1903 July

1st Pitcher Cy Young drives home the only run in the 10th inning as the Boston Americans beat Chicago, 1–0.

2nd  Seeing that George Davis is playing for the Giants, Ed Delahanty decides to jump to New York too. Leaving the Nationals in Detroit, he boards an eastbound train. He is put off the train for rowdy, and possibly drunken, behavior at Niagara Falls. When he tries to walk across the railroad bridge over the Niagara River, he falls to his death. His body is found 7 days later at the base of Horseshoe Falls. He had a 16-year, .346 batting average, and has a 16-game hitting streak at the time of his death.

Pitcher Jack Doscher, making his debut with the Chicago Cubs, is the first son of a former ML player to also play in the ML. Father Herm was a third baseman with Troy, Chicago, and Cleveland before the turn of the century. Jack loses today at Philadelphia, 7–2, and will end the season with the Brooklyn Superbas.

4th The first place Boston Americans sweep two from the visiting St. Louis Americans, winning 4–1 and 2–0.

The Pirates win a pair from the Phillies, 7–4 and 7–1, but lose player-manager Fred Clarke when he tumbles after fly ball and separates his shoulder. He will be out 4 ½ weeks.

6th At West Side Grounds, Mathewson gives the Giants their 2ndwin in three games with Chicago, beating the Cubs, 5–1. Jock Menefee takes the loss.

7th In a game with the New York Highlanders, White Sox OF Danny Green is called out at 1B by John Sheridan, and after returning to the bench continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green with his mask, who then belts the umpire. The umpire is taken from the grounds and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later he is released after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.

8th Chicago’s Nick Altrock, pitching against the Boston Americans, loses to his former team, 6–1. For the second game in five days, pitcher Cy Young is pressed into duty as an umpire. He umped a Boston win in the first game on July 4.

9th In St. Louis, the Giants score 3 in the 9th to beat the Cardinals, 4–2. Mathewson gets the win with relief help in the 9th from Joe McGinnity. Three Fingered Brown is the loser.

In Chicago, the Nationals use an error, sac, 2 stolen bases, and 5 singles to score all their runs in the 7th and beat the Phillies, 6–1. Frank Chance is named team captain of Chicago.

11th In Cincinnati, the 2nd place Giants edge the Reds, 8–6, although the Reds pile on McGinnity for five runs in the 7th. Mathewson then relieves and a pickoff by C Jack Warner of a napping Harry Steinfeldt at 3B prevents further scoring.

At Boston, Jimmy Collins collects 5 hits, including a triple and homer, to pace the Americans to an 8–5 win over Chicago. It is Boston’s 45th win of the year.

15th In a showdown game at Pittsburgh, the Giants score 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3–2 lead, but the Bucs tie it up against Mathewson. No runs are scored again till the 14th when New York scores 3 off Ed Doheny to give Matty his 6th win of the year over Pittsburgh. Matty strikes out 11 and scatters 10 hits.

With ground rules limiting hits into the crowds to three bases, Cy Young drives home Lou Criger in the 10th inning for a 4–3 win over visiting Cleveland. Addie Joss takes the loss.

16th Roger Bresnahan, playing center field for the Giants, starts a triple play against the Pirates with the bases loaded. The future Hall of Fame catcher snags a line drive and his throw to home holds the runner at 3B. Catcher John Warner throws to 2B to get the runner advancing and the return home nabs the runner from 3rd. But Pittsburgh gets two inside-the park-homers from Ginger Beaumont, who scores five runs, and wins easily, 16–4.

The Boston Americans score 7 runs in the first inning, four coming after a 3rd out is disallowed because the umpire had turned to the bench to ask for new baseballs. Boston rolls to an 11–4 win over Cleveland.

17th  Rube Waddell is arrested for climbing into the stands and assaulting a fan who had criticized his pitching. The spectator is a know gambler who had been heckling Rube. Connie Mack bails him out of jail, but Ban Johnson gives Rube a 5-game suspension. The A’s win today, 4–1, over the visiting Browns.

