1937 August

1st  Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns, as the Yankees win 14–5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his career. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year, and his 3rd in three days.

At Chicago, the first-place Cubs sweep the Giants, winning 5–4 in 11 innings to increase their lead to 6 games over NY. Reliever Larry French gets the win on Tuck Stainback’s sacks full single in the 11th. Mel Ott has a pair of homers for New York. Hank Leiber pinch-hits for the Giants, his first appearance since early May, following his hospitalization as a result of the Feller beaning in spring training.

3rd  A Tuesday crowd of 66,767 watches at Yankee Stadium as Lou Gehrig plays his 1,900th consecutive game. In the first of two against the White Sox, Gehrig responds with a three-run homer, Joe D matches him, and Tony Lazzeri completes the scoring with a solo homer for a 7–2 Yankee win. The Yanks score the same way in the nitecap, a 5–3 win; Lazzeri hits a solo homer and Bill Dickey adds a grand slam in the 8th off John Whitehead.

Cardinals C Mickey Owen becomes the 3rd NL backstop ever to make an unassisted DP, as the Cards beat the Bees, 5–2. Si Johnson is the winner. Terry Moore has a 3-run HR and Ducky Medwick drives in his 100th run of the year, the first NLer to reach 100 RBI.

The Cubs boost their lead in the NL to 7 games as Bill Lee stops the Phils on 3 hits. Lee also hits a homer in the 4–1 win. For Lee it is his 10thstraight win over the Phillies going back to 1935.

The Reds beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants 3-2 in 10 innings. Mel Ott played 3B with Jimmy Ripple taking over in RF. Both will hit well and the Giants will reach 1st place by August 30.

4th  Joe Medwick again ties the ML record with 4 extra base hits—all doubles—in a game. It is the 2nd time this year and the 3rd time he has had 4 extra base hits in a game. The Cards rally for 5 runs in the 9th to edge the Boston Bees, 7–6. Medwick is the 3rd player this century to collect four extra base hits twice in a season. Foxx, in 1933, did it last. Billy Williams will do it next.

Gabby Hartnett is 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, but the host Cubs lose 2–1 to the Phillies.

After six straight losses, Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane inserts young Rudy York into the starting lineup. York responds with a three-run homer off Harry Kelley to start one of the most productive months in major league history. The Tigers win 11–7 over the A’s.

Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game, connecting off the Browns Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as the edge St. Louis, 10–9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Ruth did it twice.

5th Trailing 7–5 after seven innings, the Yankees unload 8 runs in the 8thto whip the White Sox. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm and handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning.

6th  For the second time in the 20th century, the first two batters in a game—Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Bees—lead off with homers. The mark will be tied a month later, and surpassed by San Diego in 1987. The two homers come off Tex Carleton, who will come back in two days to pitch a complete game win over the Bees. Waving off the Bee stings, the Cubs sweep today, 12–6 and 6–2. Curt Davis wins the opener over Ira Hutchinson and Roy Parmelee notches the win in the nitecap against Guy Bush.

In a 10-inning oddity Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Feller takes a 5–2 lead into the 9th, but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th, Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer, off reliever Johnny Murphy, for a 6–5 Indian lead, and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which 3B Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire calls it foul, and with both runners scoring, the Indians LF fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently, and finally the plate ump Charlie Johnson consults with the umpire at 3b George Moriarty, who overrules Johnson, allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank), yelling that, since the ball had not reached the base, the call was the home plate ump’s to make and should not be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched, Feller racks up an unusual double-double, walking 10 and striking out 12.

8th The White Sox stop Boston’s winning streak of 12 games by pounding the Bosox, 13–0, after losing the opener, 7–6. The Red Sox win with 2 runs in the 9th. John Whitehead holds to the Red Sox to 4 hits in game 2, while Zeke Bonura provides a grand slam.

Before a crowd of some 20,000 the East beats the West, 7-2, in the Negro League all-star game at Comiskey Park. Buck Leonard hits a 2nd-inning homer to start the scoring.

10th  In a 6–5 loss to the Pirates in Chicago, Cubs 1B Ripper Collins fractures his right ankle sliding into home plate. Collins, leading the Cubs in homers with 16, receives a “roll and a shove” from Buc catcher Al Todd and will be out until September 17. Todd also contributes a grand slam as Cy Blanton is the winning pitcher over Chicago’s Clyde Shoun.

Washington rolls to a sweep of the A’s, winning 15–7 and 8–6. Washington 3B Buddy Lewis makes 4 errors in game 1, tying Jimmy Burke’s ML record set on May 27, 1901. (Milwaukee’s Burke made all his errors in one inning). In the 3rd inning of the opener, the Nats score 9 runs on 3 hits, collecting 6 walks and 3 errors from the A’s. C Earle Brucker homers in each game for the Mackmen.

