This Week in the California League, July 2-July 8, 1900
Games scheduled on the Fourth of July, and on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8.
On the Fourth of July, Jimmy Whalen— with one out in the tenth inning— gave up the winning run at Rec Park. Ham Iburg won the 4-3 game. At Sacramento, they had another one-run game, this one having a 7-6 outcome. According to the papers it was a sloppily played, uneventful game, though Jay Hughes got an inside-the-park home run.
On Saturday, Ham Iburg came back to pick-up his second win of the week, besting George Harper of Stockton 4 to 2. On Sunday, San Francisco swept a doubleheader, both by lopsided scores. In Oakland, Tom Fitzpatrick won 7-1, giving up only 4 hits while striking out 7. Jimmy Whalen lost for the seventh time that season, after faltering late in the game. In the nightcap at Rec Park, Whalen lost his third game of the week, 9-1. Stockton didn’t have another pitcher, and Whalen— not the strongest of pitchers at 5-11 and 170 pounds— gave up runs in every inning except the second and fourth in “taking one for the team.” It should also be noted that Whalen had not yet turned twenty-one. Iburg brought his record up to 11-12 for the season after a very slow start for him.
At Sacramento, the correspondent for San Francisco Examiner stated: “Oakland won from Sacramento in the worst game of the season today.” The score was 16-14, with Buck Francks and Ed Hutchinson each getting 3 hits for the visitors, as did Truck Eagan for the home club. The game was a mishmash of hits, errors and wild pitches.
With the season half over, the Sacramento club extended their lead to seven games over Stockton, and it looked as if the club might run away with the pennant.
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