Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Red Sox edge the Marlins, 4-3. The win gives Boston a 16-2 mark against the NL this season, tying the highest victory total in interleague history. The Twins match that mark with an 8-0 win over the Brewers.
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the White Sox to win, 15-11, in a game featuring nine homeruns. Winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano hits his 3rd of the year, off loser Mark Buehrle. In a birthday present to Angel Pagan, Sox reliever Cliff Politte serves up two gopher balls. Juan Uribe has 4 RBI for the Sox, including a 3-run homer.
At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers belt the Mets, 16-7. Carlos Beltran has four hits and a pair of homers for the Mets, while Alex Rodriguez hits a pair, including a grand slam, for the Yanks to drive in 7 runs.
The Republicans defeat the Democrats, 12-1, in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at RFK Stadium. The Republican victory is their sixth straight and their eighth out of the last 10 contests. Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, pitches a seven-hit complete game for the Grand Old Party. Roll Call, the congressional newspaper, began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans have dominated the Democrats going 31-13 with one tie. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.
The Pirates take two games from the Brewers winning by scores of 8-1 and 13-2. OF Jason Bay drives home 8 runs in the 2nd game the 2nd time he has done so in less than a year. He has only 48 career RBIs.
The Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia 7-6 in 16 innings. The Orioles pitching staff registers 19 Philly strikeouts and issues 18 walks.
Mark Clement combines with 3 relief pitchers to hurl a 1-hit shutout over the Phillies as the Cubs win by a score of 1-0. Sammy Sosa's leadoff HR in the 9th off Turk Wendell is the game's only run. David Bell's single is the only hit for Philadelphia.
The Giants scored 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 18-5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets 5 hits for SF including a 2B and 2 HRs. Damon Minor Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homer twice to tie a ML record. The Giants become the 16th team to have 3 players with multiple HRs in the same game.
The White Sox batter the Tigers 17-9. The two teams combined to hit a ML record-tying 12 HRs 6 apiece in the contest matching the record they set together on May 28 1995. Dmitri Young and Magglio Ordonez connect for a deuce with Magglio's 2nd a grand slam. Todd Richie gives up 5 runs in 7 innings for the win.
At Cincinnati the Astros and Reds play the first inning with non-regulation baseballs the result of a mix-up by an attendant in the umpires' locker room. The attendant did not notice the word "practice" stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschback who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1st before switching. Reds starter Wade Miller served up a homer in the 1st to Lance Berkman who hits another in his next at bat good for 5 RBIs. He leads the NL with 74 ribbies. The Astros win in the 10th 6-5. Austin Kerns has 4 hits and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds.
A combined total of 62 HRs are hit in today's games breaking the old ML mark set on April 7 2000. A record 9 players have multiple HR games breaking the previous mark of 8.
At the SkyDome Manny Ramirez belts a 3-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16-4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny's blast travels 491 feet the longest homer in Dome history; it is his 7th of the year against the Jays the most an opponent has hit in a season; and his 5th at the Dome which also ties an opponents record. Stynes has 3 hits 3 runs and 3 errors in the hitfest. Nomo is the winner.
Houston defeats Cincinnati 7-5 ending the Reds' 10-game winning streak. Cincinnati's streak consisted of an unprecedented 10 straight victories over division-leading clubs.
The Padres use back-to-back book ends for a win. John Vander Wal and Reggie Sanders hit back to back homers in the 1st inning and Phil Nevin and Carlos Baerga hit back-to-back pinch homers in the 9th inning tying the mark for most pinch HRs (2) in a game by a team. as San Diego defeats Colorado 15-3. Jeffy Barry hits a pinch HR in the 8th for the Rockies to tie the mark (3) of pinch homers by 2 teams.
Hey Mom! Texas righty pitcher Jeff Zimmerman defeats his brother Jordan a lefty for Seattle 7-6.
Umpire Tom Hallion is suspended for 3 games for his actions during an argument with Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and pitching coach Milt May on June 26th. The dispute began when Rockies pitcher Mike DeJean‚ while walking to his dugout complained to third base umpire Terry Tata about a check-swing call‚ and home plate ump Hallion‚ told DeJean to get in the dugout. Officials couldn't recall another suspension of an umpire for an on-field dispute. In 1990‚ NL president Bill White was prepared to suspend umpire Joe West for slamming Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook to the field‚ but commissioner Fay Vincent intervened and no discipline was imposed.
