1906 May

1st Johnny Lush, 20, posts a 6–0 no-hitter over Brooklyn for the Phils, striking out 11. He is the youngest ever to throw a no-hitter. Mal Eason takes the loss. The Philadelphia Inquirer states, “The trolley dodgers were triumphantly baffled by Lush’s drop curve.” Joe Ward, who had cleared waivers by all 15 teams, has 4 hits for the Phils, and has 7 in his last 2 games.

At New York, the Boston Americans drop an 8–0 decision to the Highlanders, the first of 20 in a row. The next 19 will be at home. Bill Hogg allows one hit in the win, a single by Freddy Parent. OF Jesse Burkett is released by the Americans to manage the Worcester team, which he owns. Burkett will be voted in to the Hall of Fame in 1946 by the Vet’s committee.

The Cubs top the Cardinals, 5-1, handing Jack Taylor his 11thstraight loss to Chicago stretching back to 1897.

2nd Behind Carl Lundgren, the Chicago Colts clip the St. Louis Cardinals, 5–1. It is Lundgren’s 10th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to May 25, 1904.

3rd  In New York, Frank LaPorte lines a 10th inning inside-the-park homer to give the Highlanders a 6-5 win over the Athletics.

5th Christy Mathewson makes his first mound appearance of the year for the Giants. The New York ace is still weak from a case of diphtheria contracted before the season. Matty pitches 7 innings against Boston and allows 7 hits before being relieved by Joe McGinnity, who allows 3 runs in the 9th to turn a 4–3 margin into a 6–4 defeat. The Giants (15–5) stay in first place in the NL.

6th  At Pittsburgh, the Cubs top the Pirates, 5–1, for their 9thstraight win. During the game the Pittsburgh ground crew uses a tarp to cover the entire infield, the first time a ML team has done this. Fred Clarke, the Pirates manager, will file for a patent on June 7 for a “diamond cover,” and the patent will be approved on February 2, 1911. Previously, some club owners protected only the pitcher’s slab or the home plate, while others covered the bases as well. “One club owner, George Tebeau of Louisville, is said to have a circus tent with which he covers the whole infield when it rains” (Chicago Tribune, September 30, 1906).

At Brooklyn, the Phillies top the Superbas, 10-2. The Phils play without rookie infielder Joe Ward, who said he missed his train. According to the Reading Eagle (May 19) Ward was secretly married today to a “young woman, who lives in Manayunk.” The paper reports that Ward went into a slump immediately thereafter and lost his regular job at third base (he will hit .295 for the year).

7th  During the New York Americans 7–2 win over visiting Washington, umpire Tim Hurst strikes New York manager Clark Griffith in the mouth after Griffith accidentally steps on his shoe during a 10-minute argument following a close play in the 5thinning. Griffith is tossed today but Hurst will be suspended for 5 days.

The Cubs win their 10th straight topping the Pirates, 3–2, and move into first place in the NL as the Giants drop to 2nd.

The Giants get shut out at Washington Park by Brooklyn’s Jim Pastorius, 6–0. Harry Lumley crack a long drive near the CF fence for a triple and “Hoboken” Tim Jordan follows with his first ML homer, off Hooks Wiltse. The rookie Jordan will lead the NL in homers this year with Lumley second. John McGraw, sore from a car accident yesterday that occurred while returning from an exhibition game in Newburgh, watches the game from a box seat.

Detroit Tigers P Bill Donovan steals second, third, and—on the front end of a double steal—takes home, all in the 5th inning of an 8–3 victory over Cleveland. He also slugs a triple. Donovan swiped home against Cleveland last year as well. He is one of just 2 pitchers (Red Faber, 1915) who will swipe 2B, 3B, and home in a game.

Boston (NL) acquires P Gus Dorner from the Reds for P Chick Fraser.

8th  Shorthanded because of injuries, Connie Mack puts pitcher Chief Bender in LF in the 6th inning in a game against the Boston Americans. Bender, who banged his first homer on May 5, responds with 2 roundtrippers, both inside the park, off Jess Tannehill, in the A’s 11–4 win. Bender will hit just 3 more homers in his 16-year career.

A PCL game in Los Angeles is postponed when the Fresno team can’t make today’s game because of a tunnel collapse delayed their train. In six days, LA owner James Morley will forfeit his franchise to the league, paving the way for the team to be taken over by a group of businessmen.

