1903 September

2nd Mathewson walks 3 Superbas in the first inning and all score as Brooklyn beats their cross-town rivals, 4–1. Bill Reidy allows no Giants to score until the 9th.

The Chicago Cubs sign veteran Jack McCarthy, released 4 days ago by Cleveland. McCarthy played for Chicago and had one of his best seasons.

3rd  Cleveland P Jesse Stovall hurls an 11-inning shutout in his first ML start, defeating Detroit 1–0. It is the longest shutout ever in a pitching debut. For the first time this year, Detroit is shutout without Bill Donovan on the mound. George Mullin is the hard luck loser and will lose his next start by the same score.

Boston (AL) beats the A’s, 6–5, in 12 innings as Cy Young earns his 25th win of the year.

On the heels of a string of rain-outs, Hudson sweeps Poughkeepsie (Class-C Hudson River League) in the 20th century’s only quadruple header, winning by scores of 2-1, 6-4, 3-1 and 4-2. [As pointed out by several historians including Bill Deane, there was one in 1889] Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers is a member of the Poughkeepsie team in that 1903 through 1905.

5th In a game stopped by rain after 5 innings, Christy Mathewson beats Brooklyn’s Bill Reidy, 3–1, allowing just one hit and striking out 5. The only Superbas score comes in the 4th when RF George Browne makes two errors.

At Boston, the Americans trounce the Athletics, 12–1 in 8 innings. Patsy Dougherty leads the way with 3 triples and two singles.

6th In Chicago, Doc White spins a 10-inning one-hitter to give the White Stockings a 1–0 victory over Cleveland. Bill Bradley breaks up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 9th. Billy Sullivan, with 2 of the 3 hits against Martin Glendon, reaches on an error in the 10th and comes around to score the winning run.

In Chicago, the Pirates beats the Colts, 5–1, then catch a 5:30 train for Pittsburgh. Menefee and Smith serve as umpires. President Pulliam sends 2 umps—O’Day and Moran—to officiate the Boston –Phillies game in Providence, but leaves the Chicago game to the players.

7th The Giants and Superbas split an odd a.m. – p.m. doubleheader, with Brooklyn losing the first game at home, 6–4, then dropping the afternoon game at the Polo Grounds, 3–0. The morning contest almost degenerates into a brawl when batter Jimmy Sheckard interferes with a throw to 2B by Giants catcher Frank Bowerman by sticking his bat in front of it. The ball deflects off the bat but umpire Tim Hurst refuses to call interference. While the runner circles the bases, the Giants ignore the ball and heatedly berate the ump’s call. While no interference is called, Sheckard is tossed out of the game.

8th New York’s Christy Mathewson and Brooklyn’s Bill Reidy hook up for the 3rd time in a week, and the rubber game ends in a tie, 4–4. The match is called by ump Tim Hurst after 8 innings because of darkness.

10th  The Giants sweep a pair in Philadelphia, winning 5–3 and 3–1. Dan McGann has a grand slam in the opener.

11th  The Cardinals Kid Nichols beats the Reds 4–2 in the first of two games. Encouraged, Nichols pitches the nitecap as well, but the Reds reach him for 14 hits to win 8–5. As manager, Nichols keeps himself in the game rather than waste another pitcher.

A new National Agreement signed by the National Association of minor league clubs officially organizes professional baseball under one comprehensive set of rules.

12th In St. Louis, Roger Bresnahan’s 10th inning sacrifice fly scores Jack Warner with the game winner, as New York wins 4–3. Despite giving up 12 hits, Mathewson is the winner over Jim Hackett.

Boston’s Tom Hughes defeats the Highlanders, 10–1, for his 20thwin of the year.

14th  The Giants take the opener, 8–2, of a doubleheader in St. Louis. In the nitecap, Giants rookie Red Ames begins his 17-year career with a 5-inning 5–0 no-hitter, striking out 7 Cards. The game is called in mid afternoon due to darkness caused by an impending storm.

15th In Cincinnati, the Reds knock out Mathewson after 5 innings and beat the Giants, 8–0.

16th The Boston Americans whip Cleveland, scoring in each of the 8 innings in which they bat to win, 14–7. Boston collects 23 hits to Cleveland’s 12.

17th  The Boston Americans clinch the AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14–3, but their record of scoring in 17 consecutive innings is stopped in the 7th inning. George Winter coasts to a win today, helped by homers from Hobe Ferriss and Jimmy Collins.

18th  In the absence of official sanction, the presidents of the pennant-winning clubs sign an agreement to meet in a best-of-9 series for the championship. The Pirates clinch the pennant tomorrow.

The Cubs beat the Phils, 6–5, in the first game of a twinbill. In the second game, Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago 10–0 for the Phils. Peaches Graham, normally a catcher, is the loser in his only major league decision, while Fraser K’s 5 and walks 4.

