31
July

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: 1905 AL Wrapup

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Addie Joss

AL Pitcher of the Year

Sam Crawford

AL MVP

 

1905 American League Review

Final Standings

Indians 92 48 .657  
White Sox 91 49 .650 1
A’s 79 61 .564 13
Tigers 70 70 .500 22
Red Sox 67 72 .482 24
Yankees 60 79 .432 31
Senators 56 84 .400 36
Browns 48 92 .343 44

 

MVP
Sam Crawford, Detroit Tigers
.305 AVG 6 HR 55 RBI 34 SB

Pitcher Of The Year
Addie Joss, Cleveland Indians
33-14 1.61 ERA .72 WHIP 47 CG 10 Shutouts

Batting Average (Min. 434 AB)

Sam Crawford Tigers .305
Harry Bay Indians .300
Napoleon Lajoie Indians .295
James Callahan White Sox .280
Jasper Davis A’s .267

Home Runs

George Stone Browns 12
Jasper Davis A’s 11
Jimmy Collins Red Sox 8
Kip Selbach Red Sox 7
Napoleon Lajoie Indians 6

RBI

Charlie Hickman Senators 102
Frank Isbell White Sox 97
Jasper Davis A’s 83
Napoleon Lajoie Indians 76
Ed McFarland White Sox 75

Stolen Bases

Danny Hoffman A’s 75
James Callahan White Sox 69
Harry Bay Indians 63
Dave Fultz Yankees 59
John Anderson Yankees 52

Victories

Addie Joss Indians 33
Earl Moore Indians 32
Frank Smith White Sox 31
Andy Coakley A’s 27
Guy White White Sox 26

ERA

Ed Killian Tigers 1.46
Andy Coakley A’s 1.55
Addie Joss Indians 1.61
Earl Moore Indians 1.72
Bill Donovan Tigers 1.77

Strikeouts

Rube Waddell A’s 234
Frank Smith White Sox 222
Andy Coakley A’s 197
Cy Young Red Sox 190
Harry Howell Browns 184

Wrap-up

The AL certainly ended up different than the actual standings where the A’s came out on top. Pitching was at a premium and hitting was heavily suppressed during the first ¾ths of the year, resulting in only 2 .300 hitters and only 5 over .280. Several top players underperformed, and some players over performed, but I guess that’s how things go on the table top. Here is the breakdown by team.

Cleveland Indians

The Indians endured a lot this year as they had numerous injuries and their best players struggling until mid-season. Addie Joss was the workhorse of this team, setting a new record for complete games in a season with 44. He went 33-14 with a 1.41 ERA and a .72 WHIP on his way to Pitcher Of The Year. Earl Moore is another stud pitcher that held hitters down with a 32-10 record and a 1.72 ERA with a .77 WHIP. Napoleon Lajoie was hitting under .200 at the half way point, but went on a tear to finish with a .296 AVG 6 HR and 36 SB. Harry Bay came out of nowhere to finish second in hitting with a .300 AVG and 63 steals, my only real complaint about his year is that he struck out a lot fanning 75 times for the year in the leadoff spot. Elmer Flick struggled mightily all year, but finished at a .265 mark.

Chicago White Sox

They were on top most of the year, but hitting was their kryptonite, and late in the season lost several players. This was big as they only carried 5 bench players, and 4 of them could qualify for “Terrible Tuesday”. All three starters pitched no hitters and Frank Smith was surprisingly good. He finished the year at 31-15 with a 1.92 ERA and his 222 strikeouts are third highest in history. Guy White finished with 26 wins. James Callahan, just 4 years removed from being one of the best pitchers in the AL was a serious candidate for MVP as an outfielder, finishing with a .280 AVG and 69 steals and was among the leaders in every other category other than homers.

