1910 – 1919

  • 1910

JANUARY

20th  The Reds trade pitcher Bob Ewing and minor league pitcher Ad Brennan to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Harry Coveleski and Frank Corridon. Ewing, who won 108 games for the Reds, will win 16 this year for the Phils, then log just 25 innings in the next two seasons. Coveleski will win just one game for the Reds, but will reemerge with the Tigers in 1914 and have three straight 20-win seasons. Corridon will not play for the Reds, but makes a few appearances for the Cardinals this year.

FEBRUARY

1st Chicago (NL) acquires OF Ginger Beaumont from the Boston Braves for OF Fred Liese.

3rd In a good trade for the Cardinals, they swap Alan Storke and Fred Beebe to the Reds for Miller Huggins, Rebel Oakes and Frank Corridon. Huggins will start at second for six years and manage the club from 1913-17.

5th  Really! The Chicago Tribune reports that Bullet Jack Thoney of the Boston Americans slipped on a banana peel while out walking in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Thoney breaks his shoulder and dislocates his shoulder blade. Thoney will disregard his doctor’s orders to rest and will attend spring training with the team in Hot Springs, Arkansas, only to snap his shoulder blade while making a throw in the outfield on March 10 (as noted by Boston historian Bill Nowlin). The injury-prone Thoney also missed time in 1908 when he sprained his hand while boxing and last year broke his leg rounding 3B in a game.

15th  Both major leagues adopt resolutions banning syndicate baseball, which allowed owners to have financial interests in more than one team. The NL votes for a 154-game schedule to open on April 12th, which the AL has already adopted. Other rules: umpires must announce all team changes to spectators; batting orders must be delivered to the umpire at home plate before the game; a batter is out if he crosses the plate from one batter’s box to the other while the pitcher is in position to pitch; a base runner is out if he passes another runner before the latter has been put out.

The Pirates waive Vic Willis, despite his fine season last year, and he will be picked up by the Cardinals. Willis will go 9-12 for the second division Birds before waivers are asked on him near the end of the season. He will be sold to the Orioles.

22nd The Highlanders release veteran Willie Keeler so that he can make his own deal. Wee Willie will sign up in May with his old friend John McGraw and the Giants, where he will appear in a handful of games.

MARCH

1st  The National Commission prohibits giving mementos to players on winning World Series teams. This will later be reversed, making way for the traditional winners’ watches, rings, and stickpins.

12th At the White Sox spring training camp in San Francisco, starting catcher Billy Sullivan steps on a rusty nail. Sullivan, who managed the team in 1909, skips going to a doctor and gets blood poisoning. He will be out of the lineup till July 1.

25th  Chalmers Auto Company of Detroit offers to award a new car to the batting champs of each league. The National Commission accepts.

APRIL

1st  Johnny Kling, Cubs catcher on their 1906–08 pennant winners is reinstated. Kling swapped a baseball bat for a pool cue and won the world pocket billiard title over the winter of 1908-09. Kling, who played for a Chicago semipro team while holding out for the entire 1909 season, is fined $700, and required to play for the Cubs at his 1908 salary of $4,500.

4th Boston (NL) acquires OF Wilson Collins and 3B Buck Herzog from the Giants for OF Beals Becker.

11th Against Princeton University, 22-year-old Jumbo Vaughn strikes out eight Tigers in six innings, and impresses Yankee manager George Stallings enough that Jumbo will get the Opening Day assignment.

12th  The Reds extend the lease on their park for 20 years at an annual rent of $1,500, with an option to buy at $45,000.

14th With the weather perfect, President and Mrs. William Howard Taft, along with Veep Sherman, surprise the Nationals by showing up for the season Opener. Jimmy McAleer suggests Taft throw out the first ball, and he becomes the first president to do so. Walter Johnson catches it, then pitches the first of his 14 Opening Day Washington games, striking out 9. An easy fly hit by Frank “Home Run” Baker into the overflow crowd—a ground-rule double—mars his 3–0 pitching gem over rival Eddie Plank. Gabby Street is behind the plate for Johnson, the only Opener in which he catches for Walter.

The White Sox’s Frank Smith also throws a one-hit opener, winning 3–0 against the Browns. Demmitt’s single is the only hit for St. Louis. By season’s end the AL will see 13 one-hitters—a league record.

At Robison Field, the Pirates spoil St. Louis’ opener by beating Vic Willis, 5–1. The Cards don’t help the ex-Pirate by making 5 errors behind him.

Newly acquired Reds pitcher Fred Beebe fires a 3-hitter in stopping the Cubs, 1–0, in 10 innings. Wildfire Schulte has all 3 Chicago hits. Beebe was acquired in February from the Cards, along with Alan Storke, for Miller Huggins, Rebel Oakes, and Frank Corridon.

In the season opener before 25,000 at New York’s Hilltop Park, the Red Sox, sport laced collars, the last major league team to wear a collar. Boston sends the Yankees into extra innings before the game is called at the end of 14 innings with the score, 4–4. Ed Cicotte starts for Boston, with Joe Wood relieving in the 8th inning. Jumbo Jim Vaughn goes all the way for New York, retiring Boston batters in the 4th and 12 innings on four pitches. He needs just three pitches in the 10th.

The Giants Red Ames pitches hitless ball for 6 innings but loses to Braves, 3–2, in 11 innings. Ames had 2 outs in the 9th, with no one on a and a 2-1 lead but gives up a walk and two singles. Chick Evans, in relief of Al Mattern, is the winner on a Giants error. This is the second opener in a row that Ames has had tough luck.

Although every opener is played, a record run of bad weather will force 85 postponements between April 15th and June 10th, causing chaos in the late-season schedule. Combined with an absence of close pennant races, this will cause a drop in attendance, which will tip 7,000,000 for the year.

16th In Boston, Christy Mathewson whips the Doves, striking out 9 for a 3–1 win. Matty adds to the offense with a 6th inning homer over the LF fence off Kirby White.

19th  A split Patriots Day doubleheader at Boston draws 14,721 for the a.m. game with the Senators and 31,007 for the p.m., a record total attendance for one day. The Red Sox win the opener 2–1 and the afternoon game 5–4.

20th  Cleveland’s Addie Joss pitches his 2nd no-hitter 1–0 over Chicago. Joss’s 10 assists help prevent any infield spoilers. Terry Turner’s 6th inning double off Doc White scores the Naps only run.

At Boston, the Senators complete their scoring in the 5th inning when Kid Elberfield cracks an inside-the-park grand slam at the Nationals win, 12-4.

At the Polo Grounds, Hooks Wiltse tosses a 3-hit shutout over the Doves in the Giants’ home opener. New York tops Boston, 4–0.

21st  League Park opens in Cleveland with a capacity of 21,000; 18,832 watch Detroit and Ed Willett beat the Naps, 5–0.

Jake Stahl hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Bob Groom, and Boston vetoes the Senators, 10-3.

22nd The Braves and Phils combine for a ML record fewest at bats by 2 teams in 9 innings: 48 (25 for Braves, 23 Phils). Boston wins, 3–0. The mark will be tied next year and topped in the AL in 1964.

At Washington, the Yankees beat the Senators, 3-1. Birdie Cree is hit in the head by a Walter Johnson fastball and is carried off the field. He’ll play tomorrow.

23rd  At Boston, CF Tris Speaker pulls off his 2nd unassisted DP in 2 years, the gem occurring in the 2nd inning against the Athletics. Speaker snares a low line drive and beats baserunner Harry Davis back to 2B. The game goes 11 innings with the A’s prevailing, 5–3. Eddie Plank is the starter and winner over Eddie Cicotte.

25th  Detroit pitcher Bill Covington makes his ML debut against the Browns, relieving Pug Cavet in the 5th inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He strikes out Laporte, Clark, and Schweitzer, and ends up with an 11–9 win.

Reds president Garry Herrmann bans the sale of beer and liquor at the Cincinnati park.

27th Mathewson stops the Phillies 7-game win streak, beating the Quakers 3–2. George McQuillan takes the loss.

28th The Red Sox manage 16 hits in 12 innings against Walter Johnson, but strike out 12 times, as the Nats edge Boston, 2–1.

The Pirates trade righty Sam Frock and 1B Bud Sharpe to the Braves for righthander Kirby White.

29th In his major league debut, Detroit’s Sailor Stroud capsizes the Browns, 5–0.

MAY

2nd  Aided by a 13-game winning streak (plus a tie), the Athletics take first place in the AL. New York will wrest it from them for a brief spell in June; otherwise, the A’s will hold the top spot all season.

In Pittsburgh, baseball fan President William Howard Taft watches the Pirates top Chicago, 5–2.

At Boston, the Phillies shrug off a 2nd-inning grand slam by Bill Collins, off Lew Moren, and beat the Doves, 9-8. For the rookie Collins, it is his first ML homer.

At Washington Park, Christy Mathewson pitches a beautiful one-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 6–0. Only an error by Merkle on a Zack Wheat grounder in the 7th and a disputed hit in the 8th mar Matty’s performance. In the 8th inning, Pryor McElveen hits a grounder to short, but 3B Art Devlin cuts in front and his throw is low to 1B. It is ruled a hit even though the New York Times called it an error: its headline tomorrow proclaims “Brooklyn Gets No-hit By Mathewson.”

4th  President Taft takes in two games starting with the Reds and the Cardinals at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Cards score 5 in the 1st as Reds pitchers Fred Beebe, Walt Slagle (in his only ML appearance) and Harry Coveleski will eventually walk a record 16 in the 12–3 loss. The Cards walk 7 to total a record 23. Taft doesn’t stick around. He leaves for Sportsman’s Park in hopes of seeing some good baseball and is rewarded by a 3–3, 14-inning battle between the Browns’ Joe Lake and the Naps’ Cy Young that ends in darkness. There will be a record 19 ties in the AL this year.

The first-place Tigers defeat the White Sox, 4–0, behind Pat Mullin. Mullin gets help in the form a triple play on Bill Purtell’s line drive to 1B Hack Simmons who throws to SS Donie Bush.

5th  P Cy Morgan and 2B Eddie Collins of the Athletics and P Dixie Walker and C Gabby Street of the Senators handle all the assists in the 10–1 Philadelphia victory.

6th The Giants use their only 4 hits to score 3 runs in the 6th off Bill Foxen to beat the Phils, 3–2. Mathewson is the winner, allowing 9 hits, as the Giants move into second place.

The Yankees down the Red Sox, 11-0, behind rookie John Frill commanding 2-hitter, his lone career shutout. Hal Chase helps with a 3-run homer in the 6th.

8th  The New York Times reports on a foul ball hit into the stands during yesterday’s 7-2 Giants win over the Phils: “The topic which is now to be discussed is slightly removed from the silver thread of romance which runs carelessly through this new item, but nevertheless it ought to be stated that the Pinkertons at the Polo Grounds have started some classy detective work to redeem the numerous new white baseballs which drip into the stands during a game. One foul yesterday shot into the lower rows of the stand back of third base. Old gum-shoes, who was on duty there, kept his eye peeled and saw it drop into the crowd. He went after it. Five hundred voices yipped” ‘He’s got it,’ and 500 fingers pointed at 500 different people. Why, Bryan had a better chance of being President than that Pink had of finding the ball. Just by way of diversion the crowd took the Pink’s hat and untied his necktie by way of showing that there are still a few fresh ones left on earth who can be playful with the law. The only thing the detective found was his way out of the crowd.”

10th  The Cubs’ Heinie Zimmerman makes 4 errors and 4 hits in a 9–5 win over the Giants. Red Ames, in relief of Mathewson, is hammered for the loss.

The Phils pull off a triple steal in the first inning against the Reds as Grant, Magee and Bransfield do the swiping. A short time later Magee is tossed by umpire Brennan for protesting a call. Despite the thefts the Phillies lose, 8–6.

The White Sox tally 7 runs in 5 innings against Walter Johnson to coast to a 10–3 win. Johnson’s record is now 2–5, and the Washington Post suggests that the Nats “trade this phenom for a couple of good fielders.”

12th  The Athletics Chief Bender pitches a 4–0 no-hitter against the Naps, missing a perfect game with one walk. Terry Turner walks in the 4th off the Chief and then is caught stealing. Bender will be 23–5, one of only two 20-game-win seasons the future Hall of Famer will have in 15 years.

13th The Cubs trade OF Doc Miller to Boston (NL) for righty Lew Richie.

14th Cleveland edges Washington, 1–0, beating Walter Johnson. Nap Lajoie is 2-for-4 with a double for the winners. Johnson will win his next 4 outings against Cleveland.

17th Chief Bender follows up his no-hitter with a shutout, allowing 4 hits in beating the White Sox, 3–0. The A’s have now won 12 straight, along with a tie.

At Boston, the Tigers take a 5-0 lead on Donie Bush’s 2nd inning grand slam, but Boston comes back to win, 8-6.

18th The Reds collects 11 hits off Christy Mathewson, but the Giants outslug Cincy to win, 10–6. It is Matty’s 13th win in a row over the Reds. The Giants score four runs in the 4th, four more in the 7th and two in the 8th to pin the loss on George Suggs, now 5–1.

19th  The Boston Doves snap their losing streak by beating the Pirates, 6–3, for the first time in 26 tries.

At Philadelphia, the Tigers jump on Krausse en route to amassing 19 hits and beating the A’s, 14–2. The loss stops the A’s winning streak at 13 game plus a tie.

The Yankees overcome losing a base runner in the 10th inning to a hidden ball trick and beat Cleveland, 4–3. Hal Chase is the victim when first baseman George Stovall nabs him.

22nd  He can run but he can’t hide. Bob Ewing, now pitching for the Phillies, loses his 10th straight to the Cubs as Chicago beats the visitors, 7-3. The other 9 losses came with the Reds.

23rd  The Reds Dode Paskert steals 2B, 3B, and home in the first inning against the Boston Doves (Braves). Dode’s score is the difference as the Reds win, 6–5.

26th  The Pirates’ Honus Wagner and John Miller narrowly escape death when their car crashes into the safety gates of a railroad crossing in Carnegie, PA.

27th New York’s Bugs Raymond strikes out 8 and stops Brooklyn, 8–2.

28th Mathewson scatters 10 hits and edges the Phils, 3–2 at Baker Bowl. Fred Snodgrass doubles off Jim Moroney for 2 runs in the 5th inning to give the Giants the edge.

29th The Cardinals tip the Reds, 7-6, in the first of a scheduled two games. Game 2 ends in a 5-5 tie after 9 innings. Eddie Grant and Mike Mitchell each have 6 hits for the Reds in the doubleheader

30th In an a.m.–p.m. doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals at the West Side Grounds, Chicago takes the morning contest, 6–1, behind Mordecai Brown. Its Chicago’s 11th straight win, but St. Louis stops them in the afternoon, 3–1.

31st The Yankees sell Slow Joe Doyle to Reds. Doyle set a ML record by winning his first 2 decisions in 1906 by shutouts.

JUNE

1st Christy Mathewson runs his record to 8–1 with a 5–2 victory over the host Reds to move the Giants closer to the 1st-place Cubs. Matty has now beaten Cincy 14 straight times.

At Philadelphia, the Cardinals double the Phillies, winning 10–5 before a chilly crowd of 800 fans. The Phils have now dropped 14 of their last 15 games. The Cards are paced by leadoff hitter Miller Huggins, who has no official at bats in six appearances, the first time this has ever happened. Huggins walks his first three times up, hits a sac fly and a sacrifice in his next two, and walks with the sacks full in the 8th to push across the lead run. Huggins will lead the NL in passes with 116.

3rd Jack Warhop allows one hit for the Yankees, but loses to the White Sox, 3–1. Ed Walsh allows 4 singles, drives in 2 runs with a double, and scores the last run.

4th The Cubs Three Finger Brown loses to Boston, 1-0, when Bill Sweeney hits a homerun in the 12th inning.

6th Boston OF Duffy Lewis has the only hit—a single—against White Sox ace big Ed Walsh as Chicago wins, 1-0.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants cut the Cards, 6–1, as Mathewson is victorious over Harry Sallee.

7th In his major league debut, the Phillies Eddie Stack stops Chicago, 1–0, on 3 hits. The Cubs sold Stack to the Phils on May 26. Smoke will pitch three complete-game victories between the 14th and 22nd, but will end the year at 6–7.

10th Behind Dixie Walker’s one hitter, the Washington Nationals edge the White Sox, 1–0. Unglaub’s 9th inning single and steal of 2B is key as Blackburne’s errant throw allows him to score the winner. Doc White’s single is the lone Sox safety.

12th Following Doc Reisling’s premier cru 2-0 win yesterday, Bob Groom and the Nationals shut out the White Sox for the third game in a row, winning today, 2-0.

13th The White Sox finally score against the Nationals and beat them, 2-1, in 13 innings. Chick Gandhil’s RBI double drives home the winner.

15th Christy Mathewson outpitches Lefty Leifield to easily turn back the Pirates, 5–1. The only Pirate score comes on a homer by Ham Hyatt, his first in the majors.

Trying to dig themselves out of last place, the Browns pick up Bob Spade on waivers from the Reds. They win today, beating Washington, 5-4, to up their record to 10-35, 20 games behind New York and Philadelphia.

It is a day of lengthy games as the Reds and Phils play to a 16-inning 3-3 tie.

Brooklyn beats Chicago, 3-2 in 14 innings, handing rookie King Cole his first loss after 8 straight wins (he was also 1-0 in 1909). Cole will finish the season at 20-4. Winning pitcher Cy Barger has 4 hits including an RBI double in the 14th.

The White Sox down the first place A’s, 4-3, in 14 innings when winning pitcher Ed Walsh drives in a run with a single.

17th When Louis Drucke falters against the Pirates in the top of the 9th, Giants manager John McGraw calls for Bugs Raymond to protect the 3–2 lead. Raymond has supposedly been warming up behind the stands, but apparently had visited a saloon across the way, and swapped a ball for two shots of whiskey. Raymond hits two batters, allows two hits and tosses one wild, and the Pirates win, 6–3. A furious McGraw suspends the pitcher indefinitely. Bugs will be back on July 5th.

The Chicago Cubs edge Brooklyn, 1–0, behind the pitching of Mordecai Brown,. For Brown, it is his 12th straight win over Brooklyn stretching back to August 8, 1906.

21st  The Giants stake Mathewson to an early 6–0 lead, and Matty coasts to a 12–1 win over Brooklyn. Matty scatters 7 hits in his 8 innings, and Brooklyn rookie Jack Dalton, playing in his 2nd game, has 4 of them. Dalton will finish the year hitting .227.

22nd  Congressman John K. Tener, former Chicago White Stockings and Pittsburgh Burghers (PL) pitcher, wins the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania. The Irish-born Tener will be elected and will serve as president of the NL while governor.

23rd  Giants 3B Art Devlin and 2 teammates are jailed for attacking a Washington Park fan who had been verbally abusing them during an 8–2 triumph over the Superbas.

24th  In 8 innings in the field at Pittsburgh, Cubs 1B Artie Hofman sets an NL record with no putouts. His only assist opportunity is fumbled for an error as Chicago loses, 6–5.

25th Larry Doyle cracks a 3-run homer off Bill Foxen and the Giants defeat the Phillies, 4–1. Mathewson earns the victory and is now 12–2.

27th The White Sox play their last game at the 39th Street Grounds, losing to Cleveland, 7–2.

28th  In the Cubs’ 11–1 win over the Reds, Joe Tinker steals home twice. Mordecai Brown is the winner. Chicago will swipe home plate 17 times this year to establish the ML mark, which will be tied next year by the Giants in the NL. The Yankees will steal home 18 times in 1912 to set the ML mark. The 2 steals of home in one game will be repeated next by Larry Doyle. Fred Walker, who has not yet acquired the nickname Mysterious, finishes the game for Cincy, allowing 2 runs (one earned) in 3 innings in his ML debut. It is also his only appearance this year in the majors. He will sign with the Giants but before he can make an appearance will allegedly assault a hotel chambermaid and then disappear, only to resurface with the PCL San Francisco Seals. He will go 6-4 pitching under his middle name Mitchell.

The Giants stay close to Chicago with a 9-1 drubbing of the Phillies. 1B Joe Ward of the Phillies pulls the hidden ball trick in the 4th, nabbing Josh Devore.

29th At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson relieves in the 9th with the Giants ahead of the Phils, 2–0. The Quakers rattle Matty for 4 hits and 2 runs to tie, but in the bottom of the 10th, Mathewson lines a single to score Merkle with the game winner.

At Washington, the Yankees edge the Nationals, 2-1. New York keeps it close by having three men get picked off, an AL record.

JULY

1st  The new White Sox Park opens, decorated with thousands of yards of bunting. Five bands are on hand and the mayor presents a banner to Charles Comiskey. The stadium, later called Comiskey Park, is baseball’s biggest and costs $750,000 to build. 24,900 attend the game, 1,100 less than capacity, and see Sox ace Ed Walsh lose 2–0 to the Browns.

2nd Just passing through. The Reds play just their 3rd home game since May 30th, losing to Pittsburgh, 10-2. While they are on the road, the Palace of the Fans becomes home to a circus, which kills most of the grass on the field and leaves large divots (as noted by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder in Reds Journal). A diving tank for horses is erected in centerfield and a fence is placed in front of it, shortening the formidable dimensions (418 ft. to left CF; 400 to CF).

3rd At Cincinnati, Owen Wilson hits for the cycle as his Pirates drub the Reds, 10-2.

4th In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn. Mathewson pitches 5 innings of shutout relief in the morning, and when Fred Merkle singles home Bridwell in the 13th, the Giants win 6–5. New York rolls to a 12–1 victory in the nitecap. New York is now 1 ½ games behind the Cubs.

5th In a Texas League game at Waco, San Antonio and Waco battle to a 1-1 tie in 23 innings. SA’s Harry Ables and Waco’s Arthur Loudell go the distance. Waco scores their run in the 1st, San Antonio in the 6th.

6th New York tops the Doves, 8–3 in 14 innings as both starters go all the way. Boston scores 3 runs in the 3rd off Christy Mathewson and the Giants tie it in the 9th on a home run by Beals Becker. New York finally unshoes Buster Brown for 5 runs in the 14th to win.

8th  Against the Browns, Walter Johnson K’s the first 7 hitters and 8 of the first 9 batters. After Washington scores 10 runs in the 5th inning, Johnson records no more strike outs, and coasts home to a 12–3 win.

In New York, the Yankees Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home, a first in the AL. New York beats the White Sox, 13–4.

9th  Home cooking. At home against Brooklyn, the Reds win, 4-3, in 14 innings when Larry McLean hits a triple and Frank Roth drives him home with a pinch single. For the Reds it the start of a welcome home stand after playing 32 out of 35 games on the road. The road trip was interrupted by three single games at home.

11th The Phillies George McQuillan coasts to an easy 18–0 laugher over the Pirates. Kitty Bransfield makes it easy with 8 RBIs, to set a 20th century ML record, topped in 1911. It is still a club record, though tied, for largest margin in a shutout. Lefty Leifield takes the loss.

12th At Cincinnati, Cy Barger goes 13 innings for Brooklyn, finally falling, 1-0, to the Reds. Gaspar goes 11 innings for the Reds before leaving for a pinch hitter.

A baseball poem by Franklin P. Adams entitled “That Double Play Again” is published in the New York Evening Mail (numerous sources cite July 10th as the publication date). The Chicago Daily Tribune will reprint it as “Gotham’s Woe” on July 15 and three days later, on July 18, the New York Evening Mail will republish it under the title by which it is best known today, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.”

These are the saddest of possible words:

“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker and Evers and Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double –

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:

“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

14th At Pittsburgh, the Giants blow a 3–0 lead in the 9th when starter Christy Mathewson tires. Matty gives up three runs, and with the bases loaded, throws two wide ones to Tommy Leach. McGraw yanks his ace, but reliever Red Ames completes the walk, and the Giants lose, 4-3.

Western Association umpire Philip Forney dies from an injury sustained when he was hit over the right eye and was paralyzed.

15th Washington deflates Detroit, 7-3, pinning the loss on Ed Killian (4-3). This is the vet’s last appearance as the Tigers will sell him to Toronto of the Eastern League on August 1. He will go 2-6 there.

16th Mathewson relieves Doc Crandall and gives up three Pirate runs in the 8th inning, as the Giants lose their 4th straight to Pittsburgh, 6–3.

17th  At Cleveland, Red Sox starter Elmer Steele leaves in the 6th inning leading 5–4. Joe Wood relieves and faces 17 batters over the next 4 innings, striking out 10 and walking none, as Boston wins 6–4. The scorer gives the win to Wood, who pitched the better game.

18th  Connie Mack pays a record $12,000 to purchase the contract of Orioles (IL) pitcher Lefty Russell. Russell’s record is currently 14-7 (he’ll finish at 24-14) and he will join the A’s in mid-September.

19th  in the 2nd game of a twinbill, Boston’s Cy Young, 43, wins his 500th game, 5–4, over Washington in 11 innings. It is his 213th AL win.

Chief Meyer cracks a 2-run single off Art Fromme in the 11th to give the Giants a 6–4 win over the Reds. Mathewson wins his 15th straight over the Reds.

21st Pittsburgh hosts the Superbas for two, and sweep, winning 5-1 and 7-0. Kirby White applies the whitewashing with help from a grand slam by Tommy Leach.

22nd  Pittsburgh ace Deacon Phillippe hits a 2nd inning inside-the-park grand slam, off Brooklyn’s Fred Miller, and the host Pirates roll, 14–1. Not till Mel Stottlemyre, in 1965, will another pitcher slam one inside the park.

23rd The Giants jump on Cardinal rookie Ed Zmich for 5 runs in the first 3 innings, and win easily, 9–2.

The Tigers turn back the Yankees, 6-2, in New York. Taking advantage of catcher Fred Mitchell, who “makes atrocious pegs to the bases” (New York Times), Ty Cobb steals 2B and 3B on successive pitches in the 1st inning. His swipe of third is recorded in an iconic photo by Charles Conlon [this is sometimes erroneously attributed to a game on June 10, 1909.]

Connie Mack trades Morrie Rath and $5,000 to Cleveland for Bris Lord, a former A’s OF, and Pelican OF Joe Jackson. The key is OF Joe Jackson, of the New Orleans club, who Mack wanted from Cleveland. When Francis Richter in Philadelphia writes, “Mack. . . on Saturday [the 23rd] made a splendid deal with Cleveland by trading third baseman Rath for outfielder Brisco Lord” he fails to mention Jackson. This trade is often listed as July 25, and even August 1, though Rath plays his first game for Cleveland on July 28. Cleveland will be comfortable enough at first with Rath to release vet 1B Bill Bradley, but Rath will get released to Baltimore (Eastern) in late August. He’ll return with the White Sox and the Reds.

24th The Giants drop the Cardinals again, winning 4–1 to end finish 7–9 on their western swing.

25th After Cy Young subdues the A’s, 4-2, in the first game of a doubleheader, Addie Joss allows 3 runs in 5 innings of a 4-0 loss. Joss leaves with a sore arm, the result of complications of a ligament injury that limited him to 13 appearances this year. This will be his last ML appearance.

28th Philadelphia’s George McQuillan allows 8 hits but the Giants score only in the 9th to lose, 3–1. Mathewson takes the loss, despite allowing just 4 hits.

29th  White Sox OF Patsy Dougherty breaks up Detroit’s Ed Summers’ no-hitter, but the Tigers edge the Sox, 1-0 on the one-hitter. It is the 4th time in his 10-year career the .284-hitting Patsy has ruined a no-hitter.

The A’s Jack Coombs shuts out the Senators, 4-0, for his 10th win in July, tying the post-1993 ML record set by Rube Waddell in 1902 for most wins in a month (as noted by Brian Rash). Nine are complete games and one is a win in relief on July 11.

30th  The “Surprise of the Year,” according to Ed Bang in Sporting Life, “came on July 30th when it was announced that the Naps had secured Joe Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans for $5,000. It is believed that Connie made the Naps the concession [as part of the Lord-Rath trade] to allow them to purchase Jackson from New Orleans.” Jackson had been up with the A’s briefly in 1908 and 1909.

The A’s beat Washington 7–5, handing Walter Johnson his worst loss of the year. Eddie Collins’ three-run homer in the 8th, a line drive that bounces to the LF wall, is the difference. It’s the only HR the Nats ace will allow this year.

31st  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in St. Louis, Cubs rookie King Cole pitches a 7-inning no-hitter to win 4–0. Cole will top the NL with a 20–4 record, but will have only one more winning season. The game was called in the last of the 7th with the Cubs ahead and having the bases loaded, so that both clubs could make train connections to the East coast. The Cubs took the opener, 9–3, behind Three Finger Brown, who helped his own cause with a pair of triples.

In the first of two at White Sox Park, good-fielding Lee Tannehill hits a wind-blown fly ball that bounces under a outfield gate for a grand slam HR, the first in the new park. It is his first homer since 1903. But Ty Cobb supplies a home run, off Ed Walsh, the first by a visiting player, to give the Tigers a 6–5 win over the Sox. Chicago will hit two more homers at home in 1910, and both of those will bounce under outfield gates as well.

AUGUST

2nd  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 4 runs in the 1st off Orval Overall, but Overall tightens his belt and allows no more scoring. The Cubs come back with 5 runs off Mathewson to win, 5–4.

3rd St. Louis manager-catcher Roger Bresnahan pitches 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up 6 hits and no runs against Brooklyn. He last pitched in 1901, and will end his career with a mark of 4–1 as a hurler.

4th Athletics Jack Coombs and Chicago’s Ed Walsh duel 16 innings to a 0–0 tie. Coombs gives up just 3 hits and strikes out 18 in what he will call his best game. He throws 9 straight hitless innings from the 2nd to the 12th. Coombs finishes with a flourish striking out the side in the 16th. Working with little rest, he wins 18 of 19 starts in July, August, and September, finishing 31–9 with a 1.30 ERA. His 13 shutouts are the AL record; in 12 other games he gives up just one run. Walsh gives up just 6 hits in 16 innings but the woeful Sox offense provides no support. Coombs ties his AL mark for most strikeouts in a game, set September 1, 1906, in 24 innings.

5th  The Giants salvage the last game in their series against the first-place Cubs, chasing Floyd Kroh for an 10–1 win. Mathewson is the victor.

At St. Louis, the first-place A’s score 7 in the 5th inning as they top the Browns, 9-5. Eddie Plank nails the win. Umpiring at 1B is Harry Colliflower, who was 1-11 with the Spiders in 1899.

9th  Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams scatters 11 hits in shutting out Boston, 10–0.

At Dallas, Harry Ables, the pitcher for San Antonio, strikes out the first ten batters he faces including Tony Thebo twice. Ables, who pitched briefly for the Browns and Cleveland, will have one more cup of coffee, with the Yankees. Johnny Van Cuyk of Ft. Worth will tie the Texas League mark mark of 10 consecutive strikeouts on May 21, 1946 against Houston. His skein starts after the bases are loaded with no outs in the 1st.

10th  At West Side Grounds, Cubs ace Ed Reulbach wins his 16th straight against Brooklyn, 8–1. Reulbach allows just 6 hits in tying a since-topped 20th century NL record for consecutive wins against a team. Reulbach also beat the Reds 16 straight times, a club record.

Nixey Callahan’s club, the Logan Squares, is victorious in the first night game ever played at Comiskey Park, defeating the Rogers Park semipro club, 3-0, under portable lights. Team president Callahan drives in two of the three runs. Callahan, 36, has been out of organized ball for five years, but will make a terrific comeback next season with the White Sox. Callahan will pay a fine of $700 to clear his name from the ineligible list (the Logan Squares were considered an “outlaw” team) and hit .281 in 121 games, while amassing 60 RBIs and 45 stolen bases.

11th  The White Sox trade P Frank Smith, whose best days are behind him, and 3B Billy Purtell to the Red Sox in exchange for 2B Amby McConnell and 3B Harry Lord. On July 10th, a Walter Johnson fastball broke Lord’s finger, and the stellar play of his substitute Clyde Engel has made Lord expendable. Lord will become the one threat in the weak White Sox lineup, hitting .297 through the end of the year, but the Sox will still finish last in hitting, slugging, and homers.

At New York, the Giants take two from Cincinnati, 5–4 and 3–2. Mathewson wins the opener, despite allowing 11 hits and 4 walks. Matty is tough in the pinch, however, as the Reds load the bases in the 9th with no outs but fail to score.

In a hard-hitting game the Phillies come from behind to top the visiting Cardinals, 6-3, sending St. Louis to its 13th consecutive loss.

13th  In the most evenly matched game ever, the Pirates and Superbas each have 8 runs, 13 hits, 38 at bats, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batter, 1 passed ball, 13 assists, 27 putouts, 2 errors, and use 2 pitchers. Darkness ends the game before the symmetry does.

14th  In St. Louis, Red Sox pitcher Frank Arellanes picks up the victory, 5-4, over the Browns. Despite the win, the Red Sox will place him on waivers in two days, then trade him to Sacramento for pitching prospect Benjamin Franklin “High Pockets” Hunt. Today’s win is the last in the majors for the California native, who had been suspended in July for two days by Sox president Taylor because, “he was not in good playing condition” (as noted in the Boston Globe by Bill Nowlin). He’ll finish his career in the PCL and die of influenza at the age of 36 in 1918.

Before a game between town teams from Iowa City and Rock Island, Illinois, 15-year-old Ada Paintin of Coralville, Iowa hurls a baseball 187 feet. This is widely publicized as a new world’s record for women, though there is ample evidence that it is not (as noted by J.G. Preston). On October 19, 1909 Lizzie Arnold of Seattle threw a ball 209’5” (according to Michelson’s Book of World Records) and Preston points out a throw over 200 feet by Marjorie Bell in 1906.

15th  In the battle for 2nd place in the NL, the Pirates and Giants split two, each by 2–1 scores. In the opener, Lefty Leifield and Christy Mathewson match goose eggs for 10 innings, before the Pirates push across two runs on a 2-run double by Fred Clarke. The Giants score in the bottom of the 11th but come up short.

Chicago coasts to a 14–0 pasting of Brooklyn. Three Finger Brown allows 11 hits in the shutout.

16th  The Tigers top the Senators, 8–3, with Ty Cobb stealing home. It comes in the 4th inning with Bob Groom on the mound.

Portland (PCL) ace Vean Gregg hurls a 12-inning one-hit shutout striking out 16 to beat the Oakland Oaks, 1-0. Gregg will fire four one-hitters and a no-hitter on September 2 and record 14 shutouts.

18th  Cubs P Ed Reulbach wins his 16th consecutive game from one opponent, beating the Reds, 1–0. Chicago scores a run in the bottom of the 9th off Bob Ewing, who allows just 3 hits. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for Chicago hurlers. Reulbach’s streak against Cincinnati (according to historian Ed Hartig) started on April 15, 1906.

In a Three-I League game at Davenport, Red Faber of Dubuque pitches a 3-0 perfect game against Davenport. The 21-year-old Faber is still 3 years away from the majors. According to Faber’s biographer Brian Cooper, this is the fourth perfect game in the minor leagues. Chester Carmichael of Buffalo (Easter League) threw one against Jersey City one week ago.

19th  At Cincinnati, the Giants win 9–3 beating Jack Rowan. Mathewson allows 9 hits in coasting to his 20th win of the year and his 17th straight victory over the Reds.

Highlander rookie Russ Ford hurls his third straight shutout as he beats the visiting Browns, 6-0. Ford strikes out 10. Harry Wolters helps with a 2-run inside-the-park homer.

22nd  At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat up on the new cork-center ball. Three HRs are hit, by pitcher Howie Camnitz, Vin Campbell, and Honus Wagner, against the Phillies in the fourth inning of game two. Camnitz’s pop is the only one of his career. Old pro Wagner is 7-for-7, with 2 homers, during the doubleheader sweep, including 3 doubles to go with his homer in the nitecap. The Bucs win, 6-5 and 8-4.

23rd  Chicago’s Ed Walsh tops Walter Johnson, 1–0, the 3rd straight time Walsh has beaten the Big Train and Washington by that score.

Left fielder Fred Clarke makes a ML record-tying 4 OF assists for Pittsburgh against the Phils, as the Bucs win 6–2. The Pirates get one more for a NL record 5 outfield assists.

At St. Louis, Frank Corridon outpitches Christy Mathewson for a 4–1 Cardinals win. The Cards tag Matty for 11 hits. New York is 3 ½ games behind 2nd-place Pittsburgh.

The first place Cubs edge the Braves, 3–2, behind the pitching of Ed Reulbach. Two weeks after setting a team record for consecutive wins, Reulbach racks up his 10th straight win over the last-place Braves.

Giving new meaning to the term “bounce homerun”, Red Sox hitter Billy Purtell hits a hard grounder off Chicago’s Barney Peltry in the 6th inning with 2 on. The ball bounces off the forehead of White Sox 3B Art Griggs and bounds into the stands for a 3-run homer. For Purtell, recently traded from the White Sox, it is his only homer for Boston. The Red Sox win 13-11 when reliever Smoky Joe Wood socks a 2-run homer in the 8th inning, his first ML four bagger.

24th  Atop the Washington Monument, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh throws 23 balls before C Billy Sullivan snares one, then catches 2 more, 555 feet below. It duplicates Gabby Street’s catch of August 21, 1908. The estimated speed of the ball is 161 feet per second. On the field Walsh will be 18–20 despite a league-leading 1.27 ERA, the only time a pitcher with a losing record loses 20 and leads either league in ERA.

At Pittsburgh, the Phillies use a grand slam by Sherry Magee in the 6th to whip the Pirates, 10-5.

25th In the 12th inning at Brooklyn, Pittsburgh’s Bobby Byrne stretches a single into a double, steals 3B, and then steals home to beat Brooklyn, 4–3 (as noted by Jan Larson).

At Philadelphia, the Athletics Danny Murphy hits for the cycle, but it is not enough as Philadelphia loses to the Browns, 9–6. It is the first cycle at Shibe Park.

26th In Pittsburgh’s 4–2 win over host Brooklyn, a NL record is set when the Buc outfield makes just one putout and the Brooklyn outfield none.

In the battle for 3rd place in the NL, Dick Hoblitzell hits an inside-the-park grand slam, off Lou Schettler in the 4th inning, to power the Phillies to an 8-1 win over the host Reds.

27th In the first of 2 at Hilltop, Highlander P Jack Warhop swipes home in 6th. His run is the difference as New York beats the White Sox, 4–3. The second game ends in a 6-6 tie as 23,000 fans, a record, watch on.

At Chicago’s West Side Park, Chicago pulls off a 3rd-inning triple play—2B Johnny Evers to 3B Heinie Zimmerman—against the Giants, but New York wins handily, 18–9. The Giants tally 23 hits to the Cubs 15 in beating the league-leaders. Mathewson gives up 8 hits in 6 innings before turning the ball over, while the Giants have their way with Ed Reulbach, reaching him for 5 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Doyle is 5-for-6 with 4 runs scored.

In Boston, Red Sox hurler Sea Lion Hall pitches a 7–1 one-hit win over Cleveland. A hit in the 6th by the opposing pitcher Koestner is the only safety. It is a pop up that drops safely in between Purtell and Currigan.

Inventor George Cahill brings his patented lighting system White Sox Park. Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur teams play a night game before 20,000. However, the first AL night game won’t be played there until 1939.

In a play noted in PCL Records 1903-1940, Vernon pitcher Carson strikes out in the 7th inning for the third out, but Sacramento catcher La Longo drops the 3rd strike and rolls the ball to the mound rather than throwing to 1st base. Carson doesn’t notice the dropped ball and starts walking to the mound, but Vernon manager Hap Hogan yells at him to run to first. Sacramento OF Van Buren, trotting in from the outfield, picks up the ball on the mound and tosses it to first to retire Carson.

Washington 2B Red Killefer sets a since-tied ML mark by sacrificing 4 times in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Detroit. He then bunts his first time up in game 2 to set a ML mark of straight sac bunts (according to historian Ernie Lanigan) as Washington sweeps a pair, 3–1 and 5–4.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-5, as Deacon Phillippe, in the middle of an 13-game win streak, is the victor. John Flynn has a homer for the Bucs.

29th In the first of two games in Chicago, the first-place Cubs trip the Phillies, 6-5 in 11 innings. In game 2, a Phillies 9-4 win in 8 innings, Phillies pitcher Ad Brennan hits Jimmy Sheckard on the back of the head 1n the first inning. Starting shortstop Heinie Zimmerman runs for Sheckard. who ants to stay in the game. Unable to play, however, John Kane replaces Sheckard in left field for the rest of the game This is technically a courtesy runner (as noted by Retrosheet). The Cubs will return the courtesy in two weeks when a Phillies player is hit by a pitch.

30th  New York’s Tom Hughes pitches a no-hitter for 9 1⁄3 innings before giving up a hit to Cleveland’s Harry Niles. Hughes then collapses, allowing 5 runs in the 11th to lose 5–0.

The Giants beat Red Adams and the Pirates, 5–2, to sweep the 3-game series with Pittsburgh. The Bucs batter Mathewson for 12 hits, but he wins his 22nd.

For the second time in 4 days, a Red Sox pitcher throws a one-hitter as Ray Collins beats the visiting White Sox, 4–0. Meleon’s single is the only hit.

SEPTEMBER

2nd  Portland (PCL) star Vean Gregg fires a no-hitter, beating the visiting Los Angeles Angels, 2–0. Gregg strikes out 14, including eight in a row, only one of whom even fouled off a pitch. Gregg will win 32 games for the champion Beavers and strike out 379 in 387 innings.

3rd  Walter Johnson of Washington tops Chief Bender and the first-place Athletics, 3–1. The A’s score comes on a triple steal (Hartsel, Houser, Rapp) in the 1st inning.

5th  After losing 5–2 to the Yankees, the A’s win the second game 2–1 and Jack Coombs begins a streak of 53 shutout innings, topping Doc White’s 46 of 1904. Three years later Walter Johnson will top Coombs.

7th   At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits in beating the Boston Doves, 2–0. Sam Frock is hung with the loss.

10th The Giants sweep a pair from visiting Boston, winning 6-1 and 3-1. Pitcher Otis Crandall helps win the opener with a pair of triples, the first of three times he will hit a pair of three baggers in a game (as noted by Tom Zocco).

12th At Toronto, Dick Rudolph of Toronto (Eastern League) pitches 10 hitless innings over Montreal. Rudolph wins in 12 innings, 2-1.

At Oakland, Vean Gregg of Portland pitched a PCL record third 1-hitter, a 2-0 win over Oakland.

13th  In an 8-7 loss to Cleveland, Detroit’s Ty Cobb hits his 9th HR of the year, all inside the park, as he will win his only home run title.

The Giants split with the Pirates, winning 11–1, as the Bucs score eight runs in the last two innings. Owen Wilson has a grand slam in the 9th for Pittsburgh. In game 2, the Pirates are outslugged, 15–3. Mathewson loses the opener, allowing 5 runs in 8 innings.

14th Detroit rookie Dave Skeels, just 17-years-old, make his first and only ML appearance, surrendering 8 runs (5 in the 7th before being relieved), on 9 hits and 4 walks, in 6 innings, but comes away with a no decision in Detroit’s 9-8 win. He finishes the day and his ML career with an ERA of 12.00.

In the first of the two in Philadelphia, Phillies SS Mickey Doolan leads off the bottom of the 3rd inning and is hit on the head by a pitch from Ed Reulbach of the Cubs. First baseman Kitty Bransfield runs for Doolan, who comes back in the game in the top of the 4th (as noted by Retrosheet). The Phils win, 5-2, behind Bob Ewing, then lose 5-2 in the second game, called after 8 innings.

15th  Cleveland tops Washington, 3–0, with Walter Johnson losing to the Naps after 4 straight wins against them. The victory goes to Fred Blanding in his major league debut. Nap Lajoie scores a run but is 0-for-3.

At New York, the Pirates and Giants split a pair. The Giants spot the Bucs three runs in the opener and then roar back to win, 11-3. Red Murray has a 5th inning grand slam for the Giants. Pittsburgh wins the second contest, 6-1.

16th  Mathewson stops the Bucs on 5 hits, as the Giants top Pittsburgh 3–1 to move a half-game behind the 2nd place Pirates. Al Leifield takes the loss.

Jack Coombs tosses his 3rd shutout in a row as the first-place A’s ’s roll over the Tigers, 10–0. Coombs next start, against Cleveland, will result in a 0-0 tie.

17th  Detroit pitcher Ed Summers, a notoriously poor hitter, bounces 2 HRs into the stands in a 10–3 victory over the A’s. He adds a single his last time up. The two homers, both off Harry Krause, will comprise his career total. As noted by Bob Davids (BRJ, 1973), The Detroit Free Press reports the event as follows:

“Never since the birth of our National Pastime has a more startling chapter been contributed to its history than that which Eddie Summers produced yesterday. . . . To end the reader’s suspense, the big pitcher got two home runs in the same game in successive times at bat, each occasion scoring a man ahead of him. Krause was the opposing pitcher. He was led from the field on the verge of mental collapse.”

The White Sox combine 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 walks and a triple steal in the 1st inning to beat the visiting Red Sox, 4–3. Choinard, Collins, and Payne pull off the triple steal.

At Atlanta, Mobile and Atlanta finish their Southern Association season by breaking the “world’s time record” for a 9-inning game, completing the match in 32 minutes. Mobile wins, 2–1. Both teams run in after each inning, hitters run to the plate and swing at the first pitch, though there is one walk, no strikeouts, and 4 stolen bases in the game. There are 35 assists by the 2 teams. In another remarkable league contest today, Nashville beats New Orleans, 6-3, in 42 minutes. There are 29 hits made by the two teams.

18th  At Chicago, the Boston Red Sox top the White Sox, 6-0, pinning the loss on Ed Walsh. Big Ed will finish with a league-high 20 losses and will be the first pitcher in the 20th century to have a losing season, an ERA under 2.75 and record 220 strikeouts. Amos Rusie, in 1890, was the last; Gaylord Perry in 1967 will be the next.

20th The Cards beat the Giants, 5–1, then lose the nitecap 3–2. Rookie Ed Zmich, still looking for his first win, loses to Mathewson. Matty allows 10 hits, but K’s 10.

21st At Cleveland, A’s ace Jack Coombs throws 11 scoreless innings only to be matched by rookie Harry Fanwell. The game ends 0-0 with Coombs’ scoreless inning streak at 47.

22nd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Boston pitcher George Ferguson hits a grand slam off Jack Rowan, in the 3rd inning, as Boston beats the Reds, 7–5. It is Ferguson’s only ML homer. The Reds win the opener, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Deacon Phillippe runs his record to 14-2—13 of those in a row—as the Pirates edge the host Phillies, 6-5. Pittsburgh builds a 6-0 lead by hitting Ewing hard in 2+ innings. Kitty Bransfield has a homer in the Phillies 5-run 7th.

23rd  George Stallings, convinced that Hal Chase tried to throw a game, but unable to make the charge stick, is replaced by his charismatic first sacker as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders for the season’s final 11 games. On his own, Prince Hal will lead the New Yorkers downhill to 6th place in 1911.

24th In another matchup of aces, the Giants score 4 runs in the 1st inning off Three Finger Brown, who is lifted after six innings, trailing, 5–1. The Cubs rally against Christy Mathewson, and score 2 runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie. Larry Doyle, who sloppy play helped the Cubs scoring, singles home the winning run for New York in the bottom of the 9th. Despite the Cubs tying the game after his departure, Brown is handed the loss.

25th  At Chicago’s South Side Grounds, Ed Walsh attempts to run the White Sox victory-streak to 10 games in game one against the A’s. Walsh allows 1 hit through 8 innings while Eddie Plank is nearly as good, allowing 3 hits. The A’s tie it up in the 9th and Jack Coombs relieves and pitches 5 scoreless innings as the A’s prevail, 3-1, in 14 innings. Harry Lord has 4 of the 5 Sox hits. Coombs, with his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 52 innings, starts game two. He allows a leadoff triple in the 1st inning but escapes without a score. The Sox score 3 in the 2nd ending Coombs streak at 53 innings, and end up with a 5-2 win in 5 innings when the game is called on account of darkness. Harry Lord steals 3B and then swipes home on the front end of a double steal for the Sox in the 4th.

At St. Louis, the Browns and Senators split with the locals winning game one, 2–1. In game 2, Walter Johnson tosses the first of his two career one-runner games, missing a perfect game when a 6th inning grounder by rookie Frank Truesdale skips by SS George McBride for a single. Johnson’s one-hitter is good for a 3–0 victory over the Browns. Johnson strikes out 11 to run his season total to 303, “establishing a new world strikeout record beating Rube Waddell’s mark of 301 set in 1903.” (Chicago Tribune). (Ed note: Waddell’s mark is now recognized as 302 for 1903. He struck out 349 in 1904.)

27th  At Detroit, the Yankees win, 10–2, as rookie Russ Ford (26-6) records his 26th victory, beating Ed Willett. Ford’s 26 is the most wins ever by a rookie.

30th  Browns 3B Ray Jansen gets 4 hits in 5 at-bats in his ML debut, the only game he will play in the Majors. Speeding his exit are his 3 errors at the hot corner as he finishes with an .800 batting average and .700 fielding average. The last-place Browns fall to the White Sox, 9–1.

In a shootout at the Polo Grounds, Beals Becker hits a pinch grand slam inside-the-park as the Giants outslug Brooklyn, 17–8. It is the 2nd pinch slam IPHR in ML history; Mike O’Neill hit the first.

OCTOBER

1st  Rookie Lefty Russell blanks the Red Sox 3–0 in his first start, for Philadelphia’s 100th win and his sole ML victory in his 3-year career. The “$12,000 Beauty” will hurt his arm on the third day of spring training next spring.

In a 9–6 Chicago win in Cincinnati, the Cubs’ Johnny Evers breaks his ankle sliding home in the 5th and will not play in the WS. He’ll play just 46 games next season.

2nd The pennant-bound Cubs end the season with an 8–4 win over the Reds, pulling off a triple play in the process. The TP goes left fielder Jimmy Sheckard to C Johnny Kling to 1B Jimmy Archer.

4th In Philadelphia’s 3–1 win at Boston, the A’s Eddie Collins swipes his 81st base to set a new AL record. Cobb will break it next year by 2.

5th Connie Mack inserts his son Earle behind the plate in a game against the Highlanders. Earle, who hit .135 in 26 minor league games this year, responds with a single and triple while catching Eddie Plank and Jack Coombs. The Highlanders beat the A’s 7–4. Earle will mop up in late seasons games next year and again in 1914, and serve for 25 years as his father’s coach.

6th Boston (NL) rookie OF Bill Collins hits for the cycle as the Braves demolish the Phillies, 20–7; the next franchise player to match Collins will be Albert Hall for the Atlanta Braves in 1987.

The Senators and Red Sox split a pair, with Boston taking game 1 by a score of 5-2 and the Nationals winning, 6-5, in 8 innings. Duffy Lewis has a homer in game 2, while Clyde Milan scores in the 3rd inning on the front end of a triple steal. When Walter Johnson relieves for Walker in the 6th inning, Milan saves the win with a tumbling 2-out, bases-loaded catch. Johnson has a pair of K’s to finish with a AL-high 313: his scheduled next start against the A’s will be washed out.

The Giants triple Brooklyn to win, 9–3, behind rookie Louis Drucke, who strikes out 13 batters to equal the season high in the NL. New York bats around in the 4th and scores 6, and pulls off two double steals in the game. Brooks 2B Dolly Stark is 2-for-4-for-4, getting 2 hits in 4 at bats and making 4 errors.

The Yankees beat the defending AL Champion Athletics, 3-1, behind the pitching and hitting of rookie Russ Ford. Ford wins his 12th straight, establishing an AL rookie record, as he finishes the year at 26-6 with an ERA of 1.65. Ford has 2 hits, including an RBI triple. Jack Knight has triple in the 8th, driving in 2 runs. New York swipes 6 bases.

8th The Superbas tip the Giants, 3–2 in 10 innings when reliever Red Ames wild pitches in the winning Brooklyn run.

The Yankees beat Boston twice, winning 4–1 and 6–5. The first game takes 72 minutes.

With the White Sox putting lefty Irv Young on the mound against the Tigers, Cobb takes the night train the Philadelphia and manager Hugh Jennings leaves for home. Wild Bill Donovan manages the Tigers. Young allows 3 hits in taming the Tigers 4–0, his 4th win of the year and 4th shutout. He adds a RBI single, steals second and when neither the second baseman or shortstop move to cover the base, the throw sails into CF, and Young sails to 3B. He then scores the 4th run. Young will be matched in the AL in 1941 when Johnny Humphries wins 4 games, all by shutouts.

9th  The battle for the AL batting title is decided on the final day, when Detroit’s Ty Cobb edges Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie .3850687 to .3840947. Neither man covers himself with glory. Lajoie goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader with the Browns, accepting seven “gift” hits on bunt singles on which Browns rookie 3B Red Corriden is apparently purposely stationed at the edge of the OF grass. The Detroit Free Press’s account states that no throws were made to first: “In each instance, while the ball was fielded perfectly, it was not thrown to first.” The prejudiced St. Louis scorer also credits popular Nap with a “hit” on the Brownie SS Bobby Wallace’s wild throw to 1B. In Lajoie’s 8th at bat, he is safe at first on an error call, but is credited with a sac bunt since a man was on. His SABR biography credits Nap with a triple in his last at bat. The St. Louis Post is just one of the papers to be openly critical of the move against Cobb. “All St. Louis is up in arms over the deplorable spectacle, conceived in stupidity and executed in jealousy.” The Browns win the opener, 5–4, and Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0 with both managers, Jack O’Connor and Jim Maguire catching. O’Connor is behind the plate for just an inning, but Maguire goes all the way. Cobb, meanwhile, rather than risk his average, sits out the last two games, the Tigers beating the White Sox in the finale, 2–1. Ban Johnson investigates and clears everyone concerned, enabling Cobb to win the 3rd of 9 straight batting crowns. The embarrassed Chalmers Auto Company awards cars to both Ty and Nap. In 1981, The Sporting News uncovers an error—crediting a 2-for-3 game twice to Cobb—that, if corrected, would give the championship to Lajoie. But the commissioner’s committee votes unanimously to leave history unchanged.

Despite 10 walks by King Cole, the Cubs down the Cardinals, 4–3, scoring the winning run with 2 outs in the 9th. Cole finishes the year at 20-4, with the ML’s best winning percentage and the best by a Cub in the 20th century (Sutcliffe will be 16–1 for Chicago in 1984, but 20–6 overall).

The Leland Giants begin a 16-game series in Havana, Cuba. The black team will play a series against the AL champion Detroit Tigers.

At a field day at Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, Evansville’s (Central League) Sheldon LeJeune throws a baseball 426 feet 6 ¼” on the fly, breaking the record set by Brooklyn’s Jack Hatfield in 1872 (400 feet 7 ½”). LeJeune, who will make it to the majors for 24 games, has 4 trials and reaches his mark with his 4th try. He reached 401 feet, 4 ½ inches on an earlier heave, longer than his 399 foot throw on September 10, 1907. Speedy Hans Lobert is the fastest this day, circling the bases in 14 seconds and ties teammate Ward Miller by beating out a bunt to 1B in 3.2 seconds and also wins the 100-yeard dash in 10 seconds flat. The Reds beat the Pirates in the last game, 7–1.

Portland’s Vean Gregg becomes the PCL’s first double shutout winner, blanking Sacramento, 4-0 and 1-0. The second contest goes 5 innings. The 32-game winner will make his ML debut next year with Cleveland, winning 23 games and leading the AL with a 1.80 ERA.

12th  With the AL season ending a week earlier than the NL, the champion A’s tune up with a 5-game series against an AL all-star team, which includes Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Doc White, Ed Walsh, and Walter Johnson. The A’s drop 4 out of 5 to the all-stars, but Mack will later state, “Those games, more than anything else, put the Athletics in a condition to outclass the National League champions.” The ten-day delay for the A’s between the end of the season and the start of the World Series will be the longest in ML history.

In a “short-lived experiment to extend the season to include a fourth national holiday” (Charlie Bevis) the Superbas drop a Columbus Day doubleheader to Boston, 9-2 and 3-2.

13th At the Polo Grounds, 25,000 fans show up for the start of the City Series between the Giants and Highlanders, and to watch Christy Mathewson and rookie phenom Russ Ford square off. The score is 1–1 when Mathewson and Devore single in the bottom of the 8th. An error loads the bases and Ford plunks Al Bridwell to score the winning run. The Giants score 3 more for a 5–1 win, with Matty striking out 14 Highlanders. The American Leaguers will win tomorrow when Jack Warhop tops Hooks Wiltse, but the Giants take the game on the 15th when Matty preserves the 5–1 win for Drucke. Matty will win game 4 by another 5–1 score.

In Ban Johnson’s hearing on the October 9th doubleheader in which Nap Lajoie had 8 hits, Browns 3B Red Corriden staunchly defends playing back: “I wasn’t going to get killed playing in on Lajoie.”

15th  On the last day of the season, St. Louis manager Jack O’Connor is fired by Browns president Hedges for his role in the Lajoie batting-title travesty. Also fired is coach Harry Howell for allegedly delivering an offer to the official scorer E.V. Parrish to change his error call to a hit.

16th At Portland, Los Angeles (PCL) beats the Beavers, 3-2 and 1–0 in 5 innings. In game 1, when Angels Pete Daley scores in the 4th inning, it is the first score against Portland in 88 innings. Portland will finish atop the PCL with a 113-79 record and four 20-game winners (as noted by John Spalding).

Frank Arellanes of Sacramento (PCL) tosses a no-hitter against Vernon, but loses, 2-0. Three walks and two errors allow the runs against Arellanes, who went 4-7 (2.88 ERA) for the Boston Red Sox this year. His last appearance for the Bosox was August 14th.

17th  With sore-armed Eddie Plank unavailable, Connie Mack will squeeze 5 complete games out of 2 pitchers in the WS. Chief Bender’s 4–1 three-hitter wins game one for the Athletics at Philadelphia. Frank Baker’s 3 hits drive in all the runs needed to beat the Cubs’ Orval Overall.

18th  Jack Coombs struggles for a 9–3 win, walking 9 and giving up 8 hits, but strands 14 Cubs, while a 6-run 7th off Three Finger Brown blows open the win for the A’s. Eddie Collins has 2 doubles and 2 SBs.

The Reds beat Cleveland, 8–5, in the 7th game of the first Ohio championship series.

20th  The A’s dispose of Ed Reulbach in 2 innings, then pin the loss on reliever Harry McIntire, who lasts a third of a inning. Coombs coasts on one day’s rest, 12–5, and helps himself with 3 hits. Cubs manager Frank Chance becomes the first player ejected from a WS game when umpire Tom Connally chases him for protesting a Danny Murphy HR drive against a sign over the RF bleachers. Chance opines too loudly that it should be a ground-rule double.

The Giants win the City Series against the Highlanders, 4–2, as Christy Mathewson is victorious over Jack Warhop, 6–3. Larry Doyle’s 3rd inning 3-run homer into the upper grandstand in RF is the big blow. Paid admission for the six games is over 100,000, and each Giant takes home $1,110.62. Art Fletcher will use the winnings to marry his childhood sweetheart, Blanche Dieu.

Mystery solved. Chicago sports writers identify the photograph of San Francisco Seals pitcher Mysterious Walker as as Fred Mitchell Walker, a University of Chicago pitcher and football star. who tossed three innings for the Reds in June this year. The press says that Walker had signed with the Giants but was charged with making untoward advances to a hotel chambermaid and then disappearing. Mysterious, who pitched a victorious doubleheader over Los Angeles ten days ago, will return to the NL for the next two seasons before pitching two years in the Federal League. Batters won’t find him much of a mystery as he will compile a 7-23 record. The uproar in Los Angeles will result in calls for the game records for his appearances to be tossed out.

22nd Frank Chance lines a 9th inning one-out triple to knot game 4 at 2–2. Jimmy Sheckard then singles in the 10th to give the Cubs the 3–2 win. Three Finger Brown, in relief, is the winner over Chief Bender, who goes all the way.

23rd Three Fingered Brown comes back to face Coombs, who takes a 2–1 lead into the 7th. The A’s get to Brown for 5 runs and a 7–2 win. The crowd of 27,374 is the Series’ largest. The A’s .316 BA is a WS record. For this WS, cork-center balls were secretly used for the first time, and will be used in the ML starting next year. Previously, rubber center balls were used.

At New York’s Hammerstein’s Victoria Theatre, Chief Meyers and Christy Mathewson team up in a in a vaudeville sketch entitled “Curves.” Produced by actress May Tully, the half-hour sketch features the battery in a scene set at the Polo Grounds, with Tully playing an ardent spectator. The players, in their home uniforms, show Tully and the audience how to throw various pitches, and Meyers explains the workings of the catcher. “Curves” actually runs several weeks.

26th The Washington Post headlines a rumored trade with Walter Johnson going to Detroit for Ty Cobb. Detroit president Frank Navin scoffs at the story, saying he would never trade Cobb, but praising Johnson “as the best pitcher in the country.”

November

5th In a 2-1 win over Oakland in the second game of a doubleheader, San Francisco’s Ping Bodie hits his 30th homer to set a since-topped PCL record (Tony Lazzeri will double it in 1925). Bodie will lead all minor league sluggers in homers.

6th Hunky Shaw of San Francisco goes 3-for-8 in a season-ending doubleheader against Oakland to win the PCL batting title with a .281 average, the lowest winning average in league history (as noted by John Spalding).

27th The touring Detroit Tigers, with Cobb and Crawford in the lineup, play an exhibition game in Havana, Cuba. With George Mullin on the mound, the Tigers beat Almendares, 4–0.

29th It’s the Cuban’s turn today as Cuban ace Jose Mendez shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. On steal attempts, Cobb is thrown out three times by Bruce Petway, who played last year for the Chicago Leland Giants, and Gervasio “Strike” Gonzales. On his last attempt, Cobb argues that the bag is three inches too far. When measured, Cobb is proved correct, but is still out stealing. A frustrated Cobb will cut short the tour and return to the U.S. The Tigers will end their Cuban swing at 7–4, with a tie. This is a reversal of last year’s 4–8 record, when they played the Cuban teams without Cobb and Crawford. The champion A’s also played in Havana at the same time, finishing with a 4–6 record.

DECEMBER

13th  Former New York Giant Dan McGann, 39, who ended his 13-year career in 1908, shoots himself in a Louisville hotel. No note was left nor a reason given. Earlier in the year a brother of Dan’s committed suicide.

17th John Harris sells the Boston National League team to a syndicate headed by William Hepburn Russell, a New York lawyer and city official, for $100,000. The team will be nicknamed the Rustlers after their new owner.

1911

JANUARY

3rd  At Laughery club house, near Rising Sun, Indiana, the National Baseball Commission adopts a rule that bars World Series winners from playing post-season exhibition games. This obscure rule will lead to a direct confrontation between Babe Ruth and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1921.

12th  The Tigers sell veteran outfielder Matty McIntyre to the White Sox. Matty will hit a career -best .323 this year, but then fade.

14th  Bobby Wallace, the era’s outstanding AL SS, is named manager of the Browns. But St. Louis will finish last, and he will be an infielder again by June 1912.

FEBRUARY

11th The Cubs acquire 2B Dave Shean from Boston for 3B Scotty Ingerton and righty Big Jeff Pfeffer. This is the 2nd time that Boston has traded with the Cubs for Big Jeff.

14th  At the NL’s annual meeting, the Giants and Phils get an okay for new home uniforms: white flannel with a fine stripe, an innovation that predates the famed Yankee pinstripes. Reach introduces a cork-centered ball and the number of .300 hitters will jump from 8 in 1910 to 27 in 1911 in the AL. The ERA will go from 2.53 to 3.34.

MARCH

3rd Writing in The Sporting News, Tim Murnane observes the Red Sox decision to train in Redondo Beach, California: “I am now satisfied that training a ball team at a Pacific resort is not as good a way as a little early work at Hot Springs of Arkansas.” This will be the only spring training for the Sox on the Coast.

8th In a spring training game, the Red Sox lose to St. Mary’s College of Oakland, 1-0, when third baseman Wallace lines an 8th inning homer off Hugh Bedient.

12th  Former A’s infielder Simon Nicholls, 28, dies of typoid fever.

15th  In Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cy Young announces his retirement, declaring himself too old and too fat to contribute. He’ll reconsider and play this season.

16th  At Hot Springs, the Reds beat the St. Louis Browns, 8-1. Browns manager Wallace’s statement that the team would seek another training site for next year is denied. He wants a separate field from other teams.

17th  Plumbers at work on the drain pipes at Washington’s ballpark start a fire that burns down the grandstand. Since the water has been shut off, fireman can do nothing. Stands will be rebuilt to play the home opener on schedule.

24th  Matthew Stanley Robison, president of the Cardinals, dies unexpectedly. He leaves the club and the bulk of his estate to his niece, Mrs. Helene Hathaway Britton, who will become the first female owner of a ML club.

27th  In Atlanta, the Yankees beat the Crackers, 10-8, with 13 of the runs scoring in the 3rd inning.

28th At Baltimore, the Philadelphia Athletics demolish the Orioles, 18-4, scoring 11 runs in the 9th off Pope.

Larry Doyle’s 9th inning single drives in the go-ahead run as the Giants nip Birmingham, 7-6.

29th  Jack Knight’s hitting and base-running leads the Yankees to a 4-1 win over Birmingham. The locals only run off Caldwell is unearned.

31st In Nashville, the Yankees tune up for a match against the Cincinnati Reds by thrashing the Nashville team (Southern L) 10-0 behind the pitching of Quinn and Caldwell.

APRIL

1st  NL president Tom Lynch reveals he had asked all umpires to produce certificates as to their eyesight; tests showed all have perfect vision.

In Atlanta, the Crackers play an April Fool’s joke on the New York Giants, beating them 6–5. Larry Doyle’s error in the 10th lets in the lead run.

4th  The idea of selecting a Most Valuable Player is introduced. Hugh Chalmers, the automobile maker, offers a new car to the player in each league chosen MVP by a committee of baseball writers. This is in response to last year’s controversy where Chalmers ended up presenting cars to both Lajoie and Ty Cobb, the AL batting leaders.

11th   At Oriole Park in Baltimore, the A’s and the Orioles (IL) play a benefit game for shortstop Simon Nicholls, 28, who died March 12 of typhoid fever. Nicholls played for the A’s, Cleveland and, most recently, the Orioles. Baltimore defeats the A’s, 3-2, scoring all their runs against Lefty Russell. The match raises $2,700 for the Nicholls family.

12th  President Taft throws out the first ball at Washington’s opener, and holdout Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract at $7,000 a year and does not pitch the opener. He won’t miss another until 1922. Dolly Gray takes the mound for the Nationals, winning 8–5, over Boston’s Joe Wood and Ed Karger.

In front of Mayor Gaynor and a record crowd of 30,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Phillies’ Earl Moore walks 8 but he shuts out the Giants, 2–0, in the season opener. The Phils score twice in the 9th on a double by Fred Luderus. For the third straight opener, Red Ames is the loser as Mathewson is being held out for Saturday’s game. The game takes 1 hour, 50 minutes (this game is often noted as taking just 50 minutes).

In the Opener at Brooklyn, the Boston Rustlers score 2 runs in the 8th inning and edge the Superbas, 2-1. Buster Brown (1-0) is the winner for Boston, but he will lose his next 14 to set a franchise record.

Before the start of the opener in Philadelphia, 2B Eddie Collins, the best player on the champion A’s, is presented with a new automobile. Jumbo Vaughn and the A’s Chief Bender then display tough pitching, each allowing a run apiece through seven innings, but Jack Barry’s error in the 8th allows Otis Johnson to score the winning run for the Yankees. Vaughn allows 4 hits in the 2–1 victory.

The Reds suffer their worst Opening Day ever, losing to the Pirates, 14–0. Babe Adams tops Art Fromme with a 4-hitter. The Bucs 17-hit attack is led by Wagner, with 3 hits, Dot Miller with 4 hits and Bobby Byrne with 5 hits, a walk, and 5 RBIs. Reds reliever Jesse Tannehill, pitching his first NL game since jumping the Pirates ship in 1902, gives up 6 hits and walks 3 in 4+ IP. The shock is so great that Tannehill retires after this game.

13th  With Cleveland leading St. Louis 3–1 in the 9th inning at Cleveland’s League Park, the game is stopped because of a severe storm. Many fans are bruised by hailstones.

Phillies P Jack Rowan allows just 3 hits while his teammates pepper Christy Mathewson for 14 hits in 18 innings. The Quakers beat the Giants, 6–1. Hours later, the Polo Grounds grandstand and LF bleachers ignite in a mysterious fire, lighting up the night sky with flames. President Frank Farrell of the Highlanders invites the Giants to use the AL grounds, Hilltop Park; the offer is accepted, paving the way for the Giants’ invitation for the AL team to use the Polo Grounds when the Hilltop Park lease expires after the 1912 season. A $500,000 steel-and-concrete structure will replace the wooden stands of the Polo Grounds.

14th  Cleveland’s great pitcher Addie Joss dies unexpectedly from tubercular meningitis. Beset with arm injuries last season, Joss made just 13 appearances last year, but his career ERA of 1.88, compiled in 9 seasons, will earn him a plaque in Cooperstown. Joss died in his hometown of Toledo after returning there from spring training.

15th  Walter Johnson ties a ML record, and sets the AL mark, by striking out 4 batters in the 5th inning of Washington’s 6–2 loss against Boston. The 5th inning runner scores the game’s first run, and Boston scores 3 more in the 6th, plus runs in the 7th and 9th to beat the Nationals ace.

Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his ML debut, but an unearned run in the 9th by Boston gives the Phils rookie a 5–4 loss. Bill Klem makes the call behind the plate.

At Hilltop Park, the Giants beat Brooklyn, 6–3, as pitcher Otis Crandall lines a pair of triples. He also did it last September. He’ll hit a pair of triples in a 1914 game. In his 10-year career, Crandall will have 19 triples while compiling .285/.372/.398 numbers.

The Reds and Cards swap catchers, with Mike Gonzalez going to Cincy and Ivey Wingo (also spelled Ivy Wingo) to St. Louis.

17th  The Giants pick up 4 stolen bases in a 3–1 win over Brooklyn, the start of a post-1900 record 347 steals for the year. Eight Giants will steal 19 bases or better, topped by Josh Devore’s 61 and Larry Doyle’s 38.

Addie Joss’s funeral is held at Toledo with Billy Sunday preaching the sermon. The funeral is the 2nd largest in the city’s history. His Cleveland teammates insist on being there, forcing postponement of the season opener. Ban Johnson announces that there is no disagreement with the players and that “the game will be made up later in the season.”

A bill to permit Sunday baseball is refused in the lower house of the New Jersey legislature.

18th Ty Cobb starts the scoring for the Tigers by swiping home in the first inning on the front end of a double steal. The battery is George Kahler and Syd Smith for Cleveland as Detroit wins, 5–1.

21st At Baker Bowl, the first-place Phils stop the Giants, 3–0, as Earl Moore fires a one-hitter. Fred Snodgrass’s 6th-inning single is the lone hit. Moore had a two-hit shutout over the Giants on April 12th. Sherry Magee has a homer and drives in all three runs.

Boston spoils opening day at Washington Park by beating the Superbas, 9-5, scoring 5 in the 8th and one in the 9th. The day starts beautifully as the two teams march behind Shannon’s 23rd Street Regiment Band from home plate to the CF flagpole. Following the raising of the flag, umpire Bill Klem catches the ceremonial first pitch from Borough president Steers.

The Yankees Russ Ford, who finished last season with a 12-game winning streak, loses to the Bob Groom and the Senators, 1-0.

24th  Battle Creek of the South Michigan League makes 2 triple plays in the first 2 innings against Grand Rapids, a trick never performed in the ML.

NL President Lynch orders his umpires to stop catchers, especially Roger Bresnahan, from verbally attacking batters.

25th  In his last full season as a player, 38-year-old Pirate player-manager Fred Clarke is kept busy with 10 putouts in LF as the Bucs beat St. Louis, 9-4. Howie Camnitz is the winning pitcher, allowing 7 hits including a pair of homers by Steve Evans.

In Brooklyn, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-2, behind Lefty Leifield. Bobby Byrne has his second 5-hit game this season for the Bucs.

The Giants beat Boston, 3–1, with Christy Mathewson outpitching Patsy Flaherty.

26th In the first of two with Brooklyn, Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his first ML game, 10–3. Alex strikes out six and walks six, while slapping two of the Phillies 7 hits.

27th Honus Wagner’s double is the only hit off Art Fromme as the Reds edge the Pirates, 1-0. Howie Camnitz takes the loss, allowing 5 hits.

28th In Philadelphia, Walter Johnson picks up his first win of the year, edging the A’s 2–1. Frank Baker hits a solo HR off Johnson, the first HR over the fence the Washington ace has allowed: there have been two inside-the-park homers hit off Walter.

29th Before 15,000 at Washington Park, Mathewson hurls the Giants to a 7–3 win, defeating Cy Barger.

In the Highlanders 10–6 loss to the A’s, New York pitchers Hippo Vaughn and Jack Quinn throw just 7 pitches to the A’s Stuffy McGinnis, who has five singles. Stuffy hits a first pitch 3 times and the 2nd pitch twice.

MAY

1st Detroit rolls by Cleveland 14–5 as Cobb again steals home against off George Kahler. This time, Grover Land is the catcher. Smith was behind the plate on the 18th.

Pete Alexander is backed by two homers—by John Titus and Sherry McGee—as the Philadelphia Phillies top Boston’s Buster Brown, 3–1. Boston records 23 assists, including a NL record 8 in the 4th inning.

The Phillies long-time trainer (17 years) Mike Scanlon dies at age 70.

3rd At Baker Bowl, Big Jeff Pfeffer (3-0) tops the Phillies 4-3 and hits a homer to help in the win. Boston player-manager Fred Tenney backs Jeff with 5 hits.

With the team at 6-11, Cleveland manager Deacon McGuire resigns. 1B George Stovall takes over.

4th Staked to a 6–0 lead, Giants’ ace Christy Mathewson coasts to a 7–2 win against Boston.

With the score a misleading 2-1 after four innings, the Pirates go on a tear and down the Cardinals, 17-1. Fred Clarke drives in 6 runs and Honus Wagner hits a grand slam. Elmer Steele allows two hits in 7 innings and leaves after being hit by a pitch.

6th  The Yankees score 5 runs in the 3rd inning to top the Red Sox, 6–3. They also turn their first triple play in eight years. It happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound when Bill Carrigan lines into a game-ending triple play started by SS Roach.

The A’s Eddie Collins hits the first homer at Washington DC’s stadium, but the Nationals prevail over Philadelphia, 7–6.

In Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Babe Adams makes the lead stand up to beat the Cardinals, 3-2.

7th  Cobb goes 4-for-5 and drives in the tying and winning runs to help Detroit beat lefty Doc White and the Chicago White Sox, 5–4.

In St. Louis, the Naps down the Browns, 6-2, as Joe Jackson hits a grand slam off Jack Powell in the 12th inning.

8th The Phillies Grover Alexander records his first shutout, stopping Brooklyn 5–0 on 3 hits. Alex fans 9 to run his record to 4–1.

At New York, Smoky Joe Wood beats the Yankees, 4–0, in 6 innings. He gives up just one hit, a single to Caldwell.

9th At Hilltop Park, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown renew their rivalry, Matty emerges the winner, 5–2 over the Cubs ace.

The Tigers win their 12th straight at home since the beginning of the year, beating the Yankees, 10-0. The record of 12-0 at home to start a season will not be matched this century.

In Boston, the Reds’ Fred Beck booms a grand slam in the 1st off Lefty Tyler and Cincinnati wins, 6–3.

The Cubs purchase pitcher Charlie Smith from Newark after he had been sent down by the Red Sox. Smith had gone 14-6 for Boston over the past two years.

10th  The Detroit Tigers lose their first home game of the year 6–2, as New York hands George Mullin his first loss. The Tigers have a 21–3 record and will lead the pack until July 4th.

The Reds do all their scoring with homers in outlasting the Rustlers, 8–7, in 15 innings. Dick Egan has his only homer of the year—a grand slam in the 5th—and Boom-Boom Beck, Dick Hoblitzell and Tommy Clark all hit solo homers. The Reds will hit only 21 homers all year, and Hoblitzell will hit 11 of them.

11th Against a coasting Grover Alexander, the Pirates rally for 6 hits and 7 runs in the 9th inning, but fall far short as the Phillies win, 19–10. Honus Wagner is 1-for-2 before being tossed by umpire Bill Finneran.

The White Sox pound Senator pitcher Bob Groom for 20 hits and 20 runs to win, 20–6. Eight players score 2 or more runs.

The Giants beat the visiting Phillies, 5-3, as Fred Snodgrass is 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and Larry Doyle scores 3 runs. Doyle also hits his 11th triple of the month, the first player in the 20th century to hit 10 or more in a month. It will be equaled by Amos Strunk.

The Red Sox sell Frank Smith to Cincinnati. Smith was a 25-game winner in 1909 with the White Sox, but fell to 5-11 last year. He’ll go 10–14 with the Reds this year.

Kansas City’s Homer Smoot is 6-for-6 in an AA game against St. Paul.

12th  Against the Yankees at Bennett Park, Cobb scores a run from 1st on a short single to right, scores from 2B on a wild pitch, then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York C Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate, the rest of the infield gathers, leaving Cobb untended at 2B. With no time out called, Cobb strolls to third base, and then ambles in to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players, he quickly slides in with the go-ahead run. The Tigers win, 6–5.

The Reds do all their scoring in the last five innings against Boston to win, 18-8. Big Jeff Pfeffer (5-1) gives up 10 runs on 13 hits in 6 innings for the loss; his counterpart George Suggs is not much better, allowing 8 runs in 5 1/3 innings, but he’ll take the win. Bob Bescher is 5-for-7, with a double and triple, in the 21-hit salute.

13th  Playing at Hilltop Park while the Polo Grounds are being refurbished, Fred Merkle has 6 RBIs in one inning—on a three-run double and an inside-the-park home run—as the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning, including 7 before an out is recorded. After Merkle’s double, a sac gets him to 3B, and he scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning ML record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900, and it remains a Giants club record through the 20th century. John McGraw decides to save starter Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning, but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last 8 innings and strikes out 14, setting a 20th century NL record, and a since broken ML record, for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001, while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll, 19–5, pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.

At Philadelphia, Grover Alexander relieves George Chalmers with the score 1-1 in the 9th and shuts out the Reds for 8 innings. Pete gives up no hits while striking out 8. The Phils finally score in the 16th on Moran’s two-out single to win it.

Paced by Ty Cobb’s 3rd inning grand slam, his first ever, the Tigers take a 10–1 lead over the Red Sox after 5 innings. But Boston ties it in the 9th on Duffy Lewis’s grand slam, and wins it in the 10th inning, 13–11. Boston outhits Detroit, 20–14. Ed Karger serves up the grand slam to Cobb, while Ed Willett reciprocates with Lewis.

14th  More than 15,000 turn out for Cleveland’s first Sunday game, and they see a 14–3 win over the New York Highlanders. George Stovall paces Cleveland with 4 hits.

NL president Tom Lynch asked umpires to “hustle the games along.”

15th  With the score tied in the 10th inning, Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood intentionally walks Ty Cobb, issuing one of two intentional free passes the star will receive all season. Two batters later Jim Delahanty drives in Cobb for Detroit’s 5–4 win. With two safeties today, Cobb starts a 40-game hit streak.

In Philadelphia, the Phils tally 43 total bases and paste the Reds, 21–5. Eight players have two or more hits including Bert Humphries, the winning hurler, who has three. Catcher Pat Moran goes hitless. The Phils plate 10 runs off George McQuillan in 3+ innings and another seven off Barney Schreiber, making his ML debut in mop up.

Honus Wagner hits a first-inning 3-run homer to start the Pirates offense on to a 12-10 win over the Boston Rustlers. Wagner has three hits, three runs and 4 RBIs, and catcher Mike Simon goes 5-for-5 in the win.

Ring Lardner writes, “They are using a new ball this year. It’s livelier and that means more hitting, and more hitting means longer games, and that’s the devil. It appears to be impossible to finish a game in less than two hours.”

The Giants beat the Cardinals 10-6 in a game that takes 2 hours 20 minutes to play. The New York Times headlines “Giants Win Long, Uninteresting Game”. The Times writer seems to think the new cork-centered ball is partly at fault (according to R.J. Lesch).

In a Blue Grass League game, O. Romie of Maysville strikes out 21 batters in a 5-0 win over Frankfort.

17th Fred Luderus cracks an 11th-inning HR to give Pete Alexander a 4–3 win over Pittsburgh. The Phils (23-9) move back into first place.

In Boston, the Pirates reach Cliff Curtis for 13 hits in fashioning a 7-6 win in 12 innings. Honus Wagner has 3 hits including a double and homer, while reliever Lefty Leifield hits a two-run double in the 11th. Boston answers with a 2-run homer by Scotty Ellerton, their second homer of the game. Buck Herzog homers to run his batting streak to 20 games.

18th Babe Adams (6-1) pitches the Pirates to a 6–1 win over the Giants. The Bucs gang up on Mathewson for 10 hits in 7 innings. For the second time in 3 games, Larry Doyle has a pair of triples on his way to a record-tying 11 for the month (Perry Werden, July 1893). Doyle will have just one in June but will lead the NL with 25 triples this season.

The Superbas edge the visiting Reds, 2-1, behind Doc Scanlan and Al Burch, who has 3 hits and drives in both runs. Reds reliever Bill Burns is suspended and sent home for laziness, after falling asleep on the stoop of the Brooklyn clubhouse. During a recent game in Boston he was sent to the bullpen to warm up and after throwing a few balls he went into the clubhouse and fell asleep. “As a result Manager Griffith sent him home to get all the sleep he desires” (New York Times, May 22, as noted by Kevin Gertsen). He will be waived to the Phillies.

In the 7-run 6th inning, Ivy Olson goes long off Tom Hughes, hitting a grand slam to pace the Naps to a 9-6 victory over the Senators. It is Ivy’s first ML homer: he’ll wait till 1914 to hit his next.

19th  Detroit edges the A’s 9–8. Cobb chips in with a triple and 2 runs and starts a DP from center field doubling Frank Baker off first. A’s starter Jack Coombs is hit in the head with a throw while backing up home in the 1st inning. He has to be carried off but will start tomorrow. Tiger starter Lively is hit in the head with pitch in the 2nd frame, but woozily continues for several innings. Stanage’s homer wins it in the 8th as the Tigers are outhit 19-8.

20th  The A’s outslug the Tigers to win 14–12, as Cobb goes 3-for-4 against the winner Jack Coombs. Coombs, who will end up as the top winner in the AL for the 2nd year in row, was the starter yesterday when the Tigers won. A Coombs pitch in the 1st inning breaks the wrist of Tiger 1B Del Gainor (spelled Gainer in the record books; Gainor in contemporary accounts) effectively ending both the Tigers’ chances this year and Gainor’s promising career (he’ll play part-time through 1922). He is not expected to play for 6 weeks, but that will stretch to September. His replacement Jack Ness starts a 1-6 triple play to Bush, the Tigers’ 2nd triple play this season.

A New England League game in Lynn, MA is called in the 7th inning because of dense fog. Lynn is leading until Weaver of Fall River hits a fly ball to the OF with a man on. The Lynn outfielders are unable to locate the ball, and both runners score to go ahead 6–5. After a dispute, umpire Walsh rules that the game has to revert to the 6th inning with Lynn winning by a 5–4 score.

22nd  Boston (NL) hurler Cliff Curtis sets a ML mark by losing his 23rd consecutive game, 3–1, to the Cardinals. The streak began on June 13, 1910, the season he lost 18 in a row.

The Phillies pick up veteran Sleepy Bill Burns from the Reds on waivers.

23rd  Detroit beats Washington’s Walter Johnson, 9–8. Detroit loads the bases in the 8th inning for Ty Cobb, already 3-for-4 with 3 stolen bases, and Walter Johnson, in relief of Gray, walks him to force in what will be the winning run.

At Hilltop Park, New York’s Christy Mathewson continues his mastery of the Reds, beating them, 7–2, for the 18th straight time.

24th  Home Run Baker collects 5 hits, including three for extra bases, to lead the A’s to a 9-1 win over the Naps. Spec Harkness (2-1) goes the distance for Cleveland, allowing 17 hits.

An abdominal ailment sidelines Nap Lajoie. He will get into only 90 games for the year and bat .365.

25th  The Tigers lose to Walter Johnson and the Senators, 6–2, although Cobb nicks him for 2 hits.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-2, as leadoff hitter Bobby Byrne has his second 5-hit game of the season. Lefty Leifield, on his way to his 6th straight season of 15+ wins, takes the decision. Lefty will throw 100 more innings this year than last and in 1912 he’ll win just one game.

In St. Louis, Grover Alexander beats the Cards, 4–3, to stop the Phillies 6-game loss streak. The Card score 3 in the 9th, but Pete hangs on for the win.

26th  In one of the few games in which both appear, Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander are relievers in a 5–3 win for the Giants over the Phillies. Matty takes over for Bugs Raymond in the 8th after the starter gives up 2 quick runs. With runners on 1B and 3B, Mickey Doolan flies to Devlin in right and his perfect strike to Chief Meyers is good for a DP. The Giant score to give Matty the win over Bill Burns, though by today’s standards, it would be a save.

Boston Rustler Cliff Curtis (1-5) stops his ML record losing streak of 23 games by beating Cy Barger and visiting Brooklyn, 7–2. Curtis has a pair of hits and is helped when Bill Sweeney leads off with a homerun.

27th Pitching his 2nd game in a row, Mathewson hurls the 1st-place Giants to a 2–0 win against the Phillies. Thousands are turned away at Hilltop Park.

Art Fromme allows just one hit—a double by Wagner in the 2nd—in pitching the Reds to a 1–0 win over Pittsburgh.

At Chicago, Cleveland and Chicago battle to a 5–5 tie after 9 innings, before Ed Walsh takes over in the 10th. The Naps rattle him for two doubles and a run, and ace rookie Vean Gregg, who takes over in the 8th, holds on for a 6–5 win. Frank Lange strikes out 10 Naps in 9 innings, but gives up 9 hits and five walks. Joe Birmingham has three hits to pace Cleveland.

After giving up 3 runs in 6 innings, the roof caves in on the Browns Bill Bailey, as the Tigers send him home a 9–3 loser. In the 5th inning, Browns catcher Jim Stephens, attempting to catch Bush’s pop foul, crashes into the grandstand, knocking himself senseless, and sustaining a sprained ankle. Melly Meleon has his 2nd homer in a week for St. Louis, off winning pitcher Doc Lafitte.

At Washington, the Nationals knock Ray Collins out of the box and beat Boston, 9–4, behind Long Tom Hughes. Tris Speaker, batting for Ed Cicotte in the 9th, has the longest hit of the day, a triple.

In New York, a team from the University of Keio tops Fordham, 11–6 in 8 innings. “The American collegians outplayed by Little Men From Orient at Bronx Oval” banners the New York Times, which then relates that most of the American crowd of 5,000 cheered for the visitors.

29th  Carrying the Cubs from St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Railroad sets a speed record, covering the 191 miles from Columbus, OH, to Pittsburgh in 215 minutes. Arriving in time for the game, the Cubs win, 4–1, with 4 runs in the 4th inning. Joe Tinker’s triple is the big blow.

Boston’s Bill Sweeney is 5-for-5 in the Rustlers’ 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

30th  New York takes the NL lead, winning two from Brooklyn. Giants C Art Wilson makes the first 9 putouts in the morning game as four Superbas fan, three foul out, and two are thrown out at home trying to score on base hits. The Giants win, 4–1, before 8,000. Before a turnaway crowd of 25,000 in the nitecap, Bugs Raymond gives up just a single in 5 innings before leaving with acute stomach pain “just southwest of the fourth rib” (NY Times) caused by eating a strawberry sundae between games. Red Ames allows two hits the rest of the way as the Giants whip the Dodgers Nap Rucker, 3–0.

After one day at the top, the Cubs drop to 3rd, as the Pirates sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 1–0 and 4–1. But the first game is protested by Chicago, presumably for batting out of order, and the protest will later be upheld. All the records including Babe Adams 4-hit shutout (he’ll still lead the NL with 7) and Honus Wagner’s hitless game are tossed. Thanks to the successful protest, Wagner will end the season at a league-leading .334, one point ahead of Dots Miller. In the afternoon contest, Howie Camnitz tops Ed Reulbach, who is drilled for 6 hits and all 4 runs in two innings. Wagner has a pair of hits in the nitecap.

In the afternoon contest in Boston, Phils rookie Pete Alexander pitches the 2nd game of a holiday doubleheader, winning, 11–4. Philley also wins the morning game, 3–0, in 10 innings behind Earl Moore’s three-hitter.

The first-place Tigers sweep a pair from the Naps, edging Cleveland 3-2 in game 1, and 6-5 in game 2. All five runs in game 1 score on sacrifice flies.

31st At St. Louis, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 4-2 and 15-8. The Cards bunch hits in the 8th to win the opener, and take the second match by scoring 10 run in the 7th on 9 hits and 2 HBPs.

JUNE

2nd At Washington, the Senators double up the front-running Detroit Tigers, 14-7. Doc Gessler has an inside-the-park grand slam for Washington.

3rd  In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank “Wildfire” Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard, in the 8th inning, to beat the Giants, 8–4. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks’ five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte’s only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.

The Phils Earl Moore walks just 4 Pirate batters, but three come in the 9th inning and all three are pinch hitters, a ML record. The Pirates score twice in the bottom of the 9th to win, 4-3.

Led by Cobb’s 3 hits, including 2 triples, the Tigers beat the Senators’ ace Walter Johnson, 7–2.

4th The Reds roll over the Boston Braves (Rustlers), 26-3, setting a since tied record of 13 different players scoring. Four runs come in on Eddie Grant’s grand slam off Jiggs Parson in the 8th. Mike Mitchell collects 5 hits and scores 4, one of 8 players to score two or more runs. Boston helps by handing out 11 walks.

5th In Pittsburgh, Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 5–4, in the 10th, with the Phils winning run scoring on a fumble by Honus Wagner. Pirate Tommy Leach also helps the Phils by losing a fly ball in the sun that drops for a triple. Rookie star Alexander, pitching in his 100th inning, commits a balk, the only balk he’ll make in his career of 5,088.2 innings.

At Boston, the Reds beat the Braves, 9-2. Johnny Bates is 4-for-4 to run his hit streak to 9 straight in the 3 games in Boston. He has reached base 13 straight times. Meanwhile, back in Cincinnati, the team’s board of directors interview manager Clark Griffith on the team’s mediocre performance and gives him a vote of confidence.

At Chicago, the Giants jump on Harry McIntire for 7 runs in the 9th to win, 7–1. New York is led by Fred Merkle who doubles and triples in the big inning; he’s out trying to stretch his double. Mathewson wins for New York, to even the series at two games apiece and keep New York atop the NL.

Boston reliever Smoky Joe Wood strikes out a record three White Sox pinch hitters in the 9th inning to save a 5–4 Red Sox win.

7th  After 2 years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, “Turkey Mike” Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants, but John McGraw’s willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.

Donlin doesn’t play, but Pirates pitchers have the Giants hitting the ball on the ground all day. Pittsburgh has 55 total chances on a ML record 28 assists and 27 putouts. Seven errors help the Giants to a 9–4 win.

In the 7th inning against the Dodgers, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman and Al Kaiser both steal home—the only time in history the Cubs have pulled the feat off. Chicago will swipe home an NL-record 17 times this year.

8th The Cards chase Bugs Raymond and the Giants, scoring 8 runs in 6 innings off Bugs. McGraw is furious with Raymond, suspecting him of drinking again. He suspends him and fines him $200. A week from now, Raymond will turn up in Connecticut, making a lone pitching appearance for the hamlet of Winsted in a 4–0 loss to Torrington. Bugs will return to the Giants where he’ll be used sparingly.

At St. Louis, 4 Browns batters reach base on errors in the 4th inning, a record, and St. Louis beats the Red Sox, 11–5.

In the White Sox game against the host Hilltoppers in New York, pitcher Russ Ford hits Sox SS Roy Corhan on the head with a pitch (as noted by Retrosheet). New York manager Hal Chase allows Ping Bodie as a courtesy runner for Corhan, even though Bodie is already in the lineup. In the bottom of the frame, Bodie returns to CF, with Tannehill moving from 1B to SS. Pitcher Doc White finishes at 1B.

In a Mountain States League game at Huntington, Charleston beats Huntington, 1–0, in 11 innings behind a no-hitter by Niehaus. George W. Baumgarner of Huntington matches him for 10 hitless innings before giving up 3 hits in the 11th. Niehaus strikes out 16 batters and Baumgarner 14 batters.

9th Pete Alexander tosses 4 innings of relief to preserve a 4–3 Phillie win over the Reds.

At Forbes Field, the Giants keep their hold on 1st place with a 6–3 win against Pittsburgh’s Lefty Leifield. Christy Mathewson is the winner.

10th  At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Bobby Byrne steals 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning against Brooklyn. His swipe of 2B is on the back end of a double steal with Fred Clarke scoring on a contested play. When Brooklyn C Bill Bergen and pitcher Doc Scanlon argue the call with Bill Klem, Byrne sneaks to 3B. Doc Scanlon gets tossed by umpire Bill Klem and the remaining 8 runs are rung up against reliever George Bell. After Dots Miller walks, he and Byrne pull of another double steal. Up 8–0 in the 8th, Pittsburgh tries a triple steal, and scores a run on a throwing error. But no steals are handed out on the play. The final is 9–0.

Washington rolls by the White Sox, 18–7. Ewart Walker, father of Dixie and Harry Walker, makes his ML debut and collects a single, double, and triple in the win.

The Cubs trade C Johnny Kling, P Orlie Weaver, P Hank Griffin, and OF Al Kaiser to the Boston Doves for C Peaches Graham, P Cliff Curtis, Wilbur “Lefty” Good, and OF Bill Collins. Curtis (1–8), who began the year with 5 straight losses after ending last season with 18 straight defeats, will be swapped to the Phillies in August.

At Princeton’s Commencement day, a crowd of 18,000 watch as Yale nine beats the Tigers, 6–2.

11th  At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs crush lowly Boston, 20–2. Chicago is led by the slugging of Heinie Zimmerman who drives home a club-record 9 runs on two three-run homers, a 2-run triple, and a single. Zim scores 4 runs while Jimmy Sheckard scores 5 runs on one hit and 4 walks.

12th Rookie starter Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches the Phillies to a 8–4 win over the Cardinals.

13th Christy Mathewson (11–2) gives up 11 hits but still beats the Reds, 5–2. Art Fromme loses as Matty wins for the 19th straight time against Cincy.

Oakland (PCL) pitcher Harry Ables throws a no-hitter against Los Angeles, winning 2-1. Metzger scores the lone run for LA. On July 3, 1905, Ables threw two shutouts in the Texas League.

17th  The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins, 3–2. Cobb is held to an infield single.

Cards pitcher Bob Harmon allows just 3 hits in beating Mathewson and the Giants, 2–1. Matty allows just 2 hits in the loss.

18th Down 13–1 after 4 1⁄2 innings, the Tigers make up a 12-run deficit to stage the biggest comeback (since tied) in ML history, defeating the visiting Chicago White Sox by a score of 16–15. Ty Cobb chips in with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, as the Tigers score 5 in the 8th and 3 runs in the 9th. Cobb gets 2 home to tie in the 9th when he slides into 1B on his grounder to Lord with 2 on. Both runners score and goes for an error though some think Cobb had it beat. He scores the winner when Sam Crawford hits a drive over the head of CF Ping Bodie for a walkoff double. The Tigers use 18 players as reliever Ed Walsh takes the loss with Clarence Mitchell pitching the last two innings to win. The record will be matched on June 15, 1925 by the A’s.

The Cubs beat the Phillies 4-3 when, with reliever Earl Moore on the mound, Frank Schulte steals home in the 8th. The Phillies erupt in protest, saying the Moore’s pitch hit the batter Shean, while the ump contends that it glanced off catcher Pat Moran’s wind pad. The Cubs will steal home a NL-record 17 times this year, a mark tied by the Giants next year.

In Baltimore, Orioles manager Jack Dunn calls off an exhibition game with the Yankees because the New Yorkers failed to send manager Hal Chase and SS John Knight.

19th  At Detroit’s Bennett Field, Ty Cobb singles off Chicago’s Irv Young, then scores from first on a single. With his hit, Cobb equals Bill Bradley’s AL hit record of 29 straight games set in 1902. Detroit wins 8–5,

20th  Ty Cobb breaks the AL hit streak record with an infield single against Cleveland’s Willie Mitchell. It’s Cobb’s 30th straight game. He adds 2 stolen bases to help Detroit win, 8–3.

Pete Alexander pitches 3 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win in a 6–5 Phillies victory at Brooklyn.

21st Pete Alexander wins for the 2nd day in a row, hooking up with Brooklyn’s Doc Scanlon for a 15-inning operation, won by the Phils, 2–1.

In Boston, the Giants top the Rustlers, 4–0, with Mathewson allowing just 4 hits.

The first-place Cubs keep their lead over the Giants by pasting the Pirates, 14-1. Harry McIntire (8-2) earns the win as Chicago collects 18 hits off 4 ineffective Buc pitchers. Wilbur Good has 4 hits while Jimmy Sheckard and Frank Schulte each drive in 3 runs. One of the Buc pitchers is Ensign Cottrell, who gives up 4 runs in an inning in his first ML appearance and his only one in a Pirate uniform. He’ll play one game for the Cubs, A’s, and the Braves before the Yankees work him for 7 games in the next 4 years. He will and total 12 games for 5 teams.

23rd In an 8-7 Reds win in Cincinnati, Cards player-manager Roger Bresnahan is called out on strikes by Bill Klem to end the game. When Roger argues too long over the call, Klem belts him. Bresnahan doesn’t swing back and an embarrassed NL president Lynch will fine the arbiter $50 for the punch. Steve Evans has 4 hits, including two triples, for the Redbirds.

In a 3–2 New York win against the Senators, Highlander 1B Hal Chase makes a ML record 21 putouts.

24th At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, a crowd of 20,000 see Mathewson defeat Elmer Knetzer, 7–4, for a Giants victory.

At Boston, Stuffy McInnis hits a grand slam off Fred Hall in the 9th to lead the A’s to a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox.

26th In Philadelphia, Grover Alexander shuts out Boston Rustlers, 5–0. Phillies’ catcher/manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home. Dooin will play in only 74 games this season. The speedy catcher had broken his knee the year before.

27th  In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A’s Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter’s box to lead off and hits Ed Karger’s warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park HR while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan’s protests to ump Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of Ban Johnson’s new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. The A’s win, 7–3. Ban Johnson’s time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.

At Forbes Field, Johnny Bates hits a first-inning single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 24, but then he is caught stealing and ejected for protesting the call. His Reds lose, 4-1, to the Pirates.

White Sox ace Ed Walsh shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. Cobb is held to an infield single and then is cut down stealing.

28th   Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds, the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers, seating 10,000, were untouched, but the new double-decker seats another 16,000. Only 6,000 fans show up for the inauguration as Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers, 3–0, on 9 hits. While guests at the Highlanders Hilltop Park, the Giants won 21 of 29 games.

30th Brooklyn’s Baron Knetzer lords it over Grover Alexander, handing Pete and the Phils a 5–0 shutout. Alexander’s record is now 15–3 and the Phils are tied for 2nd with the Cubs, two games behind New York.

At St. Louis, the Cards hand the Pirates a 5–3 defeat. St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins puts the capper on the win by nabbing Max Carey in the 9th inning with a hidden ball trick. It is the second time this month he’s pulled off the trick, doing so on June 11.

JULY

1st  In a 3–0 Chicago win over the host Reds, Cubs player-manager Frank Chance leaves the game suffering from a blood clot in the brain. Except for 11 brief appearances at 1B over the next 3 years, his playing days are over.

