1936 August

1st Tex Carleton of the visiting Cubs registers his 6th win of year against the Boston Bees, winning 1-0 in 11 innings.

2nd In Detroit, Washington’s Jesse Hill hits a 9th inning triple and then steals home to climax a 3-run rally in the 9th. The Senators win, 5–3. The Cards’ Don Gutteridge will duplicate Hill’s effort on September 11thagainst the Dodgers.

In Cleveland, the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65,000 fans to watch the Yankees and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4–4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being struck with in the jaw with a Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Lou strains his back. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests including one for pitching accuracy, won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.

After losing the opener, 9–1, at Comiskey Park, the Red Sox lead 10–1 after 4 ½ innings of game 2, only to see Chicago roar back to win 12–11 in 12 innings. This is the biggest blown lead on the road in Red Sox history. Boston chases Vern Kennedy and his 10-game win streak in the nitecap, but starter Wes Ferrell gives up 5 runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to tie. Jack Russell and Ostermueller are the losing pitchers with Clint Brown and Chelini winning.

4th  The Cardinals regain first place, beating the Cubs 6–1, and dropping them to 2nd place. Roy Parmalee will stop the Bruins tomorrow, 4–1.

5th For the 2nd day in a row, Mel Ott and Jimmy Ripple combine on homers to pace the Giants to an 8–4 win over the Bees. Ott’s HRs, his 24thand 25th of the year, account for 3 runs; his homer in the first inning is his 3rd in consecutive times at bat, having homered in his last 2 at bats yesterday. Frank Gabler earns the win today.

In a doubleheader in St. Louis, the Browns rip the White Sox, 16–4, in the opener, beating Vern Kennedy and ending his 10-game win streak. Game 2, a pitching match up of Bill Dietrich of the Sox versus Jack Knott, knots up in a 9–9 tie. Tomorrow, Knott starts the first game of a doubleheader, and Dietrich starts and wins game 2.

6th At Chicago, Johnny Mize clouts a homer in the 11th to give the Cards a 3–2 win and a sweep of their series with the Cubs. Dizzy Dean wins his 18th. The Birds now lead Chicago by 3 games.

The Reds trade P Si Johnson to the Cardinals for Bill Walker. Johnson was 46-86 in Cincinnati, the worst winning percentage in Reds history (100 decisions).

7th At Cleveland, Denny Galehouse is the winner as the Indians down the White Sox, 8-1, finishing the game with a triple play. With runners on 1stand 2B, Tony Piet lines into a 3-6-3 tri-killing.

8th  In Detroit, the Tigers take the 1st of two with the Browns by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win, 9-7. St. Louis returns the favor in game 2 by scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning to win, 10-5. Pinchhitter Ray Pepper contributes a pair of hits in the inning to tie the AL mark.

At the Olympics in Berlin, the announcement is made of the formation of the World International Baseball Federation, a 16-nation group, including Hawaii, to be headquartered in Miami.

9th  The Cubs move back into first place by taking 2 from Pittsburgh, winning 9–2 and 10–1, behind Bill Lee and Curt Davis. Meanwhile. the Cards lose a pair to Cincinnati.

The Red Sox subdue the host Senators, 8-2, as Jimmie Foxx belts a double and triple to drive in 3 runs. Fritz Ostermueller tops Bobo Newsom. Buddy Myer, last year’s batting champ, goes 0-for-4 and ends his season as he will undergo abdominal surgery.

10th  In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 31,040 in St. Louis, the undercard features Dizzy Dean and Tex Carleton. Dean, on the mound to start the game, challenges Tex to a fight over some remarks the Cubs hurler made. Just outside the RF foul line the two square off, each landing a blow to the eye. Both are thumbed out, but Cubs manager Charley Grimm oddly intervenes and persuades umpire Goetz to keep Diz in the game (noted by Gregory Wolf). Diz pitches the Cards into first place with a 7-3 decision.

It must be the name. Buddy Myer, last year’s AL batting champ, is sent home by Washington to recover from a season-long stomach ailment. Last week, Billy Myers, Reds SS and captain, was operated on for a “telescoped bowel,” and is expected to be out for the season.

