This Day In Baseball September 4
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Events for September 4
1905 – In a rain-delayed doubleheader, the Giants trip the Phillies twice, 7 – 1 and 11 – 6. The opener doesn’t start till 3:00 p.m. but Joe McGinnity wins easily. Christy Mathewsonwins his 25th in the nitecap, despite spotting the Phils five runs in the 2nd inning. The Phillies match the gift in the 5th and 7th innings.
In a game, the significance of which will not be recognized for another three weeks, the Pirates and Cubs are tied 0 – 0 in the last of the 10th at Pittsburgh. With two outs and the bases loaded, Pittsburgh’s Owen Wilson singles to CF, scoring Fred Clarke with the winning run. Warren Gill, on first base, does not get to second but stops short, turns, and heads for the dugout, a common practice. The Cubs’ Johnny Evers calls for the ball from Jimmy Slagle, touches second, and claims the run does not count as Gill has been forced. The lone umpire, Hank O’Day, has left the field. When queried, he rules that Clarke had already scored, so the run counts. The Cubs protest to league president Harry Pulliam, but are denied. This is the first time the Cubs try this tactic, but not the last, as the Fred Merkle game will demonstrate.