1916 August

st The Cubs and Phillies split a doubleheader with Chicago winning the opener, 2–0. Heinie Zimmerman starts the scoring with a home run. In the second game, the Phillies win, 3–2, despite making just one hit off Hendrix. Fred Luderus has the lone hit, a 2-run single in the 1st.

Dick Rudolph of the Braves beats the visiting Cardinals, 1–0.

The Browns edge the visiting Yankees, 3-2, for their 12th win in a row. Veteran SS Bobby Wallace makes an appearance for St. Louis, eliciting a reported 10 minutes of bedlam.

2nd Phils star Grover Alexander wins his 20th of the season, pitching a 12-inning 10 shutout over the Cubs. In the 12th, Alex intentionally walks two and then fans pitcher Iron Mike Prendergast with the bases loaded. Bill Killefer strolls home with the winning run while the Cubs are arguing a call at third base. Alexander has now won more games than the cross-town A’s (19).

3rd Fred Merkle poles an 8th inning home run into the LF bleachers to give the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Cubs, their 2nd1-0 loss in a row. Poll Perritt outduels Hippo Vaughn, who allows just 3 hits.

At Boston, the Reds and Braves split a pair with the Reds taking the opener, 3-1, and Boston coming back, 5-3. Mitchell’s 9thinning pinch double drives in 3 runs in the opener for Cincinnati, while Red Smith hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Earl Moseley in game 2 for the difference.

The Pirates release sore shouldered Babe Adams (2-9) to St. Joseph, Missouri, of the Class A Western League. The Babe goes home rather than reporting to the team, and works on recovering the strength in his shoulder.

4th The Browns Eddie Plank allows 2 hits and tops young Babe Ruth to give the Browns a 6–1 win over the first place Red Sox. For the hot St. Louis Browns, it is their 14th win in a row, but the streak still leaves them in 7th place.

5th Grover “Pete” Alexander strokes two hits, but the Phils and Alex lose to the Cardinals, 2–0.

The Red Sox stop the Browns’ win streak, winning 4–1, behind Ernie Shore. St. Louis takes the nitecap, 6–3.

Lefty Tyler of the Braves beats the Reds, 1–0 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Boston takes the 2nd game, 4-3, to sweep.

6th Red Sox pitcher Rube Foster allows 3 hits in beating the Browns, 1–0. Most of the hitting in the game comes when Browns 3B Jimmy Austin and Boston C Chet Thomas mix it up. The Sox end the day .002 ahead of the White Sox, but will take 3 out of 4 in Chicago to open up some room.

7th  At St. Louis, the Browns score 2 runs in the 7th against Nats starter Bert Gallia to tie the game. Ayers relieves and Walter Johnson pitches the last 1 1/3 innings, allowing a tally in the 10thfor a 3–2 St. Louis win. The official scorer kindly gives the loss to Gallia.

The Braves whitewash the Reds twice, winning 2–0 and 6–0. Jesse Barnes and Frank Allen are the winning pitchers. Fred Toney allows just 2 hits in the first game loss.

In the 3rd inning against the Red Sox, White Sox P Reb Russell steals home. Chicago wins, 7–1.

8th  The Athletics set an AL record with their 19th loss in a row on the road (20th overall), a 9–0 yawner to the Tigers. The streak began on July 25th, making it a record for losses in 2 weeks, breaking the mark of the 1906 Red Sox. Since June 3, the A’s have gone 4-56.

In St. Louis, the Browns sweep a pair from the Senators, winning the opener, 2-0, behind Bob Groom. George Sisler has a homer and 2 RBIs. In game 2, the Browns stake Eddie Plank to a 9-0 lead after 3 innings and the 41-year-old veteran wins, 11-1. Eddie Foster’s RBI-double in the 9th inning is the only Senator safety.

9th  The A’s end a 20-game losing streak, beating Detroit 7–1 behind Joe Bush. It is their 2nd win in 30 games. Bush’s last two wins before today stopped losing streaks as the woeful A’s have won 4 of their last 59 games. The 20-game skein ties the 1906 Red Sox for the longest in the junior circuit, a mark that will be topped by the 1988 Orioles. Of the A’s losses, a record 19 came on the road.

Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander allows 3 hits in edging the Reds, 1–0.

12th At Fenway, Babe Ruth squares off against Washington lefty Harry Harper and both pitchers leave after 7 innings, with Boston trailing 1–0. Ruth, with two strikeouts at the plate, is lifted for pinch hitter Hal Janvrin. Washington reliever Walter Johnson makes two errors in the 8th and gives up two runs in the 9th as Boston wins, 2–1.

13th On a muddy Robison Field in St. Louis, the Cards drill 23 hits in game one to defeat the Pirates in 11 innings, 9–8. The hit total is a ML-high for the 1916 season. Game two begins at 6 p.m. and when the Bucs score 8 runs in the first two innings, Pittsburgh hurries to get the game in, while on the other side of the field, the Cards begin to dally. The Cards Dot Miller singles and then steals 2B and 3B on one pitch as pitcher Al Mamaux and C Bill Fischer ignore him. The Cards “steal” 11 bases, tying the NL mark, while the Bucs add three in just 5 innings before the umps and darkness mercifully end it. Pittsburgh wins, 9–5. The steal rule will eventually be amended to not credit a runner when the defense ignores him.

After St. Louis scores in the 9th to tie the game at 3 apiece, Braggo Roth homers off Earl Hamilton to give the Indians a 4-3 win over the Browns. Braggo has 4 hits and drives in all 4 runs. Tris Speaker has a safety to extend his hitting streak to 27 games.

