1933 April

1st Babe Ruth makes his 3rd appearance in Memphis and like the last third opening games, the Chicks defeat the Yankees, winning, 5–4. Tomorrow the Yanks will win, 6–0, behind Lefty Gomez. Ruth goes hitless getting no good pitches to hit.

2nd  A train carrying the Red Sox crashes in Wyoming, Delaware derailing the engine and 8 cars and killing the engineer and fireman (as noted by historian Bill Nowlin). Doc Woods, the Sox trainer, helped administer to some of the wounded passengers. None of the players are injured in the 3:12 a.m. crash and the team goes on to beat the Jersey City Skeeters, 12-0, later in the day.

8th  Before 2,500 at Fenway, the Red Sox shut out the Braves, 7–0. The winning pitcher is Ivy Andrews. The Braves will win tomorrow, 4–2.

11th  The Cardinals trade Chick Hafey to the Reds for Harvey Hendrick, Benny Frey, and cash.

12th  Joe Cronin debuts as Washington manager, and the Senators Alvin Crowder wins his 16th successive game over two seasons, 4–1, from Philadelphia. President and Mrs. Roosevelt are two of 23,399 on hand as  the president tosses out the first ball.

The Cubs open at home and, behind Lon Warneke’s 4-hit shutout, beat Dizzy Dean and the Cardinals, 3–0.

Only 5,000 are on hand for the Browns opener, a 4–2 loss to the White Sox. Al Simmons, in his debut for Chicago, smacks a home run. Ed Durham is the winning pitcher.

13th  Delayed a day because of a spring storm, the Yankees open against the Red Sox in front of 36,221 at Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig jump starts the offense with a three-run homer in the first, off former Yank Ivy Andrews, and the New Yorkers score one more in the 4th to win, 4–3. Lefty Gomez is the winner, but as with last year’s opener, he needs help getting the last out.

Browns OF Sammy West goes 6-for-6 in an 11-inning 4–2 victory over the White Sox. He has 5 singles and a double, all off Ted Lyons.

14th At Yankee Stadium, pitcher Red Ruffing breaks a 2–2 tie with the Red Sox by belting a game-ending grand slam in the 9th inning. New York wins, 6–2. It is the only walk-off grand slam in ML history to date; the one previous 9th inning grand slam winner—Jack Stivett’s June 10, 1890—occurred in the top of the inning, even though his team was playing at home.

The Yankees sell lefty Ed Wells to the Browns. “Satchelfoot”, a starter turned reliever, was 37-20 as a Yankee and set a record in 1930 by going 12-3 with a ERA of 5.20. No pitcher before him had put together a .700+ winning percentage with an ERA over 5.00. Roxie Lawson, in 1937, will have a higher ERA.

Johnny Frederick goes 4-for-4 with a homer to pace the Dodgers to a 7-1 win over the Phillies. But Brooklyn loses Joe Judge for five weeks when he is spiked on the back of his foot by Dick Bartell. Judge will never recover his effectiveness this year.

15th  Schoolboy Rowe of Detroit makes his first ML start and shuts out the White Sox, 3–0.

20th  In a 5–4 loss, White Sox LF Al Simmons makes an unassisted double play against the Browns.

Umpire Charlie Pfirman officiates in his 1,700th consecutive NL game, as Carl Hubbell pitches the Giants to a 1–0 victory over the Braves.

23rd  Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak is threatened when he is knocked unconscious by an Earl Whitehill pitch in the New York-Washington game. He recovers and finishes the game, a 5–4 loss to the Nats. Washington scores 2 runs in the 9th on 3 hits. The loss snaps the Yankees 7-game win streak to start the season, their best start in the 20thcentury.

Tommy Bridges tosses a one-hitter as the Tigers beat the Browns, 2-0. West’s single in the 8th is the lone hit. Bridges had a one-hitter against the Senators last year, losing the no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th.

Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons beats the Braves, 3-1, defeating Fidgety Phil Collins. Fitz, wearing a bandage on his right hand from a spike wound in a game 3 weeks ago against the Tigers, scores the Giants final run hitting a homer in the 7th into the LF grand stand.

24th  Giants player/manager Bill Terry is hit by a pitch in a game with the Dodgers, breaking his wrist. He will be out 3 weeks, ending his consecutive-game streak at 468. The Giants win, 4–0, behind Carl Hubbell.

Katy, bar the door. The Red Sox win, 16-10, over the A’s at Fenway. Jimmie Foxx has four extra base hits for the A’s, the first of two instances he’ll do it this year.

Governor Pinchot of Pennsylvania signs a bill legalizing Sunday baseball under local option. A statewide referendum will be on the ballot in November.

25th  Russ Van Atta makes a spectacular debut in the Yankees 16–0 pasting of the eventual AL-winning Senators, getting 4 hits and pitching a 5-hit shutout. Only Casey Stengel has debuted with 4 hits, though Cecil Travis will debut next month with 5 hits. Van Atta will post a 12–4 record for the season, bat .283, but will injure his left index finger in December while rescuing a cocker spaniel from a house fire. His only career shutout is today. The game is marred by a wild 20-minute free-for-all in the 4thinning started when Ben Chapman slides into second and spikes 2B Buddy Myer. Myer initiated the spiking by stepping on Gehrig’s foot at 1B a few days earlier. Umpire Moriarty tries to intervene but fails. All the players on both teams rush at each other not to stop the fight but to enlarge it. Private detectives, uniformed policemen and several hundred spectators charge down on the field. The spectators, armed with bats they had picked up, try to bash the players. Chapman, Myer, and Earl Whitehill are suspended 5 days and fined $100 each.

Phillies SS Dick Bartell equals the ML record with 4 consecutive doubles in 4 at bats in a 7-1 win over Boston. Spud Davis adds a two-run homer to make it easy for Ed Holly.

28th  At the Stadium, the first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning 2-1 and 9-7. Babe Ruth hits 1st inning homers in each game and adds a 7th inning homer in the nightcap off reliever Red Faber.

29th  Washington C Luke Sewell makes a rare double play with no outs in the 9th, tagging out first Lou Gehrig, who held up at 2B to see if a Tony Lazzeri’s fly ball would be caught, and then Dixie Walker attempting to score from 1B. Lazzeri’s hit is a double but Cronin’s relay from Goose Goslin allows Sewell to tag the two in succession. The Senators beat the Yankees, 6–3, with Monte Weaver getting the win.

30th On a rainy Sunday in Chicago, 22,000 fans watch the Cubs and Cardinals split. The Cubs win the opener 7–5 while the Birds, on a 2-run homer by ex-Cubs manager Hornsby, take the nitecap 5–3.

A record is set for most players with 2 or more homers (8 clubs) as Detroit’s John Stone and Gee Walker and New York’s Tony Lazzeri and Lou Gehrig all hit two. The mark will be tied on May 30, 1956. Gehrig’s clouts come in game 1 of an 11-2 romp over the visiting Red Sox. Lou has 4 hits and 4 runs. Lazzeri also has 4 hits, and adds a pair of homers and a single in game 2 as he drives in 5 runs. Ruth homers as well as the Yanks prevail, 8-3.

John Stone has 3 doubles in the first of two with the Browns, who edge the Tigers, 11-8. In the second game Stone collects a double and two homers in the Tigers 5-1 victory over the host Browns. Walker picks up three RBIs on two homers. Stone is the first American Leaguer to have 6 extra base hits in 2 nine-inning games of a doubleheader.

In the first of two at Braves Field, Boston reliever Ed Fallenstin (1-0) makes his first ML start and shuts out the Giants, 3-0. Rabbit Maranville has a pair of hits to drive in 2 runs. Fallenstin will win more game before being sent down, and this will be his final professional season. Boston completes the two-game series sweep with an 8-4 win in game 2 as Maranville drives in another 2 runs.