1912 July

1st At Pittsburgh, Chicago’s Wildfire Schulte breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Marty O’Toole and Jimmy Lavender by legging out an inside-the-park homer in the 12th inning. Lavender and the Cubs win, 1–0.

At the Polo Grounds, Art Wilson hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Lefty Tyler, and the Giants hold on for 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

2nd At New York, Boston’s Larry Gardner legs out two inside-the-park homers but the Red Sox still lose, 9–7, to New York.

3rd  The Giants Rube Marquard nips Nap Rucker, 2–1, to capture his 19th straight game this season. With two end-of-year wins in 1911, he has 21 in a row in regular season play. Both marks are records. Rube started his streak of 19 wins this season by beating Rucker on April 11. On the 8th, the Cubs will beat him, but he will ultimately compile a league-leading 26 victories against 11 defeats. Today’s game is the Giants’ 16th consecutive win. Brooklyn will end the streak tomorrow

After a first game 3-2 victory, Walter Johnson picks up a win in game 2 and is given a rare rest in the 6th inning as Washington coasts to a 10–2 win over the Yankees. Johnson will rack up an AL record 16 straight wins before he is beaten. The Senators are in the middle of a six-game sweep of the Yankees, including another pair tomorrow.

4th  Three weeks after the Tigers ask waivers on George Mullin, he pitches himself a 32nd birthday present at Detroit, a 7–0 no-hitter over the Browns. Mullin helps his victory with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Ty Cobb is 3-for-4, though the Hall of Fame will credit Ty with a 2-for-4 game. Subsequent research by Trent McCotter and Mark Stang will confirm the 3 hits, and Cobb will total a record 68 for the month. In the morning game, a 9–3 Detroit win, Cobb steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 5th inning against the battery of Baumgartner and Krichell, the 3rd time he has accomplished this feat: he did it last July. Cobb has stolen home 5 times this season; this is his first swipe of home in his last 8 successes that didn’t occur in the 1st inning.

Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood loses, 4-3, at the hands of the Athletics star Eddie Plank. But Wood will win his next start on July 8th, the first of 16 in a row and will finish the year at 34–5. The A’s win game 2 of the doubleheader, 6-5.

Brooklyn ends the Giants win streak of 16 games by sweeping a doubleheader, 10–3 and 5–2. The Superbas take the a.m. game, cuffing Mathewson for 5 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the loser in the afternoon contest, but the Giants are still in the lead by 14 ½ games.

5th Christy Mathewson, hammered yesterday, is in control today, whipping Brooklyn, 5–1. Cy Barger takes the loss.

Burlington (Central Association) pitcher Ed Hawk is fatally injured when he falls out of a third story hotel window. He was attempting to adjust a window shade (Ottawa Journal, July 8). According to the newspaper, the Tigers offered $2,000 for the pitcher.

6th  In Brooklyn, the cornerstone is put in place and construction on Ebbets Field begins. The field is expected to be finished by September 1. Meanwhile, the Giants take on the host Superbas before a turn-away crowd of 20,000, who hope to see another matchup of Rucker and Marquard. Manager McGraw starts Red Ames instead, and Rucker lasts just 2 innings before being replaced for a pinch hitter. Two errors in the 8th undo Brooklyn and the Giants prevail, 5-3.

At St. Louis, the Cubs lose to the Cards, 12–7, as Miller Huggins scores 5 runs. Heinie Zimmerman gets tossed out of the game for arguing with umpire Rigler. He then has an obscene tantrum in front of the fans, enough to “have grown men blush.” It will cost him a $100 fine by the league.

At Chicago, the Tigers and White Sox split a pair. Detroit takes the opener, 4-0, on Jean Dubac’s one hitter. Buck Weaver has the lone hit. Buck will repeat the act exactly one year from today. Chicago takes the second game, 10-9, on Kuhn’s 2-out RBI double in the 9th.

At Hilltop, the Yankees lose their 20th game in their last 22 matches, falling to the Senators, 8-7, and dropping into last place in the AL. Three errors in the 9th hand 2 runs to the Senators as the Yankees total 8 miscues in the game. Washington is barely better with 5.

