1901 June

1st  At the Polo Grounds, the first-place Giants top Boston Somersets’ Kid Nichols, 2–1, behind Christy Mathewson’s 5-hitter. Matty fans 10 Boston batters, much to the delight of the overflow crowd. He strikes out Gene DeMontreville in the 6th and when the bat sails out of the DeMontreville’s hands on the 3rd strike, Matty tosses it to 1B to complete the play.

In Chicago, Boston American pitcher Fred Mitchell makes his first ML start and nerves and errors allow the White Sox to score 5 runs in the 1st inning. As Mitchell recounted the game to the Chicago Tribune in Bill Nowlin’s profile of Mitchell, “There was one fellow on the club at that time who was my friend, and that was Buck Freeman. He came in from right field after the inning and I remember just what he said to Jimmy Collins. ‘You’re not going to take the kid out, are you, Jim?’ ‘Not on your life,’ answered Jim. I went back and had my head with me from then on and stopped the White Sox.” Freeman hits a 2-run homer in the 4th and connects for a 3-run homer in the 6th as Boston wins, 10-5.

In the Reds 4-3 win at Pittsburgh, umpire Cunningham calls out Kitty Bransfield at 1B on disputed call in the 9th that would’ve tied the game. 2,000 fans then chase the ump who is shielded and escorted to safety by manager Fred Clarke and Hans Wagner.

2nd  Milwaukee P Bill Reidy surrenders 10 consecutive hits to the Boston Somersets with two outs in the 9th inning to set a ML record. Nine runs score, a ML-record-tying number set a week ago, as Milwaukee loses 13–2. Boston pitcher Charlie Beville, who took over at 1B in the 5th after Jimmy Collins and Buck Freeman are tossed by umpire Haskell for arguing and kicking dirt, contributes two doubles—the only hits of his career—in the big inning.

4th In a 7-3 victory over the host Reds, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard is called out at 2B by umpire Cunningham—who is definitely having a bad week—and curses him so vehemently that he is slapped with a $5 fine by the ump. Cunningham returns to home plate and Sheckard follows, spitting in his face. Cunningham calls the cops and Sheckard is removed by the police. Cunningham later says, “I don’t know what kept me from pitching into Sheckard but if a player ever does that to me again I’ll pick up a bat and smash him. That’s the limit and the players can take warning.” Brooklyn’s win is helped by the pitching of the Reds rookie Barney McFadden who gives up 11 hits and 11 base on balls. Barney will pitch in just 9 games.

8th At Cincinnati, the 2nd place Reds beat up on New York’s Christy Mathewson, clubbing him for 9 hits and 6 runs to win, 6–4.

The Senators down the White Sox, 8-3, behind the pitching and hitting of Watty Lee. Lee goes 4-for-4 with a pair of triples (as noted by Tom Zocco).

9th  Overflow crowds ringing the outfields of small parks is a frequent occurrence. At Cincinnati on this Sunday afternoon, the first-place Giants lead 15–4 after 6 innings before 17,000 fans. Ground-rule doubles multiply, and 19 more runs score in the next 2 1⁄2 innings. When the crowd edges onto the infield with two outs in the 9th and the Giants leading 25–13, umpire Bob Emslie forfeits the game to New York, the 2nd of 2 forfeits this year. The Reds make 18 hits. The Giants register a 20th C. record 31 hits, led by the outfield: Kip Selbach is 6-for-7, and “Piano Legs” Hickman and George Van Haltren have 5 hits apiece for a NL record 16. Hickman and Van Haltren score 5 runs apiece as the outfield score a record 14 runs. The Giants also set a ML record for most runs without a HR, a mark that will be tied by Cleveland in 1930. The two teams combine for a NL record 36 singles, 22 by New York. Only one Giant will return to the team in 1902: 5 will go to the AL, and 3 will retire. The win today stops a 3-game loss streak, but the Giants will drop their next 3 and drop out of 1st place.

10th  The Brooklyn-Colts game draws only 450 fans in Chicago as the visitor win, 9-1.

In Cincinnati, Boston’s Vic Willis is victorious over the Reds, 9–5. Willis hits his only career homer, off Doc Newton, to help his win. His batterymate Kittredge also homers. Noteworthy at the game is AL prexy Ban Johnson, who is the guest of Reds owner John Brush.

At Washington, the Washington Nationals overcome an 8-run deficit in the 8th to tie the game at 10–10 with the White Sox. Clark Griffith pops out as a pinch hitter in the 9th but stays on to pitch for the Sox. In the top of the 10th, Hoy, who earlier homered, singles to start the inning. Two outs later Frank Isbell walks and Fred Hartman homers to end the scoring, 13–10.

11th In Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 4 runs in 4 innings off Christy Mathewson to beat New York, 4–0. The game is called because of rain after the Giants bat in the 5th.

