1905 September

1st At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson allows 3 hits, strikes out 9 and allows no earned runs as New York whips the Phillies, 4–1.

Hillerich & Bradsby signs a contract with Honus Wagner to produce the first autographed model bat.

2nd In Cleveland, White Sox infielder Gus Dundon is severely injured during pregame practice when he is hit by a flying bat from Lee Tannehill. Dundon has his jaw broken and several teeth are knocked out. Dundon is hitting just .193 this year. The Sox beat Cleveland, 6-3.

3rd Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe and Chicago’s Bob Wicker hook up in an 10-inning scoreless duel, each allowing just 3 hits, before Chicago pushes across a run to win. In the nitecap, Lefty Leifield makes his ML debut and fires a 1–0 win over Chicago in a game stopped after 6 innings.

4th In a rain-delayed doubleheader, the Giants trip the Phillies twice, 7–1 and 11–6. The opener doesn’t start till 3:00 p.m. but Joe McGinnity wins easily. Mathewson wins his 25th in the nitecap, despite spotting the Phils 5 runs in the 2nd inning. The Phillies match the gift in the 5th and 7th innings.

5th  When Boston beats the Athletics 3–2 in 13 innings, they score the first runs off Rube Waddell in 44 innings. Waddell strikes out 17.

6th  After 6th-place Detroit beats the White Sox 4 times in 2 days, Chicago turns the tables by whitewashing the Tigers twice today. The Sox win the opener, 2–0, behind Doc White, then spitballer Frank “Piano Mover” Smith, who threw two one-hitters earlier in the year, tosses a 15–0 no-hitter in the 2nd game. This is the most lopsided no-hitter in history and also the second time that the Sox have no-hit the Tigers: Jimmy “Nixey” Callahan accomplishing the feat in 1902. Callahan plays LF and bats cleanup in today’s gem, collecting 2 hits as the Sox score 8 runs in the 1st. The two wins today keep the Sox 4 games in back of the leading A’s.

7th The Beaneaters and Giants trade shutouts, with Boston beating Joe McGinnity in the opener, 1–0, and Christy Mathewson returning the favor, 3–0 in the nitecap. The game is scoreless until New York scores a run in the 7th off Vic Willis.

8th  Pittsburgh tallies 15 hits and 8 walks against the Reds, but the Pirates leave a still-standing NL record 18 runners left on base. The Reds win, 8–3, behind Charley Chech, who allows 15 hits and 8 walks.

At Boston, Rube Waddell beats Cy Young again, 5-3, and the A’s maintain their 3 ½ game lead in the AL. But on the way back to Philadelphia after the game, the team changes trains in Providence and Waddell and teammate Andy Coakley engage in a friendly scuffle over a straw hat. Waddell falls and injures his shoulder and his season is over except for two short appearances on the last two days. He will not appear in the World Series and Connie Mack believes Rube’s effectiveness is impaired.

11th The Highlanders sell workhorse pitcher Jack Powell (8-13) to the Browns. Powell won 23 games in 1904, pitching 390 1/3 innings.

After losing game 1 by a 6-3 score, the Washington Senators roll to a 14–0 score over Boston in a game 2 win, setting a club record for runs in a shutout that will be tied but never topped. The game ends after 7 innings, with darkness, not the mercy rule, as the reason. Freddy Parent has the lone hit in the shutout by Cy Falkenberg.

12th Pittsburgh takes the first of two, winning 8-2 behind Mike McFarland. Cards pitcher Jack Taylor allows just three Pirate hits—all by Honus Wagner—and teammate Harry Arndt swipes home in the bottom of the 9th with two outs to give St. Louis a 2–1 victory in game 2. Wagner will spoil two more no hitters by collecting the only hits: against Art Fromme on May 27, 1911 and facing Phil Douglas on October 2, 1914.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Brooklyn split a twinbill. Mathewson wins the opener, 3–2, when Bill Dahlen singles home the winner in the 9th. The 2nd game is called after 7 innings with Brooklyn leading, 8–5.

13th Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers engage in a fist fight on the field during an exhibition game in Washington, IN, because Evers took a taxi to the park, leaving his teammates in the hotel lobby. Allegedly, this is the incident that will cause the pair to not speak to each other ever again. Years later Evers will point to a hard throw from 10 feet away that bent his finger in 1907. When he complained to Tinker, he laughed, according to Evers.

