1905 June

1st Mathewson tops Boston, 8–2, scattering 11 hits in beating Irv Wilhelm. The Giants (31-9) are now 7 ½ games ahead of the Pirates.

2nd Red Ames walks 8, strikes out 12 as he toils 12 innings for the Giants. New York wins it, 8-3 in 13 innings as Donlin hits a bases-clearing triple in the final frame. He also has a 2-run double in the 5th.

5th Before 17,486 fans in Chicago, the White Sox and Naps battle for 16 innings before Cleveland wins, 4-2. The loss drops the Sox into 3rd place, 3 games behind Cleveland. Nick Altrock should have won in regulation, having scattered just 3 hits, but a dropped fly ball by RF Frank Isbell lets in a run. The Sox score in the top of the 16th, but an error by 2B Gus Dundon opens the door. The Naps get 10 hits in overtime. Also going 16 frames is WP Addie Joss. The Sox are playing without Ducky Holmes, who is suspended.

6th In a courtesy trade, the Reds send little-used (2 at bats) C Gabby Street to the Boston Nationals. Boston will only play Street in 3 games before sending him back to Cincinnati on July 30.   One of the games he plays is tomorrow when he sets a post-1900 NL record for most errors in a game (4).

7th At Pittsburgh, Mathewson beats Patsy Flaherty, 5–3, for the Giants. Matty drives in an insurance run in the 9th with his 2ndhit of the game.

8th  Red Ames, 22-year-old righthander, loses to Pittsburgh after winning 9 in a row. A surprise winner for the Giants, Ames will have the best season of his 19-year career, 22–8.

9th The Giants score 5 runs in the top of the first against Sam Leever, but the Pirates come back with 6 runs off Joe McGinnity in the bottom of the inning. Mathewson relieves in the 2nd but 6 Giant errors help sink the visiting New Yorkers. Pitt wins, 12-6.

The A’s lose, 3-2, to the White Sox, who move into a second-place tie with Philadelphia. Both teams are 4 games behind the Naps. The loss goes to Rube Waddell, winner of 11 straight to start the season.

10th The host Highlanders defeat the last-place Browns, 9-3. Rookie George Stone’s first ML homer, an inside the park drive in the 5th off Jack Powell, accounts for 2 St. Louis runs.

The host Athletics outslug the Tigers, 15–8, collecting 19 hits off two pitchers. Ossie Schreckengost has 3 doubles to back his batterymate Chief Bender.

13th At the West Side Grounds, Christy Mathewson and the Zephyrs’ (Cubs) Mordecai “Three Fingered” Brown almost matches Matty for 8 innings, allowing just 2 hits, but 4 straight hits in the 9th score the winning run for Giants, 1–0. Matty tosses his 2nd no-hitter and his 31–8 record and 1.27 ERA, with 9 shutouts, will mark his 3rd straight 30-win year.

During a 7–0 White Sox win over host Washington, Frank Owen of the Sox, steals home in the 8th inning. It is the second double steal of the game for the Sox against the Stahlwarts, and it is Owen’s 2nd steal of home, both against the Nats.

14th The White Stockings keep stealing in Washington, as veteran George Davis swipes 4 bases in a 5–3 win. Ed Walsh is the victor. The 4 bases is a club record that will be tied but not topped this century.

In one of the earliest example of using eye black to prevent glare, Giants outfielder Sam Mertes uses black circles around his eyes against Chicago. When he strikes out in the 5th inning, his teammates razz him about looking like an owl, and he rubs the circles off. In the 7th he misplays a triple and Chicago wins, 1–0 (as noted by Frank Vaccaro). Ty Cobb will popularize the fashion in two years by smearing patches of mud across each cheek. “An old Apache trick” he notes.

16th At St. Louis, Red Ames strikes out 10 and fires 3 wild pitches as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 9-4.

17th At Robison Field, Mathewson wilts in the heat, but Hooks Wiltse relieves to preserve the Giants, 7-2, win over St. Louis. Charlie McFarland takes the loss.

In Philadelphia, Eddie Plank and the A’s stop the Browns, 3-1. The only run for St. Louis is George Stone’s third homer in a week.

At Boston, the Tigers and Americans split a pair with Detroit winning 7-2 before losing 6-5. Sam Crawford has a grand slam for the Bengals.

19th  The Giants lose to Cincinnati when New York P Hooks Wiltse accidentally swallows a quid of chewing tobacco that upsets his stomach and his pitching. The Reds roll to a 17–7 win, the 8th win in a row for the Reds. In the 3rd inning, Giants RF George Browne chases down an overthrow behind first bases and is greeted by several bottles tossed at him. One hits him on the leg, and both managers and a “swarm of coppers” (Cincinnati Enquirer) converge. Browne will file charges against a fan, but when the case appears in court the only testimony is given by Reds President Garry Herrmann and the case is dismissed.

Cleveland clubs the Highlanders, 12–3, behind Nap Lajoie’s 5-for-6 hitting.

20th  A young woman sues the Giants for injury suffered when a foul ball hit her. Judge M. Laughlin rules that patrons attend baseball games at their own risk.

21st The Giants score 4 in the first against the Reds and Mathewson scatters 7 hits and coasts to a 6–3 victory. Tom Walker is the loser. It is the Reds second loss in a row after winning 8 straight.

In a PCL game between Portland and Seattle, second baseman Larry Schlafly pulls off an unassisted triple play, the first in the league.

24th  Chicago Cubs rookie righthander Ed Reulbach wins an 18-inning marathon duel with the Cards’ Jack Taylor 2–1 in St. Louis. Billy Maloney drives in Wildfire Schulte, who had tripled. First baseman Frank Chance has 27 putouts and 2 assists for Chicago. Three years ago, Taylor went 19 innings against Pittsburgh.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat Boston, 2–1, in 12 innings, with Mathewson getting the win. With 2 outs in the 12th, Matty hits a fly ball to CF Rip Cannell, who drops the ball. Catcher Frank Bowerman, on 1B, chugs around with the winning run. Irv Young is the unfortunate loser.

25th  At West Side Grounds, light-hitting Billy Maloney hits a grand slam in the nine-run fifth inning for the Cubs as they roll to an 18-2 victory over the Reds. Jack Harper, who won 23 games last year for Cincy, serves up the homer and takes the loss.

29th At Brooklyn, the Giants tally 7 runs in the first 3 innings off Mal Eason to coast to an 11–1 victory. Mathewson leaves after 5 innings of shutout ball, and Claude Eason tosses the last 4 innings. Dan McGann paces the offense with a triple and homer, while Moonlight Graham, in his only game in the majors, takes over in right field as a late inning replacement. Graham will have no at-bats but will be made famous in W. P. Kinsella’s Field of Dreams.

30th  Nap Lajoie is sidelined by blood poisoning from neglect of a spike wound. He will play in only 65 games, losing a chance to lead the AL in batting for the 5th straight year.

At New York, Eddie Plank is removed with no outs in the 9thinning and the A’s leading 7–4. Rube Waddell comes in and retires the side to preserve the A’s victory.