November 1910

5th In a 2-1 win over Oakland in the second game of a doubleheader, San Francisco’s Ping Bodie hits his 30th homer to set a since-topped PCL record (Tony Lazzeri will double it in 1925). Bodie will lead all minor league sluggers in homers.

6th Hunky Shaw of San Francisco goes 3-for-8 in a season-ending doubleheader against Oakland to win the PCL batting title with a .281 average, the lowest winning average in league history (as noted by John Spalding).

27th The touring Detroit Tigers, with Cobb and Crawford in the lineup, play an exhibition game in Havana, Cuba. With George Mullin on the mound, the Tigers beat Almendares, 4–0.

29th It’s the Cuban’s turn today as Cuban ace Jose Mendez shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. On steal attempts, Cobb is thrown out three times by Bruce Petway, who played last year for the Chicago Leland Giants, and Gervasio “Strike” Gonzales. On his last attempt, Cobb argues that the bag is three inches too far. When measured, Cobb is proved correct, but is still out stealing. A frustrated Cobb will cut short the tour and return to the U.S. The Tigers will end their Cuban swing at 7–4, with a tie. This is a reversal of last year’s 4–8 record, when they played the Cuban teams without Cobb and Crawford. The champion A’s also played in Havana at the same time, finishing with a 4–6 record.

December 1910

13th  Former New York Giant Dan McGann, 39, who ended his 13-year career in 1908, shoots himself in a Louisville hotel. No note was left nor a reason given. Earlier in the year a brother of Dan’s committed suicide.

17th John Harris sells the Boston National League team to a syndicate headed by William Hepburn Russell, a New York lawyer and city official, for $100,000. The team will be nicknamed the Rustlers after their new owner.

January 1911

3rd  At Laughery club house, near Rising Sun, Indiana, the National Baseball Commission adopts a rule that bars World Series winners from playing post-season exhibition games. This obscure rule will lead to a direct confrontation between Babe Ruth and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1921.

12th  The Tigers sell veteran outfielder Matty McIntyre to the White Sox. Matty will hit a career -best .323 this year, but then fade.

14th  Bobby Wallace, the era’s outstanding AL SS, is named manager of the Browns. But St. Louis will finish last, and he will be an infielder again by June 1912.

February 1911

11th The Cubs acquire 2B Dave Shean from Boston for 3B Scotty Ingerton and righty Big Jeff Pfeffer. This is the 2nd time that Boston has traded with the Cubs for Big Jeff.

14th  At the NL’s annual meeting, the Giants and Phils get an okay for new home uniforms: white flannel with a fine stripe, an innovation that predates the famed Yankee pinstripes. Reach introduces a cork-centered ball and the number of .300 hitters will jump from 8 in 1910 to 27 in 1911 in the AL. The ERA will go from 2.53 to 3.34.

March 1911

 

3rd Writing in The Sporting News, Tim Murnane observes the Red Sox decision to train in Redondo Beach, California: “I am now satisfied that training a ball team at a Pacific resort is not as good a way as a little early work at Hot Springs of Arkansas.” This will be the only spring training for the Sox on the Coast.

8th In a spring training game, the Red Sox lose to St. Mary’s College of Oakland, 1-0, when third baseman Wallace lines an 8thinning homer off Hugh Bedient.

12th  Former A’s infielder Simon Nicholls, 28, dies of typoid fever.

15th  In Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cy Young announces his retirement, declaring himself too old and too fat to contribute. He’ll reconsider and play this season.

16th  At Hot Springs, the Reds beat the St. Louis Browns, 8-1. Browns manager Wallace’s statement that the team would seek another training site for next year is denied. He wants a separate field from other teams.

17th  Plumbers at work on the drain pipes at Washington’s ballpark start a fire that burns down the grandstand. Since the water has been shut off, fireman can do nothing. Stands will be rebuilt to play the home opener on schedule.

24th  Matthew Stanley Robison, president of the Cardinals, dies unexpectedly. He leaves the club and the bulk of his estate to his niece, Mrs. Helene Hathaway Britton, who will become the first female owner of a ML club.

27th  In Atlanta, the Yankees beat the Crackers, 10-8, with 13 of the runs scoring in the 3rd inning.

28th At Baltimore, the Philadelphia Athletics demolish the Orioles, 18-4, scoring 11 runs in the 9th off Pope.

Larry Doyle’s 9th inning single drives in the go-ahead run as the Giants nip Birmingham, 7-6.

29th  Jack Knight’s hitting and base-running leads the Yankees to a 4-1 win over Birmingham. The locals only run off Caldwell is unearned.

31st In Nashville, the Yankees tune up for a match against the Cincinnati Reds by thrashing the Nashville team (Southern L) 10-0 behind the pitching of Quinn and Caldwell.

April 1911

1st  NL president Tom Lynch reveals he had asked all umpires to produce certificates as to their eyesight; tests showed all have perfect vision.

In Atlanta, the Crackers play an April Fool’s joke on the New York Giants, beating them 6–5. Larry Doyle’s error in the 10th lets in the lead run.

4th  The idea of selecting a Most Valuable Player is introduced. Hugh Chalmers, the automobile maker, offers a new car to the player in each league chosen MVP by a committee of baseball writers. This is in response to last year’s controversy where Chalmers ended up presenting cars to both Lajoie and Ty Cobb, the AL batting leaders.

11th   At Oriole Park in Baltimore, the A’s and the Orioles (IL) play a benefit game for shortstop Simon Nicholls, 28, who died March 12 of typhoid fever. Nicholls played for the A’s, Cleveland and, most recently, the Orioles. Baltimore defeats the A’s, 3-2, scoring all their runs against Lefty Russell. The match raises $2,700 for the Nicholls family.

12th  President Taft throws out the first ball at Washington’s opener, and holdout Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract at $7,000 a year and does not pitch the opener. He won’t miss another until 1922. Dolly Gray takes the mound for the Nationals, winning 8–5, over Boston’s Joe Wood and Ed Karger.

In front of Mayor Gaynor and a record crowd of 30,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Phillies’ Earl Moore walks 8 but he shuts out the Giants, 2–0, in the season opener. The Phils score twice in the 9thon a double by Fred Luderus. For the third straight opener, Red Ames is the loser as Mathewson is being held out for Saturday’s game. The game takes 1 hour, 50 minutes (this game is often noted as taking just 50 minutes).

In the Opener at Brooklyn, the Boston Rustlers score 2 runs in the 8th inning and edge the Superbas, 2-1. Buster Brown (1-0) is the winner for Boston, but he will lose his next 14 to set a franchise record.

Before the start of the opener in Philadelphia, 2B Eddie Collins, the best player on the champion A’s, is presented with a new automobile. Jumbo Vaughn and the A’s Chief Bender then display tough pitching, each allowing a run apiece through seven innings, but Jack Barry’s error in the 8th allows Otis Johnson to score the winning run for the Yankees. Vaughn allows 4 hits in the 2–1 victory.

The Reds suffer their worst Opening Day ever, losing to the Pirates, 14–0. Babe Adams tops Art Fromme with a 4-hitter. The Bucs 17-hit attack is led by Wagner, with 3 hits, Dot Miller with 4 hits and Bobby Byrne with 5 hits, a walk, and 5 RBIs. Reds reliever Jesse Tannehill, pitching his first NL game since jumping the Pirates ship in 1902, gives up 6 hits and walks 3 in 4+ IP. The shock is so great that Tannehill retires after this game.

13th  With Cleveland leading St. Louis 3–1 in the 9th inning at Cleveland’s League Park, the game is stopped because of a severe storm. Many fans are bruised by hailstones.

Phillies P Jack Rowan allows just 3 hits while his teammates pepper Christy Mathewson for 14 hits in 18 innings. The Quakers beat the Giants, 6–1. Hours later, the Polo Grounds grandstand and LF bleachers ignite in a mysterious fire, lighting up the night sky with flames. President Frank Farrell of the Highlanders invites the Giants to use the AL grounds, Hilltop Park; the offer is accepted, paving the way for the Giants’ invitation for the AL team to use the Polo Grounds when the Hilltop Park lease expires after the 1912 season. A $500,000 steel-and-concrete structure will replace the wooden stands of the Polo Grounds.

14th  Cleveland’s great pitcher Addie Joss dies unexpectedly from tubercular meningitis. Beset with arm injuries last season, Joss made just 13 appearances last year, but his career ERA of 1.88, compiled in 9 seasons, will earn him a plaque in Cooperstown. Joss died in his hometown of Toledo after returning there from spring training.

