1917 May

2nd  The Cubs lefthander Hippo Vaughn and righthander Fred Toney of the Reds toe the mound in Chicago for a one-of-a-kind game. The Reds put up an all righthanded batting order, benching Ed Roush, who will lead the NL with a .341 BA. At the end of 9 innings, both pitchers have no-hitters. With one out in the top of the 10th, Larry Kopf lines the first hit of the game. One out later, Hal Chase lines to Cy Williams, who drops the ball for an error. Chase then steals 2B, and, with runners on 2B and 3B, Jim Thorpe hits a swinging bunt near the mound. Vaughn later said, “I knew the minute it was hit that I couldn’t get Thorpe at first. He was fast as a race horse.” With no play at 1B, Vaughn fires home, but C Art Wilson, not expecting the throw, freezes and the ball hits his chest protector. Kopf slides in for the only run. Each pitcher walks 2 and the Zeider’s error allows one other base runner. Fred Toney sets the Cubs down in order and has the 4th 10-inning no-hitter to date. The run scored by the Reds is their first in 35 innings.

3rd Jack Coombs, the Kennebunk Express, stops the Giants, 4-1, in 10 innings. The Dodgers get to starter Rube Benton for 3 runs as Hi Myers drives in 2 with a triple. For Coombs, it is his 11thstraight win over the Giants while in a Brooklyn uniform. He also beat them in the 1911 WS as a member of the A’s to make it 12 straight wins.

5th  St. Louis Browns P Ernie Koob gets a 1–0 no-hitter over the White Sox’ Ed Cicotte, and it’s the last shutout the 24-year-old pitcher will toss. George Sisler drives in the Browns’ run. A first-inning tainted hit by Buck Weaver is changed to an error after much discussion with umpires and players. Tomorrow, the writers’ association will take a mail vote on a resolution that a scorer’s decision cannot be reversed.

The White Sox waive slugger Jack Fournier and sell his contract to the L.A. Angels (PCL). Fournier’s hitting slipped last year and he ended up platooning at 1B with Jack Ness.

6th  No-hitters are thrown on consecutive days, as the Browns’ Bob Groom no-hits the White Sox 3–0 in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Sox have just 23 official at-bats in 9 innings, a record. This year, Groom will be the losingest pitcher in the AL for the 3rd time. The Browns also win the first game 8–4 in 10 innings, with Groom throwing the last 2 hitless innings. But Chicago will soon win 16 of 17 to overtake the sprinting Red Sox.

At Chicago, Hal Carlson allows just 2 hits and his Pittsburgh teammates amass 11 off Hippo Vaughn, but the Cubs still win, 3-2. A double in the 8th by Rollie Zeider, a steal and a wild pitch plates the winning run.

7th Red Sox P Babe Ruth allows just 2 singles in outpitching Washington’s Walter Johnson. Ruth knocks in the only run with an 8th inning sacrifice fly. Ruth strikes out 3, while Johnson fans 7 and gives up 4 hits. It is the 3rd time that Johnson has lost to Ruth by a 1–0 score. Ruth is now 6–0 with six complete games.

10th Pete Alexander shuts out the Cards, for a 1–0 Phils win.

At Boston, Pittsburgh wins, 11-4, as Burleigh Grimes, the third pitcher for Pittsburgh in the game, takes the victory to even his record at 3-3. He’ll lose his next 13 in a row.

11th In Detroit, the Red Sox win 2–1 behind Babe Ruth. Ty Cobb leads off Detroit’s 9th with a bunt single, and when the next batter grounds out to 3B, Cobb rounds 2B and continues towards third. Ruth, covering 3B, takes the throw and tags out Cobb so viciously that the star is on the ground for two minutes.

At Washington, Walter Johnson gives up a bases-loaded double to Cleveland’s Braggo Roth and the Indians beat the Senators, 4–3. It is the first bases loaded hit to clear the sacks off Johnson.

In a 9–2 loss to the Giants, the Reds Jim Thorpe hits an inside-the-park homer against his old teammates.

