1923 October

2nd In a 7–5 Detroit win over the White Sox, Harry Heilmann goes 2-for-2 to put his average over .400. He will sit for the rest of the season, except for a pinch single on the final day, and will win the batting title with a .403 average. Cobb helps out today with a steal of home in the 7th inning, his first steal of home in more than three years. Playing in just his 16thML game, prize rookie Maurice Archdeacon notches his second five-hit game for Chicago. He did the same thing on September 22 in the second game of a doubleheader, his sixth game for the Sox.

3rd Babe Ruth, playing in an exhibition game for John McGraw at the Polo Grounds, bashes the first HR ever hit over the RF roof.

At Shibe Park, the A’s trip the Senators, 12-8, clubbing three pitchers making their last ML appearances. Clay Roe starts and loses his one ML appearance and Fred Schemanske finishes the game in his lone appearance. In between, Cy Warmoth toils in his final appearance. Collecting his final ML hit is Tillie Walker, who triples and drives in 3 runs. Walker appears in just 52 games this season after hitting 37 homers and compiling 99 RBIs in 1922, but is mostly forgotten as Connie Mack goes for a faster outfield. Walker will retire to Kentucky where he’ll be a state trooper and ump in the Appalachian League.

In the Indians 9-2 win at St. Louis, Homer Summa lives up to his name with a grand slam in the 4th. The win keeps the Tribe one percentage point ahead of Detroit for 2nd place.

4th  Cleveland’s Tris Speaker connects against the Browns for a homer and his 57th double as the visiting Tribe win, 5–1. His final total of 59 is a record that will be beaten in 1931 by Earl Webb (67), but his career-high 793 (later revised down to 792) is still tops. Speaker will set an American League record with his 4th straight year of leading in doubles and lead for the 8th season overall. He collects 5 hits today for the third time this season.

Tigers P Herman Pillette loses 9–6 to Chicago for his AL-high 19th loss of the season. His son Duane will tie for the lead in the AL with 14 losses in 1951.

Allen “Rubber-Arm” Russell pitches in his 52nd game for Washington, a 7–6 loss to Boston. A record 47 are in relief. He also works 145 innings as a “fireman,” another new mark. He finishes the season with a 9-4 record, 9 saves, and a 2.55 ERA in relief.

In his last appearance for the Yankees, Carl Mays has no magic left as the A’s finally sink the submariner, 7–6, knocking him out of the box with 4 runs in the 5th He had won 24 straight games against the A’s. Mays strikes out none, and gives up 10 hits and 3 walks. He will not appear in any of the WS games. Ruth, filling in for Pipp at 1B, clubs his 39th HR in the 1st, off Bob Hasty. Eddie Rommel, in relief, is the winner.

5th In his season finale, Walter Johnson K’s 12 Red Sox to win his 17th, 4–2. The 12 strikeouts are the highest in the majors this year and boosts Johnson’s total to an AL-high 130.

In a 9-1 victory over the Browns, Detroit C Johnny Bassler, the slowest runner in the AL, steals home. With pitcher Bert Cole on 1B in the 8th, St. Louis pitcher Dave Danforth throws over and Bassler breaks from third shocking 1B Dutch Schleibner, who throws late to home.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s lose to New York, 8-4. First baseman Babe Ruth lines a pitch off Rube Walberg in the 3rd that skips by the center fielder for an inside-the-park homerun. Bullet Joe Bush (19-15) is the winner with 5 innings of one-hit relief.

6th  Braves rookie SS Ernie Padgett, playing in his second ML game, pulls an unassisted triple play against the Phils, the first in the NL since 1878. Walter Holke lines out, Cotton Tierney is forced, and Cliff Lee is tagged out. It is the first unassisted TP in the NL since 1878. The Braves win the 5-inning nitecap, 4–1, to sweep the twinbill. Joe Batchelder picks up the W over Lefty Weinert.

