1921 July

1st  Casey Stengel is traded from the last-place Phils to the 2nd-place Giants, along with IF Johnny Rawlings and P Red Causey for IF Goldie Rapp and outfielders Lance Richbourg and Lee King. Rapp will start a 23-game hitting streak next week.

At Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Johnny Morrison stops the Reds, 5–2. Eppa Rixey is the starter and loser for the Reds. Pete Donohue, fresh from TCU, skips the minors and makes his ML debut for the Reds in relief. He’ll go 7–6 this year.

3rd In the Browns 5–1 loss to the White Sox, Jim Riley makes his ML debut, replacing Jimmy Austin late in the game. The Canadian Riley will go hitless in four games with the Browns and a couple with the Senators, but will finish second next year in scoring in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Riley will make his NHL debut with the Chicago Black Hawks on January 19, 1927.

At Griffith Stadium, tablesetters Whitey Witt and Jimmy Dykes each have 4 hits as the A’s down the Senators, 12-4. Clyde Milan has 5 hits for the Nationals.

4th In the 2nd of 2 at New York, the Yankees Carl Mays submarines the A’s, 14–4 for his 14th straight win over Philadelphia. Bob Shawkey wins the opener, 6–4 as Home Run Baker clubs 2 with Ruth on each time. Baker will total 16 home runs for 1921-22, all coming at the Polo Grounds.

Washington sweeps a pair from the Red Sox, 4–1 and 7–2. In the nitecap they score 5 runs in the 9th when Joe Bush runs out of bullets.

In a rarity in the PCL or anywhere, shortstop Henry Sands of Salt Lake City makes an unassisted triple play against Sacramento. Billy Orr and Buddy Ryan are on base for Sacramento. Five years ago, on July 20, 1916 Bill Rodgers of Portland made an unassisted triple play against Salt Lake City with Orr and Ryan the baserunners.

5th The Red Sox drop their AL record 4th straight doubleheader since June 29th. The Yankees beat the Bosox on the 29th and July 2; It Washington’s turn again today, winning 7–5 and 4–2. Walter Johnson wins the nitecap against Myers.

7th The Cards top the Phillies, 15–2, as George Smith goes all the way for the Quakers allowing 20 hits. Jack Smith (no relation) leads the Birds with 4 hits.

8th  In Detroit, RF Harry Heilmann hits a HR off Boston’s Joe Bush that the New York Tribune reports measures 610 feet. The story says the groundskeeper measured the distance. Heilmann, hitting .413 on July 2, is in the middle of a 34-for-58 hitting splurge. But Detroit manages just 3 other hits off Bush in losing, 4–1.

Wilbur Cooper pushes his record to 14-3 with a 5-3 win over the Robins. Charlie Grimm has 2 RBIs and now has hit in 20 straight games. Teammate Carson Bigbee extends his hits streak to 22 games.

In Chicago, White Sox pitcher Dickie Kerr beats the Yankees 4–1 and steals home in the 7th inning on the front end of a double steal. Ruth has a pair of hits.

An order is issued that allows fans to keep balls hit into the stands in Pittsburgh. Robert Alderdice, Director of Public safety makes the ruling following threatened damage suits against three policemen who placed three fans under arrest for refusing to throw balls back on the diamond.

9th Frank Snyder hits a grand slam in the 6th and the Giants hold on for a 6-5 win over the Cubs. Hippo Vaughn slips to 3-8 on the season.

At Ebbets Field, Pittsburgh’s Whitey Glazner runs his record to 8-1 with a 4-2 victory over the Robins. With a single, Carson Bigbee runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 games.

In Chicago, the White Sox score 9 runs in the last three innings of regulation, then push across a run in the 16th to edge the Yankees, 10-9. Each team collects 19 hits, with Bibb Falk and Aaron Ward each hit 5 safeties.

10th The Indians tally 10 runs to give Duster Mails an easy 10–0 win in the opener against the A’s. Mails allows 12 hits in the shutout, 2 off the record. Cleveland scores just one run for Guy Morton, but he makes it stand up in a 1–0 nitecap win.

11th At Chicago, Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Meusel and Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Collins, 4–0. For Ruth it is his 32ndhomer of the season and he has now homered in every AL park this year. Later at Comiskey Park, robbers blow off the door of the safe and make off with $3,000, mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow, the New York Times says, “Owner Charles Comiskey denied reports that the safe contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on trial.”

12th  In St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR, passing 19th-century star Roger Connor’s record 136. He adds a double as the Yanks win, 6–4.

13th  At the Polo Grounds, New York’s Frank Smith starts the scoring with a 4th inning grand slam and the Giants top the Cardinals, 9-4.

Jim Thorpe hits 3 home runs for Toledo (AA) as the Mud Hens defeat Milwaukee, 17-4.

15th  In a day off in the NL, Pittsburgh’s director of public safety, Robert J. Allardice, rules in the face of another threatened lawsuit that his policemen would no longer try to recover balls hit into the stands. Employees of the Pittsburgh ball club, however, are still free to attempt to recover what they deemed pirated property.

16th  At age 63, Arthur Irwin, pioneer player, manager, and executive who began in the NL in 1880, jumps to his death from a ship headed to Boston. His body is never found. Irwin, manager of the Hartford team, leaves, it turns out, a wife and four children in Boston and a wife and three children in New York.

At Comiskey, Joe Bush scatters 5 hits as the Red Sox crush the White Sox, 10-0. Roy Wilkinson takes the loss to go 0-10, the worst start for a pitcher in White Sox history. Eddie Smith will start 0-8 in 1942 and John Danka will match that in 2011.

18th  The Black Sox trial begins in Chicago.

