The Athletics played a real live baseball game today, against a real live opponent, with real live fans in the stands. The weather was bitterly cold with temps in the mid-40s and a 15mph wind, but roughly 960 people paid for the privilege of watching the home club beat a “picked team” known as Moss’s Professionals by a score of 8-1. The Moss crew, an assemblage of local former major and minor leaguers put together by Frank Moss and 16-year major league veteran Arlie Latham, were badly overmatched by the Mackmen.
Bill Bernhard pitched the first three innings for the A’s giving up just one hit. He left the game with a 2-0 lead, courtesy a pair of runs from Fred Ketchum and Phil Geier in the bottom of the first. Relieving Bernhard in the fourth was Carson Hodge, a local lad joining the squad on a tryout basis. He, too, pitched three solid innings but gave up the opposition’s only run of the game when his wild pitch in the fifth allowed Cub Stricker to come home.
The score was 3-0 when Wiley Piatt took the mound in the seventh. He struck out the side that inning and went the rest of the way without allowing a baserunner. The A’s broke the game open in the bottom half of the seventh scoring four, including two on Socks Seybold’s fence-pounding double. Ketchum scored again in the eighth to make the final margin.
Observers were pleased with the way the A’s came out of the gate, predicting they would more than hold their own in American League play. The Moss team managed just two hits all game, though they did turn three double plays in the field.
Jack Hayden, a relative unknown to the crowd before the game, got their attention in this one, going 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
The Inquirer took particular note of the large number of women in attendance saying that despite the cold, “they wore their furs and they were there all the same and showed their pleasure as only a woman can do.”
Dave Fultz and Lave Cross played a good game in the field. (Inquirer)
Seybold showed his inexperience at first base and all agreed the outfield was his true métier. (Inquirer, Record)
Cross, former Phillie mainstay, received a particularly warm welcome from the fans for his “hard-working” ways. (Inquirer, Record)
The Record, though, thought he, and Seybold, were carrying “too much flesh.”
Joe Sugden, a Philadelphia native who spelled Doc Powers at catcher mid-game, was on the team with Mack’s permission to get in shape before heading west to join the White Stockings for the regular season.
Tomorrow the A’s host the Carteret Athletic Club, who lost today to Roxborough, 10-2.