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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

2 outs, bottom of 9th THEN 7 runs scored to win 16-15

While going through the 1888 AA Cleveland lineups, I ran across an interesting ending to a game that I wanted to go ahead and post.

On June 2, Cleveland led 15-9 going to the bottom of the 9th (Cleveland chose to bat 1st) and was within 1 out of a 6 run victory before all heck broke loose, KC scored 7 runs and won 16-15.

Cleveland's Doc Oberlander was by no means having a smooth game in this battle of tail enders, having already given up 9 runs

This is how it went for KC against Oberlander in the fateful 9th:

1.  Barkley singles to center
2.  Davis pops to catcher Zimmer (1 out)
3  Phillips pops to shortstop Alberts (2 outs)
4  Rowe singles to right (Barkley to 2nd or 3rd)
5  Daniels singles to center (Barkley scores, Rowe to 2nd or 3rd)  10-15
6  Allen triples to left (Rowe and Daniels score) 12-15
7  Easterday walks
8  Toole doubles past shortstop (Allen and Easterday score14-15
9  McTamany triples over cf Hoteling's head (Toole scores15-15
10 Barkley singles along 3rd base line (McTamany scores16-15

Not sure where this stands in regards to comeback win probability (or whatever it is called), but I would think it would be up there - down 6 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and winning.

As the saying goes,  "it ain't over 'til it's over".

This would be Doc Oberlander's final game (of 4 total) of his major league career.  He did pitch a couple more seasons in minors.

Will have my Cleveland review up in a few days.


  1. Hi Jonathan,
    Been a lurker for several months, your blogs have so much interesting info. You probably know this, but just in case - The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an online archive at http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives? Let me know if you need any dates, I have a subscription. Scott

  2. Scott,

    Thank you for your kind words and offer. I have access to the Plain Dealer through my GeneologyBank.com subscription.


  3. 5/23/1901 Cleveland was probably the most unlikely comeback ever. Down by 8 runs with 2 outs and nobody on base in the 9th. Then 9 consecutive runs to win the game.

  4. Thank you, Trent. Thought you might know the answer!


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