1st Women appear at the Polo Grounds ticket windows for the first time. Coincidentally, new ticket-selling machines are also introduced. Ticket holders today watch the Giants beat the Phillies, 6–0.
2nd Only 3 games separate the Cubs from the 4th-place Phillies, and Cubs owner Murphy again goes to Cincinnati for help. This time he comes back with Orval Overall, a 6 foot 2 inch, 225-pound righthander who is 4–5 for the Reds. The price: pitcher Bob Wicker, winner of 50 games the past 3 seasons, and $2,000 (some contemporary accounts have the Cubs receiving the $2,000). Orval will go 12–3 overall for the Cubs and will help pitch them into 4 World Series in 5 years, while Wicker will wind up his career this year.
3rd At Washington Park, the Superbas successfully challenge the Sunday Blue Laws by playing under a new voluntary payment plan. Instead of dropping money in a box, fans hand it to an attendant who seats them in the proper section. Brooklyn then defeats the Beaneaters, 3–1.
The Cardinals trade pitcher Chappie McFarland to the Pirates for rookie pitcher Ed Karger.
4th Unable to shake the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring, a frustrated Christy Mathewson throws a rare tantrum after giving up 4 runs to the Phils on 2 hits and 6 walks in the first inning, and umpire Bill Klem in turn throws him out of the game. Hooks Wiltse relieves and picks up a victory as New York rallies to win, 9–6.
Bill Coughlin is the 2nd Tiger within a month to steal 2B, 3B, and home in a game; he does this in the 7th inning against Washington during a 13–4 romp. Pitcher Bill Donovan did it on May 7th. Washington ties the game at 4 apiece, but the Tigers score 9 in the last 2 innings to win. O’Leary has a homer for Detroit.
5th With a 1 ½ game lead, the Cubs Three Fingered Brown stops the Giants on 3 hits and no runs while his mound rival Joe McGinnity allows 6 runs.
Doc White pitches a one hitter, as the White Sox beat the Athletics, 7–1. A walk, a double by Bris Lord, and a balk give the A’s their score. Rube Waddell takes the loss and also suffers a broken thumb on his non-pitching hand. After 5 straight 20-win seasons, the injury will slow Rube down to a 15–17 year.
6th Jack Harper, making his first pitching appearance for the Cubs after being traded by the Reds for Chick Fraser, retires all three Giants batters he faces, but is hit on his pitching hand by a line drive off the bat of the 3rd hitter, Dan McGann. Harper is lifted for pinch hitter Johnny Kling in the 2nd inning and never pitches again. Harper also pitched for the losingest team, the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. The Cubs, on their way to a record 116 wins, top the host Giants 11–3 scoring 7 in the 8th, with Schulte collecting 5 hits. Orval Overall is the winner.
The White Sox buy the contract of Patsy Dougherty from the Highlanders. Dougherty has been playing independent ball but will sign with the Sox.
7th The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity en route to a 19–0 cakewalk in New York. Matty gives up 6 walks, retiring one batter leaves after giving up a double to Joe Tinker. Iron Joe leaves after the 2ndinning. Jack Pfiester allows just three hits as he coasts to the win, the worst beating in Giants history.
In Washington, Rear Admiral Evans announces that as a result of the actions by Provincetown, Mass. Selectmen, who have banned Sunday baseball, he is moving the battleships Maine and Missouri and the cruiser Yankton of the Atlantic fleet to Rockport Maine for the summer. The selectmen had initially endorsed Sunday baseball and then relented because of pressure from preachers who denounced the practice. A total of 10,000 crew members are involved.
8th The Giants redeem themselves with a 7–3 victory over the Cubs, their first win in 4 games with Chicago. Brown, on short rest, gives up 7 hits and walks 3. The Cubs now lead by 3 ½ games.
9th A NL record 19-game losing streak ends for the Boston Beaneaters (NL) with a 6–3 win over the Cardinals.
Under threatening skies, the host Phillies take the field in the 8thinning holding a 1–0 lead over the Pirates. As the Pirates rally the Phils stop trying for outs, hoping that umpire Bill Klem will call the game and declare them 1–0 winners. But after 7 runs cross the plate, Klem declares a forfeit and the fans erupt. In two weeks the NL will instruct all clubs to provide dressing areas for visiting teams, so they do not have to change in their hotel.
10th The White Sox manage just one hit off Al Orth but still beat the visiting Highlanders, 1–0, on an unearned run. In the 3rdinning, 2 errors and a HBP score the run. Jones has the lone hit, a 6th inning single.
In Memphis on a scouting trip, Connie Mack says that Christy Mathewson’s ineffectiveness can be traced back to a ligament sprain in his last game pitching against the A’s. In the latter part of the game, Matty grasped his arm after unleashing a fastball. Mack said players on the coaching lines heard the snap of something resembling the crack of a toy pistol. Mack’s offer of $1700 to Memphis for SS Simon Nicholls is refused but Mack will sign him later in the year for $2,500. Nicholls will play three positions his rookie year, put together a 20-game hitting streak, and finish with a .302 average.
11th At Boston, the Boston Nationals Dave Brain makes a ML record 5 errors at 3B, and his teammates makes another 6 to help the St. Louis Cardinals post an 8–1 win. The 11 errors ties the NL record set by the Cardinals on April 19, 1902.
The Cubs beat Brooklyn, 8–3, as Frank Schulte hits a homer over the RF fence. Chicago will split the next 2 in Brooklyn.
