1909 June

1st At Philadelphia, the 2nd place A’s and the 4th place Red Sox split a pair, each winning, 1–0. Harry Krause, who will lead the AL in ERA with 1.39, wins the opener for Philadelphia, beating Jack Ryan. The A’s score with 2 outs in the 9th to win. It’s one of 7 shutouts Krause will throw this year. Fred Burchell returns the favor in the nitecap, beating Eddie Plank as the Sox score their lone run of the day in the 8th. Boston CF Tris Speaker pulls off an unassisted DP in game 2, the first of a ML record 6 he’ll make. He’ll do it again next April. Speaker will lead the AL outfielders this year with 12 double plays, the first of 6 season he’ll lead the AL flycatchers in this category.

3rd Down 8-1 to the last place Doves, Pittsburgh storms back with a six-run 4th inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Honus Wagner off Al Mattern. The first-place Pirates prevail, 9-8.

5th  St. Louis admirers give Roger Bresnahan a diamond ring and give the rest of the team silk umbrellas, then Cardinal errors give the Giants 6 runs and the game, 8–7. John McGraw and Larry Doyle are tossed by umpire Charlie Criger.

The Red Sox ship off pitcher Cy Morgan one day after he turns gun shy on a tag at the plate on Ty Cobb. The Sox get pitcher Biff Schlitzer in exchange. Cobb, on 2B when Morgan tossed a wild pitch, never slowed rounding 3B and headed home. Morgan had the ball in plenty of time for the tag at home, but preferred to stand aside and execute a Veronica instead of blocking the plate. Cobb easily avoided the tag.

7th The Phillies bring back INF Joe Ward for a 2nd tour of duty, buying him from the Yankees.

8th  At Chicago, the Cubs score two runs off Mathewson in the first inning with the help of two errors, but tally just one hit in the next 8 innings. Matty emerges with a 3–2 win over Three Fingered Brown, his first win against Brown since 1903.

San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) hurler Cack Henley tosses a 24-inning 1–0 shutout over Oakland, surrendering only 9 hits and one walk in the 3-hour and 35-minute contest. Jimmy Wiggs matches Henley for 23 frames before Nick Williams drives home the winner with a single in the 24th. In the only other game scheduled in the league, Portland and Sacramento play an 18-inning 1–1 tie.

9th Benjamin Shibe, of Bala, Pennsylvania, obtains a patent for a cork-center baseball. Spalding will license the idea and manufacturer a ball.

The Red Sox edge the Browns, 3–2, scoring the winning run in the 8th inning. Ed Cicotte, relieving for Jack Ryan, pitches the last 3 innings for the victory. (In most record books, Cicotte is erroneously listed as pitching just one inning and is credited with a save. Researcher Dix Tourangeau noted the error).

10th  George Mullin’s winning streak reaches 11 with a 2–1 win over New York. On the 15th, he will finally lose to the Athletics 5–4.

11th At the West Side Grounds, Boston wins over Chicago, 4–2, for their only win against the Cubs this year. Rookie Kirby “Red” White walks in a run but at the plate drives in two Doves with a triple. Boston will go 1–21 against the Cubs and 1-20 versus the Pirates.

12th At Cincinnati, the Giants edge the Reds, 2–0, as Mathewson bests Bob Ewing. The Reds manage 4 hits off Matty.

16th  New York’s Christy Mathewson capsizes the Pirates, 8–2, ending Pittsburgh’s 14-game win streak. The Pirates garner 10 hits off Matty, Lefty Leifield is peppered by the Giants.

Jim Thorpe makes his baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (Eastern Carolina League) with a 4–2 win over Raleigh. It is the professional play in this year that will cause him to lose the medals he’ll win in the 1912 Olympics.

At Philadelphia, Chief Bender and the A’s beat Detroit, 5-4, handing George Mullin his first loss after 11 straight wins.

18th At Cincinnati’s “Palace of the Fans” a night game is played between a local amateur team and one from Newport, Kentucky. The lighting is provided by George Cahill who is moving from city to city demonstrating his lighting system on five towers.

19th  Walter Johnson has a strange day beating the New York Highlanders, 7–4. He gives up just 3 hits, but is unusually wild, issuing 7 walks, uncorking 4 wild pitches, and hitting one batter, while fanning 10.

The Phils make only 2 hits but beat the Reds, 2–0.

