Monday, September 28, 2009

Wrap Up on the 1909 American Association Season and Key Louisville Stats

Two games were played to wrap up the 1909 American Association season, both at Swayne Field in Toledo. The results from those games are provided here for the sake of completeness.

Game 1
Toledo Mud Hens.....5
Minneapolis Millers.....3
After jumping on Irv Young for four runs in the first inning, the Mud Hens kept the Millers at bay as Earl "Chink" Yingling picked up the win during Game one of this Monday doubleheader. Toledo first-baseman, and former Miller, Jeremiah "Buck" Freeman, homered for the Hens in that productive first frame.

Game 2
Minneapolis Millers.....5
Toledo Mud Hens.....3 (five innings)
The Millers flipped it around on the hosts in Game two in the league's season finale. After grabbing a two-run lead in the second, the Hens gave up a pair in the fourth, and reclaimed the lead in their half of the fourth with one run. But the Millers rallied with three runs in the fifth and final frame, and the Hens could not answer. Tom Hughes the winner for the visitors; lefty Frederick Donovan took the loss.

A note concerning the final standings. There is some confusion over the exact record for each of the three contending teams, as the running tally presented in this blog in the past week does not line up with the record posted in Sporting Life; likely, a few box scores were omitted at some point during the season.

Here are the final standings as published in Sporting Life and substantiated by Marshall Wright's American Association roster book (1994):

Louisville.....93-75
Milwaukee.....90-77
Minneapolis.....88-79
Indianapolis.....83-85
St. Paul.....80-83
Toledo.....80-86
Columbus.....80-87
Kansas City.....71-93

Here is a summary of the pennant race published in the October 9, 1909 edition of Sporting Life:

END OF THE CAMPAIGN

The Eighth Consecutive Race of the Great Organization Results in Louisville's Triumph After the Closest Race in the
History of the Association.

The eighth annual championship race of the American Association, which began April 14, ended September 27, during which time this organization achieved the unprecedented feat of crowding in and playing out a 168-game schedule. The 1909 race was the closest and most remarkable in the history of this organization. From start to finish four teams -- Milwaukee, Louisville, Minneapolis and Indianapolis -- made a desperate fight for the flag, and each in turn at some time seemed destined to land the prize. At the same time no a team was ever out of the race until towards the end. In the last month of the campaign the fight had apparently narrowed down to Milwaukee and Minneapolis, with chances favoring the former. But in the last week of the season Louisville took advantage of a temporary faltering of the leaders, brought itself abreast of them, and two days before the season closed the Colonels went to the front and remained there to the close, thus giving Louisville the American Association championship for the first time. Milwaukee's great work of 1909 under [Louisville native] John McCloskey's management, was rewarded with the [second] place -- a great gain over last year when the Brewers finished sixth. Minneapolis also made a tremendous gain in finishing third as against fifth last year. The champion Indianapolis team was left at the post, but later braced up and made a long and game struggle to overcome the handicap of a miserable start -- an effort which, contrary to expectations, was rewarded with the respectable fourth place. St. Paul, under Mike kelley's management, recovered much of its ancient power and prestige and finished a close fifth, as against last in 1908. Toledo and Columbus were the sole disappointments of the season, the Mudhens dropping from the first division to a sixth place finish this year and Columbus falling from third last year to seventh this season. The closeness of the race is demonstrated by the fact that there was a difference of only 121 percentage points between the championship team and the tail-ender. The high class of ball tendered the patrons of the American Association was appreciated and the attendance exceeded even the liberal total of last year, every club thus clearing more or less profit. The affairs of the league were well conducted by President [Joseph] O'Brien and there was general good order on the field and a remarkable absence of contention among the magnates.

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Some Key Louisville Stats

Team vs. team won-loss records for 1909:
vs. Milwaukee: 9-15

vs. Minneapolis: 11-13
vs. Indianapolis: 15-9
vs. St. Paul: 14-10

Louisville Batting Leaders
Batting Average: Jack Dunleavy (OF), .244
Runs Scored: Orville Woodruff (OF/3b), 66
Hits: Emery Olson (2b), 151
Doubles: Emery Olson and Frank Delahanty (OF), 22
Triples: Emery Olson and Orville Woodruff, 7
Home Runs: Frank Delahanty, 3
Stolen Bases: Emery Olson and Jack Dunleavy, 34
Games Played: Emery Olson, 170
Games Played at Position: Emery Olson, 167 (2b)

Louisville Pitching Leaders
Wins: Orville Selby, 20
Winning Percentage: Orville Selby, .606
Games: Orville Selby, 41
Innings Pitched: Orville Selby, 305
Strikeouts: Bill Hogg, 125

Louisville Offensive Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 7th (511)
Hits: 6th (1,237)
Doubles: 7th (169)
Triples: 5th (42)
Home Runs: 6th (13)
Stolen Bases: 1st (203)
Batting Average: 6th (.233)
The cumulative league batting average: .237

Despite the statistical breakdown shown above, Louisville was able to use its strength in pitching to out-duel the other seven American Association teams. After its second-place finish in 1908 (88-65), the Colonels capitalized on a late-season surge to surpass the front-runners, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, pulling away in the final days of the season to nail down the American Association crown for 1909.

Hail to the Champs, the 1909 Louisville Colonels,
One Hundred Years ago Today!



