1914 August

1st The Braves edge the Cardinals, 4–3, in 10 innings to reach the .500 mark (45-45) for the first time this year.

2nd  In St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox in 13 innings as Doc Lavan brings in the winning run with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt. Both starters go the distance as Carl Weilman tops George Foster.

3rd  Against Detroit in the 7th inning, Les Nunamaker, Yankees catcher, has 3 assists in the 7th inning, nipping Sam Crawford and Veach trying to steal, and picking off Hugh High at 2B. Detroit’s next baserunner, Burns in the 9th, gets picked off a base for the 2nd time, this time at 1B by the pitcher Cole. Nunamaker is the first catcher since 1887 to have 3 assists in an inning. The Yankees lone score comes on a double steal with Nunamaker on the front end of Maisel. New York still loses to Detroit, 4–1, as Stanley Coveleski is the winner. Heilmann plays 2B, replacing Marty Cavanagh, who ‘played like a clown’ yesterday. Nunamaker’s feat is erroneously listed in most record books as occurring in the 2nd inning; also, he is listed as throwing out three runners in that frame when he only throws out 2.

The Giants split with the Reds, winning the opener, 7–2 behind Mathewson, then blowing a 4–0 lead to drop the nitecap, 5–4.

At Brooklyn, Ed Konetchy hits a grand slam to deep CF in the 13th inning to give the Pirates a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Brooklyn loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th and failed to score.

At Pittsburgh, the ChiFeds lose 1–0 in 10 innings. Young Clem Clemens is the starting catcher for Joe Tinker’s team, replacing Art Wilson who was struck with appendicitis and rushed to the hospital. The Tinx other catcher Bruno Block is out with a broken finger. With the ChiFeds heading for a crucial series with Baltimore, the Pittfeds loan them catcher Skipper Roberts.

Contracts are let to cut up the New York AL Baseball Park between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue from 165th to 168th Streets. The park has not been used for baseball for two years. Street will be cut through the property.

4th Red Sox owner Lannin offers the use of Fenway Park to Braves owner James Gaffney. With the Braves making a run for the pennant, Gaffney will take up the offer.

6th Rabbit Maranville cracks a 10th-inning homer to give the Braves their 9th win in a row, a 5–4 topper over Pittsburgh.

Vic Saier starts the Chicago scoring with a solo homer off Mathewson. The Cubs score then two in the 8th and two in the 9th to edge the Giants, 4–3. The Giants now lead the Braves by 6 ½ games.

7th Grover Cleveland Alexander (16-9) shuts out the Reds, 2-0, and leads the Phillies offense with 4 hits, including a double, and two runs scored.

8th  At Boston, center fielder Tris Speaker pulls off his 2ndunassisted DP of the year, this one coming against Detroit. Tiger runner Harry Heilmann is doubled off 2nd in the fourth inning when a hit-and-run play becomes a line drive to Speaker. Boston wins, 5–2. Speaker had another unassisted DP on April 21 against the A’s. The two OF unassisted DPs in a season is a ML record.

10th Bill James tops the Reds, 3–1, to push the Braves past the Cubs (53-48) and the Cardinals (54-49). Red Smith, just purchased from Brooklyn, plays 3B for Boston and goes 1-for-3 with a run batted in. He will hit .314 the rest of the campaign.

11th  Boston Braves P Lefty Tyler begins a string of 23 shutout innings, but Red Ames of the Reds matches him today in a 13-inning 0–0 tie. Four days later, Tyler will beat Christy Mathewson 2–0 in 10 innings. Today’s tie and tomorrow’s rainout will be played later.

In St. Louis, the Giants are trailing the Cardinals, 3–2, after 5 innings when the light rain turns heavy. The umps call the game, a loss to New York’s Mathewson.

After missing 6 weeks, first with broken ribs, then a broken finger, Ty Cobb signs a new 3-year contract and returns to the lineup. He and Sam Crawford had been offered double their salaries to jump to the Feds. Cobb will get into just 97 games, but he will win another batting crown at .368. Under existing rules his 345 at bats are enough to qualify.

