1934 August

2nd  Walter Johnson is hospitalized with pleurisy, and Willie Kamm takes over as interim Cleveland manager.

3rd In Chicago, Schoolboy Rowe wins his 4th game 7 days—his 3rd in Comiskey Park—as Detroit rolls to a 14–0 victory over the Sox. Rowe goes 7 innings, allowing 1 hit. All the starters for Detroit are hitting .300 except Pete Fox (.285).

4th  After the Phillies take the first game, 5-4, Phillies P Reggie Grabowski surrenders 11 hits (10 singles) in the 9th inning of the 2nd game against the Giants for a modern NL record—but doesn’t even lose the game. Roy Hansen takes the loss. Eleven runs score in the inning, as New York wins 21–4. Mel Ott scores 6 of the runs, the 1st 20th century player to do so. He will do it again in 1944. Ott has a walk, HBP, two homers, a double and single to drive in 4 runs.

Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltgaver, the Yankees beat the A’s, 5–1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5thstraight. Gehrig is 0-for-2, striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period, he’s hits 11 homers.

Go figure. General Crowder, the AL’s top winner in 1932 and 1933 is waived to the Tigers by the Senators. Just 4–10 this year with the Nationals, the General will go 5–1 in Detroit for the remainder of the season, then win 16 next year.

5th  While three teammates stand watching, a fly ball by Foxx drops for a double, the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3–1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.

7th  The Cards Dizzy Dean (20-4) becomes the first pitcher to reach 20 wins this season with a 2–0 shutout over the Reds in the first of 2. The Reds rebound to take the second game, 9-2, punishing Bill Hallahan (4-12). He’ll win his next 4 decisions.

8th  Wilbert Robinson dies in Atlanta. Beloved as “Uncle Robbie,” the jovial and bemused manager of the Dodgers for 18 seasons, his 7-for-7 day with Baltimore still stands as a ML record.

In Cincinnati, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the top of the 12th for a 10-4 victory. Dizzy Dean, with three innings of relief, wins his 21st, a day after winning his 20th.

At Philadelphia, the Red Sox have a 10-1 lead after they hit in the 3rd, but the A’s plate 6 in the bottom of the frame, 4 on a grand slam by Jimmie Foxx off starter Wes Ferrell. Lefty Grove relieves and finishes and the Red Sox hang on to win, 11-9.

At Forbes Field, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 7-4 and 14-3. Charlie Grimm hits a 3-run homer in game 1, and Babe Herman has a pair of triples and drives in 5 runs in game 2. Chicago cuffs around reliever Burleigh Grimes for 8 runs in the second contest. The veteran was signed today by the Pirates, his third ML team this year.

9th The Red Sox rout the A’s, 15–2, in a game halted after 5 innings because of rain. All the Sox have hits except SS Lyn Lary.

10th  Babe Ruth announces 1934 is definitely his final season as a regular player. He says he will seek a managerial role and will pinch-hit.

In Detroit, Schoolboy Rowe scatters 13 hits in 11 innings as the Tigers edge the Indians, 6–5. Rowe drives home the winner with a sac fly in the 11th. It is Rowe 12th win in a row. Rowe will hit .303 for the season, and win 4 of his own games by driving in the winning run. Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits and Goose Goslin has 5.

11th At Boston, Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning, 2–1. The Sox tie it up, and in the 13th Tony Lazzeri lands a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell, batting for Fritz Ostermueller, wins the game for Boston, 3–2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland, New York falls 4 games behind.

In a battle of the Smiths, New York defeats the Braves, 7–4. New York’s Al Smith allows just one hit in the 5 innings he pitches to defeat reliever Bob Smith. The latter gives up a three-run homer to Travis Jackson in the 7th. New York now leads the NL by five games.

12th  Making a farewell appearance in Boston, Babe Ruth draws a record 46,766 fans, with an estimated 20,000 turned away at Fenway Park where he began his career as a pitcher 20 years ago. Ruth singles and doubles in the first game, but the Yankees lose to Wes Ferrell 6–4. Walks hold him to one official at bat in the 2nd game, which the Yankees win, 7–1, and he leaves the field to standing cheers in the 8th inning.

In St. Louis the Cubs sweep the Deans, winning 7–2 against Paul, and 6–4 over Dizzy. Big Jim Weaver wins the opener and Pat Malone is the victor against Diz.

13th  In a preview of the WS, the Cardinals play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Detroit. The Deans refuse to make the trip, having both pitched and lost in a doubleheader the day before. Dizzy is fined $100 and Paul $50.

14th  The Deans are suspended by the Cards and Dizzy is charged for 2 uniforms he tore up—the 2nd for the benefit of the photographers.

The largest weekday crowd in history, 77,000, watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium, winning 9–5 and 7–3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap, 7–3, for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4 hits, including Gehrig’s 37th HR. Gehringer has a HR in each game to lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 ½ games.

15th The Yankees knock Tommy Bridges out of the box and defeat the Tigers, 8–2, and end the Bengals 14-game streak. Johnny Broaca is the winner. No Tiger team the rest of the century will match the skein of 14 straight wins.

