1916 July

1st  At age 42 years and 4 months, Honus Wagner is the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park HR. He connects for the Pirates in the 4th inning at Cincinnati as the Bucs win, 2–1.

Babe Ruth retires the first 10 Washington batters, but the next 5 reach base, sending the Boston lefty to the showers and sending him to a 4–2 loss.

2nd In a 12-inning 1-0 loss to the White Sox, Ty cobb is called out on strikes and flings his bat into an unoccupied section of the stands. Cobb is ejected, along with manager Hughie Jennings, and will ne handed a 3-game suspension by Ban Johnson. The Sox sweep the 4-game set with the Tigers and are three games behind the first-place Yankees.

3rd Ray Caldwell of the Yankees tosses an 11-inning shutout and scores the winning run to defeat Washington’s Walter Johnson.

4th  In a doubleheader Boston sweep, Joe Jackson goes 3-for-5 against the Athletics. In 30 games since May 31st, he has hit 55-for-104, a .524 BA. The Red Sox win, 11–2 and 5–2.

Against Brooklyn, Christy Mathewson relieves in the 1st, and the Giants score 5 in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Three errors and 4 hits in the 5th undo Matty and he loses, 7–6. The Dodgers take the second game, 6-2, to sweep both games from the 6th place Giants.

5th At Griffith Park, the Yankees knock Doc Ayers out of the game 4 straight hits and 3 runs in the 2nd inning, then lay into Sam Rice for the next 8 innings as they win, 9-1. Rice is cooked after this game, his last on the mound, and he will spend the next 18 years compiling a .322 average as an outfielder. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963.

7th At St. Louis, Pete Alexander shuts out the Cards for a 1–0 Phillies win, topping Lee Meadows. Dode Paskert in CF makes two leaping catches off the bat of Bob Bescher to save home runs.

In Chicago, the Cubs Gene Packard twirls a one-hitter to beat the Braves, 1-0. Fred Snodgrass has the lone hit. It is the third time Snodgrass has had the only hit for his team.

Who?! At Fenway, the Indians score in the first off Babe Ruth, but manage just one more hit through the 7th. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th, lefty hitting reserve Olaf Henriksen pinch hits for Ruth and draws a walk, forcing home the tying run. Boston scores another in the 8th to win, 2–1. Henriksen will pinch walk tomorrow, giving him 4 walks in his last 6 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

The Tigers beat up on the Athletics, winning 9-2 as Ty Cobb has 3 hits, including a homer, and Oscar Vitt and Harry Coveleski also chalk up 3 safeties. Coveleski goes the distance for the win. Wally Schang has 2 of the A’s 10 hits to run his hitting streak to 20 straight games.

10th  For the 2nd time this season, White Sox pitchers toss shutouts in a doubleheader, this time against the Red Sox. Lefty Williams wins 4–0, then Reb Russell follows with a one-hit 3–0 victory, beating Carl Mays. With the temperature at Fenway in the 90s, this is the first of three consecutive doubleheaders for the two Sox.

11th The Red Sox sweep the White Sox, winning 5–3 and 3–1. Babe Ruth starts both games, lasting a third of an inning in the opener, but pitching a 3–1 complete game win in the nitecap. Ruth started the opener to give Rube Foster more time to warm up, and left after retiring the first batter.

The Robins turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Cardinals when Casey Stengel hits a 2-run homer in the 7th.

After losing 8-3 in the opener against the Browns, the A’s Bullet Joe Bush fires a 3-0 shutout to snap the A’s losing streak at 12 games.

In New York, the Yankees and Indians trade wins, with New York taking the opener, 8-2, behind Nick Cullop and Cleveland winning game 2, 4-2. For Cullop it is his 9th straight win. The winner in game 2 is Grover Loudermilk, recently purchased from the Tigers. It is Grover’s lone win this year.

12th With the temperature at Fenway near 100 degrees, Boston sweeps the White Sox behind complete game wins by Ernie Shore, 2–1, and Dutch Leonard, 3–1.

13th Detroit’s Bill James strikes out 7 straight batters in the Tigers 3–1 win over Washington.

14th At Boston, Carl Mays and the St. Louis Browns lefty Ernie Koob battle each other for 17 innings before the game ends in a tie with the score, 0–0. Koob pitches all 17 innings, while Mays lasts 15. Poor base-running by Koob keeps him from winning the game in the 15th inning. After walking, Koob reaches 2B with two out. Ward Miller singles to left scoring Koob but he is called out for failing to touch third base.

The Cubs whip the visiting Phillies, 6–3. Despite the new policy of Cubs owner Charles Weeghman to let fans keep foul balls hit into the stands, the Phils don’t go along with it. The Tribunereports that the Quakers request compensation for 8 balls hit into the stands and not returned during pre-game batting practice (as noted by Gene Disio).

