1929 August

1st Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 372nd game to tie Christy Mathewson’s NL record for wins [the record has since been amended to 373 wins]. The Cards top the Robins, 5–2.

2nd In the 9th inning at Philadelphia, 1B Don Hurst cracks his 6th HR in as many games, a ML record up to this time. In the 6 games, Hurst had no other hits. The Phils win 2–0 over Pittsburgh, with Les Sweetland allowing 11 hits in the shutout to beat Larry French.

At St. Louis, the Cards bomb Dazzy Vance for 18 hits and 13 runs in his six inning stint, before Uncle Robby mercifully removes him. As the Dazzler leaves, the band plays, “the old grey mare ain’t what she used to be.” Six of the blows are for extra bases, including Jim Bottomley’s 24th homer, as Sunny Jim knocks in 5 runs. Mitchell coasts home with the win for the Cards.

The A’s spot the Tigers six runs in the first inning, then rally to win, 11–10. Harry Heilmann had 4 hits, including two homers, for the losers, as did McManus and Alexander. The Tigers outhit the A’s 13–10. The A’s victory increases their AL lead to 11 ½ games over the Yankees, losers today to the Indians, 9–8.

After being shutout four straight times by Giants hurler Fred Fitzsimmons, the Reds score off him in the first inning, add two unearned runs in the 3rd to win, 3–2. Freddie allows just four hits in losing to Pete Donohue. Before the game, John McGraw issues a vehement denial that he has hurt morale by browbeating his players and issuing fines for errors. He says he has only fined Hubbell $25 for failing to touch second base in a game, and Frank Hogan $50 for failing to show up at the team hotel in Boston one night. “These, plus a fine of $100 assessed against Jack Cummings for being absent without leave for ten days—during which I had no idea where he was and could not even notify him of his transfer to the Braves—constitutes the total fines I have ordered.” He also states that he hasn’t even been in the clubhouse since July 18th.

3rd  The Cubs complain about the ragged shirt sleeve on Dodger Dazzy Vance’s pitching arm, an age-old trick to distract a batter. A rule will be passed enforcing neater dressing habits by pitchers. For the second day in a row, Vance has not much more than a sleeve as the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 12–2, behind Hal Carlson.

4th  The Yankees take the opening game of 2 from the visiting Cleveland Indians, winning 12–0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the 2ndgame, after trailing 6–5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th, Cleveland scores an AL record-tying 9 runs, to win 14–6.

5th Despite 3 triples by Charlie Gehringer, the Senators overwhelm the Tigers, 21–5, collecting 21 hits and setting a Senators’ record for runs scored. Sam Rice and Buddy Myers each have 4 hits and 4 runs as every hitter in the lineup hits a safety. Winning pitcher Lloyd Brown scores 3 runs.

Chicago scores in the 10th and 16th innings to edge the visiting Dodgers, 9-8. Rogers Hornsby has 5 walks for the Cubs and Riggs Stephenson has 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

Dick Bartell has 5 hits and Lloyd Waner has 4 but it is not enough as the Pirates lose to the Giants, 11-10. The Bucs score 4 in the 7th and 5 in the 9th. Carl Hubbell takes the win.

6th In a Ladies Day game at Wrigley that draws 29,000 women and 11,000 men, the Cubs have their 5-game win streak stopped by Brooklyn, 5–4, despite Hornsby’s 23rd HR of the year. Brooklyn’s Jughead Johnny Morrison is the winner over Chicago ace Pat Malone. But Chicago will win their next three.

After the visiting Senators outslug the Yankees 13–11, New York earns a split, 8–0, on two homers by Babe Ruth. The first is a grand slam in the 5th, his 26th homer of the year. Heimach scatters 3 hits to earn the nitecap win. Buddy Myers 4 hits, including 3 doubles in the opener, paces a 14-hit Nat attack. Durst, Cronin, and West homer for Washington.

7th For the second game in a row, Babe Ruth hits a grand slam home run as the Yanks roll to a 13–1 win over the A’s in the lidlifter. Cochrane homers in his one at bat for the A’s only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the first 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner. The A’s take the nitecap, 4–2, as George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the win.

8th Rogers Hornsby cracks a 4th inning homer—one of his 4 hits—as Chicago edges the Reds 1–0 at Wrigley. Charlie Root allows 7 hits in beating rookie Benny Frey.

9th In Philadelphia, the Cubs roll over the Phils, 12–6, to give pitcher Guy Bush his 11th straight win.

10th  Pitching for the visiting Cards, Grover Alexander beats the Phils 7–1 for his 373rd and last NL victory. It is noted at the time that he ties Mathewson for NL wins. Relieving after 8 innings, he pitches 4 scoreless relief innings to win 11–9 in 12 innings of the nitecap. The Phils take the opener, 7–1. Alexander will be sent back to St. Louis on the August 20thafter one too many curfew violations and finish the season at 9–8.

11th  Babe Ruth hits HR No. 500 and his 30th of the year, in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland, but the Yankees lose, 6–5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser who returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls for it.

A 3-run homer by Bubbles Hargrave and another run on a throwing error by Joe Cronin allows the Tigers to tie the A’s, 8–8 in the 9th. Bengal OF Roy Johnson wins it in the 11th by stroking a 2-out inside the park homer, off Orwell.

Rogers Hornsby has a single, double and homer to drive in 3 runs as the Cubs win, 3-1, over the Braves. Root goes to 12-4.

12th  At Boston, Guy Bush, the NL’s leading pitcher, loses his 2nd game, bowing as a reliever, 4–2, in 10 innings. Bush has won 16. The Cubs maintain their 8-game lead as the Pirates lose to Brooklyn.

