In other boxes
names like Wagner and Cobb appeared. Did Ty Cobb ever take an O-fer? The Fan
smiled when he saw one box score, more than 70 years old, that included: Double
Plays Tinker, Evers, Chance 2.
He stared in
fascination at a box from Sept. 13, 1920—White Sox 15, Senators 6—that included
the following names: Weaver, 3b; Jackson, If; Felsch, cf; Risberg, s. He knew
that a few weeks later, these four White Sox would join four teammates in the
headlines, branded forever as the Black Sox, players accused of fixing the
World Series against Cincinnati.
The Fan stared
for at least five minutes at a headline and box score from Sept. 27, 1927: RUTH
HOMER WINS FOR THE YANKEES the headline screamed. It was his 57th in the year
he hit 60. The subhead added: "Lou Gehrig Collects His 46th Circuit Clout
of Season." The box score below. The Fan knew, would be dominated by
Murderers Row. It went: Combs, cf; Koenig, ss; Ruth, rf; Gehrig, lb; Meusel,
If; Lazzeri, 2b; Dugan, 3b; Grabowski, c; Pennock, p.
The Fan continued
his voyage through baseball history, stopping next at a box for July 17, 1941,
the date that marked the end of Joe DiMaggio's incredible 56-game hitting
streak, the longest in the history of baseball. One line said it all: DiMaggio,
cf 3 0 0 2 0.
But, then, that's
the beauty of box scores. And even if today's truncated versions don't say as
much as they used to, they're certainly worth a good long browse.
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