IN THE NEWS: The Yankees top the Red Sox, 63, and turn their first ever triple play as well. It happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound when Bill Carrigan lines into a game ending triple play.
The A's Eddie Collins hits the first homer at Washington DC's stadium, but the Nationals prevail over Philadelphia, 76.
IN THE NEWS: Against a coasting Grover Alexander, the Pirates rally for six hits and seven runs in the 9th inning, but fall far short as the Phillies win, 1910. Honus Wagner is 1-for-2 before being tossed by umpire Bill Finneran.
The White Sox pound Senator pitcher Bob Groom for 20 hits and 20 runs to win, 206.
IN THE NEWS: Against the Yankees at Bennett Park, Ty Cobb scores a run from 1st on a short single to right, scores from 2B on a wild pitch, then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York C Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate, the rest of the infield gathers, leaving Cobb untended at 2B. With no time out called, Cobb strolls to third base, and then ambles in to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players, he quickly slides in with the go-ahead run. The Tigers win, 65.
IN THE NEWS: At Hilltop Park, Fred Merkle has six RBIs in one inningon a double and a Fred Merkle inside-the-park home runas the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning, including seven before an out is recorded. Merkle adds a 3-run double in the inning and then scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning major-league record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900, and it remains a Giants club record through the 20th century. John McGraw decides to save starter Christy Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning, but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last eight innings and strikes out 14, setting a 20th century National League record, and a since broken ML record, for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001, while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll, 195, pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.
At Philadelphia, Grover Alexander relieves George Chalmers with the score 1-1 in the 9th and shuts out the Reds for eight innings. The Phils finally score in the 16th to win it.
Paced by Ty Cobb's 3rd inning grand slam, his first ever, the Tigers take a 101 lead over the Red Sox after five innings. But Boston ties it in the 9th on Duffy Lewis's grand slam, and wins it in the 10th inning, 1311. Boston outhits Detroit, 2014.
IN THE NEWS: With the score tied in the 10th inning, Boston's Smoky Joe Wood intentionally walks Ty Cobb, issuing one of two free passes the star will receive all season. Two batters later Jim Delahanty drives in Cobb for Detroit's 54 win. With two safeties today, Cobb starts a 40-game hit streak.
Ring Lardner writes, "They are using a new ball this year. It's livelier and that means more hitting, and more hitting means longer games, and that's the devil. It appears to be impossible to finish a game in less than two hours."
IN THE NEWS: The As outslug the Tigers, to win 1412, as Ty Cobb goes 3-for-4 against the winner, Jack Coombs. Coombs, who will end up as the top winner in the AL for the 2nd year in row, was the starter yesterday when the Tigers won. A Coombs pitch in the 1st inning breaks the wrist of Tiger 1B Del Gainor (spelled Gainer in the record books; Gainor in contemporary accounts) effectively ending both the Tigers chances this year and Gainors promising career (hell play part-time through 1922). His replacement, Jack Ness, starts a 1-6 triple play to Donie Bush.
A New England League game is called in the 7th inning because of dense fog in Lynn, MA. Lynn is leading until Weaver of Fall River hits a fly ball to the OF with a man on. The Lynn outfielders are unable to locate the ball, and both runners score to go ahead 65. After a dispute, umpire Walsh rules that the game has to revert to the 6th inning with Lynn winning by a 54 score.
IN THE NEWS: Detroit beats Washington's Walter Johnson, 98. Detroit loads the bases in the 8th inning for Ty Cobb, already 3-for-4 with three stolen bases, and Walter Johnson, in relief of Gray, walks him to force in what will be the winning run.
IN THE NEWS: In one of the few games in which both appear, Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander are relievers in a 53 win for the Giants over the Phillies. Matty takes over for Bugs Raymond in the 8th after the starter gives up two quick runs. With runners on 1B and 3B, Mickey Doolan flies to Devlin in right and his perfect strike to Chief Meyers is good for a DP. The Giant score to give Matty the win over Bill Burns, though by today's standards, it would be a save.
IN THE NEWS: Pitching his 2nd game in a row, Christy Mathewson hurls the 1st-place Giants to a 20 win against the Phillies. Thousands are turned away at Hilltop Park.
Art Fromme allows just one hita double by Wagner in the 2ndin pitching the Reds to a 10 win over Pittsburgh.
At Chicago, Cleveland and Chicago battle to a 55 tie after nine innings, before Ed Walsh takes over in the 10th. The Naps rattle him for two doubles and a run, and ace rookie Vean Gregg, who takes over in the 8th, holds on for a 65 win. Frank Lange strikes out 10 Naps in nine innings, but gives up nine hits and five walks. Joe Birmingham has three hits to pace Cleveland.
After giving up three runs in six innings, the roof caves in on the Browns Bill Bailey, as the Tigers send him home a 93 loser. In the 5th inning, Browns catcher Jim Stephens, attempting to catch Bush's pop foul, crashes into the grandstand, knocking himself senseless, and sustaining a sprained ankle. Melly Meleon has his 2nd homer in a week for St. Louis, off winning pitcher Doc Lafitte.
In New York, a team from the University of Keio tops Fordham, 116 in eight innings. "The American collegians outplayed by Little Men From Orient at Bronx Oval" banners the New York Times, which then relates that most of the American crowd of 5,000 cheered for the visitors.
IN THE NEWS: Carrying the Cubs from St. Louis, the Pennsylvania Railroad sets a speed record, covering the 191 miles from Columbus, OH, to Pittsburgh in 215 minutes. Arriving in time for the game, the Cubs win, 41.
IN THE NEWS: New York takes the National League lead, winning two from Brooklyn. Giants C Art Wilson makes the first nine putouts in the morning game as four Superbas fan, three foul out, and two are thrown out at home trying to score on base hits. The Giants win, 41, before 8,000. Before a turnaway crowd of 25,000 in the nitecap, Bugs Raymond gives up just a single in five innings before leaving with acute stomach pain "just southwest of the fourth rib" (NY Times) caused by eating a strawberry sundae between games. Red Ames allows two hits the rest of the way as the Giants whip the Dodgers Nap Rucker, 30.
After one day at the top, the Cubs drop to 3rd, as the Pirates sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 10 and 41. But the first game is protested by Chicago, presumably for batting out of order, and the protest will later be upheld. All the records including Babe Adams 4-hit shutout (he'll still lead the NL with 7) and Honus Wagner's hitless game are tossed. Thanks to the successful protest, Wagner will end the season at a league-leading .334, one point ahead of Dots Miller. In the afternoon contest, Howie Camnitz tops Ed Reulbach, who is drilled for six hits and all four runs in two innings. Wagner has a pair of hits in the nitecap.
In the afternoon contest in Boston, Phils rookie Pete Alexander pitches the 2nd game of a holiday doubleheader, winning, 114. Philley also wins the morning game, 30, in 10 innings behind Earl Moore's three-hitter.