IN THE NEWS: Highly touted rookie Walter Clarkson, the top college (Harvard) pitcher and brother of two major leaguers, makes his ML debut. He limits the Senators to eight hits, but the Highlanders manage just four hits and lose, 3–2, in the 1st of 2.
The Boston Pilgrims send infielder Bill O'Neill and cash to Washington for 11-year vet Kip Selbach. Selbach almost went to the Highlanders in early May, but the deal was nixed by then-new Washington manager Patsy Donovan.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Phils to run their win streak to 18 games. This ties the record of the 1894 Orioles. New York wins the opener, 4–1, behind Dummy Taylor then take the nitecap 11–3 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves after seven innings, leading 11–1. The streak of 18 games matches one rung up by the 1885 White Stockings and the 1894 Baltimore Orioles: the record is 20 games, held by the 1884 Providence Grays.
In Pittsburgh, the Colts and Pirates celebrate the holiday by racking up record nine triples in the afternoon end of a doubleheader. Pittsburgh has six of the triples and wins, 11–6. Chicago wins the morning game, 7–2.
IN THE NEWS: At Philadelphia's Huntington Park, the Giants 18-game winning streak ends when the Phillies prevail 6–5 in 10 innings. Rookie Bob Hall's bloop single off reliever Dummy Taylor scores Red Dooin. The Giants record is now 53–18, effectively ending the National League race. By September 1, they will lead the Cubs by 15 games.
IN THE NEWS: The Giants pound the Phillies, 12–3, as Christy Mathewson wins his 15th. Again, Matty is lifted after six innings, having given up no runs, and Red Ames finishes. Chick Fraser takes the loss for Philadelphia.
IN THE NEWS: Jack Chesbro's winning streak of 14 games comes to an end as Boston beats the Highlanders, 4–1. Chesbro will win 41 games this year, to set a ML record. Newly acquired Kip Selbach drives in three runs for New York.
IN THE NEWS: The Giants Iron Joe McGinnity wins two today, both in relief. In the opener Joe takes over for Christy Mathewson in the 8th with the Giants ahead, 2–1. The Cards tie it in the 8th, but New York scores three in the 9th to win, 5–3. It's deja vu all over again in the nitecap, as McGinnity relieves Hooks Wiltse and the Giants score two in the 9th to win, 5–2. McGinnity's record is now 22–2.
Boston wins their 3rd in a row over New York, beating Jack Chesbro again, 2–1.
IN THE NEWS: The Highlanders salvage the last game of the series with the Pilgrims, 10–1, but Boston leaves New York with a two 1/2 game lead in the American League. Patsy Dougherty has four of New York's 17 hits.
IN THE NEWS: Christy Mathewson wins his 16th, beating the Reds at League Park, 7–4 in 10 innings. Matty triples home a run in the 7th and scores, but the Reds tie it in the 9th. Noodles Hahn is the loser.
IN THE NEWS: Sam Mertes drives in four runs on four hits, including a home run, to lead the Giants to a 5–2 win over the Reds' Bob Ewing. Christy Mathewson, with relief help from Joe McGinnity, is the winner.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees trade pitchers Long Tom Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al Orth (3-4). Orth will regain his form in New York, going 11–6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.
IN THE NEWS: Christy Mathewson picks up his 1st relief win of the season, as the Giants clip the Cubs, 4–3. Matty relieves Joe McGinnity in the 6th as the Cubs score twice. In the 7th, Frank Chance belts a game-tying inside-the-park homer, but Roger Bresnahan retaliates with a 9th inning drive that gets by Jim Slagle for a homer. Jake Weimer takes the loss.
IN THE NEWS: Before 1,522 in New York, vet Al Orth makes his first start for the Highlanders and matches zeroes with Chicago's Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler's bouncer through the infield.
IN THE NEWS: John McGraw and John T. Brush say they have no intention of playing a post-season series with the American League champions. "The Giants will not play a post season series with the American League champions. Ban Johnson has not been on the level with me personally, and the American League management has been crooked more than once." says McGraw. "When we clinch the National League pennant, we'll be champions of the only real major league," Ban Johnson fires back, "No thoughtful patron of baseball can weigh seriously the wild vaporings of this discredited player who was canned from the American League." As the New York Highlanders battle for the AL pennant, local pressure mounts, but Brush, still angry over the inter-league peace treaty, and McGraw, who despises Ban Johnson, are adamant.
The Tigers purchase C Monte Beville from the Highlanders to replace Bob Wood, who dislocated an elbow yesterday when he slipped trying to field a bunt against the A's (as noted by Lyle Spatz).
IN THE NEWS: Cardinal pitcher Jack Taylor walks seven and tosses three wild pitches to help the host Pirates beat St. Louis, 5–2. The outcome will be viewed suspiciously because several local gamblers bet heavily on Pittsburgh before the game, but the real reason is Taylor and Jake Beckley's late night public drinking.