1st Pete Alexander earns his first win of the year, topping the Giants Jeff Tesreau, 1–0. Alex scores the only Phils run after reaching base on an error.
Brooklyn’s Casey Stengel hits two inside-the-park homers off Boston’s Otto Hess in a 4–2 win at home. On August 16th, teammate Bob Fisher will duplicate the feat against the Cardinals, off Geyer and Trekell.
3rd The Phillies whip the visiting Giants for the 3rd time in a row, a come-from-behind 3–2 victory. The Phils tie the score at 2 apiece when Gavvy Cravath clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th off Christy Mathewson. After the first two batters are retired in the 9th, the Quakers push across a run in to win. The struggling Giants are in 5th place.
Don’t touch my hat. St. Louis manager George “Firebrand” Stovall is tossed out of the game for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Charlie Ferguson. He also spits in Ferguson’s face and tosses the ump’s cap. The Naps plate 7 runs in the 6th and hang on to beat the host Browns, 11-8. Ban Johnson will ban Stovall for three weeks and Branch Rickey and Jimmy Austin will take over in the meanwhile.
4th The U.S. League tries to compete as a ML, with teams in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Reading, New York, Newark, Washington, and Lynchburg. They will open May 10th and fold May 12th; Baltimore is the pennant winner with a 2–0 record.
Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams tosses a 2-hitter at the Reds, and drives home the game’s only run with the Pirates’ one hit of the game, a triple in the 3rd. Art Fromme is the hard-luck loser for the Reds, 1–0. The two opposed each other on opening day with Adams emerging the winner.
In a solo game at Chicago, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 10–8, in 13 innings. The Cards, who bring only 3 pitchers along, sending the rest to Philadelphia for tomorrow’s series, run out of pitchers and start the 9th with OF Ted Cather on the mound. He lasts 1/3 of an inning in his only pitching appearance, before 1B Ed Konetchy takes over. The Cubs score twice in the 9th to tie it up, 8-8. Konetchy pitches 4 2/3 allowing 7 hits, 4 walks but strikes out 3 to win his only ML game.
Ban Johnson indefinitely suspends Browns player-manager George Stovall for an incident in the game on May 3 involving umpire Charlie Ferguson. Stovall followed the ump off the field, grabbed his hat, threw it on the ground and spat on it, all the time cursing out Ferguson. He then spat his chewing tobacco in the face of the ump. Jimmy Austin will serve as interim manager. Later this month Stovall will be relieved of his managerial duties by Browns’ owner Hedges.
The Braves trade Johnny Kling to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Tex McDonald. Kling managed the Braves last season to a 101-loss last-place finish before being replaced this year by George Stallings.
5th Red Sox player-manager Jake Stahl undergoes an operation to remove a bone spur in his foot. Stahl will skip the team’s western swing. Though he had 326 at bats last year, Jake will only hit twice this year, his last as a player.
6th Better organized and financed than other aspiring circuits, the Federal League opens modestly and quietly, with clubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Covington, KY. No attempt is made to sign established ML players. Cy Young manages Cleveland, Deacon Phillippe manages Pittsburgh. After a 6-week season, the pennant winner is Indianapolis.
7th New York’s Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers, allowing just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Cobb strikes out his first two times up, then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win, 6–0.
Mathewson relieves Red Ames in the 2nd inning with New York ahead, 3–1, and the bases full of Reds. Matty shuts down Cincy and rolls to a 6–4 win over Rube Benton.
10th The Yankees commit 8 errors, but still end up beating the Tigers, 10–9, in 10 innings. Three of the miscues are by SS Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the year. Related? In 10 days, the Yanks deal for SS Roger Peckinpaugh.
Walter Johnson two-hits the White Sox to win, 1–0, and run his consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 52 2/3.
The Pirates collect 12 hits and two walks off Eppa Rixey and Tom Seaton, but they can’t push across a run and lose to the Phillies, 6-0. Pittsburgh leaves 14 runners on base, a NL record for a 9 inning shutout defeat. The 14 men left on base in a shutout will be tied for the first time in 1958, but not topped in the NL; the AL will push the number to 15.
11th Joe Jackson hits a first inning grand slam and tacks on three more hits to lead the Naps to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Yankees.
12th Mathewson whips the Cubs, 3–1 allowing just 3 hits and no walks to beat Lou Richie. Matty has now pitched 45 straight innings without a walk.
13th Tom Seaton, with relief help from Pete Alexander, tops the Pirates, 5–4. The winning blow for the Phils is a solo homer by Sherry Magee.
14th At St. Louis, Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs record of 53 straight scoreless innings when he stretches the record to 56 innings. But after Washington scores 6 runs, Johnson lets up against the Browns and Del Pratt’s 4th inning single drives in a run that snaps the skein. Ahead 9–1, Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins, 10–5.
