1911 June

2nd At Washington, the Senators double up the front-running Detroit Tigers, 14-7. Doc Gessler has an inside-the-park grand slam for Washington.

3rd  In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank “Wildfire” Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard, in the 8th inning, to beat the Giants, 8–4. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks’ five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte’s only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.

The Phils Earl Moore walks just 4 Pirate batters, but three come in the 9th inning and all three are pinch hitters, a ML record. The Pirates score twice in the bottom of the 9th to win, 4-3.

Led by Cobb’s 3 hits, including 2 triples, the Tigers beat the Senators’ ace Walter Johnson, 7–2.

4th The Reds roll over the Boston Braves (Rustlers), 26-3, setting a since tied record of 13 different players scoring. Four runs come in on Eddie Grant’s grand slam off Jiggs Parson in the 8th. Mike Mitchell collects 5 hits and scores 4, one of 8 players to score two or more runs. Boston helps by handing out 11 walks.

5th In Pittsburgh, Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 5–4, in the 10th, with the Phils winning run scoring on a fumble by Honus Wagner. Pirate Tommy Leach also helps the Phils by losing a fly ball in the sun that drops for a triple. Rookie star Alexander, pitching in his 100th inning, commits a balk, the only balk he’ll make in his career of 5,088.2 innings.

At Boston, the Reds beat the Braves, 9-2. Johnny Bates is 4-for-4 to run his hit streak to 9 straight in the 3 games in Boston. He has reached base 13 straight times. Meanwhile, back in Cincinnati, the team’s board of directors interview manager Clark Griffith on the team’s mediocre performance and gives him a vote of confidence.

At Chicago, the Giants jump on Harry McIntire for 7 runs in the 9th to win, 7–1. New York is led by Fred Merkle who doubles and triples in the big inning; he’s out trying to stretch his double. Mathewson wins for New York, to even the series at two games apiece and keep New York atop the NL.

Boston reliever Smoky Joe Wood strikes out a record three White Sox pinch hitters in the 9th inning to save a 5–4 Red Sox win.

7th  After 2 years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, “Turkey Mike” Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants, but John McGraw’s willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.

Donlin doesn’t play, but Pirates pitchers have the Giants hitting the ball on the ground all day. Pittsburgh has 55 total chances on a ML record 28 assists and 27 putouts. Seven errors help the Giants to a 9–4 win.

In the 7th inning against the Dodgers, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman and Al Kaiser both steal home—the only time in history the Cubs have pulled the feat off. Chicago will swipe home an NL-record 17 times this year.

8th The Cards chase Bugs Raymond and the Giants, scoring 8 runs in 6 innings off Bugs. McGraw is furious with Raymond, suspecting him of drinking again. He suspends him and fines him $200. A week from now, Raymond will turn up in Connecticut, making a lone pitching appearance for the hamlet of Winsted in a 4–0 loss to Torrington. Bugs will return to the Giants where he’ll be used sparingly.

At St. Louis, 4 Browns batters reach base on errors in the 4thinning, a record, and St. Louis beats the Red Sox, 11–5.

In the White Sox game against the host Hilltoppers in New York, pitcher Russ Ford hits Sox SS Roy Corhan on the head with a pitch (as noted by Retrosheet). New York manager Hal Chase allows Ping Bodie as a courtesy runner for Corhan, even though Bodie is already in the lineup. In the bottom of the frame, Bodie returns to CF, with Tannehill moving from 1B to SS. Pitcher Doc White finishes at 1B.

In a Mountain States League game at Huntington, Charleston beats Huntington, 1–0, in 11 innings behind a no-hitter by Niehaus. George W. Baumgarner of Huntington matches him for 10 hitless innings before giving up 3 hits in the 11th. Niehaus strikes out 16 batters and Baumgarner 14 batters.

9th Pete Alexander tosses 4 innings of relief to preserve a 4–3 Phillie win over the Reds.

At Forbes Field, the Giants keep their hold on 1st place with a 6–3 win against Pittsburgh’s Lefty Leifield. Christy Mathewson is the winner.

10th  At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Bobby Byrne steals 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning against Brooklyn. His swipe of 2B is on the back end of a double steal with Fred Clarke scoring on a contested play. When Brooklyn C Bill Bergen and pitcher Doc Scanlon argue the call with Bill Klem, Byrne sneaks to 3B. Doc Scanlon gets tossed by umpire Bill Klem and the remaining 8 runs are rung up against reliever George Bell. After Dots Miller walks, he and Byrne pull of another double steal. Up 8–0 in the 8th, Pittsburgh tries a triple steal, and scores a run on a throwing error. But no steals are handed out on the play. The final is 9–0.

Washington rolls by the White Sox, 18–7. Ewart Walker, father of Dixie and Harry Walker, makes his ML debut and collects a single, double, and triple in the win.

The Cubs trade C Johnny Kling, P Orlie Weaver, P Hank Griffin, and OF Al Kaiser to the Boston Doves for C Peaches Graham, P Cliff Curtis, Wilbur “Lefty” Good, and OF Bill Collins. Curtis (1–8), who began the year with 5 straight losses after ending last season with 18 straight defeats, will be swapped to the Phillies in August.

At Princeton’s Commencement day, a crowd of 18,000 watch as Yale nine beats the Tigers, 6–2.

11th  At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs crush lowly Boston, 20–2. Chicago is led by the slugging of Heinie Zimmerman who drives home a club-record 9 runs on two three-run homers, a 2-run triple, and a single. Zim scores 4 runs while Jimmy Sheckard scores 5 runs on one hit and 4 walks.

