1922 June

2nd The Browns Urban Shocker scatters 14 hits, while the Browns tally the same number, in beating Chicago, 12–4. Ken Williams homers in the Browns 7-run 3rd.

3rd  In a 5–4 win over Detroit, Indians 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, his first in 167 games. The streak began May 30, 1921 and that was his only error of the 1921 campaign. Stuffy handled 1,531 chances during the streak. McInnis will make 4 more errors this year but his .997 fielding average will be good enough for him to lead the league for a 6th time.

4th At the Polo Grounds, Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win, 8–3. Ruth clouts a 3-run homer over the RF fence for New York.

5th At Rochester, the Yankees lose to the Rochester Tribe (later the Red Wings), 4-3.

6th Bobby Veach leads the Tiger offense with a grand slam as Detroit overwhelms Philadelphia, 14-1. Ty Cobb drives in another 4 runs on a double and a triple.

8th Red Sox Elmer Smith hits a grand slam off the Browns Elam Vangilder as the Sox build a 7–1 lead, Tobin homers, but the 2nd place Browns fall short, 7–5.

9th  James C. Dunn, who brought Cleveland its first pennant as Indians president in 1920, dies. He is succeeded by former newspaperman Ernest S. Barnard, who will later become AL president.

At Chicago, the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox (as noted by Retrosheet). On a 2-out single to SS, Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1B, and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the 3rd out, Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th, De Vormer again runs for him, this time staying in to catch. The Sox win, 6-2, but New York remains 2.5 games ahead of St. Louis.

10th  The Giants raise their WS pennant on George Burns Day; it’s the first appearance at the Polo Grounds for the popular outfielder, now with the Reds after 10 years in a Giants uniform. The Giants win, 3–2.

In St. Louis, Babe Ruth’s 2-run homer in the 3rd, off Urban Shocker, ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker, and a double, single, two errors on the same play, and sac fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him, and fires his 1stpitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker, and another 6 off relievers to win, 14–5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball, sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.

11th Insisting on another start, Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees, 8–4. New York scores 3 in the 7th on a walk, 3 hits, and a Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson, a subs adds the game’s topper in the 7th when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns’ dugout and the ball strikes owner Phil Ball on the cheek giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game, Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury, but he still racks up 348 innings, 2nd in the AL.

12th  The Cards get 10 straight hits in the 6th to beat the Phils 14–8, tying their own ML record of September 17, 1920. One of the hits is a smash over the short RF fence with 2 men on by SS Specs Toporcer, the first nonpitcher to wear glasses. But Toporcer’s first homer is negated when he passes base runner Doc Lavan. Specs is credited with a single. Rogers Hornsby is 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs, and Jack Smith has 4 hits. Roy Walker is the winner.

Irish Meusel’s grand slam and triple sparks the Giants to a 9-3 victory over the Reds. The Giants open a bit of room and now lead the NL by 3 games.

Brown’s rookie Herb Pruett K’s Babe Ruth 3 times en route to a 7–1 win over the Yankees. He allows 6 hits. Ruth will go 4-for-12 with 7 K’s against the less-than-hard throwing southpaw, who will finish his career with a 29–48 record. The Browns collect 9 hits including 2 homers off Bullet Joe Bush—a 2-run homer in the 1st by Williams and a solo by John Tobin—in pinning the only loss that Bush will suffer against St. Louis. Bush will get revenge on his next outing, running up a winning streak of 17 against the Browns.

13th In the final game of the 4-game series in St. Louis, the Browns earn a split by pasting the Yankees, 13–4, behind Dave Danforth. George Sisler’s base-loaded triple in the 5-run 6th is the big blow. St. Louis trails the Yankees by 2.5 games.

14th At St. Louis, the Browns spot the Senators’ Walter Johnson a 5–0 lead, then come back on George Sisler’s grand slam to win, 7–6. Bill Bayne takes the loss while Rasty Wright is the winner.

