August 1901

1st Kid Nichols, in relief, and Christy Mathewson face each other for the 2nd time in 3 days, with Matty winning this outing. Nichols relieves in the 7th with the score, 5–5, but New York scores 4 runs to take a 9–5 lead. Boston retaliates with 3 runs to put Matty on the ropes, but he escapes with a 9–8 win.

2nd Collecting 22 hits, the Boston Americans coast to a 16–0 win over the A’s behind the pitching of Cy Young. It is Cy’s 20th win of the year versus 5 losses. The A’s help with 8 errors.

3rd  Cleveland pitcher Ed Scott goes all the way against Milwaukee and hits a solo HR in the top of the 10th to win 8–7. It is the last game of Scott’s career. Bill Reidy serves up the homer in the loss.

4th  Before the Pirates 6-3 win at Cincinnati, Reds and Pirates players are clocked while running from home plate to 1B. The fastest time for the 90-foot sprint is 3 seconds flat, by Pirates OF Ginger Beaumont.

5th In the first of two in Philley, Giant OF Ike Van Zandt makes an 11th inning error and Philadelphia goes on to score 3 runs and win, 6–3. Van Zandt came on in the 9th after starting LF Kip Selbach is tossed for protesting strike calls. Christy Mathewson takes the loss for New York.

At Cincinnati, Topsy Hartsel strokes two inside-the-park homers, but they are not enough as last-place Chicago loses to the Reds, 10–7. Whitey Guese takes the decision over Jock Menefee.

In Baltimore’s 9–0 win in game 2 against Boston, Oriole 1B Burt Hart is called out at 3B on his long hit, and punches umpire John Haskell. George Winter takes the loss, which follows a 3–1 Boston victory.

7th  Ban Johnson suspends Baltimore 1B Burt Hart for striking umpire John Haskell yesterday, stating “This is the first time a player in the American League has struck an umpire, and it is an offense that cannot be overlooked.” The suspension is never lifted and the 31-year-old Hart will never play again.

The hits keep coming. In Cleveland, Milwaukee manager Hugh Duffy hits umpire Al Mannassau when a fly ball nicking the foul line is called fair, scoring the winning runs in a 5–4 win for the Blues. Duffy is suspended indefinitely.

In Boston’s 10–5 win in game 1 at Baltimore, the Bostons pull off a triple play. Pitcher Lewis starts the TP, which goes to Jimmy Collins (3B), Schreckengost ©, Ferriss (2B), and Parent (SS). The Orioles take game 2, 10–4.

8th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Brooklyn split two. Brooklyn wins the opener, 3–0, despite hitting into a 6th-inning triple play, before losing the nitecap to Christy Mathewson, 4–1. Brooklyn threatens in the 6th, putting two on with no outs, but Matty K’s Cozy Dolan, allows a single, then strikes out Tom Daly and Bill Dahlen to end the threat.

9th  In a split at Boston, Baltimore 3B Jack Dunn is knocked out in game 1 by a foul ball off his own bat. He will be out of action for a week.

10th   In the 2nd game of a DH, Washington National’s P Dale Gear gives up an AL record 41 total bases in losing 13–0 to the Athletics. The 23 hits include 4 doubles, 4 triples, and 2 HRs; the 10 extra base hits allowed also establishes an AL mark that will be tied by Luis Tiant in 1969 and later by Curt Schilling. Philadelphia A’s pitcher Snake Wiltse, brother of Hooks, has 2 doubles and 2 triples, still an AL record, and “could’ve had another base if he had run hard.” (Washington Post) He is just one of 3 hurlers in history to collect 4 extra-base hits in a game, and his 10 total bases is a since-topped 20th C. ML record for a pitcher. For Snake, acquired last month from the Pirates, it is his 2nd shutout over Washington in a week. Snake’s batterymate, Doc Powers, also has 4 hits including a triple and homer. In the opener, a 9-4 Washington win, Nats’ pitcher Win Mercer becomes the first AL hurler to steal home. Lajoie has a pair of homers for the A’s in game 1, his second game in a row with 2 homers, but then gets tossed in the 7th for arguing a call. He hit 2 homers in yesterday’s game 2 victory. He will lead the AL with 14, drive in 125 runs, and hit .422 to win the Triple Crown.

In St. Louis, Sam Crawford hits a home run as the Reds beat the Cardinals in 10 innings, 8-5. Crawford will lead the NL in homers with 16, 8 on the road, with 3 coming in the Mound City.

Before a crowd of 5,000 in Cleveland, the AL-leading White Sox cannot overcome a 7-0 lead and fall, 11–7. Frank Isbell sets an AL record for LOB by leaving 11 on base for the Sox.

13th  In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson face each other again and both throw shut out ball for 9 innings. Boston finally scores 3 in the 10th to win, 3–0, when Duff Colley hits a 3-run double. Matty’s record in the past month is 3–7.

14th With little-used Roger Denzler starting game 2, the Giants use the strong arm of the law to win, 3-0, over Boston. Player-manager George Davis laces a long drive down the left field line and, with two policeman standing in the corner, the ball strikes one of New York’s finest on the shoulder and caroms away. Umpire Bob Emslie rules it a homer over the usual Boston protests. The Giants drop the opener, 8-3.

15th Boston takes the opener of two against the Giants, winning, 3-2. Christy Mathewson and Kid Nichols go at it again in game 2, which ends in a 5-5 tie in 11 innings. Matty strikes out 9. Algie McBride hits one over the ropes for a 1st inning homer off Nichols, and Jimmy Slagle has 5 hits for Boston. Kip Selbach has 5 hits, including 3 doubles for New York.

