1st White Sox P Frank Owen narrowly misses becoming the first to pitch a doubleheader shutout as the Browns score two runs off him in the 2 games. The Sox win 3–2 and 3–0.
3rd In the first successful iron man performance in the Texas League, Dallas pitcher Harry Ables twice shuts out Ft. Worth, winning 6-0 and 8-0. Ables sets a Texas League record for scoreless innings in one day’s play. It will be tied next year by Hickory Dickson.
4th In an a.m.-p.m, doubleheader between Boston and Philadelphia, the A’s take the morning game 5–2, using pitchers Eddie Plank, Coakley and Rube Waddell on the mound to beat Jesse Tannehill. The afternoon contest proves a classic as Philadelphia’s Waddell bests Cy Young in a 20-inning marathon, when the Athletics prevail, 4–2. A jubilant Waddell perform a cartwheel off the mound. The game is an AL record that will last just a year. Boston outhits the A’s, 15 to 13, but the 38-year-old Young loses on an error, hit batsman and two hits. Young walks nobody in the 20 innings, while 1B Bob Unglaub records 31 putouts. Philadelphia C Ossee Schreckengost works 28 innings in one day, a ML record. Supposedly, Waddell barters the game ball for drinks with a friendly bartender.
At Baker Bowl, the Phillies split with the Giants, winning the first game 2–0 as Jack Sutthoff outpitches Christ Mathewson. Sutthoff allows just 3 hits. Joe McGinnity earns the split in the nitecap with a 6–3 victory. The Giants are now 7 games ahead of the Pirates.
The Cardinals trade INF Dave Brain, hitting .228, to Pittsburgh for George McBride, who is hitting .218.
Bugs Raymond of Charleston, SC (South Atlantic), pitches the morning and afternoon games of a doubleheader, throwing a no-hitter in each game.
5th At Cincinnati, 36-year-old Tommy Corcoran hits an inside-the-park grand slam off Jack Taylor in the 3rd inning to pace the Reds to a 9–5 win over St. Louis. Appreciative fans give Corcoran two pairs of shoes, a bat, and a 5-pound box of candy.
8th In an AL doubleheader split at Philadelphia, Boston has ML record 14 doubles and the A’s 12. The 26 doubles is also a ML record. Boston’s Hobe Ferris has 5 doubles as Boston wins the opener, 11–8, and loses game 2, 11–4.
In a PCL game in Seattle, Charles Shields strikes out 19 Portland batters to set a league mark. Seattle wins, 5-1.
12th Chicago’s Three Fingered Brown scores the first of 9 straight wins over Christy Mathewson 8–1 as he allows just 2 New York hits. New York’s lone run scores on an error by Billy Maloney. Matty gives up 12 hits while his teammates commit 5 errors. Of 28 matches over their careers, Brown will win 14.
The Detroit Tigers beat New York, 6–3, with the help of 2 errors by Highlander 1B Jack Doyle. The vet Doyle was signed yesterday and this will be his only appearance for New York.
At Boston, the Reds score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Braves, 15–3 in the first of 2. Rookie Charley Malay hits his only career homer, a-3-run HR, off Patsy Flaherty. Because of the intense heat, Reds manager Joe Kelley wants game 2 to be limited to 7 innings, but Boston manager Fred Tenney insists on 9: the Braves win, 3–2. Tomorrow, however, game 2 of the DH will be postponed till August.
13th The Philadelphia A’s “sell” catcher Mike “Doc” Powers to the New York Highlanders. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7. As noted by Lyle Spatz, Powers was needed to replace back up C Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will catch tomorrow but play mainly at 1B, replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in the Detroit game. The New York Times (July 22) will note that New York needed Powers to replace Patsy Dougherty, out with a finger injury.
14th With runners on 1B and 3B and no outs in the 9th, Boston’s Ed Abbaticchio lines to SS Corcoran in a game-ending triple play against the Reds Bob Ewing. The play preserves the Reds’ 4–3 win and is the second triple play in a Reds-Boston game in a week. The other Reds’ game-ending TP was on June 22, 1882: the next won’t come until May 30, 1967. In the 6th Fred Odwell, who will lead the NL in home runs, hits a homer over the RF wall, one of the longest blows hit at South End Grounds.
15th In New York, the Giants open a four-game series the 2ndplace Pirates by staking McGinnity to a 6–0 lead. But the Bucs score 2 in the 6th and 5 runs in the 7th inning before Iron Joe is lifted. Mathewson shuts out Pittsburgh over the last 2 2/3 inning and New York scores a deuce in the 9th on a 2-run homer by George Browne. Browne is carried off the field by the ecstatic fans after the 8–7 win. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 3–0, behind Deacon Phillippe’s four-hitter. Honus Wagner secures the victory with a 2-run homer onto the elevated tracks in the 8th inning.
Buttons Briggs fashions an 8-0 shutout for the Cubs over last-place Brooklyn. As noted by historian Peter Morris (A Game of Inches), the Cubs pull off the first recorded occurrence of a double squeeze in the 5th when Joe Tinker bunts with the bases loaded. Catcher Bill Bergen throws out Tinker at 1B, but the runner on 3B (Jimmy Slagle) and the runner on 2B (Billy Maloney) both score.
