2nd Good night, Gracie. The Reds sell George Burns to the Phillies.
7th In an exhibition game, the Yankees whip the Dodgers 16–9 but the headlines are about the Babe. Ruth collapses in the railroad station in Asheville, NC, and winds up in New York’s St. Vincent Hospital. He’ll undergo an operation for an ulcer on April 17th and will be in bed till May 26th.
During an exhibition game, A’s long-ball-hitting 1B Joe Hauser is standing still near 1B, minding his own business, when his knee gives way suddenly and the kneecap shatters all by itself. He is out for the season. His knee will give out in July 1934 when rounding 3B after hitting a homerun for Minneapolis.
11th Before 15,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Senators and Giants reprise their World Series competition. The Nats take this contest, 9–4, and will win tomorrow to even the pre-season series at 6 games apiece.
In their first match against each other since 1907, the visiting Red Sox lose to the Braves, 4–3, before 12,000. Johnny Cooney is the winner over Jack Quinn. The match in 2 days is called because of the weather.
13th Stuffy McInnis is released by the Braves. He’ll sign with the Pirates, bat .368 in 59 games, and get into his 5th WS.
14th Before 38,000 in the first regular-season game, Pete Alexander pitches the Cubs to an 8–2 over the Pirates. Alex homers in his first at bat and adds a single and double. It is Pete’s 301st win. Gabby Hartnett also homers, one of five he’ll clout in the first four games. Pie Traynor has a pair of hits for the Bucs to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 over two seasons, but he will go hitless tomorrow. The game is broadcast on the radio, as Quin Ryan announces from the grandstand roof for WGN.
Cleveland defeats St. Louis 21–14, with the Indians winning it with 12 runs in the 8th to set a ML record for the most runs in an opener. Fred Spurgeon ties a 3-year-old ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning and Pat McNulty, who enters as a pinch runner in the inning, hits a 3-run homer. Charlie Jamieson has 4 hits and scores 4 runs. The usually sure-handed Browns manager George Sisler makes 4 errors at 1B, tying a ML record, and CF Herschel Bennett adds his name to the record books with 3 errors in the 8th. Included in the 39 hits this afternoon is a home run by Cleveland’s Tris Speaker, who drives in 4 runs. Ken Williams has a single, two doubles and a homer as the Browns total 20 hits.
Before 22,000 in Philadelphia, two future Hall of Famers make their ML debuts for the A’s. Lefty Grove starts against Boston and leaves in the 4thafter walking 4 and striking out nobody. He gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. In the 8th, Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for catcher Cy Perkins, singles and stays in behind the plate while the A’s go on to score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to win 9–8 in 10 innings. Grove, known as Groves in Baltimore and to Connie Mack, is also listed that way in the New York Times box score. Grove will become the first pitcher to lead the AL in strikeouts and walks in the same year.
With Ben Paschal filling in for the ailing Babe Ruth in RF, the Yankees defeat the Senators, 5–1 before 45,000 at Yankee Stadium. Paschal fills the Babe’s shoes by belting a two-run homer and an RBI single. Urban Shocker, back with New York after 7 years, is the starter and winner for New York. Because of the cold weather, the Nats go with George Mogridge, instead of Walter Johnson, and he allows 9 hits in 7 innings while taking the loss.
At Cincinnati, Reds ace Pete Donohue wins his second opener in 3 years, shutting out the Cards, 4–0. Jess Haines is the loser. The game takes 1 hour: 20 minutes.
15th At Navin Field, the White Sox trip the Tigers, 9-6, with a little help from the Bengal pitching staff. Earl Whitehill surrenders 7 earned runs in 4 innings and reliever Bill Moore allows 2 runs, walking all three batters he faces. It is his only ML appearance.
17th With the newspaper headlines blaring “The bellyache heard round the world”, Babe Ruth undergoes surgery for an intestinal abscess.
At Yankee Stadium, Joe Judge hits a 4th inning grand slam and the Senators beat the Ruthless Yankees, 6-1.
The Giants trade Rosy Ryan to the Braves for righty Tim McNamara.
18th Charles Ebbets, Dodgers president, dies on the morning of the opener at Ebbets Field, won by New York 7–1 before 25,000. Both teams wear black arm bands and line up before the game in silent tribute. No NL games will be played on the 21st, the day of Ebbets funeral. At the rainy funeral, Ed McKeever, the new club president, will catch a cold that turns into pneumonia. He dies on May 27th. Manager Wilbert Robinson will take on the job of president as well.
Collecting 22 hits, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 20-5. Rogers Hornsby scores 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, as 7 homers are hit at Cubs Park. Les Bell rings up 2 of them for St. Louis as he totals 5 hits, including two doubles to go with his dingers. He scores 4 runs and clangs home 6. Jim Bottomley also drives in 6 runs on 3 hits. The bright spot for Chicago is Gabby Hartnett who homers in his 4th straight start (one other game he appeared as a pinch hitter and doubled in a run) and drives in 3 runs. Gabby has 5 homers, the only NLer with more than 2, and his 13 RBI leads the majors.
