1928 August

1st  In the Yankees 12–1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits HR No. 42 in the 1st, off Alvin Crowder, and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel also cracks a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson scatters 7 hits and sets a club record by going 5-for-5 at the plate. Johnny Murphy and Mel Stottlemyre will match his club mark.

The White Sox leap from 6th place to a tie for 4th with a doubleheader win over the Red Sox in Chicago. Red Faber wins the opener, 4–2, while young Ed Walsh goes the distance for the nitecap victory, 7–3.

2nd  In St. Louis, the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners, 4–3. A tired starter Herb Pennock gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart, who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the Yanks 4 ½ ahead of the A’s: New York had a 12-game lead on July 4th.

The A’s win their 10th straight, beating Cleveland, 6–0. The Mackmen have now won 17 of 18 games. The winning pitcher is George Earnshaw, whom the A’s recently acquired from Baltimore.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Reds, 7–5, to move into 2nd place. Joe Genewich is the winner, going all the way against 4 Reds pitchers.

The Pirates score 12 runs in the first 3 innings and coast to an 18–4 win over the Phillies. Glenn Wright in the 2nd, and Larry Grantham in the 3rd, clout 3-run homers.

3rd  The Cards top the Braves, 5–1, behind Bill Sherdel’s 14th win in 18 starts. With the thermometer in Boston at 95, Braves starter Virgil Barnes, acquired from New York for Joe Genewich in June, leaves after 5 innings in a state of semi-collapse.

The Browns Sammy Gray whitewashes the Yankees, 8–0, allowing just 6 hits. The Bombers have now gone 21 innings in St. Louis without a run.

The A’s finally lose, as the Indians beat them, 9–5, behind Willis Hudlin. Rube Walberg takes the loss. Connie Mack doesn’t give up without a fight though, sending in 18 players, including 5 pinch hitters.

4th In New York, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Reds, outscoring Cincy, 13–11 and 10–9. New York collects 18 hits in the opener and 20 in the nitecap, one more than the Reds. It is so hot on the field that Reds C Val Picinich plays the 2nd game without a chest protector. Hughie Critz has a bunt single in the opener and a double in game 2 to run his hit streak to 23 games.

The Braves split with the front-running Cards, losing 3–2 before beating Pete Alexander, 2–1. The Cards only score in the nitecap is Jim Bottomley’s 24th HR tying him for the NL lead with Hack Wilson.

At St. Louis, George Pipgras pitches the Yankees to an 8–6, 10-inning win over the Browns. Ruth clouts his 43rd homer; Gehrig is 2nd in the AL with 19, and Joe Hauser 3rd with 15.

5th In a battle of the front runners, the Cardinals top the Giants 6–4 in 15 innings. Young Carl Hubbell relieves Lefty Faulkner in the 4th inning with 2 on and gets a double play. He throws another 11 innings, allowing just 3 hits, before losing to Clarence Mitchell in the 15th. In his Super Stars of Baseball, St. Louis sportswriter Bob Broeg wrote that Hubbell threw his first screwball in the majors in that long effort. As Broeg described it: “When slugging [right-handed-hitting outfielder] Chick Hafey came to bat with the winning runs on base and the count (at 3-and-1), Hubbell broke off a screwjie. Hafey swung and missed. Again came the fadeaway. Again, Hafey, not expecting the ball to break down and away, swung and struck out.” Giants catcher Frank “Shanty” Hogan advised Hubbell to keep throwing the pitch. (as quoted by Fred Stein in his biography of Hubbard in SABR’s Bioproject).

Lefty Grove throws a masterful 3-hitter against the Tigers to lead the A’s to a win, 5–1. Harry Heilmann’s round tripper is the only score for Detroit. With Ed Walsh Jr. beating the Yankees in Chicago, the A’s are 3 ½ games back.

6th At Philadelphia, Hack Wilson clouts two homers, #25 and #26, for the Cubs, but the Phillies still emerge the winners, 8–7. Veteran Bob McGraw is the victor over Sheriff Blake. The Phils, with the worst record in baseball, also win the nitecap, 5–1 as Alex Ferguson beats Charlie Root. The Phils will whip the Cubs tomorrow, 4–2, dropping Chicago into 4thplace, and improving the Phillies’ record to 27–70.

In Chicago, the Sox drop the stumbling Yankees, 5–4, in 15 innings. Willie Kamm triples home the run that gives Grady Adkins the win. George Pipgras takes the loss.

