1927 August

1st 25 and out. The Cubs top the Phils, 6–5, at Wrigley Field. Hack Wilson has a single and triple to extend his hit streak to 25 games. Tomorrow he will be shut out.

At Redland Field, the Dodgers edge the Reds, 2-1, on Dazzy Vance’s five-hitter. One of the hits is by Rube Bressler, who extends his hit streak to 25 games.

2nd  Washington celebrates Walter Johnson Day on the 20th anniversary of his joining the team. He receives $14,764.05, a silver service, and a Distinguished Service Cross from the AL The cross is made of gold with 20 diamonds. Billy Evans, who was behind the plate of Johnson’s 1st game, is there again, though on crutches. He leaves after calling the first inning. The Tigers kayo Johnson in a 3-run 9th to win 7–6, the loss going to reliever Garland Braxton. Under today’s rules, the runners he inherited (and the loss) would be charged to Johnson. Harry Heilmann, en route to his 3rd batting crown, is 3-for-4 against Johnson.

3rd At New York, the Yanks split a mid-week twinbill with the Tigers, losing 6–5 and then winning, 8–6. Gehrig has a homer in each to now lead Ruth, 37 to 34 homers. Ruth will hit his 35th on the 5th.

5th Cy Williams has just 4 at bats, but hits for the cycle to lead the Phils to a 9–7 win over Pittsburgh. He drives in 6 runs. Williams is leading the NL in homers.

The Cubs increase their lead over Pittsburgh by winning their 6th in a row, defeating Boston, 5–2.

Ira Flagstead’s 2 triples spark the Red Sox to a 4–1 win over the visiting White Sox. Chicago C Harry McCurdy leaves half way thru the game with a broken finger, joining backstops Crouse and Schacht, out with finger injuries. Chicago presses infielder Moe Berg into catching duty, and he will catch almost exclusively from here on out. Berg is 0-for-2 today.

6th At Philadelphia, the A’s split a pair with the Browns, winning 5–4 in 12 innings before losing the 2nd, 2–0. In the nitecap, the A’s Jack Quinn and rival Alvin Crowder both allow just 2 hits, though one of the Brownie hits is a solo HR by Ken Williams. The other run is a steal of home by O’Rourke.

As the Cubs win their 7th straight, Pittsburgh loses 9-2 to the Giants, dropping them 3 games behind Chicago. Buc manager Donie Bush benches Kiki Cuyler for not using a take out slide at second base and Kiki will not play the rest of the season or the WS.

With Berg catching Ted Lyons, the White Sox beat the Yankees, 6–3. Lazzeri tests Berg’s arm by swiping 2B, but later Berg makes a scoop and tag at home on a throw from the outfield.

9th The A’s beat the visiting Yankees, 8–1, behind Rube Walberg. The only Yankee score is Lou Gehrig’s 38th homer. Cobb has 3 hits for the A’s.

Before an overflow crowd at Wrigley, the Cubs win their 9th straight in game 1, beating the Robins, 2-0, behind Hal Carlson. The Flock comes back in the nightcap to win, 5-4. The eight wins to start a month (the first win was July 31) will not be matched by the Cubs until 2016.

10th The Red Sox, winners of 11 out of 14, drop a 12–2 laugher to the A’s. Cobb has another 3-hit day as the A’s collect 13 hits to make it easy for Lefty Grove. Sore-armed Sox pitcher Ted Wingfield gets no decision but is pounded for 7 runs in the 7th and 8th innings. He does have a measure of satisfaction, striking out Chick Galloway with 2 out in the 6th inning. This is Wingfield’s only strikeout in 74 2/3 innings, a ML record for soft tossing.

At Washington, Babe Ruth drives in 4 runs, 3 on his 36th homer, as the Yankees prevail, 4–3. Tom Zachary is the loser.

11th At St. Louis, Pete Alexander allows just 4 hits, including Lloyd Waner’s first ML homer, to beat the Pirates, 2–1. Jim Bottomley’s 2-run homer in the 7th wins it. Bottomley will repeat tomorrow in the 11th as St. Louis cards another 2–1 win over Pittsburgh to tie for 2nd in the NL.

12th The New York Giants edge the Brooklyn Robins, 7–6 on Rogers Hornsby’s grand slam. It is Rajah’s 8th career slam, tying him with High Pockets Kelly for the ML career record. Ruth will pass both in September.

13th The Yankees roll over the 2nd-place Senators, 8-3. Ossie Bluege has two hits to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 21 games.

16th  In an 8–1 Yankee victory, Babe Ruth puts his stamp of approval on the newly constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by cranking a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition in left field, where it lands in a parking lot. He is the first player to hit one over the roof. It is Ruth’s 37thof the year and he now trails Lou Gehrig by a homer.

Charlie Root drives in a pair of runs and pitches the Cubs to a 3–0 win over Brooklyn, increasing Chicago’s lead over the Pirates to 6 games. Doug McWeeny is the loser as Root wins his 22nd.

The A’s win a pair from the Indians, 6-3 and 8-0. In the second game, the Mackmen score 5 runs in the 9th, 2 coming home on the little-used double squeeze. Winning pitcher Jack Quinn lays down a bunt and the runners on 3B (Zack Wheat) and 2B (Chick Galloway) both score (as noted by Greg Beston).

At Braves Field, the Cardinals top the Braves, 5-3, in 11 innings as they collect 16 hits. Batterymates Pete Alexander (2) and Bob O’Farrell (5) account for 7 hits.

