1911 July

1st  In a 3–0 Chicago win over the host Reds, Cubs player-manager Frank Chance leaves the game suffering from a blood clot in the brain. Except for 11 brief appearances at 1B over the next 3 years, his playing days are over.

Josh Devore has a pair of homers and a double to back Rube Marquard’s pitching and the Giants trounce the visiting Boston Rustlers, 9-1. Bill Sweeney has 3 hits for Boston to run his hit streak to 26 games.

The A’s pound Walter Johnson for 13 runs, the most he’ll allow in his career, and beat Washington, 13–8. Frank Baker hits his 2nd of five career homers off Johnson in the 6th with a man on.

Ty Cobb, who had an infield single off Earl Hamilton in his last game, on June 29th, repeats by beating out another infield hit against the St. Louis lefty. Again, Detroit wins, this time 8–0, as pitcher Ed Willet takes the victory. Willet chips in a pair of triples, one shy of Jouett Meekin’s 1894 mark for pitchers.

2nd  Detroit pounds out a 14–6 victory over Cleveland as Ty Cobb, hitting in his 40th straight game, has 3 hits and 3 runs.

3rd With the Phils leading the Giants’ Christy Mathewson, 4–3, Pete Alexander relieves Sleepy Bill Burns in the 7th and holds New York scoreless over the last 3 innings. The Phils jump on Matty for another 3 runs in the 8th to win, 7–3, as they collect 14 hits off the ace. New York holds a one-game lead over the Cubs.

In the second of two at Philadelphia, the A’s Frank Baker hits for the cycle in a 5–1 win over the Yankees. Baker’s 2-run homer in the 9th into the CF bleachers cements the win. The A’s take game 1 in 12 innings, 7-6, scoring a pair in the 12th frame. McInnes and Barry pull of a double steal and both come in on a tough ground out to score.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas beat Boston, 7–3, snapping Bill Sweeney’s hit streak of 26 games. He gets two walks. He won’t reach base on July 5, stopping his streak of 43 games on base.

4th  In the morning game between Chicago and Detroit, Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb’s 40-game hitting streak, as the White Sox win, 7–3. Though neither Detroit paper mentions the streak, Cobb has hit .491 since the skein started on May 15th.

The Phillies sweep a pair from the Giants and literally knock New York P Doc Crandall out of the box in game 2,when he is hit with a line drive by Red Dooin. Doc gets relief from Rube Marquard, but Pete Alexander (16-4) picks up the win. Fred Luderus strokes 2 homers for the Quakers, his third multi-hit game in a row. His hit streak will eventually stop at 17 games. The Phillies prevail, 11-7 and 7-5.

On the hottest July 4th on record in New York (93 degrees. It was 98 yesterday), the Athletics take a pair from the Yankees, winning 7-4 and 11-9 in 11 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 1stinning of game 2, but the White Elephants climb back. Home Run Baker has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs in game 2. Both Philadelphia teams are in first place by a half game.

In game 1 at Chicago, Wildfire Schulte, hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Bob Keefe to lead the Cubs to an 8–3 win over the Reds. Reggie Richter is the victor. Down 8–1, Cincinnati uses the game to debut their two Cuban signees, Rafael Almeida and Armando Marsans, as pinch hitters in the 8th. The two are the first Cuban-born major leaguers in the 20th century. Almeida strikes out, but Marsans singles, the first Cuban to collect a ML hit in the 20thcentury. Almeida has a hit in his next at bat in the game. The second game ends at 2-2 after ten innings.

5th The Phils pound Mathewson for the 2nd time in 3 days, beating the Giants ace, 6–4. Dode Paskert is 4-for-4 to lead the Quakers 14-hit attack.

The Browns jump on Naps starter Spec Harkness for 5 runs in the 2nd inning, but Cleveland comes back to win, 11-7. For Specs, who threw 3 shutout innings yesterday in relief, this is his last ML appearance as he now heads for the PCL.

In the PCL, lefty Ferd Henkel, recent graduate of the University of Oregon, makes a splash in his debut by firing a no-hitter against Sacramento for the Portland Beavers.

6th The Cards and Phils combine to hand out 23 walks, tying the record set last year (May 4) by the Cards (16) and Reds (7). Today the St. Louis pitchers walk 13, including a record 8 in the 3rdinning. St. Louis still wins, 13-9. Fred Luderus has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, as he collects 4 hits. Pete Alexander (16-5) gives up six runs in 3 innings of relief for the loss.

