1933 August

1st  Carl Hubbell breaks Ed Reulbach’s 1908 NL record for consecutive scoreless innings, with 45 1⁄3, although the Giants lose to Boston 3–1.

2nd  The A’s Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the 2nd time in his career, against the Yankees in a 16–3 drubbing. He’s the only 20th century catcher to cycle twice.

The 2nd place Pirates fall to the Cardinals, 4-3, in 12 inning Cards reliever Bill Walker and Buc SS Arky Vaughan miss the ending as both are tossed after coming to blows.

In the first of two at Philadelphia, Mel Ott hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs, but the Phils beat the frontrunners, 13-6. New York wreaks vengeance in game 2, collecting 24 hits to win, 18-1. Jo-Jo Moore has 5 hits, Bill Terry, Lefty O’Doul and Bernie James each have 4.

The Tigers beat the White Sox, 3-2 as Hank Greenberg drives in all 3 runs. Vic Sorrell tops Ted Lyons.

3rd  The Yankees are shut out by the A’s and Lefty Grove, 7–0, for their first scoreless game since August 2, 1931. In the 8th inning, Grove loads the bases with one out, then strikes out the Babe for the 3rd time, and gets Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 for the opposition, which New York hurlers blanked 22 times.

5th  In St. Louis, Browns OF Sammy West ties a ML record with 4 extra-base hits in a 12-inning, 10–9 win over the White Sox. He hits one double, 2 triples, and a HR. Sox SS Luke Appling is close behind West, collecting 5 hits and 3 doubles. Ed Wells’ double in the 12th wins it for the Brownies.

The first-place Giants split a doubleheader in Philadelphia, winning, 11-3, before losing, 7-3. Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the opener, his second four-run homer of the season.

In Detroit, the Indians set an AL record by scoring 9 runs in the 13thinning to beat the Tigers, 15-6. Reliever Belve Bean picks up his lone win of the year. Detroit wins the nitecap, 7-1.

6th  A’s 3B Pinky Higgins hits for the cycle in a 12–8 win over the Senators.

9th The Indians, with manager Walter Johnson on the mound, face the Toledo Mud Hens in an exhibition night game in Toledo. Johnson gives up no hits in a 3-inning outing.

11th  The Senators score 6 times in the final inning to top the Red Sox as both teams use a record-tying 11 pitchers in the game. Washington wins, 8–4.

12th  Brooklyn’s longtime manager, Wilbert Robinson, is appointed president of the Atlanta Crackers (SA) and will also manage the club. He is 69.

13th At Fenway, the Red Sox score 11 runs in the bottom of the first, then hold on to win 19–10 over the A’s. Dick Barrett pitches the last 7+ innings for the A’s, allowing 10 hits.

Holding a 5-4 lead with none on and 2 outs in the 9th, the White Sox give up a single and Hank Greenberg’s 3rd double of the game as the Tigers tie at 5 all. Greenberg’s 4th hit, a single in the 17th off starter Ted Lyons, is followed by Doljack’s game-winning triple as the Tigers prevail, 6-5. Vic Sorrel, who beat Lyons on August 2, allows 14 hits in his first 8 innings pitched, but just 3 in the last 9 to earn the win. Lyons pitches 9 relief innings in the loss and almost loses in the 11th but OF Al Simmons throws out two runners in succession at home trying to score from 2B on singles.

14th  Jimmie Foxx hits for the cycle, including a grand slam, and drives in 9 runs to break the AL record, as the A’s beat the Indians 11–5. A record 8 players will hit for the cycle this year.

In a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in Detroit, Red Sox pitcher George Pipgras breaks his pitching arm while throwing a curve ball in the 7th inning. He will throw just 8+ innings over the next two seasons, but his career is over as a player. During a hunting outing with Boston owner Tom Yawkey, Pipgras will follow up on Yawkey’s suggestion to become an umpire and he will be back in the A.L. in 1938.

In the bottom of the 9th at Yankee Stadium, pitcher Red Ruffing breaks a 2–2 tie by clouting a grand slam home run off Red Sox hurler Bob “Lefty” Weiland.

16th  A stiff wind helps the scoring in Winnipeg, as the Maroons (Northern League) upend the visiting Eau Claire Cardinals, 35-19 in 2 hours 37 minutes. Bruno Haas’s team leads 11-2 but the Cards tie it 14-14 after 4 innings. Elmer Greenwald paces the Maroons going 5-for-6 with 5 runs and 6 RBI. A tired Winnipeg loses the nitecap, 7-4.