The A’s Eddie Plank outduels Boston’s Jesse Tannehill to post his third 1–0 victory of the year.

14th  In Detroit’s 6–0 win, pitcher Bill Donovan swipes home in the 4th inning.

16th  The Highlanders find themselves a little short on infielders so RF Willie Keeler, who is lefthanded, plays 2B in both games against visiting Washington. The talented Keeler played two games at shortstop for New York in 1893. New York splits, winning, 5–2, and losing, 3–0.

At Boston, the leading Giants sweep two from the Beaneaters, winning, 3–1 and 7–1. In the opener, Mathewson wins his 10thstraight, beating Irv Young, who allows just 3 hits. Boston notches 8 off Matty.

Former pitcher and former manager Nixey Callahan swipes 4 bases to pace the White Stockings to a 12–2 win over the St. Louis Browns. He’s the 2nd Chicago player to swipe 4 bases in a game this year: George Davis did it on June 14.

18th  Nearly fifty years before Eddie Gaedel makes his appearance, midget Jerry Sullivan pinchhits in an Eastern League game for Buffalo. Bison manager George Stallings, who met Sullivan, a vaudeville performer, in their Baltimore hotel the night before, invites him out to the game against Baltimore. He even provides a small uniform. Sullivan takes pre-game practice and coaches at 3B for two innings, as Baltimore takes a 10–2 lead into the 9th inning. After C Frank McManus singles for Buffalo, Sullivan goes in as a pinch hitter. Fred Burchell’s first pitch is high and his second is a lob that the diminutive Sullivan loops for a single. Jake Gettman then singles and Burchell fires a wild pitch advancing both runners. Frank LaPorte singles and Sullivan scores on a crowd-pleasing head first slide. The final is 10–6, and Sullivan ends his pro career hitting 1.000.

19th  At Philadelphia, the Phils stop the Giants, 3–2, then manage just 2 hits in losing 2–1 to Christy Mathewson. For Matty, it is his 11th straight win.

20th  Cleveland makes 7 errors in the 8th inning, a major-league record for an inning, giving the White Sox 8 runs and a 9–6 victory.

Chicago President Charles Comiskey orders a houseboat built for the express purpose of transporting and housing the team during spring training.

Boston Beaneater lefty Irv Young beats Brooklyn, 6–5, for his 20thwin. He’ll lose his 20th in 10 days.

22nd   At Cincinnati, the Reds smack Brooklyn spitballer Elmer Stricklett, winning 11–1.

23rd  Detroit rookie Ty Cobb, 18, hits his first HR, off Cy Falkenberg, an inside-the-park blow, in an 8–5 loss at Washington.

In Chicago, Mathewson and Carl Lundgren hook up in a tight pitchers’ duel, decided in Chicago’s favor on a mental error by Giants SS Bill Dahlen. With two on and two out in the 5th inning, Dahlen bobbles a grounder and touches 2B as the runner arrives. Dahlen, thinking that he has the 3rd out, rolls the ball to the mound. But ump Bob Emslie calls the runner safe. Johnny Evers the runner on 3B, alertly scores on the play for the game’s only run. The loss stops Matty’s win streak at 11 games.

24th In his first two at bats, Cy Seymour lines two inside-the-park home runs to pace the Reds to an 8–3 win over visiting Brooklyn. The Reds win game 2 by an 8–7 score. Seymour will finish the season with a NL-high .377 average, and lead the league in hits (219), doubles (40), triples (21), total bases (325), SA (.559) and RBI (121). He’ll be 2nd in homers to teammate Odwell.

25th After losing 3 in Chicago, the Giants open a critical series in Pittsburgh by winning, 10–4 behind Mathewson’s 30th victory. The Giants score 5 runs in the 1st inning on just one hit. Deacon Phillippe hits a record-tying 3 batters in the frame and Honus Wagner adds a throwing error. New York now leads by 6 ½ games.

The New York Highlanders outslug the visiting St. Louis Browns to win, 13-10, as the Browns’ sloppy play gives the hosts 9 runs in the 1st and 2nd. Losing pitcher Cy Morgan makes 3 of the 7 Brownie errors. George Stone makes it close with a 3-run inside-the-park homerun in the 8th inning off Al Orth, Stone’s 4th IPHR against New York in 1905, all in Gotham. His 4 homers by a visiting rookie sets a New York record that won’t be topped until 2017. Stone will lead the AL in total bases this year with 260 (one record book has 259, another 261), the lowest total ever for a leader in the AL. Honus Wagner will set the record for the NL next year.