Vintage Baseball Cards from 1909

The American Association is fairly well-represented in the T-206 set of vintage tobacco cards from 1909. Here is a link for some Louisville samples, in celebration of their magical capture of the American Association flag..."one hundred years ago today!"

http://baseballcards.galib.uga.edu/cgi/bball?action=query&term_a=louisville&index_a=kw&grid=3&format=_contact&_cc=1

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Games of Sunday, Sept. 26, 1909

With the pennant sewn up by the Louisville Colonels, it's a moot point to include the scores but for the sake of completeness, here are today's games for the top three finishers:

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....6
Kansas City Blues.....5
The Colonels surmounted a rally after being down 4-0 after one inning of play, scoring three in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth frames. Hippo Vaughn the winnder, Gus Dorner the loser.

Game 2
Kansas City Blues.....5
Louisville Colonels.....3 (seven innings)
Again the Blues scored four in the first inning as John Clayton, appearing in only his fourth game of the season (his first was August 23), lasted only two-thirds of an inning before Gene Packard came on in relief. The Blues' "Vinegar Bill" Essick was the winner in a complete game performance against the champion Colonels. This was the final game of the season for both teams.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Game 1
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Nick Altrock contained the Hens on five hits as the Millers scored single runs in each of the first three innings in this inconsequential battle. Catcher Joe Rapp had three hits for the visitors.

Game 2
Toledo Mud Hens.....10
Minneapolis Millers.....3
The Hens had their whoopin' sticks out against Lou Fiene in this six inning game. Eight Minneapolis errors contributed to their loss, but Toledo won by "hard, consecutive hitting," according to Sporting Life.

At Neil Park in Columbus
Game 1
Milwaukee Brewers.....10
Columbus Senators.....9
Despite seven late-inning runs posted by the home team, the Brewers held on for the win in a game featuring offense, the Senators with 14, Milwaukee with 15. A home run by catcher Tony James was a highlight for Columbus. The Brews sent six runs across the plate in the sixth.

Game 2
Columbus Senators.....5
Milwaukee Brewers.....4 (five innings)
The Senators evened things up with a rally in their last inning, scoring three off Frank Schneiberg, despite 14 Milwaukee safeties. This game ended the season for both teams.

And that's your American Association scoreboard for the final Sunday games of the 1909 Championship campaign. Tomorrow a summary of the season presented in Sporting Life will be provided.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Louisville Clinches!


Games of Saturday, Sept. 25, 1909

At Eclipse Park, Louisville
Louisville Colonels.....4
Kansas City Blues....2
Jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning set the Colonels up for the most important victory in the history of their American Association franchise. Jake Thielman held the Blues scoreless until the sixth, making it a one-run game. In the Louisville eighth the hosts padded their lead with a pair, and KC answered with a lone tally in the ninth. But it wasn't enough, as the Louisville Colonels nailed down the victory and clinched the American Association pennant in the process, the Brewers splitting their doubleheader in Columbus. It was an unusual contest, the Blues out-hitting the Colonels 11-4. But things were going Louisville's way the past two weeks and this game was no exception. Former Colonel hurler Patsy Flaherty the unlikely loser in this one.

At Neil Park, Columbus
Game 1
Milwaukee Brewers.....6
Columbus Senators.....0
Milwaukee native Lou Manske shut down the hosts on four hits while the Brewers ganged up on Rube Geyer with five runs in the third inning. The victory was Milwaukee's first of the 1909 campaign in Columbus.

Game 2
Columbus Senators.....4
Milwaukee Brewers.....3
The Brewers needed this game to stay in contention for the pennant, but the Senators pulled out a win with a two-out run in the ninth, dashing Milwaukee's hopes for their first American Association pennant. Stoney McGlynn, the iron man of the Milwaukee mound corps, was the loser, getting little support as the Brewers had only two hits; they took advantage of Columbus' five errors in scoring three runs to tie the game in the fourth. Clyde Goodwin brought home the win in the Senators' spoiler role, not only by pitching well, but by scoring the winning run. Sporting Life: "Goodwin beat McGlynn in the second game, scoring the winning run himself in the ninth on a lucky single and Josh Clarke's hit to the fence. Milwaukee got its three runs without the aid of a hit."

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Game 1
Toledo Mud Hens.....7
Minneapolis Millers.....2
Dan McSurdy the winner, Tom Hughes the loser. The hosts put up four runs in the second to seal their advantage.

Game 2
Toledo Mud Hens.....6
Minneapolis Millers.....2 (five innings)
By dropping both games of the twin-bill the Millers took themselves out of contention and allowed Louisville to clinch. Toledo scored in each of the four innings they took their at-bats off Roy Patterson. Ray Hancock the winning hurler for the Hens.

By clinching the pennant, Louisville would have their first league championship in the American Association. And that's your update for Saturday, Sept. 25, 1909, one hundred years ago today! More to follow.....stay tuned!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The 1909 Championship Race Winds Down

Friday, September 24, 1909

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Louisville Colonels.....4
Kansas City Blues.....1
The Colonels gain a game over the Brewers in the pennant race by defeating Kansas City. The Blues jumped out to an early lead against Jack Halla in the second, but the Colonels come back in the third with a pair. Those runs proved all they'd need in wrapping up another win. Halla was relieved in the second by Gene Packard who sewed up the victory for the hosts. Colonels center-fielder Frank Delahanty hit a home run to thrill the home crowd and boost the club's chances against a tough left-hander, Billy Campbell. It was an important win for Louisville in combination with the Milwaukee loss in Columbus.


At Columbus' Neil Park
Columbus Senators.....4
Milwaukee Brewers.....2
The Senators dampen Milwaukee's chances in the pennant race by scoring three runs in the eighth frame off Brewer starter Charlie Wacker who absorbed the loss in this critical game. The Brewers fall to 88-75 and are now a game and a half behind the Colonels in the race for the flag. According to Sporting Life, "Al Nelson (RHP), who should have been scored upon, started a batting rally in the eighth that gave Columbus the first game of the series. He sent a two-bagger to left centre. Bill Ludwig erred when Josh Clarke bunted. Quinlan sacrificed. Art Krueger went out, but Bunk Congalton and Fred Odwell made singles, putting the game out of reach of the second place club." (first names added; note spelling of "center").

