2006-06-20T07:54:39.606-07:00To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. This Week in the California League, November 26—December 2, 1900. Games this week were scheduled on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 29, and on Saturday and Sunday, December 1—December 2. After rains swept the Pacific Slope over the past weekend, the league looked forward to finish up the season on a high note. On Thanksgiving Day there were games in Sacramento and at Rec Park. At Oak Park in Sacramento, the Gilt Edges won by a 10-3 score over second place San Francisco. Jay Hughes won another game, and Tom Fitzpatrick took the loss. Demon Doyle hit a home run, though almost nobody saw it: “The game merits no description,” wrote the Examiner reporter, “The day was dark and dreary, but several hundred cranks kept warm and staved off pneumonia by yelling at and joshing “Uncle Hank’s” [owner Henry Harris] hirelings as they vainly endeavored to overcome the tide of defeat…” The game at Rec was battle of two halves: Oakland winning 5-0 contest through five innings, and Stockton scoring seven in the remaining four frames. Unfortunately for Oakland all nine innings had to be counted together, and Stockton prevailed 7-6. Chief Borchers pitched the complete-game loss for Oakland. Youngy Johnson pitched the first part of the game, but was relived by George Babbitt in the sixth, and who picked up the win. On Saturday, December 1, both games were called early because of darkness, in San Francisco after eight innings, and in Sacramento after seven. In San Francisco, Oakland and San Francisco faced off, with Ham Iburg and Doc Moskiman pitching, but not a well-pitched game. The final score at dark: 6-6. Abe Arellanes, second baseman for the Dudes, went 3 for 5, including a double and a home run. At the state capital, Sacramento walloped Stockton 9-1. Demon Doyle beating Manager George Harper. The final game of the season, had local boy Jay Hughes pitch one of his best outing of the season, giving up but three hits a not a run. Youngy Johnson pitched for the Pirates, and gave up five runs on seven hits. The last game in Oakland, saw the home club prevail over San Francisco, 6-5, with Chief Borchers and Tom Fitzpatrick facing each other. Borchers gave up five runs on nine hits; Fitzpatrick, six run on only five hits, runs being the more important number. In the final game of the season, at Rec Park, San Francisco sent former major leaguer Phil Knell out to face Doc Moskiman, who had pitched the day before in that 6-6 tie. After three innings, the game stood at 3-2 in San Francisco’s favor. Then Moskiman settled down, giving up no more runs the rest of the way. Lefty Knell, on the other hand, gave up three runs in the fourth inning, making the score 5-3 Oakland. At that point, Hienie Krug went in and pitched fine ball until the eighth, when he gave up a pair of runs. Final score 7-3. And that brought the curtain down on the 1900 season. John Spalding, In Always on Sunday, summed up the 1900 California League season with a quote from the San Francisco Chronicle: “Base Ball in California has reached a popularity unknown in fully 10 years,” the Chronicle said. “There are thousands of people in San Francisco who delight to witness clean and scientific ball playing.” The newspaper proclaimed the season the most successful since 1889.[...]
2006-06-19T10:41:10.386-07:00Because I will be going away on my yearly research trip, this time to Las Vegas, I will give you the schedule of what I'm planning to post in the next few days:
Wednesday: I will begin posting the 1900 California League final league averages, which will include standings, team batting & pitching, plus batting & pitching at each ballpark.
Thursday: Individual batting for the 1900 season.
Friday: Individual pitching for the 1900 season.
That will be the last post until I return. My plans for my trip include attempting to find and copy all the 1903 Pacific National League box scores. This is a league that never has been completely studied, or had complete averages compiled. Additionally, I plan on getting all the box scores out of the Seattle Times for the 1903 PCL. About half of my box scores from games played in Seattle were from the Post-Intelligencer, and in compiling averages for that league, I discovered that the Post-Intelligncer's summaries were very spotty about carring stolen bases, so I believe I will be adding to the 1903 Stolen Bases totals after checking out the Times for stolen bases.
To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image.
