1st Cubs P Ed Reulbach, who will be 17–4 with a 1.69 ERA, goes into the 9th with a 2–0 lead over the Cardinals at Chicago. He gives up 8 straight hits, 7 runs, and loses the game. The nitecap is stopped after 7 innings. Still shell-shocked, the Cubs are shut out twice tomorrow by the last-place Cards, losing 6–0 and 9–0.
In the major league draft, the Brooklyn Superbas select Kaiser Wilhelm from Birmingham (Southern Association). Kaiser last season was with the Boston Beaneaters in 2005, when he posted a 3-23 record. He’ll lose 22 for Brooklyn next season.
2nd Detroit’s Ty Cobb has 3 steals in a 6–5 win in an a.m. game. Detroit loses the 2nd game, 4–2. Boston’s Cy Young coasts to his 20th win at New York, beating the Highlanders, 12–1. It’s his 2ndwin in 5 days over the New Yorkers.
Behind Art Fromme and Johnny Lush, the Cardinals twice shut out the Cubs, 6-0 and 9-0. Chicago still leads the NL by 16 games.
The Giants and Dodgers play a scoreless 12 innings on a wet ball field. Red Ames and George “Farmer” Bell are the pitchers. They play 2 tomorrow.
3rd The Giants and Superbas split a doubleheader. New York takes the opener, 2–0, behind Dummy Taylor, then Brooklyn takes the nitecap 1–0, in 7 innings, behind the 8-hit pitching of Jim Pastorius. The Superbas score on a single, two walks, and a wild pitch by Mathewson.
4th For his 32nd birthday tomorrow, Cleveland fans give manager Nap Lajoie a wagon load of gifts, including a live black sheep. The Naps then hand their captain another gift, a 6–5 win over Detroit.
5th Cleveland downs Detroit, 3-0, as Addie Joss fires a one-hitter. He’ll match it in three weeks.
6th At Baker Bowl, the Giants sweep the Phillies, winning 6–5 and 2–0. McGinnity relieves in the opener with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the 9th and retires the side to preserve Taylor’s win. Mathewson then beats Lew Moran in a 7-inning nitecap for his 20th win. Moran’s wild throw in the 3rd accounts for the scores.
Boston sweeps a pair from the Nationals, beating Washington in game 1, 9–2, behind Cy Young’s 21st and last win of the year. Game 2 is a 3-2 Boston victory.
7th In Boston, Walter Johnson tops the Red Sox and Cy Morgan, 1–0, for the first of his 38 career 1–0 wins. On the 12th, he will shut out the Highlanders 2–0. Washington takes the 2nd game, 4–1 to avenge yesterday’s Boston sweep.
9th Boston’s Cy Young and the A’s Rube Waddell battle to a 13-inning scoreless tie. Neither pitcher walks a batter.
New York’s Tex Neuer and Jack Chesbro both toss shutouts against the Washington Senators, winning 10-0 and 2-0
The Giants play their 5th doubleheader in a week, splitting shutouts with Boston. New York takes the opener, 10–0, then Irv Young outpitches Christy Mathewson, 1–0, in the 7-inning nitecap.
10th In a Bowler’s Day contest on an off day for the Reds in Cincinnati, a field day event draws long throwers from around the country, but none top Johnny Hatfield’s 19th Century mark set in 1872. Sheldon LeJeune of Springfield (Central L) wins the long toss with a throw of 399 ft., 10 ¾ inches. Art Hostetler of the St. Louis Cardinals is 2nd with a throw of 385’8”. The Bucs George Gibson wins the throwing to 2B competition. Jack Thoney of Toronto wins the ‘beating out a fair bunt’ competition in 3.15 seconds. Mike Mitchell of the Reds wins the fungo-hitting contest with 413 feet, 8 ½ inches. Harry McIntire is 2nd with 411’1”; Ed Walsh, with a travel day for the White Sox, is 3rd at 385 feet. Walter Clements of Jersey City circles the bases in 14.15 seconds.
At Boston, the Americans split a twinbill with the league-leading A’s, with Boston winning the opener, 5-0, behind Winter, and Philadelphia taking the second game, 3-0, behind Eddie Plank. The split leaves the A’s in first place by a game. A’s right fielder Socks Seybold has an unassisted double play in game 1, his second of the year, to set an AL record.
11th Chicago’s Doc White blanks the St. Louis Browns 2–0. However, his one base on balls ends his AL record run of 65 1⁄3 IP without issuing a walk. He will win a career-high 27 games and walk only 38 in 291 innings pitched.
