Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Brewers defeat the Mets 12-9. Geoff Jenkins accounts for 5 of Milwaukee's 21 hits with 4 singles and a 2B.
The Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli and name bench coach Sam Perlozzo the interim manager for the remainder of the season. It won't help. The Orioles will join the 1978 A's as the only teams since 1900 to be 14 games over .500 then fall at least 14 games under .500 in the course of a season.
At Atlanta Jason LaRue hits a pinch grand slam in the 12th to power the Reds to a 8-3 win over the Braves. The Reds overcome two homers and a triple by Marcus Giles to win their first in 6 games. Ken Giffey Jr hits his 536th career homer to tie Mantle on the all-time list but leaves the game in the 12th with an apparent twisted ankle. But he is out for the rest of the year having pulled part of a tendon off the bone.
Braves' 1B Wes Helms drives home a career-high 7 runs with a triple and a pair of HRs as Atlanta defeats Milwaukee 14-2. Helms had been hitless in his previous 18 at bats coming in to the game.
The Blue Jays obtain OF Dave Martinez from the Rangers for a player to be named later. Martinez becomes the 9th major leaguer to play for 4 teams in a season. He began the year with Tampa Bay and also played with the Cubs in addition to Texas and Toronto. The last to do so was Dave Kingman in 1977.
Prior to a game with the Royals with his team in the midst of a slump Angels' batting coach Rod Carew suggests the club use a single bat through the starting lineup as a way of loosening up the players. When leadoff hitter Orlando Palmeiro strikes out in bottom half of the first inning he drops the bat for the next hitter to use. Umpire Tim Tschida sees this as an act of defiance and ejects Palmeiro from the game. Anaheim manager Terry Collins eventually convinces Tschida that Palmeiro wasn't trying to show him up and the umpire changes his decision and allows him to stay in the game. The Angels go on to defeat the Royals 4-3.
OF Darryl Strawberry's PH grand slam is the big blow in NY's 9-run 9th inning as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the A's 10-5 in the 2nd game of a DH. It is his 2nd PH slam of the season setting a new AL record and tying the NL mark held by his former manager Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie both set in 1978. New York also wins the 1st game of the twinbill 10-4.
Pittsburgh 1B Kevin Young goes 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs to lead the Pirates to a 13-5 mauling of the Rockies. Three of Young's hits are doubles.
The Orioles Mike Mussina carries a no-hitter into the 8th before allowing a double to Frank Catallano. He ends with a 2-hit 4-0 win at Detroit. Broadcasting the game is the long-time voice of the Tigers Ernie Harwell. Ernie is celebrating his golden anniversary starting as an announcer for the Dodgers on August 4 1948. The Dodgers had to trade a player Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell.
The Twins beat the Blue Jays 9-3 as Brad Radke ties a team record with his 12th straight win. Greg Colbrunn's pinch-hit grand slam off Chris Carpenter is the big blow. Radke is only the 3rd pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts. Bob Gibson of St. Louis did it in 1968 and Pat Dobson did it with Baltimore in 1971.
At Anaheim Jose Valentin Dave Nilsson and Jeremy Burnitz homer in the 4th inning all off Ken Hill as Milwaukee beats Anaheim 5-2 for its 10th victory in 12 games. The loss drops Anaheim into a tie for first place in the AL West with the idle Seattle Mariners.
Manny Ramirez homers and drives in four runs and Jim Thome hits his 30th homer as the Indians beat Detroit 7-2. Charles Nagy improves to 12-4 lifetime against the Tigers his most wins against any club. Thome is the first Cleveland lefthanded hitter to hit 30 homers in successive seasons since Hal Trosky in 1936-37. Scott Sanders (3-9) making his fourth start since being traded to Detroit from Seattle was the loser. He has lost all three of his decisions in a Tigers uniform.
At Shea the Mets top the Cards 4-2 in a rain interupted game. Rick Reed (10-4) wins his 6th straight beating Manny Aybar making his ML debut. Lance Johnson has a pair of RBI triples. Completing an unusual major league-minor league sweep the Pittsfield Mets top the New Jersey Cardinals (NY-Penn League) 8-4 in the earlier 9-inning game.
Kevin Tapani finally makes his Cubs debut limiting Atlanta to five hits over seven+ innings as the Cubs win 3-1. Tapani (1-0) signed to a three-year $11 million deal with the Cubs after winning 13 games for the White Sox last season had surgery April 4 to remove scar tissue in his right index finger.