At Brooklyn, the Cubs lose, 3–2. Chicago teammates Roger Bresnahan and Heinie Zimmerman are ejected for fighting with each other between innings after a bad throw by Bresnahan. Zim will be fined $100 for the fracas. Inside rumors have it that he started the fight with the idea of raising such a ruckus the team would have to trade him.

White Sox pitchers Mellie Wolfgang and Ed Cicotte both toss 2–0 shutouts against Cleveland.

12th Harry Sallee allows just one clean hit in, but it is enough to do him in. George Burns triples with the sacks full and the Giants edge the Cardinals, 3-2.

13th In the start of a crucial series in New York, The Braves pound Rube Marquard for 11 hits to win, 5–3. Rabbit Maranville contributes a triple and Les Mann adds a homer and 2-run single. Lefty Tyler notches another victory.

14th The Braves pound another 11 hits, off Jeff Tesreau, and the Braves beat the Giants, 7–3. Bill James is the winner with help from Connolly, who belts a homer, double, and single. The Giants still lead Boston by 5.5 games, Chicago by 6 games and St. Louis by 7 games.

Despite Bobby Veach hitting into his second triple play in two and a half weeks, the Tigers down Cleveland, 8-4. Veach hit into a tri-killing on July 28 (courtesy of the SABR Triple Play database).

Dutch Leonard allows just one hit in 7 innings, but has his 12-game winning streak snapped as the Yankees push across a run in the 3rd and win, 1-0, over the Red Sox. Ernie Shore tosses the last 2 innings while Ray Fisher applies the whitewash for the Yankees. With the A’s winning 7-0 over the Senators, the Sox trail the leaders by 11 games.

15th  At the Polo Grounds, 32,000 fans watch as Lefty Tyler and Christy Mathewson throw goose eggs for 9 innings. In the 10th, Red Smith singles and Hank Gowdy triples him home. Matty then wild pitches home Gowdy for 2–0 lead. New York loads the bases in the 10th with no outs, but Tyler slams the door with no Giants scoring. The Braves trail by 3 ½ games.

Brooklyn 1B Jake Daubert ties a ML record by recording 4 sacrifice bunts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader sweep against Philadelphia, 8–4, and 13–5. Daubert, who can’t run because of an injured ankle, also lays down 2 sacrifice bunts in the first game.

At Shibe Park, Chief Bender wins his 10th consecutive game, shutting out the Senators, 6-0. The Chief belts a 2-run homer in the 6th off Jim Shaw to help the A’s cause.

16th  Leading 11-6 going in the bottom of the 8th, the Hoosiers plate 10 runs to whip the Rebels, 21-6, in a Federal League match. George LeClair is the complete game loser, giving up 20 earned runs and 24 hits. He walks 8 and strikes out no one. Veteran Charlie Carr has 5 hits and 5 RBIs, while Vin Campbell has 4 hits, 4 runs and 5 stolen bases, for Indianapolis, now a game and a half out of 1st place.

Ed McCreery starts for Detroit and pitches just 2 innings, but is credited with the win—his only ML decision–in his ML debut. He gives up 5 runs, but Detroit scores 8 in the first two innings on just 2 hits as they win, 13-6, over the Naps. Three of the runs come on a wild pitch.

17th The Braves sweep two from the Reds, winning, 11–1, behind Dick Rudolph (16-8) and 5–3 with Bill James on the mound.

In Manchester, NH, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 4–2 exhibition win over the local New England League team. Ruth will be sent to the Providence Grays (IL) tomorrow after finally clearly waivers.

18th The Braves express slows as the Reds beat Dick Crutcher, 3–1.

The Cubs down Brooklyn, 8-6, as Heinie Zimmerman hits a grand slam for Chicago.

19th Lefty Tyler stops the Reds for a 3–2 Braves win.

20th The Braves’ Dick Rudolph wins his 12th straight, beating Pittsburgh, 6–3. Included in his win streak is a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Reds on August 8. There is confusion in some record books about this game. Rudolph’s streak will be stopped in his next start on the 24th by Chicago.

21st The Reds use a triple and double steal in the 1st inning to score three runs and beat New York ace Mathewson, 3–2. Al Demaree relieves Matty in the 6th, but Big Six takes his 4th loss in a row. The New York lead drops to a game.

