1921 August

1st At Boston, Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush fires a one-hitter, beating the Browns, 2–0. George Sisler’s single is the lone Brownie hit.

Paced by two hits and stellar fielding by acting manager Clyde Milan, the Senators beat the Tigers, 1-0. With manager George McBride out with a concussion, the Senators are in the midst of an 11-game winning streak.

2nd  A Chicago jury brings in a verdict of not guilty against the Black Sox. That night, jurors and defendants celebrate with a party in an Italian restaurant. Ignoring the verdict, Judge Landis bans all 8 defendants from baseball for life.

4th At Chicago, Braves Billy Southworth leads Boston to a 13–5 scalping of the Cubs by belting 3 doubles and HR and driving in 7 runs. John Watson coasts to the win over Percy Jones.

5th  The first radio broadcast of a ML game is heard over KDKA in Pittsburgh when Harold Arlin announces the Pirates-Phils game. The Pirates score 3 runs in the 8th inning, beating the Phils 8–5. Arlin broadcast the first football game between Pittsburgh and West Virginia. His grandson Steve will pitch for the future San Diego Padres.

George Mogridge stops the Indians, 4-1, as the Senators win their 11thstraight.

6th  At Chicago, Bob O’Farrell’s 4th inning grand slam powers the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Giants. Virgil Cheeves goes 9 innings for the win.

7th  The Cubs replace manager Johnny Evers with Bill Killefer. With Pete Alexander, the former batterymate of “Reindeer Bill” on the mound, the Cubs lose to the Giants, 7–2, at Cubs Park. New York third sacker Frankie Frisch is knocked out by a deflected ground ball.

8th  In his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hits a home run, the first AL rookie to accomplish the feat. His 9th inning blast, good for 2 runs, comes off no less than Washington’s Walter Johnson. Johnson, leading 16–3 after his teammates score 7 runs in the 8th, cruises home with a 16–5 win. Stuart, who appeared in one game on July 28 but did not bat, will play one more game and then leave the majors with this roundtripper as his only hit. The next AL rookie to connect for a homer on his first at bat will be Earl Averill in 1929.

9th  The Browns go 19 innings with the Senators before topping Washington 8–6. It is the longest game in the majors this year. Browns’ star George Sisler is 6-for-9 in the game, while Brownie Dixie Davis pitches the distance allowing 13 hits. Nats star Joe Judge bangs an AL record-tying three triples in the game, all in the first 9 innings. Davis allows no hits over the last 9 innings.

The first-place Indians lose, 4-3 to the Athletics. For the first time since joining the Indians Larry Gardner sits down, doing so in the 9th inning when he is replaced by a pinch runner. He had played every inning of every game.

In New York, the White Sox top the second-place Yankees, 5-4. New York gets all its scoring on a grand slam from Bob Meusel.

10th  The Yankees club the White Sox, 14-8 to move a percentage point ahead of the Indians in the AL. Home Run Baker hits a pair of homers for the second time this season and knocks in 5 runs and Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer.

11th  The Yankees move four percentage points ahead of the Indians with a 7–3 win over the A’s. The 2 teams will run even through September.

12th The Phillies George Smith allows 12 hits but still manages to shut out the Braves, 4–0.

13th  Boston Braves P John “Mule” Watson hurls 2 complete-game victories over the Phillies, winning by scores of 4–3 and 8–0. It is the 3rddoubleheader he has pitched, the first 2 being with the A’s in 1918.

George Sisler continues his hot hitting, collecting 2 doubles and hitting for the cycle in a 10-inning 7–5 Browns win at Detroit. Sisler is 5-for-5.

In Philadelphia, 33,000 fans—the largest crowd to watch a game in Philadelphia since 1914—see Carl Mays win his 15th straight over the Mackmen as the Yankees prevail, 7–2, in game 1. Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13–7 win in the nitecap. Meusel homers in each game.

14th The Browns open their home stand with a 7–5 win over Detroit. George Sisler continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-4.

15th  A ML record streak of 10 straight hits by the Browns’ George Sisler is stopped by Detroit in the 4th inning, but he goes 2-for-3 with a 2-run homer in the 6th. The Browns win, 3–2.

