1914 September

1st  Budding Negro League star Bill Lindsey, 23, dies of tuberculosis. Playing against black teams as late as July, Lindsey was 4-0 on the mound and hit 10-for-20. Lindsey played for the American Giants, a team that went 42-13 in 1914. Next spring, the Giants will lose longtime star Bill Monroe to tuberculosis.

2nd  The NL lead seesaws. Beaten by Brooklyn, 6–2, while the Braves win twice, the Giants drop out of first place for the first time since May 30. Tomorrow they sweep 2 from Brooklyn and retake the top spot.

3rd  The Pirates take a pair from the Cardinals, winning 11-6 and 10-3. Max Carey has the only 5-hit game in the NL this year, and scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 1.

With Boston losing, the Giants take over first-place by a half game as they sweep host Brooklyn, winning 6-3, behind Mathewson, and 7-2, behind Tesreau. In game 2, New York’s George Burns says “Good night, Gracie” with a grand slam in the 9th, connecting off Bill Steele.

4th  At the Polo Grounds, Washington’s 20-year-old Jim Shaw allows 2 hits and strikes out 14 as the Nationals beat the Yankees, 1-0. Shaw scores the winning run in the 9th after singling and coming home on Moeller’s double.

5th  Pitching for visiting Providence (IL) 19-year-old Babe Ruth beats Toronto 9–0 with a one-hitter, and hits his only minor league HR, a 3-run blast off Ellis Johnson.

6th  Kansas City (FL) gets solid pitching from Chief Johnson and a homerun from Duke Kenworthy to defeat St. Louis, 2-0. Fielder Jones makes his first appearance in 5 years, pinch hitting in the 9th and singling for the Terriers. It is his last career hit.

7th  The Braves and Giants play an a.m.-p.m. twin bill in Boston on Labor Day. To accommodate the crowds, the Braves have moved their home games to Fenway Park, courtesy of owner Joe Lannin: Fenway has triple the seating capacity of South End Grounds. The two contests draw 74,163 on the day. The Braves, down 4–3 to Mathewson in the 9th, storm back for 2 runs to win the opener. Josh Devore scratches a single, Herb Moran doubles into the crowd ringing the outfield, and Johnny Evers slaps a single that eludes George Burns to drive home the tying and winning runs. Jeff Tesreau wins the nitecap, 10–1, and the Giants pile on Lefty Tyler. In the Giants’ 4-run sixth, Snodgrass takes a pitch on the sleeve to reach 1B, thumbing his nose at Tyler along the way. Lefty retaliates by acting out Fred’s 1912 muff. When Snodgrass returns to CF, the crowd is merciless to the point that Boston Mayor Curley rushes on the field and demands the umpires eject the New York player. McGraw, worried that Snodgrass might incur an injury, replaces Snodgrass.

The Brooklyn Feds score just enough to win a pair over the Pittfeds, winning 4-3 and 12-11. In the second game, Cherokee Indian Jim Bluejacket (William L. Smith) of Brooklyn gets credit for a win without throwing a pitch. The Brooklyn Eagle reports, “Blue jacket (sic) did not pitch a single ball to a Pittsburg batter, but even at that he gets credit for winning the second game. He entered the fray in the eighth inning, with Monasky on third and Yerkes on first. Bringing his Indian cunning into play, he caught Yerkes napping off first and ended the inning. In the last half of the same round the local team scored the five runs that won the game.” Ed Finneran pitches the ninth to preserve the victory. Steve Evans is 6-for-9 on the two games, including a double, triple and homer in the morning game.

In the first of two at Griffith, young Jack Bentley wins his first game of the year, 1-0, over the A’s. The Senators pitcher allows 2 hits. In game 2, Chief Bender goes just 6 innings before leaving with an 8-5 lead. The A’s hang on for an 8-7 victory and Bender wins his 14th in a row, tops in the majors this year.

Floods severely damage the Kansas City Packers’ (FL) ballpark, washing away fences and demolishing the clubhouse.

