1918 June

1st  Losing 5–3 against the Yankees, the White Sox load the bases in the 8th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to 3B Frank Baker, who turns it into a triple play. Yankees win, 6–3.

2nd At Washington, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby and Walter Johnson square off, and both are there 11 innings later when Cleveland pushes over a 2-out score to win, 1–0.

3rd  Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating the Tigers’ all right-handed lineup in Detroit 5–0, and allowing just a first-inning walk. Babe Ruth, playing CF for the first time in his career, slugs a first-inning HR, his 2nd in 2 days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the 9th and fouls out.

Washington scores in the top of the 9th to beat Cleveland, 3-2, with the win going to Walter Johnson in relief. Eddie Foster is 0-for-4 against Coveleski to stop his 21-game hitting streak.

The A’s Vean Gregg fires a one-hitter to beat the Browns, 2-1. Catcher Les Nunamaker has the only safety, a single.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals outslug the Dodgers, 15–12, in 10 innings. But the Dodgers play the game under protest after a 6thinning run by Doug Baird is allowed by umpire Cy Rigler. the baserunner Baird passes 3B, reverses himself to head for 2B, reverses again and scores by cutting across the diamond. The NL will uphold the protest, erasing today’s game and Zach Wheat’s 0-for-5 at the plate. This, plus the Reds’ protested game of April 29, will give Wheat the batting title over Edd Roush .335 to .333. This is the latest game in which the results of a completed game are thrown out.

4th Washington’s Jim Shaw wins his own game, 3–1, with a bases-loaded triple in the 5th against Cleveland. However, Shaw injures his leg sliding into 3B on the hit and reliever Doc Ayres finishes up for him.

For the second day in a row, umpire Cy Rigler figures into the scoring of the Cardinals-Robins game at Ebbets Field. With the score locked at one apiece at the end of 12 innings, St. Louis plates 7 runs in the 13th to win, 8-1. Marty Kavanagh’s bases-loaded line drive down the third base line is ruled fair by Rigler, but the Brooklyn players make no attempt to run it down, contending it was foul. Kavanagh ends up with a grand slam. Dozens of irate fans storm the field to get at Rigler, who is surrounded by players protecting him. Kavanagh’s last homer, hit for Cleveland in 1916, was also a controversial grand slam. It was a ground ball over third base that rolled under a screen in left field. Kavanagh, just purchased from Cleveland, will play in just eight games for the Cards before being sold to the Tigers in August.

5th  The Giants score 3 in the 9th to beat Pittsburgh, 4–3, and move into first place. With Wilbur Cooper on the mound, Jim Thorpe caps the scoring with a game-ending steal of home. It is the second walkoff steal of home in two weeks (as noted by Jan Larson).

Babe Ruth homers in his 4th straight game, tying the record set by Bill Bradley in 1902, but the Babe’s Red Sox lose to the Indians in 10 innings, 5-4. Tired starter Bullet Joe Bush takes the loss. (as noted by Tom Ruane) It was initially reported that Ruth had topped the record set by Yankee’s pitcher Ray Caldwell in 1916 when he homered in three straight games.

6th In Brooklyn, the ever-popular Casey Stengel, now a Pirate after being traded by Brooklyn in January, is good-naturedly applauded when he comes to bat in the 7th inning. He calls time, doffs his cap in response, and to everyone’s delight releases an “irate but much relieved” sparrow he had hidden there. Brooklyn wins, 1–0, when Hy Myers scores from 3rd on double steal. This famous anecdote has been reported in some books as having occurred on May 25, 1919.

The Red Sox top the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings, with the Babe in LF going hitless and ending his streak of a homer in each of the last 4 games. Jones is the CG winner over reliever Jim Bagby.

Washington coach Nick Altrock, who last won a game in 1909, picks up a 3-2 victory against the Tigers, going 7 1/3 innings. The game is called after 8 innings. The 42-year-old Altrock will go 1-2 this year in three appearances.

