December 1909

14th  Kid Elberfeld, who helped make the Highlanders a winner, is sold to Washington for $5,000.

St. Paul (AA) sells John Flynn to the Pirates for $4,000. The Bucs should have kept their money.

16th  The Browns accommodate Lou Criger and trade him to the New York Highlanders in exchange for Joe Lake and Ray Demmitt. According to The Sporting News, Criger “could not keep his health” in St. Louis and said he would not report to them next spring. “His system is full of malaria,” states the newspaper. The vet has not hit over .200 since 1904.

November 1909

1st The Red Sox hire former Washington skipper Patsy Donovan as manager, replacing Fred Lake. Lake will move across town to manage the Braves next season.

18th In Cuba, righty Bombin Pedroso no hits the AL champion Detroit Tigers for 11 innings, finally winning, 2–1. The only run for Detroit comes on an error in the 7th. A squeeze bunt against Bill Lelivelt in the 11th scores the winner. A collection is taken up for Pedroso and fans, including several Tigers, contribute $300. The Tigers, playing without Cobb and Crawford, win 4 of 12 games against Havana and Almendares.

26th  The Phils are sold for $350,000 to a group headed by sportswriter Horace Fogel. Because of his dual roles, Fogel will become the only executive barred from a league meeting.

October 1909

2nd  Eddie Grant of the Phils has 7 hits against the host Giants as the Phils sweep two, 9–2 and 2–1. Harvard Eddie has 5 hits off Marquard in game 1, adding a steal of home on a double steal, and goes 2-for-4 against Christy Mathewson in game 2. Marquard is clobbered in the opener, allowing 16 hits—7 straight in the first inning­­—and 9 runs. Kitty Bransfield hits a 3-run shot into the bleachers for his only homer of the year. Quaker catcher Red Dooin pulls off an unassisted DP, nabbing Myers between 3B and home and then touching the following runner on the other side of 3B. George McQuillan throws the final 3 innings of game 1 and then outpitches Mathewson in the nitecap for a 2–1 victory. Mathewson ends the season with an ERA of 1.14 and a career-high winning percentage of .806.

In the first game of a season-ending doubleheader against Washington, Jim Curry plays second base for the Athletics and goes 1-for-4 against Walter Johnson. At 16 years, six months, and 22 days, Curry is the youngest player in American League history and the youngest major league position player in the 20th century (his birth year is reported as both 1889 and 1893): Carl Scheib will debut at 16 years of age in 1943. Walter Johnson’s 6–5 loss in the opener seals the last-place finish for Washington with 110 losses—Johnson and Bob Groom suffering 51 of them. The A’s take the nitecap as well, 7–2. Three years later, when Washington rises to 2nd place, Johnson and Groom will combine for 56 wins. Today, Groom and P Dolly Gray play the outfield for the Nationals. The last place finish costs Pongo Joe Cantillon his job. The new manager is Jimmy McAleer.

In Kansas City, former Cubs catcher Johnny Kling wins the world championship of pool, defeating Cowboy Weston, 800 to 789. Kling was ahead in each of the four days of play. He runs 198 straight balls today while Weston, the defending champion, runs 208 straight.

In an exhibition game in Chicago, the NL Colts lose, 7-3, to the colored Leland Giants at Gunther Park. Merz, with no ML record, is the loser as all the regulars rest. In the second game, the Giants play the Gunthers, winning 8-4.

3rd  Pitching for the Reds, manager Clark Griffith makes his last career start and his first since 1906, losing, 8-3, to the host Cardinals. He gives up 11 hits as the game is called after 6 innings because of darkness.

4th The Colts close out their home season with a 8-2 victory over the first-place Pirates. Three Fingered Brown gives up a pair in the 1st inning while Sam Frock holds Chicago scoreless until the 8th before the locals defrock him with 8 runs. Six hits, 2 errors and 2 HBPs score the 8. Brown finishes his year with a career-high 342.2 innings pitched and an NL-high 27 victories.

At the Polo Grounds, the Phillies score 5 in the 8th against New York to take the lead but the Giants plate 2 in the 9th to win, 6-5. The second match turns ugly in the 4th inning when three complaining Quakers—Knabe, Doolan and pitcher Moren—are tossed out of the game by umpire Mullen. They refuse to leave and the ump gives the Phillies 5 minutes to take the field. When they decline his invitation, he forfeits the game to the Giants.

5th After losing two out of three to the Colts, the Pirates end their season with a doubleheader victory over the Reds, winning 5-4 and 7-4 at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh reaches 110 victories while Chicago is in 2nd place with 104. For the second time this decade, and the last time this century, the Pirates have to top four leaders in runs scored: Tommy Leach (126); Fred Clarke (97); Honus Wagner and Bobby Byrne (92 each). Byrne scored most of his runs with the Cardinals.

6th Chicago Cubs King Cole makes his major league debut a royal one by stopping the Cardinals, 8–0, the first shutout for the Cubs in three weeks. It is the Cubs 32nd shutout of the year tying the ML mark set by the 1906 White Sox and the 1907 Cubs. Chicago wins the 2nd contest, 5-1, pinning the loss on Fred Beebe. It is the 11th straight loss for Beebe to the Cubs. Rudy Schwenck, who debuted two weeks ago, is the winner in his final ML appearance.

Before 6,000 in New York, the Yankees and Tigers play a game for the benefit of Sam Crane, a former Tiger and presently ailing sportswriter in New York. Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity, currently part owner of the Newark team, are the opposing starters, with Matty going 3 frames. The season is over for the Yankees but Matty pitches even though his Giants are still playing. The game is interrupted in the 8th inning to allow the auctioning of a bat used by Ty Cobb and a ball used in one of his games. In spirited bidding, the ball goes to former Police Chief Devery for $275 while the bat goes for $50.

7th On the last day of the season, Brooklyn beats the Giants, 7–5.

8th  The Pirates, winners of 110 games, face Detroit in the WS, which pits the 2 leagues’ top offensive stars, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. It is the first of three times this century that batting champs will face each other in the WS (Al Simmons and Chick Hafey in 1931: Bobby Avila and Willie Mays in 1954 are the others) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke starts 27-year-old rookie righthander Babe Adams against Tigers P George Mullin. There are only 11 hits in the game, but one is a HR by Clarke, and the Pirates win, 4–1, before a crowd of 29,264.

Before 4,573 at the Polo Grounds, the Boston Americans defeat the Giants, 4-2, behind Smoky Joe Wood. Christy Mathewson is the loser. The exhibition grosses $2956 with $1596 going to the players.

In the windy city series opener, the Cubs defeat the White Sox, 4-0.

9th  The Tigers win the 2nd WS game behind Bill Donovan 7–2. Cobb’s steal of home highlights a 3-run 3rd. Detroit has been defenseless against stolen bases in the past 3 WS, giving up 16 in 5 games to the Cubs in 1907, 15 in 5 games to the Cubs in 1908, and 18 in 7 games to the Pirates this year, for a total of 49 in 17 games, and the highest SB totals in all of WS history.

11th  Paced by Honus Wagner’s 3 hits, 3 RBI, and 3 stolen bases, the visiting Pirates take game 3, 8–6. Nick Maddox is the winner over Ed Summers, who is recovering from dysentery. Hughie Jennings will be roundly criticized for starting Summers and ignoring Ed Killian and 21-game winner Ed Willetts, neither of whom throw an inning.

12th  George Mullin’s 5-hitter, 5–0 victory evens the Series again, as Cobb drives in 2 runs with a double. Mullin strikes out 10 batters, as Lefty Leifield takes the loss. Lefty is not helped by 6 Buc errors.

13th  Babe Adams hurls his 2nd complete-game victory 8–4, despite a double and HR by Sam Crawford. Fred Clarke’s 3-run HR breaks a tie and gives the Pirates a 3–2 Series lead.

14th  George Mullin outlasts 3 Pirates pitchers for a 5–4 win that sends the Series to a 7th game in Detroit. This is the first WS to go the limit.

In a series between the two leagues’ third-place finishers, the Red Sox defeat the Giants and win the series, 4 games to 1.

16th  Rookie Babe Adams comes through with a 6-hit, 8–0 win. It is his 3rd complete-game WS victory and gives the Pirates their first World Championship. He is the only rookie this century to win a game 7 in the WS: The next to do it will be John Lackey, in 2002. Fred Clarke has five plate appearances and no at bats as he walks 4 times and has a sacrifice, and Wagner and Miller each drive in 2 runs. The 2 teams combine for a WS record 34 errors, with Detroit contributing 19, also a record.

18th At the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition in Seattle, Lizzie Arnold of Bellingham, Washington sets a women’s record for the long toss of a baseball when she throws a ball 209’5”. The 16-year-old is the first woman to throw a baseball over 200 feet. Future articles will give her 1/8” to ½” on her record. (as noted by Michelson’s Book of World Records and historian J.G. Preston).

September 1909

1st In Detroit, the Tigers edge the Red Sox, 5-4, in 11 innings. Ty Cobb scores the winning run, his third of the game. He contributes two stolen bases and a 2-run homer.

2nd  Detroit beats Boston, 8–5, and completes a sweep of every series against visiting Eastern teams, winning their 14th in a row. The Tigers regain first place by a half game en route to their 3rdstraight pennant.

Boston’s Cliff Curtis pitches his first ML game and beats the Pirates, 1-0, to give the Doves their only win against Pittsburgh this year. The Pirates win the nightcap and will finish the season 20-1 against Boston.

For the 2nd day in a row, Giants outfielder Bill O’Hara is a pinch runner and swipes two bases. Today’s thefts come in the 9thinning of a 5–2 loss to the Cardinals: yesterday he did it in the 6thof a 9–6 win over the Cards. He is the first to accomplish this ML record, and he is the only one this century to do it twice.

4th Sigh! After tying Cleveland yesterday, the visiting Tigers lose two games today to end their 14-game winning streak. All of the wins were at home. Cy Falkenberg shuts out the Tigers, 4-0, and Cy Young then wins, 4-3. The Bengals will win 3 more back at home to run their home winning streak to 17 games (1 tie).

George Stone hits a leadoff homer, his only roundtripper this year, and the Browns score 2 runs in the 1st off Chicago’s Fred Olmstead. Bill Bailey makes it hold up in a 2-1 win over the Sox.

6th In the holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Boston Doves take the opener, 2–0, and New York wins the nitecap, 5–4. Mathewson wins his own game for the Giants with a 10th inning triple to score Admiral Schlei.

The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 3–1 and 6–1. The Bucs get a little solace as Adams strikes out 6 Cubs in a row, one short of the record set by Wiltse in 1906.

7th  Pitcher Addie Joss hits his only career HR, off Detroit’s Ed Summers, in a 6–4 Cleveland loss at Detroit. It is Detroit’s 17thconsecutive win at home, an AL record.

9th  The Pirates beat the Reds, 3–1. Charles “Moon” Gibson of Pittsburgh catches his 112th consecutive game, breaking Chief Zimmer’s 1890 record. His streak will end at 140.

Chicago’s Orval Overall tops the St. Louis Cardinals, 2–1 for his 15th straight win over the Birds. He started the streak on June 6, 1906. It is the second longest Cub winning streak by one pitcher over a single team.

Bill Dinneen, winner of 3 games in the first WS, is released by the St. Louis Browns and becomes an AL umpire, a position he will hold through 1937.

Prior to the game between the Senators and the Red Sox, Boston swaps Doc Gessler to the host Nationals for pitcher Charlie Smith (and $2500) with the proviso that the trade become effective after the game. Gessler comes off the bench and, in his first at bat, drives in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and then scores a run four batters later as Boston wins, 3-1. Tomorrow’s Boston Globe headline blares: “Thanks for the little loan, Mr. Cantillon.”

11th The Athletics and Red Sox split a doubleheader, each team winning, 1–0. The Red Sox also pick up pitcher Jack Chesbro (0-4) on waivers from the Highlanders. The future Hall of Famer will pitch and lose one game (to New York) for Boston before calling it quits at 199-131.

Christy Mathewson and catcher Chief Meyers are all that the Giants need in the opener against Brooklyn. Matty allows 3 hits in shutting down the Superbas, and the Chief clubs his first major league homer in the 2nd inning, a grand slam to score all the runs. New York wins, 4–0, beating Elmer Knetzer. The Superbas take the nitecap, 10–1, behind Bugs Raymond. Rookie Zack Wheat has his first 2 ML hits in the nitecap, after being collared in the opener by Matty.

13th  Ty Cobb clinches the AL HR title with his 9th round-tripper in a 10–2 Detroit win over the Browns. It is an inside-the-park drive. In fact, all his 9 HRs this season are inside-the-park, including 2 on July 15th. He is the only player in this century to lead in HRs without hitting one out of the park. Only Crawford (12 in 1901) has hit more inside-the-park homers in a year than Cobb.

The last-place Doves host a pair with the Giants, winning the opener, 6-1, as Beals Becker hits a second inning grand slam off Hooks Wiltse. Game 2 ends in a 4-4 tie after 13 innings.

14th Cubs ace Three Fingered Brown shuts out the Reds, 4–0, for his 13th straight win over Cincy. The streak started on August 28, 1906.

John Heydler announces that the NL will use 2 umpires per game in 1910.

In the dimming light of the second game of a doubleheader between the Dayton Veterans and the Grand Rapids Wolverines (Class B Central League) 21-year-old Vets 2B Cupid Pinkney is hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Kurt Hageman. Pinkney is knocked out but will be recover enough to speak in the hospital before going into a coma and dying. Dayton cancels its last two games of the season.

16th  President Taft attends a Cubs-Giants game in Chicago and players are introduced to him before the game. Giants ace Christy Mathewson then outdeals Chicago ace Three Fingered Brown, 2–1, with each allowing 7 hits. Taft downs popcorn and lemonade during the match, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The University of Wisconsin baseball team arrives in Tokyo to begin a series of games against Japanese schools.

17th  In Washington, two rookie starters debut in the same game as Bill McCorry of the Browns faces Dixie Walker, Sr., of the Senators. Dixie fairs better as the Senators score in each of the first 4 innings to win, 10-1. The Yankees will beat up on McCorry on the 29th in his second and last game.

18th  Before 35,409, the largest paid baseball attendance ever, Chief Bender beats Bill Donovan and the Tigers 2–0 at Philadelphia to keep the A’s in the pennant race. The A’s are 14–8 against Detroit this year, setting an AL record for most wins against the pennant winner. Ty Cobb is the Triple Crown winner with a .377 BA, 9 home runs (all inside the park), and 107 RBI. He also will lead the AL with 216 hits, 116 runs, and 296 total bases. His 76 stolen bases make him the only player ever to win a quadruple crown.

In Pittsburgh, Vic Willis stops Brooklyn on just one hit, a topped roller in the 3rd inning by Zack Wheat. It will be the closest ever to a no-hitter by any pitcher at Forbes Field. Pittsburgh wins, 6–0.

20th  The A’s beat the Tigers, 4-3, and take three out of four games with the league leaders. Philadelphia is just two games behind Detroit with 14 to play.

21st Rest seems to have cured Walter Johnson’s sore arm, as the Nats’ ace shuts out Detroit, 2–0, his first appearance since August 29th. He will finish the season at 13–25, 10 of the losses coming in shutouts. Five of the shutout losses were to the White Sox. Detroit takes the first game, 3-1, behind Ed Willett’s 21st victory. The Nationals manage just 2 hits. With the A’s losing, Detroit now leads the AL by 2.5 games.

The first-place Pirates are inhospitable to Boston as they shut them out in a doubleheader, winning 2-0 and 5-0. Babe Adams and Howie Camnitz are the winners.

22nd  Jimmy McAleer, one of the AL’s original managers, resigns from the Browns after 8 years, switching to Washington.

At Robison Field, the Cardinals collect 12 hits off Christy Mathewson, but still lose to the Giants, 4–3. Fred Beebe takes the loss. It is Beebe’s 14th straight loss to the Giants, establishing a ML record that’ll be tied in the 20th century by 7 pitchers.

25th  The White Sox sweep a pair from the Nationals, 2–1 and 2–0. In game one, Washington rookie Bob Groom loses his 15thconsecutive game, an AL record that will be surpassed by Jack Nabors (1916) and Mike Parrott (1980) He will lead the AL with 26 losses. Walter Johnson is the loser in game 2 as Bill Burns shuts out the Senators, handing Washington its AL-record 30th shutout. The Cards were shut out last year 33 times, a record.

At Philadelphia, the A’s tally two shutouts over Cleveland, winning 5-0 behind Chief Bender and 3–0 behind veteran Cy Morgan. The A’s stay 2.5 games behind Detroit and will get no closer.

The Yankees’ eight-game winning streak comes to a halt against the visiting Tigers pitcher Ed Summers, 2–1, in game 1. They also lose game 2, 10-4. The Yanks hit Summers freely in the first 3 innings with the help of a sign-stealing scheme. A hat advertisement in CF has the crossbar in “H” cut and painted white on one side and black on the other. Using a telescope, a man spotted the catcher’s signal and used a handle to flip the crossbar to indicate fastball or curve. Detroit trainer Tuthill, sent by a suspicious manager Hughey Jennings to investigate, discovers the scam and destroys the crossbar. Jennings was possibly tipped off to the scam; Chicago White Sox manager Billy Sullivan, whose team lost in New York, was quoted [later] as saying he had his suspicions, but couldn’t prove anything. Joe Cantillon, manager of the Senators, said later he knew of the scam, but didn’t complain because his team was out of the race. He identified the man in CF as former pitcher Gene McCann. Later, at the winter meetings the AL Board of directors will issue a statement saying that “after their investigation, they found no evidence of a signal tipping plan had been in effect.” (as noted by Kevin Kerr). They went on to say that “if such a plan was discovered from any team in the league the manager or player responsible would be banned from the league for all time.” A rule prohibiting signal tipping will be implemented the following year.

At Chicago, Cubs P Jack Pfiester beats Boston, 7–4, for his 11thstraight win over them stretching back to August 26, 1907.

27th  The first-place Pirates set an NL record with their 16thvictory in a row, winning, 6-1, before the Giants stop them, 8–7, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader.

28th Before the start of the game in Pittsburgh, Fred Clarke is feted by the fans. He is awarded more than $600 in gold and receives a watch from Pittsburgh mayor William Magee. Against the Giants, Clark walks twice before removing himself, and Wagner collects two doubles and a single. But the Giants outslug the Pirates to win, 13–9.

29th At Chicago, the Cubs take a pair from the Phillies, 5–4 and 6–3. Phils rookie Fred Luderas debuts and goes 4-for-4 with a HR and double in the nitecap.

At Boston, pitcher Ed Killian (11-9) pitches both games for Detroit against the Red Sox, and nails down the pennant with two wins. He takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning of game 1, winning 5-0, and then captures the second game, 8-3.

30th At Pittsburgh, the Giants agree to move up tomorrow’s game and New York and the and Pirates split a twinbill; New York takes the opener, 6–2, then loses 9–1. In the game 2 laugher, 49-year-old coach Arlie Latham makes his last ML appearance, and his 4ththis year. Latham first played ML ball in 1880, for Buffalo. George Gibson catches both games for the Bucs and establishes a ML record for consecutive games caught at 133. The old record was held by McGuire of Cleveland.

The White Sox finish off any hopes that the Athletics have for the pennant, beating them 8-5 and 6-4. Detroit loses in Boston, but wins his third straight pennant.

August 1909

1st In Chicago, Three Finger Brown pitches a one-hitter in beating the Phillies 3-0 in the first of two. Kitty Bransfield’s single is the only safety. The Cubs sweep by winning game 2, 7-6.

2nd Harry Pulliam is buried in Louisville. For the first time in history, both NL and AL games are postponed in tribute. After the funeral, a special meeting of the Board of Directors appoints John Heydler to succeed Pulliam.

3rd Despite allowing 15 hits and 6 runs, Christy Mathewson tops the Reds 7–6 in 10 innings. The Giants bail Matty out by hammering Bob Spade and Billy Campbell.

The A’s sweep a pair from the visiting White Sox, winning 2-1 and 10-4, though the scores take a backseat to an incident between umpire Tim Hurst and A’s Eddie Collins. Doc White and the Sox take a 4-1 lead into the 7th, but the A’s score 6 runs for the lead. White is removed for Louis Fiene and the A’s continue to score in the 8th. With runners on, Collins singles and goes to second where he appears to be safe when the throw is dropped. When Hurst calls him out, Collins is furious and follows the up around the infield using words like “yellow”, “crook” and “blind bat.” Hurst then turns and spits in the face of Collins before teammates pull the two apart. After the game, police battle with fans for 20 minutes as Hurst is hit by cushions and bottles. Hurst will be suspended by Ban Johnson tomorrow.

5th The Washington Nationals complete a marathon run of eight straight doubleheaders, a ML record until the National League Braves top it in 1928. The marathon started on July 27th and 28thwith Philadelphia; Chicago on July 29th, 30th, and 31st; and Cleveland for the 3rd, 4th and today’s twinbill with Cleveland. The Nats lose 9–4 and win game 2, 2–0.

The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Doves, winning 2–1 and 4–0, and are now 2 ½ games behind the Pirates, losers today. Mordecai Brown wins the opener, as Johnny Evers stakes him to a lead with a first inning steal of home. Jack Pfiester shuts out Boston on 4 hits in the second game.

6th Behind Harry Gaspar, the Reds edge the visiting Giants, 1-0, in 10 innings. Rebel Oakes scores the lone run, bunting for a hit and circling the bases on two New York errors.

7th In St. Louis, the Giants shell Fred Beebe for 6 hits and 4 runs in the first inning, and Christy Mathewson coasts to a 7–1 win.

8th In a 3–0 Giants win at St. Louis, outfielder Bill O’Hara swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 8th inning.

