1926 June

1st In Chicago, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning but the Cubs scramble back to win, 10-9. Gabby Hartnett’s grand slam in the 4th pulls the Cubs within one.

3rd  At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs to lead the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox. Boston manages just 3 hits off Myles Thomas and Sad Sam Jones.

5th After scoring a run in 11 straight games, the Browns Oscar Melillo goes plateless against Lefty Grove. The A’s ace wins, 10–1, at home, striking out 10 batters and striking out as a batter 4 times.

6th  Player-manager Tris Speaker, 38, of the Indians, sporting a lifetime .350 BA, startles players and fans alike when he directs P George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler, but he flies out. The Yankees win, 6–5.

In the 8th at Chicago, Red Sox 2B Ramon “Mike” Herrera starts a triple play to stop a White Sox rally and help Boston win, 4-3. Herrera is a veteran of the Cuban and Negro leagues.

After the New York Sun criticizes the Robins because top pitcher Jesse Petty is not one of their highest paid players, manager Wilbert Robinson phones the paper’s editor to complain. From this date on, the Sun reacts by referring to the team as the Dodgers, rather than the affectionate eponym ‘Robins’ that had often been used.

7th  The Cubs send two players and cash to Indianapolis for infielder Henry Schreiber and former major leaguer Riggs Stephenson. Stephenson was in the minors after a college football injury resurfaced, limiting his throwing ability. Stephenson is a steal, hitting .319 or better in eight of his nine seasons with Chicago and leading the club in hitting six times. His .336 with Chicago will be the club’s high mark.

The Tigers claim veteran Wilbur Cooper off waivers from the Cubs.

8th  At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth slugs a 5th inning two-run homer reported to carry 626 feet, in the Yanks 11–9 slugfest over the Tigers in 11 innings. The hit, off Tiger P Lil Stoner, lands at the intersection of Cherry Street and Brooklyn Avenue, two blocks from Navin Field (it has also been reported by Bill Jenkinson that it hit a taxi on Trumbull Avenue) The youngster who retrieves the ball sells it to the Babe for $20. Babe’s second homer of the contest, off Ken Holloway, decides the game in the 11thinning and is also an impressive clout, clearing the wire fence in right field, hitting the back wall and ricocheting back onto the playing field.

10th In a PCL game, Portland pitcher Fred Ortman allows just one hit against Hollywood, a homerun by John Kerr.

11th The Phils top Pittsburgh 13–11 as Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle. Wrightstone adds a double as he goes 5-for-6 with 4 long hits.

13th Jack Fournier hits 3 homers and Brooklyn needs them all to beat the Cubs, 6–5. Burleigh Grimes is the winner at home.

14th  The Giants trade OF Billy Southworth, hitting .328, to the Cards for part-time OF Heinie Mueller. This will prove to be a key trade for the Cards.

Red Sox pitcher Red Ruffing hits the first of his 36 ML homers, connecting off Detroit’s Hooks Dauss in an 8–7 loss to Detroit. The future Hall of Famer will be 3rd on the list of homer-hitting hurlers.

Cubs skipper Joe McCarthy, managing for the first time in his hometown of Philadelphia, is presented with a number of gifts in a pre-game ceremony. These include a grandfather clock, a trunk and a hand bag. Russ Wrightstone presents him with a first inning grand slam, off Cubs pitcher Guy Bush, but the Cubs come back to win, 9-7, over the last-place Phils.

15th  After sending OF Bing Miller to St. Louis for OF Baby Doll Jacobson, the A’s trade P Slim Harriss, P Freddie Heimach, and Jacobson to the Red Sox for OF Tom Jenkins and P Howard Ehmke, 32. Ehmke, 3-10 at Boston, will be 12-4 for the rest of the year at Philadelphia. The Red Sox waive Roy Carlyle to the Yankees, where he will hit .323 in 35 games in the Bronx. A lack of power and a .910 lifetime fielding average in the outfield will finish his ML career. Boston, however, will try another Carlyle next year, Roy’s brother Cleo.

Brooklyn buys Sammy Bohne from the Reds.

17th  The Browns Ken Williams hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning and St. Louis holds on to beat Washington, 9-7. Wally Schang adds a triple and homer as Tom Zachary goes the distance for the win.

