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1911 – Future Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson is born in Buena Vista, Georgia. Although record-keeping in the Negro Leagues is somewhat nebulous, Gibson will become the leading home run hitter in all of black baseball. His legendary power will earn him the nickname, “The Black Babe Ruth.” Gibson wil begin his pro career at age 18 with the Homestead Grays before becoming a star with the Pittsburgh Crawfords.

1911 – Future Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson is born in Buena Vista, Georgia. Although record-keeping in the Negro Leagues is somewhat nebulous, Gibson will become the leading home run hitter in all of black baseball. His legendary power will earn him the nickname, “The Black Babe Ruth.” Gibson wil begin his pro career at age 18 with the Homestead Grays before becoming a star with the Pittsburgh Crawfords.

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Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, ten percent of the gross went to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs. The National League will pass the resolution and send it to the American League. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first four clubs a percentage of the World Series money.

Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, ten percent of the gross went to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs. The National League will pass the resolution and send it to the American League. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first four clubs a percentage of the World Series money.

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New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player Montgomery Ward purchase the National League franchise Boston Doves. The team will be called the Braves due to Gaffney’s tie to Tammany Hall, which uses an Indian chief as their symbol.

New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player Montgomery Ward purchase the National League franchise Boston Doves. The team will be called the Braves due to Gaffney’s tie to Tammany Hall, which uses an Indian chief as their symbol.

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The Boston Rustlers (formerly the Doves) are bought by New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player, now attorney, John Montgomery Ward. The team will be called the Braves because of Gaffney’s Tammany Hall connections.

The Boston Rustlers (formerly the Doves) are bought by New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player, now attorney, John Montgomery Ward. The team will be called the Braves because of Gaffney’s Tammany Hall connections.

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At the National League meetings at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY, Sporting Life reports that “For the first time in history a woman sat in at a major league meeting. Mrs. H.H. Britton, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained throughout the entire session of the National League meeting on the second day. Mrs. Britton took no voice in the meeting. She allowed President Edward A. Steininger to do all the voting.”

At the National League meetings at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY, Sporting Life reports that “For the first time in history a woman sat in at a major league meeting. Mrs. H.H. Britton, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained throughout the entire session of the National League meeting on the second day. Mrs. Britton took no voice in the meeting. She allowed President Edward A. Steininger to do all the voting.”

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A rift between the leagues develops over widespread charges of ticket speculation during the World Series, and accusations that officials of the Giants and A’s were involved. The American League passes a resolution refusing to participate in another World Series until it has control of ticket sales in its own parks. The National Commission investigates the charge that speculators were given large blocks of tickets, but takes no action and releases no findings. The following spring, the Commission finds that much scalping occurred, but there is no evidence either team was involved, and peace is declared.

1911 – A rift between the leagues develops over widespread charges of ticket speculation during the World Series, and accusations that officials of the Giants and A’s were involved. The American League passes a resolution refusing to participate in another World Series until it has control of ticket sales in its own parks. The National Commission investigates the charge that speculators were given large blocks of tickets, but takes no action and releases no findings. The following spring, the Commission finds that much scalping occurred, but there is no evidence either team was involved, and peace is declared.

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1911 – William Russell, head of the syndicate that owns the Boston Nationals, dies. No doubt helping his demise was watching his team finish the season with a .291 winning percentage. Former player, now attorney, Monte Ward and New York politician James Gaffney will purchase 945 of the 1000 shares for $177,000. The team, also known as the Rustlers (or Doves) will start next season as the “Braves”.

1911 – William Russell, head of the syndicate that owns the Boston Nationals, dies. No doubt helping his demise was watching his team finish the season with a .291 winning percentage. Former player, now attorney, Monte Ward and New York politician James Gaffney will purchase 945 of the 1000 shares for $177,000. The team, also known as the Rustlers (or Doves) will start next season as the “Braves”.

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With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A’s coast to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants at Shibe Park to win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits, and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.

With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A’s coast to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants at Shibe Park to win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits, and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.

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With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A’s coast to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants at Shibe Park to win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits, and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.

With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A’s coast to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants at Shibe Park to win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits, and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.

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1911 – Danny Murphy of the Philadelphia Athletics has four hits as the A’s beat the New York Giants, 13 – 2, to win the World Series in six games. Philadelphia puts the game out of reach with a seven-run 7th inning.

1911 – Danny Murphy of the Philadelphia Athletics has four hits as the A’s beat the New York Giants, 13 – 2, to win the World Series in six games. Philadelphia puts the game out of reach with a seven-run 7th inning.

