July 21, 1901

For the second straight game, the Athletics charged hard out of the starting gate, getting two runs off Jimmy Callahan before the White Stockings could shake a stick, and for the first five innings, held even with the defending league champs. But in the sixth, Chicago second baseman Sam Mertes opened with a double and was driven in by Herm McFarland’s two-sacker. Shortstop Jimmy Burke, acquired from Milwaukee just a couple of days ago, singled McFarland home and the Sox were ahead for good. In the eighth, with Philadelphia starter Bill Bernhard running out of gas, Chicago plated four more and went on to win, 9-4.

 

Help on the way

The new guy, lefty pitcher Snake Wiltse, arrived in town today and was expected to make his mound debut on the 22nd. (Philadelphia Record)

 

Singled out

Matty McIntyre continued to impress in the field, but he was currently hitting just .189/.271/.245. He did get three RBIs today, though.

Fred Hartman got three hits, including a double, for Chicago.

Callahan limited the A’s to six hits and a walk while striking out five.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry got three hits in four trips, scored, and drove in a run. (.424/.459/.618)

 

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July 20, 1901

A month ago, the White Stockings swept the Athletics in a four-game series in Philadelphia, bookended by a pair of scintillating pitching performances from their manager, Clark Griffith. Today, the teams met for the first of four in Chicago and the A’s got a measure of revenge on their old tormentor, winning 8-6.

The A’s made hay immediately, jumping on Griffith in the first for a pair of runs on three hits. The Sox got a run off Chick Fraser in the bottom half of the inning, but by the sixth, the A’s were ahead 5-2 and got three more runs in the inning to break it open. It wasn’t until the eighth, that the Sox got to a tiring Fraser, who had given up just three hits to that point. Chicago scored a pair of runs in each of the last two innings, but they still fell short.

 

McGillicuddy update

Connie Mack’s brother, the victim of a brutal attack with a baseball bat in early May, was finally well enough to leave the hospital, though he was still in rough shape physically. Ex-groundskeeper Thomas Murphy, accused of having perpetrated the attack, was still in custody and awaiting trial.

 

Singled out

Griffith didn’t pitch all that badly, he walked four and gave up seven hits, but his infield committed eight(!) errors, including four by shortstop Frank Shugart and three by third baseman Jimmy Burke, recently acquired from Milwaukee.

Harry Davis was getting notice for his improved stickwork and got three hits, including a double and a triple, to improve his batting average to .270. He scored twice and drove in two runs.

Billy Hoy got three hits for the Sox, including a pair of doubles.

Fielder Jones drove in three for Chicago.

Fraser got the win despite walking seven batters and evened his record at 10-10.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry got just one hit in five trips to the plate, but Chicago errors allowed him to score three runs anyway. (.419/.455/.616)

 

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July 19, 1901

The pitchers again had the best of it today with the Athletics coming out on top of the Brewers, 3-1. Eddie Plank was on the hill for the A’s and after giving up a run in the second inning, settled down and held Milwaukee scoreless the rest of the way, giving up just seven hits in all. Bert Husting, pitching for the Brewers, started off even better, allowing only two hits through the first five innings, and if not for a couple of errors in the sixth, might have taken it all the way home.

In the sixth, Lave Cross drew a two-out walk. Nap Lajoie followed with a single, but Socks Seybold’s easy ground ball to Billy Gilbert at second base looked like a way out of trouble. Gilbert booted it, though, and Cross scored. It could have ended there when Matty McIntyre popped up to first baseman Jiggs Donahue, but Donahue dropped it and a hustling Lajoie came home with the go-ahead run.

The A’s got an insurance run in the ninth when, with Seybold on third, Doc Powers lofted one to left fielder John Anderson. Seybold tagged and headed home, but Anderson’s throw was hard and accurate and some observers thought it was in time to get the runner. Umpire Jack Sheridan disagreed, however, and the A’s got their third run.

Another addition

The Inquirer reported that Connie Mack had signed a new infielder, 25-year-old Bob McKinney. Rumored to have been pursued by Boston as well as by Philadelphia, the right-handed hitting McKinney had turned heads while playing for McSherrystown, a town south of Harrisburg near the Maryland border. The Inquirer story called him “the greatest ball player ever produced in this section of the country.” His primary position with McSherrystown was shortstop and he was expected to join the team at their next stop in Chicago.

