1st Making his major league debut, Brooklyn rookie Harry “Pop” Shriver tosses a 2–0 shutout over the Phillies. Shriver is the first Brooklyn hurler to debut with a shutout, but he’ll end his career at just 4–6. Brooklyn first sacker Sam Post has an easy day making just one put out.
At Detroit, the Tigers score a run in the 2nd inning when White Sox pitcher Shovel Hodges tosses a ball into the Detroit dugout without permission. Umpire Evans waves Harry Heilmann in from third base (as noted in Retrosheet). It is decisive as the Tigers win, 6-5.
For the 4th game in a row, the Giants score 10+ runs as they down the host Braves, 10–3. Winning pitcher Jesse Barnes has two of the 14 hits.
2nd With 2 outs, Washington’s George Mogridge serves up consecutive home runs to 3 Philadelphia batters—Tilly Walker, Cy Perkins, and Bing Miller. It has been done twice before: June 30, 1902 and May 10, 1894. The A’s win, 11–2, behind Bob Hasty.
4th Still pitching, Iron Joe McGinnity is a 5–3 winner for Danville over Peoria.
5th The Giants evict their AL tenants as of the end of the year, so the Yankees sign a contract to build their own $750,000 stadium on a site they had held an option on since 1920.
Pitching against the Tigers, Browns Bill Bayne takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Detroit manager Ty Cobb then sends up 5 straight pinch hitters, the first of whom in the 9th breaks up the no-hitter. One of the pinch hitters Cobb inserts is Bob Fothergill, who bats for Cobb and strikes out, but becomes the only man ever to pinch hit for the Georgia Peach. The Browns win, 6–1, and are tied for first with the Yankees, who beat the A’s, 5-4.
6th Cubs’ pitcher Vic Aldridge collects 5 hits and picks up the victory as visiting Chicago tops the Pirates 11–7.
Brooklyn scores in every inning but the 3rd as they smack the visiting Braves 15–2, behind the pitching of Dutch Ruether. Ivy Olson has 10 assists at second base and goes 3-for-4. Jimmy Johnston has 4 hits and Zach Wheat contributes a homer and 4 RBIs.
Carl Mays allows 2 hits—both to Bing Miller—and faces just 29 batters as the Yankees beat the A’s, 2–0. It is the submariner’s 19th straight win over Philadelphia and his 2nd in 2 weeks.
The Red Sox top the Senators, 1-0, when Nats pitcher Tom Zachary balks in the lone run. Herb Pennock is the winning pitcher, throwing his only shutout of the year.
7th Giants righthander Jesse Barnes walks Cy Williams in the 5th to spoil a 6–0 perfect no-hitter over the Phils. Williams is erased on a DP and Barnes faces just 27 batters in the no-hitter. Lee Meadows takes the loss.
The Yankees get their second 2-hitter in a row as Sad Sam Jones all0ows 2 singles in New York’s 8-1 win over the Senators. The Yanks are a game ahead of the Browns.
Pirates rookie Walter Mueller hits a HR on the first ML pitch he sees, and it comes from Pete Alexander. Mueller is the first to accomplish this feat. The box score credits the HR to teammate Ray Rohwer. In 4 years Mueller will hit one more HR. Alexander exits in the 2nd inning and the Pirates win, 11–5, over the second place Cubs.
Cobb responsible for killing fan with a home run! In the 7th inning of a game in Detroit, Cobb connects off Chicago’s Red Faber. During the excitement after the hit, 65-year-old fan Alfred Kenning drops dead in the stands cheering for the Tigers’ player-manager. Despite serving up the homer, Faber hangs on for a 9–7 win.
8th Hasty makes wasty as Cleveland hits a ML record-tying 4 triples in the 5th off the A’s Bob Hasty and roll over Philadelphia, 14–4. George Uhle is the winner.
Sam Breadon buys controlling interest—72%—in the Cardinals. He and Branch Rickey, who owns the rest of the stock, will combine to create one of baseball’s most successful operations. Breadon demotes Rickey to veep, but allows him to remain as field manager.
11th Spitballer Bill Doak faces Shufflin’ Phil Douglas at Sportsman’s Park and allows just one hit, a leadoff bunt by Dave Bancroft that eludes the pitcher and 1B Jack Fournier. The Cards win, 2–0. over the Giants.
