1910 September

2nd  Portland (PCL) star Vean Gregg fires a no-hitter, beating the visiting Los Angeles Angels, 2–0. Gregg strikes out 14, including eight in a row, only one of whom even fouled off a pitch. Gregg will win 32 games for the champion Beavers and strike out 379 in 387 innings.

3rd  Walter Johnson of Washington tops Chief Bender and the first-place Athletics, 3–1. The A’s score comes on a triple steal (Hartsel, Houser, Rapp) in the 1st inning.

5th  After losing 5–2 to the Yankees, the A’s win the second game 2–1 and Jack Coombs begins a streak of 53 shutout innings, topping Doc White’s 46 of 1904. Three years later Walter Johnson will top Coombs.

7th   At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits in beating the Boston Doves, 2–0. Sam Frock is hung with the loss.

10th The Giants sweep a pair from visiting Boston, winning 6-1 and 3-1. Pitcher Otis Crandall helps win the opener with a pair of triples, the first of three times he will hit a pair of three baggers in a game (as noted by Tom Zocco).

12th At Toronto, Dick Rudolph of Toronto (Eastern League) pitches 10 hitless innings over Montreal. Rudolph wins in 12 innings, 2-1.

At Oakland, Vean Gregg of Portland pitched a PCL record third 1-hitter, a 2-0 win over Oakland.

13th  In an 8-7 loss to Cleveland, Detroit’s Ty Cobb hits his 9th HR of the year, all inside the park, as he will win his only home run title.

The Giants split with the Pirates, winning 11–1, as the Bucs score eight runs in the last two innings. Owen Wilson has a grand slam in the 9th for Pittsburgh. In game 2, the Pirates are outslugged, 15–3. Mathewson loses the opener, allowing 5 runs in 8 innings.

14th Detroit rookie Dave Skeels, just 17-years-old, make his first and only ML appearance, surrendering 8 runs (5 in the 7th before being relieved), on 9 hits and 4 walks, in 6 innings, but comes away with a no decision in Detroit’s 9-8 win. He finishes the day and his ML career with an ERA of 12.00.

In the first of the two in Philadelphia, Phillies SS Mickey Doolan leads off the bottom of the 3rd inning and is hit on the head by a pitch from Ed Reulbach of the Cubs. First baseman Kitty Bransfield runs for Doolan, who comes back in the game in the top of the 4th (as noted by Retrosheet). The Phils win, 5-2, behind Bob Ewing, then lose 5-2 in the second game, called after 8 innings.

15th  Cleveland tops Washington, 3–0, with Walter Johnson losing to the Naps after 4 straight wins against them. The victory goes to Fred Blanding in his major league debut. Nap Lajoie scores a run but is 0-for-3.

At New York, the Pirates and Giants split a pair. The Giants spot the Bucs three runs in the opener and then roar back to win, 11-3. Red Murray has a 5th inning grand slam for the Giants. Pittsburgh wins the second contest, 6-1.

16th  Mathewson stops the Bucs on 5 hits, as the Giants top Pittsburgh 3–1 to move a half-game behind the 2nd place Pirates. Al Leifield takes the loss.

Jack Coombs tosses his 3rd shutout in a row as the first-place A’s ’s roll over the Tigers, 10–0. Coombs next start, against Cleveland, will result in a 0-0 tie.

17th  Detroit pitcher Ed Summers, a notoriously poor hitter, bounces 2 HRs into the stands in a 10–3 victory over the A’s. He adds a single his last time up. The two homers, both off Harry Krause, will comprise his career total. As noted by Bob Davids (BRJ, 1973), The Detroit Free Press reports the event as follows:

“Never since the birth of our National Pastime has a more startling chapter been contributed to its history than that which Eddie Summers produced yesterday. . . . To end the reader’s suspense, the big pitcher got two home runs in the same game in successive times at bat, each occasion scoring a man ahead of him. Krause was the opposing pitcher. He was led from the field on the verge of mental collapse.”

The White Sox combine 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 walks and a triple steal in the 1st inning to beat the visiting Red Sox, 4–3. Choinard, Collins, and Payne pull off the triple steal.

