1916 October

1st  Hal Chase, with a lock on the NL batting title, is honored before the Reds–Pirates game in a ceremony featuring actress May Buckley. Chase then collects two hits in the Reds 4–0 win to finish the season at .339, outdistancing runner-up Jake Daubert. A month ago, Prince Hal was at .307, while Jake was leading the league at .325. With today’s win the Reds tie the Cards for 7thplace.

At Weeghman Park, the Cubs use three homers to help beat the Cardinals, 6-3. The loss is the 14th in a row for the Birds and mercifully ends their season. They will start next season with two losses before winning four in a row.

In a 6–3 win over Detroit, the Browns steal 8 bases to total 234 steals, an AL record until the Oakland A’s swipe 341, in 1976. Sisler and Shotton have 3 apiece. Detroit adds 7 steals, 2 by Cobb, of its own for a combined 15 steals, tying the AL record for 2 clubs that New York set by themselves on Sept 28, 1911. In his 153rd game, Tiger 3B Ossie Vitt raises his season total chances to 615, a mark that will stand for 21 years.

2nd  Grover Cleveland Alexander 3-hits the 3rd-place Braves for a 2–0 Philley win, his 33rd, and his record 16th shutout. He has thrown 28 shutouts in the last two seasons. But Boston takes the nitecap, 4-1, when Milt Stock, Bancroft’s replacement at short, makes a costly error.

After Three Fingered Brown (18-8) stops host Pittsburgh, 8-5, in the opener—and also going 4-for-4, the Whales take game 2 over the Rebels in 11 innings, winning, 6-3. The sweep vaults the Whales from third place to first, with the Rebels and St. Louis Terriers tied for second, a half game back. Chicago and Pittsburgh will split tomorrow with the Whales topping the FL by a percentage point over St. Louis.

At Redland Field, the Cubs and Reds split a pair, with Chicago taking the opener, 5-3, in 12 innings, and Cincy winning 3-0, in 6 innings. Pete Standridge (4-1), called the inventor of the fork ball by The Sporting Life, is the winner in 9 innings of relief in his final ML appearance.

3rd Brooklyn tops the Giants 8–6 and clinches the pennant. A disgusted McGraw leaves the bench in the 5th inning, convinced his players aren’t trying against the Robins, who feature many ex-Giants on the roster. The Pittsburgh Post calls it “one of the bushiest games ever staged in the big leagues” (as noted by Greg Beston). Among the many questionable plays happens Giant pitcher Pol Perritt pitches from a windup with a runner on first base, giving a Brooklyn runner an easy steal. “I do not believe that any of my players deliberately favored Brooklyn, but they did not play my kind of baseball,” says McGraw after the game. “They did not obey my orders. . . . I’m through with baseball for the year. I have worked too hard this summer to tolerate that stuff.”

In what was supposed to be a tuneup for the World Series, the Red Sox drop a pair to the lowly A’s losing 5-3 and 7-5 at Braves Field. Carl Mays and Babe Ruth absorb the losses, each going 5 innings. The A’s pull themselves up to a 36-117 season.

Meanwhile, the Phils drop a doubleheader to the Braves at home, 6–3 and 6–1, to drop 2 ½ games behind with two games to play.

5th  With the Braves ahead 4–1 in the 8th inning, Phils manager Pat Moran puts pudgy Billy Maharg in as a pinch hitter. Maharg grounds out and then plays LF before returning to his real duties as chauffeur for Phils C Bill Killefer. Maharg also appeared in 2 innings as a replacement Tiger in 1912. He’ll make his next appearance when his name is linked to the Black Sox scandal.

7th  Despite a 4-run Brooklyn rally in the 9th, the Red Sox defeat Rube Marquard 6–5 to win game 1 of the WS at Braves Field. Ernie Shore gets the win, Carl Mays a save. The Sox turn 4 double plays, including a spectacular 9-2 where Harry Hooper makes the catch from a sitting position and quickly gets up to throw out Zack Wheat at the plate.

9th  After a Sunday off, Babe Ruth outpitches Sherry Smith to win game 2 of the WS 2–1 in 14 innings. Both starters go the distance with Smith allowing 7 hits, Ruth giving up 6. According to the Boston Traveler, each starter throws 148 pitches as the two teams set a record (since tied) for the longest game in WS history. Ruth allows one run in the first, a homer by CF Hy Myers that skips by Harry Hooper. It is only homer off Ruth this year. Only two Robins reach base after the 8th, one on a walk and another on an error. This is the start of 29 2⁄3 scoreless World Series innings pitched by Ruth. When Ruth is finished, he will have an World Series ERA of 0.87; Sherry Smith will be right behind him at 0.89, to rank second and third this century for pitchers with 30 innings or more.

10th  In game 3, Larry Gardener’s 7th inning HR over the RF fence at Brooklyn brings the Sox within a run 4–3, but Jeff Pfeffer, in relief of Jack Coombs, shuts them down. Carl Mays takes the loss. Charlie Ebbets becomes the first owner to raise the price of WS grandstand seats to $5—up from $3.

11th  Rube Marquard, Larry Cheney, and Nap Rucker yield 10 hits as the Red Sox win game 4 easily 6–2. The Brooklyn Robins score twice in the first, but Larry Gardner’s 2nd HR, an inside-the-park blast, scores 3 in the 2nd and puts Boston ahead to stay. Dutch Leonard holds his foes to 5 hits. Rucker’s 2 innings are the last in the majors for the vet: he hangs up his spikes with a 134-134 record, all with Brooklyn.

12th  Boston’s 4–1 win in game 5 ends the Series. The Red Sox had 22 shares of $3,826. The Dodgers, less generous, $2,834. Red Sox manager Bill “Rough” Carrigan, who announced late in the season that he would be quitting, says good-bye to each of his players. Carrigan will return to manage the Red Sox in 1927, but his teams will finish last for three seasons. Jack Barry will take over as manager for the 1917 season.

16th  Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets rewards manager Wilbert Robinson with a $5,000 bonus for a job well done.