1913 June

1st At Cleveland, the Indians take the 1st of 2 games, defeating the Browns, 6-2, to win their 9th straight. Left fielder Jack Graney helps with a unassisted DP. In Game 2, Nap Lajoie makes his first appearance in three weeks after being sidelined with hand injuries. He is 0-for-2 as the Indians make 6 errors and lose 9-3. Joe Jackson, hitting .450 to Cobb’s .452 (they are the only hitters over .400) is 3-for-8 in the 2 games.

2nd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the A’s, Walter Johnson serves up a 4th-inning homer to Home Run Baker as the Senators lose, 4–3. The A’s also win the opener, 9–4.

3rd At the Polo Grounds, the Indians score 7 runs in the last three innings to beat the Yankees, 8-2. Cy Falkenberg allows 4 hits and runs his record to 10-0. He’ll finish at 23-10.

4th The Cards peck Christy Mathewson for 11 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings, and hold on to win, 6–4.

5th  Chris Von der Ahe, 65, owner of the champion St. Louis Browns in the 1880s and 1890s, dies of cirrhosis of the liver.

The Phillies trade John Dodge and Red Nelson to Cincinnati for Beals Becker.

6th  The Yankees, on their way to a 7th-place finish, play their 13thstraight winless game (12 losses and a tie with Boston on May 24), losing 2–1 to Cleveland.

7th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally win one, 3–2, over the White Sox. The Yanks are now 10–34, having lost 17 in a row at home. They lost 13 of their last 14 (one tie).

The Cards and Giants combine for 26 hits with New York emerging with a 9–8 win. Mathewson, the last of 5 New York hurlers, picks up the win against reliever Sandy Burk.

9th In Chicago, The Giants score 6 runs in the 3rd inning, against Lou Richie and Lefty Leifield, and roll to an 11–3 win. Mathewson goes 8 innings before Jim Thorpe pinch hits for him.

At Philadelphia, the Phillies Beals Becker, acquired 4 days ago from the Reds, lines two inside-the-park homers, one short of the record set in the 19th century. His new team beats his old team, 10–1.

The Red Sox finally stop Cleveland’s Cy Falkenberg, who was 10-0 going into today’s game. The Sox win, 4-1, at Boston. There’s some good news for Cy when he receives a telegram that his wife has given birth to a daughter.

10th A bounce homer by Fred Luderus into the RF stands at Redlands Field is the difference as the Phillies defeat the Reds, 3–2. As noted by Rhodes and Snyder, Enquirer reporter Jack Ryder writes “the feat was thought impossible.” The ball bounced over a 10-foot high wall 400 feet from home plate. “There is little chance of another hit like that of Luderus being made on this field for many seasons.”

11th  The Browns end the A’s 15-game winning streak, winning 5-2, but Philadelphia’s 5-game lead over Cleveland will be maintained to the end.

Hooks Dauss is the happy recipient of a seven-run Tiger outburst off Joe Engle in the 2nd inning. The big blow is a grand slam by Sam Crawford. The Tigers roll by the Senators, 11-0.

With the score tied 5–5, Ivy Olson of Cleveland steals home in the top of the 15th for the winning run over the Red Sox. Jack Graney then steals home for an insurance run, marking the only time teammates would steal home in extra innings in the same game. Dutch Leonard watches on the mound for Boston. The Naps win, 9-5.

12th With runners on 1B and 2B in the 9th, the Reds Marty Berghammer lines into a triple play against Boston’s Dick Rudolph to end the game. Boston wins, 7–3.

13th The White Sox win, 5–1, behind the hitting and pitching of Jim Scott. Scott clubs a 2-run homer, his only major league roundtripper, off the Yankees George McConnell.

14th At Forbes Field, Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits, including a homer by Owen Wilson, but holds on to beat the Bucs, 6–5. Hank Robinson takes the loss. The Giants sweep the 3-game series.

At Chicago, Walter Johnson stops the White Sox, 8–3. Sox C Ray Schalk hits his first ML homer off Johnson and it will be his only roundtripper this year.

16th  The Cubs hand Grover Cleveland Alexander his first loss of the year after 10 victories, 13–3, cutting the visiting Phils’ lead to 3.

