1st Rookie Lefty Russell blanks the Red Sox 3–0 in his first start, for Philadelphia’s 100th win and his sole ML victory in his 3-year career. The “$12,000 Beauty” will hurt his arm on the third day of spring training next spring.
In a 9–6 Chicago win in Cincinnati, the Cubs’ Johnny Evers breaks his ankle sliding home in the 5th and will not play in the WS. He’ll play just 46 games next season.
2nd The pennant-bound Cubs end the season with an 8–4 win over the Reds, pulling off a triple play in the process. The TP goes left fielder Jimmy Sheckard to C Johnny Kling to 1B Jimmy Archer.
4th In Philadelphia’s 3–1 win at Boston, the A’s Eddie Collins swipes his 81st base to set a new AL record. Cobb will break it next year by 2.
5th Connie Mack inserts his son Earle behind the plate in a game against the Highlanders. Earle, who hit .135 in 26 minor league games this year, responds with a single and triple while catching Eddie Plank and Jack Coombs. The Highlanders beat the A’s 7–4. Earle will mop up in late seasons games next year and again in 1914, and serve for 25 years as his father’s coach.
6th Boston (NL) rookie OF Bill Collins hits for the cycle as the Braves demolish the Phillies, 20–7; the next franchise player to match Collins will be Albert Hall for the Atlanta Braves in 1987.
The Senators and Red Sox split a pair, with Boston taking game 1 by a score of 5-2 and the Nationals winning, 6-5, in 8 innings. Duffy Lewis has a homer in game 2, while Clyde Milan scores in the 3rd inning on the front end of a triple steal. When Walter Johnson relieves for Walker in the 6th inning, Milan saves the win with a tumbling 2-out, bases-loaded catch. Johnson has a pair of K’s to finish with a AL-high 313: his scheduled next start against the A’s will be washed out.
The Giants triple Brooklyn to win, 9–3, behind rookie Louis Drucke, who strikes out 13 batters to equal the season high in the NL. New York bats around in the 4th and scores 6, and pulls off two double steals in the game. Brooks 2B Dolly Stark is 2-for-4-for-4, getting 2 hits in 4 at bats and making 4 errors.
The Yankees beat the defending AL Champion Athletics, 3-1, behind the pitching and hitting of rookie Russ Ford. Ford wins his 12th straight, establishing an AL rookie record, as he finishes the year at 26-6 with an ERA of 1.65. Ford has 2 hits, including an RBI triple. Jack Knight has triple in the 8th, driving in 2 runs. New York swipes 6 bases.
8th The Superbas tip the Giants, 3–2 in 10 innings when reliever Red Ames wild pitches in the winning Brooklyn run.
The Yankees beat Boston twice, winning 4–1 and 6–5. The first game takes 72 minutes.
With the White Sox putting lefty Irv Young on the mound against the Tigers, Cobb takes the night train the Philadelphia and manager Hugh Jennings leaves for home. Wild Bill Donovan manages the Tigers. Young allows 3 hits in taming the Tigers 4–0, his 4th win of the year and 4th shutout. He adds a RBI single, steals second and when neither the second baseman or shortstop move to cover the base, the throw sails into CF, and Young sails to 3B. He then scores the 4th run. Young will be matched in the AL in 1941 when Johnny Humphries wins 4 games, all by shutouts.
