1924 August

1st  At Brooklyn,  Dazzy Vance (17-4) strikes out 7 Cubs in a row—14 in all—in a 4–0 win for the Robins. It is Dazzy’s 5th win in a row en route to 15 straight wins. Vance will lead NL pitchers with 28 wins, a 2.16 ERA, 30 complete games, and 262 strikeouts, as rare a triple crown for a pitcher as the batting version. With Burleigh Grimes’ 22-13, Zack Wheat’s .375, and Jack Fournier’s league-leading 27 HR, the Robins will nip at the Giants’ heels all season and finish just 11⁄2 games back.

The A’s edge the Indians, 4-3, behind Eddie Rommel. Philadelphia pulls off 4 double plays, three started by Rommel, who will set an AL-record this year with 12.

Kalamazoo (Michigan-Ontario L) hurler Russell Haines beats Muskegon, 5–0. The Celery Picker pitcher also stops Bud Claney’s 40-game hitting streak.

2nd  A’s 1B Joe Hauser sets an AL record when he hits 3 HRs and a double for 14 total bases in a 12–4 win over host Cleveland. It’ll be broken by Ty Cobb’s 16 total bases on May 5, 1925. His first 2 HRs come off Joe Shaute in the 2nd and 3rd and his double in the 6th bounces off the screen in RF.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 2–0, then collecting 24 hits to win 19–2.

3rd  A base hit results in a triple play in the 7th inning of a PCL game between Vernon and Los Angeles. With McDowell and Griffin on base, Gordon Slade of Vernon lines a single to left-center which is run down by Hood. On the throw home, McDowell stops at 3B, but Griffin rounds 2B and heads for 3B as well. Payne, the pitcher, cuts off the throw home and throws to 2B where McAuley runs down Griffith for the first out. McAuley then fires to the catcher Jenkins who puts out McAuley attempting to score for the second out. Griffith, thinking he had not been called out, runs to 2B—only to find it occupied by Slade. Slade then ambles back to 1B but a throw to SS Clyde Beck and a tag completes the triple play.

4th Young Ernie Wingard wins his 13th game for the Browns, beating Washington and Firpo Marberry, 3–1. This is Wingard’s first pro season and not until Jim Abbott wins 12 in 1989 will anyone come close to winning that many ML games in his first pro year. Wingard will not improve on his 13, losing his next 8 decisions this season to finish 13–12.

8th  Ruth has a pair of homers—his 37th and 38th—plus a triple and 2 walks, but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Cleveland, 10–8. Bush and Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt’s 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.

The Washington Potomacs of the Eastern Colored League connect for 14 consecutive hits in one inning against South Philadelphia of the Penn-Jersey League.

At Philadelphia, Lee Meadows wins a pitching duel, 1–0, over Jimmy Ring by hitting an 8th inning homer over the LF wall. At 1 hour: 12 minutes, it is one of the fastest games of the year.

9th  At Boston’s spacious Braves Field, Chicago’s Hack Miller lines a two-out single in the 9th to drive in the tying run. In the 10th, Jigger Statz hits a long drive with the bases jammed, and legs out an inside-the-park grand slam. The Cubs add another run to win, 11–6.

At Philadelphia, Pirates rookie Kiki Cuyler starts a sweep in game 1, a 16–4 win over the Phillies, collecting 6 hits, including 4 long hits—3 doubles and a triple. Wilbur Cooper is the easy winner. The Bucs take the second game, 7–0, behind Ray Kremer.

Jim Bottomley totals five RBIs, on a three-run homer and two-run double, as the visiting Cards beat Brooklyn, 5-1. Leo Dickerman is the winner.

10th  Ty Cobb steals 2B once, 3B twice, and home once (in the 7th) in the Tigers’ 13–7 win over Boston. It is the 5th time he’s had four steals in a game. The Tiger manager also scores 4 times. The win puts them on top in the AL, as the Indians beat the Yankees 7–1.

11th  The Cubs edge last-place Boston, 3–2 behind the pitching of Tony Kaufmann. For Kaufmann, it is his 11th straight win over the Braves going back to September 9, 1921.

12th  High priced rookie Earl McNeely debuts in CF for Washington, as Johnson shuts out Cleveland 4–0. McNeely will hit .330 over the last 45 games of the year.

13th  The Yankees regain the AL lead with 1–0 and 2–1 wins over the Browns.

Red Sox righthander Howard Ehmke has the White Sox popping up all day in his 6–0 win. Only one assist is made by Boston, none by the infield. Red Faber takes the loss. Boston comes back in game 2 to win, 4–1, as Curt Fullerton beats Sloppy Thurston for the sweep.

14th  Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance stops the Reds, 3–0, on 3 hits and reaches 20 wins. His 7 strikeouts gives him a NL-high 177.

16th  Behind Jim Bottomley’s homer and 3 RBIs, the Cardinals whip the visiting Braves, 9-2. Johnny Stuart is the winning pitcher.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the first-place Giants, 5-4, in 12 innings. A week after collecting 6 hits, Kiki Cuyler has 5 hits and is hitting .385.

