1920 July

1st  Walter Johnson pitches a no-hitter, his first, against the Red Sox at Fenway. An error by Bucky Harris in the 7th costs him a perfect game, but Harris’s hit drives in Washington’s only run. Johnson strikes out 10 and gets 6 Red Sox on foul flies. Harry Hooper’s vicious line drive in the 9th is speared by Joe Judge who tosses to Johnson for the final out. For Johnson it is his second shutout in a row but tomorrow, he comes up with a sore arm again and is useless for the rest of the year, finishing 8–10. Harry Harper is the loser against his old teammates.

The Yankees (45–23) beat the A’s 9–5 to gain a tie for first place with the Indians (43–22) by 2 percentage points. Ernie Shore (2-1) is the winner despite giving up 12 hits.

At Cincinnati, Chicago’s Grover Cleveland Alexander allows 7 hits in shutting out the first place Reds, 1–0, and beating Dolf Luque.

The third-place Cardinals play their first game at Sportsman’s Park. Mayor Henry Kiel throws out the first ball, and then 15,000 fans watch the Cards lose, 6–2, to the Pirates in ten innings. Pittsburgh bunches four hits and a walk off Willie Sherdel to win for Babe Adams.

2nd With the Dodgers winning, the Reds maintain their two game lead with a 6–5 extra inning win over the Cubs. Jimmy Ring goes all the way for the win, helped by Kopf’s three runs scored.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pound out six homers to earn a split with the Braves. Boston takes the opener, 9–7 in 11 innings, but the Giants cop the 2nd game, 13–4. In the first game, Boston scores two in the 9th to take the lead, but New York used homers by Larry Doyle and George Burns to tie, but reliever Phil Douglas gives it back in the 11th. Douglas starts game 2 and is more effective, taking the victory to end the day at 1–1. Larry Doyle is 4-for-4 in game 2, including another homer. Benny Kauff also homers in game 2, but it does him no good: after the game, the Giants trade Kauff, along with Wilbur Hubbell and cash, to Toronto for OF Vernon Spencer. Kauff, a .300 hitter, never lived up to his reputation. Kauff will later be accused of receiving stolen goods in New York and newly appointed commissioner Landis will bar him for life. The Giants also waive utility infielder Edward Sicking to the Reds.

The Yankees are outhit by the A’s 10 to 7, but Philadelphia errors give New York a 7–4 win. Starter Slim Harriss, with 6 innings, takes the loss for the Mackmen, the first of his ML record tying 14 straight losses to the Yankees. The Yankees maintain a slim .004 lead over the Indians.

3rd In Philadelphia, Connie Mack sets up a meeting between Yankee pitcher Carl Mays and Bryan Hayes, the fan who filed a complaint against Mays for hitting him with a ball last year. Mays apologizes and Hayes withdraws his complaint, which has kept the pitcher from appearing in Philley for over a year. Mays also apologizes before today’s A’s-Yankees game to the 16,000 fans, then shuts out the last place “Apathetics,” 5–0 in 1 hr.: 23 minutes. Rip Collins makes it a sweep by beating the A’s, 4–2 on a 4 hitter. Rip has two hits, while Ruth has 4 hits for the afternoon. Scott Perry takes the loss in game 1.

The slumping Robins lose to last place Philadelphia, 5–2 to drop three games behind the Reds, winners over the visiting Cubs, 5–3. Chicago also loses catcher Bill Killefer when he is badly cut in the face when a foul tip breaks his mask. Killefer has already missed a month with a broken finger.

4th  In Washington, the Nats top the Yanks, 5–2, with Shaw winning over Jack Quinn. Meanwhile, the Indians are beating the Tigers, 11–3, to reclaim first place.

At Reading, Pa, Toronto shortstop Frank O’Rourke has six hits in a game against Rochester (IL). O’Rourke also had six hits on opening day for Toronto.

5th At Washington, a record crowd of 18,821 is on hand with the expectation of seeing a Johnson–Ruth matchup in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. With Johnson out with a sore arm, rookie Al Schacht volunteers to start. Schacht wins, 9–3, striking out Ruth with the bases loaded, and Washington takes 2 from New York, winning the morning game, 4–2, behind Tom Zachary.

In the Cardinals sweep of the Cubs, 4–1 and 2–1 winners, Ferdie Schupp pitches a 2-hit victory with both hits coming off the bat of Dode Paskert.

After the Phils win 5–1 over the Giants in the first of 2, the Giants return the favor, taking a 6–0 lead when the game is postponed in the 6th. It is completed on September 20 with the Giants winning, 13–0.

At Chicago the White Sox win an a.m.-p.m. twinbill with the Indians, 5–3 and 6–5. The Sox manage just three hits in the first seven innings of the nitecap off Stan Coveleski, but then make eight hits in the 8th to score all their runs. Lefty Williams and Dickie Kerr are the winners today.

