1st The AL’s longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16,000. Rookies Jack Coombs and 24-year-old Joe Harris go the route in a 24-inning struggle, ending with a 4–1 Athletics victory after 4 hours and 47 minutes. It sets the ML record, later broken, and is still the AL mark for two pitchers. Two singles and then Socks Seybold and Danny Murphy hit triples with two outs to end the contest. Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs faces 89 batters, striking out ML record 18 (broken in 1962) and giving up 14 hits, while the Americans’ Harris fans 14 and yields 16 hits. Harris drops his record to 2–21, and will start next year at 0–6 before exiting the majors for Providence, holding the distinctions of the worst winning percentage (.091 for a 3-30 record) and the fewest wins for any pitcher with 300 innings pitched. The 24 innings pitched will only be exceeded this century by the 26-inning battle on May 1, 1920 between Oeschger and Cadore. There won’t be a longer game in the AL until May 9, 1984.
Like a rented mule. The Highlanders win their 6th game in 3 days from Washington, sweeping their 3rd straight doubleheader, 5–4 and 5–3, for an AL record. Three days later, they will move into first place, sweeping Boston 7–0 and 1–0 for their 5th straight doubleheader sweep, a ML record.
With the regular umpires sick from food poisoning, Cub P Carl Lundgren and Cardinal C Pete Noonan are picked to umpire at the West Side Grounds. The Cubs, behind Mordecai Brown’s 5-hitter, win 8–1 for their 14th win in a row. The streak will end tomorrow, 5–2, with Lundgren again umpiring.
Tom Fisher, former NL pitcher, pitches a perfect game for Shreveport in a win over Montgomery. He strikes out 14.
2nd In Chicago, the Sox edge Cleveland, 2–1, but lose C Sullivan when he is hit on the thumb with a foul tip. The Sox will journey to Cleveland, losing a twinbill there tomorrow.
Ty Cobb is back in the Detroit lineup for the first time in 6 weeks. He has a single and a steal, but he misplays a Charley Hemphill fly ball into a home run, and the Tigers lose 1–0 to the Browns Barney Pelty. Rain stops the game after 7 innings.
In a crucial series for the Texas League pennant, Cleburne pitcher Walter “Hickory” Dickson twice blanks Ft. Worth, winning each game 2-0. He ties a league mark for shutout innings in one day’s play.
3rd The Philadelphia Giants win the Negro Championship Cup on Labor Day in Philadelphia before 10,000 fans, black baseball’s largest crowd ever. Rube Foster pitches them to a 3–2 victory over the Cuban X-Giants, who have John Henry Lloyd in the lineup.
At Philadelphia, Brooklyn shuts out the Phillies twice, winning 8-0 behind Doc Scanlan and 10-0 behind Harry McIntire.
Kid Elberfeld, the hot-headed Tabasco Kid, assaults umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in the first game of New York’s 4–3 win over the Athletics. In the 2nd game, New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with SS Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball, and 2 runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference, a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that, after 8 minutes of arguing, the umpire forfeits the game to New York. For New York, it is a ML record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days, and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his brawl with Silk.
The White Sox drop out of first place by losing a pair to the host Cleveland Naps, 10-3 and 4-3. The victor in the morning game is Otto Hess who gains his first win over Chicago after 11 starts in four years. The Sox lose Lee Tannehill in game two when he is hurt in a collision at 3B on an attempted double steal. He is sent back to Chicago and feared lost for the season. The p.m. game draws 13,000.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants flatten the Beaneaters twice, 4–0 and 3–2. Mathewson wins his 17th in the opener, beating a wild Jeff Pfeffer. Cy Seymour completes the scoring with a solo homer in the 8th inning. Hooks Wiltse, in relief of Red Ames, wins the nitecap.
At Detroit, St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 5-2 and 5-0. In game 2, Detroit 3B Bill Coughlin pulls off a hidden ball trick nabbing George Stone in the first inning.
4th The Highlanders win their 5th doubleheader in a row—a record—and their 5th in six days, as they tally a double shutout of Boston, 7–0 and 1–0. Their win streak will go through September 8 and will stretch to 15 victories, propelling New York to a 1 ½ game lead in the AL. Walter Clarkson and Al Orth are the winning pitchers today. It is the third doubleheader in two months that both New York pitchers have thrown shutouts.
6th At Washington Park, Christy Mathewson strikes out 14 Brooklyn batters to win 6–2. The Giants score 4 runs in the first on two errors and two walks by Harry McIntire.
