1921 May

2nd  Batting against the Braves, Giants’ George Burns hits a grounder to SS Walter Barbare, who boots it. Barbare then throws his glove at the ball hitting it, and the umpires invoke the thrown glove rule, giving Burns a triple. The Giants don’t need the advantage, winning, 8–1.

4th  The Giants end Brooklyn’s winning streak at 11 games, 3–2. Pitcher Dutch Ruether scores one of the Brooklyn runs when he steals home in the 5th inning, the second steal of home in his career.

The Dodgers Bill Lamar is sent home to rest. Lamar is suspected of having malaria, which he believes he contracted in New Orleans. He has just 3 at bats this season and will resurface with the Athletics in 1924.

5th  Chicago’s Red Faber, who threw a two-hitter on April 29, does it again as the White Sox stop Cleveland, 4-0. In between Red’s two two-hitters, the Tigers knocked him out of the box after one inning in a 13-1 victory on May 3. Faber will still top the 20-win mark.

7th  Bob Meusel of the Yankees hits for the cycle. He rips a 2-run third inning HR off Walter Johnson and his triple with 2 on beats the Senators 6–5 in the 9th. Ruth strikes out 3 times against Johnson, then poles a HR in the 8th that lands in a tree outside of right field. Former President Wilson witnesses the exciting game in Washington.

8th  At Dunn Field, George Burns has 5 hits to lead a 20-hit Cleveland attack on the White Sox, as the Indians scalp Chicago, 17-3. Winning pitcher George Uhle is not far behind, collecting 4 RBIs on a single, double and triple.

11th Billy Southworth has 5 hits for the Braves and scores the winning run with two out in the 13th as Boston beats the Cardinals, 1-0. Boston’s Dana Fillingim and St. Louis’s Earl Hamilton go the distance.

12th At New York, George Kelly hits his 2nd grand slam in 2 weeks to power the Giants to a 7–5 win over the Cardinals. He’ll end up with three for the year. Slim Sallee is the winner over Bill Sherdel.

13th  A jury deliberates less than a hour and acquits Benny Kauff of the auto theft and related charges against him. Despite the acquittal, Landis maintains his disbarment of the FL batting champ. Kauff goes to court for reinstatement, but on January 17, 1922, it will be denied.

15th Walter Johnson starts for Washington but Detroit batters light him up. Harry Heilmann drives in 2 runs on a single and Johnson departs. Detroit wins the slugfest, 13–10, though Walter is not the loser. Ty Cobb is 3-for-3 with 3 walks.

16th Rupert and Huston, the two owners of the Yankees, make their final payment for $500, 000 to complete the purchase of the Bronx property for the new Yankee Stadium. The sale was made by the William Waldorf Astor estate, owners of the property.

Detroit hands visiting Washington a 17-11 loss as Cobb leads the attack with 4 hits, 4 runs and a stolen base. Harry Heilmann has a homer and 4 RBIs and Chick Shorten knocks in 4 runs. Joe Judge and Duffy Lewis each have a single, double and triple.

During the 7-4 Giants win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ fan Reuben Berman, refuses to return a foul ball, and he is detained, given his ticket price back, and ejected from the park. Berman sues for $20,000 and wins a $100 claim in court. The Giants will then allow fans to keep foul balls. The Cubs were the first to institute the policy, in 1916. The Pirates will follow suit in two months.

17th After collecting a double and triple off Reds starter Buddy Napier, Curt Walker finishes off his day with a game-ending homer off Buddy to lead off the bottom of the 11th as the Giants win, 4-3. Jesse Barnes goes the distance for the victory.

18th The Boston Red Sox, behind Sam Jones’ shutout, beat the Tigers, 2–0. Jones, who holds the AL’s top two hitters, Cobb and Heilmann, hitless, will finish the year 16-5, with the best winning percentage in the AL. The Tigers prevent further scoring with a triple play on Ev Scott’s liner to 2B Ralph Young who flips to Donie Bush.

Penn State College wins their 17th straight victory. Combined with 11 straight to end last season, they have won 28 in a row.

19th At the annual meeting of the NL owners, they vote in favor of restoring the resin bag for pitchers. It had been banned along with the spitball, shine ball, and other odd pitches.

20th The Indians score in every inning but the 3rd as they roast the visiting A’s, 16-3, behind Duster Mails. Tris Speaker has 2 singles, a double and triple to drive in 5 runs, while Charlie Jamieson scores 4 and Riggs Stephenson knocks in 4. Stephenson also hits his first ML homer.

22nd Bibb Falk pokes a 6th inning grand slam and the White Sox top the visiting Senators, 6-2. Red Faber improves to 8-2.

25th In St. Louis, the Browns overcome Babe Ruth’s 13th HR of the year to win, 7–6. The Babe’s blow travels an estimated 500 feet. Babe adds a single and double but starter Urban Shocker gives up a pair of runs in the 9th to take the loss.

27th At Washington, the Senators beat the White Sox, 5-4, but lose manager George McBride who is injured in pregame practice when his is hit in the temple by a throw from outfielder Earl Smith. McBride will be in bed for a week with a slight concussion and partial paralysis and, while he will return August 4th, the effects of the injury will remain. He won’t return as manager next year.