9th  The Tigers sell outfielder Jimmy Barrett to the Reds. Barrett had injured his leg in an April 26, 1905 game and reinjured it attempting to return to action too soon. Barrett will go 0-for-12 for Cincinnati and they will hand him his release on May 20. The hobbled Barrett will hook on for a couple of years with the Red Sox.

10th At Cleveland, the Americans drub the White Sox, 15–1, scoring 8 runs off starter Ed Walsh.

11th  Tom Jones, St. Louis Browns 1B, has 22 putouts—an AL record that will be tied by the Highlanders’ Hal Chase on September 21, and not again until July 20, 1987, by Don Mattingly. His Browns beat Boston, 8–3.

13th The Reds sell pitcher Gus Dorner (1-1) to the Boston Beaneaters, where he will go 8-25 to join three other 20-gamne losers, tying last year’s ML record by Boston.

14th Mathewson wins his first game of the season, scattering 9 hits and walking an uncharacteristic 7 batters, but still beats the Reds, 6–3. The game is 1–1 after 8 innings, but the Giants jump on Orval Overall for 5 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in the 9th to put the game away.

In Boston, the Browns beat up on the Red Sox, winning, 11-1. George Stone drills an inside-the-park homer in the 9th, off starter Cy Young, to pile on. Boston has now lost 11 straight.

15th  Hooks Wiltse of the Giants becomes the 2nd pitcher of the modern era to fan 4 batters in a single inning [he is credited as the first; however, Doc White fanned 4 batters in an inning on July 21, 1902.] fanning the side after the first Cincinnati batter, Jim Delahanty, in the 5th inning reaches base on Roger Bresnahan’s 3rd-strike error. Wiltse also fanned the side in the 4thinning to total 7 batters punched out in just two innings, the first and only time this happens in ML history. Hooks K’s 12 Reds overall en route to a victory, 4–1. However, the Giants suffer a major loss when Turkey Mike Donlin, after getting 3 hits, breaks his leg sliding into 2B.

16th  The visiting Giants, clad in their new all-black uniforms, are sliced up by the Pirates, 11–0. The Bucs tally 15 hits to back sinkerballer Vic Willis, obtained from Boston last December. Willis will toss shutouts in his next two outings.

Boston’s Gus Dorner (2-1), sold 3 days ago by the Reds, beats his old team, 6–5.

17th  Detroit’s Ty Cobb’s bunt single spoils Rube Waddell’s no-hit bid. The Philadelphia A’s win 5–0.

Pittsburgh’s Sam Leever faces just 27 Giants batters, allowing 3 singles, to top New York, 3–0.

Washington starter Charlie Smith hits his lone ML homer in a losing cause as the White Sox win, 6-2.

18th  Christy Mathewson, weakened from a bout of diphtheria, is pounded for 14 hits by the Pirates and loses, 7–6. Honus Wagner paces the attack with 2 singles and a triple and also picks off Bill Dahlen off 2B in the 9th inning with the hidden ball trick. Dahlen, intently watching Lefty Leifeld on the mound, misses Wagner who gently touches him with the ball. McGraw is so furious with Dahlen that he slaps him with a $100 fine, later rescinded (according to Bill Deane). The Pirates have now won 3 in a row from New York.

At Washington, the 6th place White Sox sock the Nationals, 10–0. Fielder Jones has a 3-run homer, just the 2nd Chicago 4-bagger this year. The Sox will total 7 on the season. The game is interrupted in the 6th when the Nats Tom Hughes goes into the stands after a fan who had been “kidding him.”

19th After managing the first 3 games from the bench, Fred Clarke leaves town to attend to his injured right shoulder, Honus Wagner skippers the Pirates to a 5–1 to over the Giants. The Bucs are now 5 ½ games in back of Chicago.

The Boston Beaneaters begin a record four straight shutout losses, losing today to the Reds, 15–0. For the Beaneaters, it’s 8–0 on 21st; 1–0 on 22nd; 5–0 on 23rd. The team’s losing streak will end at a NL-record 19 games, a mark that will be tied by the 1914 Reds and broken by the Phils. Chick Fraser does the pitching today for the Reds, while Jim Delahanty hits a grand slam. The Reds record their biggest score of the year and will reach double digits in just nine games. Reds catcher Oscar Stanage has a debut one at-bat but will be sold to Newark. Oscar will anchor the Tiger backstop position for a decade starting in 1909.

