1925 August

1st  The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City, and earn the nickname “Poosh-em-up” from his legion of Italian admirers.

Brooklyn faces its 10th lefty in 11 games, but pounds out 17 hits against Cubs Percy Jones to win, 7–1. Zach Wheat has 5 of the hits, the second time this season he’s had 5 hits in a game. He’ll be stopped tomorrow after racking up 9 straight hits.

2nd  Walter Johnson, who has been ailing with the flu, recovers to give the Senators a 5–1 win over the Tigers on the 18th anniversary of his first appearance, also against the Tigers.

4th  Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York wins 4–1 behind Urban Shocker.

5th  Cards RF Jack Smith charges in for a short fly ball and keeps on running, tagging 1B to double up the Braves base runner before he can get back, for a rare unassisted double play. The Cards roll to a 14-2 win.

Irwin Hayes files a lawsuit against the Cardinals seeking $7500 in damages after being struck by a ball on June 2. The St. Louis Star reports tomorrow that the petition charges that James Bottomley, first baseman on the team, “deliberately and with the intention to create a situation known as a home run, struck and drove a baseball which hit the plaintiff’s nose, causing severe nervous shock.”

7th In the top of the first at Philadelphia, Indians batter Pat McNulty is injured at 1B when P Jack Quinn, covering the bag, spikes him. (as noted by Retrosheet) Connie Mack allows Luke Sewell as a courtesy runner, though Sewell doesn’t appear in the box score. A bandaged McNulty returns to action but is replaced by a pinch hitter in the 8th. Cleveland wins, 10–4, then loses game 2 to Ed Rommel, 2–0.

8th  The 2nd place Giants make two deals to help in the pennant race. Hack Wilson goes to Toledo for Earl Webb, and Freddie Fitzsimmons is picked up from Indianapolis for cash and two players to be named later. Fat Freddie will be a fine addition, but Webb is soon back in the minors. Wilson, sent to Toledo for seasoning, will be left unprotected by the Giants front office, and the Cubs will swipe the fireplug slugger for $5,000

9th Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter. Bobby Veach hits for the Babe, suffering from a sore back, and flies out, and New York loses 4–3 in 12 innings. The Yanks will waive Veach (.353), along with P Alex Ferguson, on August 17th, and the Senators will pick him up for pennant insurance.

15th  Little Dickie Kerr, the southpaw who won 2 games for the White Sox in the 1919 WS, makes his first ML appearance since 1921. He has been playing semipro ball rather than accept Charles Comiskey’s salary offer. When he relieves Red Faber in the 3rd inning against the Tigers, play is stopped while admirers present him with a floral horseshoe. In 2 innings, he gives up 3 hits and walks 2. The White Sox go on to win, 12–5. Kerr starts twice, loses once, and after 10 relief chores, quits for good.

At Fenway, the A’s top the Red Sox, 3-1, then lose, 5-0, to Red Ruffing. Ruffing stops Al Simmons hitting streak of 22 straight games, his second streak of 20+ this season.

At Forbes Field, the Reds jump to a 5-0 lead in the 1st when Edd Roush and Hughie Critz hit 2-run homers. In the 5th, Pirate second sacker Eddie Moore hits a line drive to RF Curt Walker who runs to 1B to double up runner Glenn Wright for an unassisted double play. The Reds win, 8-1, behind Pete Donohue.

18th  At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair from the visiting Cardinals, winning 5-2 and 6-2. Andy High has a hit in game 1 to extend his consecutive game batting streak to 22 games, but is shut out in game 2. His batting streak started right after his trade to Boston.

19th  The Phils finally solve Reds righthander Pete Donohue, topping him 5–4, after losing to him 20 straight times. The losing streak began in 1921.

Host Salt Lake City (PCL) splits a pair with Portland, winning 29–9 and losing 9-4. In the first game, the Bees RF Lefty O’Doul is 5-for-6 while catcher John Peters is 4-or-6 with 2 doubles and 6 runs.

20th  Tom Zachary and reliever Firpo Marberry combine to give Washington a 12–inning, 1–0, win over the Indians. The victory puts the Senators back on top to stay.

