1903 August

1st  Rube Waddell no-hits the Highlanders, except for Kid Elberfeld, who has 4 singles. These, plus a lavish 6 walks, down the A’s 3–2, with the win going to Jack Chesbro. Waddell, who struck out 13, observes afterward, “If I would have walked him 4 times, I would have pitched a no-hitter.” Elberfeld sets a ML record for most hits in a game where his teammates have no hits (matched next by Billy Williams in 1969).

The Giants, losers of 11 of 13 games, get a big boost today as Iron Joe McGinnity asks to pitch both ends of a doubleheader. He lives up to his name, winning both from Boston, 4–1 and 5–2, giving up just 6 hits in each game. Five Giants (The Sporting News says 8: SABR says 5) are nicked by pitches in the two games, while the two teams combine to plunk six (The Sporting News lists 11).

Washington’s Highball Wilson outpitches Cy Young to win, 1-0, in the first of two games. A pair of singles in the 5th plate Washington’s lone run in a game that takes just 1 hour and 5 minutes. The second contest takes an interminable 1 hour: 45 minutes Boston scores in the 5th on Jake Stahl’s triple—his brother Chick goes hitless—and 4 runs in the 6th, led by Buck Freeman’s 2-run homer to RF, said to be the longest ball hit in Washington. Boston is victorious, 5-1, ending their 3-game losing streak (yesterday’s game was a 4-4 tie). Boston is 3.5 games ahead of the Athletics.

3rd The Giants edge Boston, 4–1, in 11 innings with Mathewson outpitching Vic Willis. Each pitchers allows 9 hits, but Matty fans 11, including three in the 11th.

6th At Philadelphia, the A’s top the Boston Americans, 4–3, in a game called after 8 innings because of dark clouds. Boston manager Jimmy Collins protests to no avail.

7th The Giants sweep the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, taking the opener, 7–5, behind Christy Mathewson. Matty surrenders 5 hits, but fans 10. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap, 6–2, to put the Giants back into 2nd place.

Reds SS Tommy Corcoran sets a ML mark when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati’s 4–2 regulation win over the Cardinals. Lave Cross, in 1897, racked up 15 assists in a 12-inning game.

8th  An overhanging gallery atop the LF bleachers at Philadelphia’s NL park collapses at 5:40 p.m. during a doubleheader with Boston, killing 12 and injuring 282 (one source puts the injured at 232). The second game is canceled and Philadelphia’s remaining home games are played at the AL’s Columbia Park.

Before a crowd of 31,647, “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity pitches the 2nd of 3 doubleheaders he will win this month, beating Brooklyn 6–1 and 4–3; he also is credited with a steal of home in the 2ndgame while Brooklyn was arguing a disputed call of Iron Joe at 3B. Brooklyn P Henry Schmidt is so upset about the steal that he throws the ball out of the park, a toss that gets him tossed from the game. On August 31, Iron Joe will beat the Phillies twice. He has now done double work 5 times, including 2 losses on each of the 2 occasions at Baltimore in 1901. The combination of his 434 innings pitched and 31 wins, with Mathewson’s 366 IP and 30 wins, will make them the century’s most productive one-season duo.

Furious when an old black ball is put into play when Cleveland is at bat in the last of the 11th and his objections are ignored by umpire Tommy Connolly, Blues manager Nap Lajoie hurls the ball over the grandstand, suffering the loss of the game to Detroit by forfeit. Detroit was leading 6–5.

10th Brooklyn’s Henry Schmidt drops his 2nd game in 3 days to the Giants, this time losing 3–1 to Christy Mathewson. Matty wins his 20th and loses his shutout in the 9th on a passed ball by Jack Warner. Schmidt, 29, will win 21 games in this his only season in the Majors. A westerner, he will return his 1904 contract unsigned with the note, “I do not like living in the East and will not report.”

At Boston’s Huntington Grounds, Cy Young tosses no-hit ball for 7 innings, and beats the A’s, 7–2.