In a matchup of veterans, Three Fingered Brown(12-8) gives up 13 hits as his Terriers lose to Jack Quinn and Baltimore (FL), 7-4. This is Brown’s last appearance for St. Louis: they will sell the player/manager to the Brooklyn Tip Tops and Fielder Jones will take over as skipper.

23rd  The Giants lose their 5th straight, to Cincinnati 3–2, and the idle Braves move into a tie for first place. Herb Moran, playing his last game for Cincy before being sold to the Braves, doubles in the game-winner in the 9th. The 3rd place Reds will win all three games with the Giants at Redland Field, but will soon head in the other direction, losing 19 in a row in September to finish last.

24th In the 2nd game of a twinbill at Washington, Detroit’s pitcher Hooks Dauss and four Senators pitchers combine to plunk a record seven batters, a ML record for hit by pitches that will remain unmatched until 1971. Hooks hits three while Jim Shaw, Al Bentley, Harry Harper, and Jim Stevens hit one each. The Tigers win 11–0 and take the opener as well, 3–1.

At Chicago, the Cubs trounce the Braves, 9–5, putting Boston back in 2nd place. For Dick Rudolph, it is his first loss after 12 consecutive wins.

25th The A’s score 9 runs to back Rube Bressler’s shutout of the Browns in the first of two games. Teammate Herb Pennock then follows with a 1–0 shutout.

26th The Giants lose 1–0 to the Cardinals, managing just 3 hits off Bill Doak, but win game 2 on a 2-hitter by Christy Mathewson over Slim Sallee. The 4–0 win is Matty’s twentieth.

Larry Cheney of the Cubs twirls his second one-hitter of the season, stopping the rampaging Braves, 1-0. Hank Gowdy’s single is the only Boston hit. Vic Saier’s 7th inning homer, off Lefty Tyler, accounts for the only run. The loss puts Boston a half game behind the Giants.

Carroll “Boardwalk” Brown of the Yankees goes 12 innings in beating the visiting Browns, 2-1. Boardwalk’s single in the 12thdrives in Fritz Maisel, who had singled and stolen 2B. New York steals 7 bases in the game, led by Charlie Mullen’s 4.

28th At Fenway, Ty Cobb snaps a scoreless duel between Pug Cavett and Dutch Leonard by hitting a 2-run double in the 8th. Cobb scores the third run as Detroit beats the Red Sox ace, 3-0. The Sox use four pinch hitters in the 9th to no avail.

29th In Chicago, the Giants split with the Cubs, Rube Marquard losing the opener, 1–0, and Mathewson topping Bert Humphries in the 2nd game, 7–5. The Giants waive Hooks Wiltse, ending his 11 years with the Giants. Hooks will pitch for the Brookfeds next season.

In a 2-1 White Sox win over the Senators, Jack Fournier paces the Pale Hose going 3-for-3 with two triples against Walter Johnson. Mellie Wolfgang, “the midget spitball flinger” (Chicago Tribune), beats the Big Train and helps himself with 11 assists to tie the AL record. It won’t be tied the rest of the century.

Ed Lafitte pitches and bats the Brookfeds to a 4-1 win over the Buffeds. Lafitte has two singles good for the RBIs.

In St. Louis, 25,000 watch the Cardinals drop two games to Boston and drop to third place in the NL race. The first game is a 4-0 shutout by Bill James, whose moist one is too much for the Birds. Boston takes game 2 in 8 innings, 6-4. Rabbit Maranville has two RBIs in each game.

30th The Braves score 2 in the 1st and go on the beat the Cardinals, 2-0, on Lefty Tyler’s one hitter. Lee Magee’s single is the only hit for the Birds. The Braves stay a half game in back of New York, winners at Chicago.

31st  Walter Johnson relieves in the 8th inning with his Senators holding a 3–2 lead over the White Sox. On the first pitch, Jack Fournier hits an inside-the-park HR to tie the game. Fournier’s next at bat comes in the 10th and he homers again to give the Sox a 4–3 win. This is the first time Johnson has been reached for two HRs in a game by the same batter (Gehrig will match it August 13, 1926). In his last two games against Johnson, Fournier is 5-for-5, with 4 extra base hits.