Singled out

In the bottom of the first, center fielder George Hogreiver, who had made his major league debut in yesterday’s game, tried to steal second and collided heavily with Lajoie who was fielding the throw from Powers behind the plate. Hogreiver got the worst of it and the game was stopped for several minutes while he regained his faculties. He stayed in the game.

The A’s managed just four hits and a walk off Husting, but still got the win.

Lajoie watch

Larry went 1-for-4 with a run scored. (.423/.460/.620)

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July 18, 1901

It was a good old pitcher’s duel at the Lloyd Street Grounds in Milwaukee as the Brewers’ Pink Hawley bested Philadelphia’s Bill Bernhard, 2-1. Bernhard pitched a good game, but the Brewers touched him for a run in the first, when Jiggs Donahue singled in Bill Hallman, and again in the fourth, when Matty McIntyre dropped a fly ball off the bat of Wid Conroy that allowed John Anderson to score.

The A’s got their lone run in the eighth when Joe Dolan hit a two-out triple and Bernhard got a base hit to drive him in.

Beating the bushes

The Inquirer reported that Connie Mack was “after another infielder for utility purposes” and whoever it was, it wasn’t Jim Smith (whoever Jim Smith might be).

Singled out

Milwaukee manager Hugh Duffy was absent from today’s game and his duties were performed by Conroy acting in his stead.

Lajoie watch

Larry went 3-for-4 and stole a base. (.425/.463/.625)

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July 17, 1901

The Athletics extended their winning streak to three games by beating the Brewers comfortably, 5-1, in Milwaukee. While Chick Fraser pitched a fine game for the Philadelphia gang, giving up just seven hits, Milwaukee starter Frank Sparks was at the mercy of some wild fielding behind him. The Brewers committed four errors, including two by Jiggs Donahue, but they also turned five double plays, cleaning up some of the messes they made.

The A’s bunched their runs in the middle innings, getting a couple of runs in the third, aided by a couple of Milwaukee errors. They added one more in the fourth off successive doubles by Joe Dolan and Fraser, then got the final two in the fifth, when Donahue, at first base, mishandled a ball and fell asleep at the switch while two A’s baserunners scored.

The Brewers got their lone run in the eighth off a single, a stolen base, and a pair of fly outs.

 

Business matters

The Court of Common Pleas, Number Four, approved the team’s charter application, paving the way for the team’s incorporation.

 

Singled out

Lave Cross rapped out three singles and scored twice.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. (.421/.459/.624)

 

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July 16, 1901

The Athletics were en route to Milwaukee to start a 14-day road trip that would add stops in Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland after their series with the Brewers.

 

From the Record

“Connie Mack says all his team will come back with him (from the road trip) and probably some other players whom he expects to sign.”

July 15, 1901

Four days ago, former Gettysburg College teammates George Winter and Eddie Plank met in combat and Winter got the best of it in Boston’s 4-1 victory, but today was Plank’s turn as he held the Americans to just seven hits and a meaningless late-game score to give the Athletics a 6-1 win.

The A’s got three runs in the first off an RBI single from Nap Lajoie and a Socks Seybold triple that plated two more. Seybold drove in two more in the seventh with a single that knocked Winter out of the box, then scored on a Matty McIntyre double off Winter’s replacement, George Cuppy. Plank just missed a shutout when, with two outs, he dropped a feed from Harry Davis while covering first base, allowing Jimmy Collins to score Boston’s only run.

 

From the courts

A court officer recommended approval of the team’s application for incorporation and the approval of the full court was expected to follow.

 

One too many

With Harry Smith having joined the team and showing well so far behind the plate, the team released Tom Leahy today. In his short time with the A’s, Leahy made five appearances, going 5-for-15 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Originally signed as a backup to Doc Powers, he played just one game at catcher, spending the rest of his time in left field or at shortstop, or as a pinch hitter.

 

Singled out

Boston committed five errors.

Collins went 3-for-4 with a double.

