Sept. 4, 1907 (Wednesday)
WAS THE HIGHLANDERS-PILGRIMS RIVALRY AS INTENSE AS THE YANKEES-RED SOX TUSSLES? Yesterday the Boston and New York teams of the American League split a double header. Boston won the first, 3-2, in 10 innings; New York stormed back to take the second game, 10-5. The illustration above, printed in today's Globe, deals with the doubleheader split. In the top panel, the Highlander (New York) is being SHOT in the GUT by the Pilgrim (Boston). In the bottom panel, the Highlander STABS the Pilgrim in the BACK with a "dirk". A close look reveals some blood gushing out. Yes, I guess they take their baseball seriously. Unfortunately, the cartoon doesn't mention the GAME-SAVING catch by Boston center fielder Denny Sullivan -- a player who is somewhat lost to history and was to be replaced in 1908 by legendary center fielder Tris Speaker. After Boston scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, New York got its first batter on base, stirring the crowd. Here's how the Globe describes what happened next:
[The fans} jumped to their feet when [Jimmy] Williams smashed the ball out between right and center. It looked like a sure triple, but Sullivan made a desperate dash forward, picked the ball from the top of a blade of grass, rolled over and over on his face and finally landed squatted on the grass with a strangle hold on the ball. Coming at the time it did it was the MOST BRILLIANT CATCH OF THE SEASON on these grounds and the fans showed their appreciation of the great play.
STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHERE THIS EARTHQUAKE STRUCK: Today's New York Times prints the "Handwriting" of an earthquake that struck at 11:20 a.m. Monday. From this machine in Washington, D.C., at the United States Weather Bureau, scientists determined the quake was centered about 6,800 miles away. A similar reading from a machine on England's Isle of Wight put it at a distance of 6,500 or 7,000 miles. With those TWO DISTANCES in mind, globe-gazers have marked where the two circles intersect as the likeliest center of the quake. There are TWO choices -- one in the South Atlantic and another in the North Pacific near the coast of Japan. Apparently, only the fish were shaken because there are no eyewitness reports from those areas.