1920 June

1st In New York, Ruth makes his first start on the mound this season, pitches 4 innings, then goes to RF as the Yankees take a 10-run lead. Roger Peckinpaugh’s inside-the-park homer and Ping Bodie’s homer off Erickson are the big blows. New York rolls to a 14–7 win over the Senators, the 9th win in a row for the Yankees, as they move into 2ndplace behind the Indians.

The Robins nip the Giants, 10–9, and take over first place in the NL. Brooklyn’s Tommy Griffith, making his first appearance since giving up the life of a Cincinnati bond salesman, pinch singles and scores the winner on Larry Doyle’s error on a double play ball.

Detroit outhits Cleveland 17 to 16 and outscores the Tribe, 11–10. Harry Heilmann is 5-for-5 while Cleveland’s Joe Evans has three doubles in four at bats. Howard Ehmke toils nine innings to win, while the Indians use five pitchers and three catchers.

The Braves top the Phillies, 8–4 clinching behind Les Mann’s three-run homer in the 9th. For the Phils, Casey Stengel hits a pair, one over the RF wall, and one over to left field.

2nd  New York stretches its win streak to 10 games by beating the Senators 8–1 behind Jack Quinn. Ruth hits two home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, connecting off Tom Zachary and Carlson. Babe bangs another, his 14th, in the nitecap off Snyder, but the Senators win 7–6. Milan homers in the 1st game, while Meusel, Shanks, Ruel, and Roth all homer in game 2. The New York Times notes that “Ruth is the only player in the game who has the handle of his bat wound with tape. It gives him a better grip.”

The last place Phils start 18-year-old Lefty Weinert against Brooklyn, tied for 1st place with Cincinnati, and he rocks the Robins, 6-4. With the Reds winning, Brooklyn drops a game behind.

In Chicago, the Cubs get homeruns from Babe Twombly and Dave Robertson but the first-place Reds prevail, 5-3.

3rd Ping Bodie hits a 6th inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to an 5–4 win over the Athletics. Bob Shawkey, whose indefinite suspension was lifted today, gives up homers to Walker and Dykes but settles down and pitches a complete game win.

The Tigers collect 9 hits in 5 innings off Joe Boehling (0-1) and beat the Indians, 6-3. This is the final ML appearance for Boehling, who had been out of baseball the last two seasons. In 1913, he won 11 straight for the Senators in his rookie year.

4th  In St. Louis, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 5–1, as Grover Alexander loses after 11 wins. Bill Doak is the winner and Hornsby leads the Cards offense with 2 triples over the left fielder’s head. After the game Alexander calls Hornsby “the greatest hitter I’ve ever had to face. I have tried to fool him every way possible, but it just cannot be done.” Alex will be 27–14 for the 5th-place Cubs, and his 1.91 ERA will be the only one under 2.00.

With Cleveland losing, the Yankees move to a game in back in the AL by pounding out a 12-5 victory over the A’s. Del Pratt hits a grand slam for New York, their second in two days.

5th  Today’s twinbill between the A’s and Yankees is washed out, but A’s vice president Thomas Shibe denies charges that the baseballs currently being used are livelier. Shibe, a member of the firm that manufactures the balls, cites the abolition of the spitball and other “freak” pitches as the reason for the increase in HRs this season. In the past seven games, New York has collected 39 extra-base hits, including 13 homers.

Cleveland loses their third in a row to the Browns, 6–0, but retain their half-game lead over the Yankees. Urban Shocker holds the Tribe to 3 hits. Jack Tobin has three hits in his first three at-bat, giving him 7 straight hits. He makes out in his last at bat.

6th  The Cardinals play their final game at decrepit Robison Field, beating the Cubs, 5–2. It is the last major league played in a 19th Century wooden ballpark, the field having opened in 1885. The Cards will now share Sportsman’s Park with the Browns and, for the next 32 years, St. Louis will be the only two-franchise city with one ball park.

Carl Mays allows 6 runs—3 unearned—but the Yankee submariner earns his 7th straight win over the Athletics, 12–6. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the 15-hit attack.

Shano Collins has 3 hits and 4 RBI to pace the White Sox to a 7-6 home victory over the Tigers in 11 innings. Compounding the loss for the Bengals, they lose Ty Cobb when he collides with RF Ira Flagstead and tears ligaments in his knee. He will be hobbled for a month.

7th  At Comiskey Park, the 3rd-place White Sox whip the Tigers, 10-3, behind the pitching of Red Faber and the hot hitting of Shano Collins. Collins has 4 hits and 5 RBIs, after knocking in 4 runs yesterday.

