1926 May

1st  Satchel Paige, 19-years-old, makes his debut in the Negro Southern League, pitching Chattanooga to a 5–4 win over Birmingham.

2nd Walter Johnson wins his 4th victory, a 4–3 victory over the A’s. Slim Harriss is the loser.

For the 4th straight game, the Cubs come from behind to win, beating the Cardinals, 6–5. Pete Alexander picks up the victory, and Wee Willie Sherdel is the loser.

3rd The Reds pull off a triple steal against the Cards with Sammy Bohne, Val Picinich, and Walt Christensen doing the swiping. Cincy wins, 9–6, with Eppa Rixey getting the victory.

5th Detroit batters 5 White Sox pitchers en route to a 14-7 score over Chicago. Red Wingo puts the cherry on the charlotte russe with a 9thinning grand slam off Dixie Leverette as he drives in 6 runs for the Bengals.

6th The Reds use a ML record-tying 8 sacrifices in a 14–4 win over the visiting Phillies.

7th Chuck Dressen’s 4th hit of the game, in the Reds 3-run 9th, drives in the winning run in a 6–5 win over the Phils.

8th  Fenway Park bleachers along the left field line are partially destroyed by a fire. The Sox will not replace the seats.

The Yankees score 7 in the 2nd but lose to Detroit 14–10, knocking themselves out of the lead; Washington moves into first.

Chicago’s Pete Alexander beats the Giants, 6–4, with George McQuillan taking the loss. It is Alex’s last win in a Cubs uniform.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Gehrig and Ruth hit back-to-back homers off Tiger starter Sam Gibson, and the Yankees outscore the Tigers, 13–9. Herb Pennock is the winner.

11th  The Giants sell sore-armed pitcher Art Nehf to the Reds. The fair-minded Nehf is upset that John McGraw has not informed Reds’ manager Jack Hendricks of Nehf’s arm problems, and the pitcher will not speak with the Giants’ manager for years.

12th  Walter Johnson defeats the St. Louis Browns, 7–4. He is now 6–1, but will lose his next 7 in a row as the Senators go into a tailspin.

13th  Babe Ruth bangs a double and two homers to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees outslug the Indians, 13-9. The Babe also scores 4 times.

15th  Behind Pete Donohue, the Reds whip the Giants, 11–6, and move into first place. Led by the NL’s 2 top hitters—C Bubbles Hargrave at .353 and OF Cuckoo Christensen at .350—and the pitching of Donohue, Carl Mays, and Eppa Rixey, they’ll stay in 1st until mid-July.

18th In the 8th inning at Yankee Stadium, Tony Lazzeri clouts a long inside-the-park grand slam over CF Johnny Mostil’s head as the Yanks come from behind to beat the White Sox, 5–3. Sloppy Thurston serves up the homer.

19th Reds ace Pete Donohue fires a 2-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 5–1. Singles by Wheat and Herman are the lone hits.

At Griffith Stadium, Tiger pitcher Augie Johns flushes the Senators, 5-0. Bullet Joe Bush pitches 5 innings, nails three batters, and departs with the loss.

21st  White Sox 1B Earl Sheely hits 3 doubles a sac fly and a HR at Boston, following 3 doubles in his last 3 at bats yesterday. His 7 straight extra-base hits ties the ML record set by Elmer Smith of Cleveland in 1921. Vic Wertz will match the pair in 1950. Chicago needs all of Sheely’s hitting as they edge the Red Sox, 8–7, after yesterday’s 13–4 victory.

22nd  At Rogers Hornsby Day in St. Louis, the Cards player-manager is presented $1,000 in gold and a medal as the NL MVP for 1925. The Cards then whip the Phillies, 9–2, to even their record at .500.

Before the Braves-Cubs game at Wrigley Field, Grover Cleveland Alexander is given the keys to a Lincoln automobile, a gift from the fans. The Braves then cuff Alex around and win, 7–1. When the Cubs end their homestand, Alexander will be left behind in Chicago, and then waived.

23rd  Hack Wilson smacks a 5th inning home run, a rare blast off the Wrigley Field scoreboard, situated at ground level, to start a route of the Braves. The Cubs score 7 runs in the 8th inning to win 14–8. Sparky Adams contributes 4 hits for Chicago. Later that night, Wilson and a few others are arrested at a friend’s apartment for drinking beer in violation of the Prohibition Act. The scoreboard will be moved to the left field corner in 1937, before one will be built atop the newly built bleachers.

In Washington, Al Simmons hits a solo HR, off Walter Johnson, into the CF stands. He totals 3 hits and scores 3 times as the A’s beat the Big Train, 5–3, behind the pitching of Slim Harriss.

At Navin Field, Al Wingo drives in two runs as the Tigers defeat the Browns, 2-1. Ty Cobb has a safety to run his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest in the AL this year.

25th Six games in the AL today produce 145 hits and 80 runs. Leading the way are the Senators and A’s in Philadelphia with the Senators taking the first game, 17-12, and losing the second game, 7-6. Goose Goslin has 3 hits and 4 RBIs in game 1, while Max Bishop collects 4 hits. The Nats score 11 runs in the 5th inning and hold on for the victory. Mickey Cochrane homers in game 2 with a pair on.

At the Polo Grounds the struggling Giants take a pair from the Robins, 5-1 and 8-5. In game 1, Doc Farrell has a grand slam for the Giants, connecting in the 2nd frame off Jesse Barnes.

26th The Yankees win their 16th game in a row, defeating to Red Sox 9–8 to complete a 4-game sweep. The franchise record had been 15 straight wins, set in 1906. The streak puts New York in front by 8 ½ games.

28th  A Boston–New York old-timers’ game is played for a Christy Mathewson Memorial at Bucknell before the regular Giants-Braves game in Boston. The Braves then win, 5–3, over the Giants.

In a 12–4 Reds win over the Cardinals, Hughie Critz is walked 5 times, tying the NL record (20th C.)

The A’s take 2 from the Yankees 2–1 and 6–5, decisively ending New York’s 16-game win streak. Lefty Grove is the game 1 winner, despite getting just 4-hit support.

31st  The Giants blow open a match with the Phils and win, 12–1. Ross Youngs draw two walks in the 9th inning to tie a ML record.