1st At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates pummel the Giants for the fourth straight game, beating the NL leaders, 10-2. The margin of the losses in the four games is 27 runs, a mark that the Giants won’t approach until 2017 (22 runs in a 3-game set with the Reds). New York is now tied with the Cardinals for first place. In the AL, the Browns lead by two games.
3rd The first place Browns beat the visiting A’s, 9–5 behind Wright. Bill Jacobson homers twice to drive in 5 runs and Pat Collins adds a 3-run homer. 3B Herm Bronkie contributes 3 errors for St. Louis, and Jimmy Austin will take over the hot corner tomorrow.
4th The Cards pass New York and move into first again, as the Cubs score a 3–2 win over the Giants, scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning. The Giants split for the afternoon, winning the 2nd game of the doubleheader, 2-1.
5th Tommy McCarthy, a top outfielder in the 1890s, dies at 58. He will enter the Hall of Fame in 1946. On the 14th, an all-star team will beat the Red Sox in a benefit game that raises more than $5,000 for his family.
Pittsburgh roughs up Boston starter Rube Marquard and beats the last place Braves 9–3. Johnny Morrison is the winner as all 9 Pirates in the lineup have a hit.
George Kelly has 5 hits to pace a 27-hit barrage by the Giants, who swamp the visiting Cubs, 19-7. Irish Meusel has 4 hits and 4 runs.
The Brooklyn Dodgers sweep a pair from the visiting Reds, as Dazzy Vance beats Dolf Luque in the opener, 5–0. In the nitecap, pitcher Leon Cadore hits a game ending homer in the 10th to win, 3–2.
6th In St. Louis, Walter Johnson gives up the first grand slam of his career, a 3rd inning shot by Jack Tobin, as the Browns top the Senators, 8–4. George Sisler is 2-for-2 against the Big Train, as Urban Shocker picks up the victory.
At Columbus (AA), Charles Pechous of the Senators pulls off an unassisted triple play against Minneapolis, but they still lose, 15-5.
7th Ken Williams hits 2 HRs (#29 and #30) in the 6th inning, off starter George Mogridge and reliever Eric Erickson, as the Browns score 9 times against Washington in a 16–1 win. Williams is the first to do so since Bobby Lowe in 1894. Both homers follow doubles by Baby Doll Jacobson, also tying a ML record, as the Browns establish a ML record (since 1893) of 7 extra base hits in the frame. Jacobson also gets called out in the 1stinning for batting out of turn.
A NL record ten Pirates collect 2 or more hits as the Pirates tally 22 hits to pound the 7th-place Phillies, 17–10. The Phils knock out the Bucs ace Wilbur Cooper, scoring 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings, but the Pirates score 8 in the 4th to take the lead. Three Pirate pitchers are 5-for-5 at the plate, including Whitey Glazner’s home run, and the only Buc batter to not contribute two safeties is cleanup hitter Clyde Barnhart. Vet infielder Jimmy Smith homers off of Cooper, his last ML roundtripper.
8th Pittsburgh makes a ML record 46 hits in a doubleheader against Philadelphia. Pittsburgh sweeps, winning 19-8 and 7-3. With their 27 hits in game one, and 22 the day before, a two-game ML record (49) is set. In today’s double pounding, the hitting stars are Reb Russell and Cotton Tierney, each of whom collect 8 hits (Both with 5 in game 1) and each scores 5 runs in game 1. Russell collects 7 RBIs. The Phillies are no slouches in game 1 either as Frank Parkinson and Curt Walker have 4 hits apiece and Johnny Mokan hits a grand slam.
The Red Sox collect 21 hits against Cleveland in a 15–6 win at Fenway. Cleveland manager Tris Speaker retaliates by hitting two homers over the RF wall.
Tom Zachary and the Senators beat the Browns Dixie Davis, 3–1, cutting the St. Louis lead in the AL to a game.
The Giants Shufflin’ Phil Douglas is suspended and fined $100 by John McGraw. (Douglas, an alcoholic, and McGraw did not enjoy the best of relationships after McGraw forced Douglas to undergo a terrible treatment for alcoholism.) Douglas writes a letter to St. Louis Cardinals OF Les Mann, his former roommate at Chicago, offering to disappear if they make it worth his while, lest he help McGraw win the pennant. Mann turns the letter over to Branch Rickey, who relays it to Commissioner Landis. In Pittsburgh on the August 16, Douglas admits he wrote the letter, and Landis bars him from baseball for life. Sadly, when Douglas sobered up he asked Mann to destroy the letter, but Mann had already passed it on. Douglas was 11-4 at the time, with the lowest ERA on the club (2.63).
9th With the score even at 6 apiece, the Browns score 2 in the 7th off reliever Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 8–6. The Browns finish an 11–5 home stand.
