1st At Boston, Pittsburgh and Boston play a ML record 20 scoreless innings; before the Pirates win 2–0 in the 21st. Max Carey drives home the deuce with a single. Art Nehf pitches all 21 innings for Boston, while Wilbur Cooper toils the first 16 for Pittsburgh before Mayer takes over.
At the Polo Grounds, the league-leading Cubs win 5–0 over the 2nd place Giants. For the 2nd time this season, Hippo Vaughn gives up just one hit, a safety by Heinie Zimmerman in the 2nd, in beating Fred Toney, recently acquired from the Reds. The Cubs now lead the NL by 4.
At Navin Field, Wally Pipp plays his last game before going in to the Service. He scores a run in New York’s 7-0 win over the Tigers. Ray Caldwell allows 2 hits and Earl Gilhooly hits a 3-run homer, his second career roundtripper. Pipp’s place will be taken by Jack Fournier, whose contract was purchased from PCL Los Angeles. Fournier will hit .350 in 27 games before going back to the West Coast.
The Nationals lose 21-year-old catcher Val Picinich to the Navy. Picinich had been the starting catcher, beating out Eddie Ainsmith.
3rd In the first game of two with the Cards, the Phils tally 15 hits and 12 runs in the last 3 innings, but still lose, 16–12. A tired Gene Packard cruises to the win; no other pitcher this century will give up 12 runs and not take a loss for his efforts. Joe Oeschger picks up one of his league-leading 18 losses in less than two innings of work. The Phils drop the nitecap, 7–1.
The Robins and Reds split, with Cincy pounding Rube Marquard in the opener. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 3–1. Zack Wheat hits in both contests to run his streak to 23 straight games.
At a special meeting of AL owners in Cleveland, it is agreed that the AL schedule will play through September 2nd, with the WS opening on September 3rd or 4th. Early indications were that the AL would vote to close down between August 17th and August 20th, but Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pirates who is there as NL representative, argues that his league would not stop before September 2nd and would not begin the Series early.
4th In the nitecap at Detroit, Walter Johnson goes 17 1/3 innings, his 2nd longest outing ever, and faces 64 batters in losing to the Tigers, 7–6. Detroit collects 16 hits and 8 walks against the Nats’ ace. Detroit ties the score 6–6 in the 7th inning when Ty Cobb drives in a run, and wins it in the 18th on a Cobb double. Cobb, in CF, also throws out a Milan at home in the 13th, while SS Donie Bush nails two Nats at home in the 14th. Hooks Dauss is the winner with 10 innings of relief. In the first game, the Nats score 6 runs in the 1st three innings off rookie Rudy Kallio and coast 7–0 behind Doc Ayers. Ayers scatters 7 hits and shuts out Cobb. Johnson is now 1–1 in 18-inning games this year!
In Chicago, the Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 7–6 and 3–2 in 10 innings. Dave Danforth goes 7 innings in the opener and, though lifted with the score 2–2, is credited with the win over Willie Adams, who goes all the way. Ed Cicotte is the victor in the nitecap.
In Cleveland, the Indians split with the league-leading Red Sox, to take three out of four in the series. The Sox win the opener, 2–1 in 12 innings, with starter Babe Ruth going the distance and allowing just 4 hits. Ruth drives in the first run with a single, and the Tribe ties the game in the 8th with two hits. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 2–0, in a game called after 6 innings because of rain. Ruth, playing LF, has one hit and is hit once by winner Stanley Coveleskie.
5th At Boston, Braves left fielder Bob Taggert leads off the bottom of the 9th with his 3rd hit of the game, a triple, and scores two outs later on J.C. Smith’s single for a 1–0 win over the Pirates. Taggert previously played for the Pirates and PittFeds under the name Barney Kelly.
During the Reds batting practice at Ebbets Field, fans are treated to an impromptu fight between two Reds, 2B Lee Magee and left fielder Earl “Greasy” Neale. Teammates separate the two but the decision is awarded to Neale, who will play just 3 innings today. The Reds then turn on the Robins, pounding 13 hits for a 5–0 win. Mike Regan is the winner, scattering 4 hits. The Reds (43–51) are in 5th place, a half-game ahead of Brooklyn.