Oakland breaks a 6-6 tie by scoring 5 runs in the 9th inning to defeat Seattle 11-6. 1B Jason Giambi leads the way with 5 hits.
The Reds put P Pete Schourek on the 15-day DL but he'll undergo elbow surgery on July 17th and miss the rest of the season. The Reds other ace Jose Rijo recovering from surgery last August has yet to pitch off the mound for Birmingham.
The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles 16-year-old Dominican pitcher to a contract giving him a $5500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he's 16 but later on it is discovered that he is only 14 and the Commissioner's office will nullify the contract. His 1.71 minor league ERA will earn him a big bonus when he signs in 1998. Josephang Bernhardt another Latin ball player who will produce a phony birth certificate will be taken away from Tampa Bay and sign with Toronto for $750000.
Chicago OF Sammy Sosa gets 6 hits one short of the NL record in the Cubs' 11-8 win over the Rockies.
After grounding out in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers Padres C Benito Santiago throws his batting helmet in disgust. The helmet bounces into the dugout where it strikes pitching coach Mike Roarke in the head before ricocheting over to bean coach Greg Riddoch giving him a concussion. Santiago is fined $300.
Jim Eisenreich making a comeback after being forced out of the major leagues by a nervous disorder in 1984 hits his first ML home run since 1982 to lead the Royals to a 10-3 win over his former club the Twins.
After 14 wins Roger Clemens suffer his first loss as Toronto scores 3 times in the 8th inning to down Boston 4-2. Clemens was one game short of the AL record for consecutive wins at the start of a season.
Boston's Tony Perez singles off Milwaukee's Bob McClure (7-2) for his 2500th career hit but that's a lone bright spot as the Brewers clobber the Red Sox 14-5. Gorman Thomas has a pair of homers as 6 are hit.
Indians manager Jeff Torborg announces his resignation effective at the end of the season. In three weeks he will be fired and replaced by Dave Garcia.
Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game the best start in Yankee history in beating Detroit 3-2. With the Yankees down 2-0 Mickey Rivers long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit's Mickey Stanley. The fan drops the ball and Stanley waiting for an interference call fails to retrieve. River motors for an inside-the-park homer and New York ties the game 2-2 eventually winning it.
In a 13-5 win over Detroit Baltimore's Don Baylor homers his first 3 times up giving him 4 consecutive HRs over 2 games to tie the ML record.
Jim Rice installed today as the Red Sox regular LF belts 2 homers in the first game including one that is the longest ever hit at County Stadium. In game 2 Fred Lynn is kept off the bases ending his streak of 38 straight games. Boston's Rick Wise wins the opener 6-3 not giving up a hit until 2 are out in the 9th. George Scott then clouts a 2-run homer and Danny Darwin follows with another dinger.
Minnesota's Jim Kaat sporting a 10-2 record and a 2.07 ERA breaks his pitching hand while sliding. He will miss the remainder of the season. Katt is relieved in the 8th by Granger but gets credit for the 6-4 win over the White Sox. Tom Bradley wins his 10th in the nitecap 2-1 for Chicago.
Reggie Smith homers from both sides of the plate as Boston beats Milwaukee 15-4.
Willie McCovey hits his 14th career grand slam to pace the Giants 9-3 win over the Dodgers. Randy Moffitt wins his first ML game and receives a congratulatory telegram from his sister Billie Jean King who is playing at Wimbledon.
The Reds score 8 runs in the 8th to defeat the Dodgers 12-2 at Riverfront Stadium. Tony Perez' 3-run homer is the big blow.
At Montreal rookie P Bob Rauch walks 4 batters in the 9th to enable the Expos to defeat the Mets 4-3. For Rauch it's his only ML decision. Mike Marshall wins for the Expos.
Detroit's Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning. The Tigers win 5-0. This is the 3rd time in the month that Clarke has broken up a no-hitter having spoiled bids by KC's Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Boston's Sonny Siebert (June 19th).
