1st Ed Rommel goes 11 innings to win his 21st as his A’s beat the Red Sox, 4-3. Chick Galloway’s homer in the 9th ties the score for Philadelphia. George Burns has 3 hits for the Sox to run his hit streak to 23 games. This is the longest by a Sox first sacker, and will be matched in 2007 by Kevin Youkilis.
At Sportsman’s Park, the Pirates and Cardinals split a pair. The Pirates win the opener, 14-4, as Reb Russell has a single, double and 2 homers to drive in 4 runs and score 4. Russell hits another homer in game 2, an 11-6 Cards retort. Cotton Tierney is hitless in game 2, stopping his consecutive game batting streak at 21 games.
2nd Behind Alex Ferguson and Bill Piercy, the Red Sox twice shut out the Senators, winning 3–0 and 1–0. Piercy bests Walter Johnson in game 2 when the Sox score in the 9th. The two games are played despite a 5+ inches of rain soaking the D.C. area, the biggest deluge since 1878. President Harding cancels a 6 p.m. golf outing upon learning that the Connecticut bridge, which he would have to cross, is a two-foot viaduct.
Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics, although the Mackmen knock him out of the box for the first time in his win streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning, 7–2. New York prevails, 11–6, in game 1, but the A’s win the nitecap, 4–0, behind Bob Hasty.
At Chicago, Pete Donohue is backed by a 21-hit barrage as the Reds beat the Cubs, 17-5. Pat Duncan homers in each of the first two innings and the Reds build a 15-0 margin. Duncan has 5 RBIs.
At Detroit, the Browns win their 2nd in a row over the Tigers, 5–4. Hub Pruett allows 3 hits in 4 innings to win in relief. George Sisler hits in his 30th consecutive game.
3rd The Giants pull off a 2nd inning triple play against the Phils. With runners on 1B and 2B, Jimmy Smith, in his last ML game, pops up and the infield fly rule is called. Although Smith is called out, Frisch fails to catch the ball, and the runners take off. Giants right fielder Ross Youngs picks the ball up and the relay catches runner Cliff Lee at 3B for out #2. 3B Heinie Groh’s throw and relay catch Sam Leslie at 1B for the 3rd out. The Giants then break a 7–7 tie in the 9th when Frankie Frisch scores from 2B on a muffed 6–3 play that Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring bobbles.
4th At the start of the day, both New York teams are on top, and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today, the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the AL leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees, 4–3 and 6–5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR, in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock, who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer, also at the Polo Grounds.
At home, the Browns win decisively, beating the Indians, 10–3 and 13–2. Urban Shocker wins his 23rd in the morning and Ken Williams hits his 33rd. Sisler is 4-for-4 in the opener and 3-for-5 in game 2 to run his hit streak to 34 straight games. Vangilder is the winner in the nitecap.
5th The Browns take over 1st place by beating the Indians, 10–9 as Urban Shocker wins his 23rd, in relief. He’ll win no more. Ken Williams hits his 34th, a grand slam.
After beating the Robins twice yesterday, including a 16-inning game 2 win, the Phillies unload with an 11-3 game 1 win. Cy Williams has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs. Jimmy Ring is the complete game winner. Brooklyn wins game 2 by an 8-7 score, overcoming a pair of homers by the Phils’ John Peters. The Phillies second baseman Frank Parkinson records 11 assists in each game and recorded 11 assists in yesterday’s game 2; 33 assists in three straight games.
8th The Yankees go back on top, this time to stay, beating the Senators, 8–1, behind Carl Mays. while the Browns lose to Detroit, 8–3. New York’s win is triggered by Wally Pipp’s 6th inning 3-run homer of Walter Johnson, the 2nd homer Wally has dinged off the Senator’s ace in 9 days.
Detroit beats the Browns, 8–3, on Bobby Veach’s 2 homers off Urban Shocker. First baseman Lu Blue pulls off two unassisted DPs, tying the AL record, and both are off line drives by Johnny Tobin.
9th Danville’s Otto Pahlman (III League) has his 50-game hitting streak stopped. Now in 2nd place, he’ll end the century with the 4th longest streak ever in the minors.
Baby Doll Jacobson collects 3 triples to lead the Browns to a 16–0 whitewash of the Tigers. The victory, the most lopsided in Browns’ history, goes to pitcher Elam Vangilder. St. Louis totals 20 hits with Ken Williams hitting a homer in his 5th straight game, his 37th of the year. Sisler has 3 hits to keep his hit streak alive, as the Browns keep pace with New York, winners in 10 innings against Washington.
10th The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40,000 overflow the stadium with another 25,000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A’s 10–3 in the opener, and Waite Hoyt edges the A’s in the second 2–1. Plans are in the works to expand the park to 56,000 capacity, but this is the last regular season AL game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.
