1921 June

1st   Heinie Groh finally signs with the Reds for $10,000, less than the rumored $12,000 he was holding out for. Groh wants to go to the Giants and has vowed never to wear the Reds uniform again. Commissioner Landis vetoes the deal and will reinstate him only if Groh stays with the Reds all season. The decision costs Groh a WS share, but he’ll move to New York in December.

The Giants take a pair from Philadelphia, winning 9-2 and 8-3. In the second game Dave Bancroft is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle. After legging out an inside-the-park homer, he faints on the bench.

2nd  Reds OF Pat Duncan is the first to hit a fair ball out of Redland Field since it was built in 1912, the ball hitting the leg of a surprised policeman on York Street. Duncan will hit just one more homer all year. The homer, off Cards P Marv Goodman, propels the Reds to an 8–5 win. John Beckwith, of the Chicago Giants of the Negro League, hit a ball out of the park in late May of 1921.

The Athletics waive pitcher Dave Keefe to Cleveland, where he’ll have no decisions in 18 appearances. Keefe is the inventor of the forkball, a result of a childhood accident, which left his fingers crooked.

3rd The A’s bang 7 homers en route to a 15–9 win over the Tigers. Jimmy Dykes and Frank Welch each belt 2, while Cy Perkins, Tilly Walker, and Joe Dugan have one apiece. Walker has 6 RBIs. And Frank Welch knocks in 4. For Detroit, Lu Blue hits his first major league homer, off Slim Harriss. Harry Heilmann extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 23 games.

At Fenway Park, the Indians score single runs in the 8th and 9th off reliever Herb Pennock to tie the Sox at 6–6. But pinch-hitter Sammy Vick’s single scores Stuffy McInnis with the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Playing under the name Lou Lewis, Lou Gehrig makes his professional debut at first base for the Hartford Senators. The 17-year-old Lou is 0-for-3 as Hartford loses to the Pittsfield Hillies, 2–1. He’ll get his first hit—a triple—in tomorrow’s 5–3 win over the Waterbury Brasscos, and then play just 10 more games.

Babe Ruth has a single, double, and homer in a 9–8 Yankee loss to the Browns. This is his 119th homer, tying Gavvy Cravath for the all-time record.

4th  The Pirates’ Wilbur Cooper, who with Burleigh Grimes will lead the NL with 22 wins, loses his first after 8 straight victories. The Giants drub him 12–0, behind Phil Douglas’ 2nd one-hitter of the year. He helps by going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Carson Bigbee has the only hit off Douglas. The Giants are on top, but only for a few days; the Pirates will regain the lead.

6th  The Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood pitches the first no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4–0.

7th  The only game canceled because of a murder occurs at Kingsport, TN (Appalachian League), when the body of a slain girl is found at the ballpark. To prevent the trail from becoming confused for bloodhounds, police close the park and cancel the game against Knoxville.

8th  Babe Ruth is arrested for speeding in New York, fined $100, and held in jail until 4:00 p.m. Game time is 3:15, so a uniform is taken to him. He changes in jail and follows a police escort to the ballpark where he enters with New York trailing 3–2. They rally for a 4–3 win.

10th  Ruth connects for the 120th homer of his career, the blast coming in the 3rd inning against Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. The round tripper breaks the career mark of home run leader Gavvy Cravath, who totaled 119 in his 11-year career. Despite the homer, New York loses, 8–6.

11th  Behind Dolf Luque’s shutout, the Reds trounce the visiting Robins, 10-0. Luque has 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while Edd Roush and Lew Fonseca each collect 4 hits apiece. Jimmy Johnston has a hit to run his hit streak to 20 straight games for Brooklyn.

12th  The Braves use the long ball to down the Cubs, 12-9, in 10 innings in Chicago. Hank Gowdy has a grand slam and Tony Boeckel has three hits including a triple and homer. On the Cubs side, Max Flack and Jeff Heathcote each have 4 hits.

13th  At the Polo Grounds, Ruth hits two homers and pitches the first five innings for New York, and the Yanks hang on for a 13–8 victory over Detroit. The Babe gives up 4 runs but strikes out Ty Cobb and is credited with the victory. Ruth’s 2nd homer goes 460 feet into the right CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, the first HR ever hit to that spot. The Bambino retires The Peach twice today, and Cobb’s bottom-line batting average versus Ruth finishes is .354 (23 for 65).

In Cleveland, 6 Indians batters reach first, 5 on hits, against reliever Walter Johnson, and roll to a 10–6 win over Washington. Sam Rice, in the midst of a 23-game hitting streak, is 5-for-5.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates collect 17 hits off Stan Baumgartner to defeat the Phils, 12-5. Rabbit Maranville has 5 hits and scores 3 times, while Possum Whitted has two homers and 5 RBIs. Carson Bigbee adds a single, triple and homer.

At Sportsman’s Park, Les Mann bangs a pair of homers off Art Nehf as the Cardinals bang the Giants, 10-1, for their 10th straight win. It is New York’s 6th loss in a row. St. Louis might’ve scored more except for an 8thinning triple play on a line drive by Hornsby, but the Giants help the score with some bonehead plays. In the 3rd center fielder Eddie Brown reaches 1B on a one-out error, and after Kelly fans, Brown starts trotting towards CF. He’s gently tagged out. In the 5th inning, the first two Cardinals reach base and Doc Lavan lays down a sac bunt along the 1B line. Before it rolls foul catcher Alex Gaston picks up the ball and hands it to pitcher Bill Ryan. Both runners score and Lavan reaches 2B on the “double.” The third-place Cards will unravel the win streak by losing their next 5 games.

