1923 July

1st In Washington, the Senators down the Red Sox, 8-1. Patsy Gharrity drives in half the runs with an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th. No patsy, he totals 3 hits and 5 RBIs to back rookie Paul Zahniser’s 3-hitter.

In the opener of a Western League doubleheader, the first 4 batters for Wichita all hit homers. The sluggers include Lyman Smith, Jocko Conlon, Wes Griffin, and Jim Blakesley off Wichita’s Karl Black. Only Jocko will make it to the majors.

2nd   Clarence Mitchell wins his first game of the year as the Phillies beat the visiting Giants, 10-3. Mitchell drives in 3 runs with a pair of triples.

3rd   For the 2nd time this season, Babe Ruth clouts a game-winning homer in the 15th inning, this one off former Yankee George Mogridge. The Yankees beat the Senators, 2–1. The winner is Joe Bush, who pitches all 15 innings and accounts for the other New York run with a homer.

In a 4-2 loss to the Pirates, Cardinals first baseman Rogers Hornsby goes 1-for-4 to drop his batting average to .331. It is the start of a 20-game batting streak for Rajah that will see him go 43-for-80 and raise his average to.407.

4th In the 10th inning at Cleveland, Detroit C Larry Woodall is forced out at 2B. He protests the call and gets tossed, leaving manager Cobb with no catchers available (as noted by Retrosheet). In comes 41-year-old coach Fred Carisch, who last played in 1914 (for the Indians). Manager Speaker protests, saying Carisch is not on the eligible list, but 2 walks and a home run by Indian pinch hitter Glen Myatt leave Tris speechless. Cleveland wins, 10–7, and drops the 2nd game, 15–3.

At Philadelphia, the last-place Phils drop a pair to the Giants, 7-3 and 5-3. Veteran Frank Snyder contributes a grand slam for New York, connecting off Jimmy Ring in the 2nd in game 2.

In the 2nd game in New York, the Yanks Fred Hoffman hits a homerun off Walter Johnson as the Yankees veto the Senators, 12–2. Johnson doesn’t make it out of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs. Dave Danforth is the winning pitcher. New York scores 12 in the opener as well, winning 12–6, as Everett Scott has a solo homer and a grand slam and drives in 6 runs for New York.

5th  The visiting Cardinals take a 10-1 lead after 4 innings against the Phillies, but with the help of a grand slam by Russ Wrightstone, the Phils close to a 12-11 deficit after 8 innings. St. Louis scores four in the 9th and the final tally is 16-12.

7th  Cleveland scores in every inning against the Red Sox, but playing at home they don’t bat in the 9th. It’s hardly needed as they roll to a 27–3 win in a game known as “the Indian massacre.” In their 8 innings, they run up a then AL-record 27 runs, including 13 in the 6th (another record), and tie the record when 9 players score 2 or more runs. Riggs Stephenson and Rube Lutzke drive in 11 runs between them. The Cleveland outfield scores an AL record 10 runs. Boston’s Bill Piercy leaves the game with 2 outs in the 6th after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Tris Speaker. Reliever Lefty O’Doul comes on and faces record-tying 16 batters in the 6th, walking 6 and allowing 13 unearned runs before recording the final out. Bosox manager Frank Chance, annoyed at O’Doul’s off-field antics, leaves Lefty on the mound. O’Doul gives up the record-setting 13 unearned runs on 11 hits and 8 walks, all with two out (again, a record). The inning ends when Stephenson is thrown out trying to steal 2B, after the previous batter Joe Sewell had swiped 2B. O’Doul is relieved in the 7thin this, his last season as a ML pitcher, but he will return to the majors in 1928 as an good-hitting outfielder. The Indians keep it up, scoring 3 in the first inning of the 2nd game en route to a 8–5 win. Homer Summa, who was 2-for-3 in game 1, goes 4-for-4, while Charlie Jamieson, who had 3 hits and 4 runs in the opener, goes hitless to stop his consecutive-game hitting streak at 21.

At St. Louis, Elam Vangilder shrugs off two gopher balls to Babe Ruth and the Browns bury the Yankees, 13-3. Babe’s homer in the first inning went over the right center field bleachers and breaks a window across the street. His homer in the 8th clears Grand Avenue (according to homer historian Bill Jenkinson).

There is scoring in the National League as well as the Pirates massacre the Phillies, 18–5. Reb Russell scores 5 runs and Pie Traynor hits for the cycle, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs. Traynor is in the middle of a 24 game hitting streak that will end on July 19.

10th  Cardinals rookie P Johnny Stuart hurls 2 complete-game victories over Boston, winning by scores of 11–1 and 6–3, and striking out nary a batter. He allows 3 hits in the opener and 10 in the nitecap.

In St. Louis, the Browns beat the Washington Senators, 9-1, as Hank Severeid hits a grand slam off Paul Zahniser, the second slam he has served up in a week.

11th  Harry Frazee, owner of the Red Sox since 1916, sells out for over $1 million to a group of Ohio businessmen, who bring in veteran front office man Bob Quinn from St. Louis to run the club. Frazee’s departure is welcomed by Boston fans who are fed up with the sale of Frazee’s best players over the years. However, one of the major backers of the team, Indiana glass tycoon Palmer Winslow will pass away shortly, leaving Quinn with shallow pockets.

At Braves Field, the Cardinals use 18 players as they beat the Braves, 10-4. Doc Lavan has 3 RBIs and Rogers Hornsby is 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs. The Braves have 18 runners left on base to tie the ML record.

Detroit takes two from visiting Boston, winning 7-3 and 5-1. Fred Haney has a grand slam for the Tigers, in the 4th off George Murray in game 2.

