December 1919

10th  The NL votes to ban the spitball’s use by all new pitchers. The ban will be formally worked out by the Rules Committee in February.

With the opposition led by New York, Boston, and Chicago owners, the AL directors pass a resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties. They demand that league files be turned over to them and that an auditor review all financial accounts.

26th  Although it will not be officially announced until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from financially pressed Harry Frazee, paying $125,000 (one-fourth cash, plus $25,000 a year at 6 percent) plus guaranteeing a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.

29th The Red Sox send Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon to Washington for P Harry Harper, OF Mike Menoskey and 3B Eddie Foster.

November 1919

10th  Clark Griffith becomes a club owner and president when he joins Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson in buying controlling interest in the Washington Senators for $175,000. Griffith, unable to get financial help from the AL, mortgages his Montana ranch to raise funds.

October 1919

1st  Just before the start of the WS, the highly favored White Sox became the betting underdogs. A year later the White Sox will become the Black Sox, and 8 of them—pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1B Chick Gandil, SS Swede Risberg, 3B Buck Weaver, and utility infielder Fred McMullin—will be barred from baseball for taking part in throwing the Series. It will take that long for the story to unfold, as most observers at the time see nothing amiss when the Series opens in Cincinnati.

Eddie Cicotte, a 29-game winner, is driven to cover in a 5-run 4th. Cincinnati’s Dutch Ruether

pitches a 6-hitter, and has 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9–1 win. Reds OF Greasy Neale, the only man to play in a WS, coach a football team in the Rose Bowl, and become a pro football Hall of Fame coach, also has 3 hits. He will top the Reds with .357 for the Series.

2nd  In game 2 after an easy 3 innings, Lefty Williams walks 3 Reds, gives up a single to Edd Roush and a triple to Larry Kopf, and the Reds lead 3–0. Slim Sallee scatters 10 hits as Risberg and Gandil fail in the clutch. The final score is 4–2. Joe Jackson has 3 hits; his .375 BA will make it appear later that he was trying.

Charles Comiskey tells NL president Heydler that Sox manager Kid Gleason is suspicious of his players. Heydler confers with Ban Johnson, who takes no action, fearing it will look like revenge against Comiskey, with whom he has been feuding. As the games unfold, reporters Ring Lardner and Christy Mathewson do not like what they see. Chicago reporter Hugh Fullerton will raise questions during the winter. Comiskey will offer a reward for information, but the 1920 season will open with the same lineup for Chicago, minus Chick Gandil, who will be in the PCL.

3rd  Back in Chicago, 5 foot 7 inch rookie lefty Dickie Kerr pitches a 3-hitter, as Chicago wins 3–0. Joe Jackson is 2-for-3 and Gandil drives in 2 runs. Ray Fisher takes the loss. Cuban Adolfo Luque becomes the first Latin American ML player to appear in a WS game, pitching one inning of relief for the Reds in game 3 at Comiskey Park.

4th  Ed Cicotte makes 2 errors in one inning of game 4 to give the Reds the only runs of the game. He walks none and gives up 5 hits, but Jimmy Ring gives up only 3 hits and wins, 2–0.

5th  On the last day of the PCL season, perhaps the largest PCL crowd of that era gathers in Washington Park in Los Angeles to see a doubleheader between the first-place Vernon Tigers and LA, a half game back. (as noted by Dick Beverage). Ticket lines form early, and by game time around 2 o’clock an estimated 22,000 fans had squeezed into the park with another two or three thousand milling around outside (according to the Los Angeles Times). According to Beverage, this account may be high. The seating capacity of Washington Park was always listed in the 12,000-14,000 range. But the field itself had huge dimensions, 460 feet to dead center and deep power alleys as well. In examining a diagram of the park it appears that there was a lot of standing room available in the outfield, and maybe there were 8-10 thousand standees out there. Wahoo Sam Crawford of LA starts the day at .361, but goes 2-for-7 in the twinbill to finish at .360. Bill Rumler of Salt Lake City, hitting .359, goes 4-for-9 in a doubleheader with Oakland to take the batting title with a .362 average. Vernon clinches the pennant with a first-game victory. The second game is called in the 6thwhen fans start tossing cushions on to the field.

6th  After a Sunday rainout, Hod Eller blanks the Sox on 3 hits, fanning 6 in a row—Gandil, Risberg, Ray Schalk, Williams, Leibold, and Eddie Collins—in the 2nd and 3rd. Once again a big inning gives the Reds a victory. A couple of hits, some slow fielding, and poor throws by Jackson and Happy Felsch result in 4 Reds scoring in the 6th for a 5–0 win, their 4th in 5 games. Lefty Williams is the loser. Sox C Schalk is the 2nd man to be thrown out of a WS game when he disagrees with the call on Heinie Groh’s slide at home. Also thrown out, in the 5th inning, is feisty reserve Jimmy Smith, who is coaching at third base. His main job during the WS is to try and get under Eddie Collins skin, which he does successfully.

7th  In Game 6, Happy Felsch’s error and 2 boots by Swede Risberg help put Dickie Kerr in the hole 4–0, but Felsch, Weaver, and Jackson combine for 7 hits as the Sox win 5–4. Dutch Ruether doesn’t survive the 6th; Jimmy Ring is the loser, as Kerr wins his 2nd.

8th  Ed Cicotte pitches game 7, and the Sox play like they mean it. Joe Jackson and Felsch drive in 2 each for a 4–1 win. The Reds make 4 errors behind Slim Sallee’s pitching, before 32,006 Cincinnati fans who pay a record WS game receipt total of $101,768.

9th  Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first before departing. The Reds lead 4–0, and go on to give Hod Eller a 10–5 victory and the Reds the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only HR of the Series. Eddie Collins’ 3 hits give him a total of 42 in WS play, a record broken in 1930 by Frank Frisch, and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938. A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition, a record tied by Lou Brock in 1968.

26th New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.

29th Urged by Johnson, the National Commission, headed by the Pirates’ Garry Herrmann refuses to recognize the Yankees’ 3rd-place finish and withholds the players’ share of the pool. New York’s owners will pay out of their own pockets.

September 1919

1st In the first of two Labor Day games, Babe Ruth allows 10 Washington hits, but wins 2–1. Ruth drives home one run with a triple. The win is his last in a Red Sox uniform. In the nitecap, Ruth’s 7th inning homer snaps a 1–1 tie as Boston wins, 4–1. It is the Babe’s 24th homer.

At St. Louis, George Sisler gives the Browns a split for the day with an 11th inning HR, for a 4–2 win. The Indians win the opener, 5–3.

2nd  The National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series. The lengthier WS is seen as a sign of greed and is abandoned after 3 years.

3rd At Wrigley Field, the Reds top Pete Alexander and the Cubs, 6–1. Dutch Ruether is the winning pitcher for Cincy, and shows his speed by swiping home in the 4th inning.

5th The Red Sox pull off a triple play and bang out 25 hits in downing the A’s, 15–7. Babe Ruth is 5-for 6 including his 25thhomer, tying Buck Freeman’s record.

6th In Cleveland’s 11–2 runaway over the Chicago White Sox, Chicago’s Buck Weaver swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the 9th to tie the ML mark. Joe Wood has a triple and homer and winning pitcher Jim Bagby also homers. Bagby allows 14 hits in the victory, which leaves the White Sox in the AL lead by 6 ½ games.

Jack Tobin is 5-for-5 to pace the St. Louis Browns to a 12-10 win over the Tigers. Cobb has three hits and Harry Heilmann two triples and a single for the Bengals.

8th  Babe Ruth hits HR No. 26, off Hank Thormahlen in New York, breaking Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25. The Red Sox win 3–1 in the opener, then win 2–0 in the nitecap behind Waite Hoyt’s 3-hitter. Ruth scores both runs for Boston. Buck Freeman, now an umpire in the American Association, congratulates the Babe on his feat. New York’s SS Roger Peckinpaugh ties an AL mark with 15 chances accepted in the first game, and 24 in the twinbill. The Tigers object to the 2nd game, on the technicality that it was originally scheduled for Boston and had been postponed there.

10th  The Indians’ Ray “Slim” Caldwell, struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier, no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3–0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the 2nd game, the Indians win as well, 3–2. Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances in the twinbill.

The Athletics are down 5-0 before rallying for six runs off Hooks Dauss in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6-5. The victory is their second straight, tying their longest winning streak of the season. Six of their starters have made their major league debut in the two games, so heading into tomorrow’s game with the Tigers, they had yet to play in a loss for Philadelphia. This will change soon enough, as they finish the season by losing 14 or their last 16 games (as not4d by Tom Ruane).

The Cardinals whip the host Robins, 11-8, as Brooklyn makes it close with 6 runs in the last 2 innings. Starter Marv Goodwin is the winner, though his replacement Will Koenigsmark provides little help as he gives up 2 runs without retiring a batter in his lone ML appearance. His ERA is infinity.

11th  The Red Sox shut out the Browns for the afternoon. Herb Pennock wins the first game 4–0 and Allen Russell follows suit, 6–0. Boston has now won 8 in a row.

At Chicago, The Giants beat Grover Alexander, 7–3, as rookie Frankie Frisch connects for his first ML homer. Rube Benton takes the win for New York.

Cardinals pitcher Ferdie Schupp picks a fine time to hit his only ML homer, as he ends a game with visiting Brooklyn by hitting a 9th inning walkoff—or runoff–inside-the-park shot off Leon Cadore. The Cards win 4-3.

12th At Chicago, the Cubs and Dodgers break even, with the Cubs winning the opener, 3–1, and the visitors taking game 2, 5–4. A triple play by SS Bill Hollocher to 1B Fred Merkle on a line drive by Ed Konetchy is the highlight of game 1.

15th At Philadelphia, A’s pitcher Jimmy Zinn hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 9th inning off Chicago’s Red Faber, his first ML homer. His next will come in 10 years. After Zinn’s HR, Jackson catches the next ball against the fence and Faber escapes with an 11–10 win.

16th  Dutch Ruether beats the Giants, 4–3, to clinch the Reds’ first pennant since its American Association days.

In Philadelphia, the second-place Indians take a pair from the Athletics, winning 8-2 and 12-8. In game 1, Ray Chapman swipes four bases for the second time in his career. He did it in May 1917. Steve O’Neill chips in with a 3-run homer. Cleveland scores 8 runs in the 2nd inning of game 2 and holds on for the win. Elmer Smith is 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored.

17th The Tigers split with the host Red Sox, winning the opener 7–6 after Cobb and manager Hugh Jennings are tossed by umpire George Moriarty. Boston manages just 3 hits in the nitecap, but beats former teammate Dutch Leonard, 2–1.

20th  On “Babe Ruth Day” at Fenway, 31,000 jam the park to see the Knights of Columbus of South Boston honor one of their own members between games of the DH with Chicago. Ruth starts on the mound in game 1, his first start since September 1, and Allen Russell relieves in the 6th inning. With the score tied 3–3 in the 9th, Babe, now playing LF, golfs a outside pitch from Lefty Williams over the LF wall to win the game, 4–3 With the hit, Ruth ties Ned Williamson’s 1884 ML HR mark of 27. Boston takes the nitecap, 5–4, with Ruth scores the winning run in the 5th. He is deprived of a homer when his 5th inning drive bounces out of the bleachers and ump Billy Evans rules it a double. Evans spots the fans scrambling for the ball and rules it a ground-rule double under the day’s temporary ground rules. A petition signed by witnessing fans is brought to Evans by a National Guardsman (filling in for the striking Boston police) but the ump dismisses it.

21st  In Chicago, the Cubs Grover Alexander beats Boston, 4–2, taking just 58 minutes to win.

It takes the Dodgers 55 minutes to beat the Reds 3–1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, besting Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch CG, a ML record. Slim walks one in the loss.

24th Trying for his 30th win, Eddie Cicotte goes 7 innings, allowing ten Brownie hits, before exiting on the short end of a 5–4 score. The White Sox rally to win 6–5 and clinch the pennant; the final margin will be 3 1⁄2 games over the Indians. On the 28th, Cicotte will throw 2 innings against the Tigers as a World Series warm-up.

The Brooklyn Robins defeat the Phillies twice on Fred Luderus Day in Philadelphia, winning 4–1 and 14–7. The Robins spoil the pitching debut of 17-year-old Lefty Weinert, cuffing the young reliever for 9 runs in the last 4 innings. The 2nd game is the 525th in a row played by the Philadelphia first sacker, who is presented with a diamond stickpin and gold watch between games to commemorate his endurance effort. He’ll end the season with a consecutive-game streak of 533, a ML record.

After the Red Sox win the opener behind Jack Quinn, 4–0 at the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings —27 outs—against the Yankees, but they come in between the 4th and the 13th in which he gives up hits. He loses 2–1 in the 13th when Wally Pipp triples and scores on Del Pratt’s sac fly to Ruth. Boston’s only score is the Babe’s 28th homer of the year, off Bob Shawkey in the 9th, to “set a new world’s record” (NY Times). It is believed to be the longest hit at the Polo Grounds, heading over the RF roof and landing on adjacent Manhattan Field.

The Giants divide a bill with the Braves, winning the opener, 6–1, behind Jess Barnes 24th win of the year. The Giants collect 16 hits with Art Fletcher making 4. Wilbur Hubbell makes his debut in the nitecap, but the Giant’s bats are silent and he loses, 3–2, in 10 innings.

25th In Detroit, the Tigers, fighting for 3rd place, use 18 hits to beat the Indians, 9–5. The Indians have already clinched 2ndplace. Ty Cobb is 1-for-4 while Tris Speaker has three hits, including two triples. Cobb will later write a letter to Detroit P Dutch Leonard in which he implies there was a “business proposition” involving this game that was “disappointing.” Neither Cobb or Speaker was ever proven to have bet on this or any other games, but Leonard will later accuse the two of arranging for the Tigers to win today. Commissioner Landis will exonerate the pair in 1927.

26th Carl Mays gives up 2 unearned runs in the Yankees 8–2 victory over the Athletics. He strikes out 7.

In Chicago, Detroit makes 8 errors but the Tigers still beat the White Sox, 10–7. Resting most of their regulars, the Sox make 4 errors.

The Braves tie the Giants 4-4 in the 7th and acting manager Mathewson brings in the veteran Jean Dubuc to shut out Boston the rest of the way. The Giants win 5-3 giving Dubuc (6-4) his 22nd game finish, the NL high. Despite his 2.66 ERA, this is his last game. He will be banned for life for failing to report that he had prior knowledge to the WS fix.

The NL champion Reds win a pair from the Cubs, 6–5 and 3–0. Slim Sallee wins his 21st game in the opener and in the 9thinning helps with a single as the Reds score the winning run. He walks none, ending the year with 21 wins and just 20 walks. Not till Saberhagen in 1994 who will win 14 and walk 13 will anyone match him. The Reds rip Hippo Vaughn in the nitecap and win, 8–0, behind Fisher’s 3-hitter.

27th  Despite a Ruthian blast in game 1, the Senators sweep a pair from Boston, 7–3 and 3–1, handing both defeats to Reb Russell. Russell starts both games, but is relieved in the opener before coming back for the CG loss in game 2. Ruth’s 29th HR, off Rip Jordan and is his first of the year in Washington. It clears the 45-foot wall in RF, the longest ever seen there. He is the first to homer in every park in the league in one season. Ruth’s homer is his last hit for Boston as he sits in game 2 and tomorrow, ending the season with 29 of the 33 homers the Red Sox total.

In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Wilbur Cooper, and the Cardinals whip the Pirates, 5-3.

After the Yankees Jack Quinn spits his way to a 4-1 win in the first of two at Shibe, Bob Shawkey strikes out 15 batters in a 9-2 Yankee win in game 2. Al Wingo strikes out 4 times while Ivy Griffith is 4-for-4 with a walk against Shawkey. The A’s are mired in last place.

28th  In a doubleheader match that draws 20,000, the Giants beat the Phils, 6–1 and 7–1 in the first game, one that takes just 51 minutes, a ML record fastest game ever. The record for the shortest NL game was set last week by the Reds. Tossing just 64 pitches, Jess Barnes allows 5 hits to win his 25th, over Lee Meadows. Hal Chase bails out and skips the game; his old friend John McGraw covers up saying that the first sacker with the shady reputation has headed for California. One of the odder plays occurs in the 1st inning when New York’s Ross Youngs grounds to Bancroft and the Giants George Burns is tagged out in a rundown between 2B and 3B. On the same play Youngs tries for 2B and is tagged out. No extraordinary efforts are observed to accelerate this contest until around the sixth inning when the players are noted running to and from their positions, urged on by umpire Bill Klem. In 1912, the Giants played a pre-World series exhibition with the Phils in just 39 minutes.

Against the Red Sox, Nationals coach and comedian Nick Altrock takes the mound for the 7th inning, but leaves after the first 4 batters hit safely. The Sox score 5 runs in the inning, but Washington prevails, 8–7, with Jim Shaw finishing up. Altrock will pitch another inning, but wait 5 years before doing so. Ruth sits out the finale.

At Brooklyn, the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 5–2, in a Sunday exhibition game.

August 1919

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 1919

1st  Going 5-for-5 in a 9–4 win over the Phils, Brooklyn’s Ed Konetchy gets his 10th straight hit, tying Jake Gettman’s ML record with Washington in 1897. Both will be topped by Walt Dropo in 1952.

At Boston, the Braves Rabbit Maranville lines a 2nd inning inside-the-park homer off the Philley’s Eppa Rixey. Getting the hang off it, Rabbit reduxes in the 4th inning off Rixey for another inside-the-park. The Braves win 9–1 behind Al Demaree.

The Red Sox arrive in Philadelphia for a series with the A’s, but an arrest warrant stemming from the Memorial Day incident, prompts Carl Mays to quickly leave by train for Boston.

4th  In the morning game of an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Giants’ Jesse Barnes hurls a 3–1 one-hit win over the Phils. The only hit is Gavvy Cravath’s home run. The Giants repeat in the afternoon, 8–4.

In the morning game, the Reds Edd Roush sets a ML record for outfielders (later topped in the AL by Ben Chapman) by making 6 straight putouts. Roush makes no more POs as the Reds win in 13 innings over the host Cardinals, 4–3. Cincy also takes the p.m. game, 4–2.

On the hottest July 4th ever recorded (98 degrees) in New York, the Yankees hit 4 homers—two by Home Run Baker—to roll to an 8-2 win over the Senators in the A.M. game. Three of the homers come in the 7th off Erickson allowing Bob Shawkey to coast to his 10th straight win. Game 2 is a rollercoaster as each team scores 2 in the 9th. Patsy Gharrity has an odd triple in the 9th, lining the ball off Roger Peckinpaugh’s knee. The Yankees win, 6-5, behind Jack Quinn. Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, has a 3 hits in game 1 and pair of hits in game 2 to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 24.

5th The A’s rebound from yesterday’s twinbill loss to Boston, by sweeping two from the Red Sox, 5–3 and 8–6. Boston loses the nitecap despite two homers by Babe Ruth—his 1st two-homer game, one in the 8th and the 2nd in the 10th. Ruth and Gavvy Cravath lead the majors with 9 apiece.

6th  At Cincinnati, the Reds take 2 from Pittsburgh to move into first place. The Reds and Giants will seesaw back and forth until August 1st, when the Reds gradually begin to pull away, sprinting at the end to a 9-game lead.

The NL rules that a team president can’t serve as a manager at the same time and William Veeck, former sportswriter, replaces Fred Mitchell as Cubs president. Mitchell remains manager for Chicago.

7th  The Giants, leading 10–2 going into the 9th in the first game of a doubleheader, ignore the Phils’ base runners. Four get to 1B, Fred Luderus, Eddie Sicking, Hick Cady, and Gavvy Cravath, and each steals 2B and 3B, tying the record for steals in one inning set by Washington July 19, 1915. The Phils still lose 10–5. In 1920 the rules will be changed so that a base runner will not get credit for a stolen base due to defensive indifference. New York wins the afternoon game, 7–2 in 10 innings.

In game 2 in Boston, the A’s make 11 hits but Carl Mays pitches the last 2 innings to save it for the Sox, 5–4. Boston wins game 1 by a 2–0 shutout behind Sam Jones.

8th  Jack Coombs resigns as manager of the last-place Phils. Slugger Gavvy Cravath, now leading the NL in hitting, replaces him.

9th The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak, beating New York’s Bob Shawkey, 2–0, to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game.

10th The White Sox move into first place with a 9–2 win over the A’s. Lefty Williams is the winner. Nemo Leibold scores 3 for the Pale Hose.

The Indians and Yankees split a pair with New York taking the opener, 1-0, behind Jack Quinn. Cleveland rebounds to take game 2 by a 7-3 score. Roger Peckinpaugh is hitless in both games ending his consecutive game hitting streak at 29.

11th At Boston, Cincinnati defeats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings when Heinie Groh belts a 2-run homer. The Reds start the scoring in the first inning when Bill Rariden bounces a hit through an opening in the scoreboard for a home run. The boy operating the scoreboard neglects to close one of the openings for the innings’ scores and it was through this that the Reds catcher lines his only homer of the year. (As noted by historian Rich Marazzi) The rules will late be changed so that it would only qualify as a double, but not before history repeats itself on August 14th of next year) The Reds also win game 2, 6–2.

After 19 straight wins, Dallas (Texas League) pitcher Snipe Conley loses to Waco’s Jimmy Zinn, 8-3. Snipe’s effort sets a league record. Included in the run was a no-hitter on June 24thand three near-perfect games. Conley breaks the mark set by Galveston’s George Bristow in 1895 who threw 16 straight wins.

12th Babe Ruth has three hits, including his 11th homer, tying last season’s AL record, to lead the Red Sox to a 12–4 win over the host White Sox. It is the Babe’s first homer at Comiskey; he has now homered in every AL park in his career. Babe’s HR in the 3rd comes on the first pitch from Dave Danforth, in relief of Kerr.

13th  In Chicago, the Red Sox lead 4–0 over the first-place White Sox when C Wally Schang’s throw to 2nd hits P Carl Mays in the head. Mays storms off the mound after 2 innings at Chicago, blaming his teammates for lack of support afield, and refuses to come back and pitch. Reliever George Dumont comes in and is roughed up for 7 runs as Chicago wins, 14–9. Afterwards, Mays deserts the team and takes the train to Boston. The Sox will put Mays on the block prompting a showdown between dissident owners and AL President Ban Johnson. Mays will be gone in two weeks to the Yankees.

Cleveland infielder Ray Chapman returns to the lineup after a month’s absence due to lumbago, a rheumatism in his lower back. He has a single in 3 at-bats as the Indians top Washington 5–4. In Chapman’s absence the Tribe lost 16 of 25 games to drop out of first place.

14th  The St. Louis Cardinals trade infielder Gene Paulette and pitcher Lee Meadows to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Elmer Jacobs, Frank Woodward and Doug Baird. Baird was traded by the Cardinals in January and they’ll reaffirm that move by selling him to Brooklyn next month. Letting Meadows go is a bad move: he’ll win 136 games for the Phils and Pirates.

16th  The Giants send Ferdie Schupp to the Cardinals for Pancho Snyder. Snyder will do the bulk of the catching for the Giants in their pennant years of 1921-24.

17th  The Yankees collect 21 hits, the Browns 17, before St. Louis wins 7–6 in 17 innings. The winning run scores on a squeeze play without a base hit in the inning.

In their first games since being traded for each other, the Phillies Lee Meadows beats the Cardinals Elmer Jacobs, 1-0, in 12 innings.

Boston’s Babe Ruth returns to the mound for the first time in 3 weeks, losing to Cleveland and Guy Morton, 4–0. Ruth is forced to pitch because of Joe Bush’s arm problems and Carl Mays’ jumping the team.

18th In a Friday game in Cleveland, the Indians one-eyed starter Hi Jasper gives up an early 2-run homer to Boston’s Babe Ruth, but leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied 3–3. Joe Harris then cracks a pinch triple to drive home 3 runs as the Tribe takes a 7–3 lead. When the Sox score a run and Elmer Myers loads the bases on walks, manager Lee Fohl signals for another reliever. Tribe CF Speaker protests that it should be a righty, but Fohl goes with lefthander Fritz Coumbe, who had not pitched since May, to pitch to Ruth. The Babe pounds a high curve for a grand slam—his 3rd of the year—and an 8–7 Boston win. After the game, owner Jim Dunn fires Fohl, replacing him with Tris Speaker, who will stay on for 7 years. The first thing Speaker does is ticket Coumbe to the minors.

At Chicago, Sox pitcher Lefty Williams shuts out the Senators, 3–0, beating Harry Harper. Walter Johnson pinch hits for Harper in the 8th, fouling out, but does not stay in the game.

19th Cincinnati beats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings, winning the game on a Heinie Groh home run. In the opening inning, the Reds got another home run from catcher Bill Rariden, when he bounces a liner that hits the scoreboard. The young scorekeeper had neglected to close one of the inning openings and the ball bounds through for a four-bagger.

Behind new manager Tris Speaker, who goes 3-for-3, the Indians defeat the Red Sox, 7–4. Ruth doubles off the wall and gets an intentional pass.