14th  NL P Ray Fisher is placed permanently on the ineligible list by Commissioner Landis for alleged contract jumping. Thinking he was being placed on the voluntary retired list by Reds owner Garry Hermann, Fisher had left the Reds in order to become a baseball coach at the University of Michigan. He will serve in Ann Arbor for 38 years, not returning to coach in the majors until the early 1960s, with the Braves and Tigers.

Ruth hits 2 more HRs, his 6th and 7th in 5 games, including his 2nd in 2 days into the CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, in a 9–6 win over the Tigers. Hooks Dauss does the teeing up today.

16th  After going 12 innings yesterday, with the Giants beating the Cubs Hippo Vaughn, the two teams battle for 13 innings today before Chicago emerges with a 5-4 win. Pete Alexander goes the distance, though he allows 2 runs in the top of the 13th. The Cubs respond with 3 runs off Rube Benton and Art Nehf. Frankie Frisch has five of the 14 hits off Alex.

17th  In St. Louis, the Braves scalp the Cardinals, 10-0, behind Dana Fillingim, who scatters 4 hits and belts a 2-run homer. Ray Powell adds 4 hits including a homer.

18th  In another extra inning game at Cubs Park, the Giants drop seven runs on the Cubs in the 10th inning to win, 10-3. Tired starter Lefty York is the losing pitcher. Dave Bancroft has 4 hits and Ross Youngs 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Red Faber and the White Sox edge the Yankees, 4-3, helped by some errant Yankee baserunning. Peck has a homer and triple for New York and Babe Ruth has a ground out RBI. He is also walked once to extend his streak of consecutive games in which he is walked to 17, an AL record. Ted Williams will top it in 1941.

19th  Hippo Vaughn records just one out as the Giants score 9 runs in the 1st inning as they enjoy a 9-1 win over the Cubs. Jesse Barnes wins his 4th.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals score three runs in the bottom of the 9th, two on a double by Austin McHenry, to beat the Braves, 5-4. Teammate Rogers Hornsby has three RBIs on three hits.

20th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 3 runs in the 8th and edge the Phils, 3-2. Chief Yellow Horse goes 8 innings for the win. Carson Bigbee drives in the Bucs first run and Max Carey the last two. Bigbee is in game 2 of a 23-game hitting streak.

21st  At the Polo Grounds, the Braves rake three Giants pitchers for 18 hits and coast to a 16-5 win. George McQuillan gets the victory. Fred Nicholson has 5 hits and 5 RBIs for Boston.

22nd At Cincinnati, Eppa Rixey and Wilbur Cooper (11-2) battle for 11 innings before Rixey allows three runs in the 12th to give the first-place Pirates a 5-2 win. Possum Whitted has three hits and three RBIs for the Bucs.

23rd At Navin Field, the Browns Elam Vangilder scatters 13 hits—9 by Harry Heilmann and Bobby Veach—over 12 innings as St. Louis tops the Cobbless Tigers, 6-4. Veach completes a hit streak of 9 straight that he started yesterday. Hooks Dauss is the loser, but he establishes a little-known and totally ignored record (20th C) by hitting 3 batters for the second consecutive game. He plunked 3 on the 18th and hit one in each of his two previous games. Hooks’ll tie for the AL lead this year with 13 HBPs.

25th In Washington, Babe Ruth clouts a 2-run HR in the 5th off Walter Johnson, but Washington beats the Yankees, 6–4. Bob Shawkey is the loser.

At Baker Bowl, the Giants sweep a pair from the Phillies, 9-4 and 17-4. Catcher Frank Snyder, who did not play in game 1, hits a pair of homers in game 2 to go with the two he hit yesterday. Frankie Frisch has 4 hits and scores 4.

26th George Mogridge (8-4) allows 16 hits in 8 innings in Washington’s 9-1 loss to the Yankees. Bob Muesel homers and Babe Ruth hits his 27th for the second place New Yorkers, while Sam Rice is 4-for-4 for the Nats. Nemo Gaines makes his ML debut by mopping up in the 9th for Washington. Gaines, a 1921 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, will have three more appearances in the next three weeks, allowing no runs, before finishing his ML career as the first graduate of the Academy to pitch in the majors. It won’t be matched this century. Nemo will enter the Navy rising to the rank of captain.

Capped by a 3-run homer by Walter Cruise, the Braves score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat Brooklyn, 7-4.

28th In Chicago, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 2-1 and 8-6. In game 2 Cubs second sacker Zeb Terry is thrown out trying to steal for the 13th straight time, a NL season record. It will be topped (by Chris Cannizzaro), but his 12 straight unsuccessful steal attempts this year will remain on the books.

30th Detroit drives Jim Bagby from the mound and beats Cleveland, 6–3. But Ty Cobb spikes himself in the left knee sliding into 2B and will be sidelined for two weeks.