1st At Quincy, in the Bethlehem Steel League, Dutch Leonard loses to Eddie Plank, 6-2. It is Leonard’s first game in the league.
At Boston, the Braves defeat Brooklyn, 5-3, in a game that takes just 1 hour 12 minutes. It might have been the experimental starting time of 6 p.m. (as noted by historian Stuart Shea in his book on Wrigley Field), but, nevertheless, the start time is not repeated.
2nd In Washington, Red Sox star Babe Ruth quits the team after arguing with manager Ed Barrow. This follows a 3–0 loss to Washington’s Harry Harper in which the Babe, playing CF, goes hitless in two at bats and makes an error. Harry Harper cops his 2nd win in the series and his 7th in a row, beating Guy Bush.
The first-place Yankees are “dipped in the whitewash vat” by the A’s young Bob Geary, who allows just 3 singles in the 5–0 victory. The host Mackmen, led by Merlin Kopp, rattle 3 Yankee pitchers for 10 hits, handing the loss to Slim Love. Kopp is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and a stolen base. The Yanks maintain their two-game lead over the Red Sox and Cleveland.
Can I start tomorrow, Skip? The Cubs hang a pair of losses on Cardinals pitcher Lee Meadows, beating him 7-1 and 6-2. Meadows starts game 1 and doesn’t last one inning. He starts game 2 and is knocked out in the 4th.
At the Polo Grounds, Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th, off Slim Sallee, to lead the Phillies to 5–2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp, both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game, each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.
In Boston, proceedings started to determine the status of professional baseball players under the new work or fight rules. Summons were sent to 14 Boston Braves—all the players except Wally Rehg, Ray Powell and Joe Kelly, who will enter the U.S. Navy Reserve this week. Three other players—Buck Herzog, Ed Konetchy, and Tom Hughes—are beyond the draft age. Meanwhile, the Braves host the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes allows just three hits and tallies three himself as he spins a 4–0 win.
3rd Babe Ruth announces that he has joined the Chester team of the Delaware River Shipbuilding League and will not play for Boston. The Red Sox players are unperturbed and the Red Sox management threatens an injunction. Heinie Wagner tracks down the Babe in Baltimore and convinces him to return to the Sox. Meanwhile, the Ruth-less Sox unravel, losing 6–0 to the A’ Vean Gregg. Gregg allows just one hit in the first six innings, and four overall.
The first-place Cubs finally lose a game to the last-place Cards, 2–1, in St. Louis. With the score tied, Bob Fisher singles in the 8th, steals 2B and 3B, and scores on Charlie Grimm’s single. Fisher helps again in the 9th inning when he nabs Dode Paskert at 2B with a hidden ball trick.
Giants pitcher Fred Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jeff Tesreau and jumps the team to join a shipyard team. Anderson has been trying to join the Navy’s dental corp., and the Giants don’t know his whereabouts. He’ll rejoin the team, however. The Giants are also unsuccessful in luring back Dave Robertson from government service in Norfolk. Robertson, the NL’s co-leader in homers in 1916-17, turns down an offer of $7,500 and will not rejoin the Giants until next year. The players aren’t needed today as the Giants sweep a pair from the Dodgers, 9–4 and 1–0 to move to two back of the Cubs.
4th There are few fireworks today as the Cubs whitewash the host Cards, winning both games by a 1–0 score. Lefty Tyler, in extra innings, and Claude Hendrix are the winners over Red Ames and Bill Doak. Tyler and Hippo Vaughn will tie for the NL lead in shutouts this year with 8. Cubs pitchers have allowed 2 runs in the last 28 innings: they won’t beat that in 3-game road series until 2015.
Behind Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs, the Dodgers take a pair from the Giants. Rube shuts out the Giants, 2–0, in the first game, which begins at 10:15 a.m. Coombs, the Kennebunk Express, overcomes seven Brooklyn errors to win the afternoon contest, 4–3. Coombs scores the winning run after hitting a 10thinning triple, his third hit of the game. Jimmy Hickman adds a 4th inning homer.
