1914 July

1st At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs score 5 in the 8th to cement the 7-0 win over the Reds. Larry Cheney fires a one-hitter for the win. Marty Berghammer has the only Reds hit. The Cubs move to 2nd place behind the Giants with the win: four teams are tight behind Chicago, with Brooklyn and then Boston bringing up the rear.

3rd Chief Bender and Bob Shawkey whitewash the Yankees, 2–0 and 1–0, for an A’s sweep.

The Braves make their 2nd trade in 4 days acquiring OF Josh Devore from the Phils for INF Jack Martin.

At Washington, it’s Johnson versus Johnson in game 1, with Walter beating Boston’s Adam, 12–0. Adam leaves after 4 innings. Rip Williams is the big hitter for the Nationals with a double, triple and homer and 7 RBIs. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap, 3–1, and he singles and scores in the 2-run 10th inning for the Sox.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep an a.m.-p.m. twinbill from the Phils, winning 5–4 and 3–0. Mathewson, in winning the shutout, records his 350th victory.

The Dodgers drum the Braves, sweeping a doubleheader, 7–5 in 11 innings and 4–3 in the nitecap. The nitecap is especially hard fought: Lefty Tyler plunks Dodger SS Ollie O’Mara on the neck and when Jack Daubert crosses the plate with the winning run in the 9th, he collides with Braves C Hank Gowdy and is knocked unconscious. Boston (26–40) is 10 ½ games in back of New York.

Turnabout is fair play. The Pittfeds sweep a pair from Baltimore, winning 5–1 and 8–7. In the 8th inning of the opener, Pitt SS Eddie Holly nabs Harvey Russell with the hidden ball trick. Baltimore’s Otto Knabe pulled it against Pittsburgh 5 weeks ago. The Federal League schedules all single-admission doubleheaders today in their fight with the AL and NL.

5th  Big Ed Walsh makes his first start since straining his right arm in spring training in 1913. He lasts 7 innings in a White Sox win over Cleveland, 6–3. Light-hitting Ray Demmitt, acquired from Detroit in April, hits a grand slam.

6th At Washington, it is a battle of the Johnsons—Boston’s Rankin vs. the Nats’ Walter. George McBride’s steal of home in the 4th inning is the only score, and Walter wins the 16th 1–0 game of his career.

The A’s sell pitcher Boardwalk Brown, 17–13 last year, to the Yankees. New York also brings back Birdie Cree by sending Bill Holden and cash to Baltimore (IL) in exchange. Birdie hit .348 in 1911 and .332 next season before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 last year and was sold to Baltimore, but he will hit .309 in 77 games this year.

7th  Suffering heavy losses from Federal League competition in Baltimore, the Orioles’ (IL) owner Jack Dunn offers Babe Ruth (plus Ernie Shore and C Ben Egan) for $10,000 to old friend Connie Mack, who refuses, pleading poverty. Cincinnati, which has a working agreement giving them the choice of 2 players, ignores Ruth and takes OF George Twombley and SS Claud Derrick. Dunn finally peddles his threesome to new owner Joe Lannin of the Red Sox for a reported $25,000. Ruth will debut July 11.

In an exhibition game in Buffalo, the Bisons (IL) humiliate the Boston Braves, 10–2.

8th The Cardinals come from behind to beat the Giants, 4–3, pinning the loss on Christy Mathewson.

9th  Austin of the Texas League loses its 27th straight.

Ossee Schreckengost, 39, peripatetic catcher (7 teams) best known as battery and roommate of Rube Waddell while with the Athletics, dies of uremia at Philadelphia. Skilled defensively on the field, Schreckengost was an eccentric off. He had it written into his contract that Waddell could not eat crackers in bed.

The Yankees buy back Birdie Cree from Baltimore, where they had sent him when he was out of shape. The veteran will hit .309 in 77 games.