Minneapolis was off today.

And that's your scoreboard for Friday, Sept. 24, 1909 as this thrilling pennant race begins to wind down! Stay tuned.......

And that's y

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pennant Race Update for Thursday, Sept. 23, 1909

At Swayne Field, Toledo
For the second straight day a doubleheader was on the docket against the Mud Hens and Milwaukee Brewers but the second game was called because of darkness after six inning with neither team scoring.
Game 1
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Milwaukee Brewers.....1
Milwaukee's Stoney McGlynn held the Hens to four hits in eight innings but yielded two runs in the fourth which proved the deciding factor in the loss, the Brewers getting nine scattered hits of Toledo's Karl Robinson.

Game 2
Called due to darkness after six innings.

At Eclipse Park in Louisville
St. Paul Saints.....3
Louisville Colonels.....1
St. Paul scored a pair in the third and were never behind after that. Louis Leroy the winner, Bill Hogg the loser as both pitchers went the distance. The Saints outhit the front-running Colonels, 11-4.

At Neil Park in Columbus
The Minneapolis Millers and Columbus Senators game was washed out by rain. The Millers gain a half-game on Louisville in the standings.

And that's your abbreviated American Association scoreboard for Thursday, Sept. 23, 1909, one hundred years ago today!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pennant Race Update for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1909

The Louisville Colonels take over first place with a sweep of their doubleheader against the St. Paul Saints.

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....4
St. Paul Saints.....2
By the time the Saints scored their runs in the sixth, the Colonels already had three, tacking on an insurance run in the eighth to get the "W" for Hippo Vaughn, Elmer Steele the loser. Vaughn had a home run on his own behalf.

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.....8
St. Paul Saints.....4 (seven innings)
Louisville bats busted out in the first inning with six runs, deciding the game early as Frank Decanniere went the whole route in this abbreviated contest, Hank Gehring the loser. The Colonels take over first place from Milwaukee with wins 87 and 88.

At Toledo's Swayne Field
Game 1
Toledo Mud Hens.....6
Milwaukee Brewers.....2
The Hens score a pair in the first inning and go on to take the first game of a doubleheader, Hi West the winner, Paul Stowers the loser as the Brewers lose ground to the Colonels in the great pennant race of 1909.

Game 2
After six innings the came was called due to darkness with no runs being scored by either team.

At Neil Park in Columbus
Game 1
Columbus Senators.....4
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Sporting Life: "Columbus practically spoiled the pennant chances of Minneapolis by takng both games of the double-header. Shortstop Andy Oyler, of Minneapolis, was hit in the head by a pitched ball in the eigth inning of the first game and was taken to the hospital. He will be laid up for some time. The Minneapolis third baseman, Jimmy Collins, injured a shoulder sliding to second in the seventh, but kept at play until the tenth inning when hits by Clyde Goodwin and Larry Quinlan decided the game." Clyde Goodwin the winner, Irving Young the loser.

Game 2
Columbus Senators.....5
Minneapolis Millers.....4
Sporting News: At intervals in the second game, which Columbus won by a narrow margin, Umpire Hayes was busy having particiapants removed from the field. President Mike Cantillon and player Otis Clymer, of the Minneapolis Club, were banished. Outfielder Josh Clarke, of Columbus, was benched in the eighth. Quinlan and Congalton made hits in the seventh, giving Columbus the deciding run. Fred Link the winner, Lou Fiene the loser.

The second-division teams play spoiler in the race for the flag today, the Brewers and Millers being victimized and getting knocked down a few pegs in the standings. Here's how the standings look including games played today:

Louisville.....88-72..... .550
Milwaukee....88-73.... .547
Minneapolis...85-73.... .538

And that's your update for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1909, as the race stays tight and the Colonels grab the top rung...one hundred years ago today!
...to be continued.....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1909 Pennant Race Update: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1909

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....2
St. Paul Saints.....1
Both clubs mustered only four hits each in a classic pitcher's duel, as the Colonels maintained their surge in the standings. A recent arrival (9/14), center-fielder Ernie Diehl, belted a home run, no easy task at Eclipse Park. Louisville's two-run first held for pitcher Bill Hogg; Charlie Chech was the loser.

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.....3
St. Paul Saints.....2
A three-run rally in the seventh frame sealed the tilt for the Colonels as they completed the sweep against the Saints in another very close game. Orville Kilroy was the loser as Gene Packard the winner in this abbreviated affair, as darkness descended. The Colonels gain a half-game on Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

At Toledo's Swayne Field
Milwaukee Brewers.....6
Toledo Mud Hens.....1
With the win the Brewers lost only a half-game to the sizzling Colonels. Posting three in the first and two in the third put the game out of reach from the outset, Tom Dougherty the winner, Frank Owen the loser. Sixteen hits erupted from Brewer bats, nine off Owen in three innings. The Milwaukee offense featured two doubles by third-baseman Harry "Pep" Clark and a triple by center-fielder Amos Strunk.

At Columbus' Neil Park
Minneapolis Millers.....2
Columbus Senators.....1
The Millers scored their pair in the first frame and pitcher Nick Altrock held the locals to one tally in the fifth on four hits. Bill "Duke" Kenworthy took the loss for the Senators. Five Columbus errors, three by second-baseman John Cullen, gave Kenworthy fits.