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1911 – The World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics is resumed after six days of rain, and Chief Bender beats Christy Mathewson, 4 – 2, to give the Athletics a 3-1 lead.

1911 – The World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics is resumed after six days of rain, and Chief Bender beats Christy Mathewson, 4 – 2, to give the Athletics a 3-1 lead.

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The Philadelphia Athletics score twice in the 11th inning to beat the New York Giants, 3 – 2, in Game 3 of the World Series

1911 – The Philadelphia Athletics score twice in the 11th inning to beat the New York Giants, 3 – 2, in Game 3 of the World Series. Frank Baker hits a home run in the 9th inning off Christy Mathewson to tie the score, 1 – 1. Baker will be tagged with the nickname “Home Run” Baker for his exploits.

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1911 – In the World Series, pitchers Rube Marquard of the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics’ Eddie Plank are in command of a 1 – 1 game when Philadelphia’s Eddie Collins hits a RBI double in the 6th inning and Frank Baker bats a home run for a 3 – 1 victory. The Series is even after two games.

1911 – In the World Series, pitchers Rube Marquard of the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics’ Eddie Plank are in command of a 1 – 1 game when Philadelphia’s Eddie Collins hits a RBI double in the 6th inning and Frank Baker bats a home run for a 3 – 1 victory. The Series is even after two games.

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1911 – The Philadelphia Athletics go into the World Series minus their star rookie first baseman Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The New York Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Athletics, and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it, 2 – 1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game – 38,281 – is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77,379.

1911 – The Philadelphia Athletics go into the World Series minus their star rookie first baseman Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The New York Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Athletics, and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it, 2 – 1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game – 38,281 – is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77,379.

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Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers and Wildfire Schulte of the Chicago Cubs win the newly established Chalmers Awards

1911 – Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers and Wildfire Schulte of the Chicago Cubs win the newly established Chalmers Awards, which go to the league’s most valuable players. Cobb batted .420 with an American League-leading 127 RBI, while Schulte led the National League with 21 home runs and 107 RBI. Using a point system – 8 for a first-place vote, seven for second, and so on – the eight voting writers give Cobb the maximum 64 points. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles.

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The Red Sox beat the Senators, 8-1, in their last game played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. Only 850 patrons attend the 82-minute contest which should have been canceled due to the cool damp weather and a muddy field, but Boston owner John I. Taylor kept his promise of having a “Kids’ Day,” giving free admission to hundreds of children attending the season finale.

The Red Sox beat the Senators, 8-1, in their last game played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. Only 850 patrons attend the 82-minute contest which should have been canceled due to the cool damp weather and a muddy field, but Boston owner John I. Taylor kept his promise of having a “Kids’ Day,” giving free admission to hundreds of children attending the season finale.

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At Shibe Park, the A’s clinch their second straight American League pennant, defeating the Tigers, 11 – 5. Frank Baker leads the offense with a homer and two doubles. Detroit, which led the A’s by 12 games in May, will finish 2nd, 13 1/2 games back.

1911 – At Shibe Park, the A’s clinch their second straight American League pennant, defeating the Tigers, 11 – 5. Frank Baker leads the offense with a homer and two doubles. Detroit, which led the A’s by 12 games in May, will finish 2nd, 13 1/2 games back.

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John C. Bender, brother of Philadelphia great Chief Bender, dies the same month he played his final minor league game; it is frequently mistakenly reported as taking place on the baseball diamond for nearly a century.

John C. Bender, brother of Philadelphia great Chief Bender, dies the same month he played his final minor league game; it is frequently mistakenly reported as taking place on the baseball diamond for nearly a century.

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Walter Johnson gives up a two-run homer in the 6th inning to Joe Jackson, the 8th four-bagger the Big Train has allowed this year. Johnson had given up just two in the previous four seasons. Cleveland whips the Senators, 6 – 1.

Walter Johnson gives up a two-run homer in the 6th inning to Joe Jackson, the 8th four-bagger the Big Train has allowed this year. Johnson had given up just two in the previous four seasons. Cleveland whips the Senators, 6 – 1.

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Cy Young wins his 511th and final career game when he blanks the Pirates at Forbes Field, 1-0

Cy Young wins his 511th and final career game when he blanks the Pirates at Forbes Field, 1-0. The 35-101 Rustlers have won only three contests in 22 attempts against Pittsburgh this season, with two of the victories coming on shutouts thrown by the 44 year-old veteran right-hander, who was obtained by Boston on waivers from Cleveland in late July.