11th  The Cubs move back into first place with a 6-4, 10-inning win at St. Louis, one marred by controversy. The Cubs turn a controversial DP in the 9th and the Cards protest, leading to Durocher getting tossed in the top of the 10th. Next to get thumbed are Jess Haines, Jimmy Collins and coach Clyde Wares. When the crowd floods the field at the end of the game umpire Bill Stewart is jostled and pushed by several fans, finally swinging at one. The presence of Cubs players and policemen prevent any further violence.

12th  In game 1, Boston pitcher Wes Ferrell shows his hitting skills, hits two homers off A’s veteran Hod Lisenbee. Ferrell collects all six RBIs in picking up the win, 6–4. Ferrell’s first homer comes in the 3rd with his brother Rick on base and he homers again in the 4th inning with the sacks full. The 6 RBIs ties a ML record for pitchers. The ace allows 9 hits while striking out 8. The A’s square accounts by taking the nitecap, 6–0, behind Harry Kelley’s 3-hitter.

The largest crowd ever to watch a baseball game, between 90,000 and 125,000, sees a “demonstration game” as an event of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The world amateurs beat the U.S. amateurs, 6–5. Carson Thompson pitches 4 hitless innings in relief.

13th  The Cards move back into 1st place with a 5-1 win over the Cubs behind Si Johnson’s first start as a Card. Johnson allows 14 hits, while the Birds collect just 5 of Larry French. But two of them are homers.

14th  At the Polo Grounds, the NL’s 60th anniversary is celebrated with the appearance of stars of the 1870s and a 3-inning recreated game between the ‘Knickerbockers and the Atlantics’ under the old rules. Thousands watch as a parade starts on 110th and Lenox featuring horse-drawn carriages, buses and shays. The parade continues to and inside the Polo Grounds. Oldtimers on hand include Arlie Latham, Jim Mutrie, Mickey Welch, Jocko Fields, Dick Rudolph, Otto Knabe, Hans Lobert, Charley Bassett, Jimmy Ring, Bill Coughlin, Danny Murphy and Doc Kennedy. Mutrie and Bill Terry meet at home plate and discuss the differences in the game, with Mutrie saying there was little fundamental change. Mayor LaGuardia looks on from a box decked out in bunting. Today’s game under regular rules is won by the Giants, 3–0 over the Phillies. Slick Castleman pitches his lone shutout of the year.

The home park of the Western League Omaha team burns down shortly after an exhibition game between two semi-pro teams.

15th The Yankees avenge yesterday’s loss to the lowly A’s, by trouncing them 15-2 behind the pitching of Monte Pearson. Lou Gehrig contributes a grand slam in the offense.

16th Before the largest crowd of the year (39,000) at Forbes Field, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning, 4-3 and 7-2, Jim Winford gets the start in game 1 when Dizzy Dean complains of a sore arm. But Diz recovers to pitch the second game, allowing 4 singles, to win his 20th. It is his 6th straight win over Pittsburgh this year. With the Cubs losing twice to the Reds, the Cardinals are 2 games ahead of second-place New York.

18th After losing 14 games in a row, the Phillies beat the Boston Bees, 7–0, behind Claude Passeau’s 3-hitter. Johnny Lanning takes the loss.

After winning 11 games in a row, New York’s Bump Hadley is chased in the 1st inning by Washington and loses, 9–2.

The Giants sweep a pair from the Dodgers, winning, 11–5, and 5–3. In game 2, rookie Ray Berres hits his first ML homer, off Fred Fitzsimmons, the eventual winner. Berres gets lifted for a PH his next time up. On July 28, rookie teammate Jimmy Jordan hit his first ML homer and he, too, was lifted for a PH his next time up. Babe Phelps, who did not start game 1, is 4-for-4 in game 2 for Brooklyn. He is on his way to setting a NL record for highest batting average after the All-star game, hitting .416. Phelps had a .260 BA at the All-star game break, but will finish with a .367 average in 319 at bats.

