1925 July

1st  The Giants move back on top of the NL, taking 2 from the Phils. In the 2nd game, young Hack Wilson hits 2 HRs in the 3rd inning of the 16–7 rout. Hack totals 12 bases in the power outage. Tomorrow, the Pirates edge back on top with a 2–1 win over the Reds while New York is rained out.

2nd  At St. Louis, Pinky Hargrave hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs and the Browns take a 15-3 lead over the White Sox after four innings. St. Louis eases up to win, 18-3.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins score 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-7 kicking of the Boston Braves. Jack Fournier has 4 hits to drive in 7 runs as starter Burleigh Grimes is the easy winner. Grimes tires in the 9th, allowing 5 runs.

At Yankee Stadium, Wally Pipp is knocked unconscious in batting practice by pitcher Charlie Caldwell. He regains consciousness in the clubhouse but will be taken to the hospital where he will remain for several weeks. The Yankees lose to the A’s, 6-3.

3rd  In a 6–3 win over the Giants, Brooklyn 2B Milt Stock sets a modern ML record by getting 4 hits in his 4th consecutive game. He is 16-for-23 in the streak and, with 2 hits tomorrow, will come one hit short of having 12 consecutive multi-hit games.

In Philadelphia, Jimmie Wilson’s first inning grand slam off Jesse Barnes jump starts the Phils to a 10-6 win over Boston.

At Boston, Washington’s Stan Coveleski (10-1) shuts out the Red Sox, 11–0, as his DP combo of Peckinpaugh and Harris chip in with 22 chances accepted. The Nats collect 21 hits, 19 of them off Paul Zahniser (0-4). Earl McNeely has a pair of homers, half his career total.

4th  The Athletics’ Lefty Grove battles the Yankees’ Herb Pennock 15 innings before taking a 1–0 loss. Pennock is a model of control, issuing no walks and giving up 4 hits. He retires the first 18 batters as well as the last 21 batters in what he later calls the best game of his career. Grove allows 14 hits and walks 5.

5th In Chicago, the Pirates edge the Cubs, 3–2, behind Ray Kremer. Guy Bush takes the loss.

6th Following yesterday’s loss, the 7th-place Cubs install the fun-loving Rabbit Maranville as manager, replacing Bill Killefer. The experiment will last less than two months.

Radio broadcasting is prohibited from the parks of the American League. This comes out when Chicago Daily News station WMAQ is denied permission to broadcast from the White Sox park. “The club owners voted to prohibit broadcasting presumably because they figured it would affect patronage.” Cleveland Plain Dealer.

7th Rabbit Maranville leads the Cubs to 10–5 win over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, with veteran Wilbur Cooper the winner over Tiny Osborne. Celebrating his first victory that evening, Maranville gets into a fight with a cab driver.

The Giants nip the Pirates, 7-6, as veteran pitcher Jesse Barnes hits a two-run homer, off Art Reinhart. It is Barnes’ first homer in ten years and his only one in the majors.

9th Pittsburgh 3B Pie Traynor starts 4 DPs to help Emil Yde and the Pirate win game 1 against the Giants, 12–3. New York takes game 2 by a 7–5 score with Wayland Dean the winner.

10th Irish Meusel has three hits and drives in three runs to lead the Giants to 10–3 win over the Cubs. The Giants make 11 hits off John Blake while Virgil Barnes gives up 8 hits, including Gabby Hartnett’s home run.

In Chicago, Babe Ruth’s two run homer, his 8th of the year, is enough as the Yankees top the White Sox, 5–3 in a game stopped by rain in the 9thinning. Herb Pennock bags the win over Mike Cvengros.

The Red Sox waive good-bye to veteran P Jack Quinn, who goes to the A’s.

11th  George Sisler drives in 7 runs in 2 innings, tripling with the bases full in the 3rd and hitting a grand slam in the 4th, in a Browns 10–5 win over Washington. Sisler sets the AL record with his 2 hits in consecutive innings. Nats reliever Spencer Pumpelly gives up a homer to the first ML batter he faces.

Twenty Red Sox batters go to the plate in the 4th and 5th against Cleveland, scoring 5 runs each inning. Boston wins, 14–7.

13th In Boston, RF Elmer Smith pulls off an unassisted DP to help the Reds beat the Braves, 4–1. With the runner on 1B, Dave Harris, running with the pitch, Davis snags Jess Barnes short fly and easily beats Harris to the bag for the DP. It is the 4th time in Smith’s career he’s had an unassisted DP; only Tris Speaker has more. Gus Felix has a single for Boston to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 23 games.