The Reds move ahead of the Cardinals into third place as they down St. Louis, 13-8. Pete Donohue (16-8) is the winner. Bill Pertica gives up 5 runs in 2+ innings to take the loss. Pertica will make one more brief appearance, ending the year by allowing 17 baserunners per 9 innings, a Cardinal record.
Beals Becker of Kansas City (AA) is 8-for-8 in a doubleheader against Minneapolis.
11th The Browns, down 4–3 to the Tigers in the 9th, but a walk and a George Sisler triple ties the game. Marty McManus lines a single to win it 5–4 for reliever Hub Pruett. Sisler falls on his shoulder in the 7thstretching for a ball but stays in the game.
13th The Browns announce that George Sisler has severely strained ligaments and cannot lift his right arm over his head. He might be out for the remainder of the season, jeopardizing the Browns’ pennant chances and Sisler’s 39-game hitting streak. Ironically, the injury occurred when Sisler tried to catch a throw on a hit by Ty Cobb, whose streak he is trying to break. Without Sisler, the 2nd place Browns rally to beat the Tigers, 8–6. Jacobson, playing 1B, makes 2 errors.
The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox, losing 7–3 before winning 6–3. Ev Scott barely keeps his consecutive games played streak alive when he is delayed because of a train wreck. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.
Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the visiting Braves, winning 8–1 and 6–1. Wilbur Cooper and Johnny Morrison are the winners. Joe Genewich makes his ML debut in relief for the Braves. Genewich jumped from the sandlots, where he was making $5 a game pitching, directly to the Braves, bypassing the minors.
The powerful Baltimore Orioles win their 4th straight International League pennant, sweeping a doubleheader from Newark, 6–3 and 15–10. Jack Bentley has 3 homers. The O’s are paced by Lefty Grove (18–8), in his 3rd of 5 seasons (108–36) in Baltimore.
15th The Cardinals take a comfortable 7-0 lead over the Phillies after Rogers Hornsby hits a 4th inning grand slam and drives in 6 runs. But the Phillies shake off the torpor and come back to win, 10-9. as catcher Butch Henline becomes the first NL player to hit 3 homers in a game since 1897: Henline hit no homers last year. He drives in 6 runs and his 3rd HR ties the game in the 9th inning before Cliff Lee hits the game-winning HR. Lee ends the year with 17 homers—all at Baker Bowl. Only Gavvy Cravath, in 1914, and Mel Ott will have more homers in a season this century coming all at home.
The Browns pull to within a half game of the Yankees—losers to the White Sox—by rallying to beat the Red Sox, 7–1. Vangilder scatters five hits to win. St. Louis trailed 1–0 after 6 ½ innings before coming back.
Frank Brower hits a grand slam for Washington but the Senators still lose, 6-5, to the Indians at Cleveland.
16th Pennant fever rages in St. Louis, as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead. Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2–1, as Sisler ties Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a ﬂy ball in the 9th, New York OF Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the AL offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.
In Philadelphia, the Pirates and Phillies split a pair. Wilbur Cooper wins his 22nd for Pittsburgh in the opener, 11-6. Carson Bigbee and Willard Schmidt each have 4 hits for the Bucs, while Goldie Rapp and Butch Henline match it for the Phils. Cliff Lee hits his 17th homer of the year in the 8th, all at home. Lee will finish with a .388 home batting average and .227 on the road (courtesy of Retrosheet). The Phils take game 2, 8-6.
In Detroit, the Tigers claw the Senators, 9-5, as Cobb goes 2-for-3 and is caught stealing for the 13th time. Ty has just 9 stolen bases, the first time since his rookie year he’s stolen fewer than 10.
17th Browns southpaw Hub Pruett is reached for a HR by the Bambino, but he still beats the Yankees, 5–1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation but the partisan crowd is CF is quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning for Yanks PH McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his streak to 41 games.
At the Polo Grounds, catcher Bubbles Hargrave has 2 RBIs and steals home on the front end of a double steal to lead the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Giants. Eppa Rixey wins his 22nd of the year.
A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has his 2nd consecutive game with no putouts or assists, a ML record. Today, he catches Bob Hasty in a 4–2 loss to Cleveland’s Dan Boone. Yesterday, he caught Eddie Rommel in a 6–1 win over Cleveland. Perkins also had no POs or assists in a 13-inning game on May 17.
18th Whitey Witt, his head bandaged from being hit by a bottle, drives in 2 in the 9th for a 3–2 New York win, and they leave St. Louis 11⁄2 in front. They will finish one game on top, clinching the pennant on the 30th with a 3–1 win in Boston. Sisler’s 41-game hit streak is stopped by New York’s Joe Bush, the same pitcher he had started the streak against on July 27th.
