1902 August

1st  At the Polo Grounds, the Cards and Giants split a pair, St. Louis topping Joe McGinnity in the opener to win, 4–3, then losing 4–2. Christy Mathewson scatters 11 hits in beating Alex Pearson. In the opener, the Giants have 3 runners thrown out at home in just 2 innings, and 6 runners thrown out trying to steal or take an extra base. Showing their wide-open style, Bresnahan scores from 2B on a bunt.

Washington’s Jack Townsend walks 12, an AL record, in a 13–0 loss to Detroit. His record will stand for just three years.

2nd  Brooklyn edges the visiting Reds, 2-1, as players Wild Bill Donovan and Billy Maloney, acquired during the season from the Browns, do the umpiring when the regular umps fail to appear.

3rd  Before a Sunday crowd of 4,500 in Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland loses to Washington, 5–2.

The Nationals plays two exhibition games in New Jersey. Chicago beats Newark, 4-2, getting all their hits in the first three innings. At the St. Georges Cricket Grounds in Hoboken, a local nine beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, for the 2nd time this season.

4th  At Philadelphia, Frank Chance hits a grand slam in the 12thinning, off Phils starter Doc White, and the Cubs win, 7-2. It is “The Peerless Leader’s” only career four-run homer.

5th  Rookie Otto Hess, who made his debut two days ago after being signed during an open tryout, wobbles to a 7–6 ten-inning win in Cleveland over the visiting Washington Nationals. The Nats test the rookie by laying down 14 bunts, three of which are misplayed by Hess, four are hits, and seven go for sacrifices. Cleveland SS Johnny Gochnauer breaks his finger in the 3rdinning when he tries to flag down a line drive hit by Ed Delahanty. Gochnauer stays in the game and doubles in the tying runs in the 8th inning and doubles home the winner with one out off Casey Patten in the top of the 10th.

The first place Pirates whip New York, 3–0 behind Jesse Tannehill’s 2-hitter. Mathewson strikes out 11 Bucs in the loss.

6th The Pirates shut out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row, as Jack Chesbro beats Dummy Taylor, 2-0. Jimmy Jones assaults umpire Bob Emslie over a call, and will be suspended for the season and then released by the Giants.

7th  For the 2nd time this year, Boston’s Cy Young gives up 6 runs in the first inning and is lifted. This times the Browns bomb him en route to a 12–4 victory in St. Louis. Young will complete 41 of 43 starts this year. Former teammate Emmet Heidrick is a pain for Boston, scoring 4 times on 4 long hits—2 doubles and 2 triples.

8th  The Athletics drop a 5-4 decision to Cleveland despite 4 stolen bases by Dave Fultz.

9th John T. Brush sells the Cincinnati Reds to Julius and Max Fleischmann, George B. Cox, and August “Garry” Herrmann for $150,000. Brush then buys control of the Giants from Andrew Freedman.

Brooklyn SS Bill Dahlen makes three straight errors in the 1stinning, but Jim Hughes overcomes that with steady pitching as Brooklyn beats St. Louis, 4–1. Smoot smites the only hit for St. Louis. Hughes helps with a triple and single.

10th  At Chicago, Boston tops the White Sox 5–4 in 11 innings as Cy Young records his 25th win.

11th  In Detroit, the A’s Rube Waddell and Detroit’s Ed Siever battle for 12 scoreless innings before Waddell drives in a run in the 13th on a triple. Philadelphia wins, 1-0. Not surprisingly, Siever comes up with a sore arm and will appear in just two more games this season, finishing with an 8-11 record and a league-leading 1.91 ERA. On the other hand, Waddell comes back in two days to toss an 8-0 shutout.

12th  Giants owner Andrew Freedman announces the appointment of John T. Brush as managing director of the Giants and transferred day-to-day control of club operations to him. Freedman will retain the title of team president but give it up in September when he sells controlling interest in the team to Brush for approximately $200,000, a purchase that the clothier Brush finances through the sale of his Cincinnati team.

13th  In the 6th inning of a game with the Tigers, Harry Davis of the A’s attempts a double steal with Dave Fultz, who is on 3B. But Davis does not draw a throw as he goes into 2B. On the next pitch he “steals” 1B without a throw by pitcher George Mullin. The next time he steals 2B he does draw a throw and in the rundown Fultz scores and Davis then reaches 2B, with both getting credit for a steal. This double steal maneuver will be attempted in later years by Fred Tenney (July 31, 1908), and Germany Schaefer (August 4, 1911), though the details are contradictory. The Athletics plate 17 runs in the twinbill sweep, while the Tigers never score. Rube Waddell and Bert Husting apply the calcimine.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Boston, Pirate Honus Wagner steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 7th inning. Wagner also did it in 1899. Honus has 4 steals in the game as Pittsburgh splits, losing 8–6 and then winning, 6–1.

