1922 July

1st At Chicago, the White Sox are victorious over the Tigers, 7-3, with Bibb Falk providing the margin with a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Hooks Dauss.

At Boston, Robins hurler Dutch Ruether bats and pitches Brooklyn to a 1-0 win in 10 innings. His 10th-inning double, off starter Mule Watson, drives in batterymate Hank DeBerry. Ruether is now 14-3.

2nd  A’s OF Tilly Walker hits 2 HRs, giving him 4 in 2 days, as the A’s lose to New York 9–3. He will finish with 37 for the year, 2 ahead of Ruth. The Athletics, with the AL’s winningest pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and losingest in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the AL with 114 HRs and climb out of the cellar.

3rd Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career to pace the Yankees to a 12–1 whipping of the Athletics. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th as Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the Athletics. As noted by historian Ted Farmer, all of the wins have been complete games.

5th  The Cards’ Rogers Hornsby hits his 20th HR, tying Ken Williams of the AL for HR leadership. and the Cards whip the Reds, 12–4.

In the Cubs 6-run 2nd, catcher Bob O’Farrell steals home on the front end of a double steal, and the Cubs roll to an 11-5 win over the host Pirates.

The first game ever played in Hungary takes place in Budapest.

6th  Red Sox owner Harry Frazee cancels today’s doubleheader with the Browns for no apparent reason. Browns VP Walter Fritsch, traveling with the team, is furious and as quoted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch accuses Frazee of doing this so that the Browns will have to play three doubleheaders in 3 days and thus aid the Yankees, a team the Browns play on July 11. The rules will be changed at the winter meetings to put the decision to cancel games in the hands of the umpires rather than the owners.

The Yankees move to a game in back of the idle Browns by beating visiting Cleveland twice, 10-3 and 11-3. Babe Ruth contributes a grand slam off Duster Mails.

7th  George Kelly of the Giants hits a homer in the 18th as New York outlasts Pittsburgh, 9-8. Pirates OF Max Carey is the busiest man on the field as he gets 6 hits, and draws 3 walks. His two-day binge garners him a consecutive hits streak of 9 straight, the second of his career. He adds 3 SBs, including one of home, and catches 7 flies. His 51 stolen bases in 53 attempts is the highest success rate ever achieved by a SB leader, remarkable in a season where the league average success rate on steals is 54%. His record of 31 straight steals without being caught will be broken by Davey Lopes’ 38 in 1975. Johnny Gooch also has 6 hits in the losing effort.

At Washington, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 7-6 and 11-9. Tiger pinchhitter Larry Woodall becomes the first American Leaguer to collect two hits in an inning when he connects in the 9thinning rally in game 2.

Commissioner Landis bars ML teams from playing in Montreal.

8th  Reds righthander Pete Donohue beats the Phils 7–1. A 3-time 20-game winner in 9 years with the Reds, Donohue will beat the Phils 20 straight times.

The Giants score 5 runs in the 1st inning, 4 on a grand slam by George Kelly, but that’s all they can do against Wilbur Cooper. The Pirates win, 7-5.

10th The Giants unleash a 28-hit attack in game 1, to squash the Pirates, 19-2. Pitcher Art Nehf has three hits as does his batterymate Frank Snyder, who has a pair of triples, and drives in 5 runs. Frankie Frisch has 4 hits, Irish Meusel is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs, and Dave Bancroft has 5 hits. A footnote in the game is Bucs pinch hitter Art Merewether, who goes hitless in his one ML at bat. He will later graduate from MIT, the only big leaguer to do so, and captain their baseball team. Pittsburgh wins game 2, 5-4, scoring two runs in the 8th and one in the 9th.

11th In the first of 4 games in New York, the Yankees edge the first-place Browns, 2–1, as the Browns hand New York two “home runs.” Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the LF stands for a home run. In the 6th Tobin makes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the RF foul line allowing Babe to take second. Babe continues to 3B and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.

