1st The Giants win their 12th in a row, and 11th straight against Cincinnati, 10–5. They are 8 out of 8 in their last 8 games, half at home. And half in Cincinnati. The Pirates will end the streak at 13 on August 3rd, but the Giants will win the pennant easily, 9 games ahead of Pittsburgh.
Cubs manager Frank Selee resigns and is replaced by Frank Chance, who is elected manager in a narrow vote among the players. Selee, suffering from tuberculosis, had not been making road trips, and Chance has been serving as road manager. Selee, who fashioned the team that will dominate the second half of the decade, retires to Colorado. The visiting Phillies overcome a 5–0 deficit to down Chicago, 7–6, in 11 innings.
Cleveland’s cross-firing Earl Moore is hit on the foot by a line drive and limps to a 3-2 loss to the Highlanders in New York. He will limp to a 2-8 record the rest of the season, finishing at 15-15 and win just 9 games in the following three seasons. Meanwhile, Cleveland “loans” catcher Nig Clarke to Detroit. He’ll be returned to Cleveland, August 11 after going 3-for-7. He’s the 3rd catcher this year to be sold, then returned to his original team.
The Reds release sore-armed Noodles Hahn, 26. In six seasons Noodles won 122 games and led the NL in strikeouts three times.
2nd The Athletics go into first place as Rube Waddell beats the White Sox, 4–3, fanning 14. He will lead the AL with 287 strikeouts, the 4th of 6 straight seasons when he tops the league.
At Pittsburgh, the Giants win their 13th game in a row, beating the Pirates, 3–1, to take a 10 ½ game lead over the Pirates. Mathewson is the winner over Deacon Phillippe. Bucs star Honus Wagner is thrown out at first in the 4th inning on a close play, then shows his displeasure by firing a ball near umpire George Bausewine during warm-ups the next inning. Bausewine responds by thumbing Honus out of the game. Wagner will be suspended for 3 games and fined $40.
3rd The Reds Charley Chech tosses a 5–0 shutout over Brooklyn. 1B Shad Berry helps with a successful hidden ball trick on rookie Charley Malay.
4th Is there a doctor in the house? The Highlanders field a unique battery: Doc Newton pitching and Mike “Doc” Powers catching, but only Powers is a physician. The Highlanders beat St. Louis, 7–3.
At Boston, Harvard Eddie Grant makes his ML debut, collecting 3 hits for Cleveland as he substitutes for the ailing Nap Lajoie. But Boston wins, 7–5. Grant will go hitless tomorrow in an 8–4 loss to Cy Young, and be sent down to the minors. He’ll resurface with the Phillies in 1907.
5th Highlanders 1B Hal Chase has a record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders win 3–1 and 6–5. Jack Chesbro loses his shutout in the opener when George Stone hits a 9th inning inside-the-park homer to left field.
Umpire George Bausewine is once again in the middle of controversy. He forfeits a game to the Pirates with the score tied 5–5 in the 9th when the Giants argue too long over his safe call at 3B. New York will appeal the forfeiture, but on August 26thPresident Pulliam will uphold the ump’s decision. By an erroneous interpretation of the rules of the day, Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson is charged with the loss, depriving him of a run of 16 straight wins. Matty had 4 wins going into today and will reel off another dozen straight victories.
The Reds score 8 runs in the 1st en route to a 19–6 win over Brooklyn. Miller Huggins scores 5 runs for Cincinnati.
6th At Cincinnati, the Reds and Brooklyn split a twinbill. Brooklyn wins the opener, 6–3, and the Reds take the nitecap, 2–0, behind Bob Ewing’s 2-hitter. The two teams tie the ML record by handing out just one walk in the 2 games.
Kid Nichols, fired in May as the player-manager of the Cardinals, pitches the Phillies to a 2–1 victory over his old team. The Kid will go 10–6 with the Phillies this year.
