For baseball fans, October is the cruelest of all months. The hopes of April, if not shattered during the oppressive heat of summer, are laid to rest by the cold reality of the standings or the outcome of the World Series. For fans in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New York, hopes were alive in this roller-coaster season. The American and National League pennants would be won on the last day of the season by visiting teams before hostile crowds.
The American League race ended furiously, with the four contenders playing one another exclusively in the stretch drive. Each of the teams played five games. The Tigers, Naps, and White Sox all recorded 3-2 marks, while the fading Browns won only one of their five contests. That controversial St. Louis victory kept Cleveland from winning the pennant. Here is how the last five days of the season went.
The Tigers defeated the Browns 7-6 in a thriller. Detroit hammered Browns starter Rube Waddell early with a three-run first inning. The visiting Browns stormed back to make it close, thanks to four Detroit