Baseball in 1922
|January 10||The following round-robin deal benefits everyone: Roger Peckinpaugh, who played the 1921 season with the New York Yankees, goes from the Boston Red Sox to the Washington Senators. Peckinpaugh had been with Boston for less than three weeks; Joe Dugan‚ from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Boston Red Sox; and OF Bing Miller and P Jose Acosta‚ from Washington to Philadelphia. Acosta will be sold to Chicago on February 4th. After playing only 84 games for the Red Sox, Joe Dugan will join the New York Yankees in a mid-season trade|
|January 13||Buck Weaver‚ one of the 8 Black Sox‚ applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement.|
|January 14||OF Clyde Milan is named the manager of the Washington Senators. Milan took over for George McBride at the end of last season after McBride was hit in the face with a ball during batting practice. McBride began suffering vertigo and fainting spells and relinquished the manager’s job.|
Ben Shibe‚ half-owner and president of the Athletics since their AL start in 1906‚ dies at 84. A partner in the A. J. Reach sporting goods company‚ Shibe invented the machinery that made possible the manufacture of standard baseballs.
|January 17||Benny Kauff’s suit for an injunction to restrain the decision to keep him out of baseball is rejected by the appellate court. Kauff was acquitted of auto theft in 1921‚ but Commissioner Landis still barred him from baseball‚ stating‚ “That acquittal was one of the worst miscarriages of justice that ever came under my observation.”|
|January 18||The Cubs buy OF Jigger Statz and P Vic Aldridge from Los Angeles for eight players and cash.|
|January 24||Brooklyn buys SS Sam Crane from Cincinnati. He will play in 3 games and later be convicted of murder. He will be visited in prison by Connie Mack‚ who works for his parole and gives him a job.|
|February 4||Joe Harris‚ formerly with Cleveland‚ is reinstated by Judge Landis because of his good war record. Harris had been on the ineligible list for having played with and against ineligible players in independent games. “His service in France‚ where he was gassed after bitter fighting‚ caused him to do things he might not have done‚” says Judge Landis in reinstating him.|
|February 9||Landis cracks down on phony player deals. He fines the Cards and Tigers $150 each‚ and 3 minor league clubs a total of $1‚400 for violating waiver rules. In March‚ he will assess the Giants $1‚764 for the improper transfer of a player.|
|February 18||Judge Landis resigns his federal judgeship‚ claiming the 2 jobs (judge and commissioner) took up too much time.|
The Reds trade P Rube Marquard (17-14) and SS Larry Kopf to Boston for P Jack Scott (15-13).
|February 22||Cards C Pickles Dillhoefer‚ 26‚ dies from typhoid fever following an operation.|
|March 6||Babe Ruth signs for 3 years at $52‚000 a year. The-next-highest paid New York player is Home Run Baker at $16‚000.|
|March 9||Rogers Hornsby signs a three-year contract with Cards owner Sam Breadon calling for $18‚500 per season. This makes the young star the highest paid player in NL history.|
|March 11||Judge Landis has a busy day. Three players are released to the eligibility rolls; two are consigned to it; and four applications denied. The six players assigned to the ineligibility list must “charge their plight to outlaw practices while under contract with various clubs. They must disassociate themselves from organized ball for a year to regain their eligibility. The six are Bill Haeffner‚ Pittskburgh‚ Ray Demmitt‚ St. Louis Browns‚ D.J. Hickman‚ Jim Caton‚ Norman Plitt‚ George Dumont‚ all of Brooklyn‚ All are taken to task for having been connected in 1921 with a “team harboring and playing against ineligibles.” Frank Miller‚ Boston‚ and Art Fletcher‚ Phillies‚ are returned to the eligibility list. Both were on the voluntarily retired list.|
|March 30||Christy Mathewson is elected the first president of the “B” Club of Bucknell.|
|April 8||At Sportsman’s Park‚ the Cardinals wear their new uniforms (two red birds on a bat with the words “Cardinals” across the front) for the first time in an exhibition contest with the Browns. The Browns Urban Shocker tops Willie Sherdel‚ 3-2‚ the same result as their matchup a week ago.|
|April 9||With a St. Louis record crowd of 29‚000 on hand‚ the Browns top the Cardinals‚ 6-3‚ to win their city series. George Sisler‚ who will lead the AL in stolen bases‚ is thrown out at home three times.|
|April 11||In Oakland‚ the Oaks beat San Francisco‚ 7-2. The Oaks will play all their home games in Oakland for the first time. Previously‚ they were allowed only 2 or 3 games a week there; the rest were played in San Francisco.|
|April 12||There are no playing managers in the NL for the first time since 1900. Long considered an economic necessity‚ the dual role is no longer essential. It will be 1930 before the AL has a year with all bench managers.|
President Warren Harding throws out the first ball in Washington‚ and the Senators beat the Yankees 6-5. Former Yank George Mogridge starts for the Nats against Sam Jones‚ making his Yankee debut‚ as rookie manager Clyde Milan passes over Walter Johnson as starting pitcher. The Nats star has been ill most of the spring. Both Ruth and Bob Meusel are out of the Yankee lineup‚ suspended by the league for barnstorming‚ and the Babe watches the game from the presidential box. Washington outhits New York‚ 15-9‚ and comes from behind to win in the 8th.
At Cincinnati‚ the Cubs Pete Alexander stops the Reds‚ 7-3. Eppa Rixey takes the loss. Alexander will rack up 70career wins over the Reds‚ the most over one team in ML history.
Giants SS Dave Bancroft handles 2 assists and 3 putouts in a 4-3 Opening Day loss to Brooklyn. He will handle 1‚046 for the year‚ putting him even with Rabbit Maranville‘s 1914 record as the most active shortstops of any season.
In an Urban opener‚ the Browns Urban Shocker tops the White Sox Urban Faber‚ 3-2. The Sox outhit the Browns‚ 9-3.
|April 13||Dazzy Vance‚ 31‚ makes his Brooklyn debut and loses to the Giants’ Phil Douglas 4-3. In 1915 when Vance made one start for the Pirates‚ it was Douglas who beat him. Since then Vance has been in the minors. Despite his late start‚ the 6 foot 2 inch righthander will win 197 in 14 years and a place in the Hall of Fame in 1955.|
|April 15||The Giants pummel three Dodger pitchers for 11 runs in the first inning‚ winning 17-10.|
The Browns pound five White Sox pitchers for 21 hits to win‚ 14-0‚ behind Elam Vangilder. Vangilder allows just three hits. Frank Ellerbe homers for St. Louis‚ his only roundtripper of the year.
|April 17||Charleston and Charlotte (Sally League) play a 17-16 game. In the top of the 7th Charleston scores 11 runs on 3 hits‚ 5 walks‚ and 4 errors. Undaunted‚ Charlotte comes back with 10 runs in the bottom of the frame.|
|April 18||Willie Kamm makes his debut for the White Sox in a 6-5 loss at Cleveland. He hits a double and handles 2 chances afield. The first $100‚000 priced minor league player (bought from the San Francisco Seals)‚ Kamm will be voted by Chicago fans the all-time White Sox 3B.|
|April 19||At Cleveland‚ the Browns Elam Vangilder fires his 2nd straight three-hitter and homers to lead St. Louis to a 15-1 win. George Sisler and Ken Williams each steal three bases and Sisler scores 5 runs.|
|April 20||The Cubs collect just 3 hits but still beat the Reds Pete Donahue‚ 3-1|
|April 21||Detroit Tiger OF John Mohardt gets his only ML hit‚ a single against Cleveland’s Charlie Jamieson‚ an outfielder who mops up in the Indian loss. Mohardt will play just 5 games in the major leagues‚ but the former Notre Dame football star will play with Red Grange and the NFL Bears in 1925.|
Down 4-2 in the 9th‚ the White Sox tie the Browns‚ then blast two relievers for 6 runs in the 10th and win‚ 10-5.
|April 22||The Browns’ Ken Williams hits 3 HRs‚ and two singles‚ against the visiting White Sox‚ with George Sisler on base each time‚ to lead St. Louis to a 10-7 win. He’s the first AL player to hit three round trippers in a game. Given a head start on the suspended Ruth‚ he will take the HR and RBI titles and become the first 30-30 man‚ with 39 HRs and 37 SBs.|
|April 23||The Browns top the White Sox‚ 4-2‚ as Ken Williams poles a homer off Clarence Hodge.|
|April 24||The Browns trip the Tigers‚ 6-2‚ as Ken Williams again homers‚ a two-run shot off Red Oldham.|
It takes 11 innings‚ but Carl Mays and the Yankees edge the Athletics‚ 6-4. It is Mays’ 18th consecutive win against the A’s. A 2-run homer by Pipp off Harris decides the game.