Philadelphia A’s

The A’s were an interesting team and had some great cards. Before I started the season I had them as my choice to win the AL. They had many players underperform and while the pitching was solid, failed enough times to finish third. The key injury was third baseman Bristol Lord spent more time on the DL than the field. While Lord was not going to remind anyone of George Brett, it forced some very bad players onto the field more than they should have been. The pitching philosophy was apparently “blow them away” as they had 3 of the top 10 strikeout artists, and role pitchers with solid strikeout to walk ratio’s. Rube Waddell finished with a 23-18 record and a 2.04 ERA. His 234 strikeouts are second highest ever.

Young Andy Coakley finished with a 27-13 record, a 1.55 ERA and 197 strikeouts. Eddie Plank had a good year, but was the one pitcher that struggled when needed the most. He did finish with 21 wins and a 2.80 ERA, but that was merely ordinary in a pitchers year. Although the hitting struggled more than it should have it was not all bad. Danny Hoffman led the league with 75 steals, and after bad first halves Jasper Davis and Ralph Seybold went on monster second halves to finish with some decent numbers. Davis hit .267 and after hitting two homers on the final day of the year finished with 11, good enough for second place. He also stole 44 bases. Not bad for a power hitting first baseman. Seybold hit .267 with 6 homers. In a bench role Tullos “Topsy” Hartsel hit .262, but he had no extra base hits, which kept him out of the lineup more. Catcher Ossee Schreckengost wins the Shawon Dunston award for the worst walk to strikeout ratio by an everyday player. He fanned 41 times, which is not horrible, but he drew ONE base on balls.

Detroit Tigers

OK Shawn, this is for you. The Tigers struggled a lot, and floated around the standings pretty much all year, but the pitching was phenomenal late and they made a late push and finished at .500. Sam Crawford was basically the offense most of the season and unlike my 1901 replay where he had great numbers and no help in Cincinnati and finished second in the voting he wins the AL MVP this year. His RBI total may not be typical for an MVP but he was in the top of almost every category, and had he had any help from the top of the order, that saw both the 1 and 2 hitters finish under .200 for the year was enough to hold him down in that category.

Matt McIntyre took over in June for the struggling rookie Ty Cobb and made the most of his opportunity. He hit 10 triples and 15 doubles in just 384 at bats. Lew Drill took over the catchers spot about August and despite only having a 7-7-6 and an 11 for a card hit .255 with 3 homers, and stole 25 bases in just 188 at bats. Talk about over performing! Pitching was the true hallmark of this team and while their victory totals are not amazing they really held the other teams in check, and had they had anything resembling hitting would have made a decent run. Ed Killian led the team with 23 wins and 170 strikeouts. Bill Donovan allowed the second fewest hits by a starter and George Mullin was third fewest and had 4 1 hitters.

Boston Red Sox

While I did not expect a lot from this group, they really underperformed. Especially Buck Freeman and Jimmy “DL” Collins. Freeman was one of the early day power hitters he finished well under his usual numbers and lost his during the season. Fortunately for Buck the Red Sox got power from other players. Collins did not play horribly, but given his card I expected better than a .240 AVG to go with his 8 HR and 28 steals. In his defense he did miss 30 games out of a 140 game schedule. Cy Young and Jesse Tannehill shouldered the load on the mound and both finished with 20 wins and ERA’s just under 2.00

New York Yankees

I got just about what I expected from the yanks this year. Willie Keeler, even in a suppressed league manages to finish in the top 10 hitters with a .256 AVG, and surprised me with 3 homers while stealing 40 bases. Dave Fultz led the team with 59. Pitching was decent at times, but after Calvin Griffith went down for about a month the rest of the staff (other than Jack Chesbro and Al Orth) struggled. No pitchers really stand out though and that was enough to bury them near the bottom.

Washington Senators

A team that was bad from the beginning and in some cases actually disappointed me. Charlie Hickman struggled horribly, but crushed the ball in September to provide decent overall numbers. He finished with a .249 AVG, 3 HR, 18 triples and somehow managed to be the only hitter in the AL with over 100 RBI (102) despite really bad hitters in front of him. John Anderson struggled more than I expected, and came alive about late August to finish with a .253 average and 53 steals. Although Garland Stahl’s numbers are not great, he was the glue that kept this team out of last place most of the year, and when Anderson and Hickman finally came around was worn down and finally struggled. He did hit 3 homers and steal 48 bases though. Tom Hughes was the one bright spot on the pitching staff and managed 17 wins with a 2.60 ERA.