Despite the heroics of Ty Cobb at Comiskey Park, the White Sox sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7–6 in 12 innings, then 2–1. Cobb is 5-for-6 in the 1st game, and goes from 1st to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt. Playing first base in the nitecap, Ty pulls the hidden ball trick on Joe Benz, the winning pitcher for Chicago. Ed Cicotte is the winner in game one over Hooks Dauss.
In Washington, the Yankees split with the Senators while Cleveland is winning twice from the Browns. Cleveland (43–32) takes over first from New York (38–29) and Boston (40–31). The Yankees win the morning game, 7–0, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey and the slugging of Frank Baker. Baker collects a homer, double, and 2 singles and adds 2 singles in the afternoon contest. The Yankees rap 9 hits off Walter Johnson in the p.m. game, but shoddy fielding gives the Nats a 4–3 win.
Boston splits with the A’s, taking the morning contest 11–9. Starting pitcher Sad Sam Jones is rapped for 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings, but is awarded the victory. Ruth is not used in the morning game, but returns to the lineup in the nitecap, striking out twice, as Scott Perry outpitches Carl Mays for the 2–1 11-inning A’s victory. With every team in the majors playing twinbills, this is one of seven extra-inning games today: this won’t be matched until August 15, 1998 when half (7) the games go extra frames. Also, 11 of the games are one-run affairs, a mark that won’t be matched until April 14, 2001.
At London’s Chelsea football grounds, 18,000 people, including King George and the royal family, watch an American Army team defeat a U.S. Navy team, 2–1. The King is prevented from tossing out the first ball by the netting in front of the royal box, and instead walks on the field and hands the ball to umpire Arlie Latham.
In a Steel League morning game at Lehigh Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa, Dutch Leonard strikes out 18 to defeat Jeff Tesreau, 2-0. The game draws 4,000. The afternoon game, featuring the pitching of former major leaguers Lefty Baumgartner and Al Mamaux, draws 18,000.
5th The A’s tie the Red Sox in the 9th, only to lose in the 10th, 4–3. Starting pitcher Babe Ruth draws a walk off Bob Geary in the 10th and scores the winning run on Stuffy McInnis’ triple.
The PCL announces that it will end the season tomorrow.
In Toronto, the Cincinnati Reds edge the Toronto Internationals, 2–1, in an exhibition game.
6th After walking 7 batters, the Reds’ Pete Schneider takes a 10–0 one-hitter versus the Phils into the 9th, but walks the first 6 batters in the inning to force in 3 runs. Two relievers later, the Phils have 9 runs, but lose 10–9. Pete’s 13 walks is still a club record.
The Pirates take two over the visiting Braves, winning 17-1 and 5-4. In the opener, Braves hurler Dick Rudolph allows 4 runs in the first 5 innings, then gets roughed up in the 6th. Protesting an umpire’s call he sits down on the mound and is ejected. Reliever Hugh Canavan is summoned without warming up and pitches 2 2/3 innings allowing 13 runs. The lefty had not appeared in a ML game in two months, and had suffered a broken left hand while pitching in an exhibition game. Six Pirates each collect 3 hits with Max Carey driving in 5 runs.
At Chicago, Hippo Vaughn pitches and bats the Cubs to a 1-0, 12-inning victory over the Giants. Hippo wastes an 11th inning double but his single in the 12th drives in the only run off Demaree.
The Red Sox regain first place, beating the Indians, 5–4. Pinch hitter Babe Ruth drives in two runs in the 6th inning with a triple and scores the winning run when the relay is fumbled.
7th The Browns beat the host Washington Nationals, 3–0, as the Nats manage just 3 hits off Allen Sothoron. Browns SS Jimmy Austin triples in the 9th off Walter Johnson, then steals home.
In Chicago, the Cubs hand the Giants their 4th straight loss, beating New York, 6–1. Starter Pol Perritt goes five innings to take the loss. Phil Douglas wins to give Chicago a six-game lead in the NL. Perritt will come back tomorrow and pitch a complete game victory to give the Giants a split of their doubleheader with Chicago.
Rabbit Maranville gets a 10-day leave from the Navy and hits .316 in 11 games for the Braves before going back to sea.
