1918 May

1st  In Boston, Walter Johnson tops the Red Sox and Carl Mays 5–0. For the Big Train, it is his first win of the year after three losses. Harry Hooper has 3 of the Sox 4 hits.

3rd  At Navin Field, the White Sox club 3 pitchers for 25 hits in taming the Tigers, 19-3. Reliever Herb Hall is the most generous, giving up 8 runs in 3 innings as Lefty Williams coasts to his 3rdwin. Buck Weaver has 5 hits to pace the Pale Hose.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees lay down a ML record (since tied) of 8 sacrifices, 6 coming on bunts, and nudge Boston 5–4. The bunting by New York takes advantage of Boston lefty Babe Ruth, who is nursing a hangover. Babe makes 2 errors and has 9 assists handling 13 fielding chances. Despite contributing his first homer of the year, plus a double, Ruth loses to Allen Russell. Boston’s 1B Dick Hoblitzell injures his finger, and in the next game Ruth will make his first career start as a position player.

Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, loser of 13 straight games starting on May 10, 1917, breaks his losing streak with a 3-hit, 2–0, win over the Phils. Prendergast takes the loss.

Walter Johnson, in relief of Harry Harper, loses to the A’s Scott Perry, 1–0, in 11 innings. Johnson will appear in 15 extra-inning games this year, nine as a starter and six in relief. He’ll beat every club in extra frames except the A’s.

5th Long-time minor league manager Ned Egan is found dead from a self-inflicted wound in a Chicago Hotel. Egan, signed as Milwaukee’s manager for 1918, had been depressed after suffering a spinal injury while skating this past winter. He was known for winning more minor league pennants than any other manager.

6th  Brooklyn’s Dan Griner has a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th, but gives up a hit to Phillie Gavvy Cravath. He nevertheless wins, 2–0. Griner had a one-hitter in July 1914 which he lost.

At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzell at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose, 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.

7th  Former Dodger Pat Ragan coasts to a 16–0 win over the Dodgers as the Braves pile up 17 hits. John Rawlings is 5–for-5. Ragan fans Jimmy Hickman 4 times. Zack Wheat, a hold out until April 30, makes his first appearance in the Brooklyn lineup.

In Washington, Babe Ruth hits his 3rd homer in three games, a tremendous blast over the RF wall, to account for all of the Red Sox scoring in a 7–2 loss to Walter Johnson. It is the first homer in Griffith Stadium this year, and the 6th ever over the barrier (Eddie Murphy reportedly hit the 1st, which hit the top and bounded over), and earns Babe a big ovation. For Ruth, it is the first of 10 homers he’ll hit off Walter Johnson. Ruth plays first base today for the 2nd game in a row and will be in the outfield for the first time in his career on May 10th. Ruth’s three homers leads the AL with several players at one homer each.

9th  After knocking in the tying run in the 9th with a pinch sac fly, Walter Johnson pitches in relief in the 10th inning and picks up his 3rd win in 9 days against Boston, a 4–3 win for Washington. The only Red Sox safety in the 10th is a double by losing pitcher, starter Babe Ruth, who then gets thrown out trying to steal 3B. Ruth allows 11 hits while striking out one: batting cleanup, Ruth goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and a triple, and has a ten-game hit streak. He’s hitting .500. His three doubles ties the ML mark by a pitcher.

10th  Pittsburgh’s lefty Earl Hamilton is 6–0 with an 0.83 ERA after beating the Giants, 4–2. He then enlists in the Navy. Hamilton was acquired before the season after going 0-9 for the Browns last season.

The Red Sox snap their 6-game losing streak with a 4–1 win over the hapless Browns. Babe Ruth, playing his first game in the OF, is 0-for-5 but plays well patrolling “Duffy’s Cliff” in left field.

Walter Johnson bests Cleveland’s Jim Bagby, 1–0, the first of three straight shutouts the Big Train will throw.

Chicago’s Red Faber overcomes back-to-back homers by the A’s Clarence Walker & George Burns to beat the A’s, 5–3.

11th The A’s Scott Perry holds the White Sox to one hit, a single by Swede Risberg, in besting fellow rookie Frank Shellenback, 1–0. The A’s score in the 8th. Chicago’s Red Faber will repay Perry in 3 days, when he pitches a 3-hit shutout to win, 3–0.

13th  The Phils’ Joe Oeschger pitches 9 no-hit innings, but they come after the Cards put together 2 hits and a walk for 3 runs in the first inning of a 10-inning 3–3 tie.

14th  Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC. District commissioners rescind the ban in view of the large increase in the city’s wartime population and the need for recreation and amusement facilities.

15th  Former player-manager Patsy Tebeau commits suicide in St. Louis.

In a game that features no substitutes and no errors, White Sox pitcher Lefty Williams and the Senators Walter Johnson hook up for an 18-inning shutout marathon. The Nats finally push across a run in the 18th when Williams gives up two singles and then, with runners on the corners, heaves a wild pitch. Johnson scatters 10 hits in the win while Lefty allows 8. Johnson’s gem is the longest shutout ever, but will be tied by Hubbell in 1933.