11th  John McGraw puts 49-year-old Giants coach Arlie Latham at 2B in a 19–3 romp over St. Louis. Latham goes hitless but handles 2 assists. Cy Seymour scores 5 runs.

12th In Chicago, the Giants sweep a doubleheader with the Cubs to inch closer to 2nd place. New York wins the opener, 5–2, then Mathewson sets down the Cubs, 3–0, for his 18th win.

Umpire Tim Hurst is dropped by the American League following an investigation into the spitting incident in the August 3 game between the A’s and White Sox. His replacement is Mike Thompson, a former Georgetown University football player who has been a well-known football ref. Thompson tried to join the NL umping staff last year but the roster was filled.

San Francisco pitcher Frank Browning defeats Los Angeles, 10-2, to run his win streak to a PCL record 16 victories. Buck Newsom, Frank Shellenback and Jim Wilson will come close, with 15 straight, but Browning’s mark will not be matched this century.

13th The Tigers trade Germany Schaefer and Red Killefer to the Senators for Jim Delahanty. Delahanty will be a solid performer down the stretch and star in the WS.

14th  Chicago pitcher’s Ed Reulbach’s 14-game winning streak is stopped by the Giants 5–2. It is Reulbach’s second streak of that length, the only 20th century pitcher to reach that mark (as noted by Cappy Gagnon). During this streak he defeated every NL team, including Brooklyn 5 times. A November 1913 article in Baseball Magazine will judge Reulbach’s streak the most impressive in history; in 14 games he surrendered only 14 runs, giving up three on one occasion, while pitching five shutouts and five one-run games. New York has now won 9 in a row, but Chicago will stop that tomorrow.

15th  Los Angles pitcher Walter Nagle beats San Francisco, 2-1, and stops the PCL record win streak of Frank Browning. Browning won 16 straight, beating Nagle on August 12th.

16th New York and Pittsburgh play to a 2–2 tie, stopped after 8 innings because of a drenching downpour. Off Christy Mathewson, Ham Hyatt hits his 3rd pinch triple of the year, a record that won’t be matched till 1970. Outfielder Red Murray prevents a loss for Matty with one of the greatest catches ever seen at Forbes Field. With two outs and two on, Dots Miller belts a long line drive off Matty into the growing darkness. With everyone straining to follow the ball, a bolt of lightning flashes and Murray is seen making a bare-handed grab on the dead run to end the inning. Bill Klem then calls the game.

The A’s jump on Walter Johnson, scoring 6 runs in 5 innings, before relief comes in. The A’s win, 6–1 over Johnson, but he’ll come back tomorrow to beat them. Before exiting, Johnson hits his first ML homer, off Harry Krause, who will lead the A.L. in ERA with a sparkling 1.39. The homer, just the 3rd hit over Washington’s LF fence, goes through a window of an adjoining building.

The Browns-Indians game is rained out in Cleveland, but St. Louis pitcher Rube Waddell still sees some action. While walking around he hears a gas explosion, part of a warehouse fire that injures eight people, and hurries to the fire. Forcing his way through the barrier ropes, Rube spots some firemen attempting to secure a rope around a wall. He shouts that they are using the wrong knot, then climbs up and knots the rope himself. Several spectators recognize the pitcher and cheer him on.

17th  Nap Lajoie resigns as Cleveland manager with the team in 6th place, but he remains as a player.

Walter Johnson gives up 4 hits in topping the A’s Chief Bender in 12 innings. Red Killefer’s RBI-single drives in the run as the Nats win 1–0. The overwork will take its toll on the young Walter Johnson. He will develop a sore arm and in his next two outing he will give up 27 hits.

18th  Giants player-coach Arlie Latham steals 2B in the Giants’ 14–1 laugher over the Phillies. At 49, he is the oldest player to swipe a base.

Cubs P Ed Reulbach wins his 16th consecutive game from one opponent, beating the Reds, 1–0. Chicago scores a run in the bottom of the 9th off Bob Ewing, who allows just 3 hits. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for Chicago hurlers. Reulbach’s streak against Cincinnati (according to historian Ed Hartig) started on April 15, 1906.

19th  The Phils end a series of rainouts with a split with the Giants. Doc Crandall slices the Phillies, 6–4, but the Quakers come back to beat Mathewson, 1–0. Sherry Magee scores the only run in the bottom of the 9th to tag Matty with the loss.

The St. Louis Cardinals trade Bobby Byrne to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jap Barbeau and Alan Storke. The light-hitting Byrne will up his game in Pittsburgh and finish tied for 3rd in runs in the NL.

20th  The Browns and Tigers trade first baseman: Tom Jones goes to Detroit for Claude Rossman. Jones will hit .281 for the defending champs.

21st The Giants edge the Reds, with Mathewson winning this one, 1–0. Jack Rowan takes the loss when Larry Doyle walks in the 1st, goes to 3B on a ground out and scores on another grounder.

Jack Taylor, former iron man pitcher in the NL, hurls two complete games in the Central League. On the mound for Dayton, he shuts out Terra Haute on 2 hits to win 4–0 in game one, then wins 1–0 in 11 innings in game 2. On June 4th, pitching for Grand Rapids in the same league, Taylor threw a 1–0 no-hitter over Fort Wayne.

In a Texas League game at San Antonio, William Mitchell strikes out 20 Galveston batters. Mitchell gives up 4 hits in the 8-0 shutout.

22nd Deacon Maguire is named as Cleveland’s manager, replacing Nap Lajoie. The Deacon has previously managed Boston and Washington.

23rd  With lefthander Jim Pastorius pitching, Brooklyn C Bill Bergen throws out 6 (erroneously listed as 7) of 8 base-stealing Cardinals in a 9–1 St. Louis victory. Bergen’s mark is a 20thcentury high, tied twice in 1915 by Schang and again by 3 A’s catchers on June 18. In the first game of the doubleheader today, it was Brooklyn’s turn as they swiped 6 bases in a 7–0 win. The Cards steal 2 bases.

It’s a day for thievery as the Cubs steal home 3 times in a game at Boston, tying a ML mark. They waste no time, as Johnny Evers and Del Howard do it in the first inning, and Solly Hofman in the 9-run 2nd. All three are on the front end of double steals. Chicago wins, 11–6.

The first place Giants outslug the visiting Reds, 12-9, using a 7-run 4th to do it. Seymour, McCormick and O’Hara each have two hits in the 4th.

24th The Giants split with the Pirates, taking the first game 4–3 behind Hooks Wiltse, then losing the 2nd. Bug Raymond toils the whole 9 innings for the Giants and gets clobbered 11–3. McGraw leaves the high-living pitcher in the runaway to teach him a lesson.

At Detroit, A’s catcher Paddy Livingston throws out Ty Cobb trying to steal 3B during an intentional walk to Sam Crawford. Cobb intentional spikes 3B Frank Baker on his bare hand during the play, prompting howls of protest from the Athletics. The Tigers win, 7–6, and A’s manager Connie Mack will complain to Ban Johnson about Cobb’s dirty play. Cobb gets a warning from the AL president.

25th Christy Mathewson stops the Pirates, 3–2, on five hits to notch his 20th victory of the season. It is the 7th season in a row that Matty’s hit 20 wins. Nick Maddox takes the loss for the leading Bucs.

Led by a grand slam from Joe Delahanty off Lew Richie, the visiting Cardinals jump to a 5-0 lead in the first inning at Boston, but Boston claws back to win, 9-8. Joe is the last of the four Delahanty brothers to hit a grand slam.

27th  Still pitching doubleheaders, Joe “Iron Man” McGinnity wins a pair for Newark over Buffalo in the Eastern League.

28th  In the first of two games at South Side Park, Dolly Gray of Washington enters the record book by walking 8 White Sox in the 2nd inning, with 7 of the walks in a row (both ML records). The Washington Post describes the inning “it looked like a military drill. Each batsman went to the plate. . . and then sedately marched to first.” (as noted by James Kaufman in his book). The 6 runs scored are enough for a 6–4 Chicago win, although they manage only one hit against Dolly. Leading off the 2nd, Patsy Dougherty logs the only hit, and when he bats again in the inning, manager Billy Sullivan suggests he go to the plate without a bat. For Dougherty, this is the 3rd of 4 times he’ll have the only hit in a game. Washington cops the second game, 2–1.

In New York, the matchup between Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson fizzles when the Cubs score 4 runs in the first two innings. Matty is lifted and Brown wins the game, 6–1.

The first six New York batters reach base safely, and though two cross the plate, only one counts as the Yankees lose, 2–1, to Detroit. Engel hits a leadoff single and stays on 1B when Chase chops a ball in the air and Engel thinks it is a pop up. Engle is tagged out. Four more singles plate one run and the Knight is called back to 3B when a hit ball touches an umpire. Cobb has a single, double and triple for the Bengals.

The Milwaukee White Sox and the Leland Giants square off at Auburn Park with the Sox winning, 1–0, in 11 innings. Pederson hits a 2-out single that scores Matt, who was on with a double. Till then, Dougherty had given up 2 hits. Ernie Groth is the winner.

29th The Pirates trade 3B Jap Barbeau, 2B Allen Storke, and cash to the Cardinals for 3B Bobby Byrne.

30th The Cubs and Giants swap shutouts in this Monday doubleheader. Chicago wins the opener, 2–0, in 11 innings, and Mathewson outpitches Ed Reulbach in the nitecap to win, 5–0, on 5 hits.

In a 5–0 shutout, A’s pitcher Eddie Plank swipes home on the front end of a double steal against the White Sox in the 2nd inning. Plank allows 3 hits and strikes out the side in the 8th.

31st  The A. J. Reach Company is granted a patent for its cork-centered baseball, which will replace the hard rubber-cored one. This change will be particularly apparent in the NL in 1910–11. Less than three months ago, Shibe was granted a patent for his version of a cork-centered ball.

July 1909

1st Baseball historian John Thorn notes the possible first use of the term grand slam in print, in an article from the Cincinnati Post:
“Wyoming is one of the wealthiest and most exclusive suburbs of
Cincinnati. Ordinarily, bridge whist, ball dresses and all that sort of
thing occupy the pretty heads of the two teams. Now they are poring over
the rules as laid down in the Book of Spalding. By a process of
comparison they have learned that a home run is equal to a no-trump
make. A home run with three men on bases, is fully as valuable as a
‘no-trump’ grand slam on the rubber game.”

2nd  The White Sox steal 12 bases in the course of a 15–3 win over St. Louis. Three are steals of home, including one by P Ed Walsh in the 6th inning, for a modern ML record.

After the Phils take game 1 over Boston, 5-4, Boston pitcher Al Mattern pitches a 2-hit, 4-0 win over the Quakers. Mattern will allow a league-high 322 hits in 316.1 innings this year.

3rd  Seventeen Cardinals errors in a doubleheader loss to the Reds, 10–2 and 13–7, tie a modern ML record. Eleven come in game 2.

At a packed Washington Park, the Giants beat up Brooklyn, winning 5–3 and 2–1 in a total of 23 innings. In the opener, Mathewson relieves Bugs Raymond with the score knotted at 3–3 in the 9th. Matty shuts out the Superbas in the next 6 innings, and the Giants score 2 in the 14th off Harry McIntire for the win.

The Browns Bill Dinneen allows 2 hits in shutting out the White Sox, 4-0.

5th The Giants sweep the Phillies, winning 3–0 and 3–2 in 15 innings. The nitecap is the longest game in the NL this year. Bugs Raymond wins the marathon, relieving Mathewson with the score 2–2 in the 9th.

In a twinbill in Boston, the Nationals win the a.m. game with the Red Sox, 7-7, before a crowd of 9,926, while the Red Sox bounce back in the afternoon to win, 8-1 before 14,600. In game 1, hard-luck Nats pitcher Bob Groom relieves in the 3rd inning and allows just 3 hits as Washington rallies with a winning run in the 6th off reliever Smoky Joe Wood. Groom strikes out 6 including the side in the 8th. Clyde Milan has 2 hits and 3 runs as the Nats take advantage of 4 errors by SS Heinie Wagner. In the afternoon contest, the Nats make just three hits off Fred Burchell while the Sox jump on Walter Johnson.

6th Red Sox rookie Larry Pape makes his debut with a 2–0 win over the Nationals.

7th In the Giants 3–1 win over the Phils, New York collects 6 straight walks in 6th. This is a ML record since tied in the NL, but will be broken in the AL next month.

Inventor George Cahill brings his portable lights to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a night game with the Zanesville Infants (Central L). The host team wins 11–10 in 7 innings, with the only complaints coming from the outfielders, who had trouble seeing balls hit above the lights.

12th The Pirates split with the Giants, dropping the opener 3–0 when Christy Mathewson limits the Bucs to 4 hits. Mathewson (13–2) has won 11 straight. Pittsburgh wins the nitecap 9–0.

13th At Nicollet Park in Minneapolis, Irv Young puts on “the greatest single-day mound performance in the history of the Millers” (historian Stew Thornley). In the first game of a doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers (AA), Young holds the Brewers to 4 hits to win, 1-0. Young homers in the fifth for the game’s only run. So impressive is Young that he pitches the nightcap, holding the Brewers hitless until the 9th and finishing with a one-hit, 5-0 victory. The double shutout puts the Millers two games in front of Milwaukee. The 2 teams will fight for the AA lead for the next 2 months, before fading in the final week, allowing Louisville to sneak into first.

15th Ty Cobb has 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Nationals. Detroit wins, 9–5 and 7–0.

The Phillies sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 6–4 and 7-6 in 14 innings. Game 2 heroics are provided by Eddie Grant, who has a game-ending steal of home in the 14th with Fred Beebe on the mound (as noted by Jan Larson). It comes on the front end of a double steal with Magee. Both teams scored in the 10th and 13thinnings.

16th  At Bennett Field, Detroit and Washington play the longest scoreless game in AL history—18 innings. Ed Summers pitches the complete game, holding the Nationals to 7 hits, two walks (one intentional), while fanning 10. The Nationals’ 30-year-old rookie, Dolly Gray, allows only one hit before leaving with an injury after 8 innings. He is replaced by Bob Groom. Dolly, named after the Spanish American War ballad “Goodbye, Dolly Gray”, will put another entry in the record books next month when he walks 7 straight batters. Detroit’s two stars Cobb and Crawford each go 0-for-7.

With the Nationals on the road, their home field is host to the first Congressional baseball game. The Democrats beat the Republicans, 26-16 in 7 innings.

The Giants sweep the Reds, winning the last game, 2–1, behind Mathewson. Jack Rowan takes the loss for Cincy.

The Phillies send righthanded pitchers Buster Brown and Lew Richie and 2B Dave Shean to the Boston Nationals for OF Johnny Bates and INF Charlie Starr.

17th Red Sox reliever Smoky Joe Wood fans 10 Cleveland batters in just 4 innings, as visiting Boston wins, 6–4.

Brooklyn and Chicago swap shutouts, with George Bell topping Chicago’s Orval Overall, 1–0, in the opener. Ed Reulbach comes back in the 2nd game to beat Kaiser Wilhelm, 4–0. Bill Bergen’s hitless streak of 45 at bats (Elias has always had this record 45 at bats. Although SABR’s Joe Dittmar originally had it at 46, first researched in 1998, with subsequent research, he has revised tis to conform with Elias’ 45 at bats ) finally ends. Bergen’s hitless streak started after he singled in his first at bat against the Giants on June 29, 1909. It ends in the second game today when, after sitting out the first game, he had a fourth inning infield single against Ed Reulbach. The catcher will hit just .139 this season, not a yearly low.

18th  Harry Krause of the A’s loses, 5–4, in 11 innings to the Browns, ending his 10-game winning streak.

19th  Cleveland SS Neal Ball executes the 20th century’s first unassisted triple play in the top of the 2nd against the Red Sox. With Heinie Wagner on 2B and Jake Stahl on 1B, Amby McConnell hits a line drive to Ball, who steps on 2B and tags Stahl coming down from 1B. In the last of the 2nd, Ball hits his first AL homer, an inside-the-park shot, and adds a double. Cleveland wins 6–1 behind Cy Young, but Boston wins the nitecap, 3–2.

20th New York suffers two losses against the Cards. The first is a line drive in the 7th off the bat of Joe Delahanty that breaks a finger on the left hand of Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves the game and the Cards win, 4–3, in 11 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 11th with no outs but fail to score. Matty’s broken finger turns out to be “mashed.”

22nd   Ty Cobb steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 7th inning, doing it against Red Sox pitcher Harry Wolter. The Tigers beat Boston 6–0, as Ty has 3 hits and 4 steals. Killian is the winning pitcher.

Pitching for Portland, Alex Carson pitches a 10-inning no-hitter against LA, winning 1–0. It is the first extra-inning no-hitter in PCL history. He allows one walk and another runner, who reaches in the 8th on an error. Two balls are hit to the outfield. National Baseball Commission head Garry Herrmann is in attendance.

23rd Three days after pitching a 1–0 shutout, Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Galesburg (IL) Boosters, tosses a no-hitter against Pekin. He strikes out 10 and walks one. On the 26th he will beat Macon, 1–0, in 18 innings, not allowing a hit until the 10thinning.

24th Brooklyn ace Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Cardinals in a 1–0 win. In the first game of a doubleheader. Rucker will fan 201 batters this year, just 4 behind Orval Overall, the NL leader. Brooklyn teammate George Bell then follows with another 1-0 win.

26th The Red Sox acquire pitchers Ed Karger and Charley “Sea Lion” Hall from St. Paul for pitchers Charley Chech and Jack Ryan.

27th At Boston the 3rd place Giants split with the Doves, losing the opener, 7–4, then taking the nitecap, 6–2. In the 2nd contest, Mathewson wins for the 13th straight time, beating Forrest More.

The Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 7–0 and 3–2. Light hitting Eddie Grant collects his first ML homer, off Deacon Phillippe.

Star minor league pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is hit in the forehead with a ball while running the bases and is knocked unconscious. Alexander will recover but his vision will be affected for months and he will not pitch again for Galesburg. The Indianapolis Indians purchase his contract.

28th Brooklyn’s Jim Pastorius no-hits the Phillies until pinch hitter Marty Martel, pinch-hitting for John Titus, laces a one-out triple in the 9th inning. Pastorius wins, 4–0.

29th  NL president Harry Pulliam, despondent over his inability to handle the problems and controversies of the league, dies after shooting himself in his room at the New York Athletic Club yesterday. Pulliam had been suffering from a nervous breakdown.

30th  After winning 13 in a row, Christy Mathewson loses to Pittsburgh 3–1, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs in the first inning. Red Ames relieves in the 2nd. Mathewson’s record is now 15–3.

31st  For the 2nd time in 2 years—the first was on May 25, 1908—Bill Burns has a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the 9th, when Washington’s Otis Clymer singles. But Burns and the White Sox win 1–0, besting Walter Johnson in the first of two games. Burns is the only pitcher to suffer this fate twice, until Dave Stieb of Toronto does on September 24 and 30, 1988. For poor Walter Johnson, it is his 5th loss by a shutout this month. In game 2, it is Frank Smith’s turn to shut out the Senators as he wins, 4-0.

June 1909

1st At Philadelphia, the 2nd place A’s and the 4th place Red Sox split a pair, each winning, 1–0. Harry Krause, who will lead the AL in ERA with 1.39, wins the opener for Philadelphia, beating Jack Ryan. The A’s score with 2 outs in the 9th to win. It’s one of 7 shutouts Krause will throw this year. Fred Burchell returns the favor in the nitecap, beating Eddie Plank as the Sox score their lone run of the day in the 8th. Boston CF Tris Speaker pulls off an unassisted DP in game 2, the first of a ML record 6 he’ll make. He’ll do it again next April. Speaker will lead the AL outfielders this year with 12 double plays, the first of 6 season he’ll lead the AL flycatchers in this category.

3rd Down 8-1 to the last place Doves, Pittsburgh storms back with a six-run 4th inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Honus Wagner off Al Mattern. The first-place Pirates prevail, 9-8.

5th  St. Louis admirers give Roger Bresnahan a diamond ring and give the rest of the team silk umbrellas, then Cardinal errors give the Giants 6 runs and the game, 8–7. John McGraw and Larry Doyle are tossed by umpire Charlie Criger.

The Red Sox ship off pitcher Cy Morgan one day after he turns gun shy on a tag at the plate on Ty Cobb. The Sox get pitcher Biff Schlitzer in exchange. Cobb, on 2B when Morgan tossed a wild pitch, never slowed rounding 3B and headed home. Morgan had the ball in plenty of time for the tag at home, but preferred to stand aside and execute a Veronica instead of blocking the plate. Cobb easily avoided the tag.

7th The Phillies bring back INF Joe Ward for a 2nd tour of duty, buying him from the Yankees.

8th  At Chicago, the Cubs score two runs off Mathewson in the first inning with the help of two errors, but tally just one hit in the next 8 innings. Matty emerges with a 3–2 win over Three Fingered Brown, his first win against Brown since 1903.

San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) hurler Cack Henley tosses a 24-inning 1–0 shutout over Oakland, surrendering only 9 hits and one walk in the 3-hour and 35-minute contest. Jimmy Wiggs matches Henley for 23 frames before Nick Williams drives home the winner with a single in the 24th. In the only other game scheduled in the league, Portland and Sacramento play an 18-inning 1–1 tie.

9th Benjamin Shibe, of Bala, Pennsylvania, obtains a patent for a cork-center baseball. Spalding will license the idea and manufacturer a ball.

The Red Sox edge the Browns, 3–2, scoring the winning run in the 8th inning. Ed Cicotte, relieving for Jack Ryan, pitches the last 3 innings for the victory. (In most record books, Cicotte is erroneously listed as pitching just one inning and is credited with a save. Researcher Dix Tourangeau noted the error).

10th  George Mullin’s winning streak reaches 11 with a 2–1 win over New York. On the 15th, he will finally lose to the Athletics 5–4.