Despite setting a team record (since 1911) for errors with 8‚ the Phillies are just edged out by the Giants‚ 3-2. The mark will be tied in 1941.
|April 25||In a 5-3 win over Detroit‚ Ken Williams smashes his 6th HR in 4 days‚ off Howard Ehmke‚ tying Ruth’s 1921 feat. On the 29th he’ll pole 2 more.|
Promising rookie outfielder Ralph Shinners is beaned by Phils righty George Smith in a 9-2 Giants win. When Shinners returns in a few days he is not the same hitter. An angry John McGraw accuses Smith of a deliberate beaning and Shinners and Smith will later brawl at the Polo Grounds over the beaning. McGraw will finally send the Giants rookie down on August 3rd.
|April 26||Detroit stops the Browns and Ken Williams‚ 2-0. Ray Kolp is the winning pitcher.|
|April 27||Cubs 1B Ray Grimes hits a 2-run homer in the 6th inning onto Waveland Avenue to tie the game 4-4 with Cards‚ then hits a 2-run single in the 7th. Chicago wins at home‚ 6-4.|
|April 28||In a 3-2 Browns win over Cleveland‚ Ken Williams provides the edge with a homer off Duster Mails. It is his 7th homer in 6 days.|
|April 29||The NY Giants collect 20 hits‚ including 4 inside-the-park HRs‚ in windswept Braves Field in Boston. George Kelly hits 2‚ one in the 4th and another in the 9th‚ and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft hit the others. Youngs includes the cycle in his 5 hits and scores 5 runs. Phil Douglas coasts to a 15-4 win.|
Cy Williams clouts homers #8 and #9‚ off Stan Coveleski‚ to lead the Browns to a 6-5 win over the Indians.
|April 30||Johnny Mostil‚ fleet-footed White Sox CF‚ moves over to LF for the only time in his career‚ and makes two outstanding catches to save Charlie Robertson‘s 2-0 perfect game over Detroit. Robertson is the 3rd pitcher in the 20th century to pitch a perfect game. Play is stopped twice after Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann complain that Robertson is doctoring the ball. The losing pitcher is Herman Pillette‚ whose son Duane will pitch in the AL.|
Cy Williams is homerless‚ but the Browns beat the Indians‚ 11-9‚ despite hitting into a triple play. Urban Shocker is the winner for St. Louis‚ now tied (11-5) with the Yankees for first place.
|May 1||Making his major league debut‚ Brooklyn rookie Harry “Pop” Shriver tosses a 2-0 shutout over the Phillies. Shriver is the first Brooklyn hurler to debut with a shutout‚ but he’ll end his career at just 4-6. Brooklyn first sacker Sam Post has an easy day making just one put out.|
|May 2||With 2 outs‚ Washington’s George Mogridge serves up consecutive home runs to 3 Philadelphia batters-Tilly Walker‚ Cy Perkins‚ and Bing Miller. It has been done twice before: June 30‚ 1902 and May 10‚ 1894. The A’s win‚ 11-2‚ behind Bob Hasty.|
|May 4||Still pitching‚ Iron Joe McGinnity is a 5-3 winner for Danville over Peoria.|
|May 5||The Giants evict their AL tenants as of the end of the year‚ so the Yankees sign a contract to build their own $750‚000 stadium on a site they had held an option on since 1920.|
Pitching against the Tigers‚ Browns Bill Bayne takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Detroit manager Ty Cobb then sends up 5 straight pinch hitters‚ the first of whom in the 9th breaks up the no-hitter. One of the pinch hitters Cobb inserts is Bob Fothergill‚ who bats for Cobb and strikes out‚ but becomes the only man ever to pinch hit for the Georgia Peach. The Browns win‚ 6-1.
|May 6||Cubs’ pitcher Vic Aldridge collects 5 hits and picks up the victory as visiting Chicago tops the Pirates 11-7.|
Carl Mays allows 2 hits-both to Bing Miller-and faces just 29 batters as the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 2-0. It is the submariner’s 19th straight win over Philadelphia and his 2nd in 2 weeks.
|May 7||Giants righthander Jesse Barnes walks Cy Williams in the 5th to spoil a 6-0 perfect no-hitter over the Phils. Williams is erased on a DP and Barnes faces just 27 batters in the no-hitter. Lee Meadows takes the loss.|
Pirates rookie Walter Mueller hits a HR on the first ML pitch he sees‚ and it comes from Grover Alexander. Mueller is the first to accomplish this feat. The box score credits the HR to teammate Ray Rohwer. In 4 years Mueller will hit one more HR. Alexander exits in the 2nd inning and the Pirates win‚ 11-5.
Cobb responsible for killing fan with a home run! In the 7th inning of a game in Detroit‚ Cobb connects off Chicago’s Red Faber. During the excitement after the hit‚ 65-year-old fan Alfred Kenning drops dead in the stands cheering for the Tigers’ player-manager. Despite serving up the homer‚ Faber hangs on for a 9-7 win.
|May 8||Hasty makes wasty as Cleveland hits a ML record-tying 4 triples in the 5th off the A’s Bob Hasty and roll over Philadelphia‚ 14-4. George Uhle is the winner.|
Sam Breadon buys controlling interest-72%-in the Cardinals. He and Branch Rickey‚ who owns the rest of the stock‚ will combine to create one of baseball’s most successful operations. Breadon demotes Rickey to veep‚ but allows him to remain as field manager.
|May 11||Spitballer Bill Doak faces Shufflin’ Phil Douglas at Sportsman’s Park and allows just one hit‚ a leadoff bunt by Dave Bancroft that eludes the pitcher and 1B Jack Fournier. The Cards win‚ 2-0. over the Giants.|
At Cincinnati‚ the Reds score 9 runs in the first three innings and roll to a 9-5 win over the Braves. Boston stanches any more scoring in the 6th with a triple play: Kopf-Ford-Helke-O’Neill.
At Milwaukee a judge orders Charles Comiskey to appear in court regarding an allegation by the lawyer for Happy Felsch that a fund was kep in 1917 to be used to buy games from opposing players. Felsch charges that one of the teams was Detroit.
|May 12||At Cincinnati‚ Reds’ Cliff Markle relieves in the 9th and induces a ground out on one pitch to Brooklyn’s Hy Myers. The Reds then score 2 runs to give Markle a one-pitch 7-6 win.|
|May 15||In a 4-1 win at New York‚ Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to SS Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. But official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season’s end‚ the AL official records‚ based on AP box scores‚ list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully‚ claiming it should be .399‚ based on the official scorer’s stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year‚ but Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.|
|May 17||In a 13 inning‚ 3-1 win‚ A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has no putouts or assists. A’s starter Fred Heimach and White Sox starter Red Faber go the distance. Perkins will have 2 straight games like today in September.|
|May 19||After beating the Cards yesterday‚ 7-5‚ the Brooklyn Robins lose today‚ 10-6‚ collecting 2 assists to set a ML record for fewest assists in 2 games-6. Their pitchers (Vance and Mitchell) strike out 3 batters in the 2 games while the outfield makes 14 POs in each.|
The Giants sign 16-year-old Fred Lindstrom‚ a student at Loyola Academy in Chicago.