12th Boston loses to the Athletics, 7–1, and though they’ll tie 6-6 tomorrow it is the start of a 16-game losing streak. Tris Speaker makes his ML debut going 0-for 2 against spitballer Jimmy Dygert. (TB erroneously has Speaker’s debut date as 9/14)
In a 2–0 win against the Yankees at Hilltop Park, Washington’s Walter Johnson strikes out 5 batters, though it’ll be recorded as 4 K’s. Researcher John Schwartz, in the 1990s, will find the extra K, resulting in Johnson’s lifetime total of 3,509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day, 2001, when Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.
13th At Washington Park, Mathewson tops Jim Pastorius, 2–1, striking out 11 Superbas batters. Dan McGann is 4-for-4 for New York, while teammate Jack Hannifan collects a single, double, triple and two walks in his 5 at bats.
Pittsburgh’s Nick Maddox makes his ML debut and tosses a nifty 4–0 shutout over the St. Louis Cards.
On closing day of the Ohio State League, Walter “Smoke” Justis of Lancaster pitches a 3-0 no-hitter against Marion. It’s his fourth no-hitter of the year. The others came July 19—6–0 against Mansfield, August 2—6–0 against Portsmouth, and September 8, 5–0 over Lima. Justis pitched in 2 games for the 1905 Tigers.
14th At the West Side Grounds, Chicago beats the visiting Reds, 12–5. The Cubs collect 19 hits to the Reds 10 hits—all 29 are singles.
St. Louis plays the first of four straight doubleheaders, hosting the Tigers who are just a game out of first place. The Browns drop them to third place, 3 games back, sweeping 4-1 and 4-3.
15th At the Browns-Tigers doubleheader in St. Louis, a soda bottle thrown by a fan, Hugo Dusenberg, fells umpire Billy Evans. The crowd beats up Hugo before the police come to his rescue; he is fined $100. Evans is carried from the field and hospitalized, but is not very seriously injured. Immediately following the beaning, Ban Johnson announces he has hired an attorney and will prosecute the 17-year-old Dusenberg. But Evans refuses to press charges, saying the youth’s parents were nice people and the youngster was sorry. The Browns lose two, 6–3 and 3–2, and will split tomorrow with the Tigers.
16th In a doubleheader sweep, 3–1 and 3–2, of the Giants, Boston slugger Dave Brain hits his 10th homer, off the Giants Red Ames. Brain’s ten round trippers will lead the NL this year, but he will never hit another. The same fate befell Fred Odwell two years ago. Brain will be sold to the Reds in May, the same route that will taken by the 1910 NL homer champion, Fred Beck.
17th The Giants drop their 3rd straight in Boston, losing 6–3 at the South End Grounds. Losing 3–1 to Christy Mathewson, Boston makes 5 hits, including a triple by Fred Tenney, off Matty in the 7th, and scores 5 runs. Pittsburgh lead in the NL is now 4 ½ games.
20th Every player but one is hitless in the Pittsburgh-Brooklyn game, won by the Pirates, 2–1. Twenty-year-old rookie Nick Maddox, making his 3rd appearance, allows no Superbas hits for the first Pittsburgh 9-inning no-hitter. Pirate manager Fred Clarke gets the only two hits given up by Elmer Stricklett, but neither safety figures in the scoring: all three runs in the game are unearned. Earlier in the year, Maddox hurled two no-hitters while at Wheeling (Central League).
21st Against the Reds, New York jumps to a 6–0 lead against Charlie Smith, and Mathewson coasts to a 6–2 win. Fred Merkle makes his first appearance for the Giants, playing 2B.
22nd The Reds’ Bob Spade makes his pitching debut in a 1–0 shutout over the Giants. He outduels Joe McGinnity, allowing just 4 hits. New York’s Roger Bresnahan is tossed by Bill Klem and will need the consent of the league president to next play.
23rd At the start of the Giants match in Pittsburgh, John McGraw hands Bill Klem the lineup card with Bresnahan’s name in the lineup. The two argue about whether the catcher can play after yesterday’s ejection and then when Klem turns away he is hit in the face with a glass of water. No culprit comes forward but Klem gets his revenge in the 6th inning by ejecting McGraw and Art Devlin for arguing a call. The Pirates win, 2–1.
In Chicago, the Cubs clinch the pennant by beat the Phillies, 4–1. The game is washed out after 7 ½ innings with Ed Reulbach winning in relief of Three Fingered Brown. Chicago pulls off a triple play in the 5th inning to help seal the win.
In a field day at Ponce de Leon park in Atlanta, Dyer wins the 100-yeard-dash in 10 seconds flat, and Dode Paskert wins the circling bases (14.15 seconds) tying a mark set by Walter Clements in Cincinnati. Cobb will top it next year. Paskert also wins the long throw with a heave of 368 feet. Paskert, who was eliminated in the 100-year-dash, runs an exhibition in 10 seconds flat.
