Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 10, 1901 – Page 12


Chicago Takes Both Games of a Double Header From Boston

Chicago, Sept. 9 – Chicago tightened its cinch on the pennant to-day by several notches, winning two games from Boston.

A decided innovation in baseball – noiseless umpiring – was tried. This astonishing feat, an apparent impossibility, was accomplished by the use of colors, and the inventor, George W. Hancock, expects the umpiring business to be almost revolutionized. Jack Sheridan wore a red sleeve on his right arm and a white one on his left claw. For a strike he waved the right arm, and for a ball the left one, and the flash of the colors could be seen by people seated so far away that the voice even of Sheridan, the human bullfrog, was inaudible. In plays on bases the right arm waved when the runner was safe, and the left when he was out.

George W. Hancock, who is best known to fame as the inventor of indoor baseball, figures that his idea will save the wear and tear on the umpire’s throat, and make all decisions much more distinguishable.

RESEARCH NOTE: “Dummy” Hoy was the centerfielder on the 1901 Chicago White Sox Team in the American League and would have been a player in this game.

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