This Day In Baseball May 14
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Events for May 14
The Phillies, known as the Quakers at the time, win their first game in franchise history when they rout the White Stockings, later to be known as the Cubs, at Chicago’s Lake Front Park. Philadelphia had lost their first eight games of the season before today’s 12-0 victory, and will finish the season in last place in the eight-team National League with a dismal 17-81 (.173) record.
Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants wins his first game of the season, scattering nine hits and walking an uncharacteristic seven batters, in the 6 – 3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The game is tied at 1 – 1 after eight innings, but the Giants jump on Orval Overall for five runs on four hits and four walks in the 9th to put the game away.
At Sportsman’s Park, Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs’ record of 53 consecutive scoreless innings when he stretches the mark to 56 innings. But after the Washington Senators back him with six runs, Johnson gives up a run in the 4th inning against the St. Louis Browns to end his streak of 56 scoreless innings. Ahead 9 – 1, Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins, 10 – 5.
Jim Scott of the Chicago White Sox pitches a no-hitter for nine innings, then loses to the Senators, 1 – 0, in the 10th. The first hit is batted by Chick Gandil, who scores the winning run on Howie Shanks’ single. It is the first of a three nine-inning no-hitters that White Sox catcher Ray Schalk will catch in his 17 years with the team.
With the anticipation of crime rates decreasing in the city, officials in Washington D.C. lift the prohibition on playing baseball on Sunday in the nation’s capital. In five days, 17,000 enthusiastic fans, the largest crowd in the history of Griffith Stadium, will be treated to a dramatic, 1-0 extra-inning victory against Cleveland in the first contest played on a Sunday in the District.
The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, their lease to play at the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, which later will decide to continue sharing their home until the Yankees’ new stadium is completed in 1923, may have been reacting to the team’s recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.
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