St. Louis Browns

Well I was actually surprised by this finish. I know they are the Browns, but if you were to look at the cards for the Yankees, Senators and Browns, you would actually expect the Browns to NOT finish last. What can I say other than hitting was nonexistent for the entire season other than George Stone. George just missed setting the single season for most sacrifices, which surprised me as he led the AL in home runs with 12 and finished in the top 10 in several categories. His .260 AVG was good enough for 8th, and he got mild consideration for MVP. Pitching was decent, as Harry Howell and his 184 strikeouts was good enough for 6th place. John Powell surprised by finishing in the top 10 in several categories, but the lack of hitting really hurt the staff’s numbers.

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30
July

Weird Card Wednesday: 1962 Wes Stock

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With nine 14s and twenty-one 24s, this 1962 Wes Stock card from the Baltimore Orioles probably has the most occurrences of the number ‘4’ that I’ve ever seen. 

The six result numbers on Wes Stock’s card that AREN’T a 14 or a 24:  12-25, 34-12, 45-36, 51-23, 53-21 and 65-35. 

 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG GDP
1962 Totals 53 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 1
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Generated 7/30/2014.

 

But look on the bright side with pitcher Mr. Stock at the plate.  He’s got a pretty good on base chance (especially against a W pitcher when the 36 gets turned into a walk, too!).  And well, he doesn’t strike out much either (unless you have one of those nasty K pitchers on the mound). 

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29
July

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1962 Jackie Kubiszyn

Jack Kubiszyn

Jackie Kubiszyn was a Cleveland Indian infielder tryout in 1961 who played short, third and second.  He batted .214, well enough to warrant a second year. 

Unfortunately, this Crimson Tide product didn’t pan out in his sophomore year.  In 1962, he batted .169 in 59 at bats for the 6th place Tribe and was released after the year was up. 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1962 Totals 25 65 59 3 10 2 0 1 2 0 5 7 .169 .231 .254
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Generated 7/29/2014.

 

Kubiszyn did one thing in ‘62 that he didn’t the previous year.  He hit for a little power. He managed to hit one homer and two doubles as opposed to his nine singles in ‘61.  For that, he got two zeroes and a pretty nice second column (ten ones). 

But after that, it’s just the standard 8-8-8-9-9 hit numbers for Jackie.  While he may be a versatile fielder, he must not have impressed with the glove.  APBA gave him a SS-6 fielding rating.

Ugly numbers:  25-39, 33-8, SS-6

Note in this 1962 reprint, APBA put the 12 on usually automatic 34.  They moved the 31 down to 46.  So he gets one of those cards that makes you think, “Hey, he’s got three… never mind.”

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28
July

Monster Card Monday: 1994 Greg Maddux

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In light of his recent induction to the Hall of Fame, here is Greg Maddux’ 1994 APBA card. 

In 1994, Maddux went 16-6 which would be great in any year but that was the strike-shortened season and his Braves had only played 114 games as a team that year.   Maddux’ other stats were equally awesome.  He had a miniscule 1.56 ERA and allowed only 31 walks in 202 innings, three of which were intentional.  Maddux, never really known as a real power pitcher, even struck out 156 batters in 1994. 

Maddux received a Grade A&C XZ and not a bad hitting card for his .222 average.  He’s even rated Fast. Those who have gotten the reprint… did he get a ZZ? 

Split W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO
1994 Totals 16 6 .727 1.56 25 25 10 3 202.0 150 44 35 4 31 156
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Generated 7/28/2014.

