1907 - Highlanders
1907 Spalding's Base Ball Guide (Published 1908) - Elberfeld's batting average for New York of the American League is listed as .271
1907 - The Iowa Baseball Confederacy By W. P. Kinsella - In the summer of 1907, the Detroit Tigers, who were burning up the American League, were invited to Big Inning, Iowa, to play the Iowa Baseball Confederacy All-Stars on July 4. In May, the Tigers sent a former player of theirs named Norman Elberfeld, known as the Tabasco Kid, to Big Inning to scout the IBC. The Tabasco Kid sent back a report saying that though the players were for the most part unknown, the caliber of play in the Iowa Baseball Confederacy was so high that it could prove embarrassing to a major-league team experiencing an off day. The Tigers politely declined the invitation.
January 10, 1907 - The Madrid herald, NY - Four Yankees—Chase, Elberfeld, Keeler and Yeager—batted over .300 last season.
January 25, 1907 - The Pittsburgh Press - Walter Clarkson - Walter Clarkson, the former Harvard pitcher, who will be seen with the New York Americans this year has been spending the year in Boston. Norman Elberfeld has always been a firm believer in Clarkson. He said recently that the former Harvard man had every curve and delivery that the best pitcher in the country could ever show, and that it was a puzzle to him why the young man did not receive more regular work. See http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/b2cd1049 for a complete bio.
March 31, 1907 - The New York Times - Elberfeld Kept Out of the Field on Physician's Advice - The New Yorkers are fast rounding into condition, and "Kid" Elberfeld is the only member of "Griff's" bunch who is now out of the game. A physician advised him no to try to work on the field at all, and consequently he remains quiet. It is thought that he will get back in shape this week.
May 20, 1907 - In the Highlanders' 4-1 win over Boston‚ Kid Elberfeld accounts for half the total tallies with 2 steals of home‚ the first American Leaguer to accomplish that feat.
May 21, 1907 - The New York Times - St. Louis Browns Defeat the Yankees in a Close Struggle - St. Louis, May 20 - Elberfeld was back in the game after his slight injury.
*May 31, 1907 - Shortstop Kid Elberfeld steals home twice against Boston. (Playing for Highlanders)
May 31, 1907 - The Highlanders beat Boston‚ 4-1‚ behind Frank Kitson‚ making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year‚ but will go 4-0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home‚ and Hal Chase has 2 steals.
June 12, 1907 - The Highlanders make it easy for the Tigers by committing 11 errors in the 14-6 win by Detroit. Shortstop Kid Elberfeld leads the bobble gang with 4 errors; 1B Chase‚ 3B LaPorte‚ 2B Williams‚ LF Conroy‚ and pitchers Orth and Hogg each add a miscue. Following the game‚ New York manager Clark Griffith gets into a fracas with a fan and is charged with assault. Griffith later argues self defense and receives a fine.
June 19, 1907 - The New York Times - "Kid" Elberfeld Banished - Umpire O'Loughlin, he of the strong lungs and inimitable "tuh," had to make some close decisions. One cropped up in the fifth inning, and New York suffered. Stone stole second, but "Kid" Elberfeld said he was positive that he had been put out. He was so vehement in his protestations that O'Loughlin humiliated him by ushering him out of the game and banishing him to the clubhouse.
July 4, 1907 - The Iowa Baseball Confederacy - By W. P. Kinsella - In the summer 011907, the Detroit Tigers, who were burning up the American League, were invited to Big Inning, Iowa, to play the Iowa Baseball Confederacy All-Stars on July 4. In May, the Tigers sent a former player of theirs named Norman Elberfeld, known as the Tabasco Kid, to Big Inning to scout the IBC. The Tabasco Kid sent back a report saying that though the players were for the most part unknown, the caliber of play in the Iowa Baseball Confederacy was so high that it could prove embarrassing to a major-league team experiencing an off day. The Tigers politely declined the invitation.
August 7, 1907 - The New York Times - Elberfeld Still Under Ban
August 15, 1907 - The Madrid herald, NY - "Kid" Elberfeld, the Yankee short-stop, was suspended when the locals lost two games to Cleveland.
August 28, 1907 - The New York Times - Yankees Start Well at Home By Defeating Boston 5 to 1 - The Yankees yesterday returned to their own lot and defeated Boston 5 to I by clean hitting, with. enough singles bunched to give them an easy victory. The locals never played in better form, and although the weather conditions kept the crowd down to small proportions, those present saw a fine contest. It was scientific baseball all through, with a marvelous catch and exceptional play here and there. " Kid " Elberfeld was a star yesterday. All the offerings that the visiting batsmen sent into his path, with the exception of one, had no terrors for him, and his throwing and wonderful stops would have even aroused the jealousy of either the great Tinker or Hans Wagner. In fact, both nines played in dashing, snappy fashion, but Elberfeld certainly held the centre of the diamond.
September 05, 1907 - The Madrid herald, NY - Elberfeld, of the New York Americans, is quoted as having said that he expected to be transferred to Washington during the fall or winter.
September 7, 1907 - as reported October 2, 1924 - Kingston Daily Freeman, NY - Elberfeld Kills Feat - Norman Elberfeld was always at his best when under pressure. In a game played Sept. 7, 1907, Berger, pitching for Cleveland against the Yanks, up until the ninth had disposed of twenty five batsman without allowing a single hit. In the ninth, with one man down, the kid was sent in as a pinch hitter and made good by getting to Berger for the first and only hit made that day. Berger, however, with Elberfeld on first, retired the next two batsman in order. Kid Elberfeld spoiled Berger's chances fro a trip to the hall of fame.
December 05, 1907 - The Madrid herald, NY - Hal Chase, the first baseman of the New York American League team, signed a three-year contract with the Yankees. Elberfeld has also signed for next year.