Tag: 1908

1908 – In a rain-shortened game, Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards, 3 – 0, in six innings, with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th, John McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home – even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Shad Barry, the next batter, then strikes out on three pitches, as the Giants race to beat the downpour.

1908 – In a rain-shortened game, Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards, 3 – 0, in six innings, with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th, John McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home – even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Shad Barry, the next batter, then strikes out on three pitches, as the Giants race to beat the downpour.

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1908 – Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20,000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, Willie Keeler, Harry Davis and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler, including a great loving cup from the American League for all his accomplishments.

1908 – Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20,000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, Willie Keeler, Harry Davis and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler, including a great loving cup from the American League for all his accomplishments.

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1908 – Twenty thousand fans, the largest ever to watch a Monday game, crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs’ Orval Overall. Matty doesn’t disappoint, winning, 3 – 2.

1908 – Twenty thousand fans, the largest ever to watch a Monday game, crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs’ Orval Overall. Matty doesn’t disappoint, winning, 3 – 2.

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Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.

Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.

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A scheduled doubleheader in Brooklyn with St. Louis is washed out after five innings of the first game, but lefty Johnny Lush, with a one no-hitter over Brooklyn under his belt, allows no Brooklyn hits in his outing. The Cards win 2 – 0, on two unearned runs, as 1B Tim Jordan drops a fly ball with the bases loaded.

A scheduled doubleheader in Brooklyn with St. Louis is washed out after five innings of the first game, but lefty Johnny Lush, with a one no-hitter over Brooklyn under his belt, allows no Brooklyn hits in his outing. The Cards win 2 – 0, on two unearned runs, as 1B Tim Jordan drops a fly ball with the bases loaded.

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Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.

Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team’s permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.

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The Nationals’ Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O’Loughlin in Cleveland. Delahanty, a Cleveland native, is later fined $50 and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct.

The Nationals’ Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O’Loughlin in Cleveland. Delahanty, a Cleveland native, is later fined $50 and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct.

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The Giants take two from Cincinnati, winning 4 – 3 in 12 innings, and 4 – 1. Christy Mathewson wins both, relieving Joe McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place, five percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses, it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy had endured four straight shutout losses: 5 – 0 on July 30; 3 – 0 on the 31st; 6 – 0 on the 1st and 3rd.

The Giants take two from Cincinnati, winning 4 – 3 in 12 innings, and 4 – 1. Christy Mathewson wins both, relieving Joe McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place, five percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses, it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy had endured four straight shutout losses: 5 – 0 on July 30; 3 – 0 on the 31st; 6 – 0 on the 1st and 3rd.

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After successfully swiping second, Fred Tenney decides to return to first base on the next pitch, because Dummy Taylor had remained at third during their attempted double steal. Hoping this time to coax a throw from the Cardinal catcher to give the runner on third an opportunity to score, Tenney steals second base for the second time in the inning, but his teammate still stays put in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds.

After successfully swiping second, Fred Tenney decides to return to first base on the next pitch, because Dummy Taylor had remained at third during their attempted double steal. Hoping this time to coax a throw from the Cardinal catcher to give the runner on third an opportunity to score, Tenney steals second base for the second time in the inning, but his teammate still stays put in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds.

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Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.

Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.

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Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.

Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.

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Walter Johnson’s recuperation from his operation from an infection behind the right ear seems complete as he pitches 15 innings against the Browns with neither team scoring. Washington pulls out a 2 – 1 victory in the 16th as Johnson strikes out 15, the Big Train’s highest strikeout total for his career. He will win 11 of his next 13 decisions.

Walter Johnson’s recuperation from his operation from an infection behind the right ear seems complete as he pitches 15 innings against the Browns with neither team scoring. Washington pulls out a 2 – 1 victory in the 16th as Johnson strikes out 15, the Big Train’s highest strikeout total for his career. He will win 11 of his next 13 decisions.

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Hooks Wiltse and Vic Willis lock horns and the Giants and Pirates duel for 16 innings before the game is called, 2 – 2, because of darkness. Honus Wagner is 0 for 6 but drives home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Hooks Wiltse and Vic Willis lock horns and the Giants and Pirates duel for 16 innings before the game is called, 2 – 2, because of darkness. Honus Wagner is 0 for 6 but drives home a run with a sacrifice fly.

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1908 – Following the Sunday off, Honus Wagner hits doubles in his first two at bats to again lead the Pirates to a 4 – 3 win over New York. Nick Maddox, with relief help from Irv Young, is the winner over Doc Crandall. Both Maddox and Young plunk two Giant batters.

