1930 – 1939

  • 1930

JANUARY

8th  Art Nehf, who pitched in five World Series, announces his retirement. He won 184 games in his career, last pitching for the Cubs in the 1929 Series.

20th  Commissioner Landis bans boxing for all players in baseball following the brief boxing career of White Sox 1B Art “Whataman” Shires. His challenge to Hack Wilson purportedly prompts the ban. Shires fought several suspected bouts that resulted in his being suspended by the boxing commissions of 32 states but loses a desultory 5-rounder to Chicago Bears center George (The Brute) Trafton. Shires did win a punch out with Sox manager Lena Blackburne and two hotel detectives late last season.

26th  Carl Mays, whose underhand pitch killed Ray Chapman 10 years earlier, ends his ML career with 208 victories and signs with Portland (Pacific Coast League).

29th  Ken Williams, former AL HR champion and a lifetime .319 batter, goes from the Red Sox to the Yankees for the waiver price. He will be released before the season begins.

FEBRUARY

2nd  The Yankees waive Leo Durocher out of the AL and sell him to the Reds. Whispered rumors, repeated by Urban Shocker in his 2001 autobiography, contend that Leo was stealing money and jewelry from his teammates. Allegedly, roommate Babe Ruth beat up Durocher after a theft of marked money confirmed his suspicions. The Yankees, according to Shocker, prevail on the rest of the AL to waive Durocher. [Another story has Durocher, in debt, asking for a $1,000 advance on his salary from Ed Barrow so he can pay a hotel bill. When Barrow turns him down, Leo curses him, and Barrow trades him the next day to the Reds.]

5th The Reds trade 39-year-old pitcher Dolf Luque to the Dodgers for Doug McWeeny. McWeeny will play 8 games for the Reds, while the Cuban Cutie will pitch another 6 seasons.

12th  Connie Mack is awarded the prestigious Edward W. Bok Prize given to the Philadelphian who has done the most for the city in the past year. Mack, the first sports figure to be so honored, led the Athletics to a World Championship in 1929.

16th  Judge Landis rules that the Cards cannot farm out C Gus Mancuso to Rochester. Forced to keep him, the commissioner’s edict pays off when Cardinals regular C Jimmie Wilson is injured and Mancuso bats .366 in 76 games.

MARCH

8th  Babe Ruth signs a 2-year contract for $160,000 with New York. At $80,000 per year, he is the highest paid player of all time. When it is pointed out he is earning more money than the President of the United States, Ruth observes: “I had a better year than he did.” Ed Barrow, Yankee GM, assures posterity, “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth.”

9th  At Houston, the White Sox collect 18 hits, including a pair of homers by rookie Jimmy Moore, as they batter the Giants, 12-5.

19th  At St. Petersburg, the Cards collect 5 straight hits in the 9th against Tom Zachary, who is making his 1930 debut. The Birds score 4 of the runners and win, 7-3. New manager Bob Shawkey rates his AL opponents by saying that he thinks, “the Yankees and A’s will meet on even terms,” with Detroit in 3rd place, Cleveland 4th and the Browns 5th. Following are Chicago, Washington and Boston. His Yanks will finish in 3rd place, 16 games behind the winning Athletics, and 8 behind Washington.

20th In an extra-inning game against the Cardinals, Yankee 20-year-old pitcher Lefty Gomez is hit in the mouth by a line drive, breaking his front teeth. He will still make the team after crowns are put in. However, the crown work will have to be redone in 1931 with the Yankees picking up the $1500 tab.

APRIL

1st Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett holds onto a ball dropped from the Goodyear blimp hovering at an altitude of 550 feet. Gabby tops Gabby Street’s feat of hanging onto a ball dropped from the Washington Monument, a height of 504 feet.

6th  The Giants play their first night game, a 9–1 exhibition win against their Bridgeport, CT farm team in Bridgeport. The Giants won’t play a night game at home until 1940.

8th Sacramento sets two PCL Opening Day records in its 21–14 win over Mission. The 21 runs and 24 hits set the marks.

In Memphis, the Chicks beat the Yankees in an exhibition game, 3–1. Babe Ruth, hobbling from an injury incurred 2 days ago in Dallas, bashes a HR for the only run. In his next at bat Ruth hits the top of the signboard at Russwood Park as he ambles to 1B for single. Sam Byrd pinch runs.

9th  Burleigh Grimes, veteran spitballer in a contract dispute with the Pirates, is sold to the Boston Braves. Boston will trade Grimes, the last of the legal spitballers, to the Cardinals in June, where he will be a key contributor in their pennant drive.

10th  Wayland Dean dies at age 30 of tuberculosis. Dean pitched for the Cubs, Giants and Phils.

The Giants send journeyman outfielder Wally Roettger to the Cardinals for reserve infielder Eddie Farrell. The Giants also throw in Showboat Fisher, an outfielder who last played for the Senators. Showboat will reward the Cardinals by posting a .374 average for the year, his only year in the NL.

11th  in a PCL game, reliever Emil Yde loses a game without throwing a pitch. In the 11th inning of an 8-8 tie between Hollywood and Oakland, Yde relieves Vance Page with the bases loaded. As he starts his pitch Yde is called for a balk and Oakland wins, 9-8.

14th  President Herbert Hoover continues the tradition of throwing out the first ball on Opening Day in Washington, a day before the rest of the ML teams begin. The Red Sox win 4–3 over the Senators, winners of their last 11 exhibition games. George Smith picks up the victory with 3 innings of shutout relief. The Sox won’t stay in first place long: they will end the year with their 6th straight last place finish. Sam Rice has a hit for the Senators to embark on a 28-game hit streak; he ended last year with a 2 game hit streak for a total of 30 games over two seasons.

15th  Weather curtails the AL Opening Day schedule, but at Shibe Park the matchup between the A’s and the Yankees features nine future Hall of Famers in the lineups, and three more, Pennock, Hoyt and Gomez, on the New York bench. Minutes before the game, Al Simmons ends his holdout, signs a contract, and homers in his first at bat as the A’s and Lefty Grove defeat the Yankees’ George Pipgras, 6–2. Ruth’s clout in the 3rd inning strikes a loudspeaker in deep right center and bounds back onto the field The tree of amplifiers juts about 5 feet over the playing field and the umps rule it a ground rule double. The Yankees argue that it should be a two-run homer, but to no avail, though both Koenig and Ruth score when Grove is slow covering 1B and Foxx’s throw misses him.

Phillies P Les Sweetland pitches a 3-hitter against the Dodgers, doubles and scores the only run to win 1–0 at Brooklyn. Sweetland will turn sour by the year ending with a 7.71 ERA, one of the highest ever.

In St. Louis, the Cubs open with a 9–8 win over the Cards. Rogers Hornsby, whose heel was operated on over the winter, is noticeably limping in the game. The newly acquired Showboat Fisher is 4-for-5 for the Cards.

16th The Reds sink the visiting Pirates, 3–1, with the help of Curt Walker, who is the first Reds player to hit a home run into the RF bleachers of Redland Field on the fly.

The Cardinals make 20 hits to overwhelm the Cubs, 13-3. Showboat Fisher is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI giving him 7 hits in a row. He’ll go 0-for-2 in tomorrow’s rain-abbreviated 3-0 loss. No one this century will top Showboat’s 8 hits in the first two games for a new team. Showboat last played in the majors for two cups of coffee with the Senators in 1923-24.

18th At St. Louis, Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name by walking 9, but he allows just 2 hits and strikes out 11 as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 11-1. The Cards collect 16 hits including Showboat Fisher’s 3 hits.

19th In a 2–1 win over the Cubs, Reds pitcher Benny Frey helps his cause by starting a triple play in the 3rd inning. Frey grabs Footsie Blair’s popped bunt attempt with runners on 1st and 2B, and throws to 3B Tony Cuccinello, who tags the sliding Charlie Root for the 2nd out. Cooch’s throw to SS Hod Ford catches Woody English for the TP.

In a Patriot’s Day twinbill, the Red Sox surprise the Yankees, winning 4-3 and 7-2. Hod Lisenbee goes 12 innings in the a.m. game before giving away to Ed Morris. Johnnie Heving’s RBI hit in the 15th with 2 out is the game-winner. The Yankees manage just 6 hits off the pair of pitchers. Lou Gehrig is 1-for-7 with his first homer of the year. Jack Russell nips the Yankees in the p.m. game, 7-2, allowing 7 hits.

The Pirates edge the Cardinals, 4-3, in 10 innings as Paul Waner and Dick Bartell have triples in the last frame.

20th Grover Alexander makes his debut again for the Phillies against the Giants lefty Carl Hubbell. King Carl outpitches the old master, 2–1, who gives up 4 walks and a homer to Mel Ott in 6 innings of work.

At Ebbets Field, rookie Wally Berger cracks his first ML homer, a grand slam off Watty Clark, in the Braves 6-run 7th inning. Boston wins 7-2. Berger will set ML records for rookies by hitting 38 homers and driving in 119 runs.

In today’s issue of the Chicago Tribune, writer Irwin Howe names his all-time all-star team based on his 42 years of observing baseball: Babe Ruth, RF; Tris Speaker, CF; Ty Cobb, LF; Cap Anson, 1B; Eddie Collins, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Pie Traynor, 3B; Ray Schalk, C; Cy Young, P; Walter Johnson, P.

21st At Brooklyn, the Dodgers score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 15-1 lead over the Braves, finally winning, 15-8. Del Bissonette hits a grand slam for the Dodgers.

22nd In mid-winter weather, the NL champion Cubs open at home with a 8–3 loss to the Cards. Bill Hallahan holds Chicago to 5 hits. Hack Wilson’s three run homer, his 2nd of the year, accounts for all Chicago’s scoring.

Before 66,000 at Yankee Stadium, the champion A’s edge the Yankees, 6–5, on Bing Miller’s lead off homer in the 9th. Roy Sherid is the loser while Rube Walberg, the 3rd of three hurlers, is the winner.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants lose to the Braves, 6-5, making a game of it by scoring a run in the 8th on Homer Peel’s pinch homer, and 2 in the 9th. For Peel it is his second and last ML homer, and he will return to the minors in June. Peel will hit .300 in the Texas League this year and in 1936-37 and ’40 to go along with the 1925, ’26, ’30, ’31 and ’32 seasons. His eight seasons of hitting .300 is a Texas League record. He will manage Ft. Worth to the league championship in 1937.

24th At Boston, the Robins score three runs in the top of the 11th as they beat Boston, 5-2. Starter Ray Phelps goes the distance for the win. Dodger rookie Gordon Slade hits a home run off Bob Smith in his first ML at bat.

In St. Louis, the Browns come back from a 4-1 deficit to score 7 runs in the 6th inning to beat the Tigers, 12-4. Dale Alexander and Charlie Gehringer homer for Detroit.

26th The undefeated Giants take a pair from the Phillies, winning 13–2 and 7–5. Hub Pruett and Carl Hubbell are the victors. Fred Lindstrom is 5-for-5 in the lid lifter and 2-for-4 in the nitecap, while Bill Terry and Travis Jackson each pound out a pair of homers.

Benny Frey beats the Cubs, 1–0, for his 2nd win over Chicago in a week. The rookie will beat them 5 times this year on his way leading the NL in losses with 18.

27th  Bud Clancy, White Sox 1B, enters the record books without doing a thing. He has no chances in a 9-inning 2–1 win against St. Louis. He is the first 20th century player to go through 9 innings with no putouts or assists, but it’ll be matched in both leagues. Art Hofman, in 1910, had no putouts in an 8-inning loss.

At Ebbets Field, Andy Reese hits a grand slam in the 9th to break open the game as the Giants top the Dodgers, 10-4.

28th  The A’s defeat the Red Sox, 5–4, scoring 4 runs in the 9th without a hit. The 4 runs score as a result of two walks and 2 errors, by 3B Otto Miller and 2B Bill Regan.

The first night game in organized baseball—played with temporary lights—is played in the Class C Western Association with 1,000 fans on hand. Home team Independence loses to Muskogee 13–3.

29th  Suspicions that the 1930 ball is the liveliest ever increase as 123 runs are scored in 7 ML games. The biggest score is the Robins 19–15 win over the Giants as the 2 teams combine for 41 hits. Flowers and Lopez lead the Brooklyn attack with 4 hits apiece.

At Wrigley Field, the Cubs take a 7-1 lead on Les Bell’s 3rd inning grand slam, but the Pirates come awake and pull out the win, 13-9.

30th  Emil Yde loses a PCL game for Hollywood without throwing a pitch. Yde replaces Vance Page in the 11th with the bases loaded and balks home the winning run as Oakland wins, 9-8.

MAY

1st At Fenway, a high fever strikes out Indians SS Joe Sewell, ending his consecutive game streak at 1,103. He has not missed a game since 1922. The Indians still prevail, 8–5.

At Pittsburgh, rookie Wally Berger blasts homers in the 7th and 8th innings to lead the Braves to a 4–3 win over Larry French. After Berger’s first homer, Johnny Neun, in his 5th season, adds his first ML homer.

2nd  Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13–6 to open the first ballpark with permanently installed lights. The field is a predecessor of Sec Taylor Stadium. The Demons’ victory is the first night game to be broadcast nationally.

5th Making his first start, Lefty Gomez (1–1) goes all the way to beat the White Sox, 4–1, on a 5-hitter. Red Faber takes the loss for Chicago. Lefty’s one other appearance, in relief, resulted in a loss on April 29th.

Reds SS Hod Ford smashes 4 extra base hits—3 doubles and a triple—in his first 4 at bats to lead Cincinnati to a 10–6 win over the Braves. Burleigh Grimes is the loser.

At Pittsburgh, Giants pitcher Bill Walker cracks a 4th inning grand slam to lead New York to a 9-1 victory.

The Athletics say it with homers beating the Browns 4–3 in 12 innings and scoring all their runs on solo four baggers. Al Simmons’ leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th makes Lefty Grove a winner over General Crowder, as both starters go all the way. Light-hitting Joe Boley with 2 and Haas with one provide the other A’s scores, a record to date in the AL. The Giants will score 5 runs on solos 5 weeks from now.

6th  The Yankees get Red Ruffing, loser of 47 games in the past 2 years and with a lifetime 39-96, from the Red Sox for $50,000 and Cedric Durst.

The Cubs top the Dodgers, 3–1, with Sheriff Blake outgunning Dazzy Vance.

7th  George Watkins scores 5 runs and Chick Hafey has 5 RBI in the 5th inning as the Cards beat the Phils 16–11 to move out of the cellar and begin the climb to an eventual pennant. Pete Alexander makes his first appearance against his old mates and is hit hard. Lefty O’Doul is 5-for-5, the 4th game in a row he’s had 3 or more hits. The loss drops the Phils to last place, while the Cards head the other way.

The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 9-5, at Wrigley Field behind the 9-strikeout pitching of Charlie Root. Root gives up successive homers to Wright and Del Bissonette early and then the only run after that is a Bissonette ground ball down the RF line that bounces into the stands for a HR.

The Red Sox edge the visiting White Sox, 6–4, behind the hitting of rookie Tom Oliver, who has 4 hits. Oliver has now hit in 16 straight games. Veteran umpire Tommy Connally, who has not ejected a player since 1923, thumbs out two today, on the same play, and both White Sox. Coach Mike Kelly and Jim Moore are tossed for protesting a call at first base.

8th  Fred Lindstrom has his second 5-hit game of the season, hitting for the cycle, as the Giants defeat the Pirates 13–10.

9th  The Yankees and the Tigers outfielders make only 2 putouts for an AL record that has never been equaled. The NL record for OF idleness is one chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn, August 26, 1910). Detroit’s George Uhle strikes out 8 in winning, 5–4, and dropping the Yanks to 7th place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York hurlers.

10th The A’s conquer the Indians, 6–4 at Philadelphia. Jimmie Foxx’s 7th-inning triple with two on breaks the tie.

11th  In a display of offensive symmetry, Indian OF Bibb Falk collects 5 hits, 5 RBI, and scores 5 runs in the first 5 innings as the Tribe scalps the Athletics, 25–7. Cleveland collects 27 hits, but no homers, and scores in every inning but the 8th. The 25 runs without a homer ties a ML record (sets a new AL mark) set in 1901 and will not be matched again.

12th  A bad err day for Umpire Brick Owens as he calls 5 balks against Cleveland’s Milt Shoffner—3 in the 3rd—and 3 against Philadelphia’s George Earnshaw. Philadelphia wins 13–7.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field as Giants P Larry Benton sets a modern ML record (since tied several times) by surrendering 6 HRs in a game, four in one inning. Chicago spots New York a 14–0 lead and trails 14–4 when they add 5 runs on 4 homers in the bottom of the 7th to tie the ML inning-record set in 1884. Clyde Beck drives in 5 runs as he and Cliff Heathcote each have two of the Cubs’ homers. The Giants counter with 3 HRs including one by Benton as the New Yorkers manage to hold on to win, 14–12. The victory goes to Benton, but New York will trade him in 10 days.

The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.

15th  In a lead-changing battle at Wrigley Field, the Braves score three runs in the 9th to top the Cubs, 10-8. Lance Richbourg has a grand slam for Boston. The loss drops the Cubs a half game off the NL lead.

16th  Washington wins a doubleheader from Philadelphia and moves into first place. Bump Hadley wins the opener, 5–3, and Ad Liska adds a 3-hit 4–0 shutout in the nitecap, beating Earnshaw. Joe Judge’s 3-run homer in the 8th puts the game away.

17th With the help of a grand slam from Fats Fothergill in the 8th, the Tigers overcome the Browns, 12-7. Dale Alexander hits a homer as well.

Washington swamps the A’s, 16-5. Sammy West has 4 hits for the Nationals, and his 3-run homer in the 5th causes a 58-year-old fan to have a fatal heart attack. Nats vet Sam Rice has a hit to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 28 games.

The Braves sweep a pair from the Giants by 4-3 scores. In the opener, Wally Berger hits a pair of homers as Boston wins in 10 innings. The Giants hit 3 homers in game 2 and Berger adds his 3rd of the day.

18th George Pipgras tosses his 3rd shutout of the season as the Yankees again support his pitching by bombing the Red Sox, 11–0, in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the RF bleachers, one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.

At Washington, the A’s nip the Senators, 1–0, behind Lefty Grove’ 5 hitter. Philadelphia manages just 3 hits off Lloyd Brown. The Senators now lead the A’s by a game in the AL.

20th At Sportsman’s Park, Cards shortstop Charlie Gelbert hits a grand slam, off Al Shealy in the 8th, as St. Louis pummels Chicago, 16-3. The win leaves the Cards a half game off the lead, while the Cubs are 1 ½ games back in 5th place.

21st  Babe Ruth hits three consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s, hitting the first two over the fence off George Earnshaw, and the 3rd over the RF fence off Lefty Groves. Then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th, Ruth decides to hit right handed. After 2 strikes, he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice), and Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15–7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2nd game, a 4–1 Yankee loss, but Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934, the only player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon.

Cincinnati sends 2B Hugh Critz to the Giants for veteran P Larry Benton. Critz will prove a fine pickup for the Giants.

22nd  In Philadelphia, the Yankees and the Athletics continue the HR barrage as the Yankees take both games of a 2nd straight doubleheader, 10–1 and 20–13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of HRs in the opener, off Rommel and Quinn, as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. His 2-run homer in the 3rd inning off Rommel travels 540 feet (as estimated by Ruth historian Bill Jenkinson) clearing two rows of houses to Opal Street. The Yanks score 9 runs in the 1st two innings of the 2nd second game, but the A’s come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20–13 as Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores 5 runs, and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game, while Gehrig powers 3 round trippers, including a grand slam, to drive in 8 runs. On the A’s side, Foxx has 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon, the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers, a then-record 10 in game 2.

23rd Despite a homer by Bill Terry in the 8th and a 3-run shot by Ott in the 9th, Carl Hubbell loses to the Phillies, 9–8. Philadelphia bangs out 17 hits, including a HR by Pinky Whitney, against King Carl.

24th  In New York, the Yanks and A’s play their 3rd doubleheader in 4 days. Ruth homers in both games, hitting one of Quinn for the 2nd time in three days, and one off Rube Walberg. The shot off Rube is to the top bleacher row in right field and lands in a water barrel, more than 500 feet away. The Babe has now hit 8 homers in six games, and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep, 10–6 and 11–1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.

At Boston, the Robins score three runs in the top of the 11th as they beat Boston, 5-2. Starter Ray Phelps goes the distance for the win. Dodger rookie Gordon Slade hits a homerun off Bob Smith in his first ML at bat.

25th  At Cleveland’s League Park, Ted Lyons allows 4 hits to win his 6th straight as the White Sox club the Indians, 9–1. Carl Reynolds and Bill Cissell each have three of the 16 hits for Chicago. Cleveland’s Eddie Morgan has a very long double as noted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Eddie Morgan slammed one up against the wooden lattice work that tops the concrete wall out in center field. The drive covered something like 400 feet, yet netted the speedy Morgan only two bases. A week from now, with the screen and lattice down, such a hit will be a home run, as it deserves to be.” (noted by Greg Beston).

26th  The Indians take a pair from the White Sox winning 7–3 and 3–2 behind Wes Ferrell and Clint Brown. Ferrell’s mound opponent Red Faber holds the Tribe hitless until 2 are out in the 5th, when 8 straight hits drive him from the mound. In the nitecap, White Sox lefty Pat Caraway twice throws third-strike seeds past Joe Sewell, an occurrence that Joe later blames on the white shirts in the CF bleachers. It is the last time the Indians 3B will fan this season, and he will end the year by striking out only 3 times in 353 at bats. Once before, on May 13, 1923, Sewell was fanned twice in a game.

At Yankee Stadium, Washington wins a 10–7 slugfest with the Yankees as Goose Goslin and Joe Judge of the Senators hit back-to-back HRs twice in the game. It is the 1st time it has been done this century but it will be repeated in 5 days.

27th The Indians sweep another doubleheader with the White Sox, winning both games by one run, 9-8 and 3-2. It is no fault of Sox right fielder Smead Jolley, who gets to Sox on the board in game 1 with an 8th inning homer, then goes 4-for-4, with a homer off Pete Appleton, in game 2. He also pulls off an unassisted DP in the 4th when he snags Appleton’s line drive in the 4th and runs in to double up Carl Lind, the runner who was on 1B.

Like furniture. The Reds swap Ethan Allen and Pete Donohue to the Giants for INF Pat Crawford. Allen is hitting .217 but will rebound with the Giants and finish the season with a .292 average, the same as last season. In his decade with the Reds, Donohue won 127 games, but the 30-year-old has struggled the past 3 seasons with arm problems. Crawford will be sold at the end of the season to the Cards.

28th  Cubs reliever Hal Carlson, 38, dies suddenly of a stomach ulcer hemorrhage. The previous evening he had complained about stomach cramps while sitting with teammates in the lobby of Chicago’s Carlos Hotel, where he had a room. Hours later, he called the Cubs trainer saying he was in great pain and an ambulance was called. But Carlson dies before the ambulance arrived. He was 4-2 for the year, and had won 114 games over a 14-year career.

Phillies Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his last ML appearance, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in relief as the Braves win, 5–1. The Phillies release him a few hours after the game.

29th The Cubs scheduled game with the Reds is postponed due to the sudden death of Chicago pitcher Hal Carlson.

30th  With 2 on base in game one, Del Bissonette, Brooklyn 1B, hits the ball over the RF screen at Ebbets Field, but baserunner Babe Herman, “the Headless Horseman of Ebbets Field,” stops to watch and is passed by Bissonette, reducing the HR to a single. Despite this, the Robins win a pair of games from the Phillies, 11–1 and 11–9 and take first place. Unfazed, Herman will pull off the move again on September 15th. In the nitecap, Bissonette collects 5 hits, including a homer. Chuck Klein homers in each game for the Phils to bring his total to 13.

The Cubs Rogers Hornsby, already limping after off-season surgery on his heel, breaks an ankle sliding into 3B in the first game of a doubleheader in St. Louis. The Cubs win both games, 2–0 and 9–8 in 10 innings, to move into 3rd place, but Hornsby will miss most of the season.

Senators junkballer Ad Liska leads 6–3 over the A’s with 2 outs in the 9th inning when his catcher Muddy Ruel neglects to chase a pop up that could make the 3rd out. Two singles and a homer by Al Simmons knots the game. Simmons then doubles in the 11th and is stranded, but doubles in the 13th and scores the winning run as the A’s win, 7–6. Having hurt his knee in a rundown, Simmons sits for the nitecap. But with the bases jammed in the 4th inning of the nitecap, and the A’s down 7–5, Simmons hobbles to plate to hit a pinch grand slam off Bump Hadley to help the A’s to a 15–11 win. Simmons later tells John Carmichael this was his greatest game.

The Yankees trade two stars of the 1927 team, Waite Hoyt and Mark Koenig, to the Tigers for Ownie Carroll (0–5) and Harry Rice. Hoyt’s departure follows an argument with manager Bob Shawkey.

31st The Phillies top the first place Robins, 3–1, defeating Dazzy Vance. Vance is lifted for a pinch hitter with Brooklyn down, 2–1.

The Browns make only 5 hits but steal a 3-2 win from Red Faber and the White Sox. St. Louis scores the tying run with 2 outs in the 9th and wins it when veteran Oscar Melillo steals home. Dave Harris has a 5th inning homer for the White Sox (as noted by Jan Larson).

JUNE

1st  Danny MacFayden, in relief, beats the Yankees 7–4 to end a 14-game losing streak for the Red Sox. A triple play by the Sox helps overcome 4 hits by Dusty Cooke, including a homer, and a home run by Babe Ruth.

The A’s take over 1st place from Washington in the AL by thumping the Senators for the 4th straight game, 9–6. Sam Jones loses his first after 6 wins. A homer by rookie Dib Williams with two on in the 6th is the margin of victory.

The Giants score 12 runs in the 3rd inning of a game with the Braves, winning the nightcap of the doubleheader 16–3.

For the 2nd time in a week and the second time this century, teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game. Johnny Frederick and Babe Herman do it in the Dodgers 10–2 win over the Phillies.

The Cubs drub the Pirates, 16–4, behind the slugging of Hack Wilson, who drives in 6 runs with 2 homers, a double and a single. Wilson now has 16 homers to lead the NL. Guy Bush is the easy winner.

2nd In a Central League at Ft. Wayne, Springfield outkicks Ft. Wayne, 38–18. The Blue Sox pile on 10 runs in the 9th. CF Dennehy is 7-for-7 with 3 HRs and 3B Reagan has 3 home runs.

3rd  Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies after posting a 0–3 record. He ends his career thinking he has the NL record for most wins at 373, one more than Christy Mathewson. In 1946, a win disallowed in 1902 is restored to Mathewson’s record, to leave the 2 pitchers at a tie.

4th  First-place Brooklyn makes 8 errors, losing to Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field, 12–6.

6th  Denny Sothern, Phillies OF, has 4 doubles in a 5-for-5 game, and scores 5 runs as the Phils whip the Reds, 14-5.

The Cubs cut the Robins’ lead to one game, beating host Brooklyn, 13–0. Dazzy Vance strikes out 10 Cubs in 6 innings, but allows 10 hits. Root gives up 2 singles in the win.

At Decatur, (Three-I League) Tommy Bridges of visiting Evansville strikes out 19 batters, but Decatur wins, 5–2. Bridges will go 7–8 in the league but K 189 in 140 innings to earn a call-up to Detroit in August.

7th The White Sox light up Lefty Grove for 7 hits and knock the A’s undefeated ace out of the box in the 2nd inning en route to a 6–5 win. The loss goes to Rommel in relief.

8th  The increased hitting in the NL is reflected in these current batting averages: Riggs Stephenson .420; Babe Herman .414; Chuck Klein .401; Harry Heilmann .400; and Bill Terry .399. Giants’ manager John McGraw observes, “It’s not the pitching, it’s that new jack-rabbit ball. All a batter has to do is meet it. If it’s not hit right at somebody, it’s a base hit.”

The Giants whip the Cards today, 9–7, with a 5 run rally in the 7th. Mel Ott has a pair of two-run homers to lead the win over Bill Hallahan. The Cardinals, after winning 17 of 18, have now lost 12 of their last 13 and are in 4th place with a 24–25 record.

9th A game at old Washington Park in Indianapolis is the first night game in the American Association. Rabbit Warstler leads the Indians offense with 4 hits, including a triple and a homer, scores 4 times and has 3 RBIs. The Indians will open Perry Field next year to replace Washington Park. In 1937, Minneapolis will be the last AA team to light up.

10th  The A’s Lefty Grove (7-1) loses his first game of the season, 7–6, in 11 innings to the White Sox at Comiskey. Smead Jolley does the damage with a single and a homer and cuts down an A’s runner at the plate in the 10th and again in the 11th. Carl Reynolds scores twice but has no hits after six straight multi-hit games.

The PCL sees its first night game when Sacramento hosts Oakland before 10,000 fans at Moreing Field. There are 180,000 watts of light from 40 lamps on 40 poles. By the end of next season every PCL team will have lights. Ed Bryan turns the lights out on the visitors, winning 5-0.

12th Cleveland’s Clint Brown shuts out the first-place A’s, 4–0. Cleveland collects 3 homers, 2 by Morgan.

13th  Cleveland again beats Philadelphia, 15–2 and takes over first place. Wes Ferrell wins easily as Cleveland clubs southpaw nemesis Rube Walberg.

Rip Collins goes all the way to give the Browns a 1–0 win over the Red Sox in 11 innings.

In probably its best trade ever, Washington swaps the slumping Goose Goslin to St. Louis for Heinie Manush and Al “General” Crowder. Crowder was the top pitcher in the AL in 1928, while Manush hit .355 in 1929; The Senators will regain the popular Goslin in 1932, and with Manush and Crowder, he will help them win a pennant the following year.

In the first night no-hitter in the Texas League, Lil Stoner of Ft. Worth blanks San Antonio, 2-0. He walks one batter who is nipped in a double play.

15th At Cleveland’s League Park, an overflow crowd is on hand for the Yankees trouncing of the Indians 17–10. Ruth walks his first 4 times up, then clouts his 25th homer of the year. Gehrig hits 2 homers to drive home 7 runs as starter Herb Pennock goes the distance in a neat 16-hitter.

Dazzy Vance can’t overcome 5 Brooklyn errors and loses to the Cardinals, 9–4. Ex-Dodger Andy High adds a triple with two on and a homer with one runner on: all the runners reach by errors. Vance hits Taylor Douthit twice before Douthit hits back, tripling in the 9th with a runner (via error) on and scoring on an error for the last Cardinal run.

The Cardinals swap spit, acquiring veteran Burleigh Grimes from the Braves for another spitballer, Wee Willie Sherdel, and young P Fred Frankhouse. The Braves had picked up Grimes from Pittsburgh 2 months earlier. Grimes will win 17 for the Birds in 1931, while Frankhouse will win the same in Boston in 1934.

The Senators sends its best reliever Garland Braxton along with Benny Tate to the White Sox for self-promoting first sacker Art Shires. Manager Walter Johnson will later say the trade made better pitchers of his starters, since they were not looking to Braxton to bail them out of trouble.

16th  At Baker Bowl, the Phils build up a comfortable 16–3 lead over the Pirates after 6 innings, only to have the Bucs come back with 11 runs. The final score is 18–14 as Philley rides to victory on homers by Klein, Lefty O’Doul, Don Hurst, and Fred Brickell. Klein adds 2 singles and double to extend his hit streak to 25 games.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs, down 4–3 in the top of the 9th, load the bases with 2 outs against Carl Hubbell. He retires Cuyler and Wilson on pop flies, but Riggs Stephenson squibs a infield single to tie the game. Charlie Grimm then hits a grand slam. Shanty Hogan answers with a pinch homer in the bottom of the 9th for the Giants 5th solo homer of the day—a NL record for runs on solo homers—but the Cubs hold on for a 8–5 victory. Terry, Jackson, Allen, and Leach also reach the bleachers.

In a barn burner in Detroit, the Tigers score in the 8th and 9th and Chief Hogsett throws 4 innings of scoreless relief to give the Tigers a 9-8 win over the A’s. Roy Johnson has a pair of homers for Detroit and Dale Alexander has a double and homer and 4 RBIs to extend his batting streak to 29 games. Dib Williams has 3 doubles for the A’s.

The Reds hammer Burleigh Grimes for three innings and coast to an 11–1 win over the Braves. Tony Cuccinello and Wally Berger hit homers and Bennie Frey pitches a complete game win. After the game, the Braves send Grimes to the Cardinals for Fred Frankhouse and Wee Willie Sherdel.

Charles Comiskey finally tires of the flamboyant Art Shires and trades the 23-year-old to Washington for lefty Garland Braxton and catcher Bennie Tate. Shires is hitting just .258 with a .298 OBP. He’ll hit .369 in 38 games for the Nats.

17th  Chuck Klein sets a Phils’ club record by hitting in his 26th straight game, collecting a single in the 8th inning. Klein started his streak on May 18 and has hit .482 since then, but he will go hitless on the 20th to end the streak at 26. He’ll tie his mark with another 26-game streak later in the season. Lefty O’Doul’s 10th inning single drives home the winner and the Phils edge the Pirates, 5–4.

18th  The Athletics beat Wes Ferrell and the Indians 7–2 with 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th (Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, and Bing Miller). The three in a row is the ML record, since topped, and with a chance to hit a 4th in a row, Joe Boley bunts for a safety. Enter a new pitcher and exit Ferrell, who throws his mitt in the stands.

19th  At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth clubs his 22nd homer, off George Uhle, and the Yankees edge the Tigers, 5-4. Dale Alexander has a sac fly but goes 0-for-3, stopping his 29-game hitting streak. New York stays 1 ½ games behind the A’s.

In the A’s 4-2 victory over Cleveland, Johnny Hodapp singles to run his hitting streak to 22 straight games.

20th Dazzy Vance loses a tough one to the Reds, 2–1, when two runners reach on errors before George Kelly drives them home with a double.

At Wrigley, the Cubs top the Braves, 7-3, behind Pat Malone’s 6-hitter. Two of the hits are solo homers by red-hit rookie Wally Berger. He has now reached the 20-homer mark in 51 games, setting a rookie mark (Gary Sanchez will tie it in 2016).

21st At Shibe Park, Ruth clouts two homers, in the first and third innings off George Earnshaw, to lead New York to a 6–0. But Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the 7th inning and wins 15–7. The Yanks last run is a solo shot by Ruth off Lefty Grove in the 8th inning. Unconcerned, the A’s take the nitecap as well, 4–1, with New York’s only run coming on a tremendous homer by Ruth that ball lands in a back yard a block away from the park, reputedly the longest ball ever hit at Shibe.

22nd At Shibe, the Yanks turn tables on the A’s and sweep a doubleheader, winning 10–1 and 20–13. Ruth continues his hot hitting, belting two homers in the opener and one in the nitecap, giving him 6 homers in 3 games. Lou Gehrig matches Ruth in the nitecap, cracking three home runs.

23rd  After 2 outs in the 6th inning, Brooklyn makes 10 hits in succession against Pittsburgh to equal the Cardinals’ ML record for an inning, tied last year by the Cubs. Al Lopez tries to score on a hit and is thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Starter Heine Meine is finally lifted, having given up 14 runs on 19 hits, and setting the NL record by teeing up the 10 straight safeties. The Dodgers begin the 7th inning with 2 more hits to total 12 straight, off Moose Chagnon, to tie the ML record set in 1920, also over 2 innings. When the smoke clears, Brooklyn emerges a 19–6 winner.

Hack Wilson hits for the cycle with 2 singles, a double, triple, and HR and drives in six as the Cubs kick the Phils 21–8 at Wrigley. Winning pitcher Guy Bush adds a triple and two singles, while Kiki Cuyler has 3 hits, 3 RBI, and scores 4 times. Cuyler will score 39 runs against the lowly Phils this year.

The A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 2-1, then outslugging the Sox, 17-8. Al Simmons scores 5 runs in game 2.

The second-place Senators sweep two from the Indians to move into 2nd place, winning 9-5 behind General Crowder, and 3-2 behind Firpo Marberry. Heinie Manush has 3 hits in the opener but goes hitless in game 2 to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 27.

Yankee P Hank Johnson cruises to a 15–0 4-hit win over the Browns. Ruth’s 24th homer paces the 18-hit attack. St. Louis earns a split in the nitecap, winning 10–6 behind Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the loser as the Yankees drop to 3rd place in the AL

24th The Yankees sweep their 2nd straight double header from the A’s, winning 10–6 and 11–1. Babe Ruth hits another 2 homers, setting a ML record of 8 homers in 6 games.

In the Cubs 6-1 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field, slugger Hack Wilson fouls a pitch into the stands, where it is caught by 17-year-old Arthur Porto. Porto is confronted by an usher who tells him the Cubs cannot “afford to let the customers walk off with their baseballs” and demands the return of the ball. Porto and two friends argue and are arrested by stadium security and charged with disorderly conduct. In court the next day, the judge issues a landmark decision, ruling that a ball hit into the stands belongs “to the boy who grabs it.” The charges are dismissed.

25th  Gabby Hartnett leads the Cubs to 13–12 win over Philadelphia by hitting 2 HRs and 2 singles, and driving in 7 runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th.

The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 5–4 and 16–4. Sam Byrd has a single, double and triple in the opener to pace New York, and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap, both off George Blaeholder, to back Red Ruffing’s pitching.

The Senators unload 11 runs in the 7th inning to beat Cleveland, 13–5. Bluege has 4 hits for the Nats.

26th  In a slugging match in New York, the Yankees top the Indians, 13-11. Tony Lazzeri hits a 4th inning grand slam to give New York a 10-2 lead. Johnny Hoddap, with a homer and 4 RBIs, leads a comeback that falls short for the Tribe.

27th  The A’s get slugging from their pitchers, but split a twinbill with the Browns. Lefty Grove hits a homer in the first game, but five A’s boots give the Browns an 8–2 win. Dick Coffman scatters 11 hits to win. In game 2, Jack Quinn, A’s pitcher who is 8 days shy of his 46th birthday, becomes the oldest player to hit a HR when he connects against the Browns Chad Kimsey. Quinn also picks up the victory, 8–3. Fellow sluggers Foxx and Simmons add homers.

A Ladies Day crowd swells the Wrigley Field attendance to a park record 51,556 (just 19,748 paid. Retrosheet lists the attendance at 48,000) to watch the Cubs 7–5 win over Brooklyn. Kiki Cuyler’s two-run 10th-inning HR is the clincher, as Guy Bush goes the route. Several of the 5 doubles are hit into the roped-off crowd. The Cubs trail the first-place Dodgers by a game.

The Pirates hold off a 9th inning rally by the Phils to win their 3rd straight over their cross-state rivals. Heine Meine is the winner, despite giving up 12 hits, including two doubles and two triples by Lefty O’Doul.

28th  The first night game in Detroit takes place at newly built Hamtramck Stadium as the Negro League Detroit Stars take on the Kansas City Monarchs. The stadium was opened May 11th when the Stars played the New York Cubans and Ty Cobb threw out the first ball.

29th  At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Indians, 7-6. The big producer for New York is rookie Jimmie Reese, who hits a 5th inning grand slam.

30th  Brooklyn, in need of an OF, buys Ike Boone from the San Francisco Missions (PCL) where he was hitting .448 through 83 games. In 1929 Boone compiled an all-time record of 553 total bases while hitting 55 homers and batting .407. Boone wasn’t even Brooklyn’s first choice; the Robins preferred another PCL batting star, Buzz Arlett, but he had his eye injured in a postgame fight when umpire Chet Chadbourne slugged the Oakland OF with his mask.

The Cubs move into first place ahead of Brooklyn by defeating the Giants, 10–3, at home. Sheriff Blake beats Joe Genewich for the victory.

JULY

2nd  Carl Reynolds of the White Sox hits three 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. He has 5 hits to go along with the 8 ribbies, a franchise record. In 2017, Garcia will have 5 hits and 7 RBI to come close. Reynolds’ unique feat of hitting a homer in each of the first three innings will not be matched until 2016, when Manny Machado does it. 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.

4th In the first of 2 games, Washington’s Sam Jones shuts out the Yanks, 8–0. In the nitecap Ruth hits his 32nd homer of the year, putting him 20 games ahead of his 1927 pace, but the Nats win again, 7–3.

In the morning half of the holiday doubleheader, the Giants spot Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance a 4-0 cushion after six innings, then come back to win, 5–4 in 11 innings. Brooklyn wins the afternoon game, 5–2, to cling to their precarious lead in the NL.

5th  Frankie Frisch, Cardinals 2B, ties Miller Huggins’ NL record with 16 chances in a game in which St. Louis defeats Cincinnati 6–4.

The Phillies lose a doubleheader to the Braves, 17–5 and 7–4, to drop into the cellar for the rest of the season, despite a team batting average of .315. Wally Berger homers in game 1, his 23rd, to tie Hack Wilson for the NL lead.

Chicago takes over 1st place in the NL with a 12–3 win at Pittsburgh. Five Cubs have 3 hits apiece.

Marking the first time two Negro-League teams play at Yankee Stadium, 20,000 watch the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox split a pair. Baltimore’s Rap Dixon has 3 HRs and for the Giants, Chino Smith has 2 HRs and a triple. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert donated the use of the stadium to benefit The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

7th On Babe Herman’s homer and 2 doubles, the Robins nose out the Reds, 2–1, and take over first place from the Cubs. Ray Moss wins the pitching duel over Bob Smith.

The host Phillies pound out 22 hits and still lose to the Giants, 13–12. New York totals 16 hits off three pitchers. Lefty O’Doul and Chuck Klein hit homers for the Quakers, but in the 9th inning with two on and two out, Carl Hubbell comes in to strike out Klein.

At Boston, Alvin Crowder pitches the Senators in first place, beating the Red Sox, 8–1. It is Crowder’s 5th win since joining the Nationals and the 8th in a row for the Senators. In a pre-season AP poll, the Senators were picked to finish in 7th place, just ahead of the Red Sox. Their stay at the top will be short-lived, however.

8th For the 2nd time in 5 days, the Yankees are shut out. This time the A’s Rube Walberg turns the trick, winning 4–0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It is the 2nd and last time the Yanks will be shut out this year.

9th  Milt Gaston of the Red Sox beats the Senators to stop a 10-game winning streak by the league-leading Senators beating the Nats, 5–1, in the nitecap of 2. The Senators win the opener, 5–2. In 1929 he halted an 11-game string by the A’s, the eventual winners.

The Yankees double up the visiting A’s, 12-6 as Bill Dickey contributes a grand slam for the New Yorkers. The loss drops the A’s a half game behind the leading Senators.

The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 8-0 and 6-4. Del Bissonette’s second grand slam of the season is the difference in game 2.

The Phillies come from behind in the last of the 9th to defeat the Giants 5–4. Chuck Klein’s double off Carl Hubbell drives in Lefty O’Doul from 2B.

The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 8-0 and 6-4. Del Bissonette’s second grand slam of the season is the difference in game 2.

10th  Fred Lindstrom has 5 hits to lead the Giants to a 19–8 rout the Phillies. This is the 3rd time he has accomplished this feat this season. The Giants score 10 runs in the 3rd and pound 3 pitchers for 26 hits. Chuck Klein hits his 25th homer in the 6th.

12th At Navin Field, the league-leading Senators split a pair with the Tigers, losing the opener, 3–2, and taking the nitecap, 7–5. Joe Judge’s homer and sacrifice fly led Detroit in the opener with Earl Whitehill picking up the complete game win. General Crowder takes the loss. The Nats win the nitecap, overcoming a 4–1 Detroit lead after 5 innings. Joe Cronin and Dave Harris clout solo homers for Washington, as Bobby Burke is the winner in relief.

The visiting A’s score ten runs in the 3rd inning to crush the Browns, 15–7. Jimmie Foxx and Ralph Kress hit homers as the bang out 20 hits, four by Joe Boley. Sam Gray last just 2 1/3 innings in taking the loss. Rube Walberg is given the win, despite pitching just 2 innings. Bill Shores mops up with seven innings of relief.

The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox, 11–6, and gain a split on the day. Chicago wins the opener, 11–7. In the 2nd game, the Sox score 4 in the 7th, but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning, Ruffing sails a homer into the RF stands to start the New York rally. Babe Ruth, his 3 day suspension over, collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that “during lulls in the activity, small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him, provoking the umpires’ displeasure.” The hitting honors for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits, including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball, then overthrows 3B. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unloads ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons pitching.

13th  Detroit’s Vic Sorrell stops the Senators, 5–4, to drop Washington out of first place. Sorrell’s single off Bobby Burke drives home Mark Koenig with the winning run. Every batter in Detroit’s lineup collects a hit, as the Tigers amass eleven safeties.

The defending champs, the Philadelphia A’s, move into first place by again beating the Browns, 12–1, and will remain in the lead the rest of the season.

With a little help from the Massachusetts Sunday baseball law, the Braves sweep a pair from the Cubs. Socks Seybold scatters 7 hits in the opener to beat Sheriff Blake, 2–1. In the nitecap, the Braves are ahead, 3–0, in the bottom of eight innings with the clock at 5:38, 2 minutes short of the informal cutoff. Boston’s Rabbit Maranville then fouls off an estimated 14 balls in an attempt to stall (as noted by Charlie Bevis in Double-headers). The Cubs score 4 in the 9th to take the lead, 4–3. The Braves have runners on 2B and 3B with one out in the bottom of the 9th when the police inform the umpire that the game must stop because it is 6:00. The score reverts to 3–0 and Bob Smith has a win. Guy Bush is the loser.

The Robins stay 2 ½ games ahead of the Cubs, despite losing to Pittsburgh, 1–0. Larry French scatters 9 hits, and the Robins strand 12 runners, to hand a tough loss to Jumbo Elliot. Paul Waner’s 7th inning ground out scores Joe Engle from 3B with the lone run.

14th Brooklyn takes a 12–3 lead over the Pirates after 5 innings, and Dazzy Vance puts it on auto for the last 4 innings, giving up 12 hits and 7 runs to win his 10th. Pittsburgh only hit in the first four innings is a bunt single by George Grantham. Captain Glenn Wright matches the Pirates by hitting two homers and two singles to drive in seven runs. Grantham and Wright will homer in every NL park this season, as 5 NLers do it.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10–9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey, 7–2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game, while Babe Ruth, nursing a sore hand, contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Tony Cuccinello knocks in 6 runs and Curt Walker scores 5 runs as Cincinnati trounces Carl Hubbell and the Giants, 14–8. Cooch has a homer, double and single, while Walker collects a homer and 2 doubles.

16th At a packed doubleheader in Ebbets Field, the Cubs Pat Malone stops the Dodgers 6–4 in the opener. The 2nd game is a free-for-all that features Brooklyn’s Del Bissonette trying to stretch a triple and being tagged out at home by Gabby Hartnett. Bissonette is knocked unconscious and leaves on a stretcher. Dodger P Dolf Luque, despite being hit by a pitch from Charlie Root, defeats the Cubs 5–3.

17th Dazzy Vance makes his first relief appearance of the year, holding the Cubs scoreless in the 9th inning of a 3–3 game. But Chicago scores 3 in the 13th off Dazzy to win, 6–3. Footsie Blair, who scored in the first after a triple, starts the rally in the 13th with a one out single. Reliever Guy Bush takes home the win.

At St. Louis, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 9th to ice a win with the Browns, 16-7. Harry Rice has a grand slam for third-place New York.

18th  Before 15,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Cards, 8–7. New York overcomes two homers by Frankie Frisch, a 3-run homer in the 3rd and another in the 8th with one on. Travis Jackson starts the rally with a leadoff single in the 9th and closes the scoring with another single.

The first place Robins drop a 6–2 decision to Sheriff Blake and the visiting Cubs. Del Bissonette’s 6th inning homer accounts for all the Robin scoring, while the Cubs make 12 hits, including three homers, in cutting Brooklyn’s lead to 17 percentage points.

In Chicago, the first-place A’s pound the White Sox, 15-1. Jimmie Foxx has a grand slam for the A’s. Double-X scores 4 runs and drives in 6. Foxx will collect 40 RBIs against the White Sox this season.

At Baker Bowl, the Reds top the Phils, 13-6, as Bob Meusel scores 5 runs.

Despite homers by Gehrig (25th) and Ruth (33rd), the Browns roll over the Yankees 14–6. Ruth adds a triple and double, but the Brownies counter with 18 hits off four New York hurlers. Goose Goslin and Oscar Melillo homer for St. Louis. Vic Sorrell gets credit for the win.

Behind Mark Koenig, the Tigers stitch the Red Sox, 7–6. The former Yankee shortstop has two singles, a three-run homer in the 4th, and starts a triple play in the 8th inning. McManus for Detroit and Earl Webb for Boston add homers. The Tigers also announce the sale of good-hitting Fats Fothergill to the White Sox.

Jimmie Foxx clouts two homers (#24 and #25) plus a double in leading the A’s to a 15–1 hosing of the White Sox. Foxx’s clouts come in the 3rd and 4th innings when the Mackmen score 11 times. Cochrane and Boley add homers as George Earnshaw coasts to the win. Al Simmons is 2-for-5 to keep his league leading average at .390.

The PCL rejects the universal draft, the new agreement demanded by the major leagues of the five big minor circuits. The International League rejected the demand on Thursday at their meeting in Buffalo.

The New Haven Profs join Providence in dropping out of the Eastern League because of financial difficulties.

19th The Cubs take a 3–1 lead against Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, who is lifted in the 8th, then score two more on an error by reliever Joe DeBerry. Chicago hangs on for a 5–4 win behind Joe Osborne.

At Cleveland, the Senators lose 5-2 in game 1, but roar back to win, 17-4 in game 2. Dave Harris has a grand slam for the Nats.

Maybe we should use a second light. In the first night game in the South Atlantic League, James Mooney of Charlotte strikes out 23 batters as Charlotte wins, 7-3, at Augusta.

21st  Four pinch-hit HRs are hit in a doubleheader split between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Hal Lee and Harvey Hendrick connect for Brooklyn, and George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley, for the Cards. The HRs are the first ML hits for both Lee and Puccinelli. Teammates Puccinelli and Bottomley connect in the same game, only the 3rd time to date that’s occurred. Hendrick’s pinch homer with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th gives Brooklyn a 9–8 win over Flint Rhem in the opener. Mancuso, Frisch and Bottomley add homers in the opener as the Cardinals score all the runs on homers. Led by Andy High’s 4 hits, the Redbirds outslug the Robins for a 17–10 win in the nitecap. In the nitecap. Brooklyn’s Hal Lee adds to the day’s homer barrage with his first ML hit, a 3-run pinch homer in the 2nd inning off Al Grabowski. The day’s carnage results in 54 hits, 44 runs, 18 extra base hits, and 11 errors. The split drops Brooklyn to 2nd place.

The Cubs ruin the first Ladies Day at the Polo Grounds as Pat Malone and Charlie Root shut out the Giants 6–0. Malone is the winner over Tiny Jim Chaplin. About 3,500 women are admitted free, and then see Hack Wilson club two homers, #28 and #29, to help Chicago move back into first place. Hack also whiffs with the bases jammed in the 9th. This is the first of regular Friday afternoon Ladies Day promotions that New York will be running.

Ruth cracks homer #35, Gehrig belts his 28th, his 3rd homer in 2 games, and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7–3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.

Dallas (Texas League) drops Grover Cleveland Alexander after he fails to stay in training.

22nd  Phillies pitcher Phil Collins hits home runs in the 4th and 5th innings of an 11–5 win over the Pirates. His two HRs are half of his career total. Teammate Pinky Whitney adds an inside-the-park homer in the 6th.

With Brooklyn beating the Cards, 1-0, the Cubs are in a virtual tie for first-place as they lose to the Giants, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds. Ethan Allen applies the finish with a 3rd-inning grand slam.

Behind Ed Coffman, the Browns outpoll the Senators, 3–1, for their 3rd win in a row over Washington. The Browns are the only team to have won more than they’ve lost against the 2nd place Nats so far this year.

Good-hitting pitcher George Uhle bangs a 2-run pinch single in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6–5 win over the first place A’s. Reliever Lefty Grove takes the loss, his 4th of the year, while Chief Hogsett is the Bengal victor. The two teams combine for 10 doubles, with Hayworth and McManus collecting a pair.

The Indians trip the Yankees twice, winning 6–5 and 10–8. Cleveland wins the opener for Willis Hudlin by scoring a pair in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks tie the nitecap at 8–8 when Ben Chapman scores on the front end of a double steal. Earl Averill breaks the tie with a two-run homer, his 2nd of the game, and his 2nd over the right field screen.

Night baseball comes to the PCL as the LA Angels host Sacramento and Seattle and Portland play under the lights as well. Portland beats Mission, 12-2, at Vaughn Street Park. Oakland will turn on the lights later this season.

23rd  Pie Traynor of the Pirates is responsible for two victories over the Phillies at Baker Bowl. His HR in the 9th off Roy Hansen seals the first game, 2–1, for Heine Meine. He comes through one mo’ time in the nitecap going 5-for-7 with a 3-run HR in the 13th to win 16–15. George Grantham scores 5 runs for the Bucs. Traynor’s 13th inning blast negates 27 hits by the Phils, including two homers by Don Hurst, for a then-record-tying team total 48 total bases. The Phils knot the score in the 8th, 9th, and 12th innings, but fall short in the 13th.

24th  The Cubs and Phils each bang out 17 hits, but the Cubs prevail 19–15. Kiki Cuyler has 4 hits and 4 runs; he’ll score 39 runs against the Phils this year. Footsie Blair has 4 hits and 5 RBIs. On the Phils side, Bernie Friberg has 3 hits and 5 RBIs. When Chuck Klein objects sharply to an 8th-inning strike call by umpire Lou Jorda he is banished for the first time in his career. Also ejected are Phils’ manager Burt Shotton, captain Fresco Thompson, and 1B Don Hurst. It is necessary to use 42-year-old Cy Williams in RF in the 9th, the only inning of play Klein will miss in 1930. With the win the Cubs (54–39) stay .007 behind Brooklyn, which divides a pair with the Reds.

Red Sox outfielder Earl Webb is 4-for-4 including a double and homer, to lead the Red Sox to an 8–5 win over the Browns. He also starts a double play to back Reb Russell’s pitching.

Despite the efforts of Chick Hafey, who goes 4-for-4 with 2 homers, the Braves edge the Cards, 5–4. Bob Smith picks up the win over Jess Haines. Braves rookie Wally Berger hits his 27th homer in going 4-for-4.

Jimmie Foxx clubs his 27th homer of the year, a 2-run shot in the 9th inning, to give the first-place A’s the victory, 8–6, over Cleveland. The drive, high into the CF bleachers off Willis Hudlin, scores Mickey Cochrane. Earlier, Cochrane hits his 22nd homer of the year to help Ed Rommel to the win.

In Detroit, the 3rd place Yankees beat the Tigers 7–2. Ruth clouts his 36th homer to help Roy Sherid win over Guy Cantrell.

25th Lefty Grove coasts to an easy win as the A’s beat up the Indians, 14–1. The first-place Mackmen use 10 walks, three homers, and a ML record pair of triple steals in handing the loss to Pete Jablonowski. Bishop, Miller, and Simmons hit the homers while the triple thefts come in the first inning (Simmons on the front end, Miller and Williams) and the 4th (Cochrane scores with Simmons and Foxx on the back end). Miller had four hits to lead the A’s.

At Cincinnati, the Robins down the Reds, 7–2, to maintain a half-game lead on the Cubs. Brooklyn pins the loss on Red Lucas, with the big blows being two run-triples by both Taffy Wright and Johnny Frederick.

The Cubs pound 15 of their 16 hits off the Phils starter Ray Benge to beat the Phils, 9–5. Danny Taylor, playing in place of Riggs Stephenson has four of the Cubs hits, including a triple. Nelson, the first of three Cubs pitchers, is the winner.

The 3rd-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers, 14–7. Detroit takes the early lead, knocking out Wells in the first inning with five runs, but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5–4. Gehrig adds a single, triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.

The Yankees option Lefty Gomez to St. Paul. Gomez, out the past five weeks following a dental operation, will be replaced by righty Walter Brown from Tulsa (Western L.).

26th  Phils pitchers continue their consistency, giving up 5 HRs to the Cubs in a 16–2 pasting. Hack Wilson has 3 of the homers, increasing his total to 32, while Gabby Hartnett and winning pitcher Pat Malone add the other two. Phil Collins, the ace of the weak Phillies staff, is routed by the 9 run attack in the first two innings.

At the Polo Grounds, Bill Terry collects a double and two homers to lead the Giants to a 10–4 come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Memphis Bill’s 2nd homer is inside-the-park against Erv Brame, the loser to Fred Fitzsimmons. Giants manager John McGraw, who skips the game to look over the Montreal Royals in Canada, opines, “ This lively ball is hurting baseball. I think the club owners ought to get together on it. I suppose six out of eight teams in each league would like to see it go. It has taken the confidence out of pitchers. The ball is so lively that fielders cannot handle it and throw it to the plate. Bunting is gone—the ball is too lively. And baserunning has disappeared. The public liked that. Those plays were always close.” Flubber??

Tiger rookie Liz Funk hits a grand slam as Detroit whips the visiting Yankees, 12-8. Funk appeared in one game for the Yankees last year.

At Boston, 33,000 fans are on hand for Rabbit Maranville Day and to watch the Braves play a doubleheader with the Cardinals. The captain-shortstop receives numerous gifts between games, including a car, a chest of silver, and a $1,000 in gold. A three run rally in the 8th by St. Louis wins the opener, 5–4, for Burleigh Grimes. The Braves win the nitecap, 6–5, behind sterling relief work by Bob Smith. Cards’ acting manager Frankie Frisch has 4 hits and a stolen base in game 2.

27th  In the most efficient relief appearance in history, Cincinnati hurler Ken Ash comes in for Larry Benton and throws just one pitch against the Chicago Cubs. With the Reds trailing 3–2 in the top of the 6th, Ash’s pitch to Charlie Grimm results in a 4-5-2-3-5 triple play. All three outs come on tags, with 3B Tony Cuccinello making 2 putouts. Ash is hauled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th and the Reds score 4 times, then hold on for a 6–5 win. Ash receives credit for the victory, his last (of 6) in the ML. Mike Marshall will duplicate the one pitch-three outs in the 1970s.

28th At the Polo Grounds, it again is Bill Terry leading the Giants to a 5–4 win, this time over the last-place Phils. Terry has 4 hits, including two homers, and his bases-loaded sac fly in the 9th drives home the winner. Jim Chaplin is the winner over Earl Collard.

With the official temperature at 107 degrees in St. Louis, Ted Lyons and the White Sox beat the Browns, 6–5. A run behind going into the 9th, the Sox tie it on Bill Cissell’s single and Bennie Tate’s double, then score the winner on Lyon’s double. Goose Goslin hits his 22nd homer for St. Louis, and his 4th in two days.

At Cleveland, the Indians also come from behind to win in the 9th, 7–6 over the Tigers. Tiger pitcher Elon Hogsett breaks a 5–5 tie by hitting a solo shot in the 9th, then gives up two runs on a double by Twitchie Porter. Pete Jablonowski (after 1933, he plays as Pete Appleton) scores the 7th run to pick up the win.

The Cubs sweep the Reds, 3–2 and 5–3, behind Charlie Root and Guy Bush. Benny Frey and Jakie May take the losses. In game two, Hack Wilson drives home Kiki Cuyler in the 4-run 3rd inning, but Charley Grimm get credited on the official scorecard with the RBI. This “lost RBI” would give Wilson 191 ribbies for the year, and will finally be corrected by ML baseball in 1999. As James Braswell will first note in 1977, the lost ribbie gives Wilson 11 straight games (July 24-August 5) with at least one RBI, a ML mark that Wilson will share with Mel Ott.

29th Despite a Hack Wilson HR, Eppa Rixey pitches the visiting Reds to a 4–3 win over the Cubs. Sheriff Blake takes the loss. The hot-hitting Hack will add homers on August 1st, 2nd, and 5th.

Cleveland hands the Tigers a four-run lead, then roars back to win 14–7. Four walks plus three hits off Guy Cantrell gives the Indians 7 runs in the 2nd inning. In the inning, Earl Averill hits his 10th homer and a double. Reliever Milt Shoffner pitches 7 1/3 innings for the win.

Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk, but Gehrig supplies the big blows in New York’s 12–3 win over the host A’s. After Ruth opens the 4th with a single, Gehrig hits his 30th homer into left-center field. In the 5th, Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the RF wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Henry Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig’s hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390, as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.

30th  Cincinnati loses an exhibition night game at Indianapolis. In 1935 the Reds will inaugurate night baseball in the majors.

31st Hazel Johnson, wife of Senators’ manager Walter, dies in Washington. She suffered from heat exhaustion after driving from Kansas last week in what is the hottest month to date in U.S. history. She leaves 5 children.

The Giants use a 20-hit attack to subdue the Braves, 11–5. Fred Lindstrom has 4 singles to reach the 1,000 hit level at age 24.

Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam, off Boston’s Ed Durham, to lead the Yankees to a 14–13 slugfest over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now slugged 5 grand slams in the past 5 weeks.

AUGUST

1st Fred Lindstrom supplies the power for the Giants, driving in 6 runs with a double, single, and 2 HRs. He adds a stolen base as the Giants beat the Braves, 10–4. Yesterday the 24-year-old collected his career 1,000th hit.

At Fenway, Babe Ruth crashes a 1st inning solo homer into the CF bleachers, off Hod Lisenbee, and a two-run homer over the RF wall in the 9th, off Milt Gaston, o lead the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox.

2nd  Playing under Kansas City’s portable light system, the Pittsburgh (later Homestead) Grays 44-year-old hurler Smokey Joe Williams (27 strikeouts) spins a one-hitter to defeat the Monarchs’ Chet Brewer (19 strikeouts, including 10 in a row starting in the 7th) 1–0 in a fiercely contested 12-inning matchup. Oscar Charleston scores the only run.

3rd  In the 1st of two in a doubleheader sweep over the Braves, Chuck Klein hits safely in his 26th consecutive game, the 2nd time this season he has run a streak to this length. He will hit safely in 135 of his team’s 156 games in 1930. Klein, who hit .434 in the stretch, is stopped in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Phils win, 11–5 and 4–1.

At Washington, the Senators divide a pair with Boston, winning 11–2 and losing 7–1. Joe Judge manages the Nats with Walter Johnson in mourning, Senator players will act as pall bearers at Mrs. Johnson’s funeral tomorrow.

4th At Philadelphia, Lefty Grove helps himself to his 17th win by belting a 3-run homer in the 2nd. Al Simmons adds two triples and a 2-run homer as the A’s beat Boston, 13–4.

At Detroit, Charley Gehringer hits a CF homer with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 7–3 win over Chicago. It was Gehringer’s 4th hit and 2nd homer as he drives in 6 runs. It is Gehringer’s 2nd 12th inning homer in a month: he hit one against Cleveland on July 4. Gehringer’s first homer today is an IPHR: he’s the first player since Jocko Fields in 1890 to collect a grand slam and IPHR in the same game. Roger Maris will do it in 1958.

6th   Three shots of Rye. Eugene Mercantelli, under the name Gene “Half Pint” Rye, hits 3 HRs in the 8th inning as Waco (Texas) racks up 18 runs in the frame against Beaumont. Waco wins 22–4. Rye leads off the 8th with a solo homer off Jerry Mallett, then hits a 3-run homer off Walter Newman. Newman is still on the mound when Rye comes up for the 3rd time, this at bat with the bases loaded. The 5’ 6” Rye will have 39 ML at bats and get 7 hits, all singles. Rye sets four organized baseball records for one inning with 12 total bases, 9 extra bases, 3 HRs, and 8 RBI (since tied). In 1931, Rye will hit .179 for the Red Sox in 17 games.

8th  In St. Louis, the first place Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 11–5 and are now 12 games ahead of the 4th place Birds (53-52). The Cubs win to stay close in 2nd place and the Giants sweep a pair to stay 5 ½ games behind in third place. But it will be the 4th-place Cardinals who will make the charge.

At Wrigley, the Cubs have runners on 1st and 2B in the 6th with one out, when Guy Bush tops a ball in front of the plate and Braves catcher Bill Cronin grabs the ball and tags out Bush, then throws to 3B to catch Charlie Grimm. Grimm hits a 3-run homer in the next inning as the Cubs take a 6-0 lead. Wally Berger hits a solo homer in the 9th and Freddie Maguire reaches base with 2 outs for the Braves. He goes to 2B unmolested but when he gets greedy, Gabby Hartnett throws him out at 3B to end the game.

9th  John Stone, Detroit OF, doubles in 2 runs in the 6th inning against Boston as the Tigers win 3–0. Stone has now hit in 26 straight games, but will go hitless in tomorrow’s Sunday game at Fenway. His streak started with a triple in the 2nd game of a July 12 doubleheader. Vic Sorrell tosses today’s shutout.

The A’s increase their AL lead with a second straight doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, winning 9–2 and 3–0. Jimmie Foxx’s 32nd homer, off Caraway with two on in the 8th, gives Ed Rommel the win. The second place Senators drop a pair to the Indians.

10th   In a Sunday doubleheader in St. Louis, 21,000 fans cheer as the Cards sweep two from the first place Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes takes the opener 8–2, despite Babe Herman starting a triple play for Brooklyn. Bill Hallahan K’s 12 to win the nitecap 4–0. The 4th place Cards are now 9 games behind Brooklyn.

Before 45,000 fans, the Cubs sweep two from the Boston Braves at Wrigley to move a game in back of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drives home 7 runs on 3 homers, the last his 39th, to back up Charlie Root’s 3-hit shutout in the opener. The Cubs win 6–0 beating Bob Smith. Pat Malone completes the sweep. twirling a 5-hitter to beat Bruce Cunningham, 11–1, in the nitecap.

The last place Phillies win 18–0, as Claude “Weeping” Willoughby defeats the Reds in the first game of a twin bill, then take the 2nd game, 4–3. Chuck Klein and Lefty O’Doul each total 6 hits in the 2 games. The Phils will tie the ML mark they set last season by playing just six shutout games, winning 4 and losing 2. Today’s shutout margin ties a team record set in 1910.

At Fenway, Detroit’s Earl Whitehill wins his 9th straight, beating the Red Sox, 4–2. The Sox score their 2 runs in the 9th. Detroit collects 9 hits, but John Stone goes hitless ending his 26-game hitting streak.

11th The Cubs displace Brooklyn for the league lead, completing a 4-game sweep with the Braves. Cubs P Bud Teachout wins the final game, 4–3, in 10 innings.

12th With 40,000 fans on hand at Wrigley Field, Dazzy Vance gives up 14 hits and walks 4 but strands 16 Cubs runners. With the game tied, 2–2, in the 11th Riggs Stephenson bounces a single to drive in the winning run. Brooklyn loads the bases in both the 9th and 10th but comes up dry; in the 8th Brooklyn adds up a triple by Babe Herman, a walk to Dale Bissonette, and an Al Lopez single for zero runs.

14th  Wes Ferrell of Cleveland breezes to a 15–0 win over the league-leading A’s for his 20th win. Ferrell has 2 of the Tribe’s 20 hits, while Ed Morgan has a homer and 5 RBIs. Jack Quinn takes the loss.

The Cubs top the faltering Dodgers, 5–1, as Pat Malone (14-6) picks up the victory.

16th  Lefty Grove (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season, and 6th in a row, beating the Browns in Philadelphia, 4–2. Grove drives in the first two runs in the 2nd off Dick Coffman, who gives up 9 hits in the loss. The Browns net 10 hits off Grove.

At Wrigley, the league-leading Cubs nip the Phillies, 10–9, the play to a 3–3 tie in 11 innings before darkness intervenes. The Phils score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 9–8 lead, but Gabby Hartnett’s drive wins the game for Chicago. Hack Wilson hits his 41st homer in the opener which also extends Wilson’s consecutive-game hit streak to 22 games, the second time this season he has reached that mark. The Phils manage just two hits in the nitecap, but take a 3–0 lead into the 9th. But Chicago scores a run on a balk by Stephenson, then Woody English cracks a two-run homer to tie.

Meanwhile, the 2nd place Dodgers split with the Pirates, winning 7–5 before losing 6–2.

18th  Woody English scores 5 runs and Hack Wilson hits his 42nd HR, as the Cubs crush the Phillies 17–3. Pat Malone contributes another HR and goes the distance for the win.

19th  Goose Goslin hits 3 consecutive HRs for St. Louis to back George Blaeholder’s 7–0 shutout of the Philadelphia A’s. He finishes with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

In the first of two, Chicago’s Hack Wilson connects off Phils P Sugar Sweetland for his 43rd HR, tying Chuck Klein’s NL record set last year. In RF, Klein waves to Wilson as he circles the bases. The Phils hold on for a 10-9 win. The second game ends in a 6–6 tie after 16 innings as each team collects 15 hits. The recently signed George Kelly, filling in for the injured Charlie Grimm, collects 7 hits in the doubleheader including five in game 2.

21st  Chick Hafey hits for the cycle, as the Cards beat the Phillies at St. Louis, 16–6.

Wally Roettger hits a grand slam and the Giants score 6 runs in the first inning at Wrigley. New York goes on to beat the Cubs, 13-6, and move within two games of first place.

22nd Dazzy Vance is given little support against the Reds. Pitcher Red Lucas’ fly ball in the 8th is misjudged and two runs score, and Brooklyn loses, 4–1.

Chicago bookends five runs in the 1st and 8th inning to defeat the Giants, 12-4, and move to three games ahead of New York in the NL race. Gabby Hartnett chips in with a grand slam.

23rd  The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yankees will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.

The Giants’ Fred Lindstrom singles to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, but Pat Malone tops Carl Hubbell for a 4–2 Cubs win.

In the first of two at Forbes Field, Pirate rookie Spades Woods notches his first ML win, shutting out Boston, 5-0. He also triples and scores. Pie Traynor runs his hitting streak to 22-straight games. Pie is hitless in the 2-1 win in game 2.

George Earnshaw give the A’s a 2–0 win over Detroit. Earnshaw scatters 9 hits to win his 20th.

24th New York’s Fred Lindstrom has his 24-game hit streak stopped as the Giants lose to the Cubs 3–2. The game is tied 2-all in the bottom of the 9th, when the Cubs load the bases with 2 out. With the count 0-and-2, Danny Taylor the runner on 3rd, slides safely home as surprised Giant reliever Joe Heving watches and then completes his deliberate windup with a wide pitch (as noted by Jan Larson). This is the second game-ending steal of home this season.

25th  Tommy Bridges walks 12 Brownies, but Detroit still beats St. Louis, 7–5 as the rookie Bridges records his first ML win. Waite Hoyt gets the last out for the Tigers after St. Louis scores 4 runs in the 9th.

26th  Hack Wilson has 4 RBIs to lead the Cubs over the Pirates 7–5. Wilson cracks a 2-run single in the 5th, but then allows a Lloyd Waner liner to skip by him for an inside-the-park-HR, and vows to atone. He hits his 44th HR, off young Larry French, breaking Chuck Klein’s one-year-old NL record.

In San Francisco, Dolph Camilli’s brother, Frankie, dies after a boxing match yesterday with heavyweight Max Baer. Fighting under the name Frankie Campbell, he has his neck broken in the 5th round by a Baer punch and never recovers. Camilli, a star for Sacramento (PCL), will win the NL MVP in 1941.

28th  The Cards outlast the league-leading Cubs, 8–7, in a 20-inning game at Wrigley Field. Andy High’s single scores the winning run, even though High was tagged out trying the reach 2nd base. Taylor Douthit’s run is ruled to have scored before the out. Hack Wilson leaves the game with a strained back after a big swing.

Brooklyn beats up on Giants ace Carl Hubbell, scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning, en route to a win, 8–7. Dazzy Vance is the victor.

At League Park, Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd as the Indians trounce the White Sox, 10-5. The loss goes to Dutch Henry (2-17), who lasts just 2/3 of an inning. Henry has made 16 starts and lost 15 of them: his only two wins came in relief.

Despite 7 RBIs from Harry Heilmann, four coming home on a grand slam off Ray Kremer in the 1st inning, the Reds drop a 16-12 decision to the Pirates in game 1. In game 2, Pittsburgh wins again, 11-3.

29th  In the Cubs’ 2nd successive extra-inning game, Pat Malone beats Burleigh Grimes, 9–8, in 13 innings to halt the Cardinals’ 9-game win streak. Sparky Adams has his second 5-hit game of the season for the Birds. With captain Charlie Grimm out of the lineup with a spike wound, the Cubs sign George Kelly, released a month earlier by Reds.

A little comedy is injected into an 11-inning, 9–8 Braves victory over the Phillies. The Braves Rabbit Maranville makes the 3rd out of the 4th inning in a steal attempt at 2B. He argues vigorously and at length. Fresco Thompson of the Phils finally tires of it, picks up the scrappy little guy and carries him to his position at SS.

White Sox P Pat Caraway shuts out the Indians 3–0, but he has to go 13 innings to do it. The Sox out hit the Tribe 15 to 3 .

30th New York’s Carl Hubbell loses to Brooklyn 1–0 giving up a run in the 9th. With a runner on 3rd, King Carl walks 2 intentionally and then walks in the winning run. Giant coach Dave Bancroft argues the call with umpire Lou Jorda so loudly that he is suspended for 3 games.

Hack Wilson returns to the Cubs lineup and drives in 6 runs on his 45th and 46th homers of the year to lead Chicago over the Cardinals, 16–4. For August, Hack hits 13 homers and drive in 53 runs.

31st  Bill Hallahan, on the way to becoming the NL strikeout leader, fans 12 as the Cards beat the Cubs, 8–3.

With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs, the Giants edge the Braves 4–3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game, Mel Ott hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs to drive in 6 runs, but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit 3 straight homers, joining Goose Goslin (August 19, 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2, 1930), George Kelly (September 17, 1923), and Cap Anson (August 6, 1884). The final score is Boston 14, New York, 10.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers also roll up a football-like score when they tally 23 hits, including round trippers by Babe Herman, Glenn Wright, and Rube Bressler, to stomp the Phils 14–3. Six players have 3 or more hits.

Ed Morgan and Johnny Hodapp club 7th inning homers as the Indians plate 10 runs in the frame to break away from the Browns, 17-6. Each have 4 hits and 3 runs.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Cardinals take a pair from the Pirates, winning 11-6 and 5-1, and along with Brooklyn and New York, stay bunched behind first-place Chicago. Cincy takes a pair from the Cubs, winning, 5–0, behind Red Lucas, and, 2–1, behind Benny Frey.

In the 2nd of two games, Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell tops the Browns, 9–5 in 8 innings, for his 13th straight win. The Indians take the opener as well, winning 13–8, despite Brownie pitcher Dick Porter hitting a grand slam off Willis Hudlin.

A Labor Day crowd of 72,000 packs Yankee Stadium to see the World Champion A’s split with the New Yorkers. The A’s take the opener, 3–2, with reliever Lefty Grove striking out Ruth with 2 on to end the game. Ruth drives in a run in the nitecap, 2–0 Yankee win. Red Ruffing pitches his 2nd two hitter in 2 weeks to beat George Earnshaw.

4th  Rogers Hornsby returns to the Chicago lineup as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 10–7, in 10 innings. Jesse Petty, purchased from the Bucs on August 24th, picks up the victory, the last one of his career. Hornsby had been absent since Memorial Day because of a broken ankle. The Cubs are in first place, but the Cards, after thrashing the Reds 13–2, move into a tie for 2nd place with the Giants. The Giants lose to the Braves, 7–1.string of 12 straight hits beginning on September 2.

Hollywood (PCL) first baseman Mickey Heath goes 5-for-5 against the Missions to complete a string of 12 straight hits beginning on September 2. Heath’s mark of 12 straight hits (and a walk) will be tied by Ted Beard in 1954. Heath will start the 1931 season with Cincinnati.

5th The Braves win their 3rd in a row from the Giants, 6–4, to drop New York to 3rd place in the NL, 6 games in back of Chicago. The idle Cards now are in 2nd all alone.

6th  In the first game of a doubleheader, Ted Lyons of Chicago beats Wes Ferrell of Cleveland, 2–1, ending Ferrell’s winning streak at 13. It’s Ferrell’s first defeat since losing to Detroit on July 4 by a run. Lyons drives in the winning run with a triple to win his 20th on the year. Cleveland wins the nitecap, 4–2. Only 2 bases on balls are issued in the doubleheader, tying the AL mark: it won’t be matched the rest of the century.

At Forbes Field, the Cubs overcome a 12–8 Pirate lead after 7 innings, by scoring 4 runs in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to outshoot the Pirates, 19–14. Wilson hits his 47th homer, to keep the Cubs in 1st place in the NL race.

The Phillies, losers 18–5 to the Giants on the 2nd, end a 3-day rest by dropping a 22–8 decision to the host Dodgers. The same 4 pitchers—Collard, Elliott, Phillips, and Sweetland—are on the mound for the Quakers.

After losing 3 straight to the Braves, the Giants manage a sweep of Boston, winning 13–1 and 7–2. In the opener, Terry hits a HR, Mel Ott adds 3 hits, and starter Fred Fitzsimmons chips in with 2 hits. Third sacker Fred Lindstrom is knocked cold by a grounder off the bat of Boston’s Buster Chatham. The Giants are now tied for 2nd place with the Cards.

Pitching 4 innings of hitless relief, Lefty Grove wins his 25th game, beating the Red Sox, 3–1, in 10 innings. Mickey Cochrane’s 2-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th is the winner.

7th Before 36,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park, the Cards sweep 2 from the Reds, 4–2 and 11–6, to leave the Birds just 2 ½ games in back of the Cubs.

In his major league debut, Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo shuts out the Braves, 2–0.

8th After the Red Sox take the opener from the Browns, 4–3, the 2 teams battle to a 10-inning scoreless tie in the nitecap. George Blaeholder allows 3 Sox hits, 2 by Alex Gaston, while brother Milt Gaston gives up 8 hits.

9th The first place Cubs, sporting a team average of .311, invade Brooklyn and are shut out by rookie Ray Phelps, 3–0.

10th Forty-one-year-old Dolf Luque hands the Cubs another whitewash as Brooklyn wins, 6–0. Chicago’s lead over the Cards and Brooklyn is now 1 ½ games.

At Braves Field, Tom Zachary (10-5) allows 4 hits and Wally Berger hits his 34th homer as the Braves trim the Pirates, 5-0. One of the Pirate safeties is by Paul Waner who runs his hit streak to 21 straight games.

Detroit’s Vic Sorrell beats the A’s 4–0 for the AL’s last shutout this season. The 41 shutouts is a major league low.

11th The Cubs finally score, but still lose to 2–1 to Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, who strikes out 13 Chicagoans. Hack Wilson’s homer today is the only Cub run in the series, while Glenn Wright’s 2-run homer in the 1st is all the Robins scoring.

12th  Brooklyn C Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati LF Bob Meusel, and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field for a three-run homer. Brooklyn wins, 7–3, for their 8th straight win; the Reds go the other way recording their 8th straight loss.

The Cubs offense finally comes to life, as Chicago feasts on Philley pitching to win 17–4. Hack Wilson has a HR, two doubles and a pair of singles in the game.

13th At Philley, the Phils knock the Cubs out of 1st place winning, 7–5. Game 2 is called in the 3rd inning because of rain. Lefty O’Doul’s 2-run pinch homer in the bottom of the 8th snaps a 5–5 tie.

Brooklyn beats the Reds, 4–3, for their 9th straight win. Brooklyn moves ahead of the Cubs and is percentage points behind the Cards.

14th  Brooklyn becomes the 3rd team in 3 days to lead the NL, beating Cincinnati 13–5, their 10th straight win, while the Cards split a doubleheader in Boston. Babe Herman once again stops to watch a HR disappear for a record 2nd time in one season. This time, Glenn Wright bounces a ball into the CF stands and lopes past the awestruck Herman to reduce the bounce HR to a single. The Robins score 6 runs in the 1st inning, the 7th straight game they’ve tallied in the first frame. Brooklyn (83-60) ends the day a half game in front of St. Louis, and a game ahead of the Cubs.

15th  The Dodgers win their 11th straight, 13–5, to sweep the Reds and keep a one-game lead on the Cardinals. Brooklyn scores 6 in the first, the 7th straight game they’ve scored in the opening frame, to knock out Red Lucas. They would’ve score more in the frame; Glenn Wright’s liner reaches the bleachers but Wright, unsure if the hit is a HR, runs hard and passes baserunner Babe Herman who was at 1B. It is the 2nd time this season that Herman has been passed on the basepaths on a homer.

Newspapers carry the story of the strange disappearance of Cardinals P Flint Rhem on the eve of a crucial series in Brooklyn. Rhem will reappear in two days.

The Cubs split a pair in Philadelphia when Lefty O’Doul again pinch-hits a HR, this time in the 9th, to beat the Cubs 12–11 in the first game. It is the 2nd consecutive game that O’Doul has produced a pinch-hit homer. In the 2nd game of the day’s doubleheader, Hack Wilson hits his 50th HR to pace the Cubs to a 6–4 win. Kiki Cuyler scores 3 runs in the two games to finish with 39 runs (of his 155) against the Phils this season.

16th  At Ebbets Field, the Cards (82–60) and Dodgers (84–60) square off before 30,000. Cards P Bill Hallahan retires the first 20 batters, before he fumbles a grounder. A single in the 8th spoils his no-hitter. The Cards finally score in the 10th on a single by Taylor Douthit after Andy High hits a pinch double and hold on for a dramatic 1–0 win over starter Dazzy Vance. [As a leadoff batter, Douthit will knock in record 84 runs, a mark that Dom DiMaggio will tie in 1948.] The victory gives the Cards 1st place by a percentage point over the Brooklyn, losers for the first time in 12 games, their longest win streak in franchise history. The Cubs are in 3rd, just 1 ½ out.

At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell sets the 3rd place Cubs back, winning 7–0, while striking out 10. Chicago trails by 1.5 games.

The Phils score 5 runs in the 9th inning to tie the Pirates 10–10, The Bucs score 4 runs in the top of the 10th, then the Phils plate another 5 to win 15–14. The Phils use a triple play in the 8th inning to keep the Bucs from scoring.

17th  Earl Averill, Cleveland OF, hits 3 HRs, including a grand slam, in succession and narrowly misses a 4th when the umpire rules a long drive foul. The Indians take the opener, 13–7. He hits another HR the first time up in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, which Washington wins, 6–4. Earl tallies a since-topped major-league record 11 RBIs for the afternoon.

The Braves Wally Berger adds 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Reds en route to a rookie record. Berger now has 37. The Braves and Reds divide today’s games, 6-3 to the Braves in game 1 and 6-4 Reds in game 2.

Flint Rhem, missing for 24 hours, returns to the Cardinals’ hotel with an improbable story that he was kidnapped by gamblers, taken to New Jersey, and forced to drink bootleg whiskey. With Rhem unfit, Syl Johnson starts. The Cards rally to win 5–3 and take a game lead over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. For the 2nd straight game, Andy High hits a pinch double, this time in the 9th to drive in 2 runs. Years later Rhem sets the record straight, saying he went to a small party, had several drinks and woke up the next morning in his hotel “sicker than I have been in my life.” When Branch Rickey showed up the following day with some newspapermen, Rhem was still sick. “’Shad,’ Rickey asked me. ‘What’s the matter with you? I guess someone kidnapped you.’” Rhem said, “Those writers outside the door took that little conversation and built up the story.”

Hack Wilson hits his 51st and 52nd HRs, each with man on, to break Gehrig’s RBI record of 175 set in 1927. The Cubs beat the Giants 5-2 at the Polo Grounds.

18th  The Philadelphia Athletics clinch the AL championship for the 2nd year in a row, defeating the White Sox 14–10. Al Simmons contributes 4 hits, including a HR, his 36th, in the win. Jimmie Foxx hits his 35th and drives in 5 runs. Double X will have 40 of his 156 RBIs against Chicago.

Burleigh Grimes pitches his 15th victory of the year to give the Cardinals a 4–3 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of the series. The Birds now lead the NL by 2 games.

Ray Kremer wins his 20th as the Pirates edge the Phillies, 6–5. Chuck Klein has 4 hits for the Phils, including homers #35 and #36.

19th  At Chicago, the White Sox score 4 in the 7th and 5 in the 9th, but it is not enough as the Yankees win, 18-9. Earle Combs scores 5 runs for the Yankees. Carl Reynolds has 3 RBI for the Sox, and clubs his 21st homer. He is the first White Sox player to hit 20 homers in a season.

20th  The Cubs pennant hopes get dimmer as the Braves drop the Bruins, 3–2. Bob Smith scatters 6 hits to win for Boston. Just acquired reliever Jesse Petty, who is replaced by Blake in the 3rd frame after giving up three runs, is the Cubs loser.

A sober Flint Rhem pitches the Cardinals to a 9–3 win over the Phillies in the first of two at Philadelphia. The Cards break a 2–2 tie with a 7-run outburst in the 7th. Gus Mancuso paces the winners with a pair of homers, while Chuck Klein homers for the Quakers. The Phils take the nitecap, 4–3, scoring the winning run on Friberg’s rap with no outs in the 9th. Chuck Klein hits his 57th double in the nitecap.

In the Internationals League, Joe Hauser of the Baltimore Orioles sets a new minor league record by hitting his 63rd HR. At Buffalo, 40-year-old Dave Danforth of Buffalo strikes out 20 Red Wing batters as Buffalo beats Rochester, 8-1, Danforth pitched 10 years in the AL, finishing in 1925.

21st The Robins drop their 5th decision in a row, losing 7–6 to the Pirates. The loss puts Brooklyn in 3rd place behind the Cubs.

Former Brooklyn second baseman Billy Rhiel, playing for Portland (PCL), pulls off an unassisted triple play against Seattle.

23rd  Pennant-bound St. Louis hands Flint Rhem an 11–0 lead, but he can’t hold it against the Phils. There are 42 hits in the contest as the Cards stagger to a 19–16 win at Philadelphia. Rookie Tony Rensa hits a grand slam for the Phils, while Sparky Adams and Frankie Frisch have 4 hits apiece; 4 others have 3 hits apiece. In the stands scouting the Redbirds are Connie Mack and several A’s players. Chuck Klein, an expert in handling the rebounds off the RF wall at Baker Bowl, makes his 44th assist, well above the record of 39 set by Mike Mitchell with the Reds in 1907. The Phils’ pitching staff, as they’ve done every year since 1918, will post the NL’s highest ERA mark: this year 6.702 is the all-time high. The batting average for the entire NL at Baker Bowl this year is .350: Klein’s average at home is .439 for the season.

24th Behind Lefty Grove’s 31st win of the year, the Athletics belt the Red Sox, 9–4. For Grove, it is his 11th straight win over Boston. Lefty will lead the league in wins and saves, the last pitcher to do so.

25th  Joe McCarthy, not receiving the support of Cubs owner William Wrigley, resigns as manager. Rogers Hornsby is named to finish the season and manage in 1931. McCarthy will not be idle long, and will sign with the Yankees next month.

Harry Hooper, former Red Sox and White Sox star OF, is named baseball coach at Princeton University.

Burleigh Grimes wins his 16th as the Cards shut out the Pirates 9–0. The Cards are now 7–12 vs. the Bucs and lead the Cubs by 3 games.

26th  St. Louis tops the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2nd day in a row, as 37-year-old Jesse Haines pitches the Cards to a 10–5 pennant-clinching win. Rookie George Watkins has 3 hits, including a HR, and will finish the year with a .373 average, the highest ever for a rookie. He’ll also set a NL rookie mark with a slugging average of .621. Ted Williams will set it for the AL with a .609 mark. Paul Waner has a homer and 2 RBIs for the Bucs.

27th  Hack Wilson clubs 2 HRs off Eppa Rixey to finish with a still-standing NL record of 56 round trippers. Gabby Hartnett adds two homers of his own to help Pat Malone win his 20th victory, 13–8, over the Reds at Wrigley.

At Ebbets Field, the Robins and Braves divide a pair, with Brooklyn taking the opener, 8–2, behind Dazzy Vance. Vance fans 12. Eddie Moore clubs a fourbagger for the Brooks that bounces into the LF bleachers, the last bounce homerun in ML history. The AL banned bounce homers after the 1929 season; the NL will conform after this season. Almost overlooked in game 2 is Wally Berger’s 38th HR for the Braves, as Boston tops Brooklyn 7–1. It is a record for rookies and still stands as an NL record.

At Detroit, the Tigers split a pair with the White Sox, coming from behind to win the opener, 6-5 and losing the nitecap 10–5 behind the pitching of infielder Mark Koenig. The Sox rattle Koenig for 10 hits and 10 runs before he takes over for McManus at 3B in the 7th inning. This will be Koenig’s only ML decision, though he will make three more mound appearances for the Bengals in 1931.

At Philadelphia, the Yankees smite the first-place A’s, 10-8. Babe Ruth contributes a pair of homers, both off George Earnshaw. The first is a solo homer in the 3rd inning that goes over the scoreboard in right center and hits a porch across the street. An inning later, Ruth hits a grand slam, his 49th homer of the year.

28th  Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame, the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park, and hurls a 9–3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Gehrig takes Ruth’s LF position, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at 1B, and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons, who sits out the last game, leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1,000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1,067, but finish 2nd.

The Cubs bring down the season’s curtain as Wilson has his 189th and 190th RBI in a 13–11 victory over the Reds. Wilson’s major league RBI record will remain untouched except to revise it upward by 1. With Riggs Stephenson and Kiki Cuyler each driving in 100 runs, the Cubs repeat as the first all-100 RBI outfield this century. The Boston outfield in 1894 also had the same credentials.

In a 10-inning 7-6 win over the hapless Phillies, Bill Terry goes hitless as the Giants edge the Dodgers for 3rd place. He still finishes at .401, and is the last NL player to hit over .400. The Giants set a 20th-century single season batting average record of .319 (the Philadelphia Phillies hit .349 in 1894). Mel Ott hits his 25th homer and Freddie Lindstrom has a pair of hits. Lindstrom, Hack Wilson and Babe Herman each finish the season with 47 hits against the Phillies.

The Cards Dizzy Dean scatters 3 hits for a 3–1 victory over the Pirates’ Larry French in his ML debut. The 19-year-old rookie, fresh from the Texas League, pitches the final game of the season for the pennant-winning Cardinals. Diz adds a bunt single and eventually steals home. Backup OF Ray Blades is 0-for-2 to drop his average below .400 (40-for-101). The Cards end the season with 1004 runs scored and join the 1930 Yankees as the first teams to score more than 1000 runs. No NL team will match that mark this century.

The major leagues end the season with an attendance record of 10.1 million (8,200 per game). It won’t be matched till 1940 when the majors reach 10.281 million.

OCTOBER

1st  The World Series opens with a Wednesday game at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The defending World Champion Athletics are held to 5 hits by Burleigh Grimes. Lefty Grove limits the Cards to a pair of runs, as the A’s capitalize on their power. Their 5 hits include HRs by Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons’ 2 triples and a double, providing Philadelphia with single runs in 5 different innings and a 5–2 victory.

2nd  Flint Rhem is a surprise starter for the Cardinals but he fails to astonish the Athletics batters. He gives up 6 earned runs in less than 4 innings, all the Athletics need to win 6–1 behind George Earnshaw’s 6-hit pitching. Mickey Cochrane for the A’s and George Watkins for St. Louis hit homers.

4th  Bill Hallahan blanks the A’s 5–0, giving up 5 walks and 7 hits. Philadelphia A’s hurler Jack Quinn, at age 46, pitches 2 innings of relief against the St. Louis Cardinals, thereby becoming the oldest player to appear in a WS game.

5th  Jesse Haines pitches a brilliant 4-hitter to beat Lefty Grove and the A’s 3–1, thereby evening up the Series.

6th  The A’s take the lead in the Series, 3 games to 2, when George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove combine to shut out the Cardinals, 2–0, on 3 hits. Philadelphia’s runs come in the top of the 9th when Burleigh Grimes is tagged for a long 2-run HR by Jimmie Foxx.

8th  George Earnshaw finishes off the Cardinals 7–1, pitching shutout ball until the 9th inning. He is clearly the pitching star of the WS with 2 wins and 7 shutout innings of a game in which reliever Lefty Grove got the decision. Despite the “lively” 1930 ball and the many outstanding hitters on both sides, it is a pitching-dominated Series. The Cards bat only .200 as a team and the A’s .197. The A’s staff has a combined ERA of 1.73.

10th  The New York Yankees announce they have signed Joe McCarthy to manage the team for 4 years. The Cubs made him available one year after he had led them to a pennant, and the Yankees lost no time in signing him. McCarthy will lead New York to 8 pennants and 7 World Championships before resigning in 1946.

With no MVP award for the second year in a row, the Associated Press polls its members and names Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association names Hack Wilson the MVP of the NL. The Cubs give Wilson a bonus of $1,000, the monetary reward that the MVP title had carried as an official league honor.

14th  Brooklyn sends a bundle of cash to the last-place Phillies, together with Jumbo Elliott, Clise Dudley, and Hal Lee to obtain Lefty O’Doul and Fresco Thompson. Elliott, 10–7 with Brooklyn in 1930 (his only winning season in 5 for the Brooks), will win a league-high 19 games in 1931.

19th At Havana’s Stadium Cerveza Tropical a group of major league all stars completes a 7-game series with a squad led by Jewel Ens winning 6–2 over Dave Bancroft’s team. The Ens team takes the series, 5 to 2, with most of the games close (as researched by Bill Nowlin) and very well attended. Participating are future Hall of Famers Bancroft, Heinie Manush, Rabbit Maranville, Paul Waner, Al Lopez, Pie Traynor, Chuck Klein, Carl Hubbell and Bill Terry. But the star of the series is Larry French, who wins 3 games. In between games 5 and 6, the Bancrofts beat a Havana all-star team, 2–1, scoring the winning run in the 9th. A plaque at the stadium commemorates the series.

29th The Giants sell Wally Roettger to the Cincinnati Reds.

NOVEMBER

2nd  E. S. Barnard completes his 3-year contract as president of the AL. Among Barnard’s innovations have been the establishment of an umpire’s school and the recodifying of the rule book. He also led the effort to eliminate the sacrifice fly scoring rule (with inflated averages resulting from the livelier baseball, the batter no longer needed the benefit of not being charged a time at bat when his fly ball advanced a runner).

6th  The Pirates trade SS Dick Bartell, a .320 hitter, to the Phillies for defensive star SS Tommy Thevenow, and P Claude Willoughby. The Phils get the better of the shortstop swap, while Willoughby lives up to his nickname “Flunky.”