11th At the West Side Grounds, Boston wins over Chicago, 4–2, for their only win against the Cubs this year. Rookie Kirby “Red” White walks in a run but at the plate drives in two Doves with a triple. Boston will go 1–21 against the Cubs and 1-20 versus the Pirates.

12th At Cincinnati, the Giants edge the Reds, 2–0, as Mathewson bests Bob Ewing. The Reds manage 4 hits off Matty.

16th  New York’s Christy Mathewson capsizes the Pirates, 8–2, ending Pittsburgh’s 14-game win streak. The Pirates garner 10 hits off Matty, Lefty Leifield is peppered by the Giants.

Jim Thorpe makes his baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (Eastern Carolina League) with a 4–2 win over Raleigh. It is the professional play in this year that will cause him to lose the medals he’ll win in the 1912 Olympics.

At Philadelphia, Chief Bender and the A’s beat Detroit, 5-4, handing George Mullin his first loss after 11 straight wins.

18th At Cincinnati’s “Palace of the Fans” a night game is played between a local amateur team and one from Newport, Kentucky. The lighting is provided by George Cahill who is moving from city to city demonstrating his lighting system on five towers.

19th  Walter Johnson has a strange day beating the New York Highlanders, 7–4. He gives up just 3 hits, but is unusually wild, issuing 7 walks, uncorking 4 wild pitches, and hitting one batter, while fanning 10.

The Phils make only 2 hits but beat the Reds, 2–0.

Boston Doves co-owner and president George Dovey, 48, dies suddenly while on a scouting trip in Ohio. His brother John takes over the presidency.

An exhibition night game featuring two amateur teams is played in the Reds’ park before 3,000 spectators, including the Cincinnati and Philadelphia teams, which had played there earlier. The hometown Elks win, 8–5.

20th  Cleveland and Chicago exchange shutouts, with Ed Walsh winning the first, 4-0, on a one-hitter. Terry Turner’s safety is the lone hit. Heinie Berger wins for Cleveland in game 2, 5-0.

22nd  The Detroit club buys the rest of the vacant Bennett Field grounds as the site for a new park.

The National League postpones its games for today because of the funeral of George Dovey, co-owner of the Boston Nationals with his brother John. Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss is one of the honorary pall bearers for the funeral in Philadelphia.

Christy Mathewson pitches 4 innings for the Bucknell alumni against the varsity, as the undergrads win, 13–12. Matty also plays 3B and chips in with 3 hits.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4–4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston, the Giants score a run for the 5–4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11–1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4–1 lead, and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way, The official scorer awards the game to Christy. In game 1, shortstop Bill Dahlen is ejected in the 8th for arguing a play at 3B and Jack Coffey, lately of Fordham University where he teamed with future Cardinal Frankie Spellman at 2nd, takes over. Coffey’s error in the 9th allows the winning run. Coffey makes another error but scores the only run in game 2.

Frank Browning of San Francisco wins his 5th in a row on his way to setting a PCL record of 16 wins in a row. Browning beats Los Angeles, 5-4, in 19 innings, pinning the loss on starter Walter Nagle. It will be Nagle who stops Browning’s skein on August 15.

24th At Philadelphia, the Highlander’s Birdie Cree hits his first ML homer, off Cy Morgan, as New York beats the A’s, 5-3. The homer is the first ever hit out of Shibe Park by a right handed hitter. Cree later recalls, “I drove that ball over the right field wall and into Matt Kilroy’s saloon on the corner of Twentieth Street and Lehigh Avenue. I know it bounced into the barroom because that is where I got the ball. I still have it.” (as noted by historian Paul Sallee)

25th The Giant sweep their 3rd DH in a row, beating Brooklyn 4–2 and 9–1. Hooks Wilts wins the opener and Mathewson takes the nitecap, leaving after 5 innings with a 7–0 lead.

The Cubs beat Cincinnati, 7-0, with Mordecai Brown tossing the shutout over Jean Dubuc. Brown has not lost to the Reds since 1906 and will end a streak of 13 straight victories on September 14.

26th In Detroit, the Tigers bid a fond goodbye to the Browns by whipping them and Rube Waddell, 6-2. It is the 8th straight game between the two teams, in St. Louis and Detroit, and the Tigers win all eight.

Chicago’s Ed Reulbach stops the Reds, 4-0, allowing just one hit, a 3rd inning grounder by Mike Mowrey that bounces off the pitcher’s mitt.

28th Phillies president Israel Durham dies four months after taking over the team.

29th Pitching against the Yankees in game 1, Walter Johnson gives up a solo homer to Ray Demmitt in the 7th, the first home run he’s allowed since his debut in 1907, Demmitt’s shot is the only score for New York, as Johnson beats them, 3-1, for the 2nd time in 10 days. New York rallies in game 2 for an 11-3 victory.

Playing their last game in Exposition Park, the Pirates score 4 runs in the first inning off Mordecai Brown and sail to an 8–1 win over Chicago. Lefty Leifield is the winner. Tomorrow, the Pirates will move to Forbes Field, named after British General John Forbes, who captured Ft. Duquesne during the French and Indian Wars.

In Boston, Harry Krause stops the Red Sox on 5 hits as the A’s thump Boston, 9-0. Boston also loses Jack Thoney who snaps a bone in his leg sliding in to first base (New York Times). He’ll be out most of the season.

30th  Chicago’s Ed Reulbach spoils Pittsburgh’s dedication of Forbes Field before 30,338, allowing 3 hits and beating Vic Willis, 3–2. A parade of old-time players precedes the game. The Pirates will draw 98,000 fans, including 41,000 on July 5, in their first five home games.

At Washington Park, the Superbas gaff the Giants, 7–2, beating Hooks Wiltse in the opener. The Giants come back in the nitecap, 3–0, behind Mathewson. Matty strikes out 9 and allows 4 hits.

May 1909

2nd  On consecutive pitches, Honus Wagner steals his away around the bases in the first inning of the nitecap against Chicago It is the 3rd time he has performed this feat, an NL record. On the swipe of home, the Chicago Tribune says he stole so quickly that he beat the pitch to the plate. The Pirates take both games in Chicago, winning 5–2 and 6–0, swiping 2 bases in the opener and 6 steals in first inning of the nitecap.

In a 6–5 Detroit win over the White Stockings, Ty Cobb is thumbed out of a game for the first time. He tries stretching a double and is called out at 3B. Then he is tossed out by Silk O’Loughlin.

3rd The Pirates top Chicago, 9–2, as Wagner again steals 3 bases, including home. Wagner, who was 5-for-6 yesterday, duplicates that today.

In a 7–1 Boston win over Washington, Tris Speaker hits his first ML homer, off Dolly Gray.

4th The Pirates sweep Chicago, winning their 4th straight by edging Three-Finger Brown, 1–0, in 11 innings. Dots Miller drives in the lone run. It is the 2nd time in three weeks that the Pirates have beaten Brown, 1–0, in extra innings.

Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance of the year, giving up 9 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs in 7 innings against the Phillies. Philadelphia wins, 5–2, to complete a 3-game sweep of the cellar-dwelling Giants.

Red Sox hurler Cy Morgan allows just 2 hits but loses, 1–0, to Washington. Tannehill allows 3 hits for the Nationals.

5th The Pirates move into first place to stay in the NL. The Tigers will lead all the way in the AL, except for one week in May and 2 in mid-August.

In a 5–2 win over the Reds, the Cubs Harry Steinfeldt drives in 3 runs on 3 sac flies.

Highlanders pitcher Lew Brockett records 9 assists in his 2–0 win over the Boston Americans.

9th  The St. Louis Cardinals take out a $50,000 life insurance policy on manager Roger Bresnahan for reasons having to do more with publicity than concerns about his health.

Led by Harry Steinfeldt and Heinie Zimmerman, the Cubs beat the Reds, 5–2 in the 1st of a 4-game series in Chicago. Zim scores 3 runs, each one on a sac fly by Steinfeldt (as noted by Ernie Lanigan). The Cubs will sweep the series.

10th Organized baseball’s longest no-hitter takes place in a Blue Grass League contest between the Lexington Colts and the Winchester Hustlers. Fred Toney, later to pitch in the only double no-hitter, throws a 17-inning no-hitter for Winchester, winning 1–0. He fans 19 opponents and walks only one, in beating Lexington’s Baker, who allows 7 hits. A squeeze play ends the game.

The White Sox edge the Senators 1–0 in 11 innings, handing Walter Johnson his 2nd straight 1–0 loss on his way to a 20thcentury record ten losses by shutouts. For the Nationals, it is their 3rd straight 1–0 loss, tying a mark set by the Browns two weeks ago.

Eddie Plank outpitches Rube Waddell to give the Athletics a 5–1 victory over the Browns. The Browns also lose George Stone, the AL’s leading hitter, when he sprains his ankle sliding into 1B trying to beat out a grounder to Collins. Stone will end up with a .256 average in this, his last, season.

Bob Harmon of Shreveport (Texas League) pitches a near-perfect game shitting out Galveston, 6-0. The only runner to reach first was due to an error.

12th The first use of wireless to transmit baseball results is made by the Columbia University Wireless Club. The proceedings of the game between the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia were relayed from the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia to New York’s Waldorf Astoria, where students took the messages. Penn prevails, 11–0.

13th At the Polo Grounds, New York ace Christy Mathewson tosses a 4-hitter, to beat the Cubs Ruby Kroh, 4–1.

The Red Sox jump on former teammate Cy Young for 17 hits—4 by Harry Hooper—in an 8–1 win over Cleveland. Cleveland 3B Bill Bradley makes 7 put outs, tying his own team mark set in 1901.

16th With two outs in the 9th, Detroit’s George Moriarty tries to steal home but is tagged out by Boston catcher Bill Carrigan to end the game, a 3-2 Boston win. Carrigan then spits tobacco on Moriarty, saying, “don’t try that and pull that on a smart guy.” Moriarty then flattens Carrigan and the two of them will be suspended by the AL for fighting.

NL President John Heydler calls a meeting with the league’s umpires to discuss ways that the new two-umpire system can prevent fighting by the players. A serious incident occurred several days earlier in Boston when Reds catcher Frank Roth attacked umpire Steve Cusack after a play at home. Several other Reds players threatened the umpire with baseball bats.

The White Sox ship good-fielding first baseman Jiggs Donahue, Nick Altrock and Gavvy Cravath to the Senators for Bill Burns. Donahue, a starter from 1904-07, appeared in just 2 games this year. He will die of syphilis in four years. The veteran Altrock will become a fan-favorite coach for the Senators. Gavvy will have a cup of coffee with Washington, then reappear as a Phillie in 1912, where he will star. Burns will win 7 games in Chicago before the Sox sell him to the Reds.

17th After giving up a leadoff triple to Dick Egan, Christy Mathewson shuts down the Reds and the Giants paddle Dick Rowan to win, 6–0.

18th The Yankees sell infielder Neal Ball to the Cleveland Naps. Ball led the AL shortstops in errors last season with 81.

20th  In New York, Honus Wagner is given a silver trophy for winning the 1908 NL batting crown. The Giants then edge the Pirates, 2–1.

After 5 losses, Walter Johnson picks up his first win, outdueling Cleveland’s Addie Joss 3–2. Johnson strikes out 10 and drives in the winning run.

21st In Boston, Cubs P Orval Overall (8–2) allows 2 hits and strikes out 8 in beating Boston, 7–0. His batterymate Pat Moran has a triple and a homer off losing P Al Mattern, one of 20 losses he’ll have this year.

23rd The Browns eke out a 1-0 win over Boston’s Frank Arellanes, scoring in the 9th inning on a sacrifice fly. Three Red Sox runners are thrown out at home.

24th Under new manager Roger Bresnahan, the Cardinals finally beat Christy Mathewson after losing to the Giants ace 24 consecutive times. Matty allows just 6 hits to his former battery mate’s squad, but the Giants score once off John Lush to lose, 3–1.

At Brooklyn, the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 4-3, on Solly Hofman’s inside-the-park homer in the 11th inning. Brooklyn CF Tom Catterson attempts a shoestring catch on the liner but misses.

25th  Righthander George Mullin wins his 9th in a row for Detroit 7–4 over Washington, on his way to a league-leading 29–8 record.

Orval Overall, in relief of Jack Pfiester, picks up the win in Chicago’s 4-3 win over Brooklyn. Harry McIntire takes the loss.

The Reds Bob wing fires a 2-hitter in shutting out the Phillies, 1-0. Dick Hoblitzel, 20-year-old first baseman, hits a 5th inning homer, his ML first, off Tully Sparks.

26th At Brooklyn, Cubs ace Orval Overall pitches a complete game and beats George Bell, 2–0, to stretch his winning streak over Brooklyn to 11 straight games. The streak began in 1906.

27th In a game featuring a AL record-setting 44 assists by both teams (as noted by historian Joe Dittmar), the Naps nip the Browns, 5–2. The NL high assist marks of April 23, 1903 and May 15, 1909 (NY vs. Cin) fall short of today’s record. Addie Joss for Cleveland and Barney Pelty for St. Louis are the pitchers as each team records 22 assists.

28th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Phils split two. The Phils win the opener, 11–1, then lose to Christy Mathewson 3–0 in a rain-shortened 6 inning affair.

29th At Pittsburgh’s Exposition Field, President William Taft and his half brother Charles, a part owner of the Cubs, are among the overflow crowd of 14,000 on hand for the Chicago-Pirates game. The visitors break open the 3–3 game in the 11th by scoring 5 runs to win for Three-Fingered Brown and move Chicago just percentage points behind the Bucs. Both teams leave immediately to play two games tomorrow in Chicago.

The Yankees prevail, 4-2, over host Washington and the Senators Otis Clymer steals four bases.

The A’s sweep a doubleheader from the visiting Red Sox, 6–2 and 6–4. In game 1 the A’s Frank Baker belts the first homer ever hit over the RF wall at the new Shibe Park. His drive comes off Red Sox hurler Frank Arellanes.

30th  The Pirates come from behind to beat Chicago, 5–4 in the first game of a DH. In the nitecap, Honus Wagner breaks up a 2–2 tie with a 9th inning double off Jack Pfiester and the Pirates prevail, 4–2. Pittsburgh now leads the Cubs by 2 games, and will not lose for another 13 games.

The Cardinals score 11 runs in the first inning against the Reds and win, 12–2.

31st  The Giants sweep an a.m.-p.m. twinbill. Hooks Wiltse wins the morning game, 3–2 and Mathewson thrills the crowd of 35,000 with a 5–4 victory over Lew Moren in the p.m. game. Matty wins the game with an 8th inning HR into the LF bleachers.

Pitchers Otto Burns of Decatur and Ed Clarke of Bloomington (Three I League) both go the distance in a 26-inning game won by Decatur 2–1.

April 1909

1st  The National Commissioner awards P Ben Henderson to the Indians. Both the Boston Nationals and Cleveland had claimed the pitcher.

3rd Eddie Plank pitches the A’s to a 5–4 win over the Phillies to even the Philadelphia series at one game apiece.

8th  While at spring training, Hal Chase of the Highlanders contracts smallpox. The entire team is vaccinated and quarantined while traveling north.

12th  Philadelphia’s Shibe Park is dedicated as a record crowd of 31,160 sees 18-year-old John “Stuffy” McInnis make his ML debut at SS. Eddie Plank pitches the A’s to an 8–1 win over Boston, allowing 6 hits. A’s catcher Mike “Doc” Powers injures himself going after a foul pop, and after the game complains of intestinal pains (other versions have the pain due to a sandwich or twisting himself in an unusual fashion). The 38-year-old will be operated on tomorrow, but will not survive the month, the first ML death this century caused by an on-field injury.

At Washington, the Yankees open the season under new manager George Stallings, losing to the Senators, 4–1. The Nationals score three runs in the first off journeyman Doc Newton to pave the way for Charlie Smith. Smith allows just 4 hits and strikes out 10. Joe Ward opens at first base for New York, taking over for Hal Chase, who is recuperating in Georgia after contracting small pox in spring training.

14th On Opening Day in Detroit, Detroit’s George Mullin, slimmer by 40 pounds from last year, pitches a one-hitter, beating the White Sox, 2–0, and setting a record for fewest base runners in an opener. Gavvy Cravath singles and walks, the only Sox to reach base. Mullin will set a Detroit team record by winning his first 11 decisions, one in relief. Billy Sullivan, the White Sox catcher in the first AL game, and who replaced Fielder Jones as manager, is the skipper. The Sox will drop their next two games at Detroit for Sullivan.

15th  With Christy Mathewson sidelined with a bruised hand, the result of a line drive off the bat of Moose McCormick (according to historian Ronald Mayer. Frank Vacarro says that Matty was hit in the chest by a loose bat from Larry Doyle during pre-game practice today. In either case, Matty does not make his first appearance until May 4), Red Ames gets the call. Before an Opening Day crowd of 30,000 at New York, Ames pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings against the Brooklyn Superbas, loses the no-hitter with one out in the 10th, then loses the game 3–0 in the 13th. Kaiser Wilhelm matches Ames by not allowing a hit until the 8thinning. The Giants outfield has no putouts.

In the Browns 4–1 win over visiting Cleveland, Brownie Danny Hoffman bangs the first homer ever hit at Sportsman’s Park. In 1956, Willie Mays will collect the last.

18th  The Tigers announce plans to build a new concrete and steel stadium. The Pirates name their million-dollar ballpark Forbes Field in honor of the English general who founded Pittsburgh.

The Tigers edge the Naps, 3-2, managing just four hits off rookie Lucky Wright in his ML debut. The deciding run scores in the 5thinning when George Moriarty takes advantage of Wright’s big windup to steal home. Catcher Jay Clarke drops the high pitch which might have made it closer. Wright almost hits a double against George Mullin as “Ty Cobb had to go into the standing room only crowd in deep right field to make the catch.”

The Pirates edge Chicago, 1–0, in 12 innings, handing the loss to ace Three Fingered Brown.

In an exhibition game between the New York Highlanders and the Jersey City Skeeters, the two teams are concerned about violating the Sunday “Blue Laws.” Worried about arrests, the Jersey management passes out cards to spectators asking them to keep quiet.

20th  The National Commission learns that an effort to bribe umpires Klem and Johnstone was made before the Giants-Cubs playoff game in 1908. The identity of the alleged briber is not disclosed, but all clubs are notified of the results of the investigation. Klem reveals that the alleged briber was Dr. Joseph Creamer, a well-known New York physician, who served at many cycling and boxing events. Creamer, who served as the Giants’ team physician last season, denies the charges but he will be barred for life from all major league ball parks.

After winning their first five games, the Tigers drop a 12-2 decision to visiting Cleveland. The Naps score in each of the last 7 innings.

23rd  In the 6th inning of the Reds-Pirates game in Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner steps across the plate to the other batter’s box as Reds P Harry Gaspar delivers the ball. Umpire Bill Klem refuses to call him out because he felt Gaspar was trying to walk Wagner intentionally. The Pirates win 2–1, but Reds manager Clark Griffith protests and acting NL president Heydler backs Klem. But the league will override Heydler and Klem and order the game replayed September 10th. The Pirates will win again, by a score of 4–3, with Vic Willis again the victor.

24th  Sidelined much of April with the flu, Walter Johnson makes his first appearance of the year. He should’ve stood in bed as the Highlanders rough him up for 6 runs before he’s lifted in the 3rd. Behind Joe Lake, New York rolls to a 17–0 win over Washington, a club record shutout loss for the Nationals. It’ll be tied by New York in 1920.

Let’s call him Home Run. At Boston, the A’s Frank Baker hits his first homer, a grand slam off Frank Arellanes, as the Athletics win, 4–1. This is the only grand slam hit in the AL this year tying the mark set two years ago. There will only be two hit in the NL, a ML record.

25th Great Scott! White Sox rookie Jim Scott debuts with a 1–0 win over the visiting Browns, striking out 6. Chicago Tribune reporter Ring Lardner calls the conditions “arctic weather.”

26th  A’s popular C Doc Powers dies at the age of 38. He developed intestinal problems sustained when he ran into a wall during the Shibe Park opener on April 12th.

27th  The White Sox win their 3rd 1–0 game from St. Louis in 3 days, setting the AL mark for consecutive 1–0 wins. Hits by the two teams in the three games total only 18.

28th  Washington rookie Bob Groom chalks up his first major league victory beating Philadelphia in 10 innings, 3-2. But beginning in early July through late September, Groom will lose 15 straight games, with Washington scoring a grand total of 19 runs during the streak, and setting the ML mark for consecutive losing games (as John Stahl notes, this was once thought to be 19 games but the 15 total was established in 1991 by Frank J. Williams’ careful look at the records), Groom will also pitch two tie games during the streak.

March 1908

20th Cubs catcher Johnny Kling wires the manager Joe Tinker in Shreveport that he is quitting, citing the need to take care of his business interests in Kansas City. Teammates speculate that he is still upset at president Murphy, who he blames for preventing him from buying a billiard establishment in Cincinnati last spring. Murphy accused Reds owner Herrmann of tampering with the catcher and the deal fell through. Kling owns a two floor billiard parlor in Kansas City and also plans to play semi-pro baseball there.

26th Charles Comiskey fails in his attempt to lure Fielder Jones back as manager of the White Sox, rejecting Jones’ offer to have an option to buy between 40-50% of the team’s stock. Billy Sullivan will manage the team.

31st  The National Commission rules that players who jump contracts will be suspended for 5 years. Players joining outlaw organizations will be suspended for 3 years as punishment for going outside organized baseball.

February 1909

4th  John Clarkson, a 326-game winner of the 19th century, dies at Belmont, MA, at age 47.

7th  Billy Sullivan, White Sox catcher, is granted a patent for a new chest protector, nicknamed the snowpad protector, to replace the inflatable protector. Sullivan made plans for the manufacture of the new protector last fall before leaving to vacation in Ireland.

