st The Cubs score one run in the 9th against Mathewson to tie the score at 1–1, then push across the winner against a tired Matty in the 11th to beat the Giants, 2–1. Chick Fraser and Carl Lundgren allow just 2 Giant safeties in 11 frames.
“Before the largest crowd the local park had ever contained” (NY Times) in Washington, the Tigers rally with 3 runs in the 6thagainst Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 5-3. Cobb starts the rally with a double. He adds a stolen base and combines with Rossman at 1B for a 9-3 double play.
2nd Detroit sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 9–5 and 10–2. Ty Cobb’s 200th hit earns him a $500 bonus; he will get 212 for the year. He also steals 4 bases in the game: Cobb will lead the AL with 49 this year.
At Pittsburgh, rookie George McQuillan pitches the Phils into 3rdplace in the NL with a 4-1 victory. The Pirates score comes in the first inning, the first tally off McQuillan after 25 straight scoreless innings. The New York Giants drop to 4th place with a 13-7 loss at Chicago.
3rd Before the start of the Nationals-Tigers game in Washington, friends of Hughie Jennings present him with a congratulatory floral wreath, though the Tigers have not yet clinched the pennant over the A’s. But today’s contest will help as the paste the Nationals 9-3 to sweep the 4 game series. Bill Donovan (25-4) coasts and, with a 9-1 lead, starts lobbing the ball in. Ty Cobb continues his hot hitting—he is 13-for-18 in the series—with 3 hits and 3 stolen bases. He leaves in the 8th after twisting his ankle on a slide into 2B.
The Red Sox end their 16-game losing streak by nipping the Browns, 1–0. Cy Morgan is the victor over Harry Howell.
4th The Senators and the A’s split a year-end doubleheader. Rookie Walter Johnson beats Eddie Plank, 2–1, to finish at 5-9. Spitballer Jimmy Dygert wins his 21st for the A’s, beating Tom Hughes, 8–0.
26-year-old Reds pitcher Frank Leary dies following an operation for appendicitis when he fails to come out of the anesthesia. Leary (0-1) pitched in 2 games in 1907 with a 1.13 ERA.
5th In the last game of the year for the Athletics, hurler Rube Vickers hurls a 5-inning 4–0 perfect game against Washington. He also wins the 15-inning first game of the twin bill, 4–2, with a spectacular 12-inning relief effort, allowing 8 hits. The two wins are the only ones for Vickers this year. Starter Charlie Fritz falter after three innings and Rube Waddell tosses just one pitch, hit for a single. It is Waddell’s last pitch for the A’s as Mack will pedal Rube to the Browns over the winter.
In St. Louis, the Tigers clinch the AL pennant with a 10-2 win over the Browns, their 10th win in a row (one tie). Ty Cobb’s triple in the 4th starts the scoring and he adds a homerun in his other official at bat.
In the first of two games, the Cubs, leading the Cardinals 2-0 in the 4th, find themselves on the losing end of an argument with umpire Rigler, who called Evers out at 3B. After a number of Cubs squawk at the call, Rigler orders them to their positions and then forfeits the game to the Cardinals. With that, Chance, Pfester and Overall leave the park and head over to watch the Series-bound Tigers play the Browns. The Cards take game 2, 4-3.
In Philadelphia, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep by winning a pair from the Giants, 7-3 and 3-2. Rookie George McQuillan (4-0) beats Christy Mathewson in game 2, called after the Giants bat in the 7th. Mathewson finishes at 24-12.
6th The first-place Cubs finish the season with a split at St. Louis, winning the first game, 7–1 and losing game 2 by a 1–0 score. The Cubs finish the year with a remarkable 1.73 team ERA, .57 points better than the runner-up. This .57 difference will not be matched until the 2003 Dodgers do it with their 3.16 ERA.
The Reds and Pirates split the finales, with the Bucs winning the opener, 4–3 and the Reds taking game 2, 13-1, in 7 innings. The Reds collect 16 hits off young Babe Adams (0-2). Mike O’Neill finishes his ML career with a triple off Babe for his second hit of the year. The first was also a triple. Adams will spend the next season in the minors before returning in 1909 with a rookie-record 1.11 ERA and a 12-3 mark.
In St. Louis, 18,000 turn out with a reported 5,000 turned away to see the local Browns top the Series-bound Tigers, 10-4 and 10-3. The stars sit for Detroit as manager Hugh Jennings start game 1 at short, but finding the throw too long, switches to 2B. Cobb attends the Cubs-Cards game.
In Chicago, the Leland Giants end the season with a 3-2 win over Milwaukee as Rube Foster pitches a complete game for the win.
8th The Tigers have game one of the World Series against the Cubs in their grasp—or in C Charlie Schmidt’s glove—but it gets away from them. Leading 3–2 in the 9th, Bill Donovan faces pinch hitter Del Howard with 2 on and 2 outs. He fans Howard, but the ball gets away from Schmidt, and the tying run scores. Darkness ends the game after 12 innings.
9th In game 2, the Tigers score just once against Chicago’s Jack Pfiester and lose 3–1. They will not score more than once in any of the remaining games in the WS. The Tigers take advantage of the aggressive baserunning of Jimmy Slagle by nabbing him in the first inning with a hidden ball trick, the only one in WS history. Yesterday, Slagle had two steals and was caught stealing once. The play goes Germany Schaefer to Bill Coughlin (according to Bill Deane). Slagle redeems himself in the 4th by driving in the go-ahead run and then scoring on Sheckard’s double.
10th Ed Reulbach coasts to a 5–1 win over the Tigers, as the Cubs hit 5 doubles in game 3.
11th Orval Overall gives up a triple to Cobb, but the Tigers are tamed again 6–1 in game 4.
12th It’s Three Fingered Brown’s turn to shut down the Tigers 2–0. Each side has 7 hits, but the Cubs steal 4 bases for a total of 18 for the 5-game World Series. Just 7370 fans turn out for the game in Detroit.
In Boston, the AL Americans dominate their NL neighbors, just as they did in their City Series in 1905. Today’s match ends, 4–3, the Americans’ 6th win in 6 games. The final game will end in a 3–3 tie. The two teams won’t meet again in a City Series match until 1925.
13th In a three-way trade, the Highlanders receive 1B Jake Stahl from the White Sox and send infielder Frank LaPorte to the Red Sox. Boston sends SS Freddy Parent to Chicago, opening the shortstop spot up for Heinie Meinie.