8th Boston’s Bill James allows just 3 hits in beating the Giants, 8–3, and dropping New York to the 2nd spot. For James, it is his 12th straight complete game, 11 of them wins. Rube Marquard takes the loss, his 9th straight. His streak of losses will reach 12 (as noted by Tom Ruane).

9th  In the opener at Boston, the Phils win their only game in the series, 10–3, behind Pete Alexander. In game 2 of a doubleheader, George A. Davis, a Harvard law student, pitches the only shutout of his brief career, a 7–0 no-hitter for the first-place Braves over the Phils. The spitballer walks the bases loaded with no outs in the 5th, but “he rose to the occasion to prove his perfect candidacy to a niche in the hall of stars,” writes the Boston Post. Released by the Highlanders in 1912, Davis will be 3–3 this year and next, then hang up his glove to start a law practice.

At Washington, the Senators Jack Bentley shuts out New York, 1–0, on 2 hits, his second 1-0 2-hitter in three days. Jack Warhop takes the loss, his 5th 1-0 loss of the year, which ties the AL record set by Bill Donovan in 1903. It won’t be topped by any pitcher. Also not topped, or tied, is Warhop’s loss today to the Senators, the 3rd time this year they’ve beaten him, 1–0. No pitcher will tie Warhop’s ML record.

11th At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson stops Brooklyn on 7 hits and the Giants schmeer Charlie Schmutz, 3–0.

12th  Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, is named to replace Frank Chance, who resigns today effective through September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the all-time youngest manager, and the 7th in the club’s 12-year existence. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928. The Yanks win today, 2-1, over the first-place A’s, with catcher Jeff “Big Ed” Sweeney going from goat to hero. When McInnis and Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th, Sweeney heaves the ball into CF trying to throw to 2B and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender, Sweeney cracks a homerun, his only one of the year, to give New York the win and hand Bender his first loss after 14 consecutive wins. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally, who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.

In Philadelphia, Grover Cleveland Alexander receives an automobile before the first game of a doubleheader as the Phillies’ most popular player, then drives by the Giants Rube Marquard for a 1–0 win. It is his 23rd of the year tying him with Mathewson for the NL lead. Alex gives up 4 hits as Marquard absorbs his 10th straight loss and his 20th of the year. Art Fromme wins the second game, 6-0, in 1 hour: 38 minutes. Game 1 took just one hour: 12 minutes.

St. Louis Federal Leaguer Bob Groom accomplishes the rare feat of umpiring and pitching in the same game. When the two regular umps don’t appear, Groom and Bert Maxwell of the Brooklyn Tip-Tops are selected to ump. The regular umps appear in the 3rd inning, having thought the game started at 3:30, not 2:30. Groom goes to the bench but relieves in the 7thinning and allows 3 hits in the Brookfeds 4-run inning. Brooklyn wins, 8-5.

14th The Giants edge the Phillies, 3–2, in game 1, but the Quakers jump on Christy Mathewson for 7 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings, and win 10–6 in the second game. Matty’s record is now 23-11. The winner is Erskine Mayer, who notches his 20th win of the season and will finish at 21-19 to join Alexander (27-15) as the only double-figure winners on the 74-80 Phillies.

15th Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie strokes his 3,000th hit, a single off Detroit’s Pug Cavet, joining Wagner and Anson as the only players to reach that mark. Cavet and the Tigers win, 2–1.

16th At Brooklyn, the Cubs lose, 7-2. For the second time this season, Bill Klem thumbs Heinie Zimmerman out of a game for tossing the game ball into the stands. Klem threw Zim out of a game three weeks ago for the same reason. It is the 8th time this year that Zim has been ejected from a game, tops for players (John McGraw gets tossed 9 times).

17th Cincinnati’s Phil Douglas walks 8 and allows 10 runs in 7 innings, as New York wins, 10–1 behind Mathewson. Thanks to 4 walks and a double steal, the Giants score 3 in the 4th on no hits. George Burns has a 3-run homer in the 7th and walks every other time up.

