July 1910

1st  The new White Sox Park opens, decorated with thousands of yards of bunting. Five bands are on hand and the mayor presents a banner to Charles Comiskey. The stadium, later called Comiskey Park, is baseball’s biggest and costs $750,000 to build. 24,900 attend the game, 1,100 less than capacity, and see Sox ace Ed Walsh lose 2–0 to the Browns.

2nd Just passing through. The Reds play just their 3rd home game since May 30th, losing to Pittsburgh, 10-2. While they are on the road, the Palace of the Fans becomes home to a circus, which kills most of the grass on the field and leaves large divots (as noted by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder in Reds Journal). A diving tank for horses is erected in centerfield and a fence is placed in front of it, shortening the formidable dimensions (418 ft. to left CF; 400 to CF).

3rd At Cincinnati, Owen Wilson hits for the cycle as his Pirates drub the Reds, 10-2.

4th In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn. Mathewson pitches 5 innings of shutout relief in the morning, and when Fred Merkle singles home Bridwell in the 13th, the Giants win 6–5. New York rolls to a 12–1 victory in the nitecap. New York is now 1 ½ games behind the Cubs.

5th In a Texas League game at Waco, San Antonio and Waco battle to a 1-1 tie in 23 innings. SA’s Harry Ables and Waco’s Arthur Loudell go the distance. Waco scores their run in the 1st, San Antonio in the 6th.

6th New York tops the Doves, 8–3 in 14 innings as both starters go all the way. Boston scores 3 runs in the 3rd off Christy Mathewson and the Giants tie it in the 9th on a home run by Beals Becker. New York finally unshoes Buster Brown for 5 runs in the 14th to win.

8th  Against the Browns, Walter Johnson K’s the first 7 hitters and 8 of the first 9 batters. After Washington scores 10 runs in the 5thinning, Johnson records no more strike outs, and coasts home to a 12–3 win.

In New York, the Yankees Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home, a first in the AL. New York beats the White Sox, 13–4.

9th  Home cooking. At home against Brooklyn, the Reds win, 4-3, in 14 innings when Larry McLean hits a triple and Frank Roth drives him home with a pinch single. For the Reds it the start of a welcome home stand after playing 32 out of 35 games on the road. The road trip was interrupted by three single games at home.

11th The Phillies George McQuillan coasts to an easy 18–0 laugher over the Pirates. Kitty Bransfield makes it easy with 8 RBIs, to set a 20th century ML record, topped in 1911. It is still a club record, though tied, for largest margin in a shutout. Lefty Leifield takes the loss.

12th At Cincinnati, Cy Barger goes 13 innings for Brooklyn, finally falling, 1-0, to the Reds. Gaspar goes 11 innings for the Reds before leaving for a pinch hitter.

A baseball poem by Franklin P. Adams entitled “That Double Play Again” is published in the New York Evening Mail (numerous sources cite July 10th as the publication date). The Chicago Daily Tribune will reprint it as “Gotham’s Woe” on July 15 and three days later, on July 18, the New York Evening Mail will republish it under the title by which it is best known today, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.”

These are the saddest of possible words:

“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker and Evers and Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double –

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:

“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

14th At Pittsburgh, the Giants blow a 3–0 lead in the 9th when starter Christy Mathewson tires. Matty gives up three runs, and with the bases loaded, throws two wide ones to Tommy Leach. McGraw yanks his ace, but reliever Red Ames completes the walk, and the Giants lose, 4-3.

Western Association umpire Philip Forney dies from an injury sustained when he was hit over the right eye and was paralyzed.

15th Washington deflates Detroit, 7-3, pinning the loss on Ed Killian (4-3). This is the vet’s last appearance as the Tigers will sell him to Toronto of the Eastern League on August 1. He will go 2-6 there.

16th Mathewson relieves Doc Crandall and gives up three Pirate runs in the 8th inning, as the Giants lose their 4th straight to Pittsburgh, 6–3.

17th  At Cleveland, Red Sox starter Elmer Steele leaves in the 6thinning leading 5–4. Joe Wood relieves and faces 17 batters over the next 4 innings, striking out 10 and walking none, as Boston wins 6–4. The scorer gives the win to Wood, who pitched the better game.

18th  Connie Mack pays a record $12,000 to purchase the contract of Orioles (IL) pitcher Lefty Russell. Russell’s record is currently 14-7 (he’ll finish at 24-14) and he will join the A’s in mid-September.