17th  Walter Johnson beat the Tigers 8–1 as Washington will reclaim second place in the AL by taking 4 out of 5 games with Detroit.

18th   It takes 17 innings, but the Reds prevail, 8–7, over the visiting Giants. Cincinnati overcomes a 6–0 deficit to tie, then score 2 in the 17thto win. Carl Mays was rear-ended in a car and knocked unconscious hours before game time, but gamely starts and is lifted with no outs in the 2nd, having giving up 4 runs. Tom Sheehan pitches 16 innings in relief.

The Senators whip the Tigers, 6-3. The Washington Post will note that William Drury was arrested during the game for catching a foul ball and refusing to return it. He is issued a citation for petty theft.

20th  Braves hurlers Joe Genewich and Jesse Barnes each toss shutouts against the Cubs. Genewich wins the opener, 2–0 and Barnes the nitecap, 5–0. It is the first twinbill shutout in five years. Casey Stengel has 5 hits in the two games and drives in 4 runs.

21st At Redlands Field, the Reds whitewash the Phils, 11–0, behind Eppa Rixey’s 14th win. As noted by historians Greg Rhoades and John Snyder, the Reds were delayed as the train they were on was involved in an accident and the engineer was killed. They arrive in Cincinnati at 3:00 p.m., the scheduled game time, and rush to the park to play at 3:45.

22nd For the second time this year, a triple and steal of home helps decides an extra inning game. At Yankee Stadium, Detroit’s Frank O’Rourke triples in the 12th and then steals home to help beat the Yankees, 8–6.

23rd Dazzy Vance fires perhaps the best game of his career, beating the Cubs 6–5 at Chicago. Vance wins his 10th in a row and strikes out 15, the most in the NL since 1909, and one more than he did on August 1. He strikes out 6 in a row. Vance will record 15 games of 9+ strikeouts this season: only two other pitchers will strikeout 9 or more.

24th The Cards nip the Robins 7–6 in the first of two at Sportsman’s Park. Rogers Hornsby’s leadoff HR in the 9th provides the edge. In the 4thinning of the opener, Cards P Leo Dickerman breaks his left arm when he is hit by a pitch from Brooklyn’s Dutch Ruether. The nitecap is a Cardinal cakewalk as P Eddie Dyer drives in 3 runs and benefits from 25 Cardinal hits to win 17–0. The loser is Jim Roberts. Verne Clemons has 5 hits, while Jim Bottomley and Specs Torporcer each have 4.

25th  Walter Johnson hurls his 6th shutout of the year, a 7-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Browns, winning by a score of 2–0. For the Nats, it is their 9th win in a row and they are now even with New York. The scheduled nitecap is postponed.

In St. Louis, the Robins peck the Cardinals, 5-3, behind Bill Doak. Rogers Hornsby has his 21st homer and Jim Bottomley hits in his 22nd straight game.

26th Despite a homer and three doubles by Rogers Hornsby the Cardinals lose to Brooklyn, 7–4. It is Hornsby’s 24th homer of the year.

At Cubs Park, the Giants score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to tip the Cubs, 11-9. Pete Alexander (9-4) pitches 8 innings of relief and gives up 16 hits in the loss. Ross Youngs has 5 of the 20 hits for New York.

27th With Harry Hooper hitting his second grand slam of the year, the White Sox top the A’s, 12-9. Philadelphia comes back in game 2 to win, 9-1.

The Cardinals Allen Sothoron shuts out the Cubs and Rogers Hornsby has an extra base hit, the 11th straight game he’s done so. The streak began on August 20th and includes 9 doubles, a triple and 6 homers. From that date through August 29 Hornsby will go 34-for-51. The streak will end when the Rajah wrenches his back in the 4th inning of a 12-5 loss to the Cubs. He’ll miss 9 days.

28th  Babe Ruth belts two HRs, but the Senators beat the Yankees 11–6 by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning, and move into sole possession of first place. Goose Goslin hits for the cycle for Washington. The Yankees will tie the Nationals for 2 days in September, but otherwise the Senators stay on top till the end.

Behind Vic Aldridge and Elmer Jacobs, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 5–2 and 8–3. Cards teenager Ed Clough makes his ML debut in relief in game 2. The 18-year-old was on the team last year but didn’t appear in a game. He’ll go 0–1 next year.

29th With most of the 30,000 fans at Yankee Stadium cheering the underdog Senators, Walter Johnson holds New York scoreless for 7 innings. In the 8th, a line drive clips his pitching hand and he is lifted, but still wins 5–1. Goslin has another three hits and scores 3 runs as the Nationals now lead by 1 ½ games.

30th In the first of two at Braves Field, Dana Fillingam outpitches the Reds Dolf Luque to win, 5-0. Tony Boekel puts the Braves on the scoreboard with a 6th-inning grand slam. In game 2, Heinie Groh has 4 hits and Rube Marquard pitches 7 solid innings as the Reds rebound, 6-4, scoring 3 in the 9th.

31st Sam Rice laces a 10th inning double with the bases loaded to drive in 2 runs and Washington tops the Yankees, 4-2. The pace-setters take 3 out of 4 in New York and depart with a 1.5 game lead over them.