1902 June

2nd  Baltimore scores 9 runs in the 3rd inning of a 14–1 victory, as Cleveland kicks in 6 errors, the most boots in one inning by any club in the 20th century.

In a 12–0 win, the Senators unload 3 homers in the 3rd inning against the White Sox P Clark Griffith as Ed Delahanty, Bill Coughlin and George Carey belt the Old Fox, though not consecutively. After Wyatt Lee doubles, Griffith takes himself out. According to the Chicago Daily Tribune, a Washington fan had offered each member of the Nationals an expensive panama hat for their first shutout and a $50 bonus to whichever pitcher performed the feat. With little chance to win in the 9th, Chicago “allowed themselves to be put out without effort” so that the Washington players could win their prize (as noted by Greg Beston).

After the team loses 14 of the last 15 games in May, the Giants strip Jack Doyle of his captain’s role and give the job to George Smith. Doyle will be released in late June.

3rd  The Cardinals’ Mike O’Neill, primarily a pitcher and one of 4 ML brothers, hits the first pinch grand slam ever in the majors, against Boston Beaneater Togie Pittinger. It is an inside-the-park HR in the six-run 9th at Boston and scores his brother Jack as the Cardinals win, 11–9. O’Neill becomes the first pitcher in the NL to hit a grand slam this century.

The Giants manager Horace Fogel leaves the team because of his father’s death, and he will not return. The Giants will replace him with 2B George “Heinie” Smith on the 11th. The change lasts 6 weeks before Smith goes back to the infield and John McGraw takes over.

4th The Boston Americans buy two pitchers—George Prentiss and Bert Husting—from the Baltimore Orioles, and waste no time putting Prentiss to work. He starts today in a 4–3 loss to Cleveland. Prentiss played under the name George Pepper Wilson last year.

6th       At New York, the Pirates pull off triple play in the 9thinning versus the Giants on a hotly disputed catch by 2B Claude Richey. The game ends in a 4–4 tie.

7th At Cleveland, Bill Bernhard (2–0) makes his first start for the Blues and beats Baltimore and Iron Joe McGinnity, 7–3, his first win for Cleveland. Bernhard was just acquired from the Philadelphia Athletics for Frank Bonner and Ossee Schreckengost. He will go 17-5 for Cleveland, to lead the AL in win percentage, the only pitcher to do so for a 2nd division team (5th).

8th At Dayton, Ohio, 4,900 fans turn out to watch Baltimore top Cleveland, 6–2. The winning battery is Tom Hughes and Wilbert Robinson.

At St. Louis, the Boston Americans Cy Young (13–1) wins 7–1 for his 10th win in a row.

10th  Bobby Wallace, slick-fielding St. Louis SS, handles an AL record 17 chances in a 9-inning game while losing 5–4 to Boston. Wallace, whose 25-year career will place him in the Hall of Fame, has 11 assists and 6 putouts, but makes 2 errors.

Led by Erve Beck, the Reds roll over Bill Duggleby and the Phillies, 10-1. Beck has 5 hits, including a pair of triples. Ewing is the victor.

11th  Chicago’s Clark Griffith beats the Boston Americans, 3–2 snapping Cy Young’s win streak at 10 games.

Connie Mack signs Rube Waddell, who was pitching in the Pacific Coast League. He will go 24–7 during the remainder of 1902.

15th Corsicana (Texas League) shows no mercy in beating Texarkana, 51–3. Due to Sunday laws forbidding baseball, the game is shifted to a smaller park in Ennis, where the RF fence is only about 210’. The team’s 53 hits include 21 HRs, mostly over the short RF fence. Nig Clarke, later to play in the ML, is perfect going 8-for-8—all home runs, collecting 16 RBIs and 32 total bases, all organized baseball records. Clarke is a switch-hitter but bats lefty against a righty pitcher, who is not one of the regular players but the son of part-owner C. B. DeWitt. Allegedly, at the urging of the crowd, the Texarkana pitchers lay it in for Nig in his last 3 at bats. He collects $185 from the appreciative fans. Two others are 8-for-8, including 2B William Alexander who has 3 home runs and a double. Manager Michael O’Conner is 7–for–8 with 3 HRs. Corsicana still strands 15 runners while scoring in every inning. Despite leading 17-1 after 3 innings, Corsicana steals 5 bases and “as was the custom of the day, took their last at bats even though they were the home team.” They score 8 more times in the final inning. The game is detailed in The Man Who Stole First Base by Eric Nadel & Craig R. Wright. This is the 9thstraight win since June 8, and it will culminate in a 27-game winning streak. It will last through July 5.