Dan McClelland of the Cuban X-Giants spins the first perfect game in black baseball history, blanking the Penn Park Athletic Club of York, 5–0.

Boston pushes across a run in the 9th to beat the Tigers, 1–0. Norwood Gibson is the victor over Bill Donovan.

Cleveland knocks Jack Chesbro out of the box in the 6th to easily beat the host New Yorkers, 11–4. Lajoie, Flick and Conroy have triples, with Bill Bradley connecting for a home run, over the LF fence, “the longest hit made at the new grounds.” (New York Herald). Howell pitches the last three innings for the “Invaders”, holding Cleveland without a run.

21st At Washington Park, Brooklyn tips the Giants and Mathewson, 4–1. Ned Garvin picks up the win, blanking New York for the first 8 innings.

23rd In a doubleheader with New York, Cy Young wins the opener, 6–1, in a match that takes one hour: 35 minutes. New York wins the nitecap, 4–2.

24th At Baker Bowl, Bill Duggleby holds the Giants to 5 hits and the Phils hand Mathewson his 2nd loss in 4 days, winning 3–0.

25th At New York, the Boston Americans bang seven doubles and beat the Highlanders, 7–5. Freeman and Parent each have two doubles.

26th Sue for non-support. In game 1 against the White Sox, Detroit’s Bill Donovan emerges with a 1–0 win. He’ll lose an AL record five 1-0 games this year, a mark only tied in the loop by Jack Warhop in 1914, and no ML pitcher will lose six 1–0 decisions. Frank Owen takes the loss for Chicago, giving up a run in the first. Detroit loses the nitecap, 4–2.

28th Boston’s Vic Willis outpitches Mathewson to beat the Giants, 5–3. Third sacker Ed Gremminger solves Matty, banging out a single, double, homer and sacrifice to lead Boston.

In Cleveland’s 10-2 win over St. Louis, Bill Bradley laces three triples to tie the AL mark set by teammate Elmer Flick last year, a record that will be tied many times, but never broken.

29th Pittsburgh’s Ed Doheny (12-6) jumps the team to return home because he is convinced he is being followed by detectives. The Pittsburg Post headlines Doheny going AWOL with a headline: ‘His Mind is Thought To Be Deranged.’ He will return on the 15thof August.

Cy Young goes all the way as Boston loses to the Highlanders, 15–14. The New Yorkers had been shut out in their two previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle, but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes 8 errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th for Harry Howell, while Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts 2 hours: 10 minutes. The 29 runs is the most these two rivals will total against each other this century: they’ll top it in 2009.

30th In what the New York Herald describes as “the greatest pitchers’ battle of the year” St. Louis Browns pitcher Willie Sudhoff beats Detroit’s Bill Donovan, 1–0 at Detroit. Both teams play “sensational ball.”

At Cincinnati, the Reds easily defeat Chicago, 15–0, before 1,300 fans. Ed Poole records his first shutout of the year, while rookie Jake Weimer stays till the end for Chicago. Despite this pounding, Weimer will end the year with a 2.30 ERA and a 21-9 record.

The Athletics win a doubleheader from the Washington Senators, 12–1 and 6–5. Rube Waddell is knocked out of the box in the 6th of game 2, but Connie McGeehan takes his place and shuts out the visitors without a hit as the A’s score one in the 7th and 2 in the 8th. For Connie, brother of Dan, it is his lone win in 3 career appearances. The two teams conclude 9 straight games between them with the A’s emerging with six wins, two losses and a tie. 78

31st A tired Christy Mathewson loses his 4th in a row as Boston clips him for 6 hits and 4 walks to win, 4–1. Pop Williams, recently acquired, allows just 3 Giant hits.

At Chicago, the Cleveland Blues down the White Sox, 5-2, in 12 innings. Nap Lajoie singles with the bases loaded in the 12th for 2 runs.