In St. Louis, Chief Hogsett starts both ends of a doubleheader for the Browns in a split with the Tigers. The Chief gets chased in the opener, but reliever Jack Knott ties up the 10–7 win for the Hornsbymen. The Tigers blow Hogsett away in game 2 to win, 15–3, behind Eldon Auker. Except for Bobo Newsom (3 times) no AL hurler will start twice in a day until Wilbur Wood, in 1973.

Babe Herman jumps the Reds and is suspended by GM Larry MacPhail. Herman contends he has not received a promised bonus of $250 twice a month for “hustling.” The Babe returns in a few days when a partial payment is made.

19th For the third time in two weeks, Mel Ott and rookie Jimmy Ripple hit back-to-back homers as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 3–2. Ott’s 27th in the 8th is deep but when Ripple ball is touched by a fan it touches off a Casey Stengel tirade that gets the perfessor tossed. The homers break up a pitching duel between Carl Hubbell and Max Butcher and leaves the Giants just a game behind the leading Cardinals.

The Cubs fall to 2 ½ in back of the Cards when they drop a 5–4 decision to the Pirates. Pittsburgh reliever Bill Swift halts a Cub rally in the 8th, then drives home the winning run in the 9th with a single off Charlie Root.

In Washington, Joe DiMaggio breaks a 2–2 tie with a two-out homer in the 5th off Jimmy DeShong and the first-place Yankees roll on to a 7–4 win. Red Ruffing pitches a complete game, while DiMag and Dickey collect three hits apiece. Stone has a homer for the Nats.

Buck Ross and Harry Kelley pitch the last-place A’s to a double victory over the Red Sox, 5–4 and 7–2. Ross wins the first in 13 innings when Frankie Hayes hits a homer off Johnny Marcum to win. In the 7th, Bill Werber’s 3-run homer breaks a 1–1 tie but the A’s rally to tie. In the nitecap, Kelley wins his 16th, scattering 11 hits to beat Fritz Ostermueller.

21st  Wes Ferrell, in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support, walks off the mound during a Yankee rally in New York and is suspended and fined $1,000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in 5 days he has walked off the mound, having done it in Boston last Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell, furious when he hears about the fine, and says he will not pay it. “They can suspend me or trade me, but they’re not getting any dough from me.” The Red Sox lift the suspension in 4 days but will trade Ferrell after the season. The Yanks win, 4–1, handing Ferrell his 14th loss of the year. Brother Rick’s homer accounts for the Boston scoring.

Babe Herman, who quit the Reds in a dispute over a bonus, rejoins the team on orders from Commissioner Landis. Herman was suspended on August 18 after his walk out, in which he contended that the bi-monthly bonus of $250 had not been paid by MacPhail. The two reach an agreement.

Mel Harder wins his 15th, allowing 12 hits in 6+ innings as the Indians down the Browns, 4-2. Beau Bell has a pair of hits for St. Louis to extend his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games. Earl Averill has a hit for the Tribe as his .382 average leads the AL. Lou Gehrig has a hit today to stay a point behind at .381.

22nd  As part of league-wide celebration of the National League’s 60thanniversary, the Cubs stage a recreation of 19th century baseball before the start of the Reds-Cubs game. There is a parade and costumed performers decked out as U.S. Grant, Buffalo Bill, and the Sultan of Turkey, who attended a game in Chicago. In attendance today are Judge Landis and league presidents Ford Frick and Will Harridge. Three Finger Brown makes a few remarks and cuts a cake hiding the two teams of players, the Chicago and Cincinnati ‘old timers.’ Larry French then shuts out the current Reds, 7–0.

Washington ties an AL record when Red Kress, Joe Kuhel, and Carl Reynolds hit HRs in the 4th inning off the A’s Gordon Rhodes. Rhodes takes the loss, one of his league-leading 20 he’ll have this year. The Nats collect 20 hits in winning, 12–8, in the first of 2. The Mackmen take the nitecap, 7–6.

23rd  At Cleveland’s League Park, seventeen-year-old Bob Feller makes his first ML start and strikes out 15, one less than the AL record, as Cleveland beats St. Louis, 4–1. Feller walks four and gives up six hits in beating Earl Caldwell.