|May 20||Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy)‚ suspended on October 16‚ 1921‚ by Judge Landis‚ are reinstated and return to the New York lineup going hitless in New York’s 8-2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns‚ down 2-0 after 7‚ score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th‚ six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones‚ taking the throw at 1B from Wally Pipp‚ apparently makes the 3rd out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly and plate ump Brick Owens instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and‚ when the action resumes 15 minutes later‚ Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3-2. Walks to Sisler and Williams force home another run‚ and Baby Doll Jacobson clears the bases with a grand slam into the RF stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits‚ including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak‚ while a cold Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.|
The Indians‚ behind Tris Speaker‘s first grand slam‚ beat the Red Sox 5-2. The reinstated Bill Piercy is the losing pitcher.
|May 22||Down 3-0 to the Browns’ Vangilder‚ Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th. The Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott’s single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel.|
|May 23||George Sisler and Frank Baker match homers as the Browns and Yankees go into the 7th tied 3-3. Ken Williams #12‚ with 2 on‚ gives St. Louis a 6-3 lead‚ and Browns add 5 more off reliever Lefty O’Doul to win‚ 11-3. Urban Shocker is the winner.|
|May 25||Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on ump George Hildebrand after being called out at 2B while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and is restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the CF clubhouse Ruth gestures to another heckler in RF. Babe gets stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beats the visiting Nationals‚ 6-4.|
In the 1st inning of game 1 against the Robins‚ Phillies pitcher Bill Hubbell is hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Griffith and fractures his skull. Hubbell will return to pitch in 35 games this year. Brooklyn sweeps a pair‚ winning 8-7 and 9-6 as Jimmy Johnston hits for the cycle.
The U.S. Supreme Court‚ in a resounding 9-0 decision‚ rule that baseball is not an interstate business. The suit had been brought by the Federal League‘s Baltimore franchise.
|May 26||In the nitecap at the Polo Grounds‚ Heinie Groh walks 5 times as New York pounds the Braves‚ 10-2.|
In Chicago‚ Sox OF Bibb Falk singles with one out in the 8th to break Urban Shocker‘s bid for a perfect game. Ray Schalk‘s double ties the game‚ and the Sox score an unearned run in the 10th to win‚ 2-1. Red Faber is the winner over the Browns Urban Shocker. The Sox win the 2nd game‚ 3-2‚ scoring the winner again on an unearned run.
|May 27||The Phillies end their 12-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn 3-2. The loss ends Brooklyn’s 8-game winning skein.|
|May 28||The Giants whip the Phils‚ 8-1‚ overcoming 4 errors by New York 2B Frankie Frisch.|
|May 29||The U.S. Supreme Court rules baseball is not interstate commerce‚ and the Baltimore Feds lose their case. The request for a rehearing will be denied.|
The Browns top Detroit‚ 9-6‚ paced by Ken Williams grand slam in the 3rd inning. Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb get into an argument with the umpires and will be suspended‚ missing tomorrow’s twinbill.
Against Philadelphia‚ the Yankees plate 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Athletics‚ 7-4. Carl Mays is the winner‚ notching his 20th straight victory over the A’s.
|May 30||Between games of the Memorial Day A.M.-P.M. doubleheader‚ the Cubs swap OF Max Flack to the Cards for OF Cliff Heathcote. Flack‚ who lives just 3 blocks from Cubs Park‚ went home for lunch between games‚ and arrived back in the Cubs clubhouse to find that he’d been traded. The players‚ who both played in the morning game‚ trade uniforms and play for their new teams in the afternoon. Heathcote is 0-for-3 as a Card‚ 2-for-4 as a Cub. Flack is hitless in the first game‚ 1-for-4 in the 2nd‚ as the Cubs win both‚ 4-1 and 3-1. George Stueland wins the opener and Vic Aldridge is the winner in the afternoon. In the nitecap‚ Cubs SS Charlie Hollocher strikes out for the first time this year‚ on a Bill Doak spitter. A .304 career hitter‚ he will whiff 5 times in 1922. In 3 years he will fan 33 times in 372 games.|
With the score at 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th inning in game 2 of a Giants-Phils twin bill at Baker Bowl‚ C Butch Henline bats with Cy Williams on 1B and Curt Walker on 3B. Henline lines an apparent 3-run HR into the LF stands‚ and Walker scores the winning run. Henline reaches 2B before heading for the CF clubhouse‚ but as Williams had not scored at that point‚ Henline is credited with just a double‚ making the final score 9-8. The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin noted that‚ “it would have been a home run if Henline had completed the circuit‚ but they were serving ice cream and frankfurters in the clubhouse and when he reached second base his feet naturally strayed through center field.”
George Burns‚ now a member of the Reds‚ steals home against the Pirates in the 3rd on the front end of a double steal with Greasy Neale‚. It is his 28th career steal of home and gives him a new NL record formerly held by Honus Wagner. The Reds win the opener‚ 9-3‚ then lose game 2‚ 7-3‚ to Johnny Morrison.
Playing without Heilmann and Cobb‚ the Tigers down the Browns‚ 6-5 in the A.M. game. The Browns Urban Shocker then allows just one run in 14 1/3 innings before he and Tobin are tossed out of the game for protesting umpire Owens ball and strike calls. Tobin’s argument gets him a week’s suspension. The Browns win‚ 2-1‚ in the 16th on catcher Pat Collins single. Hub Pruett picks up the win‚ striking out 4 of the last 5 batters.
|May 31||In his first and only ML appearance at the plate‚ Reds third string catcher Red Lutz doubles in an 11-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Lutz will retire with a 1.000 average.|
|June 2||The Browns Urban Shocker scatters 14 hits‚ while the Browns tally the same number‚ in beating Chicago‚ 12-4. Ken Williams homers in the Browns 7-run 3rd.|
|June 3||In a 5-4 win over Detroit‚ Indians 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error‚ his first in 163 games.|
|June 4||At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win 8-3. Ruth clouts a 3-run HR over the RF fence for NY.|
|June 8||Red Sox Elmer Smith hits a grand slam off the Browns Elam Vangilder as the Sox build a 7-1 lead‚ Tobin homers‚ but the 2nd place Browns fall short‚ 7-5.|
|June 9||James C. Dunn‚ who brought Cleveland its first pennant as Indians president in 1920‚ dies. He is succeeded by former newspaperman Ernest S. Barnard‚ who will later become AL president.|
At Chicago‚ the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox (as noted by Retrosheet). On a 2-out single to SS‚ Wally Schang is injured in the 6th inning when he slides into 1B‚ and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the 3rd out‚ Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th‚ De Vormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch.
|June 10||The Giants raise their WS pennant on George Burns Day; it’s the first appearance at the Polo Grounds for the popular outfielder‚ now with the Reds after 10 years in a Giants uniform. The Giants win‚ 3-2.|
In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth‘s 2-run homer in the 3rd‚ off Urban Shocker‚ ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker‚ and a double‚ single‚ two errors on the same play‚ and sac fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him‚ and fires his 1st pitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker‚ and another 6 off relievers to win‚ 14-5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball‚ sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.
|June 11||Insisting on another start‚ Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees‚ 8-4. New York scores 3 in the 7th on a walk‚ 3 hits‚ and a Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson‚ a subs adds the game’s topper in the 7th when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns’ dugout and the ball strikes owner Phil Ball on the cheek giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up 348 innings‚ 2nd in the AL.|
|June 12||The Cards get 10 straight hits in the 6th to beat the Phils 14-8‚ tying their own ML record of September 17‚ 1920. One of the hits is a smash over the short RF fence with 2 men on by SS Specs Toporcer‚ the first nonpitcher to wear glasses. But Toporcer’s first homer is negated when he passes base runner Doc Lavan. Specs is credited with a single. Roy Walker is the winner.|
Irish Meusel‘s grand slam sparks the Giants to a 9-3 victory over the Reds. The Giants open a bit of room and now lead the NL by 3 games.