 

In the Illowa APBA League, we have Cooperstown beat.  We inducted Maddux into our Hall of Fame in 2011.  There was really no doubt my mind.  With six 20-win seasons and six IAL Cy Young awards, Maddux was a mainstay for Tedd Mallasch’s Chicago Champions.  In 22 seasons, he helped the Champs to four first place finishes and five World Series wins. 

At 354-232 with a 3.59 ERA, his overall stats in the IAL are pretty awesome.  For a while, it seemed to be a one-two race between Maddux and Roger Clemens in a lot of the major categories.  Clemens still won out in strikeouts but Maddux leads the IAL all-time in wins (354), games started (749), complete games (193), shutouts (63), and innings pitched (5086 1/3).  He ranks second in strikeouts (3925) behind Clemens.   

thanks to Pastor Rich for the card suggestion!

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26
July

Johnson, Hornsby prevail in Monsters-Terribles Midseason Doubleheader Gala

rogers hornsby 1922Both the Monsters and the Terribles were looking forward to the Midseason Doubleheader Gala at Winners Park.  However, ‘22 Rogers Hornsby and ‘13 Walter Johnson gave the Monsters fans something to remember the day. 

It was business as usual for Johnson as he pitched his second consecutive no-hitter in Game one winning 17-0.  The Big Train pitched a no-no in Game 5.

As for Hornsby, well, he did something pretty amazing even in the context of the Monsters team.  In today’s doubleheader, he went 9 for 12 with five homeruns including two grand slams.  He scored seven runs and drove home sixteen rbis in the doubleheader (an even eight in each game).  Within one day, he has overtaken Babe Ruth’s once insurmountable league lead in homers and rbis.

By my count, he was involved with 18 of the 29 runs scored by the Monsters in today’s doubleheader. 

Overlooked by Johnson and Hornsby’s headlines was the fact that the Terribles actually had their first lead in the season.  Not only that, they scored three runs in the game, more than any other game this season.  In the third inning of Game two, ‘66 Rick Monday drove home two runs with a triple off ‘05 Christy Mathewson.  A ‘78 Mike Fischlin sacrifice squeeze then made it 3-0.  The Terribles held the lead until ‘73 Steve Blass gave up four runs in a walk-filled fourth inning. Despite the valiant effort, the Terribles lost 12-3. 

 

Game #10

R

H

E

Tuesday Terribles (0-10)

0

0

1

Monday Monsters (10-0)

17

22

0

WP- ‘13 Johnson (2-0), LP- ‘63 Duckworth (0-3) HR- ‘ 22 Hornsby  3 (6)

Monsters Highlights:  ‘13 Walter Johnson pitched his second consecutive complete game no-hitter.  He struck out seven and walked three.  ‘22 Rogers Hornsby hit three homeruns including one grand slam and drove home eight runs.

Terribles Highlights:  ‘66 Rick Monday stole his fourth base of the season in the ninth inning taking the league lead. 

 

Game #11

R

H

E

Tuesday Terribles (0-11)

3

5

2

Monday Monsters (11-0)

12

12

0

WP- ‘05 Mathewson (3-0), LP- ‘73 Blass (0-3) HR- ‘ 22 Hornsby 2 (8)

Monsters Highlights:  ‘22 Rogers Hornsby homered twice including his second grand slam in two games.  He also drove in eight runs two days in a row.  

Terribles Highlights:  ‘66 Rick Monday gave the Terribles their first lead of the season with a two-run triple in the top of the third.  ‘78 Mike Fischlin followed that up with a successful squeeze bunt.

Around the dugout

Along with Hornsby’s explosion, ‘21 Babe Ruth and ‘41 Ted Williams were productive but in a different way.  Between the two of them, they walked eleven times in the doubleheader.  Hornsby wasn’t impressed.  “Man up and hit the ball!” 

He probably wasn’t too impressed with ‘11 Ty Cobb either.  Cobb who has three four-hit games so far, had his first ohfer.  He went hitless in six at-bats in Game two. 

