August 1910

2nd  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 4 runs in the 1st off Orval Overall, but Overall tightens his belt and allows no more scoring. The Cubs come back with 5 runs off Mathewson to win, 5–4.

3rd St. Louis manager-catcher Roger Bresnahan pitches 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up 6 hits and no runs against Brooklyn. He last pitched in 1901, and will end his career with a mark of 4–1 as a hurler.

4th Athletics Jack Coombs and Chicago’s Ed Walsh duel 16 innings to a 0–0 tie. Coombs gives up just 3 hits and strikes out 18 in what he will call his best game. He throws 9 straight hitless innings from the 2nd to the 12th. Coombs finishes with a flourish striking out the side in the 16th. Working with little rest, he wins 18 of 19 starts in July, August, and September, finishing 31–9 with a 1.30 ERA. His 13 shutouts are the AL record; in 12 other games he gives up just one run. Walsh gives up just 6 hits in 16 innings but the woeful Sox offense provides no support. Coombs ties his AL mark for most strikeouts in a game, set September 1, 1906, in 24 innings.

5th  The Giants salvage the last game in their series against the first-place Cubs, chasing Floyd Kroh for an 10–1 win. Mathewson is the victor.

At St. Louis, the first-place A’s score 7 in the 5th inning as they top the Browns, 9-5. Eddie Plank nails the win. Umpiring at 1B is Harry Colliflower, who was 1-11 with the Spiders in 1899.

9th  Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams scatters 11 hits in shutting out Boston, 10–0.

At Dallas, Harry Ables, the pitcher for San Antonio, strikes out the first ten batters he faces including Tony Thebo twice. Ables, who pitched briefly for the Browns and Cleveland, will have one more cup of coffee, with the Yankees. Johnny Van Cuyk of Ft. Worth will tie the Texas League mark mark of 10 consecutive strikeouts on May 21, 1946 against Houston. His skein starts after the bases are loaded with no outs in the 1st.

10th  At West Side Grounds, Cubs ace Ed Reulbach wins his 16thstraight against Brooklyn, 8–1. Reulbach allows just 6 hits in tying a since-topped 20th century NL record for consecutive wins against a team. Reulbach also beat the Reds 16 straight times, a club record.

Nixey Callahan’s club, the Logan Squares, is victorious in the first night game ever played at Comiskey Park, defeating the Rogers Park semipro club, 3-0, under portable lights. Team president Callahan drives in two of the three runs. Callahan, 36, has been out of organized ball for five years, but will make a terrific comeback next season with the White Sox. Callahan will pay a fine of $700 to clear his name from the ineligible list (the Logan Squares were considered an “outlaw” team) and hit .281 in 121 games, while amassing 60 RBIs and 45 stolen bases.

11th  The White Sox trade P Frank Smith, whose best days are behind him, and 3B Billy Purtell to the Red Sox in exchange for 2B Amby McConnell and 3B Harry Lord. On July 10th, a Walter Johnson fastball broke Lord’s finger, and the stellar play of his substitute Clyde Engel has made Lord expendable. Lord will become the one threat in the weak White Sox lineup, hitting .297 through the end of the year, but the Sox will still finish last in hitting, slugging, and homers.

At New York, the Giants take two from Cincinnati, 5–4 and 3–2. Mathewson wins the opener, despite allowing 11 hits and 4 walks. Matty is tough in the pinch, however, as the Reds load the bases in the 9th with no outs but fail to score.

In a hard-hitting game the Phillies come from behind to top the visiting Cardinals, 6-3, sending St. Louis to its 13th consecutive loss.

13th  In the most evenly matched game ever, the Pirates and Superbas each have 8 runs, 13 hits, 38 at bats, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batter, 1 passed ball, 13 assists, 27 putouts, 2 errors, and use 2 pitchers. Darkness ends the game before the symmetry does.

14th  In St. Louis, Red Sox pitcher Frank Arellanes picks up the victory, 5-4, over the Browns. Despite the win, the Red Sox will place him on waivers in two days, then trade him to Sacramento for pitching prospect Benjamin Franklin “High Pockets” Hunt. Today’s win is the last in the majors for the California native, who had been suspended in July for two days by Sox president Taylor because, “he was not in good playing condition” (as noted in the Boston Globe by Bill Nowlin). He’ll finish his career in the PCL and die of influenza at the age of 36 in 1918.

