The Schulte Poems, Oct. 21, 1910

During the 1910 season, the Chicago Tribune regularly published funny, sometimes hilarious, poems that it said were written by Frank Schulte, the Cubs' colorful, hard-hitting, lefty-swinging right fielder.

The poems actually were written by Ring Lardner, destined to become one of the great humorists of the early 20th Century, who was assigned by the paper to cover the Cubs that season.

This entry appeared 111 years ago today, the morning after Game 3 of the World Series between the Cubs and Athletics at Chicago.

Each team had scored once in the first inning and twice in the second, with Schulte hitting a ground-rule double in the first and a 2-out, 2-run double in the third.

But the Athletics tallied 5 runs in the third, 3 on a homer by right fielder, Danny Murphy, and went on to win, 12-5, to take a 3-0 lead in the series.


Well, just as I was thinking,

With my two two-base hits,

I had my rival, Murphy,

A-throwing jealous fits

Why, up comes that same Murphy

And leans against the ball,

And lifts it ten or twenty feet

Above the wi-ire wall.


And then I got to thinking --

Ain't there a seat at all,

That I could buy and sit in

Behind that wi-ire wall?

For, sitting 'neath the scoreboard,

I really do suppose

That I might grab a few of them

That they hit on the nose.


Game 4, scheduled for Oct. 21, 1910, was postponed. I. E. Sanborn wrote this in the Tribune:

"Big Chief Storm Cloud came to the rescue of the Cubs yesterday by postponing the fourth game of the world's series with the Athletics.

"Lest this be construed as an ill natured knock, we hasten to add that it does not necessarily imply the Cubs would have been beaten by Big Chief Bender again yesterday if the other chief had not intervened. It means merely that the Cubs' chances to stem the tide of defeat were brightened by the day of rest accorded all hands."

The rainout also changed the format of the series, he wrote, "wiping out the original schedule and with it the frenzied railroad jumps which would have been entailed if the Cubs had won" the fourth game.

The teams had been scheduled to play Game 4 on Friday in Chicago, then make an overnight, 16-hour train trip to Philadelphia and play Game 5 there Saturday afternoon.

The revised plan called for Game 4 on Saturday in Chicago, then remain there for Game 5, if needed, on Sunday, a day on which baseball was prohibited by law in Pennsylvania.

Should further games be needed, they would be played at Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"That would allow time for a safe and sane jump to Quakertown during Sunday night and Monday."

This series of posts will resume Oct. 23.

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