Major League Baseball Season Recap 1906
World Series – Chicago White Sox AL over Chicago Cubs NL 4 games to 2
1906 – Rookie owner Charles W. Murphy puts the last pieces of a Chicago Cubs dynasty in place, trading rookie infielder Hans Lobert and pitcher Jake Weimer to the Cincinnati Reds for third baseman Harry Steinfeldt. Not a heavy hitter, Steinfeldt completes the Frank Chance-Johnny Evers-Joe Tinker infield with more than adequate defense.
1906 – Lloyd Waner is born in Harrah, Oklahoma. Although Waner weighs only 150 pounds in his prime, he can hit for average, steal bases, field and throw as a center fielder, and beat opponents in countless ways. He does not draw many walks or hit for much power, however. He will make his major league debut in 1927, batting .355 while garnering 223 hits, the latter figure establishing a National League rookie record that will stand until the 21st century. Waner will hit over .300 in 10 of his first 12 seasons, compiling a career mark of .316 with 2,459 hits, striking out just 173 times in an 18-season major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers. Waner will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1967 during one of their “open-door” periods.
1906 – It’s the only time two player-managers steal home on the same day, though not in the same game. Chicago Cubs pilot Frank Chance steals in the 9th inning to give Chicago a 1 – 0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, and Fred Clarke matches him in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 10 – 1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Philadelphia southpaw John Lush strikes out 11 batters en route to throwing a 6-0 no-hitter against the Superbas, a team that will become known as the Dodgers in 1911. There will not be another no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher until Jim Bunning’s perfect game against the Mets in 1964.
Recovering from a case of diphtheria contracted before the season, Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance of the year for the New York Giants. He pitches seven solid innings against the Boston Beaneaters, allowing seven hits before being relieved by Joe McGinnity, who allows three runs in the 9th inning to turn a 4 – 3 lead into a 6 – 4 defeat.
At Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, coming off the bench, goes deep twice after being asked by his manager Connie Mack to replace an outfielder in the sixth inning of Philadelphia’s 11-4 victory over Boston. The Hall of Fame hurler’s home runs, a seventh-inning solo shot and a three-run blast in the ninth, are both inside-the-park round-trippers given up by Jesse Tannehill.
Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants wins his first game of the season, scattering nine hits and walking an uncharacteristic seven batters, in the 6 – 3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The game is tied at 1 – 1 after eight innings, but the Giants jump on Orval Overall for five runs on four hits and four walks in the 9th to put the game away.
Hooks Wiltse of the Giants becomes the first pitcher of the modern era to fan four batters in a single inning, striking out the side in the 5th inning after the first Cincinnatibatter, Jim Delahanty, reaches base on Roger Bresnahan’s third-strike error. Wiltse also fans the side in the 4th inning to total seven batters punched out in just two innings, the first time this happens. Hooks K’s 12 Reds overall en route to a 4 – 1 victory. However, the Giants suffer a major loss when Turkey Mike Donlin, breaks his leg sliding into second base after getting three hits.
The Cubs overcome a 5 – 2 Giants lead to tie the game at 5 – 5‚ but a Johnny Evers error in the 8th gives New York a 6 – 5 win. Christy Mathewson‚ who pitches just 2 and 1/3 innings is credited with the win‚ since he left the game with the Giants ahead. Hooks Wiltse pitches the last 7 1/3 innings. By taking three out of four in Chicago‚ the Giants increase their hold on first place.
Martin Dihigo is born in Matanzas, Cuba. Over the course of his career, Dihigo will make seamless transitions between all nine positions and play in several countries. As a hitter he will lead the Negro Leagues in home runs in 1926 and 1935; as a pitcher he will win more than 300 games and defeat Satchel Paige while touring Cuba. He will be elected to the American Hall of Fame in 1977, becoming the only player in history to be inducted to the American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican and Venezuelan Halls of Fame. He will later add yet another honor as one of the inaugural inductees in the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
6/4/1906 – The Tigers were hosting Washington. In the top of the eighth inning, Howard Wakefield fouled out to start the inning but then Jake Stahl realized he was the person who was supposed to have batted. When he reported this to umpire Tim Hurst, the latter declared Stahl out and play proceeded. Stahl had cussed out Hurst earlier in the game and later in the eighth cussed out base umpire Tom Connor and was ejected. Not a great day for the Washington skipper.
Bill Coughlin is the second Tiger within a month to steal second base‚ third base‚ and home in a game; he does this in the 7th inning against Washington during a 13 – 4 romp. Pitcher Bill Donovan did it on May 7th. Washington ties the game at 4 apiece‚ but the Tigers score 9 in the last 2 innings to win. Charley O’Leary has a homer for Detroit.
Unable to shake the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring‚ a frustrated Christy Mathewson throws a rare tantrum after giving up 4 runs to the Phils on 2 hits and 6 walks in the first inning‚ and umpire Bill Klem in turn throws him out of the game. Hooks Wiltse relieves and picks up a victory as New York rallies to win‚ 9 – 6.