The Terribles team ERA is hovering around 15 right now (it’s at 15.12 to be exact).  For some reason, ‘82 Matt Keough is impervious to Monster bats.  In five appearances, he is sporting a 1.69 ERA. 

Stats

A look at the shakeup in the leaderboards caused by Hornsby’s doubleheader explosion

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Next up

Well, the Terribles have now been mathematically eliminated from a series championship.  And I so thought they might have a chance, too :)

The Monsters will finish up their three game set with ‘31 Lefty Grove on the mound.  The Terribles will respond with ‘62 Bob Miller. 

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24
July

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: Cubs drop heartbreaker to Cardinals in season finale

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by Scott Fennessy

Chicago, IL
10/8/1905

The Cubs play their final scheduled regular season game today against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have looked horrible against the Cubs most of the year, but have really looked good the last couple of games. Today sees Charles Brown face Jake Weimer in a must win game. In another complete dismantling of the Phillies in game one of a double header the Giants have clinched a tie for the crown. The Cubs now have to win to have a chance and hope for the Phillies to pick up a win. Considering how they have basically rolled over for them the last 4 games it does not look good.

The Cardinals and Cubs do nothing in the first inning, and word from the wire is that the Phillies have a one run lead on a Hugh Duffy RBI single with two out in the first. The Cardinals then score first in the second inning on a double by Mike Grady. Jake Beckley then slaps a soft single to right for the RBI. Weimer settles down to finish the inning, but as the Cubs go down in order they still trail 1-0.

Still 1-0 in New York as Bill Duggleby looks unhittable early. Meanwhile Jake clearly is struggling as Bill Shannon rocks a double off the wall in left and scores as Pepper Clarke crushes one to deep center for a two run homer. Weimer gets the final out of the inning, but it looks surprisingly bad for the Cubs early as they go down quietly in the third.

The Phillies still lead 1-0 as Duggleby now has 3 no hit innings under his belt. Unfortunately the wheels appear to be coming off the wagon in Chicago as Grady hits a moon shot to right that got a visit from a very hostile Frank Chance. Weimer fans two of the final three hitters, but the Cards are now up 4-0. The Cubs finally show up as Frank Schulte gets a leadoff double to left and after a walk to Chance and a sacrifice by Johnny Evers runners are on second and third. Joe Tinker hits a hard grounder that forces the play at first and the Cubs get their first run of the day. The inning ends with St. Louis on top 4-1.

The score was still 4-1 redbirds in the 8th when Clarke gets a one out single and moved to second on a ground out and scores on Grady’s third hit of the day, an RBI single. Beckley grounds out to end the inning. Word from the wire is that the Phillies still lead 2-0 as Duggleby has a 1 hitter going into the 7th. The Cubs get a hit from Weimer, who has clearly over performed as a hitter as well as a pitcher this year. Billy Maloney, who probably should have been given the day off hits into a double play and it looks bleak now, but Jim Casey hits a single to right and takes second on Homer Smoot’s error. Schulte then gets his third hit of the day and the Cubs score a run at last.

Chance calls for the hit and run with himself at the plate and it’s through for a single and runners on the corners. Evers then bangs a fly ball off the wall in center for a 2 run double and suddenly the rainbow may be forming. Tinker then slips a single under Shannon’s glove and another run score. The Cardinal bullpen is warming now as Jimmy Slagle rips a single to score Tinker and the Cubs suddenly have the lead! Kling flies out to end the inning, but the Cubs suddenly are three outs from a possible tie for the pennant. Meanwhile the wire trips again and unfortunately the Giants have taken the lead in the 7th after an error allows the Giants to score three unearned runs and take a 3-2 lead into the 8th with McGinnity on the hill.

Meanwhile back in Chicago Harry Arndt rips a leadoff double and the bullpen gets in action. With one out and Arndt on third pinch hitter Art Hoelskoetter draws a walk and George McBride is called on to pinch run and set up the hit and run. Shannon grounds out on a fine play by Casey at third and runners are now on second and third when John Dunleavy, who had been riding the bench most of the season drills a two run double as the Cardinals suddenly reclaim the lead. Bob Wicker closes out the inning and the Cubs go into the bottom of the 9th trailing 7-6.

