1916 June

1st Boston’s Babe Ruth tops Walter Johnson, 1–0, for his 2ndstraight shutout, allowing just 3 hits. The Sox get their only run in the 8th inning when Mike McNally scores from 2B on an attempted 6-4-3 DP that ends with a forceout only. McNally will set a ML record this year of playing 87 games without an extra base hit: Luis Gomez will top it by 2 games in 1975. Both pitchers strike out six, while Ruth adds a hit by pitch on Joe Judge. Ruth, batting 9th, strikes out twice against Johnson, while Walter, batting 6th, is 0-for-3. The Senators lose 4 straight to Boston and drop to 2nd place in the AL.

Behind Joe Bush, the A’s down the Yankees, 5-0. Ray Caldwell allows 15 hits, including 4 by Rube Oldring, who is 12-for-20 in the series. When Oldring asks for and is released by Connie Mack on July 1, he will go home to his New Jersey farm; the Yankees will sign him two weeks later.

The Giants conclude their long road trip with a loss to the host Phillies, 4-2. Eppa Rixey is the winner. The Giants finish this road trip with a stellar 19-2 record.

With the help of umpire Bob Emslie, the Reds double the host Pirates, 8-4. In the 7th, Reds batter Baldy Louden hits a long drive down the LF line that seemingly is headed for a double. But the ball bounces around a section of the grand stand that juts out and Emslie calls it a homer.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, the Giants lose to the Reds in 13 innings, 6–4. The Reds knock out starter Christy Mathewson with 4 runs in the first 3 innings, then score two in the 13th off Bill Perritt for the win. The last score in the 13th on Hal Chase’s steal of home.

The Browns deal Charlie Deal to the Cubs, where he will be their starter at third base for 5 years.

In the 5th inning of a game between Seattle and Oakland (PCL), Seattle makes 5 hits but scores just one run.

3rd Philadelphia’s Pete Alexander shuts out the Cardinals, 2–0. His shutout is saved when Dode Paskert makes a leaping catch to rob Frank Snyder of a home run. Lee Meadows is the loser.

In Cleveland, Tris Speaker drives in 5 runs with two triples and a single to lead the first-place Indians to an 11–2 win over the Red Sox.

4th Cleveland continues to beat up on Red Sox pitching, whipping Carl Mays and Rube Foster, to win, 9–3.

In game 1 of a PCL doubleheader sweep at Oakland, Bill Prough pitches 10 hitless innings against San Francisco. He leaves the scoreless game after 17 innings having given up 4 hits. Oakland wins, 1-0, in 18 innings.

5th At Boston, Chicago’s Heinie Zimmerman swipes home in the 4th inning for the only score as the Cubs top the Braves, 1–0. Lefty Gene Packard prevails over Art Nehf and helps his own cause with 7 assists and a putout at home.

In Cleveland, Babe Ruth shuts out the Indians, 5–0, on 5 hits, and has now thrown 24 straight scoreless innings. The Boston lefty is 2-for-3 at the plate.

9th  Walter Johnson beats Cleveland, 7–4, for a Washington win.

In Detroit, consecutive doubles by Bobby Veach and George Burns stop Ruth’s scoreless innings at 25. Ruth evens the score with a longest drive ever seen at Navin Field, into the RF bleachers. When Ruth tires in the 9th, Carl Mays relieves and loses, 6–5. Ruth is 3-for-3 at bat, while Burns has 5 RBI for Detroit.

10th  Pinch hitting for Babe Ruth. Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan sends Ruth up as a pinch hitter for Dutch Leonard in the 9thinning but after the count goes to 1-1, Ruth is pulled for pinch hitter Olaf Henriksen who bounces to the first baseman who cuts down the go-ahead run at the plate. But the Red Sox score two in the 10th to beat the Browns, 4-2.

With Tris Speaker going 5-for-5 with 3 runs scored, the Indians defeat the Athletics, 10-1. Half the runs come off reliever Cap Crowell, who gives up 4 hits in his one inning. That, and his 11 walks in his last appearance, will cap Crowell’s career.

11th In the 7th inning against the A’s, Cleveland’s Guy Morton ties the AL record by striking out 4 batters, all consecutive. Cleveland wins, 7–2. Walter Johnson set the record of 4 in April 1911, but they were not consecutive.

12th Pete Alexander beats the Pirates, 2–1. His shutout bid is stopped in the 9th inning when Honus Wagner lines a hit off Alex’s shin to drive in the lone Buc run.