The Louisville Colonels continue their charge up Pennant Hill, but remain in third-place, one percentage point behind the Millers. The Brewers are atop the standings with a record of 88-72 (.555), two games in front of the Millers.

And that's your update for games played Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1909, one hundred years ago today in the American Association!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 1909 Pennant Race: Games of Monday, Sept. 20

At Louisville's Eclipse Park:
Louisville Colonels.....5
Minneapolis Millers.....3
The Colonels outhit the Millers 14-7 as Frank Decanniere defeats spitball artist Roy Patterson in the final game of the series. Despite the advantage in the hits column, it was a close game throughout. Louisville played errorless ball, and catcher Johnny "Runt" Hughes went four-of-four with a home run for the hosts.

At Indianapolis' Washington Park:
Milwaukee Brewers.....1
Indianapolis Indians.....0
Stoney McGlynn tosses another shutout on his way to another of his league record 14 blankings, stopping the Indians on two hits. McGlynn had a double against the Tribe, showing he could still wield the willow well for an old-timer! Indianapolis threatened in the ninth by putting two runners on base with one out, but the magician of the mound for Milwaukee put out the fire to enable the Brewers to keep pace with the Colonels who defeated Minneapolis.

And that's your update for the 1909 pennant race, 100 years ago today in the American Association!

The 1909 Pennant Race Update for Sept. 19

From now until the end of the American Association season, only scores involving the pennant contenders will be listed here.

Here is the scoreboard for Sunday, Sept. 19, 1909

The Louisville Colonels hosted the Minneapolis Millers in a doubleheader at Eclipse Park:

Game 1
Louisville...8
Minneapolis...3
The Colonels had their way with Lou Fiene, smacking 14 hits on their way to a win. Orville Selby was relieved by Gene Packard for Louisville in the sixth; Selby was the winner. Louisville posted two runs in both the third and fourth frames, and the Millers were unable to mount a sufficient comeback, scoring two in the sixth, and one in the seventh. Louisville third-baseman Orville Woodruff went 3-for-5, all singles, while the lower five in the lineup all had two hits each. The Millers left 11 on base and made five errors.

Game 2
Louisville...3
Minneapolis...2
Again the defensive work of the Millers was lacking, three errors enabling the Colonels to take Game 2 for a sweep at Eclipse Park. The Colonels jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with a run, but Minneapolis tallied twice in the second for a short-lived lead as the hosts posted three runs in the third. At that rate the scoring could have mounted considerably! But there were no more runs scored, and the game was called on account of darkness after the Miller seventh. Hippo Vaughn was the winner, with Tom Hughes taking the loss as the Colonels came to within a game of first place.

At Washington Park, Indianapolis
Indianapolis...2
Milwaukee...0
The Brewers saw their fortunes dip as they were victimized by Larry Cheney who held them to two hits while walking two and striking out three. The fourth-place Tribe had eight safeties off Brewer starting pitcher Tom "Sugar Boy" Dougherty, who also had one of the Brewers two hits, who suffered the loss. Four Brewer errors but they did not directly impact the scoring.

Louisville gains momentum in the pennant race!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Standings and Scoreboard for Sept. 18, 1909

Here are the standings for Sept. 18, 1909 inclusive of the day's games, as appeared in Sporting Life. Venues hosting pennant contenders are highlighted in yellow.

Minneapolis.....84-68..... .553
Milwaukee.....86-71..... .548
Louisville.....81-72..... .529
St. Paul.....74-77..... .490
Indianapolis.....77-81..... .487
Columbus.....78-82..... .478
Toledo.....72-81..... .470
Kansas City.....69-86..... .445

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At Eclipse Park, Louisville
Minneapolis Millers.....2
Louisville Colonels.....1
The Millers won the second game in the series in a squeaker, posting one run in the ninth for which Louisville could not answer against Nick Altrock. Bill Hogg was the loser despite allowing only five hits.

At Washington Park, Indianapolis
Game 1
Indianapolis Indians.....6
Milwaukee Brewers.....5
The Indians rallied against Frank Schneiberg to score two runs with two out in the ninth to take game one, Oscar Graham the winner in relief of Vive Lindaman.

Game 2
Indianapolis Indians.....5
Milwaukee Brewers.....0
Oscar Graham held Milwaukee in check with three hits when the game was called in the eighth on account of darkness as the Brewers lose first-place to the Millers.

At Neil Park, Columbus
Game 1
Columbus Senators.....7
Kansas City Blues.....1
Clyde Goodwin the winner over Gus Dorner.

Game 2
Columbus Senators.....1
Kansas City Blues.....0
Fred Link held the Blues to two hits in posting the shutout.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Toledo Mud Hens.....3
St. Paul Saints.....2
Karl Robinson the winner, Charlie Chech the loser.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scores for Friday, Sept. 17, 1909

Today's games had a substantial effect on the American Association pennant race of 1909. A shift in the standings is the result of the day's actions, as the battle for the top spot continues to heat up. Venues hosting pennant contenders are highlighted in yellow.

At Eclipse Park, Louisville
Louisville Colonels.....3
Minneapolis Millers.....1
The Colonels score twice off "Long Tom" Hughes in the first inning. Hughes settles down and held them to only four hits on the day, but Louisville's Frank Decanniere is on his game as well, scattering six hits during the opening game of the series.

At Washington Park, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians.....5
Milwaukee Brewers.....2
The fifth-place Indians have their way with Charlie Wacker in securing the first game of their series. The Brewers were ahead 2-1 until Wacker unwound in the eighth as the hosts scored four runs, enabling Oscar Graham, in for starter Walt Slagle, to pick up the win. Milwaukee continues its late-season slide.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
St. Paul Saints.....3
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
The Hens score twice in the ninth but it isn't quite enough, as Orville Kilroy nails down the victory in a complete game four-hitter.