Josh Devore has a pair of homers and a double to back Rube Marquard’s pitching and the Giants trounce the visiting Boston Rustlers, 9-1. Bill Sweeney has 3 hits for Boston to run his hit streak to 26 games.

The A’s pound Walter Johnson for 13 runs, the most he’ll allow in his career, and beat Washington, 13–8. Frank Baker hits his 2nd of five career homers off Johnson in the 6th with a man on.

Ty Cobb, who had an infield single off Earl Hamilton in his last game, on June 29th, repeats by beating out another infield hit against the St. Louis lefty. Again, Detroit wins, this time 8–0, as pitcher Ed Willet takes the victory. Willet chips in a pair of triples, one shy of Jouett Meekin’s 1894 mark for pitchers.

2nd  Detroit pounds out a 14–6 victory over Cleveland as Ty Cobb, hitting in his 40th straight game, has 3 hits and 3 runs.

3rd With the Phils leading the Giants’ Christy Mathewson, 4–3, Pete Alexander relieves Sleepy Bill Burns in the 7th and holds New York scoreless over the last 3 innings. The Phils jump on Matty for another 3 runs in the 8th to win, 7–3, as they collect 14 hits off the ace. New York holds a one-game lead over the Cubs.

In the second of two at Philadelphia, the A’s Frank Baker hits for the cycle in a 5–1 win over the Yankees. Baker’s 2-run homer in the 9th into the CF bleachers cements the win. The A’s take game 1 in 12 innings, 7-6, scoring a pair in the 12th frame. McInnes and Barry pull of a double steal and both come in on a tough ground out to score.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas beat Boston, 7–3, snapping Bill Sweeney’s hit streak of 26 games. He gets two walks. He won’t reach base on July 5, stopping his streak of 43 games on base.

4th  In the morning game between Chicago and Detroit, Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb’s 40-game hitting streak, as the White Sox win, 7–3. Though neither Detroit paper mentions the streak, Cobb has hit .491 since the skein started on May 15th.

The Phillies sweep a pair from the Giants and literally knock New York P Doc Crandall out of the box in game 2,when he is hit with a line drive by Red Dooin. Doc gets relief from Rube Marquard, but Pete Alexander (16-4) picks up the win. Fred Luderus strokes 2 homers for the Quakers, his third multi-hit game in a row. His hit streak will eventually stop at 17 games. The Phillies prevail, 11-7 and 7-5.

On the hottest July 4th on record in New York (93 degrees. It was 98 yesterday), the Athletics take a pair from the Yankees, winning 7-4 and 11-9 in 11 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 1st inning of game 2, but the White Elephants climb back. Home Run Baker has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs in game 2. Both Philadelphia teams are in first place by a half game.

In game 1 at Chicago, Wildfire Schulte, hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Bob Keefe to lead the Cubs to an 8–3 win over the Reds. Reggie Richter is the victor. Down 8–1, Cincinnati uses the game to debut their two Cuban signees, Rafael Almeida and Armando Marsans, as pinch hitters in the 8th. The two are the first Cuban-born major leaguers in the 20th century. Almeida strikes out, but Marsans singles, the first Cuban to collect a ML hit in the 20th century. Almeida has a hit in his next at bat in the game. The second game ends at 2-2 after ten innings.

5th The Phils pound Mathewson for the 2nd time in 3 days, beating the Giants ace, 6–4. Dode Paskert is 4-for-4 to lead the Quakers 14-hit attack.

The Browns jump on Naps starter Spec Harkness for 5 runs in the 2nd inning, but Cleveland comes back to win, 11-7. For Specs, who threw 3 shutout innings yesterday in relief, this is his last ML appearance as he now heads for the PCL.

In the PCL, lefty Ferd Henkel, recent graduate of the University of Oregon, makes a splash in his debut by firing a no-hitter against Sacramento for the Portland Beavers.

6th The Cards and Phils combine to hand out 23 walks, tying the record set last year (May 4) by the Cards (16) and Reds (7). Today the St. Louis pitchers walk 13, including a record 8 in the 3rd inning. St. Louis still wins, 13-9. Fred Luderus has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, as he collects 4 hits. Pete Alexander (16-5) gives up six runs in 3 innings of relief for the loss.

With the score even at 10 apiece after 8 innings, the Reds score 2 in the 9th to edge host Boston, 12-11, as Johnny Kling and Patsy Doherty each hit homers. Doherty is 4-for-6.

7th At St. Louis, Smoky Joe Wood allows a single to Burt Shotton in pitching a one-hitter. The Boston Red Sox win, 6–1.

8th New York’s Rube Marquard hits his only career HR, off Chicago’s Harry McIntire, to help himself to a 5–2 win at the newly refurbished Polo Grounds.

9th At Cleveland, Naps rookie pitcher Gene Krapp shows that tales of his wildness are just a load of crap as he shuts out the A’s, 1-0, beating Cy Morgan. Krapp will lead the AL in walks this season with 138 while posting a 13-9 record.

At St. Louis, the Red Sox treble the Browns, 9-3. Hal Janvrin debuts, going 2-for-4 with his lone ribbie of the year. He’ll not hit his weight (168 lbs) this year but come back to improve somewhat in subsequent seasons. According to historian Bill Nowlin, Janvrin is the first player to go directly to the majors from high school. Tris Speaker is hit on the head with a pitch in the 7th and goes to the bench. Les Wilon is a courtesy runner for him, and Speaker is back in the field in the 8th,

The Reds swap Fred Beck, last year’s co-leader in homers in the NL with 10, to the Phils. The Phils send Bert Humphries to the Reds. Beck was acquired from the Braves in March, but hit just .184 for Cincy. He was the second Brave in 4 years to lead the NL in homers and then get shipped to the Reds in the off-season. The other, Dave Brain, lasted just 16 games with the Reds in 1908. Beck will have 3 homers this year for Philadelphia, helping them to be the first ML team with more homers than triples in a year. Beck will move to the Cubs after the season.

10th  Sherry Magee, star OF for the Phillies, knocks down umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called 3rd strike. Finneran’s cut lip keeps bleeding and he is forced to go to the hospital to have it stitched up. Magee ire was raised in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. He will be fined $200 and suspended for the season, but upon appeal he will be reinstated after 5 weeks and 29 games missed. Magee ire was started in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. NL president Lynch says, “I’ll stop this sort of thing. It is because Finneran is a new umpire—they just won’t let those new umpires get along.” (New York Times). The Phils win, 4–2, behind Alexander, who strikes out 9.

At the Polo Grounds, Chicago scores unearned runs in 3 innings to beat Mathewson, 3–2, in 10 innings.

11th  The Federal Express of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston, plunges down an 18-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, CT, killing 14 passengers. The team’s Pullmans were originally just behind the baggage coaches near the front. When noise prevented the players from sleeping, manager Bresnahan requested the car be changed. The day coach that replaced the players’ car was crushed and splintered. The players help remove bodies and rescue the injured, then board a special train to Boston, where the day’s game is postponed. The railroad pays each player $25 for his rescue work and for lost belongings.

Two days after selling Charlie Smith to Newark the Red Sox sell another Smith—Frank—to the Reds for $5,000. They also settle with the Browns to withdraw their waiver claim on Smith.

12th  In the first inning of a 9–0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Ty Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals 2B, 3B, and home off lefty Harry Krause. According to the Boston Globe: “Cobb was a sensation on bases. In the first after being passed he stole second, third and home on the next three balls pitched.” Twice he beats perfect throws by C Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd, Sam Crawford homers. In the 7th, Cobb walks, is bunted to 2B, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher Paddy Livingston. This is the 2nd time that Cobb has had 3 steals in an inning—he totals four in the game. The other time was July 22, 1909.

Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning, then piles on a sacrifice fly and grand slam, to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx’s 9 RBI in a game in 1933. New York defeats the Browns, 12–2.

At Boston, Steve Evans leads the Cardinals to a 13-6 win over the Rustlers by scoring 4 runs on 4 hits. In game 2, the two teams battle to a 6-6 tie called after 10 innings because of darkness. In that contest, Evans is hit twice with pitches and will lead the NL in that category this year. He was tops last year and will lead next year as well. In 1915, he’ll top the FL in hit by pitches.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants win 4–3 behind Rube Marquard’s pitching. Rube strikes out the side in the 2nd and 3rd innings, setting down Dots Miller, Newt Hunter, and Owen Wilson, then blowing by pitcher Elmer Steele, Bobby Byrne and Tommy Leach in the 3rd frame.

13th  In the 9th against the A’s, Cobb breaks a 7–7 tie by scoring from first on a Jim Delahanty’s single. Cobb runs through coach Hughey Jennings’ frantic signal to hold up and using a fadeaway slide eludes the tag of the catcher Ira Thomas. Detroit wins, 8–7, to stay in first place.

The Giants get inside-the-park homers from their first two batters, Josh Devore and Larry Doyle to take a 2-0 lead over the Pirates. Chief Meyers also hits an IPHR in the 4-run 5th, when McGraw is ejected for arguing when Merkle is called out at 3B trying to steal. New York wins, 9-4.

The Phils manage just 4 hits, three by Fred Luderus who scores a run, but beat the Reds’ Bobby Keefe, 1-0. Earl Moore is the winner.

14th The Phillies move back into first place as Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 2–1.

15th Fred Merkle drives in 4 runs on a single and 3-run homer and the Giants beat the Reds, 4–1. Mathewson tops Harry Gaspar, and has now beaten the Reds 20 straight times.

At South End Grounds, the Boston Rustlers outhit the Cubs to win, 17-12. Patsy Flaherty, playing CF, is 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and a walk, and Doc Miller has 4 hits and 4 stolen bases. Joe Tinker and Wildfire Schulte homer for the Cubs.

In Philadelphia, Fred Luderus hits a 2nd inning solo homer, off Babe Adams, to give the first-place Phillies a 1-1 tie with the Pirates. Luderus then snaps the tie with a two-out 9th inning homer off Adams as the Phillies win, 2-1. George Chalmers is the winning pitcher. For Luderus, it is his third game in which he’s hit two homers this month.

17th  Boston Nationals infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a home doubleheader against the Cubs and they are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president, they rejoin the team. John McGraw, anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield, will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st. Doc will get traded next year. Chicago takes both games today, winning 5-1 and 7-6.

18th  Red-hot Wildfire Schulte, who had three hits in game 2 yesterday, has another three today, including a grand slam, as he scores 4 runs. The Cubs win easily, 14-6, behind Lew Richie.

Trailing 3-0 in the 7th, the Naps score 9 runs in the 7th inning to top the visiting Yankees, 9-6. Nap Lajoie leads his troops with a 2-run pinch single in the frame to put Cleveland ahead. The Naps have now won 9 in a row to put them a half-game behind 3rd-place Chicago.

19th At Boston, the Cubs Jim Doyle cracks a 12-inning two-run homer off Big Jeff Pfeffer to give the Cubs a 5-3 victory over the Rustlers.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the 6th inning, Vernon CF (Pacific Coast League), Walter Carlisle executes an unassisted triple play against Los Angeles. With men on 1B and 2B, he makes a spectacular diving catch of a short fly by batter Roy Akin, touches 2B, and runs to 1B to retire both runners. Vernon wins, 5–4, with the speedy English-born Carlisle pulling off the only unassisted triple play ever accomplished by an outfielder in O.B.

20th  Frank Schulte hits for the cycle to help the Cubs tip the Phils, 4–3. “Wildfire” will end the year as the first player ever to top the 20 mark in doubles, triples, homers, and stolen bases. Only Willie Mays in 1957 will match him this century.

The Cardinals knock Mathewson out of the box in the 2nd inning with 5 hits and 5 runs. Doc Crandall relieves for New York, but the Cards win, 8–5.

21st At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Cardinals, 4-0, behind Hooks Wiltse’s two-hitter. Bob Harmon (15-6) takes the loss.

The Braves acquire SS Al Bridwell and C Hank Gowdy from the Giants for Buck Herzog. For Bridwell and Herzog, it is their 2nd tours of duty with their teams, while the young Gowdy will be the Boston catcher for the next ten years.

22nd  The Pirates pay St. Paul of the American Association $22,500 for righthander Marty O’Toole, the highest purchase to date. Dreyfuss spends another $5,000 for his batterymate Bill Kelly. In 1912, O’Toole will be 15–17 and lead the NL with 159 walks. He will last only 2 more years.

Brooklyn hurler Nap Rucker loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning when Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher comes through with a chopper up the middle. Rucker wins the game, 1–0, outpitching Frank Smith, who gives up 2 hits and an unearned run. Jake Daubert reaches in the 7th on an error by Grant, steals 2B and advances to 3B on an error by McLean. The Reds set a ML record for 9 innings by going to bat just 24 times (it’ll be topped in the AL and tied twice in the NL this century) and the 2 teams combine for just 48 at bats, to tie a ML record set April 22, 1910.

A crowd of 28,000 see Mathewson come back against the Cards to win, 10–2, as the Giants riddle Bill Steele.

24th  An AL all-star team plays the Naps in Cleveland, raising $12,914 for the late Addie Joss’s family. The all-stars win, 5–3. Joe Wood and Walter Johnson pitch for the all stars, while Cy Young twirls for the Naps.

Rochester and Newark of the Eastern League play a doubleheader in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

At Cincinnati, the Giants Rube Marquard (10-4) is victorious over the Reds, 8-3. He adds a pair of triples, scores 2 runs and drives in 2.

At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Owen Wilson legs out three triples in an 8–2 win over Brooklyn. Pittsburgh is in 5th place (86-48) but just 4 ½ games out of first.

25th  At St. Louis, George Chalmers (8-2) of the Phillies tosses a one-hitter in beating the Cardinals, 2-0. The only hit is a 2nd inning groundball by Rebel Oakes that bounces off the Chalmers’s shins.

26th  In a 7–6 loss to St. Louis, the league-leading Phils are dealt a blow when catcher-manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home plate with Cards’ runner Rebel Oakes. The injury ends his season, one in which he is hitting .327, and ends his regular playing days.

Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight game from the Reds 5–3. He replaces Hooks Wiltse in the 8th and his single in the 9th scores a run to help win it.

The Cubs win a pair from Boston, 4–1 and 7–2. Ed Reulbach allows just two hits in the first game victory and Wildfire Schulte has a homer in each game. The sweep leaves the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of the Giants and two ahead of the Phils.

27th Three days after the Cards light up Pete Alexander for 5 runs in the 1st inning, the Phillies rookie ace stops them, 4–3.

In Philadelphia, Cleveland’s rookie lefty Vean Gregg stops the A’s, 6-3, to win his 10th straight game. His record is 18-3 for the 6th place (48-47) Naps.

28th  Charley “Victory” Faust shows up at the Giants’ hotel in St. Louis asking for a tryout. Manager John McGraw observes the “pitcher,” who obviously is no player, and carries him on the team as an unofficial “mascot,” and good luck charm. But the Giants lose to the Cards today, 5–2, with the help of 5 errors.

In the start of a critical 5-game series in Philadelphia, the A’s top Detroit, 1-0 and 6-5, to move 1 ½ games behind the league-leading Tigers. The A’s will win the next game in the series before dropping the final two to Detroit.

The Reds overcome a grand slam by Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin and beat the visitors, 8-6.

29th  Red Sox fireballer Joe Wood hurls a 5–0 no-hitter against the Browns. He walks 2 and hits one batter.

In his last appearance for Cleveland, Cy Young pitches just 3 innings and gives up 5 runs in a 7–1 loss to Washington. After this game, Cleveland will waive the veteran (3–4) to the Boston Rustlers (NL).

Rube Marquard (12–4) shuts out the Cards, 8–0, on 4 hits before 23,000 in St. Louis. The Giants pitcher will beat the Redbirds again on the 31st, allowing 5 hits.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates easily sweep a pair from Boston, winning 17-2 and 10-2. Orlie Weaver gives up 16 hits and NL season-high 16 runs—all earned—in 7 innings in the opener. Honus Wagner scores 4 of the runs. Dots Miller and Chief Wilson, playing RF, both homer. Miller has 2 RBIs and Wilson has 3 RBIs in the second game to back Howie Camnitz’s 15th win.

31st Phils rookie Pete Alexander, who beat the Cubs yesterday in relief, loses a matchup with Three Fingered Brown, 4–2. The Phils, at 56-38, are in 4th place.

AUGUST

1st The Giants sell Turkey Mike Donlin to the Braves. Boston will swap him in February.

2nd Christy Mathewson allows 15 singles, but his teammates help with 4 double plays and the Giants top the Pirates, 8–4. Babe Adams takes the loss.

Buster Brown, Boston Rustler’s Opening Day winner, stops the Cardinals, 5-2, for his first win after 14 straight losses. He’ll win his next two starts as well. The club and NL record is 18 straight losses, set by teammate Cliff Curtis last year.

Against visiting Brooklyn, King Cole throws a 10-inning 2-hit shutout to give the Cubs a 1–0 win. Jimmy Archer’s homer in the 10th off Nat Rucker is the winner.

3rd Against the Cubs, visiting Brooklyn gets three homers in the 5th inning as Eddie Zimmerman, Tex Erwin, and Zack Wheat connect, not consecutively, in the 5–3 win. Zim’s and Erwin’s come against Lurid Lew Richie, while Fred Toney serves up Wheat. The trio will total six homers on the year.

4th  The A’s move into first place in the AL by taking a pair from the Browns, 5–1 and 5–2. The Athletics are 14–0 over St. Louis this season. In game 1 Stuffy McInniss has 18 putouts at 1B.

At Boston, the Tigers lose their 4th straight game to the Red Sox, 7-3, and drop to 2nd place. A 7-4 win tomorrow will move the Bengals back into a tie for 1st place, but that will be the last they’ll see of the top of the leader board for the season.

At Washington, the Senators sweep the White Sox, winning 1–0 in 11 innings, and then winning 3–2 in regulation. Doc White and Walter Johnson go all the way in the opener. The Sox almost score in the 7th but Rollie Zeider is called out at home and severely twists his ankle in the attempt. In the 9th Milan doubles, and Germany Schaefer bunts him to 3B and is safe at 1B. Germany steals 2B and after Elberfeld pops out, and Walker is at bat, Germany steals first base. Manager Duffy then comes onto the field to argue that Schaefer should be out for stealing 1B, and while the argument goes on Germany takes off for 2B, getting caught in a rundown. Milan then attempts to score and is thrown out at home. The Senators then protest, to ump Connolly, saying the Sox have ten men on the field, but it falls on deaf ears. The game is marked by spectacular fielding including Lee Tannehill of the White Sox who sets a ML mark as the only shortstop to execute 2 unassisted double plays in one game, though it is not even mentioned in the Chicago Tribune write-up.

5th  At Philadelphia, the Browns slow the A’s pennant express with a 4-1 victory, their only win in Philadelphia this year. St. Louis will do the same at home to finish with a 2-20 record against the Mackmen.

You can’t keep a slow man down. At Forbes Field, the Giants fall to the Pirates, 3-1, as Fred Snodgrass gets caught stealing for the fifth game in a row. Fred has 3 hits and gets thrown out twice attempting to steal. He’ll be caught 40 times this year attempting to steal (according to Retrosheet), well above the listed NL record.

Cubs manager Frank Chance suspends Joe Tinker and fines him $150 for indifferent play. He is reinstated the next day.

7th The matchup between Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson is something less than a pitching duel as Chicago bangs out 10 hits, including two singles, a double and a triple by Joe Tinker. Tinker also adds a steal of home. The Giants collect 13 hits, but Chicago wins the game, 8–6.

Nap Lajoie has 4 long hits—three doubles and a homer—to pace Cleveland to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox in Boston.

8th Bill Keen, 18, debuts with the Pirates at 1B (as noted by Retrosheet) and injures himself in the 5th running from 1B to 3B. He’s replaced by a pinch runner, who breaks the 8–8 tie with the Phils, by scoring on a single. Keen makes 6 more pinch-hit appearances this year, but never scores a major league run.

In New York, the Tigers lose a pair to the Yankees, 2-1 and 6-4, and drop two games behind the idle A’s.

9th  In Chicago, the Giants paste the Cubs, 16–5, and the Pirates now lead in the NL race for the first time. But it doesn’t last, as the Cubs replace them tomorrow with a 7–5 win over the visiting Cardinals. The lead changes 26 times, as the top four bounce in and out until the Giants emerge on August 24th and build a 7 1⁄2 game lead over the Cubs.

10th  The Detroit club announces that a new grandstand, costing $300,000, will be built for the 1912 season.

11th   The Phillies reach Christy Mathewson for 11 hits, but fail to score as New York triumphs, 6–0. The Giants toast Bill Burns for 4 runs in the 1st two innings.

13th  The Pirates’ Elmer Steele throws just 72 pitches in subduing the Superbas, 9–0. Steele gives up no walks and has no strikeouts, and allows just one hit—a one-out 9th inning single to light-hitting Tex Erwin. Brooklyn so admires the feat they obtain him on September 16th, but he never wins another game in the ML.

Ty Cobb, apparently believing the Tigers can no longer win the pennant race, begins a vacation.

14th Rube Marquard bests young Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 12 innings. Rube strikes out 13 Quakers to give New York the victory.

At Chicago, Ed Walsh vanquishes the Tigers on one hit, beating them, 2-0. Oscar Stanage hits a ball off Walsh’s glove in the 6th inning for the lone safety.

15th  Cy Young, 3–4 at Cleveland, is given his release. He returns to Boston and signs with the NL Rustlers, where he will close out the year 4–5, and his pitching days with a 511–315 record, 750 complete games, 7,356 IP.

16th  At Brooklyn, Elmer Steele fires a one-hitter as the Pirates beat the Superbas, 9-0. Tex Erwin, with a one-out single in the 9th, is the only baserunner for Brooklyn. Honus Wagner suffers a serious ankle injury rounding first in the first inning and is carried off the field. He will miss 13 games, play one at first base, then miss another 12. With Wagner out the Pirates will lose 8 of 13 and drop out of the race.

At the Polo Grounds, it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds, 6–1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty’s 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches, “although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to ‘one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League’ who pitched only 75 balls in a game.” (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)

In the 4th inning, Wildfire Schulte busts his record 4th grand slam of the season to help the Cubs maul the Boston Rustlers, 13–6. He hits his homer, along with a double, in the eight-run 4th. Pitching, it’s Brown over Brown as Mordecai tops Buster. The Rustlers lose Johnny Kling for a month when he is injured by a foul tip.

Philadelphia OF Sherry Magee is reinstated, following his suspension for attacking umpire Finneran several weeks ago,

18th The Tigers whip the Red Sox, 9–4, with Ty Cobb swiping home in the first inning on the front end of a triple steal. Delahanty and Drake combine with Ty.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the first-place Athletics, 7–5, but lose the services of their catcher Fred Payne. Payne has several teeth knocked out and has to leave the game after being hit in the face by a foul being thrown back from the grandstand (Noted by Ted Turocy).

The Cubs swap Cliff Curtis, obtained in June, to the Phils for pitcher Jack Rowan.

19th  Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses, beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty, after saving the 5–4 opener for Wiltse with two scoreless frames, starts the nightcap, goes 5 innings, and loses 7–4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting 2 doubles, a triple and homer, and scoring 3 runs (for a long time he was credited with a cycle, but Retrosheet research gave him 4 long hits).

The Cubs stay in 1st place by a full game over the Giants as they tally 19 hits in beating the Rustlers in Boston, 16-8. Fred Schulte has a homer and 4 RBIs and Heinie Zimmerman has 3 hits and 3 RBIs before he is ejected for disputing an out call at 2B.

22nd In St. Louis the Browns and A’s split a doubleheader, with the Browns winning game 1, 8-2, behind a grand slam by Frank LaPorte, This is the Browns lone win at home against the first-place A’s. Cy Morgan evens it up in game 2 with an 8-0 shutout.

At Cleveland, Naps ace Vean Gregg stops the Red Sox, 1-0. Nap Lajoie hits a RBI double in the first inning off Larry Pape to supply all the scoring Gregg needs. Gregg will win his next outing on the 27th by a 1-0 score.

Josh Devore has 5 hits, including one in the Giants’ 9th inning rally that scores the winning run, as New York edges Chicago, 6-5. Three Fingered Brown is the losing pitcher as Chicago drops its second one-run decision in a row. With the Pirates losing, 3-0, to the Phils rookie Pete Alexander, Pittsburgh and Chicago are now a game in back of New York.

24th The Cubs lose to Brooklyn, 6–5, in 10 innings to lose sole possession of first place. Doc Scanlan bests Mordecai Brown.

The Giants split with Pittsburgh, but move into a tie for 1st place. Mathewson loses the opener, 3–1, giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings. Rube Marquard salvages the nitecap with a 2-hitter, striking out 11.

25th The Giants take over sole possession of the lead with a 3–2 win over Pittsburgh. New York will remain atop the NL for the rest of the way.

Red Sox lefty Smoky Joe Wood tops the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, for his 20th win.

At Detroit, Washington pastes the Tigers, 16–2, in game one. In an attempt to change their luck, Detroit bats first in game 2 and emerges with a 7–6 win. Nats catcher John Henry aids in the loss with 4 passed balls in game 2, setting an AL record that won’t be topped till the end of the century.

26th Pittsburgh, playing without Wagner, is no match for Christy Mathewson, as the Giants win, 6–2. Tommy Leach, filling in for Wagner at SS, makes three errors behind Howie Camnitz. The Giants announce that for the first 11 playing days at the new Polo Grounds, the average attendance was 23,864.

Now pitching for the NL Rustlers, Cy Young delights the hometown Boston fans by pitching a complete game against the Cardinals, winning, 5–4.

27th  Chicago’s Ed Walsh pitches a 5–0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. A 4th-inning walk to Clyde Engle produces the only Red Sox runner. After going 18–20 in 1910, Walsh bounces back to win 27 and lead the AL in games (56), IP (369), and strikeouts (255).

29th After belting a 14th inning homer on August 17th off the Browns Jack Powell, A’s pitcher Jack Coombs hits another extra inning round tripper, this time in the 11th off the Tigers Ralph “Judge” Works. The Tigers win, 9–8, on Coombs’s error. Coombs’s homer is the last one hit at Detroit’s Bennett Park. Among major league pitchers, only Dizzy Dean will hit two extra-inning homers. Jim Delahanty, Tiger 3B, sets a ML record by making an unassisted DP for the 2nd day in a row. Another Tiger, Marv Owen, in 1934, will be the next to do it.

The Phillies purchase veteran catcher Red Kleinow from the Red Sox. The Sox had snet Kleinow down to Jersey City but he asked for his release. He will have a cup of coffee in Philley, his last in the majors.

SEPTEMBER

1st  In game one of a Giants’ doubleheader, Mathewson gives up 10 hits but beats the Phils 3–2. In game 2, Marquard one-hits the Phils 2–0, walks none, and fans 10. Fred Luderus, with a 5th inning single, is the only baserunner. The Phils “Smoke” Stack and Marquard match zeros for 7 innings, but a walk, single and two errors bring home two Giant runs. This is Rube’s second one-hitter in a row: his previous start, on August 24, resulted in a two-hitter.

Whoops! Cleveland beats the White Sox, 2–1, with the help of a successful hidden ball trick in the 9th inning (as noted by Bill Deane). Chicago pinch runner Felix Chouinard is caught by Cleveland SS Ivy Olson.

2nd The Cardinals and Pirates split a pair, with St. Louis winning game 1, 8-4. Pittsburgh rolls in game 2, 12-1, behind Marty O’Toole’s 3-hitter. Bill McKechnie has a pair of inside-the-park homers.

3rd At Palace of the Fans, Art Fromme allows 6 hits and the Reds top the Pirates, 3-1. For the second day in a row, four runners try and steal against Reds catcher Larry McLean and he throws out all four. Yesterday, he threw out four Cubs runners in a 3-1 loss. For the season he will throw out 60% of would be thieves.

4th The Giants split a pair with Boston, winning, 6-4, in game 1 behind Red Ames. In game 2, Giants pitcher Rube Marquard strikes out 14 batters in the first 7 innings, but runs out of gas in the 8th and loses, 8–7.

At Boston, the Red Sox lose a pair, 6-3 and 5-1, to the Yankees and also lose catcher Bill Carrigan, who breaks his leg in an awkward slide. He’ll be back in 1912.

The Cleveland nine tops the visiting White Sox, winning, 9-8 and 9-2. Rookie Vean Gregg (23-7) wins game 2, beating the Pale Hose for the seventh time this year without a loss. Three of the victories are against Ed Walsh (as noted by historian Eric Sallee). Bothered with a sore arm, this is Gregg’s last appearance this year. He leads the AL in ERA with 1.80.

5th In a Labor Day doubleheader in Pittsburgh, the Pirates sweep a pair from Boston to tighten their hold on 2nd place in the NL. Bobby Leach homers in the opener, an 11-4 win, then homers again the second game as the Corsairs win, 11-4.

Nap Lajoie leads the Naps to a split with the White Sox. Spec Harkness allows 3 hits to shut out Chicago in game 1, 5-0, and Lajoie goes 4-for-4. Nap is 1-for-2 in game 2, with a pair of walks, as Chicago wins, 10-5.

7th  The Cubs’ Frank Schulte hits his 21st HR and brings in RBI No. 121 as the Cubs sweep the Reds, 3–0 and 4–2; he will lead the NL in both home runs and ribbies. He is the first player to have more than 20 doubles, triples, and HRs in one season. In the AL, Frank Baker’s 9 HRs will be tops. Ty Cobb hits 8 HRs but leads in BA, RBI, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and stolen bases.

Pete Alexander (24 years old), winning a ML rookie record 28 games, pitches the Phils to a 1–0 win over Boston’s 44-year-old Cy Young (3-1) in game 2 of a doubleheader. It is Old Cy’s first loss since returning to the NL. Alex gives up just one hit, a single to Doc Miller in the 5th, for the only baserunner. Alexander’s 31 CG, 367 IP, and 7 shutouts lead the NL. The AL has its own rookie sensation, lefty Vean Gregg, who breaks in for Cleveland with a 23–7 record and miserly 1.81 ERA. Gregg will win 20 his first 3 years, then win just 28 in the next 12 years. The Phils romp in the opener, 12-5 behind Bill Burns as Lobart, Magee and Knabe each score three runs.

The Giants lose a heartbreaker to Brooklyn in the 9th inning when, with Bert Tooley on 1B, Jake Daubert lofts a high fly for the apparent 3rd out. But Fred Snodgrass drops the ball and Tooley scores the final run in the Superbas, 4–3 win. The Giants are virtually tied with the Cubs, winners of two today.

At Washington, the Yankees beat the Senators, 5-2, handing the loss to Walter Johnson. The Nats ace strikes out 8 but allows 8 hits, including a 2-run homer to Jack Knight in the 2nd. Johnson had won 9 in a row.

The Pirates remain 4 ½ games in back of the lead as they beat the Cards, 5-0, behind Claude Hendrix’s three-hitter. Tommy Leach ices it with a 9th inning inside-the-park grand slam, off Jake Geyer. It is Leach’s fourth career grand slam inside-the-park, a ML record that Leach will share with teammate Honus Wagner.

9th Red Sox rookie Buck O’Brien shuts out the A’s, 2–0, in his first major league start. He won’t be scored on for 20 innings.

Detroit’s Pat Mullin pitches a 1–0 shutout over the White Sox, and gets some help when Lee Tannehill’s liner is caught by LF Delos Drake who turns it into a triple play, throwing to Donie Bush who relays to 1B Del Gainer. This is the third triple play of the year for the Tigers, establishing the AL record. This will be tied three times this century but never topped.

10th  At Chicago, the Reds Dick Hoblitzell hits a 7th inning grand slam as the Reds prevail, 8-3, over the Cubs. The Cubs fall two games in back of the idle Giants.

11th  Darkness ends a PCL game between Portland and host Sacramento after 24 innings of play resulting in a 1-1 tie. Koestner of Portland and Fitzgerald of Sacramento go the distance. The 24 innings ties a mark set by Oakland – SF on June 8, 1909.

12th  In the nitecap of a game billed as a pitchers’ duel, Boston’s Cy Young and the Giants’ Christy Mathewson face each other before 10,000, Boston’s largest crowd of the year. Young gives up 3 homers and 9 runs in less than 3 innings. After the Giants build a 9–0 lead, John McGraw lifts Mathewson, who pitched just 2 innings, preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the 2 pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York’s scoring in the 3rd by swiping home. The Giants coast, 11–2. In the field, Matty also helps when, with Miller on 1B in the 2nd inning, a line drive to center by Gowdy results in a DP (8-4-1-3). New York wins the 1st game, 9–3, and now lead the Cubs by 2 games.

The Cubs stay 2 games in back of New York with a 3-2 ruling in Cincinnati behind King Cole (14-6). The Cubs manage just 5 hits, 3 by Jimmy Sheckard, off Bobby Keefe, but Chicago turns 4 double plays. One of the DPs is by LF Jimmy Sheckard who throws out a runner at 3B. It is Sheckard’s 12th DP of the season, tying for high for outfielders for the 20th century, but short of his own NL-record 14 set in 1899. Cy Seymour (1905) and Ginger Beaumont (1907) also started 12 DPs, and Mel Ott will match it in 1929.

13th Red Ames (8-9) fires a 3-hitter as the Giants beat Buster Brown (6-18) and Boston, 4-1. At dinner with his teammates, Ames reveals a colorful necktie that was sent to him two days earlier by a “prominent actress” to break his hard-luck streak. Ames had worn it under his uniform and says, “I ain’t changing her until I lose” (R.J. Lesch). The Giants will go 19-4 on their road trip with five of the wins coming in starts by Ames.

14th At Boston, the Giants pound the Rustlers 13–9, scoring 6 runs in the 9th inning for a 13–4 lead. The winner is Hooks Wiltse with little relief from Doc Crandall in the 9th: Doc allows 7 hits and 5 runs.

15th  Washington manager Jimmy McAleer announces his resignation. Ban Johnson then arranges for McAleer and Robert R. McRoy buy a half-interest in the Red Sox for $150,000. Clark Griffith will take over as manager and, by purchasing 10% of the team, its largest single stock holder.

16th  Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood and rookie Buck O’Brien toss back-to-back shutouts to beat Cleveland. Wood wins 6–0 and O’Brien follow with a 3–0 win. O’Brien, who relieved in his last appearance, will finish all of his five starts going, 5–1.

At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard, with relief from Mathewson, beats the Pirates, 6–2. Before the game the Giants mascot, Victory Faust, strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches, to the delight of the 20,000 fans.

Pittsburgh sells pitcher Elmer Steele to Brooklyn but his best days are left in the Steel City. He’ll make 5 appearances for Brooklyn.

For the second time in a week, an AL rookie debuts with a shutout; the Brown’s Elmer Brown stops the Senators, 6–0.

17th In St Louis, the Braves win the opener of a twinbill, 4–3, then the Cards and Braves battle to a 0–0 tie in the nitecap. Lefty Tyler gets his first career shutout in game 2, as does the Cards Grover Lowdermilk who finishes the year with a 0–0 record and a shutout.

The Cubs Charlie Smith and Larry Cheney each toss shutouts as Chicago beats Brooklyn, 4-0 and 5-0.

18th  The Giants beat Pittsburgh, 7–2, scoring all their runs in the first two innings. New York notches 8 stolen bases, all in the first two frames, 3 by Larry Doyle and 3 by Fred Snodgrass. Two of Doyle’s thefts are of home, matching the ML mark that was tied by Joe Tinker last year. New York ties a ML mark with the 3 steals of home, as Fred Merkle swipes home in the 1st. Christy Mathewson (24-12) is the winner on a 4-hitter over Howie Camnitz, increasing the Giants lead to 5 games.

With a triple steal on, the Highlanders Cozy Dolan singles in 3 runs in a 9–4 loss at Detroit. The 3 RBIs are half of Cozy’s season total.

21st In St. Louis, Hooks Wiltse wins the opener to extend the Giants win streak to 12 games. The Cards stop the skein in game 2 with an 8–7 win.

In Chicago, the Phils Grover Alexander fires his 4th straight shutout, beating the Cubs Ed Reulbach, 4–0, in the first of two games. Alex also had shutouts on the 7th, 13th, and 17th. The Cubs come back to win game 2, 9-2, behind Charlie Smith. Vic Saier collects 5 RBIs on a double and a grand slam.

22nd  Boston Rustlers Cy Young shuts out Pittsburgh and Babe Adams 1–0 for his final career victory, number 511. It is Young’s 2nd shutout against the Pirates, who lost just 3 of 22 games to Boston in 1911.

Jim Scott and Frank Lange apply whitewashes to the Browns as the White Sox win, 5–0 and 1–0. It is the second doubleheader shutout in a week.

At Chicago, the Cubs lace 13 hits off Bill Burns as Three Fingered Brown wins his 19th, 8-3 over the Phillies. For the veteran Burns, this is his last ML appearance.

23rd  Walter Johnson gives up a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to Joe Jackson, the 8th four-bagger the Big Train has allowed this year. Johnson had given up just 2 in the previous 4 seasons. Cleveland whips the Senators 6–1.

Mathewson pitches the Giants to a 6–2 win over the Reds. New York now leads Chicago by 8 games.

24th  After 41 straight shutout innings, Grover Alexander (27-12) is scored on by the Cards in the 6th inning. The Phillies are victorious, 8–2. Alex’s 41 consecutive scoreless innings is a ML rookie record that won’t be matched this century.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas come back three times in late innings to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Zack Wheat hits a leadoff single in the 8th and comes around to score, knotting the game at 3 apiece.  Doyle hits a leadoff triple and scores for Chicago in the 9th, but Wheat hits a sac fly to knot it at 4. Wheat makes an error in the 10th on Doyle’s single allowing a run to score to make it 5-4. Undaunted, the Superbas put 2 men on in the 10th against Three Fingered Brown and Tex Erwin hits a ball over the fence to drive in both. Tex receives credit only for a triple due to the rules at the time (as noted in Retrosheet).

25th  Washington’s Wid Conroy, in his final season, sets an AL record for total chances by a 3B with 13 in a 3–2 loss to Cleveland.

John C. Bender, brother of Philadelphia great Chief Bender, dies on the mound during a game played in Edmonton, Alberta. Bender, 30, dies of a heart attack.

26th At Shibe Park, the A’s clinch their 2nd straight AL pennant, defeating the Tigers, 11–5. Frank Baker leads the offense with a homer and 2 doubles. Detroit, which led the A’s by 12 games in May, will finish 2nd, 13 ½ games back.

27th The Reds steal nine bases, four by Dick Hoblitzell, against the visiting Boston Rustlers in an 8-4 victory. Mike Mitchell hits his 22nd triple but for the first time in three years he won’t lead the NL in the category as Larry Doyle will smack 25.

28th  A scant few hundred fans see the worst game in AL history as the Highlanders trounce the Browns 18–12. The teams accumulate 29 hits, 20 walks, and 12 errors. New York scores in each of 7 innings, steals a ML record 15 bases—7 off C Jim Stephens in 2 innings, 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlanders runners are thrown out. The 15 steals for two teams (St. Louis-0) sets the AL record.

In Chicago, Joe Tinker doubles in 2 runs in the 3rd inning off Christy Mathewson, and the Cubs make it hold up, winning 2–1.

Behind righty Jack Coombs, the Athletics clinch the AL pennant with an 11–5 victory over the Tigers.

29th  Ty Cobb is fined $100 by the National Commission for playing a Sunday game with a semipro club in New York.

30th  At the West Side Grounds, Red Ames gives the Giants a needed 3–1 victory over the 2nd-place Cubs.

In a field day at Chicago’s White Sox park, Ed Walsh hits a fungo 419 feet and one-half inch, beating a 413 foot eight and one-half inch drive by Cincinnati’s Mike Mitchell on September 11, 1907. Harry Hooper of the Red Sox wins the accuracy in throwing contest beating Jimmy Archer of the Cubs and Jack Coombs of the A’s. The planned three-inning game is called on account of rain.

The Reds and the Boston Rustlers split a pair of games in Cincinnati, with Boston taking the game 1 decision, 9-2, and Cincinnati winning the second game, 4-1. Bob Bescher is on base twice in the opener and steals 4 bases. He has five other games this season in which he stole three. Bescher will steal 81 this year, which will not be topped in the NL until 1962.

At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders and Browns split a pair with New York winning game 2, 7-2, behind Russ Ford (22-10). St. Louis wins the opener, 5-4, handing rookie Red Hoff (0-1) the loss. Red does have the first two hits of his career. His career will be short but his life will be long: he will be the first player to live 80 years after his debut. Hoff will pass away in 1998, the last Highlander (as noted by Bill Rubinstein).

OCTOBER

1st  The Giants complete a western trip that ices the pennant by beating the Cubs, 5–0, behind Rube Marquard. Chicago’s Jimmy Sheckard sets a NL record by drawing his 147th walk, a mark not broken until Dodger Eddie Stanky’s 148 in 1945. The previous mark was held by Jack Crooks who had 136 walks in 1892 in 128 games. Crooks is one of just 8 players in history to have more walks in a season than games played.

3rd Only if his name is Lewis. In the 2nd inning at New York, the Red Sox pull off a double steal with Duffy Lewis scoring from 3B and Jack Lewis swiping 2B (as noted by Retrosheet). Jack Lewis is shaken up on the play and the Hilltoppers allow Duffy to replace him at 2B as a courtesy runner. He doesn’t score and Jack returns to the game as Boston wins, 4–1. They take the nitecap, 7–0, behind Joe Wood and will win tomorrow over host New York, 4–1, behind Eddie Cicotte. The Sox will win 10 straight in New York in 1912, and the first 5 games there in 1913—a ML record 18 games on the road versus one team. Brooklyn will tie the record in 1946, and the Cardinals will tie it in 1966.

4th At Washington Park, the Giants clinch the pennant with a 2–0 victory over Brooklyn. Mathewson allows 7 hits in besting Nap Rucker.

5th  The National Commission sells motion picture rights to the WS for $3,500. When the players demand a share of it, the Commission cancels the deal.

6th  Cy Young’s farewell appearance in a ML game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn’s Eddie Dent, 13–3, in his 906th game. Dent goes 7 innings, Cy just 6 1/3 giving up 11 hits. Brooklyn scores 8 in the 7th and Young’s last 8 batters faced tally: triple, single, single, single, single, double, double, double. Weaver allows the last 2 runs in the frame. In game 1, Big Ed Donnelly (5-10) closes out his 2-year career with a 1–0 shutout for the Rustlers over Brooklyn.

7th With just 1,000 fans on hand at the Polo Grounds, New York Giants’ mascot Victory Faust hurls a 9th inning against Boston, allowing a hit and a run in a 5–2 loss. Faust also hits, circling the bases for a score as the Rustlers deliberately throw wildly. Faust will reprise his act on October 12th against Brooklyn: he allows a hit in his one inning; is hit by a pitch and then steals 2B and 3B, and scores on a grounder.

On a raw day in St. Louis, the Tigers edge the Browns, 1–0, before just 66 fans. Ralph Works is the winner. The 66 fans is a record low attendance for the AL and won’t be bottomed until 2015.

The White Sox move into 4th place with a 10-4 win over the Senators. Rollie Zeider scores 5 runs and hits a homerun.

In Boston a distraught Eleanor Keane says that her fiancé Duffy Lewis had phoned to break off their planned wedding for next week on the advice of Boston team president John Taylor. Ms. Keane says she still trusts him even though Lewis had broken engagements to two other women before they met two years ago.

9th  With the WS not scheduled to start until the 14th, the Athletics tune up in a series against an AL all-star team. The A’s clinched on September 26th in an 11–5 win over Detroit.

The Cubs top the Pirates, 6-5, in 10 innings as Jimmy Sheckard scores the winning run in the 10th after drawing his third walk of the game. Sheck will lead the NL in runs scored with 121 and his base on balls total of 147 will set a NL record that won’t be topped until Eddie Stanky does it.

The Braves end their season with a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, winning 11–5 and 13–10. It’s Toot, Toot, Tootsie, goodbye in the opener as Ben Houser hits his first ML homer—a grand slam—off the Phils Toots Schultz in the opener. Jimmy Walsh both pitches and catches in game 2, though perhaps he should stick to catching. He gives up 7 hits in his 2 2/3 innings appearance—his only in the majors—and takes the loss. Walsh sets a record, since tied, of playing all 9 positions this year.

Hooks Wiltse leads the way for the Giants in a 10-4 win over Brooklyn. Hooks gets the win and is 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs to beat Knetzer. Art Devlin has 4 hits for New York. Elmer Steele pitches the 9th for Brooklyn allowing one run in his last ML appearance. The righthander is 9-9 with a 2.67 ERA but apparently will be sidelined by an injury. Just a .127 lifetime hitter in the ML, he will return to the minors, hitting .339 as a lefthanded first baseman in 1913 in the New York-New Jersey League (as noted by Bill Deane).

The first game of the Ohio championship between Cleveland and the Reds is won by host Cincinnati, 4–0. The rest of the best-of-7 series will be in Cleveland because of construction of a grandstand in Cincinnati. Tomorrow the St. Louis city series begins with a 0-0 tie, and in 2 days the Chicago series. These post-season matches are popular with the fans and put money in the players’ pockets.

In a season-ending laugher, the last place Boston Nationals sweep a pair from the host Phillies, winning 11-5 and 13-10 in 8 innings. In the opener, Phils catcher John Quinn is 0-for-2 in his only ML game, hitting into a triple play before he is pinch hit for: his record will be matched in 2002 by single gamer Ron Wright. Former Boston P Cliff Curtis, who earlier this year set a ML record by losing 23 straight, gives up 7 hits and 4 runs in 3 IP. Ben Houser has 4 hits and a grand slam, his first ML homer. In the 2nd game, Houser takes part in a triple play, while Bill Sweeney leads the way for Boston with 4 hits to go with 3 safeties in the opener. Versatile Jimmy Walsh, who catches today, and has played 3B, SS, 2B and the outfield for the Phils this year, adds pitcher and 1B to his resume. Walsh pitches 2 2/3 innings allowing 8 runs on 7 hits and taking the loss. He serves up a homer to Doc Miller, who goes 4-for-10 in both games to finish with a .333 batting average. Honus Wagner is 2-for-4 in the Pirates loss to Chicago and wins the batting title with a .334 average. The Pirates protested May 30th game was thrown out in which Wagner’s 0-for-4 does not count. Without the protest, Miller takes the crown.

10th  In Washington, the A’s trip the AL All-stars 3–2 as Walter Johnson gives up 10 hits in 9 innings. Coombs, Plank, and Bender each allow one hit in their 3 innings of tune-up.

11th  The first MVPs are announced. Using a point system—8 for a first-place vote, 7 for 2nd, and so on—the 8 voting writers give OF Ty Cobb the maximum 64 points or an efficiency rating of 1.000. P Ed Walsh is 2nd, and 2B Eddie Collins 3rd. The NL winner is the Cubs OF Frank “Wildfire” Schulte who garners an efficiency rating of .453, Schulte tops the 100 mark in runs and RBIs, and is the only player in history to reach 20 in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in the same season. Christy Mathewson is 2nd. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles.

In Richmond, the AL All-stars beat the A’s, 13–8, before 9,000. Cobb has 3 hits for the stars and Krausse, one of 3 A’s pitchers, hits the longest homer at the park this year.

12th  Bob Bescher scores 2 runs and steals 3 bases in the Reds final game of the year, a 4–3 win over the Cubs. Bescher’s 3 steals gives him a league-high 80, the 3rd of 4 years in a row he’ll top the NL. Cy Slapnicka, recently called up, takes the loss and will go back to the minors for 7 years, eventually having a second cup of coffee with the Pirates in 1918.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers win a pair, 3-0 and 5-2, to finish at 64-86, in seventh place. Pat Ragan allows 2 hits in the opening shutout, and Eddie Dent pitches the win in game 2. Manager Bill Dahlen plays his only game of the year, and the last of his ML career, strking out 3 times and making an error at shortstop. In the 9th Charley “Victory” Faust takes to the mound for the Giants, and using a fastball that “would not break a pane of glass” (New York Times) gives up a hit and no runs. To the amusement of the crowd, Dent hits him on the wrist in his time at bat, and Faust “steals” 2B and 3B (“waddles to second and rolls to third”). He scores on an out, his last appearance in the majors.

14th  The Athletics go into the World Series minus their star rookie 1B Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Mackmen, and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it, 2–1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game—38,281—is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77,379.

15th  In an exhibition game in New York, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Gabby Street and other white major leaguers take on the Lincoln Giants, a star-studded black team featuring Pop Lloyd, Dick McClelland, and Louis Santop. Johnson K’s 14 to give the white all-stars a 5–3 win.

With a 7-0 win over the Cleveland Naps, the Reds capture the Buckeye championship, four games to two. All but the first game are played in Cleveland.

16th  The World Series resumes today, Monday, and the pitchers continue to dominate. Rube Marquard and Eddie Plank are in command of a 1–1 game when Philadelphia’s Eddie Collins doubles in the last of the 6th and Frank Baker hits one over the RF fence with a man on for a 3–1 victory.

At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the Browns whip the Cardinals, 5–1, to sweep the City series with five wins. The first game ended in a scoreless tie.

17th  After criticizing his teammate Marquard’s pitching to Baker in his newspaper column, Christy Mathewson takes the mound for game 3 against 29-game winner Jack Coombs. Matty takes a 1–0 lead into the 9th. With one out, Baker lines another drive over the RF fence to tie it. With that blow, he becomes “Home Run” Baker to future generations. Errors by 3B Buck Herzog and SS Art Fletcher give the A’s 2 unearned runs in the top of the 11th. New York scores once in the 11th, but the A’s win, 3–2, behind Jack Coombs’s 3-hitter.

18th  At the West Side Grounds, the White Sox top the Cubs, 7-2, to sweep the 4-game City series between the two teams. Ed Walsh wins his second game in the series.

24th  After 6 days of rain, Chief Bender gets another chance against Mathewson. New York takes a 2–0 first-inning lead. But aided by an overflow crowd in the outfield, the A’s collect 7 doubles among their 11 hits, pick up 3 in the 3rd and one in the 4th while Bender shuts down the Giants, and the A’s take a 3–1 lead in games.

25th  Before 33,228 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants put 3 hits together off Coombs in the last of the 9th for 2 runs and a 3–3 tie. The A’s Eddie Plank comes on in the 10th and gives up the winning run on Fred Merkle’s sac fly to Danny Murphy in the 4–3 contest. Larry Doyle scores from 3B leaping into the arms of his joyous teammates and missing home plate for the ‘phantom run’. Ump Bill Klem notices it, revealing the fact after the game, but the A’s fail to appeal. Relief specialist Doc Crandall gets the win after working 2 scoreless innings. With a total gate of $342,364, the players’ share is a record $3,654 for the A’s and $2400 for the Giants. The two club presidents, John Brush and Ben Shibe, each receive checks for $90,118.

26th  Chief Bender cruises to his second victory, a 4-hit 13–2 breeze. The A’s cap the win with a 7-run 7th, battering three tired Giant hurlers, Ames, Wiltse, and Marquard. Overall, the Giants manage just 13 runs and a .175 BA off Bender, Coombs, and Plank. Two runs score on a wild pitch when catcher Chief Meyers declines to chase down Marquard’s wild pitch. Two runs scoring on a wild pitch won’t happen again in the World Series till 2016. Because of the NL’s extended playing season, this is the latest ending ever for a WS, until the “Earthquake Series” of 1989.

27th  A’s longtime captain and 1B Harry Davis is named manager of Cleveland, replacing George Stovall. He won’t last the 1912 season and 28-year-old J. L. Birmingham will take over, going 21–7 to earn the job.

30th  Clark Griffith is named manager at Washington, beginning a stand in that city as manager, then owner, that will last until his death in 1955.

NOVEMBER

5th Cuban ace Jose Mendez shuts out the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. In 18 games against big league competition, Mendez will go 8–7 with one tie. On the 7th, the Phils win, 5–3, to even the series.

17th  The Natioanl Association assigns the Eastern League, PCL and American Association to the newly-created class AA.

21st  Hal Chase resigns as manager of the Highlanders after a 6th-place finish. He will stay as a player until traded during the 1913 season. Harry Wolverton replaces him.

23rd Cotton States League umpire Edward dies supposedly sustained from a throat injury caused by a foul tip.

25th William Russell, head of the syndicate that owns the Boston Nationals, dies. No doubt helping his demise was watching his team finish the season with a winning percentage of .291. John Montgomery Ward, along with New Yorkers James Gaffney and John Carroll, will purchase 945 of the 1000 shares for $177,000. The team, known as the Rustlers after Russell, will start next season as the Braves.

DECEMBER

1st Detroit manager Hughey Jennings is critically injured when the car he is driving slides off an icy road down an embankment. He nearly drowns and suffers a concussion, two broken legs and a broken arm.

12th  A rift between the leagues develops over widespread charges of ticket speculation during the WS, and accusations that officials of the Giants and A’s were involved. The AL passes a resolution refusing to participate in another WS until it has control of ticket sales in its own parks. The National Commission investigates the charge that speculators were given large blocks of tickets, but takes no action and releases no findings. The following spring, the Commission finds that much scalping occurred, but there is no evidence either team was involved, and peace is declared.

13th At the NL meetings at the Waldorf-Astoria, The Sporting Life reports that “For the first time in history a woman sat in at a major league meeting. Mrs. H. H. Britton, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained throughout the entire session of the National League on the second day. Mrs. Britton took no voice in the meeting. She allowed President Steininger to do all the voting.”

The Boston Rustlers (formerly the Doves) are bought by New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player, now attorney, John Montgomery Ward. The team will be called the Braves because of Gaffney’s Tammany Hall connections.

14th  Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the WS be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, 10 percent of the gross has gone to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the 2 pennant-winning clubs. The NL will pass the resolution and send it to the AL. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first 4 clubs a percentage of the WS money.

The Earned Run Average is adopted as an official statistic.

21st In the New York Evening Journal, 80s player-manager Sam Crane picks his all-time list, in response to a list that Charles Comiskey compiled. Crane graciously faults Comiskey for not including himself, as well as for not going back far enough. He lists 20 in chronological order: G. Wright, Ross Barnes, C. Anson, M. Kelly, C. Radbourne, F. Dunlap, B. Ewing, J. Ward, C. Comiskey, B. Lange, J. McGraw, L. Lajoie, F. Clarke, H. Wagner, W. Keeler, J. Collins, C. Mathewson, H. Chase, T. Cobb, and E. Collins.

  • 1912

JANUARY

2nd  Brooklyn Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces he has purchased grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000. During the year he will ease his pinched financial condition by selling half the team to Ed and Steve McKeever.

15th  Former Brooklyn P Elmer Stricklett, said to be the inventor of the spitball, is reinstated by the National Commission after playing outside organized baseball for 3 years. But he does not make it back to the major leagues.

23rd  The Japanese Army announces it will send a baseball team to the Philippines to play American soldiers; a U.S. team may go to Japan.

FEBRUARY

1st  Jimmy Doyle, 30, dies after an appendicitis operation. He had only one full season as third base with the Cubs, in which he hit .282 with 62 RBI. Zimmerman will take over the starting job.

12th The Braves send vet Mike Donlin to the Pirates for OF Vin Campbell. After one season with the Bucs, Donlin will be waived to the Phils but will refuse to report and will elect to retire.

17th The Cleveland Naps trade manager-first baseman George Stovall to the Browns for Lefty George, who will go 0-5 and earn a quick release. Owner Charles Murphy had wanted Stovall to manage his Toldeo franchise, but could not get him through waivers. Stovall, on the other hand, wanted his outright release, which did not happen either. He will eventually take over as manager replacing Bobby Wallace.

March

4th  In Brooklyn, 500 fans are on hand as Charles Ebbets turns over the first spadeful of dirt to start the construction of a park for the “Trolley Dodgers.” It is expected to be ready for the second half of the season.

13th In New Orleans, the Pelicans beat the young Cubs (“Cubets”} 1-0, while the Sox I team ties in Houston, 3-3. Ed Walsh gives up 4 hits in the 9th.

The Washington Nationals lose to the University of Virginia, 5-3 in Charlottesville. Virginia’s lefty ace Eppa Rixey throws six relief innings of shutout ball against the Nats.

16th At a meeting of franchise owners of the United States Baseball League in New York, the league settles on franchises in New York, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, Brooklyn, Richmond and Reading, PA. The Washington team announces that their name will be the Senators and they expect their manager to be George Browne. The New York franchise will switch to Chicago in a week because no field can be found in New York.

In Hot Springs, AK the Phillies make 20 hits in beating the Red Sox, 12-2. Holdout Tris Speaker is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

20th The Cubs jump off the train long enough to lose to the Montgomery, AL Billikens, 4–1. Chicago manages just 4 hits.

26th The Washington Nationals finish their spring training in Charlottesville with a 3-1 win over the UVA team.

APRIL

6th  The Pittsburg(h) Press reports today that, “The season of 1911 was the most disastrous to minor leagues since the organization of the National association. Much of the trouble was due to failure to keep within the salary limit” (as noted by Bob Harris).

9thIn the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox defeat Harvard University, 2-0, in an exhibition game played in a snow storm.  The first batter in the game is Harvard sophomore and Winchester, Mass. native Dana Joseph Paine Wingate, Class of 1914, who strikes out against Casey Hageman. Hageman drives in both runs with a pair of singles as the game, which started at 3:30, is called on account of darkness after 7 innings.

11th  On Opening Day in Brooklyn, fans storm Washington Park hours before the 4:00 p.m. starting time, causing a near riot. An estimated 30,000 people crowd into the outfield and along foul lines. The Giants hit a record 13 ground-rule doubles in their 22 hits and are leading 18–3 in the 6th when the game is called due to darkness.

In Cincinnati, the Reds open Redland Field, the first steel-and-concrete stadium, with a 10–6 win over the Cubs.

The Champion Philadephia Athletics open at home, lacing seven hits and beating Walter Johnson and the Senators, 4–2. Jack Coombs takes the victory.

Playing the Red Sox in the opener at New York’s Hilltop Park, the Yankees wear pinstripes for the first time. Boston scores a run in the 1st against Ray Caldwell, and the Yankees respond with two runs in the bottom against Joe Wood. That is all the scoring until the ninth inning, when the Sox score four runs, including two on a Smoky Joe single. Boston wins, 5–3, on Smoky Joe Wood’s seven hitter.

12th  The Tinker-Evers-Chance double play combination (with Ed Lennox at 3B) plays its final ML game together, a 3–2 Cubs loss in Cincinnati. Vic Saier will replace Chance at 1B.

At Philadelphia, veteran Cy Morgan pitches a superb one-hitter beating the Senators, 3-1. The only hit is an infield single by Moeller. Morgan strikes out 11, including fanning the side in the 5th and the 8th.

The NL has a small box installed in the ground near home plate in each park to supply umpires with baseballs, eliminating the possibility of home team ballboys influencing which balls are used for each team’s turn at bat.

At Hilltop Park, the Red Sox send Buck O’Brien, 5–1 last year after leading the Western League in strikeouts, against the Yankees Russ Ford and the Sox prevail, 5-2. Buck allows 6 hits as he heads towards 20 victories.

13th The Tigers down Cleveland, 12–4, icing it with seven runs in the 6th inning. They get helped by a record tying three errors in the inning by “Big Bill” James, making his ML debut on the mound. The Detroit News writer describes Big Bill as “nearly seven feet (and) as awkward as they make them.” He was 6’4” (as noted by Mike Grahek).

14th At St. Louis, the Cards trip the Cubs, 5–4, in 12 innings, as both teams score in the 10th. In the 8th, Cards SS Pee Wee Hauser pulls a hidden ball trick on the Cubs Jimmy Sheckard.

15th Baseball goes on but the newspapers tomorrow will be filled with news of the sinking of the Titanic. At Boston, Herb Perdue stifles the Giants on 7 hits to shut out New York, 3–0. Christy Mathewson takes the loss.

In New York, the Senators Walter Johnson wins a duel against the Yankees Jack Quinn, 1–0. The Senators score in the 9th when, with 2 outs, Quinn issues his first walk. A single on a 3-2 count plus fumbles in CF and at home score the lone safety.

Playing without Cobb, the visiting Tigers lose to the White Sox, 12-7, as Chicago scores 7 runs in the last two innings. When the Detroit team checked into the Chicago Beach Hotel yesterday, Cobb immediately complained that his room was too close to the railroad tracks. Upset that he might have to wait 7 hours for a quieter room, and declining the other offered alternatives, Cobb stormed off and skipped today’s game (Ty Cobb, by Charles Leerhsen). Ping Bodie hits the first homer of the season for the Sox, while Morrie Rath and Jimmy Callahan each ave 3 hits and 3 runs.

16th The host Cardinals trounce the Cubs, 20–5 in 7 ½ innings, as a record 9 Redbirds score 2 or more runs. Rube Ellis has a grand slam for the Birds, connecting off King Cole in the 4th. The scoring record will be tied in 1922.

The Pirates top the Reds, 8–2, and pull off 5–3–7 double play along the way. Left fielder Max Carey makes the putout at 2B.

The Tigers pull off a triple steal against the host White Sox as they win, 10–1.

18th The opener at the new Fenway Park is rained out.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates win over the Cardinals, 4-3, when shortstop Arnie Hauser fumbles a 2-out grounder in the 9th to allow the winning run to score. Mike Donlin’s leg injury bothers him and he leaves after the 4th inning, with Leach taking over in CF and Wilson shifting to LF.

19th  Behind the pitching of Walter Johnson, Washington wins its home opener 6–0 over the World Champion Athletics. Johnson allows three hits. Only 10,000 fans show up as shocking news of the Titanic sinking keeps people away. President Taft skips the game and Veep James Sherman does the tossing of the first ball.

Playing their home opener against Brooklyn, the Giants win, 6–2. Mathewson is the victor, despite giving up 13 hits.

20th  The Boston Red Sox open in the new Fenway Park with a 7–6, 11-inning win over the New York Yankees before 27,000. Spitballer Bucky O’Brien and Sea Lion Hall top Jumbo Jim Vaughn, handing the Yankees their 6th straight loss.

After hitting the game-winning HR in the 11th inning to beat the Reds, 5–4, Cubs OF Jimmy Sheckard remembers that he had left his glove in the outfield. He detours on his home run trot to retrieve it as teammates yell to him to complete the circuit, which he does. As he scores the winning run, home plate ump Bill Brennan remarks, “I was waiting for you, Jimmy.” (as noted by SABR historian Don Jensen). The manager of the Reds is Hank O’Day, who was the umpire that day in 1908 when Fred Merkle failed to touch 2B.

Detroit opens remodeled Navin Park and beats Cleveland 6–5 in 11 innings before 24,384. George Mullin wins his own game with an RBI single. Detroit opens with two double steals in the 1st inning, including Cobb’s swipe of home when Crawford takes 2B. Cobb has two singles and two steals today.

In New York, Rube Marquard takes over for Jeff Tesreau in the 9th inning, with the Giants leading 2–1. Tesreau had walked two and given up a single in the frame. An error by Art Wilson lets in 2 Brooklyn runners, and Brooklyn leads, 3-2. but New York scores 2 in the bottom of the 9th when Wilson smashes a homer for a 4–3 win. The victory doesn’t go to Rube, but is awarded to Tesreau, depriving Marquard of a eventual 20-game winning streak.

In St. Louis, the Browns George Baumgardner and White Sox hurler James Scott battle to a 15-inning scoreless tie.

21st  Reds SS Jimmy Esmond, a .195 hitter, hits the first HR at Redland (later, Crosley) Field, off Bill Steele. The inside-the-park blow is his only roundtripper of the year. Nobody will hit one out of the Cincinnati park until Pat Duncan does it on June 2, 1921. Esmond’s 3-run homer leads the Reds to a 7–1 over the Cardinals.

22nd The Giants schedule an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds on as a Sunday benefit for the relief fund set up for the Titanic. Instead of selling tickets for the game, the Giants required fans to purchase a program, which cost the same amount as the price of a ticket. More than 14,000 fans come raising nearly $9,500 for the relief fund through their program purchases. The Giants beat the Yankees, 11-2.

25th At Baker Bowl, the Giants Christy Mathewson subdues the Phillies on 7 hits to beat Tom Seaton, 3–1. Two of the Phils’ safeties are by 17-year-old infielder Gene Steinbrenner, the only hits of his brief ML career.

At Fenway, Boston’s Charley Hall (3-0) pitches the Red Sox to a 4-1 win over the Senators. The Mexican-American Hall, born Carlos Clolo, also scores 2 runs. He will win 15 this season.

26th Boston 1B Hugh Bradley is the first player to hit a ball over the LF wall of Boston’s new park. It comes off Lefty Russell. His 3-run shot—his only homer this year and half his career total—helps the Red Sox beat Philadelphia, 7–6.

27th The Pirates jump on the visiting Reds to win, 23–4, doing all their scoring without a home run but collecting 27 hits. Pittsburgh saddles up Reds reliever Hansey Horsey, the last of 3 pitchers, for 14 hits and 12 runs in 4 innings. It is Horsey’s only ML appearance. Bobby Byrne and Dots Miller each have 5 hits, and Honus Wagner adds 4. Chief Wilson has a pair of triples. Byrne also has 3 of the 9 stolen bases for the Bucs.

Bob Groom allows 3 hits as he shuts out the visiting Yankees, 5-0. Former Yankee Eddie Foster hits a 3-run homer for Washington.

28th At Baltimore, the International League Orioles beat the New York Highlanders, 8-2, taking advantage of George McConnell’s wildness. The Yankees will return to American League play tomorrow with a 2-0 loss to the Senators to run their record to 2-10.

29th The Yankees Jumbo Vaughn tosses a 3-hitter, but loses, 2-0, to Washington. Walter Johnson pitches his third shutout in a row and has now thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings.

30th Detroit beats the visiting White Sox, 4-3, in 10 innings. Ty Cobb singles in the 10th, goes to 3B on a single, sliding into the bag. He then kicks the ball lying in front of Tannehill and scores the winning run.

MAY

1st  Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning and the Tigers go on to beat the White Sox, 6–5.

The Giants win their 8th in a row, subduing the visiting Phillies, 11-4, scoring a run in the 1st and 5 in the 4th and another 5 in the 5th against blue-chip rookie Tom Seaton. At that point John McGraw sends in his substitutes, and Toots Schultz, the former University of Pennsylvania pitcher, holds New York scoreless the rest of the way. Larry Doyle is 4-for-4 with an RBI-double in the 1st and a 3-run homer in the 4th. Rube Marquard hurls 7 scoreless innings for the win, with Louis Drucke, in his only appearance of the year, mopping up.

George Sisler, a freshman pitching for the University of Michigan, strikes out 20 in 7 innings.

3rd  Leading 18–5 after 8 innings, A’s pitchers give up a since-tied record 9th-inning outburst of 10 runs to New York before Eddie Plank stops them at 18–15. The Braves will post a 10-run 9th inning next month against the Giants.

Despite a 9th inning triple steal, the Giants lose to the Phils, 8-6, in 10 innings, called by the New York Times. “the triple steal business is about as scarce in the National Pastime as whip sockets on an automobile.” New York overcomes a deficit in the first inning, when the Phillies score 5 runs on no hits, to tie on the triple theft; Merkle’s 4th hit, a Texas leaguer by Herzog and a walk to Meyers sets up the thievery. Reliever Christy Mathewson is drilled for 3 doubles and the loss, while Pete Alexander gets the win. Bill Klem sets a season high mark when he tosses 4 players, including McGraw, out of the game.

In a U.S. League game at the Bronx Oval, the Reading team beats the Bronxites 13–8 as just 250 fans look on.

4th  In New York the Giants rack up 9 stolen bases on catcher George Graham in a 4–3 win over the Phils. Mathewson is the winner over Cliff Curtis. Matty allows 5 hits, but his two base on balls score in the 8th when he serves up a homer to Tom Downey. Phils 3B Hans Lobert, one of the fastest men in the game, chases a foul ball into the stands and breaks his kneecap.

Down by 10 runs, the Cubs rally to pull within one run of the Pirates when they score 6 runs in the 7th. Hank Robinson comes in to notch a strikeout to end the threat and pitches hitless ball for the final two frames as the Pirates win, 12-11. Bobby Byrnes wins a suit of clothes by hitting the Bucs’ first home run of the year at home, an inside-the-park line drive past Hofman.

5th  Dick Hoblitzell is 5-for-5 to pace the Reds to a 11-9 win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. His hitting is needed as the Cards answer with a single, double and triple from Ed Konetchy and a triple and two HRs from Rube Ellis.

6th  At St. Louis, Larry Doyle has 4 hits and accepts 11 chances in the field to pace the Giants to a 6-1 win over the Cardinals.

7th  At Cincinnati, President Taft roots for the Reds, but they fall to the Phillies, 8-5.

8th The White Sox beat Washington 7–6, snapping Walter Johnson’s five-game win streak. Johnson gives up two 2-run home runs, one to Harry Lord in the 1st and another to Ping Bodie in the 5th. A Johnson fastball breaks the arm of 3B Lee Tannehill, an injury that will hamper the infielder’s throwing ability, and ends the career of the 10-year veteran. Sox starter Joe Benz leaves with an injury after pitching 1 1/3 inning. Ed Walsh pitches the next 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs, and Frank Lange allows the same in his 2 innings.

The Giants score 9 runs by the 3rd inning and young Jeff Tesreau holds on for an 11–8 win over the Cardinals. Mathewson relieves in the 9th for New York. In the 7th inning, with a man on third, Tesreau grounds to SS Wally Smith, whose throw to 1B hits ump Brick Owens in the head knocking him out (as noted by Retrosheet). Owen’s wife, who is watching from the grandstands, faints. The runner is sent back to 3B and Tesreau hits again. Owens is back at work tomorrow.

First baseman Heinie Zimmerman has a homer, triple and double to lead Chicago to a 9–8 win over the Braves in Boston.

The Pittsburgh Filipinos, of the newly formed United States League, opens the season at vacant Exposition Park. The team is named after its veteran Deacon Phillippe, former Pirates star. The USL has promised not to sign current major leaguers, but will not last through June.

9th  The Giants top the host Cardinals, 8–3, with Christy Mathewson easily winning over Gene Woodburn.

Roy Akin of Waco, who hit the ball that led to Walter Carlisle’s remarkable unassisted triple play at Los Angeles in 1911, turns the tables. In the first inning, Houston (Texas League) has two runners on with no outs—John Fillmon on 3B and Gilbert Britton on 2B. Red Davis is at bat when Houston tries an aggressive version of the squeeze bunt and attempts to score both runners. With the windup Britton takes off and is around 3B when Davis bunts a line drive. Akin at 3B catches the liner, and steps on 3B for the unassisted triple play.

10th At Washington, the White Sox finish a sweep of their series with the Nationals with a 5–2 victory. Chicago’s Morrie Rath lines his first ML homer, good for 2 runs in the 5th, off Bob Groom. Rath will total just 19 RBI this year in 157 games, to set a ML record for fewest RBI by a full-season player. Groom is spared serving up a HR to Shano Collins when the new screen in right field prevents the roundtripper; Collins gets a double. Washington reliever Carl Cashion, who homered off Hugh Bedient on May 4, homers again to complete his ML output.

11th In an 8–1 win at Boston, Browns 1B George Stovall nabs Les Nunamaker in the 5th inning with a hidden ball trick.

12th Cleveland rookie Buddy Ryan makes his lone ML homerun a good one, cracking a grand slam off Jerry Akers in the Naps 6-1 win over Washington. The game is played at League Park in Cleveland as part of a itinerant series with the Nationals: yesterday’s match, a 8-0 victory for Washington’s Walter Johnson, was played in D.C. but the Capital’s blue laws prevented today’s game from being played there. The next two games in the series, which the two teams will split, will be back in Washington.

13th Hippo Vaughn and the Yankees stop the host Tigers, 15–4. The Tigers score in the first inning when Ty Cobb swipes home.

A Western Union telegraph operator named Lou Proctor inserts his name as a pinch hitter into the Browns-Red Sox box score (a walk in his at bat). The Sporting News will publish the box score and, years later, Proctor’s name will appear in the first edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia.

14th The first-place White Sox batter the A’s Jack Coombs out of the box in the 5th inning en route to a 7-0 victory behind Joe Benz. Fresh from high school, Herb Pennock debuts allowing the Sox one run in 4 innings of relief.

15th Ty Cobb charges into the stands in New York and attacks a crippled heckler named Claude Lueker. Other fans and Tigers mix it up before order is restored, and Ban Johnson suspends Cobb indefinitely for the incident. The Tigers win the contest, 8–4.

17th  Boston’s Fenway Park, built at a cost of $350,000, is formally dedicated, but the White Sox take a 5–2 win before an overflow crowd.

Chicago 3B Heinie Zimmerman goes 0-for-5 with three strikeouts to end his batting streak at 23 games. The Phillies win, 7–5.

18th The Tiger players protest Cobb’s suspension and vote to strike. Faced with a $5,000 fine for failing to field a team, club owner Frank Navin orders manager Hughey Jennings to sign up some local amateurs. Aloysius Travers, Bill Leinhauser, Dan McGarvey, Billy Maharg (whose real name was Graham, “Maharg” reversed), Jim McGarr, Pat Meany, Jack Coffey, Hap Ward, and Ed Irvin put on Tiger uniforms. Two Detroit coaches, Joe Sugden, 41, and Jim McGuire, 48, complete the lineup, and score the only two runs for Detroit. The Athletics set a club scoring record in winning, 24–2, as Travers goes all the way, giving up 26 hits and 24 runs in 8 innings. The A’s also set an AL-home record of most runs without a homer. The only recruit to hit for Detroit is Irvin, who enters in the 3rd inning and laces 2 triples in 3 at bats. Irvin had been offered a contract by the Phillies before the season, but did not want to be farmed out and refused. He closes his ML career with a 2.000 slugging average (only 3 other players will debut with 2 triples)—Weatherly, McCovey, and Sipin). Irvin will be killed in a barroom brawl in his native Philadelphia in 1916. Only one ever plays another ML game: Maharg will bat once for the Phils at the end of 1916. He will also be involved as a conspirator in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. A’s starter Jack Coombs leaves after 3 innings with a 6–0 lead, good enough for a win under the rules at the time. Boardwalk Brown and Herb Pennock divide the rest of the pitching for the A’s. Eddie Collins has 4 steals for the A’s. Starter Al Travers, having pitched his only ML game, returns to his studies at St. Joseph’s College and later becomes a Catholic priest.

The $400,000 Redland Field is dedicated in Cincinnati. A number of dignitaries, including Pennsylvania governor John Tener, AL Prexy Ban Johnson, and White Sox owner Charles Comiskey are on hand. Designed by Harry Hake at a cost of $225,000, the field replaces the aging Palace of the Fans on the same site, and looks very much like the Crosley Field that will eventually replace it. The Reds then delight the 20,000 fans by beating Christy Mathewson and the Giants, 4–3.

19th  President Ban Johnson meets with the Tigers and tells them they will play in Washington the next day or never play again. Urged by Cobb, they go back to work. Cobb is fined $50, and his suspension will be lifted May 26th. Players who had signed the strike telegram sent to Johnson are fined $100 each. A new players’ organization will be formed as a result of the incident.

21st Bill Malarkey of Oakland (PCL) allows no hits for 9 innings before being touched for a single in the 10th against San Francisco. The game ends in a scoreless tie because of a time limit.

With a Ty Cobb serving a suspension and looking on from the stands, George Mullin and the Tigers beat the Senators, 2-0, handing the defeat to Walter Johnson. For Mullin, it is his 200th career win. Each pitcher allows just two hits, with Mullin striking out 9 and Johnson fanning 6.

The Yankees edge the leading White Sox, 9-8, scoring the winning run in the 9th when Lange balks home Hal Chase. He was attempting to give an intention walk to Hartzell when Chase bluffed trying to score and Lange paused in his motion. Zinn has a single, double and 3-run homer for New York and drives in 4 runs.

22nd  The Giants complete a western trip in first place, beating the Reds today, 6–1. Mathewson is in total control, giving up 3 hits in the 1st three innings, and then retiring the next 18 batters. The Giants will win 9 straight, before losing to St. Louis 5–1 on May 31st, and will open a 14-game lead.

23rd Sore-armed Cy Young, sitting on Boston’s bench for a month, attempts to pitch but gives up after a short warmup lamenting, “It’s no use. I’m not going on. These poor fellows have lost too many games already.” Young, at 45, retires. True to form, the Braves lose, 3-1, in Pittsburgh.

24th New York’s Rube Marquard beats Brooklyn, 6–3, for his 9th straight victory.

25th New York SS Jack Martin gets plunked twice by Walter Johnson, who hits three batters in the game. The second time Martin is hit a fast ball shatters his jaw. He will be out of action for five weeks. Johnson, who consciously avoids throwing at batters will, nevertheless, hit 205 batters in his career.

26th The Senators acquire 1B Chick Gandil from Montreal (International) for $12,000 and players Jerry Akers, Charlie Becker and Bill Cunningham. Cal Griffith will later say that putting Gandil in at first base was the reason the team immediately went on a 17-game winning streak—16 on the road.

27th In the 5th inning of a Giants’ 6–2 win over Brooklyn, New York pitcher Red Ames swipes home on the front end of a double steal.

28th Brooklyn belts 10 hits off Christy Mathewson to knock him out in the 7th inning and take a 4–2 lead. But New York rallies behind reliever Doc Crandall to win, 5–4.

29th  At Fenway Park, the second-place Red Sox take two from Washington 21–8 and 12–11 in 8 innings. Joe Wood wins the opener, allowing 11 hits, while Boston collects 18 hits and 15 walks. The two squads combine for 59 hits for 77 total bases.

Detroit whips the Browns, 7-5, in 14 innings with the help of a last-inning error and wild pitch. Cobb has 3 hits including a triple and has now hit in 23 straight games against the Browns (as noted by Trent McCotter). Cobb will match this streak versus one club in 1917-1918, but never top it.

30th  In an attempt to shake up the team, the Pirates send veteran Tommy Leach and pitcher Lefty Leifield to Chicago for 29-year-old Solly Hofman and pitcher King Cole. Hofman is expected to play first base, where the Bucs have been suffering, but he’ll appear exclusively in the outfield. Cole, 40–13 in 2+ years of pitching, will be a no show, eventually pitching in just 17 games for Pittsburgh before ending his career with the Highlanders. The trade breaks up one of the great trios of Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, and Leach. The 3 first played together in 1899 at Louisville and in their 13 years together won 4 league championships and one WS.

Three doubleheader sweeps—Chicago Green Sox over Richmond, Virginia Rebels; Cincinnati over Reading, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Filipinos over Cleveland—end a short, futile season of the would-be ML competitor, the United States League. Poorly organized and financed, the season began May 1st and collapsed largely through the failure of New York franchise to attract fans. The Filipinos, so named because old Pittsburgh favorite Deacon Phillippe was manager, had the best record: 16–8. Players and fields were barely above semipro level, but promoters will be heard from again with the advent of the Federal League.

In the morning game in Boston, the Red Sox manage just 4 hits off Washington rookie Joe Engel, but score a pair in the 9th to win, 3-2. Engel, making his ML debut at 19, is done in by errors. In the p.m. game, Walter Johnson rights the ship with a 5-0 shutout and Washington starts a 17-game winning streak.

At Philadelphia, the morning game draws 18,000, while 38,000 crowd the afternoon contest. The Giants win both, 7–1 and 6–1, over the Phils. Marquard wins the nitecap to run his streak to 10 wins.

Thanks to the generosity of the Giants, the Yankees host the Athletics at the Polo Grounds for an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader. More than 6,000 fans watch the morning game as New York loses, 7–1, to Cy Morgan. Ira Thomas slugs a 2nd-inning homer, his only one this year, into the RF stands for the A’s against Hippo Vaughn. New York’s only run comes in the 8th inning when manager Harry Wolverton makes his first appearance of the year, batting for Zinn with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Thomas promptly plunks him in the ribs to drive in the only run. Harry plays 3B in the 9th. The afternoon game was expected to draw a big crowd but it is rained out.

31st The Cards top the Giants, 5–1, stopping the Giants win streak at 9 straight.

JUNE

1st The Giants get back on the winning track by hammering Bill Steele and a reliever for 16 hits to win, 13–4. Mathewson picks up the win, allowing 13 hits along the way.

Ed Summers makes a rare start for Detroit and beats the Yankees, 9-3. It evens his record at 1-1 for the year, but this is the last ML appearance for Summers, who is hampered by rheumatism. Summers won 67 games in his first four years, but just this one in 1912.

Following an 8-3 home loss to Washington, the 12-27 Browns replace manager Bobby Wallace with first baseman George Stovall.

3rd New York’s Rube Marquard wins his 11th in a row, clipping the Cardinals, 8–3. Batterymate Chief Meyers helps with a grand slam.

At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Reds top Brooklyn, 7-4. despite a triple play in the 8th where the batter is not even retired. Mike Mitchell hits a grounder to short with the bases full and the sequence goes 6-2 (force at home), 5-2, 4. (SABR Triple Play database).

4th The Phillies whip their cross-state rivals, the Pirates, 17-4, as John Titus scores 5 runs, Sherry Magee has 4 hits and a walk, Mickey Doolan drives in 5 runs and Otto Knabe drives in 4.

Behind the pitching of “chunky” (Chicago Tribune) Frank Lange, the first-place White Sox top the A’s, 2-0. Veteran A’s outfielder Danny Murphy shatters his kneecap on an attempted steal. He will be out the rest of the year and the injury will effectively end his career.

On Napoleon Lajoie Day in Cleveland, the player-manager receives a horseshoe of flowers filled with 1,000 silver dollars, a gift from the fans. His teammates chip in with $125 in gold. Nap then chips in with 2 hits and a sac fly in the 5-1 win over Boston. Vean Gregg allows 9 hits but strikes out 11.

5th The Giants take on the visiting Reds and whip them, 22–10, scoring 13 runs in the first 3 innings. Larry Doyle has 5 hits, including a double and triple, and scores 4 runs.

6th In Chicago, Walter Johnson takes over for Musser in the 6th inning with Washington ahead, 2–1, and holds Chicago scoreless the rest of the way. Washington tallies another 7 runs for the 9–1 win, awarded to Johnson under the practices at the time.

7th Mathewson allows 11 hits and 6 runs, but still defeats the Reds, 7–6. George Suggs takes the loss for Cincy, which now trails New York by 9 ½ games.

8th You want butter on that? In Chicago, the Senators score 5 in the 3rd and Walter Johnson does the rest, as the White Sox fall, 7-1. Johnson strikes out 9. Germany Schaefer pops off once too much for Silk O’Loughlin and the umpire tosses Germany for eating popcorn in the coach’s box (according to Deadball Stars of the AL. Retrosheet has no ejections for the Senators on this date, but Germany was not in the lineup).

9th In St. Louis, Red Sox rookie Hugh Bedient coasts to a 9–2 win over the Browns. Tris Speaker, the AL’s leading hitter, is 4-for-5 off Roy Mitchell, hitting for the cycle to pace the Boston attack.

10th  The Red Sox beat the Browns, 3–2, and take the AL lead for good, finishing 14 games ahead of Washington.

In the opener with the Giants, the Cubs top the league leaders, 9–8, in 10 innings despite New York’s Chief Meyers hitting for the cycle. The Chief is the first ML catcher to cycle. Heinie Zimmerman answers with two homers for Chicago. Chicago scores twice in the top of the 10th when Giants reliever Doc Crandall attempts to give Zimmerman an intentional pass with Joe Tinker on 3B, but Zimm drives an outside pitch into the RF wing of the grand stand for his second homer of the game. New York scores a final run to make it 9-8. Zim’s 14 homers will lead the NL this season.

11th New York’s Red Ames is the victory over the Cubs, 8–3. Mathewson relieves Ames with a 4–3 lead, and K’s 3 of the 6 batters he faces. Heinie Zimmerman argues a strike call and gets an ejection and 3-day suspension.

12th In New York, with the Cubs ahead 2–1 Rube Marquard is lifted in the bottom of the 8th for a pinch hitter, and the Giants score twice to take the lead. Doc Crandall finishes up and the Giants win 3–2, with the win awarded to Marquard. For Rube, it is his 13th straight victory.

With Chicago leading 8-0 after three innings, Sox manager Jimmy Callahan pulls starter Ed Walsh to save him for the Red Sox series. George Mogridge pitches the rest of the way as the White Sox win, 11-2, over New York.

13th  New York’s Christy Mathewson wins, 3–2 over the Cubs for his 300th career victory. The Cubs threaten in the 9th when Tommy Leach leads off with a fly ball that Beals Becker loses in the sun for a triple, but Matty retires the next 3 batters for the win over Cheney. The Giants take three of four from Chicago and have now won a ML record 14 straight series (one series was just one game).

Chicago’s Ed Walsh tops Boston, 3-2, as the Pale Hose score in the bottom of the 9th. Walsh drives in the winning run. He allows only 3 hits, a walk. strikes out 5 as the game is delayed an hour because of rain.

14th  “Deerfoot” Clyde Milan steals 5 bases, including home, in 3 innings as the Nationals beat Cleveland, 13–8, for their 14th straight win, all on the road.

15th  Starting his third straight game, Ed Walsh lasts only 2 innings, giving up 3 runs   Joe Benz relieves in in the 3rd. Chicago ties it with 3 in the 6th, but Benz gave up a go ahead run in the 7th in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. The loss leaves Chicago in 2nd place, a game behind Boston, and tied with Washington. For Walsh, this is the second time in his career that he starts three straight games, the only pitcher to accomplish that in the 20th century. Red Faber, in 1917, will start three straight games.

16th Smoky Joe Wood beats the host White Sox, 6–4, allowing 5 hits. The Red Sox ace is now 13–3.

18th The Senators, in 2nd place two games behind the Red Sox, return home to face the A’s, as President Taft throws out a belated Opening Day ball. Behind Bob Groom’s pitching, Washington wins 5–4, for the Nationals’ 17th straight win. After the game, Senator fans learn that Groom had a painful abscess between his shoulders and that pitcher had opted to have it drained rather than undertake an operation. The Senators’ 16 road wins is a league record until 1984. The A’s will stop the win streak on the 19th and 20th by sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Frank Baker will go 9–for–15 and drive in the winning runs in three of the victories.

The Pirates use 5 Giants errors and 7 hits off Mathewson for a 7–2 win over New York.

Mascot, 8, ejected and fired. In a Class C Canadian League the eight-year-old “mascot” of the Ottawa Senators is ejected for throwing a glove at a Hamilton player chasing a foul pop near the Ottawa dugout. Ottawa manager Louie Cook gets upset about the incident, not so much his mascot’s intentions, but his judgment. The Hamilton player had no chance of catching the ball, but the mascot caused the Ottawa batter to be called out on interference, and the Senators lose, 4-3. After the game, Cook announces he has “released” the mascot. (as noted by David McDonald)

20th  With no hint that a record is about to be set, the Giants coast to a 14–2 lead through 8 innings at Boston, then score 7 more in the 9th for a 21–2 lead. With most of McGraw’s regulars on the bench, the Braves rally for 10 in the last of the 9th, but lose 21–12. The 17 runs are the NL post-1900 record scored by 2 teams in the 9th. Another 20th century mark set is the 11 stolen bases by the Giants—four by Josh Devore in the 9th after singling twice—and 14 swipes by both clubs. Thirteen Giants score runs, tying the ML record. The Giants Ernie Shore makes his ML debut in this game and surrenders 8 hits, a walk, and 10 runs (3 earned) in one inning, the 9th, of relief work, but is credited with a save years later for Hooks Wiltse. It is his only appearance in the NL, as this shaky effort will send him to the minors for two years. Buster Brown takes the loss.

In a doubleheader split at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Owen Wilson hits two triples in the opener, including one in the 10th with a man on to win, 6–4. He then hits another in the nitecap, a 5–3 loss. It’s his 5th straight game with a three-bagger. Wilson will hit an incredible 36 triples this season, a major league record.

21st Cleveland overcomes a swipe of home in the first inning by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers, 6–2. Fred Blanding is the winner.

The White Sox host the Browns, pasting them 8-1 behind the pitching of Ed Walsh. Rollie Zeider contributes 4 stolen bases.

22nd Ty Cobb gets pinch hit for. With two outs in the 9th, and the Tigers down 11–3, Cobb is nowhere to be found, and George Mullin substitutes and flies out to end the game. It turns out Cobb is in the clubhouse showering.

They might be the Braves this year, but they’re still the doormats of the NL. The Giants fatten their averages today, beating Boston, 17–5 and 14–12. New York puts the opener away for Mathewson with 10 runs in the 7th inning, with Walt Dickson taking the loss. Matty has 2 of the 22 New York hits, while Merkle and Snodgrass each have 4 hits. The Giants score 57 runs in the four-game sweep.

The Red Sox beat the Yanks, 10–3, to complete a five-game sweep in New York. Boston scores 55 runs in the sweeping.

Chicago drubs the Cardinals, 10–2, behind Heinie Zimmerman’s 5 RBIs. The Great Zim has a single, two doubles and a triple.

23rd The Reds defeat the visiting Pirates, 12-1 stealing 7 bases against the Bucs. Bob Bescher has 3 and Rube Benton, the winning pitcher, adds a steal of home.

An article in today’s Los Angeles Times reports that “perhaps the most noticeable feature of baseball tactics in the East this year is the tendency to hit at the first ball pitched.” The article notes that seven of the first 10 hitters in the WS last year swung at the first pitch.

25th The Cardinals walk the plank against the Pirates, losing 10–4 and 19–3 to Pittsburgh. The Pirates score ten runs in the 7th inning of game 2 and are helped on offense with grand slams from Max Carey and Owen Wilson. Carey won’t hit another grand slam until 1927.

It’s a color war as the Cubs split a pair with the Reds, winning easily, 11–0, then dropping a 3–1 decision in the nitecap. Mordecai Brown applies the whitewash in the opener, beating Bob Keefe, and Jimmy Lavender takes the nitecap, decisioning Bert Humphries. Pitching for the Reds in the opener, Bill Cramer makes a ML record 4 errors in just 2 1/3 innings, in his major league debut and exit. Three are on wild throws to bases and one is a wild pitch for an error. He allows 6 runs, all unearned, but his fielding tickets him to the minors.

New York’s Rube Marquard runs his win streak to 17 games by edging the Phillies, 2–1, and beating Pete Alexander. The only run he allows is a homer by Bill Killifer. This ties the NL record 20th century mark set by Ed Reulbach in 1906-07.

26th Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood outguns the Nationals ace Walter Johnson to win, 3–0. Wood allows 3 hits to Big Train’s 4. Johnson fans 10 batters in the loss.

The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2–8), winner of last year’s opener, to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August, Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).

28th The Giants sweep another two from the Braves, winning 10–3 and 12–3 to run their win streak to 11 games. Mathewson wins the opener, adding a steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 4th inning when Rariden’s throw goes into CF. It is one of 13 bases the Giants swipe on the afternoon against Rariden (G1) and Kling (G2). This is the 2nd time in a month that a Giants pitcher has stolen home: Red Ames did it May 22 against Brooklyn. The Giants will steal home 17 times this year to tie the NL mark set by Chicago last season. However, Kling does tie a mark in the 5th inning of the second game by throwing out 3 Giant baserunners (Beals Becker, Dave Robertson and Art Fletcher) trying to steal.

In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender hurls a one-hitter in beating Pittsburgh, 4–0. Owen Wilson has the only safety, a single, while Lavender goes 3-for-3.

29th Rube Marquard’s NL-record consecutive game winning streak (20th C) goes to an amazing 18–0 as he tops Boston, 8–6, for New York’s 12th straight win over the hapless Braves.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees, winning 13–6 and 6–0. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap, his 2nd shutout in a row, allowing just one hit, in winning 6–0 in 7 innings. Sterrett’s single is the lone hit. In the nitecap, Hick Cady makes two hits in one at bat. His single scores Jake Stahl from 3B, but umpire Frank O’ Loughlin rules that Stahl was balked home. In Cady’s 2nd chance, he doubles. Yankee infielder Birdie Cree has his wrist broken when he is hit by a pitch from Buck O’Brien. He will be out the season.

30th In game 2 of a DH at St Louis, Joe Jackson ties the ML record with 3 triples to pace Cleveland to a 15–1 pasting of the Browns. The Browns take the opener, 6–4.

JULY

1st At Pittsburgh, Chicago’s Wildfire Schulte breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Marty O’Toole and Jimmy Lavender by legging out an inside-the-park homer in the 12th inning. Lavender and the Cubs win, 1–0.

At the Polo Grounds, Art Wilson hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Lefty Tyler, and the Giants hold on for 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

2nd At New York, Boston’s Larry Gardner legs out two inside-the-park homers but the Red Sox still lose, 9–7, to New York.

3rd  The Giants Rube Marquard nips Nap Rucker, 2–1, to capture his 19th straight game this season. With two end-of-year wins in 1911, he has 21 in a row in regular season play. Both marks are records. Rube started his streak of 19 wins this season by beating Rucker on April 11. On the 8th, the Cubs will beat him, but he will ultimately compile a league-leading 26 victories against 11 defeats. Today’s game is the Giants’ 16th consecutive win. Brooklyn will end the streak tomorrow

After a first game 3-2 victory, Walter Johnson picks up a win in game 2 and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Washington coasts to a 10–2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins before he is beaten. The Senators are in the middle of a six-game sweep of the Yankees, including another pair tomorrow.

4th  Three weeks after the Tigers ask waivers on George Mullin, he pitches himself a 32nd birthday present at Detroit, a 7–0 no-hitter over the Browns. Mullin helps his victory with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Ty Cobb is 3-for-4, though the Hall of Fame will credit Ty with a 2-for-4 game. Subsequent research by Trent McCotter and Mark Stang will confirm the 3 hits, and Cobb will total a record 68 for the month. In the morning game, a 9–3 Detroit win, Cobb steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 5th inning against the battery of Baumgartner and Krichell, the 3rd time he has accomplished this feat: he did it last July. Cobb has stolen home 5 times this season; this is his first swipe of home in his last 8 successes that didn’t occur in the 1st inning.

Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood loses, 4-3, at the hands of the Athletics star Eddie Plank. But Wood will win his next start on July 8th, the first of 16 in a row and will finish the year at 34–5. The A’s win game 2 of the doubleheader, 6-5.

Brooklyn ends the Giants win streak of 16 games by sweeping a doubleheader, 10–3 and 5–2. The Superbas take the a.m. game, cuffing Mathewson for 5 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the loser in the afternoon contest, but the Giants are still in the lead by 14 ½ games.

5th Christy Mathewson, hammered yesterday, is in control today, whipping Brooklyn, 5–1. Cy Barger takes the loss.

Burlington (Central Association) pitcher Ed Hawk is fatally injured when he falls out of a third story hotel window. He was attempting to adjust a window shade (Ottawa Journal, July 8). According to the newspaper, the Tigers offered $2,000 for the pitcher.

6th  In Brooklyn, the cornerstone is put in place and construction on Ebbets Field begins. The field is expected to be finished by September 1. Meanwhile, the Giants take on the host Superbas before a turn-away crowd of 20,000, who hope to see another matchup of Rucker and Marquard. Manager McGraw starts Red Ames instead, and Rucker lasts just 2 innings before being replaced for a pinch hitter. Two errors in the 8th undo Brooklyn and the Giants prevail, 5-3.

At St. Louis, the Cubs lose to the Cards, 12–7, as Miller Huggins scores 5 runs. Heinie Zimmerman gets tossed out of the game for arguing with umpire Rigler. He then has an obscene tantrum in front of the fans, enough to “have grown men blush.” It will cost him a $100 fine by the league.

At Chicago, the Tigers and White Sox split a pair. Detroit takes the opener, 4-0, on Jean Dubac’s one hitter. Buck Weaver has the lone hit. Buck will repeat the act exactly one year from today. Chicago takes the second game, 10-9, on Kuhn’s 2-out RBI double in the 9th.

At Hilltop, the Yankees lose their 20th game in their last 22 matches, falling to the Senators, 8-7, and dropping into last place in the AL. Three errors in the 9th hand 2 runs to the Senators as the Yankees total 8 miscues in the game. Washington is barely better with 5.

At Boston, Gavvy Cravath’s second homer of the day, a 2-run shot in the 13th, gives the A’s a 13-11 win over the Red Sox. A few innings earlier Cravath saved the game with a running back handed catch.

7th  To fend off possible future challenges to the legality of the standard contract and its reserve clause, new wording provides for compensation to the player for the right to renew. A player’s salary is specified as 75 percent for his services and 25 percent for the privilege of reserving them for the following season.

8th In Chicago, the Cubs beat the Giants and ace Rube Marquard, 7–2, stopping Rube’s remarkable streak. Rube’s record is now 19–1. Rube is lifted at the end of 6 innings with the score, 6–2. He gives up 8 hits and walks 7. The 19 straight wins is the NL record for the 20th C and ties Tim Keefe’s mark of 19 in a row set in 1888. A tired Rube will lose another 10 games and finish the year at 26-11.

In Pittsburgh, the Phillies top the Pirates, 5–1, ending Howie Camnitz’s win streak of 7. Pete Alexander is the victor.

9th Christy Mathewson tops Three Finger Brown, 5–2, despite allowing 11 hits and not K’ing one Chicago batter.

10th Cy Young comes out of retirement for the day to play first base for the Canton (Central League) club on boosters day. He goes hitless and handles 6 chances in the 4–3 win over Youngstown. Young pitched his first game in Organized Ball for Canton on April 30, 1890.

The Yankees lose their 8th straight, as the Tigers maul them, 11-3. The visiting Jungaleers score 6 runs in the 1st inning on 5 hits and 5 errors, 3 of the miscues by catcher Jeff Sweeney (The NYT box score credits Sweeney with 2 errors but subsequent review gives him an AL-record 3 in the inning). New York makes 7 errors in the game, which Detroit hardly needs as they collect 15 hits, 4 by Cobb. Sweeney will lead the AL catchers in errors with 34.

Cliff Curtis is sold by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Brooklyn Superbas. It is his fourth team in two years.

12th The Phillies beat the Reds, 6–4, behind Pete Alexander. He’ll beat them again, 5–0, on the 15th.

In Boston, the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 1–0, in 11 innings. Smoky Joe Wood goes all the way in the win allowing 5 hits and striking out 10.

At Detroit, the Tigers roll over the Athletics and Harry Krause, 9–0. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning to start the Tigers off.

In the Yankees 4–1 win over the Browns, New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhop’s 2nd steal of home in 3 years.

13th Mathewson scatters 13 hits but beats the Cards, 7-2, in St. Louis. Joe Willis is the loser.

15th  A U.S. baseball team, made up of track and field athletes, defeats the Swedish Vesteras Club, 13–3, in a one-game, six-inning Olympic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. The American supply a pitcher and catcher for the Swedes, forego batting in the 6th inning, and give the Swedes six outs in the final frame. Future major leaguer Jim Thorpe misses the game because he is still competing in the decathlon. Tomorrow an exhibition game will match players from the Eastern U.S. against players from the Western U.S. Thorpe will play for the East.

17th In Pittsburgh, the Giants beat the Pirates’ Howie Camnitz, 10–2. Mathewson allows 7 hits in the win.

18th In the first game of a twinbill in Chicago, Fred Luderus starts the scoring with a grand slam in the first off Lew Richie for the Phils and Gavvy Cravath swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Phils a two-run lead in a 9–8 win over the Cubs. Reliever Tom Seaton is the winner over Jimmy Lavender Seaton also pitches the 2nd game but loses, 4–2, to Ed Reulbach.

19th  Ty Cobb strokes 7 hits in a doubleheader split to give him a ML record of 14 hits in 2 consecutive twin bills against the Athletics. Detroit wins 8–6 before falling, 14–6. Bill White will tie Cobb in 1961. Cobb also pummeled them for 7 hits on the 17th on his way to collecting an incredible 68 hits for the month, a record.

In Chicago, Phils manager Red Dooin is ejected from the game for rubbing liniment on the ball. Dooin did it in an effort to thwart Cubs spitballer Jimmy Lavender from licking the ball but Lavender immediately detected it and signaled umpire Cy Rigler. Lavender licks his way to a 4-0 win over Eppa Rixey. According to historian John Snyder, Dooin tried the same trick on Pittsburgh spitter Marty O’Toole on July 9, forcing him out of the game with a swollen tongue. Rixey took that loss, 2-0, as well.

