1915 May

1st In their second matchup of the season, Grover Cleveland Alexander again tops Christy Mathewson, as the Phils win, 4–2, over the Giants.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals trip the Reds, 9–5, St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins helps by pulling the hidden ball trick on Tommy Leach in the 7th inning. The out call is made by home plate ump Charlie Rigler since the base ump had his back to the play. An argument ensues between Rigler and Reds manager Buck Herzog, who pushes the ump and spikes his foot. Rigler reacts by hitting Herzog with his mask. Herzog will get a 5-day suspension for his actions.

3rd Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 4th inning as New York doubles the A’s, 8–4.

5th The Giants finally beat Alexander, nipping the Phillies ace, 4–2. It’s his first loss of the year.

6th  Red Sox P Babe Ruth clouts his first ML home run, off the Yankees Jack Warhop in the 3rd inning at New York’s Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the game in the 13th, 4–3, as the Sox make 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.

7th Behind Dutch Leonard, the Red Sox top the Yankees, 5-3. Harry Hooper has a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th and Roger Peckinpaugh solos in the bottom of the frame.

8th St. Louis sends 8 batters to the plate in one inning against the Tigers and bat 1.000, but the Browns come away with just 4 runs. Burt Shotton opens with a single, and a sacrifice and a steal puts him on 3B, where he scores on Del Pratt’s single. Dick Kauffman singles but Pratt is thrown out at 3B. Tilly Walker and Ernie Walker single scoring Kauffman; Doc Lavan and Sam Agnew single, with the Walkers scoring. Lavan is then picked off 2B to end the frame. The final however, is a 6-4 win for St. Louis.

The Yankees pound the Red Sox, 10–3, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yanks come to the plate in the frame.

      The New York Times headlines: “BALL GRABBERS, READ THIS. Guy Clarke Fined $3 for Taking Ball Hit Into Polo Grounds Bleachers. “It isn’t safe to try to get away with a ball when a home run is hit into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Yesterday in the ninth inning Peckinpaugh of the Yankees hit a home run into the left field bleachers and the ball was grabbed by Guy Clarke, a chauffeur, of 68 West Ninety-eighth Street, who tried to get away with the prize. Tom Kelly, one of the park policemen, tried to persuade Clarke to give it up but he refused, so he was arrested by a policeman who was summoned from outside of the park. In the Night Court, Magistrate Sims told Clark that he had no more right to take a baseball at the Polo Grounds than he had to take his (the magistrate’s) watch. James McIlravy of the park police stated to the court that between twenty-five and thirty balls were lost at the grounds each week.”

9th It is Nap Lajoie Day as the long-time hero returns to Cleveland in an A’s uniform. But Nap is hitless as Guy Morton tosses a 6–0 shutout against Philadelphia. For Morton, who started last year at 0-13, it is his third shutout of the year. He will win 16 games and post an ERA of 2.14.

First sacker Baby Doll Jacobson’s clumsy play on a grounder by Clyde Milan in the 4th inning results in a hit charged against pitcher Jean Dubuc, the lone hit as Detroit beats Walter Johnson and the Senators, 1-0. Sam Crawford has 3 hits against the Big Train but strikes out his 4th time up.

10th Despite a good move in the 2nd inning by the Cubs SS Bobby Fisher, Chicago loses to Pittsburgh, 10–7. Fisher picks off Doug Baird with the hidden ball trick.

11th Jim Kelly of the PittFeds hits the first pitch for a leadoff homer and the game’s only score. Buffalo’s Fred Anderson serves up the homer and takes the loss.

12th  White Sox righthander Red Faber throws just 67 pitches in beating Washington, 4–1, on 3 hits.

A’s part-time catcher Wally Schang nails an AL-record six would-be St. Louis base stealers in a 3–0 Browns victory. With Schang sidelined next month, three A’s catchers will again nail six against the White Sox on June 18th. The 6 caught stealing in a game is an AL record, tied in 1920 by Washington vs. the A’s.

At the Polo Grounds, veteran Christy Mathewson wins his first, topping the Reds, 6–5. Gene Dale is the loser. Matty surrenders a 3-run homer to Heinie Groh.

The New York Yankees top Cleveland 4–2, despite hitting into a triple play. Fritz Maisel lines a ball to Wood at 1B, who steps on the bag and fires to 2B.

13th In Chicago, when the Cubs take a 5-1 lead over the Pirates after 3 ½ innings the Bucs start stalling with two out (as noted by Retrosheet). With P George Pierce up, Pitt hurler Guy Cooper tosses his pitches so high that his catcher can barely reach them. After several pitches, manager Bresnahan signals Pierce to swing at anything, which he does. Pirate manager Fred Clarke comes out to argue and ump Byron ejects him. Cooper then fires at Pierce, who dodges the pitch and throws his bat at the pitcher. The ump calls ball four and ejects Pierce. Cubs pinch runner Hippo Vaughn then steals 2B and 3B and finally makes the 3rd out when he attempts slowly to steal home. Pirate Dan Costello is ejected for dilatory tactics despite the fact he isn’t in the game. Play is finally called with one out in the home 5thwhen the umpires wait the customary 30 minutes then call the game.

14th At Ebbets Field, the Cubs unleash a 23-hit attack to whip the Dodgers, 19-5. Chicago does most of its damage against rookie Ed Appleton, the last of three pitchers, connecting for 15 hits in 7+ innings. Cy Williams and Roger Bresnahan each have 4 RBIs and light-hitting Pete Knisely has 5 hits.

Ernie Koob of Kalamazoo College pitches his second no-hitter of the season, defeating Ypsilanti Normal College, 6-1.