19th  Ed Lafitte pitches a 6–2 no-hitter for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (FL) over the Kansas City Packers. It is the first no-hitter in the FL. Wildness costs the big Frenchman the 2 runs, as he walks 6. He will lead the FL with 127 walks. Holt has a homer in game 2, a 12-6 Brooklyn win.

Before the Phils-Cards twinbill, Pete Alexander is presented with a check for $1,000 for winning 24 games. Alex proceeds to win his 25th, allowing just 2 hits while fanning 11, in shutting out the Birds, 7-0. The second match is hard fought with Phillies winning, 7-6.

At Boston, the first-place Braves score 7 runs in the 6th and beat the Pirates, 9-3, to maintain a 3-game lead over the Giants. The Braves manage just on hit in the first 5 innings off of Cooper, before driving him from the game in the 6th.

The Superbas take a pair from the Reds, winning 6-0 and 8-6. Big Ed Pfeffer twirls a one-hitter in the opener, not giving up a hit until former Robin pitcher Earl Yingling scratches out a safety in the 8th. Cutshaw and Wheat homer early. Wheat makes three superb catches in game 2, as Brooklyn crawls back to win with 2 runs in the 7th and 2 more in the 8. Casey Stengel has a single, triple and 6th inning homerun.

20th Guy Morton takes the loss as the Athletics top Cleveland, 4-1. It is Morton’s 13th straight loss as he sets a ML-record for consecutive losses to start a career. Terry Felton will top it.

In his last professional season, Johnny Lush of Portland (PCL) pitches a 9-inning no-hitter against Venice, and loses, 1–0, on an error. It is the second no-hit loss in the PCL in 5 years (Frank Arellanes, Sacramento, October 17, 1910, loses 2–0). Lush pitched a no-hitter against Brooklyn in 1906 while a member of the Phillies.

21st  The White Sox score in the 4th inning on a Walter Johnson wild pitch, one of 4 that the Big Train uncorks in the inning. It won’t be matched in the AL this century. But he strikes out 12 batters in 13 innings as the Nats finally break through against Chicago’s Red Faber for a 6–1 win. The record book gives Johnson all 4 wild pitches in the 4th inning, but it appears that Eddie Collins, who opened with a single, stole 2B and advanced on a grounder to 3B, scored the Pale Hose’s only tally on a just one wild pitch.

22nd  Boston (AL) P Ray Collins hurls two complete-game victories over the Tigers, winning by scores of 5–3 and 5–0.

Jake Daubert hits a 10th inning bases loaded single to give the Robins their 5th straight win over the Reds, and a sweep of the series. Cincy ties it in the 9th after Brooklyn took the lead in the 7th on Lew McCarty’s 2-run homer to deep left center field, his first ML homer. For the Reds, it is loss number 18 in a row.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs score 5 runs in the 1st inning against Mathewson. It is all Larry Cheney needs, as he tosses a 3-hitter to win, 5–0. The Giants now trail the Braves by 5 games.

23rd  After losing game 1 to Boston, 3–2, the last-place Reds come back in game 2 to break the longest losing streak in the club’s history (and 3rd longest in the NL and tying the 20th C. mark of the 1906 Boston Nationals) at 19 straight. Charles “King” Lear wins his only game of the year and pitches his only shutout ever, 3–0. The Reds wait till the 9th to score their 3 runs.

Rube Marquard loses his 12th in a row, as the Cards sink the Giants twice, but the Cards fall short of overtaking New York in 2nd place by 2 1⁄2 games.

Pete Alexander coasts to a 9–4 win over the Cubs as Gavvy Cravath bangs two homers to lead the Phils’ offense.

24th At New York, the Cardinals win their 3rd game in a row over the stumbling Giants, 4–3. Cozy Dolan’s 9th inning double off reliever Christy Mathewson drives home the winning run, but the official scorer gives the loss to Demaree.