The Giants roll over the Dodgers 15-1 as winning pitcher Bill VanLandigham hits his only career homer off Tom Candiotti. Candy plunks him his next time at bat. Mark Carreon has 5 RBI and Barry Bonds goes hitless but scores 4 runs.
At Colorado the Rockies score 7 in the 1st inning then hang on to beat the Padres 14-12. The Pads outhit the Rocks 20-12 with Livingstone and Finley collecting 4 hits apiece and Phil Plantier htting 2 homers and scoring 4 times. Bichette has 4 hits for Colorado and Joe Girardi adds a 3-run HR.
Seattle defeats California 4-2 as Rich Gossage notches the win in relief. It is Gossage's 1000th major league appearance on the mound making him the 3rd pitcher to ever reach that milestone. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1070) and Kent Tekulve (1050) have gotten into more games as pitchers.
OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets 6 hits in SD's 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has 5 or more hits in a game tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897 and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
White Sox 3B Robin Ventura charges Nolan Ryan after a pitch hits him in the 3rd inning. Ryan gets Ventura in a headlock and throws 6 punches to emerge the winner. Ventura is suspended 2 games for his actions while Ryan is not disciplined. Ryan (3-3) also is the winner with 7 IP 5 K's and 3 hits allowed.
An unidentified buyer purchases a toothpick once used by Mets Hall of Fame P Tom Seaver at a memorabilia auction in New York for $400. At the same auction actor Charlie Sheen pays $85000 for the ball hit by Mookie Wilson which went through Bill Buckner's legs to end Game Six of the 1986 WS.
Hard-luck pitcher Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when New York's Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning and Stieb finishes with a 2-1 two-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th.
Seattle John Rabb is suspended indefinitely for "failing to comply with the ML drug testing program."
In a day of milestones Tom Seaver becomes the 17th pitcher to win 300 games and Rod Carew becomes the 16th player ever to collect 3000 career hits. Seaver pitches the White Sox to a 4-1 six-hit victory on Phil Rizzuto Day at Yankee Stadium as 54032 New Yorkers cheer him on while Carew bloops a single to left off Frank Viola in the 3rd inning of the Angels 6-5 win over the Twins.
The Yankees win their 8th straight 4-0 over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at Yankee Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than to months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer.
While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium New York OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
OF Joel Youngblood becomes the first ML player ever to play for 2 different teams in 2 different cities on the same day and collects a hit in each game. After going 1-for-2 off Fergie Jenkins in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field a 7-4 Mets win Youngblood is traded from the Mets to the Expos and flies to Philadelphia in time to enter the game that night in the 6th inning going 1-for-1 off another Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. The Phils beat the Expos 5-4.
The Seattle Mariners fire manager Darrell Johnson and replace him with Maury Wills who becomes the 3rd black manager in ML history. Seattle had lost 9 games in a row and 20 of 24 since the All-Star break.
At the Kingdome the Mariner's Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in the speaker above the 1B dugout. But the Athletics amass 11 hits fair to beat the Mariners 5-3. Dwayne Murphy is 3-for-3 with a triple and a homer.
At Fenway 35866 are on hand to watch the Orioles topple the Red Sox 12-8. Alexander is the winner over Willoughby. Despite the offense Boston's Denny Doyle has his 22-game hit streak stopped.
In an outstanding relief performance Yankee Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning and allows just one run in 13 innings to earn a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke's HR is the game winner.
Bobby Murcer's grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.
Bob Gibson wins his 200th game a 7-2 victory over the Giants at St. Louis
Tom Walker of Fort Worth (Texas League) pitches a 15-inning 1-0 no-hit win over Albuquerque the 2nd longest no-hitter in baseball history. The Dukes Tom Haller matches Walker scattering 9 hits in 14 innings before exiting. Enos Cabell's run-scoring double ends it. Only Fred Toney's 17-inning no-hitter in 1909 is longer.
In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinal teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances. The crowd of 47445 then watch as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 12 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. Cubs win 6-5.
The Red Sox top the Angels 5-1 on the strength of Ken Harrelson's grand slam.
John Fetzer president of the ML television committee announces a $50 million 3-year deal with NBC to televise the WS All-Star Game and 28 weekly telecasts.
A's starter John O'Donoghue gives up his 3rd homer to Mantle this year but that's all he allows as Kansas City tops visiting New York 5-1.