15th  Walter Johnson ties a ML record, and sets the AL mark, by striking out 4 batters in the 5th inning of Washington’s 6–2 loss against Boston. The 5th inning runner scores the game’s first run, and Boston scores 3 more in the 6th, plus runs in the 7th and 9thto beat the Nationals ace.

Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his ML debut, but an unearned run in the 9th by Boston gives the Phils rookie a 5–4 loss. Bill Klem makes the call behind the plate.

At Hilltop Park, the Giants beat Brooklyn, 6–3, as pitcher Otis Crandall lines a pair of triples. He also did it last September. He’ll hit a pair of triples in a 1914 game. In his 10-year career, Crandall will have 19 triples while compiling .285/.372/.398 numbers.

The Reds and Cards swap catchers, with Mike Gonzalez going to Cincy and Ivey Wingo (also spelled Ivy Wingo) to St. Louis.

17th  The Giants pick up 4 stolen bases in a 3–1 win over Brooklyn, the start of a post-1900 record 347 steals for the year. Eight Giants will steal 19 bases or better, topped by Josh Devore’s 61 and Larry Doyle’s 38.

Addie Joss’s funeral is held at Toledo with Billy Sunday preaching the sermon. The funeral is the 2nd largest in the city’s history. His Cleveland teammates insist on being there, forcing postponement of the season opener. Ban Johnson announces that there is no disagreement with the players and that “the game will be made up later in the season.”

A bill to permit Sunday baseball is refused in the lower house of the New Jersey legislature.

18th Ty Cobb starts the scoring for the Tigers by swiping home in the first inning on the front end of a double steal. The battery is George Kahler and Syd Smith for Cleveland as Detroit wins, 5–1.

21st At Baker Bowl, the first-place Phils stop the Giants, 3–0, as Earl Moore fires a one-hitter. Fred Snodgrass’s 6th-inning single is the lone hit. Moore had a two-hit shutout over the Giants on April 12th. Sherry Magee has a homer and drives in all three runs.

Boston spoils opening day at Washington Park by beating the Superbas, 9-5, scoring 5 in the 8th and one in the 9th. The day starts beautifully as the two teams march behind Shannon’s 23rdStreet Regiment Band from home plate to the CF flagpole. Following the raising of the flag, umpire Bill Klem catches the ceremonial first pitch from Borough president Steers.

The Yankees Russ Ford, who finished last season with a 12-game winning streak, loses to the Bob Groom and the Senators, 1-0.

24th  Battle Creek of the South Michigan League makes 2 triple plays in the first 2 innings against Grand Rapids, a trick never performed in the ML.

NL President Lynch orders his umpires to stop catchers, especially Roger Bresnahan, from verbally attacking batters.

25th  In his last full season as a player, 38-year-old Pirate player-manager Fred Clarke is kept busy with 10 putouts in LF as the Bucs beat St. Louis, 9-4. Howie Camnitz is the winning pitcher, allowing 7 hits including a pair of homers by Steve Evans.

In Brooklyn, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-2, behind Lefty Leifield. Bobby Byrne has his second 5-hit game this season for the Bucs.

The Giants beat Boston, 3–1, with Christy Mathewson outpitching Patsy Flaherty.

26th In the first of two with Brooklyn, Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his first ML game, 10–3. Alex strikes out six and walks six, while slapping two of the Phillies 7 hits.

27th Honus Wagner’s double is the only hit off Art Fromme as the Reds edge the Pirates, 1-0. Howie Camnitz takes the loss, allowing 5 hits.

28th In Philadelphia, Walter Johnson picks up his first win of the year, edging the A’s 2–1. Frank Baker hits a solo HR off Johnson, the first HR over the fence the Washington ace has allowed: there have been two inside-the-park homers hit off Walter.

29th Before 15,000 at Washington Park, Mathewson hurls the Giants to a 7–3 win, defeating Cy Barger.

In the Highlanders 10–6 loss to the A’s, New York pitchers Hippo Vaughn and Jack Quinn throw just 7 pitches to the A’s Stuffy McGinnis, who has five singles. Stuffy hits a first pitch 3 times and the 2nd pitch twice.

May 1911

1st Detroit rolls by Cleveland 14–5 as Cobb again steals home against off George Kahler. This time, Grover Land is the catcher. Smith was behind the plate on the 18th.

Pete Alexander is backed by two homers—by John Titus and Sherry McGee—as the Philadelphia Phillies top Boston’s Buster Brown, 3–1. Boston records 23 assists, including a NL record 8 in the 4th inning.

The Phillies long-time trainer (17 years) Mike Scanlon dies at age 70.

3rd At Baker Bowl, Big Jeff Pfeffer (3-0) tops the Phillies 4-3 and hits a homer to help in the win. Boston player-manager Fred Tenney backs Jeff with 5 hits.

With the team at 6-11, Cleveland manager Deacon McGuire resigns. 1B George Stovall takes over.

4th Staked to a 6–0 lead, Giants’ ace Christy Mathewson coasts to a 7–2 win against Boston.

With the score a misleading 2-1 after four innings, the Pirates go on a tear and down the Cardinals, 17-1. Fred Clarke drives in 6 runs and Honus Wagner hits a grand slam. Elmer Steele allows two hits in 7 innings and leaves after being hit by a pitch.

6th  The Yankees score 5 runs in the 3rd inning to top the Red Sox, 6–3. They also turn their first triple play in eight years. It happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound when Bill Carrigan lines into a game-ending triple play started by SS Roach.

The A’s Eddie Collins hits the first homer at Washington DC’s stadium, but the Nationals prevail over Philadelphia, 7–6.

In Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Babe Adams makes the lead stand up to beat the Cardinals, 3-2.

7th  Cobb goes 4-for-5 and drives in the tying and winning runs to help Detroit beat lefty Doc White and the Chicago White Sox, 5–4.

In St. Louis, the Naps down the Browns, 6-2, as Joe Jackson hits a grand slam off Jack Powell in the 12th inning.

8th The Phillies Grover Alexander records his first shutout, stopping Brooklyn 5–0 on 3 hits. Alex fans 9 to run his record to 4–1.

At New York, Smoky Joe Wood beats the Yankees, 4–0, in 6 innings. He gives up just one hit, a single to Caldwell.

9th At Hilltop Park, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown renew their rivalry, Matty emerges the winner, 5–2 over the Cubs ace.

The Tigers win their 12th straight at home since the beginning of the year, beating the Yankees, 10-0. The record of 12-0 at home to start a season will not be matched this century.

In Boston, the Reds’ Fred Beck booms a grand slam in the 1st off Lefty Tyler and Cincinnati wins, 6–3.

The Cubs purchase pitcher Charlie Smith from Newark after he had been sent down by the Red Sox. Smith had gone 14-6 for Boston over the past two years.

10th  The Detroit Tigers lose their first home game of the year 6–2, as New York hands George Mullin his first loss. The Tigers have a 21–3 record and will lead the pack until July 4th.

The Reds do all their scoring with homers in outlasting the Rustlers, 8–7, in 15 innings. Dick Egan has his only homer of the year—a grand slam in the 5th—and Boom-Boom Beck, Dick Hoblitzell and Tommy Clark all hit solo homers. The Reds will hit only 21 homers all year, and Hoblitzell will hit 11 of them.

11th Against a coasting Grover Alexander, the Pirates rally for 6 hits and 7 runs in the 9th inning, but fall far short as the Phillies win, 19–10. Honus Wagner is 1-for-2 before being tossed by umpire Bill Finneran.

The White Sox pound Senator pitcher Bob Groom for 20 hits and 20 runs to win, 20–6. Eight players score 2 or more runs.

The Giants beat the visiting Phillies, 5-3, as Fred Snodgrass is 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and Larry Doyle scores 3 runs. Doyle also hits his 11th triple of the month, the first player in the 20th century to hit 10 or more in a month. It will be equaled by Amos Strunk.

The Red Sox sell Frank Smith to Cincinnati. Smith was a 25-game winner in 1909 with the White Sox, but fell to 5-11 last year. He’ll go 10–14 with the Reds this year.

Kansas City’s Homer Smoot is 6-for-6 in an AA game against St. Paul.