17th  The NL deprives umpires of the power to fine players and decrees that relief pitchers must retire at least one batter before being relieved.

The Yankees sell veteran Wid Conroy to the Washington Senators, opting to go with a younger player at third base. Conroy played 797 games for the Yankees, including their first ever in the AL.

18th  NL president Harry Pulliam, in ill health, is granted a leave of absence. The league secretary, John Heydler, assumes his duties. The NL abolishes Ladies Days, and sets a 25-player limit from May 15 to August 20.

The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 last season, to the Cleveland Naps for righty pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan, and $12,500. Young pitched for Cleveland in the 1890s.

26th Alfred Reach and John Rogers sell the Phillies to a group headed by Israel Durham. Durham will become president.

27th  Joe “Iron Man” McGinnity, released by the Giants, will pitch in the minor leagues for another 13 years, winning 20 or more in 6 of them. He finished his ML career with 247 wins. The Giants also release another veteran pitcher, Dummy Taylor, whose ML career is finished as well.

January 1909

11th  The National Commission approves owner Charles Murphy’s payment of a $10,000 bonus to his Cubs for their 1908 WS triumph.

14th With the National Commission approving the reinstatement of Hal Chase, who jumped from the Highlanders when he didn’t get the manager’s job, New York feels free to sell 3B/1B George Moriarty to the Detroit Tigers (as noted by Lyle Spatz in Yankees Coming, Yankees Going)

15th  Minor leaguer Nicholas Mathewson, brother of Christy, commits suicide by shooting himself at age 22.

27th Lou Criger sends a telegram to Boston fans expressing his regrets on being traded by the Beaneaters to the St. Louis Browns.

December 1908

3rd Cuba’s 21-year-old Jose Mendez of Almendares shuts out Cincinnati, 3–0, to complete 25 straight shutout innings against the Americans.

12th  The Cardinals are busy. First they get C Admiral Schlei from the Reds for pitchers Ed Karger and Art Fromme. Then they pack off Schlei, along with P Bugs Raymond and OF Red Murray, to the Giants for veteran catcher Roger Bresnahan. Bresnahan, a future Hall of Famer, will be the player/manager of the Cardinals for the next 4 years. Raymond lost 25 games in 1908, but a ML-record 11 of them were by shutouts (he won 5): Bugs was blanked by Chicago (3); Brooklyn (2); Philadelphia (2); and one each by the Reds, Braves, Giants, and Bucs.

November 1908

1st In the PCL, San Francisco loses to Oakland, 6-0, as Rollie Zeider notches his 93rd stolen base of the year. The Seals will zell Zeider to the White Sox next August and in 1910 Rollie will swipe 49 bases for Chicago. The PCL record for steals will be set by James Johnston in 1913 with 124.

3rd  An all-star team leaves San Francisco for a tour of Japan, China, Hawaii, and the Philippines. It will play 40 games before returning on February 15.

12th In Havana, the Cincinnati Reds beat a local club, 3–1. The Reds are the first ML team to play in Cuba. The game is the first of 12 the team will play during their month-long stay in Cuba. The Reds will finish 6–5 against the Cubans, and lose a game to the Brooklyn Royal Giants, a Negro team touring the island.

16th Julia Stahl, widow of Chick Stahl, is found dead in the doorway of a Boston tenement house. Chick Stahl, the Boston manager, committed suicide last year during spring training.

21st In Cuba, the Cincinnati Reds get trounced by the Brooklyn Royal Giants, 9–1. Harry Buckner is the pitcher for the Royals. The Royals team includes some black Americans who play for Havana.

22nd  The Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo 5–0, in the first game between a Japanese team and American professionals.

October 1908

st Ed Reulbach shuts out the Reds for a 6–0 Cubs win, and Reulbach’s 4th straight shutout, tying a mark set by Three Fingered Brown earlier in the year. Big Ed will complete 44 consecutive scoreless innings, an NL record until Carl Hubbell’s 46 in 1933, and the 4 straight shutouts will not be tied until another Cub, Bill Lee, does it in 1938.

With one day’s rest, Mathewson pitches the first of two games, outlasting Frank Corridon, 4–3. Matty is peppered for 10 hits, but allows no runs after the 5th. It is Mathewson’s 37th win of the year. The Phils take the 2nd game 6–2, but New York is still in 1stplace.

2nd  In a great pitching duel, Ed Walsh is almost perfect, giving up 4 hits and striking out 15 in 8 innings, but Cleveland’s Addie Joss is perfect, setting down 27 straight White Sox for a 1–0 victory. The only run scores on a passed ball by Ossee Schreckengost. It is the high point of Joss’s career. He will finish 24–12 with a 1.16 ERA. For Walsh, it is the third straight game he has started. He’ll do that again in 1912, the only pitcher in the 20th century to accomplish the feat.

In Detroit, the Tigers score two runs in the 9th to edge the Browns, 7–6. Cobb scores the winning run, but is practically carried across the plate by Hugh Jennings. Cobb had been held at 3B by the umpire who believed Rossman’s double had gone into the crowd. Cobb argued that it had not, and Jennings later reminded Cobb to, “score first, argue later.” The Tigers remain in first by a half-game.

Otis Clymer hits for the cycle to pace the Washington Nationals to a 12–2 pasting of New York.

In cold Philadelphia, the Giants do all their scoring in the 1stinning as they whip the Phillies, 7-2. Six walks, three singles and two errors net the runs. Only about 300 fans brave the weather.

The Pirates take over first by a half game by sweeping the Cardinals in St. Louis. Lefty Leifield wins the opener, 7–4, and Howie Camnitz wins the nitecap, 2–1, on homers by Honus Wagner and George Gibson. Only 2 points separate New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, as each team takes a turn on top during the final week.

3rd  The incident of September 23rd would have become just another odd event in baseball if the Giants had been able to handle the 4th-place Phillies. But rookie lefthander Harry Coveleski, just up from the minor leagues, earns the nickname “Giant Killer” by beating them 3–2, for the 3rd time in 5 days. Mathewson takes the loss.

At a hearing on the September 23rd incident, Pulliam does not call Merkle or any other players as witnesses, saying he was at the game and saw the events himself. He affirms his earlier decision. Two days later, NL directors meet in Cincinnati and order the game replayed on October 8th.

The Tigers roll to their 10th straight win when Wild Bill Donovan shuts out the Browns, 6–0 while Cleveland loses, 3–2, to the White Sox. Detroit leads the AL by 1 ½ games.

In the finale at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, the A’s split with Boston, losing 8–7, but winning the nitecap, 5–0, in 6 innings. Wood allows just a single to Coombs.

4th  The Cubs and Pirates play their last game of the year before 30,247, the largest crowd ever at Chicago’s West Side Grounds. The Cubs win, 5–2, behind Three Fingered Brown to eliminate the Pirates. Chicago ends the year at 98-55 while the Pirates finish at 98-56. Then they await the results of the 3 Giants games with Boston. Back in Pittsburgh, 50,000 people watch the progress of the Cub’s game on temporary scoreboards. Fans fill New York’s Polo Grounds to watch the action in the same way. Men with megaphones announce each pitch.

On Chicago’s South Side, 22,000 fans jam the grounds for the showdown between the Tigers and the White Sox. The Sox manage to score 3 runs in the 1st inning without a hit, and tally just a lone single, in the 4th inning, off Ed Killian to win, 3–1. Frank Smith is the winning pitcher.

In St. Louis, Cleveland ends up with a frustrating 3–3 tie with the Browns when umpire Jack Egan makes a controversial out call against the Naps at 1B. Most observers thought that Hinchman beat the 9th inning throw, but Egan’s call results in a tie game.

5th  Ed Walsh of the White Sox tops Detroit 6–1 for his 40thvictory and forces the AL pennant race to the final day. Detroit’s 24-game winner Eddie Summers takes the loss. Walsh leads the league in games (66), IP (464), K’s (269), complete games (42), saves (6), shutouts (11), and winning percentage (.727). His ERA is 1.42.

The Browns end the Naps’ pennant hopes with a 3–1 win the opener of two. Cleveland takes the 2nd game, 5–3, to end the season with a 90–64 record. If the Tigers win tomorrow, their 90–63 will top Cleveland, whereas if the White Sox win, their 89-63 record will be 4 points ahead of the Naps.

Boston’s King Brady makes his only AL appearance a good one, shutting out the Highlanders. 4–0. King had fashioned 1–1 records for both the Phillies and Pirates in the NL, and will go back to the NL with Boston over the winter. Today’s shutout comes in Brady’s last ML start.

6th  Having been in 13 of the last 16 games, Ed Walsh does not start the White Sox finale against Detroit. Doc White is hit hard in the 7–0 loss that gives the pennant to the Tigers. Bill Donovan pitches a two hitter.

Detroit OF Sam Crawford leads the AL with 7 HRs. Having led the NL with 16 in 1901, he becomes the first player to lead both leagues in that department. The Cardinals have scored 372 runs, the lowest season’s total ever.

7th  The Giants complete a 3-game sweep in Boston, winning the final, 7–2, with two wins going to Red Ames and a victory to Joe McGinnity. The season ends with New York and the Cubs each 98–55, and Pittsburgh 98–56. The Giants sweep Boston in all three games, New York ends tied with Chicago: a playoff game will be held tomorrow.

The last-place New York Highlanders close out the season losing 1–0 in 11 innings to Walter Johnson and the Senators. Johnson, who missed 10 weeks , ends up at 14–14, with a 1.65 ERA.

8th  According to published reports, nearly 250,000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to watch the disputed replay of the September 23 game between the Cubs and Giants. The gates were closed at 1:30 for the 3:00 game, but still fans tried to storm the gates. Fireman with high pressure hoses knocked down fans that tried to scale the walls. Nearly 40,000 fans watched from Coogan’s Bluff, telephone poles and other vantage points. Two fans are killed when they fall from a pillar on the elevated subway platform. Later admitting he had nothing on the ball, Mathewson loses, 4–2, to the Cubs, giving way to Hooks Wiltse in the 8th. Three Fingered Brown, relieving Jack Pfiester in the first, gets the win. The Giants played to a record 910,000 in attendance for the year, a figure that will be unmatched until 1920.

10th  In the WS Opener, Ed Reulbach, coasting with a 5–1 lead, tires in the 7th. Brown is unable to stop the Tigers from taking a 6–5 lead in the last of the 8th. But the Cubs jump on reliever Ed Summers, a 24-game winner, for 6 straight hits and 5 runs in the 9th, and Brown gets the win 10–6. For umpire Bill Klem, it is the first of 15 WS he will officiate. Detroit’s Ira Thomas, batting for Charley O’Leary, hits the first WS pinch hit when he singles in the 9th. There had been 12 previous pinch-hit attempts in WS play, including the batter before Thomas.

11th  In Chicago for game 2, Orval Overall doles out 4 hits, and the Cubs break a scoreless deadlock with 6 in the 8th off Bill Donovan for a 6–1 win.

12th  Tiger bats roar for the last time, as Jack Pfiester proves an easy target, 8–3. Ty Cobb is 4-for-5.

13th  In game 4, Three Fingered Brown is in command all the way in a 3–0 four-hit Cub victory.

14th  Before the smallest crowd in WS history—6,210—the host Tigers are tamed on 3 hits by Overall, who fans 10 in a 2–0 win. The Cubs win the series in 5 games.

Upset over seating arrangements at the WS, sports reporters form a professional group that will become the Baseball Writers Association of America.

18th  Four days after the finish of the World Series, the two teams meet again in Chicago for an exhibition game (as noted by historian Al Kermisch). The game outdraws the last series game in Detroit, as 6,864 watch the Tigers win, 7–2. In a pregame field day, Ty Cobb wins all three sprint events: he bunts and runs to 1B in 3.2 seconds, beating Evers, Mordecai Brown, and Del Howard. He circles the bases in 13.8 seconds and, clad in uniform, wins the 100-yard dash in 10.4 seconds, beating Jones and Solly Hofman in the latter. Hofman wins the long throw with a toss of 338 feet, besting Sam Crawford. The teams will play another game in Terre Haute, Indiana.

24th  Singing sensation Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the second, and most popular, of 3 versions to be released within a five-week period. Ironically, Murray’s 1903 hit, “Tessie,” is quickly adopted by Boston’s Royal Rooters as their official theme song, much to the chagrin of Red Sox’ opponents.

September 1908

1st  The month starts with the Giants in 1st in the NL with a 69-45 record, followed by Chicago (70-47) and the Pirates (69-47). New York shakes off its 3 losses to Chicago by beating up on Boston, winning two at South End Grounds. Hooks Wiltse takes the opener, 4–1, and Mathewson coasts home in the 2nd game, 8–0, allowing 3 hits. Dummy Taylor pitches the 9th against the Doves.

The Colts lose to the Cardinals, 5-4, to snap their 9-game winning streak. They’ll bounce back with 3 straight wins over St. Louis, two by shutouts.

2nd  In Philadelphia, Frank Corridon goes all the way to defeat Brooklyn, 2–1, in 17 innings. Corridon does not walk a batter.

Pittsburgh’s Lefty Leifield pitches a complete game victory, 8–2 over the Reds to leave the 2nd place Pirates just percentage points behind New York. The Bucs steal 6 bases including Fred Clarke’s steal of home.

4th  In a game, the significance of which will not be recognized for another 3 weeks, the Pirates and Cubs are tied 0–0 in the last of the 10th at Pittsburgh. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Pittsburgh’s Owen Wilson singles to CF, scoring Fred Clarke with the winning run. Warren Gill, on 1B, does not get to 2B but stops short, turns, and heads for the dugout, a common practice. The Cubs’ Johnny Evers calls for the ball from Jimmy Slagle, touches 2B, and claims the run does not count as Gill has been forced. The lone umpire, Hank O’Day, has left the field. When queried, he rules that Clarke had already scored, so the run counts. The Cubs protest to league president Pulliam, but are denied. This is the first time the Cubs try this tactic, but not the last.

The Giants sweep two more from the Doves, beating Boston 3–0 and 8–5. Joe McGinnity wins the first game, while 3 pitchers combine for the 2nd win. Red Ames is the victor.

In New York, Walter Johnson opens a series against New York by besting Jack Chesbro, 3–0, allowing 6 hits in the Washington win.

In the nitecap of a twinbill in Boston, Frank Arellanes tosses a one hitter and the Red Sox collect 13 hits to defeat the A’s, 10–1. Light-hitting Simon Nicholls clubs his 4th homer, inside-the-park, to deep center for the only A’s hit. Boston takes the opener as well, 7–1, behind Cy Young. Neither Sox pitcher allows a walk.

5th  Nap Rucker pitches a no-hitter for Brooklyn against the Boston Doves 6–0, striking out 14 and walking none. Three runners reached 1B on errors. The Doves send up 3 righty pinch hitter in the 9th to no avail. The 14 strikeouts tops the previous NL high this season of 12, held by Rucker and Mathewson.

Washington and Walter Johnson top the Highlanders, 6–0, as the New Yorkers manage just 4 hits. It is the 20-year-old’s second shutout of New York in two days.

Ed Reulbach allows just 4 Pittsburgh hits as Chicago romps, 11–0.

The first-place Giants roll over the Phils, 5–1, for their 7th straight win. Mathewson is the winner over George McQuillan.

6th Several thousand are turned away as the Browns lose 6–4 to the visiting Tigers and drop to 3rd place. Ten doubles are hit, including three by Matty McIntyre. Detroit’s Wild Bill Donovan takes the loss. The Tigers stay a game ahead of the White Sox and 1 ½ games ahead of St. Louis. The Browns take 2 out of 3 from the Tigers, and draw crowds of 12,000 (9/4), 20,000 (9/5) and today’s crowd of 26,652. Browns president Hedges announces that today’s Sunday crowd “is the largest crowd ever to witness a ball game,” surpassing the crowd of 21,902 to watch game 2 of the 1905 WS at the Polo Grounds.

At Chicago, the Pirates and Cubs split a Sunday twinbill before 20,000. Pittsburgh takes the opener, 3–0 and the Cubs win game 2 by an 8–7 score. The Pirates stay a game and a half behind the idle first-place Giants, and the Cubs are two back. New York fans are not idle as more than 2,000 enthusiasts crowd the arena at Madison Square Garden to watch the game reproduced on two boards 15 feet high and 20 feet wide. Lightbulbs show the exact positions and players and each pitch and hit is relayed by telegraph.

7th  On Labor Day, Manager Joe Cantillon starts the Big Train in place of one pitcher who is sick, and another who returned to Washington to be with his sick wife. Only 3 Senators’ pitchers made the trip to NY, but one of them is Walter Johnson. Johnson shuts out the New York Highlanders for the 3rd time in 4 days, 4–0, topping Jack Chesbro and allowing just 2 hits and no walks. In the three straight starts, Walter allows 12 hits, walks one, and strikes out 12. Johnson will pitch 130 shutouts during his career, 23 more than runner-up Grover Alexander. This is one of a ML record (tied in 1942, topped in 1972) 7 shutouts tossed today, out of 16 games. Johnson declines to pitch the second game and Hughes wins, 9-3, to give the Nationals four straight.

Brooklyn loses a pair to Boston by 1–0 shutouts. Vive Lindaman and Bill Chappelle are the winning pitchers, while Pastorius and McIntire are the hard-luck losers.

Bob Spade gives Chicago a split by winning game 2, 4–0, over Andy Coakley of the Reds. In game 1, Jean Dubuc pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds beat host Chicago, 6–0. Tinker and Evers have the only singles. In 1919, Dubuc will be banned for life when he fails to report he had prior knowledge of the WS fix.

The Pirates sweep an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader against the Cardinals. Honus Wagner is 5-for-5 in the morning game, a 9–7 win, and 1-for-2 in the afternoon, a 7–1 victory.

8th  The Pirates set a couple of records today against the Cardinals. They set ML fielding record by making only 2 assists, both by 2B Charlie Starr and set a NL record with only 21 at bats in 8 innings. The Bucs win, 2–0, with Wagner driving in both runs.

Mathewson’s 30th win is a gem—an 11-inning 1–0 win over the Superbas, Nap Rucker. A single by Bridwell drives home Cy Seymour with the winning tally. New York stays a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh.

Boston’s Cy Young defeats Washington, 3–1 for his 20th win.

Walter Justis, of Lancaster (Ohio State L), pitches his third no-hitter this season, beating Portsmouth, 6-0. He strikes out 10.

9th  In a 7–3 New York win, the Giants steal 9 bases off Brooklyn’s Billy Maloney, an outfielder pressed into service as a catcher. That’s enough to make him quit the game. Following the game John McGraw makes his stage debut in a show at the Hippodrome. He has a small part in the show “Sporting Days.”

10th Detroit takes its 2nd straight extra-inning game from the White Sox, 6–5 in 11 innings, and the Indians beat the Browns, 5–2. The AL race leaves Detroit 75-52, Chicago 72-57, St. Louis 71-57.

Louie Durham of the Indianapolis Browns pitches and wins both ends of a doubleheader against the Toledo Mud Hens. Historian Fred Schuld notes that this is the 5th doubleheader this season that Durham has accomplished this feat. Previously he beat the Milwaukee Brewers (June 14), Columbus Champs (July 18), St. Paul Saints (July 25), and the Louisville Night Riders (Aug 8).

12th  In the dogfight for the AL pennant, the White Sox play their 4th straight extra-inning game at Detroit, a total of 43 innings. The White Sox win their 2nd straight, 2-1, while the Browns lose their 2nd in a row to Cleveland. The four extra-inning games in a row against the same team sets an AL mark that will be matched in 1943 by the Red Sox and Browns. The NL mark of 3 in a row will be set in August 1917.

A day after beating the A’s Eddie Plank, 2–1, Washington’s Walter Johnson is forced to start again, this time replacing sore-armed Charley Smith. Remarkably, Johnson records his 5th complete game victory in 9 days.

In St. Louis, Johnny Kling hits a 12th-inning grand slam off Johnny Lush to give the Cubs a 7-3 victory of the Cardinals. It is Kling’s second grand slam of the season; only one other NL slam is hit this year. The Cubs are in 3rd place, two games behind the Giants and a half-game in back of Pittsburgh.

New York tops the Superbas, 6–3, for a sweep of the 5-game series with Brooklyn. The Giants score 4 in the 8th, including a long triple by Christy Mathewson, to put the game away.

13th  Browns pitcher Rube Waddell gives up a Detroit run in the first when Ty Cobb triples home Matty McIntyre, but he ties the game when he singles a run home in the 2nd. Waddell allows nothing after that and the Browns win, 2–1, when Syd Smith singles in the winner in the bottom of the 11th. For the Tigers, this is their 5th straight extra-inning game for an AL record total of 54 innings. This will not be topped and in the 20th Century. No NL team will even play five straight extra-inning games.

An error by Pitt’s Charlie Starr accounts for all three Reds’ runs as the Pirates lose 3–2. The loss drops the Pirates to 3rd place.

Lancaster (Ohio State League) P Walt “Smoke” Justis hurls his 4thno-hitter of the season, defeating Marion 3–0. His other gems came on July 19th, August 2nd, and September 8th. Justis had no record in 2 ML appearances with Detroit in 1905.

14th  Former ML outfielder Ike Van Zandt, age 31, commits suicide by shooting himself.

15th  The Cardinals rattle Red Ames for 5 hits in the 8th inning to tie the Giants at 4–4. Cardinal killer Christy Mathewson relieves and when Bridwell scores the go-ahead run, Matty stops the Birds for his ML record 24th consecutive win over St. Louis.

In the Pirates 6-5 win over the Phillies, Honus Wagner steals four bases for the 5th time since 1900.

The Highlanders Pete Wilson makes his major league debut by shutting out Boston, 1–0.

18th  Cleveland’s Bob Rhoads pitches a no-hitter against the Red Sox 2–1, beating Frank Arellanes, the only Mexican-American pitcher in the ML.

