1st The Indians drop another 1–0 game to the A’s at Municipal Stadium, as Rube Walberg beats Wes Ferrell.
With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit, the Yank’s normal 5thbatter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and, sensing something amiss, asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy says its a mistake, Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles, Detroit’s Bucky Harris rushes out to protest, but Nallin overrules him. New York wins, 6–3, but the Detroit protest will be upheld by Will Harridge and replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included, but the game will not be listed in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Total Baseball V erroneously lists this game as being played on August 19).
2nd The Cubs lose again in Brooklyn, 4–2, as Warneke gives up 3 runs in the 8th inning, and now trail the Pirates by 5 games. Warneke loses his 2nd in the series after winning 9 straight. Following the loss, Cubs president Veeck and Hornsby argue on the train to Philadelphia about the strategy. Further discussion in Veeck’s hotel room end with the firing of Rogers Hornsby as a manager. A contributing factor in The Rajah’s departure is his gambling, and the debts he has run up borrowing money from Cubs’ players (Hornsby said to pay debts). Veeck works out a repayment schedule with the money to be subtracted from what the Cubs owe Hornsby on his contract. Affable 1B Charlie Grimm is put in charge of the team and the team will charge in front winning 20 of their next 25 games.
4th Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles, as New York beats Chicago 15–3. Dickey will hit another grand slam September 10th.
5th Detroit P Tommy Bridges (8-7) has a brush with baseball immortality when he retires the first 26 Washington Senators to face him, before surrendering a hit to pinch hitter Dave Harris. Harris, the AL’s best pinch hitter this year, slaps the first pitch for a bloop single to break up the perfect game. Sam Rice then grounds out and the Tigers win the game, 13–0. The last perfect no hit bid broken up with 2 outs in the 9th was July 4, 1908. Billy Pierce, in 1958, will be the next.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Cards, 6–2, behind Bill Walker’s 2-hitter. Both hits are 5th inning homers—by Ray Blades and Jimmy Wilson.
The Cubs purchase veteran Mark Koenig from the San Antonio Missions. Koenig will hit .353 in 33 games for Chicago.
6th Dale Alexander bounces a single up the middle in the 4th inning for Boston’s only hit off Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The ace wins 3–0 over Rhodes for his 18th win of the year.
7th At Boston, the Braves sweep a pair, 2–1 and 7–6, to extend the Pirates losing streak to 9 games. But the Braves lose LF Red Worthington for the season when he breaks a leg sliding into 3B in the first inning of game 2. The Braves now move into 3rd place.
9th The first-place Pirates lose their 10th straight as Huck Betts and the Braves beat them, 4–0. The two teams will split a pair tomorrow with the Bucs ending their 10-game losing streak.
11th Following a rainout of yesterday’s Cubs-Giants game, rookie SS Arky Vaughan makes a crucial error in the 10th inning, and the Cubs top the Pirates 3–2 to retake first place.
12th AL president Will Harridge upholds Detroit’s protest of its August 1stgame against NY and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri’s and Ben Chapman’s batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.
At Fenway, Paul Andrews holds the A’s to 5 hits and Boston beats Earnshaw, 2–1. The win snaps the Sox losing streak of 11 games.
In the tight NL pennant race, the Phils down the visiting Braves, 8-1. Chuck Klein hits a pair of homers off Socks Siebold, including his 3rdgrand slam of the season in the 5th. The Phils are in 5th place, 5 games in back of the Cubs, while the Braves are 4 games behind. The 7th place Giants are just 9 games off the pace.
At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers make 12 hits but just beat the Giants, 1–0. The Giants pull off a ML-record tying 6 DPs to keep the score down.
