1919 July

1st  Going 5-for-5 in a 9–4 win over the Phils, Brooklyn’s Ed Konetchy gets his 10th straight hit, tying Jake Gettman’s ML record with Washington in 1897. Both will be topped by Walt Dropo in 1952.

At Boston, the Braves Rabbit Maranville lines a 2nd inning inside-the-park homer off the Philley’s Eppa Rixey. Getting the hang off it, Rabbit reduxes in the 4th inning off Rixey for another inside-the-park. The Braves win 9–1 behind Al Demaree.

The Red Sox arrive in Philadelphia for a series with the A’s, but an arrest warrant stemming from the Memorial Day incident, prompts Carl Mays to quickly leave by train for Boston.

4th  In the morning game of an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Giants’ Jesse Barnes hurls a 3–1 one-hit win over the Phils. The only hit is Gavvy Cravath’s home run. The Giants repeat in the afternoon, 8–4.

In the morning game, the Reds Edd Roush sets a ML record for outfielders (later topped in the AL by Ben Chapman) by making 6 straight putouts. Roush makes no more POs as the Reds win in 13 innings over the host Cardinals, 4–3. Cincy also takes the p.m. game, 4–2.

On the hottest July 4th ever recorded (98 degrees) in New York, the Yankees hit 4 homers—two by Home Run Baker—to roll to an 8-2 win over the Senators in the A.M. game. Three of the homers come in the 7th off Erickson allowing Bob Shawkey to coast to his 10th straight win. Game 2 is a rollercoaster as each team scores 2 in the 9th. Patsy Gharrity has an odd triple in the 9th, lining the ball off Roger Peckinpaugh’s knee. The Yankees win, 6-5, behind Jack Quinn. Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, has a 3 hits in game 1 and pair of hits in game 2 to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 24.

5th The A’s rebound from yesterday’s twinbill loss to Boston, by sweeping two from the Red Sox, 5–3 and 8–6. Boston loses the nitecap despite two homers by Babe Ruth—his 1st two-homer game, one in the 8th and the 2nd in the 10th. Ruth and Gavvy Cravath lead the majors with 9 apiece.

6th  At Cincinnati, the Reds take 2 from Pittsburgh to move into first place. The Reds and Giants will seesaw back and forth until August 1st, when the Reds gradually begin to pull away, sprinting at the end to a 9-game lead.

The NL rules that a team president can’t serve as a manager at the same time and William Veeck, former sportswriter, replaces Fred Mitchell as Cubs president. Mitchell remains manager for Chicago.

7th  The Giants, leading 10–2 going into the 9th in the first game of a doubleheader, ignore the Phils’ base runners. Four get to 1B, Fred Luderus, Eddie Sicking, Hick Cady, and Gavvy Cravath, and each steals 2B and 3B, tying the record for steals in one inning set by Washington July 19, 1915. The Phils still lose 10–5. In 1920 the rules will be changed so that a base runner will not get credit for a stolen base due to defensive indifference. New York wins the afternoon game, 7–2 in 10 innings.

In game 2 in Boston, the A’s make 11 hits but Carl Mays pitches the last 2 innings to save it for the Sox, 5–4. Boston wins game 1 by a 2–0 shutout behind Sam Jones.

8th  Jack Coombs resigns as manager of the last-place Phils. Slugger Gavvy Cravath, now leading the NL in hitting, replaces him.

9th The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak, beating New York’s Bob Shawkey, 2–0, to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh, the AL’s leading hitter, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game.

10th The White Sox move into first place with a 9–2 win over the A’s. Lefty Williams is the winner. Nemo Leibold scores 3 for the Pale Hose.

The Indians and Yankees split a pair with New York taking the opener, 1-0, behind Jack Quinn. Cleveland rebounds to take game 2 by a 7-3 score. Roger Peckinpaugh is hitless in both games ending his consecutive game hitting streak at 29.