7th The host Highlander run their consecutive-win streak to 12 games with a 14-4 win over the St. Louis Browns. George Stone has an inside-the-park homer for St. Louis off Jack Powell, the second IPHR he’s hit in three days against the Highlanders. New York has beaten the Browns 8 times during the 12-game winning streak.
8th Dave Brain, who hit 3 triples in a game in Pittsburgh for St. Louis on May 29th, repeats the performance for Pittsburgh against visiting Boston. The Pirates win in 10 innings, 5–4, on Brain’s game-winning single. He is the only major league player to perform the feat of three triples in a game twice in one season. The two performances also ties the career ML record: no one else in the 20th century will have two three-triple games in his career.
In Chicago, the Cubs notch 6 hits and 3 runs off Dummy Taylor, but the Giants still lead 4–3 in the bottom of the 4th, when McGraw lifts the pitcher for Christy Mathewson. Matty shuts out Chicago over the last 5+ innings, but the win goes to Taylor. By today’s standards the win would go to Mathewson, since Taylor did not last through the first 5 innings.
9th In Pittsburgh, Bill Klem narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of gamblers. The heavily favored Pirates are down 5–2 in the 9th inning against Boston when a number of Pirates start mocking Klem’s flamboyant calls. The rookie umpire chases them down and fines each $10, thereby incurring the wrath of the gamblers, who go looking for Klem. He wisely hides in the ladies’ room.
In Chicago, the Giants lose to the Cubs, 7-2, as reliever McGinnity gives up 3 runs run in the 8th one on an out at the plate. Coming in for Ames, Iron Joe gives up a single to Slagle and a walk to Wicker, followed by a bunt single by Maloney to load the bases. Manager Chance, with 3 singles already, hits a long drive to RF that Strang chases. Wicker and Slagle keep to their bases, but Maloney advances almost to 2B. When the ball falls safely, Wicker trots home and Slagle and Maloney begin a foot race scarcely a yard apart. Strang chases the ball down, relays to Dahlen who fires to Bresnahan as Slagle slides into home. A split second later, Maloney slides under Slagle. The Giants argue that Bresnahan tagged both runners; the Cubs argue he missed both. Umpire O’Day rules Slagle out, Maloney safe. Chance reaches 3B on the play and scores on a sac fly.
Following a 5–4 loss to Brooklyn, the 6th-place St. Louis Cardinals fire their manager Jimmy Burke and put in Matt Robison. Robison is the 3rd manager this year for St. Louis, and he’ll be replaced at the end of the year by John McCloskey.
Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb’s mother shoots and kills him, and incident that will be cited as the reason for Cobb’s intense desire to succeed. The Georgia Peach will make his ML debut with the Tigers later this month.
10th Catchers are not expected to hit triples, but Boston Beaneater backstop Pat Moran legs out a trio of 3-base hits against the Pirates in Boston’s 7-4 win.
In a great pitching duel, New York ace Christy Mathewson allows 3 Chicago hits, while the Giants manage just 4 off Ed Reulbach. New York tallies an unearned run in the 6th for the games only score.
11th The Highlanders garner just two hits, but beat Chicago, 2-1. With a man on 2B in the 7th, Willie Keeler is walked intentionally by Doc White, then both runners score on Kid Elberfeld’s triple. Al Orth allows 5 Chicago hits, 3 of them infield singles.
At Pittsburgh, the Pirates score in the 11th to beat Philadelphia, 1-0. With 2 outs, Honus Wagner reaches 1B on an error, steals 2B, and advances to 3B on an error, and scores on Del Howard’s hit off Tully Sparks. Deacon Phillippe is the winner.
14th At New York, the Tigers lose, 7-1, as Highlanders pitcher Doc Newton operates with efficiency. Detroit rookie Herby Jackson, in his second and final ML appearance, allows 7 hits and walks 4 in the first 3 innings, as the Highlanders do all their scoring. With no AL umpires showing up, New York’s Deacon McGuire and Detroit’s Bobby Lowe fill in adequately.