12th  Against the Yankees at Bennett Park, Cobb scores a run from 1st on a short single to right, scores from 2B on a wild pitch, then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York C Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate, the rest of the infield gathers, leaving Cobb untended at 2B. With no time out called, Cobb strolls to third base, and then ambles in to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players, he quickly slides in with the go-ahead run. The Tigers win, 6–5.

The Reds do all their scoring in the last five innings against Boston to win, 18-8. Big Jeff Pfeffer (5-1) gives up 10 runs on 13 hits in 6 innings for the loss; his counterpart George Suggs is not much better, allowing 8 runs in 5 1/3 innings, but he’ll take the win. Bob Bescher is 5-for-7, with a double and triple, in the 21-hit salute.

13th  Playing at Hilltop Park while the Polo Grounds are being refurbished, Fred Merkle has 6 RBIs in one inning—on a three-run double and an inside-the-park home run—as the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning, including 7 before an out is recorded. After Merkle’s double, a sac gets him to 3B, and he scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning ML record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900, and it remains a Giants club record through the 20thcentury. John McGraw decides to save starter Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning, but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last 8 innings and strikes out 14, setting a 20th century NL record, and a since broken ML record, for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001, while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll, 19–5, pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.

At Philadelphia, Grover Alexander relieves George Chalmers with the score 1-1 in the 9th and shuts out the Reds for 8 innings. Pete gives up no hits while striking out 8. The Phils finally score in the 16th on Moran’s two-out single to win it.

Paced by Ty Cobb’s 3rd inning grand slam, his first ever, the Tigers take a 10–1 lead over the Red Sox after 5 innings. But Boston ties it in the 9th on Duffy Lewis’s grand slam, and wins it in the 10th inning, 13–11. Boston outhits Detroit, 20–14. Ed Karger serves up the grand slam to Cobb, while Ed Willett reciprocates with Lewis.

14th  More than 15,000 turn out for Cleveland’s first Sunday game, and they see a 14–3 win over the New York Highlanders. George Stovall paces Cleveland with 4 hits.

NL president Tom Lynch asked umpires to “hustle the games along.”

15th  With the score tied in the 10th inning, Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood intentionally walks Ty Cobb, issuing one of two intentional free passes the star will receive all season. Two batters later Jim Delahanty drives in Cobb for Detroit’s 5–4 win. With two safeties today, Cobb starts a 40-game hit streak.

In Philadelphia, the Phils tally 43 total bases and paste the Reds, 21–5. Eight players have two or more hits including Bert Humphries, the winning hurler, who has three. Catcher Pat Moran goes hitless. The Phils plate 10 runs off George McQuillan in 3+ innings and another seven off Barney Schreiber, making his ML debut in mop up.

Honus Wagner hits a first-inning 3-run homer to start the Pirates offense on to a 12-10 win over the Boston Rustlers. Wagner has three hits, three runs and 4 RBIs, and catcher Mike Simon goes 5-for-5 in the win.

Ring Lardner writes, “They are using a new ball this year. It’s livelier and that means more hitting, and more hitting means longer games, and that’s the devil. It appears to be impossible to finish a game in less than two hours.”

The Giants beat the Cardinals 10-6 in a game that takes 2 hours 20 minutes to play. The New York Times headlines “Giants Win Long, Uninteresting Game”. The Times writer seems to think the new cork-centered ball is partly at fault (according to R.J. Lesch).

In a Blue Grass League game, O. Romie of Maysville strikes out 21 batters in a 5-0 win over Frankfort.

17th Fred Luderus cracks an 11th-inning HR to give Pete Alexander a 4–3 win over Pittsburgh. The Phils (23-9) move back into first place.

In Boston, the Pirates reach Cliff Curtis for 13 hits in fashioning a 7-6 win in 12 innings. Honus Wagner has 3 hits including a double and homer, while reliever Lefty Leifield hits a two-run double in the 11th. Boston answers with a 2-run homer by Scotty Ellerton, their second homer of the game. Buck Herzog homers to run his batting streak to 20 games.

18th Babe Adams (6-1) pitches the Pirates to a 6–1 win over the Giants. The Bucs gang up on Mathewson for 10 hits in 7 innings. For the second time in 3 games, Larry Doyle has a pair of triples on his way to a record-tying 11 for the month (Perry Werden, July 1893). Doyle will have just one in June but will lead the NL with 25 triples this season.

The Superbas edge the visiting Reds, 2-1, behind Doc Scanlan and Al Burch, who has 3 hits and drives in both runs. Reds reliever Bill Burns is suspended and sent home for laziness, after falling asleep on the stoop of the Brooklyn clubhouse. During a recent game in Boston he was sent to the bullpen to warm up and after throwing a few balls he went into the clubhouse and fell asleep. “As a result Manager Griffith sent him home to get all the sleep he desires” (New York Times, May 22, as noted by Kevin Gertsen). He will be waived to the Phillies.

In the 7-run 6th inning, Ivy Olson goes long off Tom Hughes, hitting a grand slam to pace the Naps to a 9-6 victory over the Senators. It is Ivy’s first ML homer: he’ll wait till 1914 to hit his next.

19th  Detroit edges the A’s 9–8. Cobb chips in with a triple and 2 runs and starts a DP from center field doubling Frank Baker off first. A’s starter Jack Coombs is hit in the head with a throw while backing up home in the 1st inning. He has to be carried off but will start tomorrow. Tiger starter Lively is hit in the head with pitch in the 2nd frame, but woozily continues for several innings. Stanage’s homer wins it in the 8th as the Tigers are outhit 19-8.

20th  The A’s outslug the Tigers to win 14–12, as Cobb goes 3-for-4 against the winner Jack Coombs. Coombs, who will end up as the top winner in the AL for the 2nd year in row, was the starter yesterday when the Tigers won. A Coombs pitch in the 1st inning breaks the wrist of Tiger 1B Del Gainor (spelled Gainer in the record books; Gainor in contemporary accounts) effectively ending both the Tigers’ chances this year and Gainor’s promising career (he’ll play part-time through 1922). He is not expected to play for 6 weeks, but that will stretch to September. His replacement Jack Ness starts a 1-6 triple play to Bush, the Tigers’ 2nd triple play this season.

A New England League game in Lynn, MA is called in the 7thinning because of dense fog. Lynn is leading until Weaver of Fall River hits a fly ball to the OF with a man on. The Lynn outfielders are unable to locate the ball, and both runners score to go ahead 6–5. After a dispute, umpire Walsh rules that the game has to revert to the 6th inning with Lynn winning by a 5–4 score.

22nd  Boston (NL) hurler Cliff Curtis sets a ML mark by losing his 23rd consecutive game, 3–1, to the Cardinals. The streak began on June 13, 1910, the season he lost 18 in a row.

The Phillies pick up veteran Sleepy Bill Burns from the Reds on waivers.

23rd  Detroit beats Washington’s Walter Johnson, 9–8. Detroit loads the bases in the 8th inning for Ty Cobb, already 3-for-4 with 3 stolen bases, and Walter Johnson, in relief of Gray, walks him to force in what will be the winning run.

At Hilltop Park, New York’s Christy Mathewson continues his mastery of the Reds, beating them, 7–2, for the 18th straight time.

24th  Home Run Baker collects 5 hits, including three for extra bases, to lead the A’s to a 9-1 win over the Naps. Spec Harkness (2-1) goes the distance for Cleveland, allowing 17 hits.

An abdominal ailment sidelines Nap Lajoie. He will get into only 90 games for the year and bat .365.

25th  The Tigers lose to Walter Johnson and the Senators, 6–2, although Cobb nicks him for 2 hits.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates down the Superbas, 7-2, as leadoff hitter Bobby Byrne has his second 5-hit game of the season. Lefty Leifield, on his way to his 6th straight season of 15+ wins, takes the decision. Lefty will throw 100 more innings this year than last and in 1912 he’ll win just one game.

In St. Louis, Grover Alexander beats the Cards, 4–3, to stop the Phillies 6-game loss streak. The Card score 3 in the 9th, but Pete hangs on for the win.

26th  In one of the few games in which both appear, Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander are relievers in a 5–3 win for the Giants over the Phillies. Matty takes over for Bugs Raymond in the 8th after the starter gives up 2 quick runs. With runners on 1B and 3B, Mickey Doolan flies to Devlin in right and his perfect strike to Chief Meyers is good for a DP. The Giant score to give Matty the win over Bill Burns, though by today’s standards, it would be a save.