Brown’s rookie Herb Pruett K’s Babe Ruth 3 times enroute to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. He allows 6 hits. Ruth will go 2-for-13 with 10 K’s against the less-than-hard throwing southpaw‚ who will finish his career with a 29-48 record. The Browns collect 9 hits including 2 homers off Bullet Joe Bush-a 2-run homer in the 1st by Williams and a solo by John Tobin-in pinning the only loss that Bush will suffer against St. Louis. Bush will get revenge on his next outing‚ running up a winning streak of 17 against the Browns.
|June 13||In the final game of the 4-game series in St. Louis‚ the Browns earn a split by pasting the Yankees‚ 13-4‚ behind Dave Danforth. George Sisler‘s base-loaded triple in the 5-run 6th is the big blow.|
|June 14||At St. Louis‚ the Browns spot the Senators’ Walter Johnson a 5-0 lead‚ then come back on Sisler’s grand slam to win‚ 7-6. Bill Bayne takes the loss while Rasty Wright is the winner.|
Despite 3 errors by SS Harvey McClellan in the 8th inning‚ the White Sox edge the A’s‚ 6-5. Red Faber beats Fred Heimach. McCellan fumbles one ball‚ makes a wild throw and fails to cover 2B on a throw for his three errors.
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants demolish the Pirates‚ 13-0‚ behind the pitching of Phil Douglas‚ and now lead the NL by 5 games. For the Buccaneers‚ it is their first shutout of the year. They’ll suffer only one more whitewash to lead the NL‚ after being shutout the most (14) last season.
|June 15||The Browns beat the Senators‚ 3-2‚ on Marty McManus‘s bounce home run.|
|June 16||In a 7-6 loss to the Cubs‚ Braves OF Fred Nicholson racks up 4 errors today to tie the ML mark set in 1902 by Albert Selbach.|
|June 17||The Yankees lose at Detroit‚ 9-8 as both teams combine for a AL record 9 triples. Detroit has six three-baggers. Huggins protests the game in the 7th when umpire Hildebrand refuses his claim for a triple on Ward’s drive that Cobb went back into the crowd to catch.|
|June 19||In the Yankees 8th straight loss‚ a 3-2 decision to the Indians‚ Babe Ruth explodes at umpire Bill Dinneen and gets tossed. He’ll receive a two-day suspension‚ his 4th suspension of the year‚ when he continues to complain tomorrow about the umpire. Again‚ it was a call at 2B that sets the Bambino off‚ although he was in the field this time.|
|June 21||The Robins pound out 25 hits to Pittsburgh’s 19 as Brooklyn wins 15-14.|
|June 24||In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway‚ Boston’s Ev Scott plays in his 900th straight game. The 2nd place Yankees have now lost 12 of their last 14 games.|
|June 27||In the White Sox 9-5 win‚ catcher Ray Schalk hits for the cycle against the Tigers. He’s just the 2nd ML catcher to cycle.|
Despite a grand slam by the Cubs Kettle Wirtz‚ the Pirates sweep a pair winning‚ 6-1 and 7-6.
|June 28||Walter Johnson wins another 1-0 battle‚ this one over the Yankees‚ for his 3rd straight shutout and 97th in all. Johnson strikes out 9. Waite Hoyt losses a tough one‚ allowing just 2 hits in the first 8 innings. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.|
Christy Mathewson‚ in a Saranac sanitarium for treatment of tuberculosis‚ throws out the first pitch for a game at Saranac Lake‚ NY.
|June 29||In an 8-5 Cardinals win over host Pittsburgh‚ Rogers Hornsby connects for a home run between the RF bleachers and the scoreboard. He is the first slugger to put one out there at Forbes Field.|
|June 30||Brooklyn and Boston play 9 innings in one hour: 12 minutes‚ with Boston winning 3-2. Neither pitcher‚ Leon Cadore or Dana Fillingim‚ record a strikeout or walk a man‚ and neither catcher‚ DeBerry and Gowdy have a putout or assist‚ though each have passed balls.|
|July 2||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.|
|July 3||Bob Meusel hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career to pace the Yankees to a 12-1 whipping of the Athletics. Meusel and Ruth go back-to-back in the 7th as Carl Mays cruises to his 22nd straight win over the Athletics. As noted by historian Ted Farmer‚ all of the wins have been complete games.|
|July 5||The Cards’ Rogers Hornsby hits his 20th HR‚ tying Ken Williams of the AL for HR leadership.‚ and the Cards whip the Reds‚ 12-4.|
The first game ever played in Hungary takes place in Budapest.
|July 6||Red Sox woner Harry Frazee cancels today’s doubleheader with the Browns for no apparenbt reason. Browns VP Walter Fritsch‚ traveling with the team‚ is furious and as quoted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch accuses Frazee of doing this so that the Browns will have to play three doubleheaders in 3 days and thus aid the Yankees‚ a team the Browns play on July 11. The rules will be changed at the winter meetings to put the decision to cancel games in the hands of the umprires rather than the owners.|
|July 7||Pirates OF Max Carey is the busiest man on the field in an 18-inning 9-8 loss to the Giants. He gets 6 hits‚ draws 3 walks‚ has 3 SBs‚ including one of home‚ and catches 7 flies. His 51 stolen bases in 53 attempts is the highest success rate ever achieved by a SB leader‚ remarkable in a season where the league average success rate on steals is 54%. His record of 31 straight steals without being caught will be broken by Davey Lopes‘ 38 in 1975. Johnny Gooch also has 6 hits in the losing effort.|
Commissioner Landis bars ML teams from playing in Montreal.
|July 8||Reds righthander Pete Donohue beats the Phils 7-1. A 3-time 20-game winner in 9 years with the Reds‚ Donohue will beat the Phils 20 straight times.|
|July 11||In the first of 4 games at Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the first-place Browns‚ 2-1‚ as the Browns hand New York two “home runs.” Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the LF stands for a home run. In the 6th Tobin makes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the RF foul line allowing Babe to take second. Babe continues to 3B and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.|
|July 12||Hub Pruett fans Babe Ruth 3 times as the Browsn top New York‚ 7-4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14th to stay a half game back.|
|July 13||Cardinal P Bill Doak misses a no-hitter when he neglects to cover 1B on an infield single by Phillie OF Curt Walker in the 7th. Jack Fournier‚ playing 1B‚ fields the ball but Doak fails to cover the bag. Doak still wins the game 1-0. This is the 2nd time Doak has lost a no-hitter by failing to cover 1B‚ and his 2nd one hitter this year. Rookie John Singleton is the loser.|
At Chicago‚ Heinie Groh of the Giants gets a three-run homer when the ball rolls under the fence. But the Cubs win 5-4‚ in 12 innings.
|July 16||George Sisler drives in the first run with a sac fly against Walter Johnson and the Browns top the Senators‚ 2-0.|
|July 17||At Boston‚ Ty Cobb gets 5 hits (and a walk) in a game for the 4th time this year‚ setting an AL mark. His previous 5-hit contests were on May 7th‚ July 7th‚ and July 12th. Only Willie Keeler has done it before. The Tigers roar‚ 16-7. overcoming a 5-0 deficit after one inning.|
|July 18||Ray Grimes celebrates his return to the Cubs lineup with a HR‚ double‚ and 2 singles as Chicago thrashes the Phils 6-3. Grimes‚ who missed 10 days with an injury‚ has now driven in runs in 12 consecutive games.|
|July 20||At Sportsman’s Park‚ Rogers Hornsby belts a 2-out 9th inning HR with two men on the give the Cards a 7-6 win over Boston. It is the Rajah’s 25th HR of the year‚ breaking Gavvy Cravath’s NL home run mark (post-1900). In two weeks‚ Hornsby will break the record of 27 homers set in 1884 by Chicago’s Ned Williamson.|
|July 21||The Cubs edge Brooklyn 1-0 as Grover Cleveland Alexander wins the duel with Dutch Ruether in just 73 minutes. Ray Grimes‚ who drove in 3 runs yesterday‚ doubles in the only Cub tally. Grimes now has RBIs in 15 straight games.|
|July 22||The Cards go into first place by 1/2 games by beating Boston while the Reds are downing the Giants‚ it is the first time both St. Louis teams are ever on top together. St. Louis overcomes an 8-3 deficit in the 8th‚ to win‚ 9-8. The game was halted to clear hundred of straw hats off the field. For the Cards‚ it is their 23rd win in 29 games‚ but from here on out they will slide.|
|July 23||When umpires Brick Owens and Tom Connolly miss a train‚ the Detroit and St. Louis trainers‚ Bits Bierhalter and Howley‚ are pressed into service.|
The Yankees start planning for the Series when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland WS hero Elmer Smith from Boston‚ giving up OF Elmer Miller‚ SS Chick Fewster‚ SS John Mitchell‚ and‚ later‚ P Lefty O’Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to a rule barring nonwaiver trades after June 15th.
