1912 October

2nd In the fight for 2nd place, Chicago tops the Pirates, 6–5, despite Cubs C Dick Cotter batting out of turn. Cotter knocks in the tying run in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th, the latter while hitting out of turn. Pirates manager Fred Clarke doesn’t realize it until the game is over, but then protests. The teams agree that an infraction occurred and reschedule the game on their own; their actions are later upheld by NL President Lynch.

3rd In Philadelphia, the Red Sox roll over the A’s, 17–5, as Joe Wood coasts to his 34th win of the year. Smoky Joe strikes out 6 and scatters 8 hits. Duffy Lewis has a grand slam for the winners.

In New York, the Senators clinch 2nd place, a game ahead of the A’s, by edging the Highlanders, 4–3. Walter Johnson’s notches his 33rd win (or 32nd by some counts).

The Chalmers Auto Commission announce that Tris Speaker (59 points) and Larry Doyle (48 points) each win an automobile as the ‘most value’ players in their respective leagues.

4th At Brooklyn, the Giants score a run in the 9th inning before Red Murray lines into a triple play. Christy Mathewson (26-13) wins, 2-0.

After playing an exhibition game in Ray Chapman’s hometown of Herrin, Illinois, the Cleveland Naps board a train for the season finale in St. Louis. The train is in an accident in Southwick, MO and, while no players are injured, the engineer is killed.

5th  The Red Sox defeat the A’s, 3–0, for their 105th win of the season, an AL record until the 1927 Yankees reach 110. Buck O’Brien (20–13) is the victor.

In their last game at Washington Park, the Superbas lose to the Giants, 1–0. Pat Ragan takes the loss before 10,000 fans. Brooklyn will open next season at Ebbets Field.

The Yankees also play their last game at their field, Hilltop Park, beating the Senators, 8–6, on the strength of Hal Chase’s 3-run HR in the 8th and another homer by Jack Lelivelt. The win is the first in 10 games for last-place New York (50-102). Next year the team will play at the Polo Grounds. Homer Thompson, in his only game in the majors, is behind the plate for New York, though he does not make a plate appearance; the last of 4 hurlers is his brother Tommy, making them the first brother battery in AL history. Coach Nick Altrock, in his first appearance in 3 years, is the losing pitcher.

Cubs manager Frank Chance sells his 10% share in the Cubs to the Harry Ackerland of Pittsburgh. The 100 shares are worth $40,000.

6th  In Cincinnati, Pirates OF Owen “Chief” Wilson hits a 9thinning 3-run triple off the Reds Frank Gregory, but trying to stretch it into a HR, he is nipped at the plate. This is the 2nd time this season he’s been caught trying to stretch a triple, The Pirates roll, 16–6. Wilson’s lofty mark of 36 triples is a still-standing record not topped in the majors or minors, and the NL racks up 685 triples, a ML record not topped. Honus Wagner has a triple and homer among his 4 hits, and scores 4 runs, as does Alex McCarthy. Pittsburgh finishes in 2nd place, a game-and-a-half ahead of the Cubs.

Cubs 3B Heinie Zimmerman, 0-for-3 in a 4–3 win over St. Louis, has just 2 hits in the last week. But he holds on to seemingly win the NL Triple Crown, leading by one in HRs and RBI. Years later, a recount of the totals will drop Zim from 103 RBIs to 99, and cost him the triple crown.

At St. Louis, Cleveland whips the Browns, 8-3. Nap Lajoie is 5-for-5 to finish at .368, good enough for 4th place in the AL.

In a “comedy game” (New York Times) at Detroit, the White Sox beat the Tigers, 9-4. The Tigers have just 11 players in uniform, none named Cobb or Crawford.

At the Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport Connecticut, Walter Johnson and Nap Rucker fire fast balls through a tunnel of fine wires in an attempt to clock their fastballs. In street clothes, both throw three pitches. The rudimentary test clocks Johnson at 122 feet per second (82 mph) and Rucker at 113 feet per second (77 mph) both on their 3rd throw.

8th  The WS opens. Giants manager John McGraw goes with rookie Jeff Tesreau, his most effective late-season pitcher, against the Red Sox. Smoky Joe Wood fans 11 and wins 4–3 before 35,730 at New York.

Los Angeles (PCL) outfielder Heinie Heitmuller dies of typhoid fever at the age of 29. With nearly a month to go in the season, Heitmuller played his last game on September 28, but still wins the PCL batting title with a .335 batting average. Heinie played briefly with the Philaldephia A’s the past two seasons.

9th  Three errors by Giants SS Art Fletcher help put Christy Mathewson behind 4–2 until the team rallies for 3 in the 8th when Duffy Lewis muffs a fly ball by Fred Snodgrass. Boston ties it in the last of the 8th. The Giants push across a run in the 10th off reliever “Sea Lion” Hall, but Tris Speaker blasts a triple to deep center. Apparently out at home trying to stretch it into a HR, he is safe when C Art Wilson, who has just entered the game, drops the throw for New York’s 5th error. Darkness ends the game at 6–6 after 11 innings.

