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Random Game Callback, July 26, 1898
2006-07-26 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

Boston's Ted Lewis pitched a complete game 3-hitter as the Beaneaters took the rubber game of a 3-game set, 6-1, against Brooklyn before 1500 at Washington Park.

Lewis was the least renowned of manager Frank Selee's staff. Most of the big games were started by either Kid Nichols or Vic Willis, two men who would eventually make the Hall of Fame. Brooklyn, managed by future owner Charlie Ebbets, started Joe Yeager, who pitched as well as playing in the field.

The game story in the Boston Globe said that Lewis threw a two-hitter, but the boxscore showed three hits in the game for Brooklyn.

Boston scored twice in the second. Second baseman Bobby Lowe singled and scored on a double by catcher Marty Bergen. First baseman Dave Pickett singled to score Bergen.

Right fielder Hugh Duffy singled to lead off the third and then stole second and third bases and scored on Bergen's second RBI of the game to put Boston up 3-0. Brooklyn scored its only run in the bottom of the third. Catcher Jack Ryan reached on an error by Boston third baseman Jimmy Collins. After two outs and a walk, second baseman Bill Hallman grounded to Collins who threw wildly to first and Ryan scored.

Boston scored twice more in the fourth when Duffy doubled to score Lewis and shortstop Herman Long. Duffy was picked off second right after the play. Duffy doubled in Boston's final run in the sixth to score Long who had singled and stole two bases.

When the game was over, one of the two umpires, George Wood, found out that he had been fired. Wood claimed that Cincinnati owner John T. Brush had it in for him. The Reds were in first place at the time and Brush was an influential owner (he would eventually take own the New York Giants), so Wood probably wasn't making that up.

After the game, Boston headed to St. Louis for a four game set and they only took 11 players on the trip. Jack Stivetts was signed this day and would head off to join the team in St. Louis also. Boston's fourth pitcher, lefty Fred Klobedanz, was left back east by Selee because the manager thought he was too heavy. Klobedanz weighed a reported 182 lbs.

Boston wouldn't need much help in the series at St. Louis as the Browns were the worst team in the league, en route to a 39-111 record. Boston would three of the four games in St. Louis and would eventually catch Cincinnati (who would finish third) and win the NL with a 102-47 record, 6 games better than Baltimore. It would be Boston's second straight pennant and fifth overall under Selee's leadership.

Brooklyn would finish in tenth in the 12-team NL at 54-91, 46 games out of first. The next season, Brooklyn would improve by 47 games and win the pennant, thanks in part to the NL's syndicate ownership. Owners were allowed to own multiple teams and Brooklyn and Baltimore shared an ownership group and manager Ned Hanlon opted to move to Brooklyn and took the best players with him.

Sources: Retrosheet, Baseball-reference, Boston Globe

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