9th The battle for the AL batting title is decided on the final day, when Detroit’s Ty Cobb edges Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie .3850687 to .3840947. Neither man covers himself with glory. Lajoie goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader with the Browns, accepting seven “gift” hits on bunt singles on which Browns rookie 3B Red Corriden is apparently purposely stationed at the edge of the OF grass. The Detroit Free Press’s account states that no throws were made to first: “In each instance, while the ball was fielded perfectly, it was not thrown to first.” The prejudiced St. Louis scorer also credits popular Nap with a “hit” on the Brownie SS Bobby Wallace’s wild throw to 1B. In Lajoie’s 8th at bat, he is safe at first on an error call, but is credited with a sac bunt since a man was on. His SABR biography credits Nap with a triple in his last at bat. The St. Louis Post is just one of the papers to be openly critical of the move against Cobb. “All St. Louis is up in arms over the deplorable spectacle, conceived in stupidity and executed in jealousy.” The Browns win the opener, 5–4, and Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0 with both managers, Jack O’Connor and Jim Maguire catching. O’Connor is behind the plate for just an inning, but Maguire goes all the way. Cobb, meanwhile, rather than risk his average, sits out the last two games, the Tigers beating the White Sox in the finale, 2–1. Ban Johnson investigates and clears everyone concerned, enabling Cobb to win the 3rd of 9 straight batting crowns. The embarrassed Chalmers Auto Company awards cars to both Ty and Nap. In 1981, The Sporting News uncovers an error—crediting a 2-for-3 game twice to Cobb—that, if corrected, would give the championship to Lajoie. But the commissioner’s committee votes unanimously to leave history unchanged.
Despite 10 walks by King Cole, the Cubs down the Cardinals, 4–3, scoring the winning run with 2 outs in the 9th. Cole finishes the year at 20-4, with the ML’s best winning percentage and the best by a Cub in the 20th century (Sutcliffe will be 16–1 for Chicago in 1984, but 20–6 overall).
The Leland Giants begin a 16-game series in Havana, Cuba. The black team will play a series against the AL champion Detroit Tigers.
At a field day at Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, Evansville’s (Central League) Sheldon LeJeune throws a baseball 426 feet 6 ¼” on the fly, breaking the record set by Brooklyn’s Jack Hatfield in 1872 (400 feet 7 ½”). LeJeune, who will make it to the majors for 24 games, has 4 trials and reaches his mark with his 4th try. He reached 401 feet, 4 ½ inches on an earlier heave, longer than his 399 foot throw on September 10, 1907. Speedy Hans Lobert is the fastest this day, circling the bases in 14 seconds and ties teammate Ward Miller by beating out a bunt to 1B in 3.2 seconds and also wins the 100-yeard dash in 10 seconds flat. The Reds beat the Pirates in the last game, 7–1.
Portland’s Vean Gregg becomes the PCL’s first double shutout winner, blanking Sacramento, 4-0 and 1-0. The second contest goes 5 innings. The 32-game winner will make his ML debut next year with Cleveland, winning 23 games and leading the AL with a 1.80 ERA.
12th With the AL season ending a week earlier than the NL, the champion A’s tune up with a 5-game series against an AL all-star team, which includes Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Doc White, Ed Walsh, and Walter Johnson. The A’s drop 4 out of 5 to the all-stars, but Mack will later state, “Those games, more than anything else, put the Athletics in a condition to outclass the National League champions.” The ten-day delay for the A’s between the end of the season and the start of the World Series will be the longest in ML history.
In a “short-lived experiment to extend the season to include a fourth national holiday” (Charlie Bevis) the Superbas drop a Columbus Day doubleheader to Boston, 9-2 and 3-2.
13th At the Polo Grounds, 25,000 fans show up for the start of the City Series between the Giants and Highlanders, and to watch Christy Mathewson and rookie phenom Russ Ford square off. The score is 1–1 when Mathewson and Devore single in the bottom of the 8th. An error loads the bases and Ford plunks Al Bridwell to score the winning run. The Giants score 3 more for a 5–1 win, with Matty striking out 14 Highlanders. The American Leaguers will win tomorrow when Jack Warhop tops Hooks Wiltse, but the Giants take the game on the 15th when Matty preserves the 5–1 win for Drucke. Matty will win game 4 by another 5–1 score.
In Ban Johnson’s hearing on the October 9th doubleheader in which Nap Lajoie had 8 hits, Browns 3B Red Corriden staunchly defends playing back: “I wasn’t going to get killed playing in on Lajoie.”
15th On the last day of the season, St. Louis manager Jack O’Connor is fired by Browns president Hedges for his role in the Lajoie batting-title travesty. Also fired is coach Harry Howell for allegedly delivering an offer to the official scorer E.V. Parrish to change his error call to a hit.