24th Mathewson shuts out the Pirates, 2–0, while Bill Klem continues his battle with the Giants by tossing 4 more, including McGraw.
25th Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner steals four bases, including 2B, 3B, and home in the 2nd inning against the Giants. Not to be outdone, his teammate Fred Clark also swipes 4 bases for the only time in his career. The Pirates blow out the Giants, 14–1.
26th. After Cleveland’s Addie Joss fired a one-hitter in a 3–1 win over the Highlanders yesterday, teammate Heinie Berger matches him today, also against hapless New York. This is the 2nd time so far this century that teammates will throw back-to-back one-hitters, though it will happen six more times before 2000. Cleveland wins, 6–0, as Kid Elberfeld, batting for Chesbro in the 9th, hits a clean single.
27th After leading the AL most of the month, the Athletics (83-54) are beset by pitching problems as Detroit (86-56) comes into Philadelphia for a three-game showdown. Detroit win the first game, 5–4, to take over 1st place.
Pirate star Honus Wagner is hit on the hand by a pitch from Rube Dessau, and will miss the last 12 games of the year. He’ll still lead the NL in batting average (.339) and total bases (237). His TB total is the lowest ever for a league leader. The game with Boston ends in a 5–5 tie.
28th In Boston, the White Sox hand the Americans their 14thstraight loss as Nick Altrock outduels George Winter to win, 2-1.
Well, blame yourself. Red Ames forces 4 runs across the plate in the 7th as the Giants lose to the Cardinals 6-0. The game is called after 8 on account of darkness.
At Philadelphia, the Tigers edge the A’s, 5-4, and drop Philadelphia to a game and a half behind Detroit. Bill Donovan escapes two bases-loaded jams to win.
The Pirates and Boston Doves split a pair with Pittsburgh taking the first game, 7-3. The battery of Knott and Boultes prevails to win a tight one in game 2, 6-5.
29th In a 1–0 game 1 victory, Phillies rookie George McQuillan completes a ML-record string of 25 consecutive shutout innings at the beginning of his career. The streak began on May 8 with an inning of relief. McQuillan’s first start, in game 2 of a doubleheader against the Cardinals, resulted in a 0-0 tie; in his second start, in the second game of a doubleheader on September 25, he shut out Chicago. The Reds take the 2nd game, 4–3. In 1908, A’s submariner Brad Ziegler will top McQuillan.
30th An overflow crowd lines the outfield at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park for the showdown Monday doubleheader between the A’s and Tigers. In the first game, the home team gets off to a 7–1 lead against 25-game winner Bill Donovan. But Rube Waddell, who relieves in the 2nd for the A’s, fails to hold the lead. A 2-run HR by Ty Cobb ties it 8–8 in the 9th. Both teams score once in the 11th; an umpire’s ruling costs Philadelphia the game in the 14th: Harry Davis hits a long ﬂy into the crowd in left CF, ordinarily a ground-rule double. As Tiger CF Sam Crawford goes to the crowd’s edge, a policeman stands up and moves, either to interfere or to get out of the way. Home plate umpire Silk O’Loughlin says there is no interference, then reverses his ruling when base umpire Tom Connolly offers a different opinion. When play resumes, the Athletics’ Danny Murphy hits a long single that would have scored Davis. The game is called because of darkness in the 17th, a 9–9 tie, with ace Bill Donovan pitching the entire way for the Tigers. The 2nd game is never played. The Tigers, in first place, leave for Washington. In an interview with Bob Wolff decades later, Cobb will say that this game catapulted the Tigers to the pennant. “Our pitcher, Bill Donovan, pitched the full 17 innings, and of course the Athletics used about five of their pitchers, relieving and so forth. Well, it took the edge off the Athletics pitching staff, so our remaining pitchers were fresh. We breezed through and won the rest of the games” [ed note: they lost the final days’ doubleheader to St. Louis.].
Cardinals 1B Ed Konetchy steals home twice in St. Louis’ 5–1 win against Boston. St. Louis sets a ML record with 3 steals of home in the game as Joe Delahanty also scores in the 8th.
Al Orth and the Yankees lose to the Browns, 4-2, giving the “Curveless Wonder” his 21st loss of the season, high in the AL. He is the first pitcher to top the league in wins one year and lead in losses the next. Orth is also the first pitcher to win 100 games in each league (100 in the NL; 102 in the AL).
Behind Ed Reulbach, Chicago shuts out the Giants, 6-0. It is Chicago’s 32nd shutout win of the year, tying the ML mark set by the White Sox last year. The Cubs will match it again in 1909.