Chicago Tribune, 11 October 1906
Chicago’s National league champions and their hosts of admirers are feeling better, thank you, after Chance’s tribe swooped down on the stockyards district yesterday and the White Stockinged champions to, the distinctly audible tune of 7 to 1 in the second battle of the world’s campaign.
It was a complete form reversal for every one except the weather man. His wretched was consistent with that of the previous , only a little more so, but Chance’s then, jarred by their defeat of the day before on their own, keyed themselves up to midseason and ran more rings Comiskey’s men than the Sox did th4 losers on the opening game. The south siders, beaten; almost from the start yesterday, looked as bad as losers usually do.
Reulbach; Steinfeldt, and Sheckard shared the day’s honors, the bridegroom pitcher and the star outfielder glowing brightly In the defense, while Steinfeldt was captain of the attack with his three singles and a sacrifice out of four opportunities to do things.
White Driven to the Bench.
One clean hit and a scratch double Reulbach allowed the White 8ox In nine rounds. and he would have shut them off the plate entirely, but for an excusable error by Tinker, “Doc” White was to the firing hill to repeat Altrock’s performance of the day before. But Chance’s man resenting the insinuation that they could be starved out of the world s pennant on it diet of sou’paw curves and crullers, such a keen appetite for the stuff fed that White was willing to seek a spot after three innings. Before that the game had been won with four runs, and the only question was the size of the plurality. Owen finished out the battle, but all twirlers look alike to the Spuds—except—and more were from Owen’s bide before the end.
Pitcher Reulbach, the Central Figure in Yesterday’s Baseball Game
From photograph taken for The Chicago Tribune
Spuds Field BrIllIantly.
It was Reulbach’s turn to receive fast, dashing, and almost perfect support, and he got it from all corners of the diamond, Tinker making up for his one slip by grabbing everything, else within reach. It was the Sox’s turn to boot things. and it is but justice to the Sox hurlers to admit the score would have been tigher If Isbell had not tried one of his famous back hand, aimed nowhere in particular, and If Sullivan s throwing arm hadl been better protected froin the lake breezes to keep the Icicles off it. But with everything erroneous cut out of the score, the best the south siders could have made of it was a 1 to 0 defeat for themselves with only two safe hits.
Players Wear Sweaters.
The conditions were all adverse to good baseball, Just as they were on the opening date. The wind which the field and the stands had a little suggestion of ice In it, driving the fans ito whatever sheltered spots were reachable and compelling the players to wear sweaters even while in action. But there were few bright spots when the sun oozed down between clouds occasionally and tried to melt the more fortunate mass of spectators In the open bleachers.
The crowd was almost the same size as the day before, the official count being 12,598, 98 less than the Sox drew on the west side. More furs had been dug up out of the camphor and heavy overcoats borrowed from relatives in Clark street. so the rooters were better prepared for the blasts from the lake.
Leave Before Game Is Over.
But the game itself was not of the sizzling kind dished up at the start of the series. It was all over inside of fifteen minutes. and became so one sided that not half the people who were there at the start saw Ilofman make the final putout. The exodus began before the fifth Inning was over, and In consequence there was little demonstration by the crowd over Chance’s victory, although a small army of admirers surrounded the Spud bench after the battle and congratulated the winners. Manager Chance and his team were escorted to their carriages by as many as could crowd through the exits with them and sent on their way with lusty cheers ringing in their ears.
The game started out to be a tight fit, both teams out in order by the first Inning, but before another could be finished, Chance’s men began showing the south side rooters some of the things which won the Nationst league pennant in a walk.They mixed up bunts with hits, pulled off single and double steals and the hit and run, Jammed in the squeeze play where It counted, nearly got away with one of their own Inventions, the hard bunt, and did put Chance’s copyrighted delayed steal. Five stolen bases swere made by the victors. Chance and Tinker getting two apiece and Evers the other. and practically every one of these thefts counted In the run column one way or another.
When White opened the Inning by striking out Chance it raised a whoop of glee from the stands, but the west side rooters almost immediately began their rejoicing, which lasted through the day and night. Steinfeldt followed Chance’s mishap by the Spuds’ first single cleanly Into left. Tinker caught every one sound asleep with a pretty bunt toward third base, so safe that no one even tried to throw him out. Evers hit sharply to Isbell, and it looked as If a double play would snuff out the Joy, but “Issy ” tried to toss the ball backward to Tannehill and Lee was nowhere near In line with the throw. Steinfeldt scurried home before Dougherty retrieved the ball. Tinker was perched on third, and Evers on second, Jones came In and told White confidentially to pass Kling, which he did, filling the bases. Reulbach at once squeezed Tinker home with a. bunt, for which Isbell had to scramble hard In order to retire any one at all. He finally got Reulbach out. Hofman hit to Tannehill’s left and beat the throw to first, letting Evers score. Kling, expecting an overthrow, had rounded third and was well on toward the plate before he stopped. Donohue had him trapped, but held the ball so long that Kling narrowly missed beating his throw at the plate.
Chance Does Some Sprinting.
Two were out In toe Spuds’ third inning and Chance on first base when the manager stole second and pulled up at third after Isbell had failed to stop Sullivan’s low throw. Steinfeldt was there again with another slam to left, which scored the manager, but Harry was nailed trying to emulate his chief.
White retired after that and Owen was successful in stopping the runs until the sixth Inning. That was where Steinfeldt led off with his third clean single to left. Tinker’s bunt was too hard and forced Steinfeldt at second, but Joe pulled off a hit and run stunt with Evers which gave Johnny a single through short. Then the pair of them made a lean double steal of third and second. Sullivan threw low and the ball caromed away from Rohe into a group of ushers close to the foul line That, under the ground rules, allowed Tinker to score and Evers to go to third. Kling struck out and Reulbach was a third victim.