16th At Portland, Los Angeles (PCL) beats the Beavers, 3-2 and 1–0 in 5 innings. In game 1, when Angels Pete Daley scores in the 4thinning, it is the first score against Portland in 88 innings. Portland will finish atop the PCL with a 113-79 record and four 20-game winners (as noted by John Spalding).
Frank Arellanes of Sacramento (PCL) tosses a no-hitter against Vernon, but loses, 2-0. Three walks and two errors allow the runs against Arellanes, who went 4-7 (2.88 ERA) for the Boston Red Sox this year. His last appearance for the Bosox was August 14th.
17th With sore-armed Eddie Plank unavailable, Connie Mack will squeeze 5 complete games out of 2 pitchers in the WS. Chief Bender’s 4–1 three-hitter wins game one for the Athletics at Philadelphia. Frank Baker’s 3 hits drive in all the runs needed to beat the Cubs’ Orval Overall.
18th Jack Coombs struggles for a 9–3 win, walking 9 and giving up 8 hits, but strands 14 Cubs, while a 6-run 7th off Three Finger Brown blows open the win for the A’s. Eddie Collins has 2 doubles and 2 SBs.
The Reds beat Cleveland, 8–5, in the 7th game of the first Ohio championship series.
20th The A’s dispose of Ed Reulbach in 2 innings, then pin the loss on reliever Harry McIntire, who lasts a third of a inning. Coombs coasts on one day’s rest, 12–5, and helps himself with 3 hits. Cubs manager Frank Chance becomes the first player ejected from a WS game when umpire Tom Connally chases him for protesting a Danny Murphy HR drive against a sign over the RF bleachers. Chance opines too loudly that it should be a ground-rule double.
The Giants win the City Series against the Highlanders, 4–2, as Christy Mathewson is victorious over Jack Warhop, 6–3. Larry Doyle’s 3rd inning 3-run homer into the upper grandstand in RF is the big blow. Paid admission for the six games is over 100,000, and each Giant takes home $1,110.62. Art Fletcher will use the winnings to marry his childhood sweetheart, Blanche Dieu.
Mystery solved. Chicago sports writers identify the photograph of San Francisco Seals pitcher Mysterious Walker as as Fred Mitchell Walker, a University of Chicago pitcher and football star. who tossed three innings for the Reds in June this year. The press says that Walker had signed with the Giants but was charged with making untoward advances to a hotel chambermaid and then disappearing. Mysterious, who pitched a victorious doubleheader over Los Angeles ten days ago, will return to the NL for the next two seasons before pitching two years in the Federal League. Batters won’t find him much of a mystery as he will compile a 7-23 record. The uproar in Los Angeles will result in calls for the game records for his appearances to be tossed out.
22nd Frank Chance lines a 9th inning one-out triple to knot game 4 at 2–2. Jimmy Sheckard then singles in the 10th to give the Cubs the 3–2 win. Three Finger Brown, in relief, is the winner over Chief Bender, who goes all the way.
23rd Three Fingered Brown comes back to face Coombs, who takes a 2–1 lead into the 7th. The A’s get to Brown for 5 runs and a 7–2 win. The crowd of 27,374 is the Series’ largest. The A’s .316 BA is a WS record. For this WS, cork-center balls were secretly used for the first time, and will be used in the ML starting next year. Previously, rubber center balls were used.
At New York’s Hammerstein’s Victoria Theatre, Chief Meyers and Christy Mathewson team up in a in a vaudeville sketch entitled “Curves.” Produced by actress May Tully, the half-hour sketch features the battery in a scene set at the Polo Grounds, with Tully playing an ardent spectator. The players, in their home uniforms, show Tully and the audience how to throw various pitches, and Meyers explains the workings of the catcher. “Curves” actually runs several weeks.
26th The Washington Post headlines a rumored trade with Walter Johnson going to Detroit for Ty Cobb. Detroit president Frank Navin scoffs at the story, saying he would never trade Cobb, but praising Johnson “as the best pitcher in the country.”