The double squeeze is also used in the first game of the Tigers-A’s twinbill. With runners on 2B and 3B, Detroit’s Germany Schaefer bunts. A’s first sacker Harry Davis quickly gets to the ball but, seeing that the runner from 3B (Tom Doran) had scored, turns and fires to second baseman Danny Murphy covering 1B. Dick Cooley, the runner on 2B, continues running and scores on the play. Detroit beats Eddie Plank in the opener, 5-2, and Philley takes the second game, 9-1.
16th The Pirates edge the Giants, 2–1, overcoming the pitching of Christy Mathewson, who is knocked over by Fred Clarke in a play at 1B. Six Giants are tossed out of the coaching box during the game. Pittsburgh now trails New York by 6 games.
17th Reds rookie Orval Overall tosses a one-hit 10-inning 1–0 win over Philadelphia. The only hit is a weak grounder in the 6th by Red Dooin, who is safe when Overall is late covering the bag. Overall ignites the 10th inning rally with a single off Tully Sparks. Harry Steinfeldt’s RBI double is the winner.
Red Ames strikes out 8 but is the 3-0 loser to Deacon Phillippe and the Pirates. In the 8th, Honus Wagner hits a 3-2 pitch for a 2-run homer.
18th The Pirates tally 8 hits including a HR, over 7 innings against Mathewson, to win, 2–1. The game is briefly stopped by ump Johnstone after a Giants fan tosses a pop bottle at Pirate RF Otis Clymer while he’s chasing down a single.
19th The Pirates pull to within 5 games of New York by overcoming a 5–2 deficit and beating the Giants, 8–5. Bill Klem provokes a barrage of garbage from the New York fans by tossing Dan McGann and Mike Donlin out of the game for abusive behavior.
20th SS Phil Lewis has a busy afternoon at Washington Park in the Brooklyn 2–1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Lewis has 18 chances and comes up with 7 assists, 6 put outs and 5 errors, the latter tying the NL record. Winning pitcher Stricklett makes 2 errors. The attendance for the last place Brooklynites is 1500; they had 330 for a recent game.
21st At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning against St. Louis, with Sam Mertes’ grand slam providing the big blow. Mathewson is given the afternoon off after 5 innings, with New York in command, 10-2. New York wins, 14–2, pinning the loss on Jack Taylor.
In Chicago, Sox manager Comiskey protests when the Highlanders use Doc Powers. Powers joined the New York squad in Cleveland July 14 after the A’s loaned the first baseman as a replacement for Patsy Dougherty, who injured his finger (see entry July13, 1905). Powers is to return to the A’s tomorrow when Fred Curtis is expected to join the Highlanders from the Copper League. Orth and Altrock battle each other and the White Sox score with 2 out in the 9th to tie at 1-1. Another run in the 12thgives the White Sox the victory.
22nd Weldon Henley of the Athletics, who will win 4 games all year, fires a no-hitter against the 7th place St. Louis Browns winning 6–0. Harry Davis and Lave Cross each have 3 hits off Barney Pelty. St. Louis cops a split by defeating Rube Waddell, 3–2, in the nitecap.
23rd Behind Cy Young Boston beats Detroit, 6–1, and would’ve scored more except for 5 DPs started by SS Charley O’Leary, an AL record that will be tied but never topped this century.
The Philadelphia Athletics edge the White Sox, 1-0. Sox SS George Davis pulls off a hidden ball trick in the first inning nabbing Topsy Hartsel.
24th Giant LF Sam Mertes makes an unassisted double play to help New York stop the Reds, 4–3, at the Polo Grounds. In the 2ndinning, the Reds have one out and a runner on 3rd, outfielder Cy Seymour, once a wild pitcher for the Giants. Mertes catches a short fly off the bat of George Schlei and continues running to double off Cy.
Detroit and Boston play their 2nd straight game in Columbus, Ohio. Boston won yesterday, 6-1, behind Cy Young, and today Boston wins again, 7-1. Bill Dinneen is victorious over Detroit workhorse George Mullin. Boston 2B Hobe Ferris was 3-for-4 yesterday, and today chips in with a homer.
25th Mathewson wins his 16th, defeating the Reds, 7–2. The game was close until Frank Bowerman belts a 3-run homer in the 8thfor the Giants. Cincy fans get a scare in the 1st inning when Reds C Ed Phelps is knocked unconscious when he struck by the back swing of Sam Mertes. Phelps is rushed to a hospital.
26th Against the Reds, the Giants pull off a triple play and need it as they win, 6-5. Red Ames is knocked out of the box in the 8th as the Reds total 10 hits against him. The Reds have been involved in 5 triple plays this year, 4 against them.
29th The Giants increase their lead to 7 ½ games by shutting out the Reds, 3–0. Mathewson scatters 6 hits in defeating Orval Overall.
31st Charles P. Taft, owner of the Cincinnati Times-Star and brother of a future president, finances Charles W. Murphy’s purchase of the Chicago Cubs for $125,000.