At Boston, Gavvy Cravath’s second homer of the day, a 2-run shot in the 13th, gives the A’s a 13-11 win over the Red Sox. A few innings earlier Cravath saved the game with a running back handed catch.

7th  To fend off possible future challenges to the legality of the standard contract and its reserve clause, new wording provides for compensation to the player for the right to renew. A player’s salary is specified as 75 percent for his services and 25 percent for the privilege of reserving them for the following season.

8th In Chicago, the Cubs beat the Giants and ace Rube Marquard, 7–2, stopping Rube’s remarkable streak. Rube’s record is now 19–1. Rube is lifted at the end of 6 innings with the score, 6–2. He gives up 8 hits and walks 7. The 19 straight wins is the NL record for the 20th C and ties Tim Keefe’s mark of 19 in a row set in 1888. A tired Rube will lose another 10 games and finish the year at 26-11.

In Pittsburgh, the Phillies top the Pirates, 5–1, ending Howie Camnitz’s win streak of 7. Pete Alexander is the victor.

9th Christy Mathewson tops Three Finger Brown, 5–2, despite allowing 11 hits and not K’ing one Chicago batter.

10th Cy Young comes out of retirement for the day to play first base for the Canton (Central League) club on boosters day. He goes hitless and handles 6 chances in the 4–3 win over Youngstown. Young pitched his first game in Organized Ball for Canton on April 30, 1890.

The Yankees lose their 8th straight, as the Tigers maul them, 11-3. The visiting Jungaleers score 6 runs in the 1st inning on 5 hits and 5 errors, 3 of the miscues by catcher Jeff Sweeney (The NYT box score credits Sweeney with 2 errors but subsequent review gives him an AL-record 3 in the inning). New York makes 7 errors in the game, which Detroit hardly needs as they collect 15 hits, 4 by Cobb. Sweeney will lead the AL catchers in errors with 34.

Cliff Curtis is sold by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Brooklyn Superbas. It is his fourth team in two years.

12th The Phillies beat the Reds, 6–4, behind Pete Alexander. He’ll beat them again, 5–0, on the 15th.

In Boston, the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 1–0, in 11 innings. Smoky Joe Wood goes all the way in the win allowing 5 hits and striking out 10.

At Detroit, the Tigers roll over the Athletics and Harry Krause, 9–0. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 1st inning to start the Tigers off.

In the Yankees 4–1 win over the Browns, New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhop’s 2nd steal of home in 3 years.

13th Mathewson scatters 13 hits but beats the Cards, 7-2, in St. Louis. Joe Willis is the loser.

15th  A U.S. baseball team, made up of track and field athletes, defeats the Swedish Vesteras Club, 13–3, in a one-game, six-inning Olympic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. The American supply a pitcher and catcher for the Swedes, forego batting in the 6thinning, and give the Swedes six outs in the final frame. Future major leaguer Jim Thorpe misses the game because he is still competing in the decathlon. Tomorrow an exhibition game will match players from the Eastern U.S. against players from the Western U.S. Thorpe will play for the East.

17th In Pittsburgh, the Giants beat the Pirates’ Howie Camnitz, 10–2. Mathewson allows 7 hits in the win.

18th In the first game of a twinbill in Chicago, Fred Luderus starts the scoring with a grand slam in the first off Lew Richie for the Phils and Gavvy Cravath swipes home in the 11th inning to give the Phils a two-run lead in a 9–8 win over the Cubs. Reliever Tom Seaton is the winner over Jimmy Lavender Seaton also pitches the 2nd game but loses, 4–2, to Ed Reulbach.

19th  Ty Cobb strokes 7 hits in a doubleheader split to give him a ML record of 14 hits in 2 consecutive twin bills against the Athletics. Detroit wins 8–6 before falling, 14–6. Bill White will tie Cobb in 1961. Cobb also pummeled them for 7 hits on the 17th on his way to collecting an incredible 68 hits for the month, a record.

