1914 May

2nd The Phillies use 3 homers to subdue the visiting Braves and Perdue, 6-2. Lobert and Magee homer in the 1st and Luderus clouts one in the 4th to deep right field, one of the longest balls ever hit on the local grounds. In addition to his homer, Lobert hits 2 doubles and a single.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers hit for the cycle against Mathewson in the 4th inning to take a 3–0 lead. Casey Stengel’s double caps the scoring. But New York is gifted with two runs on an errant throw by catcher Lew McCarty in the 4th, and they go on to win, 4–3.

Dutch Leonard finally gets some run support as the Red Sox whip the Athletics, 9-1. In Leonard’s first three starts, he lost two 1-0 games and tied 1-1 in the other. Leonard will post an ERA of 0.95 in his first 12 starts (according to historian Mike Lynch) and finish the year with an 0.96 ERA while posting a 19-5 record.

6th Pittfed’s Ed Lennox collects the only Federal League cycle in a 10–4 win over Kansas City. He adds a 2nd home run, the first player to do that since Tip O’Neill in 1887. The next to do it will be DiMaggio, in 1937.

The ChiFeds wallop Buffalo, 12-4, as Rollie Zeider connects for a 4th inning grand slam off Harry Moran.

7th The Giants come from behind to beat the last-place Braves, 7–6, scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning. Art Fromme is the winner.

In a 15-7 PittFed win, Jack Lewis hits 3 triples to tie the ML record. His 4th hit is a single as he drives in 6 runs.

8th When the Senators relieve with Walter Johnson, the A’s greet him with 6 runs in three innings to drive the Big Train from the mound. Johnson throws the one and only beanball of his career, a fast ball at the head of Frank “Home Run” Baker, a particular nemesis of Johnson’s. The beanball misses Baker, whom Johnson calls “the most dangerous batter that I ever faced.” Baker had hit .385 against the Nats ace up till this game (4 seasons); he’ll hit just .207 off him in the next 9 years. The A’s load the bases with no outs in the 9th inning but a 2-3-2 triple play ends the game in a 9–9 tie. It’s the third triple play this week in the AL.

9th Before 18,000, Mathewson scatters 10 hits in shutting down the Braves, 2–0. A Chief Meyers double off Lefty Tyler accounts for both New York runs. Boston is now 3–11, 10 games behind the Pirates.

11th  The visiting Braves and the Giants match 3-run homers but the Giants emerge with an 8-6 victory. Fred Merkle hits his homer for New York into the RF Bleachers, while Schmidt’s 3-run homer goes to the wall and under a gate where Snodgrass cannot retrieve it. Boston uses 16 men in an attempt to come back.

The Brooklyn Tip Tops open their Federal League season at their brand-new park in front of 15,000 fans. The New York Timesobserves, “Many of the age-worn vets now in the Federal set have the edge on Lillian Russell when it comes to hiding their years. Davey Jones, Eddie Lennox, Rebel Oakes, Danny Murphy and Artie Hofman have all taken a bath in the Fountain of Youth and came up strong.” The Tip Tops manage just 5 hits—3 by Ed Gagnier—off Howie Camnitz in losing to Pittsburgh, 2-0.

13th  At Washington, the White Sox use timely hitting and 8 stolen bases, 4 by Lena Blackburne, to beat the Nationals, 9-2. Hal Chase has 4 hits for Chicago, while Milan has 3 steals for the Nats.

14th  The White Sox’s Jim Scott pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings, then loses to Washington’s Doc Ayers, 1–0, in the 10th. The first hit is by Chick Gandil, who scores on Howard Shanks’ bad-hop single. It is the first of a record three no-hitters that White Sox rookie C Ray Schalk will catch in his 17 years with the team, though this will retroactively be changed from a no-hitter.

In Chicago, Lew McCarty’s single is the lone Brooklyn hit as they fall to Hippo Vaughn and the Cubs, 5-0.

15th At Forbes Field, Mathewson outpitches George McQuillan to give the Giants a 5–3 win over the Pirates.

