1919 September

1st In the first of two Labor Day games, Babe Ruth allows 10 Washington hits, but wins 2–1. Ruth drives home one run with a triple. The win is his last in a Red Sox uniform. In the nitecap, Ruth’s 7th inning homer snaps a 1–1 tie as Boston wins, 4–1. It is the Babe’s 24th homer.

At St. Louis, George Sisler gives the Browns a split for the day with an 11th inning HR, for a 4–2 win. The Indians win the opener, 5–3.

2nd  The National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series. The lengthier WS is seen as a sign of greed and is abandoned after 3 years.

3rd At Wrigley Field, the Reds top Pete Alexander and the Cubs, 6–1. Dutch Ruether is the winning pitcher for Cincy, and shows his speed by swiping home in the 4th inning.

5th The Red Sox pull off a triple play and bang out 25 hits in downing the A’s, 15–7. Babe Ruth is 5-for 6 including his 25thhomer, tying Buck Freeman’s record.

6th In Cleveland’s 11–2 runaway over the Chicago White Sox, Chicago’s Buck Weaver swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 9th to tie the ML mark. Joe Wood has a triple and homer and winning pitcher Jim Bagby also homers. Bagby allows 14 hits in the victory, which leaves the White Sox in the AL lead by 6 ½ games.

Jack Tobin is 5-for-5 to pace the St. Louis Browns to a 12-10 win over the Tigers. Cobb has three hits and Harry Heilmann two triples and a single for the Bengals.

8th  Babe Ruth hits HR No. 26, off Hank Thormahlen in New York, breaking Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win 3–1 in the opener, then win 2–0 in the nitecap behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman, now an umpire in the American Association, congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York’s SS Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game, and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the 2nd game, on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.

10th  The Indians’ Ray “Slim” Caldwell, struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier, no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3–0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the 2nd game, the Indians win as well, 3–2. Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances in the twinbill.

The Athletics are down 5-0 before rallying for six runs off Hooks Dauss in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6-5. The victory is their second straight, tying their longest winning streak of the season. Six of their starters have made their major league debut in the two games, so heading into tomorrow’s game with the Tigers, they had yet to play in a loss for Philadelphia. This will change soon enough, as they finish the season by losing 14 or their last 16 games (as not4d by Tom Ruane).

The Cardinals whip the host Robins, 11-8, as Brooklyn makes it close with 6 runs in the last 2 innings. Starter Marv Goodwin is the winner, though his replacement Will Koenigsmark provides little help as he gives up 2 runs without retiring a batter in his lone ML appearance. His ERA is infinity.

11th  The Red Sox shut out the Browns for the afternoon. Herb Pennock wins the first game 4–0 and Allen Russell follows suit, 6–0. Boston has now won 8 in a row.

At Chicago, The Giants beat Grover Alexander, 7–3, as rookie Frankie Frisch connects for his first ML homer. Rube Benton takes the win for New York.

Cardinals pitcher Ferdie Schupp picks a fine time to hit his only ML homer, as he ends a game with visiting Brooklyn by hitting a 9th inning walkoff—or runoff–inside-the-park shot off Leon Cadore. The Cards win 4-3.

12th At Chicago, the Cubs and Dodgers break even, with the Cubs winning the opener, 3–1, and the visitors taking game 2, 5–4. A triple play by SS Bill Hollocher to 1B Fred Merkle on a line drive by Ed Konetchy is the highlight of game 1.

15th At Philadelphia, A’s pitcher Jimmy Zinn hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 9th inning off Chicago’s Red Faber, his first ML homer. His next will come in 10 years. After Zinn’s HR, Jackson catches the next ball against the fence and Faber escapes with an 11–10 win.

16th  Dutch Ruether beats the Giants, 4–3, to clinch the Reds’ first pennant since its American Association days.

In Philadelphia, the second-place Indians take a pair from the Athletics, winning 8-2 and 12-8. In game 1, Ray Chapman swipes four bases for the second time in his career. He did it in May 1917. Steve O’Neill chips in with a 3-run homer. Cleveland scores 8 runs in the 2nd inning of game 2 and holds on for the win. Elmer Smith is 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored.

17th The Tigers split with the host Red Sox, winning the opener 7–6 after Cobb and manager Hugh Jennings are tossed by umpire George Moriarty. Boston manages just 3 hits in the nitecap, but beats former teammate Dutch Leonard, 2–1.

20th  On “Babe Ruth Day” at Fenway, 31,000 jam the park to see the Knights of Columbus of South Boston honor one of their own members between games of the DH with Chicago. Ruth starts on the mound in game 1, his first start since September 1, and Allen Russell relieves in the 6th inning. With the score tied 3–3 in the 9th, Babe, now playing LF, golfs a outside pitch from Lefty Williams over the LF wall to win the game, 4–3 With the hit, Ruth ties Ned Williamson’s 1884 ML HR mark of 27. Boston takes the nitecap, 5–4, with Ruth scores the winning run in the 5th. He is deprived of a homer when his 5th inning drive bounces out of the bleachers and ump Billy Evans rules it a double. Evans spots the fans scrambling for the ball and rules it a ground-rule double under the day’s temporary ground rules. A petition signed by witnessing fans is brought to Evans by a National Guardsman (filling in for the striking Boston police) but the ump dismisses it.

21st  In Chicago, the Cubs Grover Alexander beats Boston, 4–2, taking just 58 minutes to win.

It takes the Dodgers 55 minutes to beat the Reds 3–1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, besting Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch CG, a ML record. Slim walks one in the loss.