10th  Veteran Jim Vaughn is reinstated by Judge Landis after 8 years of ineligibility. Vaughn, who had lost a double no-hitter to Fred Toney in 1917, had jumped the Cubs in 1922. He chose to pitch for a semipro team following a salary dispute with Chicago. He will go to spring training with the Cubs in 1931 but will fail to make the team at age 43.

23rd  At the Polo Grounds, St. Louis Browns outfielder Red Badgro, playing for the NFL New York Giants, catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro’s 3rd TD catch of the season, all from Benny Friedman. In 1981, Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame—for football.

24th  The Reds obtain slick fielding 1B Mickey Heath from Hollywood (PCL) for $6,000 plus Pat Crawford and Marty Callaghan. Heath hit .324 with 37 homers and 136 RBIs in 1930, both slightly down from his 1929 numbers. Heath will win the first baseman’s job but in his 7th game will break his arm against Pittsburgh. It will be the start of several unfortunate occurrences that will curtain his career.

25th  The Sporting News, also acting to fill the MVP void, announces its selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player in the NL, and Joe Cronin in the AL.

DECEMBER

1st  Shano Collins, a native New Englander, is appointed manager of the perennial last-place Boston Red Sox.

9th  At its annual meeting, the AL reelects E. S. Barnard to a 5-year term as president. Barnard will pass away next March at the Mayo clinic.

Rube Foster, one of the most prominent figures in black baseball history, dies. The founder of the Negro National League, he excelled as a player, manager, and executive.

11th  The BBWAA votes to continue the custom of selecting an MVP for each league. Beginning in 1931 the annual vote of the BBWAA will designate a player for this honor in each league. Previous MVP winners will be able to repeat under the new rules, something that was prohibited by the AL in the 1920s.

12th  The Rules Committee of baseball issues a greatly revised code, reducing the number of rules by combining many. Not only is the sacrifice rule abolished but also the rule awarding HRs when the ball bounces into the stands. “Bounce homers” will be doubles. This had already been in effect in the AL but not the NL.

13th  The 15-year career of George Sisler ends as the Boston Braves release him. A lifetime .340 hitter who twice led the AL with averages above .400, Sisler would be among the first to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, enshrined in 1939.

15th  Chief Bender is signed by the New York Giants as a pitching coach. He had coached baseball at the Naval Academy in 1930.

  • 1931

JANUARY

5th  Mrs. Lucille Thomas becomes the first woman to buy a professional baseball team, purchasing the Topeka franchise in the Western League.

19th  Acting under a new draft agreement with the Pacific Coast League, Brooklyn purchases the contract of Ernie Lombardi from Oakland.

20th  Joe Sewell, released by the Cleveland Indians after last season, signs with the New York Yankees.

26th  Another Oakland star, Buzz Arlett, long coveted by ML teams and long withheld by Oakland, is sold to the Phillies.

The Boston Braves release veteran pitcher Johnny Cooney (34-44 in 9 seasons with Boston). He had held out in 1930, insisting he could bat well enough to stay in baseball. After several years in the minors, he will return to the NL as a Braves OF and be runner-up to NL batting champ Pete Reiser in 1940.

The International League accepts the open draft imposed by the major leagues. Until this time the top minor leagues could control their players and refuse to sell them.

FEBRUARY

5th  Hack Wilson, who set the NL home run and ML RBI records for the Cubs in 1930, signs with them for $35,000.

A court finds Lefty Grove not liable in a shooting accident that occurred in November 1928. Grove was hunting with a friend Roberdeau Annan in West Virginia and when Annan crested a hill, Grove shot him by mistake, partially blinding him in the left eye.

15th  The New York Yankees’ training site in St. Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team’s late manager.

March

11th Joe Vosmik, hitting 8-for-10, triples as the Indians swamp New Orleans, 16-5.

13th The Brooklyn Robins edge the House of David by a whisker, winning, 10-9. Pitchers Earl Mattingly and Buck Greene, up from the defunct Sally League, divide pitching honors.

19th In a spring training game, the Tigers lose to the Pirates, 4-3, in 10 innings when vet Whitlow Wyatt walks four batters in the final frame.

20th  In a Grapefruit League game, Babe Ruth connects for a 3-run homer in the 3rd, his first of the spring, but Wally Berger of the Braves breaks a 6-6 tie with a 2-run homer in the 9th to beat the Yankees.

21st  The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants become the first ML teams to meet in a night game. They collect 23 hits in a 10-inning exhibition game played in Houston, at Buffs Stadium.

Brooklyn arrives in Cuba to play 5 inter squad games.

22nd  In Gulfport, Mississippi, Baltimore sports writer runs a test with three blind folded Orioles (IL) pitchers, who he asks to select the 1931 ball from balls of previous years. All three successfully name the 1931 ball, which has higher seams than those of previous years. One of the pitchers, Beryl Richmond, is so elated he throws “an assortment of twisters” in the exhibition game against the Washington Senators. Soon, all the pitchers are experimenting, with curve balls prompting manager Fritz Maisel to warble, “There sure is a difference, all right.” (The Sporting News)

27th  Finally cut loose by the New York Giants, for whom he refused to play in 1930 in a season-long holdout over salary terms, 2-time batting champ Edd Roush returns to the Cincinnati Reds.

  1. S. Barnard, recently reappointed AL president, dies at 57. He had succeeded Ban Johnson in 1927.

28th  Ban Johnson dies after a long illness. He had created the AL and been its dynamic, dictatorial leader until subdued by the advent of Judge Landis, who took office as the first commissioner in January 1921.

30th  In Los Angeles, the Cubs connect for 22 hits, all off vet George Grant, as they beat the Pirates, 18-8, and go ahead in their exhibition series, 4-2. Lon Warneke goes the distance for Chicago.

31st At Dallas, the White Sox-New York Giants game is called off out of respect for President E.B. Bernard. The two teams will call off their game tomorrow in Shreveport out of respect for President Ban Johnson. The two American League presidents died within 16 hours of each other.

APRIL

1st The Cubs sell Cliff Heathcote to the Reds.

2nd  Miss Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old gate attraction for Joe Engel’s Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern Association), pitches against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waves wildly at two pitches and watches a 3rd strike go by. Lou Gehrig gallantly times his 3 swings to miss the ball, but unsmiling Tony Lazzeri, after first trying to bunt, walks and Miss Mitchell leaves the game. The final score is 14–4 Yankees. In 1933 Mitchell will pitch for the House of David team.

3rd  At Macon, Georgia, the Braves score 3 in the 1st off Dolf Luque and beat the Robins, 5-1. Red Worthington has a triple and homer for Boston. This concludes the two-game series with Brooklyn losing both games.

7th The San Francisco Seals open their new Seals Stadium with an 8-0 win over Portland. The new stadium seats 18,500.

14th  President Herbert Hoover throws out the first ball at Washington. Lefty Grove, in relief, gets the first win of what will be his greatest season. The A’s win 5–3 in 11 innings. Lloyd Brown allows just 2 hits in the first 8 innings for the Senators.

Under new managers—Shano Collins for Boston, and Joe McCarthy for New York—the Yankees open at the Stadium with a 6–3 victory over the Red Sox. Red Ruffing gives up a leadoff triple and a run in the first, but the Yankees respond with two runs in the 2nd off Wilcy Moore. New York’s last score is a 7th-inning solo shot by the Babe, off reliever Ed Durham. Boston threatens in the 8th, getting a two-run pinch homer from Tom Winsett in his first major league at bat. Winsett is the first player to take advantage of the new fair/foul rule regarding HRs. He hits a ball that curves foul after leaving the playing field, but in the judgment of the umps was a fair ball at the time it left the playing field. Then with two on, Red Ruffing induces Earl Webb to ground into a 3rd out.

At Cincinnati, Flint Rhem, who finished the 1930 season for the Cards with 8 straight wins, starts the 1931 season the same way, with a 7–2 win over the Reds. Rhem goes 6 innings before leaving for a pinch hitter with the score 1–0. The Reds score 2 off reliever Jim Lindsey in the bottom of the 6th, but the Cards retake the lead in the 7th to get the win for Rhem.

At Boston, the Dodgers lose 7–4 to the Braves. Tom Zachary and Bill Sherdel do the pitching for the Braves, while Jack Quinn makes his final ML start as the Opening Day pitcher for the Dodgers. His 15 saves will pace the NL this year, and his 8 saves will lead in 1932. At age 47, the spitballing Quinn is the oldest ML Opening Day starter ever.

15th New York Giant Hal Schumacher is less than princely in his ML debut as the Phils rock him for 7 hits and 7 runs in just 1 1/3 innings in a 10–7 loss to Philadelphia. New York reliever Bill Morrell serves up a homer to 32-year-old rookie Buzz Arlett, on his way to the best one-season performance ever. Buzz will hit .313, with 18 homers, and 72 RBIs, before returning to the West Coast and the PCL. In 1984, SABR members will name Arlett the best minor leaguer of all-time.

In a 9–3 loss to Boston, Ernie Lombardi makes his ML debut, replacing Al Lopez. Lombardi goes 2-for-2.

18th Cleveland’s Joe Vosmik leads the Indians to an 11–2 thumping of the White Sox with a single, 3 doubles, and triple. Mel Harder is the winner.

Rip Collins ML debut is less than auspicious. Sent up to pinch hit for Paul Derringer with the bases loaded, the Cubs bring in lefty Bud Teachout. Gabby Street then yanks Collins for Pepper Martin. The Cards win, 7–5.

19th The visiting Cubs take advantage of an unusual call to beat the Cardinals, 4–1, behind Charlie Root. A line drive by the Cards Jim Bottomley is botched by Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson who allows the ball to bound into the crowd. Nevertheless, umpire Charles Evans makes an out call, stating that the fans verbally interfered with the play. The Cards protest the ruling, but NL Prexy John Heydler backs up Evans’ interpretation on the call.

22nd  Babe Ruth collides with Charlie Berry, Red Sox catcher and former pro football player, while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Ruth is carried off the field at Fenway Park and taken to a hospital. Ruth has 3 hits and 2 runs before being replaced by Myril Hoag. New York wins, 7–5.

24th  Rogers Hornsby, player/manager of the Chicago Cubs, strokes 3 consecutive HRs and drives in 8 runs to beat the Pirates at Forbes Field 10–6. He’s the 7th major leaguer to accomplish the feat, and the 6th in the past 8 years. He is the 2nd Cub to drive in 8 or more runs in a game: Zimmerman knocked in 9 in a 1911 game.

25th Garry Herrmann, chairman of the National Commission, dies in Cincinnati. Herrmann was the past president of the Reds.

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, Boston’s Urbane Pickering swipes home with the winning run against the Yankees to give the Red Sox a 5–4 victory. Playing without Ruth, the Yanks manage just 6 hits, 3 by Gehrig.

26th  Dusty Cooke, Yankee RF, separates his shoulder diving for a fly ball off the bat of Ossie Bluege of Washington, and 1B Gehrig winds up chasing the ball, which becomes an inside-the-park HR. With Babe Ruth still sidelined, the shorthanded Yankees send P Red Ruffing to the outfield. The game’s most significant play comes with Lyn Lary on base when Lou Gehrig’s drive into the CF stands at Washington bounces back and is caught by CF Harry Rice. According to the rules, this is a home run, but when Lary sees Rice catching the ball, he thinks it’s the final out of the inning. Unnoticed by Joe McCarthy, coaching at 3B, Lary heads for the dugout after crossing 3B. Gehrig circles the bases, but he is called out and gets credit for a triple instead of a HR and loses 2 RBI. As a result Gehrig will end the season tied for the HR title with Babe Ruth at 46 and will have “only” 184 RBI. The Yanks also lose the game, 9–7, and McCarthy will do no more coaching at the bases this season. Gehrig’s triple also means that at the year’s end the majors will collect 1,070 triples, one more than the two leagues will total in homers (1,069). It will be the last season that there are more triples than homers. For Cooke, the injury ends his season at 27 games and a .333 batting average. The injury will cut down his effectiveness and after just 3 appearances next year, he’ll be traded to Boston.

27th  Wally Berger, Boston Braves CF, ties the modern mark for the outfield by recording 4 assists, helping Socks Seibold shut out the Phillies, 2–0. Berger is the last outfielder to accomplish this feat.

For the second day in a row the Senators outlast the Yankees to win, 9-8, in 12 innings. Each team scores twice in the 10th. Harry Rice has 4 hits to pace a 20-hit Nat attack, while Roy Spencer has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Earle Combs has 4 hits for New York while Lou Gehrig cards 3 stolen bases.

29th  Wes Ferrell pitches the AL’s first no-hitter in 5 years, a 9–0 win for Cleveland against the St. Louis Browns. His brother, Rick, almost gets a hit for the Browns when he beats out a grounder that is ruled an error. Ferrell strikes out 8 and bats in 4 runs with a HR, off Sam Gray, and a double.

MAY

2nd  Hack Wilson hits his first HR of 1931 as the Cards beat the Cubs 6–3 at St. Louis. After hitting 56 homers last year, Wilson will hit only 13 with the deader NL ball. The MVP will end up as an alternate in the Cubs outfield.

3rd Hollywood (PCL) spitballer Frank Shellenback loses a 2–0 decision to Seattle and Phil Page, snapping his 17-game win streak. He’ll promptly start a 15-game win streak in his next outing on May 10th, helping his cause with a grand slam.

4th  At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, back in the lineup, switch positions to spare Ruth’s lame leg. Despite 5 hits by the pair, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 7–3, as Gehrig makes an error. It is the last game in which Gehrig plays OF.

5th At Philadelphia, George Earnshaw strikes out 10 as he pitches the A’s to a 4–1 win over the Red Sox. The A’s (9-9) tied for 4th, will reel off a 17-game win streak to vault into first place.

7th The Cubs top the Reds, 5–4, in 11 innings. Jakie May gets the decision over Ray Kolp.

9th In Chicago, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th and 6 in the 9th—four on a grand slam by Lyn Lary—to take a 13-2 lead over the White Sox. Chicago scores 7 in the bottom of the 9th to make it respectable. The AL record for most runs by two teams in the 9th is 15, set in 1984.

10th At the Polo Grounds, Freddy Fitzsimmons scatters 4 hits and clouts a second inning grand slam off Pat Malone to lead the Giants to a 5-0 win over the Cubs. Fat Freddy will hit four homers this year. The Giants are 1 ½ games behind the idle Cardinals.

12th In the first game of two in Boston, the Reds lose, 4-2, their 17th loss in 19 games. It is the worst start in team history for Cincinnati. A pair of doubles in the 8th of the second game nets the Reds a 3-2 win as they embark on a modest 3-game win streak.

13th The A’s Jimmy Dykes swipes home in the top of the 11th against the White Sox as the A’s win, 7–5 over reliever Red Faber.

16th The A’s move into first place to stay with a 12–5 win over the Indians at Cleveland. Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the past 2 innings to give the win to Grove.

At Detroit, Tommy Bridges gives up 3 hits in stopping the Yankees, 3–1, and dropping the Bombers to 2nd place.

17th  Willie Kamm, star White Sox 3B, is traded to Cleveland for Lew Fonseca, who will manage Chicago next season.

18th Brooklyn’s Babe, Herman that is, hits for the cycle to help beat the Reds, 14–4. Al Eckert pitches 2/3 inning to take the loss, his last ML decision.

20th At Philadelphia, the Phils outslug the Pirates, 11–7, with the victory going to reliever Ben Shields, his last ML decision. The journeyman will wrap up his undefeated career, finishing 4–0, despite an 8.27 ERA.

21st  Dazzy Vance is knocked cold by a line drive while leading the Phillies 3–2 with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Jack Quinn gets the last out for Brooklyn.

Carl Hubbell stop the Braves, 3–0, in the opener and Giant pitcher Bill Walker matches the King with a 6–0 whitewash in the nitecap.

At Chicago, Heinie Manush drives in all 4 Senator runs with a single, triple and homer as Washington tops the White Sox, 4-2. The Sox also lose Smead Jolley for two months when he breaks his ankle trying to score in the 6th. Jolley already missed a month of action following an operation to remove boils on his back.

23rd Cleveland’s Earl Averill cracks 3 doubles and a HR in a 10–5 win over Chicago. Averill is the second Indian this year to hit 4 extra base hits in a game. Vosmik, who did it earlier, has a pair of doubles today.

24th  At Wrigley, Pittsburgh’s Erv Brame gets lucky as he allows a homer by Rogers Hornsby in the 1st and 12 more hits in his 5.2 innings pitched. He strikes out none, but picks up the win as the Bucs beat the Cubs, 10-7. Not until Adam Conley, in 2016, will another pitcher allow 13 hits and strike out zero with as few outs in a win as Brame.

25th  The A’s win their 17th in a row, 2 behind the White Sox’ AL record, beating the Yankees 4–2 and 16–4 at Philadelphia. Grove wins the opener and Roy Mahaffey coasts to the win in the nitecap. Cochrane and Chapman match homers in the opener, while Foxx is the only batter to leave the park in game 2. The streak, the 4th (tied) longest of the century, ends tomorrow when Lefty Gomez stops the A’s 6–2. The A’s are in first place by 5 games.

26th The Giants whitewash the Braves twice, beating Boston 6–0 and 3–0. Carl Hubbell pitches the nitecap following lefty Bill Walker’s win in the opener.

At Philadelphia, Lefty Gomez outduels Ed Rommel to give the Yankees a 6-2 win over the A’s. The loss snaps the A’s winning streak of 17 games. (5 home, 12 road).

27th AL Secretary Will Harridge is elected to succeed E. S. Barnard as president of the league.

The Giants surge past the Cards to move into first place, beating Boston 7–4.

28th  In St. Louis, the Pirates top the Cardinals, 11-8 in 7 innings, when the unlikely Eddie Phillips hits a grand slam in the top of the 7th. The Cards are 1 ½ games behind the league leaders.

29th In Cleveland’s 9-2 win over Detroit, Willie Kamm has four stolen bases.

30th The Cards retake first place and hold it the rest of the season, as they win a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Reds, 5–4 and 12–4.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants wave goodbye to first place as they lose a pair to Brooklyn, 5-2 and 18-8. In the 2nd game at the Polo Grounds, Robins 3B Wally Gilbert has 6 consecutive hits but falls one short of the ML record held by his manager, Wilbert Robinson. The Robins’ Gordon Slade adds a grand slam in the nitecap as Da Bums collect 22 hits.

Despite the Baker Bowl’s reputation as a HR haven, no one had hit a ball over the stadium wall since 1922. But Wally Berger, Boston Braves slugger, clears it in a 12-2 loss to the Phillies in game 2. The first game is a 10-0 Phils win behind Ray Benge.

At Boston, the A’s score 5 runs in the top of the 12th to break a scoreless tie in game 1. Lefty Grove goes the distance in beating the Red Sox, 5–0. Jack Russell does the same for the Bosox. The Sox return the compliment in game 2, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge to A’s, 6–5. The loss snaps the A’s 14-game road winning streak; later this year they compile a 22-game home streak. Al Simmons goes hitless to end his 27-game hitting streak.

31st  Yankee Earle Combs’ hitting streak ends at 29, although the Yankees beat Washington, 4–2, in a rain-shortened 7-inning game.

After beating the Pirates three times in Pittsburgh, the Cubs come home and beat the Pirates for the 4th time in three days. With the help of an unassisted double play by Chicago CF Adam Comorosky, Bob Smith shuts out the Bucs, 5–0, on two hits. Heine Meine is the loser.

At St. Louis, the Cards take the first game from the Reds, 7–5, then drop the nitecap, 7–2, ending a streak of 25 straight home victories over Cincinnati. The streak, which started in the 2nd game on April 27, 1929, is a NL record.

JUNE

2nd At Redland Field, the Phillies whip the Reds, 6-2, as Chuck Klein hits a double and a pair of homers. Fred Brickel and Buzz Arlett each have a single and a triple. After his first 40 games, the minor league vet Arlett is hitting .378/.469/.678 with 10 homers among his 59 hits.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates score one in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to come from behind to beat the Braves, 4-3. Ed Brandt (8-1) takes his first loss of the season.

4th  After hitting safely in his last 8 times at bat, Oscar Melillo, the slick-fielding but light-hitting 2B of the Browns, is stopped by Red Ruffing of the Yankees. St. Louis wins, 8–6.

In the 9th inning, Kiki Cuyler hits a two-run walkoff homer into the centerfield bleachers as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 6–4.

5th Two days after beating the White Sox, 2–1, Lefty Grove pitches 6 innings of relief against Chicago, losing 7–5 in 12 innings. A homer by Lew Fonseca beats Grove, ending an 8-game winning streak by the A’s ace. He’ll promptly start another streak on the 8th.

6th At Yankee Stadium, the Indians take a 7–4 lead into the 9th when Morgan and Vosmik single against Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3–6 triple play. The Tribe still wins, 7–5.

7th  With Sunday baseball still prohibited in Philadelphia, the A’s make a one-day trip to Detroit. They win 12–2, and leave 18 men on base.

9th  In Philadelphia, the first-place A’s score 5 runs in each of the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind and beat Detroit, 12-3. Pitcher George Earnshaw helps his cause with 4 hits for the A’s.

10th  Rabbit Maranville scores 5 runs in the Braves 13-4 victory over the Cardinals.

13th  After Lefty Grove stops the visiting Browns, 10-3, George Earnshaw coasts to a 14-1 win in game 2 as the A’s sweep. For the second straight game, Earnshaw has 4 hits. He’ll hit .263 for the year.

Adam Comorosky, the Pittsburgh LF who made an unassisted DP on May 31, makes another as the Giants win, 6–4. With the Giants leading 1–0 in the 5th, Comorosky snags a Freddy Leach line drive and doubles up Clarence Mitchell, the runner at 2B.

The Cubs and Pirates swap catchers, Earl Grace going to Pittsburgh and Rollie Hemsley to Chicago.

14th Cardinal vet Taylor Douthit, with 2 hits in his last 2 at bats yesterday, collects 7 straight hits in today’s doubleheader win over the Phillies and drives in 6 runs. His reward will come tomorrow when he’s informed that he’s been traded to the Reds for Wally Roettger in a move to make room for Pepper Martin.

15th  Cut-down day for ML rosters brings the retirement of Eddie Collins and Harry Heilmann. Collins becomes a coach for the A’s. Heilmann will return briefly to the Reds in 1932.

16th At St. Louis, the Phils Chuck Klein hits a solo HR in the 1st inning, off Burleigh Grimes, to account for the only scoring till the 9th. With one out in the bottom of the 9th, George Watkins and Frankie Frisch hit back to back homers off Ray Benge to win, 2–1.

17th  Tommy Connolly, who had umpired the first AL game in 1901, retires as an active arbiter to become supervisor of AL umpires.

20th At Chicago, Rube Walberg pitches the first-place A’s to a 5–4 win over the White Sox. Luke Appling, pinch hitting in the 9th, hits his first ML HR off Walberg.

21st  George Earnshaw notches the 12th consecutive victory for the A’s 6–5 at Chicago.

At Boston, the first-place Cards split a pair with the Braves, losing 6–2 and winning 1–0. Pepper Martin homers in game 2 for the only score, as Grimes socks Siebold.

22nd The tail-end Browns take the final game, 14-10, in the 5-games series with the Yankees. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as St. Louis overcomes a pair of HRs by Lou Gehrig, each with Ruth on base. Gehrig hits 5 homers, 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.

23rd The Indians make it easy for pitchers Clint Brown and Willis Hudlin, as Cleveland wins 13–0 and 10–0 over the visiting Red Sox. Cleveland totals 31 hits, including 7 by Earl Averill.

The A’s Lefty Grove allows just 2 hits in beating the Browns, 3–0.

24th  Bill Sweeney, Red Sox 1B, makes 21 putouts, one fewer than Hal Chase’s 1906 record, as Boston infielders record 25 putouts. Boston outfielders have no putouts as the Red Sox win 7–3 in Cleveland. Berry drives in 5 runs for Boston.

The Cards sweep a pair from the Phils, winning both games by 4–2 scores. After allowing just 3 hits in 8 innings, Ray Benge loses the opener in the 9th, the 2nd straight game he’s lost to Redbirds in the 9th. In the nitecap, George Watkins strokes 3 consecutive homers, in the 4th, 6th, and 9th innings, for the Cards to make Flint Rhem a winner.

25th At Ebbets Field, Dazzy Vance retires the first 18 Cardinal batsmen before George Watkins leads off the 6th with a bunt single. Jim Bottomley singles Watkins to 3rd and then when Vance tosses over to 1B, Watkins swipes home. Vance allows just 3 hits, but loses, 1–0, to Cards rookie Paul Derringer.

26th At Philadelphia, Lefty Gomez outduels Ed Rommel to give the Yankees a 6-2 win over the A’s. The loss snaps the A’s winning streak of 17 games. (5 home, 12 road).

27th At St. Louis, Larry Bettencourt hits the first pitch in the bottom of the 14th to give the Browns a 5–4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Coffman, who pitched scoreless ball over the last 7 innings is the winner over starter Jack Russell.

28th  Records for catching fly balls are set in a doubleheader as the A’s beat the Tigers 9–1 and 5–1. The Detroit OF make 24 putouts, and Philadelphia’s adds 19 for a 2-team total of 43 in the 2 games. Art Mahaffey is the winner in game 1, allowing just an unearned run. Mahaffey will make 128 career starts without recording a shutout, a ML mark. Al Nipper will come close with 124 starts.

29th  At Ebbets Field, Johnny Frederick belts a 5th inning grand slam as the Dodgers edge the last-place Reds, 6-4.

30th Behind Pat Malone, the Cubs roll over the Phillies, 14–3, as Rogers Hornsby clouts a three-run homer in the 1st and a grand slam off the loser, Clise Dudley in the 5th. He is the only Cub player this century to drive in 7 runs twice in a season. Derrek Lee will match him in 2009.

At the Polo Grounds, St. Louis infielder Sparky Adams leads off with a home run, his first four bagger since 1925: he had been at bat 3,104 times since without a homer. Adams adds a double and Frisch has a HR and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs. New York’s Ethan Allen answers with a 5th-inning pinch grand slam, off Paul Derringer, to tie the game. But the Cards hold on for an 11–10 win. Ray Blades has a homer and 2 RBIs for the Cards.

JULY

1st At Philadelphia, Chuck Klein knocks in 5 runs as he hits for the cycle to lead the Phils to a 11–6 win over the Cubs. The Phils pull off a triple play, the first time that’s happened in a game in which a player cycles.

2nd  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.

4th Brooklyn stops their cross-town rival Giants with two shutouts, winning 4–0 behind Dazzy Vance and then 5–0 behind Watty Clark.

The Athletics buy veteran Waite Hoyt from Detroit and he joins the team before the start of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Sox take the morning game, 9–7, but Hoyt is the afternoon’s hero, hitting a double and single and pitching a complete game, 6–2, victory.

6th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 6th inning en route to a 13-4 win over the Tigers. Pitcher Willis Hudlin walks twice in the frame, scoring each time.

7th  The Browns and the White Sox play a record 12-inning game in which not a single strikeout is recorded. Chicago wins, 10–8. The Browns tie the game at 8–8 when pinch hitter Chad Kimsey homers in the 9th. Kimsey then pitches 2 scoreless innings before Al Simmons drives in 2 runs in the 12th.

8th With President Hoover in the stands, the Senators lose to the A’s, 7–3. George Earnshaw who started and lost on the 5th, is the winner today.

9th  The Giants beat the Phils, 9–3, behind Carl Hubbell, but lose Fred Lindstrom. After hitting a homer and a single, the right fielder breaks his left ankle sliding into 3B in the 5th. He will be out of the lineup until early August. He’ll return but next year will be his first under .300 in 7 seasons. The injury leaves the Giants with only 3 outfielders. Reserve Ethan Allen is hit on the elbow by a bat and will be out for at least a week.

The Cardinals extend their NL lead to 4 games with a doubleheader sweep of the Reds, 3-1 and 9-1. Grimes and Derringer go the distance in each. Cards outfielder George Watkins is hit by a pitch from veteran Larry Benton, the first HBP by Benton since 1927, a ML record . His skein of three consecutive seasons lasted 755 innings.

11th At Baker Bowl, the Giants bang out 28 hits in beating the Phils 23–5 in the opener of a doubleheader. Twenty two of the hits come off reliever Dutch Schesler, a Phils record, but he does not get the loss. Freddy Leach, with 5 hits and a homer, and Bill Terry, Mel Ott and Sam Leslie bang one apiece as the Giants pile on with seven doubles. Nine players have 2 or more hits. Spitballer Clarence Mitchell is the beneficiary. Despite another Ott homer in the nitecap, the Phils come back to win, 6–5.

12th  The largest crowd in the history of Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, 45,715 (in a ballpark with 35,000 seats), creates a travesty and permanently distorts the ML record for doubles hit in a game. Easy fly balls drop for ground-rule doubles among the fans encroaching on the field. Fans even line the infield and there is an estimated 8,000 fans on the ball field. There are 32 doubles hit in 2 games, 11 in the first and 21 in the 2nd, for ML records both for the most doubles in one game and for a doubleheader. All told, there were 43 extra base hits recorded. The Cubs take the opener 7–5 behind Hack Wilson’s 3-run HR, as Jakie May outpitches Bill Hallahan. The Cards stagger to the finish in the nitecap with a 17–13 win behind Flint Rhem. Ed Baecht loses for the Cubs. Footsie Blair has two doubles and a HR for the Cubs and drives in 4 runs, while Gabby Hartnett goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles. For the Birds, Ripper Collins and Gus Mancuso each have 4 hits including 3 doubles.

At New York, the Giants outslug the Phils twice to win, 13–6 and 9–4. Fred Fitzsimmons coasts in the nitecap as Mel Ott hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs, and Travis Jackson is 5-for-5. In the opener Bill Terry has 2 triples and Shanty Hogan 2 homers. Mel Ott collects the 100th homer of his career: Ott, at 22 years and 4 months, is the youngest player to reach the century mark. In the AL, Tony Conigliaro, at age 22 years and 6 months, will reach the plateau on July 23, 1967.

The average runs produced in the games today is 13.6, a total that will not be topped until April 24, 1996.

13th The Indians touch Lefty Grove for 13 hits and 7 runs and lead 7–5 after 8 innings. But the A’s score 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th with the big blow a grand slam by Dib Williams. Pennock pitches the 9th and Lefty’s win streak continues.

No strikeouts are recorded as the White Sox beat the Browns, 10-8, in 12 innings.

17th The Indians Wes Ferrell allows 3 hits, including a homer by Babe Ruth, in subduing the Yankees, 2–1, in 8 innings. Rain shortens the game. Ferrell nullifies the Babe’s blast with a 7th inning HR off Pennock to win the game.

18th  John McGraw is ejected from a game in St. Louis after he rages over an out call by Bob Clarke on the Giants Chick Fullis. Behind Bill Walker, the Giants win 4-0. A telegram McGraw receives before the next game causes another tantrum, as NL president Heydler fines him $150 and suspends him for 3 days, his first suspension since 1921. Dave Bancroft will fill in.

22nd In Detroit, the Tigers win 3–2 over the Yankees in game 1. In game 2, Ruth homers in 1st off Tommy Bridges, then he and Gehrig both homer in the 6th off Charles Sullivan as New York wins, 9–5. Lazzeri triples with the sacks full to help Babe & Lou.

24th  Babe Herman hits for the cycle for the 2nd time this season (he did it May 18th), but the Robins lose at Pittsburgh 8–7. Larry French, in relief, stops a 9th inning Brooklyn rally.

The Cards stretch their lead to 8 games by sweeping a pair from the Phillies, 10–0 and 7–2. Flint Rhem coasts in the lidlifter as the Cards collect 17 hits. Burleigh Grimes wins the nitecap.

25th  Pittsburgh’s Larry French pitches a 14-inning game, the longest NL contest of the season, to beat Brooklyn 3–2.

At the AAU track and field meet in Jersey City, Babe Didrickson breaks the women’s record for the longest throw of a baseball when she hurls a ball 296 feet. This tops her own record set July 4 last year of 268’10”. Didrickson, who turns 20 tomorrow, also won the running broad jump and set a women’s world record in the 80-meter high hurdles. Another Dallas woman Mabel Cutchin, is second in the baseball toss at 252’9”, while Lillian Tresselt, a Madison (CT) high schooler, is third at 250’ (The New York Times).

26th  The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2nd game 22–5 with a ML record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway, who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd, is hit hard in the debacle, the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago wins the opener, 5–4, despite collecting just 5 hits off Henry Johnson. One of the hits is a HR by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning, his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year, a club mark not topped until another 1B, Frank Thomas, does it in 1991.

At Cleveland, the Tribe ends the A’s 13-game win streak—all at home—with a 13–2 victory. Earl Averill’s HR and Burnett’s 5 hits lead a 19-hit attack and pins Waite Hoyt with his first A’s loss.

27th  Riggs Stephenson, Cubs OF, breaks an ankle in the 1st inning against the Phillies, as Chicago loses 7–6 at Wrigley Field. Riggs turns the ankle stepping on 1B. Buzz Arlett and Pinky Whitney hit 2-run homers in the 5th off Guy Bush. Cubs rookie RF Vince Barton gets hit by pitches twice and will match it tomorrow. Barton will lead the league in HBP with 9, despite playing in just 66 games. As noted by historian Cliff Blau, this is the fewest games that a league leader in any category has played in.

At Boston, Detroit’s Tommy Bridges K’s the side in the 1st, but collapses in the 4th and loses, 13–4. Tiger SS Mark Koenig comes in to pitch the last 2 innings, holding the Sox runless. Danny MacFayden, who started yesterday’s game 1, starts today and wins.

28th  The White Sox record an AL-record 12 hits in the 8th inning against the Yankees. They score 11 runs in the frame, led by Bob Fothergill who homers and triples, to win 14–12. Fats adds a pair of doubles for 4 long hits in the game.

29th  Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell shuts out Washington 6–0, scattering 10 hits, as the Senators have a record 15 runners left on base. It’s only been done once before, on May 22, 1913, but it will eventually be matched and, in 1994, finally topped.

30th Roger Hornsby belts a grand slam to help the Cubs and Pat Malone coast to a 14–3 win at Philadelphia.

AUGUST

2nd  The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40,000, played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway, which is too close to a church [this will change my mid-1932.].Former Boston P Red Ruffing wins the first game 4–1, and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates, 1–0, in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.

Washington beats the A’s, 10–6, to knock Philadelphia’s lead in the AL down to 14 games.

3rd  At Wrigley Field, Bob Smith shuts down the Reds, 8–0, to hand Cincinnati its 4th straight shutout. The four shutout losses in a row ties the NL mark for the century. The Reds lost on July 30 (0–5), August 1(0–1, and August 2 (0–3) to the Pirates. Si Johnson takes the loss today.

The A’s Lefty Grove beats the Senators, 3–2, giving up 11 hits. Grove has now won 13 straight games.

In the battle for 7th place, the Tigers down the White Sox, breaking a tie with 5 runs in the 7th inning. Rookie George Quellich enjoys his cup of coffee with his only ML homer and 3 RBI. While playing for the Reading Keystones (International League) in 1929, Quellich went 15-for-15 in August, including 4 homers, against Montreal and Toronto. He will make the IL Hall of Fame.

4th Pittsburgh’s Heine Meine gives up 3 Cardinal runs in the 6th inning, halting a scoreless streak by Buc hurlers at 45 innings. The Pirates streak includes shutouts over New York and Cincy in 4 consecutive games. The Cards win today, 7–1.

The Reds finally score, but lose to the Cubs, 4–2, in the first of two. Guy Bush beats Larry Benton. Chicago takes the nitecap, 7–3, behind Les Sweetland as Jack Ogden is pinned with the loss. Rookie OF Vince Barton has 5 hits in the 2 games, including a pair of homers in game 2.

5th  For the 2nd time in his career, Jim Bottomley has 6 hits in 6 at bats, as the Cards defeat Pittsburgh 16–2 on 23 hits. In the opener, Bottomley contributed 4 hits, but St. Louis loses to the Bucs 5–4.

The Cubs edge the Reds 3–2 at Wrigley Field when Leo Durocher boots a ground ball hit by Kiki Cuyler. It ends a string of 251 errorless chances in 53 games for Durocher.

8th  Washington’s Bobby Burke, a little-known lefthander, throws a 5–0 no-hitter against Boston. Burke will finish the year 8 and 3, the best mark of his 10-year career. “Burke didn’t throw more than a half dozen curves all afternoon,” said plate umpire George Moriarty.

At Comiskey, the White Sox and Browns divide a pair, with Chicago winning the opener, 6-1 and St. Louis taking game 2 by an 8-7 score. Smead Jolley has his 5th straight pinch hit in game 2 and is hitting .519. Despite the average, Jolley sits in tomorrow’s twinbill as well.

9th A day of one-hitters. After the White Sox take the opener, 4–2, over the Browns, Dick Coffman pitches the Browns to a 1–0 win, allowing on a 5th inning single by Johnny Kerr. Bob Wetland takes the loss. The Cubs’ Guy Bush one hits the Cardinals and also wins, 1–0.

11th Lefty Grove reaches 14 straight wins, beating the Browns, 8–1.

12th  The Giants land highly regarded Len Koenecke from Indianapolis for OF Harry Rosenberg, and pitchers Joe Heving and Jack Berly. Koenecke will have a decent season in 1932 before going to Brooklyn. He will die tragically in 1935.

13th  Tony Cuccinello wakes up the last-place Reds by going 6-for-6, with 3 singles, 2 doubles and a triple, as Cincy wins the first game, 17–3, of a doubleheader against Boston. Cuccinello doesn’t stop there, belting a 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap to give the Reds a 4–2 win. ‘Cooch’ has 8 RBIs for the day.

14th In Cleveland, Earl Averill hits a game 1 grand slam to pace the Indians to a 13-7 win over the third-place Yankees. Babe Ruth hits a 9th inning solo homer off Mel Harder. Cleveland takes game 2, 9-1.

15th Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove wins his 15th straight, beating the Indians, 4–3. The A’s lead in the AL is now 11.5 games.

At Detroit, Babe Ruth hits a 16th-inning homer, off George Uhle, as the Yankees top Detroit, 7-5. Ruth predicts his shot in the dugout before launching one over the RF fence.

18th  In New York’s 5–4 loss at Detroit, Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1,000th consecutive game. He is 307 short of Everett Scott’s record streak.

Paul Waner chalks up 5 hits to lead Pittsburgh to a 14–5 win over the Phils.

19th  At Chicago, Lefty Grove (25–2)wins his 16th consecutive game, 4–2, tying the AL record set by Walter Johnson and Joe Wood in 1912. Grove holds the Sox scoreless till the 9th, while the A’s score in the 2nd, 3rd and 8th off Red Faber. Grove has completed all but one of the wins.

The Giants score single runs in each of the last 3 innings to beat the Reds, 6–5. Giants Shanty Hogan is the first catcher to start 3 double plays. Only one other catcher, Damian Miller in 1999—will match him. The 3 DPs sets a ML record for catchers.

20th  At St. Louis, Gehrig hits his 33rd homer in the 4th to tie Ruth for the ML lead, but the Babe answers in the 9th with his 34th, a grand slam over the RF roof off rookie Wally Hebert, to give the Yanks a 7–3 win over the Browns. Lefty Gomez almost has New York’s first shutout of the season, but he weakens in the 9th.

Tony Freitas, who will win 342 minor league games, is let out of jail to pitch for Sacramento (PCL) against the Missions. He wins, and then returns to finish a 5-day sentence for speeding.

21st  After belting #599, a grand slam in yesterday’s game, Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of the Browns, as the Yankees win 11–7. Lou Gehrig homers immediately after the Babe’s historic blow. In their 10 years as teammates, they will homer in the same inning 19 times and in the same game 72 times.

23rd  At St. Louis, Lefty Grove is frustrated in his effort to win a record-breaking 17th game in a row, as Jimmy Moore misjudges a routine fly ball in the sun by Ski Melillo, turning it into a 2-out double, to allow the game’s lone run. The volatile Grove is outraged and unforgiving, not at Moore, but that Al Simmons, the regular OF, missed the game: he was out with an ankle injury recovering back home in Milwaukee. Grove supposedly never speaks to Simmons again. Dick Coffman of the Browns allows just 3 hits to win, 1–0. The A’s win the nightcap, 10–0, behind Waite Hoyt’s 6-hitter, further enraging Grove who could’ve used a couple of those runs.

In Boston, the league-leading Cardinals go to 78–44 by sweeping the Braves. The Birds pound Boston 16–1 in the opener as Chick Hafey drives in 8 runs on 5-for-5 hitting, including 2 HRs. One of the homers is a grand slam. St. Louis takes the nitecap, 1–0, in 11 innings, winning on Jim Bottomley’s HR.

25th At Chicago, the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox, 6–0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple, single, 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition, he beats the Sox Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.

28th  Behind Mel Harder’s 4-hitter, the Indians trounce the visiting Browns, 13-1. Eddie Morgan scores 5 runs for the Tribe.

29th  In his first start following his loss, Lefty Grove fans the side (Byrd, Sewell, Ruth) in the 1st inning, hands out a walk to Gehrig to start the 2nd, and records 3 more K’s (Chapman, Lary, Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rd but develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam, his 36th homer of the year, but the A’s counter with 5 RBIs from Jimmy Foxx. Grove wins, 7–4, over the visiting Yankees to complete the two-game sweep. Lou now has 146 RBIs.

Chicago’s Billy Herman’s ML debut is a knockout. He singles in his first at bat and in his 2nd plate appearance, Herman fouls a ball off his head and has to be carried off the field. Footsie Blair completes the at bat by hitting a 2-run inside-the-park homer as the Cubs score 7 runs in the 3rd inning. It’s Footsie’s last homer in the majors. The final is a Cubs 14-3 win over the Reds.

30th At Boston, Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each have 4 hits and together total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox, 14–4. One of Gehrig’s hits is a homer, his 37th, and 2 of Chapman’s leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.

31st  Wes Ferrell of Cleveland hits 2 HRs, as he beats the White Sox 13–5 at Chicago. He will end his career with a record 37 HRs as a hurler, plus one as a pinch hitter.

Against the Senators’ Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his 2nd grand slam homer in three days, but the Senators hang onto 2nd place by beating the Yankees, 6–5.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in four days and his 6th HR in consecutive games when he connects in a 5–1 second game win over the Red Sox. The blast, his 40th of the year, comes in the 3rd inning of Ed Morris. Gehrig connects in the opening 11–3 win against Milt Gaston, belting his 39th homer in the 7th inning. Lou finishes the day with 6 RBI and has knocked in 21 runs in the past 6 games. With the A’s losing to Washington, New York is a half-game out of 2nd place.

In Philadelphia, the A’s lose to Washington, 5-1, to snap their 22-game winning streak at home, the longest ever in the AL. Sad Sam Jones is the Washington pitcher who stops the skein. The A’s will go 60-15 at home this year and compile three separate winning streaks: 17 games home and away; 14 games away; and 22 games at home. None of the streaks overlap.

Giants rookie Jim Mooney notches his 4th win since being called up 3 weeks ago, beating the Braves 4-0. It is his 2nd shutout.

5th The Cardinals lead drops to 5 ½ as the 2nd-place Giants whip Brooklyn, 5–1 and 10–1. New York’s Fred Fitzsimmons wins the opener, pitching 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and stroking a HR. In the 7th inning, Fitzsimmons is struck on the head by a pitch from Austin Moore, which ruptures a blood vessel and keeps the knuckleballer from making his next start.

In Cincinnati, the Cubs lose, 4–3, in 10 innings to Benny Frey, who goes the distance allowing 4 hits and collects 4 hits. Hack Wilson, in the Cubs dog house for drinking and not hitting, is left in the bull pen to warm up pitchers when manager Hornsby, short of outfielders, inserts pitcher Bud Teachout in LF. On the train back to Chicago that night, Wilson starts arguing with two writers. When Pat Malone wanders by, he joins in the argument and, with his encouragement, Wilson punches out both writers. Malone will be fined $500 for his actions while club president Bill L. Veeck will suspend Wilson without pay for the rest of the season. In 112 games, Wilson hit just .261 with 13 HRs, and the Cubs will send the slumping slugger to St. Louis over the winter.

At Boston, George Earnshaw loses a no-hitter in the 8th inning when Marty McManus’s roller gets away from SS Williams. Earnshaw ends with a 8–0 one-hitter. The A’s lose the nitecap, 6–3, to Wilcey Moore.

6th  The visiting Cardinals tighten their hold on first place by shutting out the Reds twice, winning 3–0 and 7–0. Flint Rhem allows 3 hits in the opener to beat Si Johnson, then Syl Johnson wins the nitecap over Larry Benton. The Reds are credited with a triple play in the 6th inning of game 2, going from LF Cullop to C Styles to 3B Stripp to SS Leo Durocher to 2B Cuccinello. Cooch’s last out is a hidden ball trick and since the ball is never returned to the pitcher, a TP is recorded. It’s Cooch’s 3rd successful hidden ball trick in two years, and the 2nd in which Durocher assists. It is also Cooch’s 3rd triple play in two years.

At Braves Field, the A’s down the Red Sox, 5-3, behind Ed Rommel. Mickey Cochrane drives in 4 runs. Al Simmons returns to the lineup after being sidelined for three weeks with various ailments, primarily an injured ankle. In his absence, the A’s have gone from an 11.5 game-lead to 15 games. The star goes hitless today, and will go hitless tomorrow, before running off a 14-game hitting streak to finish the year.

Homestead Grays ace Smokey Joe Williams fashions a 2-hit, 6–2 win over the St. Louis Stars in the Negro NL Championship Series. The Grays will win in 6 games.

7th  Van Lingle Mungo, Uncle Robby’s last find as a pitcher, reports to Brooklyn from Hartford and shuts out Boston 2–0 in his first ML start. He fans 7 and hits a triple and a single to drive in both runs. Ancient Tom Zachary takes the loss. Brooklyn also took the opener, 5–4, in 10 innings on Fresco Thompson’s RBI single.

In the morning game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Yankees begin with 8 walks and score 8 times in the first inning on only 2 hits. Rommel, the 4th pitcher in the frame, retires Ruth, Gehrig, and Chapman on strikes. The Yanks win 15–3. In the 2nd game, Ruth and Gehrig bang 6th-inning homers off Waite Hoyt, and Ruth adds another Hoyt blow in the 9th, his 40th. The Yanks roll 9–4 over the first-place A’s.

The Pirates sweep a holiday pair from the Reds, 6–1 and 4–3, scoring 3 in the 8th of the p.m. game. The Bucs lose SS Tommy Thevenow when he fractures his ankle in 2 places sliding in the 6th inning of the opener.

8th Bill Harris, 31, who last pitched in the majors for the Reds, in 1924, makes his first appearance for Pittsburgh and shuts out Cincinnati, 3–0.

9th  To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression, the Yankees, Giants, and Robins agree to a series of benefit games. Sixty thousand fans, paying regular prices, raise $59,000 in the first matchup, as Babe Ruth homers and the Yankees beat the Giants 7–2. At Comiskey Park, a crowd of 34,865 raises $45,000 for Governor Emmerson‘s unemployment relief fund and watch the Cubs trim the White Sox, 3–0, behind Charley Root. Root twirls a 6-hitter and drives in all the runs.

11th At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks load the bases in the first inning but a 5-4-3 triple play stops the scoring threat. The White Sox win, 3-1.

12th At Boston, Eddie Durham and Detroit’s Arthur “Red” Herring hook up in a 13 inning pitching duel, won by the Sox pitcher, 1–0.

The Reds split a pair today, beating visiting Brooklyn, 4–1, in an afternoon game, then play a night exhibition game under portable lights, losing 15-7 to a picked nine from Dayton. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander pitches three innings for Dayton.

13th  Yankee Tony Lazzeri steals 2B, reaches 3B, then steal home in the 12th to give Lefty Gomez a 2–1 win over Detroit in the lidlifter. New York edges the Tigers, 4–3, in nitecap although Earl Whitehill holds them to 4 hits. One of the hits is a 2-run HR by Gehrig in the 6th.

After the Giants lose, 1–0, to Larry Benton in the opener, Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons pitches New York to a 9–4 nitecap win over the Reds. Bill Terry contributes 2 doubles and 2 HRs in the win.

Cardinal P Paul Derringer has his scoreless inning streak stopped at 33, but manages to beat the Phils, 6–2, on 6 hits.

At Wrigley, the Cubs win 11–7 over the Braves when player-manager Rogers Hornsby cracks an 11th inning pinch grand slam. According to historian David Vincent, this is the first extra inning pinch grand slam in ML history. The Cubs take the second game, 8–1, behind Guy Bush’s one-hitter, his 2nd of the year. His first was against the Cards on August 9th.

15th  The Philadelphia Athletics clinch the pennant, beating Cleveland at home, 14–3. Every starter for the A’s has a hit and RBI. Eddie Rommel, veteran knuckleball pitcher for the A’s, is the winning hurler, as Connie Mack wins his 3rd successive pennant. It is Mack’s 9th, and last, AL championship. The A’s went into first place for good on May 5th, when they started a win streak of 17 straight games and 20 of their next 21. In mid-July they won 13 straight.

16th  World Series tickets can now be printed as the St. Louis Cardinals repeat as NL champions. They beat the Phillies, 6–3, behind Bill Hallahan’s 18th win of the year, and prepare for a rematch of the 1930 WS. Earlier in the day, The Reds clinched it for the Birds by sweeping the Giants, 7–3 and 4–3. The Cards win completes a six-game sweep of the Phillies, who have gone 5-51 at St. Louis since 1927, a winning percentage of .089, the lowest in history for that many visiting games against a team.

Led by Earl Webb, who hits his 62nd and 63rd doubles of the year, the Red Sox edge the visiting White Sox, 2–1, and bound out of the AL cellar.

17th  On his 34th birthday, OF Earl Webb of the Red Sox ties and then sets the still-standing ML record for 2-base hits at 65. Earl doubles in the lidlifter, a 9–2 win over the visiting Indians, to tie George Burns’ double record at 64. Burns set his record in 1926. In game 2, a 2–1 Sox loss, Webb doubles off Jablonowski to set the record. He doubles tomorrow and will finish the season with a ML record 67. He would have had 68, but on August 4th the league corrected a May 1st box score, turning what had been credited as a double into a single.

In the first of two, the Yankees and Red Ruffing rough up the Browns and George Blaeholder, 17–0. Bill Dickey’s grand slam is the big blow. The Yanks take the nitecap, 6–1 behind Lefty Gomez’s three hitter and Babe Ruth’s 41st and 42nd homers of the year. Ruth connects for a home run in every park in the AL, a feat he’s accomplished every year since 1919, except 1922. No other American Leaguer has homered in every park in a season.

18th  In a 4–3 loss to the Cardinals, the Giants’ Mel Ott is beaned by Burleigh Grimes in the 5th inning. Ott suffers a brain concussion and, with the Cardinals clinching the pennant, he sits out the rest of the season.

Lefty Grove wins his 30th game, beating the White Sox, 3–1, on 5 hits. He is the first to win 30 since Jim Bagby of Cleveland in 1920 and will be the last AL hurler to do so until Denny McLain in 1968.

20th  The Yanks run their win streak to 10 in a row, beating the Indians 7–1 and 10–4 in 7 innings. Lou Gehrig hits his 45th homer in game 1 and drives in 4 runs for the afternoon to break his old RBI mark of 175, set in 1927. By the season’s end he will have a total of 184. Ruth also drives home 4 runs and hits his 44th in game 2.

Before a game with Brooklyn, Sparky Adams, Cards 3B, injures his ankle. He can see only limited action in the WS, leaving a chance for Andy High to shine as his substitute. Gabby Street, 48-year-old Cardinal manager, catches the last 3 innings of the 6–1 win against the Robins. Street, who last played in 1912, throws out Babe Herman, the only Brooklyn runner who tries to steal. Street is 0-for-1 at the plate.

21st  In Philadelphia, the A’s and Tigers split a pair, with the A’s winning the opener, 3-2. Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam in the 7th of the second game but the first-place A’s fall, 6-5.

22nd  In a 13-inning game at Forbes Field, Hal Finney, Pirates catcher, has no putouts in a 3–2 win over Philadelphia. Paul Waner draws 5 walks, and 20 runners are left on base, as Heine Meine wins his 19th game to tie for the lead in the NL.

At Philadelphia, the A’s set a new franchise record as they win their 105th, beating the Tigers, 8–6. Jimmie Foxx belts his 30th, a 3-run homer in the first to pave the way for George Earnshaw’s 21st win. Tiger infielder Mark Koenig makes his 3rd mound appearance of the season, walks 6 while pitching 2 runless innings. The A’s complete their season series with Detroit at 18–4.

In St. Louis, the House of David baseball team loses to the Cardinals, 17-6, in the first night game at Sportsman’s Park. By using a portable lighting system, the game attracts 9,000 fans. The hirsute House of David squad is led by pitcher Pete Alexander, who faced the Reds under the lights 10 days ago while pitching for a team from Dayton. The Cards lose the afternoon contest, 6–3, to Brooklyn before just 450 fans, but they maintain an 11-game lead in the NL over the Giants.

24th Lefty Grove wins his 31st, beating the Red Sox, 9–4, his 11th straight win over the Red Sox stretching back to May 26, 1930. Since July 25, 1930, Grove’s record is 46–4, the best 50 decision streak in the century, as noted by Jim Kaplan.

The round-robin playoff among New York City’s 3 ML teams, to raise money for the unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both the Giants and the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Again, a near capacity crowd turns out and adds $48,000 to bring the fund to $108,000. In field events held between games, Babe Ruth, normally a left-handed hitter, bats right and wins the fungo hitting contest. He breaks the old distance record held by Big Ed Walsh. Ruth’s drive lands in deep center field, 421 feet away. The old record, set 20 years earlier, was 4191⁄2 feet.

25th The A’s 19-year-old rookie Lew Krausse makes his ML debut a dandy one, twirling a 4-hitter to beat Boston, 7–1.

Sam Rice drops a fly ball and the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 8th to beat the Senators, 8–3. Ruth has two solo homers to help in the win. The 3rd place Yanks now trail the Nats by a ½ game.

27th  Lou Gehrig hits a HR to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the Yankees pound Lefty Grove, 13–1, and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year, the most productive duo in history. Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls, the only AL catcher—and the Yankees are the only AL team—to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees score 1,067 runs this season, the highest number this century.

At Wrigley the third-place Cubs end the season by beating the 5th-place Pirates twice, 3-1 and 8-4. Charlie Root picks up his 17th win in the opener while Pat Malone is the winner in relief in game 2. Canadian Vince Barton belts a grand slam in the 6-run 7th of the nitecap. The rookie finishes the year with 13 homers.

The most desperately contested battle for individual honors takes place in the race for the NL batting title. Chick Hafey, who reported late due to a contract dispute, goes into the final doubleheader with the Reds batting .353, 4 points over Bill Terry, last year’s champ. Hafey gets only 2 hits in 8 times at bat to drop to .349. Terry’s Giants are playing archenemy Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn, in their last game as the Robins, wins 12–3, behind Clark. Terry gets only one hit in 4 times at bat. The title goes to Hafey, who batted .3488 to Terry’s .3486. Jim Bottomley, Hafey’s Cardinal teammate, goes 4-for-8 and finishes at .3481. The Cards win 6–2 and 5–3, to win 20 of 22 with the Reds.

In a scheduled doubleheader at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 12–3, in the opener. The nitecap, called on account of darkness after three innings with no score, will turn out to be the final contest between managers Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw, one-time friends and business partners, but now bitter enemies. McGraw has the edge, 197–190, with 5 ties.

28th  In a tune-up charity game in Philadelphia, the A’s manage just 3 hits off the Phillies duo of Phil Collins and Clise Dudley, and the Phils prevail, 5-0. Chuck Klein has a pair of 2-run homers, and the infield pulls off a triple play on a Dib Williams line drive.

OCTOBER

1st  Pepper Martin, an unheralded rookie, gets 3 hits, but the A’s Lefty Grove coasts to an easy 6–2 victory in the WS opener in St. Louis.

2nd  The Cards even the WS as Wild Bill Hallahan shuts out the A’s 2–0 despite 7 walks and a wild pitch. Pepper Martin continues to steal the Series, scoring from 2B on a base hit in the 2nd inning and sliding in a cloud of dust on a squeeze play in the 8th. He has 2 stolen bases and score two runs, but the game almost gets away on a bonehead play by the usually savvy Cardinal C Jimmy Wilson. With 2 on base in the 9th, and 2 outs, PH Johnny Moore swings at a ball in the dirt and misses. Wilson needs only to throw the ball to 1B. Instead, he throws it to 3B, and everyone is safe. Fortunately for Wilson’s reputation, Jim Bottomley makes a sensational catch, leaning into the box seats to get the final out on a pop foul by Max Bishop.

5th  Because of a Pennsylvania law banning baseball on Sunday, an extra day is added as the Series moves to Philadelphia. Lefty Grove pitches the 3rd game with 3 days rest. However, Burleigh Grimes, who had lost twice to Grove in 1930, has a no-hitter until the 8th inning, winning 5–2. Pepper Martin continues to excite the crowds with 2 more hits, scoring twice.

6th  The A’s George Earnshaw evens the WS with a 3–0 shutout, giving up just 2 hits, both to the red-hot Pepper Martin. Jimmie Foxx hits a ball over the LF stands, judged one of the longest drives ever at Shibe Park.

7th  Connie Mack, who surprised everyone in 1929 by starting veteran Howard Ehmke in the WS opener, tries the ploy with Waite Hoyt. Pitching in his 7th WS, Hoyt falls victim to Pepper Martin, who homers and drives in 4 runs with 3 hits. Hallahan wins for the Cards 5–1.

9th  With the Series back in St. Louis, Lefty Grove evens matters by containing Pepper Martin and winning easily, 8–1.

The Braves trade catcher Al Bool, acquired off waivers last year, to Milwaukee (American Association) for Art “Whataman” Shires and $10,000. The light-hitting Bool led the NL in intentional walks in 1930 with 8.

10th  Connie Mack sends George Earnshaw out to win the final game as he had in 1930. However, Burleigh Grimes carries a 4–0 lead into the 9th before he weakens. The A’s score twice and have 2 runners on base with 2 outs when Bill Hallahan rescues Grimes. Max Bishop lines out to Pepper Martin for the final out as the Cardinals take the Series 4 games to 3. As in the 1929 and 1930 WS, the A’s finish the 1931 WS with no stolen bases: Martin steals 5 for the Cards.

15th  Sportswriter Fred Lieb leads an all-star squad on a barnstorming trip to Hawaii and Japan. Among those aboard ship are Lou Gehrig, Frank Frisch, Rabbit Maranville, Willie Kamm, Al Simmons, Lefty O’Doul, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove.

20th  Frankie Frisch, the Cardinals’ fiery field leader, is named MVP of the NL. He led in stolen bases with 28, hit .313, and was chosen for his all-around excellence.

23rd  Brooklyn announces Wilbert Robinson is through as manager and the club will be called the Robins only in the past tense. Max Carey, a no-nonsense sort, will take over next year.

26th  Charles Comiskey dies at age 72. The White Sox owner and a pioneer player, he never recovered from the betrayal of the 1919 WS.

29th  Lefty Grove, the A’s P who won 31 games, is named the AL’s MVP. He led the league in strikeouts for the 7th straight season and topped all pitchers in winning percentage, ERA, and complete games.

NOVEMBER

2nd  The team of ML stars arrives in Japan for its tour. The team will win all 17 games it plays.

13th  Jacob Ruppert, Yankee owner, buys the Newark franchise in the International League. During the decade the Bears will dominate the league and send a steady stream of players to New York.

30th  George Gibson comes out of retirement to manage Pittsburgh. Ten years earlier he had led the Pirates to 3 first-division finishes.

DECEMBER

2nd  Toronto sells Ken Strong to Detroit. A former All-American football player at NYU, Strong hit .340. However, a botched operation on his wrist during the winter leaves him unable to throw effectively, and he settles for a pro football career with the New York Giants that eventually takes him to that sport’s Hall of Fame.

The White Sox swap lefty Bob Weiland to the Red Sox for Milt Gaston. Weiland was 5-15 for Chicago with an earned run average of 5.39 over the parts of four seasons. Changing Sox will not help Weiland or the veteran Gaston, a double-figure loser each year except his rookie season.

4th  Bump Hadley, Jackie Hayes, and Sad Sam Jones are traded from Washington to the White Sox for Carl Reynolds and John Kerr.

9th  Baseball owners, fearful of the effects of the Depression, vote to cut squads from 25 players to 23. Both leagues will stop awarding MVP trophies. The NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers. As noted by historian Doug Pappas, the NL loans the Phillies $35,000 and loans Judge Emil Fuchs, owner of the Braves, $20,000 secured by his stock. Fuchs’ finances are such that he won’t even pay the interest from 1935-37, and will file for bankruptcy in 1938, three years after retiring from the Braves.

11th  Despite two wins in the WS, spitball veteran Burleigh Grimes is traded by the Cards to the Cubs for the fallen Hack Wilson. Wilson will be offered just $7,500 reflecting the owner’s new austerity drive. Grimes will have 3 losing seasons in Chicago before calling it quits. Not until Cliff Lee in 2009 will a pitcher with two wins in a World Series be traded before the next season.

18th  The Reds once again purchase Wally Roettger, this time sending the cash to the Cardinals.

  • 1932

JANUARY

4th  The Depression deepens, and AL costs are cut by dropping an umpire from the AL staff of 11.

Casey Stengel returns from exile in the minor leagues to become coach for the Dodgers.

11th  Bill Terry sends his contract back to the Giants, telling writers he is “thoroughly disgusted.” Terry, who just missed the NL batting title, was offered a $9,000 cut from his 1931 contract of $22,500. The Giants counter by saying that the combined salaries of Hafey and Bottomley, the 2 Cardinals who finished ahead of Terry in hitting, is only $24,000.

14th  Babe Ruth rejects a Yankee offer of $70,000, as the major leagues vow to cut salaries by $1 million.

23rd  The Dodgers acquire Hack Wilson from the Cardinals, which had acquired him in December. The 1930 home run king of the NL costs only $45,000 and a minor league pitcher, and he will sign for $16,500, half his previous year’s salary.

26th  William K. Wrigley, 70-years-old, majority owner of the Cubs since 1919, dies and is buried on Catalina Island. His only son, Philip K. Wrigley, inherits the Cubs and the minor league Los Angeles Angels, but will leave most of the daily operations to president William Veeck.

FEBRUARY

5th Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pirates, dies at the age of 66 of complications following prostate surgery. Barney’s tenure as owner is the longest in the history of the major leagues, though this will eventually be topped. A few months before his death, he was succeeded as president of the club by his son-in-law Bill Benswanger.

8th  Waite Hoyt is released by the Philadelphia Athletics and will sign with Brooklyn.

12th  George Weiss, GM of the Baltimore Orioles (International League), joins the Yankee front office. He will eventually run the club during its years under Casey Stengel’s managing.

MARCH

3rd  In Century, Florida, Boston Red Sox P Ed Morris, 32, dies of knife wounds inflicted in a fight at a party given in his honor two days ago in Brewton, Alabama. Sox owner Bob Quinn is reported to have had a Yankee offer of almost $100,000 for the pitcher.

14th  Babe Herman, a hold out, is traded to Cincinnati by the Dodgers. Catching prospect Ernie Lombardi goes with him as a throw in, making it one of Cincy’s best trades ever. The Dodgers acquire Tony Cuccinello, Joe Stripp, and Clyde Sukeforth. According to Dan Howley of the Reds, Stripp was included in the trade because he didn’t want to play in Cincinnati anymore. The versatile Stripp is expected to back up Del Bissonette, who is in a foot cast after tearing his Achilles heel. The fragile Bissonette had a shoulder operation in New York 8 weeks ago and then incurred the heel injury playing volleyball. Expected to be back in mid-May, he will miss the entire season when he incurs blood poisoning. Stripp will play 43 games at 1B this season.

16th  In St. Petersburg, Babe Ruth signs a one-year contract for $75,000. It is the Babe’s first one-year contract since coming over from the Red Sox. The Babe is the object of razzing by fans in his initial exhibition game, going hitless. Ruth had refused to play unless he had a contract, annoying some local fans.

 

17th With Ruth in the lineup, the Yankees wallop the Braves, 6-2, at St. Petersburg to go 5-0 over Boston.

APRIL

6th  The Albuquerque Dons (Class D Arizona-Texas League) open the season with a 43–15 win over the El Paso Longhorns.

8th  The Dodgers buy High Pockets Kelly, former Giants star, from Minneapolis.

10th The Phillies score a run in the 9th to break a 2–2 tie and beat the Athletics, 3–2. The lowly Phils win the City Series, four games to one, over the champion A’s.

11th  President Herbert Hoover continues the tradition of throwing out the first ball at Washington to start the season. The Senators win in the 10th on Heinie Manush’s double off Boston’s Danny MacFayden, giving Al Crowder a 1–0 victory.

Holdout Chick Hafey, last year’s batting champ, is traded by the Cardinals to the Reds. The Cards receive Harvey Hendrick (.315) and pitcher Benny Frey (8-12). Frey will go 0-2 for St. Louis and the Cards will sell him back to the Reds next month.

12th At Shibe Park, bitter cold and the Depression limit the crowd to 16,000 for the Opener with the Yankees, a 12–6 slugfest won by New York. New York racks up five home runs—two each by Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd, and another by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig adds a triple and single, as the Yankees score ten runs and hit four homers off ace George Earnshaw. Ruth clouts a three-run homer in the 1st that lands on a roof across 20th Street and a two-run homer in the 4th that travels even farther: it is the 4th time the Babe has had a two-homer game against Earnshaw. The longest homer of the day, however, is Jimmie Foxx’s shot to center in the 7th. Jack Saltzgraver and the A’s Max Bishop each walk four times: Saltzgaver sets a since-tied ML record with his 4, since they come in his first ML game and the Opener. Gehrig, with an 11–4 lead in the 9th, steals home with Ben Chapman swiping 2B. Al Simmons answers with a two-run homer, the 7th of the game, off Lefty Gomez. With the bases full of A’s, Red Ruffing gets the last out in relief of the 23-year-old Gomez. There won’t be another Yankee that young to start an opener till 2018.

In the Opener at the Polo Grounds, the Phils chase Bill Walker in the 2nd inning and rout the Giants, 13–5. Chuck Klein’s bases-loaded triple is the capper in the 7-run outburst. Starter Fidgety Phil Collins goes all the way for Philadelphia and is 4-for-4 at the plate.

13th At the opener in Chicago, the White Sox top the Browns, 9–2 behind Sad Sam Jones and 3 doubles by Casey Selph. In the 1st inning, the Browns Goose Goslin comes to bat with his war club having 12 white and black stripes painted horizontally on it. Umpire Harry Geisel finds the bat distracting—which was the point—and outlaws it. But Goose still collects 2 doubles and a single.

In frigid weather at Detroit, the Indians trip the Tigers, 6–5, in 11 innings. On WHK, Jack Graney, former OF, is the Indians color announcer, a job he will have till 1954.

15th The A’s edge the Yankees, 9–8, on Jimmy Dykes’ sac fly in the 9th inning. Foxx and Cochrane add homers for the A’s.

At the Polo Grounds, Don Hurst hits an 8th inning grand slam off Carl Hubbell to give the Phillies the edge as they beat the Giants, 7-6.

17th  Bill Terry, Giants 1B, ties the NL record with 21 putouts as New York shuts out Boston 5–0 on Hal Schumacher’s 2-hitter. Johnny Vergez connects for a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

18th  At Shibe Park, the Senators outslug the A’s to win, 15-7. Joe Judge hits a homer in the Nat’s 6-run 9th inning that crashes through a window of a house across the street from right field. A woman in the house comes out to see what made the loud noise, delighting the fans in right field. Al Simmons is hitless, ending an 18-game hit streak over two seasons.

19th  In a Tuesday doubleheader at Boston’s Braves Field, the Red Sox (1-5) finally get on the board with a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The Sox take a 5–0 lead and hold on. New York bounces back with a 6-3 win in game 2 as Lou Gehrig hits a homer, his second at Braves Field: he’ll hit 28 at Fenway. Earl Combs homers in both games and Tony Lazzeri adds a 3-run homer. The Yankees have now hit 13 homers in their first five games, a team record that will last until 2011.

20th  The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance, 55,452, for any home opener. [Their “announced” attendance, however, when the stadium opened in 1923 was 74,217]. Babe Ruth homers, as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove, and the Yankees defeat the Athletics, 8–3.

The Cubs open at Wrigley Field and manage just 4 hits off Reds’ ace Red Lucas. Cincy wins 7–2. Lucas is in the middle of a remarkable stretch of innings pitched without being relieved, a streak that began last August 13th and won’t end until July 15th when Red completes 250 innings.

21st  Lefty O’Doul, injured in spring training, plays his first game for Brooklyn and has 2 hits as the Dodgers lose to the Braves in Boston, 6–2. Urbanski and Worthington each knock in 2 runs to back Ben Cantwell’s win in relief.

Bill Terry hits his 6th HR in 4 games, as the Giants outslug the Phillies 13–8. The 6 homers in 4 straight games ties the ML record of Ruth, Klein, and Ken Williams.

The A’s win game 2 in their series at the Stadium, beating the Yankees, 8–6. Mickey Cochrane hits a 9th inning grand slam off starter Lefty Gomez to win it. Foxx adds a single and 2 triples and Al Simmons has a 2-run homer for the A’s.

Mark Koenig is released by Detroit to the San Francisco Missions (PCL). He will make a dramatic return with the Cubs late in the season.

23rd In Philadelphia, the Yanks outslug the A’s, 16–5. It marks the 8th straight game that New York has homered as Ruth and Ben Chapman connect in the 1st inning.

24th  In Chicago, the Cubs’ Kiki Cuyler breaks a bone in his left ankle chasing a fly ball. He’ll be sidelined for seven weeks. Chicago’s Charlie Root goes on to beat Pittsburgh, 12–3.

27th  Cardinals manager Gabby Street is fined by the NL for breaking the rule prohibiting talking with spectators.

29th Chuck Klein leads the Phils to a 13-6 win over the Dodgers. Klein is 4-for-4, including a grand slam off Van Lingle Mungo, with 6 RBIs. Ray Benge is the CG winner.

The Yankees edge the Red Sox, 8-7, as Ivy Andrews (2-1) goes the distance for the win and drives in 2 runs. For Boston, Urbane Pickering and the palindromic Polish-born rookie Johnny Reder each drive in 2 runs.

Two days after swapping P Bump Hadley and OF Bruce Campbell for the Brown’s Red Kress, the White Sox conclude another deal. Chicago sends the popular Smead Jolley and Johnny Watwood, plus C Bennie Tate to the Red Sox for C Charlie Berry. Berry, the NFL scoring leader in 1925, will have 2 solid years in Chicago, but will make his mark as an ML umpire and NFL referee. Manager Fonseca laments about Jolley, “I really hated to let the big ape go. With that bat and rifle arm, I know there’ll be days when this deal will haunt me. But what could I do? Every time a ball went to him in the garden I shuddered. I tried to make a catcher out of him. But a fly ball is still a fly ball in the outfield, or behind the plate, and Smead was allergic to ’em. … He’s a swell guy to have around but I just can’t afford to give away all those runs.” (as noted by Bill Nowlin from Jolley’s HOF file)..

MAY

1st  Bill Hallahan walks 10 Cubs, but allows just 3 singles as the Cards top the Cubs, 7–1. Bush is the loser.

The New York Yankees reacquire relief ace Wilcy Moore from the Red Sox.

2nd At Fenway, Jimmie Foxx clouts an 11th inning homer to give the A’s a 3–2 win over the Red Sox. The victory snaps a 6-game losing streak. Lefty Grove is the winner with 2 innings of relief.

3rd The A’s take the 2nd of the two-game set at Fenway, beating the Red Sox, 6–1, behind George Earnshaw. Al Simmons hits a 3-run HR in the 9th to clinch it.

5th Sacramento pitcher Tony Freitas pitches the first night no-hitter in PCL history, beating Oakland, 2–0.

Jimmie Foxx has a homer, 2 singles and scores 5 times as the A’s beat Cleveland and Wes Ferrell, 15–3. Lefty Grove holds Cleveland scoreless till the 7th when Willie Kamm hits a 2-run HR. The Mackmen retaliate with 7 runs in the frame.

7th Giants stars Carl Hubbell and Hal Schumacher toss back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. King Carl wins a 1-0 squeaker and Prince Hal follows with a 3–0 win.

In opening day play in the East-West League, Chet Brewer tosses a one-hitter as the host Baltimore Black Sox lose to the Washington Pilots, 3-0. Brewer strikes out 8.

10th  At Philadelphia, Lefty Grove is backed by a Jimmie Dykes grand slam as he shuts out the White Sox, 9–0. The A’s will beat St. Louis on the 11th as Foxx goes 7-for-9 in the 2 games. The combined attendance for the 2 matches is 5,000.

11th  Cardinals starter Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name with 3 wild pitches in the 12th inning to hand Brooklyn a 6–3 win at St. Louis. He ties the record set by Jake Weimer of the Cubs on May 10, 1903. Wild Bill walked 10 against the Cubs on May 1.

15th In a 9–2 win at Boston, White Sox third sacker Carey Selph strikes out for the 9th time this season. It won’t happen again. Selph will go another 89 games, a ML-record, without a K, hitting .283 (396 AB) in his 2nd and last season.

16th  The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, Red Ruffing, and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win, 8–0, New York’s 5th shutout in 7 games.

17th  At Boston, the White Sox soak the Red Sox, 7-3, as winner Milt Gaston helps his own cause by starting a record 4 double plays, three getting runners at home plate. Chicago’s 5th double play 1-2-3 ends the game. Hal Newhouser will match the 4 double plays in 1948.

19th  Jimmie Foxx hits a 1st inning grand slam to provide all the A’s scoring as Philadelphia beats the Red Sox, 4–2. Roy Mahaffey is the winner over Bob Kline.

The NL rescinds its unpopular rule prohibiting players from talking to fans.

20th  Paul Waner ties the ML record with 4 doubles in 5 at bats in the Pirates 5–0 win over the Cards. He will break Chuck Klein’s NL season doubles record with 62. Rip Collins’ double in the 7th is the first of only 2 hits off Larry French (3-8).

21st Before 60,000 at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington, 14–2 and 8–0. Washington collects just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener, Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon, including a homer, 2 doubles and a triple.

At Philadelphia, the A’s win a pair from the Red Sox, 18–6 and 6–3. Jimmie Foxx belts his 12th and 13th homers while Al Simmons totals 6 RBIs in the opener.

22nd At Yankee Stadium, the A’s top the Yankees, 4–2, behind Lefty Grove. Foxx, Simmons, and Cochrane homer for the 3rd place A’s, now 4 ½ games behind the first-place New Yorkers. The Yanks will win the next 2, however.

Paul Waner is 4-for-4, including a double, to pace the Pirates to a pace the Pirates to a 5-1 game 1 win over the Cardinals. Waner has 10 doubles in his last 5 games to set a ML record that won’t be matched till 2009. Steve Swetonic tosses a two-hitter for the Corsairs. Waner goes hitless in game 2, a 5-3 loss.

24th Lefty Gomez allows 3 hits and strikes out 13 as the Yankees stop the A’s, 3–1.

26th Red Ruffing scatters 5 hits and Gehrig supplies the offense with a grand slam off General Crowder and the Yankees whip the Senators, 5–0.

The Tigers and White Sox tie 1-1 with one out in top of the 5th inning of their nitecap game, halted by rain. This game is sometimes omitted in the league stat compilations, even though the rule change prior to 1931 explicitly counts 4 ½ inning games as official. Detroit wins the opener 11-2, stealing 6 bases including a triple steal in the 3rd. Gee Walker has 3 of the 6 steals.

In Philadelphia, Boston and the Phils combine for 39 hits, including 4 homers, 2 triples and 11 doubles. The Phils outlast the Braves, 17-13, to drop Boston into 2nd place behind the idle Cubs.

The Robins and Giants go 12 innings before Johnny Fredericks’s single drives in the winning run as Brooklyn wins, 3-2. Watty Clark is the winner over Carl Hubbell, who strikes out 15. With the Robins winning 2-1 in the 5th on homers by Lefty O’Doul and George Kelly, Brooklyn apparently plates another run on Al Lopez’s single. But an alert Joe McCarthy, who stayed silent when Senor Lopez struck out twice previously, protests correctly that Lopez batted out of turn, and the run does not count.

29th The Red Sox split a pair with the visiting A’s, winning 6–4 before losing 3–0. It is the Sox last Sunday game at Braves Field. With the lifting of the ban against playing Sunday ball at Fenway (because of a nearby church), the Sox will play a Sunday game there July 3.

30th  A plaque in memory of Miller Huggins, the former Yankee manager who died in 1929, is dedicated at Yankee Stadium, the first of an array of monuments erected in the ballpark. The Yanks then sweep the Red Sox, 7–5 and 13–3 to increase their lead to 5 games over Washington. Jimmie Reese, better known as Babe Ruth’s suitcase, hits his first ML homer, off Hod Lisenbee, in the opener. Reese was a bat boy for the L.A. Angels in 1919-20 and appeared in one PCL game in 1920.

At St. Louis, the Tigers unleash a 21-hit attack as they take a 10-0 lead over the Browns. Detroit wins, 17-9, as John Stone contributes a grand slam off Sam Gray. Tommy Bridges completes the sweep with a 4-0 win in game 2.

At Cleveland, the Tribe takes a pair from the White Sox, 12–6 and 12–11. Afterwards, Chicago claims the umpire George Moriarty deliberately made wrong calls and the ump fights with four of the Sox players under the stands. Moriarty breaks his fist knocking down pitcher Milt Gaston, but he is pummeled by manager Lew Fonseca and catchers Charlie Berry and Frank Grube, both Lafayette College graduates and former NFL players. The ump ends up in the hospital while Fonseca and three players will receive fines for the fight. Will Harridge will suspend Gaston for 10 days, fine him $500, and rebuke Moriarty.

31st Tony Freitas, the pint-sized portsider, makes his major league debut for the A’s against Washington. He gives up a tying homer to Joe Cronin in the 9th but pitches impressively until leaving in the 11th. George Earnshaw comes on and allows a run in the 12th to lose, 5–4.

JUNE

1st In a game stopped by rain after 7 innings, Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean bests the Cubs Pat Malone, 1–0. Two Bird homers, by Pepper Martin and Eddie Delker, in the 8th are washed out. It would’ve been Delker’s first homer.

Max Bishop ends a game 1 battle with the Yankees with a 16th inning 2-run homer off Brown to give the A’s an 8-7 win. Red Ruffing, who scores 3 runs, hits a HR in the 9th to send the game into extra frames. Lefty Grove pitches 15 innings of indecision. The A’s take game 2 by a run, 7-6, with Jimmie Foxx’s 2-run homer in the 7th putting the A’s ahead.

2nd  The Senators sweep a pair in Boston, beating the Red Sox, 6–4 and 8–1. Monte Weaver wins the opener, handing Danny MacFayden his 14th straight loss at the hands of the Nats. The 14 straight losses to one team ties the ML record. Lefty Bob Burke wins the nitecap.

Buzz Arlett hits 4 consecutive homers for Baltimore, as they edge Reading 14–13 in an IL game.

3rd  John McGraw, who came to New York in 1902, resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry, the team’s star 1B. The headline announcement comes at the Polo Grounds, where the game with the Phillies is rained out. McGraw was reportedly the highest paid manager at $50,000 a year, the same as earned by Connie Mack, who owns about half of the A’s. Joe McCarthy of the Yankees now ranks 2nd at $40,000.

In Philadelphia, Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a 5th in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York, 20–13. Tony Lazzeri hits for a natural cycle, including a grand slam in the 9th, as he hits them in order. The teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig’s 5th inning homer—his 3rd of the game—comes off A’s starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth, his 15th. Lou’s last homer, in the 7th, is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A’s.

In an 11-inning defeat, 6–5, in Pittsburgh, two balls bounce by Chicago’s right fielder Rogers Hornsby for triples. The Cubs player-manager, trying the outfield for a week, will bench himself. Starter Steve Swetonic is the winner when Tony Piet lines Jakey May’s 1st pitch in the bottom of the 11th to the flagpole in deep CF and jogs home with an inside-the-park homer.

4th  The Phillies get Cardinals problem pitcher Flint Rhem. The Cards also announce the purchase of Jimmie Reese from Minneapolis. Reese had been sent to the minor by the Yankees last November.

With new manager Bill Terry at the helm, the Giants sweep the Phils, 10–4 and 6–4, to move out of last place in the NL.

5th  The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden (1-10) to the Yankees for $50,000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.

7th  Pitcher Jack Quinn, at 47, becomes the oldest player to have an extra-base hit and bat in a run, as his Dodgers beat the Cubs, 9–2. His double is good for three runs.

Waite Hoyt is unconditionally released by the Dodgers.

9th  Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a first inning grand slam off Chicago’s Pat Malone to lead the Robins to a 5–2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks ago in Chicago, the Cubs had walked a man to load the bases for Wilson, who then grounded into a DP. The fans heaped scorn on Hack and showered lemons onto the field. Wilson’s five RBIs is a birthday present for the 21-year-old Van Lingle Mungo, who finishes the win in an hour and 37 minutes. His only mistake is a two-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd.

Mel Ott duplicates his effort of two days ago by clouting a pair of homers in the Giants 3–2 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds. The clouts help Mooney best Carroll. The southpaw allows just three hits after Larry Grantham connect for a homer in the 2nd. The win moves the Giants to 22–29.

St. Louis veteran Jess Haines allows just five hits—three in the 9th—to beat the Braves 20-year-old Bob Brown, 2–1. It is Brown’s first loss of the year. The 4th place Cards score twice in the 6th on doubles by Pepper Martin and Frisch and singles by Rip Collins and Ernie Orsatti.

The Indians outhit the A’s 16 to 15 and beat Philadelphia 9–8, dropping the A’s from 3rd to 5th place. The Tribe is paced by George Myatt, who has a homer and 5 RBIs and Burnett with four hits. Al Simmons homers for the A’s while Foxx, the triple crown leader, is 1-for-5.

The Browns send P Dick Coffman (5–3) to the Senators for lefty Carl Fischer (3–1). Neither will pitch well for their new teams and will be traded back for each other on December 13.

10th  At League Park, the A’s jump on starter Willis Hudlin for 4 runs in the 10th inning and beat the Indians, 10-7. Philadelphia loses RF Ed Coleman for the season when the rookie breaks an ankle sliding. Coleman is hitting .342.

11th  In Detroit, Eric McNair hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Tommy Bridges and the A’s win, 7-3, behind Tony Freitas.

At Brooklyn, the Dodgers upend the Cardinals, 12-3, leaving both teams 4 ½ games out of first place. Danny Taylor, purchased from the Cubs last month, belts a 5th inning grand slam for Brooklyn.

The White Sox sell pitcher Tommy Thomas to the Washington Senators.

13th  Outfielders Dale Alexander and Roy Johnson are traded by Detroit to Boston for doubles champ Earl Webb. Alexander, batting only .250, will hit .372 with Boston and will edge out Jimmie Foxx for the batting title by 3 points. Roy Johnson, who set a ML record in 1929 by making 31 outfield errors, will hit over .300 and average in double figures for errors with the Bosox.

14th New York edges Cleveland, 7–6, and the Yankees pull off a triple steal with Ben Chapman on the front end.

15th Dizzy Dean jumps the Cardinals after the team refuses to renegotiate his contract. Diz claims he was underage when he signed the agreement, but the Cardinals produce a copy of Dean’s marriage certificate showing the pitcher is 22, a year older than he says. The Commissioner declines to make Dean a free agent and the young ace rejoins the Red Birds.

In Philadelphia, the Cards score 4 runs in the 1st inning but the Phils match it with a grand slam by Pinky Whitney in the bottom of the frame. The Phils win, 7-4, in a game called after 5 ½ innings.

Earl Webb, in his first game in a Tiger uniform, has a pair of doubles as Detroit beats Washington, 7–6. Gee Walker also has a pair of doubles and steals home in the 4th. Manush has a homer and 3 singles for the Nats.

In Boston’s 9-3 loss to Cleveland, Dale Alexander is 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game for the Sox.

16th Jesse Haines is all the Cards need as he hits a home run off Ray Benge and shuts out the host Phillies, 2-0.

At the Polo Grounds, the league-leading Cubs score 2 runs in the 1st inning off Carl Hubbell and Burleigh Grimes makes it stand up in a 2-1 victory. Sam Leslie accounts for the only NY score with a pinch homer in the 8th inning. Leslie will set the NL record (154-game season) this year for pinch hits in a season with 22.

18th For the second time this season a Texas League club loses its home field to fire as League Park in San Antonio burns. Tomorrow, the club plays at Breckenridge H.S. field and the next day returns to its former home, Tech Field. On May 4, the Shreveport park burned to the ground and the club relocated to Tyler, TX.

19th The last place Red Sox name Marty McManus of the team (11-44), replacing Shano Collins. Collins, who resigned yesterday, guided the Sox to a 6th-place finish last season. In Cleveland, the lowly Red Sox drop a pair to the Indians, 9-3 and 6-3, despite Dale Alexander’s 6-for-8 against Tribe pitching. Cleveland sweeps the four-game series.

In Boston, Reds backup catcher Bob Asbjornson is given a day by fellow townsmen of Concord, MA. Asby receives a large check and then celebrates by hitting his lone career homer. He also strokes an apparent triple but is called out for missing 2B. The Reds win, 5–0, behind Si Johnson. After the game Asbjornson discovers the check is not signed; when he brings it to the restaurant where he is to be honored, no one else shows up.

20th  Doc Cramer of the A’s has 6 hits in consecutive times at bat as Philadelphia outslugs the White Sox, 18–11. Cramer will do this again in 1935, the only AL player to repeat the feat. Mule Haas adds a grand slam for the A’s, while Jimmie Foxx slugs a 3-run homer over the high wall in left center, one of longest homers ever at Comiskey Park. Mickey Cochrane has 4 RBIs on 4 hits as the A’s bang out 26 safeties.

21st  In St. Louis, the first-place Yankees score 3 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Browns, 11-8. Jumbo Brown is the winner in relief. Against Red Ruffing, Goose Goslin has a grand slam for the Browns in the 7th. The Yanks will score 10 runs in each of the next two games and lose both by a combined 11 runs.

22nd  The NL, at a meeting of club presidents, finally approves players wearing numbers. The AL had started in 1929.

At St. Louis, Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs, but the Browns use a balanced attack to whomp the Yankees, 17-10. Every Brownie player has a run and an RBI. Bruce Campbell has 4 hits and CG winner Lefty Stewart has 3 hits.

23rd  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Cardinals for the 2nd straight day, winning 6-1. Jackson clouts a 2-run homer in the 2nd, off Paul Derringer, and three more runs in the 3rd. Rip Collins hit for Derringer in the 4th and popped out, his 26th straight trip to the plate without a hit. Jim Bottomley’s homer off Fred Fitzsimmons is the only score for St. Louis, while Johnny Vergez hits one for NY.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs and Phils combine for 30 hits as the Phils prevail, 16-10. Chuck Klein hits a grand slam for the Phils, who score in just three of the 8 innings.

In St. Louis, Lou Gehrig plays his 1,103rd successive game in a New York uniform, equaling Joe Sewell’s record with one team (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the 1st when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Dickey with the bases loaded, and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks’ George Pipgras, 14–10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers, the third time in his career he’s done it in a game, while Gehrig (#18) and Ruth (#22) connect for New York. The Yanks scored 10 runs yesterday and also lost to the Browns.

Veteran P Waite Hoyt, released by Brooklyn, signs with the Giants.

25th Foxx hits a 3-run homer but the A’s still fall to the Yankees, 7–4. Lefty Gomez wins his 11th straight victory.

27th Mule Haas hits a 7th inning grand slam in game 2 as the A’s beat the Red Sox, 9–4, breaking open a pitching duel between Tony Freitas and Bob Kline. For Mule, it is his 2nd grand slam in 7 days. Philadelphia also takes the opener, 15–8 behind Earnshaw. In game 1, Chicago is paced by Bob Johnson, who hits 2 homers including a grand slam.

30th At Philadelphia, the Phils top Brooklyn 9–3 behind Chuck Klein’s 23rd and 24th homers of the season. Klein finishes June with more homers than any NL hitter has racked up in that time.

At Wrigley, the Cubs take the field wearing numbers on their uniforms, the last team in the majors to do so. The numbers follow the lineup and SS Woodie English sports #1. Guy Bush, #14, has the Reds number, tossing a 7–0 shutout.

JULY

1st At Wrigley, Lon Warneke beats the Reds, 8–4, to become the NL’s first 10-game winner. The Cubs edge back into first place. The Reds lose their 9th straight but they’ll beat the Cubs tomorrow.

At Philadelphia, Buddy Myer starts the scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, off Roy Mahaffey, and Washington tops the A’s, 7-5.

3rd At Wrigley, the Pirates take over first place from the Cubs, beating Chicago 5–4 in 6 innings of drizzle. Vince Barton opens the 6th with a homer off Heine Meine but the Cubs leave the tying run on base as rain stops play. Pat Malone takes the loss.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Braves, 5–2, as Carl Hubbell goes all the way for the win. Frank Hogan crashes his 3rd homer, off Bob Brown, in three days, to start the scoring in the 2nd. The Braves get 4 hits in the 6th inning, including a leadoff homer by Wally Berger.

The Red Sox host the Yankees in the first Sunday game ever played at Fenway, and the Yankees turn a 4–2 game into a rout. They spray 10 hits and score 9 in the 6th inning to win 13–2. George Pipgras gets two singles in the 6th and allows five hits and 8 walks to win. Ben Chapman has a single and bases-loaded triple, while Earl Combs and Lyn Lary each hit two doubles in the frame. Ivy Andrews is hung with the loss.

The Reds slam three triples in the 7th inning, off Tex Carleton, to overcome the Cardinals, 4–2. Crabtree, Hendrick, and Lombardi leg it around to third, while Hendrick has three other hits to back Si Johnson’s 8-hitter.

4th  In Washington, Yankees C Bill Dickey breaks Carl Reynolds’ jaw with a punch, sidelining the Senators OF indefinitely. Reynolds bowls over Dickey on a successful squeeze play in the nitecap. Dickey is suspended for 30 days—supposedly the length of Reynolds’ recuperation—and assessed a $1,000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360 but will end the season at .305. The Senators take both games from the league-leaders, winning, 5–3 and 12–6. There are 5 homers in the nitecap, as Ruth, Lary, Crosetti, Manush and Harris connect.

At Philadelphia, the 2nd place Braves sweep a pair from the Phils, 8–6 and 9–0. Boston’s Socks Seibold fires a 5-hitter in the nitecap, with Chuck Klein collecting 4 of the hits, including a HR. Losing pitcher Collins has the other. Red Worthington has 3 hits and 3 RBIs in each game.

Baltimore’s (IL) Buzz Arlett again hits 4 HRs in a game, one grand slam from the right side of the plate, and the other 3 HRs from the left side, with Reading again the victim. It is the 2nd time Arlett has accomplished the feat in 5 weeks. Baltimore wins, 21–10, then ekes out a game 2, 7-inning win, 9–8, as Buzz homers in his first at bat.

5th  The Baltimore Orioles (IL) defeat the New York Yankees, 9-2, in an exhibition game at Baltimore. The hot-hitting Buzz Arlett homers in the 3rd inning.

6th  Following Lon Warneke’s 6–1 win over the Phillies in Chicago, Cubs SS Bill Jurges is shot twice in his room at the Carlos hotel, 2 blocks north of Wrigley, by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli. In a scuffle for the gun, Jurges is hit in the shoulder and hand. Jurges fails to prosecute, and Valli will be signed to a 22-week contract to sing in local nightclubs and theaters. She is billed as “Violet (I Did it for Love) Valli—the Most Talked About Girl in Chicago.”

8th Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell beats the Senators, 6–5, to run his record to 16–5. Ferrell has completed 18 of 20 starts.

9th  Yankees OF Ben Chapman has two HRs and collects 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit at Yankee Stadium. Both homers are inside-the-park, as the Yankees win, 14–9. New York took the opener as well, 7–6, with the home run heroics provided by Ruth, Gehrig, and Joe Sewell.

After losing a pair yesterday, the White Sox shut out the A’s, 7–0, behind Ted Lyons. The loss goes to Lefty Grove, snapping his 11-game winning streak. The A’s rebound in game 2 to win, 11–2.

At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers score 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 9–3. Vance wins his 9th, allowing 6 hits. Two of the hits are by C Earl Grace, who plays his 63rd game without an error, breaking the record for catchers set by Detroit’s Johnny Hassler in 1926.

10th  An extraordinary 18-inning game is finally won by the Athletics at Cleveland, 18–17. To save train fare for the single-date appearance, Connie Mack takes along just 2 pitchers. Lew Krausse, Sr. the A’s starting pitcher, gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and his replacement, Eddie Rommel then pitches 17 innings in relief, giving up a record 29 hits. Amazingly, he wins. Cleveland has the game apparently won in the 9th inning but with two outs and leading 14–13, first sacker Ed Morgan allows a ground ball by Dykes to roll through his legs. A walk to Simmons and a single by Jimmie Foxx, one of his 6 hits in the game, ties the score. Cleveland’s Johnny Burnett sets a ML record by collecting 9 hits in 11 at bats, while Foxx bangs hits including HRs 31, 32, and 33, which comes in the 16th inning. Double X totals 16 bases in the game, the 3rd AL player to do it, and drives in 8 runs, including the winner. Wes Ferrell (16–6) is the hard luck loser, pitching 11+ innings of relief two days after pitching a complete-game win over Washington. Cleveland sets an AL record for stranded runners with 24, and the two teams combine for an AL record 39 LOB. The Cubs and Reds will strand 44 runners in a 1944 game,

11th Back in Philadelphia, Cleveland sweeps a pair from the tired A’s, winning 9–8 and 12–7. Earl Averill is 6-for-10 in the 2 games, with 3 homers.

15th After beating the Red Sox yesterday in 11 innings, 9–8, the White Sox do it again, winning 4–2 today. Chicago 2B Jackie Hayes handles 34 chances over the two days without an error. Today he has 6 PO and 10 assists.

Do the Freddy. In St. Louis, Freddy Fitzsimmons pitches the Giants to a 12-4 win over the Cardinals and Fred Lindstrom hits a grand slam to back up Fat Freddie.

