1911 September

1st  In game one of a Giants’ doubleheader, Mathewson gives up 10 hits but beats the Phils 3–2. In game 2, Marquard one-hits the Phils 2–0, walks none, and fans 10. Fred Luderus, with a 5thinning single, is the only baserunner. The Phils “Smoke” Stack and Marquard match zeros for 7 innings, but a walk, single and two errors bring home two Giant runs. This is Rube’s second one-hitter in a row: his previous start, on August 24, resulted in a two-hitter.

Whoops! Cleveland beats the White Sox, 2–1, with the help of a successful hidden ball trick in the 9th inning (as noted by Bill Deane). Chicago pinch runner Felix Chouinard is caught by Cleveland SS Ivy Olson.

2nd The Cardinals and Pirates split a pair, with St. Louis winning game 1, 8-4. Pittsburgh rolls in game 2, 12-1, behind Marty O’Toole’s 3-hitter. Bill McKechnie has a pair of inside-the-park homers.

3rd At Palace of the Fans, Art Fromme allows 6 hits and the Reds top the Pirates, 3-1. For the second day in a row, four runners try and steal against Reds catcher Larry McLean and he throws out all four. Yesterday, he threw out four Cubs runners in a 3-1 loss. For the season he will throw out 60% of would be thieves.

4th The Giants split a pair with Boston, winning, 6-4, in game 1 behind Red Ames. In game 2, Giants pitcher Rube Marquard strikes out 14 batters in the first 7 innings, but runs out of gas in the 8th and loses, 8–7.

At Boston, the Red Sox lose a pair, 6-3 and 5-1, to the Yankees and also lose catcher Bill Carrigan, who breaks his leg in an awkward slide. He’ll be back in 1912.

The Cleveland nine tops the visiting White Sox, winning, 9-8 and 9-2. Rookie Vean Gregg (23-7) wins game 2, beating the Pale Hose for the seventh time this year without a loss. Three of the victories are against Ed Walsh (as noted by historian Eric Sallee). Bothered with a sore arm, this is Gregg’s last appearance this year. He leads the AL in ERA with 1.80.

5th In a Labor Day doubleheader in Pittsburgh, the Pirates sweep a pair from Boston to tighten their hold on 2nd place in the NL. Bobby Leach homers in the opener, an 11-4 win, then homers again the second game as the Corsairs win, 11-4.

Nap Lajoie leads the Naps to a split with the White Sox. Spec Harkness allows 3 hits to shut out Chicago in game 1, 5-0, and Lajoie goes 4-for-4. Nap is 1-for-2 in game 2, with a pair of walks, as Chicago wins, 10-5.

7th  The Cubs’ Frank Schulte hits his 21st HR and brings in RBI No. 121 as the Cubs sweep the Reds, 3–0 and 4–2; he will lead the NL in both home runs and ribbies. He is the first player to have more than 20 doubles, triples, and HRs in one season. In the AL, Frank Baker’s 9 HRs will be tops. Ty Cobb hits 8 HRs but leads in BA, RBI, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and stolen bases.

Pete Alexander (24 years old), winning a ML rookie record 28 games, pitches the Phils to a 1–0 win over Boston’s 44-year-old Cy Young (3-1) in game 2 of a doubleheader. It is Old Cy’s first loss since returning to the NL. Alex gives up just one hit, a single to Doc Miller in the 5th, for the only baserunner. Alexander’s 31 CG, 367 IP, and 7 shutouts lead the NL. The AL has its own rookie sensation, lefty Vean Gregg, who breaks in for Cleveland with a 23–7 record and miserly 1.81 ERA. Gregg will win 20 his first 3 years, then win just 28 in the next 12 years. The Phils romp in the opener, 12-5 behind Bill Burns as Lobart, Magee and Knabe each score three runs.

The Giants lose a heartbreaker to Brooklyn in the 9th inning when, with Bert Tooley on 1B, Jake Daubert lofts a high fly for the apparent 3rd out. But Fred Snodgrass drops the ball and Tooley scores the final run in the Superbas, 4–3 win. The Giants are virtually tied with the Cubs, winners of two today.

At Washington, the Yankees beat the Senators, 5-2, handing the loss to Walter Johnson. The Nats ace strikes out 8 but allows 8 hits, including a 2-run homer to Jack Knight in the 2nd. Johnson had won 9 in a row.

The Pirates remain 4 ½ games in back of the lead as they beat the Cards, 5-0, behind Claude Hendrix’s three-hitter. Tommy Leach ices it with a 9th inning inside-the-park grand slam, off Jake Geyer. It is Leach’s fourth career grand slam inside-the-park, a ML record that Leach will share with teammate Honus Wagner.

9th Red Sox rookie Buck O’Brien shuts out the A’s, 2–0, in his first major league start. He won’t be scored on for 20 innings.