At Newport, RI, the Indians lose an exhibition game to a Navy team, 5–2. The Navy offense is paced by OF Wally Rehg’s 2-run homer, one of three Navy outfielders from the Boston Braves. Joe Kelly and Ray Powell team with Rehg.
In Omaha, the Western League votes to end this season after today’s games. In Ft Worth, Texas League president J. Walter Morris announces the Texas League season will end today. The Pacific Coast and International Leagues also close today.
8th Although Babe Ruth’s 10th inning blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk in the Red Sox win 1–0 over Cleveland, the prevailing rules about the winning run scoring ahead of the home run reduce Babe’s HR to a triple. The run gives Sad Sam Jones the win over Stanley Coveleskie. Guy Morton gives up 3 Boston hits in the nitecap to beat Carl Mays, 4–3. Ruth will hit 11 homers this year, all on the road.
At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees come from behind to tie White Sox with 3 runs in the 8th, then win in the 9th, 6–5, on Frank Baker’s 100th hit of the season. Baker is the first player to reach the century mark in hits this year.
In a battle of the top two teams, the Cubs spilt a doubleheader with the Giants. Behind George Tyler’s complete game, Chicago takes the opener from the visitors, 6–3. Pol Perritt, a loser yesterday, beats the Cubs in the nitecap, 3–1. Hendrix is the loser.
The A’s score in double figures for the first time this season (they’ll do it once more) pounding out a 16–9 win over the Tigers, who are playing without Harry Heilmann. Heilmann is struck by a bat in pregame practice. The A’s Merito Acosta collects 5 hits, driving in 4 and scoring 4. For Detroit, Oscar Stanage has 5 RBIs and Cobb, playing 2B, has 4 hits, but he makes an error and Bush at short adds two. Starter Mule Watson goes just 3 innings but is awarded the win.
9th In Chicago, the Giants stop the Cubs, 7–6, on a solo homer by Jim Thorpe in the 10th inning, off Phil Douglas. Thorpe is subbing for the injured Ross Young, who is out with a twisted ankle. The Giants, down 6–0, jump on Hippo Vaughn in the 7th to tie. Cecil Causey pitches the last two innings in relief of Fred Anderson to win. The Cubs lead is down to 5 games.
The Red Sox tighten their hold on first place with a 12-inning, 1–0 victory over the visiting Indians. Everett Scott doubles over Tris Speaker’s head, and after a forceout, the winning run scores on a single by Wally Mayer. Starter Joe Bush outduels Jim Bagby for the win.
The Dodgers make twelve hits off the Cards, but lose 6–4. The Cards also collect 12 hits and Dodger pitcher Larry Cheney helps with 5 wild pitches.
In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the Tigers edge the A’s, 5–4. Ty Cobb provides the winning margin with a swipe of home in the 5th.
10th Reds pitchers Jimmy Ring and Mike Regan combine to whitewash the Robins, winning 7–0 and 5–0. Brooklyn manages 6 hits in the opener, and two in second game. Lee Magee and Edd Roush combine for 6 hits and 4 runs off Burleigh Grimes in game 2.
The Red Sox beat the Indians, 2–0, in 5 innings, winning their 4thgame in the series with Cleveland. Ruth’s triple in the 4th scores the first run, the 3rd time in the series that Ruth has driven in the winner with a triple. The game is called after 5 innings because of rain.
11th Cubs pitcher Phil Douglas picks up two wins over the Braves today, relieving in the 9th of the opener and beating Art Nehf, 4–3, in 10 innings. Shufflin’ Phil starts the nitecap and tops veteran Pat Ragan, 3–2.
At Washington, the Tigers overcome a 6-run deficit to beat Walter Johnson, 8–6. Detroit scores 5 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 9th for the win. Cobb is 2-for-3 with a sac fly and 2 runs scored.
The first-place Red Sox top Chicago, 4–0, with Carl Mays outpitching Ed Cicotte. Cicotte gives up 9 hits, including 3 opposite field doubles to Babe Ruth. Playing 1B, the Babe records 20 putouts.