This Week in the
Games this week were scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, November 24—November 25.
Rains swept the Pacific Slope over the weekend, and the league managed to only squeeze in one game on Saturday.
In the fourth, the game turned around, as the Doctor came unglued, with Truck Eagan hitting a three-run homer, to raise his totals for the season to 11. All in all, Moskiman gave up four runs on two hits in the inning, and making the score at that point, 4-2 in favor of
Demon Doyle, after yielding up a second run, only gave up a lone hit the rest of the way.
After the seventh inning, George Van Haltren, working the game as umpire, call the rest of the affair off due to darkness.
2006-06-17T08:35:25.080-07:00We had a pipe burst here, and it has taken a few day to clean up the whole mess, and replace the the connector that broke. We should be up and blogging on Monday.
2006-06-12T12:46:00.283-07:00This Week in the California League, November 12-November 18, 1900 Games scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, a Saturday game at San Francisco and at Sacramento, and a doubleheaders and in the Bay Area. The two front runner remained only two games apart over the weekend. Because of rain in the interior, only the Stockton-San Francisco game was played on Saturday at Rec Park in San Francisco. The game featured Youngy Johnson and local pride Ham Iburg. Through four innings the game stood at 1-0 in favor of the Stocktons, but in the 5th the house fell in them, with the Wasps scoring 6 runs. Johnson could only pitch the first inning, because of an injury in the field, and Jimmy Whalen came. Whalen pitched great ball for three inning, but gave up those 6 runs in the 5th, and George Harper put himself in after that to finish the game. On Sunday, they got a partial game in at Sacramento, but it had nothing to do with rain. The game was called in the 7th inning, with one man out and two men on base, after Sacramento had scored nine men in the inning, making the score 25-4. Jay Hughes picked up an easy one, and Chief Borchers took one for the club. Matt Stanley hit a home run for the winners, and Truck Eagan and Big Bill Hanlon each got four hits. Eagan had three doubles. The San Francisco-Stockton contest in Oakland had Youngy Johnson trying again on the mound, but he gave up seven runs on 15 hits. Tom Fitzpatrick took the win by only giving up three runs on eight hits. First baseman Ed Pabst went 4-5 with a couple of doubles for the winners. At Rec Park in the afternoon, Stockton turned the tables on the Wasps, as manager George Harper pitched a six-hitter on way to a 12-2 shellacking of San Francisco. Ham Iburg tried to come back on short rest, but only held out for three innings, before giving way to Phil Knell, who took the majority of the abuse. Joe McGuckin, Julie Streib and George Babbitt all collected three hits for the winners. To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. [...]
2006-06-11T11:15:28.396-07:00From Davis Barker: Found in The Sporting News, March 25, 1937
This Week in the
Games scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, a Saturday game at
Just when the pennant race looked over, the race tightened up, with the San Francisco Wasps closing with in two games of the league leading
Sunday morning at
In the afternoon contest at
In the interior,
The nightcap was called after five innings because of darkness.
To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image.
2006-06-08T10:05:37.280-07:00Re-Reading from Always on Sunday
2006-06-06T08:38:17.263-07:00Changing the History of the Game
2006-06-05T11:48:07.560-07:00This Week in the California League, October 29-November 4, 1900 Games scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. With the season quickly coming to an end, Sacramento extended its lead in the pennant race to five games by sweeping the series from the second place San Francisco Wasps. It looked to many as if the Sacramento club was about to wrap it all up. On Saturday, at Oak Park in Sacramento, Jay Hughes added another win to his record, making him 21-9 on the season. Hughes also helped his cause with a 4th inning homer. Ham Iburg lost the 5-4 decision in the 7th inning, when he gave a pair of runs. That brought his record to 21-21. At Rec Park in San Francisco, Youngy Johnson and Doc Moskiman faced off, with Moskiman outlasting Johnson 7-5. Second baseman Ernie Courtney hit his second home run of the season for the losers. On Sunday, Demon Doyle and Phil Knell faced off in the state capital. Doyle showed that old spark of years past, as he shut out the Wasps on 4 hits, 3-0. Old Pittsburgher Phil Knell only gave up 5 hits, but three of them came in the last frame to turn a 1-0 game into a 3-0 loss. At Golden Gate Park (Freeman’s) in Oakland on Sunday morning, the home club absolutely crushed the invaders from Stockton by a 14-5 score. George Babbitt gave up 14 hits, with Pete Lohman and Jack Drennan both hammering out three apiece. Lohman also socked one over the leftfield fence. Chief Borchers picked up his 13th win as he yielded 5 runs on 12 hits. After the two clubs took the ferry back across San Francisco Bay, the two clubs put on a low scoring contest at Rec Park. The Stockton Pirates turned the tables on the last place Dudes with a 4-2 victory. Doc Moskiman lost to George Harper. Stockton scored once in the third, then scored twice in the sixth, and added a final tally in the ninth. Oakland score runs in the sixth and seventh innings. To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. [...]
