Friday, August 24, 2012

100 Years Ago: August 24, 1912

The Minneapolis Millers retain their hold on first place in the American Association with wins 87 and 88 win of the season, sweeping the lowly Indianapolis Indians who suffer their 89th and 90th defeats in a Saturday twin bill at Nicollet Park in Minneapolis. Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell goes the distance and strikes out seven in the first game, shutting down the Tribe on three hits. Second-baseman Ed Williams hitting lead-off gets two safeties off Waddell. The Millers play error-free in the field. Single tallies in the first and sixth innings give Minneapolis a 2-0 win, Fred Linke the losing pitcher.

Waddell takes the slab as the starter in the second game but lasts only three and one-third, faltering despite the advantage of an early two-run lead, Indianapolis scoring two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth. Minneapolis comes back with a late picket fence, posting lone tallies in each of the last three frames to eke out a 5-4 win. Waddell is relieved first by Irv "Young Cy" Young and Ralph Comstock. A triple by first-baseman Jim Delahanty, his second of the day, is a highlight for the hosts; Indians' first-sacker Bill Keene homers for the visitors and speedy third-baseman Scotty Ingerton triples. Despite out-hitting the Millers, 10-7, Indianapolis takes the loss behind Otto Merz who limits the hosts to seven hits in ten innings. The Indians will win only two games out of 24 against Minneapolis all year.

Across the Big River in St. Paul, the sixth-place Saints are thrashed by the Louisville Colonels, 11-4, at Lexington Park. The Saints have a 4-0 lead through four, but the Colonels tie it in the fifth, then erupt for six runs off Louis LeRoy in the ninth. Joe Stansbury, the Colonels' center-fielder, has three hits in five at-bats; Bill McKechnie, also headed for the Hall of Fame, has a double and a triple in three times up. Doc Moskiman starts for Louisville before Jake Northrop comes on in the fifth and finishes, getting the win. It's Louisville's 50th victory of the season, but there's no way the Colonels are climbing out of their seventh-place hole.

Elsewhere in the American Association, the Milwaukee Brewers do the Millers a favor by knocking off second-place Columbus, 4-3, in Milwaukee, as slick spitballer Cy Slapnicka is the winner over Wilbur Cooper.

Third-place Toledo KO's the fourth-place Kansas City Blues in a battle of first-division clubs, 8-2, at Kansas City, as 23-year old Harry Krause defeats Bob "Dusty" Rhoades, 33.

Friday, August 17, 2012

100 Years Ago Today


Including the games played Aug. 17, 1912, the Minneapolis Millers and Columbus Senators were deadlocked at the top spot in the standings with a record of 81-46 as the pennant race continued in gripping fashion.

The two clubs played a doubleheader at Nicollet Park in Minneapolis that day.

In the first game, Wilbur Cooper received early support as the Senators jumped on Minneapolis spit-baller Roy Patterson as the visitors scored three in the first, one in the second and three in the third. The Millers finally got on the board in the fifth with a trio of tallies. George McQuillan relieved him in the sixth.

The Senators held on for a 7-5 victory, out-hitting the hosts, 15-12. Both teams had two errors. Bob Unglaub, the Millers' first-baseman, had a three-hit day, while the Senators' third-sacker, George Perring, had two hits in four at-bats, one of which was a home run.

Columbus bats were evident again in the second game. With John Kimball on the mound, the Millers did not score until the sixth, but that did little to narrow the scoring margin as the Senators were up 7-1, ruining the outing by Glenn Liebhardt, their former teammate that year. The final in game two: 9-2, Senators.

Columbus first-baseman Ray Miller, enjoying a splendid year at the plate in his first season in the high minors, had two home runs off Liebhardt as the Senators out-slugged Minneapolis, 14-8.

In other action, third-place Toledo handed the St. Paul their 71st loss of the year with a 10-2 thrashing in the first game of a pair at Lexington Park in St. Paul in which the hosts were out-hit, 18-4. Saints' starting pitcher lasted only three innings, but the trio of St. Paul pitchers held rookie shortstop Ray Chapman hitless in four at-bats. The Saints took revenge in the second game, eking out a 5-4 win in 12 innings in a contest which featured two stolen bases by Chapman, Toledo's rising star, who had two hits in the game. The Mud Hens are in contention with a record of 76-49.

Elsewhere around the league, fourth-place Kansas City handed Louisville their 80th loss of the season, 6-1, at Kansas City's Association Park, securing their 62nd win.

Finally, the fifth-place Milwaukee Brewers won their 59th game against 65 losses by defeating last-place Indianapolis, 4-2, at Milwaukee's Athletic Park as the Suds Meisters played error-free ball.