1913 July

1st Rube Marquard coasts to a 10–0 Giant whipping of the Phillies. Alexander takes his 2nd straight loss.

2nd Christy Mathewson allows 13 hits but the Giants continue to pummel the slipping Phils, winning 8–4. Matty gives up no walks to run his streak to 34 innings.

3rd The Red Sox tally 15 hits off Washington’s Walter Johnson, but lose 1–0 in 15 innings. This ties a ML record of frustration for most hits in an extra inning shutout. Ray Collins takes the loss.

The Giants hand Pete Alexander his 3rd loss in the 4-game series with the Phillies, as Jeff Tesreau wins, 4–2, in 11 innings. New York is now in first place by 3 ½ games.

4th In the first of 2 today, Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood smokes two doubles in the 4th inning against the visiting A’s, setting a ML record for pitchers. Boston wins, 13–6, then loses the 2nd game, 5–3.

5th With manager McGraw in the grandstands, the Giants win their 11th straight, beating Brooklyn, 3–2. Mathewson is the winner over Pat Ragan, scattering 12 hits but walking none. His walkless streak is at 47 innings.

6th At St. Louis, the Senators push across 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3–2 lead, Walter Johnson, the 4th Washington pitcher, shuts out the Browns in the 9th and is awarded the win. As reported in Sporting Life, Prexy “Ban Johnson rules that when a pitcher leaves the box at the end of an inning he shall not receive benefit of any runs made in the following inning. He says all runs should aid the reliever, not the previous pitcher.”

Cleveland sweeps a pair from Chicago, winning 6-2 and 7-0. In the second game, Buck Weaver has Chicago’s lone hit off Willie Mitchell.

7th At Baker Bowl, the Braves score 8 runs in the 1st inning and 5 in the 9th as they take a 15-3 lead, then hang on as the Phils score 7 in the bottom of the 9th. The Braves emerge with a 15-11 win. Bill Rariden has a grand slam in the game for Boston.

Columbus (AA) sends pitcher George McQuillan to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jack Ferry and two players to be named. The Red Sox and Senators had made inquiries about McQuillan, who will go 8-6 this year for the Bucs.

10th Led by Ward Miller’s 2-run triple, the Cubs stop the Giants, 3–2. The victory ends the New Yorkers’ win streak at 14 games and stops Christy Mathewson’s win streak at 9 victories. Matty’s skein of consecutive innings without a pass continues however, and is at 52.

11th Up 4-1 at Chicago, the Yankees ice it with a 7-run 6th inning, featuring a grand slam by Birdie Cree, his only homer of the year. The final is 11-1.

12th  Philadelphia’s Boardwalk Brown walks 15 Tigers in 7 2⁄3 innings, but staggers to a 16–9 win. Brown has only one walkless inning—the first. Ty Cobb, out for a week with an injured knee, plays 2B for the only time in his career, and makes three errors in his 5 fielding chances.

14th Red Sox hitter Harry Hooper breaks up a no hit bid by Chicago’s Reb Russell. Russell wins the one-hitter, 8–0, for the White Sox..

15th  Ebbets Field is dedicated with a flag-raising ceremony before the game against the Cubs. Led by Vic Saier, who has a homer, 2 singles and 2 walks in 5 plate appearances, the Cubs thrash Brooklyn, 9-6. Zack Wheat has a homer for the locals. Immediately following the game, Charles Ebbets hosts a dinner for 150. Limos waiting outside the park whisk the guests to the Brighton Beach Hotel. Besides prominent politcians and Ebbets, attendees include Pennsylvania governor John Tener, a former player, Yankees owner Frank Farrell, and Giants president Harry Hempstead.

Veteran Three Finger Brown, sold to the Reds over the winter after a 5–6 year with the Cubs, loses his matchup with Giants rival Christy Mathewson, 4–2. Matty uses just 70 pitches, tying his own record, and walks none to run his streak to 61 innings. The match-up pairs the hurlers with the highest career-winning percentages among active pitchers with at least 250 starts. It won’t happen again this century.

The Browns Earl Hamilton throws his second one hitter of the season, both against New York, as he beats the Yankees, 3-0. Roger Peckinpaugh’s 5th inning single is the lone hit.

Jake Stahl, hobbled by a foot injury, is released as Red Sox manager. President Jimmy McAleer says that it was not differences with Stahl but that the stockholders want a player-manager. Catcher Bill Carrigan replaces him. Reportedly, Fielder Jones declined an offer of $25,000 to manage. Stahl will leave baseball but retain his Red Sox stock.

Hans Lobert, perhaps the fastest man in the majors, hits a 10thinning liner and legs out an inside-the-park walkoff homer to give the Phils a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

17th  The visiting Cardinals split a pair with the Giants, winning 4–2 before losing 3–2. It is not the only split pair today as St. Louis teammates Ted Cather and Lee Magee are ejected for fighting with each other.

