IN THE NEWS: Rube Waddell no-hits the Highlanders, except for Kid Elberfeld, who has four singles. These, plus a lavish six walks, down the A's 3-2. Waddell observes afterward, "If I would have walked him four times, I would have pitched a no-hitter."
The Giants, losers of 11 of 13 games, get a big boost today as Iron Joe McGinnity asks to pitch both ends of a doubleheader. He lives up to his name, winning both from Boston, 4-1 and 5-2, giving up just six hits in each game. Five Giants (TSN says eight: SABR says 5) were nicked by pitches in the two games, while the two teams combined to plunk six (TSN lists 11).
IN THE NEWS: The Giants sweep the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, taking the opener 7-5 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty surrenders five hits, but fans 10. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap, 6-2, to put the Giants back into 2nd place.
Reds SS Tommy Corcoran sets a ML mark when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4-2 regulation win over the Cardinals. Lave Cross, in 1897, racked up 15 assists in a 12 inning game.
IN THE NEWS: An overhanging gallery atop the LF bleachers at Philadelphia's NL park collapses at 5:40 p.m. during a doubleheader with Boston, killing 12 and injuring 282. The second game is canceled and Philadelphia's remaining home games are played at the AL's Columbia Park.
Before a crowd of 31,647, "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity pitches the 2nd of three doubleheaders he will win this month, beating Brooklyn 6-1 and 4-3; he also is credited with a steal of home in the 2nd game while Brooklyn was arguing a disputed call of Iron Joe at 3B. Brooklyn P Henry Schmidt is so upset about the steal that he throws the ball out of the park, a toss that gets him tossed from the game. On August 31, Iron Joe will beat the Phillies twice. He has now done double work five times, including two losses on each of the two occasions at Baltimore in 1901. The combination of his 434 innings pitched and 31 wins, with Christy Mathewson's 366 IP and 30 wins, will make them the century's most productive one-season duo.
Furious when an old black ball is put into play when Cleveland is at bat in the last of the 11th and his objections are ignored by umpire Tommy Connolly, Blues manager Nap Lajoie hurls the ball over the grandstand, suffering the loss of the game to Detroit by forfeit. Detroit was leading 6-5.
IN THE NEWS: Brooklyn's Henry Schmidt drops his 2nd game in three days to the Giants, this time losing 3-1 to Christy Mathewson. Matty wins his 20th and loses his shut out in the 9th on a passed ball by Jack Warner. Schmidt, 29, will win 21 games in this and only, season in the majors. A westerner, he will return his 1904 contract unsigned with the note, "I do not like living in the East and will not report."
At Boston's Huntington Grounds, Cy Young tosses no-hit ball for seven innings, and beats the A's, 7-2.
IN THE NEWS: Toledo native George Mullin, pitching for the Tigers, helps the attendance today (6,000) as the Tigers take on New York in a Sunday game in Toledo. Mullin is racked for eight runs, but Detroit scores 12, led by the hitting of Sam Crawford, who is 5-for-6.
IN THE NEWS: The NL-leading Pirates set an NL mark for inept fielding, making six errors in the first inning, giving the Giants seven runs toward a 13-7 win in the first of two games. Christy Mathewson, with relief in the 6th inning, coasts to his 23rd win. Deacon Phillippe wins the nitecap, 4-1, for the Pirates to keep the Giants five games in back.
At Chicago, Boston's Buck Freeman is the first to hit a ball over the RF score board, but the Pilgrims lose to the White Sox, 9-5.
IN THE NEWS: Philadelphia's Rube Waddell allows 3 hits in edging the Tigers 1–0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Waddell then pitches the nitecap as well, giving up 8 hits before losing 2–1. With 13 K’s in the DH Rube boosts his strikeout total to a record 302 for the season in these two games, the last he’ll pitch this year.
Ducky Holmes, White Stockings OF, has four assists in a game, tying the ML record. But his team still loses 11-3 to Cy Young and the Boston Pilgrims.
In their 2nd straight doubleheader, the Pirates and Giants again split, with the Bucs taking the opener, 5-0, behind Sam Leever. Christy Mathewson wins the nitecap for New York, 9-5, the 8th time he's whipped Pittsburgh this year. Matty scatters 10 singles and Ginger Beaumont's double.
IN THE NEWS: The Cubs split with the Giants at the Polo Grounds, beating Joe McGinnity 7-3 in the opener. Iron Joe is not helped by eight Giant errors, including five by SS Charlie Babb. The nitecap is called after Chicago's at-bats in the 7th with the score 8-1. Christy Mathewson picks up the victory for New York over Jock Menefee.
IN THE NEWS: The Boston Beaneaters drive Christy Mathewson from the mound with five runs in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead over the Giants and hold on to win by that score. When Roger Bresnahan is called out at home in the 9th New York and John McGraw and Gilbert lead the argument against August Moran. Moran tosses them for their troubles. New York wins the nitecap, 3-2, in 10 innings.
IN THE NEWS: Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader this month, stopping the Phils twice, 4-1 and 9-2 and handing losses to Chick Fraser and Bill Duggleby. Iron Joe strikes out nine batters in the opener to win. The two games total three hours: three minutes,