Boston Rustler Cliff Curtis (1-5) stops his ML record losing streak of 23 games by beating Cy Barger and visiting Brooklyn, 7–2. Curtis has a pair of hits and is helped when Bill Sweeney leads off with a homerun.

27th Pitching his 2nd game in a row, Mathewson hurls the 1st-place Giants to a 2–0 win against the Phillies. Thousands are turned away at Hilltop Park.

Art Fromme allows just one hit—a double by Wagner in the 2nd—in pitching the Reds to a 1–0 win over Pittsburgh.

At Chicago, Cleveland and Chicago battle to a 5–5 tie after 9 innings, before Ed Walsh takes over in the 10th. The Naps rattle him for two doubles and a run, and ace rookie Vean Gregg, who takes over in the 8th, holds on for a 6–5 win. Frank Lange strikes out 10 Naps in 9 innings, but gives up 9 hits and five walks. Joe Birmingham has three hits to pace Cleveland.

After giving up 3 runs in 6 innings, the roof caves in on the Browns Bill Bailey, as the Tigers send him home a 9–3 loser. In the 5th inning, Browns catcher Jim Stephens, attempting to catch Bush’s pop foul, crashes into the grandstand, knocking himself senseless, and sustaining a sprained ankle. Melly Meleon has his 2nd homer in a week for St. Louis, off winning pitcher Doc Lafitte.

At Washington, the Nationals knock Ray Collins out of the box and beat Boston, 9–4, behind Long Tom Hughes. Tris Speaker, batting for Ed Cicotte in the 9th, has the longest hit of the day, a triple.

In New York, a team from the University of Keio tops Fordham, 11–6 in 8 innings. “The American collegians outplayed by Little Men From Orient at Bronx Oval” banners the New York Times, which then relates that most of the American crowd of 5,000 cheered for the visitors.

29th  Carrying the Cubs from St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Railroad sets a speed record, covering the 191 miles from Columbus, OH, to Pittsburgh in 215 minutes. Arriving in time for the game, the Cubs win, 4–1, with 4 runs in the 4th inning. Joe Tinker’s triple is the big blow.

Boston’s Bill Sweeney is 5-for-5 in the Rustlers’ 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

30th  New York takes the NL lead, winning two from Brooklyn. Giants C Art Wilson makes the first 9 putouts in the morning game as four Superbas fan, three foul out, and two are thrown out at home trying to score on base hits. The Giants win, 4–1, before 8,000. Before a turnaway crowd of 25,000 in the nitecap, Bugs Raymond gives up just a single in 5 innings before leaving with acute stomach pain “just southwest of the fourth rib” (NY Times) caused by eating a strawberry sundae between games. Red Ames allows two hits the rest of the way as the Giants whip the Dodgers Nap Rucker, 3–0.

After one day at the top, the Cubs drop to 3rd, as the Pirates sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 1–0 and 4–1. But the first game is protested by Chicago, presumably for batting out of order, and the protest will later be upheld. All the records including Babe Adams 4-hit shutout (he’ll still lead the NL with 7) and Honus Wagner’s hitless game are tossed. Thanks to the successful protest, Wagner will end the season at a league-leading .334, one point ahead of Dots Miller. In the afternoon contest, Howie Camnitz tops Ed Reulbach, who is drilled for 6 hits and all 4 runs in two innings. Wagner has a pair of hits in the nitecap.

In the afternoon contest in Boston, Phils rookie Pete Alexander pitches the 2nd game of a holiday doubleheader, winning, 11–4. Philley also wins the morning game, 3–0, in 10 innings behind Earl Moore’s three-hitter.

The first-place Tigers sweep a pair from the Naps, edging Cleveland 3-2 in game 1, and 6-5 in game 2. All five runs in game 1 score on sacrifice flies.

31st At St. Louis, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 4-2 and 15-8. The Cards bunch hits in the 8th to win the opener, and take the second match by scoring 10 run in the 7th on 9 hits and 2 HBPs.

June 1911

2nd At Washington, the Senators double up the front-running Detroit Tigers, 14-7. Doc Gessler has an inside-the-park grand slam for Washington.

3rd  In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank “Wildfire” Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard, in the 8th inning, to beat the Giants, 8–4. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks’ five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte’s only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.

The Phils Earl Moore walks just 4 Pirate batters, but three come in the 9th inning and all three are pinch hitters, a ML record. The Pirates score twice in the bottom of the 9th to win, 4-3.

Led by Cobb’s 3 hits, including 2 triples, the Tigers beat the Senators’ ace Walter Johnson, 7–2.

4th The Reds roll over the Boston Braves (Rustlers), 26-3, setting a since tied record of 13 different players scoring. Four runs come in on Eddie Grant’s grand slam off Jiggs Parson in the 8th. Mike Mitchell collects 5 hits and scores 4, one of 8 players to score two or more runs. Boston helps by handing out 11 walks.

5th In Pittsburgh, Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 5–4, in the 10th, with the Phils winning run scoring on a fumble by Honus Wagner. Pirate Tommy Leach also helps the Phils by losing a fly ball in the sun that drops for a triple. Rookie star Alexander, pitching in his 100th inning, commits a balk, the only balk he’ll make in his career of 5,088.2 innings.

At Boston, the Reds beat the Braves, 9-2. Johnny Bates is 4-for-4 to run his hit streak to 9 straight in the 3 games in Boston. He has reached base 13 straight times. Meanwhile, back in Cincinnati, the team’s board of directors interview manager Clark Griffith on the team’s mediocre performance and gives him a vote of confidence.

At Chicago, the Giants jump on Harry McIntire for 7 runs in the 9th to win, 7–1. New York is led by Fred Merkle who doubles and triples in the big inning; he’s out trying to stretch his double. Mathewson wins for New York, to even the series at two games apiece and keep New York atop the NL.

Boston reliever Smoky Joe Wood strikes out a record three White Sox pinch hitters in the 9th inning to save a 5–4 Red Sox win.

7th  After 2 years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, “Turkey Mike” Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants, but John McGraw’s willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.

Donlin doesn’t play, but Pirates pitchers have the Giants hitting the ball on the ground all day. Pittsburgh has 55 total chances on a ML record 28 assists and 27 putouts. Seven errors help the Giants to a 9–4 win.

In the 7th inning against the Dodgers, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman and Al Kaiser both steal home—the only time in history the Cubs have pulled the feat off. Chicago will swipe home an NL-record 17 times this year.

8th The Cards chase Bugs Raymond and the Giants, scoring 8 runs in 6 innings off Bugs. McGraw is furious with Raymond, suspecting him of drinking again. He suspends him and fines him $200. A week from now, Raymond will turn up in Connecticut, making a lone pitching appearance for the hamlet of Winsted in a 4–0 loss to Torrington. Bugs will return to the Giants where he’ll be used sparingly.

At St. Louis, 4 Browns batters reach base on errors in the 4thinning, a record, and St. Louis beats the Red Sox, 11–5.

In the White Sox game against the host Hilltoppers in New York, pitcher Russ Ford hits Sox SS Roy Corhan on the head with a pitch (as noted by Retrosheet). New York manager Hal Chase allows Ping Bodie as a courtesy runner for Corhan, even though Bodie is already in the lineup. In the bottom of the frame, Bodie returns to CF, with Tannehill moving from 1B to SS. Pitcher Doc White finishes at 1B.

In a Mountain States League game at Huntington, Charleston beats Huntington, 1–0, in 11 innings behind a no-hitter by Niehaus. George W. Baumgarner of Huntington matches him for 10 hitless innings before giving up 3 hits in the 11th. Niehaus strikes out 16 batters and Baumgarner 14 batters.

9th Pete Alexander tosses 4 innings of relief to preserve a 4–3 Phillie win over the Reds.

At Forbes Field, the Giants keep their hold on 1st place with a 6–3 win against Pittsburgh’s Lefty Leifield. Christy Mathewson is the winner.

10th  At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Bobby Byrne steals 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning against Brooklyn. His swipe of 2B is on the back end of a double steal with Fred Clarke scoring on a contested play. When Brooklyn C Bill Bergen and pitcher Doc Scanlon argue the call with Bill Klem, Byrne sneaks to 3B. Doc Scanlon gets tossed by umpire Bill Klem and the remaining 8 runs are rung up against reliever George Bell. After Dots Miller walks, he and Byrne pull of another double steal. Up 8–0 in the 8th, Pittsburgh tries a triple steal, and scores a run on a throwing error. But no steals are handed out on the play. The final is 9–0.

