1925 June

1st  At a Monday game at Yankee Stadium, 18,000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0–2 with a walk against Washington’s Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Nats win 5–3. In the 9th inning, Lou Gehrig begins a consecutive-game streak that will surpass Everett Scott’s mark by pinch-hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger, the SS who replaced Scott in the Yankees lineup.

At Dunn Field, the Browns break a 2-2 tie after 6 innings by scoring 8 in the last three frames to beat the Indians, 10-2. Ken Williams, with a single, triple and homer, drives in 6 runs.

At Forbes Field, Jack Fournier hits a 2-run homer in the 7th as the Cardinals edge the Pirates, 3-2. Max Carey is caught at home in an attempted steal, the first of just two times he’ll be caught stealing this year. He will be thrown out at 3B on the 4th of July. His 51 steals will top the circuit.

2nd 1B Wally Pipp is hit on the head in batting practice, resulting in a severe headache. It’ll only get worse as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8–5 victory, with Allen Russell taking the loss.

Jim Bottomley has a pair of homers, including a 5th inning grand slam off Neal Brady, as the Cards whip the visiting Reds, 8-2. Bottomley will hit 5 or more RBIs in 4 games this year.

At Detroit, the White Sox overcome a 10–run deficit to tie the Tigers at 15 runs apiece. All is for naught as Ty Cobb drills a 3–2 pitch for a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 9th

The Red Sox release Shano Collins who will take over as manager of the Pittsfield (MA) team.

3rd In a 12–7 win, White Sox player/manager Eddie Collins singles of Detroit’s Rip Collins for his 3,000th hit. The 38-year-old is the 6th player to reach 3,000.

4th  Veteran hurler Joe Bush, playing RF for the Browns, is called in to pitch to Cleveland pinch hitter Harvey Hendrick with the bases filled and 2 out in the 9th. Hendrick hits the first pitch for a triple, and the Indians win 11–10.

Trending up? The Pirates score once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, three times in the 3rd and four times in the 4th as they whip the visiting Phillies, 16-3. Kiki Cuyler hits for the cycle to pace the 18-hit attack.

In Chicago, the Robins get a grand slam from catcher Zack Taylor and a three-run 9th but it is still not enough as they fall to the Cubs, 11-9. Charlie Grimm has 4 hits, including a homer and double, to drive in 4 runs for the Cubs.

At Fenway, the first-place A’s rip the Red Sox 12-2, Al Simmons has 2 hits and 3 runs to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 23 games.

5th At Cubs Park, Dodger outfielder Zack Wheat lines into a 7th inning triple play, the play going 1B Barney Friberg to SS Rabbit Maranville. But Wheat also harvests 2 homers to help the Dodgers to a 7–6 win over the Cubs. Red-hot rookie Mandy Brooks drives in 3 for Chicago.

In St. Louis, Frank Snyder has two homers and drives in 6 runs as the Giants whip the Cardinals, 11-5. Jack Scott (8-2) is the winning pitcher.

Cuban cutie Dolf Luque pips the Braves, 1–0, in 10 innings for a Reds win.

6th  Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner are in the lineup of a 1901 Pirates team that plays a brief game as part of Golden Jubilee Day in Pittsburgh. A week later Clarke will join the Pirates as assistant to the president, a move that will lead to a player revolt in which heads roll and pennants are lost. After the ceremony Emil Yde pitches the Bucs to a 9-3 win over the Phillies.

Visiting Brooklyn scores 8 runs in the 6th inning and holds on for a 12-9 win over the Cubs. Burleigh Grimes is the winning pitcher and also homers as the Robins collect 18 hits. Mandy Brooks has 4 RBIs for Chicago, his 4th successive multi-RBI game, and has now driven in 11 runs in his first 6 games, a club record.

For the second successive day the temperature in Philadelphia hits a record (for the date) 100 degrees, as Detroit beats the A’s, 6-4. Frank O’Rourke has 4 hits for the Tigers, while Sammy Hale has a double, triple and homer for the A’s.

The temperature is a record 98 in New York, the hottest June 6 of the century, as a continuing heat wave envelopes the country. In the metropolitan area, 67 people die in heat-related deaths. At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 12,000 watch the Yankees outslug the Browns, 11-9, with the teams combining for 29 hits. Ken Williams homers in the 7th, his third in two days, and an out later, Leo Dixon bounces a homer into the bleachers for his first and only round tripper. Dixon makes the games final out on a grounder to Dugan at 3B. Jumpin’ Joe makes a spectacular catch and throw and then collapses on the ground as his trick knee gives out. With hundreds of fans crowded around, a seemingly unconscious Dugan is revived and carried off the field by his teammates. The Yankees are in 7th place, 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox.

