1902 July

1st  Rube Waddell (1-1) wins his first game for the Athletics, blanking Baltimore on 2 hits, 2–0. He fans the side 3 times, once on 9 pitches in the 3rd, and faces only 27 batters, as C Ossee Schreckengost throws out the 2 base runners. In fanning the side in the 3rd, 6th, and 9th, Waddell strikes out the same 3 men each time: Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin.

2nd In the International League, Buffalo stomps Providence, 33-6. The George Stallings-led Bisons score 31 of their runs from the 4thto the 8th innings. Myron Grimshaw leads the way with 6 hits, while his teammates contribute 2 walks and 15 stolen bases.

4th At Exposition Park the Pirates literally splash their way to a doubleheader shutout over visiting Brooklyn, winning 3–0 and 4–0 behind Jesse Tannehill and Jack Chesbro. Tannehill allows 3 runners to reach 1B in an errorless game for the Bucs. Because of heavy rains and flooding from the Alleghany River, a portion of the first game and all of the second are played with part of the field under water (according to Ed Luteran). The water is about thigh deep in center and right fields, and about head deep in deep center field, where any ball hit is a single. Players occasionally catch a ball and dive under the water.

Cause for celebration. In the first game of a doubleheader at Dallas against Ft. Worth, Hamilton of Dallas throws a no-hitter, winning, 3-0. It is the first no-hitter in Texas League history.

5th At St. Louis, the Cards win their third straight from the Giants, beating New York, 1–0. The Cards lone run comes in on a wild pitch by Christy Mathewson.

Corsicana of the Texas League wins its 27th game in a row, beating Waco, 3-0, and topping Charlotte’s record of 25 set earlier this year. Corsicana will finish the year with a 57–9 record.

6th  In a Sunday game at Waco, Dad Ahorn of Waco stops Corsicana, 3-1, ending the visitors record winning streak of 27 games. Waco manager Emmett Rodgers, a veteran of the Texas League’s first season of 1888, drives in 2 runs in the 5th inning with a triple off Lucky Wright.

7th  At Chicago, Elmer Flick and Nap Lajoie have three hits apiece as Cleveland beats the White Sox, 6-2. Flick has 3 triples in 4 at bats to set the AL record for triples.

8th  John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Baltimore and Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles and officially signs to manage the Giants at $11,000 a year, although he’d already secretly signed a contract several days earlier brought to Baltimore by Giants secretary Fred M. Knowles. McGraw says, “I wish to state that I shall not tamper with any of the Baltimore club’s players.” But conspiring with NL owners Brush and Andrew Freedman, McGraw swings the sale of the Orioles their way, enabling them to release Orioles Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and Jack Cronin for signing by the Giants. Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to Brush’s Cincinnati Reds. Both the Orioles of the AL, and the Giants of the NL will finish in last place, the only time a manager has skippered both last-place teams in the same year.

In the first of two, the Giants snap a 13-game losing streak by edging Chicago, 1–0, with Christy Mathewson outpitching Bob Rhodes. Chicago wins the nitecap, 2–0, in 7 innings.

A rough outing as Boston righthander Doc Adkins faces an AL-record 16 batters (matched twice in 1923) and gives up 12 hits and 12 runs in the 6th inning of a Philadelphia A’s 22–9 win over the Somersets. Five players—Hartsel, Davis, Lave Cross, Seybold, and Murphy—collect two hits apiece in the frame. The A’s new 2B Danny Murphy does not arrive until the 2nd inning and takes over for Lou Castro in the field with no batting practice. He has 6 hits, 6-for-6, including a three-run inside-the-park homer off Cy Young, while handling 12 chances flawlessly in a sensational AL debut (he played briefly in the NL last year). Teammate Harry Davis adds a grand slam. The 45 hits—27 by the A’s—by the two teams sets an AL record that will be tied in 1928. Rube Waddell picks up the win, facing just three batters in one inning of relief, while singling in the big inning.

9th The A’s Rube Waddell and Boston’s Bill Dinneen battle for 16 innings before the visiting Philadelphians push across two runs in the 17th to win, 4–2. Shortstop Monte Cross hits a 2-run HR in the 17th.

11th Bid McPhee is released as Reds manager and is replaced by interim manager Frank Bancroft.

In a 6–3 win against the Giants, the Pirates’ Lefty Davis, 26, in stealing second “broke his leg in the same manner Van Haltren did two months ago on the same spot,” according to The Sporting Life. Davis, a .287 hitter with 45 steals in 171 big league games so far, is out for the season. He’ll return, but bat only .234 with 20 thefts in 177 more games.

12th Overcoming poor Buc baserunning, Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a 5-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson, 4–0. As noted by Clifford Blau, the Buccos lose 5 straight runners via baserunning errors. With 2 outs in the third, Ginger Beaumont is on 2B, with first base empty, and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th, Hans Wagner leads off with a triple, but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield’s grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal 2B. Claude Ritchey draws a walk, but is picked off first. Jimmy Burke leads off the fifth with a double, but tries to stretch it into a triple, and is tagged out by Matty, covering the bag.

14th At Philadelphia, Highball Wilson, who pitched a game for Cleveland in 1899, makes his AL debut a good one for the A’s by defeating Boston, 4-3 in 10 innings. Cy Young is the losing pitcher.

15th At Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson starts a triple play in the 2nd inning by catching a pop bunt, but Matty then exits trailing, 6–0. The loss leaves the Giants pitcher with a 6–8 record.