21st The Tigers rough up Boston P Babe Ruth, scoring 6 runs with the help of two errors by Wally Schang. Down 6–1 in the 9th, Babe answers with a tremendous solo shot that lands on Trumbull Avenue.

At Chicago, Dickie Kerr of the White Sox wins both ends of DH against the Yankees. Kerr is the relief winner in each, winning 5–4 and 9–8.

23rd Cubs pitchers throw their third straight shutout as Grover Alexander and Shufflin’ Phil Douglas combine to whitewash Brooklyn twice, Alex winning, 3–0 in extra innings, and Douglas, 6–0. New Cubs President Bill Veeck will reward Douglas by shuffling him off to the Giants on the 25th for slugger Dave Robertson, co-NL home run leader in 1916 and 1917. Robertson, who was in government service last season and played just a game with the Giants this year and refused to remain with the team after a pre-season deal with the Nats fells through. He will hit zero homers for the Cubs.

24th At Fenway, Ruth is twice intentionally walked by Yank pitcher Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th, with a one run lead he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Babe who hits his 15th homer. Sox win, 4–2.

25th At Boston, the Yankees batter Babe Ruth for 13 hits, but lose to the Boston lefty, 8–6. Ruth has no strikeouts.

27th In his first start for the Giants, Phil Douglas rocks the Robins, 7–2.

In St. Louis, the Cubs Grover Alexander (7-5) stops the Cardinals, 4–0. Max Flack hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd.

Before a packed house in Cincinnati, the Reds win a pair from the Pirates, 5–3 and 2–1. The 2nd game goes only 3 innings, being the continuation of a July 6th game, called at the end of 6 innings to let the Reds catch a train for Boston. The Giants protest this game, saying it should have gone 9 innings. Slim Sallee wins the opener, walking none, and allowing 11 hits.

28th Pirates manager Hugo Bezdek is found to have a heart murmur and he is sent on vacation. Carey and Cutshaw will co-manage in his place.

29th  In defiance of Ban Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing, Boston owner Harry Frazee trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw, Allen Russell, an unnamed third player to be chosen, and a reported $20,000 (The New York Times lists $40,000). Johnson, confident that the two teams will inform him of any action, knows nothing about the trade.

The Yankees chase White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and roll to a 10–0 win. Hank Thormahlen allows 6 hits in the whitewash. Frank Baker has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, and Roger Peckinpaugh adds 3 hits. Shoeless Joe Jackson collects a single in the 8th to break a string of 0-for-23.

In the 9th inning with two out, Detroit P Dutch Leonard walks Braggo Roth to pitch to Babe Ruth, who already has hit 2 doubles off him. The two had had an argument in early June at Fenway. The Babe finishes the argument by hitting his 9thhomer of the month and his 16th of the year, a new AL record. Despite the homer, Detroit tops the Red Sox, 10–8.

30th  The first-place White Sox and Yankees split a pair of 10-inning games, with the Yanks winning the first, 6–5, on a squeeze bunt. The Sox’ Ping Bodie hits a first-inning double to apparently drive in 2 runs, but he misses touching 1B and the runs are called back. Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game 2 ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.

31st  AL Prexy Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for New York.

Waite Hoyt, 19, makes his ML debut pitching in place of the departed Mays, and hurls a 12 inning 2–1 win over the Tigers. Red Sox teammate Babe Ruth has 2 singles and 2 doubles in 6 trips, and his 2-out single off the first baseman’s glove in the 12th helps the Sox to victory. Pinch runner McNally, running from 1B, is caught in a rundown between 3B and home when the umpire rules that Ainsmith interferes with McNally. The interference ruling gives the Sox the winning run.

Reds pitchers Bob Fisher and Dolf Luque fire blanks at the Braves to win, 5–0 and 2–0. Fisher allows 3 hits in the lid lifter and Luque gives up 4 in the follow-up.

June 1919

1st At St. Louis, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn goes 3-for-3 and drives in the go-ahead run in the 7th to whip the Cardinals, 3–1.

Jeff Pfeffer pitches 18 innings for Brooklyn and ends up with a 10–9 loss to the Phillies. He allows 23 hits and walks 6. It is not even the longest outing of Pfeffer’s career: he pitched 18 1./3 against the Cubs innings four years ago.

2nd Brooklyn trades Lee Magee to the Cubs for Pete Kilduff. Magee was acquired by Brooklyn seven weeks ago.

3rd In the Browns big 8-run 5th inning, George Sisler bangs a double off Cleveland’s Tom Phillips. Phillips is still pitching when Sisler bats again in the inning, and this time he hits a homer off the former Brownie. Sisler hits another homer in the 7th as the Browns win, 14–6. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 9–5. Indians 1B Don Johnston is 2-for-3 in game 2, and his out ends a streak of 9 consecutive hits.

Connie Mack coaxes Harry Davis out of retirement and names him assistant manager. The long-time A’s player-captain last managed the Indians. Mack also signs veteran Paddy Livingston as pitching coach. Speculation is that Davis will eventually be the manager, but that will not happen.

4th  After battling through 20 innings on April 30th, the Phils and Brooklyn go 18 today, but this time the Phils win it 10–9.

At Shibe Park, Braggo Roth has 4 hits, including a pair of homers and a pair of stolen bases, and he scores 4 runs, but the A’s fall short, losing to the Yankees, 10-7.

5th Eddie Collins’ 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the first-place White Sox a 7–5 win over New York.

At Boston, Detroit gets on the board first when Cobb triples home Bush in the first, but that is all the scoring as the Red Sox win, 3–1. Starter Babe Ruth is carried off the field on a stretcher after wrenching his knee sliding into 3B in the 3rd. Carl Mays throws 6 shutout innings for the win.

Whitey Witt has 5 hits for the A’s in a 10-6 victory over the Indians. Ray Chapman has 3 hits for Cleveland, but also makes 3 errors.

John McCloskey, who appeared in 12 games for the Phillies in 1906-07, is one of 84 men killed in a mine accident in Wilkes-Barre PA. In 1911 and 1912 McCloskey won 17 and 20 games for the Wilkes-Barre Barons who won pennants in the New York State League both years (as noted by Jack Smiles).

8th  Just a month after pitching a one-hitter, Bob Shawkey does it again, this time stopping the White Sox, 4-0. Opposing pitcher Red Faber has the only hit. “If it had been anyone else but Faber who got the single hit, the fans wouldn’t have been so disappointed,” The New York Times observes, “but Faber’s batting average at best is about the same figure as the size of his shoes.” Home Run Baker has a homer and 3 RBIs. The Yankees are in 3rd place, a game and a half behind the White Sox. Cleveland trails by a game.

9th  Against the Reds in Cincinnati, Rube Marquard breaks a leg when he stumbles rounding 2B in the 5th, limiting him to a 3–3 record for the Dodgers. The Reds win today, 7–3.

Browns 1B George Sisler beats Washington, 2–1, with 2 hits off Walter Johnson, driving in one run and scoring the other. He also makes an assist and putout when he gets a glove on a ground ball hit wide of 1B. The ball bounds toward 2B, and Sisler gets back to 1B to take the throw in time.

10th The first-place Giants open a series in Cincinnati with a 6-2 victory over the 2nd-place Reds. Benny Kauff has 4 hits, including a double and triple.

11th New York’s Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers, 7–0. Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh is 2-for-3 to start his 29-game hitting streak.

With the score 2-1 in the 8th inning in Cincinnati, the Giants Hal Chase bats with the bases loaded and every fan screaming for his head. Chase lines to 3B for a DP and the Reds edge the Giants, 2-1, to move 3 games in back of New York. Chase had been released by the Reds after last season amidst charges that he dogged it. The two teams will split one-run victories in the next two games.

12th The Cubs win their 6th in a row as Grover Alexander shuts out the Phils, 3–0. The losing pitcher is Elmer Jacobs, who will be traded on July 1st for Pittsburgh’s Erskine Meyer.

Boston’s Herb Pennock shuts down the White Sox on 3 hits as the Red Sox win, 4–0. LF Babe Ruth doubles off Red Faber to drive in two runs.

The Yankees take over first place by beating the Tigers, 6–1, as Bob Shawkey tops Howard Ehmke.

At Chattanooga, Atlanta and Chattanooga play 23 innings to a 2-2 tie, called because of darkness. Not a change is made in either lineup during the game, which takes 3 hours: 30 minutes.

14th  White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte beats the A’s for the 12thstraight time en route to 29 wins versus 7 losses and a 1.82 ERA. He also registers his 12th win of the year, 6–3, in 14 innings, going all the way. The starter Tom Rogers, purchased from the Browns in April, is the loser for the A’s.

On the front end of a 3rd-inning double steal, Giants outfielder George Burns swipes home against the Cubs for the game’s only run. Burns also collects two doubles in the game, won by Fred Toney over Hippo Vaughn, 1–0. In a game last June, Burns hit a solo homer for the only score.

15th  A rain check dispute arises. Cincinnati rain checks read “not to be used after 4 and a half innings have been completed.” But the game is called with the Reds at bat with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the game tied 1–1. The Reds honor the rain checks, but the Braves demand their share of the gate ($2,600), as a legal game has been played, based on the wording of the rain check. In a compromise, the Braves accept $1,300, and the other 6 clubs agree to share the cost. In future all rain checks will read “not good after five innings.”

16th Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski allows 3 Red Sox hits in besting Sam Jones, 1–0 at Fenway.

The 4-team Blue Ridge League, the only class D league, folds.

17th Pete Alexander wins his 4th in a row for the Cubs, beating the visiting Giants 7–2. A muscle pull will sideline Alex until July 15th. Frankie Frisch makes his debut, pinch hitting for Hal Chase and making out.

The Indians sweep two from the host Red Sox, winning 4–3 and 3–2. Smoky Joe Wood picks up a save in the opener in his only pitching appearance of the year. Guy Morton wins the nitecap despite giving up a HR and two singles to Ruth.

18th At Boston, Browns third baseman Jimmy Austin ends the game by nabbing Sox runner Wally Schang with the hidden ball trick. The Browns win, 3–2.

21st At Cincinnati, the Phillies break their losing streak of 13 games by beating the Reds, 5–4. Smith homers for the Reds, while Meusel and Cravath homer for the winners. Cravath’s HR in the 8th is called the longest ever hit at Redlands Field. The 13 losses sets a Phils club record that will not be broken this century. It will be tied several times, however, including later this year.

23rd  In a 12–3 loss to Washington, Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes his first error of the year after handling 526 chances. Patsy Gharrity has 5 hits, including a pair of homers for the visiting Nationals, and Clyde Milan adds 4 hits.

In a 3–2 loss to Jim Bagby and Cleveland, White Sox CF Happy Felsch handles a ML record-tying 12 chances in a 9-inning game. Only Harry Bay of Cleveland in 1904 has been so busy.

Pittsburgh tops the Cardinals 3–2 on a homer by Casey Stengel over the RF pavilion.

24th The first-place Giants split a pair in Brooklyn, winning 4-2 before losing, 9-3. Tommy Griffith, acquired in a February trade, hits a grand slam in the second game, the hit coming in the 8thoff Jesse Barnes.

In an International League game at Reading, Rochester shows no mercy in beating Reading, 19–0. First baseman George “Highpockets” Kelly is 5-for-6 with a double and 4 successive home runs.

25th The Senators and Red Sox split a twinbill, with the Nats pummeling starter Babe Ruth in the opener, 8–3, and collecting 9 hits and 5 walks off Babe. For the Nats, Clyde Milan collects 3 hits and Sam Rice cracks a HR, the only Hall of Famer to go deep on the Babe. Walter Johnson allows 5 hits in the nitecap but takes a 1–0 loss. Ruth plays LF in the 2nd game and has a single. After the twinbill, Ruth issues an ultimatum to Barrow: pitch me or play me but don’t do both. Barrow will give him tomorrow off.

27th  The second division Red Sox send veteran 2B Jack Barry and OF Amos Strunk to the A’s for Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon. Barry refuses to report and announces his retirement, and the A’s will take cash instead. Roth was acquired from Cleveland in March.

29th With Babe Ruth at 1B for the injured Stuffy McInnis, Carl Mays shuts out the Yankees, 2–0, in the first game of a doubleheader in New York. Mays then pitches the 2nd game as well, losing a complete game, 4–1. Ruth has two hits in each game.

Detroit beats Cleveland, 4–0, behind Howard Ehmke’s one-hitter. Larry Gardner’s single is the only safety for Cleveland.

30th The Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 7–4 in the opener behind Bob Shawkey. Boston gets all its runs on a 6thinning grand slam by 1B Babe Ruth, who connects off Bob Shawkey. New York takes the 2nd game, 4–2.

May 1919

1st In Boston’s home opener, the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win, 7–3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits, 3 errors, a wild pitch, and 2 walks. .

2nd In St. Louis, the Reds lose their first of the year, 8–1, after winning 6 straight. The Cards Oscar Horstmann walks 5 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and is lifted with a 3 ball-count on the 3rd batter. But the Reds manage just 2 hits. Reds SS Kopf has no fielding chances.

Bill James wins his only game of the year for the Tigers in Detroit’s 14-6 road win over Cleveland. The Tigers score 5 in the 7th and 9th innings. Detroit will sell the veteran pitcher to the Red Sox on the 24th. Bobby Veach has 4 hits and Bob Jones scores 4, while Larry Gardner has 2 singles, double and triple for the Indians. Center fielder Tris Speaker finishes off a 1-3-8 double play.

4th  The Giants play their first legal Sunday game at home, before 35,000 fans, losing to the Phils 4–3. More than 25,000 turn out in Brooklyn the same day. By early June, the Giants will outdraw their 1918 attendance. The Phillies’ Dave Bancroft, 28, is carried off the field after breaking his right ankle while sliding into a base. He will be out of action until July 1, and next year he’ll be traded to the Giants, with whom he will have his best seasons en route to the Hall of Fame.

The A’s collect 18 hits, but lose to Washington, 12–6, leaving an AL-record-tying 17 on base. Walter Johnson, walks 2 and allows 10 hits in 7 innings to win.

5th Hod Eller and the Reds blow a 6–0 lead as the Cubs score 6 in the 9th to tie. Chicago pushes across a run in the 12th to win, 7–6. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place in the NL.

Washington pitcher Jim Shaw hits a grand slam off A’s starter Bob Johnson in the 3rd inning to pace the Nats to a 10–6 win and a series sweep in Philadelphia. Sam Rice also homers in the 3rdas the rain-interrupted game finally called in the 9th inning. On May 2, Shaw hit 2 homers off A’s start Ray Kinney. With 3 homers and 2 wins in the first ten games, Shaw sets a mark that won’t be matched for 100 years. Japanese two-way superstar Ohtani will do it in 2018.

6th The Dodgers overcome a 7 run deficit to beat the visiting Phillies, 11–9. Four hits and 4 errors in the first give the Phils 6 runs and a Cy Williams homer in the 2nd is the extra point. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance for the win.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves run their record to 0-9 with a 6-4 loss to the Giants. In the 7th Larry Doyle greets new reliever Al Demaree, the Memphis Stogie, with a homerun, his second of the year.

8th At Shibe Park, Bob Shawkey fires a one-hitter to give New York a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Braggo Roth has the lone hit for the A’s.

11th In the first legal Sunday game in New York for the Yankees, and after a 12 inning duel between Washington’s Walter Johnson and New York spitballer Jack Quinn, neither team score. The Big Train allows a single in the first and then retires the next 28 batters before giving up a walk in the 10th and a second hit. In a misinterpretation of the new rules, the game is called at 6 p.m. by New York owner Jacob Ruppert.

In cold Cincinnati, righthander Hod Eller pitches a 6–0 no-hitter over the Cards, striking out 8. The Reds have 8 hits and 5 stolen bases off Jakie May.

12th  After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before, the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision, going 15 innings in a 4–4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the 2nd day in a row and ends his ML career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.

14th Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte beats Boston’s Carl Mays, 1–0, with the lone run scoring on a Jack Barry error.

At Brooklyn, Hy Myers starts the scoring with a 3rd inning solo shot over the right centerfield wall, reportedly the longest homer ever hit at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers score another run and Burleigh Grimes wins, 2–0, over the Reds, the 7th win in a row for Brooklyn over the eventual pennant winners. For Myers it is his only HR at home—he’ll hit 4 on the road—as he will lead the league in slugging, with a .436 average, and RBIs, with 73, both the lowest top totals in ML history.

15th  After a scoreless twelve inning duel between Hod Eller and Al Mamaux, the Reds bomb Mamaux for 10 runs in the 13th, six after two are out, to beat first-place Brooklyn, 10–0. A walk, infield error and infield single load the bases for Edd Roush, who triples. A strikeout and sac fly follow to clean the sacks. Mamaux then issues his 10th walk and Ivey Wingo follows with a triple. The scoring ends when Roush drives in his 4th run of the inning, and Daubert flies out for the 3rd out. Reds RF Alfred “Greasy” Neale has a record 10 putouts as the Reds outfield trio makes 22 putouts. Winning P Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his last outing, will have his scoreless string end at 22 innings, but he will go on to win 10 in a row.

Ump George Moriarty ejects Boston P Joe Bush in the top of the 2nd inning, and reliever Babe Ruth pitches 11 innings, allowing 13 hits, to beat the White Sox, 6–5.

18th Cleveland’s Bill Wambsganss is 4-for-4 against the visiting New York Yankees, stroking three singles and an inside-the-park home run off George Mogridge which eludes Ping Bodie and brings in the final three runs of a 4-3 win. It is Wamby’s first career home run.

The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard, acquired in December from Boston, to Detroit.

20th In the 2nd inning at St. Louis, Babe Ruth belts a grand slam, his first ever, and pitches the Red Sox to a 6–4 win over the Browns. Dave Davenport takes the loss.

In a 3-2 Pirate win at Boston, Buc catcher Jeff Sweeney helps preserve the victory with an unassisted double play in the 6th. With runners on 1B and 3B, the batter grounds sharply back to the pitcher Earl Hamilton, who throws to Sweeney. Sweeney chases Ray Powell back towards 3B and tags him, then leaps over the runner and tags Joe Riggert attempting to advance from 2B.

21st  The Phils push over 6 runs in the 9th to beat the visiting Cardinals, 8–7. Birds starter Marv Goodwin is lifted in the 9thwith one out a 2 on, and Willie Sherdel is banged for the loss.

The Giants send Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for the $1,500 waiver price.

23rd  It’s Hank Gowdy Day in Boston, the catcher’s first game after returning from the Army. He hits the first pitch he sees from Dolf Luque for a single, but the Reds prevail over the Braves, 10–4.

Phillie slugger Gavvy Cravath treats his old teammate Pete Alexander unkindly, collecting 3 hits and 5 RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 7–2 win over the Cubs. The winning pitcher is George Smith, just acquired from the Giants for P Joe Oeschger. Oeschger will be bundled to the Braves in August for Art Nehf.

Eddie Cicotte overwhelms the Yankees as the White Sox win, 5–0.

25th White Sox CF Happy Felsch starts a triple play in the 8thinning to stop the Senators scoring threat, then the Sox score a pair in the bottom of the frame off Walter Johnson and derail the Big Train, 5–4.

26th  In a Memorial Day game in Philadelphia, the Red Sox takes 2–0 lead over the A’s, but when Philadelphia scores 3 runs in the 2nd inning off big Bill James, fans start pounding on tin roof of the visitors’ dugout. The din is interrupted when Carl Mays emerges from the Sox dugout and fires a fast ball into the crowd striking a fan named Bryan Hayes. After the game, won 6–4 by Boston, Hayes goes to the police who issue a warrant for the arrest of Mays. The Sox leave town before the arrest can be made, but the warrant will remain outstanding. Mays will be fined $100 by MLB for the incident.

At Braves Field, the Cubs collect 10 hits to the Braves one hit but just manage to beat Boston, 1-0, behind Phil Douglas. Ray Douglas has a single for Boston’s only hit.

27th In Boston’s 6–4 loss to Cleveland, Babe Ruth slams a long triple, the first ball hit off the CF screen in Cleveland. Speaker has a pair of doubles for the Tribe.

28th The Braves Art Nehf shuts out the Cubs, 4–0, in beating Grover Alexander.

At Ebbets Field, Cuban pitcher Oscar Tuero hooks up for 13 innings against undefeated Brooklyn pitcher Jeff Pfeffer. The Cardinals finally score 2 in the 13th to win, 7-5, and Pfeffer goes to 7-1. Tuero (3-0) has 2 hits and 2 RBIs and will lead the NL in appearances with 45.

29th Boston’s Carl Mays allows just 4 hits in beating the A’s., 7–1 at Philadelphia. No runners reach base after the 3rd inning (as noted by historian Ted Farmer).

30th  In Chicago, the White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning 4–1 in the morning behind Red Faber, and 3–2 in the afternoon behind Williams. The nitecap win comes when the Sox score with 2 out in the 9th. In the opener, CF Happy Felsch, who started a triple play earlier in the week, teams up with 3B Buck Weaver for a DP. Felsch will start 15 double plays this year, a ML record for outfielders. At the end of the day, the White Sox lead the AL by 4 games. They will be overtaken briefly by Cleveland, then the Yankees, during the next 6 weeks before taking the lead to stay.

The Cards knock out Grover Alexander in the 5th inning of game 1 and beat the Cubs, 4–1. Alex is now 0–5. The Cards complete the deal with a 4–1 afternoon win behind Goodwin in game 2.

In the first of 2 in Philadelphia, Babe Ruth has 3 hits and pitches the Red Sox to a 10–6 win over the A’s. The Babe homers in game 2 over the RF wall, the ball landing on top of a roof on 22ndstreet. The A’s win it in the 9th, 4–3.

April 1919

4th In Tampa, the Red Sox begin Grapefruit League play at their new spring training site and edge the Giants 5–3 behind Babe Ruth’s 4 RBIs. The Babe clouts a nearly 600-foot homer along with 2 singles. Decades later, a plaque will be erected where the homer lands, on the present site of the University of Tampa.

10th Pitcher Fred Toney announces that he is retiring from baseball and will not rejoin the Giants when he is released from jail at the end of the month. Toney is serving 4 months in Tennessee for violation of the Mann Act. Toney will reconsider his retirement.

18th  The Reds send OF Lee Magee to Brooklyn for cash.

In an exhibition game against the Orioles (International League), home town boy Babe Ruth slugs four homers in four at bats as the Red Sox win 12–3. Babe is intentionally walked his other 2 times up.

19th  Pushed through the legislature by future New York City mayor Jimmy Walker, a bill legalizing Sunday baseball in the state is signed by Governor Al Smith. The bill was voted on by the lower house on April 8.

Babe starts on the mound and bats 9th, but takes up where he left off yesterday, slugging two homers his first two at bats against the Orioles in an exhibition game. Striking out his 3rd at bat, Ruth exits as the Red Sox go on to win 16–2.

23rd  Anticipating a poor season at the gate, the major leagues open a reduced 140-game season. Despite the lack of close races, attendance remains high all year and every club will show a profit, a complete reverse of the previous year.

The season opens in Washington with General Peyton C. March, Army Chief of Staff, throwing out the first ball. Walter Johnson wins a magnificent 1–0, 13-inning duel with the A’s Scott Perry, scattering 9 hits and striking out 6. Johnson will beat the A’s three times this year by a 1–0 score, tying the AL and ML record. For the second time in his career he’ll win a total of five 1–0 games, tying the ML mark.

Before a capacity crowd at Redland Field in Cincinnati, Cuban righty Dolf Luque tops the Cardinals 6–2. Wee Willie Sherdel takes the loss.

At the Polo Grounds, 30,000 fans watch the Red Sox roll over the Yankees, 10–0, behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth bounces a ball over Lewis’s head for an inside-the-park homer in his first at bat and drives in 2 runs, while Wally Schang has three doubles and a single. Former Sox star Duffy Lewis, who missed the 1918 season while serving in the military, is hitless in his Yankee debut. George Mogridge takes the loss, allowing six runs in the 9th inning when SS Roger Peckinpaugh makes his 2nd and 3rderrors of the game.

24th Helped by a baserunning error by Redbird rookie Cliff Heathcote, the Reds top St. Louis 3–1. Heathcote is on 1B when Hornsby smashes a long line-drive hit, but a pantomime catch by the Reds 2B makes Heathcote hold up and Hornsby passes him for the out.

In their home opener, the Cubs Hippo Vaughn tops the Pirates and Wilbur Cooper, 5–1.

26th In St. Louis, rookie Art Reinhart makes his first appearance for the Cardinals in the third inning with St. Louis trailing the Reds, 4-0. The first batter he faces is Heinie Groh and Reinhart hits him on the hand with his first pitch. Manager Branch Rickey then yanks him and Reinhart will not be back in the majors until 1925. Dolf Luque is the winner over Bill Doaks.

27th Red Sox P Sam Jones shuts out the Senators, 8–0. Left fielder Babe Ruth triples and scores 3 runs.

28th Behind Carl Mays the Red Sox edge Washington and Walter Johnson, 6–5. Ruth doubles, triples and takes an intentional pass in 5 appearances.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees edge the A’s, 3-2 in 12 innings. Bob Shawkey picks up the win in relief. Scott Perry goes the distance for the A’s and ties the AL record by striking out all 5 times he is at bat.

