8th At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals wear their new uniforms (two red birds on a bat with the words “Cardinals” across the front) for the first time in an exhibition contest with the Browns. The Browns Urban Shocker tops Willie Sherdel, 3–2, the same result as their matchup a week ago.
9th With a St. Louis record crowd of 29,000 on hand, the Browns beat the Cardinals, 6–3, to win their city series. George Sisler, who will lead the AL in stolen bases, is thrown out at home three times.
11th In Oakland, the Oaks (PCL) beat San Francisco, 7–2. The Oaks will play all their home games in Oakland for the first time. Previously, they were allowed only 2 or 3 games a week there; the rest were played in San Francisco.
12th There are no playing managers in the NL for the first time since 1900. Long considered an economic necessity, the dual role is no longer essential. It will be 1930 before the AL has a year with all bench managers.
President Warren Harding throws out the first ball in Washington, and the Senators beat the Yankees, 6–5. Former Yank George Mogridge starts for the Nats against Sam Jones, making his Yankee debut, as rookie manager Clyde Milan passes over Walter Johnson as starting pitcher. The Nats star has been ill most of the spring. Both Ruth and Bob Meusel are out of the Yankee lineup, suspended by the league for barnstorming, and the Babe watches the game from the presidential box. Washington outhits New York, 15–9, and comes from behind to win in the 8th.
At Cincinnati, the Cubs Pete Alexander stops the Reds, 7–3. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. Alexander will rack up 70 career wins over the Reds, the most over one team in ML history.
Giants SS Dave Bancroft handles 2 assists and 3 putouts in a 4–3 Opening Day loss to Brooklyn. He will handle 1,046 for the year, putting him even with Rabbit Maranville’s 1914 record as the most active shortstops of any season.
In an Urban opener, the Browns Urban Shocker tops the White Sox and Urban “Red” Faber, 3–2. The Sox outhit the Browns, 9–3.
13th Dazzy Vance, 31, makes his Brooklyn debut and loses to the Giants’ Phil Douglas 4–3. In 1915 when Vance made one start for the Pirates, it was Douglas who beat him. Since then Vance has been in the minors. Despite his late start, the 6 foot 2 inch righthander will win 197 in 14 years and a place in the Hall of Fame in 1955.
15th The Giants pummel three Dodger pitchers for 11 runs in the first inning, winning 17–10.
The Browns pound five White Sox pitchers for 21 hits to win, 14–0, behind Elam Vangilder. Vangilder allows just three hits, the same number he collects himself. Frank Ellerbe homers for St. Louis, his only roundtripper of the year, and McManus adds a 3-run homer.
17th Charleston and Charlotte (Sally League) play a 17–16 game. In the top of the 7th Charleston scores 11 runs on 3 hits, 5 walks, and 4 errors. Undaunted, Charlotte comes back with 10 runs in the bottom of the frame.
The A’s sell infielder Whitey Witt to the Yankees. Witt made 78 errors at shortstop in 1916, his rookie year.
18th Willie Kamm makes his debut for the White Sox in a 6–5 loss at Cleveland. He hits a double and handles 2 chances afield. The first $100,000 priced minor league player (bought from the San Francisco Seals), Kamm will be voted by Chicago fans the all-time White Sox 3B.
Bullet Joe Bush gets battered in a 10-8 Yankee win over his former team, the Red Sox. Bush gets whacked for 14 hits but collects 2 hits himself while driving in 3 runs. The score by the Sox will be a predictor of how Bush does the rest of the year against them.
19th At Cleveland, the Browns Elam Vangilder fires his 2nd straight three-hitter and homers to lead St. Louis to a 15–1 win. George Sisler and Ken Williams each steal three bases and Sisler scores 5 runs.
20th The Cubs collect just 3 hits but still beat the Reds and Pete Donahue, 3–1.
