1923 May

2nd  Walter Johnson gets his 100th shutout, and New York SS Everett Scott gets a gold medal from the AL for playing in his 1,000th consecutive game. Scott’s skein began on June 20, 1916. Washington defeats the Yankees 3–0, as Big Train allows just 3 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, Dazzy Vance strikes out 15 but the Giants emerge with a 7-6 win over Brooklyn in 11 innings. Dazzy allows 15 hits, 4 by Frankie Frisch, before being lifted. Al Mamaux pitches the 11th and takes the loss.

3rd  In a 3-1 win over the Reds, Pirates 1B Charlie Grimm starts a 25-game hitting streak that will be stopped by Dick Rudolph, the 1914 Braves hero, who comes off the coaching lines to make 4 starts for Boston.

4th In St. Louis, Marty Callaghan’s swipe of home in the bottom of the 10th wins it, 2–1 for the Cardinals. Virgil Cheeves is victorious over the Cubs Fred Toney.

7th   In an 8–4 win over Chicago, Tigers 3B Bob Jones ties an AL record with 9 assists; Willie Kamm will match it for the White Sox on September 30th.

Brooklyn edges the Boston Braves, 12–11, although Phil Weinert and Casey Stengel are not around for the finish, as both are ejected for fighting. Weinert plunks Casey his first time up and, after a close pitch in his second at bat, Casey charges the mound. They meet half way with both swinging. Dazzy Vance (1-3) wins with 2 innings of relief. Jimmy Johnston is 5-for-5 and Zack Wheat scores 3 and has 2 hits to start a consecutive game batting streak that will reach 20 games.

9th At St. Louis, A’s pitcher Walt Kinney relieves in the 3rd with his team down 3–0, and helps tie the score in the 6th by reaching Urban Shocker for a solo HR. The Browns rock Kinney for 4 runs in the 7th and he is lifted, and St. Louis goes on to win, 10–5. For Kinney, his HR comes on his last ML at bat.

At a frigid Polo Grounds, the Cubs outlast the Giants to win, 9-6, behind Vic Aldridge. Marty Callaghan’s triple with the bases loaded is the feature of Chicago’s 5-run 5th. George Grantham has a double and his first ML homer to make up for his three errors. The rookie second baseman will lead the league in putouts, assists and errors. His 55 errors is the most since 1900 and will not be topped in the NL. He will also lead in caught steals and in strikeouts: his 92 K’s will out distance the runner-up who will have 65.

11th  The Phils and Cards bash an NL record 10 homers (tied in 1947, topped in 1967) out of cozy Baker Bowl as the Phils outkick the Cards, 20–14; Cy Williams has 3 homers and 7 RBIs while teammate Johnny Mokan adds two homers, a double, and 7 RBIs. Les Mann a pinch homer + another for St. Louis, and losing pitcher Bill Sherdel connects. Mann is the first major leaguer to hit two homers in a game, one a pinch homer. In all, 23 batters hit safely with the two teams combining for 79 total bases. Williams now has 12 homers, tops in the Majors.

In St. Louis, Jack Tobin drives in 6 runs to back Rasty Wright’s 4-hitter, as the Browns down the Athletics, 14-3.

OF Pete Schneider strokes 5 HRs, including 2 grand slams, in a game for Vernon (Pacific Coast League). He also adds a double that hits 2 feet from the top of the CF wall. The former ML pitcher, who won 20 for the Reds in 1917, drives in 14 runs on 22 total bases in a 35–11 victory over Salt Lake City. Schneider sets 6 of the 12 league records made today.

12th  P Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston goes from the Browns to the White Sox for cash.

13th  In a 5–2 Cleveland win, Washington rookie Wally Warmoth strikes out Cleveland SS Joe Sewell twice. It is the first of only 2 times in his 14-year career that Sewell will fan twice in the same contest.

Chicago’s Pete Alexander beats Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, 5–2. For Alexander, it is his 6th straight game without walking a batter since the season’s start. He’ll walk 3 in his next outing, ending his streak at 52 straight innings.

Playing for Salt Lake City (PCL), teammates Oscar Vitt and Paul Strand each connect for 2 homers in the same inning.

14th Paced by Wally Pipp’s extra inning grand slam, off Syl Johnson, the Yankees score 8 runs in the 12th against the Tigers, to put the game away. Detroit comes back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to set an AL mark (later tied) for most runs in that frame. The final is 16-11 as Pipp collects 4 hits. He is in the middle of a 21-game hitting streak.

15th At Boston, the Cards trim the Braves 10–5. The Birds are led by Jim Bottomley’s three triples.

The Indians overcome a record-tying three errors by 2B Bill Wambsganss in the 4th inning to edge the Senators, 10-9.

16th  At Boston, the Cards score 5 runs in the 8th and 9th to send the game with the Braves into overtime. Boston puts runners on 1B and 3B in the 11th with no outs but Tony Boeckel lines into a 6-3-5 triple play. Boston finally ends it, 7-6, in the 14th when Billy Southworth lines a walkoff inside-the-park homerun. St. Louis pulled off the only other triple play in extra innings this century three years ago (the KC Packers of the FL executed one in 1915).

17th  When the Giants return big southpaw Rube Walberg to Portland (PCL) after a 2-game trial, the A’s buy him. He’ll be 4-8 in the first of his 15 ML seasons.