Montreal's John Bateman drives in a team-record 7 runs to pace the Expos to a 13-10 win over the Cards. Bateman's first hit is a grand slam in the Expos' six-run 1st inning.
At Connie Mack Stadium the Phils break their scoreless streak of 53 innings and sweep two from the Mets 6-1 and 3-2. With successive pinch hits by Tony Taylor Ron Stone and Byron Browne the Phils score 6 in the 8th inning to win the opener for Jim Bunning then again come from behind to win the nitecap for Chris Short. The opener is the 6000th game played at the ancient stadium.
Reds hurler Jerry Arrigo ties a NL record by hitting 3 Braves in the 2nd inning of a 9-4 Atlanta win. Reds hurlers plunk two more and the Braves set a post-19th century ML record of 5 hit batters in one game. It won't be matched till April 19 2000.
Frank Howard Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning and Mike McCormick pitches a complete game as Washington defeats a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees 10-4. Mike McCormick is the winner for Washington giving up 5 hits including a Mantle homer his 14th in the 9th.
In a classic pitching matchup in San Francisco between the 2 Hall of Famers the Braves Warren Spahn gives up 9 hits in 15 1/3 innings while Juan Marichal allows 8 hits in 16 innings while striking out 10. With the score tied at the end of 15 When asked by his manager at then end of 15 if he could go another inning Juan Marichal said "If that old guy in the Braves dugout can do it so can I." Willie Mays's round-tripper off Spahn at 12:31 A.M. in the bottom of the 16th gives Marichal a 1-0 win the NL's longest win ended by a HR. Both pitchers go the distance in one of the greatest matchups ever.
In the first game of a doubleheader P Johnny Podres of the Dodgers ties the modern NL record with 8 consecutive strikeouts in a 5-1 win. Stan Williams also wins 4-0 as the Dodgers sweep Philadelphia and move into first place.
At Yankee Stadium Mantle deposits a 6th inning homer halfway up the third tier in right to lead New York to a 8-4 win over the A's. Mick walks his other three times up.
The Yankees hit 5 homers-#28 by Mantle and #'s 29 and 30 by Maris-to easily beat the Senators 13-4.
The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants winning 7-6 and 9-0. Sore-armed Vern Law making his 1st start in more than 3 weeks is lifted in the 6th and Haddix wins in relief. Bobby Shantz pitches a 5-hitter to win the nitecap as the Bucs score 6 unearned runs off Marichal. The Giants 2 1/2 games back yesterday will be 9 out on the evening of July 8.
Pitcher Glen Hobbie and Tony Taylor each hit a pair of homers for the Cubs and pinch hitter Richie Ashburn's bases-loaded single in the 8th brings home the deciding run. The Cubs edge the Cardinals 10-9.
The Dodgers split a doubleheader with St. Louis winning 3-2 before dropping the nightcap 6-4. A crowd of 66 485 see the game at the Coliseum. This puts the Dodgers over the one million mark in just 35 home dates.
ML baseball reinstates 1B Ed Bouchee of the Phils who was suspended on a morals charge.
The Women's Christian Temperance Union charges that baseball has become "beerball" since so many broadcasts are sponsored by breweries.
New York's Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits but is out dueled by Ed Stein who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
Robin Roberts makes his first relief appearance of the year to nail down a 7-6 Phils win over the Dodgers. Roberts gives up a triple to Snider but gets Gilliam to pop out and fans Hoak. Curt Simmons starts but is knocked out after giving up a homer to Cox and a triple to Don Zimmer in his first ML at bat. Del Ennis hits a 3-run HR off starter Clem Labine in the 8th for the win.
Bill Veeck gets the necessary 75 percent of outstanding stock on the last day of his option to buy the St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt.
Indian great Bob Feller wins his 200th ML game 5-3 over Detroit in the 2nd game of a doubleheader split. Detroit wins the opener 8-5 for their only win in the 4 game series.
At Crosley Field Monk Dubiel makes his 4-hitter hold up as the Cubs win 16-0 over the Reds. Andy Pafko drives in 5 runs with a double triple and HR Bill Serena adds a 3-run homer and Hank Edwards has 3 RBIs on 4 hits.