The White Sox stay close to the top when Ed Walsh tops Walter Johnson to win 1–0. The Sox manage just 3 hits off the Senators’ ace.

The largest crowd in the history of the NL—35,000—cheer as the Giants shove the Pirates to 5 games off the pace by sweeping a doubleheader. Christy Mathewson shuts out the Bucs in the first game, 7–0, for his 11th shutout and his 33rd win. Then the Giants collect 18 hits to take the nitecap, 12–7, as Wiltse and McGinnity combine for the win. The other hitting occurred in the first game when Mike Donlin tired of a heckler and punched him in the eye. Police quickly moved in.

The Reds tally 11 runs in the 4th inning to beat host Boston, 13–6 for their only double-digit score of the year.

19th Ed Reulbach pitches 10 innings in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Phils before the 0–0 game is called on account of darkness.

More than 30,000 fans in New York watch the Pirates snap a 2–2 tie in the 10th by scoring 4 runs. Lefty Leifield picks up the win for Pittsburgh.

20th  in St. Louis, Rube Waddell strikes out 17 Washington Nationals in 10 innings to beat Walter Johnson 2–1.

Frank Smith pitches a no-hitter for the White Sox against the A’s, winning 1–0 and giving up just one walk. It is Smith’s 2nd no-hitter. The winning run scores in the bottom of the 9th when Freddy Parent, whom Eddie Plank is walking intentionally, reaches out and pokes a sacrifice to short RF.

21st  Cleveland takes the AL lead, beating New York, while Detroit takes two at St. Louis. With 2 weeks to go, 3 1⁄2 games separate 4 teams.

In New York, Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits—all in the 3rdinning—and no walks, but the Pirates win 2–1. Vic Willis goes one better, allowing just 2 New York hits for the victory.

Floyd Kroh, in his first game for the Cubs, pitches 9 innings against the Phils in a 3–1, 10-inning triumph. Orval Overall pitches the last inning for the win.

22nd  The Cubs sweep a doubleheader at New York, 4–3 and 2–1, giving them a 90–53 record versus the Giants’ 87–50.

The Pirates move to 1 ½ games in back of Chicago and New York by edging Brooklyn 3–2 in 11 innings. Al Storke triples home Wagner, then scores on an error. Tom Catterson then follows with a homer.

23rd  Giants P Mathewson and Cubs P Three Fingered Brown battle in the most controversial game ever played. The score is 1–1, with 2 outs in the last of the 9th. The Giants’ Harry McCormick is on 3B, and Fred Merkle (19, and making his first start of the year, is subbing for the sore-legged veteran Fred Tenney), on 1B. Al Bridwell singles, scoring McCormick. Halfway to 2B, Merkle turns and heads for the clubhouse in CF. Johnny Evers secures a ball (Joe McGinnity swears he picked up the ball that was in play and threw it into the stands. Many credit Floyd Kroh with wrenching the ball from a fan’s hands and giving it to Evers) and touches 2B as the crowd overruns the field. Umpire O’Day at 1B claims he didn’t see the play, but that evening he rules the run does not count, and the game ended with a tie score. (Years later, in an interview, Merkle will describe it this way: “When Bridwell shot that long single, I started across the grass for the clubhouse. Matty was near me. When Evers began shouting for the ball, he noticed something was wrong. Matty caught me by the arm and told me to wait a minute. We walked over toward 2B, and Matty spoke to Emslie. ‘How about this, Bob, is there any trouble with the score of the play?’ ‘It’s all right,’ said Emslie. ‘You’ve got the game. I don’t see anything wrong with the play.’ Matty then took me by the arm and we walked to the clubhouse confident that we had won the game.”)

The Pirates win their 7th victory in 10 games by topping Brooklyn 2–1 behind Lefty Leifield. Wilhelm takes the loss. Pittsburgh is now a game in back of first place.

Cleveland wins its 10th straight game, defeating the Yankees and Jack Chesbro, 9–3. The Naps score 5 runs in the 7th, while Rhoades pitches strong ball until the 9th, when he allows 2 runs. Nap Lajoie has no official at bats, getting hit by pitched balls 3 times, tying a AL record, and walking his other time up.

24th  President Pulliam upholds O’Day’s delayed decision and declares the game a tie, a decision nobody likes. The Cubs demand the game be forfeited to them as the crowd prevented play from continuing, although darkness would have soon ended it. Both teams appeal. Pulliam sees no inconsistency with the September 4th incident and claims he has merely upheld his umpire on a question of fact in each case. Meanwhile, the Giants beat the Cubs 5–4, after almost blowing a 5–0 lead. Hooks Wiltse is relieved Mathewson, and the official scorer awards the W to Matty. The L goes to Three Fingered Brown, his first loss to Mathewson since June 13, 1905.

Washington’s Walter Johnson three-hits Cleveland to win, 2–1. The loss stops Cleveland’s win streak at 10.

New York Yankee Joe Lake allows just one hit, a single by Patsy Dougherty, in beating the White Sox, 1-0. Ed Walsh loses for the first time this season to New York.

25th  Detroit’s Ed Summers pitches two complete-game wins over the A’s, winning the opener 7–2 The 2nd game is a 10-inning battle with another rookie Bill Schlitzer that ends 1–0 on a Claude Rossman drive for an inside-the-park home run. Summers allows just 2 hits. With the White Sox idle, the Tigers move to a half-game out of first.

The Senators score 5 runs in the 9th inning off Cleveland righthander Charlie Chech and beat the Naps, 6–1. Former Cleveland owner Frank DeHaas Robison, listening on the telephone to a friend’s play-by-play account of the Washington rally collapses with a heart attack. He dies several hours later.

At the Polo Grounds, Rube Marquard makes his ML debut and the Reds rough up the Giants $18,000 rookie for 7 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. The Reds win, 7–1.

26th  With the Cubs just a half game in back of New York, Chicago’s Ed Reulbach shoulders a ML record by becoming the only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day, blanking host Brooklyn 5–0 and 3–0. Big Ed allows 5 hits in the a.m. game, and is even stingier in the afternoon, yielding 3 hits and a walk. He finishes the afternoon contest in 1 hour: 12 minutes. Kaiser Wilhelm and Jim Pastorius are the losing pitchers. It is Brooklyn’s third doubleheader shutout in five weeks as they finish with a NL-worst .213 batting average.

Vic Willis tosses a 6-hit shutout over Boston for a 5–0 Pittsburgh win.

The Giants sweep the Reds, 6-2 and 3–1, behind victories by Mathewson and Red Ames. For Matty, it is his 35th win.

Detroit’s Wild Bill Donovan stops the A’s, 3–2, as Philadelphia pushes across 2 runs in the 9th, after not getting a runner past 1B through the first 8 frames. The A’s scores end their ML-record streak of 48 innings without a run: the Cubs will match this in 1968. Donovan registers 7 strikeouts in the first 3 innings, including 6 in a row.

The White Sox trounce the Highlanders, 12–0. Frank Smith has no trouble with the Yankee hitters, while Yankee pitchers help the score by walking 13, throwing 2 wild pitches and hitting 2 Sox batters. Chicago leaves 11 on base.

Washington’s Walter Johnson loses 5–4 to Cleveland when he makes a throwing error.

27th At Detroit, the Tigers take over first place with a Sunday 5–2 win over the A’s behind righty George Mullin. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 3rd inning with Jack Coombs on the mound and Mike Powers catching. He did in the 1st inning on Thursday to the same pair in a 4–4 tie. All three steals of home this season for Cobb have come on the front end of a double steal.

Ed Walsh blanks the Red Sox, 3–0 for a Chicago win. Only 4 percentage points separate the top three AL teams.

In the 3rd inning of game 1, the Reds’ Hans Lobert steals 2B, 3B, and home against St. Louis. But the Cardinals win 7-4 before losing game 2, 6-1. Lobert will steal 47 bases this year.

28th  Phils C Red Dooin is offered—and rejects—a bribe to lose the final series with the Giants. The incident is not made public until 16 years later. Nothing is proved.

Boston and Chicago play to a 2-2, 10-inning tie.

In near-cyclone conditions, the Tigers wrest a victory from Washington, winning 4-1 behind Killian. The win puts Detroit in the AL lead by a half game ahead of Cleveland and a game ahead of Chicago.

29th Chicago White Sox ace Ed Walsh is the 3rd pitcher within a week to pitch and win both ends of a doubleheader, beating Boston. Walsh gives up just one run and 7 hits, while fanning 15 in winning 5–1 and 2–0. Walsh did the same thing to the Red Sox in 1905. Walsh has now beaten Boston 9 times this season to tie the AL mark. He’s also beaten the Highlanders 9 times (with one loss, on September 24), a mark no other hurler has reached.

The Pirates sweep a doubleheader against the Cardinals at Exhibition Park, 7–0 and 6–5. In the opener, Howie Camnitz loses a no hitter in the 9th inning on a single by Champ Osteen. The Bucs win game 2 leaving them a half-game in back of New York, tied for 2nd with the Cubs. For the Cardinals, this is their ML-record 33rd shutout of the year.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants split with the Phils, winning 6–2 and losing 7–0. Mathewson wins the opener, despite giving up 9 hits. Philadelphia then operates on Doc Crandall for a 2nd game win.

In Cincinnati, the temporary light towers at the Palace of the Fans contribute to a home run by Chicago’s Joe Tinker (as noted in Redleg Journal). Tinker hits a fly ball that lodges in a tower and he circles the bases before CF Dode Paskert can extricate the ball. Authors Rhodes and Snyder note that the Cincinnati Enquirer speculates that Paskert would have nabbed the fly except for the tower structure. Chicago wins, 6–2.

At St. Louis, the Browns sweep a pair from the fumbling Yankees, winning 6-0 and 2-1. St. Louis has just 4 hits in the opener, but New York makes 6 errors. Howell gets the whitewash. Four straight hits in the 1st inning of game 2 nets the Browns 2 runs. Bill Dinneen wins his 14th with 9 of those coming in a row.

30th The Pirates top the Cards at home, 7–5 as Sam Leever wins in relief of Vic Willis. The win puts the Pirates all alone in 2nd place, .004 points behind the Giants.

August 1908

3rd The 2nd-place Cubs stay a half game ahead of New York and 1 ½ games behind Pittsburgh, by beating the Phillies, 5–1. Mordecai Brown is the winner picking up his 10th straight win over the Phillies.

4th  The Giants take 2 from Cincinnati, winning 4–3 in 12 innings, and 4–1. Christy Mathewson wins both, relieving McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place, 5 percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses, it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy (48-50) had endured four straight shutout losses: 5–0 on July 30; 3–0 on the 31st; 6–0 on the 1st and 3rd.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas and St. Louis Cardinals play an entire game with one ball. Brooklyn wins 3–0.

In a 7-5 loss to Cleveland, the Nationals’ Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O’Loughlin. Delahanty, a Cleveland native, is fined $50 by Ban Johnson and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct, though he denies that the language he used could be heard all over the park. Washington manager Joe Cantillon then declares that he will not put the other contenders at an unfair advantage and he benches Delahanty for games in Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago. Delahanty will miss an additional 13 games because of this but the ban will be lifted at the beginning of the 1909 season.

6th A scheduled doubleheader in Brooklyn with St. Louis is washed out after 5 innings of the first game, but lefty Johnny Lush, with one no-hitter over Brooklyn under his belt, allows no Brooklyn hits in his outing. The Cards win 2–0, on 2 unearned runs, as 1B Tim Jordan drops a fly ball with the bases loaded.

In a surprise ceremony in Augusta, Georgia, Ty Cobb marries his fiancé 17-year-old Charlie Lombard. It is an off day for the first-place Tigers, two games ahead of the Browns. Playing without Cobb, the Bengals will split their next two.

8th Detroit does not miss Cobb as they collect 22 hits off Burt Keeley in whipping the visiting Senators, 18-1. They lead the Browns by two games.

9th Ty Cobb returns from his short honeymoon with his wife and hits a single and triple in a 5–2 Detroit win over Washington.

The Browns beat the Red Sox with an 8-run 8th inning to win, 8–2. Pitcher Rube Waddell helps with a homer and Hobe Ferris belts a grand slam in the 8th, off Cy Morgan.

10th Twenty thousand fans, the largest ever to watch a Monday game, crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs Orval Overall. Matty doesn’t disappoint, winning 3–2, but Overall allows just one hit in the loss. Roger Bresnahan’s double in the 3-run 1st is the lone safety.

11th The Cards fall to Boston, 2–0, as Boston pitcher Tom Tuckey gets his only shutout in his first major league game.

Ft. Worth steals itself a couple of Texas League records in a win over Galveston. They steal 16 bases, paced by 3 by Ike Pendleton. Another record comes with five double steals off pitcher Heider Brown and catcher Ed Lauzon. Four of the twins thefts are of 2B and 3B and one is 2B and home.

13th  Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20,000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, Willie Keeler, Harry Davis, and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler, including a great loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments. This is Keeler’s last appearance this season, as he returns home to Brooklyn, partly in protest to Highlander manager Kid Elberfeld’s surly managerial style (as stated in Jim Reiseler’s book Before They Were Bombers)). Keeler quits without pay saying, “I cannot give you a run for your money”. He had been ill and muffed a flyball in left field, but he will return next season to play under manager George Stallings.

The Giants drop the Superbas, 5–3, behind Red Ames and Mathewson. Mathewson pitches 7 innings of shutout ball for the win.

The Cubs lose 1-0 to the host Pirates, when Ed Reulbach walks the leadoff batter Roy Thomas, who comes around to score. Reulbach had an 0-2 count on Thomas but throws 4 ball wide to put him on. The superstitious Reulbach believes that if he strikes out the first batter he faces, he will lose the game ((as noted by John Snyder).

14th The National’s Walter Johnson hurls a 1–0 victory over the White Sox, allowing just two hits, the first a 9th inning single by Sox P Doc White.

Cleveland tops the Yankees, 4-2, pinning the loss on Al Orth (2-13). The last-place Highlanders will pin a release notice on the veteran and he will return to Lynchburg, VA where he plans on being player-manager of his hometown team. But the Highlanders bring him back next year, not for his pitching, but his hitting. He will appear in one game as a pitcher and the rest as a pinch hitter and second baseman. He’ll finally hang it up in 1909 having won 100 games in each league and compiling a 15-year career batting average of .298.

15th At League Park, the Reds edge Brooklyn, 2–1, with the scoring coming on a 9th inning homer by John Kane and a 10thinning inside-the-park HR by Mike Mitchell. It is his only homer this season. The Reds will total just 14 homers for the year.

16th The last-place Cardinals deal a blow to the Giants’ pennant hopes by defeating them twice in St. Louis, 6–5 and 3–2. With Mathewson refusing to pitch on Sundays, Red Ames and Joe McGinnity take the losses. Matty will toss a shutout tomorrow for New York.

17th In a rain-shortened game, Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards, 3–0, in 6 innings, with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th, McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home—even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Jack Barry, the next batter, then strikes out on 3 pitches, as the Giants race to beat the downpour.

19th The Highlanders Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits, but shuts out Detroit, 7–0.

20th Brooklyn collects 15 safeties off three Pirates pitcher and Harry McIntire allows just 4 Buc hits for the 6–1 win. He follows Kaiser Wilhelm’s 4-hitter against the Buccaneers yesterday. Pittsburgh is now tied for first with New York.

The A’s Danny Murphy hits his second grand slam in a month as Philadelphia beats Doc White and the White Sox, 6-1.

In Chicago, the Colts down Boston, 10-2, as Joe Tinker steals 4 bases.

New York tops the Reds, 2–0, as Mathewson hurls an 8-hit shutout. The Reds Andy Coakley allows just 4 Giant safeties in the loss. For Matty, it is his 25th win. The Giants will sweep three games from the Reds, with the only negative being Fred Snodgrass sustaining a broken thumb. The rookie catcher, who played just 6 games, will return next year to play mostly in the outfield.

21st Pittsburgh regains first place as Nick Maddox (15–5) beats Brooklyn, 2–1 for his 8th win in a row. Maddox drives in both runs as well. Maddox, who won his last 5 games of 1907, has now won 20 games in 30 appearances, the quickest twenty-game winner ever (This mark will be tied by Russ Ford, in 1910; Boo Ferriss in 1945; and Cal Eldred in 1993).

Nationals catcher Gabby Street stands at the base of the Washington Monument and catches the 13th ball dropped from the top, 555 feet up, duplicating the feat performed by Pop Schriver of the Chicago Colts on August 24, 1894. Billy Sullivan of the Chicago White Sox will repeat the catch on August 24, 1910. Street gets a $500 prize for his morning’s efforts, then spends the afternoon behind the plate catching Walter Johnson’s 3–1 win over Detroit.

22nd At League Park, veteran Joe McGinnity, in relief of Ames who walks the first two batters, stops the Reds, 5–1, beating Buck Ewing. Earlier in the day, the Reds turned down McGraw’s offer for McGinnity.

23rd  In Chicago, the 3rd-place Cubs shut out Brooklyn twice, winning by 2-0 scores. Orval Overall, with a 2-hitter, and Ed Reulbach apply the whitewash.

24th  The Giants gain the NL lead by winning two at Pittsburgh, after first refusing to play a doubleheader. McGraw protests that only one game was scheduled and he was not given 24 hours notice about the 2nd match. But after polling the players, he relents. Hooks Wiltse then tops Willis, 4–1 and Mathewson beats Lefty Leifield, 5–1. Willis tires in the 8th, giving up a 2-run triple to Roger Bresnahan, followed by a Mike Donlin homer. In the nitecap, Donlin and Larry Doyle each drive home a pair. The doubleheader is watched in New York on electric diamonds known as “Compton’s Baseball Bulletin” at Madison Square Garden and the Gotham Theatre. Bulletins will display all remaining games.

Smoky Joe Wood, purchased from KC (AA), debuts for Boston. But the White Sox are the winners, 6–4.

25th The Giants win their 3rd in a row from Pittsburgh, stopping Nick Maddox, 5–3. Maddox had won 8 in a row. Doc Crandall is the winner. Larry Doyle triples in the 3rd inning, then steps off the bag while chatting with Buc third sacker Tommy Leach. Gibson’s throw from home nails Doyle.

26th The Giants sweep, scoring a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to trip Irv Young and the host Pirates, 4–3. Mathewson, in relief, is given the win, though by today’s scoring he would receive a save. New York’s 8-game win streak puts them ahead of Pittsburgh and Chicago by 3 ½ games.

27th  With electric bulletin boards also showing the action in Chicago, the Colts arrive back home for a three-game sweep to move within one-half game of the lead. Behind Jack Pfiester, Chicago wins today over New York, 5–1, then takes the day off tomorrow.

28th The Senators give some support to Walter Johnson, scoring 8 runs against Cleveland to win 8–0. Johnson’s last outing was a 1–0 loss to the Tigers on the 24th. In game 1, Long Tom Hughes tops Cleveland, 2-0. Hughes was also involved in a doubleheader shutout with Boston in 1903.

In the first of two games, Detroit beats the Athletics, 1–0, in 11 innings, then loses, 11–2 in game 2. The Tigers set an AL record by not collecting a walk in 20 innings.

The Red Sox replace manager Deacon Maguire with Fred Lake.

29th In Chicago, the Colts beat the Giants again, 3–2, to record their 7th straight win. It is Three Fingered Brown besting Mathewson again, allowing 5 Giants hits and giving up 6 walks.

30th Jack Pfiester, “the Giant Killer”, beats New York, 2–1, for his 2nd win in 4 days and his 3rd straight over the Giants. After the game a cushion fight takes place between some 3,000 happy fans in the stands and the 5,000 fans who crowded onto the field. “Many women were injured and their hats demolished, “wrote the New York World. Chicago wins its 8th straight to pull to a half game over first-place New York, with Pittsburgh is a game in back of the Giants.

The Red Sox invade the Connecticut League and lose to last-place Waterbury, 3–2. Sillery’s spitball tames the Boston club.

31st The Pirates and Cubs both win by shutouts, Chicago beating St. Louis, 2–0 for its 9th straight win, and the Pirates whitewashing the Reds, 5–0. The Giants are traveling today.

July 1908

1st Jimmy Dygert of the A’s shuts out the Nationals, 2-0, as Washington concludes a 30 game road trip winning 8. Last year they played 31 straight on the road, an AL record.

2nd The Giants rally for two runs in the 7th off Phillies starter Bill Foxen, and win, 4–3. Christy Mathewson wins his 14th.

Well, they didn’t get him to beat Chicago. Pittsburgh’s Irv Young, acquired two weeks ago from Boston, loses his 11th straight to Chicago, 3–0, in game 1. His streak dates back to August 6, 1905. The Pirates claw back in game 2, winning, 9–4, to stay a half game behind first-place Chicago.

4th  Lefthander Hooks Wiltse pitches a 10-inning no-hitter for the Giants over the Phillies 1–0. He loses his bid for a perfect 9 innings when, with 2 outs, he hits Phils P George McQuillan with a pitch on a 1-and-2 count. Ump Charles Rigler calls the pitch earlier a ball, to the dismay of Hooks and the fans, who thought it a strike. In between games McQuillan will agree that he thought it a strike as well. Art Devlin scores the winner in the 10th after singling off McQuillan and coming around on two errors. New York wins the afternoon contest more easily, 9–3, behind Dummy Taylor.

In Chicago, the first-place Browns split a pair with the White Sox, putting the Sox in 4th place, two games out. The Sox take the opener, 8–4, as reliever Ed Walsh paces the offense with a homerun, one of just three the Sox will collect all year (Frank Isbell and Fielder Jones each hit one), an all-time low. Walsh starts game 2 but doesn’t last as the Browns win, 8–1.

