord set by Minneapolis between September 1920 and June 1922.
Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics although the Mackman knock him out of the box for the first time in his win streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning 7-2. New York prevails 11-6 in game 1 but the A's win the nitecap 4-0 behind Hasty.
In Boston the Red Sox top the Yankees 6-2 in the opener of a 4-game series. Ruth still recovering from his swollen arm coaches 1B. The Sox have feasted off the top 3 contenders recently: In the past 9 games Boston took 4 out of 5 from Cleveland swept 3 from the White Sox and topped the Yankees today.
The National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series. The lengthier WS is seen as a sign of greed and is abandoned after 3 years.
Brooklyn ends the abbreviated season by splitting a doubleheader with the Phils losing the 1st game 4-2 before taking the nitecap 5-3. Zack Wheat leads the NL with a .335 average and is only player to ever win a batting title and hit no home runs.
In Washington the Senators end the year on a light note by splitting with the A's. Philadelphia wins the opener and the Nats take the nitecap 8-3. The 2nd game is Washington's traditional year-end laugher and 43-year-old coach Nick Altrock finishes in relief one of his 5 appearances in 1918. Altrock bats in the bottom of the 8th and Wickey McAvoy a catcher playing first for the day comes in to throw. Altrock finally lines one of his lobs into the outfield rambles around the bases and-according to Al Kermisch's description-neglects 2B and 3B. Ump Billy Evans calls Altrock safe at the plate for the only homer by a Senator hit at home this season. For Altrock it's been 14 years since his last round tripper. The game ends with General March throwing out the last ball; he'll toss out the first next year.
The Tigers host the White Sox in a pair at Navin Field winning both. Weaver is 5-for-5 in game 1 a Sox loss. 11-5. In between games ex-Tiger Davey Jones visits with both teams. When Tiger manager Hugh Jennings suggests that Bill Donovan start game 2 (Donovan last won a ML game in 1912) "Wild Bill" agrees but asks that Jones also play. As noted by historian Trent McCotter the game is played like an exhibition. The Tigers collect 21 hits off Eddie Cicotte. Ty Cobb has 3 hits including 2 bunt singles then pitches the 6th and 7th innings (2 walks 3 hits) before giving way to outfielder Oscar Veach who finishes up. Hugh Jennings who last played in 1912 finishes up at 1B. Davey Jones' appearance here has been credited to Deacon Jones but it was Davey 0-for-2 who made the last putout in the 7-3 win.
The first place White Sox take a pair from the Tigers winning 7-2 and 6-5. The Sox bunch four in the 1st and three more in the 3rd to make the shine ball's leading proponent Ed Cicotte a winner over Willie Mitchell. In the nitecap the Sox snap a tie in the 9th when Eddie Collins with one stolen base already swipes 2B and 3B after a walk. Jackson's sac fly brings him home.
The NL lead seesaws. Beaten by Brooklyn 6-2 while the Braves win twice the Giants drop out of first place for the first time since May 30. Tomorrow they sweep 2 from Brooklyn and retake the top spot.
Washington's 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 squeaker 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913 Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
At Boston 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 3 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 5 runs in the 3rd.
Brooklyn's Tex Erwin cracks a 9th inning homer off Alexander to tie and the Superbas tip the Phils 2-1 in 11 innings. In the nitecap Eppa Rixey outpitches Nap Rucker to give the Quakers a 2-1 win in 12 innings. Rucker will lose 20 (18-21) this year after winning 20 (22-18) last season.
Detroit beats Boston 8-5 and completes a sweep of every series against visiting Eastern teams winning their 14th in a row. The Tigers regain first place by a half game en route to their 3rd straight pennant.
Boston's Cliff Curtis pitches his first ML game and beats the Pirates 1-0 to give the Doves their only win against Pittsburgh this year. The Pirates win the nightcap and will finish the season 20-1 against Boston.
For the 2nd day in a row Giants outfielder Bill O'Hara is a pinch runner and swipes two bases. Today's thefts come in the 9th inning of a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals: yesterday he did it in the 6th of a 9-6 win over the Cards. He is the first to accomplish this ML record and he is the only one this century to do it twice.