Whoops. Cubs Andy Pafko is tagged out in the dugout after his line drive had been dropped. Andy thought the ball was caught and headed for a seat. It's no wonder the Pirates win 8-3 as Tiny Bonham outpitches Monk Dubiel.
The Senators beat the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings as Walt Masterson allows 3 hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the AL record for PO in LF in extra innings. The Yanks drop 2 games behind 1st-place Cleveland and 1 1/2 games behind the A's.
The Dodgers win their 7th straight beating the Phils 3-2 at Ebbets Field while the Cardinals are dropping their 4th in a row. The Reds beat St. Louis 7-5 with all the Cincy runs unearned. Brooklyn now leads St. Louis by 7 1/2 games.
In a 3-2 loss to Washington White Sox 30-year-old rookie Guy Curtwright has his 26-game hitting streak stopped. It's an AL rookie record but Curtwright falls one game short of the club record set by Luke Appling. He will hit .291 in this his only season and his rookie hitting streak will last until Garciaparra in 1997.
At Yankee Stadium Joe DiMaggio extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 45 by hitting a HR his only hit of the game off Boston's Dick Newsome surpassing Willie Keeler's all-time record. Newsome started in place of Lefty Grove who asked for the day off because of the 95 degree heat. New York wins 8-4.
At Boston the Red Sox split a pair with the A's losing 4-3 before winning 15-9. The Sox score in 6 of the 8 innings in the nitecap getting homers from Foxx and Cronin. Al Simmons hits his 1st homer of the year for the A's.
In a doubleheader with the Dodgers before 51435 at the Polo Grounds the fireworks start 2 days early. The Dodgers take a uneventful opener 3-2 but in the 4th inning of the nitecap Dodger player-manager Leo Durocher ends the inning by grounding into a DP and spikes 1B Zeke Bonura as he crosses the bag. Bonura takes off after Durocher chases him down the RF line and throws his mitt at him. He finally wrestles him to the ground. Both players are ejected and the Giants go on to win 6-4. To Bonura's charge of intentional spiking the Lip retorts "If that big clown hadn't got his foot in my way I wouldn't have been close to him."
At Wrigley Gabby Hartnett clouts the 200th homer of his career the 2-run four-bagger coming in the 8th inning off Pittsburgh's Red Lucas. Augie Galan follows suit with a 2-run shot in the 9th inning to give the Cubs an 8-7 win.
Cleveland's Roy Hughes scores 5 runs and OF Bruce Campbell recently returned from a bout with spinal meningitis goes 6-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. Campbell singles in his first AB in the nightcap. The Indians sweep two winning 14-6 and 4-2.
The Cardinals protest a game with the Cubs in a dispute over a delayed call on an bases loaded infield ?y by veteran umpire Bill Klem. Scoring 4 runs the Cubs drive Paul Dean from the mound in a riotous 7th that sees Klem toss manager Frankie Frisch coach Mike Gonzales and Dizzy Dean. The Cubs win 7-4 but the end of the game will be replayed July 31st.
Carl Hubbell pitches an entire 18-inning shutout for the Giants over the Cardinals to tie Walter Johnson's ML record for the longest 1-0 victory. He strikes out 12 and walks none allowing only 6 hits in a duel with Tex Carleton who goes the first 16 innings. Jess Haines relieves in the 17th and in the 18th gives up a single to Joe Moore a sacrifice bunt to Gus Mancuso and an intentional pass to Travis Jackson. Hubbell then forces at 2nd and a single by Hughey Critz ends it. In game 2 played in semidarkness Roy Parmelee matches Hubbell and wins 1-0 on a Johnny Vergez HR. The notoriously wild Giants' pitcher does not issue a walk and strikes out 13 to beat Dizzy Dean who is pitching on a day's rest. The Cards go a record 27 innings in the two games with no walks. Not until 1950 will the Cards be shut out again in a twin bill and again it'll be NY.
The Brooklyn Dodgers sweep a pair from the Chicago Cubs, winning 7-3 and 4-3. Dodgers catcher Al Lopez homers in the first game. In game two, Lopez steals home with two outs in the 9th and Cubs ace Charlie Root on the mound in relief.