17th  Against the Browns’ Lou Gehrig plays his 1’308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott’s mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Hornsby, ‘razzed by the Yankees all afternoon,’ inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 9th’ and cracks a homer off Lefty Gomez to tie the game at 6 all. The Browns score in the 10th to pin the loss on Herb Pennock.

Earl Averill hits for the cycle, as the Indians beat the A’s 15–4. Playing at home in Cleveland’s new Municipal Stadium, Averill will hit just 11 homers this year, compared to 32 last season when the Tribe played at League Park.

20th  Powered by Turkey Stearnes’ 41st HR, the Chicago American Giants (Negro League) defeat the Nashville Elite Giants in a twin bill for their 28th consecutive victory.

21st  The Yankees and White Sox play an 18-inning game which ends in a 3–3 tie because of darkness. Each team is 3-11-0 and each scores a single run in the 9th and two in the 11th. It is an AL record for the longest game with no extra base hits by either team.

In St. Louis, the first-place Senators beat the Browns, 2–1, for their 13thwin in a row.

In Cleveland’s 10–1 win over Boston, Earl Averill wanders off 3B in the 6thinning and is caught with a hidden ball trick by Bosox Marty McManus.

22nd  The front-running Senators are stopped, 10–8, after 13 straight wins when Detroit rookie Hank Greenberg homers in the 9th. It is Greenberg’s 2nd HR of the game.

William Veeck, president of the Chicago Cubs, urges a midsummer series of inter-league games. He also proposes a split season. While some owners are in agreement on interleague play, Washington owner Clark Griffith is opposed. “We’re not going for any Hippodrome stuff. The AL is a big league.”

23rd At Comiskey Park, the White Sox sweep the Red Sox, winning 3-1 and 12-1. Red Kress hits a grand slam in game 2, the first Chicago slam since June 1928.

24th At Navin Field, Goose Goslin hits a pair of homer to pace the Senators to a 13-6 victory. One of Goslin’s homers is pinch hit; he’s the first player in the AL to hit two homers, one pinch hit, in a game. Les Mann did it for the Cards in 1923.

25th In the first of 2 games at Ebbets Field, Sam Leslie singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 4–3 win over the Reds. The hit comes off Red Lucas, who bats 7th in the lineup, collecting 2 hits. Suffering from a charley horse, (as noted by David Vincent) Dodger 2B Tony Cuccinello sits out for the first time since July, 1930 (when he was playing for the Reds), ending a consecutive playing streak of more than 500 games—the exact number isn’t known. Tony’s was the longest active streak in the NL. Hack Wilson replaces Cuccinello at 2B for the doubleheader, and makes two errors in the game 2, also a 4–3 Brooklyn win. Boom-Boom Beck and Ownie Carroll are the winning pitchers.

26th  Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell stops Heinie Manush’s hitting streak at 33 games, as Washington loses 5–4 in 11 innings.

27th In front of 60,000, the host Indians split a pair with the leading Senators, fumbling away a 14–1 decision, then winning 6–3. The Tribe make nine errors in the opener, led by Johnny Burnett at 3B and Bill Cissell at SS with three apiece. Bob Boken and Joe Kuhel combine for 7 RBIs in the first game as Earl Whitehill coasts. Bob Brown wins the nitecap over Alvin Crowder.

Pitching on two days rest, Guy Bush shuts out the Dodgers for the second shutout in four days, as the Cubs win, 2–0. Bush, who shut out the Phils on Thursday, allows just two hits in beating Van Lingle Mungo. Mark Koenig’s homer and score after a double make the difference. Ray Benge pitches Brooklyn to a 5–2 win the nitecap.

29th The split between P George Earnshaw and Connie Mack gets wider when the A’s announce the pitcher’s retirement for the season. Earnshaw has been sent home twice from road trips. The rift started last winter when Earnshaw picked the Yankees to win the pennant. Mack says, “Earnshaw will get his check on the first and fifteenth of the month but I don’t want to see him at Shibe Park. I’m tired of looking at him.”

In St. Louis, the last-place Browns beat the Red Sox 10–8, then lose the nitecap 9–4. The Brownies will draw just 88,000 (79,000+ paying) fans in 1933, the worst attendance numbers since the 1890s.

30th Pittsburgh lefty Ralph Birkofer gives up four hits—two apiece by Chuck Klein and Dick Bartell—to stop the Phillies, 5–1.

New York, Babe Ruth announces that he will quit after the season. “My legs won’t stand the strain and I can’t play next year,” he admits, leaving open the door to a manager’s job. His wife suggests a European vacation.

31st  The Giants lose 3B Johnny Vergez for the season due to an appendectomy. Travis Jackson, who has been filling in at SS, shifts to 3B. The Braves beat the Giants today, 7–3.