19th Against the Senators Walter Johnson, Ken Williams hit his 39th HR of the year in the 4th, and Pat Collins, subbing for Sisler at 1B, adds another solo HR in the 7th to give the Browns a 2–1 lead. But the Senators rally to win, 4-3, with Walter Johnson earning the win over Elam Vangilder. Sisler pinch hits and strikes out. Washington will win again tomorrow, 5–0.
20th Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes stops the Cardinals on 3 scratch hits to win the opener, 6–1, of twinbill against St. Louis. Grimes also snaps Rogers Hornsby’s hit streak at 33 games, which still stands as a Cardinal record. Hornsby recovers his stroke in the nightcap and hits 2 HRs as the Cards outslug the Robins, 13–7. St. Louis scores 8 runs in the 9th inning, off a tired starter Leon Cadore, who allows 20 hits.
21st At Dunn Field, Red Sox pitcher Jack Quinn hits a 3-run homer in the 4th inning, and scores 3 times as Boston trounces the Indians, 15-5. Boston scores 6 runs against rookie Doc Hamman in the 9th inning without making an out. It is Doc’s only ML appearance as he finishes with an infinite ERA.
The AL reinstates the MVP award, last given in 1914, appointing a committee of one writer from each city, headed by I. E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune. As a player-manager, Ty Cobb is not eligible, and the trophy goes to George Sisler. The NL will pick up the idea 2 years later.
22nd At Navin Field, the Tigers top the Red Sox, 5-3, as Ty Cobb goes 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to .398.
23rd Rogers Hornsby belts his 40th homer, a solo shot in the 6th at the Polo Grounds, but the Giants hang on to win, 7–5. Ross Youngs saves a homer in the 9th when he leaps to snag Jack Smith’s drive. Jack Scott hits 4-for-4 and pitches all the way for the win to keep the Giants six games in front of Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn makes the fading Pirates walk the plank, beating Pittsburgh 9–5 and 5–1.
24th Rogers Hornsby hits his 41st and 42nd HRs of the year, connecting off brothers Jesse and Virgil Barnes of the Giants. The one off Virgil is inside-the-park. Rosy Ryan, in relief of Hugh McQuillan, picks up the 10–6 Cards win.
25th The Giants beat St. Louis, 5-4 in 10 innings, to clinch John McGraw’s 8th pennant and the Giants’ 10th in 41 years in the NL.
26th In Detroit, during an exhibition game against the Pirates, Ty Cobb pinch hits in the 5th and is struck on the leg by a pitch from Chief YellowHorse (some accounts have YellowHorse beaning Cobb). Cobb is carried from the field but will play in the Tigers next regular season game on 30th when he goes 2-for-4. The general assumption is that Cobb was hit by the pitch because of his relentless bench jockeying of YellowHorse. The Tigers sweep the two-game set at Pittsburgh, winning yesterday, 5-1, and today, 5-4.
At Boston, the Braves drop 40 games behind first place as the Robins trounce them, 12-5. Bert Griffith has 4 hits, Hi Myers drives in 3 runs with a double and triple, and Dazzy Vance drives in 2 runs as he wins his 18th. Vance also combines with his catcher Hank DeBerry on a double steal with DeBerry swiping home. It is Vance’s only career steal. It is the fifth time this year a NL catcher has stolen home, a little-known and disregarded NL record for the 20th Century. The next swipe of home by a NL catcher will be 1954.
Jesse Haines of the Cardinals blows a 3-1 lead over the Giants and is lifted in the 5th inning after allowing an inside-the-park homer to Heinie Groh and a single, double and triple. Incensed, he throws the ball over the Polo Grounds roof and is hooted off the field by the Giant fans. New York wins, 6-3.
At Pittsfield, MA, the New York Yankees beat the local Hillies, 9-3, to even their season series at one game apiece. They split a pair last year as well.
27th In the Giants, 3–2 win over the Phils, rookie Travis Jackson debuts, going 0-for-2. Jackson will play 15 years for the Giants, eventually going to the Hall of Fame.
28th At Fenway Park, Rip Collins allows 4 hits as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 3-1. The loss goes to Bullet Joe Bush (26-7), whose record against the Red Sox is 4-4; he’s the first Yankee pitcher to lose 4 times in a season to the Sox.
30th The Yankees clinch their second pennant by beating Boston 3–1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees, but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.
In the 2nd of two at Cubs Park, the Cards whip the Cubs, 5–3, in a game stopped after 5 innings. The big blow for the Birds is a 3-run homer in the 1st inning by journeyman infielder Del Gainer off Cubs lefty Percy Jones. When Jones is lifted, so is Gainer, who closes out his career with the home run. The Cards also take the opener, 9–8.