7th The Indians club six Red Sox pitchers for 13 hits in a 14–7 win. Left fielder Babe Ruth, with a single and triple at bat, comes in to pitch the 7th and walks his only two batters. The two come around to score the tying and winning run, handing Ruth (4–5) his 5th loss of the year. The Indians also swipe 7 bases, including a triple steal in the 7th inning led by Braggo Roth, the second one he’s led. The battery is Vincent Molyneaux and Wally Schang. According to historian Trent McCotter, this is the 11th straight game that Ruth has pitched in where he’s gotten a hit; no pitcher will match that the rest of the century.

9th Washington’s Walter Johnson allows one hit—a single by Oscar Vitt—in beating the Tigers, 2–0.

10th The Braves Rudolph fires the 2nd one-hitter in two days, beating Rube Bressler and the visiting Reds, 3–0. Hal Chase has the lone hit.

11th The franchise owners in the Southern League vote to suspend operations on June 28. Transportation difficulties, increasing rail rates, and lack of interest in some cities are the reasons cited. In 9 days the 6-team Texas League will vote not to add New Orleans and Beaumont for the remainder of the year. The stumbling block is New Orleans, which wanted the right to pull out for next year in case the Southern League reorganizes.

Lefty Tyler allows 2 hits but the Giants win, 1–0, on a fluke homer in the 1st inning by George Burns. He hits a line single to Max Flack who falls down and the ball skips by for an inside-the-park homer. The Cubs 9-game win streak ends.

The Pirates Roy Sanders and Boston’s Bunny Hearn battle for 16 innings before the Bucs win, 3–2, on a bases-loaded squeeze play. Sanders allows one hit over the last 8 innings.

12th The Cubs play turnabout, beating the Giants, 1–0. The other NL game is Boston beating the Pirates, 1–0, behind Fillingam’s 3-hitter. It is Boston’s third 1-0 win in four games.

13th The Phils and Cardinals go 19 innings ending in an 8–8 tie. The Phils blow a 6-run lead with St. Louis tying at 8–8 in the 7th. Hornsby has 4 errors in 21 chances, while Cliff Heathcote hits for the cycle, though it takes him 9 at bats.

A day after his Browns blow a 4-0 lead in the 9th and lose to the Senators, 6-4, manager Fielder Jones abruptly leaves the team. Shortstop Jimmy Austin will skipper the team for 16 games before Jimmy Burke is brought aboard.

15th Cubs’ base runner Charlie Deal races home from 3rd with the go-ahead run when Dodger pitcher Jack Coombs drops the ball while winding up. The balls rolls towards 2B and Deal scores. The Cubs go on to win, 6–1.

Batting cleanup and playing left field, Babe Ruth clubs a three-run homer in the 7th, his 8th roundtripper of the year. He drives home another run in the 9th to lead the visiting Red Sox to an 8–4 win over the Browns.

16th In a Sunday game in St. Louis, the Browns edge the Red Sox, 2–1, as Ruth goes 0-for-1, receiving intentional passes his last three times up. The Browns will lose to the Red Sox tomorrow, 8–0, but St. Louis pitchers will hand two more intentional walks to the Babe in his first two at-bats—a total of five in a row.

17th  The National Commission rules that P Scott Perry, who has been winning games for the Athletics, belongs to the Boston Braves. Although purchased by the Braves from Atlanta in 1917, the deal was not completed. While on Atlanta’s ineligible list, he was sold to Connie Mack. Aroused by Perry’s AL success, the Braves enter their proper claim. Mack breaks precedent, goes outside organized baseball to civil court, and gets an injunction against Boston. The NL, having sat still for the loss of George Sisler, is furious. The clubs’ anger at player-allocation decisions will ultimately topple the National Commission, making way for Judge K.M. Landis.

The Detroit-New York game ends in a 5–5 tie, called after 8 innings in Detroit because the Yankees have to catch a train to Cleveland.

18th  Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper allows just one hit against the Phils, but loses 1–0 on a wild pitch and an error. Milt Stock’s 1stinning double turns into a run after an error and wild pitch. Brad Hogg is the winner.