20th  Ray Caldwell of the Highlanders, inserted as a pinch runner in the 9th, steals home for the tying run in an eventual 4–3 win over Cleveland. Maloney, another pinch runner in the 9th steals 2B and scores the winner. Caldwell then pitches a 4–0 victory in the second game.

In Chicago, the Phils pound the Cubs, 14–2. Pete Alexander allows no hits through 7 innings and finally allows a safety in the 8th with one out. He lets up in the 9th allowing a pair of solo homers as the Phils take four out of 5 in Chicago. Sherry Magee has a bases loaded steal of home in the 9th on the catchers return to the pitcher. Fred Luderus has a 2-run inside-the-park HR when his line drive gets tangled in the batting cage parked in the outfield.

Jeff Tesreau, with relief help from Mathewson in the 9th, beats the Pirates, 2–1. Four singles in the 9th inning off Hank Robinson provide the Giants with the margin.

22nd Mathewson is masterful in subduing the Reds, 4–1. Matty allows 8 hits in outpitching George Suggs.

Walter Johnson beats Detroit, 5–3, and sets an AL record by striking out the first 5 batters (Jones, Bush, Cobb, Crawford, Deal) in the game. He then gives up a double to George Moriarty, before striking out Baldy Louden. Lefty Gomez, in 1937, will match the Big Train.

The Red Sox sell pitcher Eddie Ciccotte to the White Sox.

23rd  In Boston, Smoky Joe Wood (20–4) pitches Boston to a 6–3 win over Cleveland. He allows 9 hits while striking out 7.

Iron Man McGinnity is still pitching doubleheaders, winning a pair of games for Newark against Rochester (International League) at age 41.

25th  The White Sox overcome Bert Daniels hitting for the cycle to beat the Yankees in New York, 6–4.

At Boston, Cleveland ace Vean Gregg scatters 4 hits in beating the Red Sox, 1-0. Boston leads the AL by 7 games.

26th In an accommodation to the Wall Street crowd, the Giants open their home stand with a 3:45 game against the Cubs. But the Cubs score 3 in the 8th off Mathewson to win, 4–2.

27th At Chicago, Tris Speaker hits a 2-run homer over the LF fence in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win over the White Sox.

A crowd of 38,000 is at the Polo Grounds to see the Cubs beat the Giants, 7-6. Jimmy Lavender beats Rube Marquard as the Cubs knock Rube out of the gamein the 7th. New York scores 4 in the 8th to send Lavender packing.

29th  For the first time, a NL team loses a game because of the rule that holds runners in place when a batted ball hits an umpire. A double by the Giants’ Buck Herzog drives in 2 runs, but the ball hits umpire Garner Bush, and the runs do not count. New York loses, 4–3, to the Cubs.

30th Led by Red Murray’s homer, the Giants pound Chicago rookie Jimmy Lavender for 5 runs in the first 2 innings on their way to a 10–4 win. Each team makes 4 errors, but Mathewson scatters 9 hits to win. The Giants lead the NL by 10 games.

31st  A day after the Braves went 14 innings to beat St. Louis, they go 19 innings with the Pirates. Lefty Otto Hess going all the way for Boston. The Pirates score 3 in the 19th, and the Braves come back with 2, losing 7–6. Honus Wagner, who earlier stole home, drives in the final run for Pittsburgh. Wagner, at 38, is the oldest player in the NL.

In Philadelphia, the Cards take the first of two games, 4-2, then lose the 2nd, 6-0, to spitballer Ad Brennan. Next week, Brennan will be diagnosed with diphtheria and manager Dooin appeals to the league president Lynch to allow the Phillies to spray the team’s baseballs with disinfectant so no other players catch the disease. Lynch demurs and quarantines the spitballer until September.

AUGUST

1st  Rube Marquard is fined $25 by the National Commission for pitching an inning in a semipro game in Port Chester, NY, on a day off.

Heinie Zimmerman has two hits in the Cubs 9–3 win over Brooklyn to raise his average over .400. Bill Sweeney will briefly pass Zim in mid-August before the Cubs star regains the batting lead for good.

The Giants take a pair from the Reds, winning 5-4 and 7-5. New York has a 13-game winning streak over Cincinnati.

Phillies manager Roger Bresnahan helps in a 4–3 win over visiting St. Louis. With the bases loaded in the 5th, Bresnahan suddenly jumps off the bench, yells, and starts running towards home. Slim Sallee stops in the middle of his windup to Sherry Magee, and the ump calls a balk. Paskert then hits a sac fly to drive in the go ahead run.

Washington wins a contentious game over the Tigers, 6–3. In the 6th inning, Cobb on 1B, takes off with 2 strikes on Crawford, who misses a Groom spitter, which eludes the catcher. Crawford is automatically out but catcher Williams throws to Gandil at 1B anyway. With that Cobb goes to 3B. When Groom takes a big windup, Cobb steals home, initially being called out by umpire Connolly, who did not see Williams drop the ball. The Tigers leave the field in protest and return after Connolly confers and makes the correct call. The Washington Post criticizes Connolly for getting it wrong and creating confusion by conferring.

2nd  Smoky Joe Wood stops the Browns on three hits and his teammates score 6 runs in the 4th en route to a 9-0 shutout. Jake Stahl hits a grand slam in the big inning.

3rd  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score runs on two solo homers by Fred Merkle and one by Beals Becker, off Art Fromme, to beat the Reds, 3–2. In a typical game, Mathewson scatters 10 hits and walks none for the win. Armando Marsans is 4-for-4 for the Reds. With the 4–0 win yesterday and today’s win, the Giants have won 15 straight.

Six errors in a doubleheader has Ivy climbing the wall as Cleveland shortstop Ivy Olson makes three miscues in each game as the Naps lose 7-4 and 9-2 to the visiting A’s. Olson will make 44 errors this year, but only 27 come while he’s playing shortstop. Rookie Buck Weaver will lead the AL shortstops in E’s with 71.

5th  At Comiskey Park, Walter Johnson relieves Carl Cushion with 2 outs in the 8th and stops the White Sox. Johnson throws another 2 innings of hitless ball and drives in the winning run to give Washington an 8–7 win. Johnson has now won 9 out of 10 decisions with the White Sox this season.

At St. Louis, Cards pitcher Ed Konetchy hits 2 inside-the-park homers in an 8–4 win over Brooklyn.

Pittsburgh doubles the Giants, 8–4, the snap the Giants’ 15-game winning streak. The Cubs win a pair from the Phillies, 5–2 and 5–4, to stay 8 ½ games behind first place New York.

6th  Inspired in part by the Cobb suspension and the Tigers’ brief strike in May, the formation of a Players’ Fraternity is announced, headed by attorney and former player Dave Fultz. Leading players include Cobb, Mathewson, Mickey Doolan, and Jake Daubert. The goals are to oppose contract violations, rowdyism, and anything that may “impair a player’s ability.” At one point, a strike will be called for a Brooklyn attempt to send an obscure player, Harry Kraft, down to Newark, but many teams balk at the strike call, and it is rescinded.

At Cleveland, Joe Wood gives up 13 hits in an 11-inning 5–4 win for Boston. He strikes out 5 in running his record to 23–4.

7th  in a 7–2 loss to the Athletics, Browns manager-1B George Stovall makes 7 assists, topping Bill Brown’s ML record of 6 in a game for Louisville in 1893.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates win their 3rd straight against the leading Giants, belting Christy Mathewson for 15 hits and 6 runs in 8 innings. Spitballer Marty O’Toole allows 7 hits to win, 7–2.

9th  Washington’s game with St. Louis is rained out in the 3rd inning depriving Deerfoot Milan of three stolen bases he racked up. He will still set an American League record for the year with 88 steals.

10th Led by Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Phils whip the Reds, 10–2. Pete wins the game on the mound and also adds a home run.

In a game at Boston, Chicago star Johnny Evers pushes umpire Finneran after the latter challenges Evers, Zimmerman, and Chance to fight him under the stands after the game. Evers will be suspended for five days, and though the Cubs win three games, there will be a howl that president Lynch is favoring the Giants. Downs will fill in at 2B for Chicago. Chicago scores 3 in the 8th to win, 11-10.

11th  In an 8–3 win over the Yankees, Cleveland’s Joe Jackson becomes the 2nd AL player to steal home twice in a game. He steals home in the first inning, and then in the 7th, he steals 2B, 3B, and home. The latter comes on a double steal with Vean Gregg.

Following a 4-2 Tiger win over the Red Sox, Ty Cobb and his wife are driving to the Detroit train station when they are stopped on Trumbull Avenue by three thugs intent on robbing them. According to one account, Cobb exits the auto and is set upon by all three. He pulls out a gun, which fails to work, then starts swinging. One of the men jumps on him and stabs Cobb in the lower back, inflicting a 6-inch wound. Cobb decks another before the other two run off. (The Sporting News relates that all three ran off, according to Cobb) As Al Stump outrageously relates it in his biography, Cobb catches one and “left him in a sorry condition. I ran down the other. He’d ducked into a dead-end alley between two houses. Cobb slashed away with the pistol butt until he was faceless, “Left him there, not breathing, in his own rotten blood.” Two days later, an unidentified body is found in an alley near Trumbull (A SABR article in 1996 by Doug Roberts found no evidence that a murder was committed). Cobb puts a handkerchief in the wound and refuses medical attention, driving instead to station, where a trainer stitched him up. The wounded Cobb—“amazingly” (Detroit Free Press) plays tomorrow in a exhibition game in Syracuse, garnering two hits, and plays the following day against the Yankees in New York. [the date of this altercation in Detroit has been variously listed as June 3, 1912 (Al Stump) and August 12 (Ron Cobb and others). The off-day exhibition is played on Monday, the 12th, the Yankee game on the 13th]

12th  The Cards paste Red Ames for 6 runs in 3 innings, then add two more against reliever Christy Mathewson to win, 8–6. Matty takes the loss; his record is now 17–8.

Cubs owner Charles Murphy hints that the Cards and other clubs go easy against McGraw’s Giants. Later Phils’ owner Horace Fogel, a former Giants manager whose ownership of the Phils is seen as a front for Murphy and financial backer Charles Raft of Cincinnati, echoes the accusation and charges NL umpires with favoring the Giants. It will lead to Fogel’s being expelled from the NL.

14th The Pirates score an unearned run in the 10th to beat Alexander and the Phils, 2–1. It is Pete’s first loss to Pittsburgh.

Tris Speaker runs his hit streak to 20 straight games, lining a hit in game 1 of today’s twinbill with the Browns. This is Speaker’s 3rd long streak of the season; earlier he had streaks of 20 games and 30 games, the only player in history to do so. In the nitecap, Smoky Joe Wood wins his 25th, beating the Browns, 8–0. He allows 4 hits and strikes out 9.

In game 1 against Vean Gregg, Stuffy McGinnis has 2 inside-the-park home runs to pace the A’s to an 8–3 win over Cleveland. Philadelphia takes the nitecap, 2–0.

15th  Little-known Guy Zinn, Yankees outfielder, steals home twice on double steals in a 5–4 win against Detroit; this will add to New York’s ML record of 18 steals of home for the year. The Giants will set the NL record this season with 17 swipes of home. Zinn adds two more steals in the game. The Yankees climb out of the cellar today and will win tomorrow against Detroit, 9–8, when Zinn hits a 9th inning double. The loss today goes to Johnny Dubuc, ending the Frenchman’s 11-game winning streak.

In Chicago, the first place Giants (70-30) lose to the Cubs, 5-1. Rube Marquard (23-6) takes the loss, New York’s 6th in 8 games, exiting during the Cubs 5-run 5th. All the scoring comes with two outs.

A report out of Buffalo says that George Stallings, currently manager of Buffalo, will manage the Boston Braves next season, and that Johnny Kling, current manager of Boston, will skipper Kansas City of the American Association. The Stallings report is correct; Kling’s is not.

16th  Walter Johnson and Joe Wood are in pursuit of Rube Marquard’s 19-game win streak. Johnson picks on the White Sox for his 14th straight, a one-hitter, tying Jack Chesbro’s 1904 mark. Only 3 balls are hit out of the infield. The Washingtonians win, 4–0, beating “our meatball expert” (Chicago Record-Herald) Joe Benz with 8 hits. A week later Joe Wood will win number 13 in a row.

In Chicago, the Giants score twice in the opening frame off Jim Lavender to knock out the would-be Giant killer and go on to win, 7–4. Merkle and Doyle pull off a double steal in the inning, with Doyle on the front end. Jeff Tesreau puzzles the locals and the Cubs drop six games behind the Giants.

Behind Earl Hamilton’s seven hitter, the lowly Browns beat the front running Red Sox, 3–2. Hamilton gives up six hits to beat Buck O’Brien. Boston is 8 ½ ahead of the A’s.

17th Chicago’s Jimmy Archer singles home Vic Saier in the 11th to give the Cubs a 6–5 win over Christy Mathewson. The Giants lead has now slipped to 5 games.

20th  In Washington, Walter Johnson wins his AL record 15th straight, downing Cleveland 4–2, although he doesn’t start the game. Manager Griffith pencils in Lefty Schegg’s name as starter and after he retires the first batter on a liner, Johnson takes over. Big Train is topped in the nitecap when Washington hurler Carl Cashion tosses a 6-inning no-hitter, winning 2–0, and topping Vean Gregg. The only base runners reach on 2 errors by SS George McBride. Johnson’s effort takes 1 hour: 55 minutes, while Cashion’s 6 innings finish in just 65 minutes: the game is called to allow Cleveland to catch a train to Boston. Cashion will win only 11 other games in his ML career.

21st  Thomas C. Noyes, president and part owner of the Senators, dies, opening the way for Clark Griffith to eventually become club owner.

22nd Before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at Forbes Field, the Pirates split two with the Giants, winning 3–2 and losing 8–6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Mathewson in the opener, and Rube Marquard takes the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3-for-4 in the first game, and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus’ 7 hits total 14 bases, he scores 5 runs, drives in 4 and swipes 2 bases. Wagner will hit 7 homers this season, with 3 coming off Rube. Chief Meyers goes on the warpath in game 2, collecting 4 hits in 4 at bats, driving in 5 runs, and combining with Merkle on the back end of a double steal. With the Cubs mauling Boston, New York’s lead in the NL is down to 4 games.

Rookie Eddie Onslow, 19, hits a first inning grand slam off Tom Hughes as the Tigers down the Senators, 9-6. It is Onslow’s only major league homer.

In the Philadelphia Evening Star, Dan McCarty writes: “According to the Chicago Cubs, Frank Schulte of that club breaks an average of 50 bats per season. The Cub star uses bats that have the smallest handle of any that are produced. The club is of second growth ash, and weighs forty ounces. Scores of other major and minor leaguers who have asked to inspect the Schulte model while ordering bats have invariably put the home run stick aside, likening it to a ‘switch.’”

23rd The Tigers fall to Washington and Walter Johnson, 8–1, Big Train’s 16th win in a row. He is now 29–7.

The Highlanders trade Guy Zinn and a player to be named (Klondike Smith) to Rochester (International League) for Jack Lelivelt. A year from now, Rochester will sell Zinn to the Boston Braves before getting him back at the end of the season. Zinn will play in the Federal League in 1914-15. Lelivelt will be swapped next year.

24th Fred Merkle’s 3-run homer off Babe Adams in the 7th to give the Giants a 3–2 lead over Pittsburgh, and Mathewson pitches the last 3 innings to preserve Hooks Wiltse win over the Bucs. The Giants won a pair yesterday from the Bucs by one-run scores.

26th  Walter Johnson’s 16-game winning streak ends under AL rules of the time. In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Browns, he relieves Tom Hughes with one out and 2 on in the 7th inning of a 2–2 game. The 2 runners score on Pete Compton’s single up the middle and the Nationals lose, 4–3. The two runs are charged to Johnson, not Hughes, giving him the defeat. Under the NL’s rules, Johnson would not be charged with the loss. After the season, AL president Ban Johnson will change the rules to conform with the senior circuit, but he will deny he does it because of this game.

At Boston, Owen Wilson has his 2nd three-triple doubleheader this year. The fleet Buc triples off Otto Hess in the game 1 win, 5–4. In the nitecap, an 8–4 loss, he triples in the 6th and 8th innings off Ed Donnelly.

27th  It takes a one-hitter by Art Fromme, but the Reds finally beat New York, and Mathewson, 2–0. Art Fletcher’s single is the only safety. The Giants’ lead shrinks to 3 1⁄2 games over the Cubs.

Owen Wilson triples for his 3rd game in a row, a 4th inning drive off Walter Dickson good for 3 runs. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 9–4.

At Boston, Chicago White Sox infielders Rath and Weaver get thrown out of the game, and coach Kid Gleason takes over at 2B. The 45-year-old last appeared in a game 4 years ago, but he makes no errors and goes 1-for-2 at the plate. With his appearance, Gleason has now played in four decades. The two Sox knot at 8 runs apiece.

In response to demands for an alternative way to rate pitchers besides wins and losses, the NL will officially keep ERA’s for the first time; the Giants Jeff Tesreau will lead the league at 1.96. Despite an increase in .300 hitters from 22 to 32 this year, there will be 19 pitchers with ERA’s under 3.00. The AL will not make ERA part of their official statistics until 1913.

28th The Red Sox have only 50 at bats—a ML record for fewest at bats in a DH—in a doubleheader with Chicago, but they make them count. Boston wins, 5–3 and 3–0.

30th  Lefty Earl Hamilton, 22, pitches his only shutout of the year, a no-hitter in the Browns’ 5–1 win over Detroit. Ty Cobb scores on an error after a walk.

31st The Red Sox run their record to 87–37 with a 2–1 win over the A’s. Following the game, Connie Mack says he never realized how strong the Sox were, and concedes the pennant to them. There are 30 games left for Boston.

SEPTEMBER

2nd Washington’s Walter Johnson goes 10 innings against the A’s, who beat the Big Train, 9–7.

In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nitecap, 1–0, for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood’s 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. New York twirler George McConnell records 12 assists to tie the AL record. Boston takes the opening squeaker, 2–1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year, and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913, Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).

At Boston, Mathewson wins both games for the Giants in a 5–2, 6–1 sweep of the Braves. In the opener, Matty relieves Marquard in the 9th with score 2–2 and tosses 3 shutout innings. Larry Doyle ends it with a 3-run homer in the 12th. Matty coasts to his 19th win in the nitecap after the Giants chase Ed Doheny with 5 runs in the 3rd.

Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin cracks a 9th inning homer off Pete Alexander to tie and the Superbas tip the Phils, 2–1 in 11 innings. In the nitecap, Eppa Rixey outpitches Nap Rucker to give the Quakers a 2–1 win in 12 innings. Rucker will lose 20 (18-21) this year after winning 20 (22-18) last season.

Harry Davis resigns as manager of Cleveland before today’s doubleheader split with the Browns and he is replaced by outfielder Joe Birmingham. Under Davis the Naps were 54-71.

3rd The Pirates split a doubleheader with the Cubs, losing 5-2 before winning, 1-0. The twinbill was postponed from Labor Day yesterday because the Pirates train to Pittsburgh was delayed when a bridge was washed out in Ohio. Tomorrow, the Pirates will beat the Cubs, 5-2, in Chicago.

In a Blue Grass League game at Mount Sterling, Frederick Applegate of Paris strikes out 20 Mount Sterling batters, winning 8-5.

4th Submariner Jack Warhop of the Yankees stops the A’s, 6-1, at Hilltop Park, with the only run scoring on a sac fly to the third baseman Tommy McMillan, who catches it behind 2B. Hal Chase has 3 hits, including a double and homer, and Lelivelt makes a spectacular catch on Baker to rob him of a 3-run homer.

At Chicago, the Pirates whip the Cubs, 5-2, with Owen Wilson supplying a 3-run homer over the RF fence. The loss sends the Cubs 6 games in back of the Giants.

At Brooklyn, Eddie Stack wins a pitching duel with Boston’s Walt “Hickory” Dickson, winning, 2-1, in 13 innings. Stack allows 2 hits in the 2nd inning and just one after that. Hickory doesn’t give up a hit till the 8th.

5th  The visiting A’s sweep a pair from New York and move into 2nd place in the AL. Philadelphia takes game one with a shower of hits, 23, and win 19-9. The A’s score 10 runs in the 6th and New York answers with 5 to set a ML record for most runs in the 6th inning by two teams. The game takes 2 hours: 28 minutes while game 2 goes 6 innings before being called by darkness. The A’s win, 5-2.

6th  Jeff Tesreau pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Phils, the first modern rookie to perform the feat. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. New York wins the nitecap as well, 9–8.

In one of the more dramatic matchups in history, Walter Johnson, who had won 16 straight games before losing 2 games, takes the mound in a doubleheader nightcap against Joe Wood, who is seeking his 14th straight win. Wood strikes out 9 and beats the visiting Senators 1–0 for his 30th win. Boston’s lone run comes in the 6th on back to back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis. Speaker’s double would normally be an easy fly out, but the ball drops into the overflow crowd cordoned off by ropes.

Former major leaguer Dave Fultz announces the formation of the Player’s Fraternity, to improve the lot of players. Within two months the group will claim membership of 300 members.

In his first major league start, Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper stops the Cardinals, 8–0.

7th  Arthur “Bugs” Raymond, 30, is found dead at the Hotel Valey in Chicago of a brain hemorrhage, two days after his skull was fractured in a barroom fight. Raymond last pitched for the Giants in 1911, compiling a 6–4 before his drinking forced John McGraw to let him go. When informed of his death, McGraw said, “That man took seven years off my life.”

With Brad Kocher behind the plate, Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in the Athletics’ 9–7 defeat of Detroit, a post-1900 record that is still unmatched. Remarkably, on the 22nd, he will repeat with 6 against the Browns. With 63 for the season, he will run 2nd to Clyde “Deerfoot” Milan’s 88.

9th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn, 2–1 and 7–2. Jumbo Jeff Tesreau takes the opener and Mathewson the nitecap.

10th Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood wins his 15th straight, with 9th inning relief help from Sea Lion Hall, beating the White Sox, 5–4. He scatters 12 hits and strikes out 5. There is some question about which pitcher should receive credit for the win, but AL president Ban Johnson will rule in favor of Wood.

At St. Louis, Browns starter Earl Hamilton retires the first batter in the 6th against the Yankees then plunks three successive batters—Ed Sweeney, George McConnell and Tommy McMillan—to load the bases. Mark Allison then replaces him and Hal Chase lines into a DP to end the inning. The Yankees win, 8-3. As noted by Mike Grahek in 2007, the three hit by pitched balls in an inning is a record in the AL.

11th In St. Louis. Browns starter Jack Powell leaves after 7 innings, losing 3–0 to the Highlanders. Reliever George Baumgartner gives up 2 more runs in the 8th, but the Browns score 4 in the bottom of the inning to cut the losing margin to 5–4. The New York Times reports the loss to Baumgartner, who pitched poorly.

In a tumultuous game featuring an attack on an umpire and three ejections, Eddie Collins swipes six bases to pace the A’s to a 9–7 win over the Tigers. The Bengal battery is Brad Kocher and P Joe Lake. In the 3rd inning, Cobb foils an intentional walk when he steps across the plate to slap a single. To the dismay of the home crowd, Ump Tommy Connolly calls a foul strike, and manager Hughey Jennings gets tossed for protesting, along with Donie Bush and Oscar Vitt. Connally is hit in the mouth by a bottle thrown by a fan. Collins swipes 3 bases in the 7th inning and, on the front end of a double steal, crosses the plate, but Frank Baker is thrown out at 2B. Baker will reprise his record on the 22nd.

12th Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader with league-leading Boston, taking just 11 total innings to win. The first game is called after five innings with the Naps ahead, 9–3. The rain stops and the umps decide to start second game. After six innings, with Cleveland leading 6–0, the nitecap is called on account of darkness.

The leading Giants split with the Cardinals, losing the opener when the Birds blast reliever Doc Crandall in the 9th to win, 4–2. Jeff Tesreau wins his 6th straight in the nitecap, 4-1.

In Detroit, the A’s stop the Tigers, 3-0, on Stan Coveleski’s 3-hitter, his first start in the majors. Cobb is in the lineup, but Oscar Vitt and manager Hughey Jennings are not in the dugout, having been suspended for yesterday’s altercation with ump Connolly. In the stands is Harry David, who recently resigned as the manager of Cleveland, who refuses to comment on whether he will be with the A’s. He will—next year as a coach.

Heine Heitmuller, who is leading the PCL in homers and is second in hitting, contracts typhoid fever and is out of action. Bert Coy will win the homerun crown but Heitmuller will win the batting title when the leader Del Howard goes into a slump. Heitmuller will die of typhoid fever on October 8, 1912 and win the title two weeks later.

14th  Former ML player and current president of the Connecticut League “Orator Jim” O’Rourke catches a complete game for New Haven (Connecticut League) at age 60.

Portland (PCL first baseman William Rapps pulls off an unassisted triple play against Oakland.

15th  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston’s Joe Wood wins his 16th straight game as he bests the Browns 2–1 in a game called after 8 innings because of darkness. Wood scores the winning run in the 8th, scoring from 3B on a wild pitch by Earl Hamilton. Earlier in the year, Walter Johnson posted a streak of 16 straight wins.

16th  The Pirates’ 2–1 win over Brooklyn is their 12th in a row; they will overtake the Cubs and finish 2nd.

The Cubs riddle Mathewson for 10 hits to beat the Giants, 4–3. Jimmy Archer’s solo homer is the game winner.

The Reds shut out the Phillies in a twinbill, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Art Fromme allows 4 hits in the lid lifter, while Rube Benton outduels Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1–0, in the nitecap. Benton allows 5 hits.

17th  Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn and has 4 straight singles—3 off Claude Hendrix— 2 stolen bases, and 2 RBI in the 7–3 win over Pittsburgh. On his fifth time at bat, (according to Casey) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke yells, “why don’t you bat left-handed, you fresh busher, ” and Stengel obliges, drawing a walk. His teammate Zach Wheat, also from Kansas City, goes 4-for-4, with 3 RBI.

In almost 18 innings of baseball in Boston, Cleveland takes a pair from the first-place Red Sox, winning 4-3 in 11 innings and 3-2 in 4 ½ innings, called because of darkness. Catcher Fred Carisch has 5 hits for Cleveland in game 1, but it is Nap Lajoie’s RBI-single that drives in the winner.

18th Despite being rained out in Cleveland, the Red Sox (97–41) clinch the pennant when the A’s lose the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago. Red Sox president McAleer informs the Yankees that Boston will not play a rained out game with them.

19th In New York, the Reds end Jeff Tesreau’s win streak at 7, beating him, 2–1. The 2nd game ends in a 2–2 tie.

At Cleveland, the Red Sox lose an unusual doubleheader to the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland takes the lidlifter, 9–3, when the game is called on account of rain after 5 innings. The rain stops and the second game begins, only to be called after 6 innings because of darkness. The Naps win, 6–0.

20th  Joe Wood’s bid for a 17th straight victory falls short as Detroit beats Boston, 6–4, on 2 unearned runs. Wood gives up 7 hits and, in the 3rd, walks 4 in a row. Detroit starter Bill Covington is thrown out of the game in the 5th inning with the Tigers ahead, 3–1, but receives credit for the victory. Joe Lake mops up the last 5 innings for Detroit.

21st In an 11–4 loss at Detroit, Boston 3B Larry Gardner breaks his finger and will be out the rest of the season. He is expected to play in the WS.

22nd  Eleven days after stealing 6 bases in a game, Eddie Collins does it again. Included in his 6 swipes are 3B and home, as the A’s beat the Browns 8–2, in the first of two games. Collins has no steals in game 2. Collins will end the year with 63 steals, a distant second to Clyde Milan’s 88. Browns’ C Jim Stephens shared the backstop a year ago (9/28/11) when 15 stolen bases were racked up. The Browns use 3 pitchers today—Mack Allison, Walter Brown, and Roy Mitchell.

In their first of five straight doubleheaders, the Senators sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 6-3, behind Walter Johnson, and 4-1. For Johnson, it is his AL-record tying 9th win against the Sox this season. They have beaten him once.

Association Park, home of the Kansas City AA baseball team, is destroyed by fire.

23rd In Boston, 100,000 fans are on hand to greet the Red Sox after their western road trip. All business stops as the players ride from South station to the Common where Mayor Fitzgerald welcomes them. The players are given the keys to the city. Extra seating is added to Fenway Park, increasing the seating capacity to 32,000 for the WS.

25th In Boston, Smoky Joe Wood fires a 2-hitter at New York, winning 6–0. The Boston ace strikes out 10 in winning his 33rd game.

26th The Giants clinch the NL flag with a sweep of the Braves, winning 8–3 and 4–0. Mathewson coasts to his 23rd win in the opener and Art Demaree, recently called up from Mobile where he was 25–10, shuts out the Braves on 7 hits in the nitecap. Al Demaree strikes out 9 in his first major-league start.

Trailing 9–0 going into the 9th inning of game 1 at Chicago, the Reds stage a terrific comeback against Jimmy Lavender. Lavender gives up 5 runs and is lifted with the bases loaded. Reliever Fred Toney then walks three straight before Larry Cheney is brought in. The Reds then take an unlikely 10–9 lead as Cheney walks 2 straight. Reds pitcher Ralph Works catches the fever walking one Cub and hitting another. Reliever Rube Benton quickly relieves and follows suit, walking 3 batters in a row to give the Cubs the 11–10 decision. The 10 runs in the 9th when trailing won’t be matched until the 1962 White Sox do it against Cleveland on August 11. This is the third time this year that a visiting team has scored 10 runs in the 9th. Cheney gets the victory in game 2 as the Cubs win an abbreviated 6-inning affair, 10-0, called on account of darkness.

Pete Alexander and Tom Seaton each throw shutouts as the Phillies beat Brooklyn, 7-0 and 11-0. For Alexander it is his 19th win of the year: he’ll fail in his bid to win 20.

27th  Eddie Plank goes 19 innings for the A’s against Bob Groom and Walter Johnson of the Nationals, and takes a 5–4 loss when Eddie Collins’ wild throw lets the winning run score. Johnson relieves Bob Groom at the end of the 9th, and pitches 10 innings of scoreless relief. With a tie between the two teams fighting for second place, the Nationals end the day with a 2.5 game lead over the A’s.

At League Park, Cleveland wins its 9th in a row, trimming the Tigers, 16-5. The Naps Tim Hendryx lines a hit off Charles Wheatley that turns into a three-run homer when it rolls under the fence by the left-field stands. It is his first in the majors: he won’t hit another round tripper until 1917 when he’s with the Yankees. In his only plate appearance in the majors, the Naps Harvey Grubb gets hit by a pitch. The 22-year-old was picked up from Morristown (Appalachian) 10 days ago.

28th  Having recovered from an operation for brain clots, Frank Chance is released by the Cubs, though his team is heading for a 91–59 record, good for 3rd place. He will manage the newly named New York Yankees for 2 years.

At St. Louis, the Browns suds the White Sox, winning 5-4 and 5-0 in 7 innings. In the 16 games the Browns have played in the last two weeks, 14 have been part of doubleheaders, all at home.

Boston nips the Giants, 2–1 in the first of a twinbill. The 2nd game ends in a 6–6, 7-inning tie. Cuban C Mike Gonzalez makes his debut for Boston in the nitecap, going 0-for-2 and having 4 runners steal bases against him.

The Athletics sweep the lowly New York Yankees, winning 5–4 and 4–2. The loss in game 2 goes to Russ Ford, who loses his 20th game of the year. It’s been done before, but not until Sam Jones in 1925 and Mel Stottlemyre in 1966 will any other Yankee pitchers drop 20.

Cubs manager Frank Chance is fired, though his team is heading for a 91–59 record, good for 3rd place.

30th The Giants foil Pete Alexander’s bid for a 20th victory, beating the Phils, 4–2. Rookie Lore “King” Bader, from Bader, Illinois, and making his ML debut, is the complete-game winner, his lone victory in the NL. After winning 28 last year, Alex will be just 19–17 this season.

OCTOBER

2nd In the fight for 2nd place, Chicago tops the Pirates, 6–5, despite Cubs C Dick Cotter batting out of turn. Cotter knocks in the tying run in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th, the latter while hitting out of turn. Pirates manager Fred Clarke doesn’t realize it until the game is over, but then protests. The teams agree that an infraction occurred and reschedule the game on their own; their actions are later upheld by NL President Lynch.

3rd In Philadelphia, the Red Sox roll over the A’s, 17–5, as Joe Wood coasts to his 34th win of the year. Smoky Joe strikes out 6 and scatters 8 hits. Duffy Lewis has a grand slam for the winners.

In New York, the Senators clinch 2nd place, a game ahead of the A’s, by edging the Highlanders, 4–3. Walter Johnson’s notches his 33rd win (or 32nd by some counts).

The Chalmers Auto Commission announce that Tris Speaker (59 points) and Larry Doyle (48 points) each win an automobile as the ‘most value’ players in their respective leagues.

4th At Brooklyn, the Giants score a run in the 9th inning before Red Murray lines into a triple play. Christy Mathewson (26-13) wins, 2-0.

After playing an exhibition game in Ray Chapman’s hometown of Herrin, Illinois, the Cleveland Naps board a train for the season finale in St. Louis. The train is in an accident in Southwick, MO and, while no players are injured, the engineer is killed.

5th  The Red Sox defeat the A’s, 3–0, for their 105th win of the season, an AL record until the 1927 Yankees reach 110. Buck O’Brien (20–13) is the victor.

In their last game at Washington Park, the Superbas lose to the Giants, 1–0. Pat Ragan takes the loss before 10,000 fans. Brooklyn will open next season at Ebbets Field.

The Yankees also play their last game at their field, Hilltop Park, beating the Senators, 8–6, on the strength of Hal Chase’s 3-run HR in the 8th and another homer by Jack Lelivelt. The win is the first in 10 games for last-place New York (50-102). Next year the team will play at the Polo Grounds. Homer Thompson, in his only game in the majors, is behind the plate for New York, though he does not make a plate appearance; the last of 4 hurlers is his brother Tommy, making them the first brother battery in AL history. Coach Nick Altrock, in his first appearance in 3 years, is the losing pitcher.

Cubs manager Frank Chance sells his 10% share in the Cubs to the Harry Ackerland of Pittsburgh. The 100 shares are worth $40,000.

6th  In Cincinnati, Pirates OF Owen “Chief” Wilson hits a 9th inning 3-run triple off the Reds Frank Gregory, but trying to stretch it into a HR, he is nipped at the plate. This is the 2nd time this season he’s been caught trying to stretch a triple, The Pirates roll, 16–6. Wilson’s lofty mark of 36 triples is a still-standing record not topped in the majors or minors, and the NL racks up 685 triples, a ML record not topped. Honus Wagner has a triple and homer among his 4 hits, and scores 4 runs, as does Alex McCarthy. Pittsburgh finishes in 2nd place, a game-and-a-half ahead of the Cubs.

Cubs 3B Heinie Zimmerman, 0-for-3 in a 4–3 win over St. Louis, has just 2 hits in the last week. But he holds on to seemingly win the NL Triple Crown, leading by one in HRs and RBI. Years later, a recount of the totals will drop Zim from 103 RBIs to 99, and cost him the triple crown.

At St. Louis, Cleveland whips the Browns, 8-3. Nap Lajoie is 5-for-5 to finish at .368, good enough for 4th place in the AL.

In a “comedy game” (New York Times) at Detroit, the White Sox beat the Tigers, 9-4. The Tigers have just 11 players in uniform, none named Cobb or Crawford.

At the Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport Connecticut, Walter Johnson and Nap Rucker fire fast balls through a tunnel of fine wires in an attempt to clock their fastballs. In street clothes, both throw three pitches. The rudimentary test clocks Johnson at 122 feet per second (82 mph) and Rucker at 113 feet per second (77 mph) both on their 3rd throw.

8th  The WS opens. Giants manager John McGraw goes with rookie Jeff Tesreau, his most effective late-season pitcher, against the Red Sox. Smoky Joe Wood fans 11 and wins 4–3 before 35,730 at New York.

Los Angeles (PCL) outfielder Heinie Heitmuller dies of typhoid fever at the age of 29. With nearly a month to go in the season, Heitmuller played his last game on September 28, but still wins the PCL batting title with a .335 batting average. Heinie played briefly with the Philaldephia A’s the past two seasons.

9th  Three errors by Giants SS Art Fletcher help put Christy Mathewson behind 4–2 until the team rallies for 3 in the 8th when Duffy Lewis muffs a fly ball by Fred Snodgrass. Boston ties it in the last of the 8th. The Giants push across a run in the 10th off reliever “Sea Lion” Hall, but Tris Speaker blasts a triple to deep center. Apparently out at home trying to stretch it into a HR, he is safe when C Art Wilson, who has just entered the game, drops the throw for New York’s 5th error. Darkness ends the game at 6–6 after 11 innings.

In the opener of the Windy City Series, Jimmy Lavender and Ed Walsh allow no runs as the Cubs and Sox play to a 0-0 tie. After another tie, the Cubs will win the next 3 decisions of the best-of-7 series.

10th  In game 3, New York evens the Series behind Rube Marquard, who blanks the Red Sox until the 9th. A spectacular catch in deep LF by Josh Devore with 2 men on saves a 2–1 victory. Devore, racing with his back to the plate, tips the ball with his mitt and catches it in his bare hand as he tumbles to the ground.

11th  Joe Wood faces Tesreau again in New York. Despite giving up 9 hits, Wood walks none and works out of several jams for a 3–1 win.

The A’s beat the Phillies, 5–2, to win their City Series, 4 games to one.

12th  In Boston for game 5, the Red Sox scratch only 2 runs off Mathewson on 5 hits, but 18-game winner Hugh Bedient holds the Giants to 3 hits. The 2–1 win gives Boston a 3–1 Series edge.

14th  The Giants come out swinging against Buck O’Brien: 4 singles, 2 doubles, 3 stolen bases, and a balk produce 5 runs. New York’s Marquard gives up 2 in the 2nd, and that’s all the scoring for the day. It’s Buck’s 2nd WS loss.

15th  In game 7 on a cold day in Boston, the Giants catch up with Joe Wood’s smoke, teeing off for 6 runs on 7 hits before the 32,694 fans have settled down. Jeff Tesreau wobbles to an 11–4 win and the Series is tied at 3 all. The only Boston bright spot is Tris Speaker’s unassisted double play in the 9th, the only one by an outfielder in WS play. Before the game, Red Sox management release the Royal Rooters’ block of tickets to the general public, and when the Rooters march on to the field shortly before game time, they find “their” seats taken. The Rooters refuse to leave the field and the club resorts to using mounted policemen to herd them behind the left-field bleacher rail or out of the park. When the Red Sox win the coin flip after today’s game to determine the site for the deciding match, the upset Royal Rooter boycott the finale, lowering the attendance.

The Browns take game 1 of the St. Louis City series, 3–1 from the Cards. The Cardinals will win the series, 4 games to 3.

16th  In the Series finale, Mathewson squares off against Hugh Bedient in quest of his first win of the Series. He takes a 1–0 lead into the 7th, but with one out, Boston manager Jake Stahl hits a pop-up to short LF. The ball drops among Art Fletcher, Josh Devore, and Fred Snodgrass. Heinie Wagner walks, and with 2 outs, pinch hitter Olaf Henriksen doubles home the tying run. Smoky Joe Wood relieves Bedient, and the 2 aces match zeroes until “Red” Murray doubles and Merkle singles in the 10th to give New York a 2–1 lead. In the last of the 10th, pinch hitter Clyde Engle lifts a can of corn to CF Snodgrass, who drops the ball. Snodgrass then makes a great catch of a long drive by Harry Hooper. Steve Yerkes walks, bringing up Tris Speaker, who pops a high foul along the 1B line. C Chief Meyers chases it, but it drops a few feet from 1B Merkle, who could have taken it easily. Reprieved, Speaker then singles in the tying run and sends Yerkes to 3B. After Duffy Lewis is walked intentionally, 3B Larry Gardner hits a long sac fly to a retreating Devore that scores Yerkes with the winning run. This World Series was the most butterfingered in history, with thirty-one errors recorded, seventeen for The Giants. As noted by Bob Timmermann, in the game writeup in the New York Times, the paper refers to the World Series as starting in 1884, not 1903. The Red Sox earn $4,024.68 each; the Giants’ share is $2,566.47 each.

17th  Phils owner Horace Fogel will be tried by the NL directors for his charges against Cardinals manager Roger Bresnahan and the NL umps, specifically William Brennan, giving aid to the Giants. Fogel made statements at the Philadelphia ball park in front of reporters that Bresnahan used subs to give the Giants an advantage. In November he is found guilty on 5 counts and barred from the NL forever. Bresnahan will be released by St. Louis next week with 4 years remaining on his contract.

18th In the rubber match of the 7-game Windy City series, the White Sox score 3 runs in the 1st two innings and all their runs in the 1st 5 innings to win, 16–0. The game was so bad that Cubs manager Chance left after 5 innings. The Sox tied the first 2 games, then lost the next three games of the series. Ed Walsh shuts out the Cubs, allowing no hits after the 5th and pitching 42 innings against the Cubs in 10 days. Sox catcher Ray Schalk later tells Lloyd Lewis this was the greatest game he ever caught.

24th  The Cubs name Johnny Evers to manage the team in 1913. Between 1912 and 1916, each member of the Tinker-Evers-Chance infield will manage the team.

NOVEMBER

4th  Miller Huggins is named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning his 17-year career as a skipper.

7th In Cincinnati, following a meeting between President Hermann of the Reds and Charles Murphy of the Cubs, the two teams officially call off a deal that would have sent Joe Tinker to Cincinnati to manage the Reds in 1913. However, Tinker is included in a deal in December and will manage the Reds next year.

9th  Frank Chance is sold to the Cincinnati Reds by the Cubs; when all NL clubs waive claims to him in December, the Reds free him to manage the Yankees.

16th  The Reds buy infielder Red Corriden from Detroit.

26th  John T. Brush dies while en route to California by train for his health. His son-in-law, Harry Hempstead, will succeed him as president of the Giants.

DECEMBER

1st Braves owner James Gaffney purchases the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue with a plan to construct a ball park there. Ground breaking will commence on March 20, 1915.

15th  In a trade that seemed officially dead in November is revived and the Cubs send Joe Tinker along with Grover Lowdermilk and catcher Harry Chapman to the Cincinnati Reds. Chicago receives P Bert Humphries, infelders Red Corriden and Art Phelan, and outfielders Pete Knisely and Mike Mitchell. Tinker will manage the Reds in 1913.

  • 1913

JANUARY

1st  The Reds sell catcher Larry McLean to the Cardinals. McLean threw out 60% of would be base stealers in 1911.

8th  Frank Chance inherits Hal Chase and the weakest lineup the New York Yankees will ever have when he signs to manage the team.

10th  Sent down to Louisville by the Cubs, Three Finger Brown is bought by Cincinnati. He will be 11–12 with a 2.91 ERA for the 7th-place Reds.

11th  With the Phils franchise in disarray following the expulsion of President Horace Fogel, William H. Locke and his cousin William F. Baker buy the club.

22nd  The Giants give the Yankees permission to use the Polo Grounds for the 1913 season only, as the lease on the Hilltop grounds has expired. The Yankees will remain as tenants through 1922.

24th In a story in the New York Times, Detroit Tiger President Frank Navin blames the length of the games on the “coachers boxes.” Navin, reacting to AL President Ban Johnsons’s complaint that too many games the previous season had taken two hours to play, says the boxes should be moved back so that the catcher can give the pitcher his signals more quickly. From where they are now, he said, the coaching players can detect the catcher’s signals unless he takes a lot of time to hide them. Navin said this slow signalling is the reason for the longer games (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

FEBRUARY

1st  Jim Thorpe signs with the New York Giants, but the Indian Olympic-medal winner will be more of a gate attraction than a threat at the plate.

20th The Yankees pitchers and catchers, led by Hal Chase, sail for Bermuda to meet up with manager Frank Chance. The Yankees will be the first team to train outside the U.S. when they train in Bermuda. There is a rumor that Chase leaves as a first baseman but might return from spring training as a left-handed second baseman, if the experiment works. It won’t. Orvie Overall, out of the majors the last two years, says that he wants to play for manager Chance and does not want to return to the Cubs. Cubs president Murphy insists that, if he wants to play, it will be in Chicago. Overall will end up in the NL as a Cub, going just 4-5 in his last season.

American League umpire Billy Evans, writing in his syndicated column, reveals that Ty Cobb does not have perfect eyesight but suffers from a slight astigmatism in one eye. “Have you ever noticed how Cobb cocks his had to the left as he faces the pitcher? The slight cocking of his head rights his vision.”

23rd A’s owner Connie Mack announces that he has signed veteran Harry Davis to a contract for 1913 bringing the native Philadelphian back to the A’s.. He says it is a normal player’s contract but that he expects Davis to assist him managing. Davis gets 17 at bats, hitting .353, but does not make a WS appearance. Davis managed Cleveland in 2012.

26th The Cubs in Tampa play their first exhibition game, defeating the Havana Athletics, 4-0. Evers and Reulbach are the only regulars who start.

MARCH

8th  The Federal League is organized as a 6-team “outlaw” circuit and elects John T. Powers president. It will play 120 games at a level equivalent to the lower minor leagues, but will enhance its status considerably in 1914 to challenge the MLs.

10th  Yankee president Frank Farrell arrives in Bermuda and says that he will decide on whether to establish a permanent spring training home for the Yankees in Bermuda. The Yanks will play the first of a series of exhibitions tomorrow against the Jersey City Skeeters (IL),

28th  St. Louis Browns infielder Buzzy Wares is “traded” to the Montgomery, AL, team in exchange for use of the minor league stadium by the Browns for spring training. Wares led the PCL shortstops in errors in 1911-12 with a total of 199.

29th In a pre-season matchup, Washington pummels the Phillies, 12–1. Alexander, pitching the middle 3 innings, is hit hard.

APRIL

5th  An exhibition game with the newly christened Yankees opens Ebbets Field; 25,000 are on hand to watch Nap Rucker beat the American Leaguers, 3–2. The first HR is hit by Brooklyn’s Casey Stengel, who legs out an inside-the-parker in the 1st. Jake Daubert legs out another round tripper in the 2nd. The Yanks suffer a loss when Zack Wheat spikes starting SS Claud Derrick on his throwing hand. Derrick will play just 7 games before New York ships him to Sacramento (PCL).

In Philadelphia, the Athletics score 2 in the 1st against the Phillies in their city series 5th game. Down 4–0 in the series, the Phils score 2 in the bottom of the 9th to tie and the game ends that way after 18 innings. Boardwalk Brown pitches all 18 innings for the A’s.

9th  With league approval, the Dodgers play their opener—and first regular-season game at Ebbets Field—a day ahead of the rest of the league. Cold weather keeps the crowd down to about 12,000, and the Phils’ knuckleballer Tom Seaton beats Nap Rucker, 1–0. Seaton will lead the NL in wins with 27. The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reporter observes that the park is still receiving “finishing touches. The diamond is covered with grass, but the outfield is as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. This should make the handling of hard-hit grounders in the outfield very difficult.”

10th  President Woodrow Wilson, who receives a gold pass from Ban Johnson, throws out the first ball at Washington’s home opener at National Park. Under new manager Frank Chance, New York is playing its first official game as Yankees. New York starter George McConnell, 8–12 last year as a 35-year-old rookie, allows just 6 hits but loses to Walter Johnson 2–1. Danny Moeller drives in both Nat runs with a single. After giving up an unearned run in the first, Johnson begins a string of shutout innings that will reach a record 55 2/3 before the St. Louis Browns score in the 4th on May 14th. Johnson scatters 8 hits today, including one by 1B Charlie Sterrett. Regular first sacker Hal Chase, though left-handed, fills in at second base for injured player/manager Frank Chance.

In Boston, A’s ailing ace Jack Coombs shuts out the Red Sox in the first three innings of the opener, but tires and leaves in the 6th, leading 10-5. Chief Bender relieves and the A’s hold on for a 10-9 victory. The Chief will finish the year with a 21-10 record and make 27 relief appearance, the most for a 20-game winner until Ernie Broglio, in 1960. Coombs will start again in two days, his last appearance of the year.

At New York, the Giants open the season with an 8-0 loss to the Boston Braves, skippered by new manager George Stallings. Hub Perdue tosses a two-hitter for the Braves. Rain on the East Coast will cause delays and Boston will next play in 7 days when Perdue will get a no-decision in a loss to the Giants and Mathewson in Boston.

12th A’s pitcher Jack Coombs gives up 4 runs in the first and leaves after facing 5 batters. The A’s beat Boston 5-4 but Coombs will be out for the year with an illness, subsequently diagnosed as typhoid fever, which he picked up in spring training in Montgomery, AL. His weight will drop from 180 pounds to 126. He will eventually come back to pitch two late-season games in 1914.

14th Behind the pitching of Ray Caldwell, the Yankees beat the visiting A’s, 4-0. Fritz Maisel steals 4 bases for New York: he’ll do it again next April 17.

15th At Chicago, pinch runner Wilbur Good swipes home in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 5–4 walkoff win over Pittsburgh. He teams up with Ward Miller on a double steal. Larry Cheney takes the victory against Howie Camnitz (as noted by Jan Larson).

17th After two losses and four rainouts, the Giants finally register a victory, in Boston, winning 3–2 in 10 innings. Larry Doyle collects 4 of the 5 New York hits, including the game winner in the 10th off Bill James. Mathewson is the winner, scattering 9 hits.

Before 25,000 at the Polo Grounds, Washington mars the debut of new manager Frank Chance, but routing his Yankees, 9–3. The Yanks are renting the Polo Grounds on a temporary basis.

18th At Ebbets Field, the Phillies edge Brooklyn, 1–0, behind Tom Seaton, who will lead the NL in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and walks. Nap Rucker takes the loss.

20th In the Tigers 6–5 win against host Cleveland, Ty Cobb steals home in the first inning. Gregg is on the mound.

At Robison Field, the Pirates come back to beat the Cardinals, 5-4, after trailing by 4 runs. Lee Magee’s grand slam in the 3rd off Marty O’Toole is all the Birds scoring.

21st The Pirates use 8 hits in a row plus a sacrifice fly to score 7 runs in the 8th inning in a come-from-behind victory over the Cardinals, 8–5.

23rd  Christy Mathewson sets down the Phils 3–1, throwing just 67 pitches. He retires the side in the 6th on 6 pitches, and uses just 5 in the 9th inning. Ad Brennan takes the loss. Matty will use 70 pitches in a game on June 24th and (as noted by R.J. Lesch) The Sporting News, forgetting about today’s game, states that this “would have broken the record of 68, said to be held by old Ben Sanders, but for getting in the hold (sic) in the 8th.” The source of the Sanders claim seems to be the pitcher himself, who asserted it in a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, dated August 21, 1911 (and reprinted in the Spalding Guide). The old pitcher wrote in response to a Mathewson game of August 16, “… it may be 1890 or 1892, but my recollection is that it was 1891, while playing with the Athletics in a game against the Browns in St. Louis, where I only pitched 68 balls during a full nine-inning contest.” [Researcher Cliff Blau tracked down the game, played on August 5, 1891, and Old Ben’s recollections turned out to be not correct. He threw 91 pitches in the game, which lasted 11 innings.]

24th  At Chicago, the Browns beat the White Sox, 3–1, using a record-tying 3 triples by ‘Gloomy Gus’ Williams.

At Boston, the Braves edge Brooklyn, 1–0, on a pinch single by Bill Rariden in the 12th inning. Frank Allen, on his way to a 4-18 record, is the starter and loser. Rookie Bill James, the top pitcher in the PCL last year, goes the route for the win.

At Washington, the Red Sox score 4 runs in the 9th to beat the Nationals, 6–3. Boston strands one runner to Washington’s 11. President Woodrow Wilson is in the stands, his 3rd game in the four played in Washington this year. He leaves in the 8th with the score 2-2 because of a meeting with Secretary Bryan.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat up veteran Earl Moore to score a 7–1 victory over the Phils. Tilly Shafer lines a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to hasten Moore’s departure. Joe Evers, younger brother of Johnny, pinch runs for Chief Meyers in the 3rd and is thrown out at 3rd during a double steal attempt. That is the extent of Joe’s ML career.

25th  Perennial spring training holdout Ty Cobb signs for the 1913 season.

The Superbas win the first of two at Brooklyn when Casey Stengel belts a two-run homer to lead Brooklyn to a 5–3 win over the Giants. In the 10th inning of the nitecap, Giants pinch-hitting specialist Moose McCormick is called upon to get a hit twice in one at bat. With the winning run on base, he singles to win the game. But umpire Bill Klem says his back was turned and he didn’t see it, so McCormick has to try again. This time Moose hits into a double play. Darkness ends the scoreless game after 11 innings.

In a 5–4 loss to the Senators, Red Sox pitcher Tom O’Brien sets the AL record by striking out 6 consecutive batters. O’Brien strikes out 12 through 7 innings before the Nats knock Buck out in the 8th. Jim Scott will tie O’Brien in two months.

29th  After a game in St. Louis, the Reds’ trainer forgets to load the uniforms on the train. In Chicago, the Cincy squad borrows White Sox uniforms and then loses to the Cubs 7–2, at the West Side Grounds.

At Ebbets Field, New York’s Christy Mathewson beats Nap Rucker 6–0 in 13 innings and gives up no walks. He has thrown 22 innings without a pass; he will not walk a batter for 47 innings, then will top his own record later in the year. During his 25–11 season, Matty will walk 21 and hit none.

30th Chicago’s Al Bridwell ends a drought of 3,246 at bats without a homer by slugging his first ML homer, off George Suggs. He’ll hit another next year in the Federal League. Al’s dry spell stretches back to 1905.

In Detroit, Cobb is in the lineup for the first time following his holdout, but the White Sox prevail, 6–5, in 12 innings. Ty has a single and RBI.

MAY

1st Pete Alexander earns his first win of the year, topping the Giants Jeff Tesreau, 1–0. Alex scores the only Phils run after reaching base on an error.

Brooklyn’s Casey Stengel hits two inside-the-park homers off Boston’s Otto Hess in a 4–2 win at home. On August 16th, teammate Bob Fisher will duplicate the feat against the Cardinals, off Geyer and Trekell.

3rd The Phillies whip the visiting Giants for the 3rd time in a row, a come-from-behind 3–2 victory. The Phils tie the score at 2 apiece when Gavvy Cravath clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th off Christy Mathewson. After the first two batters are retired in the 9th, the Quakers push across a run in to win. The struggling Giants are in 5th place.

Don’t touch my hat. St. Louis manager George “Firebrand” Stovall is tossed out of the game for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Charlie Ferguson. He also spits in Ferguson’s face and tosses the ump’s cap. The Naps plate 7 runs in the 6th and hang on to beat the host Browns, 11-8. Ban Johnson will ban Stovall for three weeks and Branch Rickey and Jimmy Austin will take over in the meanwhile.

4th  The U.S. League tries to compete as a ML, with teams in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Reading, New York, Newark, Washington, and Lynchburg. They will open May 10th and fold May 12th; Baltimore is the pennant winner with a 2–0 record.

Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams tosses a 2-hitter at the Reds, and drives home the game’s only run with the Pirates’ one hit of the game, a triple in the 3rd. Art Fromme is the hard-luck loser for the Reds, 1–0. The two opposed each other on opening day with Adams emerging the winner.

In a solo game at Chicago, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 10–8, in 13 innings. The Cards, who bring only 3 pitchers along, sending the rest to Philadelphia for tomorrow’s series, run out of pitchers and start the 9th with OF Ted Cather on the mound. He lasts 1/3 of an inning in his only pitching appearance, before 1B Ed Konetchy takes over. The Cubs score twice in the 9th to tie it up, 8-8. Konetchy pitches 4 2/3 allowing 7 hits, 4 walks but strikes out 3 to win his only ML game.

Ban Johnson indefinitely suspends Browns player-manager George Stovall for an incident in the game on May 3 involving umpire Charlie Ferguson. Stovall followed the ump off the field, grabbed his hat, threw it on the ground and spat on it, all the time cursing out Ferguson. He then spat his chewing tobacco in the face of the ump. Jimmy Austin will serve as interim manager. Later this month Stovall will be relieved of his managerial duties by Browns’ owner Hedges.

The Braves trade Johnny Kling to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Tex McDonald. Kling managed the Braves last season to a 101-loss last-place finish before being replaced this year by George Stallings.

5th  Red Sox player-manager Jake Stahl undergoes an operation to remove a bone spur in his foot. Stahl will skip the team’s western swing. Though he had 326 at bats last year, Jake will only hit twice this year, his last as a player.

6th  Better organized and financed than other aspiring circuits, the Federal League opens modestly and quietly, with clubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Covington, KY. No attempt is made to sign established ML players. Cy Young manages Cleveland, Deacon Phillippe manages Pittsburgh. After a 6-week season, the pennant winner is Indianapolis.

7th New York’s Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers, allowing just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Cobb strikes out his first two times up, then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win, 6–0.

Mathewson relieves Red Ames in the 2nd inning with New York ahead, 3–1, and the bases full of Reds. Matty shuts down Cincy and rolls to a 6–4 win over Rube Benton.

10th The Yankees commit 8 errors, but still end up beating the Tigers, 10–9, in 10 innings. Three of the miscues are by SS Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the year. Related? In 10 days, the Yanks deal for SS Roger Peckinpaugh.

Walter Johnson two-hits the White Sox to win, 1–0, and run his consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 52 2/3.

The Pirates collect 12 hits and two walks off Eppa Rixey and Tom Seaton, but they can’t push across a run and lose to the Phillies, 6-0. Pittsburgh leaves 14 runners on base, a NL record for a 9 inning shutout defeat. The 14 men left on base in a shutout will be tied for the first time in 1958, but not topped in the NL; the AL will push the number to 15.

11th Joe Jackson hits a first inning grand slam and tacks on three more hits to lead the Naps to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Yankees.

12th Mathewson whips the Cubs, 3–1 allowing just 3 hits and no walks to beat Lou Richie. Matty has now pitched 45 straight innings without a walk.

13th Tom Seaton, with relief help from Pete Alexander, tops the Pirates, 5–4. The winning blow for the Phils is a solo homer by Sherry Magee.

14th At St. Louis, Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs record of 53 straight scoreless innings when he stretches the record to 56 innings. But after Washington scores 6 runs, Johnson lets up against the Browns and Del Pratt’s 4th inning single drives in a run that snaps the skein. Ahead 9–1, Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins, 10–5.

15th At Boston, outfielder Beals Becker has 5 hits and scores 5 runs to lead the Reds to an 11–5 win. Becker is subbing for the injured Bob Bescher.

Joe Evers, brother of Johnny Evers, is released by the Giants. Evers had been with the squad since its departure for Texas in February (as noted by Norman Macht).

16th  Pirates OF Ed Mensor will draw 8 walks all year, but one of them comes in the 3rd inning against New York, ending Mathewson’s string of perfect control at 47 innings. Mathewson takes a 7–1 lead into the 8th, but Ham Hyatt roasts a fastball into the RF stands to lead off and the Bucs follow with 5 singles. Matty holds on for a 7–4 win.

In a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Cards shortstop Alfredo Cabrera makes his lone ML appearance, gong 0-for-2. Cabrera is noteworthy as the only African-born (Canary Islands) major leaguer. Cabrera, who grew up in Cuba, will also play in the Negro Leagues and will make it to the Cuban Hall of Fame. He is the only African-born player to appear in the Negro Leagues.

The Phillies down the visiting Cubs, 10-4, in a rain-interupted game. Rixey was not touch for a run until after the rain delay. Johnny Evers is spiked in the 5th inning by Knabe, and his place is taken by Art Phelan, who in three times at bat has a home run, a triple, and a single.

The Tigers sell former ace George Mullin to the Senators. Mullin, 1-6 this year with Detroit, will go 3-5 with Washington before they sell him to Montreal. Mullin will resurface in the Federal League.

17th  In Chicago, 35,000+ jam temporarily enlarged Comiskey Park on “Frank Chance Day.” The Yankee manager is presented with a giant horseshoe of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gives him the keys to Chicago. Sox manager Callahan is given a small harp of green and white flowers. To the crowd’s roar of approval, Chance takes over 1B from Chase but bounces out his one turn at bat. The Sox beat the visitors, 6–3, behind Reb Russell. The 35,000 crowd, kept down by the weather, is short of the AL mark set by the Yankees (38,281) and even short of the Comiskey mark of 36,308.

18th In Detroit, 25,000 show up to see Walter Johnson battle the Tigers. Washington wins 2–1, with Detroit’s only score coming on a Ty Cobb steal of home in the 7th.

19th At Boston, rookie Joe Connolly hits a grand slam as the Braves score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the Reds at 8 apiece. The Reds push over the winning run in the 10th to win, 9-8. Tomorrow’s Boston Globe will describe the game as follows, mentioning the word ‘grand slam’ in an early reference (as noted by Tom Shieber):

“Big Chief” Stallings’ Braves made a thrilling ninth-inning rally yesterday which nearly brought a victory out of what seemed certain defeat. The defeat came later, but the crowd got its money’s worth in that one grand slam. Johnson pitched one ball and finished what Benton had started giving “Hap” a pass and filling the bases. The crowd began yelling like mad, which did not encourage Johnson any, and he began to worry. Connelly leaned against one of the Indian’s curves and popped the ball over the right field fence for a homer and four runs came over the plate.”

At Cleveland, Cy Falkenbereg wins his eighth straight, all complete games, as Cleveland whips Washington, 4-1. Using a newly learned emory ball pitch he acquired last season in Toledo, the lanky right hander (called the tallest players in the majors) will win 22 games this season. His next game is a no-decision and he will win the two following to give him 10 straight victories.

20th The Yankees snag 22-year-old SS Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland, sending in exchange Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over 3 seasons, but will start in New York. The Yankees win today, beating the Browns, 6–3, but St. Louis will shut out New York in the next 2 games.

The Phils beat the Reds, 5–1, behind Alexander. The only Cincy run comes home on a boot by Fred Luderus.

St. Louis righty Bob Harmon shuts out the Giants on 2 hits to win, 8–0. The Cards alight on Mathewson for 11 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings.

The Tigers edge the A’s, 8–7, with Ty Cobb stealing home for the 2nd time in three days. His swipe comes in the 3rd inning.

21st The Browns top the Yankees, 5–0, as young Earl Hamilton throws a one-hitter. Birdie Cree has the lone hit. Hamilton will do it again on July 15.

The Pirates top the Dodgers, 5-2, and (according to Greg Beston of Retrosheet) set a ML record for most sacrifices (4) in an inning. It happens in the 8th when Jim Viox singles, Honus Wagner sac bunts but is safe on a throwing error, Dots Miller does the same, Owen Wilson sac bunts them to 3B, and Bobby Byrne hits a squeeze sac bunt for a score.

In New York, Yankees owner Frank Farrell declares that the team will not return to Bermuda next year for spring training. The warm weather and humidity caused a reaction when the players returned to the cold weather.

Alva “Rip” Williams lives up to his nickname as he hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th for Washington to tie Cleveland, 2-2. It’s Rip’s first ML homer. The Senators score 2 in the top of the 10th and send Walter Johnson in to preserve the 4-2 win.

22nd  Browns rookie Dwight Stone gives up six hits, seven walks and plunks three batters, but still beats the Yankees, 7–0. The visiting New Yorkers set a modern-ML record with 15 runners left on base in the shutout by Stone, who will win just one more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the year. The record of runners left on base in a shutout will be matched three times and finally topped, in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than 2 weeks ago by Pittsburgh against Philley.

In a ruling that a ballplayer on the field is a “public person,” New York judge Butts throws out a case brought by the National Commission and the New York Baseball Club against a motion picture company that took movies of the 1912 World Series. The suit contended that the players’ civil rights were violated by the unauthorized photographs.

The Giants send Red Ames, Heinie Groh, and outfielder Josh Devore to Cincinnati for P Art Fromme and infielder Eddie Grant. The little-used Groh will star in Cincinnati, and eventually manage the team. Devore, made expendable with the arrival of George Burns, will be sold to the Phillies in August. Grant, a starter until today, will not play until June 4th, so there is some confusion (as noted by Cliff Blau) about whether he was sold on that date or part of today’s trade. The New York Times reports the deal as a four-player trade with Grant not a part of it. It later reports Grant’s sale to the Giants on June 3.

25th Vic Saier’s 3-run homer highlites an 8-run first inning as the Cubs drill Bill Steele and the Cardinals, 9-2. Steele does not last the 1st frame.

Well, that’s one way to beat an opponent. In Chicago, the Indians score a run in the 6th to go ahead, 2-1, then Cleveland pitcher Clarence Mitchell beans Sox starter Reb Russell, knocking him senseless and out of the game. Cleveland beats up on relievers Benz and Smith to win, 8-2, starting their scoring with 2 in the 7th. Johnston and Chapman single and Olson has a “Cincinnati base hit” to load the sacks for Joe Jackson, who drives in 2 with a single.

26th The Phils use 3 pitchers in subduing the Superbas, 8–5. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the middle of three, picks up the win.

27th Using their bats, the Braves sweep two from the Giants, winning 1–0 and 5–2. In the opener, the lone run scores when Joe Connolly rounds 3B after a single by Bill Sweeney. Giant CF George Burns makes a perfect throw but the ball hits Sweeney’s bat on the field and caroms off. George Tyler picks up the win against Mathewson.

28th At the Polo Grounds, Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the first 8 innings against the Giants, and exits with the score 6-6. Tom Seaton relieves, but the Giants finally score in the 14th to win, 7–6.

29th Following a 6-5 loss to the A’s in Philadelphia, Frank Chance, manager of the 9-25 Yankees, rants to reporters Fred Lieb and Heywod Broun about Hal Chase. “Did you see what went on there today? Chase let those throws go right through him. He’s been doing that every day, throwing down me and the club.” (as quoted in the New York Times, February 24, 2013).

30th  In a Memorial Day doubleheader in Washington, Red Sox OF Harry Hooper hits lead-off homers in both games to help sweep the Senators. Boston wins the opener, 4–3, then the nitecap, 1–0, on Hooper’s leadoff homer against Walter Johnson. Hooper, a future Hall of Famer, will total just 4 homers on the season. The next leadoff batter to match Hooper’s mark will be Rickey Henderson.

For the second day in a row, the Yankees lose in the 9th inning as they waste a splendid pitching effort by Russ Ford, who allows no hits through 8 innings. Three hits and an error in the 9th give the A’s three runs and a 3-2 victory.

The Giants turn away thousands of fans, then turn back the faltering Phillies, 8–6 and 5–1. Rube Marquard wins the first game and Jeff Tesreau takes the second. Giants RF Red Murray has three hits in game 2 and, for the two games, turns a unique fielder’s cycle, recording assists to 2B and 3B in game 1 and to 1B and home in game 2.

31st Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability, Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty, Chase will be on the scene another 6 years. Zeider, who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49, is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .133 in 39 games, writer Mark Roth remarks, “Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion.”

Before 35,000, the Giants finish a series with the NL-leading Phils by taking all four games. Mathewson wins today, 3–2 over Eppa Rixey, allowing 6 hits and no walks. The 4 games draw 100,000 to the Polo Grounds. With the win John McGraw joins Fred Clarke, Cap Anson, Frank Selee, and Connie Mack as managers who have won 1,000 games.

In the first of two, Brooklyn’s Eddie “Smoke” Stack beats the Braves for the 3rd time this season, shutting them out, 2–0. The two teams play to a 10-inning 3–3 tie in game 2.

JUNE

1st At Cleveland, the Indians take the 1st of 2 games, defeating the Browns, 6-2, to win their 9th straight. Left fielder Jack Graney helps with a unassisted DP. In Game 2, Nap Lajoie makes his first appearance in three weeks after being sidelined with hand injuries. He is 0-for-2 as the Indians make 6 errors and lose 9-3. Joe Jackson, hitting .450 to Cobb’s .452 (they are the only hitters over .400) is 3-for-8 in the 2 games.

2nd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the A’s, Walter Johnson serves up a 4th-inning homer to Home Run Baker as the Senators lose, 4–3. The A’s also win the opener, 9–4.

3rd At the Polo Grounds, the Indians score 7 runs in the last three innings to beat the Yankees, 8-2. Cy Falkenberg allows 4 hits and runs his record to 10-0. He’ll finish at 23-10.

4th The Cards peck Christy Mathewson for 11 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings, and hold on to win, 6–4.

5th  Chris Von der Ahe, 65, owner of the champion St. Louis Browns in the 1880s and 1890s, dies of cirrhosis of the liver.

The Phillies trade John Dodge and Red Nelson to Cincinnati for Beals Becker.

6th  The Yankees, on their way to a 7th-place finish, play their 13th straight winless game (12 losses and a tie with Boston on May 24), losing 2–1 to Cleveland.

7th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally win one, 3–2, over the White Sox. The Yanks are now 10–34, having lost 17 in a row at home. They lost 13 of their last 14 (one tie).

The Cards and Giants combine for 26 hits with New York emerging with a 9–8 win. Mathewson, the last of 5 New York hurlers, picks up the win against reliever Sandy Burk.

9th In Chicago, The Giants score 6 runs in the 3rd inning, against Lou Richie and Lefty Leifield, and roll to an 11–3 win. Mathewson goes 8 innings before Jim Thorpe pinch hits for him.

At Philadelphia, the Phillies Beals Becker, acquired 4 days ago from the Reds, lines two inside-the-park homers, one short of the record set in the 19th century. His new team beats his old team, 10–1.

The Red Sox finally stop Cleveland’s Cy Falkenberg, who was 10-0 going into today’s game. The Sox win, 4-1, at Boston. There’s some good news for Cy when he receives a telegram that his wife has given birth to a daughter.

10th A bounce homer by Fred Luderus into the RF stands at Redlands Field is the difference as the Phillies defeat the Reds, 3–2. As noted by Rhodes and Snyder, Enquirer reporter Jack Ryder writes “the feat was thought impossible.” The ball bounced over a 10-foot high wall 400 feet from home plate. “There is little chance of another hit like that of Luderus being made on this field for many seasons.”

11th  The Browns end the A’s 15-game winning streak, winning 5-2, but Philadelphia’s 5-game lead over Cleveland will be maintained to the end.

Hooks Dauss is the happy recipient of a seven-run Tiger outburst off Joe Engle in the 2nd inning. The big blow is a grand slam by Sam Crawford. The Tigers roll by the Senators, 11-0.

With the score tied 5–5, Ivy Olson of Cleveland steals home in the top of the 15th for the winning run over the Red Sox. Jack Graney then steals home for an insurance run, marking the only time teammates would steal home in extra innings in the same game. Dutch Leonard watches on the mound for Boston. The Naps win, 9-5.

12th With runners on 1B and 2B in the 9th, the Reds Marty Berghammer lines into a triple play against Boston’s Dick Rudolph to end the game. Boston wins, 7–3.

13th The White Sox win, 5–1, behind the hitting and pitching of Jim Scott. Scott clubs a 2-run homer, his only major league roundtripper, off the Yankees George McConnell.

14th At Forbes Field, Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits, including a homer by Owen Wilson, but holds on to beat the Bucs, 6–5. Hank Robinson takes the loss. The Giants sweep the 3-game series.

At Chicago, Walter Johnson stops the White Sox, 8–3. Sox C Ray Schalk hits his first ML homer off Johnson and it will be his only roundtripper this year.

16th  The Cubs hand Grover Cleveland Alexander his first loss of the year after 10 victories, 13–3, cutting the visiting Phils’ lead to 3.

17th  Chicago beats the first-place Phillies again, 4–0. In the 3rd, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman is ejected for the third time in five days, this time by Bill Klem, who doesn’t like his hollering. Malcom Easton thumbed him on the 13th, William Brennan on the 15th. It is Zim’s 5th thumbing since May 19th and it will prompt a fan to send half a $100 bill to Zimmerman, and half to Klem. Zim will win the other half of the “split century” on July 2nd by not getting thrown out of a game for two weeks.

19th  Wilbur Good hits the first pinch-hit HR in Cubs history, off Grover Alexander in the 8th, but that’s all of Chicago’s scoring as the Phils win, 2–1.

In Cincinnati, the Giants defeat the Reds, 8–7, to sweep 4 from the Reds. Mathewson allows 12 hits but holds on to beat Rube Benton.

20th After New York wins the opener, 9–3, Washington starter Bert Gallia hits 3 of the first 4 batters he faces in the first inning of the nitecap. Three more New York batters are hit by pitches, by relievers Joe Engel (2) and Tom Hughes (1), for a record-tying six. The outcome is the same as New York wins again, 9–3. New York leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the record book when he gets hit 3 times.

22nd George Pearce of the Cubs stops the Cards on one hit, a single by Ed Konetchy. Pearce wins, 6–0, over Pol Perritt.

White Sox pitcher Jim Scott ties the AL record by striking out 6 consecutive batters in a 6–4 win over the Senators. It is the 2nd time this season that 6 straight Nats hitters have gone down on strikes: Tom O’Brien struck out 6 in a row in April.

23rd Before 25,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants split with Brooklyn, losing the opener in 10 innings, 4–2, and winning the second game, 5–1. Mathewson walks none in beating Cliff Curtis in the 2nd.

24th The Giants tally 11 hits off Cardinal pitcher Dan Griner, but fail to score. St. Louis wins, 1–0.

25th In Washington, Frank Baker, a nemesis for Walter Johnson, cracks a three-run homer in the 3rd inning to key a 14–2 A’s victory over the Washington ace. Johnson will come back in 2 days to shut out the A’s, 2–0.

At Washington Park, the Superbas bang reliever Pete Alexander, scoring 7 runs in 6 innings, but the Phillies outslug Brooklyn to win, 11–8.

26th In the A’s double header pasting of the host Senators, 11–2 and 10–3, Nats’ catcher Eddie Ainsmith swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the opener. In the second game, the Nationals attempt to change their luck by batting first: it doesn’t work.

The Giants sweep two from the Braves, winning 5–4 and 11–3. Mathewson preserves the 1st win with 2 innings of relief, then starts the 2nd contest. Led by Larry Doyle’s grand slam off Otto Hess, the Giants forge into a 9–0 lead after 6 innings and Matty exits. Mathewson now has throw 21 innings without a walk.

Brooklyn sees Alexander for a second day in a row, this time beating the Phillies righty, 4–2, in a doubleheader sweep by the Superbas. The Phils win the opener, 5–2 and now lead the Giants by a half-game.

27th Washington’s Walter Johnson tops the A’s, 2–0, to start a 14-game winning streak. He won’t lose for another two months.

29th The Reds defeat the Cubs 9–6 at Redlands Field using only one ball. The Enquirer reports the ball was pretty battered. Joe Tinker pockets it as a souvenir.

.30th  At Philadelphia, New York’s thrilling 11–10 win over the Phils puts the Giants on top to stay and ends the dream of an all-Philadelphia World Series. Hooks Wiltse pitches the first 9 innings for New York before wilting, and Mathewson relieves. In the 10th, Buck Herzog singles off Pete Alexander and Matty wins his 14th. The fireworks continue after the game when McGraw, walking to the clubhouse with several Phillies, is belted and then jumped by several Philley fans. McGraw is cut up and Phils P Ad Brennan is identified as the instigator of the fight. After investigating, NL Prexy Thomas Lynch will suspend both McGraw and Brennan for 5 days, with Brennan also fined $100.

Behind the pitching of Eddie Plank, the Athletics beat New York, 6–0, and maintain a lead of 8 ½ games in the AL.

JULY

1st Rube Marquard coasts to a 10–0 Giant whipping of the Phillies. Alexander takes his 2nd straight loss.

2nd Christy Mathewson allows 13 hits but the Giants continue to pummel the slipping Phils, winning 8–4. Matty gives up no walks to run his streak to 34 innings.

3rd The Red Sox tally 15 hits off Washington’s Walter Johnson, but lose 1–0 in 15 innings. This ties a ML record of frustration for most hits in an extra inning shutout. Ray Collins takes the loss.

The Giants hand Pete Alexander his 3rd loss in the 4-game series with the Phillies, as Jeff Tesreau wins, 4–2, in 11 innings. New York is now in first place by 3 ½ games.

4th In the first of 2 today, Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood smokes two doubles in the 4th inning against the visiting A’s, setting a ML record for pitchers. Boston wins, 13–6, then loses the 2nd game, 5–3.

5th With manager McGraw in the grandstands, the Giants win their 11th straight, beating Brooklyn, 3–2. Mathewson is the winner over Pat Ragan, scattering 12 hits but walking none. His walkless streak is at 47 innings.

6th At St. Louis, the Senators push across 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3–2 lead, Walter Johnson, the 4th Washington pitcher, shuts out the Browns in the 9th and is awarded the win. As reported in Sporting Life, Prexy “Ban Johnson rules that when a pitcher leaves the box at the end of an inning he shall not receive benefit of any runs made in the following inning. He says all runs should aid the reliever, not the previous pitcher.”

Cleveland sweeps a pair from Chicago, winning 6-2 and 7-0. In the second game, Buck Weaver has Chicago’s lone hit off Willie Mitchell.

7th At Baker Bowl, the Braves score 8 runs in the 1st inning and 5 in the 9th as they take a 15-3 lead, then hang on as the Phils score 7 in the bottom of the 9th. The Braves emerge with a 15-11 win. Bill Rariden has a grand slam in the game for Boston.

Columbus (AA) sends pitcher George McQuillan to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jack Ferry and two players to be named. The Red Sox and Senators had made inquiries about McQuillan, who will go 8-6 this year for the Bucs.

10th Led by Ward Miller’s 2-run triple, the Cubs stop the Giants, 3–2. The victory ends the New Yorkers’ win streak at 14 games and stops Christy Mathewson’s win streak at 9 victories. Matty’s skein of consecutive innings without a pass continues however, and is at 52.

11th Up 4-1 at Chicago, the Yankees ice it with a 7-run 6th inning, featuring a grand slam by Birdie Cree, his only homer of the year. The final is 11-1.

12th  Philadelphia’s Boardwalk Brown walks 15 Tigers in 7 2⁄3 innings, but staggers to a 16–9 win. Brown has only one walkless inning—the first. Ty Cobb, out for a week with an injured knee, plays 2B for the only time in his career, and makes three errors in his 5 fielding chances.

14th Red Sox hitter Harry Hooper breaks up a no hit bid by Chicago’s Reb Russell. Russell wins the one-hitter, 8–0, for the White Sox..

15th  Ebbets Field is dedicated with a flag-raising ceremony before the game against the Cubs. Led by Vic Saier, who has a homer, 2 singles and 2 walks in 5 plate appearances, the Cubs thrash Brooklyn, 9-6. Zack Wheat has a homer for the locals. Immediately following the game, Charles Ebbets hosts a dinner for 150. Limos waiting outside the park whisk the guests to the Brighton Beach Hotel. Besides prominent politcians and Ebbets, attendees include Pennsylvania governor John Tener, a former player, Yankees owner Frank Farrell, and Giants president Harry Hempstead.

Veteran Three Finger Brown, sold to the Reds over the winter after a 5–6 year with the Cubs, loses his matchup with Giants rival Christy Mathewson, 4–2. Matty uses just 70 pitches, tying his own record, and walks none to run his streak to 61 innings. The match-up pairs the hurlers with the highest career-winning percentages among active pitchers with at least 250 starts. It won’t happen again this century.

The Browns Earl Hamilton throws his second one hitter of the season, both against New York, as he beats the Yankees, 3-0. Roger Peckinpaugh’s 5th inning single is the lone hit.

Jake Stahl, hobbled by a foot injury, is released as Red Sox manager. President Jimmy McAleer says that it was not differences with Stahl but that the stockholders want a player-manager. Catcher Bill Carrigan replaces him. Reportedly, Fielder Jones declined an offer of $25,000 to manage. Stahl will leave baseball but retain his Red Sox stock.

Hans Lobert, perhaps the fastest man in the majors, hits a 10th inning liner and legs out an inside-the-park walkoff homer to give the Phils a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

17th  The visiting Cardinals split a pair with the Giants, winning 4–2 before losing 3–2. It is not the only split pair today as St. Louis teammates Ted Cather and Lee Magee are ejected for fighting with each other.

Mom will be happy. In the first of two at Boston, the Braves Fred Smith starts a 4-run rally in the 3rd with a single off his brother Charles. It is the first time the Smith brothers have faced each other in the majors. Charles is lifted but Boston wins the opener, 4-3. Chicago takes the night cap, 6-1, handing Hub Perdue his first loss after six straight wins. Cy Seymour pinch hits in the 8th for Boston in his last appearance in the majors. In 1898, when he had a 25-19 record (3.18 ERA) and led the league in strikeouts, walks, WP and HBP, he played 35 games in the outfield and one at second base. Only Babe Ruth will compile more hits and pitching wins than Seymour. The Babe will collect 2873 hits and 94 pitching wins: Cy had 1723 hits and 61 victories.

Hello, mudder. In a Northern League doubleheader in Virginia, Minnesota is played in the mud, which helps the hitting of one unusual home run, as reported in tomorrow’s Minneapolis Journal. “The second game was a seven inning affair and was marked by the heavy clouting of the visitors. The contests were both played in mud. Center field flies in deep water went for two hits. Heine Berger got credit when his hard hit ball got lost in the mire near second base and he made the circuit before it was recovered.” (as noted by Rich Arpi).

18th  At the Polo Grounds, the Cards win the opener of two, 4–3, with help from the error-prone Giants. In blanking the Cards 5–0, in the nitecap, Christy Mathewson finally yields a base on balls, ending a record string of 68 walkless innings pitched. Ed Konetchy draws the pass in the 8th. Matty’s ML record won’t be topped until Bill Fischer, in 1962.

In Detroit, Boston pitcher Smoky Joe Wood slips and breaks his thumb while fielding a grounder off the bat of Bobby Veach. Except for one inning of relief in September, Wood’s season is over. Detroit wins, 5-1, with 3 runs in the 6th and 2 in the 7th.

20th  The Tigers ship 38-year-old George Mullin (1–6), five times a 20-game winner, to Washington. Mullin pitched a no-hitter a year ago on his birthday.

21st Walter Johnson and the Senators are 2–1 victors over the White Sox rookie pitcher Reb Russell. Russell will come back tomorrow and be the winner over Washington, 6–5.

22nd New York sweeps two from Pittsburgh, winning 8–3 and 2–1 in 11 innings. Al Demaree wins the rout in the opener, and former Pirate Art Fromme, in relief of Mathewson, picks up the victory in the 2nd game. Fred Merkle drives home George Burns to win for New York. The Giants now lead the NL by 8 games.

Cards P Slim Sallee beats Brooklyn, 3–1, and scores one of the runs himself on a steal of home.

23rd Behind Rube Marquard’s 2-0, 2-hit win over Pittsburgh, the Giants roll to their 26th win in 29 games. Rube wins his 8th straight, allowing both hits in the 6th inning.

Brooklyn lefty Chink Yingling stops the Cardinals, 7-2. Yingling has not lost to St. Louis since coming into the league in 1911.

Joe Boehling wins his 11th straight game as he beats the White Sox, 7-3. The Washington rookie allows 6 hits in what the New York Times calls an “A.L. record (sic)”.

25th  A 15-inning 8–8 tie game between St. Louis and the Nationals is called for darkness. Reliever Walter Johnson fans a ML record 15 in the last 11 innings. Starter Joe Engel hits rookie catcher Sam Agnew with a pitch, breaking his jaw. Browns P Carl Weilman sets a ML record by striking out 6 times. He becomes the first player—but not the last—in history to strike out 6 consecutive times in a game, as Johnson gets him 4 times, and Engel and Long Tom Hughes once each. Johnson’s strikeout mark for relievers will last this century before another Johnson breaks it, in 2001. Milan steals his 50th base while Moeller steals his 40th; the two are 1, 2 in the AL. Milan will lead the AL with a record 88, only to be topped by Cobb with 96 in 1915.

At Pittsburgh, Pirates OF Max Carey scores 5 runs against the Phils without a hit, reaching first on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs win 12–2. He also steals 4 bases and advances twice on wild pitches. A student at St. Louis Theological Seminary, he will lead the NL in runs this season: he’ll lead in stolen bases as well, the first of 10 such seasons.

28th At Robison Field, Christy Mathewson outpitches Bob Harmon for a 4–0 Giants win. Matty allows 4 hits and walks 2.

29th Rube Marquard wins his 9th in a row for the Giants, beating the Cards, 2–1.

31st On “Joe Boehling Day” in Washington, the Tigers make short work of the celebration by cuffing Boehling for 4 runs in winning, 4-1. A thousand fans are hand from Richmond, Virginia to honor the local boy. They present him with the gift of a traveling bag.

AUGUST

1st At Chicago, the Giants win, 5–2, on a controversial call in the 8th inning. Art Fletcher is called safe at 2B on a steal attempt by ump Bill Byron, prompting a shower of abuse from the crowd. Moments later, Fletcher scores the go-ahead run on a triple by Chief Meyers off Bert Humphrey. The beneficiary of the offense is Christy Mathewson, who wins his 20th game, the 11th straight season he’s topped the mark.

2nd  It’s Walter Johnson Day in Washington. President Woodrow Wilson is on hand to help mark the Big Train’s 6th anniversary in a Nationals uniform. Johnson is presented with a silver cup filled with 10-dollar bills ($674) and returns the favor with a 3–2 win over Detroit, his 24th win of the year.

The Federal League takes a big step toward another baseball war, voting to expand into the East.

4th George Cutshaw celebrates the holiday by lining 2 inside-the-park homers as Brooklyn beats the visiting Cubs, 7-1.

5th Cy Williams, who hit his first ML homer two days ago off Bull Wagner, hits his second, a grand slam, as he drives in six runs in the 2nd inning of a 13-2 shellacking of Brooklyn. Williams, who came directly to the majors last year from Notre Dame, connects off Nap Rucker.

6th  The Pirates pound Giants ace Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 5 innings, including 7 in the 5th. C Larry McLean is traded from the last-place Cardinals to the Giants for pitcher Doc Crandall. One of the biggest players of this era at 6 feet 5 inches and 230 pounds, the veteran catcher will bat .500 in the WS. The popular Crandall will make 2 pinch hitting appearances before the Giants reacquire him in a week.

8th Earl Hamilton, in his last start of the year, pitches the Browns to a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Hamilton is 3-0 against New York in 1913, two of them one-hitters.

At Chicago, the Phillies score 9 runs in the 8th to turn the game with the Cubs into a laugher, winning 16-3. Pete Alexander picks up the win and Fred Luderus hits a pair of homers. He also makes an out when he is hit by a batted ball while running the bases. The Phillies are in second place, 6 games behind New York.

The Yankees pick up 3B Fritz Maisel from Baltimore (IL) for $12,000 plus 3B Ezra Midkiff (.197) and OF Bert Daniels (.216). Daniels will return to the majors next year with the Reds and improve his average by 3 points.

9th In Cincinnati, the Giants coast to a 11–2 win over the Reds. Mathewson leaves with a victory after 7 innings. Heinie Groh has three doubles for the Reds.

10th In Cincinnati, the Giants edge the Reds, 5–4. Fred Merkle lines a drive to LF that hits the wall on the fly, but he is cut down at the plate on his attempt at an inside-the-park homer. He is the first hitter to reach the wall on a fly.

12th Art Fromme, with relief help from Mathewson, beats Brooklyn, 6–5. Matty comes on in the 11th and gives up a lead off triple to Zack Wheat, but the Giants pitcher cuts down the chaff that follows, and New York wins, 6–5.

13th  Petersburg P Harry Hedgpeth (Virginia League) blanks Richmond twice, by scores of 1–0 and 10–0, both in 9 innings. He gives up only one hit in the opener, while hurling a no-hitter in the 2nd game.

In a great pickup, the Cubs send P Lew Richie to Kansas City (AA) for Hippo Vaughn. Vaughn, who had pitched 5 years with little success in the AL with New York and Washington, will be a workhorse for Chicago. Tomorrow the Cubs will ship 33-year-old Ed Reulbach (1-3) to Brooklyn for P Eddie Stack and cash.

Doc Crandall is rescued from the basement: John McGraw buys him back from the Cards 12 days after trading him. According to historian Merritt Clifton, Doc has a sore arm and is sent back as damaged goods. He will pitch for Brattleboro to get his arm in shape before rejoining the Giants for the stretch drive.

14th  William H. Locke, who bought the 2nd-place Phils earlier this year, dies. His cousin William Baker will succeed him.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates broadside Mathewson for 8 hits and 8 runs in just 3 innings. Wagner goes 4-for-5 on the afternoon with two hits off Matty: one a single and the other a 3-run homer. The only time the Giants get Hans out is when a pitch hits his bat as he tries to get out of way and the ball rolls fair. The Giants make a game of it, but lose 8–6.

16th For the second time in 2 weeks, a Brooklyn player his two inside-the-park homers. This time it is Tom Fisher in a nitecap 14–5 win at St. Louis. Brooklyn also beats the Cards in the opener, 1–0, behind Earl Yingling.

17th  The A’s break another attendance record in Cleveland, drawing 25,017 to watch the home team’s 6–2 win. Vean Gregg tops Chief Bender and puts the Naps in second place by 5 ½ games.

18th  Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer sets a since-topped NL mark by surrendering 9 consecutive hits to the Cubs in the 9th inning. The Cubs score 6 runs to win, 10–4.

19th The Reds George Suggs loses a no-hitter against Boston when a ground ball by Rabbit Maranville is juggled by 1B Dick Hoblitzell, who then throws wide to Suggs covering 1B. The Reds win, 2–0, on Suggs’ one-hitter, after taking the first game of the twinbill, 4–2, behind Chief Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates score 6 in the first two innings and beat the Giants, 8-3. Max Carey has a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs. Ferdie Schupp makes his ML debut and pitches shutout ball in the final two innings, thanks to a wonderful catch of a Honus Wagner clout by Pink Murray.

20th White Sox ace Jim Scott, on his way to a 20–20 record, shuts out Boston to win, 1–0. The loser is rookie Fred Anderson, who will go 0–6, before going to the FL next season. Patrolling CF is Edd Roush, in his major league debut, the start of an unsuccessful 9-game trial with Chicago. Roush will play CF tomorrow, his only 2 games in the Sox outfield. But the September 6, 1913 edition of The Sporting Life notes that Roush “is the only ball player who carries two gloves with him. When he plays left field he throws right-handed and wears his left-hand glove. When they shift him over to right field he throws left-handed, and sports the right-handed glove.” As asked by Bill Deane, which glove does he wear when he plays CF?

The Phillies trade Cozy Dolan and cash to the Pirates for P Howie Camnitz (6-17) and 3B Bobby Byrne. Camnitz, a 20-game winner the past two seasons, will reach 20 losses this year, and then jump to the PittFeds for the 1914 season.

21st The Giants increase their NL lead to 10 games by smoking Eddie Stack and the Cubs, 8–2. Mathewson rolls to his 22nd win, allowing 8 hits. Johnny Evers collects 3 hits, including a homer in the 5th.

22nd After losing 7-4 to the Tigers in game 1, the Yankees build a 12-0 lead in game 2 before the Tigers score 7 in the last three innings to make it respectable. Roger Peckinpaugh hits a grand slam for New York in game 2.

24th In Chicago, Walter Johnson wins his 14th straight, a 2–1 decision over the Sox. Johnson fans the side in the 8th inning, then with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th, strikes out Eddie Collins.

25th Ty Cobb steals home in the 5th inning to tie the game and his throw home in the 8th helps the Tigers edge the Senators, 6–5.

The Athletics defeat the Browns, 3–0, as Eddie Plank strikes out 11.

Braves vet Art Devlin slaps the game-winning hit in the 9th for Boston and gets rewarded by manager Stallings by being sent down to Rochester, never to return to the ML. His .229 average might have had something to do with it.

26th Cincinnati’s Chief Johnson surrenders just 3 hits to New York, but loses a 1–0 decision to Christy Mathewson. Fred Merkle triples in the 7th and scores the only run.

28th  Walter Johnson’s 14-game winning streak is ended, although it takes Boston 11 innings to beat him 1–0. Boston manages a 2nd inning single by Steve Yerkes and doesn’t have another baserunner until Yerkes singles again in the 11th., and reaches 3rd on the ball goes through the legs of CF Clyde Milan. A fielder’s choice, and single wins it. Johnson strikes out 10, five in a row, and walks none. The winner is Ray Collins, who beat Johnson, 1–0, on June 6, and lost to him by that score on July 3.

30th  The Giants score 6 runs against Alexander, but the Phillies come back from the 6–0 deficit to score 8 against Mathewson. With 2 outs in the top of the 9th, and the Phils leading 8–6 over New York, umpire Bill Brennan, acceding to a request by the wily John McGraw, orders Phils captain Mickey Doolan (Phils manager Red Dooin had been ejected during the 6-run 6th) to have spectators removed from the CF bleachers, where they are waving hats, newspapers, handkerchiefs and flashing mirrors to distract the batters. When Doolan refuses, Brennan forfeits the game, 9–0, to the Giants. Bedlam ensues and later, when the two umpires and Giants players try to board the train at the North Philadelphia Station, they are attacked by fans. The police draw their revolver to control the crowd. The Phils protest the forfeit and NL president Lynch will reverse the umpire and rule the game an 8–6 Phils win. The Giants then appeal. NL directors say both Brennan and Lynch are wrong, and order the game completed from the point at which it was stopped. The game will be finished October 2, with the Giants winning.

In St. Louis, Fred Blanding shuts out the Browns as Cleveland wins, 4-0. It is the fourth consecutive shutout for St. Louis, tying a seven-year-old AL record set by both the A’s and the Red Sox in 1906. The next AL team to be whitewashed four games in a row will be the 1958 Senators.

In Brooklyn, the Braves take two games from the Superbas, beating them 13-0 and 6-1. Lefty Tyler allows 3 hits in the shutout, 2 by Bill Collins. Former Yankee Jack Quinn makes his NL debut in game 2 and scatters 9 hits, but only two runs get past 2B, that being Red Smith who triples and scores in the 9th. Guy Zinn is 6-for-8 on the afternoon and Hap Myers has 3 stolen bases.

31st  The Browns lose to Cleveland, 9-1, but manage to push across a run in the 3rd inning and end their near AL record 43 straight scoreless innings (the Athletics in 1906 set the AL mark with 48: the 1968 Cubs will go 48 innings without scoring.

SEPTEMBER

1st  In Pittsburgh, the Pirates arrive late by train from Chicago for a morning/afternoon doubleheader against Cincinnati. For the morning game, they wear their road grays, losing 5-4 in 10 innings. In their home whites for the p.m. game, they win, 5-1.

In Detroit, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 10-5 and 5-2. Cobb is held to one hit, a double, in game 1, but drives in 4 runs. He goes 1-for 4 in game 2 as well. Rookie Ralph Comstock (1-1) makes his second start and strikes out 11 in the 5-2 win. He is the first rookie to strike out 8 or more batters in his first two starts. Cliff Melton, in 1937, will match it.

Frederick W. Thayer, inventor of the catcher’s mask, dies at 65.

3rd Boston sidearmer George Tyler spins a one-hitter over the Giants to win, 2–1. The Braves reach Christy Mathewson for 8 hits and 2 runs.

4th  Cleveland lefty Vean Gregg strikes out Ty Cobb three times in a row, but Cobb doubles in Sam Crawford with the winning run in the 12th as the Tigers prevail, 4–3.

5th The Phils score the only run this afternoon in a doubleheader in Boston. The visitors win the opener, 1–0, then the two play 10 innings of scoreless baseball before the game is called. Alexander misses his 20th win, but will reach the mark in 3 days. Tom Seaton wins the opener.

In the first game of a doubleheader between St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Max Carey is awarded a triple in the bottom of the 5th inning, when St. Louis 3B Mike Mowrey throws his glove and hits the ball that Carey hit over his head. The Pirates prevail, winning 8-3 and 11-3 in 7 innings.

6th  Ed Reulbach pitches Brooklyn to a 2–0 whitewash of the Giants, allowing just 2 hits. Mathewson takes the loss, his 9th of the year. John McGraw, frustrated with his team’s lack of hitting (no one is hitting .300), losses an argument with ump Mal Eason and is tossed in the 9th. Eason had already thumbed out Dahlen and Fisher for protesting calls.

At West Side Grounds, Vic Saier hits a first inning grand slam to the CF scoreboard, off Chief Johnson, to jump start the Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Athletics 2B Eddie Collins steals home twice in a 9–2 victory against the Red Sox to tie the ML mark.

The Yankees make one hit as they fall to the Washington Nationals, 8-1. Jack Knight scores after singling in the 6th off Carl Cashion, who is lifted after walking 7 and hitting 3 batters. His wild throw plus a second wild throw allows Knight to reach home. The Yankees make 9 errors in the game. “In wildness is the preservation of life”, but not if you are a pitcher: This is Cashion’s last ML win.

Browns interim manager Jimmy Austin is replaced by Branch Rickey. Austin (2-6) took over when George Stovall (50-84) was fired.

The September 6, 1913 edition of The Sporting Life notes that rookie Edd Roush “is the only ball player who carries two gloves with him. When he plays left field he throws right-handed and wears his left-hand glove. When they shift him over to right field he throws left-handed, and sports the right-handed glove.” However, his only two outfield games in 1913 were in center, prompting historian Bill Deane to wonder if he wore a glove on each hand.

8th The Phillies sweep a doubleheader in Boston to move to 8.5 games behind the first-place Giants. The Phils win, 13-0, on Tom Seaton’s 3-hitter as CF Beals Becker has a homer and 4 singles. His replacement in CF in game 2 Dode Paskert has a single, double and triple to back Pete Alexander’s 6-2 win. Rabbit Maranville misses a train connection and misses game 1, the first game this year he has missed. He plays in game 2.

9th The Red Sox collect 21 assists against Detroit in a 3–2 win.

10th  Honus Wagner is given a souvenir bat carved from a piece of wood taken from naval hero Oliver Perry’s flagship Niagara, which was sunk in Lake Erie 100 years before. The Giants then sink the Pirates, 5–2. Pittsburgh pitcher George McQuillan is thrown out at first base after lining a one-hopper to New York RF Red Murray.

11th The contending Cleveland Naps, lose their 4th in a row to the Senators, 7–3. Washington will win tomorrow, 6–1, behind Walter Johnson, leaving the Nats just a game behind the 2nd place Clevelanders. Today, ump Jack Egan tosses C Steve O’Neill and manager Joe Birmingham. Tomorrow, Birmy will be slapped with a suspension by AL head Ban Johnson, who will lift the 10-day suspension of Washington manager Clark Griffith. Besides the fight with the ump, the Naps’ slumping Joe Jackson also loses a fight with a sign trying for Milan’s line drive. Jackson leaves the game after being knocked unconscious. He’ll miss a day.

13th The Pirates split with the Giants, losing the opener, 4–2 to Christy Mathewson, and then cruising to an 8–0 victory in the nitecap.

14th  In front of the largest crowd of the season (22,000), Cubs hurler Larry Cheney hurls a 14-hit shutout against the visiting Giants, defeating them 7–0 while setting a ML record for most hits in a shutout. Milt Gaston of Washington will duplicate the feat on July 10, 1928. Cheney wins his 20th over Rube Marquard, also seeking his 20th.

15th  Frank L. Hough, sports editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and one of 2 writers who owned 25 percent of the Athletics when the team was founded, dies.

16th In the first-place A’s 8–7 win over Cleveland, LF Rube Oldring pulls off an unassisted DP, the second completed by an outfielder this year. Jack Graney did it for Cleveland on June 1 against St. Louis.

17th The Tigers do their scoring in just two innings to win a pair from Washington, 5-1 and 4-2. A 5-run 4th in game one and a 4-run 1st in game 2 does it. Ty Cobb contributes a grand slam, one of four homers he hits this year.

The Series-bound Athletics score 4 in bottom of the 8th inning and defeat the visiting Browns, 8-4. George Tomer, two months shy of his 18th birthday, pinchhits for St. Louis in the 9th and strikes out, ending his major league career with one at bat.