The A's Jimmie Foxx is the second American leaguer in history-and the 2nd in 5 weeks-to collect 6 long hits in a DH though one game is 10 innings. Double X hits 4 homers a triple and double in the 2 games a twinbill split with the host Browns. The A's take the opener 6-5 and then lose 11-6.
Babe Ruth homers-his 19th-to drive in a run for the 11th consecutive game as the Yankees drub Detroit 13-1. Ben Chapman follows Ruth with another HR. Ruth has 18 RBIs in the string but will be collared in his next game.
Carl Reynolds of the White Sox hits 3 consecutive HRs in three consecutive innings (the 1st 2nd and 3rd)-just the 2nd player to do so-and drives home 8 runs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. The Sox win 15-4. Two of the HRs are hit inside-the-park in the 1st and 3rd innings. The feat is second-billed as headlines tell of Ruth tearing a nail off his finger on the OF screen trying for Reynolds' 2nd homer. In the opener Ruth has 2 hits including his 31st homer in the Yanks 5-1 win. Roy Sherid allows just 3 Sox hits.
The Senators complete a sweep of 4 games over the A's winning 4-2 and climb into 2nd place on a 9-game winning streak. The Mackmen have now lost 7 in a row. Bob Burke starting his first game for the Nats is the winner over Rube Walberg.
The Yanks run their win streak to 7 by beating the Red Sox 3-2. Bob Meusel's double in the 6th scores Gehrig with the winning tally. Boston has now lost 14 in a row.
At Boston the Giants play their 3rd successive doubleheader with the Braves splitting again. Joe Bush staging a comeback with his 7th major league team wins the opener for New York 4-1. The Braves take the nitecap 2-1 in 10 innings when Eddie Moore's squeeze play brings home the winning run.
At Pittsburgh Clyde Barnhart's 2-run homer off Art Nehf in the 9th wins for the Pirates 7-6 over the Reds. Mike Cvengros is the winning hurler. The crippled Pirates lose another starter when 2B Larry Grantham retires in the 4th inning with an injured leg; Heinie Groh making his first appearance for Pittsburgh replaces him and collects two hits.
A's OF Tilly Walker hits 2 HRs giving him 4 in 2 days as the A's lose to New York 9-3. He will finish with 37 for the year 2 ahead of Ruth. The Athletics with the AL's winningest pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and losingest in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the AL with 114 HRs and climb out of the cellar.
With the Dodgers winning the Reds maintain their two game lead with a 6-5 extra inning win over the Cubs. Jimmy Ring goes all the way for the win helped by Kopf's three runs scored.
At the Polo Grounds the Giants pound out six homers to earn a split with the Braves. Boston takes the opener 9-7 in 11 innings but the Giants cop the 2nd game 13-4. In the first game Boston scores two in the 9th to take the lead but New York used homers by Larry Doyle and George Burns to tie but reliever Phil Douglas gives it back in the 11th. Douglas starts game 2 and is more effective taking the victory to end the day at 1-1. Larry Doyle is 4-for-4 in game 2 including another homer. Benny Kauff also homers in game 2 but it does him no good: after the game the Giants trade Kauff along with Wilbur Hubbell and cash to Toronto for OF Vernon Spencer. Kauff a .300 hitter never lived up to his reputation. Kauff will later be accused of receiving stolen goods in New York and newly appointed commissioner Landis will bar him for life. The Giants also waive utility infielder Edward Sicking to the Reds.
The Yankees are outhit by the A's 10 to 7 but Philadelphia errors give New York a 7-4 win. Starter Slim Harriss with 6 innings takes the loss for the Mackman the first of his ML record tying 14 straight losses to the Yankees. The Yankees maintain a slim .004 lead over the Indians.
In Washington Red Sox star Babe Ruth quits the team after arguing with manager Ed Barrow. This follows a 3-0 loss to Washington's Harry Harper in which the Babe playing CF goes hitless in two at bats and makes an error. Harry Harper cops his 2nd win in the series and his 7th in a row beating Guy Bush.
