1st Hugh Jennings resigns as Baltimore manager to take over at Detroit for 1907. Infusing the Tigers with aggressive Baltimore spirit, he will win pennants the next 3 years, and stay at the helm for 14.
The Series-bound Colts sweep two from the Phillies, winning the first game 4–0 behind Carl Lundgren’s 2-hitter. They then take the nitecap, 4–3 in a six inning contest called because of darkness, as Ed Reulbach wins his 12th straight. This tops Mordecai Brown’s 11-game winning streak snapped earlier this month. Reulbach will win 14 in a row in 1909, a 20th century Cubs record. Lundgren finishes the year with a 2.21 ERA, the only one of 6 pitchers on the staff over 2.00. It is led by Brown’s 1.04.
The Cardinals get whitewashed twice today, losing 3–0 and 2–0 to the Giants. Red Ames wins the opener and George Ferguson takes the nitecap victory.
Nick Altrock pitches the White Sox to a 1–0, 13-inning win over the Browns. Altrock has 6 assists to help him win his 20th of the season. Tannehill’s RBI single scores Patsy Dougherty with the lone run. Frank Owen will toss another shutout tomorrow for the Sox.
2nd In St. Louis, the White Sox shut out the Browns, 6-0, behind Frank Owen’s 7th shutout of the year. It is the 32nd shutout for the White Sox, a ML record that will not be topped. The Cubs will tie it in 1907 and again in ’09.
3rd The smallest crowd in Polo Grounds history—300—watches the Phils beat the Giants 3–1. The Giants will attract about 400,000 over the season and be outdrawn by the Highlanders by about 20,000.
At Boston, the Beaneaters lose their 100th game, as Brooklyn wins, 13-4. Rookie Johnny Bates gets Boston off the schneid when he hits a 9th inning grand slam off Doc Scanlon.
The White Sox clinch the AL pennant during a rainout at St. Louis. Chicago achieves the lowest team BA ever for a pennant winner with .228. Hence, the “Hitless Wonders.”
After losing the opener, 7-5, the Athletics beat New York, 3–0, to end the pennant chase. While being given an intentional walk in the 3rd inning, Harry Davis pops a 3-run homer for all the scoring. With two RBIs in game 1, Davis finishes the season with 96 runs batted in to lead the AL. Nap Lajoie is second with 91; no one else is over 80.
A syndicate headed by Art Soden sells the last place Boston Beaneaters (NL) to George and John Dovey for $75,000. The Dovey brothers will change the name of the team to the Doves, but retain manager Fred Tenney, who helped with the sale.
4th The Cubs score their record 116th win of the year, beating the Pirates 4–0 in Pittsburgh. The winner is Jack Pfiester, who notches his 20th victory. The win gives Chicago a 60–15 road record, an .800 percentage mark that has never been equaled.
Boston (NL) hurlers Vive Lindaman and Irv Young lose 3–2 and 2–1 to Brooklyn. The Beaneaters ﬁnish last with 102 losses. Four hardworking hurlers bear the brunt: Young and Gus Dorner each lose 25 games; Lindaman, 23; and Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer, 22.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants light up Tully Sparks for 6 runs in the first inning with the big blow a grand slam by Sammy Strang. Christy Mathewson coasts to a 7–6 win over the Phils. Matty ends the season at 22–12.
5th The Giants give Christy Mathewson’s brother Henry Mathewson a starting chance against Boston and he promptly puts his name in the record books. Henry establishes a modern NL record by walking 14. He also hits one batter, allows just 5 hits, but completes the 7–1 loss. He’ll pitch another inning next year, but this is his only ML decision. Big Jeff Pfeffer is the winner, but he still finishes 13–22. He combines with Young, Lindeman, and Dorner as four 20—game losers, matching the ML record set last year by Boston. Irv Young is the only repeater from last year’s staff.
6th Chick Stahl, Boston Americans player-manager, closes out the season and his career last at-bat with an 8th-inning two-run homer off New York’s Tom Hughes. But Long Tom emerges with a 5–4 win.
In St. Louis, the Browns sweep a pair from Detroit, winning 7-3 and 4-2. In game 1, Germany Schaefer swipes 4 bases for Detroit, none of them being first base, while George Stone hits an inside-the-park homer for the Browns off Ed Siever. Stone finishes with a AL-best .358 average and leads in slugging with a .501 percentage.
Finishing with a 3–3 tie against the Cardinals, Chicago is the first team to ﬁnish with fewer than 200 errors; their pitching staff has a combined 1.76 ERA.
7th The White Sox end the season with a 6–1 loss to Detroit, the only team not to lose a season series with the Sox. Each team won 11 games from the other.
Cleveland finishes the year with a 7–3 win over the Browns, good for a 3rd place finish. Nonetheless, Cleveland leads the AL in hitting, fielding, total bases, has three 20-game winners, five .300 hitters, and the AL’s top run scorer and base stealer.
9th Snow flies at the West Side Grounds as the first one-city World Series opens with the Cubs heavy favorites over the AL’s “Hitless Wonders.” Neither ballpark can accommodate the crowds, so the Chicago Tribune recreates the games on mechanical boards displayed at theaters. White Sox starter Nick Altrock and Cubs starter Three Fingered Brown give up 4 hits each, but Cubs errors produce 2 unearned runs for a 2–1 White Sox victory.
10th The Cubs jump on Doc White early, and run (5 SBs) to a 7–1 victory. The highlight of the game is Ed Reulbach’s no-hit bid broken up by Jiggs Donahue’s single in the 7th. The next WS one-hitter will come in 1945, by another Cub—Claude Passeau.
11th Pitching continues to dominate as Ed Walsh stops the Cubs on 2 hits. The Sox manage just 4 off Jack Pfiester, but one is a triple by George Rohe, with 3 on in the 6th, for a 3–0 win. Walsh fans 12, the record until 1929.
12th It’s Brown’s turn to throw a 2-hit shutout, besting Altrock 1–0 and evening the Series. Frank Chance reaches base in the 7th on a Texas Leaguer that drops in front of the late-breaking Hahn, and two (!) sacrifice bunts get him to 3B. Johnny Evers then lines a single for the only run.
13th Mound magic disappears as both Walsh and Reulbach are knocked out. Paced by a WS record 4 doubles by Frank Isbell, the White Sox win the slugfest, 8–6.
14th The Sox jump on Three Fingered Brown for 7 runs in the first 2 innings, and coast behind Doc White to a 7–1 Series-ending victory. The Cubs’ losers’ share is $439.50, the lowest ever. The Sox players take home $1874 each. On Monday night, the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols tied the record with 3