Grover Alexander finally issues a walk after starting the season with 52 IP without a pass for the Cubs. He walks 3 in a 7–4 win over the Phils.

Herman Pillette and the Tigers win, 6–2, at Detroit, as Cobb has a double and 3 RBIs. Harry Heilmann goes hitless dropping his batting average below .500 as his 21-game streak is stopped by Red Sox P George Murray. Heilmann finished last season with an 11-game hitting streak, so the combined streak is 32 games.

The Braves Dick Rudolph wins 1–0 over Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Cooper in 10 innings. This is the only win of the year for the 35-year-old coach. He stops Charlie Grimm’s 25-game hit streak. Grimm finished the 1922 campaign with hits in 5 games, so his two-season total is a 30-game hit streak.

18th  At Detroit, former Tiger pitcher, Howard Ehmke pitches his Boston Red Sox team to a 6-2 victory in 10 innings. The Sox hand Hooks Dauss (6-1) his first loss of the season, despite Hooks getting 3 of the Bengals 8 hits. Cobb is 0-for-3 and caps the day with a heated argument (under the grandstand), reportedly because Ehmke hit him with a pitch.

19th  At Chicago, the Senators edge the White Sox, 6–4. Walter Johnson slams a decisive 2 run single in the top of the 9th, then allows 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th before getting relief help from Allen “Rubberarm” Russell. Johnson fans 6. Ossie Bluege homers for Washington.

For the third game in a row in St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits a homer, this time connecting in the first inning with a man on against Herb Pruett. The Yanks win, 6-5.

20th  With the Polo Grounds newly expanded, the Giants set a NL attendance record with 42,000+ fans on hand. The Giants clip the Cardinals, 14–4, on 20 hits.

Stanley Coveleski and the Indians beat Boston, 1–0. Coveleski makes 10 assists.

21st  Formal transfer of T. L. Huston’s interest in the Yankees to Jake Ruppert is completed for $1.5 million. Ten days later Ruppert buys 2 more sets of uniforms so his players can wear a clean outfit every day, an unprecedented move.

22nd Babe Ruth breaks a 1–1 tie between the Yanks and White Sox by clouting a 2-run homer in the 15th inning. The blow breaks up a tense pitching duel between little Mike Cvengros and Herb Pennock, who goes all the way giving up just 4 hits. The Yanks have now won 12 of 13 contests in their western swing.

In a Negro League NL game at St. Louis’ Stars Park, Chicago American Giants CF Cristobal Torriente hits for the cycle, scoring 3 and batting in 7 runs, He finishes his offensive outburst with a homer in the top of the 9thto give the American Giants an 11-10 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Jack Marshall gets into a jam and Torriente comes in with two out and runners on 2B and 3B. With Cool Papa Bell at the plate, Torriente promptly goes from hero to goat in the space of two pitches, both of them wild, allowing the tying and winning runs to score easily.

23rd  The Red Sox down the Indians, 5-1, behind the pitching of Howard Ehmke and 3 RBIs by Ike Boone. Cleveland’s George Burns has a safety to run his hitting streak to 22 games.

Pittsburgh sends 2B Cotton Tierney and P Whitney Glazner to the Phils for 2B Johnny Rawlings, whom the Phils picked up on waivers on May 11, and P Lee Meadows. Meadows will win 85 games over the next 5 years as Glazner’s replacement in the Pittsburgh rotation.

25th  In Detroit, Ty Cobb scores his 1,741st run, passing Honus Wagner’s record, but his Tigers lose to Chicago, 5–3.

26th  Babe Ruth hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hasty in the 3rd, the hit traveling over the right CF fence onto 20th street in Philadelphia. The Yanks top the A’s, 10-8.

27th At New York, Phillies slugger Cy Williams cracks his 15th HR of May, a new record for the month, and his 18th of the season. The homer comes off Giants’ P Rosy Ryan in a losing cause, as the Giants win, 12–4. The 15 homers in May will not be topped by any Phillie this century.

28th Houston Buffalo slugger Les Bell ties a minor league record for most doubles in a game by clanging 5 straight in a Texas League game against Dallas.

30th  After playing before the NL’s biggest crowd (41,000) in the p.m. game of the holiday twin bill split against Brooklyn, the Giants head west with a 4-game lead over the Pirates. Five regulars will bat over .300, and three will top 100 RBI, led by NL leader Irish Meusel’s 125. At 3B, rookie Travis Jackson takes over for gimpy Heinie Groh. With 5 future Hall of Famers in the lineup and 8 on the roster during the season, the Giants will be the first team to hold first place from opening to closing day and the only NL team to have done it. With average pitching, they win just 95 games, but it’s enough for a 4 1⁄2 game margin over the Reds.

In first of 2 games in Washington, Ruth’s homer in 1st inning off Walter Johnson propels the Yankees to a 6–4 win over Washington. The hit travels over the LF wall and lands in back of a house. Herb Pennock is the winner. New York takes game 2 by a 9-5 score as Ruth adds another homer, hitting it over the scoreboard off George Mogridge.

31st  Zach Wheat has his 20-game hit streak stopped by Rube Marquard, but Brooklyn still beats Boston, 5-2.