IN THE NEWS: Rube Waddell wins his first game for the Athletics, blanking Baltimore on two hits 2–0. He fans the side three times, once on nine pitches in the 3rd, and faces only 27 batters, as C Ossee Schreckengost throws out the two base runners. In fanning the side in the 3rd, 6th, and 9th, Waddell strikes out the same three men each time: Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and John Cronin.
IN THE NEWS: John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Baltimore and Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles and officially signs to manage the Giants at $11,000 a year, although he'd already secretly signed a contract several days earlier brought to Baltimore by Giants secretary Fred M. Knowles. McGraw says, "I wish to state that I shall not tamper with any of the Baltimore club's players." But conspiring with National League owners Brush and Andrew Freedman, McGraw swings the sale of the Orioles their way, enabling them to release Orioles Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and Jack Cronin for signing by the Giants. Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to Brush's Cincinnati Reds.
In the first of two, the Giants edge Chicago, 1–0, with Christy Mathewson outpitching Bob Rhodes. Chicago wins the nitecap, 2–0, in seven innings.
A rough outing as Boston righthander Doc Adkins faces 16 batters and gives up 12 hits and 12 runs in the 6th inning of a Philadelphia A's 22–9 win over the Somersets. Five players—Hartsel, Davis, Lave Cross, Seybold, and Murphy—collect two hits apiece in the frame. The A's new 2B Danny Murphy does not arrive until the 2nd inning and takes the field with no batting practice: he is 6-for-6, including a grand slam off Cy Young, while handling 12 chances flawlessly in a sensational debut. Teammate Harry Davis adds another grand slam to tie the major-league record for a game. The 45 hits —27 by the A's—by the two teams sets an American League record. Rube Waddell picks up the win, facing just three batters in relief, while singling in the big inning.
IN THE NEWS: The A's Rube Waddell and Boston's Bill Dinneen battle for 16 innings before the visiting Philadelphians push across two runs in the 17th to win, 4–2. Shortstop Monte Cross hits a 2-run home run in the 17th.
In a 6–3 win against the Giants, the Pirates' Lefty Davis, 26, in stealing second "broke his leg in the same manner Van Haltren did two months ago on the same spot," according to The Sporting Life. Davis, a .287 hitter with 45 steals in 171 big league games so far, is out for the season. He'll return, but bat only .234 with 20 thefts in 177 more games. (As noted by Bill Deane)
IN THE NEWS: Overcoming poor Buc baserunning, Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a 5-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson, 4–0. As noted by Clifford Blau, the Buccos lose five straight runners via baserunning errors. With two outs in the third, Ginger Beaumont is on 2B, with first base empty, and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th, Hans Wagner leads off with a triple, but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield's grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal 2B. Claude Ritchey draws a walk, but is picked off first. Jimmy Burke leads off the fifth with a double, but tries to stretch it into a triple, and is tagged out by Matty, covering the bag.
IN THE NEWS: Left with only five players available to play, the Orioles forfeit a game to St. Louis and their franchise to the league, which borrows players from other teams and operates the club for the balance of the season.
IN THE NEWS: The last-place Giants lose their first game under new manager John McGraw 4–3 to the Phillies. They will end the season in last place. In part to make room for the four new Orioles who have landed in New York, McGraw releases nine Giants.
IN THE NEWS: At Brooklyn, the Superbas maul the Phillies, 10–1, nicking Doc White
for 14 hits. Doc gets his due in the 4-run 5th inning when he strikes 4
batters out, the first pitcher to strike out 4 in an inning since 1888 and the first to do it at 60'6" (the record books list Wiltse in 1906 as the
first this century). Dahlen and Irwin strike out while 2 runs score. Wheeler’s swinging 3rd strike gets past Dooin with Hearne (Ahearn in the box
score) scoring. Kitson singles and Sheckard strikes out for the 4th K. White fans 5 in the game.
IN THE NEWS: At Washington Park, the Giants win their 2nd in a row under McGraw, beating Brooklyn, 2–0. Christy Mathewson strikes out 11 to even his record at 8–8. Matty will top Brooklyn by the same score on the 28th, in a rain-shortened game.