26th  Chicago White Sox P Ed Walsh hurls two complete-game victories over Boston, winning by scores of 10–5 and 3–1. When Doc White leaves the first game after giving up a single to Freddy Parent in the first inning (Doc says the wind was blowing and his curve ball would not break), Walsh comes in without warming up. He gives up 5 runs in the first, then blanks Boston the rest of the way to win. The second match goes 8 innings before darkness falls. The Sox score a pair in the 8th.

At Philadelphia, A’s starter Andy Coakley pitches 7 innings and is behind 4–2 against the Tigers when he departs. The A’s knot the score up with runs in the 7th and 8th, and reliever Jimmy Dygert tosses the last three innings. When Tigers score 2 in the 10th to win, the scorer pins the loss on Coakley for pitching badly [later revisions will give the loss to Dygert, and Coakley’s record of 20–7 will be the AL’s best winning percentage].

The Giants top the Pirates, 9–5, with the help of 8 walks and a hit by pitch in six innings by usually steady Mike Lynch. Red Ames goes six innings to pick up the win, and Mathewson tosses the last 3 innings of shutout ball.

In a twinbill split with Cleveland, Washington’s Joe Stanley hits his second and last career homer and like his first, it’s a grand slam inside-the-park. He did it with the Boston Nationals in 1903 making him the first player to slam in both the NL and AL. Washington loses game 1, 2–0, then wins, 13–6.

27th  Boston’s Bill Dinneen, who had not thrown this month because of a sore arm, pitches the 4th no-hitter of the season. The White Sox have 26 official at bats against him in the 2–0 Boston win, their first loss to Boston after 10 straight wins. Chicago gets revenge in the nitecap, whipping the Americans, 15–1. Dinneen’s no-hitter is the 2nd that Boston pitchers have thrown against the White Sox in successive years: it is the only time this century that that will occur. With the A’s losing yesterday to the Tigers, Chicago now heads for Philadelphia, trailing by 3 percentage points. The Boston Americans will play 11 twinbills this month, winning 2, losing 2, and splitting 7.

Washington’s Tom Hughes shuts out Cleveland, 6–0, his ML record 5th whitewash over the Naps this year. His mark will be tied twice in the NL, by Alexander in 1916 and Larry Jaster in 1966.

28th  In a game that helps decide the pennant, the A’s beat the White Sox 3–2, as LF Topsy Hartsell scores from 2nd base with the winning run in the 7th inning. Harry Davis’s RBI single to short left hits Hartsell’s own mitt, which the left fielder had left in the outfield at the end of the inning, providing just enough delay that Topsy scores.

29th In St. Louis, the Giants sweep two from the Cardinals, winning 6–5 and 5–1. Trailing 4–1 to Mathewson in the 9th the Cards knot the opener when Danny Shay belts a bases-loaded triple to send the game to extra innings. New York scores 2 in the 11th to win, 6–5. Shay will miss next season because of an amputated finger and his comeback in 1907 with the Giants will be short lived.

In Philadelphia, the A’s beat the White Sox for the second day in a row, winning 11-1 behind Chief Bender. The Sox use 3 pitchers, with the A’s collecting 7 runs off Ed Walsh, the second pitcher. Only once before has an opponent scored 10 runs or more on the Sox this year.

30th  The Athletics lose today, 4–3, but take 2 of 3 from Chicago at home to all but end the White Sox’ pennant hopes. The final margin is 2 games. The series draws 64,620, a ML record, with thousands more turned away each day.

In a doubleheader split with Cleveland, the host New York Highlanders lose both shortstop Kid Elberfeld and CF Dave Fultz when the two collide chasing a fly ball off the bat of Bill Bradley. Both are knocked unconscious. Elberfeld is eventually helped from the field suffering from a broken nose and cuts above the eye, but he is done for this season. Fultz’s injuries are more severe. He is carried to the clubhouse and does not regain consciousness for two hours, awakening in Washington Heights Hospital with a broken jaw and other lacerations. This is the last game for the former Brown University football and baseball star, who played 129 games this year, never once playing on Sunday. His 44 steals are second in the AL to, who the A’s and Connie Mack will trade to the Highlanders next April for the rights to Fultz.