11th In the first of two back-to-back doubleheaders in Boston, the Yankees take both ends, winning today’s opener, 8-5, in 14 innings. In game2 they continue with 4 in the first inning and 6 in the 6th to win, 10–4. Lou Gehrig hits a homer in game 2, his 28th and last at Fenway. He also hit two at Braves Field, (8/30/31 and 4/19/32 G2) . The only visiting players to hit more at Fenway than Lou are Babe Ruth (38), Mickey Mantle (38), Harmon Killebrew (37) Al Kaline (30) and Joe DiMaggio (29).

12th In the opener of two with the Yankees, Jimmie Foxx hits one way out of Fenway, the ball leaving the park to the right of the CF flag pole. The shot comes off New York’s Kemp Wicker and helps the Red Sox overpower the Yankees, 16–10, and stopping New York’s win streak at 10. The Yawkeymen overcome a 6-run deficit. Buck Newsom is credited with his 11th win. In game 2, Bump Hadley outpitches Archie McKain, 5-3, to push NY’s lead to 11 ½ games over Boston. Foxx adds another homer, as Cronin, DiMaggio and Hoag hit roundtrippers.

13th  The Hellenic Societies of Chicago hold a day for Alex Kampouris of the visiting Reds. He gets a car, and the Cubs get a 22–6 win, as Kampouris makes 3 errors and fans twice. The Reds total eight errors and the league-leading Cubs total 22 hits—four each by Frank Demaree and Ken O’Dea. Charlie Root is the winner over Bill Hallahan, who started the fateful 4th inning when the Cubs score 9 runs on 8 hits and 4 errors.

Lou Fette (14–4) tops Waite Hoyt as the Bees sting the Dodgers, 5–2. Cookie Lavagetto’s two errors in the 8th plus Gene Moore’s triple let in two runs. Vince DiMaggio’s 10th homer is the final tally.

The Giants make nine hits—seven for extra bases—to down the last-place Phillies, 5–0. Carl Hubbell has two hits in winning his 16th, tops in the majors. Sam Leslie has a triple and homer, while Harry Danning has a homer and three RBIs.

14th  At Detroit, Tigers P Eldon Auker hits two HRs and drives home 5 runs while beating the Browns, 16–1 on 4 hits. Detroit continues in game two, winning, 20–7, scoring an AL record 36 runs in the doubleheader, including eight by Pete Fox. The Tigers score in every inning of each game except the 8th, not batting in the 9th. Charlie Gehringer hits a pair of homers in the nitecap, Rudy York adds his 5th homer of the month, and Boots Poffenberger coasts home to the win. Gee Walker, Pete Fox, and Charlie Gehringer each collect 7 hits in the twinbill: Gehringer’s 5 hits in the nitecap is his only 5-hit game this season. Browns utility infielder Nog Lipscomb mops up in each game, pitching a total of 7 2/3 innings, allowing 6 earned runs. The Tigers pound 40 hits in the twinbill and move into 2nd place, ten games behind the Yankees.

17th  The first ML night game to start one day and end the next ends at 12:02 AM in Cincinnati, as the Cards beat the Reds, 8–6.

The Tigers wallop the White Sox, 11–7 to extend their 2nd place lead to a game over Chicago. Rudy York leads the offense with a HR, triple and 2 singles.

19th In Chicago, Detroit’s Rudy York has six RBIs on two homers, one a grand slam, when he comes up in the 7th with the bases loaded again. York hits a shot to dead center that bounces off the wall, but Hank Greenberg, the runner on 1B, holds up thinking the ball might be caught, and only manages to lumber into 3B. York reaches 2B with “the longest double ever hit in Comiskey Park.” Gee Walker adds a pair of homers. However, rain washes out the inning—and York’s hit—and the score reverts to the end of 6 innings at 12–4. Because of his precarious health, manager Mickey Cochrane does not accompany the team to St. Louis.

In a PCL match between Sacramento and San Diego, umpire Jack Powell is arrested on the field in the 6th inning for drunkenness. Powell, considered the best ump in the PCL, took the field against the advice of friends and his fellow ump, and immediately got into arguments with the players. After calling a Sacramento runner out at 2B in the 5th, even though the second baseman dropped the ball, the arrest is made. Sacramento, losers by 8–6, protests the game.

20th The Giants climb within 2 games of Cubs by blasting 21 hits against the Phils in winning, 13–6. Harry Danning is 5-for-5 with a triple.

Salisbury’s (Eastern Shore) George Comellas loses, 2–1, after winning his first 20 games. He’ll win another pair to go 22-1. His teammate Joe Kohlman will win 25 straight following his only loss on May 20th.

21st  In a 6–4 win over the Bees, Brooklyn OF Johnny Cooney ties a ML record with 4 extra-base hits: 3 doubles and a triple. Brooklyn manager Burleigh Grimes is thumbed for the 7th time this year.

Jimmie Foxx hits a second inning homer off Jimmy DeShong that clears the left field wall and the street behind Fenway Park. But the game is rained out after 4 innings with Washington leading, 5-1, over the Red Sox.

22nd Detroit’s Rudy York connects for two homers, one pinch hit in the 9th of game 2, against the Browns in a twinbill sweep, 11–3 and 4–3 in 10 innings, in St. Louis. He has now hit ten for the month.