Before a game between town teams from Iowa City and Rock Island, Illinois, 15-year-old Ada Paintin of Coralville, Iowa hurls a baseball 187 feet. This is widely publicized as a new world’s record for women, though there is ample evidence that it is not (as noted by J.G. Preston). On October 19, 1909 Lizzie Arnold of Seattle threw a ball 209’5” (according to Michelson’s Book of World Records) and Preston points out a throw over 200 feet by Marjorie Bell in 1906.

15th  In the battle for 2nd place in the NL, the Pirates and Giants split two, each by 2–1 scores. In the opener, Lefty Leifield and Christy Mathewson match goose eggs for 10 innings, before the Pirates push across two runs on a 2-run double by Fred Clarke. The Giants score in the bottom of the 11th but come up short.

Chicago coasts to a 14–0 pasting of Brooklyn. Three Finger Brown allows 11 hits in the shutout.

16th  The Tigers top the Senators, 8–3, with Ty Cobb stealing home. It comes in the 4th inning with Bob Groom on the mound.

Portland (PCL) ace Vean Gregg hurls a 12-inning one-hit shutout striking out 16 to beat the Oakland Oaks, 1-0. Gregg will fire four one-hitters and a no-hitter on September 2 and record 14 shutouts.

18th  Cubs P Ed Reulbach wins his 16th consecutive game from one opponent, beating the Reds, 1–0. Chicago scores a run in the bottom of the 9th off Bob Ewing, who allows just 3 hits. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for Chicago hurlers. Reulbach’s streak against Cincinnati (according to historian Ed Hartig) started on April 15, 1906.

In a Three-I League game at Davenport, Red Faber of Dubuque pitches a 3-0 perfect game against Davenport. The 21-year-old Faber is still 3 years away from the majors. According to Faber’s biographer Brian Cooper, this is the fourth perfect game in the minor leagues. Chester Carmichael of Buffalo (Easter League) threw one against Jersey City one week ago.

19th  At Cincinnati, the Giants win 9–3 beating Jack Rowan. Mathewson allows 9 hits in coasting to his 20th win of the year and his 17th straight victory over the Reds.

Highlander rookie Russ Ford hurls his third straight shutout as he beats the visiting Browns, 6-0. Ford strikes out 10. Harry Wolters helps with a 2-run inside-the-park homer.

22nd  At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat up on the new cork-center ball. Three HRs are hit, by pitcher Howie Camnitz, Vin Campbell, and Honus Wagner, against the Phillies in the fourth inning of game two. Camnitz’s pop is the only one of his career. Old pro Wagner is 7-for-7, with 2 homers, during the doubleheader sweep, including 3 doubles to go with his homer in the nitecap. The Bucs win, 6-5 and 8-4.

23rd  Chicago’s Ed Walsh tops Walter Johnson, 1–0, the 3rdstraight time Walsh has beaten the Big Train and Washington by that score.

Left fielder Fred Clarke makes a ML record-tying 4 OF assists for Pittsburgh against the Phils, as the Bucs win 6–2. The Pirates get one more for a NL record 5 outfield assists.

At St. Louis, Frank Corridon outpitches Christy Mathewson for a 4–1 Cardinals win. The Cards tag Matty for 11 hits. New York is 3 ½ games behind 2nd-place Pittsburgh.

The first place Cubs edge the Braves, 3–2, behind the pitching of Ed Reulbach. Two weeks after setting a team record for consecutive wins, Reulbach racks up his 10th straight win over the last-place Braves.

Giving new meaning to the term “bounce homerun”, Red Sox hitter Billy Purtell hits a hard grounder off Chicago’s Barney Peltry in the 6th inning with 2 on. The ball bounces off the forehead of White Sox 3B Art Griggs and bounds into the stands for a 3-run homer. For Purtell, recently traded from the White Sox, it is his only homer for Boston. The Red Sox win 13-11 when reliever Smoky Joe Wood socks a 2-run homer in the 8th inning, his first ML four bagger.

