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1920 Dodgers Week 18: Zack Wheat on fire

Streaking outfielder helps Brooklyn retain a share of first place

Zack D Wheat, Brooklyn Dodgers, Baseball Card Portrait, American Tobacco Company, 1911 Photo by: GHI Vintage/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Brooklyn Dodgers started their week 100 years ago with a three-game winning streak but ended up with only a 4-3 record. They are now tied for first place in the National League with Cincinnati with seven weeks remaining in the season.

Brooklyn followed those three wins (over the Pirates and Cubs) with home losses to Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday before splitting two with the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds on Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s loss briefly dropped the Dodgers out of first place for the first time in 36 days.

Batter of the week

Zack Wheat was especially hot, starting the week with five straight multi-hit games. He was 12-for-28 (.429) for the week with two doubles, scoring six times and driving in four. A double on Friday extended his hitting streak to 12 games. That was snapped on Saturday, which also ended a string of 19 consecutive games reaching base.

Honorable mention goes to Ernie Krueger, one of two backup catchers on the team, who was pressed into starter’s duty four times last week. He had hits in each game, going 6-for-13 (.462) with a double for the week.

Pitcher of the week

Jeff Pfeffer only started once last week, but won with a complete game in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, allowing three runs. Complete games are common in 1920, especially for Brooklyn, but they only had two complete games out of seven tries last week. Pfeffer was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run single in the fifth that helped ice the game.

Weathering the storm

Wednesday involved another rainout for Brooklyn, their 19th of the season. The Dodgers and Cubs had a doubleheader Thursday, but not to make up the lost Wednesday game; this one was for bad weather back on June 18.

Week 18 summary

4-3 record
34 runs scored (4.86 per game)
30 runs allowed (4.29 per game)
.557 pythagorean record

Year to date

62-48 record
470 runs scored (4.23 per game)
382 runs allowed (3.44 per game)
.594 pythagorean record (65-45)

NL standing: 1st place (62-48, .564), virtually tied with the Reds (59-45, .567)

Game results

Up next

The Dodgers run the Paul Fittery gauntlet, with a single Sunday home game against Philadelphia, followed by a four-game series in Cincinnati.