6th John Tener resigns as President of the NL in a dispute over the Scott Perry case. Tener, NL Prexy since 1913, refused to serve on the National Commission unless the AL abided by the awarding of Perry to the Boston Braves. But when the Commission award the minor leaguer to the Athletics, it was a foregone conclusion that Tener would step down. Tener, a former Governor of Pennsylvania, almost quit in December but stayed on when the owners said the job would not interfere with his business interests. John Heydler will serve as acting president and it is he who will arrange a compromise solution: Connie Mack pays Boston $2,500 and keeps Perry (henceforth a loser).
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Pete Compton (real name is Anna Sebastian Compton) drives home Art Fletcher in the bottom of the 9th to beat Matty’s Reds, 4–3. Bob Steele, acquired from the Bucs, is the winner over Jimmie Ring. Lee Magee, with his face swollen after yesterday’s fight, sits out the game for the Reds and Heinie Zimmerman, on doctor’s orders to avoid the near 90+ degree heat, watches for the Giants.
At Ebbets Field, the first place Cubs keep their lead of 6 ½ games by beating the Robins 6–3 behind Lefty Tyler. Tyler scatters 9 hits, including one by Zack Wheat, who stretches his consecutive hitting skein to 25 games.
With the temperature at 115 degrees on the field at Detroit, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox, 14–12, but the Sox win the game 7–5 in 10 innings. Starter Carl Mays is victorious over reliever Rudy Kallio.
At Cleveland, the Indians stay 3 ½ games behind Boston by edging Washington, 1–0, in the 10th. Second baseman Smoky Joe Wood leads off the 10th with a triple and pinch runner Doc Evans scores the winner. Starter Jim Bagby is the winning pitcher despite allowing 11 hits.
In the hottest day in Philadelphia history—106 degrees–Pittsburgh wins over Philadelphia, 10-2. Bucs catcher W.J. Smith collapses in the 7th but is revived with ice and continues in the heat. Ump Hank O’Day collapses in the 8th but also recovers to continue.
7th The Yankees make it 7 straight losses, as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago, 8–4 and 4–0. New York makes 24 hits in the two games, but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the opener for the Sox. Slim Love takes the loss. In the nitecap, Roy Sanders, making his first start for New York, gives up no hits in the first 3 innings, but records no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now takes over 4th place from the Yankees.
Brooklyn slows the Cubs’ victory drive by beating Chicago 3–2 behind Burleigh Grimes. All the Robins scoring comes on a 3-run homer by Mack Wheat—his first in the majors, while his brother Zack has a single to stretch his hitting streak to 26 games. Phil Douglas takes the loss for the Cubs.
The Reds put a crimp in the second-place Giants pennant hopes by sweeping a pair at the Polo Grounds, 8-3 and 4-2. The temperature in New York is 104, the hottest August 7 on record.
8th Brooklyn tops the Cubs again, beating Hippo Vaughn, 4–1, done in by two wild heaves by 3B Eddie Pick. Zach Wheat, hit by a pitch once by Vaughn, goes hitless to stop his consecutive game streak at 26. Rube Marquard, despite leaving in the 5thwith a strained back, is the winner. With the Giants losing to the Reds, the Cubs stay 6 ½ ahead.
It is announced that Ebbets Field will become a Government storehouse as soon as the season is over on September 2nd. The Brooklyn team offered the park as a much-needed storage facility for war supplies, and it is now expected that other teams will follow suit. The New York Times states that “the turning over of the baseball park means that the major leagues will not attempt to play next season.” Washington Park, the old Federal League park, has already been converted to a government storehouse.
9th With Sherry Magee at 1B for Cincinnati, the Pirates defeat the Reds, 4–3. Carmen Hill wins it in relief of Pete Schneider. Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects 1B Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him “for indifferent play.” He will be formally charged after season by owner Herrmann, but will be acquitted by NL Prexy Heydler. During the hearings, John McGraw said that if Chase is found innocent he would hire him for the Giants. But Prince Hal will be reinstated and play for the Giants in 1919.