After missing 61 games Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning when the stiff-legged Mantle golfs a line drive to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees win it 11-10 after the O's take the opener 7-2.
After a double header loss to the Mets 9-1 and 3-2 in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds Reds manager Fred Hutchinson stays in the dugout instead of joining his players in the club house. He then calls the clubhouse and tells the players to be out of there in 15 minutes. They do. Hutch has tickets for Zero Mostel's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" but doesn't use them.
At Visalia (California League) Visalia's William Dawson sets a league record striking out 21 Silver Sox batters. Visalia beats Reno 7-4.
With a little help from George Altman the Cubs Bob Anderson outpitches Sandy Koufax and beats the Dodgers 4-2. Altman hits two homers off Koufax the first time anyone has done that off the Dodgers lefty.
At Candlestick Warren Spahn wins his 299th game 2-1 over the Giants. He gets a bit of help from Hank Aaron who leads off the 7th and 9th with homers off Mike McCormick. The Giants scoring is a Cepeda homer in the 5th.
Believing that Chicago's Jim Brewer is throwing at him the Reds 2B Billy Martin throws his bat toward the mound. Then advancing to retrieve it from Brewer who has picked it up. The two exchange words and Martin launches a hard overhand right that fractures the orbital bone of Brewer's right eye. Both benches empty and Martin continues swinging decking Frank Thomas. Brewer requires surgery and will be out of action for a month. The Cubs win 5-3 on Ernie Banks' homer at Wrigley. Martin will be fined $500 for the punch and Brewer and the Cubs will sue the combative infielder on August 22nd for $1000000. Years later when the courts award Brewer $100000 Martin's comment will be "how can they ever collect it? I haven't got that kind of money"
For the second consecutive game, Willie Mays hits two homers, and adds a triple, as the Giants down the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6 in 14 innings. Ray Katt's DP grounder in the 14th scores the go ahead run. Maysís second homer of the game comes in the 12th inning, but Reds catcher Ed Bailey matches him. Frank Robinson and Wally Post hit back-to-back homers in the 5th. The Reds take the second game of the doubleheader, 3-2.
Yankees hurler Vic Raschi sets the ML record for RBIs by a pitcher with 7 as the Yanks roll over Detroit 15-0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd doubles home 3 in the 3rd and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the mark of 6 ribbies. His record will stand in the AL but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi's mark. Vic's teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.
Four years after appearing for the Senators Bert Shepard is fired as player-manager of Waterbury (Class B Colonial League) because the owners can no longer afford his $4000+ salary. Shepard pitched for the Nats wearing an artificial leg having lost his leg in WW2. The players threaten to strike unless he is rehired then raise enough money to cover his salary. The popular Shepard will return on 11th. Shepard plays in 69 games at first or pitching and posts a 5-6 record along with a .229 batting average. And he adds 5 stolen bases.
At Swayne Field in Toledo Mud Hen pitcher Walter Noble holds Minneapolis (AA) hitless for 8 innings after teammate Hal White pitched 9 innings of no-hit ball yesterday against the Millers. He gave up a leadoff single. Noble wins 2-0 in the scheduled 7-inning game. The 17 hitless innings is a American Association record.
In St. Louis the Browns spot the Red Sox 6 runs in the first inning then come back with 7 of their own in the bottom of the inning. St. Louis scores 2 in the 9th off reliever Ellis Kinder to win 9-8.
Ernie Harwell begins as an announcer for the Dodgers helping to call a 5-4 win over the Cubs. The Dodgers had to trade a player Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell. Brooklyn scores a pair in the 1st one on a steal of home by Robinson with Russ Meyer on the mound. Robby tried to steal home against the Cubs 2 weeks ago (7/21) but was called out.
Tom McBride of the Boston Red Sox drives in ML-record tying 6 runs in the 4th inning of the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Senators as the Sox score 12 runs. He doubles and triples off Santiago Ullrich and Joe Cleary each time with the bases loaded. The Sox bat around against Cleary who gives up 7 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Cleary the last major leaguer born in Ireland gets one out on a strikeout but this is his only ML appearance and he'll finish with a 189. ERA. The Senators then call on Bert Shepard who remarkably pitches 5 1/3 innings giving up one run on 3 hits. For Shepard who was wounded in WW2 and lost a leg this too will be his only major league appearance. The Sox win 15-4.