Against the Indians, Chicago rookie Ted Lyons (2–1) picks up his first two wins in the majors, both in relief. Lyons tosses 4 2/3 inning in the opener and three innings in the nitecap as the White Sox sweep, 6–3 and 7–6. They’re his only wins this year.

7th  At New York, Yankees SS Everett Scott runs his consecutive-game streak to 1,138 in a 9–7 season finale loss to the A’s. Rookie Harvey Hendrick hits a grand slam for New York, and Babe Ruth hits his 41st of the year to tie with the Phillies Cy Williams for tops in the ML. Ruth adds a single and finishes with a record 379 times on base, a number that will be challenged by Barry Bonds in 2004, but not topped. The Babe also swipes his 17th base to go along with the 21 times he’s caught stealing.

10th  It’s an all–New York WS for the third time. In the first WS game at Yankee Stadium, the home team takes a quick 3–0 lead, but Heinie Groh triples in 2 runs in a 4-run 3rd that drives Waite Hoyt (17-9) to cover. A 4–4 tie is broken in the top of the 9th by the Giants when Casey Stengel’s blast rolls to the OF wall. The sore-legged veteran hobbles around the bases to score the winning run against reliever Joe Bush (19-15) before 55,307 spectators. This is also the first WS to be broadcast on a nationwide radio network. Graham McNamee, aided by baseball writers taking turns, is at the mike. Grantland Rice had broadcast an earlier WS, but not nationally.

11th  Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs, and Aaron Ward one, as Herb Pennock (19-6) scatters 9 hits for a 4–2 Yankee win at the Polo Grounds.

12th  Yankee Stadium fills with 62,430 fans to see an old-fashioned pitching duel. Once again a Stengel home run into the RF bleachers is the difference, as Art Nehf (13-10) bests Sam Jones (21-8) 1–0 in game 3. Stengel’s homer comes in the 7th inning.

13th  The Yankees score 6 runs in the 2nd off 3 Giants hurlers to help a shaky Bob Shawkey (16-11) to an 8–4 win. Whitey Witt has 3 hits and 2 RBI; for the losers Frank Frisch has 2 hits for the 3rd time, and Ross Youngs has 4.

14th  In game 5, the Yankees score 3 in the first and 4 in the 2nd off Jack Bentley (13-8), and Joe Bush spins a 3-hitter for an 8–1 win. Joe Dugan has 4 hits, including a homer.

Outfielder Paul Strand of Salt Lake City (PCL) sits out the last two games of the season and despite going hitless in his previous two games sets an Organized Baseball record with 325 hits. He leads the PCL with a .395 average.

15th  After Babe Ruth’s first-inning HR, the Giants peck away at Herb Pennock for 4 runs and take a 4–1 lead into the 8th. With one out, Art Nehf loads the bases on 2 singles and a walk, then walks in a run. Reliever Rosy Ryan forces in another run with a walk to Joe Dugan. Ruth strikes out, but Bob Meusel raps a single plus an error that tallies 3 runs. Sam Jones holds off the Giants, and the Yankees have their first World Championship. Rookie Hinkey Haines scores the tying run in the 8thinning, his last pro baseball appearance. Haines will move over to play for the New York football Giants from 1925-28 and be a key player on their 1927 NFL Championship team. The former two-sport All-American is the only player to have played on a pro championship team in both baseball and football.

16th  Soon after Babe Ruth receives his WS winner’s share of $6,160.46, insurance agent Harry Heilmann, who beat Ruth for the batting title by 10 points, sells him a $50,000 life insurance policy. Beneficiaries are Mrs. Ruth and adopted daughter Dorothy.

19th  Citing the unsavory characters associated with the sport, AL president Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing matches in their parks. The NL declines to go along with it.

22nd The Red Sox name Lee Fohl as their new manager. Fohl was fired in July as the Browns manager.

23rd  Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform, as the Giants defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 9–0. Ruth hits a HR over the RF roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.

26th  Frank Chance signs to manage the White Sox replacing Kid Gleason, but he will resign February 17, 1924, because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers, named acting manager, will fill the job the entire season.