Detroit’s Pat Mullin pitches a 1–0 shutout over the White Sox, and gets some help when Lee Tannehill’s liner is caught by LF Delos Drake who turns it into a triple play, throwing to Donie Bush who relays to 1B Del Gainer. This is the third triple play of the year for the Tigers, establishing the AL record. This will be tied three times this century but never topped.

10th  At Chicago, the Reds Dick Hoblitzell hits a 7th inning grand slam as the Reds prevail, 8-3, over the Cubs. The Cubs fall two games in back of the idle Giants.

11th  Darkness ends a PCL game between Portland and host Sacramento after 24 innings of play resulting in a 1-1 tie. Koestner of Portland and Fitzgerald of Sacramento go the distance. The 24 innings ties a mark set by Oakland – SF on June 8, 1909.

12th  In the nitecap of a game billed as a pitchers’ duel, Boston’s Cy Young and the Giants’ Christy Mathewson face each other before 10,000, Boston’s largest crowd of the year. Young gives up 3 homers and 9 runs in less than 3 innings. After the Giants build a 9–0 lead, John McGraw lifts Mathewson, who pitched just 2 innings, preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the 2 pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York’s scoring in the 3rdby swiping home. The Giants coast, 11–2. In the field, Matty also helps when, with Miller on 1B in the 2nd inning, a line drive to center by Gowdy results in a DP (8-4-1-3). New York wins the 1stgame, 9–3, and now lead the Cubs by 2 games.

The Cubs stay 2 games in back of New York with a 3-2 ruling in Cincinnati behind King Cole (14-6). The Cubs manage just 5 hits, 3 by Jimmy Sheckard, off Bobby Keefe, but Chicago turns 4 double plays. One of the DPs is by LF Jimmy Sheckard who throws out a runner at 3B. It is Sheckard’s 12th DP of the season, tying for high for outfielders for the 20th century, but short of his own NL-record 14 set in 1899. Cy Seymour (1905) and Ginger Beaumont (1907) also started 12 DPs, and Mel Ott will match it in 1929.

13th Red Ames (8-9) fires a 3-hitter as the Giants beat Buster Brown (6-18) and Boston, 4-1. At dinner with his teammates, Ames reveals a colorful necktie that was sent to him two days earlier by a “prominent actress” to break his hard-luck streak. Ames had worn it under his uniform and says, “I ain’t changing her until I lose” (R.J. Lesch). The Giants will go 19-4 on their road trip with five of the wins coming in starts by Ames.

14th At Boston, the Giants pound the Rustlers 13–9, scoring 6 runs in the 9th inning for a 13–4 lead. The winner is Hooks Wiltse with little relief from Doc Crandall in the 9th: Doc allows 7 hits and 5 runs.

15th  Washington manager Jimmy McAleer announces his resignation. Ban Johnson then arranges for McAleer and Robert R. McRoy buy a half-interest in the Red Sox for $150,000. Clark Griffith will take over as manager and, by purchasing 10% of the team, its largest single stock holder.

16th  Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood and rookie Buck O’Brien toss back-to-back shutouts to beat Cleveland. Wood wins 6–0 and O’Brien follow with a 3–0 win. O’Brien, who relieved in his last appearance, will finish all of his five starts going, 5–1.

At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard, with relief from Mathewson, beats the Pirates, 6–2. Before the game the Giants mascot, Victory Faust, strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches, to the delight of the 20,000 fans.

Pittsburgh sells pitcher Elmer Steele to Brooklyn but his best days are left in the Steel City. He’ll make 5 appearances for Brooklyn.

For the second time in a week, an AL rookie debuts with a shutout; the Brown’s Elmer Brown stops the Senators, 6–0.

17th In St Louis, the Braves win the opener of a twinbill, 4–3, then the Cards and Braves battle to a 0–0 tie in the nitecap. Lefty Tyler gets his first career shutout in game 2, as does the Cards Grover Lowdermilk who finishes the year with a 0–0 record and a shutout.

The Cubs Charlie Smith and Larry Cheney each toss shutouts as Chicago beats Brooklyn, 4-0 and 5-0.

18th  The Giants beat Pittsburgh, 7–2, scoring all their runs in the first two innings. New York notches 8 stolen bases, all in the first two frames, 3 by Larry Doyle and 3 by Fred Snodgrass. Two of Doyle’s thefts are of home, matching the ML mark that was tied by Joe Tinker last year. New York ties a ML mark with the 3 steals of home, as Fred Merkle swipes home in the 1st. Christy Mathewson (24-12) is the winner on a 4-hitter over Howie Camnitz, increasing the Giants lead to 5 games.

With a triple steal on, the Highlanders Cozy Dolan singles in 3 runs in a 9–4 loss at Detroit. The 3 RBIs are half of Cozy’s season total.

21st In St. Louis, Hooks Wiltse wins the opener to extend the Giants win streak to 12 games. The Cards stop the skein in game 2 with an 8–7 win.

