1932 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 20thStreet 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 2ndinning 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 9thinning. 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 8thstraight 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)..