The University of Chicago announces that its baseball team will start a five-month trip to Japan in August and will schedule a number of baseball games with Japanese university teams.

15th  Claude Hendrix pitches a 10–0 no-hitter for Chicago (FL) over Pittsburgh.

Pete Alexander strikes out 12 as the Phillies down the Cardinals, 11-2. Of the 35 batters Alex faces, he has 2-strike counts on all but 8 and two batters hit the ball before a strike is called.

Jimmy Walsh hits a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Happy Finneran, and Baltimore (FL) rolls to a 10-6 victory over Brooklyn.

16th In Cleveland, the Red Sox score 3 in the 14th off starter Guy Morton to win, 3–0. Morton throws 138 pitches, 105 for strikes, and allows 3 hits. Joe Wood pitches the first 11 innings for Boston.

17th Chicago’s Jim Scott throws a one hitter in beating the A’s, 6-2. Nap Lajoie’s scratch single is the only hit. The Sporting News(May 25) comments that “Jim Scott of the White Sox will get into the Hall of Fame someday.”

18th On Suffrage Day, 4,100 women buy tickets to see the Giants-Cubs game in New York, and the suffragettes announce they will pay five dollars to each player who scores a run. “Wildfire” is the only recipient, as Chicago pulls a first inning double steal with Frank Schulte on the front end. Heinie Zimmerman is on the rear. The one run stands up against Jeff Tesreau and Bert Humphries wins, 1–0, with each pitcher allowing three hits.

19th In St. Louis, Hooks Dauss is married in a morning double ring ceremony to Ollie Speake. Ollie’s sister Jessie is also married at the same ceremony. In the afternoon Hooks then pitches Detroit to a 7-1 win over the Browns.

In a 3-1 Tiger victory over the Yankees in Detroit, Ty Cobb is 1-for-1 but collects 4 stolen bases. He is walked 3 times. Detroit steals 9 times on Nunamaker.

In Philadelphia, Dan Griner of the Cardinals faces just 27 batters as he shuts out the Phils, 3-0. Two runners reach first on singles and each is erased on a DP.

21st The Red Sox and White Sox battle for 17 innings at Comiskey Park, before Chicago prevails, 3–2. Red Faber wins his 7th straight, beating Carl Mays, who takes over in the 8th.

22nd The White Sox top Boston again, knocking starter Babe Ruth out in the 2nd. Ruth allows 3 hits in the 1st, walks 3, tosses a wild pitch and throws a potential DP ball into CF. After he strikes out on 3 pitches from Joe Benz, the Babe gives up two singles in the 2nd and is lifted. Chicago wins, 11–3.

At Boston, the first-place Cubs edge the Braves, 5-4, behind Heinie Zimmerman, who has a single, double and home run.

23rd Kansas City (FL) beats Buffalo, 9-4, as Art Kruger hits a 4thinning grand slam off Al Schulz.

At Cleveland, Walter Johnson bests Guy Morton as the Nationals beat the Indians, 4-1. Johnson hits a 7th inning homer over the LF fence, the first time that feat has been accomplished. He belts a 9th inning drive to deep CF and then is thrown out at the plate trying for his second homer.

The White Sox beat the visiting Red Sox, 4-2, as Shano Collins drives in a pair of runs and SS Buck Weaver throws out two runners at the plate.

At Perth Amboy, NJ, the local Pacers give the Giants a terrific ball game, losing, 3-0, on three successive errors by their shortstop in the 9th. Pacer pitcher Cliff Randolph strikes out 12 Giants. New York’s Fred Merkle suffers a broken nose when he is hit by a thrown ball during a run down.

27th At the Polo Grounds, the Cards jump on Mathewson for 4 runs in the first inning. Matty stays till the 7th and the Giants tie the game at 5 runs apiece. The Cards push across the winning run in the 10th off Ralph Stroud.

      The Sporting News reports that the Cardinals are looking ahead to fill their shortstop position, “a job that has never been filled since Arnold Hauser got religion so strong that he had to be committed to a sanitarium”, and have purchased second-year minor leaguer Dick (sic) Hornsby. Hornsby will debut later this season.

28th At Boston, the NL pennant flag from last year is raised and the Phillies cooperate in the celebration by dropping a pair, losing 5-4 and 5-2. Lefty Tyler bests Pete Alexander in the opener. The losses allow the idle Cubs to tie for first place with Philadelphia, the first time they’ve not held sole possession of the lead this year.

29th Babe Ruth allows one hit through 8 innings but his Red Sox lose, 2-1, in the 9th when the A’s Harry Davis hits a 2-run pinch single off of Babe. Boston takes the 2nd game, 6-5.

The Cardinals and Pirates are scoreless in the first of 2 games when an hour-long rain delays the game after 5 innings. The umpires declare it a tie and start the 2nd game, which the Cards win 5-3 with a 5-run first.

31st  The Pirates score just one run in each game of a doubleheader, but it’s enough for a a.m./p.m. sweep of the first-place Cubs. Wilbur Cooper and Al Mamaux both toss 1–0 whitewashes. Jimmy Lavender loses the opener when he walks 3 in the 3rd and hits the 4th batter to force in a run. In the afternoon contest Larry Cheney allows 2 hits—both by Max Carey—but loses when Hinchman walks, goes to 2nd on an out and scores on a wild pitch.

Reb Russell is 1-1 on the day for the White Sox. He is knocked out in the a.m. game, a 4-3 loss to Detroit, but he comes back to win the afternoon game, 3-1. The combined attendance is 32,000.

Chinese University of Hawaii loses, 5-4, to Columbia in an errorless game.

Duncan of Union College strikes out 18 against CCNY to tie the college mark set last year by Hummer against Rutgers. Union wins 7-0.