10th The Pirates continue their hot hitting, crushing the Phils 14–4 on 16 hits. Today’s hitting stars are LF Carson Bigbee with 5 hits, and starter Hal Carlson, who lofts his first ML homer. The remarkable team effort results in the 5th game in a row in which every Pirate in the lineup collects a hit. The Bucs have now won 11 straight and their team average is .309. The Bucs will win 2 more to run their streaks to 13 games—good enough for 3rd place behind the Giants. In tomorrow’s game, only SS Jim Tierney will fail to collect a hit.
11th At Fenway, the Red Sox execute a 9th inning triple play (2-5-3-5) against Washington, but the Senators still prevail, 5-4.
12th The Wichita Falls Spudders (Texas League), winners of 24 games in a row, face a tough opponent in grandfathered Dallas spitballer Snipe Conley. Halfway through the game, Conley complains of a burning sensation on his lips and mouth, limiting his ability to throw his specialty. The Spudders eventually win, 4-3, but when the ball is examined later its revealed that a creosote compound was rubbed into the seams, Dallas protests the game. League prexy J. Doak Roberts upholds the protest, ending the Spudders streak at 24, 3 short of the record.
Babe Adams allows 4 hits as the Pirates shut out the Reds, 6-0, for their 13th straight win.
On a damp day, the Giants take over first place by twice beating the host Robins, winning 11-5 and 3-1. Kelly has a homer, double and 2 singles in the opener, and Earl Smith adds a 2-run homer.
13th The New York Yankees Everett Scott nears 1,000 consecutive games played, but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is wrecked. Washington wins, 3-2.
Led by SS Charles Hollocher’s 3 triples the Cubs cook the Cardinals, 16–5. Hollocher is in the middle of his best season, and will hit .340 while leading the loop in fielding for the 2nd straight year.
14th Lizzie Murphy of the Providence all-stars, plays 1B for an AL all-star team in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, making her the first female to play for a ML team. Other all-stars are Chick Shorten, Tillie Walker, Frank Bruggy, Bootnose Hoffman, Jim Bagby, Nick Altrock, and Donnie Bush. The all-stars win 3–2 when Doc Johnson triples home Pep Young in the 10th. The proceeds benefit the family of former Sox player and manager Tommy McCarthy. The future Hall of Famer passed away August 5.
15th In a game between Chicago and Boston, 35 singles are hit—21 by the White Sox, 14 by the Red Sox—an AL record. Chicago wins the hit parade, 19–11.
16th The Browns beat Walter Johnson and the Senators again, 11–2. Brownie star George Sisler is 1-for-5 with a run scored.
In Philadelphia, the A’s hang on for a 10-9 win over the Indians. Cleveland pinchhitter Bill Gardner collects 2 hits in an 8th inning rally, tying a league record set last month.
In Pittsburgh, trailing 7–6 the Pirates load the bases with two outs before Walter Schmidt drives a ball to deep left center. Giants LF Casey Stengel makes a dramatic catch on the dead run to preserve the New York win.
18th Irish Meusel leads the offense for the first-place Giants as he drives in 5 runs on 5 hits, including a homer, in 17–11 victory over the Cubs. The Giants score 10 runs in the 5th inning. Burleigh Grimes has 4 hits and 6 RBIs for the Cubs.
19th In Philadelphia, the Browns and A’s split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 9–5. Urban Shocker is backed by Ken Williams 31st HR. He hits his 32nd in the nitecap, but the A’s win, 6–5, when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run HR in the 8th off Rasty Wright. The split allows the Yankees, winner over Chicago, to move back into first place.
20th The Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Robins, winning 10-5 and 4-3 in 10 innings. In game 1, Brooklyn P Burleigh Grimes combines with his batterymate Bernie Hungling on a double steal, with Hungling swiping home as the Robins do all their scoring in the frame. Grimes will have 15 stolen bases in his career. In the 2nd game Ray Schmandt hits leadoff doubles in the 4th and 10th for Brooklyn, but he is stranded on the latter and caught with a hidden ball trick on the former.
Ban Johnson hands out fines to the Yankees and White Sox for their play during a game on August 1, eventually rained out in less than five innings. The Yanks gets their fines for stalling, the Sox get theirs for deliberately making outs to speed up the game. Huggins gets a $100 fine, while $25 fines are handed out to Faber, Schalk, Falk, Scott, Meusel, Hoyt and Schang.
21st With homers by Welch and Perkins in the 1st inning, the A’s jump to a 5–0 lead over the Browns, and hold on for a 7–6 win. George Sisler has a pair of hits to stay in the batting lead and Ken Williams runs his consecutive batting streak to 25 games. The idle Yankees lead by a full game.
In Boston, the Tigers score 10 runs in the 6th inning to blast the Red Sox, 16-3. Emory Rigney reaches base twice in the frame on errors, the first player to do that. Veach is 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored.