12th “Spavined Bostonese use first sacker as a pitcher” (Chicago Tribune, as noted by J.G. Preston). At Weegham Park, the Cubs down the short-handed Braves, 8-0, behind Claude Hendrix (12-4). The Braves are forced to use 1B Ed Konetchy on the mound with pitcher Hugh Canavan in the outfield. Koney pitches 8 innings, walks 2 and allows 14 hits. Batting 6th, he has one of the 5 hits off Hendrix. Canavan hits 9th.
13th The first place Cubs beat the Braves, 5–3, behind Hippo Vaughn (17-4). Boston gets a 9th inning HR From J.C. Smith, but it is not enough. Rookie Hugo Canavan takes the loss. The two teams announce plans to play an exhibition game on July 28 in Montreal, the first ML game to ever be played in Canada.
The Tigers edge the Senators, 1–0, scoring their only run in the first Harry Heilmann’s Texas Leaguer. The loss is starter Harry Harper’s first following 7 straight wins. Filling in for the injured Pep Young at 2B is Jack Coffey, who last played in the majors 10 years ago. Signed 3 days ago as an insurance policy, the 31-year-old ex-Fordham player is 0-for-3 and will have just a cup of coffee with Detroit. When the Red Sox come to town in early August, the Tigers will deal Coffey to Boston, where he will fill in occasionally for Dave Shean.
Ty Cobb announces that he will join the military after the season. The statement by the AL’s leading hitter comes after he and his family drop in at the White House following today’s game.
The Reds sweep two from the Dodgers, winning 3–1 and 4–2. Heinie Groh, the NL’s leading hitter (.355 through July 11 to runner-up Benny Kauff’s .324) is 4-for-8 in the 2 games.
14th The Reds maul the Giants, 9-5, as Heinie Groh, Edd Roush and Hal Chase each go 4-for-5. Roush drives in 5 runs. Groh is leading the NL with a .366 batting average, while the eventual batting champ, Zach Wheat, sits out today. Zach is hitting .283.
15th New York reaches Stanley Coveleskie for 3 runs in the 1st, but that’s all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland ties the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood’s homer in the 8th is the clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran, who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball, and will send the exhibit A to Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for protesting a strike call and Steve O’Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now moves into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.
Slim Sallee, who has been out of action with a lame back, gives up 5 Reds hits in pitching the Giants to a 2–1 win. Fred Toney takes the loss for Cincy.
Pittsburgh edges Brooklyn 6–5 on an error by catcher Mack Wheat, offsetting the 3-for-3 hitting of brother Zack Wheat. Chief Mayer wins with Rube Marquard taking the loss.
Scott Perry ices two games for the last-place A’s, as Philadelphia tops the Browns, 5–3 and 6–4. Perry relieves in the opener in the 7th and holds the Browns scoreless while driving in 2 runs in the 8th inning. Perry then wins the nitecap when Larry Gardner drives in 2 runs in the 5th with a triple.
17th Chicago’s Lefty Tyler goes 21 innings, the longest complete game in Cubs history, against Milt Watson, to beat the Phils, 2–1. Lefty scatters 13 hits and strikes out 8 in the marathon effort. Three Chicago pinch hitters reach base in the 21st, and Max Flack drives home the winner with his 5th hit of the game. Flack scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Watson takes the complete game loss, allowing 19 hits.
The Red Sox sweep two from the Browns, shutting St. Louis out in both games. Joe Bush takes the first game, 7–0, and Babe Ruth follows, 4–0, while adding two doubles in two trips to the plate.
18th During an 8–5 win in St. Louis, Giants manager McGraw bawls out Heinie Zimmerman for not running out a fly ball. A miffed Zimmerman leaves the ball park during the game and only returns to the team after several days absence. McGraw slaps Heinie with a stiff fine.
In Philadelphia, the A’s and White Sox split a doubleheader with Chicago taking game 1, 3-1 and the A’s responding with a 4-3 victory in game 2. The two teams combine to leave just 13 runners on base in the two games, an AL record. The A’s strand just 4.