17th  Chicago beats the first-place Phillies again, 4–0. In the 3rd, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman is ejected for the third time in five days, this time by Bill Klem, who doesn’t like his hollering. Malcom Easton thumbed him on the 13th, William Brennan on the 15th. It is Zim’s 5th thumbing since May 19th and it will prompt a fan to send half a $100 bill to Zimmerman, and half to Klem. Zim will win the other half of the “split century” on July 2ndby not getting thrown out of a game for two weeks.

19th  Wilbur Good hits the first pinch-hit HR in Cubs history, off Grover Alexander in the 8th, but that’s all of Chicago’s scoring as the Phils win, 2–1.

In Cincinnati, the Giants defeat the Reds, 8–7, to sweep 4 from the Reds. Mathewson allows 12 hits but holds on to beat Rube Benton.

20th After New York wins the opener, 9–3, Washington starter Bert Gallia hits 3 of the first 4 batters he faces in the first inning of the nitecap. Three more New York batters are hit by pitches, by relievers Joe Engel (2) and Tom Hughes (1), for a record-tying six. The outcome is the same as New York wins again, 9–3. New York leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the record book when he gets hit 3 times.

22nd George Pearce of the Cubs stops the Cards on one hit, a single by Ed Konetchy. Pearce wins, 6–0, over Pol Perritt.

White Sox pitcher Jim Scott ties the AL record by striking out 6 consecutive batters in a 6–4 win over the Senators. It is the 2ndtime this season that 6 straight Nats hitters have gone down on strikes: Tom O’Brien struck out 6 in a row in April.

23rd Before 25,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants split with Brooklyn, losing the opener in 10 innings, 4–2, and winning the second game, 5–1. Mathewson walks none in beating Cliff Curtis in the 2nd.

24th The Giants tally 11 hits off Cardinal pitcher Dan Griner, but fail to score. St. Louis wins, 1–0.

25th In Washington, Frank Baker, a nemesis for Walter Johnson, cracks a three-run homer in the 3rd inning to key a 14–2 A’s victory over the Washington ace. Johnson will come back in 2 days to shut out the A’s, 2–0.

At Washington Park, the Superbas bang reliever Pete Alexander, scoring 7 runs in 6 innings, but the Phillies outslug Brooklyn to win, 11–8.

26th In the A’s double header pasting of the host Senators, 11–2 and 10–3, Nats’ catcher Eddie Ainsmith swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the opener. In the second game, the Nationals attempt to change their luck by batting first: it doesn’t work.

The Giants sweep two from the Braves, winning 5–4 and 11–3. Mathewson preserves the 1st win with 2 innings of relief, then starts the 2nd contest. Led by Larry Doyle’s grand slam off Otto Hess, the Giants forge into a 9–0 lead after 6 innings and Matty exits. Mathewson now has throw 21 innings without a walk.

Brooklyn sees Alexander for a second day in a row, this time beating the Phillies righty, 4–2, in a doubleheader sweep by the Superbas. The Phils win the opener, 5–2 and now lead the Giants by a half-game.

27th Washington’s Walter Johnson tops the A’s, 2–0, to start a 14-game winning streak. He won’t lose for another two months.

29th The Reds defeat the Cubs 9–6 at Redlands Field using only one ball. The Enquirer reports the ball was pretty battered. Joe Tinker pockets it as a souvenir.

.30th  At Philadelphia, New York’s thrilling 11–10 win over the Phils puts the Giants on top to stay and ends the dream of an all-Philadelphia World Series. Hooks Wiltse pitches the first 9 innings for New York before wilting, and Mathewson relieves. In the 10th, Buck Herzog singles off Pete Alexander and Matty wins his 14th. The fireworks continue after the game when McGraw, walking to the clubhouse with several Phillies, is belted and then jumped by several Philley fans. McGraw is cut up and Phils P Ad Brennan is identified as the instigator of the fight. After investigating, NL Prexy Thomas Lynch will suspend both McGraw and Brennan for 5 days, with Brennan also fined $100.

Behind the pitching of Eddie Plank, the Athletics beat New York, 6–0, and maintain a lead of 8 ½ games in the AL.