13th Recently acquired Chappie McFarland makes his first start for the Pirates and shuts out the host Phillies on 6 hits to win, 3-0. Chappie chips in with three hits. McFarland’s fortunes will fall and the Pirates will release him August 1 for one appearance wuth Brooklyn.
14th The Brooklyn Superbas record 27 putouts and 27 assists in beating the Pirates, 6–1. This will stand as the record until Pittsburgh totals 28 on June 7, 1911.
The White Sox win their 3rd straight from Washington, 2–0, as Ed Walsh, pitching on 2 days rest, allows 5 hits. The Sox will lose to the Nats, tomorrow, ending their 7-game win streak. Sox prexy Comiskey hires H.B. Conibear, the trainer for the University of Chicago teams, to help with the Sox players.
15th The Cubs beat the host Phillies, 1–0. In writing up the game tomorrow the Tribune will call the team the Cubs (as noted by Irv Stein) a first for the paper. The paper had been referring to the team as the Spuds, a name pinned on them in 1898 because of the number of young players: the ball park was called the “potato patch.” (other nicknames for the Cubs were Colts, Orphans, and Recruits).
17th In another test of Sunday baseball in Brooklyn, Superbas prexy Charles Ebbets comes up with a twist—patrons will pay after the game is played, placing contributions in convenient boxes. ‘Nice try’ say the police who arrest Ebbets, manager Ned Hanlon, the visiting Reds’ manager Joe Kelley, and starting P Mal Eason. The case is dismissed as no admission was charged. In addition to the visit to the police precinct, the Reds whip Brooklyn, 3–0.
At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson appears in old form, yielding 8 hits in beating the Cardinals, 2–1. Jack Taylor takes the loss when 2B Pug Bennett bobbles Roger Bresnahan’s grounder in the 8thand a run scores.
19th At Cleveland, the Naps take a pair from New York, 5-0 and 3-2, and switch places in the standings as a result. New York drops to 3rd. The wins are costly though as Bill Bradley has his arm fractured when hit by a Bill Hogg pitch in game 2. He will miss nearly half the season. Hogg reportedly says, “That big Frenchman (Lajoie) is next on my list.” Taking over at third for Bradley is Jap Barbeau, at 5’5” the smallest man in the league.
NL directors pass a resolution urging all clubs to provide dressing rooms for visiting teams because the spiked shoes were causing damage and upsetting hotel managers. Even those teams that do comply, however, offer such primitive facilities that most teams on the road continue to dress at their hotels. Another resolution moves the batting practice from in front of the grand stand to the diamond. A third resolution is passed donating $500 to the Pacific Coast League, suffering from the damage caused by the San Francisco earthquake.
20th At Exposition Park, Honus Wagner clubs one of the longest hits in park history, but only makes it to 3B. Rounding first he is clipped by 1B Kid Gleason, and Wagner limps his way to a triple. A courtesy pinch runner, Harry Smith, scores for the Pirates on a fly. The Giants generously allow Wagner to return to SS in the game, a 15–2 win for Pittsburgh, but the injury will force him to miss 3 games.
21st At the Polo Grounds, umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning, but his fellow ump Hank O’Day goes one better, banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4–2, Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last 4 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9thand Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs, Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins, 5–4.
23rd At the Polo Grounds, the Giants whip the Phils 5–0 in a match that takes 1 hour: 20 minutes. Mathewson allows 6 hits in outpitching Lew Richie.
The Browns Harry Howell allows 11 hits in shutting out Cleveland, 9–0.
24th At Chicago, with one on and the Tigers down 2–1 with two outs in the 9th, pinchhitter Germany Schaefer calls his homerun shot (according to Davy Jones in Glory of Their Times). He announces to the crowd: “Ladies and Gentlemen, you are now looking at Herman Schaefer, better known as ‘Herman the Great,’ acknowledged by one and all to be the greatest pinch hitter in the world. I am now going to hit the ball into the left-field bleachers. Thank you.” Facing White Sox starter Doc White, Germany then hits the first pitch into the LF bleachers for a game-winning homer. He supposedly slides into every base, announcing his progress along the way. At second base it is “Schaefer leads at the half.” After sliding into home, he jumps up and calls out, “Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes this afternoon’s performance. I thank you for your kind attention.” Newspaper accounts confirm the bare facts but not all of Jones’s story. The loss drops the White Sox back into 5th place.
25th In Chicago, Ed Reulbach beats the Cardinals, 2–1, allowing one hit.
26th At South End Grounds, the Giants roast the Beaneaters, 6–4, as Mathewson wins his 8th game. The game is interrupted when fans charge onto the field after 2 spectators are arrested for gambling. The players “watch the exertions of the police who had to beat off many would be rescuers. . . “ (Chicago Tribune).
The Cubs Orval Overall allows 3 hits, 2 by Beckley, and K’s 11 in beating the Cardinals, 1–0. Buster Brown takes the loss.
In an Iowa State league game at Waterloo, Herbert Whitney, catcher for the Burlington (Iowa) Pathfinders, is beaned by a pitch from Fred Evans and his skull is fractured. He dies from the injury (as noted by Tim Rask).
27th The Giants take another from Boston, winning, 4–2, and moving in 2nd place in the NL, just 2 games behind the front-running Cubs.
30th At the Polo Grounds, the Beaneaters score 4 runs in 7 innings off Mathewson to beat the Giants, 4–3.