1919 June

1st At St. Louis, Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn goes 3-for-3 and drives in the go-ahead run in the 7th to whip the Cardinals, 3–1.

Jeff Pfeffer pitches 18 innings for Brooklyn and ends up with a 10–9 loss to the Phillies. He allows 23 hits and walks 6. It is not even the longest outing of Pfeffer’s career: he pitched 18 1./3 against the Cubs innings four years ago.

2nd Brooklyn trades Lee Magee to the Cubs for Pete Kilduff. Magee was acquired by Brooklyn seven weeks ago.

3rd In the Browns big 8-run 5th inning, George Sisler bangs a double off Cleveland’s Tom Phillips. Phillips is still pitching when Sisler bats again in the inning, and this time he hits a homer off the former Brownie. Sisler hits another homer in the 7th as the Browns win, 14–6. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 9–5. Indians 1B Don Johnston is 2-for-3 in game 2, and his out ends a streak of 9 consecutive hits.

Connie Mack coaxes Harry Davis out of retirement and names him assistant manager. The long-time A’s player-captain last managed the Indians. Mack also signs veteran Paddy Livingston as pitching coach. Speculation is that Davis will eventually be the manager, but that will not happen.

4th  After battling through 20 innings on April 30th, the Phils and Brooklyn go 18 today, but this time the Phils win it 10–9.

At Shibe Park, Braggo Roth has 4 hits, including a pair of homers and a pair of stolen bases, and he scores 4 runs, but the A’s fall short, losing to the Yankees, 10-7.

5th Eddie Collins’ 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the first-place White Sox a 7–5 win over New York.

At Boston, Detroit gets on the board first when Cobb triples home Bush in the first, but that is all the scoring as the Red Sox win, 3–1. Starter Babe Ruth is carried off the field on a stretcher after wrenching his knee sliding into 3B in the 3rd. Carl Mays throws 6 shutout innings for the win.

Whitey Witt has 5 hits for the A’s in a 10-6 victory over the Indians. Ray Chapman has 3 hits for Cleveland, but also makes 3 errors.

John McCloskey, who appeared in 12 games for the Phillies in 1906-07, is one of 84 men killed in a mine accident in Wilkes-Barre PA. In 1911 and 1912 McCloskey won 17 and 20 games for the Wilkes-Barre Barons who won pennants in the New York State League both years (as noted by Jack Smiles).

8th  Just a month after pitching a one-hitter, Bob Shawkey does it again, this time stopping the White Sox, 4-0. Opposing pitcher Red Faber has the only hit. “If it had been anyone else but Faber who got the single hit, the fans wouldn’t have been so disappointed,” The New York Times observes, “but Faber’s batting average at best is about the same figure as the size of his shoes.” Home Run Baker has a homer and 3 RBIs. The Yankees are in 3rd place, a game and a half behind the White Sox. Cleveland trails by a game.

9th  Against the Reds in Cincinnati, Rube Marquard breaks a leg when he stumbles rounding 2B in the 5th, limiting him to a 3–3 record for the Dodgers. The Reds win today, 7–3.

Browns 1B George Sisler beats Washington, 2–1, with 2 hits off Walter Johnson, driving in one run and scoring the other. He also makes an assist and putout when he gets a glove on a ground ball hit wide of 1B. The ball bounds toward 2B, and Sisler gets back to 1B to take the throw in time.

10th The first-place Giants open a series in Cincinnati with a 6-2 victory over the 2nd-place Reds. Benny Kauff has 4 hits, including a double and triple.

11th New York’s Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers, 7–0. Yankee SS Roger Peckinpaugh is 2-for-3 to start his 29-game hitting streak.

With the score 2-1 in the 8th inning in Cincinnati, the Giants Hal Chase bats with the bases loaded and every fan screaming for his head. Chase lines to 3B for a DP and the Reds edge the Giants, 2-1, to move 3 games in back of New York. Chase had been released by the Reds after last season amidst charges that he dogged it. The two teams will split one-run victories in the next two games.

12th The Cubs win their 6th in a row as Grover Alexander shuts out the Phils, 3–0. The losing pitcher is Elmer Jacobs, who will be traded on July 1st for Pittsburgh’s Erskine Meyer.

Boston’s Herb Pennock shuts down the White Sox on 3 hits as the Red Sox win, 4–0. LF Babe Ruth doubles off Red Faber to drive in two runs.

The Yankees take over first place by beating the Tigers, 6–1, as Bob Shawkey tops Howard Ehmke.

