1906 August

1st Brooklyn’s Harry McIntire tosses a no-hitter through 10 innings before Claude Richey singles in the 11th. McIntire allows no more hits through 12 innings, but he is matched by Pirates P Lefty Leifield, who scatters 9 hits through 12 innings. McIntire, who faced 31 batters through the first ten innings, finally weakens in the 13th and allows 3 hits and a run to lose, 1–0.

The lowly Phillies stop the Cubs, 3–1. Chicago will lose just 7 more games all year.

2nd  While the Athletics, crippled by injuries, falter, Doc White launches the White Sox on a 19-game winning streak (longest in AL history) with a 3–0 win over Boston. The streak, interrupted only by a 0–0 tie with New York, catapults Chicago from 4th place to first in 10 days. Doc White wins 6 of the 19; Ed Walsh, 7. Boston, too, starts a more dubious streak of four straight shutout losses. They lose tomorrow, 4–0, 1–0 on the 4th, and 4–0 on the 6th. This ties the mark set earlier in the year by the Boston Nationals, and no team will top them.

3rd  Tom Hughes of the Washington Nationals and Tom Glade of the St. Louis Browns enter the 10th with a scoreless tie. Hughes decides he will have to do it on his own and goes long for a 1–0 win. He is the first pitcher to win a 1-0 extra-inning game with a homer. Red Ruffing will do it in 1932.

The Cubs shut out the Phillies twice, beating them 1–0 and 7–0. Ed Reulbach and Three Fingered Brown are the winners. For Brown, it is his second doubleheader shutout in a month. For the second time in a month, the Phils Sherry Magee has four stolen bases in a game.

4th The Giants slow the Chicago express, stopping the Cubs 7–4 behind Mathewson and Hooks Wiltse. New York is just 4 ½ games behind Chicago, but the Cubs will go 50-8 from August 1st to outdistance the pack.

5th In St. Louis, George Stone lines a 4th inning inside-the-park homer for the Browns against New York’s Doc Newton as St. Louis edges the Yankees, 2-1. It is Stone’s second IPHR off Doc in a month. Stone has hit 11 career homers, six against New York and all have been inside the park (according to homer guru David Vincent). Today’s was his first IPHR against New York at home.           The Cubs play a Sunday exhibition in Troy, NY before 5,000, beating a local team, 6–0.

6th  In New York, Art Devlin and John McGraw are tossed for abusing umpire James Johnstone during a 3–1 loss to Chicago. The two will be suspended. Three Fingered Brown is the winner over Joe McGinnity, who is making his first appearance after being suspended for 10 days and fined $100 for an altercation with Peitz in Pittsburgh.

Despite two homeruns by Branch Rickey, both off reliever Walter Clarkson and one inside-the-park, the Browns fall to the visiting Highlanders, 8-6, when New York rallies for 3 in the 9th. It is the first two-homer game by a Browns’ player. Rickey hit the first of his three career homers four days ago.

At Cleveland, the Red Sox are shut out, 4-0, for the fourth consecutive game to set an AL record not topped in the century. It will be tied next month, however, by the Athletics.

7th  On McGraw’s orders, umpire Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds, and the ump, standing outside the Polo Grounds, forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sam Strang, but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along, pointing out the game has already been forfeited. Strang then forfeits the game to the Giants and Emslie, the appointed ump from the Cubs, then forfeits the game to the Cubs.

8th  NL President Harry Pulliam upholds the forfeit to the Cubs of yesterday’s Giants game stating: “I uphold the action of the umpires absolutely, and if I am not sustained by the NL Board of Directors I will not only resign my position as President of the NL, but I will quit professional baseball forever.” Giants owner John Brush then allows Johnstone to officiate, and the Cubs win 3–2 behind Three Fingered Brown and Ed Reulbach. At the month’s end, the Cubs will have a 15-game lead.

The White Sox edge the A’s, beating Eddie Plank, 1–0, in 10 innings. Dougherty’s hit in the 10th, just the second allowed by Plank, drives in Davis with the run. Roy Patterson is the winner.

At Cleveland, the lowly Boston Americans sweep a pair, winning 3-1 behind Cy Young and 1-0 behind Joe Harris. Harris had a losing streak of 14 straight this year, eight by shutouts. The two wins snap a four-game streak of shutouts for Boston. They score 3 runs today in the 3rd inning to stop a scoreless innings streak of 40 innings. Next month the A’s will go even longer without scoring.

9th The Cubs’ Jack Taylor beats Brooklyn 5–3 and posts his 187thconsecutive straight complete game, a major league record. The streak will end in 4 days when he again pitches against Brooklyn.

