1916 September

1st The Phils whitewash the Dodgers twice, winning 3–0 behind Grover Alexander and 6–0 to back Eppa Rixey. Alexander’s win in the opener is his 14th shutout, setting a major league record. The loser is Jack Coombs, who had set the record of 13 shutouts while pitching for the A’s in 1910. The Phils will win tomorrow behind Al Demaree’s 9th straight win, and twice more to move into 1st place.

4th  To help draw a Labor Day crowd, and because of their longtime rivalry, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown agree to close out their careers in the same game. Matty, now the manager of the Reds, wins 10–8 in his only game not pitched in a Giants uniform. Mathewson and Brown dueled 25 times since 1903, with Brown, now back with the Cubs, winning 13 and losing 10; Matty is 11–13. Both pitcher stagger to the end today in the nitecap of a twinbill, with the Reds racking up 19 hits, 3 by Matty, off Brown, while the Cubs tally 15 of Mathewson, 2 hits by Brown. Vic Saier hits a 3-run HR off Matty, the 5th time he has hit a 4-bagger off him, the most Matty has given up to any one hitter. The Cubs score 3 in the 9th before Matty gets Fritz Mollwitz, representing the tying run, to pop out. Today’s win the number 373 for Mathewson. The Cubs win the a.m. contest, 3–0.

In Detroit, the Coveleski brothers appear together in the same game for the only time in their careers. Stan starts for the Indians and gets knocked out in Detroit’s 5-run first inning. Harry relieves later on in the game as Detroit wins, 7–5.

In a double shutout, the Pirates Frank Miller and Wilbur Cooper shut out the Cardinals 7–0 and 2–0.

At New York, the Yankees and Red Sox split. Boston wins the opener, 7–1, behind Babe Ruth, while New York scores in the 9thto win the nitecap, 4–3.

5th Walter Johnson strikes out 8 and allows one hit as the Senators beat the Yankees, 2-0. Rube Oldring has the lone hit for New York. Johnson hits a solo home run off Nick Cullop and wins his 24th.

6th New York’s Rube Benton tosses both ends of a doubleheader against the faltering Brooklyn Robins, winning the opener 6–1 and losing the 2nd game, 2–1, to Rube Marquard. Benton gives up 14 hits in the two games. Fletcher is the offensive star of game 1 hitting a homer and stealing 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd. The steal of home is on the front end of a double steal with Holke.

At Philadelphia the Red Sox trim the meek Mackmen, 5-2. It is the A’s 100th loss of the season.

The White Sox win over Cleveland, 4-3, the first of a four-game series with the Indians. The Sox will sweep them all, winning three by a run and one by two runs. Ziggy Hasbrook debuts with the Sox today at 1B; when the Sox purchased his contract in late July from Muscatine (Central Assoc) he pitched a one-hit shutout over Cedar Rapids.

At Detroit, Ty Cobb’s speed is too much of St. Louis and the Tigers win 4-3. In the 10th inning, Cobb beats out a hit to short, steals 2b and continues to 3B on a low throw. Veach then grounds sharply to Sisler at 1B, forcing Cobb to return to 3B. But when Sisler jogs over to touch the bag, Cobb dashes for home beating the throw.

7th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Ferdie Schupp beats Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker, 4–1, to launch New York’s record 26–game winning streak.

8th  In a “travesty” at Shibe Park, the result of Connie Mack juggling the schedule in an attempt to play a couple of lucrative exhibition games, The A’s top the Yankees, 8-2. Switch-hitter Wally Schang of the A’s hits homers from both sides of the plate against the Yankees, the first major leaguer to do so. One of the homers is a grand slam. [The next AL player to hit homers from both sides will be Johnny Lucadello in 1940.] Only 23 people see the rare feat on a rainy day as the A’s push their record to 30-101. New York Evening Sun reporter William J. Slocum, writes on the odd game, “When the baseball historian sets himself to the task of chronicling the unusual events of the 1916 season, he should not overlook September 8. A travesty on the national game was put on at Shibe Park before a gathering which perhaps sets the low record for attendance at a major league game. The paid attendance was exactly twenty-one, and the receipts did not amount to $16. These figures are positively official.” (as noted by Steve Steinberg).

9th Hippo Vaughn and Jimmy Lavender shut out the Pirates, 3–0 and 2–0, for a Cubs’ doubleheader victory.