“Call me ‘singles’”, At the Polo Grounds, Home Run Baker is credited with an RBI-single in the 10th as the Yankees edge the Tigers, 3-2, in the second game of a twinbill. His drive would have been a homerun under different rules. Ray Keating wins in relief and Ping Bodie is a homer shy of the cycle. Detroit takes the opener, 4-1, as Frank Walker homers and drives in 3 runs. Bill James is the winner.
In the 2nd game of a twinbill at Baltimore (International League), the Orioles rookie lefty Ralph Worrell beats Newark, 6–3. Newark manager, Tommy McCarthy, 55-years-old, inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th and singles, but is cut down trying to stretch the hit. Worrell will win 25 games this year, the highest in Organized Baseball. Alas, at the end of the season he will enter the service and die of influenza in November.
19th Washington C Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker rules that baseball is not an essential occupation and all players of draft age are subject to the “work-in-essential-industries-or-fight” rule. Ban Johnson says the AL will close down July 21st, a pronouncement that upsets the owners, but the next day both leagues vote to continue. A week later, Baker exempts players from the rule until September 1st. Both leagues vote to cut the season short, and end on Labor Day, September 2nd.
The Braves score 4 in the first against the Reds, knocking out Jimmy Ring for the 1st time since joining the team. But Cincinnati comes back to win, 6–4. with Mike Regan, in relief, winning over Dick Rudolph. The Braves strand 12 and commit 5 miscues to help the Cincy cause.
At Fenway, the peachless Tigers fall to the first-place Red Sox, 5–0, managing just 3 hits off Carl Mays, one less than Stuffy McInnis has. Old Bill Bailey takes to the loss for the Bengals, who play without Ty Cobb. Ty, suffering from a sore shoulder, missed the train back from New York where, according to the Tiger players, he had gone to enlist.
20th Cleveland president James Dunn wires AL headquarters “We will play a double-header with Washington tomorrow and then close the ball park for the balance of the season. It is our desire to comply with Secretary Baker’s ruling on baseball.” Dunn’s wire is in answer to Ban Johnson’s telegram asking if the owners wanted to comply at once.
The visiting Dodgers beat the Cubs for the third game in a row, topping the Bruins, 6–4. Chicago scores first when Fred Merkle clips Rube Marquard for a 3-run homer, but with the game knotted in the 9th, Hy Myers clouts a two-run homer off a tired Claude Hendrix. Larry Cheney wins in relief.
In Washington, Walter Johnson goes the distance in beating the White Sox, 6–1. The Nationals score four runs in the 4th off Frank Shellenback, who takes the loss.
At Philadelphia, the A’s take the opener with Cleveland, 10–4, then forfeits the nitecap when the crowd surges on the field. Cleveland is leading 9–1 in the 9th when fans surged onto the field and stood along the foul lines. The AL indefinitely suspends Bill Wambsganss and Steve O’Neill for their altercations on the 15th in New York.
The visiting Boston Braves beat the Reds, 8–3. Rookie Jesse Haines makes his lone appearance for the Reds, allowing a run in 5 innings, but he’ll return to the Western League. Haines will resurface in the majors with the Cardinals in 1920, eventually making the Hall of fame.
21st A’s rookie Mule Watson toils 11 innings and gives up 12 hits before losing to the Indians, 3–2. Undaunted, the aptly named Mule pitches the nitecap, scattering 10 hits in 8 innings before the game is declared a 5–5 tie so the Indians can catch a train.
At Braves Field, a crowd of 15,000 watch a doubleheader in which the Boston Base sailors defeat the Marine Corp of the Boston Navy Yard, 4–1. In the nitecap at the Wigwam, Camp Bevens wallops Fort Andrews, 15–4, driving starter Frank Fahey, briefly with the A’s, from the mound.
August Herrmann, Reds president and chairman of the national baseball commission, announces the cancellation of a pair of games in Chicago tomorrow. Herrmann says they are makeup games and that the Reds will be traveling East to play their regularly scheduled games.