18th Detroit’s Erwin Renfer, just 17, makes his ML debut as the starting pitcher against Washington. Renfer goes 6 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in the first two innings, in a 6-1 Tiger loss. It is his only ML appearance.

19th The Giants continue to both lead the league and sport cold bats, barely holding on to split with the Cardinals. Mathewson drops the opener, 1–0, in 10 innings when Fred Snodgrass misplays a fly ball into a triple. New York takes the nitecap, 2–0.

22nd  In the opener of a doubleheader, the A’s Joe Bush tops Detroit, 4–0, as the Tigers score 2 of their runs on a successful double squeeze on a bunt by Jack Barry. In game 2, Herb Pennock, 19, aided by Eddie Plank, blanks the Tigers, 1–0, to clinch the AL pennant for the A’s. Plank gets the win in relief.

The Phils Pete Alexander shuts out the Cubs, 2–0, in the first of two games with Chicago. The Phils then complete the sweep, winning, 5–1.

23rd The Athletics hit no homers against the visiting Tigers, but still manage to win, 21–8, after scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. Detroit scores 4 in the frame for an AL record 14 for the 2nd inning. Jimmy Walsh scores 5 runs for the A’s.

24th Mathewson scatters 11 Brooklyn safeties, walks none, to beat Ed Reulbach, 2–1. It is Matty’s 25th win. He will finish the year with 25 victories and 21 walks.

27th  The Giants lose to Brooklyn and Nap Rucker, 4–0, but the pennant is theirs, as the Phils lose to Boston, 9–3.

White Sox pitcher Jim Scott wins his 20th game as the Chicago beats St. Louis, 6–2. Scott finishes the year at 20-20, leading the league in losses.

29th  Walter Johnson wins his 36th game and 11th shutout of the year, defeating the league champion Athletics 1–0 on George McBride Day, a day honoring the Nationals’ captain and SS. Johnson also sets a ML record with his fifth 1–0 victory, a mark that will be tied in a few days by Reb Russell. Taking the loss today is rookie Weldon Wyckoff.

At New York, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Hubmen, 3–1 and 5–1. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after a ML record tying 18 straight road wins stretching back to 1911, including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They’ll get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees, 3–2 and 3–0.

30th Washington shuts out the A’s again, winning 3–0, as 17-year-old outfielder Merito Acosta collects two hits and swipes 3B in the 4th inning. Yesterday, the Cuban teenager was caught in his steal attempt.

The Phillies are 2–1 for the day, finishing the game of August 30th with the Giants, and splitting two more. The Phils win, 8–6, with the loss going to Mathewson, in the disputed game. Mathewson and Marquard then combine to beat the Phils, 8–3 before the Quakers return the favor, 4–3.

OCTOBER

1st Jack Bentley makes his major league debut for Washington. shutting out the A’s, 1–0 in 8 innings. The good-hitting Bentley will win five games next year for the Nats, but will not win another in the majors until he resurfaces with the Giants in 1923 after going 41–3 for Baltimore (IL) in three seasons. With the win, the Senators set a ML record by shutting out a first-place team in a 3-game series or more, and not allowing a run. It will be matched one more time this century when the Orioles do it against the Red Sox in 1974.

Cleveland’s Vean Gregg tops the Tigers, 8-1, for his 20th win of the year. He’s the only 20th century pitcher to win 20 or more games in his first three seasons.

2nd  The Giants and Phils wrap up the season with 7 games in 3 days. The August 30th game, called in the 9th, is completed at the Polo Grounds for an 8–6 Phillie victory. The following doubleheader is split. Tomorrow the Giants will win one and tie one. The day after they will win both.

3rd After Dutch Leonard sets down the host Senators on 2 hits to win, 2-0, the Red Sox lose game 2 of the doubleheader, 11-3. Earl Moseley (8-5) starts for Boston, and the Sox set an ignominious club record by allowing 8 stolen bases, a mark that will not be topped till 2010. Pinch Thomas is behind the plate as Milan and Foster each swipe 3 of the 8.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Phils play two with New York taking the opener, 13-3. The Phillies, using a number of rookies in the lineup, make 7 errors. In game 2, Ferdie Schupp allows a run in his 4 innings, but notches his lone hit of the year, a triple. New York ties it at 4-4 in the 8th and that is the final. McGraw skips the games to go to Philadelphia and watch the Yankees and A’s play two.

4th  Despite the Dodgers’ 6th-place finish, 1B Jake Daubert earns a new Chalmers automobile as the NL MVP. Daubert led the NL at .350 and will repeat his batting title in 1914.

Washington manager Clark Griffith uses an unheard-of 8 pitchers in an end-of-season farce game with Boston, including 5 in the 9th inning. At age 43, he pitches one inning himself, and coach John Ryan, also 43, catches. Griffith also plays RF, where he plays one off his head and misplays Hal Janvrin’s liner into an inside-the-park homer. On the other end of the scale, 17-year-old Merito Acosta plays outfield alongside Walter Johnson in CF. Johnson then comes in the 8th inning to lob pitches to 2 hitters. Both batters, Clyde Engel and Steve Yerkes lace hits to send Johnson back to CF, and then, in relief, Nat’s catcher Eddie Ainsmith, in his only ML pitching appearance, gives up two triples to allow the base runners to score. The Sox score in the 9th on Hal Janvrin’s 2nd inside-the-park homer of the game. Joe Gideon, in his only pitching appearance retires the last two batters as Washington wins, 10–9, beating Fred Anderson who goes the distance. The 2 runs “allowed” by Johnson will have historical repercussions: his ERA goes from 1.09 to 1.14, and Bob Gibson’s 1.12 ERA in 1968 will put Johnson’s ERA in 2nd place on the all-time list. The 8 pitchers sets a ML record that won’t be matched until the Dodgers, September 25, 1946.

At Detroit, White Sox pitcher Reb Russell gives Chicago a split by beating Detroit, 1–0, in the nitecap following a 7–5 loss. Russell (22–16) sets a ML rookie record with his 8th shutout. He also ties the ML record of winning five complete 1–0 games in a season set by Walter Johnson a mark since tied in each loop but never topped.

5th  The Cubs beat the Pirates, 5-1, with the victory going to Zip Zabel, in his first ML appearance. Zip caught the attention of the Cubs when, on August 1, he pitched a doubleheader for Winnepeg against Winona, allowing 6 hits and a run in game 1 and pitching a one-hitter in game 2.

6th  In a Series tuneup in New York, The Giants top the Phillies, 4–1, before 500 fans.

7th  Rube Marquard gets the call for the Giants against Philadelphia’s Chief Bender in game 1 of the WS. Bender yields 11 hits, but Frank Baker’s HR and 3 RBI pace a 6–4 win over the New Yorkers. The A’s Frank Baker knocks in a run in the 3rd inning with a “Cincinnati base hit,” when he tops a ball to 1B Fred Merkle. When Merkle goes to tag Baker, Frank stops running and a confused Merkle then throws home in an unsuccessful attempt to nab Oldring running from 3B. Following the season, the Baseball Writers Association votes 35-26 to abolish the one-year-old category of “Cincinnati base hits.”

8th  Christy Mathewson ties the Series, shutting the Athletics out for 10 innings to beat Eddie Plank 3–0. Mathewson also brings in the winning run with a double in the 10th. In the 9th, Matty is saved twice by pitcher Hooks Wiltse, playing 1B. Wiltse entered the game in the 3rd as a pinch runner for Fred Snodgrass, pressed in to action at 1B. The A’s put runners on 2B and 3B with no outs in the final inning, and the next two batters hit shots to 1B. Both times Wiltse guns out a runner at home and Matty gets the last out to send the game into extra innings. Before the game, Walter Johnson (36–7, 243 strikeouts, 11 shutouts) is presented the Chalmers Award, and an automobile, as the AL’s MVP. Joe Jackson is 2nd in the voting.

9th  In game 3, the A’s have no trouble solving Jeff Tesreau. Rookie P Bullet Joe Bush throws a 5-hit 8–2 win before 36,896 at the Polo Grounds, the largest crowd of the Series. Again, the Giants use Wiltse at 1B when Snodgrass pulls up lame.

10th  The bottom of the Athletics batting order—Jack Barry, Wally Schang, and Chief Bender—drives in all the runs, as Bender wins his 4th straight WS game, 6–5.

11th  John McGraw loses his 3rd straight WS. In game 5, Mathewson is good, but Eddie Plank is better; his 2-hitter wins the 3–1 finale. Plank retires the first 13 batters, bettering the mark of 12 set by the Cubs Mordecai Brown on Ocotber 9, 1906 Frank Baker at .450 and Eddie Collins at .421 lead a strong A’s offense. Frank Baker is the last player to get a “Cincinnati base hit,” a fielder’s choice where an infielder elects to try for a force play and is unsuccessful. Baker hits a 3rd inning squibber to 1B Fred Merkle with A’s runners on 2B and 3B. Merkle goes to tag Baker, who stops, and Merkle then attempts to nab runner Eddie Murphy at home but is unsuccessful. The one-year “Cincinnati base hit rule” will be abolish this winter by the Baseball Writers Association.

12th  John McGraw hosts a reunion for Hughey Jennings and the old Orioles. After a night of heavy drinking, he blames his longtime friend, business partner, and teammate Wilbert Robinson for too many coaching mistakes in the Series. Robby replies that McGraw made more mistakes than anybody and McGraw fires him. Eyewitnesses say Robby douses McGraw with a glass of beer and leaves. They won’t speak to each other for 17 years. Six days later Robby will begin a legendary 18 years as manager, replacing Bill Dahlen. The team will carry the nickname Robins, as well as Dodgers, during his tenure.

13th In St. Louis, the City Series between the Browns and the Cardinals ends in a fight. In today’s doubleheader, the Cardinals had taken the first game 5–2, and the 2nd game, and the 2nd game is tied 1–1 after four innings when a brawl broke out. Since there had been several other fights in the series, and because the series was played outside the auspices of the National Commission, the umps announce they have had it, and retire to the clubhouse. The series ends abruptly at 3 wins apiece, with one tie. Each Brownie player received $77.22.

In the wrap-up of the city series between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, now tied at three games apiece, Cleveland lefty Vean Gregg pitches possibly “the best game of his career” (historian Eric Sallee). Matched against Claude Hendrix, Gregg strikes out 19 batters, including Honus Wagner twice, and allows five singles in 13 shutout innings. Gregg finally wins his own game doubling and scoring the winning run. As noted by Sallee, home plate umpire Bob Emslie said, “I have seen all of the great ones; Rusie, Radbourne, Mathewson; but I am confident that I never saw any pitcher show the stuff that Gregg had.” Dots Miller, the Pirates’ first baseman said, “I can’t understand how anyone ever hits that fellow.”

19th  The Giants and White Sox, fortified with other players, start their world tour in Cincinnati. After a 31-game tour to Seattle, they will head for the Philippines, Australia, China, and Japan. Reach is the exclusive supplier of equipment, with Baseball Magazine noting that its cork-center ball will be used.

28th In the only time the two future immortals face each other, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson square off at South Main Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Johnson, backed by the White Sox, wins the battle, 6–0, pitching the distance, while Matty exits after 4 innings. Johnson strikes out 8. Tris Speaker and Buck Weaver do the hitting for the Sox, while fan favorite Jim Thorpe has 2 hits off Johnson. The game is delayed for nearly 2 hours when the stands collapse, injuring 52 people and killing a soldier. The governor of Oklahoma narrowly escapes injury in the tragedy.

NOVEMBER

2nd  Former St. Louis Browns manager George Stovall is the first ML player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage Kansas City. With glib salesman Jim Gilmore as its president, and backed by several millionaires, including oil magnate Harry Sinclair and Brooklyn baker Robert Ward, the Feds declare open war 2 weeks later by announcing they will not honor the ML’s reserve clause. It will prove a long, costly struggle, similar to the AL’s beginnings, but with more losers than winners.

17th  Former star P Rube Waddell is picked up in St. Louis, wandering the streets and suffering from consumption.

24th  Joe Tinker is out as Reds manager, but is still their property as a player. On December 12th he will be sold to Brooklyn for $25,000, $10,000 of which goes to him. P Earl Yingling and OF Herbie Moran are sent to Cincinnati later as part of the deal. When Charles Ebbets puts off signing Tinker, he jumps to the Feds, signing to manage Chicago for $12,000.

DECEMBER

6th  Exhibition teams made up of White Sox and Giants players make a Tokyo stop as part of their world tour and play each other at Keio University Stadium. The Sox win, 9–4. Tomorrow, a combined team defeats Keio University, 16–3, then the White Sox beat the Giants again, 12–9. Nearly a decade will pass before American professionals again play in Japan; Herb Hunter will take a team of “all stars” to Japan in 1920 and 1922.

9th  John K. Tener, one-time pitcher and congressman, now governor of Pennsylvania, is elected NL president for four years. John Heydler is elected secretary.

12th  While John McGraw is on his world tour, Giants president Harry Hempstead makes a swap with the Reds. The Reds send OF Bob Bescher to the Giants for young catcher Grover Hartley and Buck Herzog, who replaces Tinker as manager and shortstop.

The Pirates clean house in an 8-player swap with the Cardinals. Going to St. Louis is Dots Miller, a 1909 World Series hero, 14-game winner Hank Robinson, 3B Cozy Dolan, infielder Art Butler, and OF Chief Wilson, king of the triple. The Pirates receive pitcher Bob Harmon, 3B Mike Mowry, and 1B Ed Konetchy, whom the Bucs had been after for years. Konetchy, unhappy in St. Louis, will have his worst season (.249) in years, while Miller will have his best (.290), giving credence to the trading abilities of manager Miller Huggins.

The Cubs fire Johnny Evers as manager, but expect him to continue as a player. He declines.

23rd The Sporting News reports that 15 men died from baseball injuries during the 1913 season, according to a list compiled by J.R. Vickery of Chicago (as noted by R. J. Lesch). The only name given is that of J. Whetstone of New Orleans, who suffered “a broken spine sustained in sliding to a base”; all other fatalities were the result of foul tips or pitched balls. The list “does not include a major league player or even a minor league athlete of sufficient experience in baseball to be widely known.”

  • 1914

JANUARY

6th  The National Commission grants some demands of the Players’ Fraternity: players to be notified in writing of their transfer or release and to receive a copy of their contract; players with 10 years in the ML are eligible to become free agents; clubs will pay traveling expenses to spring training and furnish all uniforms; all parks to have a blank green wall behind the pitcher in CF. The so-called “Cincinnati Agreement” leaves the reserve system and league governance practically intact.

11th Former 19th century major leaguer Walt Goldsby commits suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

FEBRUARY

1st  The White Sox and Giants play a 3–3 tie in Cairo. The next day a triple play will be made in the shadow of the Pyramids.

3rd  A joint NL-AL rules committee decrees that: a runner touched or held by a coach while rounding 3B is out; coaches may now assist other members of their team, not just base runners; the frequently violated rule requiring pitchers to stand behind the rubber until ready to pitch is rescinded—they may now stand on the rubber; base runners are now not permitted to run on an infield fly. A move to eliminate the intentional walk is defeated.

9th  Veteran umpire Hank O’Day, who managed the Reds in 1912, signs to skipper the Cubs.

The world tourists arrive in Rome where they stage a demonstration of the game. After a private audience with the Pope, they travel to Paris. They will be rained out in Paris and end the tour in England on February 26th before King George V.

11th  Declining to remain with the Cubs as a player after being fired as manager, Johnny Evers is traded to the Boston Braves for 2B Bill Sweeney. Evers will have one good season left, leading the Miracle Braves to the pennant and winning the Chalmers Award for MVP. Sweeney will sour in Chicago.

12th  August Herrmann receives a telegram from an A.M. McCallister that reads:

“If you will ascertain the true reason why Nap Rucker did not pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Chicago Aug. 10th 1909, during which game, Harry Lumley manager of the Brooklyns donned his street clothes, and left the playing field, you will not be annoyed further by Charles Webb Murphy of Chicago.” The telegram, which was discovered in 2010 by historian Bill Deane, seems to imply some sort of game-fixing by the controversial Cubs owner. The game in question was an 8-1 victory by the Cubs, the third in the four-game series with the visiting Brooklynites. Jim Pastorius, 1-9 in 1909, took the mound and loss for Brooklyn. Rucker pitched the next game, a 6-6, 12-inning tie with the Cardinals.

21st  Charles W. Murphy sells the Cubs to Charles P. Taft of Cincinnati. Taft will confirm that Hank O’Day, hired by Murphy to manage the club, will be retained. O’Day umpired in 1913 after a year as the skipper of the Reds. The Cubs will go 2 games over .500 for the season and Hank will go back to umpiring.

March

5th  At the Giants camp in Marlin, Texas, infielder Art Fletcher breaks a finger on his left hand, during a 5-inning exhibition game against Dallas. Matty’s Minions lose to Dallas, 5-2.

6th  The Red Sox re-sign Tris Speaker and make him the highest paid player in ML baseball at a reported $40,000 for two years. Speaker was offered $60,000 for three years by the Federal League, including a signing bonus.

In a rainy and snowy morning, the White Sox and New York Giants arrive in New York harbor aboard the Lusitania, having traveled and played ball for five months. President Ban Johnson, Joseph Lannin of the Red Sox, Frank Farrell of the Yankees, Charles Ebbets of Brooklyn and the Phillies William Baker all climb aboard the Cunard liner to greet the players and Charles Comiskey and John McGraw. Jim Thorpe and his bride and Larry Doyle and his bride are surrounded by friends as they come down the gang plank. Umpire Bill Klem sports a mustard colored coat and a walking stick. The fun-loving Steve Evans, one of the most popular players on the trip, will quickly sign with the Brookfeds.

8th  The Yankees use three pitchers in an exhibition game against Houston, winning, 4-0. One of the pitchers is not Ray Caldwell, who is fined $50 for breaking training rules.

At Dallas, the Giants allow 3 hits in defeating Dallas, 3-0. Tesreau and Prieste do the twirling.

16th  At Jacksonville, the A’s score 3 in the 8th to defeat the Cubs, 6-4.

24th  Yankees backup catcher Dick Gossett tears ligaments in his ankle in a game against Mobile. He will get into just 10 games before the Yankees cut him.

APRIL

1st  Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell, weakened by a heroic effort to help contain a winter flood in Kentucky, dies at 37 of tuberculosis in a San Antonio sanitarium.

8th  An attempt to legalize Sunday baseball in Massachusetts is defeated.

13th  After building 8 new ballparks in 3 months, the Federal League opens with the Baltimore Terrapins beating Buffalo, 3–2, before 27,140. Winning P Jack Quinn will win 26 and lose 14. Indianapolis will win the pennant, led by rookie Benny Kauff’s league-leading .370 batting average. Ex-Pirate Claude Hendrix will be 29–11.

14th At Fenway Park, 24,741 fans are on hand as the Red Sox open the season against Washington. Walter Johnson doesn’t allow a hit till the 6th inning as he shuts out the Sox 3–0. Johnson walks none and strikes out 8. Ray Collins takes the loss.

At Brooklyn, Wilbert Robinson wins his first game as manager of the Dodgers, defeating the Braves, 8–2. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the Braves lose “in spite of the luck-inviting Swastika emblem in red that adorns the cap of each member of the Boston team.”

At Philadelphia, the Giants open the season with the Phillies, losing, 10–1, to Pete Alexander. Rube Marquard takes the loss. The Phils are led by Sherry Magee, who clubs 2 homers and driving in 6 runs. He is the first player to hit a pair of home runs on Opening Day. It’ll next be done by Earl Webb, in 1927.

Before 22,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees rock the World Champion Athletics, 8–2, driving Joe Bush from the mound after two innings. With only one starter, Roy Hartzell, back from last year’s opening lineup, New York scores 4 in the first and would have scored another in the 2nd inning but Jeff Sweeney falls rounding 3B. When the burly catcher is helped to his feet by coach and manager Frank Chance, he is declared out by Billy Evans: a new rule prohibits coaches from helping runners. Sweeney redeems himself when he and pitcher Marty McHale pull off a double steal. New York has seven steals, including two by Sweeney and Fritz Maisel, who steals 2B and 3B in the 4th inning. Maisel will swipe 74 bases on the year, while Sweeney will pick up 19, tops for Yankee catchers.

In Chicago, the Cleveland Naps lose, 2-1, and lose the services of two players. Losing pitcher Bill Steen is hit on the hand by a line drive and breaks a finger, while player/manager Joe Birmingham wrenches his side during the game and is lifted. The Sox team doctor says he has internal injury that will keep him out of action for months. He’ll return in late May but hang it up for good a few weeks later, the victim, not of a pain in the side, but a .128 batting average with no extra base hits.

Reds pitcher Rube Benton twirls a 2-hitter against visiting Chicago to win, 10–1. Cubs starter Larry Cheney goes into the record book with 4 wild pitches, the most ever on Opening Day.

15th Pitcher Earl Hamilton, who jumped the Browns last month for the Kansas City Packers (FL) jumps back to St. Louis without pitching an inning for the Feds. Tomorrow, the KC team will sue the pitcher for damages of $25,000, alleging the team signed him to a 3-year contract for $21,000 and paid him $500 up front. Earl’s father offers to return the money but the Packers decline. Earl will pitch on the 17th for the Browns, beating the host Tigers, 2-1.

16th At St. Louis, Honus Wagner leads his Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Cardinals with 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBIs, and also stars in the field. In the home 7th, Walton Cruise hits an RBI single to right fielder Mike Mitchell whose throw home gets through catcher George Gibson to the backstop. With no Pirate backing up, Cruise might have scored, but as he goes to 2B on the throw home Wagner bluffs taking a throw (forcing Cruise to slide). Wagner cleverly gets into an argument with umpire Emslie while Cruise is on the ground at 2B. Gibson recovers the ball.

17th Pittsburgh rookie Erv Kantlehner makes his first start and beats the Cardinals, 2–0.

In the Federal League, Buffalo’s Ed Porray makes his debut in a 4–2 loss to Baltimore. Porray, born “somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean,” will have one more decision, a loss, before being set adrift.

18th At Ebbets Field, Wilbert Robinson leads his Dodgers to a 9-6 win over John McGraw’s Giants. Brooklyn racks Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings. Zack Wheat leads the way with a 3-run homer while driving home 5 runs.

19th The Yankees lose an exhibition game against the Newark Indians, 4-2, behind the pitching of rookie Tom Burr, a recruit from Williams College.

20th  In a blow aimed at the Federal League, the 25-player limit is suspended in the AL and NL. With uncertainty over who has signed with what teams, it is almost impossible to know how many players may be on the roster at any one time.

In a Patriots Day twinbill in Boston, the A’s sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 8-2 in 10 innings in the morning, and 6-0 in the afternoon. Philadelphia cuffs Hugh Bedient for 5 of the runs in the game’s extra inning. In the p.m. game, the Sox hand Jack Lapp an intentional pass to load the bases and take their chances with Herb Pennock in the 4th. The pitcher triples to notch 3 of his 4 RBIs. He also allows just 4 hits in winning.

21st Pitcher Jack Quinn ends a Federal League match with Brooklyn by clubbing a game ending homer over the RF fence in the 10th to give Baltimore a 3–2 win. An inning earlier, 3B Jimmy Walsh hit a homer in the same spot.

In a 1-1, 13-inning tie with the A’s, Boston CF Tris Speaker pulls off the 3rd unassisted double play of his career. He’ll do it again on August 8. A’s pitcher Bob Shawkey allows no hits between the 3rd and the 10th.

Al Demaree wins his first of the year as the Giants shut out the Dodgers, 6-0. The Dodgers grumble about how hittable Demaree’s slow curves are, but they manage just 4 hits off him. Larry Doyle has a 2-run homer over the RF fence, off Ed Reulbach in the 8th, and scores 3 runs. Milt Stock homers inside the park in the 9th.

Pitcher George “Chief” Johnson jumps the Reds to sign with the Kansas City Feds. The Reds debate what to do about the Winnebago Indian’s contract, and in June a judge grants a permanent injunction against him playing for KC. But he’ll go 9-10 this year for the Packers, and 17-17 in 1915, his last season.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees edge the Senators, 3-2, in 10 innings, scoring 2 in the 9th and one in the 10th. New York connects for 11 hits off Joe Boehling. Manager Frank Chance makes a 9th inning appearance as a pinch runner, his last ML appearance, and Tom Burr takes over in center field for an inning. For young Burr, who pitched an exhibition game 2 days ago, it is his only ML appearance. He will play in the minors and then return to Williams College and eventually be sent overseas in WW1. Burr is killed in 1918 in a 2-plane crash in France while training with the U.S. Army Air Service. As noted by historian Rory Costello, Burr has the shortest ML career of any of the 8 major leaguers killed in WW1 [other sources cite 3 as the number of deaths in WW1, possibly using the fact that 3 died in France, ignoring the 5 who died in the U.S. while in the service].

22nd  At age 19, Babe Ruth’s first professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit, 6–0 win for Baltimore (International League) over Buffalo. The 2nd batter he faces is Joe McCarthy, the manager he will play for 17 years later with New York. Ruth is 2-for-4. Just 200 fans are on hand.

The Chicago Whales (FL) host the Kansas City Packers at newly built Weeghman Park, on Chicago’s North Side. With 2 homers by Art Wilson, and a 5-hitter by Claude Hendrix, the Chifeds coast to a 9–1 victory before a crowd of 21,000.

25th  Browns catcher Frank Crossin throws out Detroit’s Sam Crawford at 2B, and the return throw from Del Pratt nips Ty Cobb at home, for a rare double play on a double steal. The Tigers win anyway, 4–0.

26th  Kansas City salvages a win, 12-4, in the final game at Chicago against the Whales. In the first three games at Weeghman Park, eight homers are hit over the short LF brick wall, just 302 feet from home plate. The team tears down the brick wall after today’s match and will erect a temporary LF fence 25 feet further back. After the season a new perimeter wall will be built on the south side of Waveland Avenue. It still stands today. A 10-foot high screen will be added to the RF wall in the middle of the 1916 season (as noted by Ron Selter). The ChiFeds will lead the FL in homers this year, whaling 52.

27th The Giants nip the Phillies, 4–3, with Mathewson taking the decision against George Chalmers. For the first time, hot dogs are sold at the Polo Grounds. [Harry M Stevens, the concessionaire, claimed to have sold hot dogs at the Polo Grounds as early as 1893. Stevens biographer Paul King says it happened on a cold day in 1907 when he sent an associate out to a deli to purchase frankfurters and long buns.]

29th The A’s go down in flames when Jack Barry fails to execute a bunt on a double squeeze play against the Senators. Barry’s pop up bunt is caught by Chick Gandil who starts a triple play. Washington rallies to win, 6-4. Barry successfully pulled off a double squeeze 8 times last year, according to historian Peter Morris.

30th The White Sox manage just one hit—a leadoff double by Demmitt—and almost beat the Tigers, losing 5–4, when Detroit pushes across a run in the 9th.

At St. Louis, Cleveland uses a triple steal in the 9th—Graney, Olson and Carisch—to tie the Browns, 3–3. The game is called after 12 innings due to darkness.

MAY

2nd The Phillies use 3 homers to subdue the visiting Braves and Perdue, 6-2. Lobert and Magee homer in the 1st and Luderus clouts one in the 4th to deep right field, one of the longest balls ever hit on the local grounds. In addition to his homer, Lobert hits 2 doubles and a single.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers hit for the cycle against Mathewson in the 4th inning to take a 3–0 lead. Casey Stengel’s double caps the scoring. But New York is gifted with two runs on an errant throw by catcher Lew McCarty in the 4th, and they go on to win, 4–3.

Dutch Leonard finally gets some run support as the Red Sox whip the Athletics, 9-1. In Leonard’s first three starts, he lost two 1-0 games and tied 1-1 in the other. Leonard will post an ERA of 0.95 in his first 12 starts (according to historian Mike Lynch) and finish the year with an 0.96 ERA while posting a 19-5 record.

6th Pittfed’s Ed Lennox collects the only Federal League cycle in a 10–4 win over Kansas City. He adds a 2nd home run, the first player to do that since Tip O’Neill in 1887. The next to do it will be DiMaggio, in 1937.

The ChiFeds wallop Buffalo, 12-4, as Rollie Zeider connects for a 4th inning grand slam off Harry Moran.

7th The Giants come from behind to beat the last-place Braves, 7–6, scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning. Art Fromme is the winner.

In a 15-7 PittFed win, Jack Lewis hits 3 triples to tie the ML record. His 4th hit is a single as he drives in 6 runs.

8th When the Senators relieve with Walter Johnson, the A’s greet him with 6 runs in three innings to drive the Big Train from the mound. Johnson throws the one and only beanball of his career, a fast ball at the head of Frank “Home Run” Baker, a particular nemesis of Johnson’s. The beanball misses Baker, whom Johnson calls “the most dangerous batter that I ever faced.” Baker had hit .385 against the Nats ace up till this game (4 seasons); he’ll hit just .207 off him in the next 9 years. The A’s load the bases with no outs in the 9th inning but a 2-3-2 triple play ends the game in a 9–9 tie. It’s the third triple play this week in the AL.

9th Before 18,000, Mathewson scatters 10 hits in shutting down the Braves, 2–0. A Chief Meyers double off Lefty Tyler accounts for both New York runs. Boston is now 3–11, 10 games behind the Pirates.

11th  The visiting Braves and the Giants match 3-run homers but the Giants emerge with an 8-6 victory. Fred Merkle hits his homer for New York into the RF Bleachers, while Schmidt’s 3-run homer goes to the wall and under a gate where Snodgrass cannot retrieve it. Boston uses 16 men in an attempt to come back.

The Brooklyn Tip Tops open their Federal League season at their brand-new park in front of 15,000 fans. The New York Times observes, “Many of the age-worn vets now in the Federal set have the edge on Lillian Russell when it comes to hiding their years. Davey Jones, Eddie Lennox, Rebel Oakes, Danny Murphy and Artie Hofman have all taken a bath in the Fountain of Youth and came up strong.” The Tip Tops manage just 5 hits—3 by Ed Gagnier—off Howie Camnitz in losing to Pittsburgh, 2-0.

13th  At Washington, the White Sox use timely hitting and 8 stolen bases, 4 by Lena Blackburne, to beat the Nationals, 9-2. Hal Chase has 4 hits for Chicago, while Milan has 3 steals for the Nats.

14th  The White Sox’s Jim Scott pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings, then loses to Washington’s Doc Ayers, 1–0, in the 10th. The first hit is by Chick Gandil, who scores on Howard Shanks’ bad-hop single. It is the first of a record three no-hitters that White Sox rookie C Ray Schalk will catch in his 17 years with the team, though this will retroactively be changed from a no-hitter.

In Chicago, Lew McCarty’s single is the lone Brooklyn hit as they fall to Hippo Vaughn and the Cubs, 5-0.

15th At Forbes Field, Mathewson outpitches George McQuillan to give the Giants a 5–3 win over the Pirates.

16th  Giants’ spitballer Jeff Tesreau’s no-hit bid against Pittsburgh is spoiled with two outs in the 9th when Joe Kelly lines a single. Tesreau retires the last batter to win, 2–0.

18th In a 2–0 Boston win, Detroit’s Ty Cobb is hit in the ribs by a pitch from Boston’s Dutch Leonard, but stays in the game. In Cobb’s next at-bat, he drags a bunt down the first base line and spikes Leonard when the pitcher tries to field the ball. In a few days, Cobb will leave the lineup because of a broken rib, the result of the pitch.

At Princeton University, Alexander MacMillan introduces his new invention, an automatic pitching machine. Called a Bat-Ball, the device propels a ball every eight seconds. At the unveiling, would-be batters are charged a penny for every pitch thrown.

19th The Giants tip the Reds, 5–2, with Christy Mathewson unseating Dave Davenport.

Behind Ed Cicotte’s brilliant one-hitter the White Sox beat the second-place Athletics, 3-0. The only baserunner is Stuffy McInnis who reaches base in the 8th with a one-out single.

20th The first-place Pirates trip the Braves, 4–1, in a game that features the debut of Dolf Luque, “The Pride of Havana,” who will be a 20’s star for the Reds.

21st Boston’s Lefty Tyler beats the Cubs, 2–1.

22nd Otto Hess shuts down the Cubs, 2–0, giving the Braves back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

23rd All 12 home teams in the AL, NL and FL win their games to seta record that will not be matched this century (according to the Elias Sports Bureau). The mark will stand until 2015 when 15 home teams win on August 10. There is one extra inning game today: the Yankees win 10-9 in 10 innings over the Indians.

At St. Louis, Slim Sallee stops the Giants to preserve the Cards lead, and the Birds win, 4–3, over Mathewson.

26th  Red Sox righthander Rube Foster’s string of 42 consecutive scoreless innings is stopped by Cleveland in the 5th inning as they plate 2 unearned runs. The Naps prevail to win, 3–2.

At Chicago, the Giants come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 10–7. New York is lead by a crew of pinch hitters: Jim Thorpe with a 2-run double, Red Murray with a sac fly, and in the 8th inning, Mike Donlin belts a 3-run homer.

27th The Cubs lose to Christy Mathewson and the Giants, 3–1, with George Zabel taking the loss.

The last-place Braves move to 9-20 with a 7-4 victory over the Cards in St. Louis. Rabbit Maranville contributes a grand slam, connecting off Slim Sallee in the 2nd inning.

28th In the 8th, Boston’s Harry Hooper leads a successful triple steal (Hooper, Lewis, Speaker) against Cleveland that results in a 2–2 tie, but Washington scores 3 in the 9th to win. With Rip Hagerman on the mound in the 8th inning, Dode Birmingham, Fred Carisch and Ivan Olson get tossed for protesting too vigorously. Tris Speaker, on the back end of the triple swipe today will be on the front end of another Red Sox triple steal.

30th At St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers combine for just 11 hits in a doubleheader. Detroit’s Harry Coveleski tosses a one-hitter in the opener to win, 2–1. The Tigers manage 4 hits off Earl Hamilton. Carl Weilman then wins for the Browns in the 2nd game, 2–1, outpitching Miles Main. Both pitchers allow just 3 hits, with Sam Crawford collecting two of the 3 Bengal bingles. The Tigers miss Ty Cobb, sitting with a cracked rib, who will not return until June 5th.

In the Federal League, Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from Baltimore, winning 4–2 and 6–5 in 11 innings. The Pittfeds win the nightcap despite Tex McDonald being caught by the hidden ball trick in the 11th inning. Baltimore 2B Otto Knabe nabs him.

31st  Joe Benz, who will be the AL’s leading loser with 19, no-hits Cleveland 6–1 at Comiskey Park. Three straight errors in the 4th inning give the Naps their only run. The loser is Abe Bowman, who “is withdrawn in favor of Blanding after three spasms (Chicago Tribune).” Cap Weaver and Ray Demmitt each have three hits to pace the 7th place White Sox.

At the West Side Grounds, Zip Zabel pitches the Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Heinie Zimmerman helps with 3 hits and drives in 6 runs.

JUNE

1st The Phillies pound out 16 hits, including 6 for extra bases, but still lose to the Giants, 11–7. Mathewson is slightly more effective than Erskine Mayer in winning.

2nd  In Cleveland, Wiley Taylor limits the Naps to one hit as the Browns win, 3-0. Terry Turner has the only hit.

In a FL doubleheader, Pittsburgh wins, 10-2 before losing to Buffalo, 7-3. Davy Jones connects for a grand slam off Buffalo Bob Smith in the opener.

4th At Comiskey Park, Jim Scott limits Cleveland to one his as the White Sox top the Naps, 2-0. Shoeless Joe Jackson has Cleveland’s safety. This is the second game in three days that Cleveland has been one hit.

5th  Opelika (Georgia-Alabama League) P John Cantley slugs 3 grand slams and a single for 15 RBI in a game against Talladega, winning the contest 19–1. There is some question about this record as the line score in the Talladega Daily Home credits the home team with 7 runs in the first, 7 in the second, one in the fourth, 2 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th.

6th Christy Mathewson allows 10 Cardinals hits, including 4th inning homers by Chief Wilson and Ivy Wingo, but hangs on to win, 6–4. Slim Sallee is the loser.

7th In the Federal League, the St. Louis Terriers beat up the last place KC Packers, 15-6, behind the pitching of Otis Crandall. Crandall adds a pair of triples, a ML-record third time he’s had 2 triples in game (as noted by Tom Zocco). No other pitcher has done it twice.

8th It is a good thing his bat is not needed as Boston Red Sox P Hugh Bedient strikes out 4 times against 4 different Cleveland pitchers in an 11–8 win.

At Philadelphia, the Pirates get RBI pinch-hits in the 8th inning to defeat the Phillies, 7-5. Honus Wagner has his first hit of the series, and it is #2999 of his career. In the home 4th, Fred Luderus has two homers for the hosts, the first a line drive to the deep centerfield in the 4th. The ball lodges in the wall where a brick is missing and Luderus circles the bases while CF Joe Kelly “danced frantically underneath but the ball would not fall”. In the 5th, Phils second baseman Byrne’s loses a finger nail attempting to catch a line drive and exits the game.

9th At Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner joins Cap Anson as the only members of the 3,000 hit club when collects a 9th-inning double off the Phillies Erskine Mayer, and scores the Bucs lone run in a 3–1 loss. It comes in Wagner’s 2,332nd game. Lajoie will join the club in September. (Later calculations put the date at June 30th or July 4th). Wagner shows skills by tricking Beals Becker to try and take 3B and then tagging him out; with the Phils up 3–0, in the 8th he nabs Becker at 2B with a hidden ball trick.

With Bob Shawkey on the mound the A’s top the Tigers, 7–1. Detroit’s only score comes in the 4th when Ty Cobb steals home.

The Terrapins stay in first-place in the FL with a 7-6 win over Indiana. Frank Laporte belts a 5th inning grand slam off George Suggs in a losing cause.

10th At Comiskey, Joe Benz allows one hit as the White Sox ace beats Washington, 2-0. The Sox reach Walter Johnson for 9 hits.

11th The Cubs score 5 runs in the 6th inning against the Giants to hand Mathewson a 7–4 loss.

13th Kansas City (FL) sweeps a pair from visiting Brooklyn, winning 10-7 and 2-1. Duke Kenworthy has a grand slam in the opener, connecting in the 8th off Tom Seaton.

14th At St. Louis, the Red Sox beat the Browns, 10-1, behind Dutch Leonard’s 3 hitter. Tris Speaker has 3 hits and 3 runs to pace the offense. The only run off Leonard is a homer run by Tilly Walker, which extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27 games (per Retrosheet). Tilly’s is the only 20+-game hit streak this season. Sisler and Ken Williams will top Tilly’s team record in 1922.

16th With the score knotted at 5–5, the Brooklyn Tiptops (FL) unload for 7 runs in the 12th off St. Louis Terrier player-manager Three Finger Brown. Art Griggs ends the scoring by purposely missing three pitches from the 37-year-old reliever. Little Johnny Tobin then leads off with a Terrier home run and St. Louis scores 8 times to win, 13–12. The 15 runs is an ML extra-inning record.

17th At Philadelphia, Phils OF Sherry Magee collects a ML-record tying 4 doubles against the Cardinals, including the game-winner. With a runner on 2B in the 10th, Magee’s blow lands in the bleachers but the rules give him only a double. The Phils win, 5–4. Beals Becker has a solo homer for the Phils, the 19th consecutive solo homer the Phils have hit. This is a ML record that will be broken by the Giants in 2011 (as noted by homerun guru David Vincent).

The Giants’ Christy Mathewson blanks the slumping Pirates, 5–0, allowing just 5 hits. George McQuillan is the losing pitcher.

At Chicago, Red Faber becomes the 4th White Sox pitcher this season to throw a one-hitter as he stops the Athletics, 5-0. Banjo hitter Jack Lapp has the lone safety for the Mackmen.

In Indianapolis, the Hoosiers (FL) beat Buffalo, 11-8. Reliever Earl Moore takes the loss and puts his name in the record books by giving up 2 hits, a walk and hitting 3 batters without recording an out. It will be 100 years before another pitcher allows 3 runs, hits 3 batters and records no outs.

19th Steve Evans of the BrookFeds hits a grand slam off Three Fingered Brown as Brooklyn beats St. Louis, 8-6.

At Navin Feld, the Senators strategy fails and they lose, 3-2, in the 10th to Detroit. With a man on 3B and one out, Joe Boehling intentionally walks Crawford and Cobb to load the bases and get to Veach. Veach hits a sharp single to end the game. Cobb is 3-for-3 with 2 walks.

20th In a 7–1 loss to the visiting Yankees, Cleveland SS Ray Chapman fumbles his way into the record books with 4 errors in the 5th inning.

Following a 1-0 win over the visiting Nationals, the Tigers lose the services of Ty Cobb when he breaks his thumb in a fight with a butcher’s clerk. Cobb will be out until August 13th. Cobb’s young wife was insulted by a grocer and when Cobb went to the shop to demand an apology, he brandished a gun. When the grocer’s young butcher arrived he saw the gun and grabbed a meat cleaver and told Cobb to leave. The two moved to the street and a fight started. Cobb will end up with a $50 fine to go along with his recovery.

Shano Collins hits a 2-run homer in the 4th as the White Sox score 4 runs off Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood on their way to a 5-2 victory in Chicago. Hal Chase is 0-for-3 with a walk in his last appearance for Chicago: Chase is jumping to the Federal League and will play tomorrow for the BuffFeds against the host Chicago Whales. Jack Fournier will take over at first for Chase.

21st Hitting against Detroit pitcher George Boehler, Walter Johnson connects for a 5th inning grand slam and it is the difference as Washington wins, 7–3.

At Weeghman Park, Hal Chase is greeted with a standing ovation by the Chicago crowd as he makes his first appearance in a Buffalo uniform. Chase has an infield single and on his next at bat he falls away from an inside pitch and the ball hits his bat and drops into right field for a double, driving in the only run of the game. Earl Moore, former Cubs pitcher, allows 2 hits in the shutout. Both umpires appeared wearing their summer uniforms, “natty tan Norfolk suits” (Chicago Tribune). Following the game Chase will be hustled out of Chicago to avoid being served with court papers restricting his play, and Buffalo will split the next two games against the Whales without Chase. He will play a game in Buffalo on the 25th and then sit out for three weeks while the legal wrangling continues.

22nd The Giants shade the Reds, 3–2, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th off Red Ames. Christy Mathewson gives up 7 hits and no walks as the Giants increase their lead over the NL to 4 games. For the second year in a row, Matty will end the season with fewer walks than victories, the only pitcher ever to accomplish that.

23rd Third baseman Ivy Olson helps preserve a 5–4 Cleveland victory over Detroit by nabbing Bobby Veach with a hidden ball trick in the 8th inning. The loss drops Detroit two games in back of the idle A’s.

24th  Washington’s Walter Johnson is en route to a 2–1 home win over the A’s when newsboys come through the stands hawking the latest edition of the papers headlining the wedding that evening of the ace to Hazel Roberts. The fiancée is supposedly spotted by the crowd, but the real Ms. Roberts slips by unnoticed.

26th In Boston, the Giants hammer the Braves for 27 hits, winning 8–4 and 10–4, and put Boston back in the cellar. Boston had moved into 7th with yesterday’s win over New York. Mathewson wins the opener over Lefty Tyler, and Art Fromme wraps up the nitecap.

27th The A’s top Walter Johnson and Washington, 4–2. Eddie Collins is 2-for-4 with a run and RBI for the A’s.

28th After a 7-6 game 1 win, the Reds 18-year-old Pete Schneider makes his debut with a nifty 1–0 shutout over the Pirates. He’ll finish the year with a 5–13 mark, losing his last 12 decisions.

29th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Dodgers battle to a split. Brooklyn lurches to an 8–7 win in the opener. In game 2, Giants starter Jeff Tesreau is tossed in the 3rd inning for disputing a call, and Mathewson rushes in to relieve with the score 1–1. New York scores 4 in the 3rd off Frank Allen and goes on to win, 8–6.

With attendance down in the Federal League, Robert Ward, president of the Brooklyn Tip Tops, announces that ticket prices at Washington Park will be reduced from 50 cents to 25 cents. The Pittsburgh Filipinos will soon follow suit.

In Chicago, the Cubs beat the visiting Reds, 10-7. Umpire Mal Eason, who tossed out Buck Herzog yesterday, ejects five Reds today for disputing his call on a foul ball.

The Cardinals trade OF Ted Cather and INF Possum Whited to the Braves for righty Hub Perdue.

30th In game 1, Cleveland’s Terry Turner ends a long dry spell by hitting a three-run homer off the Browns Earl Hamilton. Turner’s last HR was back in 1906: he had gone 3186 at bats without a round tripper. Cleveland wins, 8-3, then loses, 5-0, in the second game of the bargain bill.

JULY

1st At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs score 5 in the 8th to cement the 7-0 win over the Reds. Larry Cheney fires a one-hitter for the win. Marty Berghammer has the only Reds hit. The Cubs move to 2nd place behind the Giants with the win: four teams are tight behind Chicago, with Brooklyn and then Boston bringing up the rear.

3rd Chief Bender and Bob Shawkey whitewash the Yankees, 2–0 and 1–0, for an A’s sweep.

The Braves make their 2nd trade in 4 days acquiring OF Josh Devore from the Phils for INF Jack Martin.

At Washington, it’s Johnson versus Johnson in game 1, with Walter beating Boston’s Adam, 12–0. Adam leaves after 4 innings. Rip Williams is the big hitter for the Nationals with a double, triple and homer and 7 RBIs. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap, 3–1, and he singles and scores in the 2-run 10th inning for the Sox.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep an a.m.-p.m. twinbill from the Phils, winning 5–4 and 3–0. Mathewson, in winning the shutout, records his 350th victory.

The Dodgers drum the Braves, sweeping a doubleheader, 7–5 in 11 innings and 4–3 in the nitecap. The nitecap is especially hard fought: Lefty Tyler plunks Dodger SS Ollie O’Mara on the neck and when Jack Daubert crosses the plate with the winning run in the 9th, he collides with Braves C Hank Gowdy and is knocked unconscious. Boston (26–40) is 10 ½ games in back of New York.

Turnabout is fair play. The Pittfeds sweep a pair from Baltimore, winning 5–1 and 8–7. In the 8th inning of the opener, Pitt SS Eddie Holly nabs Harvey Russell with the hidden ball trick. Baltimore’s Otto Knabe pulled it against Pittsburgh 5 weeks ago. The Federal League schedules all single-admission doubleheaders today in their fight with the AL and NL.

5th  Big Ed Walsh makes his first start since straining his right arm in spring training in 1913. He lasts 7 innings in a White Sox win over Cleveland, 6–3. Light-hitting Ray Demmitt, acquired from Detroit in April, hits a grand slam.

6th At Washington, it is a battle of the Johnsons—Boston’s Rankin vs. the Nats’ Walter. George McBride’s steal of home in the 4th inning is the only score, and Walter wins the 16th 1–0 game of his career.

The A’s sell pitcher Boardwalk Brown, 17–13 last year, to the Yankees. New York also brings back Birdie Cree by sending Bill Holden and cash to Baltimore (IL) in exchange. Birdie hit .348 in 1911 and .332 next season before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 last year and was sold to Baltimore, but he will hit .309 in 77 games this year.

7th  Suffering heavy losses from Federal League competition in Baltimore, the Orioles’ (IL) owner Jack Dunn offers Babe Ruth (plus Ernie Shore and C Ben Egan) for $10,000 to old friend Connie Mack, who refuses, pleading poverty. Cincinnati, which has a working agreement giving them the choice of 2 players, ignores Ruth and takes OF George Twombley and SS Claud Derrick. Dunn finally peddles his threesome to new owner Joe Lannin of the Red Sox for a reported $25,000. Ruth will debut July 11.

In an exhibition game in Buffalo, the Bisons (IL) humiliate the Boston Braves, 10–2.

8th The Cardinals come from behind to beat the Giants, 4–3, pinning the loss on Christy Mathewson.

9th  Austin of the Texas League loses its 27th straight.

Ossee Schreckengost, 39, peripatetic catcher (7 teams) best known as battery and roommate of Rube Waddell while with the Athletics, dies of uremia at Philadelphia. Skilled defensively on the field, Schreckengost was an eccentric off. He had it written into his contract that Waddell could not eat crackers in bed.

The Yankees buy back Birdie Cree from Baltimore, where they had sent him when he was out of shape. The veteran will hit .309 in 77 games.

10th Detroit’s Billy Purtell and Marty Kavanagh combine to nab Eddie Collins with the hidden ball trick. It comes in the 9th inning and helps preserve an 8–8 tie with Philadelphia.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees and Naps split a pair. Cleveland’s first 2 hitters, Graney and Turner, have 7 of the 12 hits in the opener as Cleveland wins, 7-2. New York takes the abbreviated nitecap in 6 innings, 1-0, on Jack Mullen’s RBI single that Lajoie cannot handle. It is New York’s only hit although they are handed 7 walks by Hagerman, five in the first 2 innings. The Yankees will not win another one-hitter this century, but will do so in May 2016.

11th  Babe Ruth breaks in with Boston, striking out in his first at bat, but gets a win in a 4–3 victory over Cleveland. With the score 3–3 in the 7th, Duffy Lewis pinch hits for Ruth, singles, and later scores the winning run. Dutch Leonard strikes out 4 of the 6 batters he faces in relief.

At St. Louis, the Browns win the 1st of 2 with the A’s, 4–3, as Tilly Walker hits a pair of home runs. The A’s win game 2, 6–4, with the help of a triple steal. Walks to Strunk, Barry and Amherst College pitcher Chick Davies, who is making his ML debut, load the bases in the 8th and set up the triple steal. Davies also has two hits and a complete game victory in his only appearance this year.

The Giants outhit the Cardinals, 18-16, and win 13–9 in St. Louis. Mathewson goes all the way in the win, walking none but allowing 3 home runs. Bill Steele takes the Redbird defeat.

At the West Side Grounds, Dick Rudolph gives up a 1st inning homer to Vic Saier and then settles down to give the Braves a 5-2 win over the Cubs. The victory evens Rudolph’s record at 8-8 as he compiles a 12-game winning streak.

Only 26 people are on hand to see Newark (IL) fade, 2–0, at Baltimore.

12th Hatton Ogle, pitching his first game for Austin (Texas League), defeats Ft. Worth, 9-3, to end the Senators consecutive losing streak of 31 games (tying 1 in 32 games). A 7-inning loss on June 28 to Houston will later be thrown out as it was the first game of a doubleheader. On July 8th—loss 27—the Senators top the 1895 rcord of Louisville for consecutive losses.

13th Steve Evans of Brooklyn (FL) ends a scoreless game with 12th inning homer off Pittsburgh’s Walt Dickson. Behind Joe Finneran, the Brookfeds win, 1-0, over the Rebels.     At St. Louis, the Braves win, 8-7, when a hit by Oscar Dugey is misplayed by Cozy Dolan in the 12th inning. The ball rolls to the fence and Dugey ends up with a 2-run inside-the-park homer. It is Oscar’s only career homer. The win is the 7th in 8 games for the last-place Braves, but they will lose the next 2.

The directors of the Coast League adopt a resolution requesting that the National Baseball Commission cancel the right of major league teams to draft players from their league. They contend that too many good players are drafted as soon as they show promise.

14th The Cubs pound Giants reliever Christy Mathewson for 6 runs in 6 innings, but New York does worse damage to Larry Cheney and Jimmy Lavender, and wins 12–8. Bob Bescher has a HR, the 1,000th Giant home run. New York leads the NL by 4 ½ games.

Red Sox rookie Ernie Shore makes an impressive debut, pitching a 2-hitter to beat Cleveland, 2–1 at Fenway Park.

15th At Fenway, Dutch Leonard shuts out the Cleveland Naps, 4–0. Ump Tommy Connolly, tiring of the taunting from the Sox bench, ejects 8 Boston players.

A proposed Sunday benefit game between the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in Lynn, Massachusetts for the city’s firefighters is opposed by Mayor Newhall and other city councilors. No admission would have been to be charged, but contributions would be accepted. At a municipal council session, ten ministers appeared to oppose baseball on the Sabbath (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

16th The Tigers, minus Cobb who is nursing a sore thumb, knock out rookie Babe Ruth in the 4th inning and trip the Red Sox, 5–2. It is Ruth’s first loss.

The Red Sox acquire 1B Dick Hoblitzell from Cincinnati.

17th  Setting a NL record at Forbes Field, Rube Marquard and Babe Adams each go a marathon 21 innings before Larry Doyle’s 2-run HR gives the Giants a 3–1 win over the Pirates. Adams yields no walks and 12 hits, the longest non-walk game in ML history. Marquard walks 2 (one intentional) and yields 15 hits. In the 6th, Honus Wagner goes from first to 3B on a hit by Jim Viox. When New York CF Bob Bescher throws to 3B Milt Stock, the ball bounces out of his hands and disappears under Wagner, who picks it up and carries it before dropping the ball. He scores but Wagner is called out for interference, Viox is sent back to 2B, and the Bucs protest (it will be turned down). Manager Clarke is then ejected by umpire Bill “Lord” Byron. Legend provides a fitting ending to this unusual game as Giants OF Red Murray is knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning after catching a fly ball for the final out. Murray is uninjured. This is an expanded tale based on Murray’s catch in an August 1909 game. Marquard’s win is his last in 1914. He will lose 10 straight on his way to a 12–22 record, the last Giant this century to lose 20 games in a season.

Frank Allen of Brooklyn allows just one hit, but 5 errors do him in and the Cubs win, 3–2. A 2-run 4th for Chicago on no hits, and Good’s scoring after his double in the 6th, completes the Chicago scoring. Brooklyn will sell Allen to the Pittfeds in September.

Any pennant chances the Senators have go out the window when Clyde “Deerfoot” Milan and Danny Moeller collide in the outfield with Moeller holding onto the ball as Milan somersaults over him. Milan’s jaw is broken in 2 places and he will miss 40 games. Cleveland wins, 3–1.

18th The Pirates spilt a twinbill with New York, winning game 1 by a 3–0 score, then losing the nitecap, 6–5 in 10 innings. New York scores 3 in the top of the 10th off George McQuillan, and the Bucs came back with 2 off Mathewson. Max Carey pops up with the tying run on 3B to end the game.

19th  Behind reliever Paul Strand, the Braves get 3 runs in the 9th off Earl Yingling to beat the Reds 3–2 and climb out of last place on their way to the pennant. During that journey, they will pass the Reds going the other way, as today’s loss starts the Reds’ fall from 2nd place to last.

The first place Chicago Whales edge Kansas City, 8-7 in a Sunday match. In a losing cause, Duke Kenworthy hits his second grand slam of the season, connecting in the 5th off Mike Prendergast.

20th Lefty Tyler and Bill James combine to hold the Pirates to 4 hits and the Braves score a run in the 9th to win, 1–0. Boston (37-43) now moves into 6th place past the Dodgers.

Hub Leonard, pitching masterfully in relief for the Red Sox, throws 8 hitless innings against the Tigers while striking out 9 batters. The Sox win it, 3–2, to stay in 3rd place ahead of Washington.

21st Dick Rudolph throws a 3-hitter to give the Braves their second straight whitewash of the Pirates, winning 6–0. Rudolph will end the year with 27 victories, tied with Alexander; one of his credited wins is a game in which he started and left after 3 innings. The Braves move ahead of the Reds and Phils into 4th place.

The Reds lose, 6–5, to the Giants in 13 innings. Mathewson pitches the last 5 innings of shutout ball and singles in the winning run to pin the loss on Red Ames.

22nd Bill James continues the Braves remarkable pitching by blanking the Pirates, 1–0. The Braves then lose the nitecap, 8–4.

23rd Lefty Tyler follows suit, stopping the Pirates, 2–0, as the Braves take 4 out of 5 in Pittsburgh.

25th At Boston, the Cubs belt Otto Hess for a 5–4 win behind Hippo Vaughn. Boston is now 12 in back of the Giants, winners of 6 straight. Hippo strikes out 4 times, something he will do again in September.

New York beats the slumping Pirates, 4–2, with Mathewson topping Babe Adams. Bob Bescher and George Burns each tally two hits and score two runs.

26th Boston rookie Ernie Shore stops the Naps in Cleveland, 4–1.

27th Red Sox ace Dutch Leonard shuts out Cleveland, 3–0. He is helped by Tris Speaker, who has 2 singles and a triple. Speaker also makes 8 putouts in CF, on his way to a record 423 for the year.

The Athletics win their 12th consecutive game, beating host Detroit, 8–3, and scoring 3 runs in the first inning without a hit. Jean Dubuc hits 2 A’s batters, makes a throwing error, and his teammates chip in with 2 errors to give Philadelphia the 3 runs. Frank Baker has 3 hits including a double and triple to back Herb Pennock’s pitching. Detroit will beat Philadelphia tomorrow.

The Reds just nip Brooklyn, 6-5, as starter Elmer Brown walks 4 straight and his reliever Johnny Enzmann duplicates the feat, all within the first three innings.

PCL president Allen Baum says he will rigidly investigate charges that umpires have gambled on games. Accusations surfaced following a fight yesterday in Sacramento between umpire Held and Harl Maggert.

28th The Red Sox acquire lefty Vean Gregg (9–3), a 20-game winner the past three years, from Cleveland for (Adam) Rankin Johnson, Fritz Coumbe, and catcher Ben Egan. Gregg, who has been bothered by a sore arm off and on since his rookie year, will not flourish at Fenway.

29th The newly acquired Vean Gregg goes 7 innings for the Red Sox before exiting, and Boston goes on to beat the host White Sox, 8–4, in 10 innings.

At Sportsman’s Park, the A’s Chief Bender (9-2) shuts out the Browns, 5-0, on 6 hits. For the Chief, it is his 8th win in a row.

30th It’s a bad day for the Chief as the Giants lose a tough one to the Reds, 2–0. The Giants catcher doubles in the 6th and then is out for missing 1B. In the 9th, Meyers throws one ball over Stock’s head at 3B, bounces one to 2B on a steal, and tosses another into CF. The three errors hand Christy Mathewson the loss. Four Giants, including John McGraw, get tossed by umpire Steamboat Johnson for disputing a call today. Steamboat will thumb out McGraw in tomorrow’s loss as well. McGraw got tossed on the 27th for telling umpire Mal Eason he should wear glasses.

A wild melee mars the Tigers 3–2 win over the Senators. With the score tied in the 9th, the Nats Ray Morgan seemingly beats out a grounder when he slides into 1B, but umpire Sheridan calls him out. Morgan comes up with a handful of dirt, which he throws at the ump’s feet. (“This happens in nearly every game.” Washington Post). Sheridan thinks that Morgan meant to hit him with the dirt and swings at the player catching him on the jaw. Ainsmith then leads a charge out of the dugout and punches the ump as both teams rush out. Ainsmith and Morgan are ejected and as they are walking by the box seats, a fan calls Ainsmith a name. Eddie leans in and asks him to repeat it, and when the fan does, the catcher decks him, starting a near riot. Morgan jumps into the stands as does Bull Henry, who gets hit in the back with a chair. Eventually calm is restored, but the game is delayed 15 minutes. Shaw wild pitches in a Tiger run in the 10th to give Detroit a 3–2 win. Harry Coveleski is the winner, allowing 3 hits and striking out 11.

Rusty Griner allows just one hit but his Cards lose to the Braves, 2–1. Les Mann has a single for the lone hit. It is the 2nd one-hitter this month in which the pitcher lost.

Ernie Shore stops the White Sox, 4–0, to give the Red Sox rookie a 4–0 record.

31st Red Sox owner Joe Lannin buy the Providence Grays (IL) and Melrose Park from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000. Detroit gets to pick one player from the Providence roster and they select P Red Oldham, overlooking Carl Mays. Detroit then purchases the Buffalo (IL) team.

AUGUST

1st The Braves edge the Cardinals, 4–3, in 10 innings to reach the .500 mark (45-45) for the first time this year.

2nd  In St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox in 13 innings as Doc Lavan brings in the winning run with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt. Both starters go the distance as Carl Weilman tops George Foster.

3rd  Against Detroit in the 7th inning, Les Nunamaker, Yankees catcher, has 3 assists in the 7th inning, nipping Sam Crawford and Veach trying to steal, and picking off Hugh High at 2B. Detroit’s next baserunner, Burns in the 9th, gets picked off a base for the 2nd time, this time at 1B by the pitcher Cole. Nunamaker is the first catcher since 1887 to have 3 assists in an inning. The Yankees lone score comes on a double steal with Nunamaker on the front end of Maisel. New York still loses to Detroit, 4–1, as Stanley Coveleski is the winner. Heilmann plays 2B, replacing Marty Cavanagh, who ‘played like a clown’ yesterday. Nunamaker’s feat is erroneously listed in most record books as occurring in the 2nd inning; also, he is listed as throwing out three runners in that frame when he only throws out 2.

The Giants split with the Reds, winning the opener, 7–2 behind Mathewson, then blowing a 4–0 lead to drop the nitecap, 5–4.

At Brooklyn, Ed Konetchy hits a grand slam to deep CF in the 13th inning to give the Pirates a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Brooklyn loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th and failed to score.

At Pittsburgh, the ChiFeds lose 1–0 in 10 innings. Young Clem Clemens is the starting catcher for Joe Tinker’s team, replacing Art Wilson who was struck with appendicitis and rushed to the hospital. The Tinx other catcher Bruno Block is out with a broken finger. With the ChiFeds heading for a crucial series with Baltimore, the Pittfeds loan them catcher Skipper Roberts.

Contracts are let to cut up the New York AL Baseball Park between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue from 165th to 168th Streets. The park has not been used for baseball for two years. Street will be cut through the property.

4th Red Sox owner Lannin offers the use of Fenway Park to Braves owner James Gaffney. With the Braves making a run for the pennant, Gaffney will take up the offer.

6th Rabbit Maranville cracks a 10th-inning homer to give the Braves their 9th win in a row, a 5–4 topper over Pittsburgh.

Vic Saier starts the Chicago scoring with a solo homer off Mathewson. The Cubs score then two in the 8th and two in the 9th to edge the Giants, 4–3. The Giants now lead the Braves by 6 ½ games.

7th Grover Cleveland Alexander (16-9) shuts out the Reds, 2-0, and leads the Phillies offense with 4 hits, including a double, and two runs scored.

8th  At Boston, center fielder Tris Speaker pulls off his 2nd unassisted DP of the year, this one coming against Detroit. Tiger runner Harry Heilmann is doubled off 2nd in the fourth inning when a hit-and-run play becomes a line drive to Speaker. Boston wins, 5–2. Speaker had another unassisted DP on April 21 against the A’s. The two OF unassisted DPs in a season is a ML record.

10th Bill James tops the Reds, 3–1, to push the Braves past the Cubs (53-48) and the Cardinals (54-49). Red Smith, just purchased from Brooklyn, plays 3B for Boston and goes 1-for-3 with a run batted in. He will hit .314 the rest of the campaign.

11th  Boston Braves P Lefty Tyler begins a string of 23 shutout innings, but Red Ames of the Reds matches him today in a 13-inning 0–0 tie. Four days later, Tyler will beat Christy Mathewson 2–0 in 10 innings. Today’s tie and tomorrow’s rainout will be played later.

In St. Louis, the Giants are trailing the Cardinals, 3–2, after 5 innings when the light rain turns heavy. The umps call the game, a loss to New York’s Mathewson.

After missing 6 weeks, first with broken ribs, then a broken finger, Ty Cobb signs a new 3-year contract and returns to the lineup. He and Sam Crawford had been offered double their salaries to jump to the Feds. Cobb will get into just 97 games, but he will win another batting crown at .368. Under existing rules his 345 at bats are enough to qualify.

At Brooklyn, the Cubs lose, 3–2. Chicago teammates Roger Bresnahan and Heinie Zimmerman are ejected for fighting with each other between innings after a bad throw by Bresnahan. Zim will be fined $100 for the fracas. Inside rumors have it that he started the fight with the idea of raising such a ruckus the team would have to trade him.

White Sox pitchers Mellie Wolfgang and Ed Cicotte both toss 2–0 shutouts against Cleveland.

12th Harry Sallee allows just one clean hit in, but it is enough to do him in. George Burns triples with the sacks full and the Giants edge the Cardinals, 3-2.

13th In the start of a crucial series in New York, The Braves pound Rube Marquard for 11 hits to win, 5–3. Rabbit Maranville contributes a triple and Les Mann adds a homer and 2-run single. Lefty Tyler notches another victory.

14th The Braves pound another 11 hits, off Jeff Tesreau, and the Braves beat the Giants, 7–3. Bill James is the winner with help from Connolly, who belts a homer, double, and single. The Giants still lead Boston by 5.5 games, Chicago by 6 games and St. Louis by 7 games.

Despite Bobby Veach hitting into his second triple play in two and a half weeks, the Tigers down Cleveland, 8-4. Veach hit into a tri-killing on July 28 (courtesy of the SABR Triple Play database).

Dutch Leonard allows just one hit in 7 innings, but has his 12-game winning streak snapped as the Yankees push across a run in the 3rd and win, 1-0, over the Red Sox. Ernie Shore tosses the last 2 innings while Ray Fisher applies the whitewash for the Yankees. With the A’s winning 7-0 over the Senators, the Sox trail the leaders by 11 games.

15th  At the Polo Grounds, 32,000 fans watch as Lefty Tyler and Christy Mathewson throw goose eggs for 9 innings. In the 10th, Red Smith singles and Hank Gowdy triples him home. Matty then wild pitches home Gowdy for 2–0 lead. New York loads the bases in the 10th with no outs, but Tyler slams the door with no Giants scoring. The Braves trail by 3 ½ games.

Brooklyn 1B Jake Daubert ties a ML record by recording 4 sacrifice bunts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader sweep against Philadelphia, 8–4, and 13–5. Daubert, who can’t run because of an injured ankle, also lays down 2 sacrifice bunts in the first game.

At Shibe Park, Chief Bender wins his 10th consecutive game, shutting out the Senators, 6-0. The Chief belts a 2-run homer in the 6th off Jim Shaw to help the A’s cause.

16th  Leading 11-6 going in the bottom of the 8th, the Hoosiers plate 10 runs to whip the Rebels, 21-6, in a Federal League match. George LeClair is the complete game loser, giving up 20 earned runs and 24 hits. He walks 8 and strikes out no one. Veteran Charlie Carr has 5 hits and 5 RBIs, while Vin Campbell has 4 hits, 4 runs and 5 stolen bases, for Indianapolis, now a game and a half out of 1st place.

Ed McCreery starts for Detroit and pitches just 2 innings, but is credited with the win—his only ML decision–in his ML debut. He gives up 5 runs, but Detroit scores 8 in the first two innings on just 2 hits as they win, 13-6, over the Naps. Three of the runs come on a wild pitch.

17th The Braves sweep two from the Reds, winning, 11–1, behind Dick Rudolph (16-8) and 5–3 with Bill James on the mound.

In Manchester, NH, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 4–2 exhibition win over the local New England League team. Ruth will be sent to the Providence Grays (IL) tomorrow after finally clearly waivers.

18th The Braves express slows as the Reds beat Dick Crutcher, 3–1.

The Cubs down Brooklyn, 8-6, as Heinie Zimmerman hits a grand slam for Chicago.

19th Lefty Tyler stops the Reds for a 3–2 Braves win.

20th The Braves’ Dick Rudolph wins his 12th straight, beating Pittsburgh, 6–3. Included in his win streak is a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Reds on August 8. There is confusion in some record books about this game. Rudolph’s streak will be stopped in his next start on the 24th by Chicago.

21st The Reds use a triple and double steal in the 1st inning to score three runs and beat New York ace Mathewson, 3–2. Al Demaree relieves Matty in the 6th, but Big Six takes his 4th loss in a row. The New York lead drops to a game.

In a matchup of veterans, Three Fingered Brown(12-8) gives up 13 hits as his Terriers lose to Jack Quinn and Baltimore (FL), 7-4. This is Brown’s last appearance for St. Louis: they will sell the player/manager to the Brooklyn Tip Tops and Fielder Jones will take over as skipper.

23rd  The Giants lose their 5th straight, to Cincinnati 3–2, and the idle Braves move into a tie for first place. Herb Moran, playing his last game for Cincy before being sold to the Braves, doubles in the game-winner in the 9th. The 3rd place Reds will win all three games with the Giants at Redland Field, but will soon head in the other direction, losing 19 in a row in September to finish last.

24th In the 2nd game of a twinbill at Washington, Detroit’s pitcher Hooks Dauss and four Senators pitchers combine to plunk a record seven batters, a ML record for hit by pitches that will remain unmatched until 1971. Hooks hits three while Jim Shaw, Al Bentley, Harry Harper, and Jim Stevens hit one each. The Tigers win 11–0 and take the opener as well, 3–1.

At Chicago, the Cubs trounce the Braves, 9–5, putting Boston back in 2nd place. For Dick Rudolph, it is his first loss after 12 consecutive wins.

25th The A’s score 9 runs to back Rube Bressler’s shutout of the Browns in the first of two games. Teammate Herb Pennock then follows with a 1–0 shutout.

26th The Giants lose 1–0 to the Cardinals, managing just 3 hits off Bill Doak, but win game 2 on a 2-hitter by Christy Mathewson over Slim Sallee. The 4–0 win is Matty’s twentieth.

Larry Cheney of the Cubs twirls his second one-hitter of the season, stopping the rampaging Braves, 1-0. Hank Gowdy’s single is the only Boston hit. Vic Saier’s 7th inning homer, off Lefty Tyler, accounts for the only run. The loss puts Boston a half game behind the Giants.

Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown of the Yankees goes 12 innings in beating the visiting Browns, 2-1. Boardwalk’s single in the 12th drives in Fritz Maisel, who had singled and stolen 2B. New York steals 7 bases in the game, led by Charlie Mullen’s 4.

28th At Fenway, Ty Cobb snaps a scoreless duel between Pug Cavett and Dutch Leonard by hitting a 2-run double in the 8th. Cobb scores the third run as Detroit beats the Red Sox ace, 3-0. The Sox use four pinch hitters in the 9th to no avail.

29th In Chicago, the Giants split with the Cubs, Rube Marquard losing the opener, 1–0, and Mathewson topping Bert Humphries in the 2nd game, 7–5. The Giants waive Hooks Wiltse, ending his 11 years with the Giants. Hooks will pitch for the Brookfeds next season.

In a 2-1 White Sox win over the Senators, Jack Fournier paces the Pale Hose going 3-for-3 with two triples against Walter Johnson. Mellie Wolfgang, “the midget spitball flinger” (Chicago Tribune), beats the Big Train and helps himself with 11 assists to tie the AL record. It won’t be tied the rest of the century.

Ed Lafitte pitches and bats the Brookfeds to a 4-1 win over the Buffeds. Lafitte has two singles good for the RBIs.

In St. Louis, 25,000 watch the Cardinals drop two games to Boston and drop to third place in the NL race. The first game is a 4-0 shutout by Bill James, whose moist one is too much for the Birds. Boston takes game 2 in 8 innings, 6-4. Rabbit Maranville has two RBIs in each game.

30th The Braves score 2 in the 1st and go on the beat the Cardinals, 2-0, on Lefty Tyler’s one hitter. Lee Magee’s single is the only hit for the Birds. The Braves stay a half game in back of New York, winners at Chicago.

31st  Walter Johnson relieves in the 8th inning with his Senators holding a 3–2 lead over the White Sox. On the first pitch, Jack Fournier hits an inside-the-park HR to tie the game. Fournier’s next at bat comes in the 10th and he homers again to give the Sox a 4–3 win. This is the first time Johnson has been reached for two HRs in a game by the same batter (Gehrig will match it August 13, 1926). In his last two games against Johnson, Fournier is 5-for-5, with 4 extra base hits.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Budding Negro League star Bill Lindsey, 23, dies of tuberculosis. Playing against black teams as late as July, Lindsey was 4-0 on the mound and hit 10-for-20. Lindsey played for the American Giants, a team that went 42-13 in 1914. Next spring, the Giants will lose longtime star Bill Monroe to tuberculosis.

2nd  The NL lead seesaws. Beaten by Brooklyn, 6–2, while the Braves win twice, the Giants drop out of first place for the first time since May 30. Tomorrow they sweep 2 from Brooklyn and retake the top spot.

3rd  The Pirates take a pair from the Cardinals, winning 11-6 and 10-3. Max Carey has the only 5-hit game in the NL this year, and scores 5 runs for the Bucs in game 1.

With Boston losing, the Giants take over first-place by a half game as they sweep host Brooklyn, winning 6-3, behind Mathewson, and 7-2, behind Tesreau. In game 2, New York’s George Burns says “Good night, Gracie” with a grand slam in the 9th, connecting off Bill Steele.

4th  At the Polo Grounds, Washington’s 20-year-old Jim Shaw allows 2 hits and strikes out 14 as the Nationals beat the Yankees, 1-0. Shaw scores the winning run in the 9th after singling and coming home on Moeller’s double.

5th  Pitching for visiting Providence (IL) 19-year-old Babe Ruth beats Toronto 9–0 with a one-hitter, and hits his only minor league HR, a 3-run blast off Ellis Johnson.

6th  Kansas City (FL) gets solid pitching from Chief Johnson and a homerun from Duke Kenworthy to defeat St. Louis, 2-0. Fielder Jones makes his first appearance in 5 years, pinch hitting in the 9th and singling for the Terriers. It is his last career hit.

7th  The Braves and Giants play an a.m.-p.m. twin bill in Boston on Labor Day. To accommodate the crowds, the Braves have moved their home games to Fenway Park, courtesy of owner Joe Lannin: Fenway has triple the seating capacity of South End Grounds. The two contests draw 74,163 on the day. The Braves, down 4–3 to Mathewson in the 9th, storm back for 2 runs to win the opener. Josh Devore scratches a single, Herb Moran doubles into the crowd ringing the outfield, and Johnny Evers slaps a single that eludes George Burns to drive home the tying and winning runs. Jeff Tesreau wins the nitecap, 10–1, and the Giants pile on Lefty Tyler. In the Giants’ 4-run sixth, Snodgrass takes a pitch on the sleeve to reach 1B, thumbing his nose at Tyler along the way. Lefty retaliates by acting out Fred’s 1912 muff. When Snodgrass returns to CF, the crowd is merciless to the point that Boston Mayor Curley rushes on the field and demands the umpires eject the New York player. McGraw, worried that Snodgrass might incur an injury, replaces Snodgrass.

The Brooklyn Feds score just enough to win a pair over the Pittfeds, winning 4-3 and 12-11. In the second game, Cherokee Indian Jim Bluejacket (William L. Smith) of Brooklyn gets credit for a win without throwing a pitch. The Brooklyn Eagle reports, “Blue jacket (sic) did not pitch a single ball to a Pittsburg batter, but even at that he gets credit for winning the second game. He entered the fray in the eighth inning, with Monasky on third and Yerkes on first. Bringing his Indian cunning into play, he caught Yerkes napping off first and ended the inning. In the last half of the same round the local team scored the five runs that won the game.” Ed Finneran pitches the ninth to preserve the victory. Steve Evans is 6-for-9 on the two games, including a double, triple and homer in the morning game.

In the first of two at Griffith, young Jack Bentley wins his first game of the year, 1-0, over the A’s. The Senators pitcher allows 2 hits. In game 2, Chief Bender goes just 6 innings before leaving with an 8-5 lead. The A’s hang on for an 8-7 victory and Bender wins his 14th in a row, tops in the majors this year.

Floods severely damage the Kansas City Packers’ (FL) ballpark, washing away fences and demolishing the clubhouse.

8th Boston’s Bill James allows just 3 hits in beating the Giants, 8–3, and dropping New York to the 2nd spot. For James, it is his 12th straight complete game, 11 of them wins. Rube Marquard takes the loss, his 9th straight. His streak of losses will reach 12 (as noted by Tom Ruane).

9th  In the opener at Boston, the Phils win their only game in the series, 10–3, behind Pete Alexander. In game 2 of a doubleheader, George A. Davis, a Harvard law student, pitches the only shutout of his brief career, a 7–0 no-hitter for the first-place Braves over the Phils. The spitballer walks the bases loaded with no outs in the 5th, but “he rose to the occasion to prove his perfect candidacy to a niche in the hall of stars,” writes the Boston Post. Released by the Highlanders in 1912, Davis will be 3–3 this year and next, then hang up his glove to start a law practice.

At Washington, the Senators Jack Bentley shuts out New York, 1–0, on 2 hits, his second 1-0 2-hitter in three days. Jack Warhop takes the loss, his 5th 1-0 loss of the year, which ties the AL record set by Bill Donovan in 1903. It won’t be topped by any pitcher. Also not topped, or tied, is Warhop’s loss today to the Senators, the 3rd time this year they’ve beaten him, 1–0. No pitcher will tie Warhop’s ML record.

11th At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson stops Brooklyn on 7 hits and the Giants schmeer Charlie Schmutz, 3–0.

12th  Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, is named to replace Frank Chance, who resigns today effective through September 15. Peckinpaugh becomes the all-time youngest manager, and the 7th in the club’s 12-year existence. He will win 9 of 17 games and will manage next at Cleveland in 1928. The Yanks win today, 2-1, over the first-place A’s, with catcher Jeff “Big Ed” Sweeney going from goat to hero. When McInnis and Strunk attempt a double steal in the top of the 9th, Sweeney heaves the ball into CF trying to throw to 2B and McInnis scores the tying run. Leading off in the bottom of the 9th against Chief Bender, Sweeney cracks a homerun, his only one of the year, to give New York the win and hand Bender his first loss after 14 consecutive wins. Winning pitcher Ray Keating is warned by umpire Tommy Connally, who discovers an emery board on the pitcher. In ten days the emery pitch will be banned and any violation will result in a $100 fine and a 30-day suspension.

In Philadelphia, Grover Cleveland Alexander receives an automobile before the first game of a doubleheader as the Phillies’ most popular player, then drives by the Giants Rube Marquard for a 1–0 win. It is his 23rd of the year tying him with Mathewson for the NL lead. Alex gives up 4 hits as Marquard absorbs his 10th straight loss and his 20th of the year. Art Fromme wins the second game, 6-0, in 1 hour: 38 minutes. Game 1 took just one hour: 12 minutes.

St. Louis Federal Leaguer Bob Groom accomplishes the rare feat of umpiring and pitching in the same game. When the two regular umps don’t appear, Groom and Bert Maxwell of the Brooklyn Tip-Tops are selected to ump. The regular umps appear in the 3rd inning, having thought the game started at 3:30, not 2:30. Groom goes to the bench but relieves in the 7th inning and allows 3 hits in the Brookfeds 4-run inning. Brooklyn wins, 8-5.

14th The Giants edge the Phillies, 3–2, in game 1, but the Quakers jump on Christy Mathewson for 7 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings, and win 10–6 in the second game. Matty’s record is now 23-11. The winner is Erskine Mayer, who notches his 20th win of the season and will finish at 21-19 to join Alexander (27-15) as the only double-figure winners on the 74-80 Phillies.

15th Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie strokes his 3,000th hit, a single off Detroit’s Pug Cavet, joining Wagner and Anson as the only players to reach that mark. Cavet and the Tigers win, 2–1.

16th At Brooklyn, the Cubs lose, 7-2. For the second time this season, Bill Klem thumbs Heinie Zimmerman out of a game for tossing the game ball into the stands. Klem threw Zim out of a game three weeks ago for the same reason. It is the 8th time this year that Zim has been ejected from a game, tops for players (John McGraw gets tossed 9 times).

17th Cincinnati’s Phil Douglas walks 8 and allows 10 runs in 7 innings, as New York wins, 10–1 behind Mathewson. Thanks to 4 walks and a double steal, the Giants score 3 in the 4th on no hits. George Burns has a 3-run homer in the 7th and walks every other time up.

19th  Ed Lafitte pitches a 6–2 no-hitter for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops (FL) over the Kansas City Packers. It is the first no-hitter in the FL. Wildness costs the big Frenchman the 2 runs, as he walks 6. He will lead the FL with 127 walks. Holt has a homer in game 2, a 12-6 Brooklyn win.

Before the Phils-Cards twinbill, Pete Alexander is presented with a check for $1,000 for winning 24 games. Alex proceeds to win his 25th, allowing just 2 hits while fanning 11, in shutting out the Birds, 7-0. The second match is hard fought with Phillies winning, 7-6.

At Boston, the first-place Braves score 7 runs in the 6th and beat the Pirates, 9-3, to maintain a 3-game lead over the Giants. The Braves manage just on hit in the first 5 innings off of Cooper, before driving him from the game in the 6th.

The Superbas take a pair from the Reds, winning 6-0 and 8-6. Big Ed Pfeffer twirls a one-hitter in the opener, not giving up a hit until former Robin pitcher Earl Yingling scratches out a safety in the 8th. Cutshaw and Wheat homer early. Wheat makes three superb catches in game 2, as Brooklyn crawls back to win with 2 runs in the 7th and 2 more in the 8. Casey Stengel has a single, triple and 6th inning homerun.

20th Guy Morton takes the loss as the Athletics top Cleveland, 4-1. It is Morton’s 13th straight loss as he sets a ML-record for consecutive losses to start a career. Terry Felton will top it.

In his last professional season, Johnny Lush of Portland (PCL) pitches a 9-inning no-hitter against Venice, and loses, 1–0, on an error. It is the second no-hit loss in the PCL in 5 years (Frank Arellanes, Sacramento, October 17, 1910, loses 2–0). Lush pitched a no-hitter against Brooklyn in 1906 while a member of the Phillies.

21st  The White Sox score in the 4th inning on a Walter Johnson wild pitch, one of 4 that the Big Train uncorks in the inning. It won’t be matched in the AL this century. But he strikes out 12 batters in 13 innings as the Nats finally break through against Chicago’s Red Faber for a 6–1 win. The record book gives Johnson all 4 wild pitches in the 4th inning, but it appears that Eddie Collins, who opened with a single, stole 2B and advanced on a grounder to 3B, scored the Pale Hose’s only tally on a just one wild pitch.

22nd  Boston (AL) P Ray Collins hurls two complete-game victories over the Tigers, winning by scores of 5–3 and 5–0.

Jake Daubert hits a 10th inning bases loaded single to give the Robins their 5th straight win over the Reds, and a sweep of the series. Cincy ties it in the 9th after Brooklyn took the lead in the 7th on Lew McCarty’s 2-run homer to deep left center field, his first ML homer. For the Reds, it is loss number 18 in a row.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs score 5 runs in the 1st inning against Mathewson. It is all Larry Cheney needs, as he tosses a 3-hitter to win, 5–0. The Giants now trail the Braves by 5 games.

23rd  After losing game 1 to Boston, 3–2, the last-place Reds come back in game 2 to break the longest losing streak in the club’s history (and 3rd longest in the NL and tying the 20th C. mark of the 1906 Boston Nationals) at 19 straight. Charles “King” Lear wins his only game of the year and pitches his only shutout ever, 3–0. The Reds wait till the 9th to score their 3 runs.

Rube Marquard loses his 12th in a row, as the Cards sink the Giants twice, but the Cards fall short of overtaking New York in 2nd place by 2 1⁄2 games.

Pete Alexander coasts to a 9–4 win over the Cubs as Gavvy Cravath bangs two homers to lead the Phils’ offense.

24th At New York, the Cardinals win their 3rd game in a row over the stumbling Giants, 4–3. Cozy Dolan’s 9th inning double off reliever Christy Mathewson drives home the winning run, but the official scorer gives the loss to Demaree.

26th Pete Alexander wins his 9th in a row for the Phils, beating the Reds, 7–4. Gavvy Cravath hits his 18th homer, off King Lear, and Sherry Magee clouts his 15th.

At Fenway Park, the Braves roll over the Cubs, 6–2 and 12–2. Lefty Tyler tops Hippo Vaughn in the opener, and Otto Hess beats Larry Cheney in the 2nd game. Rabbit Maranville hits a grand slam, his second of the year, in game 2. The red-hot Braves will sweep the four-game series with the Cubs.

Meanwhile, the Giants split with the Pirates, winning and losing by 4–2 scores. Babe Adams wins the nitecap for the Bucs, shutting out the Giants in the last 8 innings. Mathewson takes the loss in game 2 allowing 11 hits and 4 runs.

Manager Joe Tinker of the ChiFeds will appeal to FL prexy Gilmore to outlaw the emery ball after he plays today’s game with the BrookFeds under protest. In the 2nd inning, with Tinker on 3B, Tom Seaton of the BrookFeds strikes out 2 Whales and Tinker protests to ump Barry McCormick, who examines the ball and finds it filed on one side. Tinker accuses Seaton of using emery paper, which the pitcher denies. Tinker then discovers the emery in the pitcher’s glove. Seaton refuses to hand it over to the ump but instead gives it to Brooklyn manager Bradley, who hands it back to Seaton on the bench. When Tinker says he won’t play anymore if Seaton continues to doctor the ball, the pitcher laughs. He doesn’t laugh in the 8th when he walks 4 men and refuses to be lifted, saying he wants to finish the game. But the Tinx win, 7-6, and take the 2nd game 5-3 to remain—temporarily—in first place ahead of Indianapolis.

27th  At St. Louis, the Athletics clinch the AL pennant behind Chief Bender’s 6–0 shutout as the Red Sox split a doubleheader. Bender allows 4 hits, two by Gus Williams, and he strikes out 5. Williams will end the year with 120 strikeouts, the first batter to K more than 100 since Same Wise set the ML record in 1884 with 104.

In the opener of a doubleheader in Cleveland, Nap Lajoie collects his 3,000th hit as his Cleveland team defeats the Yankees, 5–3. Lajoie is 2-for-2 with two doubles. He is given the ball after his double. The star is not expected to play the rest of the year, and he does not play in game 2, which the Yankees win, 5-2. Guy Morton (1-13) is the winner in the opener, snapping his consecutive losing streak at 13 games. Al Tedrow takes the loss in game 2, the 100th loss for Cleveland.

At Detroit, CF Ty Cobb misplays a bases-loaded single in the 10th by Ray Morgan and four runs score. The Senators win, 6-2.

After losing four in Boston, the Cubs play an exhibition game against the Providence Grays and lose again, 8-7, in 8 innings. The Cubs score 3 in the 9th to tie and when Providence tallies a run, the Cubs rush to make a train: which they miss. The game at Rocky Point features two splash homers hit into Narragansett bay, one by Wilbur Good and another by Grays pitcher Babe Ruth. Ruth adds a triple and on the slab he walks 7 and strikes out 3. The Cubs pocket $400 for their showdown with the Babe.

28th  At Brooklyn, the Superbas beat the Cardinals, 7-3, as George Cutshaw hits a grand slam.

29th  At Fenway Park, the Cubs drop a 3–2 decision to the Braves as Larry Cheney walks 11 Boston batters in the game. Tom Hughes, making his first start for Boston, is the winner on a 5-hitter. Cheney’s 11 passes is a Cubs record.

30th The Dodgers stop Alexander’s win streak at 9 games, defeating the Phils, 2–1, behind Jake Pfeffer. Alex is done in by 3 Phillie errors.

In front of a handful of fans, the pennant-winning Braves top the Giants, 7–1 in the first of two. Dick Rudolph posts his 9th straight win. Boston then beats up Mathewson for 6 runs in 3 innings, but the game ends in a 7–7 tie. For the 2nd year in a row Matty (24–13) will finish with more victories than walks (23).

OCTOBER

1st In the Braves 7–6 win over the second-place Giants, umpire Bill Klem provides most of the fireworks. He tires of the name-calling in the 6th inning and clears the entire Giants bench—24 players, including many rookies, march in step to the clubhouse. Allegedly, one of the Giants called Klem by the name “Catfish”, which he despised. In Larry Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times, Chief Meyers related Klem’s distaste for the nickname: “If Klem was umpiring behind the plate, all you had to do was call him ‘Catfish’ and out of the game you’d go. That’s all. Just that one word and you were out. I’m not quite sure why.”

After five starts in which Cleveland lost, Vean Gregg finally wins his 20th game, beating the Tigers, 8-1. For Gregg it is his 3rd 20-win season in his first three years, the only 20th century major league pitcher to accomplish that.

In a 9-7 victory, Phils slugger Gavvy Cravath belts his ML-record 19th homer, off Brooklyn’s Pat Ragan. All of Gavvy’s homers this year have come at Baker Bowl, a ML-record for the 20th century, topped only by Chicago’s Fred Pfeffer in 1884 (26). Lifetime he will hit 119 homers—93 in Baker Bowl—the highest percentage in history of home dingers. Cravath also leads NL outfielders with 34 assists in right field.

2nd In Boston, the Yankees make 5 errors to help Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth win, 11–5. Ruth, just recalled from Providence, makes his first ML hit, a double, off King Cole. It is just the fourth game this year that the Sox have scored in double figures.

Phil Douglas gives up just one hit—a single to Honus Wagner—but 2 walks and 2 errors in the 8th are his undoing. The Reds lose, 2–1, to the Pirates. For Wagner, it is the 3rd game in his career where he’s had the only hit. This is the 3rd one-hit loss this year; two occurred in July. For the fourth time in a week, the Pirates Dan Castello gets thumbed out of a game for protesting a strike call. He’ll appear in just 21 games this year.

3rd At Boston, Red Sox starter Ernie Shore gives up an unearned Yankee run in the 1st, and the score is 1–0 when he departs after 7 innings. Both team score 2 in the 9th inning, New York’s runs coming against reliever Guy Cooper. The scorer nails Cooper with the loss for pitching poorly.

At Robison Field, the Cubs and Cardinals split a season-ending doubleheader. The Cubs take the opener, 4-1, on Jimmy Lavender’s 5-hitter. Dan Griner tosses a 3-hitter in game 2 to win, 2-0. The Cards steal 5 bases in the second game, including one by Miller Huggins, his 32nd, and 2 by Lee Magee, his 36th. But Huggins ends the season caught stealing an NL-record 36 times. This surpasses the mark of 34 caught steals set by Ty Cobb in 1912; Cobb will get caught 38 times next season.

4th In Chicago, the ChiFeds lose, 1-0, to Doc Watson, a former Tinker hand released by Chicago in August and signed by St. Louis. Joe Tobin has 2 of the 3 St. Louis hits and drives in the lone run against Rankin Johnson. The Whales lead is down to a half game.

The Hoosiers take a pair from Kansas City, coming from behind to win the opener, 6-5, in 10 innings, and 4-0 in 5 innings. Indianapolis trails the Whales by a mere half game.

In front of “one of the largest crowds ever” at the Polo Grounds, the New York Fire Department edges the Police, 4-3, on a 9th inning homer by John Seger of Engine Company 252. The win gives the smoke eaters the silver cup, having won at Ebbets Field on September 20th and lost at the Polo Grounds on the 27th. With every city big wig in attendance, Mayor Mitchel throws out the first ball.

5th At Fenway Park, Washington’s Walter Johnson wins his 28th game of the year, a 9–3 win over the Sox. Babe Ruth, pinch-hitting for pitcher Ray Collins, strikes out on three pitches.

In game 2 of a twinbill with the Braves, Dodger P Pat Ragan relieves in the 8th inning and strikes out the side on 9 pitches, doffing his hat to the home crowd after each K. He’s the first National Leaguer to do it. The celebration is a bit premature as the Braves score 5 runs off Ragan in the 9th to win, 9–5. Possum Whited hits his second homer of the afternoon in the 9th inning, a grand slam. Boston wins the opener, 15–2, pummeling Raleigh Aitchison for 5 innings before he is relieved, and continuing against “Smooth” Schmutz.

6th  The Brooklyn Robins (AKA the Dodgers) split with Boston—winning 3-2 and losing 7-3 in 7 innings—and finish 5th, their highest level since 1907. The Braves lose regular 3B Red Smith, picked up from Brooklyn on August 10, who breaks his right leg sliding into 2B in the 9th inning of game 1. He catches his spikes on the bag when he tries to stand up too quickly. Doctors predict it is a career-ending injury, but Smith will play 157 games next year. Charlie Deal will be back at third base for the World Series.

A minute before the start of the Phillies-Giants game at the Polo Grounds, John McGraw spies pitcher Hank Ritter munching peanuts in the grand stand and motions him down. The Giants manager tells Ritter (know as “Bill” during his playing days), he’s pitching today and to suit up. After Marty O’Toole pitches the 1st inning, a breathless Ritter arrives from the club house and finishes the game, allowing just 4 hits in 8 innings, as the Giants win, 4-1. Ritter appeared in 3 games for the Phillies in 1912, and toiled for Toronto this year, almost signing in the FL.

In a critical day in the Federal League, the Chicago Whales lose two games to Kansas City while the Indianapolis beats St. Louis, 7-4. The Whales lose the opener, 1-0, as Claude Hendrix loses his bid to win 30 games. The Packers gaff the Whales in game 2 by a score of 5-3. The Whales end their season a game behind the Hoosiers, who have two games to play with the Terriers. If St. Louis wins both, the Whales will take the pennant.

7th The Senators and the Red Sox wind up the season in a meaningless game in Boston, with the visitors winning, 11-4. Washington manager Clark Griffith, 45, makes his final mound appearance, while Boston’s star outfielder Tris Speaker does the only pitching of his career, giving up a run in an inning. Ruth, in relief of starter Hugh Bedient, pitches 3 innings for Boston, and both are hit hard. With the win, Washington moves into third place.

HooFeds ace Cy Falkenberg wins his 26th game and pitches his 9th shutout as the Hoosiers down the Terriers, 4-0. Cy allows just one hit in the first 8 innings—a single by Boucher—and gives up a bunt hit and ground single in the 9th. The win puts Indiana 1 ½ games ahead of the Whales, beached twice in Chicago, and clinches the pennant with a game to play.

The host Cubs take the first game, 4-2, in their city series with the White Sox in front of a crowd of 21,744.

The Brown win their second straight over the Cardinals, 7-4, in the Mound City series.

Before the start of the Brooklyn-BuffFed game in Buffalo, A field event contest is held. Buffalo’s Hal Chase wins the 100-year dash in 11 seconds, and also is the fastest at circling the bases, doing it in 14 2/5 seconds. He beats George Anderson, but Anderson ties the world mark in the bunt-and-run event, reaching 1B in 3 1/5 seconds. Bill Bradley wins the long toss with a 292-foot throw, and Earl Moore takes the fungo-hitting contest with a 378-foot blow. In second place is Three Fingered Brown at 358 feet. Brown wins the regular game, 10-4, in 8 innings.

8th In Chicago, the White Sox even the city series with the Cubs by scoring 3 in the 9th off spitter Larry Cheney and winning, 5–2.

In the season finale, Katsy Keifer of Indianapolis (FL) gives the hometown fans something to cheer about as he beats St. Louis, 4-2, in the last Federal League game played in Indiana. The FL champions will move to Newark for the 1915 season. It is also the first and last major league game for Katsy, who will not make the move to Newark. Five .300 hitters, led by Benny Kauff’s .370, pace the winners.

In the New York city series, bridegroom George Burns gets 4 hits, including a triple, and steals 2 bases to give the Giants a win over the Yankees. Burns gets serenaded with the wedding march in his first at bat.

9th  The Boston Braves go into the WS as underdogs, despite their strong finish. Only one regular, LF Joe Connolly, hit .300, and their regular third baseman Red Smith is out with a broken leg. Their strengths are pitchers Dick Rudolph, George “Lefty” Tyler, and “Seattle Bill” James, 2B Johnny Evers, who wins Chalmers’ final MVP automobile, and SS Rabbit Maranville, their cleanup hitter. The Philadelphia A’s Eddie Collins, with a .344 BA, wins the Chalmers AL award with 63 of 64 possible points. The A’s have 7 pitchers with 10 or more wins, led by Chief Bender’s 17–3. Bender’s WS magic is quickly dispelled as the Braves knock him out in the 6th. Rudolph coasts to a 5-hit 7–1 victory. Hank Gowdy has a single, double, and triple. He will hit a WS record .545, and Evers, .438. Only Ruth will top Gowdy with .625 in 1928. Bender makes his last WS appearance, finishing with a record 59 strikeouts.

10th  In game 2, Bill James and Eddie Plank match zeroes for 8. In the 9th, Boston’s Charlie Deal doubles, steals 3B, and scores on Les Mann’s single. James gives up 2 hits.

12th  Joe Bush, 17–10 for the A’s, faces Lefty Tyler in game 3. Tied 2–2 in the 10th, Home Run Baker drives in his only 2 runs of the Series, but a HR by Gowdy starts a game-tying rally. After James comes on and sets the A’s down for 2 innings, Gowdy doubles. Bush gives up a walk, then throws a sacrifice bunt past Baker at 3B allowing pinch runner Les Mann to score the winning run. Boston wins, 5-4, in 12 innings.

13th  The first WS sweep in history belongs to the Braves—the only WS the franchise will ever win. Bob Shawkey and Herb Pennock allow just 6 hits, but one is a 2-run single by Evers, as Rudolph wins 3–1.

Braves outfielder Joe Connally is the big winner as he unexpectedly receives a $10,000 windfall (according to a 2015 newspaper article noted by Dennis VanLangen). Frank Schulte says the payment came from a young semi-professional ball player named “Jake.”  Jake hung around the Braves clubhouse during the 1914 season and received a $50 loan from Connolly some time after July 4. Betting only on Boston games in which Bill James or Dick Rudolph were the starters, Jake turned his $50 into substantial winnings.  He then bet all of his pot on the Braves to sweep the A’s in 4 games in the series.  He accumulated $25,000 and shared 40% of the amount with Connolly as a showing of deep gratitude for the $50 loan.  Connolly reportedly did not know what to make of it, so he checked with Braves manager George Stallings.  Stallings told him it was all right.

18th  NL and AL all-star teams, featuring stars such as Grover Alexander and Jeff Tesreau Joe start an exhibition tour today in Milwaukee with the Braves’ Bill James losing to Bullet Joe Bush, 6–2. The tour will take them to Hawaii after wandering throughout the West, with the NL winning 29 of the 50 games played. Playing tomorrow in Mandan, ND, the NL will win, 2–1, in 12 innings.

20th  Veteran C Pat Moran is named manager of the 6th-place Phils, replacing Red Dooin. Dooin will not be asked to stay on as the backup catcher; instead the Phils trade him to his home-town Reds for infielder Bert Niehoff.

24th In an unusual matchup (as noted by historian Bill Nowlin) Rube Foster and Walter Johnson match up in an exhibition game in Webb City, Missouri. Rube emerges the 3-0 winner, with the game scoreless for the first eight innings. Johnson pitched for Webb City while Foster pitched for Pittsburg, Kansas.

NOVEMBER

1st  Connie Mack begins cleaning house, asks waivers on Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Colby Jack goes to Brooklyn (NL). Plank and Bender escape Mack’s maneuvering by jumping to the Federal League. Although all have some life left in their soupbones, they are near their career’s end, and departure is more sentimental than serious. Mack’s excuse: retrenchment. Despite the pennant, Philadelphia fans did not support the A’s and the club lost $50,000. Next season, the A’s will set a ML mark by using 26 pitchers (the White Sox will match it in 1952).

5th  The Court of Appeals upholds a ban on Sunday baseball in Washington, DC.

10th  In Sacramento, California Heinie Reitz, 47, one time member of the Baltimore Orioles infield, is killed by an automobile. He is the first major leaguer to die in a car accident. Braves SS Tony Boekel, will die in a car accident in 1924, the first auto-related fatality of an active major leaguer.

18th  Roger Bresnahan signs to manage the Cubs.

DECEMBER

2nd The St. Louis Terriers sign pitcher Eddie Plank, who 21 games during the season, released after the A’s 4-game loss in the World Series.

4th  Walter Johnson accepts a $6,000 bonus from the FL Chicago Whales and signs a three-year contract for $17,500 per year. Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court, claiming he has paid Johnson for the reserve option in his contract. AL Prexy Ban Johnson asserts that Johnson was on the market and is “damaged goods,” worth getting rid of. Griffith travels to Coffeyville, KS, to persuade his franchise player that the option clause is legal and binding. Two weeks later Griffith signs Johnson for 3 years at $12,500 per year and returns the bonus to the Feds.