Word from New York is that the Phillies in a stunning comeback have taken 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth. Here in Chicago the Cubs fall to the Cardinals and the Giants have already clinched. Making things even worse is that with the Giants just two outs from losing their game Red Dooin of the Phillies drops the third strike allowing the winning run to score. You could almost hear John McGraw cackling all the way from Gotham City as the Giants win the NL pennant.

After a season long battle, it truly came down to the final game of the year. While I am pleased with the Cubs performance, there is a bitter taste of defeat in the air tonight as the final regular season game between the Cardinals and Dodgers is all that is left.

I am interested in how the World Series will play out as the Cleveland Indians survived vast underperformance from most of the lineup, many injuries and quite honestly a vastly superior competition in the form of the Philadelphia A’s and the significantly better pitching from the White Sox will fare against the slugging Giants. I figure New York in 5, but you never know.

Stay tuned for my regular season wrap up and World Series update. It’s been a great ride, filled with lots of ups and downs. I hope you have enjoyed the updates as much as I have in providing them.

Editor’s note:  Scott has done a fantastic job detailing his 1905 replay and it has rapidly come to a close.  Truth be told, Scott finished his replay months ago but he was so diligent about reporting on it that I’ve been posting them up until now.  There will be a few 1905 wrapups  as well as a postseason article from Scott but sadly, the Cubs won’t be part of it.

Great job, Scott!  -Tom

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24
July

Infinite Doug

Hope those are all 66s, Doug!

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23
July

Fennessy Cup: Chicago teams dominate South Bracket

Jimmy_SlagleThe top seeded 1905 White Sox faced the lowly 1901 Dodgers who pulled a big upset in round one have an even bigger hurdle as they pitching rich White Sox. This version of the Sox is basically the pre-cursor to the hitless wonders who won the World Series in 1906 from the heavily favored Cubs.

The White Sox dominated from start to finish, and right from the start it was obvious there would be no chance as the south siders bats came up big in this one. They put three runs on the board in the first and never looked back.

With Smith having his no hit bid ended in the 5th the Sox erupted in the bottom of the inning after a Charlie Irwin error to open the inning and despite two quick outs pounded six straight hits to make the score 8-0 and erase any doubt.

The onslaught continued as they got two more in the 6th and 7th innings and added the 13th and final run in the 8th inning. When asked why he ran the score up player-manager Fielder Jones stated "I’m tired of hearing how we only win because of our pitching."

All 8 regulars scored at least one run and light hitting catcher Herm McFarland had 4 hits and 3 RBI in the lopsided victory.

Meanwhile on the north side of town the 1905 Cubs faced the surprise victorious 1905 Braves. This was a game the Cubs had from the start as Frank Schulte drove home the first run of the day on a one out double.

They continued to roll and got their second run on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Evers that scored Schulte who had his second hit of the day earlier in the inning.

Brown’s no hitter was broken up in the top of the sixth, but when Jimmy Slagle (above) drove home Evers for the third run of the day the Cubs moved the lead to 3-0, which was where the score was with one out in the top of the 9th when Harry Wolverton drew a walk, and former Cub Jim Delahanty crushed a big two run homer off of Brown to right field to cut the lead to one run. Brown steadied himself and got two quick outs for the 3-2 win and a cross-town match up against the White Sox in the South Bracket finals.

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23
July

Weird Card Wednesday: 1966 Dave Dowling

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There’s nothing too odd about the numbers on this 1966 David Dowling card… until you look at his stats. 

Dowling pitched just one game for the ‘66 Cubs.  Not only that, it was a complete game win.  He gave up ten hits but gave up just two runs and walked none. 

As an owner of the 1966 APBA set, I’m used to seeing players with little playing time.  It’s players like Dowling who pitch a solitary great game that make me wonder “why just one?”  It was Dowling’s only start and one of only two appearances of his career.  Two years previous, he made a relief appearance for the Cardinals for one inning. 

