1907 May

2nd Making his first pro start, Willie Humes of Bloomington (Three I) hurls a no-hitter, beating Springfield, 12-1.

3rd  Dilatory tactics of the Highlanders’ Joe Doyle, whose well-earned nickname is “Slow Joe,” lengthens a 10-inning game with the Athletics to a record 3 hours, 7 minutes. New York wins, 4–3.

At the Polo Grounds, Brooklyn’s Elmer Stricklett allows just 3 Giant hits but Christy Mathewson goes one better, and the Giants win, 1–0.

4th Hooks Wiltse shuts out Brooklyn, 10–0, allowing just one hit in 8 innings. Henry Mathewson, Christy’s brother, mops up in the 9th in his final ML appearance.

In Chicago, Pirate pitcher Vic Willis allows just two hits—both by Solly Hofman—in losing to the Cubs, 1-0. Hofman’s RBI single in the 4th provides the only run Carl Lundgren needs as the Cubs remain a half game behind the first-place Giants.

The White Sox crush the Highlanders, winning 15–0, setting a New York team record for biggest opponent’s score in a whitewash. On July 15th, the two teams will repeat the score.

7th  The Phillies Frank Corridon pitches a 10-inning one hitter to beat Boston’s Cy Young, 3–1. Corridon’s triple in the 10th drives in 2 runs to win. The only hit Corridon allows is a 4th inning single to Frank Burke.

8th  Frank Pfeffer of the Boston Doves pitches a 6–0 no-hitter against the Reds, striking out 3 and walking 1. He will be known as “Big Jeff” until his younger, and bigger, brother Ed “Jeff” Pfeffer becomes a star hurler for Brooklyn in 1913.

Christy Mathewson tosses his 2nd straight shutout, stopping the visiting Pirates, 4–0, on 4 hits. Lefty Leifield takes the loss. First-place New York has now won 10 in a row and holds a slim lead over Chicago.

9th  Detroit loses to Boston, 3-2, and also lose their starting left fielder re when he shatters his ankle sliding into 2B. McIntyre, the leader of an anti-Cobb faction on the club, will play just 20 games this year. He might’ve continued in the outfield today as the Detroit flycatchers record no putouts. Vet Davey Jones takes McIntyre’s place. With the change on the field and in the locker room, the 10-9 Tigers will go on a tear.

10th In Cleveland, Elmer Flick hits a leadoff homer for the Naps, who go on to beat the Highlanders, 5-1. The score could have been much higher but New York catcher Red Kleinow throws out 5 would be base stealers.

11th John McGraw deals three aces today against the Pirates, and emerges with a 9–6 win. Starter Joe McGinnity lasts one inning, Hooks Wiltse pitches until the 7th when he is given the hook in favor of Christy Mathewson. The Giants score 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th off Mike Lynch with the victory going to Matty.

14th  The flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during the pennant-raising ceremonies celebrating the 1906 championship. At Boston, the Pirates outslug the Braves to win, 14-11. Ginger Beaumont has 4 hits for the locals while Honus Wagner collects 5 for the winners, including a homer and a double.

16th The Highlanders swap P Walter Clarkson and OF Frank Delahanty—both siblings of future Hall of Famers—to Cleveland for P Earl Moore. New York is hoping that Moore will return to the form he showed before a Highlander line drive injured his foot in August 1905. But after making just six appearances this season, New York will waive him to the Phillies where he will regain his form in 1909. New York loses to Detroit today, 1–0.

17th  Pirates P Lefty Leifield’s shutout over Brooklyn is preserved by a great catch by RF Goat Anderson. Leifield wins 1–0.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep two from the Cards by the scores of 2–1 and 4–0. Christy Mathewson wins the opener, allowing just 3 hits in 12 innings, while striking out 11. Matty’s single in the bottom of the 12th off Fred Beebe provides the winning score. Joe McGinnity’s shutout in the nitecap is New York’s 16th victory in a row.