26th Pete Alexander wins his 9th in a row for the Phils, beating the Reds, 7–4. Gavvy Cravath hits his 18th homer, off King Lear, and Sherry Magee clouts his 15th.

At Fenway Park, the Braves roll over the Cubs, 6–2 and 12–2. Lefty Tyler tops Hippo Vaughn in the opener, and Otto Hess beats Larry Cheney in the 2nd game. Rabbit Maranville hits a grand slam, his second of the year, in game 2. The red-hot Braves will sweep the four-game series with the Cubs.

Meanwhile, the Giants split with the Pirates, winning and losing by 4–2 scores. Babe Adams wins the nitecap for the Bucs, shutting out the Giants in the last 8 innings. Mathewson takes the loss in game 2 allowing 11 hits and 4 runs.

Manager Joe Tinker of the ChiFeds will appeal to FL prexy Gilmore to outlaw the emery ball after he plays today’s game with the BrookFeds under protest. In the 2nd inning, with Tinker on 3B, Tom Seaton of the BrookFeds strikes out 2 Whales and Tinker protests to ump Barry McCormick, who examines the ball and finds it filed on one side. Tinker accuses Seaton of using emery paper, which the pitcher denies. Tinker then discovers the emery in the pitcher’s glove. Seaton refuses to hand it over to the ump but instead gives it to Brooklyn manager Bradley, who hands it back to Seaton on the bench. When Tinker says he won’t play anymore if Seaton continues to doctor the ball, the pitcher laughs. He doesn’t laugh in the 8th when he walks 4 men and refuses to be lifted, saying he wants to finish the game. But the Tinx win, 7-6, and take the 2nd game 5-3 to remain—temporarily—in first place ahead of Indianapolis.

27th  At St. Louis, the Athletics clinch the AL pennant behind Chief Bender’s 6–0 shutout as the Red Sox split a doubleheader. Bender allows 4 hits, two by Gus Williams, and he strikes out 5. Williams will end the year with 120 strikeouts, the first batter to K more than 100 since Same Wise set the ML record in 1884 with 104.

In the opener of a doubleheader in Cleveland, Nap Lajoie collects his 3,000th hit as his Cleveland team defeats the Yankees, 5–3. Lajoie is 2-for-2 with two doubles. He is given the ball after his double. The star is not expected to play the rest of the year, and he does not play in game 2, which the Yankees win, 5-2. Guy Morton (1-13) is the winner in the opener, snapping his consecutive losing streak at 13 games. Al Tedrow takes the loss in game 2, the 100th loss for Cleveland.

At Detroit, CF Ty Cobb misplays a bases-loaded single in the 10thby Ray Morgan and four runs score. The Senators win, 6-2.

After losing four in Boston, the Cubs play an exhibition game against the Providence Grays and lose again, 8-7, in 8 innings. The Cubs score 3 in the 9th to tie and when Providence tallies a run, the Cubs rush to make a train: which they miss. The game at Rocky Point features two splash homers hit into Narragansett bay, one by Wilbur Good and another by Grays pitcher Babe Ruth. Ruth adds a triple and on the slab he walks 7 and strikes out 3. The Cubs pocket $400 for their showdown with the Babe.

28th  At Brooklyn, the Superbas beat the Cardinals, 7-3, as George Cutshaw hits a grand slam.

29th  At Fenway Park, the Cubs drop a 3–2 decision to the Braves as Larry Cheney walks 11 Boston batters in the game. Tom Hughes, making his first start for Boston, is the winner on a 5-hitter. Cheney’s 11 passes is a Cubs record.

30th The Dodgers stop Alexander’s win streak at 9 games, defeating the Phils, 2–1, behind Jake Pfeffer. Alex is done in by 3 Phillie errors.

In front of a handful of fans, the pennant-winning Braves top the Giants, 7–1 in the first of two. Dick Rudolph posts his 9thstraight win. Boston then beats up Mathewson for 6 runs in 3 innings, but the game ends in a 7–7 tie. For the 2nd year in a row Matty (24–13) will finish with more victories than walks (23).