September 1901

2nd Detroit sweeps a Labor Day doubleheader from Washington, picking up an AL record 21 infield assists in a game 2, 7-4 victory. This is still the AL record. SS Kid Elberfeld has 12 assists to back up rookie Roscoe Miller. The Tigers take game 1, 5-2.

3rd  Baltimore P Joe McGinnity hurls two complete games against Milwaukee, winning 10–0 and losing 6–1. The Brewers manage 15 hits on the afternoon off McGinnity, who will set a 20th-century record for most hits allowed during a season (401).

Jack Doyle collects five hits as the Colts drub the Giants, 10–4, putting New York in last place. New York will next play first-place Pittsburgh, hosting the Pirates in three straight doubleheaders. Pittsburgh will win all 6, scoring not less than 10 runs in each game. Not until the year 2000, when the Mariners lose 7 straight from August 13-20, all by 9 or more runs, will a team allow 9+ runs in 7 straight games.

Cleveland rookie Bill Cristall debuts with a 4–0 gem over Boston, a first in the fledgling AL. Cristall allows 5 hits in the game 2 win. Teammate Earl Moore shuts out faltering Boston on 2 hits in the opener to win, 1–0, over Ted Lewis. Little-used Ed Scott homers in his final ML at bat in game 2.

4th Pitching for Dayton (Western Assoc) Clarence Wright hurls his second consecutive no-hitter, beating Grand Rapids, 2-0. On September 1, Wright beat Columbus, 9-0, allowing no hits.

5th In the first of two in Detroit, Tiger ace Roscoe Miller puts on a disgraceful exhibition against the A’s. lobbing the ball in, grinning as the A’s batters hit it, and throwing a bunt into the stands to allow 3 runs to score. Miller settles down in the last 3 innings, allowing only a single, but the Tigers lose, 11–9. His performance is explained by writers in that he is in one of his sulks. The A’s light up rookie Yip Owen in game 2 to win, 9–3.

The first-place Pirates have an easy time in New York, beating the Giants, 15-1 and 15-7. Larry Hesterfer makes his only ML appearance in game 2, going the distance and allowing all 15 runs. Only 5 are earned. Hesterfer also makes one or two remarkable records (as noted by historian Bill Lamb). In his first at bat, with the bases loaded and none out, he hits a line drive that is speared by Honus Wagner and turned into a triple play. He is the only major leaguer to hit in a triple play in his first at bat and the only player to do so in his only game.

In Brooklyn, the Reds lose, 3-2, in 10 innings when George Magoon and Bill Fox make errors in the fading light. A peculiar play occurs in the 8th when a wild pitch bounds in the stands and back out again enabling Brooklyn catcher Duke Farrell to nab Harry Steinfeldt at the plate.

In the bottom of the 9th in Boston, Gene DeMontreville hits a two-out, three-run homer to give the Nationals a 6-5 win over St. Louis. Boston comes back from a five-run deficit after 7 innings. St. Louis is led by Jesse Burkett who has a single, triple and homerun. The St. Louis Post Dispatch notes of his 2nd inning homer, “Burkett hit one, stood still and watched it clear the left field fence and then trotted around the bases after Magee.”

In Chicago, the heads of seven minor leagues meet to set guidelines. Attending are Pat Powers (Eastern League), Tom Hickey (Western League), John Farrell (NY State League), Michael Saxton (Three-I League) William Myer, Jr. (Western Assoc), W. H. Lucas (Pacific NW League), and T.H. Murnane (New England League). Proxies of compliance are sent by 4 other leagues as well. The meeting sets roster sizes, fines, and a reserve clause. Importantly, it also establishes the league classifications of A, B, C and D.

6th  In Detroit, with the Tigers leading the A’s 8–0 in the 6th, word comes that President McKinley has been mortally wounded by an assassin and, at the request of the two managers, the game is called. Joe Yeager is the winner. He’ll finish the season at 12-11, his only winning year.

The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues is formed to help the minor leagues protect their interests.

7th The first-place White Sox dispose of slumping Boston by beating them, 4–1, in a Saturday game at South Side Park. Nixey Callahan, enjoying his switch from the North side to the South side, is the victor over Ted Lewis.

Thankful to be back in New York after losing 3 straight doubleheaders in Pittsburgh, the Giants play a solo 5–2 win over the Cardinals. Dummy Taylor is the winner.

8th  The Players Protective Association instructs members to sign one-year contracts only, and not recognize the reserve clause.

