IN THE NEWS: The Phillies whip the visiting Giants for the 3rd time in a row, a come-from-behind 3–2 victory. The Phils tie the score at two apiece when Gavvy Cravath clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th off Christy Mathewson. After the first two batters are retired in the 9th, the Quakers push across a run in to win. The struggling Giants are in 5th place.
IN THE NEWS: The U.S. League tries to compete as a ML, with teams in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Reading, New York, Newark, Washington, and Lynchburg. They will open May 10th and fold May 12th; Baltimore is the pennant winner with a 2–0 record.
Pittsburgh's Babe Adams tosses a 2-hitter at the Reds, and drives home the game's only run with the Pirates' only hit of the game.
IN THE NEWS: Better organized and financed than other aspiring circuits, the Federal League opens modestly and quietly, with clubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Covington, KY. No attempt is made to sign established ML players. Cy Young manages Cleveland, Deacon Phillippe manages Pittsburgh. After a 6-week season, the pennant winner is Indianapolis.
IN THE NEWS: New York's Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers, allowing just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Ty Cobb strikes out his first two times up, then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win 6–0.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees commit eight errors, but still end up beating the Tigers, 10–9, in 10 innings. Three of the miscues are by three by SS Claud Derrick, who will field just .872 for the year. Related? In 10 days, the Yanks deal for SS Roger Peckinpaugh.
Walter Johnson two-hits the White Sox to run his consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 52 2/3.
IN THE NEWS: At St. Louis, Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs record of 53 straight scoreless innings when he stretches the record to 56 innings. But after Washington scores six runs, Johnson lets up against the Browns and Del Pratt's 4th inning single drives in a run that snaps the skein. Ahead 9–1, Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins, 10–5.
IN THE NEWS: Pirates OF Ed Mensor will draw eight walks all year, but one of them comes in the 3rd inning against New York, ending Christy Mathewson's string of perfect control at 47 innings. Mathewson takes a 7–1 lead into the 8th, but Ham Hyatt roasts a fastball into the RF stands to lead off and the Bucs follow with five singles. Matty holds on for a 7–4 win.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees snag 22-year-old SS Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland, sending in exchange Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over three seasons, but will start in New York.
IN THE NEWS: Browns rookie Dwight Stone gives up six hits, seven walks and plunks three batters, but still beats the Yankees, 7–0. The visiting New Yorkers strand a modern-ML record 15 runners in the shutout by Stone, who will win just one more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the year. The record will be matched three times and finally topped, in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than two weeks ago by Pittsburgh against Philley.
Ruling that a ballplayer on the field is a "public person," a New York judge throws out cases brought by New York and Boston players against a motion picture company that took movies of the 1912 World Series.
The Giants send Red Ames, Heinie Groh, and outfielder Josh Devore to Cincinnati for P Art Fromme and infielder Eddie Grant. The little-used Groh will star in Cincinnati, and eventually manage the team. Devore will be sold to the Phillies in August. Grant, a starter until today, will not play until June 4th, so there is some confusion (as noted by Cliff Blau) about whether he was sold on that date or part of today's trade.
IN THE NEWS: Using their bats, the Braves sweep two from the Giants, winning 1–0 and 5–2. In the opener, the lone run scores when Joe Connolly rounds 3B after a single by Bill Sweeney. Giant CF George Burns makes a perfect throw but the ball hits Sweeney's bat on the field and caroms off. George Tyler picks up the win against Christy Mathewson.
IN THE NEWS: In a Memorial Day doubleheader in Washington, Red Sox OF Harry Hooper hits lead-off homers in both games to help sweep the Senators. Boston wins the opener, 4–3, then the nitecap, 1–0, on Hooper's leadoff homer against Walter Johnson. Hooper, a future Hall of Famer, will total just four homers on the season.
IN THE NEWS: Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability, Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for infielder Rollie Zeider and 1B Babe Borton. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty, Chase will be on the scene another six years.
Before 35,000, the Giants finish a series with the NL-leading Phils by taking all four games. Christy Mathewson wins today, 3–2 over Eppa Rixey, allowing six hits and no walks. The four games draw 100,000 to the Polo Grounds.
Brooklyn's Eddie "Smoke" Stack beats the Braves for the 3rd time this season, shutting them out, 2–0.