10th The Reds bang out 17 hits to defeat the Cards, 9–8. Edd Roush drives home the winner in the 9th inning with two out by making his 5th hit of the day. Heinie Groh, 2nd in the NL to Wheat in hitting at .327 through August 8, is 3-for-3. Wheat will win the title, but Roush (.301 through August 8) will finish 2ndwith a .333 average, .002 behind Zack.
In Brooklyn, the Robins take the opener over the Phils, 4–0, behind Burleigh Grimes’ two hitter. Zack Wheat has 3 of the Robins’ 7 hits off loser Joe Oeschger. In the nitecap, a fair call in the 4th inning on a drive by Cy Williams prompt all the Brooklyn players to rush umpire Charley Moran. Moran’s call, a double, is just one of 4 hits that veteran Jack Coombs allows. The Phils win, 3–2, however, and it takes a dozen policemen to protect Moran after the game.
At Dunn Field, the White Sox score 4 in the 9th to top the Indians, 6-2. Shano Collins hits his second bases-loaded triple in three games and his third this year, while Chick Gandil drives in the other 3 runs. Jack Quinn is the winning pitcher. Collins sets a ML record that will be tied but not topped. It will next be matched in the AL by Elmer Valo, in 1949. With two in 1920 Collins will total 8 bases-loaded triples in his career, the ML record.
12th At Fenway, the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the league leaders by beating Boston, 2–1. Getting his opportunity because of the war, lefty Hank Robinson is making his first ML start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Babe Ruth, who gives up 4 safeties. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt, while Ruth, hitless on the afternoon, pops out for the last out of the game.
Cleveland moves to with 2 ½ games of the Red Sox by unraveling the visiting White Sox, 11–2. Ray Chapman leads the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs, while Guy Morton gives up just two Chicago hits.
At Chicago, Carmen Hill coasts to a 12–1 win over the Cubs, as Pittsburgh rattles 17 hits off three Chicago pitchers. Walter Schmidt is the big Buc with 2 doubles, a triple, and a stolen base.
14th Sailor Burleigh Grimes pitches Brooklyn to a 4–2 win over the Phils. The Phils take the lead, but veteran Jimmy Archer relieves young Mack Wheat behind the plate in the 5th and Grimes’ spitball works to perfection after that.
16th The 2nd place Indians trample the Yankees, 12–4, behind the slugging of Smoky Joe Wood. Smoky is 4-for-5, with 3 RBIs, and a steal of home, while winner Fritz Coumbe adds 3 hits for Cleveland. Del Pratt has 2-run HR in the first off Coumbe but Cleveland retaliates with 7 runs against Happy Finneran. Ray Chapman’s verbal assault on Finneran helps drive the pitcher from the mound in the 4th.
The Tigers score 6 runs in the 9th inning against the Senators to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Motor Citymen are shutout in the next 6 innings by reliever Walter Johnson, but score 2 in the 16th to win, 8–7. Reliever George Cunningham scores the deciding run to beat Johnson.
The Dodgers hand Erskine Mayer his first loss since joining the Pirates, beating him, 5–1, behind the six-hit pitching of Larry Cheney. Mayer had won 8 straight since coming to the Buccaneers from the Phils on July 1.
17th The Cubs shut out the Phils in both ends of a doubleheader. Claude Hendrix wins the opener, 3–0, over Elmer Jacobs and Lefty Tyler follows with a 2–0 win against Joe Oeschger.
The Red Sox (66-45) increase their lead to 3 games by beating 2nd place Cleveland (64-49) 4–2, at Boston. Babe Ruth scatter five hits for the win over Guy Morton and reliever Bagby. The Sox will win the next game, on Monday (19th), in the series, 6–0, to go 4 games up.
The Yankees and White Sox split a pair, with Chicago taking the first game, 7–4, and New York winning the nitecap, 7–2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener, while New York’s Slim Love strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game, the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today, reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.