11th A crowd of 10,600 cheer as the Boston Americans Tom Hughes defeats the A’s ace Rube Waddell, 5–1.

12th Giant outfielder Sam Mertes walks five times and scores 4 as New York eases to a 14–4 win over St. Louis. Dummy Taylor is the winner, allowing 15 hits. Losing pitcher Jack Dunleavy allows 11 hits, but hits 2 batters, and walks 9, forcing in 3 runs.

In the 2nd game at Boston, Boston Nationals Joe Stanley clouts his first major league homer, a grand slam off Chicago’s Jock Menefee. Stanley will hit his second career homer in 1905, again a grand slam. Pat Moran also hits a grand slam off Jock Menefee as Boston wins, 11–10, with Pop Williams beating Menefee. Chicago wins the opener, 7–4, with slow Bob Wicker outpitching Togie Pittinger.

13th New York wins its 3rd doubleheader in a week, clipping St. Louis 6–2 and 9–7. Mathewson strikes out 10 in the opener as he outpitches Three Fingered Brown.

14th In Detroit, Cy Young picks up his 20th win as Boston wins, 6–3.

15th In a doubleheader win over the Cards, Brooklyn pitcher Henry Schmidt steals home in game 2. Brooklyn wins 7–0 and 4–3.

Baltimore manager Hugh Jennings prevails upon 35-year-old Sadie McMahon, who last pitched for Brooklyn in 1897, to pitch for the Orioles and sends the Wilmington native in against Newark in game 2 of a doubleheader. Word of the popular McMahon’s appearance lures a crowd of 8,947, the Eastern League’s largest this year, and for the first time this season ropes are stretched to accommodate the overflow crowd in the field. Sadie doesn’t disappoint, winning 7-6 and driving in the winning run. McMahon then disappears. Days later, Jennings receives a letter from Sadie thanking Hughie for giving him the chance but saying that the one game had taken too much out of him that he had decided to retire for good (as noted by Al Kermisch).

16th Toledo native George Mullin, pitching for the Tigers, helps the attendance today (6,000) as the Tigers take on New York in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is racked for 8 runs, but Detroit scores 12, led by the hitting of Sam Crawford, who is 5-for-6.

The Boston Americans roll over visiting Cleveland, 14–7, scoring in all 8 innings.

17th  The Boston Americans continue their scoring spree, beating Cleveland again, 14–3. Boston sets a ML record by scoring in 17 consecutive innings: 8 yesterday, the last 3 on September 15 in a 12–3 win over New York, and in the first 3 innings today.

Brooklyn wins a pair from St. Louis, 6-3 and 4-3. Jimmy Sheckard contributes a grand slam in game 1, off Clarence Currie.

Ban Johnson orders betting suppressed at all AL parks, a noble but futile gesture.

18th Behind Jack Chesbro’s pitching the Highlanders defeat Detroit, 1–0. Hard luck Bill Donovan takes the loss.

19th In Chicago, the first-place Boston Americans beat the White Sox, 4-3, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch. Chicago ties it 3-3 in the 7th when Frank Isbell hits a scratch homer. His ground ball down the first base line rolls under the stands and Isbell rambles around for a 3-run homer.

20th  The NL-leading Pirates set an NL mark for an inning of inept fielding, making 6 errors in the first inning, giving the Giants 7 runs toward a 13–7 win in the first of two games. Leach and Bransfield each make 3 errors in the game as the Bucs fumble 8. Mathewson, with relief in the 6th inning, coasts to his 23rd win. Deacon Phillippe wins the nitecap, 4–1, for the Pirates to keep the Giants 5 games in back. Fred Clarke belts a homer over the ropes in the 5th of game 2.

At Chicago, Boston’s Buck Freeman is the first to hit a ball over the RF score board, but the Boston Americans lose to the White Sox, 9–5.

The Phillies, who have been idle with a ML record 9 straight games postponed due to the tragic collapse at their home field on the 8th, resume their losing ways with an 8-5 loss to the Cardinals. The game is played at the Athletics home park.

