1920 September

1st  The Senators knock out rookie starter Duster Mails, but the Indians rally to win 9–5., and regain 1st place from the White Sox, loser of 6 of their last 7 games.

Carl Mays shuts out the Browns 3–0 on 4 hits for the Yankees.

The Reds beat the Braves, 6–3 behind Ray Fisher and Dolf Luque to move into first place by two points.

2nd  In Boston, the Red Sox top the Yankees 6–2, in the opener of a 4-game series. Ruth, still recovering from his swollen arm, coaches 1B. The Sox have feasted off the top 3 contenders recently: In the past 9 games, Boston took 4 out of 5 from Cleveland, swept 3 from the White Sox, and topped the Yankees today.

3rd  At League Park in Cleveland, a lone bugler plays taps before the Indians first home game since Ray Chapman’s death. Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski and Detroit’s Dutch Leonard are each scoreless for 8 innings before Cobb drives home the lone run of the game in the 9th.

With the score tied 3–3 in the 8th, Carl Mays relieves Jack Quinn for the Yankees. New York scores 2 in the 9th to beat Boston 5–3.

The Dodgers Burleigh Grimes stops the Phillies on 4 hits to win, 6–0. Zack Wheat leads the offense with 2 triples and a double as the hosts drive out George Smith in the 7th, totaling 14 hits. For Smith, this is the first of a ML record-tying 14 straight losses to the Dodgers through

4th  Eddie Collins has 2 hits in the nitecap against the Browns, as the White Sox win 5–2. Collins has hit safely since August 21, and will ring up a 22-game hitting streak through September 13.

In Boston, 33,000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th in the opener to give New York a 5–3 win. In the nitecap, Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5–3 lead into the 9th, then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run and Boston wins 6–5.

Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore gives up 12 hits but coasts to a 10–0 shutout over the Braves.

5th Brooklyn retains its slim lead in the NL by trimming the visiting Braves, 2–1, behind Rube Marquard. It’s the 3rd straight win at home.

6th  At the Polo Grounds, the 3rd-place Yankees win an a.m.-p.m doubleheader from the Athletics. Thormahlen wins the morning game, 4–1, beating Dave Keefe, who K’s Ruth 3 times. In the afternoon, Bob Shawkey tosses a 3-hitter to shut out the A’s 5–0.

Cleveland sweeps an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader from the Browns, 7–2 and 6–5 to retain first-place in the AL by a thin margin (.623) over Chicago (.614) and New York (.611). In the morning’s game, slick-fielding SS Harry Lunte, Chapman’s replacement, pulls up lame running out a single and is out of action. OF Joey Evans takes over short, but manager Tris Speaker will push to buy 21-year-old minor leaguer Joe Sewell. Cleveland wins game 2 by scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning. RF Elmer Smith helps on defense with an unassisted DP, the 2nd of 4 he’ll pull off in his career.

The White Sox keep pace with the Indians in the pennant race by winning a pair from the Tigers, 6–2 and 5–4 in 10 innings. Shorty Hodge makes his ML debut in the afternoon game and pitches a 2-hitter, with just one of the hits being clean. Harry Baumgartner, brought up today, finishes both games, taking the loss in the afternoon.

The Giants pick up Slim Sallee from the Reds where he was 5-6 this season. Slim won 134 games for the Giants between 1908 and 1918, and will post his final victory for them in two days.

The Reds go back on top by sweeping a holiday twinbill with the Cards, 5–3 and 4–2. Fisher wins the opener while Jimmy Ring takes game 2. The Phils flop the Dodgers twice, 3–2 and 6–5.

7th  At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees Carl Mays shuts out the A’s on a 4–hitter, 2–0, for his 9th straight win over the A’s. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Rommel, in relief of losing P Scott Perry, strikes out Ruth, Pratt, and Meusel in the 8th.

At Cleveland’s League Park, Jim Bagby tops the Tigers 5–4 for his 26thwin. The pitcher also doubles, his 8th hit in his last 11 at bats.

Illinois State Attorney Maclay Hoyne announces he is summoning a grand jury to investigate charges that the 1919 World Series was fixed. Adding fuel to the suspicions are recent reports of heavy gambling on the Phillies–Cubs game of August 31st.

8th  On their way to Cleveland, the Yanks play an exhibition game against the Pirates and suffers injuries to starters, Muddy Ruel (split finger) and Ping Bodie (sprained ankle). With Carl Mays skipping the Indians series to avoid any scenes, New York is short handed.

