1911 October


1st  The Giants complete a western trip that ices the pennant by beating the Cubs, 5–0, behind Rube Marquard. Chicago’s Jimmy Sheckard sets a NL record by drawing his 147th walk, a mark not broken until Dodger Eddie Stanky’s 148 in 1945. The previous mark was held by Jack Crooks who had 136 walks in 1892 in 128 games. Crooks is one of just 8 players in history to have more walks in a season than games played.

3rd Only if his name is Lewis. In the 2nd inning at New York, the Red Sox pull off a double steal with Duffy Lewis scoring from 3B and Jack Lewis swiping 2B (as noted by Retrosheet). Jack Lewis is shaken up on the play and the Hilltoppers allow Duffy to replace him at 2B as a courtesy runner. He doesn’t score and Jack returns to the game as Boston wins, 4–1. They take the nitecap, 7–0, behind Joe Wood and will win tomorrow over host New York, 4–1, behind Eddie Cicotte. The Sox will win 10 straight in New York in 1912, and the first 5 games there in 1913—a ML record 18 games on the road versus one team. Brooklyn will tie the record in 1946, and the Cardinals will tie it in 1966.

4th At Washington Park, the Giants clinch the pennant with a 2–0 victory over Brooklyn. Mathewson allows 7 hits in besting Nap Rucker.

5th  The National Commission sells motion picture rights to the WS for $3,500. When the players demand a share of it, the Commission cancels the deal.

6th  Cy Young’s farewell appearance in a ML game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn’s Eddie Dent, 13–3, in his 906th game. Dent goes 7 innings, Cy just 6 1/3 giving up 11 hits. Brooklyn scores 8 in the 7th and Young’s last 8 batters faced tally: triple, single, single, single, single, double, double, double. Weaver allows the last 2 runs in the frame. In game 1, Big Ed Donnelly (5-10) closes out his 2-year career with a 1–0 shutout for the Rustlers over Brooklyn.

7th With just 1,000 fans on hand at the Polo Grounds, New York Giants’ mascot Victory Faust hurls a 9th inning against Boston, allowing a hit and a run in a 5–2 loss. Faust also hits, circling the bases for a score as the Rustlers deliberately throw wildly. Faust will reprise his act on October 12th against Brooklyn: he allows a hit in his one inning; is hit by a pitch and then steals 2B and 3B, and scores on a grounder.

On a raw day in St. Louis, the Tigers edge the Browns, 1–0, before just 66 fans. Ralph Works is the winner. The 66 fans is a record low attendance for the AL and won’t be bottomed until 2015.

The White Sox move into 4th place with a 10-4 win over the Senators. Rollie Zeider scores 5 runs and hits a homerun.

In Boston a distraught Eleanor Keane says that her fiancé Duffy Lewis had phoned to break off their planned wedding for next week on the advice of Boston team president John Taylor. Ms. Keane says she still trusts him even though Lewis had broken engagements to two other women before they met two years ago.

9th  With the WS not scheduled to start until the 14th, the Athletics tune up in a series against an AL all-star team. The A’s clinched on September 26th in an 11–5 win over Detroit.

The Cubs top the Pirates, 6-5, in 10 innings as Jimmy Sheckard scores the winning run in the 10th after drawing his third walk of the game. Sheck will lead the NL in runs scored with 121 and his base on balls total of 147 will set a NL record that won’t be topped until Eddie Stanky does it.

The Braves end their season with a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, winning 11–5 and 13–10. It’s Toot, Toot, Tootsie, goodbye in the opener as Ben Houser hits his first ML homer—a grand slam—off the Phils Toots Schultz in the opener. Jimmy Walsh both pitches and catches in game 2, though perhaps he should stick to catching. He gives up 7 hits in his 2 2/3 innings appearance—his only in the majors—and takes the loss. Walsh sets a record, since tied, of playing all 9 positions this year.

Hooks Wiltse leads the way for the Giants in a 10-4 win over Brooklyn. Hooks gets the win and is 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs to beat Knetzer. Art Devlin has 4 hits for New York. Elmer Steele pitches the 9th for Brooklyn allowing one run in his last ML appearance. The righthander is 9-9 with a 2.67 ERA but apparently will be sidelined by an injury. Just a .127 lifetime hitter in the ML, he will return to the minors, hitting .339 as a lefthanded first baseman in 1913 in the New York-New Jersey League (as noted by Bill Deane).

The first game of the Ohio championship between Cleveland and the Reds is won by host Cincinnati, 4–0. The rest of the best-of-7 series will be in Cleveland because of construction of a grandstand in Cincinnati. Tomorrow the St. Louis city series begins with a 0-0 tie, and in 2 days the Chicago series. These post-season matches are popular with the fans and put money in the players’ pockets.

In a season-ending laugher, the last place Boston Nationals sweep a pair from the host Phillies, winning 11-5 and 13-10 in 8 innings. In the opener, Phils catcher John Quinn is 0-for-2 in his only ML game, hitting into a triple play before he is pinch hit for: his record will be matched in 2002 by single gamer Ron Wright. Former Boston P Cliff Curtis, who earlier this year set a ML record by losing 23 straight, gives up 7 hits and 4 runs in 3 IP. Ben Houser has 4 hits and a grand slam, his first ML homer. In the 2nd game, Houser takes part in a triple play, while Bill Sweeney leads the way for Boston with 4 hits to go with 3 safeties in the opener. Versatile Jimmy Walsh, who catches today, and has played 3B, SS, 2B and the outfield for the Phils this year, adds pitcher and 1B to his resume. Walsh pitches 2 2/3 innings allowing 8 runs on 7 hits and taking the loss. He serves up a homer to Doc Miller, who goes 4-for-10 in both games to finish with a .333 batting average. Honus Wagner is 2-for-4 in the Pirates loss to Chicago and wins the batting title with a .334 average. The Pirates protested May 30th game was thrown out in which Wagner’s 0-for-4 does not count. Without the protest, Miller takes the crown.

