1919 August

1st At Redlands Field, the Reds defeat the Giants, 6–2, and ex-Red Fred Toney and take over first place again, a spot they will not relinquish.

The New York Giants trade Joe Oeschger, Red Causey, Johnny Jones and minor league catcher Mickey O’Neil, along with $55,000 (The Sporting News in January 1920 says the amount was $35,000) to the Boston Braves for pitcher Art Nehf. Nehf will appear in four straight World Series for New York.

2nd In New York, the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings, 14–8. The big blow in the extra frame is Harry Heilmann’s 2nd homer of the day, a grand slam, which comes after an intentional walk to Veach. The two had hit homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles and Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits, including a homerun, and 4 RBIs.

In Chicago, the Phils sweep a pair from the Cubs, 2–1 and 4–3. The first game goes 14 innings with Pete Alexander taking the loss, despite striking out 15 men. Lee Meadows is the winner with 5 innings of relief. The second game was interrupted by bottle throwing as fans protest a call at 3B. Following the game, several fans came onto the field after the umpires. Fred Luderus, Phils first sacker, plays in his 479th straight game, breaking Eddie Collins record set in 1916. Luderus’s streak will stretch to 533 games.

The Braves trade 2B Buck Herzog to the Cubs for 2B Charlie Pick and OF Les Mann.

3rd The Giants salvage the 3rd game in Cincinnati, winning 4–0. John McGraw then adds his own bit of post-war topping on the win by yelling at the crowd, “We beat you today and we’ll be glad to get out of the home of the Huns.” (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder) His words inspire a policeman to take a swing at McGraw, but he misses and connects with Hal Chase. Chase then slugs the cop, and as the crowd surges, mounted policeman intercept them.

4th  The Red Sox release pitcher Ray Caldwell and he will sign with Cleveland in two weeks.

6th  The Cincinnati Times-Star notes that in each of the first 3 innings of Brooklyn’s 6–1 victory over the Reds, Jimmy Johnston faces a different Cincinnati pitcher—Slim Sallee, Ray Fisher, and Dolf Luque—and raps each one for a single as Brooklyn gets all their runs in the first 3 frames. Luque finishes the game, allowing no more runs.

In Chicago, Cubs’ P Grover Alexander loses 2–0 to the Braves when Boston P Ray Keating hits a fly ball that bounces through a hole in the wire fence in CF for a homer. It is Keating’s lone career homer. He holds the Cubs to 3 hits.

7th  Before the start of the New York-St. Louis doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees present the umpires with a temporary court injunction restraining Ban Johnson’s order preventing Carl Mays from pitching, further eroding Johnson’s authority and standing. Mays then pitches a 6-hitter in the nitecap, beating the Browns 8–2, with the help of a Sammy Vick grand slam. The Browns win the opener, 6-3. Mays’ 9–3 record will be key to the Yankees’ 3rd place finish.

8th  Reserve outfielder Casey Stengel is traded to the Phils for Possum Whitted, who will bat .389 for the Pirates in the last 35 games.

At Forbes Field, Wilbur Cooper tosses a one-hitter as the Pirates clip the Robins, 3-0. Ivy Olson’s single is the only hit for Brooklyn.

9th  Cubs P Jim “Hippo” Vaughn surprises the Giants in the 8thinning by swiping home. Vaughn also picks up the victory, 3–1, over Phil Douglas. Not until Rick Sutcliffe, in 1988, will another Cub pitcher steal home.

The Tigers edge the lowly A’s, 5-4, and hand Scott Perry (4-17) his last decision of the year. Perry, a 20-game winner last year for the last-place A’s, also led the league in IP with 332. He’ll rest the remainder of the season. Perry does pull off a 1-2-3 DP today, giving him an AL-record 11 for the year. Ed Rommel will top it in 1924.

10th  More than 28,000 crowd Wrigley Field to watch Grover Cleveland Alexander shut out the Giants, 2–0.

11th  Cleveland’s Tris Speaker ties an AL record, scoring 5 runs in a 15–9 win at New York.

Gene Paulette, acquired last month by the Phillies in a trade with the Cardinals, hits his first major league homerun, a grand slam off Hod Eller. The Phillies prevail, 5-3, over the Reds, who now lead the NL by 5 games.

14th  In Chicago, Babe Ruth hits an AL-record No. 17. The 7thinning homer, off Erskine Mayer, clears the RF wall and lands in a soccer field. Chicago White Sox CF Happy Felsch ties the ML record with 4 assists, but Boston beats the White Sox, 15–6.

With the score tied 3–3 in the top of the 10th, starting Yankee hurler Carl Mays is called out on strikes by Brick Owens. In disgust, Mays flings his bat towards the stands and is thumbed out of the game before the bat lands. The Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel’s hitting into a triple play in the 9th—2B Ralph Young to SS Donie Bush—and beat the Tigers in 15 innings, 5–4.

The Robins waste no time in splitting a pair with the Cubs, losing, 2–0, in an hour and 10 minutes, then winning, 1–0, in one hour and 7 minutes. Pete Alexander wins the opener and Leon Cadore is the victor in game 2. At 2 hours: 20 minutes it is the fastest doubleheader in NL history,

15th  The Reds Greasy Neale swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 9thto help Cincy win 4–0 over the Giants at the Polo Grounds in game 2 of the twinbill. The Reds win the opener, 4–3, and finish their third doubleheader in three days with the Giants in first place by 6 ½ games. The Giants make up for the loss by picking up Art Nehf from the Braves in exchange for righties Joe Oeschger, Red Causey, Johnny Jones, C Mickey O’Neil, and $55,000. Nehf will help pitch the Giants to four pennants.