9th  In the opener of the pivotal 3-game series, Cleveland blasts the Yanks 10–4 behind the pitching of Stan Coveleski and the hitting of Doc Johnston. Johnston has 4 hits, two of them triples, and a steal of home. Ruth hits his 47th homer in the first, then receives 3 intentional walks.

10th  Cleveland loses 6–1 to the Yanks as Ruth hits a 2-run homer. Shortstop Joe Sewell, brought up from the New Orleans Pelicans, makes his ML debut, filling in for the injured Harry Lunte. Sewell goes hitless, but will then go 10-for-22 to win the job for the decade. Cleveland now leads by percentage points over the White Sox, and a half game ahead of the 3rd place Yankees.

11th  New York takes the final game of the series, topping Cleveland 6–2 as Ruth cracks two doubles. Cleveland now leads by .001 points over New York with the Sox a game back.

At Comiskey, the Red Sox stop the White Sox, 9-7, overcoming a 5th inning grand slam by Shoeless Joe Jackson off Sad Sam Jones. Dickie Kerr takes the loss. Chicago, Cleveland and New York are in a virtual tie for first place.

With the Reds losing twice to the Braves, the Dodgers win a pair from the Cards to take over first place by two games. Brooklyn wins 15–4 and 2–0. Sherry Smith fires the shutout win, hits 2 doubles and scores a run.

12th  The Indians beat the A’s, 5–2, as Duster Mails wins his 3rd straight game.

In Detroit, an overflow crowd of 29,000 boo Carl Mays as Detroit roughs up the Yankee submariner for a 4–0 lead to knock him out of the box. But the Yankees rally on 5 ground rule doubles into the crowd, and HRs by Wally Pipp and Duffy Lewis to win, 13–6.

The White Sox lose 5–0 to Washington and fall 1 ½ games off the pace.

The Giants outhit the visiting Cardinals, but 5 errors help St. Louis to a 6-3 win. New York pulls off a triple play, Kelly to Bancroft.

Flint’s Frank Wetzel (Michigan-Ontario League) finishes the season going 22-for 23. His hits include 8 doubles, 7 triples and 2 homers. The streak began with a doubleheader of September 6. Wetzel raises his average from .354 to .387 to lead the league.

13th  Carl Mays, who started yesterday, opens today for the Yankees in Detroit. This time he is more effective, stopping Detroit on 2 runs. Ruth hits his 49th HR and Mays drives in the final run of a 4–2 win.

The Indians and White Sox both win, the Tribe edging the A’s, 3–2, and the Sox mauling the Nats, 15–6. Happy Felsch has a grand slam for the Sox.

14th  The Yankees increase their AL lead to 1 ½ games by topping the Tigers 13–3. Cleveland the Sox are both shut out, the A’s beating the Indians 8–0 and Washington whitewashing the Sox 7–0. The Sox are now 2 ½ games back.

15th  The Indians give Jim Bagby (28-10) 14 runs on 22 hits and he coasts over the A’s 14–0. Larry Gardner has a single, double and homer, while Tris Speaker has 4 hits.

Pitcher Carl Weilman has 4 hits and 4 RBIs as he leads the Browns to an 18-5 win over the Red Sox. St. Louis collects 22 hits.

16th  Duster Mails delivers for the Indians, canceling the Senators 1–0 for his 4th win without a loss. Joe Sewell scores the lone run.

Chicago’s Dickie Kerr tops the Yankees 8–3, the loss dropping New York to 2nd place behind Cleveland.

In the first game of two at the Polo Grounds, the Pirates prevail, 3-1, on Earl Hamilton’s 4-hitter. The Giants return the favor, taking game 2 by a 4-0 score on Art Nehf’s one-hitter. Billy Southworth’s single is the only Buc shot.

17th  The Tigers Bobby Veach and the Giants George Burns hit for the cycle, the only time it has ever happened twice in the same day this century: it will be matched on September 1, 2008. The Giants beat Pittsburgh in 10 innings, 4–3, as Burns adds a 2nd double to his cycle. Detroit, behind Veach’s 6-for-6 (according to Retrosheet), outlasts Boston, 14–13, in 12 innings, despite a major-league record 20 Bosox batters receiving walks. Eight Tigers walk off to set another ML record of 28 walks in an extra-inning game. Veach, whose hits come off Bosox hurlers Sam Jones, Harry Harper, and Benn Karr, adds a sacrifice.

