About Me

I am a long time baseball fan who became interesting in documenting the "missing" batter strikeouts a few years back as an outgrowth of my interest in the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Grew up w/ the Big Red Machine. I now follow them and my new hometown, Detroit Tigers. Member of SABR off and on since 1979.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The day the Tigers struck - May 18, 1912 - play-by-play


I wanted to kick off this edition of my blog with a recent scan that I did from the 1912 Detroit Times (a bit large, but wanted to make sure all could read it).  This is the play-by-play (all except the 9th inning) of the infamous May 18 game in which the entire Tigers starting lineup sat out in protest of Ty Cobb's recent suspension for going into the crowd to "quiet" a avid fan.

24-2 says it all.  There is a nice write-up on this game here:
http://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2011/05/18/the-first-baseball-strike-%E2%80%93-may-18-1912/


Travers ended up being the only ballplayer to become an ordained priest (so I understand).


As to my recent progress, I am plugging my way through 1912 - as you can see above, I have been able to get a good deal of Detroit (home & away) play-by-play from the Detroit Times.  Thank goodness that the Library of Michigan has a microfilm scanner, making my job much easier.  I am currently looking through the scanned (tif) games and documenting the batter k's by player and inning.  Once that is done, I will enter this info in my 1912 AL season database.   I recently received Boston k info from Bob Richardson - no boxscore k's and scattered play-by-play from the Record.   Bob even found a couple of k's in the Boston Traveller (a new paper to me).  He does a nice thorough job going through each possible paper (including the Advertiser and Transcript).

Here is log of my progress since last post:


04/14/11 St. Louis  1902 Globe Democrat 4 more games from D Isgrig 93.2 NL
04/15/11 St. Louis  1902 Globe Democrat 4 more games from D Isgrig 93.3 NL
04/16/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society -april - july 31 (AL) 81.7 AL
04/16/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society -april - july 31 (AL) 89.8 NL
04/25/11 Boston 1910 Multiple Misc road games from Bob Richardson 89.0 AL
04/27/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society - aug & oct (AL) 81.9 AL
04/27/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society - aug & oct (NL) 89.9 NL
05/01/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society - sept (AL) 81.9 AL
05/01/11 St. Louis  1906 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society - (NL) 90 NL
05/02/11 St. Louis  1907 Republic scans from rolls sent from Mo. Hist Society - apr (NL) 93.7 NL
05/11/11 Louisville 1899 Evening Post Sept/Oct 92.3
05/17/11 Boston 1912 Multiple Home games from Bob Richardson




I have started in on 1912 St. Louis as well - The Evening Star has scattered play-by-play as some of the "Sporting Extra" editions were fortunately scanned.  More is on its way from Mo. as I write.

I am up to around 70% on 1912, not counting the Detroit games, which I have not entered in yet.

Also, I have requests out to my UK contact for game account scans from 1897-1903, 1909 missing Cincinnati games from the Cincinnati Enquirer.   Going through the game accounts can be a bit tedious and eye-straining, but every time you find a "missing k", it makes it worth it.

That's all for today.  Hopefully I will be posted here a little sooner than next month, but no promises. :)

2 comments:

  1. Jim McGarr struck out 4 times in the May 18th game, all 4 of his at-bats.

    This adds him to the list of most k's, all at-bats by a non-pitcher with 4. The other club member, Ed Cermak, did it in 1902 with Cleveland (see a previous blog post).

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  2. I was able to cobble together the Detroit 9th from Phil Inquirer and the missing hits/strikeouts:

    Irwin singles
    Jennings strikes out (from Phil Inquirer)
    McGarvey strikes out
    Leinhauser strikes out

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