18th  Hooks Wiltse pitches the Giants to a 6–2 win over the Cardinals. For New York, it is their 17 straight win to run their season record to 24–3. Despite the run, the Giants are in first by just one game over Chicago.

20th  A 17-game winning streak started by the Giants comes to an end in a 6–4 loss to St. Louis.

Today’s Nashua Telegram reports that the Lowell Mail newspaper objects to the throwing of lemons at ball games, and says it is an old gag that should be stopped (as noted by Clifford Otto).

In the Highlanders’ 4–1 win over Boston, Kid Elberfeld accounts for half the total tallies with 2 steals of home, the first American Leaguer to accomplish that feat.

21st  NL president Pulliam dismisses the Opening Day protests of Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke over Bresnahan’s shin guards. As yet, Bresnahan is the only catcher using them.

Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson hook up in a pitching duel, with the Chicago ace emerging the winner, 3–2. Matty’s batterymate Roger Bresnahan makes 2 errors to cause Christy Mathewson to lose his 1st of the year. Mobbed at the Polo Grounds after the loss, umpires O’Day and Emslie require police protection. The crowd is egged on by McGraw, who will be thrown out of games 7 times this year. The next day AL ump Billy Evans needs a police escort after argumentative Hugh Jennings incites a riot. Jennings will be suspended.

22nd The Giants move back into first place over Chicago with a 7–1 win against the Cubs.

23rd Before a packed house of 23,000, McGraw uses his entire pitching staff of six against the Cubs, but Chicago still wins, 5–2 to move into first place over New York. Wiltse lasts just one inning, giving up two Chicago runs. Jimmy Sheckard’s three-run homer in the 5th off Mathewson, pitching on a day’s rest, seals the win for Chicago.

24th At the Polo Grounds, Boston pitcher Patsy Flaherty clubs the first grand slam by an NL pitcher when he connects in the 2ndinning off Hooks Wiltse of the Giants. Boston wins, 7–5.

25th The Giants bust Irv Young for 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat Boston, 9–1. McGinnity in relief of Mathewson, now 7–1, gets a save.

Following a doubleheader loss to the Phillies, veteran Jack McCarthy hangs up his cleats, possibly discouraged by the Superbas record of 7-25. McCarthy finishes his ML career with a respectable .287 batting average with 8 homers. All his four baggers come in the 19th Century: McCarthy has a ML post-1900 record of 2736 at bats without a homer.

26th  Chicago’s Ed Walsh hurls a rain-shortened 5-inning no-hitter against New York. In a steady drizzle, New York is down 4–1 when Manager Clark Griffith lifts starter Al Orth and inserts himself. Hoping to have the game washed out, Griffith loads the bases and then serves a cripple to Walsh, who drives in 2 runs. The Sox figure two can play that game and Billy Sullivan, who was on first with a walk, loafs home from 3rd and is tagged out. Umpire Sheridan threatens a forfeiture if the shenanigans continue. Chicago scores 2 more in the 6th before rain washes out the game and the Sox win 8–1.

30th In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, The Phils edge the Giants in the morning contest as Lew Moren bests Hooks Wiltse, 5–2. The afternoon match attracts 25,000 to the Polo Grounds, Mathewson scatters 8 hits to beat the Phillies, 6–1.

In Cleveland, the Tigers and Cleveland trade shutouts with Detroit taking the A.M. opener in 10 innings, 1-0, behind Bob Rhoads (spelled Rhoades in the New York Times). Rhoads bases-loaded walk in the 10th brings in Lajoie with the run. The Naps lose game 2, 6-0, as Addie Joss sustains his first loss after 10 straight wins to start the season. Ty Cobb has a homer to back Mullins, who tosses a 3-hitter.

The Yankees purchase Frank Kitson from the Nationals. The veteran will go 4-0 for New York, but they will sell him to Kansas City in August.

31st   The Highlanders beat Boston, 4–1, behind Frank Kitson, making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year, but will go 4–0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home, and Hal Chase has 2 steals.