14th In Cleveland’s 7-6 win over visiting Boston, Ray Chapman swipes four bases. He’s the first Indian to do so.

15th In Cleveland, P Babe Ruth is lifted with one out in the 6thand the Red Sox leading 6–5. Dutch Leonard then shuts down the Indians to preserve the victory, and he is awarded the win by the official scorer. The decision is eventually reversed, giving Ruth his 8th straight win. The White Sox will stop his streak on the 18th.

17th In New York’s 7-3 win over the host St. Louis Browns, Frank Baker shows he can do more than hit home runs as he steals four bases.

20th  Cleveland P Jim “Sarge” Bagby steals home in the 7th, and the Indians beat the A’s, 5–2.

21st The Phillies use 9 hits—one by each starter—to beat the Cubs, 4–3 and drop the Cubs from first to third. The Phils move into 2nd place behind the Giants. Eppa Rixey is the winner for the Quakers.

The Giants take over first place with a 4–3 win over the Pirates behind the pitching of Big Jeff Tesreau and the favorable umpiring of Kitty Bransfield. Tesreau allows just two hits through 8 innings before weakening in the 9th. Kitty makes an out call in the 9th on a grounder that 3B Doug Baird clearly appears to beat, and in the 2nd inning ignores Art Fletcher’s failure to return to 3rd before scoring on a sac fly. Fletcher had taken a 15-foot lead.

23rd  Grover Alexander of the Phils allows the Reds only 2 hits; he collects 3 himself, including a HR and a sacrifice, and wins, 5–1, over Fred Toney.

24th Reb Russell goes 12 innings for the White Sox, giving up 11 hits, as he shuts out Washington, 1–0.

25th  Down 5–0 in the 9th, Tris Speaker of the Indians ignites a rally by stealing home against the Yankees. Five more runs follow and they win 6–5.

26th Cardinal slugger Walton Cruise becomes the first slugger to hit a ball out of Braves field when he parks one in the “Jury Box”, the 25 cents stands in right field past the 402 foot mark. The Cards are victorious, 8–6. The next ball hit out of the park will come in 1921, when Cruise does it again, this time as a Brave.

At St. Louis, Red Sox starter Carl Mays is rocked for 4 runs and lasts just one inning, giving way to Lore Bader, who gives up single runs in the 2nd and 3rd. That’s good enough for a victory for Bader, as the Sox score in each of the first five innings on their way to an 11–7 victory. Ernie Shore stanches the scoring over the last six innings, allowing a single Brown run in the 9th. Shore’s save goes unnoticed for 50 years until ICI research uncovers his efforts.

In Ft. Worth, William Hornsby, the brother of Roger, is shot and killed during an argument with a bartender. William had trials with Topeka a few years ago.

29th The visiting Red Sox sweep two from the Senators, winning 2–1 behind Dutch Leonard, and 9–0 behind Babe Ruth. The Sox will sweep two more tomorrow.

30th The Yankees shut out the A’s, winning the first game, 6–0, behind Nick Cullop, and taking the nitecap, 2–0, behind Slim Love.

The Cubs play their first doubleheader of the year, splitting a Decoration Day duo in Pittsburgh, winning, 6-5, before losing, 2-1. Pitcher Dutch Ruether successfully pinch hits in both games, driving in the tying run with a triple in the morning game, then his pinch runner scores the winning tally.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals two afternoon games somehow avoiding the NL owners agreement that holiday doubleheaders should be morning-afternoon games. The Cardinals win, 4-2, after losing 8-1. Only 3500 come out in the bad weather.

At Boston, Braves hurlers Dick Rudolph and Lefty Tyler shut out Brooklyn twice, 4-0 and 2-0.

31st  Ty Cobb starts a 35-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4 against Ray Caldwell in Detroit’s 2–0 win over New York.

Boston’s Carl Mays beats the Indians, 5–1, for the Red Sox’ 10thstraight win. They had a tie on May 27.