The first-place Yankees are "dipped in the whitewash vat" by the A's young Bob Geary who allows just 3 singles in the 5-0 victory. The host Mackmen led by Merlin Kopp rattle 3 Yankee pitchers for 10 hits handing the loss to Slim Love. Kopp is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and a stolen base. The Yanks maintain their two-game lead over the Red Sox and Cleveland.
At the Polo Grounds Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th off Slim Sallee to lead the Phillies to 5-2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.
In Boston proceedings started to determine the status of professional baseball players under the new work or fight rules. Summons were sent to 14 Boston Braves-all the players except Wally Rehg Ray Powell and Joe Kelly who will enter the U.S. Navy Reserve this week. Three other players-Buck Herzog Ed Konetchy and Tom Hughes-are beyond the draft age. Meanwhile the Braves host the Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes allows just three hits and tallies three himself as he spins a 4-0 win.
The last place A's continue to dismantle selling Jack Barry part of the "$100000 infield" for $8000 to Boston.
For the first time since the 1911 World Series Jack Coombs pitches against Christy Mathewson. Now with the Dodgers Coombs wins the duel shutting out the Giants 3-0. Two singles and a Zack Wheat triple in the 8th is the difference.
At New York Boston's Larry Gardner legs out two inside-the-park homers but the Red Sox still lose 9-7 to New York.
Detroit pounds out a 14-6 victory over Cleveland as Ty Cobb hitting in his 40th straight game has 3 hits and 3 runs.
The White Sox steal 12 bases in the course of a 15-3 win over St. Louis. Three are steals of home including one by P Ed Walsh in the 6th inning for a modern ML record.
After the Phils take game 1 over Boston 5-4 Boston pitcher Al Mattern pitches a 2-hit 4-0 win over the Quakers. Mattern will allow a league-high 322 hits in 316.1 innings this year.
Well they didn't get him to beat Chicago. Pittsburgh's Irv Young acquired two weeks ago from Boston loses his 11th straight to Chicago 3-0 in game 1. His streak dates back to August 6 1905. The Pirates claw back in game 2 winning 9-4 to stay a half game behind first-place Chicago.
In a battle of the tailenders Boston beats Washington 4-3 behind Cy Young in game 1 and Washington then whips them 17-3 in game 2 in a game called after 7 innings so the Americans can catch a train. Dave Altizer scores 5 runs for the Senators in game 2 and Jones has a triple and double.
At Philadelphia the Highlanders and Athletics split a pair. The A's take the opener 5-4 with a bases loaded walk in the 9th. In game 2 the New Yorkers are leading 5-1 in the 9th with 2 outs in the bottom of the frame when a forfeit in declared when fans surge onto the field.
The Reds president Hermann furious at the charge of Barney Dreyfuss of the Pirates declares that the Pirates can have Ed Phelps for nothing. Dreyfuss had charged that Phelps was awarded to the Reds because of Hermann's $6000 wager against the Pirates as a pennant winner. Phelps is now the property of the Boston Americans but Hermann will pay the $1500 to get his release.
Highly touted rookie Walter Clarkson the top college (Harvard) pitcher and brother of 2 major leaguers makes his ML debut. He limits the Senators to 8 hits but the Highlanders manage just 4 hits and lose 3-2 in the 1st of 2.
The Boston Americans send infielder Bill O'Neill and cash to Washington for 11-year vet Kip Selbach. Selbach almost went to the Highlanders in early May but the deal was nixed by then-new Washington manager Patsy Donovan.
Seeing that George Davis is playing for the Giants Ed Delahanty decides to jump to New York too. Leaving the Nationals in Detroit he boards an eastbound train. He is put off the train for rowdy and possibly drunken behavior at Niagara Falls. When he tries to walk across the railroad bridge over the Niagara River he falls to his death. He had a 16-year .346 batting average.
Pitcher Jack Doscher making his debut with the Chicago Cubs is the first son of a former ML player to also play in the ML. Father Herm was a third baseman with Troy Chicago and Cleveland before the turn of the century. Jack loses today at Philadelphia 7-2 and will end the season with the Brooklyn Superbas.
The Colts (aka the Remnants-the Chicago Tribune) lose to New York 6-3 to run their current road trip record to 2-13. Both wins occurred in a DH against Brooklyn.