At Chattanooga, Atlanta and Chattanooga play 23 innings to a 2-2 tie, called because of darkness. Not a change is made in either lineup during the game, which takes 3 hours: 30 minutes.

14th  White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte beats the A’s for the 12thstraight time en route to 29 wins versus 7 losses and a 1.82 ERA. He also registers his 12th win of the year, 6–3, in 14 innings, going all the way. The starter Tom Rogers, purchased from the Browns in April, is the loser for the A’s.

On the front end of a 3rd-inning double steal, Giants outfielder George Burns swipes home against the Cubs for the game’s only run. Burns also collects two doubles in the game, won by Fred Toney over Hippo Vaughn, 1–0. In a game last June, Burns hit a solo homer for the only score.

15th  A rain check dispute arises. Cincinnati rain checks read “not to be used after 4 and a half innings have been completed.” But the game is called with the Reds at bat with one out in the bottom of the 5th and the game tied 1–1. The Reds honor the rain checks, but the Braves demand their share of the gate ($2,600), as a legal game has been played, based on the wording of the rain check. In a compromise, the Braves accept $1,300, and the other 6 clubs agree to share the cost. In future all rain checks will read “not good after five innings.”

16th Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski allows 3 Red Sox hits in besting Sam Jones, 1–0 at Fenway.

The 4-team Blue Ridge League, the only class D league, folds.

17th Pete Alexander wins his 4th in a row for the Cubs, beating the visiting Giants 7–2. A muscle pull will sideline Alex until July 15th. Frankie Frisch makes his debut, pinch hitting for Hal Chase and making out.

The Indians sweep two from the host Red Sox, winning 4–3 and 3–2. Smoky Joe Wood picks up a save in the opener in his only pitching appearance of the year. Guy Morton wins the nitecap despite giving up a HR and two singles to Ruth.

18th At Boston, Browns third baseman Jimmy Austin ends the game by nabbing Sox runner Wally Schang with the hidden ball trick. The Browns win, 3–2.

21st At Cincinnati, the Phillies break their losing streak of 13 games by beating the Reds, 5–4. Smith homers for the Reds, while Meusel and Cravath homer for the winners. Cravath’s HR in the 8th is called the longest ever hit at Redlands Field. The 13 losses sets a Phils club record that will not be broken this century. It will be tied several times, however, including later this year.

23rd  In a 12–3 loss to Washington, Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes his first error of the year after handling 526 chances. Patsy Gharrity has 5 hits, including a pair of homers for the visiting Nationals, and Clyde Milan adds 4 hits.

In a 3–2 loss to Jim Bagby and Cleveland, White Sox CF Happy Felsch handles a ML record-tying 12 chances in a 9-inning game. Only Harry Bay of Cleveland in 1904 has been so busy.

Pittsburgh tops the Cardinals 3–2 on a homer by Casey Stengel over the RF pavilion.

24th The first-place Giants split a pair in Brooklyn, winning 4-2 before losing, 9-3. Tommy Griffith, acquired in a February trade, hits a grand slam in the second game, the hit coming in the 8thoff Jesse Barnes.

In an International League game at Reading, Rochester shows no mercy in beating Reading, 19–0. First baseman George “Highpockets” Kelly is 5-for-6 with a double and 4 successive home runs.

25th The Senators and Red Sox split a twinbill, with the Nats pummeling starter Babe Ruth in the opener, 8–3, and collecting 9 hits and 5 walks off Babe. For the Nats, Clyde Milan collects 3 hits and Sam Rice cracks a HR, the only Hall of Famer to go deep on the Babe. Walter Johnson allows 5 hits in the nitecap but takes a 1–0 loss. Ruth plays LF in the 2nd game and has a single. After the twinbill, Ruth issues an ultimatum to Barrow: pitch me or play me but don’t do both. Barrow will give him tomorrow off.

27th  The second division Red Sox send veteran 2B Jack Barry and OF Amos Strunk to the A’s for Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon. Barry refuses to report and announces his retirement, and the A’s will take cash instead. Roth was acquired from Cleveland in March.

29th With Babe Ruth at 1B for the injured Stuffy McInnis, Carl Mays shuts out the Yankees, 2–0, in the first game of a doubleheader in New York. Mays then pitches the 2nd game as well, losing a complete game, 4–1. Ruth has two hits in each game.

Detroit beats Cleveland, 4–0, behind Howard Ehmke’s one-hitter. Larry Gardner’s single is the only safety for Cleveland.

30th The Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 7–4 in the opener behind Bob Shawkey. Boston gets all its runs on a 6thinning grand slam by 1B Babe Ruth, who connects off Bob Shawkey. New York takes the 2nd game, 4–2.