1919 May

1st In Boston’s home opener, the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win, 7–3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits, 3 errors, a wild pitch, and 2 walks. .

2nd In St. Louis, the Reds lose their first of the year, 8–1, after winning 6 straight. The Cards Oscar Horstmann walks 5 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and is lifted with a 3 ball-count on the 3rd batter. But the Reds manage just 2 hits. Reds SS Kopf has no fielding chances.

Bill James wins his only game of the year for the Tigers in Detroit’s 14-6 road win over Cleveland. The Tigers score 5 in the 7th and 9th innings. Detroit will sell the veteran pitcher to the Red Sox on the 24th. Bobby Veach has 4 hits and Bob Jones scores 4, while Larry Gardner has 2 singles, double and triple for the Indians. Center fielder Tris Speaker finishes off a 1-3-8 double play.

4th  The Giants play their first legal Sunday game at home, before 35,000 fans, losing to the Phils 4–3. More than 25,000 turn out in Brooklyn the same day. By early June, the Giants will outdraw their 1918 attendance. The Phillies’ Dave Bancroft, 28, is carried off the field after breaking his right ankle while sliding into a base. He will be out of action until July 1, and next year he’ll be traded to the Giants, with whom he will have his best seasons en route to the Hall of Fame.

The A’s collect 18 hits, but lose to Washington, 12–6, leaving an AL-record-tying 17 on base. Walter Johnson, walks 2 and allows 10 hits in 7 innings to win.

5th Hod Eller and the Reds blow a 6–0 lead as the Cubs score 6 in the 9th to tie. Chicago pushes across a run in the 12th to win, 7–6. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place in the NL.

Washington pitcher Jim Shaw hits a grand slam off A’s starter Bob Johnson in the 3rd inning to pace the Nats to a 10–6 win and a series sweep in Philadelphia. Sam Rice also homers in the 3rdas the rain-interrupted game finally called in the 9th inning. On May 2, Shaw hit 2 homers off A’s start Ray Kinney. With 3 homers and 2 wins in the first ten games, Shaw sets a mark that won’t be matched for 100 years. Japanese two-way superstar Ohtani will do it in 2018.

6th The Dodgers overcome a 7 run deficit to beat the visiting Phillies, 11–9. Four hits and 4 errors in the first give the Phils 6 runs and a Cy Williams homer in the 2nd is the extra point. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance for the win.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves run their record to 0-9 with a 6-4 loss to the Giants. In the 7th Larry Doyle greets new reliever Al Demaree, the Memphis Stogie, with a homerun, his second of the year.

8th At Shibe Park, Bob Shawkey fires a one-hitter to give New York a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Braggo Roth has the lone hit for the A’s.

11th In the first legal Sunday game in New York for the Yankees, and after a 12 inning duel between Washington’s Walter Johnson and New York spitballer Jack Quinn, neither team score. The Big Train allows a single in the first and then retires the next 28 batters before giving up a walk in the 10th and a second hit. In a misinterpretation of the new rules, the game is called at 6 p.m. by New York owner Jacob Ruppert.

In cold Cincinnati, righthander Hod Eller pitches a 6–0 no-hitter over the Cards, striking out 8. The Reds have 8 hits and 5 stolen bases off Jakie May.

12th  After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before, the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision, going 15 innings in a 4–4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the 2nd day in a row and ends his ML career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.

14th Chicago’s Eddie Cicotte beats Boston’s Carl Mays, 1–0, with the lone run scoring on a Jack Barry error.

At Brooklyn, Hy Myers starts the scoring with a 3rd inning solo shot over the right centerfield wall, reportedly the longest homer ever hit at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers score another run and Burleigh Grimes wins, 2–0, over the Reds, the 7th win in a row for Brooklyn over the eventual pennant winners. For Myers it is his only HR at home—he’ll hit 4 on the road—as he will lead the league in slugging, with a .436 average, and RBIs, with 73, both the lowest top totals in ML history.

15th  After a scoreless twelve inning duel between Hod Eller and Al Mamaux, the Reds bomb Mamaux for 10 runs in the 13th, six after two are out, to beat first-place Brooklyn, 10–0. A walk, infield error and infield single load the bases for Edd Roush, who triples. A strikeout and sac fly follow to clean the sacks. Mamaux then issues his 10th walk and Ivey Wingo follows with a triple. The scoring ends when Roush drives in his 4th run of the inning, and Daubert flies out for the 3rd out. Reds RF Alfred “Greasy” Neale has a record 10 putouts as the Reds outfield trio makes 22 putouts. Winning P Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his last outing, will have his scoreless string end at 22 innings, but he will go on to win 10 in a row.

