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Having cleared up the outcome of the batting race, Ban Johnson had Browns owner Robert Hedges fire O’Connor and then banished from Organized Baseball both O’Connor and pitcher Harry Howell, who had repeatedly gone to the Sportsman’s Park press section to try to cajole the scorer into giving Lajoie still another hit on a fielder’s choice. O’Connor, one of the more rascally figures of that period, had gained a reputation early in his playing career as a dirty and insubordinate player and as a drinker and carouser.
He traveled to Chicago prepared to do just that if necessary, but now, after his performance today, he would no longer have to finish out the season. Moments later, the last out made, sealing a 2–0 White Sox win, he gathered his bats and his glove and quickly left the stadium. His teammates could play this out; he had more interesting work ahead. When questions later arose about the reasons for Cobb’s early departure and absence, he was frank. He owed no apology and told reporters, “So far as my leaving the team before the end of the season is concerned, I can say this: I asked manager [Hugh] Jennings ten days before the season closed to give me permission to leave the team, as I wanted to pack up and take an automobile trip to Philadelphia and play with the All Stars.
And this time, unlike so many others, he had to shoulder a major part of the blame. In a bone-crushing 3–2 loss to the White Sox in the Naps’ home finale, Lajoie, usually a sure-handed second baseman, dropped a throw from his catcher. The fumble opened the door to a pair of runs. Later in the game, the Naps’ manager had a golden chance to redeem himself. Standing at the plate with the bases loaded, two out and a full count, the normally aggressive hitter took a fastball right down the middle for a called third strike.