IN THE NEWS: Heinie Groh finally signs with the Reds for $10,000, less than the rumored $12,000 he was holding out for. Groh wants to go to the Giants and has vowed never to wear the Reds uniform again. Commissioner Landis vetoes the deal and will reinstate him only if Groh stays with the Reds all season. The decision costs Groh a WS share, but he’ll move to New York in December.
The Giants take a pair from Philadelphia, winning 9-2 and 8-3. In the second game Dave Bancroft is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle. After
legging out an inside-the-park homer, he faints on the bench.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates' Wilbur Cooper, who with Burleigh Grimes will lead the NL with 22 wins, loses his first after eight straight victories when the Giants drub him 12-0. The Giants are on top, but only for a few days; the Pirates will regain the lead.
IN THE NEWS: The only game canceled because of a murder occurs at Kingsport, TN (Appalachian League), when the body of a slain girl is found at the ballpark. To prevent the trail from becoming confused for bloodhounds, police close the park and cancel the game against Knoxville.
IN THE NEWS: Babe Ruth is arrested for speeding in New York, fined $100, and held in jail until 4:00 p.m. Game time is 3:15, so a uniform is taken to him. He changes in jail and follows a police escort to the ballpark where he enters with New York trailing 3-2. They rally for a 4-3 win.
IN THE NEWS: The first pitch to Ruth goes 460 feet into the CF bleachers in the Polo Grounds, the first HR ever hit to that spot. He adds HR number 21 in a 13-8 win over Detroit. He also pitches five innings for the win, giving up four runs, but striking out Ty Cobb. The next day Ruth hits two more HRs, his sixth and seventh in five games, in a 9-6 win.
Umpires in both leagues begin the practice of rubbing dirt into the balls before each game, using a special clay supplied by A's coach Lena Blackburne from his New Jersey farm.
IN THE NEWS: NL P Ray Fisher is placed permanently on the ineligible list by Commissioner Landis for alleged contract jumping. Fisher had left the Reds, thinking he was being placed on the voluntary retired list, in order to become a baseball coach at the University of Michigan. He will serve there for 38 years.