Kansas City Monarchs (NNL) star Bullet Joe Rogan fires a one-hitter as the Monarch beat the American Giants, 4-2. Bingo DeMoss has the only hit ((as noted by Christopher Hauser).

6th  After 3 straight losses to the Senators, the Yankees score 14 in the 5thand submarine Washington 17–0. It’s the biggest inning ever until the Red Sox score 17 in a 1953 game. Ruth has an intentional pass and two-run single in the big inning, but the highlite is a Del Pratt liner that rolls through a hole in the right field wall for a three-run homer. Ruth, under orders from Huggins not to slide, ignores the mandate and slides into 3B jamming his left wrist. Carl Mays is the easy winner over Olaf Erickson, allowing just 3 hits. It is the first time this season that the Senators have been shut out, and ties their club mark for the biggest shutout loss.

The White Sox top the Indians, 5–4 on Happy Felsch’s homer in the 11thoff Jim Bagby.

At Forbes Field, Jimmie Ring is victorious on the mound for the Reds and leads the team with 3 hits in a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Johnny Meador (0-2) allows 6 runs, one on a wild pitch, and his successor Jack Wisner also allows a run on a wild pitch. Rookie Meador will appear in one more game before jumping to an outlaw league, prompting Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss to declare: “I will make no offer to get any player back who jumps his contract. He simply burns his bridges behind him, and I won’t have a contract jumper on my team.” Meador never appears in a major league uniform again.

The Red Sox split a pair with the A’s, winning game 1, 11–0, behind Sam Jones. Rollie Naylors is a 5–1 inner for the A’s in the 2nd game, with home run support from Walker, Dykes and Welch. Gene Bailey, obtained from the Braves in May, has 6 hits in the 2 games. He is the only man to play for the Boston Braves and the Red Sox in the same season.

7th  Following the Yankee series in Washington, Babe Ruth, wife Helen, OF Frank Gleich, C Fred Hofmann, and coach Charley O’Leary drive north stopping a few times for drinks. About 3 a.m. near Wawa, Pennsylvania, Ruth takes a curve too fast and rolls the car into a ditch. Incredibly, no one is hurt though headlines tomorrow will proclaim: Ruth Reported Killed in Car Crash.

The A’s win two shutouts from the Red Sox, as Dave Keefe takes the first game 6–0 and Scott Perry wins a 1–0 squeaker in the nitecap. For Keefe, the inventor of the forkball, it is his only career shutout.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates pull off the first triple play in more than 2 years, and edge the Phils, 2–1. Winning pitcher Wilbur Cooper starts the TP by catching Zach Wheat’s liner.

8th  The Indians sweep a doubleheader in Washington winning 4–2 and 9–6, to move back into first place in the AL. Seldom used Guy Morton wins the opener with a 5-hitter, and George Uhle take the second game. The majors’ only player-manager, Tris Speaker, connects for 7 straight singles (5-for-5 in game 2) in the two games.

At New York, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6, hits a pinch single in the 9th to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit streak to 12 games, while Ruth, who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple, runs his hit streak to 22 games. New York scores one in the 9th but loses, 4–3.

9th  Cleveland scores 4 in the 7th and 4 more in the 8th to win again, 8–4, over Washington. Tris Speaker collects another 3 singles, and leaves in the 7th after injuring his leg. Jim Bagby in relief wins over Tom Zachary.

10th  Tris Speaker doubles his first time up, then is stopped after banging out 11 straight hits to top the AL record 10 straight, set by Lajoie in 1901. It’s the record until Pinky Higgins of the Red Sox racks up 12 in a row in 1938. Speaker has five hits for the day and is now hitting over .400. The Indians split today’s Sunday doubleheader, winning the opener 7–2, with Stan Coveleski beating Bill Snyder. Washington takes the nitecap, 2–1, behind Jim Shaw.

Red Faber stops the A’s on five hits to shut out Philley, 6–0. Joe Jackson leads the 16-hit White Sox attack with four hits.

Behind George Kelly’s six RBIs, the Giants top the Cubs, 8–5. Kelly has a bases-loaded triple in the first inning, a two run single in the 2nd and a solo homer in the 4th to complete his efforts.

11th  Guy Morton provides the Indians with another starter when he wins his second straight game, a 4–0 win over the Senators. Walter Johnson (8-9) gives up 10 hits and 4 runs in 7 innings in what will be his last appearance of the season. Bothered by a pinched nerve in his shoulder The Big Train will be sent home to his farm to recover and the Senators will fill in with Luis Acosta, the smallest pitcher in the big leagues. Johnson is scheduled to return to the Senators on September 3 in St. Louis, but it won’t happen.