14th In a Monday doubleheader in Philadelphia, 17,000 fans cheer as the Phils sweep the Giants, winning 9–0 and 7–4. Alexander applies the whitewash in the opener and Eppa Rixey wins the nitecap.

15th  Boston’s Babe Ruth out duels Nationals’ ace Walter Johnson, winning 1–0 in 13 innings. Johnson allows just 5 hits through 12 innings, while Ruth surrenders just an infield single—by Clyde Milan in the 11th—from the 7th inning on. Milan also robs Ruth of a homer in the 12th by grabbing a ball heading into the RF stands. Ruth is now 3–0 in his meetings with Johnson.

17th  The Athletics edge the Browns, 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader, ending their ML record losing-streak in one-run games at 16. This will be topped by the 1933 Red Sox. Philadelphia drops game 2 by an unsurprising 3-2 score.

18th  Mr. Smith—Elmer, that is—goes to Washington along with Joe Leonard in exchange for Joe Boehling and Danny Moeller going to the Indians.

20th   Jack Coombs allows one hit as Brooklyn beats Chicago, 1-0. Max Flack has the lone hit for Chicago. The Robins’ score comes when Zack Wheat triples and scores on a wild pitch.

21st In Boston’s 4–0 win at Cleveland, Jack Barry has 4 sacrifices for the Sox, tying a ML record (Retrosheet credits Barry with 3 sacs, while The Sporting News Record Book gives him 4).

In his first game against the Cardinals in a Giants uniform, Slim Sallee pitches a solid game but is bested by Mule Watson, 1-0. The Cards strike in the 1st inning when Hornsby follows Bescher’s double with a triple. The Giants threaten to tie but after the 3rd inning, no New Yorkers reach first base.

22nd  Lefty Tyler of the Braves wins his second 1–0 game this month, beating the Reds again, 1–0.

For the third day in a row the Cardinals administer a helping off calcimine to the visiting Giants, beating them, 5-0, and extending New York’s scoreless innings streak to 37. They are 1-10 in their last 11 games. They will finally score an unearned run in the 3rd inning of their next game, a 10-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

The Yankees knock knuckler Eddie Cicotte out of the game and edge the White Sox, 7-6. With the win, the Yankees vault from 6th place to 3rd place in the AL.

23rd  Ty Cobb goes from 1B to 3B on a teammate’s single to LF, then swipes home when A’s 3B Charlie Pick holds the ball. Detroit wins, 10–3.

Babe Ruth picks up his only save of the season, relieving Dutch Leonard in the 8th with Boston leading the Indians, 6–3. Babe strikes out 3 in the 8th and doubles and scores in his trip to the plate. He shuts out Cleveland in the 9th as Boston completes a 4-game sweep of the Tribe.

24th Babe Ruth fires his 7th shutout of the year, stopping Detroit on 3 hits as Boston wins, 3–0.

The Senators down the White Sox, 8-3 as Elmer Smith, acquired last week from Cleveland, hits a grand slam off Red Faber and drives in 5 runs.

25th Dick Rudolph of the Braves beats the Cubs, 1–0, matching his teammate Lefty Tyler with two 1–0 games in a month. No Brave will match it until Greg Maddux in 2001. For Rudolph, it is his 9th straight win.

Giants 1B Fred Merkle is traded to Brooklyn for C Lew McCarty. Brooklyn needs help because regular 1B Jake Daubert is hurt.

26th  After being knocked out of the box in 3 innings yesterday against Cleveland, the A’s Joe Bush gets revenge by no-hitting Cleveland, 5–0, in Philadelphia. The only batter to reach base is the leadoff batter, who walks. It is Nap Lajoie’s last ML game. He goes 1-for-3 with a triple, and hits just .280 for the year; his last at bat is a fly to RF. Stan Coveleski takes the loss.

The Yankees use a triple play in the 6th to stop the Browns as they beat the visitors, 10-6. The loss goes to Eddie Plank, the third of five St. Louis pitchers. Big Dave Davenport starts, trying for his 10th straight win, but goes just 3 frames for Fielder Jones’ team. Ray Fisher gets the win.

Pete Schneider of the Reds beats the visiting Phillies, 1–0.

28th  The Giants send veteran Larry Doyle to the Cubs, along with Herb Hunter, for 3B Heinie Zimmerman and SS Mickey Doolan. The move allows Buck Herzog to shift to 2B.

29th At Fenway, the Browns sweep a doubleheader from the host Red Sox. In game 1, the Browns top the Red Sox 5–3 with Ruth pitching 5 innings of relief before leaving with the sacks full. Ruth also fans with the bases loaded. Dick Davenport is the winning pitcher, his 9th straight victory. Bob Groom is the 8-2 winner in the second game.

The Reds, led by Christy Mathewson, top the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 3–2, beating up on the newly reacquired Slim Sallee.

30th Following his previous start yesterday when he lasted one-third of an inning against St. Louis, Hubert “Dutch” Leonard of the Red Sox no-hits the Browns 4–0. No batters reach base until C Hank Severeid walks with 2 outs in the 8th. The win stops first-place Boston’s losing streak of 4 games.

Dick Rudolph wins his third 1–0 game this month as the Braves edge the Pirates, 1-0. He is the first hurler to win three 1-0 games in a calendar month. He’ll be matched this century by Carl Hubbell in July 1933.

31st At Boston, the Browns Ernie Koob beats the Red Sox and Babe Ruth, 2–1. Ruth makes 2 hits and scores the lone Sox run but pops out to end the game.