On This Date 10/9/1910
Controversy arises in the race for the American League batting title as Cleveland’s Napoleon Lajoie gets eight bunt hits in eight at-bats against the St. Louis Browns to take the batting crown away from Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers. Browns’ manager Jack O’Connor orders rookie 3B Red Corridan to play deep to allow Lajoie to get his bunt hits due to his hatred for Cobb. Despite Lajoie’s 8-for-8 day, Ty Cobb wins the crown .385069 to .384095. O’Connor and coach Harry Howell would get a lifetime ban from baseball.