1st April Fool’s? The Dodgers sign veteran Dazzy Vance. The future Hall of Famer will go 3-2 before hanging it up in August.
5th At Highland Park in Fayetteville, NC, a crowd estimate at 7,000-10,000 shows up for an exhibition game between the Boston Braves and the NC State college team. The big draw is Babe Ruth, who strikes out against side-arming soph Lefty Freeman in the 6th. The game is called in the 7thafter all 120 baseballs in the town are used up, many with the fresh signature of the Babe on them. The Braves win, 6-2, and head north. Lefty Freeman will pass away in 2012.
14th Cincinnati returns Johnny Mize to St. Louis, getting a $55,000 refund on the provisional purchase.
16th In Chicago, the Cubs beat the Cards 30-game winner Dizzy Dean to win, 4-3. Dean is knocked out of the game in the first frame when, with runners on 1st and 3rd, Fred Lindstrom hits a line drive single off Diz’s shin. As Dean is carried off the field, the band plays “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Ray Harrell is charged with the loss.
Babe Ruth’s NL debut draws the largest Opening Day crowd, 25,000, in Braves’ history. The Babe’s 2-hit, debut includes a 430-foot HR and 3 RBIs off Carl Hubbell, as Boston beats New York 4–2. Ruth adds the game’s fielding play with a shoestring catch. Boston will win just 37 more games this year.
The Yankees open at the Stadium, losing 1–0, to the Red Sox. New York makes just two hits off winning pitcher Wes Ferrell, but also make two throwing errors in the 6th inning, one by pitcher Lefty Gomez, to allow Bill Werber to score the game’s only run.
Brooklyn flogs the Phils, 12–3 behind the five hit pitching of Van Lingle Mungo. Mungo, called the fastest working pitcher in baseball, makes short work of the Wilsonmen, by collecting three hits himself to drive home five runs. Curt Davis takes the loss.
The Reds open at home after appealing to the NL to change the schedule. The NL originally had the Reds opening on the road in Pittsburgh tomorrow, which they will still do, winning 7–4. Today, they lose 12–6 to Waite Hoyt and the Pirates. Tony Freitas starts for the Reds.
17th President Roosevelt throws out the first ball at the delayed Washington opener. Jimmie Foxx homers, but the Senators beat the A’s, 4–3.
18th Detroit’s Jo Jo White ties an AL record with 5 walks as two White Sox pitchers hand out 12 walks. The last walk, by reliever Joe Vance in his ML debut, forces in the winning run in the 9th as the Tigers win, 5–4.
19th The Phils bombard the Giants with 23 hits, including Dolph Camilli’s 3rd and 4th homeruns in two days. Lou Chiozzo has 5 runs scored.
Lefty Grove pitches 6 innings and earns a win, 10-4, as the Red Sox top Washington.
The A’s edge the Yankees 6-5 on Wally Moses’s solo homer and Bob Johnson’s grand slam.
On Patriot’s Day, Brooklyn beats the Braves by 4-2 scores. Watty Clark is the winning pitcher in game 1 and adds 2 RBI. Danny Taylor hits a grand slam in game 2 and Johnny Babich strikes out Babe Ruth 3 times.
21st Cleveland sets a new AL record, playing a total of 41 innings in their 3rd consecutive overtime game: 14 innings against St. Louis (win 2–1), 24 innings against Detroit (win 2–1), and 13 innings against Detroit (lose 3–2).
Philadelphia’s Blondy Ryan ties a ML record by turning 5 DPs against the Giants. The Phillies make 6 DPs in all to equal the NL record as the Sunday blue laws end the game after 10 innings, 4–4.
Babe Ruth homers in the first inning off Dodgers P Ray Benge, but it is all the scoring for the Braves as they lose, 8–1. For the Babe, it is his 710thHR.
The White Sox overcome a grand slam by rookie Beau Bell and beat the Browns, 6-5, in 10 innings. Bell’s homer, off Vern Kennedy, is his first in the majors.
Tied 4–4 with the Cubs in the 11th inning, the Reds pull off a triple play to squelch a Chicago rally. Augie Galan, with 3 hits in the game, lines a shot to right that Sunny Jim Bottomley snares to start the tri-killing, just the 3rd extra inning TP in the NL this century. The Reds then score 4 in the 12th to win, 8–4. Galan will finish the year without hitting into a double play, and this will be one of just two triple plays in the NL.
22nd For the 2nd time in 2 years Dixie Walker dislocates his shoulder, this time when sliding in 3B versus West Point.
23rd The Phils fall to the Dodgers, 12–5, as Benny Frey and Tony Cuccinello hits 4th inning homers for Brooklyn. Frey’s comes with the sacks full. Dolph Camilli and Johnny Moore homer for the Phils.
Before a NL-record home opener crowd of 47,000 at the Polo Grounds, drawn to see the Babe play for the Braves, the Giants top Boston, 6–5 in 11 innings. Ruth goes hitless, however. Mel Ott provides the thunder with a game-winning hit.
25th Brooklyn pitcher Johnny Babich pitches a one-hitter, beating the Phillies, 6–0. Mickey Haslin has the lone hit.
At Cleveland, Sammy West hits a 6th inning grand slam for the Browns, but the Indians still prevail, 7-6.
26th Washington beats Boston, 10–4, and the Sox help with 5 infield errors, 3 by Joe Cronin. A disgusted Lefty Grove leaves in the 7th.
The 5-4 Yankees pummel the host Athletics, winning 11-2. Frankie Crosetti has a grand slam for the Bombers, connecting off Joe Cascarella in the 2nd.
27th The Yankees edge the A’s, 9-8, led by Chapman’s 4 hits, including a double and homerun. The A’s score 4 in the 9th but the Elephants finish almost the way they started as Bob Johnson ends the game by hitting into a DP. In the 1st, Jimmie Foxx lines into a triple play—Lazzeri to Gehrig to Crosetti.
28th Trade unions direct their attention at the Cardinals, voting to boycott their games because team captain Leo Durocher made an anti-union statement in behalf of his wife’s dress business. The ballpark is eventually picketed to protest nonunion ushers, gate men, and vendors.
At Philadelphia, Earl Combs hits a 3rd inning homer to power the Yankees to a 7-5 win over the A’s.
At the Polo Grounds, Hal Schumacher beats the Phils, 3–0, allowing just a controversial hit to Phils P Orville Jorgens. Jorgens hits a grounder that Dick Bartell heaves off line and the throw eludes 1B Bill Terry. Everyone assumed it was an error and it was not till after the game that fans realized it was ruled a hit.
29th Detroit pounds the hapless Browns, 18–0, to give Tommy Bridges an easy win over Bobo Newsom. Every Tiger in the game scores a run. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam off Bob Weiland in the 8th.