1908 June

1st The first-place Cubs fall to the Pirates, 8-6, as Veach scores 4 runs on 4 hits, including a triple and homer. Veach will lead the league in both triples and homers, the first of just five players this century to do so (Harry Lumley, in 1904, will be the next).

The first-place Highlanders trip Ed Cicotte and the visiting Red Sox, 2-0. Jack Chesbro allows just 4 hits in the victory. But the Highlanders, 20-15, will win just 31 more games to finish in last place with a 51-103 record.

2nd In an argument before a game with the Pirates, Heinie Zimmerman throw a bottle of ammonia that explodes in the face of Cubs outfielder Jimmy Sheckard. Only prompt action at nearby Cook County Hospital saves his eyesight, but the injury will cause Jimmy to miss 40 games and his average will drop to .231. Manager Frank Chance confronts Zimmerman and the two start scuffling before Cubs players pile on and separate the two. Zimmerman is injured in the melee and will miss a month of play. The Cubs lose, 12–6, and are now two games in front of Pittsburgh.

3rd Mathewson fans 11 in whipping the Braves, 3–0. Matty is 8–3 but the Giants are in 5th place.

6th  The Athletics hold first place for the last time this year. Tomorrow, the Cleveland Naps will replace them, and the next day the White Sox will take the lead for the first time. They jump from 7th to first in 4 days, as a 13-game winning streak puts them into the race, despite being just three games over .500.

At Boston, the Cubs win, 14-0, behind the pitching of Chick Fraser and Ed Reulbach and a grand slam from Johnny Kling in the 3rdoff Irv Young. Hofman also contributes a homer and Wildfire Schulte has 4 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson beats the Cardinals, 3–2, for his 20th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to June 16, 1904. Art Fromme takes the loss. Matty allows 4 hits and strikes out 8, including Joe Delahanty 3 times. He also walks two in a row, an unusual occurrence.

7th  The Detroit Tigers turn a triple play against the Boston Red Sox for the 2nd day in a row, but Boston wins, 9–5. The two tri-killings in two games are a unique ML-record.

In Chicago’s 2–1, 10-inning win over the Washington, Sox pitcher Nick Altrock has 12 assists to tie the AL mark for extra innings set by teammate Ed Walsh.

8th Iron Joe McGinnity rights himself and tosses a 4–0 six hitter against the Cards. Joe’s name had been in the trading mills.

10th In the New York Globe writeup of yesterday’s 8–2 Giants win over Pittsburgh, reporter Peter Morris uses the term cup of coffee in referring to a player “It isn’t often that Hank O’Day is caught napping, but a young player just getting his cup of coffee in the league put one over on Hank and Mr. Klem yesterday”. According to Paul Dickson, this is the first use of the term.

In St. Louis, leadoff hitter George Stone lines an inside-the-park homer to left field off Eli Cates in the Browns 4-2 victory over Washington.

11th In his first start since his February operation, Walter Johnson is hammered by the St. Louis Browns in leaves in the 4thinning. He won’t pitch again until the 23rd.

Vic Willis pitches Pittsburgh to a 5–2 win over the Giants. Mathewson loses his 4th of the year.

Fort Worth (Texas League) manages just one hit in 18 innings as they lose to Waco, 3-1 and 1-0. Frank Browning throws a one-hitter in the opener and Pep Hornsby follows with a no-hitter.

13th Chicago’s Three Fingered Brown pitches a 2-hit victory over the Phillies, with both hits coming off the bat of Sherry Magee.

In Chicago’s 5–1, 10-inning win over the Yankees, Sox pitcher Ed Walsh swipes home in the 7th.

The St. Louis Browns purchase land adjacent to Sportsman’s Park to build additional stands.

14th He’s got Moxie. Chicago beats the Yankees, 5–4, with a late rally that puts Moxie Manual in the record books. Moxie, pitching in relief, is lifted in the 8th inning and his Sox score to go ahead. AL President Ban Johnson will rule that Moxie is the winner, not the pitcher who succeeds him, this establishing a precedent about awarding victories.

With his White Sox in first place, pitcher Frank Smith, a 23-game winner last year, deserts the team and returns to his home in Pittsburgh. “Piano Mover” is offended by the criticism from Charles Comiskey and manager Jones about his work habits—he often skipped morning practices—and his drinking. He won’t return till late July.