11th At Boston, Cincinnati defeats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings when Heinie Groh belts a 2-run homer. The Reds start the scoring in the first inning when Bill Rariden bounces a hit through an opening in the scoreboard for a home run. The boy operating the scoreboard neglects to close one of the openings for the innings’ scores and it was through this that the Reds catcher lines his only homer of the year. (As noted by historian Rich Marazzi) The rules will late be changed so that it would only qualify as a double, but not before history repeats itself on August 14th of next year) The Reds also win game 2, 6–2.

After 19 straight wins, Dallas (Texas League) pitcher Snipe Conley loses to Waco’s Jimmy Zinn, 8-3. Snipe’s effort sets a league record. Included in the run was a no-hitter on June 24thand three near-perfect games. Conley breaks the mark set by Galveston’s George Bristow in 1895 who threw 16 straight wins.

12th Babe Ruth has three hits, including his 11th homer, tying last season’s AL record, to lead the Red Sox to a 12–4 win over the host White Sox. It is the Babe’s first homer at Comiskey; he has now homered in every AL park in his career. Babe’s HR in the 3rd comes on the first pitch from Dave Danforth, in relief of Kerr.

13th  In Chicago, the Red Sox lead 4–0 over the first-place White Sox when C Wally Schang’s throw to 2nd hits P Carl Mays in the head. Mays storms off the mound after 2 innings at Chicago, blaming his teammates for lack of support afield, and refuses to come back and pitch. Reliever George Dumont comes in and is roughed up for 7 runs as Chicago wins, 14–9. Afterwards, Mays deserts the team and takes the train to Boston. The Sox will put Mays on the block prompting a showdown between dissident owners and AL President Ban Johnson. Mays will be gone in two weeks to the Yankees.

Cleveland infielder Ray Chapman returns to the lineup after a month’s absence due to lumbago, a rheumatism in his lower back. He has a single in 3 at-bats as the Indians top Washington 5–4. In Chapman’s absence the Tribe lost 16 of 25 games to drop out of first place.

14th  The St. Louis Cardinals trade infielder Gene Paulette and pitcher Lee Meadows to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Elmer Jacobs, Frank Woodward and Doug Baird. Baird was traded by the Cardinals in January and they’ll reaffirm that move by selling him to Brooklyn next month. Letting Meadows go is a bad move: he’ll win 136 games for the Phils and Pirates.

16th  The Giants send Ferdie Schupp to the Cardinals for Pancho Snyder. Snyder will do the bulk of the catching for the Giants in their pennant years of 1921-24.

17th  The Yankees collect 21 hits, the Browns 17, before St. Louis wins 7–6 in 17 innings. The winning run scores on a squeeze play without a base hit in the inning.

In their first games since being traded for each other, the Phillies Lee Meadows beats the Cardinals Elmer Jacobs, 1-0, in 12 innings.

Boston’s Babe Ruth returns to the mound for the first time in 3 weeks, losing to Cleveland and Guy Morton, 4–0. Ruth is forced to pitch because of Joe Bush’s arm problems and Carl Mays’ jumping the team.

18th In a Friday game in Cleveland, the Indians one-eyed starter Hi Jasper gives up an early 2-run homer to Boston’s Babe Ruth, but leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied 3–3. Joe Harris then cracks a pinch triple to drive home 3 runs as the Tribe takes a 7–3 lead. When the Sox score a run and Elmer Myers loads the bases on walks, manager Lee Fohl signals for another reliever. Tribe CF Speaker protests that it should be a righty, but Fohl goes with lefthander Fritz Coumbe, who had not pitched since May, to pitch to Ruth. The Babe pounds a high curve for a grand slam—his 3rd of the year—and an 8–7 Boston win. After the game, owner Jim Dunn fires Fohl, replacing him with Tris Speaker, who will stay on for 7 years. The first thing Speaker does is ticket Coumbe to the minors.

At Chicago, Sox pitcher Lefty Williams shuts out the Senators, 3–0, beating Harry Harper. Walter Johnson pinch hits for Harper in the 8th, fouling out, but does not stay in the game.

19th Cincinnati beats the Braves, 4–2, in 13 innings, winning the game on a Heinie Groh home run. In the opening inning, the Reds got another home run from catcher Bill Rariden, when he bounces a liner that hits the scoreboard. The young scorekeeper had neglected to close one of the inning openings and the ball bounds through for a four-bagger.

