In New York, the Giants and Yankees met at the Polo Grounds to play an unscheduled charity game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic (which had sunk three days earlier, April 14 th ). The Giants prevailed 11-2. In 1912, the New York Highlanders changed their name to the Yankees and debuted their famous pinstriped uniforms.
In 1912, one of baseball's original cathedrals, Boston's Fenway Park, was built at a cost of $350,000. Inspired by their new stadium, the Red Sox beat the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series.
In the 1912 Stockhom Olympics, Jim Thorpe was a Record Setting Gold Medalist in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon King Gustav V of Sweden said, “ Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.” But Thorpe was stripped of his medals because he had once played on a semi-pro baseball team.
Thorpe joined the 1913 New York Giants, but had diificulty with Major League curveballs and manager John McGraw.
Jim Thorpe was awarded ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Century. He died a day laborer living in a trailer park. His medals were reinstated in 1983, thirty years after his death.
For the Field of Dreams fans… On August 11, 1912, Shoeless Joe Jackson, then playing for Cleveland Indians, became only the second American League player ever to steal home twice in a single game. Jackson first stole home in the first, then went on to steal second, third and home in the seventh. In the 1912 season, he tied Ty Cobb in the total number of hits (226), and led the league in total bases and triples. He had a career batting average of .356