The Yankees Lefty Gomez beats the Indians. 8-5, for his 15th win. The weak-hitting Gomez has 2 hits to knock in 2 runs and New York knocks out Wes Ferrell in the 4th inning. Ferrell, suffering from his 20+ innings of work in 3 days, relates to Don Honig years later: “Now, that was a little relief stint, those 11 innings. A few days later I’m taking my regular turn, against the Yankees in New York. I got out there, and I just don’t have anything on the ball. They beat me. I’m sitting in the clubhouse after the game, and Peckinpaugh comes over and says, ‘Hey, why don’t you bear down out there?’ ‘What the hell are you talking about? I said. I was steaming. I’ve been winning 20 games every year for you and pitching out of turn whenever you needed me, and you ask me why I wasn’t bearing down? I always bear down. I just didn’t have anything to bear down with today.’” Ferrell’s relationship with Peckinpaugh will go downhill after that and result in Ferrell’s suspension.

Despite three home runs by Al Simmons, the A’s lose to Detroit 11–10.

With the Pirates winning a pair from Boston, the Cubs lose 6–4 to the visiting Dodgers. Chicago now trails Pittsburgh by 3 ½ games. Hornsby, filling in at 3B, commits 2 costly errors and allows several balls to skip by him, earning him jeers from the fans. Clark is the winner over Tinning.

16th After two wins in relief over the Browns in the past two days, Washington’s Tommy Thomas gets a start and bests St. Louis, 11–0, for his 3rd win in 3 days. He gives up just 3 hits, 2 to Ferrell. He also won on July 11th beating Chicago, the team that sold him to the Nats a month earlier. Thomas will top the Browns 7 times this year, and beat them 7 times in 1927.

17th     The fans get their money’s worth as Indianapolis outscores Minneapolis, 22–20, to set an American Association record for most runs by both teams.

18th  Washington 3B Ossie Bluege equals the AL record with 5 walks in the first game of a doubleheader won by Detroit 8–6 and 2–1.

The Giants route the Cubs, 13–3, the 6th game in a row that Cubs player-manager Hornsby has started at 3B. He makes another 2 errors. The experiment has not worked well and Hornsby benches himself for good. Joe Moore and Vergez each have 4 hits with 2 of the latter’s coming in the 8th inning.

19th  In St. Louis, the A’s sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 9–8 and 16–6. Jimmie Foxx collects 3 doubles and an inside-the-park homer, his 40th, in the pair, while Doc Cramer has 4 hits in each game, scoring 4 runs in game 2. For Cramer, it is his third 4-hit game in a row. Cleveland stays a game behind the 2nd-place A’s with a 7–0 win over Boston.

22nd  In Pittsburgh, Billy Jurges, who was shot on July 6, returns to the Cubs lineup, allowing Woody English to move back to 3B. But Pittsburgh’s Steve Swetonic tops Pat Malone, 3–1, for the win. Pittsburgh now leads the Cubs by 3 ½ games.

At Baker Bowl, the Phillies bang out 20 hits in beating the Giants, 9-5. Dick Bartell has 4 hits as does Spud Davis, who includes a pair of homers in his total. An interesting footnote is provided by Brooklyn pitcher Fred Heimach, who strikes out in his only pinch hitting appearance of the year and his last career pinch hitting appearance. He concludes with a .390 pinch hitting average (20-for-52), the highest for a pitcher with 50 pinch hitting appearances (according to historians Scott Flatow and David Nemec).

In the AL’s only game, the A’s easily defeat the Senators, 8–4, as Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle, scoring 3 and driving home 4. Walberg is touched for 15 hits, but Washington helps with poor baserunning. They have 4 singles and no runs in the 8th.

23rd  Cleveland P Wes Ferrell makes 10 assists in a 12-inning game, but loses to the White Sox, 6–5. The record in both leagues is 12. Chicago amasses 19 hits and scores twice in the 12th.

In St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers divide a doubleheader, with Bump Hadley, on his way to a 20-loss season, copping the opener. Tommy Bridges is the winner for Detroit, 9-4, in game 2. Jack Burns has a grand slam for the Brownies.

25th In the only ML game played today, the A’s edge the Yankees, 8-7,but lose Doc Cramer, who breaks his left collarbone when he dives for a fly ball. Mule Haas takes his place in left field and belts a walkoff 2-run homer in the 9th, off starter Lefty Gomez. Cramer will get one at bat at the end of the season. He is the second A’s outfielder to go down with an injury. Rookie Ed Coleman broke his ankle in early June, ending his season. He was hitting .342.

27th Pittsburgh’s Bill Harris gets two wins today, both in relief against the Giants, and the Pirates increase their lead over the Cubs to 5 games. Harris tosses three innings in the opening 9–8 win, and another two in the nitecap. The Pirates score 3 in the 9th to win, 4–2.

28th The mighty Pirates sweep another pair from the Giants, winning 10–7 and 9–1. Pitt’s Tony Piet has 2 hits in game 1 but then explodes with 7 RBIs in 2 innings in the nitecap. Piet homers with 2 on in the 2nd inning, then connects with the sacks full in the 3rd. He adds a pair of singles and another run scored.

At Cleveland’s League Park, Babe Ruth has 3 hits, including his 27th and 28th homers, and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.

30th Brooklyn’s Hack Wilson hits a grand slam to beat his old pal pitcher Pat Malone and the Cubs, 7–2. It’s Wilson’s second grand slam off Malone in two months.

31st  Cleveland plays its first game in the new Municipal Stadium before a crowd of 80,184 (paid attendance of 76,979), the largest crowd to date in baseball history. But Mel Harder loses to the A’s Lefty Grove (16-7) 1–0 on Cochrane’s RBI single. Tommy Connolly, who umpired the first game in AL history, umps the last the game of his 35-year career. The English-born future Hall of Famer is on the field at 3B in the only game he umps this year. He still holds the American League record for most years and games umpired. Municipal Stadium will be the only new park built between the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923 and Candlestick Park in 1960. From 1932 through 1946, the Tribe will play about 40% of their games at Municipal Stadium, with the other 60% at League Park.

AUGUST

1st  The Indians drop another 1–0 game to the A’s at Municipal Stadium, as Rube Walberg beats Wes Ferrell.

With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit, the Yank’s normal 5th batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and, sensing something amiss, asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy says its a mistake, Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles, Detroit’s Bucky Harris rushes out to protest, but Nallin overrules him. New York wins, 6–3, but the Detroit protest will be upheld by Will Harridge and replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included, but the game will not be listed in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Total Baseball V erroneously lists this game as being played on August 19).

2nd  The Cubs lose again in Brooklyn, 4–2, as Warneke gives up 3 runs in the 8th inning, and now trail the Pirates by 5 games. Warneke loses his 2nd in the series after winning 9 straight. Following the loss, Cubs president Veeck and Hornsby argue on the train to Philadelphia about the strategy. Further discussion in Veeck’s hotel room end with the firing of Rogers Hornsby as a manager. A contributing factor in The Rajah’s departure is his gambling, and the debts he has run up borrowing money from Cubs’ players (Hornsby said to pay debts). Veeck works out a repayment schedule with the money to be subtracted from what the Cubs owe Hornsby on his contract. Affable 1B Charlie Grimm is put in charge of the team and the team will charge in front winning 20 of their next 25 games.

4th  Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles, as New York beats Chicago 15–3. Dickey will hit another grand slam September 10th.

5th  Detroit P Tommy Bridges (8-7) has a brush with baseball immortality when he retires the first 26 Washington Senators to face him, before surrendering a hit to pinch hitter Dave Harris. Harris, the AL’s best pinch hitter this year, slaps the first pitch for a bloop single to break up the perfect game. Sam Rice then grounds out and the Tigers win the game, 13–0. The last perfect no hit bid broken up with 2 outs in the 9th was July 4, 1908. Billy Pierce, in 1958, will be the next.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Cards, 6–2, behind Bill Walker’s 2-hitter. Both hits are 5th inning homers—by Ray Blades and Jimmy Wilson.

The Cubs purchase veteran Mark Koenig from the San Antonio Missions. Koenig will hit .353 in 33 games for Chicago.

6th Dale Alexander bounces a single up the middle in the 4th inning for Boston’s only hit off Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The ace wins 3–0 over Rhodes for his 18th win of the year.

7th At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair, 2–1 and 7–6, to extend the Pirates losing streak to 9 games. But the Braves lose LF Red Worthington for the season when he breaks a leg sliding into 3B in the first inning of game 2. The Braves now move into 3rd place.

9th The first-place Pirates lose their 10th straight as Huck Betts and the Braves beat them, 4–0. The two teams will split a pair tomorrow with the Bucs ending their 10-game losing streak.

11th  Following a rainout of yesterday’s Cubs-Giants game, rookie SS Arky Vaughan makes a crucial error in the 10th inning, and the Cubs top the Pirates 3–2 to retake first place.

12th  AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit’s protest of its August 1st game against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri’s and Ben Chapman’s batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.

At Fenway, Paul Andrews holds the A’s to 5 hits and Boston beats Earnshaw, 2–1. The win snaps the Sox losing streak of 11 games.

In the tight NL pennant race, the Phils down the visiting Braves, 8-1. Chuck Klein hits a pair of homers off Socks Siebold, including his 3rd grand slam of the season in the 5th. The Phils are in 5th place, 5 games in back of the Cubs, while the Braves are 4 games behind. The 7th place Giants are just 9 games off the pace.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers make 12 hits but just beat the Giants, 1–0. The Giants pull off a ML-record tying 6 DPs to keep the score down.

13th  Bill Terry, Mel Ott, and Freddie Lindstrom hit HRs on consecutive pitches in the 4th inning against Brooklyn in a doubleheader opener before 48,000. Terry collects 3 HRs in his 4 hits and Mel Ott a pair, as both of them hit back-to-back homers twice today, just the 4th time in history. But Dodger P Sloppy Thurston lives up to his name by winning, 18–9, despite serving up 6 homers. Sloppy collects 4 of the 24 hits himself, while O’Doul has four singles in the 4th through 6th inning carnage. Cuccinello, Taylor and Hack Wilson all homer as the Dodgers score 18 runs in the three innings. Wilson adds a triple and single and passes the 100-RBI mark. Starter Jim Mooney is the loser. The Giants also lose the 2nd game 5–4 as Brooklyn hits 3 HRs—Stripp, O’Doul, and Cuccinello—off Waite Hoyt. Ott adds his 3rd homer of the day, #35, off Fred Heimach, to move one behind Klein for the league lead. With the hitters connecting the two teams combine to set a NL mark for fewest strikeouts in a doubleheader: 2. The Giants record no strikeouts. This will be tied in 1948.

It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings, but Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators, 1–0. Tom Hughes, in 1906, was the only other ML pitcher to hit an extra-inning, game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win. This is the closest the Yanks will come to being shut out this season.

The Reds’ Eppa Rixey blanks the Pirates, 3–0, and drives in two runs on a single and triple. It’s Rixey’s 3rd win of the year—all over Pittsburgh. Bill Swift gives up two runs in 8 innings to lose.

Commissioner Landis clears Rogers Hornsby of charges of fraudulently “borrowing” money from Cubs players. The Chicago papers said Hornsby had obtained money from players, either loaned to him to bet on horse races, or to share in joint ventures. When Hornsby is fined, the players want refunds. Hornsby wants a lump payoff by the Cubs, who refuse. Landis holds several hearings, and as he doesn’t punish anyone, it is taken as exoneration.

The A’s sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 13–2 and 8–2. Lefty Grove allows six hits and K’s 11 in the opener. In the nitecap, Tony Freitas, the Portuguese portsider, scatters nine hits in winning his 8th straight.

14th At the Polo Grounds, John Quinn, at 49, becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the 9th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the 9th to tie at 1–1. The Dodgers win in the 10th when Tony Cuccinello drives home Hack Wilson for Brooklyn’s 4th straight win over the Giants. The pinch homer is Frederick’s 4th pinch-hit HR of the year, for a new ML record. He will have 6 by the season’s end. The Giants win the nitecap, 8–4, as Bill Terry and Mel Ott belt homers.

Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean fans 6 Cubs in a row, one less than the record, and wins 2–1 in the 10th in game 2. The Cards also win the opener, 2–0.

The Senators knock out Lefty Gomez in the 9th, but the Yankee ace still wins his 20th, 5–4. Babe Ruth starts the game’s scoring with his 33rd homer in the 4th, and adds a double and single.

16th At Wrigley Field, 32,000 are on hand to celebrate “Charlie Grimm Day,” in honor of the Cubs new manager. The Cubs put the icing on the cake by rallying for 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Braves, 4–3, and retain their one-game lead over the Pirates. Billy Jurges’ 2-run single is the winner.

The Pirates top the Dodgers, 4–0, as Larry French scatters 7 singles. The 2nd-place Bucs (61-52) lead the Dodgers (62-56) by a two and a half games. French breaks a scoreless tie with an 8th inning double and then scores on Lloyd Waner’s single. A sacrifice and walk to brother Paul follows. A passed ball and throw to second by Al Lopez ends with the catcher throwing his mask down and being tossed. A triple by Barbee and a single by Pie Traynor completes the scoring off Bill Clark.

After Lefty Grove is given his trophy for winning the 1931 MVP, the Athletics hand a 3–2 decision to the Indians and drop to 3rd place. Myatt’s two-run homer in the 5th inning, off Earnshaw, is the big blow, and Mule Haas’ two-run homer in the 8th is all the scoring of the A’s. Earnshaw loses his 10th with Mel Harder the winner. Cleveland (68-46) is now in 2nd place to the Yankees (78-35).

At Fenway, Browns pitcher Lefty Stewart beats the Red Sox, 3-2, in the series opener. For Boston it is the 7th straight game that they have score 2 runs or less, a mark they will not match the rest of the century.

17th  The Cubs and the Braves play 19 innings, the longest game of the season, with Chicago winning 3–2 on Frank Demaree’s long fly with the sacks full. Guy Bush is the winner, though reliever Bud Tinning pitches 12 2/3 innings of shut out ball. Tomorrow, Bush will beat the Braves again with a brief extra-inning outing.

18th Guy Bush gets the win for the Cubs to a 5–2 victory over the Braves, to move first-place Chicago 2 ½ games ahead of idle Pittsburgh. For Bush, it is his 11th straight win over the Braves over 2 years.

20th After losing the opener to Chicago, 6–4, the A’s take game 2 by a 14–8 score, plating 10 runs in the 8th inning. Mickey Cochrane pinchhits in the inning and collects 2 hits, tying the AL mark. Jimmie Foxx helps in the win with a 500-foot homer off Ted Lyons that carries over the CF wall at Shibe Park and well past a neighboring factory building.

21st  Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell becomes the first 20th-century pitcher to win 20 or more games in each of his first 4 seasons, beating Washington, 11–5.

In a 14-inning PCL match between Seattle and Portland, Seattle pitchers hand out 19 base on balls, while the Beavers hurlers walk 14. Portland wins in the 14th when Seattle’s Phil Page walks in the winning run.

23rd  The Cubs have only one assist in a 5–1 win, sweeping the Phillies in 4 straight games. The fielding mark equals the ML record and sets the Cubs team record.

26th In the first meeting between the Giants Carl Hubbell and the Cards Dizzy Dean, Diz comes out ahead, 4–2.

27th In the first of two games in Chicago, Kiki Cuyler hits a 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to 6–1 win over the Giants. Cuyler adds two hits in the 2nd game win, 5–0, the 9th win in a row for the rampaging Cubs. Burleigh Grimes and Bob Smith each record complete-game wins for Chicago, now 5 games in front of Brooklyn.

28th  The Red Sox “eclipse” the Indians in the 2nd game of a doubleheader 4–3 in 11 innings as light-hitting Bennie Tate poles a 1-out HR to end it. The game was previously scheduled for August 31, but a solar eclipse was due that would blacken the ballpark for 20 minutes, so the game is played today instead. The Indians take the opener, 10–1, scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning to drive Bob Weiland to the showers.

Kiki Cuyler again leads the way for the Cubs, collecting 3 hits and driving in the winning run in the 9th with a sacrifice fly. The Cubs win 5–4 over the Giants for their 10th win in a row.

29th  Against the A’s, Detroit C Ray Hayworth makes his first error of the season after handling 439 chances without a miscue dating back to September 2, 1931. The 2 teams split, the Mackmen taking the opener, 8–3 with 6 runs in the 8th, and the Tigers winning game 2, 10–7, with 3 runs in the 9th.

30th  The Cubs win their 11th in a row, 4–3 over New York, as the red hot Kiki Cuyler slams an 8th inning home run. He adds another hit and a stolen base.

Wes Ferrell is suspended 10 days by the Indians for insubordination.

31st  Detroit P Chief Hogsett hits two HRs, plus a single, as the visiting Tigers end Tony Freitas’ winning streak at 10 straight with a 5–4 victory over the A’s. The Chief tomahawks a two-run homer in the 7th for Detroit’s lead.

Again, Kiki Cuyler leads the way for the Cubs. His 4th hit of the game ties the score at 5-5 in the 9th inning. But the Giants score 4 in the 10th to go up 9–5. Chicago tally two runs and has 2 men on with 2 out when Cuyler bats again. Cuyler’s 5th hit of the game is a shot into the CF bleachers to give the Cubs the 10–9 win, their 12th straight. Making this rain-soaked game particularly noteworthy is the complicated substitutions by Cubs manager Grimm in the late innings, which results in Zack Taylor hitting after he has been substituted for. The Giants fail to protest and the result is differing box scores in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

SEPTEMBER

2nd In St. Louis the Cubs win streak reaches 13 as Cuyler’s 5th homer in 6 games leads the way to an 8–5 victory. Mark Koenig adds a round tripper for Chicago.

The Yankees keep their scoring streak alive by scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Senators, 1–0. Gehrig triples off Firpo Marberry to score Ruth.

After winning game 1, 7–3, the A’s shut out the Red Sox, 15–0 behind Lew Krausse, Sr. A’s SS Eric McNair has 3 homers today and Simmons a pair of 3-run homers. Five days from now Krausse will injure his arm in an exhibition game against the Stroudsburg Poconos and though only 20 years old, his big league career is over. As historian Lyle Spatz notes, in 1961, Lew Krausse, Jr. pitches a shutout for the KC A’s in his major league debut, giving the Krausses (father and son) back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.

3rd  Winning 3–0, Dizzy Dean stops the Cubs’ winning streak in the 2nd game of a doubleheader after Chicago wins its 14th straight in the opener. Diz fans 7 to further increase his NL-leading total. The Cubs take the opener, 5–4, in 11 innings.

Against the Red Sox, Jimmie Foxx of the A’s poles his 50th and 51st HRs to become the 3rd player to reach 50 in a season, joining Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Foxx’s 2nd homer, in the 9th, ties the game at 4–4, and McNair follows with a game winning HR, his 4th homer in 2 days.

4th  At Washington, Nats reliever Bill McAfee (5-0) pitches 6 innings as Washington stops the A’s, 8-6. West has a pair of doubles and Cronin a pair of treys. Jimmie Foxx has a single and triple to go with 2 walks for the A’s. For Double X, it is the 10th straight game in which he has walked and hit safely, a ML first. The next to do it—twice—will be Eddie Stanky. The A’s have a .618 winning percentage and trail the Yankees by 10.5 games.

At Wrigley Field, young Lon Warneke wins his 20th for the Cubs, shutting out the Cardinals, 3-0. Warneke will be the only 20-game winner in the NL, going 22-5.

5th  The Yankees take care of the second-place Athletics with a Labor Doubleheader sweep, 8–6 and 6–3. New York leads the AL by 12 ½ games.

8th  The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader, but end in a 7–7 tie. After the game, Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd, subbing for Ruth in the opener, collects 5 hits for the Yankees, including 2 HRs in a 5–4 win.

Monte Weaver wins his 20th for the Senators, beating the Browns, 3-1, and collecting a hit to raise his batting average to .317. The Professor’s average will fall off to .287.

In the Pirates 12–2 loss to Brooklyn, Buc C Earl Grace makes a wild throw to end a streak of 110 consecutive errorless games. It is Grace’s only error of the season for a NL record. Must be something in the air as 7 E’s are recorded.

9th  The Tigers beat the Yankees 14–13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game, including twice in one inning, while Gee Walker collects 5 hits. Detroit also tops the Yanks, 4–1, in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st, and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks draw blood with their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.

10th  Dodger OF Johnny Frederick hits his record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season. It is a dramatic 9th-inning, 2-run shot that beats Burleigh Grimes and the Cubs, 4–3. Frederick’s 6 pinch-hit HRs doubles the previous record of 3 held by Ham Hyatt in 1913, Cy Williams in 1928, and Pat Crawford in 1929. With just 9 pinch-hits altogether, his HR percentage is a ML record.

At Detroit, the Yankees take two from the Tigers. Bill Dickey’s grand slam is the feature of a 7-run 3rd inning, but New York needs a 3-run 9th to win, 11-10. Starter Lefty Gomez struggles for the win. Jumbo Brown pitches New York to a 4-1 10-inning victory in game 2.

11th  Joe Schultz, Jr., 14-year-old son of Houston (Texas League) manager Joe Schultz, is inserted into a game against Galveston as a pinch hitter. He hits a single, steals 2B and 3B, and scores a run. Fritz, the black batboy, also bats, but is fanned by Thormahlen after trying to sacrifice.

In St. Louis, the Browns top the Red Sox, 7-1, in game 1, then lose 8-3 in game 2. Dale Alexander hits a 5th inning grand slam in the nitecap.

At Cleveland, Wes Ferrell comes back from his 10-day suspension and beats the Yankees, 5–4, for his 21st win.   Rookie Johnny Allen loses and snaps his 10-game win streak.

At Boston, the Braves pile on the last-place Reds, winning 13-3 and 10-1, amassing 29 hits in the two games. Rookie Dutch Holland hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off Larry Benton in game 1. His final two ML homers will come in the American League.

The Cardinals sign Branch Rickey to a 5-year contract as GM and director of the farm system.

12th Washington’s General Crowder whips Chicago, 9–3, for his 8th win against the White Sox this year. This sets the ML record for wins against one team in a season. Tex Carleton will win 8 against Boston in 1936 in the NL, but no one this century will win 9.

New York Yankees clinch the AL pennant with their 100th victory, as George Pipgras defeats the Indians, 9–3, at Cleveland. It is the Yankees 200th straight game without being shut out.

13th Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn earns his 247th ML victory at age 49 pitching in relief in 6–5 win 10-inning win over the Cardinals. It is the final win of his career, though he’ll pitch next season. Dizzy Dean fans 9 in the nitecap, but the Cards lose, 3–1.

14th The A’s rally with 8 runs in the 9th to beat the Browns, 13–6. Jimmy Dykes has a grand slam for the A’s and Al Simmons has 5 hits. Mickey Cochrane has 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 runs.

15th At the Polo Grounds, Kiki Cuyler continues to haunt the Giants by clouting an 11th-inning homer to give the Cubs the 8–7 win. Mel Ott had tied the game with a two-out homer in the 9th, and both teams scored in the 10th.

The Cardinals Ray Starr makes his first major league start, shutting out the Dodgers, 3–0.

17th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants dent the Pirates fading pennant hopes with a 7-4 win. The loss leaves the Bucs 6 ½ games behind the Cubs, who split today. The Giants use a 6-run 8th, with the big blow a Shanty Hogan grand slam.

18th The Athletics sweep the White Sox, 4–3 and 7–4 behind the hot hitting of Foxx and Simmons. Foxx is 5-for-9 with 5 RBI and a HR, and Simmons is 7-for-10.

At Cleveland, the Indians and Senators trade wins. Cleveland rides Willie Kamm’s grand slam to a 7-3 win in the opener, then loses, 9-2.

20th  The Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant when Kiki Cuyler hits a triple with the bases loaded for a 5–2 win over Pittsburgh. Guy Bush wins his 19th game and rookie Billy Herman tops the 200 mark in hits for the season. Tomorrow the Cubs will snub ex-manager Rogers Hornsby on the split of WS shares.

At the Polo Grounds, Fred Fitzsimmons coasts to a 13–3 win over the Braves. Mel Ott drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including a pair of homers, his league-leading 37th and 38th of the year. Boston catcher Johnny Schulte bangs a 9th inning solo shot for the final score, the homer coming in his last ML at bat. The veteran caught on with the Braves when Pinky Hargrave broke a leg in a game that Schulte was watching at Sportsman’s Park. Earlier in the year, he was watching at game at the same park when the Browns C Rick Ferrell broke a hand, and Schulte was signed for the recovery period.

Hoping to boast attendance, the Sacramento Senators and Oakland Acorns open their final Coast League series here by starting two Asian-American pitchers. For the Senators it is Kenso Nushida, a Japanese-American, and Lee Hun Hong, a Chinese-American goes for Oakland.

21st Jimmie Foxx slugs #54 to lead the A’s to an 8–4 win over the visiting Yankees. Simmons and McNair also homer off Red Ruffing as Sugar Cain is able to win.

22nd  The Yanks overcome two homers by Jimmie Foxx, one a grand slam, and edge the Athletics in 10 innings, 8–7. Foxx now has 56 homers. The Yanks comeback starts in the 8th inning when Gehrig hits a 2-run homer, his 33rd. Myril Hoag’s homer in the 9th ties it for the Bombers.

The Cubs announce WS shares and snub former player-manager Rogers Hornsby. Late-season arrival Mark Koenig gets just a half share. Hornsby appeals to Judge Landis, arguing that he was an active player for two-thirds of the season, and deserved a full share. Landis turns him down. In today’s contest, Cubs Burleigh Grimes loses, 7–0, to Hal Smith of the Pirates. It’s Hal’s first major league start and his only decision of the year.

23rd Trailing 8–6 to Cleveland after 5 innings, White Sox reliever Bill Chamberlain gives up 5 runs to start the 6th. In disgust, Sox manager Lou Fonseca, an infielder-outfielder throughout his career, inserts himself as pitcher. With 2 runners on, he retires all 3 batters he faces, then turns the ball over to Chad Kimsey to finish the game. The Tribe wins, 13–6, as Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd.

Al Simmons hits his 35th homer and adds a double to drive in three runs as the A’s beat Washington, 8-4. Sam Rice has a triple for the Senators, giving them 100 for the season. They are the last team this century to total 100 triples.

24th Jimmie Foxx hits his second grand slam in 3 days, giving him 57 homers for the season, but the results are the same as three days ago as the A’s lose in the 10th to Washington, 8–7. Carl Reynolds has 4 hits and 3 RBI, and Joe Kuhel drives in 3 for the winners. Doc Cramer makes his first appearance as a hitter since breaking his collarbone in August. He singles to keep his consecutive game batting streak of 15 games alive: he’ll add another 5 games to it next season (as noted by Trent McCotter).

In a battle of Boston collegians, Harvard beats BC. Charlie Devens, former Harvard hurler, makes his ML debut for the Yankees and beats Boston, 8–2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher, former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season with a new ML record of scoring in every game. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.

25th  Paul Waner sets a new NL record with his 62nd double, as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals 7–1. The 2nd place Pirates will be the first team to finish above .500 (86-68) while scoring fewer runs (701 to 711) than their opponents. The NL won’t see it again in a full season until the 1984 Mets, while it won’t happen in the AL until 1948.

At Ebbets Field, Joe Stripp hits a second inning grand slam to give the Dodgers a brief lead, but the Braves roll to a 13-7 win.

Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in the last game of the season to finish 2 short of Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. Foxx adds two singles but the A’s lose, 2–1, to the Senators Alvin Crowder. Alvin Crowder wins his 26th and 15th straight game, one short of the AL record held by Walter Johnson, Smoky Joe Wood, and Lefty Grove. Crowder finishes the year with no wild pitches nor hit batsmen in 327 innings, a ML record. Foxx finishes with 169 RBIs while teammate Al Simmons ties for 2nd with 151. The Athletics set a since-topped ML record of 172 home runs in a single season.

26th  In a doubleheader split with the Giants, Chuck Klein of the Phillies is 0-for-8 but closes the season with 38 HRs and 20 stolen bases to become the only player of the lively-ball era (1920 and after) to lead his league in these 2 departments. Klein also finishes 2nd in RBIs (137), while teammates Don Hurst (143) and Pinky Whitney (124) finish 1st and 3rd. In this century, only the 1915 Tigers and 1928 Yankees have the top three RBI producers in a season.

28th  Connie Mack begins dismantling the Athletics by selling Al Simmons, Jimmy Dykes, and Mule Haas to the White Sox for an estimated $100,000.

In the opening game of the WS, Lou Gehrig’s HR leads the Yankees to a 12–6 win over the Cubs.

29th  Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5–2 win over the Cubs, and Gehrig gets 3 hits for the Yankees’ 2nd victory.

OCTOBER

1st  The WS moves to Chicago, and the Yankees continue to torment the Cubs, winning 7–5. In the fifth inning, Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes and then gestures to P Charlie Root. He belts the next pitch into the CF bleachers, Ruth’s 2nd HR of the game, and igniting the continuing controversy about whether or not he “called his shot.” Gehrig also hammers out 2 round-trippers. including his 2nd homer, in the 5th off Root following Ruth’s “called shot.”

On the West Coast, 17-year-old shortstop Joe DiMaggio appears in his first game with the Seals (PCL). With his name misspelled Demaggio, Joe has a triple in the 5-4 win over the Missions.

2nd  The demoralized Cubs lose 13–6, as the Yankees sweep the Series, winning their ML-record 12th straight WS game. Tony Lazzeri hits 2 HRs, and Earle Combs, one. Wilcy Moore gets the win in relief. Combs ties a WS record with 4 runs scored, and Bill Dickey ties another with 6 at bats.

New York columnist Westbrook Pegler writes, “There was hilarity on the cars on the way back to New York. They had taken Chicago in a romp, and having taken the town, they couldn’t get away fast enough.”

4th  Clark Griffith announces that Walter Johnson will not be the manager of the Senators in 1933.

8th  Washington names 27-year-old SS Joe Cronin as manager.

10th  The Giants get C Gus Mancuso from the Cards for 4 players, including veteran Bob O’Farrell.

12th  New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy signs a 3-year contract.

14th  Judge Landis rejects Rogers Hornsby’s appeal for a share of the Cubs’ WS money.

19th  The BBWAA MVP awards are announced, with Jimmie Foxx winning in the AL and Chuck Klein in the NL.

24th  Rogers Hornsby signs with the St. Louis Cardinals for $15,000, strictly as a player. He had managed the Birds to the World Championship in 1926.

NOVEMBER

10th  Donie Bush, pennant-winning manager of Minneapolis (American Association), is named manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

16th  While hunting, Cardinals SS Charley Gelbert has his leg shattered in a shooting accident in Chambersburg, PA. It will take three operations to partially repair the damage to his foot caused by the shotgun going off when he tripped over a log. He will return as a part-time infielder in 1935 and will play until 1940.

29th  The New York Giants release pitchers Waite Hoyt and Clarence Mitchell.

30th  The Chicago Cubs get Babe Herman from the Cincinnati Reds for Rollie Hemsley and 3 others.

DECEMBER

12th In a 3-team deal, the Giants send Freddie Lindstrom to the Pirates and OF Chick Fullis to the Phils, getting P Glenn Spencer and OF George Davis in return. The Bucs ship OF Gus Dugas to Philley. Lindstrom’s departure was expected after he made known his disappointment in not being named McGraw’s successor.

14th  William A. Heydler is elected to another 4-year term as president of the NL.

The Senators swap Sam West, Carl Reynolds, and Lloyd Brown, along with $20,000, to the Browns for former Senator Goose Goslin, lefthander Walter Stewart, and OF Fred Schulte. They also get Earl Whitehill from Detroit for Firpo Marberry and Carl Fischer.

15th  A joint meeting of AL and NL owners approves the concept of “chain store” baseball, developed as the St. Louis Cardinal farm system, despite strenuous objections by Judge Landis.

The Red Sox swap P Ed Durham and infielder Hal Rhyne to the White Sox for outfielders Fats Fothergill, Bob Seeds, and infielders Urban Hodapp and Greg Mulleavy.

The Phils send Ray Benge and $15,000 to the Dodgers for Cy Moore, Mickey Finn, and Jack Warner. Finn will have a great spring and Brooklyn’s Max Carey will admit in April that Burt Shotton outguessed him on the deal.

17th  Sunny Jim Bottomley is traded by the Cardinals to the Reds for Owen Carroll and Estel Crabtree (of Crabtree, Ohio).

29th  The Boston Braves buy Giants C Shanty Hogan for $25,000.

  • 1933

JANUARY

7th  Baseball Commissioner Landis voluntarily cuts his salary by 40 percent as a signal that all salaries are to be trimmed because of the Depression.

The Washington Senators get veteran C Luke Sewell from Cleveland.

21st  Pittsburgh signs veteran Waite Hoyt.

23rd The PCL reduces its minimum admission prices from 75 cents to 40 cents in the grandstand and from 50 cents to 25 cents in the bleachers.

27th  Veteran 1B Joe Judge of the Senators is released. He will sign with the Dodgers.

FEBRUARY

2nd  Honus Wagner rejoins the Pirates as a coach and goodwill ambassador.

9th  Dodger pitching ace Dazzy Vance is traded to the Cardinals with infielder Gordon Slade for Owen Carroll and Jake Flowers.

25th  Multimillionaire sportsman Tom Yawkey buys the Boston Red Sox from the broke Robert Quinn. Young Tom’s father, William Austin, was negotiating to buy the Tigers when he died and William Yawkey completed the deal. William Yawkey then adopted young Tom, who took on the Yawkey name and now uses his inheritance to buy the Red Sox. Yawkey intends to rebuild Fenway to boost attendance, which skidded to 182,150 last season. He also hires Eddie Collins as vice-president and GM.

MARCH

10th  Following an exhibition game in Los Angeles between the Cubs and the Giants, a 5-3 Cubs loss, a substantial earthquake occurs resulting in the death of 120 people. most of the Cubs players leave the LA Biltmore and congregate in Pershing Park. Pitcher Lon Warneke, when told the quake lasted 13 seconds said that if that were the case, he was better than a 10-second man. “I ran more than 100 yards and the quake wasn’t half over when I quit.” (as noted by SABR biographer Don Duren

11th  The Cubs defeat the Giants, 4-1, in an exhibition game in Los Angeles. Aftershocks from yesterday’s severe earthquake continue and the shaking of the steel grand stand causes players from both teams to group around second base. The Giants will shortly announce that they will not be training in Los Angeles again, though this seems unrelated to the earthquake.

Rogers Hornsby, out of baseball since being fired as Cubs manager in August 1932, joins the Cardinals in spring training as a player. He will return to 2B after a 6-year absence from St. Louis and hit .325 before being released in late July.

24th  Babe Ruth signs for $52,000, down from last year’s $75,000. The large cut is significant of the Depression era.

29th  Chicago Cubs OF Kiki Cuyler, who missed the first half of 1932 with a broken left leg, breaks his other leg attempting to steal 2B during a 10-8 win over the Hollywood Stars. He will be out until June 22.

APRIL

1st Babe Ruth makes his 3rd appearance in Memphis and like the last 3 opening games, the Chicks defeat the Yankees, winning, 5–4. Tomorrow the Yanks will win, 6–0, behind Lefty Gomez. Ruth goes hitless getting no good pitches to hit.

2nd  A train carrying the Red Sox crashes in Wyoming, Delaware derailing the engine and 8 cars and killing the engineer and fireman (as noted by historian Bill Nowlin). Doc Woods, the Sox trainer, helped administer to some of the wounded passengers. None of the players are injured in the 3:12 a.m. crash and the team goes on to beat the Jersey City Skeeters, 12-0, later in the day.

8th  Before 2,500 at Fenway, the Red Sox shut out the Braves, 7–0. The winning pitcher is Ivy Andrews. The Braves will win tomorrow, 4–2.

11th  The Cardinals trade Chick Hafey to the Reds for Harvey Hendrick, Benny Frey, and cash.

12th  Joe Cronin debuts as Washington manager, and the Senators Alvin Crowder wins his 16th successive game over two seasons, 4–1 from Philadelphia. President and Mrs. Roosevelt are two of 23,399 on hand and the president tosses out the first ball.

The Cubs open at home and, behind Lon Warneke’s 4-hit shutout, beat Dizzy Dean and the Cardinals, 3–0.

Only 5,000 are on hand for the Browns opener, a 4–2 loss to the White Sox. Al Simmons, in his debut for Chicago, smacks a home run. Ed Durham is the winning pitcher.

13th  Delayed a day because of a spring storm, the Yankees open against the Red Sox in front of 36,221 at Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig jump starts the offense with a three-run homer in the first, off former Yank Ivy Andrews, and the New Yorkers score one more in the 4th to win, 4–3. Lefty Gomez is the winner, but as with last year’s opener, he needs help getting the last out.

Browns OF Sammy West goes 6-for-6 in an 11-inning 4–2 victory over the White Sox. He has 5 singles and a double, all off Ted Lyons.

14th At Yankee Stadium, pitcher Red Ruffing breaks a 2–2 tie with the Red Sox by belting a game-ending grand slam in the 9th inning. New York wins, 6–2. It is the only walk-off grand slam in ML history to date; the one previous 9th inning grand slam winner—Jack Stivett’s June 10, 1890—occurred in the top of the inning, even though his team was playing at home.

The Yankees sell lefty Ed Wells to the Browns. “Satchelfoot”, a starter turned reliever, was 37-20 as a Yankee and set a record in 1930 by going 12-3 with a ERA of 5.20. No pitcher before him had put together a .700+ winning percentage with an ERA over 5.00. Roxie Lawson, in 1937, will have a higher ERA.

Johnny Frederick goes 4-for-4 with a homer to pace the Dodgers to a 7-1 win over the Phillies. But Brooklyn loses Joe Judge for five weeks when he spiked on the back of a foot by Dick Bartell. Judge will never recover his effectiveness this year.

15th  Schoolboy Rowe of Detroit makes his first ML start and shuts out the White Sox 3–0.

20th  In a 5–4 loss, White Sox LF Al Simmons makes an unassisted double play against the Browns.

Umpire Charlie Pfirman officiates in his 1,700th consecutive NL game, as Carl Hubbell pitches the Giants to a 1–0 victory over the Braves.

23rd  Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak is threatened when he is knocked unconscious by an Earl Whitehill pitch in the New York-Washington game. He recovers and finishes the game, a 5–4 loss to the Nats. Washington scores 2 runs in the 9th on 3 hits. The loss snaps the Yankees 7-game win streak to start the season, their best start in the 20th century.

Tommy Bridges tosses a one-hitter as the Tigers beat the Browns, 2-0. West’s single in the 8th is the lone hit. Bridges had a one-hitter against the Senators last year, losing the no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th.

Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons beats the Braves, 3-1, defeating Fidgety Phil Collins. Fitz, wearing a bandage on his right hand from a spike wound in a game 3 weeks ago against the Tigers, scores the Giants final run hitting a homer in the 7th into the LF grand stand.

24th  Giants player/manager Bill Terry is hit by a pitch in a game with the Dodgers, breaking his wrist. He will be out 3 weeks, ending his consecutive-game streak at 468. The Giants win, 4–0, behind Carl Hubbell.

Katy, bar the door. The Red Sox win, 16-10, over the A’s at Fenway. Jimmie Foxx has four extra base hits for the A’s, the first of two instances he’ll do it this year.

Governor Pinchot of Pennsylvania signs a bill legalizing Sunday baseball under local option. A statewide referendum will be on the ballot in November.

25th  Russ Van Atta makes a spectacular debut in the Yankees 16–0 pasting of the eventual AL-winning Senators, getting 4 hits and pitching a 5-hit shutout. Only Casey Stengel has debuted with 4 hits, though Cecil Travis will debut next month with 5 hits. Van Atta will post a 12–4 record for the season, bat .283, but will injure his left index finger in December while rescuing a cocker spaniel from a house fire. His only career shutout is today. The game is marred by a wild 20-minute free-for-all in the 4th inning started when Ben Chapman slides into second and spikes 2B Buddy Myer. Myer initiated the spiking by stepping on Gehrig’s foot at 1B a few days earlier. Umpire Moriarty tries to intervene but fails. All the players on both teams rush at each other not to stop the fight but to enlarge it. Private detectives, uniformed policemen and several hundred spectators charge down on the field. The spectators, armed with bats they had picked up, try to bash the players. Chapman, Myer, and Earl Whitehill are suspended 5 days and fined $100 each.

Phillies SS Dick Bartell equals the ML record with 4 consecutive doubles in 4 at bats in a 7-1 win over Boston. Spud Davis adds a two-run homer to make it easy for Ed Holly.

28th  At the Stadium, the first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning 2-1 and 9-7. Babe Ruth hits 1st inning homers in each game and adds a 7th inning homer in the nightcap off reliever Red Faber.

29th  Washington C Luke Sewell makes a rare double play with no outs in the 9th, tagging out first Lou Gehrig, who held up at 2B to see if a Tony Lazzeri’s fly ball would be caught, and then Dixie Walker attempting to score from 1B. Lazzeri’s hit is a double but Cronin’s relay from Goose Goslin allows Sewell to tag the two in succession. The Senators beat the Yankees, 6–3, with Monte Weaver getting the win.

30th On a rainy Sunday in Chicago, 22,000 fans watch the Cubs and Cardinals split. The Cubs win the opener 7–5 while the Birds, on a 2-run homer by ex-Cubs manager Hornsby, take the nitecap 5–3.

A record is set for most players with 2 or more homers (8 clubs) as Detroit’s John Stone and Gee Walker and New York’s Tony Lazzeri and Lou Gehrig all hit two. The mark will be tied on May 30, 1956. Gehrig’s clouts come in game 1 of an 11-2 romp over the visiting Red Sox. Lou has 4 hits and 4 runs. Lazzeri also has 4 hits, and adds a pair of homers and a single in game 2 as he drives in 5 runs. Ruth homers as well as the Yanks prevail, 8-3.

John Stone has 3 doubles in the first of two with the Browns, who edge the Tigers, 11-8. In the second game Stone collects a double and two homers in the Tigers 5-1 victory over the host Browns. Walker picks up three RBIs on two homers. Stone is the first American Leaguer to have 6 extra base hits in 2 nine-inning games of a doubleheader.

In the first of two at Braves Field, Boston reliever Ed Fallenstin (1-0) makes his first ML start and shuts out the Giants, 3-0. Rabbit Maranville has a pair of hits to drive in 2 runs. Fallenstin will win more game before being sent down, and this will be his final professional season. Boston completes the two-game series sweep with an 8-4 win in game 2 as Maranville drives in another 2 runs.

MAY

1st Earl Grace and Arky Vaughan slug grand slams for the Pirates and Bill Swift coasts to a 10–0 win over the Phillies.

2nd Lon Warneke shuts out the Giants, and the Cubs beat up on Hal Schumacher to win, 11–0. Billy Herman is 4-for-4 and Gabby Hartnett drives in 5 runs on 2 homers.

4th  New York’s Lefty Gomez throws no-hit ball for 8 innings before Detroit’s Charlie Gehringer leads off the 9th with a home run. Gerald Walker follows with a double, reaches 3rd when Gomez throws a wild pitch, and scores. Gomez then retires the side for a 5–2 Yankee win.

At Boston, Si Johnson allows just one baserunner, Wally Berger with a leadoff single in the 2nd inning, as the Reds top the Braves, 4-0. Berger is erased in a steal attempt. Johnson doesn’t strike out a batter in the gem.

5th  Pepper Martin of the Cardinals hits for the cycle and adds a double in 5–3 win against the Phillies.

6th  The Reds sign Jack Quinn, 49. Quinn is the oldest to ever play for the Reds. For Quinn, it is his 8th team, tying him with Jim Delahanty for most teams played for, a record that will be topped.

Senators 2B Buddy Myer is carried off the field unconscious after being hit by a Whit Wyatt pitch, as Washington tops Detroit, 6–2. Earl Whitehill wins despite giving up Hank Greenberg’s first ML homer.

7th  Reds SS Leo Durocher and Cardinals P Paul Derringer (0-2 this season) are the principals in a trade that gives St. Louis a player to replace Charley Gelbert, the victim of a hunting accident in November. Dutch Henry and Jack Ogden also move from the Reds to St. Louis while Sparky Adams and Allyn Stuart go to Cincinnati. The pickup is a good one for the Reds, as Derringer will fire four 20-game seasons for Cincy. This year he’ll go 7-25 with the Reds, however.

At Cleveland, the Yankees and Indians split a twinbill, with the Tribe winning the opener, 7-6, then dropping the nitecap, 8-4. Earl Averill ties an American League record with 8 singles in the two games: no one will match it this century.

Giants pitchers Carl Hubbell and Hal Schumacher apply the calcimine as New York shuts out the Reds, 1-0 and 5-0. King Carl wins the opener when Sam Leslie breaks up Bob Smith’s no-hit bid with a 7th inning homer. Smith allows one other hit. Prince Hall allows two hits in game 2.

9th  The Tigers sell Earl Webb to the White Sox.

10th PCL star Frank Shellenback pitches Hollywood to a 12-3 win over Portland and helps with a grand slam. Shellenback will hit 70 homers in his career.

11th The Browns ship catcher Rick Ferrell and pitcher Lloyd Brown to the Red Sox for catcher Merv Shea and cash. Ferrell will hit .300 for the Sox over the next 4 seasons, while Shea will play just a season for the Browns.

12th     At Ebbets Field, Chick Hafey hits a grand slam in the 1st inning off Boom-Boom Beck and the Reds whip the Dodgers, 7-3.

The Red Sox pay the Yankees $20,000 for P George Pipgras and rookie SS Bill Werber. Pipgras will win 9 games this season for the Red Sox before injuring his arm, ending his career. Werber had just two at-bats this year as a Yankee.

13th At Philadelphia, the Cubs and Phillies trade wins with Chicago taking the opener, 7-5. The Phils win game 2 by a 7-1 score, plating all their runs in the 5th inning. The big blow is a Spud Davis grand slam.

14th With rain pelting down at Ebbets Field, Hack Wilson pounds a 9th inning pinch grand slam, the first in Dodger history, to beat the Phils Ad Liska, 8–6. The homer is inside-the-park, just the 3rd pinch inside-the-park grand homer in history, and the first since 1910.

In the opener of two games against the Browns, The Yankees almost go scoreless, losing, 5–1. The world rights itself in game 2 as New York wins, 9-5. Tony Lazzeri hits a 3rd in grand slam for New York.

15th  The major leagues advance the cut-down date a month, limiting rosters to 23 players on May 15 instead of June 15.

In their second deal with New York in four days, the Red Sox pick up ex-Yankee Dusty Cooke from Newark (IL) for OF Johnny Watwood and 2B Marv Olson. Both Olson and Watwood go to the minors and never play a game with New York.

16th  Washington and Cleveland break a ML record by using 11 pitchers in a 12-inning game won by the Senators 11–10. General Crowder is the eventual winner over Mel Harder. Washington’s Cecil Travis plays his first ML game and gets 5 hits, all singles: three players collect 5 hits to tie the AL mark for one game.

18th  The first ML All-Star Game is announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park. It will be played as part of the Chicago World’s Fair celebration and is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. Fans will pick the players.

Reds pitcher Si Johnson, who beat the Cubs, 1-0, four days ago allowing one hit, repeats his performance, beating the visiting Braves, 1-0. Buck Jordan’s single in the 2nd is the only hit.

19th  At Sportsman’s Park, the Cards overcome a 4th inning grand slam by Mel Ott and score five runs in the 8th inning and one in the 10th to beat the Giants, 8-7. Pat Crawford’s bases-loaded single drives home the winner.

22nd  Joe Sewell of the Yankees fans for the first time this season, a 3–0 win behind Lefty Gomez over Sewell’s old team, Cleveland. Sewell will strike out only 3 more times in 524 at bats.

24th Detroit’s Tommy Bridges tosses a one-hitter in topping the Senators, 3–1. Joe Kuhel’s homer is the only Washington safety. It is the first time in the AL that a pitcher has allowed a home run in a one-hitter.

The Cubs whip the Phillies, 5-2, behind the pitching and hitting of Lon Warneke. Lon has a double and a homer, and sprains his ankle in the 6th inning while in the batter’s box. He grits out the last 3 frames for the complete game.

25th Lefty Grove of the A’s tops the Tigers, 4–3, for his 13th straight win over Detroit stretching back to August 20, 1930 (as noted by Frank Williams).

26th  Phillies OF Chuck Klein hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career, but the Cards win 5–4 in 14 innings.

27th  The White Sox tally 3 in their half of the 8th inning to take an 11–3 lead against New York. The Yankees storm back with 12 runs in the bottom half of the 8th inning with Bill Dickey’s grand slam the big blow. The combined total of 15 runs is a new AL record for one inning. The final reads 15–11.

28th  At the Stadium, the first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning 2-1 and 9-7. Babe Ruth hits 1st inning homers in each game and adds a 7th inning homer in the nightcap off reliever Red Faber.

30th Boston’s Dale Alexander suffers a career-ending injury when he twists his knee sliding into home in the 2nd game of a doubleheader loss to the A’s. The first baseman will undergo a new therapy, diathermy, which will lead to 3rd degree burns, gangrene and the near loss of his leg. Last year’s batting champ will hit just .281 this year and retire with a career mark of .331. The A’s win 7–3 behind the relief win of Lefty Grove, then 11–8 in 12 innings, with Grove throwing scoreless 10th and 11th innings. Brown goes all the way for the Sox before tiring and walking three and giving up a pair of singles in the 12th.

Detroit OF John Stone is the first major leaguer to collect 6 long hits in a regulation length doubleheader, as he bangs out 4 doubles and two homers for Detroit in a split with the Browns. National leaguers Chick Hafey and Mel Ott have collected 6 long hits, but their games ran more than regulation length. The Tigers take the opener, 8–6, then drop the 2nd game, 3–1.

JUNE

3rd  Against the Yankees in New York, the A’s score 11 runs in the 3rd inning, then watch New York score 10 in the 5th. Ben Chapman and Tony Lazzeri hit homers in the inning, and Lazzeri, Jorgenson, and Crosetti all have 2 hits in the frame. Babe Ruth clouts his 10th of the year in the 8th. The A’s fail to score after the 3rd, as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A’s in 6 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 17–11. It is the only time that each team in a game scores 10 or more runs in an inning. Not until the Red Sox in 1998, will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.

Connie Mack suspends overweight P George Earnshaw and fines him $500 for “failure to get into shape.”

4th  The Giants, with Terry back in the lineup, gain first place with a doubleheader win over the Dodgers, 3–0 and 6–4.

6th The Cards and Reds battle to a 6–2 St. Louis decision, with Dizzy Dean beating Paul Derringer. The pre-game fight between the two pitchers, who exchanged words then fists during batting practice, goes to the Reds pitcher, who landed the first blow. Reds manager Jewel Ens was tossed during the game, and several bottles were tossed as well. One bottle strikes Burgess Whitehead on the shoulder. Pepper Martin, the NL’s top hitter at .386, has four hits, as does Ducky Medwick.

New York’s Herb Pennock allows 11 hits but still shuts out the Red Sox, 4–0.

7th Cleveland GM Billy Evans fires manager Roger Peckinpaugh and hires Walter Johnson to take over. Bibb Falk manages for one game until Johnson arrives. Johnson’s contract is for this year and next.

The Senators and Athletics play to a slugfest 13-13 tie. Jimmie Foxx hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the match at 11 apiece, offsetting homers by Bluege and Berg. Connie Mack inserts Bobby Combs, a rookie from Duke University and nephew of Jack, in the 10th and the Nats promptly score the go-ahead run off him. The A’s put a man on in the bottom of the 10th and then, with Foxx at bat, the rains wash it away. Young Combs will make his “official debut tomorrow.

8th  Welcome to the Bigs. A’s reliever Bobby Coombs gives up a homer to his first ML batter, but Jimmie Foxx homers in his first 3 at bats, all off Lefty Gomez, as the A’s outscore the Yankees 14–10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him ML record tying 4 consecutive HRs. Bobby Lowe did it in 1894. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit homers for New York, with the Babe’s landing across the street from the RF fence. Losing pitcher Wilcey Moore gives up 6 runs in the 8th. Art Mahaffey is the winner.

The aptly named Homer Peel hits a grand slam to help the Giants to a 7–6 win over the Phillies.

9th  In Philadelphia, Foxx ties a ML record with another HR, his 5th in 3 games and his 12th of the year, but the A’s bow to the Yankees 7–6. Lou Gehrig hits his 12th of the year and Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (NYC sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter and after 5 innings Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout and has to be carried away.

Luke Appling hits a HR in the 14th inning to give the White Sox a 10–9 win over the Tigers. Ted Lyons is the victor with 5 innings of shutout relief.

10th  The Giants never lose the league lead after Freddie Fitzsimmons beats Philadelphia, 5–2.

He’s not there for his hitting. Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times, a ML first in the 20th century, but his Athletics beat the Yankees, 9–5. Lefty will hit .086 this year. Little-used Arndt Jorgens hits a grand slam for New York in the 1st, off Sugar Cain.

11th  At Fenway, the Yankees and Red Sox split a pair. In game 1, Lou Gehrig hits a homer in a 3-run 9th as the Bombers win, 8-7. Boston rebounds in game 2 as Smead Jolley is 4-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI, and Dusty Cooke contributes a 3-run homer. The Sox win, 11-9, in 6 innings.

12th  On a day off, the Giants team accompanies P Hal Schumacher to St. Lawrence University where he receives his diploma. After graduation, Schumacher pitches the first 2 innings in a game against his old college teammates. He gives up one hit, as the Giants win 12–4.

13th White Sox P Whit Wyatt has his no hitter spoiled when, with 2 outs in the 9th, Brownie Ted Gullic gets a hit. Wyatt wins, 6–1. The Sox acquired Wyatt just 11 days ago from the Tigers for Vic Frasier.

14th  At Boston, Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak survives, even though he and manager McCarthy are thrown out of a game in the 7th inning for protesting that Boston’s Rick Ferrell ran out of the baseline between 1B and 2B. Joe McCarthy is suspended 3 games but Gehrig’s streak, now at 1,249, continues. Gehrig is 1-for-3 with a triple in the 13–5 loss to Tommy Bridges.

15th  The Dodgers send Lefty O’Doul, last year’s batting champ, and 20-game winner Watson Clark to the Giants for Sam Leslie. The two Brooklyn stars have struggled during the year.

17th The Phils send Hal Lee, coming off a career year last year (.303, 18 homers), and Pinky Whitney to the Braves for INF Fritz Knothe, OF Wes Schulmerich, and cash.

18th Indians pitchers Orel Hildebrand and Mel Harder both toss shutouts against Boston to win 7–0 and 4–0.

19th At Cleveland, Rabbit Warstler drills a 5th inning 3-run inside-the-park homer to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. They tack on 2 more in the 9th to beat the Indians, 5-2.

20th Danny Taylor, centerfielder for Brooklyn makes an unassisted DP but it is little help as the Cardinals win, 15–4. Ducky Medwick is 4-for-4, with a homer, and drives in 4 runs.

21st In the Texas League, Shreveport pitcher Ralph Erickson no hits Houston and beats Dizzy Dean, 2–0.

Behind Earl Whitehill, the Senators beat the Browns, 9–0. Joe Cronin has his second of 5 consecutive multi-hit games.

22nd  Paced by Joe Cronin’s four hits, the Senators down the host White Sox, 11-4. Cronin has three consecutive 4-hit games, the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat. With the Yankees losing 5-4 in St. Louis, the Senators are now tied for first place.

23rd  The Senators take over first place, winning their 3rd in a row over the White Sox while the Yankees break even in St. Louis. Joe Cronin leads the way with his 5th consecutive multi-hit game. With his 2 hits today matching his output on the 18th, and 13 hits in the 3 games of the 19th, 21st and 22nd, Cronin sets record for most hits in 3 games (13) as well as 4 games (15).

The Dodgers score 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th—four on a grand slam by Tony Cuccinello—to beat the Pirates, 5-4.

In a doubleheader split with the Braves, Tex Carleton pitches the Cards to a 12–0 win in game 1. The Braves Bob Brown ties the NL balk mark with 2: Zabala will top it in ‘49. Boston wins the nitecap, 2–1.

24th  Arky Vaughan has 5 hits and hits for the cycle, as the Pirates beat the Dodgers 15–3. The Bucs collect 21 hits in backing Bill Swift.

In Boston, Billy Urbanski’s fourth hit of the game drives in the game winner in the 11th inning as the Braves beat the Cubs, 2-1. Cubs starter and loser Lon Warneke is so incensed that he takes a bat to the visitor’s clubhouse destroying a heating unit, straw hats, bats and equipment. The Braves send the Cubs a bill for $25.

25th At the Polo Grounds, 25,000 see the Giants win twice over the Reds and increase their NL lead to three games. Hal Schumacher, the June graduate of St. Lawrence, wins the opener, 7–1, giving up a run on an error. New York scores five runs in two innings to knock out Ray Kolp. The Giants take the 2nd game, 6–3, as Johnny Vergez drives in four runs. Fred Fitzsimmons is the winner over Benton, in relief of Benny Frey.

The Senators win twice over the Indians, 9–0 and 10–1, to widen their lead in the AL to 1 ½ games over New York. Washington has now won 14 of 15. Earl Whitehill pitches the shutout and Bob Burke, making his first start of the season, almost matches him in game 2. Ossie Bluege has 5 of the Nats 29 hit total. For the host Indians, Milt Galatzer, recently of the Toledo Mud Hens, debuts with 4 walks in the opener and no official at bats, tying a ML mark set last year by Jack Saltzgaver. He’s 2-for-5 in the nitecap.

In a PCL game against San Francisco, Missions 3B Bucky Walters bangs out 5 doubles. His reward is that the Red Sox purchase his contract on July 2. Walters will switch to pitching and win 198 in the ML.

28th  Spitballer Jack Quinn, three days of his 50th birthday, loses his final career decision as the Dodgers edge the Reds 6–5, in the second game. The Reds take the opener, 8-1.

Heinie Manush hits a grand slam in the first-place Senators 9-run 1st inning at Cleveland. The final vote is Washington 15, Cleveland 2.

Second baseman Billy Herman sets NL fielding records with 11 putouts in the first game and 16 for the twin bill, as the Cubs take a pair from the Phillies, 9–5 and 8–3. Not a bad day for Billy Jurges, who is married in the morning to Mary Huyette in Reading, PA, then tallies 6 hits in the doubleheader.

At Navin Field, the Yankees score 8 runs in the last two innings to whip the Tigers, 10-7. Babe Ruth belts a 3-run homer in the 8th for New York. The Yankees trail the Senators by a game.

29th  In the top of the 2nd, Ethan Allen of the Cards races around the bases for an inside-the-park HR at the Polo Grounds, but is out for batting out of turn. Joe Medwick was the correct batter. Allen then bats for himself and grounds out. But St. Louis prevails, 7–3, over the first-place Giants.

JULY

2nd  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 Hughie 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 and no runs. Not until 1950, will the Cards be shut out again in a twin bill, and again it’ll be NY. Cards CF Ernie Orsatti goes into the record books with no chances in 17 1/3 innings.

Before 17,000 at Ebbets, the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 7-3 and 4-3. Catcher Al Lopez hits a homer in game 1 and in game 2 steals home with two outs in the 9th inning, a walkoff steal. Joe Stripp, batting hero of both games is at bat and reliever Charlie Root is on the mound (as noted by Jan Larson).

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 for a record 21 total bases in the 2 games, a twinbill split with the host Browns. The A’s take the opener, 6–5 and then lose 11–6. Foxx has four long hits in the second game and becomes just the second major leaguer this century to collect four extra base hits twice in a season. George Burns in 1924 was the other. Medwick in 1937 will be the next. He finishes the six-game series in St. Louis with 6 homers, 6 singles, 4 doubles, a triple, and 13 runs scored. Amazingly, the A’s split.

4th  The Washington Senators widen their lead over the 2nd-place Yankees to 2 1⁄2 games with a double-bill win before 77,365 holiday fans at Yankee Stadium, 6–5 in 10 innings and 3–2.

The New York Giants have their NL lead cut to 5 games when the Braves take a pair in Boston, 3–0 and 8–3.

In Philadelphia, the Red Sox pound the A’s, 14–4 and 9–1.

6th  The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park, and, appropriately, Babe Ruth is the star, though he finished 6th in the voting. Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters. Ruth strikes out against Lon Warneke, but his 2-run HR is the margin of victory in the AL’s 4–2 win. Lefty Gomez, the starter and winner, also knocks in the game’s first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49,200 fans who pay $52,000.

7th  In Allentown, Phillies 2B Mickey Finn, 30, dies following a recent abdominal operation.

In Chicago, a jury acquits Indians 1B Harley Boss of attacking a young women in his hotel room following dinner. He says she asked for money and he asked her to leave.

The Reds score 7 runs in the first two innings and beat the visiting Braves, 8-5. Larry Benton is the winner with relief help from Jack Quinn, making his last ML appearance, The Reds will release the 50-year-old spitballer who they signed in early May.

The Red Sox release fan favorite Fats Fothergill.

11th Dizzy Dean whips New York 2–1, as the Giants losing streak reaches 7 games. Following the game, the Giants receive a telegram from Blondy Ryan, the Giants’ injured SS, that states “They cannot beat us. Am en route.” The telegram will remain posted on the team bulletin board for the remainder of the season.

15th The Senators shut out the Browns in both ends of a doubleheader, winning the opener 1–0 behind Lefty Stewart, and taking the 2nd game 2–0 to back up Bobby Burke.

16th  Red Lucas of the Reds pitches a 15-inning 1–0 win over Roy Parmelee and the Giants in the opener of a doubleheader. The Giants do the honors in the nitecap, winning 1–0, as Carl Hubbell beats Paul Derringer for his second 1-0 victory this month.

18th  The Yankees win their 9th straight and take the lead from the Senators, beating the White Sox 5–4.

At Cincinnati, Johnny Vergez hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Larry Benton, and the Giants roll to a 14-1 win over the Reds. Hal Schumacher is the easy winner.

19th  Red Sox C Rick Ferrell hits his HR off brother Wes of Cleveland in the 4th inning, and Wes answers in the same inning, hitting one off Hank Johnson. Wes wins, 8–7. Wes will wind up his career with 38 HRs in 548 games. Rick will hit only 28 in 1,884 games.

With his team in last place, Browns manager Bill Killefer calls it quits. Coach Allen Sothoron will fill in until a manager is hired

20th Filling in for Riggs Stephenson, Babe Herman cracks 3 HRs, including a grand slam, to pace the Cubs to a 10–1 rout of the Phillies at Wrigley Field. The Babe has 8 RBIs for the day, the second time this year he’s reached that mark, to make it easy for pitcher Bud Tinning.

The Yankees manage just three hits in a 3–1 loss to Cleveland’s Mel Harder, scoring a single run when Ben Chapman drives in Ruth with a sac fly.

22nd The Indians Monte Pearson scatters eight hits in edging the Yankees, 2–1. Again, Ben Chapman drives in Ruth with the lone run.

In Philadelphia, the A’s use scores in the 8th innings to eke out two wins over the Browns, 8-7 and 6-5. Dib Williams hits a grand slam in the first game’s 7-run 8th.

In the first game of a twinbill at Forbes, Hughie Critz scores a run in the 1st against Larry French and that is all Carl Hubbell needs as he wins, 1-0. It is his third 1-0 win this month tying him with Reb Russell, who accomplished the feat in 1916. King Carl is the last this century to win three 1-0 games in a calendar month. Freddie Lindstrom scores 3 runs in the nitecap as the Corsairs prevail, 7-2. The Giants remain in 1st place ahead of the Cubs.

23rd The Cubs sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 9–5 and 3–1. Harvey Hendrick cracks a walkoff pinch grand slam in the 11th to win game 1. His homer to RF follows an intentional walk to Grimm. The winner in game 2 is Pat Malone, who stretches his winning streak over the Phils to 12 games beginning in May 1931.

The Yanks win a pair from Cleveland by identical 8-1 scores. The Yankees have now played 301 games without being shutout.

Detroit, down 6-2, scores 9 runs in the 8th to beat Washington, 12-8. The loss drops the Senators into 2nd place.

Los Angeles (PCL) hitter Jim Oglesby has his 44-game consecutive game hit streak stopped by Oakland’s Roy Joiner in an 11-inning, 2-1 win for the Oaks. Oglesby is 0-for-5.

24th  Frank Frisch is appointed manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing Gabby Street.

25th  The A’s Bob Johnson provides the offense against the Browns with 2 homers and 5 runs scored as Philadelphia wins, 11-3.

The Dodgers take a pair from the last-place Reds by identical 4-3 scores. In the second game Brooklyn has just two hits. One of the hits is a homer by Hack Wilson, making his debut today at second base because of injuries. He makes two errors in the second game.

Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes of Boston beats the White Sox, 8-1, with his pitching and hitting. He has 3 hits, including his first ML homer, and 3 RBI.

26th  Rogers Hornsby swaps St. Louis uniforms, leaving the Cards to manage the Browns. The Rajah takes the place of Allen Sothoron on the 29th.

The 61-game batting streak of San Francisco’s (PCL) 18-year-old rookie, Joe DiMaggio, is stopped by Ed Walsh, Jr. of Oakland. Joe’s streak breaks the PCL mark of 49, set by Jack Ness in 1915. DiMaggio hit .405 (104-for-257) during the skein and in his last 6 games kept the streak alive with just one hit per game. Walsh will stop the Seals again on August 17, pitching a 5–0 no-hitter.

Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the second game in a doubleheader, a 9–4 loss against Boston. Bill Summers tosses him in the 4th for excessively riding the umps. Had it been the first game, Lou’s consecutive-game streak would have ended. New York wins the first game, 2–0.

In a Mississippi Valley League game at Quincy, the hometown’s Ray Harrell strikes out 20 Davenport batters as Quincy beats the Blue Sox, 4-2. Harrell will pitch for 5 NL teams between 1935 and 1945.

27th Cy Blanton of Saint Joseph (Western League) pitches a 9-0 no-hitter against Joplin. Blanton strikes out 20 batters, while his teammates record no assists in the field. Blanton will lead the NL in ERA in 2 years.

29th With new manager Rogers Hornsby at the helm for his first game, the Browns edge the host White Sox 3–2, scoring two unearned runs on errors by Luke Appling and Al Simmons in the 8th.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals rough up Lon Warneke for 8 hits and 5 runs in 3+ innings, snapping Lon’s skein of 17 quality starts (3 runs or less in 6 innings). Babe Herman has a pair of 2-run homers off Tex Carleton, but the Cardinals win in the 10th, 9-6, on Pepper Martin’s 3-run homer. Martin has 4 hits and 5 RBI. Warneke’s club mark will be topped in 2015 by Jake Arrieta.

30th  The Cards Dizzy Dean sets a 20th-century ML record with 17 strikeouts in the first game of a doubleheader with the Cubs, an 8–2 Cards win. His teammate, C Jimmie Wilson, totals 18 putouts, also a new record. St. Louis takes the 2nd game, 6–5.

Burleigh Grimes, 9 days short of his 40th birthday, is released by the Cubs and signs with the Cardinals.

AUGUST

1st  Carl Hubbell breaks Ed Reulbach’s 1908 NL record for consecutive scoreless innings, with 45 1⁄3, although the Giants lose to Boston 3–1.

2nd  The A’s Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career, against the Yankees in a 16–3 drubbing. He’s the only 20th century catcher to cycle twice.

The 2nd place Pirates fall to the Cardinals, 4-3, in 12 inning Cards reliever Bill Walker and Buc SS Arky Vaughan miss the ending as both are tossed after coming to blows.

In the first of two at Philadelphia, Mel Ott hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs, but the Phils beat the frontrunners, 13-6. New York wreaks vengeance in game 2, collecting 24 hits to win, 18-1. Jo-Jo Moore has 5 hits, Bill Terry, Lefty O’Doul and Bernie James each have 4.

The Tigers beat the White Sox, 3-2 as Hank Greenberg drives in all 3 runs. Vic Sorrell tops Ted Lyons.

3rd  The Yankees are shut out by the A’s and Lefty Grove, 7–0, for their first scoreless game since August 2, 1931. In the 8th inning, Grove loads the bases with one out, then strikes out the Babe for the 3rd time, and gets Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 for the opposition, which New York hurlers blanked 22 times.

5th  In St. Louis, Browns OF Sammy West ties a ML record with 4 extra-base hits in a 12-inning, 10–9 win over the White Sox. He hits one double, 2 triples, and a HR. Sox SS Luke Appling is close behind West, collecting 5 hits and 3 doubles. Ed Wells’ double in the 12th wins it for the Brownies.

The first-place Giants split a doubleheader in Philadelphia, winning, 11-3, before losing, 7-3. Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the opener, his second four-run homer of the season.

In Detroit, the Indians set an AL record by scoring 9 runs in the 13th inning to beat the Tigers, 15-6. Reliever Belve Bean picks up his lone win of the year. Detroit wins the nitecap, 7-1.

6th  A’s 3B Pinky Higgins hits for the cycle in a 12–8 win over the Senators.

9th The Indians, with manager Walter Johnson on the mound, face the Toledo Mud Hens in an exhibition night game in Toledo. Johnson gives up no hits in a 3-inning outing.

11th  The Senators score 6 times in the final inning to top the Red Sox as both teams use a record-tying 11 pitchers in the game. Washington wins, 8–4.

12th  Brooklyn’s longtime manager, Wilbert Robinson, is appointed president of the Atlanta Crackers (SA) and will also manage the club. He is 69.

13th At Fenway, the Red Sox score 11 runs in the bottom of the first, then hold on to win 19–10 over the A’s. Dick Barrett pitches the last 7+ innings for the A’s, allowing 10 hits.

Holding a 5-4 lead with none on and 2 outs in the 9th, the White Sox give up a single and Hank Greenberg’s 3rd double of the game as the Tigers tie at 5 all. Greenberg’s 4th hit, a single in the 17th off starter Ted Lyons, is followed by Doljack’s game-winning triple as the Tigers prevail, 6-5. Vic Sorrel, who beat Lyons on August 2, allows 14 hits in his first 8 innings pitched, but just 3 in the last 9 to earn the win. Lyons pitches 9 relief innings in the loss and almost loses in the 11th but OF Al Simmons throws out two runners in succession at home trying to score from 2B on singles.

14th  Jimmie Foxx hits for the cycle, including a grand slam, and drives in 9 runs to break the AL record, as the A’s beat the Indians 11–5. A record 8 players will hit for the cycle this year.

In a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in Detroit, Red Sox pitcher George Pipgras breaks his pitching arm while throwing a curve ball in the 7th inning. He will throw just 8+ innings over the next two seasons, but his career is over as a player. During a hunting outing with Boston owner Tom Yawkey, Pipgras will follow up on Yawkey’s suggestion to become an umpire and he will be back in the A.L. in 1938.

In the bottom of the 9th at Yankee Stadium, pitcher Red Ruffing breaks a 2–2 tie by clouting a grand slam home run off Red Sox hurler Bob “Lefty” Weiland.

16th  A stiff wind helps the scoring in Winnipeg, as the Maroons (Northern League) upend the visiting Eau Claire Cardinals, 35-19 in 2 hours 37 minutes. Bruno Haas’s team leads 11-2 but the Cards tie it 14-14 after 4 innings. Elmer Greenwald paces the Maroons going 5-for-6 with 5 runs and 6 RBI. A tired Winnipeg loses the nitecap, 7-4.

17th  Against the Browns’ Lou Gehrig plays his 1’308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott’s mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Hornsby, ‘razzed by the Yankees all afternoon,’ inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th’ and cracks a homer off Lefty Gomez to tie the game at 6 all. The Browns score in the 10th to pin the loss on Herb Pennock.

Earl Averill hits for the cycle, as the Indians beat the A’s 15–4. Playing at home in Cleveland’s new Municipal Stadium, Averill will hit just 11 homers this year, compared to 32 last season when the Tribe played at League Park.

20th  Powered by Turkey Stearnes’ 41st HR, the Chicago American Giants (Negro League) defeat the Nashville Elite Giants in a twin bill for their 28th consecutive victory.

21st  The Yankees and White Sox play an 18-inning game which ends in a 3–3 tie because of darkness. Each team is 3-11-0 and each scores a single run in the 9th and two in the 11th. It is an AL record for the longest game with no extra base hits by either team.

In St. Louis, the first-place Senators beat the Browns, 2–1, for their 13th win in a row.

In Cleveland’s 10–1 win over Boston, Earl Averill wanders off 3B in the 6th inning and is caught with a hidden ball trick by Bosox Marty McManus.

22nd  The front-running Senators are stopped, 10–8, after 13 straight wins when Detroit rookie Hank Greenberg homers in the 9th. It is Greenberg’s 2nd HR of the game.

William Veeck, president of the Chicago Cubs, urges a midsummer series of inter-league games. He also proposes a split season. While some owners are in agreement on interleague play, Washington owner Clark Griffith is opposed. “We’re not going for any Hippodrome stuff. The AL is a big league.”

23rd At Comiskey Park, the White Sox sweep the Red Sox, winning 3-1 and 12-1. Red Kress hits a grand slam in game 2, the first Chicago slam since June 1928.

24th At Navin Field, Goose Goslin hits a pair of homer to pace the Senators to a 13-6 victory. One of Goslin’s homers is pinch hit; he’s the first player in the AL to hit two homers, one pinch hit, in a game. Les Mann did it for the Cards in 1923.

25th In the first of 2 games at Ebbets Field, Sam Leslie singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 4–3 win over the Reds. The hit comes off Red Lucas, who bats 7th in the lineup, collecting 2 hits. Suffering from a charley horse, (as noted by David Vincent) Dodger 2B Tony Cuccinello sits out for the first time since July, 1930 (when he was playing for the Reds), ending a consecutive playing streak of more than 500 games—the exact number isn’t known. Tony’s was the longest active streak in the NL. Hack Wilson replaces Cuccinello at 2B for the doubleheader, and makes two errors in the game 2, also a 4–3 Brooklyn win. Boom-Boom Beck and Ownie Carroll are the winning pitchers.

26th  Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell stops Heinie Manush’s hitting streak at 33 games, as Washington loses 5–4 in 11 innings.

27th In front of 60,000, the host Indians split a pair with the leading Senators, fumbling away a 14–1 decision, then winning 6–3. The Tribe make nine errors in the opener, led by Johnny Burnett at 3B and Bill Cissell at SS with three apiece. Bob Boken and Joe Kuhel combine for 7 RBIs in the first game as Earl Whitehill coasts. Bob Brown wins the nitecap over Alvin Crowder.

Pitching on two days rest, Guy Bush shuts out the Dodgers for the second shutout in four days, as the Cubs win, 2–0. Bush, who shut out the Phils on Thursday, allows just two hits in beating Van Lingle Mungo. Mark Koenig’s homer and score after a double make the difference. Ray Benge pitches Brooklyn to a 5–2 win the nitecap.

29th The split between P George Earnshaw and Connie Mack gets wider when the A’s announce the pitcher’s retirement for the season. Earnshaw has been sent home twice from road trips. The rift started last winter when Earnshaw picked the Yankees to win the pennant. Mack says, “Earnshaw will get his check on the first and fifteenth of the month but I don’t want to see him at Shibe Park. I’m tired of looking at him.”

In St. Louis, the last-place Browns beat the Red Sox 10–8, then lose the nitecap 9–4. The Brownies will draw just 88,000 (79,000+ paying) fans in 1933, the worst attendance numbers since the 1890s.

30th Pittsburgh lefty Ralph Birkofer gives up four hits—two apiece by Chuck Klein and Dick Bartell—to stop the Phillies, 5–1.

New York, Babe Ruth announces that he will quit after the season. “My legs won’t stand the strain and I can’t play next year,” he admits, leaving open the door to a manager’s job. His wife suggests a European vacation.

31st  The Giants lose 3B Johnny Vergez for the season due to an appendectomy. Travis Jackson, who has been filling in at SS, shifts to 3B. The Braves beat the Giants today, 7–3.

SEPTEMBER

1st In the first of two games with the Braves, Carl Hubbell pitches 10 innings and drives in the winning run for a 2–0 win. He doesn’t walk a batter and never goes as deep as a 3-2 count on any hitter, holding the Braves to 4 hits. It is his 20th win and his 10th shutout of the year. Five of the shutouts are 1–0, a NL record. Frankhouse is the hard-luck loser, when his mates make 2 errors in the 10th. New York then takes the nitecap, 5–3.

3rd At Boston, Dolf Luque comes to the aid of the Giants, pitching the last 8 innings and knocking in the winning run in the 14th. The Giants shade the Braves, 4–3, then tie 4–4 as curfew ends the duel with two out in the 9th. Ben Cantwell pitches well in game 2 as all the Giants runs are unearned. The Braves draw 40,000 today and 140,000 for the 4 games with first-place New York, more than they drew the entire season of 1928.

Bosox pitcher Ivy Andrews allows just 4 Senator hits through 8 innings, then a single, walk and pinch-single by Joe Bolton clips Ivy, 3–2. Monte Weaver wins, sending the Senators 8 ½ games in the lead.

Wes Ferrell easily gains his 11th victory as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 11–3. Ferrell hits a homer and Joe Vosmik collects 4 hits for Cleveland.

At Cincinnati, the Reds clip the Pirates, 9–3, the first loss for the Bucs in 9 games. The Pirates now trail the Giants by 8 games. Red Lucas goes all the way for the win, as the Reds shell rookie Ralph Birkofer. After the game, Edd Roush’s old-timers defeat Buck Herzog’s Nine, 8–5, called after 5 innings on account of “tiredness.” Ninety three old timers turn out and about half take a turn at the plate. Roush’s squad includes Pat Duncan, Larry Kopf, Bill Rariden, and Rube Bressler, all stars on the Reds 1919 team. Donie Bush and Honus Wagner are the shortstops.

At St. Louis, the Browns take game 1 from Detroit, 2–1, behind George Blaeholder. Game 2 is called at 5–5 due to darkness. With this twinbill, the Browns complete their home schedule, drawing a total of 88,113 fans: the next lowest total in the AL is Boston with 268,715. The Cards draw 256,171. The last-place Browns will finish the season on the road, going 6–14.

4th  In a Labor Day twin bill, Joe Hauser, Minneapolis (AA), hits 3 HRs to reach 65, a new professional record.

6th  In his first ML start, Washington rookie Alex McColl gives up 4 hits in downing the White Sox, 3-1. In relief of Jake Miller, Red Faber pitches 4+ innings of shutout ball on his 45th birthday.

At LA’s Wrigley Field, the all-time Pacific Coast League attendance record of 24,695 is set at a double header between the Hollywood Stars and the home-team Angels. The Angels take the opener, 2-0, behind Buck Newsom’s 26th win and 8th shutout of the year. Game 2 is called due to a dense fog in the 4th inning. The paid attendance is 15,231 with an additional 9,464 women or free passes. Ticket sales are halted at 7:00, 30 minutes before game time.

7th  Rookie Johnny Marcum of the Philadelphia A’s wins his first ML start with a shutout, 6–0 over Cleveland.

8th  Detroit edges the Red Sox twice by 4-3 scores as Boston’s losing streak reaches 7 games. It is also the 19th straight loss in one-run games for the Sox. It’ll reach 20 in two days, the longest such streak in the majors. The previous record was 16 by the A’s in 1916.

9th  Joe Hauser, Minneapolis (AA), hits 2 HRs to set all-time record of 69. Hauser also set the International League record mark at 63, with Baltimore in 1930.

10th  The first Negro League East-West All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park. Willie Foster goes the distance in the West’s 11–7 victory.

11th  Johnny Marcum pitches his 2nd shutout in just his 2nd major-league start, as the A’s beat the White Sox 8–0.

12th The Dodgers are zero for the afternoon against the Pirates, as Heine Meine tops them 1–0 in the opener and Waite Hoyt wins the nitecap 2–0.

13th The Sox toss their vets at the A’s and almost pull off a sweep. Sam Jones, 41, tops Philadelphia, 3–2 in the opener, but the Mackmen then beat 44-year-old Red Faber, 4–2, in the nitecap.

15th The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs at Wrigley Field, winning, 5–1 and 4–0. Reliever Hi Bell helps apply the whitewash in game 2, besting Lon Warneke. Starter Tarzan Parmalee is leading 3-0 when he hits Tuck Stainback on the arm breaking it. He walks the bases full and Bell comes in.

16th The Giants win two over the 2nd place Cubs, winning the first one 2–1 behind Hubbell’s 22nd win. New York takes the nitecap, 6–3.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals edge the Dodgers 14–13 and pull off a triple steal in the 7th inning. The second game is called in the 5th with Brooklyn ahead 4–2.

17th  The Giants spoil Dizzy Dean Day at Sportsman’s Park 4–3, but the popular pitcher drives home in a new Buick, given to him by St. Louis fans.

18th The Cards put off the Giants flag conquest, by attacking Carl Hubbell in the 8th to win, 4–3. Tex Carleton is the winner when Leo Durocher drives home the last run with a triple.

The 2nd-place Yankees split with the White Sox, winning, 6–1, on Johnny Allen’s 2-hitter, before falling 4–3. Les Tietje, in his ML debut, stops the Bombers in the nitecap, the first pitcher to make his ML debut and win at the Stadium. Lou Gehrig clubs HRs #28 and #29: Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park, the 1st American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.

19th  Although they lose to St. Louis 12–3, the Giants clinch the pennant when runner-up Pittsburgh splits a pair in Philadelphia.

The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice, 10–1 and 10–3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon, while Lou Gehrig has six RBIs. Gehrig hits #30 in game one, following immediately after Walker hits a homer. Lou is now even with Ruth, who sat out the afternoon

20th Lefty Grove scores his 23rd victory as the A’s down Detroit, 2–1. The Mackmen garner just five hits off Carl Fischer.

The Senators clinch a tie for the pennant, routing the Browns with 7 runs in the 3rd, and winning 13–5. Alvin Crowder wins his 24th. The Yankees win, 5–3 over Chicago.

At Grand Central Station, a crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 fans are on hand to greet the Giants on their return from the west.

21st  With lefty Walter Stewart pitching, Washington eliminates the Yankees and clinches the AL pennant in a 2–1 home win over St. Louis.

23rd  The Cubs beat the Reds 7-1, with Paul Derringer losing his 27th game (he was 0-2 for the Cardinals) for the last-place Reds, the most losses since George Bell (Brooklyn) in 1910. His 25 losses is a Reds 20th-century mark. Gabby Hartnett hits a grand slam for the Cubs.

Despite the 5th-place Tigers’ 5–3 win over the Browns, manager Bucky Harris submits his resignation. Babe Ruth’s name will be prominent in the newspapers as a possible replacement.

The Yankees make 5 errors, 3 by Frank Crosetti, but have enough firepower to outslug the Red Sox 16–12. Included in New York’s 23 hits are homers by Ruth and Gehrig, number 31 for each; Lou adds two doubles and a single. Byrd, Chapman, and Crosetti have three hits apiece, and reliever Wilcy Moore drives in the last run with his first hit of the year. The Red Sox chase winning pitcher Herb Pennock in the 6th, but fall short at the end.

The Phils and Braves, split a twinbill, each winning 5–4. Chuck Klein has three hits in each game, including his NL-high 28th homer in the opener. Boston’s Wally Berger, 2nd in homers with 26, is out of action and doesn’t play today.

24th  Detroit’s Tommy Bridges reaches the 9th inning with a no-hitter for the 3rd time this season and the 4th time in 2 years. He yields a pair of hits, as Detroit beats the Browns 7–0. Despite the win, Bucky Harris resigns as manager of the Tigers.

Lefty Grove wins his 24th game, replacing starter Emmett McKeithan after 4 innings and the A’s leading 8–3. The final score is 11–4, with General Crowder taking the loss. But Grove’s win is tainted. The Athletics “contrived” to give Grove the sure win, so that he could finish the season with more wins than NL star Carl Hubbell, who will finish with 23. AL President Harridge will reverse the official scorer’s decision next week and gives the win to McKeithan, but the league eventually returns the win to Grove.

25th In a closed practice, the Series-bound Senators test the less-lively NL ball. Joe Cronin finds it “rides plenty,” hitting 3 of the first 4 pitches into the stands. “I’m in the wrong league,” he says.

The Giants travel to Ossining for a 9–3 win over the Sing Sing prison team. Alabama Pitts, the prison’s football star, has two doubles in the 7-inning game. Pitts will be offered a baseball contract in May 1935, but later the offer will be rescinded after a public uproar.

27th In front of 6,000 fans, the Yankees take the first of two games, beating the host Athletics, 7-0. In the battle of Lefties, Gomez tosses his fourth shutout of the year, while Grove tires and allows 5 runs in the last two innings. The A’s take the abbreviated second game, 10-1, in 6.5 innings. Foxx hits his 48th homer and drives in 5 runs. While Cochrane scores 3 runs on a hit and 2 walks. He ends the season with an OBP of .459, the only catcher this century to lead the AL in this category.

The Buck stops here. After winning 15 games in a row, one shy of the PCL record set by Frank Browning in 1909, Bobo Newsom of Los Angeles loses to San Francisco, 5-4, in 11 innings. Buck will win 30 and will back in the majors with the Browns next year.

In the Mississippi Valley League series at Saint Joseph, St. Joe’s Cy Blanton strikes out 19 in a 2-1 win over Davenport. In July, Blanton struck out 20 in a game. His 21-7 record for St. Joseph will earn him a late season call up to the Pirates next year.

28th The AP announces its All-Star team, voted on by sports editors and writers, and the top vote getters are Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin and Carl Hubbell. Gehrig is on the second team behind Foxx, but Ruth did not make the squad.

In the Yankees 11-9 win with visiting Washington, Gehrig plays the first three innings, then leaves to prepare for his wedding tomorrow. Ruth takes over 1B.

29th With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium, the Senators pile up a 5–0 lead over the Yankees, and then bring in the reserves to score an 8–5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBIs lead the Nats attack. Ruth has a triple. Gehrig keeps his consecutive game streak alive, playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.

Before a crowd of just 200 at Ebbets Field, the Braves down the Dodgers 4–1. The game is a playoff of Thursday’s 2–2 tie in ten innings, and the Braves score four unearned runs to hand Walter Beck his 20th loss of the year.

30th  In a 12–2 romp over the Cardinals, Babe Herman of the Chicago Cubs hits for the cycle, the 3rd time he has performed the feat. Guy Bush wins his 20th game, beating Dizzy Dean who finishes the season at 20–18.

With the visiting Phillies leading 1–0 in the 4th, Boston’s Wally Berger clouts a pinch grand slam and the Braves hold on to win, clinching 4th place. It is Boston’s highest finish in 14 years.

OCTOBER

1st  Nick Altrock, clowning coach of the Series-bound Senators, pinch-hits for Johnny Kerr at the age of 57 in a 3–0, 11-inning loss to the A’s. Altrock bats with 2 outs in the 11th against Rube Walberg. The Washington Post reported it as follows:

“Amid such absurdities as Cliff Bolton playing right field, and Nick Altrock pinch hitting as the Nats’ dying gesture, the American League season came to a close at Griffith Stadium yesterday, with the Athletics winning, 3 to 0, in the eleventh inning of a ball game that had no more bearing on the baseball situation than the NRA code of the buttonhole workers. Three runs behind and two out going into the last of the eleventh, the Nats went down fighting, leastwise, Nick Altrock did. Uncle Nick was the Nats’ last hope. Walberg showed his contempt by calling in all his outfielders. His infielders surrounded the pitching box. Walberg dared Nick to hit the ball, and Nick hit it. He hit it back to Walberg and then went down fighting. Walberg fielded the ball, ran to the baseline and waited for Nick, but he reckoned without the ‘inside’ baseball of the Nats’ clown. Altrock sidestepped Walberg via the dugout and reached first safely. When he was called out for running out of bounds, he pleaded in vain with the official scorer to overrule umpire Summers’ decision.”

Babe Ruth attracts 25,000 fans to the Stadium as he takes the mound against the Red Sox. Before the game, the Babe beats Smead Jolley in a fungo-hitting contest, 395 feet to 325, then holds Jolley to a single in 5 appearances. Ruth hits a 5th inning HR and takes a 6–0 lead into the 6th inning, then hangs on for a 6–5 complete-game win. The Yankees back the Babe with 18 outfield putouts. Today is his last pitching appearance, and he finishes his Yankee pitching career at 5–0. Bosox hurler Bob Kline takes the loss. Ruth now has 10 winning seasons in 10 years as a pitcher, a mark that will be matched in 2004 by Andy Pettitte.

At Boston, the Braves end the season with a 4-1 victory over the Phillies. Wally Berger’s grand slam accounts for all the Braves scoring. He ends the year with 34 homers and 121 RBIs.

Missions outfielder Ox Eckhardt is 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against Hollywood to lead the PCL in batting for the third straight year. Ox gores the league’s pitching for a .414 average. He will get one more cup of coffee in the majors in 1936, at the age of 35.

3rd  In the battle of first-year managers, the Giants take the opener of the WS at the Polo Grounds, as Carl Hubbell holds the Senators to 5 hits and 3 unearned runs. Washington unravels when Buddy Myer makes a record-tying 3 errors. Mel Ott is the hitting star, tying a WS record with 4-for-4.

4th  Scoring 6 runs in the 6th inning, the Giants make it 2 in a row over Washington. The Senators are again held to 5 hits.

The White Sox edge the Cubs, 3-2, in the Windy City Series, and will go on to win all 4 games.

5th  The WS moves to Washington, and Earl Whitehill blanks the Giants 4–0. President Roosevelt throws out the first ball and stays the whole game despite a steady rainfall.

Chicago Cubs president William Veeck, Sr, dies of leukemia at age 55. He had been president of the club since 1918.

6th  Carl Hubbell wins for the 2nd time, going 11 innings for the 2–1 victory in a pitching duel with Monte Weaver. Heinie Manush is thrown out of the game for brushing umpire Charlie Moran in the 6th inning. Travis Jackson beats out a surprise bunt to open the 11th inning, is sacrificed to 2B on a close play, and scores on a single by Blondy Ryan.

7th  At the World Series, flags are at half staff to honor William L. Veeck, Chicago Cubs president who died suddenly.

In Washington, the WS comes to a close when Mel Ott homers in the 10th inning for a 4–3 Giants, victory. Dolf Luque gets the win in relief. The Giants are World Champs for the 4th time.

10th  Joe Cronin is rewarded with a 3-year contract as player-manager of the Senators.

12th  Jimmie Foxx (AL) and Carl Hubbell (NL) are named MVPs by the baseball writers. Foxx is the Triple Crown winner in the AL while Triple Crown winner Chuck Klein is distant second in the NL voting, jut 4 points ahead of Wally Berger in third place.

22nd  Phil Ball, millionaire owner of the St. Louis Browns, dies at the age of 69 of septicemia. With Ball’s financial support gone, the Browns will sell their Milwaukee franchise, retaining San Antonio as their sole minor league club. Manager Rogers Hornsby will run the team.

NOVEMBER

6th  Sidney Weil quits as Cincinnati Reds president. Larry MacPhail acquires an interest in the team and is elected director. MacPhail will become GM.

15th  Cards C Jimmie Wilson is swapped to the Phillies to become manager. St. Louis gets hard-hitting Virgil Davis in exchange.

17th  Pittsburgh sends Alan Comorosky and Tony Piet to Cincinnati in exchange for P Red Lucas and Wally Roettger. As a pitcher, Lucas will feast on the Reds over the rest of his career, going 14–0 against them. Piet hit .323 for the season, but was in the doghouse over a contract dispute and never started a game after July.

21st  Chuck Klein, who won the Triple Crown with the Phillies, is sold to the Chicago Cubs for $125,000 and veterans Mark Koenig, Harvey Hendrick, and Ted Kleinhans. Hendrick will play one year in Philley, while the other two quickly go to the Reds. Klein, who also led the NL in total bases, hits, slugging, doubles, was second in runs, and 4th in steals, is the only player to be traded after a Triple Crown season. Leaving cozy Baker Bowl, he will have two solid years at Wrigley before returning to the Phils. The Cubs would like to have this deal back.

DECEMBER

3rd  Connie Mack sells C Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000 and catcher Johnny Pasek. Cochrane is named Detroit manager.

12th  At the major leagues’ annual meeting in Chicago, the owners vote Judge Landis another 7-year contract as commissioner. Will Harridge gets a new 5-year pact as AL president.

Representatives of the Montreal International League Club, including Charles Trudeau, father of future PM Pierre, are at the Winter Meetings in hopes of landing a ML club for Montreal.

Connie Mack is still selling. First he sells Lefty Grove, the A’s top winner in each of the past 5 seasons, along with Max Bishop, and George Walberg to the Boston Red Sox for $125,000 and two players, pitcher Bob Kline and infielder Rabbit Wartsler. Then George Earnshaw and recently acquired backstop Johnny Pasek go to the White Sox for $20,000 and catcher Charlie Berry. Berry once led the NFL in scoring and will become a ML umpire in the 1940s.

14th  Washington trades Goose Goslin for Johnny Stone of the Tigers.

The Browns acquire OF Smead Jolley, P Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Red Sox for Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus SS Jim Levey, and P Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for SS Alan Strange. Strange will go to Washington for veteran SS Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return East in the Fall to join the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for 3 seasons.

15th  The major leagues agree on a uniform ball to be livelier than the NL ball of recent seasons, to match the AL balls. Owners also agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15th.

The Browns keep on dealing, purchasing Ray Pepper from the Cardinals. Pepper has spent most of the last five seasons in Rochester, but he will have a classic career year in 1934, knocking in 101 runs. He’ll sputter after that.

29th  Yankees owner Jake Ruppert refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can become manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

  • 1934

JANUARY

5th  Fire destroys the new CF bleachers under construction at Fenway Park.

10th William Walker is elected president of the Cubs, filling the vacancy created by William Veeck’s death during the World Series. He is a substantial shareholder of the team but will do his best to alienate the team and fans during his short tenure. In October, P.K. Wrigley will purchase his shares and assume the presidency.

11th The Cardinals send C Bob O’Farrell and P Syl Johnson to the Phillies for P Glenn Spencer and cash. The Phils immediately name O’Farrell as player-manager.

15th  Babe Ruth accepts a cut of $17,000 and signs a 1934 contract for $35,000.

17th  Carl Hubbell, the NL MVP winner, is rewarded with a $18,000 contract by the New York Giants.

19th  Judge Landis denies Shoeless Joe Jackson’s appeal for reinstatement.

25th  Bill Terry, Giants manager, in an interview with Roscoe McGowen of the New York Times, quips, “Brooklyn? Gee, I haven’t heard a peep out of them. Is Brooklyn still in the league?” The jest boomerangs as the Dodgers will rise in wrath at the season’s end.

FEBRUARY

3rd  The St. Louis Cardinals and Browns discontinue broadcasts from Sportsman’s Park. Games had been aired since 1926 but on weekdays for only the last 2 years. The cutback is a response to declining attendance, and the radio broadcasts are thought to keep fans at home.

Powel Crosley, local millionaire, heads a syndicate that buys just over half the stock in the Cincinnati Reds from Sidney Weil. No price is announced. Crosley, owner of a 500,000 watt radio station, is on the board of the Central Trust Bank, and it is the bank that had loaned money to Sidney Weil and his syndicate to buy the Reds. Weil was in the process of raising money to pay off the bank when Crosley’s purchase takes place. The Reds’ home park will be renamed Crosley Field.