16th The Braves Walter Cruise connects off the Cubs Grover Alexander for the 2nd home run hit out of mammoth Braves Field. The first home run, also to RF, was hit by Cruise in 1917. There will be 38 HRs in Braves Field this year: 34 inside-the-park, 3 bounce homers, and Cruise’s missile. Braves pitcher Dana Fillingim is the beneficiary of the offense as he beats Alexander, 8–6.

17th In Cleveland, on the anniversary of the death of Ray Chapman, YWCA members hand out rosebuds to the 6,000 fans as they enter the park. The 2nd place Indians give up 4 runs to the A’s in the 1st, then Cleveland’s Jamieson hits a sharp liner that caroms off the forehead of A’s 2B Johnny Walker, knocking him out and sending him to the hospital. When play is resumed after 10 minutes, the Indians score 5 runs and go on to win 15–8. Cleveland also sets a record—matched in 1952—by racking up 10 assists in the first inning. Rain washes out the 2nd game of the doubleheader.

George Kelly hits a 1st inning grand slam and Dave Bancroft a 2nd inning two-run homer, both off Rube Marquard, and the Giants top the Reds, 6-3.

18th  In the first of two at Detroit, the Red Sox score 4 in the 1st on Shano Collins grand slam, and the Tigers answer with 5 runs. The Sox win it in 11 innings, 6-5. Sad Sam Jones shuts out the Tigers, 5-0, in game 2.

19th  In game 2 at Detroit, Ty Cobb gets hit No. 3,000, off Boston P Elmer Myers. At 34, he’s the youngest ever to do so. Ty has 3 of the 19 hits that Myers allows. Cole gives up 4 to win 10–0. Boston takes the opener, 13–8, as Cobb collects 3 hits.

In the first game of a twinbill in Philadelphia, Dave Robertson has two homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 8 runs as the first-place Pirates crush the Phils, 14-2. Bill Hubbell evens things in game 2, winning, 4-1.

20th  The Tigers waive veteran Donie Bush to the Senators.

At the Polo Grounds, Joe Schultz hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Rosy Ryan, and the Cards top the Giants, 10-1. Milt Stock and Jack Fournier also homer for the Birds.

21st At St. Louis, the largest crowd of the season cheer as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 5–4 and 10–0. Bayne strikes out 7 of the first 9 Yanks in game 2 on his way to a 10 K run.

In Brooklyn, the Robins paste the Cubs with a 19-hit attack to win, 15-5. Hi Myers has 4 hits and 6 RBIs, while Tommy Griffith has 5 hits and 2 RBIs.

24th The Pirates, in front by 7 ½ games, drop a doubleheader to the Giants in New York before 35,000. Art Nehf wins the opener 10–2 handing Babe Adams his first loss in 10 games. Irish Muesel has 2 hits, including a homer, and 4 runs and High Pockets Kelly adds a solo homer and drives in 3. Kelly’s homer comes on a 3-0 fast ball, when McGraw gives him the hit sign, as noted in Marty Appel’s Casey Stengel [Casey remembers it as a grand slam.] Phil Douglas takes the nightcap, 7–0.

25th With Cleveland waltzing to a 15–1 win over the Yankees, NY hurler Harry Harper, pitching in the 8th, plunks OF Charles Jamieson in the ribs, Larry Gardner in the arm, and Steve O’Neill in the back. O’Neill throws the ball back at Harper precipitates a bench clearing brawl. New York OF Bob Meusel contributes 4 errors in the game. Led by Allen Sothoron’s pitching, the Tribe takes over 1st place from the Yankees. Tris Speaker is 4-for-4, Elmer Smith scores 4 runs and Joe Sewell has 4 RBIs. Babe Ruth has 2 hits and drives in New York’s only run. The Babe runs his consecutive-game hitting streak to 26 games.

In a 4–2 win at Boston, the Cards Austin McHenry hits a ball off the LF fence, the first ball to reach the wall. No one has topped it in left yet. On Aug 16th, Walt Cruise hit one into the RF jury box, just the 2nd ball to go over the fence since 1915. Ray Walker is the winning pitcher today.