15th At Boston, outfielder Beals Becker has 5 hits and scores 5 runs to lead the Reds to an 11–5 win. Becker is subbing for the injured Bob Bescher.
Joe Evers, brother of Johnny Evers, is released by the Giants. Evers had been with the squad since its departure for Texas in February (as noted by Norman Macht).
16th Pirates OF Ed Mensor will draw 8 walks all year, but one of them comes in the 3rd inning against New York, ending Mathewson’s string of perfect control at 47 innings. Mathewson takes a 7–1 lead into the 8th, but Ham Hyatt roasts a fastball into the RF stands to lead off and the Bucs follow with 5 singles. Matty holds on for a 7–4 win.
In a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Cards shortstop Alfredo Cabrera makes his lone ML appearance, gong 0-for-2. Cabrera is noteworthy as the only African-born (Canary Islands) major leaguer. Cabrera, who grew up in Cuba, will also play in the Negro Leagues and will make it to the Cuban Hall of Fame. He is the only African-born player to appear in the Negro Leagues.
The Phillies down the visiting Cubs, 10-4, in a rain-interupted game. Rixey was not touch for a run until after the rain delay. Johnny Evers is spiked in the 5th inning by Knabe, and his place is taken by Art Phelan, who in three times at bat has a home run, a triple, and a single.
The Tigers sell former ace George Mullin to the Senators. Mullin, 1-6 this year with Detroit, will go 3-5 with Washington before they sell him to Montreal. Mullin will resurface in the Federal League.
17th In Chicago, 35,000+ jam temporarily enlarged Comiskey Park on “Frank Chance Day.” The Yankee manager is presented with a giant horseshoe of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gives him the keys to Chicago. Sox manager Callahan is given a small harp of green and white flowers. To the crowd’s roar of approval, Chance takes over 1B from Chase but bounces out his one turn at bat. The Sox beat the visitors, 6–3, behind Reb Russell. The 35,000 crowd, kept down by the weather, is short of the AL mark set by the Yankees (38,281) and even short of the Comiskey mark of 36,308.
18th In Detroit, 25,000 show up to see Walter Johnson battle the Tigers. Washington wins 2–1, with Detroit’s only score coming on a Ty Cobb steal of home in the 7th.
19th At Boston, rookie Joe Connolly hits a grand slam as the Braves score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the Reds at 8 apiece. The Reds push over the winning run in the 10th to win, 9-8. Tomorrow’s Boston Globe will describe the game as follows, mentioning the word ‘grand slam’ in an early reference (as noted by Tom Shieber):
“Big Chief” Stallings’ Braves made a thrilling ninth-inning rally yesterday which nearly brought a victory out of what seemed certain defeat. The defeat came later, but the crowd got its money’s worth in that one grand slam. Johnson pitched one ball and finished what Benton had started giving “Hap” a pass and filling the bases. The crowd began yelling like mad, which did not encourage Johnson any, and he began to worry. Connelly leaned against one of the Indian’s curves and popped the ball over the right field fence for a homer and four runs came over the plate.”
At Cleveland, Cy Falkenbereg wins his eighth straight, all complete games, as Cleveland whips Washington, 4-1. Using a newly learned emory ball pitch he acquired last season in Toledo, the lanky right hander (called the tallest players in the majors) will win 22 games this season. His next game is a no-decision and he will win the two following to give him 10 straight victories.
20th The Yankees snag 22-year-old SS Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland, sending in exchange Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over 3 seasons, but will start in New York. The Yankees win today, beating the Browns, 6–3, but St. Louis will shut out New York in the next 2 games.
The Phils beat the Reds, 5–1, behind Alexander. The only Cincy run comes home on a boot by Fred Luderus.
St. Louis righty Bob Harmon shuts out the Giants on 2 hits to win, 8–0. The Cards alight on Mathewson for 11 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings.
The Tigers edge the A’s, 8–7, with Ty Cobb stealing home for the 2nd time in three days. His swipe comes in the 3rd inning.
21st The Browns top the Yankees, 5–0, as young Earl Hamilton throws a one-hitter. Birdie Cree has the lone hit. Hamilton will do it again on July 15.
The Pirates top the Dodgers, 5-2, and (according to Greg Beston of Retrosheet) set a ML record for most sacrifices (4) in an inning. It happens in the 8th when Jim Viox singles, Honus Wagner sac bunts but is safe on a throwing error, Dots Miller does the same, Owen Wilson sac bunts them to 3B, and Bobby Byrne hits a squeeze sac bunt for a score.
In New York, Yankees owner Frank Farrell declares that the team will not return to Bermuda next year for spring training. The warm weather and humidity caused a reaction when the players returned to the cold weather.