Edd Roush ends his holdout and signs with the Reds.
Cubs 1B Ray Grimes homers in Chicago’s 4-1 win over the Dodgers‚ giving him at least one RBI per game for 17 in a row‚ a ML record. He’ll fail to drive in a run on the 25th against Boston. Grimes will hit .354 and drive in 99 runs for the year.
|July 24||In the midst of a pennant fight with the Browns‚ the Yankees obtain Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith from the Red Sox for OF Chuck Fewster‚ SS John Mitchell‚ and OF Elmer Miller. This latest Sox-Yanks deal engenders such outrage in St. Louis that Commissioner Landis recommends passage of the rule that no deals‚ except waiver transactions‚ can be made after June 15.|
|July 26||In several pregame fights between Yankees teammates‚ Bob Meusel and Wally Schang duke it out in the dugout. Then Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp take a turn. The players then turn on the Browns‚ beating them 11-6. Ruth bangs two homers‚ Pipp adds another‚ and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.|
|July 27||Vangilder gives up a HR to Pipp in the 4th but leads‚ 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns starter and Kolp for 4 runs before the Browns tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth comes on Fred Hofman on a pitch “that sailed a foot.” When Brick Owens exams the ball‚ he rules it was doctored‚ earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Reliever Wayne Wright comes on and serves up a game-winning HR to Wally Schang. Yanks win‚ 6-5.|
|July 28||The AL announces plans to erect a $100‚000 monument to baseball in East Potomac Park‚ Washington. It never gets built.|
The Yanks move back into first when Sad Sam Jones beats Ray Kolp‚ 7-3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 and allows 2 runs. Ken Williams hits his 23rd but Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run HR.
|July 29||At the Polo Grounds‚ the under-performing Pirates crack 5 homers and trounce the league-leading Giants‚ 8-3. Max Carey hits two and starter Wilbur Cooper another.|
The Browns host the Red Sox and beat them‚ 4-1‚ behind Urban Shocker. However‚ both George Sisler and C Hank Sevreid are injured‚ the latter with a split finger on a foul tip. Sisler is spiked in the 4th.
|July 30||The Pirates again top the Giants‚ 7-0‚ as Max Carey bangs another two home runs. The Pirates will win 2 more to sweep the four-game series with the Giants.|
The Giants send pitchers Fred Toney and Larry Benton to the Braves with $100‚000 and bring back righthander Hugh McMillan. Toney refuses to report and stays in New York. When Benton develops into a consistent pitcher‚ the Giants will buy him back. The Giants also sell P Rube Benton to the Reds‚ though he will not play for Cincinnati until 1923. Benton is under suspension for activities related to gambling. Rube t estified about the 1919 World Series‚ and said that Buck Herzog and Hal Chase offered him money to throw a game between the Giants and Cubs during the 1919 season. He said a bartender would back up his story‚ theough the bartender could not be located. Benton also sadi that he had won money on the Reds after being tipped off by Chase. Benton missed last season as well.
The Browns move to a 1 1/2 game lead‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 4-1‚ as the White Sox beat New York. Ken Williams hits #26‚ one of 3 Brownie bombs.
|August 3||The first place Browns beat the visiting A’s‚ 9-5 behind Wright. Bill Jacobson homers twice to drive in 5 runs and Pat Collins adds a 3-run homer. 3B Herm Bronkie contributes 3 errors for St. Louis‚ and Jimmy Austin will take over the hot corner tomorrow.|
|August 4||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.|
|August 5||Tommy McCarthy‚ a top OF in the 1890s‚ dies at 58. He will enter the Hall of Fame in 1946. On the 14th‚ an all-star team will beat the Red Sox in a benefit game that raises more than $5‚000 for his family.|
Pittsburgh roughs up Boston starter Rube Marquard and beats the last place Braves 9-3. Johnny Morrison is the winner as all 9 Pirates in the lineup have a hit.
The Brooklyn Dodgers sweep a pair from the visting Reds‚ as Dazzy Vance beats Dolf Luque in the opener‚ 5-0. In the nitecap‚ pitcher Leon Cadore hits a game ending homer in the 10th to win‚ 3-2.
|August 6||In St. Louis‚ Walter Johnson gives up the first grand slam of his career‚ a 3rd inning shot by Jack Tobin‚ as the Browns top the Senators‚ 8-4. George Sisler is 2-for-2 against the Big Train‚ as Urban Shocker picks up the victory.|
|August 7||Ken Williams hits 2 HRs (#29 and #30) in the 6th inning‚ off starter George Mogridge and reliever Eric Erickson‚ as the Browns score 9 times against Washington in a 16-1 win. Williams is the first to do so since Bobby Lowe in 1894. Both homers follow doubles by Baby Doll Jacobson‚ also tying a ML record‚ as the Browns establish a ML record (since 1893) of 7 extra base hits in the frame. Jacobson also gets called out in the 1st inning for batting out of turn.|
A NL record ten Pirates collect 2 or more hits as the Pirates tally 22 hits to pound the 7th-place Phillies‚ 17-10. The Phils knock out the Bucs ace Cooper‚ scoring 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings‚ but the Pirates score 8 in the 4th to take the lead. Three Pirate pitchers are 5-for-5 at the plate‚ including Whitey Glazner‘s home run‚ and the only Buc batter to not contribute two safeties is cleanup hitter Clyde Barnhart.
|August 8||Pittsburgh makes a ML record 46 hits in a doubleheader against Philadelphia. Pittsburgh sweeps‚ winning 19-8 and 7-3. With their 27 hits in game one‚ and 22 the day before‚ a two-game ML record (49) is set. In today’s double pounding‚ the hitting stars are Reb Russell and Cotton Tierney‚ each of whom collect 8 hits and each scores 5 runs in game 1.|
The Red Sox collect 21 hits against Cleveland in a 15-6 win at Fenway. Cleveland manager Tris Speaker retaliates by hitting two homers over the RF wall.
Tom Zachary and the Senators beat the Browns Dixie Davis‚ 3-1‚ cutting the St. Louis lead in the AL to a game.
The Giants Shufflin’ Phil Douglas is suspended and fined $100 by John McGraw. (Douglas‚ an alcoholic‚ and McGraw did not enjoy the best of relationships after McGraw forced Douglas to undergo a terrible treatment for alcoholism.) Douglas writes a letter to St. Louis Cardinals OF Les Mann‚ his former roommate at Chicago‚ offering to disappear if they make it worth his while‚ lest he help McGraw win the pennant. Mann turns the letter over to Branch Rickey‚ who relays it to Commissioner Landis. In Pittsburgh on the August 16‚ Douglas admits he wrote the letter‚ and Landis bars him from baseball for life. Sadly‚ when Douglas sobered up he asked Mann to destroy the letter‚ but Mann had already passed it on. Douglas was 11-4 at the time‚ with the lowest ERA on the club (2.63).
|August 9||With the score even at 6 apiece‚ the Browns score 2 in the 7th off reliever Walter Johnson to beat the Senators‚ 8-6. The Browns finish an 11-5 home stand.|
|August 10||The Pirates continue their hot hitting‚ crushing the Phils 14-4 on 16 hits. Today’s hitting stars are LF Carson Bigbee with 5 hits‚ and starter Hal Carlson‚ who lofts his first ML homer. The remarkable team effort results in the 5th game in a row in which every Pirate in the lineup collects a hit. The Bucs have now won 11 straight and their team average is .309. The Bucs will win 2 more to run their streaks to 13 games-good enough for 3rd place behind the Giants. In tomorrow’s game‚ only SS Jim Tierney will fail to collect a hit.|
|August 12||The Wichita Falls Spudders (Texas League)‚ winners of 24 games in a row‚ face a tough opponent in grandfathered Dallas spitballer Snipe Conley. Halfway through the game‚ Conley complains of a burning sensation on his lips and mouth‚ limiting his ability to throw his specialty. The Spudders eventually win‚ 4-3‚ but when the ball is examined later its revealed that a creosote compound was rubbed into the seams‚ Dallas protests the game. League prexy J. Doak Roberts upholds the protest‚ ending the Spudders streak at 24‚ 3 short of the record.|
|August 13||The New York Yankees Everett Scott nears 1‚000 consecutive games played‚ but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is wrecked. Washington wins‚ 3-2.|
Led by SS Charles Hollocher’s 3 triples the Cubs cook the Cardinals‚ 16-5. Hollocher is in the middle of his best season‚ and will hit .340 while leading the loop in fielding for the 2nd straight year.