10th Detroit’s Billy Purtell and Marty Kavanagh combine to nab Eddie Collins with the hidden ball trick. It comes in the 9thinning and helps preserve an 8–8 tie with Philadelphia.

At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees and Naps split a pair. Cleveland’s first 2 hitters, Graney and Turner, have 7 of the 12 hits in the opener as Cleveland wins, 7-2. New York takes the abbreviated nitecap in 6 innings, 1-0, on Jack Mullen’s RBI single that Lajoie cannot handle. It is New York’s only hit although they are handed 7 walks by Hagerman, five in the first 2 innings. The Yankees will not win another one-hitter this century, but will do so in May 2016.

11th  Babe Ruth breaks in with Boston, striking out in his first at bat, but gets a win in a 4–3 victory over Cleveland. With the score 3–3 in the 7th, Duffy Lewis pinch hits for Ruth, singles, and later scores the winning run. Dutch Leonard strikes out 4 of the 6 batters he faces in relief.

At St. Louis, the Browns win the 1st of 2 with the A’s, 4–3, as Tilly Walker hits a pair of home runs. The A’s win game 2, 6–4, with the help of a triple steal. Walks to Strunk, Barry and Amherst College pitcher Chick Davies, who is making his ML debut, load the bases in the 8th and set up the triple steal. Davies also has two hits and a complete game victory in his only appearance this year.

The Giants outhit the Cardinals, 18-16, and win 13–9 in St. Louis. Mathewson goes all the way in the win, walking none but allowing 3 home runs. Bill Steele takes the Redbird defeat.

At the West Side Grounds, Dick Rudolph gives up a 1st inning homer to Vic Saier and then settles down to give the Braves a 5-2 win over the Cubs. The victory evens Rudolph’s record at 8-8 as he compiles a 12-game winning streak.

Only 26 people are on hand to see Newark (IL) fade, 2–0, at Baltimore.

12th Hatton Ogle, pitching his first game for Austin (Texas League), defeats Ft. Worth, 9-3, to end the Senators consecutive losing streak of 31 games (tying 1 in 32 games). A 7-inning loss on June 28 to Houston will later be thrown out as it was the first game of a doubleheader. On July 8th—loss 27—the Senators top the 1895 rcord of Louisville for consecutive losses.

13th Steve Evans of Brooklyn (FL) ends a scoreless game with 12th inning homer off Pittsburgh’s Walt Dickson. Behind Joe Finneran, the Brookfeds win, 1-0, over the Rebels.     At St. Louis, the Braves win, 8-7, when a hit by Oscar Dugey is misplayed by Cozy Dolan in the 12th inning. The ball rolls to the fence and Dugey ends up with a 2-run inside-the-park homer. It is Oscar’s only career homer. The win is the 7th in 8 games for the last-place Braves, but they will lose the next 2.

The directors of the Coast League adopt a resolution requesting that the National Baseball Commission cancel the right of major league teams to draft players from their league. They contend that too many good players are drafted as soon as they show promise.

14th The Cubs pound Giants reliever Christy Mathewson for 6 runs in 6 innings, but New York does worse damage to Larry Cheney and Jimmy Lavender, and wins 12–8. Bob Bescher has a HR, the 1,000th Giant home run. New York leads the NL by 4 ½ games.

Red Sox rookie Ernie Shore makes an impressive debut, pitching a 2-hitter to beat Cleveland, 2–1 at Fenway Park.

15th At Fenway, Dutch Leonard shuts out the Cleveland Naps, 4–0. Ump Tommy Connolly, tiring of the taunting from the Sox bench, ejects 8 Boston players.

A proposed Sunday benefit game between the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in Lynn, Massachusetts for the city’s firefighters is opposed by Mayor Newhall and other city councilors. No admission would have been to be charged, but contributions would be accepted. At a municipal council session, ten ministers appeared to oppose baseball on the Sabbath (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

16th The Tigers, minus Cobb who is nursing a sore thumb, knock out rookie Babe Ruth in the 4th inning and trip the Red Sox, 5–2. It is Ruth’s first loss.