6th Indoor baseball is a winter fad in some cities. In Chicago, $2,000 is raised at an indoor game for the benefit of the family of Jimmy Doyle, deceased former Chicago 3B.

7th  A’s ace Chief Bender, released by the A’s in October, signs a 2-year deal with the Federal League; he will be assigned to Baltimore. Bender was 17-3 this past season with the A’s, but will nearly reverse that, going 4-16.

8th  After weeks of rumors, the bomb drops: Connie Mack sells 27-year-old Eddie Collins, generally regarded as the game’s finest position player, to the White Sox for $50,000. Collins signs a 5-year contract worth $75,000 and gets $15,000 as a signing bonus. The deal breaks up the A’s “$100,000 infield” and raises conjecture that Mack, too, will leave to manage the Yankees. Ban Johnson reportedly had a hand in the negotiations, sending the A’s star to counter the box office effect of the Chifeds signing Walter Johnson. Johnson first approached the Yankees who thought the $50,000 price tag excessive.

The NL votes to hold the 1915 player limit to 21 per team. They also create the disabled list (DL) which allows a player to be kept out of play for 10 days and another players substituted for him.

14th Former Giants mascot (and “pitcher”) Charlie “Victory” Faust is confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane. He will die there of pulmonary tuberculosis on June 15, 1915.

17th  Charles Comiskey pulls a surprise, reaching down to Peoria and naming Clarence “Pants” Rowland, scout and minor league executive, to manage his White Sox.

19th Washington manager Clark Griffith meets with Walter Johnson in KC and convinces the star to re-sign for $12,500, considerably less than his recent contract with the Chifeds, with the assurance that Griffith would convince the Washington management to spring for a bigger contract later. Washington will later sign Johnson to $16,000 a year for five years. Griffith gets $6,000 from Charles Comiskey to allow Johnson to repay his Chifed signing bonus.

26th The Phillies trade their star and captain Sherry Magee to the Braves for cash and two players to be named later. The two turn out to be Possum Whited and INF Oscar Dugey. Magee led the NL in hits, doubles, RBIs, and slugging percentage, while hitting .314. On the first day of spring training, 1915, in Macon, Georgia, Magee will step in a hole while shagging flies and break his collarbone. He’ll hit just .280 with 2 homers.

Jack Barry purchases the Worcester roller polo team. Roller polo is all the rage in New England, and large crowds turn out to see the games. Jack has much of his money tied up in business enterprises. (as noted by Norman Macht)

31st  Ban Johnson’s efforts to strengthen the New York Yankees succeed when he arranges the purchase of the team by Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston for $460,000 from Bill Devery and Frank Farrell. After Detroit owner Navin refuses to let Hughey Jennings go, the new Yankee owners will name longtime Detroit pitcher Wild Bill Donovan as manager. Donovan was recently manager of Providence (IL) and was rumored to be Jennings’ eventual successor in Detroit.

  • 1915

JANUARY

2nd  The Cardinals try to prevent OF Lee Magee, 25, from playing for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops. Like most such suits, it will fail. Magee will play and manage in the Federal League.

4th  Hans Lobert, “fastest man” in the NL, is traded by the Phils to the Giants for righthander Al Demaree, infielder Milt Stock, and C Bert Adams. The speedster will injure his knee in a preseason game at West Point.

5th  The FL sues organized baseball, claiming it to be an illegal trust and asking that it be dissolved and all contracts voided. The case is filed in U.S. court in Chicago, before Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He will stall his decision, and peace is declared at the end of the year. The league shifts players to beef up teams in key cities. Benny Kauff, the FL’s answer to Ty Cobb, is moved from Indianapolis to Brooklyn.

Thirteen years after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision effectively banned him from playing for the Athletics, Nap Lajoie (.258 last year) rejoins them. With Lajoie leaving Cleveland, the owner will ask several newspapermen for nickname suggestions to replace the Naps. He’ll pick the name “Indians”. A popular myth will be that a newspaper contest resulted in the winning nickname, after the late Lou Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian who was a popular Cleveland player in the late 1890s. The team doesn’t correct the myth until 2000.

9th  The National Commission declares University of Michigan senior George Sisler a free agent after a 2-year fight. The Pirates’ owner Barney Dreyfuss claimed rights to Sisler, who had signed a contract as a minor but never played pro ball. After graduating, Sisler will sign with the St. Louis Browns, managed by his former college coach, Branch Rickey.

24th  In a retreat from the FL competition, the Baltimore Orioles of the International League move to Richmond, VA. With the demise of the FL, the Orioles will return to Baltimore.

FEBRUARY

3rd  The AL bans the emery ball, a pitch introduced by Russ Ford in 1910.

4th The Yankees purchase Wally Pipp and OF Hugh High from the Detroit Tigers for a reported $5,000 each. Historian Lyle Spatz (Yankees Coming, Yankees Going) writes that this was the first of some promised funneling of ball players to the recently sold Yankee franchise. Pipp hit .161 in 12 games, but he’ll anchor first base in New York for a decade.

11th  The International League tries to put a team in the Bronx, but Giants president Hempstead objects.

Today’s issue of The Sporting News reports on Joe Jackson’s speaking tour (as noted by Bill Deane): “One thing Joe tells them is how he turned down $60,000 to play with the Feds for three years. ‘It looked like a lot of money,’ he said, ‘but there are things in this world to be regarded above money—keeping faith with your friends, for instance.’ All of which goes to show that you don’t have to know how to read and write to be a man of principle and conscience.”

16th  Home Run Baker, 28, announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He will sit out the 1915 season. Mack will also have salary problems with Chief Bender, Eddie Plank, and Jack Coombs, and rather than compete with the Federal League, he releases the stars.

18th  The Cardinals sell 22-year-old pitcher Pol Perritt to the Giants, where he will win 51 games between 1916-18. Veteran Bob Bescher will be added to this deal on March 25th, finally agreeing to report to the Cardinals on April 7 when the Cards meet his price. The still-speedy Bescher will steal 27 bases this season, but get caught 19 times.

March

13th In an infamous exhibition at Daytona Beach, Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson is set to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane flying at an altitude of 525 feet. Aviatrix Ruth Law supposedly forgets to bring a baseball aloft and instead drops a grapefruit that splatters all over Robbie. Outfielder Casey Stengel is the assumed culprit of the switch.

15th At the Giants training camp in Marlin, Texas pitcher Hank Ritter is diagnosed with typhoid fever. He will recover to go 2-1 this year. A number of players elect to receive the anti-typhoid serum.

19th At Daytona, Brooklyn beats up the world champion A’s, 18-7, doing most of the damage in the first 2 innings against Charles Voltz. Joe Schultz leads off the game with a triple and adds another in the 1st as Brooklyn scores 8. They add another 3 in the 2nd off Voltz.

20th The Braves break ground on Commonwealth Avenue and begin construction of Braves Field. Owner Gaffney wants a large enough park so that inside-the-park homers can be hit in 3 directions. The field will open on August 18th.

In a split-squad game in Texas, the Giants second squad edges the Waco Wonders, 6-5. Elmer Johnson’s bases loaded triple in the 2nd provides the margin, although the game goes down to the wire. The Waco Morning News observes, “Jack Johnson is not the only superstitious person connected with professional athletics. Two members of his race yesterday were thrown into a panic at Katy Park by defying one of the oldest superstitions in baseball. The negro trainer with the New York Giants and a bat boy gathered all the New York bats together and placed them in the bat bag during Waco’s half of the ninth inning thinking the game was nearly over. Now, it is an unwritten rule in baseball never to untie a shoe lace or give other signs of being through until the last ball is pitched, even if the score is absolutely safe. Some players take chances on the hoodoo and get their sweaters on in the ninth inning, but this is about as far as they dare proceed. When Waco started the fireworks in the ninth inning yesterday the negroes were well on their way to the hotel with all New York’s bats. They heard what was happening and made a sprint for the park, undoing the bag as they went. They not only opened the bag but put the bats back, all lined up just as they should have been. New York then won the game.” (as noted by Graham Womack)

21st A bad omen for the A’s. Louis Van Zelst, the mascot, bat boy and good luck charm for the Philadelphia Athletics, dies at the age of 20. The hump-backed Van Zelst, never in good health, worked for the Athletics for the past five seasons. He was called out of the stands by Connie Mack in 1909 and given a uniform. The A’s will lose 56 more games this year than last—a ML record– and go from first place to last.

25th At Daytona, the Brooklyns score 6 in the 8th to beat the Long Branch Cubans, 8-6.

26th Jack Coombs pitches 5 scoreless innings and the Brooklyn Nationals down the Long Branch Cubans, 6-2, in the final of the 4-game exhibition between the 2 teams. Brooklyn will next play the Yankees in a 4-game set to wrap up spring training.

28th At Daytona, the Yankees beat Brooklyn, 5-2, as the Brooks lose their star Jake Daubert, who twists his ankle on a slide into 2B in the 4th. He is carried off the field. He says it is the same ankle he injured in Boston last fall. Jake will recover to play 150 games and hit .301.

At Dallas, the Giants prevail, 10-0, over the locals, as Hans Lobert his three balls to the fence for a double, triple and homer. Larry Doyle hits one over the RF fence, the first person to do it.

APRIL

5th In the final match of a 3-game series against the Memphis Turtles (Southern Association), the Red Sox win 10–5 to sweep. Babe Ruth pitches the final 5 innings in relief. The Sox are traveling north from their spring training camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

7th Ensign Cottrell is reassigned for duty with the Yankees as the Boston Braves sell the lefty to New York.

10th The Federal League gets a jump on the AL and NL with four games today. Before 16,000 at Washington Park the Brookfeds whip the Buffalo Feds, 13-9 in a 3 hour affair. Benny Kauff breaks a 1-1 tie with a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Hugh Bedient, and the locals are never headed. With no player limit in the Federal League the two teams use an army of pinch runners, pinch hitters and pinch managers. Grover Land appears as a pinch runner, is substituted for and then appears as a pinch hitter later in the game. The umps don’t notice he is a repeater. The New York Times suggests, “If the Federal League teams don’t don’t cut down the number of players, each man will have to carry an identification card, with his photograph, for the benefit of the umpires.”

In his FL debut, Eddie Plank gives up 3 runs in the 8th as the Chicago Whales lose their opener to St. Louis, 3-1.

In the final of the city series in Philadelphia, the Phillies beat the A’s, 5–3, when Gavvy Cravath belts a 3-run homer off Bob Shawkey in the 8th. The series, which began in Jacksonville, ends at 3 wins apiece, and a tie.

In an exhibition game in Cincinnati, the Reds beat Babe Ruth and the Red Sox, 3–1. Boston will prevail tomorrow, 2–1.

The New York Giants drop their fifth exhibition to a minor league club, losing 4-3 to the Baltimores, now the Richmonds, at Richmond. McGraw’s men have previously lost once to Dallas, once to Beaumont, and twice to New Orleans.

14th  The A’s young Herb Pennock comes within one out of pitching the first Opening Day no-hitter. With two outs in the 9th Harry Hooper bounces a single over Pennock’s head for the Red Sox’ only hit in a 2–0 loss at Philley. Ernie Shore is the loser. The Sox like what they see in Pennock: on June 13th they will claim him on waivers for $1500 as Mack strips his team. Attending the game as a spectator is third baseman Home Run Baker, who has been a holdout all winter despite having signed a contract. Expected to reach a new agreement in a few days, Baker instead returns to Maryland and sits out the entire season to Mack’s disgust. Eddie Murphy takes 3B in place of Baker, the first time the outfielder has started a game in the infield.

With government offices closed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, many government workers, including President Woodrow Wilson, are among the 15,556 fans on hand for the Washington Opener against the Yankees. Wilson throws out the first ball and the rest is all Walter Johnson, who allows just two singles in the first 2 innings, and issues three walks, all to Andy High. High adds two steals. The Senators score 7 runs against the Yankees starter Jack Warhop to coast to a 7–0 win. Wilson stays the entire game.

Following New York mayor Mitchel’s throwing out the first ball, the Giants open the season with a trouncing of Wilbert Robinson’s Dodgers, 16–3. Larry Doyle is 5-for-5 and Fletcher has a 2nd-inning home run to deep right center field. Jeff Tesreau is the winner.

At Washington Park, the Brookfeds score 3 runs in the 9th to beat Newark, 8-7. Manager Lee Magee has 4 hits, including a double and triple. He steals home after the triple.

In Boston, Pete Alexander stops the world champion Braves, 3–0, as the Phillies beat Dick Rudolph. Bill James, the Braves other star from the World Series, is in California recovering from an illness incurred in Hawaii during the all-star world trip. James’ career is virtually over.

In the White Sox-Browns Opener, St. Louis reserve outfielder Ernie Walker swipes home in the bottom of the 11th inning to tie the score, but the Sox win in 13 innings, 7–6. Red Faber wins in relief of Jim Scott, while reliever Parson Perryman takes the loss. Bunny Brief homers for Chicago.

15th  Rube Marquard, who lost 22 games for the Giants in 1914, pitches a 2–0 no-hitter over Brooklyn in the Giants’ 2nd game of the season. The loser is Nap Rucker, who pitched a no-hitter in 1908. Rube faces just 30 batters, walking Stengel and Zack Wheat, while George Cutshaw reaches on an error.

With Red Faber on the mound, the White Sox roll over the Browns, 16–0, giving Faber his 2nd win in 2 days. Faber strikes out 10 and has 4 hits. Led by Eddie Collins, the Sox pull off a triple steal in the 1st inning. Collins walks 4 times.

With the game tied at 3–3 in the 9th, Tris Speaker draws a 2-out walk, goes to the 3rd on a hit-and-run by Lewis and then scores on a double steal. Boston beats the A’s, 5–3.

The Brookfeds score 10 runs in the 5th to beat Newark (FL), 17–6.

16th The Dodgers recover from yesterday’s loss to beat the Giants, 5–3.

17th Behind their ace Pete Alexander, the Phils drill the Giants, 7–1, their second successive victory by that score. Christy Mathewson lasts just 4 innings in taking the loss, as Gavvy Cravath deep sixes Big Six with a double and homer.

In his first game with the Browns, Hank Severeid hits his first ML home run, a 3-run blast off Hi Jasper, who had given up just one hit, to propel the Browns to a 4–3 win over the White Sox. Severeid played for the Reds from 1911-13.

In a 9–1 Yankee win over Philadelphia, the Yankees use a winning formula of 13 walks, 3 HBPs, 8 hits and 9 stolen bases to clobber the A’s. With young Jack Harper making his ML debut in the 9th, Fritz Maisel takes advantage of the rookie’s full windup to steal 2B, 3B and home in the frame. Maisel has 4 steals.

Dallas owner/president Joseph W. Gardner announces the arrival of the Texas League’s first infield tarp (as noted by David O. Barker). The new covering reportedly contains 2,300 square yards of canvas.

19th  In a 4-1 loss to the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals righthander Lee Meadows makes his NL debut and becomes the first player to wear glasses regularly on the field since P Will White in 1877. Later in the season, Carmen Hill will become the 2nd pitcher to do so.

Al Demaree shuts out Boston, 3–0, for his first victory for the Phils, who are now 4-0 on the season. They will not start a season 4-0 for the rest of this century.

20th  Reds president August Herrmann announces the completion of a trade of young catchers with the Cardinals whereby Cincinnati will receive Ivey Wingo for Mike Gonzalez and cash. The announcement succeeds the reality since Ivey got into his first Reds game on April 17 (Retrosheet has the trade on April 8).

22nd  Massachusetts’s governor Walsh is on hand for the Red Sox home opener and watches as Mayor James Curley tosses out the first ball. Ralph Comstock, in relief of Ernie Shore, is the winner, 7–6, for Boston over the A’s. The A’s newly acquired 2B Nap Lajoie makes 5 errors. He is the last of six second baseman to boot that many in one game.

The Phillies win their 6th in a row, beating the Braves, 8–4, with a five-run 8th inning. Pete Alexander picks up his 3rd victory.

The Pirates down the visiting Reds, 8-2, behind Babe Adams. Bill Hinchman hits a 7th inning inside-the-park homerun to the flag pole in CF, earning him (and all future Pirates hitting a homer at home) a 25-pound can of Radium fertilizer. Hinchman’s 5 homers this year will tie him for the team lead.

24th Frank Allen, Pittsburgh (FL) lefty, pitches a 2–0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Terriers. Allen will win 23 for Pittsburgh, who will finish 3rd just a half game back of the first-place Chicago Whales and the 2nd-place Terriers. The Terriers, in the race all the way, will outdraw the Cardinals and Browns.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers beat an aging Christy Mathewson, 7–5. It’s the 6th loss in a row for the Giants.

Herb Pennock pitches the A’s to a 6-3 win over the Red Sox. For the second time in his young career, Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter as Hick Cady bats for him.

The Phils lose their first game after eight straight victories, falling to Boston, 10–2. The Phils 8-0 start is the best in their history; they will not even start 4-0 in any season this century.

25th No New York teams are in action today as the temperature reaches 91, a record high for the day. But the hot first-place Newark Peppers (FL) play host to the BuffFeds, beating them 2–1.

Guy Morton pitches the Indians to a 3-1 win over the Tigers, stopping Detroit’s 8-game win streak.

26th  After scoring 7 runs in the 1st off Babe Adams, the Reds take a 10-1 lead on the Cubs in the 2nd, but Chicago goes ahead with an 8-run 6th inning, before the Reds respond in the 8th to win, 13-12.

27th Detroit edges St. Louis, 3-2, as eight double plays are pulled off by the two teams. Grover Lowdermilk walks 9 and hits a batter for St. Louis.

28th The Tigers trim the Browns, 12–3, scoring 10 runs in the 8th. Bill James walks 4 Tigers in the 3rd but, despite giving up a triple steal (Cobb, Crawford, and Leach), allows just one run in the inning. Cobb will steal home six times this season.

The New York Times announces the trade of Brooklyn star Zach Wheat to the Giants for P Pol Perritt and outfielders Jack Murray and Dave Robertson. However, it is a false alarm and the trade never takes place.

In the Reds 9-8 win over the visiting Cubs, Chicago’s Cy Williams hits “the longest ball ever” at Redlands Field, a triple in the 7th. The ball bounces off the RF bleachers wall. Wilbur Goode is 5-for-5 for Chicago as each team collects 16 hits.

Brooklyn cuts down its roster by selling pitcher Pat Ragan (1–0) to the Boston Braves, where he will win another 16 games this year. Brooklyn put Ragan on waivers with the intention of sending him to Newark, but Boston plucked him off. The rules state that once put on waivers a team cannot remove the player.

29th  Federal League star Benny Kauff jumps from the Brookfeds to the New York Giants. When Boston refuses to play if Kauff is in the Giants’ lineup, ump Ernie Quigley forfeits the game to New York. The two teams agree to play an exhibition game. The other ump, Mal Eason, telephones NL president John Tener, who declares Kauff ineligible until reinstated and orders Eason to forfeit the game to Boston. Meanwhile, the Braves win the 7-inning exhibition game, 13–8, as Hank Gowdy hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard. The next day Tener rules this to be an official game, and both forfeits are canceled. Kauff goes back to Brooklyn where he leads the FL at .342, and McGraw has to wait until next year to sign him.

30th  In his third appearance as a Brooklyn Robin, Jack Coombs pitches a complete game victory over the Phillies, winning, 2-1. Afflicted with typhoid fever in 1913, Coombs made just two appearances that year and two more in late 1914. He was released by Connie Mack and signed with Brooklyn.

MAY

1st In their second matchup of the season, Grover Cleveland Alexander again tops Christy Mathewson, as the Phils win, 4–2, over the Giants.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals trip the Reds, 9–5, St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins helps by pulling the hidden ball trick on Tommy Leach in the 7th inning. The out call is made by home plate ump Charlie Rigler since the base ump had his back to the play. An argument ensues between Rigler and Reds manager Buck Herzog, who pushes the ump and spikes his foot. Rigler reacts by hitting Herzog with his mask. Herzog will get a 5-day suspension for his actions.

3rd Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 4th inning as New York doubles the A’s, 8–4.

5th The Giants finally beat Alexander, nipping the Phillies ace, 4–2. It’s his first loss of the year.

6th  Red Sox P Babe Ruth clouts his first ML home run, off the Yankees Jack Warhop in the 3rd inning at New York’s Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the game in the 13th, 4–3, as the Sox make 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.

7th Behind Dutch Leonard, the Red Sox top the Yankees, 5-3. Harry Hooper has a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th and Roger Peckinpaugh solos in the bottom of the frame.

8th St. Louis sends 8 batters to the plate in one inning against the Tigers and bat 1.000, but the Browns come away with just 4 runs. Burt Shotton opens with a single, and a sacrifice and a steal puts him on 3B, where he scores on Del Pratt’s single. Dick Kauffman singles but Pratt is thrown out at 3B. Tilly Walker and Ernie Walker single scoring Kauffman; Doc Lavan and Sam Agnew single, with the Walkers scoring. Lavan is then picked off 2B to end the frame. The final however, is a 6-4 win for St. Louis.

The Yankees pound the Red Sox, 10–3, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yanks come to the plate in the frame.

      The New York Times headlines: “BALL GRABBERS, READ THIS. Guy Clarke Fined $3 for Taking Ball Hit Into Polo Grounds Bleachers. “It isn’t safe to try to get away with a ball when a home run is hit into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Yesterday in the ninth inning Peckinpaugh of the Yankees hit a home run into the left field bleachers and the ball was grabbed by Guy Clarke, a chauffeur, of 68 West Ninety-eighth Street, who tried to get away with the prize. Tom Kelly, one of the park policemen, tried to persuade Clarke to give it up but he refused, so he was arrested by a policeman who was summoned from outside of the park. In the Night Court, Magistrate Sims told Clark that he had no more right to take a baseball at the Polo Grounds than he had to take his (the magistrate’s) watch. James McIlravy of the park police stated to the court that between twenty-five and thirty balls were lost at the grounds each week.”

9th It is Nap Lajoie Day as the long-time hero returns to Cleveland in an A’s uniform. But Nap is hitless as Guy Morton tosses a 6–0 shutout against Philadelphia. For Morton, who started last year at 0-13, it is his third shutout of the year. He will win 16 games and post an ERA of 2.14.

First sacker Baby Doll Jacobson’s clumsy play on a grounder by Clyde Milan in the 4th inning results in a hit charged against pitcher Jean Dubuc, the lone hit as Detroit beats Walter Johnson and the Senators, 1-0. Sam Crawford has 3 hits against the Big Train but strikes out his 4th time up.

10th Despite a good move in the 2nd inning by the Cubs SS Bobby Fisher, Chicago loses to Pittsburgh, 10–7. Fisher picks off Doug Baird with the hidden ball trick.

11th Jim Kelly of the PittFeds hits the first pitch for a leadoff homer and the game’s only score. Buffalo’s Fred Anderson serves up the homer and takes the loss.

12th  White Sox righthander Red Faber throws just 67 pitches in beating Washington, 4–1, on 3 hits.

A’s part-time catcher Wally Schang nails an AL-record six would-be St. Louis base stealers in a 3–0 Browns victory. With Schang sidelined next month, three A’s catchers will again nail six against the White Sox on June 18th. The 6 caught stealing in a game is an AL record, tied in 1920 by Washington vs. the A’s.

At the Polo Grounds, veteran Christy Mathewson wins his first, topping the Reds, 6–5. Gene Dale is the loser. Matty surrenders a 3-run homer to Heinie Groh.

The New York Yankees top Cleveland 4–2, despite hitting into a triple play. Fritz Maisel lines a ball to Wood at 1B, who steps on the bag and fires to 2B.

13th In Chicago, when the Cubs take a 5-1 lead over the Pirates after 3 ½ innings the Bucs start stalling with two out (as noted by Retrosheet). With P George Pierce up, Pitt hurler Guy Cooper tosses his pitches so high that his catcher can barely reach them. After several pitches, manager Bresnahan signals Pierce to swing at anything, which he does. Pirate manager Fred Clarke comes out to argue and ump Byron ejects him. Cooper then fires at Pierce, who dodges the pitch and throws his bat at the pitcher. The ump calls ball four and ejects Pierce. Cubs pinch runner Hippo Vaughn then steals 2B and 3B and finally makes the 3rd out when he attempts slowly to steal home. Pirate Dan Costello is ejected for dilatory tactics despite the fact he isn’t in the game. Play is finally called with one out in the home 5th when the umpires wait the customary 30 minutes then call the game.

14th At Ebbets Field, the Cubs unleash a 23-hit attack to whip the Dodgers, 19-5. Chicago does most of its damage against rookie Ed Appleton, the last of three pitchers, connecting for 15 hits in 7+ innings. Cy Williams and Roger Bresnahan each have 4 RBIs and light-hitting Pete Knisely has 5 hits.

Ernie Koob of Kalamazoo College pitches his second no-hitter of the season, defeating Ypsilanti Normal College, 6-1.

The University of Chicago announces that its baseball team will start a five-month trip to Japan in August and will schedule a number of baseball games with Japanese university teams.

15th  Claude Hendrix pitches a 10–0 no-hitter for Chicago (FL) over Pittsburgh.

Pete Alexander strikes out 12 as the Phillies down the Cardinals, 11-2. Of the 35 batters Alex faces, he has 2-strike counts on all but 8 and two batters hit the ball before a strike is called.

Jimmy Walsh hits a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Happy Finneran, and Baltimore (FL) rolls to a 10-6 victory over Brooklyn.

16th In Cleveland, the Red Sox score 3 in the 14th off starter Guy Morton to win, 3–0. Morton throws 138 pitches, 105 for strikes, and allows 3 hits. Joe Wood pitches the first 11 innings for Boston.

17th Chicago’s Jim Scott throws a one hitter in beating the A’s, 6-2. Nap Lajoie’s scratch single is the only hit. The Sporting News (May 25) comments that “Jim Scott of the White Sox will get into the Hall of Fame someday.”

18th On Suffrage Day, 4,100 women buy tickets to see the Giants-Cubs game in New York, and the suffragettes announce they will pay five dollars to each player who scores a run. “Wildfire” is the only recipient, as Chicago pulls a first inning double steal with Frank Schulte on the front end. Heinie Zimmerman is on the rear. The one run stands up against Jeff Tesreau and Bert Humphries wins, 1–0, with each pitcher allowing three hits.

19th In St. Louis, Hooks Dauss is married in a morning double ring ceremony to Ollie Speake. Ollie’s sister Jessie is also married at the same ceremony. In the afternoon Hooks then pitches Detroit to a 7-1 win over the Browns.

In a 3-1 Tiger victory over the Yankees in Detroit, Ty Cobb is 1-for-1 but collects 4 stolen bases. He is walked 3 times. Detroit steals 9 times on Nunamaker.

In Philadelphia, Dan Griner of the Cardinals faces just 27 batters as he shuts out the Phils, 3-0. Two runners reach first on singles and each is erased on a DP.

21st The Red Sox and White Sox battle for 17 innings at Comiskey Park, before Chicago prevails, 3–2. Red Faber wins his 7th straight, beating Carl Mays, who takes over in the 8th.

22nd The White Sox top Boston again, knocking starter Babe Ruth out in the 2nd. Ruth allows 3 hits in the 1st, walks 3, tosses a wild pitch and throws a potential DP ball into CF. After he strikes out on 3 pitches from Joe Benz, the Babe gives up two singles in the 2nd and is lifted. Chicago wins, 11–3.

At Boston, the first-place Cubs edge the Braves, 5-4, behind Heinie Zimmerman, who has a single, double and home run.

23rd Kansas City (FL) beats Buffalo, 9-4, as Art Kruger hits a 4th inning grand slam off Al Schulz.

At Cleveland, Walter Johnson bests Guy Morton as the Nationals beat the Indians, 4-1. Johnson hits a 7th inning homer over the LF fence, the first time that feat has been accomplished. He belts a 9th inning drive to deep CF and then is thrown out at the plate trying for his second homer.

The White Sox beat the visiting Red Sox, 4-2, as Shano Collins drives in a pair of runs and SS Buck Weaver throws out two runners at the plate.

At Perth Amboy, NJ, the local Pacers give the Giants a terrific ball game, losing, 3-0, on three successive errors by their shortstop in the 9th. Pacer pitcher Cliff Randolph strikes out 12 Giants. New York’s Fred Merkle suffers a broken nose when he is hit by a thrown ball during a run down.

27th At the Polo Grounds, the Cards jump on Mathewson for 4 runs in the first inning. Matty stays till the 7th and the Giants tie the game at 5 runs apiece. The Cards push across the winning run in the 10th off Ralph Stroud.

      The Sporting News reports that the Cardinals are looking ahead to fill their shortstop position, “a job that has never been filled since Arnold Hauser got religion so strong that he had to be committed to a sanitarium”, and have purchased second-year minor leaguer Dick (sic) Hornsby. Hornsby will debut later this season.

28th At Boston, the NL pennant flag from last year is raised and the Phillies cooperate in the celebration by dropping a pair, losing 5-4 and 5-2. Lefty Tyler bests Pete Alexander in the opener. The losses allow the idle Cubs to tie for first place with Philadelphia, the first time they’ve not held sole possession of the lead this year.

29th Babe Ruth allows one hit through 8 innings but his Red Sox lose, 2-1, in the 9th when the A’s Harry Davis hits a 2-run pinch single off of Babe. Boston takes the 2nd game, 6-5.

The Cardinals and Pirates are scoreless in the first of 2 games when an hour-long rain delays the game after 5 innings. The umpires declare it a tie and start the 2nd game, which the Cards win 5-3 with a 5-run first.

31st  The Pirates score just one run in each game of a doubleheader, but it’s enough for a a.m./p.m. sweep of the first-place Cubs. Wilbur Cooper and Al Mamaux both toss 1–0 whitewashes. Jimmy Lavender loses the opener when he walks 3 in the 3rd and hits the 4th batter to force in a run. In the afternoon contest Larry Cheney allows 2 hits—both by Max Carey—but loses when Hinchman walks, goes to 2nd on an out and scores on a wild pitch.

Reb Russell is 1-1 on the day for the White Sox. He is knocked out in the a.m. game, a 4-3 loss to Detroit, but he comes back to win the afternoon game, 3-1. The combined attendance is 32,000.

Chinese University of Hawaii loses, 5-4, to Columbia in an errorless game.

Duncan of Union College strikes out 18 against CCNY to tie the college mark set last year by Hummer against Rutgers. Union wins 7-0.

JUNE

1st The Braves Pat Ragan gives up two hits, one a scratch, in subduing the Giants, 7–0. Mathewson goes 7 inning to take the loss. The Boston Globe reports that Matty has been suffering from a sore and swollen left shoulder.

Joe Wood goes 13 innings allowing 13 hits but the Boston Red Sox prevail over New York, 4-3.

Brooklyn’s Zack Wheat hits a 2-out, 2 strike homer in the 9th inning to tie the Phillies at 4 apiece. His infield single in the 11th then drives in the winning run.

Starting his 2nd game in a row, the Browns’ Bill James subdues the Indians, 2-1.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the traveling Red Sox stop the Yankees, 7–1. Today’s game is the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Sox. Ruth allows 5 hits and bangs his 2nd ML homer, a 3-run shot, again connecting off Jack Warhop. After his 2nd inning drive, the Babe is given two intentional walks. Ruth ends up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

In the 5th, Giants 2B Larry Doyle hits a long fly to RF off Braves P Bob Crutcher with the go-ahead run on 3B. Doyle crosses 1B and as the throw to the plate comes in, Doyle inexplicably catches the ball, and the runner is called out for interference. The games ends in a 10-inning, 5–5, tie.

4th  Tim Hurst, colorful umpire who was often in the center of controversy, dies at 49.

Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3–0 Detroit win, the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. According to Ty Cobb/ Charles Leerhsen, he preceded this by stealing 2B and 3B after singling. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s 2nd steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th, 1911).

5th  Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander loses his no-hitter, when the Cards’ Artie Butler punches a single with 2 outs in the 9th. Alex then fans Bob Bescher for the final out to win 3–0. He will pitch 3 more one-hitters this season.

7th  In a pitching duel at Boston, Smoky Joe Wood of the Red Sox bests White Sox ace Red Faber, 3–0 and knocks Chicago into 2nd place. Each pitcher allows 4 hits and strikes out 5. Bobby Wallace makes his umpiring debut. Wallace had been discarded by the Browns and refused an offer from the Cardinals, but he’ll tire of umpiring after the season ends and return to the Browns.

8th The Brookfeds come from behind to beat visiting Baltimore, 5-3, as Fred Smith hits a 2-strike pinch grand slam in the 8th inning into the CF bleachers. Bill Bailey takes the loss.

9th  The Phils move into first place, as Alexander flirts again with a no-hitter, holding the Cubs hitless until the 7th. The Phils win, 4–3, in the 11th, beating Larry Cheney. Alexander will be 31–10 and lead the NL with a 1.55 ERA, 36 CG, 376 IP, 241 strikeouts, and 12 shutouts.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals collect 7 runs in the 7th inning as they hold off the Giants to win, 11–10. It is not the only loss: Owen Wilson has his wallet and $700 stolen from the clubhouse during the game. The trainer reports that he had fallen asleep there and when he awoke he saw a stranger who said he was getting a drink of water.

The 2nd-place Tigers paste the Red Sox, 15–0. With lefty Ray Collins on the mound in the 3rd, Ty Cobb swipes home, one of his 3 steals on the day. His steal attempt in the first inning cuts up SS Ev Scott, forcing him to retire. The Tigers manage 17 hits, including 4 by Veach. Dauss, with 6 IP, is the winner.

At New York, the White Sox pound the Yankees, 13–0, as Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 hits. Braggo Roth leads the attack with a homer, triple and single.

10th  The visiting Giants fall to the Cardinals, 13-2. Bob Bescher, who played for the Giants last year, hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Ferdie Schupp for the Redbirds.

Former Yankee manager Harry Wolverton, now managing the San Francisco Seals (PCL), is run over by his own car while he is cranking the engine and he is dragged more than 200 feet. Wolverton suffers a broken collar bone and fractured ribs, but manages the team from his hospital bed by telephone and telegraph. He returns to the team to take them to the pennant.

11th  The Reds finally beat the Robins, 1–0, in 15 innings as Rube Benton strikes out 14 and pitches a complete game shutout. Tommy Griffith’s double drives in Herzog with the winning run. Appleton takes the CG loss. Yesterday, the two teams battled to a 2–2 tie in 14 innings.

The Yankees finally beat the White Sox, winning 10-9. Yankees P Ray Caldwell hits a pinch homer for his 2nd pinch four bagger in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow Caldwell will hit another, but he is on the mound in that game.

Giants catcher Larry McLean, suspended by McGraw for 10 days, goes on rampage at Buckingham Hotel in St. Louis and picks a fight with McGraw and scout Dick Kinsella. McLean accuses Kinsella of inducing McGraw to suspend him and all three tussle with the burly catcher assisted by six rough companions. Kinsella smashes a chair over McLean’s head and the catcher runs out of the hotel and hops in a passing automobile. McGraw banishes the catcher saying he’ll never play for Giants again. Mathewson (2-4), unperturbed, beats the Cards in the afternoon, 3-2. McLean will be shipped to the Cards, from whence he came, on August 6th for Doc Crandall.

12th The Yankees stop the visiting Browns, 9–5, as Ray Caldwell helps his own cause with a 3-run homer, his 3rd homer in 3 days.

In a 7-6 loss to the Athletics, Detroit’s Ty Cobb swipes 4 bases for the second time this season.

At the West Side Grounds, the Phillies embarrass the Cubs, 13-0, behind Erskine Mayer’s 2-hitter. Beals Becker has a double and 3-run homer to collect 6 RBIs.

Weldon Wykoff allows 2 runs, one earned, in 10 innings of relief as the A’s edge the Tigers, 7-6. Cobb has four steals for the Tigers, giving him 38 on the year.

13th Whoops. Connie Mack waives Herb Pennock, his Opening Day pitcher, to the Red Sox for $1,500. Mack states that Pennock will probably become a good pitcher, but that the A’s have several pitchers joining the team who will help immediately. It’s doubtful, since the A’s will set the ML mark for most walks in a season (827). They will finish last this year and the next 7 years as well.

15th In the Tigers 2–1 win over the A’s, Cobb leads an apparent successful triple steal, but Young pops a bunt in the air and Cobb is doubled off 3B.

On Bunker Hill Day in Boston, the Browns manage just 4 hits and one run off Babe Ruth in six innings. Ruth strikes out 10 before collapsing in the 7th. Carl Mays relieves with one out and the Red Sox emerge with an 11–10 win, Ruth the victor. The Sox are now tied for 2nd with the Tigers.

Fritz Maisel has 4 singles and 6 RBIs as the Yankees beat the visiting Browns, 9-4.

Dixie McArthur, pitching for Grand Rapids (Central League) pitches and wins a doubleheader against Wheeling, WV.

16th The Giants score 2 runs in the 12th to beat the Reds. Ralph Stroud takes the victory.

17th  George “Zip” Zabel comes out of the Cubs bullpen with 2 outs in the first and winds up with a nineteen-inning 4–3 win over Brooklyn, the longest relief job ever. Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer scatters 15 hits as he labors 18 1/3 innings, only to lose on an errant throw by 2B George Cutshaw.

18th  Ty Cobb collects 3 stolen bases against Washington, all with a wild Joe Boehling on the mound. Boehling allows 7 walks and 10 hits in 7 innings while striking out 7. Bull Henry is the starting catcher, but he leaves in the first inning with a spike wound from Cobb on the front end of a triple steal. Buff Williams, his replacement, makes 2 errors (one paper has 3). The triple steal and two double steals—all involving Cobb—make the difference in the 5–3 Detroit win.

Jack Quinn, in his only 20-game season, coasts to a 17-10 win as the Orioles (FL) score 10 runs in the 5th against the visiting KC Packers.

In an 11–4 Chicago win, the White Sox try to steal 11 times against three A’s catchers, but are successful on just 5. The six runners caught stealing ties the AL record set last month, and the ML record set in 1909. Happy Felsch slams a 4th inning grand slam over the right center field fence to hand an exit pass to Bullet Joe Bush. It is the only four-run homer hit in the AL this year. Good-hitting pitcher Red Faber is walked four times, setting a since-tied AL record (Chuck Stobbs). The NL record is 3.

The Chicago Whales (FL) beat Buffalo, 8–0. Percy Dalton has the only hit, a solid single in the 8th.

Charley “Victory” Faust, 34, dies of pulmonary tuberculosis while confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane in Washington State. Faust was the “good luck charm” of the pennant winning Giants’ teams.

20th  In a 13-inning 4-3 win over the Phillies, Honus Wagner cracks his 100th ML homer. He is the first to reach that number. Wagner, who hit his first homer in 1897 for Louisville, now has 3131 hits, according to the Boston Globe.

Pittsburgh and Newark (FL) trade shutouts. Newark’s Clint Rogge throws a one-hitter to win, 2–0, and then the Pittfeds win, 3–0.

At Cleveland, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Indians, winning, 7-1 and 3-0. Joe Benz takes the opener as he gets support from Eddie Collins with 3 hits, Jack Fournier with 4 hits, including a pair of triples, and Buck Weaver with 2 triples. Jim Scott pitches a shutout in game 2 for his 9th straight win.

21st With the help of a 1st-inning grand slam by Guy Zinn, off Mike Prendergast, the Terrapins beat the ChiFeds, 7-2.

22nd Pete Alexander allows 2 hits in the 1st inning and none in the next 8 innings, but the matchup with the Giants’ Rube Marquard ends in a 1–1 tie.

Jimmy Smith puts the icing on the cake with a 9th inning grand slam, off Tom Vereker, as the ChiFeds beat the Terrapins, 11-4. It is Smith’s second homer of the game as he drives in 6 runs.

23rd  For the 5th time this month, and 6th time this year, Ty Cobb steals home, doing it in a 4–2 Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb scores when Sam Crawford hits back to Browns P Grover Lowdermilk, who somersaults after catching the grounder and sits on the mound holding the ball. Cobb goes from 2B to 3B, then scores from 3B on the play.

Philadelphia Athletics lefty Bruno Haas makes his debut against New York a memorable one as he walks a ML record 16 batters, and throws 3 wild pitches. He goes all the way in a 15–7 loss, his only ML decision. Haas breaks the record of 15 walks, set by Boardwalk Brown, before he was sold by the A’s to the Yankees. Haas will pitch in just five more games before ending up in the NFL in 6 years as a halfback for Akron.

At Washington, Walter Johnson fires a one-hitter to beat the Red Sox, 5–0. Harry Hooper has the only hit for Boston. In 1924, Hooper will again have the lone hit in another Johnson game. Chick Gandil is 4-for-4 with 4 stolen bases for the Nats.

24th With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Heinie Zimmerman swipes home to give Chicago a 14–13 win over the visiting Cardinals. St. Louis went ahead 13–10 but the Cubs score 4 in the 9th, highlighted by a 2-run pinch double by Zimmerman.

At Kansas City, the Packers (FL) pull off a 10th inning triple play against the Buffalo Blues, but the Blues score their next time out to win, 3-2. It is the first ML triple play in extra innings in the 20th century.

In the Red Sox 12-4 win over Washington, Harry Hooper scores 5 runs. Hooper has 3 hits and drives in 4.

25th In Boston, Ruth blast his 3rd homer of the year, off New York’s Ray Caldwell, and is the 2nd player to hit a ball into the RF seats at Fenway. Ruth strikes out 8 in pitching a complete game, 9–5, win, and adds a single off reliever Bill Donovan, Yankee skipper and his former manager.

26th Phillie ace Pete Alexander continues his masterful pitching, topping Brooklyn’s Jack Coombs, 4–0. Zack Wheat’s 8th-inning single is the only Dodger safety as no other runners reach base.

27th A 22-inning scoreless game takes place between Burlington and Keokuk (Iowa).

28th  The Giants sweep two from the Braves, winning 3–2 and 5–3. Mathewson wins the opener, pitching 11 innings to beat Pat Ragan. Art Fletcher scores the wining run in the 11th on an error. Matty allows six hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th by Sherry Magee. Jeff Tesreau is the winner in the nitecap.

Recent University of Michigan graduate George Sisler makes his ML debut as a pinch hitter. Sisler stays on to pitch the last 3 innings, giving up no runs, in the Browns 4–2 loss to the White Sox.

The Yankees purchase 24-year-old pitcher Bob Shawkey (6-6) from the last-place A’s. Shawkey will pitch 13 seasons or the Yanks, reaching the 20-game mark four times.

29th Led by Tris Speaker’s 5-for-5, the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 4–3, in 10 innings. Babe Ruth gets the win, going all the way before Sheriff Gainer pinch hits for him in the 10th.

In the 7th inning of game 1, Cards LF Cozy Dolan’s single hits his own glove in the grass behind third. Buc LF Max Carey hustles in and throws Dolan out trying for a double. (as noted by Clem Comly). Pittsburgh wins the opener, 8–6, and the Cards rebound in the nitcap, 6–4.

JULY

1st Pittsburgh (FL) drops game 1, 6–0, at Baltimore, then scores in every inning of the nitecap to win, 13–5 (as noted by Dave Vincent). This is the first game since 1894 that this has happened.

2nd  The last place A’s continue to dismantle, selling Jack Barry, part of the “$100,000 infield,” for $8,000 to Boston (one report has the figure at $10,000). The Yankees, Red Sox, and White Sox all wanted him, but Barry prefers to play near his home, so Mack sold him to Boston, where he will play second base. He’ll not play shortstop again.

For the first time since the 1911 World Series, Jack Coombs pitches against Christy Mathewson. Now with the Dodgers, Coombs wins the duel, shutting out the Giants, 3–0. Two singles and a Zack Wheat triple in the 8th is the difference.

3rd  The Browns beat the Indians, 3–1, behind George Sisler. Sisler walks 9 and strikes out the same number in pitching a complete game victory. He allows 7 hits. Cleveland comes back in game 2 of the doubleheader to win, 5-1.

New York and Washington split a pair. Washington wins the opener, 8-7 in 11 innings on George McBride’s homerun. Roger Peckinpaugh had tied the game with a homer in the 9th. Pipp and Boone also homer for New York. Walter Johnson pitches a scoreless 11th inning to run his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 20, but in game 2 he gives up 2 runs in the first inning. New York goes on to win, 4-1.

Jimmy Walsh of Baltimore hits his second grand slam of the year, connecting off Gene Krapp in the 1st, but Buffalo wins over the Terrapins, 9-6.

The Red Sox split with the A’s, losing the first game 7–3, before taking the nitecap, 11–0. Jack Barry makes his first appearance for the Sox, playing the final two innings against his old mates.

4th   Led by Al Shaw who hits three triples, Kansas City (FL) beats St. Louis, 14-5. Shaw adds a single s he drives in 7 runs.

With only four NL teams playing this Sunday, the Reds take a pair from St, Louis at Redland Field. Gene Dale pitches a shutout to win the opener, 1-0. He drives in the only run. The Reds prevail 3-2 in game 2, called after 7 innings because of darkness.

5th  The Senators are shut out twice today against the Red Sox. Rube Foster wins the opener, 5–0, then Babe Ruth follows with a 6–0 win. Ruth scores two runs and hits his first triple. The Sox will sweep two more doubleheaders in the next two days with the Nationals to edge ahead of the White Sox for 1st place.

The Reds sweep two from the Cubs, winning 8–5 and 12–7. Red Ames wins the nitecap with the help of Heinie Groh, who has 5 hits including the cycle, off Jimmy Lavender. Pete Schneider tops Zip Zabel in the opener.

At the Polo Grounds, Phils ace Grover Cleveland Alexander fires a one-hitter to win, 2–0. The only baserunner for the Giants is Fred Merkle, who doubles off Pete in the second inning. It is Alexander’s second one-hitter in 10 days.

In the North Carolina State League, Durham and Raleigh play a home and home doubleheader (as noted by Art Schott). Raleigh wins the first game, 3–2 in 14 innings over visiting Durham. The two clubs then journey 40 miles to Durham for game 2, which ends 2–2 after 21 innings. The two teams make 206 putouts in 376 minutes of play.

7th The Phillies split with the Giants, losing the opener to Mathewson, 5–4, and winning the nitecap, 1–0, behind former Giant Al Demaree.

After Brooklyn wins the opener, 4–3, over Boston, the two teams battle to a scoreless 16-inning tie. Phil Douglas shuffles all the way for the Robins.

The A’s continue to dismantle, shipping frontline pitcher Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000.

8th  The Pirates make just 2 assists, both by 2B Jim Viox, in a 9-inning game against the Phils to tie a record set by the Giants August 9, 1906. On July 22, 1906, the Cincinnati Reds had no assists in a 7-inning game versus the Phils. Pittsburgh does fine without the assists, winning 2-0.

9th In Detroit, Babe Ruth lasts a third of a inning and allows 4 runs as Detroit pounds the Red Sox, 15–4.

For the second time in a month, a team makes a triple steal and two double steals as the White Sox run on Washington to win, 5–1. Shano Collins, with Schalk on 1B, leads a double steal in the first, then following a walk leads a triple steal. Felsch and Blackburne pull of the other double steal.

11th In the opener of two in Chicago, the Whales send Kansas City packing winning, 7-2. Dutch Zwilling leads the way with 6 RBIs to back Three Fingered Brown’s pitching. Gene Packard (11-4) pitches the Packers to a 4-3 win in game 2.

12th At the Polo Grounds, Cincinnati’s Gene Dale pitches an 8-hit shutout to beat the Giants, 6–0. Mathewson takes the loss.

13th Pete Alexander wins his 9th in a row for the Phils, shutting out the visiting Cardinals, 8–0. He strikes out 3 as he goes to 17-3.

In Cleveland, the Red Sox split, winning 7–3 behind Babe Ruth, then losing the nitecap, 6–5.

14th  Unbreakable record! White Sox pitcher Red Faber steals 3 bases in the 4th inning against the A’s on no pitches. With the White Sox leading, 4–2, in the 4th and rain threatening, the A’s try to delay the game. Joe Bush purposely hits Faber with a pitch, and Faber, trying to speed up the game, tries to get thrown out by stealing. Little effort is made to retire him, and he scores Chicago’s 5th run. His “steal” of home turns out to be the winning run, as rain never materializes, and Chicago wins, 6–4.

At League Park, the Indians and Red Sox play their second straight doubleheader, with the same split results. Cleveland score 3 runs in the first against Smoky Joe Wood and hang on for a 3-2 victory. It is Wood’s first loss after 9 straight wins. Ray Collins allows 2 hits in the second game as Boston wins, 7-1. Harry Hooper adds the coup de gras with a 2-run homer in the 9th.

15th  In the first game of a doubleheader with Washington, Brownie rookie George Sisler goes all the way allowing 6 hits in winning, 5–2. St. Louis takes the second game, 4-3.

Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker (4-3) wins his 4th straight, shutting out the Pirates, 3-0. Rucker will retire next season with 28 percent of his wins coming in shutouts, the second highest percentage (to Ed Walsh) in ML history. Hi Myers has a double today to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 23. Brooklyn is now tied for second place in the NL with the Cubs, both a game out of first place.

16th Flashing his old form, Christy Mathewson pitches a 5-hit shutout over the Cubs to win, 2–0. He walks none in beating George Zabel.

17th  The Cubs end Pete Alexander’s 9-game win streak, 4–0. Chicago and Philadelphia are now deadlocked for the NL lead, with Brooklyn right behind. In the AL, the White Sox spend their last day on top. The Tigers will challenge Boston down the stretch.

In Chicago, the Red Sox top the White Sox, 6–2, to move back into 1st place. Boston will win 4 out of 5 in the series with their rivals.

In the first of two games, Pol Perritt follows two Rubes by pitching a scoreless 16th inning as the Giants edge the Cardinals, 5-4. Marquard pitches the first 8 innings, allowing 4 runs, and Schauer pitches 7 scoreless frames. Perritt gets his second win of the day in game 2 by scattering 8 hits in a 2-0 shutout.

The Brooklyn Robins claim Ivy Olsen off waivers from the Reds. He will play the next nine seasons for the Robins. He also joins Casey Stengel, five years his junior, but a fellow grammar school student in Kansas City.

19th  The Nationals come out running, stealing a ML record 8 bases (tied in the NL in 1919) against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning. Sore-armed catcher Steve O’Neill is the victim of 3 SBs by Danny Moeller including 2B, 3B and home, 2 each by Clyde Milan and Ed Ainsmith, and one by George McBride in the 11–4 Washington win. Walter Johnson (15-8) allows just two hits in 6 innings before taking the afternoon off. Reliever Nick Altrock gives up the Cleveland scores.

21st The Phils stop the Cubs, 1–0, in a rain-shortened game in Philley. Pete Alexander gets the victory.

Babe Ruth pitches and bats the Red Sox to a 4–2 win over the host St. Louis Browns. Ruth is 4-for-4 with a tremendous homer and two doubles, and knocks in 3 runs. He scatters 5 hits with the two St. Louis runs coming on Heinie Wagner errors.

22nd  At St. Louis, the Red Sox use 3 pitchers in subduing the Browns 7–3. With the Red Sox ahead, Carl Mays takes over in the 2nd with 2 outs and pitches through the 8th to earn the win. Browns rookie George Sisler pitches in the 9th inning, allowing a hit to Red Sox reliever Smoky Joe Wood.

Jack Ness of Oakland (Pacific Coast League) has his 49-game hitting streak stopped by veteran Art Fromme. Ness, now hitting .387, bats .440 in the longest streak thus far in organized baseball, topping Cobb’s streak of 40 games of 1911, and long since breaking Chester Radbourne’s PCL record of 29 games.

23rd  In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, Pittsburgh’s Doc Johnston clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd, off Mathewson, to lead the Pirates to a 6–1 win. The Bucs take the nitecap as well, 4–3.

San Francisco (PCL) rookie sensation Harry Heilmann raises his batting average to .364 with 3 hits in a 14-2 loss to LA. It is Heilmann’s last game this season; he collapses while riding in a parade.

24th In the 9th inning of game 2 of a twinbill with Cleveland, the A’s Nap Lajoie lines into a 5-4-3 triple play against Sam Jones to end the game. The Indians sweep, 4-3 and 12-4.

After a poor start Red Ames is sold by the Reds to the Cardinals. Ames will find his stuff in St. Louis, going 9-3 with a 2.46 ERA.

25th In the first of 2 games, the Browns cuff Red Sox starter Babe Ruth for 4 unearned runs in the 3rd, and the young lefty is relieved by Carl Mays. Boston ties the score 4–4 in the 4th, but the Browns eventually win, 9–8. In the nitecap, a 1–1 tie, George Sisler pitches the last 2 innings for the Browns.

26th Honus Wagner drives in both runs to beat Christy Mathewson, 2–1. The Pirates lose the nitecap when the Giants Jeff Tesreau tosses a 5-hitter to win, 3–0.

27th The Senators score the games only run in the 1st when Clyde Milan swipes home against Cleveland pitcher Rip Hagerman. Hagerman allows just two hits in a losing effort, while Washington pitcher Bert Gallia gives up just one safety. Terry Turner has the only hit for Cleveland, the third time in his career it has happened.

Al Scheer is 4-for-4 with a homer and 2 doubles to drive in 6 Peppers as Newark wins, 11-3, over the FL Terriers.

29th  At 41, Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player in this century to hit a grand slam when he connects in Pittsburgh in the drizzling rain. It is inside-the-park against Jeff Pfeffer of Brooklyn in an 8–2 win. The record will stand until Tony Perez hits a grand slam on May 13, 1985, one day short of his 43rd birthday, although Wagner will co-hold the ML record (with Tommy Leach) of hitting four inside-the-park grand slams. Pfeffer is also caught off 1B when RF Hinchman nabs a Myer’s line drive and makes an unassisted DP.

Walter Johnson wins his own game with a 10th inning drive to deep CF with a man on and 2 out to beat Cleveland, 2–1. Johnson struck out his first 3 times up.

Ernie Koob of Kalamazoo College pitches the Browns to a 5–1 win over the A’s.

In Kansas City, Brookfed pitcher Dan Marion fires a 4–0 shutout. KC’s George Stovall and Lee Magee watch from the stands after their altercation with umpire Corcoran. The run-in will also cause the postponement Saturday of “George Stovall Day” celebrations.

Boston NL pitcher Pat Ragan wins 2 games today, beating the Reds, twice, 10–5 and 7–6. In game 1 he is lifted after 4 innings with a lead, but is given credit for the victory. He goes the distance in the 2nd game.

30th The once-contending Cubs end their 8-game losing streak by beating the Giants in game 2, 4-0 to even their record at 44-44. The visiting Giants win game 1 by a 3-2 margin.

31st  At West Side Park, the Cubs split their 2nd doubleheader in a row with the Giants. Cy Williams belts a 3-run homer in the 4th to chase Christy Mathewson, and Chicago wins, 7–3. New York takes the nitecap, 9–2, scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning.

Dave Davenport of St. Louis (FL) splits a pair of 1–0 games in a doubleheader with Buffalo, winning the first and losing the 2nd. He gives up just 5 hits all afternoon, and just one in his losing effort, and becomes the only pitcher to be involved in two 1–0 decisions in one day.

AUGUST

1st The Cubs beat the Phillies, 2–1, when OF Possum Whited misses a shoestring catch on a line drive by Heinie Zimmerman, Zim circles the bases for a homer to beat Alexander.

2nd On the 8th anniversary of Walter Johnson’s debut, the Big Train tops the Browns, 5–1. The losing pitcher is George Sisler, who has a single off Johnson.

4th On a cold and damp day in St. Louis, the Giants sweep the Cardinals. In the opener, New York pounds Red Ames and Mathewson coasts to a 10–0 lead after 6 innings, but the Cards come back to make it close, losing 11–9. Jeff Tesreau saves Matty’s 6th win of the year. New York takes the nitecap, 7–0.

5th Against Pittsburgh, the Phillies lose, 1–0, when Quaker backstop Bill Killefer throws wildly past 3B with the sacks full in the 9th. Pete Alexander is saddled with the loss while Adams takes the win.

(Adam) Rankin Johnson allows just one hit, but it drives in the lone run as the St. Louis Feds lose to Baltimore, 1–0. Eddie Plank is the winner.

7th  At Fenway, Smoky Joe Wood fires a one-hitter in the opener, beating Cleveland, 2–0. Bill Wambsganss single is the only Cleveland hit. For Wood, it is his 5th one-hitter, and the 3rd over regulation distance. Leonard is the 6-2 winner in game 2.

In Chicago, the White Sox top the Senators 6–2. Relieving for the losing pitcher Jim Shaw is future Hall of Famer Sam Rice, who will pitch only 8 more times before going to the outfield for two decades. Playing RF in the game for Washington is Walter Johnson, filling in for the injured Danny Moeller. Johnson goes 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.

In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, the Browns top the Yankees, 6-1, as Jimmy Austin leads the way with 5 hits, including a triple and homer. In game 2, a future Hall of Famer takes a turn on the mound, as George Sisler pitches to two Yankees in the 6th inning, hitting one and walking the other. The game is called at the end of 10 innings with the score tied 4–4.

For the 2nd time in six weeks, Pirate hurler Al Mamaux combines to throw a doubleheader shutout. This time his partner is Bob Harmon, as Mamaux stops the Phils 6–0 and Harmon follows with a 9–0 win.

At Redland Field, New York’s Christy Mathewson pitches a 5-hitter to beat Pete Schneider and the Reds, 5–4.

Ham Hyatt hits a 3-run homer in the 1st off Wheezer Dell, and the Cardinals ride it to a 6-4 win over the Dodgers. As Brooklyn’s rookie Ed Appleton steps to the mound, St. Louis manager Miller Huggins, coaching at 3B, calls for the ball. The rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, and the ball rolls by as the Cardinal runner scores. A change in the rules will prevent such trickery in the future.

8th  Phils OF Gavvy Cravath drives home a club-record-tying (Bransfield, 1910) 8 runs on 4 doubles as Philadelphia wins 14–7 in Cincinnati. Two of Gavvy’s doubles come with the bases loaded, tying a ML record, and the only time this century that someone has doubled with the sacks full twice in a game. The other players with two 3-run doubles in a regulation game are: Bob Gilks, 1890; Harry Davis, 1896; Klondike Douglas, 1898. Alexander coasts home to the win.

Hank O’Day, who managed the Cubs in 1914, returns to umpiring.

9th  George Cutshaw goes 6–for–6, all singles to lead Brooklyn to a 13–0 pasting of the Cubs. He’s the first player (Ginger Beaumont, July 22, 1899) in 14 years to collect 6 hits in a game. Giving up the hits are George Pierce and Pete Standridge, the latter being pounded for 15 hits in 4 innings. Big Ed Pfeffer twirls a 2-hitter.

In a 6-3 win over the PittFeds, Buffalo’s Hal Chase hits a grand slam, connecting in the 8th off Elmer Knetzler. Chase will hit 17 roundtrippers this year, his only season in double figures.

10th In Washington, Detroit 3B Ossie Vitt is hit by a Walter Johnson fastball and, after being knocked out for 5 minutes, leaves the game with a concussion. A rattled Johnson then allows 4 runs in the first inning, two runs on a 2-run homer by George Burns, and another 4 through the 6th inning to lose (he will be 17–2 at home this year). Ty Cobb, observing Johnson’s fear of hitting a batter, will begin crowd the plate on the Washington ace from here on. Cobb will average .435 for the rest of his career against Walter, after topping .222 only once in the previous 8 years.

Babe Ruth is 2-for-4 while pitching the Red Sox to 10–3 win over the Browns in the 2nd of two. Ruth strikes out 7 in winning his 10th.

12th At Forbes Field, young Al Mamaux yields just 3 hits in beating Giants starter Jeff Tesreau, 3–0.

13th Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 20th, 5–3, as the Phillies beat Boston’s Dick Rudolph.

14th In the first matchup of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, the Babe comes away the winner, 4–3. He also goes 2-for-3 and scores a Boston run in the come from behind victory. Ruth is hitting .370, 2nd in the AL behind Cobb.

15th The Browns George Sisler pitches a complete game against the Indians, losing 1–0 to Guy Morton. Morton strikes out 11, including the side in the 9th inning.

16th  At Boston, Smoky Joe Wood fires a 1–0 shutout over Washington. The Nationals have lost all 11 games at Fenway this year.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Tiger rookie Bernie Boland no hits Cleveland through 26 batters before PH Ben Paschal singles, his first and only hit of the year. Boland wins, 3–1. Detroit takes the opener, 6-2.

Miles Main of Kansas City (FL) pitches a 5–0 no-hitter versus Buffalo. A leadoff grounder in the 3rd inning by Walter Blair that goes for a hit is changed to an error on KC shortstop Johnny Rawlings after the game to give Main the no-hitter. KC manager George Stovall prevails upon the scorer to change the call, and Buffalo manager Harry Lord offers no objection. One Buffalo newspaper disagrees and carries the game as a one-hitter.

17th  Lefty Rube Benton pitches a 3–2 win for Pittsburgh over Chicago, but both the Cubs and Giants protest the win, claiming Rube belongs to New York. A week later, NL directors agree with them, and the game is scheduled for replay in September. The Reds had put the hard-living Benton (6-13) in waivers in early August where he had been claimed by New York for $3,000. The Pirates jumped in with an offer of $4,000 and the Reds accepted it. But the NL upholds his purchase by the Giants from the Reds.

Jack Coombs bests Mathewson again as the Dodgers top New York, 3–2.

18th  The new Braves Field opens in Boston. An estimated 46,500 jam the park to see the Braves and Dick Rudolph beat the Cards, 3–1.

Good job. Wilbur Good becomes the only Cub ever to steal 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning. He does it in the 6th frame of a 9–0 beating of Brooklyn.

      Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, sponsors the first National High School baseball tournament. It is an instant success and will continue every August (except during WW II) to the present. It will often be called the Koshien Tournament, after the stadium near Osaka where the games will be played starting in 1924.

The Browns send pitchers Bill James and Grover Lowdermilk to the Tigers for 1B Babe Doll Jacobson.

19th Red Faber pitches the White Sox to a 2–1 win over the Red Sox, beating Rube Foster. With the Tigers’ win over the A’s, Boston and Detroit are virtually tied for 1st.

20th  The White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleveland in exchange for OF Braggo Roth, OF Larry Chappell, P Ed Klepfer, $31,500 and a player to be named later (February 14, 1916). Roth will lead the AL in homers this year with 7.

The Giants purchase the contract of George “High Pockets” Kelly from Victoria for $1200. Kelly is the nephew of Bill Lange, 1890s star of the Chicago Nationals.

21st Babe Ruth pitches Boston to a 4–1 win over the Browns. At bat, the Babe is hitless.

The Chicago White Sox trade Braggo Roth, Ed Klepfer, $31,500 and a player to be named later (Larry Chappell will be the player, sent on February 14, 1916) to Cleveland for Shoeless Joe Jackson. Roth will slug four homers for Cleveland to give him a total of seven, enough to edge Rube Oldring for the American League homerun title. Roth is the first man in the American League, and the first player since Bill Joyce in 1896, to win a home run title while playing for more than one team. All 7 of his homers will come on the road.

22nd  In the 2nd inning of game one of a doubleheader versus Detroit, the crowd sees the Senators score a run with no times at bat, the only time its ever happened. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk; Buff Williams sacrifices, and George McBride hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gandil, and the Tigers catch Acosta off 2B when OF Bobby Veach throws to Ossie Vitt. Washington’s Walter Johnson goes on to win, 8–1, and snap the Tigers’ 9-game win streak.

At St. Louis, the Red Sox take two from the Browns, winning 6-1 behind Rube Foster (16-5), and 5-3 with Dutch Leonard on the hill. Leonard strikes out 14.

In the Federal League, Newark takes 2 from Pittsburgh, winning, 2–1 and 3–1, both wins coming on 10th inning inside-the-park homers by Edd Roush. Newark leads by one percentage point over Kansas City, with Pittsburgh 3rd and Chicago 4th, only 1 1⁄2 games separating the teams. The race is so close by season’s end Newark will be 5th, six games out. Chicago will win it by one game with 86-66 to St. Louis 87-67 and Pittsburgh’s 86-67. There will be nine 20-game winners, led by George McConnell’s 25-10 for the Whales, the only year McConnell wins more than 8 games.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals sweep two from the Giants, winning 5–4 and 4–3, with reliever Hub Perdue picking up both victories. New York is in 7th place, 8 ½ games in back of the leading Phillies.

24th  The Browns bring George Sisler in to pitch 5 innings of relief. Sisler gives up one run and earns the win, a 10–7 victory over the A’s Rube Bressler.

25th Following a 5-3 win in game 1, the Giants start Rube Benton in game 2 against the Pirates, and the former Red is peppered for 12 hits in 4 innings as the Giants lose, 9-7. Pittsburgh scores 5 in the 5th.

The Giants release Rube Marquard to Toronto (IL) but the veteran pitcher refuses to go to the minors. He works out his own deal and is signed by Wilbert Robinson and the Dodgers. Rube will post a 13–6 record next season for Uncle Robby.

The Red Sox win 2–1 in 13 innings to sweep the Tigers and solidify their hold on 1st place. Boston has now won 7 straight and 19 of 21.

27th Mathewson wins his 8th and last game of the year edging the Pirates, 2–1. Babe Adams takes the loss.

Detroit snaps the Red Sox win streak, stopping Boston, 7–6, in 12 innings. Boston still leads the AL by 4 ½ games.

Dots Miller legs out an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th off Sherry Smith to help the Cardinals to an 11-7 victory in Brooklyn.

28th Pitching for St. Louis in the Federal League, 39-year-old Eddie Plank records his 300th career win, beating Kansas City. 3–2. Henning is the loser. Plank will post a 21-11 record this season in the FL, and, when the league folds, post a 16–15 for the 1916 St. Louis Browns.

In the first of two at Cleveland, the Red Sox win 5–3 behind Babe Ruth and Carl Mays, then 3-1 in game 2. With the Tigers splitting with New York, Boston leads by 2 games.

In Detroit, the Yankees stop the Tigers, 1-0, behind Ray Caldwell in game 1. Harry Coveleski then wins the second game for Detroit, 6-2. Yankee CF Skeeter Shelton, brought up from Columbus to replace the injured Roy Hartzell, has his only ML hit off Coveleski. The good-fielding Skeeter will be back in Columbus next week, finishing his 10-game stint with a 1-for-40 showing.

29th  George Sisler again pitches against Walter Johnson and this time wins, 2–1. He will be 4–4 for the Browns and 1–2 next year before moving permanently to 1B. Sisler is helped in the 8th inning when Brownie 2B Del Pratt nabs pinch runner Horace Milan, in his ML debut, with a hidden ball trick. Horace is the brother of teammate Deerfoot Milan. For the remainder of his life, Sisler will refer to this as his greatest thrill in baseball.

30th  Three-time 20-game winner Larry Cheney is traded by the Cubs to Brooklyn for OF Joe Schultz.

31st  Art Nehf and Tom Hughes are both 2–0 winners as the Braves sweep two from the Reds.

At the Polo Grounds, only 2 runners reach base as the Cubs’ Jimmy Lavender pitches a 2–0 no-hitter against the Giants, the only shutout in his 11–16 season. Lavender, “the diminutive diamond expert of the clawless Cubs” (New York Herald) walks one and the other runner reaches base on an error. Only two balls are hit to the outfield against him. Lavender has a double at bat in the 7th to go along with a double and homer by Cy Williams. In the second game, the Giants win, 7-1, behind the newly acquired Rube Benton.

SEPTEMBER

1st  In Boston, the Reds Fred Toney pitches a one-hitter, defeating the Braves, 4-0. The lone hit is Fred Snodgrass’ single in the 4th inning.

2nd The visiting Phillies sweep two from the Giants, winning 3–1 and 2–0. Tesreau and Mathewson take the losses, while Pete Alexander is the shutout winner in the nitecap.

Ruth is hitless at bat, but pitches the Red Sox to an 8–3 win over the host Athletics. He strikes out 5.

3rd  Cleveland 1B Jay Kirke swings at a wild pitch for strike 3 and reaches 1B. Cleveland beats the White Sox, who protest on the grounds that the rules did not permit Kirke to take 1B. The protest is upheld and the game is ordered replayed.

Ernie Shore is victorious over the A’s, 10–2, giving the first place Red Sox its 6th straight win.

With the game tied at 2 apiece in the 8th, the Browns Burt Shotton heads a triple steal with Austin and Walker to beat the Tigers, 3–2.

The Pirates sell outfielder Zip Collins, hitting .294, to the Braves. He’ll drop to .209 next year.

4th Pittsburgh’s Erv Kantlehner loses to the Cubs, 5–2, but at least his teammates give him a pair. He will go 6-12 this year, with 8 of his losses by shutouts.

Art Nehf of the Braves tosses a brilliant one-hitter to stop Brooklyn, 6-0. A single by the light-hitting Otto Miller results in the only Robin runner. For the rookie Nehf, it is his third shutout in four starts.

5th  In the first game of a doubleheader versus the Tigers, the Browns’ George Sisler tosses 9 innings and gives up 6 runs, to lose 6–5. Sisler clubs a HR in the loss. Detroit takes the second game, 4-2.

6th Babe Ruth holds the Yankees hitless till the 8th, before weakening and giving up 3 hits. Dutch Leonard relieves and the Red Sox win, 5–2, sweeping the doubleheader. Ruth is 2-for-3 at the plate.

7th  The St. Louis Terriers’ Dave Davenport, strikeout leader of the FL, pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Whales, one of his 10 shutouts and 22 wins. St. Louis will play 2 more games than Chicago and split them, thus trailing the Whales at season’s end by one percentage point. Chicago will be 86–66; St. Louis, 87–67, and the Pittsburgh Rebels, 86–67. A percentage difference of .004, it is the closest bunching of the top 3 teams in any ML race.

8th  Fred Clarke resigns as Pirates manager having won 4 pennants in 19 years.

The A’s Tom Sheehan shuts out the Red Sox to win, 1-0. He scatters 7 hits, 4 by Larry Gardner, The Sox are more patient in the 2nd game, and walk 12 times off Cap Crowell to win 13–2. Six players score 2 runs each.

9th  In the hottest September 9th in New York history (94 degrees), Boston’s Lefty Tyler allows just one Brooklyn hit, but loses 1–0. Jeff Pfeffer is nearly as perfect, allowing 2 hits for the win. Brooklyn scores the lone run on a walk by Hy Myers, Gus Getz’s single, a double steal, and a sac fly.

At Boston, the A’s manage just one hit in losing to Ernie Shore and the Red Sox, 5–0. Jimmy Walsh’s single is the only hit allowed. Harry Hooper scores 3 runs for Boston.

Sporting goods manufacturer A. G. Spalding, one of the original players, managers, and executives of the NL, dies at 65 in Point Loma, near San Diego, CA.

10th  Rogers Hornsby, brought up a week earlier from class D Denison (Western Association), makes his ML debut for the Cardinals. With the Cards trailing the Reds, 7-0, after 6 innings, Hornsby plays SS and goes hitless in two appearances against Cincy rookie Charles “King” Lear, who wins, 7–1.

Boston’s Babe Ruth wins his 15th of the year, stopping the visiting A’s, 7–2 on six hits. Ruth, 3rd in the AL in hitting, is 0-for-4 at the plate.

St. Louis (FL) pitcher Dave Davenport follows up his no-hitter with a 2-hitter, beating Newark, 3–0.

The NL-leading Phillies top the Giants, 7-3 as Gavvy Cravath provides the winning margin with a grand slam in the 8th, off Jeff Tesreau.

11th The Reds pepper Mathewson for 10 hits and Lefty George shuts out last-place New York to win, 4–0. Lefty will pitch into the 1940s, and will set the Eastern League record for wins (165) between 1923-33.

Future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank, pitching for St. Louis (FL) wins his 300th game, beating Newark, 12–5. He is the first lefty to reach the mark. Plank will go into the Hall in 1946.

In a 2–0 win over Kansas City, Hal Chase of the BuffFeds hits a home run at Kansas City’s Gordon and Koppel Field, which clears the fence and lands in Brush Creek. This is Prince Hal’s 4th homer in 7 games, on his way to a Federal League-leading 17. In ten previous big league seasons, he had never hit more than four.

12th Dave Danforth of Louisville (AA), strikes out 18 Kansas City batters to set an American Association record. In his next start, on May 15, he will strike out 15 St. Paul hitters. He’ll whiff 130 in 101 innings.

14th  The Cardinals, battling for 4th place in the NL, lose 6–2 to Brooklyn’s Jack Coombs. Rogers Hornsby is in the starting lineup for the first time, but goes hitless. Tomorrow he will get his first ML hit, a single off Rube Marquard.

Babe Ruth fires a two hitter, as the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 2–1, for their 7th win in a row. Ruth has 2 of Boston’s 3 hits. Boston will win 4 of 5 in the series with Chicago.

George Dumont debuts with Washington and fires a 3–0 shutout over Cleveland. Dumont will finish the year at 2–1, with both wins shutouts, the other coming on September 20.

15th The Cubs edge the Braves, 1–0, behind Phil Douglas, with Lefty Tyler taking the tough loss. Tomorrow, the Cubs will win another 1–0 battle, but it will take them 12 innings to do it.

At Leavenworth federal prison, the Kansas City Packers (FL) square off against an all-white prison team, the White Sox, in front of a crowd of 1,500 inmates and other invited guests. Inmate Bert Felt, former president of the Nebraska State League, is the umpire when two FL umpires miss a train. The professionals have little difficulty with the inmate squad, reeling off a 23-1 victory. The prison run comes in the 7th, appropriately on a steal of home.

16th  In the first of important four games series at Fenway Park, the Tigers (90–48) and Red Sox (90-44) square off. Detroit knocks out starter Rube Foster, then rookie reliever Carl Mays keeps throwing at Ty Cobb till he hits the Tiger star on the wrist. Cobb slings his bat at Mays in retaliation, and the crowd reacts by throwing bottles at Cobb. The next inning, Cobb catches a fly ball for the final out and then needs a police escort to leave the field. The Tigers win, 6–1.

The first-place Phillies make it easy for Alexander to win his 28th as they post 6 runs in the 1st inning en route to a 10-3 win over the host Reds. Fred Luderus is 5-for-5 with a triple and 2 doubles.

At Griffith Stadium, Walter Johnson wins his 23rd as he stops the Browns, 8-2. He also stops his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 32 when the Browns push across a pair of runs in the top of the 9th.

In Chicago, Hippo Vaughn fires a 12-inning shutout for the Cubs as they edge the Dodgers, 1-0. Hippo gives up just 4 hits. Vic Saier hits an RBI single in the 12th.

17th Dutch Leonard allows 3 hits as the Red Sox top Detroit, 7–2.

Pittsburgh rookie Carmen Hill makes his mound debut with a 5–0 win over the Giants.

18th In one of the best pitched games of the year, Ernie Shore goes all the way to give Boston a 1–0 win over Detroit in 12 innings. The Tigers miss an opportunity in the 12th when they load the bases with one out. Ralph Young’s grounder results in a force at home and, on the play, Marty Kavanagh passes Sam Crawford on the basepaths for the third out. Boston’s win puts them 3 games up on the Tigers.

19th In a Sunday doubleheader in St. Louis, the Phils win the opener, 6–2, behind Grover Alexander. It is Alex’s 29th win of the year. The Cardinals reverse the outcome in game 2 as Red Ames allows one hit in 10 innings to win, 1–0. Whitted’s pop single in the 8th is the only safety as Ames faces just 31 batters. Bob Bescher singles in Huggins with the game’s only run.

The last-place Giants trip the Cubs, 7-1, as Dave Robertson goes 4-for-4 with a homer. Sailor Stroud (11-8) goes 7 innings for the win, with Rube Benton relieving.

20th In front of a full house at Fenway Park, including Vice-President Thomas Marshall, Babe Ruth gives Boston a 3–2 win over Detroit. Rube Foster relieves Babe with 2 outs in the 8th. Ruth is 1-for-3 at bat.

After the A’s win the opener, 5-4, over Cleveland, Bud Davis walks 12 Indians in game 2 and Cleveland wins, 5–3. Davis is the second A’s pitcher in 2 weeks to walk that many. Clarence Garrett is the loser in the opener, although helping himself with a wild pitch in the second inning. With Healy at bat with 2 outs and a 2-2 count, Garrett fires a pitch in the dirt that bounces off the mask of catcher O’Neill and rebounds onto the diamond. Healy swings and misses and hustles to 1B on the missed third strike. Lajoie, who is on third, attempts to score and Garrett retrieves the rebound and tags out Nap for the 3rd out.

22nd  Having loaned the Braves the use of their larger park in 1914, the Boston Red Sox request the use of the new, larger NL park for this year’s WS.

The Tigers use a 10-run 7th to beat the A’s, 13-9. Reliever Joe Bush faces 9 batters to start the 7th and retires none. The A’s get a HR from Bill Bankston, his only ML roundtripper, while Wally Schang is 0-for-1 but scores 4 runs.

In the battle for 4th place, the visiting Browns take a pair from the Yankees, winning 4-2 and 3-1. Rookie Tim McCabe (3-0) is the winner in the opener, allowing an inside the park homer to Wally Pipp. Pipp adds an RBI fly. Johnny Tillman, in his second and final ML appearance, allows 2 hits in 8 innings before wilting and being relieved by Carl Weilman in game 2. Yankee rookie Allen Russell is the loser, but strikes out 8 in his second start, matching his K’s in his first start. No Yankee rookie will strike out 8 or more in each of his first two starts until Tanaka in 2014.

23rd  In the first of two games, the Yanks top the Browns, 7–0. George Sisler pitches one perfect inning of relief for St. Louis.

Before the game at Pittsburgh, manager Fred Clarke is presented with a grandfather’s clock and a red leather binder signed by thousands of well-wishers. Clarke plays 4 innings in left field and goes 1-for-2. After reaching first, Clarke is replaced by Max Carey, and the out-going manager exits to thunderous applause. Pittsburgh wins, 8–4, over the Braves.

In Chicago, Phillies ace Pete Alexander wins his 30th, beating the Cubs, 5–1.

In Philadelphia, Detroit’s Ty Cobb swipes his 90th base of the year. Only 300 fans are on hand to witness the event. Detroit wins, 6-5, over the A’s.

24th  The Reds clip the visiting Brooklyn Robins, 7-5, behind reliever Lefty George. George helps the cause with a pair of triples.

25th  In Philadelphia, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning 8-1 and 5-3 behind Joe Benz and Red Faber. The A’s Amos Strunk hits his 10th triple of September, giving him 16 on the year. All but two are at home, and he is just the 3rd and last player to have 10 or more in a month. Doyle (May 1911) and Werden (July 1893) were the others.

27th  St. Louis Browns star George Sisler makes his 2nd pitching start this month, and gets no decision despite giving up 4 runs in 6+ innings. Sisler is relieved in the 7th and goes to RF as Boston scores 5 runs to win, 8–4.

In a 7-5 Detroit victory in Washington, Ty Cobb steals third base—but it is already occupied by teammate Donie Bush. Realizing his mistake, Cobb desperately tries to scramble back to 2B but is called out on the tag. Protesting too strongly about the call, Cobb is tossed out of the game.

At Handlan’s Park, the FL Terriers beat the Buffalo Blues, 3-2. St. Louis hitter Ward Miller extends his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games.

29th  On Patsy Moran Day in Boston, the Phils clinch their first pennant for manager Moran on Pete Alexander’s 4th one-hitter and 12th shutout of the year, 5–0, beating Dick Rudolph and the defending champion Braves. It is Pete’s 6th win in a row. Sherry Magee’s 4th-inning single is the only safety for Boston (the 4th time he’s had the only hit in a game), while Gavvy Cravath clouts a 3-run homer in the 1st for the Phils. Cravath ends the year leading the NL in homers (24), slugging, runs, walks, total bases, and is the only National Leaguer with more than a hundred RBIs (115).

Kansas City (FL) lefty Art Packard does it all, winning 1–0 and hitting a home run against St. Louis.

Wilbur Good, of the Cubs, hits the last HR at West Side Grounds as Chicago makes good, winning 5-4, over the Reds.

After whipping the A’s, 10-2, the Senators double up in the second game, 20–5, pounding pitcher Tom Sheehan for 21 hits in 8 innings. Sheehan will manage the San Francisco Giants briefly in 1966. Rippy Williams is 5-for-6. In the first game, Turner Barber is 5-for-5 against OF-P Chick Davies. Bert Gallia and Doc Ayers are the winners. Philadelphia has now lost 11 straight.

30th  The Red Sox clinch the AL pennant as St. Louis beats Detroit, giving Boston a 2 1⁄2-game margin. The World Series is now set for another Boston-Philadelphia matchup, but with the leagues reversed.

OCTOBER

2nd In the first of two games, Walter Johnson gives Washington a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. Ruth pitches the final 3 innings, allowing one Nats hit. Game 2 ends in a 10-inning 3-3 tie.

The Queens Bombers? At the Waldorf Astoria, the National Commission meets. During the sessions Colonels Ruppert of the Yankees and Ebbets of the Dodgers meet regarding a possible new home for the Yankees, and Ebbets withdraws his objections to the Yankees moving to Queens. They are considering a stadium near the 59th Street Bridge. Nothing is final and the New York Times also mentions two sites in Manhattan that the team is considering.

3rd  After losing the opener, 5-4, the Chicago Whales (FL) clinch the pennant by winning the 2nd game of a doubleheader, 3-0, with the Pittsburgh Rebels.

In Detroit’s 100th win of the year, 6-5, Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season, against Cleveland catcher Steve O’Neill, for a new ML season record. He also sets a ML record for times caught stealing with 38, a mark Henderson will top in 1982. The Tigers win 100 games, the first time a runner-up has reached that mark, and have the top three RBI producers [Crawford (112), Veach (112), Cobb (99)]. This is first of only two times in the AL that teammates have had the top three RBI spots (Yankees in 1928).

Hippo Vaughn wins his 20th as the Cubs stop the Cardinals, 2-0, in the season finale. Hippo contributes both RBI.

The Pirates end their season with a 5–3 win over the Reds. Retiring manager Fred Clarke hosts a dinner for the players after the game, and also celebrates his 43rd birthday.

4th  With Red Sox pitchers Shore and Wood looking on, visiting Brooklyn beats the NL champion Phillies, 3-2, in 63 minutes.

6th  The Boston Braves end the season by shutting out the Giants in a doubleheader in New York, winning the opener 1–0 behind Tom Hughes’s 2-hitter and taking the nitecap by the same score. Pat Ragan is the winner in 67 minutes. With two other shutouts today, the ML total for the year is a ML record 359 shutouts not topped this century. The next highest total will be 357 shutouts in 1914 and 1972.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Boston’s 28th twinbill of the year, Babe Ruth beats New York, 4–2, to sweep the two. Ruth is now 17–3 since June 1st. Boston takes the opener, 2–0, as Shore, Leonard, Wood and Mays split the mound duties with each one striking out 3 Yankees. A crowd of 714 shows up at the Polo Grounds.

In game 2 of a doubleheader sweep by the A’s, rookie Elmer Myers debuts with a sparkling performance, shutting out the Senators, 4-0, on two hits while striking out 12 to set a since topped record (Karl Spooner strikes out 15 in his first game in 1954). He becomes the first pitcher in ML history to record 9 or more Ks while surrendering no runs and 2 or fewer hits in his initial ML game. It won’t be matched until Juan Marichal debuts, in 1960. Elmer will go 14-23 in 1916, but strike out an impressive 182 batters in his rookie season. Philadelphia takes the opener, 6-4, behind September call-ups Jack Richardson and Bill Morrisette to run their record to 43-109. The A’s will finish the season having used 56 different players, a ML record matched by Boston in 1996 (and topped in the 21st c.), as they draw 146,000 fans, almost two-thirds less than the Phillies.

7th  At Boston, the Giants win, 15-8, in the quickest game of the season: 62 minutes. New York collects 24 hits, with Doyle, Burns and Kocher each hitting 4. Larry Doyle pads his league-high average to finish at .320. Brothers Joe and Red Shannon play for Boston; Joe in his last game and Red in his debut. The Giants finish in last place, but are just 21 games behind the league leader, the closest an 8th place team will finish in major league history.

In the city series in Chicago, the Cubs even the games with the Sox at one apiece behind Jimmy Lavender’s 4-0 effort.

8th  The Red Sox start Ernie Shore in game 1 and the Phils manage just 3 hits and one run through 7 innings against him. Grover Cleveland Alexander gives up just one run as well. The Phils manage to push across two runs in the bottom of the 8th on two infield singles and two walks. Babe Ruth makes his only appearance in this WS, pinch hitting for Shore and grounding out. Grover Alexander holds on for a 3–1 victory for the Phils.

9th  Playing game 2 in tiny Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Boston’s 19-game winner Rube Foster allows the Phils 3 hits and drives in the winning run to break a 1–1 tie in the 9th against Erskine Mayer. The Sox win, 2–1. President Woodrow Wilson and his fiancé watch the game, the first President to attend a World Series.

11th  In Boston, an unprecedented 42,300 are on hand for game 3 and see another 1–1 duel, which is decided in the 9th when Duffy Lewis singles home Harry Hooper for a 2–1 hometown win. Dutch Leonard walks none, yields 3 hits, and sets down the last 20 Phils to face him.

12th  In game 4, 41,096 see another 2–1 Boston victory, as Ernie Shore gets the win over surprise starter George Chalmers. Gavvy Cravath triples and scores the Phils’ lone run.

13th  Back home, the Phils get 4 runs early off Rube Foster. The Red Sox break a tie in the 9th for the 3rd time, as reliever Eppa Rixey gives up Harry Hooper’s 2nd solo HR of the game, both bounce homers into the crowd. Boston wins the Series 4–1. The Sox victory comes without using Babe Ruth or Carl Mays on the mound.

November

9th  In windy conditions, the Oriole Gun Club of Baltimore defeats a team of ball players in traps, by a score of 402 to 391. The ball players are Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender, Harry Davis and Doc Crandall. Bender is the best shot and leads the way with 91 out of 100, while Matty is the low shot with 53.

At a Federal League board of directors meeting in French Lick, IN, the league votes to allow the forfeit of the Kansas City team, which will be strengthened and relocated to New York City. Buffalo also is forfeit, but the understanding is the franchise will reorganize and be admitted for 2016. There is talk of some teams joining the ML.

DECEMBER

4th Former Giant owner Andrew Freedman dies at the age of 55. He owned the team for 7 years, firing a Steinbrennian 16 managers during his reign. The Sporting News eulogizes, “He had an arbitrary disposition, a violent temper, and an ungovernable tongue in anger which was easily provoked and was disposed to be arbitrary to the point of tyranny with subordinates.”

22nd  Organized baseball and the Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati, ending their 2-year war. Feds agree to go out of existence, but the ML pay an enormous price: $600,000 for distribution to FL owners; amalgamation of two Fed franchises, one each into NL and AL; recognition of Fed players’ eligibility, and agreement to bid for them in a Fed-controlled auction. Baltimore, hoping to get the Cardinals, balks, but conferees, eager for settlement, defer its claims—a decision they will repent at leisure.

  • 1916

JANUARY

3rd  Former ace Ray Collins announces his retirement from baseball at age 29. Collins slipped to 4-7 last season.

4th  The St. Louis Browns are the first of two ML franchises awarded to Federal League owners. Philip de Catesby Ball, ice-manufacturing tycoon and principal stockholder of the Feds’ St. Louis Terriers, pays a reported $525,000 for the Browns and replaces manager Branch Rickey with his own Fielder Jones.

5th  The NL, happy to be rid of fractious Cubs owner Charles W. Murphy, allows Charles H. Weeghman, owner of a restaurant chain and president of the Federal League Chicago Whales, to buy the Cubs for $500,000. By putting up $50,000, William Wrigley, Jr. becomes a minority stock holder. Whales manager Joe Tinker succeeds Roger Bresnahan, and the Cubs will play in the FL’s newly built park on the North Side, soon to become Wrigley Field.

6th Leonard “King” Cole, who gave up Babe Ruth’s first hit in 1914, dies in Bay City, Michigan at age 29. Cole pitched in 10 games with the Yankees last season.

8th  Profiting handsomely on his 1913 investment of $187,000, owner James E. Gaffney sells his Boston Braves for $500,000 to Harvard’s famous football coach, Percy Haughton, and a banker associate, Arthur Chamberlin Wise. Haughton also served as Harvard’s baseball coach in 1915.

The Giants pick up Jesse Barnes, last year’s NL leader in losses (21), along with Larry Doyle from the Boston Braves. Boston receives veteran Buck Herzog. Barnes will go 6–1 this year and then win a league-high 25 games in 1917.

14th  Lee Magee, player-manager of the Brooklyn Tip-Tops, is sold to the Yankees for about $25,000.

19th  A list of 123 Federal League players with free-agent status under the terms of the peace agreement is released by the National Association.

20th  The Giants buy Edd Roush from the Newark Tip Tops (Federal League) for $7,500. Roush will hit just .188 in New York before being packaged to Cincinnati, where he will blossom into a Hall of Famer. Along with Roush come the contracts of C Bill Rariden from the Peps, infielder Bill McKecknie, spitballer Fred Anderson from the Buffalo BuffFeds (AKA the Blues), and Federal League star, the colorful Benny Kauff. The total price is $65,000.

21st  The Yankees buy left-handed P Nick Cullop from Kansas City (FL), infielder Joe Gedeon from Salt Lake City (PCL), and veteran Germany Schaefer from Newark (FL). Schaefer will announce that he is changing his nickname to “Liberty” because of the war. Schaefer noticed that sauerkraut had been renamed “liberty cabbage.”

FEBRUARY

7th  The Federal League’s year-old suit charging antitrust violations by organized baseball is dismissed by mutual consent in U.S. District Court in Chicago by Judge Kenesaw M. Landis. No appellate decision is written and it will not be until 1922 when the courts rule on antitrust.

5th Today’s issue of The Sporting Life notes some spring training roster changes for the Cubs, including a reference to the inventor (sic) of the fork ball:

“Manager Tinker, of the Cub-Whale outfit, has been busy cutting down his roster of players this week. The latest to be disposed of were Peter Knisely and pitcher [Brad] Hogg, who were sold to the Memphis team, of the Southern League. The Memphis people came here after Hogg and Allison, but took Knisely instead. Hogg is the pitcher who was with the New Yorks a while. Knisely has been pinch hitter and out-fielder for the Bresnahans, but Tinker figured he could do without him. Pitcher [Pete] Standridge, discoverer of the “fork ball,” and catcher [Jack] Wallace, a Southern League graduate, were sold to the Los Angeles Club a few days ago. There are strings attached to both of them in the shape of option contracts. Altogether Tinker has disposed of 15 players in the last fortnight, which reduces his squad somewhere near to normal, but he still has eight players he wants to get rid of before the training season begins. Most of them are youngsters, the only Veteran on the list of prospective discards being Wilbur Goode, and he may be kept if the Cub manager can get rid of some of the other left-handed batsmen on his team. Manager Bresnahan still is wondering where he will land. In a moment of excitement this week Roger let loose some language about entering suit against the Chicago National League Club.”

8th  The NL votes down a proposal by Charlie Ebbets of Brooklyn to limit the number of 25-cent seats clubs can sell to 2,000. Boston has 10,000 such seats; St. Louis, 9,000, Philadelphia, 6,500, and Cincinnati, 4,000.

9th  The NL votes down a proposal by the Giants, Braves, and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22. (The Reds want a decrease to 20.)

The NL celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Waldorf-Astoria banquet. The NL’s first president, Morgan G. Bulkeley, is present. The chief speaker is former president William H. Taft.

10th  Catcher Chief Meyers is waived to Brooklyn by the Giants where he rejoins Wilbert Robinson. The Braves also claim him. Owners Ebbets and Haughton toss a coin to determine Meyers’ fate, and Ebbets wins the right to sign him.

In a sweet deal, the Cubs send cash to the sinking Chicago Whales (Federal League) and bring back Three Fingered Brown, Clem Clemens, Mickey Doolan, Bill Fischer, Max Flack, Claude Hendrix, Les Mann, Dykes Potter, Joe Tinker, Rollie Zeider, and George McConnell.

11th After playing two seasons in Cleveland, the American Association Toledo Mud Hens transfer back to Toledo. The franchise spent two seasons in Cleveland to block a Federal League team from moving in there.

14th  The Indians receive White Sox outfielder Larry Chappelle as the player to be named later in the August trade for Shoeless Joe Jackson. Cleveland will sell Chappelle to the Braves in May. In November 1918 Chappelle will die of influenza contracted while working with the U.S. Army Medical Corp.

15th  The Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics for $37,500. He sat out the 1915 season in a salary dispute with Mack.

With the emergence of Joe Judge at 1B, the Senators sell Chick Gandil to Cleveland for $7,500.

16th  Energetic recruiting by Ban Johnson produces a pair of Chicago contractors to take over the Cleveland franchise from Charles W. Somers, a lavish spender at the AL’s creation but now in financial difficulties. J. C. Dunn and P. S. McCarthy pay $500,000—$60,000 less than the asking price. E. S. Barnard will stay on as vice president; Lee Fohl, as manager.

MARCH

3rd  Jack Dunn, owner of the IL Orioles, buys the park built by the Baltimore Terrapins (FL).

5th  The NL meeting of February 1916 announced that it had come to the league’s attention that “some of the diamonds” didn’t measure properly. On this day, John Heydler’s office circulates to clubs the news of the Chicago Cubs pitching distance, and orders an engineer’s certification.

21st  At St. Petersburg, the Phillies win their second in a row from the Cubs, 6-2, collecting 11 hits off Hendrix and Seaton.

24th Unsigned Tris Speaker shows up in spring training camp for the Red Sox, suits up and plays for the Regulars versus the Yanigans, going 4-for-4 with a homer and triple (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

APRIL

8th  Tris Speaker is still a holdout as a reaction to Boston owner Joseph Lannin’s proposal to cut his salary from a reported $18,500 to $9,000. Speaker wants $15,000. Speaker’s salary, the highest in the game for the past two years, was negotiated under the threat of Speaker jumping to the Federal League. With the demise of that league, the Sox are looking to save money. The Red Sox, in anticipation of resolving the contract dispute by trading Speaker, purchase the hard-throwing OF Tilly Walker from the Browns.

9th  The Red Sox trade star outfielder Tris Speaker, who did not take to the notion of his salary being cut, to Cleveland for two players—Sam Jones and either SS Bill Wambsganss or infielder prospect Fred Thomas—and $55,000. Indians manager Lee Fohl benches Wamby in favor of Joe Evans so that the Red Sox scouts can’t get a good look at him, and the Sox take Thomas. Speaker will hold out for $10,000 of the purchase price: Ban Johnson will finally intervene and Speaker will collect. A few days earlier, the Yankees had turned down the offer of Speaker for cash and Fritz Maisel.

10th  The World Champion Boston Red Sox suffer an embarrassing 1–0 loss to Harvard, finally being reduced to bunting twice in the 9th to get on base. Tris Speaker, just traded, is in the stands for the game. Tomorrow, the Red Sox will take out their loss on Boston College, 9–1. King Bader and Herb Pennock combine on a five-hitter.

11th  In a 7-0 exhibition game win against the Yale team in New Haven, Giants third sacker Hans Lobert snaps a cartilage in his left knee while sliding. The speedster will miss most of the 1916 season and will never be the same when he returns. He’ll retire after the 1917 year.

The Robins host the Yankees and beat them, 7-2, in the last exhibition game of the pre-season.

12th  On Opening Day the Red Sox scratch Ernie Shore as their starter and Babe Ruth goes 8 innings for a 2–1 win over the Athletics at Boston. The A’s score their only run following Babe’s throwing error, and Rube Foster gets the last 3 outs. The Babe hands the loss to poor Jack Nabors. A poor throw by Charlie Pick, A’s third sacker, is the first of his 42 errors—worst for any 20th-century third baseman. This contributes to his overall .899 fielding average, a mark that Butch Hobson would equal in 1978.

Harry Coveleski gives up just 3 hits, and collects 4 himself including a double and triple, as the Tigers beat the White Sox 4–0 in Chicago. Hundreds of fans complain that their clothes are ruined by fresh green paint recently applied to the grandstand seats.

Before 20,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees and Nationals battle 11 innings before the Nats push across an unearned run against starter Ray Caldwell to win 3–2. Walter Johnson strikes out 10 and walks none in the win. Frank Baker, after sitting out last season in a salary protest, has two of the five hits for New York, while Clyde Milan homers for the Nats.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs beat the Reds, 7-1, behind the pitching of George McConnell, the Federal League’s top winner last year with 25 for the Whales. But McConnell will go 4-12 with a 2.57 ERA this year, his last, for Chicago.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals open with a 2–1 win over the Pirates Erv Kantlehner. “Spitting Bill” Doak scatters six hits—three by Honus Wagner—and SS Rogers Hornsby drives in both runs for St. Louis.

Bob Groom, lately of the Federal League, pitches the Browns to a 6-1 victory over Cleveland in their home opener.

Phils righty Pete Alexander tops the Giants, 5–4. Benny Kauff, the star from the Federal League, goes hitless for New York.

13th  Babe Adams, the Pirates bellwether, pitches a one-hit 4–0 shutout against the Cardinals, the only safety coming when a ball squirts out of 2B Joe Schultz’ mitt. He will win only one more game this season, and the Pirates will release him in August. They will then re-sign him during the 1918 season.

Ernie Shore and Herb Pennock combine to give the Red Sox an 8–2 win over the A’s.

In a 4–2 loss to the Browns, Cleveland catcher Steve O’Neill completes a double play (with SS Ray Chapman), the first of 36, a ML season record for catchers that won’t be topped this century.

15th  In a 9–4 win, White Sox C Ray Schalk steals twice against Detroit en route to a season total of 30. This is a record for catchers until 1982 when John Wathan nicks 36. The Sox plate 7 runs in the 1st inning as Eddie Cicotte wins his first of the year.

16th  Now with Cleveland, Boston’s Tris Speaker doubles against the Tigers’ Hooks Dauss, the first of 41 that will tie him with teammate Jack Graney for the AL lead, and one of an all-time career high of 792. The Indians top Detroit, 4–3.

17th  At Fenway, Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson square off with the young Red Sox lefty emerging the winner, 5–1 over the Washington ace. Ruth scatters 8 hits in 6 innings and strikes out 6, while Johnson gives up 11 hits before being lifted in the 6th. Rain starts falling in the 7th and the game is called.

Detroit scores a 12-inning 3–1 victory over Stan Coveleski, in his first year at Cleveland. Righthander George Cunningham fills in when Tiger ace Harry Coveleski refuses to take the mound against his younger brother. Sam Crawford’s consecutive-game streak ends at 472. He played in every Tiger game in 1913 through 1915.

18th  Phillies star Pete Alexander blanks the Braves on 5 hits at Baker Bowl to win 4–0. Dick Rudolph takes the loss. It is Pete’s first shutout of the year; 15 will follow.

At Cincinnati, Hal Chase lives up to his middle name of Homer and legs out a game-ending inside-the-park fourbagger in the 10th to give the Reds a 4-3 win over the Pirates.

The Nationals top the Red Sox, 4–2, for Washington’s first win in Boston since 1914.

20th  The Cubs play their first game in the newly built Federal League park that will soon have its name changed to Wrigley Field. The stadium, minus the upper deck added later, seats 14,000, but 20,000 fans are on hand. Greeting fans on the Addison Street side is JOA, a bear cub owned by Cub’s (partial) owner J. Ogden Armour. Everyone goes home happy as Vic Saier’s 11th inning sac fly gives the Cubs a 7–6 win over the Reds.

Washington 3B Eddie Foster hits his only homer of the year, and the last he will hit. He ends his career in 1923 with 6 homers in 3,278 at bats. The Senators total 17 hits as they down the Yankees, 12-4.

Boston’s Babe Ruth is 0-for-4 at the plate but whips the A’s, 7–1, on five hits.

21st  In St. Louis, the Browns Bob Groom (2-1) beats Cleveland, 11-1, as Tris Speaker plates the only Indians run in the 9th. Elmer Smith’s double is the only hit off “Belleville Bob.”

