1905 May

1st Cold weather holds the crowd to 1,500 at South End Grounds, as Mathewson and the Giants freeze the Beaneaters, 8–2. For Matty, it is his 100th career victory.

3rd  After a 5–4 win over the Athletics, Washington leads the AL, the highest position it has attained in any race since 1893. In 3 days it will be supplanted by the Cleveland Naps (formerly the Blues).

After a 5–4 win versus visiting Pittsburgh, the Cardinals fire Kid Nichols as manager. Nichols guided St. Louis to a 5th place finish last year and they were 5–9 under him this season. Nichols will sign with the Phillies as a pitcher, while Jimmy Burke will take over as manager for the next 90 games before he too will be let go.

6th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Irv “Little Cy” Young wins a duel with Christy Mathewson, beating the Giants, 2–1. New York (13–4) keeps its hold on first place.

8th In the 2–1 Pirate win over the Reds at Pittsburgh, OF Otis Clymer gets into a fight with Reds 1B Cliff Blankenship. The bad feelings started several days ago when Blankenship bumped Honus Wagner on the basepaths and Clymer tries to retaliate by spiking Blankenship at 1B today. Blankenship twice punches Clymer as both are tossed from the game. The first sacker is pelted with bottles and a thrown knife by fans.

9th The last place Cardinals edge the first place Giants, 8–7. Josh Clarke, brother of Fred, hits a solo homer off Iron Joe McGinnity to help St. Louis.

10th John Lower of Waco (Texas League) tosses a 15 inning one hitter, which ends in a scoreless tie. (as noted by Art Schott). The only hit comes in the first inning.

11th Christy Mathewson strikes out the side in the first inning and whitewashes the Cardinals, 4–0, on 5 hits. Jack Taylor takes the loss for St. Louis.

In Brooklyn, the Superbas attempt to change their bad luck by batting first against the Reds and take advantage of hitting a clean ball. “They like the new ball,” observes manager Ned Hanlon. The Reds win it in the bottom of the 10th—an unusual occurrence—when Admiral Schlei hits an RBI single. Undaunted, Brooklyn will bat first tomorrow and beat the Reds, 2–1.

13th   At New York, Dummy Taylor shuts out Chicago, 1–0, beating the Colts Carl Lundgren in the first of three straight collars by Giants pitchers.

15th   Joe McGinnity and the Giants edge the Chicago Colts (Cubs), 4–0. Three Fingered Brown is the loser.

16th Red Ames stops Chicago, 4–0, on 2 hits, the 3rd shut out in a row over Chicago by the Giants. His opponent is Ed Reulbach, making his ML debut and allowing just 5 hits. Reulbach, called “the greatest of all college pitchers” after a stellar season at Notre Dame in 1904 before switching to the University of Vermont for 1905. Reulbach set a college strikeout record in 1904 and beat Syracuse University, 1–0, on May 12. Despite missing a month he will finish this year at 18–14 (Total Baseball numbers).

17th  Waseda University of Tokyo defeats Los Angeles High School 5–3 in the first game of an American tour. It is the first baseball game ever played by Japanese outside Japan. Waseda starts a powerhouse tradition at Japan’s Big Six universities that continues today.

18th The Pirates smack Mathewson for 9 hits and beat the host Giants, 7–2.

19th  Banished yesterday for brawling with Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke, John McGraw roams the Polo Grounds before today’s game with the Pirates, shouting insults at Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. McGraw accuses him of controlling the NL umpires through league president Harry Pulliam and welching on gambling debts. McGraw is again ejected during the game. Dreyfuss will files a formal protest with the league about McGraw’s behavior, his swearing, and his shouting “Hey, Barney” at Dreyfuss from the field. He also contends that the Giants manager offered to wager $10,000 that the Giants would win the game. McGraw responds to Dreyfuss’ complaint by stating that NL President Pulliam could not “forget his former role as the secretary to Dreyfuss.” A meeting of the Leagues directors results in a $150 fine and 15-day suspension for McGraw, but John Brush immediately gets a Superior Court injunction blocking the suspension and further hearings exonerate McGraw. Today’s match is won by New York, 7–1, as Dummy Taylor bests Chick Robitaille.

20th  The Reds purchase former Reds catcher Shad Barry from the Cubs.

21st Frank Smith of the White Sox has a one-hitter in beating Washington, 2-1. Jake Stahl has the only hit, and will do it again to Smith on August 31st.

22nd  Red Ames of the Giants wins his 7th straight, striking out 11 and driving in the winning run in the 12th with his first hit of the year. New York beats the 2nd-place Pirates, 2-1. Ames tosses two wild pitches.

23rd Paced by Bill Dahlen’s two home runs, the Giants scrub Orval Overall for a 7–0 win over the Reds. Christy Mathewson strikes out 8 and allows just 3 singles for the win.

27th Pulliam levies a $150 fine and a 15-day suspension. McGraw files for an injunction against the fine and suspension, which the judge eventually grants. On June 1st the NL board meets in Boston and clears McGraw of the Dreyfuss charges, then censures Dreyfuss for engaging in a public altercation with McGraw. The “Hey, Barney” line will follow Dreyfuss for years.

At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson stops Brooklyn, 4–1, beating Oscar Jones. Except for a poor throw by Roger Bresnahan, Matty would’ve had his 3rd shutout.

28th New York City’s police commissioner instructs his policeman to stop any Sunday baseball until the issue is resolved in the courts. The edict stops the Giants-Brooklyn game scheduled today at Washington Park, and almost gets Giants’ ace Iron Joe McGinnity arrested. McGinnity is asked to pitch in a semi-pro game at a field at 46th and 2nd Avenue, but upon arriving gets into an argument about money and refuses to put on a uniform. The police moved and arrest all the players except Joe, who is in street clothes.

29th At Pittsburgh, Dave Brain hits 3 triples to pace the Cardinals to a 6–3 win over the Pirates. He’ll match that mark on August 8.

30th  Both leagues post record attendance figures for the Tuesday Memorial Day holiday. Thanks to morning-afternoon doubleheaders, 80,963 attend 8 AL games, 67,806 see 7 NL games. At Chicago, Detroit wins a pair from the White Sox, 1–0 and 3–2. In Cleveland, the visiting Browns are edged twice, 1–0 and 6–5.

The Giants split an a.m.-p.m. twinbill with Brooklyn, winning the morning game 7–2 and dropping the nitecap, 4–3. Elmer Stricklett, an early proponent of the spitball (some account have him introducing the spitter to the NL), allows just 5 Giant hits in the win.

The Yankees sell veteran OF John Anderson to Washington.

31st The Reds use late rallies to sweep a pair from the visiting Cubs. In the opener, they score 3 in the 9th to win, 11–10. P Jack Harper drives in the winning run with a single off Three Fingered Brown. In the nitecap Admiral Schlei hits a sac fly in the 9th for a 3–2 win.