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.

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