1926 July

1st  The Pirates break an 8-game losing streak by beating St. Louis, 7–3. They move into 2nd, dropping the Cards to 3rd.

In the first of 2 at Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s solo homer in the 6th, off Walter Johnson, is the difference as the Yankees win, 3–2, over the Senators. Urban Shocker takes the win. Washington comes back to win game 2, 12–5.

3rd At Pittsburgh, Vic Aldridge coasts to a 12–3 win over the Cardinals. Pie Traynor has a homer and double in one inning for the Bucs.

At Cleveland, George Uhle shrugs off a first inning steal of home by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers, 7–5.

4th The Cubs blank the visiting Reds, 2–0, as Charlie Root beats Emil Yde.

5th Lefty Grove strikes out 12 Yankees as the A’s win, 2–1, scoring both runs on errors. Grove’s 12 strikeouts will be a career high.

6th The Reds beat the Cards, 5–2 in 11 innings to take a 5 game lead in the NL. Wally Pipp’s 2 run HR in the 10th, off Grover Alexander, ties the score at 2 apiece.

The Reds purchase veteran SS Everett Scott from the White Sox.

The Tigers get solo home runs from Fats Fothergill and Harry Heilmann, but that is all the scoring as the Browns win, 5–2. George Sisler has an inside-the-park homer when his grounder caroms off second baseman O’Rourke’s shoe into deep center.

10th Washington has a ML-record 13 players score in a 19–4 blowout over the visiting Browns. Sam Rice reaches base twice on errors in the 8thinning to tie a ML record. Stanley Coveleski is the winning pitcher.

In Chicago, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from the Robins, winning, 6-4 and 3-1. Hack Wilson’s walkoff two-run homer ends the first contest. Hack ended a game 10 days ago with a walkoff homer in the 11th against the Reds. He will lead the league in homers with 21 and in walks with 69, the lowest ever for a league leader.

13th  Brooklyn 1B Jack Fournier subs for Babe Herman, the rookie who took his job, and makes the most of it, banging 5 hits and 3 homers—the first Brooklyn player to hit 3 roundtrippers in a game. Jack also totals 5 RBIs, but it is not enough as the Cardinals win 12–10 in St. Louis. Cards Taylor Douthit reaches 1B twice in the 5th inning and each time steals 2B.

14th Al Maderas, of Springfield (Three I league) homers his first four times up against Quincy.

15th Charlie Gehringer shocks Urban Shocker with his first ML homer, and the Tigers beat the Yankees, 7–2. Sam Gibson is the winner.

20th Springfield makes the news again as they join with Peoria (Three I league) to set an OB scoring record. Springfield wins, 33–23. Peoria outhits Springfield 27 to 22 and has 4 homers, 3 by Harry Layne.

21st  The Tigers take the first of 2 over Washington, 7–6. Off Washington’s Walter Johnson in game 2, Heinie Manush cracks a two doubles and a three-run homer but the Big Train still wins over Detroit, 10–7. Wilbur Cooper throws a scoreless inning of relief for Detroit in his last appearance in the majors. In his 16 seasons and 517 appearances he has never balked in 3,480 innings, a ML record.

On a mission. San Francisco (PCL) scores 8 runs in the 9th to beat Mission, 9-8. Six days ago, Portland scored 10 runs in the 9th to beat Mission, 12-6.

22nd  The Reds pound 4 triples in an 11-run 2nd inning, including 2 by Curt Walker, against the Braves, tying a ML record, and go on to win, 13–3. Walker’s feat, the first since 1900, won’t be done again until Al Zarilla does it in the AL in 1946. On the 24th, the Pirates move past the Reds into the NL lead.

The Giants score two runs in the 9th inning off Pete Alexander to whip the Cardinals, 5–3.

With both their catchers suffering arm problems, the Yankees pick up veteran Hank Severeid off the waiver list from Washington. He will catch in 65 games and all 7 of the WS games, before calling it quits.

23rd  Detroit and Washington take the unheard of time of 2 hours and 40 minutes to play 9 innings. Detroit’s 19 hits give them a 9–6 win, but much of the time is consumed by manager Ty Cobb’s arguing over a balk call, then trying to have a heckling fan removed from the stands.

24th  Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on the front end of a double steal with the Babe in a 7–4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.

25th  After Braves coach Art Devlin rides Babe Pinelli, the Reds third sacker bumps Devlin as he comes off the field in the 3rd. Devlin swings, starting one of the great baseball fights of the century. Police restore order, but not before Boston OF Frank Wilson is arrested and taken to jail for hitting a police inspector. In the 4th, Boston OF Jimmy Welsh crashes into C Val Picinich in a play at the plate. Picinich takes a poke at him, starting round 2, and is ejected. The match ends in an 8–4 Braves decision.

At Philadelphia, the Cards top the Phils, 9–5, with the win going to Grover Alexander.

26th Athletics ace Eddie Rommel shuts out the Red Sox, 5–0, in the only AL game played today.

31st At Chicago, Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win, 2–1 for Sam Jones, for their 10th win in a row.

At St. Louis, the Senators win, 9-0, behind Walter Johnson’s 112th career shutout. Goose Goslin has a homer in the 5th.

At Cleveland, the Indians beat the Red Sox, 6-2, for their 6th win in a row, but lose the services of CF Ira Flagstead when he breaks his collarbone diving for Lutzke’s soft liner.

At Detroit, the A’s bash the Tigers, 9-6. Al Simmons has a “freak” homer and Sammy Hale clouts a grand slam in the 5th, off Ed Wells.

Before a crowd of 6,000 at Griffith Stadium, the Klu Klux Klan baseball team defeats the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics, 8-4 (as noted by Gabriel Schecter). Pre-game activities include a field-day program and an elaborate parade that includes (according to the Washington Post), the “color bearer and honor guard of the klan, Klan band, Klan team, Women’s Klan drill team and Klavaliers drill team.” Alas, however, the newspaper reports that the Women’s Klan drill team was outperformed by the Job’s Daughters drill team, which was awarded a trophy. Finally, it is noted that “the proceeds of the day will be for the benefit of the Juniors’ orphanages at Tiffin, Ohio and Lexington, N.C., and the Klan Haven home in Harrisburg, Pa.”