With the Reds and Braves tied at 3–3 in Cincinnati, Jake Daubert hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to win it for the Reds, 6–3. Daubert’s homer is the first to take advantage of the new rule giving a batter a walkoff home run instead of the number of bases (in his case, a double) needed to score the winning run (as noted by David Vincent). Daubert’s hit is a bounce homer.

13th  The visiting Browns divide a pair with the Yankees, winning 6–4 and losing 7–2. Urban Shocker fans 14 Yanks in the opener. Ruth has 2 walks and a single for the day, but fans 5 times.

At Redland Field, the Reds Greasy Neale sets a NL record (20th C) by accepting 10 chances in an 8–2 win over the Phillies. Neale has 9 POs and an assist. The Phils Casey Stengel will match the mark on July 30th.

14th At Washington, the Senators jolt the White Sox, 6–4, with the help of a 3-run homer in the 5th inning by Sam Rice. For Rice, it is the 1st of 9 homers he will hit at home in his 19 seasons with the Senators, and all of the round trippers are inside-the-park.

15th  Babe Ruth ties his 1919 record of 29 HRs with a game-winner in the 11th, off Burwell, to beat the Browns, 13–10. The Babe’s is the first AL walk off homer under the new rules; Daubert’s homer four days ago is the only other hit this season. Ruth scores three runs, while Pratt has hits in his first four at bats. Wally Pipp homers, but the Browns match it with homers by George Sisler, Ken Williams and a grand slam by Jack Tobin. Rip Collins is the winner in relief over Allan Sothoron.

Behind Jim Bagby, the Indians beat the A’s, 5–1, in a game called after one out in the 7th. Tris Speaker has three hits to take over the lead in hitting.

16th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates’ Earl Hamilton runs out of steam after pitching 16 scoreless innings against the Giants, and loses 7–0 in 17. Rube Benton picks up the CG win. The Giants put together three straight triples in the last inning, with Frankie Frisch’s coming with the sacks full. George Kelly and Lee King follow Frisch with triples. Cooper then relieves to put out the side. The 7 runs in the 17th is a ML record and comes just 2 months after a record is set for the 16th frame.

In the first of two games, Red Faber and the White Sox top Washington, 4–1, handing Walter Johnson his 10th loss of the season. The Washington ace, suffering from a sore arm, will not pitch any more this season, and will appear only as a pinch hitter in a few September games. Faber allows five hits and stops Sam Rice’s hitting streak at 28 games. Eddie Cicotte wins the 2nd game, 8–5, when Joe Jackson hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th off Eric Erickson. It’s a birthday present to himself.

Brownie pitcher Bill Bayne allows no Yankees hits until the 7th in stopping New York, 5–2. George Sisler leads the offense going 3-for-4 with a homer, walk, and two stolen bases. Ruth is 1-for-2.

Waite Hoyt returns to the mound after eleven weeks and pitches well against the Tigers for 9 innings before being lifted. But Bobby Veach’s double in the 10th scores Cobb and the Red Sox lose, 6–5.

The Robins hand the faltering Reds a 6–4 defeat to drop the World Champions three games back of Brooklyn. The Dodgers make 13 hits, and Burleigh Grimes scatters twelve to win.

17th The Phils stop the Cards, 1–0, behind the pitching of George Smith. Casey Stengel leads off the 9th with a walk off Ferdie Schupp and comes around to score.

The Yankees collect 21 hits, good for forty bases, to starch the White Sox, 20–5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and drives out a home run, triple, and two singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles, while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians sweeping two from Boston, the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.

18th The Senators make 17 hits to easily deflate the Tigers, 10–3. Tiger pitching coach Jack Coombs comes in to mop up in the 9th, but aggravates an old injury and has to be carried from the field. The Nationals Al Schacht is the easy winner. Three Nationals—Rice, Harris and Gharrity—each make three hits and score twice. Rice swipes another base on his way to a league high 63: he’ll also lead the AL in being caught with 30.

19th The Babe sets a record with his 30th homer and adds blast, both off Dickie Kerr, but the Yankees lose to the White Sox, 8–5. Joe Jackson and Roger Peckinpaugh also homer. In the opener, Bob Shawkey, making his first start since being injured June 23rd, wins 8–2, giving up an unearned run and another in the 9th after he allows Al Schalk to reach 2B and 3B unmolested. Shawkey wins his 10th straight.

The Cubs Hippo Vaughn shuts out the Braves, 5–0, and his three-run homer in the 3rd off Dick Rudolph is all the scoring he needs.

20th With two outs in the 9th, the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees, 7–5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth poles his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game, 6–3, behind George Mogridge. Ruth is hitless but Wally Pipp hits a homer. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120,000 for the four days.

21st  In New York, the first place Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays. Wilting in the 9th, Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the sacks full to end the game and New York holds on to win, 4–3. Meusel and Pipp homer for New York, while the Babe is hitless for the second game in a row.