The first place Indians top the A’s, 9–3, while the White Sox, behind Red Faber, are again beating the Yankees, 6–4. Faber gets first inning help from Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson, and Happy Felsch who all hit two-out triples: Collins and Jackson triple later as Chicago totals an AL record six triples. The 3rd-place Sox are 1 ½ games back.

The Cardinals set a NL record by cracking out 12 consecutive hits in the 4th and 5th innings against the Boston Braves. Ten of the hits occur in the 4th inning when St. Louis scores 8 runs. The last 2 outs come as Milt Stock tries to stretch a single and Austin McHenry tries the same on a double. Both are thrown out. In the 5th inning, Doc Lavan opens with a double and Cliff Heathcote singles before a Redbird finally makes an out. St. Louis wins, 9–4.

18th  The White Sox complete a 3-game sweep of New York, beating the Yanks and Bob Shawkey, 15–9. The Babe manages just a 9th inning single, off Eddie Cicotte. Shano Collins has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, to drive in 5 runs for the Sox. The Indians stay in first with a 7–5 win over Washington, despite 3 errors in one inning by rookie Joe Sewell. The White Sox trail by 1 ½ games with New York two games back. Today’s Chicago Tribune features a letter on the front page of the sports section by businessman Fred Loomis. The headline over the letter blares: IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE SOX? 1919 WORLD SERIES SCANDAL REVIVED.

19th  Behind Jim Bagby, the Indians top the Red Sox, 2–0, in a Sunday game at home. It is Bagby’s 29th win of the year and keeps the Indians 1 ½ games ahead of Chicago.

In New York, Babe Ruth’s movie opens at Madison Square Garden. It has been retitled Heading Home. In St. Louis, the Browns beat the Yankees 6–1. The White Sox top the A’s to stay 1 ½ game behind the Tribe.

20th  Carl Mays stops the Yanks 4 game loss streak with a 4–3 win over the Browns. Ruth tallies the winning run in the 11th inning for NY, giving the Babe an AL-record 148 runs scored. Cobb had 147 in 1911. Ruth doubled off Carl Weilman in the 11th after striking out twice on slow curves.

In Cleveland, Duster Mails cancels the Red Sox, 8–3, for the Indians’ 6thwin in a row. The A’s lose to the White Sox 13–6.

At New York, the Giants and Reds break even, with New York taking the 1st game, 5–2, with 3 unearned runs. The Reds win game 2, 9–3, as Hod Eller strikes out 8, including George Burns 3 times. Cincinnati 2B Maurice Rath, who will hit only 2 HRs in 506 ABs, collects both of them in game 2: both are inside-the-park HRs, in the 7th and 8th innings. Rath led the PCL in hitting in 1917 without hitting a single homer, though he did lead the circuit in sacrifice hits (58).

21st  First-place Cleveland routs the Red Sox 12–1, and have a day off before meeting the 2nd place Sox, winners of their last 6 games.

22nd  Babe Adams of the Pirates tops Dolf Luque of the Reds, 2-0. For Adams, it is his NL-high 8th shutout of the season. He walks one and will finish the year with a record tying walks per 9/IP ration of 0.62, a mark set by Christy Mathewson in 1912. Elmer Ponder wins the 2nd game for Pittsburgh, 3-1.

A Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series.

23rd  In a 3-game showdown in Cleveland to decide the pennant, White Sox hurler Dickie Kerr tops the Indians 10–3 beating 29-game winner Jim Bagby. The Sox, winners of their last 7, are now just a half-game behind Cleveland.

At Fenway, the Red Sox whip the Athletics, 9-2, as Elmer Myers (11-5) has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Harry Hooper has a pair of triples. The loss goes to Scott Perry, his 25th, the high in the AL this year. It’ll be tied in the AL, but never topped.

24th  In the first game of a twinbill, Babe Ruth hits his 50th HR in the first inning, off the Senators Jose Acosta. He then adds number 51 in a 4-for-4 second game, a 2–1 win, to give the Yankees a sweep. The other 3 hits off loser Shaw are by Phelps.

At League Park, Duster Mails pitches Cleveland to a Friday afternoon 2–0 victory over the White Sox, dropping them to 1 ½ games back. In the 5th, Mails walks three straight batters on 12 pitches, but stays in and strikes out the side. No Sox reach base after that.