Dowling never pitched again after his complete game win for the Cubs in 1966. 

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22
July

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: Pirates batter Reulbach as Cubs drop into second place

by Scott Fennessy

Pittsburgh, PA
10/5/1905

The Cubs play the Pirates in a quick two game road trip before going home to face the Cardinals in a one game season finale. Today the Cubs send Ed Reulbach, who has faded late in his last start against Sam Leever. Sam has had a fantastic year, but does not get much press due in part to the offense, led by Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, and Ginger Beaumont. Add in star pitcher Deacon Phillippe and you can see why 20 wins would not get much attention.

The Cubs threaten in the first but come up short and Pittsburgh also misses a chance in the first, so in the second inning things liven up a bit. Art Hofman, who was nearly a late scratch from the game bloops a single over first base and had moved to second with two out when Reulbach hits a soft single to left that scored the first run of the game. The Cubs should have had more, but left runners in scoring position, and the Pirates come to bat in the bottom of the inning down 1-0.

Unfortunately Reulbach clearly does not have his A&C game today and the home team uses a little small ball to get the run back. Bill Clancey gets a single and is bunted to second by Claude Ritchey. Bob Ganley, who has been solid off the bench this year, and is in due to injuries gets a single to right that ties the game. Reulbach stops the rally, but clearly this is not going to be his usual coast to victory today.

The Cubs go down quietly in the third, but the Pirates continue their hitting. Beaumont gets a one out walk and with the hit and run on Wagner rips one to deep left center for an RBI double. Clarke then follows with a double of his own and the buccos have a 2 run lead. Reulbach gets the next two hitters, but the Pirates, who have had a good year, but came up short have followed a different pattern than my 01 replay, when Beaumont carried the team late as Clarke and Wagner faded. This year Wagner has been a brute force since July and while Clarke and Beaumont have faded a bit Clarke has been crushing the ball for the last week.

The Cubs fight back in the fifth inning when Billy Maloney draws a leadoff walk and moves to second with two out. Frank Chance hits a rocket right at Ritchey who promptly throws the ball into the dugout as Maloney scores and Chance gets second on the throw but the rally ends shortly after and the Cubs are still down by one at the end of 5.

Unfortunately for Reulbach he cannot hold the Pirates in check as with one out Clancey drills the first pitch he sees into the right field seats for his 3rd homer of the season. The score was still 4-2 Pittsburgh in the 8th when the Pirates finally finish off Reulbach and the Cubs as Wagner singles and steals second, and Clarke mashes his second 2 bagger of the season to drive home another run. The bullpen warms as Ritchey comes to bat one out later and he delivers the killing blow with a single up the middle. Reulbach hands a disappointed Chance the ball and Carl Lundgren finishes off the inning.

The Cubs try to come back as Maloney singles and steals second with two out, but Leever slams the door and it looks bleak for the Cubs. They still can win, but the Giants after sweeping a double header had tied the Cubs coming into today, so the Cubs find themselves possibly a game down with two to play. The Giants face the Phillies for 3 games, and have owned them of late, so I have a nervous feeling coming into this next game.

Around the horn – The St. Louis Browns, easily the worst team in the AL may have given the Indians the flag today as they stun the White Sox in St. Louis today. Frank Smith started out on fire as he fanned 5 of the first 9 he faced, but tired late and walked the bases loaded before Charles Van Zandt and his .197 average rip a bases clearing double with two out and the Brownies steal a win. Chicago needs to win 3 of its final 4 while the Indians need to lose at least one of their final two.

Jim Dygert of the A’s, a D starter who has not seen much playing time stuns the Senators in DC today with a 5 hitter and allows just one run. Meanwhile the AL batting title continues to be a three ring circus as Harry Bay and Napoleon Lajoie of the Indians face Sam Crawford and the Tigers over the final two games. The three are separated by 5 points for the crown.

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