16th  Two batting streaks end today: a 22 game streak of Tilly Walker and a 21-game streak of Harry Heilmann. Tilly has one hit in the A’s 7-4 win over the Browns. The Browns set an AL record with 53 total chances against the A’s. The Browns have 27 assists and St. Louis 1B George Sisler has 18 putouts. With no putouts, the St. Louis outfielders have the day off. Heilmann has 2 hits, including a 2-run homer, as the Tigers edge the Yankees, 3-2.

17th  The Tigers draw a record 31,500 at home, but lose 4–2 to the Senators in 11 innings. Ten ground-rule doubles—Agnew has 3—are hit into the crowd lining the OF.

In front of a Sportsman’s Field record crowd of 27,000, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 2–1 win in the opener. It is the Babe’s 12th straight win over St. Louis (streak starts 5/24/17). Playing LF in the nitecap, Babe clouts a first inning 2-run homer as Boston sweeps, 6–1. It is homer #19 for Ruth, who leads the majors.

19th In a matchup of old buddies, Chicago’s Grover Alexander outpitches Shufflin’ Phil Douglas, to beat the Giants, 4–2. After the game, Douglas will fall off the wagon with a bang and end up back in Tennessee. The Giants will suspend Phil, but he’ll return to have three good seasons with the Giants.

Ossie Vitt’s single is the only hit that the Browns Lefty Leifield allows as the Browns top the Red Sox, 5-0. Lefty will win two more games this year and go winless in 4 games in 1920.

20th  Wichita OF Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit against Elam Vangilder in a 5–2 win over Tulsa, ending a 69-game streak. During the streak he collected 155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 batting average. The previous record was 49 by Oakland’s Jack Ness (Pacific Coast League) in 1915. Wilhoit draws a walk in his last at bat. Coincidentally, the Red Sox purchased Wilhoit’s contract yesterday and he will report September 15, Wilhoit’s streak almost ended in games 62 and 63, a doubleheader in Omaha: in the first game his only hit was an 11th inning HR; in game 2, after making out 3 times, he bunted to 3B. The Omaha third sacker, with his team leading by a big margin, held the ball rather than throwing Wilhoit out. “Graham’s sportsmanship drew forth the admiration of the crowd” (Wichita Eagle).

22nd Veteran Bill James, claimed off waivers by the White Sox four days ago, pitches the Sox to a 3-0 win over the Senators. He allows 5 hits, 2 each by Foster and Gharrity.

23rd The Tigers pull off a triple steal (Cobb, Heilmann and Chris Shorten) but the Red Sox counter with a grand slam by Babe Ruth off Hook Dauss, a 510’ foot (as estimated by Bill Jenkinson) homer ever hit at Navin Field. But that’s all the Sox scoring as Detroit wins over Boston, 8–4. For the Babe, it is his 4th grand slam of the year, a Red Sox record not topped this century.

In the first of 2 games, Ed Roush, Reds outfielder, hits a pair of doubles in the 9th off Phils pitcher Lee Meadows as the Reds win, 8–3. They take the second game by a 6–1 score.

24th  At Cleveland’s League Park, P Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning in his debut with the Indians. It comes with 2 outs in the 9th and the batter is Jumping Joe Dugan. Slim recovers to get the final out of the game, and defeats Philadelphia 2–1. Caldwell surmises that the lightning hit the metal button on his cap, coursed through his body, and exited via his metal spikes, leaving him with a slight burn on his chest. Caldwell has every reason to be glad that Speaker inserted a clause in his recent contract stating that the “pitcher must get drunk the night after he pitches.” After the lightning hit, Caldwell reportedly will drink nothing stronger than tea.

In St. Louis, every Brooklyn batters collects a hit, 21 in all, as Brooklyn breezes 10–1 over the Cards. Jimmy Johnston is the top contributor with 4 hits.

Babe Ruth clouts two homers and adds an RBI single to drive in Harry Hooper in the 11th as the Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 8–7.

25th The Red Sox close out their road trip with a 5–4 win over the Tigers. Ruth hits #23, his 4th homer in 3 days, to lead Boston.

26th  Giants 1B Hal Chase handles 35 chances against the Pirates in a doubleheader split in New York. The Bucs win the nitecap, 4–2 after losing to Art Nehf , 5–1.

28th  Fighting a cold, Walter Johnson gives up 19 hits in 14 innings and loses to New York 5–4. Bucky Harris, playing his first ML game, allows a pop fly to fall between three players and the winning run scores.

Ferdie Schupp, acquired last month from the Giants, allows just one hit as the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 3–1. The lone hit is Possum Whitted’s single in the 1st to drive home Carson Bigbee, who reached base via a walk.

29th In the 4th inning at Sportsman’s Park, Tiger 3B Bob Jones tees off on Hooks Dauss for his first ML homerun, a grand slam. The Tigers win over the Browns, 5-2.

31st The Giants top the Robins, 4–3, with the help of Bill Klem who thumbs out the entire Brooklyn bench except for manager Robinson and the batboy. Adding injury to insult, Brooklyn P Burleigh Grimes is spiked covering 1B and will miss the rest of the campaign.

New York Yankees Carl Mays scatters 7 singles in beating the Athletics, 6–0.

Cleveland’s Stanley Coveleski allows 6 hits in beating Chicago, 6–1. Cleveland’s Ray Chapman ties a ML mark with 4 sac bunts his first 4 times at bat.