In Chicago, the Phils Grover Alexander fires his 4th straight shutout, beating the Cubs Ed Reulbach, 4–0, in the first of two games. Alex also had shutouts on the 7th, 13th, and 17th. The Cubs come back to win game 2, 9-2, behind Charlie Smith. Vic Saier collects 5 RBIs on a double and a grand slam.

22nd  Boston Rustlers Cy Young shuts out Pittsburgh and Babe Adams 1–0 for his final career victory, number 511. It is Young’s 2nd shutout against the Pirates, who lost just 3 of 22 games to Boston in 1911.

Jim Scott and Frank Lange apply whitewashes to the Browns as the White Sox win, 5–0 and 1–0. It is the second doubleheader shutout in a week.

At Chicago, the Cubs lace 13 hits off Bill Burns as Three Fingered Brown wins his 19th, 8-3 over the Phillies. For the veteran Burns, this is his last ML appearance.

23rd  Walter Johnson gives up a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to Joe Jackson, the 8th four-bagger the Big Train has allowed this year. Johnson had given up just 2 in the previous 4 seasons. Cleveland whips the Senators 6–1.

Mathewson pitches the Giants to a 6–2 win over the Reds. New York now leads Chicago by 8 games.

24th  After 41 straight shutout innings, Grover Alexander (27-12) is scored on by the Cards in the 6th inning. The Phillies are victorious, 8–2. Alex’s 41 consecutive scoreless innings is a ML rookie record that won’t be matched this century.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas come back three times in late innings to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Zack Wheat hits a leadoff single in the 8thand comes around to score, knotting the game at 3 apiece.  Doyle hits a leadoff triple and scores for Chicago in the 9th, but Wheat hits a sac fly to knot it at 4. Wheat makes an error in the 10th on Doyle’s single allowing a run to score to make it 5-4. Undaunted, the Superbas put 2 men on in the 10th against Three Fingered Brown and Tex Erwin hits a ball over the fence to drive in both. Tex receives credit only for a triple due to the rules at the time (as noted in Retrosheet).

25th  Washington’s Wid Conroy, in his final season, sets an AL record for total chances by a 3B with 13 in a 3–2 loss to Cleveland.

John C. Bender, brother of Philadelphia great Chief Bender, dies on the mound during a game played in Edmonton, Alberta. Bender, 30, dies of a heart attack.

26th At Shibe Park, the A’s clinch their 2nd straight AL pennant, defeating the Tigers, 11–5. Frank Baker leads the offense with a homer and 2 doubles. Detroit, which led the A’s by 12 games in May, will finish 2nd, 13 ½ games back.

27th The Reds steal nine bases, four by Dick Hoblitzell, against the visiting Boston Rustlers in an 8-4 victory. Mike Mitchell hits his 22nd triple but for the first time in three years he won’t lead the NL in the category as Larry Doyle will smack 25.

28th  A scant few hundred fans see the worst game in AL history as the Highlanders trounce the Browns 18–12. The teams accumulate 29 hits, 20 walks, and 12 errors. New York scores in each of 7 innings, steals a ML record 15 bases—7 off C Jim Stephens in 2 innings, 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlanders runners are thrown out. The 15 steals for two teams (St. Louis-0) sets the AL record.

In Chicago, Joe Tinker doubles in 2 runs in the 3rd inning off Christy Mathewson, and the Cubs make it hold up, winning 2–1.

Behind righty Jack Coombs, the Athletics clinch the AL pennant with an 11–5 victory over the Tigers.

29th  Ty Cobb is fined $100 by the National Commission for playing a Sunday game with a semipro club in New York.

30th  At the West Side Grounds, Red Ames gives the Giants a needed 3–1 victory over the 2nd-place Cubs.

In a field day at Chicago’s White Sox park, Ed Walsh hits a fungo 419 feet and one-half inch, beating a 413 foot eight and one-half inch drive by Cincinnati’s Mike Mitchell on September 11, 1907. Harry Hooper of the Red Sox wins the accuracy in throwing contest beating Jimmy Archer of the Cubs and Jack Coombs of the A’s. The planned three-inning game is called on account of rain.

The Reds and the Boston Rustlers split a pair of games in Cincinnati, with Boston taking the game 1 decision, 9-2, and Cincinnati winning the second game, 4-1. Bob Bescher is on base twice in the opener and steals 4 bases. He has five other games this season in which he stole three. Bescher will steal 81 this year, which will not be topped in the NL until 1962.

At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders and Browns split a pair with New York winning game 2, 7-2, behind Russ Ford (22-10). St. Louis wins the opener, 5-4, handing rookie Red Hoff (0-1) the loss. Red does have the first two hits of his career. His career will be short but his life will be long: he will be the first player to live 80 years after his debut. Hoff will pass away in 1998, the last Highlander (as noted by Bill Rubinstein).