1915 July

1st Pittsburgh (FL) drops game 1, 6–0, at Baltimore, then scores in every inning of the nitecap to win, 13–5 (as noted by Dave Vincent). This is the first game since 1894 that this has happened.

2nd  The last place A’s continue to dismantle, selling Jack Barry, part of the “$100,000 infield,” for $8,000 to Boston (one report has the figure at $10,000). The Yankees, Red Sox, and White Sox all wanted him, but Barry prefers to play near his home, so Mack sold him to Boston, where he will play second base. He’ll not play shortstop again.

For the first time since the 1911 World Series, Jack Coombs pitches against Christy Mathewson. Now with the Dodgers, Coombs wins the duel, shutting out the Giants, 3–0. Two singles and a Zack Wheat triple in the 8th is the difference.

3rd  The Browns beat the Indians, 3–1, behind George Sisler. Sisler walks 9 and strikes out the same number in pitching a complete game victory. He allows 7 hits. Cleveland comes back in game 2 of the doubleheader to win, 5-1.

New York and Washington split a pair. Washington wins the opener, 8-7 in 11 innings on George McBride’s homerun. Roger Peckinpaugh had tied the game with a homer in the 9th. Pipp and Boone also homer for New York. Walter Johnson pitches a scoreless 11th inning to run his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 20, but in game 2 he gives up 2 runs in the first inning. New York goes on to win, 4-1.

Jimmy Walsh of Baltimore hits his second grand slam of the year, connecting off Gene Krapp in the 1st, but Buffalo wins over the Terrapins, 9-6.

The Red Sox split with the A’s, losing the first game 7–3, before taking the nitecap, 11–0. Jack Barry makes his first appearance for the Sox, playing the final two innings against his old mates.

4th   Led by Al Shaw who hits three triples, Kansas City (FL) beats St. Louis, 14-5. Shaw adds a single s he drives in 7 runs.

With only four NL teams playing this Sunday, the Reds take a pair from St, Louis at Redland Field. Gene Dale pitches a shutout to win the opener, 1-0. He drives in the only run. The Reds prevail 3-2 in game 2, called after 7 innings because of darkness.

5th  The Senators are shut out twice today against the Red Sox. Rube Foster wins the opener, 5–0, then Babe Ruth follows with a 6–0 win. Ruth scores two runs and hits his first triple. The Sox will sweep two more doubleheaders in the next two days with the Nationals to edge ahead of the White Sox for 1st place.

The Reds sweep two from the Cubs, winning 8–5 and 12–7. Red Ames wins the nitecap with the help of Heinie Groh, who has 5 hits including the cycle, off Jimmy Lavender. Pete Schneider tops Zip Zabel in the opener.

At the Polo Grounds, Phils ace Grover Cleveland Alexander fires a one-hitter to win, 2–0. The only baserunner for the Giants is Fred Merkle, who doubles off Pete in the second inning. It is Alexander’s second one-hitter in 10 days.

In the North Carolina State League, Durham and Raleigh play a home and home doubleheader (as noted by Art Schott). Raleigh wins the first game, 3–2 in 14 innings over visiting Durham. The two clubs then journey 40 miles to Durham for game 2, which ends 2–2 after 21 innings. The two teams make 206 putouts in 376 minutes of play.

7th The Phillies split with the Giants, losing the opener to Mathewson, 5–4, and winning the nitecap, 1–0, behind former Giant Al Demaree.

After Brooklyn wins the opener, 4–3, over Boston, the two teams battle to a scoreless 16-inning tie. Phil Douglas shuffles all the way for the Robins.

The A’s continue to dismantle, shipping frontline pitcher Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000.

8th  The Pirates make just 2 assists, both by 2B Jim Viox, in a 9-inning game against the Phils to tie a record set by the Giants August 9, 1906. On July 22, 1906, the Cincinnati Reds had no assists in a 7-inning game versus the Phils. Pittsburgh does fine without the assists, winning 2-0.

9th In Detroit, Babe Ruth lasts a third of a inning and allows 4 runs as Detroit pounds the Red Sox, 15–4.

For the second time in a month, a team makes a triple steal and two double steals as the White Sox run on Washington to win, 5–1. Shano Collins, with Schalk on 1B, leads a double steal in the first, then following a walk leads a triple steal. Felsch and Blackburne pull of the other double steal.