22nd With today’s game possibly the last of the season, 10,000 fans show up at Fenway in 98 degree heat. The Red Sox win their 2nd doubleheader shutout in 5 days, this time over the Tigers. Joe Bush wins the opener, 1–0, scoring the winning run himself in the 8th. and Carl Mays takes the nitecap 3–0. Ruth goes 0-for-7 in the two games.
The Giants purchase pitcher Fred Toney from the Reds.
Following a Ban Johnson telegram about canceling the season, the confusion results in AL umpires heading home leaving the Browns at New York game without umps. Two umps are needed and the New York Times reports, “It was like Old Home Week for it brought out such oldtimers as Mike Donlin, Bill Bierhalter and Pat O’Connor, the latter catching for the Yankees after all the regulars were used up.” Browns trainer Bierhalter, a minor league ump for 20 years, is pressed into service behind the plate. Donlin is pried out of the press box and put at 2B to ump. O’Connor enters the game as a catcher in the 10th inning and his arm is not tested in the 15-inning 4-4 tie, called by Bierhalter on account of darkness. The Yanks prize lefty Hank Thormahlen, who had won 7 straight earlier in the year, makes his first start is 6 weeks. He was out with ptomaine poisoning and a knee injury, according to the Times.
In the war-shortened PCL championship, the Los Angeles Angels top Vernon, 4-2, to win the series, five games to two.
Scott Perry of the A’s allows one hit to the Phillies in a 1-0 victory in an exhibition charity game. The proceeds are the benefit the family of the late sports writer W.Y. Weart.
25th Walter Johnson gives up one hit (a triple by George Sisler) in the first 11 innings of a 15-inning, 4-hit 1–0 win over the Browns.
At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat the Cardinals twice by 3–2 scores. Pol Perritt and Causey are the winners as the 2nd place Giants pick up a half game on the Cubs. Chicago leads the NL by 3 games.
The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves winning 4–2 in 13 innings, and 5–0. In the opener, Lee McGee’s grounder takes a bad bounce and breaks SS Johnny Rawlings nose, and Edd Roush follows with a home run over Jimmy Canavan’s head in left. Both starters finish as Hod Eller wins over Pat Ragan. Pete Schneider is the shutout winner in the 2nd game. In 1920, Lee Magee will admit in court that he and Hal Chase bet on Boston to win the first game today, and he aided the bet with 2 errors and one base-running gaffe in the game.
In the first of two at Brooklyn, Burleigh Grimes allows one hit, a single by Billy Southworth, as the Robins top the Pirates, 10-0. Brooklyn completes the sweep with a 6-2 victory in game 2. Winning pitcher Jack Coombs contributes an RBI triple and score in the 6-run 6th.
26th That’s spelled Steal. Giants pitcher Bob Steele tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Cardinals to win 8-0. In the 6-run 7th, Steele steals home. The Giants are now 2 games in back of the Cubs, losers today to the Phils.
27th Brooklyn takes the first of two games against last-place St. Louis, winning 2–0, behind the 6-hit pitching of Dick Robertson. Mickey Doolin leads the Superbas with 3 hits and a stolen base. The nitecap is another story: Brooklyn starts rookie righthander Harry Heitmann, the IL Iron man, who pitched two doubleheaders at Rochester. Heitmann is stationed in Brooklyn by the Navy. The young sailor is swamped with two triples and two singles in the first 5 batters and is relieved by Burleigh Grimes. It’s Heitmann’s first and last ML appearance, leaving him with a career ERA of 108.00. (The Sporting News shows Heitmann with 1/3 IP, while the NY Times and NY Telegram list him as retiring no batters) St. Louis tallies 26 hits in racking up a 22–7 slugfest win. Bob Fisher, Gene Paulette, Hornsby and McHenry each score 4 runs. Fisher collects a triple and homer, while George Anderson has a double and two triples to go along with his single. Winning pitcher Bill Sherdel only lasts to the 5th, but has a sacrifice fly and hits a 2-run homer over RF Jack Coombs’ head. In the 7th, Coombs relieves losing pitcher Burleigh Grimes and in 3 innings allows 12 hits and 10 runs. Four players collect 4 hits and 4 players each score 4 runs.
