1903 May

2nd At Pittsburgh, Jack Taylor matches up with the Buccaneers’ rookie Cy Falkenberg for the second time in a week and again Chicago wins. This time, 10–5: on the 26th of April, it was 9–6.

In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Eddie Plank bests Cy Young as the A’s top host Boston, 3-0. Adding insult to injury, Plank also hits his first ML homer off Cy, a solo shot.

5th  At New York, the Highlanders down the Athletics, 11-3, thanks to 8 errors (NY Times) by the A’s, five by the unrelated Lave and Monte Cross. The A’s mount a threat in the 9th when the first two batters reach base but a line drive by Harry Davis results in a 3-6 triple play to end the game. It is the Highlanders first ever triple play.

6th  The White Stockings commit 12 errors, a team record, and the Tigers commit 6, for a modern ML record by 2 teams in one game. Thirteen of the E’s are by the infields, another AL mark. Sox shortstop Lee Tannehill leads the way with 4 errors, while 3rdsacker Frank Isbell and Patsy Flaherty check in with 3 apiece. Another AL mark is set when 12 batters on the two teams reach first on errors. Trailing 9–7 in the 9th inning, Chicago salvages a 10–9 victory for Patsy Flaherty over Mal Eason.

The Pirates Deacon Phillippe, en route to 25 wins, lets one get away when the Cubs score 9 runs on 9 hits in the top of the 9th for an 11–4 triumph at Exposition Park. Dick Harley leads off the 9thwith a single, the first hit off Phillippe since the 2nd inning. Doc Casey drills a bases-loaded single to make the score 6–4, and Evers follows with a two-run triple. The scoring ends when Chance is forced at 2B. Jack Taylor is the winner, the third time in 11 days he’s beaten the Bucs.

7th At the Polo Grounds, Giants 1B Dan McGann steals four bases to lead New York to an 8–4 win over the Phillies. Mathewson beats the Phils for the 2nd time in a week, scattering 9 hits. Teammate Iron Joe McGinnity, a bench spectator, is tossed in the 8th inning by umpire August Moran for mouthing off too much.

For the 2nd time in his career, Fred Clarke hits for the cycle and adds a walk, sacrifice and stolen base, but the effort comes up short as the Reds beat the Pirates, 10–8. The Pirates also lose Honus Wagner after a play at 2B with Reds infielder Jack Morrissey. When Wagner threatens to punch Morrissey, umpire Bug Holliday restrains him and the two clinch. Wagner is suspended for 3 games.

8th  White Stockings pitcher Nixey Callahan gets 5 hits for the 3rdtime in his career (also June 29, 1897 and May 18, 1902), a ML record for pitchers, but the 11-inning loss to the St. Louis Browns is the final game he will pitch in the major leagues. He will play other positions until 1913. Nixey is the only pitcher ever to garner five hits three times.

9th The Boston Americans top the visiting Highlanders, 12–5, with a little help from umpire Bob Caruthers, who tosses out New York pitcher Tannehill and 2B Williams for a ball call at home. When they refuse to leave the field, he pulls out a stop watch. After pleading by teammates the tossed two exit the field.

10th Chicago take two from the Cards, winning 6–3 and 13–8. In game 2, Chicago’s Jake Weimer fires 3 wild pitches in the 4thinning to set a NL mark that will be oft tied.

12th Mathewson is a stingy host to the Reds, holding them hitless through 7 innings and scoreless through 8 innings. But the Reds score 4 in the 9th off Matty to beat the Giants, 4–1.

14th At Corsicana (Texas League), the Paris club connects for 9 homeruns against Lucky Wright, Clyde “Sis” Bateman hitting 4 and Roland Wolfe 3, to win 13-7. Before the next day’s play, Corsicana moves the left field fence back.

15th At Detroit, the Tigers pick on Boston American outfielder Pat Dougherty and collect 5 triples and two homers in winning, 8–6. Dougherty misjudges a number of fly balls.

16th  A record 31,500 at the Polo Grounds see the Giants beat Pittsburgh, 7–3, behind Christy Mathewson. Matty allows 8 hits in beating William Kennedy, who is bricked for 13 safeties. The first-place New Yorkers will soon fade, and the Pirates, now in 3rdplace, will win their 3rd straight pennant.

17th  Ed Doheny outpitches Joe McGinnity, allowing just 6 Giants hits to give the Pirates a 3–2 win. Doheny also earns a 3-day suspension when, after hitting a popup in front of the plate, tosses his bat at Frank Bowerman while the big catcher is attempting to catch the fly.

With Sunday baseball banned in Cleveland, the Blues and Highlanders play at Columbus, Ohio. with Cleveland’s Addie Joss defeating Clark Griffith, 9–2. Dave Fultz is not in New York’s lineup today because he opposes Sunday baseball.

19th Mathewson, in relief of Dummy Taylor in the 8th inning, earns a 3–2 over Pittsburgh. New York comes back to score solo runs in the 7th and 8th for the victory.

Nineteen strikeouts are registered by both teams in Boston’s 3–2 win over Detroit.

20th After beating the Pirates in a relief effort yesterday, Mathewson allows 6 hits in shutting out the defending NL champs, 2–0. Sam Leever takes the loss. New York takes three games in the series and Mathewson wins them all.

Willie Sudhoff beats the Boston Americans, 4–3, but Boston stops the St. Louis pitcher’s three-game shutout skein.

23rd Boston evens its record at 14-14 with an 8-2 victory over the visiting Reds. Duff Cooley hits a grand slam for the Beaneaters.

24th  The Tigers avoid Detroit’s Sunday ban on baseball by playing Washington at Grand Rapids, in a game that draws 6,000. Detroit wins, 5–4, behind George Mullin, with John Deering in relief.

26th The first place Giants (22-9) top Chicago, 4–3, at the Polo Grounds, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Mathewson is the winner over Jack Taylor.

28th At Boston, the Pirates edge the Nationals, 7–6. Debuting for Pittsburgh is outfielder Reddy Grey, brother of writer Zane Grey. He goes 1-for-3 in his only ML appearance (Macmillan Encyclopedia has him 1-for-3 in another game).

At Boston, Buck Freeman scores the winning run in the 9th inning after hitting a triple off Highball Wilson and the Americans win, 5-4, over Washington. Highball has a pair of triples himself.

29th At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson tosses his 2nd shut out of the year, blanking Boston, 3–0, to keep New York in first place. A split with Boston tomorrow will drop them a half game off the pace.

30th in game 2 of a doubleheader in St. Louis, Bill Donovan of the Tigers loses, 5–0 to the Browns Bill Reidy. The Tigers had scored 62 runs in Wild Bill’s first 7 starts, but he better get used to the goose eggs. He’ll start 5 games in which the Tigers lose, 1–0, lose another by a 2–0 score, and win a 1–0 game. Not until September 3 will the Tigers be shut out in a non-Donovan game.

31st  At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, the Cubs collect 17 hits—all singles—to beat the Cardinals, 17–4. St. Louis helps winning pitcher Jake Weimer with six errors.