Bob Feller (3-5) walks 7 men in 2 innings (1 K) as the Indians lose to the White Sox, 5–2. Ted Lyons is the winner. In the nitecap, Mel Harder earns the split with a 3–2 win.

24th Rudy York continues his torrid hitting with three solo homers in a double header split with the A’s. Two come in the opener against Harry Kelley, who gave up Rudy’s first homer of the month on August 4th. The Tigers win, 6–3, then lose, 9–8. In game 2 York hits a single, his 12thdouble and his 25th homer, which comes in his 72nd game. He is the fastest in the 20th Century to reach the 25-homer mark. He is also the first rookie—and only one in the 20th century—to hit 7 homers in a 7-game stretch. He’ll add another tomorrow. Rudy has a passed ball, a category he will lead the AL in (12) despite playing just 54 games behind the plate.

Johnny Allen and Lefty Grove duel for 13 innings before the Indians win over Boston, 4–3, on Roy Hughes pinch single with the sacks full. Grove walks 9 but allows just one hit after the 4th inning until the 13th.

25th  Cleveland’s Bob Feller strikes out 16 Red Sox, one less than his own AL record, in an 8–1 victory at home.

The Giants cut the Cubs lead to 2 games with a twinbill sweep at the Polo Grounds. New York wins 8–7 in 11 innings, and 4–2. The Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th to tie in game 1.

Rudy York hits his 8th homer in 8 games and drives in 5 runs, Charlie Gehringer has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 4, and Hank Greenberg hits 3 doubles as the Tigers pound the visiting A’s, 10-4. The 2nd-place Tigers are still a distant 10 games behind the Yankees.

26th     Roxy Lawson allows 12 hits and 6 walks but wins his 16th when he drives in the winning run with a bunt single in the 9th of a 6–5 conquest of Boston. Rudy York belts another homer, a three-run shot off George Caster. For the 2nd time this season, Tiger outfielders have no assists. Tiger 3B Marv Owens ties a ML record with 9 assists.

27th  At Ebbets Field, Fred Frankhouse of the Dodgers loses his chance to pitch a full no-hitter when rain stops the game with 2 out in the 8th; the hitless Reds lose 5–0.

The Dodgers put George Jeffcoat on the retired list. The pitcher had an appendectomy last month and has failed to regain his strength. He’ll make it back to Brooklyn in 1939.

The Red Sox down the 2nd-place Tigers, 8–5, behind the pitching of Jack Wilson. Jake Wade gives up six runs in the 7 innings for the loss. The Tigers get on the board first when Rudy York poles a three run homer—his 7th homer in 7 games—in a four-run first. The only other score for the Motormen is Gee Walker’s 5th inning homer. Joe Cronin and Eric McNair homer for Boston.

The Giants split a pair with the Pirates, losing the opener 1–0 to Ed Brandt and Mace Brown, then winning 3–2 behind Al Smith. With the Cubs rained out, the Giants fall two games back.

28th  Van Mungo is suspended indefinitely for insubordination after rejecting the Dodger trainer’s program to cure his sore arm. Trade rumors swirl, one having Van Mungo swapped for Diz Dean. Van Mungo checks out of his hotel and disappears.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Boston Bees, Cubs reliever Clay Bryant breaks a 6–6 tie with a 10th inning grand slam, off Gabler. The Cubs win 10–7. Bryant took over for starter Charlie Root, who earlier hit a homer. It is the second time this century that two pitchers on the same team have hit homers in a game. It will happen again in May 1942.

The Indians send cash and 3 players to the Milwaukee Brewers for their young star Ken Keltner, who will report in the spring.

29th  The A’s set a new AL record in the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by scoring 12 runs in the first inning, an AL record 6 of which are driven in by Bob Johnson on a grand slam and a 2-run double. Johnson is 5-for-6 as the A’s whitewash the White Sox, 16–0, another AL record.

By routing the Reds the Giants move within 2 percentage points of the Cubs, who split with the Phils. After the first game loss, 10–3, the Cubs drop out of 1st for the 1st time since July 15.

30th Detroit’s Rudy York connects for his 16th homer of the month, a two run blow against New York’s Lefty Gomez in the 1st as Detroit beats New York, 5–4. Greenberg also hits a 1st inning shot, his 30th. Eldon Auker is the winner.

31st  Detroit’s rookie Rudy York sets a new record for HRs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. He adds two singles in driving in 7 runs against Pete Appleton, as Detroit beats Washington 12–3. York ends up with 44 RBIs for the month. Roxie Lawson wins his 17th and will finish the year at 18-7, despite an ERA of 5.26. Roxie’s .700+ winning percentage with a 5.00+ ERA tops the mark set by Ed Wells in 1930. Matt Harrison, in 2008, will go 12-3 with a lofty 5.49.

Lou Gehrig’s 5th inning grand slam is the winning margin as the visiting Yankees top the Indians, 7-3. New York finishes the month 11 games in front of the 2nd place Tigers.