7th  The Reds and Braves turn 5 double plays apiece in a 12-inning game for a ML record. The Giants and Reds will match it in a 16-inning game on May 1, 1955. The AL record is 9 twin killings, set two weeks ago by Detroit and Washington; it will be matched by a number of teams. Pete Donohue, who will lead the NL in innings pitched with 301, goes the distance for the Reds win.

After collecting 18 hits yesterday, Brooklyn has 19 hits today as they edge the host Cubs, 10-9. Zack Wheat and Dick Cox each drive in 3 runs. Mandy Brooks is held to one RBI and now has 12 RBIs in 7 games for Chicago, the best start for a Cubs rookie this century (Soler, in 2014, will have 10 in 7 games). He’ll add 2 tomorrow before his streak pauses, but will finish his first 10 games with 16 RBIs, a club mark.

8th  Herb Pennock, in relief, notches the victory as the Yankees edge the Browns, 6-5, in 10 innings. Starter Waite Hoyt lines a pair of triples and Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers and 3 RBIs.

11th  Four days after his average tops .400, Rogers Hornsby buys 1,167 shares in the Cardinals at $42.85 a share. Hornsby pays $5,000 in cash and borrows the rest from the bank with owner Sam Breadon endorsing his note. Breadon retains the right to buy back the stock at 6% interest.

In pre-game ceremonies, the World Series flag is raised in Washington. Then Ty Cobb drives in 2 runs in the 1st inning off Walter Johnson to lead the Tigers to a 7–4 win.

12th  In a 6–2 loss to the Pirates, the Giants make a triple play that goes from SS Travis Jackson to C Hank Gowdy to 3B Heinie Groh to RF Ross Youngs to 2B George Kelly to 1B Terry. In the first inning, with Max Carey on 3B and Johnny Rawlings on 2B, Kiki Cuyler taps a slow roller to SS that gets away from Jackson for a few seconds. Carey starts home and is caught, Jackson to Gowdy to 3B Groh. Rawlings, on his way to 3B, heads back to 2B and is run down. Cuyler tries for 2B and gets caught in a rundown.

13th  At Chicago, the Cubs beat the Braves, 2–0, with Charlie Grimm’s two homers providing all the scoring. Elmer Jacobs applies the calcimine.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals edge the Phillies, 10-9, in 10 innings. Rogers Hornsby has a homer and 4 RBIs and Jack Smith collects 5 hits and 2 stolen bases. Smith will steal 20 this year and be caught twice, a remarkable percentage in the run-anytime early 20’s. Eddie Dyer (1-0) is the winner in relief. He’ll win again tomorrow against the Phils.

Joe Judge’s inside-the-park grand slam is the big blow in Washington’s seven-run 2nd inning as the Senators top the visiting Tigers, 11-3. Harry Heilmann has a single to complete a 20-game hitting streak.

15th  In Shibe Park, with the Indians leading the first-place A’s, 15–3, after 7 innings, many fans (and starting pitcher Stan Baumgartner) leave and miss the greatest rally of the century. The A’s score a run in the 7th and then plate a club-record 13 in the 8th for a 17–15 win and making up a 12–run deficit, tying a record set in 1911. Led by Al Simmons with a single and 3-run homer, the A’s collect 9 hits and 4 walks in the rampage. The outburst gives Tom Glass, the 5th pitcher for the A’s, his lone ML victory (and the last game he ever pitches) as he allows a run and 7 hits in 3 innings. Glass makes the first out in the 8th, and is lifted for Sammy Hale when his turn comes up again. Rube Walberg closes out the Indians in the 9th. George Uhle, one of four Tribe pitchers in the 8th, takes the loss. The Indians tally 24 hits, 5 by Charley Jamieson, and 4 each by R.H. Knode and Joe Sewell. Bill Lamar, in the middle of a 16-game hit streak, leads the A’s with 4 hits, and an intentional walk. The latter loads the bases in the 8th for Al Simmons, who parks one on the roof of the upper deck in left for a grand slam.

16th With the Phillies ahead 4–0 in the 6th inning in St. Louis, Phils P Jimmy Ring calls time and asks the plate umpire Cy Pfirman if he can leave the field to change into a dry undershirt. Pfirman refuses and catcher Jimmy Wilson begins arguing with the ump. Wilson then gets tossed and Butch Henline replaces him at catcher. Henline continues the argument and he too gets thumbed. Phils manager Art Fletcher then takes his turn arguing and Cards manager Hornsby joins him at the plate. When Fletcher turns on Hornsby, Rogers decks him, and Pfirman then tosses Hornsby out of the game. Ring, who managed to change his shirt while the scene was going on, then gives up 2 runs to the Cards in the 6th, and 4 more in the 7th to lose 6–4. The Cards sweep the five-game series from Philadelphia. NL Prexy Heydler hands down a $50 fine to Fletcher and $100 to Hornsby for the fight.

