1926 April

2nd  Hugh Jennings, slated to be the Giants assistant manager, is unable to join the team due to illness. Roger Bresnahan replaces him.

3rd  In an exhibition game in Atlanta, the Yankees drop 9 runs on Dazzy Vance to beat the Dodgers for the 4th straight time, 11-5.

5th  The A’s win their 4th straight over the Phillies, 8-6, to clinch the City series. Ed Rommel gives 8 hits in the complete game win.

6th  In Ashville, NC, the Yankees hand the Dodgers their eight straight defeat against the Bronx Bombers, beating them, 16-9. Jack Fournier has a homer for Brooklyn, hitting the ball over the scoreboard in the 5th. Babe Ruth does the same thing but his ball rolls back down the hill for a triple.

8th  In Charlotte, NC, the Dodgers lose to the Yankees, 14-4. The New York Times notes that Dodger CF Gus Felix might be pressed into service at 2B. Milt Stock, who hit .328 last season for Brooklyn as the regular 2B, is hitting poorly this spring. Felix will stay in center field, but Stock will play just the first three games (0-for-8) before exiting the majors.

9th  Following yesterday’s rainout at Fenway, the Red Sox and Braves take the field again, with the Sox winning, 6–1. Howard Ehmke is the winner over Rube Benton, and Phil Todt accounts for the only HR.

10th  At Yankee Stadium, the Dodgers are relieved to finish their last exhibition game with the Yankees, losing 4-1. A crowd of 15,000 see the Yanks win for the 10th straight time in their exhibition series.

The Phils beat the A’s, 8-7, but lose the City Series, 4 games to 2.

13th  More than 45,000 at the Polo Grounds watch Brooklyn’s Jess Petty post an Opening Day, 3–0 one-hitter over the Giants. Frankie Frisch’s double is the lone hit. The NL introduces something new in this game, the rosin bag. The Giants will win 7 in a row after the opener, only to be beaten again by Petty, 2–1, on April 24th.

In the last of his 14 Opening Day starts, Walter Johnson takes on A’s knuckleballer Eddie Rommel in baseball’s greatest Opening-Day pitchers’ duel, a 15-inning battle won by the Senators 1–0. Johnson gives up 6 hits, fans 9, 5 on called 3rd strikes, and allows no runner past 1B in a game he considers his greatest. Rommel allows 9 hits will fanning 5. Bucky Harris singles and scores the lone run, coming home after a Goslin double and a Joe Harris single.

At frigid Fenway Park, the hitting is hot as the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 29 hits in the Opener. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1stinning off Howard Ehmke, the first of six Boston hurlers. Rudy Sommers, making his first ML appearance in 12 years, takes over for Ehmke in the 5th. He gives up 3 runs on doubles by Gehrig and Ruth, and New York stretches its lead to 11–1. A 5-run Boston outburst in the 6th sends New York starter Bob Shawkey to the showers, but New York hangs on to beat the Red Sox, 12–11. Ruth and Joe Dugan have three hits apiece for New York, while Ira Flagstead has 4 hits for Boston. Ehmke is the loser for Boston.

In ceremonies before the Opener in St. Louis, Rogers Hornsby receives a trophy from the Cleveland Press, which asked its readers to choose their most popular AL and NL player. Babe Ruth won in the AL. Hornsby then collects 3 hits as the Cards win the Opener with Pittsburgh, 7–6.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs lose to the Reds, 7–6, after scoring 5 in the 8th to tie. Jakie May takes the win in the 10th when a Sammy Bohne single scores the winner. Val Picinich homers in his first game as a Red.

15th In Philadelphia, Cy Williams blasts a walkoff grand slam in the 9thoff Larry Benton to give the Phils an 8–4 win over the Boston Braves. It is Cy’s 2nd game-ending grand slam in two years.

