Friday, April 4, 2008

May 5th, 1908: Detroit at St. Louis (AL)

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May 5th, 1908

ST LOUIS – A frenzied crowd of faithful Browns fans gave Jack Powell a loud, long ovation as he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the eighth inning this afternoon.

The occasion was not a perfect game, nor a legendary strike-out feat, but rather the impressive efforts of one man to lead his team to victory over the champion Tigers. Jack made the mighty Tigers look like tame pussy cats, shutting them out on seven hits in only 90 pitches. Powell shot the pill to the plate with ease for all nine innings, and the Tigers failed to manage even a single rally.

But that’s not all. Powell was also distinguished as the clear batting star of the game, collecting two hits in four trips to the plate. His monstrous seventh inning triple over Cobb’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning set the stage for a three run St. Louis rally, the only scoring of the afternoon.

Tiger hurler Ed Killian left during that fateful seventh, his second loss of the season looming ominously over his head. George Mullin came in to put out the fire, but it was too little, too late, and Detroit never even put up a fight.

And so it was. Powell’s eighth inning strike out was greeted by a loud, deafening ovation from the home faithful.

The Browns travel to Chicago next to take on the White Sox, champions of ’06.

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