7th The Giants clip the first-place Cards, 10–1, behind Larry Benton’s 18thvictory. Benton scatters 6 hits and holds St. Louis scoreless till the 9th, while his teammates are lighting up Flint Rhem for 15 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Detroit beats the red-hot A’s, 4–1. Winning pitcher Owen Carroll triples home the game-winner in the 7th inning.

9th Before 15,000 fans in Philley, the Athletics top Washington, 8–3, behind Howard Ehmke’s 3-hitter. Al Simmons’ 12th homer of the year, a grand slam in the 6th, is the big blow for the A’s.

The Yankees whip the Red Sox, 7–1, as lefty Fred Heimach, in his Yankee debut, gives up just 4 Boston hits. All the scoring comes in the 6th inning. Heimach was acquired on August 6 from St. Paul where he was 18-10. He will lose his next three starts, all complete games.

The Pirates shoot down the Cardinals, 5–4, to cut the St. Louis lead to 4 games. Carmel Hill, with relief help from Burleigh Grimes, is the winner. For 5th place Pittsburgh, it is their 8th win in a row, and 24th in their last 31 games.

11th  Carl Hubbell’s first ML victory is a 4–0 shutout of the Phils. He’ll be 10-6 down the stretch and will pitch 16 years with the Giants.

The Cubs top the Cardinals, 5–1, behind Sheriff Blake’s 7-hitter.

The Reds snap an 8-game losing streak, as Red Lucas beats the Pirates, 1–0.

The A’s win their 22nd in the last 26 games, edging the Senators, 3–2. Mickey Cochrane’s hit in the 9th gives the win to George Earnshaw. The A’s stay 4 ½ in back of the Yankees.

In Chicago, the Browns beat the White Sox, 4–2, behind Sammy Gray’s 18th victory. Gray leaves after 7 innings with the score, 2–2, but the Browns score in the 8th and 9th and Gray is awarded the win.

13th  Lefty Grove holds the Tigers to two 4th inning singles to give the host A’s a 7–1 win. Grove wins his 9th straight and 17 of the year. The A’s (72-39) still trail the Yankees (77-35) who are idle today.

The Braves send INF Eddie Moore to Toledo (American Assoc.) in exchange for lefty OF Heine Mueller. Moore will go back to Boston briefly after the AA season ends.

14th Pete Alexander returns from an illness to pitch the Cards to a 6–1 win over the Braves. Alex scatters 7 hits, including 2 by Hornsby, who is leading the NL at .381, 21 points ahead of Paul Waner. Goslin and Simmons are tied in the AL at .380, with Gehrig 3rd at. 369.

The Reds release submariner Carl Mays (4–1), who has been suffering from neuritis. The Giants will sign the veteran before next season.

In Philadelphia, the Tigers trip the 2nd-place A’s, 4–1 behind long-time A’s pitching jinx Elam Vangilder. The Bengals tally 3 runs off starter Howard Ehmke.

The Babe hits his 44th homer in the first inning, but the White Sox tie in the 3rd en route to a 5–2 win over the visiting Yankees. Ruth is now 13 games ahead of last year’s pace.

16th Braves outfielder Lance Richbourg does all his damage in the first 3 innings of a 9–4 win over the Cardinals. He homers in the 1st, doubles in the 2nd with the bases loaded, and triples in the 3rd with 2 men on.

At Philadelphia, the A’s overwhelm the Tigers, 18–6. Philadelphia scores 9 runs in the second inning as Jimmie Foxx contributes 2 doubles. He adds a homer and scores 4 runs in the game. Simmons, Hargrave and MacManus also hit for the circuit.

20th  A week after he turned 21, Art Shires of the White Sox strokes 4 hits off Red Ruffing in his ML debut, to lead Chicago to a 6–4 win over the Red Sox. Red Faber is the winning pitcher. When Shires returns to the bench after one hit he tells pitcher Ted Lyons, “So this is the great American League we heard so much about down in Texas—I’ll hit .400” (as related by historian Craig Wright). Shires will hit .341 for the year.

Eppa Rixey pitches the Reds to a 5–3 win over the Giants but the Giants retain first place by .002 percentage points.

The Cards stay right behind with a 2–1 win over the Robins, beating Dazzy Vance with a run in the 9th inning. It is Vance’s first loss after 6 straight wins; his last loss came against Jess Haines, who wins today in relief. Jess’s last win was against Dazzy.

21st The ancient spitballer Jack Quinn picks up his 16th win, subduing the Indians, 12–4. Bill Bayne gives up six runs to the A’s in the 1st inning to take the loss. The A’s remain firmly in 2nd place behind the Yanks.

