1907 April

9th The St. Louis Cardinals whip the St. Louis Browns 9–1 to take the Mound City series 4 games to 3. The two teams will reprise the rivalry in the fall, and the Cards will also take that one, 5–2.

Wellington Titus receives a patent for the first portable batting cage. The Athletics will be one of the first pro teams to use the Titus cage.

11th  On a cold day in New York, the Giants open against the Phillies before 16,000. Dan McGann, not playing because of an injured wrist, is the manager for New York, filling in for his pal John McGraw. A late snowstorm has to be cleared, but there are large piles of snow surrounding the field. In the 8th inning, with Frank Corridon pitching a one-hit 3–0 shutout over the Giants, fans, who have been pelting the players and opposing teams’ fans with snowballs, begin jumping from the stands and running around the outfield. There are no police on duty at the park, as required by the league, so umpire Bill Klem, in his ML debut, forfeits the game to the Phils. Seymour has the only hit for New York. New York C Roger Bresnahan appears wearing shin guards for the first time in a ML game, although the Phils’ Red Dooin had worn papier-mâché guards under his stockings in 1906 while catching and at bat. It will be a few years before detachable guards are adopted by all catchers.

At Philadelphia, Cy Young leaves in the 9th inning for a pinch hitter with Boston ahead 4–3. Lee Tannehill relieves, gives up a tying run in the 9th, but shuts outs the A’s for another 5 innings before Boston scores 4 in the 14th to win. The write up of the game gives the victory to Young, stating that Tannehill didn’t pitch well enough to win.

At Washington, a record crowd of 12,902 watch the Highlanders’ Al Orth beat his old team, the Nationals, 3–2. Long Tom Hughes, one of the players New York traded for Orth, is the losing pitcher. Hal Chase skips the opener because of a salary disagreement, and George Moriarty plays 1B for New York.

The Reds open at the Palace of the Fans and rally for 2 runs in the 9th to beat Pittsburgh, 4–3. John Ganzel’s 2-run single is the big blow. Reds rookie Mike Mitchell, the PCL batting champ last year, is 3-for-4 with a triple. The Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune will note tomorrow that umpire “Hank O’Day used the arm signals yesterday and they were satisfactory. He raises his left hand for a ball. In case he raises neither hand, it is a strike.”

13th The New York Times reports that Giants secretary Fred Knowles “said that a number of uniformed men from the Pinkerton Detective Agency had been employed to preserve order on the grounds during the remainder of the season.” This was following a riot at the Polo Grounds on the 11th that resulted in a forfeit.

14th At Chicago, the Cubs beat Fred Beebe of the Cardinals, 2–0, with Carl Lundgren tossing the shutout. For Beebe, it is the first of 11 straight losses to the Cubs.

The Chicago Tribune again wades in today on the topic of hand signals: “There is nothing but this habit of looking at baseball matters through the umpire’s eyes to explain the failure of the big league presidents to answer the public’ demands by instructing their umpires to adopt a simple code of signals to indicate doubtful decisions on pitched balls, the same as on base decisions. The umpires objected to being overworked by the necessity of moving an arm to indicate a ‘strike.’ Consequently the public must continue to guess, until electric score boards are installed and perfected, and then miss some of the play while studying the score board.” The next day, the Tribune noted that umpire Carpenter had been a big hit with the fans by raising his right hand to indicate a strike. (as noted by Peter Morris)

15th  Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker makes his ML debut, and rookie mistakes give him a 3–2 loss to Boston. All 3 runs against him come in the 2nd inning when he makes 2 wild throws and 2 wild pitches. Claude Ritchey scores the 3rd run, stealing home as Rucker holds the ball. Rucker’s 3 wild pitches in his debut will set a since-tied record, that Steve Hargan will top in 1965.

The Cleveland club takes out a $100,000 policy to insure its players against injury in railroad accidents.

17th The Boston Americans hire George Huff as manager, replacing player-manager Cy Young. The team was 3-3 under Cy. Huff will last two weeks before Bob Unglaub takes over.

18th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates Lefty Leifeld tops the Cubs Three Fingered Brown, 1-0, on an unearned run. Phelps reaches 2B when Slagle drops his fly ball, then scores on two sac bunts.

19th  Ed Walsh has his sinker working as he fields 11 assists and 2 putouts during a 1–0 win over the Browns. His total of 13 chances ties the ML mark Nick Altrock set in 1906 and his 11 assists ties the AL mark of Al Orth set last year. Walsh will post another 11-assist game on August 12.

20th at Boston, the Giants knock Cy Young out of the box in the 3rd inning and continue to hit against two successors as they beat Boston, 13-2. Cy Seymour leads the offense with a homerun, two triples and two singles.

Addie Joss tosses a one-hitter as Cleveland beats Detroit, 4-1. Sam Crawford has the lone hit and run for Detroit.

22nd At Boston, New York’s Mathewson gives up 8 hits, but no runs, in shutting down Boston, 1-0. Bill Dahlen singles home the winner off Patsy Flaherty in the 9th.

Ed Reulbach, winner of his last 12 games in 1906, makes his first start of the year for the Cubs, but gets no decision. Chicago scores in the 9th against the Reds, and Jack Pfiester wins in relief, 3–2.

24th The Sporting Life reports that the Reading (PA) Roses are the first to heed the publication’s suggestion and the team will put numbers on its uniforms. There are 14 players on the team and they will be issued numbers 1 through 15, skipping 13.

25th At New York, the Yankees break a 2-2 tie with Washington by plating 9 runs in the 8th inning to win, 11-2. Al Orth is the victor.

26th At soggy Baker Bowl, Mathewson scatters 9 hits to beat the Phils, 4-3, in 8 innings. The Giants tally 14 hits, led by Spike Shannon’s four. New York bats in the 9th without scoring, and the Phils put tying run on 2B before the rain pours down. Umpire Charles Rigler then calls the game. The Giants have now won two in a row, but the streak will grow.

Boston OF Johnny Bates hits for the cycle to lead his Nationals to a 4–2 win over Brooklyn.

27th The Giants edge Brooklyn, 2-1, helped by a nifty double play in the 8th inning. Cy Seymour snags Jordan’s long line drive by the fence, relays the ball to second baseman Corcoran who fires to McGann at 1B in time to nab the runner Batch trying to scamper back.

28th In St. Louis, Chicago sweeps a pair from the Cardinals to move a game ahead of the idle New York Giants. The Cubs win 3-2 in game 1, then win 1-0 when Chick Fraser hurls a one-hitter, allowing just Jake Beckley’s double. Art Fromme, who lost to the Cubs on Opening Day, is the game 2 loser.

30th Al Orth pitches and bats the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. His homer to the RF fence in the 6th ties the game and his double and run scored in the 8th breaks the tie.