4th  The National Recovery Administration says athletes advertising athletic goods must actually use them or advertisers will lose the NRA Blue Eagle and be fined.

6th  Ford Frick, New York newspaperman and sports broadcaster, is named PR director for the NL.

The Reds purchase 43-year-old Dazzy Vance, 6–2 last season, from the Cards. But there is no fire left in Vance’s arm, and he will be waived back to St. Louis in mid-season.

7th The Reds players and officials set sail from New York City to San Juan, P.R. for a month of spring training. They will finish the grapefruit season in Tampa.

13th In an item discovered by historian Doug Pappas, the NL loans the Cincinnati Reds $50,000 at 4.5% interest. Powel Crosley, who bought the team 10 days ago, will repay the Reds’ debt in full by 1938.

14th  Sam Rice is signed by the Cleveland Indians. He will fall 13 short of 3,000 career hits.

15th  Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and Cincinnati grant radio broadcast rights.

16th  Eppa Rixey of the Cincinnati Reds announces his retirement after 21 seasons and a career 266-251 mark. The next day Urban “Red” Faber retires, leaving a 20-year career mark of 254-212, all with the Chicago White Sox.

23rd  Casey Stengel, who had been a Dodger coach, signs a 2-year contract to manage Brooklyn at $10,000 per year. He replaces Max Carey, who had remained quiet after Bill Terry’s remarks last month about Brooklyn still being in the league.

25th  John McGraw, in ill health since his retirement as Giants manager early in the 1932 season, dies of uremia at his home in New Rochelle, NY, at age 60. His last public appearance had been the 1933 All-Star Game as the NL manager. McGraw managed for 33 years.

MARCH

10th  Jimmie Foxx ends his holdout from the A’s. The 1933 Triple Crown winner and AL MVP accepts a reported $18,000.

12th  Dizzy Dean’s younger brother, Paul, ends his holdout. Diz predicts they will win between 40 and 45 games between them. They do even better, winning 49, with Dizzy contributing 30.

20th  All-around female athlete Babe Didrickson pitches the first inning for the Philadelphia Athletics in a spring training exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. She gives up one walk but no hits. Two days later she pitches again, this time one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Red Sox. She is less successful this time, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs in the first inning. Bill Hallahan relieves her. Didrickson does not have an at bat in either game. She will also play several games for the House of David this season. Didrickson is the second of two women to play exhibitions with a ML team (1B Lizzie Murphy played for an AL all-star team on August 14, 1922).

25th In New Orleans, Babe Didrickson takes the mound again, this time for the New Orleans Pelicans against a split squad of the Cleveland Indians. She throws two scoreless innings and lines out in her only plate appearance. In nearby Lafayette, Louisiana, manager Walter Johnson pitches for the other Indian squad against the KC Blues.

In St. Petersburg, Babe Ruth launches a mammoth shot at Waterfront Park in a game between the Yankees and the Braves. According to the Boston Herald account, the blast, off pitcher Hucks Betts, goes “10,000 leagues to right field,” carrying “far over the canvas and almost into the West Coast Inn.” Some estimates have the blast at 600 feet. Waterfront Park, known as “The Other House Ruth Built” was replaced in 1947 by Al Lang Field.

28th  In a collision with catcher Norman Kies, forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training in 1926.

APRIL

4th  In Orlando, the Red Sox discover that veteran Lefty Grove, bought from the A’s, has a sore arm. He will win only 8 games in 1934 but will return to good form in 1935. Connie Mack says, “I’m reluctant to believe that Grove’s arm is as severely injured as some stories state. But the deal goes as it stands. Nothing can alter that sale as of this date.”

5th  Veteran Frank Shellenback of the Hollywood Sheiks beats Oakland, 6-3, allowing no earned runs to notch his 262nd PCL victory. The spitball-knuckler breaks the record set by Spider Baum in 1920: Baum is now secretary of the Sheiks. Shellenback will go on to post a 295-178 record.

Three Cincinnati radio stations will broadcast 85 Reds games. Red Barber is hired by Crosley-owned WSAI.

Babe Ruth is to be sponsored by Quaker Oats to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC. The total of $39,000 for 13 weeks is $4,000 more than Ruth’s baseball salary.

8th  The Phillies and A’s meet in the final City Series game before 15,000 fans at Shibe Park, the first legal Sunday baseball game ever played in Philadelphia. The Phils win, 8-1, but the A’s take the series, and win the Harry Mackay Trophy, named after a former city mayor.

In Chicago, the Washington Senators conclude a two-game exhibition series with the Cubs. The Senators won yesterday, 8-3, but lose today, 5-2.

In Memphis, 9,000 fans greet Memphis native Bill Terry and his Giants. Carl Hubbell holds the Chicks to one run while the Giants pile up 18 in their biggest offensive output of the spring. Terry is 2-for-4 before leaving in the 7th.

15th  In the third of a 3-game set, all played at Braves Field, the Red Sox take the rubber game, 11–3. Carl Reynolds and Bill Werber homer, with the win going to Johnny Welch.

16th  Rain in Washington prevents President Franklin D. Roosevelt from throwing out the first ball of the season.

The Adventures of Babe Ruth, a 15-minute show, debuts on radio on the Blue Network. Starring the Babe, the show will air three times a week until July 13, 1934.

17th  Both leagues open with full schedules and draw 180,000 in attendance. The Cubs Lon Warneke gives up just a one-out 9th-inning single to Adam Comorosky, winning 6–0 over the Reds. He strikes out 13 in the one-hitter to set a 20th century club mark, since topped, for K’s in an opener. Sam Jones will match Warneke in 1956. John Clarkson holds the club mark with 16 set on August 18, 1886.

At Ebbets, Casey Stengel makes his managerial debut, but his Dodgers lose, 8–7, to the Braves.

In a pre-game ceremony at the Polo Grounds, a bugler sounded taps for John McGraw, who died in February. The Giants, behind Carl Hubbell, then defeat the Phillies, 6–1, to start a five-game win streak.

At the rebuilt Fenway Park, the Red Sox unveil the Green Monster, the 18-foot concrete wall that replaces “Duffy’s Cliff,” the 10-foot-incline named after Hugh Duffy. Gone are the wooden bleachers and wooden fences, and a warning track is in place for the outfielders. In front of the largest crowd to date in Boston history, the Senators defeat the rejuvenated Red Sox, 6–5, in 11 innings, when player manager Joe Cronin cracks a run-scoring double. Starter Earl Whitehill pitches 6 innings and hits a single and homer, just the third Opening Day HR ever for the Nats: the last was 1916.

At Shibe Park, a crowd of less than 10,000 watch the A’s open against the Yankees. New York scores first with two runs in the 5th inning off starter Sugar Cain. The A’s take the lead in the 6th inning on Eric McNair’s two-run homer, off Lefty Gomez, into the LF upper deck, but the Yankees pull ahead 5–3 in the 8th. The A’s answer with one in the 8th, another in the 9th, and then, with two outs, a pinch single by Bing Miller provides the winning run. Rabbit Warstler is 4-for-4 for the A’s. Rookie Joe Cascarella, a native Philadelphian, is the winner, while Harry Smythe is the losing pitcher.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox move the plate 17 feet closer to the fences to help Al Simmons, but there are no homers today as the Tigers win, 8–4. When Simmons leaves next year, the plate is moved back.

In St. Louis, Earl Averill cracks a double and an inside-the-park homer to drive in 3 runs and pace his Indians to a 5-2 win over the Browns.

18th The Giants tip the Phils, 2–1, but almost lose Bill Terry in the process. In the 7th, with a runner on 1B, a Phillie batter lines a hit off the right-field wall at the Polo Grounds. Mel Ott’s quick play of the carom and throw to the cut off man Travis Jackson holds the lead runner at 3B. Jackson, noticing the runner at 1B taking a wide turn, rifles the ball to first, but it hits the surprised Terry in the face, knocking him down. Terry recovers to play tomorrow.

At Shibe Park, the Yankees win their first game of the year by pummeling the A’s, 11-5. Bill Dickey drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer. Babe Ruth clouts his first homer of the year, over the RF fence. Rookie Al Benton pitches 4+ innings for Philadelphia, giving up two runs. In 1952, as a reliever for Boston, Benton will retire Mickey Mantle, making him the only pitcher to face Ruth and Mantle in a regular season game.

19th The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Senators, winning, 5-4 and 7-3 as both teams go to 2-2. Williams College grad Mark Filley faces 3 batters in game 2, retiring one, in his only ML appearance. His catcher is Princeton’s Moe Berg. Filley and Charlie Perkins, who pitches for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April and May, are the last two Williams grads to appear in the majors.

21st  Moe Berg, little-used Senators catcher, plays his 117th consecutive errorless game, dating back to 1931. It is an AL record. Berg gets pinch hit for in the 8th as the A’s beat the Senators, 7–2.

22nd  Lon Warneke pitches his 2nd straight one-hitter—the only pitcher ever to open the season with 2 one-hitters—beating Dizzy Dean, as the Cubs roll over the host Cards, 15–2. The lone hit is Rip Collins’ 5th inning double. The Cubs collect 22 hits, 14 against the Dean brothers, including homers by Chuck Klein and Gabby Hartnett. This is the Cubs fifth straight road win to open the season; they won’t open with even 4 road wins until 2016.

24th  President Roosevelt throws out the first ball for the Washington opener, but as with the scheduled April 16th opener, a rainstorm sends him back to the White House in the 4th inning. The Red Sox win the game 5–0 behind Johnny Welch.

26th  Heinie Manush is a homer shy of the cycle and Cecil Travis extends his hitting streak to 20 games with 2 hits a 3 RBIs in the Senators 10-7 win over the Red Sox. Carl Reynolds has a double for Boston as his AL-high average drops to .455. It’ll keep dropping to .303.

27th  Wes Ferrell is suspended by Cleveland for failing to report 10 days after the season has started.

28th  Goose Goslin, Detroit OF, hits into 4 consecutive DPs, but the Tigers beat Cleveland 4–1. In the DP department, Tiger 3B Marv Owen makes an unassisted DP; he’ll have another one tomorrow, just the 2nd time in history a third baseman has done that in consecutive games.

At Washington, the Senators take a 5-0 lead over the A’s, then watch as Philadelphia regains the lead with a 6-run 6th highlited by a Jimmie Foxx grand slam off Tommy Thomas, to come back and win, 7-6.

29th  With Pennsylvania’s Blue Law repealed, Pittsburgh becomes the last ML city to play a home game on a Sunday, beating the Reds 9–5. Meanwhile, the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 8–7, with Phil Page picking up the victory.

30th  Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 9th off Jack Russell to defeat Washington, 7–4, and put the Yankees in first place.

At Chicago, the White Sox unload 9 runs in the 4th inning and outslug Cleveland, 20–10. The 2 teams combine for 32 hits with Vosmik, Holland, Bonura, Hayes, and Simmons leaving the park.

MAY

1st Burleigh Grimes picks up a win as he relieves in the Cardinals 3–2 win over the Reds in eleven innings. The Birds will waive Grimes (2–1) to the Pirates in two weeks.

At Chicago, Bill Knickerbocker hits a grand slam in the 6th, off Milt Gaston, as the Indians roll to a 12-1 victory.

At Washington, the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a 3-run lead in the first, but he can’t hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the score tied at 3 apiece. New York scores 5 runs in the 9th to win it for Uhle, 10–5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2, 1932, when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats.

2nd The Giants beat the Dodgers, 6–5, for a series sweep and takes over first place in the NL. Lefty O’Doul, pinch hitting for Travis Jackson in the 8th, homers with two on off reliever Van Lingle Mungo. Charlie Perkins takes the loss against Hal Schumacher. Mel Ott hits his 6th homer of the year in the 3rd with Ott on base.

In a slugfest in Boston, the A’s outlast the Red Sox, 12-11. Both teams score three times in the 9th and the A’s score 4 in the 5th. Bob Johnson has a homer and double for the A’s while Rabbit Warstler adds 4 hits. On the Boston side, Roy Johnson has 2 hits and 4 RBIs and Bucky Walters hits a homer.

Heinie Meine outpitches Lon Warneke to give the Pirates a 4–2 win over the Cubs. Chicago drops to 2nd place with the loss.

3rd The Cardinals pull to .500 (7-7) with an 8-7 win over the visiting Phillies. Joe Medwick smacks a 4th inning grand slam, off Phil Collins.

5th With the Red Sox leading 9–3 against the Browns, Lefty Grove makes his first appearance in a Boston uniform, and bombs. He gives up 3 hits and 2 walks, 5 earned runs, without retiring a batter. The Sox come back to edge the Browns, 13-12.

6th  The Red Sox score 12 runs in the 4th inning, helped along by a record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, and Bucky Walters, to beat Detroit 14–4. Firpo Marberry serves up all four triples. In their next at bats in the inning, the foursome tack on two singles, a walk, and a double.

7th In Boston, Schoolboy Rowe wins for Detroit with 5 innings of relief, as Detroit tops the Red Sox, 8–6. Rowe settles the game with a home run. The Tigers are at 8-8.

The Cubs Bill Lee makes his first major-league start, stopping the Phillies, 2–0, on four hits.

8th  The Chicago White Sox name third sacker Jimmie Dykes as their new manager, replacing Lew Fonseca, who later will become the motion picture specialist for the ML. The announcement comes after the game in Washington, when the Senators overcome a Zeke Bonura grand slam to beat the White Sox, 7-6.

Cardinal P Bill Walker has his arm broken by a batting practice smash by Joe Medwick.

10th  Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with four long hits, and drives in 7 runs, but leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox, 13–3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.

12th Cubs rookie Bill Lee tosses his second shutout in as many starts, beating the visiting Dodgers, 2-0, allowing two singles.

13th For the second time in his career, Cleveland’s Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig, as the Yanks roll, 8–0, behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.

The Red Sox use a pair of grand slams—by Bucky Walters and Eddie Morgan—to roll over Chicago, 14–2. Walters adds a 2-run homer for 6 ribbies. Morgan’s roundtripper follows three straight walks by Milt Gaston in the 2nd. It is the first time that two Sox players have hit grand slams in the same game: it won’t happen again till 1960 (though Jim Tobin and Rudy York will each hit two slams in a single game).

15th  Buffalo (IL) hits a record 5 HRs in one inning against Albany, 4 of them in a row, to win 8-2. After the 5th HR, rookie Jake Plummer is beaned by the Albany pitcher Jones, and a promising career is ruined.

In St. Louis, the Stengel-led Dodgers steal a win in the 8th to top the Cardinals, 6-5. Lonnie Frey, on the front end of a successful double steal, scores the tie-breaking run. Jack Rothrock is 5-for-5 with a HR for the Birds; he’s only made one out in the last 2 games. He’ll have another 5-hit game on the 23rd.

The Cubs pick up 6’6” pitcher Jim Weaver (2–0), waived by the Browns to Newark as St. Louis cut their roster down to 23 men. He’ll win 11 games for Chicago this year, including his first six.

The Cardinals release Burleigh Grimes, who appeared in just 4 games for the Birds this year. The Yankees will sign the vet in two weeks.

Thomas Turner, owner of Portland (PCL), announces that he is disgusted with his team’s play and has traded outfielder Hawaiian-born Henry “Prince” Oana to Atlanta and put his entire team on waivers. The Prince had a cup of coffee this year as an outfielder with the Phillies and will resurface in 1943 as a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, going 3–2.

16th The Reds send pitcher Syl Johnson and OF Johnny Moore to the Phils for pitcher Ted Kleinhans, Art Ruble, and OF Wes Schulmerich. Moore will turn out to be the class of the swap, hitting .300+ in the next three years.

17th In his first game in Philadelphia since the Phillies traded him to the Cubs, Chuck Klein hits 2 HRs to pace first-place Chicago to a 10–3 win. Gabby Hartnett adds another as Chicago pounds four hurlers for twenty hits. Cuyler and Camilli have four apiece to back the five hitting pitching of Bill Lee and Pat Malone. Malone gets credit for the win.

Down 2–0 in the 8th, Browns manager Rogers Hornsby inserts himself as pinch hitter and ties the game with a homer off Red Sox lefty Fritz Ostermueller. The Browns add another and hold on for a 4–3 win.

The Giants defeat the Reds, 6–3, behind the hitting and pitching of Fred Fitzsimmons. Fitz poles a homer, has a single in a 5th inning rally, and scatters 8 hits.

18th In Philadelphia, the Cubs explode for six runs in the 3rd inning and beat the Phils, 9-5. The big hit in the 3rd inning is by rookie Tuck Stainback, who smacks his first ML homer, a grand slam off Ed Holley. Tuck will hit just one more homer this year.

19th Lefty Grove makes his first start of the season going the distance to beat the Browns Dick Coffman, 4–1. Lefty allows 6 hits and belts a 3-run homer.

18th At Comiskey Park, Jimmie Foxx tees off against Ted Lyons and hits the first HR to ever land in the CF bleachers. Hank Greenberg will match Double X in 1938, then no one will reach the bleachers until Alex Johnston in 1970. Chicago still wins, 5–4.

20th In the second matchup of the Cards Dizzy Dean and the Giants Carl Hubbell, Diz comes out ahead again, 9–5. The Cards are a game in back of the first-place Cubs.

San Francisco (PCL) star Joe DiMaggio tears the cartilage in his left knee exiting from a jitney taxi and will miss six weeks of action.

21st The Giants beat the Cardinals 5–2 but do it without starting P Freddie Fitzsimmons, who is struck in the back by a fungo bat while warming up. Fat Freddie will miss several starts.

In Chicago, the Red Sox score 3 runs in the 10th to prevail over the White Sox, 13-10. Player-manager Jimmie Dykes has a grand slam for the Pale Hose, off Bob Weiland, while Ed Morgan has 5 hits, including a 3-run homer, for the Fen men.

22nd The Indians stop the Yankees, 5–1, to sweep their series with New York. Lou Gehrig drives in the lone run for New York and adds a single as New York collects just 3 hits off Lloyd Brown. For the 2nd time in his career, Lou has driven in at least one run a game for 10 straight games.

The Pirates blast the Phillies, 13-4, scoring 6 runs in the 4th and again in the 5th inning. Freddie Lindstrom hits a grand slam in the 5th as the game ends after 7 innings due to rain. With the win, the Pirates take over 1st place in the NL.

I’ll be ready tomorrow, Skip. Brownie reliever Jack Knott pitches the 9th inning against the A’s and is touched for 5 runs, including a 2-run homer by Jimmie Foxx. But Knott gets the win as the Brown roar back with 6 runs to win, 12-11. St. Louis led, 4-1, going into the 8th inning. Knott’s landing with the win after giving up 5 earned runs in one inning will not be matched this century.

23rd Boston’s Lefty Grove allows 5 early runs, then settles down to beat the Indians, 7–5. Down 5–4 in the 9th, Grove hits for himself and singles. Grove will lose his next 4.

24th  At Braves Field, the Pirates Bill Swift wins his 2nd of the year, 7-3, over Boston, helping his own cause with 3 hits, including a pair of triples (as noted by Tom Zocco).

25th  The Red Sox get Wes Ferrell, who was suspended by the Indians after he returned his contract unsigned and refused to report to spring training, for $25,000 and pitcher Bob Weiland and Bob Seeds. Dick Porter also goes to the Sox in the deal. Porter had no homers last year, but hit one in his first at bat this season. Weiland is 1-5 this year and served up a grand slam on the 21st.

26th  Fans will vote for players in the 2nd All-Star Game, to be played on July 10 at the Polo Grounds. The managers will pick the lineups from 20 players chosen.

After eleven days and eight appearances with the Pirates, a winded and dry-mouthed Burleigh Grimes is sold to the Yankees. Pittsburgh acquired the spitballer on the 15th from the Cardinals.

27th  Buck Newsom walks 11 batters but knocks the visiting Yankees out of first place with a 16–7 Browns win. Bruce Campbell helps Buck with a grand slam as the Brownies score 8 runs in the 4th to pin the loss on Red Ruffing. Cleveland moves into the league lead.

Detroit gets a complete game from young Schoolboy Rowe (2-3), who beats the Red Sox, 9–2.

28th In St. Louis, Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer, off Paul Andrews, then follows Ruth’s 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers, off Jack Knott, are the last the pair will combine on. New York gets homers from Saltgaver and Lazzeri to rumble to a 13–9 victory.

29th The Yankees purchase—rent?—spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, the Yanks will release Grimes and the Pirates will pick him back up.

At St. Louis, Ray Pepper has five hits, including 2 homers, and drives in five runs to lead the Browns to a 12-7 win over Detroit. Pepper will knock in 101 runs this year, but his career total will be just 170 RBIs; he is the only player in history to have a 100 RBI season without reaching 200 for his career. Four other homers are hit today—two by Detroit—but George Blaeholder goes the distance for the win.

30th  Cleveland 1B Hal Trosky hits 3 successive HRs in the 2nd game of a Memorial Day doubleheader against the White Sox as Cleveland sweeps a pair, 7–5 in 10 innings and 5–4. His first two are hit off Les Tietje, and the last off Bill Gallivan. Trosky will homer again tomorrow in a 12–5 loss to the Pale Hose.

A record crowd of 41,000 jam Ebbets Field for a doubleheader with the Giants. New York manager Bill Terry, who earlier in the year had wisecracked, “Brooklyn? Are they still in the league?” proves correct. New York sweeps both games, 5–2 and 8–6, to raise their season record to 6–0 vs. the Dodgers. New York will move into 1st place the following week. Giants SS Travis Jackson has only one chance in 18 innings.

Washington’s Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter, allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman, to defeat Lefty Gomez of the Yankees 1–0. In the nitecap, Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last 4 innings to pick up his 269th win, 5–4, in 11 innings. It is his first AL appearance and the last win for the Cooperstown-bound Grimes as well as the last legal win by a spitballer.

Minor leaguer Lou Frierson strokes 5 successive HRs for Paris (West Dixie League) in a 17–12 loss to Jacksonville. He drives in 8 runs.

31st In St. Louis, the Browns down the Tigers, 11-3. Harland Clift has a 5th inning grand slam for the Brownies.

JUNE

1st  The Dean brothers claim to have “sore arms” that only pay raises can heal. Diz is getting $7,500 and Paul, a rookie, $3,000. When manager Frankie Frisch tells them to go home, the brothers will back down.

2nd In the first of two at Pittsburgh, newly healed Dizzy Dean goes 9 innings to beat the Pirates, 13–4. Ripper Collins helps with a pair of 3-run homers and 7 RBIs. In game 2 Larry French stops the Cardinals, 6-3. Wally Roettger has 5 RBIs.

3rd  The St. Louis Browns tie the AL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 6th inning, all with 2 outs, to beat Cleveland, 12–8. The loss drops the Tribe out of 1st place.

At Crosley Field, Billy Herman has 3 hits and 3 runs as the Cubs beat the Reds, 7-1. Herman’s batting streak reaches 20 games.

5th A tough way to end a streak. In the opener of two, Dodger outfielder Buzz Boyle cracks four hits to run his hit streak to 25-straight games. The skein is stopped in game 2 when Boyle pinch hits for Hack Wilson and makes out. The Phils use two late-inning rallies to beat Brooklyn, 11–10 and 5–4.

It is a driveby in game 1 as Detroit rolls over the visiting Indians, 20-2. Five players score 3 runs each as Detroit hammers all four Tribe pitchers. The worst beating is given to Thornton Lee who gives up 13 hits and 11 runs in 3+ innings. Vic Sorrell coasts to his 4th win. Hank Greenberg has a homer and 4 RBIs and Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits and 6 RBIs. Game 2 is a tad more competitive as the Indians score 3 in the 9th to win, 5-4. Goose Goslin has a hit to extend his hitting streak to 30 consecutive games. The loss leaves the Bengals in a virtual tie with New York.

At Fenway, the Red Sox top the Yankees, 8-3, as newly acquired Wes Ferrell (1-0) wins with 5.2 innings of shutout relief. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-5 to stop his streak of 41 straight games (he reached base in his last 8 games in 1933, pushing the 2-season total to 49) in which he has reached base. He will reel of 52 straight games of reaching base before being stopped in game 2 on July 31.

At St. Louis, Paul Dean (6-0) is in control, stopping the Cubs, 6-3. Babe Herman has a 2-run homer in the 1st for Chicago, but the Cardinals overcome that to win.

The Giants roll over the visiting Braves, 13-4, as Mel Ott drives in 4 runs on 2 hits, including a homer. Critz and Jackson also homer as the Giants stay tied for 1st with the Cardinals. Counting today, Ott will hit 5 homers in the next 8 games and drive in 20 runs.

6th  Myril Hoag, subbing for Babe Ruth, ties the AL record with 6 singles in 6 at bats in the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox. The Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15–3 win. Boston wins the nitecap, 7–3, to drop the Yanks to 2nd place.

Cleveland’s Bob Weiland, recently acquired, fires a one-hitter at the Tigers, but loses, 2–1. Charlie Gehringer’s RBI single is the only hit. Weiland does stop Goose Goslin’s hit streak at 30 games. The victory by Schoolboy Rowe puts the Tigers in 1st place.

The Phillies use 11 hits, 3 HBP, and 9 walks to pound the Dodgers, 12-4. Brooklyn also loses Lonnie Frey for three weeks when he is spiked by Dick Bartell sliding into 2B. A year ago, Brooklyn lost Joe Judge for five weeks after Bartell spiked him. On April 22, Dodger Joe Stripp slid into the Phils Jimmy Wilson at home and fractured his ankle, putting him on the bench for 5 weeks. Bartell apologizes after today’s game, but Brooklyn is having none of it. “It’s bad enough to be beaten by a $400 a month ball club without being bulldozed, groused one Dodger. “They must want us to drop out of the league so they can finish sixth.” Stengel is very bitter about Frey, a favorite of his, especially since the young infielder missed three weeks of spring training after getting beaned.

The Cubs get 6 runs in the 13th inning to beat the Cards 12–6. At the end of the 12th, Joe Medwick is called out at a play at home and manager Frankie Frisch gets into a row with umpire Cy Rigler. After Frisch shoves the ump, Rigler hits him on the jaw with his mask. Both are fined $100. The Cubs then unload for 6 runs in the top of the 13th, scoring all off Tex Carleton, in relief of Paul Dean (3 hitless innings). The loss puts the Cardinals in 2nd place, a game behind the Giants.

7th Big Jim Weaver pitches a 1–0 victory for the Cubs over the Cardinals, topping Bill Hallahan, and dropping the Birds to 4th place in the tight NL race. Weaver, a 25-game winner at Newark in 1933, was sold to the Browns by the Yankees, but cash-poor St. Louis returned him to Newark despite his 2-0 record. The Cubs picked him up in mid-May for $12,500.

Len Koenecke hits a leadoff homer off George Darrow for the only score of the game as Brooklyn beats the Phillies, 1–0. Dutch Leonard applies the calcimine.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 6 runs in the 8th to whip the Boston Braves, 14–5. Johnny Vergez collects a home run and double in the inning, while Ott clouts 2 homers and drives home 4 runs in the game.

8th After a 2–1 loss to visiting Pittsburgh yesterday, the Reds become the first ML team to take an airplane, flying to Chicago on two American Airline planes. One coach and seven players, including Mark Koenig and Jim Bottomley, decline to take the plane and instead take the train to Chicago. The Reds shake off any travel fatigue by edging the Cubs, 4–3, behind the hitting of Babe Herman. With a man on, he hits his 3rd homer in 4 days, and scores in the 6th after hitting his 2nd double of the game.

At Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez stops the A’s, 11-4, as Lou Gehrig has a single, 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. He also scores 4. New York trails Detroit by a game.

9th  A tired and sore-armed Lefty Grove gives up ML record-tying 6 doubles, including a ML record 5 consecutive, in the 8th inning as the Senators beat the Red Sox, 8–1.

For the second time in three days, Mel Ott has a pair of homers, including one in the 9th to give New York an 8-6 lead. Ott has 4 hits overall as first-place New York wins, 8-7.

The Central League, down to four teams, suspends operations.

10th  Doc Cramer hits for the cycle, but the Yankees still beat the A’s, 7–3, on Gehrig’s 2nd grand slam of the year. Lou larrups it in the 1st inning off Bill Dietrich.

Mel Ott drives in 5 on 3 hits, including a homer, while Blondie Ryan has 5 RBI on 4 hits including a homerun. The Giants tally 18 runs to whip the host Phillies, 18-7. The one fly in the ointment is Carl Hubbell leaving the game in the 5th after slipping on the wet grass and injuring his pitching hand.

11th  The Cubs send Dolph Camilli and cash to the Phillies for Don Hurst, the 1930 RBI leader. Camilli will later win the 1941 MVP with the Dodgers, while Hurst hits .199 for the Cubs and disappears.

The Yankees drill West Point, 7–0, in their annual exhibition game. Jimmy DeShong provides the whitewash.

12th  At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Phillies, 6-5, as Chuck Klein contributes a 3-run homer. Johnny Moore drives in 2 runs in the Phils 5-run 4th and extends his hitting streak to 23 games. Don Hurst is hitless at 1B following his acquisition from the Phils for Camilli. Dolph did not show up today and has not communicated with either team.

Fred Fitzsimmons pitches the leading Giants to a 12-1 win over the Dodgers and the pudgy knuckleballer also contributes 4 straight singles. Ott has 4 RBI on a single, double and triple, and is one of three players with 3 hits.

13th  At St. Louis, Billy Urbanski, Braves SS, has 4 walks and 2 sacrifices for no at bats in 6 plate appearances against the Cardinals. He scores once. Rival SS, slick-fielding Leo Durocher, makes 4 errors in the 9–0 Boston rout.

14th  The Red Sox sell a star player unknowingly. They peddle infielder Bucky Walters to the Phillies where he will convert to pitcher and subsequently win the 1939 MVP with the Reds.

In Philadelphia, Hal Trotsky belts a 9TH-inning grand slam off Bob Kline and the Indians top the A’s, 11-7.

Yankee P Johnny Broaca, two weeks out of Yale University, gives up a 3rd inning single to Sammy West, the only St. Louis hit, to top the host Browns, 7–0.

Led by Leo Durocher, who drives in six runs, including four on an inside-the-park grand slam, off Leo Mangum, the Cardinals down the Braves, 12-9. Leo makes up for his four errors in yesterday’s loss.

15th Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe tops the Red Sox, 11–4, scattering 9 hits. This will start Rowe on a 15-game win streak.

With a four-run 6th against Ed Lagger, recently of Northwestern, the Indians double the A’s, 12–6, in Philadelphia. For the Tribe, Earl Averill has a three-run homer and Sam Rice has 4 hits, including a homer, his last in the majors. He last hit a homer at Shibe Park on May 5, 1919.

16th  After losing the lidlifter to the White Sox, 9–7, the A’s come back to win the nitecap, 7–6, behind the remarkable hitting of Bob Johnson. Johnson ties the AL record going 6-for-6 with 2 HRs, a double, and 3 singles. His homers are off Chicago’s Whit Wyatt. In the opener, the Sox benefit from a grand slam by Bob Boken, acquired from the Senators last month for Red Kress. Boken’s poke comes off Bob Kline, his second slam served up in three days.

17th  The Dean brothers collaborate to give the Cards a double victory over the Phillies. Paul (8-0) hurls a 5-hit shutout to win the opener, 6–0, and Dizzy, in relief, wins the nitecap, 7–5, when rains ends it after 8 innings. It’s Diz’s 9th win of the year.

Lefty O’Doul belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th inning, off Heine Meine, to help the first place Giants to a 9–3 win over the Pirates. The 4th place Bucs have lost 7 of 8 games.

18th  At Fenway, the Red Sox take a pair from the Browns, winning, 6-5, in the first game and 14-9 in game 2. Reliever Fritz Ostermueller has a save in game 1 and a win in the second match. The Sox enjoy the game 2 blowout so much they will repeat it in their next game on June 20th against the visiting White Sox. Dick Porter, with 6 hits today, will have 3 more on the 20th to raise his average to .373 since coming over from Cleveland.

19th  Veteran infielder Pie Traynor replaces George Gibson as Pirates manager.

20th The first-place Giants score 7 runs in the 3rd to crush the Cubs, 12–7. Mel Ott leads the way with two homers—his 16th and 17th—and drives in 6 runs. Joe Moore has 4 hits including a homer and Fred Fitzsimmons, who weakened in the 8th, is credited with the win. Charlie Root, who got none out in the 3rd before retiring, is the loser. The Giants now lead the Cards by five games.

At St. Louis, the Dodgers use 15 hits to down the Cards, 9–5. Danny Taylor, with three extra base hits, and Tony Cuccinello, with a 3-run homer, pace the fusillade. Van Lingle Mungo wins his 11th of the year, allowing 11 hits. Pepper Martin has two of the hits and a steal of home.

The AL leading New York Yankees trip the Indians twice, 3–2 and 3–0, at Yankee Stadium. New York ties the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo homer in the 8th off Bob Weiland, then wins it on Gehrig’s 18th in the 9th. Lefty Gomez, in relief of Johnny Broaca, is the winner. In game 2, Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Red Ruffing, who also knocks in a run.

The Browns rout the A’s, 11–3, behind 5 RBIs by Rollie Hemsley. Hemsley is knocked out in a collision in the 4th inning, but stays in to triple with the sacks full in the 7th. Bob Johnson, leading the majors in homers, hits his 20th in the 9th inning. Connie Mack misses the game to be best man for his son Connie, who is married in Washington to Susan Sheppard, daughter of Texas Senator Morris Sheppard. The two met at Duke, where the bride was named Queen of Beauty.

The Tigers score 3 in the 11th to defeat the host Senators, 13–10. The Tigers get three-hit efforts from Owen, Cochrane, Gehringer, and Greenberg, who includes a homer. Eldon Auker is the winner over Thomas. Heinie Manush, leading the AL in hitting, has 4 hits and two homers, including an inside-the-park grand slam, as Washington collects 17 hits. Manush now has 102 hits in 60 games; no one the rest of the century will reach the 100-hit mark as quickly (Darin Erstad, in 2000, will reach 100 hits in 61 games).

New manager Pie Traynor paces the Pirates to a 6–5 win over the Braves, stopping a losing skein of five games. Traynor laces three doubles and single and counts the winning run in the 9th inning. Arky Vaughan is 4-for-4 for the winners to raise his average to .363, two points off the leaders (Leslie: 365; Medwick: .365; Terry: .363) Wally Berger keeps the Braves in the game with a two-run homer in the first and a game-tying homer in the 9th. Leon Chagnon, in relief of Red Lucas, is the winner.

22nd  Bill Terry and Joe Cronin, managers of the 1933 pennant winners, are named to head the All-Star teams, establishing a precedent that is still followed.

Detroit takes over first place, beating Washington 11–3, dislodging the Yankees who lose 4–1 to Cleveland.

At Wrigley, the Cubs pound the first-place Giants as they take a 15-0 lead after seven innings. The final is 15-2, an easy win for Bill Lee. Chuck Klein backs him with a grand slam.

23rd  The Cards beat the Dodgers 5–4 with the win credited to Bill Hallahan, who relieves in the 6th inning and gives up a run. In the bottom half, the Cards score 5 runs, and Dizzy Dean comes in and shuts out Brooklyn in the last 3 innings. The official scorer refers the decision on the winning pitcher to NL president Heydler, who gives it to Dean, eventually making his 30-win season possible. Heydler’s telegram (as noted by Bill Deane) reads in part: “Dean pitched great ball during three innings to protect one-run lead and is winner. Hallahan pitched one inning rather poorly and did not stand to lose the game even had he continued.”

24th  After being hitless in his last 21 at bats, Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in a 5–0 Yankee win over the White Sox. Sad Sam Jones serves up the four-run homer.

25th  Johnny Broaca, Yankee pitcher, fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox, 13–2. Not until Bernie Williams, on August 21, 1991, will another Yankee fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen). Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career, and the Yankees regain first place from the Tigers, losers 13–11 in Philadelphia.

Jimmie Foxx connects for a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the A’s to a 13-11 win over the Tigers. Foxx now has 20 homers, 2 behind teammate and AL leader Bob Johnson. Philadelphia collects 19 hits.

The Reds waive Dazzy Vance to the Cards.

26th  Paul Dean wins his 10th game against one loss, defeating the Giants 13–7. Paul allows 15 hits, including homers by Jackson and Ott, in winning. Brother Dizzy’s record is 10–3.

27th  The temperature reaches 115 degrees at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Dizzy Dean leaves the game with 2 out and the score tied 7–7 in the top of the 9th. Reliever Jim Mooney retires Mel Ott, and when Bill Delancey homers in the bottom of the inning to win the game, Dean is given credit for the win, his 12th of the year, though he wasn’t the pitcher of record when the winning run scores. As on the 24th, Mike Haley, the scorer who had been overruled earlier that day, is the scorer and gives the win to Dean. Taking no chances, he asks Heydler to review his decision and Heydler agrees.

At New York, Al Simmons cracks a 4th-inning grand slam for the White Sox to tie the game but the Yankees push across a run in the 11th to win, 8-7. Johnny Murphy picks up the victory. The win gives New York a half game lead in the AL over the idle Tigers.

29th  On the hottest June 29th in New York history (101 degrees), the first-place Giants hand the visiting Dodgers their 8th straight defeat, 7–2. Travis Jackson lines a 3-run homer in the first off Mungo. The ball rattles under the bullpen bench in RF allowing Jackson to circle the bases. Fred Fitzsimmons scatters 11 hits for the win.

Mel Harder and Les Tietje throw 10 scoreless innings before the Indians tee off for 5 runs in the 11th. Hale hits a 2-run homer off Tietje to start the scoring. The Sox score 2 in the bottom, but lose, 5–2.

Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk, Virginia, and suffers a slight concussion. Ray White, a former Columbia University player, hits Gehrig his 2nd time up; he homers his 1st time up. Ruth is 4-for-4 in 5 innings as the Yankees prevail, 11-9.

30th  Gehrig plays and has 3 triples at Washington. However, the game is rained out after 4 1⁄2 innings, depriving Gehrig of a record.

Led by pinch hitter Harlan Pool’s record-tying 2 hits and 2 runs in one inning, the Reds drop 9 runs on the visiting Cardinals in the 8th inning, and win, 11–4.

In a 4–3, 10-inning loss to the Browns, Tiger CF Gee Walker is picked off base twice on the same play, earning him a 10-day suspension for his ineptitude. After Hank Greenberg singles, Walker reaches base on a error, but then gets caught off base when C Rollie Hemsley fires to 1B. Greenberg attempts to draw a throw by running to 3B and is thrown out, with Walker taking 2B. Moments later, with Walker standing 6 feet off the bag “as brave as a boy on a burning deck” (writer Charles P. Ward’s description), pitcher Jack Knott’s throw to SS Alan Strange nabs him. Cochrane is so furious he suspends Walker and fines him $20—the 6th time this season that has earned a $20 fine. Gee’s next appearance won’t come until July 16 when he pinch hits for Cochrane.

On 25th anniversary of Forbes Field, a granite monument to Barney Dreyfuss is unveiled to the left of the exit gate before the start of the Cubs-Pirates match. The Windy City squad wins, 4–2, behind Bill Lee, the 8th straight win for the Cubs.

JULY

1st  At Crosley Field, the Cardinals outlast the Reds 8–6 in an 18-inning first game of a double bill in Cincinnati. Dizzy Dean (13-3) and Tony Freitas duel for 17 innings. Joe Medwick homers in the 17th, the first scoring since the 9th, but the Reds tie it up in the bottom of the inning. The Cards plate 2 runs in the 18th off Paul Derringer to win, though it takes a running catch by Medwick with the bases full to finish the game.

Bill Terry is the top vote-getter in the All-Star balloting. Babe Ruth leads all AL outfielders.

2nd  The Cardinals protest a game with the Cubs in a dispute over a delayed call on an bases loaded infield fly 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.

Red Kress has a single and 2 HRs and drives in 3 runs as the Senators trip the host Athletics, 7-3. Bill Dietrich gives up the two roundtrippers, but he does stop Joe Cronin’s 22-game hitting streak.

3rd  Boston snaps the Yankees 8-game winning streak by edging the Bombers, 10–9 in 11 innings. Roy Johnson hits a 2-run HR off Johnny Murphy to win. Gehrig, Werber, Chapman, Lyn Lary and Crosetti also homer in the game at Yankee Stadium.

4th  In Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Brooklyn takes the first of two games, 8-5, but the Phillies jump on Boom-Boom Beck for 3 runs in the 1st inning of game 2. When Dodgers manager Casey Stengel comes out to the mound to remove Beck the frustrated pitcher turns and fires the ball at the tin wall in RF. Dodgers OF Hack Wilson, not paying attention to the happenings, hears the ball clang off the wall, and hurries to retrieve it. He then fires a strike to 2B to prevent the imaginary runner from advancing. The Phils win, 11-2.

Kiki Cuyler sparks the Cubs 6–2 second-game win over the Cards by stroking three doubles and a triple and scores 3 runs at Sportsman’s Park. Jim Weaver is the winner in game 2. The Cards take the opener by the same score.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants tomahawk the Braves, scoring 29 runs in two games today. New York wins the opener 14–5, then Carl Hubbell coasts to a 15–0 win in the nitecap. After the finish of all the holiday doubleheaders, the Giants have a clear lead of 3 1⁄2 games ahead of the Cubs and 4 1⁄2 in front of the Cardinals.

The AL race has seesawed between the Yankees and Detroit with New York only one game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1⁄2 behind, and Washington, last year’s winner, 7 back and dropping fast.

Satchel Paige pitches a 4–0 no-hitter against the Negro League Homestead Grays in Pittsburgh, with only a walk and an error spoiling a perfect game. Paige strikes out 17. Paige then comes in relief in game 2 and is tagged with the loss. In his next start, Satch will shut out the host Chicago American Giants 5–0 in 10 innings on July 8. In Paige’s autobiography, he erroneously recalls that he threw the no-hitter in Pittsburgh, then drove all night to Chicago and beat the Giants the next day, but researcher Dave Marasco corrected Satch’s story.

5th  Lou Gehrig hits an inside-the-park grand slam, as the Yankees beat the Senators 8–3. It is his 4th slam of the season and 17th overall, passing Babe Ruth’s record career total. Gehrig adds another homer and two singles to drive in seven runs for the second time this year as the Yankees top the Senators, 8–3. Gehrig will eventually set a career record of 23 grand slams. Gehrig now has 321 career HRs to Ruth’s 698.

In Philadelphia, Lefty Grove has his infected tonsils removed. This is believed to be a possible cause of his sore arm.

At Ebbets Field, the first-place Giants score 5 runs in both the 6th and 7th innings to beat the Dodgers, 13-7. Jo-Jo Moore hits a grand slam for the visitors.

6th At St. Louis, Ernie Lombardi has 5 hits, including a triple and homer, 4 runs and 6 RBIs to help the Reds nose out the Cards, 16–15. Leo Durocher makes the last out of the game when he is thrown out at home plate. Rip Collins scores 5 runs for the losers, just the 2nd time in history that has happened.

The Braves and Phils rack up 41 hits as Boston holds on for a 16-13 victory. Hal Lee has 4 hits and 3 homers for the Braves.

With Van Lingle Mungo on the mound the Dodgers whip the Giants, 11-2. Sam Leslie hits a grand slam in the 6th.

The Red Sox triple the A’s, winning 18-6. The Sox have 20 hits, 3 by winning pitcher Wes Ferrell, who adds a stolen base. Billy Werber scores 5 runs.

The ML teams score 143 runs today with the NL scoring 83. The record for the NL is 101 runs, set on May 17, 1887.

8th  At Boston, the A’s leadoff hitter Max Bishop collects 8 walks in a doubleheader, tying his own ML record, as the 3rd-place Red Sox win 7–4 and 7–2. Bishop is the only player to walk more than 6 times in a doubleheader, and he’s done it twice. Foxx hits a pair of homers in the opener, #25 and #26, while Bob Johnson hits #25 in the same game.

Playing the last-place Reds, the Cardinals can only manage a split of a doubleheader in St. Louis. Dizzy Dean wins the opener, 6-1, but the Reds jump on brother Paul in game 2, scoring seven runs in the first three innings to win, 8-4. Harlin Pool crack’s a grand slam in the 3rd off Dean.

Phils rookie Euel Moore makes his first start after being purchased from Baltimore (IL) and beats the Braves, 5–3. Moore, the only member of the Chickasaw nation to make the majors, will suffer arm woes that will render him ineffective.

9th  The Cardinals throw the Dean brothers in a doubleheader with the Reds. Dizzy takes the first game, 6–1, but the Reds upend brother Paul in game 2, 8–4. Harlin Poole hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning.

10th  The 2nd annual All-Star Game produces Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out 5 future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with 2 on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the 2nd. After 3 scoreless innings he leaves with the NL ahead 4–0. The AL rallies, scoring 9 runs off Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo, the eventual loser, and Dean. Meanwhile Mel Harder pitches 5 shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frisch and Medwick hit HRs. Earl Averill’s 3 RBI are decisive for the AL 9–7 victory. Tomorrow’s edition of the Washington Post records apparently that Hubbell’s number was pinned on his jersey:

“Well, you may close up the books on the great All-Star game of 1934 for me. A slim, tanned fellow with the number 14 pinned to his back has gone trotting off the field toward the locker rooms while a crowd of upward of 50,000 lovers of pure baseball covered his departure with crashing applause and cheers that lingered long after the figure in the cream-white had taken the last pat on the back from the ecstatic bleacherites who leaned far out of the stand by the locker room door in the center field stands to touch the wonderful shoulder of the man who, with two men on base and none out in the first inning, had struck out Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx in succession.”

12th  Schoolboy Rowe fans 11 Yankees in a 4–2 win that puts the Tigers back in first place.

Chuck Klein is out of the Cubs lineup because of injuries as they beat the Braves 7–4. He is batting .331 with 19 HRs and 65 RBI, but will miss much of the 2nd half and never again will return to the high level of performance previously shown.

The Philadelphia Phillies sell pitcher Ed Holley to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holley won 24 games the last two seasons but was just 1-8 this year with an ERA of 7.18. It’ll get worse as he goes 0-3 for the Bucs giving up 16 runs in 9 innings. No pitcher this century will have as low a winning percentage with that high an ERA (8.12)

13th  Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR, a two-run shot in the 3rd off Timmy Bridges, to lead the Yankees to a, 4–2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases, Ruth shouts to his teammates, “I want that ball.” As with his 500th and 600th homer, the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the ball. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.

With the Cubs losing to the Braves, 7–6, the Giants’ 7–6 victory over Pittsburgh puts them two games ahead of Chicago in the NL. Joe Moore’s two homers, single and double pace New York. Fitzsimmons wins his 12th.

Boston’s Wes Ferrell is the whole show, blanking the Browns till the 9th and winning, 7–3. Ferrell hits a pair of homers good for 4 runs.

14th  In Detroit, Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves the game, and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest, 12–11, to regain the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3, while Ruth and Crosetti chip in with homers. Marberry beats Grimes.

In the first of 2, the Phils score 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coast to an 18–0 win over the Reds. Snipe Hansen is the winner over Don Brennan. It is the Phillies second 18–0 win over the Reds in four years and ties the team mark for largest margin in a shutout.

15th  Gehrig returns to 1B and goes 4-for-4, including 3 doubles, off Schoolboy Rowe, but the Yankees lose again to Detroit, 8–3. The Tigers take 3 out of 4 to go 1 ½ games ahead.

Waite Hoyt, now with the Pirates, has a one-hitter against the Braves, winning 5–0.

Cleveland defeats Washington twice by identical 10–8 scores. Willis Hudlin and Belve Bean are the winners and Odell Hale has a grand slam for the Tribe. Pinky Higgins has a grand slam as the A’s sweep a pair from the White Sox, 11–7 and 10–5.

17th  Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland, off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of 2,056. But the Indians pound 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win, 13–5.

Although Bob Johnson, Jimmie Foxx, and Pinky Higgins hit successive HRs in the 4th inning, St. Louis Browns P Jack Knott perseveres to beat the A’s, 7–4.

Lon Warneke, Cubs mound ace, intentionally walks Gus Mancuso in the 7th to load the bases and bring up the Giants pitcher Roy Parmelee. After two wild swings, Tarzan hatchets a high pitch for a grand slam and a 5–3 win.

NL President William Heydler upholds the Cards protest of a loss to the Cubs on July 2. The game will be resumed from the point at which umpire Klem waited too long to call an infield fly and be played prior to a scheduled July 31st game.

18th  An AL-record 22 players hit safely in the Cleveland 15–14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a ball hit by Gehrig and will be out for 10 days, the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez and the Yankees, 15–14. Belve Bean is the winner.

In Chicago, light-hitting Bill Cissell hits a first inning grand slam as the Red Sox score 9 runs against the White Sox. Joe Mulligan doesn’t need to do this one over as he is the easy winner over Whit Wyatt, 16-3. Cissell adds two doubles and finishes with 7 RBI.

19th The Reds pound 12 hits against the Giants Hal Schumacher but don’t score as the Prince shuts them out, 4–0.

21st  At Detroit, Hank Greenberg paces the first-place Tigers to a 4-1 win over the Browns. Greenberg starts a triple play in the field and in four at bats connects for a single, two doubles and a triple.

22nd  Dazzy Vance’s last hurrah? He wins the last complete game he will ever pitch and notches his 2,000th strikeout to beat the Braves 4–2 for the Cardinals.

Shortstop Ray Ater dies in the hospital after being hit in the head by a pitch from H. Smith in the 5th inning of last night’s game in Pampa, Texas between the Roadrunners (IND) and the Shawnee (OK) Braves. Ater was generally pegged a certain major league star and said to be potentially the most talented infielder in Texas League history when he entered pro ball in ‘32 after being named an All-American, along with Ernie Koy, at the University of Texas. However, a beaning in ’32 left him with double-vision, though he refused to stop playing.

24th  With the temperature at a since-topped record of 111 degrees in St, Louis, the Yankees lose 4–2 to the Browns. Yankee star LF Earle Combs (.319) crashes into the cement wall at Sportsman’s Park and suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York calls up George Selkirk but learns he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th, but come back to play 89 games next season.

At Chicago, the White Sox top the Senators, 4-1, behind the 6-hit pitching of Les Tietje. The only run for the Senators comes on a solo HR by Johnny Gill. The temperature in Chicago today is 105 degrees, the highest ever recorded in the city.

25th The host Braves sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 2-1, behind Huck Betts, and 7-3 behind Bob Smith. Marty McManus provides a grand slam in game 2.

26th Sad Sam Jones of the White Sox celebrates his 42nd birthday and his 18th wedding anniversary by white washing the Senators, 9–0.

Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell confront one another for the 3rd time. Hubbell loses for the 3rd time, 7–2, but it is Paul Dean in relief who is the winner.

28th  The veteran Waite Hoyt stops the Cards’ Dizzy Dean’s win streak at 10 with a 5–4 win in Pittsburgh.

Chuck Dressen, who will win pennants in Brooklyn and manage 16 seasons in the ML, begins by replacing Bob O’Farrell at the helm for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Yankees Jimmy DeShong allows just one hit—a home run by Jimmie Foxx, his 34th of the year—in downing the Athletics, 2–1, and give the Yankees a split with the A’s. Babe Ruth’s pinch sac fly drives in the go-ahead run. Doc Cramer’s batting streak is stopped at 22 straight games. Philadelphia wins the opener over the Ruppert Riflemen, 4–3.

Schoolboy Rowe gives the visiting Tigers an 11–1 win over the White Sox. Rowe scatters 3 hits in 9 innings.

29th  Flint Rhem comes within a lazily fielded bunted ball to 3B of pitching a no-hitter for Boston against the Dodgers. He wins 1–0.

Schoolboy Rowe wins his 2nd game in two days over the White Sox, tossing 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief and cracking a game-winning home run in the top of the 9th. The Tigers outlast the Sox, 16–15 in the 1st of two games. In the nitecap, Sox rookie Marty Hopkins hits his first ML homer, a two-run shot off starter Firpo Marberry, and the Sox prevail, 6-4. Hank Greenberg homers in both games, while Zeke Bonura clubs two homers in the opener.

31st  When the Cards and the Cubs resume playing the protested game of July 2 at Wrigley Field, Chicago still wins. The final score this time is 7–1 instead of 7–4, with Lon Warneke winning over Bill Walker. Warneke allows one hit in 2 innings, then continues in the 2nd game, winning that as well, 7–2. Paul Dean takes the loss. The outcome of the replay does not change the standings since the Cubs win has already been entered into the official standings, but the individual performances in the replay replace those in the original game.

The Pirates overcome a grand slam by Ernie Lombardi to beat the Reds, 7–5 in a 10-inning nightcap at Crosley Field. The Reds take the opener, 6–4.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting Red Sox, winning 11-2 and 2-1. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers in the opener to back Lefty Gomez (17-3). Babe Ruth hits a 7th-inning homer in game 2. Gehrig does not reach base in game 2, stopping his skein at 51 straight games.

The Tigers and Indians split a doubleheader to leave the Tigers in a dead heat with the Yankees for the top spot. Cleveland wins the opener, 9-7, as Hal Trosky and Joe Vosmik drive in 7 runs. Tommy Bridges (13-6) wins the second game, 4-2, to start Detroit’s 14-game winning streak.

The Yankees release veteran Burleigh Grimes, signed by New York in May. Pittsburgh will sign the vet on August 8th

AUGUST

2nd  Walter Johnson is hospitalized with pleurisy, and Willie Kamm takes over as interim Cleveland manager.

3rd In Chicago, Schoolboy Rowe wins his 4th game 7 days—his 3rd in Comiskey Park—as Detroit rolls to a 14–0 victory over the Sox. Rowe goes 7 innings, allowing 1 hit. All the starters for Detroit are hitting .300 except Pete Fox (.285).

4th  After the Phillies take the first game, 5-4, Phillies P Reggie Grabowski surrenders 11 hits (10 singles) in the 9th inning of the 2nd game against the Giants for a modern NL record—but doesn’t even lose the game. Roy Hansen takes the loss. Eleven runs score in the inning, as New York wins 21–4. Mel Ott scores 6 of the runs, the 1st 20th century player to do so. He will do it again in 1944. Ott has a walk, HBP, two homers, a double and single to drive in 4 runs.

Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltgaver, the Yankees beat the A’s, 5–1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Gehrig is 0-for-2, striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period, he’s hits 11 homers.

Go figure. General Crowder, the AL’s top winner in 1932 and 1933 is waived to the Tigers by the Senators. Just 4–10 this year with the Nationals, the General will go 5–1 in Detroit for the remainder of the season, then win 16 next year.

5th  While three teammates stand watching, a fly ball by Foxx drops for a double, the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3–1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.

7th  The Cards Dizzy Dean (20-4) becomes the first pitcher to reach 20 wins this season with a 2–0 shutout over the Reds in the first of 2. The Reds rebound to take the second game, 9-2, punishing Bill Hallahan (4-12). He’ll win his next 4 decisions.

8th  Wilbert Robinson dies in Atlanta. Beloved as “Uncle Robbie,” the jovial and bemused manager of the Dodgers for 18 seasons, his 7-for-7 day with Baltimore still stands as a ML record.

In Cincinnati, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the top of the 12th for a 10-4 victory. Dizzy Dean, with three innings of relief, wins his 21st, a day after winning his 20th.

At Philadelphia, the Red Sox have a 10-1 lead after they hit in the 3rd, but the A’s plate 6 in the bottom of the frame, 4 on a grand slam by Jimmie Foxx off starter Wes Ferrell. Lefty Grove relieves and finishes and the Red Sox hang on to win, 11-9.

At Forbes Field, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 7-4 and 14-3. Charlie Grimm hits a 3-run homer in game 1, and Babe Herman has a pair of triples and drives in 5 runs in game 2. Chicago cuffs around reliever Burleigh Grimes for 8 runs in the second contest. The veteran was signed today by the Pirates, his third ML team this year.

9th The Red Sox rout the A’s, 15–2, in a game halted after 5 innings because of rain. All the Sox have hits except SS Lyn Lary.

10th  Babe Ruth announces 1934 is definitely his final season as a regular player. He says he will seek a managerial role and will pinch-hit.

In Detroit, Schoolboy Rowe scatters 13 hits in 11 innings as the Tigers edge the Indians, 6–5. Rowe drives home the winner with a sac fly in the 11th. It is Rowe 12th win in a row. Rowe will hit .303 for the season, and win 4 of his own games by driving in the winning run. Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits and Goose Goslin has 5.

11th At Boston, Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning, 2–1. The Sox tie it up, and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell, batting for Fritz Ostermueller, wins the game for Boston, 3–2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland, New York falls 4 games behind.

In a battle of the Smiths, New York defeats the Braves, 7–4. New York’s Al Smith allows just one hit in the 5 innings he pitches to defeat reliever Bob Smith. The latter gives up a three-run homer to Travis Jackson in the 7th. New York now leads the NL by five games.

12th  Making a farewell appearance in Boston, Babe Ruth draws a record 46,766 fans, with an estimated 20,000 turned away at Fenway Park where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. Ruth singles and doubles in the first game, but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6–4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game, which the Yankees win, 7–1, and he leaves the field to standing cheers in the 8th inning.

In St. Louis the Cubs sweep the Deans, winning 7–2 against Paul, and 6–4 over Dizzy. Big Jim Weaver wins the opener and Pat Malone is the victor against Diz.

13th  In a preview of the WS, the Cardinals play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Detroit. The Deans refuse to make the trip, having both pitched and lost in a doubleheader the day before. Dizzy is fined $100 and Paul $50.

14th  The Deans are suspended by the Cards and Dizzy is charged for 2 uniforms he tore up—the 2nd for the benefit of the photographers.

The largest weekday crowd in history, 77,000, watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium, winning 9–5 and 7–3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap, 7–3, for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4 hits, including Gehrig’s 37th HR. Gehringer has a HR in each game to lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 ½ games.

15th The Yankees knock Tommy Bridges out of the box and defeat the Tigers, 8–2, and end the Bengals 14-game streak. Johnny Broaca is the winner. No Tiger team the rest of the century will match the skein of 14 straight wins.

In Pittsburgh, Travis Jackson belts a 1st inning 3-run homer in game 1 and the Giants whip the Pirates, 5-4. Waite Hoyt (11-4 is the victor for the Pirates in game 2, 4-3. Lloyd Waner goes hitless in game 2 to end his hitting streak at 22 games. The Giants remain in first place by 4 games.

16th  Dizzy Dean takes his appeal to Judge Landis in Chicago, who schedules a hearing in St. Louis. Paul Dean accepts the fine and is reinstated.

17th  Ed Coleman of the A’s hits 3 consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader, a 9–8 win in 10 innings over the White Sox. Williams single in the 10th off starter George Earnshaw drives in the winner. Ted Lyons wins the nitecap for Chicago, 3–2, allowing 4 hits, one of which is Foxx’s 38th HR.

Before 46,571, Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe beats the Yankees, 2–0, allowing 3 hits for his 14th straight win. Rowe strikes out 11 as Detroit earns a split. Lefty Gomez takes the opener for New York, 5–0, and gaining his 20th win. The two front-runners split the 4-game series.

18th  Johnny Marcum of the A’s wins game 1, 2-1, of a doubleheader with Cleveland. The A’s manage just 4 hits off Willis Hudlin. Cleveland rebounds to win game 2 as Mel Harder shuts out the A’s, 10-0. Earl Averill has his second 5-hit game of the season, hitting a single, 3 doubles and a triple, and Hal Trosky drives in 4 runs.

19th  The Red Sox draw a record 50,000 (46,995 paid) to Fenway, but drop two games to the Tigers, 8–6 and 4–3. Detroit batters three Red Sox pitchers—Lefty Grove, Henry Johnson, and Herb Pennock—to win the opener, overcoming a cycle spree in 5 at bats by Moose Solters against Alvin “General” Crowder. Moose is collared in the nitecap loss, going 0-for-4.

The Harvard University varsity team tours Japan, winning only 5 of 11 games against collegiate and club teams.

20th  Judge Landis rules against Dizzy Dean. The Cards end his suspension, and Dean returns to the team to avoid further loss in salary.

21st At Fenway, Schoolboy Rowe (19-4) goes 9 innings in beating the Red Sox, 8–4. The Tiger rookie allows 9 hits in winning his 15th straight.

Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees succumb to the visiting Browns, 8-6. The Browns Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.

22nd  Pitcher Wes Ferrell hits an 8th inning HR to tie the game and a 2-out game-ending homer in the 10th for 3–2 Red Sox win over the White Sox. It is the 2nd time this season he has a pair of HRs—he did it on July 13th—and he will hit 2 HRs in a game again next year.

23rd Joe Moore cracks a 3 run HR off Paul Dean in the 9th inning to give New York a 5–3 victory over the Cards. The loss leaves the Birds 7 lengths behind the leading Giants.

24th Dizzy Dean returns to action following his suspension and picks up his 22nd win of the season, a 5–0 shutout of the Giants. Diz adds 2 singles and a stolen base in recording his 2nd shut out over the league leaders. The Cards are now 6 games in back of New York and a half-game ahead of the Cubs.

25th  In Washington, Schoolboy Rowe, Detroit’s sensational rookie pitcher, defeats the Senators 4–2 for his 16th win in a row, tying the AL record held by Walter Johnson, Joe Wood, and Lefty Grove. Rowe (20-4) allows 9 hits in 9 innings, and is behind 2–1 entering the 9th. He wins the game with a 9th inning single.

At St. Louis, the Cards build a 5–0 lead over New York and Carl Hubbell, only to see the Giants score 3. Dizzy Dean, who pitched a shut out yesterday, throws 3 innings of relief, gives up 5 hits and a walk, and is charged with the 7–6 loss. Schumacher gets the victory.

26th  The Browns take a pair from the Senators winning, 3-0, and 9-5. George Blaeholder allows 2 hits in the game 1 whitewash. Jack Knott (9-2) ties up the Nats for 8 scoreless innings in game 2 before they push across 5 runs in the 9th. The loss goes to Allen Benson, who allows 7 runs and 10 hits in 2 innings in his last ML appearance. His first appearance was a week ago. Benson, fresh from the House of David team, pitches in a full beard for the Senators, an unusual sight in the 30’s.

27th At St. Louis, Cards pitcher Tex Carleton makes his second consecutive start against the Dodgers and again Brooklyn beats him. Dazzy Vance relieves Tex in the 5th as the Dodgers win, 10–1.

28th Jimmy DeShong pitches the Yanks to an even break in a twinbill with the A’s, allowing just a single hit in the nitecap 2–1 win. The lone hit is a 7th inning homer by Jimmie Foxx, his 34th of the year. Sugar Cain is the loser. The A’s win the opener, 4–3, on Foxx’s 2-run homer in the 8th, after Gehrig homers for New York.

29th  A capacity crowd at Shibe Park sees Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe fail to win his 17th straight. He is knocked from the box in the 7th inning of the 2nd-game, a 13–5 loss to Philadelphia. The A’s slap Schoolboy for 12 hits.

SEPTEMBER

1st Jimmie Foxx cracks a two-run homer in the 9th, his 39th, off reliever Lefty Grove, to give the A’s an 8–7 win over the Red Sox. Foxx, filling it at 3B for the injured Pinky Higgins, has three hits and 4 RBIs.

3rd  Labor Day doubleheaders define the standings for the final pennant surge. Detroit, rained out in Chicago, holds a 5-game lead over the Yankees, who split a pair with the A’s. Gomez wins his 24th and 10th straight in the opener, and Foxx hits his 40th HR in the 2nd game.

Washington’s player-manager Joe Cronin collides with Boston’s Wes Ferrell in a play at 1B in game 1 of a twinbill, a 6-3 Boston win. Cronin fractures a bone in his arm and is out for the season. The Senators, last year’s champs, will finish 7th.

In the NL, the Giants are rained out but move 6 games ahead of the Cardinals, as the Deans have a double disaster in Pittsburgh. Paul loses the first game 12–2, and Dizzy fails to hold the lead in the 2nd game and is the losing pitcher with a final score of 6–5. The Cards drop to a tie with the Cubs.

The visiting Cubs split a pair with the Reds, winning the opener, 6–3, in the 10th behind Lon Warneke. Benny Frey takes the loss. Cincy takes the nightcap, 6–4, as Fish Hook Stout bests Jim Weaver.

4th The Phillies release former MVP Hack Wilson, just 34-years-old. He’ll finish his career next year with Albany (International League) hitting .263.

5th  At Cleveland, the Indians score 6 runs in the 5th, four on a grand slam by Hal Trotsky, and Cleveland beats Boston, 11-2. Ralph Winegarner is the winner.

7th  Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, heirs to Babe Ruth’s HR championship role, are in battle for the title. Gehrig hits his 44th in Chicago in a 6-5 loss, and Foxx, his 41st in Detroit as the A’s win, 5-4.

9th  Brooklyn pitchers Ray Benge and Van Lingle Mungo fire back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. Benge wins 5–0 and Mungo follows with a 3–0 victory.

In one of the most memorable games in the Negro League history, Pittsburgh Crawfords’ Satchel Paige duels the Philadelphia Stars’ Slim Jones to a 1–1 stalemate, called after 10 innings due to darkness. Paige strikes out 12, and Jones, 9, before a generous estimate of 30,000 at Yankee Stadium. In the first game of the four-team doubleheader, the Chicago Americans defeat the New York Black Yankees, 4-3.

Rookie Marty Hopkins hits a grand slam in the White Sox 6-run 7th as the beat the Senators, 11-3, in the first of two games. The Senators edge the Sox, 2-1 in game 2.

10th  Dizzy Dean wins his 25th game, beating the Phillies 4–1. It is the 5th straight for the Cards, now 4 games behind.

Burleigh Grimes, in his second stint with the Pirates this year, picks up his 270th win, in relief, as the Pirates beat the Giants, 9–7. It is the Hall of Famers last ML win.

Senators backup catcher Cliff Bolton hits his first ML homer, a grand slam in the 7th off White Sox pitcher Hugo Klaerner, making his major league debut. Klaerner takes the loss, 7-4.

A Detroit rabbi solves a dilemma for slugger Hank Greenberg by declaring that the slugger can play baseball on Rosh Hashanah, because the Jewish New Year is a happy occasion. It is for the contending Tigers, winners today over the Red Sox 2–1. Greenberg performs a mitzvah by belting two solo homers off Gordon Rhodes. Tomorrow’s Detroit Free Press will headline “happy New Year” in Yiddish.

12th The 7th place Phils top the Cardinals 3–1 when Dizzy Dean, in relief of Dazzy Vance, fails to stop the Phillies from scoring all their runs in the 8th. The Cards only scoring is Dazzy’s HR.

Cincinnati introduces rookie P Junie Barnes, who walks the only batter he faces to give the Dodgers an 8–7 win over the visiting Reds. Barnes will make one more appearance, again facing one batter and also finishing that game, and his career.

Carl Hubbell wins his 20th, a 3–2 victory over Pittsburgh. With the Cards now 5 ½ games behind, the New York Times reports the Giants’ win, “put the finishing touches to reinforcing their position until it was generally accepted as practically impregnable.”

13th  New York’s Lefty Gomez pitches a 3-hitter 3–1 victory against the Indians for his 25th win.

Judge Landis sells the WS broadcast rights to the Ford Motor Company for $100,000. Previously no fee had been charged.

With his fiancée, Edna Mae Skinner of Oklahoma, watching, Schoolboy Rowe halts the Tiger skid with a 2–0 win over Washington, his 23rd victory. Afterwards, he asks in a radio interview: “How’m I doing, Edna?”

In the opener of a critical four-game series at the Polo Grounds, Freddie Fitzsimmons and Paul Dean throw 11 scoreless innings before the Cardinals score 2 in the top of the 12th. Dean wins, 2–0. The Giants lead is cut to 4 ½ games.

14th The Buck stops here.  Buck Newsom walks the first 4 batters and departs the first game of the doubleheader, which the Browns lose to the A’s 9–7. Newsom then convinces manager Hornsby to start him in game 2 and he commences to strike out the first 4 batters and win, 5–2. Newsom reaches his prediction of 15 wins with the victory.

The Giants build their lead to 5 ½ games by beating the Cardinals, 4–1. Winning P Hal Schumacher gives up an unearned run and clouts his 6th homer of the year.

16th  The largest turnout in Polo Grounds history, 62,573, suffers as the Deans take two from the Giants. Diz needs relief from Tex Carleton for a 5–3 opener, but Paul goes 11 innings for a 3–1 win over Carl Hubbell, his 6th victory over the Giants this year. Pepper Martin homers off King Carl. The Cardinals leave New York 3 ½ games behind the league-leading Giants.

Los Angeles (PCL) sweeps a pair from Oakland, 10-1, and 9-0. In the first game, Jigger Statz of Los Angeles ties a league record with 6 steals, swiping 2nd base in the first inning, 3rd base in the 3rd inning and both bases in the 7th and 9th innings. The 37-year-old Statz will finish the season with 61 steals.

17th  The Yankees reach Detroit for a last-chance series and lose the opener, as veteran General Crowder is in command beating Lefty Gomez with a 3–0 shutout.

Boston Red Sox rookie George Hockette, making his first start, tosses a shutout, beating St. Louis, 3–0. He’s the first Red Sox rookie in twenty years to debut with a shutout.

At Cleveland, 18-year-old Senators rookie Reese Diggs stops the Indians, 13–6. Pete Sosko leads the 21-hit Nat attack with 5 hits. Diggs allows 8 hits, including homers by Averill and P Bob Weiland to win the complete game. It’ll be Diggsy’s only ML win.

18th  At St. Louis, Buck Newsom of the Browns continues the unusual, losing a no-hitter with 2 out in the 10th inning. Two walks and a single by Roy Johnson produce the game’s only earned runs as Boston wins 2–1. Bosox starter Wes Ferrell strikes out with the bases full in the 2nd inning, and protests the call so vehemently, umpire Kolls tosses him. Catcher Rick Ferrell continues the protesting and he too follows his brother out of the game. The unrelated relief battery of P Rube Walberg and C Gordie Hinkle then finishes for Boston.

Chick Hafey hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to give the Reds a 2–0 win over New York at the Polo Grounds. Benny Frey is the complete game winner. In game 2 of the twinbill, the Giants win, 4–2.

The A’s Bill Dietrich shuts out the White Sox to win, 6-0. It is his 4th shutout of the year. The Athletics knock Vern Kennedy out of the game with 5 runs in the 8th inning. Kennedy, the winner of the decathlon at the 1927 Penn Relays, is making his ML debut.

Schoolboy Rowe stops the Yankees, 2–0, driving in a run himself with a single in the 5th, off Red Ruffing to stretch Detroit’s AL lead to 7 ½ games. The Tiger’s other run comes on Hank Greenberg’s 25th homer in the 4th. It’s the 5th time this year that Rowe has beaten the Yanks.

19th  Tom Yawkey decides to eliminate advertising on fences at Fenway Park, painting the way for the Green Monster. Meanwhile, the Sox lose 3–2 in St. Louis.

Behind Joe Cascarella’s shutout, the A’s fricasee the host White Sox, 14–0, in the second half of a doubleheader Jimmie Foxx contributes a grand slam and 5 RBIs. The A’s win the opener, 5-3, in 10 innings. Frankie Hayes has a 10th inning solo shot off tired starter Frank Caster.

20th Pitching for Pittsburgh, Burleigh Grimes, the last of the 17 legal spitballers, makes his final ML appearance, tossing one hitless inning and striking out his last batter, Joe Stripp. Grimes relieves Waite Hoyt, who loses 2–1 to Brooklyn’s Leslie Munns.

21st  The Deans shut out the Dodgers. After Dizzy gives up just 3 hits in a 13–0 victory, allowing no hits until the 8th, Paul wins a no-hitter, 3–0. Diz says: “If’n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I’d of throwed one, too.” Dean has two hits, including a double, while Ducky Medwick adds a double and triple. Koenicke, with a walk, is the only Brooklyn baserunner. The Cards are now three games behind the Giants, who have 7 games left. St. Louis has 9 games left.

The Giants give Freddie Fitzsimmons his first run in 34 innings, and the pitcher beats Boston, 8–1 to stay ahead of the rampaging Cards by 3 games. Wally Berger’s 33rd homer is the only Boston score.

22nd With the Cards rained out, the Giants lose 3–2 at Boston in 11 innings. The Cubs lose 2 games to the Pirates, 2–1 and 11–7, to drop out of the pennant race with an 81–63 record.

Mercy rule. After Tommy Bridges wins his 20th in game 1, an 8-3 Tigers win over the Browns, the Tigers unload for 11 runs in the 7th inning to win 15-1. Goose Goslin has his second 5-hit game of the year, Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits, and Hank Greenberg a pair of doubles to reach the 60 mark. Dick Coffman allows 14 runs, but only 5 are earned. The game is stopped after 7 innings.

23rd The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox, but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener, a 1–0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run, off George Hockette, to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap, Boston scores 4 in the 5th, but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th, Ruth emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter, but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Chapman’s single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits, including a homer, in the two games.

The Tigers remain in first place by 5 ½ games, splitting a pair with the Browns. St. Louis beats Schoolboy Rowe in the opener, 4–3, then Alvin Crowder outduels George Blaeholder, 2–1, in game 2.

The Cards beat the Reds, 9–7, then lose 4–3 as the Deans falter. In the 9th Dizzy Dean relieves Paul after the Reds score a run. Diz walks two to load the bases, and Mark Koenig hits a sac fly to bring home the winner. It is the first Card defeat in eight games and leaves the Birds 2 ½ behind the Giants.

The Giants split a pair with the Braves to remain even with the Cards. New York takes the opener, 8–0, behind Roy Parmelee. In game 2, Carl Hubbell gives up no hits through 5 innings, but he wilts in the 8th and the Braves score 3. Boston wins it in the 11th, 4–3, scoring a run off Joe Bowman on a 2-out single, steal, wild pitch and single.

The Sox drop a pair to the Indians and run their loss streak to 8 games. Monte Pearson edges out recruit pitcher Vern Kennedy in the opener, 2–1, then Ralph Winegarner wins the 2nd, 5–1. He’s aided by Earl Averill’s 30th homer, with two on. Earl boosts his home run bonus money to $3,000; he received a $1,000 for his 25th and $400 for each clout after that.

24th  Idle Detroit wins the pennant, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5–0 in the season’s finale at Yankee Stadium. Ruth walks in the first inning, limps to 1B, and leaves for a pinch runner in his last home game as a Yankee.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3–1 and move 2 games behind the Giants with 6 games left.

25th  In his first major league game, Yankee Vito Tamulis shuts out the A’s, 5–0. Lou Gehrig plays his 1,500th consecutive game and hits his 48th HR, a personal high.

In his first ML game, Cubs rookie Phil Cavarretta, a Chicago native, homers, off Hank Wistert, to give the Cubs Guy Bush a 1–0 win over the Reds. The teenager also has 2 walks, stolen base, and handles 12 chances cleanly at 1B. Signed by Peoria last winter, the Cubs picked him when the Three I league disbanded in mid-summer.

Dizzy Dean wins his 28th, beating the Pirates 3–2 and blanking the Bucs until the 9th inning when Vaughan belts a 2-run HR. The Giants lead over the Birds is cut to one game when the Phillies rally in the 9th for a 5–4 win.

The Los Angeles Angels set a PCL record by executing double plays in the first six innings of a 7–2 win over visiting Seattle. Frank Demaree hits his 44th homer of the year, breaking an Angels team record set by Gene Lillard last year. Demaree will hit one more to lead the PCL.

26th Although beaten by the Phils 5–4, the Giants hold onto first place by a game as the Cards lose to Pittsburgh. Waite Hoyt stops St. Louis on 2 hits to win, 3–0, over Paul Dean. The Giants lose 5–4 as Gus Mancuso’s passed ball in the 9th allows the winning run to score. Gus has 2 homers in the game to drive in all the runs.

In Philadelphia, the Yankees edge the A’s, 5-4, in 11 innings. Charlie Devens goes the distance to win his only decision of the year in his last ML appearance. The A’s Eric McNair makes 2 errors (#41) to finish the season with the most at shortstop; he also leads in putouts and DPs.

In the first of two games, Hank Greenberg has a single, 2 doubles and a triple to drive in 6 runs as the Tigers edge the White Sox, 12-10. Tommy Bridges allows 10 runs in 7 innings but emerges the winner. The Sox commit 5 errors—3 by Appling—to help the Tiger cause. In game 2, Greenberg hits a triple and 3-run homer in Detroit’s 10–3 8-inning win over the Sox. Greenberg has just 26 homers this year, but his 63 doubles will lead the AL.

27th  Despite being outhit 13–7, the Cards close to one-half game of the idle Giants, beating the Reds 8–5. Cincinnati SS Gordon Slade helps by making 3 errors in the first inning when the Birds plate 5.

28th  At St. Louis, the Cardinals gain a tie for first before a crowd of just 6,500. The Giants are idle, as Dizzy Dean, on 2 days rest, shuts out the Reds 4–0 for his 29th win in the 2nd game. It is Diz’s 6th shut out. In the opener, the Cards are victorious 8-5.

29th  Brooklyn’s Van Mungo knocks the Giants out of the lead at the Polo Grounds 5–1 though he gives up 11 hits. Mungo adds 2 hits and fans 3 Giants in the 9th. Meanwhile Paul Dean is beating the Reds in St. Louis, 6–1.

In game 1, Babe Ruth hits his last AL HR, as New York splits a doubleheader in Washington, losing 8–5 and winning 9–6. Ruth’s homer comes off rookie Sid Cohen, who wins his 1st ML game.

The Cubs sweep a pair with Pittsburgh taking the opener, 8-2, as Lon Warnecke wins his 22nd. Every starter collects a hit except Tuck Stainback, who sees his hitting streak stop at 20 games. Tuck is no better in game 2 as Chicago wins, 7-5.

The Tigers tune up for the series with a pair of wins over the Browns, 10–6 and 6–2. Detroit totals 101 wins for the year. In game 2, the Browns use 46-year-old coach Grover Hartley behind the plate, and send up coach Charlie O’Leary to pinch hit. In his first appearance since 1913, O’Leary singles and scores a run: at age 52, he’s the oldest ML player ever to do so. The Tigers counter with coach Cy Perkins, 38, but he makes out. Third baseman Marv Owen plays both games and picks up one RBI to finish with 96. Joined with Tigers 1B Greenberg (139), 2B Gehringer (127), and SS Rogell (100), the Tigers infield comes closest in ML history to all reaching 100 RBIs. The 1941 Red Sox will be the only other team to have all infielders over 90 RBIs.

30th  Dizzy Dean clinches the pennant with his 30th win, a 9–0 shutout of the Reds. Diz loads the bases in the 9th inning, then fans two Reds and gets the 3rd to foul out. Dean’s 7th shutout of the year is the Cards 20th win in their last 25 games. Today’s final game draws 35,274 to Sportsman’s Park, but the season attendance total for the Cards is just 325,056, an average of 4,222 a game: The Reds are low in the NL with 206,773 total attendance. By comparison, the AL winning Tigers draw 919,161.

The Dodgers again beat the Giants 8–5. The Giants knock out starter Ray Benge with 4 runs in the 1st, but can manage just a solo HR, by pitcher Freddie Fitzsimmons, in 6 2/3 innings against knuckleballer Dutch Leonard. Brooklyn’s 10-inning win is sweet revenge for the Dodgers, who had been fuming since Bill Terry’s wisecrack at the February 6 NL meetings. Dodger manager Casey Stengel later cackles, “The Giants thought we gave ‘em a beating, but I’m sorry for the beating they still have to take. Wait until their wives realize they’re not going to get those new fur coats.”

Detroit wins a pair to finish the season with a 101 wins as they beat St. Louis 10-6 and 6-2. Charley Gehringer is 2-for-7 to finish at .356 as Gehrig goes 3-for-4 to win the batting title with .363. Grover Hartley, the last active Federal League veteran, comes in at catcher in game 1. He’ll have one game next year as a ML ump. Buck Newsom loses his 20th in game 1, getting no outs and allowing 4 hits and a walk in the first inning.

The Senators top the visiting Yankees, 5–3, in Babe Ruth’s last game in pinstripes. Preceding the game, a band from St. Mary’s Industrial School, the Babe’s alma mater, plays. Ruth is 0-for-3 in this, his 2,084th and final game as a Yankee. He flies out to CF in his last at bat and leaves crying. Senators pitcher Orville Armbrust toils 7 innings in recording his only major league win, 5–3. Gehrig is 3-for-4 to sew up the Triple Crown.

In Cleveland, in between halves of the Indians–White Sox doubleheader, Cy Young, 67, and his fellow “Antiques” take on Walter Johnson’s “Has-Beens.” A Johnson pick off attempt on Nap Lajoie in the 2nd and last inning turns into a near-riot and “umpire” Martin Lavelle has to be escorted off the field by police. In the field events Al Simmons hits a fungo 428’ 6” while Hal Trosky wins the throwing contest with a toss of 376’2”. Evar Swanson circles the bases in 14 and 4/5 seconds. The Sox win 9–5 behind Ted Lyon’s pitching and Al Simmons’ hitting as he goes 5-for-5. The Sox then lose 5–3 in 5 innings.

OCTOBER

3rd  Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the WS 8–3, as Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his ace, Schoolboy Rowe. Veteran Al Crowder is ineffective as the Cardinals romp. Joe Medwick homers in a 4-for-4 day while the Tigers make 5 errors.

4th  Schoolboy Rowe evens the Series with a 12-inning, 3–2 win, shutting out the Cardinals over the final 9. Rowe retires 22 batters in a row equaling Pennock’s effort in 1927. The Tigers tie the game in the 9th inning and win on Goose Goslin’s single.

5th  With no need for a travel delay, the teams move to St. Louis, and Paul Dean puts the Cardinals ahead with a 4–1 win. He pitches shutout ball until the 9th.

6th  It is the Cardinals turn to play poorly, and they make 5 errors to lose 10–4. Dizzy Dean, used as a pinch runner, is carried off the field after being hit in the head by Billy Rogell’s throw. Hank Greenberg ties the WS record with 4 hits.

7th  Tommy Bridges beats Dizzy Dean 3–1 to put the Tigers within a game of the World Championship. The Series heads back to Detroit.

8th  Paul Dean holds off the Tigers in a pitching duel with Schoolboy Rowe, winning 4–3. Weak-hitting Leo Durocher has 3 hits, as does Tigers manager Mickey Cochrane. With Frankie Frisch playing for the Cards, this is the last World Series this century that will featuring two player-managers.

9th  Dizzy Dean makes good his boast that “me and Paul will win all 4 games.” He humbles Detroit 11–0, as the Tigers go to pieces. When Joe Medwick slides roughly into 3B in the 6th inning, he tangles with Marv Owen. Irate Tigers fans in the temporary LF stands then launch a barrage of fruit at Medwick, halting the game. With the score at 9–0, Commissioner Landis removes Medwick from the game “for his own safety.”

While the Cardinals celebrate their WS victory in St. Louis, their top farm team, Columbus, wins the final game of a 9-game Junior WS. The American Association representatives beat Toronto of the International League in the 2nd game of a playoff doubleheader.

10th  Following a victory parade in St. Louis, the Dean brothers fly to Oklahoma City to play an 8:15 night exhibition game against the Kansas City Monarchs. They are joined by former Cardinal teammate, Paul Derringer, now with the Reds. Bus Ham of the Daily Oklahoman, states, “The stands were loaded before sundown and by the time the lights were turned on thousands had pushed their way onto the diamond. Although police were called, all six of them, the cash customers refused to give an inch.” Dizzy pitches two innings and brother Paul goes three before the game is called because they had run out of baseballs. Dean’s team wins, 4-0. The two squads will play another five games.

11th Burleigh Grimes is released by the Pirates. He will sign next April 1 to manage Bloomington and be given a dispensation to throw the spitball.

14th  Underpaid by the Cardinals, the Deans reap profits on a barnstorming tour. Each makes $5,000 in a game against Chicago semipros.

21st  An all-star team led by Babe Ruth and Connie Mack sails on tour to Hawaii and Japan. Players with wives include Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Earl Averill, and Lefty O’Doul.

In an exhibition game in Cleveland seen by 12,000, Satchel Paige’s Pittsburgh Crawfords beats the Cleveland Rosenblums, 6-1. Dizzy Dean pitches 3 innings for Cleveland, allowing 4 hits and a run, before finishing in the outfield with his brother Paul. The Deans get $3,000 for their efforts. Paige is dominant, pitching 6 innings, striking out 13 and allowing no hits (as noted by Dennis Van Langan).

23rd  P. K. Wrigley buys more shares in the Cubs and replaces William Walker as president. He gives player/manager Charlie Grimm complete control. Grimm had been hired and fired by Walker several times during the past year.

26th  Washington player-manager Joe Cronin is sold to the Boston Red Sox for $225,000 and Lyn Lary. Recently married to Mildred Robertson, Clark Griffith’s niece and adopted daughter, Cronin is signed to a 5-year contract.

NOVEMBER

1st  The Giants obtain Dick Bartell from the Phillies for 3B Johnny Vergez, P Pretzel Pezzulo, OF George Watkins, and cash. Bartell will help cement the infield for the Giants in the next two years.

2nd  William Heydler resigns as NL president due to poor health.

3rd  Although Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 HRs, 165 RBI, and a .363 BA, Mickey Cochrane, with 2 HRs, 76 RBI, and a .320 BA, is named AL MVP. Cochrane has 67 points to finish ahead of teammates Charlie Gehringer (65 points) and Schoolboy Rowe (59 points). Lefty Gomez of the Yankees polls 60. Dizzy Dean, with a 30-7 record, is chosen as NL MVP easily outdistancing Pitt’s Paul Waner.

8th  Ford Frick, NL publicity director, is named league president. He will eventually become commissioner.

13th  Bucky Harris, who had been “Boy Manager” of the 1924 and 1925 AL champion Senators, is hired back by Washington to replace youthful Joe Cronin, who has been sold to Boston.

The Reds purchase pitcher Danny MacFayden conditionally from the New York Yankees. MacFayden is happy to leave the Yankees, saying “I would rather take my chances on winning for Charley Dressen than to put in another season attempting to pitch the way McCarthy wants his hurlers to work. McCarthy is convinced all pitchers should hurl with an overhand motion. All of us cannot do it successfully, but if you are to pitch for McCarthy you must pitch that way.” After he goes 1-2 next spring, the Reds return him to the Yankees, saving themselves $7500 of the $12,500 conditional purchase price (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

18th  Al Schacht leaves Washington to join Boston as a coach, breaking up the clown act he had performed with Nick Altrock.

20th  The Browns send good hitting Bruce Campbell to Cleveland for over-the-hill Johnny Burnett, P Bob Weiland, and cash. Weiland will go 0-2 with the Browns but resurface in 1937 for the Cards, where he’ll do well.

Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit, a HR to Lou Gehrig in the 7th, as the touring American all-stars win in Japan 1–0. At one point Sawamura strikes out 4 in a row—Gehringer, Ruth, Foxx, and Gehrig. The all-stars easily win the other 15 games against high school and post-college players. College players in Japan are prohibited from playing against foreigners.

Catcher Moe Berg shoots movie film showing the roofs of Tokyo. The film will allegedly be used as a guide by U.S. bombers during WWII.

21st The Cards send 16-game winner Tex Carleton to the Cubs for pitchers Bud Tinning, Dick Ward and cash. Carleton will win 11 in Chicago next season while Tinning and Ward will help little.

The Yankees acquire PCL star Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco.

22nd  The Pirates and Cubs make a trade which brings Chicago a needed lefty in Larry French, as well as Fred Lindstrom. They send Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to Pittsburgh.

29th  Added late to the Japanese squad, 18-year-old Victor Starffin makes his lone appearance against the American traveling all-stars, pitching one inning. Starffin walks Ruth and Gehrig but retires three batters without a run scoring.

DECEMBER

11th  The 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland. Frank Frisch and Mickey Cochrane, rival managers in the St. Louis–Detroit WS, will manage their league’s teams.

The NL votes to permit night baseball, authorizing a maximum of 7 games by any team installing lights. The AL does not grant permission for night games until 1937.

13th  The Cardinals sell minor league prospect Johnny Mize to Cincinnati for $55,000 He is later returned because of a suspect knee and does not make his debut until 1936.

14th  The Giants purchase prospect Billy Myers, 25, and trade him to the Reds for vet Mark Koenig and Allyn Stout. Myers, who hit .313 at Columbus this year, will be the Reds starting shortstop for the next 6 seasons.

19th  The Yankees send 5 players to San Francisco as part of the payment for Joe DiMaggio. He will play another season in the Pacific Coast League and will report at the end of 1935.

26th  Matsutaro Shoriki, head of Yomiuri Newspapers, announces the official formation of Japan’s first professional team, the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants. The team is made up of players signed to compete against the American all-star team. Professional league play, with 6 teams, does not begin until 1936.

Judge Landis plays Scrooge to the Dodgers and denies their claim to the services of teenager Johnny Vander Meer.

 

  • 1935

JANUARY

14th  Fading Athletics star Bing Miller is sold to the Red Sox.

22nd  The Senators get Bump Hadley from the St. Louis Browns in a trade for Luke Sewell, who is passed on to the Chicago White Sox.

FEBRUARY

6th  Dizzy Dean declares himself a holdout, demanding $25,000. He signs the next day for $19,500.

13th  French-Canadian OF Gus Dugas, obtained by Montreal (IL) from Washington, signs a contract written in French.

19th  Lou Gehrig signs for $30,000, $7,000 less than he asked for. Gehrig is now the highest paid player in baseball.

26th  Babe Ruth is released by the Yankees to sign with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team’s profits.

MARCH

14th San Francisco beats Mission in a PCL exhibition game dedicating Frank Chance Field in Fresno. Chance played and managed in the Coast League.

16th In Sacramento, a visiting Japanese team loses to the Senators (PCL), 6–5. Sacramento will later sign one of the players, Hawaiian-born Fumito “Jimmy” Horio. Horio played for the Sioux Falls Canaries (Nebraska State League, D) in 1934, hitting .264 in 110 games. When he heard about the Tokyo team’s tour, he wrote to them and joined the team as its center fielder, bringing his minor-league experience and bilingual skills. When the team returned to Japan, Horio signed with Sacramento hitting .250 in 20 games. Horio then played six seasons in Japan, hitting. 236, leaving as relations between the two countries deteriorated in 1941. He played semi-pro baseball in Hawaii during the war.

20th At Ft. Myers, Florida it’s a close shave but the Philadelphia A’s trim the House of David, 4–3.

At St. Petersburg, the Cards set a spring training record, drawing 6,467 in a match against the Boston Braves. The big draw is Babe Ruth, who hits a towering fly against Dizzy Dean, then, after Diz departs, laces two doubles into the overflowing crowd. The Cards win, 5–4.

26th  The Yankees buy Pat Malone from the Cards.

29th  The Cardinals release Dazzy Vance, who returns to Brooklyn for his final season.

APRIL

1st April Fool’s? The Dodgers sign veteran Dazzy Vance. The future Hall of Famer will go 3-2 before hanging it up in August.

5th  At Highland Park in Fayetteville, NC, a crowd estimate at 7,000-10,000 shows up for an exhibition game between the Boston Braves and the NC State college team. The big draw is Babe Ruth, who strikes out against side-arming soph Lefty Freeman in the 6th. The game is called in the 7th after all 120 baseballs in the town are used up, many with the fresh signature of the Babe on them. The Braves win, 6-2, and head north. Lefty Freeman will pass away in 2012.

14th  Cincinnati returns Johnny Mize to St. Louis, getting a $55,000 refund on the provisional purchase.

16th In Chicago, the Cubs beat the Cards 30-game winner Dizzy Dean to win, 4-3. Dean is knocked out of the game in the first frame when, with runners on 1st and 3rd, Fred Lindstrom hits a line drive single off Diz’s shin. As Dean is carried off the field, the band plays “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Ray Harrell is charged with the loss.

Babe Ruth’s NL debut draws the largest Opening Day crowd, 25,000, in Braves’ history. The Babe’s 2-hit, debut includes a 430-foot HR and 3 RBIs off Carl Hubbell, as Boston beats New York 4–2. Ruth adds the game’s fielding play with a shoestring catch. Boston will win just 37 more games this year.

The Yankees open at the Stadium, losing 1–0, to the Red Sox. New York makes just two hits off winning pitcher Wes Ferrell, but also make two throwing errors in the 6th inning, one by pitcher Lefty Gomez, to allow Bill Werber to score the game’s only run.

Brooklyn flogs the Phils, 12–3 behind the five hit pitching of Van Lingle Mungo. Mungo, called the fastest working pitcher in baseball, makes short work of the Wilsonmen, by collecting three hits himself to drive home five runs. Curt Davis takes the loss.

The Reds open at home after appealing to the NL to change the schedule. The NL originally had the Reds opening on the road in Pittsburgh tomorrow, which they will still do, winning 7–4. Today, they lose 12–6 to Waite Hoyt and the Pirates. Tony Freitas starts for the Reds.

17th  President Roosevelt throws out the first ball at the delayed Washington opener. Jimmie Foxx homers, but the Senators beat the A’s, 4–3.

18th  Detroit’s Jo Jo White ties an AL record with 5 walks as two White Sox pitchers hand out 12 walks. The last walk, by reliever Joe Vance in his ML debut, forces in the winning run in the 9th as the Tigers win, 5–4.

19th  The Phils bombard the Giants with 23 hits, including Dolph Camilli’s 3rd and 4th homeruns in two days. Lou Chiozzo has 5 runs scored.

Lefty Grove pitches 6 innings and earns a win, 10-4, as the Red Sox top Washington.

The A’s edge the Yankees 6-5 on Wally Moses’s solo homer and Bob Johnson’s grand slam.

On Patriot’s Day, Brooklyn beats the Braves by 4-2 scores. Watty Clark is the winning pitcher in game 1 and adds 2 RBI. Danny Taylor hits a grand slam in game 2 and Johnny Babich strikes out Babe Ruth 3 times.

21st  Cleveland sets a new AL record, playing a total of 41 innings in their 3rd consecutive overtime game: 14 innings against St. Louis (win 2–1), 24 innings against Detroit (win 2–1), and 13 innings against Detroit (lose 3–2).

Philadelphia’s Blondy Ryan ties a ML record by turning 5 DPs against the Giants. The Phillies make 6 DPs in all to equal the NL record as the Sunday blue laws end the game after 10 innings, 4–4.

Babe Ruth homers in the first inning off Dodgers P Ray Benge, but it is all the scoring for the Braves as they lose, 8–1. For the Babe, it is his 710th HR.