16th Giants owner Andrew Freedman announces he has purchased controlling interest in the Baltimore club and releases Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and Jack Cronin to sign with New York. Mike Donlin, Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to the Reds, where Kelley will take over as manager.

17th  Left with only 5 players available to play, the Orioles forfeit a game to St. Louis and their franchise to the league, which borrows players from other teams and operates the club for the balance of the season. The Tigers loan utility infielder Sport McCallister to the Orioles. The good Sport will return to the Bengals on July 22, having played two positions in three games for the O’s. On August 13, he will umpire a game.

18th At a meeting of the AL Board of Directors in Baltimore, the league votes to resolve that the Baltimore franchise is forfeited. The Baltimore papers are supportive of the AL and denounce the “despicable sell out” of the team by McGraw, Kelley, and “Sonny” Mahon.

In Cleveland’s 14-4 victory over Boston, Elmer Flick has 5 walks.

19th  The last-place Giants lose their first game under new manager John McGraw 4–3 to the Phillies. They will end the season in last place. In part to make room for the four new Orioles who have landed in New York, McGraw releases 9 Giants. He keeps second baseman Heinie Smith, who went 5-27 as manager, but Heinie will be gone before next season.

Pittsburgh, running away with the NL pennant, whips Chicago, 5-0, behind Jack Chesbro’s 12th straight win.

Snake Wiltse, sold by the A’s to Baltimore, leaves Philadelphia today to join his new team. Snake’s younger brother Hooks will join the Giants in 2 years.

21st At Brooklyn, the Superbas maul the Phillies, 10–1, nicking Doc White for 14 hits. Doc gets his due in the 4-run 5th inning when he strikes out 4 batters, the first pitcher to strike out 4 in an inning since 1888 and the first to do it at 60’6” (the record books list Wiltse in 1906 as the first this century). The Brooklyn Eagle reports tomorrow, “White had the unusual record of four strikeouts in one inning yesterday. It happened in the fifth when the Superbas scored their second cluster of four runs. Dahlen and Irwin fanned while two runs were being scored. Then Wheeler came up and slashed at a bad pitch on his third attempt, the ball slipping through Dooin’s hands to the fence. Wheeler got first on the error and Ahearn (now listed the record books as Hearne) scored. Then after Kitson had singled, White retired Sheckard on strikes. The Philadelphia twirler is credited with four strikeouts in the records.” The New York Times notes only the first 3 strikeouts, saying that Wheeler stole second and Dooin’s wild throw allows McCrory to score. “Wheeler got in with the last run made in the game on Kitson’s single to left field,” ends the Timesstory. White fans 5 in the game.

The Athletics spot visiting Cleveland 6 runs, then tie it in the 7thon three errors and a home run by Topsy Hartsel. Hartsel scores the winning run in the 9th to win, 11–10. Rube Waddell, with a scoreless two innings of work, gets the decision.

The New York Herald writes that “Harry Wolverton is a Quaker,” noting that their former third baseman had “informed the ‘Phillies’ he had tired of his job with the Washington American League club and had decided to go back to his first love. He will meet the ‘Phillies’ when they return home.” Wolverton hit .249 for the Senators this year.

22nd Jack Pfiester beats Doc Scanlan to give Chicago (NL) a 6–3 win over Brooklyn.

The A’s Rube Waddell beats Addie Joss and the visiting Clevelanders, 9–4. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, and with two strikes on Harry Bay, Waddell gestures to the crowd to go home. He then strikes out Bay to end the game, his 2nd win in 2 games with Cleveland. Rube will end the night by refereeing the Grif Jones-Jimmy Farren lightweight fight.

23rd John McGraw has his first win as the Giants manager, when New York downs Brooklyn, 4–1.

Baltimore, McGraw’s old team, downs the visiting White Sox, 7–5, behind rookie Charlie Shields. Shields pitched the last 4 innings of yesterday’s game against Detroit without giving up a hit or a run, and does the same in the first 7 innings today. After 11 straight no hit innings, he allows 5 runs in the 8th but holds on for the win. Baltimore will think so much of Shields, they’ll sell him to the Browns in September.

In front of a “big crowd” (Philadelphia Inquirer) in Atlantic City, the locals beat the Cuban X Giants, 2–1, in 11 innings. Chick Hartley’s 11th inning homer over the RF fence is the winning blow.

Both Boston teams are at home. The Boston Americans whip the Browns, 3–2, in 13 innings, taking an hour: 55 minutes to do it. Bill Dinneen is the winner in front of 5,046. The Boston Nationals win, 3–0, in front of just 600 fans.

24th At Washington Park, the Giants win their 2nd in a row under McGraw, beating Brooklyn, 2–0. Christy Mathewson strikes out 11 to even his record at 8–8. Matty will top Brooklyn by the same score on the 28th, in a rain-shortened game.

Feeling the heat from the new AL, the Cubs host the first scheduled Sunday doubleheader ever played (as noted by Charlie Bevis) against Brooklyn. The Superbas take both games, winning, 7-2, in the opener and, batting second, 8-5, in game 2. Despite the wins, the second-place Superbas are 20 games behind the Pirates.

25th At Chicago, the Reds Cy Seymour sets a ML record by hitting 4 sac flies in a 6–1 win over the Chicago Colts. Seymour’s mark will be tied but never topped.

At Boston, Jimmy Collins hits a 4th inning grand slam to give the Americans a 6-0 lead over the Browns. Boston holds on for a 6-3 victory.