1908 August

3rd The 2nd-place Cubs stay a half game ahead of New York and 1 ½ games behind Pittsburgh, by beating the Phillies, 5–1. Mordecai Brown is the winner picking up his 10th straight win over the Phillies.

4th  The Giants take 2 from Cincinnati, winning 4–3 in 12 innings, and 4–1. Christy Mathewson wins both, relieving McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place, 5 percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses, it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy (48-50) had endured four straight shutout losses: 5–0 on July 30; 3–0 on the 31st; 6–0 on the 1st and 3rd.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas and St. Louis Cardinals play an entire game with one ball. Brooklyn wins 3–0.

In a 7-5 loss to Cleveland, the Nationals’ Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O’Loughlin. Delahanty, a Cleveland native, is fined $50 by Ban Johnson and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct, though he denies that the language he used could be heard all over the park. Washington manager Joe Cantillon then declares that he will not put the other contenders at an unfair advantage and he benches Delahanty for games in Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago. Delahanty will miss an additional 13 games because of this but the ban will be lifted at the beginning of the 1909 season.

6th A scheduled doubleheader in Brooklyn with St. Louis is washed out after 5 innings of the first game, but lefty Johnny Lush, with one no-hitter over Brooklyn under his belt, allows no Brooklyn hits in his outing. The Cards win 2–0, on 2 unearned runs, as 1B Tim Jordan drops a fly ball with the bases loaded.

In a surprise ceremony in Augusta, Georgia, Ty Cobb marries his fiancé 17-year-old Charlie Lombard. It is an off day for the first-place Tigers, two games ahead of the Browns. Playing without Cobb, the Bengals will split their next two.

8th Detroit does not miss Cobb as they collect 22 hits off Burt Keeley in whipping the visiting Senators, 18-1. They lead the Browns by two games.

9th Ty Cobb returns from his short honeymoon with his wife and hits a single and triple in a 5–2 Detroit win over Washington.

The Browns beat the Red Sox with an 8-run 8th inning to win, 8–2. Pitcher Rube Waddell helps with a homer and Hobe Ferris belts a grand slam in the 8th, off Cy Morgan.

10th Twenty thousand fans, the largest ever to watch a Monday game, crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs Orval Overall. Matty doesn’t disappoint, winning 3–2, but Overall allows just one hit in the loss. Roger Bresnahan’s double in the 3-run 1st is the lone safety.

11th The Cards fall to Boston, 2–0, as Boston pitcher Tom Tuckey gets his only shutout in his first major league game.

Ft. Worth steals itself a couple of Texas League records in a win over Galveston. They steal 16 bases, paced by 3 by Ike Pendleton. Another record comes with five double steals off pitcher Heider Brown and catcher Ed Lauzon. Four of the twins thefts are of 2B and 3B and one is 2B and home.

13th  Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20,000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, Willie Keeler, Harry Davis, and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler, including a great loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments. This is Keeler’s last appearance this season, as he returns home to Brooklyn, partly in protest to Highlander manager Kid Elberfeld’s surly managerial style (as stated in Jim Reiseler’s book Before They Were Bombers)). Keeler quits without pay saying, “I cannot give you a run for your money”. He had been ill and muffed a flyball in left field, but he will return next season to play under manager George Stallings.

The Giants drop the Superbas, 5–3, behind Red Ames and Mathewson. Mathewson pitches 7 innings of shutout ball for the win.

The Cubs lose 1-0 to the host Pirates, when Ed Reulbach walks the leadoff batter Roy Thomas, who comes around to score. Reulbach had an 0-2 count on Thomas but throws 4 ball wide to put him on. The superstitious Reulbach believes that if he strikes out the first batter he faces, he will lose the game ((as noted by John Snyder).

14th The National’s Walter Johnson hurls a 1–0 victory over the White Sox, allowing just two hits, the first a 9th inning single by Sox P Doc White.

Cleveland tops the Yankees, 4-2, pinning the loss on Al Orth (2-13). The last-place Highlanders will pin a release notice on the veteran and he will return to Lynchburg, VA where he plans on being player-manager of his hometown team. But the Highlanders bring him back next year, not for his pitching, but his hitting. He will appear in one game as a pitcher and the rest as a pinch hitter and second baseman. He’ll finally hang it up in 1909 having won 100 games in each league and compiling a 15-year career batting average of .298.

15th At League Park, the Reds edge Brooklyn, 2–1, with the scoring coming on a 9th inning homer by John Kane and a 10thinning inside-the-park HR by Mike Mitchell. It is his only homer this season. The Reds will total just 14 homers for the year.

16th The last-place Cardinals deal a blow to the Giants’ pennant hopes by defeating them twice in St. Louis, 6–5 and 3–2. With Mathewson refusing to pitch on Sundays, Red Ames and Joe McGinnity take the losses. Matty will toss a shutout tomorrow for New York.

17th In a rain-shortened game, Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards, 3–0, in 6 innings, with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th, McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home—even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Jack Barry, the next batter, then strikes out on 3 pitches, as the Giants race to beat the downpour.

19th The Highlanders Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits, but shuts out Detroit, 7–0.