New York beats the Browns, 3–1, behind the pitching of Waite Hoyt, whose shutout is ruined when Gehrig drops a pickoff throw that would have caught Lu Blue asleep. Blue later scores on a single by Oscar Melillo. Babe Ruth, who says before the game that he has reformed and will hit to left field and bat .400, is 1-for-4, but two balls do go to left.

The last-place Phillies take their 6th win in a row over the Cubs, winning 3–1 behind Claude Willoughby. Jeff Heathcote’s homer is the only score for Chicago. The Phillies record is now 33–77. The Cubs lose Hack Wilson, who is suspended for 3 games for an outburst against the umpires in yesterday’s loss. His buddy Pat Malone is fined $50 for using “abusive language from the bench.”

22nd  The Pirates top the Braves, 10–3, as Waner and Traynor each drive in 3 runs. Paul tallies a single, double and triple while Pie slices two singles and a triple. Lloyd Waner scores 3 runs to help rookie Erv Brame pick up the win.

Chicago’s Ed Walsh tosses good ball but is outpitched by Washington’s Bump Hadley, who wins 2–0. Ossie Bluege drives home both runs with a first inning single.

The A’s outlast the Indians to win a 17-inning marathon, 6–5 collecting 20 hits. Mule Haas cracks a no-out homer in the final frame, off Johnny Miljus, to give Ed Rommel the win. The A’s now trail by 5 games.

23rd  The Giants split with Pittsburgh, winning the opener 6–3 with a 5-run burst in the 8th inning sparked by Lefty O’Doul’s 2-run homer. Larry Benton notches his 21st win. The Bucs come back in the nightcap to win 13–3 behind Freddy Fussell.

Lefty Grove beats the Indians, 3–1, for his 19th win. Grove is in the groove, fanning 5 straight batters in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd he strikes out Morgan, Harval and Autry on 9 pitches, then K’s Miller and Langford to start the 3rd. All told, Lefty throws 15 straight strikes (including a foul), then a ball, and another strike to retire the 5 batters. He allows 8 hits and strikes out 8 for his 11th win in a row. Jimmie Foxx has a solo homer for the A’s.

The rained-out Yankees pick up Tom Zachary on waivers from Washington for $7,500. Zachary will fill the starter’s role of Herb Pennock, currently down with an attack of neuritis. To make room for the lefty, New York releases veteran spitballer Stanley Coveleski.

24th In Philadelphia, the A’s tip the Indians, 1–0 behind Rube Walberg’s shutout. Rube scores the games only tally on a single by Mickey Cochrane off loser Joe Shaute. The Mackmen sweep the 4-game series with the Tribe and are now three games in back of the Yankees, losers of two to the Browns.

The Cubs sweep two games from the Braves, winning 4–1 and 4–3, to pull within 3 ½ games of the NL lead. Pat Malone and Charlie Root are the winners, though Boston’s porous defense victimizes Bob Smith in the nitecap.

The Cards increase their hold on first place by defeating the Phils, 1–0 on homer by the light-hitting Ernie Orsatti. Jess Haines is the winner.

The Pirates drop the Giants, 16–5, as Burleigh Grimes picks up his 22ndwin. New York now trails the Cards by 1 ½ games.

25th At Boston, Hack Wilson hits 2 homers to help Percy Jones hand Brave’s rookie Ed Brandt one of his league leading 21 losses. Cubs win 7–3. It’s the 6th time this year that Hack’s connected for 2 in a game.

Pete Alexander allows a Phils run in the first and that’s it, as the Cards veteran wins, 2–1 in 10 innings. It is Alex’s 14th victory.

26th The Giants drop into a tie for second place in the NL when they lose, 4-3, to the Robins in 10 innings at Ebbets Field despite outhitting Brooklyn 13 to 7. Prize rookie Del Bissonette connects for his third hit, a walkoff homer, off Carl Hubbell. “The ball cleared everything in sight.” (New York Times). Bissonette will hit 25 homers this year to set a Dodger rookie record not topped in the 20th century.

28th In an American Association game between Milwaukee and Louisville, colored baseball are used (as noted in Peter Morris’ A Game of Inches). “The new balls are said to have greater visibility than white ones, particularly with a bleacher background of white shirts. Further experiments will be made and if successful the ball will be officially adopted for 1929 (AP/New York Times).”

29th George Burns has 4 hits, including two homers, to drive in 5 runs as his Indians top the Tigers, 9-5.