This Day In Baseball June 21
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Events for June 21
Brooklyn rallies for five runs in the 9th to beat Philadelphia, 8 – 6, and take over first place. They will hold the lead for the rest of the season. Despite the win, Brooklyn is averaging only 1,100 fans per game and a concerned National League president Nick Young floats the idea of the franchise moving to Washington, DC.
Right-hander Harley ‘Doc’ Parker of the Reds gives up 21 runs and 26 hits to Brooklyn in his first start of the season – and major league farewell appearance. The 26 hits is a post-1900 record, tied by Al Travers in 1912, and by the A’s Hod Lisenbee in 1936. The 21 runs allowed is a National League mark. Harley also faces a record 55 batters in the game. Led by Willie Keeler’s five hits, including a home run and double, the Superbas win, 21 – 3.
At the Polo Grounds, umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning, but his fellow ump Hank O’Day goes one better, banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4 – 2, Christy Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last four innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs, Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins, 5 – 4.
6/21/1913 – In the top of the seventh inning in Philadelphia, Les Nunamaker of the Red Sox pinch hit for pitcher Hugh Bedient. Nunamaker remained in the game catching and the new hurler, Charles Hall, entered in the eighth spot replacing starting catcher Bill Carrigan. The Sox started at the two spot in the top of the eighth inning. After Steve Yerkes made an out, five consecutive Boston players singled which scored two runs with one runner out at the plate. The next hitter should have been Hall, but Nunamaker batted out of turn and made the third out of the frame. Hooper should have started the ninth for the Red Sox but Hall batted out of turn. (They had the eighth and ninth place hitters reversed.) Once Hall made and out, Harry Hooper batted out of turn and singled. He eventually scored the winning run but the Athletics did not notice.
Rube Foster of the Red Sox no-hits the Yankees 2 – 0, for the first no-hitter in Fenway Park, beating Bob Shawkey, 2 – 0. Harry Hooperleads the offense with three hits. Red Sox president Joseph Lannin hands Rube a $100 bonus and each of his Sox teammates receive a gold-handled pocket knife engraved with the date.