At Crosley Field the Reds edge the Cubs 4-3 behind the pitching of Ed Heusser. It is Cincy's only victory against Chicago this year as they will go 1-21 against the Cubs. Onl;y the Cubs (1909 vs. Braves) (Pirates vs. Braves 1909. are close with a 1-20 mark) the Yankees (1927 vs. Browns) and the 1937 Pirates (vs. Reds) have matched this. No team has been swept in a season series.
At Pittsburgh Pirate catcher Bill Salkeld is 5-for-5 including hitting for the cycle and drives in all 5 runs but his Bucs lose 6-5 to the Cardinals reliever Harry Brecheen. Salkeld hits his only triple of the year in the cycle half his career total. His offensive effort offsets a curious defensive stat: he has no putouts or assists in the game.
In Philadelphia 29166 ignore a transit strike and jam Shibe Park to help Connie Mack celebrate his 50th anniversary as manager of the A's. Even the Yankees 1-0 win doesn't diminish the enthusiasm of the evening. Mack receives a check for $5000 as well as other gifts. On hand are members of Connie Mack's All Time All Star team each of whom he called to the center of the diamond. These include George Sisler Eddie Collins Frank Baker Honus Wagner Lt. Bill Dickey Lefty Grove (introduced by Mack as "Groves") Walter Johnson Tris Speaker Babe Ruth and Al Simmons. Ty Cobb and Lt. Commander Mickey Cochrane two members of Mack's club did not appear. In the pre-game Abbott and Costello dressed in uniforms of the A's and Yankees respectively take batting practice. The Yankees score on a fumble in the 9th to beat Bob Newsom. Hank Borowy wins his 14th.
Despite homers by Ron Northey and Jimmy Wasdell the Phils lose 4-3 to the Giants in 10 innings. Starter Ken Raffensberger serves up a game-winning homer to Hal Luby and the 4th place Giants win their 10th in a row over the Quakers.
At Brooklyn former AL outfielder Ben Chapman makes his comeback debut as pitcher a successful one beating the Braves 9-4. He yields 8 hits while walking 5 and striking out 5 in the complete game win. He adds 2 hits 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
The Giants-Dodgers game ends in a 1-1 tie as Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of the 9th is wiped out. As was the case the day before the game is called because of the government's 9:14 curfew on lights. It is the last twilight game played at the Polo Grounds. The Dodgers have held the NL lead for 144 days. The margin over the Cardinals is 10 games. Until the season's end Brooklyn will win 17 lose 18.
Braves pitcher Jim Tobin clubs his 6th homer of the year tying the NL record for homers by a pitcher but he loses to the Phils 4-2.
A dim out in the 10th inning cancels Pee Wee Reese's grand slam. The score reverts to the 9th inning resulting in a 1-1 tie between Brooklyn and the Giants.
In the 3rd inning C Mickey Owens catches 3 foul flies the first time in the ML that feat's been recorded. His Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6th and 7th to whip the Giants 11-6.
Jimmie Foxx who started as a catcher in 1925 is behind the plate for the Red Sox to catch a 7-3 win for long-time teammate Lefty Grove. Foxx cracks his 24th HR to start the Sox on an 8-game skein in which they will hit 20 homers.
In Boston the two teams dedicate the game in memory of Willard Hershberger. Then Frank McCormick drives in 6 runs to lead the Reds to a 12-9 win over the Braves after Bucky Walters loses the opener 5-3 for his 3rd straight defeat.
Joe Medwick again ties the ML record with 4 extra base hits-all doubles-in a game. It is the 2nd time this year and the 3rd time he has had 4 extra base hits in a game. The Cards rally for 5 runs in the 9th to edge the Boston Bees 7-6.
After six straight losses Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane inserts young Rudy York into the starting lineup. York responds with a three-run homer off Harry Kelley to start one of the most productive months in major league history. The Tigers win 11-7 over the A's.
Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game connecting off the Browns Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as the edge St. Louis 10-9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Ruth did it twice.
In Cincinnati the Cubs take a 1-0 lead into the 8th inning behind Lon Warneke but a Bill Jurges error opens the way for five runs and a Reds win. In the nitecap catcher Wally Stephenson making his first start above D ball collects three hits and drives home the winner in a 4-3 Cubs victory.
Cleveland president Alva Bradley announces the "Voluntary resignation" of Walter Johnson as Cleveland manager. He is replaced by Steve O'Neill.