At Cincinnati, the Reds score 9 runs in the first three innings and roll to a 9-5 win over the Braves. Boston stanches any more scoring in the 6th with a triple play: Kopf-Ford-Helke-O’Neill.
At Milwaukee a judge orders Charles Comiskey to appear in court regarding an allegation by the lawyer for Happy Felsch that a fund was kept in 1917 to be used to buy games from opposing players. Felsch charges that one of the teams was Detroit.
12th At Cincinnati, Reds’ Cliff Markle relieves in the 9th and induces a ground out on one pitch to Brooklyn’s Hy Myers. The Reds then score 2 runs to give Markle a one-pitch 7–6 win.
At Detroit, the first-place Yankees edge the Tigers, 10-8. Light-hitting Chick Fewster hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam, for New York. Chick will collect just 9 RBIs in 1922.
13th Hank Gowdy hits a grand slam and Tony Boeckel drives in 3 runs with a double and triple as the Braves top the Pirates, 8-5. Hugh McQuillan is the winner.
At Redland Field, the Robins edge the Reds, 6-5, pinning the loss on Dolf Luque (1-8). Dutch Reuther allows 13 hits in 5.1 innings but notches the win. Cincy’s Jake Daubert has 3 hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.
14th At Boston, the Indians complete a sweep over the last-place Red Sox by scoring 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win, 5-3. Losing pitcher Allen Russell helps with three walks in the 8th. Del Pratt finishes a 23-game hitting streak with 3 hits.
15th In a 4–1 win at New York, Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to SS Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. but official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season’s end, the AL official records, based on AP box scores, will list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully, claiming it should be .399, based on the official scorer’s stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year, but Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.
The Cards score 4 runs in each of the first three innings and score in every inning but the 5th en route to a 19-8 pounding of the Phillies. Specs Torporcer, the first regular to wear glasses, has two triples and his first ML homer to drive in 5 runs, while Hornsby (3), Austin McHenry (4) and Milt Stock (3) contribute to the 23-hit total. Phillies relief pitcher Tom Sullivan, 1-for-4 in his first ML game, homers in the 7th off Clyde Barfoot. These are his only ML at bats.
17th In a 13 inning, 3–1 win, A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has no putouts or assists. A’s starter Fred Heimach and White Sox starter Red Faber go the distance. Perkins will have 2 straight games like today in September.
19th After beating the Cards yesterday, 7–5, the Brooklyn Robins lose today, 10–6, collecting 2 assists to set a ML record for fewest assists in 2 games—6. Their pitchers (Vance and Mitchell) strike out 3 batters in the 2 games while the outfield makes 14 POs in each.
The Giants sign 16-year-old Fred Lindstrom, a student at Loyola Academy in Chicago.
20th Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy), suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Landis, are reinstated and return to the New York lineup going hitless in New York’s 8–2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns, down 2–0 after 7, score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th, six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones, taking the throw at 1B from Wally Pipp, apparently makes the 3rd out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly and plate ump Brick Owens instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and, when the action resumes 15 minutes later, Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3–2. Walks to Sisler and Williams force home another run, and Baby Doll Jacobson clears the bases with a grand slam into the RF stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits, including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak, while a cold Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.
The Indians, behind Tris Speaker’s first grand slam, beat the Red Sox 5–2. The reinstated Bill Piercy is the losing pitcher.
22nd Down 3–0 to the Browns’ Vangilder, Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th, his first of the year. The host Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott’s single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel. New York now leads the Browns by 3 games. Jack Tobin has a bunt single to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. It will finish at 21.
23rd George Sisler and Frank Baker match homers as the Browns and Yankees go into the 7th tied 3-3. Ken Williams #12, with 2 on, gives St. Louis a 6–3 lead, and Browns add 5 more off reliever Lefty O’Doul to win, 11–3. Urban Shocker is the winner as the Browns stay in 2nd place by 2 games. For Sisler, it is his 8th multi-hit game in the last 10. In a 6th inning infield single by Wally Pipp, George Sisler grabs the ball and tosses it to pitcher Urban Shocker, who is supposed to be covering first. When Sisler sees that Shocker is slow covering the bag he hustles over and catches his own throw (as noted in Retrosheet).