The Yankees stay a game behind Cleveland with a 10-1 totaling of the Tigers. Babe Rush crushes a homerun at Navin Field that the newspaper accounts estimate at 601 feet, the longest home run hit at the park. Using aerial photos, Bill Jenkinson, who has written about Ruth’s homers, estimates it went 575 feet, the longest homer ever hit. Jenkinson calculates that Ruth hit at least one homerun of 500 feet or more in each of the eight AL parks in 1921.

The Reds take a pair from the Phillies, winning each game by a 9-5 score. Cincinnati loses catcher Ivey Wingo for ten days when he breaks his finger in game 1. Bubble Hargrave takes over.

20th  At Baker Bowl, the Cubs and Phils exchange shutouts, as the Cubs take the opener, 10-0, behind Pete Alexander, and Bill Hubbell then shuts out the Cubs, 8-0. Chicago amasses 23 hits in game 1, led by George Maisel, who collects 5 hits and scores 3 runs. Ray Grimes has 4 hits and plates 3 times. Alexander will total just three shutouts this year, far below his earlier totals, but it will be enough to top the NL.

21st  Chicago’s Red Faber wins his 20th game, but it is not easy. He goes 14 innings before edging the A’s 2–1, on Bibb Falk’s leadoff HR in the 14th off starter Naylor. Red is helped along the way by a Sheely-Johnston triple play. There will be five 20-game winners in the AL, 4 in the NL.

The Indians bang out 9 doubles, and the Yankees 7 for an AL record 16 in Cleveland’s 17–8 win. The Indians, who cling to a 2-game lead, are led by Joe Sewell’s 5 hits.

22nd  Despite it being an exhibition game, the Yankees show no mercy, deflating the Akron Firestones, 23–3.

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 Walter Johnson gives up 6 runs to Detroit but Washington scores 14 to makes his win an easy one. Harry Heilmann is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the losers.

The Phils lose to the Giants 4–3 in New York as George Kelly drives in all 4 Giant runs. Goldie Rapp is 2-for-4, his 17th straight game in which he’s garnered a hit. Off the field, the Phils do some housecleaning. They fire manager Wild Bill Donovan (25-62 this year) and replace him with Kaiser Wilhelm. Phils owner William Baker accuses Donovan of “knowing a little too much” about the Black Sox scandal after Donovan testified at the trial. Landis will order Baker to apologize and will send a letter to Donovan exonerating him of any responsibility in the scandal. Also moving is OF Irish Meusel, who is traded to the Giants for C Butch Henline, OF Curt Walker, P Jesse Winters and cash. Batting cleanup, Meusel will drive in more than 100 runs a year in 1922-25 while Walker will lead the Phils in 6 offensive categories in 1922. This year, Irish will become the first player to collect 200 hits in a season in which he was traded: only 5 other players this century will accomplish this feat.

25th  Max Carey flags down 11 flies in CF in the Pirates’ 6–3 win over New York, tying 3 others for the NL record.

27th  In an exhibition game in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth is 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. One of his hits is a homer to dead center, the first ball ever to clear the CF fence at Crosley Field. In his next at bat, Ruth hits an even longer smash that reaches the bleachers in dead CF. The next to clear the CF wall will be Ethan Allen in 1929. Ruth strikes out on 3 change-ups against rookie P Pete Donohue, who is so excited he goes to the wrong bench. For Donohue, he will later say this was one of his most memorable moments.

Before the start of Washington’s game with the White Sox, an 5-4 victory, Senators manager George McBride is knocked unconscious by a thrown ball and when he is revived his lower jaw is temporarily paralyzed. McBride will be sent home to recover from the concussion and, suffering vertigo, will not return full time. Team captain Clyde Milan will take over most of the managing duties assisted by Walter Johnson, and next year he takes the managing job.

28th  Howard Shanks has an inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning for the Senators, and they go on to top the White Sox, 8-5.

29th  As part of Cleveland’s 125th anniversary celebration, Cy Young, 54, makes a 2-inning appearance on the mound in an old-timers’ game. Chief Zimmer, 60, is his catcher. Guy Morton then fires a 2-hitter to beat the Red Sox, 3-0.

At Shibe Park, the Tigers take an 8-0 lead after 2 innings and roll to an 18-6 thumping of the A’s. Detroit collects 19 hits. Philadelphia helps with 9 errors, 4 by catcher Lena Styles to tie an AL record. This is Styles’ 2nd and last game of the year.

The Giants take 3 from the Reds, winning 10-7 today with 3 runs in the 10th, and go into the NL lead for the first time. They will fall back by 7 games before coming on with a rush in September.

30th  In the first of two at Cubs Park, Pete Alexander (13-5) allows 14 hits to the Phillies but emerges with an 8-7 win. Alex also collects 3 hits including a homer off Lee Meadows. The Cubs lose game 2 by a run, as the Phils score 2 runs in each of the first three innings and hold on for a 6-5 win. Leadoff hitter Goldie Rapp has 3 hits and scores twice and runs his NL rookie record for hitting in consecutive games to 23. Pretty good for a .215 hitter. It will be matched by another Phillie rookie Richie Ashburn. Rapp also goes into the rookie record book by being caught stealing 18 times, though this number is a bum Rapp. It will be revised down to 11 by Retrosheet researchers, but his 3 steals remains the same.

At the Polo Grounds, Doc Johnston has a single, triple and homer to drive in 7 runs as the Indians maul the Yankees, 16-1. Five Indians have 3 hits apiece. Babe Ruth accounts for the lone Yankee score with a homer, his 37th of the year. Cleveland now leads New York by 3 games.

31st  After going 5-for-9 in a doubleheader yesterday, Phils’ rookie Goldie Rapp goes hitless against Chicago’s Elmer Ponder to snap his hitting streak at 23 games, a since-topped rookie record. Philadelphia wins, 10–2, behind Jesse Winters.