This day in baseball: Speaker resigns as manager

Tris Speaker resigned as Indians manager on November 29, 1926, after a scandal broke in which pitcher Dutch Leonard claimed that Speaker and Ty Cobb fixed at least one game between Cleveland and the Detroit Tigers.  Umpire Billy Evans called these accusations “purely a matter of personal revenge” for Leonard, who is reported to have been upset with Cobb and Speaker after a trade ended with Leonard in the minor leagues.  Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis cleared both Speaker and Cobb of any wrongdoing when Leonard did not show up at a hearing to discuss his accusations.

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This day in baseball: A long way to tie

On July 14, 1916, the Browns’ Ernie Koob pitched a 17-inning complete game against the Red Sox.  For the Sox, Carl Mays pitched 15 innings, with  Dutch Leonard finishing the final innings of the contest.  The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

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Ernie Koob, 1917 (Wikipedia)