13th Bill Terry, Mel Ott, and Freddie Lindstrom hit HRs on consecutive pitches in the 4th inning against Brooklyn in a doubleheader opener before 48,000. Terry collects 3 HRs in his 4 hits and Mel Ott a pair, as both of them hit back-to-back homers twice today, just the 4th time in history. But Dodger P Sloppy Thurston lives up to his name by winning, 18–9, despite serving up 6 homers. Sloppy collects 4 of the 24 hits himself, while O’Doul has four singles in the 4th through 6th inning carnage. Cuccinello, Taylor and Hack Wilson all homer as the Dodgers score 18 runs in the three innings. Wilson adds a triple and single and passes the 100-RBI mark. Starter Jim Mooney is the loser. The Giants also lose the 2nd game 5–4 as Brooklyn hits 3 HRs—Stripp, O’Doul, and Cuccinello—off Waite Hoyt. Ott adds his 3rd homer of the day, #35, off Fred Heimach, to move one behind Klein for the league lead. With the hitters connecting the two teams combine to set a NL mark for fewest strikeouts in a doubleheader: 2. The Giants record no strikeouts. This will be tied in 1948.
It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings, but Red Ruffing hits a HR in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators, 1–0. Tom Hughes, in 1906, was the only other ML pitcher to hit an extra-inning, game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win. This is the closest the Yanks will come to being shut out this season.
The Reds’ Eppa Rixey blanks the Pirates, 3–0, and drives in two runs on a single and triple. It’s Rixey’s 3rd win of the year—all over Pittsburgh. Bill Swift gives up two runs in 8 innings to lose.
Commissioner Landis clears Rogers Hornsby of charges of fraudulently “borrowing” money from Cubs players. The Chicago papers said Hornsby had obtained money from players, either loaned to him to bet on horse races, or to share in joint ventures. When Hornsby is fined, the players want refunds. Hornsby wants a lump payoff by the Cubs, who refuse. Landis holds several hearings, and as he doesn’t punish anyone, it is taken as exoneration.
The A’s sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 13–2 and 8–2. Lefty Grove allows six hits and K’s 11 in the opener. In the nitecap, Tony Freitas, the Portuguese portsider, scatters nine hits in winning his 8th straight.
14th At the Polo Grounds, John Quinn, at 49, becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the 9th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the 9th to tie at 1–1. The Dodgers win in the 10th when Tony Cuccinello drives home Hack Wilson for Brooklyn’s 4th straight win over the Giants. The pinch homer is Frederick’s 4th pinch-hit HR of the year, for a new ML record. He will have 6 by the season’s end. The Giants win the nitecap, 8–4, as Bill Terry and Mel Ott belt homers.
Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean fans 6 Cubs in a row, one less than the record, and wins 2–1 in the 10th in game 2. The Cards also win the opener, 2–0.
The Senators knock out Lefty Gomez in the 9th, but the Yankee ace still wins his 20th, 5–4. Babe Ruth starts the game’s scoring with his 33rdhomer in the 4th, and adds a double and single.
16th At Wrigley Field, 32,000 are on hand to celebrate “Charlie Grimm Day,” in honor of the Cubs new manager. The Cubs put the icing on the cake by rallying for 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Braves, 4–3, and retain their one-game lead over the Pirates. Billy Jurges’ 2-run single is the winner.
The Pirates top the Dodgers, 4–0, as Larry French scatters 7 singles. The 2nd-place Bucs (61-52) lead the Dodgers (62-56) by a two and a half games. French breaks a scoreless tie with an 8th inning double and then scores on Lloyd Waner’s single. A sacrifice and walk to brother Paul follows. A passed ball and throw to second by Al Lopez ends with the catcher throwing his mask down and being tossed. A triple by Barbee and a single by Pie Traynor completes the scoring off Bill Clark.
After Lefty Grove is given his trophy for winning the 1931 MVP, the Athletics hand a 3–2 decision to the Indians and drop to 3rd place. Myatt’s two-run homer in the 5th inning, off Earnshaw, is the big blow, and Mule Haas’ two-run homer in the 8th is all the scoring of the A’s. Earnshaw loses his 10th with Mel Harder the winner. Cleveland (68-46) is now in 2ndplace to the Yankees (78-35).
At Fenway, Browns pitcher Lefty Stewart beats the Red Sox, 3-2, in the series opener. For Boston it is the 7th straight game that they have score 2 runs or less, a mark they will not match the rest of the century.