2006-06-04T14:17:22.686-07:00Books I’ve Read Over the Winter, and Into the Spring, Part ThreeSometimes books come to a person, and they turn out better than one expects. I had heard about a newsletter on the American Association put out by some guy in Minnesota, but never gave it more than a passing thought. (Here I have to admit that even though I’m a child of the Midwest, born and partially raised there, I had never had much of an interest in the Association. I like the Midwest League a whole lot, but never the Association). Nevertheless, a month or two ago Rex Hamann sent me an issue, and I have to admit with all the things I have been doing, it got set on a pile of publication that I want to get to.But I finally did, and what a excellent piece of work Rex has done. The latest issue, corresponding to Spring 2006, was a marvelous surprise. In this issue— the second of a two-parter— deals with 20 game win season by pitchers on the Milwaukee Brewers and Toledo Mud Hens during the 1902-1911 deadball period. In separate sections, he analyses each pitcher in depth, using Strikeout to walk ratios, WHIP, and solid new research using primary sources. This takes up nearly 32 pages.To give the read an example, I’ll reprint one of the shorter pitcher essays:Cliff Curtis, 1906, 22-14 .611After an off-year in 1905, Cliff Curtis came bounding back in ’06 with a splendid season which saw him lead the team in wins (22), winning percentage (.611) and innings pitched (323) on his way to his second career 20-game season. A hallmark of his season was his strikeouts (158) to walks (108) ratio of 1.975, good for fourth in the American Association. He placed fifth in both SO/In (.489) and BB/IN (.248). While he did not own a pitch called the “Curtis Cracker,” his WHIP of 1.124 could easily have become dubbed with such a nickname; the mark was good for fourth place (Columbus’ Heinie Berger took the top spot with a .957).Curtis was now sharing battery duties with Frank Roth and Monte Beville, both of whom had a few more years of seasoning than the 25-year-old product of central Ohio. Roth had been in the majors for a few seasons and was three years Curtis’ senior. Beville was a full six years older and had also been active at the major league level before joining the Brewers in 1905. This tandem likely aided the youngster as he continued piling up precious victories for yet another run at the elusive pennant. Joe Cantillion’s Brew Boys wound up eight games in back of Columbus for the second straight year; their 1906 record, however, showed a decline of 48 percentage points, from a 91-59 record in 1905 to an 85-67 record.Curtis remained a Brewer through the 1909 season when he went 7-11 during a time when they needed him to step up in a tight pennant race. He wound up in the National League, pitching for Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Brooklyn from 1909-13, inserting two seasons with the Newark Indians under Harry Smith from 1913-14 (going 16-12 in ’14). He returned to the American Association to wind up a solid pitching career, working closer to home as a Columbus Senator from 1915-18 when he won 29 while losing 40. During his 10-year A. A. career, Curtis put up 129 wins against 144 losses (.473) in 331 games and 2,365 innings. His 977 strikeouts against 811 free passes bore a healthy SO/BB ratio of 1.205.Born Clifton Garfield Curtis on July 3, 1881 at Delaware, Ohio, Curtis became a well-know amateur bowler in the Utica/Mt. Vernon, Ohio area [...]