The White Sox overcome a grand slam by rookie Beau Bell and beat the Browns, 6-5, in 10 innings. Bell’s homer, off Vern Kennedy, is his first in the majors.

Tied 4–4 with the Cubs in the 11th inning, the Reds pull off a triple play to squelch a Chicago rally. Augie Galan, with 3 hits in the game, lines a shot to right that Sunny Jim Bottomley snares to start the tri-killing, just the 3rd extra inning TP in the NL this century. The Reds then score 4 in the 12th to win, 8–4. Galan will finish the year without hitting into a double play, and this will be one of just two triple plays in the NL.

22nd For the 2nd time in 2 years Dixie Walker dislocates his shoulder, this time when sliding in 3B versus West Point.

23rd The Phils fall to the Dodgers, 12–5, as Benny Frey and Tony Cuccinello hits 4th inning homers for Brooklyn. Frey’s comes with the sacks full. Dolph Camilli and Johnny Moore homer for the Phils.

Before a NL-record home opener crowd of 47,000 at the Polo Grounds, drawn to see the Babe play for the Braves, the Giants top Boston, 6–5 in 11 innings. Ruth goes hitless, however. Mel Ott provides the thunder with a game-winning hit.

25th  Brooklyn pitcher Johnny Babich pitches a one-hitter, beating the Phillies, 6–0. Mickey Haslin has the lone hit.

At Cleveland, Sammy West hits a 6th inning grand slam for the Browns, but the Indians still prevail, 7-6.

26th  Washington beats Boston, 10–4, and the Sox help with 5 infield errors, 3 by Joe Cronin. A disgusted Lefty Grove leaves in the 7th.

The 5-4 Yankees pummel the host Athletics, winning 11-2. Frankie Crosetti has a grand slam for the Bombers, connecting off Joe Cascarella in the 2nd.

27th  The Yankees edge the A’s, 9-8, led by Chapman’s 4 hits, including a double and homerun. The A’s score 4 in the 9th but the Elephants finish almost the way they started as Bob Johnson ends the game by hitting into a DP. In the 1st, Jimmie Foxx lines into a triple play—Lazzeri to Gehrig to Crosetti.

28th  Trade unions direct their attention at the Cardinals, voting to boycott their games because team captain Leo Durocher made an anti-union statement in behalf of his wife’s dress business. The ballpark is eventually picketed to protest nonunion ushers, gate men, and vendors.

At Philadelphia, Earl Combs hits a 3rd inning homer to power the Yankees to a 7-5 win over the A’s.

At the Polo Grounds, Hal Schumacher beats the Phils, 3–0, allowing just a controversial hit to Phils P Orville Jorgens. Jorgens hits a grounder that Dick Bartell heaves off line and the throw eludes 1B Bill Terry. Everyone assumed it was an error and it was not till after the game that fans realized it was ruled a hit.

29th Detroit pounds the hapless Browns, 18–0, to give Tommy Bridges an easy win over Bobo Newsom. Every Tiger in the game scores a run. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam off Bob Weiland in the 8th.

MAY

4th  Jimmie Foxx scores 5 runs, as the A’s beat the Indians, 12–1.

5th  Thirty thousand fans are on hand in Boston to watch two superstars face each other—the Cardinals with young Dizzy Dean on the mound against the Braves with 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Diz walks Ruth his first 2 times up, then with 2 strikes on the Bambino, Dean, with a big grin on his face, waves his outfielders back and pipes a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses. Dean wins the game, 7–0, and in his first at bat, homers over Ruth’s head in right. Dean will face Ruth again on the 19th, holding the Babe hitless again, and win that game as well.

6th Boston’s Fritz Ostermueller holds the Indians to six hits in winning, 2–1. The loss drop the Tribe to 2nd place behind the White Sox. Ostermueller wins his own game with a run scoring single in the 7th off Oral Hildebrand.

8th  Reds backstop Ernie Lombardi equals the ML record with 4 straight doubles, all in consecutive innings (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th) and each off a different pitcher: Syl Johnson, Orville Jorgens, Euel Moore, and Franklin Pearce. The slow-footed Lombardi also has a “long single” in the 23-hit, 15–4 win over the Phillies in game 1. The Reds collect 7 doubles and 2 homers. In the nitecap, the Phils snap their 9 game losing streak with a 5–4 victory.

9th  The Braves Rabbit Maranville sets a new record for NL service by appearing in his 23rd season. It is his first appearance since breaking his ankle in last year’s spring training. The Rabbit has a single but Tex Carleton is too much for the Braves and the Cubs win, 8–1.

At Philadelphia, Charley Gelbert of the Cardinals plays his first game since a 1932 hunting accident almost severed his leg. Gelbert’s error in the 7th paves the way for the Phils’ first run as they win, 2–1. The victory goes to Bucky Walters, the infielder whom manager Jimmy Wilson has been endeavoring to convert to a pitcher all spring. Bucky allows 4 hits and scores the winning run in the 9th to win his first ML game.

11th  White Sox rookie John Whitehead beats the Red Sox, 13–3, as Chicago solidifies first place in the AL by 1.5 games.

The Yankees top the 2nd-place Indians, 10-4. Tony Lazzeri’s 9th-inning grand slam is the cherry on the Charlotte Russe.

15th  Lou Gehrig steals home in a 4–0 Yankee win over the Tigers. It is his 15th and last steal of home, all of which were double steals.

The Pirates swamp the Phillies, 20-5, as Lloyd Waner scores 5 runs.

The Giants make Dolf Luque a coach, the Browns buy Russ Van Atta from the Yankees, and the Dodgers obtain George Earnshaw on waivers from the White Sox.

17th  Washington 2B Buddy Myer is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs as the Nats top Detroit, 10–8.

18th Bucky Walters shuts out the Cubs for ten innings and singles home Jimmy Wilson to win the game, 1–0. Walters gets two of the three Phils’ hits off young Roy Henshaw.

19th  In a 9–6 win over the Dodgers at home, Pittsburgh 1B Gus Suhr injures his hand and leaves the game. He will play in the OF one inning tomorrow to continue his consecutive-game streak, which eventually reaches a NL record 822.

20th Hank Greenberg collects 2 of his 3 RBIs in the 11th inning as Detroit tops the A’s, 8–6. A’s pitcher George Caster, heeding the advice of Jimmie Foxx, walks Gehringer in the last frame to pitch to Greenberg.

21st  Promising pitcher Buck Newsom, a 16-game winner last year but 0-6 this season, is sold by the Browns to the Senators for $40,000.

The A’s acquire P George Blaeholder, who won 10 or more games in each of the last 7 seasons, from the Browns for Ed Coleman and Sugar Cain. Blaeholder had one of the highest salaries on the cash-poor Browns. Coleman will set the AL record for pinch hits this year with 20, a record that Dave Philley will break it in 1961.

With Babe Ruth leading the way with a home run, the Braves beat the Cubs, 4–1. Fred Frankhouse is the winner over Tex Carleton.

22nd  After a ruling by Commissioner Landis in which he states that Alabama Pitts has paid his debt to society, the Albany Senators (IL) sign the legendary athletic star and parolee from Sing Sing prison. The Senators, a farm team of Washington, are managed by Pitts’ friend Johnny Evers. Pitts will have 2 hits in his first game, but after weak hitting Albany will release him. In the fall of 1935 he will sign a $1,500 contract to play professional football as a fullback with the Philadelphia Eagles, and play in 3 games. He will also tour with the Alabama Pitts All Stars, a New York professional basketball team during the 1935 offseason, playing sparingly, but using his name as the big drawing card. Next season he will sign with York (New York-Penn) before moving on to the Charlotte Hornets (Carolina) on July 28, 1936. On June 7, 1941, Pitts will die after getting knifed in a barroom brawl.

23rd  Cleveland has an internal problem between manager Walter Johnson and two veterans, 3B Willie Kamm and Glenn Myatt. Judge Landis refuses to intervene, and Kamm is eventually made a scout while Myatt is released. Johnson continues his shaky tenure, which will not last the season.

24th  After a day’s delay because of rain, the Cincinnati Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies in the first ML night game, winning 2–1 before a crowd of 24,422. On the initiative of Larry MacPhail, FDR throws the switch at the White House to turn on the lights. Memphis native Mike Chiozza is the first batter as the Reds Paul Derringer outduels Joe Bowan, though the Reds are outhit, 6 to 4. The Reds will play 7 night games in all, one each against the other NL teams.

At Pittsburgh, Tommy Thompson hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th but his Braves fall short, losing to the Pirates, 7-6.

25th  Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting 3 home runs at Pittsburgh. The first shot is hit off Red Lucas, while the last two homers come off veteran Guy Bush. The final one, the last of his 714 career HRs, is the first to clear the RF grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet. With that, Ruth sits down in the dugout—Pittsburgh’s—next to rookie Mace Brown. Ruth, who hit 3 homers in a game just once in the AL (May 21, 1930), is the first player to turn this hat trick in both leagues. Ruth lifts himself in the 7th inning, finishing the day at 4-for-4 and 6 RBIs. But Ruth’s old teammate Waite Hoyt, in relief of Bush, is the winner as Pittsburgh defeats the hapless Braves, 11–7.

Here is Robert Creamer’s account of the Babe’s last home run in his 1974 book, “Babe”:

“[Guy] Bush said, ‘I never saw a ball hit so hard before or since. He was fat and old, but he still had that great swing. Even when he missed, you could hear the bat go swish. I can’t remember anything about the first home run he hit off me that day. I guess it was just another homer. But I can’t forget that last one. It’s probably still going. It was unbelievably long, completely over the roof of the double-decked stands in right field and out of the park. Nobody had ever hit a ball over the roof in Forbes Field before.’ Gus Miller, the head usher, went to investigate, and was told the ball landed on the roof of one house, bounced onto another and then into a lot, where a boy picked it up and ran off with it. Miller measured the distance from the first house back to home plate and said it was 600 feet. His measurement may have been imprecise, but it was still the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh.”

Forbes Field expert Dan Bonk, said in 2002 that the head usher had the wrong address for the Babe blast, and that the hit was very close to the foul line. It landed in a yard of a one-story house that today is painted in the blue and yellow Pirate colors.

At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers take a pair from the Browns, winning 3-1 and 8-7. Ed Coleman, recently acquired, makes it close in the nightcap with a 9th inning grand slam for St. Louis.

At Boston, Detroit wins, 3–2, on Hank Greenberg’s 2-run homer in the 6th inning. In his previous at bat in the 4th inning, Greenberg’s line drive hits pitcher Fritz Ostermueller breaking cheekbone and several teeth and sending him to the hospital.

26th In Cincinnati, Babe Ruth K’s three times and makes an easy out in his 4th at bat on “Babe Ruth Day” as his Braves lose 6–3 to the Reds. Syl Johnson is the winning pitcher. Tomorrow, the Babe will walk as a pinch hitter in the 9th as the Reds win, 9–5.

27th  The Red Sox get Oscar Melillo, star 2B, from the Browns, for Moose Solters and $35,000. Solters will make the trade look good, hitting .330 on the year with 104 RBI and become the first American Leaguer to collect 200 hits while playing for 2 teams. Only Irish Meusel, in the NL, has done it.

Rookie Pretzel Puzzullo makes his first start for the Phils and beats the Pirates, 4–2. Manager Jimmie Wilson likes it so much, he’ll start Pretzel tomorrow as well, but the Pirates will beat him, 3–1. Puzzullo is the only pitcher ever to makes his first two starts on consecutive days.

Whitey Wilshere (4-1) of the A’s stops the White Sox, 6-1. Luke Appling draws a walk for his 10th straight game and has 19 base on balls in 12 games. He will set a ML record for righthanded batters with 122 in 153 games this year.

28th  Washington’s Buck Newsom (later to be called Bobo) is hit on the left knee by a line drive by Cleveland’s Earl Averill in the 3rd inning. He finishes the game, but afterwards it is discovered that his kneecap is broken. Washington loses 5–4, when Cleveland scores 3 in the 8th. Buck will not pitch until July 7.

The Reds run their winning streak to 6 games, their longest in 4 years, beating Boston, 13–4. Babe Ruth is 0-for-3, scoring a run, but stumbles twice and injures his leg running and is replaced in LF by Lee.

29th  Led by Wally Berger’s 2nd inning grand slam, the visiting Braves take a 7-0 lead after two innings in Philadelphia. Last-place Boston holds on for an 8-6 victory.

30th  The Memorial Day twin bill at the Polo Grounds breaks all NL attendance records when 63,943 see the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers, 8–3 and 6–0. Thousands are turned away and the gates are closed 40 minutes before game time. Roy Parmelee coasts in the opener after Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the first inning. In his first appearance at the Polo Grounds as a Giant, Al Cuccinello also homers in the same inning. Fred Fitzsimmons twirls a 2-hitter in the nitecap.

Babe Ruth plays only the first inning of the opener of a doubleheader between Boston and Philadelphia at Baker Bowl, going 0-for-1. It is his final ML appearance. The Phils win 11–6 and 9–3.

Joe Medwick has 3 doubles and a triple in the first game, a 12–5 Cards win over the Reds. The Cards take the second game, 4–2, as Medwick contributes another 2 doubles and a single: his six long hits for the afternoon is the 3rd time it has happened in the NL.

The Yankees move into first place in the AL with a double win over the Senators, 4–0 and 9–3. Vito Tamulis pitches his 2nd straight shutout in the lidlifter.

JUNE

1st  At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers hit a record 6 solo HRs in beating Boston, 7–2. Bill Dickey 2, Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Selkirk, and Red Rolfe are the sluggers. All the Sox scoring comes on a two-run homer by pitcher Mel Almedo.

2nd  Led by a grand slam from Ripper Collins, the second-place Cardinals score five runs in the 9th to beat the host Cubs, 6-5.

Babe Ruth announces his retirement as a player at age 40.

Pitcher George Pipgras is released by the Red Sox and will later become an AL umpire.

3rd The Indians break a 4–4 tie by scoring a record seven runs in the 14th inning to beat the Browns, 11–4. The big blow is a grand slam by former Brownie Bruce Campbell.

Behind Charlie Root (2-1) the Cubs top the rival Cardinals, 6-2. Joe Medwick has a pair of hits to run his consecutive game-hitting streak to 28.

4th Dizzy Dean, annoyed by what he perceives as poor fielding behind him, berates his teammates in the dugout in full view of the fans and writers. Rip Collins and Joe Medwick start arguing back and Frisch and Pepper Martin step in before any fights start. Dean shows his frustration by lobbing the ball in to Pittsburgh batters and finally leaves in the 7th to a smattering of boos with the Cardinals down, 9–3. They score a pair to lose, 9–5.

Danny MacFayden, who had been purchased by the Reds from the Yankees, then returned to New York as part of the conditions of the sale, is picked up by the Braves after the Yankees waive him. He takes the place of the departed Babe Ruth.

5th  Rookie White Sox P John Whitehead, who had won his first 8 starts to set an AL record for the start of a career, loses to the Browns 2–0. Whitehead will fade to a 13–13 record for the year. Ferris will match this mark in 1945.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s defeat first-place New York, 9-7. Bob Johnson hits a grand slam for Philley in the 5-run 4th.

6th  The Senators Henry Coppola makes his first ML start and stops the A’s, 3–0. It will be Coppola’s only shutout as he goes 3–4 this year.

7th Behind Roy Parmelee’s pitching, the Giants squeeze by the visiting Braves, 3–2, in 10 innings. Mel Ott homers in the 9th to tie, and Bill Terry drives in the winning run in the 10th off Ben Cantwell. Giants LF Joe Moore hits in his 11th straight game.

8th  In the lidlifter in Boston, Lou Gehrig is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to lead New York to a 13–6 win. Gehrig collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at 1B and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. He does play in game 2, a 4–2 Boston win. Lefty Gomez walks 8 and wild pitches home 2 runs to help lose his 7th.

In St. Louis, Ripper Collins hits an 11th homer to give reliever Paul Dean his 4th win of the year over Chicago as the Cards win the game 2, 6-5. Paul also is the starter in game 1 but is not around in the 9th when the Cards score to win, 5-4. Shortstop Charlie Gelbert makes his first start for St. Louis. He missed the 1933-34 seasons following a hunting accident in November 1932. Gelbert will hit .292 this year.

9th  The Cardinals become the 10th team in history to score in every inning (8), beating the Cubs 13–2 at St. Louis. Dizzy Dean has more trouble with the fans than the Cubs as crowd boos him for his actions five days ago. A few fans toss lemons.

10th  Paul Waner, Arky Vaughan, and Pep Young hit successive HRs in the 8th inning off Benny Frey in the Pirates 14–1 win against the Reds. Vaughan’s homer is his 2nd of the day as he continues to lead the N.L. in hitting with a .400+ average.

At Griffith Stadium, Hank Greenberg hits 3 doubles and Charlie Gehringer homers in Detroit’s 5-run 9th as the Tigers edge Washington, 12-11. Pete Fox has 3 hits to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 29.

11th Despite a hostile home town crowd, Dizzy Dean tosses a six-hitter at the Cubs as the Cards win, 13–2.

In game 1, White Sox vet Al Simmons belts a grand slam off Washington’s Bobby Burke, but his 5 RBIs are not enough as Washington wins, 9–8. The Sox take the nitecap, 9–3. Showing he’s in the groove, Simmons will repeat the slam in three days off Nats hurler Belva Bean.

12th  After manager Grimm blasts the team in a pre-game clubhouse meeting—and bans poker games, the Cubs go out and throw a full house at the Phillies, winning 15–0. Larry French is the winner as Cavarretta has 3 hits, including a HR, and 4 RBIs, and Chuck Klein adds a 3-run homer. The Cubs lose the nitecap, 11-8.

13th Cleveland’s Oral Hildebrand tops the A’s, 4–3, as Earl Averill is 3-for-5 with a stolen base. Cleveland is in 4th place, with New York leading the AL by 2 ½ games over Chicago.

14th  Playing for Kansas City (AA), 1932 AL batting champ Dale Alexander hits 4 successive HRs, mostly off future ML hurler Steve Sundra at Minneapolis’ Nicollet Park. KC wins 15–2 on 22 hits. Also in the AA, Milwaukee leadoff hitter Eddie Marshall goes hitless, ending his 43-game batting streak. His mark is a new AA record. During the streak, Marshall hit .327 (66-for-202).

At Detroit, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox, 17-9, with one of hits a grand slam by Pete Fox. Despite the fireworks, the Sox win, 10-8.

15th The Cubs rattle 18 hits off 4 Brooklyn pitchers to win, 9–4. Bill Lee allows no earned runs in the victory. Stan Hack is 4-for-4 + getting hit with a pitch; he had three straight hits to end yesterday, giving him 7 straight. Rookie Ken O’Dea belts a 3-run homer.

In New York the Giants defeat the Cards, 7–5. Mark Koenig’s single in the 8th drives in two runs to give reliever Al Smith the winning vote. Collins and Rothrock have homers for the Cards. Viewing the proceedings are Alabama Pitts, late of Sing Sing, along with Johnny Evers, manager of the Albany club (his team loses today, 12–0, to Montreal) and Warden Lewis Lawes. The three are friends and are awaiting a favorable ruling from Judge Landis that will allow Pitts to play pro baseball.

John Whitehead, Chisox rookie ace, bows to the Yankees, 5–3. Texas Johnnie allows 13 hits, including 4 by Gehrig. But it is Red Rolfe’s double in the 9th that brings home the final two runs. Johnny Murphy wins in relief. New York now leads the surprising White Sox by 4 games.

16th  Senators OF John Stone adds 8 hits to 4 he made yesterday with 2 triples, 2 doubles, and 4 singles in a doubleheader split with the Browns. Stone scores 5 runs in the opener, a 17-8 win, and the Browns outslug the Nats in game 2, 10–9. Stone completes a batting streak of 9 straight hits.

17th  Recently released P Fred Marberry joins the AL umpiring staff.

Judge Landis rules Alabama Pitts may play for the Albany Senators (IL) but only in regular season games—no exhibitions.

18th  All 7 scheduled ML games are rained out.

19th  Chick Hafey, who quit the Reds and returned home to California, asks to be put on the voluntary retired list. He played 15 games this season. He’ll come back in 1937 for one last fling.

21st  After 3 straight losses to New York, host Detroit wins, 7–0, behind the pitching of Schoolboy Rowe. Rowe’s wife has just given birth.

The Phillies break a 2-2 tie and score 6 runs in the 6th en route to an 8-3 win over the visiting Cardinals. Johnny Vergez has a grand slam in the frame.

Babe Herman, on waivers from Pittsburgh, returns to Cincinnati.

23rd The Giants Fred Fitzsimmons picks up his 4th and last victory of the year, stopping the Cubs on 11 hits and winning, 8–0. All of Freddie victories have been shutouts, as he ties for the league lead in whitewashes. He’ll be the only NL pitcher to have all his wins shutouts: Johnny Humphries will match him in the AL in 1941.

The Senators capitalize on 11 walks to defeat the Tigers, 12–7. Hank Greenberg makes it close with a 9th inning grand slam off Hadley.

The league-leading Yanks (37-22) lose their 3rd in a row, dropping a 6–5 decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Rolfe’s error in the 8th allows the Tribe to tie and Lefty Gomez looses two wild pitches in a row in the 9th to all Joe Vosmik to get to 3B. Ab Wright’s single brings home the winner. Mel Harder, in relief in the 9th, wins his 11th.

Alabama Pitts, the celebrated ex-convict, makes his debut with Albany in a twinbill with Syracuse. He has two hits and two spectacular catches in CF in the opener, then goes hitless in the nitecap. Manager Johnny Evers enthuses, “I tell you he’s a sure shot for the big leagues.”

At Chicago, the White and Red Sox divide a pair, the Pale Hose winning the opener, 4–2, then losing 8–2. Ted Lyons takes the opener, beating Wes Ferrell, then Boston hands Johnny Whitehead his fifth straight defeat. Whitehead had started his major league career with 8 straight wins.

24th Tommy Bridges goes 13 innings for Detroit against Washington, then turns the ball over to Eldon Auker. Auker pitches one inning and knocks in the winning run as Detroit wins, 9–8.

25th Billy Herman cracks a first inning HR off Carl Hubbell and the Cubs score 7 runs in the past 3 innings to beat the 1st-place Giants, 10–5. Herman adds another three hits and Augie Galan has three hits, including 2 triples. Dick Bartell has 4 hits for the Giants. Al Smith takes the loss for New York, while Fabian Kowalik pitches the last inning for the win.

26th  Lloyd Waner has a still-standing ML record 18 putouts in CF in a doubleheader as the Pirates take a pair from the Braves at Boston. The Buccaneers win 2–1 and 5–1 behind Bush and Swift.

28th Earl Averill’s consecutive-game streak ends at 673 as he was injured yesterday in a pre-July 4th accident when fireworks exploded in his hand. He will be out 3 weeks and P Clint Brown will also miss some games for the same reason. Cleveland still wins, 6–5, over the visiting White Sox.

At Wrigley Field, Roy Henshaw tosses a one-hitter as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 8-0. Bucs pitcher Mace Brown hits a ball off 3B Fred Lindstrom’s glove in the 6th inning that is ruled a single. The Cubs score all their runs in the first two innings.

29th  Despite Joe Medwick’s hitting for the cycle, Paul Dean and the Cardinals are beaten 8–6 by the Reds. Medwick finishes the cycle with a 9th inning homer that hits the foul pole. Ripper Collins completes a 12-day tear that started on June 17: in that time he has driven in 25 runs.

Gabby Hartnett goes 4-for-4 and drives home the game winner in the Cubs 2–1 victory over the Pirates. Chuck Klein’s homer accounts for the other score to back Lon Warneke’s win over Red Lucas. Chicago moves into 2nd place with the victory.

30th  At St. Louis, leadoff hitter Pete Fox leads the Tigers to a twinbill drubbing of the Browns, as Detroit rolls 18-1 and 11-6. Fox drives in 10 runs, 6 in the opener when he hits his 2nd grand slam of the month. Fox has 8 hits, 5 in the nitecap, and scores 4 runs in each game. Rowe coasts in the opener and Alvin Crowder is the nitecap winner.

At Boston, the Phils unload on the Braves winning 15–5 to give Syl Johnson his 8th straight win.

JULY

1st  The Cubs play their first night game and find the hitting is easy as they win 8–4 in Cincinnati behind Roy Henshaw. Billy Herman lights up Crosley Field with two doubles, two triples, and a single.

At Fenway, the Red Sox defeat the Senators, 8–3, behind Wes Ferrell’s 3-hitter. In the first inning, Bill Werber collides with a photographer while going after a foul ball, and the ball drops untouched. (as noted by Dick Thompson) The photographer was standing ten feet in (in foul territory) from the wall/fence separating the playing field from the stands and was changing bulbs in his camera. He was not watching the action. The umpires decide not to call interference. The sequence of play though leads to run that would not have been scored had Werber fielded the ball. The game account states this was a rare and unusual event.

Yankees OF George Selkirk suggests a cinder path, 6 feet wide, be installed in the outfield so a player knows when he is nearing the wall.

Ed Cole of Galveston throws the first perfect game in Texas League history, beating Tulsa, 1-0. Cole will spend 7 seasons in the Texas League.

2nd  After 7 straight hits, the Cubs Gabby Hartnett lines out in the 6th against the Reds to end his hit streak. The Cubs win, 9–3.

3rd  To cut their payroll. the Cubs drop Kiki Cuyler. He will sign with the Reds 2 days later. Today, the Reds trip the Cubs, 4–3, when Ernie Lombardi hits a HR in the 10th at Crosley Field.

Can’t I just play second, Skip? Cleveland rookie infielder Roy Hughes plays his one game at third base and commits four errors as the Tigers beat the Indians, 11-7. Hughes will field .987 at second base, best in the league.

In the Giants 4–3 ten-inning loss to the Phils, Giants SS Dick Bartell has no fielding chances. Carl Hubbell is the loser.

4th  The Cardinals move into 2nd place with a twin win over the Cubs, The Cards manage just 3 hits off Charlie Root in the opener, but win 5–3. In the nitecap, 4 Cub errors help Dizzy Dean to a 6–4 win. St. Louis trails the Giants by 9 games at the season’s midpoint.

5th  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants reliever Slick Castleman, making his first appearance of the season, walks the first 2 Brooklyn hitters, and is lifted. He won’t appear the rest of the year. The Dodgers prevail, 14–4, pinning the loss on starter Hal Schumacher. Tony Cuccinello, with Brooklyn, and brother Al, with New York, both homer: the next time brothers homer in a game against each other will be on June 30, 1950, when Joe and Dom DiMaggio do it.

Detroit rolls over the Browns, 16–1 as Hank Greenberg paces the Bengals with 4 hits including a pair of homers. Hank also drives in 4 and scores 4.

6th The Senators win game 1 from the Yankees, 8–3, then drop the nitecap in 11 innings, 10–7. In the 11th inning, the Yankees Tony Lazzeri swipes home. It is Tony’s second steal of home in extra frames, tying Hornsby and setting the AL record. In the 1940s, Wally Moses will swipe home three times in extra innings to set the ML record. Joe Kuhel has a grand slam for the Senators.

7th  At St. Louis, the Dean brothers deal the 2nd-place Cards a double win over the Reds, 9–4 and 5–1. In the 4th inning of the opener Diz is booed when he relieves Jess Haines in the 4th inning. Dizzy, who refused to take a bow in an exhibition game at St. Paul, turns the boos to cheers when he hits a single in the 5-run 5th inning, and holds the Reds scoreless the rest of the way to win his 13th. Paul scatters 7 hits in the nitecap.

After four attempts, Carl Hubbell wins his 10th, defeating the Dodgers, 9–2. The Dodgers take a 2–1 lead but Mel Ott’s grand slam in the 3rd sends the first-place Giants to a 6 ½ game lead at the All-Star break. Ott has 18 homers, tops in the NL: Greenberg is leading the AL with 23.

The Yankees crush the Senators, 11–1 as Lazzeri and Gehrig drive home all the runs. Both hit homers, Gehrig hitting a grand slam and Tony’s a 3-run shot, off Buck Newsom. Lazzeri adds another three RBIs on singles. Johnny Broaca pitches the complete game win for the first-place Yankees (45-26).

The Tigers crush the Browns, 12–5, for their 10th straight win. St. Louis pitchers hand out 11 walks as Detroit scores 11 in the first three innings. Moose Solters accounts for all of the Brownie runs with homers his first three times up. Hank Greenberg has a double and triple and three RBIs to give him 103 at the All-Star break. Despite leading the AL in homers, doubles and RBIs, Hank is not named to the All-star team.

Phillies 2B Lou Chiozza ties a NL record with 11 assists in a 9–1 win over Boston. Chiozza has a pair of hits to back Curt Davis’ pitching.

At a special meeting, the AL owners raise the waiver price from $4,000 to $7,500, the same as the National League. There was no discussion of the reputed plan to shift the St. Louis Browns franchise elsewhere, but the club owners informally endorse a plan to give the all star voting “back to the fans.”

8th  Before an all-star record crown of 69,812, the AL continues its All-Star Game reign, winning the 3rd event, at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 4–1. Jimmie Foxx is the hitting star with a homer and 3 RBI. Lefty Gomez goes six innings for the win, while Bill Walker takes the loss.

10th  Hal Schumacher wins his 11th consecutive game as the Giants beat the Pirates 10–3. Hank Lieber has 3 hits for New York.

The Tigers’ win streak of 14 ends, despite a record-tying 10 doubles—three by Greenberg–in a 12–11 loss in Washington. Detroit scores 5 in the 9th but falls short.

At Cincinnati, the Reds Babe Herman hits the first night homer in history, off Dutch Leonard, to lead the Reds to a 15–2 win over Brooklyn. The Reds score 8 in the 3rd. There were 3 previous night games, all of which went homerless.

An exceptional game is played in the Texas League between Galveston’s Eddie Cole and Tulsa’s Ed Selway. Cole throws a perfect game with Bill McGhee hitting a homer with 2 outs in the 9th for a 1-0 victory. McGhee also has a triple and single.

11th  At Washington, the Tigers take 10 innings to beat the Senators, 7–6. Detroit leadoff hitter Pete Fox has his hitting streak stopped after 29 games. Gehringer has a homer and triple and Goose Goslin has 3 hits including a homer for the winners.

13th  The A’s Doc Cramer is 6-for-6 in the opener against Detroit, tying the AL mark for the 2nd time. He also did it in 1932. Jimmie Foxx is 3-for-3 with a homer and pitcher Johnny Marcum is 4-for-6 as the A’s roll, 18–5. The Tigers take the nitecap, 6–3, as Tommy Bridges wins his 12th. Greenberg clouts his 26th homer in the 2nd game and has 4 RBIs for the day. After 92 games, Hammerin Hank has 118 RBIs. The A’s Bob Johnson leading the AL with .353, is 3-for-6 in the nitecap with all 3 RBIs.

Johnny Mize goes 3–for–3, all homers, but his Cardinals drop a 10–5 decision to Boston.

15th  Cincinnati beats New York 13–6 and ends Hal Schumacher win streak at 11. It is Schumacher first career loss to the Reds since joining the Giants in 1931.

16th The A’s trip the Tigers again, 8–2, at Shibe Park behind three doubles and five RBIs from Pinky Higgins. Jimmie Foxx clouts his 17th homer to back George Blaeholder’s pitching. With the Yankees topping Chicago, Detroit falls to 2 ½ games behind New York.

At Wrigley, the Cubs lose, 7–5 to the Phils, the Chicubs first loss after 8 straight wins. For Philadelphia, the win snaps a five-game loss streak. Jim Bivin, the Phils 3rd hurler, gets credit for his first ML win.

17th  Bill Werber of the Red Sox ties the ML record and sets the AL mark with 4 straight doubles in the opening game of a doubleheader with Cleveland. He’ll do it again in 1940 while with the Reds, the only one to accomplish it in both leagues. The Sox win the pair 13–5 and 3–1.

In a rowdy game in Cincinnati, the Giants win, 6–3. Reds manager Chuck Dressen will be fined $50 for ‘inciting the crowd.”

21st The Tigers finally get to Lefty Grove, scoring a run in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to take a 4–2 lead. In the bottom of the 9th, while Grove is tearing up the clubhouse, pitcher Wes Ferrell pinch hits for Lefty and hits a home run with 2 outs and 2 men on to give Boston a 7–6 win. Grove has now won 6 straight.

At Cincinnati, the Phillies twice shut out the Reds, winning 4-0 behind Curt Davis and 2-0 behind Joe Bowman.

22nd Boston beats the Browns 2–1 and, for the 2nd day in a row, Wes Ferrell clouts a 9th inning home run. Today he is also the winning pitcher on his game ending home run.

23rd  Paul Dean puts the Cards in first place with a win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Giants. The Giants regain the NL lead in the nightcap with an 8–2 win.

San Francisco (PCL) beats Mission pitcher Boom-Boom Beck, 2-1, but he stops young Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak at 27 straight games. Joe is 0-for-4.

24th  Behind Chief Crowder, the Tigers beat the Yankees 4–0 to go ahead by one-half game, but they are a fraction of a percentage point behind. Jo Jo White leads off the game with his first ML homer, off Red Ruffing.

Carl Hubbell (13-6) notches his first win over Dizzy Dean as the Giants edge the Cards, 4–2.

The third-place Cubs move to 2 ½ games behind the Giants and Cards by sweeping a doubleheader with Brooklyn at Wrigley Field. The Cubs win the opener, 9-3, after taking a 9-0 lead. Chicago takes a two-run lead into the 9th of game 2 only to see Danny Taylor give the Dodgers the advantage with a grand slam. The Cubs tie with a pair in the bottom of the 9th, then win it in the 11th when Ken O’Dea hits a walkoff homerun. O’Dea entered the game when catcher Gabby Hartnett was lifted for a pinch runner in the 9th.

At Griffith Stadium, the Indians go on the warpath as they collect 34 hits in sweeping a pair from the Senators, 10-6 and 13-8. Joe Vosmik, leading the league in hitting, has a homer, triple, two doubles and two singles. Odell Hale and Bill Knickerbocker each total 6 hits in the 2 games.

25th  In the first game of a doubleheader, the first-place Giants beat the Cardinals and Paul Dean, 3–1, to take a 3-game lead. Hal Schumacher picks up the win, though he collapses on the mound in the 6th inning because of the 95 degree heat.

The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 4–2, for their 18th win in their last 21 games and move into 2nd place. Billy Herman is 2-for-4, his 5th multi-hit game in a row.

26th  Jesse Hill’s line drive bounces off the head of P Ed Linke back to C Jack Redmond on the fly, who throws to 2B to double off Ben Chapman. Linke will be hospitalized for 2 days. But the Senators knock the Yankees out of first for the first time since May 30, 9–3. Heinie Manush leads the Nats offense with 2 homers, one a grand slam.

27th Despite hitting a grand slam, Lefty Grove loses a tough game, 7–6, to the A’s in 15 innings. Grove will have just 5 RBIs all year. The Red Sox come back in the nitecap to win, 2–0, behind Wes Ferrell.

With the help of a Gabby Hartnett grand slam, in the 4th off Tony Freitas, the Cubs tip the Reds, 9-8, in the first of two games at Wrigley. Larry French, who fired a complete game victory yesterday, is the winner with 3 innings of relief. Chicago completes the sweep with a 12-1 victory in game 2. Chicago has now won 21 out of 24 and they trail the first-place Giants by a game.

28th  Chicago pitcher Ted Lyons ties a ML record and sets the AL mark with 2 doubles in the 2nd inning while beating the Browns, 14–6, in game 1. The Sox tally 10 runs in the 2nd. In Game 2, the Browns, win 4–3. Umpire Red Ormsby is overcome by heat in the first game and taken to the locker room. The remaining ump, Harry Geisel, selects Ollie Bejma from the Browns and Jocko Conlin from the Sox to ump on the bases. Ormsby will miss tomorrow’s game as well.

The 2nd-place Yankees split a pair with the visiting Senators, winning 7-6 in game 1. Bump Hadley pitches the Nats to a 7-1 win in game 2, helped by a 3rd-inning grand slam by Jake Powell.

The Giants shut out the Dodgers twice today, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Carl Hubbell defeats Dutch Leonard in game 1 and Clyde Castleman tops George Earnshaw in the nitecap. Mel Ott’s homer is the only score.

29th     The Browns manage just three hits off Les Tietje as they lose to the visiting White Sox, 7-2. The score might’ve been higher but the White Sox hit into a 9th inning triple play (2-4-5).

30th  The Pirates fry Larry French, former Buc pitcher, for 4 runs in the 1st inning, but the red-hot Cubs win, 9–6. Bill Lee relieves French and allows just 4 hits after the opening inning. The game features a brawl between Billy Jurges and the Cubs reserve catcher Wally Stephenson. The fight earns Stephenson a quick trip back to Chicago, but when Hartnett hurts his ankle, the combative catcher will be told to rejoin the team in Cincinnati to back up Ken O’Dea. Hartnett won’t return to the lineup till August 11.

31st  The Reds oversell their 6th night game, and an overflow crowd of 30,000 jam in for the match against the Cards. About 5,000 are ringed around the field and kept back by ropes and one female fan is severely injured by a line drive during the game. Fans in the lower boxes are forced to stand if they want to see. The Reds come from behind to win it in the 10th, 4–3. Goodman hits a ground-rule double and scores on a single by Billy Sullivan to hand the Cards their 9th loss in 10 games. Manager Frankie Frisch plays for the first time since June 28 and has 2 hits. With the Cards ahead 2–1 in the 8th inning, Kitty Burke, a nightclub singer who had kidded with Joe Medwick about hitting, slips under the ropes around the infield and grabs a bat out of the hands of Babe Herman and stands in against Paul Dean. Dean lobs a pitch and she grounds out and Cards manager Frisch demands it count as an at-bat. Kitty later tours the burlesque circuit as the only woman to bat in the Bigs.

Judge Emil Fuchs, president of the Boston Braves since 1925, forfeits his majority stock and retires.

Two AL pitchers each hit two HRs in a game; the 4 homers by pitchers sets a ML record. For the 3rd time in his career, Wes Ferrell clouts a couple, against Buck Newsom of the Senators, and knocks in 4 runs in a 6–4 win for Boston. Mel Harder hits 2 for Cleveland but loses 6–4 to the White Sox. No other hurlers will hit 2 HRs this season. Ferrell will end the year with 52 hits, tying George Uhle’s record for a pitcher, and he will knock in 32 runs to set a ML record. His 38 lifetime homers will set a ML record.

AUGUST

1st Led by Arky Vaughan’s grand slam, the Pirates score all their runs in the 2nd inning and hold on to beat the Cubs, 6-5. The loss drops the Cubs a game back of the first-place Giants.

2nd  Phillies 1B Dolph Camilli makes 3 errors in the first inning, a NL record, in a 8–3 loss to the Dodgers. He will lead the NL in fielding, however, in 1937.

3rd At Boston, Lefty Grove trails the A’s, 3-1, going into the bottom of the 8th when Wes Ferrell again delivers, hitting a clutch pinch-hit RBI single as Boston scores two to tie. Grove allows a run in the top of the 11th but Boston scored two in the bottom of the frame to give Grove the 5–4 win.

4th  In Cincinnati, the Cubs take a 1–0 lead into the 8th inning behind Lon Warneke, but a Bill Jurges error opens the way for five runs and a Reds win. In the nitecap, catcher Wally Stephenson, making his first start above D ball, collects three hits and drives home the winner in a 4–3 Cubs victory.

Cleveland president Alva Bradley announces the “Voluntary resignation” of Walter Johnson as Cleveland manager. He is replaced by Steve O’Neill.

5th  In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack, and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The Sox engage in stalling and the Yanks in hurry-up tactics, with the Sox allowing Hoag to steal home standing up. AL President Heydler will fine managers Cronin and McCarthy $100 each. The Yanks win, 10–2, in six innings.

The Indians win their first game under skipper Steve O’Neill, defeating the White Sox 4–2. Ralph Winegarner is the winner, surviving a protest in the 5th by the Sox who contend the rookie is lifting his foot off the rubber. Earl Averill has 4 hits including a HR.

The Phils Orville Jorgens has his ‘sinker’ working to perfection as he allows 3 hits in beating the Braves, 9–1.

6th Dizzy Dean wins his own game with a 3-run game ending home run in the 10th, as the Cards whip the visiting Reds, 6–3.

9th Bobby Reis, a converted infielder, picks up his first ML win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Brooklyn. The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 9th to defeat Boston, 6–5.

At Pittsburgh, rookie Bud Hafey lines a homer over the scoreboard to give Bill Swift a 1–0 win over the Reds’ Hollingsworth.

10th  New York’s George Selkirk drives in 8 runs, one short of Jimmie Foxx’s AL record, with 2 HRs—one a grand slam—and a single as the Yankees pummel the A’s, 18–7. Gehrig has a homer and drives in 5 runs in the game, then adds 4 more RBIs in the nitecap 7–2 win. Aug 10

11th  Wally Berger hits a grand slam, 2 doubles, and a triple, to tie the modern ML record for extra-base hits in a game, but his Braves lose to the Dodgers, 7–5. Berger drives in all of Boston’s runs and his homer, his 25th of the year, puts him one ahead of Ott in the home run race.

14th  The largest midweek crowd in NL history, 50,868, sees the Giants and Cards split at the Polo Grounds, the Giants winning 6–4, then losing 3–0. Carl Hubbell takes the opener, spoiling Paul Dean’s 22nd birthday, as Jack Rothrock, Joe Moore, Terry Moore, Pepper Martin, and Gus Mancuso homer. The Giants outhit the Cards, ten to five, in the nitecap, but lose to Bill Hallahan. Castleman loses his first decision after six straight wins.

Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe beats the Senators 18–2 and also goes 5-for-5 at the plate. His hits include a double and a triple, as he scores 3 and knocks in 4. Four other players score 3 runs apiece, including batterymate Mickey Cochrane, who has one hit and 3 walks. The first-place Tigers score 6 in the 2nd and another 6 in the 4th off Buck Newsom and now lead the Yankees by six. New York loses to the Indians today, 7–6.

15th  In a 9-4 win over the Pirates, Phillies 3B Johnny Vergez starts 4 DPs to equal the ML record set by Pie Traynor.

At St. Louis, Jimmie Foxx has 3 hits and 3 RBIs as the A’s beat the Browns, 5-3. Brownie catcher Rollie Hemsley is not much help as he strands 8 runners in 3 successive at bats.

18th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants increase their lead to two games over the Cardinals by beating the Reds 8–4. Carl Hubbell wins and helps the offense by hitting a HR. The big stick belongs to Giants CF Hank Lieber who slugs a four bagger, triple, and 2 doubles.

After a 2-1 loss to the Braves in the opener, the Cardinals rebound by scoring 5 runs in the 10th to win, 9-4. The big blow in the extra frame is Leo Durocher’s grand slam, off Huck Betts.

At Detroit, Schoolboy Rowe is hit on the hand by a line drive in the 3rd inning, but after a 12-minute delay, returns and allows just one more hit. Detroit beats the Yankees, 6–0.

19th The Indians score 6 in the 8th, led by Hal Trosky’s grand slam, to beat the visiting Senators, 11-5. Earl Averill adds a homer and SS Bill Knickerbocker seemingly adds another when his 1st inning drive sticks in the lattice work in RF as he circles the bases. When umpire Dinneen orders him back to a double, manager Steve O’Neill lodges a protest.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants get a lift from reliever Euel Moore and edge the Reds, 4-3, in 10 innings. The Indian hurler, acquired from the Phils minor league system on August 2 on the condition that his arm problems had disappeared, hurls the last 4 innings, allowing no runs and picking up the win. He’ll give up no runs in his next three appearances, then get tomahawked in his final two games, and be sent back to the Phils.

20th The White Sox climb back into 3rd place with a double win over the A’s, 13–4 and 11–4. Foxx has a HR in each game for the Quakers, while light-hitting Luke Sewell drives in 5 runs in the nitecap, 4 on a grand slam. Sox substitute OF Jocko Conlin is 7-for-8 on the afternoon.

21st The Phils outlast the Cubs 13–12, but the Cubs turn around in the nitecap and win, 19–5, scoring 12 runs in the 6th inning. Frank Demaree has 8 hits including 7 in a row before Haslin boots his grounder in the 9th inning of Game 2. Phil Cavarretta has 7 hits including 5 in game 2, and Chuck Klein scores 5 runs in the second game.

At Boston, Pepper Martin hits the first pitch of the game for a homer and the Cardinals race to a 13-3 win over the Braves. They collect 19 hits to back Dizzy Dean’s 21st victory. Cards 1B Jim Bottomley has no putouts as the Birds record 2 assists. He is the first National Leaguer to go zero for putouts in a game; he’ll do it again in two years.

In another scoring outburst, the Yankees down the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, 14-2 before losing 14-3. A crowd of 1,500 see Lou Gehrig blow open the first game with a 3rd inning grand slam, off Buck Newsom. It is Lou’s record 17th grand slam. Gehrig has another HR in the nitecap.

Behind Hal Schumacher, the Giants prevail over the Reds, 3–0. Reds Gordon SS Slade makes his 4th error in the 4-game series to help Prince Hal to his 15th win in 16 decisions against Cincy. It is his 17th win of the year.

23rd  After hitting a homer in the 5th against the Browns, Lou Gehrig connects in the 13th with 2 aboard to give the Yankees a 6–3 win.

NL President Ford Frick announces an undisclosed punishment for umpires Reardon and Sears for arguing with Cincinnati fans on July 11.

24th  Giants OF Hank Leiber ties the ML record with two HRs during an 8-run, 2nd-inning assault on the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Giants prevail 9–4 as Carl Hubbell wins his 19th in relief. The Giants have not been out of first place since the start of the season, but will give up the top spot tomorrow when the Cubs beat them. Before the game umpire Dolly Stark is honored and given a new automobile by Ford Frick as a present from fans and players. Stark, the varsity basketball coach at Dartmouth, was voted the most popular umpire in the NL last year.

A 2-out 2-run homer in the 15th by Earl Averill gives Cleveland a 2–0 win over the A’s and ends the greatest pitching duel of the year. Starters Willis Hudlin for the Tribe and the A’s George Turbeville both go the route. Making his 2nd ML start, Turbeville walks 13 and fires 3 wild pitches, but the A’s turn 6 DPs behind him. If he had retired Averill, the game would have been called.

25th  In the first game of four straight doubleheaders with the White Sox, Earle Combs of the Yankees collides with teammate Red Rolfe on a fly ball and suffers a severe shoulder injury. It will contribute to his decision to retire at the end of the season. The Sox win, 6–3, then lose the nitecap, 5–1 as Gehrig hits his 24th.

26th  In the riotous opener of a twinbill, lumbering 1B Zeke Bonura of the White Sox steals home with 2 outs in the 15th inning to beat the Yankees Jimmy DeShong, 9–8. New York takes a 7–5 lead in the 13th on a 2-run single by George Selkirk, but Selkirk’s error following a Luke Appling single and Bonura’s double ties the match up. The Yanks go ahead 8–7 in the top of the 15th on Gehrig’s 2nd homer of the game, off Whit Wyatt. A single by Appling and a walk to Bonura start the 15th; and Zeke surprises everyone by nabbing his 4th career stolen base. New York takes the nitecap, 7–5, in 7 innings. Gehrig has a 2 homers, a double and 3 singles for the afternoon.

Pittsburgh player-manager Pie Traynor leads the way with a grand slam and 4 singles to drive in six runs as the Bucs top the Giants 10–2.

27th  The Yankees outslug the White Sox 13–10 in the first game of two as the two teams combine to strand 30 runners (15 apiece), tying the ML record set in 1893. After 3 hits in the first game, Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks in 5 plate appearances in the 2nd game, as the Yanks lose 4–3.

The Browns sweep a pair from Washington, winning 10–6 and 11–1. In game 2 both Russ Van Atta and Bobo Newsom yield 9 hits, but Bobo walks 12 Browns, hits another, and adds a wild pitch.

In Wichita, a semi-pro team from Bismark, SD tops the Halliburton Cementers from Duncan, OK and wins the National Baseball Championships. Bismark went undefeated in the tourney that features 32 of the best semi-pro teams from around the country.

28th The Cards take 2 games from the Phillies, winning the 1st game 5–1, then scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning to win the second game, 13–5. In the two wins, Terry Moore has 3 doubles and a HR, Pepper Martin adds a grand slam, and Ripper Collins hits his 21st HR of the season.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates stop the second-place Giants by winning a pair, 6-1 and 9-5. Earl Grace’s grand slam, off starter Roy Parmalee, and 5 RBIs is the margin in game 2. The Giants drop to 2.5 games behind the 1st-place Cardinals, and just a half-game ahead of the Cubs.

29th At Philadelphia, the Red Sox top the A’s, 6–2, behind Wes Ferrell’s 20th win of the year. Joe Cronin and Dusty Cooke homer off Marcum.

30th The Giants send Euel Moore back to the Phils, and purchase P Harry Gumbert from Baltimore.

31st  Vern Kennedy pitches the first AL no-hitter since 1931, and the first ever in Comiskey Park, blanking Cleveland, 5–0. He also is the batting star with a bases-loaded triple in the 6th. Kennedy strikes out five, including the last batter in the 9th, Joe Vosmik, the league’s leading hitter.

In St. Louis, the Browns lose to the first-place Tigers and General Crowder (16-7), 5-1. This is the Brownies’ last game at home as they will take to the road for the month of September.

Gabby Street, manager of the Missions (PCL) club, is suspended and told to stay away from the ball park because of an altercation with umpire Henry Fanning yesterday. Street tried to rip the mask off the one-armed arbiter during an argument. Tomorrow he will be spotted near the park and arrested (as noted by John Spalding).

SEPTEMBER

1st In a rain-soaked game, the Senators take 14 innings to beat Lefty Grove and the Red Sox, 2–1. The Nats will win 4 of 5 decisions this year off Lefty. Grove will win his next 4 decisions to finish at 20–12, a big comeback from his 8–8 record in 1934.

2nd  The first-place Cards open a 30-game home stand by sweeping a Labor Day doubleheader from the Pirates. Paul Dean wins his 16th game, 4–3 in the opener, then Dizzy cops his 23rd in the nitecap, 4–1. The Cards are two games up on the rained-out Giants.

With the Cubs splitting two with the 7th-place Reds at Wrigley, Chicago is 2 ½ in back of the Cards. Chicago wins 3–1 in the opener as Lon Warneke tops Tony Freitas, then lose 4–2 to Gene Schott. Bill Lee takes the loss.

Veteran P Dick Coffman (5-11) and Browns manager Hornsby get into a shoving match shortly after their train leaves St. Louis for a road trip. Coffman is cut from the team and put off the train at Edwardsville, IL, and will not play again this year.

Boston pitcher Jack Wilson, who relieves in the 3rd, ends a slugfest with the Senators by hitting an 11th inning game-ending home run off Phil Hensiek to give the host Red Sox a 9-8 victory in the first of 2. Joe Cronin helps the run total with a grand slam in the 8th. The Senators come back in the nitecap to also win by a run, 3–2, in 13 innings. Wilson will hit his 2nd ML homer in 5 years.

3rd  Judge Landis rules against a $1,500 fine the Reds imposed on injured Chick Hafey, who had left the team for his home in California after asking to be placed on the voluntary disabled list. Hafey had chronic sinus and sight problems in addition to an injured shoulder. Landis grants Hafey’s request and places him on the list.

4th The 3rd place Cubs get 2 HRs, including a grand slam, from Augie Galan to beat the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Larry French is the winner, 8–2, for his 13th victory.

The Cards score 4 in the 8th, then Dizzy Dean picks up a save in the 9th to beat the Braves, 5–3. Jess Haines, who fails for the 11th time to win his 200th game, is lifted after 7 for Bill Walker who promptly tees up Wally Berger’s 30th homer of the year. Walker gives up two hits but is the winning pitcher.

Carl Hubbell subdues the Reds, 6–4, for his 20th win of the season. King Carl scatters 12 hits including three apiece by Cuyler and Riggs. Dick Bartell gets three hits for the Terrymen, who remain two in back of the Cards.

Babe Ruth receives a lifetime pass for all National League games from NL prexy Ford Frick.

5th  Rookie Terry Moore of the Cardinals goes 6-for-6 and the rest of the Cards add another 12 hits to paste the Braves, 15–3.

The Cubs keep the pressure on by edging the Phils in 11 innings, 3–2, on Frank Demaree’s single. Charlie Root picks up the win.

Trailing the St. Louis Browns, 5–1, Lefty Grove is lifted for pinch-hitter Wes Ferrell who hits an RBI single as Red Sox score six runs in the 6th inning en route to 9-5 win. Grove is winning pitcher, racking up his 13th straight win over the Browns. Billy Werber swipes his 29th base of the year, which will be high in the AL. Boston will lead the AL in steals with 91, the last time this century the Sox will lead in that category. The Reds will lead the Senior circuit with 72: the Braves lead-footing in with just 20.

6th The Cubs, again led by Galan, take their 3rd straight from the Phils. Augie triples and scores the tying run in the 8th, then hits a leadoff homer in the 10th to win it, 3–2, for Lon Warneke.

The Cards again top Boston, 6–4, with Frisch’s triple in the 8th a key blow. Dizzy Dean notches his 24th win.

7th  Cleveland beats Boston thanks to an unusual triple play. With no outs and the bases loaded in game 1, and the Indians leading, 5–3, in the 9th, the Indians bring in Oral Hildebrand to pitch to Joe Cronin. Cronin lines his first pitch off the side of the head of Cleveland 3B Odell Hale. The ball caroms to SS Bill Knickerbocker, who throws to 2B Roy Hughes, who throws to 1B Hal Trosky to finish the triple play ending the game.

Bill Lee shuts out the Phils 4–0 for his 16th win of the season, as the Cubs move into 2nd place ahead of the Giants. Augie Galan continues his hitting for the Cubs, driving in 2 runs.

The Cards’ Paul Dean tops the Braves 8–5 as Medwick and Frisch have 3 hits apiece.

In an American Association game at St. Paul, L. Americo Polli of Milwaukee pitches a 10 inning, 2-0 no-hitter over St. Paul.

8th The Cards fail to increase their lead as they split with the Phils. In the opener, Dizzy Dean wins his 25th game, but the Birds lose 4–2 in the night cap when they strand 16 runners. St. Louis outhits the Phils 13 to 4. Rain washes out the Cubs game at Wrigley.

In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the A’s Jimmie Foxx doubles in the 8th to break up Eldon Auker’s no-hit bid. Detroit rolls, 15–1 collecting 20 hits. Foxx has a pair of homers in the opener, again in vain, as the Tigers win, 7–5. Cochrane has 3 hits in each game for Detroit. The sweep increases their AL lead to 10 games.

9th With the Cardinals’ Phil Collins losing to Curt Davis and the Phils, 4–3, the Cubs win their 5th and 6th straight games. Chicago tops the Braves, 5–1 and 2–1, behind the pitching of Larry French and Tex Carleton, cutting the Cardinal lead to a single game. During the three seasons 1934-1936 Carleton beats the Braves 19 times.

10th Washington’s Buck Newsom scatters six hits to shut out the leading Tigers, 6–0. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 6 innings to take the loss.

Chicago beat the Braves, 4–0, behind Charlie Root for their 7th straight win. Freddie Lindstrom is the batting star with a double and single to drive home a pair as Chicago stays a game behind the Cardinals and 1 ½ ahead of the Giants. The Giants win a pair today, 4–3 and 4–2 over the Pirates, while the Cards score 3 in the 8th to edge the Phils, 4–2.

The Browns triumph, 8–6, over the A’s, handing the Mackmen their 13th straight loss. Foxx is 2-for-3 for the A’s, while Carey and Coleman each have three hits for the Browns.

At Yankee Stadium, rookie Vito Tamulis notches his 4th victory against the Indians this year as New York wins, 4-1.

St. Louis scores 7 in the 3rd and the Cardinals coast to a 9-2 win over the Phillies. Spud Davis has a single, double and homer to drive in 5 runs, and Joe Medwick hits safely to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 28.

11th The rampaging Cubs beat the lowly Braves, 15–3. Bill Lee coasts to the win.

At Pittsburgh, Paul Waner hits a 2nd-inning grand slam and the Pirates hold on to beat the Giants, 10-7. The loss leaves third-place New York 2 ½ games behind Chicago and 3 ½ games in back of St. Louis.

12th Charlie Grimm’s Cubs continue their hot hitting, trouncing the Dodgers 13–3. Augie Galan has 4 hits and 5 RBIs for the ‘Grimm Reapers.’

Dizzy Dean wins his 26th, a 5–2 CG victory over New York’s Carl Hubbell, to keep the Cardinals in 1st place by a game. But the Cards Ducky Medwick has his hitting streak stopped at 28 straight games

13th Friday the 13th brings bad luck to the Cards at home. Trailing New York 10–6 after the Giants score 4 in the 9th, the Cards tie it up and then give the ball to Dizzy Dean. But the Giants score 3 in the 10th against the tired star, to win 13–10. With a man on 1B, RF Pepper Martin provides a fielding highlight by knocking down a line drive by Bill Terry, picking the ball up and racing to 1B to tag Jackson and forcing Terry for an unassisted DP. With the Cubs win, the Giants lead is 4 percentage points.

Larry French and the Cubs beat the Dodgers 4–1, for their 10th straight win. All 10 have been complete games. French allows 8 hits, 3 to Al Lopez.

The Reds Whitey Hilcher tosses his only ML CG to beat Boston’s Ed Brandt, 1–0. For the Braves it is their 14th straight loss.

At Shibe Park, the A’s use a 19-hit attack to wallop the White Sox, 19-7. Bob Johnson and Charlie Berry each have 3 hits and 4 RBI, while Doc Cramer has 4 hits, scores 3 and drives in 3. The recipient of all this offense is Earl Huckleberry who gets the win in his only ML appearance. Earl pitches into the 7th allowing all the Sox runs. Earl’s 1-0 ML record in his one appearance won’t be matched till Al Autry does it in 1975.

Detroit wallops the Yankees, 13–5, behind Schoolboy Rowe. Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average. George Selkirk hits an inside-the-park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI, 54 coming on homers.

14th  The Cubs outlast the Dodgers, 18–14, for their 11th straight win and go into first place. In winning, the Cubs use a relief pitcher for the first time in 11 games. Chicago scores 5 in the 2nd and 8 in the 6th in outhitting Brooklyn 18 hits to 15. Fred Lindstrom has 5 RBIs for Chicago. Johnny Babich starts and goes a third of an inning to take the loss; Starter Charlie Root is the Chicago winner.

Meanwhile, the Giants top the faltering Cards 5–4 in 11 innings, to move into 3rd place, just 3 ½ games in back of the Cubs. The Cards drop the 2nd with the loss. Paul Dean was to start today’s game but he suffered what is called a severe heart attack while attending the Canzoneri-Ghnouly bout. Heusser started but the loss goes to Fidgety Phil Collins, who comes on in the 11th.

The Braves snap their 14-game losing streak by tipping the Reds, 6–4. The Braves drive Tony Freitas from the mound in the 6th inning with 7 hits, four for extra bases.

The Senators win their fifth straight, beating the Indians, 5–1. Bobo Newsom scatters 10 hits—5 by Earl Averill, including two doubles and a triple—to go the route. Joe Vosmik, in the race for the batting championship at .345, breaks out of his recent slump going 1-for-4.

The Yankee split with the AL-leading Tigers, winning 2–1 and losing 5–1. Johnny Broaca is the winner in the opener over Crowder, while Lawson tops Brown in game 2. Hank Greenberg, leading the AL in hitting at .346, is 0-for-the afternoon, with 5 strikeouts. “The hooting and jeering which some of the fans turned loose against Hank wasn’t much of a tribute to the sportsmanship of his home town” (New York American).

Frankie Crosetti returns to New York after an operation at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital to remove floating cartilage in his right knee. He’ll soon return to his home in California.

15th Before an overflow Sunday crowd of 41,284 in St. Louis, the Giants Carl Hubbell outpitches Dizzy Dean to give New York a 7–3 win. It is the 2nd time in 4 days the two aces have matched up. The Giants, winners of 14 out of their last 22 games, are now just 1 ½ games behind the Cardinals.

Boston rolls over the Browns, 9–5, as Lefty Grove posts his 14th straight win over St. Louis. His streak began in August, 1932, when he was with the A’s.

In Washington, Cleveland takes a pair from the Senators, 16–4 and 6–3. Mel Harder and Willis Hudlin pick up the victories. In game 1, Eddie Phillips has three doubles and a single to drive in 6 runs. Left-handed hitting Hal Trosky, mired in a 1-for-40 slump, turns to switch-hitting against the 2 lefty Nats starters, Buck Rogers and Dick Lanahan. As noted by Clem Comly, Trosky goes 4-for-9 with a homer, then hitting lefty is 1-for-1 to finish the day with 5 hits.

16th In the opener of a critical 4-game series in Chicago, the Giants lose 8–3 to the Cubs Lon Warneke. The Cubs have now won 12 straight.

Brown versus Brown as Pittsburgh reliever Mace Brown pitches 5 innings of shutout relief to beat Boston, 5–3. Wally Berger’s 3rd double of the game in the 9th is the only hit he allows. The Bucs Gus Suhr plays 1B in the last inning to run his streak of consecutive games played to 619, a new NL record. The old mark was set by Eddie Brown from 1924 to 1928.

17th  Dodger OF Len Koenecke, dropped by the team with two weeks to go in the season, and put off an American Airline flight for drunkenness in Detroit, hires a private plane to fly him to Buffalo, where he had played previously. During the flight he tries to take over the controls and gets into a fight with the pilot. He dies after the co-pilot hits him over the head with a fire extinguisher. He hit .283 in his third and final season.

With Terry Moore sidelined after fracturing his foot yesterday, the Cards top Brooklyn, 4–2 behind Jess Haines. Paul Dean saves the game in relief. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader in St. Louis, a tired Dizzy Dean again fails in relief, giving up 3 runs in relief, as Brooklyn wins 8–7. The Cards are now trailing the Cubs by 2 ½ games.

The Giants take a 2–1 lead against the Cubs, but when Hal Schumacher injures his arm in the 5th inning, the Cubs jump on reliever Allyn Stout to win 5–3. Larry French is the victor.

Phils rookie Hal Kelleher makes his first major league start, shutting out the Reds, 1–0.

18th With 30,000 fans watching at Wrigley, first-place Chicago tallies 20 hits in thrashing the Giants 15–3. Charlie Root picks up the win, his 15th of the year. The Cubs have four pitchers—Root, French, Lee and Warneke—with at least 15 wins; this won’t be matched by a Cubs staff until 2016. The win is Chicago’s 15th straight and drops the Giants 6 ½ games behind the Bruins. The Cardinals remain 2½ games back.

19th  The Cubs complete a 4-game sweep of the Giants, beating Carl Hubbell for their 16th straight win, 6–1. Billy Herman has 3 hits and is 11-for-18 in the series with the Giants. The 16 wins in a row is the most in the NL since the 1924 Dodgers won 15. Giants manager Bill Terry tells reporters that, “the Cubs will win . . . they are playing way over their heads.”

Dizzy Dean tops Brooklyn 9–1 as Frisch and Charley Gelbert each have 3 hits for St. Louis.

The Reds Paul Derringer wins his 20th of the year, beating the visiting Phillies, 6–1. He’ll go 22-13 this year; the next biggest winner on the Reds will win 8.

20th  The Pittsburgh Crawfords beat the New York Cubans to win the Negro NL Championship 3–0 behind the pitching of Leroy Matlock and the extra-base hits of Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston.

21st  The Detroit Tigers clinch the pennant with a double win over the St. Louis Browns, winning 6–2 and 2–0. Eldon Auker wins the nitecap with a complete game shutout, while Tommy Bridges takes the opener. The Tigers will coast the rest of the way, going 1–6, while the Yankees go 6–1.

At Wrigley, lefty Roy Henshaw edges the Pirates 4–3 to the delight of 39,000 Cubs fans.

The Reds knock Paul Dean out of the game and beat the Cards, 9–7. It is the Reds first win in St. Louis this year after 8 losses. The Cards now trail the Cubs by 3 ½.

Hal Trosky powers his 24th homer to lead the Indians to a 7–3 win over the White Sox. Joe Vosmik is 1-for-2 and continues to hold a slight lead at .348 in the AL batting race. After the Washington-Philadelphia twinbill today, Buddy Myer (0-for-4 today) is 2nd at .342 and Jimmie Foxx (0-for-9 today) is at .340, ending his 18-game hitting streak.

22nd  In the final game at Chicago, the Cubs whip the Pirates 2–0 as Larry French outpitches young Cy Blanton to win his 5th of the month. The Cubs, in winning their 18th straight, maintain their hold on 1st place by 3 games over the Cardinals. With 40,558 today, (with 20,000 turned away) Chicago has 202,283 fans who have watched the last six games. Blanton finishes his year with a 2.58 ERA, tops in the NL, and his 142 strikeouts sets a Pirates rookie record that will not be broken this century.

The Cards shave the lead to 3 games by twice beating the Reds, 14–4 and 3–1. Mike Ryba, in relief of Bill Hallahan in the 2nd, wins the opener pitching 7 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut. He also knocks in 3 runs on two hits. Dizzy Dean wins his 28th, allowing just three hits and striking out ten, to take the nitecap.

The Boston Braves lose their 110th game for a new NL record, dropping a pair to the Phils, 7–5 and 4–3. Timely homers by Johnny Moore and Watkins win the games for the Quakers. The Braves will lose 115, which remains the record until the 1962 expansion New York Mets lose 120 in a 162-game schedule. The Braves winning percentage of .248 is a 20th Century low in the NL.

Washington beats up on the A’s winning 10–2 and 11–1. Buck Newsom wins the opener, scattering 9 hits, and collecting a single, double and triple and drives in three runs in game one. Holbrook has a triple and 3 RBIs for the Nats in game 2.

The Browns Earl Caldwell, up from San Antonio (Texas) defeats the leading Tigers, 1–0 on three hits. Schoolboy Rowe is the loser and his error in the 6th allows the only run. Caldwell pitched briefly in the NL seven years ago.

At Fenway, a record crowd of 47,627—with 10,000 turned away—watch the Yankees sweep the Red Sox, 6–4 and 9–0. New York stops Wes Ferrell’s bid for his 25th win in game one, and Walter Brown, the hurling mammoth, gives up just 4 hits in the nitecap. In game 2, the Yanks have 7 ground rule doubles into the roped-off crowd. The Sunday Law stops the game after 8 innings.

Competing for prizes donated by Tom Yawkey, the Yanks also defeat the Sox in the pre-game Field Day, winning 4 of 5 events. Ben Chapman wins the 75-yard dash nipping Jesse Hill by a yard. Recently acquired Sox Skinny Graham is third. The lone Sox triumph comes when catcher Rick Ferrell throws into a barrel at 2B on the fly; Joe Glenn’s is in the barrel but on the bounce Glenn is tops in fungo hitting with a 350-foot drive, and the Yankees win the walking relay in, well, a walk. Chief interest is the final event, the four-man relay around the bases, with each runner completing a circuit. Clocked in 57.2 seconds, the Yankee squad of Selkirk, Hill, Rolfe, and Chapman pass the baton ahead of the quartet of Almada, Graham, Johnson, and Cooke. The field day will be repeated next Sunday at the Stadium.

In the tight PCL batting race, batting leader Ox Eckhardt is 4-for-5 in game 1 of a doubleheader between Mission and Hollywood. Eckhardt sits out the second game. Joe DiMaggio almost gores Ox by going 7-for-9 in a doubleheader against Seattle, but ends up with a .398 average, a point behind him.

23rd With the Cubs idle, the Pirates beat up on the Cards and rookie Ed Heusser to win 12–0. Big Jim weaver allows 4 hits in the shutout.

24th The Cards rebound to whip the Pirates, 11–2, behind Bill Hallahan to set up the critical 5-game series with the leading Cubs.

The Indians whip the White Sox, 14–7 as Hal Trosky belts his 25th HR and Joe Vosmik (.349) is 2-for-5.

25th In a showdown series with the 2nd place Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs edge the Cardinals 1–0. Paul Dean strikes out the first 4 Cub batters before young Phil Cavarretta drives a home run on top the roof in RF for the only score of the game. Lon Warneke gives up just 2 hits and walks none in winning his 20th game. It is the Cubs’ 19th straight win, and they are now assured of at least a tie for the pennant.

At Cleveland the Indians edge the Tigers, 3–2, garnering 10 hits. Joe Vosmik, leading the AL in hitting, has 3 hits, as does Hal Trosky, batting righty against the lefty Elon Hogsett. Chief Hogsett took over in the 1st inning when starter Auker was hit on the wrist by a line drive off the bat of Vosmik. Hogsett accounts for one run with a 6th inning solo homer over the RF wall of League Park.

26th Rain washes out the Cubs-Cards game.

27th  The Cubs clinch the NL pennant in the first game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals, 6–2, besting Dizzy Dean, as Bill Lee wins his 20th. The Cubs tally 15 hits off Diz, led by Freddie Lindstrom’s 4. With Roy Henshaw’s victory, 5–3, in the nitecap, the Cubs extend their win streak to an incredible 21 games and reach the 100-win mark. Only once during the winning streak have the Cubs pitchers given up more than 3 runs. The streak ties the franchise mark set in 1880.

All AL games are rained out.

28th With nothing on the line, the pennant-winning Cubs finally lose to the Cardinals, 7–5, on Medwick’s 11th-inning homer off Fabian Kowalik. The loss snaps Chicago’s 21-game win streak, the longest in the majors since the Giants of 1916, when New York won 26 games and tied one. However, Chicago’s win streak is the longest without a tie since 1880.

Before a paid crowd of 174 fans at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers win their 6th in a row, beating the Phils, 12-2. Junior Frey is 2-for-5 with a three-run HR before turning the shortstop job over to Rod Dedeaux, making his ML debut. Rod will play just 2 games but will make his mark as a college coach.

The Indians sweep the Browns, 3–0 and 7–3, with Joe Vosmik (.350) going 1-for-7 at the day’s end. He still leads Buddy Myer by 2 points, but will lose the AL bat title by a point.

29th  The Cubs lose 2–1 to the Cardinals. Left fielder Augie Galan plays in his 154th game of the season, ending the year without hitting into a DP, still a ML record (Reiser does it in 1942, but plays fewer games). Augie did hit into a triple play to open the season. The Cubs lone score comes on Billy Herman’s 57th double. Speedster Lyle Judy is 0-for-4, but steals a base for the Cards. He swiped 107 bases for Wichita (Western Assoc) this year’s but Judy’s lack of punch will make his last game.

Against Washington, Jimmie Foxx slams his 35th homer in the 4th inning to give the A’s a 4–2 lead, When the Nats tie, Double X hits his 36th in the 7th to put the A’s in the lead and tie Hank Greenberg for the AL HR title. Washington retakes it, but the A’s score 4 to win 11–8. Washington’s Buddy Myer goes 4-for-5 to edge out Cleveland’s Joe Vosmik for the AL batting title, .349 to .348. In Cleveland’s doubleheader, Vosmik pinch hits in game one making an out, and plans on taking the rest of the afternoon off. When he hears that Myer is hot, he plays, going 1-for-3 to “lose” the title. Foxx finishes at .346.

After winning the first game 3–2 against Detroit, the White Sox tie the AL record with 10 singles in the 2nd inning of game 2 off Eldon Auker. They tally 8 runs in the frame and win 14–2, as Auker loses his 7th against 18 wins, the best percentage in the AL. Firpo Marberry umps his last game. Released by the Tigers in June, Firpo was an AL ump for the 2nd half of the year, but will sign with the Giants after the season.

Two outstanding strikeout performances are recorded today. Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo strikes out 15 Phillies and allows 2 hits in beating Jorgens, 2–0. The second game ends in a 4–4 tie. Young Vince Sherlock closes out his 11-day ML career with a 4-for-4 performance and finishes the year at 12-for-26 (.462). The Braves Danny MacFayden matches Mungo, striking out 15 Giants in a 3–0 win in a twinbill split at Boston. The 15 is the most K’s in regulation in the NL since 1909 (Vance matched it 3 times). Not until Koufax, in 1959, will a NL hurler strike out more in a 9 inning game.

In a 9–6 nitecap loss against the Reds, Pittsburgh C Aubrey Epps goes 3-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. This will be the only ML game for the Memphis prep star, who will be sold to the Memphis club on May 15, 1937. Appearing also in his first ML game is Claude Passeau, who gives up 4 runs in 3 innings for the Bucs: they will trade him in 2 months. The Pirates take the opener, 4–1, behind Mace Brown’s 4-hitter.

At New York’s Dykeman Oval, a doubleheader between a team of all-stars featuring Babe Ruth and the Cuban Giants attracts a crowd of 10,000. Ruth is 1-for-4 with a walk as the Giants, behind Luis Tiant Sr., win 6–1. The Babe goes to bat between games and, with Clyde Barfoot lobbing them in, hits ball after ball into the stands. With Ruth on the bench (he was paid $3,000 to play the first game), the nightcap ends after 6 innings with the Giants leading 14-6.

OCTOBER

2nd  The WS opens in Detroit and Lon Warneke, the Cubs ace, shuts out the Tigers and Schoolboy Rowe, 3–0. Augie Galan has two ribbies and Hartnett one. The four umpires for the Series are George Moriarty, behind the plate today. Ernie Quigley, Bill McGowan and Dolly Stark. In a poll of the players this year asking who was the best umpire, McGowan won by such an overwhelming margin that it led to yet another of his nicknames, “Old #1.”

3rd  The Tigers even the Series behind Tommy Bridges 8–3, but lose Hank Greenberg who fractures his left wrist sliding home when trying to score from first on a single.

4th  In game 3 of the World Series, AL umpire George Moriarty chases Chicago manager Charlie Grimm and SS Billy Jurges in the 3rd inning. After Chicago ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, Detroit scores an unearned run to win in 11. Grimm is the first World Series manager tossed since Frank Chance, in 1910.

5th  In game 4 of the WS, Detroit’s Al Crowder outduels Tex Carleton 2–1 when the Cubs allow an unearned run in the 6th.

6th  Lon Warneke keeps the Cubs alive with 6 innings of shutout ball for his 2nd WS win. He leaves because of a sore shoulder and Bill Lee relieves in the 3–1 victory. Chuck Klein, who had not played in the first four games, hits a 2–run homer and earns a start tomorrow.

At Kansas City, Satchel Paige loses to Dizzy Dean’s touring exhibition team, 1-0. Satch goes the distance on a 3 hitter.

7th  The Tigers end the Series in 6 games behind Tommy Bridges’ second complete game 4–3. Goose Goslin’s single, with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, wins the game.

9th  Sacramento (PCL) pitcher Bill Hartwig, 23, who had refused to undergo treatment until the season is over “because every man was needed” by his struggling ball club, dies after an operation for kidney disease. Hartwig finished the season at 6-14.

10th In New York, the Giants file suit asking for a restraining order to prevent bootleg broadcasts of all sporting events from the Polo Grounds. Long opposed to having their games on the radio, the suit is brought against several broadcasting companies. The Giants admit that “the method of acquiring the simultaneous description of baseball games is unknown.”

20th  By an unanimous vote, Detroit 1B Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BBWAA; Wes Ferrell is runner-up.

21st The Phillies trade Al Todd to the Pirates for Earl Grace and young pitcher Claude Passeau, who gave up 4 runs in 3 innings in his only ML game. He’ll improve.

23rd  Cubs C Gabby Hartnett is selected by the BBWAA as the NL MVP, with Dizzy Dean the runner-up.

24th  Judge Landis levies $200 fines on umpire George Moriarty, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm, and Chicago players Woody English, Billy Jurges, and Billy Herman for their conduct in the WS.

27th  In Mexico City, a touring group of AL all-stars tops the Negro League champions, the Pittsburgh Crawfords, 7–2. Rogers Hornsby drives in 3 runs against Bert Hunter, and he drove in 3 yesterday when the all-stars won, 11–7. The first game ended in a 6–6 tie. The AL squad features Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Lyons, and Vern Kennedy, while the Crawfords marquis Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, and Cool Papa Bell.

31st Dizzy Dean’s All-Stars beat the Royal Giants, 5-4, in an exhibition game at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Satchel Paige starts and pitches only 4 innings, while Dean leaves with a 3-2 lead after 7 innings.

NOVEMBER

4th  Cal Hubbard, pro football tackle with the Green Bay Packers, 1929-35, joins the AL umpiring staff.

6th  Pitcher Sad Sam Jones, after 21 successive but not always successful AL seasons, is released by the Chicago White Sox.

13th Tiger owner Frank Navin dies while horse back riding. Walter Briggs will eventually become the new president.

23rd The Giants purchase veteran P Dick Coffman from the Browns. Coffman, who was on the outs with Rogers Hornsby, will go 24–14 over the next four years for New York.

26th  The NL takes over the bankrupt, last-place Boston Braves franchise after several failed attempts to buy the club. The league takes over only temporarily, until matters can be straightened out.

DECEMBER

9th  The Giants get 2B Burgess Whitehead from the Cardinals for Roy Parmelee, Phil Weintraub, and cash.

10th Two Hall of Famers are sold today. Jimmie Foxx, along with Johnny Marcum, (17–12), is sold by the A’s to the Red Sox for $350,000 (also reported as $250,000 and $150,000). Also included in the trade are Roger Cramer and Eric McNair, but the details on this will not be announced till January. The A’s get Gordon Rhodes (2–10) and a minor league catcher George Savino; The 28-year-old Foxx has averaged 41 homers over the past 7 seasons and says about the trade, “my dream has come true.” After three years in Chicago, Al Simmons is sold by the White Sox to the Tigers for $75,000.

The NL accepts Bob Quinn, who had been GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as president of the new ownership of the Braves. Quinn gains control of the club with the backing of $200,000 by majority stockholder Charles Adams, who also owns the Boston Bruins. Adams is stripped of his stock and as Ford Frick says, “Adams will have no stock in the new organization.” Adams, who had spent $250,000 to improve the Braves, came under fire from Judge Landis when he became the majority stockholder of the Suffolk Downs Race Track last summer.

Ford Frick is reelected NL president for 2 years and given a raise. The AL votes down night ball and awards a $500 cash prize for batting leaders retroactive to include Buddy Myer in 1935.

The Tigers of Osaka are officially formed to become Japan’s 2nd professional team.

11th  The Yankees trade the hot-tempered Johnny Allen to Cleveland for pitchers Monte Pearson and Steve Sundra, a minor leaguer.

14th  Firpo Marberry resigns as an AL umpire to sign with the Giants as a pitcher. He’ll get in one game before moving back to the AL with the Senators.

17th  Heinie Manush is traded from Washington to the Boston Red Sox for Roy Johnson and Carl Reynolds.

21st The Dodgers trade Ray Benge, Tony Cuccinello, Al Lopez, and Bobby Reis to the Braves for P Ed Brandt (5-19) and OF Randy Moore. Brandt will win 11 and be traded next December for Cookie Lavagetto and Ralph Birkofer. Lopez, an All-star in 1934, will backstop for the Braves for more than a decade.

Pittsburgh sends P Claude Passeau and C Earl Grace to the Phils for C Al Todd. Passeau will have three decent seasons before blossoming with the Cubs.

  • 1936

JANUARY

4th  As the 2nd part of the December 10th deal for Jimmie Foxx, the Boston Red Sox get outfielder Doc Cramer (.332) and SS Eric “Boob” McNair from the A’s for Henry Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75,000. Even with the free spending, and the presence of 20-game winners Ferrell and Grove, Boston will finish 6th in 1936.

6th Giant President Charles A. Stoneham dies of Bright’s disease. He was the last surviving member of the trio that purchased the team in 1919.

15th  IRS figures for 1934 show Branch Rickey as the highest paid man in baseball at $49,470. Commissioner Landis had voluntarily taken a cut in 1933 from $65,000 to $40,000 because of the Depression.

Horace Stoneham is elected president of the New York Giants, succeeding his late father. Stoneham, 32, will remain president for the next 40 years before selling the team in 1976.

The Chunichi Dragons of Nagoya, Japan, are officially formed. Eight days later the Hankyu Braves of Nishinomiya are formed.

17th  The Yankees trade Jimmy DeShong and Jesse Hill to Washington for Bump Hadley and Roy Johnson.

30th  The new owners of the Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname for the team from suggestions made by fans. They choose the Bees, but the name will not catch on, and it will be scrapped after the 1940 season.

FEBRUARY

1st PCL owners agree to a demand by Hollywood owner Bill Lane to move his franchise to San Diego. The Stars were unable to pay the annual rent of $8,000 for Wrigley Field. The Padres will open the 1936 season with Frank Shellenback managing the team that will tie for 2nd with Oakland, before losing four games to one to them in the Playoffs. In 1935, Hollywood finished last in the second half of the season.

2nd  The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election, with Hornsby finishing 9th, Cochrane 10th, Gehrig 15th, and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place, and Joe Jackson has 2 votes to tie for 36th place.

4th Wes Ferrell wins the first Florida State Baseball Players golf tourney, shooting a 304 for 72 holes. Finishing four strokes back is Willis Hudlin, the pre-tourney favorite, manager Mickey Cochrane, and Milwaukee’s Garland Braxton. Earlier, Ferrell won the Miami-Biltmore Left-handers golf tournament at Coral Gables.

6th Long-time veteran Hugh Duffy reveals in The Sporting News his all-star team that he had recommended to the Hall of Fame: Kid Nichols, Amos Rusie and Vic Willis, pitchers; Fred Tenney, 1B; Nap Lajoie, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Jimmy Collins, 3B; Tom McCarthy, Bill Hamilton and Joe Kelly, outfielders. There is some overlap with the all-star team named by veteran scribe Hugh Fullerton a few weeks ago. His team consisted of: Johnny Kling, C; Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young and Rube Waddell, pitchers; Hal Chase, 1B; Nap Lajoie, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Jimmy Collins, 3B; Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, outfielders.

7th The Cincinnati Reds sail to Puerto Rico for a month’s spring training before returning to Tampa to finish up.

20th  The Giants buy back good-hitting 1B Sam Leslie from the Dodgers.

MARCH

1st After spring training with Lefty O’Doul’s San Francisco Seals (PCL), the Yomiuri Giants of Japan beat the Seals, 5–0. On March 5th they will win again, 11–7.

5th  The St. Louis Cardinals, without the Dean brothers, who are once again holdouts, visit Cuba and are beaten by the Cuban all-stars. Luis Tiant, Sr., whose son will win 229 ML games, is the starting pitcher for the Cubans.

17th  Much-heralded rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his spring debut with the Yankees, getting 4 hits, including a triple. The day is marred when the Cardinals win, 8–7.

21st  The Cincinnati Reds trade Jim Bottomley to the St. Louis Browns for Johnny Burnett. Sunny Jim will have a strong season in 1936 and, midway through the 1937 season, will be named manager.

Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training record to 12-for-20, in an 11–2 Yankee victory over the newly named Boston Bees. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his ML debut until May.

22nd  In The Sporting News, Reds GM Lee MacPhail predicts that “The American League will finish with Detroit on top, Cleveland in second, Boston third and New York fourth.”

23rd  After an acrimonious holdout, Dizzy Dean signs for a reported $24,000 and an understanding that the only fines levied will be major ones.

24th  Paul Dean follows his brother into the fold and signs for $10,000.

26th  Hank Greenberg signs a Tiger’s contract for $20,000, and Red Ruffing accepts $12,000 from the Yankees.

APRIL

1st Babe Herman, who hit .316 for the Reds last year, says on the phone to Chuck Dressen that he’ll stay home unless the Reds meet his terms. GM Larry MacPhail thunders, “Herman will play with the Reds or he won’t play.”

In a poll of 98 sports editors and writers, 43 pick the Cardinals to win the NL pennant. 39 go with the Cubs.

5th In Fayettville, NC, 5000 turn out to see Babe Ruth and the Braves defeat NC State, 6–2. All balls hit in to the crowd are kept as souvenirs and by the time the last one is hit into the crowd 12 dozen balls have been used up.

11th  In a resumption of their city series started in L.A., the White Sox score 5 runs off Larry French to beat the Cubs, 5-1, at Wrigley Field. Fabian Kowalik holds the Sox scoreless in the last 4 frames, while rookie Monte Stratton holds the Cubs to two hits in the last 5 innings. The Sox lead in the series, 3 games to 2.

12th  The Browns rally in the 9th to beat the Cardinals, 7-4, at Sportsman’s Park. The two teams conclude their city series splitting the two-game series. Yesterday’s match was rained out. With spring training completed, the Browns are atop the Grapefruit League standings with a 15-5 record. But only half the games are against ML teams. Washington is 2nd at 13-7; The Yankees finish 13-8, and are 8-6 against AL teams (0 games against the NL). The Cards go 17-10, with a 9-6 record against ML squads. The Cubs are 12-11 against the ML teams.

In the Hub City series, limited to one game because of the weather, the Boston Bees down the Red Sox, 8–4, in front of 6500 shivering fans. Bill Werber has 3 of the 9 Sox hits.

Behind Al Smith and Harry Gumbert, the Giants shut out the Indians, 7-0, in Cleveland and conclude their series together at 7 wins apiece.

14th  At Griffith Stadium, Vice-President James Garner makes the march to the flagpole for the President. Then to a standing ovation from 31,000 Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first ball (but misses the catcher) in the Senators opener against New York. Nats starter Bobo Newsom pitches a masterful game, surviving a 5th inning beaning when he is hit by a throw to first by 3B Ossie Bluege, to shut out the Yankees, 1–0, on 4 hits. Afterwards, it is discovered that Newsom’s jaw was broken by the throw, reminiscent of his complete game loss last season after his knee was broken. Lefty Gomez loses his second straight 1–0 Opener. Roosevelt stays till the 9th, munching peanuts and keeping his own scorecard.

For the first time since the repeal of Prohibition, in December 1933, and following three years of state and city licensing questions, beer is offered again at Fenway Park. At least that is the implication of a New York Times article on April 10 noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin. The Times piece reads in part, “Fans will find several changes in the nation’s ball parks this season. They will be able to buy a glass of beer in the Boston parks, for example.” Red Sox fans hoist their beer cups as Boston downs the Philadelphia A’s, 9-4, behind Wes Ferrell.

In a 12-7 loss to Cubs, Cardinals rookie Eddie Morgan pinch-hits and drives the first pitch he sees from Lon Warneke for a HR, the only one he’ll hit in a 39-game career. He is the first to hit a pinch HR in his first at bat. Billy Herman leads the Cubs going 5-for-5 with 3 doubles and a homer. Frank Demaree has a pair of roundtrippers, while Gabby Hartnett and Chuck Klein have one apiece. Augie Galan, who hit into no double plays last year, hits into one his first time up.

For the 2nd year in a row, Waite Hoyt is the winner in the Reds opener. The Pirate ace wins, 8–6. Babe Herman has 4 hits.

15th The Giants Harry Gumbert defeats the Dodgers Van Lingle Mungo, 5–3, in a game that features a fine brawl between Mungo and Dick Bartell. On an unassisted ground out to 1B Buddy Hassett, Mungo comes over to cover the bag and gives a hard block to the batter Bartell. Rowdy Richard goes flying and comes up swinging. Umpire Beans Reardon races over and pries the 2 combatants apart, then tosses them. Tomorrow they get a fine from Frick. Ox Eckardt, 35, a veteran of the NFL Giants, clubs his one and only ML homer, a 2-run shot, for the Dodgers. Ox led the PCL in hitting last season with a .399 average, one point ahead of Joe DiMaggio. The Dodgers will gore Ox in mid-May sending him and his .182 batting average to Indianapolis, where he will continue to hit minor league pitching like a rented mule, compiling a .353 average.

16th  In a 10–4 win over the visiting A’s, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin breaks his right thumb on a force play at 2B. He will miss almost half the season.

With 2 runners on and 2 outs in the 9th inning, the Dodgers lead the Giants 6–5 when New York’s Hank Lieber hits an easy fly to LF Freddie Lindstrom. But Dodger SS Jimmy Jordan crashes into Lindstrom and the ball bounces out of Jordan’s glove. Both players lie dazed as two Giants’ runners score to win 7–6.

In Texas, the Tokyo Giants beat the Jacksonville Jax (East Texas L), 11–2, in an exhibition game.

17th Cleveland spoils the Browns home opener at Sportsman’s Park—the cold weather keeping the crowd short of 1500—by winning the 10-inning contest, 13–10.

Lefty Grove and the Red Sox take the Yankees home opener, 8–0, before a shivering crowd of 22,256. Grove pitches a masterful 2-hitter, with Lou Gehrig collecting 2 singles.

In a PCL match, Eddie Joost has 6 hits to pace Mission to a 13–6 win over Sacramento. Mission pitcher Boom-Boom Beck has a pair of homers. Beck will go 18-21 this year and have another 20-loss season in 1937.

20th Pittsburgh’s Gus Suhr belts a two-out homer in the 9th with two on off Roy Henshaw to give the Bucs a dramatic win over the Cubs, 9–8. Bill Swift picks up the win.

At Brooklyn, Dodger castoff Wayne “three fingered” Osborne hands Freddie Fitzsimmons a 4–1 lead, but the Bees come back to tie 6–6 in the 12th in a game called on account of darkness. Bees reliever Ben Cantrell induces a 1-2-3 DP to end the 12th. Joe Stripp ends his holdout and signs with the Dodgers today.

22nd The Reds Calvin Chapman hits his only ML homer in the 8th to snap a 4–4 tie as the Reds beat the Cardinals, 7–6. Chapman hits a fly ball that RF Lou Scoffic loses in the sun and Chapman legs out an inside-the-park homer.

23rd In the Dodgers 4–3, 10-inning win over the Giants, Dodgers OF Randy Moore breaks his right ankle sliding into 2B and will miss most of the season. He’ll return to the active list on July 27 and play in just one more game on the field before August 27. He’ll hit .103 next year, his last. A Mel Ott HR gives the Giants the lead in the 10th, but the Dodgers counter with 2 runs.

26th  In a ragged game featuring 11 errors, the Dodgers overcome 7 errors to beat the Phils, 10–7. Adding to the miscues, Brooklyn SS Ben Geraghty reaches base twice on interference (tipped bat) by Philadelphia C Earl Grace for a ML record.

At Boston, the Red Sox score six runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Yankees rebound with 7 in the 2nd. New York holds on to win, 12–9. Foxx and Gehrig match homers while Frank Crosetti is 5-for-6 and Bill Dickey goes 4-for-6.

29th  In St. Louis, Roy Parmelee, former Giants pitcher, beats Carl Hubbell, 2–1, in a 17-inning duel. The game is scoreless until the 12th when the Giants score a run, but the Cards match it in the bottom of the 12th. Parmelee allows just 6 hits in 17 innings, while King Carl gives up 11.

Tiger first sacker Hank Greenberg breaks his left wrist in a baseline collision with Washington’s Jake Powell and is finished for the season. It will be suggested that Powell’s anti-Semitism is behind the crash. This is the same wrist that Greenberg broke in the 2nd game of the 1935 WS. The Tigers lose, 7–3, to Pete Appleton as they collect just 2 hits, one a 9th inning HR by Al Simmons. Greenberg is 0-for-3 and finishes his season at .348 with 15 RBIs in 12 games.

Career minor leaguer Cecil Dunn, playing for Alexandria (Evangeline League), clouts five home runs, a single and drives in 12 runs as the visiting Aces beat Lake Charles, 28–5. Alexandria beat them on April 19th at Lake Charles, 27-17. Lake Charles had an 11-run 7th, while seven Alexandria hitters had 3 or more hits.

The first professional baseball game in Japan is played. Nagoya defeats Daitokyo by a score of 8–5.

30th  The hits keep coming for Detroit. Tigers player/manager Mickey Cochrane is hit on the right instep by a foul tip. Like yesterday, it is Jake Powell doing the damage. Powell adds insult by driving in the winning run in the 9th of Washington’s 8–7 victory over the Tigers. Jack Burns, whom the Tigers acquired from the Browns to fill in at 1B, has a hit and RBI.

After cups of coffee the last four years with the Pirates, Bill Brubaker makes his first appearance in ’36 and hits a 3-run homer to help the Pirates down the visiting Phillies. Bill will drive in 102 runs this year, nearly half his career total, while leading the NL in strikeouts with 96. He’ll also lead third sackers in errors.

The A’s outslug the Browns, 12–8, behind George Puccinelli’s four hits. Bill Dietrich chops down Sugar Cain for the win. Browns manager Hornsby announces that he is swapping 1B Jack Burns to the Tigers for lefty Chief Hogsett and cash. Burns will take over for the injured Greenberg and hit .283.

MAY

2nd The Cleveland Indians leave Boston tonight for Washington under a medical injunction to take precautions against contagion from the spinal meningitis afflicting right fielder Bruce Campbell. The Indians, 7–3 winner today over Boston, will be allowed to play the Senators tomorrow, but every player is told to isolate himself from family and children for three weeks.

Bucky Walters, infielder turned pitcher, holds the Reds to 7 hits in 7 2/3 inning, and bats in the winning run to give the Phils a 4–3 win. Philadelphia scores all its runs in the 6th when they drive Al Hollingsworth, Cincy’s leading pitcher, from the mound.

Toronto (IL) pitcher Leroy Herrmann pitches a 10-inning 1-0 no-hit no-run game against Newark. The effort will earn him a recall to the Cincinnati Reds.

3rd  Playing LF, Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has 3 hits, one a triple, as New York routs St. Louis 14–5. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Gehrig and Ben Chapman each collect 4 hits and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room, the Yankees waive OF Dixie Walker, hitting .350, to the White Sox.

5th The Braves Danny MacFayden bests Paul Dean, 1–0, to knock the Cards out of 1st place. MacFayden allows 3 hits.

6th Jimmie Foxx hits his 7th and 8th homers of the season as Wes Ferrell beats the St. Louis Browns, 9–6, to keep the Red Sox in first place.

9th Joe Medwick has a homer and 5 RBIs and Johnny Mize crashes a pair of homers as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 11-9, at Wrigley. Frank Demaree has his third 3-hit game in a row for Chicago and has now collected 36 hits in his first 20 games of the season. No Cub will top it this century. Billy Herman has one hit and has 35 for the first 20 games, a mark that will be equaled by Starlin Castro in 2011.

10th  Joe Sullivan, Detroit pitcher, weakens after 12 innings of scoreless relief and Cleveland edges Detroit 9–7. Sullivan takes over for Auker in the 2nd and is splendid before losing in the 15th. Tribe second baseman makes a ML record 14 putouts in the game (as noted by Trent McCotter and Lyle Spatz).

By beating the A’s, 7–2, at home the Yankees move into first place and will remain there the rest of the season. Rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut and hits his first home run, off George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits and two RBIs and Johnny Murphy, in his first start of the season, picks up the win. Gehrig has no 5-hit games in his career.