22nd  The A’s Jack Nabors tops the Red Sox, 6–2. His only victory of the season, and the first and only one of his ML career, evens his record at 1–1. He will follow with 19 straight losses to tie a major-league record of Bob Groom’s. Teammate Tom Sheehan will be right behind him at 1–16.

23rd  The Giants are saved from a humiliating exhibition loss to the Long Branch Cubans at West Side Park, Jersey City, when rain halts the game in the first inning with the Cubans leading, 8–1.

At St. Louis, Jack Graney has a pair of homers and scores 4 runs as the Indians roll to a 14-2 win over the Browns. Ray Chapman scores three times as does winning pitcher Guy Morton. The loss goes to Bill Fincher, making his ML debut.

In Chicago, George McConnell allows just one hit as the Cubs set down the Pirates, 3-0. George Viox hits a double for the lone Buc shot.

25th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Babe Ruth goes 10 innings to defeat the Yankees, 4–3. The Babe gives up 2 earned runs on 8 hits, but is hitless at the plate.

26th Yankee Fritz Maisel does his part to keep the score down by getting thrown out 3 times trying to steal against the A’s. The Yankees still win, 9–0.

29th  Buck Weaver (3B) and Jack Fournier (1B) execute the season’s first triple play in the 3–1 White Sox win at St. Louis.

Pirate SS Honus Wagner saves a 2–1 win over the Reds by making a sensational grab of Greasy Neale’s line drive.

Innovative Cubs owner Charles Weeghman decides to let fans keep balls hit into stands. The decision follows an incident where a fan scuffles with park attendants when he refuses to give up a foul ball during the Cardinals’ series. The Cards win today, 8–4.

MAY

1st Lefty Babe Ruth loses his first game after 5 wins, as the Nationals beat Boston, 5–3. Ruth allows just 5 singles in 7 2/3 innings, but walks 9. The Babe walks the bases loaded in the 8th, and reliever Dutch Leonard serves up a 3-run double to Washington catcher John Henry.

In Madison, Gladys Palmer, a junior at the University of Wisconsin, sets a women’s collegiate record with a baseball toss of 227 feet 6 inches. Palmer will become a physical education professor at Ohio State, write a book entitled Baseball for Girls and Women, and start the first college women’s golf championship, in 1941 (as noted by J.G. Preston).

2nd  The Giants pick up their first win in 9 games as Jeff Tesreau allows just 3 hits in beating Brooklyn, 3–1.

3rd The Phils Pete Alexander beats Boston, 3–0, for his 2nd shutout of the year. The Phils split the 4-game series with Boston.

4th Christy Mathewson, beset with back problems, makes his first start of the year, losing to the Braves, 7–6, in 10 innings. Matty goes the distance allowing 15 hits, including a homer to rival pitcher Lefty Tyler. The Giants were held in check by Tyler until the 9th when , trailing 4–0, they tie it up. Fred Merkle’s homer is the big blow in the inning.

Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard shuts out the Yankees, 3–0. The Yanks will take the next three games to drop Boston below .500.

5th Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays relieves Ruth with the score 4–2 in the 9th against New York. New York ties the game on a 2-out error by 3B Larry Gardner, and wins in 13 innings, 8–4. Mays makes his first appearance of the year following a tonsil operation in the spring.

6th In what historian David Vincent calls in his book Home Run a “trick homerun”, Brooklyn’s George Cutshaw hits a roll-off homer in the 11th inning to give the Robins a 3-2 win over the Phils at Ebbets Field. Cutshaw’s drive in the right field corner looks good for a double but it bounds onto the wall and rolls slowly up and over it for a bounce homer. As the New York Times reports, “Instead of receiving the plaudits from 20,000 spectators, which ordinarily would follow a winning home run in the eleventh inning of a hard-fought battle, the Dodger second baseman crossed the plate amid a storm of laughter, which eventually turned into meek applause.”

7th Pittsburgh’s Max Carey hits a homer off Cubs rookie Jimmy Lavender to give the Pirates a 1–0 win. The Cubs will lose ten 1–0 decisions this year, tying the ML record.

9th  Thirty walks, a ML record, are allowed at Philadelphia as Detroit overwhelms the A’s, 16–2. Tiger rookie George Cunningham is lifted with one out in the 3rd inning after walking 6 batters. He is given the win, but leaves with a no hitter and leading 9–0. A 20th-C record 18 of the walks are issued by the A’s—12 by reliever Carl Ray—on their way to a season total of 715. Not until 1938 will a team (the St. Louis Browns with 737) top that. Detroit will add another 11 walks against the A’s tomorrow for a 2-game ML record of 29.

The Giants, 2–13 and in last place, open their western swing with a 13–5 win at Pittsburgh. New York uses three pitchers, and pound three Buc hurlers for 16 hits. New York will win their next 16 games.

The Red Sox and Dutch Leonard stop the Indians, 5–1, ending the first-place Tribe’s 8-game win streak. The game marks Tris Speaker’s return to Boston, and 15,000 cheer his every move. After one inning Speaker inadvertently heads into the Sox dugout, much to the crowd’s delight.

10th A relatively sedate 18 walks are handed out by both teams as the Tigers whip the Athletics, 9-3. When added to yesterday’s total of 30, the 48 bases on balls is a ML record for two clubs for two consecutive games. Also, the Tigers set a record for one club walking in consecutive games with 29.

Led by Tris Speaker’s 2 hits and three runs, Cleveland tops the Red Sox and Babe Ruth, 6–2.

12th The Giants top Pittsburgh, 3–2, to sweep the 4-game series. Mathewson shuts out Pirates for 5 innings, but Doc Johnson’s triple in the 6th helps tie it at 2–2. Rube Benton relieves Matty and picks up the win when the Giants score.

The A’s and Tigers conclude a weird series with the Tigers winning today, 7-6, in 11 innings. The Athletics set an ML record by leaving 17 runners on base in the first 9 innings, while Detroit strands 13 for a 9-inning record of 30. This will not be topped this century though it will be tied in games concluded in 9 innings (this game is not listed in the record books, though it was acknowledged at the time). For the game, the A’s leave 20 on base, while Detroit leaves 16. For the four-game series, the two teams combine for 85 walks and two HBP, and they combine to leave 92 runners on base.

13th Behind the pitching of Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Phillies shut out the Reds, 5-0, in Cincinnati to open a four-game series. The Phils will sweep all four, the last time this century that Philadelphia will sweep a four-game series in Cincinnati.

14th  The Cardinals rookie Rogers Hornsby hits his first HR, off Brooklyn’s Jeff Pfeffer. It is a bounce HR (legal till 1931) that lands behind 3B and skips into the stands at Robison Field in St. Louis. Brooklyn prevails today, 3–2.

15th  The Nationals top the A’s, 6-5, in 11 innings. Reliever Walter Johnson fans 6 of the 14 batters he faces.

17th  Despite four steals by the A’s Charlie Pick, Eddie Cicotte and the White Sox win, 7-0.

20th The Giants win their 10th on the road, when Christy Mathewson allows 6 hits in clipping the Cardinals, 4–1. Henry Jasper is the losing pitcher. Fred Merkle steals 3rd and home in the 2nd inning, the latter on the front end of a double steal.

At Fenway, starter Babe Ruth walks the first two Browns hitters. With the 2nd walk, Ruth’s batterymate Chet “Pinch” Thomas complains so much about the call that he is tossed, and Sam Agnew takes his place behind the plate. After two outs, and runners at 1B and 3B, the Browns pull a double steal to score. The Sox take a 2–1 lead after 4, and when Ruth walks the bases loaded in the 6th, Carl Mays relieves. Mays allows 2 hits in 3 1/3 innings to preserve the 3–1 win. Ruth allows no hits in his 5 2/3 innings.

The Senators paste the Indians, 13–3. Shorty Desjardien mops up for Cleveland in the 8th inning, allowing three runs on 3 walks and 2 hits in his only major league appearance.

22nd In a 9-5 loss to the Browns, Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 6th inning.

23rd In Cincinnati, Rube Benton pitches the Giants to a 4–3 win over the Reds, New York’s 12th win in a row on the road. Benton needs relief help from Tesreau and Mathewson in the 9th to win.

24th Boston shuts out Detroit, 4–0, as Babe Ruth allows just 4 singles. Ruth adds two hits but Harry Hooper’s fielding heroics—4 great catches—make him the day’s star.

26th  Despite outfielder Benny Kauff’s base running blunders, the New York Giants cruise to their 14th straight road win, 12–1 over Boston. Kauff, the Federal League’s “Ty Cobb”, sets a NL record when he is picked off first base three times, the only 20th century player to do this. Lefty Tyler does all three pickings. Sailor Stroud is the winner, picking up his last ML victory.

Philley outfielder Gavvy Cravath’s strike to the plate cuts down Brooklyn’s Casey Stengel for the last out in the 6th and saves Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 1–0 shutout win over Sherry Smith. The Phils move into first place on the strength of Alex’s 4th shutout of the month.

The Yankees stop the visiting Red Sox twice, winning 2–1 and 6–5, in 10 innings.

27th Yankee P Ray Keating gives up 3 hits to beat Babe Ruth and the Red Sox, 4–2. Ruth has two hits for Boston.

28th  It’s shutout day in the AL: Carl Mays submarines the Yankees, 3–0, for the visiting Red Sox, and the White Sox take two from the Indians, both by 2–0 scores. The winning pitchers are Jim Scott and Red Faber.

Jimmy Claxton, signed as an American Indian, pitches in both games for Oakland (PCL) in a doubleheader against Los Angeles. He takes the loss in game 1. When it is found out that he is African American, Oakland will release him on June 3rd. Claxton will be the first black to appear on a baseball card.

29th  Christy Mathewson beats the Braves 3–0 for the Giants’ 17th consecutive win on the road. Matty gives up just 4 singles in beating Dick Rudolph. It is Rudolph’s 5th straight loss. New York is only 1 ½ games behind the leading Dodgers.

30th  The Phillies Al Demaree, an ex-Giant, finally stops the Giants, 5–1, on 6 hits, handing New York its first loss in 18 matches. Giant 3B Bill McKecknie, obtained from Newark (Federal League) in April, is caught stealing 3 times. In a raucous game 2, the Giants knock out Pete Alexander in the 7th to win, 10–2. Three Giants—catchers Bill Killifer and Ed Burns, and Dode Paskert get tossed by umpire Harrison, which provokes the fans to toss cushions and bottles at him until he is surrounded by Giants players. He gets a police escort after the game and stays in the clubhouse for an hour to avoid the mob. After Burns is ejected, infielder Bobby Byrne goes behind the plate and throws out to would-be base stealers.

Browns pitcher Earl Hamilton, with 50 wins in the last 4 years but just one appearance this year, is sold to Detroit. He’ll go 1–2, then be waived back to St. Louis on June 22.

31st The Yankees host the A’s for two and sweep, winning 8-7 and 9-5. After five years in the majors, Frank Gilhooley hits his first homer, and it is a grand slam off A’s reliever Bullet Joe Bush in the Yankees 5-run 8th in game 1. With Cleveland and Washington tied for 1st place, the Yanks are just a game back.

At Pittsburgh, the Reds beat the Pirates in the 16th inning, scoring 3 runs on a hit, base on balls and 3 errors. Toney and Miller go the distance on the mound in the 5-2 match.

At Detroit, Harry Heilmann’s 5th inning triple with the bases loaded breaks a 1-1 tie and the Tigers go on to top the White Sox, 7-4. Hooks Dauss is the winner and adds a home run. Joe Jackson has a single, 2 doubles and a triple in 4 at bats for Chicago.

JUNE

1st Boston’s Babe Ruth tops Walter Johnson, 1–0, for his 2nd straight shutout, allowing just 3 hits. The Sox get their only run in the 8th inning when Mike McNally scores from 2B on an attempted 6-4-3 DP that ends with a forceout only. McNally will set a ML record this year of playing 87 games without an extra base hit: Luis Gomez will top it by 2 games in 1975. Both pitchers strike out six, while Ruth adds a hit by pitch on Joe Judge. Ruth, batting 9th, strikes out twice against Johnson, while Walter, batting 6th, is 0-for-3. The Senators lose 4 straight to Boston and drop to 2nd place in the AL.

Behind Joe Bush, the A’s down the Yankees, 5-0. Ray Caldwell allows 15 hits, including 4 by Rube Oldring, who is 12-for-20 in the series. When Oldring asks for and is released by Connie Mack on July 1, he will go home to his New Jersey farm; the Yankees will sign him two weeks later.

The Giants conclude their long road trip with a loss to the host Phillies, 4-2. Eppa Rixey is the winner. The Giants finish this road trip with a stellar 19-2 record.

With the help of umpire Bob Emslie, the Reds double the host Pirates, 8-4. In the 7th, Reds batter Baldy Louden hits a long drive down the LF line that seemingly is headed for a double. But the ball bounces around a section of the grand stand that juts out and Emslie calls it a homer.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, the Giants lose to the Reds in 13 innings, 6–4. The Reds knock out starter Christy Mathewson with 4 runs in the first 3 innings, then score two in the 13th off Bill Perritt for the win. The last score in the 13th on Hal Chase’s steal of home.

The Browns deal Charlie Deal to the Cubs, where he will be their starter at third base for 5 years.

In the 5th inning of a game between Seattle and Oakland (PCL), Seattle makes 5 hits but scores just one run.

3rd Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander shuts out the Cardinals, 2–0. His shutout is saved when Dode Paskert makes a leaping catch to rob Frank Snyder of a home run. Lee Meadows is the loser.

In Cleveland, Tris Speaker drives in 5 runs with two triples and a single to lead the first-place Indians to an 11–2 win over the Red Sox.

4th Cleveland continues to beat up on Red Sox pitching, whipping Carl Mays and Rube Foster, to win, 9–3.

In game 1 of a PCL doubleheader sweep at Oakland, Bill Prough pitches 10 hitless innings against San Francisco. He leaves the scoreless game after 17 innings having given up 4 hits. Oakland wins, 1-0, in 18 innings.

5th At Boston, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman swipes home in the 4th inning for the only score as the Cubs top the Braves, 1–0. Lefty Gene Packard prevails over Art Nehf and helps his own cause with 7 assists and a putout at home.

In Cleveland, Babe Ruth shuts out the Indians, 5–0, on 5 hits, and has now thrown 24 straight scoreless innings. The Boston lefty is 2-for-3 at the plate.

9th  Walter Johnson beats Cleveland, 7–4, for a Washington win.

In Detroit, consecutive doubles by Bobby Veach and George Burns stop Ruth’s scoreless innings at 25. Ruth evens the score with a longest drive ever seen at Navin Field, into the RF bleachers. When Ruth tires in the 9th, Carl Mays relieves and loses, 6–5. Ruth is 3-for-3 at bat, while Burns has 5 RBI for Detroit.

10th  Pinch hitting for Babe Ruth. Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan sends Ruth up as a pinch hitter for Dutch Leonard in the 9th inning but after the count goes to 1-1, Ruth is pulled for pinch hitter Olaf Henriksen who bounces to the first baseman who cuts down the go-ahead run at the plate. But the Red Sox score two in the 10th to beat the Browns, 4-2.

With Tris Speaker going 5-for-5 with 3 runs scored, the Indians defeat the Athletics, 10-1. Half the runs come off reliever Cap Crowell, who gives up 4 hits in his one inning. That, and his 11 walks in his last appearance, will cap Crowell’s career.

11th In the 7th inning against the A’s, Cleveland’s Guy Morton ties the AL record by striking out 4 batters, all consecutive. Cleveland wins, 7–2. Walter Johnson set the record of 4 in April 1911, but they were not consecutive.

12th Pete Alexander beats the Pirates, 2–1. His shutout bid is stopped in the 9th inning when Honus Wagner lines a hit off Alex’s shin to drive in the lone Buc run.

In St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits a 3-run pinch homer—the first of his career—in the 7th to tie the Browns at 3–3, but St. Louis scores in the 9th to beat the Red Sox, 4–3.

13th Babe Ruth goes 5 1/3 innings and, with relief help from Ernie Shore, beats the Browns, 5–3. Ruth allows one run and is 2-or-2 at the plate, including his 3rd homer in 3 games.

14th Cubs spitballer Jimmy Lavender has his moist one working against the Giants, beating New York, 4–0. The only hit is an infield single by Benny Kauff. Mathewson takes to the loss, though all four runs are unearned.

15th Any more brothers? After losing yesterday in Detroit to Harry Coveleski, the Yankees succumb today, 3-2, to Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski. The Yankees rally with two outs in the 9th on Peckinpaugh’s triple and a single by Hartzell to tie. With a man on 2nd base and first base open in the 10th, Bob Shawkey throws two wide ones to Tris Speaker, then tries to slip a fast ball over the plate. Speaker hits it for the game-winning single.

16th  Long Tom Hughes of the Braves pitches a no-hitter over the Pirates, 6 years after pitching a 9-inning no-hitter for the Yanks, before losing 5–0 to Cleveland in 11. Today he wins 2–0 striking out Honus Wagner for the 2nd time to end the game.

17th The White Sox pound Babe Ruth for 12 hits, including 3 by Joe Jackson, in 8 innings and beat the visiting Red Sox, 5–0. The loss drops Boston into 6th place.

Heinie Groh hits a leadoff homer off Al Demaree for the game’s only score as the Reds beat the Phils, 1–0. Fred Toney is the winner.

18th  In Cleveland the Yankees roll over the Indians 19–3, as they score in every inning but the 8th. Every starter gets a hit including pitcher Nick Cullop who departs after 5 IP. Wally Pipp has a double and homer and 5 RBI, while Paddy Baumann and Lee Magee each score 4 runs.

The New York Times reports that a baseball league of Canadians has been started in London and that baseball “has aroused such enthusiasm its future seems assured.”

19th Former major leaguer Johnny Dodge, playing for Mobile (Southern League) is hit by as pitch from Nashville’s Shotgun Rogers and killed. Dodge played for the Phillies and Reds in 1912-13. Seemingly unfazed, Rogers will go on the pitch five straight shutouts after the fatal beaning. He’ll break in with the A’s in 1919 and compile a 4–12 record.

At Dunn Field, Home Run Baker has a 3-run homer in the Yankees 5-run 1st inning. He drives in another run as the Yankees hold on for a 7-6 win.

20th  Tilly Walker’s HR over the LF wall is the only HR the Red Sox will hit at Fenway this season, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win, 4–1. Walker had a homer at Fenway last September 24 when he was playing with the Browns. Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game, Boston SS Everett Scott starts a string of 1,307 consecutive games, all played at SS. He will complete the streak as a Yankee on May 6, 1925. It will be the best until Gehrig’s 2,130. Paddy Baumann has 5 hits for the Yanks.

On Orphans’ Day at Ebbets Field, the Phillies sweep a pair from the Robins, winning 7-4 and 9-3. Between games, 9-year-old Johnny Quinn climbs over an upper deck runway railing, and falls 25 feet to his death. After the game, owner Charles Ebbets declares that he will never have another such event at the ball park (as noted by Bob Gorman). He states that such days “were a great thing,” but “I cannot afford the mental strain of having them here in the future as the guests of the club at league games, when I feel that the responsibility is more or less on the club.”

21st  Rube Foster of the Red Sox no-hits the Yankees 2–0, for the first no-hitter in Fenway Park, beating Bob Shawkey 2–0. Harry Hooper leads the offense with 3 hits. Red Sox president Lannin hands Rube a $100 bonus and each of his Sox teammates receive a gold handled pocket knife engraved with the date.

At a soggy Polo Grounds, the Braves edge the Giants, 5–4, in 10 innings. Mathewson, in relief of Bill Perritt in the 9th, takes the loss.

22nd Brownie 1B George Sisler makes his final mound appearance of the year, a complete game 2–0 loss to White Sox starter Reb Russell.

Babe Ruth almost duplicates teammate Rube Foster’s no-hitter, allowing just 3 singles, two by Frank Gilhooley, in beating the Yankees, 1–0. The game takes 1 hour: 18 minutes.

Against the Giants, the Braves pull off a triple steal in the 11th inning, with Johnny Evers on the front end of Collins and Compton to win, 3–1. It is the NL’s only extra-inning triple steal; the AL’s only extra frame triple swipe will come in 1941.

The Athletics win the first game of a doubleheader with Washington, 4-2, to snap an 11-game losing streak. Elmer Myers (8-6), with half of the A’s wins, allows just 5 hits, but walks 10 including Ray Morgan his first 4 times up. Myers strikes him out on his last at bat. Myers will lead the AL in bases on balls with 168. The A’s promptly start a 4-game losing streak in game 2, dropping it, 6-1.

23rd Chicago pitcher Tom Seaton provides the edge by stealing home in the 6th inning to help beat the Reds, 2–1. The 2nd game at Wrigley is postponed.

Ernie Shore blanks the A’s, 1–0, on 6 hits, the 3rd straight shutout for Red Sox pitchers. Shore collects one of the 2 hits against Tom Sheehan.

Pitching for San Francisco, Skeeter Fanning fires his 2nd PCL no-hitter in three years, beating Vernon, 4–1. Fanning no-hit Portland on October 25, 1914.

24th The leading Dodgers sweep a doubleheader against the Giants at Ebbets Field, winning 6–4 and 5–4. Casey Stengel is the hero in the opener, going 3-for-4. Zach Wheat has 3 hits, including a HR, and 3 RBI in game 2.

The Red Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 3–2 and taking the night cap, 7–3, behind Carl Mays. Mays also saves the opener for Dutch Leonard.

The Cubs trade victories with the visiting Reds, edging them 6-5 in 12 innings in game 1. Mike Prendergast pitches 9 innings of relief for the win. Hal Chase has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, for the Reds. Cincy takes game 2 by a 7-6 score.

26th  The Dodgers split with the Giants, losing 11–8 before winning the nitecap, 2–1. New York takes a 6–0 lead in the opener, but the Dodgers score 5 in the 5th off starter Bill Perritt, then put two on against reliever Rube Schauer. Mathewson then takes over and George Cutshaw cranks a 3-run homer to give the Dodgers an 8–6 lead. Matty allows just one other hit and New York comes back against Duster Mails to win. It is Mathewson’s last major league victory. Benny Kauff has a pair of triples and a double to drive in 6 runs. During the game, police at the Polo Grounds and arrest three fans for not throwing back baseballs hit into the stands.

In a game with the White Sox, Cleveland players wear numbers pinned to their sleeves, marking the first time players are identified by numbers corresponding to those on the scorecard. Jack Graney, leading off for the Tribe, is the first batter to wear a number in the 20th century. Cleveland also puts up the numbers to win, 2–0.

At Fenway, the A’s Tom Sheehan pitches 4+ innings of relief to pick up the win in Philadelphia’s 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. For Sheehan (1-7) it is his first and last win of the year as he will finish 1-16.

27th Boston’s Babe Ruth allows 2 runs in the first inning, but settles down to beat the A’s, 7-2, while striking out 10. Red Sox infielder Larry Gardner is caught stealing 3 times, the 2nd time this year that A’s catchers have caught a base runner three times (New York’s Fritz Maisel, April 26). On June 29th, Lee Magee will be caught 3 times by the A’s while trying to steal, and not until Rickey Henderson, in 1982, will an AL runner be cut down thrice in a game.

28th  Rogers Hornsby, playing his first full season for St. Louis, has a 5-hit day, with a homer and 2 doubles. He paces the Cards to a 9–6 win over the Reds.

Cubs catcher Bill Fischer sets a major league record by catching all 27 innings in a doubleheader loss to the visiting Pirates. Each games is 3–2. The second game goes 18 innings before the Corsairs win it on Art Wilson’s homerun. Impressed with Fischer’s durability, the Pirates will acquire the backstop next month.

New York Yankee outfielder Lee Magee collects an AL record-tying four assists in a 9–7 win over the Athletics. Teammate Frank Gilhooley contributes four stolen bases, a mark that no one in pinstripes will match until Rickey Henderson.

29th In a 5–0 win over the Athletics, Lee Magee matches the mark of his teammate Fritz Maisel by getting thrown out 3 times trying to steal. Maisel did that on April 26.

30th At Washington, the Senators George McBride and Boston submariner Carl Mays yell at each other before McBride is struck on the arm while protecting his head from a Mays pitch. McBride fires his bat back at Mays and both benches clear. In the melee Sox catcher Sam Agnew sucker punches Clark Griffith in the face. Agnew is arrested on the field and taken to jail, where he is bailed out by manager Bill Carrigan. Charges are later dropped and in 1918 Agnew will end up as a Senator. Throwing salt on the wound today the Sox win, 6-1, leaving both teams 3 ½ games in back of the Yankees.

JULY

1st  At age 42 years and 4 months, Honus Wagner is the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park HR. He connects for the Pirates in the 4th inning at Cincinnati as the Bucs win, 2–1.

Babe Ruth retires the first 10 Washington batters, but the next 5 reach base, sending the Boston lefty to the showers and sending him to a 4–2 loss.

2nd In a 12-inning 1-0 loss to the White Sox, Ty cobb is called out on strikes and flings his bat into an unoccupied section of the stands. Cobb is ejected, along with manager Hughie Jennings, and will ne handed a 3-game suspension by Ban Johnson. The Sox sweep the 4-game set with the Tigers and are three games behind the first-place Yankees.

3rd Ray Caldwell of the Yankees tosses an 11-inning shutout and scores the winning run to defeat Washington’s Walter Johnson.

4th  In a doubleheader Boston sweep, Joe Jackson goes 3-for-5 against the Athletics. In 30 games since May 31st, he has hit 55-for-104, a .524 BA. The Red Sox win, 11–2 and 5–2.

Against Brooklyn, Christy Mathewson relieves in the 1st, and the Giants score 5 in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Three errors and 4 hits in the 5th undo Matty and he loses, 7–6. The Dodgers take the second game, 6-2, to sweep both games from the 6th place Giants.

5th At Griffith Park, the Yankees knock Doc Ayers out of the game 4 straight hits and 3 runs in the 2nd inning, then lay into Sam Rice for the next 8 innings as they win, 9-1. Rice is cooked after this game, his last on the mound, and he will spend the next 18 years compiling a .322 average as an outfielder. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963.

7th At St. Louis, Pete Alexander shuts out the Cards for a 1–0 Phillies win, topping Lee Meadows. Dode Paskert in CF makes two leaping catches off the bat of Bob Bescher to save home runs.

In Chicago, the Cubs Gene Packard twirls a one-hitter to beat the Braves, 1-0. Fred Snodgrass has the lone hit. It is the third time Snodgrass has had the only hit for his team.

Who?! At Fenway, the Indians score in the first off Babe Ruth, but manage just one more hit through the 7th. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th, lefty hitting reserve Olaf Henriksen pinch hits for Ruth and draws a walk, forcing home the tying run. Boston scores another in the 8th to win, 2–1. Henriksen will pinch walk tomorrow, giving him 4 walks in his last 6 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

The Tigers beat up on the Athletics, winning 9-2 as Ty Cobb has 3 hits, including a homer, and Oscar Vitt and Harry Coveleski also chalk up 3 safeties. Coveleski goes the distance for the win. Wally Schang has 2 of the A’s 10 hits to run his hitting streak to 20 straight games.

10th  For the 2nd time this season, White Sox pitchers toss shutouts in a doubleheader, this time against the Red Sox. Lefty Williams wins 4–0, then Reb Russell follows with a one-hit 3–0 victory, beating Carl Mays. With the temperature at Fenway in the 90s, this is the first of three consecutive doubleheaders for the two Sox.

11th The Red Sox sweep the White Sox, winning 5–3 and 3–1. Babe Ruth starts both games, lasting a third of an inning in the opener, but pitching a 3–1 complete game win in the nitecap. Ruth started the opener to give Rube Foster more time to warm up, and left after retiring the first batter.

The Robins turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Cardinals when Casey Stengel hits a 2-run homer in the 7th.

After losing 8-3 in the opener against the Browns, the A’s Bullet Joe Bush fires a 3-0 shutout to snap the A’s losing streak at 12 games.

In New York, the Yankees and Indians trade wins, with New York taking the opener, 8-2, behind Nick Cullop and Cleveland winning game 2, 4-2. For Cullop it is his 9th straight win. The winner in game 2 is Grover Loudermilk, recently purchased from the Tigers. It is Grover’s lone win this year.

12th With the temperature at Fenway near 100 degrees, Boston sweeps the White Sox behind complete game wins by Ernie Shore, 2–1, and Dutch Leonard, 3–1.

13th Detroit’s Bill James strikes out 7 straight batters in the Tigers 3–1 win over Washington.

14th At Boston, Carl Mays and the St. Louis Browns lefty Ernie Koob battle each other for 17 innings before the game ends in a tie with the score, 0–0. Koob pitches all 17 innings, while Mays lasts 15. Poor base-running by Koob keeps him from winning the game in the 15th inning. After walking, Koob reaches 2B with two out. Ward Miller singles to left scoring Koob but he is called out for failing to touch third base.

The Cubs whip the visiting Phillies, 6–3. Despite the new policy of Cubs owner Charles Weeghman to let fans keep foul balls hit into the stands, the Phils don’t go along with it. The Tribune reports that the Quakers request compensation for 8 balls hit into the stands and not returned during pre-game batting practice (as noted by Gene Disio).

15th The Red Sox play their 4th doubleheader in 6 days, losing the opener, 2–1 to the Browns. Tilly Walker’s RBI double in the 8th gives Boston its first score in 28 innings. Boston breaks out in game two, pounding 4 Brownie pitchers for 18 hits to win, 17–4. Babe Ruth picks up the win, leaving after 6 innings.

Detroit uses a grand slam and 6 RBI from George Burns to subdue the visiting Yankees, 9-7. Burns’ homer comes in the 7-run 4th inning against George Mogridge. His successor Slim Caldwell has more success, allowing 2 runs the rest of the way. When Cobb steps out of the box in the 9th with 2 strokes on him and admonishes the ump, “young Walters” to get his signals straight. Caldwell yells at Cobb then gets him to pop up. Caldwell then deliberately walks Veach as if to thumb his nose at the George Peach. The game takes 2 hours, 47 minutes. Rube Oldring has a pair of hits and a steal in his first game for New York, after signing with them on July 13. The disillusioned Oldring had asked for his release from the hapless A’s and Mack acceded. The Yanks will follow suit, releasing Rube in early September. New York plays without Home Run Baker, who injured his ribs yesterday and will not make an appearance until August 29, against the Tigers.

16th At Chicago, the Cubs and Brooklyn play a 16-inning 7–7 tie, called on account of darkness. In the 10th inning, the Cubs George Cutshaw swipes home to knot the score.

18th  In Chicago, with the score tied 4–4 in the 10th, umpire Bill “Lord” Byron forfeits a game to Brooklyn when Hippo Vaughn, protesting alleged sign stealing by base runners, refuses to pitch. Byron calls a ball on the next batter prompting manager Joe Tinker to come out and argue the call. With Vaughn refusing to pitch and Tinker on the field, Byron calls a forfeit.

At Boston, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 4–3 win over the Browns. in the 3rd, Ruth triples and then scores on a infield grounder bowling over St. Louis C Hank Severeid and knocking him unconscious. Grover Hartley replaces the injured Severeid.

19th  At Chicago, the Giants edge the Cubs, 8–6, as New York CF Benny Kauff tags out two runners at 2B for a double play. With one out the Cubs load the bases. Giant catcher Bill Rariden throws to 2B and catches the runner, Les Mann, off. In the rundown, the runner on 3rd breaks for home and scores when the Giants fumble. But the ball is recovered and the throw to Kauff covering 2nd gets the runner sliding back. Kauff then looks up and tags the runner trying to advance from 1B to end the inning.

20th  The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager, not as a player, but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds, Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage, and a new team nickname will be coined: “Matties.” The trade gives the Reds seven ex-Feds, the most in the NL: Roush, McKechnie, Hal Chase, Baldy Louden, Emil Huhn, Al Schulz and Earl Moseley. The Reds split today, managing just two hits off Pete Alexander, who contributes 2 doubles himself to the Phils offense. Alexander wins, 6–0, but the Reds salvage a victory in game 2, winning 5–3. The trade will allow Herzog to play a MLB record 98 games at home. He has already played 50 games at Redlands Field and will play 48 at the Polo Grounds. Because of the scheduling, of his 156 games played this season, 98 will be at home (SABR Records Committee).

The Tigers beat the 2nd place Red Sox, 3–2, in 13 innings when Ty Cobb scores on a Ralph Young single. Cobb reached on an infield chop and a throwing error by Babe Ruth, who took over for Rube Foster in the 9th with the score, 2–2.

Bullet Joe Bush tosses a 2-0 whitewash on Cleveland in game 2 of a twinbill to stop the A’s losing streak at 9 games. Cleveland takes the opener, 4-2. Philadelphia has lost 21 of their last 23 games to give their fans a taste of things to come.

Portland (PCL) second baseman Bill Rodgers records an unassisted triple play in a game against Salt Lake City.

21st Mathewson, in his first game as the Reds manager, puts Edd Roush in CF, and the future star responds with a two-run triple and goes 3-for-5. But the Phils top Cincy, 6–4.

At Shibe, Chick Gandil has 3 hits and 3 runs as the Indians beat the A’s, 7-2. A’s rookie catcher Billy Meyer has one at bat and, experiencing discomfort, is replaced by recently signed Doc Carroll. Meyer will undergo an appendectomy and will miss the rest of the season.

22nd In a doubleheader in Rochester (International League) Urban Shocker of Toronto tosses an 11-inning no-hitter in game 1. That plus his 15-3 record will earn him a promotion back to the New York Yankees.

23rd The White Sox beat the Tigers, 12-9, in Detroit and a bad call in the 9th by umpire Dick Nallin prompts a mini riot. A foul fly pops out of catcher Ray Schalk’s glove, bounces off the concrete wall and back in his glove. Nallin rules the batter out and when Hugh Jennings complains about the call he is tossed out and will receive an indefinite suspension. Nallin needs to be escorted off the field as several hundred fans descend.

The St. Louis Cardinals sell pitcher Slim Sallee to the New York Giants for $10,000. Slim averaged 16 wins a year for the past 5 years for the dismal Cardinals, but is just 5-5 this season, and had not pitched since June 12. He had torn up his contract in early July when the team was in New York and quit the team to return home, claiming he was through with baseball. The team suspended him and looked for a trade. John McGraw talked Sallee out of retirement and purchased the lefty, a fine move for the Giants. Slim will register a 48-26 record in New York.

24th In Toronto, the Red Sox play a 5–5 exhibition tie with the Toronto (IL) Maple Leafs.

25th Tris Speaker has three hits against lefty Babe Ruth to finally drive him from the mound in the 8th inning. Reliever Rube Foster wild pitches home a run and Braggo Roth’s 2nd double gives Cleveland a 5–3 lead. The Tribe win, 5–4, with Ruth the loser. Ruth is 2-for-4 with a two run single. Cleveland and Boston are now in 2nd place 1 ½ games out in the tight AL race. Detroit is in 6th place, 6 games out.

26th  Tigers favorite Harry Heilmann gets an appreciative hand from the crowd for having dived into the Detroit River last night to save a woman from drowning. The Tigers then beat Washington, 6–5, as they continue to play without Ty Cobb. Cobb is nursing an injured finger and some cranky knees. He will return to action on the 28th.

In a 4–2 loss to the Reds, Giants P Bob Steele lives up to his name by swiping home in the 6th inning.

Eddie Cicotte, who started against the Yankees yesterday and was knocked out of the box, has a better time of it today as he allows one hit and one walk as the White Sox shut out the visiting Yanks, 2-0. Wally Pipp’s hit in the 5th is the lone safety.

27th  In Chicago, the first-place Yankees stay a half game ahead of Boston by coming from behind to beat the White Sox, 8-6. With 2 outs Rube Oldring lines a ball over Jackson’s head to the LF corner where it bounces over the fence for a grand slam for the winners. Mellie Wolfgang serves up the four bagger.

The Red Sox—Indians game in Cleveland goes an unheard of 2 hours and 50 minutes due to a Polish band at the game to celebrate “Coveleskie Day.” The band insists on playing during the time that the players are playing and refuse any orders from umpire Silk O’Loughlin to stop. They finally do. The Sox celebrate in their own way by knocking Stan Coveleski out of the game in the 6th, winning 7-6.

29th  Pitching for the 7th place Browns, Dave Davenport throws two complete game wins over the first place Yankees, winning 3–1 and 3–2 over Ray Caldwell and Reb Russell. Elmer Miller has his only homer of the year off Caldwell in game 2. This singular effort will not be matched against the Yankees, though Boston’s Don McMahon will beat them twice in relief in one day. The Red Sox, losers of two to the Tigers today, remain in 2nd place a half-game behind New York.

The White Sox sweep two games from the visiting A’s, winning 6-1 and 6-4, to move into 3rd place, 1.5 games out of first. The 7th place Browns are just 8.5 games out of 1st place, while the hapless Athletics are in last, 31 games out.

At Navin Field, the Tigers chase Babe Ruth in the 1st inning, scoring 4 runs as the Babe records just one out. Reliever Weldon Wycoff is not much better giving up 6 earned runs in 3 innings as the Tigers beat the Red Sox, 10-8. Making it close is Sox first sacker Del Gainer, who hits a double and two homers to drive in 6 runs. Detroit sweeps by winning the second game, 7-3, behind Bill James.

30th  The NY Times Book Review pans Ring Lardner’s baseball novel You Know Me, Al, recently published by George H Doran Company at $1.25. The reviewer says “the author was for some time sporting writer on a Chicago newspaper, and so may be supposed to know his subject thoroughly, but for the honor of the ‘national game’ we trust that his “busher” is not typical of the majority of its players. . . . As it contains many accounts of baseball games strung together on the thinnest possible thread of plot, it may please the ‘fans.’”

The White Sox down the hapless A’s, 10-1 and 7-0. Joe Jackson has a grand slam for the Sox.

Carl Mays tops the Tigers, 9–3 for a Red Sox win. With the Browns sweeping the Yankees, 2-1 and 2-0, Boston goes into first place and the Yankees drop to 3rd behind the White Sox. The 7th place Browns are 7 ½ games out of first.

31st  The Giants take two from Pittsburgh, winning both by 7–0 scores. Slim Sallee and Jeff Tesreau are the winners.

Babe Ruth fires a two hitter, allowing hits by Cobb and Burns, for a 6–0 win for the first place Red Sox over the Tigers. Ruth adds two hits at the plate.

The Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals split a pair with the Birds winning game one, 4-3. In the bottom of the fifth inning. Boston centerfielder Fred Snodgrass calls “Time!” because he has lost his sunglasses. Players, groundskeepers, and umpires delay the game five minutes walking around center field looking for them. Then a teammate finds them on the bench and brings them out. (as noted by Frank Vaccaro). Boston wins game 2 by a 2–1 score.

AUGUST

1st The Cubs and Phillies split a doubleheader with Chicago winning the opener, 2–0. Heinie Zimmerman starts the scoring with a home run. In the second game, the Phillies win, 3–2, despite making just one hit off Hendrix. Fred Luderus has the lone hit, a 2-run single in the 1st.

Dick Rudolph of the Braves beats the visiting Cardinals, 1–0.

The Browns edge the visiting Yankees, 3-2, for their 12th win in a row. Veteran SS Bobby Wallace makes an appearance for St. Louis, eliciting a reported 10 minutes of bedlam.

2nd Phils star Grover Alexander wins his 20th of the season, pitching a 12-inning 10 shutout over the Cubs. In the 12th, Alex intentionally walks two and then fans pitcher Iron Mike Prendergast with the bases loaded. Bill Killefer strolls home with the winning run while the Cubs are arguing a call at third base. Alexander has now won more games than the cross-town A’s (19).

3rd Fred Merkle poles an 8th inning home run into the LF bleachers to give the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Cubs, their 2nd 1-0 loss in a row. Poll Perritt outduels Hippo Vaughn, who allows just 3 hits.

At Boston, the Reds and Braves split a pair with the Reds taking the opener, 3-1, and Boston coming back, 5-3. Mitchell’s 9th inning pinch double drives in 3 runs in the opener for Cincinnati, while Red Smith hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Earl Moseley in game 2 for the difference.

The Pirates release sore shouldered Babe Adams (2-9) to St. Joseph, Missouri, of the Class A Western League. The Babe goes home rather than reporting to the team, and works on recovering the strength in his shoulder.

4th The Browns Eddie Plank allows 2 hits and tops young Babe Ruth to give the Browns a 6–1 win over the first place Red Sox. For the hot St. Louis Browns, it is their 14th win in a row, but the streak still leaves them in 7th place.

5th Grover “Pete” Alexander strokes two hits, but the Phils and Alex lose to the Cardinals, 2–0.

The Red Sox stop the Browns’ win streak, winning 4–1, behind Ernie Shore. St. Louis takes the nitecap, 6–3.

Lefty Tyler of the Braves beats the Reds, 1–0 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Boston takes the 2nd game, 4-3, to sweep.

6th Red Sox pitcher Rube Foster allows 3 hits in beating the Browns, 1–0. Most of the hitting in the game comes when Browns 3B Jimmy Austin and Boston C Chet Thomas mix it up. The Sox end the day .002 ahead of the White Sox, but will take 3 out of 4 in Chicago to open up some room.

7th  At St. Louis, the Browns score 2 runs in the 7th against Nats starter Bert Gallia to tie the game. Ayers relieves and Walter Johnson pitches the last 1 1/3 innings, allowing a tally in the 10th for a 3–2 St. Louis win. The official scorer kindly gives the loss to Gallia.

The Braves whitewash the Reds twice, winning 2–0 and 6–0. Jesse Barnes and Frank Allen are the winning pitchers. Fred Toney allows just 2 hits in the first game loss.

In the 3rd inning against the Red Sox, White Sox P Reb Russell steals home. Chicago wins, 7–1.

8th  The Athletics set an AL record with their 19th loss in a row on the road (20th overall), a 9–0 yawner to the Tigers. The streak began on July 25th, making it a record for losses in 2 weeks, breaking the mark of the 1906 Red Sox. Since June 3, the A’s have gone 4-56.

In St. Louis, the Browns sweep a pair from the Senators, winning the opener, 2-0, behind Bob Groom. George Sisler has a homer and 2 RBIs. In game 2, the Browns stake Eddie Plank to a 9-0 lead after 3 innings and the 41-year-old veteran wins, 11-1. Eddie Foster’s RBI-double in the 9th inning is the only Senator safety.

9th  The A’s end a 20-game losing streak, beating Detroit 7–1 behind Joe Bush. It is their 2nd win in 30 games. Bush’s last two wins before today stopped losing streaks as the woeful A’s have won 4 of their last 59 games. The 20-game skein ties the 1906 Red Sox for the longest in the junior circuit, a mark that will be topped by the 1988 Orioles. Of the A’s losses, a record 19 came on the road.

Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander allows 3 hits in edging the Reds, 1–0.

12th At Fenway, Babe Ruth squares off against Washington lefty Harry Harper and both pitchers leave after 7 innings, with Boston trailing 1–0. Ruth, with two strikeouts at the plate, is lifted for pinch hitter Hal Janvrin. Washington reliever Walter Johnson makes two errors in the 8th and gives up two runs in the 9th as Boston wins, 2–1.

13th On a muddy Robison Field in St. Louis, the Cards drill 23 hits in game one to defeat the Pirates in 11 innings, 9–8. The hit total is a ML-high for the 1916 season. Game two begins at 6 p.m. and when the Bucs score 8 runs in the first two innings, Pittsburgh hurries to get the game in, while on the other side of the field, the Cards begin to dally. The Cards Dot Miller singles and then steals 2B and 3B on one pitch as pitcher Al Mamaux and C Bill Fischer ignore him. The Cards “steal” 11 bases, tying the NL mark, while the Bucs add three in just 5 innings before the umps and darkness mercifully end it. Pittsburgh wins, 9–5. The steal rule will eventually be amended to not credit a runner when the defense ignores him.

After St. Louis scores in the 9th to tie the game at 3 apiece, Braggo Roth homers off Earl Hamilton to give the Indians a 4-3 win over the Browns. Braggo has 4 hits and drives in all 4 runs. Tris Speaker has a safety to extend his hitting streak to 27 games.

14th In a Monday doubleheader in Philadelphia, 17,000 fans cheer as the Phils sweep the Giants, winning 9–0 and 7–4. Alexander applies the whitewash in the opener and Eppa Rixey wins the nitecap.

15th  Boston’s Babe Ruth out duels Nationals’ ace Walter Johnson, winning 1–0 in 13 innings. Johnson allows just 5 hits through 12 innings, while Ruth surrenders just an infield single—by Clyde Milan in the 11th—from the 7th inning on. Milan also robs Ruth of a homer in the 12th by grabbing a ball heading into the RF stands. Ruth is now 3–0 in his meetings with Johnson.

17th  The Athletics edge the Browns, 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader, ending their ML record losing-streak in one-run games at 16. This will be topped by the 1933 Red Sox. Philadelphia drops game 2 by an unsurprising 3-2 score.

18th  Mr. Smith—Elmer, that is—goes to Washington along with Joe Leonard in exchange for Joe Boehling and Danny Moeller going to the Indians.

20th   Jack Coombs allows one hit as Brooklyn beats Chicago, 1-0. Max Flack has the lone hit for Chicago. The Robins’ score comes when Zack Wheat triples and scores on a wild pitch.

21st In Boston’s 4–0 win at Cleveland, Jack Barry has 4 sacrifices for the Sox, tying a ML record (Retrosheet credits Barry with 3 sacs, while The Sporting News Record Book gives him 4).

In his first game against the Cardinals in a Giants uniform, Slim Sallee pitches a solid game but is bested by Mule Watson, 1-0. The Cards strike in the 1st inning when Hornsby follows Bescher’s double with a triple. The Giants threaten to tie but after the 3rd inning, no New Yorkers reach first base.

22nd  Lefty Tyler of the Braves wins his second 1–0 game this month, beating the Reds again, 1–0.

For the third day in a row the Cardinals administer a helping off calcimine to the visiting Giants, beating them, 5-0, and extending New York’s scoreless innings streak to 37. They are 1-10 in their last 11 games. They will finally score an unearned run in the 3rd inning of their next game, a 10-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

The Yankees knock knuckler Eddie Cicotte out of the game and edge the White Sox, 7-6. With the win, the Yankees vault from 6th place to 3rd place in the AL.

23rd  Ty Cobb goes from 1B to 3B on a teammate’s single to LF, then swipes home when A’s 3B Charlie Pick holds the ball. Detroit wins, 10–3.

Babe Ruth picks up his only save of the season, relieving Dutch Leonard in the 8th with Boston leading the Indians, 6–3. Babe strikes out 3 in the 8th and doubles and scores in his trip to the plate. He shuts out Cleveland in the 9th as Boston completes a 4-game sweep of the Tribe.

24th Babe Ruth fires his 7th shutout of the year, stopping Detroit on 3 hits as Boston wins, 3–0.

The Senators down the White Sox, 8-3 as Elmer Smith, acquired last week from Cleveland, hits a grand slam off Red Faber and drives in 5 runs.

25th Dick Rudolph of the Braves beats the Cubs, 1–0, matching his teammate Lefty Tyler with two 1–0 games in a month. No Brave will match it until Greg Maddux in 2001. For Rudolph, it is his 9th straight win.

Giants 1B Fred Merkle is traded to Brooklyn for C Lew McCarty. Brooklyn needs help because regular 1B Jake Daubert is hurt.

26th  After being knocked out of the box in 3 innings yesterday against Cleveland, the A’s Joe Bush gets revenge by no-hitting Cleveland, 5–0, in Philadelphia. The only batter to reach base is the leadoff batter, who walks. It is Nap Lajoie’s last ML game. He goes 1-for-3 with a triple, and hits just .280 for the year; his last at bat is a fly to RF. Stan Coveleski takes the loss.

The Yankees use a triple play in the 6th to stop the Browns as they beat the visitors, 10-6. The loss goes to Eddie Plank, the third of five St. Louis pitchers. Big Dave Davenport starts, trying for his 10th straight win, but goes just 3 frames for Fielder Jones’ team. Ray Fisher gets the win.

Pete Schneider of the Reds beats the visiting Phillies, 1–0.

28th  The Giants send veteran Larry Doyle to the Cubs, along with Herb Hunter, for 3B Heinie Zimmerman and SS Mickey Doolan. The move allows Buck Herzog to shift to 2B.

29th At Fenway, the Browns sweep a doubleheader from the host Red Sox. In game 1, the Browns top the Red Sox 5–3 with Ruth pitching 5 innings of relief before leaving with the sacks full. Ruth also fans with the bases loaded. Dick Davenport is the winning pitcher, his 9th straight victory. Bob Groom is the 8-2 winner in the second game.

The Reds, led by Christy Mathewson, top the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 3–2, beating up on the newly reacquired Slim Sallee.

30th Following his previous start yesterday when he lasted one-third of an inning against St. Louis, Hubert “Dutch” Leonard of the Red Sox no-hits the Browns 4–0. No batters reach base until C Hank Severeid walks with 2 outs in the 8th. The win stops first-place Boston’s losing streak of 4 games.

Dick Rudolph wins his third 1–0 game this month as the Braves edge the Pirates, 1-0. He is the first hurler to win three 1-0 games in a calendar month. He’ll be matched this century by Carl Hubbell in July 1933.

31st At Boston, the Browns Ernie Koob beats the Red Sox and Babe Ruth, 2–1. Ruth makes 2 hits and scores the lone Sox run but pops out to end the game.

SEPTEMBER

1st The Phils whitewash the Dodgers twice, winning 3–0 behind Grover Alexander and 6–0 to back Eppa Rixey. Alexander’s win in the opener is his 14th shutout, setting a major league record. The loser is Jack Coombs, who had set the record of 13 shutouts while pitching for the A’s in 1910. The Phils will win tomorrow behind Al Demaree’s 9th straight win, and twice more to move into 1st place.

4th  To help draw a Labor Day crowd, and because of their longtime rivalry, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown agree to close out their careers in the same game. Matty, now the manager of the Reds, wins 10–8 in his only game not pitched in a Giants uniform. Mathewson and Brown dueled 25 times since 1903, with Brown, now back with the Cubs, winning 13 and losing 10; Matty is 11–13. Both pitcher stagger to the end today in the nitecap of a twinbill, with the Reds racking up 19 hits, 3 by Matty, off Brown, while the Cubs tally 15 of Mathewson, 2 hits by Brown. Vic Saier hits a 3-run HR off Matty, the 5th time he has hit a 4-bagger off him, the most Matty has given up to any one hitter. The Cubs score 3 in the 9th before Matty gets Fritz Mollwitz, representing the tying run, to pop out. Today’s win the number 373 for Mathewson. The Cubs win the a.m. contest, 3–0.

In Detroit, the Coveleski brothers appear together in the same game for the only time in their careers. Stan starts for the Indians and gets knocked out in Detroit’s 5-run first inning. Harry relieves later on in the game as Detroit wins, 7–5.

In a double shutout, the Pirates Frank Miller and Wilbur Cooper shut out the Cardinals 7–0 and 2–0.

At New York, the Yankees and Red Sox split. Boston wins the opener, 7–1, behind Babe Ruth, while New York scores in the 9th to win the nitecap, 4–3.

5th Walter Johnson strikes out 8 and allows one hit as the Senators beat the Yankees, 2-0. Rube Oldring has the lone hit for New York. Johnson hits a solo home run off Nick Cullop and wins his 24th.

6th New York’s Rube Benton tosses both ends of a doubleheader against the faltering Brooklyn Robins, winning the opener 6–1 and losing the 2nd game, 2–1, to Rube Marquard. Benton gives up 14 hits in the two games. Fletcher is the offensive star of game 1 hitting a homer and stealing 2B, 3B, and home in the 3rd. The steal of home is on the front end of a double steal with Holke.

At Philadelphia the Red Sox trim the meek Mackmen, 5-2. It is the A’s 100th loss of the season.

The White Sox win over Cleveland, 4-3, the first of a four-game series with the Indians. The Sox will sweep them all, winning three by a run and one by two runs. Ziggy Hasbrook debuts with the Sox today at 1B; when the Sox purchased his contract in late July from Muscatine (Central Assoc) he pitched a one-hit shutout over Cedar Rapids.

At Detroit, Ty Cobb’s speed is too much of St. Louis and the Tigers win 4-3. In the 10th inning, Cobb beats out a hit to short, steals 2b and continues to 3B on a low throw. Veach then grounds sharply to Sisler at 1B, forcing Cobb to return to 3B. But when Sisler jogs over to touch the bag, Cobb dashes for home beating the throw.

7th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Ferdie Schupp beats Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker, 4–1, to launch New York’s record 26–game winning streak.

8th  In a “travesty” at Shibe Park, the result of Connie Mack juggling the schedule in an attempt to play a couple of lucrative exhibition games, The A’s top the Yankees, 8-2. Switch-hitter Wally Schang of the A’s hits homers from both sides of the plate against the Yankees, the first major leaguer to do so. One of the homers is a grand slam. [The next AL player to hit homers from both sides will be Johnny Lucadello in 1940.] Only 23 people see the rare feat on a rainy day as the A’s push their record to 30-101. New York Evening Sun reporter William J. Slocum, writes on the odd game, “When the baseball historian sets himself to the task of chronicling the unusual events of the 1916 season, he should not overlook September 8. A travesty on the national game was put on at Shibe Park before a gathering which perhaps sets the low record for attendance at a major league game. The paid attendance was exactly twenty-one, and the receipts did not amount to $16. These figures are positively official.” (as noted by Steve Steinberg).

9th Hippo Vaughn and Jimmy Lavender shut out the Pirates, 3–0 and 2–0, for a Cubs’ doubleheader victory.

New York Giant pitcher William “Pol” Perritt beats the Phillies twice, winning 3–1 and 3–0. He gives up just 4 hits in each game.

In Washington, Boston’s Babe Ruth tops the Senators and Walter Johnson, 2–1. Ruth gives up 4 hits while Johnson allows 8. It is the Babe’s 4th win this season versus Johnson. Washington wins the nitecap, 4–3, in 10 innings.

11th At Philadelphia, Benny Kauff has two walks in the Giants 6-run 4th as they down the Phillies, 9-4. Kauff adds a double and homer in his 2 official at bats to back Jeff Tesreau’s win.

12th Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth, both pitching on 2 days rest, square off. Washington scores 2 runs in the 9th when John Henry lines a bases loaded double off Ruth to tie the game, 2–2. Boston scores in the 10th, but Washington tallies twice off Ernie Shore to win, 4–3. Johnson is the winner.

Dick Rudolph of the Braves wins his 4th 1–0 game in six weeks beating the Cubs, 1–0, in game 1. Game 2 ends in a 3–3, 13-inning tie.

Bobby Veach and Ty Cobb each have 4 hits and the pair score 7 runs between them in Detroit’s 10-2 win over the Indians. Two of Cobb’s hits are homers.

13th Sherry Magee clouts a grand slam, off Jimmy Lavender, and the third-place Braves sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 7-3 and 11-6. Red Smith has 5 hits in game 1 for the Braves, driving in 4 runs. Boston is now just a game and half out of first place.

14th Four days after his first appearance, Pirate rookie Burleigh Grimes makes his first start, against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn breaks a scoreless tie with 2 runs in the 7th, after Honus Wagner flubs a DP grounder hit by Casey Stengel. Wagner, who ostensibly had told the rookie to have Stengel hit the ball to short, reportedly says, “Those damn big feet of mine have always been in my way (Okrent & Wulf).” Pittsburgh scores 2 in the 8th to tie but pitcher Larry Cheney loops a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 9th to win it for Brooklyn.

Bob Bescher hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Erskine Mayer, and the visiting Cardinals beat the Phillies, 5-3. For the Cards, it is their last win of the year: they’ll lose their next 14 games.

In a see-saw battle in Chicago, the White Sox edge the Browns, 9-8, in 10 innings. The Sox steal 5 bases, including Ray Schalk’s 30th. He is the first catcher to steal 30 bases.

The Giants win their third in a row from the Reds, beating them, 3-1, behind Jeff Tesreau’s wet offerings. George Burns plates the third run, scoring from 1B on a bunt single by Herzog. Burns is running on a steal attempt and just keeps going.

Exercising a baseball superstition, Tiger manager Jennings designates it “Shocker Day” in honor of former Detroit sandlot star Urban Shocker, the rookie starter for the visiting Yankees (as noted by historian Steve Steinberg). Instead of being jinxed by the “honor”, Shocker puts a crimp in the Tigers first-place ideas with a 4–2 win. The Yankees use a rare suicide double squeeze to score two runners, from 2B and 3B, to win.

15th The Giants, sporting a 9-game winning streak, are losing 2–0 to Cincy in the 4th inning when rain washes out the game.

The Robins score 8 runs in the 2nd inning—4 on a grand slam by Zach Wheat—as Brooklyn downs the visiting Reds, 8-1, in 5 innings. Rube Marquard allows just 3 Buc hits. Wheat extends his hit streak to 28 games.

Larry Gardner has 3 hits and drives in 4 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 9-3 win over the Browns. Rube Foster (14-7) finishes his season with a 9-game winning streak. A persistent sore arm will sideline him the last two weeks of the season and limit his WS appearances. The sore arm will continue next year and it will be his final.

16th In game 1 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn beats the Reds, 4-3, as Rube Marquard comes in to get the last out after Cincinnati scores 2 runs. The Reds Fred Toney pitches 12 innings in the nitecap before the game is called at 1–1 apiece. Zack Wheat goes hitless to end his hit streak at 29 consecutive games. He’ll put together a streak of 26 in 1919. Hal Chase has 5 hits for the afternoon and now leads the NL with a .329 BA.

At Baker Bowl, Pete Alexander is coasting with a 2-hit, 6–0 lead in the 8th over the Cubs, when weak-hitting Steve Yerkes lines a single followed by manager Joe Tinker’s only hit of the year. On a DP grounder, 1B Fred Luderus pulls his foot off the bag and Chicago goes on to score 3 runs. Alexander loses his shutout but wins his 29th as second-place Philadelphia is victorious, 6–3. The Phils sweep as Al Demaree tosses a 6-0 shutout in game 2. Gavvy Cravath helps with a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs.

17th  St. Louis Browns P George Sisler wins 1–0 over Walter Johnson. It is his last win, as he soon becomes a regular 1B. He will also play 2 games as a left-handed 3B.

At Comiskey Park, Boston lefty Babe Ruth wins his 20th, beating Red Faber and the White Sox, 6–2. A crowd of 40,000 is on hand, the largest turnout to date in Chicago history.

18th The Giants extend their win streak to 11 games by topping the Pirates in the opener of two. The nitecap is called after 8 innings with the score tied 1–1.

Ernie Shore beats the White Sox, 4–3, and strikes out 4 times. The win, coupled with Detroit’s loss, allows the Red Sox to reclaim first place by .003. Boston will win three in a row from Detroit.

Washington’s Claude Thomas makes his first major-league start and shuts out the A’s, 1–0.

19th Phils ace Pete Alexander gives up two runs, both unearned, and loses to the Cubs, 2–0. Hippo Vaughn out duels Alex as the Phils fall two games behind Brooklyn.

At Philadelphia, the White Sox tie a ML record when 3 pinch runners score in the 9th inning. The Sox win, 5–4, over the A’s.

20th Al Demaree of the Phillies pitches both games of a doubleheader and wins both against the Pirates. Demaree tosses a shutout to win the first game, 7-0, as the Phils knock Cooper out with a 7-run 6th inning, plating all the runs with 2 out. Demaree wins the second game, 3-2, when Al Mamaux throws a wild pitch in the 9th with the bases loaded. Demaree’s feat of winning two complete games in a day will be matched in a week by teammate Alexander.

The New York Giants win their 15th in a row as Ferdie Schupp stops the Cubs, 4-2.

For the second time this month, Hal Chase has 4 hits in a game, including a 3-run homer, as the Reds whip the host Braves, 12-4. Chase, the NL leader in hitting at .332, puts some distance between himself and Hornsby and Wheat. Chase will win the batting title, the only leader in history to bat right and throw left.

21st Rookie Tris Speaker goes 4-for-6 and drives in a run as Cleveland edges Washington and Walter Johnson, 3–2, in 13 innings. The Big Train gives up 15 hits. Al Gould pitches 4 innings of shutout relief, but the scorer gives the win to Cleveland starter Pop-boy Smith, who allows 2 runs in 9 innings. It is the only ML win for Pop-boy. Gould records a save (retroactive), the only one in his ML career.

      The Sporting News reports that Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell has entered a hospital to dry out and that he is completely cured.

22nd Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston swipes 2B, 3B, and home as Rube Marquard 6-hits the Cardinals for a 11–1 win. Brooklyn’s Hack Miller makes his first appearance, going hitless in one at bat as a late inning replacement.

The White Sox stay 2.5 games behind the Red Sox, winners at Cleveland, with a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees. Happy Felsch has 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Eddie Collins has a single to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20 games. He’s had 32 hits during the streak.

23rd Grover Cleveland Alexander beats Cincinnati twice, 7–3 and 4–0, at Philadelphia, allowing just a walk in the two 9-inning contests. Gavvy Cravath has 6 consecutive hits in the two games. With the Phillies needing the catch a train, Alex finishes the nitecap in 58 minutes, his 5th shutout and 8th victory over the Reds this season, a NL record. Pete has now thrown 15 shutouts on the year, also a NL and ML record. Tom Hughes, in 1905, whitewashed the Indians 5 times.

Series-bound Boston beats Cleveland, 5-3, behind Carl Mays. Duffy Lewis is 5-for-5 with two spectacular catches in the field. He turns the 2nd into a DP. Two of his hits are triples.

24th  Marty Kavanagh, Indians utility man, clubs the AL’s first pinch-hit grand slam in a 5–3 win over the first place Red Sox. The 5th-inning hit is a sizzling grounder over 3B that rolls under a screen in far left field and cannot be retrieved in time for a play at the plate. Kavanagh’s blast comes off Boston’s Dutch Leonard and ends Boston’s 7-game win streak. Dutch allows 4 hits, all for extra bases. The Sox are 2 ½ games ahead of Chicago, winners over the Yankees.

Ty Cobb is 4-for-4 against Walter Johnson as the Tigers beat the Senators, 6-5. Johnson loses his 20th against 25 wins, and again leads the league in batters faced. It is a record 4th consecutive season he’s done so.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Browns George Sisler bats 3rd and pitches his 2nd game in 8 days, tossing a complete game, but losing 2–0 to the A’s Harry Siebold. Siebold has an RBI double to help his cause. Sisler plays first base in game 2 as the Browns win, 3–2, behind Ernie Koob. Parnham allows just 4 hits, all for extra bases, and walks 4. One of the walks is to Koob, who goes hitless, ending the season at 0-for-41, but coaxing 15 walks. Koob is the only player to draw more than 7 walks in a hitless season.

25th The Giants push their record win streak to 21 games by clipping the Cardinals, 1–0 and 6–2. The old record was set in 1884 when Providence won 20 straight.

Where’d he get that nickname? In a second game sweep of the Pirates, Braves OF Zip Collins steals his 4th base of the year to go with 21 times he has been caught stealing. This is the worst record of any base stealer in the 20th Century with more than 20 attempts (as noted by Fred Worth). Larry Gardner will come close in 1920 when he is caught 20 times with 3 successes. The Braves win, 3-2, after Lefty Tyler shuts out the Bucs, 5-0.

Boston’s Babe Ruth is 2-for-3 and shuts out Cleveland, 2–0, on 7 hits.

26th  Washington manager Griffith excuses several regulars for the remaining games of the season so he can use some new players. Included in the excused is 25-game winner Walter Johnson. In a league-leading 370 IP, he did not give up a HR, an all-time record.

The Braves Lefty Tyler beats the Pirates, 1–0, for his 3rd 1-0 game in two months.

28th In the 4th doubleheader whitewash in the NL this month, the Giants’ Jeff Tesreau tops the Braves, 2–0, in the opener. In the 2nd game, Ferdie Schupp yields a 7th inning single to Braves 1B Ed Konetchy, breaking up his no hitter. Schupp finishes with a one-hit, 6–0 win, helped by a grand slam from Benny Kauff. Ferdie will end the year with an ERA of 0.90 to lead the NL: last year his 5.90 was last in the NL. For New York, it is their 25th consecutive win.

At Brooklyn, the Phils close to a half-game behind the Robins as they beat them, 8–4. Alexander is the victor for the visiting Quakers. Both teams are off tomorrow.

29th  Boston Red Sox P Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rd win, topping New York 3–0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no HRs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.

30th  In the opener of a doubleheader, Giants pitcher Rube Benton takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning before Braves 1B Ed Konetchy repeats his performance of 2 days ago by lacing a hit, the only Boston safety. Benton wins the one-hitter, 4–0, for New York’s ML record 26th win in a row. Boston then wins the 2nd game, 8–3, behind Lefty Tyler to snap the historic streak. Jeff Tesreau, in relief of Slim Sallee, is ineffective. Despite the winning streak, and an earlier skein of 17 victories on the road, New York finishes in 4th place.

Red Sox CF Tilly Walker, imitating Tris Speaker, his predecessor, dashes in for a low line drive and beats the runner back to 2B for an unassisted DP. It is an important play, as Dutch Leonard defeats Nick Cullop of the Yankees 1–0 in the 10th on Harry Hooper’s sacrifice fly. The win clinches a tie for the pennant for Boston. Cleveland will beat Chicago tomorrow to give the flag to Boston.

At Cleveland, the second-place White Sox take a pair from the Indians, winning 7-2 and 7-3. Happy Felsch hits a 9th inning grand slam for the Sox in game 2, snapping a 3-3 tie.

In Philadelphia, the A’s and Washington split a pair with the Senators taking the opener, 8-6. The Athletics win game 2 by a 10-9 score, just the second time this season they’ve scored 10 runs. The woeful A’s will score just 447 runs for the year, the lowest in the majors, while the staff gives up 776 runs, by far the highest number allowed.

Behind Eppa Rixey, the Phils win the morning game with Brooklyn, 7–2, and now lead the NL by a half game. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 6–1 behind Rube Marquard and they hammer Alexander for 11 hits including a homer by Casey Stengel. The Phils also lose SS Dave Bancroft when he breaks his ankle running to 1B. Bancroft had injured the leg earlier in the game while fielding a ball. Both teams are off tomorrow.

OCTOBER

1st  Hal Chase, with a lock on the NL batting title, is honored before the Reds–Pirates game in a ceremony featuring actress May Buckley. Chase then collects two hits in the Reds 4–0 win to finish the season at .339, outdistancing runner-up Jake Daubert. A month ago, Prince Hal was at .307, while Jake was leading the league at .325. With today’s win the Reds tie the Cards for 7th place.

At Weeghman Park, the Cubs use three homers to help beat the Cardinals, 6-3. The loss is the 14th in a row for the Birds and mercifully ends their season. They will start next season with two losses before winning four in a row.

In a 6–3 win over Detroit, the Browns steal 8 bases to total 234 steals, an AL record until the Oakland A’s swipe 341, in 1976. Sisler and Shotton have 3 apiece. Detroit adds 7 steals, 2 by Cobb, of its own for a combined 15 steals, tying the AL record for 2 clubs that New York set by themselves on Sept 28, 1911. In his 153rd game, Tiger 3B Ossie Vitt raises his season total chances to 615, a mark that will stand for 21 years.

2nd  Grover Cleveland Alexander 3-hits the 3rd-place Braves for a 2–0 Philley win, his 33rd, and his record 16th shutout. He has thrown 28 shutouts in the last two seasons. But Boston takes the nitecap, 4-1, when Milt Stock, Bancroft’s replacement at short, makes a costly error.

After Three Fingered Brown (18-8) stops host Pittsburgh, 8-5, in the opener—and also going 4-for-4, the Whales take game 2 over the Rebels in 11 innings, winning, 6-3. The sweep vaults the Whales from third place to first, with the Rebels and St. Louis Terriers tied for second, a half game back. Chicago and Pittsburgh will split tomorrow with the Whales topping the FL by a percentage point over St. Louis.

At Redland Field, the Cubs and Reds split a pair, with Chicago taking the opener, 5-3, in 12 innings, and Cincy winning 3-0, in 6 innings. Pete Standridge (4-1), called the inventor of the fork ball by The Sporting Life, is the winner in 9 innings of relief in his final ML appearance.

3rd Brooklyn tops the Giants 8–6 and clinches the pennant. A disgusted McGraw leaves the bench in the 5th inning, convinced his players aren’t trying against the Robins, who feature many ex-Giants on the roster. The Pittsburgh Post calls it “one of the bushiest games ever staged in the big leagues” (as noted by Greg Beston). Among the many questionable plays happens Giant pitcher Pol Perritt pitches from a windup with a runner on first base, giving a Brooklyn runner an easy steal. “I do not believe that any of my players deliberately favored Brooklyn, but they did not play my kind of baseball,” says McGraw after the game. “They did not obey my orders. . . . I’m through with baseball for the year. I have worked too hard this summer to tolerate that stuff.”

In what was supposed to be a tuneup for the World Series, the Red Sox drop a pair to the lowly A’s losing 5-3 and 7-5 at Braves Field. Carl Mays and Babe Ruth absorb the losses, each going 5 innings. The A’s pull themselves up to a 36-117 season.

Meanwhile, the Phils drop a doubleheader to the Braves at home, 6–3 and 6–1, to drop 2 ½ games behind with two games to play.

5th  With the Braves ahead 4–1 in the 8th inning, Phils manager Pat Moran puts pudgy Billy Maharg in as a pinch hitter. Maharg grounds out and then plays LF before returning to his real duties as chauffeur for Phils C Bill Killefer. Maharg also appeared in 2 innings as a replacement Tiger in 1912. He’ll make his next appearance when his name is linked to the Black Sox scandal.

7th  Despite a 4-run Brooklyn rally in the 9th, the Red Sox defeat Rube Marquard 6–5 to win game 1 of the WS at Braves Field. Ernie Shore gets the win, Carl Mays a save. The Sox turn 4 double plays, including a spectacular 9-2 where Harry Hooper makes the catch from a sitting position and quickly gets up to throw out Zack Wheat at the plate.

9th  After a Sunday off, Babe Ruth outpitches Sherry Smith to win game 2 of the WS 2–1 in 14 innings. Both starters go the distance with Smith allowing 7 hits, Ruth giving up 6. According to the Boston Traveler, each starter throws 148 pitches as the two teams set a record (since tied) for the longest game in WS history. Ruth allows one run in the first, a homer by CF Hy Myers that skips by Harry Hooper. It is only homer off Ruth this year. Only two Robins reach base after the 8th, one on a walk and another on an error. This is the start of 29 2⁄3 scoreless World Series innings pitched by Ruth. When Ruth is finished, he will have an World Series ERA of 0.87; Sherry Smith will be right behind him at 0.89, to rank second and third this century for pitchers with 30 innings or more.

10th  In game 3, Larry Gardener’s 7th inning HR over the RF fence at Brooklyn brings the Sox within a run 4–3, but Jeff Pfeffer, in relief of Jack Coombs, shuts them down. Carl Mays takes the loss. Charlie Ebbets becomes the first owner to raise the price of WS grandstand seats to $5—up from $3.

11th  Rube Marquard, Larry Cheney, and Nap Rucker yield 10 hits as the Red Sox win game 4 easily 6–2. The Brooklyn Robins score twice in the first, but Larry Gardner’s 2nd HR, an inside-the-park blast, scores 3 in the 2nd and puts Boston ahead to stay. Dutch Leonard holds his foes to 5 hits. Rucker’s 2 innings are the last in the majors for the vet: he hangs up his spikes with a 134-134 record, all with Brooklyn.

12th  Boston’s 4–1 win in game 5 ends the Series. The Red Sox had 22 shares of $3,826. The Dodgers, less generous, $2,834. Red Sox manager Bill “Rough” Carrigan, who announced late in the season that he would be quitting, says good-bye to each of his players. Carrigan will return to manage the Red Sox in 1927, but his teams will finish last for three seasons. Jack Barry will take over as manager for the 1917 season.

16th  Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets rewards manager Wilbert Robinson with a $5,000 bonus for a job well done.

NOVEMBER

1st  Harry H. Frazee, New York theater owner and producer, and Hugh Ward buy the Red Sox for $675,000 (one report puts the figure at $750,000) from Joseph Lannin. Bill Carrigan announces that he will retire as Red Sox manager to pursue his interests in Lewiston, Maine.

29th In Kansas City, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander face each other for the first time. The exhibition game between the two stars features Zach Wheat, Casey Stengel, Max Carey, Hal Chase and others. The “Johnsons” prevail over the “Alexanders”, 3–2.

Bob Unglaub, former major league player and manager, dies from injuries sustained two days ago when he was struck by a train. He had three fractured ribs, a gash across his stomach and one kidney was cut in half. Unglaub managed at Fargo, ND this past season and was employed offseason as a machinist with the Pennsylvania Railroad.

DECEMBER

2nd  Under pressure from the Players’ Fraternity, the National Commission orders that injured players shall get full pay for the duration of their contracts. The injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days pay.

8th  The National Commission fines 51 players $25 to $100 for performing in post-season exhibitions. Among the guilty: Babe Ruth, Jack Barry, Duffy Lewis, 10 other Red Sox players, and Ty Cobb.

13th AL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Red Sox to Frazee and Ward.

14th The Cubs swap OF Joe Kelly to the Braves for coach Fred Mitchell, who will become Chicago’s new manager.

  • 1917

January

6th With Bill Carrigan reaffirming his decision to leave the Red Sox, Jack Barry is named as player-manager.

16th The Cubs send Jimmy Lavender and $5,000 to the Phillies for Al Demaree. They’ll keep Al until the end of July before passing him to the Giants.

30th Grover Cleveland Alexander announces he is ready to retire from pro baseball and join a semipro team if his salary demands are not met. Alex wants a 3-year contract at $15,000 per year.

FEBRUARY

13th  Tim Murnane, 64, first baseman on the original Boston NL team of 1876 and later a leading Boston baseball writer, dies in Boston.

14th Dave Fultz, president of the Players Fraternity, calls off a strike set to begin within the week. One of demands of the union was to abolish the ten-day clause, in which a team ceases to pay a injured player after he has been out of action for ten days. Organized Baseball officially severs relations with the union, leaving the players without representation.

24th  Smoky Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, is sold by the Red Sox to Cleveland for $15,000. He will become an outfielder after one last, losing start on the mound, and will play 5 more years.

25th The White Sox purchase Chick Gandil from Cleveland for $3,500.

March

19th The Red Sox lose to Brooklyn, 7–2 in the “Hot Springs World Series.” Both teams are training in Arkansas and will barnstorm north together.

25th John McGraw signs a five-year contract for $40,000 a year plus bonuses. The contract makes him the highest paid figure in baseball.

Babe Ruth pitches four innings against Brooklyn, allowing just one hit, before giving way to a group of inept Red Sox relievers. Brooklyn wins, 11–2, and reigns as “Hot Springs Champs.”

The Red Sox beat Brooklyn, 11–2, in Hot Springs. For tomorrow’s game in Memphis, players on both teams will sport numbers on their sleeves, the idea of Robins’ owner Charles Ebbets. His reasoning is that fans in non-Major league cities would be unfamiliar with the players.

30th In an exhibition game in Dallas between the Giants and Tigers, Ty Cobb slides into second bases and slashes Buck Herzog’s leg with his spikes. Herzog jumps on Cobb and the two fight fiercely until separated. Herzog challenges Cobb to a fight and says he’ll be in Cobb’s room at 10 p.m. and both will be accompanied by one teammate. Herzog and Heinie Zimmerman show up, but Cobb has 8 teammates on hand. Herzog knocks the Tiger star down with his first punch but Cobb gets up and hammers the New Yorker until the two are finally separated. Cobb refuses to play the remaining games with the Giants, and at the end of the week the New York players send him a postcard: “It’s safe to rejoin your club; we’ve left.”

An exhibition game in Oklahoma City between the Dodgers and the Red Sox is held up for three hours by a wind storm of flying dirt. The Sox win, 10-4.

APRIL

10th  The U.S. entry into WW I and a cold, wet spring combine to put a damper on the start of the season; 48 NL games will be postponed in the first month. Half the ML clubs will show losses this year, and 8 of the 20 minor leagues will fold before the season is over. The AL gets the Army to assign drill sergeants to each team for daily pregame drills. A final contest will be held for a $500 prize. The St. Louis Browns will take the money.

11th In pregame drills before the Yankees Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees impress General Leonard Wood by marching in drills. The Sox, having not practiced, decline, but then drill New York 10–3 in the game. Boston breaks a 3-3 tie with four runs in the 7th, three coming home on round tripper by Dick Hoblitzell. Tilly Walker adds a double, two triples and 4 RBIs for Boston, while Babe Ruth allows just three hits, all singles, in beating Ray Caldwell.

In Philadelphia, Walter Johnson and the Nationals shut out the A’s, 3–0. Johnson strikes out 11 in outgunning Bullet Joe Bush.

12th Before a near-capacity crowd of 24,000, the visiting Cardinals beat the Reds 5–1 behind Bill Doak.

14th  In St. Louis, Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte pitches a no-hitter over the Browns, winning easily, 11–0. Cicotte faces just 30 batters, with the only near-hit a line drive by Jimmy Austin that Chick Gandil fumbles. “And not without cause, for Jimmy’s drive had whiskers like a German who was trapped for ten days on Vimy Ridge.” (Chicago Tribune). Cicotte’s 28 wins and 1.53 ERA will top the AL.

16th  At Shibe Park, the Red Sox win, 6-1, over the A’s as Babe Ruth (2-0) goes the distance allowing 8 hits. Boston manages 8 hits off three A’s hurlers. Jack Nabors allows 2 runs in relief in his final ML appearance as he finishes his career at 1-25.

19th  At Philadelphia, the A’s edge the Red Sox, 4-3, when Ping Bodie drives in the winning run in the 9th inning with an apparent homerun. Ping is awarded .a triple (as noted in Retrosheet).

21st At Washington’s home opener, President Wilson is absent, but Veep Thomas Marshall does the tossing of the first ball. Walter Johnson rolls to a 3–0 win over the A’s, beating Joe Bush. Johnson allows just three hits and strikes out 11.

In Boston’s Opener, Mayor James Curley tosses out the first ball and Babe Ruth then beats the Yankees again, 6–4, on 9 hits. At bat, the Babe is 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles.

Brooklyn sells veteran first sacker Fred Merkle to the Cubs for $3500. Merkle was acquired from the Giants last August during the Robins pennant drive.

22nd In his first game as a Cub, Fred Merkle has 2 hits and a walk but Chicago falls to the Reds, 7-4. Phil Douglas gives up the 7 runs, but only 2 are earned as he makes 3 errors on the mound.

24th  In front of 3,219 fans, Yankee lefty George Mogridge pitches a no-hitter in Fenway Park for a 2–1 New York win. It is the second of what will be an AL record five no-hitters this season. The Yankees score on 2 walks, an error, and a sacrifice fly off Dutch Leonard. Not until Righetti’s no-hitter in 1983 will another Yankee lefty toss a no-hitter.

The Reds purchase Jim Thorpe from the Giants, but will return the Olympic star to New York in August.

29th  At Robison Field, the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 6-5, in 11 innings, although the Birds fight to the finish. Claude Hendrix pitches 6 innings of relief for the win, giving up run on a game-tying homer to Bob Bescher in the 9th. Bescher reaches base 5 times. Jack Smith has a pinch single for St. Louis, his fifth straight pinch hit, which will earn him a start. He’ll single in his first at bat on May 1st.

30th Pete Alexander and the Phils edge the Braves, 3–2. Philadelphia scores all its runs in the 3rd.

The Browns pull off the first triple play of ’17 in downing the Indians, 4-2, for the third straight time. The Sporting News quotes an unnamed St. Louis scribe who has interviewed players on the topic and “the team that makes the first triple play of the season wins the pennant.” Pass the black cat, please.

At Boston, Babe Ruth wins his 5th straight, beating the A’s, 6-3. In batting practice before the game, Whitey Witt becomes incensed with teammate Elmer Myers, accusing the pitcher of throwing beanballs. Witt throws his bat at Myers and the pitcher runs to the plate and starts swinging. The two are separated and Connie Mack sends Myers to the clubhouse.

MAY

2nd  The Cubs lefthander Hippo Vaughn and righthander Fred Toney of the Reds toe the mound in Chicago for a one-of-a-kind game. The Reds put up an all righthanded batting order, benching Ed Roush, who will lead the NL with a .341 BA. At the end of 9 innings, both pitchers have no-hitters. With one out in the top of the 10th, Larry Kopf lines the first hit of the game. One out later, Hal Chase lines to Cy Williams, who drops the ball for an error. Chase then steals 2B, and, with runners on 2B and 3B, Jim Thorpe hits a swinging bunt near the mound. Vaughn later said, “I knew the minute it was hit that I couldn’t get Thorpe at first. He was fast as a race horse.” With no play at 1B, Vaughn fires home, but C Art Wilson, not expecting the throw, freezes and the ball hits his chest protector. Kopf slides in for the only run. Each pitcher walks 2 and the Zeider’s error allows one other base runner. Fred Toney sets the Cubs down in order and has the 4th 10-inning no-hitter to date. The run scored by the Reds is their first in 35 innings.

3rd Jack Coombs, the Kennebunk Express, stops the Giants, 4-1, in 10 innings. The Dodgers get to starter Rube Benton for 3 runs as Hi Myers drives in 2 with a triple. For Coombs, it is his 11th straight win over the Giants while in a Brooklyn uniform. He also beat them in the 1911 WS as a member of the A’s to make it 12 straight wins.

5th  St. Louis Browns P Ernie Koob gets a 1–0 no-hitter over the White Sox’ Ed Cicotte, and it’s the last shutout the 24-year-old pitcher will toss. George Sisler drives in the Browns’ run. A first-inning tainted hit by Buck Weaver is changed to an error after much discussion with umpires and players. Tomorrow, the writers’ association will take a mail vote on a resolution that a scorer’s decision cannot be reversed.

The White Sox waive slugger Jack Fournier and sell his contract to the L.A. Angels (PCL). Fournier’s hitting slipped last year and he ended up platooning at 1B with Jack Ness.

6th  No-hitters are thrown on consecutive days, as the Browns’ Bob Groom no-hits the White Sox 3–0 in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Sox have just 23 official at-bats in 9 innings, a record. This year, Groom will be the losingest pitcher in the AL for the 3rd time. The Browns also win the first game 8–4 in 10 innings, with Groom throwing the last 2 hitless innings. But Chicago will soon win 16 of 17 to overtake the sprinting Red Sox.

At Chicago, Hal Carlson allows just 2 hits and his Pittsburgh teammates amass 11 off Hippo Vaughn, but the Cubs still win, 3-2. A double in the 8th by Rollie Zeider, a steal and a wild pitch plates the winning run.

7th Red Sox P Babe Ruth allows just 2 singles in outpitching Washington’s Walter Johnson. Ruth knocks in the only run with an 8th inning sacrifice fly. Ruth strikes out 3, while Johnson fans 7 and gives up 4 hits. It is the 3rd time that Johnson has lost to Ruth by a 1–0 score. Ruth is now 6–0 with six complete games.

10th Pete Alexander shuts out the Cards, for a 1–0 Phils win.

At Boston, Pittsburgh wins, 11-4, as Burleigh Grimes, the third pitcher for Pittsburgh in the game, takes the victory to even his record at 3-3. He’ll lose his next 13 in a row.

11th In Detroit, the Red Sox win 2–1 behind Babe Ruth. Ty Cobb leads off Detroit’s 9th with a bunt single, and when the next batter grounds out to 3B, Cobb rounds 2B and continues towards third. Ruth, covering 3B, takes the throw and tags out Cobb so viciously that the star is on the ground for two minutes.

At Washington, Walter Johnson gives up a bases-loaded double to Cleveland’s Braggo Roth and the Indians beat the Senators, 4–3. It is the first bases loaded hit to clear the sacks off Johnson.

In a 9–2 loss to the Giants, the Reds Jim Thorpe hits an inside-the-park homer against his old teammates.

14th In Cleveland’s 7-6 win over visiting Boston, Ray Chapman swipes four bases. He’s the first Indian to do so.

15th In Cleveland, P Babe Ruth is lifted with one out in the 6th and the Red Sox leading 6–5. Dutch Leonard then shuts down the Indians to preserve the victory, and he is awarded the win by the official scorer. The decision is eventually reversed, giving Ruth his 8th straight win. The White Sox will stop his streak on the 18th.

17th In New York’s 7-3 win over the host St. Louis Browns, Frank Baker shows he can do more than hit home runs as he steals four bases.

20th  Cleveland P Jim “Sarge” Bagby steals home in the 7th, and the Indians beat the A’s, 5–2.

21st The Phillies use 9 hits—one by each starter—to beat the Cubs, 4–3 and drop the Cubs from first to third. The Phils move into 2nd place behind the Giants. Eppa Rixey is the winner for the Quakers.

The Giants take over first place with a 4–3 win over the Pirates behind the pitching of Big Jeff Tesreau and the favorable umpiring of Kitty Bransfield. Tesreau allows just two hits through 8 innings before weakening in the 9th. Kitty makes an out call in the 9th on a grounder that 3B Doug Baird clearly appears to beat, and in the 2nd inning ignores Art Fletcher’s failure to return to 3rd before scoring on a sac fly. Fletcher had taken a 15-foot lead.

23rd  Grover Alexander of the Phils allows the Reds only 2 hits; he collects 3 himself, including a HR and a sacrifice, and wins, 5–1, over Fred Toney.

24th Reb Russell goes 12 innings for the White Sox, giving up 11 hits, as he shuts out Washington, 1–0.

25th  Down 5–0 in the 9th, Tris Speaker of the Indians ignites a rally by stealing home against the Yankees. Five more runs follow and they win 6–5.

26th Cardinal slugger Walton Cruise becomes the first slugger to hit a ball out of Braves field when he parks one in the “Jury Box”, the 25 cents stands in right field past the 402 foot mark. The Cards are victorious, 8–6. The next ball hit out of the park will come in 1921, when Cruise does it again, this time as a Brave.

At St. Louis, Red Sox starter Carl Mays is rocked for 4 runs and lasts just one inning, giving way to Lore Bader, who gives up single runs in the 2nd and 3rd. That’s good enough for a victory for Bader, as the Sox score in each of the first five innings on their way to an 11–7 victory. Ernie Shore stanches the scoring over the last six innings, allowing a single Brown run in the 9th. Shore’s save goes unnoticed for 50 years until ICI research uncovers his efforts.

In Ft. Worth, William Hornsby, the brother of Roger, is shot and killed during an argument with a bartender. William had trials with Topeka a few years ago.

29th The visiting Red Sox sweep two from the Senators, winning 2–1 behind Dutch Leonard, and 9–0 behind Babe Ruth. The Sox will sweep two more tomorrow.

30th The Yankees shut out the A’s, winning the first game, 6–0, behind Nick Cullop, and taking the nitecap, 2–0, behind Slim Love.

The Cubs play their first doubleheader of the year, splitting a Decoration Day duo in Pittsburgh, winning, 6-5, before losing, 2-1. Pitcher Dutch Ruether successfully pinch hits in both games, driving in the tying run with a triple in the morning game, then his pinch runner scores the winning tally.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals two afternoon games somehow avoiding the NL owners agreement that holiday doubleheaders should be morning-afternoon games. The Cardinals win, 4-2, after losing 8-1. Only 3500 come out in the bad weather.

At Boston, Braves hurlers Dick Rudolph and Lefty Tyler shut out Brooklyn twice, 4-0 and 2-0.

31st  Ty Cobb starts a 35-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 against Ray Caldwell in Detroit’s 2–0 win over New York.

Boston’s Carl Mays beats the Indians, 5–1, for the Red Sox’ 10th straight win. They had a tie on May 27.

JUNE

1st  Hank Gowdy is the first ML player to enlist when he signs up in the Ohio National Guard. He will play until he reports for duty July 15th and serve with distinction in WW1. He will also serve in WW2 as a major, one of just two or three players to serve in both wars.

Guy Morton of Cleveland finally stops the Red Sox, shutting them out, 3–0, on one hit (a rifle shot over 2B by rival P Babe Ruth in the 8th). Ray Chapman and Braggo Roth both steal home in the 4th, but Ruth allows just one hit until the 9th.

3rd  At Cincinnati, the Reds edge the visiting Braves, 6-5. Rabbit Maranville has two hits for Boston before severely spraining his ankle. Reports are he’ll be out a month.

5th Before a large holiday crowd of 30,000 in Detroit, the Tigers and Yankees split a pair. New York takes the opener, 5-1, before losing game 2 by a 6-4 score. Facing Shawkey five times in game 2, Cobb racks up 2 triples, a double and 2 singles to lead the Bengals.

The Giants lose to the Reds, 6-5, when Cincinnati punches across two runs in the bottom of the 9th with no outs. After a single, Kauff misjudges a fly ball by Mitchell which falls for a double. Burns then misjudges a line drive by Groh that drives in the pair of runs. Umpire Lord Byron, on his way to leading the NL in ejections for a third year, banishes 5 players and manager McGraw for bench jockeying. Ferdie Schupp allows 3 runs in 6 innings as he is knocked out of the box for the first time this year.

6th  With the Pirates in last place, Honus Wagner ends his ‘retirement’ and signs with the Pirates to play 1B. Wagner sends a telegram stating: “finding the call of baseball too strong to resist I desire to continue to play the game I love and to which I owe all I posses, and I hereby petition the National Commission to grant my request for reinstatement so that I may play with my old club tomorrow.”

Against the visiting Braves, the Cards take a 5-0 lead in the 3rd when Rogers Hornsby hits a grand slam, off Art Nehf. The Braves tie it in the top of the 8th, at 7 apiece, scoring 6 runs in the frame. Hornsby starts a rally with a double and the Cards eke out an 8-7 victory.

The A’s down the visiting Browns, 11–6, behind the hitting of Amos Strunk, who goes 5-for-5, and Ray Bates, who is 4-for-5 with a HR.

Pete Alexander shuts out the Cubs for the first-place Phillies, winning 4–0 and hitting a pair of triples. The Phillies (24-14), Giants (23-14) and Cubs (28-18) are bunched at the top of the NL.

8th  After a game in Cincinnati, John McGraw takes a swing at umpire Bill “Lord” Byron as they are leaving the field, splitting Byron’s lip. NL President John Tener fines McGraw $500 and suspends him for 16 days. McGraw sounds off to writer Sid Mercer about the general shortcomings of Tener and his umpires. When McGraw’s quotes are published, he signs a statement denying he’d said what was printed. The Baseball Writers Association protests, forcing another NL meeting at which Tener finds McGraw guilty and fines him another $1,000. Mercer, a friend of McGraw’s, quits the beat and never speaks to McGraw again.

The White Sox (31-15) top the Senators, 11-4, and are in a virtual tie with the Red Sox (29-14) for first place. Detroit beat Boston at Fenway, 7-4. While the White Sox win today, the Senators snap Chicago’s skein of 20 straight games in which their pitchers allowed 3 or fewer runs, a ML record.1

9th  The White Sox move into first place in the AL with a 5-4 win over Washington. They will swap the top spot with the Red Sox until August 18th when they will pull away to a final 9-game margin.

In Chicago, Ferdie Schupp and the Giants shut out the Cubs, 4-0, handing the Cubbies their third whitewash in a row.

11th The Reds edge Brooklyn, 3–2, helped by an inside-the-park homer by Greasy Neale. He’ll hit another on June 21st.

At St. Louis, with Joe Oeschger on the mound, Mike Gonzalez steals home in the 15th to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the first-place Phillies (as noted by Jan Larson).

13th The Washington Senators sell Elmer Smith back to the Indians for $4000. The Nats acquired the outfielder in a trade last August.

14th At St. Louis, the Cardinals pull off a triple steal in the 5th inning to help beat Brooklyn, 5-4. Dots Miller is on the front end with Cruise and Long following. Rogers Hornsby hits a home run in the 7th.

15th Los Angeles (PCL) pitcher Jack Ryan hits two grand slams in a 12-4 victory over Portland.

16th Grover Cleveland Alexander clubs two triples and shuts out the Cubs to lead the Phillies to a 4–0 win. Tom Seaton takes the loss.

The Red Sox, 1-6 in their last seven games coming into the Chicago series, appear to be on the verge of losing another when the Pale Hose take a 2-0 lead in the 5th. With a light mist falling, Boston starts stalling, and then finds an ally when a “horde of fans” (Chicago Tribune) storm the field from the RF bleachers “where the gambling crowd is allowed to operate freely.” The mob goes on the field in the 5th to prevent the Red Sox from batting and making it an official game and with just five policemen in the stadium, the umpires are unable to clear the field. The Chicago players must force their way to the dugout and “Buck Weaver is “hit by a pop bottle while leaving the field.” Weaver and McMullen are accused of “having slugged a couple of fans in the mob during the riot, and later those fans went to the chief officer and arranged to get warrants out for their arrest.” Umpire McCormick refuses to forfeit the game and two mounted policemen come on the field when the players return. Boston owner Frazee “declined to obey McCormick’s order” to remove the canvas covering the mound until the ump “pulled his watch.” Sawdust is spread on the wet infield and when play resumes 45 minutes later the White Sox go on to a 7-2 win.

17th At Cleveland, Lee Gooch hits a grand slam to power the A’s to a 9-5 win over the Indians. Gooch’s drive comes in the 4th inning against Guy Morton.

Chicago Tribune reporter Crusinberry writes about yesterday’s Red Sox game, that “the horde of gamblers that assembles in the right field pavilion each day . . .carries on operations with as much vigor and vim as one would see in the wheat pit of the Chicago board of trade. The same condition prevails at the National League park (Braves) and although gambling may take place more or less in all big league parks, there is no other city where it is allowed to flourish so openly. Just why this betting ring is allowed in Boston and not tolerated in other cities never has been explained by the baseball magnates, but it is supposed to carry a political angle which has the hands of the magnates tied.” He continues, “The fact that Harry Frazee, new owner of the Red Sox, tried to prevent resuming play after the riot shows he needs some coaching on the way to conduct baseball business, though he may be a most successful theatrical man.”

18th Hooks Dauss shuts out the Senators to give the Tigers a 1–0 win, their 3rd straight over Washington. Only one man advances as far as 2B. Nats pitcher Harry Harper gives up the run in the 4th after Ty Cobb walks, steals second (one of his three) aided by a passed ball, a wild pitch, and Crawford’s ground out. Harper throws over to 1B ten times trying to pick off Cobb.

At the Polo Grounds, Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher walks Burt Shotton, the Browns leadoff batter, who comes around to score the game’s only run. It’s Fisher’s only walk, but he loses 1–0 to Bob Groom, who tosses a six-hitter.

On Bunker Hill Day, the Red Sox celebrate by sweeping two from the White Sox, 6–4 and 8–7. In the afternoon game, Chicago loses a 3-run lead in the 9th when the Sox use three singles, two errors and a passed ball to score four runs. Carl Mays and Herb Pennock are the winners, while Babe Ruth is limited to a pinch hitting appearance in game 2. Bosox players Ernie Shore and assistant-manager Heinie Wagner are notified that they are suspended indefinitely for arguments voiced during Friday’s game. Chicago players Weaver and McMullin are served warrants for assault during the game. The charges were made “by Augustin J. McNally of Norwood, a nearby suburb.” McNally was one of the mob which attempted to break up the game and “during the fussing, is supposed to have bumped McMullin’s fist with his eye. . . and to have had his fingers on the railing just when Weaver let his bat fall.” The case is defaulted tomorrow as the players return to Chicago and, although the original plan was to have a hearing the next month when the White Sox are in Boston, it will be quietly dismissed.

The NL Board of Directors votes to back President Tener’s drastic discipline of John McGraw and orders the Giants manager to appear in person defend counter charges made by Tener. Tener actions are based on newspaper accounts quoting McGraw as saying the league president is incompetent. McGraw is not allowed to appeal his $500 fine and 16-day suspension resulting in the run-in with umpire Bryon at Cincinnati on June 8.

In a 4–0 win over the Cardinals, Pirate center fielder Max Carey triples in the 3rd inning and then steals home. Mort Cooper scatters six hits in the win for the last-place Pirates.

Setting a Southern Association record, Little Rock pitcher Indian Ben Tincup throws a perfect game against Birmingham, winning 3–0. Tincup pitched for the Phillies in 1914-15, and will have a coffee and cheesesteak with them next year.

19th In the opener of 2, the Red’s Hod Eller loses 2–1 to the Cubs, scattering 6 hits and striking out 6. He then starts the nitecap and is ahead 6–2 when the game is called after 6 innings.

21st In a game against Salt Lake City, Red McKee of the San Francisco Seals (PCL), forgets the bases are loaded and attempts to steal 3B. His inadvertent ploy works as the startled pitcher Tom Hughes is called for a balk.

22nd  Honus Wagner is given a day in Pittsburgh in honor of his unretirement for one more year. The Pirates then overcome Fred Merkle’s 2-run triple in the 1st and beat the Cubs, 4-3, in 10 innings. Wagner has a single and an RBI.

23rd  In the memorable first of two games at Boston, Babe Ruth starts for the Red Sox and walks the leadoff man, griping to plate umpire Brick Owens after each pitch. On ball 4, Ruth plants a right to the umpire’s jaw and is ejected. Ernie Shore hastily relieves and Sam Agnew takes over behind the plate for Pinch Thomas. The runner Ray Morgan is then caught stealing by Agnew, and Shore retires all 26 men he faces in a 4–0 win, getting credit in the books for a perfect game. Ruth is fined $100, and draws a 10-day suspension. Agnew is 3-for-3 at the plate. In the nitecap, Boston’s Dutch Leonard then beats Walter Johnson, 5–0.

The Phillies hand Ferdie Schupp (8-1) his first loss of the season, pounding the ace for 6 runs in the 1st as Schupp lasts just the one inning, his shortest start in his career (tied once). Jimmy Lavender (4-3) knocks in 2 of the Phils 8 runs as they win, 8-2.

24th Cincinnati splits a pair with the Cardinals, losing 4–2 before winning 15–4. The Reds Fred Toney is caught stealing 3 times in the game, tying a NL record. Cards catchers will do the same to Hy Myers in 2 months.

In a Texas League contest, J.P. “Snipe Conley of Dallas shuts out Ft. Worth, 6-0, on no hits. He faces 27 batters, walking one man who is caught stealing.

25th The Reds salvage a split with the Cards by pounding out 25 hits in the 2nd game of a doubleheader to win 15–4. The Cards win the opener, 4–2, with SS Rogers Hornsby making 10 assists.

26th In the first of two at Comiskey, the Tigers collect 16 hits in trouncing the White Sox, 9-2. Harry Heilmann puts the game on ice with a 3-run homer in the 9th. The Sox rebound to win game 2, 4-3, behind Lefty Williams (9-0). Williams 9-game win streak will be matched by teammate Reb Russell later this year.

30th Pirates manager Jimmy Callahan is fired after his team goes 20–40. Popular star Honus Wagner is named field manager with Hugo Bezdek to take over the team’s business affairs. As his first order of business, Wagner guides the Bucs to a 5–4 win over the Reds, contributing a 2-run double as well.

The Tigers split with the host Browns, losing the opener, 4-3, before winning 6-5. Cobb warms up in the first game with 2 hits, then clocks an opposite field grand slam, off Bob Groom in the 5th, and a triple in the 2nd game. The slam clears the LF bleachers.

Philadelphia sweeps a pair from the visiting Senators, winning 14-6 and 8-5. Ping Bodie bangs a grand slam for the A’s off George Dumont as they move into a tie for 7th place. Joe Judge has a homer for the Senators, their first of the year.

JULY

1st  Reds Fred Toney pitches a doubleheader, beating the Pirates 4–1 and 5–1. He walks one and allows 3 hits in each game, the fewest hits allowed by any pitcher winning 2 games in one day.

Despite a state law banning Sunday baseball, the Robins (Dodgers) play their first Sunday game in Brooklyn, charging regular admission and beating the Phils 3–2. Charles Ebbets announces that the admission to benefit the Militia of Mercy, a wartime charity, is for a pregame band concert and military drill exhibition before the game. When the band concert ends ticket sales stop to conform with the Sunday baseball laws. More than 12,000 attend. Despite the maneuver, Ebbets and manager Wilbert Robinson are arrested, and will pay a small fine.