12th Rookie starter Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches the Phillies to a 8–4 win over the Cardinals.

13th Christy Mathewson (11–2) gives up 11 hits but still beats the Reds, 5–2. Art Fromme loses as Matty wins for the 19th straight time against Cincy.

Oakland (PCL) pitcher Harry Ables throws a no-hitter against Los Angeles, winning 2-1. Metzger scores the lone run for LA. On July 3, 1905, Ables threw two shutouts in the Texas League.

17th  The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins, 3–2. Cobb is held to an infield single.

Cards pitcher Bob Harmon allows just 3 hits in beating Mathewson and the Giants, 2–1. Matty allows just 2 hits in the loss.

18th Down 13–1 after 4 1⁄2 innings, the Tigers make up a 12-run deficit to stage the biggest comeback (since tied) in ML history, defeating the visiting Chicago White Sox by a score of 16–15. Ty Cobb chips in with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, as the Tigers score 5 in the 8th and 3 runs in the 9th. Cobb gets 2 home to tie in the 9th when he slides into 1B on his grounder to Lord with 2 on. Both runners score and goes for an error though some think Cobb had it beat. He scores the winner when Sam Crawford hits a drive over the head of CF Ping Bodie for a walkoff double. The Tigers use 18 players as reliever Ed Walsh takes the loss with Clarence Mitchell pitching the last two innings to win. The record will be matched on June 15, 1925 by the A’s.

The Cubs beat the Phillies 4-3 when, with reliever Earl Moore on the mound, Frank Schulte steals home in the 8th. The Phillies erupt in protest, saying the Moore’s pitch hit the batter Shean, while the ump contends that it glanced off catcher Pat Moran’s wind pad. The Cubs will steal home a NL-record 17 times this year, a mark tied by the Giants next year.

In Baltimore, Orioles manager Jack Dunn calls off an exhibition game with the Yankees because the New Yorkers failed to send manager Hal Chase and SS John Knight.

19th  At Detroit’s Bennett Field, Ty Cobb singles off Chicago’s Irv Young, then scores from first on a single. With his hit, Cobb equals Bill Bradley’s AL hit record of 29 straight games set in 1902. Detroit wins 8–5,

20th  Ty Cobb breaks the AL hit streak record with an infield single against Cleveland’s Willie Mitchell. It’s Cobb’s 30th straight game. He adds 2 stolen bases to help Detroit win, 8–3.

Pete Alexander pitches 3 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win in a 6–5 Phillies victory at Brooklyn.

21st Pete Alexander wins for the 2nd day in a row, hooking up with Brooklyn’s Doc Scanlon for a 15-inning operation, won by the Phils, 2–1.

In Boston, the Giants top the Rustlers, 4–0, with Mathewson allowing just 4 hits.

The first-place Cubs keep their lead over the Giants by pasting the Pirates, 14-1. Harry McIntire (8-2) earns the win as Chicago collects 18 hits off 4 ineffective Buc pitchers. Wilbur Good has 4 hits while Jimmy Sheckard and Frank Schulte each drive in 3 runs. One of the Buc pitchers is Ensign Cottrell, who gives up 4 runs in an inning in his first ML appearance and his only one in a Pirate uniform. He’ll play one game for the Cubs, A’s, and the Braves before the Yankees work him for 7 games in the next 4 years. He will and total 12 games for 5 teams.

23rd In an 8-7 Reds win in Cincinnati, Cards player-manager Roger Bresnahan is called out on strikes by Bill Klem to end the game. When Roger argues too long over the call, Klem belts him. Bresnahan doesn’t swing back and an embarrassed NL president Lynch will fine the arbiter $50 for the punch. Steve Evans has 4 hits, including two triples, for the Redbirds.

In a 3–2 New York win against the Senators, Highlander 1B Hal Chase makes a ML record 21 putouts.

24th At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, a crowd of 20,000 see Mathewson defeat Elmer Knetzer, 7–4, for a Giants victory.

At Boston, Stuffy McInnis hits a grand slam off Fred Hall in the 9thto lead the A’s to a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox.

26th In Philadelphia, Grover Alexander shuts out Boston Rustlers, 5–0. Phillies’ catcher/manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home. Dooin will play in only 74 games this season. The speedy catcher had broken his knee the year before.

27th  In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A’s Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter’s box to lead off and hits Ed Karger’s warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park HR while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan’s protests to ump Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of Ban Johnson’s new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. The A’s win, 7–3. Ban Johnson’s time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.

At Forbes Field, Johnny Bates hits a first-inning single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 24, but then he is caught stealing and ejected for protesting the call. His Reds lose, 4-1, to the Pirates.

White Sox ace Ed Walsh shuts out the Tigers, 3–0. Cobb is held to an infield single and then is cut down stealing.

28th   Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds, the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers, seating 10,000, were untouched, but the new double-decker seats another 16,000. Only 6,000 fans show up for the inauguration as Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers, 3–0, on 9 hits. While guests at the Highlanders Hilltop Park, the Giants won 21 of 29 games.

30th Brooklyn’s Baron Knetzer lords it over Grover Alexander, handing Pete and the Phils a 5–0 shutout. Alexander’s record is now 15–3 and the Phils are tied for 2nd with the Cubs, two games behind New York.

At St. Louis, the Cards hand the Pirates a 5–3 defeat. St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins puts the capper on the win by nabbing Max Carey in the 9th inning with a hidden ball trick. It is the second time this month he’s pulled off the trick, doing so on June 11.