At Neil Park, Columbus
Kansas City Blues.....2
Columbus Senators.....0
Veteran Patsy Flaherty contains the Senators, scattering seven singles in a game which transpires in one hour, 19 minutes.

And that's your complete American Association scoreboard for Friday, Sept. 18, one hundred years ago today!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scores for Thursday, Sept. 16, 1909

The pennant race heats up!

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Louisville Colonels.....4
Milwaukee Brewers.....0
The Brewers gift-wrap this one, committing six errors. Gene Packard allows only four hits as his Colonels make the most of their five hits. Stoney McGlynn is pulled after two innings as Milwaukee's lead over Louisville slips a game.

At Washington Park, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians.....9
Minneapolis Millers.....2
The Indians turn the tables on the Millers, defeating them by the same score as the previous day's. Tribe's manager/first-baseman Charlie Carr hits a home run.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Kansas City Blues.....1
Again the Hens win, 2-1, this time in dramatic style by tallying with two outs in the ninth. With Frank Owen on the hill for the Hens, the Blues muster only four hits, one a seventh-inning home run by second baseman Jack Love. By taking four-straight from KC they climb above Columbus in the standings and now occupy sixth place.

At Neil Park, Columbus
St. Paul Saints.....9
Columbus Senators.....0
With a decisive seven-hit shutout authored by Louis Leroy, the Native American pitcher for St. Paul, the Saints cap their trip to Columbus before heading for Toledo. St. Paul shortstop Al Boucher has two triples in the affair. Leroy is in peak form, never allowing more than one hit in any inning.

And that's your American Association scoreboard for Thursday, Sept. 16, 1909, one hundred years ago today!

Scores for Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1909: The Pennant Race

Venues hosting American Association pennant contenders are highlighted in yellow.

The premier event takes place at Louisville:

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Game 1
Milwaukee Brewers.....5
Louisville Colonels.....2
Stoney McGlynn comes away with the win, allowing only four hits.

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.....1
Milwaukee Brewers.....0
McGlynn is the pick for the second game and permits only four hits, as the contest is called after seven frames. The Colonels lose no ground to the front-running Brewers.

At Washington Park, Indianapolis
Minneapolis Millers.....9
Indianapolis Indians.....2
Minneapolis scores three in the second inning and coasts to a win, picking up a half-game on Milwaukee. Starting pitcher Lou Fiene gets two hits and holds the Tribe to five hits, as the Millers win their third straight behind solid hitting. Center-fielder Bill "Tip" O'Neill, hitting out of the lead-off spot, goes three-for four with three triples, becoming the first American Association batter to accomplish this feat (which does not happen to appear in the American Association record books). O'Neill shares this distinction with nine other players. American Association history uncovered after 100 years!

At Neil Park, Columbus
Game 1
St. Paul Saints.....5
Columbus Senators.....3
The visiting Saints pull out a win with a two-run rally in the ninth frame.

Game 2
St. Paul Saints.....6
Columbus Senators.....1
With four runs in the first inning, the Saints sat in the catbird seat for this seven-inning event which was called because of darkness.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Kansas City Blues.....1
Ohio native Earl "Chink" Yingling pockets a "W" as the Hens stay out of the cellar.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eye on the Race: Scores for Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1909

Venues hosting pennant contenders Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Louisville are highlighted in yellow.

Games of Tuesday, September 14, 1909

At Eclipse Park in Louisville
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....7
Milwaukee Brewers.....3

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.....2
Milwaukee Brewers.....1
(eight innings; called on account of darkness)

The Colonels pick up two games on the first-place Brewers.
Bill Hogg is the winner in Game 1 behind perfect defense.
In Game 2, Jack Halla halts the Milwaukees despite only four Louisville hits, two of which were his own!

At Neil Park in Columbus
Columbus Senators.....5
St. Paul Saints.....0
Clyde Goodwin shuts down the Saints on six hits as the Senators play errorless ball.

At West Washington Park, Indianapolis
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Indianapolis Indians.....2
The Millers pick up a game and a half on the Brewers as Nick Altrock pockets the win over Oscar Graham.

At Swayne Field, Toledo
Toledo Mud Hens.....7
Kansas City Blues.....6
The Mud Hens flap 14 hits in support of pitcher Hi West. Sporting Life: “In a game replete with sensational fielding and heavy hitting, the Toledo team won again from Kansas City to-day.” West triples on his own behalf.

And that’s your updated American Association scoreboard for Tuesday, September 14, one hundred years ago today!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Scores for Monday, Sept. 13, 1909

Site of games hosting pennant contenders is highlighted in yellow.

At Toledo's Swayne Field
Toledo Mud Hens.....4
Kansas City Blues.....2
Sebron Booles gets the "W" for the Hens, his only victory of the season.

At Columbus' Neil Park
Columbus Senators.....5
St. Paul Saints.....0
Glenn Liebhardt masters the Saints on four hits, striking out eight and walking two.

At Indianapolis' West Washington Street Park
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Indianapolis Indians.....2
The Millers stage a dramatic three-run ninth inning rally to upstage the host Indians, picking up a half-game on the Brewers.

At Louisville's Eclipse Park
Milwaukee Brewers.....0
Louisville Colonels.....0
Play was called after 11 frames on account of darkness. Milwaukee iron man Stoney McGlynn was still in the box for the Brewers, having allowed only four hits; Frank Decanniere yielded seven hits and was the only Colonel pitcher.