30th  Like kissing your sister. Joe Oeschger goes 20 innings for the Phils in a 9–9 marathon against Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes. Both teams score three runs in the 19th. Oeschger walks 5, gives up 22 hits, while Grimes walks 5, and allows up 15 hits. Brooklyn’s Hy Meyers hits the game’s only HR, connecting in the 19th.

March 1919

1st  Connie Mack makes one of his biggest player mistakes, trading 3B Larry Gardner, OF Charlie Jamieson, and P Elmer Myers to Cleveland for OF Bobby “Braggo” Roth. Vet writer Ernest Lanigan predicts that Roth will lead the circuit in homers at Shibe, but Roth will be shipped on to Boston by midseason. Gardner will put in 6 more .300 years, and Jamieson will be a top leadoff man and .303 hitter for the next 14 years. Elmer Myers, still in France recovering from a mustard gas attack, owns the record for most strikeouts (12) in a ML debut, a mark that will last till 1954.

4th  John McGraw gives up on lefty Slim Sallee, selling him to the Reds. Where he will post a 21-7 season. McGraw will buy him back next year.

6th  The Giants announce they will fly to Philadelphia for their opener. But when the time comes they take the train.

The Yankees sell righty Ray Keating to the Boston Braves. He’ll go 7-11 with Boston, then spend the next 12 seasons in the PCL.

7th Christy Mathewson, back from the war, rejoins the Giants as pitching coach and heir apparent to McGraw.

15th The 2rd long-time Yankee Ray is traded as Ray Fisher is sold to the Reds. Rays Keating and Caldwell were disposed of earlier.

17th The Red Sox, minus hold outs Carl Mays and Babe Ruth, sail from New York aboard the S.S. Arapahoe. The trip to spring training is stormy and most of the players will be seasick. Ruth will sign on the 21st in New York and leave the night for Florida. Mays, unsigned will join Ruth and the Sox in Tampa.

26th With ML spring training again delayed in an attempt to cut down expenses, the Cardinals open training in St. Louis at Washington University’s Francis Field.

February 1919

1st  After winning an out-of-court settlement of his suit against the Dodgers for the balance of his salary ($2,150) when the 1918 season ended a month early, former MVP Jake Daubert is traded to the Reds for OF Tommy Griffith.

5th  Charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers are dismissed by NL president John Heydler. Heydler decides Chase’s sometimes indifferent play was due to “carelessness.” Two weeks later John McGraw trades 1B Walter Holke and C Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase, but the Giants will also have their problems with him. In September, McGraw will send Chase and Heinie Zimmerman home without explanation; during the investigation of the Black Sox scandal in 1920, McGraw will testify that the dismissal was because both players had thrown games and tried to enlist Fred Toney and Benny Kauff in their scheme.

11th Not the 19th century humorist. The Indians trade Josh Billings to the Browns for backup catcher Les Nunamaker.

21st The Yankees acquire 36-year-old spitballer Jack Quinn from Vernon (PCL), sending in exchange P Joe Finneran, 1B Zinn Beck, and cash. Quinn will be named a designated spitballer when the wet pitch is outlawed, and in 1921 will help the Yanks to their first pennant. He won’t call it quits till he’s 50.

22nd The Braves trade INF Jimmy Smith to the Giants for 1B Walter Holke.

January 1919

3rd The Giants pick up catcher Earl Smith from Rochester for a stiff price: they send outfielders Joe Wilhoit and Bill Kelly, 1B Joe Rodriguez, and pitchers Jack Ogden and Waite Hoyt in exchange. Hoyt got into just one game for the Giants, but will develop into a Hall of Fame pitcher.

14th  John McGraw, Charles A. Stoneham, and Tammany politician Judge Francis X. McQuade buy controlling interest in the Giants from the John Brush estate. Having drawn just 265,000 fans in 1918, the club is sold at a bargain price. The three will spend many days in courtrooms fighting among themselves, and fending off government charges about Stoneham’s business practices.

17th Washington sends C Eddie Ainsmith and P George Dumont to the Red Sox for 2B Hal Janvrin and cash. The Red Sox then pack Ainsmith, P Slim Love (acquired a month earlier in the Ernie Shore trade with the Yankees), and Chick Shorten off to Detroit for infielder Ossie Vitt, who had been crowded out by Bobby Jones. Ainsmith will be stay just a short time in the Motor City before the Tigers waive him the Cardinals, who in turn will waive the hard-drinking backstop to Brooklyn in 1923. Needing a catcher Washington acquires the veteran Sam Agnew from the Red Sox. Agnew will play in 36 games for the Nationals before going to the San Francisco Seals (PCL) where he will play another 8 seasons.

21st  The Phils should’ve taken the car instead, The Cardinals trade Doug Baird, Stuffy Stewart and Gene Packard to the Phillies for Dixie Davis, Pickles Dilhoefer and Milt Stock. Baird makes it to July before he’s traded, Stewart will have a cup of coffee, in 1922, and Packard hits .137 before the tires come off. Stock will have 4 solid years with the Birds, and Dixie will spend 7 seasons in St. Louis—with the Browns.

26th  The Cardinals’ board of directors votes to pay off the contract of manager Jack Hendricks. Team president Branch Rickey assumes the managerial role as well, with no increase in salary.

30th  The Reds hire Pat Moran as manager when no word is received from manager Christy Mathewson, who is still in France. Moran will direct the Reds to their first NL pennant.

The Braves acquire INF Lena Blackburne from the Reds for OF Wally Rehg.

The Hal Chase trial begins in New York. Chase brought suit against Cincinnati for payment of salary due him while he was suspended in August 1918. He denies charges of throwing games.

December 1918

10th  NL secretary John Heydler is formally elected president of the league. He had been acting president since Tener stepped down last August.

18th  Duffy Lewis returns from the military, and is traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees. He goes along with front-line pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for spitballer Ray “Slim” Caldwell, Slim Love, from Slim, MS, catcher Roxy Walters, OF Frank Gilhooley, and $15,000. The Tigers had turned down a deal for Leonard on the 16th. The Boston Post reports that “it will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one.”

20th  AL umpire Silk O’Loughlin, 48, dies of influenza. He contracted the flu a week ago according to newspaper accounts and was given the last rites yesterday. His wife also contracted the disease in the epidemic but she will survive. According to The Baseball Necrology, by Bill Lee, a number of former major leaguers will die from influenza including Frank Arellanes, Ray Boyd, Frank Chance, Harry Chapman, Larry Chappell, Gene Curtis, Ona Dodd, John Frill, Fred Gaiser, Harry Glenn, Ray Kennedy, Denny Lyons, Ike McAuley, Matty McIntyre, Otto Neu, Babe Pinelli, Tom Reilly, Phil Routcliffe, James Harry Smith, Jake Stenzel, Harry Sullivan, Parke Swartzel and Buck West.

31st  Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager following the team’s skid to 5th.

Giants pitcher Fred Toney is sentenced to 4 months in jail after he pleads guilty to violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.

November 1918

1st  Outfielder Alex Burr is killed in France on his 25th birthday, the 3rd Major Leaguer to die of WW1. MLB players killed in WWI include Alex Burr, Larry Chappell (in 8 days), Eddie Grant, Ralph Sharman, and Bun Troy. World War 2 ML casualties will be Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill. Bob Neighbors will be listed as Missing in Action in Korea to complete the casualty list. There will be no ML players killed in Korea.

9th  Braves OF Larry Chappell, 27, dies of influenza at an army camp.

October 1918

5th  Giants infielder Eddie Grant is killed in action in the Argonne forest in France.

7th  Former Detroit P Bun Troy, born in Germany, is killed in Meuse, France. He and Eddie Grant were briefly spring training teammates on the 1910 Phillies.

12th  Serviceman Alex Burr is killed when his plane crashes in Cazaux, France. Burr appeared in one game with no at bats for the 1914 Yankees.

September 1918

1st  The Browns and Tigers finish the season with a doubleheader split in St. Louis as the Cleveland Indians refuse to make the trip for the Labor Day doubleheader. In Game 2, Ty Cobb pitches 2 innings against the Browns while the Browns’ George Sisler pitches one scoreless inning. The Browns win, 6–2, and Sisler hits a double off of Cobb. Detroit wins the opener, 7-2.

2nd Brooklyn ends the abbreviated season by splitting a doubleheader with the Phils, losing the first game 4–2 before taking the nitecap, 5–3.

In Washington, the Senators end the year on a light note, by splitting with the A’s. Philadelphia wins the opener and the Nats take the nitecap, 8–3. The 2nd game is Washington’s traditional year-end laugher, and 43-year-old coach Nick Altrock finishes in relief, one of his 5 appearances in 1918. Altrock bats in the bottom of the 8th and Wickey McAvoy, a catcher playing first for the day, comes in to throw. Altrock finally lines one of his lobs into the outfield, rambles around the bases and—according to Al Kermisch’s description—neglects 2B and 3B. Ump Billy Evans calls Altrock safe at the plate for the only homer by a Senator hit at home this season. For Altrock, it’s been 14 years since his last round tripper. The game ends with General March throwing out the last ball; he’ll toss out the first next year.

The Tigers host the White Sox in a pair at Navin Field, winning both. For the second time this season, Buck Weaver is 5-for-5 in a game 1 Sox loss, 11–5. Art Griggs has 3 doubles and 4 RBIs for the Tigers, and Bobby Veach has 2 hits and 4 RBIs. Griggs adds another 4 RBIs in game 2 when he collects 2 doubles and 2 singles. In between games, ex-Tiger Davey Jones visits with both teams. When Tiger manager Hugh Jennings suggests that Bill Donovan start game 2 (Donovan last won a ML game in 1912), “Wild Bill” agrees, but asks that Jones also play. As noted by historian Trent McCotter, the game is played like an exhibition. The Tigers collect 21 hits off Eddie Cicotte and strands 12. Ty Cobb has 3 hits, including 2 bunt singles, then pitches the 6thand 7th innings (2 walks, 3 hits) before giving way to outfielder Oscar Veach, who finishes up. With 3 hits in game 1, Cobb finishes with an AL-high .382. Hugh Jennings, who last played in 1912, finishes up at 1B. Davey Jones’ appearance here has been credited to Deacon Jones, but it was Davey going 0-for-2, who made the last putout in the 7–3 win.

The Reds end their season with 6–3 and 1–0 sweep of the Cardinals. Cuban rookie Dolf Luque, purchased in July, twirls the shutout, beating fellow Cuban Oscar Tuero. Tuero allows just 2 hits.

4th Rain delays the start of Wednesday’s World Series opener.

Pirate minor league pitcher Marcus Milligan is killed in a fall from an Army airplane in Ft. Worth, Texas. Milligan had enlisted last December.

5th  In order to cut down on the use of trains, the first 3 games of the WS are played in Chicago, the next 3 in Boston. The Cubs switch their home games to Comiskey Park with its larger seating capacity. Babe Ruth, having completed 13 scoreless innings in his first WS 2 years ago, adds 9 more in edging Hippo Vaughn, 1–,0 in the opener. Also, when 2B Dave Shean bats for Boston, he becomes the oldest player (40 years, 3 months, 18 days) to play in the WS, a mark other graybeards will top.

During the 7th-inning stretch, a military band plays “The Star Spangled Banner” and Red Sox player Fred Thomas, on leave from the Navy, snaps to attention in a military salute. The other players on the field followed suit, in “civilian” fashion, meaning they stood and put their right hands over their hearts. The crowd, already standing, showed its first real signs of life all day, joining in a spontaneous sing-along, haltingly at first, then finishing with flair. The scene made such an impression that The New York Times opened its recap of the game not with a description of the action on the field but with an account of the impromptu singing: “First the song was taken up by a few, then others joined, and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field. It was at the very end that the onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm.” From then on, the song is played at every WS game, every season opener, and whenever a band is present to play it, though it is not yet adopted as the national anthem. The custom of playing it before every game will begin during WW II, when the installation of public address systems makes it practical. The first time it is recorded that the song was played at a ball game was on May 15, 1862, at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn. The base ball game was led off by a band concert.

6th  In game 2, Lefty Tyler drives in 2 runs in the Cubs’ 3-run second. The Red Sox get one in the 9th and that’s all the scoring for the day, with George Tyler beating Joe Bush. The game also features fights between Heinie Wagner and Hippo Vaughn and another involving Lester Mann and Joe Bush.

7th  On one day’s rest, Hippo Vaughn gives up only 7 hits, but Carl Mays wins a 2–1 duel. Wally Schang has 2 hits for Boston. Game 3 ends with the Cubs’ Charlie Pick caught in a rundown between 3B and home while trying to score on a passed ball.

9th  In game 4, Ruth bats in 2 runs on a triple in the 4th and pitches 7 scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the 8th, ending Ruth’s WS record of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Shufflin’ Phil Douglas relieves Lefty Tyler for Chicago in the last of the 8thand throws away the game, first by a wild pitch, then with an error. Ruth is the winning pitcher, but Mays relieves with 2 on and no out in the 9th.

Finners Quinlan, an OF who last played in 1915, is wounded fighting in a battle at Argonne Wood, France. He loses an eye and his right leg.

10th  Players on both sides threaten to strike unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners and $1,000 each for the losers. After an hour’s delay on the start they back off, however, when told they will appear greedy while their countrymen are fighting a war. There are no fines, but no WS rings or mementos are given out this year. On the field, Hippo Vaughn comes back with 2 days of rest and blanks the Red Sox 3–0 on 5 hits in game 5.

11th  The Red Sox win the WS in game 6 on Carl Mays’s 2ndvictory, a 2–1 three–hitter. With 2 on and 2 out in the 3rd, utility OF George Whiteman lines a hard drive to RF. Max Flack drops it, allowing the only runs off Lefty Tyler. Righty Claude Hendrix, 20–7 during the year, finally makes an appearance, tossing a final inning for the Cubs. Cubs pitchers compile a 1.04 ERA, while Boston’s .186 BA is the lowest ever for a WS winner, but they compensate by making just one error, a record not beaten this century in a 6-game WS. The Red Sox will realize $1,102 each, the Cubs $671, the smallest winner’s share since 1906. The inning-by-inning results of the game were relayed to Fort Devans, 58 miles away, via homing nine pigeons.

15th  In the third of a 3-game exhibition series in Hartford, Babe Ruth outpitches Dutch Leonard to win, 1-0, and take the rubber game. Catcher Sam Agnew singles in the winning run in the 9th.

August 1918

1st  At Boston, Pittsburgh and Boston play a ML record 20 scoreless innings; before the Pirates win 2–0 in the 21st. Max Carey drives home the deuce with a single. Art Nehf pitches all 21 innings for Boston, while Wilbur Cooper toils the first 16 for Pittsburgh before Mayer takes over.

At the Polo Grounds, the league-leading Cubs win 5–0 over the 2nd place Giants. For the 2nd time this season, Hippo Vaughn gives up just one hit, a safety by Heinie Zimmerman in the 2nd, in beating Fred Toney, recently acquired from the Reds. The Cubs now lead the NL by 4.

At Navin Field, Wally Pipp plays his last game before going in to the Service. He scores a run in New York’s 7-0 win over the Tigers. Ray Caldwell allows 2 hits and Earl Gilhooly hits a 3-run homer, his second career roundtripper. Pipp’s place will be taken by Jack Fournier, whose contract was purchased from PCL Los Angeles. Fournier will hit .350 in 27 games before going back to the West Coast.

The Nationals lose 21-year-old catcher Val Picinich to the Navy. Picinich had been the starting catcher, beating out Eddie Ainsmith.

3rd  In the first game of two with the Cards, the Phils tally 15 hits and 12 runs in the last 3 innings, but still lose, 16–12. A tired Gene Packard cruises to the win; no other pitcher this century will give up 12 runs and not take a loss for his efforts. Joe Oeschger picks up one of his league-leading 18 losses in less than two innings of work. The Phils drop the nitecap, 7–1.

The Robins and Reds split, with Cincy pounding Rube Marquard in the opener. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 3–1. Zack Wheat hits in both contests to run his streak to 23 straight games.

At a special meeting of AL owners in Cleveland, it is agreed that the AL schedule will play through September 2nd, with the WS opening on September 3rd or 4th. Early indications were that the AL would vote to close down between August 17th and August 20th, but Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pirates who is there as NL representative, argues that his league would not stop before September 2nd and would not begin the Series early.

4th In the nitecap at Detroit, Walter Johnson goes 17 1/3 innings, his 2nd longest outing ever, and faces 64 batters in losing to the Tigers, 7–6. Detroit collects 16 hits and 8 walks against the Nats’ ace. Detroit ties the score 6–6 in the 7th inning when Ty Cobb drives in a run, and wins it in the 18th on a Cobb double. Cobb, in CF, also throws out a Milan at home in the 13th, while SS Donie Bush nails two Nats at home in the 14th. Hooks Dauss is the winner with 10 innings of relief. In the first game, the Nats score 6 runs in the 1st three innings off rookie Rudy Kallio and coast 7–0 behind Doc Ayers. Ayers scatters 7 hits and shuts out Cobb. Johnson is now 1–1 in 18-inning games this year!

In Chicago, the Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 7–6 and 3–2 in 10 innings. Dave Danforth goes 7 innings in the opener and, though lifted with the score 2–2, is credited with the win over Willie Adams, who goes all the way. Ed Cicotte is the victor in the nitecap.

In Cleveland, the Indians split with the league-leading Red Sox, to take three out of four in the series. The Sox win the opener, 2–1 in 12 innings, with starter Babe Ruth going the distance and allowing just 4 hits. Ruth drives in the first run with a single, and the Tribe ties the game in the 8th with two hits. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 2–0, in a game called after 6 innings because of rain. Ruth, playing LF, has one hit and is hit once by winner Stanley Coveleskie.

5th  At Boston, Braves left fielder Bob Taggert leads off the bottom of the 9th with his 3rd hit of the game, a triple, and scores two outs later on J.C. Smith’s single for a 1–0 win over the Pirates. Taggert previously played for the Pirates and PittFeds under the name Barney Kelly.

During the Reds batting practice at Ebbets Field, fans are treated to an impromptu fight between two Reds, 2B Lee Magee and left fielder Earl “Greasy” Neale. Teammates separate the two but the decision is awarded to Neale, who will play just 3 innings today. The Reds then turn on the Robins, pounding 13 hits for a 5–0 win. Mike Regan is the winner, scattering 4 hits. The Reds (43–51) are in 5th place, a half-game ahead of Brooklyn.

6th  John Tener resigns as President of the NL in a dispute over the Scott Perry case. Tener, NL Prexy since 1913, refused to serve on the National Commission unless the AL abided by the awarding of Perry to the Boston Braves. But when the Commission award the minor leaguer to the Athletics, it was a foregone conclusion that Tener would step down. Tener, a former Governor of Pennsylvania, almost quit in December but stayed on when the owners said the job would not interfere with his business interests. John Heydler will serve as acting president and it is he who will arrange a compromise solution: Connie Mack pays Boston $2,500 and keeps Perry (henceforth a loser).

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Pete Compton (real name is Anna Sebastian Compton) drives home Art Fletcher in the bottom of the 9th to beat Matty’s Reds, 4–3. Bob Steele, acquired from the Bucs, is the winner over Jimmie Ring. Lee Magee, with his face swollen after yesterday’s fight, sits out the game for the Reds and Heinie Zimmerman, on doctor’s orders to avoid the near 90+ degree heat, watches for the Giants.

At Ebbets Field, the first place Cubs keep their lead of 6 ½ games by beating the Robins 6–3 behind Lefty Tyler. Tyler scatters 9 hits, including one by Zack Wheat, who stretches his consecutive hitting skein to 25 games.

With the temperature at 115 degrees on the field at Detroit, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox, 14–12, but the Sox win the game 7–5 in 10 innings. Starter Carl Mays is victorious over reliever Rudy Kallio.

At Cleveland, the Indians stay 3 ½ games behind Boston by edging Washington, 1–0, in the 10th. Second baseman Smoky Joe Wood leads off the 10th with a triple and pinch runner Doc Evans scores the winner. Starter Jim Bagby is the winning pitcher despite allowing 11 hits.

In the hottest day in Philadelphia history—106 degrees–Pittsburgh wins over Philadelphia, 10-2. Bucs catcher W.J. Smith collapses in the 7th but is revived with ice and continues in the heat. Ump Hank O’Day collapses in the 8th but also recovers to continue.

7th The Yankees make it 7 straight losses, as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago, 8–4 and 4–0. New York makes 24 hits in the two games, but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the opener for the Sox. Slim Love takes the loss. In the nitecap, Roy Sanders, making his first start for New York, gives up no hits in the first 3 innings, but records no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now takes over 4th place from the Yankees.

Brooklyn slows the Cubs’ victory drive by beating Chicago 3–2 behind Burleigh Grimes. All the Robins scoring comes on a 3-run homer by Mack Wheat—his first in the majors, while his brother Zack has a single to stretch his hitting streak to 26 games. Phil Douglas takes the loss for the Cubs.

The Reds put a crimp in the second-place Giants pennant hopes by sweeping a pair at the Polo Grounds, 8-3 and 4-2. The temperature in New York is 104, the hottest August 7 on record.

8th Brooklyn tops the Cubs again, beating Hippo Vaughn, 4–1, done in by two wild heaves by 3B Eddie Pick. Zach Wheat, hit by a pitch once by Vaughn, goes hitless to stop his consecutive game streak at 26. Rube Marquard, despite leaving in the 5thwith a strained back, is the winner. With the Giants losing to the Reds, the Cubs stay 6 ½ ahead.

It is announced that Ebbets Field will become a Government storehouse as soon as the season is over on September 2nd. The Brooklyn team offered the park as a much-needed storage facility for war supplies, and it is now expected that other teams will follow suit. The New York Times states that “the turning over of the baseball park means that the major leagues will not attempt to play next season.” Washington Park, the old Federal League park, has already been converted to a government storehouse.

9th  With Sherry Magee at 1B for Cincinnati, the Pirates defeat the Reds, 4–3. Carmen Hill wins it in relief of Pete Schneider. Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects 1B Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him “for indifferent play.” He will be formally charged after season by owner Herrmann, but will be acquitted by NL Prexy Heydler. During the hearings, John McGraw said that if Chase is found innocent he would hire him for the Giants. But Prince Hal will be reinstated and play for the Giants in 1919.

10th The Reds bang out 17 hits to defeat the Cards, 9–8. Edd Roush drives home the winner in the 9th inning with two out by making his 5th hit of the day. Heinie Groh, 2nd in the NL to Wheat in hitting at .327 through August 8, is 3-for-3. Wheat will win the title, but Roush (.301 through August 8) will finish 2ndwith a .333 average, .002 behind Zack.

In Brooklyn, the Robins take the opener over the Phils, 4–0, behind Burleigh Grimes’ two hitter. Zack Wheat has 3 of the Robins’ 7 hits off loser Joe Oeschger. In the nitecap, a fair call in the 4th inning on a drive by Cy Williams prompt all the Brooklyn players to rush umpire Charley Moran. Moran’s call, a double, is just one of 4 hits that veteran Jack Coombs allows. The Phils win, 3–2, however, and it takes a dozen policemen to protect Moran after the game.

At Dunn Field, the White Sox score 4 in the 9th to top the Indians, 6-2. Shano Collins hits his second bases-loaded triple in three games and his third this year, while Chick Gandil drives in the other 3 runs. Jack Quinn is the winning pitcher. Collins sets a ML record that will be tied but not topped. It will next be matched in the AL by Elmer Valo, in 1949. With two in 1920 Collins will total 8 bases-loaded triples in his career, the ML record.

12th  At Fenway, the Yankees win their 10th of 15 games with the league leaders by beating Boston, 2–1. Getting his opportunity because of the war, lefty Hank Robinson is making his first ML start since 1915. He allows just 3 hits in besting Babe Ruth, who gives up 4 safeties. Jack Fournier scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt, while Ruth, hitless on the afternoon, pops out for the last out of the game.

Cleveland moves to with 2 ½ games of the Red Sox by unraveling the visiting White Sox, 11–2. Ray Chapman leads the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs, while Guy Morton gives up just two Chicago hits.

At Chicago, Carmen Hill coasts to a 12–1 win over the Cubs, as Pittsburgh rattles 17 hits off three Chicago pitchers. Walter Schmidt is the big Buc with 2 doubles, a triple, and a stolen base.

14th Sailor Burleigh Grimes pitches Brooklyn to a 4–2 win over the Phils. The Phils take the lead, but veteran Jimmy Archer relieves young Mack Wheat behind the plate in the 5th and Grimes’ spitball works to perfection after that.

16th The 2nd place Indians trample the Yankees, 12–4, behind the slugging of Smoky Joe Wood. Smoky is 4-for-5, with 3 RBIs, and a steal of home, while winner Fritz Coumbe adds 3 hits for Cleveland. Del Pratt has 2-run HR in the first off Coumbe but Cleveland retaliates with 7 runs against Happy Finneran. Ray Chapman’s verbal assault on Finneran helps drive the pitcher from the mound in the 4th.

The Tigers score 6 runs in the 9th inning against the Senators to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Motor Citymen are shutout in the next 6 innings by reliever Walter Johnson, but score 2 in the 16th to win, 8–7. Reliever George Cunningham scores the deciding run to beat Johnson.