16th In the home opener for Cincinnati, Red Lucas beats Chicago’s Grover Alexander, 2–1, in a brisk one hour, 15 minutes. The good-hitting Lucas also bangs a triple to help the Cincy offense.

At Fenway, the Yankees Herb Pennock is touched for 10 hits but the Red Sox score just twice in losing to New York, 3-2. Ira Flagstead has 3 hits for the Sox to go with his 4 hits in each of the last two games: the 11 hits in the first 3 games is a ML record that will be matched by Cecil Cooper in 1982.

17th Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke tosses a 2-hitter, beating the A’s and Rube Walberg, 6–1. Phil Todt’s triple with the bases loaded is the big blow for the Sox.

Cleveland’s Lefty Miller gives up three hits and shuts out the White Sox, 2–0. The loss goes to Tommy Thomas, making his major league debut.

At Philadelphia, Brooklyn’s Clarence Huber is hit by a pitch in the 3rd and replaced by a courtesy runner Heinie Sand, already in the game at SS. (As noted by Retrosheet). Huber returns to play 3B in the 4th before Clarence Whiteside takes over in the 5th. The magnanimous Phils win, 15–3.

18th The Cubs roll over the Reds, 18–1, at Wrigley Field. Reds 18-year-old pitcher Rube Meadows faces one batter and records an out, for his only ML appearance.

19th In a 2-1 p.m. win against the A’s, Red Sox CF Ira Flagstead sets an AL record and ties a ML record by starting three double plays from the outfield, just the 3rd outfielder in history to do so. Two of the DPs are fly balls that the former boxer catches and then punches out the runner trying to score from 3B. The third twin killing is scored 8-5-4-2. Ira’s feat breaks the AL mark of 2, tied by a number of players. The A’s take the morning game, 3–1, on Patriot’s Day.

20th  The Yankees batter Washington 18–5. Among their 22 hits are a HR, 2 doubles, and 2 singles by Ruth, who scores 5 runs and drives in 8. The Babe’s home run is a 2-run shot in the first inning off Walter Johnson. Earl Combs has 4 hits and 4 runs. Rookie Bill Morrell pitches in relief for Washington and this is noteworthy only because contemporary accounts list his age at 26, and his birth year as 1900. In fact, Morrell was born in 1893, making him off by seven years, a possible ML record. Later encyclopedias will carry his correct birth date (as noted by Dick Thompson).

21st In the home Opener at newly renamed Wrigley Field, Grover Alexander pitches the Cubs to a 4–2 win over Reds ace Pete Donohue. Donohue will be one of 4 pitchers to top the NL by winning an even 20 games this season. The park had been known as Cubs Park from 1920-25.

22nd  The Browns’ 5 double plays against the White Sox ties the AL record, but the White Sox win, 11–7.

26th With Cleveland leading the host White Sox 7–2, fans storm the field and refuse to leave, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the game.

27th Walter Johnson wins his 400th career victory, and his 3rd win in 4 starts, as the Senators beat the Red Sox, 9-1.

In the Giants’ 9–8 win over the Phillies, 17-year-old Mel Ott makes his first appearance pinch-hitting for Jimmy Ring. He strikes out. He’ll get his first hit on May 2nd when he pinch hits for Tim McNamara. Ott won’t play regularly till 1927.

Player-manager Ty Cobb makes his first start of the year and shows the Tigers how to do it, banging a single, double, triple, and driving home 4 runs. Detroit edges the White Sox, 8–7.

28th The A’s Lefty Grove strikes out 11, but loses to Sam Jones and the Yankees, 3–0. Grove will win his next four against New York.

The AL allows the use of the rosin bag by pitchers but discourages its use by other players. Walter Johnson states that he thinks the “resin bag” is of no use to a pitcher. It is strictly mental.

29th At Pittsburgh, the Reds score 10 runs in the 5th en route to a 16–9 win.

30th  Jess Petty (5–0) wins again, beating the Phils 8–4, and the Dodgers go into first place.