1928 April

6th Playing in the Philadelphia city series between the A’s and the Phillies, Ty Cobb makes an unassisted DP from the outfield.

10th  The Senators open a day ahead of the other teams as President Calvin Coolidge throws out the first ball. On the mound for the Nationals is Milt Gaston, replacing Walter Johnson who misses the start because of a bout of influenza; he missed the last Opener because of a broken ankle. The Red Sox win 7–5 behind Danny MacFaydan. Joe Judge has 4 hits for the losers.

The Brooklyn Robins beat the Yankees, 7–2, to earn a split in their 4 game series. The World Champions end their exhibition season with a 6–14 record, going 3–10 against major-league competition.

At Paducah, KY, the NL champion Pirates end an unsuccessful spring by beating Ft. Wayne (Central L) 11–1.

11th At Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, a heavily Jewish crowd of 30,000 is on hand to cheer for New Yorker Andy Cohen, Hornsby’s replacement at 2B. After 7 seasons in a business suit, manager McGraw abandons it for a Giants uniform. After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball, Cohen has 3 hits and 2 RBIs to leads the Giants to a 5–2 over the Rajah’s Braves. Hornsby is 1–for-4 as Larry Benton is the winner over Bob Smith. Braves CF Eddie Brown plays in his 576 consecutive game to extend his NL record. After the game, some one thousand fans rush the field and carry Cohen off on their shoulders.

In Cincinnati, the Reds top the Cubs, 5–1. Dolf Luque scatters 7 hits, including Freddie Maguire’s first and only ML homer, to beat Charlie Root. Bubble Hargrave and Chuck Dressen score the winning runs in the 5th inning when Cubs C Gabby Hartnett overthrows 3B on a double steal attempt. Hack Wilson tears a ligament and will be lost to the Cubs for two-three weeks. Maguire’s homer causes the Reds prexy McDiarmid to have some of the OF seats removed and tomorrow several drives into the area will be outs.

25,000 fans are on hand for the coldest Opener in Philadelphia as the A’s drop an 8–3 decision to the Yankees. Starter Herb Pennock knocks in the first two New York runs against Lefty Grove in the 2nd, and the Yanks score three more in the 3rd to knock Grove out of the game. Ruth has a triple and scores three runs, while Bing Miller is 3-for-3 for the A’s.

12th  The Cards Grover Alexander opens his 18th season by shutting out the Pirates, 5–0, on 7 hits and beating Burleigh Grimes. It is Pete’s 90thand last career shutout, an NL record. The Cards beat the Pirates yesterday behind Jess Haines, to open the season. Frankie Frisch homers for the 2nd straight game.

13th At Philadelphia, the Yankees edge the Athletics, 8–7, on a double by Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig hits a long drive off Eddie Rommel that goes through an open window on 20th Street. Cy Moore allows just 2 hits through 5 innings for New York before weakening, but picks up the win. Joe Hauser, returning to the A’s after a year in the minors, collects two homers and a triple.

15th At St. Louis, the Cards edge the Cubs, 4–3, as Frankie Frisch continues his hot hitting with a homer, triple and a single. Bill Sherdel gives up a 3-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd, but answers by homering in the 5th to help win. Pat Malone loses his 2nd game.

In Baltimore, the Yankees beat the Orioles (IL), 5–2. Ruth plays 1B, while Gehrig, in right field, bangs a homer. Dickey also homers off former Brownie Bob Bolen.

16th  For the first time, a pitcher is deprived of his mitt when the Brooklyn captain Max Carey complains and the ump removes Boston’s Charlie Robertson’s glove. The New York Times reports, “The Robins detected Robertson doing odd stunts with the ball with the aid of his glove. They reported it to umpire Moran who made Robertson change his glove.” Robertson still wins, 3–2, as Hornsby has 3 of Boston’s 12 hits.

Phils veteran Cy Williams greets reliever Fred Fitzsimmons with a three-run homer to send the Phils home a 7–5 winner at the Polo Grounds. Cy’s blow negates a single, double, and triple by Bill Terry for the Giants, now 3–1.

In Cleveland, Indians owner Alva Bradley announces plans to build an 85,000 seat stadium on the waterfront. The field can be expanded to 100,000 for football, and 125,000 for a boxing match. Cost is estimated at a whopping $3,000,000.

17th The visiting Cubs beat Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 10 innings to take the series, 3 games to 1. Lefty Percy Jones allows 5 Cardinal hits, 3 in the 3rd, to pick up the victory.

18th  The Cubs set an NL Opening Day attendance record as a reported 46,000 jam Wrigley Field to see Cincinnati rally and top the Cubs, 9–6. The Cubs open the 8th inning with a homer by Kiki Cuyler and Earl Webb closes the inning with a 3-run homer as the two teams combine for 28 hits. Red Lucas tops Pat Malone for the win.

19th  The Yankees are out of first place for the first time since May 1926 when they lose, 7–6, the morning Patriots Day game in Boston. Boston has just one hit in 5 innings off Al Sheeley but the Sox overcome a 6–0 deficit to win. Pat Collins homers for the Sox, with Slim Harriss picking up the relief win over Cy Moore. Behind Herb Pennock, New York takes the nitecap, 7–2, in a game rained out after 6 innings. Hooks Wiltse is the losing pitcher. Ken Williams and Babe Ruth exchange homers.

The Browns and Tigers pitchers combine to issue 18 walks, all in 4 ½ innings, as Detroit strolls to a 9–8 win. Detroit rookie Paul Easterling hits his 2nd homer in two days; the one yesterday was considered to longest hit at the St. Louis grounds. Ken Holloway is the winner over Sad Sam Gray, who contributes 7 walks in the loss.

The visiting Braves make 16 hits, 4 by 3B Les Bell, to beat the Giants, 9–8, in 10 innings. The Giants answer with 9 hits including a 3-run homer by Andy Reese. Rajah drives home the game winner with his 3rd hit and manages the team in the absence of Jack Slattery, who is attending a funeral. Ed Brandt is the winner over Lefty Faulkner in a game in which no strikeouts occur.

The Cubs rattle Wrigley Field with 21 hits to back Sheriff Blake’s 2-hit shutout over the Reds, 13–0. Dolf Luque is the loser. Blake collects 4 hits himself, as does Joe Kelly, who includes a 3-run homer. Hack Wilson adds two homers, one a grand slam, a double and a single: in his 5th at-bat he’s hit by a pitch.

20th  Detroit rookie Paul Easterling hits his 3rd HR in 3 days, all against the Browns, as the Tigers take their 3rd in a row, 3–0. The Browns collect just 4 singles off Earl Whitehill. For Easterling, this is the last HR he hits for the year.

26th Behind Jack Quinn’s 10–0 shutout over the Senators, the A’s hit two bases-loaded triples to tie the ML record. Tris Speaker does it in the 3rdand Ty Cobb matches him in the 6th.

In an Iowa prep game, Atlantic High School beats Griswold High School like a rented mule, winning, 109-0 in a no hitter. Atlantic has 92 hits, including 26 doubles, 7 triples and 16 home runs in a prep school record for embarrassment. (as noted by Kevin Saldana).

27th The Robins move into first place over the idle Giants with a 9-0 win over the Braves. Big Jim Elliot allows just 3 hits.

Cleveland moves into first place with a 10-6 win over the Tigers. George Uhle allows 5 runs in the first inning but not another till the 9th. Cleveland garners 16 hits and is helped by 6 Tiger errors, 4 errors by shortstop Taverner.