Ump George Moriarty ejects Boston P Joe Bush in the top of the 2nd inning, and reliever Babe Ruth pitches 11 innings, allowing 13 hits, to beat the White Sox, 6–5.

18th Cleveland’s Bill Wambsganss is 4-for-4 against the visiting New York Yankees, stroking three singles and an inside-the-park home run off George Mogridge which eludes Ping Bodie and brings in the final three runs of a 4-3 win. It is Wamby’s first career home run.

The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard, acquired in December from Boston, to Detroit.

20th In the 2nd inning at St. Louis, Babe Ruth belts a grand slam, his first ever, and pitches the Red Sox to a 6–4 win over the Browns. Dave Davenport takes the loss.

In a 3-2 Pirate win at Boston, Buc catcher Jeff Sweeney helps preserve the victory with an unassisted double play in the 6th. With runners on 1B and 3B, the batter grounds sharply back to the pitcher Earl Hamilton, who throws to Sweeney. Sweeney chases Ray Powell back towards 3B and tags him, then leaps over the runner and tags Joe Riggert attempting to advance from 2B.

21st  The Phils push over 6 runs in the 9th to beat the visiting Cardinals, 8–7. Birds starter Marv Goodwin is lifted in the 9thwith one out a 2 on, and Willie Sherdel is banged for the loss.

The Giants send Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for the $1,500 waiver price.

23rd  It’s Hank Gowdy Day in Boston, the catcher’s first game after returning from the Army. He hits the first pitch he sees from Dolf Luque for a single, but the Reds prevail over the Braves, 10–4.

Phillie slugger Gavvy Cravath treats his old teammate Pete Alexander unkindly, collecting 3 hits and 5 RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 7–2 win over the Cubs. The winning pitcher is George Smith, just acquired from the Giants for P Joe Oeschger. Oeschger will be bundled to the Braves in August for Art Nehf.

Eddie Cicotte overwhelms the Yankees as the White Sox win, 5–0.

25th White Sox CF Happy Felsch starts a triple play in the 8thinning to stop the Senators scoring threat, then the Sox score a pair in the bottom of the frame off Walter Johnson and derail the Big Train, 5–4.

26th  In a Memorial Day game in Philadelphia, the Red Sox takes 2–0 lead over the A’s, but when Philadelphia scores 3 runs in the 2nd inning off big Bill James, fans start pounding on tin roof of the visitors’ dugout. The din is interrupted when Carl Mays emerges from the Sox dugout and fires a fast ball into the crowd striking a fan named Bryan Hayes. After the game, won 6–4 by Boston, Hayes goes to the police who issue a warrant for the arrest of Mays. The Sox leave town before the arrest can be made, but the warrant will remain outstanding. Mays will be fined $100 by MLB for the incident.

At Braves Field, the Cubs collect 10 hits to the Braves one hit but just manage to beat Boston, 1-0, behind Phil Douglas. Ray Douglas has a single for Boston’s only hit.

27th In Boston’s 6–4 loss to Cleveland, Babe Ruth slams a long triple, the first ball hit off the CF screen in Cleveland. Speaker has a pair of doubles for the Tribe.

28th The Braves Art Nehf shuts out the Cubs, 4–0, in beating Grover Alexander.

At Ebbets Field, Cuban pitcher Oscar Tuero hooks up for 13 innings against undefeated Brooklyn pitcher Jeff Pfeffer. The Cardinals finally score 2 in the 13th to win, 7-5, and Pfeffer goes to 7-1. Tuero (3-0) has 2 hits and 2 RBIs and will lead the NL in appearances with 45.

29th Boston’s Carl Mays allows just 4 hits in beating the A’s., 7–1 at Philadelphia. No runners reach base after the 3rd inning (as noted by historian Ted Farmer).

30th  In Chicago, the White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning 4–1 in the morning behind Red Faber, and 3–2 in the afternoon behind Williams. The nitecap win comes when the Sox score with 2 out in the 9th. In the opener, CF Happy Felsch, who started a triple play earlier in the week, teams up with 3B Buck Weaver for a DP. Felsch will start 15 double plays this year, a ML record for outfielders. At the end of the day, the White Sox lead the AL by 4 games. They will be overtaken briefly by Cleveland, then the Yankees, during the next 6 weeks before taking the lead to stay.

The Cards knock out Grover Alexander in the 5th inning of game 1 and beat the Cubs, 4–1. Alex is now 0–5. The Cards complete the deal with a 4–1 afternoon win behind Goodwin in game 2.

In the first of 2 in Philadelphia, Babe Ruth has 3 hits and pitches the Red Sox to a 10–6 win over the A’s. The Babe homers in game 2 over the RF wall, the ball landing on top of a roof on 22ndstreet. The A’s win it in the 9th, 4–3.