The Giants stop the Pirates, 6–0, with Mathewson and George Ferguson combining for the shutout. Lefty Leifield takes the loss.

In a New England League game, Lynn (MA) outfielder Tom Burke has his skull fractured when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Fall River’s Joseph Yeager. In two days, Burke will die from the beaning.

10th In Chicago, the Sox edge the Highlanders, 2–1, managing just 4 hits off Jack Chesbro. Ed Walsh is the winner.

11th Before 15,000, the White Sox whip the Highlanders, 8–1. New York 3B George Moriarty gets into a fight with a fan in the 8thinning before police break it up.

12th A Sunday crowd estimated at 30,000 are on hand in Chicago to watch the red-hot White Sox beat the Highlanders, 3–0. The gates are closed an hour before game time, locking many fans outside. The Sox win puts them in first place, with the Athletics, losers today to the Browns, a half game behind, and the Highlanders now a game back. Tomorrow, the 2 teams will battle to a scoreless tie. Frank Smith secures the win today with his only shutout of the year. Unable to reliably control his spitball, Smith will make only 13 starts this season and will not appear in the WS. Highlanders twirler Al Orth is effective as a fielder, handling an AL record 11 assists. It will be tied but never topped/

13th  The Cubs’ Jack “Brakeman” Taylor is knocked out by Brooklyn in the 3rd inning, breaking a string of 187 complete games and 15 relief appearances in which he finished each game. The ML record run began June 20th, 1901. In 10 years he will fail to finish only 8 of 286 starts. With relief help from Orval Overall, Chicago wins, 11–3.

The host Giants sweep the Pirates, winning 6–1 and 2–1. Hooks Wiltse is the winner in the opener, while Mathewson matches him in the nitecap. Spike Shannon’s 9th inning single off Lefty Leifield brings home the game-winner in the 2nd game.

14th  In Cincinnati, the National Baseball Commission issues a list of palyers who are barred from playing for National Agreement teams. Some names are marked with the notation “violated contract” and reportedly will never be reinstated. The others can be reinstated by paying a fine. Brooklyn leads with 10 players listed out of 19 NLers. The AL has 5.

Ginger Beaumont and Fred Clarke each have 4 hits as the Pirates win over Boston, 4-0. Pittsburgh scores 3 of their runs in the 8th. Boston manages just 4 singles off Leever.

15th  At Chicago, the Cubs build up a 10-0 over Brooklyn, and lift Three Fingered Brown after 7 innings for reliever Lundgren. Helped by a Tim Jordan homer in the 9th, Brooklyn scores 7 to make the final, 10-7. Johnny Evers has 4 hits, including a pair of triples.

In the first of two at Pittsburgh, Boston pushes across 2 runs in the 11th to beat starter Mike Lynch. Lynch has 4 hits in the game off Irv Young. Pittsburgh collects 18 hits in the second game to win, 10-4.

16th  At Boston, the White Sox win, 9-4, for their 13th straight victory. Billy Sullivan has a single, triple and homer for Chicago.

17th  Red Donahue shuts out the Highlanders as Detroit prevails, 6-0. Poor fielding by New York third baseman Frank LaPorte, who makes 4 errors, tying an AL record, is the biggest factor, but New York fails to capitalize on key scoring situations: Hal Chase is 0-for-4, making an out each time with men on base, and leaving 8.

The White Sox score a run in the 9th off Cy Young to edge the Red Sox, 4-3. It is their 14th straight victory. Doc White is the winning pitcher with 7 innings of relief. Frank Owen started and pitched 2 frames.

18th  After winning 14 out of 16 on the road, the Cubs turn back the visiting Giants, 6–2 behind Three Fingered Brown. Mathewson has an off day for New York, allowing 12 hits, three by his nemesis Joe Tinker. The Cubs have now won 11 straight.

The Phillies down the host Cardinals, 11-2, as Kitty Bransfield hits a grand slam in the 5th inning off Art Hoelskoetter.

Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the second time this season, both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox, as Chicago steamrolls over New York, 10–0, for their 15th straight win (one tie). Chicago scores 9, all unearned, in the 9th, sending 12 men to the plate and collecting 5 hits. Frank LaPorte, who drops an easy fly ball in the 7th when he is bumped by Kid Elberfeld and allows the first run to score, makes 2 more errors in the 9th. Elberfeld makes another error, as does Thomas. LaPorte has now made 7 errors in two games (the ML record of 9 was set New York’s Tom Esterbrook in 1883). For Walsh, it is his third shutout in a row and his 4th in 5 games. He will lead the AL in that category with 10.