The Dodgers hand Erskine Mayer his first loss since joining the Pirates, beating him, 5–1, behind the six-hit pitching of Larry Cheney. Mayer had won 8 straight since coming to the Buccaneers from the Phils on July 1.

17th  The Cubs shut out the Phils in both ends of a doubleheader. Claude Hendrix wins the opener, 3–0, over Elmer Jacobs and Lefty Tyler follows with a 2–0 win against Joe Oeschger.

The Red Sox (66-45) increase their lead to 3 games by beating 2nd place Cleveland (64-49) 4–2, at Boston. Babe Ruth scatter five hits for the win over Guy Morton and reliever Bagby. The Sox will win the next game, on Monday (19th), in the series, 6–0, to go 4 games up.

The Yankees and White Sox split a pair, with Chicago taking the first game, 7–4, and New York winning the nitecap, 7–2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener, while New York’s Slim Love strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game, the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today, reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.

18th The Cardinals sweep the visiting Phils, winning 4–0 and 5–1 behind Bill Sherdel and Lee Meadows. In the opener, as SS Rogers Hornsby scores 2 of the Birds runs, then provides the big blow in the nitecap, by following three walks with a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Milt Watson. This is one of six grand slams in the NL; the AL will have no slams for the only time in history.

The Senators take a home victory from the Browns for the first time this season, edging St. Louis, 2–1. Jim Shaw wins, allowing 4 hits, 2 to Sisler.

In an exhibition game in New Haven the semi-pro Colonials beat the Red Sox 4–3, overcoming a Babe Ruth home run. Ruth’s hit is one of the longest ever seen on the Lighthouse grounds. Winning pitcher Frank Woodward’s effort results in his being signed by the Phillies.

19th  Walter Johnson beats St. Louis, 4–3, in 14 innings. The Big Train will work in 15 extra-inning games, including 2 of 18 innings, one of 16 innings, and another of 15 innings.

In the battle for 2nd place, the visiting Giants split with the Pirates, losing 8–1 before coming back for a 2–1 win. The Bucs rough up Red Causey for 12 hits in 6 innings in the opener, while Ralph Comstock scatters 9 hits for the win. In the nitecap, Fred Toney allows just 3 hits in 8 innings, and 3 more in the 9th, but emerges with the win over Wilbur Cooper.

Jack Quinn, pitching for the White Sox, trims the Yanks, 4–1, at the Polo Grounds. While the Yankees maintain the Quinn, who was in the minor leagues, is their property, he is wearing a Sox uniform, while Jack Fournier, awarded to the Sox, is at 1B for New York. Fournier has 3 hits today off Quinn, who has yet to lose. A busy Ray Caldwell, who pitched Saturday for his Weehawken ship yard team (and reportedly played CF for them on Sunday) is the loser.

Edd Roush hits a grand slam, off Rube Marquard in the 7th, to lead the Reds to an 8–4 win over visiting Brooklyn.

20th At Redland Field, Brooklyn beats the host Reds, 2-1, behind Burleigh Grimes 10th straight win. Ring is the hard luck loser, allowing one earned run.

21st Led by Edd Roush’s three hits, including a double and triple, the Reds edge the Phils 4–3 in 10 innings. Each starter goes the distance with Hod Eller winning over Brad Hogg. The Reds lost yesterday to Brooklyn, 2–1, snapping their 8-game win streak, but they will win their next 3.

At Fenway, the Browns Al Sothoron allows just 4 hits to the Red Sox, but Boston scores 4 runs to win, 4-1, behind Carl Mays. The recently acquired Jack Coffey lines an inside-the-park homer for his only ML four bagger. For Sothoron, this is his last appearance of the year, and leaves him with a 12-12 record, despite racking up an ERA of 1.94. No other pitcher (100 IP) for the rest of this century will register a non-winning record with a sub 2.00 ERA.

22nd The Giants nip the host Cubs, 4–2, on a 10th inning double by Lew McCarty. McCarty, pinch hitting for Benny Kauff, drives Fred Toney and George Burns, who had reached on singles. Toney picks up the victory over Hippo Vaughn.

Roush continues his hot hitting against the Phils, going 4-for-5 with a triple and homer, to lead the Reds to a 9–6 win. Heinie Groh adds 3 hits while winning pitcher Pete Schneider has 2 hits and 2 runs. For the Phils, 1B Fred Luderus has 7 assists, a NL record that will last till June 1971.

Zack Wheat has three hits against Brooklyn but it is Hugh Bezdel’s bases loaded walk in the 9th that brings home John Brock with the winning run. St. Louis wins, 4–3. Brooklyn comes back to take the nitecap, 5–2, using shoddy St. Louis fielding to beat Lee Meadows.

At Washington, 3B Eddie Foster is 4-for-4 in the Nationals 7–1 victory over the A’s. The Nats score all their runs in the first off Jim Bagby, who does not finish the inning. Gruntin’ Jim Shaw is the winner.

23rd At Fenway Park, the Red Sox break a 9th inning tie with a two-out double steal. With Amos Strunk at 2B and Ruth at 1B, the two pull off the theft, and when Hank Severeid’s throw to Maisel is wild, Strunk scores the game winner. Sad Sam Jones is the winner, 6–5, over reliever Byron Houck.

At Chicago, the Cubs score 2 in the 9th off Red Causey to beat the Giants, 3–2. Bob O’Farrell’s triple drives in the winning run, while winning pitcher Claude Hendrix adds a double and home run.

In the 7th at Cincinnati, Phils rookie Irish Meusel hits an inside-the-park grand slam, the first IP slam in Phils history and the Phils take a 7-1 lead. But it is not enough as the Reds win, 8–7. Irish’s four-run homer is the 5th hit in the NL this year: there are none hit in the AL, a league record.

24th  As anticipated, Secretary Baker grants an extended exemption to players in the WS; 3 days later the National Commission gets an official approval to play from General Enoch Crowder, providing that 10 percent of the revenues go to war charities.

The Indians lose to the Senators, 4-0, in a game in which Tris Speaker does not officially play for Cleveland. Ray Chapman is credited with manning both centerfield and shortstop, going 0-4. The official stats only credit eight Indians with playing, despite all game accounts with Speaker plying CF in the game and hitting a double. This is the second example of a discrepancy between the official scorer’s account and the writeups. If corrected, Speakers would have 794 doubles, not his record 792 (as noted by Tom Ruane).

Lefty Leifield holds Boston to just 4 hits, including 2 scratch singles, but the Browns manage just 5 hits off Red Sox P Babe Ruth and lose, 3–1. The Sox score all their runs in the 2nd, including one on a swipe of home by Ruth on the front end of another double steal, his 2nd steal in two days. It is Ruth’s first steal of home and his only swipe of home as a pitcher. Like his future steals of home, it comes on a double steal.

The White Sox split with A’s, taking the opener, 9–4, behind Jack Quinn. A’s starter Mule Watson leaves after 6 innings and takes the loss. The A’s take the nitecap, 2-1, behind Scott Perry when Cy Perkins triple scores the game-winner.

The Cubs increase their NL lead to 11 ½ games, taking two from the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes is roughed up for 15 hits in the opener and takes his first loss in 10 games, and Bill Killefer outguesses former teammate Larry Cheney in the nitecap for a 3–1 win. With the score tied and a man on 3B, Cheney attempts to walk Killefer, but the Cub catcher throws his bat at the ball and connects for a single.

In Baltimore, Babe Ruth’s father suffers a fatal concussion in a fight with his brother-in-law outside his saloon. The funeral will be on the 28th and Babe will miss two Sox games.

25th The Cubs clinch the NL pennant over the idle Giants by splitting with the Dodgers. Thanks to shoddy fielding by Brooklyn, Roy Walker improves his record to 1–3, winning the opener, 5–3. Brooklyn takes the nitecap, 2–1, behind the 5-hit pitching of Columbia George Smith.

At Boston, the Reds top the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings. In February, Lee Magee will confess that he and Hal Chase each bet $500 for their team, the Reds, to lose this game. Ironically, Magee scores the winning when Edd Roush hits a two run homer.

Boston Red Sox president George Frazee says the WS schedule arrangements is not acceptable and he will refuse to abide by them If the Sox win the pennant. The schedule calls for the first three games in Chicago, and Frazee says this puts his team at a disadvantage. “It is not only unfair to the Boston club, but an insult to the Boston fans. . . .The schedule as given out by Mr. [Ban] Johnson will necessitate the passing up of both the Saturday and Sunday dates, which I think is a big mistake,” says Frazee.

26th  Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of P Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox, for whom Quinn was 5–1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.

At Boston, the Tigers and Red Sox start without Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Ruth is in Baltimore because of the death of his father and Ty arrives late because of another engagement. Detroit wins 6-3 behind spitballer George Cunningham, who tops Carl Mays trying for his 20th win. Cobb helps with a 2-run inside-the-park homerun against the LF embankment.

27th  After today’s doubleheader split with the Braves in Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in the chemical warfare branch of the Army. He leaves the team in 3rd place with a 61–57 record. Heinie Groh takes over for the last 10 games of the season, going 7–3.

Lefty George Mogridge saves the Yanks 4–2 win in the opener against the Browns, relieving Slim Love. LF Ham Hyatt connects for a Yankee HR in the 2nd as New York scores all its runs in the first two innings. In the 2nd game, the Browns start George Sisler on the mound. The Michigan Marvel pitches the first 7 innings and is 3-for-5 with a 3-run HR before being relieved by Byron Houck and returning to 1B. The Yanks prevail in 12 innings, 7–6, with the victory going to reliever Mogridge, who bats in the winner. It is Sisler’s first start in 10 years, and the last of his career, and he would “probably have pitched to victory had it not been for [Les] Nunamaker’s shaky substitution in the gateway corner” (New York Times). Nunamaker makes 3 errors at 1B before being banished to LF, but is 6-for-6 for the afternoon, including 5 hits and an intentional walk in the nitecap.

The Red Sox’ Bullet Joe Bush strikes out an AL-season high 13 Tigers, including 8 in the first 3 innings, but loses, 2–1, to Rudy Kallio. Cobb and Ruth are absent from their lineups, with Babe attending the funeral of his father, who was killed by a blow from his brother-in-law.

At Pittsburgh, the Phils take advantage of shaky Pirate fielding to sweep two from the host team, winning 7–6 and 11–2. Brad Hogg and Milt Watson notch wins as Buc SS Luke Boone boots four on the afternoon, and 1B Bill Hinchman adds two more errors.

28th  Tris Speaker is suspended for the remainder of the season because of his assault on umpire Tom Connolly following a dispute at home plate in a game in Philadelphia. The A’s edge the Indians, 1-0.

29th The Cubs wrap up the pennant with a 1–0 win over the Reds. Lefty Tyler is the winner.

30th  Carl Mays of the Red Sox pitches and wins two games, 12–0 and 4–1, over the A’s to finish at 21–13. The A’s finish their season in last place. Mays helps himself with 5 hits on the afternoon. With his two wins today, Mays begins an AL-record winning streak of 24 straight victories over Philadelphia, and will not lose to them until July 24, 1923, when he pitches for the Yankees. The record books show 23 straight wins, but historian Lyle Spatz will find that the correct total is 24. The loser in game 2 is rookie Scott Perry (20-19), whose losses lead the AL. Perry finishes his year having thrown 332 innings, tying the AL rookie record for innings pitched set by Roscoe Miller in 1901.

The Indians play 2 postponed games with the Tigers, doubling the Bengals in both, 2–1 and 4–2. Coveleski allows 4 hits in the opener and Bagby 7 in the nitecap.

In the second fastest NL game ever, the Giants beat Brooklyn 1–0 in 57 minutes behind the pitching of Pol Perritt, scoring their lone run in the 9th. Veteran Jack Coombs takes the loss and after the game announces his retirement. The Giants will play a game against the Phillies next year on September 28 in just 51 minutes, a ML record: the AL record will be set on September 25, 1926 and matched the next day.

31st  The Red Sox clinch the pennant, winning the first of a twin bill from the A’s, 6–1. Ruth wins his 9th game in his last 11 starts, beating rookie Mule Watson. Despite giving up 12 hits in the opener, Watson (7-9) pitches a complete game in the nightcap and gives up just one hit, a single by the light hitting Sam Agnew, to win, 1–0. This is the second doubleheader Watson has pitched this year.

The second place Indians win, 2–1, over the White Sox, but are officially eliminated from the AL race. Owner Jim Dunn then announces that the team will not go to St. Louis for its final game, a doubleheader with the Browns, but will disband for the year. On September 2, the Browns field a team and the Browns pitchers, Rogers and Leifield, tosses 10 pitches, 5 for each game; St. Louis then claims a doubleheader victory, which goes into the standings.

Brooklyn and New York split a pair with Fred Toney pitching the Giants to a 3-1 victory in game 1 and George Smith returning the favor in a 2-1 Brooklyn victory in game 2. Mack and Zack Wheat each have hits in game 1, then Zack finishes his season with an 0-for-4 in game 2. Zack leads the NL with a .335 average and is only player to ever win a batting title and hit no home runs.

July 1918

1st At Quincy, in the Bethlehem Steel League, Dutch Leonard loses to Eddie Plank, 6-2. It is Leonard’s first game in the league.

At Boston, the Braves defeat Brooklyn, 5-3, in a game that takes just 1 hour 12 minutes. It might have been the experimental starting time of 6 p.m. (as noted by historian Stuart Shea in his book on Wrigley Field), but, nevertheless, the start time is not repeated.

2nd In Washington, Red Sox star Babe Ruth quits the team after arguing with manager Ed Barrow. This follows a 3–0 loss to Washington’s Harry Harper in which the Babe, playing CF, goes hitless in two at bats and makes an error. Harry Harper cops his 2nd win in the series and his 7th in a row, beating Guy Bush.

The first-place Yankees are “dipped in the whitewash vat” by the A’s young Bob Geary, who allows just 3 singles in the 5–0 victory. The host Mackmen, led by Merlin Kopp, rattle 3 Yankee pitchers for 10 hits, handing the loss to Slim Love. Kopp is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and a stolen base. The Yanks maintain their two-game lead over the Red Sox and Cleveland.

Can I start tomorrow, Skip? The Cubs hang a pair of losses on Cardinals pitcher Lee Meadows, beating him 7-1 and 6-2. Meadows starts game 1 and doesn’t last one inning. He starts game 2 and is knocked out in the 4th.

At the Polo Grounds, Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th, off Slim Sallee, to lead the Phillies to 5–2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp, both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game, each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.

In Boston, proceedings started to determine the status of professional baseball players under the new work or fight rules. Summons were sent to 14 Boston Braves—all the players except Wally Rehg, Ray Powell and Joe Kelly, who will enter the U.S. Navy Reserve this week. Three other players—Buck Herzog, Ed Konetchy, and Tom Hughes—are beyond the draft age. Meanwhile, the Braves host the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes allows just three hits and tallies three himself as he spins a 4–0 win.

3rd Babe Ruth announces that he has joined the Chester team of the Delaware River Shipbuilding League and will not play for Boston. The Red Sox players are unperturbed and the Red Sox management threatens an injunction. Heinie Wagner tracks down the Babe in Baltimore and convinces him to return to the Sox. Meanwhile, the Ruth-less Sox unravel, losing 6–0 to the A’ Vean Gregg. Gregg allows just one hit in the first six innings, and four overall.

The first-place Cubs finally lose a game to the last-place Cards, 2–1, in St. Louis. With the score tied, Bob Fisher singles in the 8th, steals 2B and 3B, and scores on Charlie Grimm’s single. Fisher helps again in the 9th inning when he nabs Dode Paskert at 2B with a hidden ball trick.

Giants pitcher Fred Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jeff Tesreau and jumps the team to join a shipyard team. Anderson has been trying to join the Navy’s dental corp., and the Giants don’t know his whereabouts. He’ll rejoin the team, however. The Giants are also unsuccessful in luring back Dave Robertson from government service in Norfolk. Robertson, the NL’s co-leader in homers in 1916-17, turns down an offer of $7,500 and will not rejoin the Giants until next year. The players aren’t needed today as the Giants sweep a pair from the Dodgers, 9–4 and 1–0 to move to two back of the Cubs.

4th There are few fireworks today as the Cubs whitewash the host Cards, winning both games by a 1–0 score. Lefty Tyler, in extra innings, and Claude Hendrix are the winners over Red Ames and Bill Doak. Tyler and Hippo Vaughn will tie for the NL lead in shutouts this year with 8. Cubs pitchers have allowed 2 runs in the last 28 innings: they won’t beat that in 3-game road series until 2015.

Behind Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs, the Dodgers take a pair from the Giants. Rube shuts out the Giants, 2–0, in the first game, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Coombs, the Kennebunk Express, overcomes seven Brooklyn errors to win the afternoon contest, 4–3. Coombs scores the winning run after hitting a 10thinning triple, his third hit of the game. Jimmy Hickman adds a 4th inning homer.

Despite the heroics of Ty Cobb at Comiskey Park, the White Sox sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7–6 in 12 innings, then 2–1. Cobb is 5-for-6 in the 1st game, and goes from 1st to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt. Playing first base in the nitecap, Ty pulls the hidden ball trick on Joe Benz, the winning pitcher for Chicago. Ed Cicotte is the winner in game one over Hooks Dauss.

In Washington, the Yankees split with the Senators while Cleveland is winning twice from the Browns. Cleveland (43–32) takes over first from New York (38–29) and Boston (40–31). The Yankees win the morning game, 7–0, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey and the slugging of Frank Baker. Baker collects a homer, double, and 2 singles and adds 2 singles in the afternoon contest. The Yankees rap 9 hits off Walter Johnson in the p.m. game, but shoddy fielding gives the Nats a 4–3 win.

Boston splits with the A’s, taking the morning contest 11–9. Starting pitcher Sad Sam Jones is rapped for 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings, but is awarded the victory. Ruth is not used in the morning game, but returns to the lineup in the nitecap, striking out twice, as Scott Perry outpitches Carl Mays for the 2–1 11-inning A’s victory. With every team in the majors playing twinbills, this is one of seven extra-inning games today: this won’t be matched until August 15, 1998 when half (7) the games go extra frames. Also, 11 of the games are one-run affairs, a mark that won’t be matched until April 14, 2001.

At London’s Chelsea football grounds, 18,000 people, including King George and the royal family, watch an American Army team defeat a U.S. Navy team, 2–1. The King is prevented from tossing out the first ball by the netting in front of the royal box, and instead walks on the field and hands the ball to umpire Arlie Latham.

In a Steel League morning game at Lehigh Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa, Dutch Leonard strikes out 18 to defeat Jeff Tesreau, 2-0. The game draws 4,000. The afternoon game, featuring the pitching of former major leaguers Lefty Baumgartner and Al Mamaux, draws 18,000.

5th The A’s tie the Red Sox in the 9th, only to lose in the 10th, 4–3. Starting pitcher Babe Ruth draws a walk off Bob Geary in the 10th and scores the winning run on Stuffy McInnis’ triple.

The PCL announces that it will end the season tomorrow.

In Toronto, the Cincinnati Reds edge the Toronto Internationals, 2–1, in an exhibition game.

6th  After walking 7 batters, the Reds’ Pete Schneider takes a 10–0 one-hitter versus the Phils into the 9th, but walks the first 6 batters in the inning to force in 3 runs. Two relievers later, the Phils have 9 runs, but lose 10–9. Pete’s 13 walks is still a club record.

The Pirates take two over the visiting Braves, winning 17-1 and 5-4. In the opener, Braves hurler Dick Rudolph allows 4 runs in the first 5 innings, then gets roughed up in the 6th. Protesting an umpire’s call he sits down on the mound and is ejected. Reliever Hugh Canavan is summoned without warming up and pitches 2 2/3 innings allowing 13 runs. The lefty had not appeared in a ML game in two months, and had suffered a broken left hand while pitching in an exhibition game. Six Pirates each collect 3 hits with Max Carey driving in 5 runs.

At Chicago, Hippo Vaughn pitches and bats the Cubs to a 1-0, 12-inning victory over the Giants. Hippo wastes an 11th inning double but his single in the 12th drives in the only run off Demaree.

The Red Sox regain first place, beating the Indians, 5–4. Pinch hitter Babe Ruth drives in two runs in the 6th inning with a triple and scores the winning run when the relay is fumbled.

7th  The Browns beat the host Washington Nationals, 3–0, as the Nats manage just 3 hits off Allen Sothoron. Browns SS Jimmy Austin triples in the 9th off Walter Johnson, then steals home.

In Chicago, the Cubs hand the Giants their 4th straight loss, beating New York, 6–1. Starter Pol Perritt goes five innings to take the loss. Phil Douglas wins to give Chicago a six-game lead in the NL. Perritt will come back tomorrow and pitch a complete game victory to give the Giants a split of their doubleheader with Chicago.

Rabbit Maranville gets a 10-day leave from the Navy and hits .316 in 11 games for the Braves before going back to sea.

At Newport, RI, the Indians lose an exhibition game to a Navy team, 5–2. The Navy offense is paced by OF Wally Rehg’s 2-run homer, one of three Navy outfielders from the Boston Braves. Joe Kelly and Ray Powell team with Rehg.

In Omaha, the Western League votes to end this season after today’s games. In Ft Worth, Texas League president J. Walter Morris announces the Texas League season will end today. The Pacific Coast and International Leagues also close today.

8th  Although Babe Ruth’s 10th inning blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk in the Red Sox win 1–0 over Cleveland, the prevailing rules about the winning run scoring ahead of the home run reduce Babe’s HR to a triple. The run gives Sad Sam Jones the win over Stanley Coveleskie. Guy Morton gives up 3 Boston hits in the nitecap to beat Carl Mays, 4–3. Ruth will hit 11 homers this year, all on the road.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees come from behind to tie White Sox with 3 runs in the 8th, then win in the 9th, 6–5, on Frank Baker’s 100th hit of the season. Baker is the first player to reach the century mark in hits this year.

In a battle of the top two teams, the Cubs spilt a doubleheader with the Giants. Behind George Tyler’s complete game, Chicago takes the opener from the visitors, 6–3. Pol Perritt, a loser yesterday, beats the Cubs in the nitecap, 3–1. Hendrix is the loser.

The A’s score in double figures for the first time this season (they’ll do it once more) pounding out a 16–9 win over the Tigers, who are playing without Harry Heilmann. Heilmann is struck by a bat in pregame practice. The A’s Merito Acosta collects 5 hits, driving in 4 and scoring 4. For Detroit, Oscar Stanage has 5 RBIs and Cobb, playing 2B, has 4 hits, but he makes an error and Bush at short adds two. Starter Mule Watson goes just 3 innings but is awarded the win.

9th In Chicago, the Giants stop the Cubs, 7–6, on a solo homer by Jim Thorpe in the 10th inning, off Phil Douglas. Thorpe is subbing for the injured Ross Young, who is out with a twisted ankle. The Giants, down 6–0, jump on Hippo Vaughn in the 7th to tie. Cecil Causey pitches the last two innings in relief of Fred Anderson to win. The Cubs lead is down to 5 games.

The Red Sox tighten their hold on first place with a 12-inning, 1–0 victory over the visiting Indians. Everett Scott doubles over Tris Speaker’s head, and after a forceout, the winning run scores on a single by Wally Mayer. Starter Joe Bush outduels Jim Bagby for the win.

The Dodgers make twelve hits off the Cards, but lose 6–4. The Cards also collect 12 hits and Dodger pitcher Larry Cheney helps with 5 wild pitches.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the Tigers edge the A’s, 5–4. Ty Cobb provides the winning margin with a swipe of home in the 5th.

10th Reds pitchers Jimmy Ring and Mike Regan combine to whitewash the Robins, winning 7–0 and 5–0. Brooklyn manages 6 hits in the opener, and two in second game. Lee Magee and Edd Roush combine for 6 hits and 4 runs off Burleigh Grimes in game 2.

The Red Sox beat the Indians, 2–0, in 5 innings, winning their 4thgame in the series with Cleveland. Ruth’s triple in the 4th scores the first run, the 3rd time in the series that Ruth has driven in the winner with a triple. The game is called after 5 innings because of rain.

11th Cubs pitcher Phil Douglas picks up two wins over the Braves today, relieving in the 9th of the opener and beating Art Nehf, 4–3, in 10 innings. Shufflin’ Phil starts the nitecap and tops veteran Pat Ragan, 3–2.

At Washington, the Tigers overcome a 6-run deficit to beat Walter Johnson, 8–6. Detroit scores 5 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 9th for the win. Cobb is 2-for-3 with a sac fly and 2 runs scored.

The first-place Red Sox top Chicago, 4–0, with Carl Mays outpitching Ed Cicotte. Cicotte gives up 9 hits, including 3 opposite field doubles to Babe Ruth. Playing 1B, the Babe records 20 putouts.

12th “Spavined Bostonese use first sacker as a pitcher” (Chicago Tribune, as noted by J.G. Preston). At Weegham Park, the Cubs down the short-handed Braves, 8-0, behind Claude Hendrix (12-4). The Braves are forced to use 1B Ed Konetchy on the mound with pitcher Hugh Canavan in the outfield. Koney pitches 8 innings, walks 2 and allows 14 hits. Batting 6th, he has one of the 5 hits off Hendrix. Canavan hits 9th.