In Canton, Ohio, Cleveland loses to Boston, 5–2, before a crowd of 6,000 ringing the outfield. Balls hit into the crowd are doubles, and 10 are collected today. Buck Freeman has a pair. Here are capsules of games played in non-major league cities in 1902-05.

16th At the Polo Grounds, the Reds rattle Mathewson for 12 hits to beat the Giants, 6–4. Matty strikes out just one.

At Boston, the Pirates are leading 4–0, in the 4th inning when the Boston hurler attempts to stall by holding on to the ball longer than the 20 seconds allowed. The fans run out of patience before the ump does and they rush the field. A forfeit is called against Boston.

17th At Boston, the Giants lose two and also lose Libe Washburn for a month. Boston wins 6–3 and 13–2, while backup Washburn sustains a broken nose when hit by a pitch, He’ll miss a month.

22nd Cleveland plays its 3rd straight Sunday game in a minor league park, this time in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Cleveland beats Washington, 6–4, behind Addie Joss.

At Chicago, the locals tie the first place Pirates with a run on a hit and 2 errors in the 9th, then the two teams battle 19 innings before Chicago wins, 3–2. Kling singles and, 2 outs later, scores on Bobby Lowe’s single. Both pitchers hurl the entire game: Jack Taylor for Chicago and Deacon Phillippe for Pittsburgh. Honus Wagner wears the collar, going 0-for-8.

At Cincinnati, rookie Henry Thielman wins his 5th straight game, 7–2, beating the Cardinals battery of the O’Neill brothers: pitcher Joyce, as listed in the box score, and catcher Jack. It is the first loss in almost a month for the O’Neill battery (according to the New York Times). Thielman was acquired earlier in the year from the New York Giants and, despite his modest winning streak, he’ll finish the year at 8–15.

23rd  In a 7-2 Pittsburgh win, Wid Conroy and Joe Tinker get into a brawl. Conroy gets a 20-game suspension for it while Tinker gets just 3 games.

24th  Baltimore downs the A’s, 6-4, behind the bat and glove of Kip Selbach. The acrobatic left fielder grabs a sinking line drive by Hartzel in the 7th and starts a remarkable 7-4-3 triple play. He also drives in 3 runs with a single, double and triple.

At Cleveland, Nap Lajoie has a grand slam in the 6th inning, the third AL slam of his career, as Cleveland is victorious over the Browns, 12-4.

25th  A federal court judge rules that Brooklyn has no claim on C Deacon McGuire, who jumped to Detroit. Two weeks later, another U.S. judge denies jurisdiction to stop Lajoie from playing for Cleveland, thus ending the Phillies’ chances of regaining him legally.

The Phillies beat New York and Christy Mathewson, 3–1. The Quakers SS Rudy Hulswitt kills a New York rally in the 8th inning by tagging out Steve Brodie with a hidden ball trick.

Who’s the patsy. For the second time this month and the third time this season, Shortstop Bill Coughlin catches a runner with a hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane). Patsy Dougherty is the 1st-inning victim today in Washington’s 4-3 victory over visiting Boston.

26th The Giants use a triple play—6-4-3-2—against the Phils but still lose 4–1. The Phillies use a courtesy runner when their catcher Fred Jacklitsch is hit in the head by a pitch from Roy Evans in the bottom of the 8th. Feeling better Jacklitsch returns to play in the 9th.

Enticed back from the L.A. Looloos (California League), Rube Waddell pitches his first game of the year for the A’s, a 7-3 loss to the Orioles. Philadelphia is just 26-25, but Waddell will go 24-7 to spark the team to the AL pennant.

28th John McGraw returns to action following a May 24th spiking and picks up where he left off by tormenting Tom Connolly. The ump finally tosses McGraw out of the game in the 8th and when Muggsie refuses to leave, Connolly forfeits the game to Boston. Baltimore was losing 9-4 in the 8th when the forfeit is called.

New Giants manager Heinie Smith starts Christy Mathewson at first base against the Phillies. Matty has 13 putouts and an error in the 9-8 12-inning loss.

30th  At least he keeps the score in single digits. Jim Jones, Giants LF, throws 3 base runners out at home in an 8–0 loss to Boston. His three assists ties the ML record set by Dummy Hoy on June 19, 1889. It’ll be tied again in 1905. Christy Mathewson plays 1B and makes 2 errors.

Cleveland is the first AL team to hit 3 consecutive HRs in one inning as Nap Lajoie, Piano Legs Hickman, and Bill Bradley connect in the sixth off St. Louis, with all the hits ending in the LF bleachers at St. Louis. The last 2 come on the first pitch thrown. Jack Harper tees up the gopher balls in the 17–2 loss. It was last done on May 10, 1894. Game 2 ends in a 3–3 tie in 15 innings. Neither team scores after the 8th.