1917 July

1st  Reds Fred Toney pitches a doubleheader, beating the Pirates 4–1 and 5–1. He walks one and allows 3 hits in each game, the fewest hits allowed by any pitcher winning 2 games in one day.

Despite a state law banning Sunday baseball, the Robins (Dodgers) play their first Sunday game in Brooklyn, charging regular admission and beating the Phils 3–2. Charles Ebbets announces that the admission to benefit the Militia of Mercy, a wartime charity, is for a pregame band concert and military drill exhibition before the game. When the band concert ends ticket sales stop to conform with the Sunday baseball laws. More than 12,000 attend. Despite the maneuver, Ebbets and manager Wilbert Robinson are arrested, and will pay a small fine.

Henry Mathewson, 31-year-old brother of Christy Mathewson, dies in Factoryville, PA of Tuberculosis.

3rd After managing for 5 games, Honus Wagner resigns as manager. Czech born Hugo Bezdek is named as his replacement, his qualifications including being the football coach at Penn State.

The St. Louis Cardinals send outfielder Bob Bescher to Milwaukee (American Association) completing a trade begun July 1 in which they shipped Paddy Livingston, Sam Bohne and cash there for pitcher Marv Goodwin.

4th   The first-place Giants subdue Brooklyn in a pair, winning 9-2 and 8-0 on Schupp’s shutout. Dave Robertson hits a grand slam for New York in the 1st inning of game 2 as the McGrawmen finally subdue their nemesis Jack Coombs. The former Colby ironman had beating them 11 straight times as a Dodger and once in the WS as an Athletic.

5th In the first of two games in New York, Home run Baker hits a 13th inning inside-the-park game-ending homer off Walter Johnson to give the Yankees a 5–4 win. It is Baker’s 5th HR off the Big Train.

6th In a 4-1 Detroit win, Ty Cobb’s hit streak ends at 35 games as White Sox pitchers Red Faber and Scott hold him hitless. His streak began May 31. Cobb holds the AL mark of 40 straight games, set in 1912, but George Sisler will ring up 41 games in 1922.

8th The St. Paul Saints defeat Kansas City (AA) in the 2nd game of a doubleheader to snap KC’s win streak at 15 games.

10th  Coming off a suspension, Yankees righthander Ray Caldwell pitches 9 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, picking up a 7–5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of Mrs. Lucy Dick when he was visiting, and he is arrested for larceny.

11th In Detroit, Boston’s Babe Ruth tops the Tigers, 1–0, allowing just Donie Bush’s scratch single in the 8th. Ruth deflects the ball but the throw by the shortstop is too late. Ruth has a single and triple, but a pinch triple by Chick Shorten in the 9th drives home the only run. Ruth strikes out Veach Crawford and Cobb in the 9th; for the last he shakes off catcher and player/manager Carrigan. In early 1942, in a speech in Los Angeles, Ruth will call this game his greatest thrill. [the Babe also relates to writer John Carmichael that his greatest game was the called shot game in the WS of 1932.]

14th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Reds split a pair before 36,000 fans. Benny Kauff knocks in 5 runs in the opener and Slim Sallee dips the Reds in calcimine, 8-0. Kauff has a 2-run homer in the 1st, and in the 3rd, with runners on 2B and 3B, reaches across the plate and slaps a intentional ball 4 for a 2-run double. In the 4th Burns and Kauff combine on a double steal to reach 2B and 3B, then pull of another double steal to score Burns (The New York Times game writeup gives Kauff credit for the second double steal; the box and Retrosheet do not). In the 5th Holke and Gibson combine for another double steal. The Reds rebound in game 2 to win, 7-4. Shean has a 3-run double.

The Dodgers take a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 5-3 and 1-0. In the second game, Rube Marquard tosses a 2-hitter, with both hits being made by Pirates pitcher Frank Miller, a .118 hitter. Two singles and two errors scores the Brooklyn run.

15th The Yankees send Lee Magee to the Browns for Armando Marsans.

17th The Giants waive little-used George Kelly to Pittsburgh. Kelly will return to star for New York.

19th The Browns Allen Sothoron defeats the Senators and Walter Johnson, 4–2.

In Chicago, Babe Ruth opens a 5-game series with the front-running Chisox, by pitching 2nd-place Boston to a 3–2 win. In the top of the first inning, Del Gainer hits a two-run homer into the RF bleachers, and Boston plates another in the 3rd on Harry Hooper’s RBI single.

21st The Red and White Sox battle to a 15-inning 5–5 tie called on account of darkness. Ruth tosses the last five innings for Boston, giving up no runs in his first relief appearance of the year. Chicago will win the next two games to keep a firm hold on first place.

22nd Before 23,000 in Chicago, the White Sox trim the Red Sox, 2-0. Reb Russell is the winning pitcher while Swede Risberg is most of the offense. Swede scores from 3B on a foul pop to the third baseman, sliding into catcher Agnew and knocking the ball out of his hands. He also knocks him out of the game. Swede also has a RBI single.

Cleveland rolls over the visiting A’s, 20-6. Jim Bagby pitches 6 shutout innings and then leaves after the Tribe scores 8 runs in the 6th, to take an 11-0 lead.

23rd The Cubs sweep a doubleheader with Brooklyn on two shutouts. Grover Alexander wins the opener 3–0 and Phil Douglas shuffles in to take the nitecap, 6–0.

The White Sox defeat the Red Sox, 5-3, behind the hitting of Happy Felsch, who has 4 hits including a double and triple. Chicago leads by 4 ½ games.

28th In a doubleheader at St. Louis, the Red Sox sweep, winning both games by 3–2 scores, the 2nd in 11 innings. In the 20 innings, not one Red Sox batter strikes out. Another oddity is in game 2, as Ernie Shore is called out twice when hit with a batted ball, once in the 3rd inning when running from 1st to 2nd base and once in the 5th when he bunts and “he caressed the pill on the way to first.” Ernie sets an AL record and is the only player to do it since 1890.

29th At Cleveland, the Senators top the Indians, 9-5, behind Walter Johnson. Johnson also strokes three doubles matching George Mullin’s league mark for pitchers set in 1903. George Uhle will match it in 1923.

30th  The Tigers Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt follow each other in the lineup, each going 5-for-5 in a 16–4 win over Washington. Having three players collect five hits ties the ML record for the century. Cobb also scores 5 runs for the first time Detroit’s outfield has 12 hits to tie the AL record.

In 100 degree heat the host Red Sox top the White Sox, 3–1, behind Babe Ruth’s 4-hitter. Chicago bunches three of the 4 hits in the 3rd, including an RBI triple by Joe Jackson. With the win, the Red Sox move percentage points behind 1st place Chicago.

31st The Red Sox win their 7th straight, beating Chicago, 5-2, and taking the AL lead from Chicago.

The Cubs swap pitcher Al Demaree to the Giants for infielder Pete Kilduff.