1907 August

1st The Red Sox collect 22 hits in defeating Cleveland, 14–1.

2nd  Manager Hugh Jennings, known for his gyrations on the coaching lines and “Eeyah” war cry, is suspended for 10 days for insisting on using a tin whistle while coaching at 3B for the Tigers.

Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington and loses to Detroit. The first hit off him is a bunt single by Ty Cobb, who also helps Detroit’s cause by throwing out 3 runners from RF, two of them at home plate. Sam Crawford’s inside-the-park HR is the margin in Detroit’s 3–2 win. Johnson exits in the 8th, trailing, 2–1. Detroit also wins the 2nd game of the doubleheader and moves into first place.

Three Fingered Brown tops Mathewson for the 3rd time this season, allowing just 4 hits in shutting out the Giants, 5–0. The first-place Cubs paste Matty for 9 hits, and will take 4 out of 5 games in the series with New York.

3rd Before 17,000 in Philadelphia, A’s ace Rube Waddell loses to a weakened Cleveland team, 5–3. It’s his 2nd successive Saturday loss before a big crowd. The newspapers blame his poor performance on his visits to Atlantic City where he, “in finishing up his prolonged spree in this city, making, as usual, a sad spectacle of himself.”( The Sporting News).

4th Light-hitting Pat Moran bangs his only homer of the year, in the 12th inning, to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–1 win over the New York Giants.

7th  Washington’s Walter Johnson wins the first of his total 416 victories, 7–2 over Cleveland. Cleveland manages just 4 hits.

The A’s Socks Seybold socks a homer off Ed Killian to help beat the Tigers, 4–2. Killian had not given up a homer since September 19, 1903—1001 innings. He lost that game as well, and will tee up just 9 homers in his short career.

At Boston, Cy Young goes 14 innings as the Red Sox beat Chicago, 2-1. Ferris scores the winning run after reaching base on a single.

8th At Pittsburgh, the Giants sweep two from the Pirates, 4–3 and 7–0. Mathewson wins the opener, with relief help from McGinnity, and Hooks Wiltse slams the door in the nitecap. The Giants move a half game behind Pittsburgh for 2nd place.

10th  In New York, the Browns are victorious over the Highlanders, 7-5, before playing to a 6-6 tie in game 2. George Stone of the Browns completes a hit streak of 9 straight in the second match. One of the hits is an 8th inning 3-run inside-the-park homer off Slow Joe Doyle. He did the same thing to Doyle in St. Louis three weeks ago.

11th  Following a 5–4 win in game 1 of a doubleheader, St. Louis Cardinals’ Ed Karger pitches a perfect game 4–0 against the Boston Doves in a game shortened to 7 innings by prior agreement.

Just enough to win. The first place Cubs beat the visiting Phillies twice by scores of 1–0. Orval Overall and Jack Pfiester apply the calcimine.

12th The Giants’ Christy Mathewson wins his 17th, topping the Pirates 5–3 on 8 hits as New York moves into 2nd place in the NL.

At Chicago, Ed Walsh loses to the Red Sox and George Winter, 5–3, but ties the AL record for assists by a pitcher in a game with 11. It is the 2nd time this year he’s had 11 assists.

15th  Chief Bender wins his 11th straight for the Athletics, 4–2, over Cleveland, to tighten the pennant race with the Tigers. The Chief is helped by right fielder Socks Seybold who pulls off an unassisted double play. He’ll pull off another on September 10thagainst Boston to set a since-tied AL record for UDPs by an outfielder in a season.

At the Polo Grounds, Hooks Wiltse edges the Reds for a 4–3 Giants win. Mathewson preserves the win with a scoreless 9th.

16th At Brooklyn, the second place Pirates beat the Superbas, 7-4, as Tommy Leach hits a grand slam for the visitors.

The Washington Post reports that Browns SS Bobby Wallace is the highest paid player in either league at a salary of $6,500.

17th Pittsburgh CF Tommy Leach leads the Bucs to a 5–1 win over Boston with 3 great catches and a steal of home.

A matchup of Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20,000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for 8 innings, with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores 2 in the 9th to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last 3 innings. Johnny Kling wins it, 3–2, for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.

18th  Detroit’s first Sunday game at home since 1902, and the first at Bennett Field, is a 16–3 win over New York. Claude Rossman has 4 hits. Wild Bill Donovan, en route to a 25-4 record, is the easy winner.

Boston’s Rube Kroh wins his only game of the year, a complete game 2–1 victory over the Browns.

19th Red Sox’s Chick Stahl must wonder why he’s managing. Jack Knight gets caught at 3B in the 12th inning when Detroit 3B Charley O’Leary pulls the hidden ball trick on him. Detroit wins, 4–3.

Washington’s Sam Lanford, 21, in an ignominious debut, walks 2 Chicago batters, hits 2, throws a wild pitch, and balks—all in the first inning. He gives up 4 runs in the 1st and 7 in the 3rd, as the Senators fall to the White Sox, 16-2.

20th Boston uses a killer B lineup consisting of 7 players whose name begins with a B (Boutles, P; Brown, C; Brain, 3B; Bridwell, SS; Burke, LF; Beaumont, CF; Bates, RF; Tenney, 1B; Richey, 2B) The B’s prevail, beating the Pirates, 9–8.

22nd The Pirates cut up a trio of Giants pitchers including starter Christy Mathewson, to win 20–5 in a game mercifully called after 8 innings. The Bucs notch 20 hits, gather 8 walks, and the Giants add 4 errors. George Ferguson, the 2nd pitcher, gets the loss, having allowed 11 of the runs.

Wild Bill Donovan lives up to his nickname by walking 3 in the 9th with Detroit clinging to an 8-7 lead over the Red Sox. Siever relieves and gets the last batter on a ground out. Heinie Wagner hits his first two ML homers off Donovan, both inside-the-park liners to deep left-center. They are Heinie’s only homers this year. Detroit loses its third catcher in two days when Jimmy Archer breaks his finger.

23rd The Pirates top the Giants 4–2 in 10 innings, then win the 2ndgame, 1–0, when Howie Camnitz spins a 5-inning no-hitter. The Bucs score when Ed Abbaticchio singles home Honus Wagner, who had singled and stolen 2B. The Giants also lose Frank Bowerman, hit on the head by Jack Camnitz pitch. The doctors predict that the burly catcher will miss the season, but he is back in action in 3 days.

24th Mathewson pitches for the 3rd day in a row, beating the Pirates, 7–4. Matty allows just one hit over the last 6 innings.

27th Christy Mathewson fashions a 3-hit shutout over the Cardinals and driving in the only run with a double. Ed Karger takes the hard luck loss.

At New York, Boston’s Cy Young stops the Highlanders, 5–1. Jack Chesbro takes the loss.

28th  Highlander pitcher John “Tacks” Neuer, begins baseball’s most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1–0 in his first start, the nitecap of a DH. In one month he will pitch 6 complete games, win 4, including 3 shutouts, and then disappear from the ML scene. In the first game, Boston’s other Cy—Cy Morgan—wins over the Highlanders, 5–3.

29th  The Senators sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 2–1 and 3–2. Walter Johnson, 19, wins the opener. It is his third straight game without giving up a walk.

At Cleveland, the Naps beat the White Sox, 4–1, on Nap Lajoie’s third inning 2-out grand slam. It is the only grand slam in the AL this year—a league record that will be matched in 1909 and 1915 (No AL grand slams are hit in the war-shortened season of 1918)