8th  Failing in his efforts to buy Rogers Hornsby from St. Louis, John McGraw picks up the NL’s top SS, Dave Bancroft, from the Phils for veteran SS Art Fletcher, P Bill Hubbell, and $100,000. The future Hall of Famer will provide the spark to the Giants’ successful pennant drives of 1921–24. Following the death of his father, Fletcher will retire after this season to run the family business, then return in 1922 for a final year. Fletch plays his first game with the Phils and has a double and single off Pete Alexander as the Phils top the Chicago ace, 5–3. Gene Paulette’s three-run homer in the 8th, his only homer of the year, is the game winner.

The Indians maintain their lead with a 7–5 win over the A’s. Evans and Speaker have three hits each to back Earl Caldwell’s pitching.

At the Polo Grounds, the Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in CF during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him, but the ump ejects Roush for delaying the game. As a result of the long argument, McGraw announces that he will file a protest if the Giants lose. But they don’t, winning 5–4 behind Jesse Barnes.

The Senators beat the Browns, 5–3, with the help of some ragged St. Louis fielding. Walter Johnson is the winner over Al Sothoron, putting the Nationals ahead in the 7th with a home run into the RF bleachers. Ken Williams and George Sisler hit homers for the Browns off Johnson.

Former Reds pitcher Pete Schneider, now with Beaumont (Texas), denies that he was implicated with Lee Magee and Hal Chase in an alleged plan to throw a July 25, 1918 game to Boston when he was with the Reds. Schneider said that before the game in question, Sherry Magee told him “he’d better be careful” because he (Magee) understood that some of the Reds players were betting on Boston. “If that so, I won’t work today,” Schneider supposedly said to Magee. Schneider said he was not approached by Lee Magee or Hal Chase prior to the first game of 2 (New York Times) in which he ended up not pitching. He threw a shutout in the nitecap. The two Magees—unrelated, Chase, and Schneider were teammates on the Reds in 1918.

The Braves sell infielder Johnny Rawlings to the Phillies.

9th  Former Chicago OF Lee Magee loses his suit against the Cubs. He had charged that he was released without just cause last February. While on the witness stand, Magee admitted to having bet on the first game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on July 25, 1918, while a member of the Reds. He said he bet $500 along with Hal Chase. He said he found out after the game that the money had been bet on Boston and stopped payment on the check to the bookmaker. Chase’s check went through. The Reds won the game in the 13th on Roush’s HR. Christy Mathewson testifies that as the Reds manager he was suspicious that all was not right in the game.

The Yankees come from behind to club the host Tigers, 13–6. Pacing the Yanks are Bob Meusel, with a double and two singles, and George Mogridge with a bases-loaded double before the Tigers knocked him out. Ruth has a single, two walks and is hit with a pitch. The Tigers are playing without Cobb, out ten days with a injured knee.

12th  In Cleveland, the AL’s top two team square off as Yankee spitter Jack Quinn (9–1) starts against the Indians Slim Caldwell, also known to hoist a wet one now and then. The Tribe pushes across a run in the 8th to break a 4–4 tie for the win. The victory puts the Indians a game ahead of New York.

In Boston, Pete Alexander stops the Braves, 8–1, and also stops the Cubs losing streak at 10 games.

13th The Yankees rout the Indians, 14–0, as Ruth hits his 17th HR of the year, off Myers. New York scores 6 in the first inning.

15th  The Indians jump on Carl Mays in the 3rd inning after the submariner walks 3 in succession. The Tribe scores 5 times en route to a 10–2 victory, the 3rd in 4 games with the Yankees. New York is now 2 games behind Cleveland.

Possum Whited swipes home with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Pirates nip the Phillies, 7–6. Possum’s steal is on the front end of a double steal with Grimm.

16th The Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn wins his 7th straight whipping the Braves, 1–0, on Hollocher’s RBI triple in the 8th. Leon Cadore allows just 3 Chicago hits in the loss.

18th Tris Speaker has a homer and 3 RBIs in Cleveland’s 9-2 win over the visiting Senators.

19th At Brooklyn. Grover Alexander wins 5–3 in 12 innings for Chicago. Bob O’Farrell’s 3-run homer in the 12th off starter Al Mamaux is the winner.

Pitching against Bay City in the Michigan-Ontario League, Flint pitcher Red Hayes throws a no-hitter and accounts for the only score with a homerun.

22nd  In St. Louis, Yanks Carl Mays fills the bases on walks, then forces in a run with a free pass to Baby Doll Jacobson. Mays gives up 8 runs to the Browns as he loses his 7th game.