11th In the opener of two in Chicago, the Whales send Kansas City packing winning, 7-2. Dutch Zwilling leads the way with 6 RBIs to back Three Fingered Brown’s pitching. Gene Packard (11-4) pitches the Packers to a 4-3 win in game 2.

12th At the Polo Grounds, Cincinnati’s Gene Dale pitches an 8-hit shutout to beat the Giants, 6–0. Mathewson takes the loss.

13th Pete Alexander wins his 9th in a row for the Phils, shutting out the visiting Cardinals, 8–0. He strikes out 3 as he goes to 17-3.

In Cleveland, the Red Sox split, winning 7–3 behind Babe Ruth, then losing the nitecap, 6–5.

14th  Unbreakable record! White Sox pitcher Red Faber steals 3 bases in the 4th inning against the A’s on no pitches. With the White Sox leading, 4–2, in the 4th and rain threatening, the A’s try to delay the game. Joe Bush purposely hits Faber with a pitch, and Faber, trying to speed up the game, tries to get thrown out by stealing. Little effort is made to retire him, and he scores Chicago’s 5th run. His “steal” of home turns out to be the winning run, as rain never materializes, and Chicago wins, 6–4.

At League Park, the Indians and Red Sox play their second straight doubleheader, with the same split results. Cleveland score 3 runs in the first against Smoky Joe Wood and hang on for a 3-2 victory. It is Wood’s first loss after 9 straight wins. Ray Collins allows 2 hits in the second game as Boston wins, 7-1. Harry Hooper adds the coup de gras with a 2-run homer in the 9th.

15th  In the first game of a doubleheader with Washington, Brownie rookie George Sisler goes all the way allowing 6 hits in winning, 5–2. St. Louis takes the second game, 4-3.

Brooklyn’s Nap Rucker (4-3) wins his 4th straight, shutting out the Pirates, 3-0. Rucker will retire next season with 28 percent of his wins coming in shutouts, the second highest percentage (to Ed Walsh) in ML history. Hi Myers has a double today to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 23. Brooklyn is now tied for second place in the NL with the Cubs, both a game out of first place.

16th Flashing his old form, Christy Mathewson pitches a 5-hit shutout over the Cubs to win, 2–0. He walks none in beating George Zabel.

17th  The Cubs end Pete Alexander’s 9-game win streak, 4–0. Chicago and Philadelphia are now deadlocked for the NL lead, with Brooklyn right behind. In the AL, the White Sox spend their last day on top. The Tigers will challenge Boston down the stretch.

In Chicago, the Red Sox top the White Sox, 6–2, to move back into 1st place. Boston will win 4 out of 5 in the series with their rivals.

In the first of two games, Pol Perritt follows two Rubes by pitching a scoreless 16th inning as the Giants edge the Cardinals, 5-4. Marquard pitches the first 8 innings, allowing 4 runs, and Schauer pitches 7 scoreless frames. Perritt gets his second win of the day in game 2 by scattering 8 hits in a 2-0 shutout.

The Brooklyn Robins claim Ivy Olsen off waivers from the Reds. He will play the next nine seasons for the Robins. He also joins Casey Stengel, five years his junior, but a fellow grammar school student in Kansas City.

19th  The Nationals come out running, stealing a ML record 8 bases (tied in the NL in 1919) against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning. Sore-armed catcher Steve O’Neill is the victim of 3 SBs by Danny Moeller including 2B, 3B and home, 2 each by Clyde Milan and Ed Ainsmith, and one by George McBride in the 11–4 Washington win. Walter Johnson (15-8) allows just two hits in 6 innings before taking the afternoon off. Reliever Nick Altrock gives up the Cleveland scores.

21st The Phils stop the Cubs, 1–0, in a rain-shortened game in Philley. Pete Alexander gets the victory.

Babe Ruth pitches and bats the Red Sox to a 4–2 win over the host St. Louis Browns. Ruth is 4-for-4 with a tremendous homer and two doubles, and knocks in 3 runs. He scatters 5 hits with the two St. Louis runs coming on Heinie Wagner errors.