|August 14||Lizzie Murphy of the Providence all-stars‚ plays 1B for an AL all-star team in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox‚ making her the first female to play for a ML team. Other all-stars are Chick Shorten‚ Tillie Walker‚ Frank Bruggy‚ Bootnose Hoffman‚ Jim Bagby‚ Nick Altrock‚ and Donnie Bush. The all-stars win 3-2 when Doc Johnson triples home Pep Young in the 10th. The proceeds benefit the family of former Sox player and manager Tommy McCarthy. The future Hall of Famer passed away August 5.|
|August 15||In a game between Chicago and Boston‚ 35 singles are hit-21 by the White Sox‚ 14 by the Red Sox-an AL record. Chicago wins the hit parade‚ 19-11.|
|August 16||The Browns beat Walter Johnson and the Senators again‚ 11-2. Brownie star George Sisler is 1-for-5 with a run scored.|
In Pittsburgh‚ trailing 7-6 the Pirates load the bases with two outs before Walter Schmidt drives a ball to deep left center. Giants LF Casey Stengel makes a dramatic catch on the dead run to preserve the New York win.
|August 18||Irish Meusel is the whole offense for the first-place Giants as he drives in all 7 runs in 7-3 victory over the Reds. Irish has 5 hits‚ including 2 doubles‚ 2 singles‚ and a HR.|
|August 19||In Philadelphia‚ the Browns and A’s split a pair‚ with St. Louis taking the opener‚ 9-5. Urban Shocker is backed by Ken Williams 31st HR. He hits his 32nd in the nitecap‚ but the A’s win‚ 6-5‚ when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run HR in the 8th off Rasty Wright. The split allows the Yankees‚ winner over Chicago‚ to move back into first place.|
|August 21||With homers by Welch and Perkins in the 1st inning‚ the A’s jump to a 5-0 lead over the Browns‚ and hold on for a 7-6 win. George Sisler has a pair of hits to stay in the batting lead and Ken Williams runs his consecutive batting streak to 25 games. The idle Yankees lead by a full game.|
In Boston‚ the Tigers score 10 runs in the 6th inning to blast the Red Sox‚ 16-3. Emory Rigney reaches base twice in the frame on errors‚ the first player to do that. Veach is 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored.
|August 22||At the Polo Grounds‚ Indians P George Uhle singles in the 6th inning and the Yankees (as noted by Retrosheet) allow a courtesy pinch runner Les Nunnamaker while Uhle gets his shoe repaired. Uhle returns to mound to finish the game‚ winning‚ 6-2. The loss drop New York to 2nd place behind St. Louis.|
At Boston‚ the Browns beat the Red Sox behind reliever Vangilder‚ who takes over for Wright in the 4th inning with 2 on and a 4-1 lead. Williams and Sisler each have 2 stolen bases.
The Tigers claw the A’s winning‚ 6-4 and 17-3. Lu Blue scores 5 runs in the second game.
|August 24||The Browns collect 20 hits and score 9 runs in the first 2 innings to stun the Red Sox‚ 13-2. Ken Williams extends his hitting streak to 28 games‚ but will be stopped here.|
|August 25||You can’t blame it on the wind as one of the most poorly pitched ML games ever played takes place in Chicago. The Cubs edge the Phils 26-23 in a game that features 51 hits‚ 23 walks‚ and 10 errors. The Phils have the bases loaded in the 9th when the game ends‚ making a total of 16 left on base; the Cubs leave 9. When the Cubs score 14 runs in the 4th to take a 25-6 lead‚ OF Marty Callaghan bats 3 times (a since tied record)‚ getting 2 hits and striking out. Modern ML records are set or tied for total runs (49‚ by two teams) and hits‚ most players scoring runs (Phils‚ 13)‚ and most players scoring 2+ runs (Cubs‚ 9)‚ most plate appearances (66‚ by the Phils). The 14-run inning ties the Yankees’ mark of July 6‚ 1920; The Phils add a run in the 4th to make the two-team total of 15 a record for the inning‚ as is the 2nd inning total of 13-ten from the Cubs side and 3 from the Phils. Cliff Heathcote of the Cubs sets a modern NL record by reaching base 7 times in the 9-inning game. Hack Miller helps run up the Chicago total with 3-run homers in the 2nd and 4th innings. His first blast is just the 2nd homer to reach the centerfield scoreboard‚ located at ground level in Cubs Park: Hornsby hit the first last year. A team-record 13 players score runs for the Phils. Tony Kaufmann is the winner over Jimmy Ring in the game that lasts a surprisingly short 3:01.|
In the first of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds‚ the Browns beat the Yankees‚ 3-1‚ behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser‚ but stops Ken Williams hit streak at 28 consecutive games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game 2‚ the Yankee jump to a 2-0 lead on Ruth’s 2-run triple‚ then extend it to 6-1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6-5‚ but that is it.
|August 26||The Yankees take over first place by beating the Browns‚ 9-2‚ behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.|
|August 27||The Yankees increase their lead by beating the Browns‚ 2-1‚ in 11 innings on Meusel’s sac fly. Hank Severeid’s HR is the only score for the Browns. An apparent 2 run double off the LF wall by Eddie Foster in the 10th is ruled foul by Moriarty. The Yanks take the series‚ 3-1.|
|August 29||In Washington‚ Wally Pipp in the 3rd and Babe Ruth in the 4th‚ hit solo HRs off Walter Johnson as New York wins‚ 3-1. Sam Jones is the winner.|
|August 30||After hitting HR No. 28 in the first inning‚ Babe Ruth argues too strongly over a called strike on his next AB‚ and he is thrown out of the game by Tommy Connolly. He’ll be suspended for the 5th time of the year‚ and is out for 3 days. New York wins today’s battle with Wahsington‚ 5-4, overcoming a pair of homeruns by Frank Brower.|
|September 2||Behind Alex Ferguson and Bill Piercy‚ the Red Sox twice shutout the Senators‚ winning 3-0 and 1-0.|
Carl Mays wins his AL record 23rd straight game over the Athletics‚ although the Mackman knock him out of the box for the first time in his win streak. He leaves with one out in the 6th and the Yankees winning‚ 7-2. New York prevails‚ 11-6‚ in game 1‚ but the A’s win the nitecap‚ 4-0‚ behind Hasty.