In St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits a 3-run pinch homer—the first of his career—in the 7th to tie the Browns at 3–3, but St. Louis scores in the 9th to beat the Red Sox, 4–3.

13th Babe Ruth goes 5 1/3 innings and, with relief help from Ernie Shore, beats the Browns, 5–3. Ruth allows one run and is 2-or-2 at the plate, including his 3rd homer in 3 games.

14th Cubs spitballer Jimmy Lavender has his moist one working against the Giants, beating New York, 4–0. The only hit is an infield single by Benny Kauff. Mathewson takes to the loss, though all four runs are unearned.

15th Any more brothers? After losing yesterday in Detroit to Harry Coveleski, the Yankees succumb today, 3-2, to Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski. The Yankees rally with two outs in the 9th on Peckinpaugh’s triple and a single by Hartzell to tie. With a man on 2nd base and first base open in the 10th, Bob Shawkey throws two wide ones to Tris Speaker, then tries to slip a fast ball over the plate. Speaker hits it for the game-winning single.

16th  Long Tom Hughes of the Braves pitches a no-hitter over the Pirates, 6 years after pitching a 9-inning no-hitter for the Yanks, before losing 5–0 to Cleveland in 11. Today he wins 2–0 striking out Honus Wagner for the 2nd time to end the game.

17th The White Sox pound Babe Ruth for 12 hits, including 3 by Joe Jackson, in 8 innings and beat the visiting Red Sox, 5–0. The loss drops Boston into 6th place.

Heinie Groh hits a leadoff homer off Al Demaree for the game’s only score as the Reds beat the Phils, 1–0. Fred Toney is the winner.

18th  In Cleveland the Yankees roll over the Indians 19–3, as they score in every inning but the 8th. Every starter gets a hit including pitcher Nick Cullop who departs after 5 IP. Wally Pipp has a double and homer and 5 RBI, while Paddy Baumann and Lee Magee each score 4 runs.

The New York Times reports that a baseball league of Canadians has been started in London and that baseball “has aroused such enthusiasm its future seems assured.”

19th Former major leaguer Johnny Dodge, playing for Mobile (Southern League) is hit by as pitch from Nashville’s Shotgun Rogers and killed. Dodge played for the Phillies and Reds in 1912-13. Seemingly unfazed, Rogers will go on the pitch five straight shutouts after the fatal beaning. He’ll break in with the A’s in 1919 and compile a 4–12 record.

At Dunn Field, Home Run Baker has a 3-run homer in the Yankees 5-run 1st inning. He drives in another run as the Yankees hold on for a 7-6 win.

20th  Tilly Walker’s HR over the LF wall is the only HR the Red Sox will hit at Fenway this season, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win, 4–1. Walker had a homer at Fenway last September 24 when he was playing with the Browns. Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game, Boston SS Everett Scott starts a string of 1,307 consecutive games, all played at SS. He will complete the streak as a Yankee on May 6, 1925. It will be the best until Gehrig’s 2,130. Paddy Baumann has 5 hits for the Yanks.

On Orphans’ Day at Ebbets Field, the Phillies sweep a pair from the Robins, winning 7-4 and 9-3. Between games, 9-year-old Johnny Quinn climbs over an upper deck runway railing, and falls 25 feet to his death. After the game, owner Charles Ebbets declares that he will never have another such event at the ball park (as noted by Bob Gorman). He states that such days “were a great thing,” but “I cannot afford the mental strain of having them here in the future as the guests of the club at league games, when I feel that the responsibility is more or less on the club.”

21st  Rube Foster of the Red Sox no-hits the Yankees 2–0, for the first no-hitter in Fenway Park, beating Bob Shawkey 2–0. Harry Hooper leads the offense with 3 hits. Red Sox president Lannin hands Rube a $100 bonus and each of his Sox teammates receive a gold handled pocket knife engraved with the date.

At a soggy Polo Grounds, the Braves edge the Giants, 5–4, in 10 innings. Mathewson, in relief of Bill Perritt in the 9th, takes the loss.

22nd Brownie 1B George Sisler makes his final mound appearance of the year, a complete game 2–0 loss to White Sox starter Reb Russell.

Babe Ruth almost duplicates teammate Rube Foster’s no-hitter, allowing just 3 singles, two by Frank Gilhooley, in beating the Yankees, 1–0. The game takes 1 hour: 18 minutes.

Against the Giants, the Braves pull off a triple steal in the 11thinning, with Johnny Evers on the front end of Collins and Compton to win, 3–1. It is the NL’s only extra-inning triple steal; the AL’s only extra frame triple swipe will come in 1941.