13th The first place Cubs beat the Braves, 5–3, behind Hippo Vaughn (17-4). Boston gets a 9th inning HR From J.C. Smith, but it is not enough. Rookie Hugo Canavan takes the loss. The two teams announce plans to play an exhibition game on July 28 in Montreal, the first ML game to ever be played in Canada.

The Tigers edge the Senators, 1–0, scoring their only run in the first Harry Heilmann’s Texas Leaguer. The loss is starter Harry Harper’s first following 7 straight wins. Filling in for the injured Pep Young at 2B is Jack Coffey, who last played in the majors 10 years ago. Signed 3 days ago as an insurance policy, the 31-year-old ex-Fordham player is 0-for-3 and will have just a cup of coffee with Detroit. When the Red Sox come to town in early August, the Tigers will deal Coffey to Boston, where he will fill in occasionally for Dave Shean.

Ty Cobb announces that he will join the military after the season. The statement by the AL’s leading hitter comes after he and his family drop in at the White House following today’s game.

The Reds sweep two from the Dodgers, winning 3–1 and 4–2. Heinie Groh, the NL’s leading hitter (.355 through July 11 to runner-up Benny Kauff’s .324) is 4-for-8 in the 2 games.

14th The Reds maul the Giants, 9-5, as Heinie Groh, Edd Roush and Hal Chase each go 4-for-5. Roush drives in 5 runs. Groh is leading the NL with a .366 batting average, while the eventual batting champ, Zach Wheat, sits out today. Zach is hitting .283.

15th New York reaches Stanley Coveleskie for 3 runs in the 1st, but that’s all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland ties the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood’s homer in the 8th is the clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran, who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball, and will send the exhibit A to Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for protesting a strike call and Steve O’Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now moves into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.

Slim Sallee, who has been out of action with a lame back, gives up 5 Reds hits in pitching the Giants to a 2–1 win. Fred Toney takes the loss for Cincy.

Pittsburgh edges Brooklyn 6–5 on an error by catcher Mack Wheat, offsetting the 3-for-3 hitting of brother Zack Wheat. Chief Mayer wins with Rube Marquard taking the loss.

Scott Perry ices two games for the last-place A’s, as Philadelphia tops the Browns, 5–3 and 6–4. Perry relieves in the opener in the 7th and holds the Browns scoreless while driving in 2 runs in the 8th inning. Perry then wins the nitecap when Larry Gardner drives in 2 runs in the 5th with a triple.

17th  Chicago’s Lefty Tyler goes 21 innings, the longest complete game in Cubs history, against Milt Watson, to beat the Phils, 2–1. Lefty scatters 13 hits and strikes out 8 in the marathon effort. Three Chicago pinch hitters reach base in the 21st, and Max Flack drives home the winner with his 5th hit of the game. Flack scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Watson takes the complete game loss, allowing 19 hits.

The Red Sox sweep two from the Browns, shutting St. Louis out in both games. Joe Bush takes the first game, 7–0, and Babe Ruth follows, 4–0, while adding two doubles in two trips to the plate.

18th  During an 8–5 win in St. Louis, Giants manager McGraw bawls out Heinie Zimmerman for not running out a fly ball. A miffed Zimmerman leaves the ball park during the game and only returns to the team after several days absence. McGraw slaps Heinie with a stiff fine.

In Philadelphia, the A’s and White Sox split a doubleheader with Chicago taking game 1, 3-1 and the A’s responding with a 4-3 victory in game 2. The two teams combine to leave just 13 runners on base in the two games, an AL record. The A’s strand just 4.

“Call me ‘singles’”, At the Polo Grounds, Home Run Baker is credited with an RBI-single in the 10th as the Yankees edge the Tigers, 3-2, in the second game of a twinbill. His drive would have been a homerun under different rules. Ray Keating wins in relief and Ping Bodie is a homer shy of the cycle. Detroit takes the opener, 4-1, as Frank Walker homers and drives in 3 runs. Bill James is the winner.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill at Baltimore (International League), the Orioles rookie lefty Ralph Worrell beats Newark, 6–3. Newark manager, Tommy McCarthy, 55-years-old, inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th and singles, but is cut down trying to stretch the hit. Worrell will win 25 games this year, the highest in Organized Baseball. Alas, at the end of the season he will enter the service and die of influenza in November.

19th  Washington C Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker rules that baseball is not an essential occupation and all players of draft age are subject to the “work-in-essential-industries-or-fight” rule. Ban Johnson says the AL will close down July 21st, a pronouncement that upsets the owners, but the next day both leagues vote to continue. A week later, Baker exempts players from the rule until September 1st. Both leagues vote to cut the season short, and end on Labor Day, September 2nd.

The Braves score 4 in the first against the Reds, knocking out Jimmy Ring for the 1st time since joining the team. But Cincinnati comes back to win, 6–4. with Mike Regan, in relief, winning over Dick Rudolph. The Braves strand 12 and commit 5 miscues to help the Cincy cause.

At Fenway, the peachless Tigers fall to the first-place Red Sox, 5–0, managing just 3 hits off Carl Mays, one less than Stuffy McInnis has. Old Bill Bailey takes to the loss for the Bengals, who play without Ty Cobb. Ty, suffering from a sore shoulder, missed the train back from New York where, according to the Tiger players, he had gone to enlist.

20th  Cleveland president James Dunn wires AL headquarters “We will play a double-header with Washington tomorrow and then close the ball park for the balance of the season. It is our desire to comply with Secretary Baker’s ruling on baseball.” Dunn’s wire is in answer to Ban Johnson’s telegram asking if the owners wanted to comply at once.

The visiting Dodgers beat the Cubs for the third game in a row, topping the Bruins, 6–4. Chicago scores first when Fred Merkle clips Rube Marquard for a 3-run homer, but with the game knotted in the 9th, Hy Myers clouts a two-run homer off a tired Claude Hendrix. Larry Cheney wins in relief.

In Washington, Walter Johnson goes the distance in beating the White Sox, 6–1. The Nationals score four runs in the 4th off Frank Shellenback, who takes the loss.

At Philadelphia, the A’s take the opener with Cleveland, 10–4, then forfeits the nitecap when the crowd surges on the field. Cleveland is leading 9–1 in the 9th when fans surged onto the field and stood along the foul lines. The AL indefinitely suspends Bill Wambsganss and Steve O’Neill for their altercations on the 15th in New York.

The visiting Boston Braves beat the Reds, 8–3. Rookie Jesse Haines makes his lone appearance for the Reds, allowing a run in 5 innings, but he’ll return to the Western League. Haines will resurface in the majors with the Cardinals in 1920, eventually making the Hall of fame.

21st  A’s rookie Mule Watson toils 11 innings and gives up 12 hits before losing to the Indians, 3–2. Undaunted, the aptly named Mule pitches the nitecap, scattering 10 hits in 8 innings before the game is declared a 5–5 tie so the Indians can catch a train.

At Braves Field, a crowd of 15,000 watch a doubleheader in which the Boston Base sailors defeat the Marine Corp of the Boston Navy Yard, 4–1. In the nitecap at the Wigwam, Camp Bevens wallops Fort Andrews, 15–4, driving starter Frank Fahey, briefly with the A’s, from the mound.

August Herrmann, Reds president and chairman of the national baseball commission, announces the cancellation of a pair of games in Chicago tomorrow. Herrmann says they are makeup games and that the Reds will be traveling East to play their regularly scheduled games.

22nd With today’s game possibly the last of the season, 10,000 fans show up at Fenway in 98 degree heat. The Red Sox win their 2nd doubleheader shutout in 5 days, this time over the Tigers. Joe Bush wins the opener, 1–0, scoring the winning run himself in the 8th. and Carl Mays takes the nitecap 3–0. Ruth goes 0-for-7 in the two games.

The Giants purchase pitcher Fred Toney from the Reds.

Following a Ban Johnson telegram about canceling the season, the confusion results in AL umpires heading home leaving the Browns at New York game without umps. Two umps are needed and the New York Times reports, “It was like Old Home Week for it brought out such oldtimers as Mike Donlin, Bill Bierhalter and Pat O’Connor, the latter catching for the Yankees after all the regulars were used up.” Browns trainer Bierhalter, a minor league ump for 20 years, is pressed into service behind the plate. Donlin is pried out of the press box and put at 2B to ump. O’Connor enters the game as a catcher in the 10th inning and his arm is not tested in the 15-inning 4-4 tie, called by Bierhalter on account of darkness. The Yanks prize lefty Hank Thormahlen, who had won 7 straight earlier in the year, makes his first start is 6 weeks. He was out with ptomaine poisoning and a knee injury, according to the Times.

In the war-shortened PCL championship, the Los Angeles Angels top Vernon, 4-2, to win the series, five games to two.

Scott Perry of the A’s allows one hit to the Phillies in a 1-0 victory in an exhibition charity game. The proceeds are the benefit the family of the late sports writer W.Y. Weart.

25th  Walter Johnson gives up one hit (a triple by George Sisler) in the first 11 innings of a 15-inning, 4-hit 1–0 win over the Browns.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat the Cardinals twice by 3–2 scores. Pol Perritt and Causey are the winners as the 2nd place Giants pick up a half game on the Cubs. Chicago leads the NL by 3 games.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves winning 4–2 in 13 innings, and 5–0. In the opener, Lee McGee’s grounder takes a bad bounce and breaks SS Johnny Rawlings nose, and Edd Roush follows with a home run over Jimmy Canavan’s head in left. Both starters finish as Hod Eller wins over Pat Ragan. Pete Schneider is the shutout winner in the 2nd game. In 1920, Lee Magee will admit in court that he and Hal Chase bet on Boston to win the first game today, and he aided the bet with 2 errors and one base-running gaffe in the game.

In the first of two at Brooklyn, Burleigh Grimes allows one hit, a single by Billy Southworth, as the Robins top the Pirates, 10-0. Brooklyn completes the sweep with a 6-2 victory in game 2. Winning pitcher Jack Coombs contributes an RBI triple and score in the 6-run 6th.

26th  That’s spelled Steal. Giants pitcher Bob Steele tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Cardinals to win 8-0. In the 6-run 7th, Steele steals home. The Giants are now 2 games in back of the Cubs, losers today to the Phils.

27th  Brooklyn takes the first of two games against last-place St. Louis, winning 2–0, behind the 6-hit pitching of Dick Robertson. Mickey Doolin leads the Superbas with 3 hits and a stolen base. The nitecap is another story: Brooklyn starts rookie righthander Harry Heitmann, the IL Iron man, who pitched two doubleheaders at Rochester. Heitmann is stationed in Brooklyn by the Navy. The young sailor is swamped with two triples and two singles in the first 5 batters and is relieved by Burleigh Grimes. It’s Heitmann’s first and last ML appearance, leaving him with a career ERA of 108.00. (The Sporting News shows Heitmann with 1/3 IP, while the NY Times and NY Telegram list him as retiring no batters) St. Louis tallies 26 hits in racking up a 22–7 slugfest win. Bob Fisher, Gene Paulette, Hornsby and McHenry each score 4 runs. Fisher collects a triple and homer, while George Anderson has a double and two triples to go along with his single. Winning pitcher Bill Sherdel only lasts to the 5th, but has a sacrifice fly and hits a 2-run homer over RF Jack Coombs’ head. In the 7th, Coombs relieves losing pitcher Burleigh Grimes and in 3 innings allows 12 hits and 10 runs. Four players collect 4 hits and 4 players each score 4 runs.

At Braves Field, Hippo Vaughn holds the Braves to 4 singles, while his Chicago teammates tally 11 hits to beat Boston, 7–1. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the first, an errant throw by 3B Red Smith opens the door for 4 Chicago runs. The Cubs score all their runs in the first 4 frames off Dick Rudolph.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates take the first game in the series with the Giants, 8–4. The Bucs score 5 in the 7th after Larry Doyle fumbles a ball which should have been the 3rd out. Frank “Bullet” Miller is the winner over Bill Demaree.

Detroit’s Bill James, pitching his last game before joining the Army, loses to the A’s, 5–3. James is ordered to report to his Ann Arbor draft board tomorrow. John Watson picks up the win for Philadelphia.

Cincinnati wins two from the Phillies, 14–5 and 3–0. Matty’s men rack up 20 hits in the opener and steal 8 bases, including 4 in the first inning. Greasy Neale had 3 stolen bases, while Sherry Magee had 4 hits and 2 steals. Sherry had another 3 hits in the nitecap to back Mike Regan’s 4-hit shutout. The Reds rack up 4 triples in game 1.

In two Steel League tilts, Eddie Plank outduels Dutch Leonard to win, 1-0, in Steelton, Pa. In Philadelphia, Bethlehem wins over Lebanon, 1-0, behind the pitching of Jeff Tesreau. Former Yank hurler Jeff Buckles buckles in the 8th.

28th In a matched billed as the first major league game ever played in Montreal—though an exhibition—the Boston Braves edge the Cubs, 3–2, before a packed crowd at Atwater Park. To the delight of the fans, Cubs twirler Roy Walker walks Red Smith, a former Royal, with the bases loaded in the 9th, then passes Bull Henry to force home the winner. The teams chipped in to pay the umpires’ train fare from Boston, where the teams played yesterday and will play tomorrow.

Reb Russell is in fine form, shutting out the Red Sox, 8–0, and beating Carl Mays, handing the submariner his 2nd loss in the series. Eddie Collins has two hits and 3 stolen bases to help the White Sox 10-hit attack, while Russell slams 2 doubles. His 2nd, misplayed by Ruth, drives in 3 runs in the 6th. The Babe recovers to throw out Rebel trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Former Cub Wilbur Good, just signed, started in CF for the White Sox.

Sisler’s triple and score on a wild throw by 2B Hank Shanks proves to be the decisive run as the Browns top the Washington Nationals, 4–3. Rasty Wright, with relief from Byron Houck, earns the win over Hick Hovlik.

In an exhibition game in Connecticut, the Bridgeports top the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2–1, in 10 innings. Carmen Hill takes the loss for the Bucs, while Ferguson is the winner.

29th Back in the rotation, Babe Ruth tops the Browns, 3–2, for the first place Red Sox, allowing just 4 hits. Ruth has a triple and one RBI at the plate.

30th After a meeting with Giants executives, NL president John Tener says he is not in favor of playing the World Series this year, but will abide by the majority views of the owners when they meet on Saturday. Tener feels that with the shortened season, there is a lack of interest from the fans.

Led by Burt Shotton’s hitting, Washington scores 3 runs in the 9th off Ed Cicotte and tops the White Sox, 3–0. Jim Shaw allows just 3 hits to win.

Paced by Babe Ruth and Amos Strunk, each with 3 hits, the Red Sox light up 5 Brownie pitchers to beat St. Louis, 14–5. Sam Jones is the winner.

31st The Yankees and Detroit split a pair, New York winning the opener 5–3 and Detroit, behind Cobb’s double and triple, take the nitecap, 6–2. Cobb, leading the AL in hitting, is 5-for-7 today.

At Brooklyn, Zach Wheat has five hits to lead the Robins to a sweep of the Cardinals, 2–1 and 7–2. Wheat has now hit in 19 straight games.

Washington is a 3–2 winner over the White Sox as Walter Johnson strikes out 11 in recording the win over Frank Shellenback. Johnson is 2-for-3 with a triple.

Bullet Joe Bush stops the host Browns, 8–4. He also helps the Boston offense going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

June 1918

1st  Losing 5–3 against the Yankees, the White Sox load the bases in the 8th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to 3B Frank Baker, who turns it into a triple play. Yankees win, 6–3.

2nd At Washington, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby and Walter Johnson square off, and both are there 11 innings later when Cleveland pushes over a 2-out score to win, 1–0.

3rd  Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating the Tigers’ all right-handed lineup in Detroit 5–0, and allowing just a first-inning walk. Babe Ruth, playing CF for the first time in his career, slugs a first-inning HR, his 2nd in 2 days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the 9th and fouls out.

Washington scores in the top of the 9th to beat Cleveland, 3-2, with the win going to Walter Johnson in relief. Eddie Foster is 0-for-4 against Coveleski to stop his 21-game hitting streak.

The A’s Vean Gregg fires a one-hitter to beat the Browns, 2-1. Catcher Les Nunamaker has the only safety, a single.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals outslug the Dodgers, 15–12, in 10 innings. But the Dodgers play the game under protest after a 6thinning run by Doug Baird is allowed by umpire Cy Rigler. the baserunner Baird passes 3B, reverses himself to head for 2B, reverses again and scores by cutting across the diamond. The NL will uphold the protest, erasing today’s game and Zach Wheat’s 0-for-5 at the plate. This, plus the Reds’ protested game of April 29, will give Wheat the batting title over Edd Roush .335 to .333. This is the latest game in which the results of a completed game are thrown out.

4th Washington’s Jim Shaw wins his own game, 3–1, with a bases-loaded triple in the 5th against Cleveland. However, Shaw injures his leg sliding into 3B on the hit and reliever Doc Ayres finishes up for him.

For the second day in a row, umpire Cy Rigler figures into the scoring of the Cardinals-Robins game at Ebbets Field. With the score locked at one apiece at the end of 12 innings, St. Louis plates 7 runs in the 13th to win, 8-1. Marty Kavanagh’s bases-loaded line drive down the third base line is ruled fair by Rigler, but the Brooklyn players make no attempt to run it down, contending it was foul. Kavanagh ends up with a grand slam. Dozens of irate fans storm the field to get at Rigler, who is surrounded by players protecting him. Kavanagh’s last homer, hit for Cleveland in 1916, was also a controversial grand slam. It was a ground ball over third base that rolled under a screen in left field. Kavanagh, just purchased from Cleveland, will play in just eight games for the Cards before being sold to the Tigers in August.

5th  The Giants score 3 in the 9th to beat Pittsburgh, 4–3, and move into first place. With Wilbur Cooper on the mound, Jim Thorpe caps the scoring with a game-ending steal of home. It is the second walkoff steal of home in two weeks (as noted by Jan Larson).

Babe Ruth homers in his 4th straight game, tying the record set by Bill Bradley in 1902, but the Babe’s Red Sox lose to the Indians in 10 innings, 5-4. Tired starter Bullet Joe Bush takes the loss. (as noted by Tom Ruane) It was initially reported that Ruth had topped the record set by Yankee’s pitcher Ray Caldwell in 1916 when he homered in three straight games.

6th In Brooklyn, the ever-popular Casey Stengel, now a Pirate after being traded by Brooklyn in January, is good-naturedly applauded when he comes to bat in the 7th inning. He calls time, doffs his cap in response, and to everyone’s delight releases an “irate but much relieved” sparrow he had hidden there. Brooklyn wins, 1–0, when Hy Myers scores from 3rd on double steal. This famous anecdote has been reported in some books as having occurred on May 25, 1919.

The Red Sox top the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings, with the Babe in LF going hitless and ending his streak of a homer in each of the last 4 games. Jones is the CG winner over reliever Jim Bagby.

Washington coach Nick Altrock, who last won a game in 1909, picks up a 3-2 victory against the Tigers, going 7 1/3 innings. The game is called after 8 innings. The 42-year-old Altrock will go 1-2 this year in three appearances.

7th The Indians club six Red Sox pitchers for 13 hits in a 14–7 win. Left fielder Babe Ruth, with a single and triple at bat, comes in to pitch the 7th and walks his only two batters. The two come around to score the tying and winning run, handing Ruth (4–5) his 5th loss of the year. The Indians also swipe 7 bases, including a triple steal in the 7th inning led by Braggo Roth, the second one he’s led. The battery is Vincent Molyneaux and Wally Schang. According to historian Trent McCotter, this is the 11th straight game that Ruth has pitched in where he’s gotten a hit; no pitcher will match that the rest of the century.

9th Washington’s Walter Johnson allows one hit—a single by Oscar Vitt—in beating the Tigers, 2–0.

10th The Braves Rudolph fires the 2nd one-hitter in two days, beating Rube Bressler and the visiting Reds, 3–0. Hal Chase has the lone hit.

11th The franchise owners in the Southern League vote to suspend operations on June 28. Transportation difficulties, increasing rail rates, and lack of interest in some cities are the reasons cited. In 9 days the 6-team Texas League will vote not to add New Orleans and Beaumont for the remainder of the year. The stumbling block is New Orleans, which wanted the right to pull out for next year in case the Southern League reorganizes.

Lefty Tyler allows 2 hits but the Giants win, 1–0, on a fluke homer in the 1st inning by George Burns. He hits a line single to Max Flack who falls down and the ball skips by for an inside-the-park homer. The Cubs 9-game win streak ends.

The Pirates Roy Sanders and Boston’s Bunny Hearn battle for 16 innings before the Bucs win, 3–2, on a bases-loaded squeeze play. Sanders allows one hit over the last 8 innings.

12th The Cubs play turnabout, beating the Giants, 1–0. The other NL game is Boston beating the Pirates, 1–0, behind Fillingam’s 3-hitter. It is Boston’s third 1-0 win in four games.

13th The Phils and Cardinals go 19 innings ending in an 8–8 tie. The Phils blow a 6-run lead with St. Louis tying at 8–8 in the 7th. Hornsby has 4 errors in 21 chances, while Cliff Heathcote hits for the cycle, though it takes him 9 at bats.

A day after his Browns blow a 4-0 lead in the 9th and lose to the Senators, 6-4, manager Fielder Jones abruptly leaves the team. Shortstop Jimmy Austin will skipper the team for 16 games before Jimmy Burke is brought aboard.

15th Cubs’ base runner Charlie Deal races home from 3rd with the go-ahead run when Dodger pitcher Jack Coombs drops the ball while winding up. The balls rolls towards 2B and Deal scores. The Cubs go on to win, 6–1.

Batting cleanup and playing left field, Babe Ruth clubs a three-run homer in the 7th, his 8th roundtripper of the year. He drives home another run in the 9th to lead the visiting Red Sox to an 8–4 win over the Browns.

16th In a Sunday game in St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox, 2–1, as Ruth goes 0-for-1, receiving intentional passes his last three times up. The Browns will lose to the Red Sox tomorrow, 8–0, but St. Louis pitchers will hand two more intentional walks to the Babe in his first two at-bats—a total of five in a row.

17th  The National Commission rules that P Scott Perry, who has been winning games for the Athletics, belongs to the Boston Braves. Although purchased by the Braves from Atlanta in 1917, the deal was not completed. While on Atlanta’s ineligible list, he was sold to Connie Mack. Aroused by Perry’s AL success, the Braves enter their proper claim. Mack breaks precedent, goes outside organized baseball to civil court, and gets an injunction against Boston. The NL, having sat still for the loss of George Sisler, is furious. The clubs’ anger at player-allocation decisions will ultimately topple the National Commission, making way for Judge K.M. Landis.

The Detroit-New York game ends in a 5–5 tie, called after 8 innings in Detroit because the Yankees have to catch a train to Cleveland.

18th  Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper allows just one hit against the Phils, but loses 1–0 on a wild pitch and an error. Milt Stock’s 1stinning double turns into a run after an error and wild pitch. Brad Hogg is the winner.

Benny Kauff plates a pair of runs in his last home game before going into the army as the Giants win, 7–1, over Matty’s Reds. Pol Perritt (9-1) is the winner.

19th  The Yankees purchase OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves, but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Brownie pitcher John Robinson, who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.

20th  In Chicago, the White Sox play the Indians with the receipts going to build a recreation house for the benefit of soldiers and sailors. A baseball autographed by evangelist Billy Sunday, a former center fielder for the Chicago White Stockings, sells for $50. An autographed ball signed by President Wilson goes for $5,650 while o0ne signed by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson goes for $1,450. The Sox push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4.

The Red Sox and A’s trade shutouts, with Boston losing the opener, 2-0 before winning, 3-0. Tilly Walker does the most damage, hitting a 2-run HR in game one that lands on Landsdowne Avenue. It is the 4th time he has homered over the LF wall at Fenway, having hit one off Keating, Gregg and Leonard previously). Walker also knocks Dutch Leonard out of the second game when he hits a line drive off the pitcher’s hand in the 6th. Vince Molyneaux finishes up for his only career win, while Scott Perry absorbs his 7th straight loss.

Dutch Leonard will jump the Sox to take a job at the Fore River Ship Yard in Quincy, Mass., and pitch for the team there. The move will interrupt Leonard’s streak of reaching double figure in wins every year, but prompt the Sox to trade him at the end of the year. Big Jeff Tesreau says he has jumped the Giants to take a job with a steel company and pitch in the Steel league. He knows his days are numbered and he wants to learn the steel business.

21st The Cards score 8 runs in the opening inning versus the Reds to coast to a 12–6 win. The highlight in the big inning is Jeff Heathcote with a home run and double. Mike Gonzalez has 5 hits, including a homer.

Boston’s Carl Mays pitches his 2nd one-hitter against the A’s this year, beating Philadelphia, 13–0. This time it is Jake Munch who has the lone single, a scratch hit in front of the plate that Mays fields rather than C Wally Schang.