After the Phillies take the first game 5-4 Phillies P Reggie Grabowski surrenders 11 hits (10 singles) in the 9th inning of the 2nd game against the Giants for a modern NL record-but doesn't even lose the game. Roy Hansen takes the loss. Eleven runs score in the inning as New York wins 21-4. Mel Ott scores 6 of the runs the 1st 20th century player to do so. He will do it again in 1944. Ott has a walk HBP two homers a double and single to drive in 4 runs.
Backed by Babe Ruth's 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltgaver the Yankees beat the A's 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Gehrig is 0-for-2 striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period he's hits 11 homers.
Go figure. General Crowder the AL's top winner in 1932 and 1933 is waived to the Tigers by the Senators. Just 4-10 this year with the Nationals the General will go 5-1 in Detroit for the remainder of the season then win 16 next year.
Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup after his month's suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles as New York beats Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit another grand slam September 10th.
Pittsburgh's Heine Meine gives up 3 Cardinal runs in the 6th inning halting a scoreless streak by Buc hurlers at 45 innings. The Pirates streak includes shutouts over New York and Cincy in 4 consecutive games. The Cards win today 7-1.
The Reds finally score but lose to the Cubs 4-2 in the first of two. Guy Bush beats Larry Benton. Chicago takes the nitecap 7-3 behind Les Sweetland as Jack Ogden is pinned with the loss. Rookie OF Vince Barton has 5 hits in the 2 games including a pair of homers in game 2.
At Detroit Charley Gehringer hits a CF homer with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 7-3 win over Chicago. It was Gehringer's 4th hit and 2nd homer as he drives in 6 runs. It is Gehringer's 2nd 12th inning homer in a month: he hit one against Cleveland on July 4.
The Yankees take the opening game of 2 from the visiting Cleveland Indians winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the 2nd game after trailing 6-5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th Cleveland scores an AL record-tying 9 runs to win 14-6.
In New York the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Reds outscoring Cincy 13-11 and 10-9. New York collects 18 hits in the opener and 20 in the nitecap one more than the Reds. It is so hot on the field that Reds C Val Picinich plays the 2nd game without a chest protector. Hughie Critz has a bunt single in the opener and a double in game 2 to run his hit streak to 23 games.
The Braves split with the front-running Cards losing 3-2 before beating Pete Alexander 2-1. The Cards only score in the nitecap is Jim Bottomley's 24th HR tying him for the NL lead with Hack Wilson.
Stanford star fullback Ernie Nevers pitches his first complete game for the St. Louis Browns beating the A's 3-1. Nevers will be 6-12 in his brief baseball life but he will win a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame playing with the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926-31).
Cardinal pitcher Willie Sherdel who owns the Robins continues his mastery over Brooklyn with an 8-4 win. Sherdel paces the attack with a double triple and home run.
Every player in each team's lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York wins 4-1 behind Urban Shocker.
Young Ernie Wingard wins his 13th game for the Browns beating Washington and Firpo Marberry 3-1. This is Wingard's first pro season and not until Jim Abbott wins 12 in 1989 will anyone come close to winning that many ML games in his first pro year. Wingard will not improve on his 13 losing his next 8 decisions this season to finish 13-12.
The Cards pass New York and move into first again as the Cubs score a 3-2 win over the Giants scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning. The Giants split for the afternoon winning the 2nd game of the doubleheader 2-1.
In the nitecap at Detroit Walter Johnson goes 17 1/3 innings his 2nd longest outing ever and faces 64 batters in losing to the Tigers 7-6. Detroit collects 16 hits and 8 walks against the Nats' ace. Detroit ties the score 6-6 in the 7th inning when Ty Cobb drives in a run and wins it in the 18th on a Cobb double. Cobb in CF also throws out a Milan at home in the 13th while SS Donie Bush nails two Nats at home in the 14th. Hooks Dauss is the winner with 10 innings of relief. In the first game the Nats score 6 runs in the 1st three innings off rookie Rudy Kallio and coast 7-0 behind Doc Ayers. Ayers scatters 7 hits and shuts out Cobb. Johnson is now 1-1 in 18-inning games this year!
In Chicago the Sox sweep two from the A's winning 7-6 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Dave Danforth goes 7 innings in the opener and though lifted with the score 2-2 is credited with the win over Willie Adams who goes all the way. Ed Cicotte is the victor in the nitecap.