With suspended manager Kid Elberfeld in a front row box seat at Washington, the Highlanders take the morning game, 6-1, with a 4-run uprising in the 7th inning. Washington loads the bases in their half of the 7th with one out and Joe Lake comes in to put out the fire. After issuing two balls to Otis Clymer, Elberfeld stands and start waving and shouting to his team to bring in Doc Newton. Umpire Egan ignores the calls to ban the suspended manager and Newton trots in to strike out Clymer and end the threat. In the afternoon game, Elberfeld is banished to the clubhouse and Washington wins, 6-2, behind Walter Johnson.

In Pittsburgh, an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Three Fingered Brown wins the morning game, 2–0, for his 4th straight shutout. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 9–3. The Cubs and Bucs play 5 games in 3 days with the Cubs winning three: Three Fingered Brown cops 2, tossing two shutouts—a 6-hitter and a 2-hitter.

While every team is playing a doubleheader today, the Cardinals host the first single-admission doubleheader on Independence Day, according to Charlie Bevis (Doubleheaders). The Birds split with the Reds, winning 3-2, before losing, 6-3.

At Newark, Jersey City and Newark play a 19-inning scoreless tie called after 3 hours: 40 minutes on account of darkness. Lew Brockett, who started the year with the Highlanders, allows 6 hits while Ed Laffitte gives up 3 safeties.

6th In Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson stops the Reds, 2–1, beating Andy Coakley for a Giants win. He’ll beat them again by the same score on the 9th. The 3rd place Giants are now 1 ½ games behind the first-place Pirates. John McGraw misses the game to scout 19-year-old prospect Rube Marquard, pitching in Columbus.

8th Despite 5 hits by Honus Wagner, the host Pirates drop a doubleheader to their cross-state rivals, the Phillies, 4–1 and 8–5. They will split the next two games, but lose Deacon Phillippe for the year when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Red Dooin line drive.

9th Mathewson spins another 4 hitter over the Reds, beating them again, 2–1. The losing hurler is Bob Ewing.

The Cubs win their 2nd in a row from Brooklyn, this time in 10 innings, 4–3. Three Fingered Brown tops Nap Rucker.

10th At Pittsburgh, the Giants (43-30) take a 4-0 lead, but the Pirates claw back on back-to-back triples by Wagner and Clarke. Tommy Leach wins it for the Bucs with a 9th inning home run to deep center.

The Red Sox purchase 1B Jake Stahl from the Highlanders.

11th  The White Sox play their 2nd 16-inning game in 2 days, beating Philadelphia 5–4.

Vic Willis gives the Pirates their 2nd win in a row over the Giants, winning, 6–2. Mike Donlin’s triple is the only New York hit.

13th  New York sweeps the Pirates, beating Lefty Leifeld, 7–0, on a 3-hitter by Mathewson, then taking the nitecap 7–4. Pittsburgh racked up 3 homers—by Wagner, Chief Wilson and Alan Storke—but to no avail. McGinnity wins the nitecap with relief help from Hooks Wiltse.

15th In Chicago, the Giants pound Three Fingered Brown and 2 relievers to win, 11–0, and move into 2nd place. The Cubs drop two places to 3rd.

The Pirates tie the Braves in the 9th and win in the 10th, 3–2, when Fred Clarke is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Bucs take the NL lead by a half-game.

16th At Chicago, manager Frank Chicago figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis “Doc” Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option rule for the home team was changed in 1950). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4-1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out, Christy Mathewson, warming in the bullpen, decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight, wherein McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants ace quickly dries off, throws on a uniform, and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound, reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out, then a strikeout, and the Giants win, 4-3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.

17th In another classic matchup, Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning, 1–0. The Cubs pitcher allows 6 hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th inning inside-the-park home run by Matty’s nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of 3B coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 matchups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker’s home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.

It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh, as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner’s tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th, but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it would not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 4–0 to cut the Giants lead to a half game over the Bucs.

Despite hitting no home runs, first-place Detroit rolls over the Athletics, 21–2. Germany Schaefer scores 5 runs.

18th The Cubs win by a run, beating the Giants, 5–4, behind Orval Overall. Hooks Wiltse takes the loss as Joe Tinker once again wins the game, this time with a two-run double in the 9th inning. Tinker also had a 6th inning triple off Hooks.

Danny Murphy hits a grand slam off Ed Willett to lead the A’s to an 11-5 win over Detroit.

19th Walter Justis, pitching for Lancaster (Ohio State L), hurls the first of his four no-hitters this season, beating Mansfield, 6-0. He strikes out 5.

21st  In St. Louis, the Cards split with the Giants, with Harry Sallee losing the opener, 4–2. Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis, though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap, 3–1, in 12 innings.

According to a Chicago newspaper contest, the Giants’ Mike Donlin, the NL’s leading hitter, is baseball’s most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Fred Busse.

22nd In Pittsburgh, Brooklyn first sacker Tim Jordan hits an over-the-fence HR, the first in 9 years, but its all the scoring his team can muster. The Pirates prevail, 2–1.

24th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants edge the visiting Pirates, 2–1, behind Hooks Wiltse. Larry Doyle leads the offense with a single, double and RBI triple.

The first-place Tigers stop off in Cleveland for a one game set, their last game of the year with the Naps. Detroit wins, 4-0, as Ed Summers bests Addie Joss.

25th With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3–2 in the 8th, Detroit scores 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase’s only pitching appearance as the Tigers win 5–3.

Before an overflow crowd of 30,000 in New York, the Pirates Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson, 7–2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle—he’ll add another—in the 7th open the gates for 5 Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is lead by Honus Wagner who goes 5-for-5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit, Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.

The Chicago Tribune reports on star White Sox pitcher Frank Smith, missing in action since June 14, that “according to the dope, Mr. F. Smith, the prodigal piano mover is about to burst upon the job once more. He was to have met the team at Cleveland with his mouth wide open for a feed of the justly celebrated husks. Smith so often declared he never would return that Jones applied reverse English to the declaration and told Smith to come on as far as Cleveland, anyhow. Moving the kind of pianos they have at Allegheny, Pa., sounds poetical and all that, but, strong as he is, the esteemed Smithy couldn’t kick in $125 per week at the job. Moving a baseball with saliva on it is much easier, the distance is shorter, as a rule, and there is no expense on the side for horse feed and axle grease.” (as noted in Deadball Stars of the American League). Smith will win 11 games upon his return to the Sox.

Future Red Sox pitcher Hugh Bedient, pitching for a semi-pro Falconer, NY team, strikes out 42 batters in what is heralded as a world’s record. He does it 23 innings against Corry, PA, finally winning, 3–1. He is matched all the way by Charles Bickford. When the wire services pick up the story, Bedient will receive 19 pro offers.

27th Following the Sunday off, Wagner hits doubles in his first 2 at bats to again lead the Pirates to a 4–3 win over New York. Nick Maddox, with relief help from Irv Young, is the winner over Doc Crandall. Both Maddox and Young plunk two Giant batters.

28th Hooks Wiltse and Vic Willis lock horns and the Giants and Pirates duel for 16 innings before the game is called, 2–2, because of darkness. Wagner is 0-for-6 but drives home a run with a “sacrifice fly.”

Walter Johnson’s (1–5) recuperation from his operation seems complete as he pitches 15 innings against the Browns with neither team scoring. Washington pulls out a 2–1 victory in the 16th as Johnson K’s 15, Big Train’s highest strikeout total for his career. He will win 11 of his next 13 decisions.

In a 4–2 win at Boston, Bob Ewing of the Reds hits a homer that travels 3 miles (as noted by Rhodes & Snyder). The ball goes over the LF at South Street Grounds and lands in a passing mail car railroad train. The train travels 3 miles before reaching its destination.

29th  Mathewson defeats the Cardinals again, beating Harry Sallee, 1–0. Sallee allows 4 hits, but the one run scores on an error and passed ball.

Rube Waddell continues to haunt Connie Mack, fanning 16 A’s in a 5–4 win for the Browns.

John McFarland of Helena (Arkansas State) loses his perfect game when the 27th batter refuses to bat, resulting in a 9–0 forfeit.

31st  Behind Wiltse and McGinnity, the Giants beat the Cardinals, 4-3 in 10 innings, and 4-3 in regulation.

June 1908

1st The first-place Cubs fall to the Pirates, 8-6, as Veach scores 4 runs on 4 hits, including a triple and homer. Veach will lead the league in both triples and homers, the first of just five players this century to do so (Harry Lumley, in 1904, will be the next).

The first-place Highlanders trip Ed Cicotte and the visiting Red Sox, 2-0. Jack Chesbro allows just 4 hits in the victory. But the Highlanders, 20-15, will win just 31 more games to finish in last place with a 51-103 record.

2nd In an argument before a game with the Pirates, Heinie Zimmerman throw a bottle of ammonia that explodes in the face of Cubs outfielder Jimmy Sheckard. Only prompt action at nearby Cook County Hospital saves his eyesight, but the injury will cause Jimmy to miss 40 games and his average will drop to .231. Manager Frank Chance confronts Zimmerman and the two start scuffling before Cubs players pile on and separate the two. Zimmerman is injured in the melee and will miss a month of play. The Cubs lose, 12–6, and are now two games in front of Pittsburgh.

3rd Mathewson fans 11 in whipping the Braves, 3–0. Matty is 8–3 but the Giants are in 5th place.

6th  The Athletics hold first place for the last time this year. Tomorrow, the Cleveland Naps will replace them, and the next day the White Sox will take the lead for the first time. They jump from 7th to first in 4 days, as a 13-game winning streak puts them into the race, despite being just three games over .500.

At Boston, the Cubs win, 14-0, behind the pitching of Chick Fraser and Ed Reulbach and a grand slam from Johnny Kling in the 3rdoff Irv Young. Hofman also contributes a homer and Wildfire Schulte has 4 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson beats the Cardinals, 3–2, for his 20th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to June 16, 1904. Art Fromme takes the loss. Matty allows 4 hits and strikes out 8, including Joe Delahanty 3 times. He also walks two in a row, an unusual occurrence.

7th  The Detroit Tigers turn a triple play against the Boston Red Sox for the 2nd day in a row, but Boston wins, 9–5. The two tri-killings in two games are a unique ML-record.

In Chicago’s 2–1, 10-inning win over the Washington, Sox pitcher Nick Altrock has 12 assists to tie the AL mark for extra innings set by teammate Ed Walsh.

8th Iron Joe McGinnity rights himself and tosses a 4–0 six hitter against the Cards. Joe’s name had been in the trading mills.

10th In the New York Globe writeup of yesterday’s 8–2 Giants win over Pittsburgh, reporter Peter Morris uses the term cup of coffee in referring to a player “It isn’t often that Hank O’Day is caught napping, but a young player just getting his cup of coffee in the league put one over on Hank and Mr. Klem yesterday”. According to Paul Dickson, this is the first use of the term.

In St. Louis, leadoff hitter George Stone lines an inside-the-park homer to left field off Eli Cates in the Browns 4-2 victory over Washington.

11th In his first start since his February operation, Walter Johnson is hammered by the St. Louis Browns in leaves in the 4thinning. He won’t pitch again until the 23rd.

Vic Willis pitches Pittsburgh to a 5–2 win over the Giants. Mathewson loses his 4th of the year.

Fort Worth (Texas League) manages just one hit in 18 innings as they lose to Waco, 3-1 and 1-0. Frank Browning throws a one-hitter in the opener and Pep Hornsby follows with a no-hitter.

13th Chicago’s Three Fingered Brown pitches a 2-hit victory over the Phillies, with both hits coming off the bat of Sherry Magee.

In Chicago’s 5–1, 10-inning win over the Yankees, Sox pitcher Ed Walsh swipes home in the 7th.

The St. Louis Browns purchase land adjacent to Sportsman’s Park to build additional stands.

14th He’s got Moxie. Chicago beats the Yankees, 5–4, with a late rally that puts Moxie Manual in the record books. Moxie, pitching in relief, is lifted in the 8th inning and his Sox score to go ahead. AL President Ban Johnson will rule that Moxie is the winner, not the pitcher who succeeds him, this establishing a precedent about awarding victories.

With his White Sox in first place, pitcher Frank Smith, a 23-game winner last year, deserts the team and returns to his home in Pittsburgh. “Piano Mover” is offended by the criticism from Charles Comiskey and manager Jones about his work habits—he often skipped morning practices—and his drinking. He won’t return till late July.

15th With the Giants ahead, 7-3, at the Polo Grounds, umpire Jim Johnstone calls the match in the 4th inning due to rain. He had already tossed Dummy Taylor out of the game for showing up on the coaches sideline wearing boots. Dummy is fined $10. During the game, it is announced that McGraw is suspended for three games for language he used in a game on the 13th. When asked by a reporter if he cared to state the exact language he used which resulted in his suspension by Pullium who acted on complaints of umpire Johnstone, McGraw replied, “Willingly. I remember the speech perfectly. ‘Mr. Johnstone, you are a piece of cheese.’ I was very careful not to specify the brand nor to indulge in exaggeration.”

17th The Giants sweep two from the visiting Reds. Mathewson takes the opener, 2–1, over Andy Coakley, and the Giants take the nitecap, 4–2.

18th The Pirates and Braves swap Youngs: Pittsburgh acquires P Irv “Cy the second” Young from Boston (NL) in exchange for Harley Young and P Tom McCarthy. Irv Young, who averaged 330+ innings the past three seasons, will pitch just 175 this year, and fewer the next 2 seasons, his last, with the White Sox.

20tht The Reds win game 1 of a twinbill against the host Phillies, 1–0, behind Andy Coakley. It is their 3rd shutout in a row. The Phillies win the 2nd game, 7–0 behind Frank Corridon, but not before the Reds set a club record for consecutive shutout innings at 32.

22nd  Honus Wagner gets hit No. 2,000 in the 8th against Jake Weimer of the Reds, who wins 4–0 over the Pirates. Wagner makes an error when he is struck on the finger in the 1st inning. For the Reds, it is their 4th shutout in 5 games.

The Phils lose 1–0 at Brooklyn. Nap Rucker shuts out the Quakers, the 4th whitewash in 5 games for the Phillies.

23rd The Braves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, with the Giant taking the opener 6–3 and the Braves winning the nitecap, 9–7. Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity’s win in game 1, pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap, he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7–7, but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his 1st ML homer, against Patsy Flaherty, in the nitecap.

In Detroit’s 6–1 win over the White Sox, Ty Cobb starts the scoring by swiping home in the first inning with Ed Walsh on the mound. Billy Sullivan Sr. is the catcher.

24th  Charging the Highlander owners with refusing to spend money to build the team, manager Clark Griffith resigns. His Highlanders are 24-32 after being in 1st place on June 1. Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6–6 tie with the A’s. New York fades fast and will finish last with 103 losses.

At Detroit, the Browns Rube Waddell refuses to heel and whips the Tigers, 7-1. Waddell, known as an animal lover, ignores the two dogs that the Tigers have in the dugout and is not distracted when Tiger manager Hughey Jennings brings one out to the third base coach’s box.

Honus Wagner does it all today, smacking a home run and double, then breaking a 3–3 tie with an 8th inning single. He ends his scoring with a steal of home as the Pirates win 5–3 over the Reds.

The Giants sweep 2 games from Boston to move into 3rd place. Hooks Wiltse tosses a 2-hit shutout to win, 4–0, and Mathewson follows with a 7–1 victory over Irv Young in the 2nd match. Matty leaves after 7 innings.

25th The Cincinnati Reds debut two college twirlers, Jean Dubuc of Notre Dame and Bert Sincock from Michigan. Dubuc starts and Sincock relieves him. Unimpressed by the degrees, the Cubs trounce the pair by the score of 7–0 (as noted by Richard Thompson).

At the Polo Grounds the Doves and the Giants split a pair, Boston taking the first game, 14-10, on 17 hits, then losing 7-4. Peaches Graham has 4 hits in game 1 for Boston, while in game 2 Claude Ritchey and Harry Smith hit back to back homers in the 6th. New York also tallies in the 6th with 4 runners scoring on three bases-loaded walks and one HBP by Vive Lindaman.

The first-place Cubs win at home, defeating the Reds, 7-0, behind Three Fingered Brown.

At Brooklyn, the Phillies shut out the Superbas, 6-0. Kitty Bransfield hits a grand slam over the right field wall in the 4thinning off Jim Pastorius.

In a 15–0 win over Los Angeles (PCL), Portland’s Johnson has 3 doubles and 2 triples.

27th At Brooklyn, the Giants win two from the Superbas, 4–3 and 5–2. Mathewson preserves Wiltse’s game in the opener by relieving in the 9th and fanning the side. Matty then pitches the 2nd game, picking up his 13th win, beating Irv Wilhelm.

28th The 4th-place Tigers top the White Sox, 10-5, in Chicago. Germany Schaefer hits a grand slam off Ed Walsh for the Bengals.

30th  Cy Young’s 3rd career no-hitter is an 8–0 Boston win over host New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just one batter—leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 27 batters make out. Cy also tallies 3 hits and drives in half the Americans’ runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43. Young had a near-perfect game exactly a month ago.

May 1908

1st In New York’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals, Kid Elberfeld is severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley, essentially ending his season. He’ll go to bat just 56 times this year.

Former Red Sox pitcher Floyd Kroh tosses a 10-inning no-hitter for Johnston (Tri-state league) beating Wilmington, 1–0. Kroh will make it to the Chicago Cubs late this season.

4th The Giants jump on Tully Sparks for 5 runs in the first inning and coast to a 12–2 win over the Phillies. Mathewson leaves with a 9–0, lead and runs his record to 5–0.

7th Torrential rains washed out every AL and NL game, a first since there have been two leagues. The only professional game played on the eastern seaboard was an Atlantic League game in Portland, Maine. A 40 mph nor’easter flooded the switches in the Manhattan-Brooklyn subway tunnel stopping trains for an hour.

8th On a muddy field in Boston, the Yankees top the Red Sox, 3-0, behind Walker Manning’s first appearance of the year. AL President Ban Johnson reinstates Clark Griffith, who will lead the first-place Yankees.

Washington beats the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-2, with the aid of a triple steal by Bob Ganley, Dave Altizer and Jerry Freeman.

9th Art Devlin cracks a 1st inning double with the bases loaded and the Giants score 7 runs off Irv Young in the 1st two innings. Mathewson scatters ten Braves hits in coasting to a 7–3 win.

11th In Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner leads the Pirates to a 5–2 win over the Giants with a triple, 2 walks, 2 runs and 2 RBI. His delayed break to 2nd allows Fred Clarke to score the 5th run on the front end of a double steal.

12th  Orval Overall of the Cubs absorbs his first loss since August 11, 1907, as the Phils end his 14-game winning streak, 6–2. George McQuillan is the winner for the visiting Phillies.

13th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates knock out Christy Mathewson in the 5th inning and top the Giants, 5–1, behind Howie Camnitz. It is Matty’s first loss of the year. The game takes just 85 minutes to complete.

16th Andy Coakley gives up 6 hits in beating the Giants in Cincinnati, 6–1. Mathewson lasts just 2 innings and McGraw pinch hits for him in the 3rd.

17th Reds player-manager John Ganzel hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam off Hooks Wiltse of the Giants. The blow comes in the 6-run 8th inning and propels the Reds to a 7–2 win over the visiting Giants.

Chicago’s Three Fingered Brown fires a near-perfect game, allowing just a 5th inning single to Brooklyn’s Bill Bergen. Bergen, one of the worst hitting regulars of all-time, will finish the year at .175.

18th Coming back against the Reds, Mathewson is treated poorly again. The Reds pound him for 15 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings to win 9–5, handing Matty his 3rd loss in a week.

21st Pitching for Kansas City (Western Association) Smoky Joe Wood hurls a 1–0 no-hitter against Milwaukee.

23rd  Giants 3B Art Devlin ties a record by handling 13 total chances as the Cards beat New York 6–2. Two errors cost him a new record.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Lundgren beats the Boston Nationals, 6–4, his 10th straight win over them in 4 years. Lundgren will post an 18–7 record this year, allowing no homers.

25th  Detroit scores an unearned run in the 3rd against Washington lefty Bill Burns, but not until 2 are out in the 9th does a Tiger collect a base hit. Germany Schaefer singles to center off “Sleepy Bill” for the only Bengal hit as Detroit wins, 1–0. Washington will lose 29 games this year by shutouts, an AL record.

At Chicago, the Cubs treat Mathewson rudely, roughing him up for 7 hits and 5 runs in 2 innings. The Giants rally but lose in 10 innings, 8–7, as Hooks Wiltse takes the loss.

26th  Against the Reds, Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker strikes out 12, but errors do him in and he loses, 4–2.

29th At Ebbets Field, Christy Mathewson rights himself and shuts out Brooklyn for a 1–0 Giants win. Matty gives up 4 hits, K’s 8, in beating Nap Rucker.

30th In the first of two Memorial Day games at Boston, Cy Young throws a near-perfect game, beating Washington, 6–0. Jerry Freeman’s 5th inning single is the only hit and runner. Jesse Tannehill, making his first appearance since last August, starts for the Sox in game 2, but he leaves in the 5th inning with a 2–2 score. The Sox later today suspend him without pay. Tex Pruiett relieves and is less effect than Jesse, taking the loss in a 7-4 game.

In St. Louis, the Cubs sweep a holiday doubleheader with the Cardinals, winning 10-2 and 11-2. The Cubs won’t win another doubleheader on the road by 8-run margins until 2008.

31st In Chicago, Jack Pfiester pitches the Cubs to a 6–3 win over the Pirates, but Pittsburgh will win the next 3 games with Chicago by blitzing 33 runs. The Pirates will win the finale, 13–3, when Wagner connects for a homer and 2 doubles to drive in 6 runs.

April 1908

2nd  After a 2-year investigation, the Mills Committee, formed on the recommendation of Al Spalding and headed by the former NL president A. G. Mills, declares that baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, NY in 1839. Overwhelming evidence to the contrary is ignored, but the designation makes James Fenimore Cooper’s town the most likely site for a Hall of Fame and museum when these establishments are conceived some 30 years later.