14th At Boston, the Americans snap a 7-7 tie with the Tigers by scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win, 16-7. Detroit pitcher Joe Yeager hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, off starter Win Kellum. Yeager will switch to third base for the Tigers in ‘03.

15th After two losses to the Giants, Chicago gets back on track, 9–2, behind the 10 strikeout twirling of Rube Waddell. The Colts trample Christy Mathewson for 9 runs and 13 hits and hand the phenom his 4th loss in a row.

At Boston, Gettysburg College grad George Winter wins for the Americans, 12–4, over the Tigers. The rookie will win his next 6 in a row.

16th In an exhibition game at Weehawken, the West New Yorks beat the AL Detroit Tigers, 4-3, scoring a run in the last inning off Frank Owen.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals beat up on Bill Donovan to whip Brooklyn, 11-5. Burkett, Hendrick and Padden each go 4-for-5, while weak-hitting Lefty Davis has 4 hits for the Superbas.

17th The Boston Somersets sweep a Bunker Hill day twinbill, 11–1 and 10–4, part of 5-game sweep over the White Sox. Chicago relinquishes 1st place to Boston. Buck Freeman has a homer and triple in the two games to back Fred Mitchell and Cy Young.

Detroit vetoes Washington, 10-6, with the help of a six-run 6thinning. Ducky Holmes finishes the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam, off Watty Lee.

18th  Trailing its AL rival the Somersets in attendance, the Boston NL club reduces its admission price from 50 cents to the AL’s 25 cents. The Somersets will outdraw the Beaneaters by 200,000 this season.

Baltimore downs Milwaukee, 11-4, as Jimmy Williams hits a grand slam for the Orioles. It comes in the 3rd inning, off Tully Sparks (as noted by David Vincent).

20th  Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner has 3 stolen bases, including stealing home twice, as Jack Chesbro blanks the Giants, 7–0.

21st  Right-hander Harley ‘Doc’ Parker of the Reds gives up 21 runs and 26 hits to Brooklyn in his first start of the season—his first appearance in five years. “The next time I get in the box, I hope to give a better account of myself” says Doc Parker after the game, but this will be his ML farewell appearance. The 26 hits is a post-1900 record, tied by Al Travers in 1912, and by the A’s Hod Lisenbee in 1936. The 21 runs allowed is an NL mark. Doc also faces a soon-to-be-topped NL record 49 (The Sporting News says 53) batters in the game. Led by Keeler’s 5 hits, including a HR and a double, the Superbas win, 21–3. Keeler also scores 5 runs for a ML record 5th time in his career.

24th  After Cincy loses 8–0 in the opener of a twinbill, the Reds Bill Phillips sets several records in game two as he gives up 19 runs and 22 hits at Philadelphia, losing, 19–1. In 8 innings he faces a record 55 batters, with 49 official at bats—both NL records for the 20th century. Phils pitcher Doc White has 4 hits, including an inside-the-park homer.

The Chicago Nationals lose 2–1 to Brooklyn when Bill Dahlen hits a sac fly to bring home Brooklyn’s Wee Willie Keeler. Brooklyn C Deacon Maguire throws out 5 Chicago runners.

The Giants edge St. Louis, 3–2, when Sammy Strang singles home Piano Legs Hickman in the bottom of the 9th. Christy Mathewson allows 6 hits in beating Willie Sudhoff, though the Cards’ pitcher hits a two-run homer, his only major league round tripper.

Turkey Mike Donlin is 6-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles and 2 triples, and scores 5 runs as Baltimore trounces Detroit, 17–8. The other 2 outfielders total 6 hits to set an AL record of 12 two weeks after the NL mark for hits by an outfield is set. Roscoe Miller toils the whole game for Detroit.

At Philadelphia, the A’s and White Sox battle for 14 innings before Chicago pushes across 3 runs to finally win, 7-5. Callahan and Fraser are the starters and finishers for the two teams. Socks Seybold has a triple and HR for the A’s.

26th Boston arrives in Philadelphia for an expected game against the A’s, unaware that the schedule had been changed and they are supposed to be in Baltimore. The Orioles squad and 4500 fans wait for an hour and a half in 90-degree heat for Boston to arrive. The AL umpire assigned to the game showed up in Philley as well. The Athletics read the revised schedule and play in Washington, losing 5–4.

New York’s Christy Mathewson scatters 9 hits in coasting to a 6–2 win over the visiting Reds. Dick Scott takes the loss.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates lose 16–3. Tommy Daly has 5 hits including 4 long hits for Brooklyn—3 doubles and a triple. He adds a stolen base, one of 7 in the game. In September he’ll have another 5 hit game.

30th In an AL game in Milwaukee, Cleveland Blues Pete Dowling stops the Brewers, 7-0, on what is described as a no-hitter by three of the four Milwaukee papers. The fourth paper called it a one-hitter. A disputed play in the 7th inning is the difference.