1912 June

1st The Giants get back on the winning track by hammering Bill Steele and a reliever for 16 hits to win, 13–4. Mathewson picks up the win, allowing 13 hits along the way.

Ed Summers makes a rare start for Detroit and beats the Yankees, 9-3. It evens his record at 1-1 for the year, but this is the last ML appearance for Summers, who is hampered by rheumatism. Summers won 67 games in his first four years, but just this one in 1912.

Following an 8-3 home loss to Washington, the 12-27 Browns replace manager Bobby Wallace with first baseman George Stovall.

3rd New York’s Rube Marquard wins his 11th in a row, clipping the Cardinals, 8–3. Batterymate Chief Meyers helps with a grand slam.

At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Reds top Brooklyn, 7-4. despite a triple play in the 8th where the batter is not even retired. Mike Mitchell hits a grounder to short with the bases full and the sequence goes 6-2 (force at home), 5-2, 4. (SABR Triple Play database).

4th The Phillies whip their cross-state rivals, the Pirates, 17-4, as John Titus scores 5 runs, Sherry Magee has 4 hits and a walk, Mickey Doolan drives in 5 runs and Otto Knabe drives in 4.

Behind the pitching of “chunky” (Chicago Tribune) Frank Lange, the first-place White Sox top the A’s, 2-0. Veteran A’s outfielder Danny Murphy shatters his kneecap on an attempted steal. He will be out the rest of the year and the injury will effectively end his career.

On Napoleon Lajoie Day in Cleveland, the player-manager receives a horseshoe of flowers filled with 1,000 silver dollars, a gift from the fans. His teammates chip in with $125 in gold. Nap then chips in with 2 hits and a sac fly in the 5-1 win over Boston. Vean Gregg allows 9 hits but strikes out 11.

5th The Giants take on the visiting Reds and whip them, 22–10, scoring 13 runs in the first 3 innings. Larry Doyle has 5 hits, including a double and triple, and scores 4 runs.

6th In Chicago, Walter Johnson takes over for Musser in the 6thinning with Washington ahead, 2–1, and holds Chicago scoreless the rest of the way. Washington tallies another 7 runs for the 9–1 win, awarded to Johnson under the practices at the time.

7th Mathewson allows 11 hits and 6 runs, but still defeats the Reds, 7–6. George Suggs takes the loss for Cincy, which now trails New York by 9 ½ games.

8th You want butter on that? In Chicago, the Senators score 5 in the 3rd and Walter Johnson does the rest, as the White Sox fall, 7-1. Johnson strikes out 9. Germany Schaefer pops off once too much for Silk O’Loughlin and the umpire tosses Germany for eating popcorn in the coach’s box (according to Deadball Stars of the AL. Retrosheet has no ejections for the Senators on this date, but Germany was not in the lineup).

9th In St. Louis, Red Sox rookie Hugh Bedient coasts to a 9–2 win over the Browns. Tris Speaker, the AL’s leading hitter, is 4-for-5 off Roy Mitchell, hitting for the cycle to pace the Boston attack.

10th  The Red Sox beat the Browns, 3–2, and take the AL lead for good, finishing 14 games ahead of Washington.

In the opener with the Giants, the Cubs top the league leaders, 9–8, in 10 innings despite New York’s Chief Meyers hitting for the cycle. The Chief is the first ML catcher to cycle. Heinie Zimmerman answers with two homers for Chicago. Chicago scores twice in the top of the 10th when Giants reliever Doc Crandall attempts to give Zimmerman an intentional pass with Joe Tinker on 3B, but Zimm drives an outside pitch into the RF wing of the grand stand for his second homer of the game. New York scores a final run to make it 9-8. Zim’s 14 homers will lead the NL this season.

11th New York’s Red Ames is the victory over the Cubs, 8–3. Mathewson relieves Ames with a 4–3 lead, and K’s 3 of the 6 batters he faces. Heinie Zimmerman argues a strike call and gets an ejection and 3-day suspension.

12th In New York, with the Cubs ahead 2–1 Rube Marquard is lifted in the bottom of the 8th for a pinch hitter, and the Giants score twice to take the lead. Doc Crandall finishes up and the Giants win 3–2, with the win awarded to Marquard. For Rube, it is his 13th straight victory.

