RACE TIGHTENS; POP CORKHILL HAS BAD DAY FOR BROOKLYN
COLUMBUS, Ohio— (Oct. 13) The sixth-place Columbus Babies threw the American Association pennant race into a tizzy yesterday by upsetting first-place Brooklyn 7 to 5.
The crucial game was scoreless for the first four innings as Columbus’s Mark Baldwin and Brooklyn’s 40-game winner Bob Caruthers matched goose eggs. Then Baldwin opened the fifth inning with a homer over the left field fence to give Columbus a 1 to 0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, three bases on balls and an error by shortstop Lefty Marr gave Brooklyn a run. Oyster Burns’s safe hit knocked in two more tallies, and a wild pitch by Baldwin put Brooklyn up 4 to 1.
Brooklyn was up 5 to 2 and on its way to another win when Columbus came to bat in the ninth inning. Baldwin opened with a single to center. With one out, Marr also singled to center. Pop Corkhill fielded the ball and threw wildly to third, allowing Baldwin to score. Ed Dailey pounded another hit, sending in Marr to narrow the score to 5 to 4. Caruthers walked the next batter, Jack Crooks. Columbus fans cheered wildly as Spud Johnson came to the plate. The cheers turned to moan when Johnson hit a fly ball towards Corkhill. The moans turned to cheers again when Corkhill misjudged the ball, which sailed over his head. Dailey and Crooks raced home to put Columbus up 6 to 5.
The crowd rose with wild cheering. Fans threw cushions and hats on the field in an celebration that lasted at least ten minutes. When peace was restored, Dave Orr hit a sacrifice fly to score Johnson to make the final score 7 to 5.
The Brooklyn loss “was a godsend for St. Louis, as it improves the Browns’ chances decidedly,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cheered. “They are now within .007 of the Bridegrooms, being tied with them in the matter of games lost and three games behind them in the games won.” The St. Louis game at Cincinnati yesterday was rained out.
American Association Standings
Team W L PCT GB
Brooklyn 91 44 .674
St. Louis 88 44 .667 1 l/2