17th  Babe Ruth connects for a one-out homer in the top of the 11th off Sarge Connally as the Yankees beat the White Sox, 3-2. Connally allows just 5 hits in the game. Ruth is now tied with Gehrig for the AL lead in homers with 38.

Carmen Hill allows 5 hits as the Pirates whip the Giants, 4-1, to stay 5 games behind the Cubs in the NL race. For Hill it is his fifth win thus season against New York.

21st The Indians make it two in a row over the Yankees, beating them, 7–4. Ruth leaves the game in the first inning after hitting an apparent triple and stopping at 1B.

22nd  The Yankees lose their 4th straight for the first time this year, 9–4, to the Indians, despite Babe Ruth’s 40th HR. Righty Urban Shocker, on in relief, breaks a finger on his left hand when he is hit by Joe Sewell’s liner. Sewell has 4 of the 19 hits.

Harry Heilmann goes 4-for-6 in a Detroit doubleheader sweep of Washington. In the 2nd game, Heilmann and Marty McManus hit 4thinning homers off Walter Johnson, the last homers the Big Train gives up in his career, and the only time he’s allowed 2 in an inning. It is also Johnson last career loss. Johnson has now faced the Tigers 105 times in his career, a ML record that will be broken by Warren Spahn (115 vs. St. Louis; 108 vs New York) and approached by Early Wynn (100 vs New York). The Tigers have now won 13 in a row (one tie) to overtake the Nats in the battle for 2nd place, with the Yanks in front by 12 ½ games. Heilmann is now hitting .390.

The Braves win their 3rd straight from the Cubs, 5–2, to cut Chicago’s lead over the Pirates to 2 ½ games. By playing one inning in LF, Boston’s Eddie Brown passes Fred Luderus’ modern NL record of 533 consecutive games played (1916–19). Steve Brodie had 574 in 1893–97.

24th The Phils nip the Cubs, 7–6 in the first of two games. Alex Ferguson is the winner over Sheriff Blake. In game 2, the Cubs jump out early as Sparky Adams hits 2 doubles in the first inning. Adams goes 5-for-6 and, along with Hack Wilson who has 2 homers, 2 doubles and scores 5 runs, leads the Cubs to a 13–1 win. Percy Jones is the recipient of the Cubs offense, besting rookie Sugar Sweetland.

In Detroit, the Yankees beat the second-place Tigers, 9-5, their first loss at home after 13 straight wins (1 tie). The big blow is a 9th inning grand slam by Tony Lazzeri, who connects off Ownie Carroll.

25th Charlie Root twirls a 3-hitter and all 9 Cubs batters collect a safety as Chicago beat the Phillies, 8-0. It is Root’s 23rd win of the year. Sparky Adams has one of the hits to run his consecutive game hit streak to 24.

At Navin Field, Lou Gehrig hits his 40th homer and drives in 4 runs to pace the Yankees to an 8-2 win over Detroit. The official records credit Gehrig with 3 RBIs, one of four games this season in which researcher Herm Krabbenhoft discovered errors in the official records.

26th The Boston Braves defeat the Pirates, 6–4. Paul Waner, who had a perfect 4-for-4 in yesterday’s 2nd game loss, starts off today with 3 straight hits before making an out. Ed Brown continues his consecutive games played with his 8th straight one-inning appearance. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.

In Cleveland’s 8-7 victory over Washington at Dunn Field, Nationals 1B Eddie Onslow collects 3 hits, including a double. It is his first double since 1913, a span of 14 years. It is a record, but it will be topped by Art Herring and Jamie Moyer.

The A’s Sam Gray (7-6) strikes out none and scatters 5 hits as he shuts out the Browns, 7-0. Cobb is thrown out stealing for the 3rd time in two games and now has been caught stealing 16 times, an AL high this year. He’s stolen 22 bases.

27th Babe Ruth has a homer, off reliever Ernie Nevers, and a triple to pace the Yankees to a 14–4 win over the Browns. Meusel and Combs also add homers.

Ted Lyons allows 4 hits and an unearned run as the White Sox beat Bump Hadley and the Senators, 6–1. Lyons also leads the attack with 2 doubles and a walk in 3 at bats and scores 3 times. Nats SS Reeves sets an AL record with 13 assists, a mark that will be tied by Alex Rodriguez in 1996. (Tommy Corcoran, Reds, holds the ML mark of 14, set in 1903).

28th Ruth hits his 42nd HR, over the RF pavilion in St. Louis, in a 10–6 win over the Browns. Koenig adds a homer to match Ken Williams two homers for the Browns.

29th  In St. Louis, the Yankees win their 18th game against the Browns without a loss, 8–3. Loser Milt Gaston gives up a homer to Gehrig, his 41st, and makes 2 errors. The Yankees will win 21 games against the Browns this year, an AL record.

The Giants take 2 from the Cubs, 8–7 and 4–1 in 8 innings. Clarence “Heinie” Mueller, uncle of future Giant Don Mueller, leads the way in the opener by hitting a pinch HR in the 3rd as the Giants bat around. Mueller adds a 2-run single in the seven run inning to tie the NL mark, then singles home the winner in the nitecap.

The last place Red Sox trip the Indians 10-2 as Ira Flagstead scores 5 runs.

30th The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the first-place Cubs by beating the visitors, 7–2. The New Yorkers advance to within 2 ½ games of the lead. The Giants have won 22 of their last 28. Leslie Mann starts the scoring by hitting Grimes’ first pitch for a HR.

31st  The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox, 10–3. Ruth hits No. 43 and leads Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record, they now lead the 2nd-place A’s by 17.