Walter Johnson wins his 12th straight, though it takes him 13 innings to do it, as he beats New York, 3-2. Clyde Milan, whose muff in the 9th with 2 outs allowed the tying run to score, drives in the game winner with a single.

22nd   Behind the pitching of Hippo Vaughn, the Cubs beat the Pirates, 5–2. For Hippo, it is his 11th straight win over the Bucs, going back to July 4, 1916.

The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 2-1 in 10 innings and 6-3 in regulation. Urban Shocker is the game 1 loser in his last start before going into the service. He will return in 1919.

23rd  St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 4-1 and 4-2. George Sisler contributes with four stolen bases, to set a Browns single-game record. Only one Brownie will match it and that will be Sisler in four years.

At Los Angeles, Oakland (PCL) pitcher Buzz Arlett pitches both halves of a doubleheader. He wins the first game, 1–0, allowing four hits, but loses the second game, 3–2, giving up 9 hits. Both games are regulation. He’ll win on July 3, 2–0, hitting a 2-run homer. Arlett will go on to set the career minor-league homerun record of 432 (since topped).

24th Sam Rice, playing CF, has 2 hits to help the Senators beat the Athletics, 2–1. Rice, playing a few games while on furlough from the Army, returns to duty at Ft. Terry, NY after the game. The future Hall of Famer will collect 8 hits in 23 at bats (.348) this season. He is one of the few, if possibly the only major leaguer, to serve in both the Army and the Navy.

George Mogridge scatters 3 hits in subduing the Red Sox, 3-2, in New York. Wally Pipp’s 9th inning drive into the upper tier at the Polo Grounds (called Brush Stadium in the New York Timesaccount) becomes a 2-run walkoff double for the Yankees, now a game in back of Boston.

In a 7-2 win at Cincinnati, the Pirates load the bases with one out. Pete Schneider (2-10), pitching for the Reds, throws a wild pitch, allowing one run to score, but the bat boy touches the ball and it is ruled dead. When the ball is returned to the mound, Pirate SS Howdy Caton, who had started on 2B, tried to score from 3B, and is safe after he crashes into the catcher, Nick Allen, knocking the ball loose (and himself out for a few minutes.) Howdy scores 3 runs and has 3 hits in the game (as noted by Retrosheet).

25th Babe Ruth pounds out his 9th homer of the year, off Allen Russell, as the Red Sox and Sam Jones beat the Yankees, 7–3. It is the Babe’s 3rd of the season into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds and his third homer in three games against New York. Hitting a homer in three straight games against New York is a Bosox record that will be beaten by Ted Williams in 1940. The Yanks will win the next two games to retake first place from Boston.

No mercy rule as the Cubs roll over the Cardinals, 14–0. The Cubs pile on in the 4th inning when they pull off a triple steal against the battery of Sherdel and Gonzales. Three ex-American Leaguers, Charley Deal, Zeider and Killifer, do the wholesale thievery. After Lefty Tyler walks to reload the bases, Max Flack clears them with a grand slam.

26th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 3–1, as Babe Ruth scores the only Sox run following a double. Babe injures his wrist sliding into second base and will repeat the injury tomorrow on the same play. Slim Love wins on a 4-hitter.

The Senators edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2. And now we know why Frank Shulte is called Wildfire as Jimmy Austin of the Browns nabs him with a successful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

27th The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against the Yankees and still lose, 7–5. New York takes over first place.

28th Lanky Harry Harper allows one hit—a home run by Babe Ruth—in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Harper was in danger of losing the game until the Senators score a pair in the 8th off Bader.

29th At Detroit, the Indians score 10 runs in the 8th to turn a close game into a rout, winning 13-4.

The A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. The victory snaps Perry’s 9-game losing streak.

Lawyers and judges will square off in a game at Cubs Park to raise money for ‘smokes for soldiers.’ The judges will be clad in Sox uniforms and the lawyers will play in Cubs garb. The match will be umped by Ring Lardner and Jimmy Ryan and will be announced by Bob Figg. Other features include autographed balls by President Wilson to be auctioned off by Judge Cermak, as well as a grenade-throwing contest between the two teams. The grenades are duds.

30th  In the 10th inning in Washington, Babe Ruth, playing CF, hits his 11th HR to beat Walter Johnson, 3–1, and boost the Red Sox back into first place. Ruth also cracked a HR off Johnson on May 7, the only home runs the Washington ace gives up between September 1917 and May 1920. Carl Mays is the winner, striking out 6, while Johnson K’s one. Ruth will hit no more homers this year, but his 11—in just 95 games—will be good enough to share the ML lead with the A’s Tilly Walker. Four Sox teammates will tie for second on the team with one apiece.

The Reds slow the Cubs’ pennant drive in Cincinnati by taking the first game of a doubleheader, 7–0, behind Jimmy Ring. Cincy gets all the runs it needs when Cubs starter Claude Hendrix walks four of the first 5 batters. The nitecap ends in a 7–7 tie, called at 7 o’clock by prior agreement to allow the Cubs to catch a train for St. Louis.

Detroit takes a pair from Cleveland, winning 10–2 and 2–0. Ty Cobb is 7-for-9 in the two games. Tris Speaker helps the Bengals in game one with 3 errors.

In Washington, Ty Cobb’s brother starts a 4-run 9th inning rally as the Quantico Marines beat Army Operations, 6–5, at Georgetown Field.

Pittsburgh pitcher Bob Steele allows just one hit against his former teammates, but his wild throw in the 4th inning accounts for two runs, and the Cardinals win, 2–1. Red Ames is the victor while Jeff Heathcote’s double is the only St. Louis hit. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5–4, scoring the winning run on a triple by Buster Caton and double by Carson Bigbee in the 11th inning. Starter Wilber Cooper goes all the way for the victory.

In London, Red Cross workers complete work on 800 baseball uniforms to be sent to American camps around Great Britain. The uniforms are completed in time for July 4th games.

June 1918

1st  Losing 5–3 against the Yankees, the White Sox load the bases in the 8th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to 3B Frank Baker, who turns it into a triple play. Yankees win, 6–3.

2nd At Washington, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby and Walter Johnson square off, and both are there 11 innings later when Cleveland pushes over a 2-out score to win, 1–0.

3rd  Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating the Tigers’ all right-handed lineup in Detroit 5–0, and allowing just a first-inning walk. Babe Ruth, playing CF for the first time in his career, slugs a first-inning HR, his 2nd in 2 days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the 9th and fouls out.

Washington scores in the top of the 9th to beat Cleveland, 3-2, with the win going to Walter Johnson in relief. Eddie Foster is 0-for-4 against Coveleski to stop his 21-game hitting streak.

The A’s Vean Gregg fires a one-hitter to beat the Browns, 2-1. Catcher Les Nunamaker has the only safety, a single.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals outslug the Dodgers, 15–12, in 10 innings. But the Dodgers play the game under protest after a 6thinning run by Doug Baird is allowed by umpire Cy Rigler. the baserunner Baird passes 3B, reverses himself to head for 2B, reverses again and scores by cutting across the diamond. The NL will uphold the protest, erasing today’s game and Zach Wheat’s 0-for-5 at the plate. This, plus the Reds’ protested game of April 29, will give Wheat the batting title over Edd Roush .335 to .333. This is the latest game in which the results of a completed game are thrown out.

4th Washington’s Jim Shaw wins his own game, 3–1, with a bases-loaded triple in the 5th against Cleveland. However, Shaw injures his leg sliding into 3B on the hit and reliever Doc Ayres finishes up for him.

For the second day in a row, umpire Cy Rigler figures into the scoring of the Cardinals-Robins game at Ebbets Field. With the score locked at one apiece at the end of 12 innings, St. Louis plates 7 runs in the 13th to win, 8-1. Marty Kavanagh’s bases-loaded line drive down the third base line is ruled fair by Rigler, but the Brooklyn players make no attempt to run it down, contending it was foul. Kavanagh ends up with a grand slam. Dozens of irate fans storm the field to get at Rigler, who is surrounded by players protecting him. Kavanagh’s last homer, hit for Cleveland in 1916, was also a controversial grand slam. It was a ground ball over third base that rolled under a screen in left field. Kavanagh, just purchased from Cleveland, will play in just eight games for the Cards before being sold to the Tigers in August.

5th  The Giants score 3 in the 9th to beat Pittsburgh, 4–3, and move into first place. With Wilbur Cooper on the mound, Jim Thorpe caps the scoring with a game-ending steal of home. It is the second walkoff steal of home in two weeks (as noted by Jan Larson).

Babe Ruth homers in his 4th straight game, tying the record set by Bill Bradley in 1902, but the Babe’s Red Sox lose to the Indians in 10 innings, 5-4. Tired starter Bullet Joe Bush takes the loss. (as noted by Tom Ruane) It was initially reported that Ruth had topped the record set by Yankee’s pitcher Ray Caldwell in 1916 when he homered in three straight games.

6th In Brooklyn, the ever-popular Casey Stengel, now a Pirate after being traded by Brooklyn in January, is good-naturedly applauded when he comes to bat in the 7th inning. He calls time, doffs his cap in response, and to everyone’s delight releases an “irate but much relieved” sparrow he had hidden there. Brooklyn wins, 1–0, when Hy Myers scores from 3rd on double steal. This famous anecdote has been reported in some books as having occurred on May 25, 1919.

The Red Sox top the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings, with the Babe in LF going hitless and ending his streak of a homer in each of the last 4 games. Jones is the CG winner over reliever Jim Bagby.

Washington coach Nick Altrock, who last won a game in 1909, picks up a 3-2 victory against the Tigers, going 7 1/3 innings. The game is called after 8 innings. The 42-year-old Altrock will go 1-2 this year in three appearances.

7th The Indians club six Red Sox pitchers for 13 hits in a 14–7 win. Left fielder Babe Ruth, with a single and triple at bat, comes in to pitch the 7th and walks his only two batters. The two come around to score the tying and winning run, handing Ruth (4–5) his 5th loss of the year. The Indians also swipe 7 bases, including a triple steal in the 7th inning led by Braggo Roth, the second one he’s led. The battery is Vincent Molyneaux and Wally Schang. According to historian Trent McCotter, this is the 11th straight game that Ruth has pitched in where he’s gotten a hit; no pitcher will match that the rest of the century.

9th Washington’s Walter Johnson allows one hit—a single by Oscar Vitt—in beating the Tigers, 2–0.

10th The Braves Rudolph fires the 2nd one-hitter in two days, beating Rube Bressler and the visiting Reds, 3–0. Hal Chase has the lone hit.

11th The franchise owners in the Southern League vote to suspend operations on June 28. Transportation difficulties, increasing rail rates, and lack of interest in some cities are the reasons cited. In 9 days the 6-team Texas League will vote not to add New Orleans and Beaumont for the remainder of the year. The stumbling block is New Orleans, which wanted the right to pull out for next year in case the Southern League reorganizes.

Lefty Tyler allows 2 hits but the Giants win, 1–0, on a fluke homer in the 1st inning by George Burns. He hits a line single to Max Flack who falls down and the ball skips by for an inside-the-park homer. The Cubs 9-game win streak ends.

The Pirates Roy Sanders and Boston’s Bunny Hearn battle for 16 innings before the Bucs win, 3–2, on a bases-loaded squeeze play. Sanders allows one hit over the last 8 innings.

12th The Cubs play turnabout, beating the Giants, 1–0. The other NL game is Boston beating the Pirates, 1–0, behind Fillingam’s 3-hitter. It is Boston’s third 1-0 win in four games.

13th The Phils and Cardinals go 19 innings ending in an 8–8 tie. The Phils blow a 6-run lead with St. Louis tying at 8–8 in the 7th. Hornsby has 4 errors in 21 chances, while Cliff Heathcote hits for the cycle, though it takes him 9 at bats.

A day after his Browns blow a 4-0 lead in the 9th and lose to the Senators, 6-4, manager Fielder Jones abruptly leaves the team. Shortstop Jimmy Austin will skipper the team for 16 games before Jimmy Burke is brought aboard.

15th Cubs’ base runner Charlie Deal races home from 3rd with the go-ahead run when Dodger pitcher Jack Coombs drops the ball while winding up. The balls rolls towards 2B and Deal scores. The Cubs go on to win, 6–1.

Batting cleanup and playing left field, Babe Ruth clubs a three-run homer in the 7th, his 8th roundtripper of the year. He drives home another run in the 9th to lead the visiting Red Sox to an 8–4 win over the Browns.

16th In a Sunday game in St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox, 2–1, as Ruth goes 0-for-1, receiving intentional passes his last three times up. The Browns will lose to the Red Sox tomorrow, 8–0, but St. Louis pitchers will hand two more intentional walks to the Babe in his first two at-bats—a total of five in a row.

17th  The National Commission rules that P Scott Perry, who has been winning games for the Athletics, belongs to the Boston Braves. Although purchased by the Braves from Atlanta in 1917, the deal was not completed. While on Atlanta’s ineligible list, he was sold to Connie Mack. Aroused by Perry’s AL success, the Braves enter their proper claim. Mack breaks precedent, goes outside organized baseball to civil court, and gets an injunction against Boston. The NL, having sat still for the loss of George Sisler, is furious. The clubs’ anger at player-allocation decisions will ultimately topple the National Commission, making way for Judge K.M. Landis.

The Detroit-New York game ends in a 5–5 tie, called after 8 innings in Detroit because the Yankees have to catch a train to Cleveland.

18th  Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper allows just one hit against the Phils, but loses 1–0 on a wild pitch and an error. Milt Stock’s 1stinning double turns into a run after an error and wild pitch. Brad Hogg is the winner.

Benny Kauff plates a pair of runs in his last home game before going into the army as the Giants win, 7–1, over Matty’s Reds. Pol Perritt (9-1) is the winner.

19th  The Yankees purchase OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves, but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Brownie pitcher John Robinson, who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.

20th  In Chicago, the White Sox play the Indians with the receipts going to build a recreation house for the benefit of soldiers and sailors. A baseball autographed by evangelist Billy Sunday, a former center fielder for the Chicago White Stockings, sells for $50. An autographed ball signed by President Wilson goes for $5,650 while o0ne signed by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson goes for $1,450. The Sox push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4.

The Red Sox and A’s trade shutouts, with Boston losing the opener, 2-0 before winning, 3-0. Tilly Walker does the most damage, hitting a 2-run HR in game one that lands on Landsdowne Avenue. It is the 4th time he has homered over the LF wall at Fenway, having hit one off Keating, Gregg and Leonard previously). Walker also knocks Dutch Leonard out of the second game when he hits a line drive off the pitcher’s hand in the 6th. Vince Molyneaux finishes up for his only career win, while Scott Perry absorbs his 7th straight loss.

Dutch Leonard will jump the Sox to take a job at the Fore River Ship Yard in Quincy, Mass., and pitch for the team there. The move will interrupt Leonard’s streak of reaching double figure in wins every year, but prompt the Sox to trade him at the end of the year. Big Jeff Tesreau says he has jumped the Giants to take a job with a steel company and pitch in the Steel league. He knows his days are numbered and he wants to learn the steel business.

21st The Cards score 8 runs in the opening inning versus the Reds to coast to a 12–6 win. The highlight in the big inning is Jeff Heathcote with a home run and double. Mike Gonzalez has 5 hits, including a homer.

Boston’s Carl Mays pitches his 2nd one-hitter against the A’s this year, beating Philadelphia, 13–0. This time it is Jake Munch who has the lone single, a scratch hit in front of the plate that Mays fields rather than C Wally Schang.

Walter Johnson wins his 12th straight, though it takes him 13 innings to do it, as he beats New York, 3-2. Clyde Milan, whose muff in the 9th with 2 outs allowed the tying run to score, drives in the game winner with a single.

22nd   Behind the pitching of Hippo Vaughn, the Cubs beat the Pirates, 5–2. For Hippo, it is his 11th straight win over the Bucs, going back to July 4, 1916.

The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 2-1 in 10 innings and 6-3 in regulation. Urban Shocker is the game 1 loser in his last start before going into the service. He will return in 1919.

23rd  St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 4-1 and 4-2. George Sisler contributes with four stolen bases, to set a Browns single-game record. Only one Brownie will match it and that will be Sisler in four years.

At Los Angeles, Oakland (PCL) pitcher Buzz Arlett pitches both halves of a doubleheader. He wins the first game, 1–0, allowing four hits, but loses the second game, 3–2, giving up 9 hits. Both games are regulation. He’ll win on July 3, 2–0, hitting a 2-run homer. Arlett will go on to set the career minor-league homerun record of 432 (since topped).

24th Sam Rice, playing CF, has 2 hits to help the Senators beat the Athletics, 2–1. Rice, playing a few games while on furlough from the Army, returns to duty at Ft. Terry, NY after the game. The future Hall of Famer will collect 8 hits in 23 at bats (.348) this season. He is one of the few, if possibly the only major leaguer, to serve in both the Army and the Navy.

George Mogridge scatters 3 hits in subduing the Red Sox, 3-2, in New York. Wally Pipp’s 9th inning drive into the upper tier at the Polo Grounds (called Brush Stadium in the New York Timesaccount) becomes a 2-run walkoff double for the Yankees, now a game in back of Boston.

In a 7-2 win at Cincinnati, the Pirates load the bases with one out. Pete Schneider (2-10), pitching for the Reds, throws a wild pitch, allowing one run to score, but the bat boy touches the ball and it is ruled dead. When the ball is returned to the mound, Pirate SS Howdy Caton, who had started on 2B, tried to score from 3B, and is safe after he crashes into the catcher, Nick Allen, knocking the ball loose (and himself out for a few minutes.) Howdy scores 3 runs and has 3 hits in the game (as noted by Retrosheet).

25th Babe Ruth pounds out his 9th homer of the year, off Allen Russell, as the Red Sox and Sam Jones beat the Yankees, 7–3. It is the Babe’s 3rd of the season into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds and his third homer in three games against New York. Hitting a homer in three straight games against New York is a Bosox record that will be beaten by Ted Williams in 1940. The Yanks will win the next two games to retake first place from Boston.

No mercy rule as the Cubs roll over the Cardinals, 14–0. The Cubs pile on in the 4th inning when they pull off a triple steal against the battery of Sherdel and Gonzales. Three ex-American Leaguers, Charley Deal, Zeider and Killifer, do the wholesale thievery. After Lefty Tyler walks to reload the bases, Max Flack clears them with a grand slam.

26th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 3–1, as Babe Ruth scores the only Sox run following a double. Babe injures his wrist sliding into second base and will repeat the injury tomorrow on the same play. Slim Love wins on a 4-hitter.

The Senators edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2. And now we know why Frank Shulte is called Wildfire as Jimmy Austin of the Browns nabs him with a successful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

27th The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against the Yankees and still lose, 7–5. New York takes over first place.

28th Lanky Harry Harper allows one hit—a home run by Babe Ruth—in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Harper was in danger of losing the game until the Senators score a pair in the 8th off Bader.

29th At Detroit, the Indians score 10 runs in the 8th to turn a close game into a rout, winning 13-4.

The A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. The victory snaps Perry’s 9-game losing streak.

Lawyers and judges will square off in a game at Cubs Park to raise money for ‘smokes for soldiers.’ The judges will be clad in Sox uniforms and the lawyers will play in Cubs garb. The match will be umped by Ring Lardner and Jimmy Ryan and will be announced by Bob Figg. Other features include autographed balls by President Wilson to be auctioned off by Judge Cermak, as well as a grenade-throwing contest between the two teams. The grenades are duds.

30th  In the 10th inning in Washington, Babe Ruth, playing CF, hits his 11th HR to beat Walter Johnson, 3–1, and boost the Red Sox back into first place. Ruth also cracked a HR off Johnson on May 7, the only home runs the Washington ace gives up between September 1917 and May 1920. Carl Mays is the winner, striking out 6, while Johnson K’s one. Ruth will hit no more homers this year, but his 11—in just 95 games—will be good enough to share the ML lead with the A’s Tilly Walker. Four Sox teammates will tie for second on the team with one apiece.

The Reds slow the Cubs’ pennant drive in Cincinnati by taking the first game of a doubleheader, 7–0, behind Jimmy Ring. Cincy gets all the runs it needs when Cubs starter Claude Hendrix walks four of the first 5 batters. The nitecap ends in a 7–7 tie, called at 7 o’clock by prior agreement to allow the Cubs to catch a train for St. Louis.

Detroit takes a pair from Cleveland, winning 10–2 and 2–0. Ty Cobb is 7-for-9 in the two games. Tris Speaker helps the Bengals in game one with 3 errors.

In Washington, Ty Cobb’s brother starts a 4-run 9th inning rally as the Quantico Marines beat Army Operations, 6–5, at Georgetown Field.

Pittsburgh pitcher Bob Steele allows just one hit against his former teammates, but his wild throw in the 4th inning accounts for two runs, and the Cardinals win, 2–1. Red Ames is the victor while Jeff Heathcote’s double is the only St. Louis hit. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5–4, scoring the winning run on a triple by Buster Caton and double by Carson Bigbee in the 11th inning. Starter Wilber Cooper goes all the way for the victory.

In London, Red Cross workers complete work on 800 baseball uniforms to be sent to American camps around Great Britain. The uniforms are completed in time for July 4th games.

May 1918

1st  In Boston, Walter Johnson tops the Red Sox and Carl Mays 5–0. For the Big Train, it is his first win of the year after three losses. Harry Hooper has 3 of the Sox 4 hits.

3rd  At Navin Field, the White Sox club 3 pitchers for 25 hits in taming the Tigers, 19-3. Reliever Herb Hall is the most generous, giving up 8 runs in 3 innings as Lefty Williams coasts to his 3rdwin. Buck Weaver has 5 hits to pace the Pale Hose.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees lay down a ML record (since tied) of 8 sacrifices, 6 coming on bunts, and nudge Boston 5–4. The bunting by New York takes advantage of Boston lefty Babe Ruth, who is nursing a hangover. Babe makes 2 errors and has 9 assists handling 13 fielding chances. Despite contributing his first homer of the year, plus a double, Ruth loses to Allen Russell. Boston’s 1B Dick Hoblitzell injures his finger, and in the next game Ruth will make his first career start as a position player.

Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, loser of 13 straight games starting on May 10, 1917, breaks his losing streak with a 3-hit, 2–0, win over the Phils. Prendergast takes the loss.

Walter Johnson, in relief of Harry Harper, loses to the A’s Scott Perry, 1–0, in 11 innings. Johnson will appear in 15 extra-inning games this year, nine as a starter and six in relief. He’ll beat every club in extra frames except the A’s.

5th Long-time minor league manager Ned Egan is found dead from a self-inflicted wound in a Chicago Hotel. Egan, signed as Milwaukee’s manager for 1918, had been depressed after suffering a spinal injury while skating this past winter. He was known for winning more minor league pennants than any other manager.

6th  Brooklyn’s Dan Griner has a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th, but gives up a hit to Phillie Gavvy Cravath. He nevertheless wins, 2–0. Griner had a one-hitter in July 1914 which he lost.

At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzell at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose, 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.

7th  Former Dodger Pat Ragan coasts to a 16–0 win over the Dodgers as the Braves pile up 17 hits. John Rawlings is 5–for-5. Ragan fans Jimmy Hickman 4 times. Zack Wheat, a hold out until April 30, makes his first appearance in the Brooklyn lineup.

In Washington, Babe Ruth hits his 3rd homer in three games, a tremendous blast over the RF wall, to account for all of the Red Sox scoring in a 7–2 loss to Walter Johnson. It is the first homer in Griffith Stadium this year, and the 6th ever over the barrier (Eddie Murphy reportedly hit the 1st, which hit the top and bounded over), and earns Babe a big ovation. For Ruth, it is the first of 10 homers he’ll hit off Walter Johnson. Ruth plays first base today for the 2nd game in a row and will be in the outfield for the first time in his career on May 10th. Ruth’s three homers leads the AL with several players at one homer each.

9th  After knocking in the tying run in the 9th with a pinch sac fly, Walter Johnson pitches in relief in the 10th inning and picks up his 3rd win in 9 days against Boston, a 4–3 win for Washington. The only Red Sox safety in the 10th is a double by losing pitcher, starter Babe Ruth, who then gets thrown out trying to steal 3B. Ruth allows 11 hits while striking out one: batting cleanup, Ruth goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and a triple, and has a ten-game hit streak. He’s hitting .500. His three doubles ties the ML mark by a pitcher.

10th  Pittsburgh’s lefty Earl Hamilton is 6–0 with an 0.83 ERA after beating the Giants, 4–2. He then enlists in the Navy. Hamilton was acquired before the season after going 0-9 for the Browns last season.

The Red Sox snap their 6-game losing streak with a 4–1 win over the hapless Browns. Babe Ruth, playing his first game in the OF, is 0-for-5 but plays well patrolling “Duffy’s Cliff” in left field.

Walter Johnson bests Cleveland’s Jim Bagby, 1–0, the first of three straight shutouts the Big Train will throw.

Chicago’s Red Faber overcomes back-to-back homers by the A’s Clarence Walker & George Burns to beat the A’s, 5–3.