22nd At the Polo Grounds, Indians P George Uhle singles in the 6th inning and the Yankees (as noted by Retrosheet) allow a courtesy pinch runner Les Nunnamaker while Uhle gets his shoe repaired. Uhle returns to mound to finish the game, winning, 6–2. The loss drop New York to 2ndplace behind St. Louis. Everett Scott keeps his consecutive game streak alive with a $40 cab ride (as noted by historian Craig Wright). Scott was involved in a train wreck and needed the expensive taxi ride to get to the Polo Grounds.
At Boston, the Browns beat the Red Sox behind reliever Elam Vangilder, who takes over for Wright in the 4th inning with 2 on and a 4–1 lead. Williams and Sisler each have 2 stolen bases.
The Tigers claw the A’s winning, 6-4 and 17-3. Lu Blue scores 5 runs in the second game.
23rd Shortstop Bobby LaMotte hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off Dixie Leverett, and the Senators beat the Tigers, 11-3.
24th The Browns collect 20 hits and score 9 runs in the first 2 innings to stun the Red Sox, 13–2. Ken Williams extends his hitting streak to 28 games, but it will be stopped here.
Love them Philley cheese dogs. Harry Heilmann and Lu Blue each hit a triple and homer and score 3 runs as the Tigers outslug the host A’s, 11-8. For Heilmann it is his 10th homer in 12 games in Philadelphia this year, a ML record that won’t be matched this century.
Les Mann hits a 6th inning grand slam as the Cardinals hold on for a 12-11 shootout with Boston. Walter Holke is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs for Boston.
25th You can’t blame it on the wind as one of the most poorly pitched ML games ever played takes place in Chicago. The Cubs edge the Phils 26–23 in a game that features 51 hits, 23 walks, and 10 errors. The Phils have the bases loaded in the 9th when the game ends, making a total of 16 left on base; the Cubs leave 9. When the Cubs score 14 runs in the 4th to take a 25–6 lead, OF Marty Callaghan bats 3 times (a since tied record), getting 2 hits and striking out. Modern ML records are set or tied for total runs (49, by two teams) and hits, most players scoring runs (Phils, 13), and most players scoring 2+ runs (Cubs, 9), most plate appearances (66, by the Phils including 8 by Frank Parkinson). The 14-run inning ties the Yankees’ mark of July 6, 1920; The Phils add a run in the 4th to make the two-team total of 15 a record for the inning, as is the 2nd inning total of 13—ten from the Cubs side and 3 from the Phils. Cliff Heathcote of the Cubs sets a modern NL record by reaching base 7 times in the 9-inning game. Hack Miller helps run up the Chicago total with 3-run homers in the 2nd and 4th innings. His first blast is just the 2nd homer to reach the centerfield scoreboard, located at ground level in Cubs Park: Hornsby hit the first last year. A team-record 13 players score runs for the Phils. Tony Kaufmann is the winner over Jimmy Ring, who allows 10 runs in the 2ndand is not lifted until the 4th. Ring allows 16 runs, 6 earned: on the 10thhe gave up 14 runs, 6 earned. Today’s game is a surprisingly short 3:01.
In the first of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds, the Browns beat the Yankees, 3–1, behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser, but stops Ken Williams hit streak at 28 consecutive games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game 2, the Yankee jump to a 2–0 lead on Ruth’s 2-run triple, then extend it to 6–1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6–5, but that is it. St. Louis is a half game ahead of New York.
26th The Yankees take over first place by beating the Browns, 9–2, behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.
At Washington, the Tigers beat the Senators, 8-5, but suffer a severe blow to their pennant hopes when Harry Heilmann breaks his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Heilmann had 2 hits today and an 11 game hitting streak to go with .355 batting average. Shortstop Topper Rigney is 4-for-4 today and manager Cobb is hoping the rookie will help fill in the loss of Heilmann. The Tigers are in 3rd place, 5.5 game behind the Yankees.
Pittsburgh beats visiting Brooklyn, 7-5, as Reb Russell runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. It stops here. Rabbit Maranville has a pair of triples and 3 RBIs.
27th The Yankees increase their lead by beating the Browns, 2–1, in 11 innings on Meusel’s sac fly. Hank Severeid’s HR is the only score for the Browns. An apparent 2-run double off the LF wall by Eddie Foster in the 10th is ruled foul by George Moriarty. The Yanks take the series, 3–1.
29th In Washington, Wally Pipp in the 3rd and Babe Ruth in the 4th, hit solo HRs off Walter Johnson as New York wins, 3–1. Sam Jones is the winner.
30th After hitting HR No. 28 in the first inning, Babe Ruth argues too strongly over a called strike on his next AB, and he is thrown out of the game by Tommy Connolly. He’ll be suspended for the 5th time this year, and will be out for 3 days. New York wins today’s battle with Washington, 5–4, overcoming a pair of homeruns by Frank Brower.