2006-06-03T13:09:43.703-07:00July 9, 1903 Western League Rosters
2006-06-02T10:08:34.070-07:00To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. This Week in the California League, October 22—October 28, 1900 Games this week were played on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. Russ Pace finally dropped off the leaders’ boards this week. Pace, who jumped to Montana State League, had been leading the league in hitting since September. In the pennant race, San Francisco inched back against league leading Sacramento to finish the week 3 games back. Saturday saw a full complement of games, with Oakland taking on San Francisco at Rec Park, and Sacramento playing Stockton in the state capital. At San Francisco on Saturday, Chief Borchers faced off against Ham Iburg. Both teams scored in the first two innings, and remained that way until the fifth, when Oakland went ahead 3-2. Then the following inning, with men on 2nd and 3rd, Jimmy Sullivan went up bat and hit a clean single, bringing the two runners, and that made the score 4-3. Borchers didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game, but the damage was done, and his record fell to 11-14. At Sacramento, Youngy Johnson could not find the plate for Stockton, issuing nine passes to first base, and couple that with a home run to catcher Matt Stanley, and the 7-2 score stood in the Gilt Edge’s favor. Demon Doyle notched the win. The game was called after eight innings. On Sunday at the state capital, the two interior clubs played eleven innings before a winner could be determined. Jay Hughes and George Harper went at it for eight innings, with game standing at 4-4. At that point, George Babbitt took over from Harper. In the eleventh inning, Jay Hughes tired, giving up three runs to put the win in the Stockton column. At Oakland on Sunday morning, the hometown pitcher, Doc Moskiman, gave up 7 runs on 11 hits, while the Wasps’ Tom Fitzpatrick gave up 4 run on 6 hits. Oakland actually led going into the seventh by a 3-1 margin, but Moskiman gave up 2 in that inning, and 4 more in the following frame to put the game away for good. Red Held, who later would become an umpire of some note, hit a home run for the losing Dudes. In the nightcap at Rec, the two Saturday pitchers came back to face one another with the result reversed. Chief Borchers prevailed over Ham Iburg 7-5 in a sloppily played game, 20 hits and 12 errors. Ham Iburg’s record fell to 21-20.[...]
2006-06-01T14:20:51.706-07:00Davis Barker came across this player, who may or may not have made the club:
2006-05-31T13:21:45.356-07:00A Wrong Direction Story, & An Odd Death, From Davis Barker
2006-05-30T15:54:35.146-07:00Books I’ve Read Over the Winter, and Into the Spring, Part TwoI have to admit, this is one book for which I’ve been waiting. Barry Swanton’s Mandak League: Haven for Former Negro League Ballplayers, 1950-1957 does not disappoint. A McFarland book (which can be ordered from Amazon, where I got my copy), this history gives an overall view of that Western Canada league in all its glory, and in all its failed promise near the end. Length: 222 pages and $29.95 soft cover (from Amazon, and qualifies for free shipping from them:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786425105/102-4552237-4141736?v=glance&n=283155The Mandak League began as an outgrowth of the Manitoba Senior League. The previous league would import up to three players per roster, many of whom were veterans of the Negro Leagues. The Manitoba-Dakota League was formed to ride the wave of interest in minor league ball after the Second World War. That golden age lasted from 1946 through 1952 or 1953, when baseball began a long decline in attendance. Swanton’s book chronicles the highs and the decline for the Mandak League. Because the league had a very high salary cap of $8,500, it was able to attract veteran black players who could no longer be considered “prospects” by major league clubs, and attracted O. B. players with the same futures as the black veteran players.The league began as a five-club circuit in 1950, but became a four-team league in 