3rd The Cards Stoney McGlynn pitches both games in a doubleheader with the Reds, winning a 1–0 five-hitter in the opener. The Reds then rock Stoney for 7 hits to win the nitecap, 5–1.
5th At Chicago, Christy Mathewson loses his 2nd game of the year, this one again to Three Fingered Brown. The Cubs scorch Matty for 16 hits to beat the Giants, 8–2. Brown has now topped the Giants ace their last five meetings.
7th Boston (AL) ships former player-manager Jimmy Collins to the Athletics for infielder John Knight. Collins guided the team to two pennants but was suspended last August after he left the team without permission. Boston buys 43-year-old Deacon McGuire from the Yankees and make him manager.
8th The National Police Gazette lists “Honest John” Kelly and Tim Hurst among its great boxing referees. Both are former ML umpires, with Kelly also playing and managing.
The Red Sox trade veteran pitcher Bill Dinneen to the Browns for Beany Jacobson and $1500. Boston considers Dinneen’s best years are behind him, but there is still some life left.
9th Throwing the only perfect game of his career, Weiser (Idaho) P Walter Johnson beats Emmett, 11–0. He strikes out 14, and the game helps bring him to the attention of the Washington Nationals.
10th The Philadelphia Phillies trade lefty Johnny Lush to the St. Louis Cardinals for Buster Brown. Lush was the regular first baseman for the Phils at age 18, the youngest regular in the majors in the 20th Century, before switching to pitching. Brown will go 9-6 this year in Philley, his only decisions, before he is traded to Boston in 1908.
11th At St. Louis, the Giants use three pitchers to beat Stoney McGlynn, 8–7. Mathewson, the 3rd pitcher, picks up the victory. Ex-Card Spike Shannon provides a key triple to give New York the win.
12th The Highlanders make it easy for the Tigers by committing 11 errors in the 14–6 win by Detroit. Shortstop Kid Elberfeld leads the bobble gang with 4 errors; 1B Chase, 3B LaPorte, 2B Williams, LF Conroy, and pitchers Orth and Hogg each add a miscue. Following the game, New York manager Clark Griffith gets into a fracas with a fan who was complimenting Ty Cobb on the game and is charged with assault. Griffith later argues self defense and receives a fine.
13th The Boston Red Sox play an exhibition game at Providence, raising $3,140.50 for Chick Stahl’s widow. The clubs and players also contribute.
14th At Boston, the Browns knock Cy Young for 3 runs in the first and George Winter comes in for the last 8 innings. The Sox rally for 4 runs to win 4–3.
At Pittsburgh, Mathewson is hit in the stomach by a Lefty Leifield pitch in the 9th, but the two battle until the 12th when the Pirates push over the winning run. Pittsburgh wins, 2–1.
15th Making his first pro start, Maury Kent of Marshalltown (Iowa State) hurls a no-hitter, but loses to Keokuk, 2-1.
16th In Chicago, the Superbas beat the Cubs, 11-1. Johnny Evers has 4 stolen bases for Chicago.
Portland pitcher Bob Groom fires a 1-0 no-hitter over Los Angeles (PCL), the first in franchise history. The game takes an hour and half. Groom has two of the three hits for Portland. Groom will finish with a 20-26 record for the last-place Beavers and lead the PCL in walks (158), hit batsmen (28) and wild pitches (22).
17th The Red Sox sign their 4th manager this season when Deacon Jim Maguire takes over for Bob Unglaub. Unglaub’s record was 9–20 after winning 4 of his first 5 games.
18th In a Giants 4–3 win, Roger Bresnahan is hit in the head by a pitch from Andy Coakley of the Cincinnati Reds and is given the last rites while he lays on the field. Hospitalized for 10 days, he will develop a primitive headgear for batters during his convalescence. Teammate Dan McGann is also hit by a Coakley pitch in the same inning (4th), breaking his arm, and will be out of action until the 1st of August. Possibly as a result of the wildness, Reds C Admiral Schlei puts on shin guards for the 9th inning, the first Cincy backstop to do so.
Detroit beats host Philadelphia, 6-2, using a 5-run 5th to beat Rube Waddell. Ty Cobb has a single and triple and throws out two runners at 1B from right field.
19th Miller Huggins, diminutive 2B of the Reds, leads off the game against New York with a HR off Christy Mathewson. The rare occurrence (he hits only 9 in his career) astonishes the home town fans and they celebrate by presenting him with a pair of shoes, a gold watch, a 5-pound box of chocolates, a scarf pin, and a Morris chair. The Reds win in the 9th when Larry McLean drives home 2 runs for a 3–2 win.
21st The Cubs top the Cardinals 2–0 as C Johnny Kling throws out all 4 would-be St. Louis base stealers. Three Fingered Brown wins his 10th straight game.
22nd At New York, the Beaneaters blow Mathewson out of the game after 4 innings with 10 runs on 8 hits. But the Giants claw back to win 11-10 in 12 innings.
23rd In Chicago, the Cleveland Naps down the league-leading White Sox, 7-5, and move a game in back of the leaders. Jiggs Donahue doesn’t help the Sox cause as he strands an AL-record tying 11 runners.
24th In a Tri-State League at Williamsport, a game with Altoona ends in the 4th inning when a bolt of lightning sets fire to the grandstand. Williamsport pitcher Vickers is so stunned by the ordeal that he needs medical attention.
27th At Baker Bowl, Mathewson and Hooks Wiltse combine to beat the Phillies, 2–0. Lew Moren pitches a fine game but loses. The Giants, playing .625 ball, are still 10 games in back of the Cubs. New York buys the contract of Larry Doyle for $4500 from Mattoon (Kitty L.).
At Chicago, Lefty Leifield tosses a 4-hitter as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 4-0. The loss snaps the Cubs 7-game winning streak and stops Three Fingered Brown’s 10-game win skein.
28th The last place Washington Nationals steal a ML record 13 bases off C Branch Rickey in a 16–5 win over New York. Rickey, acquired last February from the Browns, is pressed into service despite a bad shoulder because of the injury to starter Red Kleinow. Rickey’s first throw to 2B ends up in right field and the subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of 3B. In his 8 innings, relief pitcher Lew Brockett helps Washington with a deliberate windup, nine walks, and allowing 15 hits. Only pitcher Tom Hughes and 2B Nig Perrine are steal-less, while Hal Chase swipes one for New York.
Boston’s Jimmy Barrett hits his first homer in 4 years, a 12th-inning game-ender, to beat the Athletics, 4–3.
29th The Pirates top the Cubs 2–1 as CF Tommy Leach cuts down Harry Steinfeldt at the plate in the 9th inning. Deacon Phillippe is the winner over Ed Reulbach, who loses his first to stop a winning streak of 17 games over 2 seasons, 5 of them this year. The 17 straight wins is a NL record for the 20th century that will be topped by Rube Marquard in 1912.
At Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Cardinals, 4–3, in 14 innings. The Cards versatile Art Hoelskoetter hits his first ML homer, off Jake Weimer, but it is not enough. In 4 seasons in St. Louis, Hoelskoetter plays at least 15 games at every infield position, including pitcher, and another 20 in the outfield.
In a 12–2 win over Cleveland, Ty Cobb has 4 hits and two steals of home. Heinie Berger and Howard Wakefield are the battery. His swipe in the 6th is on the front end of a double steal, and it is Cobb’s first career swipe of home. He will have two steals of home against the Browns on July 5.