22nd  At St. Louis, the Red Sox use 3 pitchers in subduing the Browns 7–3. With the Red Sox ahead, Carl Mays takes over in the 2nd with 2 outs and pitches through the 8th to earn the win. Browns rookie George Sisler pitches in the 9th inning, allowing a hit to Red Sox reliever Smoky Joe Wood.

Jack Ness of Oakland (Pacific Coast League) has his 49-game hitting streak stopped by veteran Art Fromme. Ness, now hitting .387, bats .440 in the longest streak thus far in organized baseball, topping Cobb’s streak of 40 games of 1911, and long since breaking Chester Radbourne’s PCL record of 29 games.

23rd  In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, Pittsburgh’s Doc Johnston clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd, off Mathewson, to lead the Pirates to a 6–1 win. The Bucs take the nitecap as well, 4–3.

San Francisco (PCL) rookie sensation Harry Heilmann raises his batting average to .364 with 3 hits in a 14-2 loss to LA. It is Heilmann’s last game this season; he collapses while riding in a parade.

24th In the 9th inning of game 2 of a twinbill with Cleveland, the A’s Nap Lajoie lines into a 5-4-3 triple play against Sam Jones to end the game. The Indians sweep, 4-3 and 12-4.

After a poor start Red Ames is sold by the Reds to the Cardinals. Ames will find his stuff in St. Louis, going 9-3 with a 2.46 ERA.

25th In the first of 2 games, the Browns cuff Red Sox starter Babe Ruth for 4 unearned runs in the 3rd, and the young lefty is relieved by Carl Mays. Boston ties the score 4–4 in the 4th, but the Browns eventually win, 9–8. In the nitecap, a 1–1 tie, George Sisler pitches the last 2 innings for the Browns.

26th Honus Wagner drives in both runs to beat Christy Mathewson, 2–1. The Pirates lose the nitecap when the Giants Jeff Tesreau tosses a 5-hitter to win, 3–0.

27th The Senators score the games only run in the 1st when Clyde Milan swipes home against Cleveland pitcher Rip Hagerman. Hagerman allows just two hits in a losing effort, while Washington pitcher Bert Gallia gives up just one safety. Terry Turner has the only hit for Cleveland, the third time in his career it has happened.

Al Scheer is 4-for-4 with a homer and 2 doubles to drive in 6 Peppers as Newark wins, 11-3, over the FL Terriers.

29th  At 41, Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player in this century to hit a grand slam when he connects in Pittsburgh in the drizzling rain. It is inside-the-park against Jeff Pfeffer of Brooklyn in an 8–2 win. The record will stand until Tony Perez hits a grand slam on May 13, 1985, one day short of his 43rdbirthday, although Wagner will co-hold the ML record (with Tommy Leach) of hitting four inside-the-park grand slams. Pfeffer is also caught off 1B when RF Hinchman nabs a Myer’s line drive and makes an unassisted DP.

Walter Johnson wins his own game with a 10th inning drive to deep CF with a man on and 2 out to beat Cleveland, 2–1. Johnson struck out his first 3 times up.

Ernie Koob of Kalamazoo College pitches the Browns to a 5–1 win over the A’s.

In Kansas City, Brookfed pitcher Dan Marion fires a 4–0 shutout. KC’s George Stovall and Lee Magee watch from the stands after their altercation with umpire Corcoran. The run-in will also cause the postponement Saturday of “George Stovall Day” celebrations.

Boston NL pitcher Pat Ragan wins 2 games today, beating the Reds, twice, 10–5 and 7–6. In game 1 he is lifted after 4 innings with a lead, but is given credit for the victory. He goes the distance in the 2nd game.

30th The once-contending Cubs end their 8-game losing streak by beating the Giants in game 2, 4-0 to even their record at 44-44. The visiting Giants win game 1 by a 3-2 margin.

31st  At West Side Park, the Cubs split their 2nd doubleheader in a row with the Giants. Cy Williams belts a 3-run homer in the 4th to chase Christy Mathewson, and Chicago wins, 7–3. New York takes the nitecap, 9–2, scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning.

Dave Davenport of St. Louis (FL) splits a pair of 1–0 games in a doubleheader with Buffalo, winning the first and losing the 2nd. He gives up just 5 hits all afternoon, and just one in his losing effort, and becomes the only pitcher to be involved in two 1–0 decisions in one day.