With the score even at 10 apiece after 8 innings, the Reds score 2 in the 9th to edge host Boston, 12-11, as Johnny Kling and Patsy Doherty each hit homers. Doherty is 4-for-6.

7th At St. Louis, Smoky Joe Wood allows a single to Burt Shotton in pitching a one-hitter. The Boston Red Sox win, 6–1.

8th New York’s Rube Marquard hits his only career HR, off Chicago’s Harry McIntire, to help himself to a 5–2 win at the newly refurbished Polo Grounds.

9th At Cleveland, Naps rookie pitcher Gene Krapp shows that tales of his wildness are just a load of crap as he shuts out the A’s, 1-0, beating Cy Morgan. Krapp will lead the AL in walks this season with 138 while posting a 13-9 record.

At St. Louis, the Red Sox treble the Browns, 9-3. Hal Janvrin debuts, going 2-for-4 with his lone ribbie of the year. He’ll not hit his weight (168 lbs) this year but come back to improve somewhat in subsequent seasons. According to historian Bill Nowlin, Janvrin is the first player to go directly to the majors from high school. Tris Speaker is hit on the head with a pitch in the 7th and goes to the bench. Les Wilon is a courtesy runner for him, and Speaker is back in the field in the 8th,

The Reds swap Fred Beck, last year’s co-leader in homers in the NL with 10, to the Phils. The Phils send Bert Humphries to the Reds. Beck was acquired from the Braves in March, but hit just .184 for Cincy. He was the second Brave in 4 years to lead the NL in homers and then get shipped to the Reds in the off-season. The other, Dave Brain, lasted just 16 games with the Reds in 1908. Beck will have 3 homers this year for Philadelphia, helping them to be the first ML team with more homers than triples in a year. Beck will move to the Cubs after the season.

10th  Sherry Magee, star OF for the Phillies, knocks down umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called 3rd strike. Finneran’s cut lip keeps bleeding and he is forced to go to the hospital to have it stitched up. Magee ire was raised in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. He will be fined $200 and suspended for the season, but upon appeal he will be reinstated after 5 weeks and 29 games missed. Magee ire was started in the 1st when he was called out by Rigler trying to steal 2B. NL president Lynch says, “I’ll stop this sort of thing. It is because Finneran is a new umpire—they just won’t let those new umpires get along.” (New York Times). The Phils win, 4–2, behind Alexander, who strikes out 9.

At the Polo Grounds, Chicago scores unearned runs in 3 innings to beat Mathewson, 3–2, in 10 innings.

11th  The Federal Express of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston, plunges down an 18-foot embankment outside Bridgeport, CT, killing 14 passengers. The team’s Pullmans were originally just behind the baggage coaches near the front. When noise prevented the players from sleeping, manager Bresnahan requested the car be changed. The day coach that replaced the players’ car was crushed and splintered. The players help remove bodies and rescue the injured, then board a special train to Boston, where the day’s game is postponed. The railroad pays each player $25 for his rescue work and for lost belongings.

Two days after selling Charlie Smith to Newark the Red Sox sell another Smith—Frank—to the Reds for $5,000. They also settle with the Browns to withdraw their waiver claim on Smith.

12th  In the first inning of a 9–0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Ty Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals 2B, 3B, and home off lefty Harry Krause. According to the Boston Globe: “Cobb was a sensation on bases. In the first after being passed he stole second, third and home on the next three balls pitched.” Twice he beats perfect throws by C Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd, Sam Crawford homers. In the 7th, Cobb walks, is bunted to 2B, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher Paddy Livingston. This is the 2nd time that Cobb has had 3 steals in an inning—he totals four in the game. The other time was July 22, 1909.

Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning, then piles on a sacrifice fly and grand slam, to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx’s 9 RBI in a game in 1933. New York defeats the Browns, 12–2.