At Chicago, Mordecai Brown, who threw a one-hitter at Pittsburgh on July 4th, does it again in beating Lefty Leifield, 2–0. The only hit is Tommy Sheehan’s 5th inning safety. The Tribunereports that Cubs prexy Murphy has sold a tenth interest in the team to manager Chance in appreciation for Chance breaking a late inning tie in a game against the Reds. Chance stole second and then stole home all the way from second base.
7th The Cubs continue to roll, beating Pittsburgh, 9–1. Ed Reulbach allows one hit in the win.
8th Brooklyn blanks the Giants in two games, winning 6–0 and 1–0 at Washington Park, as Mal Eason and Doc Scanlan throw the shutouts. It is the second doubleheader shutout that Doc has operated on in five days. All the NL games result in a shutout today.
Boston Nationals Irv Young acts like Cy, allowing just Sherry Magee’s safety in a 4–0, one-hitter against the Phillies. Magee will do it 3 more times before he’s finished.
10th At Chicago, the Tigers down the White Sox, 2–1. A potential Sox rally is stopped in the 9th when leadoff batter George Davis seemingly bunts safely but is called out by ump Billy Evans. Evans’ call is greeted with a shower of bottles.
11th In Boston, New York’s Christy Mathewson (19–9) shuts out the Beaneaters, 3–0, striking out 9. Today’s game is the last one in which John McGraw, playing 3B, appears in the lineup.
At New York, the Boston Americans take it on the chin, losing 11–3. Frank LaPorte hits an inside-the-park grand slam off Boston starter Ed Barry in the 6th and when the inning ends Boston second baseman Hobe Ferris punches teammate right fielder Jack Hayden for not pursuing the short fly ball more actively. After they are separated, Hayden goes to the bench and Ferriss runs after him and kicks him. Umpire Hank O’Loughlin ejects both of them, but Ferris refuses to go. Two policemen escort him to the clubhouse and he is arrested for assault (as noted by Clem Conly). Ferriss is suspended for the remainder of the season by Ban Johnson.
12th The White Sox drub the Browns, 13–5, to move to a game behind the Highlanders in the AL. Chicago scores 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Tomorrow’s match ends at 0–0 in 10 innings.
In the Washington-Philadelphia game, A’s rookie pitcher Mike Cunningham hits an RBI-single and is injured in a collision at 1B with Jake Stahl in the 4th inning (courtesy of Retrosheet). The injury dislocates his left, or non-pitching shoulder, which he had previously injured in a football game. A courtesy runner (pitcher Hack Schumann in his ML debut) is selected by Stahl (according to the Philadelphia Inquirer). But a gutsy Cunningham returns to the mound to finish the game, a 5–1 A’s victory.
13th At St. Louis, Chicago tops the Cardinals, 6–2, as Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown wins his 11th straight.
14th The Superbas sweep the Giants for the 2nd time in a week. Red Ames loses the opener for New York, 5–3, and Harry McIntire outpitches Mathewson for a 1–0 win in the nitecap.
15th The White Sox win their 4th straight from the Browns, 6-4, to move back into first place. New York splits with Washington.
16th Against the Pirates, the Cubs win their final home game, 5-1, extending their winning streak to 14 games. And ending the match with a muff. A 2-out grounder to Joe Tinker looks like the final out as he throws to Chance and the crowd surges to the field. But Chance drops the ball, grabs it late for the out, but sprints for the clubhouse with his team and fans following. Ump Conway throws up his hands and calls the game over.
17th Playing as “Sullivan,” at the suggestion of Connie Mack, Columbia University junior Eddie Collins makes his debut at SS with the Athletics. He gets one hit, a bunt single, off Ed Walsh and strikes out twice, as the White Sox win, 5–4. Collins will play 25 years in the ML, bat .333, and become a member of the Hall of Fame. Walsh strikes out 12 in the win, while loser Rube Waddell whiffs 11 in 11 innings.
The Giants roll over the Phillies’ rookie Walter Moser, 13–2 to make Mathewson’s 20th victory an easy one. Matty leaves after 7 innings with a 10–2 lead. Mike Donlin makes his first appearance for the Giants since breaking his leg in May, striking out in his only at-bat.
In a 7–2 loss to Boston at Detroit, pitcher George Mullin pinch hits for Ty Cobb, and triples. This is the 3rd time that Cobb has been pinch hit for (4-24, 5-30) this season, and each time the batter has hit safely.
18th In Boston, William Soden says, “The Boston National League club is still on the market. We have made no changes at all in our stand on the sale of the club. Our price is $75,000 cash. We would have made a deal with president Pulliam of the National League had we cared to make it.”