New York Giant pitcher William “Pol” Perritt beats the Phillies twice, winning 3–1 and 3–0. He gives up just 4 hits in each game.

In Washington, Boston’s Babe Ruth tops the Senators and Walter Johnson, 2–1. Ruth gives up 4 hits while Johnson allows 8. It is the Babe’s 4th win this season versus Johnson. Washington wins the nitecap, 4–3, in 10 innings.

11th At Philadelphia, Benny Kauff has two walks in the Giants 6-run 4th as they down the Phillies, 9-4. Kauff adds a double and homer in his 2 official at bats to back Jeff Tesreau’s win.

12th Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth, both pitching on 2 days rest, square off. Washington scores 2 runs in the 9th when John Henry lines a bases loaded double off Ruth to tie the game, 2–2. Boston scores in the 10th, but Washington tallies twice off Ernie Shore to win, 4–3. Johnson is the winner.

Dick Rudolph of the Braves wins his 4th 1–0 game in six weeks beating the Cubs, 1–0, in game 1. Game 2 ends in a 3–3, 13-inning tie.

Bobby Veach and Ty Cobb each have 4 hits and the pair score 7 runs between them in Detroit’s 10-2 win over the Indians. Two of Cobb’s hits are homers.

13th Sherry Magee clouts a grand slam, off Jimmy Lavender, and the third-place Braves sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 7-3 and 11-6. Red Smith has 5 hits in game 1 for the Braves, driving in 4 runs. Boston is now just a game and half out of first place.

14th Four days after his first appearance, Pirate rookie Burleigh Grimes makes his first start, against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn breaks a scoreless tie with 2 runs in the 7th, after Honus Wagner flubs a DP grounder hit by Casey Stengel. Wagner, who ostensibly had told the rookie to have Stengel hit the ball to short, reportedly says, “Those damn big feet of mine have always been in my way (Okrent & Wulf).” Pittsburgh scores 2 in the 8th to tie but pitcher Larry Cheney loops a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 9th to win it for Brooklyn.

Bob Bescher hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Erskine Mayer, and the visiting Cardinals beat the Phillies, 5-3. For the Cards, it is their last win of the year: they’ll lose their next 14 games.

In a see-saw battle in Chicago, the White Sox edge the Browns, 9-8, in 10 innings. The Sox steal 5 bases, including Ray Schalk’s 30th. He is the first catcher to steal 30 bases.

The Giants win their third in a row from the Reds, beating them, 3-1, behind Jeff Tesreau’s wet offerings. George Burns plates the third run, scoring from 1B on a bunt single by Herzog. Burns is running on a steal attempt and just keeps going.

Exercising a baseball superstition, Tiger manager Jennings designates it “Shocker Day” in honor of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker, the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees (as noted by historian Steve Steinberg). Instead of being jinxed by the “honor”, Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers first-place ideas with a 4–2 win. The Yankees use a rare suicide double squeeze to score two runners, from 2B and 3B, to win.

15th The Giants, sporting a 9-game winning streak, are losing 2–0 to Cincy in the 4th inning when rain washes out the game.

The Robins score 8 runs in the 2nd inning—4 on a grand slam by Zach Wheat—as Brooklyn downs the visiting Reds, 8-1, in 5 innings. Rube Marquard allows just 3 Buc hits. Wheat extends his hit streak to 28 games.

Larry Gardner has 3 hits and drives in 4 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 9-3 win over the Browns. Rube Foster (14-7) finishes his season with a 9-game winning streak. A persistent sore arm will sideline him the last two weeks of the season and limit his WS appearances. The sore arm will continue next year and it will be his final.

16th In game 1 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn beats the Reds, 4-3, as Rube Marquard comes in to get the last out after Cincinnati scores 2 runs. The Reds Fred Toney pitches 12 innings in the nitecap before the game is called at 1–1 apiece. Zack Wheat goes hitless to end his hit streak at 29 consecutive games. He’ll put together a streak of 26 in 1919. Hal Chase has 5 hits for the afternoon and now leads the NL with a .329 BA.

At Baker Bowl, Pete Alexander is coasting with a 2-hit, 6–0 lead in the 8th over the Cubs, when weak-hitting Steve Yerkes lines a single followed by manager Joe Tinker’s only hit of the year. On a DP grounder, 1B Fred Luderus pulls his foot off the bag and Chicago goes on to score 3 runs. Alexander loses his shutout but wins his 29th as second-place Philadelphia is victorious, 6–3. The Phils sweep as Al Demaree tosses a 6-0 shutout in game 2. Gavvy Cravath helps with a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs.

