1913 September

1st  In Pittsburgh, the Pirates arrive late by train from Chicago for a morning/afternoon doubleheader against Cincinnati. For the morning game, they wear their road grays, losing 5-4 in 10 innings. In their home whites for the p.m. game, they win, 5-1.

In Detroit, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 10-5 and 5-2. Cobb is held to one hit, a double, in game 1, but drives in 4 runs. He goes 1-for 4 in game 2 as well. Rookie Ralph Comstock (1-1) makes his second start and strikes out 11 in the 5-2 win. He is the first rookie to strike out 8 or more batters in his first two starts. Cliff Melton, in 1937, will match it.

Frederick W. Thayer, inventor of the catcher’s mask, dies at 65.

3rd Boston sidearmer George Tyler spins a one-hitter over the Giants to win, 2–1. The Braves reach Christy Mathewson for 8 hits and 2 runs.

4th  Cleveland lefty Vean Gregg strikes out Ty Cobb three times in a row, but Cobb doubles in Sam Crawford with the winning run in the 12th as the Tigers prevail, 4–3.

5th The Phils score the only run this afternoon in a doubleheader in Boston. The visitors win the opener, 1–0, then the two play 10 innings of scoreless baseball before the game is called. Alexander misses his 20th win, but will reach the mark in 3 days. Tom Seaton wins the opener.

In the first game of a doubleheader between St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Max Carey is awarded a triple in the bottom of the 5thinning, when St. Louis 3B Mike Mowrey throws his glove and hits the ball that Carey hit over his head. The Pirates prevail, winning 8-3 and 11-3 in 7 innings.

6th  Ed Reulbach pitches Brooklyn to a 2–0 whitewash of the Giants, allowing just 2 hits. Mathewson takes the loss, his 9th of the year. John McGraw, frustrated with his team’s lack of hitting (no one is hitting .300), losses an argument with ump Mal Eason and is tossed in the 9th. Eason had already thumbed out Dahlen and Fisher for protesting calls.

At West Side Grounds, Vic Saier hits a first inning grand slam to the CF scoreboard, off Chief Johnson, to jump start the Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Athletics 2B Eddie Collins steals home twice in a 9–2 victory against the Red Sox to tie the ML mark.

The Yankees make one hit as they fall to the Washington Nationals, 8-1. Jack Knight scores after singling in the 6th off Carl Cashion, who is lifted after walking 7 and hitting 3 batters. His wild throw plus a second wild throw allows Knight to reach home. The Yankees make 9 errors in the game. “In wildness is the preservation of life”, but not if you are a pitcher: This is Cashion’s last ML win.

Browns interim manager Jimmy Austin is replaced by Branch Rickey. Austin (2-6) took over when George Stovall (50-84) was fired.

The September 6, 1913 edition of The Sporting Life notes that rookie Edd Roush “is the only ball player who carries two gloves with him. When he plays left field he throws right-handed and wears his left-hand glove. When they shift him over to right field he throws left-handed, and sports the right-handed glove.” However, his only two outfield games in 1913 were in center, prompting historian Bill Deane to wonder if he wore a glove on each hand.

8th The Phillies sweep a doubleheader in Boston to move to 8.5 games behind the first-place Giants. The Phils win, 13-0, on Tom Seaton’s 3-hitter as CF Beals Becker has a homer and 4 singles. His replacement in CF in game 2 Dode Paskert has a single, double and triple to back Pete Alexander’s 6-2 win. Rabbit Maranville misses a train connection and misses game 1, the first game this year he has missed. He plays in game 2.

9th The Red Sox collect 21 assists against Detroit in a 3–2 win.

10th  Honus Wagner is given a souvenir bat carved from a piece of wood taken from naval hero Oliver Perry’s flagship Niagara, which was sunk in Lake Erie 100 years before. The Giants then sink the Pirates, 5–2. Pittsburgh pitcher George McQuillan is thrown out at first base after lining a one-hopper to New York RF Red Murray.

11th The contending Cleveland Naps, lose their 4th in a row to the Senators, 7–3. Washington will win tomorrow, 6–1, behind Walter Johnson, leaving the Nats just a game behind the 2nd place Clevelanders. Today, ump Jack Egan tosses C Steve O’Neill and manager Joe Birmingham. Tomorrow, Birmy will be slapped with a suspension by AL head Ban Johnson, who will lift the 10-day suspension of Washington manager Clark Griffith. Besides the fight with the ump, the Naps’ slumping Joe Jackson also loses a fight with a sign trying for Milan’s line drive. Jackson leaves the game after being knocked unconscious. He’ll miss a day.

