1912 September

2nd Washington’s Walter Johnson goes 10 innings against the A’s, who beat the Big Train, 9–7.

In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nitecap, 1–0, for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. New York twirler George McConnell records 12 assists to tie the AL record. Boston takes the opening squeaker, 2–1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year, and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913, Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).

At Boston, Mathewson wins both games for the Giants in a 5–2, 6–1 sweep of the Braves. In the opener, Matty relieves Marquard in the 9th with score 2–2 and tosses 3 shutout innings. Larry Doyle ends it with a 3-run homer in the 12th. Matty coasts to his 19thwin in the nitecap after the Giants chase Ed Doheny with 5 runs in the 3rd.

Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin cracks a 9th inning homer off Pete Alexander to tie and the Superbas tip the Phils, 2–1 in 11 innings. In the nitecap, Eppa Rixey outpitches Nap Rucker to give the Quakers a 2–1 win in 12 innings. Rucker will lose 20 (18-21) this year after winning 20 (22-18) last season.

Harry Davis resigns as manager of Cleveland before today’s doubleheader split with the Browns and he is replaced by outfielder Joe Birmingham. Under Davis the Naps were 54-71.

3rd The Pirates split a doubleheader with the Cubs, losing 5-2 before winning, 1-0. The twinbill was postponed from Labor Day yesterday because the Pirates train to Pittsburgh was delayed when a bridge was washed out in Ohio. Tomorrow, the Pirates will beat the Cubs, 5-2, in Chicago.

In a Blue Grass League game at Mount Sterling, Frederick Applegate of Paris strikes out 20 Mount Sterling batters, winning 8-5.

4th Submariner Jack Warhop of the Yankees stops the A’s, 6-1, at Hilltop Park, with the only run scoring on a sac fly to the third baseman Tommy McMillan, who catches it behind 2B. Hal Chase has 3 hits, including a double and homer, and Lelivelt makes a spectacular catch on Baker to rob him of a 3-run homer.

At Chicago, the Pirates whip the Cubs, 5-2, with Owen Wilson supplying a 3-run homer over the RF fence. The loss sends the Cubs 6 games in back of the Giants.

At Brooklyn, Eddie Stack wins a pitching duel with Boston’s Walt “Hickory” Dickson, winning, 2-1, in 13 innings. Stack allows 2 hits in the 2nd inning and just one after that. Hickory doesn’t give up a hit till the 8th.

5th  The visiting A’s sweep a pair from New York and move into 2nd place in the AL. Philadelphia takes game one with a shower of hits, 23, and win 19-9. The A’s score 10 runs in the 6th and New York answers with 5 to set a ML record for most runs in the 6thinning by two teams. The game takes 2 hours: 28 minutes while game 2 goes 6 innings before being called by darkness. The A’s win, 5-2.

6th  Jeff Tesreau pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Phils, the first modern rookie to perform the feat. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. New York wins the nitecap as well, 9–8.

In one of the more dramatic matchups in history, Walter Johnson, who had won 16 straight games before losing 2 games, takes the mound in a doubleheader nightcap against Joe Wood, who is seeking his 14th straight win. Wood strikes out 9 and beats the visiting Senators 1–0 for his 30th win. Boston’s lone run comes in the 6th on back to back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis. Speaker’s double would normally be an easy fly out, but the ball drops into the overflow crowd cordoned off by ropes.

Former major leaguer Dave Fultz announces the formation of the Player’s Fraternity, to improve the lot of players. Within two months the group will claim membership of 300 members.

In his first major league start, Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper stops the Cardinals, 8–0.

7th  Arthur “Bugs” Raymond, 30, is found dead at the Hotel Valey in Chicago of a brain hemorrhage, two days after his skull was fractured in a barroom fight. Raymond last pitched for the Giants in 1911, compiling a 6–4 before his drinking forced John McGraw to let him go. When informed of his death, McGraw said, “That man took seven years off my life.”

With Brad Kocher behind the plate, Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in the Athletics’ 9–7 defeat of Detroit, a post-1900 record that is still unmatched. Remarkably, on the 22nd, he will repeat with 6 against the Browns. With 63 for the season, he will run 2nd to Clyde “Deerfoot” Milan’s 88.

9th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn, 2–1 and 7–2. Jumbo Jeff Tesreau takes the opener and Mathewson the nitecap.

10th Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood wins his 15th straight, with 9thinning relief help from Sea Lion Hall, beating the White Sox, 5–4. He scatters 12 hits and strikes out 5. There is some question about which pitcher should receive credit for the win, but AL president Ban Johnson will rule in favor of Wood.

At St. Louis, Browns starter Earl Hamilton retires the first batter in the 6th against the Yankees then plunks three successive batters—Ed Sweeney, George McConnell and Tommy McMillan—to load the bases. Mark Allison then replaces him and Hal Chase lines into a DP to end the inning. The Yankees win, 8-3. As noted by Mike Grahek in 2007, the three hit by pitched balls in an inning is a record in the AL.