20th White Sox OF Patsy Dougherty leads the offense with a homer to CF as Chicago beats New York, 4–1, for their 16thstraight win. New York is in 4th place in the AL, 5 games behind Chicago.

21st In the first of two against Cleveland, the Senators load the bases with no outs before Cleveland turns a triple play, the first by Cleveland’s AL team. It’s the closest to scoring the Nationals will come as they lose, 2-0, but they take the second game, 2-1.

22nd The Pirates edge the Giants and Mathewson, 2–1, plating both runs on walks.

The Sox win a pair from the Highlanders, 6–1 and 11–6 to stretch their winning streak to 18 games. Ed Walsh wins his 10th in a row.

23rd White Sox pitcher Roy Patterson beats Washington, 4–1, giving Chicago its 19th straight win, an AL record. The streak will be tied by the 1947 Yankees. Chicago now leads by 5 ½ games.

24th  The Reds’ Jake Weimer pitches a 7-inning no-hitter against Brooklyn, winning 1–0, when a run scores with 2 outs in the 7th. Brooklyn takes the first game, 6–4, behind Jim Pastorius.

The Cubs sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 5–0 and 7–3. In the first game, they win despite making only 2 hits. They score 3 in the 6th on no hits. Ed Reulbach allows 4 hits.

With a rainout today, White Sox manager Fielder Jones, is quoted in the Tribune, “Bet on the Sox to win the world’s championship against the Spuds.” (as noted by Irv Stein).

25th The Giants, trailing the Reds 3–2 after 6 innings, jump on Bob Wicker for 6 runs in the 7th and win going away, 8–3. One of the 6 hits in the 6th is a double by Christy Mathewson, the winning pitcher.

Washington sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 5–4 and 4–3, to end Chicago’s win streak at 19 games. In the opener, Ed Walsh, who relieves in the 7th, blows a 4–2 lead in the 9th by giving up 5 straight hits and 3 runs. Charles Smith is the winner. The Sox jumped from 4th to first on the streak.

New York Highlanders rookie Slow Joe Doyle debuts with a 2–0 shutout against Cleveland. Walter Clarkson follows in game 2 with another 2-0 whitewash.

27th The Cubs win their 9th in a row, beating the Phils, 5–2, and taking a 12 ½ game lead.

In a 6-inning game ended by rain, Ed Walsh strikes out 9 and allows one hit to beat the A’s, 1–0, for his 11th straight win.

29th After Boston Americans manager Jimmy Collins takes a vacation without permission, he is suspended. Chick Stahl is named acting manager. Boston beats Cleveland today, 6–2.

The A’s Jim Dygert and Rube Waddell combine for a 5-inning no hitter against the White Sox. The Athletics barely win, 4–3, when rain washes out 3 Sox runs in the top of the 6th. Ed Walsh loses for the first time after 11 straight wins. Despite the win streak, Walsh will finish 17-13.

30th  Righthander Slow Joe Doyle of the Highlanders sets a ML record as the first 20th century player to start out with 2 shutouts when he beats the Washington Nationals, 5–0. These are his only 2 wins this year as he goes 2–1. Of his 23 lifetime victories, 7 will be shutouts. He is nicknamed “Slow” because of his time-consuming pace on the mound. Behind the hitting of Hal Chase, who has a ML record tying 3 triples and a double, the Highlanders take the nitecap as well, 9–8, in 10 innings to begin a sweep of 5 doubleheaders in 6 days. They’ll outscore their opponents 76–31. Charlie Jones has an inside-the-park grand slam for Washington in the nightcap, connecting off Bill Hogg in the 2nd.

At Baker Bowl, the Phils and Giants swap shutouts. The Quakers win the opener, 2–0, when Tom Sparks allows just 3 hits to outpitch Christy Mathewson. Iron Joe McGinnity then blanks the hosts, 1–0, to hand Bill Duggleby the loss.

31st Beset by injuries, the Tigers call 46-year-old Sam Thompson out of retirement; he plays RF and bats cleanup driving in 2 runs in a 5–1 win over the Browns. Thompson, who last played in the majors in 1898, appears in 8 games and bats .226. When the regular umpires fail to appear, players Wild Bill Donovan and Barney Pelty do the umping. Donovan umped once before, in 1902.

In the great tradition of his late brother Ed, Frank Delahanty of New York hits two HRs, a triple, and single, and knocks in 7 runs in a 20–5 rout of Washington. George Moriarty adds 2 triples as 8 players score 2 or more runs. The game is called after 6 innings because of darkness and the mercy rule. New York takes the opener as well, 7–5, behind the pitching of Jack Chesbro.