1913 August

1st At Chicago, the Giants win, 5–2, on a controversial call in the 8th inning. Art Fletcher is called safe at 2B on a steal attempt by ump Bill Byron, prompting a shower of abuse from the crowd. Moments later, Fletcher scores the go-ahead run on a triple by Chief Meyers off Bert Humphrey. The beneficiary of the offense is Christy Mathewson, who wins his 20th game, the 11th straight season he’s topped the mark.

2nd  It’s Walter Johnson Day in Washington. President Woodrow Wilson is on hand to help mark the Big Train’s 6th anniversary in a Nationals uniform. Johnson is presented with a silver cup filled with 10-dollar bills ($674) and returns the favor with a 3–2 win over Detroit, his 24th win of the year.

The Federal League takes a big step toward another baseball war, voting to expand into the East.

4th George Cutshaw celebrates the holiday by lining 2 inside-the-park homers as Brooklyn beats the visiting Cubs, 7-1.

5th Cy Williams, who hit his first ML homer two days ago off Bull Wagner, hits his second, a grand slam, as he drives in six runs in the 2nd inning of a 13-2 shellacking of Brooklyn. Williams, who came directly to the majors last year from Notre Dame, connects off Nap Rucker.

6th  The Pirates pound Giants ace Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 5 innings, including 7 in the 5th. C Larry McLean is traded from the last-place Cardinals to the Giants for pitcher Doc Crandall. One of the biggest players of this era at 6 feet 5 inches and 230 pounds, the veteran catcher will bat .500 in the WS. The popular Crandall will make 2 pinch hitting appearances before the Giants reacquire him in a week.

8th Earl Hamilton, in his last start of the year, pitches the Browns to a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Hamilton is 3-0 against New York in 1913, two of them one-hitters.

At Chicago, the Phillies score 9 runs in the 8th to turn the game with the Cubs into a laugher, winning 16-3. Pete Alexander picks up the win and Fred Luderus hits a pair of homers. He also makes an out when he is hit by a batted ball while running the bases. The Phillies are in second place, 6 games behind New York.

The Yankees pick up 3B Fritz Maisel from Baltimore (IL) for $12,000 plus 3B Ezra Midkiff (.197) and OF Bert Daniels (.216). Daniels will return to the majors next year with the Reds and improve his average by 3 points.

9th In Cincinnati, the Giants coast to a 11–2 win over the Reds. Mathewson leaves with a victory after 7 innings. Heinie Groh has three doubles for the Reds.

10th In Cincinnati, the Giants edge the Reds, 5–4. Fred Merkle lines a drive to LF that hits the wall on the fly, but he is cut down at the plate on his attempt at an inside-the-park homer. He is the first hitter to reach the wall on a fly.

12th Art Fromme, with relief help from Mathewson, beats Brooklyn, 6–5. Matty comes on in the 11th and gives up a lead off triple to Zack Wheat, but the Giants pitcher cuts down the chaff that follows, and New York wins, 6–5.

13th  Petersburg P Harry Hedgpeth (Virginia League) blanks Richmond twice, by scores of 1–0 and 10–0, both in 9 innings. He gives up only one hit in the opener, while hurling a no-hitter in the 2nd game.

In a great pickup, the Cubs send P Lew Richie to Kansas City (AA) for Hippo Vaughn. Vaughn, who had pitched 5 years with little success in the AL with New York and Washington, will be a workhorse for Chicago. Tomorrow the Cubs will ship 33-year-old Ed Reulbach (1-3) to Brooklyn for P Eddie Stack and cash.

Doc Crandall is rescued from the basement: John McGraw buys him back from the Cards 12 days after trading him. According to historian Merritt Clifton, Doc has a sore arm and is sent back as damaged goods. He will pitch for Brattleboro to get his arm in shape before rejoining the Giants for the stretch drive.

14th  William H. Locke, who bought the 2nd-place Phils earlier this year, dies. His cousin William Baker will succeed him.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates broadside Mathewson for 8 hits and 8 runs in just 3 innings. Wagner goes 4-for-5 on the afternoon with two hits off Matty: one a single and the other a 3-run homer. The only time the Giants get Hans out is when a pitch hits his bat as he tries to get out of way and the ball rolls fair. The Giants make a game of it, but lose 8–6.

16th For the second time in 2 weeks, a Brooklyn player his two inside-the-park homers. This time it is Tom Fisher in a nitecap 14–5 win at St. Louis. Brooklyn also beats the Cards in the opener, 1–0, behind Earl Yingling.

17th  The A’s break another attendance record in Cleveland, drawing 25,017 to watch the home team’s 6–2 win. Vean Gregg tops Chief Bender and puts the Naps in second place by 5 ½ games.

18th  Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer sets a since-topped NL mark by surrendering 9 consecutive hits to the Cubs in the 9th inning. The Cubs score 6 runs to win, 10–4.