The Red Sox acquire 1B Dick Hoblitzell from Cincinnati.

17th  Setting a NL record at Forbes Field, Rube Marquard and Babe Adams each go a marathon 21 innings before Larry Doyle’s 2-run HR gives the Giants a 3–1 win over the Pirates. Adams yields no walks and 12 hits, the longest non-walk game in ML history. Marquard walks 2 (one intentional) and yields 15 hits. In the 6th, Honus Wagner goes from first to 3B on a hit by Jim Viox. When New York CF Bob Bescher throws to 3B Milt Stock, the ball bounces out of his hands and disappears under Wagner, who picks it up and carries it before dropping the ball. He scores but Wagner is called out for interference, Viox is sent back to 2B, and the Bucs protest (it will be turned down). Manager Clarke is then ejected by umpire Bill “Lord” Byron. Legend provides a fitting ending to this unusual game as Giants OF Red Murray is knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning after catching a fly ball for the final out. Murray is uninjured. This is an expanded tale based on Murray’s catch in an August 1909 game. Marquard’s win is his last in 1914. He will lose 10 straight on his way to a 12–22 record, the last Giant this century to lose 20 games in a season.

Frank Allen of Brooklyn allows just one hit, but 5 errors do him in and the Cubs win, 3–2. A 2-run 4th for Chicago on no hits, and Good’s scoring after his double in the 6th, completes the Chicago scoring. Brooklyn will sell Allen to the Pittfeds in September.

Any pennant chances the Senators have go out the window when Clyde “Deerfoot” Milan and Danny Moeller collide in the outfield with Moeller holding onto the ball as Milan somersaults over him. Milan’s jaw is broken in 2 places and he will miss 40 games. Cleveland wins, 3–1.

18th The Pirates spilt a twinbill with New York, winning game 1 by a 3–0 score, then losing the nitecap, 6–5 in 10 innings. New York scores 3 in the top of the 10th off George McQuillan, and the Bucs came back with 2 off Mathewson. Max Carey pops up with the tying run on 3B to end the game.

19th  Behind reliever Paul Strand, the Braves get 3 runs in the 9th off Earl Yingling to beat the Reds 3–2 and climb out of last place on their way to the pennant. During that journey, they will pass the Reds going the other way, as today’s loss starts the Reds’ fall from 2nd place to last.

The first place Chicago Whales edge Kansas City, 8-7 in a Sunday match. In a losing cause, Duke Kenworthy hits his second grand slam of the season, connecting in the 5th off Mike Prendergast.

20th Lefty Tyler and Bill James combine to hold the Pirates to 4 hits and the Braves score a run in the 9th to win, 1–0. Boston (37-43) now moves into 6th place past the Dodgers.

Hub Leonard, pitching masterfully in relief for the Red Sox, throws 8 hitless innings against the Tigers while striking out 9 batters. The Sox win it, 3–2, to stay in 3rd place ahead of Washington.

21st Dick Rudolph throws a 3-hitter to give the Braves their second straight whitewash of the Pirates, winning 6–0. Rudolph will end the year with 27 victories, tied with Alexander; one of his credited wins is a game in which he started and left after 3 innings. The Braves move ahead of the Reds and Phils into 4thplace.

The Reds lose, 6–5, to the Giants in 13 innings. Mathewson pitches the last 5 innings of shutout ball and singles in the winning run to pin the loss on Red Ames.

22nd Bill James continues the Braves remarkable pitching by blanking the Pirates, 1–0. The Braves then lose the nitecap, 8–4.

23rd Lefty Tyler follows suit, stopping the Pirates, 2–0, as the Braves take 4 out of 5 in Pittsburgh.

25th At Boston, the Cubs belt Otto Hess for a 5–4 win behind Hippo Vaughn. Boston is now 12 in back of the Giants, winners of 6 straight. Hippo strikes out 4 times, something he will do again in September.