Behind new manager Tris Speaker, who goes 3-for-3, the Indians defeat the Red Sox, 7–4. Ruth doubles off the wall and gets an intentional pass.

21st The Tigers rough up Boston P Babe Ruth, scoring 6 runs with the help of two errors by Wally Schang. Down 6–1 in the 9th, Babe answers with a tremendous solo shot that lands on Trumbull Avenue.

At Chicago, Dickie Kerr of the White Sox wins both ends of DH against the Yankees. Kerr is the relief winner in each, winning 5–4 and 9–8.

23rd Cubs pitchers throw their third straight shutout as Grover Alexander and Shufflin’ Phil Douglas combine to whitewash Brooklyn twice, Alex winning, 3–0 in extra innings, and Douglas, 6–0. New Cubs President Bill Veeck will reward Douglas by shuffling him off to the Giants on the 25th for slugger Dave Robertson, co-NL home run leader in 1916 and 1917. Robertson, who was in government service last season and played just a game with the Giants this year and refused to remain with the team after a pre-season deal with the Nats fells through. He will hit zero homers for the Cubs.

24th At Fenway, Ruth is twice intentionally walked by Yank pitcher Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th, with a one run lead he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Babe who hits his 15th homer. Sox win, 4–2.

25th At Boston, the Yankees batter Babe Ruth for 13 hits, but lose to the Boston lefty, 8–6. Ruth has no strikeouts.

27th In his first start for the Giants, Phil Douglas rocks the Robins, 7–2.

In St. Louis, the Cubs Grover Alexander (7-5) stops the Cardinals, 4–0. Max Flack hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd.

Before a packed house in Cincinnati, the Reds win a pair from the Pirates, 5–3 and 2–1. The 2nd game goes only 3 innings, being the continuation of a July 6th game, called at the end of 6 innings to let the Reds catch a train for Boston. The Giants protest this game, saying it should have gone 9 innings. Slim Sallee wins the opener, walking none, and allowing 11 hits.

28th Pirates manager Hugo Bezdek is found to have a heart murmur and he is sent on vacation. Carey and Cutshaw will co-manage in his place.

29th  In defiance of Ban Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing, Boston owner Harry Frazee trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw, Allen Russell, an unnamed third player to be chosen, and a reported $20,000 (The New York Times lists $40,000). Johnson, confident that the two teams will inform him of any action, knows nothing about the trade.

The Yankees chase White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and roll to a 10–0 win. Hank Thormahlen allows 6 hits in the whitewash. Frank Baker has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, and Roger Peckinpaugh adds 3 hits. Shoeless Joe Jackson collects a single in the 8th to break a string of 0-for-23.

In the 9th inning with two out, Detroit P Dutch Leonard walks Braggo Roth to pitch to Babe Ruth, who already has hit 2 doubles off him. The two had had an argument in early June at Fenway. The Babe finishes the argument by hitting his 9thhomer of the month and his 16th of the year, a new AL record. Despite the homer, Detroit tops the Red Sox, 10–8.

30th  The first-place White Sox and Yankees split a pair of 10-inning games, with the Yanks winning the first, 6–5, on a squeeze bunt. The Sox’ Ping Bodie hits a first-inning double to apparently drive in 2 runs, but he misses touching 1B and the runs are called back. Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game 2 ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.

31st  AL Prexy Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for New York.

Waite Hoyt, 19, makes his ML debut pitching in place of the departed Mays, and hurls a 12 inning 2–1 win over the Tigers. Red Sox teammate Babe Ruth has 2 singles and 2 doubles in 6 trips, and his 2-out single off the first baseman’s glove in the 12th helps the Sox to victory. Pinch runner McNally, running from 1B, is caught in a rundown between 3B and home when the umpire rules that Ainsmith interferes with McNally. The interference ruling gives the Sox the winning run.

Reds pitchers Bob Fisher and Dolf Luque fire blanks at the Braves to win, 5–0 and 2–0. Fisher allows 3 hits in the lid lifter and Luque gives up 4 in the follow-up.