Henry Mathewson, 31-year-old brother of Christy Mathewson, dies in Factoryville, PA of Tuberculosis.

3rd After managing for 5 games, Honus Wagner resigns as manager. Czech born Hugo Bezdek is named as his replacement, his qualifications including being the football coach at Penn State.

The St. Louis Cardinals send outfielder Bob Bescher to Milwaukee (American Association) completing a trade begun July 1 in which they shipped Paddy Livingston, Sam Bohne and cash there for pitcher Marv Goodwin.

4th   The first-place Giants subdue Brooklyn in a pair, winning 9-2 and 8-0 on Schupp’s shutout. Dave Robertson hits a grand slam for New York in the 1st inning of game 2 as the McGrawmen finally subdue their nemesis Jack Coombs. The former Colby ironman had beating them 11 straight times as a Dodger and once in the WS as an Athletic.

5th In the first of two games in New York, Home run Baker hits a 13th inning inside-the-park game-ending homer off Walter Johnson to give the Yankees a 5–4 win. It is Baker’s 5th HR off the Big Train.

6th In a 4-1 Detroit win, Ty Cobb’s hit streak ends at 35 games as White Sox pitchers Red Faber and Scott hold him hitless. His streak began May 31. Cobb holds the AL mark of 40 straight games, set in 1912, but George Sisler will ring up 41 games in 1922.

8th The St. Paul Saints defeat Kansas City (AA) in the 2nd game of a doubleheader to snap KC’s win streak at 15 games.

10th  Coming off a suspension, Yankees righthander Ray Caldwell pitches 9 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, picking up a 7–5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of Mrs. Lucy Dick when he was visiting, and he is arrested for larceny.

11th In Detroit, Boston’s Babe Ruth tops the Tigers, 1–0, allowing just Donie Bush’s scratch single in the 8th. Ruth deflects the ball but the throw by the shortstop is too late. Ruth has a single and triple, but a pinch triple by Chick Shorten in the 9th drives home the only run. Ruth strikes out Veach Crawford and Cobb in the 9th; for the last he shakes off catcher and player/manager Carrigan. In early 1942, in a speech in Los Angeles, Ruth will call this game his greatest thrill. [the Babe also relates to writer John Carmichael that his greatest game was the called shot game in the WS of 1932.]

14th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Reds split a pair before 36,000 fans. Benny Kauff knocks in 5 runs in the opener and Slim Sallee dips the Reds in calcimine, 8-0. Kauff has a 2-run homer in the 1st, and in the 3rd, with runners on 2B and 3B, reaches across the plate and slaps a intentional ball 4 for a 2-run double. In the 4th Burns and Kauff combine on a double steal to reach 2B and 3B, then pull of another double steal to score Burns (The New York Times game writeup gives Kauff credit for the second double steal; the box and Retrosheet do not). In the 5th Holke and Gibson combine for another double steal. The Reds rebound in game 2 to win, 7-4. Shean has a 3-run double.

The Dodgers take a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 5-3 and 1-0. In the second game, Rube Marquard tosses a 2-hitter, with both hits being made by Pirates pitcher Frank Miller, a .118 hitter. Two singles and two errors scores the Brooklyn run.

15th The Yankees send Lee Magee to the Browns for Armando Marsans.

17th The Giants waive little-used George Kelly to Pittsburgh. Kelly will return to star for New York.

19th The Browns Allen Sothoron defeats the Senators and Walter Johnson, 4–2.

In Chicago, Babe Ruth opens a 5-game series with the front-running Chisox, by pitching 2nd-place Boston to a 3–2 win. In the top of the first inning, Del Gainer hits a two-run homer into the RF bleachers, and Boston plates another in the 3rd on Harry Hooper’s RBI single.

21st The Red and White Sox battle to a 15-inning 5–5 tie called on account of darkness. Ruth tosses the last five innings for Boston, giving up no runs in his first relief appearance of the year. Chicago will win the next two games to keep a firm hold on first place.

22nd Before 23,000 in Chicago, the White Sox trim the Red Sox, 2-0. Reb Russell is the winning pitcher while Swede Risberg is most of the offense. Swede scores from 3B on a foul pop to the third baseman, sliding into catcher Agnew and knocking the ball out of his hands. He also knocks him out of the game. Swede also has a RBI single.

Cleveland rolls over the visiting A’s, 20-6. Jim Bagby pitches 6 shutout innings and then leaves after the Tribe scores 8 runs in the 6th, to take an 11-0 lead.

23rd The Cubs sweep a doubleheader with Brooklyn on two shutouts. Grover Alexander wins the opener 3–0 and Phil Douglas shuffles in to take the nitecap, 6–0.

The White Sox defeat the Red Sox, 5-3, behind the hitting of Happy Felsch, who has 4 hits including a double and triple. Chicago leads by 4 ½ games.

28th In a doubleheader at St. Louis, the Red Sox sweep, winning both games by 3–2 scores, the 2nd in 11 innings. In the 20 innings, not one Red Sox batter strikes out. Another oddity is in game 2, as Ernie Shore is called out twice when hit with a batted ball, once in the 3rd inning when running from 1st to 2nd base and once in the 5th when he bunts and “he caressed the pill on the way to first.” Ernie sets an AL record and is the only player to do it since 1890.

29th At Cleveland, the Senators top the Indians, 9-5, behind Walter Johnson. Johnson also strokes three doubles matching George Mullin’s league mark for pitchers set in 1903. George Uhle will match it in 1923.

30th  The Tigers Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the lineup, each going 5-for-5 in a 16–4 win over Washington. Having three players collect five hits ties the ML record for the century. Cobb also scores 5 runs for the first time Detroit’s outfield has 12 hits to tie the AL record.

In 100 degree heat the host Red Sox top the White Sox, 3–1, behind Babe Ruth’s 4-hitter. Chicago bunches three of the 4 hits in the 3rd, including an RBI triple by Joe Jackson. With the win, the Red Sox move percentage points behind 1st place Chicago.

31st The Red Sox win their 7th straight, beating Chicago, 5-2, and taking the AL lead from Chicago.

The Cubs swap pitcher Al Demaree to the Giants for infielder Pete Kilduff.

AUGUST

1st The Reds purchase vet Sherry Magee from the Boston Braves. Magee was hitting just .256 in 72 games with one homer, but will hit .321 for the Reds for the rest of the season.

6th Veteran Eddie Plank, 41, hooks up with Washington’s Walter Johnson in a brilliant 11-inning duel, won 1–0 by Johnson. For Plank, this is the last game of his outstanding career, and he will announce his retirement in a week, citing stomach problems as the reason. Pitching for the hapless Browns doesn’t help as Plank’s 1.79 ERA this season results in just a 5–6 record.

The Yankees trip the visiting Tigers, 5-3, behind pitcher George Mogridge. Mogridge helps out with a pair of triples.

Boston Red Sox hurler Rube Foster allows just one hit—a double by Joe Harris following 2 walks—in losing to Cleveland, 2–0. Jim Bagby is the winner.

10th Babe Ruth beats the Tigers, 5–4, giving up just 4 hits. The Babe’s drive into the CF bleachers, said to be the longest hit at Fenway, is the difference. The homer is Babe’s first of the year.

Four days after shutting out the Browns, Walter Johnson pitches a 1-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Tomorrow, three Nationals—Jim Shaw (6.2 innings), Doc Ayres, and George Dumont will duplicate Big Train’s performance, also against Chicago. It won’t be duplicated in the AL until 1996.

14th The Giants and the Brooklyn Robins split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds,. New York’s Ferdie Schupp takes the opener, 5–4, and ex-Giant Rube Marquard wins the 2nd game for Brooklyn, 3–1. A highlight of the nitecap is a fight between Brooklyn Casey Stengel and Giant SS Art Fletcher.

17th At St. Louis, Wally Pipp accounts for all the Yankee scoring with a grand slam, and New York wins, 4-1.

19th  Coaching at 3B in a 1–1 game against Washington, Ty Cobb gives base runner “Tioga” George Burns a shove when Burns stops at 3B on a long hit; Burns keeps going and scores the winning run. Clark Griffith protests, and Ban Johnson upholds him, as the rules now ban coaches from touching a runner. The game is replayed, and Washington wins 2–0.

As part of a benefit for the 69th New York regiment—which is about to depart for France—the Giants move up the date of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2,100 European-bound troops march from the armory on 25th Street and Lexington Avenue to the East River at 34th Street, where a ferry takes them to the foot of 157th Street. The troops parade to the Polo Grounds, entering through the Eighth Avenue gate, and drill on the field. A concert follows. Then the Giants play their first official Sunday game within the city limits. More than 25,000 fans watch the Reds shut out the Giants, 5-0. The Giants circumvent the Sunday law by stipulating that they are charging patrons for the concert, then allowing them to watch the game for free (with all proceeds turned over to war charities). But city officials try to prosecute the two managers—Christy Mathewson of Cincinnati and John McGraw of New York—for violating the Sunday Blue Law. Mathewson and McGraw will be called to court two days after the game but the charges against them will be quickly dismissed by Magistrate Frank McQuade, who actually praises them. (McQuade, a rabid Giants fan, later becomes part owner of the team.)

21st  Reds rookie righthander Hod Eller fans the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning, beating the Giants 7–5, and breaking Slim Sallee’s 10-game winning streak.

At Boston, the Cardinals edge the Braves, 1-0, in six innings as rain stops the game. Marv Goodwin tosses a one hitter, allowing a hit to Ed Konetchy, a ML record-tying 4th time he’s had the only hit in a game.

Now with the Philadelphia Phils, Chief Bender, 34, pitches his 3rd straight shutout, winning 6–0 over the Cubs. In his last active season, Bender will turn in 4 shutouts and win 8 with 2 losses and a 1.67 ERA. His mound partner from the glory days of the A’s, Eddie Plank, will also close out his career, ending the season 5–6 for the St. Louis Browns with a 1.79 ERA.

22nd  Brooklyn and the Pirates play their 3rd straight extra-inning game in Ebbets Field. The Robins win it, 6–5, in 22 innings, breaking a NL record for longevity set on July 17, 1914. Rube Marquard, with 2 innings of relief, is the winner, while poor Elmer Jacobs pitches 16.2 innings, giving up one run in the loss. Even that run is tainted. With runners on 1st and 2B, a grounder forces the back runner and when Jake Pitler holds to ball trying to decide whether to try for a DP, the lead runner Hickman races around 3B and scores easily. Pittsburgh’s Carson Bigbee goes to bat 11 times, tying a record. The two teams combine to leave 40 runners on base. The scheduled game 2 starts at 5:56 but is mercifully called in the second inning when Bill Klem apparently decides there has been enough baseball played for the day. The three extra-inning games in a row between the same clubs sets the NL record (The AL mark is four.) and the 45 total innings played in the 3 games is a ML record.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Senators and Browns split a duo, with the Nats taking the opener, 2-1, behind Walter Johnson’s 4 innings of shutout relief. It is Johnson’s 9th straight win. The Senators make 7 errors in game 2 to help the Browns to a 9-4 win.

23rd The Tigers use a triple play to help them beat the A’s, 7–3. Stuffy McInnis hits a liner to Donie Bush to start it. In the 8th, Ty Cobb steals home against the battery of Tom Sheehan and Val Picinich.

24th  The A’s and the White Sox split a doubleheader with Chicago winning the opener, 9-4 and the A’s taking game 2, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. For Perry, it is his 20th win of the year. He’s the first AL hurler to win 20 for a last-place team.

25th  Behind Jeff Pfeffer and Rube Marquard, the Dodgers apply a doubleheader whitewash to the Cardinals, winning 12–0 and 4–0. In game 1, the Dodgers have 2 bases-loaded triples to tie the NL mark last matched in 1898. Brooklyn’s Hy Myers is thrown out 3 times trying to steal in one game by the Cards, the 2nd player this year to be thrown out 3 times in a game. Not till Rodney Scott, in 1979, will another NL runner be caught stealing 3 times.

27th In the 4th inning in New York, Pirates swiftie Max Carey beats out a bunt single, and goes to 2B on a single by Tony Boekel. Both runners steal on the next pitch from Rube Benton and, with Boekel entangled with New York 2B Buck Herzog, Carey steals home as well. Wilbur Cooper makes the one run stand up for the 1–0 win. For Carey, it is his 13th steal of home en route to a NL record 33 steals of home.

At Detroit, Ty Cobb is 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers to a 5–1 win over the Red Sox and lefty Babe Ruth.

28th The Cards rally for 4 runs off Pete Alexander to beat the Phils, 6–5. Gene Paulette’s steal of home is capper.

31st At Fenway, Babe Ruth wins his 20th, beating the A’s, 5–3. Ruth gives up 6 hits and walks 5.

SEPTEMBER

1st The Cardinals, behind the pitching of Oscar Horstmann and Milt Watson, win both ends of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh by 1–0 scores. Wilbur Cooper takes the loss in game one on an unearned run in the 9th. Hal Carlson loses the 2nd game. The Cards have now won three straight 1–0 games from the Pirates, tying the ML mark and setting the NL mark.

In the bottom of the 1st inning at Cleveland, Tris Speaker tries to steal home with Joe Evans batting (as noted by Retrosheet). Evans swings and lines the ball into Speaker’s face. Tiger manager Hugh Jennings allows a courtesy fielder Elmer Smith to play CF in the 2nd frame while Speaker has his face stitched. Speaker then returns to CF in the 3rd.

After 9 straight wins, the White Sox lose to the visiting Browns, 6-3. The Sox will win their next 9 to put away the AL pennant.

AL president Ban Johnson instructs umpires not to tolerate unnecessary delays. His statement is an outgrowth of a complaint by Charles Comiskey that protests of some managers and players about the condition of the ball in recent games has made it necessary to play two hours or more. The New York Times writes that, “Johnson said he would enforce the rule about discoloration of the ball but he has given out no bulletin on the ‘shine ball.’”

2nd The first place White Sox take a pair from the Tigers, winning 7–2 and 6–5. The Sox bunch four in the 1st and three more in the 3rd to make the shine ball’s leading proponent, Ed Cicotte, a winner over Willie Mitchell. In the nitecap, the Sox snap a tie in the 9th when Eddie Collins, with one stolen base already, swipes 2B and 3B after a walk. Jackson’s sac fly brings him home.

3rd  Trying to keep the Phils in the race, Grover Alexander does double duty, beating Brooklyn 6–0 and 9–3 in a Labor Day twinbill. Rube Marquard and Allen Russell try and stop Pete in the opener, while Jack Coombs and George Smith pitch in the nitecap. Milt Stock lines a homer in the opener when Zack Wheat, hampered by a sore ankle, can’t reach his drive. Dode Paskert’s bases-loaded triple in the 2nd game is the big blow. Alex will win 30 for the 3rd straight year, with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.

In a twinbill that will resonate for years, the White Sox sweep a pair—4 wins in the last two days—from the Tigers winning, 7–5 and 11–8, while the Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox. Chicago now leads the Red Sox by 6 ½ games. Detroit takes the lead in the morning game, driving Red Faber from the mound in the 5th, but Al Schalk’s triple in the 8th seals the win for Chicago. In the afternoon contest, Detroit again chases starter Faber and scores 7 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead, but Schalk’s three-run homer in the 4th, off James, puts Chicago in a lead they never relinquish. Ed Cicotte takes the p.m. game with 6 innings of relief, while Lefty Williams pitches 3 innings of hitless relief to win the a.m. game. The Sox run wild on the bases, stealing 8 against Oscar Stanage in the opener and 5 against Archie Yelle in the 2nd game. The Tigers total 24 hits, just two less than the Sox, in losing. Two weeks from now, while staying at the Ansonia Hotel in New York, the White Sox will collect $45 from each player as a gift for the Tigers, allegedly as a gift for beating the Red Sox. But suspicion will linger that some Tigers threw these two critical doubleheaders and Cobb, though he had three hits, will be included in the accusations.

The last-place Pirates sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 8-0 behind Frank Miller, then taking game 2 by a 5-3 score. With two outs in the 6th inning of the second game, the Reds record a 4-3-9 putout at 1B (as noted by Retrosheet). Pitcher Bob Steele grounds out to 2B Dave Shean, but doesn’t bother to run it out. Shean tosses to Hal Chase and the first baseman flips to RF Tommy Griffith coming in who steps on 1B for the third out.

At Shibe Park, the A’s host their biggest crowd in three years and celebrate by sweeping a pair from the Senators, 7–4 and 9–2. Joe Bush, reinstated today by Connie Mack after being suspended for two weeks, starts for the A’s but is lifted after three because of wildness. Roy Grover and Amos Strunk have 3 hits apiece in the opener. In the 2nd game, the Mackmen jump on Walter Johnson, knocking him off the rubber in the 3rd inning, and Jing Johnson coasts to the win.

4th The Phillies Joe Oeschger and Brooklyn’s Jeff Pfeffer face off to a 14-inning scoreless tie. Pfeffer gives up just 3 hits, while Oeschger allows just 6.

The rampaging White Sox use an 8-run 8th inning to beat the Browns, 13–6. Red Faber, starting his third game in a row, is the winner over reliever Tom Rogers. Faber is the last pitcher this century to start three games in a row.

The Yankees split a pair with Boston, losing 4–2 to Babe Ruth in the opener, then beating Carl Mays, 7–3. Ruth allows no hits until the 6th inning and just 5 hits overall.

5th At St. Louis, the White Sox score 3 runs in the 11th to whip the Browns, 4-1, and increase their lead in the AL to 7 games. The Sox win it without stealing a base, after swiping 28 in their last 5 games.

7th Boston’s Rube Foster shuts out the Athletics, 5-0, for his only shutout of the season. Bothered by a sore arm, he will finish up with an 8-7 record and a 2.53 ERA. In December, he announces his retirement.

8th  Following yesterday’s loss to Chicago, Browns owner Phil Ball accuses his players of laying down on the job because they dislike manager Fielder Jones. SS Doc Lavan and 2B Del Pratt sue him for $50,000 damages for alleged slanderous statements in St. Louis newspapers. Both are in the lineup, however, when Detroit beats the Browns, 1–0 in 12 innings. Ty Cobb triples off the RF fence in the 12th and scores on a sac fly.

The Yankees trade shutouts with the Senators, winning 2–0 before losing, 5–0. Doc Ayers wins the nitecap, his 2nd shutout in a row over the Yankees and the third time he’s beaten them in 8 days. Cullop takes the loss for New York. In the opening game, Ray Caldwell fires his only shutout of the year.

9th Grover Alexander beats New York’s Jeff Tesreau, 4–1. Ferdie Schupp takes the nitecap, 2–1 for New York, beating the Phils Eppa Rixey. The Giants still lead the Phillies by 10 games.

In Chicago, with the score tied 3–3 in the 10th inning between the Sox and the Indians, umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game to Chicago, 9–0, because of the ‘dilatory tactics’ of the Tribe. Chicago now leads the AL by 7 games. The Cleveland players protest Owens ruling in the 10th when, with two on a no outs, he calls Jack Graney out on a close play. The ensuing argument delays the game ten minutes with several Indians rolling on the ground and tossing their mitts. When Chicago’s first hitter, pitcher Dave Danforth, strikes out to open the bottom of the inning, Indian catcher Steve O’Neill fires the ball into CF, whereupon Owens calls the forfeit.

The Cubs Phil Douglas stops the Pirates on 3 hits to beat Wilbur Cooper, 1–0.

10th A red-hot Grover Alexander, chasing thirty wins, beats the Braves, 5–2, for the Phils.

11th Walter Johnson allows just two hits to beat Dutch Leonard to give the Nats a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. All the runs are unearned for Boston.

Stanley Coveleski allows just three Detroit hits and Jack Graney scores the only run as Cleveland wins, 1-0.

The Giants sweep the Robins at the Polo Grounds. New York takes the opener 3–2 by scoring the winning run in the 10th on George Burns inside the park homer, the first extra-inning IPHR in Giants team history. They win again in the nitecap, scoring two runs in the 9th to beat Jack Coombs. Pol Perritt, with relief help in the 9th, is the victor.

At Wrigley Field, Military Day is celebrated by a double victory for Chicago over the Reds, with Jumbo Vaughn credited with both wins. Vaughn starts the opener and retires after an inning with his team ahead by three runs. The Cubs win, 6–5, with Vic Aldridge allowing 2 runs in 5 innings, with Carter finishing. Aldridge will eventually get credit for the win and not Vaughn. Vaughn then goes 9 innings in the nitecap, striking out 9 to win, 5–1.

White Sox pitcher James Scott is admitted to the reserve officer’s training camp at the Presidio in San Francisco. Death Valley Jim was 6–7 this year, his final season.

12th Former major league pitcher Mysterious Walker is named football coach at Williams College for this fall’s season. Despite the late start, he will lead them to their first undefeated season, and then coach the basketball team to a 0-26 record. Mysterious will go on to coach football at a number of colleges including Dartmouth, Loyola of New Orleans, and DePauw. Additionally, he will coach basketball at the University of Texas and baseball at several colleges. Walker was a three-sport star at the University of Chicago.

14th Boston peppers Pol Perritt for 12 hits but the Giants pitcher still pitches a 5–0 shutout victory.

15th The Senators toss shutouts in both games today with the A’s. Harry Harper wins the opener 5–0, and Walter Johnson follows with a 4–0 victory.

At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Babe Ruth takes an 8–0 lead into the 9th before allowing 3 Yankee runs. He finishes with a complete game 8–3 win and slugs his 2nd and last homer of the season.

17th At Boston, the Braves whip the Pirates, 4–1. Honus Wagner makes his last appearance of the year and is pinch hit for by Bill Wagner. Wagner strikes out. Wagner has played sparingly since being spiked by Stengel on July 14; at the Polo Grounds on August 29, he played SS, the only game of the year at that position. He finishes with a .265 average.

18th  For the 2nd time this month, a pitcher beats Brooklyn twice in one day, as the Cardinals’ Bill Doak wins 2–0 and 12–4. With his 14th and 15th victories, Doak picked up a bonus check as well. In a salary dispute in the spring, the Cards and Doak agreed upon a bonus if the pitcher reached 15 wins, and another bonus if he won twenty. He’ll win just one more.

The Giants suspend team captain Buck Herzog for refusing to accompany the team on its western trip. Buck last played on September 7 and will not play again until October 2nd. The veteran will be traded after the season.

19th In the first of two, the host Red Sox make 8 errors to help the Tigers to a 5–2 win. Detroit takes game 2 by a 1-0 score behind Hooks Dauss.

20th Baltimore (Federal League) files suit against the NL.

21st In Boston, the White Sox clinch the pennant with a 2–1 win in 10 innings. Pinch-hitting in the bottom of the 10th, Babe Ruth grounds into a game-ending DP.

22nd In Washington, Walter Johnson fans Ty Cobb in the 1st inning, and then laughs about it. The next time up, in the 3rd with two on, Cobb lashes an inside-the-park homer and Detroit beats the Big Train, 4–3. It is Cobb’s only career homer off Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, the Browns throw two of the taller pitchers in the majors at New York and come away with two wins. Big Dave Davenport wins, 4-2, and the usually wild Grover Loudermilk (1-0) walks none in shutting out the Yanks, 3-0. The New York Times says Loudermilk is 6’7 1/2″”, though this appears to be a tall story.

The Giants split a pair with the Pirates, winning 2-1 before losing on a one hitter. The Giants won’t lose another one-hitter until the next century. Al Demaree gives up a hit in 5 innings, and also walks 5 before he is lifted. Fred Anderson spits his way to 4 hitless innings. Rookie Elmer Ponder makes his 2nd ML start and gives up just 2 hits to win his first.

23rd Deja Vu all over again: Pete Alexander beats Chicago’s Shufflin Phil Douglas, this time 4–1, their 2nd matchup in three days.

24th At the Polo Grounds, Slim Sallee tops the Cards, 2–1, and clinches the N.L. pennant for the Giants, their sixth under McGraw. The New Yorkers manage just 4 hits (and six walks) off Bill Doak, but they come when needed.

Babe Ruth shuts out the champion White Sox, 3–0, scattering nine hits. The Babe is 0-for-3 at the plate.

At Washington, the Tigers and Senators split a pair. Detroit takes the opener, 8-3, as Ty Cobb steals 4 bases, then the Senators win game 2, 2-0.

The 3rd-place Indians fashion a 5–4 win over the A’s, the 10th win in a row for the Tribe. Ray Chapman doubles, then steals 3B and home to lead the Indians. It is his 4th steal of home during this month. Chapman will also finish the year with 67 sacrifices, a ML record. The previous mark was Bill Bradley’s 60, in 1908.

25th The host Cards beat the Series-bound Giants, 5–3. Ross Youngs debuts for the Giants, and the future Hall of Famer is 0-for-4. The loss goes to Ad Swigler, in his first and only ML appearance as the University of Pennsylvania recruit walks 8 and gives up 4 runs in 6 innings. Not feeling well in St. Louis, Swigler will undergo an emergency appendectomy in a week.

26th The Braves Jesse Barnes tops the Reds, 1–0, in the first of two games. Art Nehf follows with a 3–0 win to sweep Cincinnati.

27th  The Red Sox play a benefit game against an AL all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2–0 shutout. The AL squad features Cobb, Speaker, and Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396’8” feet. Duffy Lewis is second and Tilly Walker is third. Ray Chapman circles the bases in 14 seconds flat to win a loving cup.

28th At Fenway, the Browns trip the second-place Red Sox, 2-1. Just 356 fans watch this Friday game, a record official low attendance number for Fenway. The Boston Globe says it is “the smallest crowd in years.”

29th Babe Ruth coasts to his 6th shutout of the year, an 11–0 pasting of the Browns in the second game of a doubleheader. He also leads the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Boston also wins the opener, 13-5, as Tillie Walker drives in 4 runs and Harry Hooper hits a pair of triples.

The Senators sweep a pair from the Indians, winning 11-2 and 4-3. Nats outfielder Mike Menosky, who hit two homers in the Federal League in 1914, hits his first in the AL, and it is a grand slam, coming in the 4th of game 1 off Red Torkelson. Tork finishes his one-month cup of coffee with a 5-inning start, allowing all 11 runs.

30th  Detroit’s future Hall of Fame OF Sam Crawford retires from ML baseball at 37. In addition to his career-record 312 three-base hits, he has hit 50 inside-the-park HRs. He will play in the PCL for several years.

Jim Bagby scatters 10 hits to give the Indians a 2–1 win over the Senators as Cleveland completes it’s schedule. Cleveland’s leadoff man, OF Jack Graney, walks once to lead the AL with 94 walks despite a .241 BA. No other player will lead a league in walks with so low a batting average until Gene Tenace with Oakland in 1974 draws 110 walks with a .211 BA. In 1919 Graney will walk 105 times and bat .234. Graney finishes the year with 54 sacrifice hits, third on the all-time list. Ray Chapman has a sac hit today to finish with 67, the ML record.

The Cubs finish the season with a 9–2 loss to the visiting Braves. Vic Saier, out with a broken leg he suffered April 15th (as noted by Bill Deane), starts at 1B and goes 3-for-4 in his last game as a Cub. He’ll play in 1919 with the Pirates.

OCTOBER

1st In a 2–0 Pittsburgh win over the Braves, Boston LF Joe Jelly and SS Rabbit Maranville combine on a 9–6 double play. Rabbit makes his out at home plate.

In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton, the Yankees beat Brooklyn, 11–8, with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.

2nd At Boston the Red Sox and Senators divide a doubleheader, Washington winning 9–7 in 10 innings, then losing 2–1 in 8 innings. Shanks has 4 of the 15 Nats hits off Dutch Leonard in the first game as Doc Ayers wins in relief. Ayers and Carl Mays, both after bonus money, duel in the 2nd game, with Mays emerging the richer.

In the nitecap of two games at Baker Bowl, Pete Alexander downs the Series-bound Giants, 8–2, for his 30th win. McGraw uses his bench liberally in the match. Alex adds two doubles in winning his last game ever in a Phils uniform. The Quakers will sell the star to the Cubs in December. In the opener, a 5–2, New York win, the Giants push across 3 runs in the top of the 12th to win. Starter Pol Perritt wins the slab duel with Benton.

With few fans braving the cold weather, pitcher Jesse Barnes of the Braves beats Brooklyn ace big Jeff Pfeffer, 6-2, and goes into the record books in the 3rd inning when he draws two walks, the only pitcher in history to be walked twice in an inning. Barnes wins 5 of his last 8 games to finish the year 13-21, which gives him the most losses in the NL.

In a tune-up for the World Series, the White Sox beat Cleveland, 8-5, in a practice game in Cleveland.

3rd After six losses to Babe Ruth, including three by 1–0 scores (one in 13 innings), Walter Johnson finally emerges a winner against the Boston lefty. Johnson contributes a bases loaded double in the 8th to help visiting Washington win, 6–0. Ruth gives up 11 hits and his ERA balloons to 2.01 for the year.

In Philadelphia, Ferdie Schupp goes 4 innings for the Giants, leaving with a 6-0 lead. He gets credited with his 21st win, with George Smith tossing the last 5 innings of the 11-1 win. New York completes the sweep with a 6-0 win in game 2. Ross Youngs has a double and two triples, September call up Al Baird has 4 hits, and High Pockets Kelly, in his lone pitching appearance, is the winner with 5 innings of relief. Fred Anderson and Jeff Tesreau each toss 2 innings, with Anderson pushing his ERA down to an NL-best 1.44.

In the first game of a scheduled 7-game Mound City championship, the Cardinals top the Browns, 3-2. The Cards will win the series in five days, four games to two, with one tie. According to the New York Times of October 16 the results showed receipts of $2,361 for the Cards and $1,574 for the Browns. For the 14 Browns players, that works out to $112 each. The clubs each received $2,876 and the National Commission was paid $756. This is the last exhibition series between these two clubs with the exception of spring training.

4th  After Brooklyn beats the Braves, 5–1 in game one, Boston responds with a 4–2 victory in the nitecap. Southpaw Art Nehf’s 40-inning scoreless streak is ended by the Robins in the 8th when a walk, single and sac fly produce a score. He holds on for the win over Leon Cadore and finishes the year at 17–8 for the 6th-place Braves. In game one, Sherry Smith evens his season’s record, beating Jack Scott as RF Casey Stengel starts his league-high ninth double play (8 from RF) of the year. His 30 assists, including two yesterday, also is the high in the NL.

In the season closer, Washington’s Jim Shaw tops the Red Sox, 5–4 despite giving up 13 hits. The Senators tally 14 safeties off Herb Pennock. By winning his 15th game, Shaw earns a $500 bonus.

In the tune-up for their battle with the White Sox, the Giants lose a warm-up game to the Cubs in Chicago, 9–5. Vaughn gives up all five New York runs in his 3 innings, but Carter and Hendrix in their three inning stints are clean. Al Demaree goes 8 innings against his old teammates, and will sit on the bench for the Series.

6th  Before the WS starts, Charles Comiskey offers one percent of his team’s WS share to Clark Griffith’s Bat and Ball Fund for American soldiers in France. In Chicago, Happy Felsch’s HR is the difference as Ed Cicotte beats the Giants’ Slim Sallee, 2–1, in the Series opener.

7th  In game 2 New York’s Ferdie Schupp doesn’t get out of the 2nd inning, and reliever Fred Anderson is bombed in a 5-run 4th, as the 14 White Sox hits produce a 7–2 win for Red Faber. Faber’s pitching is better than his base running; in the 5th inning, he tries to steal 3B, only to find teammate Buck Weaver occupying it. 3B Zimmerman tags both runners out, though Weaver is still safe.

10th  The White Sox are stifled by Rube Benton, who becomes the first lefty to pitch a WS shutout. Dave Robertson, the NL’s leading HR hitter with 12, triples and scores the first of two 4th-inning runs for a 2–0 New York win. Robertson will lead all batters in the Series with a .500 average.

11th  New York’s Ferdie Schupp fares better against Red Faber in game 4; Benny Kauff hits 2 HRs, which are more than enough for a 5–0 win to even the Series.

13th  Game 5 sees White Sox southpaw Reb Russell relieved by Ed Cicotte. Russell gave up 2 hits and a walk to the first 3 batters he faced. In a sloppy game marred by 3 New York and 6 Chicago errors, the White Sox break a 5–5 tie with 3 runs in the 8th. Red Faber, working the last 2 innings, is the winning pitcher.

15th  After Red Faber and Rube Benton match 3 scoreless innings, in Game 6, Eddie Collins leads off the 4th and hits a grounder to Heinie Zimmerman at 3B. Collins takes 2nd when the throw gets past 1B Walter Holke. Joe Jackson’s fly to RF is dropped by Dave Robertson, and Collins goes to 3B. When Happy Felsch hits one back to the pitcher, Collins breaks for home. Benton throws to 3B to catch Collins, and C Bill Rariden comes up the line. But with Zimmerman in pursuit Collins keeps running and slides home safely. Zimmerman will be blamed for chasing the runner, but nobody was covering home plate. The Giants come back with two runs on Buck Herzog’s triple in the 4th, but Faber wins his 3rd of the Series 4–2. The winners earn $3,669.32 each; the losers $2,442.21. One-fourth of each team’s share, about $4,000, is divided equally among the clubs in each league.

16th  The day after the WS ends, the Giants and White Sox play an exhibition game for 600 soldiers at Garden City, NY. The Sox win, 6–4.

21st In an exhibition game (Henry W. Thomas’ Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train) in Kansas City featuring the second and last matchup between Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander, Alex’s team wins, 4–3. Included in Alexander’s lineup is 21-year-old Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby describes his last at bat (in his 1962 book My War With Baseball) “Johnson had two strikes on me. He threw me a real fast ball and I knocked it straight for the fence. The ball knocked out the knot and went through the fence for a home run and we won 4-3. The hole, I admit, was one of the biggest cases of pure luck I ever heard of. I’m convinced he absolutely had the best fastball of anyone who ever played baseball.” Hornsby will face Johnson again in 1924.

26th  Miller Huggins, who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish, is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner Til Huston, who favored Wilbert Robinson for the job, has a falling out with partner Ruppert and will sell his half interest to Ruppert in 1923.

November

1st President Tener of the NL is critical of a plan put forth by the heads of the AA International League and the American Association to form a third major league comprising 4 teams from each league. “A major league is not formed by a few officials getting together and declaring it so,” Tener stated. “This fact was demonstrated in the case of the Federal League. It might be a good idea to raise the ranking of a new league, that is it would be called a triple A rating.” He indicated that it might eventually reach a major league level if the draft rule were suspended.

2nd President Ruppert of the Yankees, working with Charles Ebbets of the Dodgers, says that there is strong sentiment to change the 1787 law that prohibits sports on Sunday. He thinks the state Assembly will allow Sunday baseball.

14th  In Louisville, the National Association of Baseball Leagues, representing the minor leagues, votes down by an 11-2 count a resolution to redistribute the minor leagues. President M.H. Sexton declares that there could be no withdrawal of Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo to form a new league without the unanimous consent of all the owners of the AA and the IL. The AA will open May 1, three weeks later than they opened this year. The president of the Western League states positively that his league will open in 1918, but the head of the Central League declines to predict. Unofficially, the Grand Rapids franchise is folding.

DECEMBER

11th  The Phils sell star pitcher Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher “Reindeer” Bill Killefer to the Cubs for righthander “Iron” Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. Phils owner William Baker who stated that he was worried about losing his star pitcher to the military service, later admits he made the trade because, “I needed the money.” The 5th-place Cubs expect the addition of Alexander to greatly strengthen their staff, as Charles Weeghman says, “This is the biggest transaction ever completed in the history of baseball. This means a winner for Chicago’s loyal fans.” But the celebrating will have to wait as Alex will be drafted in the Army.

12th  In New York, the International League owners cut president Ed Barrow’s salary from $7500 to $2500, essentially forcing him to resign. They will later regret their hasty action and try to lure Barrow back for $5,000. The Buffalo franchise, owned by Joe Lannin, is forfeited, and at least three other franchises—Rochester, Providence and Richmond—are ready to throw in the towel. In February, the International League reorganizes. The Richmond, Montreal, and Providence franchises are replaced by Binghamton, Jersey City, and Syracuse. The IL will be the only minor league to play its full schedule in 1918.

14th  Connie Mack and the A’s need money. He sells P Joe Bush, C Wally Schang, and OF Amos Strunk to the Red Sox for sore–armed P Vean Gregg, OF Merlin Kopp, C Chet “Pinch” Thomas, and $60,000. Bush must be happy as he lost 14 straight to the Red Sox (6/2/14–7/5/17). Pinch Thomas won’t play a game for the A’s and will end up being sold to the Indians in June. With Cleveland, he’ll get into his 3rd World Series, in 1920. The former 20-game winner, Gregg seemed to recover his form after the Sox optioned him to Providence where he won 21 games in 1917 and led the league in ERA and strikeouts.

15th The Browns ship light-hitting SS Doc Lavan and LF Burt Shotton to Washington for Bert Gallia and $15,000. Lavan, who made 75 errors in 1914, and Shotton will both lead their position in errors next year. Doc will return to St. Louis in a year to play for the Cards.

26th The Phils keep swapping with the Cubs, sending OF Dode Paskert, a 7-year veteran, to Chicago for left-handed slugger Cy Williams. Williams will flourish in Baker Bowl, and will hit 222 homers for the Phils over the next 13 years. Paskert will not enjoy the same success in the Windy City.

  • 1918

JANUARY

4th  The Cubs acquire Braves cross firing ace Lefty Tyler, sending vets Larry Doyle, Art Wilson and $15,000 to Boston (NL). Tyler will win 19 games for the Cubs this year.

8th  Buck Herzog, in McGraw’s doghouse since September, is traded to the Braves for veteran Larry Doyle and righty Jesse Barnes. Doyle, a former Giant and fan favorite, was acquired from the Cubs 4 days ago and his trade was rumored. He will play three years in New York before retiring.

9th  Brooklyn sends OF Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw to Pittsburgh for P Burleigh Grimes, P Al Mamaux, and infielder Chuck Ward. Stengel had been in Ebbets’ dog house, complaining to the press about pay cuts.

Acknowledging that Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of The Sporting News, Anson selects C–Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P–Amos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2B–Fred Pfeffer; 3B–Ed Williamson; SS–Ross Barnes; OF–Bill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy.

22nd  The Yankees trade P Nick Cullop, P Urban Shocker, C Les Nunamaker, 3B Fritz Maisel, and infielder Joe Gedeon to the Browns for P Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt. Plank, a 300-game winner, retires, but Pratt gives New York three good years at 2B. Shocker is the gem, posting 4 straight seasons of 20 or more wins in St. Louis. Maisel, who the Yankees refused to trade in early 1916 for either Boston’s Tris Speaker (and cash) or Chicago’s Joe Jackson, will hit just .232 in 90 games and be gone.

FEBRUARY

11th  The Red Sox announce that Ed Barrow is their new manager, replacing Jack Barry who enlisted in the military the previous November. With the announcement, Barrow also formerly resigns as president of the International League. The major leagues now have no player-managers.

14th In a move that surprises no one, the Senators sell catcher John Henry to the Boston Braves, ending his career in the American League. Henry had incurred the wrath of AL prexy Ban Johnson by urging his Senator team-mates to join the fledgling Base Ball Players Fraternity in a strike against the Major Leagues. Johnson promised to crush union saying, “We propose to lay a strong hand on Henry and others like him.” Which he did. Henry was forced to take a decrease in pay from his annual salary of $4600.

20th   Connie Mack alarms Philadelphia by dealing Stuffy McInnis, the last player in his $100,000 infield, to Boston for players to be announced. The furor dies down when Mack announces he has received 3B Larry Gardner, OF Clarence “Tilly” Walker, and C Hick Cady.

23rd  Barney Dreyfuss of the Rules Committee launches a campaign to ban the spitter. He will succeed next year.

MARCH

8th The Yankees buy 1B George Burns, 25, from Detroit, then swap him to the A’s for veteran, Ping Bodie, 30. Burns will replace Stuffy McInnis, the last of the “$100,000 infield,” who went to the Red Sox in January.

15th Connie Mack announces that outfielder Rube Oldring, a member of his championship A’s team, will play for the A’s this year. After the Yankees released him in September 1916, Rube sat out last season and worked on his farm. He will sputter to a career low , 233 with no homers before calling it quits in August. He will end up as a minor-league manager.

20th Although the leagues optimistically keep the schedules at 154 games, the owners agree to halve the spring training time in an attempt to save money, The Cards open their camp at Hot Wells, Arkansas.

APRIL

1st In Dallas, the Red Sox edge the Brooklyn Robins, 7–6, in 16 innings. Starters Rube Marquard and Babe Ruth are both gone after five innings, but not before the Babe strikes out left-handed, then right-handed, against Rube.

7th  In the a.m. game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles, Doc Crandall’s no-hit bid against Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) is spoiled with 2 outs in the 9th by Crandall’s brother Karl, but Los Angeles wins, 14–0.

15th  The AL season opens with Boston’s Babe Ruth pitching a 4-hit, 7–1, victory over the A’s, his third opening day victory in a row. Willie Adams, pitching his first ML game since 1913, takes the loss. Red Sox manager Ed Barrow will start Ruth’s conversion to slugger by working him into 72 games as an OF-1B.

In the opener in Washington, pre-game ceremonies include a biplane scattering thousands of liberty loan cards for the war effort. The Yankees, under new manager Miller Huggins, rap 11 hits to beat Walter Johnson, 6–3. Starter George Mogridge gets the win despite pitching just 3 1/3 innings. Allen Russell relieves and allows just one hit in 5 1/3 innings to save the victory. Johnson strikes out two while allowing 11 hits and will lose again in the 3-game series with New York.

16th  The Reds’ Pete Schneider, in a season opener, and the Red Sox’ Carl Mays each pitch one-hitters. Red Sox submariner Mays loses his no-hitter in the 8th on Dugan’s ground single stopped by 2B Dave Shean, but beats the A’s, 1–0. Everett Scott drives home the winner in the bottom of the 9th off Scott Perry. The Reds top the Pirates Wilber Cooper, 2–0, with a single by the newly acquired Casey Stengel the lone Buc shot.

In St, Louis, the Cardinals get 9 hits against Grover Cleveland Alexander and beat the Cubs, 4–2, behind Lee “Specs” Meadows.

The Giants open before a crowd of 28,000 at the Polo Grounds, beating Brooklyn, 6–4. Rube Marquard gives up 4 hits in a third of an inning as Giants score three runs in the first.

Washington reliever George Dumont lines an 8th inning double to tie the game and the Senators tally four runs to beat the Yankees, 7–5.

17th  The Red Sox overcome bad fielding from Whiteman and P Dutch Leonard to beat the A’s Scott Perry, 5–4, for the second day in a row. Perry loses in 9th inning relief of Willie Adams.

Pittsburgh evens its record at 1-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati. Earl Hamilton is the complete game winner and helps his cause with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Hamilton was picked up on waivers after going 0-9 with the Browns last year, but will reverse that with a 6-0 record in 6 starts for the Corsairs this year.

In the 12th inning of a tied game between New York and Washington, reliever Walter Johnson tries intentionally walking Home Run Baker with runners on 1st and 3rd. Baker belts the third pitch to deep CF to drive in the winning run as the Yankees win, 8-7, at Washington. The run is unearned, as Johnson (0-2) pitches the last 4 innings and loses his second to New York in three days, both times to George Mogridge.

18th  With two Tigers on base in the 9th (Ossie Vitt on 2B, Babe Ellison on 1B), Cleveland CF Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play to seal the Indians win, 6–2. He traps a fly ball in the 9th and runs in to tag out Vitt who had hesitated, and then steps on 2B forcing Ellison. On April 29th, he will make another unassisted DP against Chicago, his 6th unassisted DP, a career record for outfielders. Stan Coveleski is the Indians winner today.

In the opener in St. Louis, Hippo Vaughn pitches the Cubs to a 6–4 win over Spittin’ Bill Doak despite giving up the year’s first home run, to the Cards Doug Baird. There will be just 239 four-baggers hit in this year of the shortened season.

19th The Phillies top the Braves in the 10th inning when rookie Irish Meusel hits a ball into the RF bleachers after Johnny Rawlings’ error puts Possum Whitted on 1B. The rules state that Meusel gets credit for just a triple, not a homer. The only homers in the game, the lone multi-homer game this April, are slugged by Phils 1B Fred Luderus, with two men on, and Braves pitcher Tom Hughes.

In the annual Patriot’s Day twinbill in Boston, new Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush debuts with a 2–1 four-hit win over the Yankees’ saliva slinger Allen Russell in the a.m. game. The Red Sox (5-0) complete the sweep in the afternoon with a 9–5 win behind Babe Ruth’s 13-hitter. Ruth contributes a single and a long RBI fly to right that scores Everett Scott from 2B after the Gilhooley catch. The Yankees help with six errors in the game, three by Del Pratt, who offsets them with four hits.

20th On a cold afternoon, the Red Sox best Slim Love, 4–3, to beat the Yankees and run their record to 6–0, the first Sox team to start the season so well. They’ll lose on the 22nd.

21st Seventeen walks are handed out in the Browns–Indians game as St. Louis wins, 11–7. Al Sothoron is the leader with 7 walks in 5 innings. The Cleveland scorer records 303 pitches thrown: 67 strikes, 136 balls, 44 fouls, 30 for base hits and 25 hit fair for outs.

23rd Yankee lefty Herb Thormahlen loses his no-hitter when Boston’s Amos Strunk singles with one out in the 9th. A single by PH Babe Ruth and a walk load the bases and a short fly to Ping Bodie is dropped, allowing Strunk to score the winner, 1–0. Joe Bush is the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits.

At Cleveland, the Indians down the Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks George Sisler and Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, misplayed by LF Jack Graney who, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.

24th The A’s Vean Gregg shuts out the Red Sox, 3–0. George Burns’s 3-run homer off Babe Ruth in the bottom of the 8th provides all the scoring.

In New York, the Yankees score in the 9th to tie Cleveland, 2-2, but the Indians win, 3-2, in the 19th when Joe Wood connects for a homerun.

The Cubs win their home opener over the Cardinals, 2–0, as Hippo Vaughn allows just one hit—a Rogers Hornsby single. Lee Meadows is the loser for the Redbirds.

26th In Chicago, Grover Alexander finally shows his star form, stopping the Cardinals on two hits to win, 3–2. Again, both hits are by Hornsby. Alexander leaves tomorrow for military duty on the 30th.

The Giants jump on four Brooklyn pitchers and roll to an 11-5 victory. The final Brooklyn twirler, Norman Plitt, allows one run in 2 innings as is 1-for-1 with a run scored. After this one ML appearance, Plitt will quite baseball next month but will be reinstated by the National Commission a year from now. Then he will find himself on the ineligible list in 1922 for violations of the reserve obligations. In March of 1922, Plitt and six others are ruled ineligible but can be reinstated if they dissociate themselves with baseball for a year. Plitt’s next ML appearance will be in 1927.

In the Browns 7–6 win over Chicago, Sox 2B Eddie Collins plays in his 473 straight game, a new AL record. He tied Sam Crawford’s mark in his last game, on April 22nd.

27th  The Giants’ 9–0 winning start and the Dodgers’ 0–9 losing streak are stopped as Brooklyn’s Larry Cheney wins 5–3. Cheney also drives home the winning run.

28th At Braves Field, 28,000 fans watch the first Sunday game in Boston as Camp Devens defeats the Commonwealth Pier team, 6–2.

The Browns send 2B Lee Magee back to the Yankees in exchange for Tim Hendryx. New York then swaps Magee to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Tommy Clarke. Clarke won’t play for the Yanks, but appears in just one game this year, for the Cubs.

29th With Eddie Collins on 2B and Joe Jackson at 1B, center fielder Tris Speaker turns the 6th unassisted double play of his career, and his 2nd of the month. But Cleveland still loses 8–4 to the White Sox. The 2 unassisted DPs is an AL season record. Speaker will erroneously be listed in the 1927 The Sporting News Record book as completing 2 unassisted DPs in each of two games this month, and that error, plus the later discovery of 2 additional (earlier) unassisted Speaker DPs, will cause confusion. For the record, Speaker’s unassisted double plays were: June 6, 1909-g2, April 23, 1910, April 21, 1914, August 8, 1914 and the two this month. Speaker’s mark is a ML record.

Boston rolls past Washington, 8–1. Babe Ruth allows 5 hits and is 2-for-2 at the plate, both doubles, plus a stolen base.

In Cincinnati, the Reds top the Cardinals, 4–3, in a game that the Cards protest. St. Louis says that Roush, who is 2-for-3 in the game, deliberately juggled a fly ball in the 8th causing base runner Burt Niehoff to leave 3B to soon. Home plate ump Hank O’Day rules Niehoff out. The protest will be upheld on May 14th and the records expunged. The Cards will be involved in another protested game on June 3 with both contests having a bearing on the batting title.

30th  Grover Alexander, 2–1 in 3 starts for the Cubs, joins the Army in Manhattan, KS, after receiving his draft notice on April 18th. Alexander will be in uniform but is expected to play baseball, not fight. He joins the Giants Clarence Mitchell, A’s Winny Noyes, Cleveland’s Otis Lambeth, and others.

At the Polo grounds, the Yankees whip the A’s, 2–0, behind Slim Love. Love will go 13–12 this season, with his lone away victory coming in Philadelphia.

Despite the failure of the NY State Legislature to approve Sunday baseball, it is announced that there will be major league baseball on Sunday at the former Federal League Park in Harrison, NJ. (The Sporting News) All three New York teams—the Giants, Dodgers and Yankees—will participate. This arrangement would have been in effect last Sunday but the Senators, scheduled to meet the Yanks, had already scheduled an exhibition game. The Sunday games in Harrison will necessitate the rescheduling of some IL games from there. The agreement, in which the 2 leagues will pay $10,000 a year in rent for the park, comes about because of the settlement with the Federal League.

MAY

1st  In Boston, Walter Johnson tops the Red Sox and Carl Mays 5–0. For the Big Train, it is his first win of the year after three losses. Harry Hooper has 3 of the Sox 4 hits.

3rd  At Navin Field, the White Sox club 3 pitchers for 25 hits in taming the Tigers, 19-3. Reliever Herb Hall is the most generous, giving up 8 runs in 3 innings as Lefty Williams coasts to his 3rd win. Buck Weaver has 5 hits to pace the Pale Hose.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees lay down a ML record (since tied) of 8 sacrifices, 6 coming on bunts, and nudge Boston 5–4. The bunting by New York takes advantage of Boston lefty Babe Ruth, who is nursing a hangover. Babe makes 2 errors and has 9 assists handling 13 fielding chances. Despite contributing his first homer of the year, plus a double, Ruth loses to Allen Russell. Boston’s 1B Dick Hoblitzell injures his finger, and in the next game Ruth will make his first career start as a position player.

Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, loser of 13 straight games starting on May 10, 1917, breaks his losing streak with a 3-hit, 2–0, win over the Phils. Prendergast takes the loss.

Walter Johnson, in relief of Harry Harper, loses to the A’s Scott Perry, 1–0, in 11 innings. Johnson will appear in 15 extra-inning games this year, nine as a starter and six in relief. He’ll beat every club in extra frames except the A’s.

5th Long-time minor league manager Ned Egan is found dead from a self-inflicted wound in a Chicago Hotel. Egan, signed as Milwaukee’s manager for 1918, had been depressed after suffering a spinal injury while skating this past winter. He was known for winning more minor league pennants than any other manager.

6th  Brooklyn’s Dan Griner has a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th, but gives up a hit to Phillie Gavvy Cravath. He nevertheless wins, 2–0. Griner had a one-hitter in July 1914 which he lost.

At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzell at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose, 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.

7th  Former Dodger Pat Ragan coasts to a 16–0 win over the Dodgers as the Braves pile up 17 hits. John Rawlings is 5–for-5. Ragan fans Jimmy Hickman 4 times. Zack Wheat, a hold out until April 30, makes his first appearance in the Brooklyn lineup.

In Washington, Babe Ruth hits his 3rd homer in three games, a tremendous blast over the RF wall, to account for all of the Red Sox scoring in a 7–2 loss to Walter Johnson. It is the first homer in Griffith Stadium this year, and the 6th ever over the barrier (Eddie Murphy reportedly hit the 1st, which hit the top and bounded over), and earns Babe a big ovation. For Ruth, it is the first of 10 homers he’ll hit off Walter Johnson. Ruth plays first base today for the 2nd game in a row and will be in the outfield for the first time in his career on May 10th. Ruth’s three homers leads the AL with several players at one homer each.

9th  After knocking in the tying run in the 9th with a pinch sac fly, Walter Johnson pitches in relief in the 10th inning and picks up his 3rd win in 9 days against Boston, a 4–3 win for Washington. The only Red Sox safety in the 10th is a double by losing pitcher, starter Babe Ruth, who then gets thrown out trying to steal 3B. Ruth allows 11 hits while striking out one: batting cleanup, Ruth goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and a triple, and has a ten-game hit streak. He’s hitting .500. His three doubles ties the ML mark by a pitcher.

10th  Pittsburgh’s lefty Earl Hamilton is 6–0 with an 0.83 ERA after beating the Giants, 4–2. He then enlists in the Navy. Hamilton was acquired before the season after going 0-9 for the Browns last season.

The Red Sox snap their 6-game losing streak with a 4–1 win over the hapless Browns. Babe Ruth, playing his first game in the OF, is 0-for-5 but plays well patrolling “Duffy’s Cliff” in left field.

Walter Johnson bests Cleveland’s Jim Bagby, 1–0, the first of three straight shutouts the Big Train will throw.

Chicago’s Red Faber overcomes back-to-back homers by the A’s Clarence Walker & George Burns to beat the A’s, 5–3.

11th The A’s Scott Perry holds the White Sox to one hit, a single by Swede Risberg, in besting fellow rookie Frank Shellenback, 1–0. The A’s score in the 8th. Chicago’s Red Faber will repay Perry in 3 days, when he pitches a 3-hit shutout to win, 3–0.

13th  The Phils’ Joe Oeschger pitches 9 no-hit innings, but they come after the Cards put together 2 hits and a walk for 3 runs in the first inning of a 10-inning 3–3 tie.

14th  Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC. District commissioners rescind the ban in view of the large increase in the city’s wartime population and the need for recreation and amusement facilities.

15th  Former player-manager Patsy Tebeau commits suicide in St. Louis.

In a game that features no substitutes and no errors, White Sox pitcher Lefty Williams and the Senators Walter Johnson hook up for an 18-inning shutout marathon. The Nats finally push across a run in the 18th when Williams gives up two singles and then, with runners on the corners, heaves a wild pitch. Johnson scatters 10 hits in the win while Lefty allows 8. Johnson’s gem is the longest shutout ever, but will be tied by Hubbell in 1933.

16th At Washington, the Nats knock Chicago’s Joe Benz out of the box in the 1st inning, scoring 2 runs, but reliever Dan Danforth holds Washington scoreless from the 1st to the 11th as the Sox win, 4–2.

The Athletics use 3 errors by Cleveland catcher John Peters in the 1st inning (Peters ties a record set by Jeff Sweeney on July 10, 1912) to score 3 runs against the Indians. The A’s come back to tie it in the 9th before Cleveland scores in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6-5. Peters adds another error to set a since-tied AL mark for catcher of 4 errors. This is his only game for Cleveland.

17th The Red Sox stake Dutch Leonard to a 7–0 lead, but then hold on to beat the Tigers, 11–8

18th Unbeaten Earl Hamilton of the Pirates goes to 6-0, all complete games, as he stops the Giants, 4-2, on 4 hits. Earl finished last year 0-9 for the Browns, but has an 0.83 ERA this season. This is Earl’s last game this year as he will enter military service.

19th In a gem at Griffith Stadium, Doc Ayers outduels Stan Coveleski as the Senators win, 1-0, in 12 innings. Ayers scores the winning run with 2 outs as a large Sunday crowd cheers. It is the fourth 1-0 win for Washington in the last 9 days, and two of those are extra innings. No team will have four 1-0 wins in any month this century: in 2013 it will be matched.

At Cincinnati, Mathewson’s Reds maul the Giants, 5-1. The extent of Larry Doyle’s intestinal problems are revealed today as Bert Niehoff, purchased yesterday off waivers, plays 2B for Laughing Larry. Niehoff will not be the answer at the keystone corner, but Doyle, in New York’s post graduate hospital, will not play again until early July. Doyle is leading the league with a .426 average, but he will slip to a year-end .261 when he returns.

20th  With 2 outs in bottom of the 14th inning, the A’s Merlin Kopp swipes home with the game-winner as Philadelphia beats Detroit, 5–4. Kopp has 2 steals in the game, as well as a double and triple. The A’s Elmer Myers and the Tigers Hooks Dauss each go the distance as both teams score runs in the 10th and 12th. Ty Cobb has three hits to run his consecutive-game hitting streak against the A’s to 23 games (as noted by Trent McCotter) matching his career mark set in 1912.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates trip the Phillies, 5-1, as Max Carey completes a consecutive string of hits at 9. He’ll rack up another 9-hit streak in 1922.

In a 5–2 loss at Cincinnati, Braves 3B Red Smith makes an out after 10 straight hits over 5 games, a Braves franchise record (since tied). He has 3 straight hits today before making out.

22nd In a 6–5 12-inning win over the Phillies, Pirate reliever Wilbur Cooper drives in the winning run with a single. Cooper relieved Harmon in the 10th.

23rd The Giants win 6–4 in St. Louis, no thanks to outfielder Benny Kauff who strikes out 5 times. The 5 K’s ties the ML record.

24th  Former P Joe Wood hits a HR in the 19th inning—his second of the game—to end a 3:45 marathon with a 3–2 Cleveland win over New York. Cleveland pitcher Stan Coveleski goes the distance allowing 12 hits. For New York, Home Run Baker’s 11 assists ties the AL record for 3B in an extra-inning game.

The Pirates record 27 assists, one shy of the NL mark they set seven years ago, but collect just 5 hits in losing to Boston, 6–3.

26th In a Sunday game in Washington, the Senators and Tigers finish off a 2-2, 16-inning tie that opened their series on May 24. Walter Johnson wins, 4–0, allowing 4 hits in 9 innings and extending his scoreless inning streak to 40. The Big Train also has a single, triple and a walk in 3 plate appearances, to raise his average to .323. The Red Sox will score in the 1st on Johnson on May 29, snapping his streak.

The Giants Rube Benton reports to the military and will spend the next year in the Army.

27th At Pittsburgh, the Braves edge the Pirates, 2-1, after stifling a double steal attempt in the 1st inning. With Max Carey on 3B and Bill Hinchman, the Bucs start a double steal. Pitcher Art Nehf cuts off C Art Wilson’s throw to 2B, and runs to the 3B line and tags out a surprised Carey (as noted by Retrosheet).

At Robinson Field, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes scatters 2 hits to beat the Cardinals Bill Sherdel, 1-0.

28th At Fenway, Boston’s Joe Bush pitches a one-hit, 1–0 win over the Chicago White Sox and drives in the lone run. The lone Chicago hit is a “flying single” (Harry Casey, in the Boston Evening Record) by Happy Felsch, which occurs when he throws his bat at the ball on a hit and run. Eddie Cicotte allows 5 hits, 3 by Thomas, in the loss.

29th After winning, 7-2, the Yankees score 6 runs off both Elmer Myers and Willie Adams to punch the Athletics, 12-2, and sweep a doubleheader. The A’s Tillie Walker hits his 6th homer of the month and now leads the AL with that number. He’ll end the season with 11, tied with Ruth.

31st  Led by Max Carey’s 3 steals, the Pirates swipe 9 bases in a 12-7 win over the visiting Cardinals. Frank Snyder is behind the plate for the Birds.

JUNE

1st  Losing 5–3 against the Yankees, the White Sox load the bases in the 8th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to 3B Frank Baker, who turns it into a triple play. Yankees win, 6–3.

2nd At Washington, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby and Walter Johnson square off, and both are there 11 innings later when Cleveland pushes over a 2-out score to win, 1–0.

3rd  Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating the Tigers’ all right-handed lineup in Detroit 5–0, and allowing just a first-inning walk. Babe Ruth, playing CF for the first time in his career, slugs a first-inning HR, his 2nd in 2 days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the 9th and fouls out.

Washington scores in the top of the 9th to beat Cleveland, 3-2, with the win going to Walter Johnson in relief. Eddie Foster is 0-for-4 against Coveleski to stop his 21-game hitting streak.

The A’s Vean Gregg fires a one-hitter to beat the Browns, 2-1. Catcher Les Nunamaker has the only safety, a single.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals outslug the Dodgers, 15–12, in 10 innings. But the Dodgers play the game under protest after a 6th inning run by Doug Baird is allowed by umpire Cy Rigler. the baserunner Baird passes 3B, reverses himself to head for 2B, reverses again and scores by cutting across the diamond. The NL will uphold the protest, erasing today’s game and Zach Wheat’s 0-for-5 at the plate. This, plus the Reds’ protested game of April 29, will give Wheat the batting title over Edd Roush .335 to .333. This is the latest game in which the results of a completed game are thrown out.

4th Washington’s Jim Shaw wins his own game, 3–1, with a bases-loaded triple in the 5th against Cleveland. However, Shaw injures his leg sliding into 3B on the hit and reliever Doc Ayres finishes up for him.

For the second day in a row, umpire Cy Rigler figures into the scoring of the Cardinals-Robins game at Ebbets Field. With the score locked at one apiece at the end of 12 innings, St. Louis plates 7 runs in the 13th to win, 8-1. Marty Kavanagh’s bases-loaded line drive down the third base line is ruled fair by Rigler, but the Brooklyn players make no attempt to run it down, contending it was foul. Kavanagh ends up with a grand slam. Dozens of irate fans storm the field to get at Rigler, who is surrounded by players protecting him. Kavanagh’s last homer, hit for Cleveland in 1916, was also a controversial grand slam. It was a ground ball over third base that rolled under a screen in left field. Kavanagh, just purchased from Cleveland, will play in just eight games for the Cards before being sold to the Tigers in August.

5th  The Giants score 3 in the 9th to beat Pittsburgh, 4–3, and move into first place. With Wilbur Cooper on the mound, Jim Thorpe caps the scoring with a game-ending steal of home. It is the second walkoff steal of home in two weeks (as noted by Jan Larson).

Babe Ruth homers in his 4th straight game, tying the record set by Bill Bradley in 1902, but the Babe’s Red Sox lose to the Indians in 10 innings, 5-4. Tired starter Bullet Joe Bush takes the loss. (as noted by Tom Ruane) It was initially reported that Ruth had topped the record set by Yankee’s pitcher Ray Caldwell in 1916 when he homered in three straight games.

6th In Brooklyn, the ever-popular Casey Stengel, now a Pirate after being traded by Brooklyn in January, is good-naturedly applauded when he comes to bat in the 7th inning. He calls time, doffs his cap in response, and to everyone’s delight releases an “irate but much relieved” sparrow he had hidden there. Brooklyn wins, 1–0, when Hy Myers scores from 3rd on double steal. This famous anecdote has been reported in some books as having occurred on May 25, 1919.

The Red Sox top the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings, with the Babe in LF going hitless and ending his streak of a homer in each of the last 4 games. Jones is the CG winner over reliever Jim Bagby.

Washington coach Nick Altrock, who last won a game in 1909, picks up a 3-2 victory against the Tigers, going 7 1/3 innings. The game is called after 8 innings. The 42-year-old Altrock will go 1-2 this year in three appearances.

7th The Indians club six Red Sox pitchers for 13 hits in a 14–7 win. Left fielder Babe Ruth, with a single and triple at bat, comes in to pitch the 7th and walks his only two batters. The two come around to score the tying and winning run, handing Ruth (4–5) his 5th loss of the year. The Indians also swipe 7 bases, including a triple steal in the 7th inning led by Braggo Roth, the second one he’s led. The battery is Vincent Molyneaux and Wally Schang. According to historian Trent McCotter, this is the 11th straight game that Ruth has pitched in where he’s gotten a hit; no pitcher will match that the rest of the century.

9th Washington’s Walter Johnson allows one hit—a single by Oscar Vitt—in beating the Tigers, 2–0.

10th The Braves Rudolph fires the 2nd one-hitter in two days, beating Rube Bressler and the visiting Reds, 3–0. Hal Chase has the lone hit.

11th The franchise owners in the Southern League vote to suspend operations on June 28. Transportation difficulties, increasing rail rates, and lack of interest in some cities are the reasons cited. In 9 days the 6-team Texas League will vote not to add New Orleans and Beaumont for the remainder of the year. The stumbling block is New Orleans, which wanted the right to pull out for next year in case the Southern League reorganizes.

Lefty Tyler allows 2 hits but the Giants win, 1–0, on a fluke homer in the 1st inning by George Burns. He hits a line single to Max Flack who falls down and the ball skips by for an inside-the-park homer. The Cubs 9-game win streak ends.

The Pirates Roy Sanders and Boston’s Bunny Hearn battle for 16 innings before the Bucs win, 3–2, on a bases-loaded squeeze play. Sanders allows one hit over the last 8 innings.

12th The Cubs play turnabout, beating the Giants, 1–0. The other NL game is Boston beating the Pirates, 1–0, behind Fillingam’s 3-hitter. It is Boston’s third 1-0 win in four games.

13th The Phils and Cardinals go 19 innings ending in an 8–8 tie. The Phils blow a 6-run lead with St. Louis tying at 8–8 in the 7th. Hornsby has 4 errors in 21 chances, while Cliff Heathcote hits for the cycle, though it takes him 9 at bats.

A day after his Browns blow a 4-0 lead in the 9th and lose to the Senators, 6-4, manager Fielder Jones abruptly leaves the team. Shortstop Jimmy Austin will skipper the team for 16 games before Jimmy Burke is brought aboard.

15th Cubs’ base runner Charlie Deal races home from 3rd with the go-ahead run when Dodger pitcher Jack Coombs drops the ball while winding up. The balls rolls towards 2B and Deal scores. The Cubs go on to win, 6–1.

Batting cleanup and playing left field, Babe Ruth clubs a three-run homer in the 7th, his 8th roundtripper of the year. He drives home another run in the 9th to lead the visiting Red Sox to an 8–4 win over the Browns.

16th In a Sunday game in St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox, 2–1, as Ruth goes 0-for-1, receiving intentional passes his last three times up. The Browns will lose to the Red Sox tomorrow, 8–0, but St. Louis pitchers will hand two more intentional walks to the Babe in his first two at-bats—a total of five in a row.

17th  The National Commission rules that P Scott Perry, who has been winning games for the Athletics, belongs to the Boston Braves. Although purchased by the Braves from Atlanta in 1917, the deal was not completed. While on Atlanta’s ineligible list, he was sold to Connie Mack. Aroused by Perry’s AL success, the Braves enter their proper claim. Mack breaks precedent, goes outside organized baseball to civil court, and gets an injunction against Boston. The NL, having sat still for the loss of George Sisler, is furious. The clubs’ anger at player-allocation decisions will ultimately topple the National Commission, making way for Judge K.M. Landis.

The Detroit-New York game ends in a 5–5 tie, called after 8 innings in Detroit because the Yankees have to catch a train to Cleveland.

18th  Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper allows just one hit against the Phils, but loses 1–0 on a wild pitch and an error. Milt Stock’s 1st inning double turns into a run after an error and wild pitch. Brad Hogg is the winner.

Benny Kauff plates a pair of runs in his last home game before going into the army as the Giants win, 7–1, over Matty’s Reds. Pol Perritt (9-1) is the winner.

19th  The Yankees purchase OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves, but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Brownie pitcher John Robinson, who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.

20th  In Chicago, the White Sox play the Indians with the receipts going to build a recreation house for the benefit of soldiers and sailors. A baseball autographed by evangelist Billy Sunday, a former center fielder for the Chicago White Stockings, sells for $50. An autographed ball signed by President Wilson goes for $5,650 while o0ne signed by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson goes for $1,450. The Sox push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4.

The Red Sox and A’s trade shutouts, with Boston losing the opener, 2-0 before winning, 3-0. Tilly Walker does the most damage, hitting a 2-run HR in game one that lands on Landsdowne Avenue. It is the 4th time he has homered over the LF wall at Fenway, having hit one off Keating, Gregg and Leonard previously). Walker also knocks Dutch Leonard out of the second game when he hits a line drive off the pitcher’s hand in the 6th. Vince Molyneaux finishes up for his only career win, while Scott Perry absorbs his 7th straight loss.

Dutch Leonard will jump the Sox to take a job at the Fore River Ship Yard in Quincy, Mass., and pitch for the team there. The move will interrupt Leonard’s streak of reaching double figure in wins every year, but prompt the Sox to trade him at the end of the year. Big Jeff Tesreau says he has jumped the Giants to take a job with a steel company and pitch in the Steel league. He knows his days are numbered and he wants to learn the steel business.

21st The Cards score 8 runs in the opening inning versus the Reds to coast to a 12–6 win. The highlight in the big inning is Jeff Heathcote with a home run and double. Mike Gonzalez has 5 hits, including a homer.

Boston’s Carl Mays pitches his 2nd one-hitter against the A’s this year, beating Philadelphia, 13–0. This time it is Jake Munch who has the lone single, a scratch hit in front of the plate that Mays fields rather than C Wally Schang.

Walter Johnson wins his 12th straight, though it takes him 13 innings to do it, as he beats New York, 3-2. Clyde Milan, whose muff in the 9th with 2 outs allowed the tying run to score, drives in the game winner with a single.

22nd   Behind the pitching of Hippo Vaughn, the Cubs beat the Pirates, 5–2. For Hippo, it is his 11th straight win over the Bucs, going back to July 4, 1916.

The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 2-1 in 10 innings and 6-3 in regulation. Urban Shocker is the game 1 loser in his last start before going into the service. He will return in 1919.

23rd  St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 4-1 and 4-2. George Sisler contributes with four stolen bases, to set a Browns single-game record. Only one Brownie will match it and that will be Sisler in four years.

At Los Angeles, Oakland (PCL) pitcher Buzz Arlett pitches both halves of a doubleheader. He wins the first game, 1–0, allowing four hits, but loses the second game, 3–2, giving up 9 hits. Both games are regulation. He’ll win on July 3, 2–0, hitting a 2-run homer. Arlett will go on to set the career minor-league homerun record of 432 (since topped).

24th Sam Rice, playing CF, has 2 hits to help the Senators beat the Athletics, 2–1. Rice, playing a few games while on furlough from the Army, returns to duty at Ft. Terry, NY after the game. The future Hall of Famer will collect 8 hits in 23 at bats (.348) this season. He is one of the few, if possibly the only major leaguer, to serve in both the Army and the Navy.

George Mogridge scatters 3 hits in subduing the Red Sox, 3-2, in New York. Wally Pipp’s 9th inning drive into the upper tier at the Polo Grounds (called Brush Stadium in the New York Times account) becomes a 2-run walkoff double for the Yankees, now a game in back of Boston.

In a 7-2 win at Cincinnati, the Pirates load the bases with one out. Pete Schneider (2-10), pitching for the Reds, throws a wild pitch, allowing one run to score, but the bat boy touches the ball and it is ruled dead. When the ball is returned to the mound, Pirate SS Howdy Caton, who had started on 2B, tried to score from 3B, and is safe after he crashes into the catcher, Nick Allen, knocking the ball loose (and himself out for a few minutes.) Howdy scores 3 runs and has 3 hits in the game (as noted by Retrosheet).

25th Babe Ruth pounds out his 9th homer of the year, off Allen Russell, as the Red Sox and Sam Jones beat the Yankees, 7–3. It is the Babe’s 3rd of the season into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds and his third homer in three games against New York. Hitting a homer in three straight games against New York is a Bosox record that will be beaten by Ted Williams in 1940. The Yanks will win the next two games to retake first place from Boston.

No mercy rule as the Cubs roll over the Cardinals, 14–0. The Cubs pile on in the 4th inning when they pull off a triple steal against the battery of Sherdel and Gonzales. Three ex-American Leaguers, Charley Deal, Zeider and Killifer, do the wholesale thievery. After Lefty Tyler walks to reload the bases, Max Flack clears them with a grand slam.

26th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 3–1, as Babe Ruth scores the only Sox run following a double. Babe injures his wrist sliding into second base and will repeat the injury tomorrow on the same play. Slim Love wins on a 4-hitter.

The Senators edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2. And now we know why Frank Shulte is called Wildfire as Jimmy Austin of the Browns nabs him with a successful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

27th The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against the Yankees and still lose, 7–5. New York takes over first place.

28th Lanky Harry Harper allows one hit—a home run by Babe Ruth—in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Harper was in danger of losing the game until the Senators score a pair in the 8th off Bader.

29th At Detroit, the Indians score 10 runs in the 8th to turn a close game into a rout, winning 13-4.

The A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. The victory snaps Perry’s 9-game losing streak.

Lawyers and judges will square off in a game at Cubs Park to raise money for ‘smokes for soldiers.’ The judges will be clad in Sox uniforms and the lawyers will play in Cubs garb. The match will be umped by Ring Lardner and Jimmy Ryan and will be announced by Bob Figg. Other features include autographed balls by President Wilson to be auctioned off by Judge Cermak, as well as a grenade-throwing contest between the two teams. The grenades are duds.

30th  In the 10th inning in Washington, Babe Ruth, playing CF, hits his 11th HR to beat Walter Johnson, 3–1, and boost the Red Sox back into first place. Ruth also cracked a HR off Johnson on May 7, the only home runs the Washington ace gives up between September 1917 and May 1920. Carl Mays is the winner, striking out 6, while Johnson K’s one. Ruth will hit no more homers this year, but his 11—in just 95 games—will be good enough to share the ML lead with the A’s Tilly Walker. Four Sox teammates will tie for second on the team with one apiece.

The Reds slow the Cubs’ pennant drive in Cincinnati by taking the first game of a doubleheader, 7–0, behind Jimmy Ring. Cincy gets all the runs it needs when Cubs starter Claude Hendrix walks four of the first 5 batters. The nitecap ends in a 7–7 tie, called at 7 o’clock by prior agreement to allow the Cubs to catch a train for St. Louis.

Detroit takes a pair from Cleveland, winning 10–2 and 2–0. Ty Cobb is 7-for-9 in the two games. Tris Speaker helps the Bengals in game one with 3 errors.

In Washington, Ty Cobb’s brother starts a 4-run 9th inning rally as the Quantico Marines beat Army Operations, 6–5, at Georgetown Field.

Pittsburgh pitcher Bob Steele allows just one hit against his former teammates, but his wild throw in the 4th inning accounts for two runs, and the Cardinals win, 2–1. Red Ames is the victor while Jeff Heathcote’s double is the only St. Louis hit. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5–4, scoring the winning run on a triple by Buster Caton and double by Carson Bigbee in the 11th inning. Starter Wilber Cooper goes all the way for the victory.

In London, Red Cross workers complete work on 800 baseball uniforms to be sent to American camps around Great Britain. The uniforms are completed in time for July 4th games.

JULY

1st At Quincy, in the Bethlehem Steel League, Dutch Leonard loses to Eddie Plank, 6-2. It is Leonard’s first game in the league.

At Boston, the Braves defeat Brooklyn, 5-3, in a game that takes just 1 hour 12 minutes. It might have been the experimental starting time of 6 p.m. (as noted by historian Stuart Shea in his book on Wrigley Field), but, nevertheless, the start time is not repeated.

2nd In Washington, Red Sox star Babe Ruth quits the team after arguing with manager Ed Barrow. This follows a 3–0 loss to Washington’s Harry Harper in which the Babe, playing CF, goes hitless in two at bats and makes an error. Harry Harper cops his 2nd win in the series and his 7th in a row, beating Guy Bush.

The first-place Yankees are “dipped in the whitewash vat” by the A’s young Bob Geary, who allows just 3 singles in the 5–0 victory. The host Mackmen, led by Merlin Kopp, rattle 3 Yankee pitchers for 10 hits, handing the loss to Slim Love. Kopp is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and a stolen base. The Yanks maintain their two-game lead over the Red Sox and Cleveland.

Can I start tomorrow, Skip? The Cubs hang a pair of losses on Cardinals pitcher Lee Meadows, beating him 7-1 and 6-2. Meadows starts game 1 and doesn’t last one inning. He starts game 2 and is knocked out in the 4th.

At the Polo Grounds, Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th, off Slim Sallee, to lead the Phillies to 5–2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp, both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game, each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.

In Boston, proceedings started to determine the status of professional baseball players under the new work or fight rules. Summons were sent to 14 Boston Braves—all the players except Wally Rehg, Ray Powell and Joe Kelly, who will enter the U.S. Navy Reserve this week. Three other players—Buck Herzog, Ed Konetchy, and Tom Hughes—are beyond the draft age. Meanwhile, the Braves host the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes allows just three hits and tallies three himself as he spins a 4–0 win.

3rd Babe Ruth announces that he has joined the Chester team of the Delaware River Shipbuilding League and will not play for Boston. The Red Sox players are unperturbed and the Red Sox management threatens an injunction. Heinie Wagner tracks down the Babe in Baltimore and convinces him to return to the Sox. Meanwhile, the Ruth-less Sox unravel, losing 6–0 to the A’ Vean Gregg. Gregg allows just one hit in the first six innings, and four overall.

The first-place Cubs finally lose a game to the last-place Cards, 2–1, in St. Louis. With the score tied, Bob Fisher singles in the 8th, steals 2B and 3B, and scores on Charlie Grimm’s single. Fisher helps again in the 9th inning when he nabs Dode Paskert at 2B with a hidden ball trick.

Giants pitcher Fred Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jeff Tesreau and jumps the team to join a shipyard team. Anderson has been trying to join the Navy’s dental corp., and the Giants don’t know his whereabouts. He’ll rejoin the team, however. The Giants are also unsuccessful in luring back Dave Robertson from government service in Norfolk. Robertson, the NL’s co-leader in homers in 1916-17, turns down an offer of $7,500 and will not rejoin the Giants until next year. The players aren’t needed today as the Giants sweep a pair from the Dodgers, 9–4 and 1–0 to move to two back of the Cubs.

4th There are few fireworks today as the Cubs whitewash the host Cards, winning both games by a 1–0 score. Lefty Tyler, in extra innings, and Claude Hendrix are the winners over Red Ames and Bill Doak. Tyler and Hippo Vaughn will tie for the NL lead in shutouts this year with 8. Cubs pitchers have allowed 2 runs in the last 28 innings: they won’t beat that in 3-game road series until 2015.

Behind Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs, the Dodgers take a pair from the Giants. Rube shuts out the Giants, 2–0, in the first game, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Coombs, the Kennebunk Express, overcomes seven Brooklyn errors to win the afternoon contest, 4–3. Coombs scores the winning run after hitting a 10th inning triple, his third hit of the game. Jimmy Hickman adds a 4th inning homer.

Despite the heroics of Ty Cobb at Comiskey Park, the White Sox sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7–6 in 12 innings, then 2–1. Cobb is 5-for-6 in the 1st game, and goes from 1st to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt. Playing first base in the nitecap, Ty pulls the hidden ball trick on Joe Benz, the winning pitcher for Chicago. Ed Cicotte is the winner in game one over Hooks Dauss.

In Washington, the Yankees split with the Senators while Cleveland is winning twice from the Browns. Cleveland (43–32) takes over first from New York (38–29) and Boston (40–31). The Yankees win the morning game, 7–0, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey and the slugging of Frank Baker. Baker collects a homer, double, and 2 singles and adds 2 singles in the afternoon contest. The Yankees rap 9 hits off Walter Johnson in the p.m. game, but shoddy fielding gives the Nats a 4–3 win.

Boston splits with the A’s, taking the morning contest 11–9. Starting pitcher Sad Sam Jones is rapped for 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings, but is awarded the victory. Ruth is not used in the morning game, but returns to the lineup in the nitecap, striking out twice, as Scott Perry outpitches Carl Mays for the 2–1 11-inning A’s victory. With every team in the majors playing twinbills, this is one of seven extra-inning games today: this won’t be matched until August 15, 1998 when half (7) the games go extra frames. Also, 11 of the games are one-run affairs, a mark that won’t be matched until April 14, 2001.

At London’s Chelsea football grounds, 18,000 people, including King George and the royal family, watch an American Army team defeat a U.S. Navy team, 2–1. The King is prevented from tossing out the first ball by the netting in front of the royal box, and instead walks on the field and hands the ball to umpire Arlie Latham.

In a Steel League morning game at Lehigh Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa, Dutch Leonard strikes out 18 to defeat Jeff Tesreau, 2-0. The game draws 4,000. The afternoon game, featuring the pitching of former major leaguers Lefty Baumgartner and Al Mamaux, draws 18,000.

5th The A’s tie the Red Sox in the 9th, only to lose in the 10th, 4–3. Starting pitcher Babe Ruth draws a walk off Bob Geary in the 10th and scores the winning run on Stuffy McInnis’ triple.

The PCL announces that it will end the season tomorrow.

In Toronto, the Cincinnati Reds edge the Toronto Internationals, 2–1, in an exhibition game.

6th  After walking 7 batters, the Reds’ Pete Schneider takes a 10–0 one-hitter versus the Phils into the 9th, but walks the first 6 batters in the inning to force in 3 runs. Two relievers later, the Phils have 9 runs, but lose 10–9. Pete’s 13 walks is still a club record.

The Pirates take two over the visiting Braves, winning 17-1 and 5-4. In the opener, Braves hurler Dick Rudolph allows 4 runs in the first 5 innings, then gets roughed up in the 6th. Protesting an umpire’s call he sits down on the mound and is ejected. Reliever Hugh Canavan is summoned without warming up and pitches 2 2/3 innings allowing 13 runs. The lefty had not appeared in a ML game in two months, and had suffered a broken left hand while pitching in an exhibition game. Six Pirates each collect 3 hits with Max Carey driving in 5 runs.

At Chicago, Hippo Vaughn pitches and bats the Cubs to a 1-0, 12-inning victory over the Giants. Hippo wastes an 11th inning double but his single in the 12th drives in the only run off Demaree.

The Red Sox regain first place, beating the Indians, 5–4. Pinch hitter Babe Ruth drives in two runs in the 6th inning with a triple and scores the winning run when the relay is fumbled.

7th  The Browns beat the host Washington Nationals, 3–0, as the Nats manage just 3 hits off Allen Sothoron. Browns SS Jimmy Austin triples in the 9th off Walter Johnson, then steals home.

In Chicago, the Cubs hand the Giants their 4th straight loss, beating New York, 6–1. Starter Pol Perritt goes five innings to take the loss. Phil Douglas wins to give Chicago a six-game lead in the NL. Perritt will come back tomorrow and pitch a complete game victory to give the Giants a split of their doubleheader with Chicago.

Rabbit Maranville gets a 10-day leave from the Navy and hits .316 in 11 games for the Braves before going back to sea.

At Newport, RI, the Indians lose an exhibition game to a Navy team, 5–2. The Navy offense is paced by OF Wally Rehg’s 2-run homer, one of three Navy outfielders from the Boston Braves. Joe Kelly and Ray Powell team with Rehg.

In Omaha, the Western League votes to end this season after today’s games. In Ft Worth, Texas League president J. Walter Morris announces the Texas League season will end today. The Pacific Coast and International Leagues also close today.

8th  Although Babe Ruth’s 10th inning blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk in the Red Sox win 1–0 over Cleveland, the prevailing rules about the winning run scoring ahead of the home run reduce Babe’s HR to a triple. The run gives Sad Sam Jones the win over Stanley Coveleskie. Guy Morton gives up 3 Boston hits in the nitecap to beat Carl Mays, 4–3. Ruth will hit 11 homers this year, all on the road.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees come from behind to tie White Sox with 3 runs in the 8th, then win in the 9th, 6–5, on Frank Baker’s 100th hit of the season. Baker is the first player to reach the century mark in hits this year.

In a battle of the top two teams, the Cubs spilt a doubleheader with the Giants. Behind George Tyler’s complete game, Chicago takes the opener from the visitors, 6–3. Pol Perritt, a loser yesterday, beats the Cubs in the nitecap, 3–1. Hendrix is the loser.

The A’s score in double figures for the first time this season (they’ll do it once more) pounding out a 16–9 win over the Tigers, who are playing without Harry Heilmann. Heilmann is struck by a bat in pregame practice. The A’s Merito Acosta collects 5 hits, driving in 4 and scoring 4. For Detroit, Oscar Stanage has 5 RBIs and Cobb, playing 2B, has 4 hits, but he makes an error and Bush at short adds two. Starter Mule Watson goes just 3 innings but is awarded the win.

9th In Chicago, the Giants stop the Cubs, 7–6, on a solo homer by Jim Thorpe in the 10th inning, off Phil Douglas. Thorpe is subbing for the injured Ross Young, who is out with a twisted ankle. The Giants, down 6–0, jump on Hippo Vaughn in the 7th to tie. Cecil Causey pitches the last two innings in relief of Fred Anderson to win. The Cubs lead is down to 5 games.

The Red Sox tighten their hold on first place with a 12-inning, 1–0 victory over the visiting Indians. Everett Scott doubles over Tris Speaker’s head, and after a forceout, the winning run scores on a single by Wally Mayer. Starter Joe Bush outduels Jim Bagby for the win.

The Dodgers make twelve hits off the Cards, but lose 6–4. The Cards also collect 12 hits and Dodger pitcher Larry Cheney helps with 5 wild pitches.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the Tigers edge the A’s, 5–4. Ty Cobb provides the winning margin with a swipe of home in the 5th.

10th Reds pitchers Jimmy Ring and Mike Regan combine to whitewash the Robins, winning 7–0 and 5–0. Brooklyn manages 6 hits in the opener, and two in second game. Lee Magee and Edd Roush combine for 6 hits and 4 runs off Burleigh Grimes in game 2.

The Red Sox beat the Indians, 2–0, in 5 innings, winning their 4th game in the series with Cleveland. Ruth’s triple in the 4th scores the first run, the 3rd time in the series that Ruth has driven in the winner with a triple. The game is called after 5 innings because of rain.

11th Cubs pitcher Phil Douglas picks up two wins over the Braves today, relieving in the 9th of the opener and beating Art Nehf, 4–3, in 10 innings. Shufflin’ Phil starts the nitecap and tops veteran Pat Ragan, 3–2.

At Washington, the Tigers overcome a 6-run deficit to beat Walter Johnson, 8–6. Detroit scores 5 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 9th for the win. Cobb is 2-for-3 with a sac fly and 2 runs scored.

The first-place Red Sox top Chicago, 4–0, with Carl Mays outpitching Ed Cicotte. Cicotte gives up 9 hits, including 3 opposite field doubles to Babe Ruth. Playing 1B, the Babe records 20 putouts.

12th “Spavined Bostonese use first sacker as a pitcher” (Chicago Tribune, as noted by J.G. Preston). At Weegham Park, the Cubs down the short-handed Braves, 8-0, behind Claude Hendrix (12-4). The Braves are forced to use 1B Ed Konetchy on the mound with pitcher Hugh Canavan in the outfield. Koney pitches 8 innings, walks 2 and allows 14 hits. Batting 6th, he has one of the 5 hits off Hendrix. Canavan hits 9th.

13th The first place Cubs beat the Braves, 5–3, behind Hippo Vaughn (17-4). Boston gets a 9th inning HR From J.C. Smith, but it is not enough. Rookie Hugo Canavan takes the loss. The two teams announce plans to play an exhibition game on July 28 in Montreal, the first ML game to ever be played in Canada.

The Tigers edge the Senators, 1–0, scoring their only run in the first Harry Heilmann’s Texas Leaguer. The loss is starter Harry Harper’s first following 7 straight wins. Filling in for the injured Pep Young at 2B is Jack Coffey, who last played in the majors 10 years ago. Signed 3 days ago as an insurance policy, the 31-year-old ex-Fordham player is 0-for-3 and will have just a cup of coffee with Detroit. When the Red Sox come to town in early August, the Tigers will deal Coffey to Boston, where he will fill in occasionally for Dave Shean.

Ty Cobb announces that he will join the military after the season. The statement by the AL’s leading hitter comes after he and his family drop in at the White House following today’s game.

The Reds sweep two from the Dodgers, winning 3–1 and 4–2. Heinie Groh, the NL’s leading hitter (.355 through July 11 to runner-up Benny Kauff’s .324) is 4-for-8 in the 2 games.

14th The Reds maul the Giants, 9-5, as Heinie Groh, Edd Roush and Hal Chase each go 4-for-5. Roush drives in 5 runs. Groh is leading the NL with a .366 batting average, while the eventual batting champ, Zach Wheat, sits out today. Zach is hitting .283.

15th New York reaches Stanley Coveleskie for 3 runs in the 1st, but that’s all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland ties the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood’s homer in the 8th is the clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran, who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball, and will send the exhibit A to Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for protesting a strike call and Steve O’Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now moves into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.

Slim Sallee, who has been out of action with a lame back, gives up 5 Reds hits in pitching the Giants to a 2–1 win. Fred Toney takes the loss for Cincy.

Pittsburgh edges Brooklyn 6–5 on an error by catcher Mack Wheat, offsetting the 3-for-3 hitting of brother Zack Wheat. Chief Mayer wins with Rube Marquard taking the loss.

Scott Perry ices two games for the last-place A’s, as Philadelphia tops the Browns, 5–3 and 6–4. Perry relieves in the opener in the 7th and holds the Browns scoreless while driving in 2 runs in the 8th inning. Perry then wins the nitecap when Larry Gardner drives in 2 runs in the 5th with a triple.

17th  Chicago’s Lefty Tyler goes 21 innings, the longest complete game in Cubs history, against Milt Watson, to beat the Phils, 2–1. Lefty scatters 13 hits and strikes out 8 in the marathon effort. Three Chicago pinch hitters reach base in the 21st, and Max Flack drives home the winner with his 5th hit of the game. Flack scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Watson takes the complete game loss, allowing 19 hits.

The Red Sox sweep two from the Browns, shutting St. Louis out in both games. Joe Bush takes the first game, 7–0, and Babe Ruth follows, 4–0, while adding two doubles in two trips to the plate.

18th  During an 8–5 win in St. Louis, Giants manager McGraw bawls out Heinie Zimmerman for not running out a fly ball. A miffed Zimmerman leaves the ball park during the game and only returns to the team after several days absence. McGraw slaps Heinie with a stiff fine.

In Philadelphia, the A’s and White Sox split a doubleheader with Chicago taking game 1, 3-1 and the A’s responding with a 4-3 victory in game 2. The two teams combine to leave just 13 runners on base in the two games, an AL record. The A’s strand just 4.

“Call me ‘singles’”, At the Polo Grounds, Home Run Baker is credited with an RBI-single in the 10th as the Yankees edge the Tigers, 3-2, in the second game of a twinbill. His drive would have been a homerun under different rules. Ray Keating wins in relief and Ping Bodie is a homer shy of the cycle. Detroit takes the opener, 4-1, as Frank Walker homers and drives in 3 runs. Bill James is the winner.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill at Baltimore (International League), the Orioles rookie lefty Ralph Worrell beats Newark, 6–3. Newark manager, Tommy McCarthy, 55-years-old, inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th and singles, but is cut down trying to stretch the hit. Worrell will win 25 games this year, the highest in Organized Baseball. Alas, at the end of the season he will enter the service and die of influenza in November.

19th  Washington C Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker rules that baseball is not an essential occupation and all players of draft age are subject to the “work-in-essential-industries-or-fight” rule. Ban Johnson says the AL will close down July 21st, a pronouncement that upsets the owners, but the next day both leagues vote to continue. A week later, Baker exempts players from the rule until September 1st. Both leagues vote to cut the season short, and end on Labor Day, September 2nd.

The Braves score 4 in the first against the Reds, knocking out Jimmy Ring for the 1st time since joining the team. But Cincinnati comes back to win, 6–4. with Mike Regan, in relief, winning over Dick Rudolph. The Braves strand 12 and commit 5 miscues to help the Cincy cause.

At Fenway, the peachless Tigers fall to the first-place Red Sox, 5–0, managing just 3 hits off Carl Mays, one less than Stuffy McInnis has. Old Bill Bailey takes to the loss for the Bengals, who play without Ty Cobb. Ty, suffering from a sore shoulder, missed the train back from New York where, according to the Tiger players, he had gone to enlist.

20th  Cleveland president James Dunn wires AL headquarters “We will play a double-header with Washington tomorrow and then close the ball park for the balance of the season. It is our desire to comply with Secretary Baker’s ruling on baseball.” Dunn’s wire is in answer to Ban Johnson’s telegram asking if the owners wanted to comply at once.

The visiting Dodgers beat the Cubs for the third game in a row, topping the Bruins, 6–4. Chicago scores first when Fred Merkle clips Rube Marquard for a 3-run homer, but with the game knotted in the 9th, Hy Myers clouts a two-run homer off a tired Claude Hendrix. Larry Cheney wins in relief.

In Washington, Walter Johnson goes the distance in beating the White Sox, 6–1. The Nationals score four runs in the 4th off Frank Shellenback, who takes the loss.

At Philadelphia, the A’s take the opener with Cleveland, 10–4, then forfeits the nitecap when the crowd surges on the field. Cleveland is leading 9–1 in the 9th when fans surged onto the field and stood along the foul lines. The AL indefinitely suspends Bill Wambsganss and Steve O’Neill for their altercations on the 15th in New York.

The visiting Boston Braves beat the Reds, 8–3. Rookie Jesse Haines makes his lone appearance for the Reds, allowing a run in 5 innings, but he’ll return to the Western League. Haines will resurface in the majors with the Cardinals in 1920, eventually making the Hall of fame.

21st  A’s rookie Mule Watson toils 11 innings and gives up 12 hits before losing to the Indians, 3–2. Undaunted, the aptly named Mule pitches the nitecap, scattering 10 hits in 8 innings before the game is declared a 5–5 tie so the Indians can catch a train.

At Braves Field, a crowd of 15,000 watch a doubleheader in which the Boston Base sailors defeat the Marine Corp of the Boston Navy Yard, 4–1. In the nitecap at the Wigwam, Camp Bevens wallops Fort Andrews, 15–4, driving starter Frank Fahey, briefly with the A’s, from the mound.

August Herrmann, Reds president and chairman of the national baseball commission, announces the cancellation of a pair of games in Chicago tomorrow. Herrmann says they are makeup games and that the Reds will be traveling East to play their regularly scheduled games.

22nd With today’s game possibly the last of the season, 10,000 fans show up at Fenway in 98 degree heat. The Red Sox win their 2nd doubleheader shutout in 5 days, this time over the Tigers. Joe Bush wins the opener, 1–0, scoring the winning run himself in the 8th. and Carl Mays takes the nitecap 3–0. Ruth goes 0-for-7 in the two games.

The Giants purchase pitcher Fred Toney from the Reds.

Following a Ban Johnson telegram about canceling the season, the confusion results in AL umpires heading home leaving the Browns at New York game without umps. Two umps are needed and the New York Times reports, “It was like Old Home Week for it brought out such oldtimers as Mike Donlin, Bill Bierhalter and Pat O’Connor, the latter catching for the Yankees after all the regulars were used up.” Browns trainer Bierhalter, a minor league ump for 20 years, is pressed into service behind the plate. Donlin is pried out of the press box and put at 2B to ump. O’Connor enters the game as a catcher in the 10th inning and his arm is not tested in the 15-inning 4-4 tie, called by Bierhalter on account of darkness. The Yanks prize lefty Hank Thormahlen, who had won 7 straight earlier in the year, makes his first start is 6 weeks. He was out with ptomaine poisoning and a knee injury, according to the Times.

In the war-shortened PCL championship, the Los Angeles Angels top Vernon, 4-2, to win the series, five games to two.

Scott Perry of the A’s allows one hit to the Phillies in a 1-0 victory in an exhibition charity game. The proceeds are the benefit the family of the late sports writer W.Y. Weart.

25th  Walter Johnson gives up one hit (a triple by George Sisler) in the first 11 innings of a 15-inning, 4-hit 1–0 win over the Browns.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat the Cardinals twice by 3–2 scores. Pol Perritt and Causey are the winners as the 2nd place Giants pick up a half game on the Cubs. Chicago leads the NL by 3 games.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves winning 4–2 in 13 innings, and 5–0. In the opener, Lee McGee’s grounder takes a bad bounce and breaks SS Johnny Rawlings nose, and Edd Roush follows with a home run over Jimmy Canavan’s head in left. Both starters finish as Hod Eller wins over Pat Ragan. Pete Schneider is the shutout winner in the 2nd game. In 1920, Lee Magee will admit in court that he and Hal Chase bet on Boston to win the first game today, and he aided the bet with 2 errors and one base-running gaffe in the game.

In the first of two at Brooklyn, Burleigh Grimes allows one hit, a single by Billy Southworth, as the Robins top the Pirates, 10-0. Brooklyn completes the sweep with a 6-2 victory in game 2. Winning pitcher Jack Coombs contributes an RBI triple and score in the 6-run 6th.

26th  That’s spelled Steal. Giants pitcher Bob Steele tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Cardinals to win 8-0. In the 6-run 7th, Steele steals home. The Giants are now 2 games in back of the Cubs, losers today to the Phils.

27th  Brooklyn takes the first of two games against last-place St. Louis, winning 2–0, behind the 6-hit pitching of Dick Robertson. Mickey Doolin leads the Superbas with 3 hits and a stolen base. The nitecap is another story: Brooklyn starts rookie righthander Harry Heitmann, the IL Iron man, who pitched two doubleheaders at Rochester. Heitmann is stationed in Brooklyn by the Navy. The young sailor is swamped with two triples and two singles in the first 5 batters and is relieved by Burleigh Grimes. It’s Heitmann’s first and last ML appearance, leaving him with a career ERA of 108.00. (The Sporting News shows Heitmann with 1/3 IP, while the NY Times and NY Telegram list him as retiring no batters) St. Louis tallies 26 hits in racking up a 22–7 slugfest win. Bob Fisher, Gene Paulette, Hornsby and McHenry each score 4 runs. Fisher collects a triple and homer, while George Anderson has a double and two triples to go along with his single. Winning pitcher Bill Sherdel only lasts to the 5th, but has a sacrifice fly and hits a 2-run homer over RF Jack Coombs’ head. In the 7th, Coombs relieves losing pitcher Burleigh Grimes and in 3 innings allows 12 hits and 10 runs. Four players collect 4 hits and 4 players each score 4 runs.

At Braves Field, Hippo Vaughn holds the Braves to 4 singles, while his Chicago teammates tally 11 hits to beat Boston, 7–1. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the first, an errant throw by 3B Red Smith opens the door for 4 Chicago runs. The Cubs score all their runs in the first 4 frames off Dick Rudolph.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates take the first game in the series with the Giants, 8–4. The Bucs score 5 in the 7th after Larry Doyle fumbles a ball which should have been the 3rd out. Frank “Bullet” Miller is the winner over Bill Demaree.

Detroit’s Bill James, pitching his last game before joining the Army, loses to the A’s, 5–3. James is ordered to report to his Ann Arbor draft board tomorrow. John Watson picks up the win for Philadelphia.

Cincinnati wins two from the Phillies, 14–5 and 3–0. Matty’s men rack up 20 hits in the opener and steal 8 bases, including 4 in the first inning. Greasy Neale had 3 stolen bases, while Sherry Magee had 4 hits and 2 steals. Sherry had another 3 hits in the nitecap to back Mike Regan’s 4-hit shutout. The Reds rack up 4 triples in game 1.

In two Steel League tilts, Eddie Plank outduels Dutch Leonard to win, 1-0, in Steelton, Pa. In Philadelphia, Bethlehem wins over Lebanon, 1-0, behind the pitching of Jeff Tesreau. Former Yank hurler Jeff Buckles buckles in the 8th.

28th In a matched billed as the first major league game ever played in Montreal—though an exhibition—the Boston Braves edge the Cubs, 3–2, before a packed crowd at Atwater Park. To the delight of the fans, Cubs twirler Roy Walker walks Red Smith, a former Royal, with the bases loaded in the 9th, then passes Bull Henry to force home the winner. The teams chipped in to pay the umpires’ train fare from Boston, where the teams played yesterday and will play tomorrow.