1906 – The Chicago Cubs, now in first place again, score 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity en route to a 19 – 0 humiliating defeat of the New York Giants. Mathewson gives up six walks and McGinnity leaves after the second inning. Jack Pfiester allows just three hits as he coasts to the win, the worst beating in Giants franchise history.
In Memphis, TN on a scouting trip‚ Connie Mack says that Christy Mathewson’s ineffectiveness can be traced back to a ligament sprain in his last game pitching against the A’s, in last year’s World Series. In the latter part of the game‚ Matty grasped his arm after unleashing a fastball. Mack said players on the coaching lines heard the snap of something resembling the crack of a toy pistol. Mack’s offer of $1700 to Memphis for SS Simon Nicholls was refused.
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.
At the Polo Grounds, umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning, but his fellow ump Hank O’Day goes one better, banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4 – 2, Christy Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last four innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs, Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins, 5 – 4.
In an Iowa State League game at Waterloo, Herbert Whitney, catcher for the Burlington Pathfinders, is beaned by a pitch from Fred Evans and his skull is fractured. He becomes the first professional baseball player to die as a result of being hit by a pitch. The beaning occurred two days ago in an Iowa State League contest against the Waterloo Microbes.
The visiting Cubs and Pirates deal aces today with Chicago coming out on top in both games. Three Finger Brown beats Lefty Leifield, 1 – 0, in the lidlifter with both pitchers allowing just one hit. It is just the second double one-hitter in history, the first occurring on August 20, 1886. Lefty collects the only Buc shot while holding Chicago hitless until Jimmy Slagle’s safety in the 9th inning. Slagle scores on a sacrifice, error, and ground out. Brown will toss nine shutouts this year. In the second game, Carl Lundgren tosses another 1 – 0 shutout for Chicago, beating Vic Willis. When Brown and Leifield face off on September 6th, Brown will again allow just one hit.
At Robison Field, the New York Giants clip the St. Louis Cardinals, 5 – 1 and 4 – 0, with the help of two additions to the lineup. Cy Seymour, last year’s near Triple Crown winner, is a new addition from the Cincinnati Reds for $12,000. Seymour was with the Giants from 1896to 1900 as a pitcher and outfielder, and in 1905 led the National League in batting, RBIs, slugging percentage, and was 2nd in homers (8). Cy has four hits for the Giants today. The other addition is Spike Shannon, who moves over from the Cardinal dugout in exchange for Sam Mertesand Doc Marshall. Spike has three hits and two runs in the opener. Christy Mathewson wins the nitecap, shutting out the Birds on six hits.
8/4/1906: An over-flow crowd at the Polo Grounds was allowed to ring the outfield with a ground rule that any ball hit into (or over) the crowd would be a double. Bill Dahlen of the Giants hit a ball into the left field bleachers to lead off the bottom of the third inning off Cubs pitcher Jack Taylor. A home run on any other day, due to that day’s ground rule, Dahlen was only awarded a double.
On John McGraw’s orders, umpire James Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds, and the ump, standing outside the ballpark, forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sammy Strang, but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along, pointing out the game has already been forfeited.
National League President Harry Pulliam upholds the forfeit to the Cubs of yesterday’s Giants game stating: “I uphold the action of the umpires absolutely‚ and if I am not sustained by the NL Board of Directors I will not only resign my position as President of the NL‚ but I will quit professional baseball forever.” Giants owner John Brush then allows Jim Johnstone to officiate‚ and the Cubs win, 3 – 2, behind Three Fingers Brown and Ed Reulbach. At the month’s end‚ the Cubs will have a 15-game lead.
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.
Righthander Slow Joe Doyle of the Highlanders becomes the first 20th century player to start out with two shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals, 5 – 0. Of his 23 lifetime victories, seven will be shutouts. He is nicknamed “Slow” because of his time-consuming pace on the mound. The Yanks take the nitecap as well, 9 – 8, to begin a sweep of five doubleheaders in six days. They’ll outscore their opponents 76 – 31.
Kid Elberfeld, the hot-headed Tabasco Kid, assaults umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in the first game of a doubleheader, a 4 – 3 New York win over the Athletics. In the second game, New York baserunner Willie Keeler collides with SS Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball, and two runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference, a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that, after eight minutes of arguing, the umpire forfeits the game to New York. For New York, it is a major-league record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days.
Rookie OF Jack Cameron of Boston, after one relief appearance, gets a starting assignment against the Cardinals. Leadoff batter Tom O’Hara beats out an infield single. Al Burch’s line drive hits Cameron in the head, and caroms back on a fly to C Jack O’Neill, who throws to Fred Tenney at 1B, doubling off O’Hara. Cameron retires with one assist and a headache. This is his last major league game.