On Sept. 23, the Indians were clinging to a 1 ½ game lead over the White Sox as the two teams started a three-game series at League Park. There were 10 games left to play, and the pennant was still up for grabs.
But the White Sox had other things to worry about. The grand jury impaneled to look into allegations of the fixing of a Phillies-Cubs game had started hearing testimony that was regarded as unthinkable: That the White Sox had thrown the previous year’s World Series.
“The last World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds was not on the square,” Assistant State’s Attorney Hartley Replogle said. “From five to seven players on the White Sox team are involved.”
So when Caldwell made his debut for the Indians on Aug. 24, 1919, at League Park, he wasn’t going to let anything keep him from finishing the start – not even an act of God.
Caldwell took the hill with a 2-1 lead against the Athletics in the top of the ninth and a chance to finish out the game. Both Indians runs were scored in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit, as Ray Chapman and Speaker were both walked, and came around to score on a sacrifice, an infield out and an error. Caldwell hit George Burns in the top of the fifth, and Burns ultimately scored as well.