In Cleveland the Indians split with the league-leading Red Sox to take three out of four in the series. The Sox win the opener 2-1 in 12 innings with starter Babe Ruth going the distance and allowing just 4 hits. Ruth drives in the first run with a single and the Tribe ties the game in the 8th with two hits. Cleveland takes the nitecap 2-0 in a game called after 6 innings because of rain. Ruth playing LF has one hit and is hit once by winner Stanley Coveleskie.
The Browns Eddie Plank allows 2 hits and tops young Babe Ruth to give the Browns a 6-1 win over the first place Red Sox. For the hot St. Louis Browns it is their 14th win in a row but the streak still leaves them in 7th place.
On a cold and damp day in St. Louis the Giants sweep the Cardinals. In the opener New York pounds Red Ames and Mathewson coasts to a 10-0 lead after 6 innings but the Cards come back to make it close losing 11-9. Jeff Tesreau saves Matty's 6th win of the year. New York takes the nitecap 7-0.
The A's move into first place in the AL by taking a pair from the Browns 5-1 and 5-2. The Athletics are 14-0 over St. Louis this season. In game 1 Stuffy McInniss has 18 putouts at 1B.
At Washington the Senators sweep the White Sox winning 1-0 in 11 innings then winning 3-2 in regulation. Doc White and Walter Johnson go all the way in the opener. The Sox almost score in the 7th but Rollie Zeider is called out at home and severly twists his ankle in the attempt. In the 9th Milan doubles and Germany Schaefer bunts him to 3B and is safe at 1B. Germany steals 2B and after Elbefeld pops out and Walker is at bat Germany steals first base. Manager Duffy then comes onto the field to argue that Schaefer should be out for stealing 1B and while the argument goes on Germany takes off for 2B getting caught in a rundown. Milan then attempts to score and is thrown out at home. The Senators then protest to ump Connolly saying the Sox have ten men on the field but it falls on deaf ears. The game is marked by spectacular fielding including Lee Tannehill of the White Sox sets a ML mark as the only SS to execute 2 unassisted double plays in one game though it is not even mentioned in the Chicago Tribune writeup.
Athletics Jack Coombs and Chicago's Ed Walsh duel 16 innings to a 0-0 tie. Coombs gives up just 3 hits and strikes out 18 in what he calls his best game. (Working with little rest he wins 18 of 19 starts in July August and September finishing 31-9 with a 1.30 ERA. His 13 shutouts are the AL record; in 12 other games he gives up just one run. Walsh gives up just 6 hits in 16 innings but the woeful Sox offense provides no support. Coombs ties his AL mark for most strikeouts in a game set September 1 1906 in 24 innings.
The Giants take 2 from Cincinnati winning 4-3 in 12 innings and 4-1. Christy Mathewson wins both relieving McGinnity in the 9th inning of the opener and tossing nine innings in the nitecap; Andy Coakley loses both. New York moves into 2nd place 5 percentage points behind the Pirates. Despite the two losses it is a relief for the Reds to score runs. Cincy (48-50) had endured four straight shutout losses: 5-0 on July 30; 3-0 on the 31st; 6-0 on the 1st and 3rd.
At Brooklyn the Superbas and St. Louis Cardinals play an entire game with one ball. Brooklyn wins 3-0.
In a 7-5 loss to Cleveland the Nationals' Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O'Loughlin. Delahanty a Cleveland native is fined $50 by Ban Johnson and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct though he denies that the language he used could be heard all over the park. Washington manager Joe Cantillon then declares that he will not put the other contenders at an unfair advantage and he benches Delahanty for games in Detroit St. Louis and Chicago. Delahanty will miss an additional 13 games because of this but the ban will be lifted at the beginning of the 1909 season.
The Giants slow the Chicago express stopping the Cubs 7-4 behind Mathewson and Hooks Wiltse. New York is just 4 1/2 games behind Chicago but the Cubs will go 50-8 from August 1st to outdistance the pack.
The Highlanders field a unique battery: Doc Newton pitching and Mike "Doc" Powers catching but only Powers is a physician. The Highlanders beat St. Louis 7-3.
At Boston Harvard Eddie Grant makes his ML debut collecting 3 hits for Cleveland. But Boston wins 7-5. Grant will go hitless tomorrow in an 8-4 loss to Cy Young and be sent down to the minors. He'll resurface with the Phillies in 1907.
Before the Pirates 6-3 win at Cincinnati Reds and Pirates players are clocked while running from home plate to 1B. The fastest time for the 90-foot sprint is 3 seconds flat by Pirates OF Ginger Beaumont.
