IN THE NEWS: In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank "Wildfire" Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard to beat the Giants, 84. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks' five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte's only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.
Led by Ty Cobb's three hits, including two triples, the Tigers beat the Senators' ace Walter Johnson, 72.
IN THE NEWS: In Pittsburgh, Pete Alexander tops the Pirates, 54, in the 10th, with the Phils winning run scoring on a fumble by Honus Wagner. Pirate Tommy Leach also helps the Phils by losing a fly ball in the sun that drops for a triple. Rookie star Alexander, pitching in his 100th inning, commits a balk, the only balk he'll make in his career of 5,088.2 innings.
At Chicago, the Giants jump on Harry McIntire for seven runs in the 9th to win, 71. New York is led by Fred Merkle who doubles and triples in the big inning. Christy Mathewson wins for New York, to even the series at two games apiece and keep New York atop the NL.
Boston reliever Smoky Joe Wood strikes out three White Sox pinch hitters in the 9th inning to save a 54 Red Sox win.
IN THE NEWS: After two years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, "Turkey Mike" Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants, but John McGraw's willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.
Donlin doesn't play, but Pirates pitchers have the Giants hitting the ball on the ground all day. Pittsburgh have 55 total chances on a record 28 assists and 27 putouts. Seven errors help the Giants to a 94 win.
In the 7th inning against the Dodgers, Chicago's Heinie Zimmerman and Al Kaiser both steal homethe only time in history the Cubs have pulled the feat off. Chicago will swipe home an NL-record 17 times this year.
IN THE NEWS: The Cards chase Bugs Raymond and the Giants, scoring eight runs in six innings off Bugs. John McGraw is furious with Raymond, suspecting him of drinking again. He suspends him and fines him $200. A week from now, Raymond will turn up in Connecticut, making a lone pitching appearance for the hamlet of Winsted in a 40 loss to Torrington. Bugs will return to the Giants where he'll be used sparingly.
At St. Louis, four Browns batters reach base on errors in the 4th inning and St. Louis beats the Red Sox, 115.
In the White Sox game against the host Hilltoppers in New York, pitcher Russ Ford hits Sox SS Roy Corhan on the head with a pitch (as noted by Retrosheet). New York manager Hal Chase allows Ping Bodie as a courtesy runner for Corhan, even though Bodie is already in the lineup. In the bottom of the frame, Bodie returns to CF, with Lee Tannehill moving from 1B to SS. Pitcher Doc White finishes at 1B.
In a Mountain States League game at Huntington, Charleston beats Huntington, 10, in 11 innings behind a no-hitter by Niehaus. George W. Baumgarner of Huntington matches him for 10 hitless innings before giving up three hits in the 11th. Niehaus strikes out 16 batters and Baumgarner 14 batters.
IN THE NEWS: At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Bobby Byrne steals 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning against Brooklyn. His swipe of 2B is on the back end of a double steal with Fred Clarke scoring on a contested play. When Brooklyn C Bill Bergen argues the call with Bill Klem, Byrne sneaks to 3B. After Dots Miller walks, the two pull of a double steal. Up 80 in the 8th, Pittsburgh tries a triple steal, and scores a run on a throwing error. But (as noted by Retrosheet) no steals are handed out on the play.
IN THE NEWS: At the West Side Grounds, the Cubs crush lowly Boston, 202. Chicago is led by the slugging of Heinie Zimmerman who drives home a club-record nine runs on two three-run homers, a 2-run triple, and a single.
IN THE NEWS: Down 131 after five 1/2 innings, the Tigers make up a 12-run deficit to stage the biggest comeback in ML history, defeating the visiting Chicago White Sox by a score of 1615. Ty Cobb chips in with five hits and five RBIs, as the Tigers score five in the 8th and three runs in the 9th. Cobb scores the winner when Sam Crawford hits a drive over the head of CF Ping Bodie for a double. Reliever Ed Walsh takes the loss with Clarence Mitchell pitching the last two innings to win.
IN THE NEWS: At Detroit's Bennett Field, Ty Cobb singles off Chicago's Irv Young, then scores from first on a single. With his hit, Cobb equals Bill Bradley's AL hit record of 29 straight games set in 1902. Detroit wins 85,
In a Reds win in Cincinnati, Cards player-manager Roger Bresnahan is called out on strikes by Bill Klem to end the game. When Roger argues too long over the call, Klem belts him. An embarrassed NL president Lynch will fine the arbiter $50 for the punch.
IN THE NEWS: In Philadelphia, Grover Alexander shuts out Boston Rustlers, 50. Phillies' catcher/manager Red Dooin suffers a broken leg in a collision at home. Dooin will play in only 74 games that season. The speedy catcher had broken his knee the year before.
IN THE NEWS: In the 7th inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, the A's Stuffy McInnis steps into the batter's box to lead off and hits Ed Karger's warm-up pitch for an inside-the-park home run while the Red Sox are still taking their positions. Boston manager Patsy Donovan's protests to ump Ben Egan, but Egan rejects the protest on the basis of Ban Johnson's new rule prohibiting warm-up pitches. The A's win, 73. Ban Johnson's time-saving rule, which declares that pitchers must throw as soon as the batter is in the box, is soon withdrawn.
White Sox ace Ed Walsh shuts out the Tigers, 30. Ty Cobb is held to an infield single and then is cut down stealing.
IN THE NEWS: In the Cubs' 111 win over the Reds, Joe Tinker becomes the first player to steal home twice in one game. Chicago will swipe home plate 17 times this year to establish the ML mark, which will be tied next year by the Giants in the NL. The Yankees will steal home 18 times in 1912 to set the ML mark.
Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds, the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers, seating 10,000, were untouched, but the new double-decker seats another 16,000. Only 6,000 fans show up for the inauguration as Christy Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers, 30, on nine hits. On the front end of a double steal, Mathewson swipes home in the 4th inning. While guests at the Highlanders' Hilltop Park, the Giants won 21 of 29 games.
IN THE NEWS: Brooklyn's Baron Knetzer lords it over Grover Alexander, handing Pete and the Phils a 50 shut out. Alexander's record is now 153 and the Phils are tied for 2nd with the Cubs, two games behind New York.