1st In chilly Chicago, Nick Altrock throws a 2-hitter as the White Sox beat the Browns, 5-0. The second hit for St. Louis doesn’t come until the 9th when Charlie Hemphill singles with one out. When the next batter lifts a pop up to Fielder Jones in center field, Hemphill heads for the dugout thinking there are 2 outs. Jones catches the ball behind 2B and tags out Hemphill for an unassisted DP.
2nd Highly touted rookie Walter Clarkson, the top college (Harvard) pitcher and the brother of 2 major leaguers, makes his ML debut before 8,000+. He limits the Senators to 8 hits, but they score 2 in the 9th and his Highlanders lose, 3–2, in the first of 2. New York wins the second contest, 11-6.
4th Jack Chesbro, the New York Highlanders spitballer, wins his 14th in a row, an AL record until Walter Johnson wins 16 straight in 1912. The A’s lose both today, 9-3 and 5-2, as the Highlanders sweep the 3-game series.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Phils to run their win streak to 18 games. This ties the record of the 1894 Orioles. New York wins the opener, 4–1, behind Dummy Taylor then take the nitecap, 11–3, behind Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves after 7 innings, leading 11–1. The streak of 18 games matches one rung up by the 1885 White Stockings and the 1894 Baltimore Orioles: the record is 20 games, held by the 1884 Providence Grays.
In Pittsburgh, the Colts and Pirates celebrate the holiday by racking up a record 9 triples in the afternoon end of a doubleheader. Pittsburgh has 6 of the triples and wins, 11–6. Chicago takes the morning game, 7–2. Chicago infielder Davy Jones breaks his leg in a collision with Pirate catcher Harry Smith.
5th At Philadelphia’s Huntington Park, the Giants 18-game winning streak ends when the Phillies prevail, 6–5, in 10 innings. Rookie Bob Hall’s bloop single off reliever Dummy Taylor scores Red Dooin. The Giants record is now 53–18, effectively ending the NL race. By September 1, they will lead the Cubs by 15 games.
Cleveland takes an 8-2 lead over St. Louis after two innings en route to a 14-4 shellacking of the Browns. Piano Legs Hickman has a grand slam for Cleveland.
6th The Giants pound the Phillies, 12–3, as Mathewson wins his 15th. Again, Matty is lifted after 6 innings, having given up no runs, and Red Ames finishes. Chick Fraser takes the loss for Philadelphia.
7th Jack Chesbro’s winning streak of 14 games comes to an end as Boston beats the Highlanders (called “Greater New Yorks” by the New York Times), 4–1. Chesbro will win 41 games this year, to set a ML record. Newly acquired Kip Selbach drives in 3 runs for Boston.
8th In the fight for first place in the AL, Boston continues to roll, beating New York, 12–3, Kip Selbach has a single and triple for Boston and Freddy Parent contributes a grand slam.
Eddie Plank tosses a one-hitter as the Athletics beat Washington, 2-1. Jake Stahl has a hit in the 5th for the Nationals.
Nick Altrock pitches the White Sox to a 1-0 win over the host St. Louis Browns. It is the second straight 1-0 win for the Sox over St. Louis: Frank Owen won on July 7.
9th The Giants Iron Joe McGinnity wins two today, both in relief. In the opener Joe takes over for Mathewson in the 8th with the Giants ahead, 2–1. The Cards tie it in the 8th, but New York scores 3 in the 9th to win, 5–3. Bresnahan has 4 hitd in the game. It’s deja vu all over again in the nitecap, as McGinnity relieves Hooks Wiltse and the Giants score 2 in the 9th to win, 5–2. McGinnity’s record is now 22–2.
Boston wins their 3rd in a row over New York, beating Jack Chesbro again, 2–1.
An ironman try fails in the Texas League as Galveston’s Balso Luitich splits with San Antonio, winning 6-3 before losing, 7-8. Both games go 9 innings. Harry Ables will pull off the first in the Texas League next year.
11th The Highlanders salvage the last game of the series with the Americans, 10–1, but Boston leaves New York with a 2 ½ game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty has 4 of New York’s 17 hits.
At Cleveland, the White Sox whip the Naps, 11-1, in 8 innings doing all their scoring in the first five frames. Bill Bernhard allows 8 runs in his 3 innings. Nipsy Callahan has 3 doubles for Chicago.
12th Mathewson wins his 16th, beating the Reds at League Park, 7–4 in 10 innings. Matty triples home a run in the 7th and scores, but the Reds tie it in the 9th. Noodles Hahn is the loser.
13th With Napoleon Lajoie lining a ML record-tying three triples, Cleveland rolls past the Highlanders, 16–3. For the second time in his career, Bill Bradley scores 5 runs.
14th The St. Louis Browns trade Frank Huelsman and Hunter Hill to the Senators for Charles Moran. The Senators will be Huelsman’s 4th team this year, a first in the AL; the White Sox sent him to the Tigers on May 30th and Detroit sold him to St. Louis on June 16th. Huelsman has only two fingers on his left hand (as noted in the Washington Post, February 15, 1909).