26th Dolf Luque hurls a complete game and the Reds use a 17-hit attack to down the Phillies, 7-2. For the 4th and last time this year, the Phillies 47-year-old manager Kaiser Wilhelm inserts himself in for mop up duty.

The Yankees launch a 15-hit attack against the Tigers to win, 10-2, behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth’s 26-game hitting streak comes to an end as the “Khedive of Klout” (NY Times) manages just a walk in the game. Ty Cobb has an inside-the-park homer in the 6th, one of 7 hits off Mays.

At Ebbets Field, Speed Martin (9-14) strikes out 7 in Chicago’s 12-3 win over Brooklyn. Ivy Olson’s single in the 6th with 2 outs is the first hit for Uncle Robbie’s crew. Tom Daly has 3 RBIs and Zeb Terry has 4 hits, 3 RBI and a stolen base for the Cubs. For Zeb, it is his only stolen base in 13 attempts this year, the worst percentage in history of anyone with one steal.

In Philadelphia, several Reds players announce a plan for a 4-team west coast winter league, plus a touring team that will visit South America. The coast league will consist of two teams in San Francisco and two in LA, each playing 70 games over ten weeks. Each team is limited to 4 major leaguers. Rogers Hornsby and Harry Heilmann will manage in SF and George Sisler and Rabbit Maranville will skipper in Los Angeles. The touring team will consist of all major leaguers and will start in Cincinnati and journey to the west coast. It will then go to South America with plans to play in Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Rio and other cities. Grand plans, but no league or tour takes place.

27th The Bucs reel out of New York after dropping their fifth straight loss to the Giants as Art Nehf, pitching with 2 days rest, wins 3–1. The Giants are just 2 ½ games in back.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 4 in the 7th and 6 in the 8th to up end the Cubs, 15-5. Tommy Griffith has 5 hits, including 3 doubles, and Hi Myers drives in 6 runs.

28th  Despite 3 doubles by Babe Ruth, the Tigers drop the Yankees, 7–3. Ruth starts a record streak in which he gets at least one extra-base hit in 9 straight games. Into the record books go his 119 extra-base hits, 177 runs, and 457 total bases. His .846 slugging average is one point behind that of a year ago. Rookie Bert Cole (4-0) wins for the third time in his last three starts and has a pair of hits as every starter collects a safety.

At Chicago, Boston’s Sam Jones, pitching in relief, wins his 20th game, beating the White Sox, 6–5, in 11 innings. Roy Wilkinson (3-15), the 5thpitcher for Chicago, is the loser. Wilkinson will lose 20.

Tillie Walker extends his hit streak to 20 games in the A’s 12-4 loss to the Browns. Jack Tobin has 4 hits, Frank Ellerbe drives in 4 runs on 3 hits, and George Sisler has a homer and 3 RBIs. Jimmy Dykes handles an AL record 17 chances at second base for the A’s.

30th  The Cubs and Braves each pull a triple play, but they do not help. The Cubs lose to the Giants 5–3, and Boston falls to the Reds, 6–4, in the second game of their twinbill. Dana Fillingim shuts out the Reds, 5-0, in the first game to win. Tony Boeckel has a grand slam and Ray Powell a solo homer.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates win, 8–2 behind Whitey Glazner’s pitching. Whitey gets help from Dave Robertson, who hits for the cycle.

At Comiskey Park, Urban Shocker wins his 21st as the Browns outhit the White Sox, 20-16, and win, 11-5. George Sisler is 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored. John Michaelson, the third of four pitchers for the Sox, allows 3 runs in two innings. For Michaelson, the only major leaguer born in Finland, it is his second and last appearance.

31st  In the Reds’ 7–3 win over the Braves, the two infields accept 28 chances, tying the ML record.

At Baker Bowl, Jack Smith has 5 hits for the Cards, Rogers Hornsby has a homer and scores 4 times, and Jack Fournier drives in 4 rubs on 3 hits as the Birds overwhelm the Phils, 12-5.