1911 August

1st The Giants sell Turkey Mike Donlin to the Braves. Boston will swap him in February.

2nd Christy Mathewson allows 15 singles, but his teammates help with 4 double plays and the Giants top the Pirates, 8–4. Babe Adams takes the loss.

Buster Brown, Boston Rustler’s Opening Day winner, stops the Cardinals, 5-2, for his first win after 14 straight losses. He’ll win his next two starts as well. The club and NL record is 18 straight losses, set by teammate Cliff Curtis last year.

Against visiting Brooklyn, King Cole throws a 10-inning 2-hit shutout to give the Cubs a 1–0 win. Jimmy Archer’s homer in the 10th off Nat Rucker is the winner.

3rd Against the Cubs, visiting Brooklyn gets three homers in the 5th inning as Eddie Zimmerman, Tex Erwin, and Zack Wheat connect, not consecutively, in the 5–3 win. Zim’s and Erwin’s come against Lurid Lew Richie, while Fred Toney serves up Wheat. The trio will total six homers on the year.

4th  The A’s move into first place in the AL by taking a pair from the Browns, 5–1 and 5–2. The Athletics are 14–0 over St. Louis this season. In game 1 Stuffy McInniss has 18 putouts at 1B.

At Boston, the Tigers lose their 4th straight game to the Red Sox, 7-3, and drop to 2nd place. A 7-4 win tomorrow will move the Bengals back into a tie for 1st place, but that will be the last they’ll see of the top of the leader board for the season.

At Washington, the Senators sweep the White Sox, winning 1–0 in 11 innings, and then winning 3–2 in regulation. Doc White and Walter Johnson go all the way in the opener. The Sox almost score in the 7th but Rollie Zeider is called out at home and severely twists his ankle in the attempt. In the 9th Milan doubles, and Germany Schaefer bunts him to 3B and is safe at 1B. Germany steals 2B and after Elberfeld pops out, and Walker is at bat, Germany steals first base. Manager Duffy then comes onto the field to argue that Schaefer should be out for stealing 1B, and while the argument goes on Germany takes off for 2B, getting caught in a rundown. Milan then attempts to score and is thrown out at home. The Senators then protest, to ump Connolly, saying the Sox have ten men on the field, but it falls on deaf ears. The game is marked by spectacular fielding including Lee Tannehill of the White Sox who sets a ML mark as the only shortstop to execute 2 unassisted double plays in one game, though it is not even mentioned in the Chicago Tribune write-up.

5th  At Philadelphia, the Browns slow the A’s pennant express with a 4-1 victory, their only win in Philadelphia this year. St. Louis will do the same at home to finish with a 2-20 record against the Mackmen.

You can’t keep a slow man down. At Forbes Field, the Giants fall to the Pirates, 3-1, as Fred Snodgrass gets caught stealing for the fifth game in a row. Fred has 3 hits and gets thrown out twice attempting to steal. He’ll be caught 40 times this year attempting to steal (according to Retrosheet), well above the listed NL record.

Cubs manager Frank Chance suspends Joe Tinker and fines him $150 for indifferent play. He is reinstated the next day.

7th The matchup between Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson is something less than a pitching duel as Chicago bangs out 10 hits, including two singles, a double and a triple by Joe Tinker. Tinker also adds a steal of home. The Giants collect 13 hits, but Chicago wins the game, 8–6.

Nap Lajoie has 4 long hits—three doubles and a homer—to pace Cleveland to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox in Boston.

8th Bill Keen, 18, debuts with the Pirates at 1B (as noted by Retrosheet) and injures himself in the 5th running from 1B to 3B. He’s replaced by a pinch runner, who breaks the 8–8 tie with the Phils, by scoring on a single. Keen makes 6 more pinch-hit appearances this year, but never scores a major league run.

In New York, the Tigers lose a pair to the Yankees, 2-1 and 6-4, and drop two games behind the idle A’s.

9th  In Chicago, the Giants paste the Cubs, 16–5, and the Pirates now lead in the NL race for the first time. But it doesn’t last, as the Cubs replace them tomorrow with a 7–5 win over the visiting Cardinals. The lead changes 26 times, as the top four bounce in and out until the Giants emerge on August 24th and build a 7 1⁄2 game lead over the Cubs.

10th  The Detroit club announces that a new grandstand, costing $300,000, will be built for the 1912 season.

11th   The Phillies reach Christy Mathewson for 11 hits, but fail to score as New York triumphs, 6–0. The Giants toast Bill Burns for 4 runs in the 1st two innings.

13th  The Pirates’ Elmer Steele throws just 72 pitches in subduing the Superbas, 9–0. Steele gives up no walks and has no strikeouts, and allows just one hit—a one-out 9th inning single to light-hitting Tex Erwin. Brooklyn so admires the feat they obtain him on September 16th, but he never wins another game in the ML.

Ty Cobb, apparently believing the Tigers can no longer win the pennant race, begins a vacation.

14th Rube Marquard bests young Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 12 innings. Rube strikes out 13 Quakers to give New York the victory.

At Chicago, Ed Walsh vanquishes the Tigers on one hit, beating them, 2-0. Oscar Stanage hits a ball off Walsh’s glove in the 6thinning for the lone safety.

15th  Cy Young, 3–4 at Cleveland, is given his release. He returns to Boston and signs with the NL Rustlers, where he will close out the year 4–5, and his pitching days with a 511–315 record, 750 complete games, 7,356 IP.