18th The Cardinals sweep the visiting Phils, winning 4–0 and 5–1 behind Bill Sherdel and Lee Meadows. In the opener, as SS Rogers Hornsby scores 2 of the Birds runs, then provides the big blow in the nitecap, by following three walks with a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Milt Watson. This is one of six grand slams in the NL; the AL will have no slams for the only time in history.
The Senators take a home victory from the Browns for the first time this season, edging St. Louis, 2–1. Jim Shaw wins, allowing 4 hits, 2 to Sisler.
In an exhibition game in New Haven the semi-pro Colonials beat the Red Sox 4–3, overcoming a Babe Ruth home run. Ruth’s hit is one of the longest ever seen on the Lighthouse grounds. Winning pitcher Frank Woodward’s effort results in his being signed by the Phillies.
19th Walter Johnson beats St. Louis, 4–3, in 14 innings. The Big Train will work in 15 extra-inning games, including 2 of 18 innings, one of 16 innings, and another of 15 innings.
In the battle for 2nd place, the visiting Giants split with the Pirates, losing 8–1 before coming back for a 2–1 win. The Bucs rough up Red Causey for 12 hits in 6 innings in the opener, while Ralph Comstock scatters 9 hits for the win. In the nitecap, Fred Toney allows just 3 hits in 8 innings, and 3 more in the 9th, but emerges with the win over Wilbur Cooper.
Jack Quinn, pitching for the White Sox, trims the Yanks, 4–1, at the Polo Grounds. While the Yankees maintain the Quinn, who was in the minor leagues, is their property, he is wearing a Sox uniform, while Jack Fournier, awarded to the Sox, is at 1B for New York. Fournier has 3 hits today off Quinn, who has yet to lose. A busy Ray Caldwell, who pitched Saturday for his Weehawken ship yard team (and reportedly played CF for them on Sunday) is the loser.
Edd Roush hits a grand slam, off Rube Marquard in the 7th, to lead the Reds to an 8–4 win over visiting Brooklyn.
20th At Redland Field, Brooklyn beats the host Reds, 2-1, behind Burleigh Grimes 10th straight win. Ring is the hard luck loser, allowing one earned run.
21st Led by Edd Roush’s three hits, including a double and triple, the Reds edge the Phils 4–3 in 10 innings. Each starter goes the distance with Hod Eller winning over Brad Hogg. The Reds lost yesterday to Brooklyn, 2–1, snapping their 8-game win streak, but they will win their next 3.
At Fenway, the Browns Al Sothoron allows just 4 hits to the Red Sox, but Boston scores 4 runs to win, 4-1, behind Carl Mays. The recently acquired Jack Coffey lines an inside-the-park homer for his only ML four bagger. For Sothoron, this is his last appearance of the year, and leaves him with a 12-12 record, despite racking up an ERA of 1.94. No other pitcher (100 IP) for the rest of this century will register a non-winning record with a sub 2.00 ERA.
22nd The Giants nip the host Cubs, 4–2, on a 10th inning double by Lew McCarty. McCarty, pinch hitting for Benny Kauff, drives Fred Toney and George Burns, who had reached on singles. Toney picks up the victory over Hippo Vaughn.
Roush continues his hot hitting against the Phils, going 4-for-5 with a triple and homer, to lead the Reds to a 9–6 win. Heinie Groh adds 3 hits while winning pitcher Pete Schneider has 2 hits and 2 runs. For the Phils, 1B Fred Luderus has 7 assists, a NL record that will last till June 1971.
Zack Wheat has three hits against Brooklyn but it is Hugh Bezdel’s bases loaded walk in the 9th that brings home John Brock with the winning run. St. Louis wins, 4–3. Brooklyn comes back to take the nitecap, 5–2, using shoddy St. Louis fielding to beat Lee Meadows.
At Washington, 3B Eddie Foster is 4-for-4 in the Nationals 7–1 victory over the A’s. The Nats score all their runs in the first off Jim Bagby, who does not finish the inning. Gruntin’ Jim Shaw is the winner.
23rd At Fenway Park, the Red Sox break a 9th inning tie with a two-out double steal. With Amos Strunk at 2B and Ruth at 1B, the two pull off the theft, and when Hank Severeid’s throw to Maisel is wild, Strunk scores the game winner. Sad Sam Jones is the winner, 6–5, over reliever Byron Houck.