Washington rolls by the White Sox, 18–7. Ewart Walker, father of Dixie and Harry Walker, makes his ML debut and collects a single, double, and triple in the win.

The Cubs trade C Johnny Kling, P Orlie Weaver, P Hank Griffin, and OF Al Kaiser to the Boston Doves for C Peaches Graham, P Cliff Curtis, Wilbur “Lefty” Good, and OF Bill Collins. Curtis (1–8), who began the year with 5 straight losses after ending last season with 18 straight defeats, will be swapped to the Phillies in August.

At Princeton’s Commencement day, a crowd of 18,000 watch as Yale nine beats the Tigers, 6–2.

11th  At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs crush lowly Boston, 20–2. Chicago is led by the slugging of Heinie Zimmerman who drives home a club-record 9 runs on two three-run homers, a 2-run triple, and a single. Zim scores 4 runs while Jimmy Sheckard scores 5 runs on one hit and 4 walks.

12th Rookie starter Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches the Phillies to a 8–4 win over the Cardinals.

13th Christy Mathewson (11–2) gives up 11 hits but still beats the Reds, 5–2. Art Fromme loses as Matty wins for the 19th straight time against Cincy.

Oakland (PCL) pitcher Harry Ables throws a no-hitter against Los Angeles, winning 2-1. Metzger scores the lone run for LA. On July 3, 1905, Ables threw two shutouts in the Texas League.

17th  The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins, 3–2. Cobb is held to an infield single.

Cards pitcher Bob Harmon allows just 3 hits in beating Mathewson and the Giants, 2–1. Matty allows just 2 hits in the loss.

18th Down 13–1 after 4 1⁄2 innings, the Tigers make up a 12-run deficit to stage the biggest comeback (since tied) in ML history, defeating the visiting Chicago White Sox by a score of 16–15. Ty Cobb chips in with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, as the Tigers score 5 in the 8th and 3 runs in the 9th. Cobb gets 2 home to tie in the 9th when he slides into 1B on his grounder to Lord with 2 on. Both runners score and goes for an error though some think Cobb had it beat. He scores the winner when Sam Crawford hits a drive over the head of CF Ping Bodie for a walkoff double. The Tigers use 18 players as reliever Ed Walsh takes the loss with Clarence Mitchell pitching the last two innings to win. The record will be matched on June 15, 1925 by the A’s.

The Cubs beat the Phillies 4-3 when, with reliever Earl Moore on the mound, Frank Schulte steals home in the 8th. The Phillies erupt in protest, saying the Moore’s pitch hit the batter Shean, while the ump contends that it glanced off catcher Pat Moran’s wind pad. The Cubs will steal home a NL-record 17 times this year, a mark tied by the Giants next year.

In Baltimore, Orioles manager Jack Dunn calls off an exhibition game with the Yankees because the New Yorkers failed to send manager Hal Chase and SS John Knight.

19th  At Detroit’s Bennett Field, Ty Cobb singles off Chicago’s Irv Young, then scores from first on a single. With his hit, Cobb equals Bill Bradley’s AL hit record of 29 straight games set in 1902. Detroit wins 8–5,

20th  Ty Cobb breaks the AL hit streak record with an infield single against Cleveland’s Willie Mitchell. It’s Cobb’s 30th straight game. He adds 2 stolen bases to help Detroit win, 8–3.

Pete Alexander pitches 3 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win in a 6–5 Phillies victory at Brooklyn.

21st Pete Alexander wins for the 2nd day in a row, hooking up with Brooklyn’s Doc Scanlon for a 15-inning operation, won by the Phils, 2–1.

In Boston, the Giants top the Rustlers, 4–0, with Mathewson allowing just 4 hits.

The first-place Cubs keep their lead over the Giants by pasting the Pirates, 14-1. Harry McIntire (8-2) earns the win as Chicago collects 18 hits off 4 ineffective Buc pitchers. Wilbur Good has 4 hits while Jimmy Sheckard and Frank Schulte each drive in 3 runs. One of the Buc pitchers is Ensign Cottrell, who gives up 4 runs in an inning in his first ML appearance and his only one in a Pirate uniform. He’ll play one game for the Cubs, A’s, and the Braves before the Yankees work him for 7 games in the next 4 years. He will and total 12 games for 5 teams.

23rd In an 8-7 Reds win in Cincinnati, Cards player-manager Roger Bresnahan is called out on strikes by Bill Klem to end the game. When Roger argues too long over the call, Klem belts him. Bresnahan doesn’t swing back and an embarrassed NL president Lynch will fine the arbiter $50 for the punch. Steve Evans has 4 hits, including two triples, for the Redbirds.

In a 3–2 New York win against the Senators, Highlander 1B Hal Chase makes a ML record 21 putouts.

24th At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, a crowd of 20,000 see Mathewson defeat Elmer Knetzer, 7–4, for a Giants victory.

At Boston, Stuffy McInnis hits a grand slam off Fred Hall in the 9thto lead the A’s to a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox.

26th In Philadelphia, Grover Alexander shuts out Boston Rustlers, 5–0. Phillies’ catcher/manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home. Dooin will play in only 74 games this season. The speedy catcher had broken his knee the year before.

27th  In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A’s Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter’s box to lead off and hits Ed Karger’s warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park HR while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan’s protests to ump Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of Ban Johnson’s new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. The A’s win, 7–3. Ban Johnson’s time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.

At Forbes Field, Johnny Bates hits a first-inning single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 24, but then he is caught stealing and ejected for protesting the call. His Reds lose, 4-1, to the Pirates.

White Sox ace Ed Walsh shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. Cobb is held to an infield single and then is cut down stealing.

28th   Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds, the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers, seating 10,000, were untouched, but the new double-decker seats another 16,000. Only 6,000 fans show up for the inauguration as Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers, 3–0, on 9 hits. While guests at the Highlanders Hilltop Park, the Giants won 21 of 29 games.

30th Brooklyn’s Baron Knetzer lords it over Grover Alexander, handing Pete and the Phils a 5–0 shutout. Alexander’s record is now 15–3 and the Phils are tied for 2nd with the Cubs, two games behind New York.

At St. Louis, the Cards hand the Pirates a 5–3 defeat. St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins puts the capper on the win by nabbing Max Carey in the 9th inning with a hidden ball trick. It is the second time this month he’s pulled off the trick, doing so on June 11.

July 1911

1st  In a 3–0 Chicago win over the host Reds, Cubs player-manager Frank Chance leaves the game suffering from a blood clot in the brain. Except for 11 brief appearances at 1B over the next 3 years, his playing days are over.

Josh Devore has a pair of homers and a double to back Rube Marquard’s pitching and the Giants trounce the visiting Boston Rustlers, 9-1. Bill Sweeney has 3 hits for Boston to run his hit streak to 26 games.

The A’s pound Walter Johnson for 13 runs, the most he’ll allow in his career, and beat Washington, 13–8. Frank Baker hits his 2nd of five career homers off Johnson in the 6th with a man on.

Ty Cobb, who had an infield single off Earl Hamilton in his last game, on June 29th, repeats by beating out another infield hit against the St. Louis lefty. Again, Detroit wins, this time 8–0, as pitcher Ed Willet takes the victory. Willet chips in a pair of triples, one shy of Jouett Meekin’s 1894 mark for pitchers.

2nd  Detroit pounds out a 14–6 victory over Cleveland as Ty Cobb, hitting in his 40th straight game, has 3 hits and 3 runs.

3rd With the Phils leading the Giants’ Christy Mathewson, 4–3, Pete Alexander relieves Sleepy Bill Burns in the 7th and holds New York scoreless over the last 3 innings. The Phils jump on Matty for another 3 runs in the 8th to win, 7–3, as they collect 14 hits off the ace. New York holds a one-game lead over the Cubs.

In the second of two at Philadelphia, the A’s Frank Baker hits for the cycle in a 5–1 win over the Yankees. Baker’s 2-run homer in the 9th into the CF bleachers cements the win. The A’s take game 1 in 12 innings, 7-6, scoring a pair in the 12th frame. McInnes and Barry pull of a double steal and both come in on a tough ground out to score.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas beat Boston, 7–3, snapping Bill Sweeney’s hit streak of 26 games. He gets two walks. He won’t reach base on July 5, stopping his streak of 43 games on base.

4th  In the morning game between Chicago and Detroit, Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb’s 40-game hitting streak, as the White Sox win, 7–3. Though neither Detroit paper mentions the streak, Cobb has hit .491 since the skein started on May 15th.

