1931 August

2nd  The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40,000, played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway, which is too close to a church [this will change by mid-1932.].Former Boston P Red Ruffing wins the first game, 4–1, and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates, 1–0, in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.

Washington beats the A’s, 10–6, to knock Philadelphia’s lead in the AL down to 14 games.

3rd  At Wrigley Field, Bob Smith shuts down the Reds, 8–0, to hand Cincinnati its 4th straight shutout. The four shutout losses in a row ties the NL mark for the century. The Reds lost on July 30 (0–5), August 1(0–1, and August 2 (0–3) to the Pirates. Si Johnson takes the loss today.

The A’s Lefty Grove beats the Senators, 3–2, giving up 11 hits. Grove has now won 13 straight games.

In the battle for 7th place, the Tigers down the White Sox, breaking a tie with 5 runs in the 7th inning. Rookie George Quellich enjoys his cup of coffee with his only ML homer and 3 RBI. While playing for the Reading Keystones (International League) in 1929, Quellich went 15-for-15 in August, including 4 homers, against Montreal and Toronto. He will make the IL Hall of Fame.

4th Pittsburgh’s Heine Meine gives up 3 Cardinal runs in the 6th inning, halting a scoreless streak by Buc hurlers at 45 innings. The Pirates streak includes shutouts over New York and Cincy in 4 consecutive games. The Cards win today, 7–1.

The Reds finally score, but lose to the Cubs, 4–2, in the first of two. Guy Bush beats Larry Benton. Chicago takes the nitecap, 7–3, behind Les Sweetland as Jack Ogden is pinned with the loss. Rookie OF Vince Barton has 5 hits in the 2 games, including a pair of homers in game 2.

5th  For the 2nd time in his career, Jim Bottomley has 6 hits in 6 at bats, as the Cards defeat Pittsburgh 16–2 on 23 hits. In the opener, Bottomley contributed 4 hits, but St. Louis loses to the Bucs 5–4.

The Cubs edge the Reds 3–2 at Wrigley Field when Leo Durocher boots a ground ball hit by Kiki Cuyler. It ends a string of 251 errorless chances in 53 games for Durocher.

8th  Washington’s Bobby Burke, a little-known lefthander, throws a 5–0 no-hitter against Boston. Burke will finish the year 8 and 3, the best mark of his 10-year career. “Burke didn’t throw more than a half dozen curves all afternoon,” said plate umpire George Moriarty.

At Comiskey, the White Sox and Browns divide a pair, with Chicago winning the opener, 6-1 and St. Louis taking game 2 by an 8-7 score. Smead Jolley has his 5th straight pinch hit in game 2 and is hitting .519. Despite the average, Jolley sits in tomorrow’s twinbill as well.

9th A day of one-hitters. After the White Sox take the opener, 4–2, over the Browns, Dick Coffman pitches the Browns to a 1–0 win, allowing on a 5th inning single by Johnny Kerr. Bob Wetland takes the loss. The Cubs’ Guy Bush one hits the Cardinals and also wins, 1–0.

11th Lefty Grove reaches 14 straight wins, beating the Browns, 8–1.

12th  The Giants land highly regarded Len Koenecke from Indianapolis for OF Harry Rosenberg, and pitchers Joe Heving and Jack Berly. Koenecke will have a decent season in 1932 before going to Brooklyn. He will die tragically in 1935.

13th  Tony Cuccinello wakes up the last-place Reds by going 6-for-6, with 3 singles, 2 doubles and a triple, as Cincy wins the first game, 17–3, of a doubleheader against Boston. Cuccinello doesn’t stop there, belting a 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap to give the Reds a 4–2 win. ‘Cooch’ has 8 RBIs for the day.

14th In Cleveland, Earl Averill hits a game 1 grand slam to pace the Indians to a 13-7 win over the third-place Yankees. Babe Ruth hits a 9thinning solo homer off Mel Harder. Cleveland takes game 2, 9-1.

15th Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove wins his 15th straight, beating the Indians, 4–3. The A’s lead in the AL is now 11.5 games.

At Detroit, Babe Ruth hits a 16th-inning homer, off George Uhle, as the Yankees top Detroit, 7-5. Ruth predicts his shot in the dugout before launching one over the RF fence.

18th  In New York’s 5–4 loss at Detroit, Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1,000th consecutive game. He is 307 short of Everett Scott’s record streak.

