IN THE NEWS: Lefthander Hooks Wiltse pitches a 10-inning no-hitter for the Giants over the Phillies 10. He loses his bid for a perfect nine innings when, with two outs, he hits Phils P George McQuillan with a pitch on an 1-and-2 count. Ump Charles Rigler calls the pitch earlier a ball, to the dismay of Hooks and the fans, who thought it a strike. Art Devlin scores the winner in the 10th after singling off McQuillan and coming around on two errors. New York wins the nitecap more easily, 93.
In Pittsburgh, an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Three Finger Brown wins the morning game, 20, for his 4th straight shut out. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 93. The Cubs and Bucs play five games in three days with the Cubs winning three: Brown cops 2, tossing two shutoutsa 6-hitter and a 2-hitter.
IN THE NEWS: In Cincinnati, Christy Mathewson stops the Reds, 21, beating Andy Coakley for a Giants win. He'll beat them again by the same score on the 9th. The 3rd place Giants are now one 1/2 games behind the first-place Pirates. John McGraw misses the game to scout 19-year-old prospect Rube Marquard, pitching in Columbus.
IN THE NEWS: Despite five hits by Honus Wagner, the host Pirates drop a doubleheader to their cross-state rivals, the Phillies. They will split the next two games, but lose Deacon Phillippe for the year when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Red Dooin line drive.
IN THE NEWS: At Pittsburgh, the Giants (43-30) take a 4-0 lead, but the Pirates claw back on back-to-back triples by Wagner and Clarke. Tommy Leach wins it for the Bucs with a 9th inning home run to deep center.
The Red Sox purchase 1B Jake Stahl from the Highlanders.
IN THE NEWS: New York sweeps the Pirates, beating Lefty Liefeld, 70, on a 3-hitter by Christy Mathewson, then taking the nitecap 74. Pittsburgh racked up three homers -- by Wagner, Chief Wilson and Alan Storke -- but to no avail. McGinnity wins the nitecap with relief help from Hooks Wiltse.
IN THE NEWS: At Chicago, manager Frank Chance figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis "Doc" Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option rule for the home team was changed in 1951). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4-1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out, Christy Mathewson, warming in the bullpen, decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight, wherein John McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants ace quickly dries off, throws on a uniform, and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound, reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out, then a strikeout, and the Giants win, 4-3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.
IN THE NEWS: In another classic matchup, Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning 10. The Cubs pitcher allows six hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th inning inside-the-park home run by Matty's nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of 3B coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 matchups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker's home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.
It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh, as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner's tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th, but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it would not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 40.
IN THE NEWS: The Cubs win by a run, beating the Giants, 54, behind Orval Overall. Hooks Wiltse takes the loss as Joe Tinker once again wins the game, this time with a two-run double in the 9th inning. Tinker also had a 6th inning triple off Hooks.
IN THE NEWS: In St. Louis, the Cards split with the Giants, with Harry Sallee losing the opener, 42. Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis, though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap, 31, in 12 innings.
According to a Chicago newspaper contest, the Giants' Mike Donlin, the National League's leading hitter, is baseball's most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue, collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Busse.
IN THE NEWS: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 32 in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York's new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase's only pitching appearance as the Tigers win 53.
Before an overflow crowd of 30,000 in New York, the Pirates Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson, 72. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doylehe'll add anotherin the 7th open the gates for five Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is lead by Honus Wagner who goes 5-for-5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit, Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.
Future Red Sox pitcher Hugh Bedient, pitching for a semi-pro Falconer, NY team, strikes out 42 batters in what is heralded as a world's record. He does it 23 innings against Corry, PA, finally winning, 31. He is matched all the way by Charles Bickford. When the wire services pick up the story, Bedient will receive 19 pro offers.
IN THE NEWS: Following the Sunday off, Honus Wagner hits doubles in his first two at bats to again lead the Pirates to a 43 win over New York. Nick Maddox, with relief help from Irv Young, is the winner over Doc Crandall. Both Maddox and Young plunk two Giant batters.
IN THE NEWS: Hooks Wiltse and Vic Willis lock horns and the Giants and Pirates duel for 16 innings before the game is called, 22, because of darkness. Honus Wagner is 0-for-6 but drives home a run with a "sacrifice fly."
Walter Johnson's (15) recuperation from his operation seems complete as he pitches 15 innings against the Browns with neither team scoring. Washington pulls out a 21 victory in the 16th as Johnson K's 15, Big Train's highest strikeout total for his career. He will win 11 of his next 13 decisions.