24th Trying for his 30th win, Eddie Cicotte goes 7 innings, allowing ten Brownie hits, before exiting on the short end of a 5–4 score. The White Sox rally to win 6–5 and clinch the pennant; the final margin will be 3 1⁄2 games over the Indians. On the 28th, Cicotte will throw 2 innings against the Tigers as a World Series warm-up.

The Brooklyn Robins defeat the Phillies twice on Fred Luderus Day in Philadelphia, winning 4–1 and 14–7. The Robins spoil the pitching debut of 17-year-old Lefty Weinert, cuffing the young reliever for 9 runs in the last 4 innings. The 2nd game is the 525th in a row played by the Philadelphia first sacker, who is presented with a diamond stickpin and gold watch between games to commemorate his endurance effort. He’ll end the season with a consecutive-game streak of 533, a ML record.

After the Red Sox win the opener behind Jack Quinn, 4–0 at the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings —27 outs—against the Yankees, but they come in between the 4th and the 13th in which he gives up hits. He loses 2–1 in the 13th when Wally Pipp triples and scores on Del Pratt’s sac fly to Ruth. Boston’s only score is the Babe’s 28th homer of the year, off Bob Shawkey in the 9th, to “set a new world’s record” (NY Times). It is believed to be the longest hit at the Polo Grounds, heading over the RF roof and landing on adjacent Manhattan Field.

The Giants divide a bill with the Braves, winning the opener, 6–1, behind Jess Barnes 24th win of the year. The Giants collect 16 hits with Art Fletcher making 4. Wilbur Hubbell makes his debut in the nitecap, but the Giant’s bats are silent and he loses, 3–2, in 10 innings.

25th In Detroit, the Tigers, fighting for 3rd place, use 18 hits to beat the Indians, 9–5. The Indians have already clinched 2ndplace. Ty Cobb is 1-for-4 while Tris Speaker has three hits, including two triples. Cobb will later write a letter to Detroit P Dutch Leonard in which he implies there was a “business proposition” involving this game that was “disappointing.” Neither Cobb or Speaker was ever proven to have bet on this or any other games, but Leonard will later accuse the two of arranging for the Tigers to win today. Commissioner Landis will exonerate the pair in 1927.

26th Carl Mays gives up 2 unearned runs in the Yankees 8–2 victory over the Athletics. He strikes out 7.

In Chicago, Detroit makes 8 errors but the Tigers still beat the White Sox, 10–7. Resting most of their regulars, the Sox make 4 errors.

The Braves tie the Giants 4-4 in the 7th and acting manager Mathewson brings in the veteran Jean Dubuc to shut out Boston the rest of the way. The Giants win 5-3 giving Dubuc (6-4) his 22nd game finish, the NL high. Despite his 2.66 ERA, this is his last game. He will be banned for life for failing to report that he had prior knowledge to the WS fix.

The NL champion Reds win a pair from the Cubs, 6–5 and 3–0. Slim Sallee wins his 21st game in the opener and in the 9thinning helps with a single as the Reds score the winning run. He walks none, ending the year with 21 wins and just 20 walks. Not till Saberhagen in 1994 who will win 14 and walk 13 will anyone match him. The Reds rip Hippo Vaughn in the nitecap and win, 8–0, behind Fisher’s 3-hitter.

27th  Despite a Ruthian blast in game 1, the Senators sweep a pair from Boston, 7–3 and 3–1, handing both defeats to Reb Russell. Russell starts both games, but is relieved in the opener before coming back for the CG loss in game 2. Ruth’s 29th HR, off Rip Jordan and is his first of the year in Washington. It clears the 45-foot wall in RF, the longest ever seen there. He is the first to homer in every park in the league in one season. Ruth’s homer is his last hit for Boston as he sits in game 2 and tomorrow, ending the season with 29 of the 33 homers the Red Sox total.

In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Wilbur Cooper, and the Cardinals whip the Pirates, 5-3.

After the Yankees Jack Quinn spits his way to a 4-1 win in the first of two at Shibe, Bob Shawkey strikes out 15 batters in a 9-2 Yankee win in game 2. Al Wingo strikes out 4 times while Ivy Griffith is 4-for-4 with a walk against Shawkey. The A’s are mired in last place.

28th  In a doubleheader match that draws 20,000, the Giants beat the Phils, 6–1 and 7–1 in the first game, one that takes just 51 minutes, a ML record fastest game ever. The record for the shortest NL game was set last week by the Reds. Tossing just 64 pitches, Jess Barnes allows 5 hits to win his 25th, over Lee Meadows. Hal Chase bails out and skips the game; his old friend John McGraw covers up saying that the first sacker with the shady reputation has headed for California. One of the odder plays occurs in the 1st inning when New York’s Ross Youngs grounds to Bancroft and the Giants George Burns is tagged out in a rundown between 2B and 3B. On the same play Youngs tries for 2B and is tagged out. No extraordinary efforts are observed to accelerate this contest until around the sixth inning when the players are noted running to and from their positions, urged on by umpire Bill Klem. In 1912, the Giants played a pre-World series exhibition with the Phils in just 39 minutes.

Against the Red Sox, Nationals coach and comedian Nick Altrock takes the mound for the 7th inning, but leaves after the first 4 batters hit safely. The Sox score 5 runs in the inning, but Washington prevails, 8–7, with Jim Shaw finishing up. Altrock will pitch another inning, but wait 5 years before doing so. Ruth sits out the finale.

At Brooklyn, the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 5–2, in a Sunday exhibition game.