Note: I am changing the frequency of the random recap. Instead of one every nine days, I will do them more often or less often, depending on that old enemy time.
I’m also no longer going to do just a random box score by itself. If the random recap is from 1969 to 2003, I will provide the box score from retrosheet in addition to the recap.
And away we go…
October 3, 1913
Game 154 of 156
Second Game of Doubleheader
With the pennant clinched the week before and his Giants coasting, skipper John McGraw didn’t bother to manage this doubleheader held at the Polo Grounds. He was in Philadelphia scouting the A’s who had also clinched.
This 154th game of the season was the second game of a double dip. Resting his regulars, McGraw, or whoever took his place, penciled in a lineup that, at first glance, looks very undistinguished.
But two names do stand out. Jim Thorpe, the legendary athlete who won both the pentathlon and decathlon in the Summer Olympics the year before, led off and played centerfield. Eddie Grant batted and played third. Grant was killed in action in WWI in 1918 and was immortalized at the Polo Grounds three years later with a plaque and monument placed in deep centerfield.
This game was not much of a game. Philadelphia also started some utility hands and in the ninth inning, the Giants lost track of the number of outs. The game ended after nine in a 4-4 tie (For a great research piece on tie games, read Clifford Blau’s The History Of Major League Tie Games.
Thorpe CF /Burns LF
Cooper LF/ Shafer and Herzog 3B
Grant 3B/ Fletcher SS
McCormick RF/ Doyle 2B
Stock SS/ Merkle 1B
Crandall 2B/ Murray RF
McLean C/ Meyers C
Hartley C/ Snodgrass CF
Odds and Ends:
The Giants played 22 doubleheaders in 1913.
Sports columns did not usually contain by-lines.
The Washington Post printed a one column report with both box scores.
The Los Angeles Times covered baseball and the Giants but not this particular game.
The New York Times, on October 5th, wrote a wonderful article on famous citizens who attended games at the Polo Grounds.
How did the season end for the Giants?
The A’s won the series four games to one. Frank “Home Run” Baker, who earned his nickname by hitting two game-winning home runs against the Giants in the 1911 Series, once again proved to be a thorn in New York’s side. The native of Trappe, Maryland hit .450 and drove in 7 runs.