25th Behind Shoeless Joe Jackson’s homer and 2 doubles and the pitching of Claude Williams, the White Sox beat host Cleveland 5–1, to shave the Indians lead down to a ½ game. Jackson is hitting .387.

The A’s lose their 100th game, falling to the Red Sox, 4–2. Dugan has 3 doubles, and finishes the series with 7 two-base hits.

26th  In his last game of the season, Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams (17-13) walks one in an 8–0 loss to the Reds. He has walked 18 in 263 IP, making him the stingiest pitcher ever for one season.

Rube Marquard pitches his final victory as a Dodger, a 4–2 win over his former team, the Giants, and allows just 5 hits. The Giants will lose tomorrow to Boston and the Dodgers will clinch the pennant.

In St. Louis, an overflow Sunday crowd of 30,000 watch the Indians top the Browns, 7–5, behind 7 innings of strong relief by George Uhle. Joe Sewell knocks home 4 runs and Steve O’Neill contributes a drive that hits a mounted policeman’s horse for a ground rule double. Marty McManus debuts with St. Louis and is 1-for-3 with a triple.

Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte tosses a 7-hitter in beating the Tigers, 8–1. The Sox stay a half-game in back of the Tribe.

27th The Indians continue on their warpath by topping the Browns, 8–4. Duster Mails wins his 6th straight and Tris Speaker breaks out of a slump by collecting 2 hits. He had been 1-for-19. Charlie Jamieson adds four hits.

Behind the pitching of Dickie Kerr, the White Sox top Detroit, 2–0. In the clubhouse following the game, copies of the Chicago papers are spread on the table. The headlines feature Philadelphia writer Jimmy Isaminger’s interview with Billy Maharg where Maharg admits to his involvement, and that of former pitcher Bill Burns, in the scandal.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves eliminate the 2nd-place Giants in game 2 by a 3–2 score on Boeckel’s homer in the 9th. The Giants win the opener, 2–1. The loss cinches the pennant for Brooklyn.

Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s, 3–0, as Mays allows just 4 hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the RF fence off Rommel, his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hit 2 other liners to left and center that were close to the wall.

28th  On the strength of Jim Bagby’s 30th win, the Indians beat the Browns 9–5. The Indians now lead the idle Sox by one game and by 3 ½ over the New York, which can do no better than tie for the pennant now. Larry Gardner has 2 hits for Cleveland and is thrown out attempting to steal for the 20th time. He has 3 stolen bases.

At Cincinnati, the Reds take a pair from the Pirates, winning 2–0 and 5–3. Dolf Luque leaves with a sore arm after one inning of the lidlifter and Hod Eller throws 8 innings to win. Eller then goes 5 1/3 innings of game 2 but leaves without a decision.

The Illinois grand jury indicts the 8 Chicago players in the 1919 WS scandal, and Charles Comiskey immediately suspends the seven players (Chick Gandil had retired before the season). Yankees owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston send a telegram to Chicago owner Charles Comiskey offering to place their entire team at his disposal, following the suspension of 8 players in the scandal. Comiskey says he cannot accept the proposal.

29th  In St. Louis, the Indians complete a 4-game sweep of the Browns with a 10–2 win. Coveleski wins his 24th allowing 2 unearned runs. Cleveland has now won 20 of 26, and are 14–3 with rookie Joe Sewell in the lineup. The Tribe leaves for Detroit after the game.

Babe Ruth hits HR number 54 in Philadelphia as the Yankees win 7–2 in game 1. That is more than any other team total except the Phils. He is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs, even though he misses 12 games, with a modern record 158 runs scored, beating Ty Cobb’s 147 in 1911. The homer off Keefe by the “Potentate of Poundage” (New York Times) comes in the 9th after Rip Collins strikes out for the 4th time and Ward reaches on an error. Game 2 goes 11 innings before Wally Pipp connects for a 3-run homer in the Yankees 5-run outburst. New York win, 9-4. Clarence Walker has a homer in each contest.

At Boston, the Braves divide a pair with the Phils, winning 1–0, behind Joe Oeschger, then losing, 5–1. The first game take 65 minutes, with game 2 finishing in 1 hour: 40 minutes, the fastest doubleheader of the year.

30th The PCL directors vote unanimously to support the ruling of league president William McCarthy, who suspended Salt Lake City player Bill Rumler for five years for alleged gambling.