17th  St. Louis Browns P George Sisler wins 1–0 over Walter Johnson. It is his last win, as he soon becomes a regular 1B. He will also play 2 games as a left-handed 3B.

At Comiskey Park, Boston lefty Babe Ruth wins his 20th, beating Red Faber and the White Sox, 6–2. A crowd of 40,000 is on hand, the largest turnout to date in Chicago history.

18th The Giants extend their win streak to 11 games by topping the Pirates in the opener of two. The nitecap is called after 8 innings with the score tied 1–1.

Ernie Shore beats the White Sox, 4–3, and strikes out 4 times. The win, coupled with Detroit’s loss, allows the Red Sox to reclaim first place by .003. Boston will win three in a row from Detroit.

Washington’s Claude Thomas makes his first major-league start and shuts out the A’s, 1–0.

19th Phils ace Pete Alexander gives up two runs, both unearned, and loses to the Cubs, 2–0. Hippo Vaughn out duels Alex as the Phils fall two games behind Brooklyn.

At Philadelphia, the White Sox tie a ML record when 3 pinch runners score in the 9th inning. The Sox win, 5–4, over the A’s.

20th Al Demaree of the Phillies pitches both games of a doubleheader and wins both against the Pirates. Demaree tosses a shutout to win the first game, 7-0, as the Phils knock Cooper out with a 7-run 6th inning, plating all the runs with 2 out. Demaree wins the second game, 3-2, when Al Mamaux throws a wild pitch in the 9th with the bases loaded. Demaree’s feat of winning two complete games in a day will be matched in a week by teammate Alexander.

The New York Giants win their 15th in a row as Ferdie Schupp stops the Cubs, 4-2.

For the second time this month, Hal Chase has 4 hits in a game, including a 3-run homer, as the Reds whip the host Braves, 12-4. Chase, the NL leader in hitting at .332, puts some distance between himself and Hornsby and Wheat. Chase will win the batting title, the only leader in history to bat right and throw left.

21st Rookie Tris Speaker goes 4-for-6 and drives in a run as Cleveland edges Washington and Walter Johnson, 3–2, in 13 innings. The Big Train gives up 15 hits. Al Gould pitches 4 innings of shutout relief, but the scorer gives the win to Cleveland starter Pop-boy Smith, who allows 2 runs in 9 innings. It is the only ML win for Pop-boy. Gould records a save (retroactive), the only one in his ML career.

      The Sporting News reports that Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell has entered a hospital to dry out and that he is completely cured.

22nd Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston swipes 2B, 3B, and home as Rube Marquard 6-hits the Cardinals for a 11–1 win. Brooklyn’s Hack Miller makes his first appearance, going hitless in one at bat as a late inning replacement.

The White Sox stay 2.5 games behind the Red Sox, winners at Cleveland, with a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees. Happy Felsch has 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Eddie Collins has a single to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20 games. He’s had 32 hits during the streak.

23rd Grover Cleveland Alexander beats Cincinnati twice, 7–3 and 4–0, at Philadelphia, allowing just a walk in the two 9-inning contests. Gavvy Cravath has 6 consecutive hits in the two games. With the Phillies needing the catch a train, Alex finishes the nitecap in 58 minutes, his 5th shutout and 8th victory over the Reds this season, a NL record. Pete has now thrown 15 shutouts on the year, also a NL and ML record. Tom Hughes, in 1905, whitewashed the Indians 5 times.

Series-bound Boston beats Cleveland, 5-3, behind Carl Mays. Duffy Lewis is 5-for-5 with two spectacular catches in the field. He turns the 2nd into a DP. Two of his hits are triples.

24th  Marty Kavanagh, Indians utility man, clubs the AL’s first pinch-hit grand slam in a 5–3 win over the first place Red Sox. The 5th-inning hit is a sizzling grounder over 3B that rolls under a screen in far left field and cannot be retrieved in time for a play at the plate. Kavanagh’s blast comes off Boston’s Dutch Leonard and ends Boston’s 7-game win streak. Dutch allows 4 hits, all for extra bases. The Sox are 2 ½ games ahead of Chicago, winners over the Yankees.