Kid Nichols wins a battle of 2-hitters with Washington's James "Doc" McJames to give Boston a 4-2 decision.
Louisville takes advantage of a 7th-inning fight to score 2 runs amidst the confusion but still loses to Cincinnati 6-5.
St. Louis hits a ML record four triples and scores 11 runs in the first inning on its way to a 15-9 victory over Chicago. Heinie Peitz has two triples in the frame. The Browns are the first team to collect 4 triples in an inning.
Pittsburgh rolls over Cleveland, 12-1. Pink Hawley loses his bid for a shutout when he heeds the advice of Cleveland coach Patsy Tebeau and throws to first. Tebeau doesn’t notice that Pittsburgh first baseman Jake Beckley is woefully out of position and Hawley ends up tossing the ball to an empty base. Ed McKean scampers around to score on the miscue.
Philadelphia wins a 17-15 slugfest with Chicago by scoring 2 runs in the 9th.
The Boston Reds (AA) down Washington 9-4 to maintain their half game lead over the St. Louis Browns also winners today. Bill Joyce helps the win by reaching base in his 64th consecutive game starting on April 8 but is injured and will not appear again until the last game of the year when he goes 0-for-2. (as noted by Trent McCotter). Joyce plays only 65 games this year. Joyce will also have CGOB streaks of 54 in 1894 and 56 in 1896; only Ted Williams will have 3 streaks over 50 games.
Home runs frowned upon? Phillie (NL) OF Billy Hamilton the team's leading hitter at .325 hits one of his 2 homers of the year in a 7-5 win at Chicago. The Spalding Guide comments: "This (only 2) is to be said to his credit as it shows he is working hard for his club; his idea being to get on first base and thus increase the chances for runs rather than fatten his own record for long hits." Hamilton will hit 40 homers in 13 years topping .300 in all but his last year. He'll be elected to the Hall of fame in 1961.
At Toronto (IL) Detroit wins a 16-inning 2-1 battle considered the finest contest ever seen in Canada. Toronto outhits the winners 12-8 but 2 of Detroit's hits produce the winning run.
President Davidson surrenders his financially strapped Louisville franchise to the AA unable to pay his players' salaries. New local ownership is announced on July 5th.
During a morning practice game at Recreational Park Pittsburgh's captain Fred Dunlap is struck by a hard hit ball and his right jaw is broken. He will be out of action for several weeks.
Against New York Detroit RF Gene Moriarty injures himself chasing a foul fly in the 6th inning and he's replaced by 25-year-old Sam Thompson in his ML debut. The future Hall of Famer singles in his first at bat on his way to a career average of .331.
Bid McPhee smacks 4 hits including a HR and a double to support Gus Shallix's one-hit pitching and give Cincinnati (AA) a 16-1 romp over Washington.
Boston loses in Buffalo 7-4 and the Reds fall to last place for the first time in the clubs' proud 10-year history.
Cap Anson paces his Chicagos to a 10-5 victory over Boston with a 5-for-5 day at the plate. He scores 4 times and drives home 2.
In Chicago umpire Bill McLean fines players on both teams and even walks off the field briefly before being convinced to complete the game which is won by Cincinnati 14-9.
Boston (15-7) moves into first place in the NL by beating Milwaukee 4-1. The Reds (15-11) are 2nd and Chicago (14-13) is 3rd.
In Cincinnati the Forest City Club loses to the Red Stockings 14-13.
In Hoboken at the once pristine Elysian Fields the Gramercy Club occupying the old Mutual Grounds loses to the Actives 28-17. Most of the top New York teams have abandoned Elysian Fields and crowd have dropped from the thousands to the hundreds.
With 5000 fans on hand for the return match between the Unions of Morrisania and the visiting Irvington club the New Jerseyites break a 14-14 tie with 7 runs in the 7th. Irvington wins 26-22.
At the Philadelphia depot the Athletics greet the National Club of Washington and escort them to lunch and the game at the grounds at 15th street and Columbia. A crowd of 12000 encircles the field and the ladies stand is completely filled. The Athletics win 22-6. In the evening there is a dinner at Augustin's.