1901 July

1st  Colts 1B Jack Doyle, harassed by a Polo Grounds fan, jumps into the stands and hits him once with his left, reinjuring his hand, which he had broken several weeks before. The Giants’ “Dummy” Taylor trims Chicago’s Jack Taylor, 6–4.

The Phillies hand the Pirates a 1–0 loss, for Pittsburgh’s only shutout of the year in 139 games. This is a 20th century NL record that will hold up; the 1894 Boston and Philadelphia teams went through the 132-game season without being shut out.

At Washington, the Athletics take a 13-7 lead in the top of the 8th, scoring six runs with the help of a Nap Lajoie grand slam, off Bill Carrick, his second serving of salami in two weeks. The Senators score 4 in both the 8th and 9th innings to manage a 13-13 tie.

With Boston leading 5–2 over the Orioles in the 6th inning, the O’s score 2 runs off starter George Cuppy, and he leaves with 2 runners on base. Reliever Ted Lewis allows the runs to score, and Baltimore goes on to win 7–5. Lewis is charged with the loss under the existing rules.

2nd The Colts (aka the Remnants—the Chicago Tribune, aka the Orphans) lose to New York, 6–3, to run their current road trip record to 2–13. Both wins occurred in a doubleheader against Brooklyn.

4th In Pittsburgh, the Giants split a doubleheader, winning the a.m. game 5–3, then lose to the Bucs, 12–0, in the afternoon game. Christy Mathewson is the winner in the morning, scattering 11 hits, striking out 10 and walking 6.

5th Cy Young notches his 300th win in the Boston Americans 5–3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics. Cy gets relief help from Bernhard in topping McPherson.

6th NL president Nick Young accedes to a protest regarding umpire Harry Colgan and allows the Giants and Pirates to officiate their own game in Pittsburgh. New York’s Charlie Buelow and Pirate Jack O’Connor call the game, won by the Bucs, 6–2.

7th The last-place Milwaukee Brewers release Irv Waldron, who will be signed tomorrow by the Washington Senators. The Sporting News (10/12/01) says he was released by Milwaukee because he didn’t hit or field, ran bases poorly and most of all was devoid of good judgment. “He batted not better than .250 (sic), and to say there was not a redeeming feature about his work is just the plain truth.” (as noted by historian David Nemec) Waldron, hitting .297, set a ML mark with 28 hits in his first 15 games. Not until Joe DiMaggio in 1936 (27 hits) will anyone tally 27 hits in 15 games. Joltin’ Joe will be matched by Terry Pendleton (27 in 1984) as the only players this century to do it. Bo Hart (28 in 2003) and Yasiel Puig (27 in 2013) will join the list. The diminutive Waldron will hit .311 with Washington and finish his year with the most at bats and games played in the AL. Noteworthy, this will be his only season [he did play with minor-league Milwaukee in 1897].

8th  An 8th-inning decision favoring the Brooklyn Superbas infuriates St. Louis fans. When the 7–5 Brooklyn win ends, they rush umpire Hank O’Day, who suffers a split lip before St. Louis players and police can rescue him.

At Chicago, the Orphans and Phils both score in the 9th and Chicago plates a run in the 10th to win, 2–1. After the game, Chicago releases veteran Cupid Childs, who went hitless today.

Player-manager George Davis leads the Giants to a 9–3 win over Cincinnati with four hits, including 2 inside-the-park homers, and four runs. Mathewson beats Dick Scott for the 2nd time this year, though Matty’s control is off. He walks 4 batters and hits two, including Cincy 1B Jake Beckley, who is hit in the head with the pitch and knocked out for 5 minutes.

10th  The Boston Nationals rap out 15 hits in 12 innings against Pittsburgh, but fail to score. The Pirates finally push over a run to win, 1–0. Boston sets a ML record for most hits, no runs, in an extra-inning game; They’ll tie the record against the same Pirates in 1918 in a 21-inning game.

Harry Davis hits for the cycle to lead the A’s to a 13–6 victory over Boston.

At a secret meeting, the NL Board of directors votes to abrogate the National Agreement that has governed organized baseball, effective September 30.

12th The host Cardinals edge the Giants, 3–2, in 11 innings, beating Mathewson on an error.

Boston Somersets’ Cy Young scatters 7 hits in beating the Athletics, 5–3, for his 300th victory.

13th At Detroit, Bill “Doc” Nance has 6 hits—5 singles and a double—off 4 Cleveland pitchers to pace Detroit to a 19-12 win. Giving up the hits are Gus Weyhing (soon on his way to the Reds), Pete Dowling, manager Jimmy McAleer, in his only pitching appearance (0.1 IP, 2H, 3BB), and 3B Bill Bradley, in his only pitching appearance (1IP, 4H).