15th With the Giants ahead, 7-3, at the Polo Grounds, umpire Jim Johnstone calls the match in the 4th inning due to rain. He had already tossed Dummy Taylor out of the game for showing up on the coaches sideline wearing boots. Dummy is fined $10. During the game, it is announced that McGraw is suspended for three games for language he used in a game on the 13th. When asked by a reporter if he cared to state the exact language he used which resulted in his suspension by Pullium who acted on complaints of umpire Johnstone, McGraw replied, “Willingly. I remember the speech perfectly. ‘Mr. Johnstone, you are a piece of cheese.’ I was very careful not to specify the brand nor to indulge in exaggeration.”

17th The Giants sweep two from the visiting Reds. Mathewson takes the opener, 2–1, over Andy Coakley, and the Giants take the nitecap, 4–2.

18th The Pirates and Braves swap Youngs: Pittsburgh acquires P Irv “Cy the second” Young from Boston (NL) in exchange for Harley Young and P Tom McCarthy. Irv Young, who averaged 330+ innings the past three seasons, will pitch just 175 this year, and fewer the next 2 seasons, his last, with the White Sox.

20tht The Reds win game 1 of a twinbill against the host Phillies, 1–0, behind Andy Coakley. It is their 3rd shutout in a row. The Phillies win the 2nd game, 7–0 behind Frank Corridon, but not before the Reds set a club record for consecutive shutout innings at 32.

22nd  Honus Wagner gets hit No. 2,000 in the 8th against Jake Weimer of the Reds, who wins 4–0 over the Pirates. Wagner makes an error when he is struck on the finger in the 1st inning. For the Reds, it is their 4th shutout in 5 games.

The Phils lose 1–0 at Brooklyn. Nap Rucker shuts out the Quakers, the 4th whitewash in 5 games for the Phillies.

23rd The Braves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, with the Giant taking the opener 6–3 and the Braves winning the nitecap, 9–7. Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity’s win in game 1, pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap, he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7–7, but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his 1st ML homer, against Patsy Flaherty, in the nitecap.

In Detroit’s 6–1 win over the White Sox, Ty Cobb starts the scoring by swiping home in the first inning with Ed Walsh on the mound. Billy Sullivan Sr. is the catcher.

24th  Charging the Highlander owners with refusing to spend money to build the team, manager Clark Griffith resigns. His Highlanders are 24-32 after being in 1st place on June 1. Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6–6 tie with the A’s. New York fades fast and will finish last with 103 losses.

At Detroit, the Browns Rube Waddell refuses to heel and whips the Tigers, 7-1. Waddell, known as an animal lover, ignores the two dogs that the Tigers have in the dugout and is not distracted when Tiger manager Hughey Jennings brings one out to the third base coach’s box.

Honus Wagner does it all today, smacking a home run and double, then breaking a 3–3 tie with an 8th inning single. He ends his scoring with a steal of home as the Pirates win 5–3 over the Reds.

The Giants sweep 2 games from Boston to move into 3rd place. Hooks Wiltse tosses a 2-hit shutout to win, 4–0, and Mathewson follows with a 7–1 victory over Irv Young in the 2nd match. Matty leaves after 7 innings.

25th The Cincinnati Reds debut two college twirlers, Jean Dubuc of Notre Dame and Bert Sincock from Michigan. Dubuc starts and Sincock relieves him. Unimpressed by the degrees, the Cubs trounce the pair by the score of 7–0 (as noted by Richard Thompson).

At the Polo Grounds the Doves and the Giants split a pair, Boston taking the first game, 14-10, on 17 hits, then losing 7-4. Peaches Graham has 4 hits in game 1 for Boston, while in game 2 Claude Ritchey and Harry Smith hit back to back homers in the 6th. New York also tallies in the 6th with 4 runners scoring on three bases-loaded walks and one HBP by Vive Lindaman.

The first-place Cubs win at home, defeating the Reds, 7-0, behind Three Fingered Brown.

At Brooklyn, the Phillies shut out the Superbas, 6-0. Kitty Bransfield hits a grand slam over the right field wall in the 4thinning off Jim Pastorius.

In a 15–0 win over Los Angeles (PCL), Portland’s Johnson has 3 doubles and 2 triples.

27th At Brooklyn, the Giants win two from the Superbas, 4–3 and 5–2. Mathewson preserves Wiltse’s game in the opener by relieving in the 9th and fanning the side. Matty then pitches the 2nd game, picking up his 13th win, beating Irv Wilhelm.

28th The 4th-place Tigers top the White Sox, 10-5, in Chicago. Germany Schaefer hits a grand slam off Ed Walsh for the Bengals.

30th  Cy Young’s 3rd career no-hitter is an 8–0 Boston win over host New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just one batter—leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 27 batters make out. Cy also tallies 3 hits and drives in half the Americans’ runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43. Young had a near-perfect game exactly a month ago.