In Washington, the Senators top the A’s and Lefty Grove, 4–0. Grove had come into the game having allowed just one earned run in his previous 48 innings.

11th Mel Ott drives in 8 runs, including a 3-run HR with two out in the 9th inning, to give the Giants a 13–12 win over the Phillies.

12th  After the Dodgers beat Dizzy Dean, 5–2, at Ebbets Field, Cardinal captain Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel agree to meet under the stands and the Dodger manager gets a cut lip in a brief fight. The fight was the result of much bickering about calls during the game and some pre-game bantering.

Before a crowd of 700 fans, the Browns snap a 13-game losing streak by beating the Yankees, 7–0. Journeyman reliever Al “Tommy” Thomas, signed as a free agent, makes his first start of the year to beat the AL leaders. St. Louis gets all its runs in the first two innings off Pat Malone.

Ground crew notches save. At Comiskey Park, a shower with 2 outs in the 3rd inning delays the game 10 minutes. The grounds crew covers the mound and the batters’ boxes for the duration. Then with the sun shining, they attempt to make the field “playable” by taking rakes and shovels to the first and third-base lines and end up rendering the field unplayable. The umpires have no recourse but to call the game, taking Ted Lyons, with a 3-0 deficit, off the hook.

14th Joe DiMaggio bangs three doubles and single to pace the visiting Yankees to a 6–1 win over the Browns. DiMag will end the season with a .323 batting average, and a .352 OBA, still below the league OBA average of .363. The Browns shut out the Yanks yesterday to break their 13-game losing streak.

15th Washington’s Bobo Newsom strikes out 11 former teammates to hand the Browns their 23rd loss in their last 27 games. The Nats win, 10–5, behind a 17-hit attack. Les Tietja is the loser without retiring a batter.

16th  The Cubs young Phil Cavarretta poles a grand slam in the 8th inning off Bucky Walters to power the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Phillies. The Phils argue to no avail that Cav’s homer is foul.

Pittsburgh P Waite Hoyt has an emergency appendectomy.

17th  Thanks to a big first inning the Browns are able to hold on and beat the Athletics, 8–5, their 2nd victory in 19 games. Buck Ross walks 4 of the 1st 5 Brownie batters and is lifted. Jim Bottomley then clears the bases with a triple. Moose Solter hits a HR in the 7th to break a 5–5 tie.

20th  The Giants take first place from the Cardinals, defeating them at the Polo Grounds 10–7. Tomorrow Paul Dean will pitch the Cards back on top, as the NL lead seesaws.

Veteran Fred Lindstrom, who abruptly quit the Dodgers and returned home to Chicago, says he may return to play for Brooklyn next year if he’s feeling good. He doesn’t.

21st  The Phillies reacquire “The Clouting Kraut” Chuck Klein, from the Cubs, along with P Fabian Kowalik and a reported $50,000, for P Curt Davis and OF Ethan Allen. Klein is hitting .294 this year for the Cubs.

22nd Phils pitcher Bucky Walters shuts out the Dodgers, 15–0. Fred Fitzsimmons, routed before getting an out, is the loser. The big blow in the 7-run 1st inning is a grand slam by Pinky Whitney.

Collecting 17 hits, including 8 doubles, the Cards overwhelm the Pirates, 11–4. Dizzy Dean breezes to his 6th win and the Cards increase their lead to 1 ½ games. Pepper Martin scores in his 13th consecutive game, but will go runless tomorrow.

23rd  At Crosley Field, Following a single by Lee Handley, and two pinch hitters reaching base, Sammy Byrd hits a pinch ultimate grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds a 4–3 win over Pittsburgh. Bucs starter Bob Swift loads the bases and reliever Cy Blanton serves up just one pitch to Byrd who lets it fly. Byrd will hit one more homer this year and then retire next March 10 to play professional golf. The three pinch hitters scoring ties the NL record.

Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs, 2 in the nitecap, good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics, 12-6 and 15–1. The crowd of 24,240, one of the largest in several seasons, pelts the field with cushions, bottles and other articles, making play difficult. Dickey, Chapman, Rolfe, and Crosetti also homer for NY.

24th  Yankees 2B Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams, a third HR, and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25–2 slaughter of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. DiMaggio has three hits, including a homer, and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another ML record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub, Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.

The Giants whip the Phillies, 13–5 as Sam Leslie goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle for New York.

26th  In Boston’s 5–4 win at Fenway over the Yankees, New York C Bill Dickey suffers a contusion of the left kidney, which will send him to the hospital.

27th  Carl Hubbell beats the Dodgers 5–4 in 12 innings for his 6th win, as the Giants tie the Cardinals for first place.

Cleveland OF Bruce Campbell is released from the hospital after a 3rd attack of spinal meningitis. Cleveland wins today, 12–2, over the Browns with Billy Sullivan collecting 5 safeties and Hal Trosky hitting his 10th HR, a triple, and single.

28th At Wrigley, Reds pitcher Al Hollingsworth stakes himself to a 4–0 lead by belting a grand slam off Chicago’s Lon Warneke in the top of the 2nd. He then surrenders 7 runs in the bottom of the frame and eventually loses, 11–5. Johnson, Stine, and English get tossed after a bench-clearing brawl erupts in the 3rd. The Cubs won two days ago by scoring 7 runs in the 3rd.

Goose Goslin gives Detroit the lead with an 8th-inning grand slam, but the White Sox score 4 in the top of the 9th to win, 6-5.

The Indians ride Odell Hale’s 7th inning grand slam to a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns.

29th In the 2nd 15–0 shutout in a week, New York’s Al Smith is the beneficiary of the hitting as he closes down the Braves. Smith will toss 4 shutouts this year, tops in the NL. Smith gives up a Texas Leaguer by Hal Lee in the 8th and a ground single in the 9th.

On tour in the US, Japan’s Waseda University nine loses to the University of Chicago, 18–16, as the 2 teams combine for 34 hits and 17 errors. Waseda scores 9 in the top of the 9th and Chicago answers with 5. Waseda will win tomorrow’s rematch, 10–5, as pitcher Wakahara allows 10 hits but strikes out 17.

30th At Yankee Stadium, a crowd of 71,000 watch the Bronx Bombers sweep the Nats, 7–1, and 6–1. DiMaggio has 3 doubles in the nitecap in support of Red Ruffing’s 2 hitter.

31st  Stu Martin’s 4th hit of the game, a single in the 12th inning, drives in the winning run as the Cards beat the Reds, 8–7. Dizzy Dean ‘scatters’ 19 hits, including 5 by Lew Riggs, in winning his 9th.

In a 5-run rally in the 9th at Detroit, Rogers Hornsby’s pinch single drives in the winner and gives the Browns an 11-10 win over the Tigers. It’s the first of 2 games that Rajah will play in this year. Starting pitcher Chief Hogsett, making his first appearance with the last-place Browns, hits 4 Detroit batters to tie the ML record.

The Cards sell Wild Bill Hallahan to the Reds.

JUNE

1st At West Point, the New York Yankees easily subdue the cadets, 6–2. Lefty Gomez pitches the first 3 innings and allows 2 runs.

2nd In the first of 8 night games this season at Crosley Field, the host Reds take an 8–2 lead into the 9th, but the Phillies score 6 times to tie, before losing, 8–7. Ival Goodman’s HR in the bottom of the 9th is the difference.

4th The Tigers score 10 runs in the 3rd and 6 in the 5th en route to a 18–9 thrashing of the A’s. Philadelphia scores 6 in the 9th but still comes up a bit short. Mickey Cochrane belts an inside-the-park grand slam in the 3rd and collapses after running it out and is replaced. Manager Cochrane will not be in the lineup as a player until July 15. Eldon Auker goes the distance for Detroit and might have had a shutout except for 4 errors. The A’s misplay 6.

Coming in as a reliever, Cards pitcher Paul Dean loses for first time to the Dodgers. The final is 4–3.

5th  Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,700th consecutive game, as the Yankees beat Cleveland, 4–3.

6th  Stu Martin, Cardinals rookie 2B, has his 17-game hitting streak stopped but ties the ML mark with 11 assists in the first game 4–3 loss of a St. Louis-New York doubleheader. Lefty Al Smith wins the nitecap, 7–0, as rain stops the match after 7 innings. The Cards lead is reduced to 2 games.

7th  George Selkirk’s HR in the 16th gives the Yankees Red Ruffing a 5–4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits, including a HR. Both starters finished the game but neither record a strikeout, an American League record.

Mike Kreevich belts a 6th inning grand slam as the White Sox snap a 5-5 tie with the host Red Sox. Chicago rolls to a 13-5 win.

8th Behind Larry French, the Cubs win 3-0 at Wrigley Field over the Phillies. During the game, Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw rushes from the dugout to aid a woman hit by a foul ball only to discover that the injured woman is his wife. She is not badly hurt (as noted by John Snyder).

9th Browns manager Rogers Hornsby makes 2nd and last appearance of the season as he replaces the injured Jim Bottomley at 1B. The Browns beat the league-leading Yankees, 5–3, when The Rajah draws a walk to force in the winning run and Beau Bell follows with another walk.

Playing outfield for the first time in his career, Johnny Mize belts a first inning grand slam, off John Lanning, as the Cards beat the visiting Braves, 7-5. Mize will soon return to first base.

10th The Pirates hand the visiting Dodgers a 6–3 defeat, the 7th loss in a row for Brooklyn. Though he hasn’t pitched since a pounding in Chicago on June 5, Van Lingle Mungo jumps the team in Pittsburgh, complaining of poor support and demanding to be traded.

12th Ken O’Dea and Ethan Allen furnish bases-loaded triples as the Cubs roll over the visiting Braves, 17-1. It is Chicago’s 9th victory in a row.

13th After a 2 day absence, Van Mungo rejoins the Dodgers in Cincinnati and pitches the final 3 innings of the 2nd game of a doubleheader, preserving a 2–1 win for Fred Frankhouse. The Reds win the 13-inning opener, 6–5.

14th  The Yankees trade All Star centerfielder Ben Chapman, who briefly was a spring holdout, to the Senators for OF Jake Powell. Powell hit .312 with 98 RBIs in 1935, and will take over in CF, with DiMaggio moving from LF to RF.

Hal Schumacher allows 5 hits in stopping the Pirates, 8–0. Pirates 1B Gus Suhr completes a string of 70 consecutive errorless games for a NL record. He’ll drop one tomorrow against the Dodgers.

At Shibe Park, Bob Johnson hits a grand slam in the first inning and the A’s hang on for an 8-6 win over Cleveland.

Behind Lon Warneke, the Cubs beat the Braves, 3-1, for their 11th consecutive win.

16th Jimmie Foxx hits a pair of homers, including a towering shot, off Sugar Cain that clears the left field roof of Comiskey Park and travels a block before dropping into 35th street. It’s his second homer in the same area, and his 4th on the roof this year. This one travels an estimated 600 feet, and Foxx will later say this is the longest home run he ever hit. But Cain limits the Red Sox to 8 hits and beats Lefty Grove, 4–2.

At Detroit, Carl Reynolds wallops a pinch homer in the 10th inning with 2 men on and Washington holds on to beat the Tigers, 9–8. The loss leaves Detroit tied for 4th with the Nats.

17th New York wins, 15–4 and 12–2, at Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins in the opener scattering 13 hits and contributing two singles and two HRs to the offense. In the nitecap, Rolfe, Gehrig, and Dickey belt 3rd inning homers to put it away. The first two blasts come off Roxie Lawson while Vic Sorrell serves up Dickey’s. Monte Pearson is the winner in the nitecap, and he matches Ruffing by also collecting 4 hits, while driving in 4 runs, probably the only time where winning pitchers in a doubleheader each collected four hits.

Roy Henshaw is driven from box, the first Cubs pitcher to not finish a game in 13 matches. But the Cubs win their 13th straight, beating the Phillies, 5–3.

18th  Washington’s Buck Newsom pitches a complete game win over Detroit, 12–4, although he allows 10 hits and walks 11. His teammates help with a triple play in the 2nd inning—Washington’s first in the 20th century—and they score 7 runs in the seventh.

Bob Smith, the 37-year-old coach for the Boston Bees, makes his first pitching start of the year and shuts out the first-place Cardinals, 4-0. At one point, Smith retires 25 men in a row.

19th  Joe McCarthy is named to manage the AL All-Stars, rather than the high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown.

20th At Brooklyn, the Cubs Ken O’Dea breaks a 4–4 tie with a 9th inning pinch single and Chicago wins, 6–4, extending its winning streak to 14 games. The lowly Dodgers knock starter Bill Lee out in the 2nd, but relievers Larry French and Charley Root are effective in holding the hosts in check.

In Chicago, Bob Johnson’s 9th homer of the year breaks up a pitching duel between Harry Kelley and Sugar Cain, as the A’s win over the Sox, 2–1. Each pitcher allows four hits.

At Detroit, Tommy Bridges gives up 5 hits and strikes out 11 in shutting out the Yankees, 5–0. The Tiger ace stops Lou Gehrig’s hitting streak at 18 games.

21st  At Brooklyn, the visiting Cubs take the opener, 7–2, behind Curt Davis, but in the nitecap, Van Mungo stops the Cubs’ win streak at 15, by winning 6–4. Charlie Grimm socks a pinch homer in the 8th of game 2, but it’s not enough as Bill Lee takes the loss. The Cubs are now a half game behind the Cards, who lose to the Giants. The Cubs win streak will be their 2nd longest of the 20th century: last year’s 21-game skein is the longest. No team the rest of this century will have winning streaks of 14 or more games in back-to-back seasons.

In Chicago, the A’s tally 8 runs in the 7th inning to top the White Sox, 11-5. Herman Fink is the winning pitcher. Chubby Dean contributes two pinch hits in the 7th, tying an AL record.

Mickey Cochrane checks out of the hospital and goes to a Wyoming ranch to recover his health.

22nd At Ebbets Field, the Reds start the scoring with 3 runs in the 5th inning highlighted by a unique inside-the-park homer by Ival Goodman. He hits a fly ball to right field that lands atop the scoreboard and stops in a ledge (as noted by David Vincent in Home Run). The ball is still in play as Goodman circles the bases. The Reds win, 7-2.

24th Joe DiMaggio ties 3 ML records as he connects for 2 home runs in the 5th inning good for 5 ribbies and 8 total bases to lead the Yankees to an 18–11 win over the White Sox. Joe is the 5th batter to hit two homers in an inning. His first is a two-run shot off Ray Phelps and the 2nd homer is a 3-run clout off Fred Lasher. For good measure, DiMag adds 2 doubles. for a ML record tying 4 long hits. New York scores 10 times in the 5th, 9 runs scoring on homers. Jack Powell accounted for 4 runs in the inning with a grand slam and Gehrig becomes the first MLer to collect 100 hits for the year.

25th  Brooklyn’s Van Mungo ties the ML record with 7 consecutive strikeouts, but loses to the Reds 5–4 in the first of two.

All the Cub starters score as Chicago rolls by the Phillies, 17-4. Curt Davis is the winner over his previous team.

Frankie Hayes hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to give the A’s a 15-12 win over the Indians. Hayes has a record-tying four doubles in the game.

The Red Sox do all their scoring in the 2nd (12 runs) and the 5th (6 runs) to whip the Tigers, 18-3. Lefty Grove is the winner.

28th  Larry French and Bill Lee pitch the Cubs to twin shutouts 3-0 and 6-0 over the Giants and replace the Cardinals in the league lead.

In St. Louis, the Browns split a pair with the Yankees, winning the opener, 6-3, on the strength of Moose Solter’s grand slam in the 7th, off Johnny Broaca. New York takes game 2, 7-4, scoring a pair of runs in the 9th to ice it.

JULY

1st  Powel Crosley, Jr. exercises his 2-year option and buys controlling interest in the Cincinnati Reds.

Detroit collects 25 hits off 3 White Sox pitchers to win 21–7.

The Athletics send veteran pitcher Bill Dietrich to Washington for the waiver price. He’ll be there three weeks before the Senators waive him to the White Sox on July 20.

2nd  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.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Braves split a pair, with New York taking the opener, 7-6, in 10 innings. New York scores two in the 10th for the victory. Wally Berger hits a grand slam in the second game and Boston rolls to an 11-3 win.

5th In the first of two games with the A’s, Boston explodes for 11 runs in the 2nd inning to ease home 16–2. Ten of the runs come off Pete Naktenis, making his first and only start of the year. He goes 1.2 innings. Wes Ferrell is the winner while his brother Rick collects 4 hits. The Sox ease up on the nitecap to win, 8–2. The Mackmen have now lost 12 straight.

7th  The NL, having lost the first 3 All-Star Games, wins 4–3 at Boston’s National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan, Herman, Hartnett, and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints, Curt Davis is hammered by the AL, including Lou Gehrig’s HR, but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile, the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio’s loose fielding and error and Augie Galan’s HR. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for 2 late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn’t appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan, co-leaders at .348, as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.

9th The temperature is 106 in Central Park, the hottest day on record in New York as the Indians take on the Yankees at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning, but Cleveland comes back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including 5 homers, to win 11–4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the ML record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.

10th  Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hits four HRs in 5 at bats in a 10-inning game at Forbes Field. His final HR, on the first pitch in the 10th, helps beat the Pirates 9–6, and makes a winner out of Bucky Walters. Except for his three-run homer off Jim Weaver in the 1st, all of homers are solo flights. At 36, Klein is the oldest player ever to hit 4 homers in a game, and the first National Leaguer in the 20th century to do so.

The Yankees roll to an easy victory over the Indians, as Red Ruffing takes the shutout, 18–0. Lloyd Brown, the first of 3 pitchers, is the loser. Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.

Bobo Newsom pitches one-hit ball in blanking the Tigers, 5–0. The lone hit off the Washington pitcher is Jack Burns’ 3rd-inning grounder that both the first baseman and 2nd baseman go after. Second sacker Kuhel stops the ball but no one covers the bag.

11th  In the 5th inning at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals ace Dizzy Dean is hit on the left side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Giants second baseman Burgess Whitehead. Dean is knocked unconscious as the ball bounces into LF. A stretcher is brought out as Dean is not revived while on the field. X-Rays will reveal nothing. The Cards win, 9-3.

12th At Cincinnati, Phillies starter Joe Bowman gives up his first hit of the game, a lead off triple in the 9th inning to Kiki Cuyler, and then is relieved by Claude Passeau, who retires the next 3 batters. The Phils win 4–0.

13th  Bill Lee wins a 1–0 duel from Carl Hubbell, who allows just two hits, as the Cubs move into first place. It is the last game the Giants ace will lose in 1936; he will win his next 16 decisions this year and his first 8 next year.

14th Thanks to Pepper Martin’s heroics, the Cardinals stay tied for first place on the strength of an 11-7 victory over visiting Brooklyn. Martin is as hot as the 108 degree temperature, hitting a two-run homer in the 4th and a walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning. The four-run homer comes off George Jeffcoat.

Pitcher Roger Wolff, in his debut with Oklahoma City (Texas League) holds Galveston hitless and runless for 9 innings but loses on 2 hits in the 10th.

15th  At Pittsburgh, the Giants lose the opener, 5–4, when reliever Carl Hubbell walks in the winning run. With the loss the Giants are 11 games in back of the leading Cubs. New York rebounds in game 2, winning 14–4 behind Bill Terry. Terry, playing on an injured knee, collects a single, double and triple. The Giants will win 39 of their next 47 games.

Cincinnati plays the first Ladies Night game, beating Brooklyn, 5–3.

After an absence of several weeks, manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Tigers in New York, as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener, 5–1, then lose 7–4, as New York maintains its 9-game lead. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and coach Del Baker will take over on the 21st.

16th Braves C Al Lopez reaches first 3 times on errors, the 3rd player to do so, each time hitting the ball to SS Billy Jurges. It is little help though as the Cubs edge the Braves, 1–0, in 10 innings. Lon Warneke is the winner over hard luck Ben Cantwell.

The Reds move their game with the Dodgers to August 28 because of the high temperature.

17th  Carl Hubbell starts his winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6–0. The Giants hit a NL record tying 4 triples in the first inning: Joe Moore, Mel Ott, and Hank Leiber hit them in succession, and Eddie Mayo adds one later in the inning to equal the ML record.

Yankees Red Rolfe, Lou Gehrig, and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning HRs against Detroit to tie the AL record, since topped. New York rolls, 9–4, dropping the Bengals to 4th place. Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.

The Los Angeles Times reports that ML starting pitchers are completing games just half the time: in 1312 contests, just 541 have finished. 302 CG in the AL and 239 in the NL. Wes Ferrell leads with 15 CG.

18th  The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia A’s set an AL record for most runs scored by 2 teams, as the White Sox win 21–14 in the nitecap. Chicago OF Rip Radcliff ties an AL record with 6 hits (4 singles and 2 doubles) in 7 at bats in the 9-inning game. The Sox also won the opener, 7–4.

19th  After winning their 9th straight, 11–2, the Indians lose to the Senators in the nitecap, 9–6. Young Bob Feller makes his ML debut in relief pitching the 8th inning of game 2, giving up no hits, walking two, and fanning one.

Just Ducky. Joe Medwick is 7-for-7 in a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Braves. The Cards win, 8-1 and 7-2 to stay a game in back of the Cubs, who split with the Phillies.

The White Sox continue to pound the A’s pitching, winning their second straight doubleheader, 11–5 and 8–2.

20th  In an exhibition game in Pittsburgh, former Yankee Waite Hoyt stops his old teammates, 7–2. Lou Gehrig’s 6th inning homer is the first score for New York. Ted Kleinhaus is cuffed in his 8 innings. While Hoyt wins, another old pitcher loses as the Pirates hand Guy Bush his release. The Bees will sign him.

21st  Cardinals slugger Joe Medwick has 10 hits in succession to equal the NL record. He had 7 hits in his last 7 times at bat in a doubleheader on the 19th, and he hits safely in his first three today. He is finally stopped by the Giants Carl Hubbell, but he extends his hitting streak to 21 games. The Giants break a 1–1 tie on Dick Bartell’s homer in the 10th off Dizzy Dean to win, 2–1.

Mickey Cochrane has a relapse, and Del Baker again takes charge of the Tigers. Detroit takes a pair from the visiting A’s, winning 8–0 behind Tommy Bridges, and 9–8, as Schoolboy Rowe wins in relief. The Tigers score a pair in the 8th inning when, with the bases loaded, Mickey Owen hits into a double play. Goslin scores the tying run and Walker, who reaches 3B on the play, scores when 1B Chubby Dean is caught napping.

In a slugfest at Cleveland, the A’s score 3 runs in the 9th to break a tie and beat the Indians, 15-12. Wally Moses has 4 hits, including a double and homer, for the Mackmen, while Frankie Hayes also has 4 hits and 5 RBI. Billy Sullivan has 4 hits for Cleveland. Veteran George Uhle, signed in July, takes the loss, the last decision of his career, giving up 2 runs in 3+ innings. Uhle also bangs a 2-run homer and will finish his 17-year career with a .289 batting average.

At Ebbets Field, the Cubs top the Dodgers, 5-3, handing Ed Brandt his 11th straight loss to the Cubs. Brandt ties Jack Taylor (1897-1906) for the most consecutive losses to the Cubs.

22nd In a 16–4 cakewalk over the Pirates, Phillies OF Johnny Moore hits 3 straight homers.

23rd  The White Sox edge the Nationals, 7–6, for their 17th win in 21 games. Vern Kennedy wins his 9th straight when he drives home the winner with an 8th-inning double against Bobo Newsom. Luke Appling is 2-for-4 to keep his Al-leading batting average at .382.

Before a paying crowd of 1,932 at Ebbets Field, Joe Stripp bangs a 9th-inning double to give the Dodgers a 6–5 win over the Cubs.

25th  In the A’s 15–12 win over the Indians, Philadelphia A’s C Frankie Hayes equals a ML record with 4 doubles, the last coming in the 9th with the bases loaded. Veteran pitcher George Uhle, recently added to the Indians roster hits a homer, but is replaced by Lloyd Brown. Reliever Harry Kelley is the winner, despite he and Carl Doyle giving up 18 hits. Doyle gives up 10 runs, the fourth A’s pitcher this month to be so generous: Buck Ross, July 1; Pete Naktanis, July 5; Gordon Rhodes, July 19). Not until the Brewers of 2010 will a team have four pitchers give up 10 runs each in a month. To add to Connie Mack’s pain, Doyle will repeat his generosity with 10 runs on July 28, the last pitcher to have two such starts in a row. Doyle will pitch another inning in September, then resurface with the Dodgers in 1939.

The Red Sox tally 20 hits to crush the Tigers, 18–3, scoring all their runs in two big innings. The Sox score 6 in the 2nd to drive Tommy Bridges from the mound, then tally 12 more in the 5th: it is the 2nd time this month that the Red Sox have score more than 10 runs in an inning. Doc Cramer has 4 Boston hits, while three others have three hits. Lefty Grove gives up 9 hits in the easy win.

The Cubs pound out 19 hits to beat the Phils, 17–4, and extend their lead over the Cardinals to three games. Curt Davis is the winner, holding his former teammates to six safeties. Three of the Philley hits come in the 9th when they score three runs on Bashore’s single and consecutive homers by Chuck Klein and Dolph Camilli. The Cubs are led by homers from Augie Galan and Ethan Allen as they chase Bucky Walters with 4 runs in the 3rd, and add another 9 off Sy Johnson in three innings.

The Reds disagree with a statement from Yankees scout Hank DeBerry that night baseball is useless to a scout. “You can’t tell a thing about pitching at night. One might be unbeatable at night and in the afternoon be unable to get anybody out,” adding that the same applied to other players.

26th  Umpire Bill Summers is forced out the game after he hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The crowd is upset with an out call at 1B on Ray Radcliff in the 8th of the nitecap. Judge Landis, on hand to watch the game, offers a $5,000 reward over the PA system for the culprit, but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through the field amplifier. The Yanks sweep a pair from the Sox, winning 12–3 and 11–8 in 11 innings. Gehrig hits his 29th with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. DiMaggio and Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap, Gehrig adds another homer, while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home 4 runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit, a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 ½ games. Landis will state tomorrow that he is considering a ruling that all beverages be served in a paper cup.

The Tigers strand 14 runners and lose to Boston and Wes Ferrell, 10–3. The Tigers have 13 hits including Goose Goslin with 3-for-3. Jimmie Foxx hits his 28th homer of the year in Boston’s 5-run 8th, then hits another in the 9th, to pin the loss on Eldon Auker.

Before a paid attendance of 41,596 in Boston—the largest crowd in the NL since 1930—the Cards and Bees split. The Bees take the opener, 4–3, on Wally Berger’s two run homer in the 8th inning off Jess Haines. The nitecap is knotted at 2–2 in the 7th, when the Cards unload 5 runs. Joe Medwick leads off the frame with a homer, Johnny Mize doubles, and Virgil Davis homers to knock out Ben Cantwell. After two more reach base, Dizzy Dean drives them both home to ensure his 16th win of the year. Dean adds a run-scoring triple in the 3rd as well.

Bucky Walters allows just two hits in beating the Cubs, 4-0, in the first of two games. The Cubs roll in game 2, winning 18-5, as Frank Demaree has 5 hits including two homers. Auglie Galan, Stan Hack, Ethan Allen and pitcher Lon Warneke also hit homers.

The Giants score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Reds, 5–4. Helping the victory is a 4th inning triple play started when LF Hank Lieber makes a brilliant catch near the left CF wall.

27th  Under rainy conditions at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers thrill a crowd of 485 by routing Cy Blanton and beating the Pirates for the 3rd straight time, 6–3. Fred Frankhouse has only one bad inning—the 3rd in which the Bucs make all their runs on 6 hits—in winning his 6th against 8 losses. Frankhouse has 5 assists while SS Frey has none.

The A’s knock out Vern Kennedy and then break an 8–8 tie with 7 runs in the 9th to win, 15–8. Russ Evans in the loser to Harry Kelley. The A’s collect 25 hits including 5 by Lou Finney.

In an exhibition game against a semipro shoe company, Paul Dean is hammered for six hits and 4 runs in 4 innings. The Cards then rally with Flint Rhem and Pepper Martin on the mound to win, 8–5. A tearful Dean threatens to quit after the rout.

28th  In the 6th inning of a 16–6 Yankee win in Detroit, the Tiger’s Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. Right fielder DiMaggio and CF Myril Hoag, in for a slumping Powell, sprint for the ball and collide, the ball bounding by for an inside-the-park homer. Both players are knocked unconscious but appear unhurt: Dimag stays in though Hoag is replaced. He’ll play tomorrow and collect a single, then collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a brain clot. Hoag will be operated on successfully at Harper Hospital and will be out the rest of the season, but he’ll return to play six more years. New York wins the game on 20 hits, scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings, and three apiece in the 4th and 5th. Lou Gehrig scores 5 runs and has two doubles, single and number 31 with two aboard to pace the visitors. Tommy Bridges is the loser while Johnny Murphy, who relieves Monte Pearson in the 4th, is credited with the win. Selkirk adds a homer for the Yankees, who have now hit 122.

Earl Averill raps his 18th and 19th homers of the year, off Earl Whitehill, as Cleveland beats the Senators, 6–4. Lloyd Brown is the winner, allowing 11 hits. Hal Trosky extends his hitting streak to 22 games, while Cleveland’s Roy Weatherly sets an AL rookie record by hitting in his 20th consecutive game.

Dolph Camilli’s 9th inning homer, his second of the game, caps a 4-run rally as the Phillies top the visiting Cubs, 5–3. Reliever Larry French, who replaces Roy Henshaw in the 9th, loses after he gives up a single to Johnny Moore off the RF wall to tie, K’s Chuck Klein and serves up the dinger to Dolph.

Bill Dietrich makes his 1st start for the White Sox since being picked up on waivers and Chicago makes it easy with a 19–6 win over Philadelphia. Dietrich helps with 4 singles.

29th The football Dodgers? The Dodgers smother the Cardinals, 22-7, in the first game of a twinbill, then lose 5–4.

Athletics owner Connie Mack says the team is considering a proposal to do spring training in Mexico City next year instead of Ft. Myers, FL. They will go back to Florida.

30th  Vern Kennedy wins his 10th in a row, pitching the White Sox to a win over the A’s, 7–4. Bob Kennedy connects off Vern Kennedy for his 16th homer of the year, while Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes is handed one of his AL-high twenty losses. Hod Lisenbee, signed yesterday, is effective in relief of Rhodes.

Kiki Cuyler of the Reds has 8 straight hits—all singles—during a doubleheader split with the Phils. The Reds win the opener, 5–0, behind Bill Hallahan, then lose, 5–4 to veteran Ray Benge, making his first start for the Quakers since being acquired on waivers from the Bees.

Following a 4-3 loss to the Browns, the Boston Red Sox, led by owner Tom Yawkey and accompanied by AL President Will Harridge, fly from St. Louis to Chicago aboard one plane. Five players elect to take the train. In 1934, the Reds flew from Cincinnati to Chicago, but divided the players among two planes.

The Yankees, with Jake Powell back in CF for the injured Hoag, drop a 5–4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st, Powell will go to LF, with DiMaggio playing CF for the first time. Selkirk will return to RF. The Yanks loses today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.

At Brooklyn, the Cardinals Jim Winford tosses a 4-hitter in stopping Stengel’s men, 7–0. The Cards climb to within a game of the top as the Cubs lose. After the game, at Mama Leone’s on W 48th Street, baseball writers give a birthday dinner to Casey Stengel.

Buffalo pitcher Bill Harris tosses his 2nd no hitter in the International League, stopping Newark.

At the funeral of Charles Knapp, president of the Baltimore Orioles as well as the International League, Warren Giles is named interim league president. Giles is the president of the Rochester Red Wings. With Knapp’s death, Mrs. Jack Dunn, majority owner of the Orioles, assumes the role of team president.

31st Behind Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx, the visiting Red Sox top the White Sox, 7–3. Grove wins his 13th on 7 hits, while Double X bangs his 30th homer, a triple and double. Boston sub Moe Berg adds a triple, double, and single off Ted Lyons.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants manage just 4 hits off Chicago’s Larry French and lose, 3–1. The Terrymen’s only tally is a homer by Hank Lieber. The loss leaves the front-running Cubs a game ahead of the Cards.

Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer, the Yankees down the Indians, 11–7, at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak, and leaves the Yankees 8 ½ games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder, but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Hadley, with relief from Johnny Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win.

In Berlin, a preliminary international organization is effected, whose aim is to put baseball permanently on the Olympic program. Leslie Mann and Dinty Dennis, the manager and GM of the U.S. team here to give exhibitions, are elected chairman and secretary. Mann is assured that at least 10 teams will participate in the group, including the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Chile, China, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Canada. Mann says that baseball will be on the official program for the 1940 Olympics in Japan.

AUGUST

1st Tex Carleton of the visiting Cubs registers his 6th win of year against the Boston Bees, winning 1-0 in 11 innings.

2nd In Detroit, Washington’s Jesse Hill hits a 9th inning triple and then steals home to climax a 3-run rally in the 9th. The Senators win, 5–3. The Cards’ Don Gutteridge will duplicate Hill’s effort on September 11th against the Dodgers.

In Cleveland, the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65,000 fans to watch the Yankees and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4–4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being struck with in the jaw with a Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Lou strains his back. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests including one for pitching accuracy, won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.

After losing the opener, 9–1, at Comiskey Park, the Red Sox lead 10–1 after 4 ½ innings of game 2, only to see Chicago roar back to win 12–11 in 12 innings. This is the biggest blown lead on the road in Red Sox history. Boston chases Vern Kennedy and his 10-game win streak in the nitecap, but starter Wes Ferrell gives up 5 runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to tie. Jack Russell and Ostermueller are the losing pitchers with Clint Brown and Chelini winning.

4th  The Cardinals regain first place, beating the Cubs 6–1, and dropping them to 2nd place. Roy Parmalee will stop the Bruins tomorrow, 4–1.

5th For the 2nd day in a row, Mel Ott and Jimmy Ripple combine on homers to pace the Giants to an 8–4 win over the Bees. Ott’s HRs, his 24th and 25th of the year, account for 3 runs; his homer in the first inning is his 3rd in consecutive times at bat, having homered in his last 2 at bats yesterday. Frank Gabler earns the win today.

In a doubleheader in St. Louis, the Browns rip the White Sox, 16–4, in the opener, beating Vern Kennedy and ending his 10-game win streak. Game 2, a pitching match up of Bill Dietrich of the Sox versus Jack Knott, knots up in a 9–9 tie. Tomorrow, Knott starts the first game of a doubleheader, and Dietrich starts and wins game 2.

6th At Chicago, Johnny Mize clouts a homer in the 11th to give the Cards a 3–2 win and a sweep of their series with the Cubs. Dizzy Dean wins his 18th. The Birds now lead Chicago by 3 games.

The Reds trade P Si Johnson to the Cardinals for Bill Walker. Johnson was 46-86 in Cincinnati, the worst winning percentage in Reds history (100 decisions).

7th At Cleveland, Denny Galehouse is the winner as the Indians down the White Sox, 8-1, finishing the game with a triple play. With runners on 1st and 2B, Tony Piet lines into a 3-6-3 tri-killing.

8th  In Detroit, the Tigers take the 1st of two with the Browns by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win, 9-7. St. Louis returns the favor in game 2 by scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning to win, 10-5. Pinchhitter Ray Pepper contributes a pair of hits in the inning to tie the AL mark.

At the Olympics in Berlin, the announcement is made of the formation of the World International Baseball Federation, a 16-nation group, including Hawaii, to be headquartered in Miami.

9th  The Cubs move back into first place by taking 2 from Pittsburgh, winning 9–2 and 10–1, behind Bill Lee and Curt Davis. Meanwhile. the Cards lose a pair to Cincinnati.

The Red Sox subdue the host Senators, 8-2, as Jimmie Foxx belts a double and triple to drive in 3 runs. Fritz Ostermueller tops Bobo Newsom. Buddy Myer, last year’s batting champ, goes 0-for-4 and ends his season as he will undergo abdominal surgery.

10th  In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 31,040 in St. Louis, the undercard features Dizzy Dean and Tex Carleton. Dean, on the mound to start the game, challenges Tex to a fight over some remarks the Cubs hurler made. Just outside the RF foul line the two square off, each landing a blow to the eye. Both are thumbed out, but Cubs manager Charley Grimm oddly intervenes and persuades umpire Goetz to keep Diz in the game (noted by Gregory Wolf). Diz pitches the Cards into first place with a 7-3 decision.

It must be the name. Buddy Myer, last year’s AL batting champ, is sent home by Washington to recover from a season-long stomach ailment. Last week, Billy Myers, Reds SS and captain, was operated on for a “telescoped bowel,” and is expected to be out for the season.

11th  The Cubs move back into first place with a 6-4, 10-inning win at St. Louis, one marred by controversy. The Cubs turn a controversial DP in the 9th and the Cards protest, leading to Durocher getting tossed in the top of the 10th. Next to get thumbed are Jess Haines, Jimmy Collins and coach Clyde Wares. When the crowd floods the field at the end of the game umpire Bill Stewart is jostled and pushed by several fans, finally swinging at one. The presence of Cubs players and policemen prevent any further violence.

12th  In game 1, Boston pitcher Wes Ferrell shows his hitting skills, hits two homers off A’s veteran Hod Lisenbee. Ferrell collects all six RBIs in picking up the win, 6–4. Ferrell’s first homer comes in the 3rd with his brother Rick on base and he homers again in the 4th inning with the sacks full. The 6 RBIs ties a ML record for pitchers. The ace allows 9 hits while striking out 8. The A’s square accounts by taking the nitecap, 6–0, behind Harry Kelley’s 3-hitter.

The largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game, between 90,000 and 125,000, sees a “demonstration game” as an event of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The world amateurs beat the U.S. amateurs, 6–5. Carson Thompson pitches 4 hitless innings in relief.

13th  The Cards move back into 1st place with a 5-1 win over the Cubs behind Si Johnson’s first start as a Card. Johnson allows 14 hits, while the Birds collect just 5 of Larry French. But two of them are homers.

14th  At the Polo Grounds, the NL’s 60th anniversary is celebrated with the appearance of stars of the 1870s and a 3-inning recreated game between the ‘Knickerbockers and the Atlantics’ under the old rules. Thousands watch as a parade starts on 110th and Lenox featuring horse-drawn carriages, buses and shays. The parade continues to and inside the Polo Grounds. Oldtimers on hand include Arlie Latham, Jim Mutrie, Mickey Welch, Jocko Fields, Dick Rudolph, Otto Knabe, Hans Lobert, Charley Bassett, Jimmy Ring, Bill Coughlin, Danny Murphy and Doc Kennedy. Mutrie and Bill Terry meet at home plate and discuss the differences in the game, with Mutrie saying there was little fundamental change. Mayor LaGuardia looks on from a box decked out in bunting. Today’s game under regular rules is won by the Giants, 3–0 over the Phillies. Slick Castleman pitches his lone shutout of the year.

The home park of the Western League Omaha team burns down shortly after an exhibition game between two semi-pro teams.

15th The Yankees avenge yesterday’s loss to the lowly A’s, by trouncing them 15-2 behind the pitching of Monte Pearson. Lou Gehrig contributes a grand slam in the offense.

16th Before the largest crowd of the year (39,000) at Forbes Field, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning, 4-3 and 7-2, Jim Winford gets the start in game 1 when Dizzy Dean complains of a sore arm. But Diz recovers to pitch the second game, allowing 4 singles, to win his 20th. It is his 6th straight win over Pittsburgh this year. With the Cubs losing twice to the Reds, the Cardinals are 2 games ahead of second-place New York.

18th After losing 14 games in a row, the Phillies beat the Boston Bees, 7–0, behind Claude Passeau’s 3-hitter. Johnny Lanning takes the loss.

After winning 11 games in a row, New York’s Bump Hadley is chased in the 1st inning by Washington and loses, 9–2.

The Giants sweep a pair from the Dodgers, winning, 11–5, and 5–3. In game 2, rookie Ray Berres hits his first ML homer, off Fred Fitzsimmons, the eventual winner. Berres gets lifted for a PH his next time up. On July 28, rookie teammate Jimmy Jordan hit his first ML homer and he, too, was lifted for a PH his next time up. Babe Phelps, who did not start game 1, is 4-for-4 in game 2 for Brooklyn. He is on his way to setting a NL record for highest batting average after the All-star game, hitting .416. Phelps had a .260 BA at the All-star game break, but will finish with a .367 average in 319 at bats.

In St. Louis, Chief Hogsett starts both ends of a doubleheader for the Browns in a split with the Tigers. The Chief gets chased in the opener, but reliever Jack Knott ties up the 10–7 win for the Hornsbymen. The Tigers blow Hogsett away in game 2 to win, 15–3, behind Eldon Auker. Except for Bobo Newsom (3 times) no AL hurler will start twice in a day until Wilbur Wood, in 1973.

Babe Herman jumps the Reds and is suspended by GM Larry MacPhail. Herman contends he has not received a promised bonus of $250 twice a month for “hustling.” The Babe returns in a few days when a partial payment is made.

19th For the third time in two weeks, Mel Ott and rookie Jimmy Ripple hit back-to-back homers as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 3–2. Ott’s 27th in the 8th is deep but when Ripple ball is touched by a fan it touches off a Casey Stengel tirade that gets the perfessor tossed. The homers break up a pitching duel between Carl Hubbell and Max Butcher and leaves the Giants just a game behind the leading Cardinals.

The Cubs fall to 2 ½ in back of the Cards when they drop a 5–4 decision to the Pirates. Pittsburgh reliever Bill Swift halts a Cub rally in the 8th, then drives home the winning run in the 9th with a single off Charlie Root.

In Washington, Joe DiMaggio breaks a 2–2 tie with a two-out homer in the 5th off Jimmy DeShong and the first-place Yankees roll on to a 7–4 win. Red Ruffing pitches a complete game, while DiMag and Dickey collect three hits apiece. Stone has a homer for the Nats.

Buck Ross and Harry Kelley pitch the last-place A’s to a double victory over the Red Sox, 5–4 and 7–2. Ross wins the first in 13 innings when Frankie Hayes hits a homer off Johnny Marcum to win. In the 7th, Bill Werber’s 3-run homer breaks a 1–1 tie but the A’s rally to tie. In the nitecap, Kelley wins his 16th, scattering 11 hits to beat Fritz Ostermueller.

21st  Wes Ferrell, in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support, walks off the mound during a Yankee rally in New York and is suspended and fined $1,000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in 5 days he has walked off the mound, having done it in Boston last Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell, furious when he hears about the fine, and says he will not pay it. “They can suspend me or trade me, but they’re not getting any dough from me.” The Red Sox lift the suspension in 4 days but will trade Ferrell after the season. The Yanks win, 4–1, handing Ferrell his 14th loss of the year. Brother Rick’s homer accounts for the Boston scoring.

Babe Herman, who quit the Reds in a dispute over a bonus, rejoins the team on orders from Commissioner Landis. Herman was suspended on August 18 after his walk out, in which he contended that the bi-monthly bonus of $250 had not been paid by MacPhail. The two reach an agreement.

Mel Harder wins his 15th, allowing 12 hits in 6+ innings as the Indians down the Browns, 4-2. Beau Bell has a pair of hits for St. Louis to extend his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. Earl Averill has a hit for the Tribe as his .382 average leads the AL. Lou Gehrig has a hit today to stay a point behind at .381.

22nd  As part of league-wide celebration of the National League’s 60th anniversary, the Cubs stage a recreation of 19th century baseball before the start of the Reds-Cubs game. There is a parade and costumed performers decked out as U.S. Grant, Buffalo Bill, and the Sultan of Turkey, who attended a game in Chicago. In attendance today are Judge Landis and league presidents Ford Frick and Will Harridge. Three Finger Brown makes a few remarks and cuts a cake hiding the two teams of players, the Chicago and Cincinnati ‘old timers.’ Larry French then shuts out the current Reds, 7–0.

Washington ties an AL record when Red Kress, Joe Kuhel, and Carl Reynolds hit HRs in the 4th inning off the A’s Gordon Rhodes. Rhodes takes the loss, one of his league-leading 20 he’ll have this year. The Nats collect 20 hits in winning, 12–8, in the first of 2. The Mackmen take the nitecap, 7–6.

23rd  At Cleveland’s League Park, seventeen-year-old Bob Feller makes his first ML start and strikes out 15, one less than the AL record, as Cleveland beats St. Louis, 4–1. Feller walks four and gives up six hits in beating Earl Caldwell.

25th  The Giants come from behind to win their 13th straight, defeating Cincinnati, 6–5, and taking over first place.

The Cardinals announce that they have put Paul Dean on the voluntary retirement list. Dean has been suffering from a sore arm. To replace him, the Cards call up Cotton Pippen from Sacramento.

The Cards drop 2 games to the visiting Boston Bees to drop out of 1st place. Recently called up Si Johnson is the loser in both games. In the opener, Boston scores 11 times in the opening inning, pounding Card pitchers Johnson and Ed Heusser for 7 doubles (2 apiece by Moore, Cuccinello, and Jordan) to break a 53-year-old ML record (tied on June 9, 1934). All told the Bees collect 10 doubles—3 each by Bunny Warstler and Terry Moore. Moore and Buck Jordan each have 5 hits and 5 RBIs as Boston racks up 25 hits in game 1. The Bees win 20–3 and 5–4. John Mize goes hitless in game 1 to end his hit streak at 22 games.

26th In the 5th inning at Pittsburgh, Brooklyn rookie Eddie Wilson is struck in the head by a fastball from Mace Brown and suffers a skull fracture ending his season. Wilson, hitting .347, will play just 36 more major league games. The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 5th inning to win, 10–3.

27th The Pirates beat the Dodgers, 6–3. Losing pitcher Van Lingle Mungo is so incensed by the four errors the Dodgers make that he leaves the team and returns to Brooklyn. Dodger president Steve McKeever calms the pitcher down and he rejoins the team.

The A’s top the White Sox, 5-2, as 18-year-old Randy Gumpert wrings the Sox on 2 hits and no earned runs for his first ML victory. He’ll have to wait ten years to record his second win.

28th  The first-place Giants win their 15th in a row, their longest win streak since 1916, beating Pittsburgh 7–2 with 6 runs in the 14th inning. First base coach Bill Terry inserted himself as a pinch hitter and delivers a bases-loaded single past Floyd Young to break the 1–1 tie in the 14th. Fred Fitzsimmons goes 13 innings for the Giants before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 14th. Waite Hoyt, the Brooklyn mortician, is his equal, scattering 12 hits in 13 innings before exiting for Birkover. The Giants streak will be stopped tomorrow by Red Lucas.

The Cubs win their 6th in a row, beating the Bees 18–3, and taking undisputed hold on 2nd place. Frank Demaree, with a homer, triple and three singles paces a 21-hit assault. Tex Carleton wins his 12th (and 7th against Boston) and caps the first inning with a three-run homer. The Cubs score in every inning but the 7th while the Bees scoring comes on homers by Al Lopez and Baxter Jordan.

The Cards drop their 6th straight when the Phils Bucky Walters stops them 8–0 on six hits. Rookie Cotton Pippen, making his first start for St. Louis, is effective till the 6th when the Phils comb him for two runs. Chuck Klein homer in the 7th adds two more, and Jess Haines gives up three more in the 9th. Phils catcher Earl Grace sandwiches a double in between four intentional walks.

In the 2nd game at the Stadium, New York pitcher Johnny Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats, collects 5 RBIs, and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit scores 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York wins, 19–4 in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener, 14–5 behind Red Ruffing, as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits, and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph’s 5 hits until 1964, when Mel Stottlemyre cards five.

30th The Giants sweep the Cubs in Chicago, winning the opener 6–1 behind Carl Hubbell’s 20th win of the season and his 10th in a row. Dick Coffman wins the nightcap, 8–6, in relief. Mel Ott has 7 hits in the 2 games. New York now leads by 4 games. The Cards move ahead of the Cubs into 2nd place by splitting with the Dodgers, Diz Dean wins his 22nd.

31st  Yankees manager Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who is spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield. Recently acquired Bob Seeds poles 2 homers, and DiMaggio adds another, as the Yanks win, 5–1. Johnny Broaca wins his 11th, scattering 4 hits.

SEPTEMBER

1st Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe fires his second two-hit game in 8 days, beating the A’s, 4–1. Rowe beat the Red Sox on August 25 by a 5–0 score. Philadelphia is saved from a shutout when Bob Johnson blasts his 22nd home run in the 9th inning. All of Detroit’s runs come in a hitless 4th when they use 5 walks, a fielder’s choice and error.

It is a wet afternoon in St. Louis for the Mound City celebration of the 60th anniversary of the NL. The 1876 recreated game starts at 2:30 with NL publicity head Bill Brandt playing tall-hatted umpire who is shot dead after calling a runner out at home. Following is a 2½ inning match between the 1926 Cards and the current team. Pete Alexander gives up an unearned run in the 1st for the ’26 team, and Vic Keen pitches the 2nd. George Earnshaw K’s 4 of the 1926 team, but does give up a double to Watty Holm in the 1st. The 1936 Cards win, 1–0. The regular game between the Giants and Cards is washed out after 4 innings.

2nd Johnny Allen holds the Yankees to 3 hits as the Indians beat New York, 4–3, in 10 innings. Earl Averill hits a triple and scores in the 8th to tie it up, then homers in the 10th to win.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals edge the Giants, 4-3, to move 3 games behind the leaders. Because of the importance of the games in St. Louis, Ford Frick assigns 4 umpires to the series.

George Tkach, a player for Superior (Northern League) dies from injuries sustained when he was hit by a pitch in a game on August 27.

3rd Carl Hubbell out duels Dizzy Dean to post his 21st win, 2–1, the same score as when the last two matched up on July 21st. It’s King Carl’s 11th straight win as the Giants pull even in the series.

At Wrigley, Frenchy Bordogaray singles in a run in the 10th as Van Lingo Mungo outduels Bill Lee for a 1-0 Dodger win over the Cubs. Brooklyn can thank Chicago’s finest for saving a run in the 1st. A policeman sitting in the Cubs bullpen is alerted to a Phil Cavarretta line drive in his direction and makes a perfect stop on the ball and then flips it to RF Randy Moore who makes no attempt to catch Cavarretta who reaches 3B. The umps send him back to 1st and the Cubs don’t score. Bill Lee allows just 4 hits in the loss, 3 to Bordogaray.

5th Boston tops the Yankees, 3–2 in the first game, and then comes back to tie the 2nd, 7–7, in a game called because of darkness. The Red Sox are helped in the nitecap by a triple play and 2 errors apiece by Joe DiMaggio and Bill Dickey.

6th In New York, Boston Bees pinch hitter Rupert Thompson slugs a 9th inning 3-run homer to beat the Giants, 3–2, the 3rd loss to Boston in 2 days for the Giants. Boston also purchases P Fabian Kowalik from the Phils. Meanwhile, the Reds are sweeping a pair from the Cardinals, who drop 3 games back.

At Fenway, the Yankees lose a pair to the Red Sox, 14–5 and 4–2. Tony Lazzeri’s homer in game 2, a club record 160th, deprives Lefty Grove of a shutout. In game 1, Wes Ferrell coasts to a win, allowing 14 hits and occasionally lobbing the ball to the plate. Jimmie Foxx’s 37th homer starts the scoring.

The Senators sweep a pair from the visiting A’s winning 7–1 and 7–5. Hod Lisenbee finishes both games for the A’s, taking the loss in the 2nd game in relief of rookie Stu Flythe. Flythe allows no runs in 1 1/3 innings but does wing a wild pitch in this his last ML appearance. In just 39.1 innings he manages to throw 16 wild pitches to lead the AL.

7th  At Boston, Brooklyn’s Van Lingle Mungo strikes out 14, an NL-season high, but the Bees rap 8 hits for a 4–1 win. In the opener of the doubleheader, the Dodgers win 2–1.

The first-place Giants sweep a pair from the host Phils, winning 6–2 and 14–11. In game 1 Carl Hubbell wins his 22nd as Mel Ott hits his 29th homer. In game 2, Ott adds his 30th homer as the two teams combine for 33 hits.

The Reds sweep a duo from the visiting Cubs, winning 8-4, as Paul Derringer evens his record at 17-17, and 6-2. When Billy Jurges comes to bat in the 3rd inning of game 2, Reds C Gilly Campbell throws down his chest protector and takes a swing at him. Jurges retaliates and both players get tossed. It is the third time this season the two players have fought, the last time being August 24th at second base.

Pittsburgh dents the Cardinals pennant hopes, winning 4–1 and 14–1. Dizzy Dean takes the loss in game 1 after beating Pittsburgh six times this year. Gus Suhr and Paul Waner each have two doubles and a triple in the 2nd-game blowout. Mace Brown is the easy winner.

Sonny Dunlap, an All-American girls A.A.U. basketball player for the Tulsa Stenos, is in RF for the Fayetteville Bears in a 5–1 win over Cassville (Class D Arkansas-Missouri League). It is Fayetteville’s 2nd to last game of the year. Ms. Dunlap, a local girl, goes hitless in 3 trips but hits the ball hard. She is the first woman to play an entire game, and represents the 2nd to play in the minors. She’ll make another appearance for Fayetteville on August 8 of next year, when she plays second base and goes 1–for-2.

9th  The Yankees sweep the Indians 11–3 and 12–9 to clinch the pennant on the earliest date ever. Lou Gehrig smashes a grand slam as does Cleveland’s Bill Knickerbocker. Gehrig will hit a career high 49 homers this year, 14 against Cleveland, including six in 11 games at home. The Yanks will finish in front by 19 ½ games over the Tigers, the biggest margin in the team’s history.

In a see saw battle the Dodgers edge the visiting Pirates, 8-7. Pittsburgh scores 4 in the 9th to take the lead and Da Bums score 3 for the victory. Hot=hitting Babe Phelps drives in the winning run with a single after hitting his fifth homer of the year in the 8th. His five homers will lead the Dodgers.

10th With his Cards trailing, 2–1, going into the 9th at Boston, manager Frankie Frisch hits a pinch single to start the inning, Spud Davis drives the pinch runner home with a pinch double. Mike Ryba, running for Davis, scores the winning run, and catches the 9th as Dizzy Dean retires the side. For the slow-footed Davis, it is his 26th double of the year, 2 more doubles than runs scored. With 32 doubles and 30 runs scored in 1931, Davis is the only player with more than 100+ games to have more doubles than runs scored. The only other player with fewer runs than two baggers will be Rusty Staub, in his pinch hitting days with the Mets: he racks up 6 doubles and 5 runs in 1983.

11th  Hod Lisenbee of the Philadelphia A’s ties a ML record for hits allowed, giving up 26 in a 17–2 rout by Chicago. The 37-year-old goes all 8 innings at Comiskey as Monte Stratton coasts to the win. Chicago is paced by the trio of Mike Kreevich, Zeke Bonura, and Luke Appling, with five hits apiece, tying the AL record and the Pale Hose tie another AL record with 4 players notching 4+ hits. The 4-with-4 record was set on September 29, 1928 by Detroit. Rip Radcliff has 4 hits and 4 runs and Jackie Hayes collects 3 hits. Les “Plymouth” Rock takes over for Bonura at 1B and grounds into a DP in his only ML plate appearance. He does drive in a run, however: the RBI credit will be changed in 1939 so that a double play is excluded.

The Yankees win at Detroit, 14–4, using a 9-run 8th inning to bust it open. Pat Malone is the winner, helping himself with 2 hits and 4 RBI.

12th  Kid Elberfeld pinch-hits at age 61 for his Fulton (Kitty League) team and grounds out to third base.

13th  Bob Feller, still only 17, breaks the AL record and ties the ML mark with 17 strikeouts, defeating the A’s 5–2. Feller gives up two hits and walks two. Randy Gumpert, just 18, takes the loss. Cleveland also takes game 2 winning, 5–4.

The Cardinals and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds before 64,417, the largest crowd in the 60-year history of the NL. It is estimated that 50,000 fans are turned away, the gates having been closed 3 hours before the start of the twinbill. Bill Terry’s league leaders take the opener, 8–4, then lose the nitecap, 4–3 to stay 3 ½ games ahead of St. Louis. In the lid lifter, Dick Bartell cracks a 2-run homer in the 1st and Mel Ott follows with his 36th homer, then adds his 37th. In the nitecap, Dizzy Dean makes his 3rd appearance in 2 days to save the win for Roy Parmalee. Diz threw a complete game and relieved in game 2 at Brooklyn yesterday.

At St. Louis, the Yankees bomb the Browns with 8 homers, winning 10–7 and 13–1. DiMaggio hits 3 homers, Gehrig and Powell 2 apiece. For DiMaggio, his homer in game 2 is his 29th of the season, a Yankee rookie record that will hold until Aaron Judge breaks it in 2017. The Yanks have now hit 175, topping the AL record of 173 roundtrippers set by the 1932 A’s. Brownie first sacker Jim Bottomley makes his 8th unassisted double play of the season, to set the AL record. He set the NL record (tied in 1934 by Gus Suhr and broken by Bill White, in 1961) with 7 unassisted double plays while playing for the Cardinals in 1924.

14th  King Carl Hubbell pitches five innings of relief to stop the Cards, 7–5 for his 24th victory. In winning his 14th straight, Hubbell puts the Giants 4 ½ games ahead of St. Louis with 13 to play. The Giants score 6 runs in the 3rd off Walker, then add a 7th off Ed Heusser in the 6th before Dizzy Dean, making his 4th appearance in five games, comes on. Heusser has the only homer in the game, hitting his first in the majors off Hubbell in the 6th. It’s not his only hit as he and Joe Medwick swing at each other after Heusser accuses Ducky of not hustling on a single by Bartell. One account has Medwick knocking down Heusser, but by all accounts Heusser hits Medwick on the chin.

Pittsburgh’s Paul Waner ties Rogers Hornsby’s modern NL record, reaching 200 hits for the 7th time as the Bucs sweep the Phils 11–4 and 6–5 in 10 innings. Big Poison gets his 200th in the first game and has 5 hits for the afternoon. Dolph Camilli (26th) and Al Todd (3rd) homer in the opener while Chuck Klein hits his 24th in the nitecap. Bill Swift and Red Lucas pitch CG wins.

Van Lingle Mungo holds the Cubs to five hits and the Dodgers score a run in the 9th with 2 outs to derail the Cubs, 2–1. Babe Phelps’ hit with the sacks full is the winner. Mungo strikes out 4 to increase his lead high 221 strikeouts. He also sends Cavarretta to the hospital after plunking the Cubs first sacker on the elbow.

Tommy Bridges stops the Red Sox, 1–0, to win his 21st game of the year. Jack Wilson holds the Tigers to five hits but gives up a game-winning double to sub Salty Parker in 4th. Salty is playing in place of Bill Rogell, suspended for three days for brawling with Rick Ferrell two days ago. Ferrell also got three days off.

15th  Johnny Allen wins his 20th for Cleveland, though he is forced to leave the game with a back injury, after hurling 5 innings of no-hit ball. Oral Hildebrand finishes for him as Cleveland rolls over Boston, 13–2. Hal Trosky has his 39th and 40th homers, plus a single and double to pace the Tribe.

16th The Cubs sweep a pair from the lowly Bees, winning 3–2 and 4–2. Tex Carleton, working on 2 days rest, beats Boston in the opener for the 8th time this year, a 20th century NL record.

17th At Ebbets Field, Hank Leiber clubs a grand slam in the Giants seven-run 4th as New York rolls to a 17-3 win over the Dodgers.

18th  Larry MacPhail abruptly quits as the Reds GM. He will be replaced tomorrow by Warren Giles, head of the Rochester Red Wings and prexy of the International League.

19th At Philadelphia, Red Sox ace Wes Ferrell stops the A’s, 5–1, for his 20th win. It’s the 6th time that Ferrell has won 20 games in a year, the only major leaguer to do that and not make the Hall of Fame.

Wish that guy played for us. At Chicago, Ripper Collins hits a pinch grand slam off Curt Davis in the six-run 7th as the Cards come from behind to trip the host Cubs, 9-6. St. Louis takes over second place from Chicago, as both trail the Giants.

21st At Wrigley, the Cardinals push across a run in the 9th and then hang on to beat the Cubs, 5-4. With one out and two men on in the 9th, Dizzy Dean records two outs to preserve the win. It is Dizzy’s 11th NL-high 11th save to go along with his league leading 28 complete games. Dean is the last pitcher this century to record 10 saves and 10 complete games in a season.

22nd Detroit batters tee off against the Browns, as Eldon Auker wins the first game 12–0, then Tommy Bridges coasts to a 14–0 win in the nitecap, his 23rd victory of the year. The 26 runs in a doubleheader shutout is a ML mark. Al Simmons drives in 5 runs in game 1 and Pete Fox matches in game 2.

23rd  Pitching in the 10th straight Giants’ game, Carl Hubbell notches his 16th consecutive victory, his 26th of the year. King Carl beats the Phils, 5-4. He resumes the streak next year to reach a record 24 wins in a row.

The Indians score 11 in the 7th and Hal Trosky hits his 30th homer at home–42 for the year–o lead Cleveland to a 17–2 win in the opener with the White Sox. Trosky finishes with 36 walks, the first major leaguer with 40 or more homers and fewer than 40 passes. In the nitecap, an 8-3 Sox win, Luke Appling has four hits, including a homer, to sew up the AL batting title. Runner-up Earl Averill is held hitless. Appling will coast to a 10-point margin at .388.

24th  The Giants clinch the pennant, winning, 2–1, in the 10th of the opening game of a doubleheader with the Boston Bees. Pitcher Hal Schumacher singles in the winning run. They drop the second game, 4-0, as Johnny McCarthy has 4 of their 6 hits off Bill Weir.

The second-place Cards sweep a pair from the visiting Reds, winning 5-4 in 12 innings and 2-0 in 6 innings. Dizzy Dean wins his 24th in game 2. Spud Davis hits a double in game 1. No one ever had more doubles than runs in a season with 500+ ABs, but Davis in 112 games has 26 doubles and 24 runs, the second time he’s done that: he had 32 doubles and 30 runs in 1931. Rusty Staub, in his pinch hitting days with the Mets, will have 6 doubles and 5 runs in 1983 in 100+ games.

25th  Joe Medwick sets a still-standing NL record with his 64th double in the Cards 3–2 loss to the Reds.

The first-place Giants edge the Boston Bees, 3-2. pinning the loss on starter Art Doll with an 8th inning homer by Johnny McCarthy. Doll, making his debut on the mound, caught last year for Boston in three games, the only major leaguer this century to start his career as a catcher and switch to pitcher the next year.

Tokyo’s ace Eiji Sawamura throws the first no-hitter in Japanese professional baseball. He will toss another next May.

26th  In Chicago, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Browns, winning 5-3 and 8-6 in 7 innings. Ted Lyons is the victor in game 1 and Monty Stratton the winner in game 2. Stratton gives up all 6 runs in the 7th and needs help with the last out. Ed Coleman hits a 3-run pinch double off Stratton to set an AL record (154 game schedule) for most pinch hits with 20. Hitting .292, this is his last ML game. Luke Appling is 2-for-3 in game 2 to virtually sew up the AL batting title over Earl Averill.

Willis Hudlin, the dean of the Cleveland staff, wins his first game of the year, beating Detroit’s Tommy Bridges, the AL’s biggest winner, 5-3. Hudlin doubles in the Tribe’s 4-run 7th.

27th  When Johnny Mize is thrown out in the 7th inning for arguing, rookie 1B Walt Alston subs. In his only ML game, the future Hall of Fame manager makes one error in two chances and is fanned by Lon Warneke in his only at bat. St. Louis loses to the Cubs, 6-3, and the two teams end tied for 2nd place.

At Crosley Field, Reds rookie starter Dee Moore pitches two shutout innings, then leaves the mound to Whitey Moore and goes behind the plate to catch. Dee goes 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored as the Reds win, 6-5. Moore had a 2.25 ERA in the Sally League, while leading the circuit in homeruns and finishing third in hitting. He also threw a 7-inning no-hitter. He debuted a week ago by throwing 5 innings and allowing an unearned run in game 1 of a doubleheader, and hitting a pinch triple in game 2.

The Yankees (102-51) end their season with a 10–5 loss to the Senators, but finish in 1st place 19 ½ games in front of the Tigers. Pete Appleton relieves Buck Newsom in the 6th and pitches hitless relief for the win. Lou Gehrig goes 0-for-2 and then watches the rest of the game in civilian clothes behind the Washington dugout. The Yankees set a ML record with 992 RBIs for the season with five players collecting at least 107 ribbies apiece (Gehrig, 152; DiMaggio, 125; Lazzeri, 109; Dickey & Selkirk, 107. Their 1065 runs scored is 2 off the ML record they set in 1931.

The Boston Red Sox release Heinie Manush, and make Bing Miller a 3B coach to replace Al Schacht, who announces he will begin to barnstorm as the “Clown Prince of Baseball.” Manush will sign with the Dodgers.

30th  In the World Series opener, Carl Hubbell outpitches Red Ruffing scattering 7 hits and limiting the Yankees to a solo HR by George Selkirk. The underdog Giants take a decisive 6–1 win.

OCTOBER

1st  Rain postpones the 2nd World Series game.

2nd  The Yankees score a World Series-record 18 runs, as they demolish the Giants 18–4. Lefty Gomez coasts to a 6-hit win, while every member of the Yankees lineup makes a hit and scores at least one run. Lazzeri hits a grand slam, the first in WS play since 1920, and drives in 5 runs, the same number Bill Dickey drives home. This runs-scored-mark will stand until 1993.

At Wrigley Field, the White Sox top the Cubs, 5-1, in the first game of the Windy City series. The Sox will win the next three to sweep the series, the same thing that happened in 1933.

3rd  Game 3 shifts to Yankee Stadium and a new attendance record of 64,842. Lou Gehrig’s solo HR is matched by the Giants’ Jimmy Ripple, with the deciding run of the Yankees 2–1 squeaker coming on an infield hit.

4th  Another attendance record is set at Yankee Stadium, with 66,669 people watching Lou Gehrig lead the way to a 5–2 win behind Monte Pearson’s pitching.

5th  The Giants score 3 in the first on five hits, then stave off a final Yankee victory with a 5–4 win for Hal Schumacher in 10 innings.

The 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire popular manager Casey Stengel with a year remaining on his contract. Burleigh Grimes is seen as the likely heir.

6th  The Yankees roll to a 13–5 World Series-ending victory. Lefty Gomez is the winning pitcher. In the six games the Yankees score 43 runs to the Giants’ 23.

8th  The Cardinals trade 1B Ripper Collins and P Roy Parmelee to the Cubs for Chicago’s star pitcher Lon Warneke. The Birds will fare better in this trade.

15th  Cincinnati rewards Chuck Dressen with a new managerial contract.

16th  Lou Gehrig, who hit 49 HRs, scored 167 runs, knocked in 152, and batted .354, is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a ML record 5th time.

20th  Carl Hubbell, 26-6, edges out Dizzy Dean, 24-13, for MVP honors in the NL.

NOVEMBER

5th  Burleigh Grimes is named manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, replacing Casey Stengel, who was fired last month.

12th  Following the death of Phil Ball, wealthy owner of the St. Louis Browns, his estate sells the team to a syndicate headed by Donald L. Barnes and William O. DeWitt. As the new owners of Sportsman’s Park, they announce their intention to install lights and bring night baseball to the AL, an idea endorsed by the Cardinals as well.

29th  Judge Landis declares Lee Handley and Johnny Peacock of the Cincinnati Reds free agents. They had been covered up on minor league teams by the Reds.

DECEMBER

2nd  The Cards sell Virgil Davis and Charley Gelbert to the Reds, and the Browns remodel by buying Ethan Allen from the Cubs.

3rd  The Dodgers “sell” Frenchy Bordagaray, Dutch Leonard, and Jimmy Jordan to the Cardinals. The exchange is understood to be a continuation of the September 7 transaction, which brought the Dodgers Tom Winsett, dubbed by Branch Rickey as the “next Babe Ruth,” and Eddie Morgan from the Cards’ AA farm team.

4th  The Dodgers trade Lonny Frey to the Cubs for Woody English and Roy Henshaw, and trade pitcher Ed Brandt to Pittsburgh for Cookie Lavagetto and Ralph Birkofer. The Boston Bees buy Vince DiMaggio from San Diego (PCL).

8th  In a 3-way deal, the Indians send Thornton Lee to the White Sox, who ship Jack Salveson to the Senators, who transfer Earl Whitehill to Cleveland.

Babe Ruth turns down an offer to manage the Albany farm team.

The Philadelphia Phillies trade second sacker Lou Chiozza to the New York Giants for infielder George Scharein and cash. Chiozza had three solid years as a Quaker, but will fall off in New York. The good-fielding Scharein will have three mediocre years in Philadelphia.

9th  The Red Sox trade Bill Werber to Philadelphia for Pinky Higgins.

The AL, which said no to night baseball 12 months ago, okays 7 night baseball games for St. Louis. The NL adopts a new design for home plate. It will have beveled edges, the first change in 50 years. The AL adopts a rule stating that no batter can be batting champion unless he has 400 or more at bats.

10th  Commissioner Landis announces his ruling on the Bob Feller case. Feller joined Cleveland in July and Des Moines (Western League) protested, claiming the pitcher for themselves. Landis lets Feller stay with Cleveland, pending his final ruling, which is announced today in favor of the Indians.

18th The Giants purchase the Albany International League franchise and move it to Jersey City where the team will play in the new Roosevelt Stadium. Recently retired Travis Jackson will manage the team.

  • 1937

JANUARY

6th  The Giants buy SS Tommy Thevenow from Cincinnati.

17th  Cleveland gets Moose Solters, Ivy Andrews, and Lyn Lary from the St. Louis Browns for Joe Vosmik, Bill Knickerbocker, and Oral Hildebrand. The 3 departing Brownies are termed “real playboys” by manager Rogers Hornsby. Solters and Andrews were also the RBI and ERA leaders for the Brownies.

19th  Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

27th In Cincinnati, the worst flood in the city’s history inundates Crosley Field, covering home plate with as much as 21 feet of water. The lower grandstand is completely covered. Reds pitchers Gene Schott and Lee Grissom row a boat out from the center field wall and the resulting photo appears across the country.

28th Paul Waner wins the Miami Biltmore lefthanders golf tourney for the second year in a row. He was recently named president of the American Lefthanded Golfers Association.

FEBRUARY

11th  Connie Mack is interviewed on a television demonstration by Philco.

17th  The Yankees buy another Babe from the Red Sox, picking up Babe Dahlgren.

Led by president Horace Stoneham and other team officials, a small group of New York Giants leave for Havana, Cuba, for spring training. They will meet up with a larger group of players leaving from Miami.

19th The New York Giants open their spring training camp in Havana, Cuba.

27th  The Negro American League announces the schedule for their inaugural season.

MARCH

13th  Lou Gehrig agrees to $38,000, plus a $750 bonus for signing. He’ll play his first game March 20 driving in 2 runs as the Yanks beat the Bees, 5–3.

14th In Mexico City, the Philadelphia A’s collect 11 hits off Cuban right-hander Brujo Rossell and beat the Agrarians, 9-4.

In Havana, the New York Giants score 2 in the 9th to tie the Cardinals, then push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4. Before the game Cards coach and Cuban native Mike Gonzalez receives a silver plaque for his 25 years in professional baseball. The Giants will leave for Miami tomorrow having gone 3-5 with one tie against amateur and professional teams in Cuba.

16th In an exhibition match, the Mexico City Agriculture team blanks the Athletics in the first inning before caving in and losing, 34–5. Ace Parker and Bob Johnson pole HRs.

20th  At the Negro National League meetings, Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson, two future Hall of Famers, are traded to the Homestead Grays for two journeyman players and $2,500. The transaction is called the biggest deal in Negro baseball history.

25th  After four straight losses, the Phillies stop the Red Sox, 7-0, in Sarasota. Bucky Walters and Wayne LeMaster combine on the shutout.

28th Trying to see if a new “dead ball” is better than the existing one, the new sphere is tried in a game between the Red Sox and the Senators. The Sox outslug the Nats, 13–12, as Cronin drives in 6 runs. Last week the ball was used in a game between the Giants and Bees with much the same result. On April 12, the White Sox and Pirates will test the new ball, with the Sox winning 9–6, though the longest hit is a double.

Mexican police arrest Harlem numbers boss Alex Pompez, who was traveling under the name Antonio Moreno. The fugitive Pompez, who remodeled Harlem’s Dykman Oval as a home field for his New York Cubans, will be extradited to the U.S. and, in 1939, plead guilty to conspiracy in return for a two-year suspended sentence.

APRIL

1st  Babe Herman is sold by Cincinnati to Detroit. The Tigers will release him June 15th.

2nd  Dizzy Dean, Paul Dean, and Joe Medwick have a scuffle in a Tampa hotel lobby with New York News reporter Jack Miley and Chicago Times writer Irv Kupcinet.

4th  In an Indians-Giants exhibition game in New Orleans, Hank Leiber is beaned by a Bob Feller fastball and suffers a brain concussion. He will miss most of the upcoming season, not returning to action till late July.

Detroit sells 35-year-old OF Al Simmons, coming off a .327 season, to Washington for $15,000. He’ll hit .279 and drive in 84 runs, second on the team.

9th  The 1936 batting champ, Paul Waner, ends his holdout and signs a contract with Pittsburgh.

14th  Judge Landis declares minor leaguer Tommy Henrich a free agent, voiding his Cleveland contract. This is another of the cover-up situations Landis hated, and the balance of the scale for letting Cleveland keep Bob Feller. In 4 days, Henrich will sign with the Yankees for $25,000.

Here’s Babe Ruth, a twice a week radio show starring the Babe, debuts. It will run until July 13 before bowing out.

16th  Joe DiMaggio, who has suffered from a lame throwing arm recently, has his tonsils and adenoids removed at Lenox Hill hospital. He will miss his 2nd straight Opener.

19th  In Washington, President Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first ball and then the Senators drop the first game, 4-3, to the Athletics in 10 innings. Al Williams is the winner in 7+ innings of relief. Bob Johnson laces an inside-the-park homerun for the A’s, while Ben Chapman and Ossie Bluege clout homers for the Nationals. The Senators will shift to a regular infield of Joe Kuhel, Buddy Myer, Cecil Travis (who pinchhit today), and Buddy Lewis, the first to be comprised exclusively of left-handed hitters.

The Phillies open in Boston with a doubleheader win against the Bees 2–1, in 11 innings, and 1–0. Guy Bush is the hard-luck starter and loser in game 1 when rookie Morrie Arnovich hits an 11th inning homer to win it. Danny MacFayden is edged by Bucky Walters in the 2nd game. Each allows 4 hits.

The Reds sell Babe Herman to Detroit.

20th  Gee Walker of the Tigers becomes the only player to hit for the cycle on Opening Day when he performs the feat against the Cleveland Indians, hitting in reverse order for a homer, triple, double, and single. Detroit wins, 4–3.

The Senators open the Yankee Stadium season before 45,850 with a 3–2 win over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees tally 10 hits off Monte Weaver, including two doubles and a single by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is playing in his 1,809th straight game. Al Simmons, purchased two weeks earlier from Detroit, cracks a disputed homer in the 6th to tie the game at 2–2: New York argues that a fan reached over the railing and touched the ball. The Nats score the winning run in the 8th on a long sac fly by Shanty Hogan.

At Cincinnati, the Cards Dizzy Dean gives up 13 hits, walks 2, makes a fielding error, and still wins 2–0, in 10 innings. Doubles by Johnny Mize and Joe Medwick and a single by Durocher hand the loss to starter Peaches Davis. The Reds have 14 runners left on base in the shutout, a ML record for 10-innings.

At Ebbets Field, the Giants lose, 4–3, to the rival Dodgers. Dick Bartell, who scrapped with Mungo last year, takes the first Mungo pitch for a strike. When Rowdy Richard turns to protest the call with umpire Reardon, he is hit in the face with an overripe tomato. Mungo wins over Hal Schumacher.

21st  The Browns use 22 hits to batter the White Sox, 15–10, before 7,500 fans, the Brownies largest opening day crowd since pre-Depression days. Manager Rogers Hornsby singles twice and drills a CF homer off Vern Kennedy. Harlond Clift has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer, and Bill Knickerbocker has a single, 2 doubles and a triple. Zeke Bonura has 4 hits for the Sox.

22nd  Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are among 18 black players who jump to the Dominican Republic league. Negro League owners regard this as desertion and plan to ban the players from the league. In May, Paige will be banned for life.

23rd  Carl Hubbell’s first start of the season is a 3-hit, 3–0 shutout against the Boston Bees. For the Giants ace, it is his 17th straight win, dating back to July 17 of last year.

Jersey City, now a Giants farm team, returns to the International League with the largest crowd, 31,294, in minor league history.

24th In Boston’s home opener, the Yankees tie the Sox on Tony Lazzeri’s 8th inning homer, then score a pair in the 10th on George Selkirk’s triple. Twinkletoes is out trying to swipe home. The Sox come back for a run in the 10th, but the Yankees win, 6–5.

Bob Feller strikes out 11 in 6 innings but gives up 4 runs to the Browns as Cleveland loses, 4-3. Feller will next pitch May 18, then June 22.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants win their 3rd in a row, beating the Bees, 3–0. All the scoring comes on homers—two by Mel Ott, and another by Dick Bartell, off Johnny Lanning. Clyde Castleman extends the Giants streak of shutout innings to 25: the Bees have not scored in 34 innings.

25th  Giants rookie P Cliff Melton strikes out 13 in his first ML game but loses to the Boston Bees 3–1. The 13 strikeouts is a new NL Rookie record that will be broken by Karl Spooner, in 1955.

28th  In a game against the Reds in Chicago, Cubs P Larry French sustains a broken bone in his right hand when he is hit by Ernie Lombardi’s line drive during the Reds’ 6-run 1st inning. French also loses the match, 10–3, to Paul Derringer, winner of 11 of his last 12 decisions against Chicago. He is 21-11 lifetime versus the Cubs.

In Cleveland, Mel Harder stops the White Sox, 7-2. Batterymate Earl Averill helps with a third inning grand slam.

29th  Cleveland beats up on Detroit, winning, 12-3. Little Frankie Pytlak has 3 hits and scores 4 runs, while Lyn Lary and Earl Averill each have 3 hits and drive in 3. Earl Whitehill is the winner, though he gives up a 2-run homer to rookie Rudy York, his first. A small measure of revenge for York, who struck out in his first at bat in the majors in 1934 against Whitehill.

30th  Duke All-American football star Ace Parker pinch-hits a HR in his first ML at bat for the Athletics, connecting off Boston’s Wes Ferrell in a 15–5 loss. This is the first time an AL player has pinch homered in his debut at bat. Parker will have just one more HR on his way to a .117 average this year, but will do better on the gridiron. He will score 2 TDs for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Pittsburgh on November 21st and will eventually be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. He, thereby, joins Hoyt Wilhelm and Earl Averill as one of just three Hall of Famers to hit a HR in their first at-bat.

Carl Hubbell limits the Dodgers to 7 hits in winning, 7–2. It is the Giants ace’s 18th straight win over 2 seasons. Backing King Carl is Jimmy Ripple, who hits a grand slam.

After a long holdout, Dolph Camilli signs with the Phillies.

MAY

1st Joe DiMaggio makes his debut as a starter after missing six games, and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tips the Red Sox, 3–2.

3rd  The Giants equal a ML record, playing a 9-inning game against the Boston Bees with no chances for their outfielders. The Bees gardeners have just 3 chances in winning, 3–1.

The first-place Tigers outslug the White Sox, 12-9, as the two teams combine for 35 hits. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam for Detroit.

4th  Ripper Collins, Joe Marty, and John Bottarini homer for the Cubs in the 8th inning against the Phils, as visiting Chicago wins 14–7.

Carl Hubbell wins his 3rd straight the year, 19th overall, but did not finish the game as the Giants nip the Reds, 7–6. Dick Bartell hits 2 homers to back King Carl.

With the bases loaded in the 11th inning, the Washington Senators pull of a triple steal, with Ben Chapman on the front end, to break a 5–5 tie. When the dust clears, the Senators score 7 to beat the Indians, 12–5.

5th At Braves Field, the Cardinals club the Braves, 13-1, using five homers to do it. The first is a grand slam by Joe Medwick. Dizzy Dean (4-0) is the easy winner, fanning Vince DiMaggio 4 times.

The Cubs score in 8 of 9 innings and down the host Phillies, 17-4. Frank Demaree contributes a grand slam and 6 RBIs.

8th Washington’s Bobo Newsom, who will pitch in four decades, hits his only major-leaguer homer. It comes in Detroit off Tiger ace Schoolboy Rowe as the Talkative One wins, 8–3.

9th  Reds C Ernie Lombardi ties the modern ML record with 6 hits (5 singles and a double) in 6 consecutive times at bat, as Cincinnati routs Philadelphia 21–10 on 24 hits. Alex Kampouris tallies eight RBIs for the Reds on three homers, one a grand slam.

Before a crowd of 36,520 at the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row, subduing the Cubs and Bill Lee, 4–1. The game is scoreless for 6 innings. Dick Bartell hits a 2-run HR in the 8th and Frank Demaree homers in the 9th for the only score of King Carl. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard, who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.

10th Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox, 6–0. Joe DiMaggio hits his first 2 homers of the year and George Selkirk his fifth for NY. Chicago’s only hit is a one-out first inning single by Larry Rosenthal, who is erased on a DP.

Cleveland insures Bob Feller for $100,000 and flies him home to Iowa on a private plane for his high school graduation. Feller pitched 6 innings on April 24 before leaving with a sore arm. His next start is May 23 versus the Yankees.

11th White Sox P Monte Stratton allows 7 hits in subduing the Yankees, 7–2. One of the hits is by Tommy Henrich, who goes 1-for-4 in his ML debut. Henrich, recently signed, was called up to take the place of Jake Powell, out with appendicitis.

12th  St. Louis OF Joe Medwick tallies 4 extra-base hits: two HRs—off Claude Passeau and Orville Jorgens—and a pair of doubles in a Cards 15–3 win over the Phillies. The Cards collect 20 hits, including four by Pepper Martin and a round tripper by Brusie Ogrodowski.

Chick Hafey is restored to active duty with the Reds after a 2-year retirement.

13th  At Chicago, Washington’s Joe Kuhel ties the modern ML record with 3 triples as the Nats win, 10–2. Kuhel adds a single to drive in 3 runs.

Detroit’s George Gill makes his first ML start and shuts out the Red Sox, 4–0. Gill allows five hits, three by Joe Cronin, as Detroit replaces the Red Sox in 3rd place. Wes Ferrell allows just five hits, including a double and homer by Charlie Gehringer.

Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs, as the Yankees trip the Browns, 4–2. Gehrig, hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich, making his 2nd appearance, bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.

Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, and 21st over 2 seasons, stopping the NL-leading Pirates, 5–2. Arky Vaughan’s two homers account for all the Pittsburgh scoring. Leading off, Dick Bartell hits his fourth homer in five days to continue his 12-game hitting streak, as the Giants hand reliever Waite Hoyt the loss.

15th  Walter Johnson Jr. makes his professional debut pitching for Des Moines.

16th  Browns 3B Harlond Clift equals the AL record with 9 assists in a 5–4 loss to the Tigers. A fumble and late throw in the 1st inning would have given him a 10th assist. By the end of the season, Clift will set a new record for total chances and the still-standing mark of 405 assists. Tigers Gee Walker has a single to run his hit streak to 21 games.

A sac fly by Chick Hafey in the 9th gives the Reds a 3–2 win over the Cubs. Hafey makes his first appearance since retiring in May 1935.

Cy Pfirman, longtime NL umpire dies. At one time he held the record for consecutive games umpired at 1,710.

Major League attendance today is 180,000. Pittsburgh is high in the NL with 39,571 and Shibe Park is tops in the AL with 38,728 watching the A’s-Yankees.

In the first of two games in Kansas City, Monarchs pitcher Hilton Smith fires a no-hitter to stop the Chicago American Giants. He walks one in the 4-0 win. William “Sug” Cornelius is the loser despite giving up just 3 hits.

18th  At Fenway, the Indians use six pitchers and a 4-run 9th to beat the Red Sox, 7-4. Lyn Lary is 5-for-5 for the Tribe as he will amass 39 hits in his first 20 games, a record for shortstops (since 1920) that will last this century.

19th  Dizzy Dean instigates another donnybrook following a number of knockdown pitches in a game with the Giants. The Giants score three runs in the 6th inning after Dean is called for a balk by ump George Barr. Losing 4–1 to Carl Hubbell in the 9th, Dean knocks down Jimmy Ripple with a pitch. Ripple follows with a bunt on the first base side in a effort to make Dean field the ball. The bunt, however, bounces to 2B Jimmy Brown, who prepares to throw to Johnny Mize at 1B. Dean, who had started toward the ball, keeps running and barrels into Ripple. The two benches empty, and when the field is cleared by the umpires and policemen, the batter Ripple, who was never put out at first base, is credited with a single. Catchers Gus Mancuso and Mickey Owens are ejected after staging their own private boxing match. The only player who doesn’t leave the bench is Hubbell, who wins his 6th straight game of the year and 22nd regular-season decision in a row. The Cards scoreboard attendant counts pitches in the game: 172 by Dean and 93 by Hubbard (70 strikes, 23 balls). King Carl uses 5 pitches in both the 1st and 8th.

The leading Pirates drop a 5–4 decision to the Phils as Dolph Camilli steals home in the 9th inning when relieve Mace Brown goes into a full windup. Morrie Arnovich collects a single, double and homer for the Quakers.

In the first night game of the season, the visiting Bees sting the Reds, 3–1. Rookie Lou Fette is the winner over Johnny Vander Meer, making his first start in the majors. Two railroads run special trains to bring 1500 fans from Southwestern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

20th  Down 4-3 going into the 9th inning in St. Louis, the Giants win over the Cards, 7-4, when Dick Bartell hits a grand slam, off Lon Warneke.

22nd Facing Wes Ferrell in Boston, Hank Greenberg hits a long centerfield home run out of Fenway Park. It exits to the right of the flag pole and is called the longest HR ever hit at Fenway. Gee Walker has 3 hits to run his hit streak to 26 straight games, but the Red Sox counter with 14 hits of their own to win, 11–9. Walker’s streak will end on the 24th after 27 games.

The Athletics regain the AL lead by beating the White Sox, 10–9 in 11 innings. In the inning, however, they need 2 singles, a runner safe on an error, and 3 walks to win the game as Chicago C Luke Sewell picks one runner off at 2B and throws another out at 3B on a steal try.

Before a 6–2 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati, the Dodgers announce that Van Lingle Mungo has been fined, suspended for 3 days, and given a bill for $1,500 worth of damage done to a St. Louis hotel room following a ruckus last week with teammates trying to get him to bed at 4 a.m. When a photographer asks to take a picture of Van Mungo’s black eye, the pitcher replies, “You can take it for $1,000, because that’s what it cost me to get it.”

23rd  Dizzy Dean, who was called for a balk in his last outing, shows what he thinks of the new balk rule in a 6-2 win over the Phils. With a runner on 1B in the 2nd inning, Diz comes to a full stop for three minutes before pitching to Jimmie Wilson. Before throwing the next pitch, Dean pauses for four minutes prompting a balk call. Dean then sits on the mound for four minutes before being called for another balk. At a luncheon a few days later, Dean will call Ford Frick and umpire George Barr “the two biggest crooks in baseball” (as noted in John Snyder’s Cardinals Journal). Frick will suspend Dean for three days, later reducing it to two days. Dean refuses to retract his “crook” remark.

25th  After hitting a solo HR against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1–1 tie, player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3–1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader, who will never return to active play. Cochrane’s homer is his last at bat. In the hospital, Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying, “I lost the ball.” The Yanks win the game, 4–3, beating Schoolboy Rowe, who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.

26th  Cleveland’s Billy Sullivan and Bruce Campbell blast pinch homers against the A’s, the first time two AL substitutes have connected on round trippers. Harry Kelley serves up both home runs. The A’s score 4 in the 9th to win, 8–6.

Joe McCarthy of the Yankees and Bill Terry of the Giants are named to manage the All-Star teams. Judge Landis announces that the managers, not the fans, will pick the teams, and increases the squads from 21 to 23 players.

27th  Hubbell (8-0) pitches 2 innings in relief and wins his 24th straight game when Mel Ott hits a 9th-inning HR for a 3–2 victory over the Reds.

29th John Whitehead pitches the White Sox to a 4-1 victory in the first game of a twinbill with Cleveland. The Indians go on a rampage and take the nightcap, 15-3. Moose Solters hits a grand slam in game 2 off Bill Dietrich.

In a Class A Western League game between the Des Moines Demons and the Cedar Rapids Raiders, both teams wear polo helmets as head protectors.

30th At Boston, Senators pitcher Pete Appleton pitches and bats his way to an 11–4 win over the Sox. Appleton drives in 6 runs, hitting a single and triple with the sacks full in the 2nd and 3rd and going 4-for-5, to beat Fritz Ostermueller. Appleton’s RBI mark ties the ML record for pitchers that Vic Raschi will top (7-August 4, 1953). Wes Ferrell did it last year.

Led by Hank Greenberg and Gee Walker, the Tigers collect 20 hits in pasting the Browns, 18–3. Greenberg is 5-for-5 with 2 homers, and Walker also has 2 homers, including a grand slam, in 4 hits while driving in 7 runs. Rookie George Gill is the winner.

31st  A Memorial Day crowd of 61,756, the 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees the Dodgers end Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over 2 seasons. Babe Phelps leads the way, going 5-for-6, as Brooklyn routs King Carl in the 4th inning and wins 10–3. Although Hubbell loses the first game of the doubleheader, he is honored in between games when Babe Ruth makes the presentation of the NL’s 1936 MVP Award. The Giants take the nitecap, 5–4.

In front of a crowd of 14,352 at Cincinnati, the Reds whip the Pirates, 8-3 in the opener before losing 5-4 in the second game. Peaches Davis is the winner with 5+ innings while Gee Walker has 2 triples and scores 3. For the Reds it is their lone victory this year against Pittsburgh: the Reds will go 1-20 against the Pirates and lose a ML-record 20 straight to one team, 17 of the losses this year to the Pirates.

JUNE

1st  Before 1,500 at Chicago, White Sox P Bill Dietrich pitches an 8–0 no-hitter against the Browns. It is the 3rd no-hitter Luke Sewell has caught, having previously been behind the plate for Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Vern Kennedy in 1935. Dietrich, in his last outing 2 days ago against the Indians, gave up 10 runs in less than 4 innings.

2nd  NL President Ford Frick suspends Dizzy Dean for refusing to retract statements made after a balk call in the May 19th game, which led to an on-field brawl. Dean forces a meeting with the press at which he denies the statements, and his suspension is lifted a few days later.

In Detroit, the Senators take a 7-0 lead after 4 ½ innings only to watch the Tigers come back and tie. Goose Goslin’s grand slam off Ed Linke in the 7th knots it. After the Nats score a run in the top of the 11th, Detroit ties it again and Birdie Tebbets ends it with a 3-run homer for an 11-8 victory.

3rd  Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just 2 feet below the rim of Yankee Stadium, about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated by some that the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.

5th  Gus Suhr’s NL record of 822 consecutive games, started on September 11, 1931, ends when leaves New York to attend his mother’s funeral in San Francisco. Visiting Pittsburgh, in first place by three games, loses to the Giants, 7–5. They also lose the services of Fred Schulte when he is beaned in the 8th inning by Cliff Melton. Schulte is out cold for 10 minutes.

At Detroit, the Yankees bang four homers—two by Gehrig, one by DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing—to edge the Tigers, 6–5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker, who already had three hits, in the 9th inning with the winning run on 2B.

6th  Umpire Bill Klem declares the Cardinals winners of the 2nd game with the Phils when the Phils stall and delay until a Sunday curfew of 7 p.m. is reached. The first game was delayed 1 ½ hours because of rain, and the nitecap doesn’t start until after 5:30. The Phils trail 8–2 with 2 outs in the 5th inning when the game is forfeited. Joe Medwick loses a homer in the nitecap and will end the season tied with Mel Ott for the HR lead.

The Reds Alex Kampouris hits a bases loaded HR, his second in four weeks, to pace the Reds to a 9–2 win over Brooklyn. Rookie Johnny Vander Meer is the winner. One of baseball’s rarest feats takes place when Woody English of the Dodgers wins a suit by hitting a double off the sign of clothier Abe Stark at the base of the Ebbets Field scoreboard.

7th  Pete Cascarella (0-5) gives up 10 runs (2 earned) to the Indians before he is lifted in the 3rd, and the Indians tee off on reliever Ed Links for another 7 runs as they swamp the Senators, 17-5. The Tribe score 4 in the 1st and 8 in the 3rd as Earl Averill has a triple and 3-run homer in the big frame. He is the first Cleveland player to hit a triple and homer in the same inning as he scores 4 runs before exiting.

8th  The White Sox take first place from the Yankees, beating New York 5–4 for their 10th straight win. The loss goes to Johnny Broaca (1-4). Broaca will make one more appearance this year and none next year. It is announced next week that he has a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm, and the condition is calcified.

Bob Johnson’s 4th inning double is the only hit against Eldon Auker as Detroit beats the A’s, 6–0. Hank Greenberg is 3-for-4 with a homer and Pete Fox adds a round tripper.

9th  Mickey Cochrane is taken off Detroit’s active-player roster. Tiger 3B Marv Owen is sidelined with a broken bone in his hand, and Rudy York is recalled from Toledo to replace him.

Dizzy Dean outpitches Carl Hubbell as the Cards top the Giants, 8–1. The two will pair up again on June 27. with the outcome reversing.

In a Nebraska State League game at Sioux Falls, Arnold Anderson of Sioux Falls strikes out 19 in beating Norfolk, 6-2.

11th  In one of the Giants’ worst trades, popular Fred Fitzsimmons is sent to Brooklyn for rookie prospect Tom Baker.

It is Zeke Bonura Day at Comiskey Park. After receiving a car in pregame ceremonies, Zeke paces the Sox to a 14–8 win over the Senators, as he knocks in 5 runs with a HR, 2 doubles, and a single.

Bobo Newsom, a 17-game winner last year, and OF Ben Chapman are traded by Washington to the Boston Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes and Rick Ferrell, as well as P Mel Almada.

12th Homers account for most of the scoring at the Polo Grounds as the Giants edge the Reds, 4–3. Mel Ott hits a three-run homer, his 9th of the year, while Alex Kampouris and Virgil Davis homer for Cincy. The win keeps the Giants a half-game ahead of the Cubs, winners today over the Phils.