10th  In Washington, the A’s trip the AL All-stars 3–2 as Walter Johnson gives up 10 hits in 9 innings. Coombs, Plank, and Bender each allow one hit in their 3 innings of tune-up.

11th  The first MVPs are announced. Using a point system—8 for a first-place vote, 7 for 2nd, and so on—the 8 voting writers give OF Ty Cobb the maximum 64 points or an efficiency rating of 1.000. P Ed Walsh is 2nd, and 2B Eddie Collins 3rd. The NL winner is the Cubs OF Frank “Wildfire” Schulte who garners an efficiency rating of .453, Schulte tops the 100 mark in runs and RBIs, and is the only player in history to reach 20 in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in the same season. Christy Mathewson is 2nd. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles.

In Richmond, the AL All-stars beat the A’s, 13–8, before 9,000. Cobb has 3 hits for the stars and Krausse, one of 3 A’s pitchers, hits the longest homer at the park this year.

12th  Bob Bescher scores 2 runs and steals 3 bases in the Reds final game of the year, a 4–3 win over the Cubs. Bescher’s 3 steals gives him a league-high 80, the 3rd of 4 years in a row he’ll top the NL. Cy Slapnicka, recently called up, takes the loss and will go back to the minors for 7 years, eventually having a second cup of coffee with the Pirates in 1918.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers win a pair, 3-0 and 5-2, to finish at 64-86, in seventh place. Pat Ragan allows 2 hits in the opening shutout, and Eddie Dent pitches the win in game 2. Manager Bill Dahlen plays his only game of the year, and the last of his ML career, strking out 3 times and making an error at shortstop. In the 9th Charley “Victory” Faust takes to the mound for the Giants, and using a fastball that “would not break a pane of glass” (New York Times) gives up a hit and no runs. To the amusement of the crowd, Dent hits him on the wrist in his time at bat, and Faust “steals” 2B and 3B (“waddles to second and rolls to third”). He scores on an out, his last appearance in the majors.

14th  The Athletics go into the World Series minus their star rookie 1B Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Mackmen, and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it, 2–1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game—38,281—is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77,379.

15th  In an exhibition game in New York, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Gabby Street and other white major leaguers take on the Lincoln Giants, a star-studded black team featuring Pop Lloyd, Dick McClelland, and Louis Santop. Johnson K’s 14 to give the white all-stars a 5–3 win.

With a 7-0 win over the Cleveland Naps, the Reds capture the Buckeye championship, four games to two. All but the first game are played in Cleveland.

16th  The World Series resumes today, Monday, and the pitchers continue to dominate. Rube Marquard and Eddie Plank are in command of a 1–1 game when Philadelphia’s Eddie Collins doubles in the last of the 6th and Frank Baker hits one over the RF fence with a man on for a 3–1 victory.

At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the Browns whip the Cardinals, 5–1, to sweep the City series with five wins. The first game ended in a scoreless tie.

17th  After criticizing his teammate Marquard’s pitching to Baker in his newspaper column, Christy Mathewson takes the mound for game 3 against 29-game winner Jack Coombs. Matty takes a 1–0 lead into the 9th. With one out, Baker lines another drive over the RF fence to tie it. With that blow, he becomes “Home Run” Baker to future generations. Errors by 3B Buck Herzog and SS Art Fletcher give the A’s 2 unearned runs in the top of the 11th. New York scores once in the 11th, but the A’s win, 3–2, behind Jack Coombs’s 3-hitter.

18th  At the West Side Grounds, the White Sox top the Cubs, 7-2, to sweep the 4-game City series between the two teams. Ed Walsh wins his second game in the series.

24th  After 6 days of rain, Chief Bender gets another chance against Mathewson. New York takes a 2–0 first-inning lead. But aided by an overflow crowd in the outfield, the A’s collect 7 doubles among their 11 hits, pick up 3 in the 3rd and one in the 4th while Bender shuts down the Giants, and the A’s take a 3–1 lead in games.

25th  Before 33,228 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants put 3 hits together off Coombs in the last of the 9th for 2 runs and a 3–3 tie. The A’s Eddie Plank comes on in the 10th and gives up the winning run on Fred Merkle’s sac fly to Danny Murphy in the 4–3 contest. Larry Doyle scores from 3B leaping into the arms of his joyous teammates and missing home plate for the ‘phantom run’. Ump Bill Klem notices it, revealing the fact after the game, but the A’s fail to appeal. Relief specialist Doc Crandall gets the win after working 2 scoreless innings. With a total gate of $342,364, the players’ share is a record $3,654 for the A’s and $2400 for the Giants. The two club presidents, John Brush and Ben Shibe, each receive checks for $90,118.

26th  Chief Bender cruises to his second victory, a 4-hit 13–2 breeze. The A’s cap the win with a 7-run 7th, battering three tired Giant hurlers, Ames, Wiltse, and Marquard. Overall, the Giants manage just 13 runs and a .175 BA off Bender, Coombs, and Plank. Two runs score on a wild pitch when catcher Chief Meyers declines to chase down Marquard’s wild pitch. Two runs scoring on a wild pitch won’t happen again in the World Series till 2016. Because of the NL’s extended playing season, this is the latest ending ever for a WS, until the “Earthquake Series” of 1989.

27th  A’s longtime captain and 1B Harry Davis is named manager of Cleveland, replacing George Stovall. He won’t last the 1912 season and 28-year-old J. L. Birmingham will take over, going 21–7 to earn the job.

30th  Clark Griffith is named manager at Washington, beginning a stand in that city as manager, then owner, that will last until his death in 1955.