1915 June

1st The Braves Pat Ragan gives up two hits, one a scratch, in subduing the Giants, 7–0. Mathewson goes 7 inning to take the loss. The Boston Globe reports that Matty has been suffering from a sore and swollen left shoulder.

Joe Wood goes 13 innings allowing 13 hits but the Boston Red Sox prevail over New York, 4-3.

Brooklyn’s Zack Wheat hits a 2-out, 2 strike homer in the 9thinning to tie the Phillies at 4 apiece. His infield single in the 11ththen drives in the winning run.

Starting his 2nd game in a row, the Browns’ Bill James subdues the Indians, 2-1.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the traveling Red Sox stop the Yankees, 7–1. Today’s game is the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Sox. Ruth allows 5 hits and bangs his 2nd ML homer, a 3-run shot, again connecting off Jack Warhop. After his 2nd inning drive, the Babe is given two intentional walks. Ruth ends up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

In the 5th, Giants 2B Larry Doyle hits a long fly to RF off Braves P Bob Crutcher with the go-ahead run on 3B. Doyle crosses 1B and as the throw to the plate comes in, Doyle inexplicably catches the ball, and the runner is called out for interference. The games ends in a 10-inning, 5–5, tie.

4th  Tim Hurst, colorful umpire who was often in the center of controversy, dies at 49.

Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3–0 Detroit win, the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. According to Ty Cobb/ Charles Leerhsen, he preceded this by stealing 2B and 3B after singling. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s 2nd steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th, 1911).

5th  Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander loses his no-hitter, when the Cards’ Artie Butler punches a single with 2 outs in the 9th. Alex then fans Bob Bescher for the final out to win 3–0. He will pitch 3 more one-hitters this season.

7th  In a pitching duel at Boston, Smoky Joe Wood of the Red Sox bests White Sox ace Red Faber, 3–0 and knocks Chicago into 2ndplace. Each pitcher allows 4 hits and strikes out 5. Bobby Wallace makes his umpiring debut. Wallace had been discarded by the Browns and refused an offer from the Cardinals, but he’ll tire of umpiring after the season ends and return to the Browns.

8th The Brookfeds come from behind to beat visiting Baltimore, 5-3, as Fred Smith hits a 2-strike pinch grand slam in the 8thinning into the CF bleachers. Bill Bailey takes the loss.

9th  The Phils move into first place, as Alexander flirts again with a no-hitter, holding the Cubs hitless until the 7th. The Phils win, 4–3, in the 11th, beating Larry Cheney. Alexander will be 31–10 and lead the NL with a 1.55 ERA, 36 CG, 376 IP, 241 strikeouts, and 12 shutouts.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals collect 7 runs in the 7th inning as they hold off the Giants to win, 11–10. It is not the only loss: Owen Wilson has his wallet and $700 stolen from the clubhouse during the game. The trainer reports that he had fallen asleep there and when he awoke he saw a stranger who said he was getting a drink of water.

The 2nd-place Tigers paste the Red Sox, 15–0. With lefty Ray Collins on the mound in the 3rd, Ty Cobb swipes home, one of his 3 steals on the day. His steal attempt in the first inning cuts up SS Ev Scott, forcing him to retire. The Tigers manage 17 hits, including 4 by Veach. Dauss, with 6 IP, is the winner.

At New York, the White Sox pound the Yankees, 13–0, as Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 hits. Braggo Roth leads the attack with a homer, triple and single.

10th  The visiting Giants fall to the Cardinals, 13-2. Bob Bescher, who played for the Giants last year, hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Ferdie Schupp for the Redbirds.

Former Yankee manager Harry Wolverton, now managing the San Francisco Seals (PCL), is run over by his own car while he is cranking the engine and he is dragged more than 200 feet. Wolverton suffers a broken collar bone and fractured ribs, but manages the team from his hospital bed by telephone and telegraph. He returns to the team to take them to the pennant.

11th  The Reds finally beat the Robins, 1–0, in 15 innings as Rube Benton strikes out 14 and pitches a complete game shutout. Tommy Griffith’s double drives in Herzog with the winning run. Appleton takes the CG loss. Yesterday, the two teams battled to a 2–2 tie in 14 innings.

The Yankees finally beat the White Sox, winning 10-9. Yankees P Ray Caldwell hits a pinch homer for his 2nd pinch four bagger in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow Caldwell will hit another, but he is on the mound in that game.