The Reds release Doc Newton (4-13, 4.06 ERA) but the lefty will find a new home in Brooklyn on the 16th, going 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA for the rest of the year. He will also continue his sub-.900 fielding average and finish with a NL-record 18 errors for the season.

14th The White Sox top Milwaukee, 4-0, and are prevented from further scoring by a bases-loaded triple play, the first in the AL, when umpire Joe Cantillon rules that Dummy Hoy left 3B before a catch. 1B Jiggs Donahue, catches a line drive to retire the Sox, Frank Isbell, then steps on first to double up runner Sam Mertes. Jiggs throw to second baseman Billy Gilbert, in an effort to nail Fielder Jones, but Jones was on the base. Meanwhile, Hoy crosses the plate. Gilbert throws to the 3B Bill Friel, who touches the bag, and Cantillon’s rules that Hoy is out for leaving third base early on the line drive.

15th Christy Mathewson, 22-years-old, of the Giants pitches a no-hitter, blanking St. Louis 5–0 at League Park. Matty saves his own no-hitter in the 6th when an Otto Krueger hit caroms off 1B Chick Ganzel’s glove to Mathewson, who throws back to 1B for a 3–1–3 putout.

16th In Cleveland, Boston’s Cy Young notches his 12th straight win, staggering to a 10–8 victory over the Blues. Buck Freeman has 3 hits including a triple off losing pitcher Moore.

18th In Boston’s 6–5 loss at Cleveland, 1B Buck Freeman injures his foot chasing a foul ball. Lou Criger replaces Freeman, leading the AL with 7 HRs. Buck will be back in the lineup July 27.

19th In Chicago, Jack Taylor allows 10 hits to the Giants, but is unscored on until the 9th. The Orphans paste Mathewson for 12 hits to win, 5–2. Chicago has now won three in a row over the visiting New Yorkers.

Cleveland edges Boston, 2-1, in 10 innings, snapping the 12-game winning streak of Cy Young.

21st At Chicago, the Giants lose their 5th straight to the last-place Orphans, who sweep the series with the 5-2 win. New York manages just 4 hits off Jock Menefee.

Led by star Jesse Burkett, the Cardinals pummel the Reds Archie Stimmell, winning, 15-2. Burkett has 5 hits, including a homer.

22nd At St. Louis, the Orphans blow a 5–0 lead and the Cardinals win, 6–5, scoring a run in the 8th against reliever Rube Waddell. Pete Childs, recently acquired from St. Louis to take over 2B from veteran Cupid Childs, scores the last Chicago tally after hitting a triple in the 5th.

The A’s are victorious in Chicago over the first-place White Sox, winning, 2–1, in 12 innings. Eddie Plank wins over Roy Patterson, the St. Croix wonder, as all 3 runs are the result of errors.

23rd Brooklyn batters a wild Christy Mathewson for 6 hits in two innings, knocking him out of the game in the 3rd, the first time this season Matty has not finished a start. The Giants lose, 8–3.

Jack Chesbro stops the visiting Reds, 9–2, and Fred Clarke backs him up by hitting for the cycle.

24th  In a baseball rarity, the Pittsburgh Pirates score in every inning, a ML record of course, defeating the Reds 11–2. Deacon Phillippe is the winner over Jess Tannehill.

Milwaukee’s Pink Hawley beats Boston, 4–3, and beans C Lou Criger with a pitch. Criger is unconscious for 5 minutes before being taken away. Ossee Schreckengost moves from 1B to C and Dowd moves to 1B.

25th Brooklyn righty Frank Kitson outpitches Christy Mathewson, allowing just one Giant hit in beating New York, 5–0. Four of the Brooklyn runs are unearned. Algie McBride has the only safety, a single, for NY.

29th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off for a ten-inning shootout, with Boston prevailing, 5–4. Matty gives up 11 hits in bringing his record to 15–11.

30th  Ban Johnson says the AL will place a team in St. Louis in 1902. The Milwaukee franchise is seen as the most likely to be transferred. New York will likely have a franchise while Cleveland and Baltimore will likely lose theirs.

Paced by Nap Lajoie, who hits for the cycle, the Athletics roll by Cleveland, 11–5. It is the second A’s cycle this month. Lajoie’s homer is a grand slam, his second of the month. It comes in the 7th off Earl Moore.

31st In Cincinnati, the Reds take 14 innings to subdue the Chicago Colts, 5–4. Reds pitcher Noodle Hahn strikes out 11 in the win, while Chicago pitcher Tom Hughes records 15 strikeouts.