At Boston, Steve Evans leads the Cardinals to a 13-6 win over the Rustlers by scoring 4 runs on 4 hits. In game 2, the two teams battle to a 6-6 tie called after 10 innings because of darkness. In that contest, Evans is hit twice with pitches and will lead the NL in that category this year. He was tops last year and will lead next year as well. In 1915, he’ll top the FL in hit by pitches.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants win 4–3 behind Rube Marquard’s pitching. Rube strikes out the side in the 2nd and 3rd innings, setting down Dots Miller, Newt Hunter, and Owen Wilson, then blowing by pitcher Elmer Steele, Bobby Byrne and Tommy Leach in the 3rd frame.

13th  In the 9th against the A’s, Cobb breaks a 7–7 tie by scoring from first on a Jim Delahanty’s single. Cobb runs through coach Hughey Jennings’ frantic signal to hold up and using a fadeaway slide eludes the tag of the catcher Ira Thomas. Detroit wins, 8–7, to stay in first place.

The Giants get inside-the-park homers from their first two batters, Josh Devore and Larry Doyle to take a 2-0 lead over the Pirates. Chief Meyers also hits an IPHR in the 4-run 5th, when McGraw is ejected for arguing when Merkle is called out at 3B trying to steal. New York wins, 9-4.

The Phils manage just 4 hits, three by Fred Luderus who scores a run, but beat the Reds’ Bobby Keefe, 1-0. Earl Moore is the winner.

14th The Phillies move back into first place as Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 2–1.

15th Fred Merkle drives in 4 runs on a single and 3-run homer and the Giants beat the Reds, 4–1. Mathewson tops Harry Gaspar, and has now beaten the Reds 20 straight times.

At South End Grounds, the Boston Rustlers outhit the Cubs to win, 17-12. Patsy Flaherty, playing CF, is 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and a walk, and Doc Miller has 4 hits and 4 stolen bases. Joe Tinker and Wildfire Schulte homer for the Cubs.

In Philadelphia, Fred Luderus hits a 2nd inning solo homer, off Babe Adams, to give the first-place Phillies a 1-1 tie with the Pirates. Luderus then snaps the tie with a two-out 9th inning homer off Adams as the Phillies win, 2-1. George Chalmers is the winning pitcher. For Luderus, it is his third game in which he’s hit two homers this month.

17th  Boston Nationals infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a home doubleheader against the Cubs and they are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president, they rejoin the team. John McGraw, anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield, will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st. Doc will get traded next year. Chicago takes both games today, winning 5-1 and 7-6.

18th  Red-hot Wildfire Schulte, who had three hits in game 2 yesterday, has another three today, including a grand slam, as he scores 4 runs. The Cubs win easily, 14-6, behind Lew Richie.

Trailing 3-0 in the 7th, the Naps score 9 runs in the 7th inning to top the visiting Yankees, 9-6. Nap Lajoie leads his troops with a 2-run pinch single in the frame to put Cleveland ahead. The Naps have now won 9 in a row to put them a half-game behind 3rd-place Chicago.

19th At Boston, the Cubs Jim Doyle cracks a 12-inning two-run homer off Big Jeff Pfeffer to give the Cubs a 5-3 victory over the Rustlers.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the 6th inning, Vernon CF (Pacific Coast League), Walter Carlisle executes an unassisted triple play against Los Angeles. With men on 1B and 2B, he makes a spectacular diving catch of a short fly by batter Roy Akin, touches 2B, and runs to 1B to retire both runners. Vernon wins, 5–4, with the speedy English-born Carlisle pulling off the only unassisted triple play ever accomplished by an outfielder in O.B.

20th  Frank Schulte hits for the cycle to help the Cubs tip the Phils, 4–3. “Wildfire” will end the year as the first player ever to top the 20 mark in doubles, triples, homers, and stolen bases. Only Willie Mays in 1957 will match him this century.

The Cardinals knock Mathewson out of the box in the 2nd inning with 5 hits and 5 runs. Doc Crandall relieves for New York, but the Cards win, 8–5.

21st At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Cardinals, 4-0, behind Hooks Wiltse’s two-hitter. Bob Harmon (15-6) takes the loss.

The Braves acquire SS Al Bridwell and C Hank Gowdy from the Giants for Buck Herzog. For Bridwell and Herzog, it is their 2ndtours of duty with their teams, while the young Gowdy will be the Boston catcher for the next ten years.

22nd  The Pirates pay St. Paul of the American Association $22,500 for righthander Marty O’Toole, the highest purchase to date. Dreyfuss spends another $5,000 for his batterymate Bill Kelly. In 1912, O’Toole will be 15–17 and lead the NL with 159 walks. He will last only 2 more years.

