1903 June

1st At Pittsburgh, Christy Mathewson wins his 10th of the season, and his 4th over Pittsburgh, as the Giants prevail, 10–2. Ed Doheny is the loser. With the Cubs idle, the second-place Giants are a game behind Chicago. As noted by historian Gordon Hylton, in 2016, this is the first usage of the Cubs nickname (Washington Post) he could find in a data base of The Washington Post, NY Times, LA Times and Chicago Tribune.

2nd  With Honus Wagner filling in for ailing manager Fred Clarke, reportedly recuperating from a nervous breakdown, the Pirates beat the Giants, 7–0. Deacon Phillippe goes all the way, striking out 8 batters, including the side in the 5th. Wagner is 3-for-5 for the Buccaneers. Frank Bowerman is tossed out for protesting calls.

3rd Pirate pitching shuts out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row with Sam Leever applying the whitewash, 5–0. Pittsburgh scores their first run on a double steal, with Claude Richey on the front end. Richey tallies 4 hits off Joe McGinnity to pace the offense. Ginger Beaumont adds a HR to deep CF in the 5th inning, the same inning in which 3B coach Christy Mathewson is tossed for kicking dirt on umpire James Johnstone.

4th  Against Boston, Pittsburgh’s Kaiser Wilhelm throws a 5–0 shut out, allowing five hits and walking none. Manager Fred Clarke goes 2-for-4 in his return to the lineup and Wagner scores a run after going from 1B to 3B on a sacrifice bunt.

At West Side Grounds, the Giants shell Carl Lundgren for 11 hits in beating Chicago, 9–1. Mathewson allows 4 hits in winning easily. The Giants will win the next three with Chicago to move into first place.

5th  The Pirates rack up 17 hits against Boston’s Togie Pittinger and pitcher Ed Doheny coasts to a 9–0 victory, Pittsburgh’s 4thshutout in a row, setting a new major-league record. Clarke is 5-for-5 and Ginger Beaumont goes 4-for-5, connecting for his 2ndhomer in a week. It is an off day for Claude Richey, who strikes out 3 times, makes two errors, and is picked off base. For Pittinger, the 17 hits will help him set a NL record for hits allowed in a season (396). Togie will also lead in losses (22), runs allowed (196), earned runs allowed (136), home runs allowed (12) and walks (143). No pitcher this century will lead in as many negative categories.

The Boston Americans, led by Hobe Ferriss’ grand slam, defeat Chicago, 10–8, at the Huntington Avenue Grounds.

6th  In a rain-shortened 6-inning game, the Pirates keep their whitewash streak alive at 5 games as Deacon Phillippe shuts out the 6th-place Beaneaters, 4–0. The game ends after Honus Wagner leads off with a triple in the 7th inning, a hit that stays in the record books according to the rules.

In Boston, the Americans score ten runs for the 3rd day in a row, beating Chicago, 10–2. The scoring is helped by special ground rules instituted because of the overflow crowd of 10,000.

8th  Boston beats visiting Detroit, 6–1, in a game called after 5 ½ innings. Detroit scores its only run when Long Tom Hughes issues four straight walks. The win is Boston’s 11th in a row.

Pittsburgh’s Sam Leever shuts out the Phils, 2–0, beating Tully Sparks to keep the scoreless streak alive. It is Leever 2nd shut out during the Bucs’ skein of 56 straight innings, and he will lead the NL with 7 shutouts. Wagner is 2-for-3 and saves the shutout with a game-ending snag in left center of a line drive by pinch hitter Klondike Douglass.

9th  At St. Louis, the Giants win easily, 11–2, over the Cards. With the game in hand, Mathewson (12-2) is lifted in the 7th for Roscoe Miller.

Kaiser Wilhelm, the 29-year-old rookie for Pittsburgh, holds the Phils scoreless for 3 innings before they score a run in the 4thbreaking the Pirates’ ML record run of 6 straight shutouts and 56 scoreless innings. The Pirates score 6 runs in the first three innings off Bill Duggleby and win, 7–3.

10th Detroit SS Kid Elberfeld, suspended for abusing an umpire, is traded to the New York Highlanders for veteran infielders Herman Long, 37, and Ernie Courtney. The Highlanders’ first trade is a good one as “The Tabasco Kid”, currently hitting .341, will be a key ingredient in New York’s rise as contenders in 1904. Elberfeld had also been accused by Tiger manager Ed Barrow of deliberately throwing games recently as a ploy to get himself traded, and he had been suspended on June 2 for “loaferish conduct.”

11th  Following a win by Ed Doheny, Pittsburgh gets back on the shutout track when Deacon Phillippe throws his 3rd straight whitewash, defeating Brooklyn, 9–0. His batterymate Ed Phelps is 3-for-3 with a stolen base: as noted by Joe Elinich, Phils’ manager Chief Zimmer calls Phelps, “the best catcher in the game” and “a coming star.”

Joe McGinnity stops the Reds, 2-0, in Cincinnati in the opener of a four-game series. The Giants might’ve scored more but a 9thinning triple play by the Reds stanches the threat. It is Cincinnati’s 2nd triple play in a month.

13th At League Park, Joe Kelley’s first-inning triple is the lone hit off Mathewson, who whitewashes the Reds, 4–0. Noodles Hahn takes the loss. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for the Giants’ staff.