The Cardinals blow a 4-1 lead to the Giants but come back against reliever Christy Mathewson pitching his 3rd straight game in relief to take another lead 8-7 in the 7th. St. Louis wins 9-8 with John McGraw scoring the winning run in the 8th handing Matty his first career decision. Matty will go 0-3 as a Giant before returning to Norfolk when the Giants decide not to pay $1500 for him..
The Orphans suffer their first shutout in 90 games played a 5-0 whitewash by Doc McJames of Baltimore. The Orioles lead the league in shutouts with 10 and have shut out the hard hitting Beaneaters 7 times.
At Cincinnati umpire Tim Hurst makes a decision against the home team in the 2nd inning of game 2 and a fan rolls an empty beer glass onto the field Hurst promptly picks it up and hurls it back into the stands and an unfortunate fan is hit and cut seriously. A patty wagon arrives and Hurst is arrested for assault and battery and will receive a suspension for the incident. Red Bittman takes his place behind the plate and the game is called at the end of 6 with the score tied at 4 apiece. In game 1 Tommy Corcoran scores 5 runs as the Reds roll over Pittsburgh 14-3.
In the Cleveland-Louisville doubleheader the Colonels win the opener on a forfeit when Jesse Burkett is thumbed out of the game when he calls umpire Wolf a "vile name." Manager Tabeau no patsy refuses to replace him and Wolf calls a forfeit. "The indians played as if they did not care whether school kept or not in the second game and the colonels won easily" (Boston Globe) by a 7-4 score. In the 9th inning Burkett again call the ump a name and is thrown out for the second time today. When he refuses to leave Wolf calls two policemen and he is forcibly ejected.
At Chicago pitcher Callahan is nixed in his try for a win when he walks two in the 9th and throws a wild pitch. The Cardinals win 13-12. Lange has 4 hits and 5 runs for Chicago the 2nd time a player has scored 5 times in a losing cause; Griffin did it two days ago.
New York takes a pair from Brooklyn winning 16-8 and then staging yet another come-from-behind win this time scoring 4 times in the bottom of the 9th to frustrate Brooklyn 9-8. The win keeps the Giants 1 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore.
Boston beats the visiting Washington Nationals 11-5 as Ganzell returns to the lineup with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. In the 6th Bobby Lowe accomplishes the rare feat at South End Grounds by htting a homer inside-the-park while teammate Herman Long hits one under the fence for a HR. Seven Boston players steal 9 bases.
Philadelphia takes a 7-0 lead into the 5th inning and then watches Baltimore roll to a 19-12 win. Frank Bonner connects for 4 consecutive doubles for the Orioles.
Washington suffers yet another late inning shock as Philadelphia erupts for 7 runs in the 10th for a 14-7 win.
Tip O'Neill goes 4-for-4 for the 2nd day in a row to lead the Browns to an 8-0 victory over the Reds. St. Louis wins the series 3 games to 1 and now trail Boston by just 4 percentage points.
The Dallas Hams beat the first-place Houston Babies for their 15th consecutive win in the fast fading Texas League. Dallas trails by only 1 1/2 games but the league will fold by August 14 leaving Houston in the lead.
Buffalo's Pud Galvin no-hits Detroit and coasts home 18-0. Frank Meinke takes the loss.
The Mets counter 2 runs by Allegheny in the top of the 14th with 3 of their own to win 7-6.
Larry Corcoran of Chicago stops Buffalo on 2 hits 4-0 and the Whites give him errorless support.
Paced by home runs by "Orator" Shaffer and Bill Crowley Louisville beats Chicago 15-9 to extend their NL lead.
Louisville trailing Chicago by a wide margin with rain threatening in the 5th decides to stall. They make error after error until the umpire forfeits the game to Chicago. The contest would later be ruled "no game."
The Red Stockings Al Spalding and Philadelphia's Josephs lock up for an 11 inning battle won by Boston 4-3. A triple by Jim O'Rourke and a ground out by McVey result in the winning run.
A unique game is played between the Champion Eckford Club and a team of veterans of the 1863 Champion Eckford team. Frank Pidgeon is on hand but does not play. Al Reach plays 3B while Jimmy Wood plays 2B. The "youngsters" are too strong winning 30-7.
The quickest game on record is played at the Union Grounds Brooklyn. Al Martin holds the Uniques to one run against 37 for the Eckfords in the 50-minute game.