19th At Boston, Chicago clinches the NL pennant by topping the Beaneaters, 3–1, leaving the Giants 16 games back. Ed Reulbach is the winner. Reulbach will end the year with a 12-game winning streak.
20th The 2nd-place Giants split two in Pittsburgh, winning the opener 10–4 behind Joe McGinnity. In the 5-inning nitecap, called on account of darkness, the Pirates reach Mathewson for 7 hits to win, 3–2.
21st At Chicago, the White Sox lose a pair to New York before 20,000, their largest Friday afternoon crowd. Forty policemen are on hand to control the crowds. Hal Chase has 22 putouts at 1B in the first game, a 6–3 win, tying the ML record. New York takes game 2, 4–1, to move back into first place.
22nd With an ailing battery of Doc White and Sullivan, returning after a 3-week layoff due to an injured thumb, the White Sox thrash the Highlanders, 7–1, and move back into a tie for first place. Fielder Jones has 3 hits, including a triple and fence-clearing HR.
23rd St. Louis Browns twirlers Jack Powell and Harry Howell both throw shutouts against the Athletics, but only Powell comes away a winner, 5-0. Howell’s matchup with Jimmy Dygert is a 0-0 tie in 9 innings.
Before a Chicago crowd estimated at 25,000, Ed Walsh allows a first-inning run, and that is all the Highlanders Bill Hogg needs as he buffaloes the White Sox, 1–0, on 2 hits. A rain of bottles interrupts the game in the 8th as ump Silk O’Laughlin is the target of the fans’ wrath.
At Detroit, Big George Mullin starts and wins both ends of a doubleheader against Washington, as Detroit wins 5-3 and 4-3.
24th In the 2nd game of a DH, Cardinals hurler Stoney McGlynn tosses a 7-inning no-hitter against Brooklyn. The game ends in a 1–1 tie.
The Cubs pound the Giants twice to complete a 3 game sweep in New York. Chicago wins the opener 6–2, then jump on Mathewson for 16 hits and 10 runs to win, 10–5 in 8 innings. Jimmy Sheckard has 4 hits off Matty.
25th The Cubs Jack Pfiester allows just one hit—a 2-out 8th inning single by Bergen—in beating host Brooklyn, 1–0, in 10 innings. Elmer Stricklett, “the expert of the salvitory slings” (Chicago Tribune), matches scoreless innings until Schulte’s hits a 2-out double in the 10th and scores on Hofman’s single.
Cleveland beats the Athletics, 4-0, handing the Philadelphians their fourth consecutive shutout (one game ended in a tie). This ties the AL mark set last month by Boston. St. Louis will tie it in 1913.
With the Highlanders losing, 6-5, to Detroit, the White Sox take over sole possession of first place with a 3-2 win over Boston. Nick Altrock, who won yesterday, is the winner with 6 innings of relief today. Altrock has won 6 games since September 9th (9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 24th, 25th).
26th Rookie OF John Cameron of Boston, after one relief appearance, gets a starting assignment against the Cardinals. Leadoff batter Tom O’Hara beats out an infield single. Al Burch’s line drive hits Cameron in the head, and caroms back on a ﬂy to C Jack O’Neill, who throws to Fred Tenney at 1B, doubling off O’Hara. Cameron retires with one assist and a headache as Boston loses, 6–3. Cameron will play one more ML game, the finale on October 5.
In the 2nd shortened no-hitter in 3 days, Lefty Leifield of Pittsburgh hurls a 6-inning no-hitter against Philadelphia, winning 8–0. Pittsburgh wins by a shutout, 5–0, in the first game as well. Vic Willis is the victor.
The Athletics finally score after being shut out for a ML record 48 consecutive innings, dating back to 7 innings on the September 22nd. Harry Davis breaks the long drought with a 2-run double against Cleveland in the 6th, but the A’s still lose, 5–3. The 1968 Cubs will tie this record.
The White Sox beat visiting Boston, 2–0, to sweep the 3-game series. The Highlanders lose by the same score to Detroit, which sweeps its 3 game series, effectively dampening the Highlanders pennant hopes. They now trail by 2 games.
28th At New York, the Giants pepper Fred Beebe while Christy Mathewson coasts to an 8–1 lead. With the game in hand, Christy leaves after 8 innings, and his brother Henry Mathewson makes his ML debut. Henry allows an unearned run in the 9th and the Giants win, 8–2.
After losing and tying yesterday in Cleveland, the Highlands split today, winning 2–0 and losing, 2–1. Cleveland is just a game behind the Highlanders.
30th Boston American pitcher Floyd Kroh shuts out the Browns, 2–0, in his first ML start. He’ll win but one more game as a Sox pitcher, going 1-4 next year.