1908 – Following the Sunday off, Honus Wagner hits doubles in his first two at bats to again lead the Pirates to a 4 – 3 win over New York. Nick Maddox, with relief help from Irv Young, is the winner over Doc Crandall. Both Maddox and Young plunk two Giant batters.

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Future Red Sox pitcher Hugh Bedient, pitching for a semi-pro Falconer, NY team, strikes out 42 batters in what is heralded as a world’s record. He does it in 23 innings against Corry, PA, finally winning, 3 – 1. He is matched all the way by Charles Bickford. When the wire services pick up the story, Bedient will receive 19 pro offers.

Future Red Sox pitcher Hugh Bedient, pitching for a semi-pro Falconer, NY team, strikes out 42 batters in what is heralded as a world’s record. He does it in 23 innings against Corry, PA, finally winning, 3 – 1. He is matched all the way by Charles Bickford. When the wire services pick up the story, Bedient will receive 19 pro offers.

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Before an overflow crowd of 30,000 in New York, the Pirates’ Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson, 7 – 2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle in the 7th open the gates for five Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is led by Honus Wagner who goes 5 for 5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit, Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.

Before an overflow crowd of 30,000 in New York, the Pirates’ Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson, 7 – 2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle in the 7th open the gates for five Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is led by Honus Wagner who goes 5 for 5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit, Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.

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With the Highlanders leading the Tigers, 3 – 2, in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase’s only pitching appearance as the Tigers win, 5 – 3.

With the Highlanders leading the Tigers, 3 – 2, in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase’s only pitching appearance as the Tigers win, 5 – 3.

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In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates’ 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh shortstop holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.

In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates’ 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh shortstop holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.

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According to a Chicago newspaper contest, the Giants’ Mike Donlin, the National League’s leading hitter, is baseball’s most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Fred A. Busse.

According to a Chicago newspaper contest, the Giants’ Mike Donlin, the National League’s leading hitter, is baseball’s most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Fred A. Busse.

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In St. Louis, the Cards split with the Giants, with Harry Sallee losing the opener, 4 – 2. Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis, though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap, 3 – 1, in 12 innings.

In St. Louis, the Cards split with the Giants, with Harry Sallee losing the opener, 4 – 2. Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis, though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap, 3 – 1, in 12 innings.

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1908 – The Cubs win by a run, beating the Giants, 5 – 4, behind Orval Overall. Hooks Wiltse takes the loss as Joe Tinker once again wins the game, this time with a two-run double in the 9th inning. Tinker also has a 6th-inning triple off Hooks.

1908 – The Cubs win by a run, beating the Giants, 5 – 4, behind Orval Overall. Hooks Wiltse takes the loss as Joe Tinker once again wins the game, this time with a two-run double in the 9th inning. Tinker also has a 6th-inning triple off Hooks.

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It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh, as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner’s tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th, but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it does not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 4 – 0.

It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh, as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner’s tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th, but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it does not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 4 – 0.

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In another classic match-up, Three-Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning, 1 – 0. The Cubs pitcher allows 6 hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th-inning inside-the-park home run by Matty’s nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of third base coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 match-ups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker’s home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.

In another classic match-up, Three-Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning, 1 – 0. The Cubs pitcher allows 6 hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th-inning inside-the-park home run by Matty’s nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of third base coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 match-ups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker’s home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.

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At Chicago, manager Frank Chance figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis “Doc” Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option for the home team will only be stricken from the rules in 1951). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4 – 1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out, Christy Mathewson, warming in the bullpen, decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight, wherein John McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants’ ace quickly dries off, throws on a uniform, and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound, reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out, then a strikeout, and the Giants win, 4 – 3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.

At Chicago, manager Frank Chance figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis “Doc” Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option for the home team will only be stricken from the rules in 1951). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4 – 1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out, Christy Mathewson, warming in the bullpen, decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight, wherein John McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants’ ace quickly dries off, throws on a uniform, and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound, reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out, then a strikeout, and the Giants win, 4 – 3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.

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New York sweeps the Pirates, beating Lefty Leifield, 7 – 0, on a three-hitter by Christy Mathewson, then taking the nitecap, 7 – 4. Pittsburgh racks up three homers – by Honus Wagner, Chief Wilson and Alan Storke – but to no avail. Joe McGinnity wins the nitecap with relief help from Hooks Wiltse.

New York sweeps the Pirates, beating Lefty Leifield, 7 – 0, on a three-hitter by Christy Mathewson, then taking the nitecap, 7 – 4. Pittsburgh racks up three homers – by Honus Wagner, Chief Wilson and Alan Storke – but to no avail. Joe McGinnity wins the nitecap with relief help from Hooks Wiltse.