OF George Quellich of the Reading Keys (IL) hits a grand slam against Montreal for his 15th consecutive hit over a 4-day period.

14th  It is Charlie Gehringer Day in Detroit, and the popular 2B handles 10 chances in the field, hits 3 singles and a HR, and steals home in a 17–13 win over the Yankees. The slugfest is tied at 10-10 after 4 innings before the Motormen drive away.

At Cleveland, the Indians outhit the A’s, 20 to 13, but the A’s win in 17 innings, 5-3. Jimmie Foxx belts a homer in the 17th for the Mackmen.

The Pirates reduce the idle Cubs lead by a game by defeating the Braves, 1–0, behind lefty Petty. Jones allows just 3 hits and the Pirates score without the aid of a hit.

15th  At Braves Field, Ed Brandt stops the Pirates on two hits—both by Lloyd Waner—as the Braves edge the Bucs, 2-1.

In Brooklyn, the Cubs and Dodgers split a pair with the Cubs taking the opener, 9-5, behind Guy Bush (17-2). Bush wins his 13th road game in a row as a starter going back to July 3, 1928, though he suffered a loss as a reliever on the 12th. If that game is counted, Bush has a 12-game road win streak (and 12 as a starter), which ties John Clarkson (1885) and Orval Overall (1906-07) for the Cubs record. Brooklyn takes the second game as Dazzy Vance outguns Sheriff Blake, 5-4.

17th  Aided by a triple play started by 2B Grantham on Maguire’s line drive, the Pirates trip the host Braves, 3–2.

Bobby Reeves hits a leadoff homer off Lefty Stewart on the first pitch for the only score of the game as the Red Sox edge the Browns, 1–0. The next AL game in which a leadoff homer is the only score won’t come until 1976. Danny MacFayden is the winner, tossing his second shutout in a row.

The Yankees buy P Lefty Gomez from San Francisco (PCL) for delivery in September 1930.

18th  Washington hurlers Bump Hadley and Lloyd Brown combine to whitewash the Tigers in a doubleheader, winning 2–0 and 1–0.

Forty-year-old Braves catcher Hank Gowdy, who last appeared in the majors in 1925, goes 4-for-4 to lead the Braves to a 10–9 win over the Reds.

21st  Cubs 1B Charlie Grimm is sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a hand injury, but he’ll be okay for the WS. The Cubs whip the Giants, 9-2, at the Polo Grounds with rookie Footsie Blair at first base. Footsie will hit .319 in 26 games.

22nd  The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 3rd inning and hold on to beat the visiting Reds, 13-9. Babe Herman extends his hit streak to 20 games and Johnny Frederick has 2 singles, a double and a triple for Da Bums. Johnny Morrison (11-5) wins in relief.

23rd  The Cubs buy Lon Warneke, 20, from Alexandria (Cotton State League) for $100.

24th  The Giants sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 14-8 and 7-6. Freddie Lindstrom scores 5 runs in game 1.

25th  The second largest crowd ever to pack the Reds’ ballpark—35,432—watches their team split a pair with the pennant-bound Cubs. The Reds win the opener, 6–3, behind Red Lucas’ 17th victory, while Guy Bush (18-3) wins in the nitecap, 10–1. The Cubs have a comfortable 13-game lead.

At the Polo Grounds, fans are able to hear the calls of home plate ump Cy Rigler, who is wired for sound, a first in ML history. Wearing a mike, wearing metal-plated shoes, and standing on a flat metal sheet, Cy’s calls are broadcast over speakers. The Giants top the Pirates, 10–5.

After three straight shutouts by Browns hurlers—Gray, Blaeholder, and Crowder—the Yankees break their 32-inning scoreless streak with a 4th-inning homer by Babe Ruth. St. Louis still wins, 3–2.

26th  In the 8th inning of a 5–5 game at Wrigley Field, Cubs 3B Norm McMillan hits a line drive down the LF line with the bases loaded. Reds LF Evar Swanson, shaded toward center, can’t find the ball, which he sees bounce off a gutter in foul territory. McMillan circles the bases and 4 runs score. At the start of the next inning, Cubs relief P Ken Penner picks up his jacket in the bullpen and discovers the ball in his right sleeve. It is Chicago’s 8th grand slam of the year.

Albert G. Mills, NL president 1883–84, author of the National Agreement and original reserve rule that governed baseball’s early years, dies at 84.

27th Hornsby has 4 hits and Sheriff Blake allows 6 to lead the Cubs to a 4–1 win over the Reds. Chicago now leads by 14 ½ games, the greatest lead a NL team has enjoyed at this stage since the 1906 version of the Cubs.

Sam Rice hits a 14th inning triple and scores on Buddy Myers single as the Senators edge the Red Sox, 5-4.

28th  Donie Bush resigns as Pirates manager; coach Jewel Ens replaces him.

29th In Philadelphia, the Red Sox take a 6-4 lead on Jack Rothrock’s 4thinning grand slam, but the A’s score 3 in the 7th to win, 7-6. They now lead the Yankees by 13 ½ games.

The Pirates edge the Cubs, 5-4, at Forbes Field, despite being outhit, 10-8. The Pirates had run off 11 games in a row where they collected 10 hits or more.

30th At Pittsburgh, Pie Traynor is 5-for-5 to lead a 21-hit Corsair attack that sinks the Cubs, 15–0. It is the Pirates 4th win over the Cubs in 3 days. Heine Meine applies the whitewash.