19th The Reds George Suggs loses a no-hitter against Boston when a ground ball by Rabbit Maranville is juggled by 1B Dick Hoblitzell, who then throws wide to Suggs covering 1B. The Reds win, 2–0, on Suggs’ one-hitter, after taking the first game of the twinbill, 4–2, behind Chief Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates score 6 in the first two innings and beat the Giants, 8-3. Max Carey has a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs. Ferdie Schupp makes his ML debut and pitches shutout ball in the final two innings, thanks to a wonderful catch of a Honus Wagner clout by Pink Murray.

20th White Sox ace Jim Scott, on his way to a 20–20 record, shuts out Boston to win, 1–0. The loser is rookie Fred Anderson, who will go 0–6, before going to the FL next season. Patrolling CF is Edd Roush, in his major league debut, the start of an unsuccessful 9-game trial with Chicago. Roush will play CF tomorrow, his only 2 games in the Sox outfield. But the September 6, 1913 edition of The Sporting Life notes that Roush “is the only ball player who carries two gloves with him. When he plays left field he throws right-handed and wears his left-hand glove. When they shift him over to right field he throws left-handed, and sports the right-handed glove.” As asked by Bill Deane, which glove does he wear when he plays CF?

The Phillies trade Cozy Dolan and cash to the Pirates for P Howie Camnitz (6-17) and 3B Bobby Byrne. Camnitz, a 20-game winner the past two seasons, will reach 20 losses this year, and then jump to the PittFeds for the 1914 season.

21st The Giants increase their NL lead to 10 games by smoking Eddie Stack and the Cubs, 8–2. Mathewson rolls to his 22nd win, allowing 8 hits. Johnny Evers collects 3 hits, including a homer in the 5th.

22nd After losing 7-4 to the Tigers in game 1, the Yankees build a 12-0 lead in game 2 before the Tigers score 7 in the last three innings to make it respectable. Roger Peckinpaugh hits a grand slam for New York in game 2.

24th In Chicago, Walter Johnson wins his 14th straight, a 2–1 decision over the Sox. Johnson fans the side in the 8th inning, then with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th, strikes out Eddie Collins.

25th Ty Cobb steals home in the 5th inning to tie the game and his throw home in the 8th helps the Tigers edge the Senators, 6–5.

The Athletics defeat the Browns, 3–0, as Eddie Plank strikes out 11.

Braves vet Art Devlin slaps the game-winning hit in the 9th for Boston and gets rewarded by manager Stallings by being sent down to Rochester, never to return to the ML. His .229 average might have had something to do with it.

26th Cincinnati’s Chief Johnson surrenders just 3 hits to New York, but loses a 1–0 decision to Christy Mathewson. Fred Merkle triples in the 7th and scores the only run.

28th  Walter Johnson’s 14-game winning streak is ended, although it takes Boston 11 innings to beat him 1–0. Boston manages a 2ndinning single by Steve Yerkes and doesn’t have another baserunner until Yerkes singles again in the 11th., and reaches 3rdon the ball goes through the legs of CF Clyde Milan. A fielder’s choice, and single wins it. Johnson strikes out 10, five in a row, and walks none. The winner is Ray Collins, who beat Johnson, 1–0, on June 6, and lost to him by that score on July 3.

30th  The Giants score 6 runs against Alexander, but the Phillies come back from the 6–0 deficit to score 8 against Mathewson. With 2 outs in the top of the 9th, and the Phils leading 8–6 over New York, umpire Bill Brennan, acceding to a request by the wily John McGraw, orders Phils captain Mickey Doolan (Phils manager Red Dooin had been ejected during the 6-run 6th) to have spectators removed from the CF bleachers, where they are waving hats, newspapers, handkerchiefs and flashing mirrors to distract the batters. When Doolan refuses, Brennan forfeits the game, 9–0, to the Giants. Bedlam ensues and later, when the two umpires and Giants players try to board the train at the North Philadelphia Station, they are attacked by fans. The police draw their revolver to control the crowd. The Phils protest the forfeit and NL president Lynch will reverse the umpire and rule the game an 8–6 Phils win. The Giants then appeal. NL directors say both Brennan and Lynch are wrong, and order the game completed from the point at which it was stopped. The game will be finished October 2, with the Giants winning.

In St. Louis, Fred Blanding shuts out the Browns as Cleveland wins, 4-0. It is the fourth consecutive shutout for St. Louis, tying a seven-year-old AL record set by both the A’s and the Red Sox in 1906. The next AL team to be whitewashed four games in a row will be the 1958 Senators.

In Brooklyn, the Braves take two games from the Superbas, beating them 13-0 and 6-1. Lefty Tyler allows 3 hits in the shutout, 2 by Bill Collins. Former Yankee Jack Quinn makes his NL debut in game 2 and scatters 9 hits, but only two runs get past 2B, that being Red Smith who triples and scores in the 9th. Guy Zinn is 6-for-8 on the afternoon and Hap Myers has 3 stolen bases.

31st  The Browns lose to Cleveland, 9-1, but manage to push across a run in the 3rd inning and end their near AL record 43 straight scoreless innings (the Athletics in 1906 set the AL mark with 48: the 1968 Cubs will go 48 innings without scoring.