Freddy Parent had three hits, too.

Seybold boosted his batting average to .384 with three hits in four trips to the plate.

McIntyre had a pair of RBIs to go with his three hits.

Plank struck out four and walked two.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. (.422/.458/.627)

 

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July 14, 1901

They were serious in Philadelphia in those days about not playing baseball on Sundays. And not just the pros. Every so often a small bit appeared in one of the papers saying this or that ruffian had been convicted of the offense. Just one or two people usually, making one wonder if they were the slow guys and the other sixteen players were just too fast for the vice squad. Or maybe they were just kids playing hotbox in the alley.

 

From the Inquirer

“Mack says he has hopes of a new shortstop joining the team in the West for a trial.”

 

From the Times

“Smith wears a red undershirt.”

July 13, 1901

After spending the last several days as Boston’s guest, the Athletics returned the favor by hosting the first of a pair in Philadelphia and came out on top in seven innings, 6-1. The A’s batsmen pummeled Boston starter Fred Mitchell early, getting a run in the first with a Harry Davis RBI double. In the second, with two out and Harry Smith on second, Chick Fraser singled to bring him in. Fraser advanced to third on a Dave Fultz single and scored on a Davis base hit.

Boston manager Jimmy Manning had already seen enough by this point and brought in reliever Frank Morrisey to make his major league debut on the mound. Morrisey promptly launched a wild pitch that moved Davis and Fultz up to second and third, respectively, and Lave Cross brought both of them in with a base hit to end the inning’s damage with the score at 5-0. They got another in the fifth to close the home side’s scoring.

Fraser pitched an outstanding game, giving up just two hits over the first five innings. The Bostons touched him for a couple of hits and a run in the sixth and threatened again in the seventh, but a double play started by Nap Lajoie put an end to it.

In the bottom half of the inning, the A’s were looking to add to their lead with one out and Cross on second when the skies, which had been lowering all game, finally broke. The field had been pretty soggy to begin with, due to previous rains, and when they began anew umpire Tommy Connolly called it a day.

 

Pitcher added

With John McPherson there and gone, following a poor showing up in Boston, Connie Mack acquired 29-year-old left-hander Lewis “Snake” Wiltse from the Pirates in the National League. Wiltse had kicked around in the minors for a few years and made his major league debut earlier this season with Pittsburgh. In seven games with the Bucs, he went 1-4, with an ERA of 4.26, gave up 13 walks, and struck out 10 in 44.1 innings. Mack planned to start him against Boston on the 15th.

 

Rumors denied

A few days ago, a story appeared that said Mack had signed a shortstop, Phenomenal Smith, out of the Virginia-North Carolina League, and apparently the rumor also add that he had signed Wilmington pitcher Cy Voorhees, as well. Today, Mack said he knew nothing about either signing.

 

Singled out

Davis had three hits, including his double.

Fraser gave up five hits in seven innings, walked one, and struck out one.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry went 0-for-3, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run. (.424/.461/.633)

 

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July 12, 1901

It was Boston’s old warhorse, Cy Young, showing the rookie how it was done today, beating John McPherson and the Athletics, 5-3. Connie Mack threw McPherson, fresh from Marion in the Western Association, into the fray against the league leading Bostons and learned that he had a lot to learn.

It was the A’s who struck first, though, getting two runs off three hits in the first, but Boston came back in the second with a pair of their own, aided by a couple of fielding miscues from McPherson. In the third they got two more on a pair of walks and a two-run single by Charlie Hemphill. They added another in the fourth off consecutive triples by Chick Stahl and Jimmy Collins. By the fifth inning, Mack had seen enough and sent Bill Bernhard in to finish the game and Bernhard held Boston scoreless the rest of the way. The A’s squeezed out a consolation run in the ninth, but no more.

 

Singled out

Three (or maybe only two, sources vary) Boston runners were thrown out at the plate, two by Matty McIntyre, who was getting rave reviews from the Philadelphia press for his play in left field.

Hemphill had 4 RBIs.

Collins went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

Young’s win improved his record to 16-3 on the season.

 

Lajoie watch

Larry went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and two stolen bases. (.429/.464/.640)

 

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