11th The A’s Scott Perry holds the White Sox to one hit, a single by Swede Risberg, in besting fellow rookie Frank Shellenback, 1–0. The A’s score in the 8th. Chicago’s Red Faber will repay Perry in 3 days, when he pitches a 3-hit shutout to win, 3–0.

13th  The Phils’ Joe Oeschger pitches 9 no-hit innings, but they come after the Cards put together 2 hits and a walk for 3 runs in the first inning of a 10-inning 3–3 tie.

14th  Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC. District commissioners rescind the ban in view of the large increase in the city’s wartime population and the need for recreation and amusement facilities.

15th  Former player-manager Patsy Tebeau commits suicide in St. Louis.

In a game that features no substitutes and no errors, White Sox pitcher Lefty Williams and the Senators Walter Johnson hook up for an 18-inning shutout marathon. The Nats finally push across a run in the 18th when Williams gives up two singles and then, with runners on the corners, heaves a wild pitch. Johnson scatters 10 hits in the win while Lefty allows 8. Johnson’s gem is the longest shutout ever, but will be tied by Hubbell in 1933.

16th At Washington, the Nats knock Chicago’s Joe Benz out of the box in the 1st inning, scoring 2 runs, but reliever Dan Danforth holds Washington scoreless from the 1st to the 11th as the Sox win, 4–2.

The Athletics use 3 errors by Cleveland catcher John Peters in the 1st inning (Peters ties a record set by Jeff Sweeney on July 10, 1912) to score 3 runs against the Indians. The A’s come back to tie it in the 9th before Cleveland scores in the bottom of the 9thto win, 6-5. Peters adds another error to set a since-tied AL mark for catcher of 4 errors. This is his only game for Cleveland.

17th The Red Sox stake Dutch Leonard to a 7–0 lead, but then hold on to beat the Tigers, 11–8

18th Unbeaten Earl Hamilton of the Pirates goes to 6-0, all complete games, as he stops the Giants, 4-2, on 4 hits. Earl finished last year 0-9 for the Browns, but has an 0.83 ERA this season. This is Earl’s last game this year as he will enter military service.

19th In a gem at Griffith Stadium, Doc Ayers outduels Stan Coveleski as the Senators win, 1-0, in 12 innings. Ayers scores the winning run with 2 outs as a large Sunday crowd cheers. It is the fourth 1-0 win for Washington in the last 9 days, and two of those are extra innings. No team will have four 1-0 wins in any month this century: in 2013 it will be matched.

At Cincinnati, Mathewson’s Reds maul the Giants, 5-1. The extent of Larry Doyle’s intestinal problems are revealed today as Bert Niehoff, purchased yesterday off waivers, plays 2B for Laughing Larry. Niehoff will not be the answer at the keystone corner, but Doyle, in New York’s post graduate hospital, will not play again until early July. Doyle is leading the league with a .426 average, but he will slip to a year-end .261 when he returns.

20th  With 2 outs in bottom of the 14th inning, the A’s Merlin Kopp swipes home with the game-winner as Philadelphia beats Detroit, 5–4. Kopp has 2 steals in the game, as well as a double and triple. The A’s Elmer Myers and the Tigers Hooks Dauss each go the distance as both teams score runs in the 10th and 12th. Ty Cobb has three hits to run his consecutive-game hitting streak against the A’s to 23 games (as noted by Trent McCotter) matching his career mark set in 1912.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates trip the Phillies, 5-1, as Max Carey completes a consecutive string of hits at 9. He’ll rack up another 9-hit streak in 1922.

In a 5–2 loss at Cincinnati, Braves 3B Red Smith makes an out after 10 straight hits over 5 games, a Braves franchise record (since tied). He has 3 straight hits today before making out.

22nd In a 6–5 12-inning win over the Phillies, Pirate reliever Wilbur Cooper drives in the winning run with a single. Cooper relieved Harmon in the 10th.

23rd The Giants win 6–4 in St. Louis, no thanks to outfielder Benny Kauff who strikes out 5 times. The 5 K’s ties the ML record.

24th  Former P Joe Wood hits a HR in the 19th inning—his second of the game—to end a 3:45 marathon with a 3–2 Cleveland win over New York. Cleveland pitcher Stan Coveleski goes the distance allowing 12 hits. For New York, Home Run Baker’s 11 assists ties the AL record for 3B in an extra-inning game.

The Pirates record 27 assists, one shy of the NL mark they set seven years ago, but collect just 5 hits in losing to Boston, 6–3.

26th In a Sunday game in Washington, the Senators and Tigers finish off a 2-2, 16-inning tie that opened their series on May 24. Walter Johnson wins, 4–0, allowing 4 hits in 9 innings and extending his scoreless inning streak to 40. The Big Train also has a single, triple and a walk in 3 plate appearances, to raise his average to .323. The Red Sox will score in the 1st on Johnson on May 29, snapping his streak.

The Giants Rube Benton reports to the military and will spend the next year in the Army.

27th At Pittsburgh, the Braves edge the Pirates, 2-1, after stifling a double steal attempt in the 1st inning. With Max Carey on 3B and Bill Hinchman, the Bucs start a double steal. Pitcher Art Nehf cuts off C Art Wilson’s throw to 2B, and runs to the 3B line and tags out a surprised Carey (as noted by Retrosheet).

At Robinson Field, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes scatters 2 hits to beat the Cardinals Bill Sherdel, 1-0.

28th At Fenway, Boston’s Joe Bush pitches a one-hit, 1–0 win over the Chicago White Sox and drives in the lone run. The lone Chicago hit is a “flying single” (Harry Casey, in the Boston Evening Record) by Happy Felsch, which occurs when he throws his bat at the ball on a hit and run. Eddie Cicotte allows 5 hits, 3 by Thomas, in the loss.

29th After winning, 7-2, the Yankees score 6 runs off both Elmer Myers and Willie Adams to punch the Athletics, 12-2, and sweep a doubleheader. The A’s Tillie Walker hits his 6th homer of the month and now leads the AL with that number. He’ll end the season with 11, tied with Ruth.

31st  Led by Max Carey’s 3 steals, the Pirates swipe 9 bases in a 12-7 win over the visiting Cardinals. Frank Snyder is behind the plate for the Birds.

April 1918

1st In Dallas, the Red Sox edge the Brooklyn Robins, 7–6, in 16 innings. Starters Rube Marquard and Babe Ruth are both gone after five innings, but not before the Babe strikes out left-handed, then right-handed, against Rube.

7th  In the a.m. game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles, Doc Crandall’s no-hit bid against Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) is spoiled with 2 outs in the 9th by Crandall’s brother Karl, but Los Angeles wins, 14–0.

15th  The AL season opens with Boston’s Babe Ruth pitching a 4-hit, 7–1, victory over the A’s, his third opening day victory in a row. Willie Adams, pitching his first ML game since 1913, takes the loss. Red Sox manager Ed Barrow will start Ruth’s conversion to slugger by working him into 72 games as an OF-1B.

In the opener in Washington, pre-game ceremonies include a biplane scattering thousands of liberty loan cards for the war effort. The Yankees, under new manager Miller Huggins, rap 11 hits to beat Walter Johnson, 6–3. Starter George Mogridge gets the win despite pitching just 3 1/3 innings. Allen Russell relieves and allows just one hit in 5 1/3 innings to save the victory. Johnson strikes out two while allowing 11 hits and will lose again in the 3-game series with New York.

16th  The Reds’ Pete Schneider, in a season opener, and the Red Sox’ Carl Mays each pitch one-hitters. Red Sox submariner Mays loses his no-hitter in the 8th on Dugan’s ground single stopped by 2B Dave Shean, but beats the A’s, 1–0. Everett Scott drives home the winner in the bottom of the 9th off Scott Perry. The Reds top the Pirates Wilber Cooper, 2–0, with a single by the newly acquired Casey Stengel the lone Buc shot.

In St, Louis, the Cardinals get 9 hits against Grover Cleveland Alexander and beat the Cubs, 4–2, behind Lee “Specs” Meadows.

The Giants open before a crowd of 28,000 at the Polo Grounds, beating Brooklyn, 6–4. Rube Marquard gives up 4 hits in a third of an inning as Giants score three runs in the first.

Washington reliever George Dumont lines an 8th inning double to tie the game and the Senators tally four runs to beat the Yankees, 7–5.

17th  The Red Sox overcome bad fielding from Whiteman and P Dutch Leonard to beat the A’s Scott Perry, 5–4, for the second day in a row. Perry loses in 9th inning relief of Willie Adams.

Pittsburgh evens its record at 1-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati. Earl Hamilton is the complete game winner and helps his cause with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Hamilton was picked up on waivers after going 0-9 with the Browns last year, but will reverse that with a 6-0 record in 6 starts for the Corsairs this year.

In the 12th inning of a tied game between New York and Washington, reliever Walter Johnson tries intentionally walking Home Run Baker with runners on 1st and 3rd. Baker belts the third pitch to deep CF to drive in the winning run as the Yankees win, 8-7, at Washington. The run is unearned, as Johnson (0-2) pitches the last 4 innings and loses his second to New York in three days, both times to George Mogridge.

18th  With two Tigers on base in the 9th (Ossie Vitt on 2B, Babe Ellison on 1B), Cleveland CF Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play to seal the Indians win, 6–2. He traps a fly ball in the 9th and runs in to tag out Vitt who had hesitated, and then steps on 2B forcing Ellison. On April 29th, he will make another unassisted DP against Chicago, his 6th unassisted DP, a career record for outfielders. Stan Coveleski is the Indians winner today.

In the opener in St. Louis, Hippo Vaughn pitches the Cubs to a 6–4 win over Spittin’ Bill Doak despite giving up the year’s first home run, to the Cards Doug Baird. There will be just 239 four-baggers hit in this year of the shortened season.

19th The Phillies top the Braves in the 10th inning when rookie Irish Meusel hits a ball into the RF bleachers after Johnny Rawlings’ error puts Possum Whitted on 1B. The rules state that Meusel gets credit for just a triple, not a homer. The only homers in the game, the lone multi-homer game this April, are slugged by Phils 1B Fred Luderus, with two men on, and Braves pitcher Tom Hughes.

In the annual Patriot’s Day twinbill in Boston, new Red Sox pitcher Joe Bush debuts with a 2–1 four-hit win over the Yankees’ saliva slinger Allen Russell in the a.m. game. The Red Sox (5-0) complete the sweep in the afternoon with a 9–5 win behind Babe Ruth’s 13-hitter. Ruth contributes a single and a long RBI fly to right that scores Everett Scott from 2B after the Gilhooley catch. The Yankees help with six errors in the game, three by Del Pratt, who offsets them with four hits.

20th On a cold afternoon, the Red Sox best Slim Love, 4–3, to beat the Yankees and run their record to 6–0, the first Sox team to start the season so well. They’ll lose on the 22nd.

21st Seventeen walks are handed out in the Browns–Indians game as St. Louis wins, 11–7. Al Sothoron is the leader with 7 walks in 5 innings. The Cleveland scorer records 303 pitches thrown: 67 strikes, 136 balls, 44 fouls, 30 for base hits and 25 hit fair for outs.

23rd Yankee lefty Herb Thormahlen loses his no-hitter when Boston’s Amos Strunk singles with one out in the 9th. A single by PH Babe Ruth and a walk load the bases and a short fly to Ping Bodie is dropped, allowing Strunk to score the winner, 1–0. Joe Bush is the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits.

At Cleveland, the Indians down the Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks George Sisler and Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, misplayed by LF Jack Graney who, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.

24th The A’s Vean Gregg shuts out the Red Sox, 3–0. George Burns’s 3-run homer off Babe Ruth in the bottom of the 8thprovides all the scoring.

In New York, the Yankees score in the 9th to tie Cleveland, 2-2, but the Indians win, 3-2, in the 19th when Joe Wood connects for a homerun.

The Cubs win their home opener over the Cardinals, 2–0, as Hippo Vaughn allows just one hit—a Rogers Hornsby single. Lee Meadows is the loser for the Redbirds.

26th In Chicago, Grover Alexander finally shows his star form, stopping the Cardinals on two hits to win, 3–2. Again, both hits are by Hornsby. Alexander leaves tomorrow for military duty on the 30th.

The Giants jump on four Brooklyn pitchers and roll to an 11-5 victory. The final Brooklyn twirler, Norman Plitt, allows one run in 2 innings as is 1-for-1 with a run scored. After this one ML appearance, Plitt will quite baseball next month but will be reinstated by the National Commission a year from now. Then he will find himself on the ineligible list in 1922 for violations of the reserve obligations. In March of 1922, Plitt and six others are ruled ineligible but can be reinstated if they dissociate themselves with baseball for a year. Plitt’s next ML appearance will be in 1927.

In the Browns 7–6 win over Chicago, Sox 2B Eddie Collins plays in his 473 straight game, a new AL record. He tied Sam Crawford’s mark in his last game, on April 22nd.

27th  The Giants’ 9–0 winning start and the Dodgers’ 0–9 losing streak are stopped as Brooklyn’s Larry Cheney wins 5–3. Cheney also drives home the winning run.

28th At Braves Field, 28,000 fans watch the first Sunday game in Boston as Camp Devens defeats the Commonwealth Pier team, 6–2.

The Browns send 2B Lee Magee back to the Yankees in exchange for Tim Hendryx. New York then swaps Magee to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Tommy Clarke. Clarke won’t play for the Yanks, but appears in just one game this year, for the Cubs.

29th With Eddie Collins on 2B and Joe Jackson at 1B, center fielder Tris Speaker turns the 6th unassisted double play of his career, and his 2nd of the month. But Cleveland still loses 8–4 to the White Sox. The 2 unassisted DPs is an AL season record. Speaker will erroneously be listed in the 1927 The Sporting NewsRecord book as completing 2 unassisted DPs in each of two games this month, and that error, plus the later discovery of 2 additional (earlier) unassisted Speaker DPs, will cause confusion. For the record, Speaker’s unassisted double plays were: June 6, 1909-g2, April 23, 1910, April 21, 1914, August 8, 1914 and the two this month. Speaker’s mark is a ML record.

Boston rolls past Washington, 8–1. Babe Ruth allows 5 hits and is 2-for-2 at the plate, both doubles, plus a stolen base.

In Cincinnati, the Reds top the Cardinals, 4–3, in a game that the Cards protest. St. Louis says that Roush, who is 2-for-3 in the game, deliberately juggled a fly ball in the 8th causing base runner Burt Niehoff to leave 3B to soon. Home plate ump Hank O’Day rules Niehoff out. The protest will be upheld on May 14thand the records expunged. The Cards will be involved in another protested game on June 3 with both contests having a bearing on the batting title.

30th  Grover Alexander, 2–1 in 3 starts for the Cubs, joins the Army in Manhattan, KS, after receiving his draft notice on April 18th. Alexander will be in uniform but is expected to play baseball, not fight. He joins the Giants Clarence Mitchell, A’s Winny Noyes, Cleveland’s Otis Lambeth, and others.

At the Polo grounds, the Yankees whip the A’s, 2–0, behind Slim Love. Love will go 13–12 this season, with his lone away victory coming in Philadelphia.

Despite the failure of the NY State Legislature to approve Sunday baseball, it is announced that there will be major league baseball on Sunday at the former Federal League Park in Harrison, NJ. (The Sporting News) All three New York teams—the Giants, Dodgers and Yankees—will participate. This arrangement would have been in effect last Sunday but the Senators, scheduled to meet the Yanks, had already scheduled an exhibition game. The Sunday games in Harrison will necessitate the rescheduling of some IL games from there. The agreement, in which the 2 leagues will pay $10,000 a year in rent for the park, comes about because of the settlement with the Federal League.

March 1918

8th The Yankees buy 1B George Burns, 25, from Detroit, then swap him to the A’s for veteran, Ping Bodie, 30. Burns will replace Stuffy McInnis, the last of the “$100,000 infield,” who went to the Red Sox in January.

15th Connie Mack announces that outfielder Rube Oldring, a member of his championship A’s team, will play for the A’s this year. After the Yankees released him in September 1916, Rube sat out last season and worked on his farm. He will sputter to a career low , 233 with no homers before calling it quits in August. He will end up as a minor-league manager.

20th Although the leagues optimistically keep the schedules at 154 games, the owners agree to halve the spring training time in an attempt to save money, The Cards open their camp at Hot Wells, Arkansas.

February 1918

11th  The Red Sox announce that Ed Barrow is their new manager, replacing Jack Barry who enlisted in the military the previous November. With the announcement, Barrow also formerly resigns as president of the International League. The major leagues now have no player-managers.

14th In a move that surprises no one, the Senators sell catcher John Henry to the Boston Braves, ending his career in the American League. Henry had incurred the wrath of AL prexy Ban Johnson by urging his Senator team-mates to join the fledgling Base Ball Players Fraternity in a strike against the Major Leagues. Johnson promised to crush union saying, “We propose to lay a strong hand on Henry and others like him.” Which he did. Henry was forced to take a decrease in pay from his annual salary of $4600.

20th   Connie Mack alarms Philadelphia by dealing Stuffy McInnis, the last player in his $100,000 infield, to Boston for players to be announced. The furor dies down when Mack announces he has received 3B Larry Gardner, OF Clarence “Tilly” Walker, and C Hick Cady.

23rd  Barney Dreyfuss of the Rules Committee launches a campaign to ban the spitter. He will succeed next year.

January 1918

4th  The Cubs acquire Braves cross firing ace Lefty Tyler, sending vets Larry Doyle, Art Wilson and $15,000 to Boston (NL). Tyler will win 19 games for the Cubs this year.

8th  Buck Herzog, in McGraw’s doghouse since September, is traded to the Braves for veteran Larry Doyle and righty Jesse Barnes. Doyle, a former Giant and fan favorite, was acquired from the Cubs 4 days ago and his trade was rumored. He will play three years in New York before retiring.

9th  Brooklyn sends OF Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw to Pittsburgh for P Burleigh Grimes, P Al Mamaux, and infielder Chuck Ward. Stengel had been in Ebbets’ dog house, complaining to the press about pay cuts.

Acknowledging that Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of The Sporting News, Anson selects C–Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P–Amos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2B–Fred Pfeffer; 3B–Ed Williamson; SS–Ross Barnes; OF–Bill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy.

22nd  The Yankees trade P Nick Cullop, P Urban Shocker, C Les Nunamaker, 3B Fritz Maisel, and infielder Joe Gedeon to the Browns for P Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt. Plank, a 300-game winner, retires, but Pratt gives New York three good years at 2B. Shocker is the gem, posting 4 straight seasons of 20 or more wins in St. Louis. Maisel, who the Yankees refused to trade in early 1916 for either Boston’s Tris Speaker (and cash) or Chicago’s Joe Jackson, will hit just .232 in 90 games and be gone.

December 1917

11th  The Phils sell star pitcher Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher “Reindeer” Bill Killefer to the Cubs for righthander “Iron” Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. Phils owner William Baker who stated that he was worried about losing his star pitcher to the military service, later admits he made the trade because, “I needed the money.” The 5th-place Cubs expect the addition of Alexander to greatly strengthen their staff, as Charles Weeghman says, “This is the biggest transaction ever completed in the history of baseball. This means a winner for Chicago’s loyal fans.” But the celebrating will have to wait as Alex will be drafted in the Army.

12th  In New York, the International League owners cut president Ed Barrow’s salary from $7500 to $2500, essentially forcing him to resign. They will later regret their hasty action and try to lure Barrow back for $5,000. The Buffalo franchise, owned by Joe Lannin, is forfeited, and at least three other franchises—Rochester, Providence and Richmond—are ready to throw in the towel. In February, the International League reorganizes. The Richmond, Montreal, and Providence franchises are replaced by Binghamton, Jersey City, and Syracuse. The IL will be the only minor league to play its full schedule in 1918.

14th  Connie Mack and the A’s need money. He sells P Joe Bush, C Wally Schang, and OF Amos Strunk to the Red Sox for sore–armed P Vean Gregg, OF Merlin Kopp, C Chet “Pinch” Thomas, and $60,000. Bush must be happy as he lost 14 straight to the Red Sox (6/2/14–7/5/17). Pinch Thomas won’t play a game for the A’s and will end up being sold to the Indians in June. With Cleveland, he’ll get into his 3rd World Series, in 1920. The former 20-game winner, Gregg seemed to recover his form after the Sox optioned him to Providence where he won 21 games in 1917 and led the league in ERA and strikeouts.

15th The Browns ship light-hitting SS Doc Lavan and LF Burt Shotton to Washington for Bert Gallia and $15,000. Lavan, who made 75 errors in 1914, and Shotton will both lead their position in errors next year. Doc will return to St. Louis in a year to play for the Cards.

26th The Phils keep swapping with the Cubs, sending OF Dode Paskert, a 7-year veteran, to Chicago for left-handed slugger Cy Williams. Williams will flourish in Baker Bowl, and will hit 222 homers for the Phils over the next 13 years. Paskert will not enjoy the same success in the Windy City.

November 1917

1st President Tener of the NL is critical of a plan put forth by the heads of the AA International League and the American Association to form a third major league comprising 4 teams from each league. “A major league is not formed by a few officials getting together and declaring it so,” Tener stated. “This fact was demonstrated in the case of the Federal League. It might be a good idea to raise the ranking of a new league, that is it would be called a triple A rating.” He indicated that it might eventually reach a major league level if the draft rule were suspended.

2nd President Ruppert of the Yankees, working with Charles Ebbets of the Dodgers, says that there is strong sentiment to change the 1787 law that prohibits sports on Sunday. He thinks the state Assembly will allow Sunday baseball.

14th  In Louisville, the National Association of Baseball Leagues, representing the minor leagues, votes down by an 11-2 count a resolution to redistribute the minor leagues. President M.H. Sexton declares that there could be no withdrawal of Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo to form a new league without the unanimous consent of all the owners of the AA and the IL. The AA will open May 1, three weeks later than they opened this year. The president of the Western League states positively that his league will open in 1918, but the head of the Central League declines to predict. Unofficially, the Grand Rapids franchise is folding.

October 1917

1st In a 2–0 Pittsburgh win over the Braves, Boston LF Joe Jelly and SS Rabbit Maranville combine on a 9–6 double play. Rabbit makes his out at home plate.

In an exhibition game at Ft. Hamilton, the Yankees beat Brooklyn, 11–8, with the two teams combining for 7 homers. This matches a record set by the Browns and Tigers during the 1886 season. A large crowd of soldiers ringing the field helps the homer total as a number of balls land in among them for extra bases.

2nd At Boston the Red Sox and Senators divide a doubleheader, Washington winning 9–7 in 10 innings, then losing 2–1 in 8 innings. Shanks has 4 of the 15 Nats hits off Dutch Leonard in the first game as Doc Ayers wins in relief. Ayers and Carl Mays, both after bonus money, duel in the 2nd game, with Mays emerging the richer.

In the nitecap of two games at Baker Bowl, Pete Alexander downs the Series-bound Giants, 8–2, for his 30th win. McGraw uses his bench liberally in the match. Alex adds two doubles in winning his last game ever in a Phils uniform. The Quakers will sell the star to the Cubs in December. In the opener, a 5–2, New York win, the Giants push across 3 runs in the top of the 12th to win. Starter Pol Perritt wins the slab duel with Benton.

With few fans braving the cold weather, pitcher Jesse Barnes of the Braves beats Brooklyn ace big Jeff Pfeffer, 6-2, and goes into the record books in the 3rd inning when he draws two walks, the only pitcher in history to be walked twice in an inning. Barnes wins 5 of his last 8 games to finish the year 13-21, which gives him the most losses in the NL.

In a tune-up for the World Series, the White Sox beat Cleveland, 8-5, in a practice game in Cleveland.

3rd After six losses to Babe Ruth, including three by 1–0 scores (one in 13 innings), Walter Johnson finally emerges a winner against the Boston lefty. Johnson contributes a bases loaded double in the 8th to help visiting Washington win, 6–0. Ruth gives up 11 hits and his ERA balloons to 2.01 for the year.

In Philadelphia, Ferdie Schupp goes 4 innings for the Giants, leaving with a 6-0 lead. He gets credited with his 21st win, with George Smith tossing the last 5 innings of the 11-1 win. New York completes the sweep with a 6-0 win in game 2. Ross Youngs has a double and two triples, September call up Al Baird has 4 hits, and High Pockets Kelly, in his lone pitching appearance, is the winner with 5 innings of relief. Fred Anderson and Jeff Tesreau each toss 2 innings, with Anderson pushing his ERA down to an NL-best 1.44.

In the first game of a scheduled 7-game Mound City championship, the Cardinals top the Browns, 3-2. The Cards will win the series in five days, four games to two, with one tie. According to the New York Times of October 16 the results showed receipts of $2,361 for the Cards and $1,574 for the Browns. For the 14 Browns players, that works out to $112 each. The clubs each received $2,876 and the National Commission was paid $756. This is the last exhibition series between these two clubs with the exception of spring training.

4th  After Brooklyn beats the Braves, 5–1 in game one, Boston responds with a 4–2 victory in the nitecap. Southpaw Art Nehf’s 40-inning scoreless streak is ended by the Robins in the 8thwhen a walk, single and sac fly produce a score. He holds on for the win over Leon Cadore and finishes the year at 17–8 for the 6th-place Braves. In game one, Sherry Smith evens his season’s record, beating Jack Scott as RF Casey Stengel starts his league-high ninth double play (8 from RF) of the year. His 30 assists, including two yesterday, also is the high in the NL.