The Athletics win the first game of a doubleheader with Washington, 4-2, to snap an 11-game losing streak. Elmer Myers (8-6), with half of the A’s wins, allows just 5 hits, but walks 10 including Ray Morgan his first 4 times up. Myers strikes him out on his last at bat. Myers will lead the AL in bases on balls with 168. The A’s promptly start a 4-game losing streak in game 2, dropping it, 6-1.

23rd Chicago pitcher Tom Seaton provides the edge by stealing home in the 6th inning to help beat the Reds, 2–1. The 2nd game at Wrigley is postponed.

Ernie Shore blanks the A’s, 1–0, on 6 hits, the 3rd straight shutout for Red Sox pitchers. Shore collects one of the 2 hits against Tom Sheehan.

Pitching for San Francisco, Skeeter Fanning fires his 2nd PCL no-hitter in three years, beating Vernon, 4–1. Fanning no-hit Portland on October 25, 1914.

24th The leading Dodgers sweep a doubleheader against the Giants at Ebbets Field, winning 6–4 and 5–4. Casey Stengel is the hero in the opener, going 3-for-4. Zach Wheat has 3 hits, including a HR, and 3 RBI in game 2.

The Red Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 3–2 and taking the night cap, 7–3, behind Carl Mays. Mays also saves the opener for Dutch Leonard.

The Cubs trade victories with the visiting Reds, edging them 6-5 in 12 innings in game 1. Mike Prendergast pitches 9 innings of relief for the win. Hal Chase has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, for the Reds. Cincy takes game 2 by a 7-6 score.

26th  The Dodgers split with the Giants, losing 11–8 before winning the nitecap, 2–1. New York takes a 6–0 lead in the opener, but the Dodgers score 5 in the 5th off starter Bill Perritt, then put two on against reliever Rube Schauer. Mathewson then takes over and George Cutshaw cranks a 3-run homer to give the Dodgers an 8–6 lead. Matty allows just one other hit and New York comes back against Duster Mails to win. It is Mathewson’s last major league victory. Benny Kauff has a pair of triples and a double to drive in 6 runs. During the game, police at the Polo Grounds and arrest three fans for not throwing back baseballs hit into the stands.

In a game with the White Sox, Cleveland players wear numbers pinned to their sleeves, marking the first time players are identified by numbers corresponding to those on the scorecard. Jack Graney, leading off for the Tribe, is the first batter to wear a number in the 20th century. Cleveland also puts up the numbers to win, 2–0.

At Fenway, the A’s Tom Sheehan pitches 4+ innings of relief to pick up the win in Philadelphia’s 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. For Sheehan (1-7) it is his first and last win of the year as he will finish 1-16.

27th Boston’s Babe Ruth allows 2 runs in the first inning, but settles down to beat the A’s, 7-2, while striking out 10. Red Sox infielder Larry Gardner is caught stealing 3 times, the 2nd time this year that A’s catchers have caught a base runner three times (New York’s Fritz Maisel, April 26). On June 29th, Lee Magee will be caught 3 times by the A’s while trying to steal, and not until Rickey Henderson, in 1982, will an AL runner be cut down thrice in a game.

28th  Rogers Hornsby, playing his first full season for St. Louis, has a 5-hit day, with a homer and 2 doubles. He paces the Cards to a 9–6 win over the Reds.

Cubs catcher Bill Fischer sets a major league record by catching all 27 innings in a doubleheader loss to the visiting Pirates. Each games is 3–2. The second game goes 18 innings before the Corsairs win it on Art Wilson’s homerun. Impressed with Fischer’s durability, the Pirates will acquire the backstop next month.

New York Yankee outfielder Lee Magee collects an AL record-tying four assists in a 9–7 win over the Athletics. Teammate Frank Gilhooley contributes four stolen bases, a mark that no one in pinstripes will match until Rickey Henderson.

29th In a 5–0 win over the Athletics, Lee Magee matches the mark of his teammate Fritz Maisel by getting thrown out 3 times trying to steal. Maisel did that on April 26.

30th At Washington, the Senators George McBride and Boston submariner Carl Mays yell at each other before McBride is struck on the arm while protecting his head from a Mays pitch. McBride fires his bat back at Mays and both benches clear. In the melee Sox catcher Sam Agnew sucker punches Clark Griffith in the face. Agnew is arrested on the field and taken to jail, where he is bailed out by manager Bill Carrigan. Charges are later dropped and in 1918 Agnew will end up as a Senator. Throwing salt on the wound today the Sox win, 6-1, leaving both teams 3 ½ games in back of the Yankees.