With Chicago leading 8-0 after three innings, Sox manager Jimmy Callahan pulls starter Ed Walsh to save him for the Red Sox series. George Mogridge pitches the rest of the way as the White Sox win, 11-2, over New York.

13th  New York’s Christy Mathewson wins, 3–2 over the Cubs for his 300th career victory. The Cubs threaten in the 9th when Tommy Leach leads off with a fly ball that Beals Becker loses in the sun for a triple, but Matty retires the next 3 batters for the win over Cheney. The Giants take three of four from Chicago and have now won a ML record 14 straight series (one series was just one game).

Chicago’s Ed Walsh tops Boston, 3-2, as the Pale Hose score in the bottom of the 9th. Walsh drives in the winning run. He allows only 3 hits, a walk. strikes out 5 as the game is delayed an hour because of rain.

14th  “Deerfoot” Clyde Milan steals 5 bases, including home, in 3 innings as the Nationals beat Cleveland, 13–8, for their 14thstraight win, all on the road.

15th  Starting his third straight game, Ed Walsh lasts only 2 innings, giving up 3 runs   Joe Benz relieves in in the 3rd. Chicago ties it with 3 in the 6th, but Benz gave up a go ahead run in the 7thin a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. The loss leaves Chicago in 2nd place, a game behind Boston, and tied with Washington. For Walsh, this is the second time in his career that he starts three straight games, the only pitcher to accomplish that in the 20th century. Red Faber, in 1917, will start three straight games.

16th Smoky Joe Wood beats the host White Sox, 6–4, allowing 5 hits. The Red Sox ace is now 13–3.

18th The Senators, in 2nd place two games behind the Red Sox, return home to face the A’s, as President Taft throws out a belated Opening Day ball. Behind Bob Groom’s pitching, Washington wins 5–4, for the Nationals’ 17th straight win. After the game, Senator fans learn that Groom had a painful abscess between his shoulders and that pitcher had opted to have it drained rather than undertake an operation. The Senators’ 16 road wins is a league record until 1984. The A’s will stop the win streak on the 19th and 20th by sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Frank Baker will go 9–for–15 and drive in the winning runs in three of the victories.

The Pirates use 5 Giants errors and 7 hits off Mathewson for a 7–2 win over New York.

Mascot, 8, ejected and fired. In a Class C Canadian League the eight-year-old “mascot” of the Ottawa Senators is ejected for throwing a glove at a Hamilton player chasing a foul pop near the Ottawa dugout. Ottawa manager Louie Cook gets upset about the incident, not so much his mascot’s intentions, but his judgment. The Hamilton player had no chance of catching the ball, but the mascot caused the Ottawa batter to be called out on interference, and the Senators lose, 4-3. After the game, Cook announces he has “released” the mascot. (as noted by David McDonald)

20th  With no hint that a record is about to be set, the Giants coast to a 14–2 lead through 8 innings at Boston, then score 7 more in the 9th for a 21–2 lead. With most of McGraw’s regulars on the bench, the Braves rally for 10 in the last of the 9th, but lose 21–12. The 17 runs are the NL post-1900 record scored by 2 teams in the 9th. Another 20th century mark set is the 11 stolen bases by the Giants—four by Josh Devore in the 9th after singling twice—and 14 swipes by both clubs. Thirteen Giants score runs, tying the ML record. The Giants Ernie Shore makes his ML debut in this game and surrenders 8 hits, a walk, and 10 runs (3 earned) in one inning, the 9th, of relief work, but is credited with a save years later for Hooks Wiltse. It is his only appearance in the NL, as this shaky effort will send him to the minors for two years. Buster Brown takes the loss.

In a doubleheader split at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh’s Owen Wilson hits two triples in the opener, including one in the 10th with a man on to win, 6–4. He then hits another in the nitecap, a 5–3 loss. It’s his 5th straight game with a three-bagger. Wilson will hit an incredible 36 triples this season, a major league record.

21st Cleveland overcomes a swipe of home in the first inning by Ty Cobb to beat the Tigers, 6–2. Fred Blanding is the winner.

The White Sox host the Browns, pasting them 8-1 behind the pitching of Ed Walsh. Rollie Zeider contributes 4 stolen bases.