For the second time in 4 days, Detroit’s Babe Pinelli successfully pulls a hidden ball trick on a star player, this time nabbing Washington’s Sam Rice (as researched by Lyle Spatz) at 3B in the 1st inning. Rice reaches 3B after Braggo Roth’s double. The Senators still win, 6–1. Pinelli pulled the hidden ball trick on the 19th, tagging out Stuffy McInnis at 3B following an Eddie Foster double. The play costs the Sox at least one run as Howard Ehmke followed with a balk.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Fred Toney bests Grover Alexander to give the Giants a 2–1 victory over Chicago. Chicago outhits the Giants, 9 to 7.

24th The visiting Reds beat the Phillies, 6–3, dropping the Quakers to last place and sparking a riot. Spectators surge onto the field after the game and when Greasy Neale allegedly spikes a fan, a free-for-all ensues. One fan is badly cut but the Reds gain the safety of the clubhouse without injury.

In Columbus, Ohio, the Yankees play an exhibition game against a semi-pro team, winning 10–1. Babe Ruth hits 6 balls out in batting practice, including one over the LF fence onto the brewery’s roof. He grounds out, walks, homers far over the RF fence his third at bat. He hits a Texas Leaguer to short left on the next AB, but hustles it into a double. He walks his last AB. Babe steals two bases, and pitches the bottom of the ninth, allowing two hits and the only run. Lefty O’Doul, who pitches only 3 2/3 innings in 1920 for NY, pitches 8 shutout innings.

25th  After going 1-for-2 with a walk yesterday, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston goes 5-for-5 in game 1 against Boston to start a remarkable hitting streak of six straight games with three or more hits (as noted by Trent McCotter). The Robins win 5-1 and Johnston sits out game 2, a 4-2 loss and will skip a doubleheader tomorrow.

26th  In Cincinnati, Reds P Dolf Luque swings at umpire Bill Klem, accusing the arbiter of “vicious language.” Fans chip in with several thrown pop bottles, protesting an earlier Klem call at home plate. The Cardinals win the battle, 5–0.

In Philadelphia, Clyde Milan lines a 9th inning single to give Washington a 4–3 win over the Athletics. For the Quakers, it is their 17th straight defeat.

Behind the one-hit pitching of Warren “Rip” Collins, making his 3rd ML start, the Yankees roll over the Red Sox, 14–0. Eddie Foster has the only safety for Boston.

Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when, as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce, he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand-slam HR in the 8th gives the NY team a 12–8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).

27th  Walter Johnson uses just 72 pitches in topping the A’s 7–0. For the Athletics, who manage just 3 hits in the game, it is their 18th straight loss. Washington, in winning its 7th straight game, moves ahead of the Red Sox into 4th place in the AL.

28th  Dave Bancroft goes 6-for-6, all singles, and the Giants total 20 hits to whip the Phils 18–3. Bancroft ties the mark of six singles in a regulation game, and no National Leaguer will match it this century. Despite the hits, the game is completed in 1 hour, 58 minutes. Frisch, Kelly, and George Burns have homers and Burns will hit another tomorrow. George Kelly’s homer is a grand slam, the only one hit in the NL this year—a NL record matching 1900.

At Griffith Stadium, the A’s snap their losing streak of 18 games, all on the road, defeating the Senators, 6–2, behind Slim Harris. Seeking help, the A’s sign Harvard 1B Jeff Jones, who will report tomorrow. Philley will promptly start a losing streak of 9 games.

29th  First-place Cleveland sweeps a pair from the Browns, winning 9-6 and 5-4. Elmer Smith hits a grand slam for the Indians and drives in 6 runs in the opener.

Stuffy McInnis hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Boston, but the Red Sox still lose to the Yankees, 6-5, when New York scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th against starter Sad Sam Jones.

30th Cubs ace Hippo Vaughn stops the Pirates on one hit to beat Elmer Ponder, 1–0. Possum Whitted has the lone hit for the second time in 2 seasons.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the host Athletics, winning 6-5 and 10-6. Babe Ruth has a homer and 3 hits in each game and Wally Pipp homers and scores 4 in game 2. The Yanks are virtually tied with the Indians for first place.

In St. Louis, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby (14-3) doesn’t make it out of the 1stinning, giving up 6 runs. His opponent Dixie Davis gives up 6 walks and 3 runs in just 3 innings before being lifted, but earns the win as the Browns prevail, 10-8.

The White Sox swamp the Tigers, 14–0, on 18 hits. Detroit tosses in the towel after 4 innings and pitching coach Jack Coombs, who last toed a rubber two years ago, tosses the last five innings. He allows just 2 runs. Red Faber allows five hits in the shutout, while Eddie Collins has four hits, three runs, and two steals.

The Red Sox sign outfielder Gene Bailey, who was released by the Braves on June 20th. He is the only player to play for both the Red Sox and the Braves in the same season (before the Braves move to Milwaukee).