IN THE NEWS: Aided by a 13-game winning streak, the Athletics take first place in the AL. New York will wrest it from them for a brief spell in June; otherwise, the A's will hold the top spot all season.
In Pittsburgh, baseball fan President William Howard Taft watches the Pirates top Chicago, 5–2.
At Washington Park, Christy Mathewson pitches a beautiful one-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 6–0. Only an error by Fred Merkle on a Zack Wheat grounder in the 7th and a disputed hit in the 8th mar Matty's performance. In the 8th inning, Pryor McElveen hits a grounder to short, but 3B Art Devlin cuts in front and his throw is low to 1B. It is ruled a hit even though the New York Times called it an error: its headline tomorrow proclaims "Brooklyn Gets No-hit By Mathewson."
IN THE NEWS: President Taft takes in two games starting with the Reds and the Cardinals at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Cards score five in the 1st as Reds pitchers Fred Beebe, Walt Slagle (in his only ML appearance) and Harry Coveleski will eventually walk a record 16 in the 12–3 loss. The Cards walk seven to total a record 23. Taft doesn't stick around. He leaves for Sportsman's Park in hopes of seeing some good baseball and is rewarded by a 3–3, 14-inning battle between the Browns' Joe Lake and the Naps' Cy Young that ends in darkness. There will be a record 19 ties in the AL this year.
The White Sox tally seven runs in five innings against Walter Johnson to coast to a 10–3 win. Johnson's record is now 2–5, and the Washington Post suggests that the Nats "trade this phenom for a couple of good fielders."
IN THE NEWS: The Athletics Chief Bender pitches a 4–0 no-hitter against the Naps, missing a perfect game with one walk. Terry Turner walks in the 4th off the Chief and then is caught stealing. Bender will be 23–5, one of only two 20-game-win seasons the future Hall of Famer will have in 15 years.
IN THE NEWS: The Reds collects 11 hits off Christy Mathewson, but the Giants outslug Cincy to win, 10–6. It is Matty's 13th win in a row over the Reds. The Giants score four runs in the 4th, four more in the 7th and two in the 8th to pin the loss on George Suggs, now 5–1.