11th In St. Louis. Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after 7 innings, losing 3–0 to the Highlanders. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up 2 more runs in the 8th, but the Browns score 4 in the bottom of the inning to cut the losing margin to 5–4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner, who pitched poorly.

In a tumultuous game featuring an attack on an umpire and three ejections, Eddie Collins swipes six bases to pace the A’s to a 9–7 win over the Tigers. The Bengal battery is Brad Kocher and P Joe Lake. In the 3rd inning, Cobb foils an intentional walk when he steps across the plate to slap a single. To the dismay of the home crowd, Ump Tommy Connolly calls a foul strike, and manager Hughey Jennings gets tossed for protesting, along with Donie Bush and Oscar Vitt. Connally is hit in the mouth by a bottle thrown by a fan. Collins swipes 3 bases in the 7th inning and, on the front end of a double steal, crosses the plate, but Frank Baker is thrown out at 2B. Baker will reprise his record on the 22nd.

12th Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader with league-leading Boston, taking just 11 total innings to win. The first game is called after five innings with the Naps ahead, 9–3. The rain stops and the umps decide to start second game. After six innings, with Cleveland leading 6–0, the nitecap is called on account of darkness.

The leading Giants split with the Cardinals, losing the opener when the Birds blast reliever Doc Crandall in the 9th to win, 4–2. Jeff Tesreau wins his 6th straight in the nitecap, 4-1.

In Detroit, the A’s stop the Tigers, 3-0, on Stan Coveleski’s 3-hitter, his first start in the majors. Cobb is in the lineup, but Oscar Vitt and manager Hughey Jennings are not in the dugout, having been suspended for yesterday’s altercation with ump Connolly. In the stands is Harry David, who recently resigned as the manager of Cleveland, who refuses to comment on whether he will be with the A’s. He will—next year as a coach.

Heine Heitmuller, who is leading the PCL in homers and is second in hitting, contracts typhoid fever and is out of action. Bert Coy will win the homerun crown but Heitmuller will win the batting title when the leader Del Howard goes into a slump. Heitmuller will die of typhoid fever on October 8, 1912 and win the title two weeks later.

14th  Former ML player and current president of the Connecticut League “Orator Jim” O’Rourke catches a complete game for New Haven (Connecticut League) at age 60.

Portland (PCL first baseman William Rapps pulls off an unassisted triple play against Oakland.

15th  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Joe Wood wins his 16th straight game as he bests the Browns 2–1 in a game called after 8 innings because of darkness. Wood scores the winning run in the 8th, scoring from 3B on a wild pitch by Earl Hamilton. Earlier in the year, Walter Johnson posted a streak of 16 straight wins.

16th  The Pirates’ 2–1 win over Brooklyn is their 12th in a row; they will overtake the Cubs and finish 2nd.

The Cubs riddle Mathewson for 10 hits to beat the Giants, 4–3. Jimmy Archer’s solo homer is the game winner.

The Reds shut out the Phillies in a twinbill, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Art Fromme allows 4 hits in the lid lifter, while Rube Benton outduels Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1–0, in the nitecap. Benton allows 5 hits.

17th  Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn and has 4 straight singles—3 off Claude Hendrix— 2 stolen bases, and 2 RBI in the 7–3 win over Pittsburgh. On his fifth time at bat, (according to Casey) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke yells, “why don’t you bat left-handed, you fresh busher, ” and Stengel obliges, drawing a walk. His teammate Zach Wheat, also from Kansas City, goes 4-for-4, with 3 RBI.

In almost 18 innings of baseball in Boston, Cleveland takes a pair from the first-place Red Sox, winning 4-3 in 11 innings and 3-2 in 4 ½ innings, called because of darkness. Catcher Fred Carisch has 5 hits for Cleveland in game 1, but it is Nap Lajoie’s RBI-single that drives in the winner.

18th Despite being rained out in Cleveland, the Red Sox (97–41) clinch the pennant when the A’s lose the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago. Red Sox president McAleer informs the Yankees that Boston will not play a rained out game with them.

19th In New York, the Reds end Jeff Tesreau’s win streak at 7, beating him, 2–1. The 2nd game ends in a 2–2 tie.

At Cleveland, the Red Sox lose an unusual doubleheader to the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland takes the lidlifter, 9–3, when the game is called on account of rain after 5 innings. The rain stops and the second game begins, only to be called after 6 innings because of darkness. The Naps win, 6–0.

20th  Joe Wood’s bid for a 17th straight victory falls short as Detroit beats Boston, 6–4, on 2 unearned runs. Wood gives up 7 hits and, in the 3rd, walks 4 in a row. Detroit starter Bill Covington is thrown out of the game in the 5th inning with the Tigers ahead, 3–1, but receives credit for the victory. Joe Lake mops up the last 5 innings for Detroit.