In St. Louis, the White Sox beat the Browns, 14-5, as a crowd of several thousand storm the field after the game confronting owner Phil Ball in his box seat. The fans shout “Jake, Jake” for Baby Doll Jacobson, who is holding out. The police finally come to Ball’s rescue and he leaves with his dignity.
In the A’s home opener at Philadelphia, Bill Lamar belts an 8th inning 2-run HR off Walter Johnson and the A’s whitewash the Senators, 3–0. Slim Harriss fires the shutout.
20th Cleveland goes to 5-0 with a 15-inning, 5–4, win over the Tigers. Detroit P Syl Johnson walks in the winning run.
22nd The Senators play their home opener with President Coolidge throwing out the first ball, caught by Walter Johnson. Behind Johnson, the Senators trounce the Ruth-less Yankees 10–1. Rookie Lou Gehrig is in RF in place of the ailing Babe. Coolidge stands in the top of the 7th, despite the sleeve tugging of Mrs. Coolidge, who eventually stands as well. The President’s entourage then stands. Coolidge rises for the bottom of the 7th also.
At Baker Bowl, Brooklyn’s pitcher Burleigh Grimes has 4 of the Robins 17 hits but the Phillies prevail, 8-7.
The Pirates win their home opener, 6-1, over the Cubs as Johnny Morrison tosses a 5-hitter, and hits a pair of triples. The Bucs will give one buck to charity for each ball hit into the stands that is returned to the club. The Forbes Field scoreboard has “Charity Balls Returned” daily and seasonal totals.
Eddie Collins is presented with a chest of silver by the a delegation of Elks and then the White Sox beat the Tigers, 3–1, in their home opener at Comiskey.
The Cardinals open at home and treat their fans to a post-1900, NL-record, first-inning barrage of 12 hits, scoring 11 runs to beat the Reds 12–3. Holm, Hornsby and Bottomley each have 2 hits in the big frame.
The Cards sell popular veteran Hi Myers to the Reds.
23rd In the 3rd inning at St. Louis, Roger Hornsby is hit on the head by a pitch from the Reds Dolf Luque (as noted by Retrosheet). A groggy Rajah is replaced with a courtesy runner, Specs Toporcer. Hornsby returns to the field in the 4th but after 2 innings is taken to the hospital. He’ll miss 2 games with a slight concussion. The Reds win, 7–2.
Yankee ace Herb Pennock holds a 1–0 lead into the 9th when Washington loads the bases. Nats manager Harris wants Walter Johnson to pinch hit, but the Big Train is in showering when he gets the call. It takes him ten minutes to dress and enter the game, all the while Yankee manager Huggins is screaming about the delay. Johnson justifies the wait by hitting the first pitch for a 2-run single to win the game for Washington, 2–1. Six weeks late, Ban Johnson will rule that only players on the bench or sidelines may be used as substitutes.
24th Charlie Grimm, playing in his first series in Pittsburgh since the Cubs acquired him, bangs out 4 hits, including 2 triples and a double, to lead Chicago to a 7–2 win. Lefty Emil Yde is the victim of the Grimm reaper, with Pete Alexander taking the win.
25th The Giants (7-2) stay in first place with a 2–1 win over the Braves, as Frankie Frisch’s homer breaks a 1–1 tie. Hugh McQuillan allows just five hits, including a homer. Kyle Graham takes the tough loss for Boston.
26th With the Indians leading 7–2 at Chicago, the umps forfeit the game to Cleveland when the crowd storms onto the field and refuse to get off.
27th With the Indians leading 4–3 in the 8th inning, the White Sox erupt for 9 runs to coast home, 12–4.
Down 8-3 going into the 9th, the Browns score 7 runs to beat the host Tigers, 10-8. Pinchhitter Harry Rice ties the AL mark with two hits in the inning.
Ed McKeever, Dodger president for just two weeks, dies after catching a cold at the funeral service for Charles Ebbets two weeks ago. The cold turned into influenza. Wilbert Robinson will take over as president while continuing to manage the team.
29th At the Polo Grounds, the Phillies score 7 runs in the last 2 innings—6 off Virgil Barnes—to down the Giants, 13-9. Lew Fonseca has 5 hits for the Quakers, and collects 4 RBIs.
The Red Sox trade Joe Harris to the Washington Senators for Paul Zahniser and Roy Carlyle. Harris hit over .300 in three straight years in Boston, but was just 3-for-19 this season. He’ll hit .323 for the Nats and help them win a pennant, then hit .440 with three homers in the World Series.
30th In one of two games played because of bad weather, the Pirates top the Cubs in the 14th inning, winning 2-1. Rabbit Maranville hits a 2-out triple, then steals home with rookie starter Elmer Jacobs on the mound. Pitt starter Johnny Morrison, a 25-game winner last year, is the winning pitcher.