In a rare Sunday game (Sunday games are not outlawed in Chicago) before an estimated 20,000 fans, the largest AL crowd of the year, White Sox OF Dummy Hoy laces a 2-run single in the bottom of the 9th off Boston’s Cy Young to give Chicago a 4–3 win.

9th The White Sox sweep a doubleheader—and the 4-game series—with Boston by topping the Somersets, 4–3 and 6–4. The Sox rack up an AL record six triples in the opener, and will match it within a week. Boston’s Buck Freeman belts his 12th homer of the year. Chicago (75–46) now has a seven game lead over Boston (67–52).

10th  The 6th-place Chicago Orphans top Brooklyn, 4-1, as Topsy Hartzel ties a NL record for most putouts by a left fielder with 11. Dick Harley set the record in 1898 and it won’t be matched again in the 20th century by an NL left fielder.

12th  Baltimore’s Joe McGinnity hurls 2 more complete games, winning over Philadelphia 4–3 and losing 5–4. The O’s win the opener by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The A’s reach the tired McGinnity for 10 hits in the nitecap. Rube Waddell, in 1904, will be the next pitcher to start three straight games.

13th The Baltimore Orioles edge the A’s, 12–10. In the 9th, the A’s have the tying runs on base with 2 out when Connie Mack sends up pinch hitter Doc Powers to bat for Nap Lajoie, who was sulking and refused to hit. Powers flies out to end the game.

14th Boston’s Cy Young records his 30th win of the year, beating the visiting Washington Nationals, 12–1.

  1. A. Phelon, Jr., writing in today’s issue of Sporting Life reports: “Noiseless umpiring is to be attempted at the South Side park Monday [the 16th] afternoon. Impossible as this may seem at first hearing, it is to be attempted, and there are even bets that it will be a go. George W. Hancock, famed in Chicago as the man who invented indoor base ball, will be responsible for the success or failure of the scheme. The umpire is to wear a red sleeve on the right arm and a white one on the left. For a strike he will raise the right arm, for a ball the left; for an out he will hoist the right arm, for a ball [sic] the other. People at the far end of the park, unable to hear even that human buffalo, Sheridan, can see the colors, and there seems a good chance for the trick to make a hit.” There is no report that this was put into effect.

15th  In the 2nd of 2 games with Milwaukee, the White Stockings hit a ML record 5 triples in the 8th inning against Milwaukee. Their total of 6 (Hoy, McFarland, Shugart, Sullivan, Mertes, Hartman) in the game ties an AL record they set a week ago and will not duplicated until White Sox reach that number on September 17, 1920. Chicago wins 9–4 after taking the opener, 5–4, and hitting 4 triples. Chicago with 9 and Milwaukee with one will go into the ML record books for most triples by two teams in a doubleheader (10). In 2004-05 researchers will confirm that that the record is 12, set in a July 4, 1907 doubleheader by the Browns and Detroit.

It could’ve been worse. The Detroit Tigers roll over Cleveland behind Ed Siever with the most lopsided score in AL history: 21–0 (equaled on August 13, 1939). Cleveland pounds out 24 hits off rookie Jack Bracken as Pop Dillon leads the way with 4 hits. The game is mercifully called after 7 1⁄2 innings to allow Cleveland to catch a train. Bracken’s ERA is not helped by this outing and he will end this season, his only one in the majors, with a 6.21 mark, the highest in the Deadball Era.

19th  All games are canceled out of respect for the funeral of President William McKinley, who died September 14th from gunshot wounds.

20th The first-place Pirates run their record to 81-44 with a pair of wins over the Phillies. The Bucs win 10-1 and 7-2. Jesse Tannehill is the winning pitcher in game 1, helping out with a 2-run home run. Honus Wagner has a grand slam in game 2, against Doc White. The Phillies are now tied with Brooklyn for second place, 9.5 games back.

Boston sweeps a pair from Chicago, winning 3-1 and 7-0. Vic Willis tosses the shutout beating rookie Charlie Ferguson in his lone start and appearance as a player in the majors. He will resurface as an umpire a decade from now.

21st  Tom Hughes of Chicago and Boston Beaneater Bill Dinneen pitch 16 scoreless innings before the Colts’ Dexter scores in the 17th on an error, hit batter, force-out, and a single by Cupid “Pete” Childs, his fourth hit of the game. Each pitcher gives up 8 singles. This will stand as the longest shut out ever by a Cub pitcher. Hughes fans 13 in 17 frames. The 17 innings sets the ML record for the longest game [at 60’ 6”]. The record will be broken a number of times.

An AL record that still stands is set when Cleveland and Washington make 22 errors in a doubleheader, 16 by Cleveland. Washington wins both games, 18–7 and 11–3.

In Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits in beating the Reds, 5–1. It is Matty’s 20th win.

22nd The Reds Noodles Hahn shuts out the Giants, 13-0, in game one of a doubleheader at League Park. Fortunes change in the second game as John Ganzel hits a grand slam in the first inning off Archie Stimmel and New York rolls to a 10-2 victory.

23rd At League Park, Brooklyn ties their highest score ever (May 20, 1896) in blasting the Reds, 25–6. These are the most runs they will score this century. Jimmy Sheckard (2nd inning) and Joe Kelley (5th) both connect for grand slams off Archie Stimmel, with Kelley adding a 2nd homer. Jim Hughes collects 4 hits and a win while Tom Daly scores 5 runs. Starter Stimmel (4-14 for the season), who did not last long as the starter yesterday, gives up 18 runs in 5 innings. He’s now given up three grand slams in two games, a record he’d like to forget. Sam Crawford of the Reds triples in the 8th inning but pulls up lame at 3B, missing an inside-the-park homer. Brooklyn generously allows a courtesy runner, Heinie Peitz, to score a run for him. Crawford returns to finish the game (courtesy of Retrosheet). Brooklyn’s total of 16 runs in the 5th and 6th innings is a post-1900 NL record; the league record of 21 runs in consecutive innings was set in 1894 by Pittsburgh.

Doc McJames, who pitched for Brooklyn last year (5-6), dies after he falls out of a carriage in Charleston, SC. He was 28.

24th  Jimmy Sheckard becomes the first 20th-century player to hit grand slams in two consecutive games, as Brooklyn pounds Cincinnati 16–2. Sheckard connects off Bill Phillips in the 4th. Frank Kitson homers and takes the victory. The 41 runs in 2 games is a franchise record. Sheckard’s mark won’t be tied until 1937. He will finish the year with a .354 average, 104 RBIs and a .534 slugging percentage, tops in the NL.

25th The first-place Pirates jump on Christy Mathewson for 3 runs in the first inning on their way to a 10–5 win over the Giants. The Bucs tally 14 hits off Matty to whip the visiting Giants.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals Bill Richardson belts an inside-the-park homer in the 11th to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory over Boston.

At Boston, Cy Young wins his 33rd, beating the White Stockings, 5–2. Nixey Callahan takes the loss.

26th The Reds are glad to not be playing Brooklyn, and whip Boston, 7–2, behind Noodles Hahn. Bill Dinneen takes the loss, though he hits his lone ML career homer today.

At Baltimore, the Orioles pull off a triple play in the 9th inning against the Cleveland Blues and then score 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to win, 10-9.

27th Boston (AL) rookie George Wilson, purchased from Albany (NY State League) tops Milwaukee 7–2 in his first game. Next year he’ll play under the name George Prentiss.

Behind Deacon Phillippe, Pittsburgh defeats the Superbas, 5–4, to clinch the NL pennant. Except for a few hours on July 4, the Pirates have been in 1st place since June 15.

At Philadelphia, the A’s beat Cleveland, 14–6, behind Snake Wiltse. Nap Lajoie has 3 hits including his AL-leading 14th HR, off Bracken.

28th In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston rookie Jake Volz walks 9 Brewers, but still wins, 10–9, in a game called after 7 innings. Manager Jimmy Collins has 2 homers and Hobe Ferris wins the game with a 2-run triple in the bottom of the 7th. This is the season finale for Boston and it is the 3rd doubleheader in a row shortened because of darkness. Boston takes the opener, 8–5.

Detroit finishes its season with a 5-2 win over the Orioles in Baltimore, called after 7 innings. Rookie Roscoe Miller (23-13) is the winner, completing his still-standing AL-record 35 complete games. He finishes the year having thrown 332 innings, an American League rookie record for innings pitched. Scott Perry will match it in 1918. Miller will throw just 149 innings next year and 74 the year after and will not have another winning record.

29th  The AL season ends with the White Stockings in first place by 4 games over Boston. Jimmy Williams of the Baltimore Orioles leads the AL in triples, with 21, two years after leading the NL with 27. This feat will be topped by Sam Crawford in 1902–1903.

30th The visiting New York Giants drop a pair to the Cards, as McGraw uses position players on the mound. Heinie Smith, primarily a second baseman, makes his only career start in game one and completes a 12–4 loss to the Redbirds. He bats 7th and hits a HR. Jim “Sheriff” Jones also makes his only career start in the second match and loses, 6–5, in a game called in the 6th inning because of darkness. Jones bats 2nd in game 1 and plays RF, and bats leadoff in game 2 going 0-for-4 in each.