In the opener of the Windy City Series, Jimmy Lavender and Ed Walsh allow no runs as the Cubs and Sox play to a 0-0 tie. After another tie, the Cubs will win the next 3 decisions of the best-of-7 series.

10th  In game 3, New York evens the Series behind Rube Marquard, who blanks the Red Sox until the 9th. A spectacular catch in deep LF by Josh Devore with 2 men on saves a 2–1 victory. Devore, racing with his back to the plate, tips the ball with his mitt and catches it in his bare hand as he tumbles to the ground.

11th  Joe Wood faces Tesreau again in New York. Despite giving up 9 hits, Wood walks none and works out of several jams for a 3–1 win.

The A’s beat the Phillies, 5–2, to win their City Series, 4 games to one.

12th  In Boston for game 5, the Red Sox scratch only 2 runs off Mathewson on 5 hits, but 18-game winner Hugh Bedient holds the Giants to 3 hits. The 2–1 win gives Boston a 3–1 Series edge.

14th  The Giants come out swinging against Buck O’Brien: 4 singles, 2 doubles, 3 stolen bases, and a balk produce 5 runs. New York’s Marquard gives up 2 in the 2nd, and that’s all the scoring for the day. It’s Buck’s 2nd WS loss.

15th  In game 7 on a cold day in Boston, the Giants catch up with Joe Wood’s smoke, teeing off for 6 runs on 7 hits before the 32,694 fans have settled down. Jeff Tesreau wobbles to an 11–4 win and the Series is tied at 3 all. The only Boston bright spot is Tris Speaker’s unassisted double play in the 9th, the only one by an outfielder in WS play. Before the game, Red Sox management release the Royal Rooters’ block of tickets to the general public, and when the Rooters march on to the field shortly before game time, they find “their” seats taken. The Rooters refuse to leave the field and the club resorts to using mounted policemen to herd them behind the left-field bleacher rail or out of the park. When the Red Sox win the coin flip after today’s game to determine the site for the deciding match, the upset Royal Rooter boycott the finale, lowering the attendance.

The Browns take game 1 of the St. Louis City series, 3–1 from the Cards. The Cardinals will win the series, 4 games to 3.

16th  In the Series finale, Mathewson squares off against Hugh Bedient in quest of his first win of the Series. He takes a 1–0 lead into the 7th, but with one out, Boston manager Jake Stahl hits a pop-up to short LF. The ball drops among Art Fletcher, Josh Devore, and Fred Snodgrass. Heinie Wagner walks, and with 2 outs, pinch hitter Olaf Henriksen doubles home the tying run. Smoky Joe Wood relieves Bedient, and the 2 aces match zeroes until “Red” Murray doubles and Merkle singles in the 10th to give New York a 2–1 lead. In the last of the 10th, pinch hitter Clyde Engle lifts a can of corn to CF Snodgrass, who drops the ball. Snodgrass then makes a great catch of a long drive by Harry Hooper. Steve Yerkes walks, bringing up Tris Speaker, who pops a high foul along the 1B line. C Chief Meyers chases it, but it drops a few feet from 1B Merkle, who could have taken it easily. Reprieved, Speaker then singles in the tying run and sends Yerkes to 3B. After Duffy Lewis is walked intentionally, 3B Larry Gardner hits a long sac fly to a retreating Devore that scores Yerkes with the winning run. This World Series was the most butterfingered in history, with thirty-one errors recorded, seventeen for The Giants. As noted by Bob Timmermann, in the game writeup in the New York Times, the paper refers to the World Series as starting in 1884, not 1903. The Red Sox earn $4,024.68 each; the Giants’ share is $2,566.47 each.

17th  Phils owner Horace Fogel will be tried by the NL directors for his charges against Cardinals manager Roger Bresnahan and the NL umps, specifically William Brennan, giving aid to the Giants. Fogel made statements at the Philadelphia ball park in front of reporters that Bresnahan used subs to give the Giants an advantage. In November he is found guilty on 5 counts and barred from the NL forever. Bresnahan will be released by St. Louis next week with 4 years remaining on his contract.

18th In the rubber match of the 7-game Windy City series, the White Sox score 3 runs in the 1st two innings and all their runs in the 1st 5 innings to win, 16–0. The game was so bad that Cubs manager Chance left after 5 innings. The Sox tied the first 2 games, then lost the next three games of the series. Ed Walsh shuts out the Cubs, allowing no hits after the 5th and pitching 42 innings against the Cubs in 10 days. Sox catcher Ray Schalk later tells Lloyd Lewis this was the greatest game he ever caught.

24th  The Cubs name Johnny Evers to manage the team in 1913. Between 1912 and 1916, each member of the Tinker-Evers-Chance infield will manage the team.