In a split with the Red Sox, the Tigers lose the services of C Ray Hayworth, who fractures his arm in game 2 when hit by a Bobo Newsom pitch. Birdie Tebbetts takes over. The Sox win 5–4 in 10 innings after losing, 3–2, in game 1. Foxx has a homer in each game.

13th In an afternoon doubleheader at St. Louis, the Yanks and Browns slug it out, with New York winning the opener, 16–9, by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th inning off Jim Walkup and Lou Koupal to put it away. The hitting continues in the nitecap, with DiMaggio connecting for 3 straight homers, the 3rd off starter Julio Bonetti tying the score with two out in the 9th. The game is called after 11 innings with the score at 8–8. On the afternoon, there are 9 home runs: three each by DiMag and Harlond Clift, and Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey and Joe Vosmik each clouting one. The Yanks lead the AL by a half game.

15th  This one hoits. The visiting Dodgers rack up 11 walks against Johnny Vander Meer but come away with a 4–3 loss to the Reds. Vandy allows just 3 hits. Waite Hoyt is the loser.

The Boston Bees sell star OF Wally Berger to the New York Giants for $35,000 and P Frank Gabler. The former starting All Star has never recovered from a shoulder injury he suffered in 1936.

The Tigers release veteran Babe Herman, who they got from the Reds in April. The Babe was 6-for-20.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez and the Yankees beat the Indians, 4-1. Twinkle Toes Selkirk hits a 3-run double in the 4th to back Gomez. Gomez strikes out 9 including the first 5 batters of the game to tie the AL mark set by Walter Johnson in 1912.

20th The Yankees draw a crowd of 68,939 and sweep a pair from the White Sox, 8–4 and 7–4 Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener, with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Pitching with a recently revealed bone spur on his right elbow, Monte Pearson (5-0) is the winner in game 2. Monte won’t pitch again till July 9.

21st  Johnny Allen, off to a 4–0 start for Cleveland, has an appendectomy in Boston and will miss 8 weeks of the season.

23rd At Fenway, Hank Greenberg hits a first inning grand slam, off Jack Wilson, but the Red Sox score 5 in the bottom of the inning en route to a 6-5 win. Detroit remains two games behind New York, losers to the Browns today.

In a 15–9 win over Martinsville (VA), Danville Leafs playing manager Herb Brett starts and ends a triple play. With runners on 2B and 3B in the 6th, Brett snags a line drive in LF and his throw gets the runner from 3B in a rundown. The runner from 2B also gets trapped in a rundown and Brett makes the put out.

25th  Cubs switch-hitter Augie Galan becomes the first NL player to hit HRs from both sides of the plate in the same game as Chicago, behind Tex Carleton, beats Brooklyn 11–2. Galan hits the first HR batting lefty of Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons and the 2nd off Ralph Birkofer, with Billy Jurges on board each time. The feat goes unnoticed in the Chicago newspapers. Ellis Burton, in 1963 and 1964, will be the only other Cub to accomplish the feat.

Red Sox RF Ben Chapman makes 7 straight putouts, a ML record, in a 4–2 win over the Browns. Buck Newsom wins his 3rd straight game since the Sox acquired him from Washington.

27th Backed by two Mel Ott homers, Carl Hubbell outpitches Dizzy Dean to give the Giants an 8–1 win over the Cards. This is the last time the two Hall of Famers will face each other; Hubbell is 6–4 in games in which they’ve both had decisions: Dean is 4–6 (Reliever Schindler beat Dean 8/25/34; Reliever Paul Dean beat Hubbell 7/26/34; Hubbell beat reliever Walker 9/14/36).

29th The Cubs nip St. Louis, 11–9, with the help of a grand slam by Billy Herman. Rip Collins has no putouts or assists at 1B, a NL record, the only NL first sacker this century to have such an easy day at the office, while catcher Gabby Hartnett and LF Augie Galan each have 8. The next first baseman to match the Cub first sacker will be Norm Cash in 1963. Rudy York, in 1943, will be the next first baseman to record no putouts.

30th Lefty Gomez has his no-hit bid spoiled by a 5th inning home run by the A’s Bob Johnson, but Gomez finishes with a 5–1 one-hit victory. The Yanks now lead the AL by four games. It is the second time this month that Bob Johnson has had the only hit for the A’s.

After the Braves Frank Gabler shuts out the Dodgers, 1-0, teammate Guy Bush follows suit with a 7-0 whitewash.

Wes Ferrell and the Senators top the Red Sox and Bobo Newsom, 6–4. In the first meeting since the two righties swapped uniforms three weeks ago, Ferrell drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with the bases loaded. Jimmie Foxx has a homer for Boston, while Cecil Travis has a single and a pair of triples for the Nats. A Washington crowd of 22,000 is on hand for the prearranged match between the 2 pitchers.

JULY

2nd  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.

Rollie Hemsley is suspended by the Browns for violation of training rules. It is not the first time the fun-loving catcher has been suspended.

3rd Rudy York hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 7-run 2nd inning as the Tigers claw the Indians, 9-5.

In Japan, Victor Starffin, one of the aces of the Tokyo Giants, pitches a no-hitter against the Korakuen Eagles.

4th  Bob Feller makes his 2nd start of the season and takes his 2nd loss, dropping a 3–2 decision to Detroit in a 7-inning game. Rain shortened the scheduled doubleheader.

5th Before 39,240 at Wrigley Field the Cubs outlast the Cardinals in a doubleheader, winning the opener 13–12 in 14 innings, and taking the nitecap 9–7. Bill Lee starts both games for the Cubs, and hangs on for the victory in game 2. Charlie Root is the winner in game one with 6 innings of relief. Billy Jurges drives home the winner in the first game and Frank Demaree is 6-for-7. Demaree manages another 2 hits in the nitecap. The two games last 6-1/2 hours. The Cubs now lead the Giants by 2 games.

The Indians pound on the Browns like a drum, winning 14–4 and 5–4. In the opener Cleveland’s Hal Trosky drives in 7 runs on three successive homers, the first two off former teammate Oral Hildebrand. Sheriff Blake serves up the 3rd homer. In the nitecap, Beau Bell, Sammy West, and Harlond Clift leave the Browns in the 8th to catch a train to the All-Star game.

Before a Stadium crowd of 61,146, the Yanks sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 15–0 and 8–4. Joe DiMaggio provides the winning margin in the nitecap with his first career grand slam, connecting in the 6th inning off Rube Walberg to snap a tie. It’s Joe’s 20th homer of the year and the 425-foot drive lands in the Yankee bull pen between the LF stand and the bleacher. Comparable balls hit, according to correspondent Dan Daniels, include one by Foxx that landed in the upper left field stands, and another by Tony Lazzeri two years later that landed in the bull pen. According to a ground rule, since eliminated by the construction of a fence, Tony was held to a double.

7th  Lou Gehrig leads the AL All-Stars over the NL 8–3 with a HR, double, and 4 RBI in a game that President Franklin Roosevelt attends in Washington. Joe Medwick has 4 hits for the Nationals. In the 3rd inning, Dizzy Dean’s right toe is fractured by a drive off the bat of Earl Averill. After the injury Dean is unable to pitch with the same delivery. He uses an unnatural motion, causing an arm injury from which he never recovers. Left off the powerful AL squad is Hank Greenberg, whose 103 RBIs at the All-Star break will not be topped.

9th Joe DiMaggio is 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers, triple, double and single to lead New York to a 16–2 win over the Senators. Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads, and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the 2 goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in LF after that incident he was showered with pop bottles.

PCL home run champion Art Hunt marries Charlotte Axelson on the pitcher’s mound of Seattle’s Civic Field. The ceremony is viewed by 9,272. The best man is former big league pitcher Clarence Pickerel, who homers in the game following the wedding, a 3–1 win over Sacramento. Hunt is 0-for-4. The bride is walked down the aisle by Washington governor Clarence Martin and following the ceremony the bride and groom walk under crossed bats held by both teams.

10th The Red Sox sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 9–2 and 5–3. Cronin had a pair of homers in the opener to back starter Lefty Grove, who exists after 5 innings because of the heat. Foxx and Mills also bust homers. In the 11-inning nitecap, pitcher Lynn Nelson plays LF and belts a triple and homer.

At Detroit, the Indians and Tigers combine for 25 extra base hits as they divide a twinbill. The Tigers win the opener, 12–11, and the Indians the nitecap, 8–7. Hal Trosky has a homer in the opener and 2 more in the nitecap. Schoolboy Rowe wins his first game of the season pitching in relief in game 1.

11th Peaches Davis and Al Hollingsworth each pitch shutouts over the Cardinals as the Reds win 6–0 and 7–0. Davis allows 9 hits in the opener and Hollingsworth surrenders 6. St. Louis had not been shut out before today.

Feller allows just 2 hits, but 6 walks and a wild pitch gives the Tigers a 3–2 win over the Indians. Hal Trosky and Moose Solters hit HRs off Boots Poffenberger for the Tribe.

The Bees Lou Fette edges the Phils Sy Johnson, 1–0, in a 13-inning game.

John Shibe, former president of the A’s, dies after a year’s illness. He had stepped down January 11 and was replaced by Connie Mack.

12th  The last place Phillies score 6 runs in the 7th inning to beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 6–3. With the bases loaded in the first, Giants OF Mel Ott starts an unusual 9–2–5 triple play. Reds base runners Hersh Martin, at 2B, and Leo Norris, at 3B, are called out for leaving their bases early, turning a sacrifice fly into a triple play. The highlight of the game comes when umpire Bill Klem ejects Giants manager Bill Terry for the first time in Terry’s 15-year career.

13th  Before 12,249 in St. Louis, the first-place Yankees and Browns slugged it out, New York taking the opener, 16–9, while the nitecap is called after 11 innings with score tied 8–8. The Yankees collect 20 hits in the opener, while the Browns add 14. DiMaggio contributes 3 homers in the nightcap, driving in 5 runs, and his last circuit breaker ties the game in the 9th inning at 8 apiece. DiMaggio had two homers on July 9th, when he hit for the cycle. The Browns’ Harlond Clift hits 2 homers in the opener and one in the nightcap.

The Cardinals’ Pepper Martin is fined $200 for violation of training rules.

14th  Bobo Newsom tops the Browns, 15–6, for his 5th straight win since coming to the Red Sox. Boston’s Fabian Gaffke ties the AL record as he scores 5 runs and Colonel “Buster” Mills knocks in 5 runs. The Red Sox move into 2nd place 6 ½ games behind New York.

15th  The Athletics snap a 15-game losing streak, beating the White Sox 3–1. The loss leaves the 2nd place Sox 7 ½ games in back of New York.

16th  In the opener of two at Philadelphia, Cardinal P Si Johnson beats Phils’ starter Bucky Walters, 10–3. Both pitchers relieve in the nitecap and Johnson again tops Walters as the Cards win 18–10, scoring 8 runs in the 10th inning. There are six homers in the two games, with Terry Moore collecting two. St. Louis is now tied for 3rd with Pittsburgh.

At Detroit, the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven passes to trounce the Yankees, 14–7, ending New York’s win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson starts the action by walking three on 15 pitches, fans Gee Walker, then walks Rudy York. Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk forces in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bats around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca, in his last appearance with the Yankees. He’ll go AWOL after this game. Poffenberger is the winning recipient. New York ends its 9-game win streak, but stays 6 ½ ahead of Boston.

The Bees freshman sensation Lou Fette records his 11th win, stopping the NL-leading Cubs, 6–1. Vince DiMaggio supplies the firepower with a single, triple and homer off Bill Lee.

18th  In Cleveland, Joe DiMaggio breaks a 1–1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller (0-4) by clouting a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam, his 2nd in two weeks. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown, and takes his 4th straight loss. Feller is just pitching on Sundays to lure in big crowds, but will soon pitch every 5th day. DiMaggio’s homer is his league-leading 24th.

In a twinbill at St. Louis, the A’s lose second sacker Wayne Ambler, who fractures his jaw crashing into Browns catcher Ben Huffman. Both men are knocked out. They’ve already lost SS Skeeter Newsome for the year who fractured his skull when he was beaned by spitball thrown by a semipro in an recent exhibition game. The Browns win 10-6, then lose 7–6.

19th  Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. Broaca’s wife is 8 months pregnant but she is ignorant of his whereabouts. On the 13th, the Yanks announced Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot. Broaca, 1-4 with the Yanks this season after going 39-23 over three seasons, will disappear for the next two years and the Yanks will sell him to Cleveland in November 1938.

20th At Sportsman’s Park, the Browns load the bases with no outs in the 10th inning against the Yankees, but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Hornsby grounds into a force at home, then Ethan Allen’s fly out result in a tag out at home. DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year, and adds a double play from CF as the Yanks win it, 5–4. DiMaggio has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and New York wins 9–6. The 2 losses give the Browns a season record of 25–52.

21st  At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair from the Cardinals, 5-1 and 2-1, behind the complete game efforts of Lou Fette and Johnny Lanning. Ray Mueller ends game 1 with a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning. He’ll hit just one other homer this season.

At Cleveland, the Indians edge the A’s, 9-8 and 8-7. In game 1, relief pitcher Lynn Nelson gives the A’s the lead with an 8th inning grand slam, but the Tribe plate runs in the 8th and 9th as Bob Feller wins in relief. Game 2 is similar as the Indians score two runs in the 9th for the victory.

Rogers Hornsby is fired as manager of the St. Louis Browns for “for just cause.” again construed as playing the horses. Hornsby grouses, “they always bring that up.” Jim Bottomley takes over.

22nd The Phils jump on Clyde Shoun and Larry French for 7 runs in the 8th and top the league-leading Cubs, 7–4. Claude Passeau is the winner.

Wally Berger’s homer in the 9th gives the Giants a 6–5 win over the Reds. New York is now a game in back of Chicago, which comes into the Polo Grounds tomorrow. Goodman has three hits, including a homer for the Reds, while Burgess Whitehead collects 3 hits for New York.

Behind Danny MacFayden, the Bees stop the Cards, 3–0, to sweep the four-game series at Boston. It is MacFayden’s 2nd straight shutout. Ducky Medwick, the NL leader in hitting (.404) homers (20), and RBIs (94), is 1-for-5.

23rd In the first of two at Detroit, the A’s pound Tiger pitching for 16 runs as they win 16-4 behind Harry Kelley. Jesse Hill has 4 hits and 5 RBI, while Bill Werber and Bob Johnson have 3 hit apiece. For the 4th game in a row, Wally Moses hits a homer. The A’s score a run in the 11th of the nitecap to take a lead, but Detroit plates 2 to win, 9-8.

24th The Senators sweep a pair from the Browns, winning each by 6–5 score. Pinch hitter Wes Ferrell drives in the winning run in both games, hitting a sac fly in game 1 and a single in game 2.

25th  Washington’s Mel Almada ties the AL record by scoring 5 runs in the first game of a doubleheader, a 16–10 win for Washington. Almada has 3 hits in 5 at bats. When he adds 4 runs in the 2nd game, a 15–5 Nats win, he sets an 18-inning ML record. Teammate Buddy Lewis raps out 8 hits, 5 in the opener, in the doubleheader, and will tally three on the 27th and four the following day. His four game hit total (15) ties Washington’s Joe Cronin for the AL record. The Senators sweep tarnishes a tribute to St. Louis manager, Jim Bottomley, who is presented with gifts and flowers in the 5th inning of the lid lifter. In game 1, Sammy West hits a grand slam, the Brownies’ first since 1935.

In the first of 2 at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers edge the Cardinals, 7-6 in 11 innings, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 11th for the win. Tom Winsett caps off the scoring by legging out an inside-the-park homer. The second contest ends in a 12-inning 7-7 tie.

In Philadelphia, the Reds and Phils split a pair, Cincy taking the opener, 13-3, and Philley taking the second game, 7-3. In game 1, Chick Hafey has a first inning grand slam off starter Syl Johnson and drives in five runs.

A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50,000 as the Yankees and White Sox split. New York wins the opener, 12-11, on a DiMaggio homerun. Bill Dickey hits two in the game. Chicago overcomes two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win, 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.

26th  Mickey Cochrane resumes command of the Detroit Tigers as a bench manager.

28th  Jimmie Foxx walks 4 times against the Browns, but in his one at bat he puts the Sox on the board with a 6th-inning home run. The Sox score another 4, including 2 in the bottom of the 9th and beat Bobo Newsom, 5-4.

29th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 7 runs in the 2nd inning but the Phillies come back to win, 11-7. Dolph Camilli hits a grand slam for the Phils.

30th At Cincinnati, Phillies’ 1B Dolph Camilli could’ve stayed home as he gets no putouts in Philadelphia’s 1–0 win over the Reds.

31st Light-hitting Elbie Fletcher hits his only homer of the year, a 4th inning grand slam, to pace the Braves to a 9-7 win over the host Pirates.

The New York Yankees purchase the Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling, who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Ruppert will change the name of the Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium, and reinstitute segregated seating, which Kling had abolished.

AUGUST

1st  Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns, as the Yankees win 14–5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his career. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year, and his 3rd in three days.

At Chicago, the first-place Cubs sweep the Giants, winning 5–4 in 11 innings to increase their lead to 6 games over NY. Reliever Larry French gets the win on Tuck Stainback’s sacks full single in the 11th. Mel Ott has a pair of homers for New York. Hank Leiber pinch-hits for the Giants, his first appearance since early May, following his hospitalization as a result of the Feller beaning in spring training.

3rd  A Tuesday crowd of 66,767 watches at Yankee Stadium as Lou Gehrig plays his 1,900th consecutive game. In the first of two against the White Sox, Gehrig responds with a three-run homer, Joe D matches him, and Tony Lazzeri completes the scoring with a solo homer for a 7–2 Yankee win. The Yanks score the same way in the nitecap, a 5–3 win; Lazzeri hits a solo homer and Bill Dickey adds a grand slam in the 8th off John Whitehead.

Cardinals C Mickey Owen becomes the 3rd NL backstop ever to make an unassisted DP, as the Cards beat the Bees, 5–2. Si Johnson is the winner. Terry Moore has a 3-run HR and Ducky Medwick drives in his 100th run of the year, the first NLer to reach 100 RBI.

The Cubs boost their lead in the NL to 7 games as Bill Lee stops the Phils on 3 hits. Lee also hits a homer in the 4–1 win. For Lee it is his 10th straight win over the Phillies going back to 1935.

The Reds beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 3-2 in 10 innings. Mel Ott played 3B with Jimmy Ripple taking over in RF. Both will hit well and the Giants will reach 1st place by August 30.

4th  Joe Medwick again ties the ML record with 4 extra base hits—all doubles—in a game. It is the 2nd time this year and the 3rd time he has had 4 extra base hits in a game. The Cards rally for 5 runs in the 9th to edge the Boston Bees, 7–6. Medwick is the 3rd player this century to collect four extra base hits twice in a season. Foxx, in 1933, did it last. Billy Williams will do it next.

Gabby Hartnett is 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, but the host Cubs lose 2–1 to the Phillies.

After six straight losses, Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane inserts young Rudy York into the starting lineup. York responds with a three-run homer off Harry Kelley to start one of the most productive months in major league history. The Tigers win 11–7 over the A’s.

Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game, connecting off the Browns Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as the edge St. Louis, 10–9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Ruth did it twice.

5th Trailing 7–5 after seven innings, the Yankees unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm and handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning.

6th  For the second time in the 20th century, the first two batters in a game—Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Bees—lead off with homers. The mark will be tied a month later, and surpassed by San Diego in 1987. The two homers come off Tex Carleton, who will come back in two days to pitch a complete game win over the Bees. Waving off the Bee stings, the Cubs sweep today, 12–6 and 6–2. Curt Davis wins the opener over Ira Hutchinson and Roy Parmelee notches the win in the nitecap against Guy Bush.

In a 10-inning oddity Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Feller takes a 5–2 lead into the 9th, but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th, Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer, off reliever Johnny Murphy, for a 6–5 Indian lead, and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire calls it foul, and with both runners scoring, the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently, and finally the plate ump Charlie Johnson consults with the umpire at 3b George Moriarty, who overrules Johnson, allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank), yelling that, since the ball had not reached the base, the call was the home plate ump’s to make and should not be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched, Feller racks up an unusual double-double, walking 10 and striking out 12.

8th The White Sox stop Boston’s winning streak of 12 games by pounding the Bosox, 13–0, after losing the opener, 7–6. The Red Sox win with 2 runs in the 9th. John Whitehead holds to the Red Sox to 4 hits in game 2, while Zeke Bonura provides a grand slam.

Before a crowd of some 20,000 the East beats the West, 7-2, in the Negro League all-star game at Comiskey Park. Buck Leonard hits a 2nd-inning homer to start the scoring.

10th  In a 6–5 loss to the Pirates in Chicago, Cubs 1B Ripper Collins fractures his right ankle sliding into home plate. Collins, leading the Cubs in homers with 16, receives a “roll and a shove” from Buc catcher Al Todd and will be out until September 17. Todd also contributes a grand slam as Cy Blanton is the winning pitcher over Chicago’s Clyde Shoun.

Washington rolls to a sweep of the A’s, winning 15–7 and 8–6. Washington 3B Buddy Lewis makes 4 errors in game 1, tying Jimmy Burke’s ML record set on May 27, 1901. (Milwaukee’s Burke made all his errors in one inning). In the 3rd inning of the opener, the Nats score 9 runs on 3 hits, collecting 6 walks and 3 errors from the A’s. C Earle Brucker homers in each game for the Mackmen.

11th In the first of two back-to-back doubleheaders in Boston, the Yankees take both ends, winning today’s opener, 8-5, in 14 innings. In game2 they continue with 4 in the first inning and 6 in the 6th to win, 10–4. Lou Gehrig hits a homer in game 2, his 28th and last at Fenway. He also hit two at Braves Field, (8/30/31 and 4/19/32 G2) . The only visiting players to hit more at Fenway than Lou are Babe Ruth (38), Mickey Mantle (38), Harmon Killebrew (37) Al Kaline (30) and Joe DiMaggio (29).

12th In the opener of two with the Yankees, Jimmie Foxx hits one way out of Fenway, the ball leaving the park to the right of the CF flag pole. The shot comes off New York’s Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox overpower the Yankees, 16–10, and stopping New York’s win streak at 10. The Yawkeymen overcome a 6-run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In game 2, Bump Hadley outpitches Archie McKain, 5-3, to push NY’s lead to 11 ½ games over Boston. Foxx adds another homer, as Cronin, DiMaggio and Hoag hit roundtrippers.

13th  The Hellenic Societies of Chicago hold a day for Alex Kampouris of the visiting Reds. He gets a car, and the Cubs get a 22–6 win, as Kampouris makes 3 errors and fans twice. The Reds total eight errors and the league-leading Cubs total 22 hits—four each by Frank Demaree and Ken O’Dea. Charlie Root is the winner over Bill Hallahan, who started the fateful 4th inning when the Cubs score 9 runs on 8 hits and 4 errors.

Lou Fette (14–4) tops Waite Hoyt as the Bees sting the Dodgers, 5–2. Cookie Lavagetto’s two errors in the 8th plus Gene Moore’s triple let in two runs. Vince DiMaggio’s 10th homer is the final tally.

The Giants make nine hits—seven for extra bases—to down the last-place Phillies, 5–0. Carl Hubbell has two hits in winning his 16th, tops in the majors. Sam Leslie has a triple and homer, while Harry Danning has a homer and three RBIs.

14th  At Detroit, Tigers P Eldon Auker hits two HRs and drives home 5 runs while beating the Browns, 16–1 on 4 hits. Detroit continues in game two, winning, 20–7, scoring an AL record 36 runs in the doubleheader, including eight by Pete Fox. The Tigers score in every inning of each game except the 8th, not batting in the 9th. Charlie Gehringer hits a pair of homers in the nitecap, Rudy York adds his 5th homer of the month, and Boots Poffenberger coasts home to the win. Gee Walker, Pete Fox, and Charlie Gehringer each collect 7 hits in the twinbill: Gehringer’s 5 hits in the nitecap is his only 5-hit game this season. Browns utility infielder Nog Lipscomb mops up in each game, pitching a total of 7 2/3 innings, allowing 6 earned runs. The Tigers pound 40 hits in the twinbill and move into 2nd place, ten games behind the Yankees.

17th  The first ML night game to start one day and end the next ends at 12:02 AM in Cincinnati, as the Cards beat the Reds, 8–6.

The Tigers wallop the White Sox, 11–7 to extend their 2nd place lead to a game over Chicago. Rudy York leads the offense with a HR, triple and 2 singles.

19th In Chicago, Detroit’s Rudy York has six RBIs on two homers, one a grand slam, when he comes up in the 7th with the bases loaded again. York hits a shot to dead center that bounces off the wall, but Hank Greenberg, the runner on 1B, holds up thinking the ball might be caught, and only manages to lumber into 3B. York reaches 2B with “the longest double ever hit in Comiskey Park.” Gee Walker adds a pair of homers. However, rain washes out the inning—and York’s hit—and the score reverts to the end of 6 innings at 12–4. Because of his precarious health, manager Mickey Cochrane does not accompany the team to St. Louis.

In a PCL match between Sacramento and San Diego, umpire Jack Powell is arrested on the field in the 6th inning for drunkenness. Powell, considered the best ump in the PCL, took the field against the advice of friends and his fellow ump, and immediately got into arguments with the players. After calling a Sacramento runner out at 2B in the 5th, even though the second baseman dropped the ball, the arrest is made. Sacramento, losers by 8–6, protests the game.

20th The Giants climb within 2 games of Cubs by blasting 21 hits against the Phils in winning, 13–6. Harry Danning is 5-for-5 with a triple.

Salisbury’s (Eastern Shore) George Comellas loses, 2–1, after winning his first 20 games. He’ll win another pair to go 22-1. His teammate Joe Kohlman will win 25 straight following his only loss on May 20th.

21st  In a 6–4 win over the Bees, Brooklyn OF Johnny Cooney ties a ML record with 4 extra-base hits: 3 doubles and a triple. Brooklyn manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed for the 7th time this year.

Jimmie Foxx hits a second inning homer off Jimmy DeShong that clears the left field wall and the street behind Fenway Park. But the game is rained out after 4 innings with Washington leading, 5-1, over the Red Sox.

22nd Detroit’s Rudy York connects for two homers, one pinch hit in the 9th of game 2, against the Browns in a twinbill sweep, 11–3 and 4–3 in 10 innings, in St. Louis. He has now hit ten for the month.

Bob Feller (3-5) walks 7 men in 2 innings (1 K) as the Indians lose to the White Sox, 5–2. Ted Lyons is the winner. In the nitecap, Mel Harder earns the split with a 3–2 win.

24th Rudy York continues his torrid hitting with three solo homers in a double header split with the A’s. Two come in the opener against Harry Kelley, who gave up Rudy’s first homer of the month on August 4th. The Tigers win, 6–3, then lose, 9–8. In game 2 York hits a single, his 12th double and his 25th homer, which comes in his 72nd game. He is the fastest in the 20th Century to reach the 25-homer mark. He is also the first rookie—and only one in the 20th century—to hit 7 homers in a 7-game stretch. He’ll add another tomorrow. Rudy has a passed ball, a category he will lead the AL in (12) despite playing just 54 games behind the plate.

Johnny Allen and Lefty Grove duel for 13 innings before the Indians win over Boston, 4–3, on Roy Hughes pinch single with the sacks full. Grove walks 9 but allows just one hit after the 4th inning until the 13th.

25th  Cleveland’s Bob Feller strikes out 16 Red Sox, one less than his own AL record, in an 8–1 victory at home.

The Giants cut the Cubs lead to 2 games with a twinbill sweep at the Polo Grounds. New York wins 8–7 in 11 innings, and 4–2. The Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th to tie in game 1.

Rudy York hits his 8th homer in 8 games and drives in 5 runs, Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 4, and Hank Greenberg hits 3 doubles as the Tigers pound the visiting A’s, 10-4. The 2nd-place Tigers are still a distant 10 games behind the Yankees.

26th     Roxy Lawson allows 12 hits and 6 walks but wins his 16th when he drives in the winning run with a bunt single in the 9th of a 6–5 conquest of Boston. Rudy York belts another homer, a three-run shot off George Caster. For the 2nd time this season, Tiger outfielders have no assists. Tiger 3B Marv Owens ties a ML record with 9 assists.

27th  At Ebbets Field, Fred Frankhouse of the Dodgers loses his chance to pitch a full no-hitter when rain stops the game with 2 out in the 8th; the hitless Reds lose 5–0.

The Dodgers put George Jeffcoat on the retired list. The pitcher had an appendectomy last month and has failed to regain his strength. He’ll make it back to Brooklyn in 1939.

The Red Sox down the 2nd-place Tigers, 8–5, behind the pitching of Jack Wilson. Jake Wade gives up six runs in the 7 innings for the loss. The Tigers get on the board first when Rudy York poles a three run homer—his 7th homer in 7 games—in a four-run first. The only other score for the Motormen is Gee Walker’s 5th inning homer. Joe Cronin and Eric McNair homer for Boston.

The Giants split a pair with the Pirates, losing the opener 1–0 to Ed Brandt and Mace Brown, then winning 3–2 behind Al Smith. With the Cubs rained out, the Giants fall two games back.

28th  Van Mungo is suspended indefinitely for insubordination after rejecting the Dodger trainer’s program to cure his sore arm. Trade rumors swirl, one having Van Mungo swapped for Diz Dean. Van Mungo checks out of his hotel and disappears.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Boston Bees, Cubs reliever Clay Bryant breaks a 6–6 tie with a 10th inning grand slam, off Gabler. The Cubs win 10–7. Bryant took over for starter Charlie Root, who earlier hit a homer. It is the second time this century that two pitchers on the same team have hit homers in a game. It will happen again in May 1942.

The Indians send cash and 3 players to the Milwaukee Brewers for their young star Ken Keltner, who will report in the spring.

29th  The A’s set a new AL record in the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by scoring 12 runs in the first inning, an AL record 6 of which are driven in by Bob Johnson on a grand slam and a 2-run double. Johnson is 5-for-6 as the A’s whitewash the White Sox, 16–0, another AL record.

By routing the Reds the Giants move within 2 percentage points of the Cubs, who split with the Phils. After the first game loss, 10–3, the Cubs drop out of 1st for the 1st time since July 15.

30th Detroit’s Rudy York connects for his 16th homer of the month, a two run blow against New York’s Lefty Gomez in the 1st as Detroit beats New York, 5–4. Greenberg also hits a 1st inning shot, his 30th. Eldon Auker is the winner.

31st  Detroit’s rookie Rudy York sets a new record for HRs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. He adds two singles in driving in 7 runs against Pete Appleton, as Detroit beats Washington 12–3. York ends up with 44 RBIs for the month. Roxie Lawson wins his 17th and will finish the year at 18-7, despite an ERA of 5.26. Roxie’s .700+ winning percentage with a 5.00+ ERA tops the mark set by Ed Wells in 1930. Matt Harrison, in 2008, will go 12-3 with a lofty 5.49.

Lou Gehrig’s 5th inning grand slam is the winning margin as the visiting Yankees top the Indians, 7-3. New York finishes the month 11 games in front of the 2nd place Tigers.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Giants sign Bill Terry to a 5-year contract as manager and farm director at $40,000 a year.

2nd  For the second time this season, the first 2 batters in a game—the White Sox Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich—hit HRs, victimizing Boston’s Johnny Marcum at Fenway. This is the first time 2 AL batters have opened with back-to-back homers. Chicago takes a pair from Boston, winning 4–2 and 10–8.

3rd The Tigers notch 21 assists to back Eldon Auker’s 4–3 win over the visiting White Sox. Charley Gehringer is 3–for-3 to increase his AL best batting average.

At the Polo Grounds, Jim Bucher contributes a grand slam, off Cliff Melton, as the Dodgers roll to a 15-7 victory over the Giants. The loss knocks New York into 2nd place behind the Cubs.

4th  At the Polo Grounds, Carl Hubbell stops the Dodgers, 3–0. Dick Bartell’s 14th homer of the year is all the scoring King Carl needs to chop up Max Butcher. With Chicago (73-49) idle, the Giants (74-48) move in front by a game.

Mike Kreevich of the White Sox ties a ML record with 4 consecutive doubles as Chicago beats Detroit 9–1.

6th  The Giants take a Labor Day pair from the Phillies, winning 6–2 and 9–3, and move 3 games ahead of the Cubs, who split with the Reds, losing 7–3 and winning 2–1. Reds pitcher Lee Grissom allows just one hit in the nitecap but loses. Phil Cavarretta’s leadoff 2B in the 8th, a fly ball that Hub Walker overruns, an error and a botched sac bunt load the bases. A wild pitch and a sac fly win it for Curt Davis, breaking the Cubs 5-game losing streak.

8th It’s a day the Red Sox would rather forget. In the opener at Yankee Stadium, New York’s Red Ruffing and Bobo Newsom battle to a 2–2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th inning. Then in game 2, the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson and are down 6–1 with two outs in the 9th inning, but rally for 8 runs to win 9–6. Two doubles, a double error by Cronin and a single by Joe DiMaggio ties the score at 6 apiece. With two men on, Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig, who parks a game-winning 3-run HR, his 33rd round tripper of the season. Frank Makosky, who pitches the 9th, is winner.

The Pirates score a run in the 9th to beat the Reds, 1–0. Bucs pitcher Ed Brandt wins, handing the Reds their 30th one-run loss of the year. Arky Vaughan’s triple and a single shoot down Gene Schott.

11th The Cubs hold off the Pirates to win, 5–4, and advance to 1 ½ games behind the idle Giants.

In the battle for second place in the AL, the Tigers sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 9-5 and 4-2. Eldon Auker wins the opener and Roxie Lawson takes game 2. For Lawson, it is his 18th win. He’ll finish the year with a record of 18-7, despite a ERA of 5.26. Roxie’s .700+ winning percentage with a 5.00+ ERA tops the mark set by Ed Wells in 1930. Matt Harrison, in 2008, will finish his rookie year at 9-3 with a 5.00+ ERA to top Roxie’s winning percentage.

12th At the Stadium, the Yankees split with the Senators, losing game 1, by a 2–1 score to rookie Ken Chase. Lefty Gomez wins game 2 by the same score as DiMaggio poles his 42nd HR.

The Phils edge the Dodgers, 2–1, behind Wayne LeMaster’s 10-inning masterpiece. Eddie Wilson’s grand slam gives Brooklyn the nitecap, 9–5. Dodger manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed out of game 2 for the 9th time this season.

13th  Manager Charlie Dressen presses Reds GM Warren Giles for a contract renewal and is fired after 130 games of the season. Chief scout Bobby Wallace takes over the last-place team on an interim basis. Wallace last managed the 1912 Browns. The 25 years in between manager’s jobs is the longest stretch in ML history. Dressen will come close, not managing again until 1951.

14th The Cubs drop a pair to Boston, losing 9–0 and 4–2. John Lanning hurls the game 1 shut out, while Danny MacFayden wins his 13th in game 2, with the aid of a triple play and 2 DPs. The Cubs are 2 ½ behind the Giants, who split with the Pirates today.

15th  Two weeks ago, AL President Will Harridge upheld Cleveland’s protest of the August 6 Yankee win, and the entire game is replayed as the 2nd game of today’s doubleheader. The protested game is called a tie with all stats retained except those following the disputed call. The Indians take the regularly scheduled game, 5–4, then lose the replay, 3–1.

16th  The Giants beat the Pirates, 3–0, to lead the NL by 3 ½ games. Cliff Melton wins his 17th, allowing just 6 safeties.

At Wrigley, Boston stops the stumbling Cubs, 7–0, behind veteran rookie Jim Turner’s 18th win. The Bees win the series, 3–1. Starter Bill Lee, who goes two innings, is the loser.

Lefty Gomez allows three hits and the Yankees roll to an 8–0 win over Cleveland. Gomez has now won 19 games, while the Yankees increase their lead to 10 ½ games over Detroit.

Future Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo pitches the first professional no-hit, no-run game on Mexican soil, a 4–0 victory against Nogales at Veracruz. In 1938, Dihigo will lead the Mexican League in 4 categories: ERA (0.90), wins (18-2), strikeouts (184), and batting (.387).

At Boston, Gimbel’s baseball team will play Filene’s, winner of Boston’s Retail Store League. Gimbel’s, of the New York Department Store League, is led by future major-leaguer Sid Gordon.

17th  Beating the Red Sox, 4–1, Cleveland’s Johnny Allen wins his 12th straight without a loss, equaling Tom Zachary’s 1929 record of 12-0. Odell Hale’s 3-run HR in the 7th off Bobo Newsom is the margin.

18th  With 3 hits, Pittsburgh OF Paul Waner establishes a 20th-century NL record with his 8th year of 200 or more hits. Cy Blanton beats the Dodgers, 3–2. Bert Haas has a pinch double for Brooklyn and will pinch hit a double on the 19th and 20th, establishing a NL record: it’s never been done in the AL.

The Reds hand Carl Hubbell his 9th loss in beating the Giants, 4–3. The Giants lead by 2 /12 over the Cubs, winners today over the Phils.

19th  Hank Greenberg’s HR in Detroit’s 8–1 win over New York is the first ever hit into the CF stands at Yankee Stadium. Eldon Auker allows 5 singles and drives in 3 runs in beating the Yankees for the 3rd straight time.

At the Polo Grounds, Johnny Taylor leads a team of Negro National Leaguers to a 2-0 victory over a Negro League team just returning from the Dominican Republic. Taylor throws a no-hitter to beat Satchel Paige, who finally allows a run in the 8th inning. The two will have a rematch on September 26 at Yankee Stadium, and Paige will emerge a 9-4 winner.

20th Carl Hubbell, in relief, wins his 20th game, beating the Cards, 10–3. The Giants maintain a 2 ½ game lead over Chicago. The first 6 batters for each team hit safely against the 2 starters, Melton and Weiland.

The Cubs edge the Dodgers, 5–4, to keep the pressure on the Giants. Brooklyn’s Bert Haas hits a pinch double for the 3rd successive game.

Lefty Gomez pitches his 2nd successive shutout, beating Detroit, 5–0, for his 20th win. Gehrig’s 2-run single and DiMaggio’s 2-run homer, his 44th, are the big blows.

21st With two out and none on in the 5th inning of game one, the Red Sox score ten runs against the Tigers: Sam Chapman’s grand slam, off Slick Coffman, is the big blow. Poffenberger is charges with 7 of the runs. The Sox coast home, 12–7 behind Grove.

In Chicago, Gabby Hartnett hits a 3-run triple in the 1st and adds a double and single and the Cubs go on to beat the Giants, 7–5.

Johnny Allen wins his 13th straight without a defeat as the Indians down the Senators, 6–3. Hal Trosky hits an inside-the-park grand slam, a line drive that gets away from Mel Almada.

At Shibe Park, Wally Moses hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11th to give the A’s a 5-4 win over the White Sox. For Moses, it is his 25th homer, the only year of his career he is in double figures.

22nd Cliff Melton wins his 18th, blanking the Cubs, 6–0. New York again leads by 2 ½ games.

23rd The Yankees lose 9–5 to the Browns but clinch the pennant when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig’s 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.

The Giants collect 17 hits again beat the Cubs, 8–7, to go up by 3 ½ games. Though routed, Carl Hubbell wins his 21st in relief.

In Cincinnati, Dolph Camilli starts the Phils scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, his second of the year, and the 7th-place Phils roll to a 9-5 win over the last-place Reds.

26th The Pirates sweep a twinbill from the Reds, winning 5–4 and 2–1. Pittsburgh’s record against the Reds this year is 17 wins and one defeat.

27th At the Polo Grounds, Bill Lohrman stops the Bees in game 2, 3–1, to give the Giants a sweep of Boston. In the 5-4 opening win, Jumbo Brown wins in relief of Hubbell. With the double win, the Giants increase their lead over the Cubs to 4 ½ game.

The Cubs top the Reds, 7-4, behind Curt Davis, but drop further back. The Reds use four pinch hitters in the 9th and they go 1-for-4.

Red Sox pitcher Buck Newsom attempts to pitch both games today against the A’s. He wins the opener, 6–2, then is knocked out in the A’s 5-run 3rd of game 2, and loses. the A’s win 6–0 in 6 frames.

Chuck Klein belts two homers and a double as the Phillies hand the doddering Dodgers their 12th straight loss, 11–3. Claude Passeau collects two hits and scores twice to gain the complete game win.

29th New York rookie Cliff Melton wins his 20th game, 6–3, in the opening game of a doubleheader, but the Phillies beat the Giants in the 2nd game, 6–5 in 7 ½ innings, preventing New York from clinching the flag. Pitcher-infielder Bucky Walters plays 3B in both games and belts a 1st-inning grand slam in the nitecap off Harry Gumbert.

30th The New York Giants clinch the flag with a 2–1 victory by Carl Hubbell for his 22nd win. The loss goes to Phils starter Hugh Mulcahy, his 18th defeat, who will earn the sobriquet “Losing Pitcher.” The Giants lose the nitecap, 6–2. Blondy Ryan has a homer, the 3,000th in Giants history.

The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Allen and Bob Feller. Allen’s 6–4 birthday win in the opener is his 15th straight of the year and 17th in a row going back to July 10, 1936. Feller wins his 9th, 4–1, and strikes out 11. Moose Solters has 3 RBIs in each game while Hal Trosky has 4 RBIs for the day to reach 100.

OCTOBER

1st At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers make the off-season look a little better by topping the Giants 7–4 and end their 14-game losing streak. Only once before has Brooklyn lost as many as 14 games in a row.

2nd  Thirty-four-year-old rookie Jim Turner of the Boston Bees wins his 20th game, 7–1 over the Phillies. Tomorrow, fellow first-year pitcher Lou Fette, 30, will also win his 20th, against the Phils, marking the only season in ML history that three rookies each win 20 games.

The Yankees (101-52) erupt with an 11–3 pasting of the Red Sox. New York clubs 4 homers, including Gehrig’s 37th of the year. Lou follows that with a bunt single in his next at bat to reach 200 hits. The Sox, aware he had 199, were looking for the bunt.

Rudy York of Detroit hits his 35th HR, tying the 1934 AL record of Hal Trosky for rookies, but Trosky clubs 2 homers to power the Indians to a 12–5 win. This gives him 103 for the year in, including tomorrow, just 375 at bats; this is a ML record for the fewest at bats in a season for a player reaching the century mark. Barry Bonds will have 101 RBIs in 373 at bats in 2004.

3rd  Cleveland’s Johnny Allen’s effort on 2 days rest to tie the AL record of 16 straight wins is frustrated when Detroit’s Jake Wade beats him with a one-hit shutout 1–0 on the final day of the season. A two-out single by Hal Trosky in the 7th is Detroit’s only hit. Detroit scores the only run in the 1st inning when a hot grounder gets by 3B Odell Hale to drive in Pete Fox with the only run; Greenberg’s RBI single is his 183rd of the year. A miffed Allen almost comes to blows with Hale after the game. Allen finishes with 14 complete games, a 15–1 mark, for an AL record winning percentage of .938.

The Yankees (102-52) close out the season with a 6-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. Monte Pearson picks up the win as Joe DiMaggio hits his league-leading 46th homer, a grand slam, off Joe Gonzales. It is DiMag’s 3rd grand slam of the year.

The Pirates take a closing day doubleheader from the Reds, 4–3 and 4–0, in 7 innings, extending their win streak to 10, and the Reds’ losing run to 14 (the longest to finish a season since the Cardinals in 1916). The Pirates beat the Reds 21 of 22 games, tying the ML record set by the Cubs over the Braves in 1909 and the Yankees over the Browns in 1927. They won 17 straight over the Reds, starting with game 2 of a doubleheader on May 31. The Bucs will tack on three more wins in 1938 to set a ML record of 20 straight over the Reds. Ken Heintzelman wins the opener in his ML debut, and Mace Brown takes the second game in relief.

The A’s and Senators split a pair, the A’s winning 5–4, and the Nats take the nitecap, 4–3, in 5 innings. Rookie Joe Kohlman (1–0), who won 25 straight for Salisbury (25–1 in the Eastern League), with 2 no hitters, is the nitecap winner over Earle Mack’s A’s. It’s Kohlman’s only ML decision.

Hal Schumacher, the first of 3 pitchers for the Giants is credited with the win as the Giants trip the Dodgers, 4–1. Schumacher belts a 3-run HR in the 2nd. Manager Burleigh Grimes uses a ML record tying 23 players in the game. Grimes is also thumbed out of the game for the 10th time this season.

4th  Cincinnati releases 38-year-old Kiki Cuyler. He will sign with Brooklyn. Shortstop Leo Durocher is traded to the Dodgers by the Cardinals for OF Johnny Cooney, Joe Stripp, Jim Bucher, and Roy Henshaw. Cooney, who started his ML career as a pitcher in the 1920s, led the AA in hitting in 1935 with a .371 average. Durocher will start at shortstop for the next 2 seasons in Brooklyn.

6th  Carl Hubbell and Lefty Gomez duel in the opening game of the WS, a rematch of last year’s teams. The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th inning on 5 singles, 3 walks, and 2 errors. Tony Lazzeri homers in the bottom of the 8th to make the final score 8–1.

7th  The Yankees win the 2nd game, again by an 8–1 score, with Red Ruffing beating Cliff Melton. Ruffing fans 8 and drives in 3 runs with 2 hits.

8th  The Yankees continue their mastery over the Giants, who unravel with 4 errors. Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combine to pitch a 5-hitter, winning 5–1. Pearson retires the first 14 batters, setting a once-tied WS mark, and besting Eddie Plank’s mark of 13 set in 1913.

9th  Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit, 7–3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning HR to give him a record 34 RBIs, breaking Ruth’s record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series, setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore, in a 4-game series in 1966.

The White Sox crush the Cubs, 14–2, to even the City series at 2 each.

Boston Bees manager Bill McKechnie signs a 2-year contract to lead Cincinnati. McKechnie has managed the Bees since 1929 and for finishing in 5th place this past season was named Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

10th  Lefty Gomez wins again, and the Yankees wrap up the Series. Gomez himself knocks in the winning run in the 4–2 clincher. It is a record 5th WS win, without a loss, for Gomez. Another record comes as the Yankees complete the Series without an error.

11th The White Sox defeat the Cubs, 6–4 in the 5th contest of the city series.

13th The Sox top the Cubs, 6–1 to win the City series, 4–3. The Sox have now won 15 of 22 meetings with one ending in a deadlock.

15th  Rather than accept any trade offers, the Yankees release Tony Lazzeri and allow him to make his own deal. On October 28, he signs as a player-coach with the Cubs and will help Chicago to the ’38 World Series.

20th  Ossie Vitt, the highly successful manager of the Newark Bears (IL), becomes the new manager of the Cleveland Indians, replacing Steve O’Neil.

23rd  Before a crowd of 22,500 at the Polo Grounds, the Cuban Giants young Johnny Taylor outpitches Satchel Paige and the Satchel Paige All-stars to win, 2–0, on a no-hitter. Taylor faces 28 batters. The game is scoreless until the 8th inning when Jim West swings late and lofts a 2-run homer into the LF stands.

25th  Casey Stengel signs to manage the Boston Bees, replacing Bill McKechnie. Donie Bush, five-year manager of the Minneapolis Millers, turned down the job three days ago.

NOVEMBER

1st Reds pitcher Benny Frey commits suicide in Jackson, Michigan. The 31-year-old, who began with the Reds in 1929, had arm problems in spring training and rather than report to the minors went home to Michigan. Despondent that his arm would not improve, he died of carbon monoxide poisoning. He was 10-8 in 1936.

2nd  AL batting champ Charlie Gehringer is named MVP by the BBWAA receiving 78 out of a possible 80 points. Joe DiMaggio is a close second 4 points behind while Tiger teammate Hank Greenberg, who knocked in 183 runs, is a distant 3rd. Gehringer is the 3rd Tiger in 4 years to medal.

9th  St. Louis Cardinals Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named NL MVP by the BBWAA.

19th It is not a sunny day as the Browns hand manager Jim Bottomley his walking papers. Sunny Jim replaced Hornsby at mid-season.

DECEMBER

2nd  At the minor league meeting in Milwaukee, the Tigers trade popular OF Gee Walker, 3B Marv Owen, and young C Mike Tresh to the White Sox for Vern Kennedy, Tony Piet, and Dixie Walker. The trade causes an uproar with Tiger fans, and owner Walter Briggs issues an announcement from his Miami home that “the deal was made with my approval.” Kennedy will start the 1938 season with 9 straight wins, but ends up the year at 12–9.

6th  It is announced that Ford Frick has been reelected president of the NL for 3 years.

7th  Five of baseball’s pioneers are added to the Hall of Fame: Connie Mack, John McGraw, Morgan Bulkeley, Ban Johnson, and George Wright.

The NL extends permission for night baseball but the AL refuses to permit arc light games.

The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams from San Diego (PCL), but he will not report to Boston until 1939.

  • 1938

JANUARY

10th Before a gathering of writers, players and executives in Baltimore, Jimmie Foxx, Chuck Klein, and Charlie Keller (representing the AL, NL, and IL) try out the balls to be used in the new season. The The Sporting News reports (as noted by Dick Thompson) that “. . . regarding the dead ball, as adopted by the National League, and the lively ball, as retained by the American and International Leagues . . .the NL ball has a distinctly ‘dead’ sound coming off the bat, compared to the livelier AL ball.”

18th  Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the only player to get the required 75 percent of the BBWAA votes.

19th  Larry MacPhail is announced as the new general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

FEBRUARY

3rd The Brooklyn Dodgers sign Kiki Cuyler as a free agent. The future Hall of Famer will get into 82 games.

4th  The Chicago Cubs sell Lonny Frey to the Cincinnati Reds, where he will start for the next 7 seasons.

10th  The St. Louis Browns trade 30-year-old Rollie Hemsley to Cleveland for Ed Cole, Roy Hughes and Billy Sullivan. Hemsley has another decade of play in him.

22nd  The Cardinals sign Texas Christian University All-American football star and Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh as an infielder. He will start off with the Cards in spring training, but be assigned first to Columbus and then Rochester.

MARCH

6th  Brooklyn’s Larry MacPhail buys Dolph Camilli, slugging Phillie 1B, for $45,000 and weak hitting Eddie Morgan. Camilli hit .339 with 27 homers last season.

18th Washington and Chicago trade first baseman, the White Sox adding slick-fielding Joe Kuhel and the Senators taking the easy-going hitter Zeke Bonura.

23rd  Judge Landis frees 91 players from 25 clubs effective April 1. They can then sign with whomever they want, except for the St. Louis Cardinals or Cedar Rapids. Affected are 74 Cardinal minor leaguers, among them Pete Reiser (Newport), in yet another attempt to halt the cover-up Landis perceived the farm system caused. MacPhail makes a pact with Branch Rickey to take the unknown player and swap him back in the future, but Reiser’s ability is too great to hide.

27th  White Sox SS Luke Appling, sliding into 2B in an exhibition game against the Cubs, fractures his right leg in 2 places and will miss almost half the season. He’ll return July 8.

30th The Cardinals beat Columbus (AA), 10–4, despite three errors by 3B Sammy Baugh. Slingin’ Sammy has been fielding well up till today. Yesterday the Cards lost 1–0 in 13 innings to their Rochester farm club, managing just 2 hits off 4 pitchers. Ted Wilks was the winner.

APRIL

3rd  Goose Goslin, released by Detroit, returns for his 3rd stint with the Senators.

8th The movie Rawhide opens in theatres. The 58-minute film, shot in January, stars Lou Gehrig as himself. The storyline has Gehrig giving up baseball to become a cattle rancher out west, where he battles evil extorters and racketeers. Gehrig jokes that it was the first time he had been on a horse.

14th In an exhibition game, Holy Cross College beats the Red Sox, 3–2.

15th  The Dodgers buy OF Ernie Koy from the Yankees.

16th  Umpire Bill Stewart, fresh from coaching (“managing”) the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup win over Toronto, is behind the plate in Boston. The Bees beat the Red Sox, 6–2, but the Sox will win tomorrow to even the Hub City series at 3 games apiece.

Sore-armed Dizzy Dean is sold by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs pay a whopping $200,000 and send P Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun to St. Louis. The Cardinals also buy Tuck Stainback from the Cubs for $15,000.

18th President Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first pitch in the Opener at Washington and then watches as the Senators pummel the A’s, 12-8. Buddy Lewis has an inside-the-park homer for the Nats.

At Fenway Park, Jim Bagby, Jr. becomes the 7th pitcher this century to make his debut as an Opening Day pitcher. Bagby gives up 4 runs to the Yankees in 6 innings of work, leaving with a 4–2 deficit. But in the bottom of the 6th, the Sox pound Red Ruffing and reliever Joe Vance for six runs, all charged to Red, to win, 8–4. Bagby is given the win, with Ruffing the loser. Archie McKain pitches the last 3 innings allowing just one Yankee hit. Ben Chapman has the game’s only homer in the 2nd inning.

The Cards release vet Johnny Cooney acquired last October 4 in the Leo Durocher trade. Cooney will sign tomorrow with the Bees.

19th At Opening Day at Baker Bowl, two rookies smash home runs in their first at bats. With 2 outs in the 1st inning, newly acquired Ernie Koy hits a HR off Phils pitcher Wayne LeMaster. The Phils lead off hitter Emmett Mueller then hammers a Van Lingle Mungo offering for a HR to tie the game. Mueller is 2-for-3, while Koy, looking like a Hall of Famer, goes 3-for-5 in the Dodgers 12–5 win. [Koy will be one of three Hall of Famer to hit homers in their first at-bat, but in Ernie’s case, his hall of fame will be football.] Luke Hamlin is the victor over Wayne LeMaster.

20th  Bob Feller pitches the first of 12 career one-hitters, beating the Browns 9–0. The only hit is catcher Billy Sullivan’s 6th inning bunt single. After the game, Sullivan apologizes to Feller.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves ride Gene Moore’s 8th inning grand slam off Jumbo Brown to a 6-4 win over the Giants.

21st  The Dodgers Tot Pressnell shuts out the Phillies 9–0 in his first ML start. It’s the biggest margin for a debut shutout ever in the NL.

22nd At Chicago, the Cubs and St. Louis match bases-loaded triples to tie a ML record for most by 2 teams. Hitting the three-baggers are Joe Marty, in the 3rd for the Cubs, and Enos Slaughter, in the 9th for the Cards. It is the last time this century that two NL teams will match sack-full triples in a game. The Cardinals win, 6–5, with 4 runs in the 9th. Marty adds a solo blast for Chicago.

In their home opener at newly renovated Briggs Stadium, the Tigers lose, 4-3, to Cleveland’s Mel Harder. During the off-season the Tigers spent $1 million in renovations to increase the capacity from 38,000 to 58,000. Today’s crowd is 54,500.

23rd In the first of 2 at Baltimore’s Oriole Park, two Rochester (IL) pitchers hold the Orioles to 3 hits, but lose 5–3 (as noted by Al Kermisch). The three hits—all homers—are all by Pooch Puccinelli, who drives in 5 runs. It is the IL star’s third 3-homer game in the loop.

24th  At Yankee Stadium, Goose Goslin’s pinch-hit HR is the 5th of his career, for a new AL record, but the Yankees beat the Senators 4–3. It is Goose’s 32nd homer at Yankee Stadium, the most by a visiting player. He’ll have another homer this year before retiring.

The Giants’ Hal Schumacher bests Brooklyn’s Van Lingo Mungo to give New York a 1–0 win. A leadoff scratch single by Goodie Rosen is the only hit for the Dodgers, while the Giants’ only score is a Mel Ott HR.

Pitching for the Cubs, Dizzy Dean beats the Cardinals, 5–0, limiting his old teammates to 4 hits. It’s Diz’s second win for Chicago.

25th  Cover jinx? Life magazine this week features Brooklyn Dodger outfielder John Winsett on the cover. Winsett is a minor league slugger, who hit .354 with 50 homeruns and 154 RBIs at Columbus in 1936. He hit just eight homers in the majors though and will play his last game next week (May 1).

At St. Louis, Vern Kennedy is the easy winner as Detroit downs the Browns, 10-1. Chet Laabs has a grand slam for the Tigers, connecting in the 4th off Chuck Knott.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates score 4 in the 8th, off Bob Logan, to defeat the Cubs, 8-6, and run their record to 7-0.

26th The Reds overcome a 7–0 deficit to defeat the visiting Cardinals, 8–7, in 10 innings. The Reds score 3 in the 7th, 4 in the 8th, and the winner in the 10th on a single by Lew Riggs. The Birds offense is headed by P Curt Davis, who hits a grand slam off Hollingsworth, the first slam by a Cards pitcher since Mike O’Neill hit a pinch slam in June 3, 1902.

27th At Pittsburgh, Arky Vaughan hits a grand slam in the Pirates’ 5-run 7th as they defeat the Cubs, 6-5.

28th With 2 on and no out in the 9th, New York’s Joe Glenn grounds into a 3-6-3 triple play to end the game. Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove is the happy recipient, winning, 6–1, over Lefty Gomez.

      The Sporting News reports that the Pirates lead the NL with 9 players who attended college. There are 51 players in the NL who attended college, with Frankie Frisch the only college man among the managers.

29th   To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (4903 ladies) the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, has hit first two-hit game this season. He consecutive-game streak is at 1977.

After Washington ties the game in the top of the 9th, the A’s nip the Senators, 7-6, when Bill Werber steals home in the 9th inning. Ray Phebus is on the mound for the Senators.

Bob Ray, in his column in the Los Angeles Times, says that Phillie player-manager Jimmie Wilson has hung up his “tools of ignorance” and will just be a bench manager. In fact, Wilson will catch a few games over the next 3 years, finishing with 6 for the Reds in the 1940 World Series. This is one of the earliest uses of the term for catcher’s equipment. J.G. Taylor Spink’s column of April 1, 1937, said that was the term Bill Dickey used in referring to his catching gear. On August 8, 1940, The Sporting News will state that Jimmie Foxx was donning the ‘tools of ignorance’ for the Bosox.

30th  Aided by grand slams by Gene Moore and Harl Maggert, the Bees beat the Phillies 16–11. Maggert’s is a pinch slam.

Pittsburgh 3B Bill Brubaker sets a modern ML record with 4 errors in a 2–0 loss to Cincinnati.

After holding out through the spring and the first 12 games of the regular season, Joe DiMaggio makes his first appearance for the Yankees. In the 8–4 win over Washington, he singles and crashes into Joe Gordon, knocking himself and the second baseman out, and sending both men to the hospital. They’ll be back the next day.

MAY

1st In a West Texas-New Mexico League game at Lubbock, the home team edges Clovis 23-22 in 11 innings. The Hubbers score two runs in the 11th to win. The game lasts 3 hours: 30 minutes.

2nd  Pinky Higgins equals the 2-day-old ML mark for errors by a 3B, making 4 for Boston against Philadelphia. But Pinky knocks in 2 as the Sox route the A’s, 13–1, behind Johnny Marcum.

University of California All-American football star Sam Chapman signs with the Athletics for a $8,500 bonus.

The Giants announce that 2B Burgess Whitehead is out for the season following a nervous breakdown.

With Gehrig batting 6th and DiMaggio at the cleanup spot for the 2nd game in a row, the Yankees edge the host Senators, 3–2. DiMag homers while Gehrig has a single.

The Indians score 10 runs in 4th inning and beat the Tigers, 11–3. Averill has the lone HR in the game.

3rd  Lefty Grove defeats the Tigers 4–3 in 10 innings for the first of a record 20 consecutive victories at his home field, Fenway Park in Boston. He will not lose there until May 12, 1941.

4th At Washington, the Indians and Senators match zeroes for 12 innings before the Zeke Bonura scores in the bottom of the 13th to win, 1–0. Dutch Leonard goes all the way for Washington and walks none while allowing 6 hits. Feller pitches the first 10 innings for the Tribe.

5th  Hal Kelleher of the Phillies faces 16 batters in the 8th inning, as the Cubs score 12 runs. Both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning. The Cubs win 21–2 with Joe Marty tallying 4 runs, 4 RBI, and 4 hits and Augie Galan adding a homer and triple and another 4 ribbies. The loss goes to Wayne LeMaster who throws just 3 pitches to leadoff batter Stan Hack before leaving the game with a pain in his throwing arm. Tommy Reis relieved and allows 4 runs to score, but the first is charged to LeMaster. Al Epperly wins the laugher.

In what is called the first fight at Fenway in 18 years (since May 27, 1920) takes place in the 5th inning when Boston’s Ben Chapman takes exception to a 3rd strike call on him by umpire Joe Rue. Detroit catcher Birdie Tebbetts starts taunting the hot-headed Chapman and quickly the two of them start fighting. Both are ejected, fined $25 and receive 3-game suspensions. The Sox score 4 in the fiery 5th but the Tigers win, 7-5.

The Senators use a six-run 5th to down the visiting Indians, 8-6. Veteran John Stone has a grand slam off Mel Harder in the big inning.

6th  OF Bob Seeds of the Newark Bears (IL) hits 4 HRs in 4 successive innings and drives in 12 runs against Buffalo. Tomorrow he will slam 3 more. His 7 HRs in the 2–day barrage account for 17 RBIs and 30 total bases. In his first 59 games, Seeds will clout 28 HRs and drive in 95 runs. His reward? The Yanks decide he won’t break into their lineup and will sell him to the Giants for $40,000 on June 24th.

7th  The Cubs swat the visiting Bees, 5-4, in 10 innings, pinning the loss on starter Jim Turner. Vince DiMaggio is handed the golden sombrero, striking out 4 times for the second time in his career. He’ll wear it again in two weeks.

9th At Boston, Jimmie Foxx drives in 5 runs on a pair of homers to pace the Red Sox to a 15–3 drubbing of Cleveland. Jim Bagby is the winner.

10th In a West Texas-New Mexico League game at Wink, W. M. Roberts of Wink gives the Spudders a 7-0 win over Big Spring, TX. Roberts strikes out 19 Baron batters and walks none, allowing 2 hits. The Wink franchise will disband following the season.

12th Cleveland manages jut 4 hits off New York’s Lefty Gomez but they win, 3–2, behind Bob Feller’s 5 hitter. Gehrig drives in both runs on a 2-run HR.

13th At the opener of the Negro American League season, the Atlanta Black Crackers host the Birmingham Black Barons, beating the Barons, 2-0, behind the pitching of Bullet Dixon (as noted by Christopher Hauser). The rest of the NAL teams will open May 15, with the Negro National League opening tomorrow.

14th After a 7–6 ten-inning loss to the Cardinals, the Reds file a protest regarding a disputed hit by the Reds Dusty Cooke. Cooke hit a ball that bounced off the part of the RF pavilion at Sportsman’s Park that juts out over the playing field. The ball bounced back in play and Cooke reached 3B. Reds manager Bill McKechnie contends it should be a HR, stating that if it had been hit lower it would miss the pavilion and been a homer. On June 3, Ford Frick rules the game should be replayed as part of a August 20 twinbill. The Reds will win the first game, 4–2, then lose the nitecap, 5–4.

In a battle for first place in the AL, the Red Sox down the Senators, 10-9, in 11 innings at Fenway. Al Simmons has a 5th inning grand slam for Washington.

At Brooklyn, rookie knuckler Tot Pressnell tosses a four-hitter and beats the Braves, 10-2. Debs Garms has three of the Boston hits.

The Baltimore Elite Giants open the Negro National League season with a resounding 17-9 thrashing of the Philadelphia Stars. Two new NNL teams, the Washington Black Senators and Buffalo have at each other in a cold and rainy Griffith Stadium. Washington emerges with the majority vote, 11-9. (historian Christopher Hauser notes that Buffalo was an associate member in the league. Dick Clark & Larry Lester’s Negro Leagues Book does not list them).

16th  Detroit beat the visiting Senators, 13-7, as Rudy York hits a grand slam for the Bengals, connecting in the 6th off Joe Kohlman.

17th  Pittsburgh’s Russ Bauers pitches a one-hitter against Boston, only to lose, 1–0, on an errant throw. Elbie Fletcher walks in the first and goes to 3B when Deb Garms singles, the only hit off Bauers. The throw from CF Lloyd Waner hits Fletcher in the back and caroms into the players’ runway, allowing Fletcher to score. Milt Shofner allows just three hits in the win.

In the day’s second one-hitter in the NL, the Cards’ Bill McGee allows a 6th-inning single by Brooklyn’s Goody Rosen, who scores on a three-base error by Joe Medwick. McGee tops Luke Hamlin, 2-1.

18th  After Bobo Newsom equals the AL record with 6 consecutive strikeouts, Joe DiMaggio hits his 2nd HR of the game, both off Bobo, and Newsom and the Browns lose to New York 11–7. DiMag drives in 5 runs and WP Lefty Gomez knocks in 3. Gehrig has 3 hits, including a pair of doubles

At Detroit, Wes Ferrell pitches and bats the Senators to a 5–1 win. Ferrell hits a solo homer, while his batterymate, brother Rick, goes hitless.

19th Cubs pitcher Bill Lee shuts out the Giants on 5 hits to win, 1–0, in 10 innings. Lee scores the winning run to beat starter Harry Gumbert.

Jeff Heath hits a 7th-inning grand slam to lead the Indians to a 15-3 win over the visiting Senators.

20th With everyone contributing, the Red Sox unload 22 hits to whip the host Browns, 16-2. Lefty Grove (7-0) wins the laugher and chips in with three singles and 4 RBIs. The Sox stay a game in back of Cleveland.

21st  The power-laden Yankees give little support to P Spud Chandler, but he hits a HR in the 8th to gain a 1–0 victory over Thornton Lee and the White Sox. Spud will hit 8 more homers as a Yankee.

22nd  The Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field. The first night game will be played there on June 15th.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 3 in the 1st, 4 in the 3rd, 5 in the 5th and 6 in the 7th to swamp the Pirates, 18-2. Harry Danning has a grand slam in the barrage.

In Detroit, Rudy York’s first inning grand slam, off Jack Wilson, provides all the Tiger scoring as Boots Poffenberger beats the Red Sox, 4-3. It is York’s second grand slam in a week.

Chicago P Ted Lyons tops the host Senators, 9–2, for his 200th win.

23rd The Cubs Bill Lee tops the Braves, 4–1, as the Braves score their only tally in the 4th when pitcher Lou Fette drives in the run. This is the only run that Lee will allow in 47 straight innings going back to the 19th, when he tossed a shutout. He will shut out Pirates, 5–0, on May 27, the Reds, 3–0 on May 30, and the Braves, 4–0, on June 3.

24th At Ebbets Field, Augie Galan hits a grand slam in the five-run 4th, off Van Lingle Mungo, as the 2nd-place Cubs top the Dodgers, 10-4.

25th The Tigers use the long ball to defeat the Yankees, 7–3, at Detroit. Rudy York and Hank Greenberg hit back-to-back homers twice in the game.

26th At St. Louis, the Senators score two runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to edge the Browns, 12-10. Taffy Wright hits a grand slam in the Nats 6-run 6th.

27th Detroit’s Hank Greenberg hammers a Frank Gabler pitch into the centerfield seats at Comiskey Park, the first slugger to reach the bleachers there. The Tigers win, 5–2, behind Kennedy’s 6-hitter.

28th Carl Hubbell allows just a walk and a single to Tuck Stainback and the Giants pile on the Phillies, 11–0.

30th  The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history, 83,533, sees Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove’s 8-game winning streak in a 10–0 victory over the Red Sox. Six thousand fans are turned away, and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also took the 2nd game of the doubleheader, 5–4, in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee OF Jake Powell and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston P Archie McKain hits Powell with a pitch in the stomach. Powell’s charge to the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes. Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands, until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are fined and suspended for 10 days.

In Philadelphia, the Senators and A’s split a pair with the Nats taking the opener, 9-4, and the Elephants winning the nightcap, 9-1. A’s workhorse George Caster is the winner in game 2. Rookie Sam Chapman, an all-American football player at Cal who jumped directly to the majors, clubs his first homer in game 1, off Monte Weaver.

In Boston, the Bees sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 1-0 and 6-0. Danny MacFayden wins the opener on a 3-hitter, outpointing Hal Schumacher. Jim Turner is the victor in game 2.

Rudy York hits his 3rd grand slam of the month, as the Tigers beat the Browns 10–9 in the first game of a holiday pair. York will slam 5 this year.

31st  At New York, Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam, off Yankee P Joe Beggs, the first of three he’ll hit off Beggs this season, but the Yanks prevail, 12–5. Lou Gehrig plays his 2,000th consecutive game and has an RBI single.

JUNE

1st  In Philadelphia, Bob Johnson’s first inning grand slam, off Mel Harder, is the difference as the A’s down the Indians, 9-5.

3rd  NL President Ford Frick orders the May 14th game at Sportsman’s Park replayed, upholding the Reds protest of the Cardinals’ 7–6, 10-inning win. Dusty Cooke’s disputed triple is ruled a HR for the Reds OF. One umpire had signaled Cooke’s hit a HR, and Cooke slowed down, only to be tagged out.

Bill Lee of the Cubs blanks the Boston Bees, 4–0, for his 3rd straight shutout, and Chicago moves to within 1 1⁄2 games of the Giants, who lose their 4th straight to the Pirates. Lee will run his string to 32 scoreless innings, and pitch 47 straight innings in which he allows one unearned run and one extra base hits.

Don Padgett’s 7th inning grand slam breaks a 2-2 tie, but the Cards still need a two-out 9th inning single with the bases loaded by Mickey Owen to edge the visiting Phillies, 8-7.

Washington’s Rick and Wes Ferrell each double in runs as Wes beats the White Sox, 5–1. Al Simmons adds a double and HR for the Nats.

4th In Elkton Maryland, Yankee rookie Joe Gordon, on leave from the team, marries Dorothy Crum.

5th  The Cubs take first place, beating the Phillies, 7–1, behind Tex Carleton. Meanwhile, the Reds top the Giants.

6th  The Reds get Wally Berger from the Giants for Alex Kampouris.

7th  At Fenway, umpire Bill McGowan—who had tossed Johnny Allen on Opening Day—orders the Cleveland pitcher to cut off part of a shirt sleeve which is dangling as he pitches, distracting the batter. Allen refuses and walks off the mound. He is fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt, who makes a pitching change to avoid a forfeit. The Indians win the game, 7–5. Tribe owner Alva Bradley hurries to Boston and buys the shirt for $250; the shirt is then displayed at Higbee’s Department Store, owned by Bradley’s brother. The shirt later makes its way to the Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown, NY.

8th  New York regains the lead with a double win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, winning 4–2 in 10 innings, then taking the nightcap, 4–1. Harry Gumbert beats Larry French in the first game while Carl Hubbell is the victor in game 2, beating Bryant. French will lose 19 games for the Cubs, one shy of the league leader in the category.

In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, the White Sox and Yankees combine for 51 hits as the Sox take the pair, 11-10 in 11 innings, and 10-6 in regulation. Lou Gehrig has a homer, the 7th consecutive June 8 date that he’s done so (1932-38).

9th  Rookie Dario Lodigiani hits a 6th inning grand slam to help the A’s down the visiting Tigers, 8-5.

10th  Red Sox rookie lefty pitcher Lefebvre, who graduated from Holy Cross yesterday, hits an opposite field homer in his first ML at bat, on the first pitch. and his only plate appearance for the season, off Monty Stratton of the White Sox in the 8th inning. But Lefebvre is hammered by Chicago in a 15–2 loss, giving up 6 runs in 4 innings of relief. He is the first AL rookie to homer in his first bat and the first AL player to homer in his only season at-bat. Itt will be his only ML homer, though he will finish with a .276 career average and lead the AL in pinch-hits in 1944. Stratton, the winning pitcher, helps his cause in the 2nd inning when he connects for a grand slam off starter Charlie Wagner.

11th  Cincinnati lefthander Johnny Vander Meer pitches a no-hitter against Boston, winning 3–0. Vander Meer, in his first full season, strikes out 4 to increase his league-leading total to 56. Danny MacFayden is the losing pitcher. Boston manager Casey Stengel sends up three pinch hitters in the 9th.

Cardinals OF Terry Moore sustains a concussion after crashing into a cement wall at Sportsman’s Park. The mishap occurs just a few feet from where Earle Combs crashed into the wall 4 years ago and suffering a concussion and broken collarbone. The game with the Giants ends in a rained out 8-inning 2–2 tie.

12th  The A’s beat the Browns 8–3, as Bob Johnson bats in all the runs with 3 HRs, one a grand slam, and a single. This ties a ML mark set by George Kelly in 1924. It’s Johnson 2nd grand slam this month: before today’s performance, Johnson had hit 8 homers in his last 14 games, and had gone 7-for-9 in the first two games of the series with St. Louis. By knocking in all 8 runs for his team, “Indian Bob” ties a ML record of George Kelly (1924). Buck Ross is the winning pitcher. In the second game of the twinbill, Bud Thomas defeats the Browns Lefty Mills, 1-0, in a game called after 5 innings. Harlond Clift has the only hit for St. Louis.

The Yankees spot the Indians six runs, then score 7 runs in the 6th inning to win, 7–6.

In the first of two at Wrigley, the Cubs score 9 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Dodgers, 9-3. Brooklyn comes back in game 2 to win, 6-0, on Fred Fitzsimmons’ four-hitter. Dolph Camilli backs Freddie with a grand slam. The split leaves the Cubs in 2nd place by two games.

The Pirates spot the Phillies four runs then rally to down their cross-state rivals, 11-5. Johnny Rizzo contributes a grand slam in the 6th, off Johnny Rizzo.

The Senators jump in front of the Tigers, 11–1, a seemingly insurmountable lead with Wes Ferrell in the mound. But after a long rain delay, Gehringer leads off the 6th with a HR for the Tigers and they plate 10 in the frame, and they knock out Ferrell en route to an 18–12 win, scoring 7 runs in the 9th against Pete Appleton.

13th  In a stellar move for Cincinnati, Philadelphia’s Bucky Walters is sold to the Reds for $55,000 plus players Virgil Davis and Al Hollingsworth.

15th  Johnny Vander Meer stuns baseball by pitching his 2nd successive no-hitter, defeating the Dodgers and Max Butcher, 6–0. Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectators Babe Ruth and several hundred fans from Vandy’s home town of Midland Park, NJ. Vandy strikes out 7 and walks 8, including three one-out walks in the 9th. A force out at home on a grounder by Ernie Koy and a fly ball by Leo Durocher ends the game. In a pregame event, Koy, with a 10-yard start but running in his Dodgers’ uniform, beats Olympic champion Jesse Owens in the 100-yard dash.

At Chicago, the Yankees beat the White Sox, 6-4, to stay a half game back of the Indians, winners over Washington by the same score. Gehrig hits his 8th homer of the year and rookie Joe Gordon has 2 hits and 2 intentional walks. The walks come in his 19th game, and the 2 hits raises his average to .234. Gary Sanchez, in 2016, will be the next Yankee rookie to receive 2 intentional walks so early in his career.

16th  R-E-S-P-E-C-T. After hitting number 19 yesterday, Jimmie Foxx is walked a ML-record 6 consecutive times by four Browns pitchers. One is intentional and one semi-intentional. But the visiting Red Sox win anyway, 12–8, before 1,028 paying customers. Johnny Marcum wins over Ed Linke. Foxx is the first player this century to walk 6 times in a game; Walt Wilmot, in 1891, first did it and Andre Thornton, in 1984 will be the next.

17th  At Detroit, the Tigers and Senators split a pair, but neither team goes away easily. The Senators take the opener, 12-10, but Chet Laabs hits a grand slam in the Tigers 5-run 9th. The Senators score 3 runs in the 9th of the nitecap but lose, 4-3.

Hank Lieber powers a 5th inning grand slam as the Giants down the visiting Cardinals, 10-3. With the Cubs losing a pair to Boston, the Giants increase their first-place lead to 3 games.

18th  Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for batting demonstrations the following day.

White Sox P Ted Lyons makes his first error since 1934. The streak covers 84 games, 32 putouts and 140 assists. He also loses to Boston, 4–3, in 15 innings, as Lefty Grove goes the distance for the win.

Lefty Mills picks a good spot to throw his career shutout as the Browns edge the Yankees, 1-0. New York is now tied for 2nd with Boston, a game behind Cleveland. Ethan Allen plays his last game and collects 2 hits. His next venture comes next month when he makes a MLB film about Johnny Vander Meer. Allen will also invent a table-top baseball game, similar to the later Stratomatic.

19th  After walking the leadoff hitter, Elbie Fletcher, on 4 pitches, the Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless innings to 21 2/3 (including the final out in the game before Vandy’s 1st no-hitter) before Debs Garms singles for Boston in the 4th. Vandy coasts home, 14–1, allowing 3 hits. Vandy falls short of the record of 23 scoreless innings set by Cy Young in 1908. Young is one of 34,511, on hand for today’s game at Brave’s Field.

21st  Red Sox 3B Pinky Higgins extends his consecutive-hit string to 12, with 8 hits in a doubleheader split with Detroit. He is 4-for-4 in each game, a Boston win in the opener, 8–3. Detroit wins the nitecap, 5–4. with Rudy York catching both games. Tomorrow, Pinky will strike out against Vern Kennedy in his first at bat ending the streak.

22nd  Chicago’s Hank Steinbacher gets 6 hits—five singles and a double—in 6 at bats as the White Sox pound Washington 16–3.

23rd The Cubs sweep two at home against the Giants, winning 7–4 and 3–1. Bill Lee is the victor in the opener, topping Harry Gumbert, while Dizzy Dean bests Hal Schumacher in game 2.

25th  At Baker Bowl, veteran catcher Spud Davis belts a 2-out solo homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Reds. Joe Cascarella serves up homer.

26th  Carl Hubbell wins his 200th game, as the Giants beat the visiting Cubs 5–1 and stretch their lead over the 2nd-place Reds to 2 games. Larry French takes the loss. Newly acquired Bob Seeds, up from Newark, leads the way with a 470-foot inside-the-park homer to the Eddie Grant memorial in dead center.

In the Phils-Reds split, Reds leadoff hitter Lonnie Frey bangs out 8 hits, just the third Reds player to collect 8 hits in a twinbill (Kiki Cuyler, 7/30/36 and Dusty Miller 10/9/1898). Frey is 5-for-5 in game 2 as the Reds win 8–5 behind Derringer. Claude Passeau wins the opener, 10–3 for the Phils. Jordan has 4 hits and Weintraub and Klein hit homers.

In St. Louis, the Senators sweep a pair winning, 9-1 and 7-2. In game 2, Al Simmons’ 4th inning grand slam, off Bobo Newsom, is the only score till the 9th inning.

At Yankee Stadium, four Negro League teams play a 4-team doubleheader to benefit the Great New York fund. In game 1, the Philadelphia Stars beat the Baltimore Elite Giants and the Pittsburgh Crawfords win over the New York Black Yankees. It is the first appearance in New York this year for the Black Yankees, who are still looking for a home field (as noted by Christopher Hauser). A possible venue, Dykeman Oval, was torn down earlier this year and made into a parking lot (it is now Dykeman Houses).

27th  At League Park, the Indians jump on Red Sox starter Lefty Grove (11-3) for 6 runs as they beat Boston, 7-3. Bob Feller (9-2) strikes out 10 in the win. Rollie Hemsley is 4-for-4 and Hal Trosky has a 2-run homer for the Tribe.

29th  In a night game at Brooklyn, the Boston Bees overcome a pair of homers by Dolf Camilli to beat the Dodgers, 7-6. In a post-game exhibition, Tuck Stainback of the Phillies wins an 80-yard race with teammate Hershel Martin finishing second. Boston’s Elbie Fletcher and Vince DiMaggio finish behind them. The race was run after the game due to the late arrival of the Phillies, who lost a doubleheader to the host Giants.

30th  The Phillies play their final game in the Baker Bowl, losing 14–1 to the Giants They will play future games in A’s-owned Shibe Park. Hank Leiber, with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, hits the last homer in the park, while Slick Castleman is the last winning pitcher.

JULY

1st  Dodgers C Babe Phelps fractures the thumb on his throwing hand for the 2nd time this year, and he’s replaced by Shea. The Giants win at Brooklyn, 3–1.

Bill Dickey drives in 7 of the Yankees 8 runs, all off starter Harry Kelley, to lead New York to an 8–0 shut out of the Senators. Bill’s big blow is a grand slam. The Yanks add an 8th run on a homer by Frank Crosetti.

2nd In St. Louis, the Browns ignore a 3rd-inning grand slam by Detroit’s Pete Fox and beat the Tigers, 13-5. It is the Brownies’ biggest score of the year.

3rd The Yankees pound out four homers—three off loser Wes Ferrell—to whip the Senators 12–2, for their 7th straight win. Joe DiMaggio leads the attack with a triple, two singles and a homer to drive in 4 runs. New York now trails the Indians by two games.

At Chicago, Cleveland takes the opener, 2-1, as Johnny Allen tops Ted Lyons. For Allen (12-1) it is his 12th straight win: last year he won 15 in a row. The Sox win the second game, 3-0, behind Thornton Lee. Allen’s run will end here and he will go just 2-7 record with a 6.29 ERA in the second half. Accounts vary as to the reason—one being that in the locker room at his all-star appearance he slipped on a bar of soap and injured himself—but his effectiveness decreased.

4th In a game interrupted by a deluge of bottles following an unpopular call, the visiting Yankees outpoll the Senators, 10–5 behind Red Ruffing Gehrig drives in three runs for the New Yorkers. Yanks SS Frank Crosetti nabs George Case with the hidden ball trick. Game 2 ends in a 4–4 tie.

In their first appearance at Shibe Park, the Phillies split with the Boston Bees, losing 10–5, then winning 10–2.

In the second of a pair, Dodger Luke Hamlin has the dubious distinction of serving up two grand slams to the Giants. Dick Bartell and Gus Mancuso do the honors, the second time in two months that teammates have slammed in a game. New York rolls 16–1, after winning the opener, 3–0 behind Hal Schumacher.

6th  The NL wins the 6th All-Star Game 4–1, with the aid of fine pitching and 4 AL errors. Starter Johnny Vander Meer gets the win before his hometown Cincinnati crowd with 3 shutout innings. In the 7th Brooklyn’s Leo Durocher has a “bunt home run” when he lays down a sac bunt to move Frank McCormick. Third sacker Jimmie Foxx fields it and throws it into RF. where it is retrieved by Joe DiMaggio. Joe D throws wildly trying to nab McCormick, allowing Leo to circle the bases.

8th  Fans vote to continue a game. At Hook Park in Paducah, Kentucky, the Fulton Eagles and Paducah Indians (Kitty League) go into extra innings. In the top of the 15th, Fulton Manager Ray Clonts is denied his request to allow a 15-minute break so players could eat steaks for some strength. The umpires say no, but in the top of the 19th, accede to Paducah Manager Pete Mondino’s request to have the remaining fans vote on whether the game should continue. The fans vote yes unanimously. After 5 hours 28 minutes, the game finally finishes at 1:45 AM after the Eagles score five in the top of the 20th to win, 14-9. (as noted by Phillip Lowry).

9th  New York’s Carl Hubbell is routed when Boston’s Tony Cuccinello, Max West, and Elbie Fletcher sting successive 3rd-inning HRs. Boston wins, 7–0 behind Lou Fette.

The Reds Bucky Walters scatters 6 hits in beating the 3rd-place Cubs at Wrigley Field, 11–0. Wally Berger has 4 hits including a HR, while Ernie Lombardi drives home 4.

In an Arkansas-Missouri League at Carthage, Kenneth Rutledge of Monett strikes out 20 Pirate batters, as Monett wins, 2-0.

10th  The Senators take a pair from the A’s, 5-2 and 8-7. Jimmy Wasdell has a grand slam for the Nats in the opener, off Bud Thomas in the 4th inning.

11th  In St. Louis, the Reds score 8 runs in the 1st inning and coast to a 9–5 win over the Cards.

The Dodgers buy former ML hurler Whitlow Wyatt from Milwaukee (American Association).

12th  Behind Ed Brandt, the Pirates take their 13th straight win, 14–6, over the Cubs’ Tex Carleton. Al Todd has a bases-loaded double, single and a homer to drive in 5 runs. It is the 8th straight win on this road trip, a team record for a single road trip streak that will not be matched until 2015. With their 40th victory in their last 54 games, the Pirates take the NL lead for the first time.

At Brooklyn, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 13–5, pummeling Hal Schumacher for 8 runs in the 1st. It is the Giants first loss to Brooklyn in 11 games and drops them out of first. Rookie Packy Rogers, up from Elmira, debuts with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. The real beating occurs in a nearby saloon after the game when Dodger fan Robert Joyce, a postal employee, is teased by Giants’ supporter Frank Krug about the Dodgers. Joyce goes out to his car and returns with two guns and in retaliation he kills Krug and wounds another.

Cleveland’s Odell Hale hits for the cycle against Washington, but the Senators are victorious, 9–8.

White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich is placed on the voluntary retired list for the rest of the season. He is suffering from an elbow infection.

13th  At Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio belts his 2nd homer of the game, a 3-run homer in the 10th, to give the Yankees a 15-12 win over the Browns. DiMag drives in 6 runs and Gehrig adds his 15th roundtripper of the year.

In a Tuberculosis Day game in St. Louis, Johnny Mize belts 3 homers and drives in 5 but the Bees top the Cardinals, 10-5.

In Pittsburgh, Brooklyn scores 7 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 10-5, and snap the Corsairs 13-game winning streak. The Pirates and Giants are in a virtual tie for 1st.

In a West Texas-New Mexico League at Lubbock, Jerry Blanchard of Lubbock strikes out 22 Spudder batters as Lubbock stops Wink, 12-1. Blanchard was notified before the game that he was going to be recalled by the Oklahoma City Club of the Texas League, after the game.

Carl Lehman of Wausau (Northern League) no-hits Fargo-Morehead in a 7-0 win.

14th Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove seriously injures his arm fielding a bunt and throwing to 1B against the Tigers. He leaves after 4 innings and is given the win as the Sox roll, 12–1. Grove has 14 victories but will not win again this year.

15th  Terry Moore returns to the Cardinal lineup following his June 11th concussion. He gets 3 hits and scores 3 to help St. Louis snap an 8-game losing streak with a 10–6 win over the Bees.

At Fenway, the Red Sox take the lead on Bobby Doerr’s 5th inning grand slam to beat the Browns, 5-3, giving St. Louis their 10th loss in a row.

At Crosley, a Girls Day crowd of 27,443 watch the Reds lose to the Giants, 3-2. Pitcher Hal Schumacher has 2 hits and an RBI in the win.

16th Goody Rosen and Tuck Stainback each have 4 hits as Brooklyn beats the host Reds, 12-5. On a attempted tag at home on McCormick, Brooklyn catcher Gilly Campbell is spiked on the left foot and requires 10 stitches. The Dodgers will recall backstop Roy Thomas.

17th In the first game of a big doubleheader (43,241 on hand) in Pittsburgh, the Giants edge the Pirates, 2-1. The Bucs overcome a grand slam by Mel Ott in New York’s 6-run 7th to tie, 7-7, in a game called after nine innings because of the Blue Law. The Pirates score a run in the 8th and two in the 9th to tie. The two teams are virtually tied for first place in the NL.

19th In game 1, Harl Maggert drives in 2 runs in the 8th, and Whitey Moore pitches a 2-hitter to lead the Reds to a 2–0 win over the visiting Braves. In the nitecap, Boston pitchers nail 4 Reds batters to tie a NL record for the 20th century as the Reds win, 7–2. Hutchinson plunks one and Bobby Reis pops 3 in 7 2/3 innings.

Prior to the Giants 7–6 win in St. Louis, Babe Ruth tops all competitors in a hitting competition with a drive of 430 feet, the ball landing in the second car tracks of Grand Avenue. Medwick is second with a clout of 425 feet over the left field barrier into Sullivan Avenue. Ruth receives $50 and Medwick $25. The US Army measures the drives.

20th  Johnny Mize of the Cardinals has 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season, in a 7–1 win against the Giants. In game 1, the Cards take it, 7–2.

Catcher Gabby Hartnett replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the 3rd-place Cubs. The Cubs are off today and are 5 ½ games behind the Pirates and Giants, as Hartnett takes over. Grimm goes to the radio booth.

21st Linus “Skeeter” Ebnet, 23-year-old shortstop of the Winnipeg club of the Northern League, dies in a hospital as the result of injuries received when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 16. (as noted by Joey Beretta)

22nd Pitching for the last place St. Louis Browns, Fred “Cactus” Johnson makes his first appearance in the majors since chucking for the Giants 1922-1923. The long-time minor leaguer gives up 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings to finish a 9–7 Browns win over Washington. Cactus will go 3–7 this year for the Browns.

23rd Chicago’s Dizzy Dean outpitches Hal Schumacher to give the Cubs a 3–1 win over the Giants. In a rundown play, Cubs SS Billy Jurges crashes into 2B Dick Bartell and the two roll around kicking and punching.

24th  In Philadelphia, the Tigers take two from the A’s, 7-6 and 7-3. Hank Greenberg hits a grand slam in the 6-run 5th inning of game 1.

25th  Cleveland’s Johnny Allen has his 12-game win streak snapped by the Red Sox, as Boston wins, 1–0, behind Dickman. Jimmie Foxx’s homer is the only score. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 3–0, behind Mel Harder.

26th  At Chicago, the White Sox scrub the Red Sox, winning 9–1 behind Ted Lyons. The Sox substitute OF Fabian Gaffke in his only appearance behind the plate and he breaks up double steal with an assist.

27th  Hank Greenberg of the Tigers, who had hit HRs his last 2 at bats the day yesterday, a 6–1 win over the Senators at home, homers his first 2 times up to tie the ML record (Bobby Lowe) of 4 in a row. Detroit whips the Nats, 9–4.

In a raucous game in Brooklyn, pop bottles fly as the Cubs shell the Dodgers, 10–8, scoring twice in the 9th. Manager Burleigh Grimes and captain Leo Durocher are tossed after protesting an out call at 2B that would have loaded the sacks for the Dodgers. When Billy Jurges appears to muff a DP ball at the keystone sack, umpire Bill Klem, who is close to the action, calls him out on a signal from 3B ump Ziggy Sears. That results in the pop bottles flying, and Sears tossing the 2 protesting Dodgers. It also results in Larry MacPhail complaining after the game that Klem missed a call 10 feet away and he was demanding a meeting with the umps and Ford Frick. Catcher Gilly Campbell has 3 hits but allows Hack (who will lead the NL with 16) and Galan to steal a base while he argues with umpire Ballanfant that a pitch should have been strike 3 and not ball 4. It was strike 3. Rip Collins has 4 hits and 3 RBI for Chicago.

Baserunning errors keep 41-year-old rookie Fred Johnson (He pitched 35 total innings in 1922-23) from winning his first start in the AL, as the Yankees beat the Browns, 7-5. Glenn McQuillan hits a 425-ft single to CF with the bases loaded, but Mel Mazzera, the runner on 2B, hesitates at 3B and is thrown out at the plate. Johnson had gone 2-2 for the 1922-23 Giants, pitching in just 35 innings. The Yankee starter is Joe Vance, another recruit from the American Association (8-1, 34 straight innings without a run), who hits a pair of doubles before being replaced by Steve Sundra (2-2) Sundra has a homer and single.

At Boston, Reds pitcher Paul Derringer and Wally Berger homer in the 3rd inning, off Jim Turner, to help beat the Boston Bees, 6-2. For Derringer, who allows 5 hits, it is his first ML homer. His 2nd and last will come this year.

In a West Texas-New Mexico League game at Lubbock, Ralph Marshall of Lubbock strikes out 22 Pioneer batters as Lubbock beats Clovis, 8-1. Marshall is the second Lubbock pitcher in two weeks to strike out 22 batters.

28th  After taking the first 3 games in St. Louis, the Yankees are stopped by Browns P Oral Hildebrand, who tops New York 4–3. All three Yankee scores come on solo home runs, by DiMaggio, Selkirk, and Gehrig. New York now leads the Indians by a game, and the Red Sox by three.

In a night game in Zanesville, Ohio, the Homestead Grays overwhelm the Memphis Red Sox, 17-4, as Josh Gibson hits four home runs. The future Hall of Famer connects twice in the 10-run 5th inning. Gibson will hit 9 homers during the Grays 9-0 nine-game series.

At Neosha (Arkansas-Missouri League), William Gill of Neosha strikes out 19 batters as Neosha beats Fayetville, 5-0.

30th In the Tigers sweep, 10-7 and 8-7, over the A’s, Hank Greenberg hits his 9th HR in a week, tying the mark set by Babe Ruth in 1930. Greenberg started the week with a grand slam on the 24th. Hank has homers in the 8th innings of each game, but has to share slugging honors with Charley Gehringer who has a homer, double, 3 singles and 6 RBIs. Harry Eisenstat is the beneficiary of both 8th inning power outages (5 runs, 3 runs) and wins both games in relief.

Cleveland beats the visiting Senators, 8-5, though Zeke Bonura’s hits a grand slam for the Nats. The Tribe stays a game behind the Yankees in the AL.

31st  After New York wins the opener, 5–1 behind Monte Pearson, New York’s Spud Chandler pitches all 15 innings as the visiting Yankees beat the White Sox 7–3. In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson, Jake Powell of the Yankees will make headlines with remarks about “beating up niggers and then throwing them in jail” as part of his off-season duties as a policeman. For the statements, Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to historians Dan Okrent and Steve Wulf, after Powell’s suspension, the outfielder went to Harlem and worked his way south stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his remarks.

In St. Louis, the Browns take two from the Red Sox, winning 7-6 in game one when they score 2 runs in the 9th. A 7-run 1st inning in game 2 is enough as the Browns win, 10-2, in 6 ½ innings. Shortstop Red Kress has a grand slam in the game 2 first frame.

AUGUST

1st  Al Munro Elias, founder of the Elias Sports Bureau and for many years the official statistician of the NL and IL, dies in New York City at age 67.

2nd  Larry MacPhail has official baseballs dyed dandelion yellow, and they are used in the first game of a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers win 6–2, but Johnny Mize hits one of Freddie Fitzsimmons’ knuckleballs for the first “yellow” homerun. Fat Freddie complains that the dye comes off and the balls are too slick. The Dodgers will use up their yellow balls in 3 more games in 1939 (Cards over Dodgers, 12–0 and 5–2; Dodgers over Cubs, 10–4). In the second game today, a white ball is used and the Dodgers tattoo that for a 9–3 win. Yellow balls were used in an August 1928 game between Milwaukee and Louisville.

Cubs P Clay Bryant, who will lead the NL in walks (125) and strikeouts (135), shuts out the Giants, 7–0, at the Polo Grounds. Hubbell takes the loss.

Two players act as umpires in a game in St. Louis. In a game being worked by only two umpires, Browns’ catcher Billy Sullivan tries to score on Orel Hildebrand’s single in the second inning, and smashes into umpire Harry Geisel, knocking him cold. Geisel is carried from the field, and regains consciousness in the clubhouse, where Dr. R. F. Hyland discovers that the umpire’s left wrist has been fractured. Steve Basil, the other umpire, goes behind the plate while Buck Newsom (Browns) and Oscar Bluege (Nats), both active players, became umpires in the field. Washington wins, 5-3.