17th The Cubs and the Braves play 19 innings, the longest game of the season, with Chicago winning 3–2 on Frank Demaree’s long fly with the sacks full. Guy Bush is the winner, though reliever Bud Tinning pitches 12 2/3 innings of shut out ball. Tomorrow, Bush will beat the Braves again with a brief extra-inning outing.
18th Guy Bush gets the win for the Cubs to a 5–2 victory over the Braves, to move first-place Chicago 2 ½ games ahead of idle Pittsburgh. For Bush, it is his 11th straight win over the Braves over 2 years.
20th After losing the opener to Chicago, 6–4, the A’s take game 2 by a 14–8 score, plating 10 runs in the 8th inning. Mickey Cochrane pinchhits in the inning and collects 2 hits, tying the AL mark. Jimmie Foxx helps in the win with a 500-foot homer off Ted Lyons that carries over the CF wall at Shibe Park and well past a neighboring factory building.
21st Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell becomes the first 20th-century pitcher to win 20 or more games in each of his first 4 seasons, beating Washington, 11–5.
In a 14-inning PCL match between Seattle and Portland, Seattle pitchers hand out 19 base on balls, while the Beavers hurlers walk 14. Portland wins in the 14th when Seattle’s Phil Page walks in the winning run.
23rd The Cubs have only one assist in a 5–1 win, sweeping the Phillies in 4 straight games. The fielding mark equals the ML record and sets the Cubs team record.
26th In the first meeting between the Giants Carl Hubbell and the Cards Dizzy Dean, Diz comes out ahead, 4–2.
27th In the first of two games in Chicago, Kiki Cuyler hits a 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to 6–1 win over the Giants. Cuyler adds two hits in the 2nd game win, 5–0, the 9th win in a row for the rampaging Cubs. Burleigh Grimes and Bob Smith each record complete-game wins for Chicago, now 5 games in front of Brooklyn.
28th The Red Sox “eclipse” the Indians in the 2nd game of a doubleheader 4–3 in 11 innings as light-hitting Bennie Tate poles a 1-out HR to end it. The game was previously scheduled for August 31, but a solar eclipse was due that would blacken the ballpark for 20 minutes, so the game is played today instead. The Indians take the opener, 10–1, scoring 7 runs in the 1stinning to drive Bob Weiland to the showers.
Kiki Cuyler again leads the way for the Cubs, collecting 3 hits and driving in the winning run in the 9th with a sacrifice fly. The Cubs win 5–4 over the Giants for their 10th win in a row.
29th Against the A’s, Detroit C Ray Hayworth makes his first error of the season after handling 439 chances without a miscue dating back to September 2, 1931. The 2 teams split, the Mackmen taking the opener, 8–3 with 6 runs in the 8th, and the Tigers winning game 2, 10–7, with 3 runs in the 9th.
30th The Cubs win their 11th in a row, 4–3 over New York, as the red hot Kiki Cuyler slams an 8th inning home run. He adds another hit and a stolen base.
Wes Ferrell is suspended 10 days by the Indians for insubordination.
31st Detroit P Chief Hogsett hits two HRs, plus a single, as the visiting Tigers end Tony Freitas’ winning streak at 10 straight with a 5–4 victory over the A’s. The Chief tomahawks a two-run homer in the 7th for Detroit’s lead.
Again, Kiki Cuyler leads the way for the Cubs. His 4th hit of the game ties the score at 5-5 in the 9th inning. But the Giants score 4 in the 10th to go up 9–5. Chicago tally two runs and has 2 men on with 2 out when Cuyler bats again. Cuyler’s 5th hit of the game is a shot into the CF bleachers to give the Cubs the 10–9 win, their 12th straight. Making this rain-soaked game particularly noteworthy is the complicated substitutions by Cubs manager Grimm in the late innings, which results in Zack Taylor hitting after he has been substituted for. The Giants fail to protest and the result is differing box scores in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.