At Atlanta, Mobile and Atlanta finish their Southern Association season by breaking the “world’s time record” for a 9-inning game, completing the match in 32 minutes. Mobile wins, 2–1. Both teams run in after each inning, hitters run to the plate and swing at the first pitch, though there is one walk, no strikeouts, and 4 stolen bases in the game. There are 35 assists by the 2 teams. In another remarkable league contest today, Nashville beats New Orleans, 6-3, in 42 minutes. There are 29 hits made by the two teams.

18th  At Chicago, the Boston Red Sox top the White Sox, 6-0, pinning the loss on Ed Walsh. Big Ed will finish with a league-high 20 losses and will be the first pitcher in the 20th century to have a losing season, an ERA under 2.75 and record 220 strikeouts. Amos Rusie, in 1890, was the last; Gaylord Perry in 1967 will be the next.

20th The Cards beat the Giants, 5–1, then lose the nitecap 3–2. Rookie Ed Zmich, still looking for his first win, loses to Mathewson. Matty allows 10 hits, but K’s 10.

21st At Cleveland, A’s ace Jack Coombs throws 11 scoreless innings only to be matched by rookie Harry Fanwell. The game ends 0-0 with Coombs’ scoreless inning streak at 47.

22nd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Boston pitcher George Ferguson hits a grand slam off Jack Rowan, in the 3rd inning, as Boston beats the Reds, 7–5. It is Ferguson’s only ML homer. The Reds win the opener, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Deacon Phillippe runs his record to 14-2—13 of those in a row—as the Pirates edge the host Phillies, 6-5. Pittsburgh builds a 6-0 lead by hitting Ewing hard in 2+ innings. Kitty Bransfield has a homer in the Phillies 5-run 7th.

23rd  George Stallings, convinced that Hal Chase tried to throw a game, but unable to make the charge stick, is replaced by his charismatic first sacker as manager of the 2nd-place Highlanders for the season’s final 11 games. On his own, Prince Hal will lead the New Yorkers downhill to 6th place in 1911.

24th In another matchup of aces, the Giants score 4 runs in the 1stinning off Three Finger Brown, who is lifted after six innings, trailing, 5–1. The Cubs rally against Christy Mathewson, and score 2 runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie. Larry Doyle, who sloppy play helped the Cubs scoring, singles home the winning run for New York in the bottom of the 9th. Despite the Cubs tying the game after his departure, Brown is handed the loss.

25th  At Chicago’s South Side Grounds, Ed Walsh attempts to run the White Sox victory-streak to 10 games in game one against the A’s. Walsh allows 1 hit through 8 innings while Eddie Plank is nearly as good, allowing 3 hits. The A’s tie it up in the 9th and Jack Coombs relieves and pitches 5 scoreless innings as the A’s prevail, 3-1, in 14 innings. Harry Lord has 4 of the 5 Sox hits. Coombs, with his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 52 innings, starts game two. He allows a leadoff triple in the 1st inning but escapes without a score. The Sox score 3 in the 2nd ending Coombs streak at 53 innings, and end up with a 5-2 win in 5 innings when the game is called on account of darkness. Harry Lord steals 3B and then swipes home on the front end of a double steal for the Sox in the 4th.

At St. Louis, the Browns and Senators split with the locals winning game one, 2–1. In game 2, Walter Johnson tosses the first of his two career one-runner games, missing a perfect game when a 6th inning grounder by rookie Frank Truesdale skips by SS George McBride for a single. Johnson’s one-hitter is good for a 3–0 victory over the Browns. Johnson strikes out 11 to run his season total to 303, “establishing a new world strikeout record beating Rube Waddell’s mark of 301 set in 1903.” (Chicago Tribune). (Ed note: Waddell’s mark is now recognized as 302 for 1903. He struck out 349 in 1904.)

27th  At Detroit, the Yankees win, 10–2, as rookie Russ Ford (26-6) records his 26th victory, beating Ed Willett. Ford’s 26 is the most wins ever by a rookie.

30th  Browns 3B Ray Jansen gets 4 hits in 5 at-bats in his ML debut, the only game he will play in the Majors. Speeding his exit are his 3 errors at the hot corner as he finishes with an .800 batting average and .700 fielding average. The last-place Browns fall to the White Sox, 9–1.

In a shootout at the Polo Grounds, Beals Becker hits a pinch grand slam inside-the-park as the Giants outslug Brooklyn, 17–8. It is the 2nd pinch slam IPHR in ML history; Mike O’Neill hit the first.