Author: This Day in Baseball

The American League’s longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16‚000 in this 24 inning marathon both starters Jack Coombs and Joe Harris go the distance.

The American League’s longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16‚000. Rookies Jack Coombs and 24-year-old Joe Harris go the route in a 24-inning struggle‚ ending with a 4 – 1 Athletics victory after 4 hours and 47 minutes. It sets the major league record‚ later broken‚ and is still the AL mark for two pitchers. Two batters single, and then Socks Seybold and Danny Murphy hit triples with two outs to end the contest. Philadelphia’s Coombs faces 89 batters‚ striking out a major league record 18 (broken in 1962) and giving up 14 hits‚ while the Americans’ Harris fans 14 and yields 16 hits. Harris drops his record to 2-21‚ and will start next year at 0-6 before exiting the majors for Providence‚ holding the distinctions of the worst winning percentage (.091 for a 3-30 record) and the fewest wins for any pitcher with 300 innings pitched. The 24 innings pitched will only be exceeded this century by the 26-inning battle on May 1‚ 1920 between Joe Oeschger and Leon Cadore. There won’t be a longer game in the AL until May 8‚ 1984.

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At American League Park in Washington, D.C., the White Sox establish a new American League record, winning their 19th consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the hometown Senators. In 2002, the A’s will string together 20 straight wins to surpass the AL mark, but will fall one short of the major league mark established by the 1935 Cubs.

At American League Park in Washington, D.C., the White Sox establish a new American League record, winning their 19th consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the hometown Senators. In 2002, the A’s will string together 20 straight wins to surpass the AL mark, but will fall one short of the major league mark established by the 1935 Cubs.

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John W. Taylor is replaced by a reliever for the first time since June of 1901

John W. Taylor is replaced by a reliever for the first time since June of 1901 when the Brooklyn Superbas knock him out of the game in the third inning. During the five-year span, the Orphans’ right-hander completed a remarkable 1,727 innings of work that included 187 consecutive complete games, as well as finishing up 15 games in relief.

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The White Sox edge the A’s‚ beating Eddie Plank‚ 1 – 0‚ in 10 innings. Patsy Dougherty’s hit in the 10th‚ just the second allowed by Plank‚ drives in George Davis with the run. Roy Patterson is the winner.

The White Sox edge the A’s‚ beating Eddie Plank‚ 1 – 0‚ in 10 innings. Patsy Dougherty’s hit in the 10th‚ just the second allowed by Plank‚ drives in George Davis with the run. Roy Patterson is the winner.

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1906 – At Exposition Park, Honus Wagner clubs one of the longest hits in park history, but only makes it to third base. Rounding first, the Pirates player is clipped by 1B Kid Gleason, and Wagner limps his way to a triple. A courtesy runner, Harry Smith, scores for the Pirates on a fly and the Phils then generously allow Wagner to return to SS. But the injury will force him to miss three games.

On June 20, 1906 – At Exposition Park, Honus Wagner clubs one of the longest hits in park...

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Christy Mathewson shuts out the Philadelphia Athletics, 2 – 0, to give the New York Giants the World Series in five games. All are shutouts, with Mathewson getting three, Joe McGinnity one, and Chief Bender of Philadelphia one.

1905 – Christy Mathewson shuts out the Philadelphia Athletics, 2 – 0, to give the New York Giants the World Series in five games. All are shutouts, with Mathewson getting three, Joe McGinnity one, and Chief Bender of Philadelphia one.

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Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers engage in a fist fight on the field during an exhibition game in Washington, IN, because Evers took a taxi to the park, leaving his teammates in the hotel lobby. The pair will not speak to each other ever again.

1905 – Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers engage in a fist fight on the field during an exhibition game in Washington, IN, because Evers took a taxi to the park, leaving his teammates in the hotel lobby. The pair will not speak to each other ever again.

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The Beaneaters and Giants trade shutouts, with Boston beating Joe McGinnity in the opener, 1 – 0, and Christy Mathewson returning the favor, 3 – 0, in the nitecap. The game is scoreless until New York scores a run in the 7th off Vic Willis.

1905 – The Beaneaters and Giants trade shutouts, with Boston beating Joe McGinnity in the opener, 1 – 0, and Christy Mathewson returning the favor, 3 – 0, in the nitecap. The game is scoreless until New York scores a run in the 7th off Vic Willis.

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In his first major league at-bat, 18 year-old center fielder Ty Cobb doubles off Jack Chesbro in the first inning of the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over the Highlanders at Detroit’s Bennett Park. The two-bagger is the first of the 4,189 hits the ‘Georgia Peach’ will collect during his 24-year Hall of Fame career.

In his first major league at-bat, 18 year-old center fielder Ty Cobb doubles off Jack Chesbro in the first inning of the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over the Highlanders at Detroit’s Bennett Park. The two-bagger is the first of the 4,189 hits the ‘Georgia Peach’ will collect during his 24-year Hall of Fame career.

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1905 – The Giants beat up on the Reds again, winning 2 – 0 and 6 – 5. New York scores four runs in the nitecap on wild pitches by Orval Overall, but when the Reds load the bases with no outs in the 9th, Christy Mathewson relieves Dummy Taylor and gets three straight outs.

1905 – The Giants beat up on the Reds again, winning 2 – 0 and 6 – 5. New York scores four runs in the nitecap on wild pitches by Orval Overall, but when the Reds load the bases with no outs in the 9th, Christy Mathewson relieves Dummy Taylor and gets three straight outs.

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1905 – The Pirates pull to within five games of New York by overcoming a 5 – 2 deficit and beating the Giants, 8 – 5. Umpire Bill Klem provokes a barrage of garbage from the New York fans by tossing Dan McGann and Mike Donlin out of the game for abusive behavior.

1905 – The Pirates pull to within five games of New York by overcoming a 5 – 2 deficit and beating the Giants, 8 – 5. Umpire Bill Klem provokes a barrage of garbage from the New York fans by tossing Dan McGann and Mike Donlin out of the game for abusive behavior.

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1905 – A young woman sues the Giants for $500 for injury suffered when a foul ball hit her at a game at the Polo Grounds on September 3, 1904. Judge Chester B. McLaughlin dismisses the suit, ruling that patrons attend baseball games at their own risk.

On June 20, 1905 – A young woman sues the Giants for $500 for injury suffered when a foul ball hit her at a game at the Polo Grounds on September 3, 1904. Judge Chester B. McLaughlin dismisses the suit, ruling that patrons...

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