At Detroit‚ the Browns win their 2nd in a row over the Tigers‚ 5-4. Hub Pruett allows 3 hits in 4 innings to win in relief. George Sisler hits in his 30th consecutive game.
|September 3||The Giants pull off a 2nd inning triple play against the Phils. With runners on 1B and 2B Jimmy Smith pops up and the infield fly rule is called. Although Smith is called out‚ Frisch fails to catch the ball‚ and the runners take off. Giants right fielder Ross Youngs picks the ball up and the relay catches runner Cliff Lee at 3B for out #2. 3B Heinie Groh‘s throw and relay catch Sam Leslie at 1B for the 3rd out. The Giants then break a 7-7 tie in the 9th when Frankie Frisch scores from 2B on a muffed 6-3 play that Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring bobbles.|
|September 4||At the start of the day‚ both New York teams are on top‚ and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today‚ the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees‚ 4-3 and 6-5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR‚ in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock‚ who also gave up Ruth’s first Yankee homer‚ also at the Polo Grounds.|
At home‚ the Browns win decisively‚ beating the Indians‚ 10-3 and 13-2. Urban Shocker wins his 23rd in the morning and Ken Williams hits his 33rd. Sisler is 4-for-4 in the opener and 3-for-5 in game 2 to run his hit streak to 34 straight games. Vangilder is the winner in the nitecap.
|September 5||The Browns take over 1st place by beating the Indians‚ 10-9 as Urban Shocker wins his 23rd‚ in relief. He’ll win no more. Ken Williams hits his 34th‚ a grand slam.|
|September 6||In a 6-4 win over visiting Brooklyn‚ Phils 2B Frank Parkinson makes 11 assists for the 3rd consecutive game.|
|September 8||The Yankees go back on top‚ this time to stay‚ beating the Senators‚ 8-1‚ behind Carl Mays. while the Browns lose to Detroit‚ 8-3. New York’s win is triggered by Wally Pipp‘s 6th inning 3-run homer of Walter Johnson‚ the 2nd homer Wally has dinged off the Senator’s ace in 9 days.|
Detroit beats the Browns‚ 8-3‚ on Bobby Veach‘s 2 homers off Urban Shocker. First baseman Lu Blue pulls off two unassisted DPs‚ tying the AL record‚ and both are off line drives by Johnny Tobin.
|September 9||Danville’s Otto Pahlman (III League) has his 50-game hitting streak stopped. Now in 2nd place‚ he’ll end the century with the 4th longest streak ever in the minors.|
Baby Doll Jacobson collects 3 triples to lead the Browns to a 16-0 whitewash of the Tigers. The victory‚ the most lopsided in Browns’ history‚ goes to pitcher Elam Vangilder. St. Louis totals 20 hits with Ken Williams hitting a homer in his 5th straight game‚ his 37th of the year. Sisler has 3 hits to keep his hit streak alive‚ as the Browns keep pace with New York‚ winners in 10 innings against Washington.
|September 10||The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40‚000 overflow the stadium with another 25‚000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A’s 10-3 in the opener‚ and Waite Hoyt edges the A’s in the second 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the park to 56‚000 capacity‚ but this is the last regular season AL game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road‚ and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.|
Beals Becker of Kansas City (AA) is 8-for-8 in a doubleheader against Minneapolis.
|September 11||The Browns‚ down 4-3 to the Tigers in the 9th‚ but a walk and a George Sisler triple ties the game. Marty McManus lines a single to win it 5-4 for reliever Hub Pruett. Sisler falls on his shoulder in the 7th stretching for a ball but stays in the game.|
|September 13||The Browns announce that George Sisler has severely strained ligaments and cannot lift his right arm over his head. He might be out for the remainder of the season‚ jeopardizing the Browns’ pennant chances and Sisler’s 39-game hitting streak. Ironically‚ the injury occurred when Sisler tried to catch a throw on a hit by Ty Cobb‚ whose streak he is trying to break. Without Sisler‚ the 2nd place Browns rally to beat the Tigers‚ 8-6. Jacobson‚ playing 1B‚ makes 2 errors.|
The Yankees split a pair with the host White Sox‚ losing 7-3 before winning 6-3. Ev Scott barely keeps his consecutive games played streak alive when he is delayed because of a train wreck. Scott hires a car and arrives at the ball park in the 7th inning of game 1.
Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the visiting Braves‚ winning 8-1 and 6-1. Wilbur Cooper and Johnny Morrison are the winners. Joe Genewich makes his ML debut in relief for the Braves. Genewich jumped from the sandlots‚ where he was making $5 a game pitching‚ directly to the Braves‚ bypassing the minors.
The powerful Baltimore Orioles win their 4th straight International League pennant‚ sweeping a doubleheader from Newark‚ 6-3 and 15-10. Jack Bentley has 3 Hrs. The O’s are paced by Lefty Grove (18-8)‚ in his 3rd of 5 seasons (108-36) in Baltimore.
|September 15||C Butch Henline is the first NL player to hit 3 homers in a game since 1897‚ as the Phils beat the Cards 10-9. Henline hit no homers last year. His 3rd HR ties the game in the 9th inning and Cliff Lee then hits the game-winning HR. Lee ends the year with 17 homers-all at Baker Bowl. Only Gavvy Cravath‚ in 1914‚ and Mel Ott will have more homers in a season this century coming all at home.|
The Browns pull to within a half game of the Yankees-losers to the White Sox-by rallying to beat the Red Sox‚ 7-1. Vangilder scatters five hits to win. St. Louis trailed 1-0 after 6 1/2 innings before coming back.
|September 16||Pennant fever rages in St. Louis‚ as the Yankees come to town with a half-game lead. Bob Shawkey outpitches Urban Shocker 2-1‚ as Sisler ties Cobb’s 1911 record by hitting in his 40th straight game. While chasing a ?y ball in the 9th‚ New York OF Whitey Witt is hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. Ban Johnson will initially offer a $1‚000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then‚ to calm the crowds‚ the AL offers the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident leads to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.|
|September 17||Browns southpaw Hub Pruett‚ who has fanned Ruth 9 of 10 times over the season‚ is reached for a HR by the Bambino‚ but he still beats the Yankees‚ 5-1. Whitey Witt receives an ovation but the partisan crowd is CF is quick to wave white hankies in the 8th inning for Yanks PH McMillan. Police make them stop. George Sisler has a single to extend his streak to 41 games.|
A’s catcher Ralph Perkins has his 2nd consecutive game with no putouts or assists‚ a ML record. Today‚ he catches Bob Hasty in a 4-2 loss to Cleveland’s Dan Boone. Yesterday‚ he caught Eddie Rommel in a 6-1 win over Cleveland. Perkins also had no POs or assists in a 13-inning game on May 17.
|September 18||Whitey Witt‚ his head bandaged from being hit by a bottle‚ drives in 2 in the 9th for a 3-2 New York win‚ and they leave St. Louis 11?2 in front. They will finish one game on top‚ clinching the pennant on the 30th with a 3-1 win in Boston. Sisler’s 41-game hit streak is stopped by New York’s Joe Bush‚ the same pitcher he had started the streak against on July 27th.|
|September 19||Against the Senators Walter Johnson‚ Ken Williams hit his 39th HR of the year in the 4th‚ and Pat Collins‚ subbing for Sisler at 1B‚ adds another solo HR in the 7th to give the Browns a 2-1 lead. But the Senators rally to win‚ 4-3‚ with Walter Johnson earning the win over Elam Vangilder. Sisler pinch hits and strikes out. Washington will win again tomorrow‚ 5-0.|
|September 20||Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes stops the Cardinals on 3 scratch hits to win the opener‚ 6-1‚ of twinbill against St. Louis. Grimes also snaps Rogers Hornsby‘s hit streak at 33 games‚ which still stands as a Cardinal record. Hornsby recovers his stroke in the nightcap and hits 2 HRs as the Cards outslug the Robins‚ 13-7.|
|September 21||The AL reinstates the MVP award‚ last given in 1914‚ appointing a committee of one writer from each city‚ headed by I. E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune. As a player-manager‚ Ty Cobb is not eligible‚ and the trophy goes to George Sisler. The NL will pick up the idea 2 years later.|
|September 23||Rogers Hornsby belts his 40th homer‚ a solo shot in the 6th at the Polo Grounds‚ but the Giants hang on to win‚ 7-5. Ross Youngs saves a homer in the 9th when he leaps to snag Jack Smith’s drive. Jack Scott hits 4-for-4 and pitches all the way for the win to keep the Giants six games in front of Pittsburgh.|
Brooklyn makes the fading Pirates walk the plank‚ beating Pittsburgh 9-5 and 5-1.