Giants catcher Larry McLean, suspended by McGraw for 10 days, goes on rampage at Buckingham Hotel in St. Louis and picks a fight with McGraw and scout Dick Kinsella. McLean accuses Kinsella of inducing McGraw to suspend him and all three tussle with the burly catcher assisted by six rough companions. Kinsella smashes a chair over McLean’s head and the catcher runs out of the hotel and hops in a passing automobile. McGraw banishes the catcher saying he’ll never play for Giants again. Mathewson (2-4), unperturbed, beats the Cards in the afternoon, 3-2. McLean will be shipped to the Cards, from whence he came, on August 6th for Doc Crandall.

12th The Yankees stop the visiting Browns, 9–5, as Ray Caldwell helps his own cause with a 3-run homer, his 3rd homer in 3 days.

In a 7-6 loss to the Athletics, Detroit’s Ty Cobb swipes 4 bases for the second time this season.

At the West Side Grounds, the Phillies embarrass the Cubs, 13-0, behind Erskine Mayer’s 2-hitter. Beals Becker has a double and 3-run homer to collect 6 RBIs.

Weldon Wykoff allows 2 runs, one earned, in 10 innings of relief as the A’s edge the Tigers, 7-6. Cobb has four steals for the Tigers, giving him 38 on the year.

13th Whoops. Connie Mack waives Herb Pennock, his Opening Day pitcher, to the Red Sox for $1,500. Mack states that Pennock will probably become a good pitcher, but that the A’s have several pitchers joining the team who will help immediately. It’s doubtful, since the A’s will set the ML mark for most walks in a season (827). They will finish last this year and the next 7 years as well.

15th In the Tigers 2–1 win over the A’s, Cobb leads an apparent successful triple steal, but Young pops a bunt in the air and Cobb is doubled off 3B.

On Bunker Hill Day in Boston, the Browns manage just 4 hits and one run off Babe Ruth in six innings. Ruth strikes out 10 before collapsing in the 7th. Carl Mays relieves with one out and the Red Sox emerge with an 11–10 win, Ruth the victor. The Sox are now tied for 2nd with the Tigers.

Fritz Maisel has 4 singles and 6 RBIs as the Yankees beat the visiting Browns, 9-4.

Dixie McArthur, pitching for Grand Rapids (Central League) pitches and wins a doubleheader against Wheeling, WV.

16th The Giants score 2 runs in the 12th to beat the Reds. Ralph Stroud takes the victory.

17th  George “Zip” Zabel comes out of the Cubs bullpen with 2 outs in the first and winds up with a nineteen-inning 4–3 win over Brooklyn, the longest relief job ever. Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer scatters 15 hits as he labors 18 1/3 innings, only to lose on an errant throw by 2B George Cutshaw.

18th  Ty Cobb collects 3 stolen bases against Washington, all with a wild Joe Boehling on the mound. Boehling allows 7 walks and 10 hits in 7 innings while striking out 7. Bull Henry is the starting catcher, but he leaves in the first inning with a spike wound from Cobb on the front end of a triple steal. Buff Williams, his replacement, makes 2 errors (one paper has 3). The triple steal and two double steals—all involving Cobb—make the difference in the 5–3 Detroit win.

Jack Quinn, in his only 20-game season, coasts to a 17-10 win as the Orioles (FL) score 10 runs in the 5th against the visiting KC Packers.

In an 11–4 Chicago win, the White Sox try to steal 11 times against three A’s catchers, but are successful on just 5. The six runners caught stealing ties the AL record set last month, and the ML record set in 1909. Happy Felsch slams a 4th inning grand slam over the right center field fence to hand an exit pass to Bullet Joe Bush. It is the only four-run homer hit in the AL this year. Good-hitting pitcher Red Faber is walked four times, setting a since-tied AL record (Chuck Stobbs). The NL record is 3.

The Chicago Whales (FL) beat Buffalo, 8–0. Percy Dalton has the only hit, a solid single in the 8th.

Charley “Victory” Faust, 34, dies of pulmonary tuberculosis while confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane in Washington State. Faust was the “good luck charm” of the pennant winning Giants’ teams.

20th  In a 13-inning 4-3 win over the Phillies, Honus Wagner cracks his 100th ML homer. He is the first to reach that number. Wagner, who hit his first homer in 1897 for Louisville, now has 3131 hits, according to the Boston Globe.

