This day in baseball: The first American League shutout

On May 15, 1901, Washington Senators pitcher Watty Lee threw the first shutout in American League history, blanking the Boston Americans, 4-0. Lee, a 21-year-old southpaw, would finish the season with a 16-16 record and would be responsible for two of the eight shutouts to occur in the AL’s opening season.

The game’s complete box score can be found here.

Watty Lee with Newark Indians in 1911
Watty Lee with Newark Indians, 1911 (Library of Congress)

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.

Huntington Avenue Grounds (Wikipedia)

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).

Eddie Plank (Wikimedia Commons)

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.