Ty Cobb is 4-for-4 against Walter Johnson as the Tigers beat the Senators, 6-5. Johnson loses his 20th against 25 wins, and again leads the league in batters faced. It is a record 4th consecutive season he’s done so.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Browns George Sisler bats 3rd and pitches his 2nd game in 8 days, tossing a complete game, but losing 2–0 to the A’s Harry Siebold. Siebold has an RBI double to help his cause. Sisler plays first base in game 2 as the Browns win, 3–2, behind Ernie Koob. Parnham allows just 4 hits, all for extra bases, and walks 4. One of the walks is to Koob, who goes hitless, ending the season at 0-for-41, but coaxing 15 walks. Koob is the only player to draw more than 7 walks in a hitless season.

25th The Giants push their record win streak to 21 games by clipping the Cardinals, 1–0 and 6–2. The old record was set in 1884 when Providence won 20 straight.

Where’d he get that nickname? In a second game sweep of the Pirates, Braves OF Zip Collins steals his 4th base of the year to go with 21 times he has been caught stealing. This is the worst record of any base stealer in the 20th Century with more than 20 attempts (as noted by Fred Worth). Larry Gardner will come close in 1920 when he is caught 20 times with 3 successes. The Braves win, 3-2, after Lefty Tyler shuts out the Bucs, 5-0.

Boston’s Babe Ruth is 2-for-3 and shuts out Cleveland, 2–0, on 7 hits.

26th  Washington manager Griffith excuses several regulars for the remaining games of the season so he can use some new players. Included in the excused is 25-game winner Walter Johnson. In a league-leading 370 IP, he did not give up a HR, an all-time record.

The Braves Lefty Tyler beats the Pirates, 1–0, for his 3rd 1-0 game in two months.

28th In the 4th doubleheader whitewash in the NL this month, the Giants’ Jeff Tesreau tops the Braves, 2–0, in the opener. In the 2nd game, Ferdie Schupp yields a 7th inning single to Braves 1B Ed Konetchy, breaking up his no hitter. Schupp finishes with a one-hit, 6–0 win, helped by a grand slam from Benny Kauff. Ferdie will end the year with an ERA of 0.90 to lead the NL: last year his 5.90 was last in the NL. For New York, it is their 25thconsecutive win.

At Brooklyn, the Phils close to a half-game behind the Robins as they beat them, 8–4. Alexander is the victor for the visiting Quakers. Both teams are off tomorrow.

29th  Boston Red Sox P Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rdwin, topping New York 3–0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no HRs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.

30th  In the opener of a doubleheader, Giants pitcher Rube Benton takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning before Braves 1B Ed Konetchy repeats his performance of 2 days ago by lacing a hit, the only Boston safety. Benton wins the one-hitter, 4–0, for New York’s ML record 26th win in a row. Boston then wins the 2ndgame, 8–3, behind Lefty Tyler to snap the historic streak. Jeff Tesreau, in relief of Slim Sallee, is ineffective. Despite the winning streak, and an earlier skein of 17 victories on the road, New York finishes in 4th place.

Red Sox CF Tilly Walker, imitating Tris Speaker, his predecessor, dashes in for a low line drive and beats the runner back to 2B for an unassisted DP. It is an important play, as Dutch Leonard defeats Nick Cullop of the Yankees 1–0 in the 10th on Harry Hooper’s sacrifice fly. The win clinches a tie for the pennant for Boston. Cleveland will beat Chicago tomorrow to give the flag to Boston.

At Cleveland, the second-place White Sox take a pair from the Indians, winning 7-2 and 7-3. Happy Felsch hits a 9th inning grand slam for the Sox in game 2, snapping a 3-3 tie.

In Philadelphia, the A’s and Washington split a pair with the Senators taking the opener, 8-6. The Athletics win game 2 by a 10-9 score, just the second time this season they’ve scored 10 runs. The woeful A’s will score just 447 runs for the year, the lowest in the majors, while the staff gives up 776 runs, by far the highest number allowed.

Behind Eppa Rixey, the Phils win the morning game with Brooklyn, 7–2, and now lead the NL by a half game. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 6–1 behind Rube Marquard and they hammer Alexander for 11 hits including a homer by Casey Stengel. The Phils also lose SS Dave Bancroft when he breaks his ankle running to 1B. Bancroft had injured the leg earlier in the game while fielding a ball. Both teams are off tomorrow.