And that's your scoreboard for Monday, Sept. 13, one hundred years ago today!

Pennant Race Summary of Week Ending September 11, 1909

There was little movement among the contenders in the American Association standings ending the week of Sept. 11, 1909. With three weeks to play, the record stood as follows:

Milwaukee Brewers.....85-63
Minneapolis Millers.....80-64....3 games back
Louisville Colonels.....75-69....8 games back

Playing all games at home, the Brewers won six, lost four. After losing a doubleheader to the Millers, Milwaukee took the remaining two games in the series ending Sept. 8. Their 7-1 win over St. Paul on Sept. 11 helped them maintain their lead over both the Millers and Colonels who suffered defeats.

After beating St. Paul to end their homestand Sept. 5, the Millers headed for Milwaukee and Kansas City. They won five, lost four during the week.

The Colonels won five games on the road, and finished the week with six wins, four losses. Losing both ends of a doubleheader Sept. 6 at Indianapolis, they bounced back to sweep the Indians in their Sept. 7 twin bill in a game featuring two shutout performances, the first a six-hitter by Hippo Vaughn, followed by Orville Selby's four-hitter.

Louisville was not going away, and the Millers were still hot on the heels of the Brewers. How would the remaining weeks play out? Daily updates will be recorded here for American Association followers to keep up with the developments as they took place one hundred years ago this week. Please see earlier blogs for the preceding daily scoreboard results in the American Association.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scoreboard for Sunday, September 12, 1909

Pennant contenders are highlighted in yellow:

Association Park, Kansas City
Game 1
Kansas City Blues.....4
Minneapolis Millers.....2
Veteran Patsy Flaherty picks up the win in the opening game.

Game 2
Kansas City Blues.....4
Minneapolis Millers.....1
The Millers' pennant hopes darken after being swept by the last-place Blues.

Athletic Park, Milwaukee
St. Paul Saints.....5
Milwaukee Brewers.....3
The Saints score three in the first inning and preserve their lead for the victory. Brewer pitcher Paul Stowers is the unlikely owner of a home run.

Eclipse Park, Louisville
Game 1
Louisville Colonels.....5
Toledo Mud Hens.....3
The Colonels pick up a game on the Brewers by capturing the first game in their pair with the Hens. A three-run fourth inning sets the table as Hippo Vaughn picks up the win.

Game 2
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Louisville Colonels.....1
Louisville left fielder Frank Delahanty hit "a clean home run" but owing to the ground rules in place because of the overflow crowd, it was ruled a double and the the Hens salvage a split in the five-inning affair. The game ended early in order to allow the Toledo team to catch their train back home.

West Washington Street Park, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians .....5
Columbus Senators.....4
The Tribe holds on for the win despite a two-run rally by the Senators in the ninth.

That sums up the American Association scoreboard for September 12, one-hundred years ago today!

Scoreboard for Sunday, September 12, 1909

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scoreboard for Saturday, September 11, 1909

West Washington Street Park, Indianapolis
Game 1
Indianapolis Indians.....7
Columbus Senators.....6
The Indians grab game one of a doubleheader in 12 innings.

Game 2
Indianapolis Indians.....7
Columbus Senators.....2
Indians complete a sweep of the twin bill in a five-inning affair halted by darkness. The Senators commit five errors in each contest.

Association Park, Kansas City
Kansas City Blues.....4
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Paul Carter pitches a complete game for the Blues.

Athletic Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee Brewers.....7
St. Paul Saints.....1
Brewers tighten their grip on first-place with a win in a game that was decided in the second frame, scoring three runs off Louis Leroy.

Eclipse Park, Louisville
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Louisville Colonels.....0
The Colonels drop a game in the standings as Toledo's Frank Owen twirls a six-hitter.

That's the wrap for the Saturday scoreboard, Sept. 11, 1909, one hundred years ago today!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Scoreboard for Friday, September 10, 1909

The American Association pennant race heats up! Here is your scoreboard Friday's games, with contenders highlighted in yellow:

Athletic Park, Milwaukee
St. Paul Saints.....4
Milwaukee Brewers.....3
The Brewers swat 16 safeties but submit to St. Paul. Recent call-up Sylvester Breen hits a home run for the Saints. Charlie Chech goes seven innings for the win.

West Washington Park, Indianapolis
Indianapolis.....6
Columbus Senators.....4
The Indians survive a 4-run fifth by the visitors as Walt Slagle earns the win.

Association Park, Kansas City
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Kansas City Blues....2
Third-baseman/manager Jimmy Collins swats a circuit drive, the deciding run, against veteran pitcher Ducky Swann. The Millers gain a game on the front-running Brewers. The game was attended by the nation's Vice President, James S. Sherman.

Eclipse Park, Louisville
The game between the Toledo Mud Hens and Louisville Colonels was postponed by rain.

And that's your American Association scoreboard for Friday, September 10, 1909, one hundred years ago today!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

American Association Scoreboard for Thursday, Sept. 9, 1909

Please refer to earlier blog for a summary of the American Association 1909 pennant race. Here are the scores for Sept. 9. Contenders are highlighted in yellow.

At Eclipse Park in Louisville
Louisville Colonels.....8
Toledo Mud Hens.....2
Colonels second-baseman Emery Olson hit a rare home run. Toledo committed five errors, as Bill Hogg came away with the win.

At Association Park in Kansas City
Minneapolis Millers.....3
Kansas City Blues.....0
Spitball artist Roy Patterson tossed a two-hit shutout.

At Athletic Park in Milwaukee
St. Paul Saints.....3
Milwaukee Brewers.....2
Orville Kilroy came away the winner for the Saints.

