1915 September

1st  In Boston, the Reds Fred Toney pitches a one-hitter, defeating the Braves, 4-0. The lone hit is Fred Snodgrass’ single in the 4th inning.

2nd The visiting Phillies sweep two from the Giants, winning 3–1 and 2–0. Tesreau and Mathewson take the losses, while Pete Alexander is the shutout winner in the nitecap.

Ruth is hitless at bat, but pitches the Red Sox to an 8–3 win over the host Athletics. He strikes out 5.

3rd  Cleveland 1B Jay Kirke swings at a wild pitch for strike 3 and reaches 1B. Cleveland beats the White Sox, who protest on the grounds that the rules did not permit Kirke to take 1B. The protest is upheld and the game is ordered replayed.

Ernie Shore is victorious over the A’s, 10–2, giving the first place Red Sox its 6th straight win.

With the game tied at 2 apiece in the 8th, the Browns Burt Shotton heads a triple steal with Austin and Walker to beat the Tigers, 3–2.

The Pirates sell outfielder Zip Collins, hitting .294, to the Braves. He’ll drop to .209 next year.

4th Pittsburgh’s Erv Kantlehner loses to the Cubs, 5–2, but at least his teammates give him a pair. He will go 6-12 this year, with 8 of his losses by shutouts.

Art Nehf of the Braves tosses a brilliant one-hitter to stop Brooklyn, 6-0. A single by the light-hitting Otto Miller results in the only Robin runner. For the rookie Nehf, it is his third shutout in four starts.

5th  In the first game of a doubleheader versus the Tigers, the Browns’ George Sisler tosses 9 innings and gives up 6 runs, to lose 6–5. Sisler clubs a HR in the loss. Detroit takes the second game, 4-2.

6th Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless till the 8th, before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves and the Red Sox win, 5–2, sweeping the doubleheader. Ruth is 2-for-3 at the plate.

7th  The St. Louis Terriers’ Dave Davenport, strikeout leader of the FL, pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Whales, one of his 10 shutouts and 22 wins. St. Louis will play 2 more games than Chicago and split them, thus trailing the Whales at season’s end by one percentage point. Chicago will be 86–66; St. Louis, 87–67, and the Pittsburgh Rebels, 86–67. A percentage difference of .004, it is the closest bunching of the top 3 teams in any ML race.

8th  Fred Clarke resigns as Pirates manager having won 4 pennants in 19 years.

The A’s Tom Sheehan shuts out the Red Sox to win, 1-0. He scatters 7 hits, 4 by Larry Gardner, The Sox are more patient in the 2nd game, and walk 12 times off Cap Crowell to win 13–2. Six players score 2 runs each.

9th  In the hottest September 9th in New York history (94 degrees), Boston’s Lefty Tyler allows just one Brooklyn hit, but loses 1–0. Jeff Pfeffer is nearly as perfect, allowing 2 hits for the win. Brooklyn scores the lone run on a walk by Hy Myers, Gus Getz’s single, a double steal, and a sac fly.

At Boston, the A’s manage just one hit in losing to Ernie Shore and the Red Sox, 5–0. Jimmy Walsh’s single is the only hit allowed. Harry Hooper scores 3 runs for Boston.

Sporting goods manufacturer A. G. Spalding, one of the original players, managers, and executives of the NL, dies at 65 in Point Loma, near San Diego, CA.

10th  Rogers Hornsby, brought up a week earlier from class D Denison (Western Association), makes his ML debut for the Cardinals. With the Cards trailing the Reds, 7-0, after 6 innings, Hornsby plays SS and goes hitless in two appearances against Cincy rookie Charles “King” Lear, who wins, 7–1.

Boston’s Babe Ruth wins his 15th of the year, stopping the visiting A’s, 7–2 on six hits. Ruth, 3rd in the AL in hitting, is 0-for-4 at the plate.

St. Louis (FL) pitcher Dave Davenport follows up his no-hitter with a 2-hitter, beating Newark, 3–0.

The NL-leading Phillies top the Giants, 7-3 as Gavvy Cravath provides the winning margin with a grand slam in the 8th, off Jeff Tesreau.

11th The Reds pepper Mathewson for 10 hits and Lefty George shuts out last-place New York to win, 4–0. Lefty will pitch into the 1940s, and will set the Eastern League record for wins (165) between 1923-33.

Future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank, pitching for St. Louis (FL) wins his 300th game, beating Newark, 12–5. He is the first lefty to reach the mark. Plank will go into the Hall in 1946.