Benny Kauff plates a pair of runs in his last home game before going into the army as the Giants win, 7–1, over Matty’s Reds. Pol Perritt (9-1) is the winner.

19th  The Yankees purchase OF Ham Hyatt from the Braves, but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Brownie pitcher John Robinson, who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.

20th  In Chicago, the White Sox play the Indians with the receipts going to build a recreation house for the benefit of soldiers and sailors. A baseball autographed by evangelist Billy Sunday, a former center fielder for the Chicago White Stockings, sells for $50. An autographed ball signed by President Wilson goes for $5,650 while o0ne signed by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson goes for $1,450. The Sox push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4.

The Red Sox and A’s trade shutouts, with Boston losing the opener, 2-0 before winning, 3-0. Tilly Walker does the most damage, hitting a 2-run HR in game one that lands on Landsdowne Avenue. It is the 4th time he has homered over the LF wall at Fenway, having hit one off Keating, Gregg and Leonard previously). Walker also knocks Dutch Leonard out of the second game when he hits a line drive off the pitcher’s hand in the 6th. Vince Molyneaux finishes up for his only career win, while Scott Perry absorbs his 7th straight loss.

Dutch Leonard will jump the Sox to take a job at the Fore River Ship Yard in Quincy, Mass., and pitch for the team there. The move will interrupt Leonard’s streak of reaching double figure in wins every year, but prompt the Sox to trade him at the end of the year. Big Jeff Tesreau says he has jumped the Giants to take a job with a steel company and pitch in the Steel league. He knows his days are numbered and he wants to learn the steel business.

21st The Cards score 8 runs in the opening inning versus the Reds to coast to a 12–6 win. The highlight in the big inning is Jeff Heathcote with a home run and double. Mike Gonzalez has 5 hits, including a homer.

Boston’s Carl Mays pitches his 2nd one-hitter against the A’s this year, beating Philadelphia, 13–0. This time it is Jake Munch who has the lone single, a scratch hit in front of the plate that Mays fields rather than C Wally Schang.

Walter Johnson wins his 12th straight, though it takes him 13 innings to do it, as he beats New York, 3-2. Clyde Milan, whose muff in the 9th with 2 outs allowed the tying run to score, drives in the game winner with a single.

22nd   Behind the pitching of Hippo Vaughn, the Cubs beat the Pirates, 5–2. For Hippo, it is his 11th straight win over the Bucs, going back to July 4, 1916.

The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 2-1 in 10 innings and 6-3 in regulation. Urban Shocker is the game 1 loser in his last start before going into the service. He will return in 1919.

23rd  St. Louis takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 4-1 and 4-2. George Sisler contributes with four stolen bases, to set a Browns single-game record. Only one Brownie will match it and that will be Sisler in four years.

At Los Angeles, Oakland (PCL) pitcher Buzz Arlett pitches both halves of a doubleheader. He wins the first game, 1–0, allowing four hits, but loses the second game, 3–2, giving up 9 hits. Both games are regulation. He’ll win on July 3, 2–0, hitting a 2-run homer. Arlett will go on to set the career minor-league homerun record of 432 (since topped).

24th Sam Rice, playing CF, has 2 hits to help the Senators beat the Athletics, 2–1. Rice, playing a few games while on furlough from the Army, returns to duty at Ft. Terry, NY after the game. The future Hall of Famer will collect 8 hits in 23 at bats (.348) this season. He is one of the few, if possibly the only major leaguer, to serve in both the Army and the Navy.

George Mogridge scatters 3 hits in subduing the Red Sox, 3-2, in New York. Wally Pipp’s 9th inning drive into the upper tier at the Polo Grounds (called Brush Stadium in the New York Timesaccount) becomes a 2-run walkoff double for the Yankees, now a game in back of Boston.