22nd Ty Cobb gets pinch hit for. With two outs in the 9th, and the Tigers down 11–3, Cobb is nowhere to be found, and George Mullin substitutes and flies out to end the game. It turns out Cobb is in the clubhouse showering.

They might be the Braves this year, but they’re still the doormats of the NL. The Giants fatten their averages today, beating Boston, 17–5 and 14–12. New York puts the opener away for Mathewson with 10 runs in the 7th inning, with Walt Dickson taking the loss. Matty has 2 of the 22 New York hits, while Merkle and Snodgrass each have 4 hits. The Giants score 57 runs in the four-game sweep.

The Red Sox beat the Yanks, 10–3, to complete a five-game sweep in New York. Boston scores 55 runs in the sweeping.

Chicago drubs the Cardinals, 10–2, behind Heinie Zimmerman’s 5 RBIs. The Great Zim has a single, two doubles and a triple.

23rd The Reds defeat the visiting Pirates, 12-1 stealing 7 bases against the Bucs. Bob Bescher has 3 and Rube Benton, the winning pitcher, adds a steal of home.

An article in today’s Los Angeles Times reports that “perhaps the most noticeable feature of baseball tactics in the East this year is the tendency to hit at the first ball pitched.” The article notes that seven of the first 10 hitters in the WS last year swung at the first pitch.

25th The Cardinals walk the plank against the Pirates, losing 10–4 and 19–3 to Pittsburgh. The Pirates score ten runs in the 7thinning of game 2 and are helped on offense with grand slams from Max Carey and Owen Wilson. Carey won’t hit another grand slam until 1927.

It’s a color war as the Cubs split a pair with the Reds, winning easily, 11–0, then dropping a 3–1 decision in the nitecap. Mordecai Brown applies the whitewash in the opener, beating Bob Keefe, and Jimmy Lavender takes the nitecap, decisioning Bert Humphries. Pitching for the Reds in the opener, Bill Cramer makes a ML record 4 errors in just 2 1/3 innings, in his major league debut and exit. Three are on wild throws to bases and one is a wild pitch for an error. He allows 6 runs, all unearned, but his fielding tickets him to the minors.

New York’s Rube Marquard runs his win streak to 17 games by edging the Phillies, 2–1, and beating Pete Alexander. The only run he allows is a homer by Bill Killifer. This ties the NL record 20thcentury mark set by Ed Reulbach in 1906-07.

26th Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood outguns the Nationals ace Walter Johnson to win, 3–0. Wood allows 3 hits to Big Train’s 4. Johnson fans 10 batters in the loss.

The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2–8), winner of last year’s opener, to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August, Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).

28th The Giants sweep another two from the Braves, winning 10–3 and 12–3 to run their win streak to 11 games. Mathewson wins the opener, adding a steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 4th inning when Rariden’s throw goes into CF. It is one of 13 bases the Giants swipe on the afternoon against Rariden (G1) and Kling (G2). This is the 2nd time in a month that a Giants pitcher has stolen home: Red Ames did it May 22 against Brooklyn. The Giants will steal home 17 times this year to tie the NL mark set by Chicago last season. However, Kling does tie a mark in the 5th inning of the second game by throwing out 3 Giant baserunners (Beals Becker, Dave Robertson and Art Fletcher) trying to steal.

In Chicago, Cubs pitcher Jimmy Lavender hurls a one-hitter in beating Pittsburgh, 4–0. Owen Wilson has the only safety, a single, while Lavender goes 3-for-3.

29th Rube Marquard’s NL-record consecutive game winning streak (20th C) goes to an amazing 18–0 as he tops Boston, 8–6, for New York’s 12th straight win over the hapless Braves.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees, winning 13–6 and 6–0. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap, his 2nd shutout in a row, allowing just one hit, in winning 6–0 in 7 innings. Sterrett’s single is the lone hit. In the nitecap, Hick Cady makes two hits in one at bat. His single scores Jake Stahl from 3B, but umpire Frank O’ Loughlin rules that Stahl was balked home. In Cady’s 2ndchance, he doubles. Yankee infielder Birdie Cree has his wrist broken when he is hit by a pitch from Buck O’Brien. He will be out the season.

30th In game 2 of a DH at St Louis, Joe Jackson ties the ML record with 3 triples to pace Cleveland to a 15–1 pasting of the Browns. The Browns take the opener, 6–4.