16th  At Brooklyn, Elmer Steele fires a one-hitter as the Pirates beat the Superbas, 9-0. Tex Erwin, with a one-out single in the 9th, is the only baserunner for Brooklyn. Honus Wagner suffers a serious ankle injury rounding first in the first inning and is carried off the field. He will miss 13 games, play one at first base, then miss another 12. With Wagner out the Pirates will lose 8 of 13 and drop out of the race.

At the Polo Grounds, it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds, 6–1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty’s 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches, “although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to ‘one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League’ who pitched only 75 balls in a game.” (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)

In the 4th inning, Wildfire Schulte busts his record 4th grand slam of the season to help the Cubs maul the Boston Rustlers, 13–6. He hits his homer, along with a double, in the eight-run 4th. Pitching, it’s Brown over Brown as Mordecai tops Buster. The Rustlers lose Johnny Kling for a month when he is injured by a foul tip.

Philadelphia OF Sherry Magee is reinstated, following his suspension for attacking umpire Finneran several weeks ago,

18th The Tigers whip the Red Sox, 9–4, with Ty Cobb swiping home in the first inning on the front end of a triple steal. Delahanty and Drake combine with Ty.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the first-place Athletics, 7–5, but lose the services of their catcher Fred Payne. Payne has several teeth knocked out and has to leave the game after being hit in the face by a foul being thrown back from the grandstand (Noted by Ted Turocy).

The Cubs swap Cliff Curtis, obtained in June, to the Phils for pitcher Jack Rowan.

19th  Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses, beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty, after saving the 5–4 opener for Wiltse with two scoreless frames, starts the nightcap, goes 5 innings, and loses 7–4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting 2 doubles, a triple and homer, and scoring 3 runs (for a long time he was credited with a cycle, but Retrosheet research gave him 4 long hits).

The Cubs stay in 1st place by a full game over the Giants as they tally 19 hits in beating the Rustlers in Boston, 16-8. Fred Schulte has a homer and 4 RBIs and Heinie Zimmerman has 3 hits and 3 RBIs before he is ejected for disputing an out call at 2B.

22nd In St. Louis the Browns and A’s split a doubleheader, with the Browns winning game 1, 8-2, behind a grand slam by Frank LaPorte, This is the Browns lone win at home against the first-place A’s. Cy Morgan evens it up in game 2 with an 8-0 shutout.

At Cleveland, Naps ace Vean Gregg stops the Red Sox, 1-0. Nap Lajoie hits a RBI double in the first inning off Larry Pape to supply all the scoring Gregg needs. Gregg will win his next outing on the 27th by a 1-0 score.

Josh Devore has 5 hits, including one in the Giants’ 9th inning rally that scores the winning run, as New York edges Chicago, 6-5. Three Fingered Brown is the losing pitcher as Chicago drops its second one-run decision in a row. With the Pirates losing, 3-0, to the Phils rookie Pete Alexander, Pittsburgh and Chicago are now a game in back of New York.

24th The Cubs lose to Brooklyn, 6–5, in 10 innings to lose sole possession of first place. Doc Scanlan bests Mordecai Brown.

The Giants split with Pittsburgh, but move into a tie for 1st place. Mathewson loses the opener, 3–1, giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings. Rube Marquard salvages the nitecap with a 2-hitter, striking out 11.

25th The Giants take over sole possession of the lead with a 3–2 win over Pittsburgh. New York will remain atop the NL for the rest of the way.

Red Sox lefty Smoky Joe Wood tops the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, for his 20th win.

At Detroit, Washington pastes the Tigers, 16–2, in game one. In an attempt to change their luck, Detroit bats first in game 2 and emerges with a 7–6 win. Nats catcher John Henry aids in the loss with 4 passed balls in game 2, setting an AL record that won’t be topped till the end of the century.

26th Pittsburgh, playing without Wagner, is no match for Christy Mathewson, as the Giants win, 6–2. Tommy Leach, filling in for Wagner at SS, makes three errors behind Howie Camnitz. The Giants announce that for the first 11 playing days at the new Polo Grounds, the average attendance was 23,864.

Now pitching for the NL Rustlers, Cy Young delights the hometown Boston fans by pitching a complete game against the Cardinals, winning, 5–4.

27th  Chicago’s Ed Walsh pitches a 5–0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. A 4th-inning walk to Clyde Engle produces the only Red Sox runner. After going 18–20 in 1910, Walsh bounces back to win 27 and lead the AL in games (56), IP (369), and strikeouts (255).

29th After belting a 14th inning homer on August 17th off the Browns Jack Powell, A’s pitcher Jack Coombs hits another extra inning round tripper, this time in the 11th off the Tigers Ralph “Judge” Works. The Tigers win, 9–8, on Coombs’s error. Coombs’s homer is the last one hit at Detroit’s Bennett Park. Among major league pitchers, only Dizzy Dean will hit two extra-inning homers. Jim Delahanty, Tiger 3B, sets a ML record by making an unassisted DP for the 2nd day in a row. Another Tiger, Marv Owen, in 1934, will be the next to do it.

The Phillies purchase veteran catcher Red Kleinow from the Red Sox. The Sox had snet Kleinow down to Jersey City but he asked for his release. He will have a cup of coffee in Philley, his last in the majors.