12th  At Chicago, the first-place Yankees turn back the White Sox, 10-6, behind Bob Shawkey. Shawkey ties the AL record for long hits in an inning by a pitcher when he connects for a double and triple in the 3rdinning. Ironically, the next pitcher to match Shawkey is Ted Lyons, who is in the game as a reliever and serves up a two-run homer to Babe Ruth in the 6th.

13th In Philadelphia, the Reds score in bunches to beat the Phils, 21–7. Cincy scores 5 in the 1st, 5 in the 3rd, 4 in the 5th, one in the 6th and 6 in the 9th. With the game out of hand the Phillies look into the stands for relief, bringing in Leo “Red” Miller, a former Phillies batboy, clubhouse attendant, trainer, and batting practice pitcher, Miller, who pitches semi-pro ball, throws a scoreless 8th inning. In the 9th, however, he surrenders six hits, a walk, and six earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. This will be Miller’s only big league appearance, leaving him with a 32.40 ERA (as noted by Charlie Weatherby from an article in The Sporting News, December 8, 1938, p. 5.)

14th In the first of two at Cleveland, the Indians George Uhle (13-9) allows 4 hits in topping the Yankees, 4-2. Herb Pennock (10-3) takes the loss. Uhle will go 6-1 against the Yankees this year, with 6 complete games, and end his career with a 16-5 record versus New York. The two teams combine for 30 hits in game 2, as the Yankees win, 10-7. Babe Ruth is 2-for-2, including a homer and 4 bases on balls. The Babe will have four 4-walk games this year as he amasses an AL-record 170 bases on balls.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Cubs outfielder Bernie Friberg breaks a 5–5 tie by belting a 10th inning grand slam off Claude Jonnard to give Grover Alexander a 9–5 win. Pete is now 29–28 lifetime versus the Giants.

17th Miller Huggins’ antipathy towards P Carl Mays surfaces as the manager keeps Mays in the entire game against Cleveland. The Indians light up Mays for 20 hits in the 13–0 win behind George Uhle. Mays’ record will be a decent 5–2 in 81 innings, but the Yankees will sell him at the end of the season. Yankee teammates Ev Scott and Wally Pipp protest the Indian scalping of Mays, by exiting the game.

At Boston, Reds ace Dolf Luque starts and wins both games of a doubleheader against the Braves. In game 1, the Cuban cutie is lifted for a pinch hitter losing 2–0, but the Reds score 4 times to win, 4–3. Luque then pitches a complete game in game 2 to win, 9–5. He is now 15–2, and will finish the season with a 12–2 road record.

18th In a 4–1 win at Detroit, Yankee RF Elmer Smith snags a hit-and-run line drive by Del Pratt and jogs to 1B to get Harry Heilmann, who had been running. The unassisted DP by an outfielder is the only one in Yankee history, but for Smith it is his 3rd, putting him behind Tris Speaker on the all-time list. He’ll add a 4th in 1925 when patrolling the outfield for the Reds.

Cleveland’s Guy Morton allows 2 hits in beating Washington, 4–1.

21st At Philadelphia, the Phils score 12 runs in the 6th inning, a NL record for the frame, to ease home 17–4, against Chicago in game 1. Jimmie Wilson and Walter Holke each hit 3-run homers and drive in 4 runs. The Cubs retaliate in the nitecap, winning 16–9, scoring in 7 of the 9 frames. Bernie Friberg has 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBIs.

The first and last balls pitched are hit for home runs in a Vernon-Oakland PCL game. Vernon leadoff hitter Rod Murphy hits a homer on the first pitch and Ray Kremer, Oakland pitcher, homers on the last pitch of the game as Oakland wins, 4-3.

22nd  Washington’s Walter Johnson notches his 3,000th strikeout on the way to 3,508. He fans 5 in beating Cleveland 3–1. The Tribe has to pack, ending their extended 31 game home stand that began on June 23. Their record for the stay was 16–15.

At the Polo Grounds, the first-place Giants edge the Phillies, 5-4. Cotton Tierney has a homer and drives in all 4 runs for the Quakers.

23rd  At Pittsburgh, the Cubs score 9 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Pirates, 12–3. The 9 runs is a NL record for the inning. Otto Vogel’s 3-run triple is the big blow in the scoring spree.

24th In Philadelphia, Yankee pitcher Carl Mays beats the Athletics, 9–2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (the record was listed for years at 23 wins, but historian Lyle Spatz recalculated it at 24. This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson, who won 24 straight). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30, 1918, while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Ruth’s 3-run homer, which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street. His 23rd homer ties the mark of Cy Williams.

At St. Louis, Cleveland’s Jim Joe Edwards and the Browns Ray Kolp face off for 13 innings before Charlie Jamieson’s leadoff HR in the 13th decides it, 3–2. Kolp faces 52 batters, at one point retiring 19 straight.

25th Bob Shawkey stops the A’s, 5–4, to give the Yanks their 2nd win in a row in Philadelphia. Ruth is given 3 intentional walks to bring his walks for the season to 100.

27th At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs overcome a 7-RBI performance by Irish Meusel to edge the Giants, 11-10. The Cubs need 4 runs in the 9th to do it as Jigger Statz drives in 2 runs to tie and Sparky Adams brings the Jigger home with a single. The loss leaves New York 3 ½ games ahead of Cincinnati.

29th At Cubs Park the Giants maul the Cubs, 15-3, behind Rosy Ryan (9-1) who tosses a complete game and drives in 2 runs. This is Rosy’s 10th start of the year and the Giants have scored 104 run in those games. No other pitcher this century will have such support.

30th At Chicago, the Braves ride a grand slam by light-hitting Hod Ford to a 6-5 win over the Cubs.