New York beats the slumping Pirates, 4–2, with Mathewson topping Babe Adams. Bob Bescher and George Burns each tally two hits and score two runs.

26th Boston rookie Ernie Shore stops the Naps in Cleveland, 4–1.

27th Red Sox ace Dutch Leonard shuts out Cleveland, 3–0. He is helped by Tris Speaker, who has 2 singles and a triple. Speaker also makes 8 putouts in CF, on his way to a record 423 for the year.

The Athletics win their 12th consecutive game, beating host Detroit, 8–3, and scoring 3 runs in the first inning without a hit. Jean Dubuc hits 2 A’s batters, makes a throwing error, and his teammates chip in with 2 errors to give Philadelphia the 3 runs. Frank Baker has 3 hits including a double and triple to back Herb Pennock’s pitching. Detroit will beat Philadelphia tomorrow.

The Reds just nip Brooklyn, 6-5, as starter Elmer Brown walks 4 straight and his reliever Johnny Enzmann duplicates the feat, all within the first three innings.

PCL president Allen Baum says he will rigidly investigate charges that umpires have gambled on games. Accusations surfaced following a fight yesterday in Sacramento between umpire Held and Harl Maggert.

28th The Red Sox acquire lefty Vean Gregg (9–3), a 20-game winner the past three years, from Cleveland for (Adam) Rankin Johnson, Fritz Coumbe, and catcher Ben Egan. Gregg, who has been bothered by a sore arm off and on since his rookie year, will not flourish at Fenway.

29th The newly acquired Vean Gregg goes 7 innings for the Red Sox before exiting, and Boston goes on to beat the host White Sox, 8–4, in 10 innings.

At Sportsman’s Park, the A’s Chief Bender (9-2) shuts out the Browns, 5-0, on 6 hits. For the Chief, it is his 8th win in a row.

30th It’s a bad day for the Chief as the Giants lose a tough one to the Reds, 2–0. The Giants catcher doubles in the 6th and then is out for missing 1B. In the 9th, Meyers throws one ball over Stock’s head at 3B, bounces one to 2B on a steal, and tosses another into CF. The three errors hand Christy Mathewson the loss. Four Giants, including John McGraw, get tossed by umpire Steamboat Johnson for disputing a call today. Steamboat will thumb out McGraw in tomorrow’s loss as well. McGraw got tossed on the 27th for telling umpire Mal Eason he should wear glasses.

A wild melee mars the Tigers 3–2 win over the Senators. With the score tied in the 9th, the Nats Ray Morgan seemingly beats out a grounder when he slides into 1B, but umpire Sheridan calls him out. Morgan comes up with a handful of dirt, which he throws at the ump’s feet. (“This happens in nearly every game.” Washington Post). Sheridan thinks that Morgan meant to hit him with the dirt and swings at the player catching him on the jaw. Ainsmith then leads a charge out of the dugout and punches the ump as both teams rush out. Ainsmith and Morgan are ejected and as they are walking by the box seats, a fan calls Ainsmith a name. Eddie leans in and asks him to repeat it, and when the fan does, the catcher decks him, starting a near riot. Morgan jumps into the stands as does Bull Henry, who gets hit in the back with a chair. Eventually calm is restored, but the game is delayed 15 minutes. Shaw wild pitches in a Tiger run in the 10th to give Detroit a 3–2 win. Harry Coveleski is the winner, allowing 3 hits and striking out 11.

Rusty Griner allows just one hit but his Cards lose to the Braves, 2–1. Les Mann has a single for the lone hit. It is the 2nd one-hitter this month in which the pitcher lost.

Ernie Shore stops the White Sox, 4–0, to give the Red Sox rookie a 4–0 record.

31st Red Sox owner Joe Lannin buy the Providence Grays (IL) and Melrose Park from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000. Detroit gets to pick one player from the Providence roster and they select P Red Oldham, overlooking Carl Mays. Detroit then purchases the Buffalo (IL) team.