3rd Following an 8–3 loss to the Giants, Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett explodes, chastising the team for not playing harder.

At Comiskey Park, the A’s wring the White Sox, winning 14-2 and 13-5. Philadelphia totals 34 hits including a grand slam by Bob Johnson in the 9th.

5th  Forty-one-year-old Browns P Fred “Cactus” Johnson wins his first ML game since 1923, when he won a pair for the Giants. Cactus goes 9 innings and gives up 9 hits in beating the Indians, 9–2. He drives in 2 runs while Buster Mills collects 4 hits. Al Williams (0-7) is the loser. Johnson won 252 minor leagues games in his career, and will win two more this year for the Brownies. The 15 years between decisions with no appearances in the majors is a ML record.

In Detroit, Joe Cronin hits a grand slam in Boston’s 5-run 9th as the Sox tie Detroit, 8 apiece. Boston pushes across a run in the 10th to make Jim Bagby the winner in relief. Bagby will do it again tomorrow.

6th  Ailing Mickey Cochrane is fired as Detroit manager and replaced by Del Baker.

Former AL pitcher George Pipgras joins the league’s umpiring staff.

Cincinnati has only one assist in a game with the Dodgers, tying the ML record held by 4 clubs. Harry Craft assists with a grand slam for Cincy as they win, 11–6, at Brooklyn.

Behind Lou Fette, the Bees edge the Cubs, 1–0. Vance Page is the loser.

7th  New York’s Red Ruffing loses his no-hitter when Cleveland’s Roy Weatherly doubles in the 9th with one out. The Yankees and Ruffing win easily, 7–0.

Didn’t get the calls, Skip. Alex Swails, pitching for Muskogee (Class C–Western Association) walks 32 Ponca City batters in losing, 16-7, setting an all-time Organized Ball record. Ponca City strands 22 base runners in 8 innings.. Ponca City’s pitcher Hub Kittle walks 11 to total 43 free passes in the game. Kittle will go on to be a coach in the majors and minor leagues in a career spanning nine decades.

9th  In Philadelphia, the A’s starter Nels Potter takes a 3-0 lead into the 7th inning only to have the wheels come off as the Red Sox score 16 runs in the last three innings to win, 16-4. Jim Tabor has a grand slam for Boston.

12th  The Giants pitcher Harry Gumbert beats the Phillies 1–0 at Shibe Park. The Phillies abandoned ancient Baker Bowl a month earlier.

The Senators release Wes Ferrell, who despite struggling with shoulder problems, leads the Nats staff with a 13–8 record, despite a 5.92 ERA. Clark Griffith, who has had differences with Ferrell over money, says Wes wasn’t helping the club. The Yankees will sign him in 2 days. Brother Rick stays a Senator.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks and A’s split a pair. The A’s take the opener, 5-4, scoring a run in the 9th. The Bombers come back in game 2 to win, 16-3, on 16 hits including a grand slam by George Selkirk.

Dutch Leonard stops the visiting Red Sox, 13-1, in Washington. The Nats score 7 runs in the 5th, four on a grand slam by Buddy Myer.

14th  In game 1 in St. Louis, Browns ace Bobo Newsom fires a one-hitter, stopping Detroit, 7-1. Birdie Tebbetts has the lone hit as Bobo strikes out 12. Birdie has a 9th inning pinch single in game 2 to drive in the tying run as the two teams end in a 3-3 tie.

15th  A bad day for Chicago as the Cards Lon Warneke stops his old teammates, 8–4. Clay Bryant is the loser. Worse than their 2nd loss in a row is losing player-manager Hartnett, who fractures his thumb when struck by a Joe Medwick foul tip. Gabby will be sidelined for three weeks.

At Griffith Stadium, the Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 16-1 and 6-2. The Bombers hand Lefty Gomez a 9-run 4th in the opener. Lou Gehrig leads the way with two singles, a double, 3-run homer, 5 RBIs and 4 runs. The fireworks in the second game are provided by Jake Powell, making his first appearance since his 10-day suspension last month for racist comments he made on the radio. In answer to Bob Elson’s question, “How do you keep in trim during the winter months?’ Powell, an off season policeman, replied he kept in shape by “cracking niggers over the head with my blackjack.” Powell is greeted by a barrage of bottles so intense that the “game had to be halted several minutes while five Negro ground attendants gathered the glassware in baskets” (The New York Times). Powell goes hitless as the Yankees win, 6-2, behind Red Ruffing (16-4). Joe DiMaggio has a single, double and homer to drive in 3 runs.

18th  Carl Hubbell is forced to leave the mound in a 5–3 loss to the Dodgers when he experiences sharp elbow pains in his pitching arm. He will have surgery to remove bone chips in a few days ending his season at 13-10.

Pitching against the team that released him, new Yankee Wes Ferrell (14-8) whips the Senators, 5–4, in 11 innings. Ferrell will go 2-2 for New York, with an 8.10 ERA. The Senators gave Ferrell a 10-day severance package. Harry Kelley wins the second game, 6-3, as the Nats salvage a win in the series.

19th  When Detroit’s Billy Rogell walks his first time up, it is his 7th consecutive base on balls, a new AL record. Jose Canseco, Mel Ott and Eddie Stanky will tie Rogell’s patience in this century. Rogell is 0-for-3 in game 1, an 8–7 win over the Browns, then goes 0-for-5 in game 2, a 7–4 Tiger win. Hank Greenberg hits 3 homers, including a grand slam, in the doubleheader.

In preparation for 1940 Olympic tournament in Tokyo, the U.S. Olympic Baseball team loses 5–3 to England in a rain-shortened 6-inning match in Leeds. The England side, consisting mostly of Canadians and other Commonwealth players, has now beaten the Americans in four of the five games, and the International Baseball Federation will crown the Brits as the Inaugural World Amateur Champions. The outbreak of the War will cancel the 1940 Olympic Games.

20th  Lou Gehrig hits a first-inning grand slam, the 23rd and last of his career for a still-standing record. It comes off Buck Ross in an 11–3 victory over the A’s. Larrupin’ Lou ends the day with 6 RBIs.

The Cubs commit 6 errors in losing to the league-leading Pirates, 5–2, at Wrigley Field.

The East-West Negro League all-star game at Comiskey Park draws 30,000 fans. The East scores 3 in the first off Willie Cornelius, but Hilton Smith and Double Duty Radcliffe hold the East sluggers to one run after that. Neil Robinson hits a 3-run inside-the-park homer for the West as they win, 5-4.

Cleveland Indian catchers Frank Pytlak and Hank Helf break the all-time altitude mark by catching baseballs dropped from the 706-foot Cleveland Terminal Tower. In the afternoon game, Cleveland beats Chicago, 8-2, behind Mel Harder. Monty Stratton takes the loss as Jeff Heath scores 5 runs.

Detroit beats St. Louis 6-4 behind 2 homers by Rudy York. Don Heffner and George McQuillan homer for the Browns as McQuillan’s hit streak reaches 30 games.

21st Before 40,402 at Wrigley, the Cubs sweep the Pirates, winning 6–4 and 6–1, to cut the Bucs lead to 7 games. Bill Lee is the winner over Cy Blanton in the opener, while Tex Carleton tops Russ Bauers in the nitecap.

22nd  Carl Hubbell has an arm operation for bone chips in his elbow and is finished for the season. He tells writers that for several years his elbow has hurt from throwing his screwball.

23rd At Fenway, the Red Sox roll over the Indians, 13–3 in the first of 2. Pinky Higgins leads the 21-hit attack with 5 hits to back Ostermueller’s pitching. In game 2, Jimmie Foxx has 6 RBIs, and connects for a 9th inning grand slam off Willis Hudlin to lead Boston to a 14–12 win. Foxx will homer 9 times against the Tribe this year, an AL record for homers against one club.

In St. Louis, Terry Moore belts a 4th-inning homer, off Vito Tamulis, as the Cardinals hold on to whip the Dodgers, 9-7. Tamulis was picked up on waivers from the Browns on May 20th.

24th  Virgil Trucks strikes out his 420th batter (some accounts have this at 418)—the highest season total in organized ball—for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game. On May 18th and June 4th, Trucks threw no-hitters, and struck out 19 in the first no-hitter. He will finish at 25-6, with a 1.25 ERA. News at the time will credit Trucks with breaking Old Hoss Radbourn’s record set in 1884, but subsequent research will establish that Matt Kilroy struck out 513 for Baltimore in 1886..

In a Florida State League game, Blix Donnelly of Daytona Beach strikes out 19 Gainesville G-Men in a 6-0 win. As a rookie, Donnelly will win a WS game for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944.

25th  St. Louis Browns’ George McQuinn’s 34-game hitting string is stopped 7 short of George Sisler’s AL record. McQuinn has a single in the first game 8–5 win over the A’s, then is collared in the 4–1 nitecap loss. No one but Sisler and Cobb, both twice, have had longer hit streaks in 20th century so far.

Thanks, Skip. In a weird-ending Coastal Plain League game at Goldsboro, William Flora of Goldsboro strikes out 20 Eagle batters in 9 innings and 25 batters in 12 innings against Kinston. In the 13th inning, umpire Chewning forfeits the game to Kinston because the Goldsboro manager ignores his requests for new balls.

26th At Yankee Stadium, Bob Feller endures the worst outing of his career, giving up 15 runs, all earned, in 7 innings. He gives up 15 hits and walks 9 in the 15-9 loss. Joe DiMaggio drives in 7 runs on 4 hits, including a homer and 2 doubles. Tommy Henrich drives in 4. The Indians rebound in game 2 to win, 8-5, as Frank Pytak drives in 5 runs on a single, triple and homer.

The last-place Phils take their 3rd straight game from the front-running Pirates, winning 6–4 at Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh now leads the Giants by 4 ½ games.

27th  With 40,959 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio has 3 triples in the first game of a doubleheader with Cleveland, an 8–7 Yankee win. New York scores 4 in the 9th, the last 2 coming around on DiMaggio’s 3rd successive triple, to win it. In the 2nd game, Yankee Monte Pearson tosses a no-hitter—the first at Yankee Stadium—winning his 10th straight game, 13–0. He faces just 27 batters, striking out 7. The Yankees, playing their 6th successive doubleheader, increase their AL lead to 12 games.

Washington outhits the visiting Tigers, 19 to 15, but Detroit edges the Nats, 12-11. Zeke Bonura hits his second grand slam of the year for Washington in the 4th. It is the 8th grand slam for the Senators this year, the same number they’ve hit in the last 12 years combined and more than they’ll total in the next 12 years.

28th  On Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park, the A’s win a doubleheader, 5–4 and 7–2, from the White Sox, setting a AL record by playing their 7th successive twin bill in 8 days.

Playing for Hickory (Carolina League) against visiting Kannapolis, Vince Barton hits five consecutive homeruns, good for 9 RBIs. He grounds out in the first inning, then connects in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings. His longest is estimated at 500 feet. Barton, a former Chicago Cub, led the International League in homers in 1934.

30th Red Sox center fielder Doc Cramer pitches 4 innings in relief against the Browns, giving up two runs in a 5–0 Boston loss. It is Doc’s only pitching appearance.

Pittsburgh’s Jim Tobin tops the Giants 7–1 to pad the Bucs lead over New York to 6 ½ games. For pennant insurance, the Bucs purchase Heine Manush from Toronto (IL).

Dick Ward of San Diego (PCL) pitches a no-hitter for 12 2/3 innings against Los Angeles before allowing a hit in the 13th. Ward allows one more hit as he wins in 16 innings, 1–0.

SEPTEMBER

1st At Forbes Field, the first-place Pirates maintain a 7-game lead over the Cubs and Reds with a 6-0 victory over the New York Giants. Bob Klinger fires the shutout while the Waner brothers combine for 6 hits.

2nd The revived Cardinals score first and hold on for an 11-10 win over the first-place Pirates. The Bucs are now 6 ½ games in front of the idle Reds and Cubs. Don Gutteridge has 5 RBIs on a single, triple and a 3-run inside the park homer. Rizzo also has 5 RBIs for the Bucs.

3rd  Rudy York of the Tigers hits his 4th grand slam, tying the ML season record as he ties into a Jack Knott pitch. The Tigers roll, 11–4 behind Tommy Bridges. Knott was acquired in mid-season by the White Sox.

4th  In a doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Red Sox collect 17 hits in each game but only manage a split. Led by Sam Chapman’s grand slam off Jack Wilson, the A’s score 7 runs in the 8th of the opener to win, 12-11. The Red Sox answer with a 1st-inning grand slam from Pinky Higgins and win the second contest, 12-2.

5th  C Babe Phelps of the Dodgers breaks a bone in his throwing hand for the 3rd time this season.

In Pittsburgh, the Cubs sweep a Labor Day doubleheader from the leading Pirates, winning 3–0 behind Bill Lee and 4–3 in back of Clay Bryant to move 4 games behind to the leaders. Brandt and Tobin take the losses for the Bucs.

7th On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway, Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11–4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBIs, on 3 hits including a pair of homers—all in just 5 ½ innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. They are the last 2 steals of his career.

9th  Lou Gehrig plays his 2,100th consecutive game and has four hits to bring his average over .300. The Yanks trip the Senators, 3–0, behind Bump Hadley.

In Cleveland, the Tigers top the Indians, 11–5, on Hank Greenberg’s 47th homer of the year. Jeff Heath has a homer and 4 RBIs for Cleveland.

10th  Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox hits 2 HRs in a game for the 9th time this season, breaking a record held by Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Lynn Nelson of the A’s serves up the homers in a 15–7 win at Fenway. The Sox have just a makeup game at Fenway left with all their remaining games on the road. Foxx has now hit 35 homers at home, the most ever hit at Fenway.

At Wrigley Field, Frank McCormick has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 9–1 win over the Cubs.

At the Polo Grounds the Giants rough up the Dodgers, 20-2, as Bill Melton scatters 4 hits for New York. He also drives in 4 runs, 3 on a double, and is matched by Jo-Jo Moore. Alex Kampouris drives in 5. The Giants remain in 4th place, 5.5 games out of a 1st and a game out of 2nd place.

Pittsburgh’s Al Todd has a 2-run homer and in the 8th inning a 3-run triple as the Bucs plate 7 in beating the Cardinals, 14-7. Mace Brown pitches a hitless 4 innings in relief to win his 15th, an NL record for relief pitchers that will be topped by Jim Konstanty next. The Pirates push their lead to 4.5 games in the NL over the Reds and Cubs.

11th   The Cards beat the first-place Pirates, 6-4, as Paul Dean (1-0) wins his first of the year. Pittsburgh is now 3.5 games in front of the Cubs.

Hank Greenberg continues his hot hitting, banging two homers off Chicago’s Ted Lyons. The Tigers sweep the Sox, winning 10–1 and 5–3.

13th  A special committee names Alexander Cartwright to Baseball’s Hall of Fame for originating the sport’s basic concepts. Henry Chadwick, inventor of the box score and the first baseball writer, is also honored.

14th In Boston, the Cubs win 6–3 on a disputed grand slam by Gabby Hartnett. Gabby hits a pitch from the Bees’ Lou Fette that curls past the LF foul pole and is called a homer by ump Tiny Parker. Chicago columnist John Carmichael writes that the ump made a mistake.

Frank Frisch is fired as Cardinals manager, and Cuban-born coach Mike Gonzalez takes charge. The Cards then sweep a pair from the host Phillies, winning 12-9 and 3-2. Rookie Mort Cooper wins the nitecap in his first ML appearance.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the first-place Pirates, winning 3–0 and 10–3. Hal Schumacher fires the shutout, with Gumbert taking the nitecap. The double loss leaves the faltering Bucs 2.5 games in first place.

15th  At the Polo Grounds, Pirates P Jim Tobin puts Giants star Mel Ott in the record book, hitting him three times with pitches. Tobin wins, 7–2. Brothers Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates hit consecutive HRs off Cliff Melton in the 5th inning. This is the 3rd time both will have HRs in the same game, but the first time off the same pitcher. It is also the only time in history that brothers hit back-to-back homers. For Lloyd, it is his last major-league homer.

17th Bill Lee pitches the visiting Cubs to a 4–0 win over New York, allowing 13 Giants hits in the game, one short of the record number in a shut out. Lee’s performance, his 3rd straight shutout, combined with the Cubs’ 7-inning, 4–2 win behind Clay Bryant in the nitecap, leaves the Cubs 2 ½ games behind the leading Pirates. General Lee topped the Pirates, 3–0 and the Reds, 2–0, and in between tossed 1 1/3 innings of shut out relief.

In the opener of a pair in Chicago, White Sox reserve Merv Connors hits 3 consecutive HRs and a double off A’s P Jim Renninger. The White Sox win 8–4 and 7–4. Connors will end up with eight homers for his career.

Hank Greenberg connects for his 52nd and 53rd homers, off Monte Pearson, to lead Detroit to a 7–3 win over the Yankees. Hank is now two games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.

18th  Although they drop a Sunday doubleheader to the Browns, the Yankees clinch the pennant as second-place Boston is rained out. The Browns take the lidlifter, 4–3, the edge the Yanks, 8–7. Harland Clift has a triple and 2 homers in game 2, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

After pitching on the 16th, Pittsburgh’s Russ Bauers tops the host Phillies 1–0 on 4 hits as Paul Waner drives in the only run. The Pirates are now 3 ½ games in front of the Cubs.

Brooklyn beats the Cubs, 4–1, in the opener of 2, with the 2nd game ending 3–3 as darkness descends. Billy Herman snags a line drive with the bases full to keep Brooklyn from scoring. Hartnett turns down MacPhail’s offer to return to Brooklyn next Friday to replay the tie game.

19th  The Cubs game in Philadelphia and the Pirates game at the Polo Grounds are canceled because of a devastating hurricane walloping the Northeast coast. Games on Tuesday and Wednesday will be washed out as well.

21st In Boston, rain cuts short the Bees doubleheader. The Cards win the opener, 4–0, as Joe Medwick drives in all the runs for Paul Dean. The second game is called because of rain.

22nd  Bill Lee of the Cubs pitches his 4th consecutive shutout, a 4–0 blanking of the Phils. He matches the feat of Ed Reulbach (1908) and Grover Alexander (1911). It is Lee’s 9th shut out of the season. Clay Bryant wins the nitecap for Chicago, 2–1, for his 18th victory.

The Pirates take two from the Dodgers, winning 6–0 behind Jim Tobin and 11–6, and remain in first place by 3 1⁄2 games.

The visiting Cardinals lose a pair to the Boston Bees, 6–5 and 4–1, then set a first by flying to New York aboard two TWA planes. In New York, the team catches an overnight train to Chicago. The airline flight is necessitated by the great hurricane that wiped out much of the rail lines on the North East coast.

23rd The Cubs take a pair from the host Phillies winning 3–2 and 7–6. Augie Galan’s 8th inning dinger is key in the opener, while in the 2nd game Ripper Collins towering fly in the 9th with the bases loaded is misplayed by CF Gib Brack for a double. The Cubs catch an overnight train for their rendezvous with the Cardinals tomorrow.

The Reds trim the Pirates, 5–4, in 12 innings, cutting Pittsburgh’s lead to 2 games.

For the 10th time this season, Hank Greenberg homers twice in a game, hitting his 55th and 56th of the year, but the Tigers lose, 6–5, in 7 innings. Game one of the twinbill is also a loss, 8–1, to Bob Feller. Feller strikes out 10 and walks 1.

24th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs clip the Cardinals, 9–3, beating Lon Warneke. Gabby Hartnett hits a homer as the Cubs win for the 15th time in 18 games.

Pittsburgh’s Russ Bauers whips the visiting Reds, 4–1, on six hits to keep the Bucs two games ahead. Johnny Vander Meer is the loser.

25th Pitching on two days rest, Clay Bryant picks up his 19th win, as the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 7–2.

The Pirates maintain their two game lead with a 5–3 victory over the Reds. Red Lucas is the winner over Paul Derringer.

26th With several players from the Pirates in the stands at Wrigley, Bill Lee wins his 21st game, stopping the Reds, 6–3. However, the Reds stop Lee’s streak of scoreless innings at 37 1/3.

27th  For the 11th time, Hank Greenberg hits two homers, # 57 and 58, in the nitecap of a doubleheader sweep of the Browns. His first HR was inside-the-park, though he later admits he was “out by a mile” as Brownie catcher Sam Hushaney seemingly nabs him. A friendly call by ump Bill McGowan saves the homer. The Tigers win 5–4 and 10–2, with the second game going just 5 innings. Greenberg will hit no more and end two short of Ruth’s record.

With the Pirates 1 1⁄2 game up on the Cubs, Dizzy Dean stops the Bucs for 8 innings with his “nothing ball.” In the 9th Bill Lee, who pitched a complete game win against the Cards yesterday, relieves Dean (7–1), and the Cubs hold on to win, 2–1. The Pirate lead is down to a half game.

At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig connects off Washington’s Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5–2 win. It is Lou’s 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first homer.

Bob Feller and the Indians beat the White Sox 6–1. Rapid Robert also reaches 201 bases on balls for the season, the first ML pitcher ever to top 200 passes. Ryan will be the next and only one.

28th  At Wrigley, 34,465 fans show up for one of the most dramatic games in history. The Pirates take a 3–1 lead in the 6th on Johnny Rizzo’s 2-run homer, his 21st of the year. Chicago ties it in the 6th, but the Bucs score twice again in the 8th for a 5–3 lead. A weary Bill Lee relieves, gives up a run, but gets starter Bob Klinger to hit into a DP. Klinger then gives up a single and is lifted for little-used Bill Swift, who gives up two runs, and the game is knotted at 5–5. Then, with two outs in the 9th inning, Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett hits the “homer in the gloaming” against Mace Brown to break the tie and put the Cubs in first place ahead of the Pirates. Hartnett later recalls circling the bases, “When I got to second base, I couldn’t see third for all the players and fans there. I don’t think I walked a step to the plate. I was carried in.” With 2 outs and none on base, the umpires intended to call the game because of darkness after Hartnett’s turn at bat. Rizzo ends the year with a ML record, having homered in 9 parks, including Baker’s Bowl and Connie Mack Stadium.

In Detroit’s 12–0 win over St. Louis, Birdie Tebbetts clubs a grand slam for the Tigers, Detroit’s 10th of the year. Five of the grand slams have been hit by Rudy York, and the ten is a ML team record breaking the mark set by the 1929 Cubs: the ten will be matched by the 1987 Yankees and the 1995 Brewers. George Gill (12–9) is the winner. St. Louis will like what they see, acquiring Gill next spring in the Newsom trade.

29th Bill Lee, pitching for the 4th straight day, gives the Cubs a 10–1 win over the faltering Pirates. The Cubs now lead by 1 ½ games and have won ten games in a row.

In the Tigers 6–2 win over the Browns, Hank Greenberg is held to a single.

30th  In Cincinnati, 21-game winner Paul Derringer pitches the Reds to a 4–1 win in the opener of a twinbill with the second-place Pirates. Jim Tobin takes the loss. In the 2nd game, Russ Bauers, who did not get out of the 2nd inning yesterday, wins, 4–1, for the split

In St. Louis, the Cubs-Cards game ends in a 7–7 tie called after 9 on account of darkness. Johnny Mize has a bases loaded triple, his league-leading 16th triple of the year. With no stolen bases to go with the triples, he sets a ML record. Next year he will total 14 triples and no steals.

Jimmie Wilson resigns as manager of the Phillies. He will be replaced by Doc Prothro.

OCTOBER

1st  The Cubs clinch the pennant, beating the Cards in the 2nd game of a twin bill, 10–3, after the Birds win the opener. The Reds beat the Pirates.

Against the Yankees Johnny Murphy, Jimmie Foxx unloads a grand slam in the 6th inning, his 3rd of the year. For Murphy, it is the second slam he’s served up in two weeks.

At Cincinnati, the Reds collect 17 hits to beat the Pirates, 9–6. Ernie Lombardi is 4-for-5 and, with a hit tomorrow, will end the season with an NL high .342. Through September 28 he was hitting .337, second to Mize’s .339.

2nd  Bob Feller breaks his own AL strikeout record and sets a ML strikeout mark by fanning 18 Tigers. At one point Feller has 6 straight strikeouts, tying the AL mark, and yet loses 4–1 to Harry Eisenstat’s 4-hitter. Harry strikes out three with his slow curves. Tiger outfielder Chet Laabs contributes 5 strike outs, including the last, to Feller’s total. Hank Greenberg has two long drives, one a 2-run double, and a walk—but no homers—against Rapid Robert, who allows seven hits and walks seven. Greenberg is 3-for-3—all singles and finishes with 58 homers. Detroit completes the sweep with a 10–8 win in game 2, finally called by ump George Moriarty after seven innings. Feller ends the season with 208 walks to set a ML record: the only other hurler to top 200 will be Nolan Ryan, in 1974 (204) and 1977 (202).

In a 4-3 decision over the White Sox in game 1, Bobo Newsom wins his 20th game for the 7th-place Browns, and strikes out 10. He is one of four 20-game winners, two in each league, this season. Bobo’s 226 K’s for the year just misses the league lead, but coupled with his 5.08 ERA, it is the highest ever for a pitcher with an ERA that high (Robbie Ray, in 2016, will come closest with 218 strikeouts and a 4.90 ERA.) His 192 walks also misses the lead as well: it’ll be the highest total for any ML pitcher this century not named Feller or Ryan. But Bobo is the first ML pitcher to serve up 30 homeruns in a season. The Sox win the abbreviated second game, 3-0. Sox September call-up Merv Connors is hitless but finishes his month with a .355 average. His two Septembers will be it for Merv.

In the split between Washington and Philadelphia, Nats rookie Taffy Wright goes 0-for-8 to drop his average from .361 to .350, still the highest in the AL. Wright plays the bare minimum 100 games and technically qualifies for the batting title, but Taffy is pulled from the leader board in favor of Jimmie Foxx, who wins the title with his .349.

3rd In Chicago, 300,000 turn out to cheer the Cubs motorcade through downtown.

5th  Bill Dickey ties a WS record with 4 hits, as Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3–1 win in the Series opener at Wrigley Field.

6th  Lefty Gomez sets a record with his sixth WS victory without a loss, defeating the Cubs 6–3, with relief help from Johnny Murphy. Dizzy Dean takes a 3–2 lead into the 8th but Frank Crosetti and Joe DiMaggio contribute two-run homers for the Yankee win.

8th  The Series moves to Yankee Stadium, and New York rolls to its third straight win, with Monte Pearson beating Clay Bryant 5–2. Bill Dickey and Joe Gordon homer.

9th  The Yankees become the first team to win 3 successive World Championships, defeating the Cubs by a score of 8–3, as Red Ruffing wins his second game and the Yankees sweep.

10th  Burleigh Grimes is dismissed as Dodgers manager. Leo Durocher will be named as his replacement in 2 days.

11th  Doc Prothro, the new Phils manager, retains Hans Lobert as coach.

12th  Durocher is named Dodger manager and adds Charlie Dressen and Bill Killifer as coaches.

26th The Yankees trade Myril Hoag and Joe Glenn to the Browns for Oral Hildebrand and Buster Mills.

NOVEMBER

1st  NL batting champ Ernie Lombardi is named MVP by the BBWAA. Chicago P Bill Lee is runner-up.

2nd  Jimmie Foxx is voted MVP of the AL for the third time, with Yankees C Bill Dickey second in the voting.

6th  The 3 DiMaggio brothers play together for the first time, making up an outfield for an all-star team in a West Coast charity game.

The St. Louis Cardinals hire Ray Blades to manage the team in 1939. Blades, manager of Rochester this past season, will be replaced by Billy Southworth.

7th  Fred Haney is signed to manage the St. Louis Browns.

19th  The Yankees give up on pitcher Johnny Broaca and sell him to the Cleveland Indians. Broaca jumped the team in July 1937 and disappeared, not playing the remainder of ’37 or all of 1938.

28th  The White Sox 25-year-old pitching star Monty Stratton has his leg amputated following a hunting accident.

DECEMBER

6th  In a trade of major names, the Giants send Dick Bartell, Hank Leiber, and Gus Mancuso to the Cubs for Billy Jurges, Frank Demaree, and Ken O’Dea. The trade works best for the Giants as the New York-born Jurges will anchor the infield for 7 years; Chicago-born Bartell lasts just a season at Wrigley.

Larry MacPhail ends an agreement with the Yankees and Giants to ban broadcasts in the New York area and sells the radio rights of the Dodgers games to Wheaties.

11th  The Giants get slugger Zeke Bonura from Washington for $20,000 and 2 minor league players. Bonura has averaged 110 RBIs a year over the past five years.

12th The Tigers buy PCL pitching sensation Fred Hutchinson from Seattle for cash and four players.

13th  Fred Frankhouse returns to the Boston Bees, and Joe Stripp goes to Brooklyn in a player swap. In a separate transaction, the Dodgers send Buddy Hassett and Jimmy Outlaw to the Bees for Gene Moore and Ira Hutchinson.

14th  The major leagues agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will decide on 25. The NL grants Cincinnati its season opener a day before the rest of the league in recognition of baseball’s 100th anniversary and the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. The AL permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games. Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president.

15th The Red Sox send Pinky Higgins and P Archie McKain to the Tigers for pitchers Eldon Auker and Jake Wade, and OF Chet Morgan. The Sox also ship OF Ben Chapman to the Indians in exchange for P Denny Galehouse and SS Tom Irwin.

20th  The White Sox sell veteran C Luke Sewell to Brooklyn.

29th  Al Simmons moves to the NL when Boston buys him for $3,000 from Washington.

  • 1939

JANUARY

13th  Yankee owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert dies of phlebitis at age 71.  On the 17th, Ed Barrow is elected president to succeed Colonel Ruppert.

24th  George Sisler, Eddie Collins, and Willie Keeler are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

February

1st  Receiving nil response when they discuss trades, the Indians hand veteran Earl Whitehill his release. He’ll sign in 2 weeks with the Cubs.

6th The Yankees sell Kemp Wicker, Jack LaRocca and Chris Hartje to the Dodgers for $50,000.

19th Writing in the Daily News, new Yankee prexy Ed Barrow picks his all-time, all-star team and there are a few surprises: P Waddell, Mathewson, Johnson, McGinnity; 1B Chase; 2B Lajoie; SS-Wagner; 3B-Jimmy Collins; OF Cobb, Ruth, Speaker; Utility-Bresnahan, Keeler, Buck Weaver, Joe DiMaggio.

MARCH

16th The Reds purchase veteran Bill Werber from the Athletics. According to Werber, in an interview in the Washington Post in 2008 when the former player was nearly 100, his offer from the A’s Connie Mack came late. “Mr. Mack would wait until the last second to send out contracts with letters. When I received my contract, the letter said: ‘We had a bad year [in 1938]. We had a high payroll. And we anticipate a bad year coming up.’ When I got the letter, I wrote back to him. I said: ‘I know we had a bad year. I know the payroll was high. I know we’re going to have another bad year.’ But I said, ‘In substance, Mr. Mack, what I would advise you to do is sell your ball club and get into a more profitable business.’ That was a bad error. And I never heard from Mr. Mack again. A while later, Mr. Giles called from Cincinnati and said, ‘Bill, we’ve acquired your contract from Mr. Mack.’”

21st  Pete Fox, Hank Greenberg and Frank Croucher homer as the Tigers beat the Cardinals, 7-3. For Croucher, it is a satisfying return to Lakeland. A year ago last week he was carried off the field with a broken ankle and appeared in just a few late-season games in the Texas League.

22nd  Pete Reiser, 0-for-3 yesterday against the Yankees, starts his 2nd spring training game for the Dodgers. He homers in his first at bat against the Cardinals, and follows with a walk and 2 singles. He will have 10 straight hits before striking out 3 times against the Yankees Orel Hildebrand on the 28th. When Jack Haley relieves Hildebrand, Reiser hits a HR off him. Reiser will go north with Brooklyn and play in an April 15th exhibition against the Yankees in Ebbets Field before being farmed out to Elmira.

In Los Angeles, the White Sox beat the Pirates, 7-4, behind Vic Frasier’s 4 innings of one-hit relief pitching. Later, it is discovered that the silent Texan was pitching with a fractured skull incurred in a freak accident when he was on the bench. A foul line drive ricocheted off a railing behind the bench and struck Frasier in the head.

26th The Cardinals edge the Yankees, 2-1, to even their spring season with New York at three games apiece. Rookie Bob Bowman allows 1 hit in 5 innings.

APRIL

2nd At Los Angeles, the Angels split a pair with Hollywood, losing 10–6 and winning 7–2. The second game win starts a PCL record 19-game winning streak for the Angels.

6th A howling windstorm of 50 mph does not deter the Red Sox and Reds from playing an exhibition game in Florence, SC but the weather and the rock-hard infield results in the game being called in the 9th inning when all 54 baseballs have disappeared. “Grounders were actually blown off the ground and over the outfield fences,” observed Lou Smith in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The score is 18-18 when the game ends with both teams covered with grime.

9th In New Orleans, Cy Blanton of the Pirates pitches a Grapefruit League no-hitter against the Indians. The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers will note that Blanton ruined his arm pitching a no-hitter early in spring training, 1938 (sic). Blanton will pitch just 42 innings this year. He will die in 1945 of a liver ailment at the age of 36.

16th Los Angeles wins its 15th straight PCL game, sweeping a pair from Portland. The second game, a 16–7 slugfest, is shortened to 5 innings to allow a ring to be set up for a heavyweight championship fight between Joe Louis and Jack Roper. Louis knocks Roper out in the 1st round. LA’s win streak will reach 19, tying a PCL record set in 1903, before a loss to San Diego on April 22.

17th The Reds drop their 7th Opener in a row, as the Pirates score 4 runs in the 8th for a 7-5 win. Frank McCormick homers for the Reds.

18th Announcer Red Barber calls the first-ever Dodger game to be broadcast, a losing effort to the Giants, 7–3. New York totals 13 hits in the game.

19th Near freezing weather in Columbus keeps the attendance down to a record low in the AA of 39 fans, who watch the Redbirds lose to Kansas City, 5–3.

20th  A minor league attendance record is set at Jersey City as 45,112 see the Giants farm team play Newark (International League).

The Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30,278 in the opener in New York, delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice, Williams collects a double off Red Ruffing, who wins 2–0. Gehrig makes an error, goes hitless, and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. Other notables in what will become a historic box score include Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Red Rolfe, and losing pitcher Lefty Grove. The Yanks score their first run on a homer by Dickey and their 2nd tally on an error by Jimmie Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning, but Ruffing tosses just the 2nd opening day shut out in Yankee history. Four umpires work the game including 3B ump George Pipgras, the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the 1929 Opener; his opponent for the Red Sox that day was Red Ruffing.

21st Ted Williams plays his first game at Fenway, scoring the first run for Boston against the A’s on a Frankie Hayes passed ball. The Sox roll to a 9–2 win.

At St. Louis, the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 4-2 in the season opener. Bill Lee allows 11 hits but just 2 runs. Charting every pitch and where each ball is hit and on what pitch count is the Cubs new statistician C.L. Snyder. He took over the spot of Jack Sterrett, who last year filmed 10,000 feet of film on Cubs batters. Subject to a lot of ribbing, Sterrett quit before the year’s end.

22nd Los Angeles (PCL) has 13 hits off San Diego’s Howard Craghead, but loses, 13–6, ending their 19-game winning streak. The win matches the PCL record set by Seattle in 1903 (one tie).

23rd  Chicago’s Marv Owen equals a ML record with 4 doubles, as the White Sox trounce the Browns 17–4.

Against the A’s Bud Thomas, Ted Williams connects for his first ML home run while going 4-for-5. The A’s win 12–8, but Thomas will be waived to the Senators in a week.

27th The Reds snap a 3–3 tie with 8 runs in the 8th to beat the Cubs, 11–3.

Ben Chapman hits a grand slam to pace the Indians to a 7–4 win over St. Louis.

28th At Crosley Field, the Reds skin the Cubs again, as Ival Goodman hits a 3-run homer in the 9th, good for a 7–6 win.

29th  In the 7th game of the season, Joe DiMaggio makes a sharp turn while fielding a liner against the Senators, and tears muscles in his right foot. The Yankees lose the game, 7–3, and DiMaggio will miss the next 35 games.

30th Gehrig goes hitless in four at-bats against the Senators Joe Krakauskas and is now hitting just .143. This will be the last game in his remarkable streak, though the Iron Horse makes the trip to Detroit with the team. Krakauskas wins, 3–2.

Tommy Bridges scatters six hits and the Tigers rack up 19 as they beat the Indians, 14-1. Charley Gehringer has a grand slam for the Bengals.

MAY

1st  The White Sox and Cubs play a benefit game for Monty Stratton at Comiskey Park and raise a purse of almost $30,000.

2nd  After carrying out the scorecard to the umpires, Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself “for the good of the team.” He is batting .143 with one RBI. His consecutive-game string stops at 2,130. Babe Dahlgren, his replacement, has a homer and double, as the Yankees rout Detroit 22–2. New York bats around in three innings to make it easy for Red Ruffing. Ballyhooed Tiger teenager Fred Hutchinson makes his major league debut and the Yankees light him up for eight runs in 2/3 of an inning. Hutch gives up 4 hits and walks five.

In New York, Mel Ott’s three-run homer with two out in the 9th gives New York a dramatic 8–7 win over Cincy. Ott’s blow is hit off Cincy righty Gene Thompson.

It’s showtime in Hollywood as Gilmore Field premieres with the Stars (PCL) losing to the Seattle Rainiers, 8–5. The stars are in the stands as well including a number who own stock in the team: Gracie Allen, Gene Autry, George Burns, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, George Raft, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Robert Taylor, and the owner’s wife Gail Patrick (Mrs. Bob Cobb).

3rd  In an 11–10 win over the host Browns, Washington 1B Jimmy Wasdell makes 4 errors to equal the ML mark. But the Senators shrug it off, scoring 2 runs in the 7th and again in the 8th, and 3 in the 9th to win. Wasdell has 2 hits in the 18-hit attack.

While the Dodgers are calling off their game in Brooklyn because of frigid weather, the Giants forge ahead, playing a 3-hour match at the Polo Grounds with the Reds, winning 6-4. There are 19 walks in the game—4 by Ival Goodman and 3 by Mel Ott—a balk, and 3 wild pitches.

4th  In Detroit, Ted Williams belts two homers for the first time in his career to lead the Red Sox to a 7–6 win over the Tigers. Off Bob Harris, Williams thumps one homer over the right-field roof, the first ever hit out over the double deck at Briggs Stadium. Mickey Mantle will hit the next three homers to leave the park.

Executive vice president Larry MacPhail is elected president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

5th  In a 10–5 A’s win, the A’s Sam Chapman hits for the cycle against the Browns Harry Kimberlin. Tomorrow he’ll homer in his first two at bats against Johnny Marcum.

7th Joe Gordon smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15–4 hosing of the White Sox. Red Ruffing is again the easy winner; in his last outing the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.

After seven straight road wins, the Red Sox lose to the Browns, 6–3, and drop to 2nd place. Bobo Newsom’s 7-hitter stops Boston. The Yankees take over first place, and remain there the rest of the season.

At Shibe Park, the Reds take a 9-0 lead after two innings and coast to a 13-4 win over the Phils. Frank McCormick hits a 2nd inning grand slam off Hugh Mulcahy.

In Detroit, the A’s George Caster tames the Tigers, 10-3. The Quakers spot the Bengals two runs before coming back. Catcher Earle Brucker has a grand slam for the A’s.

Before 36,005 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants crush the Cubs, 10–3. Mel Ott has a triple double, and two singles, while ex-Cubbies Jurges and Demaree have two hits apiece. Cliff Melton is the winner for the Giants, now 8-8.

8th  In a 4–2 Cubs win at the Polo Grounds, Cubs first sacker Phil Cavarretta breaks his leg sliding into a base. He’ll be out of action until July 25, and will appear in just 7 more games this year, all as a PH.

Chuck Klein hits a pinch triple with the bases loaded off the Reds Johnny Vander Meer, and the Phils win 8–7.

At Ebbets Field, Cards veteran Pepper Martin breaks up a pitching duel between Brooklyn’s Red Evans and Bob Weiland by swiping home in the 6th inning. Martin’s two-out steal is the only run of the game as the Cards win, 1–0.

10th  Bill Klem, behind the plate at the Reds game in Cincinnati, celebrates his 35th anniversary as a NL umpire. He then calls the 10–5 Reds loss to Brooklyn.

Phillies rookie C Dave Coble catches a ball dropped from the 521-foot-high Philadelphia City Hall.

11th  The Yankees set down the Browns, 10–8, jumping on rookie Ewald Pyle for three hits before he exits. Pyle is subbing for Newsom, out with a skinned finger. Russ Van Atta, the Fresno Flinger follows, and the Yanks score nine runs in four innings to put the game out of reach. Bill Dickey has three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Gehrig does not play, but takes infield practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now leads by 1 ½ games.

Ted Lyons hurls the White Sox to a 3–2 win over Boston, handing rookie Woodrow Rich his first loss. Chicago makes just 4 hits. Jimmie Foxx hits his 5th homer, a solo in the 9th, for Boston.

Cleveland native Al Milnar stops the visiting A’s, 7–0. Ken Keltner has a triple and three RBIs, and Roy Weatherly is 5-for-5, all singles, for Cleveland.

The Boston Bees collect 13 hits off the Cubs 33-year-old rookie Vance Page, but manage just 2 hits in losing 6–2. Billy Herman’s bases-loaded triple in the 9th seals it. Pour base running contributes to the loss, the worst example coming in the 4th when Eddie Miller singles and stops at 3B on a drive down the 1B line by Elbie Fletcher. Fletcher is caught trying to stretch the hit to a triple.

13th  In a 10-player deal, Bobo Newsom goes from the St. Louis Browns, along with Beau Bell, Red Kress, and Jim Walkup, to Detroit for Vern Kennedy, Bob Harris, George Gill, Roxie Lawson, Chet Laabs, and Mark Christman. It is one of the biggest trades of the 1930s. Newsom will rack up 17 wins this year as a Tiger to finish at 20–11. Stephens will be the reverse, finishing at 9–20, while Gill, 0-1 after two fine seasons with the Tigers, will be 1–12 with the Browns.

14th Making his first appearance since elbow surgery in August 1938, Carl Hubbell pitches New York to a 2–1 win over the Phillies. Catcher Ken O’Dea hits a 10th inning HR to win it for King Carl.

Next time, say it with flowers. Bob Feller’s mother travels from Iowa to watch her son pitch against the White Sox. It is the first time she’s seen him play in the majors, and she is given a box along the 1B line at Comiskey Park. Sox 3B Marv Owen then lines a Feller fast ball that knocks Mrs. Feller unconscious. She revives and, with a few stitches, is none the worse. The Indians win, 9–4.

In St. Louis, the Tigers sweep a pair, winning 14-4 and 7-4. Rudy York has a grand slam for Detroit.

16th  A crowd of 15,109 watch the first AL night game played at Shibe Park, with Cleveland beating the A’s 8–3 in 10 innings. Johnny Humphries is the winner over Roy Parmalee.

17th  The first baseball game ever televised, Princeton against Columbia at Baker Field, Columbia’s home field, is seen by a handful of viewers via W2XBS in New York City. Bill Stern announces, as Princeton wins 2–1 in 10 innings. The 2nd game of the doubleheader is not televised. Reviewing the game the next day, The New York Times sniffs, “it is difficult to see how this sort of thing can catch the public fancy.”

Brooklyn and Chicago play a 19-inning 9–9 tie game at Wrigley Field.

Boston Bees P Fred Frankhouse beans Harry Craft of the Reds and is accused of throwing spitballs. Boston wins 6–1.

In a Northern League game at Crookston, Joe Hatten of Crookston strikes out 21 Superior Blues batters to win, 5–0. Hatten’s ML call up won’t come until 1946.

18th The Athletics waive P Bud Thomas, acquired from the Senators on waivers on May 1, to Detroit. Thomas will go 7–0 for the Tigers.

21st  In Philadelphia, Frankie Hayes hits a grand slam in a six-run 7th as the A’s down the Browns, 12-4.

22nd At Pittsburgh, the Giants whip the Pirates, 9-2. With the Giants up 6-0, New York’s Ken O’Dea is at bat against Mace Brown with a runner on 3B and 2 out in the 7th. In the middle of his wind-up to C Ray Berres, Brown sees that Berres’ mask isn’t right (the buckle on the mask came loose) and stops his delivery. Umpire Pinelli calls a balk scoring the seventh run. O’Dea then pops out to end the inning (as noted by Clem Conly).

23rd  P Boots Poffenberger is suspended by the Dodgers and fined $400 for breaking training rules. Brooklyn acquired Boots over the winter.

25th In his last three at bats against the Red Sox Emerson Dickson, Cleveland’s Ken Keltner belts 3 homers in an 11–0 romp at Fenway. It’s the 11th time that an AL batter has hit 3 successive homers. Feller makes it easy, pitching a one-hitter for the win. Bobby Doerr’s 2nd inning single for Boston is the only hit against Rapid Robert: it’ll be one of two one-hitters of Feller’s in which Doerr has the only hit.

26th  With their 11th straight win, a 7–5 victory over St. Louis, Cincinnati takes over first place and holds the lead for the rest of the season.

27th  The Reds set a club record by winning their 12th straight, a 3–2 decision over the Cards. Lee Grissom is the winning pitcher.

For the first time in his career, Detroit’s Charlie Gehringer hits for the cycle, in a 12–5 win against the Browns. Charlie does it in order, the first player to cycle that way.

28th  Robert Joyce, who gave up two HRs to New York’s George Selkirk yesterday, relieves for the A’s. Selkirk hits two more HRs off Joyce, giving him 4 HRs in 4 at bats against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win, 9–5. The Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell, who never came back after arm surgery over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in ‘40 and the Braves in 1941.

In a barnburner at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers outslug the Boston Bees to win, 16-12. Cookie Lavagetto has a grand slam for Brooklyn, connecting off Fred Frankhouse in the 7th.

29th  The Cubs get Claude Passeau from the Phillies for Kirby Higbe, Joe Marty, and Ray Harrell and $50,000.

30th  In an attempt to spruce up their appearance, NL umpires wear white gabardine trousers with blue jackets.

Pittsburgh’s Johnny Rizzo drives in 9 runs, a Pirate record, to give the visiting Pirates a 14–8 victory over St. Louis in game 2. Rizzo includes homers in the 5th, off Clyde Shoun, and the 9th, off Bob Bowman, and a single and a pair of doubles in the barrage. The Cardinals win the opener, 7–2.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs Larry French and Vance Page fire shutouts as the Cubs win, 6–0 and 2–0. Whitey Moore loses the opener, while Bucky Walters drops the nitecap.

At Boston, the Red Sox and Yankees split a Memorial Day doubleheader. The Sox double the Yanks, 8–4 in the opener, before the New Yorkers roar back to win the nitecap, 17–9. Ted Williams hits a long HR off Red Ruffing in game 1, that after retirement he says it is hardest hit ball he ever had. He also homers in game 2. Joe DiMaggio draws a pinch walk in the 6-run 8th inning of game 2, then is replaced by backup catcher Arndt Jorgens, who scores in his only appearance this year. Next year he’ll be on the active roster all season and not make one appearance.

JUNE

1st The Phillies plays their first-ever night game at Shibe Park, losing to the Pirates, 5–2. The Phils Gib Brack and the Bucs Bill Brubaker hit homers. Rip Sewell picks up the victory over newly acquired Kirby Higbe.

At Brooklyn, Gene Moore’s steal of home in the bottom of the 14th gives the Dodgers a 3–2 win over the Cubs. Vito Tamulis takes the W over Charlie Root. The Dodgers had squelched a Cub threat in the 12th inning with a triple play. Root was the pitcher in a July 2, 1933 game at Ebbets when Al Lopez stole home in the 9th inning for a walkoff steal.

2nd The Reds score 4 in the 13th inning—3 on a homer by Ernie Lombardi—and outlast the Braves, 4–0.

5th  The Philadelphia A’s sign Duke University All-American running back Eric Tipton.

6th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants unload on the first-place Reds with five HRs after two are out in the 4th inning, a ML record. Entering the inning, the Giants sport a 6–0 lead, thanks in part to homers by Jo Jo Moore and Met Ott. After two are out, Harry Danning homers off Peaches Davis. Then Ott singles, Zeke Bonura walks and Frank Demaree lifts a 3-run homer. Former batting practice hurler Wesley Livingood relieves and walks Tony Lazzeri. Burgess Meredith acts like a slugger, belting one of his two homers of the year, and pitcher Frank Salvo follows with his only career homer, an inside-the-park hit. Up for a 2nd time in the inning, Jo Jo Moore hits an upper deck blast for the 5th homer after 2 outs, an unsurpassed mark. The Giants coast to a 17–3 win.

In Cleveland, three Red Sox players throw a baseball 122 feet a second into a new photo-electric pitching meter (as noted by historian Dick Thompson). Three Cleveland Indians can only do 119 feet. Pitchers are not included in the test but ‘unofficially’ Bob Feller of Cleveland fires three balls into the meter from a distance of 20 feet. The best mark he recorded was 119 feet. His less-touted teammate, pitcher Johnny Humphreys, recorded 127 feet. There will be a contest for pitchers later. Jimmie Foxx, Jim Tabor and Roger Cramer made it a clean sweep with a first-place tie in the contest. The Indians best is a tie at 119 feet by Ben Chapman, Moose Solters and Jim Shilling. The Cleveland men who developed the speed meter said the only comparable scientific marks were made in 1917. Walter Johnson threw the ball 134 feet a second, Christy Mathewson 127 and ‘Smoky Joe’ Wood 124. Their speeds were shown by a gravity drop interval recorder. In the contest that counts, the Indians edge the Red Sox, 8–7.

7th With Joe DiMaggio back in CF after an absence of 35 games because of a foot injury, the Yankees roll to a 5–2 win over the White Sox. DiMaggio knocks in the Yanks’ first run with a triple and scores another in New York’s three-run 5th. Yankee nemesis Thornton Lee leaves the game with a torn muscle in his left shoulder after 5 1/3 innings, while New York’s starter Lefty Gomez goes 7 innings before wilting in the heat. New York’s lead over the idle Red Sox is now 9 games.

After the Phils release Chuck Klein, Pittsburgh signs the former triple crown winner, who will hit .300 in 85 games. Klein will return to Philley after the season.

8th DiMaggio leads New York to a 7–2 win over the White Sox by hitting a single, double, and his 2nd homer of the year. Joe is now hitting .464. Lefty Edgar Smith takes the loss for Chicago while rookie Atley Donald wins his 6th without a loss. New York’s record against southpaws is 15–4.

9th At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers pepper Buck Ross for 10 run in 6+ innings as they beat the A’s, 14-4. Ross serves up a grand slam to Pete Fox in the 2nd and a 3-run homer to Hank Greenberg in the 6th.

10th At Detroit, the Tigers score 3 runs in each of the 8th and 9th innings to trip the Senators, 6-5, in game 1 of a doubleheader. The Tigers then score in each of the first six innings of game 2 en route to a 17-5 victory. Rookie Frank Croucher hits his first ML homer in game 2, a grand slam off Jimmie DeShong.

11th In game 1 in Chicago, Ted Lyons wins another Sunday outing beating Boston, 7–5, and pitches the last 4 innings without allowing a walk. He will go 42 innings in all, until the 1st inning of the June 23rd game in Chicago, without giving up a base on balls. The Red Sox win the nitecap, 4–3.

12th  The greatest gathering of members and future inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame assembles in Cooperstown, NY, for the dedication of the museum. A 6-inning game at Doubleday Field showcases lineups studded with players who will be elected in the future. Honus Wagner’s lineup defeats Eddie Collins’ squad, 4–2. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Grover Alexander, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, and Connie Mack accept their plaques. Cobb, angry at Commissioner Landis, shows up after the ceremony and photo taking to accept his plaque. Other inductees, all deceased, include Cap Anson, Charles Comiskey, Candy Cummings, Buck Ewing, Hoss Radbourn, Al Spalding and Wee Willie Keeler.

14th  Veteran OF Earl Averill is swapped by Cleveland to Detroit for Harry Eisenstat and cash.

15th At Fenway, Pete Fox hits a first inning grand slam, his second homer of the year and his second slam in a week, as the Tigers top the Red Sox, 6-3. Tommy Bridges is the winner. The Bengals have now won 8 straight. They’ll win tomorrow to move closer to 4th place.

Pittsburgh picks up Elbie Fletcher, who will be their regular 1B for 5 seasons, from the Boston Bees for infielder Bill Schuster and cash. Fletcher will also lead the NL in OBA for 3 straight years, while Schuster will play just 2 games for Boston. The Pirates then send P Jim Tobin to the Bees for P John Lanning.

16th Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett sends Dizzy Dean home to Chicago after he is called to Dean’s hotel room and discovers the pitcher with a gash in his left arm. The Chicago order is part disciplinary.

At Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, Jigger Statz hits two homeruns in the PCL Angels’ 10-run first inning. They beat San Diego 14-5, then lose 8-5.

18th  Dizzy Dean of the Cubs, trying to regain his old form, beats Brooklyn 1–0 on Gabby Hartnett’s HR. The Cubs sweep, winning the 2nd game, 9–1.

The Boston Red Sox trade minor leaguer shortstop Pee Wee Reese to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for $35000 and 3 players and a player to be named later (Red Evans).

21st  The New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig’s retirement, based on the report yesterday from the Mayo Clinic that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team as captain.

22nd Against the A’s Lynn Nelson, Detroit’s Barney McCosky leads off with a home run and Earl Averill quickly follows with another solo shot. It’s the 2nd time in AL history that the first two batters in a game have homered. But the A’s and Nelson come back to win, 6–5.

Dizzy Dean (4-0) stops the visiting Bees for a 7-1 Cubs win. Chicago scores 5 in the 2nd, 4 on a grand slam by Augie Galan off Dick Errickson, to ease Dizzy’s burden.

At Comiskey Park, the Yankees whip the White Sox, 6–1, to run their record to 44–11, the best start of the century.

23rd  The Indians score 7 in the 7th and beat the A’s, 11-5, behind Bob Feller’s 11th win. Feller has three hits while Bruce Campbell has two doubles in the 7th.

25th  Cleveland batters Ben Chapman, Hal Trosky, and Jeff Heath homer with two out in the 7th inning to tie an AL record while beating Philadelphia, 8–4.

27th  The Dodgers and Bees play a 23-inning, 2–2 game at Boston, called on account of darkness after 5 hours and 15 minutes. Whit Wyatt (7-0) pitches the first 16 innings for the Dodgers; the two teams total 30 hits and 12 walks. The Bees seemingly have the game won in the 13th when manager pinch runner Otto Huber rounded third base with room to spare. But he slipped and could not recover in time. In a story that Casey Stengel repeated for years, he asked Huber after the game why he was wearing his old baseball shoes with worn spikes instead of the new pair; Huber replied that they hurt his feet. From then on Stengel made sure to look at the shoes of pinch runners before putting them into the game. Umpire Tom Dunne, borrowed from the American Association, to replace an ailing Bill Klem, officiates his first ML game. The game draws 2,457 fans.

In the first night game in Cleveland, Bob Feller (12-3) allows just one hit and strikes out 13 as Cleveland beats Bobo Newsom (7-5) and the Tigers, 5–0. Earl Averill’s single in the 6th is the lone safety.

28th  In Philadelphia, the Yankees hit 8 homers (Dahlgren (2), DiMaggio (2), Dickey, Gordon, Henrich, Selkirk) in the first game of a doubleheader with the A’s, and 5 more in the nightcap. Both are ML records, as are the 87 total bases and 98 at bats in a doubleheader. The 53 total bases in game 1 breaks the AL mark the Yankees set in 1922. The Bronx Bombers also break a record they set in 1936 (11) with 13 homers in two consecutive games. In the 7th inning, the Yanks belt 3 homers with 2 outs tying a ML mark; they are the 3rd major league team to accomplish that feat this month. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren, and Joe Gordon each hit 3 HRs for the afternoon as the Yankees win the opener 23–2. They are also the first ML team to have 7 starters each have 3 or more hits. The White Sox will match them in April 1955. Monty Pearson wins the laugher. New York then bangs out 16 hits takes the nightcap 10–0 behind Lefty Gomez’s 3-hitter. Gomez contributes 2 hits himself. Facing just 5 pitchers in the twin bill, the Yankees finish off the A’s in 2 hours, 27 minutes in the opener, and take 1 hour, 40 minutes in the 2nd game. The A’s have no four-baggers on the day.

The Giants rout to Phils, 7–1, and move into 2nd place behind the Reds. New York scores all its runs in the first three innings off Hugh Mulcahy, and Bill Lohrman rolls to his 6th triumph.

JULY

1st At Fenway, Joe Cronin and Bobby Doerr each drive in two runs as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 5-2. While watching the game in the stands, the mother of pitcher Bump Hadley is injured on the shoulder when she is hit by a line drive off the bat of Doc Cramer. Earlier in the year Bob Feller’s mother was also hit by a line drive.

2nd  In a doubleheader with the Dodgers before 51,435 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.”

In St. Louis, the Pirates take a pair from the Cards, winning 8-5 and 6-3. Elbie Fletcher, with his first homer of the year, contributes a grand slam in the Buc attack. The homer strikes the pavilion roof and bounds back on the field, causing a brief argument about whether it is a homer or double. Ray Mueller of the Pirates and Don Gutteridge of the Pirates, natives of Pittsburg, Kansas, along with umpire George Barr, a former resident there, were presented with gifts by a delegation from that city.

Four-hit pitching by Tommy Bridges enables the Tigers to beat the White Sox, 5-1. Sox manager Jimmy Dykes is fined $50 for his part in yesterday’s dustup when Hank Greenberg took a swing at Joe Kuhel, accusing the Sox player of deliberately trying to spike him at 1B. Reacting to the fine, Dykes pulls all his non-starting players out of the dugout and has them sit in the CF bullpen. Eric McNair of the Sox is ejected from the game for tossing his bat after a third strike call, and when Dykes and Ted Lyons add their two cents, they get tossed as well. Dykes joins his players in the bullpen from where he directs the game. As the Sox skipper passes the Tiger bench, all the Detroit players doff their caps.

In Philadelphia, Al Lopez hits a 2nd inning grand slam and the Bees sting the Phils, 9-7. Lopez will hit a career-high 8 homers this year.

The Senators move into 6th place in the AL by sweeping a pair from the A’s, winning 4-3 and 13-2. Johnny Welaj has 4 hits in the nitecap to drive in 6 runs.

3rd  Cleveland’s Ben Chapman tallies 3 triples, all consecutive, tying the ML record, as Bob Feller notches his 13th victory 4–2, over host Detroit. The next American Leaguer with 3 triples in a game will be Bert Campaneris, in 1967.

Johnny Mize equals a NL record with 4 extra-base hits—double, triple, and 2 HRs—in the Cards’ 5–3 win over the Cubs.

4th  In between games with the Senators, a tearful Lou Gehrig bids farewell to 61,808 fans at Yankee Stadium with a short and moving speech.

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift, that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that’s something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that’s the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have had a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank you.”

His teammates give Gehrig a silver trophy with all their signatures on it and inscribed with the following poem by writer John Kieran:

We’ve been to the wars together;

We took our foes as they came;

And always you were the leader,

And ever you played the game.

Idol of cheering millions;

Records are yours by the sheaves;

Iron of frame they hailed you,

Decked you with laurel leaves.

But higher than that we hold you,

We who have known you best;

Knowing the way you came through

Every human test.

Let this be a silent token

Of lasting friendship’s gleam

And all that we’ve left unspoken.

—Your pals of the Yankee team

Gehrig’s uniform number 4 is then retired, the first ML player so honored. The Yankees split, losing the opener, 3–2, to Dutch Leonard, his third win of the year over New York, and taking the nitecap, 11–1. George Selkirk homers in both games, and adds a triple and single in the nitecap. Sundra wins over Alex Carrasquel, who is also feted by a Venezuelan delegation in between games. Alex was given a radio, watch and bag and he thanked the crowd in Spanish.

Red Sox 3B Jim Tabor hits 4 HRs as Boston sweeps Philadelphia 17–7 and 18–12 as the two teams combine for a ML record 54 runs in the twinbill. Jimmie Foxx and Tabor lead the plating with 7 runs apiece, with Tabor scoring 5 runs in game 2. Three of Tabor’s HRs, including a record-tying two grand slams (matches Lazzeri, in 1936), come in the nightcap, the first Red Sox player to clout three in a game. He totals 19 bases and 11 RBIs in the two slugfests on an afternoon featuring 65 hits. Boston accounts for 35 of them. Joe Heving and Denny Galehouse are the Boston winners, while A’s hurlers Cotton Pippen and Chubby Dean are the losers. Making his debut in game 1 as a pinch hitter is Eddie Collins Jr., son of Sox GM Eddie Collins.

In St. Louis, the White Sox wring a pair from the Browns, winning 7-3 and 7-4. The Sox score 5 in the 9th of game 2 for the victory. In game 1, Eric McNair completes a batting streak he started yesterday of 9 straight base hits.

In Detroit, a record crowd of 56,272 show up to see a twinbill between the Tigers and the Browns. Buck Newsom gives them their money’s worth by beating the Browns, 4-0, on 3 hits. Game 2 is rained out in the 3rd inning.

Cubs CF Hank Lieber clouts 3 homers, but the Cardinals win 6–4 in the first of two games at Wrigley Field. The Cubs take the nitecap, 3–2, when Gus Mancuso drives home the winning run in the 10th inning.

5th  Yankees rookie P Atley Donald wins his 10th game without a loss, beating Washington, 6–4.

7th  Sacramento (PCL) beats San Francisco 5–4 in an exhibition game played inside Folsom Prison.

9th  The Red Sox win 4–3 and 5–3 to sweep a 5-game series in Yankee Stadium. Joe Cronin drives in runs in both games, giving him 12 games in a row with an RBI. The Yankee lead is now 6 1⁄2 games, down from 13 ½ on July 1, a letdown that manager McCarthy attributes to “emotionalism” due to the Gehrig tribute.

The Giants beat the Dodgers 14-8 at Ebbets Field, even though Zeke Bonura grounds into his ML record 5th double play in two consecutive games. He grounded into 3 in yesterday’s nitecap.

Kirby Higbe beats the Bees 3–1 on a 6-hitter to give the Phils their 1st win after 11 straight losses.

11th  With another Yankee-dominated lineup, the AL defeats the NL 3–1 in the 7th All-Star Game, at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio excites the partisan crowd with a 5th-inning homer. Cincinnati OF Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball.

Archie Templeton of the Albuquerque Cardinals (Az-Texas League) strikes out 19 El Paso batters but fails to get credit as he is lifted in the 8th. A steal of home by El Paso’s Mel Berman ties the score in the 9th and when an argument ensues over the pitch, umpire Jack Rice is forced to call in the police as he tosses 3 Cardinals. Albuquerque wins in the 10th, 8-5.

13th The Red Sox play their first night game, defeating the Indians in Cleveland, 6-5, in 10 innings.

14th  The Yankees tie the AL record with only one assist, as Red Ruffing wins 8–3 over the Tigers.

15th  A disputed call on a Harry Craft fly ball down the LF foul line into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds touches off a melee in which the Giants Billy Jurges and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other. Both will be fined $150 and suspended for 10 days. NL President Ford Frick announces that 2-foot screens are to be installed inside all foul poles to prevent future arguments. The AL eventually also adopts the rule. The Giants lose, 8–4, to the Reds and will add another 8 in a row to take them out of contention.

The second-place Red Sox plate 5 runs in the 1st inning against Willis Hudlin enrout to a 9-5 victory over the host Indians. Cleveland’s leadoff hitter Rollie Hemsley is 5-for-5 as he will set a season record for most at-bats (395) by a catcher batting leadoff. Jason Kendall will break it in 2000.

16th  Bees All-Star SS Eddie Miller collides with teammate OF Al Simmons and fractures a bone in his ankle. He will be out for the season. The Bees beat the Reds, 3–0, behind Bill Posedel, before losing game 2, 4–3.

17th Pittsburgh’s Chuck Klein makes his first appearance in Philadelphia since leaving the Phils, and cracks 2 HRs to lift the Bucs to a 7–4 win.

In a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds, Giants infielder Lou Chiozza fractures his leg in a season-ending injury. Playing shortstop in place of the suspended Billy Jurges, Chiozza collides with LF Joe Moore.

18th J. Louis Comiskey, owner of the White Sox, dies at the age of 56 in Wisconsin.

Ernie White, the Texas League leader in strikeouts, fires a no-hitter as Houston beats Ft. Worth, 2-0. It is the first no-hitter by a Houston pitcher since July 5, 1920 when George Little stopped Galveston. White will go 15-7 with Houston this year and 13-4 with Columbia in 1940 to earn a promotion to the Cardinals.

19th Arky Vaughan hits for the cycle to pace the Pirates to a 10–3 win over the Giants.

The Boston Red Sox trade Louisville SS Pee Wee Reese to Brooklyn in exchange for $35,000 and 3 players plus a player to be named (Red Evans, September 1, 1939). Reese will finish the season at Louisville, hitting .279, and then move to Brooklyn.

22nd  A Boston Bees fan, outraged when Al Lopez drops a pop foul, his 2nd error and the team’s 7th of the game, jumps from the stands to punch the Boston catcher. Pittsburgh wins, 9–3.

Detroit pitcher Schoolboy Rowe helps his own cause by bashing a 2nd inning grand slam off A’s pitcher Nels Potter. Rowe drives in five runs before being chased in the 6th inning, but his Tigers hang on for an 11–10 win. In game 1, Lynn Nelson allows 5 hits—3 to Hank Greenberg—as his A’s win, 4-2. Buck Newsom gives up 16 hits in the loss.

23rd  The Dodgers use the new yellow-colored baseball again, but the Cardinals see it better in a 12–0 win. Johnny Mize and Jimmy Brown each have 4 hits as the Birds collect 20 to back Bob Bowman’s 3-hitter.

The Tigers roll by the Philadelphia A’s, 16-3, as every starter collects a hit for Detroit except winning pitcher Tommy Bridges, He has 2 RBIs. Pitchers let down Connie Mack as starter Buck Ross allows 6 runs while recording just one out. Bob Joyce and Nels Potter allow 3 runs apiece, and Jim Schelle puts his name in the record books by allowing 3 runs without getting an out in his lone ML appearance.

The Pirates and Boston Bees split a pair with the Bucs taking the opener, 3-2 and Boston shading Pittsburgh, 1-0. in game 2. Lou Fette tosses his 6th shutout in the nitecap and will lead the NL in that category. This is his last ML win, however, as arm trouble will curtail his career. Fette will make six more starts this year, all losses for Boston, but he will log 146 innings, just short of qualifying for 6th place in ERA (2.96) in the league. He will finish at 10-10.

24th  The Detroit Tigers release oft-injured Dixie Walker. He signs with Brooklyn, with whom he will have his most productive years.

25th  Unbeaten rookie Atley Donald wins his 12th in a row for the Yankees, beating the visiting Browns 5–1. DiMaggio’s HR off Brownie southpaw Howard Mills is the big blow, as the ball travels an estimated 450 feet into the LF Bleachers. Only Hank Greenberg, last year, has reached those distant seats in 16 years. Red Rolfe also homers to back Atlee’s five-hit victory. His 12 wins in a row is a rookie AL record for starting pitchers, tying him with Russ Ford of the 1910 Highlanders.

With the score tied 3–3 at the end of 8 innings, Cleveland scores 9 runs and Philadelphia 5 in a record-setting 9th inning. Tribe pinch hitter Jeff Heath has a double and triple in the big inning.

Salisbury’s (Eastern Shore League) Count Henri S. “Hank” Bertrand de la Vigne, known as the only titled pitcher in baseball, wins his 11th of the year, beating Milford 8–0 and striking out 11. The Count will be 14–9 for the year, but he will never make it to the majors.

26th At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score in all 8 innings to beat the Browns, 14–1. Bill Dickey leads the 20-hit attack by slamming three straight homers. Red Ruffing coasts to the win, allowing 3 Brownie safeties.

27th The Dodgers acquire Louisville shortstop Pee Wee Reese, sending the Red Sox a reported $75,000 and 4 players to be named. Pitcher Red Evans (21-14 for New Orleans in 1938) and OF Art Parks + two minor leaguers eventually trade uniforms. Tom Yawkey, one of three partners who bought the Louisville team for $100,000, voted against the sale: his partners, Donie Bush and Frank McKinney, voted for the sale.

Pinch hitter Don Padgett cracks a grand slam, off Manny Salvo, to lead the Cardinals to a 9-4 victory over the visiting Giants. Padgett will hit .399 this year in 233 at bats.

28th With the addition of 1B Elbie Fletcher, the Pirates send 1B Gus Suhr to the Phillies for P Max Butcher.

Washington’s Ken Chase loses his no hitter in the 9th inning when he gives up two safeties, but holds on to beat Bob Feller and the Indians, 2–0. Skeeter Webb has the first hit.

At Fenway, Chet Laabs belts a first inning grand slam, off Eldon Auker as the Browns jump to a 7-0 lead and hang on for an 11-6 victory over the Red Sox.

30th In Cincinnati, the Reds extend their win streak to 10 games by sweeping the Phils, 9-2 and 5-1. In game 2, Billy Myers hits a walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning, off Boom-Boom Beck and the first-place Reds lead the Cardinals by 12 games.

The Cardinals, partial to MacPhail’s yellow-dyed baseballs, use them at Sportsman’s Park to beat the Dodgers twice by ,5–2 scores.

AUGUST

1st In Boston, the Red Sox come from behind on Bobby Doerr’s 5th-inning grand slam off Bob Feller and beat the Indians, 7-5.

3rd  Veteran C Joe Sprinz of the San Francisco Seals (PCL) tries to break the altitude record for a catch as a stunt at the Treasure Island Exhibition. A ball is dropped 800 feet from a blimp and hits him in the face. He suffers a compound fracture of the jaw and loses several teeth.

4th  Mike Kreevich of the Chicago White Sox equals the ML record by grounding into 3 successive DPs against the Washington Senators. Chicago loses, 6–5.

5th  In Boston, Birdie Tebbetts hits a grand slam for Detroit and the Tigers hose the Red Sox, 16-4. Tommy Bridges is the winner.

6th With the Tigers ahead, 10–1, the Red Sox put Jimmie Foxx on the mound for the 9th inning. The slugger retires all three batters, one via a strikeout.

10th  With the Red Sox beating the A’s, 7-5, to sweep their series, the Yankees knuckle under by the same score to Dutch Leonard and the Washington Senators. Leonard is now 4-0 over New York. The Yankees lead over the Red Sox is now 5 ½ games.

At Rochester, the Red Wings (IL) bombard Jersey City 26-1. Si Johnson coasts to his 19th win.

12th  At Shibe Park, the Yankees bombard the feeble A’s. 18-4 as Steve Sundra (6-0) coasts to the win. Babe Dahlgren has 4 hits, including a solo homer in the 6th and a grand slam an inning later. He drives in 6 runs. Joe Gordon adds his 18th homer of the year.

13th  The Giants hit three successive solo HRs in the 4th inning, with Alex Kampouris, P Bill Lohrman, and Joe Moore connecting. It is the 2nd time in two months that Moore has followed back to back HRs with one of his own. Zeke Bonura adds a 4th solo HR to set a ML record, since tied, for solo shots in an inning. The Giants add 3 more HRs—Demaree (2), Bob Seeds—to beat the Phils 11–2 in the opener of two. It is also the second time this season they have banged 7 homers, and rookie pitcher Bill Kersieck gives up all but one to tie the 20th century ML mark. His four HR allowed in one inning also ties the ML record. Bob Seeds, incidentally, is the only major leaguer to own a minor league team; he is owner and president of Amarillo (NM-West Texas League). Kersieck tosses another inning in game 2, a 6-2 loss on Carl Hubbell’s 4-hitter. Kersieck is relieved by Bill Hoffman, making his ML debut, and the rookie goes 4 innings and allows 4 runs. He also notches 3 wild pitches, tying Nap Rucker’s record for a debut game. Steve Hargan will top both in 1965.

After losing to the A’s, 12–9 in game 1, the 2nd game is mercifully called after eight innings with the Yankees beating the A’s 21–0 to equal the ML record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren each have a pair of HRs, one each inside-the-park. Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with pitching a four-hitter. Cotton Pippen takes the loss; the A’s will waive him next month to the Tigers. With the win yesterday and the 23-2 win on June 28, the Yankees have now scored 18 or more runs against the A’s three times this year. The next team to top 17 runs three times against one team will be the 2005 Yankees against Tampa Bay.

14th In the first night game at Comiskey Park, 30,000 see the Sox beat the Browns, 5–2. Johnny Rigney is the winner allowing 3 hits in taking his 7th victory in a row.

Trailing the Pirates 7–0 in the 5th, the Reds rally for a 9–8 win, scoring 4 runs in the 9th. Lew Riggs singles home the winner with the bases full after Dick West had driven in 2 runs with his first ML hit.

16th  The Giants suspend 2B Burgess Whitehead, who bizarrely will show up the next day in full uniform at Yankee Stadium and ask to work out. Yankee manager Joe McCarthy refuses. Whitehead rejoins the Giants a few days later, but he will be suspended again in mid-September after leaving the team.

At Forbes Field, Cardinal OF Terry Moore belts two homers, both inside-the-park, in the Cards sweep of the Pirates, 4–3 and 3–0. In the next 50 years, the only National Leaguer to hit two inside-the-park in a game will be Hank Thompson, in 1950.

17th The Reds pull off their 2nd big rally in 3 days as they spot the Cubs a 6–1 lead in the 4th inning, then rally to win 7–6 in 10 innings. Backup backstop Dick West drives in the winner with his 2nd (of 4 this year) ML hit.

18th     Fritz Oestermueller (9-2) pitches the Red Sox to a 6-2 win over Washington. Alex Carrasquel takes the loss with 8 innings of pitching. Mike Palagyi takes over in the 9th and walks 3 and allows 3 runs without an out in his lone ML appearance.

19th Ted Williams leads the Red Sox to an 8–6 win over Washington by hitting his first ML grand slam. He’ll hit his 2nd in 10 days.

In St. Louis, the Tigers ride a 7-run 4th to school the Browns, 9-3. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam in the frame to back Schoolboy Rowe’s pitching.

23rd  In Chicago, the Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 7-2 and 16-4. Atley Donald allows three hits in the opener, and Red Ruffing coasts in game 2. Joe Gordon hits a grand slam to back Ruffing. The win leaves the Yankees 8 games ahead of Boston.

24th  Make that 4X. Jimmie Foxx strikes out four times as the Red Sox lose to the White Sox, 3-1. Johnny Rigney wins his 8th in a row and will win another 3 before losing on September 10.

25th  At St. Louis, the Yankees sweep the Browns, 11–0 and 8–2. Red Rolfe scores for the Yankees in both games giving him 18 straight in which he’s tallied a run. In the 18 games he’s scored a total of 30 runs. The Browns will end the season with a dismal home record of 18–59: the .234 winning percentage is the worst home record in the 10th century.

26th  The first ML telecast of a game occurs at Ebbets Field as the Reds play the Dodgers in a doubleheader. Red Barber broadcasts the game over W2XBS, the 2 referring to the number of sets able to view the game: one is in the press box, while the other, at the RCA Pavilion in Rockefeller Center, attracts a huge crowd. The Dodgers win the first game 5–2, and the Reds take the 2nd 6–1, behind Bucky Walters 2-hitter.

27th  In Boston, the Bees slow the Cardinals pennant rush by splitting a pair, winning 10-4 before losing 6-5. Hank Majeski has a grand slam for Boston in the opener. With the Reds winning, the Cards trail by 5 games.

28th  At Cleveland, Indian OF Jeff Heath punches a taunting fan leaning over the railing, but the umpires miss the incident and he goes unpunished. The Red Sox win, 6–5.

A day after whipping the Tigers, 13–3, the Yankees unload on the Bengals again, winning, 18–2. DiMaggio leads the way with a grand slam.

29th Detroit snaps the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers, 8–7. DiMaggio, hitting .408, hits a 3-run HR in the 9th to tie it, but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After going 16–3 in their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span, the Yankees have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.

The second-place Red Sox score 6 runs in the 5th inning to down the Indians, 7-4. Ted Williams’ grand slam, off Harry Eisenstat, is the big blow.

31st The Reds purchase vet Al Simmons from the Boston Bees.

SEPTEMBER

1st The Dodgers and Cubs use an open date to play a doubleheader of two rained out games. The visiting Cubs take the opener, 6–2 behind Larry French, and the Dodgers take the nitecap, 3–1. In game 2, Gabby Hartnett sets a ML record for games caught of 1,722. The old mark was held by Ray Schalk.

2nd  Nine players hit homers, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 10–6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, falling one short of the record for two teams in one game set in 1923. Brooklyn wins the 2nd game, 7–2.

3rd  With the Sunday curfew impending, and the score at 7–5 in the 8th against the Yankees in Boston, the Yanks start making outs to get the game in while the Red Sox starts stalling. Two Yankees are walked intentionally and the Fenway fans then litter the field with cushions and debris to help slow things down. Umpire Cal Hubbard forfeits the game to the Yankees, but AL President Will Harridge subsequently overrules him, fines both managers for their tactics, and the game is ordered to be replayed.

4th  In St. Louis, Bill McGee shuts out the Reds for a 4-0 Cardinals win. The two teams battle to a 6-6 tie in game 2. After the Labor Day games, the Reds lead the Cards by 4 games. In the AL, the Yankees are 141⁄2 ahead.

At Wrigley Field, the Pirates double the Cubs, winning 2-1 and 6-3. Elbie Fletcher contributes his second grand slam of the year in game 2.

7th  Houston’s Harry “The Cat” Brecheen sets a Texas League record with his fourth consecutive shutout as he beats Beaumont, 7-0. Brecheen’s other wins were against San Antonio, 3-0, on August 21; Ft. Worth, 6-0, August 25; Oklahoma City, 16-0, August 29th. The Cat’s 18-7 season will earn him a step up to Columbus next year.

8th  Twenty-year-old Bob Feller becomes the youngest 20th-century pitcher to win 20 games, as Cleveland beats St. Louis 12–1.

At Boston, the Yankees take a 4–1 lead into the 7th when the game is stopped because of violent thunder and lightning. Joe DiMaggio, hitting .409, will develop a painful infection over his right eye that causes swelling and eye problems (as noted by historian Craig Wright). Joe will hit just .233 over his last 73 at bats but will still finish with a league-high .381. He will come to blame manager Joe McCarthy for his missed .400 season, thinking that Marse Joe should have rested him.

9th  After being rushed to the hospital, Jimmie Foxx is operated on for appendicitis, and will be out for the season. His 35 HRs will still win the AL title.

10th Detroit’s Bobo Newsom beats the White Sox, 5–1, and, as noted by historian Lyle Spatz, stops Johnny Rigney’s consecutive win streak of 11 games. Rigney’s mark is a club record that will be tied (Gary Peters, 1963) and finally topped by LaMarr Hoyt (13 in one season) and Wilson Alvarez, both with 15 over 2 seasons.

The Reds Paul Derringer wins his 20th, beating the host Cubs, 7–2.

12th Trailing 2–0 to the visiting Dodgers, the Reds score 2 runs in the 9th on a 2-out HR by Billy Myers off Hot Potato Hamlin. Frank McCormick’s single in the 10th drives in the winning run.

Hank Lieber cracks a first-inning grand slam, off Bill Posedel, to jump start the Cubs to an 8-3 win over Boston. Bill Lee is the winner. Lieber will go 31-for-69 from today to the end of the season, including 9 homers and 31 RBIs (as noted in John Snyder’s Cubs Journal).

13th At Crosley Field, Reds P Junior Thompson shuts out the Dodgers, 3–0, on 2 hits, a single in the 2nd by Johnny Hudson and a bunt single in the 8th by Dixie Walker. The Reds lead the Cardinals by 3 ½ games.

15th The Cardinals keep close to the Reds by winning a pitching duel against the Braves, 1-0, in 14 innings. Enos Slaughter hits a double and scores on a single by Joe Medwick. Bob Bowman and Jim Turner each throw 11 scoreless innings.

In game 1 at Cincinnati, the Giants dig a hole for themselves when Bill Lohrman allows 10 hits and 8 runs in less than 2 innings, and the Reds win, 10-6. New York takes the second game, 4-3, in 7 innings. The Reds lead by 3 ½ over the Cardinals.

16th  The New York Yankees clinch their 4th successive pennant with a 10–3 win over Detroit.

17th  The Dodgers pull within one game of the 3rd-place Cubs, taking a pair at Wrigley Field. The yellow-dyed ball is used in the first game, as Brooklyn wins, 10–4, with Hugh Casey winning over Earl Whitehill. In the nitecap, the Dodgers win, 3–2, as Hot Potato Hamlin bests Claude Passeau.

18th  The Cards split a pair with the Giants, losing 7-2 before rallying in the nightcap to win, 15-5. St. Louis remains 3.5 games in back of the leading Reds. Johnny Mize has a triple in the first game and is 5-for-5 in game 2, including his 26th homer of the year.

19th  In a 6–2 Red Sox win at Fenway, Ted Williams hits a HR off Thornton Lee, one of 31 HRs he hits in his rookie season. Williams will homer off Thornton’s son, Don Lee, 21 years later.

In a barn burner at Griffith Stadium, the Indians take the lead with 3 runs in the 9th, only to see the Senators score 2 off reliever Willis Hudlin to win, 10-9. Nats rookie Early Wynn gives up 6 runs in 6+ innings and doesn’t help his cause when he’s called on to bunt with two runners on: he lines to Ken Keltner who starts a triple play. Ben Chapman scores 5 runs for Cleveland.

20th  At Boston, the Browns score 3 runs in the 16th off Fritz Oestermueller and outlast the Red Sox, 11-8. Fritz shuts out the Browns for 7 innings before allowing the winning runs. Bob Harris is the winner, pitching 9 innings of relief and allowing 2 runs. Ted Williams hits his 29th homer and is walked 4 times, while Lou Finney has 4 hits and 4 RBIs for Boston. Myril Hoag, George McQuinn and Joe Gallagher each have 4 hits for the Brownies.

21st  The NL announces that for the first time in the 20th century, games will be transferred from one city to another. The Dodgers’ doubleheader in Philadelphia will be moved to Brooklyn in an effort to top one million paid attendance.

At Fenway, a crowd of 598 paying customers, believed to be a low for the park, watch the Red Sox top the Browns, 6-2, behind Denny Galehouse. Galehouse gives up solo homers to opposing pitcher Jack Kramer and to rookie Bob Neighbors, both hitting their first in the majors. It is Neighbors only ML homer. He will go in the Armed Services, serve in WW2, and die in a plane crash in Korea in 1952, the last major leaguer after WW2 to die in combat.

22nd The first-place Reds sweep a pair from the Pirates, 6–0 and 10–9. Wally Berger has a grand slam in the 3rd inning of game 2. The Reds now lead the Cardinals by 3 games.

23rd  Cookie Lavagetto goes 6-for-6 as Brooklyn swamps Philadelphia, 22–4, in the first of two. Da Bums collect 27 hits against the host Quakers. Cookie has 4 singles, a double, a triple and a walk in 7 plate appearances—but no RBIs, the only Dodger not to register at least 2 runs knocked in. In the two games Cookie reaches base 11 times, tying a record. In the second game, reliever Larry Doyle (1-2) makes his first start of the year and shuts out the Phils, 8-0.

24th  OF Johnny Cooney of the Boston Bees, playing at the Polo Grounds, hits his first HR after 15 years as P/OF in the majors. The dinger is a two-run shot off Randy Gumbert in game 1 of a Sunday twinbill, but the Giants win 5–4. Tomorrow Cooney will repeat the feat. Boston wins game 2, 5–3, behind George Barnicle’s 2nd ML win in 5 days.

25th  Johnny Cooney hits his 2nd homer in two days, a third-inning blast off Giants pitcher Bill Lohrman. But the Giants prevail over Boston, 6–5. For Cooney, it is the 2nd and last homer in what will be a 20-year career.

26th  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Dodgers split a pair, with New York taking the opener, 9-5, and Brooklyn winning game 2, 3-2 in 7 innings. Cookie Lavagetto has a grand slam for Brooklyn in the opener, and Hot Potato Hamlin is the winner in the nitecap.

27th  The hometown White Sox play the first “day-night” doubleheader against Cleveland, but lose both games 5–2 and 7–5. Fans are charged a single admission for the two games. For just the 2nd time this century, visitors sweep more doubleheaders than the home team; 58 sweeps for the visitors, 47 for the home team. Retrosheet stats by Dave Smith will show that the first season this occurred was 1923; 1962 will be the last.

28th  Starting the day with a 2 ½ game lead, host Cincinnati clinches the pennant with Paul Derringer defeating 2nd-place St. Louis, 5–3, despite allowing 14 hits. It is Derringer’s 25th win. He also drives in the go-ahead run in the 6th with a single. Harry Craft adds an 9th-inning HR.

In a split with the visiting Red Sox, Senators knuckleballer big Dutch Leonard wins his 20th game, a 6-1 win in game 2.

The Giants and Phillies combine for a record setting 13 double plays in their double header. The mark will be tied on September 6, 1948. New York sweeps winning 4–3 and 8–3.

29th  The Dodgers split a pair with the host Bees, losing 2-1 and winning, 7-1, before an announced crowd of 474. They maintain a half game lead over the Cubs for 3rd place. In an announcement Dodger secretary John McDonald says that Dodger batsmen will wear helmets in the second game of the final Sunday doubleheader provided that third place has been settled before that game. The second game is rained out.

The hotel in Cincinnati where the Yankees are to stay for the World Series announces that the New Yorkers will have to sleep on cots due to the lack of rooms. The American Federation of Labor has a large convention in town that week and has had room reservations for many months.

30th  In a split with the Browns, White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets a ML record with his 61st relief appearance. Chicago takes the opener, 5–1, then drops the nitecap, 7–5.

New York splits with Boston, winning 5-4 before losing in 7 innings, 4-2. Steve Sundra (11-1) takes the loss for the Yankees after winning his first 11 decisions. He serves up a homer to Ted Williams (#31).

The Senators beat the A’s, 9–5, behind rookie Joe Haynes pitching. He allows 11 hits, including native Philadelphian Al Brancato’s 1st ML homer. A’s PH Elmer Valo walks, but at Connie Mack’s behest, official scorer Red Smith removes his name from the box score because Valo has not signed a ML contract. (in 1972, Smith wrote a letter about this to Jim Charlton). Thus, Valo will later miss joining the four-decade list.

Hot Potato Hamlin wins his 20th, 5-1, in a 7 inning nitecap as Brooklyn sweeps the Phils. The Dodgers are led in the first game, a 14-5 smacking, by Gene Moore, who has a homer, 2 doubles and a single, and Cookie Lavagetto, with a single, double, triple and 2 walks. Mayor LaGuardia is in attendance to help push the Dodgers to 990,000 for the season. They will top a million tomorrow.

OCTOBER

1st The Tigers and Indians split, Cleveland winning the opener, 8–3, behind Feller’s 24th win. The Tigers take the nitecap, 1–0, behind Bobo Newsom’s 20th win of the year. Bobo won 3 with St. Louis before being traded to Detroit.

3rd  Frank Frisch abandons the broadcasting booth to return to managing, signing for 2 years with the Pirates. The announcement was made on the 30th, two days after Pie Traynor resigned as the manager of the Bucs.

4th  The WS, with the Yankees as heavy favorites, begins in New York. The pitching of Red Ruffing for New York and Paul Derringer for Cincinnati produces a tense, low-scoring duel that is tied 1–1 until the last of the 9th, when Yankees C Bill Dickey singles home DiMaggio with the winning run.

5th  In game 2 of the World Series, Yankees P Monte Pearson does not allow a base hit until one out in the 8th when Ernie Lombardi singles. The Reds are shut out 4–0. Babe Dahlgren hits a HR and double to pace the Bombers off losing pitcher Bucky Walters.

7th  The Series resumes at Crosley Field, and Yankee power proves too much for the Reds, who collect ten singles. Bump Hadley pitches well enough in relief of Lefty Gomez to wrap up a 7–3 victory. Yankees OF Charlie Keller hits 2 HRs, and DiMaggio and Dickey also connect. Junior Thompson is the loser.

In Chicago’s City Series, Hank Lieber belts a two on 2-out 9th inning homer to lead the Cubs to a 5–3, and give the Cubs a 3–1 series edge. The Sox win the next 3 to take the Windy City bragging rights.

8th  In the 10th inning of game 4, the Reds make 3 errors and watch in shock as the Yankees run wild, scoring three runs The inning is climaxed by Joe DiMaggio’s slide across the plate left unguarded by Ernie Lombardi, who was stunned by a kick in the groin by the preceding runner, Charlie Keller. The Yankees win 7–4, beating Walters for the 2nd time, and sweep the Reds to win their 4th straight World Championship. Starter Paul Derringer guns down the first 14 Yankees to tie a WS mark set exactly two years ago. It will not be tied or topped this century.

10th Ted Lyons pitches a 7th game win for the White Sox in their City Series with the Cubs. The loser is Earl Whitehill. It is Lyons second five-hit win as the series ends, as it started, under the lights at Comiskey.

11th  Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again.

Lou Gehrig is appointed NYC Parole Commissioner by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

In Los Angeles, Bob Feller is paid $2,000 to pitch against the Philadelphia Colored Royal Giants. Feller fans 14 in 7 innings and leaves with the score, 2–2, after which the Royal Giants score 3 to win, 5–2, with Terris McDuffie winning over Lee Stine.

14th In Baltimore, the Negro League all stars complete four-game series of games against a big-league all-star team (as noted by historian John Holway) by losing 3–1. The winning pitcher is Pete Appleton, while the losing pitcher is Marion “Sugar” Cain. Webster McDonald pitched hitless and runless ball for 8 relief innings for the Negro Leaguers. The double header on October 8 was won by the Major Leaguers, 3–1 and 2–0.

17th  Bucky Walters is voted NL MVP by the BBWAA, with Johnny Mize 2nd.

Red Sox player/coach Moe Berg appears with the panel of experts on the radio show “Information Please.”

19th Cincinnati release future Hall of Famer Al Simmons. He’ll sign next on December 10 with the A’s.

24th  Despite missing 32 games, the AL MVP is Joe DiMaggio, with Jimmie Foxx the runner-up, in the BBWAA poll. DiMag has 280 points, while Foxx draws 170.

26th Brooklyn Dodger exec Larry MacPhail proposes that a new World Series format be used in which, as now, the top 2 teams in each league compete against each other; at the same time the 2nd place teams play each other; the 3rd place teams play each other, and so on. The results of these games are added up and a trophy or money presented to winners. The idea doesn’t reach first base.

NOVEMBER

12th  The youngest of the 3 DiMaggio brothers, Dom, is bought for $40,000 by the Boston Red Sox from San Francisco (PCL).

Pitcher Victor Starffin wins his 42nd game in a 96-game season, leading the Yomiuri Giants to the pennant, and setting a post-1900 world record for season victories that will be equaled (by Kazuhisa Inao in 1961) but never broken. Starffin, the 6’4” son of Russian immigrants, was exempt from the military call-up of able-bodied Japanese. From 1936-55 he won 303 games, the first in Japanese baseball to top the 300 mark. Except for Oh, he is the only non-Japanese player in the Japanese baseball Hall of Fame.

19th The National Professional Indoor Baseball League, headed by league president Tris Speaker, begins play. The league has 10 clubs, one in each then Major League city except Washington, with teams managed by Bill Wambsganss, Gabby Street, Brick Owens, Moose McCormick, Harry Davis, Joe Dugan, Freddy Maguire, and Otto Miller. The game is similar to softball, with 60-foot distances between the bases, and a 12-inch-circumference ball thrown underhand from 40 feet away. About 2,000 turned out for Opening Day in New York to watch Brooklyn and New York split a doubleheader. Alas, the league will disappear in a month.

28th Ken Keltner is turned down in Cleveland for off-season unemployment benefits.

29th  Judge Landis fines Brooklyn, Detroit, and the St. Louis farm club, Columbus, for manipulating player contracts. He frees seven farm hands.

DECEMBER

6th  In a trade of veteran shortstops–or “worn-out shortstops,” as one newspaper described it–the Cubs acquire Billy Rogell from the Detroit Tigers for Dick Bartell. Rogell, who injured his arm playing handball the previous year, will hit just .136 before hanging up his spikes. The Tigers will release “Rowdy Richard” 5 games into the 1941 season, but he will stick with the Giants until 1946.

The Bees are busy clearing their pitching staff. Jim Turner goes to the Reds for 1B Les Scarsella and cash, while Johnny Lanning is sent to Pittsburgh for P Jim Tobin and cash. On December 8th, P Danny MacFaydan joins Tobin in a trade for P Bill Swift.

7th  Lou Gehrig, age 36, is unanimously elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, the sole choice this year. The five-year waiting period is waived for the Iron Horse.

8th  The White Sox trade Gee Walker to the Senators for Pete Appleton and Taffy Wright. The Sox also pick up OF Moose Solters from the Browns for OF Ray Radcliffe, both sluggers coming of poor years. The Dodgers get Gus Mancuso and Newt Kimball from the Cubs for Al Todd.

The Braves trade veteran Danny MacFayden to the Pirates for Bill Swift and cash.

At the December meeting of both leagues in Cincinnati, Judge Landis votes against all amendments favorable to farm systems. The Rules committee, with an eye towards raising declining batting averages, votes to restore the sacrifice fly for 1940. Seven American League owners push through a new rule barring the AL champion from making any trades within the league. Clearly aimed at the Yankees, winners of the last 4 world series, the National League owners decline to vote it for their league.

9th  Wally Moses is traded by the Philadelphia A’s to Detroit for Benny McCoy and George Coffman. The deal will later be voided by Judge Landis, who declares McCoy a free agent because of a Tigers cover-up. He gets a $10,000 bonus to sign with the A’s.

11th  The Yomiuri Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers, 4–2, to clinch the Japanese league pennant. The Giants will win the pennant for the next 4 years.

27th The New York Giants obtain infielder Mickey Witek from the Newark Bears for $40,000 and infielder Alex Kampouris and catcher Tommy Padden. New York has high hopes for Witek, the 1939 MVP in the International League.

The Cubs trade Gene Lillard, Steve Mesner and cash to the Cardinals for minor league blue chipper Ken Raffensberger. Raffy won 15 games at Rochester in each of the past 2 seasons.

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