1926 August

2nd In the Giants 4–2 win over the Cards at the Polo Grounds, New York CF Ty Tyson seals the victory with an unassisted DP in the 8th inning with the bases loaded. Tyson was beaned in the 6th, but stays in the game and snags a Specs Toporcer line drive and touches 2B before Tommy Thevenow can get back.

Down 8-4 going into the 9th, the Yankees plate 6 runs to beat the host Tigers, 10-8. Babe Ruth hits his 42nd homer, connecting with 2 men on and 2 outs in the 9th to give the New Yorkers the lead. Tiger manager Cobb disdains walking the Babe even though first base is open. Ruth responds with a line drive over the left-center wall that clears the fence by 3 or 4 feet.

At Ebbets Field, the Cubs score a run in the top of the 9th to edge the Robins, 5-4. Brooklyn misses an opportunity to score in the 5th when Babe Herman goes from 1B to 3B on Zach Wheat’s double, but misses second base and is called out on an appeal.

4th  Stanford star fullback Ernie Nevers pitches his first complete game for the St. Louis Browns, beating the A’s 3–1. Nevers will be 6–12 in his brief baseball life, but he will win a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame playing with the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926–31).

At Chicago, Bill Barrett hits a grand slam in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie with the Red Sox and give the White Sox a 7-3 win. He also hits a 2-run double and drives in 6 runs.

Cardinal pitcher Willie Sherdel, who owns the Robins, continues his mastery over Brooklyn with an 8-4 win. Sherdel paces the attack with a double, triple and home run.

The Braves and Pirates split, with Boston taking the opener 14-0 and the Pirates fighting back to win game 2 by a 5-2 score. Jack Smith has 8 hits for the afternoon, including 5 hits in game 1.

5th  Zach Wheat, in his 18th season for Brooklyn, connects for his final Dodger HR but collapses near 2B as his injured leg gives out. The future Hall of Famer refuses a pinch runner and, after several minutes, limps around to home plate. The Cards still beat Brooklyn 11–9. Wheat will add another HR to his total in 1927 while in an A’s uniform.

Detroit beats Washington, 6–4, handing the loss to Walter Johnson. Heinie Manush, the eventual batting champ, is 1-for-4 with a run scored for Detroit.

7th Boston Brave hurler Bob Smith stops the Pirates, 2–0, and teammate Johnny Wertz matches him in the nitecap, winning 2–0.

Carl Mays coasts to his 3rd shutout in a row, an 11–0 Reds win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. He also chips in with a pair of triples and Chuck Dressen hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning, off Chuck Davies. The Giants come back in game 2 to win, 3–1.

9th Cleveland’s Tris Speak belts a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Walter Johnson, and the Indians trip the Senators, 7–5. Sherry Smith is the starter and winner.

10th In relief of Lefty Grove, Joe Pate picks up the win for the A’s in a 4–3 decision over the White Sox. It is Pate’s 9th straight win as he finishes with a ML record 9–0 in 1926. He won’t win another ML game. Tom Zachary, 12-0 in 1929, Howie Krist, 10-0 in 1941, and Ken Holtzman, 9-0 in 1968, will peer Pate’s perfect percentage. His 9 wins in a row is an AL record for rookies:           The Rangers Jeff Zimmerman will match it in 1999.

11th  Dodgers rookie Babe Herman collects his 8th and 9th hits in a row, but flies out to Kiki Cuyler in the 6th to fall short of the record of 10 straight, held by Cuyler and Ed Konetchy. Brooklyn tops the Pirates, 4–2.

Tris Speaker hits the 700th double of his career, off Joe Edwards, but his Indians lose to the White Sox 7–2. Tris will end his career with a record 792 doubles.

At Philadelphia, the Reds kick the Phils, 21–3, as Wally Pipp contributes a grand slam in the 3rd off Clarence Mitchell. The Reds score 5 in the 3rd, 8 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and complete the scoring with 6 in the 7th.

13th  In a dispute stretching back to last season, Pittsburgh players ask that Fred Clarke, now assistant to owner Barney Dreyfuss, not be permitted to sit on the bench. Sam Dreyfuss, filling in for his father who is Europe, squelches the revolt by releasing Carson Bigbee and Babe Adams, and suspending Max Carey, who has slumped to .222. Carey is waived to the Dodgers for $4000. Manager Bill McKechnie will fill in till the end of the year, to be replaced by Donie Bush, Indianapolis manager. The three players protest to NL president Heydler, who absolves them of insubordination, but also confirms the owner’s right to get rid of them.

The only game played today is in Washington, where Lou Gehrig clouts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson, only the 2nd time in his career that the Washington star has surrendered 2 homers to one player. The Yankees win, 7–5.

15th  Three runners on third! The Braves are at Ebbets Field with Brooklyn’s Hank DeBerry on 3B, Dazzy Vance on 2B, and Chick Fewster on 1B, when Babe Herman drives a vicious liner against the RF wall that caroms back towards the second baseman, Doc Gautreau. DeBerry scores, but Vance initially holds up, then rounds 3B headed for home. Fewster stops at 3B. Gautreau throws home and traps Vance, who heads back to 3B. Herman slides into 3B joining the crowd, as Fewster steps off. Herman is ruled out for passing a base runner. Fewster, thinking he’s out too, walks off with Babe, and gets tagged out. Vance, still on 3B, later admits it was his fault. Poor Herman, who thought he had a triple but merely doubles into a double play, gets the blame. With all that, the Robins sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 4–1, in game 1 by scoring 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings. They continue in game 2 by scoring in each of the first 3 innings to take an 8-0 lead, and winning, 11–3.