The Phillies sweep a pair from the Giants and literally knock New York P Doc Crandall out of the box in game 2,when he is hit with a line drive by Red Dooin. Doc gets relief from Rube Marquard, but Pete Alexander (16-4) picks up the win. Fred Luderus strokes 2 homers for the Quakers, his third multi-hit game in a row. His hit streak will eventually stop at 17 games. The Phillies prevail, 11-7 and 7-5.

On the hottest July 4th on record in New York (93 degrees. It was 98 yesterday), the Athletics take a pair from the Yankees, winning 7-4 and 11-9 in 11 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 1stinning of game 2, but the White Elephants climb back. Home Run Baker has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs in game 2. Both Philadelphia teams are in first place by a half game.

In game 1 at Chicago, Wildfire Schulte, hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Bob Keefe to lead the Cubs to an 8–3 win over the Reds. Reggie Richter is the victor. Down 8–1, Cincinnati uses the game to debut their two Cuban signees, Rafael Almeida and Armando Marsans, as pinch hitters in the 8th. The two are the first Cuban-born major leaguers in the 20th century. Almeida strikes out, but Marsans singles, the first Cuban to collect a ML hit in the 20thcentury. Almeida has a hit in his next at bat in the game. The second game ends at 2-2 after ten innings.

5th The Phils pound Mathewson for the 2nd time in 3 days, beating the Giants ace, 6–4. Dode Paskert is 4-for-4 to lead the Quakers 14-hit attack.

The Browns jump on Naps starter Spec Harkness for 5 runs in the 2nd inning, but Cleveland comes back to win, 11-7. For Specs, who threw 3 shutout innings yesterday in relief, this is his last ML appearance as he now heads for the PCL.

In the PCL, lefty Ferd Henkel, recent graduate of the University of Oregon, makes a splash in his debut by firing a no-hitter against Sacramento for the Portland Beavers.

6th The Cards and Phils combine to hand out 23 walks, tying the record set last year (May 4) by the Cards (16) and Reds (7). Today the St. Louis pitchers walk 13, including a record 8 in the 3rdinning. St. Louis still wins, 13-9. Fred Luderus has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, as he collects 4 hits. Pete Alexander (16-5) gives up six runs in 3 innings of relief for the loss.

With the score even at 10 apiece after 8 innings, the Reds score 2 in the 9th to edge host Boston, 12-11, as Johnny Kling and Patsy Doherty each hit homers. Doherty is 4-for-6.

7th At St. Louis, Smoky Joe Wood allows a single to Burt Shotton in pitching a one-hitter. The Boston Red Sox win, 6–1.

8th New York’s Rube Marquard hits his only career HR, off Chicago’s Harry McIntire, to help himself to a 5–2 win at the newly refurbished Polo Grounds.

9th At Cleveland, Naps rookie pitcher Gene Krapp shows that tales of his wildness are just a load of crap as he shuts out the A’s, 1-0, beating Cy Morgan. Krapp will lead the AL in walks this season with 138 while posting a 13-9 record.

At St. Louis, the Red Sox treble the Browns, 9-3. Hal Janvrin debuts, going 2-for-4 with his lone ribbie of the year. He’ll not hit his weight (168 lbs) this year but come back to improve somewhat in subsequent seasons. According to historian Bill Nowlin, Janvrin is the first player to go directly to the majors from high school. Tris Speaker is hit on the head with a pitch in the 7th and goes to the bench. Les Wilon is a courtesy runner for him, and Speaker is back in the field in the 8th,

The Reds swap Fred Beck, last year’s co-leader in homers in the NL with 10, to the Phils. The Phils send Bert Humphries to the Reds. Beck was acquired from the Braves in March, but hit just .184 for Cincy. He was the second Brave in 4 years to lead the NL in homers and then get shipped to the Reds in the off-season. The other, Dave Brain, lasted just 16 games with the Reds in 1908. Beck will have 3 homers this year for Philadelphia, helping them to be the first ML team with more homers than triples in a year. Beck will move to the Cubs after the season.

10th  Sherry Magee, star OF for the Phillies, knocks down umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called 3rd strike. Finneran’s cut lip keeps bleeding and he is forced to go to the hospital to have it stitched up. Magee ire was raised in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. He will be fined $200 and suspended for the season, but upon appeal he will be reinstated after 5 weeks and 29 games missed. Magee ire was started in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. NL president Lynch says, “I’ll stop this sort of thing. It is because Finneran is a new umpire—they just won’t let those new umpires get along.” (New York Times). The Phils win, 4–2, behind Alexander, who strikes out 9.

At the Polo Grounds, Chicago scores unearned runs in 3 innings to beat Mathewson, 3–2, in 10 innings.

11th  The Federal Express of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston, plunges down an 18-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, CT, killing 14 passengers. The team’s Pullmans were originally just behind the baggage coaches near the front. When noise prevented the players from sleeping, manager Bresnahan requested the car be changed. The day coach that replaced the players’ car was crushed and splintered. The players help remove bodies and rescue the injured, then board a special train to Boston, where the day’s game is postponed. The railroad pays each player $25 for his rescue work and for lost belongings.

Two days after selling Charlie Smith to Newark the Red Sox sell another Smith—Frank—to the Reds for $5,000. They also settle with the Browns to withdraw their waiver claim on Smith.

12th  In the first inning of a 9–0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Ty Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals 2B, 3B, and home off lefty Harry Krause. According to the Boston Globe: “Cobb was a sensation on bases. In the first after being passed he stole second, third and home on the next three balls pitched.” Twice he beats perfect throws by C Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd, Sam Crawford homers. In the 7th, Cobb walks, is bunted to 2B, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher Paddy Livingston. This is the 2nd time that Cobb has had 3 steals in an inning—he totals four in the game. The other time was July 22, 1909.

Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning, then piles on a sacrifice fly and grand slam, to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx’s 9 RBI in a game in 1933. New York defeats the Browns, 12–2.

At Boston, Steve Evans leads the Cardinals to a 13-6 win over the Rustlers by scoring 4 runs on 4 hits. In game 2, the two teams battle to a 6-6 tie called after 10 innings because of darkness. In that contest, Evans is hit twice with pitches and will lead the NL in that category this year. He was tops last year and will lead next year as well. In 1915, he’ll top the FL in hit by pitches.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants win 4–3 behind Rube Marquard’s pitching. Rube strikes out the side in the 2nd and 3rd innings, setting down Dots Miller, Newt Hunter, and Owen Wilson, then blowing by pitcher Elmer Steele, Bobby Byrne and Tommy Leach in the 3rd frame.

13th  In the 9th against the A’s, Cobb breaks a 7–7 tie by scoring from first on a Jim Delahanty’s single. Cobb runs through coach Hughey Jennings’ frantic signal to hold up and using a fadeaway slide eludes the tag of the catcher Ira Thomas. Detroit wins, 8–7, to stay in first place.

The Giants get inside-the-park homers from their first two batters, Josh Devore and Larry Doyle to take a 2-0 lead over the Pirates. Chief Meyers also hits an IPHR in the 4-run 5th, when McGraw is ejected for arguing when Merkle is called out at 3B trying to steal. New York wins, 9-4.

The Phils manage just 4 hits, three by Fred Luderus who scores a run, but beat the Reds’ Bobby Keefe, 1-0. Earl Moore is the winner.

14th The Phillies move back into first place as Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 2–1.

15th Fred Merkle drives in 4 runs on a single and 3-run homer and the Giants beat the Reds, 4–1. Mathewson tops Harry Gaspar, and has now beaten the Reds 20 straight times.

At South End Grounds, the Boston Rustlers outhit the Cubs to win, 17-12. Patsy Flaherty, playing CF, is 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and a walk, and Doc Miller has 4 hits and 4 stolen bases. Joe Tinker and Wildfire Schulte homer for the Cubs.

In Philadelphia, Fred Luderus hits a 2nd inning solo homer, off Babe Adams, to give the first-place Phillies a 1-1 tie with the Pirates. Luderus then snaps the tie with a two-out 9th inning homer off Adams as the Phillies win, 2-1. George Chalmers is the winning pitcher. For Luderus, it is his third game in which he’s hit two homers this month.

17th  Boston Nationals infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a home doubleheader against the Cubs and they are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president, they rejoin the team. John McGraw, anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield, will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st. Doc will get traded next year. Chicago takes both games today, winning 5-1 and 7-6.