Again Leads the Attack. ,
Two more runs were added to Chance’s halo In the eighth. The manager himself led the assault with a blow to Tannehill which the shortstop found too warm even for that kind of a day. Steinfeldt bunted and the whole right side of the infield went after It. Owen kept his head, however, and picking up the ball, made a race with Steinfeldt for the base, getting the verdict from Johnstone by a toenail. Chance immediately stole third and:scored whenTinker soaked a hit through the close drawn infield. Tinker stole second, went to third on Evers out, and scored when Owen made a wild pitch, which gave Kling a pass to second base, as the ball went into the boxes behind the plate.
‘The White Sox’s one run, was made In the fifth. Donohue was passed and, forced at second by Dougherty. A wild pitch let Pat to second, and when Tannehill hit sharply toward short. Dougherty passed In front of the ball Just In time to obscure Tinker’s vision. Joe booted the hit Into short center and let Pat score, but it was a mere bagatelle In that game.
The only other real chance Reulbach gave the Sox to count was in their fourth, which was opened by Jones with a smash toward right. Evers scooted over, and, stooping low, blocked the hit, but it bounded away Into the crowd close to the foul line, allow- Ing the manager two bases. Isbell’s out put Jones on third, and when Dougherty flied to Sheckard he tried to score, but the throw beat him home by a long step. In all except two of their innings the Sox had men on the bases, for Reulbach was kind hearted. He gave half a dozen passes, but his liberality ended there; and what balls he shot over the plate were as nearly intangible as possible.
Game Two Box Score
Notes and Comments on the Game
The third Same is scheduled for the west side today.
One lone dId business far from the crowd. His office was up an alley, which afforded a chance for a getaway.
The Intermingling of south and west side fans was much repartee, but the joshing was generally good natured.
Kid Bernstein. once a local pugilist, separated two old boys In a grand stand box on the first base side. Unable to find words strong enough for an argument these had resorted to fists under grapple and catch as catch can rules. An both were on theIr feet at the finish no decision was rendered by Bernstein.
The Spuds kept themselves well covered up with sweaters and other wraps, but Trainer Jack McCormnick’s tin ear was a mark for the frigid breese.
A bluecoat intercepted a foul tip from Evers’ bat bound for the box seats In front of the stand. “It was a high bal,” remarked a fan. “and he could not miss it.”,
The life saving station under the grand stand was a popular callIng point for many whose seats were nearby. Unfortunately the supply of hot sarsaparilla was limited, but this did not disappoint the majority.
A foul hit landed In the former 50 cent bleachers, which for the championship series have been marked up to $1. The millionaire who caught the sphere threw It back and contrary to the usual custom he was not guyed.
After the Spuds had scored one run In the eighth inning they were Invited by an excited fan to “make It a merry go round.”
In one of the grand boxes was a man with a gong big enough to have served at a newsboys’ Christmas dinner. He was a White Sox fan, and his team was not dining yesterday.
George Davis was In mufti, as the English writers have It, and few of the spectators recognized him. “Glad to be out of the cold. George?” queried an acquaintance. “I would give a good deal,” replied the veteran, “to be in the game.”
“Here comes Slugger Tannehill,” remarked a sarcastic west eider, but Tanny connected and was nipped at first base by only a step.
“That would have been out In 78.” a veteran when Sully got a fly bail on the first bounce.
When Jones came to bat the first time he wras given a complete sliver service In a costly bound chest of highly polished wood. It was a gift from the players of his team and President Comiskey. Mrs. Manager Jones was given an equally pleasant surprise less in the form of a gift from the wives of the White Sox benedict brigade.
The crowd In right field gave the policemen and umpires some trouble. There was only a small overflow, but it refused to stay put on the circus seats, where there was plenty of room for all. preferring to crowd down close to the boxes back of first base, where it could see little without encroaching on the playing field. Several times O’Loughlin stopped the gime the uneasy rooters were driven back.
Both managers struck out once, and each of their secured a safe hit. But Chance scored two runs, which count more than hits or strikeouts.
In three different Innings, Reulbach passed the first White Sox at bat and In another he hit the first man up, but so good was his support that only one of the four ever reached second base.
In the last of the ninth Rohe was hit in the shoulder to start the half. Donohue whipped a fast grounder to Evers, who Jumped in on it fast, got the ball In time to touch Rohe, then had an easy double play on Donohue at first base.
Hofman was greedy and stole the last putout of the game from Schulte, Sullivan’s fly went well Into right field. Both “Sully” and Frank went after It, but the circus man was the taller and grabbed It over his partner’s head.
There seems to be a difference In ethics regardIng the world’s series between the west and south . On Tuesday practically every ball fouled Into the crowd was thrown back, while yesterday several of them were appropriated by the crowd.
Walsh and Lundgren are the natural selections for today’s game. but neither is showing his hand In advance .
That’s one, and one,” said President Comiskey at the . “And we ll be there wIth the right kind of goods tomorrow. You can’t win many games on two hite.”
Kling showed the fraternal spirit of the day by chasIng all foul tips which went past Sullivan toward the visitors’ bunch, and Sullivan reciprocated whenever a tip caromed off near the Sox roost.
After the group of ushers bunched close up to third base had given the Spuds a run In the sixth Inning they were chased back to where they could cause no further interference with the game.
When Chance stole third In the eighth Inning Sullivan handed the ball to Rohe in plenty of time to stop It. but the manager eluded the bagman cleverly.
Baseball games In St. Louis and everywhere else except Chicago were called off on account of cold weather, but the national commission kept the world’s pennant battle going, knowing from past experience that Chicago can do a lot worse If It tries hard. It is a tough proposition playing a world’s, series In this vicinity after finishing a 154 game championship schedule.