25th  The Giants come from behind to win their 13th straight, defeating Cincinnati, 6–5, and taking over first place.

The Cardinals announce that they have put Paul Dean on the voluntary retirement list. Dean has been suffering from a sore arm. To replace him, the Cards call up Cotton Pippen from Sacramento.

The Cards drop 2 games to the visiting Boston Bees to drop out of 1stplace. Recently called up Si Johnson is the loser in both games. In the opener, Boston scores 11 times in the opening inning, pounding Card pitchers Johnson and Ed Heusser for 7 doubles (2 apiece by Moore, Cuccinello, and Jordan) to break a 53-year-old ML record (tied on June 9, 1934). All told the Bees collect 10 doubles—3 each by Bunny Warstler and Terry Moore. Moore and Buck Jordan each have 5 hits and 5 RBIs as Boston racks up 25 hits in game 1. The Bees win 20–3 and 5–4. John Mize goes hitless in game 1 to end his hit streak at 22 games.

26th In the 5th inning at Pittsburgh, Brooklyn rookie Eddie Wilson is struck in the head by a fastball from Mace Brown and suffers a skull fracture ending his season. Wilson, hitting .347, will play just 36 more major league games. The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 5th inning to win, 10–3.

27th The Pirates beat the Dodgers, 6–3. Losing pitcher Van Lingle Mungo is so incensed by the four errors the Dodgers make that he leaves the team and returns to Brooklyn. Dodger president Steve McKeever calms the pitcher down and he rejoins the team.

The A’s top the White Sox, 5-2, as 18-year-old Randy Gumpert wrings the Sox on 2 hits and no earned runs for his first ML victory. He’ll have to wait ten years to record his second win.

28th  The first-place Giants win their 15th in a row, their longest win streak since 1916, beating Pittsburgh 7–2 with 6 runs in the 14th inning. First base coach Bill Terry inserted himself as a pinch hitter and delivers a bases-loaded single past Floyd Young to break the 1–1 tie in the 14th. Fred Fitzsimmons goes 13 innings for the Giants before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 14th. Waite Hoyt, the Brooklyn mortician, is his equal, scattering 12 hits in 13 innings before exiting for Birkover. The Giants streak will be stopped tomorrow by Red Lucas.

The Cubs win their 6th in a row, beating the Bees 18–3, and taking undisputed hold on 2nd place. Frank Demaree, with a homer, triple and three singles paces a 21-hit assault. Tex Carleton wins his 12th (and 7thagainst Boston) and caps the first inning with a three-run homer. The Cubs score in every inning but the 7th while the Bees scoring comes on homers by Al Lopez and Baxter Jordan.

The Cards drop their 6th straight when the Phils Bucky Walters stops them 8–0 on six hits. Rookie Cotton Pippen, making his first start for St. Louis, is effective till the 6th when the Phils comb him for two runs. Chuck Klein homer in the 7th adds two more, and Jess Haines gives up three more in the 9th. Phils catcher Earl Grace sandwiches a double in between four intentional walks.

In the 2nd game at the Stadium, New York pitcher Johnny Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats, collects 5 RBIs, and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit scores 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York wins, 19–4 in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener, 14–5 behind Red Ruffing, as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits, and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph’s 5 hits until 1964, when Mel Stottlemyre cards five.

30th The Giants sweep the Cubs in Chicago, winning the opener 6–1 behind Carl Hubbell’s 20th win of the season and his 10th in a row. Dick Coffman wins the nightcap, 8–6, in relief. Mel Ott has 7 hits in the 2 games. New York now leads by 4 games. The Cards move ahead of the Cubs into 2nd place by splitting with the Dodgers, Diz Dean wins his 22nd.

31st  Yankees manager Joe McCarthy consents to Dixie Walker as a temporary substitute while the White Sox patch up Mike Kreevich, who is spiked on a play. Walker runs for Kreevich but does not replace him in the outfield. Recently acquired Bob Seeds poles 2 homers, and DiMaggio adds another, as the Yanks win, 5–1. Johnny Broaca wins his 11th, scattering 4 hits.