21st  Ducky Holmes, White Stockings OF, has 4 assists in a game, tying the ML record. But his team still loses, 11–3, to Cy Young and the Boston Americans.

In a singular effort, Philadelphia’s Rube Waddell allows 3 hits in edging the Tigers 1–0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Detroit starter Wild Bill Donovan, who sets the AL record this year by losing five 1–0 game, has one of the three hits. Waddell then pitches the nitecap as well, giving up 8 hits before losing 2–1. With 13 K’s in the DH Rube boosts his strikeout total to a record 302 for the season in these two games, the last he’ll pitch this year. Donovan will be 2nd in the AL with 187. With his two complete games today, the overworked Rube finishes the year with 34, which will tie him with Cy Young and Donovan. He won’t start another game this year.

In their 2nd straight doubleheader, the Pirates and Giants again split, with the Bucs taking the opener, 5–0, behind Sam Leever. Mathewson wins the nitecap for New York, 9–5, the 8th time he’s whipped Pittsburgh this year. Matty scatters 10 singles and Ginger Beaumont’s double.

22nd In Boston, the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6–1. St. Louis manager Patsy Donovan is taken to his home in Lawrence to rest up from malaria.

23rd Before 21,400 in St. Louis the Americans sweep St. Louis 5–3 and 4–2. Boston executes a triple play in the nitecap. Hughes and Young are the winners for 1st place Boston.

24th The Cubs split with the Giants at the Polo Grounds, beating Joe McGinnity 7-3 in the opener. Iron Joe is not helped by 8 Giant errors, including 5 by SS Charlie Babb. The nitecap is called after Chicago’s at-bats in the 7th with the score 8–1. Mathewson picks up the victory for New York over Jock Menefee.

Behind the pitching of Addie Joss, the Cleveland Americans win over the visiting Athletics, 3–0. Eddie Plank takes the loss. In the 2nd inning, Joss needs just 3 pitches to retire the side (as noted by Bill Deane), and allows just one hit in the game—a triple by Hartsel—in winning. Hickman hits a HR into the RF bleachers.

25th The White Sox beat Detroit, 2–0, as Bill Donovan absorbs his 7th loss in which his Tigers are shut out. Five are by an AL record 1–0 scores.

Rube Waddell fails to appear in Cleveland for his start against the Naps and Connie Mack suspends him for the rest of the season. The two will patch up their differences and a chastened Rube will pitch for the A’s next season. Waddell started the ’03 season going 13-3 but slowed to a 21-16 record. He does strike out an AL record 302 batters.

26th The Boston Beaneaters drive Mathewson from the mound with 5 runs in the 6th to take a 6–5 lead over the Giants and hold on to win by that score. When Roger Bresnahan is called out at home in the 9th New York and John McGraw and Gilbert lead the argument against August Moran. Moran tosses them for their troubles. New York wins the nitecap, 3–2, in 10 innings.

27th In Philadelphia, Boston pitcher Tom Hughes goes long over the LF fence to win his own game against the A’s, 4–2. Boston leads the AL by 9 games.

Phillies pitchers manage to walk 17 Brooklyn batters but lose by only one run, 11–10.

28th  Cleveland and St. Louis (AL) players escape serious injury when their train derails near Napoleon, OH.

At South End Grounds, New York outhits the Beaneaters to win, 12–6. Mathewson wins his 26th, allowing 3 runs in the first and 9th innings. John Malarky is the losing pitcher for Boston.

31st Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader this month, stopping the Phils twice, 4–1 and 9–2 and handing losses to Chick Fraser and Bill Duggleby. Iron Joe strikes out 9 batters in the opener to win. The two games total 3 hours: 3 minutes.

In St. Louis, the Pirates trim the Cardinals, 9-6. Jimmy Sebring has a grand slam for the winners, connecting off Clarence Currie. It is the second helping of grand slam that Currie has served in two weeks.