7th  The St. Louis clubs play a benefit game, raising $5,000 for the beleaguered Chris Von der Ahe.

13th  Dove’s infielder Dave Brain, a holdout, issues the following statement: “Misleading statements have appeared in various papers regarding the situation between Mr. Dovey and myself. The facts are that I asked him for a raise in salary last year, but as he had just invested in the Boston club, he asked me to continue at the salary I had been getting, and promised to give me an advance for the season of 1908. I was much surprised, therefore, when he sent me a contract this year at a reduced salary. I returned it to him reminding him of his promise, and offered to accept a raise of $400 for the season. Mr. Dovey replied that that was too much, but said nothing more. After waiting for nearly two weeks I wrote Mr. Dovey that I understood he did not intend having me on his team and asked him to give me a release so that I could secure a position on some other team. This he refused to do, and there the matter rests.” Brain, last year’s homerun king, will be sold to the Reds in mid-May, then be sold to the Giants in mid-July, hitting a collective .125 in his last ML season (as noted by Dennis Auger).

14th At Hilltop Park, Slow Joe Doyle scatters four hits in edging the A’s, 1–0 in 12 innings. The first hit is by A’s left fielder Topsy Hartsell, who has his nose broken by an errant pitch during pre-game warmups. Nick Carter, making his major-league debut, matches Doyle for 11 innings, but in the 12th, a ground rule double into the crowd, and a single put runners at the corners. A line drive to RF Jack Coombs then scores Red Kleinow with the winner.

Before 17,000 in Philadelphia, Mathewson scatters 4 Phillies hits and drives in 2 of the Giants runs. New York wins, 3–1 over George McQuillan.

At Boston, Boston plays their first game under their new nickname “Red Sox” defeating Washington, 3–1.

16th Pittsburgh’s Sam Leever tosses a 3-hit shutout over the Cardinals as Pittsburgh sweeps the 3-game series. But the big news for the Pirates is the signing of Honus Wagner for another year. The star SS ends his holdout and will play on the 19th in a 4–3 loss to the Reds.

17th At Detroit’s Bennett Field, Cleveland scores 2 runs in the 11thand 4 in the 12th to beat the host Tigers, 12-8. Cleveland collects 20 hits. Cobb leads the Tiger attack with three hits and 2 RBIs, while Germany Schaefer has 5 hits.

At Chicago, the Browns Rube Waddell makes his first start of the year, shutting out the White Sox, 1–0, on one hit, a single by Jake Atz that bounces off Ferris’ glove. Only one ball is hit out of the infield. Owen is the loser with 8 innings of work.

At Cincinnati, Chicago beats the Reds, 1–0. After the game the police escort Reds LF Hans Lobert off the field after a fan charges him with spitting on him and hitting him twice. Lobert was criticized for missing one ball and misjudging another.

At New York, the A’s German battery of Schlitzer and Schreckengost beats the Yankees, 8–2. Simon Nicholls hits his first ML homer to pace the attack.

18th In Brooklyn’s home opener, the Superbas manage 6 hits against Mathewson and strike out 12 times. Newly acquired 1B Fred Tenney has two hits and a RBI as the Giants win 4–0.

19th  The National Commission reinstates Jake Stahl and Mike Donlin after fining them $100 each for playing with teams outside organized ball in 1907.

20th “The Father of Baseball,” Henry Chadwick, the leading reporter, commentator, scorer, and indefatigable promoter of the game, dies in Brooklyn at age 85.

Bugs Raymond throws a one-hitter or the Cardinals, but loses to the Cubs, 2–0. Harry Steinfeldt has the only Chicago hit in the 2-run 6th inning. Lundgren is the winner.

At Chicago, the White Sox knock the Browns Rube Waddell out of the box with a 5-run 6th and a 2-run 7th to win, 7–1. They would have plated more in the inning but Al Shaw’s single results in a double play at the plate as two runners are tagged out on the same play, RF Danny Hoffman to C Tubby Spencer.

22nd  In the Giants home opener, 25,000 fans watch Brooklyn take a 2–1 lead into the 9th inning against Christy Mathewson. With Fred Tenney on 1B, Mike Donlin, a hold out all of last year, then homers to give the Giants a 3–2 win.

27th At Boston, Mathewson twirls a one-hitter, walking none, to beat Irv Young, 2–0. Claude Ritchey reaches base on a single and one other runner reaches on an error.

At St. Louis, White Sox pitcher Frank Owen steals home on a double steal against the Browns in the 9th inning to help himself in a 6–5 win. It is the 3rd time Owen has stolen home, a ML record for pitchers.

The A’s trip the Senators, 2-1, with the help of a triple steal in the 2nd inning to break a 1-1 tie. Harry Davis scores on the trifecta when Tom Hughes’ throw is too high to catch him. Coombs and Oldering steal on the play. Rube Vickers is the winning pitcher.

At Boston, the Highlanders edge the Red Sox, 1-0, behind Jack Chesbro. “The once famous moist ball artist was at his best” (New York Times) scoring the lone run and beating George Winter.

29th The Braves rally to tie the Giants in the 5th, then score runs in the 10th and 11th to beat Malarkey, 7–6. Winning pitcher Irv Young scores the winning run when former Brave Fred Tenney drops a perfect throw at 1B.

30th In the 9th inning at Boston, the Braves are tied 2–2 with the Giants. With runners on 1B and 2B, Boston’s Frank Bowman hits a Doc Crandall pitch into the stands, but is credited with only a double in the 3–2 win.

The Pirates game in Pittsburgh against the Reds is cancelled because of snow.

March 1908

7th Near Lexington, Kentucky, the train carrying the Cleveland Naps is struck by two bricks shattering windows. Elmer Flick, Bill Bradley, and Harry Bay are hit by the flying glass while playing euchre, but no injuries occur. Tomorrow, the team will arrive safely in Macon, Georgia, for spring training.

16th  Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner, 34, announces his retirement. An annual rite of spring, it will not keep him from playing in 151 games, more than in any of the past 10 years, and leading the league in hitting (for the 6th time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBI, and stolen bases. He will miss the Triple Crown by hitting 2 fewer HRs than Tim Jordan’s 12.

21st  Ty Cobb signs for $4,000 and an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. He will collect the bonus with a league-leading .324, one of only 3 AL regulars to top .300 (the NL has 5) in 1908.

February 1908

3rd  Chris Von der Ahe, flamboyant former owner of the Browns, files for bankruptcy, claiming $27,000 in debts, and $200 in assets.

7th  Exasperated Connie Mack sells his talented but eccentric and unreliable hurler Rube Waddell to the St. Louis Browns for $5,000.

27th  The sacrifice fly rule is adopted. No time at bat is charged if a run scores after the catch of a fly ball. The rule will be repealed in 1931, then reinstated or changed several times before permanent acceptance in 1954.

In Fullerton, CA, Walter Johnson, Washington’s young phenom, is operated on for an infection of the mastoid area behind the right ear. The doctors remove a section of the bone, and the recuperation will keep Johnson sidelined until late May.

January 1908

6th  PCL owners agree not to expand the league beyond four teams—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Oakland—the same teams they had in 1907. In 1906 Fresno and Seattle also had franchises. In 1909 the PCL will return to six teams with the additions of Sacramento and Vernon, a suburb of Los Angeles.

9th  Frank Navin is named president of the Detroit club. Bennett Field will be renamed Navin Field.

December 1907

13th Friction between his catchers and the need to strengthen the Giants infield prompt John McGraw to trade Frank Bowerman, along with Bill Dahlen, Dan McGann, George Browne, and Cecil Ferguson to Boston for young SS Al Bridwell, veteran 1B and recently fired manager Fred Tenney, and reserve C Tom Needham.

30th The Spalding Commission reports that baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. The Commission is convinced by the testimony of Abner Graves, who claimed to be a childhood companion of Doubleday’s. Grave’s story is later “verified” when an old, rotting ball is found among his personal effects: The ball is now in the Hall of fame. The Commission ignores the fact that Doubleday did not graduate from West Point until 1842.

November 1907

5th The Yankees trade 2B Jimmy Williams and OF Danny Hoffman to the Browns for P Fred Glade, speedy 2B Harry Niles, and OF Charlie Hemphill. Glade will pitch just 5 games in 1908 before retiring.

16th The National Commission rules against the ‘farming’ of ML players to the minors. A new statute says in part: “whenever a major league club disposes of the services of any player by sale to a national association club, with an option to repurchase such player, such option can be exercised only on the 20th of August of the same year in which the sale is made.”

18th Charles Murphy, owner of the Cubs, says he was misquoted in the Tribune yesterday. He in fact is advocating extending the World Series from a 4 out of 7 game series to a 7 out of 9 series. He is not in favor of the best 9 out of 11 series as stated in the newspaper.

21st F. De Haas Robison. President of the St. Louis Cardinals, takes an opposite stand to that of President Harry Pulliam on the topic of doubleheaders. Quoted in the Atlanta Constitution, he says, “There is a suggestion I intend to make at the NL meeting next month and the adoption of which I think will be of benefit to the game, and that is the playing of doubleheaders on holidays and Sundays. Saturday has become a universally observed half holiday in this country. Now, I am in favor of playing doubleheaders on every Saturday afternoon and doubleheaders on Sunday as well, where Sunday ball is allowed. When a man goes to a ball game he wants to get there early. He doesn’t want to be sitting around and watching players practice. He wants baseball and I believe that if the two major leagues, as well as the minor leagues, would get together and agree to do this, the game would increase in popularity. Don’t let me cast this impression that baseball is losing interest. It is the one game that the public enjoys year in and year out. They want to read about it; the want to see the games. It is certainly a grand game, and one that will never die.”

23rd Former Brooklyn pitcher Henry Schmidt, 34, who won 23 games in his lone ML season of 1903, is arrested in Nashville’s Ruby Theatre after slashing the neck of Alice Applewhite. The two were scheduled to be married after Applewhite obtained a divorce. Appearing later in court, Schmidt is fined $20 for assault and $50 for carrying a concealed weapon.

October 1907

st The Cubs score one run in the 9th against Mathewson to tie the score at 1–1, then push across the winner against a tired Matty in the 11th to beat the Giants, 2–1. Chick Fraser and Carl Lundgren allow just 2 Giant safeties in 11 frames.

“Before the largest crowd the local park had ever contained” (NY Times) in Washington, the Tigers rally with 3 runs in the 6thagainst Walter Johnson to beat the Senators, 5-3. Cobb starts the rally with a double. He adds a stolen base and combines with Rossman at 1B for a 9-3 double play.

2nd  Detroit sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 9–5 and 10–2. Ty Cobb’s 200th hit earns him a $500 bonus; he will get 212 for the year. He also steals 4 bases in the game: Cobb will lead the AL with 49 this year.

At Pittsburgh, rookie George McQuillan pitches the Phils into 3rdplace in the NL with a 4-1 victory. The Pirates score comes in the first inning, the first tally off McQuillan after 25 straight scoreless innings. The New York Giants drop to 4th place with a 13-7 loss at Chicago.

3rd  Before the start of the Nationals-Tigers game in Washington, friends of Hughie Jennings present him with a congratulatory floral wreath, though the Tigers have not yet clinched the pennant over the A’s. But today’s contest will help as the paste the Nationals 9-3 to sweep the 4 game series. Bill Donovan (25-4) coasts and, with a 9-1 lead, starts lobbing the ball in. Ty Cobb continues his hot hitting—he is 13-for-18 in the series—with 3 hits and 3 stolen bases. He leaves in the 8th after twisting his ankle on a slide into 2B.

The Red Sox end their 16-game losing streak by nipping the Browns, 1–0. Cy Morgan is the victor over Harry Howell.

4th The Senators and the A’s split a year-end doubleheader. Rookie Walter Johnson beats Eddie Plank, 2–1, to finish at 5-9. Spitballer Jimmy Dygert wins his 21st for the A’s, beating Tom Hughes, 8–0.

26-year-old Reds pitcher Frank Leary dies following an operation for appendicitis when he fails to come out of the anesthesia. Leary (0-1) pitched in 2 games in 1907 with a 1.13 ERA.

5th  In the last game of the year for the Athletics, hurler Rube Vickers hurls a 5-inning 4–0 perfect game against Washington. He also wins the 15-inning first game of the twin bill, 4–2, with a spectacular 12-inning relief effort, allowing 8 hits. The two wins are the only ones for Vickers this year. Starter Charlie Fritz falter after three innings and Rube Waddell tosses just one pitch, hit for a single. It is Waddell’s last pitch for the A’s as Mack will pedal Rube to the Browns over the winter.

In St. Louis, the Tigers clinch the AL pennant with a 10-2 win over the Browns, their 10th win in a row (one tie). Ty Cobb’s triple in the 4th starts the scoring and he adds a homerun in his other official at bat.

In the first of two games, the Cubs, leading the Cardinals 2-0 in the 4th, find themselves on the losing end of an argument with umpire Rigler, who called Evers out at 3B. After a number of Cubs squawk at the call, Rigler orders them to their positions and then forfeits the game to the Cardinals. With that, Chance, Pfester and Overall leave the park and head over to watch the Series-bound Tigers play the Browns. The Cards take game 2, 4-3.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep by winning a pair from the Giants, 7-3 and 3-2. Rookie George McQuillan (4-0) beats Christy Mathewson in game 2, called after the Giants bat in the 7th. Mathewson finishes at 24-12.

6th The first-place Cubs finish the season with a split at St. Louis, winning the first game, 7–1 and losing game 2 by a 1–0 score. The Cubs finish the year with a remarkable 1.73 team ERA, .57 points better than the runner-up. This .57 difference will not be matched until the 2003 Dodgers do it with their 3.16 ERA.

The Reds and Pirates split the finales, with the Bucs winning the opener, 4–3 and the Reds taking game 2, 13-1, in 7 innings. The Reds collect 16 hits off young Babe Adams (0-2). Mike O’Neill finishes his ML career with a triple off Babe for his second hit of the year. The first was also a triple. Adams will spend the next season in the minors before returning in 1909 with a rookie-record 1.11 ERA and a 12-3 mark.

In St. Louis, 18,000 turn out with a reported 5,000 turned away to see the local Browns top the Series-bound Tigers, 10-4 and 10-3. The stars sit for Detroit as manager Hugh Jennings start game 1 at short, but finding the throw too long, switches to 2B. Cobb attends the Cubs-Cards game.

In Chicago, the Leland Giants end the season with a 3-2 win over Milwaukee as Rube Foster pitches a complete game for the win.

8th  The Tigers have game one of the World Series against the Cubs in their grasp—or in C Charlie Schmidt’s glove—but it gets away from them. Leading 3–2 in the 9th, Bill Donovan faces pinch hitter Del Howard with 2 on and 2 outs. He fans Howard, but the ball gets away from Schmidt, and the tying run scores. Darkness ends the game after 12 innings.

9th  In game 2, the Tigers score just once against Chicago’s Jack Pfiester and lose 3–1. They will not score more than once in any of the remaining games in the WS. The Tigers take advantage of the aggressive baserunning of Jimmy Slagle by nabbing him in the first inning with a hidden ball trick, the only one in WS history. Yesterday, Slagle had two steals and was caught stealing once. The play goes Germany Schaefer to Bill Coughlin (according to Bill Deane). Slagle redeems himself in the 4th by driving in the go-ahead run and then scoring on Sheckard’s double.

10th  Ed Reulbach coasts to a 5–1 win over the Tigers, as the Cubs hit 5 doubles in game 3.

11th  Orval Overall gives up a triple to Cobb, but the Tigers are tamed again 6–1 in game 4.

12th  It’s Three Fingered Brown’s turn to shut down the Tigers 2–0. Each side has 7 hits, but the Cubs steal 4 bases for a total of 18 for the 5-game World Series. Just 7370 fans turn out for the game in Detroit.

In Boston, the AL Americans dominate their NL neighbors, just as they did in their City Series in 1905. Today’s match ends, 4–3, the Americans’ 6th win in 6 games. The final game will end in a 3–3 tie. The two teams won’t meet again in a City Series match until 1925.

13th In a three-way trade, the Highlanders receive 1B Jake Stahl from the White Sox and send infielder Frank LaPorte to the Red Sox. Boston sends SS Freddy Parent to Chicago, opening the shortstop spot up for Heinie Meinie.

September 1907

1st  Cubs P Ed Reulbach, who will be 17–4 with a 1.69 ERA, goes into the 9th with a 2–0 lead over the Cardinals at Chicago. He gives up 8 straight hits, 7 runs, and loses the game. The nitecap is stopped after 7 innings. Still shell-shocked, the Cubs are shut out twice tomorrow by the last-place Cards, losing 6–0 and 9–0.

In the major league draft, the Brooklyn Superbas select Kaiser Wilhelm from Birmingham (Southern Association). Kaiser last season was with the Boston Beaneaters in 2005, when he posted a 3-23 record. He’ll lose 22 for Brooklyn next season.

2nd Detroit’s Ty Cobb has 3 steals in a 6–5 win in an a.m. game. Detroit loses the 2nd game, 4–2. Boston’s Cy Young coasts to his 20th win at New York, beating the Highlanders, 12–1. It’s his 2ndwin in 5 days over the New Yorkers.

Behind Art Fromme and Johnny Lush, the Cardinals twice shut out the Cubs, 6-0 and 9-0. Chicago still leads the NL by 16 games.

The Giants and Dodgers play a scoreless 12 innings on a wet ball field. Red Ames and George “Farmer” Bell are the pitchers. They play 2 tomorrow.

3rd The Giants and Superbas split a doubleheader. New York takes the opener, 2–0, behind Dummy Taylor, then Brooklyn takes the nitecap 1–0, in 7 innings, behind the 8-hit pitching of Jim Pastorius. The Superbas score on a single, two walks, and a wild pitch by Mathewson.

4th  For his 32nd birthday tomorrow, Cleveland fans give manager Nap Lajoie a wagon load of gifts, including a live black sheep. The Naps then hand their captain another gift, a 6–5 win over Detroit.

5th  Cleveland downs Detroit, 3-0, as Addie Joss fires a one-hitter. He’ll match it in three weeks.

6th At Baker Bowl, the Giants sweep the Phillies, winning 6–5 and 2–0. McGinnity relieves in the opener with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the 9th and retires the side to preserve Taylor’s win. Mathewson then beats Lew Moran in a 7-inning nitecap for his 20th win. Moran’s wild throw in the 3rd accounts for the scores.

Boston sweeps a pair from the Nationals, beating Washington in game 1, 9–2, behind Cy Young’s 21st and last win of the year. Game 2 is a 3-2 Boston victory.

7th In Boston, Walter Johnson tops the Red Sox and Cy Morgan, 1–0, for the first of his 38 career 1–0 wins. On the 12th, he will shut out the Highlanders 2–0. Washington takes the 2nd game, 4–1 to avenge yesterday’s Boston sweep.

9th Boston’s Cy Young and the A’s Rube Waddell battle to a 13-inning scoreless tie. Neither pitcher walks a batter.

New York’s Tex Neuer and Jack Chesbro both toss shutouts against the Washington Senators, winning 10-0 and 2-0

The Giants play their 5th doubleheader in a week, splitting shutouts with Boston. New York takes the opener, 10–0, then Irv Young outpitches Christy Mathewson, 1–0, in the 7-inning nitecap.

10th In a Bowler’s Day contest on an off day for the Reds in Cincinnati, a field day event draws long throwers from around the country, but none top Johnny Hatfield’s 19th Century mark set in 1872. Sheldon LeJeune of Springfield (Central L) wins the long toss with a throw of 399 ft., 10 ¾ inches. Art Hostetler of the St. Louis Cardinals is 2nd with a throw of 385’8”. The Bucs George Gibson wins the throwing to 2B competition. Jack Thoney of Toronto wins the ‘beating out a fair bunt’ competition in 3.15 seconds. Mike Mitchell of the Reds wins the fungo-hitting contest with 413 feet, 8 ½ inches. Harry McIntire is 2nd with 411’1”; Ed Walsh, with a travel day for the White Sox, is 3rd at 385 feet. Walter Clements of Jersey City circles the bases in 14.15 seconds.

At Boston, the Americans split a twinbill with the league-leading A’s, with Boston winning the opener, 5-0, behind Winter, and Philadelphia taking the second game, 3-0, behind Eddie Plank. The split leaves the A’s in first place by a game. A’s right fielder Socks Seybold has an unassisted double play in game 1, his second of the year, to set an AL record.

11th  Chicago’s Doc White blanks the St. Louis Browns 2–0. However, his one base on balls ends his AL record run of 65 1⁄3 IP without issuing a walk. He will win a career-high 27 games and walk only 38 in 291 innings pitched.

12th Boston loses to the Athletics, 7–1, and though they’ll tie 6-6 tomorrow it is the start of a 16-game losing streak. Tris Speaker makes his ML debut going 0-for 2 against spitballer Jimmy Dygert. (TB erroneously has Speaker’s debut date as 9/14)

In a 2–0 win against the Yankees at Hilltop Park, Washington’s Walter Johnson strikes out 5 batters, though it’ll be recorded as 4 K’s. Researcher John Schwartz, in the 1990s, will find the extra K, resulting in Johnson’s lifetime total of 3,509. The issue crops up again on Opening Day, 2001, when Clemens ties (or beats) the mark.

13th At Washington Park, Mathewson tops Jim Pastorius, 2–1, striking out 11 Superbas batters. Dan McGann is 4-for-4 for New York, while teammate Jack Hannifan collects a single, double, triple and two walks in his 5 at bats.

Pittsburgh’s Nick Maddox makes his ML debut and tosses a nifty 4–0 shutout over the St. Louis Cards.

