This Week in the California League, September 17—September 23, 1900
This week, the San Francisco Wasps edged to within ½ game of the leaders, in one of the tightest pennant races ever in the California League. The fall scheduling— with no game in the interior on Saturday— and two doubleheaders on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Gilt Edge club came to San Francisco to play the Oakland Dudes. Jay Hughes had one bad inning, the second, giving up 3 runs, and took another loss, making it six straight losses of games he started. Doc Moskiman pitched a shutout. Bill Drennan hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning. Final score 4-0.
On Sunday, San Francisco and Stockton spilt a double header, San Francisco winning the morning contest 6 to 5, with the winning run scored with two out in the tenth inning. Both Jimmy Whalen and Tom Fitzpatrick pitched the entire game for their respective clubs. Whalen’s record dropped to 18-16.
In the afternoon tilt, Stockton— behind manager George Harper— turned the tables by a 4-1 score. Ham Iburg gave up 2 runs in the first, and then 2 other scores in the fourth and sixth innings, on a home run by first baseman Julie Strieb.
At Oakland, Red Held hit an inside-the-park home run and Chief Borchers pitched well enough for Oakland to prevail in the morning. Brick Devereaux pitched for the visitors, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits. Final score 6-3.
Back across the bay, Sacramento managed to eke out a 5-4 game to remain, if just barely, in first place. Demon Doyle almost lost the game in the eighth inning by giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, letting Oakland tie the score at 4. In the bottom half of the inning, Truck Eagan score the winning run on Frank Bowman’s sacrifice fly.
Of note, the San Francisco Examiner stated that Truck Egan’s seventh home run of the season— hit in the second inning— was only the second ball ever hit over the left-field fence at Rec Park.
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