|September 24||Rogers Hornsby hits his 41st and 42nd HRs of the year‚ connecting off brothers Jesse and Virgil Barnes of the Giants. Rosy Ryan‚ in relief of Hugh McQuillan‚ picks up the 10-6 Cards win.|
|September 25||The Giants beat St. Louis‚ 5-4 in 10 innings‚ to clinch John McGraw‘s 8th pennant and the Giants’ 10th in 41 years in the NL.|
|September 27||In the Giants‚ 3-2 win over the Phils‚ rookie Travis Jackson debuts‚ going 0-for-2. Jackson will play 15 years for the Giants‚ eventually going to the Hall of Fame.|
|September 30||The Yankees clinch their 2nd pennant by beating Boston 3-1 behind Waite Hoyt and Joe Bush. The last-place Sox finish the year 33 games behind the Yankees‚ but have a winning margin (13-9) for the year against New York. They lost the season series to every other team.|
In the 2nd of two at Cubs Park‚ the Cards whip the Cubs‚ 5-3‚ in a game stopped after 5 innings. The big blow for the Birds is a 3-run homer in the 1st inning by journeyman infielder Del Gainer off Cubs lefty Percy Jones. When Jones is lifted‚ so is Gainer‚ who closes out his career with the home run. The Cards also take the opener‚ 9-8.
|October 1||In the Cards 7-1 win at Chicago‚ Rogers Hornsby‘s 3-for-5 on the last day puts him at .401‚ the first .400-hitter in the NL since Ed Delahanty in 1899. His NL-record 250 hits top Willie Keeler‘s 243 in 1897. Hornsby wins the Triple Crown with 152 RBIs and 42 HRs. His 102 extra-base hits will be the NL’s tops until Chuck Klein‘s 107 in 1930.|
In the 2nd of two games in Boston‚ Giants OF Hy Higbee clouts a 6th inning 2-run homer off Al Yeargin to pace New York to a 3-0 win. It is Higbee’s 3rd game as a Giant and his HR comes in his last ML at bat. Art Nehf is the winner. Boston’s Tim McNamara wins the opener by the identical 3-0 score.
|October 4||For the first time‚ the entire WS will be broadcast over the radio. Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing for station WJZ‚ Newark; it is relayed to WGY in Schenectady.|
For the first time since 1908‚ two repeaters meet in the WS. The Yankees get there with an all righthanded starting pitching staff; the Giants on a .305 BA. In a return to the 7-game format‚ the Giants will win 4 games while scoring in only 5 innings. The Yankees’ Joe Bush (26-7) leads Art Nehf (19-13) 2-0 when Irish Meusel‘s 2-run single and Pep Young‘s sacrifice ?y score 3 runs in the 8th for a 3-2 win in game 1. Rosy Ryan (17-12) gets the win in relief.
|October 5||Bob Shawkey (20-12) goes the route‚ with the Giants scoring 3 in the first and the Yanks getting single tallies in the first‚ 4th‚ and 8th. A near-riot erupts among the 36‚514 fans when umpire George Hildebrand‚ acting on umpire Bill Klem‘s advice‚ calls the game‚ a 3-3 tie‚ due to darkness after 10 innings. The fans think there’s light enough to continue. It takes a police escort to get Judge Landis out of the park and away from the unruly mob. That night he bends over backwards to negate the public’s opinion that the game might have been called to provide an extra day’s gate by donating the $120‚554 receipts to charities. Half will go to New York charities‚ and half to disabled soldiers.|
|October 6||The Giants Jack Scott (8-2 with the Giants) fires a 4-hitter as a surprise starter in game 3‚ after Hugh McQuillan (6-5 with NY) warms up to face Waite Hoyt (19-12). Scott gets the Yanks to hit 18 grounders. Frank Frisch’s 2 RBIs are more than enough in the 3-0 win. With 2 hits in each game so far‚ Frisch will bat .471. Heinie Groh‚ hitting safely in every game‚ will be at .474.|
|October 7||Judge Landis insists game 4 be played despite a heavy rain. Again one big inning-a 4-run fourth off Carl Mays (13-4)-is enough for McQuillan to squeeze out a 4-3 win. Aaron Ward‘s 2nd HR of the Series is all the long-ball clout the Yankees will display. Mays’s brief collapse today‚ coupled with his two losses in the 1921 series‚ leads to rumors that he took money to throw the games. The accusations will persist for decades.|
|October 8||The Yanks score first‚ but the Giants score 2 in the 3rd and 3 in the 8th to win the finale 5-3‚ as Art Nehf hands Joe Bush his 2nd loss.|
|October 18||The Tigers trade pitchers Carl Holling and Howard Ehmke‚ along with infielder Danny Clark‚ outfielder Babe Herman‚ and $25‚000 to Boston for 2B Del Pratt and P Rip Collins. Pratt has 2 more .300 seasons left; Collins and Ehmke provide long-term benefits to their clubs. Herman‚ 19‚ won’t make it to the big leagues until 1926‚ and then it will be with Brooklyn.|
|October 30||The Giants pay $65‚000 and 3 players to Baltimore for Jack Bentley‚ “another Babe Ruth.” Bentley hit .349 and was 13-1 as a pitcher in 1922 (41-5 since 1920). The 3 players are to be delivered by March 20‚ 1923‚ and if not satisfactory to Baltimore‚ the Giants will pay $2‚500 per man instead.|
|November 1||Former A’s C Ira Thomas buys the Shreveport club in the Texas League for $75‚000. Other former players who own pieces of minor league clubs include Ty Cobb (Augusta)‚ Eddie Collins (Baltimore)‚ and George Stallings (Rochester).|
|November 5||Jim Bagby is waived by the Indians to Pittsburgh. Bagby won 31 games in 1920.|
|November 6||Morgan G. Bulkeley‚ first president of the NL and later governor of Connecticut and U.S. senator‚ dies. As president of the Hartford club‚ he presided over the NL’s first meeting and headed the league for one year|
|November 7||The Phils fire manager Kaiser Wilhelm. Veteran SS Art Fletcher succeeds him.|
|November 15||Former Providence OF Paul Hines is arrested on charges of pick pocketing. The 69-year-old Hines made a famous play in a game on May 8‚ 1878-the disputed first unassisted triple play.|
|November 27||Cardinals OF Austin McHenry‚ 27‚ dies from a brain tumor. After hitting .350 with 17 HRs in 1921‚ he became ill during the 1922 season and was hitting .303 when forced to quit.|
|December 5||Connie Mack spends money to begin building another winner. He sends $40‚000 and several players to Portland (Pacific Coast League) for 3B Sammy Hale.|
|December 12||Jake Ruppert agrees to buy out his partner Colonel Huston and gains full control of the Yankees.|
|December 13||The Phils buy IF Heinie Sand from Salt Lake City (PCL) for 4 players and cash. A competent SS‚ Sand will be the object of an alleged bribery scheme that causes another scandal.|
Alarmed at the increase in HR hitting (1‚054 in the major leagues‚ up from 936)‚ some AL owners back a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a HR. The motion dies. In another action‚ the league requires each club to furnish 2 home uniforms per player‚ plus extra caps and stockings on the road‚ to improve the players’ appearance. In NL meetings‚ Charlie Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps. It’s left to each club to do as it wishes.
|December 14||In a joint meeting‚ the ban on nonwaiver trades after June 15th is approved. The NL favors a 50-player limit until June 15th‚ the AL votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of WS umpires is changed from a percentage of the players’ pool to a flat $2‚000.|
Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer’s decision in the Ty Cobb case‚ the national baseball writers’ group meets and votes to back the New York group’s protest. Fred Lieb‚ who had filled in the AP box score giving Cobb the disputed hit‚ asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers‚ who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.
|December 16||The Eastern Colored League (chartered as the Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) is formally organized. The league will complete 5 seasons before folding in midsummer of 1928.|
|December 25||On their tour of the Far East‚ the Herb Hunter All-Americans‚ with Casey Stengel and Waite Hoyt among its members‚ beats a team of U.S. servicemen‚ 12-5‚ in Manila. In other games‚ the All-Americans are the first team of major leaguers to play a Chinese team‚ in Shanghai‚ and also play a Korean all-star team in Seoul‚ whipping them‚ 21-3. The American all-star also lost a game in Japan when Zensuke Shimada hit an out-of-the-park homer against Waite Hoyt and the Mita Club defeated the All-Americans‚ 9-3. It was the first loss by a team of touring U.S professionals in Japan.|