15th Following two rainouts, the Pirates notch another shut out when Sam Leever beats Chicago, 3–0, on his 3rd straight shutout. Leever allows just one hit, garnered by Chicago hurler Jack Menefee.

16th Against the White Sox, player-manager Clark Griffith tosses a 1–0 shutout to give the New York Highlanders their first shutout ever.

Phillies pitcher Chick Fraser hits a game-ending home run in the 12th inning to give the Phils a 2–1 win over the Giants.

At St. Louis, the Athletics beat the Browns, 9-3, and take over first place in the AL race. Rube Waddell wins his 10th straight for Philadelphia. Boston trails by a game.

18th Opening a home stand at the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson and Chicago’s Jake Weimer battle with Matty taking the loss, 1–0. A walk to Jimmy Slagle with the bases loaded in the 6th provides Chicago with the needed margin. It is Matty’s first loss in his last 10 decisions and it knocks the Giants out of first place. They won’t be in first the rest of the year.

21st In a Sunday match in Canton, Ohio, Boston outslugs Cleveland to win 12–7. Buck Freeman is 5-for-6, including the cycle, with 6 RBIs, while Nap Lajoie is 3-for-5 for Cleveland.

22nd At the Polo Grounds, a crowd of 19,000 is on hand for the twinbill with Chicago; Iron Joe McGinnity wins the opener, 5–4, in 10 innings, over Jack Taylor. But Chicago takes the nitecap, scoring 6 runs against Mathewson in the 9th inning to enable Jock Menefee to pick up a win, 10–6. Matty gives up 13 hits and 10 runs in losing his 4th game of the year.

In St. Louis, Highlander manager Griffith suspends catcher Jack O’Connor for insubordination. O’Connor, a St. Louis native, missed the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader and was on hand for the 2nd game but refused to catch saying he wasn’t in shape.

23rd  The Boston Americans take—and hold—the AL lead, as Cy Young beats Detroit and Bill Donovan, 1–0. They will finish 14 1⁄2 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. Donovan will complete all 34 of his starts to tie for the lead with Young and Waddell.

25th  Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt becomes the only 20th-century pitcher to lose two complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1–0 and 5–3. Piatt allows 14 hits in the 2 games while striking out 12. Pirate player-manager Fred Clarke takes a pitch in the stomach, and will take a couple more hits tomorrow. Pittsburgh now leads the NL by 2 ½ games.

At Chicago, the White Sox bat first against the Highlanders and the two teams battle to an 18-inning tie at 6 apiece. The two teams total 30 hits, but neither score in the overtime.

26th  Before the start of the Giants-Pirates showdown, Giants catcher Frank Bowerman starts a fight with Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke in the Giants office. While the cause of the brawl is unclear, Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss reports it to the NL offices and Bowerman is fined $100. Clarke gets no fine, but does take home a black eye. Mathewson then pitches his 5thvictory over Pittsburgh, defeating them 8–2, and beating Sam Leever. Sam Mertes, who jumped from the AL and will lead the NL in doubles and RBIs, doubles home 3 runs in the 5th.

Veteran SS George Davis, 1900–1901 Giants manager who played for the White Stockings in 1902 and was awarded to them as part of the peace treaty, gets the approval of NL president Harry Pulliam to play for the Giants. After Davis plays in 4 games, including today, for the Giants, Chicago’s owner Charles Comiskey gets an injunction preventing Davis from playing. On July 20th the NL directors vote that Davis cannot play for any team except the White Stockings. Davis sits out the rest of the season but rejoins Chicago in 1904 and finishes a 20-year career with them in 1909.

27th The Pirates crush 15 hits off Iron Joe McGinnity, including 4 hits by Honus Wagner, but it takes the Bucs 11 innings to cut down the Giants. In the Pirates’ next game, on the 30th against Brooklyn, Wagner will collect another 4 hits.

28th Detroit travels out of state for a home game—a Sunday match in Toledo, Ohio against the A’s. Chief Bender tops the Tigers’ Joe Yeager, 7–3, before a crowd of 4,500. For Yeager, it is his only start of the year and the last of his career. He has been the Tigers regular third baseman this year, a position he will play in the AL for the next five years. Pitching for Brooklyn in 1898 he was 12-22 and 12-11 for the Tigers in 1902. Yeager will be credited in his obit for inventing the squeeze play (as noted by historian Peter Morris).

At St. Louis, Cy Young shuts out the Browns in the opener, 1–0, pinning a tough loss on Red Donohue. Boston righty Long Tom Hughes follows with a 3–0 win over in the nitecap. Jack Powell takes the loss.

30th The Cards bunch 3 hits and a George Davis error in the 6thfor 3 runs and beat Christy Mathewson, 4–2. Davis will appear in just 4 games in 1903, all for the Giants, before White Sox owner Charles Comiskey secures an injunction to keep him off the field. He’ll be back with the Sox next season.

At Chicago, the White Sox jump on Boston starter Nick Altrock for 8 runs in the 1st inning. Chicago has 7 hits and 3 walks. Altrock finishes the game, a 10–3 Chicago win, for his only complete game in a Boston uniform. Chicago must like what they see: they purchase Altrock on July 2nd.