18th  Red-hot Wildfire Schulte, who had three hits in game 2 yesterday, has another three today, including a grand slam, as he scores 4 runs. The Cubs win easily, 14-6, behind Lew Richie.

Trailing 3-0 in the 7th, the Naps score 9 runs in the 7th inning to top the visiting Yankees, 9-6. Nap Lajoie leads his troops with a 2-run pinch single in the frame to put Cleveland ahead. The Naps have now won 9 in a row to put them a half-game behind 3rd-place Chicago.

19th At Boston, the Cubs Jim Doyle cracks a 12-inning two-run homer off Big Jeff Pfeffer to give the Cubs a 5-3 victory over the Rustlers.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the 6th inning, Vernon CF (Pacific Coast League), Walter Carlisle executes an unassisted triple play against Los Angeles. With men on 1B and 2B, he makes a spectacular diving catch of a short fly by batter Roy Akin, touches 2B, and runs to 1B to retire both runners. Vernon wins, 5–4, with the speedy English-born Carlisle pulling off the only unassisted triple play ever accomplished by an outfielder in O.B.

20th  Frank Schulte hits for the cycle to help the Cubs tip the Phils, 4–3. “Wildfire” will end the year as the first player ever to top the 20 mark in doubles, triples, homers, and stolen bases. Only Willie Mays in 1957 will match him this century.

The Cardinals knock Mathewson out of the box in the 2nd inning with 5 hits and 5 runs. Doc Crandall relieves for New York, but the Cards win, 8–5.

21st At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Cardinals, 4-0, behind Hooks Wiltse’s two-hitter. Bob Harmon (15-6) takes the loss.

The Braves acquire SS Al Bridwell and C Hank Gowdy from the Giants for Buck Herzog. For Bridwell and Herzog, it is their 2ndtours of duty with their teams, while the young Gowdy will be the Boston catcher for the next ten years.

22nd  The Pirates pay St. Paul of the American Association $22,500 for righthander Marty O’Toole, the highest purchase to date. Dreyfuss spends another $5,000 for his batterymate Bill Kelly. In 1912, O’Toole will be 15–17 and lead the NL with 159 walks. He will last only 2 more years.

Brooklyn hurler Nap Rucker loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning when Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher comes through with a chopper up the middle. Rucker wins the game, 1–0, outpitching Frank Smith, who gives up 2 hits and an unearned run. Jake Daubert reaches in the 7th on an error by Grant, steals 2B and advances to 3B on an error by McLean. The Reds set a ML record for 9 innings by going to bat just 24 times (it’ll be topped in the AL and tied twice in the NL this century) and the 2 teams combine for just 48 at bats, to tie a ML record set April 22, 1910.

A crowd of 28,000 see Mathewson come back against the Cards to win, 10–2, as the Giants riddle Bill Steele.

24th  An AL all-star team plays the Naps in Cleveland, raising $12,914 for the late Addie Joss’s family. The all-stars win, 5–3. Joe Wood and Walter Johnson pitch for the all stars, while Cy Young twirls for the Naps.

Rochester and Newark of the Eastern League play a doubleheader in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

At Cincinnati, the Giants Rube Marquard (10-4) is victorious over the Reds, 8-3. He adds a pair of triples, scores 2 runs and drives in 2.

At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Owen Wilson legs out three triples in an 8–2 win over Brooklyn. Pittsburgh is in 5th place (86-48) but just 4 ½ games out of first.

25th  At St. Louis, George Chalmers (8-2) of the Phillies tosses a one-hitter in beating the Cardinals, 2-0. The only hit is a 2ndinning groundball by Rebel Oakes that bounces off the Chalmers’s shins.

26th  In a 7–6 loss to St. Louis, the league-leading Phils are dealt a blow when catcher-manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home plate with Cards’ runner Rebel Oakes. The injury ends his season, one in which he is hitting .327, and ends his regular playing days.

Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight game from the Reds 5–3. He replaces Hooks Wiltse in the 8th and his single in the 9thscores a run to help win it.

The Cubs win a pair from Boston, 4–1 and 7–2. Ed Reulbach allows just two hits in the first game victory and Wildfire Schulte has a homer in each game. The sweep leaves the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of the Giants and two ahead of the Phils.

27th Three days after the Cards light up Pete Alexander for 5 runs in the 1st inning, the Phillies rookie ace stops them, 4–3.

In Philadelphia, Cleveland’s rookie lefty Vean Gregg stops the A’s, 6-3, to win his 10th straight game. His record is 18-3 for the 6thplace (48-47) Naps.

28th  Charley “Victory” Faust shows up at the Giants’ hotel in St. Louis asking for a tryout. Manager John McGraw observes the “pitcher,” who obviously is no player, and carries him on the team as an unofficial “mascot,” and good luck charm. But the Giants lose to the Cards today, 5–2, with the help of 5 errors.

In the start of a critical 5-game series in Philadelphia, the A’s top Detroit, 1-0 and 6-5, to move 1 ½ games behind the league-leading Tigers. The A’s will win the next game in the series before dropping the final two to Detroit.

The Reds overcome a grand slam by Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin and beat the visitors, 8-6.

29th  Red Sox fireballer Joe Wood hurls a 5–0 no-hitter against the Browns. He walks 2 and hits one batter.

In his last appearance for Cleveland, Cy Young pitches just 3 innings and gives up 5 runs in a 7–1 loss to Washington. After this game, Cleveland will waive the veteran (3–4) to the Boston Rustlers (NL).

Rube Marquard (12–4) shuts out the Cards, 8–0, on 4 hits before 23,000 in St. Louis. The Giants pitcher will beat the Redbirds again on the 31st, allowing 5 hits.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates easily sweep a pair from Boston, winning 17-2 and 10-2. Orlie Weaver gives up 16 hits and NL season-high 16 runs—all earned—in 7 innings in the opener. Honus Wagner scores 4 of the runs. Dots Miller and Chief Wilson, playing RF, both homer. Miller has 2 RBIs and Wilson has 3 RBIs in the second game to back Howie Camnitz’s 15th win.

31st Phils rookie Pete Alexander, who beat the Cubs yesterday in relief, loses a matchup with Three Fingered Brown, 4–2. The Phils, at 56-38, are in 4th place.

August 1911

1st The Giants sell Turkey Mike Donlin to the Braves. Boston will swap him in February.

2nd Christy Mathewson allows 15 singles, but his teammates help with 4 double plays and the Giants top the Pirates, 8–4. Babe Adams takes the loss.

Buster Brown, Boston Rustler’s Opening Day winner, stops the Cardinals, 5-2, for his first win after 14 straight losses. He’ll win his next two starts as well. The club and NL record is 18 straight losses, set by teammate Cliff Curtis last year.

Against visiting Brooklyn, King Cole throws a 10-inning 2-hit shutout to give the Cubs a 1–0 win. Jimmy Archer’s homer in the 10th off Nat Rucker is the winner.

3rd Against the Cubs, visiting Brooklyn gets three homers in the 5th inning as Eddie Zimmerman, Tex Erwin, and Zack Wheat connect, not consecutively, in the 5–3 win. Zim’s and Erwin’s come against Lurid Lew Richie, while Fred Toney serves up Wheat. The trio will total six homers on the year.

4th  The A’s move into first place in the AL by taking a pair from the Browns, 5–1 and 5–2. The Athletics are 14–0 over St. Louis this season. In game 1 Stuffy McInniss has 18 putouts at 1B.

At Boston, the Tigers lose their 4th straight game to the Red Sox, 7-3, and drop to 2nd place. A 7-4 win tomorrow will move the Bengals back into a tie for 1st place, but that will be the last they’ll see of the top of the leader board for the season.

At Washington, the Senators sweep the White Sox, winning 1–0 in 11 innings, and then winning 3–2 in regulation. Doc White and Walter Johnson go all the way in the opener. The Sox almost score in the 7th but Rollie Zeider is called out at home and severely twists his ankle in the attempt. In the 9th Milan doubles, and Germany Schaefer bunts him to 3B and is safe at 1B. Germany steals 2B and after Elberfeld pops out, and Walker is at bat, Germany steals first base. Manager Duffy then comes onto the field to argue that Schaefer should be out for stealing 1B, and while the argument goes on Germany takes off for 2B, getting caught in a rundown. Milan then attempts to score and is thrown out at home. The Senators then protest, to ump Connolly, saying the Sox have ten men on the field, but it falls on deaf ears. The game is marked by spectacular fielding including Lee Tannehill of the White Sox who sets a ML mark as the only shortstop to execute 2 unassisted double plays in one game, though it is not even mentioned in the Chicago Tribune write-up.