17th At St. Louis, the Orphans win, 6-3, over the Cardinals behind the pitching of Rube Waddell. Waddell also hits a homer.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates beat the Reds, 5-0, behind Jack Chesbro. Honus Wagner homers for the Pirates.

19th Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off the 3rd time in 7 days, with Nichols winning easily, 11–6. New York makes 4 errors, but a tired Matty is pasted for 13 hits while striking out just one.

At Cincinnati, Long Tom Hughes strikes out 12, but the Reds beat last-place Chicago, 2-0, behind Archie Stimmel’s lone career shutout. Archie will finish the year at 4-14.

At St. Louis, the Pirates knock out the NL’s leading pitcher Jack Harper (21–8) in the 3rd en route to a 9–5 win. Harper, 21–7 at the start of the day, will end up at 23–13.

20th  Umpire Bob Emslie becomes ill before the 2nd game of the Superbas-Phils twin bill and Phils P Al Orth and Superbas C Jim McGuire fill in for him. However, it is a close game, and Orth is needed as a PH in the 9th. Doc White then becomes the 2ndumpire as Orth hits a single and scores a run. Brooklyn holds on for a 3–2 win.

In Washington, the White Sox pound the Senators, 9-3, as both pitchers hit homeruns. Clark Griffith hits a four-bagger for the Sox and Casey Patten matches suit for the Nats. It is a first in the AL and won’t be matched until 1927.

At Boston, Cy Young pitches a 6–0 shut out over visiting Milwaukee. Boston (59-40) is a game behind the White Sox (60-39), but will lose 12 out of their next 17 to drop out of contention.

21st   At Washington, umpire John Haskell is involved in another violent incident during the Washington–Sox game when Sox SS Frank Shugart punches Haskell after a disputed ball four call, followed by a Nationals bases-loaded triple. Teammate John Katoll tries to add his two cents, and a fan jumps in punching Shugart. The police intervene and both players are arrested. Shugart will be expelled from MLB, then reinstated with his penalty reduced to a 23-game suspension. However, he will never play after the 1901 season. The incident starts in the 4th inning with the score 1–0 when Haskell calls a ball four to load the bases. Clingman then triples and the battery of Sugden and Katoll start berating the ump for the ball 4 call. Sugden then lets a pitch go by him that strikes the umpire, and Haskell waves in Clingman from third. Katoll then fires a pitch at Haskell that strikes him on the leg. At the start of the next inning Shugart follows Sugden at the plate and the two start in on it. Washington’s Win Mercer lives up to his name with an 8–0 win. Haskell will not eject any more players this season, his last, but the 17 thumbed so far will lead the circuit.

In Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is tossed for spitting in the face of umpire Tom Connally. When Detroit’s Kid Elberfeld intervenes, he is decked by Baltimore’s Mike Donlin. Bill Keister also gets involved, as do some fans, and the police, who arrest the players and a fan. Judge Harry Goldman, a part-owner of the O’s, releases the players and fines the fan a $100. McGinnity is suspended for 10 days for the spitting, which he says was not spitting but throwing his tobacco quid at him. Ban Johnson will reduce the suspension after meeting with McGinnity and John McGraw (source: Terry Simpkins). The Orioles win in a forfeit.

Reds pitcher Gus Weyhing, in his only appearance for the Reds, goes the distance against Chicago, but loses, 9-1. Weyhing, picked up after Cleveland released him, will get his walking papers in two days. Weyhing is one of the last players not to use a glove (as noted by historian Steven King from a 1901 article on Weyhing).

22nd At Boston, the Phillies lose 5-4 to the Beaneaters and also lose 3B Harry Wolverton when he breaks his collarbone in a collision with Boston first sacker Fred Tenney. While he recovers at home, rumors start about his possible defection to the American League’s Washington club. When asked by the press if he had signed a contract, Wolverton replies, “I defy you to prove it.” That was enough for the Phillies’ management. Team treasurer John Rogers will suspend Wolverton and fine him $600, the amount of his salary from the time of his injury to the end of the season. “The majority of players are ungrateful, deceitful and liars and cannot be trusted for even their words,” Rogers said. Wolverton will sue the Phillies and signed a two-year contract with Washington at $3,250 per year regardless of whether or not he played any games (as noted in his SABR biography). Wolverton will tire of Washington and return eventually to the Phillies.

The Giants Charlie Hickman, tired of playing the outfield and every infield position, takes to the mound and loses to Brooklyn, 7-1. Hickman was 6-0 for Boston in 1899. Every player but two on the Giants makes an error.

24th Irate Boston fans jump on umpire Joe Cantillon after a call goes against the Somersets. Chick Stahl and Parson Lewis rescue the umpire. Cleveland prevails over Boston, 4–2.

Rookie Frank Dupee puts the White Sox in a hole by giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning without retiring a batter and Baltimore goes on to win, 10-4. For Dupee, this is his ML career as he retires with an ERA of infinity.

26th New York’s Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits in beating the Phils, 3–1.

27th At Boston, Cy Young goes 15 innings to defeat Detroit, 2–1, for his 25th win of the year.

28th The Pirates score 5 in the 1st and another run in the 3rd, then pretty much sit back and watch the Cardinals come back to win, 9-7. The loss leaves Pittsburgh in first place by 3 games.

30th The Phillies move into a tie for 2nd place with an 8-0 pummeling of the Giants. Bill Duggleby allows 6 hits and strikes out 8 while his teammates reach Christy Mathewson for 15 hits.