16th  Giants’ spitballer Jeff Tesreau’s no-hit bid against Pittsburgh is spoiled with two outs in the 9th when Joe Kelly lines a single. Tesreau retires the last batter to win, 2–0.

18th In a 2–0 Boston win, Detroit’s Ty Cobb is hit in the ribs by a pitch from Boston’s Dutch Leonard, but stays in the game. In Cobb’s next at-bat, he drags a bunt down the first base line and spikes Leonard when the pitcher tries to field the ball. In a few days, Cobb will leave the lineup because of a broken rib, the result of the pitch.

At Princeton University, Alexander MacMillan introduces his new invention, an automatic pitching machine. Called a Bat-Ball, the device propels a ball every eight seconds. At the unveiling, would-be batters are charged a penny for every pitch thrown.

19th The Giants tip the Reds, 5–2, with Christy Mathewson unseating Dave Davenport.

Behind Ed Cicotte’s brilliant one-hitter the White Sox beat the second-place Athletics, 3-0. The only baserunner is Stuffy McInnis who reaches base in the 8th with a one-out single.

20th The first-place Pirates trip the Braves, 4–1, in a game that features the debut of Dolf Luque, “The Pride of Havana,” who will be a 20’s star for the Reds.

21st Boston’s Lefty Tyler beats the Cubs, 2–1.

22nd Otto Hess shuts down the Cubs, 2–0, giving the Braves back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

23rd All 12 home teams in the AL, NL and FL win their games to seta record that will not be matched this century (according to the Elias Sports Bureau). The mark will stand until 2015 when 15 home teams win on August 10. There is one extra inning game today: the Yankees win 10-9 in 10 innings over the Indians.

At St. Louis, Slim Sallee stops the Giants to preserve the Cards lead, and the Birds win, 4–3, over Mathewson.

26th  Red Sox righthander Rube Foster’s string of 42 consecutive scoreless innings is stopped by Cleveland in the 5th inning as they plate 2 unearned runs. The Naps prevail to win, 3–2.

At Chicago, the Giants come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 10–7. New York is lead by a crew of pinch hitters: Jim Thorpe with a 2-run double, Red Murray with a sac fly, and in the 8th inning, Mike Donlin belts a 3-run homer.

27th The Cubs lose to Christy Mathewson and the Giants, 3–1, with George Zabel taking the loss.

The last-place Braves move to 9-20 with a 7-4 victory over the Cards in St. Louis. Rabbit Maranville contributes a grand slam, connecting off Slim Sallee in the 2nd inning.

28th In the 8th, Boston’s Harry Hooper leads a successful triple steal (Hooper, Lewis, Speaker) against Cleveland that results in a 2–2 tie, but Washington scores 3 in the 9th to win. With Rip Hagerman on the mound in the 8th inning, Dode Birmingham, Fred Carisch and Ivan Olson get tossed for protesting too vigorously. Tris Speaker, on the back end of the triple swipe today will be on the front end of another Red Sox triple steal.

30th At St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers combine for just 11 hits in a doubleheader. Detroit’s Harry Coveleski tosses a one-hitter in the opener to win, 2–1. The Tigers manage 4 hits off Earl Hamilton. Carl Weilman then wins for the Browns in the 2ndgame, 2–1, outpitching Miles Main. Both pitchers allow just 3 hits, with Sam Crawford collecting two of the 3 Bengal bingles. The Tigers miss Ty Cobb, sitting with a cracked rib, who will not return until June 5th.

In the Federal League, Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from Baltimore, winning 4–2 and 6–5 in 11 innings. The Pittfeds win the nightcap despite Tex McDonald being caught by the hidden ball trick in the 11th inning. Baltimore 2B Otto Knabe nabs him.

31st  Joe Benz, who will be the AL’s leading loser with 19, no-hits Cleveland 6–1 at Comiskey Park. Three straight errors in the 4thinning give the Naps their only run. The loser is Abe Bowman, who “is withdrawn in favor of Blanding after three spasms (Chicago Tribune).” Cap Weaver and Ray Demmitt each have three hits to pace the 7th place White Sox.

At the West Side Grounds, Zip Zabel pitches the Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Heinie Zimmerman helps with 3 hits and drives in 6 runs.