Christy Mathewson relieves Dummy Taylor with the score knotted at 5-5 in the 7th. The Giants then push across 2 runs off Jack Sutthoff and Matty wins his 29th of the year.

Bill Dinneen wins his 20th as Boston defeats Cleveland, 7–6.

19th Jake Weimer picks up his 21st victory, allowing just 4 New York hits in beating the Giants, 3-0. Mathewson allows just 4 hits as well, but 4 walks and 2 errors helped him to lose his 13th. The Cubs are a game behind the Giants.

It’s a long time between wins—13 years. After losing game 1 to Cincinnati, 17–7, the Phillies come back to win game 2, 10–4, behind John McFetridge (1–10). The win breaks his 10-game losing streak and is his first since he won his only appearance for the Phils in 1890. McFetridge has one more loss to go in this his final year.

Cleveland’s Ed Killian loses to the Red Sox when he gives up a homerun to Freddy Parent. Killian will pitch 1001 innings before serving up another roundtripper, to Socks Seybold, on August 7, 1907.

In Pittsburgh’s split with Brooklyn, the Pirates Otto Krueger is hit in head by Bill Reidy pitch and hospitalized for a week. Pittsburgh wins game 1 by a 12–10 score, then loses 8–2.

20th  In front of a packed house of 25,000+, the Cubs miss taking over second place from the Giants by losing to New York, 6–2. Jack Taylor loses to Joe McGinnity, with umpire Emslie getting blamed for “frequent and inexcusable blunders” (The Chicago Inter Ocean). Pittsburgh leads by 9 games.

21st Christy Mathewson, pitching for the 3rd time in 4 games, keeps the Giants in 2nd place by beating Chicago’s Clarence Currie, 8–3. For Matty, it is 30th win of the year, the first of three successive 30-win seasons.

In Cincinnati, the Reds make 14 errors in a twinbill with the Phils, losing 11–2 and 14–13. The second game is called after 6 innings.

In Boston, the Americans edge the White Sox, 4-3, when Buck Freeman lines an inside-the-park homer in the 12th inning.

Brooklyn sweeps a pair from Pittsburgh, winning 9–4 and 7-3. Pitt pitcher Lave Winham helps with 4 errors in game 1. This ties the NL record set in 1900, and no pitcher in the NL has done it since.

22nd The last-place Cardinals start local college pitcher Harry Betts against Boston, but he gives up 11 hits and walks 5, while losing 10–1. Betts’ next and last appearance in the majors will be in 1913 with the Reds.

In Cincinnati, Reds OF Mike Donlin hits 4 consecutive triples in a doubleheader split with the Phillies. Donlin’s first triple comes in his last at bat in the opener, a 12–7 loss, and three more triples in the nitecap 8–1 win. Donlin is 6-for-7 on the afternoon.

Catcher Fritz Buelow hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam, to help the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the A’s.

Pittsburgh’s 16-game winner Ed Doheny, still suffering from bouts of paranoia, leaves the team and is escorted home to Massachusetts by his brother. During the World Series, Doheny will be committed to the Danvers Insane Asylum after knocking his male nurse unconscious. At the age of 26, his major league career is over.

24th  In a 12-2 win over Washington, Bill Bradley of Cleveland hits for the cycle and adds an extra double for 12 total bases.

At New York, the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns, winning 6–2 and 8–6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (as noted by Peter Morris). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th, and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson’s grounder loads the bases. With Bobby Wallace hitting, Anderson inexplicably takes off for 2nd base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to 1B, a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a “John Anderson play.” Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that “I got too far off first base and couldn’t get back.” To which his manager McAleer responds, “Tell me, you big bum, where did you think you were going?” After the game Clark Griffith brings up the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price had gone down. “Give me an old bat bag or anything,” says McAleer, “and take the big stiff.” Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.

26th  In a doubleheader split with the Highlanders, Detroit’s switch hitting Billy Lush lashes 3 triples in the game 1 victory, 13-8. New York takes game 2, 5-1.

27th  In a battle of bottom dwellers in St. Louis, the Phillies and the Cardinals split a pair, with the Phils taking the opener, 6-3, and the Cardinals, 5-3. It is the last appearance for Phils pitcher Jack McFetridge who finishes the season 1-11. McFetridge had a 1-0 record in 1890, then appeared in 14 games for Philadelphia this year, a gap of 13 years.

28th Deciding to end the season a day early and make it a doubleheader, Boston (AL) tops St. Louis 8-7 and 6–0 for their 20thshutout of the year. Bill Dinneen wins his 21st, applying the calcimine for his sixth shutout.

Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss announces that, despite rumors to the contrary, the Pittsburgh- Boston world’s championship will be played as scheduled. A party of Pittsburgh fans will leave for Boston on the 28th.

30th The seasonal contracts for Boston players expire and owner Killilea offers a two week extension to cover the World Series. This offer is later increased to head off a players’ strike.