20th Brooklyn collects 15 safeties off three Pirates pitcher and Harry McIntire allows just 4 Buc hits for the 6–1 win. He follows Kaiser Wilhelm’s 4-hitter against the Buccaneers yesterday. Pittsburgh is now tied for first with New York.

The A’s Danny Murphy hits his second grand slam in a month as Philadelphia beats Doc White and the White Sox, 6-1.

In Chicago, the Colts down Boston, 10-2, as Joe Tinker steals 4 bases.

New York tops the Reds, 2–0, as Mathewson hurls an 8-hit shutout. The Reds Andy Coakley allows just 4 Giant safeties in the loss. For Matty, it is his 25th win. The Giants will sweep three games from the Reds, with the only negative being Fred Snodgrass sustaining a broken thumb. The rookie catcher, who played just 6 games, will return next year to play mostly in the outfield.

21st Pittsburgh regains first place as Nick Maddox (15–5) beats Brooklyn, 2–1 for his 8th win in a row. Maddox drives in both runs as well. Maddox, who won his last 5 games of 1907, has now won 20 games in 30 appearances, the quickest twenty-game winner ever (This mark will be tied by Russ Ford, in 1910; Boo Ferriss in 1945; and Cal Eldred in 1993).

Nationals catcher Gabby Street stands at the base of the Washington Monument and catches the 13th ball dropped from the top, 555 feet up, duplicating the feat performed by Pop Schriver of the Chicago Colts on August 24, 1894. Billy Sullivan of the Chicago White Sox will repeat the catch on August 24, 1910. Street gets a $500 prize for his morning’s efforts, then spends the afternoon behind the plate catching Walter Johnson’s 3–1 win over Detroit.

22nd At League Park, veteran Joe McGinnity, in relief of Ames who walks the first two batters, stops the Reds, 5–1, beating Buck Ewing. Earlier in the day, the Reds turned down McGraw’s offer for McGinnity.

23rd  In Chicago, the 3rd-place Cubs shut out Brooklyn twice, winning by 2-0 scores. Orval Overall, with a 2-hitter, and Ed Reulbach apply the whitewash.

24th  The Giants gain the NL lead by winning two at Pittsburgh, after first refusing to play a doubleheader. McGraw protests that only one game was scheduled and he was not given 24 hours notice about the 2nd match. But after polling the players, he relents. Hooks Wiltse then tops Willis, 4–1 and Mathewson beats Lefty Leifield, 5–1. Willis tires in the 8th, giving up a 2-run triple to Roger Bresnahan, followed by a Mike Donlin homer. In the nitecap, Donlin and Larry Doyle each drive home a pair. The doubleheader is watched in New York on electric diamonds known as “Compton’s Baseball Bulletin” at Madison Square Garden and the Gotham Theatre. Bulletins will display all remaining games.

Smoky Joe Wood, purchased from KC (AA), debuts for Boston. But the White Sox are the winners, 6–4.

25th The Giants win their 3rd in a row from Pittsburgh, stopping Nick Maddox, 5–3. Maddox had won 8 in a row. Doc Crandall is the winner. Larry Doyle triples in the 3rd inning, then steps off the bag while chatting with Buc third sacker Tommy Leach. Gibson’s throw from home nails Doyle.

26th The Giants sweep, scoring a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to trip Irv Young and the host Pirates, 4–3. Mathewson, in relief, is given the win, though by today’s scoring he would receive a save. New York’s 8-game win streak puts them ahead of Pittsburgh and Chicago by 3 ½ games.

27th  With electric bulletin boards also showing the action in Chicago, the Colts arrive back home for a three-game sweep to move within one-half game of the lead. Behind Jack Pfiester, Chicago wins today over New York, 5–1, then takes the day off tomorrow.

28th The Senators give some support to Walter Johnson, scoring 8 runs against Cleveland to win 8–0. Johnson’s last outing was a 1–0 loss to the Tigers on the 24th. In game 1, Long Tom Hughes tops Cleveland, 2-0. Hughes was also involved in a doubleheader shutout with Boston in 1903.

In the first of two games, Detroit beats the Athletics, 1–0, in 11 innings, then loses, 11–2 in game 2. The Tigers set an AL record by not collecting a walk in 20 innings.

The Red Sox replace manager Deacon Maguire with Fred Lake.

29th In Chicago, the Colts beat the Giants again, 3–2, to record their 7th straight win. It is Three Fingered Brown besting Mathewson again, allowing 5 Giants hits and giving up 6 walks.

30th Jack Pfiester, “the Giant Killer”, beats New York, 2–1, for his 2nd win in 4 days and his 3rd straight over the Giants. After the game a cushion fight takes place between some 3,000 happy fans in the stands and the 5,000 fans who crowded onto the field. “Many women were injured and their hats demolished, “wrote the New York World. Chicago wins its 8th straight to pull to a half game over first-place New York, with Pittsburgh is a game in back of the Giants.

The Red Sox invade the Connecticut League and lose to last-place Waterbury, 3–2. Sillery’s spitball tames the Boston club.

31st The Pirates and Cubs both win by shutouts, Chicago beating St. Louis, 2–0 for its 9th straight win, and the Pirates whitewashing the Reds, 5–0. The Giants are traveling today.