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Bill Bergen ends his major league career with the lowest lifetime batting average for a position player in major league history by hitting an anemic .170 during his 11-year tenure with the Reds and Superbas. The 33 year-old backstop, who had only one year of batting above .200, also holds the records for lowest season batting average for a regular season (.139 in 1909) and the longest streak of at-bats without a hit (46 in 1909).

Bill Bergen ends his major league career with the lowest lifetime batting average for a position player in major league history by hitting an anemic .170 during his 11-year tenure with the Reds and Superbas. The 33 year-old backstop, who had only one year of batting above .200, also holds the records for lowest season batting average for a regular season (.139 in 1909) and the longest streak of at-bats without a hit (46 in 1909).

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The Giants beat Pittsburgh, 7 – 2, as the Giants steal eight bases with Larry Doyle swiping home twice. New York ties a major league mark with the three steals. Christy Mathewson is the winner on a four-hitter over Howie Camnitz, increasing the Giants’ lead to five games.

The Giants beat Pittsburgh, 7 – 2, as the Giants steal eight bases with Larry Doyle swiping home twice. New York ties a major league mark with the three steals. Christy Mathewson is the winner on a four-hitter over Howie Camnitz, increasing the Giants’ lead to five games.

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At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard, with relief from Christy Mathewson, beats the Pirates, 6 – 2. Before the game the Giants’ mascot, Victory Faust, strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches, to the delight of the 20,000 fans.

At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard, with relief from Christy Mathewson, beats the Pirates, 6 – 2. Before the game the Giants’ mascot, Victory Faust, strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches, to the delight of the 20,000 fans.

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Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood and rookie Buck O’Brien toss back-to-back shutouts to beat Cleveland. Wood wins, 6 – 0, and O’Brien follows with a 3 – 0 win. O’Brien, who relieved in his last appearance, will finish all five of his starts, going 5-1.

Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood and rookie Buck O’Brien toss back-to-back shutouts to beat Cleveland. Wood wins, 6 – 0, and O’Brien follows with a 3 – 0 win. O’Brien, who relieved in his last appearance, will finish all five of his starts, going 5-1.

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1911 – Washington manager Jimmy McAleer announces his resignation. Ban Johnson then arranges for McAleer and Robert R. McRoy to buy a half-interest in the Red Sox for $150,000. Clark Griffith will take over as manager and, by purchasing 10% of the team, its largest single stock holder.

1911 – Washington manager Jimmy McAleer announces his resignation. Ban Johnson then arranges for McAleer and Robert R. McRoy to buy a half-interest in the Red Sox for $150,000. Clark Griffith will take over as manager and, by purchasing 10% of the team, its largest single stock holder.

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1911 – At Boston, the Giants pound the Rustlers 13 – 9, scoring six runs in the 9th inning for a 13 – 4 lead. The winner is Hooks Wiltse with little relief from Doc Crandall in the 9th: Doc allows seven hits and five runs.

1911 – At Boston, the Giants pound the Rustlers 13 – 9, scoring six runs in the 9th inning for a 13 – 4 lead. The winner is Hooks Wiltse with little relief from Doc Crandall in the 9th: Doc allows seven hits and five runs.

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1911 – In the nightcap of a game billed as a pitchers’ duel, Boston’s Cy Young and the Giants’ Christy Mathewson face each other before 10,000, Boston’s largest crowd of the year. Young gives up three homers and nine runs in less than three innings. After the Giants build a 9 – 0 lead, John McGraw lifts Mathewson, who pitched just two innings, preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the two pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York’s scoring in the 3rd by swiping home. The Giants coast, 11 – 2. In the field, Matty also helps when, with Doc Miller on first base in the 2nd inning, a line drive to center by Hank Gowdy results in a double play (8-4-1-3). New York wins the first game, 9 – 3, and now lead the Cubs by two games.

1911 – In the nightcap of a game billed as a pitchers’ duel, Boston’s Cy Young and the Giants’ Christy Mathewson face each other before 10,000, Boston’s largest crowd of the year. Young gives up three homers and nine runs in less than three innings. After the Giants build a 9 – 0 lead, John McGraw lifts Mathewson, who pitched just two innings, preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the two pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York’s scoring in the 3rd by swiping home. The Giants coast, 11 – 2. In the field, Matty also helps when, with Doc Miller on first base in the 2nd inning, a line drive to center by Hank Gowdy results in a double play (8-4-1-3). New York wins the first game, 9 – 3, and now lead the Cubs by two games.

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