15th The Red Sox play their 4th doubleheader in 6 days, losing the opener, 2–1 to the Browns. Tilly Walker’s RBI double in the 8th gives Boston its first score in 28 innings. Boston breaks out in game two, pounding 4 Brownie pitchers for 18 hits to win, 17–4. Babe Ruth picks up the win, leaving after 6 innings.

Detroit uses a grand slam and 6 RBI from George Burns to subdue the visiting Yankees, 9-7. Burns’ homer comes in the 7-run 4th inning against George Mogridge. His successor Slim Caldwell has more success, allowing 2 runs the rest of the way. When Cobb steps out of the box in the 9th with 2 strokes on him and admonishes the ump, “young Walters” to get his signals straight. Caldwell yells at Cobb then gets him to pop up. Caldwell then deliberately walks Veach as if to thumb his nose at the George Peach. The game takes 2 hours, 47 minutes. Rube Oldring has a pair of hits and a steal in his first game for New York, after signing with them on July 13. The disillusioned Oldring had asked for his release from the hapless A’s and Mack acceded. The Yanks will follow suit, releasing Rube in early September. New York plays without Home Run Baker, who injured his ribs yesterday and will not make an appearance until August 29, against the Tigers.

16th At Chicago, the Cubs and Brooklyn play a 16-inning 7–7 tie, called on account of darkness. In the 10th inning, the Cubs George Cutshaw swipes home to knot the score.

18th  In Chicago, with the score tied 4–4 in the 10th, umpire Bill “Lord” Byron forfeits a game to Brooklyn when Hippo Vaughn, protesting alleged sign stealing by base runners, refuses to pitch. Byron calls a ball on the next batter prompting manager Joe Tinker to come out and argue the call. With Vaughn refusing to pitch and Tinker on the field, Byron calls a forfeit.

At Boston, Babe Ruth pitches the Red Sox to a 4–3 win over the Browns. in the 3rd, Ruth triples and then scores on a infield grounder bowling over St. Louis C Hank Severeid and knocking him unconscious. Grover Hartley replaces the injured Severeid.

19th  At Chicago, the Giants edge the Cubs, 8–6, as New York CF Benny Kauff tags out two runners at 2B for a double play. With one out the Cubs load the bases. Giant catcher Bill Rariden throws to 2B and catches the runner, Les Mann, off. In the rundown, the runner on 3rd breaks for home and scores when the Giants fumble. But the ball is recovered and the throw to Kauff covering 2nd gets the runner sliding back. Kauff then looks up and tags the runner trying to advance from 1B to end the inning.

20th  The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager, not as a player, but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds, Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage, and a new team nickname will be coined: “Matties.” The trade gives the Reds seven ex-Feds, the most in the NL: Roush, McKechnie, Hal Chase, Baldy Louden, Emil Huhn, Al Schulz and Earl Moseley. The Reds split today, managing just two hits off Pete Alexander, who contributes 2 doubles himself to the Phils offense. Alexander wins, 6–0, but the Reds salvage a victory in game 2, winning 5–3. The trade will allow Herzog to play a MLB record 98 games at home. He has already played 50 games at Redlands Field and will play 48 at the Polo Grounds. Because of the scheduling, of his 156 games played this season, 98 will be at home (SABR Records Committee).

The Tigers beat the 2nd place Red Sox, 3–2, in 13 innings when Ty Cobb scores on a Ralph Young single. Cobb reached on an infield chop and a throwing error by Babe Ruth, who took over for Rube Foster in the 9th with the score, 2–2.

Bullet Joe Bush tosses a 2-0 whitewash on Cleveland in game 2 of a twinbill to stop the A’s losing streak at 9 games. Cleveland takes the opener, 4-2. Philadelphia has lost 21 of their last 23 games to give their fans a taste of things to come.

Portland (PCL) second baseman Bill Rodgers records an unassisted triple play in a game against Salt Lake City.

21st Mathewson, in his first game as the Reds manager, puts Edd Roush in CF, and the future star responds with a two-run triple and goes 3-for-5. But the Phils top Cincy, 6–4.

At Shibe, Chick Gandil has 3 hits and 3 runs as the Indians beat the A’s, 7-2. A’s rookie catcher Billy Meyer has one at bat and, experiencing discomfort, is replaced by recently signed Doc Carroll. Meyer will undergo an appendectomy and will miss the rest of the season.

22nd In a doubleheader in Rochester (International League) Urban Shocker of Toronto tosses an 11-inning no-hitter in game 1. That plus his 15-3 record will earn him a promotion back to the New York Yankees.

23rd The White Sox beat the Tigers, 12-9, in Detroit and a bad call in the 9th by umpire Dick Nallin prompts a mini riot. A foul fly pops out of catcher Ray Schalk’s glove, bounces off the concrete wall and back in his glove. Nallin rules the batter out and when Hugh Jennings complains about the call he is tossed out and will receive an indefinite suspension. Nallin needs to be escorted off the field as several hundred fans descend.