Boston Doves co-owner and president George Dovey, 48, dies suddenly while on a scouting trip in Ohio. His brother John takes over the presidency.

An exhibition night game featuring two amateur teams is played in the Reds’ park before 3,000 spectators, including the Cincinnati and Philadelphia teams, which had played there earlier. The hometown Elks win, 8–5.

20th  Cleveland and Chicago exchange shutouts, with Ed Walsh winning the first, 4-0, on a one-hitter. Terry Turner’s safety is the lone hit. Heinie Berger wins for Cleveland in game 2, 5-0.

22nd  The Detroit club buys the rest of the vacant Bennett Field grounds as the site for a new park.

The National League postpones its games for today because of the funeral of George Dovey, co-owner of the Boston Nationals with his brother John. Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss is one of the honorary pall bearers for the funeral in Philadelphia.

Christy Mathewson pitches 4 innings for the Bucknell alumni against the varsity, as the undergrads win, 13–12. Matty also plays 3B and chips in with 3 hits.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4–4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston, the Giants score a run for the 5–4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11–1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4–1 lead, and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way, The official scorer awards the game to Christy. In game 1, shortstop Bill Dahlen is ejected in the 8th for arguing a play at 3B and Jack Coffey, lately of Fordham University where he teamed with future Cardinal Frankie Spellman at 2nd, takes over. Coffey’s error in the 9th allows the winning run. Coffey makes another error but scores the only run in game 2.

Frank Browning of San Francisco wins his 5th in a row on his way to setting a PCL record of 16 wins in a row. Browning beats Los Angeles, 5-4, in 19 innings, pinning the loss on starter Walter Nagle. It will be Nagle who stops Browning’s skein on August 15.

24th At Philadelphia, the Highlander’s Birdie Cree hits his first ML homer, off Cy Morgan, as New York beats the A’s, 5-3. The homer is the first ever hit out of Shibe Park by a right handed hitter. Cree later recalls, “I drove that ball over the right field wall and into Matt Kilroy’s saloon on the corner of Twentieth Street and Lehigh Avenue. I know it bounced into the barroom because that is where I got the ball. I still have it.” (as noted by historian Paul Sallee)

25th The Giant sweep their 3rd DH in a row, beating Brooklyn 4–2 and 9–1. Hooks Wilts wins the opener and Mathewson takes the nitecap, leaving after 5 innings with a 7–0 lead.

The Cubs beat Cincinnati, 7-0, with Mordecai Brown tossing the shutout over Jean Dubuc. Brown has not lost to the Reds since 1906 and will end a streak of 13 straight victories on September 14.

26th In Detroit, the Tigers bid a fond goodbye to the Browns by whipping them and Rube Waddell, 6-2. It is the 8th straight game between the two teams, in St. Louis and Detroit, and the Tigers win all eight.

Chicago’s Ed Reulbach stops the Reds, 4-0, allowing just one hit, a 3rd inning grounder by Mike Mowrey that bounces off the pitcher’s mitt.

28th Phillies president Israel Durham dies four months after taking over the team.

29th Pitching against the Yankees in game 1, Walter Johnson gives up a solo homer to Ray Demmitt in the 7th, the first home run he’s allowed since his debut in 1907, Demmitt’s shot is the only score for New York, as Johnson beats them, 3-1, for the 2nd time in 10 days. New York rallies in game 2 for an 11-3 victory.

Playing their last game in Exposition Park, the Pirates score 4 runs in the first inning off Mordecai Brown and sail to an 8–1 win over Chicago. Lefty Leifield is the winner. Tomorrow, the Pirates will move to Forbes Field, named after British General John Forbes, who captured Ft. Duquesne during the French and Indian Wars.

In Boston, Harry Krause stops the Red Sox on 5 hits as the A’s thump Boston, 9-0. Boston also loses Jack Thoney who snaps a bone in his leg sliding in to first base (New York Times). He’ll be out most of the season.

30th  Chicago’s Ed Reulbach spoils Pittsburgh’s dedication of Forbes Field before 30,338, allowing 3 hits and beating Vic Willis, 3–2. A parade of old-time players precedes the game. The Pirates will draw 98,000 fans, including 41,000 on July 5, in their first five home games.

At Washington Park, the Superbas gaff the Giants, 7–2, beating Hooks Wiltse in the opener. The Giants come back in the nitecap, 3–0, behind Mathewson. Matty strikes out 9 and allows 4 hits.