On closing day of the Ohio State League, Walter “Smoke” Justis of Lancaster pitches a 3-0 no-hitter against Marion. It’s his fourth no-hitter of the year. The others came July 19—6–0 against Mansfield, August 2—6–0 against Portsmouth, and September 8, 5–0 over Lima. Justis pitched in 2 games for the 1905 Tigers.

14th At the West Side Grounds, Chicago beats the visiting Reds, 12–5. The Cubs collect 19 hits to the Reds 10 hits—all 29 are singles.

St. Louis plays the first of four straight doubleheaders, hosting the Tigers who are just a game out of first place. The Browns drop them to third place, 3 games back, sweeping 4-1 and 4-3.

15th  At the Browns-Tigers doubleheader in St. Louis, a soda bottle thrown by a fan, Hugo Dusenberg, fells umpire Billy Evans. The crowd beats up Hugo before the police come to his rescue; he is fined $100. Evans is carried from the field and hospitalized, but is not very seriously injured. Immediately following the beaning, Ban Johnson announces he has hired an attorney and will prosecute the 17-year-old Dusenberg. But Evans refuses to press charges, saying the youth’s parents were nice people and the youngster was sorry. The Browns lose two, 6–3 and 3–2, and will split tomorrow with the Tigers.

16th In a doubleheader sweep, 3–1 and 3–2, of the Giants, Boston slugger Dave Brain hits his 10th homer, off the Giants Red Ames. Brain’s ten round trippers will lead the NL this year, but he will never hit another. The same fate befell Fred Odwell two years ago. Brain will be sold to the Reds in May, the same route that will taken by the 1910 NL homer champion, Fred Beck.

17th The Giants drop their 3rd straight in Boston, losing 6–3 at the South End Grounds. Losing 3–1 to Christy Mathewson, Boston makes 5 hits, including a triple by Fred Tenney, off Matty in the 7th, and scores 5 runs. Pittsburgh lead in the NL is now 4 ½ games.

20th  Every player but one is hitless in the Pittsburgh-Brooklyn game, won by the Pirates, 2–1. Twenty-year-old rookie Nick Maddox, making his 3rd appearance, allows no Superbas hits for the first Pittsburgh 9-inning no-hitter. Pirate manager Fred Clarke gets the only two hits given up by Elmer Stricklett, but neither safety figures in the scoring: all three runs in the game are unearned. Earlier in the year, Maddox hurled two no-hitters while at Wheeling (Central League).

21st Against the Reds, New York jumps to a 6–0 lead against Charlie Smith, and Mathewson coasts to a 6–2 win. Fred Merkle makes his first appearance for the Giants, playing 2B.

22nd  The Reds’ Bob Spade makes his pitching debut in a 1–0 shutout over the Giants. He outduels Joe McGinnity, allowing just 4 hits. New York’s Roger Bresnahan is tossed by Bill Klem and will need the consent of the league president to next play.

23rd At the start of the Giants match in Pittsburgh, John McGraw hands Bill Klem the lineup card with Bresnahan’s name in the lineup. The two argue about whether the catcher can play after yesterday’s ejection and then when Klem turns away he is hit in the face with a glass of water. No culprit comes forward but Klem gets his revenge in the 6th inning by ejecting McGraw and Art Devlin for arguing a call. The Pirates win, 2–1.

In Chicago, the Cubs clinch the pennant by beat the Phillies, 4–1. The game is washed out after 7 ½ innings with Ed Reulbach winning in relief of Three Fingered Brown. Chicago pulls off a triple play in the 5th inning to help seal the win.

In a field day at Ponce de Leon park in Atlanta, Dyer wins the 100-yeard-dash in 10 seconds flat, and Dode Paskert wins the circling bases (14.15 seconds) tying a mark set by Walter Clements in Cincinnati. Cobb will top it next year. Paskert also wins the long throw with a heave of 368 feet. Paskert, who was eliminated in the 100-year-dash, runs an exhibition in 10 seconds flat.

24th Mathewson shuts out the Pirates, 2–0, while Bill Klem continues his battle with the Giants by tossing 4 more, including McGraw.

25th Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner steals four bases, including 2B, 3B, and home in the 2nd inning against the Giants. Not to be outdone, his teammate Fred Clark also swipes 4 bases for the only time in his career. The Pirates blow out the Giants, 14–1.

26th. After Cleveland’s Addie Joss fired a one-hitter in a 3–1 win over the Highlanders yesterday, teammate Heinie Berger matches him today, also against hapless New York. This is the 2nd time so far this century that teammates will throw back-to-back one-hitters, though it will happen six more times before 2000. Cleveland wins, 6–0, as Kid Elberfeld, batting for Chesbro in the 9th, hits a clean single.

27th  After leading the AL most of the month, the Athletics (83-54) are beset by pitching problems as Detroit (86-56) comes into Philadelphia for a three-game showdown. Detroit win the first game, 5–4, to take over 1st place.

Pirate star Honus Wagner is hit on the hand by a pitch from Rube Dessau, and will miss the last 12 games of the year. He’ll still lead the NL in batting average (.339) and total bases (237). His TB total is the lowest ever for a league leader. The game with Boston ends in a 5–5 tie.

28th In Boston, the White Sox hand the Americans their 14thstraight loss as Nick Altrock outduels George Winter to win, 2-1.

Well, blame yourself. Red Ames forces 4 runs across the plate in the 7th as the Giants lose to the Cardinals 6-0. The game is called after 8 on account of darkness.

At Philadelphia, the Tigers edge the A’s, 5-4, and drop Philadelphia to a game and a half behind Detroit. Bill Donovan escapes two bases-loaded jams to win.

The Pirates and Boston Doves split a pair with Pittsburgh taking the first game, 7-3. The battery of Knott and Boultes prevails to win a tight one in game 2, 6-5.

29th In a 1–0 game 1 victory, Phillies rookie George McQuillan completes a ML-record string of 25 consecutive shutout innings at the beginning of his career. The streak began on May 8 with an inning of relief. McQuillan’s first start, in game 2 of a doubleheader against the Cardinals, resulted in a 0-0 tie; in his second start, in the second game of a doubleheader on September 25, he shut out Chicago. The Reds take the 2nd game, 4–3. In 1908, A’s submariner Brad Ziegler will top McQuillan.

30th  An overflow crowd lines the outfield at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park for the showdown Monday doubleheader between the A’s and Tigers. In the first game, the home team gets off to a 7–1 lead against 25-game winner Bill Donovan. But Rube Waddell, who relieves in the 2nd for the A’s, fails to hold the lead. A 2-run HR by Ty Cobb ties it 8–8 in the 9th. Both teams score once in the 11th; an umpire’s ruling costs Philadelphia the game in the 14th: Harry Davis hits a long fly into the crowd in left CF, ordinarily a ground-rule double. As Tiger CF Sam Crawford goes to the crowd’s edge, a policeman stands up and moves, either to interfere or to get out of the way. Home plate umpire Silk O’Loughlin says there is no interference, then reverses his ruling when base umpire Tom Connolly offers a different opinion. When play resumes, the Athletics’ Danny Murphy hits a long single that would have scored Davis. The game is called because of darkness in the 17th, a 9–9 tie, with ace Bill Donovan pitching the entire way for the Tigers. The 2nd game is never played. The Tigers, in first place, leave for Washington. In an interview with Bob Wolff decades later, Cobb will say that this game catapulted the Tigers to the pennant. “Our pitcher, Bill Donovan, pitched the full 17 innings, and of course the Athletics used about five of their pitchers, relieving and so forth. Well, it took the edge off the Athletics pitching staff, so our remaining pitchers were fresh. We breezed through and won the rest of the games” [ed note: they lost the final days’ doubleheader to St. Louis.].

Cardinals 1B Ed Konetchy steals home twice in St. Louis’ 5–1 win against Boston. St. Louis sets a ML record with 3 steals of home in the game as Joe Delahanty also scores in the 8th.

Al Orth and the Yankees lose to the Browns, 4-2, giving the “Curveless Wonder” his 21st loss of the season, high in the AL. He is the first pitcher to top the league in wins one year and lead in losses the next. Orth is also the first pitcher to win 100 games in each league (100 in the NL; 102 in the AL).

Behind Ed Reulbach, Chicago shuts out the Giants, 6-0. It is Chicago’s 32nd shutout win of the year, tying the ML mark set by the White Sox last year. The Cubs will match it again in 1909.

August 1907

1st The Red Sox collect 22 hits in defeating Cleveland, 14–1.

2nd  Manager Hugh Jennings, known for his gyrations on the coaching lines and “Eeyah” war cry, is suspended for 10 days for insisting on using a tin whistle while coaching at 3B for the Tigers.

Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington and loses to Detroit. The first hit off him is a bunt single by Ty Cobb, who also helps Detroit’s cause by throwing out 3 runners from RF, two of them at home plate. Sam Crawford’s inside-the-park HR is the margin in Detroit’s 3–2 win. Johnson exits in the 8th, trailing, 2–1. Detroit also wins the 2nd game of the doubleheader and moves into first place.

Three Fingered Brown tops Mathewson for the 3rd time this season, allowing just 4 hits in shutting out the Giants, 5–0. The first-place Cubs paste Matty for 9 hits, and will take 4 out of 5 games in the series with New York.

3rd Before 17,000 in Philadelphia, A’s ace Rube Waddell loses to a weakened Cleveland team, 5–3. It’s his 2nd successive Saturday loss before a big crowd. The newspapers blame his poor performance on his visits to Atlantic City where he, “in finishing up his prolonged spree in this city, making, as usual, a sad spectacle of himself.”( The Sporting News).

4th Light-hitting Pat Moran bangs his only homer of the year, in the 12th inning, to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–1 win over the New York Giants.

7th  Washington’s Walter Johnson wins the first of his total 416 victories, 7–2 over Cleveland. Cleveland manages just 4 hits.

The A’s Socks Seybold socks a homer off Ed Killian to help beat the Tigers, 4–2. Killian had not given up a homer since September 19, 1903—1001 innings. He lost that game as well, and will tee up just 9 homers in his short career.

At Boston, Cy Young goes 14 innings as the Red Sox beat Chicago, 2-1. Ferris scores the winning run after reaching base on a single.

8th At Pittsburgh, the Giants sweep two from the Pirates, 4–3 and 7–0. Mathewson wins the opener, with relief help from McGinnity, and Hooks Wiltse slams the door in the nitecap. The Giants move a half game behind Pittsburgh for 2nd place.

10th  In New York, the Browns are victorious over the Highlanders, 7-5, before playing to a 6-6 tie in game 2. George Stone of the Browns completes a hit streak of 9 straight in the second match. One of the hits is an 8th inning 3-run inside-the-park homer off Slow Joe Doyle. He did the same thing to Doyle in St. Louis three weeks ago.

11th  Following a 5–4 win in game 1 of a doubleheader, St. Louis Cardinals’ Ed Karger pitches a perfect game 4–0 against the Boston Doves in a game shortened to 7 innings by prior agreement.

Just enough to win. The first place Cubs beat the visiting Phillies twice by scores of 1–0. Orval Overall and Jack Pfiester apply the calcimine.

12th The Giants’ Christy Mathewson wins his 17th, topping the Pirates 5–3 on 8 hits as New York moves into 2nd place in the NL.

At Chicago, Ed Walsh loses to the Red Sox and George Winter, 5–3, but ties the AL record for assists by a pitcher in a game with 11. It is the 2nd time this year he’s had 11 assists.

15th  Chief Bender wins his 11th straight for the Athletics, 4–2, over Cleveland, to tighten the pennant race with the Tigers. The Chief is helped by right fielder Socks Seybold who pulls off an unassisted double play. He’ll pull off another on September 10thagainst Boston to set a since-tied AL record for UDPs by an outfielder in a season.

At the Polo Grounds, Hooks Wiltse edges the Reds for a 4–3 Giants win. Mathewson preserves the win with a scoreless 9th.

16th At Brooklyn, the second place Pirates beat the Superbas, 7-4, as Tommy Leach hits a grand slam for the visitors.

The Washington Post reports that Browns SS Bobby Wallace is the highest paid player in either league at a salary of $6,500.

17th Pittsburgh CF Tommy Leach leads the Bucs to a 5–1 win over Boston with 3 great catches and a steal of home.

A matchup of Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20,000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for 8 innings, with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores 2 in the 9th to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last 3 innings. Johnny Kling wins it, 3–2, for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.

18th  Detroit’s first Sunday game at home since 1902, and the first at Bennett Field, is a 16–3 win over New York. Claude Rossman has 4 hits. Wild Bill Donovan, en route to a 25-4 record, is the easy winner.

Boston’s Rube Kroh wins his only game of the year, a complete game 2–1 victory over the Browns.

19th Red Sox’s Chick Stahl must wonder why he’s managing. Jack Knight gets caught at 3B in the 12th inning when Detroit 3B Charley O’Leary pulls the hidden ball trick on him. Detroit wins, 4–3.

Washington’s Sam Lanford, 21, in an ignominious debut, walks 2 Chicago batters, hits 2, throws a wild pitch, and balks—all in the first inning. He gives up 4 runs in the 1st and 7 in the 3rd, as the Senators fall to the White Sox, 16-2.

20th Boston uses a killer B lineup consisting of 7 players whose name begins with a B (Boutles, P; Brown, C; Brain, 3B; Bridwell, SS; Burke, LF; Beaumont, CF; Bates, RF; Tenney, 1B; Richey, 2B) The B’s prevail, beating the Pirates, 9–8.

22nd The Pirates cut up a trio of Giants pitchers including starter Christy Mathewson, to win 20–5 in a game mercifully called after 8 innings. The Bucs notch 20 hits, gather 8 walks, and the Giants add 4 errors. George Ferguson, the 2nd pitcher, gets the loss, having allowed 11 of the runs.

Wild Bill Donovan lives up to his nickname by walking 3 in the 9th with Detroit clinging to an 8-7 lead over the Red Sox. Siever relieves and gets the last batter on a ground out. Heinie Wagner hits his first two ML homers off Donovan, both inside-the-park liners to deep left-center. They are Heinie’s only homers this year. Detroit loses its third catcher in two days when Jimmy Archer breaks his finger.

23rd The Pirates top the Giants 4–2 in 10 innings, then win the 2ndgame, 1–0, when Howie Camnitz spins a 5-inning no-hitter. The Bucs score when Ed Abbaticchio singles home Honus Wagner, who had singled and stolen 2B. The Giants also lose Frank Bowerman, hit on the head by Jack Camnitz pitch. The doctors predict that the burly catcher will miss the season, but he is back in action in 3 days.

24th Mathewson pitches for the 3rd day in a row, beating the Pirates, 7–4. Matty allows just one hit over the last 6 innings.

27th Christy Mathewson fashions a 3-hit shutout over the Cardinals and driving in the only run with a double. Ed Karger takes the hard luck loss.

At New York, Boston’s Cy Young stops the Highlanders, 5–1. Jack Chesbro takes the loss.

28th  Highlander pitcher John “Tacks” Neuer, begins baseball’s most successful short career by besting the Red Sox 1–0 in his first start, the nitecap of a DH. In one month he will pitch 6 complete games, win 4, including 3 shutouts, and then disappear from the ML scene. In the first game, Boston’s other Cy—Cy Morgan—wins over the Highlanders, 5–3.

29th  The Senators sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 2–1 and 3–2. Walter Johnson, 19, wins the opener. It is his third straight game without giving up a walk.

At Cleveland, the Naps beat the White Sox, 4–1, on Nap Lajoie’s third inning 2-out grand slam. It is the only grand slam in the AL this year—a league record that will be matched in 1909 and 1915 (No AL grand slams are hit in the war-shortened season of 1918)

July 1907

4th The Cubs pin a pair of holiday losses on the visiting Cincinnati Reds, beating them 5–1 and 2–0. Three Fingered Brown wins the opener and Orval Overall shuts out the Reds in game 2, beating Bob Ewing. For Ewing, it is the first of a string of 10 straight losses to the Cubs.

The Browns and Tigers have the offensive outing of the holiday as they combine for a ML record 12 triples between them (until 2005 the record was thought to be 10, set on September 15, 1901). Seven triples were hit in the morning game, with Detroit winning, 9-4. Claude Rossman is the only one with 2 triples. The afternoon game, a 7-6 Detroit win, has another 5 triples hit to combine for the record.

5th At Philadelphia, the Tigers jump on reliever Rube Waddell for 4 runs in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to upend the Athletics, 9-5. Ty Cobb has 3 hits and twice steals home.

At Cleveland, Nap Lajoie hits his first homer in two years to give the Naps a 2-1 victory over the Highlanders. His drive in the 8thjams into the wire screen in back of CF and, despite the frantic efforts by Danny Hoffman to pry it out, Lajoie trots around with the winning run before the ball is freed. The homer is reminiscent of a game-winner hit under the wire screen in 1902 by Cy Young.

8th  Bombarded by pop bottles in Brooklyn, irate Cubs manager Frank Chance throws one back into the stands where it cuts a boy’s leg. Chance is mobbed and leaves the park in an armored car with a police escort after the Cubs’ 5–0 victory. Three Fingered Brown emerges with the shutout win.

Boston shuts out the Reds twice, winning 3-0 and 1-0 behind the pitching of Vive Lindaman and Irv Young.

9th In New York, the Giants pluck two from the Cardinals, winning 5–3 and 6–5. Mathewson takes the opener and Joe McGinnity the nitecap. The Giants Danny Shay, who missed last season because of an amputated finger, hits his 2nd and last career homer.

12th  After an absence of 24 days, Roger Bresnahan returns to the lineup and collects 2 hits in a 3–2 win for the Giants against Coakley, the same hurler who hit him with a pitch on June 18th. Bresnahan does not wear the headgear he developed. When a fan keeps a foul ball during the game rather than tossing it back, Giants team secretary Frank Knowles warns that “in the future he will not be so lenient about anyone stealing a ball.”

13th The Reds manage 11 hits off Christy Mathewson, but no runs, and the Giants win 4–0.

15th The White Sox pound the Highlanders, 15–0, the second time this season they’ve beaten New York by that score. They’ll beat them in 1950 by the same score, the Yanks’ team record for most runs by an opponent in a shutout.

16th  Ed Walsh sets another ML record for fielding chances for pitchers, handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning 3–2 White Sox win over visiting New York. His 12 assists (extra innings) will be matched by Nick Altrock in 1908 and Leon Cadore in 1920.

17th Battling for 2nd place, the Pirates defeat the Giants, 2–0, pinning the loss on Mathewson. The Giants announce that Tommy Corcoran, the 38-year-old vet whom the Giants picked up before the season started, has been handed his release.

The last-place Senators down the Tigers, 13-2, as Bob Ganley scores 5 runs.

19th At the Polo Grounds, the visiting Cubs beat up on the Giants, winning 12–3.

20th Chicago’s Carl Lundgren and New York’s Mathewson are stingy today with the Cubs twirler allowing just 4 hits while the Cubs scratch 3 off Matty. The Giants score in the 4th when Cy Seymour parks a drive in the bleachers with two on. Prevailing rules make the hit a single, with just one run scoring: it is enough as Matty wins, 1–0. Joe Tinker is hitless against Matty, the only time this year that Mathewson shuts down his nemesis.

In St. Louis, George Stone belts a 4th inning 3-run inside-the-park homer off Slow Joe Doyle as the Browns beat the Highlanders, 6-2. On August 11, Stone will hit another three-run IPHR off Doyle.

22nd  Cincinnati righthander Bob Ewing has the Phils popping up all day; the Reds have no assists in a 10–3 seven-inning win.

In the Giants 2–1 loss to the Cubs, Larry Doyle debuts a 2B for New York. The Giants manage just 4 hits off Cubs ace Ed Reulbach, but Doyle has 2 of them.

23rd  The Washington Nationals conclude a 31-game road trip, the longest in AL history, losing to Cleveland, 3-1.

At Austin (Texas League) the hosts beat San Antonio 44-0 in a 9-inning second game. San Antonio forfeits the first game in the 8thinning because of disagreements with the umpire Schuster. They started the second game but did not play it, then starting playing and making a farce of it. Fielders refused to catch fly balls and infielders refused to handle grounders. Parson McGill pitched the shutout while nearly all the players for San Antonio end up pitching. There were so many position changes that the official scorer does not report an official box score to the newspapers.

25th The Giants beat the host Reds, 4–3 as Mathewson outpitches Bob Ewing. But the host Reds will take the next 3 games from New York. New York C Roger Bresnahan returns after being out from a beaning and he wears a pneumatic head gear while batting. The early batting helmet is a ML first.

Red Sox manager Deacon Maguire belts a pinch-hit solo homer off Detroit’s Ed Siever. At age 43, McGuire is the oldest player to ever hit a pinch homer. His first round tripper came back in 1884.

26th Cleveland wins a pair over the New York Highlanders, 7–5 and 8–3, to move a half game behind the league-leading Chicago White Sox. The Sox lose today, 4–3 to the A’s. Highlander’s Hal Chase has his 33-game hit streak stopped in game 1. It began on June 24. It is the AL-record until Cobb will top it.

28th The Reds make it three straight from the Giants, winning 8–3 and 3–1. In game 1, winning pitcher Jake Weimer adds insult to injury with a swipe of home. An incensed John McGraw gets into a fight with a park security man and belts him. Police break it up and no arrests are made.

29th At St. Louis, the Giants edge the Cards 4–3 in 11 innings. New York blows a 2–0 lead in the 9th when Mathewson makes a wild throw to 1B. A triple by Cy Seymour, sandwiched between 2 hits, gives the Giants a pair of runs, and Matty holds on to win.

30th  Cincinnati manager Ned Hanlon, whose managing days began in 1889 at Pittsburgh, announces this will be his last season. His record includes 5 pennants—4 at Baltimore, one at Brooklyn. The boys win one for him today scoring 7 runs in the 3rd to beat Chicago, 8–0.