Playing for the Wichita Wolves (Class A Western League) Jim Blakesley connects for 5 doubles against Omaha to set an Organized Ball record. It will be tied several times, the next occurrence in 1923.

28th  The league-leading Pirates protest their 4–3, 10-inning loss to the Reds. When hot-tempered Reds P Dolf Luque throws the ball into the Cincinnati dugout, Clyde Barnhart tries to take 3B and is thrown out. The Pirates claim the ball was dead when it went into the dugout. NL president Heydler will sustain the protest and order the game continued with the score 3–3 in the last of the 8th. The Pirates win the replay 4–3 on June 30th.

In the first of 2 against the A’s to start a homestand, Carl Mays holds the Mackmen to one run and the Yankees win, 5–1. Mays has now won 13 straight against the Quakers. New York takes the nitecap, 5–2, behind Bob Shawkey.

In Tokyo, the University of California nine beats a team from Keio University, 11–2.

29th At Redland Field, Pittsburgh’s Clyde Barnhart hits a 9th inning line drive down the RF line that gets lost in tarp in front of the grandstand. By the time RF Pat Duncan finds the ball, Barnhart scores his first ML homer inside-the-park to tie the match at 2–2. reliever Eppa Rixey gives up the homer but holds on for a 4–3, 13-inning victory. It is the only homer Rixey will allow in 301 innings pitched, and just one of 2 homers Reds pitchers will allow at home this season. Except for this, Rixey would have set the record for post-dead ball pitchers, a record that Allen Sothoron will post this year in fewer innings. It is still the NL mark.

The AL-leading Indians complete a sweep of the 4 games with the Browns by winning, 11–9, behind George Uhle. Cleveland totals 15 hits in 8 innings against Urban Shocker. In all 4 wins the Tribe score in double figures. Jack Graney and Ken Williams each have 3 hits, including 2 homers, and 5 RBIs. For Williams, it is his 2nd two-homer game in three days. Elmer Smith clubs a homer.

30th  The Giants take a pair from the Phillies, 5-1 and 13-7. Before the start of the afternoon game, a memorial to Captain Eddie Grant, killed in action in the Argonne Forest October 20, 1918, is unveiled at the Polo Grounds. One of the speakers is Grantland Rice who reads a poem he has written for the occasion.

Far from the Game and the cheering of old,

A cross in the Argonne will tell you the story

Where each one may read on its rain-battered mold

A final box score that is written in glory.

A final box score of a Player who gave

The flag that he fought for, his ghost—and his grave.

Green be his couch where the white lilies lean

Crimson the poppies that keep guard above him.

Gentle the darkness that gathers between

The Player at rest and the torn hearts that love him.

God give him refuge where Life’s flag is furled

A dreamer gone back to the dust of the world.

Low be the lost winds of France that must creep

Over his rest in the Last Tavern lying.

Good send Thy dreams where the Darkness is deep,

Father, Thy care when the wild storms are flying.

No monarch there—but the soul of a Man—

We speak for a Brother—for One of the Clan!

The Red Sox drop a pair to the A’s, 8-1 to Perry and 2-1 to Rommel. Red Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, the only one he will make all year, as he will field .999. Tomorrow he begins an errorless streak of 163 games and 1,625 chances.

At Chicago the White Sox and Browns combine for 58 hits in a doubleheader, with St. Louis taking the opener, 14-5 in the morning and the Sox copping the afternoon game, 8-5. George Sisler scores 5 runs in game 1, then bangs out a single, two doubles and a homer in game 2.

Not him again! At Boston, the Braves win 9-3 in the morning and then take 16 innings to win game 2, 6-5. Leon Cadore takes over the pitching chores in the 2nd inning of the afternoon game and is the loser. Joe Oeschger is the winner pitching the last two innings in relief of Hugh McQuillan. Brooklyn scores in the 14th on Wally Hood’s only ML homer, and score again in the 16th. Each time it is Ray Powell who answers, singling in the 14th to drive in a run and tripling in the 16th to tie again, before scoring. Powell will lead the NL in triples (18) this year.

The Pirates sweep a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning, 13-0 and 6-3. Max Carey is 5-for-5 in game 1, and scores 4 runs, while George Cutshaw and Possum Whitted each knock in 4 runs. Jimmy Zinn (3-1) is the recipient of the 22-hit attack. The Cubs cuff game 2 starter Babe Adams for 3 runs in the 1st inning, then make two hits off Elmer Ponder in the 2nd before Chief Yellow Horse arrives to shut them down for 7 2/3 innings. Whitted scores 3 runs on three hits.

At Detroit, the Tigers lose the opener, 6-5 to Cleveland, then take game 2 by a 9-5 score as Ty Cobb has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homerun. George Cutshaw and Possum Whitted each knock in 4.

31st  The Senators bang out 8 straight hits, including 2 triples, off Waite Hoyt in a 7-run 2nd inning, and beat New York 12–5. Winning pitcher Tom Zachary is 4-for-4 while batterymate Patsy Gharrity has 3 hits and 3 runs. Babe Ruth clubs his 15th homer for New York.