19th  in the 2nd game of a twinbill, Boston’s Cy Young, 43, wins his 500th game, 5–4, over Washington in 11 innings. It is his 213th AL win.

Chief Meyer cracks a 2-run single off Art Fromme in the 11th to give the Giants a 6–4 win over the Reds. Mathewson wins his 15thstraight over the Reds.

21st Pittsburgh hosts the Superbas for two, and sweep, winning 5-1 and 7-0. Kirby White applies the whitewashing with help from a grand slam by Tommy Leach.

22nd  Pittsburgh ace Deacon Phillippe hits a 2nd inning inside-the-park grand slam, off Brooklyn’s Fred Miller, and the host Pirates roll, 14–1. Not till Mel Stottlemyre, in 1965, will another pitcher slam one inside the park.

23rd The Giants jump on Cardinal rookie Ed Zmich for 5 runs in the first 3 innings, and win easily, 9–2.

The Tigers turn back the Yankees, 6-2, in New York. Taking advantage of catcher Fred Mitchell, who “makes atrocious pegs to the bases” (New York Times), Ty Cobb steals 2B and 3B on successive pitches in the 1st inning. His swipe of third is recorded in an iconic photo by Charles Conlon [this is sometimes erroneously attributed to a game on June 10, 1909.]

Connie Mack trades Morrie Rath and $5,000 to Cleveland for Bris Lord, a former A’s OF, and Pelican OF Joe Jackson. The key is OF Joe Jackson, of the New Orleans club, who Mack wanted from Cleveland. When Francis Richter in Philadelphia writes, “Mack. . . on Saturday [the 23rd] made a splendid deal with Cleveland by trading third baseman Rath for outfielder Brisco Lord” he fails to mention Jackson. This trade is often listed as July 25, and even August 1, though Rath plays his first game for Cleveland on July 28. Cleveland will be comfortable enough at first with Rath to release vet 1B Bill Bradley, but Rath will get released to Baltimore (Eastern) in late August. He’ll return with the White Sox and the Reds.

24th The Giants drop the Cardinals again, winning 4–1 to end finish 7–9 on their western swing.

25th After Cy Young subdues the A’s, 4-2, in the first game of a doubleheader, Addie Joss allows 3 runs in 5 innings of a 4-0 loss. Joss leaves with a sore arm, the result of complications of a ligament injury that limited him to 13 appearances this year. This will be his last ML appearance.

28th Philadelphia’s George McQuillan allows 8 hits but the Giants score only in the 9th to lose, 3–1. Mathewson takes the loss, despite allowing just 4 hits.

29th  White Sox OF Patsy Dougherty breaks up Detroit’s Ed Summers’ no-hitter, but the Tigers edge the Sox, 1-0 on the one-hitter. It is the 4th time in his 10-year career the .284-hitting Patsy has ruined a no-hitter.

The A’s Jack Coombs shuts out the Senators, 4-0, for his 10th win in July, tying the post-1993 ML record set by Rube Waddell in 1902 for most wins in a month (as noted by Brian Rash). Nine are complete games and one is a win in relief on July 11.

30th  The “Surprise of the Year,” according to Ed Bang in Sporting Life, “came on July 30th when it was announced that the Naps had secured Joe Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans for $5,000. It is believed that Connie made the Naps the concession [as part of the Lord-Rath trade] to allow them to purchase Jackson from New Orleans.” Jackson had been up with the A’s briefly in 1908 and 1909.

The A’s beat Washington 7–5, handing Walter Johnson his worst loss of the year. Eddie Collins’ three-run homer in the 8th, a line drive that bounces to the LF wall, is the difference. It’s the only HR the Nats ace will allow this year.

31st  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in St. Louis, Cubs rookie King Cole pitches a 7-inning no-hitter to win 4–0. Cole will top the NL with a 20–4 record, but will have only one more winning season. The game was called in the last of the 7th with the Cubs ahead and having the bases loaded, so that both clubs could make train connections to the East coast. The Cubs took the opener, 9–3, behind Three Finger Brown, who helped his own cause with a pair of triples.

In the first of two at White Sox Park, good-fielding Lee Tannehill hits a wind-blown fly ball that bounces under a outfield gate for a grand slam HR, the first in the new park. It is his first homer since 1903. But Ty Cobb supplies a home run, off Ed Walsh, the first by a visiting player, to give the Tigers a 6–5 win over the Sox. Chicago will hit two more homers at home in 1910, and both of those will bounce under outfield gates as well.