1951, and remained so until its demise after the 1957 season. Winnipeg was the hub of the league (with two clubs its first season), but after the 1953 it joined the rival Northern League in Organized Baseball. In 1955, Bismarck, North Dakota joined the league to partially offset the loss of Winnipeg.The book is set out chronologically, with season-by-season recaps. The 1950 season goes into detail on the ballparks, the league personnel and umpires, then relates the pennant race, season highlights and any in-season tournaments played. The following season chapters give pennant-race recaps, highlights and playoff summaries.All the season chapters are well constructed, well written, and hold the reader’s interest. What also helps is that Swanton’s second section of the book gives player profiles of most of the players in the league, making it easy to flip to when one is reading the first section of the book. As to the player profiles, let me give you an example that I just now flipped to:Lou LombardoPitcher; Bats—Left; Throws—Left; Height—6’2; Weight— 210 lbs;Born— November 18, 1928 in Carlstadt, New Jersey; Died— June 11, 2001 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.Lombardo was 20 years old when he appeared in two games for the New York Giants in 1948. He pitched five innings and had a 6.75 ERA. In 1950, he pitched in Double-A with Little Rock in the Southern Association. In 1952, he was 11-3 for Montgomery in the Sally League. In 1953, he was 25 years old when he joined the Minot Mallards from Rochester, Minnesota of the Southern Minny (semi-pro) . He pitched six games with little success and had an 0-3 record when he was released on July 16.After the comprehensive player profiles, Swanton has three appendices (strangely numbered: I, II, and IV, and even though I took what was called poet’s math at Columbia, I can still find my way to Super IV without much brain sweat). The first appendix is a one-page reprint of the 1950 Minot Mallard team rules, which may or may not be of much interest.Appendix II is the most important part of the book for me, and for many others. This appendix [...]
2006-05-29T12:15:02.643-07:00To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. This Week in the California League, October 15—October 21, 1900 Games this week were played on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. With the weekend games out of the way, Sacramento pulled out to a 3½ game lead over second place San Francisco. As should be noted, the Wasps had pulled within ½ game of the leader the preceding week. Russ pace continued to lead the hitters in batting, though that won’t hold up for much longer, as he jumped his Stockton contract to play in the Montana League. Sacramento traveled to the Bay Area to play a three-game set with last place Oakland, and left with two more wins. On Saturday, Jay Hughes notched his 200th win of the season by shutting out the Dudes 4-0. He allowed only 6 hits, and struck out 7. On Sunday across they Bay, Oakland won 5-2 as manager Brick Devereaux gave up 13 hits, while his counterpart, Chief Borchers only gave up 7 hits and 2 runs in route to his 11th victory of the season. In the rubber match, Demon Doyle pitched a 6-hitter at Rec Park, and giving Sacramento a 4-1 victory. The game was lost in the second inning, when Dudes pitcher Doc Moskiman gave up all four runs. If the doctor had not pitched that inning, he would have wound up on the winning side of a 5-hit shutout. Goodwater Grove at Stockton was home to the Sunday doubleheader in the interior. In the morning contest, Ham Iburg was going for his 21st win of the season. When the game ended he still would be. He lost 8-1 to Youngy Johnson, who pitch a 7-hitter. Julie Streib and jack McCarthy both went 3 for 5 for the victors, and old Rube Levy went 3-4 for the Wasps. In the afternoon contest, the Pirates swept the doubleheader with a 7-2 victory, six of those runs coming in the first three innings. George Harper edged his record up to 11-17, and Tom Fitzpatrick dropped to 15-12. And, so, the Wasps limped back to San Francisco 3½ games behind the Gilt Edgers. [...]