21st In an 11–4 loss at Detroit, Boston 3B Larry Gardner breaks his finger and will be out the rest of the season. He is expected to play in the WS.

22nd  Eleven days after stealing 6 bases in a game, Eddie Collins does it again. Included in his 6 swipes are 3B and home, as the A’s beat the Browns 8–2, in the first of two games. Collins has no steals in game 2. Collins will end the year with 63 steals, a distant second to Clyde Milan’s 88. Browns’ C Jim Stephens shared the backstop a year ago (9/28/11) when 15 stolen bases were racked up. The Browns use 3 pitchers today—Mack Allison, Walter Brown, and Roy Mitchell.

In their first of five straight doubleheaders, the Senators sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 6-3, behind Walter Johnson, and 4-1. For Johnson, it is his AL-record tying 9th win against the Sox this season. They have beaten him once.

Association Park, home of the Kansas City AA baseball team, is destroyed by fire.

23rd In Boston, 100,000 fans are on hand to greet the Red Sox after their western road trip. All business stops as the players ride from South station to the Common where Mayor Fitzgerald welcomes them. The players are given the keys to the city. Extra seating is added to Fenway Park, increasing the seating capacity to 32,000 for the WS.

25th In Boston, Smoky Joe Wood fires a 2-hitter at New York, winning 6–0. The Boston ace strikes out 10 in winning his 33rdgame.

26th The Giants clinch the NL flag with a sweep of the Braves, winning 8–3 and 4–0. Mathewson coasts to his 23rd win in the opener and Art Demaree, recently called up from Mobile where he was 25–10, shuts out the Braves on 7 hits in the nitecap. Al Demaree strikes out 9 in his first major-league start.

Trailing 9–0 going into the 9th inning of game 1 at Chicago, the Reds stage a terrific comeback against Jimmy Lavender. Lavender gives up 5 runs and is lifted with the bases loaded. Reliever Fred Toney then walks three straight before Larry Cheney is brought in. The Reds then take an unlikely 10–9 lead as Cheney walks 2 straight. Reds pitcher Ralph Works catches the fever walking one Cub and hitting another. Reliever Rube Benton quickly relieves and follows suit, walking 3 batters in a row to give the Cubs the 11–10 decision. The 10 runs in the 9th when trailing won’t be matched until the 1962 White Sox do it against Cleveland on August 11. This is the third time this year that a visiting team has scored 10 runs in the 9th. Cheney gets the victory in game 2 as the Cubs win an abbreviated 6-inning affair, 10-0, called on account of darkness.

Pete Alexander and Tom Seaton each throw shutouts as the Phillies beat Brooklyn, 7-0 and 11-0. For Alexander it is his 19thwin of the year: he’ll fail in his bid to win 20.

27th  Eddie Plank goes 19 innings for the A’s against Bob Groom and Walter Johnson of the Nationals, and takes a 5–4 loss when Eddie Collins’ wild throw lets the winning run score. Johnson relieves Bob Groom at the end of the 9th, and pitches 10 innings of scoreless relief. With a tie between the two teams fighting for second place, the Nationals end the day with a 2.5 game lead over the A’s.

At League Park, Cleveland wins its 9th in a row, trimming the Tigers, 16-5. The Naps Tim Hendryx lines a hit off Charles Wheatley that turns into a three-run homer when it rolls under the fence by the left-field stands. It is his first in the majors: he won’t hit another round tripper until 1917 when he’s with the Yankees. In his only plate appearance in the majors, the Naps Harvey Grubb gets hit by a pitch. The 22-year-old was picked up from Morristown (Appalachian) 10 days ago.

28th  Having recovered from an operation for brain clots, Frank Chance is released by the Cubs, though his team is heading for a 91–59 record, good for 3rd place. He will manage the newly named New York Yankees for 2 years.

At St. Louis, the Browns suds the White Sox, winning 5-4 and 5-0 in 7 innings. In the 16 games the Browns have played in the last two weeks, 14 have been part of doubleheaders, all at home.

Boston nips the Giants, 2–1 in the first of a twinbill. The 2nd game ends in a 6–6, 7-inning tie. Cuban C Mike Gonzalez makes his debut for Boston in the nitecap, going 0-for-2 and having 4 runners steal bases against him.

The Athletics sweep the lowly New York Yankees, winning 5–4 and 4–2. The loss in game 2 goes to Russ Ford, who loses his 20thgame of the year. It’s been done before, but not until Sam Jones in 1925 and Mel Stottlemyre in 1966 will any other Yankee pitchers drop 20.

Cubs manager Frank Chance is fired, though his team is heading for a 91–59 record, good for 3rd place.

30th The Giants foil Pete Alexander’s bid for a 20th victory, beating the Phils, 4–2. Rookie Lore “King” Bader, from Bader, Illinois, and making his ML debut, is the complete-game winner, his lone victory in the NL. After winning 28 last year, Alex will be just 19–17 this season.