25th Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on ump George Hildebrand after being called out at 2B while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and is restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the CF clubhouse Ruth gestures to another heckler in RF. Babe gets stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beats the visiting Nationals, 6–4.
In the 1st inning of game 1 against the Robins, Phillies pitcher Bill Hubbell is hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Griffith and fractures his skull. Hubbell will return to pitch in 35 games this year. Brooklyn sweeps a pair, winning 8–7 and 9–6 as Jimmy Johnston hits for the cycle.
26th In the nitecap at the Polo Grounds, Heinie Groh walks 5 times as New York pounds the Braves, 10–2.
In Chicago, White Sox OF Bibb Falk singles with one out in the 8th to break Urban Shocker’s bid for a perfect game. Ray Schalk’s double ties the game, and the Sox score an unearned run in the 10th to win, 2–1. Red Faber is the winner over the Browns Urban Shocker. The Sox win the 2ndgame, 3–2, scoring the winner again on an unearned run.
27th The Phillies end their 12-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn 3–2. The loss ends Brooklyn’s 8-game winning skein.
28th The Giants whip the Phils, 8–1, overcoming 4 errors by New York 2B Frankie Frisch.
29th The U.S. Supreme Court rules baseball is not interstate commerce, and the Baltimore Feds lose their case. By a resounding 9-0 decision, Major League Baseball is not considered interstate commerce under the Sherman Anti Trust Act. The request for a rehearing will be denied.
The Browns top Detroit, 9–6, paced by Ken Williams grand slam in the 3rdinning. Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb get into an argument with the umpires and will be suspended, missing tomorrow’s twinbill.
In the 9th inning at Ebbets Field, pinch hitter Clarence Mitchell, batting for starter Leon Cadore, hits a two-run homer, but the Dodgers come up short, losing to Boston, 5-4. Mitchell’s blast is the first pinch homer by a Dodger pitcher.
Against Philadelphia, the Yankees plate 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Athletics, 7–4. Carl Mays is the winner, notching his 20th straight victory over the A’s.
30th Between games of the Memorial Day a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, the Cubs swap OF Max Flack to the Cards for OF Cliff Heathcote. Flack, who lives just 3 blocks from Cubs Park, went home for lunch between games, and arrived back in the Cubs clubhouse to find that he’d been traded. The players, who both played in the morning game, trade uniforms and play for their new teams in the afternoon. Heathcote is 0-for-3 as a Card, 2-for-4 as a Cub. Flack is hitless in the first game, 1–for-4 in the 2nd, as the Cubs win both, 4–1 and 3–1. George Stueland wins the opener and Vic Aldridge is the winner in the afternoon. In the nitecap, Cubs SS Charlie Hollocher strikes out for the first time this year, on a Bill Doak spitter. A .304 career hitter, he will whiff 5 times in 1922. In 3 years he will fan 33 times in 372 games.
With the score at 8–8 in the bottom of the 10th inning in game 2 of a Giants-Phils twin bill at Baker Bowl, C Butch Henline bats with Cy Williams on 1B and Curt Walker on 3B. Henline lines an apparent 3-run HR into the LF stands, and Walker scores the winning run. Henline reaches 2B before heading for the CF clubhouse, but as Williams had not scored at that point, Henline is credited with just a double, making the final score 9–8. The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin noted that, “it would have been a home run if Henline had completed the circuit, but they were serving ice cream and frankfurters in the clubhouse and when he reached second base his feet naturally strayed through center field.”
George Burns, now a member of the Reds, steals home against the Pirates in the 3rd on the front end of a double steal with Greasy Neale,. It is his 28th career steal of home and gives him a new NL record formerly held by Honus Wagner. The Reds win the opener, 9–3, then lose game 2, 7–3, to Johnny Morrison.
Playing without Heilmann and Cobb, the Tigers down the Browns, 6–5 in the A.M. game. The Browns Urban Shocker then allows just one run in 14 1/3 innings before he and Tobin are tossed out of the game for protesting umpire Owens ball and strike calls. Tobin’s argument gets him a week’s suspension. The Browns win, 2–1, in the 16th on catcher Pat Collins single. Hub Pruett picks up the win, striking out 4 of the last 5 batters.
31st In his first and only ML appearance at the plate, Reds third string catcher Red Lutz doubles in an 11–2 loss at Pittsburgh. Lutz will retire with a 1.000 average.