14th  Tiger manager Ty Cobb shows his animosity towards his veteran pitcher Dutch Leonard by leaving him in for 9 innings against the A’s, who pummel him for 20 hits in a 12-4 win over Detroit. Even Connie Mack’s plea to take Dutch out is ignored by Cobb. At the end of the month the Tigers will sell Leonard to Vernon (PCL) but he won’t report, quitting baseball instead to grow grapes in California. It will be payback time next year when Leonard accuses Cobb and Speaker of throwing a game in late 1919.

In a 6-3 loss the Giants, the Cubs Hoard Freigau extends his consecutive game batting streak to 21 games. The Giants trail Pittsburgh by a game.

15th  The A’s go back into the lead with a sweep over the White Sox 9–7 and 11–5.

The NL owners meet in NYC and take no action on the so-called “rabbit ball.” They concluded that more frequent replacement of balls and better stitching is the cause of the home runs. One decision is approved: rosin bags will be placed behind the mounds. According to Burt Solomon, this practice started in the Southern Association.

18th Braves INF Bob Smith, relegated to the bench, tries his hand at pitching against the Pirates, winning 2–1 in 11 innings. Johnny Morrison takes the loss. Smith will go 5–3 this year and pitch till 1937 in the majors.

At Cleveland, the Washington Nationals roll to a 19-6 win amassing 25 hits. Goose Goslin, who has a double and a HR, takes exception to a close pitch by King Cole in the 6th and heads towards the mound with a bat. Umpire Connolly tackles him. Goose then grounds out 3-1 and barrels into Cole covering 1B. Ump Evans steps between the two. The crowd showers Goose with pop bottles as he heads towards the dugout and Connolly mercifully banishes Goslin from the game. The Nats lead 11-4 at the time.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs score 5 runs in the 10th inning to take a comfortable 7-2 lead over the Phils. Cy Williams hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th but that is it as Chicago wins, 7-6. As David Vincent notes, it is the first of three times in the 20th century that an extra inning grand slam is hit in a losing cause.

Playing for Salt Lake City, Lefty O’Doul sets a PCL record for hits in a three game series (16-for-17) and for a four-game series (19-for-21).

20th  Washington veteran Stan Coveleski wins his 12th straight, beating Cleveland 9–1, to keep the Senators near the top.

Dazzy Vance fans a career-high 17 in a 10-inning 4–3 Brooklyn win over the Cardinals. Dazzy ties the NL mark for the 20th century set by Jack Pfiester (17 innings) on May 30, 1906. Maloney and Short will reach 18 in 1965.

21st In a game 1 split with the White Sox, Boston’s Roy Carlyle becomes the first AL rookie to hit for the cycle. The Hubmen win the opener, 6–3 before losing 8–3.

In St. Louis, George Sisler has two hits, including a homer off Jack Quinn, as the Browns edge the A’s, 6-5. Sisler runs his hit streak to 21 straight games

22nd  The Yankees buy SS Leo Durocher from Hartford (Eastern League).

23rd  With an assist from the Yankees, the A’s seesaw back into first with a 5–4 win over the Red Sox.

The Yankees and Lou Gehrig, who hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams, beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators, 11–7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that LF Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul, but it drops fair behind 3B and bounds into the seats scoring Ward, Meusel, and Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs; Gehrig also hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and totals 7 RBIs.

A Pittsburgh 3–2 win over the St. Louis, and a Giants split with the Phils lifts the Pirates back on top.

25th The Robins waive popular Andy High to the Braves, desperate for infield help. In a deal worked out ahead of time, High is placed on waivers and claimed by five teams. But since the Braves are the lowest in the standings, they pick first. Before next season, Brooklyn will receive a pitcher plus cash as part of the deal. Manager Robinson won’t reveal who the pitcher (The rumor is Johnny Cooney but it will turn out to be Jesse Barnes) is but says he will be a big help to the Robins. Barnes will be part of a package October 6.

28th Cincy’s Dolf Luque tosses his 4th shutout of the year, topping the visiting Phillies, 3–0. This follows Jakie Mays’ 3-0 shutout of the Cards in game 2 yesterday. Neither Mays nor Luque walk a batter, a feat not matched in consecutive shutouts by Reds pitchers this century.

In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby hits a grand slam off Burleigh Grimes in the Birds 5-run 8th, but Brooklyn wins, 12-9. Hornsby will hit 24 of his league-leading 39 homers at home this year.

In a Chicago sweep of the Senators, 10–5 and 6–2, White Sox’ Spencer Harris hits his first ML HR, a grand slam off Washington’s Curly Ogden. He’ll hit just 2 more homers in the majors, but he will end up as the career minor league leader in runs, hits (3,617), doubles (743) and TB (5434). Incomplete records give him the high in walks as well. Ted Lyons is the winner over Walter Johnson in game 1 and Sarge Connally wins game 2.

30th  The White Sox stop Stan Coveleski’s win streak at 13, beating Washington 11–1.