At Chicago, the Cubs score 2 in the 9th off Red Causey to beat the Giants, 3–2. Bob O’Farrell’s triple drives in the winning run, while winning pitcher Claude Hendrix adds a double and home run.
In the 7th at Cincinnati, Phils rookie Irish Meusel hits an inside-the-park grand slam, the first IP slam in Phils history and the Phils take a 7-1 lead. But it is not enough as the Reds win, 8–7. Irish’s four-run homer is the 5th hit in the NL this year: there are none hit in the AL, a league record.
24th As anticipated, Secretary Baker grants an extended exemption to players in the WS; 3 days later the National Commission gets an official approval to play from General Enoch Crowder, providing that 10 percent of the revenues go to war charities.
The Indians lose to the Senators, 4-0, in a game in which Tris Speaker does not officially play for Cleveland. Ray Chapman is credited with manning both centerfield and shortstop, going 0-4. The official stats only credit eight Indians with playing, despite all game accounts with Speaker plying CF in the game and hitting a double. This is the second example of a discrepancy between the official scorer’s account and the writeups. If corrected, Speakers would have 794 doubles, not his record 792 (as noted by Tom Ruane).
Lefty Leifield holds Boston to just 4 hits, including 2 scratch singles, but the Browns manage just 5 hits off Red Sox P Babe Ruth and lose, 3–1. The Sox score all their runs in the 2nd, including one on a swipe of home by Ruth on the front end of another double steal, his 2nd steal in two days. It is Ruth’s first steal of home and his only swipe of home as a pitcher. Like his future steals of home, it comes on a double steal.
The White Sox split with A’s, taking the opener, 9–4, behind Jack Quinn. A’s starter Mule Watson leaves after 6 innings and takes the loss. The A’s take the nitecap, 2-1, behind Scott Perry when Cy Perkins triple scores the game-winner.
The Cubs increase their NL lead to 11 ½ games, taking two from the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes is roughed up for 15 hits in the opener and takes his first loss in 10 games, and Bill Killefer outguesses former teammate Larry Cheney in the nitecap for a 3–1 win. With the score tied and a man on 3B, Cheney attempts to walk Killefer, but the Cub catcher throws his bat at the ball and connects for a single.
In Baltimore, Babe Ruth’s father suffers a fatal concussion in a fight with his brother-in-law outside his saloon. The funeral will be on the 28th and Babe will miss two Sox games.
25th The Cubs clinch the NL pennant over the idle Giants by splitting with the Dodgers. Thanks to shoddy fielding by Brooklyn, Roy Walker improves his record to 1–3, winning the opener, 5–3. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 2–1, behind the 5-hit pitching of Columbia George Smith.
At Boston, the Reds top the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings. In February, Lee Magee will confess that he and Hal Chase each bet $500 for their team, the Reds, to lose this game. Ironically, Magee scores the winning when Edd Roush hits a two run homer.
Boston Red Sox president George Frazee says the WS schedule arrangements is not acceptable and he will refuse to abide by them If the Sox win the pennant. The schedule calls for the first three games in Chicago, and Frazee says this puts his team at a disadvantage. “It is not only unfair to the Boston club, but an insult to the Boston fans. . . .The schedule as given out by Mr. [Ban] Johnson will necessitate the passing up of both the Saturday and Sunday dates, which I think is a big mistake,” says Frazee.
26th Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of P Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox, for whom Quinn was 5–1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.
At Boston, the Tigers and Red Sox start without Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Ruth is in Baltimore because of the death of his father and Ty arrives late because of another engagement. Detroit wins 6-3 behind spitballer George Cunningham, who tops Carl Mays trying for his 20th win. Cobb helps with a 2-run inside-the-park homerun against the LF embankment.
27th After today’s doubleheader split with the Braves in Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in the chemical warfare branch of the Army. He leaves the team in 3rd place with a 61–57 record. Heinie Groh takes over for the last 10 games of the season, going 7–3.
