This day in baseball: Boston’s losing streak ends

Boston Americans pitcher Jesse Tannehill notched a 3-0 victory over the White Sox on May 25, 1906, thus ending a 20-game losing streak for the Americans. The streak began with a 0-8 loss to the New York Highlanders on May 1, 1906 and included 19 losses at home. The Americans would end the 1906 season with a 49-105 record.

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Jesse Tannehill in 1900 (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Cy Young dominates again

In a game against the White Sox at Chicago’s South Side Park on July 1, 1902, Boston Americans pitcher Cy Young drove in the only run of the game.  Young’s shutout performance from the mound is his fourth consecutive complete game without allowing a run and is also the right-hander’s third 1-0 victory in nine days.

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Cy Young (Bain News Service)


This day in baseball: Double the winning

On September 4, 1906, the New York Highlanders defeated the Boston Americans, 1-0, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston.  This game ended a streak in which New York played five consecutive doubleheaders in six days.  Impressively, the Highlanders swept all of the twin bills, posting a record of 10-0 during the run.

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Huntington Avenue Grounds (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Chesbro’s 41 wins

Jack Chesbro of the Highlanders recorded his 41st win of the season on October 7, 1904 when he defeated Boston, 3-2.  Chesbro’s 41 wins are the most in a single season by a pitcher in “modern era” major league baseball (the modern era defined as having begun in 1901).

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Chesbro, 1909 (Tacoma Times)


This day in baseball: Opening Day double header

April 20, 1903 was Opening Day at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts.  8,376 fans watched on as the Americans defeated the Athletics 9-4 in the morning game of a doubleheader.  In the second game of the match-up, 27,658 fans witnessed an A’s victory, 10-7.  This second contest featured future Hall of Fame pitchers Cy Young (of the Americans) and Eddie Plank (for the Athletics).

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Eddie Plank (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball: Cy Young wins 300

On July 12, 1901, Cy Young collected his 300th win as he leads the Boston Americans in a 5-3 victory over the A’s.  In the game at Huntington Grounds in Boston, Young gave up only seven hits.  He would ultimately collect 511 victories by the end of his career.

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This day in baseball: The World Series is born

The first World Series game ever was played on 1 October 1903 at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds before a crowd of 16,242.  In the game, Cy Young and the Americans (now the Red Sox) were defeated 7-3 by Deacon Phillippe and the Pirates.  The first World Series home run was hit by Jimmy Sebring in the top of the seventh – a dinger that gave the Pirates a 7-0 lead at the time.  Though the Americans attempted to make a comeback in the final innings, they were unable to catch up in time.