12th Hub Pruett fans Babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York, 7–4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14thto stay a half game back.

13th Cardinal P Bill Doak misses a no-hitter when he neglects to cover 1B on an infield single by Phillie OF Curt Walker in the 7th. Jack Fournier, playing 1B, fields the ball but Doak fails to cover the bag. Doak still wins the game 1–0. This is the 2nd time Doak has lost a no-hitter by failing to cover 1B, and his 2nd one hitter this year. Rookie John Singleton is the loser.

At Chicago, Heinie Groh of the Giants gets a three-run homer when the ball rolls under the fence. But the Cubs win 5-4, in 12 innings.

14th Cleveland pushes across 5 runs in the last two innings to trip the hapless Red Sox, 5-3, at Fenway. Eddie Foster has 4 hits for the Hubmen while Del Pratt has 3 hits to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. This is the longest by a Sox second sacker until Dustin Pedroia tops it in 2011. The game draws a record low attendance for Fenway of just 68 fans (as noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin. He cites the Chicago Tribune as the source. All five Boston papers report no less than 2,800 in attendance, Nowlin says.).

16th George Sisler drives in the first run with a sac fly against Walter Johnson and the Browns top the Senators, 2–0.

17th  At Boston, Ty Cobb gets 5 hits (and a walk) in a game for the 4th time this year, setting an AL mark. His previous 5-hit contests were on May 7th, July 7th, and July 12th. Only Willie Keeler has done it before. The Tigers roar, 16–7. overcoming a 5–0 deficit after one inning.

18th Ray Grimes celebrates his return to the Cubs lineup with a HR, double, and 2 singles as Chicago thrashes the Phils 6–3. Grimes, who missed 10 days with an injury, has now driven in runs in 12 consecutive games.

At Fenway, Bobby Veach hits his second grand slam of the year but his Tigers still fall to the Red Sox, 6-5.

19th At Sportsman’s Park, Rogers Hornsby belts a 2-out 9th inning HR with two men on the give the Cards a 7–6 win over Boston. It is the Rajah’s 25th HR of the year, breaking Gavvy Cravath’s NL home run mark (post-1900). In two weeks, Hornsby will break the record of 27 homers set in 1884 by Chicago’s Ned Williamson.

20th In the third game of a four-game sweep—all come-from-behind victories—the Cardinals edge the Braves 5-4 in 10 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, the Reds edge the Giants, 2-1, as Eppa Rixey tops Fred Toney. Rube Benton pitches the 9th in what is his last appearance as a Giant. New York will hand Benton (5-2) is unconditional release and he will, surprisingly, pass through waivers. Benton’s admittance in the Black Sox scandal is assumed to be the cause, but nothing is ever stated. When Otto Knabe and Kansas City (AA) express interest in signing Benton, John McGraw suddenly pulls back the unconditional release and sends Rube to St. Paul (AA) where he will win 19 games this year.

21st The Cubs edge Brooklyn 1–0 as Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the duel with Dutch Ruether in just 73 minutes. Ray Grimes, who drove in 3 runs yesterday, doubles in the only Cub tally. Grimes now has RBIs in 15 straight games.

With Jack Fournier hitting a grand slam, the Cards score 6 runs in the 8thoff Mule Watson and beat the Braves, 6-1. The Birds are now four percentage points behind the Giants.

22nd  The Cards go into first place by a ½ game by beating Boston while the Reds are downing the Giants. It is the first time both St. Louis teams are ever on top together. St. Louis overcomes an 8–3 deficit in the 8th, to win, 9–8, again scoring 6 runs in the 8th. The game was halted to clear hundred of straw hats off the field. For the Cards, it is their 23rd win in 29 games, but from here on out they will slide.

23rd  When umpires Brick Owens and Tom Connolly miss a train, the Detroit and St. Louis trainers, Bits Bierhalter and Howley, are pressed into service. Detroit wins, 10-7.