15th Sam Mertes drives in 4 runs on 4 hits, including a HR, to lead the Giants to a 5–2 win over the Reds’ Bob Ewing. Mathewson, with relief help from McGinnity, is the winner.
16th At New York, Highlander’s P Jack Chesbro swipes home in the bottom of the 10th against Detroit to win his own game, 9–8.
19th The Pirates push across two runs in the 9th against Christy Mathewson to edge the first-place Giants, 2–1.
20th The Yankees trade pitchers Long Tom Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al “the Curveless Wonder” Orth (3-4). Orth will regain his form in New York, going 11–6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.
The Cubs trade pitcher Frank Corridan to Philadelphia for versatile Shad Barry, a deal that favors the Phils. The Cubs will sell Barry over the winter to the Reds, while Corridan will win 71 games in five seasons with the Phils.
21st Mathewson picks up his 1st relief win of the season, as the Giants clip the Cubs, 4–3. Matty relieves McGinnity in the 6th as the Cubs score twice. In the 7th, Frank Chance belts a game-tying inside-the-park homer, but Roger Bresnahan retaliates with a 9thinning drive that gets by Jim Slagle for a homer. Jake Weimer takes the loss.
22nd Okay, let’s call it. After 13 inning with no score, Washington and Detroit declare a scoreless tie. Ed Killian, for Detroit and Casey Patten are the starters. The one result of the match is a ML record for longest game with no base on balls issued.
23rd At Chicago, more than 25,000 see Christy Mathewson and the Giants best the Cubs Three Fingered Brown, 5–1. Matty allows 6 hits while whiffing 6.
Following a doubleheader split with Washington, Detroit manager Ed Barrow resigns. The Tigers are 32-46.
At Philadelphia, the A’s drop a doubleheader to Cleveland, losing 3-2 in 11 innings, and 4-1. Rube Waddell strikes out 9 in the opener, including 3 in the 11th, as he takes the loss.
After losing 3–1 to Boston in the opener, the Reds unload for a 15–1 win in game 2. Leading the offense in Cy Seymour, who goes 5-for-5, with 2 doubles and a triple, and 5 runs scored.
25th Before 1,522 in New York, vet Al Orth makes his first start for the Highlanders and matches zeroes with Chicago’s Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler’s bouncer through the infield.
27th John McGraw and John T. Brush say they have no intention of playing a post-season series with the AL champions. “The Giants will not play a post season series with the American League champions. Ban Johnson has not been on the level with me personally, and the American League management has been crooked more than once.” says McGraw. “When we clinch the NL pennant, we’ll be champions of the only real major league,” Ban Johnson fires back, “No thoughtful patron of baseball can weigh seriously the wild vaporings of this discredited player who was canned from the American League.” As the New York Highlanders battle for the AL pennant, local pressure mounts, but Brush, still angry over the inter-league peace treaty, and McGraw, who despises Ban Johnson, are adamant.
The Tigers purchase C Monte Beville from the Highlanders to replace Bob Wood, who dislocated an elbow yesterday when he slipped trying to field a bunt against the A’s (as noted by Lyle Spatz).
29th In the first of two, Brooklyn’s John Cronin outpitches Mathewson to beat the Giants, 1–0. Brooklyn scores in the first inning when Matty walks two with two runners on base. The Giants come back in game 2 to win, 2-0, behind McGinnity. New York manages just 3 hits off Garvin, but score with the help of a passed ball and an error. Three Giants are tossed in game 2 for arguing plate calls. One of the players is SS Bill Dahlen, whose place is taken by manager McGraw.
In front of a paid crowd of 6,922 in Boston, the White Sox edge the Americans, 1-0, in 10 innings when pitcher Frank Owen homers off Bill Dinneen. It is his second homer of the year: Fielder Jones will lead the Sox with 3 homers. It is also the second 1-0 win in which Owen hasa driven in the lone run.
30th Cardinal pitcher Jack Taylor walks 7 and tosses 3 wild pitches to help the host Pirates beat St. Louis, 5–2. The outcome will be viewed suspiciously because several local gamblers bet heavily on Pittsburgh before the game, but the real reason is Taylor and Jake Beckley’s late night public drinking.
The Highlanders sweep a pair from the visiting Browns, winning 3-2 in 10 innings, then 9-2 in the second game. Dave Fultz has a grand slam in the six-run 3rd inning.
31st Pitching in the New Egland League, Jake Volz hurls two complete games for Manchester in beating Nashua, 3-0 and 3-1 (as noted by Bill Nowlin). He allows 5 hits in each game. Volz won the last game of the season in 1901 for the Boston Americans, his only AL appearance, and he will pick up his second win in 1908 for Cincinnati. He will also notch a couple of losses for the Boston Natioanls in 1905.