In a 2–0 win over Kansas City, Hal Chase of the BuffFeds hits a home run at Kansas City’s Gordon and Koppel Field, which clears the fence and lands in Brush Creek. This is Prince Hal’s 4th homer in 7 games, on his way to a Federal League-leading 17. In ten previous big league seasons, he had never hit more than four.

12th Dave Danforth of Louisville (AA), strikes out 18 Kansas City batters to set an American Association record. In his next start, on May 15, he will strike out 15 St. Paul hitters. He’ll whiff 130 in 101 innings.

14th  The Cardinals, battling for 4th place in the NL, lose 6–2 to Brooklyn’s Jack Coombs. Rogers Hornsby is in the starting lineup for the first time, but goes hitless. Tomorrow he will get his first ML hit, a single off Rube Marquard.

Babe Ruth fires a two hitter, as the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 2–1, for their 7th win in a row. Ruth has 2 of Boston’s 3 hits. Boston will win 4 of 5 in the series with Chicago.

George Dumont debuts with Washington and fires a 3–0 shutout over Cleveland. Dumont will finish the year at 2–1, with both wins shutouts, the other coming on September 20.

15th The Cubs edge the Braves, 1–0, behind Phil Douglas, with Lefty Tyler taking the tough loss. Tomorrow, the Cubs will win another 1–0 battle, but it will take them 12 innings to do it.

At Leavenworth federal prison, the Kansas City Packers (FL) square off against an all-white prison team, the White Sox, in front of a crowd of 1,500 inmates and other invited guests. Inmate Bert Felt, former president of the Nebraska State League, is the umpire when two FL umpires miss a train. The professionals have little difficulty with the inmate squad, reeling off a 23-1 victory. The prison run comes in the 7th, appropriately on a steal of home.

16th  In the first of important four games series at Fenway Park, the Tigers (90–48) and Red Sox (90-44) square off. Detroit knocks out starter Rube Foster, then rookie reliever Carl Mays keeps throwing at Ty Cobb till he hits the Tiger star on the wrist. Cobb slings his bat at Mays in retaliation, and the crowd reacts by throwing bottles at Cobb. The next inning, Cobb catches a fly ball for the final out and then needs a police escort to leave the field. The Tigers win, 6–1.

The first-place Phillies make it easy for Alexander to win his 28th as they post 6 runs in the 1st inning en route to a 10-3 win over the host Reds. Fred Luderus is 5-for-5 with a triple and 2 doubles.

At Griffith Stadium, Walter Johnson wins his 23rd as he stops the Browns, 8-2. He also stops his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 32 when the Browns push across a pair of runs in the top of the 9th.

In Chicago, Hippo Vaughn fires a 12-inning shutout for the Cubs as they edge the Dodgers, 1-0. Hippo gives up just 4 hits. Vic Saier hits an RBI single in the 12th.

17th Dutch Leonard allows 3 hits as the Red Sox top Detroit, 7–2.

Pittsburgh rookie Carmen Hill makes his mound debut with a 5–0 win over the Giants.

18th In one of the best pitched games of the year, Ernie Shore goes all the way to give Boston a 1–0 win over Detroit in 12 innings. The Tigers miss an opportunity in the 12th when they load the bases with one out. Ralph Young’s grounder results in a force at home and, on the play, Marty Kavanagh passes Sam Crawford on the basepaths for the third out. Boston’s win puts them 3 games up on the Tigers.

19th In a Sunday doubleheader in St. Louis, the Phils win the opener, 6–2, behind Grover Alexander. It is Alex’s 29th win of the year. The Cardinals reverse the outcome in game 2 as Red Ames allows one hit in 10 innings to win, 1–0. Whitted’s pop single in the 8th is the only safety as Ames faces just 31 batters. Bob Bescher singles in Huggins with the game’s only run.

The last-place Giants trip the Cubs, 7-1, as Dave Robertson goes 4-for-4 with a homer. Sailor Stroud (11-8) goes 7 innings for the win, with Rube Benton relieving.

20th In front of a full house at Fenway Park, including Vice-President Thomas Marshall, Babe Ruth gives Boston a 3–2 win over Detroit. Rube Foster relieves Babe with 2 outs in the 8th. Ruth is 1-for-3 at bat.

After the A’s win the opener, 5-4, over Cleveland, Bud Davis walks 12 Indians in game 2 and Cleveland wins, 5–3. Davis is the second A’s pitcher in 2 weeks to walk that many. Clarence Garrett is the loser in the opener, although helping himself with a wild pitch in the second inning. With Healy at bat with 2 outs and a 2-2 count, Garrett fires a pitch in the dirt that bounces off the mask of catcher O’Neill and rebounds onto the diamond. Healy swings and misses and hustles to 1B on the missed third strike. Lajoie, who is on third, attempts to score and Garrett retrieves the rebound and tags out Nap for the 3rd out.