16th At Washington, the Nats knock Chicago’s Joe Benz out of the box in the 1st inning, scoring 2 runs, but reliever Dan Danforth holds Washington scoreless from the 1st to the 11th as the Sox win, 4–2.

The Athletics use 3 errors by Cleveland catcher John Peters in the 1st inning (Peters ties a record set by Jeff Sweeney on July 10, 1912) to score 3 runs against the Indians. The A’s come back to tie it in the 9th before Cleveland scores in the bottom of the 9thto win, 6-5. Peters adds another error to set a since-tied AL mark for catcher of 4 errors. This is his only game for Cleveland.

17th The Red Sox stake Dutch Leonard to a 7–0 lead, but then hold on to beat the Tigers, 11–8

18th Unbeaten Earl Hamilton of the Pirates goes to 6-0, all complete games, as he stops the Giants, 4-2, on 4 hits. Earl finished last year 0-9 for the Browns, but has an 0.83 ERA this season. This is Earl’s last game this year as he will enter military service.

19th In a gem at Griffith Stadium, Doc Ayers outduels Stan Coveleski as the Senators win, 1-0, in 12 innings. Ayers scores the winning run with 2 outs as a large Sunday crowd cheers. It is the fourth 1-0 win for Washington in the last 9 days, and two of those are extra innings. No team will have four 1-0 wins in any month this century: in 2013 it will be matched.

At Cincinnati, Mathewson’s Reds maul the Giants, 5-1. The extent of Larry Doyle’s intestinal problems are revealed today as Bert Niehoff, purchased yesterday off waivers, plays 2B for Laughing Larry. Niehoff will not be the answer at the keystone corner, but Doyle, in New York’s post graduate hospital, will not play again until early July. Doyle is leading the league with a .426 average, but he will slip to a year-end .261 when he returns.

20th  With 2 outs in bottom of the 14th inning, the A’s Merlin Kopp swipes home with the game-winner as Philadelphia beats Detroit, 5–4. Kopp has 2 steals in the game, as well as a double and triple. The A’s Elmer Myers and the Tigers Hooks Dauss each go the distance as both teams score runs in the 10th and 12th. Ty Cobb has three hits to run his consecutive-game hitting streak against the A’s to 23 games (as noted by Trent McCotter) matching his career mark set in 1912.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates trip the Phillies, 5-1, as Max Carey completes a consecutive string of hits at 9. He’ll rack up another 9-hit streak in 1922.

In a 5–2 loss at Cincinnati, Braves 3B Red Smith makes an out after 10 straight hits over 5 games, a Braves franchise record (since tied). He has 3 straight hits today before making out.

22nd In a 6–5 12-inning win over the Phillies, Pirate reliever Wilbur Cooper drives in the winning run with a single. Cooper relieved Harmon in the 10th.

23rd The Giants win 6–4 in St. Louis, no thanks to outfielder Benny Kauff who strikes out 5 times. The 5 K’s ties the ML record.

24th  Former P Joe Wood hits a HR in the 19th inning—his second of the game—to end a 3:45 marathon with a 3–2 Cleveland win over New York. Cleveland pitcher Stan Coveleski goes the distance allowing 12 hits. For New York, Home Run Baker’s 11 assists ties the AL record for 3B in an extra-inning game.

The Pirates record 27 assists, one shy of the NL mark they set seven years ago, but collect just 5 hits in losing to Boston, 6–3.

26th In a Sunday game in Washington, the Senators and Tigers finish off a 2-2, 16-inning tie that opened their series on May 24. Walter Johnson wins, 4–0, allowing 4 hits in 9 innings and extending his scoreless inning streak to 40. The Big Train also has a single, triple and a walk in 3 plate appearances, to raise his average to .323. The Red Sox will score in the 1st on Johnson on May 29, snapping his streak.

The Giants Rube Benton reports to the military and will spend the next year in the Army.

27th At Pittsburgh, the Braves edge the Pirates, 2-1, after stifling a double steal attempt in the 1st inning. With Max Carey on 3B and Bill Hinchman, the Bucs start a double steal. Pitcher Art Nehf cuts off C Art Wilson’s throw to 2B, and runs to the 3B line and tags out a surprised Carey (as noted by Retrosheet).

At Robinson Field, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes scatters 2 hits to beat the Cardinals Bill Sherdel, 1-0.

28th At Fenway, Boston’s Joe Bush pitches a one-hit, 1–0 win over the Chicago White Sox and drives in the lone run. The lone Chicago hit is a “flying single” (Harry Casey, in the Boston Evening Record) by Happy Felsch, which occurs when he throws his bat at the ball on a hit and run. Eddie Cicotte allows 5 hits, 3 by Thomas, in the loss.

29th After winning, 7-2, the Yankees score 6 runs off both Elmer Myers and Willie Adams to punch the Athletics, 12-2, and sweep a doubleheader. The A’s Tillie Walker hits his 6th homer of the month and now leads the AL with that number. He’ll end the season with 11, tied with Ruth.

31st  Led by Max Carey’s 3 steals, the Pirates swipe 9 bases in a 12-7 win over the visiting Cardinals. Frank Snyder is behind the plate for the Birds.