At Braves Field, Hippo Vaughn holds the Braves to 4 singles, while his Chicago teammates tally 11 hits to beat Boston, 7–1. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the first, an errant throw by 3B Red Smith opens the door for 4 Chicago runs. The Cubs score all their runs in the first 4 frames off Dick Rudolph.
At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates take the first game in the series with the Giants, 8–4. The Bucs score 5 in the 7th after Larry Doyle fumbles a ball which should have been the 3rd out. Frank “Bullet” Miller is the winner over Bill Demaree.
Detroit’s Bill James, pitching his last game before joining the Army, loses to the A’s, 5–3. James is ordered to report to his Ann Arbor draft board tomorrow. John Watson picks up the win for Philadelphia.
Cincinnati wins two from the Phillies, 14–5 and 3–0. Matty’s men rack up 20 hits in the opener and steal 8 bases, including 4 in the first inning. Greasy Neale had 3 stolen bases, while Sherry Magee had 4 hits and 2 steals. Sherry had another 3 hits in the nitecap to back Mike Regan’s 4-hit shutout. The Reds rack up 4 triples in game 1.
In two Steel League tilts, Eddie Plank outduels Dutch Leonard to win, 1-0, in Steelton, Pa. In Philadelphia, Bethlehem wins over Lebanon, 1-0, behind the pitching of Jeff Tesreau. Former Yank hurler Jeff Buckles buckles in the 8th.
28th In a matched billed as the first major league game ever played in Montreal—though an exhibition—the Boston Braves edge the Cubs, 3–2, before a packed crowd at Atwater Park. To the delight of the fans, Cubs twirler Roy Walker walks Red Smith, a former Royal, with the bases loaded in the 9th, then passes Bull Henry to force home the winner. The teams chipped in to pay the umpires’ train fare from Boston, where the teams played yesterday and will play tomorrow.
Reb Russell is in fine form, shutting out the Red Sox, 8–0, and beating Carl Mays, handing the submariner his 2nd loss in the series. Eddie Collins has two hits and 3 stolen bases to help the White Sox 10-hit attack, while Russell slams 2 doubles. His 2nd, misplayed by Ruth, drives in 3 runs in the 6th. The Babe recovers to throw out Rebel trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Former Cub Wilbur Good, just signed, started in CF for the White Sox.
Sisler’s triple and score on a wild throw by 2B Hank Shanks proves to be the decisive run as the Browns top the Washington Nationals, 4–3. Rasty Wright, with relief from Byron Houck, earns the win over Hick Hovlik.
In an exhibition game in Connecticut, the Bridgeports top the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2–1, in 10 innings. Carmen Hill takes the loss for the Bucs, while Ferguson is the winner.
29th Back in the rotation, Babe Ruth tops the Browns, 3–2, for the first place Red Sox, allowing just 4 hits. Ruth has a triple and one RBI at the plate.
30th After a meeting with Giants executives, NL president John Tener says he is not in favor of playing the World Series this year, but will abide by the majority views of the owners when they meet on Saturday. Tener feels that with the shortened season, there is a lack of interest from the fans.
Led by Burt Shotton’s hitting, Washington scores 3 runs in the 9th off Ed Cicotte and tops the White Sox, 3–0. Jim Shaw allows just 3 hits to win.
Paced by Babe Ruth and Amos Strunk, each with 3 hits, the Red Sox light up 5 Brownie pitchers to beat St. Louis, 14–5. Sam Jones is the winner.
31st The Yankees and Detroit split a pair, New York winning the opener 5–3 and Detroit, behind Cobb’s double and triple, take the nitecap, 6–2. Cobb, leading the AL in hitting, is 5-for-7 today.
At Brooklyn, Zach Wheat has five hits to lead the Robins to a sweep of the Cardinals, 2–1 and 7–2. Wheat has now hit in 19 straight games.
Washington is a 3–2 winner over the White Sox as Walter Johnson strikes out 11 in recording the win over Frank Shellenback. Johnson is 2-for-3 with a triple.
Bullet Joe Bush stops the host Browns, 8–4. He also helps the Boston offense going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.