13th The Pirates split with the Giants, losing the opener, 4–2 to Christy Mathewson, and then cruising to an 8–0 victory in the nitecap.

14th  In front of the largest crowd of the season (22,000), Cubs hurler Larry Cheney hurls a 14-hit shutout against the visiting Giants, defeating them 7–0 while setting a ML record for most hits in a shutout. Milt Gaston of Washington will duplicate the feat on July 10, 1928. Cheney wins his 20th over Rube Marquard, also seeking his 20th.

15th  Frank L. Hough, sports editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and one of 2 writers who owned 25 percent of the Athletics when the team was founded, dies.

16th In the first-place A’s 8–7 win over Cleveland, LF Rube Oldring pulls off an unassisted DP, the second completed by an outfielder this year. Jack Graney did it for Cleveland on June 1 against St. Louis.

17th The Tigers do their scoring in just two innings to win a pair from Washington, 5-1 and 4-2. A 5-run 4th in game one and a 4-run 1st in game 2 does it. Ty Cobb contributes a grand slam, one of four homers he hits this year.

The Series-bound Athletics score 4 in bottom of the 8th inning and defeat the visiting Browns, 8-4. George Tomer, two months shy of his 18th birthday, pinchhits for St. Louis in the 9th and strikes out, ending his major league career with one at bat.

18th Detroit’s Erwin Renfer, just 17, makes his ML debut as the starting pitcher against Washington. Renfer goes 6 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in the first two innings, in a 6-1 Tiger loss. It is his only ML appearance.

19th The Giants continue to both lead the league and sport cold bats, barely holding on to split with the Cardinals. Mathewson drops the opener, 1–0, in 10 innings when Fred Snodgrass misplays a fly ball into a triple. New York takes the nitecap, 2–0.

22nd  In the opener of a doubleheader, the A’s Joe Bush tops Detroit, 4–0, as the Tigers score 2 of their runs on a successful double squeeze on a bunt by Jack Barry. In game 2, Herb Pennock, 19, aided by Eddie Plank, blanks the Tigers, 1–0, to clinch the AL pennant for the A’s. Plank gets the win in relief.

The Phils Pete Alexander shuts out the Cubs, 2–0, in the first of two games with Chicago. The Phils then complete the sweep, winning, 5–1.

23rd The Athletics hit no homers against the visiting Tigers, but still manage to win, 21–8, after scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. Detroit scores 4 in the frame for an AL record 14 for the 2ndinning. Jimmy Walsh scores 5 runs for the A’s.

24th Mathewson scatters 11 Brooklyn safeties, walks none, to beat Ed Reulbach, 2–1. It is Matty’s 25th win. He will finish the year with 25 victories and 21 walks.

27th  The Giants lose to Brooklyn and Nap Rucker, 4–0, but the pennant is theirs, as the Phils lose to Boston, 9–3.

White Sox pitcher Jim Scott wins his 20th game as the Chicago beats St. Louis, 6–2. Scott finishes the year at 20-20, leading the league in losses.

29th  Walter Johnson wins his 36th game and 11th shutout of the year, defeating the league champion Athletics 1–0 on George McBride Day, a day honoring the Nationals’ captain and SS. Johnson also sets a ML record with his fifth 1–0 victory, a mark that will be tied in a few days by Reb Russell. Taking the loss today is rookie Weldon Wyckoff.

At New York, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Hubmen, 3–1 and 5–1. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after a ML record tying 18 straight road wins stretching back to 1911, including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They’ll get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees, 3–2 and 3–0.

30th Washington shuts out the A’s again, winning 3–0, as 17-year-old outfielder Merito Acosta collects two hits and swipes 3B in the 4th inning. Yesterday, the Cuban teenager was caught in his steal attempt.

The Phillies are 2–1 for the day, finishing the game of August 30thwith the Giants, and splitting two more. The Phils win, 8–6, with the loss going to Mathewson, in the disputed game. Mathewson and Marquard then combine to beat the Phils, 8–3 before the Quakers return the favor, 4–3.