Paul Waner chalks up 5 hits to lead Pittsburgh to a 14–5 win over the Phils.

19th  At Chicago, Lefty Grove (25–2)wins his 16th consecutive game, 4–2, tying the AL record set by Walter Johnson and Joe Wood in 1912. Grove holds the Sox scoreless till the 9th, while the A’s score in the 2nd, 3rd and 8th off Red Faber. Grove has completed all but one of the wins.

The Giants score single runs in each of the last 3 innings to beat the Reds, 6–5. Giants Shanty Hogan is the first catcher to start 3 double plays. Only one other catcher, Damian Miller in 1999—will match him. The 3 DPs sets a ML record for catchers.

20th  At St. Louis, Gehrig hits his 33rd homer in the 4th to tie Ruth for the ML lead, but the Babe answers in the 9th with his 34th, a grand slam over the RF roof off rookie Wally Hebert, to give the Yanks a 7–3 win over the Browns. Lefty Gomez almost has New York’s first shutout of the season, but he weakens in the 9th.

Tony Freitas, who will win 342 minor league games, is let out of jail to pitch for Sacramento (PCL) against the Missions. He wins, and then returns to finish a 5-day sentence for speeding.

21st  After belting #599, a grand slam in yesterday’s game, Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of the Browns, as the Yankees win 11–7. Lou Gehrig homers immediately after the Babe’s historic blow. In their 10 years as teammates, they will homer in the same inning 19 times and in the same game 72 times.

23rd  At St. Louis, the A’s Lefty Grove is frustrated in his effort to win a record-breaking 17th game in a row, as Jimmy Moore misjudges a routine fly ball by Ski Melillo in the sun, turning it into a 2-out double, to allow the game’s lone run. The volatile Grove is outraged and unforgiving, not at Moore, but that Al Simmons, the regular OF, missed the game: he was out with an ankle injury recovering back home in Milwaukee. Grove reportedly never speaks to Simmons again. Dick Coffman of the Browns allows just 3 hits to win, 1–0. The A’s win the nightcap, 10–0, behind Waite Hoyt’s 6-hitter, further enraging Grove who could’ve used a couple of those runs.

In Boston, the league-leading Cardinals go to 78–44 by sweeping the Braves. The Birds pound Boston 16–1 in the opener as Chick Hafey drives in 8 runs on 5-for-5 hitting, including 2 HRs. One of the homers is a grand slam. St. Louis takes the nitecap, 1–0, in 11 innings, winning on Jim Bottomley’s HR.

25th At Chicago, the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox, 6–0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple, single, 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition, he beats the Sox Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.

28th  Behind Mel Harder’s 4-hitter, the Indians trounce the visiting Browns, 13-1. Eddie Morgan scores 5 runs for the Tribe.

29th  In his first start following his loss, Lefty Grove fans the side (Byrd, Sewell, Ruth) in the 1st inning, hands out a walk to Gehrig to start the 2nd, and records 3 more K’s (Chapman, Lary, Dickey). Lefty has 2 K’s in the 3rdbut develops a blister from gripping the ball. Gehrig knocks Grove out of the box with a 6th-inning grand slam, his 36th homer of the year, but the A’s counter with 5 RBIs from Jimmy Foxx. Grove wins, 7–4, over the visiting Yankees to complete the two-game sweep. Lou now has 146 RBIs.

Chicago’s Billy Herman’s ML debut is a knockout. He singles in his first at bat and in his 2nd plate appearance, Herman fouls a ball off his head and has to be carried off the field. Footsie Blair completes the at bat by hitting a 2-run inside-the-park homer as the Cubs score 7 runs in the 3rd inning. It’s Footsie’s last homer in the majors. The final is a Cubs 14-3 win over the Reds.

30th At Boston, Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each have 4 hits and together total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox, 14–4. One of Gehrig’s hits is a homer, his 37th, and 2 of Chapman’s leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.

31st  Wes Ferrell of Cleveland hits 2 HRs, as he beats the White Sox 13–5 at Chicago. He will end his career with a record 37 HRs as a hurler, plus one as a pinch hitter.

Against the Senators’ Lloyd Brown, Lou Gehrig belts his 2nd grand slam homer in three days, but the Senators hang onto 2nd place by beating the Yankees, 6–5.