How tense was the crowd in this battle of immortals? One reporter wrote, "A mouse working his way along the grandstand floor would have sounded like a shovel scraping over concrete," and a half century later Arthur Daley of the New York Times described the performance by Addie Joss with, "the most astonishing clutch job baseball has had."
The Cleveland Indians were called the Naps during this time frame because their manager was non other than hall of famer Larry "Nap" Lajoie who managed while playing second base.
Addie Joss died three years after this game at the height of his career. During his first seven years in the Major Leagues he pitched this perfect game, a no-hitter, averaged twenty plus wins every season, and had seven one-hit performances.