The St. Louis Cardinals sell pitcher Slim Sallee to the New York Giants for $10,000. Slim averaged 16 wins a year for the past 5 years for the dismal Cardinals, but is just 5-5 this season, and had not pitched since June 12. He had torn up his contract in early July when the team was in New York and quit the team to return home, claiming he was through with baseball. The team suspended him and looked for a trade. John McGraw talked Sallee out of retirement and purchased the lefty, a fine move for the Giants. Slim will register a 48-26 record in New York.

24th In Toronto, the Red Sox play a 5–5 exhibition tie with the Toronto (IL) Maple Leafs.

25th Tris Speaker has three hits against lefty Babe Ruth to finally drive him from the mound in the 8th inning. Reliever Rube Foster wild pitches home a run and Braggo Roth’s 2nd double gives Cleveland a 5–3 lead. The Tribe win, 5–4, with Ruth the loser. Ruth is 2-for-4 with a two run single. Cleveland and Boston are now in 2nd place 1 ½ games out in the tight AL race. Detroit is in 6th place, 6 games out.

26th  Tigers favorite Harry Heilmann gets an appreciative hand from the crowd for having dived into the Detroit River last night to save a woman from drowning. The Tigers then beat Washington, 6–5, as they continue to play without Ty Cobb. Cobb is nursing an injured finger and some cranky knees. He will return to action on the 28th.

In a 4–2 loss to the Reds, Giants P Bob Steele lives up to his name by swiping home in the 6th inning.

Eddie Cicotte, who started against the Yankees yesterday and was knocked out of the box, has a better time of it today as he allows one hit and one walk as the White Sox shut out the visiting Yanks, 2-0. Wally Pipp’s hit in the 5th is the lone safety.

27th  In Chicago, the first-place Yankees stay a half game ahead of Boston by coming from behind to beat the White Sox, 8-6. With 2 outs Rube Oldring lines a ball over Jackson’s head to the LF corner where it bounces over the fence for a grand slam for the winners. Mellie Wolfgang serves up the four bagger.

The Red Sox—Indians game in Cleveland goes an unheard of 2 hours and 50 minutes due to a Polish band at the game to celebrate “Coveleskie Day.” The band insists on playing during the time that the players are playing and refuse any orders from umpire Silk O’Loughlin to stop. They finally do. The Sox celebrate in their own way by knocking Stan Coveleski out of the game in the 6th, winning 7-6.

29th  Pitching for the 7th place Browns, Dave Davenport throws two complete game wins over the first place Yankees, winning 3–1 and 3–2 over Ray Caldwell and Reb Russell. Elmer Miller has his only homer of the year off Caldwell in game 2. This singular effort will not be matched against the Yankees, though Boston’s Don McMahon will beat them twice in relief in one day. The Red Sox, losers of two to the Tigers today, remain in 2nd place a half-game behind New York.

The White Sox sweep two games from the visiting A’s, winning 6-1 and 6-4, to move into 3rd place, 1.5 games out of first. The 7thplace Browns are just 8.5 games out of 1st place, while the hapless Athletics are in last, 31 games out.

At Navin Field, the Tigers chase Babe Ruth in the 1st inning, scoring 4 runs as the Babe records just one out. Reliever Weldon Wycoff is not much better giving up 6 earned runs in 3 innings as the Tigers beat the Red Sox, 10-8. Making it close is Sox first sacker Del Gainer, who hits a double and two homers to drive in 6 runs. Detroit sweeps by winning the second game, 7-3, behind Bill James.

30th  The NY Times Book Review pans Ring Lardner’s baseball novel You Know Me, Al, recently published by George H Doran Company at $1.25. The reviewer says “the author was for some time sporting writer on a Chicago newspaper, and so may be supposed to know his subject thoroughly, but for the honor of the ‘national game’ we trust that his “busher” is not typical of the majority of its players. . . . As it contains many accounts of baseball games strung together on the thinnest possible thread of plot, it may please the ‘fans.’”

The White Sox down the hapless A’s, 10-1 and 7-0. Joe Jackson has a grand slam for the Sox.

Carl Mays tops the Tigers, 9–3 for a Red Sox win. With the Browns sweeping the Yankees, 2-1 and 2-0, Boston goes into first place and the Yankees drop to 3rd behind the White Sox. The 7thplace Browns are 7 ½ games out of first.

31st  The Giants take two from Pittsburgh, winning both by 7–0 scores. Slim Sallee and Jeff Tesreau are the winners.

Babe Ruth fires a two hitter, allowing hits by Cobb and Burns, for a 6–0 win for the first place Red Sox over the Tigers. Ruth adds two hits at the plate.

The Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals split a pair with the Birds winning game one, 4-3. In the bottom of the fifth inning. Boston centerfielder Fred Snodgrass calls “Time!” because he has lost his sunglasses. Players, groundskeepers, and umpires delay the game five minutes walking around center field looking for them. Then a teammate finds them on the bench and brings them out. (as noted by Frank Vaccaro). Boston wins game 2 by a 2–1 score.