At Indianapolis
Columbus Senators vs. Indianapolis Indians was postponed due to rain.

Both Louisville and Minneapolis gained a game on the first-place Brewers.

And that's your scoreboard for the games of Thursday, Sept. 9, 1909, one hundred years ago today!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

American Association Scoreboard for Wednesday, September 8, 1909

Your American Association Scoreboard for
Wednesday, September 8, 1909

At Kansas City's Association Park
Game 1
St. Paul Saints.....6
Kansas City Blues.....1

Game 2
St. Paul Saints.....4
Kansas City Blues.....3 (seven innings)

At Columbus' Neil Park
Columbus Senators.....8
Toledo Mud Hens.......1

At Milwaukee's Athletic Park
Milwaukee Brewers.....2
Minneapolis Millers.....0
Despite a two-hitter by Irving "Young Cy" Young, the Brewers score one in the first and one in the third as Tom "Sugar Boy" Dougherty picks up the win

At Indianapolis' West Washington Street Park
Louisville Colonels.....7
Indianapolis Indians.....1
Aided by the strong pitching of 21-year-old Gene Packard and a 13-hit spree (all singles) by the Colonels, Louisville kept its pennant hopes alive

And that's your American Association scoreboard for September 8, one hundred years ago today!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

American Association Scoreboard for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1909

Here is your complete American Association scoreboard for September 7. Does the pennant race heat up or just simmer a bit?

At West Washington Park, Indianapolis
Game 1
Louisville Colonels........2
Indianapolis Indians.....0

Game 2
Louisville Colonels.......2
Indianapolis Indians.....0
21-year-old Hippo Vaughn and 20-game winner Orville Selby combine for a pair of shutouts, allowing the Indians ten hits on the day.

At Athletic Park, Milwaukee
Milwaukee Brewers.....6
Minneapolis Millers.....5
Brewers score a pair of 2-out runs in the ninth to overtake the Millers. Miller centerfielder Bill "Tip" O'Neill homered in the game.

At Neil Park, Columbus
Columbus Senators.....7
Toledo Mud Hens.....6
The Senators score in the tenth to pull out a win.

At Association Park in Kansas City, wet grounds prevented baseball action between the St. Paul Saints and Kansas City Blues today.

And that's your update for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1909.


Monday, September 7, 2009

American Association Scoreboard for Monday, Sept. 6

Here is the updated scoreboard for the games played Monday, Sept. 6. Pennant contenders are highlighted in yellow.

At Neil Park, Columbus
Game 1
Columbus Senators.....8
Toledo Mud Hens.......2

Game 2
Toledo Mud Hens.......7
Columbus Senators.... 3

At West Washington Street Park, Indianapolis
Game 1
Indianapolis Indians.....3
Louisville Colonels........2

Game 2
Indianapolis Indians.....7
Louisville Colonels........1
Vive Lindaman stops the Colonels with five hittter

At Athletic Park, Milwaukee
Game 1
Minneapolis Millers.....8
Milwaukee Brewers......2
Millers jump on Stoney McGlynn with four in the first

Game 2
Minneapolis Millers.....1
Milwaukee Brewers......0
Tom Hughes blanks the Brewers on eight hits

At Kansas City's Association Park the Saints and Blues were rained out

Sunday, September 6, 2009

American Association Scoreboard for Sunday, Sept. 5, 1909

Please see previous blog for the full report on the 1909 American Association pennant race, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this exciting campaign. In order to help recapture the thrills of this long-forgotten championship run, daily updates will be presented here, and will continue throughout the 1909 battle. Louisville, Milwaukee and Minneapolis will be highlighted in boldface.

Update: Sunday, September 5, 1909

With the Milwaukee Brewers in front of the second-place Minneapolis Millers by 3.5 games and the Louisville Colonels behind by eight games to start the new week of play, here is the scoreboard for Sunday, September 5:

At Neil Park in Columbus:
Game 1
Columbus Senators 8
Louisville Colonels 3

Game 2
Louisville Colonels 5
Columbus Senators 4

At West Washington Street Park in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians 9
Toledo Mud Hens 7

At Lexington Park in St. Paul
Minneapolis Millers 1
St. Paul Saints 0
Nick Altrock throws two-hitter

At Athletic Park in Milwaukee
Game 1
Milwaukee Brewers 7
Kansas City Blues 6
Win results from 2-run rally in 9th

Game 2
Milwaukee Brewers 9
Kansas City Blues 2
Home Run: catcher Charlie Moran of Milwaukee

The 1909 Championship Race, Week Ending Sept. 4




As the American Association pennant race for 1909 continued along its tenuous course during late August and early September, here’s a look at how things shaped up between the principal contenders. From the above standings from the Sept. 11, 1909 issue of Sporting Life, the Brewers were still holding on to their perch, with the Millers and Colonels close behind. Note that the graphic's top section shows the won/loss record for each team in the league, while the standings are presented below.

The Brewers, winding up the week ending Sept. 4 with a 3.5 game lead over the Millers, were successful in maintaining their late season momentum by winning six, losing two, and outscoring opponents 52-35. Starting out against the Millers at Nicollet Park on Saturday, Aug. 28, Milwaukee took one on the chin, 17-10 (see details below). Then it was on to St. Paul where the Brewers took four of five from the fifth-place Saints in a series which included a four-hit shutout by Frank Schneiberg on Aug. 29. That contest featured three triples by Milwaukee third-baseman Harry “Pep” Clark. The Saints managed to salvage some respect by defeating John McCloskey’s Milwaukeeans 7-3 in the last game of the series. Entertaining Kansas City, the Brew Boys won three more games to end their nine-game week of play. In the second contest of their series with the last-place Blues, the Brewers served notice by blanking the visitors, 8-0, as Brewer ace Stoney McGlynn (age 37), landed his 12th shutout of the season, a four-hitter. Sporting Life reported, “McGlynn was in perfect form and master at all times.” With a 7-2 win against KC the next day, McCloskey's men capped a good week on the upswing by winning seven of nine. The momentum belonged to Milwaukee to start the month of September. Their record stood at 80 wins, 59 losses.


