1938 April

3rd  Goose Goslin, released by Detroit, returns for his 3rd stint with the Senators.

8th The movie Rawhide opens in theatres. The 58-minute film, shot in January, stars Lou Gehrig as himself. The storyline has Gehrig giving up baseball to become a cattle rancher out west, where he battles evil extorters and racketeers. Gehrig jokes that it was the first time he had been on a horse.

14th In an exhibition game, Holy Cross College beats the Red Sox, 3–2.

15th  The Dodgers buy OF Ernie Koy from the Yankees.

16th  Umpire Bill Stewart, fresh from coaching (“managing”) the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup win over Toronto, is behind the plate in Boston. The Bees beat the Red Sox, 6–2, but the Sox will win tomorrow to even the Hub City series at 3 games apiece.

Sore-armed Dizzy Dean is sold by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs pay a whopping $200,000 and send P Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun to St. Louis. The Cardinals also buy Tuck Stainback from the Cubs for $15,000.

18th President Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first pitch in the Opener at Washington and then watches as the Senators pummel the A’s, 12-8. Buddy Lewis has an inside-the-park homer for the Nats.

At Fenway Park, Jim Bagby, Jr. becomes the 7th pitcher this century to make his debut as an Opening Day pitcher. Bagby gives up 4 runs to the Yankees in 6 innings of work, leaving with a 4–2 deficit. But in the bottom of the 6th, the Sox pound Red Ruffing and reliever Joe Vance for six runs, all charged to Red, to win, 8–4. Bagby is given the win, with Ruffing the loser. Archie McKain pitches the last 3 innings allowing just one Yankee hit. Ben Chapman has the game’s only homer in the 2nd inning.

The Cards release vet Johnny Cooney acquired last October 4 in the Leo Durocher trade. Cooney will sign tomorrow with the Bees.

19th At Opening Day at Baker Bowl, two rookies smash home runs in their first at bats. With 2 outs in the 1st inning, newly acquired Ernie Koy hits a HR off Phils pitcher Wayne LeMaster. The Phils lead off hitter Emmett Mueller then hammers a Van Lingle Mungo offering for a HR to tie the game. Mueller is 2-for-3, while Koy, looking like a Hall of Famer, goes 3-for-5 in the Dodgers 12–5 win. [Koy will be one of three Hall of Famer to hit homers in their first at-bat, but in Ernie’s case, his hall of fame will be football.] Luke Hamlin is the victor over Wayne LeMaster.

20th  Bob Feller pitches the first of 12 career one-hitters, beating the Browns 9–0. The only hit is catcher Billy Sullivan’s 6th inning bunt single. After the game, Sullivan apologizes to Feller.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves ride Gene Moore’s 8th inning grand slam off Jumbo Brown to a 6-4 win over the Giants.

21st  The Dodgers Tot Pressnell shuts out the Phillies 9–0 in his first ML start. It’s the biggest margin for a debut shutout ever in the NL.

22nd At Chicago, the Cubs and St. Louis match bases-loaded triples to tie a ML record for most by 2 teams. Hitting the three-baggers are Joe Marty, in the 3rd for the Cubs, and Enos Slaughter, in the 9th for the Cards. It is the last time this century that two NL teams will match sack-full triples in a game. The Cardinals win, 6–5, with 4 runs in the 9th. Marty adds a solo blast for Chicago.

In their home opener at newly renovated Briggs Stadium, the Tigers lose, 4-3, to Cleveland’s Mel Harder. During the off-season the Tigers spent $1 million in renovations to increase the capacity from 38,000 to 58,000. Today’s crowd is 54,500.

23rd In the first of 2 at Baltimore’s Oriole Park, two Rochester (IL) pitchers hold the Orioles to 3 hits, but lose 5–3 (as noted by Al Kermisch). The three hits—all homers—are all by Pooch Puccinelli, who drives in 5 runs. It is the IL star’s third 3-homer game in the loop.

24th  At Yankee Stadium, Goose Goslin’s pinch-hit HR is the 5th of his career, for a new AL record, but the Yankees beat the Senators 4–3. It is Goose’s 32nd homer at Yankee Stadium, the most by a visiting player. He’ll have another homer this year before retiring.

The Giants’ Hal Schumacher bests Brooklyn’s Van Lingo Mungo to give New York a 1–0 win. A leadoff scratch single by Goodie Rosen is the only hit for the Dodgers, while the Giants’ only score is a Mel Ott HR.

Pitching for the Cubs, Dizzy Dean beats the Cardinals, 5–0, limiting his old teammates to 4 hits. It’s Diz’s second win for Chicago.

25th  Cover jinx? Life magazine this week features Brooklyn Dodger outfielder John Winsett on the cover. Winsett is a minor league slugger, who hit .354 with 50 homeruns and 154 RBIs at Columbus in 1936. He hit just eight homers in the majors though and will play his last game next week (May 1).

At St. Louis, Vern Kennedy is the easy winner as Detroit downs the Browns, 10-1. Chet Laabs has a grand slam for the Tigers, connecting in the 4th off Chuck Knott.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates score 4 in the 8th, off Bob Logan, to defeat the Cubs, 8-6, and run their record to 7-0.

26th The Reds overcome a 7–0 deficit to defeat the visiting Cardinals, 8–7, in 10 innings. The Reds score 3 in the 7th, 4 in the 8th, and the winner in the 10th on a single by Lew Riggs. The Birds offense is headed by P Curt Davis, who hits a grand slam off Hollingsworth, the first slam by a Cards pitcher since Mike O’Neill hit a pinch slam in June 3, 1902.

27th At Pittsburgh, Arky Vaughan hits a grand slam in the Pirates’ 5-run 7th as they defeat the Cubs, 6-5.

28th With 2 on and no out in the 9th, New York’s Joe Glenn grounds into a 3-6-3 triple play to end the game. Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove is the happy recipient, winning, 6–1, over Lefty Gomez.

      The Sporting News reports that the Pirates lead the NL with 9 players who attended college. There are 51 players in the NL who attended college, with Frankie Frisch the only college man among the managers.

29th   To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (4903 ladies) the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, has hit first two-hit game this season. He consecutive-game streak is at 1977.

After Washington ties the game in the top of the 9th, the A’s nip the Senators, 7-6, when Bill Werber steals home in the 9th inning. Ray Phebus is on the mound for the Senators.

Bob Ray, in his column in the Los Angeles Times, says that Phillie player-manager Jimmie Wilson has hung up his “tools of ignorance” and will just be a bench manager. In fact, Wilson will catch a few games over the next 3 years, finishing with 6 for the Reds in the 1940 World Series. This is one of the earliest uses of the term for catcher’s equipment. J.G. Taylor Spink’s column of April 1, 1937, said that was the term Bill Dickey used in referring to his catching gear. On August 8, 1940, The Sporting News will state that Jimmie Foxx was donning the ‘tools of ignorance’ for the Bosox.

30th  Aided by grand slams by Gene Moore and Harl Maggert, the Bees beat the Phillies 16–11. Maggert’s is a pinch slam.

Pittsburgh 3B Bill Brubaker sets a modern ML record with 4 errors in a 2–0 loss to Cincinnati.

After holding out through the spring and the first 12 games of the regular season, Joe DiMaggio makes his first appearance for the Yankees. In the 8–4 win over Washington, he singles and crashes into Joe Gordon, knocking himself and the second baseman out, and sending both men to the hospital. They’ll be back the next day.