22nd The Yanks move to seven percentage points behind the Indians by tripping the Tribe, 11–3 in 7 innings. The Yanks put it away early and then try and speed play to beat the rain: Ruth doubles in the 4th and is out strolling to 3B, Meusel does the same, and when Bodie follows with a single-turned-double when Speaker doesn’t throw to 2B. the Indians leave Ping alone as he goes to 3B on a passed ball and strolls home to score. With the crowd booing, Ward walks and then Muddy Ruel waves at three to end the 4th inning. Cleveland goes down in the 5th, and the two teams play normally until the 7th. Rip Collins is the winner over Stan Coveleski.

The Red Sox protest the sale of Portsmouth (VA) shortstop Pie Traynor to the Pirates for $10,000. The Red Sox sent Traynor to Portsmouth on the condition they would have first choice of any players. The future Hall of Fame third baseman will play just 24 games for Pittsburgh in the next two seasons, but then anchor the Pirate infield for a decade.

23rd  In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn stalks off the mound in disgust in the 9th inning with Chicago leading the Phillies, 6-3. Hippo is fed up with his fielding support, but the Cubs are forced to put in reliever Paul Carter who pitches without warming up. The Phillies go to work scoring 7 runs in the 9th to win, 10-7. Art Fletcher has a HR and 4 RBIs for Philadelphia. Does Hippo have a beef? The Cubs will end the year with a .965 fielding average, about in the middle of the league. Their pitching staff will lead the NL in errors.

24th  After losing 3 in a row, Cleveland salvages a win against New York by scoring 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 4–2. Both Yankee runs come on solo homers by Meusel and Ruth. Ruth, who hit his 34th home run to give the Yanks a temporary 2–1 lead, moves to 1B in the 8th to take over for Wally Pipp, who was ejected. Ruth’s high throw on a grounder allows Cleveland’s Ray Chapman to reach base safely, and he and Joe Wood score on a Gardner triple that eludes Meusel. Jim Bagby is the winner. Cleveland leaves New York with a slim lead over the Yanks.

At St. Louis, the Cards beat the Braves 7–6 in 10 innings. After Dillhoefer triples to lead off the bottom of the 10th, Heathcote and McHenry are purposely passed. An out later, Jack Smith hits a drive to CF that would’ve been a homer had more than single been needed to drive in the winner.

25th  The Yankees Carl Mays (15–7) beats Boston, 8–2, for his 8th straight win. Ruth bangs his 35th of the year, off Waite Hoyt, and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with McInnis. Pratt, with 3 hits, lines into the TP.

Led by Ainsmith’s four hits, the Tigers collect 22 safeties to defeat the Browns, 21–8. Oldham, with three hits at bat, is the winner. Only shortstop Babe Pinelli is hitless in the Tiger lineup.

26th Caution pays off as Sam Jones walks Ruth four times and fires a three hitter at 2nd place New York. The Red Sox win, 9–0.

27th Virgil Barnes bats, runs, and pitches the Giants to an 8–1 win over the Cardinals. Barnes has 3 hits and, in the 6th, reaches 3B where he and Dave Bancroft, on 1B, pull off a double steal. When Dillhoefer’s throw is mishandled—one of 6 St. Louis errors (3 by Austin McHenry in LF)—Bancroft takes 3B. When the next batter reaches 1B, the Giants try the double steal again, but this time Bancroft gets hung up and is put out. Hornsby is spiked covering 1B in the 2nd frame and is replaced by Knode. The Rajah will miss several games.

At League Park, the Senators and Indians split a pair, with the Tribe taking the opener, 5–4 and getting blasted in the nitecap, 19–6. Charley Jamieson makes 4 spectacular catches in LF to support Guy Morton’s pitching in the lidlifter. On their way to 19, the Nats then unload 9 runs in the 2nd inning of game 2, with Joe Judge and Braggo Roth scoring 4 apiece.

29th The Indians sweep a pair from the Browns, 9–6 and 5–4. In the opener, Elmer Smith has a single, double and grand slam to drive home 6 Indians.

30th Behind Carl Mays, the Yankees roll to a 21-hit, 19–3 laugher against the host Browns. Sisler homers for the Browns lone bright spot, but Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th over the RF bleachers. Meusel follows with a homer, his 2nd in 2 days.

Behind Bill Hubbell, the Phillies beat the visiting Pirates, 7–2. Casey Stengel in RF ties the NL mark set this month by accepting 10 chances (9 PO and 1 assist).

31st Guy Morton of the Indians flirts with a no-hitter, but gives up a single to Stuffy McInnis on a hard grounder that bounces off the glove of Larry Gardner at 3B. Cleveland wins, 2-1, and moves three games ahead of the Yankees, losers to the Browns.