Pittsburgh and Newark (FL) trade shutouts. Newark’s Clint Rogge throws a one-hitter to win, 2–0, and then the Pittfeds win, 3–0.

At Cleveland, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Indians, winning, 7-1 and 3-0. Joe Benz takes the opener as he gets support from Eddie Collins with 3 hits, Jack Fournier with 4 hits, including a pair of triples, and Buck Weaver with 2 triples. Jim Scott pitches a shutout in game 2 for his 9th straight win.

21st With the help of a 1st-inning grand slam by Guy Zinn, off Mike Prendergast, the Terrapins beat the ChiFeds, 7-2.

22nd Pete Alexander allows 2 hits in the 1st inning and none in the next 8 innings, but the matchup with the Giants’ Rube Marquard ends in a 1–1 tie.

Jimmy Smith puts the icing on the cake with a 9th inning grand slam, off Tom Vereker, as the ChiFeds beat the Terrapins, 11-4. It is Smith’s second homer of the game as he drives in 6 runs.

23rd  For the 5th time this month, and 6th time this year, Ty Cobb steals home, doing it in a 4–2 Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb scores when Sam Crawford hits back to Browns P Grover Lowdermilk, who somersaults after catching the grounder and sits on the mound holding the ball. Cobb goes from 2B to 3B, then scores from 3B on the play.

Philadelphia Athletics lefty Bruno Haas makes his debut against New York a memorable one as he walks a ML record 16 batters, and throws 3 wild pitches. He goes all the way in a 15–7 loss, his only ML decision. Haas breaks the record of 15 walks, set by Boardwalk Brown, before he was sold by the A’s to the Yankees. Haas will pitch in just five more games before ending up in the NFL in 6 years as a halfback for Akron.

At Washington, Walter Johnson fires a one-hitter to beat the Red Sox, 5–0. Harry Hooper has the only hit for Boston. In 1924, Hooper will again have the lone hit in another Johnson game. Chick Gandil is 4-for-4 with 4 stolen bases for the Nats.

24th With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Heinie Zimmerman swipes home to give Chicago a 14–13 win over the visiting Cardinals. St. Louis went ahead 13–10 but the Cubs score 4 in the 9th, highlighted by a 2-run pinch double by Zimmerman.

At Kansas City, the Packers (FL) pull off a 10th inning triple play against the Buffalo Blues, but the Blues score their next time out to win, 3-2. It is the first ML triple play in extra innings in the 20th century.

In the Red Sox 12-4 win over Washington, Harry Hooper scores 5 runs. Hooper has 3 hits and drives in 4.

25th In Boston, Ruth blast his 3rd homer of the year, off New York’s Ray Caldwell, and is the 2nd player to hit a ball into the RF seats at Fenway. Ruth strikes out 8 in pitching a complete game, 9–5, win, and adds a single off reliever Bill Donovan, Yankee skipper and his former manager.

26th Phillie ace Pete Alexander continues his masterful pitching, topping Brooklyn’s Jack Coombs, 4–0. Zack Wheat’s 8th-inning single is the only Dodger safety as no other runners reach base.

27th A 22-inning scoreless game takes place between Burlington and Keokuk (Iowa).

28th  The Giants sweep two from the Braves, winning 3–2 and 5–3. Mathewson wins the opener, pitching 11 innings to beat Pat Ragan. Art Fletcher scores the wining run in the 11th on an error. Matty allows six hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th by Sherry Magee. Jeff Tesreau is the winner in the nitecap.

Recent University of Michigan graduate George Sisler makes his ML debut as a pinch hitter. Sisler stays on to pitch the last 3 innings, giving up no runs, in the Browns 4–2 loss to the White Sox.

The Yankees purchase 24-year-old pitcher Bob Shawkey (6-6) from the last-place A’s. Shawkey will pitch 13 seasons or the Yanks, reaching the 20-game mark four times.

29th Led by Tris Speaker’s 5-for-5, the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 4–3, in 10 innings. Babe Ruth gets the win, going all the way before Sheriff Gainer pinch hits for him in the 10th.

In the 7th inning of game 1, Cards LF Cozy Dolan’s single hits his own glove in the grass behind third. Buc LF Max Carey hustles in and throws Dolan out trying for a double. (as noted by Clem Comly). Pittsburgh wins the opener, 8–6, and the Cards rebound in the nitcap, 6–4.