In Philadelphia Frank Corridon goes all the way to defeat Brooklyn 2-1 in 17 innings. Corridon does not walk a batter.
Pittsburgh's Lefty Leifield pitches a complete game victory 8-2 over the Reds to leave the 2nd place Pirates just percentage points behind New York. The Bucs steal 6 bases including Fred Clarke's steal of home.
Detroit's Ty Cobb has 3 steals in a 6-5 win in an a.m. game. Detroit loses the 2nd game 4-2.
In Chicago the Sox edge Cleveland 2-1 but lose C Sullivan when he is hit on the thumb with a foul tip. The Sox will journey to Cleveland losing a twinbill there tomorrow.
Ty Cobb is back in the Detroit lineup for the first time in 6 weeks. He has a single and steal but he misplays a Charley Hemphill flyball into a home run and the Tigers lose 1-0 to the Browns Barney Pelty. Rain stops the game after 7 innings.
With Harry Bay and Bill Bradley scoring 5 runs each Cleveland pounds the Orioles 23-7 collecting 23 hits off Bird pitcher Jack Katoll a 10-game winner with the White Sox last season. Katoll goes the route.
Louisville defeats visiting Washington 25-4 at Eclipse Park. There are 8 HRs in the game including 6 by Louisville. All 6 are hit by different players (Dummy Hoy Mike Kelley Tommy Leach Fred Clarke Claude Ritchey Billy Clingman) a ML record that will not be matched until the 2000 season. Kelley and Leach's drives are inside-the-park HRs according to Dave Vincent. Because of the small attendance Louisville President Barney Dreyfuss will decide to transfer the last 14 home games to the opponents' grounds.
Boston sweeps a pair from St. Louis winning 18-3 and 12-8. Jack Stivetts plates 5 runs in the opener.
Dusty Miller belts an 11th inning homer as the Reds win game 1 4-3 over Boston. Boston takes game 2 by a 7-3 score.
In a lengthy interview in the New York Clipper John Ward describes in detail Boston's invention and use of new strategies like the hit-and-run and the delayed steal.
In the 4th at Brooklyn Dave Foutz hits a grounder to Pittsburgh 1B Guy Hecker and then stops halfway down the line. Hecker waits for him not tagging the bag then appeals to umpire Strief. The ump calls Foutz out for not running apparently unaware that the rule requiring the batsman to run to first after a fair hit was repealed in 1888. Hecker then throws the ball back to the pitcher and Foutz runs the first. An argument follows but Strief ignores the rules and calls an out. Brooklyn wins 5-4.
In the afternoon game of a Labor Day doubleheader in Boston Hardie Richardson hits a leadoff homer and P John Clarkson (36-13) makes it stand up for a 1-0 win over Indianapolis. Henry Boyle takes the loss.
Thanks to a 2-out triple in the bottom of the 9th by Anson Chicago beats Washington 5-4 for its 9th win in a row.
Jim Galvin allows 13 hits but bangs out a single double and triple to help Buffalo to a 14-6 rout of Detroit.
The first night baseball is attempted in Nantasket Beach MA between teams from 2 Boston department stores Jordan Marsh and R. H. White. The Boston Post reports the next day that "A clear pure bright light was produced very strong and yet very pleasant to the sight" by the 12 carbon-arc electric lamps. The game ends in a 16-16 tie.
A benefit game played in Chicago raises $682 for yellow fever victims in Memphis.
At Boston the Reds enter the 7th leading Cleveland 8-2. Two innings later the game is called with the Reds winning 31-10. Boston scores 12 in the 7th and 11 in the 8th.
In Cincinnati the Atlantics of Brooklyn lose their 2nd game in a row 14-3.
The Cincinnati Club beats up on the Holt Club of Newport KY winning 109-15. Two Red Stocking players John C. How and Harry Wright hit 7 homers each. Wright the old NY Knickerbocker was hired in August 1865 by George Ellard to come to Cincinnati to be a bowler for the Union Cricket Club at a salary of $1200 a year. He switched back to baseball after the Reds were organized. When the Reds moved their games from the foot of 9th Street to the Union Cricket Club grounds many cricket players switched to baseball.