Brooklyn hurler Nap Rucker loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning when Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher comes through with a chopper up the middle. Rucker wins the game, 1–0, outpitching Frank Smith, who gives up 2 hits and an unearned run. Jake Daubert reaches in the 7th on an error by Grant, steals 2B and advances to 3B on an error by McLean. The Reds set a ML record for 9 innings by going to bat just 24 times (it’ll be topped in the AL and tied twice in the NL this century) and the 2 teams combine for just 48 at bats, to tie a ML record set April 22, 1910.

A crowd of 28,000 see Mathewson come back against the Cards to win, 10–2, as the Giants riddle Bill Steele.

24th  An AL all-star team plays the Naps in Cleveland, raising $12,914 for the late Addie Joss’s family. The all-stars win, 5–3. Joe Wood and Walter Johnson pitch for the all stars, while Cy Young twirls for the Naps.

Rochester and Newark of the Eastern League play a doubleheader in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

At Cincinnati, the Giants Rube Marquard (10-4) is victorious over the Reds, 8-3. He adds a pair of triples, scores 2 runs and drives in 2.

At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Owen Wilson legs out three triples in an 8–2 win over Brooklyn. Pittsburgh is in 5th place (86-48) but just 4 ½ games out of first.

25th  At St. Louis, George Chalmers (8-2) of the Phillies tosses a one-hitter in beating the Cardinals, 2-0. The only hit is a 2ndinning groundball by Rebel Oakes that bounces off the Chalmers’s shins.

26th  In a 7–6 loss to St. Louis, the league-leading Phils are dealt a blow when catcher-manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home plate with Cards’ runner Rebel Oakes. The injury ends his season, one in which he is hitting .327, and ends his regular playing days.

Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight game from the Reds 5–3. He replaces Hooks Wiltse in the 8th and his single in the 9thscores a run to help win it.

The Cubs win a pair from Boston, 4–1 and 7–2. Ed Reulbach allows just two hits in the first game victory and Wildfire Schulte has a homer in each game. The sweep leaves the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of the Giants and two ahead of the Phils.

27th Three days after the Cards light up Pete Alexander for 5 runs in the 1st inning, the Phillies rookie ace stops them, 4–3.

In Philadelphia, Cleveland’s rookie lefty Vean Gregg stops the A’s, 6-3, to win his 10th straight game. His record is 18-3 for the 6thplace (48-47) Naps.

28th  Charley “Victory” Faust shows up at the Giants’ hotel in St. Louis asking for a tryout. Manager John McGraw observes the “pitcher,” who obviously is no player, and carries him on the team as an unofficial “mascot,” and good luck charm. But the Giants lose to the Cards today, 5–2, with the help of 5 errors.

In the start of a critical 5-game series in Philadelphia, the A’s top Detroit, 1-0 and 6-5, to move 1 ½ games behind the league-leading Tigers. The A’s will win the next game in the series before dropping the final two to Detroit.

The Reds overcome a grand slam by Brooklyn’s Tex Erwin and beat the visitors, 8-6.

29th  Red Sox fireballer Joe Wood hurls a 5–0 no-hitter against the Browns. He walks 2 and hits one batter.

In his last appearance for Cleveland, Cy Young pitches just 3 innings and gives up 5 runs in a 7–1 loss to Washington. After this game, Cleveland will waive the veteran (3–4) to the Boston Rustlers (NL).

Rube Marquard (12–4) shuts out the Cards, 8–0, on 4 hits before 23,000 in St. Louis. The Giants pitcher will beat the Redbirds again on the 31st, allowing 5 hits.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates easily sweep a pair from Boston, winning 17-2 and 10-2. Orlie Weaver gives up 16 hits and NL season-high 16 runs—all earned—in 7 innings in the opener. Honus Wagner scores 4 of the runs. Dots Miller and Chief Wilson, playing RF, both homer. Miller has 2 RBIs and Wilson has 3 RBIs in the second game to back Howie Camnitz’s 15th win.

31st Phils rookie Pete Alexander, who beat the Cubs yesterday in relief, loses a matchup with Three Fingered Brown, 4–2. The Phils, at 56-38, are in 4th place.