24th  Atop the Washington Monument, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh throws 23 balls before C Billy Sullivan snares one, then catches 2 more, 555 feet below. It duplicates Gabby Street’s catch of August 21, 1908. The estimated speed of the ball is 161 feet per second. On the field Walsh will be 18–20 despite a league-leading 1.27 ERA, the only time a pitcher with a losing record loses 20 and leads either league in ERA.

At Pittsburgh, the Phillies use a grand slam by Sherry Magee in the 6th to whip the Pirates, 10-5.

25th In the 12th inning at Brooklyn, Pittsburgh’s Bobby Byrne stretches a single into a double, steals 3B, and then steals home to beat Brooklyn, 4–3 (as noted by Jan Larson).

At Philadelphia, the Athletics Danny Murphy hits for the cycle, but it is not enough as Philadelphia loses to the Browns, 9–6. It is the first cycle at Shibe Park.

26th In Pittsburgh’s 4–2 win over host Brooklyn, a NL record is set when the Buc outfield makes just one putout and the Brooklyn outfield none.

In the battle for 3rd place in the NL, Dick Hoblitzell hits an inside-the-park grand slam, off Lou Schettler in the 4th inning, to power the Phillies to an 8-1 win over the host Reds.

27th In the first of 2 at Hilltop, Highlander P Jack Warhop swipes home in 6th. His run is the difference as New York beats the White Sox, 4–3. The second game ends in a 6-6 tie as 23,000 fans, a record, watch on.

At Chicago’s West Side Park, Chicago pulls off a 3rd-inning triple play—2B Johnny Evers to 3B Heinie Zimmerman—against the Giants, but New York wins handily, 18–9. The Giants tally 23 hits to the Cubs 15 in beating the league-leaders. Mathewson gives up 8 hits in 6 innings before turning the ball over, while the Giants have their way with Ed Reulbach, reaching him for 5 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Doyle is 5-for-6 with 4 runs scored.

In Boston, Red Sox hurler Sea Lion Hall pitches a 7–1 one-hit win over Cleveland. A hit in the 6th by the opposing pitcher Koestner is the only safety. It is a pop up that drops safely in between Purtell and Currigan.

Inventor George Cahill brings his patented lighting system White Sox Park. Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur teams play a night game before 20,000. However, the first AL night game won’t be played there until 1939.

In a play noted in PCL Records 1903-1940, Vernon pitcher Carson strikes out in the 7th inning for the third out, but Sacramento catcher La Longo drops the 3rd strike and rolls the ball to the mound rather than throwing to 1st base. Carson doesn’t notice the dropped ball and starts walking to the mound, but Vernon manager Hap Hogan yells at him to run to first. Sacramento OF Van Buren, trotting in from the outfield, picks up the ball on the mound and tosses it to first to retire Carson.

Washington 2B Red Killefer sets a since-tied ML mark by sacrificing 4 times in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Detroit. He then bunts his first time up in game 2 to set a ML mark of straight sac bunts (according to historian Ernie Lanigan) as Washington sweeps a pair, 3–1 and 5–4.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-5, as Deacon Phillippe, in the middle of an 13-game win streak, is the victor. John Flynn has a homer for the Bucs.

29th In the first of two games in Chicago, the first-place Cubs trip the Phillies, 6-5 in 11 innings. In game 2, a Phillies 9-4 win in 8 innings, Phillies pitcher Ad Brennan hits Jimmy Sheckard on the back of the head 1n the first inning. Starting shortstop Heinie Zimmerman runs for Sheckard. who ants to stay in the game. Unable to play, however, John Kane replaces Sheckard in left field for the rest of the game This is technically a courtesy runner (as noted by Retrosheet). The Cubs will return the courtesy in two weeks when a Phillies player is hit by a pitch.

30th  New York’s Tom Hughes pitches a no-hitter for 9 1⁄3 innings before giving up a hit to Cleveland’s Harry Niles. Hughes then collapses, allowing 5 runs in the 11th to lose 5–0.

The Giants beat Red Adams and the Pirates, 5–2, to sweep the 3-game series with Pittsburgh. The Bucs batter Mathewson for 12 hits, but he wins his 22nd.

For the second time in 4 days, a Red Sox pitcher throws a one-hitter as Ray Collins beats the visiting White Sox, 4–0. Meleon’s single is the only hit.