22nd  After a disastrous western trip, the Giants trail the Pirates by 3 as the leaders come to the Polo Grounds for a 5-game series. Before crowds of more than 50,000 at 2 weekend doubleheaders, the Pirates take 3 out of 4. The Bucs sweep the first day, winning 7–4 and 3–2, then on Monday they beat Wayland Dean 9–2 to go up by 6 games. When the Giants go west again, McGraw will stay home. The Pirates boast a team BA of .307 and a deep pitching staff of 5 pitchers winning 15 to 19 games.

Brooklyn and the Cubs split, each winning by a 9–2 score. Rube Ehrhardt beats Sheriff Blake in the opener, while Mort Cooper tops Jesse Petty in the nitecap.

At Baker Bowl, Hal Carlson tosses a 3-hitter and Cy Williams cracks a grand slam as the Phillies down the Cardinals, 5-0.

The first place Senators, behind Walter Johnson, romp, 20–5, over the Tigers. Johnson, hitting .432 going into the game, has 2 hits including a homer while pitching 5 1/3 innings. He walks 7. Detroit pitchers hand out 10 walks and 19 hits.

Syracuse (IL) pitcher Al Grabowski pitches a no hitter to beat Providence 1-0.

24th  In the first of two at Ebbets Field, the Robins score 9 runs in the 2ndinning, 4 on a grand slam by Zach Wheat, and beat the Cubs, 13-6. Burleigh Grimes tires in the 9th and gives up the 6 runs. Chicago plates 9 runs in the 4th and 5th innings of game 2 to even the day with a 11-6 win. Art Jahn, with 3 hits in the opener, has 3 more while Tommy Griffith has 3 hits and 4 RBIs.

25th  Despite being out-homered 4-1, the Cubs outscore the Phillies, 19-10 on 22 hits. Seven players have 2 or more hits. The lone homer for Chicago is a 9th inning grand slam by rookie Mandy Brooks, who drives in 6 runs. George Harper matches him with his second grand slam of the year.

The Indians top the A’s, 4–3 with the help of a triple play in the 2ndinning. The play goes 4-2-6, with Spurgeon starting it with tag and a throw to Luke Sewell who throws back to his brother Joe.

The Tigers top the Red Sox, 14-4, and would have scored more except for an unusual unassisted DP pulled off by Sox catcher Al Stokes in the 7th in which he tags out two Detroit runners. With Johnny Bassler on second and Fred Haney on first, Topper Rigney hits a long fly to center. Ira Flagstead runs it down but drops it. Bassler holds up until the ball hits the ground, but Haney, running hard all the way, is nearly to second when Bassler starts running. Haney slows down rounds 3B just behind Bassler. Meanwhile, Flagstead throws the ball to SS Jack Rothrock who relays the ball to Stokes. As the Washington Post (1/19/1926) states, “The two Tygers, looking over their shoulders, saw the ball coming and hit the dust simultaneously. Stokes stood his ground, and with one sweep of his arm, tagged them both before their spikes hit the rubber. Not to be outdone, the umpire shot both arms upward, indicating the double play.”

26th  For the 2nd time in 3 years, Pittsburgh’s Max Carey swipes 2B, 3B, and home in the same inning. Lee Meadows does the rest, shutting out Boston, 2–0.

27th  The Braves get shut out for the 2nd game in a row, Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge winning 1–0.

In St. Louis, Bullet Joe Bush fires a one-hitter as the Browns defeat the Senators, 5-0. The lone Nats hit is a double by opposing pitcher Walter Johnson.

28th  Although Baker Bowl is considered a bandbox by some, the aggressive Kiki Cuyler of the Pirates hits 2 inside-the-park HRs there in a 10–9 victory over the Phils. Kiki hits one in the first and another in the 8th. Cuyler will hit 8 inside the park this year, tied for 3rd only to Cobb (8-1909) and Crawford (12-1901).

29th  After a night on the town in St. Louis, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5,000 fine on him for disobeying orders on the field and team rules off the field. In the showdown between the Bambino and the tiny manager, Jake Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize before he’s reinstated 9 days later. The day after his return to the lineup, Ruth hits HR number 300. Playing Ruthless ball today, the Yankees prevail, 4–1.

Following a 14–4 pasting of the Boston Red Sox, the city of Detroit gives a dinner for Ty Cobb honoring his 20 years in a Tiger uniform. He’s given a trophy by the city and $10,000 by the club.

Good-hitting pitcher Jack Bentley hits a game-ending homer in the 11thinning to give the Giants a 7–6 win over the Cardinals.