1921 April

5th In an exhibition game against the Hartford Senators, Columbia University’s Lou Gehrig is 2-for-2 with two tremendous homers. Hartford wins, 4–3, and will later sign Lou for what will be a 12-game stint with the team.

10th Seattle beats host Los Angeles 12–8 but it takes them 22 innings to do it. Seattle’s George Wisterzil sets a PCL record with 12 official plate appearances.

13th  In the season opener for the Yankees, warm weather and Babe Ruth contribute to 37,000 fans crowding the Polo Grounds. After New York mayor John Hylan tosses out the first ball, the Yankees tear into the A’s, beating them 11–1 as every New Yorker scores at least a run. The Yanks lead is only 2–1 into the bottom of the 7th, but then they unload against Scott Perry. Bob Hasty gives up the last 6 New York runs. Ruth is 5-for-5, with two doubles, and Carl Mays has as many hits–3–as he allows. He’s now won 11 straight over the A’s.

With former President Woodrow Wilson, new president Warren G. Harding, and VP Calvin Coolidge watching, the Senators lose their home opener 6–3 to the Red Sox and Sam Jones. Walter Johnson leaves after 4 innings and nine hits, the second time in a row he has failed to finish an Opening Game.

At Chicago, the Cubs open the season with a 5–4 win over the Cardinals’ Jesse Haines. Grover Cleveland Alexander goes all the way to pick up the win for Chicago.

At Cincinnati, the Reds open with a 5–3 win over the Pirates. Babe Adams loses to Dolf Luque.

15th Patsy Gharrity has a homer and 3 RBIs to pace the Senators to a 7-1 win over the visiting Red Sox.

17th After reviewing the record, Judge Landis bars Benny Kauff for life on the basis of undesirable character and reputation. The 30-year-old hitter never plays in the ML again.

The Detroit opener is called off because of several inches of snow on the field.

21st The A’s collect 13 hits—all singles–and score just once in losing to Carl Mays and the Yankees, 6–1. It is the submariner’s 2nd win in 8 days over his cousins and his 12th straight against the A’s.

23rd In the final game of the 4-game series with St. Louis, Cleveland SS Joe Sewell is spiked in the heel and forced to leave the game. Brownie manager Fohl allows Jack Graney to be a “courtesy runner” for Sewell, who exits for repairs, and then returns to his position. The Indians win, 7–3.

24th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Phil Douglas pitches a one-hitter to beat the Phils Lee Meadows, 1–0. The lone Quaker hit is a single by SS Ralph Miller. George Kelly’s triple scores Frisch with the lone run. It is the 8th straight game that Kelly has driven in a run; he sets a ML record for the start of a season that will last until 2010 when Jorge Cantu breaks it.

25th In New York, Washington’s Walter Johnson survives a first inning solo shot by Babe Ruth to top Carl Mays, 5–3, for his 307th career win, breaking Eddie Plank’s AL mark.

26th Cleveland clears its bench in an attempt to beat the Tigers, and does so 9-8 with 2 runs in each of the 7th and 8th. Joe Evans is 4-for-4 as Cleveland uses 23 players including 7 pitchers. Jim Bagby (4-0) is the winner.

The Braves George McQuillan bends but never breaks, allowing 15 hits in beating the Phillies, 10-6. McQuillan adds a homerun and 2 RBIs, Ray Powell has a homer and 3 RBIs and Walter Barbare is 5-for-5. Johnny Rawlings is 4-for-4 for the Phillies and Bevo LeBourveau drives in three runs with a pinch triple.

Knoxville (Appalachian League) CF George Smiley makes an unassisted triple play against Pellico. With runners on 1B and 2B, Smiley snags a line drive, steps on 2B, and tags the runner coming from 1B.

In a 3–1 loss to the Browns, White Sox P Dickie Kerr has 10 assists, one short of the AL mark.

28th It’s a day of pitching slams. The Phils SS Ralph Miller hits a grand slam and then Phils pitcher Lee Meadows, in the 8th inning, matches him to help beat the Braves, 11–6. Meadows poked his first on the 16th, off Slim Sallee.

Meanwhile, in the AL, Indians hurler George Uhle does the same to Detroit’s Dutch Leonard in the 4th in a 12–5 win. Uhle is 3-for-5 setting a ML-record (since beaten) for pitchers with 6 RBIs, and his slam is his first ML HR.

Senators steal. Rice, Harris and Lewis pull off a triple steal in the 1stagainst the Yankees but the New York bats are the difference as New York wins, 9–5. Bill Piercy (2-1) helps his cause by going 3-for-3 with two doubles.

30th At Boston, the Giants beat the Braves, 9–4 as Art Nehf tops Joe Oeschger. George Kelly hits a grand slam for New York.