Lefty George Mogridge saves the Yanks 4–2 win in the opener against the Browns, relieving Slim Love. LF Ham Hyatt connects for a Yankee HR in the 2nd as New York scores all its runs in the first two innings. In the 2nd game, the Browns start George Sisler on the mound. The Michigan Marvel pitches the first 7 innings and is 3-for-5 with a 3-run HR before being relieved by Byron Houck and returning to 1B. The Yanks prevail in 12 innings, 7–6, with the victory going to reliever Mogridge, who bats in the winner. It is Sisler’s first start in 10 years, and the last of his career, and he would “probably have pitched to victory had it not been for [Les] Nunamaker’s shaky substitution in the gateway corner” (New York Times). Nunamaker makes 3 errors at 1B before being banished to LF, but is 6-for-6 for the afternoon, including 5 hits and an intentional walk in the nitecap.
The Red Sox’ Bullet Joe Bush strikes out an AL-season high 13 Tigers, including 8 in the first 3 innings, but loses, 2–1, to Rudy Kallio. Cobb and Ruth are absent from their lineups, with Babe attending the funeral of his father, who was killed by a blow from his brother-in-law.
At Pittsburgh, the Phils take advantage of shaky Pirate fielding to sweep two from the host team, winning 7–6 and 11–2. Brad Hogg and Milt Watson notch wins as Buc SS Luke Boone boots four on the afternoon, and 1B Bill Hinchman adds two more errors.
28th Tris Speaker is suspended for the remainder of the season because of his assault on umpire Tom Connolly following a dispute at home plate in a game in Philadelphia. The A’s edge the Indians, 1-0.
29th The Cubs wrap up the pennant with a 1–0 win over the Reds. Lefty Tyler is the winner.
30th Carl Mays of the Red Sox pitches and wins two games, 12–0 and 4–1, over the A’s to finish at 21–13. The A’s finish their season in last place. Mays helps himself with 5 hits on the afternoon. With his two wins today, Mays begins an AL-record winning streak of 24 straight victories over Philadelphia, and will not lose to them until July 24, 1923, when he pitches for the Yankees. The record books show 23 straight wins, but historian Lyle Spatz will find that the correct total is 24. The loser in game 2 is rookie Scott Perry (20-19), whose losses lead the AL. Perry finishes his year having thrown 332 innings, tying the AL rookie record for innings pitched set by Roscoe Miller in 1901.
The Indians play 2 postponed games with the Tigers, doubling the Bengals in both, 2–1 and 4–2. Coveleski allows 4 hits in the opener and Bagby 7 in the nitecap.
In the second fastest NL game ever, the Giants beat Brooklyn 1–0 in 57 minutes behind the pitching of Pol Perritt, scoring their lone run in the 9th. Veteran Jack Coombs takes the loss and after the game announces his retirement. The Giants will play a game against the Phillies next year on September 28 in just 51 minutes, a ML record: the AL record will be set on September 25, 1926 and matched the next day.
31st The Red Sox clinch the pennant, winning the first of a twin bill from the A’s, 6–1. Ruth wins his 9th game in his last 11 starts, beating rookie Mule Watson. Despite giving up 12 hits in the opener, Watson (7-9) pitches a complete game in the nightcap and gives up just one hit, a single by the light hitting Sam Agnew, to win, 1–0. This is the second doubleheader Watson has pitched this year.
The second place Indians win, 2–1, over the White Sox, but are officially eliminated from the AL race. Owner Jim Dunn then announces that the team will not go to St. Louis for its final game, a doubleheader with the Browns, but will disband for the year. On September 2, the Browns field a team and the Browns pitchers, Rogers and Leifield, tosses 10 pitches, 5 for each game; St. Louis then claims a doubleheader victory, which goes into the standings.
Brooklyn and New York split a pair with Fred Toney pitching the Giants to a 3-1 victory in game 1 and George Smith returning the favor in a 2-1 Brooklyn victory in game 2. Mack and Zack Wheat each have hits in game 1, then Zack finishes his season with an 0-for-4 in game 2. Zack leads the NL with a .335 average and is only player to ever win a batting title and hit no home runs.