In the season closer, Washington’s Jim Shaw tops the Red Sox, 5–4 despite giving up 13 hits. The Senators tally 14 safeties off Herb Pennock. By winning his 15th game, Shaw earns a $500 bonus.

In the tune-up for their battle with the White Sox, the Giants lose a warm-up game to the Cubs in Chicago, 9–5. Vaughn gives up all five New York runs in his 3 innings, but Carter and Hendrix in their three inning stints are clean. Al Demaree goes 8 innings against his old teammates, and will sit on the bench for the Series.

6th  Before the WS starts, Charles Comiskey offers one percent of his team’s WS share to Clark Griffith’s Bat and Ball Fund for American soldiers in France. In Chicago, Happy Felsch’s HR is the difference as Ed Cicotte beats the Giants’ Slim Sallee, 2–1, in the Series opener.

7th  In game 2 New York’s Ferdie Schupp doesn’t get out of the 2nd inning, and reliever Fred Anderson is bombed in a 5-run 4th, as the 14 White Sox hits produce a 7–2 win for Red Faber. Faber’s pitching is better than his base running; in the 5thinning, he tries to steal 3B, only to find teammate Buck Weaver occupying it. 3B Zimmerman tags both runners out, though Weaver is still safe.

10th  The White Sox are stifled by Rube Benton, who becomes the first lefty to pitch a WS shutout. Dave Robertson, the NL’s leading HR hitter with 12, triples and scores the first of two 4th-inning runs for a 2–0 New York win. Robertson will lead all batters in the Series with a .500 average.

11th  New York’s Ferdie Schupp fares better against Red Faber in game 4; Benny Kauff hits 2 HRs, which are more than enough for a 5–0 win to even the Series.

13th  Game 5 sees White Sox southpaw Reb Russell relieved by Ed Cicotte. Russell gave up 2 hits and a walk to the first 3 batters he faced. In a sloppy game marred by 3 New York and 6 Chicago errors, the White Sox break a 5–5 tie with 3 runs in the 8th. Red Faber, working the last 2 innings, is the winning pitcher.

15th  After Red Faber and Rube Benton match 3 scoreless innings, in Game 6, Eddie Collins leads off the 4th and hits a grounder to Heinie Zimmerman at 3B. Collins takes 2nd when the throw gets past 1B Walter Holke. Joe Jackson’s fly to RF is dropped by Dave Robertson, and Collins goes to 3B. When Happy Felsch hits one back to the pitcher, Collins breaks for home. Benton throws to 3B to catch Collins, and C Bill Rariden comes up the line. But with Zimmerman in pursuit Collins keeps running and slides home safely. Zimmerman will be blamed for chasing the runner, but nobody was covering home plate. The Giants come back with two runs on Buck Herzog’s triple in the 4th, but Faber wins his 3rd of the Series 4–2. The winners earn $3,669.32 each; the losers $2,442.21. One-fourth of each team’s share, about $4,000, is divided equally among the clubs in each league.

16th  The day after the WS ends, the Giants and White Sox play an exhibition game for 600 soldiers at Garden City, NY. The Sox win, 6–4.

21st In an exhibition game (Henry W. Thomas’ Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train) in Kansas City featuring the second and last matchup between Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander, Alex’s team wins, 4–3. Included in Alexander’s lineup is 21-year-old Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby describes his last at bat (in his 1962 book My War With Baseball) “Johnson had two strikes on me. He threw me a real fast ball and I knocked it straight for the fence. The ball knocked out the knot and went through the fence for a home run and we won 4-3. The hole, I admit, was one of the biggest cases of pure luck I ever heard of. I’m convinced he absolutely had the best fastball of anyone who ever played baseball.” Hornsby will face Johnson again in 1924.

26th  Miller Huggins, who managed the Cardinals to a 3rd-place finish, is signed to run the Yankees by owner Jake Ruppert. Co-owner Til Huston, who favored Wilbert Robinson for the job, has a falling out with partner Ruppert and will sell his half interest to Ruppert in 1923.

September 1917

1st The Cardinals, behind the pitching of Oscar Horstmann and Milt Watson, win both ends of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh by 1–0 scores. Wilbur Cooper takes the loss in game one on an unearned run in the 9th. Hal Carlson loses the 2nd game. The Cards have now won three straight 1–0 games from the Pirates, tying the ML mark and setting the NL mark.

In the bottom of the 1st inning at Cleveland, Tris Speaker tries to steal home with Joe Evans batting (as noted by Retrosheet). Evans swings and lines the ball into Speaker’s face. Tiger manager Hugh Jennings allows a courtesy fielder Elmer Smith to play CF in the 2nd frame while Speaker has his face stitched. Speaker then returns to CF in the 3rd.

After 9 straight wins, the White Sox lose to the visiting Browns, 6-3. The Sox will win their next 9 to put away the AL pennant.

AL president Ban Johnson instructs umpires not to tolerate unnecessary delays. His statement is an outgrowth of a complaint by Charles Comiskey that protests of some managers and players about the condition of the ball in recent games has made it necessary to play two hours or more. The New York Times writes that, “Johnson said he would enforce the rule about discoloration of the ball but he has given out no bulletin on the ‘shine ball.’”

2nd The first place White Sox take a pair from the Tigers, winning 7–2 and 6–5. The Sox bunch four in the 1st and three more in the 3rd to make the shine ball’s leading proponent, Ed Cicotte, a winner over Willie Mitchell. In the nitecap, the Sox snap a tie in the 9th when Eddie Collins, with one stolen base already, swipes 2B and 3B after a walk. Jackson’s sac fly brings him home.

3rd  Trying to keep the Phils in the race, Grover Alexander does double duty, beating Brooklyn 6–0 and 9–3 in a Labor Day twinbill. Rube Marquard and Allen Russell try and stop Pete in the opener, while Jack Coombs and George Smith pitch in the nitecap. Milt Stock lines a homer in the opener when Zack Wheat, hampered by a sore ankle, can’t reach his drive. Dode Paskert’s bases-loaded triple in the 2nd game is the big blow. Alex will win 30 for the 3rd straight year, with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.

In a twinbill that will resonate for years, the White Sox sweep a pair—4 wins in the last two days—from the Tigers winning, 7–5 and 11–8, while the Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox. Chicago now leads the Red Sox by 6 ½ games. Detroit takes the lead in the morning game, driving Red Faber from the mound in the 5th, but Al Schalk’s triple in the 8th seals the win for Chicago. In the afternoon contest, Detroit again chases starter Faber and scores 7 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead, but Schalk’s three-run homer in the 4th, off James, puts Chicago in a lead they never relinquish. Ed Cicotte takes the p.m. game with 6 innings of relief, while Lefty Williams pitches 3 innings of hitless relief to win the a.m. game. The Sox run wild on the bases, stealing 8 against Oscar Stanage in the opener and 5 against Archie Yelle in the 2nd game. The Tigers total 24 hits, just two less than the Sox, in losing. Two weeks from now, while staying at the Ansonia Hotel in New York, the White Sox will collect $45 from each player as a gift for the Tigers, allegedly as a gift for beating the Red Sox. But suspicion will linger that some Tigers threw these two critical doubleheaders and Cobb, though he had three hits, will be included in the accusations.

The last-place Pirates sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 8-0 behind Frank Miller, then taking game 2 by a 5-3 score. With two outs in the 6th inning of the second game, the Reds record a 4-3-9 putout at 1B (as noted by Retrosheet). Pitcher Bob Steele grounds out to 2B Dave Shean, but doesn’t bother to run it out. Shean tosses to Hal Chase and the first baseman flips to RF Tommy Griffith coming in who steps on 1B for the third out.

At Shibe Park, the A’s host their biggest crowd in three years and celebrate by sweeping a pair from the Senators, 7–4 and 9–2. Joe Bush, reinstated today by Connie Mack after being suspended for two weeks, starts for the A’s but is lifted after three because of wildness. Roy Grover and Amos Strunk have 3 hits apiece in the opener. In the 2nd game, the Mackmen jump on Walter Johnson, knocking him off the rubber in the 3rd inning, and Jing Johnson coasts to the win.

4th The Phillies Joe Oeschger and Brooklyn’s Jeff Pfeffer face off to a 14-inning scoreless tie. Pfeffer gives up just 3 hits, while Oeschger allows just 6.

The rampaging White Sox use an 8-run 8th inning to beat the Browns, 13–6. Red Faber, starting his third game in a row, is the winner over reliever Tom Rogers. Faber is the last pitcher this century to start three games in a row.

The Yankees split a pair with Boston, losing 4–2 to Babe Ruth in the opener, then beating Carl Mays, 7–3. Ruth allows no hits until the 6th inning and just 5 hits overall.

5th At St. Louis, the White Sox score 3 runs in the 11th to whip the Browns, 4-1, and increase their lead in the AL to 7 games. The Sox win it without stealing a base, after swiping 28 in their last 5 games.

7th Boston’s Rube Foster shuts out the Athletics, 5-0, for his only shutout of the season. Bothered by a sore arm, he will finish up with an 8-7 record and a 2.53 ERA. In December, he announces his retirement.

8th  Following yesterday’s loss to Chicago, Browns owner Phil Ball accuses his players of laying down on the job because they dislike manager Fielder Jones. SS Doc Lavan and 2B Del Pratt sue him for $50,000 damages for alleged slanderous statements in St. Louis newspapers. Both are in the lineup, however, when Detroit beats the Browns, 1–0 in 12 innings. Ty Cobb triples off the RF fence in the 12th and scores on a sac fly.

The Yankees trade shutouts with the Senators, winning 2–0 before losing, 5–0. Doc Ayers wins the nitecap, his 2nd shutout in a row over the Yankees and the third time he’s beaten them in 8 days. Cullop takes the loss for New York. In the opening game, Ray Caldwell fires his only shutout of the year.

9th Grover Alexander beats New York’s Jeff Tesreau, 4–1. Ferdie Schupp takes the nitecap, 2–1 for New York, beating the Phils Eppa Rixey. The Giants still lead the Phillies by 10 games.

In Chicago, with the score tied 3–3 in the 10th inning between the Sox and the Indians, umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game to Chicago, 9–0, because of the ‘dilatory tactics’ of the Tribe. Chicago now leads the AL by 7 games. The Cleveland players protest Owens ruling in the 10th when, with two on a no outs, he calls Jack Graney out on a close play. The ensuing argument delays the game ten minutes with several Indians rolling on the ground and tossing their mitts. When Chicago’s first hitter, pitcher Dave Danforth, strikes out to open the bottom of the inning, Indian catcher Steve O’Neill fires the ball into CF, whereupon Owens calls the forfeit.

The Cubs Phil Douglas stops the Pirates on 3 hits to beat Wilbur Cooper, 1–0.

10th A red-hot Grover Alexander, chasing thirty wins, beats the Braves, 5–2, for the Phils.

11th Walter Johnson allows just two hits to beat Dutch Leonard to give the Nats a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. All the runs are unearned for Boston.

Stanley Coveleski allows just three Detroit hits and Jack Graney scores the only run as Cleveland wins, 1-0.

The Giants sweep the Robins at the Polo Grounds. New York takes the opener 3–2 by scoring the winning run in the 10th on George Burns inside the park homer, the first extra-inning IPHR in Giants team history. They win again in the nitecap, scoring two runs in the 9th to beat Jack Coombs. Pol Perritt, with relief help in the 9th, is the victor.

At Wrigley Field, Military Day is celebrated by a double victory for Chicago over the Reds, with Jumbo Vaughn credited with both wins. Vaughn starts the opener and retires after an inning with his team ahead by three runs. The Cubs win, 6–5, with Vic Aldridge allowing 2 runs in 5 innings, with Carter finishing. Aldridge will eventually get credit for the win and not Vaughn. Vaughn then goes 9 innings in the nitecap, striking out 9 to win, 5–1.

White Sox pitcher James Scott is admitted to the reserve officer’s training camp at the Presidio in San Francisco. Death Valley Jim was 6–7 this year, his final season.

12th Former major league pitcher Mysterious Walker is named football coach at Williams College for this fall’s season. Despite the late start, he will lead them to their first undefeated season, and then coach the basketball team to a 0-26 record. Mysterious will go on to coach football at a number of colleges including Dartmouth, Loyola of New Orleans, and DePauw. Additionally, he will coach basketball at the University of Texas and baseball at several colleges. Walker was a three-sport star at the University of Chicago.

14th Boston peppers Pol Perritt for 12 hits but the Giants pitcher still pitches a 5–0 shutout victory.

15th The Senators toss shutouts in both games today with the A’s. Harry Harper wins the opener 5–0, and Walter Johnson follows with a 4–0 victory.

At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Babe Ruth takes an 8–0 lead into the 9th before allowing 3 Yankee runs. He finishes with a complete game 8–3 win and slugs his 2nd and last homer of the season.

17th At Boston, the Braves whip the Pirates, 4–1. Honus Wagner makes his last appearance of the year and is pinch hit for by Bill Wagner. Wagner strikes out. Wagner has played sparingly since being spiked by Stengel on July 14; at the Polo Grounds on August 29, he played SS, the only game of the year at that position. He finishes with a .265 average.

18th  For the 2nd time this month, a pitcher beats Brooklyn twice in one day, as the Cardinals’ Bill Doak wins 2–0 and 12–4. With his 14th and 15th victories, Doak picked up a bonus check as well. In a salary dispute in the spring, the Cards and Doak agreed upon a bonus if the pitcher reached 15 wins, and another bonus if he won twenty. He’ll win just one more.

The Giants suspend team captain Buck Herzog for refusing to accompany the team on its western trip. Buck last played on September 7 and will not play again until October 2nd. The veteran will be traded after the season.

19th In the first of two, the host Red Sox make 8 errors to help the Tigers to a 5–2 win. Detroit takes game 2 by a 1-0 score behind Hooks Dauss.

20th Baltimore (Federal League) files suit against the NL.

21st In Boston, the White Sox clinch the pennant with a 2–1 win in 10 innings. Pinch-hitting in the bottom of the 10th, Babe Ruth grounds into a game-ending DP.

22nd In Washington, Walter Johnson fans Ty Cobb in the 1stinning, and then laughs about it. The next time up, in the 3rdwith two on, Cobb lashes an inside-the-park homer and Detroit beats the Big Train, 4–3. It is Cobb’s only career homer off Johnson.

At the Polo Grounds, the Browns throw two of the taller pitchers in the majors at New York and come away with two wins. Big Dave Davenport wins, 4-2, and the usually wild Grover Loudermilk (1-0) walks none in shutting out the Yanks, 3-0. The New York Times says Loudermilk is 6’7 1/2″”, though this appears to be a tall story.

The Giants split a pair with the Pirates, winning 2-1 before losing on a one hitter. The Giants won’t lose another one-hitter until the next century. Al Demaree gives up a hit in 5 innings, and also walks 5 before he is lifted. Fred Anderson spits his way to 4 hitless innings. Rookie Elmer Ponder makes his 2nd ML start and gives up just 2 hits to win his first.

23rd Deja Vu all over again: Pete Alexander beats Chicago’s Shufflin Phil Douglas, this time 4–1, their 2nd matchup in three days.

24th At the Polo Grounds, Slim Sallee tops the Cards, 2–1, and clinches the N.L. pennant for the Giants, their sixth under McGraw. The New Yorkers manage just 4 hits (and six walks) off Bill Doak, but they come when needed.

Babe Ruth shuts out the champion White Sox, 3–0, scattering nine hits. The Babe is 0-for-3 at the plate.

At Washington, the Tigers and Senators split a pair. Detroit takes the opener, 8-3, as Ty Cobb steals 4 bases, then the Senators win game 2, 2-0.

The 3rd-place Indians fashion a 5–4 win over the A’s, the 10thwin in a row for the Tribe. Ray Chapman doubles, then steals 3B and home to lead the Indians. It is his 4th steal of home during this month. Chapman will also finish the year with 67 sacrifices, a ML record. The previous mark was Bill Bradley’s 60, in 1908.

25th The host Cards beat the Series-bound Giants, 5–3. Ross Youngs debuts for the Giants, and the future Hall of Famer is 0-for-4. The loss goes to Ad Swigler, in his first and only ML appearance as the University of Pennsylvania recruit walks 8 and gives up 4 runs in 6 innings. Not feeling well in St. Louis, Swigler will undergo an emergency appendectomy in a week.

26th The Braves Jesse Barnes tops the Reds, 1–0, in the first of two games. Art Nehf follows with a 3–0 win to sweep Cincinnati.

27th  The Red Sox play a benefit game against an AL all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2–0 shutout. The AL squad features Cobb, Speaker, and Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396’8” feet. Duffy Lewis is second and Tilly Walker is third. Ray Chapman circles the bases in 14 seconds flat to win a loving cup.

28th At Fenway, the Browns trip the second-place Red Sox, 2-1. Just 356 fans watch this Friday game, a record official low attendance number for Fenway. The Boston Globe says it is “the smallest crowd in years.”

29th Babe Ruth coasts to his 6th shutout of the year, an 11–0 pasting of the Browns in the second game of a doubleheader. He also leads the offense with 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Boston also wins the opener, 13-5, as Tillie Walker drives in 4 runs and Harry Hooper hits a pair of triples.

The Senators sweep a pair from the Indians, winning 11-2 and 4-3. Nats outfielder Mike Menosky, who hit two homers in the Federal League in 1914, hits his first in the AL, and it is a grand slam, coming in the 4th of game 1 off Red Torkelson. Tork finishes his one-month cup of coffee with a 5-inning start, allowing all 11 runs.

30th  Detroit’s future Hall of Fame OF Sam Crawford retires from ML baseball at 37. In addition to his career-record 312 three-base hits, he has hit 50 inside-the-park HRs. He will play in the PCL for several years.

Jim Bagby scatters 10 hits to give the Indians a 2–1 win over the Senators as Cleveland completes it’s schedule. Cleveland’s leadoff man, OF Jack Graney, walks once to lead the AL with 94 walks despite a .241 BA. No other player will lead a league in walks with so low a batting average until Gene Tenace with Oakland in 1974 draws 110 walks with a .211 BA. In 1919 Graney will walk 105 times and bat .234. Graney finishes the year with 54 sacrifice hits, third on the all-time list. Ray Chapman has a sac hit today to finish with 67, the ML record.

The Cubs finish the season with a 9–2 loss to the visiting Braves. Vic Saier, out with a broken leg he suffered April 15th (as noted by Bill Deane), starts at 1B and goes 3-for-4 in his last game as a Cub. He’ll play in 1919 with the Pirates.

August 1917

1st The Reds purchase vet Sherry Magee from the Boston Braves. Magee was hitting just .256 in 72 games with one homer, but will hit .321 for the Reds for the rest of the season.

6th Veteran Eddie Plank, 41, hooks up with Washington’s Walter Johnson in a brilliant 11-inning duel, won 1–0 by Johnson. For Plank, this is the last game of his outstanding career, and he will announce his retirement in a week, citing stomach problems as the reason. Pitching for the hapless Browns doesn’t help as Plank’s 1.79 ERA this season results in just a 5–6 record.

The Yankees trip the visiting Tigers, 5-3, behind pitcher George Mogridge. Mogridge helps out with a pair of triples.

Boston Red Sox hurler Rube Foster allows just one hit—a double by Joe Harris following 2 walks—in losing to Cleveland, 2–0. Jim Bagby is the winner.

10th Babe Ruth beats the Tigers, 5–4, giving up just 4 hits. The Babe’s drive into the CF bleachers, said to be the longest hit at Fenway, is the difference. The homer is Babe’s first of the year.

Four days after shutting out the Browns, Walter Johnson pitches a 1-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Tomorrow, three Nationals—Jim Shaw (6.2 innings), Doc Ayres, and George Dumont will duplicate Big Train’s performance, also against Chicago. It won’t be duplicated in the AL until 1996.

14th The Giants and the Brooklyn Robins split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds,. New York’s Ferdie Schupp takes the opener, 5–4, and ex-Giant Rube Marquard wins the 2nd game for Brooklyn, 3–1. A highlight of the nitecap is a fight between Brooklyn Casey Stengel and Giant SS Art Fletcher.

17th At St. Louis, Wally Pipp accounts for all the Yankee scoring with a grand slam, and New York wins, 4-1.

19th  Coaching at 3B in a 1–1 game against Washington, Ty Cobb gives base runner “Tioga” George Burns a shove when Burns stops at 3B on a long hit; Burns keeps going and scores the winning run. Clark Griffith protests, and Ban Johnson upholds him, as the rules now ban coaches from touching a runner. The game is replayed, and Washington wins 2–0.

As part of a benefit for the 69th New York regiment—which is about to depart for France—the Giants move up the date of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2,100 European-bound troops march from the armory on 25th Street and Lexington Avenue to the East River at 34th Street, where a ferry takes them to the foot of 157th Street. The troops parade to the Polo Grounds, entering through the Eighth Avenue gate, and drill on the field. A concert follows. Then the Giants play their first official Sunday game within the city limits. More than 25,000 fans watch the Reds shut out the Giants, 5-0. The Giants circumvent the Sunday law by stipulating that they are charging patrons for the concert, then allowing them to watch the game for free (with all proceeds turned over to war charities). But city officials try to prosecute the two managers—Christy Mathewson of Cincinnati and John McGraw of New York—for violating the Sunday Blue Law. Mathewson and McGraw will be called to court two days after the game but the charges against them will be quickly dismissed by Magistrate Frank McQuade, who actually praises them. (McQuade, a rabid Giants fan, later becomes part owner of the team.)

21st  Reds rookie righthander Hod Eller fans the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning, beating the Giants 7–5, and breaking Slim Sallee’s 10-game winning streak.

At Boston, the Cardinals edge the Braves, 1-0, in six innings as rain stops the game. Marv Goodwin tosses a one hitter, allowing a hit to Ed Konetchy, a ML record-tying 4th time he’s had the only hit in a game.

Now with the Philadelphia Phils, Chief Bender, 34, pitches his 3rd straight shutout, winning 6–0 over the Cubs. In his last active season, Bender will turn in 4 shutouts and win 8 with 2 losses and a 1.67 ERA. His mound partner from the glory days of the A’s, Eddie Plank, will also close out his career, ending the season 5–6 for the St. Louis Browns with a 1.79 ERA.

22nd  Brooklyn and the Pirates play their 3rd straight extra-inning game in Ebbets Field. The Robins win it, 6–5, in 22 innings, breaking a NL record for longevity set on July 17, 1914. Rube Marquard, with 2 innings of relief, is the winner, while poor Elmer Jacobs pitches 16.2 innings, giving up one run in the loss. Even that run is tainted. With runners on 1st and 2B, a grounder forces the back runner and when Jake Pitler holds to ball trying to decide whether to try for a DP, the lead runner Hickman races around 3B and scores easily. Pittsburgh’s Carson Bigbee goes to bat 11 times, tying a record. The two teams combine to leave 40 runners on base. The scheduled game 2 starts at 5:56 but is mercifully called in the second inning when Bill Klem apparently decides there has been enough baseball played for the day. The three extra-inning games in a row between the same clubs sets the NL record (The AL mark is four.) and the 45 total innings played in the 3 games is a ML record.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Senators and Browns split a duo, with the Nats taking the opener, 2-1, behind Walter Johnson’s 4 innings of shutout relief. It is Johnson’s 9th straight win. The Senators make 7 errors in game 2 to help the Browns to a 9-4 win.

23rd The Tigers use a triple play to help them beat the A’s, 7–3. Stuffy McInnis hits a liner to Donie Bush to start it. In the 8th, Ty Cobb steals home against the battery of Tom Sheehan and Val Picinich.

24th  The A’s and the White Sox split a doubleheader with Chicago winning the opener, 9-4 and the A’s taking game 2, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. For Perry, it is his 20th win of the year. He’s the first AL hurler to win 20 for a last-place team.

25th  Behind Jeff Pfeffer and Rube Marquard, the Dodgers apply a doubleheader whitewash to the Cardinals, winning 12–0 and 4–0. In game 1, the Dodgers have 2 bases-loaded triples to tie the NL mark last matched in 1898. Brooklyn’s Hy Myers is thrown out 3 times trying to steal in one game by the Cards, the 2ndplayer this year to be thrown out 3 times in a game. Not till Rodney Scott, in 1979, will another NL runner be caught stealing 3 times.

27th In the 4th inning in New York, Pirates swiftie Max Carey beats out a bunt single, and goes to 2B on a single by Tony Boekel. Both runners steal on the next pitch from Rube Benton and, with Boekel entangled with New York 2B Buck Herzog, Carey steals home as well. Wilbur Cooper makes the one run stand up for the 1–0 win. For Carey, it is his 13th steal of home en route to a NL record 33 steals of home.

At Detroit, Ty Cobb is 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers to a 5–1 win over the Red Sox and lefty Babe Ruth.

28th The Cards rally for 4 runs off Pete Alexander to beat the Phils, 6–5. Gene Paulette’s steal of home is capper.

31st At Fenway, Babe Ruth wins his 20th, beating the A’s, 5–3. Ruth gives up 6 hits and walks 5.