Alva “Rip” Williams lives up to his nickname as he hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th for Washington to tie Cleveland, 2-2. It’s Rip’s first ML homer. The Senators score 2 in the top of the 10thand send Walter Johnson in to preserve the 4-2 win.
22nd Browns rookie Dwight Stone gives up six hits, seven walks and plunks three batters, but still beats the Yankees, 7–0. The visiting New Yorkers set a modern-ML record with 15 runners left on base in the shutout by Stone, who will win just one more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the year. The record of runners left on base in a shutout will be matched three times and finally topped, in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than 2 weeks ago by Pittsburgh against Philley.
In a ruling that a ballplayer on the field is a “public person,” New York judge Butts throws out a case brought by the National Commission and the New York Baseball Club against a motion picture company that took movies of the 1912 World Series. The suit contended that the players’ civil rights were violated by the unauthorized photographs.
The Giants send Red Ames, Heinie Groh, and outfielder Josh Devore to Cincinnati for P Art Fromme and infielder Eddie Grant. The little-used Groh will star in Cincinnati, and eventually manage the team. Devore, made expendable with the arrival of George Burns, will be sold to the Phillies in August. Grant, a starter until today, will not play until June 4th, so there is some confusion (as noted by Cliff Blau) about whether he was sold on that date or part of today’s trade. The New York Times reports the deal as a four-player trade with Grant not a part of it. It later reports Grant’s sale to the Giants on June 3.
25th Vic Saier’s 3-run homer highlites an 8-run first inning as the Cubs drill Bill Steele and the Cardinals, 9-2. Steele does not last the 1st frame.
Well, that’s one way to beat an opponent. In Chicago, the Indians score a run in the 6th to go ahead, 2-1, then Cleveland pitcher Clarence Mitchell beans Sox starter Reb Russell, knocking him senseless and out of the game. Cleveland beats up on relievers Benz and Smith to win, 8-2, starting their scoring with 2 in the 7th. Johnston and Chapman single and Olson has a “Cincinnati base hit” to load the sacks for Joe Jackson, who drives in 2 with a single.
26th The Phils use 3 pitchers in subduing the Superbas, 8–5. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the middle of three, picks up the win.
27th Using their bats, the Braves sweep two from the Giants, winning 1–0 and 5–2. In the opener, the lone run scores when Joe Connolly rounds 3B after a single by Bill Sweeney. Giant CF George Burns makes a perfect throw but the ball hits Sweeney’s bat on the field and caroms off. George Tyler picks up the win against Mathewson.
28th At the Polo Grounds, Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the first 8 innings against the Giants, and exits with the score 6-6. Tom Seaton relieves, but the Giants finally score in the 14th to win, 7–6.
29th Following a 6-5 loss to the A’s in Philadelphia, Frank Chance, manager of the 9-25 Yankees, rants to reporters Fred Lieb and Heywod Broun about Hal Chase. “Did you see what went on there today? Chase let those throws go right through him. He’s been doing that every day, throwing down me and the club.” (as quoted in the New York Times, February 24, 2013).
30th In a Memorial Day doubleheader in Washington, Red Sox OF Harry Hooper hits lead-off homers in both games to help sweep the Senators. Boston wins the opener, 4–3, then the nitecap, 1–0, on Hooper’s leadoff homer against Walter Johnson. Hooper, a future Hall of Famer, will total just 4 homers on the season. The next leadoff batter to match Hooper’s mark will be Rickey Henderson.
For the second day in a row, the Yankees lose in the 9th inning as they waste a splendid pitching effort by Russ Ford, who allows no hits through 8 innings. Three hits and an error in the 9th give the A’s three runs and a 3-2 victory.
The Giants turn away thousands of fans, then turn back the faltering Phillies, 8–6 and 5–1. Rube Marquard wins the first game and Jeff Tesreau takes the second. Giants RF Red Murray has three hits in game 2 and, for the two games, turns a unique fielder’s cycle, recording assists to 2B and 3B in game 1 and to 1B and home in game 2.
31st Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability, Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty, Chase will be on the scene another 6 years. Zeider, who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49, is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .133 in 39 games, writer Mark Roth remarks, “Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion.”
Before 35,000, the Giants finish a series with the NL-leading Phils by taking all four games. Mathewson wins today, 3–2 over Eppa Rixey, allowing 6 hits and no walks. The 4 games draw 100,000 to the Polo Grounds. With the win John McGraw joins Fred Clarke, Cap Anson, Frank Selee, and Connie Mack as managers who have won 1,000 games.
In the first of two, Brooklyn’s Eddie “Smoke” Stack beats the Braves for the 3rd time this season, shutting them out, 2–0. The two teams play to a 10-inning 3–3 tie in game 2.