The Millers had an abbreviated schedule during which they won three, lost three. They had a productive offense during their homestand, outscoring their opponents 32-22, but could only win three of six meetings. The week started out with a resounding 17-10 trashing of the visiting Brewers, as the Millers pounded out 15 hits at Nicollet Park on Aug. 28. The game featured successive six-run innings for Minneapolis in frames four and five, sending Tom “Sugar Boy” Dougherty scurrying in the fourth. Reliever Charlie Wacker didn’t fare much better before Frank Schneiberg came on to stop the bleeding. The Millers came away with a win despite five errors; the Brewers committed seven in a wild affair. Manager/third-baseman Jimmy Collins had a perfect day with four singles in four at-bats, while second-sacker Jerry Downs had a 3-for-6 performance, including a double and a stolen base. A home run by Gavvy Cravath punctuated the victory as Irving “Young Cy” Young, the Millers' "Maine Man," came away with the win. Taking on the lowly Blues, the Millers won the first two outings but dropped the final pair to wind up their week, and the month of August. After “Long Tom” Hughes shut out the Blues on five hits, 8-0, in the first game of the set, the Millers were blanked on five hits in the fourth game by “Vinegar Bill” Essick, the second of two contests on Aug. 31 to end the series. Their final game of the week came Sept. 4 against their crosstown rival, the Saints. It resulted in a 4-0 shutout by St. Paul's veteran hurler, Charlie Chech, who allowed four hits while striking out only one. The Millers lost ground to the Brewers that week, and now had a record of 75 wins, 61 losses.


Starting out the week at home, Louisville wrapped up a series with the fourth-place Columbus Senators in a 6-3 loss at Eclipse Park. The Colonels then traveled to Toledo for a four-game set against the Mud Hens in which they took three of four at brand new Swayne Field. Each game at Toledo was decided by one run. In the finale, the Mud Hens shut out the visiting Colonels, 1-0, on a three-hit gem by righty Karl Robinson. Having scored only 12 runs in five games, Louisville finally showed some offense Sept. 2 at Neil Park in Columbus with a 9-6 win, keeping the Colonels within striking distance of the Brewers. A five-run eighth-inning rally highlighted the tilt for the visitors as reliever Frank Decanniere, in for Orville Selby, came away with the victory. Left-fielder Art Fenlon led the hitting attack for Louisville with three hits in five trips. The game featured two rare home runs (two in one game was exceptional), one by Louisville’s spunky catcher Johnny “Runt” Hughes and the other by the Senators left-fielder Josh Clarke. Columbus catcher Lee Fohl had four hits on the day for Bill Clymer’s Senators who remained out of contention with a record of 67-72.
On Sept. 4, the Colonels made it five of seven by defeating Columbus, 3-2, despite Glenn Liebhardt's seven-strikeout performance. The Night Riders, as they were known in Louisville, had outscored their opponents by a slim margin of 24-21 It was the 70th win for Heinie Peitz and the Louisville Colonels, now five games over .500, and they were still in the hunt. Their record stood at 70-65. There was plenty of baseball left for 1909!

That’s the update for the week ending September 4, 1909, one-hundred years ago in the American Association.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Website Down!

Unfortunately, my brand new website at www.aaalmanac.com is sidelined for the time being. In my attempt to create a new website to host my many ballplayer grave photos, I over-wrote the content of the aaalmanac.com site and it all went kaput. The host site, justhost.com, is very unwieldy when it comes to such things, and I'm now searching for a new host site. Thankfully, I kept back-up files of most of the content I'd posted, so I hope to have aaalmanac.com up and running again in the very near future. Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New American Association Websites

The new and substantially improved American Association website has been up and running for a few weeks now. Please pay it a visit at

http://www.aaalmanac.com/

It includes tabs on teams, hitters, pitchers, managers, ballparks and products available for sale. It's a work in progress, so bear with me while I finish up the details. As of this writing the ballparks section isn't yet complete, but you'll get the idea.

In addition, I'm now periodically publishing my ballplayer grave photos at

http://www.lostengraving.deviantart.com/gallery/

While I do not consider this to be the permanent home of my collection of grave photos, it's the best thing I've found so far, and you can't beat the price (free). Hope you'll pay it a visit.

Eventually there will be a new site devoted to the grave photos, but I'm too busy to put it together right now. I'm currently working on the 2010 American Association Wall Calendar, and getting my notes together for next Almanac on the topic of Parkway Field in Louisville which I'm hoping to have out by Nov. 1. As if that weren't enough, I've completed my book proposal for the University of Minnesota Press on the topic of the rivalry between the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints. Data collection for that project has begun in earnest. It promises to be a very thorough treatment of the subject, but it may not be done in the amount of time they'd like it to be...

In other news, I've had a few hits on the items I'm selling on eBay, but it's slow going, as one might imagine. Just picked up a complete 1929 Minneapolis Millers ticket, and will post that here when it comes. Other than that, summer is drawing to a close with my Brewers looking not-so-good. High expectations at the start of the season have dissipated weeks ago, so now we're just along for the ride and hoping they can salvage some respect in the waning weeks.

Be sure to visit the new websites!