14th  Little Tommy Leach of Pittsburgh, never considered a long-ball threat, hits 2 HRs over the fence at Boston in a 6–1 win. He will close out the season with only 6, but it is enough to give him sole leadership of the NL, which totals only 99 homers. Leach’s leading number is the lowest since Paul Hines hit 4 in a 60-game schedule in 1878.

16th  The Athletics move into first place to stay as 18,675, the largest crowd of the year, see them beat Chicago 2–1. Rube Waddell strikes out 11 in topping Clark Griffith.

18th  The first unassisted triple play since Paul Hines disputed one 21 years ago is executed by 1B Hal O’Hagan of the Rochester Broncos (IL) against Jersey City in a 10-6 win. O’Hagan catches a bunt attempt tags 1B and runs to 2B to complete the TP.

Mathewson shuts out Chicago, 5–0, on 4 hits to give last place New York its 4th straight win over the host Windy City squad. Jack Taylor takes the loss.

19th  Baltimore outfielder Al “Kip” Selbach sets the post-1900 mark in the AL by making 5 errors (one source says 4; The Sporting News says 5). Baltimore loses to St. Louis, 11–4. Three of the errors come on fly balls, and another hit goes through his legs. Thanks to Kip, it gives the O’s a ML record for OF errors.

The front-running Pirates edge the Giants, 5–4, when Ginger Beaumont plates the winning run, scoring from 1B on a single. Jack Chesbro, on his way to a 28-6 record is the winner.

21st  Sam Leever hurls a two hitter to give the first-place Pirates a 2–0 win over the Giants and Mathewson.

22nd The first-place Athletics triple the Browns, winning 12-4, to stay three games ahead of the pack in the AL. Danny Murphy, who was married in the morning to 17-year-old Catherine Moriarty, has two hits in the afternoon game.

23rd Brooklyn collects a record-tying 4 triples in the 3rd inning, all in succession, and all are needed. The Brooks win, 9–8, over Pittsburgh.

Snake Wiltse, purchased from the A’s by Baltimore last month, hits a grand slam in the seven-run 6th as the Orioles outslug the visiting White Sox, 14-8.

24th  In Chicago, the Brooklyn Superbas and the Cubs split a doubleheader. The Superbas take the opener, 7-2, and Chicago, choosing to bat first, is the winner in game 2, 8-5. In game 2, Chicago takes the lead in the 3-run 4th when Joe Tinker singles home John Dobbs and Dad Clark doubles in Johnny Kling and Tinker. In Kling’s 3rd inning at bat he was recorded as reaching on an error by Dahlen, but further research by Trent McCotter in 2009 credits Kling with a single. Both the Chicago papers and ICI records show a base hit. Kling, therefore, goes 4-for-4 in this game to start a ML record-tying 12 straight hits. He’ll finally force out a runner on the 28th.

25th  At Baltimore, the Orioles pummel the Chicago White Sox, 21–6. The O’s are led by Jimmy Williams, who collects 6 hits—4 singles, a double and a triple—off Clark Griffith and Dummy Leitner. With 21 triples, Williams will lead the AL for the 3rd time in 4 years, and be the first player to amass 80+ triples in four straight years (Sam Crawford, twice, and Earl Combs will also do it). Herm McFarland scores 5 runs for the O’s. Winning pitcher Snake Wiltse has 4 hits, including a pair of triples, and scores 3 runs. It is the second time Wiltse has collected two triples in a game; Otis Crandall will set the mark with three games in which he collects two triples, but Wiltse is the only other pitcher to accomplish it more than once.

At West Side Grounds, Johnny Kling is 5-for-5 to pace the Cubs to a 12-inning 5-4 victory over Boston.

Washington sweeps a pair from the Tigers, winning 8-6 and 10-7. The Tigers get a grand slam from Boom-Boom Beck in the second game, hitting it off Al Orth in the 5th.

Ban Johnson announces the AL’s intention to have a New York team in 1903, with Clark Griffith as manager. The Baltimore franchise will be moved.

26th At Cincinnati, Mathewson tosses his 7th shutout of the year, beating the Reds, 6–0. Henry Thielman loses his 3rd encounter of the year with Matty.

28th Wid Conroy’s lone homerun of the year helps the host Pirates beat the Cubs, 11-3. Conroy’s blast, a grand slam in the 3rd, is served up by Dummy Taylor. Johnny Kling goes 4-for-5, with 2 triples, but his consecutive hit streak ends at 12. The first-place Pirates lead runner-up Brooklyn by 23 games.

29th At Philadelphia, the 7th-place Phils whip the last-place Giants, 6-2. Phils rookie Frank Maher is injured warming up but plays one inning in his ML debut before being replaced in LF by Henry Krug. It’s Maher’s only ML inning.

In the Athletics 10-6 win over the host White Sox, Topsy Hartsel steals four bases.

31st In Ft. Wayne, Indiana, a Sunday crowd of 3,500 watch a matchup of Cleveland’s Addie Joss and Boston’s Cy Young. Boston pushes over 2 runs in the 11th to win, 3–1.