15th The A’s Rube Waddell is the whole show today as he hurls a 5-inning no hitter over the Browns. The A’s are ahead 2–0, when the rain starts pouring after the A’s bat in the 5th. Waddell strikes out 9 batters, and three more bounce out to Waddell. The one runner reaches on Rube’s error.
17th Christy Mathewson pitches his 2nd straight 3-hit shutout against Chicago, this time beating Bob Wicker, 3–0.
Bill Bradley takes over for Nap Lajoie as manager of Cleveland and guides the Brads to a 2–1 loss to New York. Bradley will be 21-20 as manager before Lajoie retakes the reins for the last 56 games. Cleveland, just 3 games out of 1st place at the start of play today, will go 8-18 this month as they slide to a 5th place finish.
20th The A’s Rube Waddell strikes out 12 batters in 7 innings, but the effort is wasted as the Browns and A’s go 16 innings before the game is a called at 3-3. Bobby Wallace has 5 hits.
21st The Giants run past the Pirates, 10–2, with Mathewson defeating Deacon Phillippe. New York swipes 5 bases including a steal of home by Art Devlin.
Washington’s Long Tom Hughes shuts out Cleveland, 9-0, for his second whitewash over them in 4 days. He beat them, 5-0, on the 18th.
22nd Umpire John Sheridan forfeits a game to Washington in the 11th when the Tigers refuse to resume play after a lengthy dispute. Washington is ahead 2–1 at the time of the forfeiture.
24th Chicago’s Ed Reulbach defeats Philley starter Tully Sparks in a 20-inning 2–1 Colts marathon win over the Phils, exactly 2 months after Big Ed topped the Cards by the same score in 18 innings. Frank Chance’s single drives in Jack McCarthy with the winning run. The game ties the existing ML mark for the most innings played in a game. A high point in the game, as recounted in Johnny Evers Touching Second, is when OF Jimmy Slagle, in the 18th, shoves his hand in his back pocket to get a plug of chewing tobacco just as the batter cracks a long line drive. Slagle starts after the ball and discovers that he can’t get his hand out of his pocket. He makes a leaping one-handed catch with his gloved hand, then stops, pulls the tobacco out, bites off a piece and bows to the crowd. Sparks scatters 19 hits in the loss, and allows just one walk, an intentional base on balls.
The Giants win their 12th straight over the Reds, as Mathewson wins easily, 8–0. Matty allows 2 scratch hits. McGraw is tossed from the game and fined $10, his third straight ejection. The 2ndgame is called on account of darkness, 6–6, after 9 innings.
26th The Giants beat up on the Reds again, winning 2–0 and 6–5. McGinnity wins the opener, allowing 5 hits in the shutout. New York scores 4 runs in the nitecap on wild pitches by Orval Overall, but when the Reds load the bases with no outs in the 9th, Mathewson relieves Dummy Taylor and gets 3 straight outs.
28th The Giants beat the Cards, 8–1, with Mathewson outpitching Jake Theilman. New York leads the Pirates by 8 ½ games.
29th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants edge the Cardinals, 5-4, behind Red Ames. Red has two hits and scores 2 runs, but his wild pitch and a homer by McBride in the 7th allows 3 runs to make it interesting.
After losing 14 out of 15 games with the other ending in a tie, the Reds finally win, beating Brooklyn, 7-3. Huggins has 4 hits and Seymour and Odwell hit homers.
30th Ty Cobb makes his ML debut, doubling off Jack Chesbro, as Detroit defeats New York, 5–3. The 2-bagger is the first of his 4,191 hits, a record topped by Pete Rose with 4,256 in 1986.
31st White Sox ace Frank Smith throws a near-perfect game, beating the Washington Nationals, 2–0. Jake Stahl’s single accounts for the only Nat baserunner. This is the second time this year that Stahl has the only hit for the Nats against Smith, and it is the third time in Stahl’s career he’s had the only hit for Washington.
The A’s Rube Waddell tosses his third shutout in a row, besting Cleveland ace Addie Joss, 2-0. The A’s lead the AL by 2.5 games.