Despite 3 errors by SS Harvey McClellan in the 8th inning, the White Sox edge the A’s, 6–5. Red Faber beats Fred Heimach. McClellan fumbles one ball, makes a wild throw and fails to cover 2B on a throw for his three errors.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants demolish the Pirates, 13–0, behind the pitching of Phil Douglas, and now lead the NL by 5 games. For the Buccaneers, it is their first shutout of the year. They’ll suffer only one more whitewash to lead the NL, after being shutout the most (14) last season.

15th The Browns beat the Senators, 3–2, on Marty McManus’s bounce home run.

16th In a 7–6 12-inning loss to the Cubs, Braves OF Fred Nicholson racks up 4 errors today, one short of the ML mark set in 1902 by Kip Selbach. While the NL mark is 5 errors in a game, Nicholson’s mark is the most in the NL since 1893. Ray Grimes hits a homer in the top of the 12th for the Cubs to win it.

17th The Yankees lose at Detroit, 9–8 as both teams combine for a AL record 9 triples. Detroit has six three-baggers. Huggins protests the game in the 7th when umpire Hildebrand refuses his claim for a triple on Ward’s drive that Cobb went back into the crowd to catch.

19th  In the Yankees 8th straight loss, a 3–2 decision to the Indians, Babe Ruth explodes at umpire Bill Dinneen and gets tossed. He’ll receive a two-day suspension, his 4th suspension of the year, when he continues to complain tomorrow about the umpire. Again, it was a call at 2B that sets the Bambino off, although he was in the field this time.

The host Robins score 4 runs in the 9th to tie the Pirates, then plate the winner in the 14th on a Zach Wheat single to win, 6-5. Art Decatur pitches 5 innings of shutout relief for the victory. In the 3rd, Pirate catcher Johnny Gooch steals home on the front end of a double steal; Gooch will have 11 steals in his 11-year career.

21st The Robins collect 19 hits to Pittsburgh’s 25 but Brooklyn wins, 15–14, scoring three runs on three errors in the 10th. Burleigh Grimes wins in relief. For the Bucs, Carson Bigbee has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, while Ross Barnhart has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Three players have 3 hits for Brooklyn. Pittsburgh loses for the 8th time in 9 contests and are now in 4th place.

23rd    At Chicago, Harry Hooper lines a 10th inning inside-the-park homer to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Indians.

24th In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway, Boston’s Ev Scott plays in his 900th straight game. Boston wins the opener, 12-7, as Reb Russell goes 8.1 innings in relief of Rip Collins. Bill Piercy, with the Yankees last year, wins the second game, 5-2, for his first victory of the season. George Burns helps the win by nabbing Chick Fewster with a hidden ball trick at 1B. The 2nd place Yankees have now lost 12 of their last 14 games, but stay a half game ahead of the Tigers, losers today.

27th In the White Sox 9-5 win, catcher Ray Schalk hits for the cycle against the Tigers. He’s just the 2nd ML catcher to cycle. Not until 1977 will another White Sox player match him.

Despite a grand slam by the Cubs Kettle Wirtz, off Whitey Glazner, the Pirates sweep a pair winning, 6-1 and 7-6.

28th  Walter Johnson wins another 1–0 battle, this one over the Yankees, for his 3rd straight shutout and 97th in all. Johnson strikes out 9. Waite Hoyt losses a tough one, allowing just 2 hits in the first 8 innings. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.

Christy Mathewson, in a Saranac sanitarium for treatment of tuberculosis, throws out the first pitch for a game at Saranac Lake, NY.

29th  In an 8–5 Cardinals win over host Pittsburgh, Rogers Hornsby connects for a home run between the RF bleachers and the scoreboard. He is the first slugger to put one out there at Forbes Field.

30th Brooklyn and Boston play 9 innings in one hour: 12 minutes, with Boston winning 3–2. Neither pitcher, Leon Cadore or Dana Fillingim, record a strikeout or walk a man, and neither catcher, DeBerry and Gowdy have a putout or assist, though each have passed balls.