5th  At Philadelphia, the Browns slow the A’s pennant express with a 4-1 victory, their only win in Philadelphia this year. St. Louis will do the same at home to finish with a 2-20 record against the Mackmen.

You can’t keep a slow man down. At Forbes Field, the Giants fall to the Pirates, 3-1, as Fred Snodgrass gets caught stealing for the fifth game in a row. Fred has 3 hits and gets thrown out twice attempting to steal. He’ll be caught 40 times this year attempting to steal (according to Retrosheet), well above the listed NL record.

Cubs manager Frank Chance suspends Joe Tinker and fines him $150 for indifferent play. He is reinstated the next day.

7th The matchup between Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson is something less than a pitching duel as Chicago bangs out 10 hits, including two singles, a double and a triple by Joe Tinker. Tinker also adds a steal of home. The Giants collect 13 hits, but Chicago wins the game, 8–6.

Nap Lajoie has 4 long hits—three doubles and a homer—to pace Cleveland to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox in Boston.

8th Bill Keen, 18, debuts with the Pirates at 1B (as noted by Retrosheet) and injures himself in the 5th running from 1B to 3B. He’s replaced by a pinch runner, who breaks the 8–8 tie with the Phils, by scoring on a single. Keen makes 6 more pinch-hit appearances this year, but never scores a major league run.

In New York, the Tigers lose a pair to the Yankees, 2-1 and 6-4, and drop two games behind the idle A’s.

9th  In Chicago, the Giants paste the Cubs, 16–5, and the Pirates now lead in the NL race for the first time. But it doesn’t last, as the Cubs replace them tomorrow with a 7–5 win over the visiting Cardinals. The lead changes 26 times, as the top four bounce in and out until the Giants emerge on August 24th and build a 7 1⁄2 game lead over the Cubs.

10th  The Detroit club announces that a new grandstand, costing $300,000, will be built for the 1912 season.

11th   The Phillies reach Christy Mathewson for 11 hits, but fail to score as New York triumphs, 6–0. The Giants toast Bill Burns for 4 runs in the 1st two innings.

13th  The Pirates’ Elmer Steele throws just 72 pitches in subduing the Superbas, 9–0. Steele gives up no walks and has no strikeouts, and allows just one hit—a one-out 9th inning single to light-hitting Tex Erwin. Brooklyn so admires the feat they obtain him on September 16th, but he never wins another game in the ML.

Ty Cobb, apparently believing the Tigers can no longer win the pennant race, begins a vacation.

14th Rube Marquard bests young Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 12 innings. Rube strikes out 13 Quakers to give New York the victory.

At Chicago, Ed Walsh vanquishes the Tigers on one hit, beating them, 2-0. Oscar Stanage hits a ball off Walsh’s glove in the 6thinning for the lone safety.

15th  Cy Young, 3–4 at Cleveland, is given his release. He returns to Boston and signs with the NL Rustlers, where he will close out the year 4–5, and his pitching days with a 511–315 record, 750 complete games, 7,356 IP.

16th  At Brooklyn, Elmer Steele fires a one-hitter as the Pirates beat the Superbas, 9-0. Tex Erwin, with a one-out single in the 9th, is the only baserunner for Brooklyn. Honus Wagner suffers a serious ankle injury rounding first in the first inning and is carried off the field. He will miss 13 games, play one at first base, then miss another 12. With Wagner out the Pirates will lose 8 of 13 and drop out of the race.

At the Polo Grounds, it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds, 6–1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty’s 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches, “although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to ‘one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League’ who pitched only 75 balls in a game.” (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)

In the 4th inning, Wildfire Schulte busts his record 4th grand slam of the season to help the Cubs maul the Boston Rustlers, 13–6. He hits his homer, along with a double, in the eight-run 4th. Pitching, it’s Brown over Brown as Mordecai tops Buster. The Rustlers lose Johnny Kling for a month when he is injured by a foul tip.

Philadelphia OF Sherry Magee is reinstated, following his suspension for attacking umpire Finneran several weeks ago,

18th The Tigers whip the Red Sox, 9–4, with Ty Cobb swiping home in the first inning on the front end of a triple steal. Delahanty and Drake combine with Ty.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the first-place Athletics, 7–5, but lose the services of their catcher Fred Payne. Payne has several teeth knocked out and has to leave the game after being hit in the face by a foul being thrown back from the grandstand (Noted by Ted Turocy).

The Cubs swap Cliff Curtis, obtained in June, to the Phils for pitcher Jack Rowan.

19th  Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses, beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty, after saving the 5–4 opener for Wiltse with two scoreless frames, starts the nightcap, goes 5 innings, and loses 7–4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting 2 doubles, a triple and homer, and scoring 3 runs (for a long time he was credited with a cycle, but Retrosheet research gave him 4 long hits).

The Cubs stay in 1st place by a full game over the Giants as they tally 19 hits in beating the Rustlers in Boston, 16-8. Fred Schulte has a homer and 4 RBIs and Heinie Zimmerman has 3 hits and 3 RBIs before he is ejected for disputing an out call at 2B.

22nd In St. Louis the Browns and A’s split a doubleheader, with the Browns winning game 1, 8-2, behind a grand slam by Frank LaPorte, This is the Browns lone win at home against the first-place A’s. Cy Morgan evens it up in game 2 with an 8-0 shutout.

At Cleveland, Naps ace Vean Gregg stops the Red Sox, 1-0. Nap Lajoie hits a RBI double in the first inning off Larry Pape to supply all the scoring Gregg needs. Gregg will win his next outing on the 27th by a 1-0 score.

Josh Devore has 5 hits, including one in the Giants’ 9th inning rally that scores the winning run, as New York edges Chicago, 6-5. Three Fingered Brown is the losing pitcher as Chicago drops its second one-run decision in a row. With the Pirates losing, 3-0, to the Phils rookie Pete Alexander, Pittsburgh and Chicago are now a game in back of New York.

24th The Cubs lose to Brooklyn, 6–5, in 10 innings to lose sole possession of first place. Doc Scanlan bests Mordecai Brown.

The Giants split with Pittsburgh, but move into a tie for 1st place. Mathewson loses the opener, 3–1, giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings. Rube Marquard salvages the nitecap with a 2-hitter, striking out 11.

25th The Giants take over sole possession of the lead with a 3–2 win over Pittsburgh. New York will remain atop the NL for the rest of the way.

Red Sox lefty Smoky Joe Wood tops the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, for his 20th win.

At Detroit, Washington pastes the Tigers, 16–2, in game one. In an attempt to change their luck, Detroit bats first in game 2 and emerges with a 7–6 win. Nats catcher John Henry aids in the loss with 4 passed balls in game 2, setting an AL record that won’t be topped till the end of the century.

26th Pittsburgh, playing without Wagner, is no match for Christy Mathewson, as the Giants win, 6–2. Tommy Leach, filling in for Wagner at SS, makes three errors behind Howie Camnitz. The Giants announce that for the first 11 playing days at the new Polo Grounds, the average attendance was 23,864.

Now pitching for the NL Rustlers, Cy Young delights the hometown Boston fans by pitching a complete game against the Cardinals, winning, 5–4.

27th  Chicago’s Ed Walsh pitches a 5–0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. A 4th-inning walk to Clyde Engle produces the only Red Sox runner. After going 18–20 in 1910, Walsh bounces back to win 27 and lead the AL in games (56), IP (369), and strikeouts (255).

29th After belting a 14th inning homer on August 17th off the Browns Jack Powell, A’s pitcher Jack Coombs hits another extra inning round tripper, this time in the 11th off the Tigers Ralph “Judge” Works. The Tigers win, 9–8, on Coombs’s error. Coombs’s homer is the last one hit at Detroit’s Bennett Park. Among major league pitchers, only Dizzy Dean will hit two extra-inning homers. Jim Delahanty, Tiger 3B, sets a ML record by making an unassisted DP for the 2nd day in a row. Another Tiger, Marv Owen, in 1934, will be the next to do it.

The Phillies purchase veteran catcher Red Kleinow from the Red Sox. The Sox had snet Kleinow down to Jersey City but he asked for his release. He will have a cup of coffee in Philley, his last in the majors.