The Browns split a pair with the Indians, winning 11-7 in game one with the help of Wally Schang’s grand slam. Bill Burns hits his 54th double for Cleveland. In the 6-4 game 2, limited to 7 innings by agreement, Tris Speaker scores the last run for Cleveland by stealing home.

Before 28,000 at Detroit, the NYC Fireman blaze to a sweep of the Detroit Fireman, winning 9-1 and 4-1 in 3 innings. The Tigers are in Chicago, where the game ends 0-0 after 5 innings.

16th In Boston, the Red Sox split a pair with the Browns, losing 6–1 and winning 7–1. In the 2nd game, two Red Sox players—Alex Gaston in the 2nd, and Fred Haney in 6th—triple with bases loaded. This is the first time its been done in the AL, and ties the ML record. The A’s will match it on April 26, 1928.

20th  The Giants lose their 5th in 6 games, 6–2 in St. Louis. It is the Giants 3rd loss in a row to the Cards, giving St. Louis a momentary view from atop the NL. In today’s game, Frankie Frisch misses a sign that costs a run. After the game, berated by John McGraw in front of the team, Frisch buys a ticket to New York and leaves the team. Fined $500, McGraw’s favorite, and heir apparent, is through with the Giants.

21st  It takes Ted Lyons just 67 minutes and 81 pitches to no-hit the Red Sox 6–0 for Chicago. Lyons strikes out 2 and walks just one—the leadoff batter Johnny Tobin—in beating Slim Harriss. Harriss was the opposing pitcher when the last no-hitter in the AL was thrown, in 1923 by Howard Ehmke. CF Johnny Mostil has 4 hits, a stolen base, run, and 3 RBIs. Lyons has now thrown 32 scoreless innings, including a 10-inning shutout against Detroit last Sunday.

Rabbit Maranville, hitting .235, is released by the Dodgers, his career seemingly over. But he will be signed by the Cardinals, return to the minors, and give up drinking.

22nd  After three games with the Tigers are rained out at home, Connie Mack and Tom Shibe decide that Sunday baseball is entitled to be played. Armed with a court injunction preventing police from interfering, they play the first Sunday game ever seen in Philadelphia. A light rain holds the crowd to 10,000, but Lefty Grove sets down the White Sox 3–2 without incident. A court later rules Sunday baseball still illegal; it will be 1934 before that law changes in Philadelphia.

The Reds sweep a pair in extra innings with the Braves, winning 4–3 in 10 innings and 7–6 in 12 innings. Dick Burns, Boston 1B, drops an easy fly with 2 outs and 2 runners on to help the Reds score 3 runs in the 12th to win. Curt Walker hits his 20th triple of the year in game 2, 8 of which have come against the Braves. Walker’s 20 leads the NL, but he won’t add to the total.

24th The Reds beat the visiting Giants, 4–3, to run their win streak to 10 games.

25th  With a 4–3 win over Boston, the Cardinals regain first place in the NL, but the next day the Pirates retake the high ground.

26th  Pittsburgh RF Paul Waner goes 6-for-6, including 2 doubles and a triple, in a 15–7 win against the Giants. Waner uses 6 different bats to accomplish his feat. Bucs P Lee Meadows is doubled up at 2B when he tries to advance on a ground out. He gives up 5 runs to New York in the next inning.

27th  Veteran P Dutch Ruether, 12-6 this year, is picked up from Washington by the Yankees. Initially, the transaction makes no sense (as noted in Spatz’s Yankees Coming, Yankees Going) but the sale becomes clear in November when New York sends lefty Garland Braxton and Nick Cullop to the Nats.

28th  The Indians use the same lineup in 2 victories over the Red Sox, including Emil Levsen, who pitches the 6–1 and 5–1 sweep. He strikes out none and allows 4 hits in the opener and then, responding to good natured kidding from teammates Joe Sewell and Jack Burns about how easy he had it, asks manager Speaker if he can pitch the nitecap. “Spoke” agrees and Levsen again allows 4 hits and no walks, becoming the last pitcher to throw 2 complete games in a day.

Babe Ruth hits his 40th and Meusel adds a bounce home run, but the Tigers prevail over the Yankees, 8-4. Fats Fothergill is 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles for Detroit.

30th Hugh McQuillan and Heinie Mueller combine to stop the Giants long losing streak by stopping the Robins, 8–2. McQuillan allows just 5 hits while Mueller bangs two homers and a single, the first against Bob McGraw with two on in the 5th.

At the Stadium, the Senators rack up nine runs before the Yankees get on the board, and Walter Johnson paces himself to a 12–6 win. Big Barney strikes out 8. The Senators outhit the Hugmen, 12–11, but errors hurt the Yankees. Two hits and an error in the first inning are followed by a Joe Judge grand slam off Sam Jones, and the Nats add another 4 in the 3rd. Tony Lazzeri hits a 2-run HR off Johnson in the 8th.

31st  Bill Sherdel and Allen Sothoron pitch the Cards back into first place with 6–1 and 2–1 wins over the Pirates. It is the first time a Cardinal team has been in first place at the start of September.

White Sox IF Ray Morehart gets 9 hits in 10 at bats in a doubleheader split with Detroit, a ML record that will be matched but never broken. Morehart has 6 RBIs in the opener. The Sox coast to a 19–2 blowout behind Red Faber in game 1, then lose 7–6 in game 2.