June 12: Indians 5, Yankees 4

NY Times (edited)

CLEVELAND - Saturday - June 12, 1920. The Yanks ran headlong into bitter opposition and a typhoon of excitement here today in the first of the all-important clashes with the Cleveland Indians and came out second best by a score of 5 to 4. Cleveland fans turned out 20,000 strong in spite of the fact that it rained up to noontime. The community has the pennant bug in serious form and there was more commotion and hullabaloo than there is at most World Series carnivals.

The Cleveland populace was in splendid voice and entertained itself during the afternoon by calling the Yanks "bushers" and otherwise casting decidedly uncomplimentary reflections on the boys from Gotham. They rooted almost as loudly for the home club as they rooted against their baseball guests. If today's game had decided the pennant, the home folks could not have worked themselves up to a higher degree of baseball hysteria.

Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh opened on Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell with a single in the first and Bob Meusel fanned, Peckinpaugh being doubled at second trying to steal. Wally Pipp walked, and the Cleveland crowd rejoiced when Babe Ruth popped a high fly to shortstop Ray Chapman.

The Indians set right out to tomahawk Yankee pitcher Jack Quinn in the first. Charlie Jamieson shot a single just out of Peckinpaugh's reach and he went to third on Chapman's single to right. Tris Speaker singled to left and scored Jamieson. Chapman tried to sneak to third on the play, but he was out, Duffy Lewis to Meusel. Chet Thomas, coaching at third, kicked so earnestly at the decision that umpire Billy Evans benched him. [Indians 1, Yankees 0]

The Indians got busy again in the third. After Caldwell and Jamieson had been retired, Quinn got wild and walked Chapman and Speaker. Elmer Smith soaked a single to right, scoring Chapman. Ruth made a bad throw to second, and on the error, Speaker also scored. [Indians 3, Yankees 0]

The Yanks began to look natural in the top of the fourth. Meusel singled to center and Pipp leathered a three-bagger to center, Speaker being caught far out of position. Left fielder Jamieson fumbled the ball after he caught up with it, and Pipp chased Meusel all the way home. Ruth swung in vain, as his grounder went straight at second baseman Bill Wambsganss, and Babe was thrown out. Del Pratt flied out to Speaker and Ping Bodie's geyser went to Wambsganss.

More Cleveland aggressiveness in the fourth. Wambsganss poled a single to center, and Doc Johnston, attempting to bunt, popped to catcher Truck Hannah in front of the plate. Truck could have made a double play by throwing to first to double up Wambsganss, but he just held the ball as if it was exclusively his property. Steve O'Neill then smacked a two-bagger to the right field fence which sent Wambsganss over the platter. [Indians 4, Yankees 2]

In the Yankee sixth, after Peckinpaugh had skied to Jamieson, Meusel singled to left and Pipp's high fly was gobbled by Chapman. Amid a deafening chorus of booing, Ruth smashed a popper at Wambsganss, who fumbled the ball and then made a wild toss to Chapman for a force play on Meusel at second. The ball rolled far over the left field foul line, Meusel scoring and Ruth advancing to third. Pratt jammed a single to center, and Ruth romped over with the tying tally. [Indians 4, Yankees 4]

With two gone in the Cleveland sixth, Doc Johnston cudgeled a healthy three-bagger to the center field stockade. Doc tried to score on the play, but a fine relay, Bodie to Lewis to Hannah, caught Johnston at the plate by ten feet. Doc jumped into Hannah and spiked him on the little toe. This occasioned a big fuss, during which kindly hands restrained Hannah from having a reckoning with Johnston. No casualties.

Tris Speaker intruded between the Yanks and a run in the eighth. Peckinpaugh singled to left and Meusel encouraged him to second with a sacrifice. Pipp crashed a terrific liner to center and the incomparable Speaker raced in and dug it right out of the daisies as he curled over on his ear. Caldwell walked Ruth purposely, and it was up to Pratt. He was thrown out at first by Caldwell, and a gorgeous chance for the Yanks went out like a candle in the wind.

Cleveland dislocated the tie score in the eighth. Chapman walked and went to second when Peckinpaugh made a great play and threw Speaker out at first by an eyelash. Smith was called out on strikes, and Larry Gardner poked a single through second, which sent Chapman home. Wambsganss's fly to Ruth ended the inning. [Indians 5, Yankees 4]

The ninth found the Yanks still fighting. Bodie opened the inning with a slashing single to center. Lewis hoisted a high foul to catcher Steve O'Neill close to the backstop screen. Bodie should have known better than to try to get to second after the catch. The overzealous Ping had faith in his speed, however, and took off. O'Neill made a great toss and quenched the Yanks' fading hopes with a double play. [Final: Indians 5, Yankees 4]

Yankees vs Indians - 12 June 1920 New York AB R H PO A
Cleveland AB R H PO A

New York..…... 0 0 0 - 2 0 2 - 0 0 0.….4 Peckinpaugh, ss 3 0 2 4 6
Jamieson, lf 4 1 1 1 0
Cleveland…...…1 0 2 - 1 0 0 - 0 1 x..…5 Meusel, 3b 3 2 2 1 1
Chapman, ss 2 2 2 6 1

Pipp, 1b 3 1 1 11 1
Speaker, cf 3 1 1 3 1
ERRORS - Speaker, Wambsganss, Ruth. Ruth, rf 3 1 0 1 0
Smith, rf 4 0 1 0 0
TWO-BASE HIT - O'Neill. Pratt, 2b 4 0 2 0 1
Gardner, 3b 4 0 1 1 3
THREE-BASE HITS - Pipp, Johnston. Bodie, cf 3 0 1 0 1
Wambsganss, 2b 4 1 2 4 5
STOLEN BASE - Chapman. Lewis, lf 4 0 0 2 2
Johnston, 1b 3 0 1 8 0
SACRIFICES - Bodie, Meusel. Hannah, c 4 0 0 4 2
O'Neill, c 3 0 1 4 2
DOUBLE PLAYS - O'Neill-Wambsganss, Speaker-Champman, Quinn, p 3 0 0 1 0
Caldwell, p 2 0 0 0 3
Peckinpaugh (unassisted), O'Neill-Chapman.

LEFT ON BASES - New York 4, Cleveland 4. Totals 30 4 8 24 14
Totals 29 5 10 27 15
BASES ON BALLS - Off Quinn 3, Caldwell 3.

STRUCK OUT - By Quinn 1, Caldwell 3.

UMPIRES - Evans and Hildebrand.

TIME - Two hours and eight minutes.