1905 October

1st In the first game of a twinbill, the Giants beat the Reds, 5–4, to clinch the NL pennant.

2nd  The Washington outfield has no putouts or assists in a 3–2 win over Chicago.

3rd  The National Commission establishes the rules for a World Series and names Hank O’Day and John Sheridan (both NL umps) to umpire it.

Brooklyn hurler Doc Scanlon hurls 2 complete-game victories over host St. Louis, winning by scores of 4–0 and 3–2. Doc gives up 12 hits in his 18 innings.

The Reds win the opener of 2 from the league-champion Giants, and pull off a triple play. With the bases loaded and no outs in the 7th, RF Cy Seymour catches a line drive, fires home to nab the runner from 3B, and the throw back to 3B gets the advancing runner. An 8-2-5-6 TP. Bob Ewing wins his 20th, 4–2, with the nitecap ending in a 4–4 tie. Seymour has 4 hits in the twinbill and will lead the NL in hitting with .377.

In the first of two games, Mike Lynch of Pittsburgh beats Boston, 10–2, handing Irv Young his 20th loss. The Beaneaters lose game 2, 4-3, behind Vic Willis. Young (20-21), Willis (12-29), Fraser (14-21) and Wilhelm (3-23) set a ML record as the first 4 pitchers on one team to all lose 20 games in a season. A Beaneater quartet will match it next season.

4th  Boston’s Chick Fraser, with 20 losses on his record, pitches his second straight shutout, beating the host Pirates, 1-0, in 13 innings.

5th  Athletics P Chief Bender has 3 hits, including a triple with 3 on, in an 8–0 victory over Washington. He relieves Andy Coakley in the 2nd game and wins 9–7. Overall, he has 2 wins, 6 hits, and 8 RBI for the day.

Trying for his 32nd win, Mathewson is beaten 4–1 by the Phillies. With the bases full in the 2nd inning Matty beans opposing P John Lush, knocking him out. Kitty Bransfield, who earlier in the inning made an out, courtesy runs for Lush, who returns to pitch in the 3rd. (courtesy of Retrosheet) New York takes the nitecap, 5–3.

Last-place Brooklyn sweeps a pair from Boston, winning 11-5 and 2-1. Both teams are now over the 100-loss mark. Kaiser Wilhelm takes the loss in game 1 to run his record to a dismal 3-23 and the Beaneaters will sell him to Rochester next month.

6th  The Athletics clinch the pennant while losing to the Washington Nationals, 10–4, as St. Louis defeats the White Sox. Elmer Flick of the Cleveland Naps leads the AL in batting with a .306 mark.

7th  In a doubleheader split, Cincinnati’s Fred Odwell lines an inside-the-park homer, off St. Louis rookie Buster Brown, to edge out teammate Cy Seymour for the NL home run title. Odwell leads the NL with 9 round trippers, but will never hit another homer. The Cardinals win game 1, 7–3, and the Reds take the 2nd match, 6–3.

At Boston, the Red Sox sweep the Highlanders, winning the first game, 7-6, and 12-9. For Boston, it concludes a sweep of a 4-game series with New York and end the season with an 8-game winning streak. Jesse Burkett concludes his Hall of Fame career by hitting in his last 13 games (as noted by Bill Deane), while rookie Frank LaPorte has a grand slam for New York in game 1, off Jess Tannehill. It is his first ML homer.

After winning the opener, 10–4, and clinching 7th place, the Boston Beaneaters start OF Jim Delahanty on the mound in game 2. He gives up 5 hits in 2 innings but doesn’t get a decision as the Beaneaters lose, 11–7. Eighth place Brooklyn and Boston are 11-11 against each other. Beaneaters 1B Fred Tenney has one assist in the season’s final game, giving him an NL record of 152. The mark will be topped by Sid Bream of Pittsburgh, with 166 in 1986.

8th  Didn’t get the name. At Idora Park, Pacific Coast League game between the Oakland Oaks and Portland Beavers is attended by one fan. According to newspaper reports, the home-plate umpire, whose job it is to announce lineups, addresses the crowd, “Dear sir…” Portland wins, 3–2.

9th  At Philadelphia, in the first game of a World Series under a 7-game format, two Pennsylvanian rivals square off: Bucknell’s Christy Mathewson outpitches 26-game-winner Eddie Plank (Gettysburg Academy) to win 3–0 in the first game of the all-shutout World Series. Matty allows 4 hits and walks none.

10th  In Game 2 of the WS at New York, Philadelphia’s Chief Bender gives up a mere 4 hits for a 3–0 win.

11th Today’s game in Philley will be canceled because of wet grounds, though the press speculates that the real reason is poor gate receipts. At game time, the crowd was just 4,000, as threatening weather keeps many away.

12th   With 2 days rest, Mathewson allows his first and only walk in 27 innings, in a 4-hit 9–0 romp at Baker Bowl. The Giants cook Andy Coakley for 9 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks. The A’s add 4 errors, 3 by 2B Danny Murphy. The Giants now lead the WS, 2–1.

In a PCL game in San Francisco, Seattle loses, 4-3, when their pitchers walk 7 batters in the 9th inning. Reliever Sea Lion Hall, a 23-game winner, walks 4 straight for the loss.

13th  Joe McGinnity surrenders 5 hits, and Plank 4 hits, but 2 errors deal the A’s a 1–0 loss.

14th  Mathewson pitches his 3rd shutout in 6 days, giving up 6 hits to Bender’s 5. The Giants win 2–0. The A’s .161 team BA is the lowest ever for a WS; the teams’ combined .185 is also the lowest. Each winning share is worth $1,142. The A’s receive $382 each, but the club owners donate their share of the gate, raising the players’ checks to $832.22.

In the Boston city series at the Huntington Grounds, the Boston Americans beat their National League rivals, 8–2. The only win in the 7-game series, all at Huntington, for the NL Beaneaters came on the 9th when they won, 5–2, behind Vic Willis.

At South Side Park, the Cubs and White Sox conclude their Chicago city series with the Cubs winning today, 10-5. They take the series 4 games to one. Joe Tinker has 4 hits, drives in 3 runs and scores 3.

18th  Tacoma pitcher Bobby Keefe tosses a no-hitter, whipping Oakland, 3-0, at Cycler’s Park in San Jose. As noted by John Spalding, this is the only PCL no-hitter ever played in a neutral park. Because of poor attendance at home, Tacoma played its last half of the season on the road and next year will relocate in Fresno.

22nd Los Angeles (PCL) beats visiting Portland, 3–2 in 11 innings. Bill Tozer (22–15) of Los Angeles ends his PCL record 48 consecutive shutout inning streak when Portland scores 2 unearned runs in the third inning.