In a 7-2 win at Cincinnati, the Pirates load the bases with one out. Pete Schneider (2-10), pitching for the Reds, throws a wild pitch, allowing one run to score, but the bat boy touches the ball and it is ruled dead. When the ball is returned to the mound, Pirate SS Howdy Caton, who had started on 2B, tried to score from 3B, and is safe after he crashes into the catcher, Nick Allen, knocking the ball loose (and himself out for a few minutes.) Howdy scores 3 runs and has 3 hits in the game (as noted by Retrosheet).

25th Babe Ruth pounds out his 9th homer of the year, off Allen Russell, as the Red Sox and Sam Jones beat the Yankees, 7–3. It is the Babe’s 3rd of the season into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds and his third homer in three games against New York. Hitting a homer in three straight games against New York is a Bosox record that will be beaten by Ted Williams in 1940. The Yanks will win the next two games to retake first place from Boston.

No mercy rule as the Cubs roll over the Cardinals, 14–0. The Cubs pile on in the 4th inning when they pull off a triple steal against the battery of Sherdel and Gonzales. Three ex-American Leaguers, Charley Deal, Zeider and Killifer, do the wholesale thievery. After Lefty Tyler walks to reload the bases, Max Flack clears them with a grand slam.

26th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 3–1, as Babe Ruth scores the only Sox run following a double. Babe injures his wrist sliding into second base and will repeat the injury tomorrow on the same play. Slim Love wins on a 4-hitter.

The Senators edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2. And now we know why Frank Shulte is called Wildfire as Jimmy Austin of the Browns nabs him with a successful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

27th The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against the Yankees and still lose, 7–5. New York takes over first place.

28th Lanky Harry Harper allows one hit—a home run by Babe Ruth—in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Harper was in danger of losing the game until the Senators score a pair in the 8th off Bader.

29th At Detroit, the Indians score 10 runs in the 8th to turn a close game into a rout, winning 13-4.

The A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, behind Scott Perry. The victory snaps Perry’s 9-game losing streak.

Lawyers and judges will square off in a game at Cubs Park to raise money for ‘smokes for soldiers.’ The judges will be clad in Sox uniforms and the lawyers will play in Cubs garb. The match will be umped by Ring Lardner and Jimmy Ryan and will be announced by Bob Figg. Other features include autographed balls by President Wilson to be auctioned off by Judge Cermak, as well as a grenade-throwing contest between the two teams. The grenades are duds.

30th  In the 10th inning in Washington, Babe Ruth, playing CF, hits his 11th HR to beat Walter Johnson, 3–1, and boost the Red Sox back into first place. Ruth also cracked a HR off Johnson on May 7, the only home runs the Washington ace gives up between September 1917 and May 1920. Carl Mays is the winner, striking out 6, while Johnson K’s one. Ruth will hit no more homers this year, but his 11—in just 95 games—will be good enough to share the ML lead with the A’s Tilly Walker. Four Sox teammates will tie for second on the team with one apiece.

The Reds slow the Cubs’ pennant drive in Cincinnati by taking the first game of a doubleheader, 7–0, behind Jimmy Ring. Cincy gets all the runs it needs when Cubs starter Claude Hendrix walks four of the first 5 batters. The nitecap ends in a 7–7 tie, called at 7 o’clock by prior agreement to allow the Cubs to catch a train for St. Louis.

Detroit takes a pair from Cleveland, winning 10–2 and 2–0. Ty Cobb is 7-for-9 in the two games. Tris Speaker helps the Bengals in game one with 3 errors.

In Washington, Ty Cobb’s brother starts a 4-run 9th inning rally as the Quantico Marines beat Army Operations, 6–5, at Georgetown Field.

Pittsburgh pitcher Bob Steele allows just one hit against his former teammates, but his wild throw in the 4th inning accounts for two runs, and the Cardinals win, 2–1. Red Ames is the victor while Jeff Heathcote’s double is the only St. Louis hit. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5–4, scoring the winning run on a triple by Buster Caton and double by Carson Bigbee in the 11th inning. Starter Wilber Cooper goes all the way for the victory.

In London, Red Cross workers complete work on 800 baseball uniforms to be sent to American camps around Great Britain. The uniforms are completed in time for July 4th games.