At Detroit, the A’s use a late rally to beat the Tigers 12–9. They also stop Ed Wells’ string of 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Hal Rhyne hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 13th at the Polo Grounds to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead, but Freddie Lindstrom answers with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 Giants victory. Lindstrom has to elbow his way to home plate and jubilant fans storm the field.

Only in Brooklyn. The Cubs load the bases in the 6th against the Robins when Joe Kelly grounds sharply to 1B Babe Herman, who attempts a 3-6-3 DP with Rabbit Maranville. Johnny Cooney is retired at 2B, but Rabbit’s return throw is wide and goes to the stands. Pitcher Jess Barnes retrieves the ball and, seeing a runner heading for home, fires to C Mickey O’Neil. The Cubs runner sees O’Neil, stops short, and heads for the dugout. O’Neil follows him into the dugout and tags him, but the runner turns out to be Cooney who is already out on the play at 2B. Bill Klem rules that the inning has to continue. “There ought to be a law against such a thing, but there isn’t,” he complains (as noted by historian Peter Morris). Brooklyn overcomes the 4-run inning by Chicago and comes back to win the game, 10-9, in 10 innings.

18th  In a 6–2 loss to the Indians, new Red Sox outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson does not have a putout or assist in RF and will play another 6 games without a fielding chance. His record 7 straight games between the 18th and 25th will encompass 64 1/3 innings.

19th After winning yesterday 13–5, the Reds continue to punish Phillies pitching, sweeping 2 by scores of 8–2 and 14–6. Rube Bressler collects 7 hits, including a HR, for the afternoon.

20th  A delegation of Coffeyville, KS, fans comes to St. Louis to see their hometown hero, Walter Johnson, pitch against the Browns. Unfortunately, the Big Train cannot hold a 4–0 lead and loses his 7th game in a row, 5–4. The big blow for the Browns is a 3-run pinch HR in the 7thby Ken Williams.

21st At Redlands Field, the Reds edge the Cubs, 6–5, in 16 innings on Wally Pipp’s RBI. Both teams score in the 12th.

22nd  The Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander (3–3) on waivers from the Cubs to help in the pennant chase. Alexander will rejoin Bill Killefer, fired as Cubs manager last year, and now a Cardinal coach. Alex, who has not been in uniform for a month, will be 9-7 down the stretch, including 2 shutouts.

23rd  In St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby picks up his 2,000th hit, a single off Don Songer, then hits a 7th inning grand slam off Songer as the Cards top the Pirates, 6-2.

24th  Bullet Joe Bush, 1-8 with the Senators, is handed his release. The Pirates will sign him.

In game 1 at the Polo Grounds, Phillies relief pitcher Jack Knight homers twice, his only 2 career homers, and both come off Jimmy Ring. But the Giants win, 12–7, then complete the sweep, 7–2.

26th  The Cardinals move into 2nd with an 8–7 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bill Hallahan is victorious over Charlie Root.

27th  A crowd of 37,718 is on hand in St. Louis to see new Cardinal P Pete Alexander pitch the first game of the doubleheader against his old team, the Cubs. The fans are not disappointed as Alexander wins the opener 3–2 in 10 innings, giving up 4 hits. The winning HR is hit by the other newcomer, Billy Southworth. The Cubs win the nitecap 5–0 in a game interrupted by a shower of pop bottles in 9th inning as the crowd protests a call by umpire Charlie Moran. Moran ruled Sparky Adams safe at 1B, despite popping out to Hornsby, because of catcher interference. The Cubs win, 5-0, behind Sheriff Blake’s one-hitter. Again, it is Billy Southworth hit that prevents a no-hitter. It is the third time in Southworth’s career he has supplied the only hit.

The first-place Reds rout the Pirates, 16–0, and turn a triple play (Emmer, Dressen, Bressler) in the process. Pete Donohue is the easy winner as the Reds pound out 11 extra base hits, including 5 triples.

28th  James Edwards tosses a 4-hitter for the White Sox as they shut out the Browns, 7-0. In a mop up role, Ernie Nevers makes his ML debut for the Browns. The Stanford All-American gives up 2 runs in his one inning.

29th  The Louisville Colonels score in every inning as they trounce the host Columbus Senators, 24-3 in an American Association game. The scoring goes 2-1-2-1-6-2-7-1-2 and sets a league record.

30th  With player-manager Ty Cobb coaching 3B, base runner Harry Heilmann falls for the hidden ball trick pulled by Browns 3B Marty McManus. The Tigers still win, 4–1.