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At Pittsburgh, the Giants (43-30) take a 4 – 0 lead, but the Pirates claw back on back-to-back triples by Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Tommy Leach wins it for the Bucs with a 9th-inning home run to deep center.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants (43-30) take a 4 – 0 lead, but the Pirates claw back on back-to-back triples by Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Tommy Leach wins it for the Bucs with a 9th-inning home run to deep center.

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Lefthander Hooks Wiltse pitches a 10-inning no-hitter for the Giants over the Phillies, 1 – 0. He loses his bid for a perfect nine innings when, with two outs, he hits Phils P George McQuillan with a pitch on a 1 and 2 count. Umpire Charles Rigler calls the earlier pitch a ball, to the dismay of Hooks and the fans, who thought it a strike. Art Devlin scores the winner in the 10th after singling off McQuillan and coming around on two errors. New York wins the nitecap more easily, 9 – 3.

Lefthander Hooks Wiltse pitches a 10-inning no-hitter for the Giants over the Phillies, 1 – 0. He loses his bid for a perfect nine innings when, with two outs, he hits Phils P George McQuillan with a pitch on a 1 and 2 count. Umpire Charles Rigler calls the earlier pitch a ball, to the dismay of Hooks and the fans, who thought it a strike. Art Devlin scores the winner in the 10th after singling off McQuillan and coming around on two errors. New York wins the nitecap more easily, 9 – 3.

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In Pittsburgh, an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown wins the morning game, 2 – 0, for his 4th straight shutout. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 9 – 3. The Cubs and Bucs play five games in three days with the Cubs winning three: Brown cops 2, tossing two shutouts – a six-hitter and a two-hitter.

In Pittsburgh, an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown wins the morning game, 2 – 0, for his 4th straight shutout. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 9 – 3. The Cubs and Bucs play five games in three days with the Cubs winning three: Brown cops 2, tossing two shutouts – a six-hitter and a two-hitter.

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7/2/1908 – The Phillies were at the Polo Grounds to play the Giants. Mickey Doolan (listed as Doolin in contemporary sources) batted seventh and Red Dooin batted eighth. Doolan made the last out in the seventh inning but then came to the plate to start the eighth. Doolan grounded out and then umpire Cy Rigler was notified that he had batted out of turn. Rigler called Dooin out. Since Doolan had already made an out the Giants should have ignored the confusion.

7/2/1908 – The Phillies were at the Polo Grounds to play the Giants. Mickey Doolan (listed as Doolin in contemporary sources) batted seventh and Red Dooin batted eighth. Doolan made the last out in the seventh inning but then came to the plate to start the eighth. Doolan grounded out and then umpire Cy Rigler was notified that he had batted out of turn. Rigler called Dooin out. Since Doolan had already made an out the Giants should have ignored the confusion.

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Cy Young’s third career no-hitter is an 8 – 0 Boston win over New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just one batter – leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 26 batters make out. Cy also tallies three hits and drives in half the Pilgrims’ runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43.

Cy Young’s third career no-hitter is an 8 – 0 Boston win over New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just one batter – leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 26 batters make out. Cy also tallies three hits and drives in half the Pilgrims’ runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43.

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The Cincinnati Reds debut two college twirlers, Jean Dubuc of Notre Dame and Bert Sincock from Michigan. Dubuc starts and Sincock relieves him. Unimpressed by the degrees, the Cubs trounce the pair by the score of 7 – 0.

On June 25, 1908 The Cincinnati Reds debut two college twirlers, Jean Dubuc of Notre Dame and Bert Sincock from Michigan. Dubuc starts and Sincock relieves him. Unimpressed by the degrees, the Cubs trounce the pair by the score...

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The Giants sweep two games from Boston to move into 3rd place. Hooks Wiltse tosses a two-hit shutout to win, 4 – 0, and Christy Mathewson follows with a 7 – 1 victory over Irv Young in the second match. Matty leaves after seven innings.

The Giants sweep two games from Boston to move into 3rd place. Hooks Wiltse tosses a two-hit shutout to win, 4 – 0, and Christy Mathewson follows with a 7 – 1 victory over Irv Young in the second match. Matty leaves after seven innings.

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Charging the Highlander owners with refusing to spend money to build the team, manager Clark Griffith resigns; Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6 – 6 tie with the A’s. New York fades fast and finishes last with 103 losses.

Charging the Highlander owners with refusing to spend money to build the team, manager Clark Griffith resigns; Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6 – 6 tie with the A’s. New York fades fast and finishes last with 103 losses.

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