Behind Andy Coakley, the A’s edge the Tigers, 2-1, to run their win streak to 11 games. Rookie Jack Hannifin has a hit in his only AL at bat. He’ll be sent to the minors in June and be purchased by the Giants in August.

20th Arriving in Chicago in first place by percentage points, the Giants lose the opener of the series, 10–4, to drop to 2nd place. The game is delayed 30 minutes when the gates are broken down and hundreds of fans pour into the park as the police battle to control the crowd. Several thousand fans remain outside when the game starts, while an estimated 25,000 fans are inside, the Cubs largest crowd of the year.

21st  An 11-game win streak by Philadelphia is stopped by Cleveland, 2–1, in 13 innings. The Athletics, Cleveland Naps, and New York Highlanders juggle the top spot in AL standings.

The White Sox win their 5th in a row, 7–6, over the Highlanders. The win goes to Doc White, his first since returning from coaching the Georgetown College team.

Before a packed house in Chicago, the Giants Hooks Wiltse, with relief help from Mathewson, stops the leading Cubs, 6–4. Mathewson allows one run in his 4 innings. The Giants will win tomorrow as well.

22nd Miss Marjorie Bell, a Chicago high school senior, sets a women’s record for the longest throw of a baseball when she hurls a ball 204 feet. The distance was measured by the University of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, according to an article in the Ottawa (IL) Free Trader (July 13, 1906). This broke the previous record of 195’3” set by Alice Belding of Vassar College on May 7, 1904. (as noted by baseball historian J.G. Preston).

23rd With an off day, Chicago city officials close the gates at West Side Grounds in the middle of the series with the Giants. The reason is that city ordinances state that no fans are allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.

In Oakland, the San Francisco Seals play the first PCL game in the Bay Area since the earthquake, beating the Fresno Raisin Pickers, 4–3. Their new park will be ready for the Seals by the start of next season.

24th The Cubs overcome a 5–2 Giants lead to tie the game at 5-5, but a Johnny Evers error in the 8th gives New York a 6–5 win. Mathewson, who pitches just 2 and 1/3 innings is credited with the win, since he left the game with the Giants ahead. Wiltse pitches the last 7 1/3 innings. By taking three out of four in Chicago, the Giants increase their hold on first place.

25th  Jesse Tannehill snaps the Boston Americans’ 20-game losing streak–19 at home—with a 3–0 2-hit win over the White Sox. Jesse’s batterymate Bob Peterson drives in all the runs in a game that takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Both of these loss streaks by Boston are AL records until Baltimore drops 21 in a row in 1988. The A’s in 1916 will lose 20 in a row. Both Boston teams will finish last, while both Chicago teams finish first. It’s the first time 2 cities have had 2 winners and 2 cellar-dwellers, and it won’t happen again until 1921, when New York has the winners, and Philadelphia the last-placers.

26th At St. Louis, George Browne drives in 2 runs in the top of the 9th to give the Giants a 5–4 lead over the Cards. McGinnity pitches a scoreless 9th to preserve the win for Christy Mathewson.

27th Five fans are killed and 25 injured by a bolt of lightning that strikes a crowd watching a game near Mobile, Alabama.

30th Chicago Cubs pitcher Jack Pfiester fans 17 Cardinals, but loses, 4–2, in 15 innings at St. Louis. Chicago also loses the nitecap, 6–1, to Carl Druhot.

At Washington Park, the Superbas split with the Giants, winning the first game, 2–0, behind the 4-hit pitching of Harry McIntire. Dummy Taylor takes the loss. Mathewson gets a win for New York in the nitecap, beating Bill Scanlan, 5–2.

31st At Pittsburgh, the Cardinals Chappie McFarland pitches 7 scoreless innings before being replaced by Wish Egan, who promptly allows 3 runs to lose, 3-0, to Leever. This shutout start for McFarland is his last for St. Louis; in his next start, for Pittsburgh, Chappie will shut out the Phils, the only pitcher this century to throw two shutouts in a row for two different teams in the same season.