The Senators top the Browns 3–0, as Walter Johnson becomes the first AL pitcher to win 10 games this year.

17th  In the third record runs-scored-in-an-inning to occur within 2 ½ weeks, the Tigers score 13 runs in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19–1 at Yankee Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th, in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits, one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs score before the first out is made. The score is the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built, though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off Dauss, a homer and a triple.

The Yankees waive iron man Ev Scott to the Senators for $4,000. Scott holds the consecutive games played record with 1,307.

At Fenway, the White and Red Sox split a pair, With Chicago taking the opener, 5-3, behind Red Faber. Boston rebounds in game 2 as Roy Carlyle has a homer and 6 RBIs and Ike Boone has a double and two triples.

The Reds Dolf Luque shuts out the first-place Giants winning, 1-0.

Tom Zachary pitches Washington to a 2-1 win over the Browns. Manager Harris has a single to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

18th In Washington, Browns infielder Bobby LaMotte hits a grand slam in the 6th inning and the Browns top the Senators, 9-6. For LaMotte, it is his first homer since 1922, when he was with Washington. He drives in 6 runs today. Bucky Harris hits a triple to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 24.

In a first, President Hickey of the American Association trades umpire Gerald Hayes to President Tools and the American Association for umpire Doll Dorr. Hickey has coveted Dorr for years.

20th  The Reds IF makes 6 double plays against the Giants, winning 4–2 for Eppa Rixey’s 7th straight win.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swamp Brooklyn, 21–5, behind the hitting of Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler. Carey hits for the cycle and Cuyler slugs a triple and two homers, one a grand slam. Cuyler drives in 6 runs, and scores 5. Glenn Wright has a homer and 5 RBIs to make the win easy for Babe Adams. Nelson Greene allows 15 earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.

22nd  After a day of rest, Pittsburgh again wallops St. Louis, winning 24–6. Max Carey collects 2 hits in an inning twice, in the 1st and 8th frames, the first player to ever accomplish the feat, and Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor hit grand slams. The Pirates collect 21 hits, 6 for home runs. Grantham, with a pair of homers, and Carey score 4 times each as the Cards help with 7 errors. Eddie Moore has a hit and 2 RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 21 straight games. Pittsburgh scored 21 runs in their previous game with the Birds, to set an NL scoring record (20th C.) for 2 games. Reliever Johnny Stuart allows 16 of the runs in 8+ innings, including a club mark 4 homers. The next Card reliever to serve up 4 homers will be Todd Burns, in 1995.

The Cardinals pick up Pete Alexander on waivers from the Cubs.

24th In a 5–3 Yankees win over Washington, Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home, as Wally Schang steals 2B on the double steal. Goose Goslin has a pair of triples for Washington and will hit 8 of his league-high 20 against New York.

26th Before 30,000 fans in Philadelphia, Walter Johnson and rookie Lefty Grove square off in a battle of the AL leaders. Grove, a winner of 108 games in 5 years at Baltimore, was Mack’s high-priced purchase last October. Al Simmons slams a 2-run HR in the 3rd for the A’s, but Goose Goslin rips a 3-run HR off Grove in the 7th to give Washington a 5–3 win.

27th In Brooklyn, The Phillies score 5 runs in both the 6th and 7th innings to clip the Robins, 10-6. Lew Fonseca, acquired off the waiver list in March, has 4 hits, including a grand slam, for the Phils.

Cards rookie Art Reinhart, who made a relief appearance in 1919 and another 2 days ago, throws a 5-0 shutout over the Cubs in his first start. He allows 7 hits, 3 by phenom Mandy Brooks. In his first 25 games, Brooks is hitting .398 with 9 homers and 34 RBIs.

28th The Cards sweep a pair over the visiting Cubs, winning 3-1 and 8-3. in game 2, Jim Bottomley hits his second grand slam of the month, a 5thinning shot off Wilbur Cooper. Bottomley drives home 5.

29th  The Senators beat the A’s, 4–2, to move within a half game of the top. A’s OF “Broadway” Bill Lamar has 3 hits but will go hitless against Walter Johnson tomorrow after hitting in 29 straight games; he’ll hit .356 for the year.

30th Walter Johnson blanks the A’s 7–0, allowing just 2 scratch singles and no walks, to knock the A’s out of the lead. The A’s take just one of 5 games in the series. Philadelphia drops out of 1st place for the first time since May 7th, but will soon be back on top.