The Yankees start planning for the Series when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland WS hero Elmer Smith from Boston, giving up OF Elmer Miller, SS Chick Fewster, SS John Mitchell, and, later, P Lefty O’Doul, as well as $50,000. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to a rule barring nonwaiver trades after June 15th.

Edd Roush ends his holdout and signs with the Reds.

Cubs 1B Ray Grimes homers in Chicago’s 4–1 win over the Dodgers, giving him at least one RBI per game for 17 in a row, a ML record. He’ll fail to drive in a run on the 25th against Boston. Grimes will hit .354 and drive in 99 runs for the year.

24th At Fenway, the Red Sox make it three in a row over the Yankees by sweeping a doubleheader, winning 12-7 and 5-2. Joe Dugan and Shano Collins combine for 6 hits and 5 RBIs in the opener, and total 10 hits in game 2 off Joe Bush. For Bush, it is his second loss to Boston in two days. He’ll have four losses to Boston this year, the first Yankee to do so.

26th In several pregame fights between Yankees teammates, Bob Meusel and Wally Schang duke it out in the dugout. Then Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp take a turn. The players then turn on the Browns, beating them 11–6. Ruth bangs two homers, Pipp adds another, and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.

Hugh McQuillan scatters 5 hits and scores the winning run after doubling in the 10th as the Braves beat the Cubs, 2-1. Pete Alexander is the loser sending his record to 12-10.

Patsy Gharrity hits a tie-breaking 9th inning homerun and his Senators edge the Tigers, 5-4, in Detroit.

27th Vangilder gives up a HR to Pipp in the 4th but leads, 2–1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns starter and Kolp for 4 runs before the Browns tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofman on a pitch “that sailed a foot.” When Brick Owens exams the ball, he rules it was doctored, earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Wayne Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning HR to Wally Schang. Yanks win, 6–5.

28th The AL announces plans to erect a $100,000 monument to baseball in East Potomac Park, Washington. It never gets built.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins edge the Pirates, 3-2, behind Dazzy Vance. Max Carey has 4 steals for the Pirates, the first National Leaguer to do so in a game since Carey stole 4 in a 1913 contest.

The Yanks move back into first when Sad Sam Jones beats Ray Kolp, 7–3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 and allows 2 runs. Ken Williams hits his 23rd but Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run HR.

29th At the Polo Grounds, the under-performing Pirates crack 5 homers and trounce the league-leading Giants, 8–3. Max Carey hits two and starter Wilbur Cooper another.

The Browns host the Red Sox and beat them, 4–1, behind Urban Shocker. However, both George Sisler and C Hank Severeid are injured, the latter with a split finger on a foul tip. Sisler is spiked in the 4th.

30th  The Pirates again top the Giants, 7–0, as Max Carey bangs another two home runs. The Pirates will win 2 more to sweep the four-game series with the Giants.

The Giants send pitchers Fred Toney and Larry Benton and Harry Hulihan to the Braves with $100,000 for righthander Hugh McMillan. Toney refuses to report and stays in New York. When Benton develops into a consistent pitcher, the Giants will buy him back. The Giants also sell P Rube Benton to the Reds, though he will not play for Cincinnati until 1923. Benton is under suspension for activities related to gambling. Rube testified about the 1919 World Series, and said that Buck Herzog and Hal Chase offered him money to throw a game between the Giants and Cubs during the 1919 season. He said a bartender would back up his story, though the bartender could not be located. Benton also said that he had won money on the Reds after being tipped off by Chase. Benton missed last season as well.

The Browns move to a 1½ game lead, beating the Red Sox, 4–1, as the White Sox beat New York. Ken Williams hits #26, one of 3 Brownie bombs.

31st  Behind the 4 RBIs of Reb Russell, the Pirates swat the Giants, 12-5. Russell, a former pitcher, was picked up 10 days ago from the Minneapolis Millers after he hit 17 homers in 77 games. Reb will platoon with Clyde Barnhart and will finish the season with 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, and a .368 average in 60 games.