BY JOHN JOHNSON / Grand National Tribune
ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST, Pa. (Sunday, Oct. 6, 1912) — The regular season of major league baseball drew to a close for most teams this weekend; none of the four division winners or runners up played one another.
The Cleveland Indians took the White Sox to the penultimate day, losing Saturday as the White Sox won to clinch the division.
“Final” Regular Season Standings
National League East: New York (103-48) over Philadelphia (73-79)
National League West: Pittsburgh (93-58) leads Chicago (91-59)
American League East: Boston (105-47) over Washington (91-61)
American League West: Chicago (78-76) over Cleveland (75-78)
National League Slate Not Over
Neither Pittsburgh nor Chicago completed their 154-game schedule during the regular season, with the Cubs missing four games and the Pirates three. Because the margin between the teams, one and a half games, is small enough that finishing the schedule can affect the winner, the Office of the Commissioner has ordered the teams to finish their regular-season schedules.
The two teams are missing a game with each other at Pittsburgh. The Cubs are also short a doubleheader at Philadelphia and a home game against Cincinnati, while the Pirates are missing a doubleheader at New York.
In order to facilitate the most games in the shortest amount of time, each team will begin with its doubleheader on Monday. The Cubs will travel tonight from Chicago to Philadelphia and the Pirates from Cincinnati to New York.
If, after the doubleheaders, the margin between the teams is two games or larger, the playoffs will begin in New York on Wednesday, one day later than planned.
Should additional games be required, the Cubs will play at home against Cincinnati on Tuesday and will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. If 154 games are still not enough, a playoff between the two teams will be hastily arranged beginning Thursday in Chicago.
American League Side Much Simpler
Cleveland’s loss to St. Louis on Saturday clinched the American League West for the Second City’s other side, with the Pale Hose holding a 2½ game margin with all said and done.
In recognition of the chaos unfolding in the senior circuit and with Sunday available for baseball in Chicago, the Office of the Commissioner has announced that the American League championship will not begin until Wednesday. Following games would be played Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Umpires Set For Additional Affairs
Bill Klem and Al Orth will handle the Cubs-Phillies twinbill today. Jim Johnstone and Mal Eason will take the plate and bases, respectively, in New York. Brick Owens would pair with Cy Rigler for the additional game Tuesday, if it is needed.
Klem and Emslie would be the umpiring crew for any and all Cubs-Pirates games, regular season or playoff.
American League Announces Playoff Blues
Tom Connolly and Rip Egan will serve as the impartial arbiters for the American League championship series, matching one of the league’s senior umpires with a playoff debutant.
Connolly, a 15-year veteran, was the league’s primary World Series umpire last season. He has called playoff games in each of the last 11 seasons, including World Series games in 1902, 1903, 1908, 1910 and 1911.
Egan is a seven-year league veteran.
Umpires for the National League championship series will not be set until the close of the regular season.
Monday, Oct. 7, 1912 – Aug. 26, 2019
Cubs at Phillies, two games, 1 o’clock
Pittsburgh at Giants, two games, 1 o’clock
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1912 – Aug. 27, 2019
Cincinnati at Cubs, 3 o’clock central time
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1912 – Aug. 28, 2019
Cubs at Pittsburgh, time to be announced
OR West champion at Giants, 2 o’clock
White Sox at Red Sox, game one, 2 o’clock
As the American League series will commence in Boston, the easternmost port of call in the big leagues, it stands to reason that western correspondent Pete Peters will not be there.
Peters will handle the Cubs-Phillies games Monday and the National League tilt Tuesday, while I will be in New York Monday before traveling to Boston.
Please do not ask about the permutations for later in the week. To my friends at the railroad box office, see you sooner or later.