21st Detroit Tiger OF John Mohardt gets his only ML hit, a single against Cleveland’s Charlie Jamieson, an outfielder who mops up in the Indian loss. Mohardt will play just 5 games in the major leagues, but the former Notre Dame football star will play with Red Grange and the NFL Bears in 1925.
Down 4–2 in the 9th, the White Sox tie the Browns, then blast two relievers for 6 runs in the 10th and win, 10–5.
22nd The Browns’ Ken Williams hits 3 HRs, and two singles and drives in 6 runs against the visiting White Sox to lead St. Louis to a 10–7 win. He’s the first AL player to hit three round trippers in a game. George Sisler is on base each time Given a head start on the suspended Ruth, Williams will take the HR and RBI titles and become the first 30-30 man, with 39 HRs and 37 stolen bases. Sisler runs his batting streak to 9 games from the start of the season; he ended last year with a 14-game hitting streak.
23rd The Browns top the White Sox, 4–2, as Ken Williams poles a homer off Clarence Hodge.
24th The Browns trip the Tigers, 6–2, as Ken Williams again homers, a two-run shot off Red Oldham.
It takes 11 innings, but Carl Mays and the Yankees edge the Athletics, 6–4. It is Mays’ 18th consecutive win against the A’s. A 2-run homer by Pipp off Harris decides the game.
Despite setting a team record (since 1911) for errors with 8, the Phillies are just edged out by the Giants, 3–2. The mark will be tied in 1941.
25th In a 5–3 win over Detroit, Ken Williams smashes his 6th HR in 4 days, off Howard Ehmke, tying Ruth’s 1921 feat. On the 29th he’ll pole 2 more.
Promising rookie outfielder Ralph Shinners is beaned by Phils righty George Smith in a 9–2 Giants win. When Shinners returns in a few days he is not the same hitter. An angry John McGraw accuses Smith of a deliberate beaning and Shinners and Smith will later brawl at the Polo Grounds over the beaning. McGraw will finally send the Giants rookie down on August 3rd.
26th Detroit stops the Browns and Ken Williams, 2–0. Ray Kolp is the winning pitcher.
Assault and battery. Dazzy Vance, 31, posts his first major league victory as Brooklyn beats Boston, 10-1. Rookie catcher Bernie Hungling has his career day with a single, double, triple and 6 RBIs, while Vance has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Vance, who suffered sore arm problems since first appearing in the majors in 1915, will go on to win 197 games. He’ll lead the NL in strikeouts the next 7 years.
27th Cubs 1B Ray Grimes hits a 2-run homer in the 6th inning onto Waveland Avenue to tie the game 4–4 with Cards, then hits a 2-run single in the 7th. Chicago wins at home, 6–4.
28th In a 3–2 Browns win over Cleveland, Ken Williams provides the edge with a homer off Duster Mails. It is his 7th homer in 6 days.
29th The New York Giants collect 20 hits, including 4 inside-the-park HRs, in windswept Braves Field in Boston. George Kelly hits 2, one in the 4thand another in the 9th, and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft hit the others. Youngs includes the cycle in his 5 hits and scores 5 runs. Phil Douglas coasts to a 15–4 win.
Ken Williams clouts homers #8 and #9, off Stan Coveleski, to lead the Browns to a 6–5 win over the Indians.
30th Johnny Mostil, fleet-footed White Sox CF, moves over to LF for the only time in his career, and makes two outstanding catches to save Charlie Robertson’s 2–0 perfect game over Detroit. Robertson is the 3rdpitcher in the 20th century to pitch a perfect game. Play is stopped twice after Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann complain that Robertson is doctoring the ball. The losing pitcher is Herman Pillette, whose son Duane will pitch in the AL.
Ken Williams is homerless, but the Browns beat the Indians, 11–9, despite hitting into a triple play. Urban Shocker is the winner for St. Louis, now tied (11-5) with the Yankees for first place. The game draws 27,000 in St. Louis.