Mom will be happy. In the first of two at Boston, the Braves Fred Smith starts a 4-run rally in the 3rd with a single off his brother Charles. It is the first time the Smith brothers have faced each other in the majors. Charles is lifted but Boston wins the opener, 4-3. Chicago takes the night cap, 6-1, handing Hub Perdue his first loss after six straight wins. Cy Seymour pinch hits in the 8th for Boston in his last appearance in the majors. In 1898, when he had a 25-19 record (3.18 ERA) and led the league in strikeouts, walks, WP and HBP, he played 35 games in the outfield and one at second base. Only Babe Ruth will compile more hits and pitching wins than Seymour. The Babe will collect 2873 hits and 94 pitching wins: Cy had 1723 hits and 61 victories.

Hello, mudder. In a Northern League doubleheader in Virginia, Minnesota is played in the mud, which helps the hitting of one unusual home run, as reported in tomorrow’s Minneapolis Journal. “The second game was a seven inning affair and was marked by the heavy clouting of the visitors. The contests were both played in mud. Center field flies in deep water went for two hits. Heine Berger got credit when his hard hit ball got lost in the mire near second base and he made the circuit before it was recovered.” (as noted by Rich Arpi).

18th  At the Polo Grounds, the Cards win the opener of two, 4–3, with help from the error-prone Giants. In blanking the Cards 5–0, in the nitecap, Christy Mathewson finally yields a base on balls, ending a record string of 68 walkless innings pitched. Ed Konetchy draws the pass in the 8th. Matty’s ML record won’t be topped until Bill Fischer, in 1962.

In Detroit, Boston pitcher Smoky Joe Wood slips and breaks his thumb while fielding a grounder off the bat of Bobby Veach. Except for one inning of relief in September, Wood’s season is over. Detroit wins, 5-1, with 3 runs in the 6th and 2 in the 7th.

20th  The Tigers ship 38-year-old George Mullin (1–6), five times a 20-game winner, to Washington. Mullin pitched a no-hitter a year ago on his birthday.

21st Walter Johnson and the Senators are 2–1 victors over the White Sox rookie pitcher Reb Russell. Russell will come back tomorrow and be the winner over Washington, 6–5.

22nd New York sweeps two from Pittsburgh, winning 8–3 and 2–1 in 11 innings. Al Demaree wins the rout in the opener, and former Pirate Art Fromme, in relief of Mathewson, picks up the victory in the 2nd game. Fred Merkle drives home George Burns to win for New York. The Giants now lead the NL by 8 games.

Cards P Slim Sallee beats Brooklyn, 3–1, and scores one of the runs himself on a steal of home.

23rd Behind Rube Marquard’s 2-0, 2-hit win over Pittsburgh, the Giants roll to their 26th win in 29 games. Rube wins his 8thstraight, allowing both hits in the 6th inning.

Brooklyn lefty Chink Yingling stops the Cardinals, 7-2. Yingling has not lost to St. Louis since coming into the league in 1911.

Joe Boehling wins his 11th straight game as he beats the White Sox, 7-3. The Washington rookie allows 6 hits in what the New York Times calls an “A.L. record (sic)”.

25th  A 15-inning 8–8 tie game between St. Louis and the Nationals is called for darkness. Reliever Walter Johnson fans a ML record 15 in the last 11 innings. Starter Joe Engel hits rookie catcher Sam Agnew with a pitch, breaking his jaw. Browns P Carl Weilman sets a ML record by striking out 6 times. He becomes the first player—but not the last—in history to strike out 6 consecutive times in a game, as Johnson gets him 4 times, and Engel and Long Tom Hughes once each. Johnson’s strikeout mark for relievers will last this century before another Johnson breaks it, in 2001. Milan steals his 50th base while Moeller steals his 40th; the two are 1, 2 in the AL. Milan will lead the AL with a record 88, only to be topped by Cobb with 96 in 1915.

At Pittsburgh, Pirates OF Max Carey scores 5 runs against the Phils without a hit, reaching first on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs win 12–2. He also steals 4 bases and advances twice on wild pitches. A student at St. Louis Theological Seminary, he will lead the NL in runs this season: he’ll lead in stolen bases as well, the first of 10 such seasons.

28th At Robison Field, Christy Mathewson outpitches Bob Harmon for a 4–0 Giants win. Matty allows 4 hits and walks 2.

29th Rube Marquard wins his 9th in a row for the Giants, beating the Cards, 2–1.

31st On “Joe Boehling Day” in Washington, the Tigers make short work of the celebration by cuffing Boehling for 4 runs in winning, 4-1. A thousand fans are hand from Richmond, Virginia to honor the local boy. They present him with the gift of a traveling bag.