In Chicago, Phils manager Red Dooin is ejected from the game for rubbing liniment on the ball. Dooin did it in an effort to thwart Cubs spitballer Jimmy Lavender from licking the ball but Lavender immediately detected it and signaled umpire Cy Rigler. Lavender licks his way to a 4-0 win over Eppa Rixey. According to historian John Snyder, Dooin tried the same trick on Pittsburgh spitter Marty O’Toole on July 9, forcing him out of the game with a swollen tongue. Rixey took that loss, 2-0, as well.

20th  Ray Caldwell of the Highlanders, inserted as a pinch runner in the 9th, steals home for the tying run in an eventual 4–3 win over Cleveland. Maloney, another pinch runner in the 9th steals 2B and scores the winner. Caldwell then pitches a 4–0 victory in the second game.

In Chicago, the Phils pound the Cubs, 14–2. Pete Alexander allows no hits through 7 innings and finally allows a safety in the 8thwith one out. He lets up in the 9th allowing a pair of solo homers as the Phils take four out of 5 in Chicago. Sherry Magee has a bases loaded steal of home in the 9th on the catchers return to the pitcher. Fred Luderus has a 2-run inside-the-park HR when his line drive gets tangled in the batting cage parked in the outfield.

Jeff Tesreau, with relief help from Mathewson in the 9th, beats the Pirates, 2–1. Four singles in the 9th inning off Hank Robinson provide the Giants with the margin.

22nd Mathewson is masterful in subduing the Reds, 4–1. Matty allows 8 hits in outpitching George Suggs.

Walter Johnson beats Detroit, 5–3, and sets an AL record by striking out the first 5 batters (Jones, Bush, Cobb, Crawford, Deal) in the game. He then gives up a double to George Moriarty, before striking out Baldy Louden. Lefty Gomez, in 1937, will match the Big Train.

The Red Sox sell pitcher Eddie Ciccotte to the White Sox.

23rd  In Boston, Smoky Joe Wood (20–4) pitches Boston to a 6–3 win over Cleveland. He allows 9 hits while striking out 7.

Iron Man McGinnity is still pitching doubleheaders, winning a pair of games for Newark against Rochester (International League) at age 41.

25th  The White Sox overcome Bert Daniels hitting for the cycle to beat the Yankees in New York, 6–4.

At Boston, Cleveland ace Vean Gregg scatters 4 hits in beating the Red Sox, 1-0. Boston leads the AL by 7 games.

26th In an accommodation to the Wall Street crowd, the Giants open their home stand with a 3:45 game against the Cubs. But the Cubs score 3 in the 8th off Mathewson to win, 4–2.

27th At Chicago, Tris Speaker hits a 2-run homer over the LF fence in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win over the White Sox.

A crowd of 38,000 is at the Polo Grounds to see the Cubs beat the Giants, 7-6. Jimmy Lavender beats Rube Marquard as the Cubs knock Rube out of the gamein the 7th. New York scores 4 in the 8th to send Lavender packing.

29th  For the first time, a NL team loses a game because of the rule that holds runners in place when a batted ball hits an umpire. A double by the Giants’ Buck Herzog drives in 2 runs, but the ball hits umpire Garner Bush, and the runs do not count. New York loses, 4–3, to the Cubs.

30th Led by Red Murray’s homer, the Giants pound Chicago rookie Jimmy Lavender for 5 runs in the first 2 innings on their way to a 10–4 win. Each team makes 4 errors, but Mathewson scatters 9 hits to win. The Giants lead the NL by 10 games.

31st  A day after the Braves went 14 innings to beat St. Louis, they go 19 innings with the Pirates. Lefty Otto Hess going all the way for Boston. The Pirates score 3 in the 19th, and the Braves come back with 2, losing 7–6. Honus Wagner, who earlier stole home, drives in the final run for Pittsburgh. Wagner, at 38, is the oldest player in the NL.

In Philadelphia, the Cards take the first of two games, 4-2, then lose the 2nd, 6-0, to spitballer Ad Brennan. Next week, Brennan will be diagnosed with diphtheria and manager Dooin appeals to the league president Lynch to allow the Phillies to spray the team’s baseballs with disinfectant so no other players catch the disease. Lynch demurs and quarantines the spitballer until September.