In Pittsburgh, Travis Jackson belts a 1st inning 3-run homer in game 1 and the Giants whip the Pirates, 5-4. Waite Hoyt (11-4 is the victor for the Pirates in game 2, 4-3. Lloyd Waner goes hitless in game 2 to end his hitting streak at 22 games. The Giants remain in first place by 4 games.

16th  Dizzy Dean takes his appeal to Judge Landis in Chicago, who schedules a hearing in St. Louis. Paul Dean accepts the fine and is reinstated.

17th  Ed Coleman of the A’s hits 3 consecutive HRs in the first game of a doubleheader, a 9–8 win in 10 innings over the White Sox. Williams single in the 10th off starter George Earnshaw drives in the winner. Ted Lyons wins the nitecap for Chicago, 3–2, allowing 4 hits, one of which is Foxx’s 38th HR.

Before 46,571, Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe beats the Yankees, 2–0, allowing 3 hits for his 14th straight win. Rowe strikes out 11 as Detroit earns a split. Lefty Gomez takes the opener for New York, 5–0, and gaining his 20thwin. The two front-runners split the 4-game series.

18th  Johnny Marcum of the A’s wins game 1, 2-1, of a doubleheader with Cleveland. The A’s manage just 4 hits off Willis Hudlin. Cleveland rebounds to win game 2 as Mel Harder shuts out the A’s, 10-0. Earl Averill has his second 5-hit game of the season, hitting a single, 3 doubles and a triple, and Hal Trosky drives in 4 runs.

19th  The Red Sox draw a record 50,000 (46,995 paid) to Fenway, but drop two games to the Tigers, 8–6 and 4–3. Detroit batters three Red Sox pitchers—Lefty Grove, Henry Johnson, and Herb Pennock—to win the opener, overcoming a cycle spree in 5 at bats by Moose Solters against Alvin “General” Crowder. Moose is collared in the nitecap loss, going 0-for-4.

The Harvard University varsity team tours Japan, winning only 5 of 11 games against collegiate and club teams.

20th  Judge Landis rules against Dizzy Dean. The Cards end his suspension, and Dean returns to the team to avoid further loss in salary.

21st At Fenway, Schoolboy Rowe (19-4) goes 9 innings in beating the Red Sox, 8–4. The Tiger rookie allows 9 hits in winning his 15th straight.

Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees succumb to the visiting Browns, 8-6. The Browns Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.

22nd  Pitcher Wes Ferrell hits an 8th inning HR to tie the game and a 2-out game-ending homer in the 10th for 3–2 Red Sox win over the White Sox. It is the 2nd time this season he has a pair of HRs—he did it on July 13th—and he will hit 2 HRs in a game again next year.

23rd Joe Moore cracks a 3 run HR off Paul Dean in the 9th inning to give New York a 5–3 victory over the Cards. The loss leaves the Birds 7 lengths behind the leading Giants.

24th Dizzy Dean returns to action following his suspension and picks up his 22nd win of the season, a 5–0 shutout of the Giants. Diz adds 2 singles and a stolen base in recording his 2nd shut out over the league leaders. The Cards are now 6 games in back of New York and a half-game ahead of the Cubs.

25th  In Washington, Schoolboy Rowe, Detroit’s sensational rookie pitcher, defeats the Senators 4–2 for his 16th win in a row, tying the AL record held by Walter Johnson, Joe Wood, and Lefty Grove. Rowe (20-4) allows 9 hits in 9 innings, and is behind 2–1 entering the 9th. He wins the game with a 9th inning single.

At St. Louis, the Cards build a 5–0 lead over New York and Carl Hubbell, only to see the Giants score 3. Dizzy Dean, who pitched a shut out yesterday, throws 3 innings of relief, gives up 5 hits and a walk, and is charged with the 7–6 loss. Schumacher gets the victory.

26th  The Browns take a pair from the Senators winning, 3-0, and 9-5. George Blaeholder allows 2 hits in the game 1 whitewash. Jack Knott (9-2) ties up the Nats for 8 scoreless innings in game 2 before they push across 5 runs in the 9th. The loss goes to Allen Benson, who allows 7 runs and 10 hits in 2 innings in his last ML appearance. His first appearance was a week ago. Benson, fresh from the House of David team, pitches in a full beard for the Senators, an unusual sight in the 30’s.

27th At St. Louis, Cards pitcher Tex Carleton makes his second consecutive start against the Dodgers and again Brooklyn beats him. Dazzy Vance relieves Tex in the 5th as the Dodgers win, 10–1.

28th Jimmy DeShong pitches the Yanks to an even break in a twinbill with the A’s, allowing just a single hit in the nitecap 2–1 win. The lone hit is a 7th inning homer by Jimmie Foxx, his 34th of the year. Sugar Cain is the loser. The A’s win the opener, 4–3, on Foxx’s 2-run homer in the 8th, after Gehrig homers for New York.

29th  A capacity crowd at Shibe Park sees Detroit’s Schoolboy Rowe fail to win his 17th straight. He is knocked from the box in the 7th inning of the 2nd-game, a 13–5 loss to Philadelphia. The A’s slap Schoolboy for 12 hits.