Reb Russell is in fine form, shutting out the Red Sox, 8–0, and beating Carl Mays, handing the submariner his 2nd loss in the series. Eddie Collins has two hits and 3 stolen bases to help the White Sox 10-hit attack, while Russell slams 2 doubles. His 2nd, misplayed by Ruth, drives in 3 runs in the 6th. The Babe recovers to throw out Rebel trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Former Cub Wilbur Good, just signed, started in CF for the White Sox.

Sisler’s triple and score on a wild throw by 2B Hank Shanks proves to be the decisive run as the Browns top the Washington Nationals, 4–3. Rasty Wright, with relief from Byron Houck, earns the win over Hick Hovlik.

In an exhibition game in Connecticut, the Bridgeports top the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2–1, in 10 innings. Carmen Hill takes the loss for the Bucs, while Ferguson is the winner.

29th Back in the rotation, Babe Ruth tops the Browns, 3–2, for the first place Red Sox, allowing just 4 hits. Ruth has a triple and one RBI at the plate.

30th After a meeting with Giants executives, NL president John Tener says he is not in favor of playing the World Series this year, but will abide by the majority views of the owners when they meet on Saturday. Tener feels that with the shortened season, there is a lack of interest from the fans.

Led by Burt Shotton’s hitting, Washington scores 3 runs in the 9th off Ed Cicotte and tops the White Sox, 3–0. Jim Shaw allows just 3 hits to win.

Paced by Babe Ruth and Amos Strunk, each with 3 hits, the Red Sox light up 5 Brownie pitchers to beat St. Louis, 14–5. Sam Jones is the winner.

31st The Yankees and Detroit split a pair, New York winning the opener 5–3 and Detroit, behind Cobb’s double and triple, take the nitecap, 6–2. Cobb, leading the AL in hitting, is 5-for-7 today.

At Brooklyn, Zach Wheat has five hits to lead the Robins to a sweep of the Cardinals, 2–1 and 7–2. Wheat has now hit in 19 straight games.

Washington is a 3–2 winner over the White Sox as Walter Johnson strikes out 11 in recording the win over Frank Shellenback. Johnson is 2-for-3 with a triple.

Bullet Joe Bush stops the host Browns, 8–4. He also helps the Boston offense going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

AUGUST

1st  At Boston, Pittsburgh and Boston play a ML record 20 scoreless innings; before the Pirates win 2–0 in the 21st. Max Carey drives home the deuce with a single. Art Nehf pitches all 21 innings for Boston, while Wilbur Cooper toils the first 16 for Pittsburgh before Mayer takes over.

At the Polo Grounds, the league-leading Cubs win 5–0 over the 2nd place Giants. For the 2nd time this season, Hippo Vaughn gives up just one hit, a safety by Heinie Zimmerman in the 2nd, in beating Fred Toney, recently acquired from the Reds. The Cubs now lead the NL by 4.

At Navin Field, Wally Pipp plays his last game before going in to the Service. He scores a run in New York’s 7-0 win over the Tigers. Ray Caldwell allows 2 hits and Earl Gilhooly hits a 3-run homer, his second career roundtripper. Pipp’s place will be taken by Jack Fournier, whose contract was purchased from PCL Los Angeles. Fournier will hit .350 in 27 games before going back to the West Coast.

The Nationals lose 21-year-old catcher Val Picinich to the Navy. Picinich had been the starting catcher, beating out Eddie Ainsmith.

3rd  In the first game of two with the Cards, the Phils tally 15 hits and 12 runs in the last 3 innings, but still lose, 16–12. A tired Gene Packard cruises to the win; no other pitcher this century will give up 12 runs and not take a loss for his efforts. Joe Oeschger picks up one of his league-leading 18 losses in less than two innings of work. The Phils drop the nitecap, 7–1.

The Robins and Reds split, with Cincy pounding Rube Marquard in the opener. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 3–1. Zack Wheat hits in both contests to run his streak to 23 straight games.

At a special meeting of AL owners in Cleveland, it is agreed that the AL schedule will play through September 2nd, with the WS opening on September 3rd or 4th. Early indications were that the AL would vote to close down between August 17th and August 20th, but Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pirates who is there as NL representative, argues that his league would not stop before September 2nd and would not begin the Series early.

4th In the nitecap at Detroit, Walter Johnson goes 17 1/3 innings, his 2nd longest outing ever, and faces 64 batters in losing to the Tigers, 7–6. Detroit collects 16 hits and 8 walks against the Nats’ ace. Detroit ties the score 6–6 in the 7th inning when Ty Cobb drives in a run, and wins it in the 18th on a Cobb double. Cobb, in CF, also throws out a Milan at home in the 13th, while SS Donie Bush nails two Nats at home in the 14th. Hooks Dauss is the winner with 10 innings of relief. In the first game, the Nats score 6 runs in the 1st three innings off rookie Rudy Kallio and coast 7–0 behind Doc Ayers. Ayers scatters 7 hits and shuts out Cobb. Johnson is now 1–1 in 18-inning games this year!

In Chicago, the Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 7–6 and 3–2 in 10 innings. Dave Danforth goes 7 innings in the opener and, though lifted with the score 2–2, is credited with the win over Willie Adams, who goes all the way. Ed Cicotte is the victor in the nitecap.

In Cleveland, the Indians split with the league-leading Red Sox, to take three out of four in the series. The Sox win the opener, 2–1 in 12 innings, with starter Babe Ruth going the distance and allowing just 4 hits. Ruth drives in the first run with a single, and the Tribe ties the game in the 8th with two hits. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 2–0, in a game called after 6 innings because of rain. Ruth, playing LF, has one hit and is hit once by winner Stanley Coveleskie.

5th  At Boston, Braves left fielder Bob Taggert leads off the bottom of the 9th with his 3rd hit of the game, a triple, and scores two outs later on J.C. Smith’s single for a 1–0 win over the Pirates. Taggert previously played for the Pirates and PittFeds under the name Barney Kelly.

During the Reds batting practice at Ebbets Field, fans are treated to an impromptu fight between two Reds, 2B Lee Magee and left fielder Earl “Greasy” Neale. Teammates separate the two but the decision is awarded to Neale, who will play just 3 innings today. The Reds then turn on the Robins, pounding 13 hits for a 5–0 win. Mike Regan is the winner, scattering 4 hits. The Reds (43–51) are in 5th place, a half-game ahead of Brooklyn.

6th  John Tener resigns as President of the NL in a dispute over the Scott Perry case. Tener, NL Prexy since 1913, refused to serve on the National Commission unless the AL abided by the awarding of Perry to the Boston Braves. But when the Commission award the minor leaguer to the Athletics, it was a foregone conclusion that Tener would step down. Tener, a former Governor of Pennsylvania, almost quit in December but stayed on when the owners said the job would not interfere with his business interests. John Heydler will serve as acting president and it is he who will arrange a compromise solution: Connie Mack pays Boston $2,500 and keeps Perry (henceforth a loser).

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Pete Compton (real name is Anna Sebastian Compton) drives home Art Fletcher in the bottom of the 9th to beat Matty’s Reds, 4–3. Bob Steele, acquired from the Bucs, is the winner over Jimmie Ring. Lee Magee, with his face swollen after yesterday’s fight, sits out the game for the Reds and Heinie Zimmerman, on doctor’s orders to avoid the near 90+ degree heat, watches for the Giants.

At Ebbets Field, the first place Cubs keep their lead of 6 ½ games by beating the Robins 6–3 behind Lefty Tyler. Tyler scatters 9 hits, including one by Zack Wheat, who stretches his consecutive hitting skein to 25 games.

With the temperature at 115 degrees on the field at Detroit, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox, 14–12, but the Sox win the game 7–5 in 10 innings. Starter Carl Mays is victorious over reliever Rudy Kallio.

At Cleveland, the Indians stay 3 ½ games behind Boston by edging Washington, 1–0, in the 10th. Second baseman Smoky Joe Wood leads off the 10th with a triple and pinch runner Doc Evans scores the winner. Starter Jim Bagby is the winning pitcher despite allowing 11 hits.

In the hottest day in Philadelphia history—106 degrees–Pittsburgh wins over Philadelphia, 10-2. Bucs catcher W.J. Smith collapses in the 7th but is revived with ice and continues in the heat. Ump Hank O’Day collapses in the 8th but also recovers to continue.

7th The Yankees make it 7 straight losses, as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago, 8–4 and 4–0. New York makes 24 hits in the two games, but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the opener for the Sox. Slim Love takes the loss. In the nitecap, Roy Sanders, making his first start for New York, gives up no hits in the first 3 innings, but records no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now takes over 4th place from the Yankees.

Brooklyn slows the Cubs’ victory drive by beating Chicago 3–2 behind Burleigh Grimes. All the Robins scoring comes on a 3-run homer by Mack Wheat—his first in the majors, while his brother Zack has a single to stretch his hitting streak to 26 games. Phil Douglas takes the loss for the Cubs.

The Reds put a crimp in the second-place Giants pennant hopes by sweeping a pair at the Polo Grounds, 8-3 and 4-2. The temperature in New York is 104, the hottest August 7 on record.

8th Brooklyn tops the Cubs again, beating Hippo Vaughn, 4–1, done in by two wild heaves by 3B Eddie Pick. Zach Wheat, hit by a pitch once by Vaughn, goes hitless to stop his consecutive game streak at 26. Rube Marquard, despite leaving in the 5th with a strained back, is the winner. With the Giants losing to the Reds, the Cubs stay 6 ½ ahead.

It is announced that Ebbets Field will become a Government storehouse as soon as the season is over on September 2nd. The Brooklyn team offered the park as a much-needed storage facility for war supplies, and it is now expected that other teams will follow suit. The New York Times states that “the turning over of the baseball park means that the major leagues will not attempt to play next season.” Washington Park, the old Federal League park, has already been converted to a government storehouse.

9th  With Sherry Magee at 1B for Cincinnati, the Pirates defeat the Reds, 4–3. Carmen Hill wins it in relief of Pete Schneider. Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects 1B Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him “for indifferent play.” He will be formally charged after season by owner Herrmann, but will be acquitted by NL Prexy Heydler. During the hearings, John McGraw said that if Chase is found innocent he would hire him for the Giants. But Prince Hal will be reinstated and play for the Giants in 1919.

10th The Reds bang out 17 hits to defeat the Cards, 9–8. Edd Roush drives home the winner in the 9th inning with two out by making his 5th hit of the day. Heinie Groh, 2nd in the NL to Wheat in hitting at .327 through August 8, is 3-for-3. Wheat will win the title, but Roush (.301 through August 8) will finish 2nd with a .333 average, .002 behind Zack.

In Brooklyn, the Robins take the opener over the Phils, 4–0, behind Burleigh Grimes’ two hitter. Zack Wheat has 3 of the Robins’ 7 hits off loser Joe Oeschger. In the nitecap, a fair call in the 4th inning on a drive by Cy Williams prompt all the Brooklyn players to rush umpire Charley Moran. Moran’s call, a double, is just one of 4 hits that veteran Jack Coombs allows. The Phils win, 3–2, however, and it takes a dozen policemen to protect Moran after the game.

At Dunn Field, the White Sox score 4 in the 9th to top the Indians, 6-2. Shano Collins hits his second bases-loaded triple in three games and his third this year, while Chick Gandil drives in the other 3 runs. Jack Quinn is the winning pitcher. Collins sets a ML record that will be tied but not topped. It will next be matched in the AL by Elmer Valo, in 1949. With two in 1920 Collins will total 8 bases-loaded triples in his career, the ML record.

12th  At Fenway, the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the league leaders by beating Boston, 2–1. Getting his opportunity because of the war, lefty Hank Robinson is making his first ML start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Babe Ruth, who gives up 4 safeties. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt, while Ruth, hitless on the afternoon, pops out for the last out of the game.

Cleveland moves to with 2 ½ games of the Red Sox by unraveling the visiting White Sox, 11–2. Ray Chapman leads the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs, while Guy Morton gives up just two Chicago hits.

At Chicago, Carmen Hill coasts to a 12–1 win over the Cubs, as Pittsburgh rattles 17 hits off three Chicago pitchers. Walter Schmidt is the big Buc with 2 doubles, a triple, and a stolen base.

14th Sailor Burleigh Grimes pitches Brooklyn to a 4–2 win over the Phils. The Phils take the lead, but veteran Jimmy Archer relieves young Mack Wheat behind the plate in the 5th and Grimes’ spitball works to perfection after that.

16th The 2nd place Indians trample the Yankees, 12–4, behind the slugging of Smoky Joe Wood. Smoky is 4-for-5, with 3 RBIs, and a steal of home, while winner Fritz Coumbe adds 3 hits for Cleveland. Del Pratt has 2-run HR in the first off Coumbe but Cleveland retaliates with 7 runs against Happy Finneran. Ray Chapman’s verbal assault on Finneran helps drive the pitcher from the mound in the 4th.

The Tigers score 6 runs in the 9th inning against the Senators to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Motor Citymen are shutout in the next 6 innings by reliever Walter Johnson, but score 2 in the 16th to win, 8–7. Reliever George Cunningham scores the deciding run to beat Johnson.

The Dodgers hand Erskine Mayer his first loss since joining the Pirates, beating him, 5–1, behind the six-hit pitching of Larry Cheney. Mayer had won 8 straight since coming to the Buccaneers from the Phils on July 1.

17th  The Cubs shut out the Phils in both ends of a doubleheader. Claude Hendrix wins the opener, 3–0, over Elmer Jacobs and Lefty Tyler follows with a 2–0 win against Joe Oeschger.

The Red Sox (66-45) increase their lead to 3 games by beating 2nd place Cleveland (64-49) 4–2, at Boston. Babe Ruth scatter five hits for the win over Guy Morton and reliever Bagby. The Sox will win the next game, on Monday (19th), in the series, 6–0, to go 4 games up.

The Yankees and White Sox split a pair, with Chicago taking the first game, 7–4, and New York winning the nitecap, 7–2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener, while New York’s Slim Love strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game, the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today, reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.

18th The Cardinals sweep the visiting Phils, winning 4–0 and 5–1 behind Bill Sherdel and Lee Meadows. In the opener, as SS Rogers Hornsby scores 2 of the Birds runs, then provides the big blow in the nitecap, by following three walks with a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Milt Watson. This is one of six grand slams in the NL; the AL will have no slams for the only time in history.

The Senators take a home victory from the Browns for the first time this season, edging St. Louis, 2–1. Jim Shaw wins, allowing 4 hits, 2 to Sisler.

In an exhibition game in New Haven the semi-pro Colonials beat the Red Sox 4–3, overcoming a Babe Ruth home run. Ruth’s hit is one of the longest ever seen on the Lighthouse grounds. Winning pitcher Frank Woodward’s effort results in his being signed by the Phillies.

19th  Walter Johnson beats St. Louis, 4–3, in 14 innings. The Big Train will work in 15 extra-inning games, including 2 of 18 innings, one of 16 innings, and another of 15 innings.

In the battle for 2nd place, the visiting Giants split with the Pirates, losing 8–1 before coming back for a 2–1 win. The Bucs rough up Red Causey for 12 hits in 6 innings in the opener, while Ralph Comstock scatters 9 hits for the win. In the nitecap, Fred Toney allows just 3 hits in 8 innings, and 3 more in the 9th, but emerges with the win over Wilbur Cooper.

Jack Quinn, pitching for the White Sox, trims the Yanks, 4–1, at the Polo Grounds. While the Yankees maintain the Quinn, who was in the minor leagues, is their property, he is wearing a Sox uniform, while Jack Fournier, awarded to the Sox, is at 1B for New York. Fournier has 3 hits today off Quinn, who has yet to lose. A busy Ray Caldwell, who pitched Saturday for his Weehawken ship yard team (and reportedly played CF for them on Sunday) is the loser.

Edd Roush hits a grand slam, off Rube Marquard in the 7th, to lead the Reds to an 8–4 win over visiting Brooklyn.

20th At Redland Field, Brooklyn beats the host Reds, 2-1, behind Burleigh Grimes 10th straight win. Ring is the hard luck loser, allowing one earned run.

21st Led by Edd Roush’s three hits, including a double and triple, the Reds edge the Phils 4–3 in 10 innings. Each starter goes the distance with Hod Eller winning over Brad Hogg. The Reds lost yesterday to Brooklyn, 2–1, snapping their 8-game win streak, but they will win their next 3.

At Fenway, the Browns Al Sothoron allows just 4 hits to the Red Sox, but Boston scores 4 runs to win, 4-1, behind Carl Mays. The recently acquired Jack Coffey lines an inside-the-park homer for his only ML four bagger. For Sothoron, this is his last appearance of the year, and leaves him with a 12-12 record, despite racking up an ERA of 1.94. No other pitcher (100 IP) for the rest of this century will register a non-winning record with a sub 2.00 ERA.

22nd The Giants nip the host Cubs, 4–2, on a 10th inning double by Lew McCarty. McCarty, pinch hitting for Benny Kauff, drives Fred Toney and George Burns, who had reached on singles. Toney picks up the victory over Hippo Vaughn.

Roush continues his hot hitting against the Phils, going 4-for-5 with a triple and homer, to lead the Reds to a 9–6 win. Heinie Groh adds 3 hits while winning pitcher Pete Schneider has 2 hits and 2 runs. For the Phils, 1B Fred Luderus has 7 assists, a NL record that will last till June 1971.

Zack Wheat has three hits against Brooklyn but it is Hugh Bezdel’s bases loaded walk in the 9th that brings home John Brock with the winning run. St. Louis wins, 4–3. Brooklyn comes back to take the nitecap, 5–2, using shoddy St. Louis fielding to beat Lee Meadows.

At Washington, 3B Eddie Foster is 4-for-4 in the Nationals 7–1 victory over the A’s. The Nats score all their runs in the first off Jim Bagby, who does not finish the inning. Gruntin’ Jim Shaw is the winner.

23rd At Fenway Park, the Red Sox break a 9th inning tie with a two-out double steal. With Amos Strunk at 2B and Ruth at 1B, the two pull off the theft, and when Hank Severeid’s throw to Maisel is wild, Strunk scores the game winner. Sad Sam Jones is the winner, 6–5, over reliever Byron Houck.

At Chicago, the Cubs score 2 in the 9th off Red Causey to beat the Giants, 3–2. Bob O’Farrell’s triple drives in the winning run, while winning pitcher Claude Hendrix adds a double and home run.

In the 7th at Cincinnati, Phils rookie Irish Meusel hits an inside-the-park grand slam, the first IP slam in Phils history and the Phils take a 7-1 lead. But it is not enough as the Reds win, 8–7. Irish’s four-run homer is the 5th hit in the NL this year: there are none hit in the AL, a league record.

24th  As anticipated, Secretary Baker grants an extended exemption to players in the WS; 3 days later the National Commission gets an official approval to play from General Enoch Crowder, providing that 10 percent of the revenues go to war charities.

The Indians lose to the Senators, 4-0, in a game in which Tris Speaker does not officially play for Cleveland. Ray Chapman is credited with manning both centerfield and shortstop, going 0-4. The official stats only credit eight Indians with playing, despite all game accounts with Speaker plying CF in the game and hitting a double. This is the second example of a discrepancy between the official scorer’s account and the writeups. If corrected, Speakers would have 794 doubles, not his record 792 (as noted by Tom Ruane).

Lefty Leifield holds Boston to just 4 hits, including 2 scratch singles, but the Browns manage just 5 hits off Red Sox P Babe Ruth and lose, 3–1. The Sox score all their runs in the 2nd, including one on a swipe of home by Ruth on the front end of another double steal, his 2nd steal in two days. It is Ruth’s first steal of home and his only swipe of home as a pitcher. Like his future steals of home, it comes on a double steal.

The White Sox split with A’s, taking the opener, 9–4, behind Jack Quinn. A’s starter Mule Watson leaves after 6 innings and takes the loss. The A’s take the nitecap, 2-1, behind Scott Perry when Cy Perkins triple scores the game-winner.

The Cubs increase their NL lead to 11 ½ games, taking two from the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes is roughed up for 15 hits in the opener and takes his first loss in 10 games, and Bill Killefer outguesses former teammate Larry Cheney in the nitecap for a 3–1 win. With the score tied and a man on 3B, Cheney attempts to walk Killefer, but the Cub catcher throws his bat at the ball and connects for a single.

In Baltimore, Babe Ruth’s father suffers a fatal concussion in a fight with his brother-in-law outside his saloon. The funeral will be on the 28th and Babe will miss two Sox games.

25th The Cubs clinch the NL pennant over the idle Giants by splitting with the Dodgers. Thanks to shoddy fielding by Brooklyn, Roy Walker improves his record to 1–3, winning the opener, 5–3. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 2–1, behind the 5-hit pitching of Columbia George Smith.

At Boston, the Reds top the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings. In February, Lee Magee will confess that he and Hal Chase each bet $500 for their team, the Reds, to lose this game. Ironically, Magee scores the winning when Edd Roush hits a two run homer.

Boston Red Sox president George Frazee says the WS schedule arrangements is not acceptable and he will refuse to abide by them If the Sox win the pennant. The schedule calls for the first three games in Chicago, and Frazee says this puts his team at a disadvantage. “It is not only unfair to the Boston club, but an insult to the Boston fans. . . .The schedule as given out by Mr. [Ban] Johnson will necessitate the passing up of both the Saturday and Sunday dates, which I think is a big mistake,” says Frazee.

26th  Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of P Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox, for whom Quinn was 5–1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.

At Boston, the Tigers and Red Sox start without Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Ruth is in Baltimore because of the death of his father and Ty arrives late because of another engagement. Detroit wins 6-3 behind spitballer George Cunningham, who tops Carl Mays trying for his 20th win. Cobb helps with a 2-run inside-the-park homerun against the LF embankment.

27th  After today’s doubleheader split with the Braves in Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in the chemical warfare branch of the Army. He leaves the team in 3rd place with a 61–57 record. Heinie Groh takes over for the last 10 games of the season, going 7–3.

Lefty George Mogridge saves the Yanks 4–2 win in the opener against the Browns, relieving Slim Love. LF Ham Hyatt connects for a Yankee HR in the 2nd as New York scores all its runs in the first two innings. In the 2nd game, the Browns start George Sisler on the mound. The Michigan Marvel pitches the first 7 innings and is 3-for-5 with a 3-run HR before being relieved by Byron Houck and returning to 1B. The Yanks prevail in 12 innings, 7–6, with the victory going to reliever Mogridge, who bats in the winner. It is Sisler’s first start in 10 years, and the last of his career, and he would “probably have pitched to victory had it not been for [Les] Nunamaker’s shaky substitution in the gateway corner” (New York Times). Nunamaker makes 3 errors at 1B before being banished to LF, but is 6-for-6 for the afternoon, including 5 hits and an intentional walk in the nitecap.

The Red Sox’ Bullet Joe Bush strikes out an AL-season high 13 Tigers, including 8 in the first 3 innings, but loses, 2–1, to Rudy Kallio. Cobb and Ruth are absent from their lineups, with Babe attending the funeral of his father, who was killed by a blow from his brother-in-law.

At Pittsburgh, the Phils take advantage of shaky Pirate fielding to sweep two from the host team, winning 7–6 and 11–2. Brad Hogg and Milt Watson notch wins as Buc SS Luke Boone boots four on the afternoon, and 1B Bill Hinchman adds two more errors.

28th  Tris Speaker is suspended for the remainder of the season because of his assault on umpire Tom Connolly following a dispute at home plate in a game in Philadelphia. The A’s edge the Indians, 1-0.

29th The Cubs wrap up the pennant with a 1–0 win over the Reds. Lefty Tyler is the winner.

30th  Carl Mays of the Red Sox pitches and wins two games, 12–0 and 4–1, over the A’s to finish at 21–13. The A’s finish their season in last place. Mays helps himself with 5 hits on the afternoon. With his two wins today, Mays begins an AL-record winning streak of 24 straight victories over Philadelphia, and will not lose to them until July 24, 1923, when he pitches for the Yankees. The record books show 23 straight wins, but historian Lyle Spatz will find that the correct total is 24. The loser in game 2 is rookie Scott Perry (20-19), whose losses lead the AL. Perry finishes his year having thrown 332 innings, tying the AL rookie record for innings pitched set by Roscoe Miller in 1901.

The Indians play 2 postponed games with the Tigers, doubling the Bengals in both, 2–1 and 4–2. Coveleski allows 4 hits in the opener and Bagby 7 in the nitecap.

In the second fastest NL game ever, the Giants beat Brooklyn 1–0 in 57 minutes behind the pitching of Pol Perritt, scoring their lone run in the 9th. Veteran Jack Coombs takes the loss and after the game announces his retirement. The Giants will play a game against the Phillies next year on September 28 in just 51 minutes, a ML record: the AL record will be set on September 25, 1926 and matched the next day.

31st  The Red Sox clinch the pennant, winning the first of a twin bill from the A’s, 6–1. Ruth wins his 9th game in his last 11 starts, beating rookie Mule Watson. Despite giving up 12 hits in the opener, Watson (7-9) pitches a complete game in the nightcap and gives up just one hit, a single by the light hitting Sam Agnew, to win, 1–0. This is the second doubleheader Watson has pitched this year.

The second place Indians win, 2–1, over the White Sox, but are officially eliminated from the AL race. Owner Jim Dunn then announces that the team will not go to St. Louis for its final game, a doubleheader with the Browns, but will disband for the year. On September 2, the Browns field a team and the Browns pitchers, Rogers and Leifield, tosses 10 pitches, 5 for each game; St. Louis then claims a doubleheader victory, which goes into the standings.

Brooklyn and New York split a pair with Fred Toney pitching the Giants to a 3-1 victory in game 1 and George Smith returning the favor in a 2-1 Brooklyn victory in game 2. Mack and Zack Wheat each have hits in game 1, then Zack finishes his season with an 0-for-4 in game 2. Zack leads the NL with a .335 average and is only player to ever win a batting title and hit no home runs.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Browns and Tigers finish the season with a doubleheader split in St. Louis as the Cleveland Indians refuse to make the trip for the Labor Day doubleheader. In Game 2, Ty Cobb pitches 2 innings against the Browns while the Browns’ George Sisler pitches one scoreless inning. The Browns win, 6–2, and Sisler hits a double off of Cobb. Detroit wins the opener, 7-2.

2nd Brooklyn ends the abbreviated season by splitting a doubleheader with the Phils, losing the first game 4–2 before taking the nitecap, 5–3.

In Washington, the Senators end the year on a light note, by splitting with the A’s. Philadelphia wins the opener and the Nats take the nitecap, 8–3. The 2nd game is Washington’s traditional year-end laugher, and 43-year-old coach Nick Altrock finishes in relief, one of his 5 appearances in 1918. Altrock bats in the bottom of the 8th and Wickey McAvoy, a catcher playing first for the day, comes in to throw. Altrock finally lines one of his lobs into the outfield, rambles around the bases and—according to Al Kermisch’s description—neglects 2B and 3B. Ump Billy Evans calls Altrock safe at the plate for the only homer by a Senator hit at home this season. For Altrock, it’s been 14 years since his last round tripper. The game ends with General March throwing out the last ball; he’ll toss out the first next year.

The Tigers host the White Sox in a pair at Navin Field, winning both. For the second time this season, Buck Weaver is 5-for-5 in a game 1 Sox loss, 11–5. Art Griggs has 3 doubles and 4 RBIs for the Tigers, and Bobby Veach has 2 hits and 4 RBIs. Griggs adds another 4 RBIs in game 2 when he collects 2 doubles and 2 singles. In between games, ex-Tiger Davey Jones visits with both teams. When Tiger manager Hugh Jennings suggests that Bill Donovan start game 2 (Donovan last won a ML game in 1912), “Wild Bill” agrees, but asks that Jones also play. As noted by historian Trent McCotter, the game is played like an exhibition. The Tigers collect 21 hits off Eddie Cicotte and strands 12. Ty Cobb has 3 hits, including 2 bunt singles, then pitches the 6th and 7th innings (2 walks, 3 hits) before giving way to outfielder Oscar Veach, who finishes up. With 3 hits in game 1, Cobb finishes with an AL-high .382. Hugh Jennings, who last played in 1912, finishes up at 1B. Davey Jones’ appearance here has been credited to Deacon Jones, but it was Davey going 0-for-2, who made the last putout in the 7–3 win.

The Reds end their season with 6–3 and 1–0 sweep of the Cardinals. Cuban rookie Dolf Luque, purchased in July, twirls the shutout, beating fellow Cuban Oscar Tuero. Tuero allows just 2 hits.

4th Rain delays the start of Wednesday’s World Series opener.

Pirate minor league pitcher Marcus Milligan is killed in a fall from an Army airplane in Ft. Worth, Texas. Milligan had enlisted last December.

5th  In order to cut down on the use of trains, the first 3 games of the WS are played in Chicago, the next 3 in Boston. The Cubs switch their home games to Comiskey Park with its larger seating capacity. Babe Ruth, having completed 13 scoreless innings in his first WS 2 years ago, adds 9 more in edging Hippo Vaughn, 1–,0 in the opener. Also, when 2B Dave Shean bats for Boston, he becomes the oldest player (40 years, 3 months, 18 days) to play in the WS, a mark other graybeards will top.

During the 7th-inning stretch, a military band plays “The Star Spangled Banner” and Red Sox player Fred Thomas, on leave from the Navy, snaps to attention in a military salute. The other players on the field followed suit, in “civilian” fashion, meaning they stood and put their right hands over their hearts. The crowd, already standing, showed its first real signs of life all day, joining in a spontaneous sing-along, haltingly at first, then finishing with flair. The scene made such an impression that The New York Times opened its recap of the game not with a description of the action on the field but with an account of the impromptu singing: “First the song was taken up by a few, then others joined, and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field. It was at the very end that the onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm.” From then on, the song is played at every WS game, every season opener, and whenever a band is present to play it, though it is not yet adopted as the national anthem. The custom of playing it before every game will begin during WW II, when the installation of public address systems makes it practical. The first time it is recorded that the song was played at a ball game was on May 15, 1862, at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn. The base ball game was led off by a band concert.

6th  In game 2, Lefty Tyler drives in 2 runs in the Cubs’ 3-run second. The Red Sox get one in the 9th and that’s all the scoring for the day, with George Tyler beating Joe Bush. The game also features fights between Heinie Wagner and Hippo Vaughn and another involving Lester Mann and Joe Bush.

7th  On one day’s rest, Hippo Vaughn gives up only 7 hits, but Carl Mays wins a 2–1 duel. Wally Schang has 2 hits for Boston. Game 3 ends with the Cubs’ Charlie Pick caught in a rundown between 3B and home while trying to score on a passed ball.

9th  In game 4, Ruth bats in 2 runs on a triple in the 4th and pitches 7 scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the 8th, ending Ruth’s WS record of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Shufflin’ Phil Douglas relieves Lefty Tyler for Chicago in the last of the 8th and throws away the game, first by a wild pitch, then with an error. Ruth is the winning pitcher, but Mays relieves with 2 on and no out in the 9th.

Finners Quinlan, an OF who last played in 1915, is wounded fighting in a battle at Argonne Wood, France. He loses an eye and his right leg.

10th  Players on both sides threaten to strike unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners and $1,000 each for the losers. After an hour’s delay on the start they back off, however, when told they will appear greedy while their countrymen are fighting a war. There are no fines, but no WS rings or mementos are given out this year. On the field, Hippo Vaughn comes back with 2 days of rest and blanks the Red Sox 3–0 on 5 hits in game 5.

11th  The Red Sox win the WS in game 6 on Carl Mays’s 2nd victory, a 2–1 three–hitter. With 2 on and 2 out in the 3rd, utility OF George Whiteman lines a hard drive to RF. Max Flack drops it, allowing the only runs off Lefty Tyler. Righty Claude Hendrix, 20–7 during the year, finally makes an appearance, tossing a final inning for the Cubs. Cubs pitchers compile a 1.04 ERA, while Boston’s .186 BA is the lowest ever for a WS winner, but they compensate by making just one error, a record not beaten this century in a 6-game WS. The Red Sox will realize $1,102 each, the Cubs $671, the smallest winner’s share since 1906. The inning-by-inning results of the game were relayed to Fort Devans, 58 miles away, via homing nine pigeons.

15th  In the third of a 3-game exhibition series in Hartford, Babe Ruth outpitches Dutch Leonard to win, 1-0, and take the rubber game. Catcher Sam Agnew singles in the winning run in the 9th.

OCTOBER

5th  Giants infielder Eddie Grant is killed in action in the Argonne forest in France.

7th  Former Detroit P Bun Troy, born in Germany, is killed in Meuse, France. He and Eddie Grant were briefly spring training teammates on the 1910 Phillies.

12th  Serviceman Alex Burr is killed when his plane crashes in Cazaux, France. Burr appeared in one game with no at bats for the 1914 Yankees.

NOVEMBER

1st  Outfielder Alex Burr is killed in France on his 25th birthday, the 3rd Major Leaguer to die of WW1. MLB players killed in WWI include Alex Burr, Larry Chappell (in 8 days), Eddie Grant, Ralph Sharman, and Bun Troy. World War 2 ML casualties will be Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill. Bob Neighbors will be listed as Missing in Action in Korea to complete the casualty list. There will be no ML players killed in Korea.

9th  Braves OF Larry Chappell, 27, dies of influenza at an army camp.

DECEMBER

10th  NL secretary John Heydler is formally elected president of the league. He had been acting president since Tener stepped down last August.

18th  Duffy Lewis returns from the military, and is traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees. He goes along with front-line pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for spitballer Ray “Slim” Caldwell, Slim Love, from Slim, MS, catcher Roxy Walters, OF Frank Gilhooley, and $15,000. The Tigers had turned down a deal for Leonard on the 16th. The Boston Post reports that “it will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one.”

20th  AL umpire Silk O’Loughlin, 48, dies of influenza. He contracted the flu a week ago according to newspaper accounts and was given the last rites yesterday. His wife also contracted the disease in the epidemic but she will survive. According to The Baseball Necrology, by Bill Lee, a number of former major leaguers will die from influenza including Frank Arellanes, Ray Boyd, Frank Chance, Harry Chapman, Larry Chappell, Gene Curtis, Ona Dodd, John Frill, Fred Gaiser, Harry Glenn, Ray Kennedy, Denny Lyons, Ike McAuley, Matty McIntyre, Otto Neu, Babe Pinelli, Tom Reilly, Phil Routcliffe, James Harry Smith, Jake Stenzel, Harry Sullivan, Parke Swartzel and Buck West.

31st  Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager following the team’s skid to 5th.

Giants pitcher Fred Toney is sentenced to 4 months in jail after he pleads guilty to violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.

  • 1919

JANUARY

3rd The Giants pick up catcher Earl Smith from Rochester for a stiff price: they send outfielders Joe Wilhoit and Bill Kelly, 1B Joe Rodriguez, and pitchers Jack Ogden and Waite Hoyt in exchange. Hoyt got into just one game for the Giants, but will develop into a Hall of Fame pitcher.

14th  John McGraw, Charles A. Stoneham, and Tammany politician Judge Francis X. McQuade buy controlling interest in the Giants from the John Brush estate. Having drawn just 265,000 fans in 1918, the club is sold at a bargain price. The three will spend many days in courtrooms fighting among themselves, and fending off government charges about Stoneham’s business practices.

17th Washington sends C Eddie Ainsmith and P George Dumont to the Red Sox for 2B Hal Janvrin and cash. The Red Sox then pack Ainsmith, P Slim Love (acquired a month earlier in the Ernie Shore trade with the Yankees), and Chick Shorten off to Detroit for infielder Ossie Vitt, who had been crowded out by Bobby Jones. Ainsmith will be stay just a short time in the Motor City before the Tigers waive him the Cardinals, who in turn will waive the hard-drinking backstop to Brooklyn in 1923. Needing a catcher Washington acquires the veteran Sam Agnew from the Red Sox. Agnew will play in 36 games for the Nationals before going to the San Francisco Seals (PCL) where he will play another 8 seasons.

21st  The Phils should’ve taken the car instead, The Cardinals trade Doug Baird, Stuffy Stewart and Gene Packard to the Phillies for Dixie Davis, Pickles Dilhoefer and Milt Stock. Baird makes it to July before he’s traded, Stewart will have a cup of coffee, in 1922, and Packard hits .137 before the tires come off. Stock will have 4 solid years with the Birds, and Dixie will spend 7 seasons in St. Louis—with the Browns.

26th  The Cardinals’ board of directors votes to pay off the contract of manager Jack Hendricks. Team president Branch Rickey assumes the managerial role as well, with no increase in salary.

30th  The Reds hire Pat Moran as manager when no word is received from manager Christy Mathewson, who is still in France. Moran will direct the Reds to their first NL pennant.

The Braves acquire INF Lena Blackburne from the Reds for OF Wally Rehg.

The Hal Chase trial begins in New York. Chase brought suit against Cincinnati for payment of salary due him while he was suspended in August 1918. He denies charges of throwing games.

FEBRUARY

1st  After winning an out-of-court settlement of his suit against the Dodgers for the balance of his salary ($2,150) when the 1918 season ended a month early, former MVP Jake Daubert is traded to the Reds for OF Tommy Griffith.

5th  Charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers are dismissed by NL president John Heydler. Heydler decides Chase’s sometimes indifferent play was due to “carelessness.” Two weeks later John McGraw trades 1B Walter Holke and C Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase, but the Giants will also have their problems with him. In September, McGraw will send Chase and Heinie Zimmerman home without explanation; during the investigation of the Black Sox scandal in 1920, McGraw will testify that the dismissal was because both players had thrown games and tried to enlist Fred Toney and Benny Kauff in their scheme.

11th Not the 19th century humorist. The Indians trade Josh Billings to the Browns for backup catcher Les Nunamaker.

21st The Yankees acquire 36-year-old spitballer Jack Quinn from Vernon (PCL), sending in exchange P Joe Finneran, 1B Zinn Beck, and cash. Quinn will be named a designated spitballer when the wet pitch is outlawed, and in 1921 will help the Yanks to their first pennant. He won’t call it quits till he’s 50.

22nd The Braves trade INF Jimmy Smith to the Giants for 1B Walter Holke.

MARCH

1st  Connie Mack makes one of his biggest player mistakes, trading 3B Larry Gardner, OF Charlie Jamieson, and P Elmer Myers to Cleveland for OF Bobby “Braggo” Roth. Vet writer Ernest Lanigan predicts that Roth will lead the circuit in homers at Shibe, but Roth will be shipped on to Boston by midseason. Gardner will put in 6 more .300 years, and Jamieson will be a top leadoff man and .303 hitter for the next 14 years. Elmer Myers, still in France recovering from a mustard gas attack, owns the record for most strikeouts (12) in a ML debut, a mark that will last till 1954.

4th  John McGraw gives up on lefty Slim Sallee, selling him to the Reds. Where he will post a 21-7 season. McGraw will buy him back next year.

6th  The Giants announce they will fly to Philadelphia for their opener. But when the time comes they take the train.

The Yankees sell righty Ray Keating to the Boston Braves. He’ll go 7-11 with Boston, then spend the next 12 seasons in the PCL.

7th Christy Mathewson, back from the war, rejoins the Giants as pitching coach and heir apparent to McGraw.

15th The 2rd long-time Yankee Ray is traded as Ray Fisher is sold to the Reds. Rays Keating and Caldwell were disposed of earlier.

17th The Red Sox, minus hold outs Carl Mays and Babe Ruth, sail from New York aboard the S.S. Arapahoe. The trip to spring training is stormy and most of the players will be seasick. Ruth will sign on the 21st in New York and leave the night for Florida. Mays, unsigned will join Ruth and the Sox in Tampa.

26th With ML spring training again delayed in an attempt to cut down expenses, the Cardinals open training in St. Louis at Washington University’s Francis Field.

APRIL

4th In Tampa, the Red Sox begin Grapefruit League play at their new spring training site and edge the Giants 5–3 behind Babe Ruth’s 4 RBIs. The Babe clouts a nearly 600-foot homer along with 2 singles. Decades later, a plaque will be erected where the homer lands, on the present site of the University of Tampa.

10th Pitcher Fred Toney announces that he is retiring from baseball and will not rejoin the Giants when he is released from jail at the end of the month. Toney is serving 4 months in Tennessee for violation of the Mann Act. Toney will reconsider his retirement.

18th  The Reds send OF Lee Magee to Brooklyn for cash.

In an exhibition game against the Orioles (International League), home town boy Babe Ruth slugs four homers in four at bats as the Red Sox win 12–3. Babe is intentionally walked his other 2 times up.

19th  Pushed through the legislature by future New York City mayor Jimmy Walker, a bill legalizing Sunday baseball in the state is signed by Governor Al Smith. The bill was voted on by the lower house on April 8.

Babe starts on the mound and bats 9th, but takes up where he left off yesterday, slugging two homers his first two at bats against the Orioles in an exhibition game. Striking out his 3rd at bat, Ruth exits as the Red Sox go on to win 16–2.

23rd  Anticipating a poor season at the gate, the major leagues open a reduced 140-game season. Despite the lack of close races, attendance remains high all year and every club will show a profit, a complete reverse of the previous year.

The season opens in Washington with General Peyton C. March, Army Chief of Staff, throwing out the first ball. Walter Johnson wins a magnificent 1–0, 13-inning duel with the A’s Scott Perry, scattering 9 hits and striking out 6. Johnson will beat the A’s three times this year by a 1–0 score, tying the AL and ML record. For the second time in his career he’ll win a total of five 1–0 games, tying the ML mark.

Before a capacity crowd at Redland Field in Cincinnati, Cuban righty Dolf Luque tops the Cardinals 6–2. Wee Willie Sherdel takes the loss.

At the Polo Grounds, 30,000 fans watch the Red Sox roll over the Yankees, 10–0, behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth bounces a ball over Lewis’s head for an inside-the-park homer in his first at bat and drives in 2 runs, while Wally Schang has three doubles and a single. Former Sox star Duffy Lewis, who missed the 1918 season while serving in the military, is hitless in his Yankee debut. George Mogridge takes the loss, allowing six runs in the 9th inning when SS Roger Peckinpaugh makes his 2nd and 3rd errors of the game.

24th Helped by a baserunning error by Redbird rookie Cliff Heathcote, the Reds top St. Louis 3–1. Heathcote is on 1B when Hornsby smashes a long line-drive hit, but a pantomime catch by the Reds 2B makes Heathcote hold up and Hornsby passes him for the out.

In their home opener, the Cubs Hippo Vaughn tops the Pirates and Wilbur Cooper, 5–1.

26th In St. Louis, rookie Art Reinhart makes his first appearance for the Cardinals in the third inning with St. Louis trailing the Reds, 4-0. The first batter he faces is Heinie Groh and Reinhart hits him on the hand with his first pitch. Manager Branch Rickey then yanks him and Reinhart will not be back in the majors until 1925. Dolf Luque is the winner over Bill Doaks.

27th Red Sox P Sam Jones shuts out the Senators, 8–0. Left fielder Babe Ruth triples and scores 3 runs.

28th Behind Carl Mays the Red Sox edge Washington and Walter Johnson, 6–5. Ruth doubles, triples and takes an intentional pass in 5 appearances.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees edge the A’s, 3-2 in 12 innings. Bob Shawkey picks up the win in relief. Scott Perry goes the distance for the A’s and ties the AL record by striking out all 5 times he is at bat.

30th  Like kissing your sister. Joe Oeschger goes 20 innings for the Phils in a 9–9 marathon against Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes. Both teams score three runs in the 19th. Oeschger walks 5, gives up 22 hits, while Grimes walks 5, and allows up 15 hits. Brooklyn’s Hy Meyers hits the game’s only HR, connecting in the 19th.

MAY

1st In Boston’s home opener, the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win, 7–3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits, 3 errors, a wild pitch, and 2 walks. .

2nd In St. Louis, the Reds lose their first of the year, 8–1, after winning 6 straight. The Cards Oscar Horstmann walks 5 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and is lifted with a 3 ball-count on the 3rd batter. But the Reds manage just 2 hits. Reds SS Kopf has no fielding chances.

Bill James wins his only game of the year for the Tigers in Detroit’s 14-6 road win over Cleveland. The Tigers score 5 in the 7th and 9th innings. Detroit will sell the veteran pitcher to the Red Sox on the 24th. Bobby Veach has 4 hits and Bob Jones scores 4, while Larry Gardner has 2 singles, double and triple for the Indians. Center fielder Tris Speaker finishes off a 1-3-8 double play.

4th  The Giants play their first legal Sunday game at home, before 35,000 fans, losing to the Phils 4–3. More than 25,000 turn out in Brooklyn the same day. By early June, the Giants will outdraw their 1918 attendance. The Phillies’ Dave Bancroft, 28, is carried off the field after breaking his right ankle while sliding into a base. He will be out of action until July 1, and next year he’ll be traded to the Giants, with whom he will have his best seasons en route to the Hall of Fame.

The A’s collect 18 hits, but lose to Washington, 12–6, leaving an AL-record-tying 17 on base. Walter Johnson, walks 2 and allows 10 hits in 7 innings to win.

5th Hod Eller and the Reds blow a 6–0 lead as the Cubs score 6 in the 9th to tie. Chicago pushes across a run in the 12th to win, 7–6. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place in the NL.

Washington pitcher Jim Shaw hits a grand slam off A’s starter Bob Johnson in the 3rd inning to pace the Nats to a 10–6 win and a series sweep in Philadelphia. Sam Rice also homers in the 3rd as the rain-interrupted game finally called in the 9th inning. On May 2, Shaw hit 2 homers off A’s start Ray Kinney. With 3 homers and 2 wins in the first ten games, Shaw sets a mark that won’t be matched for 100 years. Japanese two-way superstar Ohtani will do it in 2018.

6th The Dodgers overcome a 7 run deficit to beat the visiting Phillies, 11–9. Four hits and 4 errors in the first give the Phils 6 runs and a Cy Williams homer in the 2nd is the extra point. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance for the win.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves run their record to 0-9 with a 6-4 loss to the Giants. In the 7th Larry Doyle greets new reliever Al Demaree, the Memphis Stogie, with a homerun, his second of the year.

8th At Shibe Park, Bob Shawkey fires a one-hitter to give New York a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Braggo Roth has the lone hit for the A’s.

11th In the first legal Sunday game in New York for the Yankees, and after a 12 inning duel between Washington’s Walter Johnson and New York spitballer Jack Quinn, neither team score. The Big Train allows a single in the first and then retires the next 28 batters before giving up a walk in the 10th and a second hit. In a misinterpretation of the new rules, the game is called at 6 p.m. by New York owner Jacob Ruppert.

In cold Cincinnati, righthander Hod Eller pitches a 6–0 no-hitter over the Cards, striking out 8. The Reds have 8 hits and 5 stolen bases off Jakie May.

12th  After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before, the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision, going 15 innings in a 4–4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the 2nd day in a row and ends his ML career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.

14th Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte beats Boston’s Carl Mays, 1–0, with the lone run scoring on a Jack Barry error.

At Brooklyn, Hy Myers starts the scoring with a 3rd inning solo shot over the right centerfield wall, reportedly the longest homer ever hit at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers score another run and Burleigh Grimes wins, 2–0, over the Reds, the 7th win in a row for Brooklyn over the eventual pennant winners. For Myers it is his only HR at home—he’ll hit 4 on the road—as he will lead the league in slugging, with a .436 average, and RBIs, with 73, both the lowest top totals in ML history.

15th  After a scoreless twelve inning duel between Hod Eller and Al Mamaux, the Reds bomb Mamaux for 10 runs in the 13th, six after two are out, to beat first-place Brooklyn, 10–0. A walk, infield error and infield single load the bases for Edd Roush, who triples. A strikeout and sac fly follow to clean the sacks. Mamaux then issues his 10th walk and Ivey Wingo follows with a triple. The scoring ends when Roush drives in his 4th run of the inning, and Daubert flies out for the 3rd out. Reds RF Alfred “Greasy” Neale has a record 10 putouts as the Reds outfield trio makes 22 putouts. Winning P Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his last outing, will have his scoreless string end at 22 innings, but he will go on to win 10 in a row.

Ump George Moriarty ejects Boston P Joe Bush in the top of the 2nd inning, and reliever Babe Ruth pitches 11 innings, allowing 13 hits, to beat the White Sox, 6–5.

18th Cleveland’s Bill Wambsganss is 4-for-4 against the visiting New York Yankees, stroking three singles and an inside-the-park home run off George Mogridge which eludes Ping Bodie and brings in the final three runs of a 4-3 win. It is Wamby’s first career home run.

The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard, acquired in December from Boston, to Detroit.

20th In the 2nd inning at St. Louis, Babe Ruth belts a grand slam, his first ever, and pitches the Red Sox to a 6–4 win over the Browns. Dave Davenport takes the loss.

In a 3-2 Pirate win at Boston, Buc catcher Jeff Sweeney helps preserve the victory with an unassisted double play in the 6th. With runners on 1B and 3B, the batter grounds sharply back to the pitcher Earl Hamilton, who throws to Sweeney. Sweeney chases Ray Powell back towards 3B and tags him, then leaps over the runner and tags Joe Riggert attempting to advance from 2B.

21st  The Phils push over 6 runs in the 9th to beat the visiting Cardinals, 8–7. Birds starter Marv Goodwin is lifted in the 9th with one out a 2 on, and Willie Sherdel is banged for the loss.

The Giants send Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for the $1,500 waiver price.

23rd  It’s Hank Gowdy Day in Boston, the catcher’s first game after returning from the Army. He hits the first pitch he sees from Dolf Luque for a single, but the Reds prevail over the Braves, 10–4.

Phillie slugger Gavvy Cravath treats his old teammate Pete Alexander unkindly, collecting 3 hits and 5 RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 7–2 win over the Cubs. The winning pitcher is George Smith, just acquired from the Giants for P Joe Oeschger. Oeschger will be bundled to the Braves in August for Art Nehf.

Eddie Cicotte overwhelms the Yankees as the White Sox win, 5–0.

25th White Sox CF Happy Felsch starts a triple play in the 8th inning to stop the Senators scoring threat, then the Sox score a pair in the bottom of the frame off Walter Johnson and derail the Big Train, 5–4.

26th  In a Memorial Day game in Philadelphia, the Red Sox takes 2–0 lead over the A’s, but when Philadelphia scores 3 runs in the 2nd inning off big Bill James, fans start pounding on tin roof of the visitors’ dugout. The din is interrupted when Carl Mays emerges from the Sox dugout and fires a fast ball into the crowd striking a fan named Bryan Hayes. After the game, won 6–4 by Boston, Hayes goes to the police who issue a warrant for the arrest of Mays. The Sox leave town before the arrest can be made, but the warrant will remain outstanding. Mays will be fined $100 by MLB for the incident.

At Braves Field, the Cubs collect 10 hits to the Braves one hit but just manage to beat Boston, 1-0, behind Phil Douglas. Ray Douglas has a single for Boston’s only hit.

27th In Boston’s 6–4 loss to Cleveland, Babe Ruth slams a long triple, the first ball hit off the CF screen in Cleveland. Speaker has a pair of doubles for the Tribe.

28th The Braves Art Nehf shuts out the Cubs, 4–0, in beating Grover Alexander.

At Ebbets Field, Cuban pitcher Oscar Tuero hooks up for 13 innings against undefeated Brooklyn pitcher Jeff Pfeffer. The Cardinals finally score 2 in the 13th to win, 7-5, and Pfeffer goes to 7-1. Tuero (3-0) has 2 hits and 2 RBIs and will lead the NL in appearances with 45.

29th Boston’s Carl Mays allows just 4 hits in beating the A’s., 7–1 at Philadelphia. No runners reach base after the 3rd inning (as noted by historian Ted Farmer).

30th  In Chicago, the White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning 4–1 in the morning behind Red Faber, and 3–2 in the afternoon behind Williams. The nitecap win comes when the Sox score with 2 out in the 9th. In the opener, CF Happy Felsch, who started a triple play earlier in the week, teams up with 3B Buck Weaver for a DP. Felsch will start 15 double plays this year, a ML record for outfielders. At the end of the day, the White Sox lead the AL by 4 games. They will be overtaken briefly by Cleveland, then the Yankees, during the next 6 weeks before taking the lead to stay.

The Cards knock out Grover Alexander in the 5th inning of game 1 and beat the Cubs, 4–1. Alex is now 0–5. The Cards complete the deal with a 4–1 afternoon win behind Goodwin in game 2.

In the first of 2 in Philadelphia, Babe Ruth has 3 hits and pitches the Red Sox to a 10–6 win over the A’s. The Babe homers in game 2 over the RF wall, the ball landing on top of a roof on 22nd street. The A’s win it in the 9th, 4–3.

JUNE

1st At St. Louis, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn goes 3-for-3 and drives in the go-ahead run in the 7th to whip the Cardinals, 3–1.

Jeff Pfeffer pitches 18 innings for Brooklyn and ends up with a 10–9 loss to the Phillies. He allows 23 hits and walks 6. It is not even the longest outing of Pfeffer’s career: he pitched 18 1./3 against the Cubs innings four years ago.

2nd Brooklyn trades Lee Magee to the Cubs for Pete Kilduff. Magee was acquired by Brooklyn seven weeks ago.

3rd In the Browns big 8-run 5th inning, George Sisler bangs a double off Cleveland’s Tom Phillips. Phillips is still pitching when Sisler bats again in the inning, and this time he hits a homer off the former Brownie. Sisler hits another homer in the 7th as the Browns win, 14–6. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 9–5. Indians 1B Don Johnston is 2-for-3 in game 2, and his out ends a streak of 9 consecutive hits.

Connie Mack coaxes Harry Davis out of retirement and names him assistant manager. The long-time A’s player-captain last managed the Indians. Mack also signs veteran Paddy Livingston as pitching coach. Speculation is that Davis will eventually be the manager, but that will not happen.

4th  After battling through 20 innings on April 30th, the Phils and Brooklyn go 18 today, but this time the Phils win it 10–9.

At Shibe Park, Braggo Roth has 4 hits, including a pair of homers and a pair of stolen bases, and he scores 4 runs, but the A’s fall short, losing to the Yankees, 10-7.

5th Eddie Collins’ 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the first-place White Sox a 7–5 win over New York.

At Boston, Detroit gets on the board first when Cobb triples home Bush in the first, but that is all the scoring as the Red Sox win, 3–1. Starter Babe Ruth is carried off the field on a stretcher after wrenching his knee sliding into 3B in the 3rd. Carl Mays throws 6 shutout innings for the win.

Whitey Witt has 5 hits for the A’s in a 10-6 victory over the Indians. Ray Chapman has 3 hits for Cleveland, but also makes 3 errors.

John McCloskey, who appeared in 12 games for the Phillies in 1906-07, is one of 84 men killed in a mine accident in Wilkes-Barre PA. In 1911 and 1912 McCloskey won 17 and 20 games for the Wilkes-Barre Barons who won pennants in the New York State League both years (as noted by Jack Smiles).

8th  Just a month after pitching a one-hitter, Bob Shawkey does it again, this time stopping the White Sox, 4-0. Opposing pitcher Red Faber has the only hit. “If it had been anyone else but Faber who got the single hit, the fans wouldn’t have been so disappointed,” The New York Times observes, “but Faber’s batting average at best is about the same figure as the size of his shoes.” Home Run Baker has a homer and 3 RBIs. The Yankees are in 3rd place, a game and a half behind the White Sox. Cleveland trails by a game.

9th  Against the Reds in Cincinnati, Rube Marquard breaks a leg when he stumbles rounding 2B in the 5th, limiting him to a 3–3 record for the Dodgers. The Reds win today, 7–3.

Browns 1B George Sisler beats Washington, 2–1, with 2 hits off Walter Johnson, driving in one run and scoring the other. He also makes an assist and putout when he gets a glove on a ground ball hit wide of 1B. The ball bounds toward 2B, and Sisler gets back to 1B to take the throw in time.

10th The first-place Giants open a series in Cincinnati with a 6-2 victory over the 2nd-place Reds. Benny Kauff has 4 hits, including a double and triple.

11th New York’s Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers, 7–0. Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh is 2-for-3 to start his 29-game hitting streak.

With the score 2-1 in the 8th inning in Cincinnati, the Giants Hal Chase bats with the bases loaded and every fan screaming for his head. Chase lines to 3B for a DP and the Reds edge the Giants, 2-1, to move 3 games in back of New York. Chase had been released by the Reds after last season amidst charges that he dogged it. The two teams will split one-run victories in the next two games.

12th The Cubs win their 6th in a row as Grover Alexander shuts out the Phils, 3–0. The losing pitcher is Elmer Jacobs, who will be traded on July 1st for Pittsburgh’s Erskine Meyer.

Boston’s Herb Pennock shuts down the White Sox on 3 hits as the Red Sox win, 4–0. LF Babe Ruth doubles off Red Faber to drive in two runs.

The Yankees take over first place by beating the Tigers, 6–1, as Bob Shawkey tops Howard Ehmke.

At Chattanooga, Atlanta and Chattanooga play 23 innings to a 2-2 tie, called because of darkness. Not a change is made in either lineup during the game, which takes 3 hours: 30 minutes.

14th  White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte beats the A’s for the 12th straight time en route to 29 wins versus 7 losses and a 1.82 ERA. He also registers his 12th win of the year, 6–3, in 14 innings, going all the way. The starter Tom Rogers, purchased from the Browns in April, is the loser for the A’s.

On the front end of a 3rd-inning double steal, Giants outfielder George Burns swipes home against the Cubs for the game’s only run. Burns also collects two doubles in the game, won by Fred Toney over Hippo Vaughn, 1–0. In a game last June, Burns hit a solo homer for the only score.

15th  A rain check dispute arises. Cincinnati rain checks read “not to be used after 4 and a half innings have been completed.” But the game is called with the Reds at bat with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the game tied 1–1. The Reds honor the rain checks, but the Braves demand their share of the gate ($2,600), as a legal game has been played, based on the wording of the rain check. In a compromise, the Braves accept $1,300, and the other 6 clubs agree to share the cost. In future all rain checks will read “not good after five innings.”

16th Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski allows 3 Red Sox hits in besting Sam Jones, 1–0 at Fenway.

The 4-team Blue Ridge League, the only class D league, folds.

17th Pete Alexander wins his 4th in a row for the Cubs, beating the visiting Giants 7–2. A muscle pull will sideline Alex until July 15th. Frankie Frisch makes his debut, pinch hitting for Hal Chase and making out.

The Indians sweep two from the host Red Sox, winning 4–3 and 3–2. Smoky Joe Wood picks up a save in the opener in his only pitching appearance of the year. Guy Morton wins the nitecap despite giving up a HR and two singles to Ruth.

18th At Boston, Browns third baseman Jimmy Austin ends the game by nabbing Sox runner Wally Schang with the hidden ball trick. The Browns win, 3–2.

21st At Cincinnati, the Phillies break their losing streak of 13 games by beating the Reds, 5–4. Smith homers for the Reds, while Meusel and Cravath homer for the winners. Cravath’s HR in the 8th is called the longest ever hit at Redlands Field. The 13 losses sets a Phils club record that will not be broken this century. It will be tied several times, however, including later this year.

23rd  In a 12–3 loss to Washington, Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes his first error of the year after handling 526 chances. Patsy Gharrity has 5 hits, including a pair of homers for the visiting Nationals, and Clyde Milan adds 4 hits.

In a 3–2 loss to Jim Bagby and Cleveland, White Sox CF Happy Felsch handles a ML record-tying 12 chances in a 9-inning game. Only Harry Bay of Cleveland in 1904 has been so busy.

Pittsburgh tops the Cardinals 3–2 on a homer by Casey Stengel over the RF pavilion.

24th The first-place Giants split a pair in Brooklyn, winning 4-2 before losing, 9-3. Tommy Griffith, acquired in a February trade, hits a grand slam in the second game, the hit coming in the 8th off Jesse Barnes.

In an International League game at Reading, Rochester shows no mercy in beating Reading, 19–0. First baseman George “Highpockets” Kelly is 5-for-6 with a double and 4 successive home runs.

25th The Senators and Red Sox split a twinbill, with the Nats pummeling starter Babe Ruth in the opener, 8–3, and collecting 9 hits and 5 walks off Babe. For the Nats, Clyde Milan collects 3 hits and Sam Rice cracks a HR, the only Hall of Famer to go deep on the Babe. Walter Johnson allows 5 hits in the nitecap but takes a 1–0 loss. Ruth plays LF in the 2nd game and has a single. After the twinbill, Ruth issues an ultimatum to Barrow: pitch me or play me but don’t do both. Barrow will give him tomorrow off.

27th  The second division Red Sox send veteran 2B Jack Barry and OF Amos Strunk to the A’s for Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon. Barry refuses to report and announces his retirement, and the A’s will take cash instead. Roth was acquired from Cleveland in March.

29th With Babe Ruth at 1B for the injured Stuffy McInnis, Carl Mays shuts out the Yankees, 2–0, in the first game of a doubleheader in New York. Mays then pitches the 2nd game as well, losing a complete game, 4–1. Ruth has two hits in each game.

Detroit beats Cleveland, 4–0, behind Howard Ehmke’s one-hitter. Larry Gardner’s single is the only safety for Cleveland.

30th The Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 7–4 in the opener behind Bob Shawkey. Boston gets all its runs on a 6th inning grand slam by 1B Babe Ruth, who connects off Bob Shawkey. New York takes the 2nd game, 4–2.

JULY

1st  Going 5-for-5 in a 9–4 win over the Phils, Brooklyn’s Ed Konetchy gets his 10th straight hit, tying Jake Gettman’s ML record with Washington in 1897. Both will be topped by Walt Dropo in 1952.

At Boston, the Braves Rabbit Maranville lines a 2nd inning inside-the-park homer off the Philley’s Eppa Rixey. Getting the hang off it, Rabbit reduxes in the 4th inning off Rixey for another inside-the-park. The Braves win 9–1 behind Al Demaree.

The Red Sox arrive in Philadelphia for a series with the A’s, but an arrest warrant stemming from the Memorial Day incident, prompts Carl Mays to quickly leave by train for Boston.

4th  In the morning game of an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Giants’ Jesse Barnes hurls a 3–1 one-hit win over the Phils. The only hit is Gavvy Cravath’s home run. The Giants repeat in the afternoon, 8–4.

In the morning game, the Reds Edd Roush sets a ML record for outfielders (later topped in the AL by Ben Chapman) by making 6 straight putouts. Roush makes no more POs as the Reds win in 13 innings over the host Cardinals, 4–3. Cincy also takes the p.m. game, 4–2.

On the hottest July 4th ever recorded (98 degrees) in New York, the Yankees hit 4 homers—two by Home Run Baker—to roll to an 8-2 win over the Senators in the A.M. game. Three of the homers come in the 7th off Erickson allowing Bob Shawkey to coast to his 10th straight win. Game 2 is a rollercoaster as each team scores 2 in the 9th. Patsy Gharrity has an odd triple in the 9th, lining the ball off Roger Peckinpaugh’s knee. The Yankees win, 6-5, behind Jack Quinn. Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, has a 3 hits in game 1 and pair of hits in game 2 to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 24.

5th The A’s rebound from yesterday’s twinbill loss to Boston, by sweeping two from the Red Sox, 5–3 and 8–6. Boston loses the nitecap despite two homers by Babe Ruth—his 1st two-homer game, one in the 8th and the 2nd in the 10th. Ruth and Gavvy Cravath lead the majors with 9 apiece.

6th  At Cincinnati, the Reds take 2 from Pittsburgh to move into first place. The Reds and Giants will seesaw back and forth until August 1st, when the Reds gradually begin to pull away, sprinting at the end to a 9-game lead.

The NL rules that a team president can’t serve as a manager at the same time and William Veeck, former sportswriter, replaces Fred Mitchell as Cubs president. Mitchell remains manager for Chicago.

7th  The Giants, leading 10–2 going into the 9th in the first game of a doubleheader, ignore the Phils’ base runners. Four get to 1B, Fred Luderus, Eddie Sicking, Hick Cady, and Gavvy Cravath, and each steals 2B and 3B, tying the record for steals in one inning set by Washington July 19, 1915. The Phils still lose 10–5. In 1920 the rules will be changed so that a base runner will not get credit for a stolen base due to defensive indifference. New York wins the afternoon game, 7–2 in 10 innings.

In game 2 in Boston, the A’s make 11 hits but Carl Mays pitches the last 2 innings to save it for the Sox, 5–4. Boston wins game 1 by a 2–0 shutout behind Sam Jones.

8th  Jack Coombs resigns as manager of the last-place Phils. Slugger Gavvy Cravath, now leading the NL in hitting, replaces him.

9th The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak, beating New York’s Bob Shawkey, 2–0, to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game.

10th The White Sox move into first place with a 9–2 win over the A’s. Lefty Williams is the winner. Nemo Leibold scores 3 for the Pale Hose.

The Indians and Yankees split a pair with New York taking the opener, 1-0, behind Jack Quinn. Cleveland rebounds to take game 2 by a 7-3 score. Roger Peckinpaugh is hitless in both games ending his consecutive game hitting streak at 29.

11th At Boston, Cincinnati defeats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings when Heinie Groh belts a 2-run homer. The Reds start the scoring in the first inning when Bill Rariden bounces a hit through an opening in the scoreboard for a home run. The boy operating the scoreboard neglects to close one of the openings for the innings’ scores and it was through this that the Reds catcher lines his only homer of the year. (As noted by historian Rich Marazzi) The rules will late be changed so that it would only qualify as a double, but not before history repeats itself on August 14th of next year) The Reds also win game 2, 6–2.

After 19 straight wins, Dallas (Texas League) pitcher Snipe Conley loses to Waco’s Jimmy Zinn, 8-3. Snipe’s effort sets a league record. Included in the run was a no-hitter on June 24th and three near-perfect games. Conley breaks the mark set by Galveston’s George Bristow in 1895 who threw 16 straight wins.

12th Babe Ruth has three hits, including his 11th homer, tying last season’s AL record, to lead the Red Sox to a 12–4 win over the host White Sox. It is the Babe’s first homer at Comiskey; he has now homered in every AL park in his career. Babe’s HR in the 3rd comes on the first pitch from Dave Danforth, in relief of Kerr.

13th  In Chicago, the Red Sox lead 4–0 over the first-place White Sox when C Wally Schang’s throw to 2nd hits P Carl Mays in the head. Mays storms off the mound after 2 innings at Chicago, blaming his teammates for lack of support afield, and refuses to come back and pitch. Reliever George Dumont comes in and is roughed up for 7 runs as Chicago wins, 14–9. Afterwards, Mays deserts the team and takes the train to Boston. The Sox will put Mays on the block prompting a showdown between dissident owners and AL President Ban Johnson. Mays will be gone in two weeks to the Yankees.

Cleveland infielder Ray Chapman returns to the lineup after a month’s absence due to lumbago, a rheumatism in his lower back. He has a single in 3 at-bats as the Indians top Washington 5–4. In Chapman’s absence the Tribe lost 16 of 25 games to drop out of first place.

14th  The St. Louis Cardinals trade infielder Gene Paulette and pitcher Lee Meadows to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Elmer Jacobs, Frank Woodward and Doug Baird. Baird was traded by the Cardinals in January and they’ll reaffirm that move by selling him to Brooklyn next month. Letting Meadows go is a bad move: he’ll win 136 games for the Phils and Pirates.

16th  The Giants send Ferdie Schupp to the Cardinals for Pancho Snyder. Snyder will do the bulk of the catching for the Giants in their pennant years of 1921-24.

17th  The Yankees collect 21 hits, the Browns 17, before St. Louis wins 7–6 in 17 innings. The winning run scores on a squeeze play without a base hit in the inning.

In their first games since being traded for each other, the Phillies Lee Meadows beats the Cardinals Elmer Jacobs, 1-0, in 12 innings.

Boston’s Babe Ruth returns to the mound for the first time in 3 weeks, losing to Cleveland and Guy Morton, 4–0. Ruth is forced to pitch because of Joe Bush’s arm problems and Carl Mays’ jumping the team.

18th In a Friday game in Cleveland, the Indians one-eyed starter Hi Jasper gives up an early 2-run homer to Boston’s Babe Ruth, but leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied 3–3. Joe Harris then cracks a pinch triple to drive home 3 runs as the Tribe takes a 7–3 lead. When the Sox score a run and Elmer Myers loads the bases on walks, manager Lee Fohl signals for another reliever. Tribe CF Speaker protests that it should be a righty, but Fohl goes with lefthander Fritz Coumbe, who had not pitched since May, to pitch to Ruth. The Babe pounds a high curve for a grand slam—his 3rd of the year—and an 8–7 Boston win. After the game, owner Jim Dunn fires Fohl, replacing him with Tris Speaker, who will stay on for 7 years. The first thing Speaker does is ticket Coumbe to the minors.

At Chicago, Sox pitcher Lefty Williams shuts out the Senators, 3–0, beating Harry Harper. Walter Johnson pinch hits for Harper in the 8th, fouling out, but does not stay in the game.

19th Cincinnati beats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings, winning the game on a Heinie Groh home run. In the opening inning, the Reds got another home run from catcher Bill Rariden, when he bounces a liner that hits the scoreboard. The young scorekeeper had neglected to close one of the inning openings and the ball bounds through for a four-bagger.

Behind new manager Tris Speaker, who goes 3-for-3, the Indians defeat the Red Sox, 7–4. Ruth doubles off the wall and gets an intentional pass.

21st The Tigers rough up Boston P Babe Ruth, scoring 6 runs with the help of two errors by Wally Schang. Down 6–1 in the 9th, Babe answers with a tremendous solo shot that lands on Trumbull Avenue.

At Chicago, Dickie Kerr of the White Sox wins both ends of DH against the Yankees. Kerr is the relief winner in each, winning 5–4 and 9–8.

23rd Cubs pitchers throw their third straight shutout as Grover Alexander and Shufflin’ Phil Douglas combine to whitewash Brooklyn twice, Alex winning, 3–0 in extra innings, and Douglas, 6–0. New Cubs President Bill Veeck will reward Douglas by shuffling him off to the Giants on the 25th for slugger Dave Robertson, co-NL home run leader in 1916 and 1917. Robertson, who was in government service last season and played just a game with the Giants this year and refused to remain with the team after a pre-season deal with the Nats fells through. He will hit zero homers for the Cubs.

24th At Fenway, Ruth is twice intentionally walked by Yank pitcher Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th, with a one run lead he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Babe who hits his 15th homer. Sox win, 4–2.

25th At Boston, the Yankees batter Babe Ruth for 13 hits, but lose to the Boston lefty, 8–6. Ruth has no strikeouts.

27th In his first start for the Giants, Phil Douglas rocks the Robins, 7–2.

In St. Louis, the Cubs Grover Alexander (7-5) stops the Cardinals, 4–0. Max Flack hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd.

Before a packed house in Cincinnati, the Reds win a pair from the Pirates, 5–3 and 2–1. The 2nd game goes only 3 innings, being the continuation of a July 6th game, called at the end of 6 innings to let the Reds catch a train for Boston. The Giants protest this game, saying it should have gone 9 innings. Slim Sallee wins the opener, walking none, and allowing 11 hits.

28th Pirates manager Hugo Bezdek is found to have a heart murmur and he is sent on vacation. Carey and Cutshaw will co-manage in his place.

29th  In defiance of Ban Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing, Boston owner Harry Frazee trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw, Allen Russell, an unnamed third player to be chosen, and a reported $20,000 (The New York Times lists $40,000). Johnson, confident that the two teams will inform him of any action, knows nothing about the trade.

The Yankees chase White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and roll to a 10–0 win. Hank Thormahlen allows 6 hits in the whitewash. Frank Baker has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, and Roger Peckinpaugh adds 3 hits. Shoeless Joe Jackson collects a single in the 8th to break a string of 0-for-23.

In the 9th inning with two out, Detroit P Dutch Leonard walks Braggo Roth to pitch to Babe Ruth, who already has hit 2 doubles off him. The two had had an argument in early June at Fenway. The Babe finishes the argument by hitting his 9th homer of the month and his 16th of the year, a new AL record. Despite the homer, Detroit tops the Red Sox, 10–8.

30th  The first-place White Sox and Yankees split a pair of 10-inning games, with the Yanks winning the first, 6–5, on a squeeze bunt. The Sox’ Ping Bodie hits a first-inning double to apparently drive in 2 runs, but he misses touching 1B and the runs are called back. Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game 2 ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.

31st  AL Prexy Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for New York.

Waite Hoyt, 19, makes his ML debut pitching in place of the departed Mays, and hurls a 12 inning 2–1 win over the Tigers. Red Sox teammate Babe Ruth has 2 singles and 2 doubles in 6 trips, and his 2-out single off the first baseman’s glove in the 12th helps the Sox to victory. Pinch runner McNally, running from 1B, is caught in a rundown between 3B and home when the umpire rules that Ainsmith interferes with McNally. The interference ruling gives the Sox the winning run.

Reds pitchers Bob Fisher and Dolf Luque fire blanks at the Braves to win, 5–0 and 2–0. Fisher allows 3 hits in the lid lifter and Luque gives up 4 in the follow-up.

AUGUST

1st At Redlands Field, the Reds defeat the Giants, 6–2, and ex-Red Fred Toney and take over first place again, a spot they will not relinquish.

The New York Giants trade Joe Oeschger, Red Causey, Johnny Jones and minor league catcher Mickey O’Neil, along with $55,000 (The Sporting News in January 1920 says the amount was $35,000) to the Boston Braves for pitcher Art Nehf. Nehf will appear in four straight World Series for New York.

2nd In New York, the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings, 14–8. The big blow in the extra frame is Harry Heilmann’s 2nd homer of the day, a grand slam, which comes after an intentional walk to Veach. The two had hit homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles and Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits, including a homerun, and 4 RBIs.

In Chicago, the Phils sweep a pair from the Cubs, 2–1 and 4–3. The first game goes 14 innings with Pete Alexander taking the loss, despite striking out 15 men. Lee Meadows is the winner with 5 innings of relief. The second game was interrupted by bottle throwing as fans protest a call at 3B. Following the game, several fans came onto the field after the umpires. Fred Luderus, Phils first sacker, plays in his 479th straight game, breaking Eddie Collins record set in 1916. Luderus’s streak will stretch to 533 games.

The Braves trade 2B Buck Herzog to the Cubs for 2B Charlie Pick and OF Les Mann.

3rd The Giants salvage the 3rd game in Cincinnati, winning 4–0. John McGraw then adds his own bit of post-war topping on the win by yelling at the crowd, “We beat you today and we’ll be glad to get out of the home of the Huns.” (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder) His words inspire a policeman to take a swing at McGraw, but he misses and connects with Hal Chase. Chase then slugs the cop, and as the crowd surges, mounted policeman intercept them.

4th  The Red Sox release pitcher Ray Caldwell and he will sign with Cleveland in two weeks.

6th  The Cincinnati Times-Star notes that in each of the first 3 innings of Brooklyn’s 6–1 victory over the Reds, Jimmy Johnston faces a different Cincinnati pitcher—Slim Sallee, Ray Fisher, and Dolf Luque—and raps each one for a single as Brooklyn gets all their runs in the first 3 frames. Luque finishes the game, allowing no more runs.

In Chicago, Cubs’ P Grover Alexander loses 2–0 to the Braves when Boston P Ray Keating hits a fly ball that bounces through a hole in the wire fence in CF for a homer. It is Keating’s lone career homer. He holds the Cubs to 3 hits.

7th  Before the start of the New York-St. Louis doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees present the umpires with a temporary court injunction restraining Ban Johnson’s order preventing Carl Mays from pitching, further eroding Johnson’s authority and standing. Mays then pitches a 6-hitter in the nitecap, beating the Browns 8–2, with the help of a Sammy Vick grand slam. The Browns win the opener, 6-3. Mays’ 9–3 record will be key to the Yankees’ 3rd place finish.

8th  Reserve outfielder Casey Stengel is traded to the Phils for Possum Whitted, who will bat .389 for the Pirates in the last 35 games.

At Forbes Field, Wilbur Cooper tosses a one-hitter as the Pirates clip the Robins, 3-0. Ivy Olson’s single is the only hit for Brooklyn.

9th  Cubs P Jim “Hippo” Vaughn surprises the Giants in the 8th inning by swiping home. Vaughn also picks up the victory, 3–1, over Phil Douglas. Not until Rick Sutcliffe, in 1988, will another Cub pitcher steal home.

The Tigers edge the lowly A’s, 5-4, and hand Scott Perry (4-17) his last decision of the year. Perry, a 20-game winner last year for the last-place A’s, also led the league in IP with 332. He’ll rest the remainder of the season. Perry does pull off a 1-2-3 DP today, giving him an AL-record 11 for the year. Ed Rommel will top it in 1924.

10th  More than 28,000 crowd Wrigley Field to watch Grover Cleveland Alexander shut out the Giants, 2–0.

11th  Cleveland’s Tris Speaker ties an AL record, scoring 5 runs in a 15–9 win at New York.

Gene Paulette, acquired last month by the Phillies in a trade with the Cardinals, hits his first major league homerun, a grand slam off Hod Eller. The Phillies prevail, 5-3, over the Reds, who now lead the NL by 5 games.

14th  In Chicago, Babe Ruth hits an AL-record No. 17. The 7th inning homer, off Erskine Mayer, clears the RF wall and lands in a soccer field. Chicago White Sox CF Happy Felsch ties the ML record with 4 assists, but Boston beats the White Sox, 15–6.

With the score tied 3–3 in the top of the 10th, starting Yankee hurler Carl Mays is called out on strikes by Brick Owens. In disgust, Mays flings his bat towards the stands and is thumbed out of the game before the bat lands. The Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel’s hitting into a triple play in the 9th—2B Ralph Young to SS Donie Bush—and beat the Tigers in 15 innings, 5–4.

The Robins waste no time in splitting a pair with the Cubs, losing, 2–0, in an hour and 10 minutes, then winning, 1–0, in one hour and 7 minutes. Pete Alexander wins the opener and Leon Cadore is the victor in game 2. At 2 hours: 20 minutes it is the fastest doubleheader in NL history,

15th  The Reds Greasy Neale swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 9th to help Cincy win 4–0 over the Giants at the Polo Grounds in game 2 of the twinbill. The Reds win the opener, 4–3, and finish their third doubleheader in three days with the Giants in first place by 6 ½ games. The Giants make up for the loss by picking up Art Nehf from the Braves in exchange for righties Joe Oeschger, Red Causey, Johnny Jones, C Mickey O’Neil, and $55,000. Nehf will help pitch the Giants to four pennants.

16th  Two batting streaks end today: a 22 game streak of Tilly Walker and a 21-game streak of Harry Heilmann. Tilly has one hit in the A’s 7-4 win over the Browns. The Browns set an AL record with 53 total chances against the A’s. The Browns have 27 assists and St. Louis 1B George Sisler has 18 putouts. With no putouts, the St. Louis outfielders have the day off. Heilmann has 2 hits, including a 2-run homer, as the Tigers edge the Yankees, 3-2.

17th  The Tigers draw a record 31,500 at home, but lose 4–2 to the Senators in 11 innings. Ten ground-rule doubles—Agnew has 3—are hit into the crowd lining the OF.

In front of a Sportsman’s Field record crowd of 27,000, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 2–1 win in the opener. It is the Babe’s 12th straight win over St. Louis (streak starts 5/24/17). Playing LF in the nitecap, Babe clouts a first inning 2-run homer as Boston sweeps, 6–1. It is homer #19 for Ruth, who leads the majors.

19th In a matchup of old buddies, Chicago’s Grover Alexander outpitches Shufflin’ Phil Douglas, to beat the Giants, 4–2. After the game, Douglas will fall off the wagon with a bang and end up back in Tennessee. The Giants will suspend Phil, but he’ll return to have three good seasons with the Giants.

Ossie Vitt’s single is the only hit that the Browns Lefty Leifield allows as the Browns top the Red Sox, 5-0. Lefty will win two more games this year and go winless in 4 games in 1920.

20th  Wichita OF Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit against Elam Vangilder in a 5–2 win over Tulsa, ending a 69-game streak. During the streak he collected 155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 batting average. The previous record was 49 by Oakland’s Jack Ness (Pacific Coast League) in 1915. Wilhoit draws a walk in his last at bat. Coincidentally, the Red Sox purchased Wilhoit’s contract yesterday and he will report September 15, Wilhoit’s streak almost ended in games 62 and 63, a doubleheader in Omaha: in the first game his only hit was an 11th inning HR; in game 2, after making out 3 times, he bunted to 3B. The Omaha third sacker, with his team leading by a big margin, held the ball rather than throwing Wilhoit out. “Graham’s sportsmanship drew forth the admiration of the crowd” (Wichita Eagle).

22nd Veteran Bill James, claimed off waivers by the White Sox four days ago, pitches the Sox to a 3-0 win over the Senators. He allows 5 hits, 2 each by Foster and Gharrity.

23rd The Tigers pull off a triple steal (Cobb, Heilmann and Chris Shorten) but the Red Sox counter with a grand slam by Babe Ruth off Hook Dauss, a 510’ foot (as estimated by Bill Jenkinson) homer ever hit at Navin Field. But that’s all the Sox scoring as Detroit wins over Boston, 8–4. For the Babe, it is his 4th grand slam of the year, a Red Sox record not topped this century.

In the first of 2 games, Ed Roush, Reds outfielder, hits a pair of doubles in the 9th off Phils pitcher Lee Meadows as the Reds win, 8–3. They take the second game by a 6–1 score.

24th  At Cleveland’s League Park, P Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning in his debut with the Indians. It comes with 2 outs in the 9th and the batter is Jumping Joe Dugan. Slim recovers to get the final out of the game, and defeats Philadelphia 2–1. Caldwell surmises that the lightning hit the metal button on his cap, coursed through his body, and exited via his metal spikes, leaving him with a slight burn on his chest. Caldwell has every reason to be glad that Speaker inserted a clause in his recent contract stating that the “pitcher must get drunk the night after he pitches.” After the lightning hit, Caldwell reportedly will drink nothing stronger than tea.

In St. Louis, every Brooklyn batters collects a hit, 21 in all, as Brooklyn breezes 10–1 over the Cards. Jimmy Johnston is the top contributor with 4 hits.

Babe Ruth clouts two homers and adds an RBI single to drive in Harry Hooper in the 11th as the Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 8–7.

25th The Red Sox close out their road trip with a 5–4 win over the Tigers. Ruth hits #23, his 4th homer in 3 days, to lead Boston.

26th  Giants 1B Hal Chase handles 35 chances against the Pirates in a doubleheader split in New York. The Bucs win the nitecap, 4–2 after losing to Art Nehf , 5–1.

28th  Fighting a cold, Walter Johnson gives up 19 hits in 14 innings and loses to New York 5–4. Bucky Harris, playing his first ML game, allows a pop fly to fall between three players and the winning run scores.

Ferdie Schupp, acquired last month from the Giants, allows just one hit as the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 3–1. The lone hit is Possum Whitted’s single in the 1st to drive home Carson Bigbee, who reached base via a walk.

29th In the 4th inning at Sportsman’s Park, Tiger 3B Bob Jones tees off on Hooks Dauss for his first ML homerun, a grand slam. The Tigers win over the Browns, 5-2.

31st The Giants top the Robins, 4–3, with the help of Bill Klem who thumbs out the entire Brooklyn bench except for manager Robinson and the batboy. Adding injury to insult, Brooklyn P Burleigh Grimes is spiked covering 1B and will miss the rest of the campaign.

New York Yankees Carl Mays scatters 7 singles in beating the Athletics, 6–0.

Cleveland’s Stanley Coveleski allows 6 hits in beating Chicago, 6–1. Cleveland’s Ray Chapman ties a ML mark with 4 sac bunts his first 4 times at bat.

SEPTEMBER

1st In the first of two Labor Day games, Babe Ruth allows 10 Washington hits, but wins 2–1. Ruth drives home one run with a triple. The win is his last in a Red Sox uniform. In the nitecap, Ruth’s 7th inning homer snaps a 1–1 tie as Boston wins, 4–1. It is the Babe’s 24th homer.

At St. Louis, George Sisler gives the Browns a split for the day with an 11th inning HR, for a 4–2 win. The Indians win the opener, 5–3.

2nd  The National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series. The lengthier WS is seen as a sign of greed and is abandoned after 3 years.

3rd At Wrigley Field, the Reds top Pete Alexander and the Cubs, 6–1. Dutch Ruether is the winning pitcher for Cincy, and shows his speed by swiping home in the 4th inning.

5th The Red Sox pull off a triple play and bang out 25 hits in downing the A’s, 15–7. Babe Ruth is 5-for 6 including his 25th homer, tying Buck Freeman’s record.

6th In Cleveland’s 11–2 runaway over the Chicago White Sox, Chicago’s Buck Weaver swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 9th to tie the ML mark. Joe Wood has a triple and homer and winning pitcher Jim Bagby also homers. Bagby allows 14 hits in the victory, which leaves the White Sox in the AL lead by 6 ½ games.

Jack Tobin is 5-for-5 to pace the St. Louis Browns to a 12-10 win over the Tigers. Cobb has three hits and Harry Heilmann two triples and a single for the Bengals.

8th  Babe Ruth hits HR No. 26, off Hank Thormahlen in New York, breaking Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win 3–1 in the opener, then win 2–0 in the nitecap behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman, now an umpire in the American Association, congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York’s SS Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game, and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the 2nd game, on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.

10th  The Indians’ Ray “Slim” Caldwell, struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier, no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3–0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the 2nd game, the Indians win as well, 3–2. Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances in the twinbill.

The Athletics are down 5-0 before rallying for six runs off Hooks Dauss in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6-5. The victory is their second straight, tying their longest winning streak of the season. Six of their starters have made their major league debut in the two games, so heading into tomorrow’s game with the Tigers, they had yet to play in a loss for Philadelphia. This will change soon enough, as they finish the season by losing 14 or their last 16 games (as not4d by Tom Ruane).

The Cardinals whip the host Robins, 11-8, as Brooklyn makes it close with 6 runs in the last 2 innings. Starter Marv Goodwin is the winner, though his replacement Will Koenigsmark provides little help as he gives up 2 runs without retiring a batter in his lone ML appearance. His ERA is infinity.

11th  The Red Sox shut out the Browns for the afternoon. Herb Pennock wins the first game 4–0 and Allen Russell follows suit, 6–0. Boston has now won 8 in a row.

At Chicago, The Giants beat Grover Alexander, 7–3, as rookie Frankie Frisch connects for his first ML homer. Rube Benton takes the win for New York.

Cardinals pitcher Ferdie Schupp picks a fine time to hit his only ML homer, as he ends a game with visiting Brooklyn by hitting a 9th inning walkoff—or runoff–inside-the-park shot off Leon Cadore. The Cards win 4-3.

12th At Chicago, the Cubs and Dodgers break even, with the Cubs winning the opener, 3–1, and the visitors taking game 2, 5–4. A triple play by SS Bill Hollocher to 1B Fred Merkle on a line drive by Ed Konetchy is the highlight of game 1.

15th At Philadelphia, A’s pitcher Jimmy Zinn hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 9th inning off Chicago’s Red Faber, his first ML homer. His next will come in 10 years. After Zinn’s HR, Jackson catches the next ball against the fence and Faber escapes with an 11–10 win.

16th  Dutch Ruether beats the Giants, 4–3, to clinch the Reds’ first pennant since its American Association days.

In Philadelphia, the second-place Indians take a pair from the Athletics, winning 8-2 and 12-8. In game 1, Ray Chapman swipes four bases for the second time in his career. He did it in May 1917. Steve O’Neill chips in with a 3-run homer. Cleveland scores 8 runs in the 2nd inning of game 2 and holds on for the win. Elmer Smith is 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored.

17th The Tigers split with the host Red Sox, winning the opener 7–6 after Cobb and manager Hugh Jennings are tossed by umpire George Moriarty. Boston manages just 3 hits in the nitecap, but beats former teammate Dutch Leonard, 2–1.

20th  On “Babe Ruth Day” at Fenway, 31,000 jam the park to see the Knights of Columbus of South Boston honor one of their own members between games of the DH with Chicago. Ruth starts on the mound in game 1, his first start since September 1, and Allen Russell relieves in the 6th inning. With the score tied 3–3 in the 9th, Babe, now playing LF, golfs a outside pitch from Lefty Williams over the LF wall to win the game, 4–3 With the hit, Ruth ties Ned Williamson’s 1884 ML HR mark of 27. Boston takes the nitecap, 5–4, with Ruth scores the winning run in the 5th. He is deprived of a homer when his 5th inning drive bounces out of the bleachers and ump Billy Evans rules it a double. Evans spots the fans scrambling for the ball and rules it a ground-rule double under the day’s temporary ground rules. A petition signed by witnessing fans is brought to Evans by a National Guardsman (filling in for the striking Boston police) but the ump dismisses it.

21st  In Chicago, the Cubs Grover Alexander beats Boston, 4–2, taking just 58 minutes to win.

It takes the Dodgers 55 minutes to beat the Reds 3–1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, besting Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch CG, a ML record. Slim walks one in the loss.

24th Trying for his 30th win, Eddie Cicotte goes 7 innings, allowing ten Brownie hits, before exiting on the short end of a 5–4 score. The White Sox rally to win 6–5 and clinch the pennant; the final margin will be 3 1⁄2 games over the Indians. On the 28th, Cicotte will throw 2 innings against the Tigers as a World Series warm-up.

The Brooklyn Robins defeat the Phillies twice on Fred Luderus Day in Philadelphia, winning 4–1 and 14–7. The Robins spoil the pitching debut of 17-year-old Lefty Weinert, cuffing the young reliever for 9 runs in the last 4 innings. The 2nd game is the 525th in a row played by the Philadelphia first sacker, who is presented with a diamond stickpin and gold watch between games to commemorate his endurance effort. He’ll end the season with a consecutive-game streak of 533, a ML record.

After the Red Sox win the opener behind Jack Quinn, 4–0 at the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings —27 outs—against the Yankees, but they come in between the 4th and the 13th in which he gives up hits. He loses 2–1 in the 13th when Wally Pipp triples and scores on Del Pratt’s sac fly to Ruth. Boston’s only score is the Babe’s 28th homer of the year, off Bob Shawkey in the 9th, to “set a new world’s record” (NY Times). It is believed to be the longest hit at the Polo Grounds, heading over the RF roof and landing on adjacent Manhattan Field.

The Giants divide a bill with the Braves, winning the opener, 6–1, behind Jess Barnes 24th win of the year. The Giants collect 16 hits with Art Fletcher making 4. Wilbur Hubbell makes his debut in the nitecap, but the Giant’s bats are silent and he loses, 3–2, in 10 innings.

25th In Detroit, the Tigers, fighting for 3rd place, use 18 hits to beat the Indians, 9–5. The Indians have already clinched 2nd place. Ty Cobb is 1-for-4 while Tris Speaker has three hits, including two triples. Cobb will later write a letter to Detroit P Dutch Leonard in which he implies there was a “business proposition” involving this game that was “disappointing.” Neither Cobb or Speaker was ever proven to have bet on this or any other games, but Leonard will later accuse the two of arranging for the Tigers to win today. Commissioner Landis will exonerate the pair in 1927.

26th Carl Mays gives up 2 unearned runs in the Yankees 8–2 victory over the Athletics. He strikes out 7.

In Chicago, Detroit makes 8 errors but the Tigers still beat the White Sox, 10–7. Resting most of their regulars, the Sox make 4 errors.

The Braves tie the Giants 4-4 in the 7th and acting manager Mathewson brings in the veteran Jean Dubuc to shut out Boston the rest of the way. The Giants win 5-3 giving Dubuc (6-4) his 22nd game finish, the NL high. Despite his 2.66 ERA, this is his last game. He will be banned for life for failing to report that he had prior knowledge to the WS fix.

The NL champion Reds win a pair from the Cubs, 6–5 and 3–0. Slim Sallee wins his 21st game in the opener and in the 9th inning helps with a single as the Reds score the winning run. He walks none, ending the year with 21 wins and just 20 walks. Not till Saberhagen in 1994 who will win 14 and walk 13 will anyone match him. The Reds rip Hippo Vaughn in the nitecap and win, 8–0, behind Fisher’s 3-hitter.

27th  Despite a Ruthian blast in game 1, the Senators sweep a pair from Boston, 7–3 and 3–1, handing both defeats to Reb Russell. Russell starts both games, but is relieved in the opener before coming back for the CG loss in game 2. Ruth’s 29th HR, off Rip Jordan and is his first of the year in Washington. It clears the 45-foot wall in RF, the longest ever seen there. He is the first to homer in every park in the league in one season. Ruth’s homer is his last hit for Boston as he sits in game 2 and tomorrow, ending the season with 29 of the 33 homers the Red Sox total.

In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Wilbur Cooper, and the Cardinals whip the Pirates, 5-3.

After the Yankees Jack Quinn spits his way to a 4-1 win in the first of two at Shibe, Bob Shawkey strikes out 15 batters in a 9-2 Yankee win in game 2. Al Wingo strikes out 4 times while Ivy Griffith is 4-for-4 with a walk against Shawkey. The A’s are mired in last place.

28th  In a doubleheader match that draws 20,000, the Giants beat the Phils, 6–1 and 7–1 in the first game, one that takes just 51 minutes, a ML record fastest game ever. The record for the shortest NL game was set last week by the Reds. Tossing just 64 pitches, Jess Barnes allows 5 hits to win his 25th, over Lee Meadows. Hal Chase bails out and skips the game; his old friend John McGraw covers up saying that the first sacker with the shady reputation has headed for California. One of the odder plays occurs in the 1st inning when New York’s Ross Youngs grounds to Bancroft and the Giants George Burns is tagged out in a rundown between 2B and 3B. On the same play Youngs tries for 2B and is tagged out. No extraordinary efforts are observed to accelerate this contest until around the sixth inning when the players are noted running to and from their positions, urged on by umpire Bill Klem. In 1912, the Giants played a pre-World series exhibition with the Phils in just 39 minutes.

Against the Red Sox, Nationals coach and comedian Nick Altrock takes the mound for the 7th inning, but leaves after the first 4 batters hit safely. The Sox score 5 runs in the inning, but Washington prevails, 8–7, with Jim Shaw finishing up. Altrock will pitch another inning, but wait 5 years before doing so. Ruth sits out the finale.

At Brooklyn, the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 5–2, in a Sunday exhibition game.

OCTOBER

1st  Just before the start of the WS, the highly favored White Sox became the betting underdogs. A year later the White Sox will become the Black Sox, and 8 of them—pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1B Chick Gandil, SS Swede Risberg, 3B Buck Weaver, and utility infielder Fred McMullin—will be barred from baseball for taking part in throwing the Series. It will take that long for the story to unfold, as most observers at the time see nothing amiss when the Series opens in Cincinnati.

Eddie Cicotte, a 29-game winner, is driven to cover in a 5-run 4th. Cincinnati’s Dutch Ruether

pitches a 6-hitter, and has 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9–1 win. Reds OF Greasy Neale, the only man to play in a WS, coach a football team in the Rose Bowl, and become a pro football Hall of Fame coach, also has 3 hits. He will top the Reds with .357 for the Series.

2nd  In game 2 after an easy 3 innings, Lefty Williams walks 3 Reds, gives up a single to Edd Roush and a triple to Larry Kopf, and the Reds lead 3–0. Slim Sallee scatters 10 hits as Risberg and Gandil fail in the clutch. The final score is 4–2. Joe Jackson has 3 hits; his .375 BA will make it appear later that he was trying.

Charles Comiskey tells NL president Heydler that Sox manager Kid Gleason is suspicious of his players. Heydler confers with Ban Johnson, who takes no action, fearing it will look like revenge against Comiskey, with whom he has been feuding. As the games unfold, reporters Ring Lardner and Christy Mathewson do not like what they see. Chicago reporter Hugh Fullerton will raise questions during the winter. Comiskey will offer a reward for information, but the 1920 season will open with the same lineup for Chicago, minus Chick Gandil, who will be in the PCL.

3rd  Back in Chicago, 5 foot 7 inch rookie lefty Dickie Kerr pitches a 3-hitter, as Chicago wins 3–0. Joe Jackson is 2-for-3 and Gandil drives in 2 runs. Ray Fisher takes the loss. Cuban Adolfo Luque becomes the first Latin American ML player to appear in a WS game, pitching one inning of relief for the Reds in game 3 at Comiskey Park.

4th  Ed Cicotte makes 2 errors in one inning of game 4 to give the Reds the only runs of the game. He walks none and gives up 5 hits, but Jimmy Ring gives up only 3 hits and wins, 2–0.

5th  On the last day of the PCL season, perhaps the largest PCL crowd of that era gathers in Washington Park in Los Angeles to see a doubleheader between the first-place Vernon Tigers and LA, a half game back. (as noted by Dick Beverage). Ticket lines form early, and by game time around 2 o’clock an estimated 22,000 fans had squeezed into the park with another two or three thousand milling around outside (according to the Los Angeles Times). According to Beverage, this account may be high. The seating capacity of Washington Park was always listed in the 12,000-14,000 range. But the field itself had huge dimensions, 460 feet to dead center and deep power alleys as well. In examining a diagram of the park it appears that there was a lot of standing room available in the outfield, and maybe there were 8-10 thousand standees out there. Wahoo Sam Crawford of LA starts the day at .361, but goes 2-for-7 in the twinbill to finish at .360. Bill Rumler of Salt Lake City, hitting .359, goes 4-for-9 in a doubleheader with Oakland to take the batting title with a .362 average. Vernon clinches the pennant with a first-game victory. The second game is called in the 6th when fans start tossing cushions on to the field.

6th  After a Sunday rainout, Hod Eller blanks the Sox on 3 hits, fanning 6 in a row—Gandil, Risberg, Ray Schalk, Williams, Leibold, and Eddie Collins—in the 2nd and 3rd. Once again a big inning gives the Reds a victory. A couple of hits, some slow fielding, and poor throws by Jackson and Happy Felsch result in 4 Reds scoring in the 6th for a 5–0 win, their 4th in 5 games. Lefty Williams is the loser. Sox C Schalk is the 2nd man to be thrown out of a WS game when he disagrees with the call on Heinie Groh’s slide at home. Also thrown out, in the 5th inning, is feisty reserve Jimmy Smith, who is coaching at third base. His main job during the WS is to try and get under Eddie Collins skin, which he does successfully.

7th  In Game 6, Happy Felsch’s error and 2 boots by Swede Risberg help put Dickie Kerr in the hole 4–0, but Felsch, Weaver, and Jackson combine for 7 hits as the Sox win 5–4. Dutch Ruether doesn’t survive the 6th; Jimmy Ring is the loser, as Kerr wins his 2nd.

8th  Ed Cicotte pitches game 7, and the Sox play like they mean it. Joe Jackson and Felsch drive in 2 each for a 4–1 win. The Reds make 4 errors behind Slim Sallee’s pitching, before 32,006 Cincinnati fans who pay a record WS game receipt total of $101,768.

9th  Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first before departing. The Reds lead 4–0, and go on to give Hod Eller a 10–5 victory and the Reds the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only HR of the Series. Eddie Collins’ 3 hits give him a total of 42 in WS play, a record broken in 1930 by Frank Frisch, and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938. A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition, a record tied by Lou Brock in 1968.

26th New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.

29th Urged by Johnson, the National Commission, headed by the Pirates’ Garry Herrmann refuses to recognize the Yankees’ 3rd-place finish and withholds the players’ share of the pool. New York’s owners will pay out of their own pockets.

NOVEMBER

10th  Clark Griffith becomes a club owner and president when he joins Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson in buying controlling interest in the Washington Senators for $175,000. Griffith, unable to get financial help from the AL, mortgages his Montana ranch to raise funds.

DECEMBER

10th  The NL votes to ban the spitball’s use by all new pitchers. The ban will be formally worked out by the Rules Committee in February.

With the opposition led by New York, Boston, and Chicago owners, the AL directors pass a resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties. They demand that league files be turned over to them and that an auditor review all financial accounts.

26th  Although it will not be officially announced until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from financially pressed Harry Frazee, paying $125,000 (one-fourth cash, plus $25,000 a year at 6 percent) plus guaranteeing a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.

29th The Red Sox send Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon to Washington for P Harry Harper, OF Mike Menoskey and 3B Eddie Foster.

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