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.

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