2006-05-28T12:00:56.206-07:00Books I’ve Read Over the Winter, and Into the Spring, Part OneI’ve read a number of baseball books this year, from the baseball guides through The Hardball Times. I read three books on the minor league this off season: Minot Mallards of the ManDak League, 1950-1957 by Bill Guenthner, The Mandak League: Haven for Former Negro League Ballplayers, 1950-1957 by Barry Swanton, and the current American Association Almanac written and published by a friend of this blog, Rex Hamann.I will review these publications in the order I bought them and read them, beginning today with Bill Guenthner’s Minot Mallards. (At this point, I’d like to offer to post reviews of any other books that you may have come across this season, or may have been missed by many. Please let me know.)Minot Mallards has gone through two printings, and is awaiting the possibility of a well-deserved third. In the meantime, Bill is offering the book on a CD, which can be printed out, and then bound, which is what I did. The format is in MS Word, and he includes cover art for the book. What I did was take it over to Office Depot, and they printed out and comb bound it for me (though they also offer perfect binding). Bill charges three or five dollars (I forget) for the CD, which basically covers his shipping costs. This is a history of Bill Guenthner’s team in the town of his youth, and one could call it a loving portrait of that club. But it is also much more than that. The book delves into the history of what lead to the league, how the league and the club came into being. Then it gives a complete season-by-season recap, primarily from the Mallards perspective. These recaps are well-written and interesting. After seasonal recaps, the author takes a retrospective look—without nostalgia— at the league and the level of competition. Then comes a section that gives thumbnail biographies of virtually—if not every—player who appeared with the Mallards. So many times I pick up a book on a league, and find myself asking “Who the hell is this guy?” This is a very valuable section that took the author considerable effort to put together. There are some minimal statistics in this section for the players, but stats was not of great importance to the author.The following section is a detailed season-by-season roster, showing where the players came from, the seasons they played for the club, and other comments.The two final sections present photos of a number of the players, caricatures of players that appeared in the local newspaper, and the cover of a scorecard. The final section lists in tabular form season-by-season league standings, which— being at the end of the book— makes it easy to get to when reading the season recaps.How good is the book? Very good, and serves as a great introduction to the league. The team perspective also give one a feel for the ups and downs of a franchise that one might not find in a league history. The only critique one could make is that it’s a little light on stats—but that has been remedied by Barry Swanton in his book. In final analysis, this belongs in every minor league researcher’s library. I can’t recommend it enough.Contact Bill @ the following address for further information on his book:bguenthner@co[...]
Famous Last Words
“That’s right,” cut in [Los Angeles shortstop Jimmy] Toman, who was standing near. “They are doing good fielding, but they are not batting enough to stay in front very long. Wait till they strike their bad luck. Just now, though, they certainly are playing good ball.”—
2006-05-26T11:17:01.646-07:00To get a better view of the Standings & Leaders, click on image. This Week in the California League, October 8—October 14, 1900 Games this week were played on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14. On Saturday, Stockton and San Francisco faced off at Rec Park, with Youngy Johnson of Stockton coming out on top 4-2 over Tom Fitzpatrick. Stockton scored the the first 3 runs, then San Francisco came back with 2 in 4th, but could not come any closer. At Sacramento, it was a laugher. Sacramento, behind Jay Hughes, won 10-zero. Hughes struck out 7. Chief Borchers took the loss for Oakland. On Sunday, the Sacramento-Oakland affair turned out to be a see-saw game, with Sacramento coming out on top 11-10. Brick Devereaux and Doc Moskiman both pitched complete games. Devereaux hit a home run to help himself to the win. Lou Hardie and Red Held hit four-baggers for Oakland. The game, however, was lost when Oakland was forced to fill in for shortstop Abe Arellanes with center fielder Bill Drennan, who booted four balls, all at critical moments. Over in the Bay Area, San Francisco and Stockton split a doubleheader. Ham Iburg of San Francisco pitched a four-hit shutout over Youngy Johnson, who gave up 6 runs on 11 hits after pitching his second game in two days. The game was close until San Francisco score 3 in the 7th inning. In the afternoon tilt at Rec Park, Stockton held on to pull out a 5-4 victory. George Harper won, and San Francisco’s Phil Knell took the loss. Stockton scored first, with 2 in the 3rd, but San Francisco came back to tie it up the very next inning. Stockton scored 2 in the fifth, and added another run in the 7th. San Francisco tried to come back in the 8th inning, but fell short.[...]
2006-05-25T09:04:25.093-07:00From Davis Barker: Found in The Sporting News, April 25, 1935