22nd  Having loaned the Braves the use of their larger park in 1914, the Boston Red Sox request the use of the new, larger NL park for this year’s WS.

The Tigers use a 10-run 7th to beat the A’s, 13-9. Reliever Joe Bush faces 9 batters to start the 7th and retires none. The A’s get a HR from Bill Bankston, his only ML roundtripper, while Wally Schang is 0-for-1 but scores 4 runs.

In the battle for 4th place, the visiting Browns take a pair from the Yankees, winning 4-2 and 3-1. Rookie Tim McCabe (3-0) is the winner in the opener, allowing an inside the park homer to Wally Pipp. Pipp adds an RBI fly. Johnny Tillman, in his second and final ML appearance, allows 2 hits in 8 innings before wilting and being relieved by Carl Weilman in game 2. Yankee rookie Allen Russell is the loser, but strikes out 8 in his second start, matching his K’s in his first start. No Yankee rookie will strike out 8 or more in each of his first two starts until Tanaka in 2014.

23rd  In the first of two games, the Yanks top the Browns, 7–0. George Sisler pitches one perfect inning of relief for St. Louis.

Before the game at Pittsburgh, manager Fred Clarke is presented with a grandfather’s clock and a red leather binder signed by thousands of well-wishers. Clarke plays 4 innings in left field and goes 1-for-2. After reaching first, Clarke is replaced by Max Carey, and the out-going manager exits to thunderous applause. Pittsburgh wins, 8–4, over the Braves.

In Chicago, Phillies ace Pete Alexander wins his 30th, beating the Cubs, 5–1.

In Philadelphia, Detroit’s Ty Cobb swipes his 90th base of the year. Only 300 fans are on hand to witness the event. Detroit wins, 6-5, over the A’s.

24th  The Reds clip the visiting Brooklyn Robins, 7-5, behind reliever Lefty George. George helps the cause with a pair of triples.

25th  In Philadelphia, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning 8-1 and 5-3 behind Joe Benz and Red Faber. The A’s Amos Strunk hits his 10th triple of September, giving him 16 on the year. All but two are at home, and he is just the 3rdand last player to have 10 or more in a month. Doyle (May 1911) and Werden (July 1893) were the others.

27th  St. Louis Browns star George Sisler makes his 2nd pitching start this month, and gets no decision despite giving up 4 runs in 6+ innings. Sisler is relieved in the 7th and goes to RF as Boston scores 5 runs to win, 8–4.

In a 7-5 Detroit victory in Washington, Ty Cobb steals third base—but it is already occupied by teammate Donie Bush. Realizing his mistake, Cobb desperately tries to scramble back to 2B but is called out on the tag. Protesting too strongly about the call, Cobb is tossed out of the game.

At Handlan’s Park, the FL Terriers beat the Buffalo Blues, 3-2. St. Louis hitter Ward Miller extends his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games.

29th  On Patsy Moran Day in Boston, the Phils clinch their first pennant for manager Moran on Pete Alexander’s 4th one-hitter and 12th shutout of the year, 5–0, beating Dick Rudolph and the defending champion Braves. It is Pete’s 6th win in a row. Sherry Magee’s 4th-inning single is the only safety for Boston (the 4thtime he’s had the only hit in a game), while Gavvy Cravath clouts a 3-run homer in the 1st for the Phils. Cravath ends the year leading the NL in homers (24), slugging, runs, walks, total bases, and is the only National Leaguer with more than a hundred RBIs (115).

Kansas City (FL) lefty Art Packard does it all, winning 1–0 and hitting a home run against St. Louis.

Wilbur Good, of the Cubs, hits the last HR at West Side Grounds as Chicago makes good, winning 5-4, over the Reds.

After whipping the A’s, 10-2, the Senators double up in the second game, 20–5, pounding pitcher Tom Sheehan for 21 hits in 8 innings. Sheehan will manage the San Francisco Giants briefly in 1966. Rippy Williams is 5-for-6. In the first game, Turner Barber is 5-for-5 against OF-P Chick Davies. Bert Gallia and Doc Ayers are the winners. Philadelphia has now lost 11 straight.

30th  The Red Sox clinch the AL pennant as St. Louis beats Detroit, giving Boston a 2 1⁄2-game margin. The World Series is now set for another Boston-Philadelphia matchup, but with the leagues reversed.